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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Easy Embossed Vellum Technique!

Easy Embossed Vellum Technique!

I found a gorgeous card online (by Deb Valder) and was inspired to create this version using an easy Embossed Vellum technique:   Stamps:  Indescribable Gift Ink:  Black Stazon, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi Paper:  Soft Sky, Whisper White, Cardstock Vellum Accessories:  Ovals Collection Framelits, Piercing Tool, Foam Mat, Piercing Template, Stylus, Wax Paper, Wild Wasabi Seam Binding So, there’s some “good news” and some “bad news” for this card.  The bad news is that the Indescribable Gift set from the Occasions catalog is NOT in the new catalog   The good news is that you can still order it 😀 You can watch a video tutorial for this card at my Keenan Kreations YouTube channel: Speaking of good news, I just received my shipment of the new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog!!!     And I also received my pre-order of the Sneak Peek items and thought this stamp set would be perfect for the Embossed Vellum technique:     This card uses the new You’ve Got This stamp set and Mint Macaron ink and cardstock.  I also added Crystal Effects on the leaves and stem.  Mint Macaron is one of the new 2015-2017 In Colors.  Want to see them?  Check it out:   What do you think about these new colors?  The Cucumber Crush is not as yellow in person, more like a Kelly Green.  The Mint Macaron (it is spelled with only one “o” too) reminds me of Sage Shadow from LONG AGO and the Delightful Dijon is similar to More Mustard (in name and color!).  They are very pretty in person and I can’t wait to start using them with our existing colors. My customers will automatically receive their copy of the new 2015-2016 Stampin’ Up! catalog but some are showing up as “no contact” and I cannot view their contact information.  If you want to be certain you’re on the list to receive the new catalog, please email me at Brenda@keenankreations.com I hope you enjoyed todays project featuring the Embossed Vellum technique along with a couple of sneak peeks from the new catalog!...

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Create a vintage look with sponging

Create a vintage look with sponging

If you like a vintage feel for your greeting cards, then you’ll love the aged effect sponging will add.  This card uses the “Lotus Blossom” stamp set from the Sale-a-bration brochure.  Sale-a-bration ends March 31st so there’s still time to earn free product for every $50 order.  If you don’t already have the Sale-a-bration brochure, you can view it online here.  If you prefer a hard copy, just let me know and I’ll put one in the mail to you     I was searching for card ideas and came across some by Julie Kettlewell at http://juliesjapes.blogspot.com/2015/01/lotus-blossom-sab-freebie.html.  Her lovely cards inspired the one above. I love Baked Brown Sugar and will miss it when it retires in June.  It is a warm, golden brown and perfect for adding an aged, vintage feel to your greeting cards.  I also love sponging and think it is a great way to add depth to your cards without any bulk.  I didn’t use any Dimensionals (almost unheard of!) so there’s no extra postage but the card definitely does not look “flat” either. The card base (Baked Brown Sugar) is a standard size at 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ and the Typeset Designer Series Paper measures 4″ x 5-1/4″.  The Typeset paper is much thinner than our regular designer series papers but you get 24 sheets instead of the usual 12.  The ribbon is added before layer the Typeset paper.  The center panel is Very Vanilla cardstock and measures 2-3/8″ x 3-7/8″. The Lotus Blossom stamp set has 3 images that line up to create the flower and 2 images for the stem.  I knew I wanted Sahara Sand for the sold layer of the flower since that’s a pretty light color and matches the Lace ribbon.  Baked Brown Sugar is a nice medium brown and Early Espresso is dark so they would overlap nicely for the other two layers of the flower.  Because the stamp set is Photopolymer, the images all line up quickly and easily. Here’s the list of supplies:   Lotus Blossom Photopolymer Stamp Set – 139143 Price: $0.00 Sahara Sand Classic Stampin’ Pad – 126976 Price: $5.95 Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Pad – 131174 Price: $5.95 Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad – 126974 Price: $5.95 Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper – 133704 Price: $12.95 Very Vanilla 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock – 101650 Price: $8.50 Baked Brown Sugar 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock – 131296 Price: $6.95 Sahara Sand 7/8″ (2.2 Cm) Lace Trim – 137866 Price: $6.95 Linen Thread – 104199 Price: $4.50 Stamping Sponges – 101610 Price: $3.50 Supply List Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog I also filmed a step-by-step video tutorial for this...

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Stampin’ Up! Butterflies Thinlits dies!

Stampin’ Up! Butterflies Thinlits dies!

I am in LOVE with the new Stampin’ Up! Butterflies Thinlits dies!  They are so easy to create and add an elegant embellishment to your cards that is sure to “wow!” your friends I recently received this beautiful card from Debbie Reynolds and loved how she die-cut the butterfly from the Whisper White layer and then adhered it back to the center of the opening:   I have a LOT of pretty designer series papers and decided to use the same idea with different papers and colored cardstock.  I also die-cut a separate butterfly in Strawberry Slush for a little contrast on the outside of the card.  The other butterfly is used to decorate the inside     You can watch a Stampin’ Up! video with tips for the Butterflies Thinlits dies here: I did use the wax paper between the thinlit and the paper and the little pieces were easy to pop out.  This card is pretty quick and easy and is fun to create using different designer papers and cardstock.  Some of the samples below used a second butterfly under the top one and tiny slivers of Dimensionals keep the wings from laying flat.     When you die-cut the butterfly from the patterned paper, set the butterfly aside and layer the patterned paper to the front of the folded card.  Secure the butterfly to the center of the opening with Glue Dots and add tiny slivers of Dimensionals to the underside of the wings to keep them popped up.  The cards above and below have a 2nd gold butterfly layered (just slightly offset) under the top butterfly for a little contrast.     The card below has a white butterfly layer under the patterned one.     If you have a lot of patterned paper, these cards are a great way to use them up and they are sure to bring a smile to whoever you send them to   There’s 3 different butterflies and the thinlits are also available as a bundle (photopolymer, clear-mount or wood-mount).   Butterflies Thinlits Dies – 137360 Price: $24.95 Butterfly Basics Clear Bundle – 139323 Price: $51.75 Butterfly Basics Photopolymer Bundle – 138865 Price: $41.50 Butterfly Basics Wood Bundle – 139322 Price: $61.95 Supply List Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog   You can purchase the Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Thinlits die from my online store or contact me or I can place your order for...

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