For Peeps Sake!

So I’ve been working on making some “watercolor” cards lately, inspired by a class over at BPC (Big Picture Classes). I don’t happen to have any paints in the house, so I’ve been using my ink pads and water to formulate my own.  I kind of like using some minimalist design to showcase the stamp sets I’ve used, and this one is no different. The stamp set is For Peeps Sake, which is “totes adorbs”, as my daughter would say.

for peeps sake

I mean, these guys are seriously cute! So I grabbed my ink pads, squished them together so I had a spot of ink on the inside cover, got a little glass of water, and pulled out a paintbrush.

After I colored in the little Easter eggs I went back over them, once they were dry, with some Crystal Effects to help them pop a bit.  When I went to stamp the sentiment on my tag, I inked up the stamp and then went back and removed the tiny Easter eggs under the word “egg-cellent.” I didn’t want them on the tag, so I used a dry paintbrush to wipe off the color.

I decided to fussy cut the chick because I wanted him to stand out but I didn’t want to use any Stampin’ Dimensionals under him. Thank goodness for paper snips – I’m grateful they’re as sharp as they are cause you need them to be when you’re cutting such small pieces of paper!

So here is my card:

for peeps sakeAnd here are some of the supplies I used to make it:

 

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Sale-a-Bration 2015 Just Got Even Better!

Sale-a-Bration just gets better and better. And because you guys have been loving the FREE stuff, Stampin’ Up! has just made available even more free items. But don’t wait too long – Sale-a-Bration 2015 ends on March 31! Whether you’re stocking up on your paper crafting supplies or wanting to try out some of the fantastic new products, every $50 you spend gets you the free goodies!

Here are the new items:

Sale-a-Bration 2015

Pals Blog Hop March 2015

Pals Blog Hop March 2015

Welcome to the March Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating spring. This month we are featuring spring related projects for Mother’s Day, Easter or any other occasion that celebrates winter coming to an end.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Liz Gatreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

I am so ready for the sun to shine and the snow to melt. It seems like it’s been a long winter (is it just me, or did January and February have extra days in them?) and I’m ready to see robins and crocuses. (Croci)? In fact, just the sight of squishy brown mud has me swooning these days! Yes, I might have a bit of cabin fever. Or cabin flu. Whatever.

All this extra time (those extra days someone threw into January and February) has provided me with an opportunity to spend some time playing with scissors and other assorted sharp objects. And some paper. So here is my celebration of Spring, complete with pastel colors and butterflies:

Pals Blog Hop March 2015

For this card I grabbed a cup of water, a paint brush, and three of my favorite colors, Pistachio Pudding, Daffodil Delight, and Coastal Cabana, and just used the ink pad cover as my paint palette and did some faux water coloring on watercolor paper. I pulled the “happy” from a former My Paper Pumpkin kit, and cut the “spring” with the Little Letters thinlits and Strawberry Slush card stock.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go put my galoshes on and then make some mud pies! Thanks for joining me today. The next stop on the Blog Hop is September Gray! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month!

Here is the complete lineup for this month’s Hop:

  1. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  2. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  3. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  4. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  5. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  6. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  7. Amy Whelan at Amy’s Inklings
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  9. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  10. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soiree by Natalie Bradley
  12. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  17. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  18. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  19. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  20. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Blog
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  23. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  24. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  25. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  26. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  27. Benjaman Turner at He Stamps
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  29. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  30. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!   ← You are here and so am I
  31. September Gray at septembergray.com
  32. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  33. Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithbecky.com
  34. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  35. Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Mother Goose Shadow Box

I’ve been working on this project for a while, and even though the main “ingredients,” as it were, are Graphic 45, the “bones” are supported by Stampin’ Up! products. It will be going out to a certain someone as soon as I can get it boxed up and on its way. The Mother Goose pattern reminds me of some of the books I had as a child. I really, really love the vintage designs from Graphic 45.

mother goose

This is the front cover,

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the inside left,

mother goose

and the inside right.

mother goose

But you can’t send a gift out without a gift card, so I decided to try a mini card in a box that I saw on YouTube. And when I say “mini,” I mean, it measures only 3 inches by 3 inches!

mother goose

Yes, there were tweezers involved – not because it was all that difficult but because my hands were too big! I used the Lullaby Designer Series Paper and also made the matching envelope.

mother goose

I love the little faces from the Itty Bitty Baby stamp set – they are just so precious. Just like the little fella who inspired this project! :-)

mother goose

Here are the products I used to make the card in a box and envelope:

New Products Added to Sale-a-Bration!

Beginning today, March 1, you can earn brand new products added to Sale-a-Bration – these are items that are not in the original SAB brochure you may have already received! Remember, with every $50 you spend (in merchandise only, before tax and shipping) you earn an exclusive Sale-a-Bration item! Spend $100, pick two items, and so on! And you can earn them all, but this offer will end on March 31. Head on over to my online store today to get in on these awesome accessories! Just click HERE.

These are the new products:

sale-a-bration

sale-a-bration

Product Backorder and Subsequent Delays

Here is an edited version of an email that Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators received today (I took out the parts that referred specifically to demonstrators), and I thought it pertinent enough that I would share it with you all. Stampin’ Up! is not the only company that has been overwhelmed with backorders; the situation is pretty grim for everyone.

Why Are My Favorite Products on Backorder?
February 19, 2015

“We know there has been a lot of frustration surrounding the current backorder situation. We understand that when you are excited to purchase these fun, new items and then you can’t get them, there is a lot of disappointment for you.

There are three main factors currently affecting availability of Stampin’ Up! products: (1) higher sales of particular products than was forecast; (2) contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA); and (3) the Chinese New Year.

Higher Sales

For accessories in the Spring Occasions catalog, Stampin’ Up! sold 100 percent or more of some products in eight weeks than was forecasted for a period of 13 weeks! While this is certainly exciting news in many ways, it has also resulted in frustrating backorder situations.

West Coast Port Labor Negotiations

Nearly 40 percent of all US imports pass through ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California. As ongoing contract negotiations continue between the ILWU and PMA, a record number of containers are arriving at the ports due to new “jumbo” freight vessels. In addition to these record numbers, there is also a shortage of equipment used to actually deliver the containers. You can follow news about the ports and the labor negotiations here. Unfortunately, there is no end in sight for the negotiations or the congestion at the west coast ports.

Like almost everyone else who imports through these ports, Stampin’ Up! is looking for alternate routes to bring in their products and make them available to you.

Because of the congestion at the west coast port, more companies–Stampin’ Up! included–are using air freight from China to bypass the congested ports, which, ironically, is now causing congestion with imported air freight.

Chinese New Year

During Chinese New Year (February 19-March 5)–a very important holiday to the Chinese people–most Chinese manufacturers shut down and none of those products will be shipped to the U.S. during this time.

Unfortunately, these three factors have combined to create the “perfect storm” of backorders and, sadly, the situation will probably get worse before it gets better.

The Temporary Solution

Because backorders cause so much consternation Stampin’ Up! has decided that until there are improvements in the factors causing backorders, accessories that become unavailable will be turned off, rather than allowing them to go on backorder. Please note: because stamps are manufactured locally, stamp sets will be allowed to go on backorder status as needed.

If you currently have an item on backorder, Stampin’ Up! will fill your order as soon as the item comes back in stock. Occasionally the product shipments that are received will not cover all backorders; in these instances, the remaining backorders will have to wait until subsequent shipments are received.

We apologize for the frustration the backorders have caused you, but we hope this information has helped you understand some of the circumstances that are affecting how quickly we can replenish our inventory.”

I am so grateful to Stampin’ Up! for sharing this information with us as demonstrators, and I hope that providing this alert to you, the customer, will at least offset some of the frustration you may have been experiencing with long delays in product backorders. Here’s hoping to good things happening quickly!

 

Triple Time Embossing: a Tutorial

I have had several requests to do a tutorial on Triple Time Embossing, which is exactly like triple time stamping except instead of stamps and ink you use embossing folders. I love the simple yet elegant look that you can create using just embossing folders – and it’s fun and not too difficult! The examples I’ve shown you are just samples – the possibilities are endless. You can use card stock that’s all the same color, you can use two or more different colors for the mats, you could use multiple embossing folders, etc.

Here is a picture of the card I made for the tutorial:
triple time embossing

And here is an alternate card I made that uses two embossing folders, one for the top images (in white) and one for the matted layers that go underneath (in pink):
triple time embossing
I hope you find this tutorial useful. I only ask that you don’t sell it and if you do share it, that you keep my name as credited. Enjoy!

triple time embossing

Here are the products I used for the process:

Retired Product List

Pretty In Pink 8-1/2X11 Card Stock
Pretty In Pink 8-1/2X11 Card Stock

Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die
Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die

Postage Collection Clear-mount Stamp Set
Postage Collection Clear-mount Stamp Set

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