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Monday, August 29, 2016

SIP Challenge: Christmas In July (The Creativity Cave) | Christmas In July, Challenges and Branches

SIP Challenge: Christmas In July (The Creativity Cave) | Christmas In July, Challenges and Branches


Perfectly lovely Christmas card featuring images from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set. #thoughtfulbranches #stampinup

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Aug 16Gel Pocket Cards and More

Gel Pocket Cards and More

When I first laid eyes on the Jar of Love Stamp Set (item 141587), I knew there was a certain type of card I just had to make. I was just itching to get out the hair gel and some Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill and make a gel pocket card. You may have seen this technique before.
I found that the 2"x 8" Cellophane Bags (item 141703) are the perfect size to use with the Everyday Jars Framelits Dies (item 141490). The width of the bag is just a little bigger than the jar opening, making it easy to create the gel pocket. Simply mix a spoonful of hair gel with whatever Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill color you’d like. I used Island Indigo and found that just one drop went a long way. Drop about a teaspoon-worth of colored gel into the cellophane bag and seal well with Tear & Tape Adhesive (item 138995).
Next, stamp your jar on cardstock and use the “inside jar” Framelit to cut out the center. Decorate the rest of the card as you wish and then adhere the gel pocket to the back of the cardstock. Adhere the card front to your card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals (item 104430) and you’re finished! I used this method to create the “Best fishes” card below.

The flower card was created in a similar way but involved adhering the gel pocket only to the jar frame (which was a little trickier).
Creating these cards had me thinking about different things to do with the stamps and Framelits. My next idea was very similar to the gel pocket but instead of using hair gel, I used jam (that might be jelly to you). Yep, I took a spoonful of raspberry jam and popped it into my cello bag. I sealed it up well and created a card with it using the steps above. I did add an extra acetate Window Sheet (item 142314) which I added quilting to using my Bone Folder (item 102300). I couldn’t help but use another pun sentiment to finish it off.

By the time I had made this card, I was well and truly thinking about other pantry items to use (as well as other puns). I have quite a few dry goods stored in preserving jars and the first of those to be made into a card was crushed nuts. Instead of making a gel card, I switched over to shaker cards.
To make my nutty shaker card, I stamped and cut out a jar, then cut out the inside. You can cut out the center of the two smaller jars by being a little tricky with your Big Shot (item 143263) and positioning your cutting pads only where you want to cut. By doing the top of the jar first and then the bottom (or vice versa), you can cut a hole smaller than the Framelit itself.
Once you have your jar frame, cut two additional jars from the Window Sheet. Adhere one of the Window Sheet jars to the back of your cardstock frame. Then, using Foam Adhesive Strips (item 141825), create a wall around the edge of the frame. Add the crushed nuts, remove the adhesive strip backing, and adhere the second Window Sheet jar. You should now have a cute little jar shaker. Create your desired card design and adhere the shaker.

I followed these steps to create two more fun “dry goods” shaker cards.


Aren’t they fun? I bet you can think of some more fun ingredients and puns to create shaker cards with!

My final project to show is another shaker jar, but this time I created a tag instead of a card. I think the Jar of Love Stamp Set and coordinating Everyday Jars Framelits Dies are perfect for creating tags for all those gifts we like to give in preserving jars, especially during the holiday season. To create your tag, simply follow the steps for the shaker card above. For my wintery Christmas tag, I stamped and fussy cut an evergreen from the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set (item 127793) and glued that to my second Window Sheet jar before adhering. The snow is Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter (item 133751).

I hope you’ve been inspired to use your Jar of Love Stamp Set in fun and unique ways. I truly think the possibilities are endless with this set—as endless as the inspiration you’ll find by searching for preserving jar ideas on Pinterest!
Jessica Williams
Artisan Design Team 2015–2016

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Banners for Christmas—and More!
Banners for Christmas—and More!
You will love these gorgeous Christmas projects—including the Joyful Christmas Card that doubles as an ornament! You know what else you’ll love? The Banners for Christmas Stamp Set that’s featured on them to create a beautiful layered banner look.
You that have already purchased the Banners for You Bundle from the annual catalog will want this set since it perfectly coordinates with the Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies they already have. For those who don’t have the bundle yet, you’ll definitely want to get it after you see this set since the dies coordinate with FIVE sets from the annual catalog as well as this holiday catalog set. It’s a win all around!
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Banners for Christmas Stamp Set; Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Real Red, and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper; This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper; Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad®; Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Pool Party, and Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pads; VersaMark® Ink Pad; Real Red Stampin’ Write® Marker; Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush; Gold Stampin’ Emboss® Powder; 3/8" Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack; 1/4" Silver Natural Trim; Very Vanilla Thick Baker’s Twine; Baker’s Twine Trio Pack; Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine; Gold Metallic Thread; Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Stampin’ Dimensionals®; Big Shot™; Bunch of Banners and Layering Ovals Framelits™ Dies; Gift Bag Punch Board; 1/8" Handheld Circle Punch; 1/2" Circle and 3/4" Circle Punches; Sponge Brayer

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August Paper Pumpkin: Bold Botanicals


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The rest of the kit is quite remarkable too! It’s full of embellishments like woodcut leaves and flowers, twine, burlap trim, mini clothespins, die-cut cardstock pieces, and watercolored backgrounds.

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There are three cards each of three different designs for a total of nine beautiful cards.

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And just to prove the versatility of this kit, here’s another card design that you could try using the components for the kit. With a stamp set like this and a variety of embellishments, there’s no stopping your creativity!

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Add the pocket card to a Petit Café Gift Bag with a Gold Binder Clip and you’ll have a gift ready for a special occasion.

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You’re going to love using this stamp set over and over again. The bold floral background can be used in so many ways. Simply stamp and rotate it to create a gorgeous background and a simply elegant design. The style lends itself well to watercoloring as featured on this card.

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We can’t wait to see what you create with your Bold Botanicals kit. The refill kit is now available so you can keep on creating.

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And, be sure to tell your friends about the Paper Pumpkin BOGO offer going on right now. First-time subscribers can buy their first month at regular price and get their second month FREE! Use promo code BOGO at PaperPumpkin.com by October 10.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Paper Pumpkin

Bold Botanicals is the perfect blend of subtle tones and bright patterns. The photopolymer stamp set features innovative designs for beautiful backgrounds and fun phrases for a variety of occasions. With three different card styles and a variety of embellishments, this kit is sure to help you find your monthly crafting mojo!
More Ideas
In case three card ideas isn’t enough (and let’s face it, can you ever get enough?), we have three more ideas on the blog—two cards and an adorable bag. Check it out! As usual, we can’t wait to see your creative ideas.
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August Refill
Want to make more projects with the August kit? Order your refill today, while supplies last.
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Many Manly Occasions Kit
Get more of those amazing laser cut cards and corrugated cardstock you loved from the May kit—not to mention a versatile stamp set and ink spot for all your masculine cards.
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The August 2016 Paper Pumpkin, Bold Botanicals, features nine cards and three designs. The photopolymer stamp set was designed to create beautiful backgrounds and with embellishments like paper flowers, woodcut elements, twine, burlap trim, and mini clothespins there are so many things to love!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jar of Cheer

Jar of Cheer
Jar of Cheer
We’re excited about how many of you love crafting with the Jar of Love Stamp Set in the annual catalog. Jars are all the rage in crafting now and the Jar of Cheer Stamp Set in the holiday catalog offers you even more options for keeping up with the trend this season! This set is also just one of over a dozen products in the holiday catalog that perfectly coordinates with annual catalog products. With so much cross coordination, the options are endless!
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Jar of Cheer Stamp Set; Soft Sky, Vellum, and Whisper White Cardstock; Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper; Regals and Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stacks; Window Sheets; Garden Green, Mint Macaron, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, and Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pads®; Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Ink Pad; Jet Black StāzOn Ink Pad; VersaMark® Pad; Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush; Clear, Copper, and White Stampin’ Emboss® Powder; 3/8" Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack; Whisper White Thick Baker’s Twine; Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine; Petite Café Gift Bags; Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Big Shot™; Everyday Jars and Layering Circles Framelits Dies™; Blender Pens; Banner Triple Punch; Sponge Brayers