Modern Heart Ombre’ Watercolor fun!

Hi Creative Friends!

Whew! It has been a busy summer which is making it challenging for me to find time to craft! I am glad to report I have something new to share with you today, and it includes fun with watercolor and pretty, copper metallic embossing!

I had only recently received the Modern Heart stamp set and it will definitely be one of my favorites! To make this card I started by stamping the geometric heart with Versamark ink on watercolor paper. I covered that with Copper Embossing powder. I heat embossed that and let it cool. I then used my Aqua Painter and started at the top of the heart with Bermuda Bay ink. In the center of the heart I added Coastal Cabana and at the bottom of the hear I used Pool Party. I lightly used the Aqua Painter to meld the colors next to each other so you could not see an ink line. Once it had the appearance I liked I fussy cut the heart out. I cut a 3 3/4 x 5 inch piece of Whisper White ink and stamped with another stamp from the Modern Heart set using Pool Party Ink. I then used the small geometric heart stamp from the set and Versamark ink to randomly stamp hearts on the paper. These were also heat embossed with Copper Embossing Powder. I stamped the sentiment using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I layered the stamped paper onto a 3/4 X 5 1/4 piece of Copper Foil paper and a card base of Bermuda Bay cut to 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4. I then added some Clear Epoxy Droplets to give it a little more flare. The heart was adhered to the paper with dimensionals.

This is a very simple way to add some watercolor into your life. Have you tried watercoloring yet? It makes me feel a bit like an artist!

I want to be sure and remind you that the Bonus Days are still going on but not for long! You only have until the end of the month to earn those bonus coupons so grab your Stampin’ Up! goodies now by clicking here!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find time to be crafty today!

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up Trimmer Blades and Clearance Rack News!

I am excited to tell you that you have one last time to get the Stampin’ Trimmer blades!  But be warned, they will go FAST!  

Stampin’ Up! has notified us that at 10:00 am Mountain time (11:00 am central time) on June 27th they will open up ordering for the Stampin’ Trimmer blades.  The last two times these were available to order they were gone in 10 minutes!!  These blades are for the, now retired, Stampin’ Trimmer which is why they are in such high demand.  It is my understanding this may be the last time we have the option to order the blades, so if you need them I recommend being ready to put in an order at exactly 10:00 am Mountain time!  There is a 3 per person limit when ordering. You can click on the picture above to head over to my website to grab them when they become available. Set your alarms for Thursday! 

Exciting news about the Clearance Rack!

Starting June 26, at 12:01 AM (MT), for the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! is putting stamp sets on the Clearance Rack! This is not something they have done in the past and it is unclear if they will do it again. The stamp sets will be on the clearance rack (while supplies last!). Check out the list of stamp sets on clearance below:

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You can start shopping for these sets by clicking here!

That is all for today. Happy Shopping!

~Kristal

Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop – Summer Fun!

I am so glad you have stopped by my blog today because you are in a for a treat! I am participating in the Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop and the theme this month is Summery Fun! What makes me think of Summer? Flowers! I love all the beautiful flowers the bloom throughout the summer so I decided I would show off the pretty Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper (DSP) with my projects today.

The first thing I have to share with you is a useful project. I am often making lists and I realized I had just run out of my notepad I keep on the fridge. What better time to make my own!

I started by grabbing some of my computer paper and cutting it to 4 x 9 3/4 (10.16 cm x 23.765 cm). I am not sure how much paper I cut, but I did try to make the thickness as close to a 1/2 inch (1.27 cm) as possible. This is important because that matches the width of the Tear & Tape strip. Once I had my paper cut I made it as perfectly lined up as possible at the top. I then held the paper together with binder clips on each side. After that I added the Tear & Tape to the top of the paper. I made sure to press the Tear & Tape down hard so it stuck to the sheets of paper well. Next, I grabbed some of the pretty Perennial Essence DSP and cut it at 4 x 3 3/4 (10.16 cm x 9.525 cm). I used the Be Mine Stitched Dies to give the paper a decorative edge. I laid the DSP under the computer paper and then scored where I would want it to fold over so it would fold easier. I checked to be sure it was lined up with the paper and then folded it over the top. The Tear & Tape keeps it stuck to the top. You do not want to add any glue to the front of the paper so you can tear sheets off easily. I did add some glue to the back of the DSP so it stuck to the last sheet of the notepad. You won’t be able to use this final sheet of paper. Here is a picture highlighting the steps I took so far:

I wanted to dress up the notepad and also make it more sturdy. I first added the lovely Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon across the front. It was adhered to the final piece of paper on the back. Of course, I did not want that to show so I also cut a piece of Petal Pink card stock at 4 1/2 x 9 3/4 (11.43 cm x 23.765 cm) to make a base for the notepad. I think it also makes it look more finished. I then used a sentiment the Crafting Forever stamp set to remind myself to still be crafty everyday when I am making those lists! The sentiment was stamped in Blackberry Bliss and cut out with the Stitched Shapes Dies. I added a layer of Petal Pink card stock cut out with the layering circles Dies as well. Here is a close up of the top of the notepad:

Fun right? I even added a magnet to the back of the pad so I am ready to write out lists once again! Okay, now how about one more project?

Next up is a card I made with the same DSP and the wonderful new Bloom & Grow stamp set!

Fun fact: The DSP used on the card is actually the back of the paper used on the notepad! To make this card I started with a card base cut at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (13.97 cm x 21.59 cm) and scored at 4 1/4 (10.795 cm) in the gorgeous Pretty Peacock card stock. I added a layer of Crumb Cake card stock cut at 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 (13.0175 cm x 9.8425 cm). The DSP is cut at 5 x 3 3/4 (12.7 cm x 9.525 cm). I stamped the sentiment from the Bloom & Grow stamp set using Pretty Peacock ink on Very Vanilla card stock. The leaves were also stamped in the same color. I don’t yet have the Pretty Peacock Blends, but I found that the Dark Bermuda Bay Blends marker was a nice substitute. I colored in the berries with the Light Blackberry Bliss Blends marker. I added some Clear Wink of Stella on the berries as well. Next I cut out the sentiment and a layer of Crumb Cake card stock with the new Stitched Nested Labels Dies.

The pretty ribbon used on this paper is the new Pretty Peacock Scalloped Linen Ribbon. I used a slightly different way to put this ribbon on because the back of the ribbon is only a Crumb Cake color. So instead of folding it over like I normally would, I actually cut two tails so I could have the front of the ribbon showing in the lower corner. The top corner does have a fold, but you can only see the front. I used glue dots to place the ribbon where I wanted it on the paper. Fun trick, right? I finished off the card by adding the sentiment layer on with dimensionals and adding some Blackberry Bliss springs with my Spring punch.

I hope this gives you lots of inspiration, but there is so much more to go! You need to be sure to head over to the next blog and hop you way through to see all the great Summer Fun ideas.

Just click on the names below to hop on over to the next blog!

Rachael Rife

Ellen Woodbridge

Katja Ettig

Melissa Thomas

Corinne Oosterhoff

Sue Vine

Kristal Bell (you are here!)

Maureen Rauchfuss

Steph Jandrow

Barbara Welch

Thank you and happy crafting!

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up! Best Catch Masculine Card

I have a nice masculine card to share with you using one of the sets that carried over into the new catalog. Check out the Best Catch stamp set and Catch of the Day Dies!

I am so happy the Best Catch stamp set has carried over into the new catalog! I always need good masculine card ideas so this one is a great fit for anyone who loves fishing. I also used the Catch of the Day Dies to cut out the images in this card. All the coloring was completed using various blends markers (see all the colors used in the supply list below). There are a couple of retired items on this card, but any embossing folder and paper that looks like bubbles could work!

I hope this card gives you some inspiration and thanks for stopping by my page!

~Kristal

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The new 2019-2020 Stampin’ UP! Annual Catalog is here!!

Woo-hoo! It is time to start shopping the NEW annual catalog!!

You are going to LOVE all the wonderful new items you have to choose from in this new catalog! Check out some of the fabulous new products in this video!

Those sailboats would be perfect for lots of upcoming summer creations, and isn’t that little truck adorable??

You can start shopping by click here!!

Happy Shopping!!

~Kristal