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.

Partial Product List

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!!

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