Quick and Easy Valentine cards!

Quick and Easy Valentine cards!

I have several Quick and Easy Valentine cards created using new products from the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog!  You can view the new Occasions Catalog by clicking the link in the right side bar. Be sure to leave me a comment below on which is your favorite and I’ll randomly select one to receive their favorite card All of these cards use products from the “Sending Love” suite (pgs 14-15 of Occasions catalog): Sealed with Love Bundle #144705 $45.75 includes the following at a 10% savings: Sealed with Love stamp set (#142815 $21) Love Notes Framelits Dies (#142752 $30) Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack #142733 $10 I had planned on using Basic Black and Real Red but didn’t have any black ribbon so Smoky Slate won out   I really like this color combination as it’s a little unexpected for Valentine cards.  I had some scrap pattern paper left over so I cut out 3 of the images and matched them to the pattern with Dimensionals.  I think this card would be really sweet for just about anyone – Valentine cards are not just for your sweetheart! This card is a little different in that the base is Basic Black that measures 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4.  The Whisper White measures 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ folded and is layer to the Basic Black.  These little envelopes are super cute and a fun embellishment for our cards.  The framelit that die-cuts the hearts note also die-cut the “LOVE NOTE” one This may be the quickest and easiest of the Valentine cards shown today but it still has a lot of fund little details.  The stitching is created with the new Stitched Framelits and a little bit of sparkle is easily added with a thin strip of the Silver Glimmer Paper. I think this Valentine card has a bit of a “tuxedo” feel to it and is masculine enough to give to your husband – will definitely be going to mine 😉  I opted for a clean and simple look and resisted the urge to “bling” it up. Sale-a-bration is also going on now and you can earn a free Sale-a-bration item for every $50 in product.  View the details at http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/brendakeenan/promotions or click the link in the right side bar to view the Sale-a-bration brochures now! Remember to let me know which card is your favorite for a chance to receive as a thank you from me for taking the time to leave a comment I hope you enjoyed these quick and easy Valentine cards using new products from the 2017 Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog and will be inspired to create some of your own for family and...

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2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is here!

2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is here!

This post will showcase Christmas cards using new products from the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog! All of these images from the Santa’s Sleigh set are stamped in Black ink on colored cardstock (Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Soft Suede) and die-cut with the coordinating Santa’s Sleigh Thinlits.  Purchasing both items together as a bundle – #143499 Santa Sleight Bundle $45.75 – saves you 10% too.  The snowflake paper is from the This Christmas Designer Series Paper from the main 2015/2016 catalog. This paper is more lightweight and includes 24 sheets (12 x 12) instead of the usual 12.  Very Vanilla cardstock is torn across the top and layered along the bottom of the front of the card to give a clean spot for stamping the greeting.  I did not pop up any of the images so no extra postage is required These two cards use the new Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies and coordinating Greetings from Santa stamp set.  Purchasing the bundle –  #143524 $39.50 for clear mount and #143523 $46.75 for wood mount – saves you 10% too.  The card base is Pool Party and the Shimmery White cardstock is used for the die-cut piece as it is thicker and adds a little extra sparkle.  The top card has the greeting stamped directly on the card base as my first attempt at stamping on the Shimmery White was crooked.  These would make great shaker cards too I hope you enjoyed todays projects using some products from the new 2016 Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.  You can view other products by clicking the 2016 Holiday Catalog link in the right side bar.  Please let me know if you would like to receive the Holiday catalog in the mail too – Happy...

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Fresh Fruit cards from Stampin’ Up!

Fresh Fruit cards from Stampin’ Up!

The Fresh Fruit stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog is a really sweet set and perfect for summer cards!  It also coordinates beautifully with the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper.  I used the Layering Ovals and Layering Circles framelits for easy cutting and layering.  It always takes me longer to make the first card so if I like it, I try to make other cards similar in lay out to save time.   This card uses Old Olive cardstock as the base and a strip of the Fruit Stand DSP (2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ I think!).  I inked up the pear image with So Saffron and then used a Sponge Dauber to add Old Olive ink to the edges before stamping on Whisper White cardstock.  The leaves are stamped with Pear Pizzazz and the greeting is stamped in Old Olive ink.   This card uses a Pear Pizzazz cardstock base with the greeting stamped in Crushed Cucumber (can’t remember the last time I used that color!).  I stamped the two strawberries in different colors:  one in Watermelon Wonder with a Pear Pizzazz stem (on the left) and the other in Real Red with a Crushed Cucumber stem to keep them from being too matchy-matchy   This card has such vibrant colors I decided a Whisper White card base would keep the colors brightest.  I stamped the larger flower in Watermelon Wonder and the smaller ones in Daffodil Delight and Peekaboo Peach.   The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz and them trimmed separately to tuck under the flowers.  All the flowers and leaves are stamped with the matching outline image in Versamark and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder for a glossy, delicate outline.  I lightly curled the petals and leaves and added to the card with Glue Dots.  The flower centers and greeting are stamped with Early Expresso.   This card has a Pear Pizzazz base and the greeting is also stamped in Pear Pizzazz.  The Peach is inked first with So Saffron and then a Sponge Dauber is used to add Peekaboo Peach and Real Red ink for shading before stamping on Whisper White cardstock.  The leaves (same as used in the floral card) are stamped in Pear Pizzazz. I really enjoyed creating this cards using the Fresh Fruit set from Stampin’ Up! and hope you’ll be inspired to create some of your own   Thank you for stopping by – please leave me a comment below and let me know what you...

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Rose cards created with a stencil!

Rose cards created with a stencil!

I’ve always been drawn to the floral stamps and had a fabulous time crafting these rose cards created with a stencil:   This was a project at my recent stamp camps and I couldn’t wait to make more in a variety of colors.  The Rose Garden Thinlits dies are available as a bundle with the Rose Wonder stamp set but they can be used alone too.  I die-cut a “stencil” from Whisper White cardstock and the largest rose die.  The stencil is placed on top of Whisper White cardstock (5″ x 3-3/4″) and inks are sponged on top with a Sponge Dauber. Here are the list of supplies: Rose Garden Thinlits #140619 $31 Rose Garden Thinlits with Rose Wonder stamp set bundle #140804 $49.25 Whisper White cardstock (5″ x 3-3/4″) Basic Black cardstock (5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″) Pear Pizzazz cardstock (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″) Inks (Hello Honey, Rose Red, Old Olive) Sponge Daubers Dimensionals Versamark Clear Embossing Powder Glue Dots Once you make one, you have to make more – they are so easy!  Here are some of the other color combinations: Hello Honey and Rose Red Pink Pirouette and Rose Red Pool Party and Island Indigo Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant   Then you can make more cards with the used stencils as they have the same color inks from all the sponging.  I covered the inked up stencils with Versamark and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder for a shiny, enamel look and then added them to a cardfront with Glue Dots. I also have a video tutorial for the rose cards created with a stencil on my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel: Floral cards are so versatile and work for a variety of occasions.  I hope you enjoyed today’s project and will be inspired to create some rose cards with a stencil for your family and...

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New Stampin’ Up! catalogs!!!

New Stampin’ Up! catalogs!!!

The new 2016 Stampin’ Up! Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs are now live!!! If you haven’t already received the catalogs in the mail, you can view them online by clicking the links in the right sidebar Here are a couple of projects using new products from the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs: These cards actually have very little stamping and the gorgeous Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper makes for a pretty quick and easy project.  This paper has several patterns with solid images that coordinate with the Botanical Blooms stamp set and is designed to have you stamp the details on top of the images on the paper. The stamp set is also available as a bundle option (save 15%!) with the Botanical Builder Framelits dies which is used to create the dimensional flower and leaves. The card below shows a different variation of the paper and I did not stamp any details on the flowers or leaves – still pretty! The greeting is from the Perfect Pairings set from the Sale-a-bration catalog which is free with a $50 order!  The base of these cards is the Thick Whisper White cardstock and all the supplies are listed below: Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog If you are new to the Sale-a-bration promotion, here are the details: Shop! Here’s the deal: for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free. Note: Pages 4-15 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure show products available throughout the entire Sale-A-Bration sales period (January 5-March 31 2016); Pages 16-19 show limited-time products available only until February 15.* Watch for another batch of limited-time products coming February 16! *Based on inventory, availability may be temporarily extended. Host! Need another excuse to get together with friends? Just host a qualifying party with at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 more Stampin’ Rewards! You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward a Starter Kit and become a demonstrator yourself! Join! It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 and choose $30 more of FREE products for your Starter Kit. Plus, the kit ships for free!  More details at my Stampin’ Up! website. Remember you can shop at my online store – click the link in the right sidebar – or contact me to place your order for you I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and will be inspired to create something pretty using new products from the Stampin’ Up! 2016 Occasions and Sale-a-bration...

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Christmas cards – start now!

Christmas cards – start now!

If you haven’t already started your Christmas cards, start now!  I’m getting a late start but love this card using the Snow Place stamp set and matching Snow Friends Framelits from the 2015 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up! Red and green are traditional holiday colors and accents of black make them pop just a little bit more   The Real Red cardstock is a standard card size (for us in the US) and measures 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and scored down the middle at 4-1/4″. The background of shimmery trees is from the “Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Series Vellum” and is trimmed 4″ x 3-5/8″ and layered onto Whisper White cardstock cut the same size.  I adhered the vellum piece with a little liquid glue strategically placed behind some of the trees.  The Basic Black layer is just a smidgeon larger at 4-1/8″ x 3-3/4″ for a 1/16th border all the way around. I stamped the snowmen, hat and greeting with Black Stazon on Whisper White cardstock.  The Snow Place stamps are Photopolymer and can get a little “sticky” when stamping with Stazon ink.  I really prefer the black of the Stazon over the Memento Tuxedo Black ink and have some tips to share: make sure the Stazon ink pad is juicy (can get a little “sticky” when it starts to dry out) “tap, tap” on the ink pad press firmly on the cardstock (don’t mash) lift up slowly (sometimes the photopolymer really grabs the cardstock and if you pull up quickly, the paper may tear) clean the photopolymer immediately after use (a damp paper towel is good for a vigorous wipe or the Stampin’ Scrub) The Snow Friends Framelits easily cut the pieces when using the Magnetic Platform with the Big Shot.  Be careful with the tiny framelits (and also the long skinny ones) as they will sometimes jump towards a magnet in the Magnetic Platform.  If you find a framelit keeps jumping, move the paper in that direction till the framelit is laying flat. Here are the supplies used for this Christmas Card:   Snow Place Photopolymer Bundle – 140844 Price: $45.00 Real Red 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock – 102482 Price: $7.00 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock – 100730 Price: $8.50 Basic Black 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock – 121045 Price: $7.00 Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum – 139597 Price: $11.00 Jet Black Stazon Pad – 101406 Price: $8.00 Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad – 126949 Price: $6.50 Brights Stampin’ Write Markers – 131259 Price: $29.00 Rhinestone Basic Jewels – 119246 Price: $5.00 Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits Dies – 135854 Price: $33.00 Supply List Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog I have a Keenan Kreations YouTube...

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