Life is Grand with Crackle and Sparkle

I asked Hunter to help me design the card my club would be making because she designs such pretty cards. I told her the main stamp set I wanted to use (Life is Grand) and she put together this beauty – background stamp (Crackle Paint), the springy colors (Grapefruit Grove & Mango Melody), the Sale-a-Bration ribbon, the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. I added the sequins, of course. Because I have been on a sequin frenzy lately. I can’t get enough of them! Thank you, Hunter, for not only designing the card, but being a guest at last night’s club meeting!

life is grand with crackle and sparkle

Card Recipe
Stamp Sets:  Crackle Paint, Life is Grand
Cardstock:  Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White (card base)
Ink: Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody
Lovelies:  Grapefruit Grove Sale-a-Bration Ribbon, Iridescent Sequin Assortment
Tools:  Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Take Your Pick Tool, Stamparatus (inside sentiment)

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2019 Occasions Catalog, 2019 Sale-a-Bration Brochure, and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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So Hoppy for Sale-a-Bration!

I am always excited about Sale-a-Bration time and that has not waned in 2019! Look at this adorable frog! So stinkin’ cute! He’s part of a stamp set called So Hoppy Together and the set can be earned for FREE with a minimum order of $50 (before tax and shipping). But wait…there’s more! I used another item you can choose from out of the brochure. The green and black striped Designer Series Paper is from the Botanical Butterflies collection that is also a Sale-a-Bration item.  The package contains 12 sheets of double sided 12” x 12” paper that has colored images on one side and black and white on the other. Love it when I can use my Stampin’ Blends and color it exactly to match my card! I decided to use the new Gingham Gala Sequins in Grapefruit Grove to give it a pop of color.  I really had a ton of fun with this Birthday card! Click on the Catalogs tab above to see the Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure.

so hoppy for sab

Card Recipe
Stamp Sets:  So Hoppy Together (SAB), Picture Perfect Birthday
Cardstock:  Granny Apple Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  Botanical Butterfly (SAB)
Ink:  Grapefruit Grove, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Blends:  Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Soft Sea Foam
Lovelies:  Gingham Gala Sequins (Occasions), Pick a Pattern Washi Tape
Tools:  Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Banner Punch (Retired)

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2019 Occasions Catalog, 2019 Sale-a-Bration Brochure, and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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Graceful Shimmery Dragonfly for The Joy of Sets Challenge #JOSTTT001

I am a member of a most delightful Facebook group called The Joy of Sets. This year, there is a new blog with monthly challenges. Check out their website HERE.  The January challenge #JOSTTT001 is Tic Tac Toe:
jos jan 19 challengeI decided to go right down the middle – Twine, Circle, Blue. I chose two of my favorite shades of blue – Night of Navy and Pool Party. I colored both the Graceful Glass Vellum DSP and plain Vellum with Stampin’ Blends of the same colors. I stamped the Pool Party layer with the Crackle Paint background stamp available in the new 2019 Occasions Catalog. I then punched the large circle out of it with a 2 1/2″ Circle punch and wrapped the twine around the base layer. I took the piece I punched out, turned it around to the unstamped side and punched that with the 2 1/4″ Circle punch so there would be a border of Night of Navy when I glued it back down. I used the same 2 1/4″ size to punch out the Graceful Glass vellum and layered it on top using glue dots.  I like the look of it with that part recessed down and the dragonfly and smaller circle punches popped up…just wish it would photograph better. I made a sweet bow with the twine and adhered it with a glue dot to complete the challenge. I gussied it up with Rhinestones colored with the Dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends marker and I added Wink of Stella to the dragonfly, smallest vellum circle and the middle of the Graceful Glass design. I am very happy with this card…I might just send it to myself!

graceful shimmery dragonfly
Card Recipe
Stamp Sets:  Dragonfly Dreams, Crackle Paint
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Pool Party, Whisper White, Vellum
Designer Series Paper:  Graceful Glass Vellum
Ink:  Night of Navy, Pool Party
Stampin’ Blends:  Dark Night of Navy, Dark Pool Party
Lovelies:  Pool Party Baker’s Twine*, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Wink of Stella
Tools:  3/4″, 1”, 2  1/4” & 2 1/2”** Circle Punches, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform
*Retired Product
**Non Stampin’ Up Product

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2019 Occasions Catalog, 2019 Sale-a-Bration Brochure, and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards! I have a ridiculous number of boards – arranged by type and themes for cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting!
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Birthday Happiness

A friend of mine has her Birthday the day after Christmas. Her favorite colors are pastel pink and blue and I wanted to make sure her Birthday card was soft and pretty. I decided to use the November 2018 limited edition Happiness Surrounds stamp set and Snowfall Thinlits Dies. It’s so awesome how they coordinate! My friend let me know she received her card…and thanked me for adding in a cardstock insert to protect the embellishments. The post office destroyed the envelope and paper insert, but thankfully the card itself made it through undamaged! So that is your friendly PSA today. Protect your cards when mailing!
Birthday Happiness
Here’s a close up so you can see the texture on the Pool Party layer. This texture is created using the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder. Today’s card is the third one in a row I’m sharing with you that uses this folder. I have definitely gotten my money’s worth! This close up also shows the effect from the Wink of Stella that I added to the Blushing Bride flowers. So soft and pretty.
Birthday Happiness Close Up
Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Happiness Surrounds*
Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pool Party
Lovelies: Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets, Blushing Bride Stitched Satin Ribbon*, Pool Party Sale-a-Bration Ribbon*, Wink of Stella
Tools:  1 1/4″ Circle Punch, 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch, Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder, Snowfall Thinlits Dies*, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Precision Base Plate, Big Shot Die Brush

*Retired Product

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018 Holiday Catalog (only available until January 2, 2019) and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards! I have a ridiculous number of boards – arranged by type and themes for cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting!

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Subtle Flowering Desert Sneak Peek

Sorry it’s been a couple weeks since my last post, but I was lucky enough to have my son home for 10 days for Christmas and I enjoyed all my time with him. I’ll be sharing the card I tucked into his backpack with you tomorrow. It’s pretty darn funny.

I finally inked up the beautiful stamps in the Flowering Desert set last night. I have never lived in a desert region, nor have I ever visited a desert region, but I am always drawn to desert style stamps. There’s something about the loneliness and isolation a desert represents that makes me wistful for quiet and peace. As soon as my eyes gazed upon page 29 in the upcoming Occasions Catalog, I knew this stamp set would be the first one I ordered. Flowering Desert SetThe Soft Suede layer is embossed with the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder. It does just what the name implies – creates a subtle texture that is so pleasing to the eye. This set will be available beginning January 3, 2019 so get your wish list ready!

Subtle Flowering Desert Sneak Peek

I am also loving the trio of colors I chose for this card. The Pear Pizzazz and Soft Suede are quiet and soft…and then Melon Mambo comes along for an awesome pop of color to brighten everything up!

Mambo Pear Suede

Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Flowering Desert
Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White (card base)
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
Lovelies: Glitter Enamel Dots, Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon
Tools:  Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Stitched Labels Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018 Holiday Catalog (only available until January 2, 2019) and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

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If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards! I have a ridiculous number of boards – arranged by type and themes for cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting!

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Epic Retirement

Today we will take a break from the bright, bold flowers of the Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper and instead take a look at the awesome background stamp Crackle Paint in the upcoming Occasions catalog. Isn’t it a great backdrop for this card?  A coworker/friend commissioned a male retirement card and told me the retiree liked guitars. I decided to pull out retired stamp sets for the retirement card. See what I did there? Ha Ha Ha! I am too funny! I also decided to use some retired cardstock, ink, and candy dots, too. Don’t let your retired products get dusty, folks! There’s still life left in them! I just love how this card is truly a mix of old, current and upcoming products.

Epic Retirement
These upcoming Rectangle Stitched Framelits are so versatile and I know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of them!

Rectangle Stitched Framelits
These new products will be available beginning January 3, 2019.

Card Recipe
Stamp Sets:  Crackle Paint, Epic Celebrations*, Teeny Tiny Wishes*
Cardstock:  Baked Brown Sugar*, Lost Lagoon*, Whisper White
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar*, Lost Lagoon*, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stampin’ Blends:  Light & Dark Crumb Cake, Light & Dark Soft Suede, Color Lifter
Lovelies:  Gold Metallic Thread, Neutrals Candy Dots*
Tools:  Corrugated Dynamic Embossing Folder, Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

*Retired Products

Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018 Holiday Catalog, which is still in effect until January 2, 2019, and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

jenniferarentstamps@comcast.net

If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards! I have a ridiculous number of boards – arranged by type and themes for cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting!
https://www.pinterest.com/jenniferarent/

Sequins Make Life Grand, Dear Friend

I was so excited to discover that my pre-order would be delivered a day early! As soon as I got home from work yesterday, I dug in to check out all the fun goodies…and I was not disappointed! All products from the 2019 Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochure will be available beginning January 3, 2019. Here are the stamp sets I received today:

Preorder Stamp Sets
The Happiness Blooms Designer Series Paper is bold, bright, and perfectly happy.  I must admit that I have not reached for the Pineapple Punch cardstock in a few months. But with it being a main color in the DSP, I quickly reached for it and I’m so glad I did.  I decided to make 3 cards using the same colors. You’ll get to see the other two in the next two days.

Calypso Pineapple Mambo
Today’s card features a large sentiment from the Life Is Grand set. The set is a DistINKtive set, which means the ink stamps in different intensities to allow for the look of shadowing and natural shading. Simply perfect! Here’s the card:

Sequins Make Life Grand, Dear Friend
I want you to look closely at the die cutting…the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits emboss the stitching on both the die cut as well as the negative. I took a side photo, hoping that you can see that I die cut out the larger rectangle from the DSP before adhering it to the card. I then die cut out the sentiment with the next size smaller rectangle and popped it up on Dimensionals.

Sequins Make Life Grand, Dear Friend Close Up
Rectangle Stitched Framelits
I added Poppy Parade Mini Striped Ribbon. It’s like the chameleon of ribbon as the striping makes it look like Melon Mambo on this card. I then finished it off  with the Iridescent Sequin Assortment. It was a quick and job since I used the Take Your Pick Tool to easily pick up one at a time and pop them on with glue dots. Love!

Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Life is Grand
Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Pineapple Punch, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:  Happiness Blooms
Ink:  Calypso Coral
Lovelies:  Iridescent Sequin Assortment, Poppy Parade Mini Striped Ribbon
Tools:  Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Take Your Pick Tool

Stay tuned to see the other two cards in upcoming posts. In the meantime, I’ll be working on more cards that feature both upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-Bration products! I think my next batch will include the Sale-a-Bration Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack that is FREE with a product order of $50. Yes! You’ll receive all 5 colors!

Preorder SAB Ribbon
Click on the Stampin’ Up Catalogs tab above for the 2018 Holiday Catalog, which is still in effect until January 2, 2019, and the Annual Catalog PDF. So much creativity and fun!

jenniferarentstamps@comcast.net

If you want more inspiration, be sure to visit my Pinterest boards! I have a ridiculous number of boards – arranged by type and themes for cards, scrapbooking and papercrafting!
https://www.pinterest.com/jenniferarent/