Thursday, September 14, 2017

Color Challenge With the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop

Hello Stamping Friends,

A whole month has passed since the last Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop. This month we have a color challenge: Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide and Very Vanilla. I decided to go with a Christmas theme with these colors. A little twist on the red and green traditional Christmas colors.

I love this new set from the Holiday Catalog, Season Like Christmas. It is so easy to create a layered look with minimal stamps. The tree is four separate stamps. The first layer of the tree was stamped after inking in tranquil tide and stamping off onto scratch paper before stamping it on the vanilla cardstock.  Then I ink the second layer of the tree in the tranquil tide and stamped directly (full strength) over the first layer. It was finished off with the "berries" or "ornaments" in Fresh fig ink. The tree trunk is so easy to line up because you just find the "holes" in the tree to know where to place it.

Here's another version of the card with the cardstock colors reversed. I find it interesting how they both look the same but stands out differently by switching the way you layer the cardstock. This is also a good way to make more cards using the two packs of cardstock. Which one do you prefer?

I know it's only September but Christmas time will be upon us in the blink of an eye. Never too early to start thinking of your Chrsitmas cards. 

Be sure to check out the rest of the great projects made by the rest of the Stamper's Dozen. You are going to love them. Such a vast variety of ideas.

Click the Next Blog button below to head over to Bonnie's blog.

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Thanks for stopping by. See you soon.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Rose Wonder for a Beautiful Sympathy Card

Hello Stamping Friends,

It's that time again. Fabulous Friday is here and the Sisters in Stamping have another challenge ready and waiting for you. This week is a more somber theme, one many of us like to avoid, but unfortunately we all need these cards from time to time whether we like it or not. We all need sympathy cards. I can admit, I really don't like making these cards because I know it means someone lost a loved one. However, I do know that these cards are important to these people because they need words of hope, love and encouragement. A story about their loved one is just the icing on the cake, making the card a treasured gift for years to come.

This sympathy card is a super quick and easy card to make but a beautiful card to receive. I kept it simple. Using the Rose Wonder stamp set I stamped the large rose in Crushed Curry ink on whisper white cardstock. I then stamped the "With Sympathy" in night of navy ink on vellum cardstock. The vellum is cut longer than the night of navy cardstock so it could be tucked behind to be secured.(You know, the adhesive shows through the vellum so you need to hide it somehow.

This would even make a nice card to give in a set of cards because it comes together to quickly and looks great when finished.

Don't forget to head over to the Sisters in Stamping for more Sympathy card ideas.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Thanks a Latte for the Big Shot

Hello Stamping Friends,

TGIF! It's back to school week here for us and it has been a long week of getting used to the school routine again. Alarm clocks, lunches, clothes, soccer practice, and dinners make this chic just plain tired at the end of the day. I have also be subbing (since the first day) in a kindergarten/first grade music class since day one, which is adding to the tired. I haven't started school in the past when the kids go back. I usually have a few extra days before anyone needs a sub.

I feel so blessed for being asked to cover this class until the district hires the permanent music teacher (which won't be this girl because she doesn't have a music background). I have been researching, printing, laminating and acquainting myself with lots of music stuff so I'm ready and able to teach some fun classes to the little ones. So far it's been a lot of fun and all is going well. Now onto some stamping. It is why you came.

Welcome to another Fabulous Friday with the Sisters in Stamping. This week we are sharing with you some of our favorite big shot accessories. I absolutely love the big shot and don't know how I stamped for all those years without it. It's by far the most used tool I have. (And actually, I have 2 of them) Almost every card I create has something on it that used the big shot. Although, I do challenge myself every so often to create something without using it and I can still do it.

I used the Coffee Cafe stamp set and coordinating framelits for my card. I went away from the colors of the designer series paper and a more traditional coffee look by using some bright and fun colors. Of course, I used some Lemon Lime Twist (it is by far my favorite color) and Berry Burst for this card. There is an accent of Early Espresso (it is coffee, after all).

I also used the Lots of stars embossing folder to add some texture to background. It is such a fun starburst looking folder.

There is a lot of layering behind the coffee cup to add more visual appeal without filling up the entire background.  Hope you like it and it has inspired you. Change the colors, change the stamp set and you have an entirely different looking card. 

Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping to see more awesome projects that use the big shot.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Everyone's Favorite New Bundle

Hello Stamping Friends,

Happy Friday! Well, until I think about this being the last Friday off of school for the summer. That make me sad. Except, this year, I get to teach the first day of school. I have been asked to fill in the first two weeks of school for a kindergarten/first grade music classroom. Please pray that I do an awesome job. I'm so excited and nervous at the same time. You know, I'm not a music teacher but thankfully the little ones won't be too critical. I've have been researching some things over the past few days (yep, I just found out, not last minute Nelly this time for me) and have some fun ideas planned so I think I will be okay. Plus, I have a friend that is the music teacher in the district's other elementary school so I will be in touch with her as needed. Thanks, Jess.

Anyway, on to what you came for, stamping ideas. This week with the Sisters in Stamping we are focusing on the awesome bundles in the holiday catalog. There are so many great ones, it's really hard to pick one as a favorite.  I decided to focus on the ever popular Delightful Daisy bundle that obviously everyone wants because it went into a backorder status really quick. It got so backed up that Stampin' Up! even turned the number off making it un-orderable for a bit. Have no fear, it is available again so go ahead and place your order for this great new bundle. We have sold more of the daisy punch in just a few months than the other punches have sold in a 5 year period. Now, that definitely makes it a favorite.

For my card, I wanted the greeting on the inside but able to be seen from the outside. How in the world can I achieve such a goal? Well, it's really easy with window sheets. I cut off part of the front flap on the base and replaced it with a window sheet.

Here's a close-up, so you can see what I mean a lot better. This is showing you what the card looks like when it is standing on display. I am loving this card design. It's so fun. You need to try it.

And here's another shot of it. Neat card, don't you think?  I love the coordinating designer series paper. The designs are so different that you can achieve a totally different look by selecting another sheet from the pack.  So, think you need to have the daisy bundle?  Everyone else does. What are you waiting for?  (wink, wink)

Don't forget to head over to the Sisters in Stamping blog for more great bundle ideas.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Stampers Dozen Blog Hop - Holiday Edition

Hello Stamping Friends,

It's that time of the month again. Time for great ideas from the Stampers Dozen. That's right, it's blog hop day. And today, you are going to love what we have to share with you. You got it, a sneak peek at some of the fantastic offerings you will be able to purchase from the Holiday catalog when it debuts on September 1st. There are so many awesome things you are going to want to have a get together so you can earn some of it for free. Contact me today to get your date set.

I decided to go with a Halloween theme today. I absolutely love how this card turned out. It's super quick, so if you're short on time or you need to make a bunch, this is a perfect card for that. There is not one stamped thing on here. It's all paper. Told you quick and easy, plus minimal products but an awesome looking card.

I used the Spooky Night designer series paper, three different designs. You got it, even the cat was simply punched out using the new cat punch from the designer series paper. Pretty cool, huh?  So I started with the basic black base, then a layer of very vanilla, and then cut two different designs from the designer paper to make the background. I just continued the patterned, minus the orange designer paper for the smaller square that becomes the focal point with the cat.

To cover the seams of where the two papers meet I used the fun new black and white striped ribbon. Love the polka dots and stripes together.

So what do you think? Great card, that's both quick and easy?  Hope you like it.  Remember to keep hopping.

Be sure to click the next button to see what my friend Bonnie O'Neill has waiting for you.

Or if you missed the blog before mine, click the Previous Blog button to see what Judy Garza has to share with you today.

Friday, August 11, 2017

National Son's and Daughter's Day: Say What????

Hello Stamping Friends,

Welcome to another great Fabulous Friday with the Sisters in Stamping. Today is National Celebrate Son's and Daughter's Day, so we decided to share projects/cards with you that are kid centered.  Not so sure my sons would like this project, but it is great for girls. I'm not even sure we need a day for son's and daughter's. Isn't everyday kids day?

What is it, you ask?  Well, it's an adorable little chap stick holder. It's great for a party favor or just a little fun way to package up a little gift for the sweet little girl in your life. So bright and cheerful it is sure to bring a smile to any little girl.

Here's the inside. I stamped the little message on the inside and then used the Stampin' Write markers to "color" the word love and the doodles around the words. Just that little big of color makes a world of difference with how the finished project looks.

I love the color combination; pool party, calypso coral and lemon lime twist (my new favorite color). The set I used is the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set. It's this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set. Did you know that $3 from the sale of each set goes directly to the Ronald McDonald House Charity? What a great cause and a bonus for you because not only do you donate a little bit, but you also get a great stamp set to use. 

Don't forget to head over to the Sisters in Stamping to see more great projects in honor of kids.

Friday, August 4, 2017

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Hello Stamping Friends,

It's Friday!!!!!! Woohoo. Any big plans for the weekend? This weekend is pretty busy for us here in the Yurkanin house. It starts with a Girl's Night Out for me tonight, soccer game and wedding tomorrow and Sunday there's a few options but we haven't committed to anything particular yet. I love busy summer weekends. But first, we need to focus on Fabulous Friday with the Sisters in Stamping. This week we are sharing cards using Chocolate Chip since it is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day today. Be sure to get out and get some chocolate chip cookies (or bake your own).

Today's card was a card that we recently made at the July Stamp a Stash class. The baby bear stamp set is a great set. The bear is stamped in three different layers (yep, three different ink pad colors) and you literally watch him come to life as you stamp each layer.  For this bear, I stamped the first layer in crumb cake, then the second layer is soft suede and the final layer is chocolate chip.

This is a pretty quick card that you can make if you need a baby card and don't have one on hand. It really only takes a few minutes to put it all together. The designer paper I used was Coffee Break. I love that you can use  many of the designer series paper for other things than the stamp set that it was made to coordinate with. The polka dot paper in the set is also another great option for this card. The blues and greens in the paper make a perfect boy baby card.

I stamped the greeting on the Chocolate chip paper in whisper white ink. A simple greeting that is just perfect for welcoming a new baby.  The bear is cut out and attached to the card using (my favorite) dimensionals.

If you switch the paper up with some pinks or purples you have a great girl baby card. Also, try the bear in colors other than brown and they are just as adorable.

Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping to see more great ideas using Chocolate Chip paper and ink in honor of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Christmas In July

Hello Stamping Friends,

Welcome to another great blog hop. It's never to early to begin thinking about your Christmas cards and Stampin' Up! knows that too. This month they are offering a great deal to anyone that joins the Stampin' Up! family and we wanted to give you some awesome ideas using this new set that you would get along with the rest of your kit (the framelits are not part of the special but you can order them as part of your kit so you have the complete bundle).

This card uses the Carols of Christmas set and the coordinating thinlits, Card Front Builder. What an easy card to make a bunch of, yet it's still impressive looking. Not a ton of materials needed either. The embossing and gold foil paper makes this a very classy looking card to give and receive. I just used cherry cobbler and gold foil paper for this card. One ink pad, versamark. Some gold embossing powder, and a heat gun. And let's not forget some thinlits and framelits. You can easily make multiples of this card this holiday season.

The ornament stamp was just stamped across the bottom of the framed card several times to give it a complete row of ornaments hanging from the greeting. I started with stamping it on the right hand side and then when I got to the left hand side, I just covered the edge of the frame with a scrap piece of paper so that only two of the stamps from the image would stamp on the cherry cobbler cardstock (because that's all that fit). And it fits perfectly under the greeting that way too. 

This is a picture of the stamp set and the thinlits.  Remember you can get the stamp set for FREE as part of the $70 bundle you get when you take advantage of the $99 kit price, but that's only until Monday, July 31st. Best decision you'll ever make.

Be sure to keep hopping so you won't miss any of the awesome ideas using this great new set.

Christmas in July is Almost Over

Hello Stamping Friends,

Just a few more days for the Christmas in July promotion and the Bonus Days promotion. Don't miss out on these great deals.

Join the Stampin' Up! this month (July only) and get a FREE Essentials Gift Pack (a $72 value)!

The Benefits are Fantastic!

You select up to $125 worth of stamping supplies!
(Whatever supplies you'd like to have)
For Just $99 plus tax
The Essential Gift Pack includes:
Carols Of Christmas stamp set (sneak peek from Holiday Catalog)
Paper Snips
SNAIL adhesive
Bone Folder
Grid Paper
and 2 D blocks

The stamp set is what you get FREE this month with your kit. The thinlits can be added to your kit so you can have both.

Is Signing Up as a hobby or business demonstrator for you?
1.  It may be for you if you dislike paying shipping on your orders you place as a customer.  As a demonstrator, you save around 20% with each order.  (you get a higher discount as your orders/sales increase that month), When I joined Stampin' Up! 16 years ago it was because I wanted to get the discount on each order.   The 20% instant income/discount saves a bunch! I have no regrets.
2. It may be for you if you don’t mind placing your own orders.  Some basic computer skills are needed but it’s easy to do and I will walk you through the process if you'd lie.  Stampin' Up! is even willing to have you call your orders in and they will happily help  you place the order over the phone. 
3.  It may be for you if want to buy new stamps and products early!  With every new catalog, demonstrators get to order a month early. For example, the Holiday Catalog will be making it's big debut on September 1st. As a demonstrator, you get to see it the end of July (online only) and then you can preorder on August 1st the items you NEED to have.  If you can't wait to get new things, join the family and get them earlier than everyone else!
If you already know you want to sign up, you can go directly to my Join page HERE

$5.00 coupon to use in August for every $50 in product (before shipping and tax) that you order by July 31st.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Sweet Jar for Sharing

Hello Stamping Friends,

There's so much to share today so hang in there with me. I don't want you to miss out on any deals and then be sorry you missed it later. First and foremost, it's Friday and you know that means a post with the Sisters in Stamping for Fabulous Friday. This week, we are focusing on the new accesssories in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. (Don't have one yet, let me know and I'll get one to you.)

For my card, I used the awesome new Ronald McDonald House charities stamp set, Sharing Sweet Thoughts. Did you know that $3.00 from the purchase of each one of these sets goes toward the charity? It's a win/win, you get an adorable stamp set and you contribute to make the lives of families with sick little ones a little easier. What are you waiting for? Get yours today.

This is such a sweet card. I stamped the jar and the strawberries in black. Then I colored in the strawberries using Stampin' Write markers, Berry Burst and Emerald Envy. The lid (BTW, I love, love, love the gingham print lid) was stamped in Berry Burst ink. Both pieces are die cut using the Everyday Jars framelits (yes, they coordinate with the Jar of Love set, too). I used half of a doily and scrunched it up to fit the bottom of the jar. I used the berry burst ribbon along the bottom of the emerald envy cardstock and then put a simple knot in an extra piece of the ribbon and attached it with a glue dot. This makes it look like the ribbon is tied around but without the bulk of a real knot.

The emerald envy cardstock was embossed using the new layered leaves dynamic textured impressions embossing folder. I love how deep the impressions are with these folders. 

Be sure to visit the Sisters in Stamping page for more ideas using new accessories.

Before you go, a few reminders. There are just 3 days left to both of the July promotions. Don't miss out. The best deal is pick out $125 worth of product for just $99  (plus tax) and receive an additional $70 in product, so you get $195 of product for just $99 (plus tax). WHAT A DEAL!

Part of the $70 additional product you will receive is the Carols of Christmas stamp set shown above. If you love the framelits (which why wouldn't you), you can get them as part of the $125 in product you select. You also get the items listed below as part of the additional $70 in product. It's a fantastic deal. Don't miss out.

If you are still saying no to the fantastic deal above, you can take part in the Bonus Days. Spend $50 (before shipping and tax) and you will get a $5 coupon to redeem in August. It's for every $50 spent so you can earn multiple. Again, this is only available for 3 more days. Hurry.

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Box that is a Gift in Itself

Hello Stamping Friends,

It's Friday and that means another great post with the Sisters in Stamping. This week we are sharing boxes with you. Boxes are a fun way to package even the simplest of gifts. When you make your own box with great supplies from Stampin' Up! the box itself becomes a gift. Know what I mean?

I am loving how my box turned out. I used the Window box thinlits to make my box. I cut it out of bermuda bay cardstock as well as the lemon lime twist paper from the Fresh Florals designer series paper stack. I like the look of the different color coming through the openings the die makes (if you use those pieces) Plus it makes it a lot sturdier.  I then stamped the daisy in bermuda bay ink on bermuda bay cardstock and punched it out using the awesome daisy punch that apparently everyone wants. (FYI, it is back in stock so you can now order yours)

 I didn't use the inserts in the bermuda bay cardstock, that's why there are no holes. Aren't the colors awesome? Well, I love them. LOL Notice the flower is three layers. They are all offset to cover any gaps between the petals.

Just a view from the top. Now, you're ready to go make your own. Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping for more box ideas.

Don't forget about the Christmas in July special. $195 worth of product for just $99 plus tax. Have any questions ask me now. Otherwise, CLICK HERE to get it.

And let's not forget the awesome bonus days going on right now. $5 coupon to use in August for every $50 in orders you place in July (before shipping and tax)

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon.