Cardsbycoco

Independent Stampin’Up! Demonstrator and lover of all paper crafts

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

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

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 is 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

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

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

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

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

Product List

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

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

Product list

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

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 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.

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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!

Quilling is Not as Easy as it Looks

The card I am sharing today is a quilling card. I only make these for special occasions because they take me a long time to make. (For those of you who do not know, I suffered an injury 3 years ago and have limited neck mobility and limited fine motor coordination in my left hand, etc.). I started making cards as my own form of occupational therapy (once a nurse, always a nurse).

My husband and I have a large, blended, crazy fun, extended family. Between us, we have happily blended six girls together (alright, adult women now, but forever my girls). The card I am sharing is for a 31st birthday that is coming up soon. The years sure pass quickly, don’t they?

I have taken a few classes from a master quiller (her work is amazing). You can find her card kits at her Etsy shop @HeirloomQuilling (Heidi Theon). If you find yourself in the Longview, Washington or the Portland, Oregon area, I suggest you take a peek at her card class schedule. You can also access a few good beginner videos on YouTube.

Of course, I am always happy I have my stash of Stampin’ Up supplies. Dimensionals, a small banner, pearls, ink, Wink of Stella and a few other supplies allowed me to modify the design of the card and make it my own.

Birthdays should always be celebrated! Now to find the perfect gift…

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