Stampin’ Up! Waterfront Thank You Card

Hello Creative Friends!

I am still busy working on cards to share with you that show off some of the great new products in the holiday catalog. In the meantime I figured I would show you a card that showcases one of the awesome sets from the annual catalog. This card was made using the Waterfront stamp set and there is actually a fabulous stamp set in the holiday catalog that would coordinate with it beautifully!

We made this card in my card class recently. One of the best things I found as everyone made this card is there is no right or wrong way!  This stamp set is very forgiving and lets you really become an artist!

To make this card I used Daffodil Delight for the Sun, Pool Party stamped off once for the clouds,  Smoky Slate to stamp the mountains, Crumb Cake to stamp the sand area, a combination of Balmy Blue and Pool Party for the water, a combination of Garden Green and Old Olive for the grassy area and Garden Green for the trees. I wanted less white space in the water area so I used a sponge dauber to add in some Pool Party ink. The Sentiment was stamped in Balmy Blue.  I wanted to keep this card simple so I used simple layers of Smoky Slate and Balmy Blue cardstock. I did also add a little Wink of Stella in the water to make it appear more like waves.

If you like this stamp set then you will also love the new Holiday Catalog stamp set called Snowfront. Here is what it looks like:

Can you see how well these two stamp sets could coordinate?  I sure can!

I hope to have some creations to share with you that showcase the products from the holiday catalog soon!

~Kristal

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The new Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog is here!

Hellos Creative Friends!

I am so sorry for my delay in posting this information, but the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog is here!!

The catalog went live on September 4th, but I was having issues with my blog and I could not post about it!  Thankfully this is all fixed now so you can start shopping for all the wonderful products available in the catalog!  Just click here to start shopping. Yay!

~Kristal

Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek – The Raven!

Hello Creative Friends!

We are just 7 days away from the Holiday catalog going live for orders!! I figured it was definitely time for a Sneak Peek into some of the wonderful products in this fabulous catalog! If you have followed me for a while you probably know I am always going to start with Halloween because it is my favorite holiday! Today’s creation showcases the new stamp set called The Raven!

Doesn’t it look Spooky!! This stamp set is perfect to scare up some Halloween wishes for your friends. 👻

I started with a card base in Basic Black cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4. The next layer is Smokey Slate and it was embossed with the new Stylish Scroll Embossing folder. I needed it to look a little more spooky so I used the edge of my scissors to rough up the card stock all around. Next it was time to stamp my raven on Whisper White paper. I did that with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then stamped over the Raven again with my Versamark pad, added clear embossing powder and heat embossed the image. Can you see that my stamping was just a little off center? I actually thought it looked really cool that way so I left it! Of course if you want yours to be exact then the Stamparatus is the way to go. I think the reason this offset look works is because after the image cooled I used my my sponge dauber to lightly add in Smoky Slate ink and some of the new Delicata Metallic Ink in Gold. The sponged on ink will not stick to the embossed area so it makes that look almost like a reverse shadow.

Now it was time to stamp the branch so the Raven would have something to stand on. I used Soft Suede to stamp the branch and then cut out the image with the Stitched Nested Labels and cut off one end. I adhered this to the card and wrapped some of the new Basic Black 3/8 Scalloped Edge Ribbon. I added a bow at the top but I really needed that to look more spooky too. I decided to cut the tails of the bow into lengthwise strips and then fray that a bit. It really works, right?

The sentiment I used is also from The Raven stamp set and I used the same sponging technique on that and then cut it out with the new Ornate Frames Dies. I added a black layer of the same die to give the sentiment dimension. It is hard to tell but I also added a block dot on the Raven’s eye from the new Monster Bash Enamel Shapes embellishment pack.

If you are a Halloween lover then this stamp set is a must have to add to your collection! Come back in 7 days and you can purchase it by clicking here.

Thanks for checking out my blog today.  I hope to have at least one more sneak peak for you before the catalog goes live!

Happy Crafting!

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Up! Cuckoo for You Bundle

Hello Creative Friends!

I have such a fun card to share with you today! This card also has some special meaning for me. Today’s creation showcases the Cuckoo for You bundle which allows you to make an adorable Cuckoo Clock. Cuckoo Clocks are special to me because we had one in our home throughout my entire upbringing (it is still there too!) It is so ironic that Stampin’ Up! came out with this bundle the year that I lost my father. Attending to the Cuckcoo Clock was one of his daily activities. Before I get too nostalgic, check out this cute card!

I tried to make this clock look pretty traditional in color scheme because this card was made for my sister. She actually already received the card and really appreciated the sentiment. <3

The super fun part of this card is that it has a pop up feature! Just like any Cuckoo clock, this one has a door that opens and a bird is there waiting!

To make this card I started with a base layer of Crumb Cake. The background paper is part of the Regals Designer Series Paper Pack and it was layered onto Whisper White. The clock was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto Whisper White paper. I did the same for all the pieces you see including the trees, the door, the bird, the pendulum and the weights. I used many blends to color everything in including the following colors: Light/Dark Crumb Cake, Light/Dark Mossy Meadow, and Light/Dark Cajun Craze. To make it a bit easier on myself I actually colored in the entire clock with the Light Crumb Cake Blends marker, and then colored over that with the darker colors where I wanted them. I used one of the copper colored flower Designer Elements to add to the pull tab for opening the door. This gives it some extra flair. Stampin’ Up! has kindly made a video that explains how to put the Cuckoo Clock parts together to make the door open. You can watch the video below to see how I did this:

Once I had my clock all assembled, I added it to the card with dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Cuckoo for You stamp set and I decided to punch that out with my Classic Label punch and cut off one end. I also added a layer of Mossy Meadow card stock behind it with the same punch. I wanted to add some additional decoration on the inside of the card, so here is what I did:

That cute squirrel is part of the Cuckoo for you stamp set and he was cut out using the Cuckoo Clock dies. The sentiment is from the Rustic Retreat stamp set.

Is this bundle one you might consider purchasing? If you saw the card I posted about a week ago, you can see I used the Cuckoo Clock dies in a totally different way. I have also seen someone turn it into a birdhouse! There are always so many ways to use our products. Be sure to let your creativity flow when you get new goodies!

Thank you again for stopping by my blog and I will be back soon with more news and creative inspiration.

~Kristal

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Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop – Fall!

Hi Creative Friends!

I am excited that you are checking out my blog today so you can start getting lots of fall themed inspiration! I am participating in the Stampin’ Friends Blog Hop and the theme this month is Fall! Fall colors are some of my favorite colors to work with on my creative projects. I am drawn to the deep, regal colors that show up in the autumn. The projects I made today show off some of those pretty colors. I made a lovely thank you card and a useful bookmark that coordinate together and could be given as a gift set.

I knew I wanted to start by using the pretty Country Floral Embossing Folder. I quickly determined that the Forever Lovely stamp set and the Painted Harvest stamp set coordinated quite well with this embossing folder so they were the perfect sets to use for my project!

To make the card I cut a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock to 5 1/8 x 3 7/8 and rounded the corners. I ran it through my Big Shot with the Country Floral Embossing Folder. I then used my sponge daubers and the following colors to lightly color the raised parts of the embossed image: Mango Melody, Blackberry Bliss and Old Olive. These are dark colors so you want to be sure and use a light touch and small circular motions to get the ink on where you want it. It is important to remember that it is okay if it isn’t perfect too! Once I had that colored I layered it onto a piece of Blackberry Bliss card stock cut to 4 x 5 1/4. The based layer is a Crumb Cake card stock cut to 4 1/4 X 11 and scored at 5 1/2. I didn’t have any Blackberry Bliss ribbon, but that is not a problem at all since I have Blends markers! I used the 3/8 inch Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon and colored it in with my Dark Blackberry Bliss Marker. I added that along with some Burlap Ribbon to bring in more natural elements. The sentiment is from the Country Home Stamp set and was stamped with Blackberry Bliss ink on to Crumb Cake card stock. I then cut that out with the Stitched Nested Label Dies. I added this to the card with dimensionals and put some Gold Metallic Pearls on some of the smaller flowers on the card.

Now on to the bookmark!

To make the bookmark I cut a piece of Very Vanilla Card stock to 6 3/8 x 2 inches and then rounded all the corners. The Crumb Cake card stock layer is cut to 6 3/4 x 2 1/4. I used my 1/2 inch circle punch to make a hole in the Very Vanilla card stock and then laid it over the Crumb Cake cardstock to punch the hole again through that paper so they would line up better. Now it was time for the stamping. I ended up using Rich Razzleberry to stamp the images from the Forever Lovely stamp set as it seemed like it matched the card better. I randomly added the flowers and leaves from that set. The leaves are stamped in Old Olive. The sunflower images are stamped in Mango Melody and are from the Painted Harvest stamp set. Because reading can take you to far away places I thought it was perfect to add a sentiment from the Above The Clouds stamp set indicating you would be off to great places while reading! This was stamped in Old Olive. I did not add any pearls because a book mark needs to be flat. 🙂 I then added the same ribbon I used on the card around the top of the bookmark, but I tied it all together with some of the Linen Thread. Because I felt it needed just a little sparkle, I did add in some clear wink of Stella on the leaves of the bookmark.

These are pretty easy projects, so be sure to give them a try! But, before you do, be sure you hop along to see all the the wonderful fall ideas in the blog hop! Just click on the names below to hop on over to the next blog.

Rachael Rife

Ellen Woodbridge

Kristal Bell (you are here!)

Sue Vine

Katja Ettig

Cheryl Taylor

Pia Gerhardt

Anastasia Radloff

Barbara Welch

Anne Marie Hile

Melissa Thomas

~Kristal

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