Fun Together!

By | August 15, 2017

Every month, my team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators (we call ourselves “Wicked Stampahs”) get together for a creative meeting.  Last night, 8 of us were able to get together and chat, stamp, share, inspire, eat, relax and enjoy what we love about Stampin’ Up!.  We all joined Stampin’ Up! for different reasons and have different backgrounds.  This is what makes us a fun & unique group (about half of us made the meeting).  Everyone is welcome to join us.  Consider joining Stampin’ Up! and our team of Wicked Stampahs, I promise you won’t regret it.  We all made cards/projects to swap with each other – another way of inspiring and teaching each other creativity.Here we are all holding the cards/treats we made.   Swapping is a great way of having examples of cards/projects to show to friends and customers without having to buy everything in the catalog (although, many times after swapping we place orders to get those products – ha ha).  Later in the post, I’ll show you close ups of the projects we made.We, along with my teenaged daughter, are creating a card using the newly released Carols of Christmas bundle.  I challenged them to come up with a design on their own (do you see those phones on the table??  Some wanted to consult Pinterest instead of coming up with their own design – which of course is perfectly okay).  This is what we came up with with 30 minutes time:A few other new products we used with the Carols of Christmas bundle, were the new Merry Music Specialty Designer Series paper (this music paper makes great background paper) and new ribbons.  Would you like a new Holiday catalog?  Just let me know!  It’s amazing!!!!
Of course, we needed some nourishment for all our hard work!  A little bounty from my garden:  tomato, basil & mozzarella sticks and chocolate zucchini bread – yum!

Ready to see the swaps we made for each other?  Here you go:Carol D sponged her background using lemon lime twist over her white embossed leaves.  She used the favorite Colorful Seasons stamp set. I used the Lemons Zest stamp set and coordinating Lemon Builder punch.  It’s a little hard to see here, but I used clear embossing powder over the slice of lemon to make it extra juicy.  I love the sentiment on the inside “chuck them right back!”

Teresa used the very popular Crafting Forever stamp set and told us we could do our own coloring.  Just like the adult coloring book craze.  You can see that the new Lemon Lime Twist is a favorite color by many of us. Mary Lou was so nervous about her card “not being good enough”.  She was so wrong!  She came up with this fire all by herself – no help from Pinterest.  You can see that the fire ring is the bottom of the Adirondack chair and the fire and sticks were made from one of the branches and flower middles of the Colorful Season stamp set.  So clever!!!!!How serene is this card?  Carol M. made this beautiful combination of the High Tide set and Colorful Seasons bundle.  I just want to sit in that chair with my book!Tracy is always coming up with clever boxes and treats – and yes, she included chocolate inside each of them for us. She paired the previously sold out Daisy punch, Daisy Delight stamp set and Delightful Daisy patterned paper together for this sweet treat.  These three items are now available to purchase again too!  Yay!Nancy made this happy “happy birthday” card with the hostess set Tranquil Tulips.  Only hostesses are able to purchase special stamp sets at special prices.  You should consider being a hostess to earn free products and to purchase this great watercolored floral set (just let me know and we’ll pick a date).
Val is the queen of using Designer Series paper.  She also used the very popular Colorful Seasons stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits dies (you can tell it’s an all-time favorite since 4 of us used it for our swaps).  A definite must have since you can use it all year round.

I can tell you that we had a fun evening and always love getting together.  Stampin’ Up! is all about creating, sharing and inspiring and I invite you to join us.

 

Carols of Christmas is available early!

By | August 8, 2017

Do you like to open presents early?  If you answered yes, then I bet you like to able to order things early too. Stampin’ Up! has pre-released one of their Christmas bundles for us to order before the Holiday Catalog debut on September 1.  As a demonstrator, I was able to order it a month earlier than you, and have had a chance to make a few cards which you will see below.  I really like how the two Christmas greetings are bold and big, and you can accentuate them with the reindeer, evergreens, Christmas bobbles and edging/borders.

This first image is of the samples Stampin’ Up! teased us with:

And here are three of my interpretations:

I just love the die that makes this frame no matter what season or reason you use it for!

It was kind of fun to pair the Berry Burst color with gold.

I used the same framing die on this card too, but it’s a little hard to see on the vellum.  The music pattern behind the Deck the Halls is the Sheet Music background stamp that is in the Annual Catalog.  Sneak peek:  There’s music paper coming in the Holiday catalog!

As you can see from my three examples, I chose not to use the traditional red and green combination.  This patterned paper is actually from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (don’t be afraid to think outside the box!). The new Copper Trim is really fun to work with and a bit different from any other ribbons offered.

Order in August to get your Carols of Christmas bundle early!

Click here for the online store to see these products.

Order the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Thinlits together and save 10%!

Christmas in July Featuring At Home with You

By | July 21, 2017

Every mid December I wish I had more time to create hand made gifts and decorate them with creative love.  I find myself getting “just enough” done.  Pinterest is put aside because there never is enough time to do everything I see. Make your Christmas cards now to get ahead of the fast paced Christmas season. To help this Christmas time crunch, I started hosting Christmas card classes in the summer.  They tend to be very popular. Who wouldn’t like to have a stockpile of handmade Christmas cards ready made when the season rolls around?

At Home with You

The new At Home with You stamp set isn’t necessarily a Christmas set because it includes multi-seasonal stamps, but that was my first reaction to it.  I instantly loved the door featured in the set because it is the same door as my front door!  My front door is naturally stained wood, but with the stamp set and creativity, I can change it up a bit without taking out the sand paper and paint.Red Door with GarlandThis card features watercoloring with Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolor Pencils and Aqua Painter.  I used Shimmery White card stock because it’s so easy to color and “paint” with the water filled Aqua Painter.  These two cards are identical except for the wreaths.  The first wreath is stamped from the set and cut out with the coordinating At Home Framelits.  The second wreath is a wreath from the Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments.

Tip for the Wreath:

I colored beyond the lines to the edges of the wreath with the Old Olive pencil.  This eliminates the white space between the lined art and cut edge.  The wreath seems more realistic this way (not many wreaths have a white edge).

Garland turned into FrameI am so pleased with how this card came out!  I cut two garland pieces from the garland dies (with the At Home Framelits) and turned them into a frame!!!  Just a little overlapping fits the Happy Christmas perfectly.  I used the red Stampin’ Write marker for the berries and the Watercolor Pencils for the holly.

Tip for Holly:

If you don’t have a holly & berry stamps, but have the Holly Berry Builder punch, then you can use a permanent marker to outline the edges and draw your own details.

Advice from CoCo Chanel

Coco Chanel, was said to have advised the following when dressing with accessories: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”  I try to follow this advice for card making too.  This card purposely doesn’t have too many details (aka accessories).  Anything extra would detract from the open door feature. Embossing highlights the door in black and also the wreath.  A little baker’s twine ties the wreath right onto the door through it’s open window panes.

Opening Door Card

The Door Actually Opens!

The coordinating At Home Framelits make this open door feature so easy – no scissors needed.  Put a secret message inside the door and another message inside the card.  As I was creating this card, I thought the opening door would make an awesome gift tag.  I’ll need to make some of those during the summer too so they are ready to use in December.

Would you like to make these cards?  Make your Christmas cards now to get ahead of the fast paced Christmas season.  The dates for this card class are Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 am and 7 pm and Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 am.  $30 to make 6 cards (2 of each) and $20 to make 12 cards (4 of each).  Please let me know how many cards you want to make in your RSVP christine@mailsomethingpretty.com.

Special Bundle Price

Do you like this stamp set and coordinating Framelits?  You can buy them as a combined bundle for $50.25, saving 10%.  And, if you purchase them during the month of July, you will also earn a $5 coupon to use during the month of August!  Every season is represented in this set!

Link to:

At Home With You Bundle

Paper Pumpkin Kits are a Must Have!

By | July 13, 2017

I know I’ve mentioned Paper Pumpkin kits before, but now is a great time to mention them again.  Paper Pumpkin kits are a must have!  Each month, you receive stamps, ink and all the paper (and sometimes extra) you need to make a fun, paper crafting project.  Everything is precut and ready to assemble.

Paper Pumpkin does most of the work for you, so you can get right to the fun!  Whether you are a stamping pro or newbie, it is now easy to relax and enjoy your favorite hobby – crafting.  Just imagine having the time to be “that person” who makes all the cute things and makes it look easy!  Now you can be “that” person without all the fuss of design, shopping & prepping.

Why mention this now?  On July 17, your first Paper Pumpkin kit will be only $5!!!!  You need to subscribe on July 17 and use the promo code ONEDAY0717.  Just click HERE or the Paper Pumpkin circle on the right sidebar to subscribe.  After this first $5 month, your subscription will resume to the regular $19.95/month until you tell it to stop (or you can skip months too).  No shipping costs, it’s already included.

I have lots of information to tell about Paper Pumpkin, so please read to the end.

My June Kit

I just put together my June kit and took photos so you could see what I did with the extra pieces.  Instead of making 9 cards, I was able to make 14!!!  This was a very “sweet” kit filled with donuts!  Each kit always has extra pieces and the stamps & inks are indefinitely re-usable.These were the three designs in the kit.  I just made them as designed because I wanted to mail them out right away.  Directions are included as well as one minute YouTube videos.

Facebook Paper Pumpkin Fan Club

Did you know there is a Paper Pumpkin Fan Club Facebook Page with over 11,000 followers?  Be sure to become a fan yourself and see all the creative ways people put their kits together – you do not have to follow the directions that come with the kits, come up with your own design or copy someone else’s.

The kit came with 9 envelopes, but 14 donut frosted fronts.  I decided to trace and cut one of the donut shaped bases onto crumb cake card stock.  This gave me me more bases.  It also allows me to use the donut-themed stamps for future cards too.I used my Big Shot and Layering Circles dies to cut the donut hole.  If you don’t have a Big Shot, you can leave the hole solid.  Some donuts come that way.  You really should get a Big Shot, it’s something I use almost every day.   If you purchase one in July, you will earn two $5 coupons to use in August.  Whoo Hoo!Here is a photo of my Baker’s dozen donuts.  I did say I made 14, but my daughter gave one away at a friend’s birthday party.  I used some of my retired crumb cake envelopes for my extra donuts, so they all had a pouch.  They are so “sweet”!

Paper Pumpkin $5 sale – July 17 Only!!!

One day only!  On July 17, Paper Pumpkin is going to be on sale for $5 for all new subscribers!!!  Everyone who has never received Paper Pumpkin before should get this sale because Paper Pumpkin is a must have!  Every month is a completely different kit, different projects, different style, but always awesome.

How do you get your first Paper Pumpkin kit for $5?  All you need to do is subscribe on July 17 and use the promo code ONEDAY0717 and your August kit will be $5.  All future kits will resume to the regular price of $19.95 (shipping included).  There is no time commitment, so you can get the kits for as long as you want, skip some months or cancel at any time.  $5 is less than a fancy coffee!

Click HERE to subscribe.  How can you not for only $5????

Photos of the Past Year’s Kits

3 New Samples

By | June 28, 2017

Hi everyone!  I sent out 18 Open House in an Envelope packets this month and received great feedback on it’s contents, cards to make and surprises.  You may see this option again in the future, so be on the lookout and be sure to sign up.  I thought I would share the three cards that everyone got to make from their packets with you.  Each card focused on a new product bundle & suite.

Color Theory

This card exudes relaxation, don’t you think?  “Life is a Beautiful Thing” is the perfect sentiment to sitting in an Adirondack chair in my book.  The only thing that is missing is an actual book!  The Adirondack chair and flowers are cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and sentiment from coordinating stamp set Colorful Seasons.  Also part of this suite of products is the Color Theory Designer Series paper stack.  Paper Stacks are perfect because you get 4 of each sheet that is 6″ x 6″ in size.  The flowers are cut from one of the new In Colors, Berry Burst.

Happy Birthday Gorgeous!

The name of this stamp set is “Happy Birthday Gorgeous” which is a perfect name for this stamp set which includes 32 stamps!!!  Lots of two-step stamping for the several flowers and leaves.  This set even includes a “belated” stamp which I have to say I need more than I care to admit.  It seems I am always mailing the birthday cards out on their birthday instead of before their birthday.  Three of the new In Colors are used here:  Berry Burst for the Happy Birthday cut out (Happy Birthday Thinlit die) and outline of flowers, Powder Pink for the background cards stock and inner flowers and my favorite, Lemon Lime Twist for the leaves.

Eastern Beauty

This card looks so much more involved and complicated than it really is.  The Eastern Palace Suite makes the Eastern Beauty stamp set and coordinating Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies work beautifully together and there are countless combinations to make.  Pick and choose your shapes and run it through the Big Shot and presto – beautiful shapes!  Can you see the stamping?  Even the stamps work with the shapes of the dies.  The colors I used here were chosen because of the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper:  Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide.  I also embossed the thank you with gold embossing powder to highlight the Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers.

I’m grateful for those who signed up to “attend” this new type of Open House and I invite you all to join me next time.  If you need a new catalog to see these and many more awesome new products and project samples, please let me know.  Thanks!  Here are pictures of the actual products:

Colorful Seasons Bundle Link

Color Theory Product Suite

Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle Link

Foil Frenzy Product Suite Link

Eastern Beauty Bundle Link

Eastern Palace Product Suite Link

Summer themed cards

By | June 19, 2017

Depending on where you live and if you have school aged children, summer has already begun for you.   Summer will begin on Thursday for my family (and we can’t wait).  My son graduated high school two weeks ago and my daughter has 2 1/2 days left of middle school.  She will be beginning high school in September.  Time to celebrate!!!  I thought a great way to kick off my summertime classes was with summer themed cards.  Have you seen the new Magical Mermaids stamp set yet?  It’s one of the many new stamp sets in the 2017/18 Annual Catalog.  I couldn’t wait for mine to be delivered (I live only 7 miles from the ocean where these magical women swim).  Mermaids are very popular here on the Atlantic coast (and they are also quite magical).

Magical Mermaid

It’s not always easy to capture the true look of a card on camera, so let me just tell you that both the underwater garden and beautiful mermaid are stamped on shimmer paper.  Shimmer paper creates just a little mood of sparkly magic.  The mermaid scales also received a dusting of the Wink of Stella glitter pen to make her shine even more.  I can’t wait to create more with her and the companion stamps in the set.

Cool Treats & Celebrations Duo Folders

Who wouldn’t love to take a taste of these bright & cheery popsicles?  Cool treats are a definite must for summertime fun (really, it’s an all year treat for us).  I’ve heard that the most popular place for ice cream in the U.S. is in the Northeast.  I have to agree.  I’ve mentioned this before, but the new Lemon Lime Twist has been a favorite color of mine for years.  I am beyond happy that Stampin’ Up! introduced it as one of their new In Colors.  I don’t want to even think about it retiring in two years.  I saw this layout on Pinterest and decided to change up the colors to these bright and cheery ones – I think the color names could almost be the flavors: Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and I’m changing the Tempting Turquoise (for this card anyways) to Bubblegum Blast.

Colorful Seasons

You can’t celebrate summer without a Fourth of July celebration.  I am lucky enough to have a relative who lives on Cape Cod who we visit each year for the 4th.  So much fun and Americana.  These lounging deck chairs are perfect for the Cape (or anyone who really just wants to relax).  I was able to get the pattern on the chairs by “kissing” my stamps together.  I’ll need to do a video on this technique to show you (it’s super simple and really effective).

If you are interested in making these summer cards, be sure to RSVP and save your spot for class that is on Wednesday, June 21 at 9:30 am and 7 pm.

Summer Class Schedule

By | June 12, 2017

Summer is a great time for creativity!  Continue doing what you love to do, or try out something new.  Here is a list of my summer classes.  More dates available for a private class with you and your friends and hostess parties (my house or yours).  All you need to do is contact me and we’ll find a date that works for both of us.

Summer 2017:

 June

>Norwell Summer Fest & Artisan Fair,  A fun day full of music, food, artisans, games, community and more! Be sure to check out my Mail Something Pretty booth!!!  Free event.
>Summer Themed Cards, Wednesday, June 21 at 9:30 am and 7 pm, 6 cards for $30, please bring your own adhesive.  RSVP by Monday evening, June 19.

July

>Glossy Paper Techniques, Wednesday, July 12 at 9:30 am and 7 pm.  Glossy paper is back and you are going to love learning 3 techniques and different looks using it.  6 cards for $30, please bring your own adhesive. RSVP by Monday evening, July 10.
>Christmas cards in July, Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 am and 7 pm.  It’s never to early to start making your Christmas cards!  6 cards for $30 or 12 cards for $40, please bring your own adhesive. RSVP by Monday evening, July 24.

August

>Fun with Backgrounds, Wednesday, August 9 at 9:30 am and 7 pm.  Three different ways to create backgrounds – one of them uses the new embossing paste!  6 cards for $30, please bring your own adhesive. RSVP by Monday evening, August 7.
>Sharing Sweet Thoughts, Wednesday, August 16 at 9:30 and 7 pm.  Go home with the projects you make AND your own Sharing with Thoughts stamp set.  This is a Ronald McDonald House stamp set and $3 from each stamp set will be donated to the RMH Charities.  To date, $1.5 million has been donated over the years.  Specify if you want a clear or wood mounted stamp set.  Clear stamp set class fee $45 and wood mount stamp set fee $53.  Must RSVP by August 1.
>Christmas cards in August, Wednesday, August 23 at 9:30 am and 7 pm.  These will be different cards than the July class.  6 cards for $30 or 12 cards for $40, please bring your own adhesive. RSVP by Monday evening, August 21.
You can send your RSVP to christine@mailsomethingpretty.com
**You will need to bring your own adhesive to class. Adhesive kits are available for purchase for $25 and individual adhesives are available as well.
Cancellation policy:  If you need to cancel with less than 48 hours, you will still need to pay the class fee, but I will complete the cards for you.  Project kit class: once the kits are ordered, there is no refund.  I will do the stamping for you and you can complete the kit at home.

Have you signed up yet?

By | June 6, 2017

Have you signed up for my alternative Open House yet?  I’m calling it an “Open House in an Envelope”. Since I can’t seem to find a suitable day in the calendar until the end of July (and who wants to wait THAT long??), I’m doing a snail mail Open House (instead of an online virtual Open House).  All you need to do is sign up and let me know if you want to pick up your envelope at my house, or if you want me to mail it to you.  If you want it mailed, I am just asking you to send $6.65 to cover priority shipping and send me your address.

The envelopes are now ready!!!

Everything (except the snacks) you would do at my in-person Open House is in the envelope!  The catalog, three cards to assemble, samples of the new In Colors, directions and a little treat.

If you “attend” the Open House (i.e. sign up and receive an envelope) and place an order in the month of June, I will mail you a lucky door prize!  How great is that!  Hostess code is ECFPEVUX.

Just shoot me an email at christine@mailsomethingpretty.com to let me know you want to “attend”.  Let me know what you think too, if it is a success I will do it again in the future.

Thanks for coming!!!This is a tease at what is in the envelope

 

The catalog is now live and ready for ordering! Yahoo!!!

By | June 1, 2017

That’s right, the wait is over and ordering for new products can begin!!!   My list ready and I am just doing the last check over to be sure I am not missing anything vitally important for the next few classes I will be hosting.  Stay tuned for the class schedule, it will be coming out very soon.  I plan to teach every other Wednesday at 10 am and 7 pm during the summer.

Okay, enough chat from me.  Look through the catalog, make your lists, be sure you are signed up for my Open House in an Envelope (to receive your catalog, materials to make 3 cards and some fun goodies).  And, if you are signed up and place an order in June, I will mail you a lucky door prize.  Just send me an email saying “I’m in” and tell me if you will be a pick up (free) or delivery ($6.65 fee to cover postage).  christine@mailsomethingpretty.com.

Here’s the link to the online catalog:  http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/catalogs/2017-2018%20Annual%20Catalog/20170404_AC17_en-US.pdf

Happy happy!

The new catalog goes live today!

By | June 1, 2017

Hi everyone!  The sun is shining, the rain has moved on and the new 2017/18 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog goes live today.  Today is a very good day.  There’s a little transitioning going on at the Stampin’ Up! website, converting the ordering from the old catalog to the new and it should be ready by 2pm today (it said 12pm mountain time and I think that’s the right conversion).  I’ll be checking throughout the day to see if the switchover happens a little earlier.

In the meantime, here is a link to the online version of the catalog for your viewing.  Grab a cup of tea, hot water with lemon, coffee or juice, sit back and enjoy all the great stuff that is now at our fingertips.  I’ll be back later with you today.

click this link to access the catalog.

Don’t forget to sign up to “attend” my Open House in an Envelope.  I’ll give you a catalog, pre-cut pieces to make 3 cards and some more surprise goodies.  And, if you are an attendee and place an order in June, I’ll send you your thank you door prize.  To see more information on this Open House that anyone in the USA can attend, click here: http://mailsomethingpretty.com/open-house-envelope-youre-invited/

Open House in an Envelope – You’re Invited!

By | May 29, 2017

I’m not sure about you, but my June & July calendar is filling up like crazy. Between high school graduation, end of the year school activities, softball tournaments, wisdom teeth removal, camps and who knows what else is on there.  I couldn’t seem to find a suitable date for an Open House until the end of summer, so I’m going to try something a little different this year.
I’m calling it an “Open House in an Envelope“.  Inside each envelope will be a new 2017/18 Annual catalog, Make & Takes (or should I call them Take & Make’s) with new products, new In Color samples and a few other goodies I’ll surprise you with.
You still need to RSVP for this “Open House in an Envelope“(so I can put your kits together). With your RSVP, you need to tell me if you will pick up your envelope at my house, or have it delivered to you in the mail.  If you choose to have it delivered, I ask you to mail me a check for $6.65 to cover the priority shipping. Pick up is free.
You can RSVP anytime between now and the end of June – but, there is incentive to RSVP sooner:  If you “attend” the Open House and place an order in the month of June, I will mail you a door prize as a thank you gift!
The cool thing about this type of Open House is anyone can “attend”, you don’t have to live close or be available at a certain time or day.

RSVP HERE

Please indicate if you will be a pick up or delivery.  If you choose delivery, I will send you my address for you to mail your check and you can send me yours.
I will let you know when your pick up envelopes will be available.

Thanks!!!!

Did you notice I used some pretty cool colors?  These are the new In Colors!
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Don’t forget!

Don’t forget that the 2015/16 Annual catalog ends on Wednesday in case there was anything you wanted to purchase before the products say goodbye.

Paper Pumpkin is running a special for new subscribers – sign up for the monthly subscription by June 10 and use promo code STARTHERE and receive 25% off each June, July and August kit!

Sign Up for Paper Pumpkin HERE

Create a Watercolor background with Stampin’ Write Markers and an Acrylic Block

By | May 27, 2017

This technique is so quick and easy, but impactful.  Create a watercolor background with Stampin’ Write markers and an acrylic block.  I promise you, after watching my video, this technique will be on your go-to list of techniques.  Not only is it super easy to do, but it has a WOW effect that will impress both beginners and experts (and that’s what we want, right?).  I did my background with Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo and Rich Razzleberry.  But, there are so many other combinations you can do.  I suggest a light(er), medium and dark color for each blend.  Leave me a comment to tell me which 3 color combinations you like blending together, we can create a color chart.

Video: Create a watercolor background with Stampin’ Write markers and an acrylic block

Measurements

Base card, Island Indigo card stock 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

Embossed background, Island Indigo 5 1/4″ x 4″ (embossed with Seaside Textured Impressions folder)

Shimmer paper 3″ x 3 1/4″

Vellum 3 1/4″ x 3 1/2″

Silver Foil paper for dragonflies cut outs

Stampin’ Write Markers: Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo & Rich Razzleberry

Stampin’ Spritzer

Size D Acrylic Block

Silver & Bermuda Bay Sequins

Tombo Multi-purpose glue

Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits (& your Big Shot)

All of these supplies are Stampin’ Up! products and can be found in their catalogs or online store.  If you need help ordering them, please let me know so I can give you my best customer service!

Create a watercolor background with Stampin' Write markers and an acrylic block

 

 

Tonight’s Creative Team Meeting

By | May 22, 2017

Once a month my team, the “Wicked Stampahs” (we are all from the Boston area) get together for a creative team meeting.  Tonight was an especially fun meeting because we all were so excited to preview and chat about the new 2017/18 Annual catalog.  One of the many perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is to preview and purchase from the new catalogs a little bit earlier than anyone else.  We all had different favorites, which makes it even more fun because we convince each other why we should buy the other’s favorite.

In addition to chatting, doing show & tell and flipping through the new catalog, we made three cards using 3 new stamp sets.  These cards were based on products that I pre-ordered and received this week.  I had fun creating designs using the new colors and stamp sets.  My favorite new In Color is Lemon Lime Twist (my second favorite is Berry Burst and they look really nice together).

Happy Birthday thinlitsThis card just pops with the contrast of the Lemon Lime Twist happy birthday and black and white background.  It’s almost like someone spray painted the happy birthday on a brick wall (embossed with the brick wall impressions folder).  Those two balloons come from the new coordinating Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (which works perfectly with the Balloon Bouquet punch.Eastern Palace card with Berry Burst backgroundDon’t you love the Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst combination?  They are bright colors (which is why I love them), but you can tone them down with neutrals like I did here with the black, white and Sahara Sand.   There are so many combinations of medallions you can make with the Eastern Palace suite!!!  Teresa brought a board of examples of the different medallions.  I think she said there are 42 different combinations!!!  I am planning on making some examples and showing you in a future post.  Don’t forget the special bundle price for the Eastern Palace Suite is only good for the month of May.

Peaceful Adirondack Chair card with LemonadeI would love to be sitting in this chair!  This card is made with the Seasonal Layers framelits (although there is an awesome coordinating stamp set called Colorful Seasons that I can’t wait to use).  Wait until you see the new Color Theory paper stack!  It’s one of my favorites in the catalog.  I used the whisper white notecards & envelopes and cut the ombre sheet from the paper stack in half so I could get two background layers from one sheet of 6 x 6 paper.

Now is the perfect time to join Stampin’ Up! and my Wicked Stampahs team so you too can get to play with new products, papers, inks and tools.  All you need to do is purchase a Starter Kit (you can even order these new products as part of your Starter Kit).  You can order your kit right here: http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/christinejosti/jointhefun

Previous Posts on the Eastern Palace Suite

Stampin’ Up! is offering two bundles from the new catalog during the month of May.  Included in these bundles are free products – but this special will no longer be available after May 31.  Eastern Palace Bundles

Free class with Eastern Palace Suite purchase

Make your own tassel with this beautiful eastern palace medallion card

Use Your Big Shot to Create Stunning Details with the Eastern Palace

Create a bold, graphic, watercolored graduation card

By | May 13, 2017

My son will be graduating high school in a few weeks and I can’t believe he’s old enough to graduate!  He towers over me in height, yet I will always think of him as my little buddy.   Today, I had a little time to spend in my stamp room, so I decided to combine this week’s Global Design Project challenge #GDP086 with my need of graduation cards for he and his friends (I am also trying to work on my time management skills).  I wanted to make a bold, graphic, watercolored graduation card using watercolor pencils.  This week’s challenge is a sketch challenge:#GDP086 Sketch Challenge

Watercolored Graduation Card

I don’t have any specific graduation sets, so I needed to find another set that would work.  I have always thought the Marquee Messages stamp set was designed for teenagers because of it’s bold, graphic designs and hip words and it is a perfect match.Marquee Messages stamped graduation cardRather than color the card with my son’s school colors of blue & gold, I decided to use primary colors of red, blue & yellow (with a pop of orange).  I don’t think you can ever go wrong with this color combination.  Have you used Stampin’ Up!’s new Watercolor Pencils yet?  You are going to love them.  I love watercoloring with them because of their awesome color coordination.  Stampin’ Up! is just full of color coordination (it’s really what they are known for).  Each of the pencils is a true Stampin’ Up! color.  I like to use my aqua painter more than blender pen to spread and blend the colors around, it seems more watercolor-ish.  It’s like magic when you put water to your coloring – presto – instant watercolor.

Details

This card has two instances of subtle sparkle.  I stamped the images on Shimmery white card stock (which is a great paper to watercolor on) and highlighted the polka dots and stars with my Gold Wink of Stella pen.  As you open the card, the gold shimmers like the lights in an actual marquee.  It’s pretty cool!

To make this a graduation card, I added a cap & tassel to the corner of the marquee.  I cut some black paper into a “rhombus” shape (top of hat) and rectangle for the bottom.  I have seen some graduation caps made a little more elaborately, but these simple shapes do the trick.  To make the tassel, insert a mini brad into the hat, wrap some gold metallic thread around it, tie the thread together and secure the tassel with a glue dot.

To complete the sketch challenge, I used the line of polka dots (to echo the polka dots of the marquee) from the Perfectly Wrapped stamp set.  I stamped the row of polka dots in basic black ink as a simple, linear background.I’m pretty happy with how this graduation card turned out.  None of my son’s friends are going to want anything frilly or sentimental.  This bold, graphic card is far from that.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Use Your Big Shot to Create Stunning Details with the Eastern Palace

By | May 10, 2017

Today I was a happy girl.  I got to spend a good part of my afternoon playing with the new, pre-released Eastern Palace suite, which is just stunning with details.  You can certainly make beautiful things with the stamp set alone, but the Thinlits pair so nicely with the stamp set.  It’s like chocolate and peanut butter – good separately, but so much more delicious together.  If you don’t have a Big Shot yet, there is no better time and no better suite to use it with.  It’s a tool I use almost every day and worth every penny.  I promise you will agree with me once you start using yours.  I do highly recommend using the Magnetic Platform with your Eastern Medallions Thinlits because the magnet will keep the Thinlits in place when you are creating your layers.

Here’s what I made this afternoon

To think of you is to smileThis card was made with the stamp set (not the coordinating Thinlits), although I did use my stitched circle framelits and layering circles to cut out the sentiment.  I stamped the flower & words with basic black ink and used my aqua painters to give a subtle watercolor wash.
Eastern Palace card with detailed medallionsI love this card because of the stunning details the Eastern Medallion Thinlits create.  It looks so complicated but it’s really so easy to make.  The Thinlits layer together to make incredible patterns.  One of the benefits of the Thinlits dies is the multiple layering options you have with so many interchangeable pieces.

This box is simply stunning in Black, Vanilla & Gold.  Can you imagine giving a bride & groom this as a gift? I used the largest scalloped circle from the Layering Circles framelits dies as the outer edge, which made the medallion a separate piece.  The box is made with the Window box thinlits dies.  Another great product to use with your Big Shot. This box is almost identical to the black & gold one except I used different colors and a different Thinlit die for the side panel.  Doesn’t it seem like a completely different box?  I wanted to show the versatility that colors can create.  I really like the three layers of colors under the top medallion.

More Cards with the Eastern Palace Suite

These are cards I have showcased before, but made with the same Eastern Palace suite of products.  To see a video on how I made the card with the tassel, click this on previous post: http://mailsomethingpretty.com/make-tassel-beautiful-eastern-palace-medallion-card/

These three cards were designed by Stampin’ Up!  They even gave us directions on how to make them!  If you order either of the two Eastern Palace bundles during the month of May, I will send you the directions too.  I wrote about these cards in this previous post: http://mailsomethingpretty.com/free-class-eastern-palace-suite-purchase/  I can’t wait to mail them out, I love to Mail Something Pretty!!! Eastern Palace Bundle A (starter bundle includes a free set of vanilla notecards & envelopes)

Eastern Palace Bundle B (premier bundle includes two free items, vanilla notecards & envelopes and thick vanilla card stock)

Be sure to order either of these two bundles during the month of May so you can receive the free vanilla products and card directions.  What are you waiting for?  You don’t want to miss out on these fantastic products.  Just click on the Shop tab at the top of this page.

Make your own tassel with this beautiful eastern palace medallion card

By | May 4, 2017

I’m sure you have noticed the trend of tassels on everything: pocketbooks, scarves, shoes and now cards.  They are everywhere and so much fun!!!  I just love how the new Eastern Palace suite works beautifully with each other – the stamp set and Framelits are perfect partners.  I have been playing with this suite a lot lately and this is my latest creation.  Notice the tassel?  I made it myself!  Be sure to watch the video below to see how I made it – super easy!!!

Eastern Medallion card with a create your own tassel

Card Ingredients:

Eastern Beauty stamp set*

Eastern Medallions Framelits*

Basic Black ink

Lemon Lime Twist ink*

Thick Whisper White base – 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″

Lemon Lime Twist patterned paper* – 5 1/4 x 4″ (

Whisper White (for medallion) – 5 x 3 3/4″

Black paper for behind medallion – 3 1/4 x 3 1/4″

Black patterned paper (front of card) – 3 1/2 x 1/2″

Black patterned paper (inside card) – 5 1/2 x 1/2″

1 1/4″ circle punch for thank you

1 3/8″ circle punch for black

Black twine for tassel

*Eastern Palace Suite currently only being sold as a bundle for the month of May.  Starting June 2, you can order items separately.  Click here for the link.  If you purchase either bundle, I will send you a tutorial on how to make 3 beautiful cards.  Click here for more details:  http://mailsomethingpretty.com/free-class-eastern-palace-suite-purchase/.

If you need help ordering any of these products, you can click on the shop link above, or send me an email: christine@mailsomethingpretty.com and I would be happy to help.

Here is my video for this card which is posted on YouTube.  Be sure to follow me on YouTube so you know when new videos are posted.

Free class with Eastern Palace Suite purchase

By | April 25, 2017

Stampin’ Up! is offering all of us a chance to pre-order a stamp set & bundle of products prior to the catalog launch of June 1!  I had the opportunity of already purchasing the Eastern Palace Suite of products and playing with them, and I must tell you that I LOVE them.  My first reaction at the stamp set was a bit indifferent, but after using them, I can see that there are so many possibilities of creativity.  The bundle includes 3 of the new In Colors too!

I am offering a free class to anyone who purchases either bundle.  Class date options are:  Friday, May 19 at 10 am or 7 pm or Sunday, May 21 at 3 pm.

You will make one of each of these three cards (I’ll post a close up of each card at the end of this post):

Bundle A – $75 includes:

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer stamp set

Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers

Lemon Lime Twist Stamp Pad (New Color!)

Tranquil Tide Stamp Pad (New Color!)

Fresh Fig Stamp Pad (New Color!)

Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (New & Free with Bundle!)

*card stock for card bases provided for class, but not part of bundle

** bundle price already includes shipping & taxes

Bundle B – $120 includes:

Eastern Beauty Photopolymer stamp set

Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper

Eastern Palace Card Stock Pack

Mini Tassels Assortment

Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers

Lemon Lime Twist Stamp Pad (New Color!)

Tranquil Tide Stamp Pad (New Color!)

Fresh Fig Stamp Pad (New Color!)

Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies

Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes (New & Free w/ Bundle!)

Very Vanilla Thick Card Stock (New & Free w/ Bundle!)

** bundle price already includes shipping & taxes

I will also provide supplemental card stock, gold ribbon & envelopes to you.  If you are unable to come to class, I will provide you with a pdf document of directions.

Please RSVP by Thursday, May 11 (firm date) christine@mailsomethingpretty.com

Dreamy Dragonflies

By | April 6, 2017

It’s not quite dragonfly weather where I live (another 3 months to go), but that doesn’t mean I can’t create my own dreamy dragonflies in my home studio.  I immediately fell in love with the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and coordinating Detailed Dragonflies Framelits from the 2017 Occasions catalog, but it was winter and it didn’t feel right playing with dragonflies while it was snowing.  This week’s Global Design Project Challenge GDP#081 gives me the perfect excuse to play with them. The challenge is a color challenge – to use Night of Navy, Whisper White and a color of my choice.  I am choosing to pair the Night of Navy & Whisper White with Tempting Turquoise.  What do you think?Can you just picture this dreamy dragonfly landing on your chair while you are sipping lemonade and reading a favorite book on your back deck?  That certainly sounds dreamy to me.

Details for this Dreamy Dragonfly

I find if you stamp the outline of the dragonfly first (in Night of Navy), then stamp the inner wing color (Tempting Turquoise) you can align it better.  I actually stamped off the turquoise so the wings have a lighter color.  Stamping off is when you ink your stamp, stamp it on scrap paper and then stamp it on your good card stock.

The little polka dots are a stamp within the set that I stamped on the bottom and then turned the paper around and stamped on the top (creating a mirror image).  This piece of navy is 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.  I used an 1/8″ increase for each the white and turquoise layers.

The background stamp is all one stamp and is called A World of Thanks.  It’s a stamp that gets forgotten on my shelf, but I think it adds to the card perfectly by creating a nice, subtle background.  I wanted the dragonfly to shine on it’s own.

Another background option is with the Hardwood background stamp shown here:

Dreamy Dragonfly with HardwoodA few more details

I wanted this dreamy dragonfly to have just a touch of bling, so I painted it’s wings with Wink of Stella and added just one rhinestone.  Wink of Stella is an amazing glitter brush that adds a subtle amount of glitter with a quick brushstroke and no mess.  I can’t seem to photograph the effect of Wink of Stella, but the beautiful shimmer is there.

My inspiration for this card came from a business card I picked up a little while ago (before the stamp set was even released).  I just loved it and held onto it for an inspiration piece to use someday.My card isn’t exactly like this business card because I wanted to incorporate my design into the challenge, but I think it’s influences are there.  If I were to make more of a replica, I would do a watercolor wash as the background, add more shimmer with copper and maybe a little gold embossing powder.

I would love to know what you think, so please leave a happy comment.  If you are interested in purchasing the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and Detailed Dragonfly Framelits, just hop on over to my store, or click on the highlighted links.  Both are even sold as a bundle saving you 10%!  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to sign up for my mailing list.

Fun Easter Cards & Treats

By | March 31, 2017

Easter has so many different styles, themes and color palettes.  Easter bunnies, eggs and baskets are often created using pastel colors.  This year, I wanted to go bold in making my fun Easter cards & treats.  I achieve this boldness with bright colors and whimsy.

Easter Card #1

My first card focuses on two retiring In-Colors: Cucumber Crush & Tip Top Taupe.  These In-Colors, as well as Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron and Delightful Dijon are retiring soon and will only be available until the end of May (or until supplies last).  If you need more card stock, accessories or re-inkers to go along with this In-Color collection, order them soon.  Swirly bird Easter BunnyI was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest and chose to CASE (copy and selectively edit) it.  Here is the inspiration card:I loved the whimsy of the bunny she created using the Swirly Bird Framelits Dies.  I substituted Tempting Turquoise for the background paper because she used the  retired color Coastal Cabana.  I used the Large Polka Dot embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot twice (the second time with the paper offset).  Instead of the Basket Builder Framelits dies, I used my awesome fringe scissors to make the grass.  The Happy Easter stamp is from my March Paper Pumpkin kit.

Second Easter Card

I really love how this card can be used for almost any occasion.Floral & Butterfly CardI focused on the bold colors of Watermelon Wonder & Cucumber Crush.  Stamp sets used are: Flower Shop, Petite Petals & Kinda Eclectic.  This card also uses punches rather than the Big Shot.  Not a whole lot of technique involved, just stamp, punch and stick.  A little bit of bling was added with basic rhinestones and silver sequins.  Here is my inspiration I found on Pinterest:My favorite part of this inspiration card is the burst of flowers and butterflies.  I’m using my version for Easter right now, but may make up some more and leave them blank inside until they are specifically needed.

Easter Treats

Easter TreatsThere’s just enough chocolate inside (7 Hersey chocolate eggs) to indulge a sweet tooth.  These treats have been circulating around the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator world quite a bit and these are my version.  I didn’t have the bunny from the Basket Bunch stamp set, so I came up with these cute bunny heads using the stamps from March’s Paper Pumpkin kit (twice I’ve used these Paper Pumpkin stamps for this Easter class – make sure you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber so you can receive your exclusive stamps each month to use on your own projects).    You can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin right here (it’s only $19.95/month).Here are the treats I CASED from and she CASED from (theirs are a bit longer than mine):

I would love to have you join me at my fun Easter Cards & Treats class on Thursday, April 6 at 10 am or Friday, April 7 at 10 am or 7 pm.  All you need to do is RSVP by Wednesday noon April 5.

Create a One window Shaker Card

By | March 25, 2017

Shaker cards are so much fun to make and receive.  They may look complicated, but really, they are pretty easy to make.  In this video, I will show you how to make a one window shaker card.  Below the video are the supplies I used and measurements.

Ingredients:

I made this card using the Party Animal Suite of products from the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  You can easily change out the paper to customize your own card.

Card Base in Pacific Point – cut 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ scored at 4 1/4″

Confetti background paper (from Party Animal patterned paper #142738) – cut 5 1/4″ x 4″ (right now and until March 31, 2017, this paper is free with a $50 order – use #147365 to get it for free)

Whisper White paper (to be cut with Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies #142753) – cut 5″ x 4 7/8″

Inside whisper white paper cut 5 1/4″ x 4″

Balloons & confetti used scrap pieces of Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Emerald Envy, Tangerine Tango & Silver Foil

Fringe Scissors #133325

Foam Strips #141825

Ink colors:  Pacific Point & Tip Top Taupe

One Window Shaker Card

To see how to create a two window shaker card, click here for a previous post & video:  http://mailsomethingpretty.com/two-window-shaker-card/