March Paper Pumpkin

March Paper Pumpkin

This March, Paper Pumpkin is celebrating it’s seventh year of fun, easy and creative projects! This kit comes with a specially designed box. Per the Stampin’ Up website, think daffodils, raindrops and a fresh spring vibe.

This month’s kit will also include two stamp sets—that’s pretty exciting news. Paper Pumpkin is a great way to build up your supplies and stamps. This is how I store my Paper Pumpkin stamp sets (once I’ve finished the project): a mini photo album! The photo slots (4” x 6”) are the perfect size to slip those stamp sets into. There is enough room next to the photo slots to write the month/ year/ kit title. I can not tell you how many times I look through this album looking for sentiments—or– more often than not, a birthday stamp…

This kit contains supplies for 12 cards and envelopes. The coordinating colors are: Balmy Blue, Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Grapefruit Grove, Gray Granite, Pear Pizzazz, Petal Pink, Shaded Spruce and So Saffron.

If you are interested in purchasing this kit, please send me a message or visit my on-line store. Ordering dates are now through March 10th.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

I love this product! This glitter brush adds just the right amount of glitter and sparkle to your projects without making a mess or going “over the top”. You can find this in the “Coloring Tools” section of the Stampin’ Up annual catalog on page 180.

I use Wink of Stella often and if you are looking for an inexpensive way to add a little something extra to your images, this is a great value for your money.

If you are interested in placing an order, click the “Shop Now” tab or leave me a message.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

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Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush [141897] $8.00

Lovely Lily Pad Sympathy Card

Lovely Lily Pad Sympathy Card

Today’s card is made with the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set. The real stars of this card are the Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper and the Lily Pad dies. These products can be found in the Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration catalog which runs through March 31,2020. To quote the catalog, this DSP is full of impressionistic images in rich colors.

Card recipe:

* Cut a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock at 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” and score at 4-1/4”.

* Cut a piece of Lily Impressions DSP at 5-1/4” x 4”.

* Use the Lily Pad dies to cut the “petals”. I used Poppy Parade cardstock and went over the top with Wink of Stella to give those flowers a little sparkle. Once that is dry, match up your images and adhere to the DSP. I always put a dot of glue on a scrap of paper and use a toothpick to apply the glue to the small areas.

*While you have the Poppy Parade out, punch out a piece using the Timeless Label punch. Add a touch of Wink of Stella to that punched out piece.

* Wrap a strip of Whisper White 1/4” Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon around the DSP and adhere to the back (this is the one time I always use snail). This ribbon looks beautiful in it’s soft white, but can also be dyed using your Stampin’ Blends! (Page 25 of the mini catalog).

* Stamp your sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock (the regular kind), punch that sentiment out using the Timeless Label punch and adhere that to the Poppy Parade punched out cardstock.

Now—put the card together. Adhere the DSP to the card base, pop your sentiment up on dimensionals, and add the bling of your choice. I used the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. If you are interested in joining the Stampin’ Up! Team, I am happy to assist you. If you would like any of these products, please click on “Shop Now”.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Lovely Lily Pad Photopolymer Stamp Set
Lily Pad Dies
Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper
Poppy Parade 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
Whisper White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Mini Glue Dots
Paper Trimmer
The Gang’s All Meer

The Gang’s All Meer

How cute is this set? I made today’s card for my great-nephew’s birthday. Kids love all things interactive, don’t they?!

I took the dimensions and instructions straight from Cathy Williams YouTube video. I could write it all out, but, seriously, her video is so good.

The colors I used: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana and Poppy Parade. I used the Stampin’ Blends (Crumb Cake) to color in the Meers and fussy cut the little birthdays hats.

The DSP is the retired Animal Expedition. I think this paper is so cute and went so well with this card. I’m a big believer in using what you have.

I made a quick band to keep the card closed—1” Old Olive wrapped around the card, cut to size and the edges glued together. I stamped the front image and cut using the Layer Circles dies.

I love how this card turned out! If you are interested in any of these products, please check out my on-line store. (Click the Shop Now tab). As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

The Gang's All Meer Cling Stamp Set (English)
Layering Circles Dies
Sahara Sand 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Old Olive 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
Poppy Parade Classic Stampin' Pad
Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Markers Combo Pack
Stampin' Dimensionals
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Snail Adhesive
Paper Trimmer
Soft Spring

Soft Spring

Today’s cards feature the stamp set Soft Spring. This stamp set is a Host set and is only available with Stampin’ Rewards. I love earning free product!!

Let me walk you through making these cards. I like to make at least two cards in different colors while I have everything out. To start, cut Pretty Peacock and Rococo Rose card stock at 11” x 4-1/4”. Score at 5-1/2”.

I wanted to add some texture to the cards. Cut the second layers at 4” x 5-3/8”. For the Rococo Rose layer, I used the Tufted Dynamic textured impressions embossing folder. For the Pretty Peacock layer, I used the Subtle Dynamic textured impressions embossing folder. If you are only going to purchase one embossing folder, I would go with the Subtle Dynamic one. It works with all card styles and both masculine and feminine cards.

The background DSP is part of the sampler package offered through Sale-A-Bration. You get a bit of everything and some of these papers are gorgeous. Cut the longer layer at 2-1/8” x 5-1/8” and the other layer at 2-9/16” x 1”.

Use Whisper White card stock for the stamped images: cut at 5” x 2”, 2-1/2” x 7/8” and cut the inside layer of your card now: 5- 1/4” x 4”. Now it is time to stamp those images. I stamped the base of the flowers/ leaves in Old Olive and then the flowers in Pretty Peacock and Rococo Rose. The bug was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. This is a two step stamping process. First the main image, then the flowers and leaves. I did take the sentiments from two other sets: Timeless Tulips and Little Ladybug.

It‘s time to put this card together! Use the adhesive of your choice. I like the Tombow glue. Add the bling and twine/ ribbon of your choice. The Clearance Rack is a great way to build up your supplies without spending a fortune. Check out my on-line store to see what is being offered. The Clearance Rack is updated frequently.

I really enjoyed making these cards. I hope the card recipe is easy for you to follow. As always, Happy Crafting. Colleen

Soft Spring Photopolymer Stamp Set
Pretty Peacock 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Rococo Rose 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad
Rococo Rose Classic Stampin’ Pad
Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Tufted Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Sale-A-Bration Mini Paper Cutter & Paper Sampler
Iridescent Sequin Assortment
Paper Trimmer
Stampin' Dimensionals
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer

Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer

If you are in the market for a new paper trimmer, take a look at this one. I have to tell you, I really like it. The base of the paper cutter and the ruler include both imperial and metric measurements. This paper trimmer comes with one cutting blade and one scoring blade. (Additional cutting blades are sold separately). The ruler extends to 17”—-I really like this feature for bigger projects.

I’ve been using mine for awhile now, and the original blade is still sharp…no snags, pulls or tears in the edges of my paper. You paper crafters all understand how frustrating that can be.

Visit my on-line store for additional information and, as always, happy crafting! Colleen

Paper Trimmer

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Paper Trimmer [152392] $25.00

Under My Umbrella

Under My Umbrella

Today’s card was a fun one to make. I really like this stamp set! I looked in our mini catalog for inspiration and found a similar card on page 42. I started with Whisper White thick cardstock cut at 8-1/2” x 5-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4”. Next, I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock (not the thick kind) at 4” x 5-1/4”. I stamped the flower images in Terracotta Tile, Pretty Peacock, Daffodil Delight and Rococo Rose. I think these images would also look good in a basic black. I went for lots of color.

The next step requires “masking” your images. To do this technique: stamp the image on a sticky note, then fussy cut around that image. Place that sticky note image over your original stamp (see right side of image below). Now you are ready to sponge!

I sponged Seaside Spray over my masked images (I kept moving those masks around…next time I will make more!). Use a light touch when sponging. You can always add more color later.

I like how these colors came together.

To finish the card, I stamped “Hello Sunshine” on Whisper White cardstock and punched that sentiment out with the Timeless Label punch. I used the 2019-2021 DSP for the umbrella and Rococo Rose In-Color cardstock for the label background and handle on the umbrella. Tie a bow with some twine and add bling of your choice to complete this project.

Sale-A-Bration is still going on. This is a great time to earn free products. Our new demonstrator deal is also going on—take a peek at my on-line store. If you have any questions, please send me a message.

As always, happy crafting! Colleen

December Paper Pumpkin

December Paper Pumpkin

I really enjoy the Paper Pumpkin monthly subscription kits. Most of the time I do alternatives, but, every now and then I follow the directions (see the lower right card). What I enjoy the most is the ability to put these kits together fast (usually one afternoon), travel with them (they are all inclusive) and always having a card ready to pass along.

February’s Paper Pumpkin kit is titled “The Lovely Day”. This kit will make nine cards (including envelopes, etc). It’s coordinating colors are Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Rich Razzleberry, Rococo Rose and Old Olive. It is described as being the perfect kit to celebrate birthdays and other grand occasions. Subscribe between January 11 and February 10, 2020 if interested.

Shop my on-line store or send me a message if you would like to order this kit. Remember, Sale-A-Bration is still going on. I want the “Happy Birthday to You” stamp set.

As always, happy crafting!! Colleen

Above The Clouds Z-Fold Card

Above The Clouds Z-Fold Card

The Balloon Festival is in town this weekend, so, what better time to play around with the Above the Clouds stamp set! I love the Terracotta Tile color, so I thought I would make that color the focus of my very first Z-fold card. To start: Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4” and then at 2-1/8”. These score lines will make the “Z” fold. For the band, cut a piece of the Thick Whisper White cardstock at 1-1/2” x 8-1/2”. Score at 2-1/8”. I used the Designer Series Paper sampler from the Sale-A-Bration catalog to use in this card. I cut it to fit the outside fold and the main body of the card. I love this paper. If you should choose to become a member of my team, this paper is included in your Starter Kit.

Start stamping! I used Daffodil Delight for a yellow base in the balloon and outlined in Terracotta Tile. This is a two-step stamping process. The clouds were stamped in Seaside Spray (stamp off once on a piece of scrap paper to lighten the ink). I went over the clouds with Wink of Stella. If I can encourage you to purchase one extra item, Wink of Stella would be it. I love how it gives that little bit of “extra”.

Now, lets get this card together. You can see that the edges of the band line up nicely with the edges of the card. Once that is glued in place (I like TomBow, some folks like snail—they both work) start on the balloon. I placed glue dots on the back of the balloon and basket and added some twine to connect the two. Pop that balloon up on dimensionals and place it on your card. Add bling of your choice and you are done.

***To be honest, I added those little pieces on the second fold after I smudged that area with ink. Most mistakes are fixable!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. As always, happy crafting! Colleen

Sale-A-Bration is here!

Sale-A-Bration is a fabulous way to build up your paper crafting supplies. From now until March 31, 2020, you will earn free product for every $50.00 you spend. I’ll be showcasing some of these products once my new craft space is completed and I get things a bit more organized!

If you have considered becoming a demonstrator or would just really like the sign on goodies, now is the time. The free gifts include: the Mini Paper Cutter, 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper sampler and your choice of stamp set (Host stamp sets and Sale-A-Bration stamp sets not included).

Feel free to contact me with questions. Please leave a comment or like my page.

I’m looking forward to an amazing 2020! As always, happy crafting—Colleen

Paper Pumpkin and Let It Snow

Paper Pumpkin and Let It Snow

Do you ever just need a quick project? That is exactly what happened to me! Per usual, I am running just a little bit behind this year (hahaha). So, after checking out other demonstrators ideas and cards on the internet, this is what I came up with.

Two of the cards were made with the Let It Snow DSP, some glue, bling and a little stamping. The third card is an elevated Paper Pumpkin kit. One of the things I enjoy about the Paper Pumpkin kit is not only how quickly these kits come together, but, also how easy it is to make it your “own”.

I am hoping you all have a wonderful and magical Holiday Season. Please like my Facebook page or look me up on Pinterest. I’m looking forward to some exciting new things in the New Year: monthly classes, more instructional videos/ blog posts and a brand new look to my website!

As always, happy crafting! Colleen

Paper Pumpkin Meets Snowman Season

Paper Pumpkin Meets Snowman Season

I finally found the time to put the Paper Pumpkin kit from October 2019 together. I LOVE it! Of course, I am always a bit “extra”, so I combined this kit with the Snowman Season bundle and added some bling. I did do some embossing for the “stars”. I’m not sure why they photographed gold. In person, they are a beautiful silver.

Partial product list

I know we are all so busy this time of year. Isn’t it difficult to get everything done? Yet, so much fun! I have a few more cards and projects to complete—-which I will do listening to all of the Christmas carols. After that, I plan on enjoying our family, playing games and eating all of those delicious holiday goodies. I wish you all the very best Holiday season yet!

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Year End Close Out Sale!

Year End Close Out Sale!

I love a sale! Especially at the holidays. There are some really fun products here. The Halloween coffin boxes make fabulous wreaths (check out Pinterest or YouTube) or candy boxes. I also have made both of the card kits in the bottom photo. I’m not sure which one is my favorite….Well, probably the fall one. I love the colorful swishes that are pre-printed.

If you would like to order, please visit my on-line store, cardsbycoco.stampinup.net. If you are interested in becoming a member of my team, please wait until January 2020. Stampin’ Up will be offering an incredible deal for new demonstrators. I would be happy to welcome you now, but why give up additional free product???

As always, Happy Crafting and have a wonderful day!! Colleen

Christmas Stocking 2019

Well, clearly, this is not a card. In fact, I have been so busy enjoying this holiday season, not a single card has been created! I also needed to finish up this Christmas project. I am hoping to be back in my studio (otherwise known as our living room and kitchen table..hahaha) soon. In the meantime, I thought I would share this year’s Christmas stocking. This was a fun one to make!

I love making our grandchildren handmade Christmas stockings. I have been cross-stitching for many, many years. I can only do about one a year (so many tiny stitches). One more to go for my eldest daughter’s family and the set is complete!

I generally order my kits from Amazon. I’ve noticed most of the craft stores do not sell much in the cross-stitching section. Is cross-stitching not a thing anymore? Was it ever a thing? Honestly, I can’t remember….

This stocking is from a Dimensions kit. The directions are easy to follow and the kit includes the fabric, thread and a needle. I always purchase extra needles. I really dislike constantly rethreading every time I change colors. I guess we all have our quirks!

The grandchild I gave this stocking to absolutely loves it! I hope she enjoys it for years to come.

Watch for another blog post later this week. Lots of fun things happening at Stampin’ Up!. I’ll keep you posted.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

My First OnStage

My First OnStage

I was able to attend my first OnStage event in Portland, Oregon this past Saturday. What a wonderful time! Between the catalog launch, demonstration of new products, games, prizes, etc, it was a blast. Two of my prizes were the stamp sets below: Under My Umbrella and Timeless Tulips. (Isn’t Under My Umbrella perfect for those who live in the Pacific Northwest?). We were able to play with the Timeless Tulips set at the event, and the images are beautiful. If you are in the market for a lovely set with beautiful sentiments, this set is for you.

Meeting all of my fellow stampers was the best part of the day! Well, that and sharing the day with a dear friend. We had so many laughs. It was great to get to know my “Team Stamp It” group even better.

I can not show you the inside of the new catalog…yet. Let me just say that Stampin’ Up did it again and these products are amazing. Sale-A-Bration starts on January 3rd and runs through March 31, 2020. Sale-A-Bration is one way to earn extra products. There are some other ways, but, I can not share that with you just yet…(sensing a theme here??).

I wish I would have taken more photos. I was so busy having fun, the pictures took a backseat to my day. I’m already looking forward to next year’s event.

My plan is to start some product based classes in January showcasing these new products. Wish me luck!!

Only demonstrators can attend the OnStage events. If you are interested in joining my team, let me know and I will help you through the process.

Happy Crafting….Colleen

Candy Bar and Gift Card Holder

Candy Bar and Gift Card Holder

Aren’t these candy bar and gift card holders cute? I was inspired by Wendy Cranford’s video. I did change the dimensions to fit standard Hershey bars. I always talk about my large family (these are just a sample of the ones I made) and I thought this would be a fun way to dress the teenagers gift cards up!

Now to make these Candy Bar Holders!

Cut base 4” x 9-1/2”
Score the lengthwise (each side) at 1/2” x 3/4”. Turn base the other direction and score at 3” x 3-1/4”
Cut down each side of the base until you hit the 3” score line. I used my paper snips to cut across first, folded over the flaps, then used my paper trimmer for a nice, clean cut down the sides.
Find DSP that you like. I really like the Let It Snow DSP. I also got into my extra stash from last years leftovers. Use what you have. Cut the top layer 2-1/4” x 5-3/4” and glue in place. Cut the bottom layer 2-1/4” x 2-3/4”. If you are using a patterned paper, make sure you line those images up. Using Tear & Tape (it has a strong hold), glue those flaps to the base.
I used the Snowman Season stamp set, ribbon, glue, markers, etc to complete this project.
I will add a tiny glue dot to the back of the candy bar and gift card to keep them in place. Maybe a ribbon???

Ta Da!! Another project done. In full disclosure, I did start out with all six Hershey bars that came in the package. You’ll notice there are only two in the pictures…..

I think I’m going to try making a few of these Candy Bar Holders for birthdays. It’s always nice to give friends a little something on their special day. If I do get around to that, I’ll be sure to share. I also think I will buy those candy bars one at at time—clearly I have no self control…Hahahaha.

I hope you enjoyed todays project. If you are interested in learning more about the products please send me a message.

As Always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

Varied Vases

Varied Vases

Do you ever have those days where you just want to simplify things? That was my day yesterday. That said, I also wanted to do some crafting. Varied Vases is the perfect stamp set for simple stamping. I like everything about this set, from the multiple vases to choose from to the floral displays. I also have the Vases Builder punch. I tried to incorporate fall colors here using the Pumpkin Pie marker and the Vegas Gold All-Purpose Ink.

Card recipe:

– Card base: Pretty Peacock cardstock cut at 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”. Score at 4-1/4”

– Second layer: Terracotta Tile cardstock cut at 5- 3/8” x 4- 1/8”

– Third layer: Whisper White cardstock cut at 5- 1/4” x 4”. Run this layer through the BigShot using the Subtle Dynamic Textured impressions Embossing Folder

– Fourth layer: Whisper White cardstock cut at 4” x 1-1/2”. I stamped the “Hoping your day blooms with happiness” sentiment in Tuxedo Black ink.

The vase was stamped with the Pretty Peacock ink pad and punched out using the Vases Builder Punch. I stamped the flowers with Stazon and colored in the flowers with the Pumpkin Pie marker and applied (with a toothpick) a touch of Vegas Gold all purpose ink. I fussy cut those flowers and adhered them to the Whisper White card base with Tombow Liquid glue. Glue all the layers together, pop vase up with a dimensional, add some bling and a touch of twine and the card is done!

If you are interested in any of these products, please shop my on-line store or send me a message.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Christmas Countdown Project Kit

Christmas Countdown Project Kit

My completed project

Today was spent working on the Christmas countdown project kit. This kit was so much fun to make. It’s also been great fun searching for special little “goodies” to fill the boxes with.

This kit can be found on page 38 of the Holiday Catalog and includes: supplies to create 25 mini boxes, a sturdy outer box to hold them and die-cut accents and stickers (I had extra). It also comes with an instruction booklet (with pictures) to help get you started. I did order the Christmas Countdown stamp set, although this kit could be easily assembled (and be just as nice) with-out it. **Stamp set, ink and adhesives are not included with this kit and must be purchased seperately**

Of course, I was already started when I realized I only had one of the suggested coordinating ink pads (that’s how I roll….). If you have read any of my previous blog posts, I always say to use what you have! So, I substituted with Shaded Spruce, Crumb Cake and BlackBerry Bliss. Thankfully, I did have a Cherry Cobbler ink pad in the house.

The little miss I made this for loves all things shiny, so I raided my “bling” stash, used a bit of Wink of Stella and even tried some embossing.

I added Mossy Meadow cardstock (11” x 2”) to the side and top of the box and wrapped silky red ribbon around the box which I then tied in a big red bow. I did not glue the ribbon to the box on the off chance my daughter would want to swap it out every year for a different look.

The boxes measure: 2-1/8” x 2-1/8” x 2-1/16”.

So far, I have found a darling small Christmas ornament, stickers, super cute lipgloss, candy and other little trinkets to fill these boxes. If you are interested in ordering the Christmas Countdown Project Kit, please shop my on-line store. If you are interested in becoming a demonstrator (the discount is great!), I would love to have you as a member of my team.

As Always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

World Card Making Day 2019

I started this hobby of mine after an accident that left me needing an activity that would force me to use my left hand. In turn, what happened, is that I have made life long friendships and have met some wildly talented people! Mostly, though, I have found how much people love receiving a card in the mail (or, in person…). I have now reconnected with cousins, have some new pen-pals and my grown-up daughters get to raid my stash!

The other day I was able to open up a Paper Pumpkin kit and make cards with both my mother and one of her neighbors. Her neighbor brought pie. So, between the laughs we had, THE PIE (I do enjoy pie) and creating cards, it was a wonderful afternoon.

So, even if you aren’t the “creative type” (although, personally, I think we all are), send a card out today just to let someone know you are thinking of them!

As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

The Holidays are Coming!!!

Wow…The month of September passed in a blur. Traveling, activities and so much more. I woke up this morning and realized I was nowhere near ready for this holiday season (which is not unusual for me..hahaha).

I just finished ordering the supplies for my Christmas cards. My cards this year will be from the “Let It Snow” Bundle. As one of my daughters has said “Snowman are your thing”. Which is very true….. I also love the Designer Series paper. It has just enough sparkle and shine.

What do you plan on creating this year? If interested in any of our products, please take a peak at my on-line store. Or, better yet, reach out to me for questions. I really enjoy hearing from other stampers!

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Joy of Giving Tag Kit

Joy of Giving Tag Kit

I had the most fun putting this kit together. Technically, it is an all-inclusive kit, but, I’m always a little “extra”. Why not add a little extra sparkle whenever you can? Also, how nice is that red box to store the tags in?! That box comes with your kit.

This kit came together easily—except for those gold foil stickers. I have to be honest, those are DELICATE! If you don’t have the “Take Your Pick” tool, you will want one for these to make this job easier. I completely ruined 3 or 4 before I got the hang of it. Once I had it though, it went quickly.

The coordinating colors for this kit are Poppy Parade or Shaded Spruce. I have a large ink pad of Real Red in the house, so I primarily used that. Of course, I also have a large supply of “bling” and ribbon, so I also added some of that. I even tried a little embossing. I always say, use what you have on hand and make it fun!

A peek inside of some of the tags

If you are interested in any of these products, send me an email or place an order at my on-line store: cardsbycoco.stampinup.net.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

Winter Wonders

I love the holidays! I also love anything that makes the holidays a little bit easier while providing a personal touch. Paper Pumpkin is offering back-to-back coordinating kits for October and November. One of the kits is with Christmas cards and the other is with Christmas tags.

The October kit will make 10 cards (envelopes included). The coordinating colors are: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Poppy Parade and Shaded Spruce.

The November kit will make 24 holiday-themed gift tags of 4 different sizes and designs. The coordinating colors for this kit are: Early Espresso, Pool Party, Real Red and Shaded Spruce.

These kits can stand alone on their own, but, I really like the idea that they go together.

If you are interested in these products, visit my on-line store (cardsbycoco.stampinup.net) or send me an email.

As always, happy crafting!! Colleen

Birthdays, Summers and Quilling

Our summers are full of birthdays. It seems like one birthday after the next! That also means our summer days are full of get-togethers, good food and lots of cake.

I made this card for one of my youngest daughters (the youngest are twins). I don’t know how I missed taking a photo of her sister’s card, but, I did. My girls love all of the flowers, so this was a perfect design for them. As you can see, I am still experimenting with the quilling technique. Many thanks to Heidi Bishop (HeirloomQuilling) for her patterns and guidance. Her work is amazing. You can find her shop on Etsy.

A little history on the art of quilling (per Google): During the Renaissance, the French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate religious items and book covers. Usually, the paper used was strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges of books. These gilded strips of paper were then rolled to create the quilled shapes. This dates back to at least the 15th century.

I hope you enjoyed this post and, as alway, happy crafting. ~~Colleen

Happy Birthday Card

Hello and welcome to today’s Paper Pumpkin alternative. I have so many parts and pieces of August’s kit left over, I thought I would continue on….

The base of this card is 4 1/4” x 11” and scored at 5 1/2”. I used thick Whisper White cardstock. the first layer is Merry Merlot cardstock (cut at 4” x 5 1/4”) from the Neutrals collection. I use this collection quite a bit…I embossed that layer using the Big Shot and the now retired Scattered Sequins embossing folder. Use what you have. There is always a new product to substitute, but this one happens to be one of my favorites. The following layers are from the PP kit, including the berries. The sentiment was also stamped in Merry Merlot (I used the “Happy Birthday” from last month’s PP). Everything was adhered with snail or Tombow glue. A little bit of ribbon and bling and I was done!!

If you are interested in any of the products listed above, I am happy to assist you or follow the link below to my online store.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

August’s Paper Pumpkin

I love stamping with friends! While everyone else is out there enjoying summer, those of us in the Southwest stay indoors in the afternoon having mini crafting parties. I heard last week the temperature hovered around 120 degrees. YIKES!!

This month’s Paper Pumpkin kit brought a little fall into my blistering hot day. I was able to make a total of 6 gift bags (all a little different). I plan on using them to bring little gifts to friends and family during the Thanksgiving season. It is always nice to have a little gift bag on hand.

The add-on bundle was a terrific value this month. 24 card bases with 2 different designs and coordinating envelopes. I still have lots of parts and pieces left over, so I am looking forward making some alternate designs.

As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

Mosaic Mood

Mosaic Mood

This card makes me happy. I love the color yellow and the extra bling gives it just the right amount of sparkle. This card is for my cousin. We grew up together on the East Coast and grew apart over the years. Thanks to Facebook and a large extended family, we are now reconnected and pen pals!

To make this card, I cut a piece of Whisper White thick cardstock at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”. Score at 4 1/4. I then cut a piece of the Mosiac Mood Specialty Designer Series paper cut at 5 1/4” x 4”. Glue this paper to the base of your card. I used snail. I cut the scalloped square using the Bigshot and Layering Squares dies—-I love the extra sparkle given from the Shimmery White cardstock. I stamped the image using Stazon, then used Daffodil Delight ink and my blender pen to color in “Kindness”. Pop that up with dimensionals. A little bit of bling (Iridescent Sequin Assortment) and a small piece of ribbon and I was done!

This card really couldn’t be easier. My favorite thing about the Mosaic Mood Suite is the “wow” factor. The designer paper is stunning and makes it so easy to create beautiful (and easy) cards.

As always, Happy Crafting! Colleen

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Memorable Mosaic in Pretty Peacock Colors

I love this suite! The patterns, images and colors make me happy. I remember winning a mosaic tile gift in a Christmas raffle when I was about 10 years old (that was a long time ago!!). Maybe that’s where my fascination with all things mosaic and tile began….

On to how to make this card: To start, cut the base 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” (Pretty Peacock In Color cardstock) and score at 4 1/4”. For the first layer, I cut a piece of Pretty Peacock cardstock at 4” x 5 1/4”. I then embossed this piece using the Mosiac 3D Embossing Folder. For the second layer, I cut pieces of the Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer series paper. The hummingbird was “fussy” cut. Here’s a helpful hint when fussy cutting: move the paper, not your scissors. That helps to eliminate those rough edges.

I stamped my sentiment using the “hi there!” From the retired Flowering Desert Stamp Set. Honestly, I was sad to see this one retire! I really like it.

I put all of the pieces together with Tombow glue/ snail/ dimensionals and added some bling. I love how these colors came together.

If you would like any information on the products used, please send me a message.

As always, Happy Crafting!! Colleen

OnStage

I’m all registered for my very first OnStage event!! I am so excited. I am really looking forward to connecting with other demonstrators, learning new techniques and hearing the latest update on products.

Mostly, I am looking forward to meeting my other Pacific Northwest demonstrators who have become “online” friends.

I hope you have some happy plans in the works! Happy Crafting…Colleen

Mosaic Mood Suite

Mosaic Mood Suite

Remember when “thank you” cards were a thing? I know that I am trying to get in the habit of sending them again. Personally, I love when I get one in the mail.

Today’s card features the Mosaic Mood Suite and it is so easy to put together.

Simple Thank You card

The base of this card is from the 2019-2021 In Color Collection. I used Terracotta Tile cut at 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” and scored at 4 1/4”. The second layer is a piece of 5 1/4” x 4” Very Vanilla. I ran this piece through the Big Shot using the Mosaic 3D Embossing Folder. I love to use the Mosaic Mood Specialty Designer Series Paper. It has Mosaic tile designs, floral imagery and has shiny accents. It is beautiful. For the final layer, I cut a piece of that designer paper @ 2 3/4” x 5 1/4”. Glue all three pieces together. Use whatever glue you have on hand. I like Tombow liquid glue.

I attached a piece of Mint Macaron textile ribbon around these layers prior to glueing to the base of my card. Next for the tag! A simple “thank you” stamped with the Memorable Mosaic stamp set (Terracotta Tile ink) popped out with the Timeless Label Punch. I like the shadowing effect of using a bit of that designer paper behind the sentiment. Pop up on some dimensionals, add a gem and this card is done!

Always add a little something to the inside of your card

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. As always, happy crafting! Colleen

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Shimmer Detailed Laser Cut Paper

Isn’t this card lovely? In full disclosure, I did not create this one. I took it off of the Stampin’ Up! Website. There are so many fabulous examples of how to create beautiful designs there.

I love this Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper. You can add a little “extra” (don’t we all love extra???) by using a Stampin’ Spritzer to add a touch of custom color to the paper. A little ribbon and a few embellishments will complete your project.

If you live in the United States, please consider me for your demonstrator. Of course, even better than being your demonstrator would be to have you as a member of my team. The promotion sale continues until August 31, 2019. You will pay $99 to sign up and choose $155 worth of product. What happens if you decide “not for me”…..nothing. You get to keep all of the product and enjoy creating!

Happy Crafting!! Colleen

25 Items Under $25

I like when things are conveniently identified for me. I just purchased the Shammy (I’ll let you know how I like it). Next on my list are the Gold Mini Pizza Boxes and the Wrapped In Plaid designer series paper. Oh…and maybe the Blends Cherry Cobbler Combo Pack. I think those will come in handy for my holiday cards.

I am hoping to share some cards with you soon. This summer seems to have gotten away from me. Don’t all summers seem to do that?!!?

Happy Crafting~~~Colleen

Who Doesn’t Like Mail?

I save notes, cards and letters. That’s right…I have bins full of all those thoughtful notes, cards and letters. I have been saving these since I was a small child. I have Communion cards from relatives long gone, old “love” letters, birthday greetings, get well cards…well, the list goes on and on.

My favorites are the handwritten letters. Remember when that used to be a thing? Letters of first loves, new babies and life events. Some just chatty…

I started making cards as my own form of occupational therapy. What I gained was the joy of sharing what I love with friends and family. And, a few new pen pals.

Send a card to someone you care about today. What a great way to reconnect with cousins, old friends, etc! It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. Because, really, don’t we all love to get mail that isn’t a bill or “junk mail”?

Happy Crafting~~Colleen

I Love the Holidays!!!

For those of you (like myself) that have to over plan and organize everything, this is the perfect time of year to start working on those holiday cards and crafts.

This catalog isn’t just about Christmas. It also includes Halloween and Thanksgiving. I know that one of the Halloween suites is on my “must have” list!! Well, pretty much everything is on that list, but there is the budget to consider…

Let me know if you are interested in looking at the Holiday catalog. It will also be available to view online September 4, 2019.

Happy Crafting! Colleen

Bonus Days Are Coming to an End

Can you believe July is almost over? I am beginning to wonder where the summer has gone. I guess it’s true that time flies when you are having a good time.

Just a quick reminder: Bonus Days is coming to an end this month. This is a great opportunity to pick up some coupon codes to use in the month of August.

On a side note…I plan to start doing some instructional videos in the next couple of months. Wish me luck!!!

Happy Crafting~~

Making Cards and Local Bakeries

Today was spent at a local bakery making cards and looking through the Stampin’ Up catalog with @ StampinTammy (you can catch up with her blog here on WordPress or check out her Facebook page). We had such a fun morning.

To begin, the Vanilla Coconut Scones at Cake Happy (downtown Camas, Washington) were amazing. The owner of that shop was gracious enough to let us set up all of our supplies at one of the tables and hang out there for about 3 hours (time really does fly when you are having fun!).

***Quick note: if you are clumsy (and I am), move the Whisper White cardstock BEFORE you uncover the very hot tea***

Today we stamped with the Above The Clouds set. Our cards turned out fabulous. I wish I had a good picture to share with you. Unfortunately, I was so busy chatting, I did not get as good of a picture as I thought.

I wrote a brief note inside of the card I made thanking the owner of Cake Happy for her hospitality. It really is wonderful to be able to share what we love.

There are some fabulous examples of cards made with this stamp set/ bundle on the internet. Of course, if you are in the United States and are interested in placing an order, I would be happy to assist you. Check out my online store (follow link below) or send an email.

Happy Crafting and may your days be filled with friendship!

Crafting with Friends is the Best!

Today is one of those drizzly days in Washington State. Yes, I know it is summer everywhere else. But, here, it is 68 degrees, overcast with light rain…on July 17th!! So, instead of complaining about the lack of sunshine (at least not much), it was the perfect day to get together with a dear friend and do Paper Pumpkin projects.

Between yummy muffins, great conversation and a precut card making kit, we forgot all about our lack of warmth and sunshine and enjoyed the morning.

Are you an experienced crafter or a beginning crafter? If you want an easy, inexpensive way to dip your toe in the crafting waters, Paper Pumpkin might be for you. The kit we used does coordinate with three of our stamp sets.

If you would like more information, please email me or follow the link below to my online store.

Happy Crafting and I hope your day is filled with warmth and sunshine!!

Stampin’ Up! Special Event

It’s a beautiful summer day today! I love the warmer weather. It makes my mood happy and bright.

I wanted to share this promotion with all of you. I love a sale…Stampin’ Up! Is offering TWO bonuses when you join as a Stamp-in’ Up! Demo. $155 custom kit for only $99. YOU get to chose what you want. You will also get a coupon code for the month after you join for $10.

There is no catch here or fine print. If you decide not to continue on as a demonstrator, you get to enjoy the discount for a few months and keep all of the product you ordered.

This special runs from July 1- August 31, 2019.

Ask me for more details and Happy Crafting,

Colleen

Above The Clouds

Hi all! I CASE’d (copied) this design from our catalog. Isn’t it cute? This stamp set is is all about Hot Air Balloons and letting our dreams soar.

I started by cutting the card base 4 1/4” x 11”. Score at 5 1/2”. I chose Seaside Spray from this year’s In Color Collection. I wanted the base of the card to match the ink I was using for the clouds.

I used a 4” x 5 1/4” piece of Whisper White cardstock. This is a great time to get those clouds stamped (Seaside Spray ink). To make the lighter clouds, I did not re-ink every time. I just kept going so I would get those different shades (I did cut away one of my clouds from the stamp set…only do that if you are confident in your cutting abilities). Stamp sentiment and attach to cardbase.

On to the balloons~~the balloon on the left really showcases the Terracotta Tile ink. This is a two step process. Using Terracotta Tile, stamp off the base of the balloon at least once for a lighter shade then stamp. Follow with the top layer of ink. For the second balloon, I used Daffodil Delight for the base and Terracotta Tile for the overlay. Isn’t that a pretty combination? Crumb Cake ink was used for the baskets.

Make a template with your punch to use with your Stamparatus. Or, use this to help you place your stamps to get the most our of your scraps.

Glue one of your balloons/ baskets to the stamped, Whisper White base. Pop up the second balloon with dimensionals. Add some twine and a few sequins. I like the Iridescent Sequin Assortment.

All of these items can be found in my on-line store. Stampin’ Up is offering some wonderful incentives now: Bonus Days has started!! Also, if you live in the United States and would like to become a member of my team, extra product is now being offered for the same start up price.

This featured Stamp Set and Hot Air Balloon Punch can be found on page 89 in the catalog.

Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!

Stamp Sets are in the Clearance Rack!!

Did you know that this is the first time stamp sets have been in the clearance rack?! This is pretty exciting news! All clearance rack items are “while supplies last”. If you are interested, purchase early to make sure you get what you like.

There are some lovely Holiday sets available. I know I like to start on all things Christmas early (including gift shopping). It decreases the stress of the holiday season for me. Maybe that’s why “Christmas in July” is a saying…hahaha.

If you are ready to either look around or make a purchase, please shop my on-line store: cardsbycoco.stampinup.net. There is also a link towards the bottom of this page.

As always, happy crafting!!

Royal Peacock

Royal Peacock

Today’s card features the Royal Peacock. I regularly attend a card class taught by Diane Banwarth Sullivan (also a demonstrator). This is one of the cards we made during that class. It’s so much fun to get out and create with other crafty people!

Royal Peacock

Every demonstrator brings a little something extra. Often, a different technique or style. I always learn a little something new and I get to play around with stamp sets I may not have. Like this Royal Peacock Bundle. Isn’t this a pretty set? You’ll notice I did not stamp the sentiment yet. I generally wait until I am ready to send the card out. Will this be a “thinking of you” card, a “happy birthday” or a “just because” card?

The card base is done in white cardstock. Cut 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and score at 4 1/4. The Beads & Baubles Embossing Folder was used on the front of the card base and again on the Granny Apple Green layer (Old Olive comes in the bundle). The Noble Peacock Designer series paper is stunning. You’ll notice a small piece of the Blueberry Bushel was also used as a layer.

On to the Peacock: Inking this was a two step process using the Stamparatus. I then used my Watercolor pencils (Granny Apple Green) to color in the body of the bird. Thankfully, this set comes in a bundle, and the Peacock was cut out using the Detailed Peacock Dies. Some bling was added to the eyes and flowers. I placed small drops of glue onto the feathers and used some glitter to give just a little extra sparkle.

There are a few different ways to order this. The Royal Peacock stamp set alone, the Royal Peacock Bundle (stamp set and detailed dies) or the Noble Peacock suite (stamp set, detailed dies, embossing folder, designer series paper, foil sheets, reversible ribbon and rhinestones—see above photo). Of course, everything can be purchased individually, but the suite makes it so easy!

If you are interested in learning more about these products, please leave me a message. Or, you can visit my on-line store: cardsbycoco.stampinup.net. (Follow link below).

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. I sure had fun making it! Happy crafting!!

What Do I Do With All Of These Cards?

Creating cards is fun! Adding a little Wink of Stella for that extra sparkle, a few embellishments, twine or ribbon. And, to be honest, it is nice to a have card ready to go when you realize you have almost forgotten to acknowledge someone’s special day. But, this post really is not about selling product, etc. It’s more about the joy of sharing.

Let me share a conversation I recently had with one of my many daughters. We were chit-chatting about Father’s Day, and she was telling me about looking for a card for her Dad (my husband). “Mom, I can not believe how much cards cost. They are expensive. And, they are not even that nice”. Now, if this daughter lived closer to me, she could just raid my stash. But, she doesn’t….

So, I’ve started something new. I now send blank cards to my girls. I jot a note on a piece of scrap paper (you know, the “Mom” note…haha), enclose a stamped, folded envelope and send it off. I send the stamped envelope to save them a trip to the post office.

This is a win-win for everyone! I get the joy of sending my girls a little , inexpensive something and a quick note and they get to have a few cards on hand to pass along. After all, our motto at Stampin’ Up! is “Inspire. Create. Share”.

Happy Crafting!!

Over The Moon

Over The Moon Stamp Set

How cute is this stamp set?? I’m sure it was made for all of those people in our lives that enjoy cuteness! As I have mentioned before, I have many grandchildren, and one of them enjoys all things purple. This is where the Purple Posy In Color cardstock and Designer Series paper came into play.

The dimensions for the card base are: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”. Score at 4 1/4”. For the Designer series paper: 4” x 5 1/4”. I cut a scrap of Whisper White at 3” x 3 1/2“. The tag is 1” X 3” in Purple Posy and 3/4” x 2 3/4” Whisper White. I always say those scraps of paper will come in handy.

Once my image was stamped, I colored in the image using our markers. I am thinking the Blends might have worked better here, but I was already on a roll. And, to be honest, my people know I never color between the lines..haha. A few Woven Thread Sequins (I do like my bling) and some twine completed this card.

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It is easy to look at product lists and think “cha-ching…that’s a lot of money”. What I always suggest is to start out small. Try a card kit. Or, find a set you just have to have and shop around that. You will be amazed at how many different cards you can design with one stamp set, a few ink pads and matching cardstock/ designer paper. If new to stamping, look to our New Stamper brochure. You can get creative with just a few items. If you are interested in looking at the catalog, please visit my online store: cardsbycoco.stampinup.net. You will find wonderful card examples in the catalog to help you plan your project.

Slightly different using Terracotta Tile colors. The flower pot was punched from the Above the Clouds bundle and the flower is from the Varied Vases Stamp Set.

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!!

Father’s Day and Watercoloring

Father’s Day and Watercoloring

Father’s Day is definitely a day to be celebrated in our home. Not only did I marry a fabulous guy who brought two amazing children with him, but he has also been a kind, loving and generous stepfather (I really dislike saying “stepfather”, because he has been so much more). All of our girls are grown women now, but Kevin’s positive influence continues.

This card, though, is for my Dad. I grew up in a beach community in Brooklyn, New York. I have so many wonderful memories of fishing in and around the ocean with my father. As you can see, his birthday and Father’s Day often fall together.

Partial supply list

It was much easier to make this card than it looks. Again, for me, it’s always a little of this and a little of that. I LOVE Stampin’ Ups! Watercolor paper and this card showcases that paper so well. I started by using the Sale-A-Bration stamp set “By the Bay” (the Sailing Home Bundle in the new catalog would work beautifully here and it comes in a bundle!). I inked my image with Stazon, and then began the watercoloring process with our watercolor pencils and an aqua painter. I did want to add a little color to the background, so Stampin’ Write markers to the rescue again. This is such an easy process: take the “fat” end of the marker and rub it across one of your blocks. Pick up the color with the aqua painter and lightly “paint” your background. I felt it was the subtle touch needed for this beachy background.

I completed the card with some twine and a starfish embellishment from a Paper Pumpkin kit. Use what you have in the house. Craft supplies are meant to be fun!

Always save your scraps of paper to make your expression tags with. Nobody likes to cut into a 12×12 piece of cardstock for a 1” tag (haha).

Happy crafting and enjoy the special Dads in your life!