Broadway Star & Broadway Bound

Stampin’Up! designed the June Paper Pumpkin to create interest in one of the new stamp sets in the Annual Catalog. Broadway Star & Broadway Bound are meant to coordinate, so if you ordered and liked what was in the June kit, you could continue with Broadway crafting by ordering the Broadway Bound Suite.  I ordered the Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper during our pre-order month and used one of the designs on my card post on June 7 but wasn’t sure about ordering the Suite. Using the Paper Pumpkin kit to make my first card, I think the Suite is now on my wish list. Really cute!

Once again, I did not follow instructions making this card.  It’s not that I was opposed to the card, I used the design. But there was a white adhesive tag in the kit and we were supposed to use the TINY little star pattern to stamp all over the white tag.  Not Happening! My compulsive and perfectionist nature would make me crazy trying to line up all those little stars. And after a long day at work, seriously, not happening! 

So I used some one of the designs of the DSP and cut the paper the size of the tag, adhered the paper to the tag and then adhered the tag to the card base.  You can see what it was supposed to look like in the pictures below. I like mine too!

I didn’t use the Broadway Bound Suite, except for the Designer Series Paper on my version of the Paper Pumpkin card but I will post the suite items here in the event that you don’t have a catalog.

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I think the Paper Pumpkin kit and the Broadway Bound Suite are great for birthdays but could also be used for graduation or general congratulations.  If you get this or any suite in the new catalog, please visit my Facebook page, (a quick way to find the page is @deenastamps) and share ideas. I would love to see posts from all of you on my page! 

Another day, another destiny. – Les Miserables

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Graceful Glass Suite of Products

The Graceful Glass Suite of products will be a versatile suite to use for birthday, sympathy, thank you and other events to celebrate. The thinlet dies are very detailed and striking when added to cards.  The stamps are beautiful for coloring on their own but the Designer Vellum also adds beautiful backgrounds or focal points of a card.

I mentioned in my last blog post that I loved all the card samples from this suite shown at OnStage, and posted by demonstrators since, but I couldn’t get motivated to use the suite. I decided to use the vellum backgrounds as a card sample and practice some anniversary of ordination cards for priest friends. I copied a card design I saw on Pinterest and then once I started I got several ideas for future cards using the vellum and stamps. Initially I stamped the sentiment on plain vellum but (not patient to wait I guess) I kept smearing it, so I used regular cardstock and added the one of the thinlet dies as a background.

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While we are living in the present, we must celebrate life every day, knowing that we are becoming history with every work, every action, every deed.  – Mattie Stepanek

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Layering Alphabet Edgelit Dies

The Layering Alphabet Edgelit Dies are really interesting and versatile as you will see in the video by Stampin’Up!  But they are probably not a Stamp Set and Edgelit set that I am going to order. So I thought I would share a video on the different ways you can use them. I like all the different options that Tanner shows us but not every set stands out as one that I feel I have to purchase.  But I feel my job as your demonstrator is to show you items that might excite you, even if they don’t me. 

Click here to watch the video on YouTube!

I really appreciate the videos that Stampin’ Up! produces to help us learn about products that we might not find interesting in the catalog but then when we see them used, we are surprised.

Another video regarding the Graceful Glass Suite of products may help me get inspired to use those products.  I saw all the wonderful cards made at OnStage, ordered the whole suite of stamps, framelits, specialty vellum Designer Series Paper and haven’t been motivated to use it.  I’ll try to get one made in June for my 30 day card challenge!

almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.  – Anne Lamott, American novelist

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Share What You Love

The Share What You Love Suite of products by Stampin’ Up! is a wonderful suite celebrating Stampin’Up, 30 years of stamping and sharing what we love to do.  You may recall during May this was a pre-order suite with a lovely stamp with our “Statement of the Heart”.  While that stamp is no longer available, the rest of the suite is amazing.  You can find all of the product details on pages 176-178 of the catalog and I will post the products I used for my card below.  Instead of a quote today, I’ll share our Statement of the Heart. 

I created another Thank You card, I use a lot of them, but this card would be great with Happy Birthday, Congratulations, Friendship, Hello and so much more.  The Specialty Designer Series Paper has a beautiful finish and glam to it that isn’t reflected in the picture. I would highly recommend this DSP!

The Thank You sentiment from the stamp set is a pretty font and I wanted to use it but I didn’t have a square or oblong framelit that the Thank You would fit in. I have ovals large enough but I wanted the contrast of a recentangle. So I simply trimmed the edges close to the sentiment and then used the new Detailed Trio punch to round my edges. Then I added a bit of Mint Macaron to the edges. I love the way the card turned out. You will definitely see a lot more of this suite!

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Stampin’Up! Statement of the Heart

TO LOVE what we do and

SHARE what we love as we help others

ENJOY creativity and worthwhile accomplishments.

In this we make a DIFFERENCE.

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Lots of Happy Card Kit

I would like to share one more card kit, Lots of Happy Card Kit, then I will get back to cards using new stamp sets. I wanted to make a Thank You card for a neighbor that helped me with a new car battery. I didn’t want anything with flowers or cute patterns, not his style (wink)! So I pulled out Lots of Happy. I remembered the bold black and white stripes and great label options. Once I pulled out the pieces I wanted to use, I decided I needed just a little bit of color but simple, because I wasn’t going to use the flower and vellum pieces that come with the kit. I used a simple pattern from the new Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper.

I like the way it turned out and easy to make! The Lots of Happy Card Kit has three size envelopes and cards that can be used as gift cards or the full size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card for mailing like I chose for his card. There are lots of patterns to color with the watercolor pencils included in the kit, vellum shapes, white and gold foil tags and labels, ribbon,  cardstock for the card bases and of course stamps with a variety of sentiments.  You can find it on page 9 of the Annual Catalog or by clicking on this link then Kits on my website to see all of the card kit options.

I couldn’t find the sports car of my dreams, so I built it myself.  – Ferdinand Porsche.

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Calligraphy Essentials Kit

The new Calligraphy Essentials Kit is a project kit with supplies to make 16 cards of four designs. In yesterday’s blog I talked about creating quick and easy cards by using some of the various Stampin’Up! kits such as Paper Pumpkin, new and returning cards kits or Memories & More card packs.  The Calligraphy Essentials Kit is one of the new project kits that you will find at the front of the Annual Catalog on pages 6-11.

Watch the Stampin’Up! product video as Shannon shows us how she practiced lettering and created cards from the kit.  

Click here to watch the video!

I’ve also posted the image from my Online Store of the products included in the kit,

A few months ago I began seeing an ad on Facebook with creative lettering kits.  I didn’t know at the time that Stampin’Up! was going to introduce this great project kit with practice pages for lettering. I like the workbook that I ordered but I must admit the Stampin’Up! lettering in the Calligraphy Essentials Project Kit are better so I can’t wait to order it and resume practicing my lettering.  Sometimes there just isn’t a word or a sentiment in the stamp sets that says exactly what you want.  The various letters stamp sets certainly help with that, but at the very least,  I would love to hand write prettier greetings inside of a card!

I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it’s done in handwriting.   – Nelson DeMille, American author

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Project kits make card creation easy!

Stampin’Up! project kits make card creation easy! Whether it is a monthly Paper Pumpkin project kit, new and returning card kits at the front of the new Annual Catalog or our lovely Memories & More card packs, you can put together a card easily and quickly!  You can make the card just as suggested in the directions or do your own thing. As a matter of fact since my card sample for today was so easy, I decided to share cards from the May Paper Pumpkin kit (that I just got around to opening!). I’ll post the products below the two samples.

Today’s Card Sample

For this card I used the new Delightfully Detailed Memories & More Card Pack. No stamping, no ink! The card packs were originally created for memory keeping and scrapbooks but so many of us began to use the lovely designs on cards we were creating that Stampin’Up! introduced Whisper White Memories & More cards and envelopes. There are two sizes with 10 cards and envelopes per pack. Use the 3×4 inch for small cards or the 4×6 inch for larger cards. You can find them on page 194 of the Annual Catalog.  I just used a larger card design, trimmed it a bit and put on a standard 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. 

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Paper Pumpkin Alternate Design from the Catalog

With the anticipated June Paper Pumpkin on the way to me, I figured I better open up May! That happens some months. Now that I have opened it, I love it! I have seen so many great cards by other demonstrators and Paper Pumpkin fans, but I wasn’t sure what I would think. LOVE IT!

I created two cards as suggested in the monthly kit (if you aren’t familiar with Paper Pumpkin, it’s a monthly subscription that includes everything you need to create a project with a different theme or project every month). Then I used the cardstock and mountain stickers along with items from the Annual Catalog to create a third card.

May Paper Pumpkin Kit: 

Did I mention the ink color this month is Mossy Meadow! Now you know why I love it!

My Alternate Card:

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Life is either a great adventure or nothing.  – Helen Keller

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Find Joy in Nature

There is beauty everywhere, just stop, look and find joy in nature around you! I have bird feeders outside my office window, I love to look up and catch a glimpse of a little yellow finch, perched and ready to grab some sunflower seed hearts. However, it has been gloomy with rain and storms lately, I haven’t seen one for a couple of days. So, I thought I would create one! 

I used Petal Palette for the bird and branch and Share What You Love Designer Series Paper as my background on cardstock. I love the vibrant colors and playful flowers in this DSP. Can’t find a sentiment or word to add to your card? Make your own!

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Joy is the serious business of Heaven.  – C.S. Lewis

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Be Strong, Be Happy, Be You

One of my favorite sentiments in the new Annual Catalog is Be Strong, Be Happy, Be You. It is one of the sentiments in the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set. I have seen several cards on our Demonstrator Facebook page and Pinterest with layering of the tall trees in the stamp set, there are so many options and ways to use them. 

I used a wash of Pear Pizazz on watercolor paper in the background and Mossy Meadow (have I said how happy I am that Mossy Meadow is back?!) for the trees on Whisper White and Very Vanilla. I think it would be awesome to play with lots of our new greens with this stamp set. 

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Ovals Collection Framelits Die

Ovals Collection Framelits Die
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$27.00

 

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.  – Albert Einstein

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Quick and simple images

Quick and simple images can make beautiful cards whether a flower image or Eastern Beauty patterns as used in this card. The simple circle stamp with lotus flower pattern inside repeated in various spots on the paper create a pretty background.

In keeping with my theme to highlight new items in the Annual Catalog, I used Animal Expeditions Designer Series Paper on the Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock.

I added black to make the images more striking on the DSP and cardstock. The label was easy too, I simply cut out a second label in black and cut it in half with scissors then used adhesive to attach the top and bottom halves peeking behind the white.

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In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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