When I woke up yesterday, I had a list of things I wanted to get done by the end of the day. One of them was to complete my December Paper Pumpkin kit, as I plan to send the completed project to a friend, plus I had planned to share it with all of you for today’s post! Of course, very rarely does anything ever go according to plan for me (especially when I am home all day with my kids), so although some of what I needed to get done got done, the Paper Pumpkin kit did NOT. (I am hoping to get it done today. We’ll see!) So instead of sharing the one I didn’t get to make, I will share the following video with you instead:
This month’s kit is SO cute! I just love it! And while the December kit is no longer available, a few details about January’s kit have been released:
January’s kit makes 24 Valentine’s Day treat holders and is designed to coordinate with the Animal Expedition Suite in the Annual Catalog. I LOVE when they coordinate Paper Pumpkin kits with catalog products, as it really increases your options as far as what you can do with the kits! While I don’t know exactly what the January kit will contain or look like, I do know that in the past, I have always LOVED the Valentine’s kits, and I am sure I will love this one as well! And the best part is that this one IS still available, as long as you subscribe by January 10th!
If you would like to learn more about Paper Pumpkin, please click HERE. You can read all about the program, see past kits, and even subscribe…all in one place! I do hope you’ll check it out! 🙂
Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for stopping by, and have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!
In yesterday’s post, I gave a brief introduction to Stampin’ Up’s new campaign for 2019: Simple Stamping. The goal of Simple Stamping is to introduce stamping to beginning stampers and help them learn and build confidence in creating beautiful cards and projects with only very basic stamping supplies. For a card to be considered a Simple Stamping card, it must only use three products: a notecard for the base, ONE stamp set, and ink. That’s it! No layers, no embellishments, no punches, dies, or other decoration, no Designer Series Paper…just the three basic supplies mentioned above! For an avid crafter who has been stamping for a long time and likes to embellish everything, the thought of doing something so simple is surprisingly daunting! But looking at it through the eyes of a beginner makes it a little easier to understand the premise behind it!
My card today is my very first attempt at a Simple Stamping card, and I made it according to guidelines set forth by Stampin’ Up! for a December Challenge. (Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?!) The guidelines for this month’s Simple Stamping challenge were to make a thank you card using only one stamp set from the Annual Catalog. My first thought was that I could also only use one color ink, but I found out after I had already completed the card that I could have used multiple colors. Oh well! I am still really happy with the final product! I LOVE monochromatic cards, especially in green, as it is my favorite color!
For this card, I used a base from the Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes. These cards come 20 to a package, and come with matching envelopes. (They are also available in Whisper White!) The notecards are slightly smaller than a regular size card. They measure 3-1/2 x 5 inches in size, as opposed to the full size of 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, but there is still plenty of room to make a beautiful card! I also used the Rooted in Nature stamp set and Pear Pizzazz ink.
To dress this card up just a tiny bit, I used what’s called the “Kissing technique” to make the background behind the leaf image. In the stamp set I used, there is a large stamp of a cross section of a tree. I inked it up with the Pear Pizzazz ink, then stamped it off once, as I didn’t want it to be too dark. I then took my Clear Block C and pressed it onto the stamp to transfer the ink from the stamp to the block. Because the ink was coming off a stamp, not only did the ink transfer, but the pattern of the stamp also transferred! (This is the “kissing” part of the technique.) I then stamped the block directly onto the notecard. Once it was dry, I stamped the leaves in full strength ink, as well as the sentiment underneath it. And the card was done!
I will admit, my first instinct after finishing this card was to reach for some sequins and Wink of Stella! But per the Simple Stamping rules, I was good and did not add any! (Though it was really hard not to!) My normal style tends to be pretty simple anyway, but this is so much simpler than what I usually make. I do love the simplicity of this card though!
I hope you will consider giving Simple Stamping a try! Not only is great for new stampers, it’s also great when you need something fast. I made this card start to finish in less than five minutes (and that includes stamping the envelope too)!
Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for visiting!
At OnStage in November, Stampin’ Up! talked about a new focus for the coming year called Simple Stamping. The basic premise of Simple Stamping is to show people that they can create beautiful projects using only a very few basic products: stamps, ink, and paper. One of the things that I hear the most when I talk to people about stamping is “Oh, I could never do that! It’s too hard!”…when in reality, it’s nowhere near as hard or as complicated as it looks, right? By having new stampers create simple projects, it will hopefully build confidence and show them that YES, they absolutely CAN do this! 🙂
My style tends to be pretty simple already, so I am super excited about creating some Simple Stamping projects over the next year! I already have a bunch of ideas in my head, and can’t wait to use some of my new Occasions and Sale-a-Bration products to create them! Stampin’ Up! also has asked us to post creations with the hashtag #simplestamping to indicate that it’s a Simple Stamping creation! You will probably start to see this hashtag A LOT on all social media platforms, as well as on blogs, Pinterest, and more! As it is, right now, if you Google it or search the hashtag on Pinterest, tons of samples come up already! Why not check some out this weekend?
Please stay tuned for my first Simple Stamping project, coming TOMORROW!
One of my favorite suites from the new Occasions Catalog is the Happiness Blooms Suite! I just love the bold, bright colors and images in this line of products! This set of cards was made using the Happiness Blooms Memories & More Card Pack and both the Small and Large Whisper White Memories & More Cards & Envelopes. The cards and envelopes are specifically designed to be used with the Memories & More cards, and are sized perfectly to just add a card from any pack and go!
For these, most of them are made with cards directly from the card pack. I also have the coordinating Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper, and used that to make the orange background with the yellow flowers. ALL of the products in the suite are coordinated, so mixing and matching any of them is sure to make a great combination! Here’s a peek at the designs in the DSP:
I made these cards using only cards and stickers from the Memories & More card pack, with the exception of Pearls Basic Jewels. Other than that, I wanted to keep them super simple! These cards would be a perfect project when you need something quick, or for beginning card makers!
Here’s a peek at what’s included in the card pack:
The Memories & More line is so versatile! Each different pack can be used for cards, scrapbook pages, decor, and more! Each pack contains 50 double sided cards in a combination of 3 x 4 and 4 x 6 inches; 6 single sided 4 x 6 inch specialty cards; and 4 sticker sheets. And they all have other coordinating products available in the catalog, so you can increase your creative options even more!
Coordinating colors for the Happiness Blooms Suite are Call Me Clover, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, and Whisper White!
I hope you like my simple and fun cards! Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Holidays! I hope you all had a great Christmas! Just wanted to give a quick reminder that the Holiday Catalog is retiring on January 2nd. That is the LAST DAY to get your favorite Holiday Catalog products before they are gone for good! Please visit the online store HERE. Many products have even been marked down for extra savings! And don’t forget to use host code KAK7AXYK on orders less than $150 (before tax and shipping).
I am on vacation this week and am looking forward to getting back to crafting! I can’t believe it’s been a week since I’ve posted! I hope to get back to posting new projects regularly now that the holidays are almost over. I haven’t actually made anything new in over a week, so I am looking forward to getting back to it ASAP!
Thanks so much for checking in today! Enjoy your day!
So looks like I’ve got two kids with the stomach bug the week before Christmas, and of course, I still have a million things to do. 🙁 I’m going to need to take a couple of days off from my blog to get stuff done, but I will be back ASAP with all new stuff from the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration!
My 12 Days of Christmas is still happening over on my Facebook page though! Please feel free to visit and play along. You can get there by clicking HERE.
Yesterday, Stampin’ Up! restocked the Clearance Rack in the Online Store! There are some GREAT deals on many, many retired products, with some marked down as much as 60%! All Clearance Rack products are available in limited quantities, and only while supplies last! So take a peek HERE and restock some of your favorite retired products while you can!
Today is also Day 5 of my 12 Days of Christmas! Please visit my Facebook page for today’s post and to play! You can get to my page HERE.
This weekend, I was able to get the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs packed up and ready to ship! They will go out in today’s mail. If you have ordered from me in the last year, you will be receiving your complimentary copies sometime later this week. Please keep an eye on your mailboxes for them!
If you have not ordered from me, but would like copies of the new catalogs, please contact me and I will be happy to send them to you ASAP! (US addresses only, please!)
Today is also Day 4 of my 12 Days of Christmas giveways over on my Facebook page! Today we are having a virtual ugly Christmas sweater party! Want to play? Head on over and check it out! And please leave a comment and like my page to enter to win! You can reach my Facebook page by clicking HERE.
Before I talk about the projects shown above, I want to mention that today is Day 2 of my 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways over on my Facebook page! To enter, just hop on over to my page HERE, leave a comment and a like, and be entered to win a prize!
Now, onto what I want to talk about today! The picture above features projects made with the beautiful Feather & Frost stamp set, which is retiring on January 2nd! This set is so fun and versatile, and is one you are definitely going to want to add to your collection before it goes away for good!
Even though this is primarily a Christmas set, you could definitely use it for other things as well. The two birds, the leaves and vines, and some of the sentiments can definitely be used year round!
Here’s a sample of a card I made with this set not too long ago:
This gorgeous set is only available for a short time longer! You can only get it until January 2nd (or while supplies last)! Visit the online store to get this set today!
TODAY is Day 1 of my 12 Days of Christmas giveaways! I am super excited!!!! To enter, just check my Stampin’ Up! Facebook page each day from now until Christmas Day. Be sure to leave a like and a comment, and be entered to win whatever prize is up for grabs that day! Some days the prize will be announced, and some days it won’t! But all of them will be FUN! To go to my Facebook page, please click HERE. (And feel free to “like” it as well while you’re there!)
Tomorrow, I will be back with Day 2, as well as a new project to share!