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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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 friends...

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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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Halloween cards and treats!

Halloween cards and treats!

Do you need some ideas for your Halloween cards and treats?  Check out these samples using the newest products from the 2015 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up!   This card was a project for my stamp camps last week and was cased with a few changes from the sample on page 39 of the Holiday Catalog.  I used Perfect Plum cardstock and embossed it with the new Woodland Embossing Folder (#139673 $8.50).  It is also available as a bundle with the Among the Branches stamp set (for the greeting, birds and spooky eyes) for a savings of 15% (bundle #140872 $21.50).  The greeting was stamped with Pumpkin Pie ink and die-cut with the Circles Framelits and Big Shot.   This card is going to be a project for my October stamp camp and uses the adorable Halloween Treat stamp set (also available as a bundle option with the Boo to You Framelits – #140840 $38.25 clear mount).  The background is sponged with Wisteria Wonder, Rich Razzzleberry and Pumpkin Pie inks.   This little Halloween Treat uses the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper die-cut with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (#137547 $40).  That girly skull is also from the Halloween Treat stamp set 🙂 Below are some of the swaps I received from the Stampin’ Up! Founders Circle event.  I wasn’t able to attend but a sweet friend swapped for me – thank you Lori Heiling!  These are some really awesome Halloween cards and treats:   Don’t you love how the “BOO!” belly band slips off and reveals the treat inside?   I really like the crisp, white background and the use of Washi Tape and the new Black Glimmer Paper.   You can see this card inspired my Halloween card with the sponged background 🙂   This card opens and then the greeting tucks just behind the “BOO” for a fun display.  I think this is also called an Easel card.   I’m going to have to try to figure this card out for my customers.  I’m pretty sure the background is sponged first (with the moon being masked) and then embossed with the Woodland Embossing Folder and the raised edges are ink with a brayer.  I think the birds are stamped last. I received over 100 swaps so I’ll have a lot more ideas to share with you over the next few months 😀 You can view the 2015 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up! by clicking the link in the right side bar of my blog.  Orders can be placed at my online store or you can contact me and I’d be happy to place your order for you. Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂  I hope...

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New Holiday Shaker Cards from Stampin’ Up!

New Holiday Shaker Cards from Stampin’ Up!

I just finished the last Shaker Card Class this weekend and my customers had a great time creating the new Holiday Shaker Cards from Stampin’ Up! The “To You & Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit” is only $24 (item #139647) and includes supplies for 18 fabulous shaker cards!  The “To You & Yours Too” stamp set is recommended (#139819 $16) but I substituted different greetings and die-cuts for mine. The project kit includes all of the following items: White die-cut card fronts (6 each of 3 designs) Envelopes (18) Printed foil card bases (6 each of 3 designs) Window Sheets (18) “Joy” and “Merry & Bright” word stickers (6 each and in 3 different languages) Stickers (6 each gold foil stars, green Christmas trees and green circles) Sticker sheet of tiny gold stars Red Metallic Baker’s Twine Star sequins (gold and silver, various sizes) Circle sequins (red, green and gold, various sizes) Chunky clear glitter Dimensionals Ahesive strips Stampin’ Dimensionals Here are just a few of the Holiday Shaker Cards I assembled: I added the star sequins with Glue Dots and the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen (#138309 $7) for the smaller ones.   The stars hanging from the Baker’s Twine are glue back-to-back with Glue Dots. I used the “Peaceful Pines” stamp set for my tree and die-cut the tree base with Gold Foil Sheets and the “Perfect Pines Framelits” die.  The sequins are added to the front of the window sheet with Glue Dots but you could also add them to the stamped image.  I also die-cut the front piece smaller so more of the card base showed. The greeting is from the “Snow Place” stamp set (#139738 $26). The ornament topper is die-cut from Silver Foil Sheet with the “Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies” and the tope piece is trimmed smaller too. I added the “JOY” sticker to some of the ornaments but not all. I sponged the tree background on some of the trees too. There are directions included in the kit but here are some basic things to remember: If you are going to have a stamped greeting, stamp it on the die-cut layer first.  Then if you mess up, you can turn it over and stamp on the other side 🙂 Add the outline sticker.  Be careful when removing the stickers, bend the sheet so the edge pops up and pull up gently.  Use the chipboard that comes in the kit (it’s a grayish color) as your work surface, it helps to see the edges of the white cardstock better than if you’re working on the white Grid Paper. On the back side, add adhesive around the opening and layer the window sheet. Build the “wall” with the Dimensional Strips around the...

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