Monday, April 24, 2017

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop: A Sara Thing Kit


Thanks for joining us for our NEW #APaperPumpkinThing Blog Hop! I was so super excited to get the A Sara Thing kit this month, and to be asked to join a Blog Hop using this kit :-D AAANND, even more excited to find out that we're doing a GIVEAWAY...details just above the NEXT button near the bottom of the post.


My take on the kit was inspired by the black and white stripes, and I tried to stay as close to the kit supplies as possible for you. For my Best Actor box/bag, I used a bit of the washi tape on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock, and attached it to a "bagalope" (made from an envelope from the kit) with a little office supply brad. I used the watercolor pencils and brush that came with the kit, and watercolored right onto the white space on the envelope. Then I used the 'BEST' stamp right over the dried watercolor. To get the word 'ACTOR', I stamped some other words from the set onto scrap Whisper White card stock, and cut them out before adhering to the front of the box/bag. I found out I could watercolor with the pencils on Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, so I punched out some blue stars from that for accents on the box.


I went a little off the reservation with the film reel, because my son came downstairs and suggested I make one with an empty ribbon spool, and that bell could not be unrung! I used Silver Metallic Foil Paper on each side of the spool and then cut little squares from Basic Black card stock to go around the edges. The "film" going around and coming off the spool is the same washi tape from the kit. The 'SCRIPT' is a mini composition book covered with Basic Black card stock, and some of that same washi on the spine, with the words handwritten using the Chalk Marker.


For my Best Actress card, I made the card similar to the box, and did my trick on scrap Whisper White to cut out the different letters I needed. Then I used some pieces from a heart shape included in the kit, which I cut out in what looked to me like theater mask shapes. I watercolored those lightly and drew in the faces. ETA: I also felt like the black card base needed some dazzle, so I swiped over the whole thing with Clear Wink of Stella before I adhered all the other bits of the card onto it. Shimmer is difficult to photograph adequately (at least I have a hard time with it), so you'll just have to trust me when I tell you how *glamorous* it looks in person ;-)



Don't blame me if you've fallen in love with this kit. Blame Sara ;-) You can grab the A Sara Thing Refill Kit on the PAST KITS page in my Online Store (as long as supplies last). This includes the consumables only, which is everything but the stamp set & ink...but you DO get the free watercolor pencils and paintbrush! By the way, you're gonna have to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to buy whatever's available, so go ahead and sign up HERE to get your email address in the system first! I'm sure they will sell out fast, so you'll want to be ready to check out ASAP.

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY: To be entered into a drawing for a FREE "A Sara Thing" Paper Pumpkin Kit, you must leave a comment on EVERY blog. Drawing closes on Saturday, April 29th at 9 PM EST. The winner will be announced on Monday, May 1, 2017.

NEXT UP: Click the button below to check out the Artful Inker, Sarah Levin!



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Monday, April 10, 2017

Retiring Products up to 50% OFF - While Supplies Last!!!



Important Details:
  • Promotion starts April 10 at 1pm MT and Ends May 31 at 11:55pm MT.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, Stampin' Up! will keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last ONLY.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.
  • Depending on inventory levels, Stampin' Up! may add additional discounts to select products in May. These discounts will not be preannounced. If you buy a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.*
*I do not recommend waiting on further discounts, the item(s) you want may sell out.

Also, I do not have a way to update the PDF and Excel Retiring Lists live. If you Search for an item in my Online Store and it does not come up, that means it is sold out (or you entered the number incorrectly). Please let me know if you have any issues with your order(s), or any questions on Retiring Items, and I will answer them as soon as I can! The fastest way to reach me will be to go to my Facebook Page and message me from there, or call/text me at the number listed there.

Get your Stampin' Supplies in my ONLINE STORE,
and Be sure to check out these Deals:
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April Monthly Perks Code XEEFUJHR
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~Kimberley Morris
Colorado Springs, CO
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop: My Favorite Bundle


Welcome again to the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop, that runs the first Friday of every month! You'll see projects from Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from all over the world in this blog hop. My name is Kimberley Morris, and I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado (USA).

This month our theme is My Favorite Bundle. With Easter fast approaching, I've been playing with the Basket Bunch Bundle from the 2017 Occasions Catalog. I made a Valentine card with it HERE, and a cute little gift bag with it HERE. Today I have a quick favor basket to show you:


Check out my Basket Tutorial HERE...but FIRST, check out the tips below...

You can get the Basket Bunch BUNDLE, and SAVE 10%. Or you can get the Basket Bunch photopolymer stamp set, and the Basket Builder Framelits Dies separately. The basket on the left just uses the stamp set, and the one on the right uses both the stamp set and the framelits. There's still time to get this bundle and make these favors, they are super fast and easy--so SHOP NOW and expedite shipping on your order!


BASKET TUTORIAL TIPS:
1) My first tip might save you a headache...when cutting your 8-1/2x11 sheet, I suggest you cut the (4) handles off the end FIRST. It's easier than trying to hold/measure/cut a skinny strip in your paper trimmer.
2) I did not wrap this basket with DSP or use scalloped circles, or brads on it, so you can skip those steps from the tutorial.
3) For these baskets in particular, you can see from the side angled view of my baskets, I stamped the basket all the way around. When you do this, you might find it easiest to fold the pointy pieces of the basket underneath the square pieces, and also fold under any square pieces that might get ink stamped over them. Or, you could lay down sticky notes around the edges if that's easier.
4) Take note of the picture below when you cut into the squares to make the basket, as you will get the best look by choosing a square with no pointy sections attached to it for the front (see the panel where I've colored the basket in the picture below).
5) I stamped the grass image a few times to get it across the bottom of the basket panel, and I also stamped it a couple times with the ink stamped off the image once, to get some lighter grass blades in between.
6) I used the Chocolate Chip marker to make a couple of lines on the handle, just for added interest. If you don't have this marker, consider using a Blender Pen with ink from the Chocolate Chip ink pad. The line will look a little bit different but it will be there.
7) The handle on this basket is NOT glued on the sides with triangle pieces (as the tutorial directs), it is glued on the square panel sides of the box instead.
8) There are also some adorable sayings in the stamp set, and you could stamp one on a tag and use Baker's Twine to hang it from the handle for a fancier basket :-)


To color the little bunny you see in the close up below, I used the Watercolor Pencils and smoothed over the color with Blender Pens. You'll want to make sure you use a waterproof ink for the bunny if you are going to color him--I chose Basic Gray Archival ink. If you don't have the Watercolor Pencils, you can use the ink from an ink pad and your Blender Pens. The colors I used are: Basic Gray PENCIL/Smoky Slate ink, Melon Mambo PENCIL (super light)/Pink Pirouette ink, and Bermuda Bay (either pencil or ink). I also used the Early Espresso PENCIL on the basket in a criss cross pattern to give it texture like it's woven. If you use ink and a Blender Pen, you might want to stick with Chocolate Chip so it's not too dark.


Stampin' Supplies: Basket Bunch BUNDLE (Basket Bunch stamp set + Basket Builder Framelits), Tip Top Taupe card stock, Whisper White card stock (for bunny), Chocolate Chip ink pad and marker, Cucumber Crush ink pad, Basic Gray Archival ink pad (for bunny), Watercolor Pencils (for basket on right), Blender Pens (for bunny), Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals (for bunny), Tombow Multipurpose Glue, Stampin' Trimmer.

FYI: the Watercolor Pencils are SUPER popular and are not orderable right now, but are estimated to be available again by April 24th. Once they are in stock, hop on over to my Online Store and get them while you can!!! Don't forget to grab at least one pack of Blender Pens with them.

Click the Next or Previous arrow below to find more color challenge projects around the world!
(or check out the Blog Roll below the arrows)


2017 APRIL BLOG ROLL
1. Sarah McDermott www.papercraftartistry.blogspot.co.uk
2. Courtenay Heuston www.bagsthatone.blogspot.com.au
3. Anja Reuss www.stempelitis.de
4.Lisa Hardie www.thestampingirl.com
5. Georgia Missy Gaydos www.Livinlovinstampinwithgg.blogspot.com
6. Kimberley Anne Morris http://procrastistamper.blogspot.com UR HERE!
7. Christine Wrede www.stempeltamtam.blogspot.com
8. Erica Jones http://fortheheartofstamping.blogspot.ca/
9. Angélique Stempelkeuken http://stempelkeuken.blogspot.com
10. Jenn Curtis Charles www.bffStampers.com
11. Marieke Bart www.mintymik.blogspot.com

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~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Timeless Textures - April Step It Up Blog Hop


Welcome to the April 2017 Edition of the We Create Bloggers Step It Up Blog Hop! The theme is to inspire stampers with a basic design, and at least one alternate "stepped up" version of that same design. My project this month features the Timeless Textures stamp set (available in wood-mount or clear-mount), and is actually just a simple greeting swap on the same card design.


Stampin' Supplies: Timeless Textures stamp set, One Big Meaning stamp set (wood-mount or clear-mount), Pool Party ink & card stock, Night of Navy ink & card stock, Whisper White card stock, Brights Sequin Assortment, Stampin' Dimensionals.


Stampin' Supplies: Timeless Textures stamp set, Stylized Birthday stamp (wood-mount only), Pool Party ink & card stock, Night of Navy ink & card stock, Whisper White card stock, Brights Sequin Assortment.

Because of the difference in size of the greetings, there is a little more background stamping on the thanks card than on the birthday card, but I think the script of the birthday greeting really jazzes up the whole card instantly. Both cards are pretty straight-forward, simple stamping, nothing bulky to cost extra in mailing. The Night of Navy card stock layer of the thank you card was actually raised a little with Stampin' Dimensionals, and, though I didn't do that on the birthday card, I do like that better.

If you wanted to be a bit more fancy, you might add a knot or bow with some Night of Navy Solid Baker's Twine, or use Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and set with the Heat Tool on the greeting of either card.

Click the pointing hand image below to hop to Libby's blog next, and see what fancy stepping she's got going on this month...


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and Be sure to check out these Deals:
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April Monthly Perks Code XEEFUJHR
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~Kimberley Morris
Colorado Springs, CO
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
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