Stampin’ Up! Seaside Shore stamp set is the perfect end of summer set!

Hello my craft friends,

So much time has passed since I last shared my creations with you!  Moving proved to be far more work than I realized, therefore my craft desk began to get some cobwebs!  I have cleaned those cobwebs off and finally sat down to make some cards!  Summer is going by so fast but I want to be sure I used the adorable Seaside Shore stamp set before summer finished.

Stampin' Up! Seaside Shore

There was some fussy cutting involved on this card, but it wasn’t too challenging.  I started with Sahara Sand as my background and then cut a slightly smaller piece of the same color so I could emboss that with the new Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Then I added a 2 1/8 inch strip of Calypso Coral and 2 inch strip of the fun By The Shore DSP.  Next is was time to stamp my underwater scene.  I chose to stamp the scene on a square piece of paper and then cut it out with my circle framelits.  I used Sahara Sand and a little bit of Crumb Cake ink to make the sand.  Then I used Mint Macaron to stamp the coral.  On a separate paper I stamped one fish in Dapper Denim and one fish in Mint Macaron.  I also stamped a shell in Smokey Slate.  All of these were fussy cut out and then added to the scene where I thought they would look best. I popped them up with dimensionals.  I also added some underwater bubbles using Soft Sky Ink.  I added another background Circle in Dapper Denim to make the scene pop.  Lastly, I stamped the Best Fishes Sentiment in Calypso Coral and cut that out with the Duet Banner Punch.  The sentiment is from the Jar of Love Stamp set and the outline of the sentiment is from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp set. You can’t see it well in this picture but I also added lines of Clear Wink of Stella along the fish scales, the shell and the coral.  It really gives it some pop in person!

Hope you like the card!

Very soon I will have some sneak peeks of the upcoming Holiday Catalog!  If you know me, you know there will a fair amount of Halloween cards I will be working on, so keep an eye out for those!

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up! Foxy Friends Stamp Set and Bonus Days sale!

I’m Baaaaack!

I am finally back at my craft table! I should start by saying that I probably shouldn’t be sitting at my craft table yet. My husband and I bought our first house together and we are busy unpacking.  What room did I unpack first? Okay it was the kitchen, but the craft room was second!! I figured I better make sure everyone could eat before setting up my fun spot.  ;-) Anyhoo,  I am so happy I finally had time to play with some of the AWESOME new goodies from the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  The set featured today was a must have for me.

Foxy Friends

Sooo cute!  The cat is made using the Foxy Friends stamp set and matching punch.  It has been a big hit already and I knew I need it because I love all the critters it makes.  You could make a fox, squirrel, raccoon, cat and a skunk! There are probably more, but those are the ones I know you can make for sure.  The adorable paper I used coordinates with the set. It is called A Little Foxy DSP.  It has Calypso Coral, Smokey Slate and Pool Party as the primary colors.  For this card I actually used Basic Gray paper for my card base because I liked the way it looked.  I then used the Happy Heart Embossing folder on Calypso Coral paper.  Then I cut out banners using my Banner Dies in Pool Party and the cute Foxy DSP. I added a 1 inch strip of the DSP on the right and covered up the seam with some Pool Party ribbon. I must confess that this ribbon is retired. I have not yet had a chance to order the cute new pool party ribbon, but it would look just as good! I added the “I love you” sentiment from another new stamp set called Thoughtful Banners. This set has TONS of sentiments you can use in different ways. I will try to show off more of that set on another card.

I hope you like the card and this cute set.  I had a sweet little gray cat here at my house that gave me inspiration.  She always looks at me like there are actually little hearts over her head.  :-)

Now I can’t forget the exciting sale information!

Bonus Day

For every $50 you spend* between July 7 and July 31, you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between August 2–31, 2016! This means I will be adding to my stamp collection in July. How about you?

There is some fine print about the deal so here it is:

  • An email address is required to participate in this promotion; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered to participants via email.
  • We strongly recommend that participants both save emails containing their Bonus Days coupon codes AND write down the coupon codes in a safe place—the codes cannot be resent if the participant loses the email, and Demonstrator Support cannot recover lost codes.
  • Participants will receive a $5 USD/$6 CAD Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 USD/$60 CAD they spend in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax). There is no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion. There is no limit on the number of coupons participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupons codes can be used in the checkout process during the redemption period.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion. Coupons can be redeemed on any order type.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion. FOR FAX AND MAIL ORDERS, email addresses must still be provided in order to qualify for Bonus Days coupons during the promotion period. During redemption, be sure to include your coupon codes on your fax and mail orders.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes can be redeemed for any product, excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin subscriptions. New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes can be redeemed.

That’s it!  I hope you get to enjoy the benefits of the sale!  Just check out my website when you are ready to order!

I am hoping to get back to my craft table again soon.

Go find time to be crafty today!

~Kristal

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Pop of Pink Birthday Card

Hello Crafty Friends,

I am back after another hiatus and ready to share a cute card with you. This card shows off some of the fun new Designer Series paper in the catalog, as well as a few cute stamps and dies.

Pop of Pink Card

All this color just makes me happy! To make this card I used the Pop of Pink Designer Series paper for my background. I layered that on Whisper White and made the card base Basic Black.  Then I embossed some pretty Gold Foil paper with the Large Polka Dots embossing folder and layered that over Whisper white. I cut out the adorable Swirly Bird die that looks like a swoosh in Basic Black. it really makes it pop over the gold.  I stamped the Hooray using a Stamp from the Confetti Celebrations stamp set and punched it out with my 2 inch Circle Punch. Lastly, I stamped little flowers from the Swirly Bird stamp set using Basic Black and Melon Mambo ink.  I added Gold Foil leaves to bring it all together.

I think anyone who receives this card will find it to be a mood booster for sure, and the sentiment makes it possible to be used for so many occasions.

Thanks for stopping by and I will keep trying to find time to make goodies to share as I can. My husband and I are in the process of moving so it is getting more challenging to find craft time these days.

Happy Monday!

~Kristal

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Graduation Card with one last goodbye to retiring products

Hello Crafty Friends!

I hope you are having a fantastic memorial weekend and remember to say thanks for those that have served to help our country.

I have a card to share that was made with almost entirely retiring products. I wanted to just play with some of my favorite things before they are gone. It has also been a big weekend for graduates around here so it seems appropriate that it is a graduation card!

Hexagon Hive Graduation Card

This card was made for an avid soccer player and I made sure to use his school colors!  I hope he likes it.  He is heading off to college and will continue enjoying soccer while on a scholarship! To make this I used the Hexagon Hive thinlit that will no longer be available in just two days (unless they have some leftover supply). I cut out a circle in Basic Black cardstock and then used the Hexagon Hive thinlit to cut out Whisper White.  Then I pieced things together to look like a soccer ball. The stars were stamped using the Something To Say stamp set in Night of Navy.  The ribbon in the background is the 3/8 inch stitched satin ribbon. We will still have this ribbon available, but not in these colors. I made the banner by use the Hexagon punch which is also retiring. Lastly I added white candy dots to all the starts to give it some extra pow.  If any of these items look like something you want, go check out my website right away to see if you can still get them!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day!

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up! 2016-2016 Annual catalog Sneak Peek # 2 – Confetti Celebration!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I HAD to share a birthday card because today is my birthday!!  I believe it is fair to say I am smack dab in the center of middle age as I turned 45 today.  Whew. Where did all that time go??? Well I am feeling pretty fortunate to have great friends, great family members and all my needs met, so I will celebrate all of those things today! I might also just close the door to my craft room and make sure I fit it some more craft time…..😉.

Now let’s move on to the fun sneak peek I have for you.  This card showcases almost entirely new catalog goodies!

Confetti Celebration stamp set

Such a fun stamp set!  All the stamped images you see are part of this new stamp set called Confetti Celebration. Also, all the colors used are some of the new In Colors coming out soon.  I used Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy and Sweet Sugarplum. Looking at these colors just makes me feel festive!  The pretty ruched  ribbon is shown in Sweet Sugarplum and is available in all five In colors. It won’t be long and you will be able to order the products in the new catalog.  I can’t wait!

I am off to see what else I can create since I took the day off from work today. Happy Monday to you!

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog Sneak Peek – Swirly Bird!

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am super excited to share my first sneak peek from the upcoming annual catalog!  I love that being a demonstrator allows us to get products just a little early so we have time to show you the wonderful new items that are coming soon.  The new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog comes out June 1, 2016. That is just around the corner! So let’s move on to the cute card I made with nearly all new products!

Stampin' Up! Swirly Bird and Layering Love Stamp set

Isn’t this card cute?  Those adorable flowers, leaves and the stems are all part of the new Swirly Bird Stamp Set and Swirly Scribbles Thinlit dies.  The cool thing is that these don’t have to be used as flowers or stems, they are all very abstract so you can get super creative with your ideas.  In fact, the die I used as stems may not look like stems at all to you if you see the whole thing! Additional fun new items showcased here include the beautiful colors on this card.  To stamp the flowers I used two of the new In Colors, Sweet Sugarplum and Flirty Flamingo. That sentiment is from another new stamp set called Layering Love and it has some of the nicest sayings.  I used the Flirty Flamingo to stamp my sentiment as well.   It is also the color of the adorable new Ruched Ribbon which is available in all 5 of the new In colors.  Their are a few current catalog items on this card as well, such as the Old Olive cardstock, the Crumb Cake cardstock and, of course, Whisper White cardstock.

I am not able to show you any inside pages from the new catalog yet, but we are able to share the cover page and maybe you can see a few of the new fantastic items to come by looking at that.  Here it is:

SU annual Catalog 2016-2017 Cover page

You can see lots of the new In colors!!

If you can already tell you are going to fall in love with this new catalog, but don’t have a SU Demonstrator yet, please let me know and I will be happy to send you one to you as soon as they are available.

I plan to try and share some more sneak peeks as soon as I can so be sure to check back soon!

~Kristal

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*Not all new catalog items will be listed below

Quick Graduation Gift Card Holder!

Hello crafty friends!

I am finally back to share something with you!  Let me start by saying Happy Mother’s day to all the mothers out there! I am lucky enough to still have my mom in my life and that makes me smile. Hopefully all the mothers out there are are finding time to do what they love!

Today’s card I am going to share it not a Mother’s Day card.  I figured it made more sense to share something that is coming up right around the corner.  Graduation!  We have one of those coming up at our house as the middle child finishes high school at the end of the month. Most of the time people give money or gift cards to a graduate so I figured that is just what this card needed to be!

Celebrate Today Graduation Card

This was a super quick card to make and although it is simple, the silver helps to give it just a little bit of glam for a special occasion like graduating.  Here is what the inside looks like:

Celebrate Today Graduation Card inside

First, I must give some credit to Liz Miller over at Stampin With Liz because I totally CASEd this card from her. Though her colors and stamps are different, I used her dimensions and inspiration. Check out her card here:  http://stampinwithliz.com/?p=7237  Thanks Liz!

To make this card I used the Celebrate Today stamp set for the outside and the Perfect Pairings Sale-A-Bration set for my inside sentiment.  I decided to use Bermuda Bay mostly because I liked the way it looked with the Shine On patterned paper.  I probably should have used school colors, but, if I am being honest, it would not have looked good with the shine on paper and I REALLY wanted to use that!  ;-) To make the card I cut the Bermuda Bay into 7 3/4 x 5.  I also cut a strip of Bermuda Bay at 7 3/4 X 1 for the belly band. The larger Bermuda Bay cardstock was then scored at 2 1/2 inches and 6 inches. For the Shine On DSP I cut it  in two pieces. One at 2- 1/4 x 4-3/4 and the other at  1-1/2 x 4-3/4. The inside white layer was cut at 2-1/4 x 4-3/4.  I chose to use my Oval Framlits for the front and made sure to add in the Silver Foil paper to bring out the silver in paper.  I used my Star Framelits and the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack to finish things off and then added one pretty Rhinestone. The sides of the paper on the inside were adhered using the Tape N Tear strip so it would stay nice and tight.  That is it!  It was quick and easy so if you need a gift card holder, give it a try!

I hope your weekend was wonderful and filled with crafty inspiration!

~Kristal

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