So, I am new to making videos! I have wanted to do it for a long time and I finally decided not to wait another minute and jump in head-first so to speak! Well, yesterday's video has my daughter coming home from school and yelling "Hi mom" in it. Today is filled with bloopers! I think you'll laugh right along with me (at least I hope). I think my project is fantastic, but to keep these videos coming for now, I am not editing them (mostly because I have not figured out how, and also due to the time it takes!) Now, previously I would have just cut more paper and made the card again, but I thought I would share the "real" creative process! ;) Please tell me you are laughing by the end! Several samples and the product list are below! Just click on the products to place your order and it will ship directly to you! Don't forget--its Sale-a-bration time which means for every $50 you spend, you'll get a FREE Sale-a-bration item! Yippie! Thanks for watching (and giggling!)
Watch for another video tomorrow that will have these cards below featured--making flowers from the individual petals from the Bouquet Die!
LOVE this awesome card using Snuggles and Smooches! It is so quick and easy! I've got a cool technique in it, too!! Listen for when my daughter comes home and says "Hi Mom!" It is one of my favorite parts! :) The set is one that is not in any catalog--it is just a set that was released! I love it! Head over ot my store to order by clicking on the picture in the supply section below!!
Have you ever noticed I am in love with the concept of Aqua/Orange! This is a really easy card using the new set, Sheltering Tree! I addeded some Tangerine Tango Flowers and some Tangerine colored pearls. I made them over a year ago--before we had blendabilities. I used a sponge and some reinker in some crystal effects. It dried on the pearls and looked great--now we can make them even easier and get the same result--color right on the pearl with the blendabilities! Easy Peesy! I put the blendability version in my list of supplies, but if you need more info on the crystal effects version, let me know!
I am so in love with the new Butterfly Basics Bundle, I can't even stand it!! This is such an easy card to make and the bright colors are awesome! One of the things I love in the new Occasions catalog is the Stacked with Love paper stack. While one side is black, coral, canteloupe and red, the other side is BLACK and WHITE!! It is adorable--and will certainly work well past any valentine card and treats you'll make!
Here is the inside! The greeting is from the Sale-a-bration set, Best Day Ever
As you may have guessed, I am LOVIN this awesome set, Butterfly Basics, but I wanted to make a card without a butterfly. This is a card I made for a swap I participtated in recently and I just love the simplicity of it--but yet it is a beautiful, elegant card!
I am super honored to be participating in my first ever Blog Hop!! Yippie! I was nominated by a fellow demo, Melissa D, a friend who I've been swapping with for a couple of years now and absolutely love her clean, simple style! The blog hop is to hilight Stampin UP! projects by demonstrators for your inspiration! I am just tickled to be a part of such an awesome group of people! After my project, I"ll have a few Q/A's for you to read, too! Check out this post, too! It is a class where we will make this project!
This is a card I cased from the Occasions Catalog!! I LOVE IT!!
While I absolutely adore this sample, the card shown is not a standard size and I wanted something that was small and simple!
The other thing I like about this card is that it is one layer of cardstock but still has dimension and depth!
The inside is very simple, and I absolutely adore the fern image--I decided when I ordered this set that I wanted clear mount instead of photopolymer and the reason is that I wanted to be able to "stamp off" the ink. I find that when you stamp with photopolymer way more ink comes off the image and what is left is rarely enough for a second lighter image (it is basically all gone at that point). This card is the perfect example of my investment paying off!! Don't get me wrong--Im a HUGE fan of photopolymer (especially when lining up things) but in this case, the set didn't require much of that so I went for the rubber!
I am up to my eyeballs in the New Occasions Catalog! (and I'm loving it!) I don't think I've ever been so excited about a new catalog as I am this one and it is rediculously full of fantastic stuff! Hold on to your wallets (mine has taken a big hit!!) I am loving all the new accessories, and would have to say the Butterfly Thinlits are my absolute FAV! There is a great diversity of styles, colors and coordination that will surely have everyone happy! And along with the Occasions Catalog, I've also got lots of Sale-a-bration projects brewing! They are super fun this year, and I know you'll love them. The best part of the Occasions Catalog being so great is we are rewarded with lots of free goodies!
2) How does your work differ from others in your genre?
I like to think of myself as Simple and Classy. I hate to busy my cards up with too many extras if I can help it. I never want to "go one step too far" and I really like the idea of getting clean, simple, but awesome cards made. I like to make them so my customers can easily reproduce them, but yet bring a new flair to things so they are not old and recycled! I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE showing the versatility of our products to my customers. I love that most every set we have can be used for more than the "obvious intended" way. I've always felt Stampin Up was a great value for all the products we offer, and the versatility certainly adds to that. I always love a great deal, and I am happy to show off how many different things can be done with our products!
3. Why do you create what you do?
Obviously I mentioned our value and versatality, but the reason I love stamping is because I am a terrible drawer. I loved being artistic and painting as a kid, but I was terrible at drawing almost anything beyond a doodle. Stamping is perfect for someone like me! I also love the immediate satisfaction that comes from making a projcet. My hobby is knitting and that can take FOREVER!!! I would love it if knitting was faster like card-making! Don't get me wrong, there are projects that take a lot longer that I love! The biggest thing for me is truly being able to make a little piece of art and share it with someone that will make their day! A card always brightens your day!
4. How does your creativity process work?
I often start with something I like--whether it is a color combo, a stamp set or a sample (for instance the card I posted today is based on a sample from the Occasions catalog). I find if I don't limit myself, it is hard to concentrate on things as I have emassed quite a collection of supplies in 16 years!! Often my best work comes when I choose just a set, a few colors and a few embellishments to focus on! I like to challenge myself to better my best, but it doesn't always work out! I have thrown away plenty of cards that are just awful! Sometimes if it is good but not quite right, I will set it aside and come back to it later. Often if I am stuck, I take a complete break (like leave my office an do something totally different) rather than sit in my office and do nothing. It drives me crazy to sit and not be productive! Typically I come back with a vengance! :)
Thanks so much for stopping by! I really hope you enjoyed my project! Please join my good friend, Kelly Acheson at A Stamp Above next week for her project and my good friend, Susie Wood at Stamp with Susie. These ladies are both awesome stampers and great friends! Hope you enjoy their projects next week on Monday Jan. 19th! Happy Stamping!!!
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