Hip Hip Hooray card making burst

Seems my projects have been coming in bursts lately. One week I am focused on work, later the focus is on sewing, or an event comes up and I need a specific card so I make a few for that purpose. I finally had another card making burst and I’m here to share the results with you.

Mom and I decided about an hour before dinner that we should make 20 cards to send to my family in Japan. I know they prefer ‘simple’ cards (that is, no obscure greetings and no doilies or extra bling) so we opened up a card kit and had them all ready to go well before dinner.

Here’s all 20 cards we made from the Hip Hip Hooray kit, plus envelopes, grey ink spot, clear block and 3 stamps that are also included. Meg, I’m keeping the stamps and block – you can have all 20 cards & envelopes though ;-)

Hip Hip Hooray cards

Ok, I did augment the kit with a few things I had within arms reach: Calypso Coral ink, thank you stamp from Everyday Occasions kit, bicycle and Hey There Friend stamps from past Paper Pumpkin kits, also a scrap of patterned paper and a tiny piece of black paper. Everything else (clips, shapes, bakers twine) was included in the kit – I didn’t even need scissors or glue!

Hip Hip Hooray extras

Those extras were obviously not needed, but they were fun to add and matched really well. When we were done there were still a dozen or more card stock stickers left plus lots of bakers twine, dimensionals and a few clips.

I have had this kit on hand for awhile, originally thinking it would be a nice project for someone else, maybe a nice beginners project for someone. Mom and I are probably not beginners anymore – but we had so much fun putting it together and I was surprised at how lovely the colors looked in person. It’s hard to take pictures of these and show the sweet color palette.

Hip Hip Hooray kit

Hip Hip Hooray card kit
item 134998   $24.95
makes 20 cards

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget it’s still Sale-a-Bration until the end of the March!  Every $60 purchase earns you a free item from the list here (pdf will open in a new page) Plus there are 4 new SAB items that were just added this week:

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Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit

I got my hands on the Hooray It’s Your Day Project Kit from the 2015 Occasions catalogue that starts on January 6. This is a technique card kit that makes 20 cards with different spritzing effects .   I haven’t used this technique much, so I thought I would share the process here.

The kit comes with:
-20 envelopes (5 each Blue, yellow, red, green)
-20 cards (5 each of 4 styles)
-2 empty spritzers
-2 masks (stencils)
-wood embellishments, twine, clips, washi tape, card layers, glimmer paper pieces

You also need:
-water or rubbing alcohol for the spritzers (alcohol dries faster)
-2 ink refills for the spritzers (Daffodil Delight & Pistachio Pudding)
-Bermuda Bay ink pad
-Strawberry Slush ink pad
-scrap paper to capture the spray as you work
-masking tape
-paper towel or wet wipes to clean the masks off

I started by folding each card base and taping them all down to the scrap paper so I could spritz them all at once.
Taping down masks

I used 3 big pieces of scrap paper, and folded 2 of them at about 4″ from the end. I put the side of  each card that I don’t want inked under the edge of the paper to keep tidy. So from left to right:  1) ‘Hello’ card base folded over left edge of paper with scallop mask taped on 2 edges to secure 2) ‘Tag’ card with embossed/patterned paper is tucked into scrap paper fold and the scrap edge is taped down, also a little piece of tape on the very right edge of the card  3) ‘File folder’ style card tucked into another folded piece of scrap paper, and the left edge (actually top edge of card since it is turned) is taped down. The edge of the scrap paper is also secured with tap  4) ‘Balloon’ card has starburst mask taped around it

I also put the 3 little flower punch outs above the starburst card, though you can’t really see them.

With this layout, only the sides that are going to be inked are showing and the yellow pieces are together and the green pieces are together.

I dropped 20 drops of Daffodil Delight (yellow) ink into one spritzer, then filled almost to the top with rubbing alcohol and did the same with the other spritzer with Pistachio Pudding (green) ink.

Now spritz!

Green card masks

The scallop piece and the left side of the embossed card get green ink. Then the right side of the embossed card is covered with yellow. Spray lightly, ideally you don’t want drops like shown above (although it will still turn out ok).

Yellow Card Masks

The sunburst card and the 3 little flowers get spritzed yellow, and so does the right hand side of the file folder card, so it will have an ombre look.

Now use the wet wipe and clean off the masks, the embossed card front, and any little puddled spots. It will dry within about a minute and the masking tape can all be removed then.

Hooray its your day card kit

Now that it’s dry it doesn’t seem too messy, right? Now you’re ready to put it all together!

The suggested stamp set in the catalogue had too many birthday messages for my taste, so instead I am using the free Sale-A-Bration set called “Simply Wonderful”
Hello card

Sorry, this photo doesn’t show the green ink background very well :-(
Here I used an old alphabet set I have to add the word baby.

Balloon card

This greeting is from the SAB set, or the stamp “You’re the best!” would also fit. Aren’t those wooden stars so cute?

Ok, that’s it for now. I will post the other 2 cards soon.  This is the set I hope to make at the card class at my place this weekend – will you join us there?

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Travel album sneak peak

We recently got back from the trip of a lifetime to Japan. I would recommend that trip to anyone – we had so much fun, and we were able to visit family and old friends and meet so many great new people.

I got right to work, putting all the best pictures into a beautiful photo book.
Japan album cover
I used the My Digital Studio (MDS) program from Stampin’ Up! and the Nobody’s Business photobook template
Nobody's Business template

Every page is completely customizable, so I used my photo from the Origami museum at the Narita airport on the cover, and made the whole album 8.5 x 11 instead of 12 x 12.  I moved things around, made some photo boxes much bigger, and added a few more custom pages using the coordinating digital papers and embellishments in the kit.

Most of my album pages are filled with the people we visited and met, and are a little too personal to share online, but here are a few of the picturesque pages of scenery and castles in Kyoto.
Album page Kyoto

I love how the neon colours work with the bustling Japanese cityscapes, and still work well with the ancient gardens and castles we saw.

Nijo castle page

I’m having fun sharing all our travel stories and pictures now that we are home. And we are definitely planning another trip like this in the future!

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Crafting with kits

Time for a quick crafting fix! I opened up an album kit, and it’s amazing how quickly 10 cards came together.
Here’s the Mini Memories album kit, currently on the clearance rack for $7.19

Mini Memoires kit

I did a google image search for “Mini Memories Stampin Up” and found some cards to start with (google image search is fantastic for finding inspiration for any SU kit or set).  I made 3 cards that were exact copies of those on www.ddstamps.com, then got a bit more original with these cards

Happy Anniversary Card

I added a green card base, embossed a piece of the craft paper and sponged it with white ink – everything else on the anniversary card were in the kit.

Vellum happy card

This card is a mashup of 2 cards from DD Stamps website. There was enough gold vellum to do 2 cards this style, plus some left over.

Anniversary card

This card has an added blue card base, and a small piece of Coral plus the stitching. The greeting is from the “Memorable Moments” stamp set. The other items and papers are from the kit.

 

Pear of pear cardsHere I added blue card bases, a small scrap of retired designer series paper (Sweet Sorbet from sale-a-bration last year) a retired greeting, and cut the paper into a feather shape for one.  The burlap ribbon is another tricky addition – I got it from another on sale kit!

Burlap and blooms

The Burlap and Blooms kit is on sale for $9.19 and includes 7 yards of burlap ribbon. A super buy, since the burlap ribbon by itself is regularly priced as 5 yards for $9.95

Grand total
$7.19 + $9.19 plus 5 full pieces of card stock = 10 cards fast and lots of coordinating leftover pieces for many future projects

See if you can find any other good deals on the clearance rack, or in kits you already own.  With a few extra scraps of card stock you will have all your projects done fast.

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Nuts About You Congratulations card

I love the new hostess set Nuts About You. Look at those adorable squirrels!
Here is an anniversary card I made with the set, and using the boutique details buttons I had left over from last year.

Squirrel card Nuts about You

The way the Stampin’ Rewards work – is with any order over $200 you get to choose free items to go with them. It might be your personal order, or a group order that you are hosting that qualifies. You can pick any merchandise to use your reward $ on, but the hostess sets are exclusive and are a great deal compared to similar sized sets in the catalog.

Nuts About You set
Nuts About You – clear mount $10 hostess dollars, wood mount $14 hostess dollars

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Typeset cards

It’s almost September, where did the time go?

Here is a bunch of projects I made using the Typeset Designer Series Paper set. This set has 24 sheets, all thinner than average like a real newspaper or book page BUT keeping archival quality. If you took a piece from a regular newspaper and tried to make a scrapbook page or art project you would have to worry about the materials deteriorating in time. With cards, this is not as big of a concern of course. I just love to make cards.
Koala card thanks
This is a single image stamp set, ‘Kind Koala’ I switched it to say ‘thank you’ instead of ‘thinking of you’ though. Also uses the new Hello Honey stitched satin ribbon.

Sweet baby flower card
Greeting with using My Digital Studio program, new Mossy Meadow stitched satin ribbon. Don’t you love the wording on the background paper from the old-style advertisements?

Envelope card
This card has an envelope on the front using the thin Typeset paper, with a glimmer paper circle sealing the flap. The flower and swirl are from the Everything Eleanor stamp set (a returning favorite!)

10 years portrait card
I surprised some friends with this card on their anniversary that features their likenesses. He is not completely expressionless of course, but the eyes and features that came with the Calling All Heroes stamp set just didn’t suit him.

So there you have it – a few new ideas using one set of designer series paper. Here are the details for the new items used.
-Typseset Specialty Designer Series Paper, item 133704 Typseset paperKind Koala
-Kind Koala, item 134360
-Calling All Heroes, item 138002 Calling All Heroes

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The finish line!

Running Like a Girl

The final instalment in the Running Like a Girl challenge

The weeks went by quickly, and now the finish line is already behind me!
Finish Line 2014
Here are the stats
First ever run – April 24 (2 km)
Total distance covered in April – approx 10 km
Total distance covered in May – approx 40 km
First race – 5 km Shoppers Drug Mart Run for Women on May 31, 2014

Run for Women

I finished the race feeling great, a little red in the face but I know I could have gone a little farther or faster. Not sure yet about my next goal. I definitely want to keep up the active habit, and maybe improve my pace or time (or technique!), and maybe do a 10 km race in future.

My mom and my husband cheered me on at the race and we had a great day together. Thank you for your support as I built these habits and finally got moving. Also thank you to Simon & Schuster and the Running Like a Girl challenge for getting me started.
Family at the finish line

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New products and new techniques

At a recent team meeting we saw a wide variety of projects made with new stuff, and I got to play with lots of it (even before my order comes in next week)!

First, a simple card layout showcasing the new In-Colors:
New In Colors
Supplies:
Greeting from ‘Work of Art’ stamp set
Card stock: Lost Lagoon (blue), Hello Honey (yellow), Mossy Meadow (green), Blackberry Bliss (purple)
Also uses the new Tangelo Twist (Orange) ribbon, and a little flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.

Next an angled easel card that was fun and easy to make. I will definitely be making some of these in an upcoming card class.
Sea Street Easel card
Stamp Set: Sea Street, Yippee-Skippee, A Fitting Occasion
Paper: Maritime Designer Series Paper, Night of Navy & Real Red & Whisper White cardstock, Gold Foil card stock
Inks: Night of Navy, Real Red, Coastal Cabana
Other: 1″, 1-1/4″, and 1-3/8″ circle punches, Thick Coastal Cabana bakers twine, On Film framelits

I also tried out the new Blendabilities – alcohol based markers that give a concentrated colour to a project and come in sets with 3 shades of a single colour so you can blend them together. There are a few things to know when working with these (to prevent them from drying out or damaging the tip) yet I found them really fun to use.
**The Blendabilities are in the new catalogue, but are not yet available to customers. However if you get a starter kit, including the on-sale $60 kit this month you can include one set in your order if you are interested in having these now before their wider release**
Blended Bloom Blendabilities Work of Art
Left sample: Blended Bloom stamp set, Rich Razzleberry & Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, Tuxedo Black Memento inkpad

Right sample: Work of Art stamp set,
Inks: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Basic Grey
Papers: Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack, Lost Lagoon & Basic Grey card Stock
Other: Hello Honey ribbon, 1-3/4″, and 2″ circle punches, 2-3/8″ scallop circle punch (punched twice to give pointy edges)

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Another step closer

Running Like a Girl

It’s the last week of my Running Like a Girl challenge, and I am another step closer to my race goal. I kept up the running routine until last weekend when I was outside doing door-to-door volunteer work all afternoon and got heat stroke. A few indoor days of recovery ensued, followed by a social dance night, followed by more indoor recovery days. But yesterday I made it back outside, and it felt great!

The weather cooperated too, not too hot for me to be worried about another overheating episode. I did a full 5K loop in my neighbourhood, and while I did not run the entire way (or anywhere close to it) I did have longer running bursts, and more of them than last time. I did a similar route before, and this time I made it better by getting the worst part over with first and ending with the best part.

Worst: crossing the busy intersection closest to home. It’s a long wait at the lights.
Getting better: 10 minutes in I arrived at the foot and bicycle bridge that spans the Whitemud Freeway. Here’s a picture of one end of the bridge
Foot bridge

The other end is lovely, with some wooden steps and lots of shady trees
Foot bridge 2

Now was the less fun part – running into the sun when I forgot my sunscreen, and fidgeting with my earphones which were not working properly. I took a side trip through another park, widened my circle slightly, and began heading home. Finally, in last few blocks I was at my favorite part. A long tree covered grassy area.
Running action shot
So there’s my running action shot. Almost home and glad I came out.

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Sign and Save – until June 30th

Sign and Save

For a limited time you can join Stampin’ Up! for just $60 CAN! This amazing opportunity will only last until June 30, 2014, so take what you already love doing—stamping and crafting—and make a little money while you’re at it!

When you join Stampin’ Up! during this limited-time offer, you’ll receive:

$65 CAN worth of products
A 30 percent discount on your first order*
A 20 percent discount on all your orders
Free Paper Pumpkin Kit
Free entrance to our annual Convention* (must be registered by the 20th of June)
Before June 2, 2014, you may also choose preorder items from the new annual catalog. See the list.

Create friendships that will last forever and enjoy the benefits of fun, friends, and creativity—become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator today.

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