Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Thoughtful Branches & More {Bite Me}

Kids, kids, kids...my brain is on overdrive at the moment. There are days that I just wake up with crazy ways/ideas to use my different stamps, dies & punches I own. This is the case many times. However, there is another way I get my creative juices flowing. All products Stampin' Up!


I wanted to make a vampire face this morning. The first thing I did was to google vampire clip art. After browsing through the clip art, I started seeing pieces & parts of the face that I had dies for. I thought an Old Olive pumpkin-y look might be fun, so this card is the result of those ideas and my internet browsing. 


The base of the pumpkin is from the Thoughtful Branches bundle, it is the leaf canopy. The stem is also from that die set. The eyes are from the new Christmas Pines bundle. It is a bow turned upside down! The fangs and nose are a trimmed down flag banner that is in the Balloon Framelits dies. I colored the hair with a Stampin' Up! Basic Black marker. 

The Thoughtful Branches bundle is only available until August 31, but if they run out before that day gets here, it will be too late anyway. I have done several different samples with that set. Click here to see them. 

The Christmas Pines bundle will be available September 1st from the new holiday catalog. 

The Balloon Framelits dies are available right now. 







Just remember that the Thoughtful Branches bundle is available until August 31 and you will be able to order the Christmas Pines bundle on September 1. The Balloon Framelits dies are available right now. I would appreciate it more than you know, if you ordered anything you need from my online store available by clicking on the link below. If you haven't signed up for my blog updates, please do so now. I will be sending a message just before September 1 with reminders about the new holiday catalog. 


I want to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator, creative coach and inspiration. Want to earn free shipping during the month of August?? Simply place an order online with me using the hostess code above right for at least $50 before tax & shipping. (This is my promotion, not a Stampin' Up! promotion) Just after September 1, I will either mail you check or refund the shipping cost to your paypal account. Your choice. Be sure and do not check "no contact" from demonstrator. If you do that, I will not be able to see your contact information to reimburse you. 


As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,

Kim







Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Spooky Pinecone (Yes, that's what I said)

A pinecone and a spider walk in to a bar...Seriously, look how cool this spider is! I have been having an absolute blast using the  new Stampin' Up! Christmas Pines bundle (available September 1 from the new holiday catalog) to make all kinds of projects. I came up with this idea early this morning out of necessity. I realized I didn't really own any good Halloween stamps and needed a Halloween card. Unless otherwise noted, all products Stampin' Up!


Check out the stamps and dies from this bundle priced at only $54.75 (plus tax & shipping):




Yes, the body of the spider really is made from the large & small pinecone. I stamped the pinecone image with Versamark ink and embossed with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder. The head of the spider was selectively edited using the small pinecone die to make the shape work better. 



The legs of the spider were made using two each of the bows that come with this set. The antennae was made using a branch of one of the sprig die cuts. The base layer was stamped with speckles from Gorgeous Grunge and Touches of Textures using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and was embossed using the Woodland Embossing folder. The word was stamped using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. The cardstock colors are Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Whisper White. The messy threads are a piece of cheesecloth and a few pieces of the Black Metallic Thread available from Stampin' Up! 

In case you haven't seen my other projects using this set for non-holiday purposes, click on the image to take you to the original blog post. 





Just remember that you will be able to order this bundle on September 1. I would appreciate it more than you know, if you ordered it from my online store available by clicking on the link below. If you haven't signed up for my blog updates, please do so now. I will be sending a message just before September 1 with reminders about the new holiday catalog. 


I want to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator, creative coach and inspiration. Want to earn free shipping during the month of August?? Simply place an order online with me using the hostess code above right for at least $50 before tax & shipping. (This is my promotion, not a Stampin' Up! promotion) Just after September 1, I will either mail you check or refund the shipping cost to your paypal account. Your choice. Be sure and do not check "no contact" from demonstrator. If you do that, I will not be able to see your contact information to reimburse you. 


As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,

Kim

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Christmas Pines {Deer Me?}

Oh, how I love a stamp/die bundle with so many possibilities.  This idea was another one I woke up with this morning. My mind works in mysterious ways...just ask my husband. All products Stampin' Up!




The deer head is one of the pine cone dies and the antlers are some type of sprig die in the die set that compliments the Christmas Pines stamp set. This bundle will be available to order on September 1st. The deer portion was cut from Dazzling Diamonds paper. The photo doesn't show how glimmer-y it actually is. The Basic Black background was embossed with the ever popular Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The Rudolph nose is one of the Brights Enamel Shapes. A simple, but striking card!




For a few other outside the box ideas using this stamp & die bundle, click here and here

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I want to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator, creative coach and inspiration. Want to earn free shipping during the month of August?? Simply place an order online with me using the hostess code above right for at least $50 before tax & shipping. (This is my promotion, not a Stampin' Up! promotion) Just after September 1, I will either mail you check or refund the shipping cost to your paypal account. Your choice. Be sure and do not check "no contact" from demonstrator. If you do that, I will not be able to see your contact information to reimburse you. 


As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,

Kim

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Another Sneak Peek: Christmas Pines {#GDP049}

I'm playing along with the Global Design Project one more time this week. It is a color challenge. I'm posting another sneak peek of the new Christmas Pines stamp set from the holiday catalog. All products Stampin' Up! 



When I saw the new Christmas Pines stamp set, (with matching dies) I saw all kinds of possibilities other than just for the holidays for this set that will be available from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog on September 1. Click here to see my post from a couple of days ago, also a GDP submission.  



As soon as I saw this set, I knew I wanted to make some tiny pineapples out of the pinecones and pine needles. The matching dies really came in handy for this project. 


I paired the new stamps with some of my most used stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the sentiment is from the set called Lovely Amazing You. 



When I was putting this card together, the colors behind the pineapple were a little too bold and were over shadowing the pineapple-y goodness. To remedy the situation, I simply punched a piece of Vellum cardstock using the Decorative Label punch and layered it behind the tiny ananas comosus. (scientific name for pineapple...isn't it cool?) I use this trick often to soften an area. I distressed a small strip of the Gold Sequin Trim with my heat tool and pulled a few sequins off for this project. I like that the sequins aren't completely flat and now have kind of a wonky shape to them. 



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I want to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator, creative coach and inspiration. Want to earn free shipping during the month of August?? Simply place an order online with me using the hostess code above right for at least $50 before tax & shipping. (This is my promotion, not a Stampin' Up! promotion) Just after September 1, I will either mail you check or refund the shipping cost to your paypal account. Your choice. Be sure and do not check "no contact" from demonstrator. If you do that, I will not be able to see your contact information. 


As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,


Kim

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Special Offer From Stampin' Up!



Great offer from Stampin' Up! for first time Paper Pumpkin craft kit subscribers!

Subscribe between now and Sept. 10th, and you'll pay full price for your Sept. kit ($19.95) and then you'll receive the Oct. kit for free!  Use promo code BOGO at checkout.


It's that simple...buy one, get one.  When you use promo code BOGO at checkout, you'll pay the regular price of $19.95 for your first month and get your second month FREE! Subscribe here.  (If you wait until September 11, you will have until October 10 to receive the October kit as your first one and your November kit free.)
What is Paper Pumpkin? I'm so glad you asked! 


Who wouldn't love a happy surprise delivered right to your mailbox each month? The kit includes stamps, ink and the consumable products needed to make a different project each month. The kits might include supplies for 6-8 cards, goodie bags, a banner or even a home decor item. You can make all of them yourself or it would be a great excuse for a get-together with your friends!

Here are samples of some of the projects in past kits:





The Fine Print:
  • IMPORTANT: Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. In other words, subscribers cannot cancel or suspend their subscription during their first two months—if they do, the offer is void. Make sure your customers know that they can’t put their subscription on hold or cancel until after the first two full months.
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Ends October 10, 2016.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only.
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).
  • Kits are mailed around the 12-15th of each month and will arrive at your home shortly thereafter.
  • Subscribe now. 

As always, thank you for visiting my blog. Let me know if you have any questions about this blog post or any others.  

Artfully Yours,

Kim




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sneak Peek: Christmas Pines {#GDP049}

I'm playing along with the Global Design Project this week. It is a color challenge. I also thought I would use this opportunity to post a sneak peek of the new Christmas Pines stamp set from the holiday catalog. All products Stampin' Up!


If you follow my blog at all, you will know I love using stamps in unexpected ways. When I saw the new Christmas Pines stamp set, (with matching dies) I saw all kinds of possibilities other than just for the holidays. 


 Do you see as many uses for these images as I do? 


I've paired the simple pine branch image with a splattering of Basic Black Archival ink using one of my favorite stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and a few of the pine branch die cuts from the matching Pretty Pines Thinlits dies. The words were stamped using images from the set called Labeler Alphabet. I love how I can stamp ANY word I want using that set. 



The Labeler Alphabet is available right now. The Christmas Pines stamps and Pretty Pines Thinlits (available as a bundle), will be available in the new holiday catalog September 1. 



I want to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator, creative coach and inspiration. Want to earn free shipping during the month of August?? Simply place an order online with me using the hostess code above right for at least $50 before tax & shipping. (This is my promotion, not a Stampin' Up! promotion) Just after September 1, I will either mail you check or refund the shipping cost to your paypal account. Your choice. Be sure and do not check "no contact" from demonstrator. If you do that, I will not be able to see your contact information. 


As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,

Kim



Sunday, August 14, 2016

Thoughtful Branches {Pineapple}

I'm having a blast with the limited time bundle from Stampin' Up! called Thoughtful Branches. It has really gotten me thinking outside box for some reason. It has such a great selection of stamp images and die shapes.

I woke up this morning with the idea of a somewhat stylized pineapple shape using the leaf canopy from the dies. I think it worked!


The top of the pineapple was made using one of the leaf dies from Botanical Builder Framelits. The "enjoy" came from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. I added Clear Wink of Stella to the word to make it sparkle a bit. I did a very light watercolor wash behind the pineapple with Bermuda Bay ink. The body of the pineapple is 2 of the leaf canopies. I glued them going opposite directions, so the base layer would show through. I stamped the yellowish layer with Soft Suede using the speckle stamp from Gorgeous Grunge. All in all, a very simple process! If you love the Thoughtful Branches bundle as much as I do, please do not delay in making your purchase. These will only be available through August 31 or until they are gone. See info below for how to get free shipping when you order it from me. 






I want to be your Stampin' Up! demonstrator, creative coach and inspiration. Want to earn free shipping this month?? Simply place an order online with me using the hostess code above right for at least $50 before tax & shipping. (This is my promotion, not a Stampin' Up! promotion) Just after September 1, I will either mail you check or refund the shipping cost to your paypal account. Your choice. Be sure and do not check "no contact" from demonstrator. If you do that, I will not be able to see your contact information. 


As always, let me know if you have any questions about the project or the products used. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Artfully Yours,

Kim