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 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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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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Paper Scraps for cards

Paper Scraps for cards

If you have a ton of paper scraps (like me!), here’s a fun way to create a colorful background for cards 🙂   (This card was inspired by Nancy Amato at http://stampinallnight.blogspot.com/2014/07/designer-series-paper-sunburst-card.html ) I kept this card pretty simple since there’s a LOT going on in the background with all the patterns and bright colors from the “Sweet Taffy” Designer Series Paper.  It’s SUPER easy to create the “sunburst” pattern: Cut 6 strips to 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ Cut the strips from one corner to the opposite to create long, thin triangles Add adhesive to completely cover scrap cardstock (3″ x 5″) Start at the bottom center and add the first piece with the smallest point at the bottom Continue adding strips, one next to the other, until the background is completely covered Turn over and trim off all the excess paper Layer to Whisper White cardstock (3 1/8″ x 5 1/8″) Layer to Tempting Turquoise cardstock (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″) with Dimensionals Stamp the greeting in Tempting Turquoise on Whisper White cardstock and die-cut with the Deco Labels Framelits Add greeting to the card with Dimensionals (single layer of Dimensionals at the top and double layer at the bottom) Stampin’ Up! has recently announced their retiring products and I am determined to use up most of my pretty designer series papers before the new catalog is release on June 3rd.  Don’t you think this is a great way to use paper scraps for cards? Here are the supplies for this project:   Oh My Goodies Clear-Mount Stamp Set – 134090 Price: $17.95 Oh My Goodies Wood-Mount Stamp Set – 134087 Price: $24.95 Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper – 133693 Price: $10.95 Tempting Turquoise 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock – 102067 Price: $6.95 Tempting Turquoise Classic Stampin’ Pad – 126952 Price: $5.95 Whisper White 8-1/2″ X 11″ Card Stock – 100730 Price: $8.50 Deco Labels Framelits Die – 130102 Price: $24.95 Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430 Price: $3.95 Supply List Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog You can also watch a video tutorial from my KeenanKreations YouTube channel: The retirement lists are updated daily to show the availability of all retiring products. Download the PDF for a quick reference, or use the Excel file to sort the list by product name, price, page number, discount, availability, or product type. Check back regularly to make sure you have the most up-to-date information. Retiring List PDF Retiring List Sortable Excel File My Digital Studio (PDF) My Digital Studio (Excel) Stampin’ Up! has also announced a few price increases in the new catalog coming out June 3rd: Ink pads and refills: Our last price increase for...

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Stampin’ Up! Retirement List!

Stampin’ Up! Retirement List!

  Stampin’ Up! is saying goodbye to retiring products from the 2014-2015 annual catalog, but before we do, we’re giving everyone an opportunity to order their favorites with discounts up to 50 percent off retail. Retiring products will only be available until June 2, or while supplies last, so now’s a great time to get them before they’re gone! We’re also including the My Digital Studio list, with all products discounted 30 percent off retail.   *Note: Due to high demand for retiring stamps, we’ll keep producing retiring stamps until May 26 (not accessories-accessories are only while supplies last). Retiring List These lists are updated daily to show the availability of all retiring products. Download the PDF for a quick reference, or use the Excel file to sort the list by product name, price, page number, discount, availability, or product type. Check back regularly to make sure you have the most up-to-date information. Retiring List PDF Retiring List Sortable Excel File My Digital Studio (PDF) My Digital Studio (Excel) Remember to shop sooner than later if you want the best chance of getting the retiring items before they are gone!  I can place your order for you (email me at Brenda@keenankreations.com) or you can shop anytime at my online store 🙂 One of the older stamp sets, Lovely as a Tree, has once again survived the Retirement List and will still be available in the new catalog.  Here’s a video tutorial for a quick and easy holiday card using the Lovely as a Tree set and non-traditional colors of Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant: Please let me know if you have any questions about the 2015 Stampin’ Up! retirement list or if I can help you with placing your order...

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Cards with a fun fold!

Cards with a fun fold!

This Pinwheel card has a fun fold and showcases both sides of the designer series papers from Stampin’ Up!  The paper is cut to 8″ x 8″ and then scored using the Simply Scored along with the Diagonal Plate. The first card for today uses the “Something Borrowed” paper and the “Feel Goods” stamp set with a color combination of Whisper White and Sahara Sand. The greeting is stamped with Sahara Sand ink on Whisper White cardstock and die-cut with the Labels Thinlits and Big Shot. The greeting is attached to a 7/8″ wide “belly band” accented with White Organza ribbon.  The band easily slips off and allows the card to be opened. The inside layer is Whisper White cardstock trimmed to 4″ x 4″ which gives you plenty of room for a personal message and gift card. You can watch a video tutorial with easy directions for this fun fold card: Here are a couple more variations of the Pinwheel fold card:   This one uses the “Birthday Bash” Designer Series Paper and the “Celebrate Today” stamp set with matching Balloon Framelits.  The balloon is stamped in Calypso Coral and the greeting in Night of Navy.  I added Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim for a sparkly embellishment and the greeting is die-cut with the Bitty Banners Framelit.  I love the design on this paper – it makes me think of books on a bookshelf, perfect for a graduate 🙂   This graduation card uses the “Back to Black” Designer Series Paper and the super fun “B.Y.O.P” stamp set 🙂 The greetings in that stamp set cover a variety of occasions and are perfect for gift cards, checks and money. These cards are easy to create and a little bit addicting!  Once you make one, you’ll want to create others using different designer series papers and color combinations. You can purchase supplies for these projects at my online store (click the link in the right side bar) but you should hold off until Monday:   FREE SHIPPING!!!  And it’s for every order, no minimum 😀   I hope you enjoyed today’s cards showcasing the Pinwheel Fun Fold and will be inspired to create some of your own...

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