RemARKably Creative Blog Tour: Anything NEW!

RemARKably Creative Team Blog Tour

Welcome to the May edition of RemARKably Creative Blog Tour – Anything NEW! I hope you are enjoying each stop along the blog tours that feature projects created with the newest products from Stampin’ Up’s 2017-2018 Annual Catalog that launches June 1. If you have been following along the blog hop, you might have come from Leonie Schroder‘s blog. Wasn’t her project AMAZING? Such talent is a challenge to follow! 

Not to get too personal, but it’s been a crazy three weeks, hence the topic of this card. My husband’s car was totaled, my car had a hit and run, my dad’s cancer is back, and then yesterday I visited my sister in the hospital and took my daughter to the ER! Talk about a nutty month! So when I was trying to figure out what to make for this hop, I saw the sentiment and voila! A card was born. 

This card is made with the Colorful Seasons bundle. If you want to get a bundle, this is it because it covers all the seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter. You will get a whole year’s worth of cards out of this bundle, I promise! I also used two of the newest Stampin’ Up colors, Fresh Fig and Berry Burst. The card base is Fresh Fig, then a layer of Early Expresso and then Watercolor paper. After painting the paper with an Aqua Painter and water, I squeezed the ink pads of Elegant Eggplant, Fresh Fig and Berry Burst so that ink was on the lid and then dipped my Aqua Painter in the ink and painted sections that I had dampened with each of the colors. Set that aside to dry and die cut the branch out of Early Expresso cardstock and the flowers out of Watercolor paper as well. Once your background is dry, stamp Just Breath in Versamark and heat emboss with Gold Embossing Powder. The flowers are colored at the center with Berry Burst and an Aqua Painter and then Basic Pearls are placed in the centers. Embellish with some Gold Metallic Thread and put the card together! A detailed list is below and f you would like to make this card yourself, please email me and I’ll help you as I would love to be your Demonstrator! 

The next stop on the blog hop is Annette Sullivan  but if you get lost along the way, here is the complete list of all the talented Demonstrators that are participating:

 


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We Don’t Have to Say Goodbye to Cool Treats!

The 10% Off Bundle Price Ends May 31, But the Cool Treats Stamp Set and Frozen Treats Framelit Dies Available In New Catalog!

The Cool Treats bundle is another one that was a HUGE hit in the 2017 Occasions Catalog and when the retiring list came out, we worried that it would be on that list and not carry over into the new catalog available on June 1. I am pleased to report that the Cool Treats stamp set and the Frozen Treats Framelit Dies that make up the Cool Treats Bundle WILL be available in the new Annual Catalog BUT they won’t be sold as a bundle. What that means is that if you want to order these, you should do it before May 31 so you can save 10% off the bundle price. Click here for details about the Bundle.  Another reason to order now is that the Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper (featured on the bottom half of this card) will no longer be available after May 31 AND it’s on sale for only $7.50 right now! So you get 10% off on the bundle and the paper for 60% off. Sounds like a deal to me!

 

Other details about this card:

  • The circles are cut with the Layering Circles dies. The chocolate chip die was embossed with the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder.
  • I am in love with the Lace Doilies. I could seriously use them in every project! They add a nice accent to just about anything!
  • The ice cream cone is stamped in Watermelon Wonder on Whisper White cardstock. The Cool Treats stamp features a technique called two-step stamping that allows for depth and almost a 3D appearance. To create the look, ink up your stamp with the shape of the ice cream and then stamp the image once on a piece of scrap paper (hence the technique name, stamping off) and then without re-inking your stamp, go ahead and stamp the image as needed. Stamping off gives you a more variety in your ink because you can have a lighter hue or shade of color and create more depth in your images without needing tons of ink colors in complimentary hues. For even more contrast, stamp off twice for and get a much lighter shade and now you have three variations of the same color you can use in projects.
  • Next, you simply ink up the second image, in this case, the swirls of the cone, in the same ink color and stamp as normal. Cut out the cone with the Frozen Treats Framelits dies and embellish with some pearls as sprinkles. 
  • The cone is stamped using Crumb Cake ink and cut with the FrozenTreats Framelits as well.
  • The Tasty Treats Designer Series Paper has a wide variety of patterns and colors but one of my favorites is the one featured int his project that is embossed and glossy. Such a nice finish and it adds gloss to this card! 

 

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Thinking Of You Retiring Hostess Set – Iconic Occasions

Stampin’ Up is all about fellowship and sharing. Indeed, their motto or Statement the Heart is ” 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!” To that end, they offer many ways to share the love of stamping and creating, either through clubs, classes or Stampin’ Up demonstration night parties. Stampin Up loves to reward a hostess who invites her friends over for a night of Stampin’ Up fun, or for hosting an online event by offering certain hostess sets that can only be earned, not purchased. As such, they are pretty special stamp sets. This card features a hostess set from the 2017 Occasions Catalog that will retire on May 31. It’s called Iconic Occasions and here is a photo of the set:

 

This card is simple yet elegant. Often times, we can get so caught up in making sure we have lots of layers or embellishments and forget that as in fashion, so with cards and less sometimes can be more. Another thing that struck me about this project is the usage of the same sentiment three times. Who says just because you stamped an image once, you are done? Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and you just might surprise yourself while stretching your supplies even further than ever! If you are interested in learning how to qualify to get this set for FREE, please email me at jen@stampastical.com. After May 31, this set is gone forever so don’t wait! 

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Stamptastical Masculine Card – One Wild Ride

This is a masculine card featuring One Wild Ride, a custom designed stamp set from Stampin’ Up. I recently participated in a card swap where the theme was masculine cards. I have to admit, I struggled. I like pretty, floral, lacey, sparkly, frilly, pastel, girly-girly type projects, so the challenge really got me outside of my comfort zone. I WISH I could say I was the super talented individual who created this card, but I am not. This wonderful piece of creativity was created by Belinda Fairbanks. I do not have her web address or location of city, sadly but if you see this post, Belinda, please let me know so I can give you all the credit you absolutely deserve! She is so amazing that she included a list of supplies used to make this card, which I have listed below.

What struck me about this card is that yes, it’s masculine, but it still has some bling and I loved the color combination. The stamp set was actually designed by and created for a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator who reached $1 million in sales! If you flip through the Stampin’ Up catalog, sometimes you will see a little $1 million sales icon next to certain stamp sets, and they are the ones that an actual Demonstrator helped to design. One Wild Ride is one, Bella & Friends is another one and in the new catalog available starting June 1, there is a gorgeous breast cancer awareness stamp set designed by a Demonstrator who wanted to honor her mother.  I just thought that was a nice touch and a wonderful way to celebrate and commemorate a Demonstrator’s hard work! 

To create this project, it appears that the talented Belinda Fairbanks stamped the motorcycle image in Versa Mark on Very Vanilla cardstock and then heat embossed with Gold Stampin Up Embossing Powder. To create the badge, she used a technique called masking. She stamped the badge text in Basic Black on Very Vanilla and then she separately stamped the word Journey from the same stamp in Versa Mark and heat embossed it in gold as well. She cut the word Journey out and mounted it on the badge. What a clever idea to jazz up the sentiment! She also sponged the Very Vanilla cardstock in Sahara Sand ink around the edges to give it an aged look. Simple yet stunning!

 

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Stamptastical Cool Treats & Celebrations Card

This is a project I made for a swap I did last month and it features the Cool Treats stamp set and the Celebrations Duo Textured Embossing Folders. It’s a simple looking card but actually, has two different stamping techniques involved.  I am not sure if you can tell from the photo, the word “Celebrate” on the card is debossed, not embossed. What that means is that typically when you emboss, you are pushing the paper up, almost like a braille or raised texture that you can feel. When you deboss, you push the paper in. To make this card, I actually ran the  Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot using the Celebrations Duo Textured Embossing Folders and then I had a card front where the word Celebrate was pushed in. If I flipped the cardstock over, it would be backward but the text would be raised. After that, it was a matter of stamping the images and adding embellishments. What is nifty about this technique is that you can still stamp over the embossing and you get a resist effect as the ink won’t appear where you’ve embossed. 

I also played a  bit with one of the brand new In Colors called Lemon Lime Twist. I must admit, that color is growing on me. I wasn’t too crazy about it at first and thought it was just some neon yellow-green but it’s really more a spring green in my opinion. It works great with several colors and I’m rapidly becoming a fan. The other colors I used were Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry for the popsicles and Tip Top Taupe for the handles. To get the different shades the popsicles, I stamped off on a piece of scratch paper and stamped the shape of the popsicles and then for the stripes or lines, I straight stamped. It’s a great technique to get variations of a shade of ink and to stretch your supplies and the second stamping technique featured in this project. Some Bermuda Bay ribbon and Metallic Sequins to embellish and a card is born….or created?! I hope you like it regardless! 

 

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Exclusive Preview: Tranquil Tide Eastern Palace Card

This week I’ve been sharing some projects I made using the newest line of products from Stampin’ Up called Eastern Palace. This is an AMAZING suite that you can purchase EARLY, before the catalog is available to order from on June 1. You have two choices, the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – perfect for the beginning crafter OR the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle – perfect for the avid crafter! These bundles are exclusive, you can’t get them anywhere else! In the more than ten years I’ve been a Demonstrator, I’ve never known Stampin’ Up to release a suite before the catalog come out but when I heard they were, and then saw what they were offering, I couldn’t wait until it was available to order! If the products aren’t enough to get you excited, you also get your hands on three of the five brand new In Colors as well. These are new colors of ink, ribbon and markers that have never been used before. So you get to play with Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist and Fresh Fig! Just to recap, here are photos of the bundles and the details:

 

Now, for this project, I decided to use the newest In Color, Tranquil Tide. It’s a nice deep green color. While technology is great and I tried to use the best lighting to take photos and we have great monitors and phones to view images, I can promise you that the photo you are seeing of this color does not do it justice! I also used the Mini Tassels and the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers. They are just gorgeous and you get so many to choose from! I don’t know about you, but when I have crafting supplies that I really love, that I really think are breathtakingly gorgeous, I really struggle to use them because they are so pretty and make me so happy, I cannot bear to use them up! It was like that for me with the stickers but I keep reminding myself that I have so many in just one package and that they are very reasonably priced so I can order more! Problem solved and voila! A project featuring the Gold Vinyl Stickers! 

Next week I will showcase some of the products from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog that will be available June 1. If you would like to receive a copy, please email me with your address and I’ll drop one in the mail for you! 

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If you would like to order Stampin’ Up! product… please click on my signature below.  In the meantime, have a Stamptastical day! 

 

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