Sending a Pocketful of Sunshine by Kayla MacAulay

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This post was written by the extremely talented Kayla MacAulay
– a member of the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Artisan Design Team!
I love to send cards to people for no particular reason other than to make them smile. The Pocketful of Sunshine Photopolymer Bundle (item 145345) made me think of just that. I wanted to send cards to some special people in my life who just needed a bit of sunshine. The bundle doesn’t limit you to just sending “sunshine” cards but also opens up sentiments which are perfect for birthdays and thank you cards, also. I decided to set myself to work and make some little “sunshine” cards using some bright and happy products.
The first of the cards I made featured a beautiful color palette of Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, and Bermuda Bay. I focused on using bright and bold colors that would be perfect for conveying a happy message as well as being perfect for the men in your life. My favorite thing I did with these cards was use the fun Sweet Soirée Ready Shreddie (item 145562) and colored it with some Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (item 119672) using one of our great Stampin’ Spritzer (item 126185) tools. I love the fun effect of this poking out from my little pockets.
Some useful tips:
· Don’t be limited by colors of ribbon or paper products such as the Sweet Soirée Ready Shreddie. Take your refill inks and color them to your hearts content!
· Heat emboss the “buttons” on the pockets to make them look metallic, giving them an authentic look.
· Use a simple white background with colorful accents as it really helps make them “pop.”
· Use layered ribbon in the background to add more texture and another element to the card.
I accented my cards with some fun ribbons to add texture and a little additional color using the beautiful Lemon Lime Twist 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon (item 144135), Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon (item 144129), and the Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon (item 144198). Additionally, I added some clouds from the Rainbow Builder Framelits Dies (item 145659) and added some beautiful Rhinestone Basic Jewels (item 144220) on top of the beautifully textured Whisper White background using the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item 143709). I love the impact that placing these bright colors on the stark white gives the card. It really helps to make the colors “pop.”
Above is a close-up of one of the finished cards to show the dimension that placing the Ready Shreddie in the pocket gives the card. It helps to add a fun, somewhat interactive element while adding additional texture and dimension to the card.
Finally, I can’t be finished with a handmade card until it has a coordinating embellished envelope. I have a theory that when I spend a long time making a beautiful handmade card, it doesn’t take too much extra effort to make a matching envelope. For these I used the Whisper White Medium Envelopes (item 107301) which provide a great surface to stamp on. I also used some of the beautiful Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack (item 144131) and love that these will now give a hint to the handmade goodness inside.
Kayla MacAulay 2018 Artisan Design Team

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x


Creating a Watercolor Background by Jessica Joana Winter

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This post has been written by the extraordinarily talented Jessica Joana Winter
a member of the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Artisan Design Team.
Hello friends! Today I made a card for you with a watercolor background.
I created my card using the Petal Palette Stamp Set (item 145788) and I’m going to show you how easily you can turn a simple stamped image into a watercolor image.
1. Stamp the image as usual on a sheet of Watercolor Paper (item 122959).
2. Trace the stamped impression using an Aqua Painter (item 103954) filled with water. (It’s okay if the water is clearly visible.)
3. Pick up some ink from a Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147101) and lightly dab on the water.
4. Let it dry thoroughly and then you have your stamped image with a watercolor look.
I used this background to make a romantic card, for example for a wedding. I stamped the bird in Tuxedo Black Memento ink (item 132708) on Whisper White Cardstock (item 100730) and then cut it out using the Big Shot (item 143263) and the Petals & More Thinlits Dies (item 145655).
I stamped the greeting “Glückwunsch” (“Congratulations”) in Old Olive ink (item 147090) and cut it out using a coordinating Framelit. These amazing Thinlits also include some beautiful detailed images that I cut from Calypso Coral (item 122925) and Pear Pizzazz Cardstock (item 131201).
Finally, I decorated my card with Linen Thread (item 104199), True Gentleman Buttons (item 145596), Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim (item 141672), and Share What You Love Artisan Pearls (item 146927).
Jessica Joana Winter 2018 Artisan Design Team

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Joanne x


Introducing the Stamparatus!

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No doubt you’ve been wondering about the amazing new Stamparatus tool created by Stampin’ Up! on page 207 of the new Annual Catalog, so who best to demonstrate then Stampin’ Up!!

It’s incredible isn’t it? My favorite use of the Stamparatus is for double-stamping with VersaMark for heat embossing. It makes SUCH a difference, I LOVE IT

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Joanne x


Rooted in Nature Bundle

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What an incredible bundle of 16 stamps and coordinating framelits this Rooted in Nature Bundle is, found on page 143 of the 2018-2019 Catalog.

Isn’t it just so versatile? And yes, this bundle is the second thing on my birthday Wish List!

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x


Memorable Moments by Sylwia Schreck

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This post has been written by the incredibly talented Sylwia Schreck,
a member of Stampin’ Up! 2018 Artisan Design Team.
Back when I was as young as my daughter in this photo, cameras looked way different. Who remembers the black rolls of film you had to insert into the camera first? More often than not, you wouldn’t even know how the images would come out as you had to develop the film first. Those that turned out well ended up in a photo album.
Today, taking pictures is completely different. Any smartphone can capture the marvelous moments in life as high quality images. We don’t print as many photos as we used to. Most of them just sit on our devices. Well, I decided to preserve my most beautiful moments in a different way—by creating a layout.
A small moment of happiness, the smile of a child, is more than worth being documented and preserved in this special way. They are growing up so fast and every moment we can capture is precious.
For the base of my layout, I used Whisper White 12″ x 12″ Cardstock (item 124302). To add some color, I used two sheets of Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper (item 146338): one to create the outer frame and the other one to cut out a heart shape that I layered with a smaller heart that was fussy cut as well. Then I used a sewing machine to sew on all of my four paper layers.
Next, I decorated the heart frame with various flowery elements (items 145655, 145617, 142749, 143659) as well as with some stamped images from the A Good Day Stamp Set (item 145586) that my daughter loves so much—including the bunny, the super-cute deer, the little bird, and the ice cream, of course! The sentiment “Du bist unvergleichlich” (English version: “You are wonderful”) is from the Rooted in Nature Stamp Set (item 146482). I embossed it using Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder (item 109129) on translucent Vellum 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock (item 101856).
I hope you like my little memorable moment. Keep on creating!
Sylwia Schreck 2018 Artisan Design Team

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