Friday, September 15, 2017

Colorful Seasons SBTD Blog Hop

Welcome to Stampers by the Dozen (SBTD Blog Hop for September. We are a group of 12 Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world, sharing our creative projects to help inspire you. This month's theme is all about trees, leaves and branches. If you are following along with the Blog Hop, you have just visited Susan Simpson's blog and her wonderful projects.

Stampin' Up! has so many wonderful stamp sets featuring trees, leaves and branches to choose from.  I chose the Colorful Seasons Bundle, one of my new favorite bundles from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. This bundle is so versatile and can be used for projects all through the year.

Here in Colorado, we are preparing for the arrival of Fall. I love the warm colors that reflect the changing of the leaves as nature prepares itself for Winter. The leaves begin to change from their Summer green to warm tones of yellow, orange and red, signaling that cooler weather is here to stay.

For my first card I used the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item #143708) to create the look a wood fence. I love the texture this folder creates and when I sponged the Crumb Cake cardstock with Crumb Cake Classic ink, it really brought out the detail of the wood grain. I used the large and small solid leaf dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlets dies (item #143751) to cut out one large leaf and two of the smaller leaves from the Crumb Cake cardstock layer. Using the detailed Leaf die, I cut out one leaf from a scrap of Gold Foil.

To create the color for the smaller leaves, I punched out one circle of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and one circle of Pumpkin Pie using the 1 3/8" Circle Punch. I adhered the circles to the back side of the Crumb Cake cardstock so that the colors were visible through the die cut openings.

Next, I adhered the Crumb Cake cardstock layer to a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock and then inlaid the Gold Detail Leaf die cut into the large leaf opening using a little Snail adhesive to hold it in place. The sentiment is from the Ribbon of Courage stamp set (item #143855) and I heat embossed it with Gold embossing powder. I then used the Oval Layering dies to cut out the sentiment and layered it with a scalloped oval of Chocolate Chip cardstock. I attached the sentiment to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals. To finish off the card, I attached the layers to a Chocolate Chip cardstock base. For a little sparkle, I outlined the smaller leaves with Wink of Stella to help them stand out.
This card design would work well for a masculine card for the men in your life.

My second card has a slightly more summery feel to it with just a touch of Fall from the Pumpkin Pie leaves. With this card I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set (item #143726) for a watercolor look to the leaves. For the large and small Pumpkin Pie leaves, I stamped off once to give a lighter shade of orange and then stamped the detailed leaf stamp image full strength in Pumpkin Pie to give it added depth and definition. I stamped the smaller leaf stamp in Pear Pizzazz Class ink  The sentiment has been embossed with Copper embossing powder for a touch of elegance.

The card base and first layer of this card are Pear Pizzazz cardstock, one of my go-to greens. I embossed the layer with the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item #143704) to add a some texture to the card. I punched out circles of Gold and Copper Foil with the 1 3/8" Circle punch debossed them also using the Layered Leaves embossing folder. The large Whisper White circle was die cut with the largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies. I love the detail of the stitching on the circle to finish it off.  This card design would be wonderful as a birthday or Thank You card.

I hope you have enjoyed the two cards I have created for you today. Now it is time to visit Lyndsay Carara and see her wonderful creations. Just click on her name or the Next image to reach her blog. If you get lost, use the Blog Hop Roll Call below to find your way.

Blog Hop Roll Call

Karie Beglau 
Judi Anderson 
Susan Simpson 
Tricia Butts  You are here
Lyndsay LaRae Carara 
Courtenay Heuston 
Carly Middleton 
Sharleen Luciano 
Vicky Thompson 
Anastasia Radloff

Purchase the Bundle, Save 10%! Colorful Seasons Bundle item #145348 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Stampin' Up! Blog Hop - Anything But the Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the Anything But the Holidays Blog Hop, featuring products from the new 2017 Holiday Catalog in a way you might not have thought to use them. We all love Holiday products but wouldn't it be great if you had ideas on how to use these products for your every day projects for added value.

With so many amazing products to choose from, I decided to use the Painted Harvest Bundle, which includes the Painted Harvest photopolymer stamp set (item #144783) and the Leaf Punch (item #144667). When you purchase these two products as a bundle (item #146021), you save 10%.

So this bundle is a Fall themed bundle in the Holiday Catalog, and I thought it would be fun to try out some non-traditional colors for the flowers to show how versatile this bundle is. I had a lot of fun playing with different color combinations and today I am sharing just two of the color combinations that I tried.

My first color combination features Berry Burst and Flirty Flamingo, two of our amazing In Colors. I loved how well they worked together and the depth it gave to the flower petals. The center of the flower was stamped with Soft Suede and the leaves were stamped using Pear Pizzazz. I punched out the leaves using the Leaf Punch to add a little depth and dimension. The flower was punched out using the Starburst Punch (item #143717) and layered onto a scalloped circle of Pear Pizzazz cut with the Layering Circles Framelits dies (item # 141705).

The Gold Snowflake adds a touch of elegance to this card and is just one of the fabulous embellishments available in the Holiday Catalog (Foil Snowflakes item #144642). I love the way the gold foil makes the flower come alive and it ties in beautifully with the gold foil oval that I used as a matte for the sentiment, which I embossed with Gold Embossing Powder. 

To add a little dimension to the card, I embossed a piece of Berry Burst cardstock with the Layered Leaves 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and highlighted the embossed leaves with Clear Wink of Stella for a touch of sparkle as well as the flower petals and stamped leaves. 
Put it all together and you have a beautiful birthday card for someone special.

My next color combination led to me creating two cards using the same layout. When I created the first card, I couldn't decide whether I wanted the card to be vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape). Needing help, I posted my dilemma on my Facebook page and asked my followers what they thought. After many wonderful responses and suggestions, it still ended up a tie. Some people suggested I do both, so that is what I did. It is a good example of how you can create a design that will work in either direction to create a beautiful card. 

Both cards were created using the same color palette: Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry for the flower petals and Crumb Cake for the center of the flower. The leaves were stamped using Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz.  I added a touch of Clear Wink of Stella to the flowers and leaves for a little sparkle. I layered the stamped panel onto a layer of Rich Razzleberry cardstock and then mounted it onto an Old Olive card base. 

The frame and sentiments were stamped from the Rose Wonder photopolymer stamp set (140697) and I embossed them with Gold Embossing Powder for a touch of elegance. I die cut the sentiment using the frame thinlet from the Rose Garden Thinlets dies. I used the smallest pearls from the Pearl Basic Jewels to embellish the sentiment and then layered it onto a piece of Gold 3/8" Metallic-Edge Ribbon. 

I hope you have enjoyed my journey of exploration with the Painted Harvest Bundle. Don't be surprised if you see more of my projects with these products as I continue to explore using different color combinations and designs. 

Now it is time to visit Chris Slogar and see her amazing projects. I hope you will be inspired by this blog hop to create your own fabulous projects. 

Until Next Time,
Happy Stampin'

Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Global Stamping Friends September Blog Hop Color Challenge

It's time for the September Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop and this month we have a Color Challenge to share.  We were all given the challenge to create a project using the following colors: Whisper White, Smokey Slate, Pool Party, Night of Navy.  

I really enjoyed working with these colors and I decided to focus on clean and simple card designs that would work well for masculine cards. it is always a challenge designing cards for the men in our lives, so I thought this would help me step outside my comfort zone a little.

Stampin' Up! Tabs for Everything Photopolymer Stamp Set item #143907
I chose the Tabs for Everything photopolymer stamp set (item #143907) as it was a new set in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog that I had not had a chance to use yet. It has a coordinating Circle Tab Punch (item #143754) but I decided to focus on using just the stamp set. 

For my first card I decided to create a birthday card with a geometric feel to it, using circle punches and the Layering Squares Framelits Dies (item #141708). I chose to use Smoky Slate cardstock for my card base and used Night of Navy and Whisper White cardstock for my layers. I embossed the Whisper White cardstock with the new Polka Dots Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with my Big Shot. I stamped around the raised polka dots randomly with Pool Party, Smoky Slate and Night of Navy Classic Ink with one of the circle stamps to add a little color to the background.

Stampin' Up! Tabs for Everything Birthday Card

I stamped the images onto Pool Party cardstock and Smoky Slate cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder. I punched the images out using the 1" Circle Punch. I stamped the images for the square onto Whisper White cardstock and then die cut it with one of the smaller square dies from the Layering Squares Framelits dies. The matte layers were die cut from Smoky Slate and Night of Navy cardstock. The mattes for the circles were punched with the 1 1/4" Circle Punch from Night of Navy cardstock. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the stamped elements.
Stampin' Up! Tabs for Everything Birthday Card Close Up

Thrifty Tip: Cut the mattes for the square and circles from the layer of Night of Navy cardstock to save cardstock. The cut outs will be hidden by the Whisper White cardstock.

My second card could be used for a variety of occasions and this style of card is great to have in your card stash in case of an emergency. I love the way the "thumbs up" image works with the sentiment and the Best Badge Punch in Night of Navy creates a great focal point for the card design. I used the Oh My Stars Textured Embossing Folder (item #143710) to add texture to the layer of Pool Party cardstock attached to the Thick Whisper White cardstock card base. I used Smoky Slate cardstock as an accent color with the thin strip across the middle and the matte around the sentiment circle. I used  Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the circle and badge punches to add a little dimension. 

Stampin' Up! Tabs for Everything You're Amazing Card

Even though both of these cards were created with the same stamp set and the same color palette, they both look very different. It is a good example of how you can create a variety of cards with a limited supply list and I enjoyed the challenge. I hope you have enjoyed my projects as much as I did creating them.
It's time to move on to the next blog and visit Sharleen Luciano here to see what she created for this color challenge.
Sharleen Luciano

Here is the list of participating blogs in case you get lost along the way:

Blog Roll Call

Thank you for taking the time to view my projects. I hope you will visit again soon.

Until Next Time

Happy Stampin'

Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator 

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Supply List

Cardstock: Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy
Ink: Versamark, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy

Tools: 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Best Badge Punch, Oh My Starts Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Layering Squares Framelits dies, Big Shot

Misc: Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive, White Embossing Powder

Friday, August 18, 2017

Stampers by the Dozen Blog Hop August 2017

Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop. We are a wonderful group of 12 creative Stampin' Up! demonstrators, from all over the world, sharing our creations to help inspire you. This is our first blog hop and to start things off we thought we would share just some of the amazing products that will be available in the 2017 Holiday Catalog, which will launch September 1st. Please take the time to visit each of the blogs by clicking the next button and we would love it if you would leave us a comment to let us know what you liked about the projects we share.

With so many amazing products to choose from, it was tough to decide what I would showcase for this blog hop. Finally I decided to that with Fall just a few weeks away, I would share with you a stunning new stamp set, Painted Harvest, that combines the look of watercolors with the ease of two-step stamping. I had fun playing with various color combinations for the sunflowers and leaves before settling on my final combination. For the petals, I chose Daffodil Delight and Peekaboo Peach for a soft watercolor wash look. For the center I went with Soft Suede to give depth and dimension. Finally for the leaves I chose Pear Pizzazz to help the sunflowers come alive.
I decided to emboss the sentiments on both the card and bookmark with Copper Embossing Powder. To add a little texture, I used the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon on both the card and the bookmark and I tied a bow on the bookmark with the 3/8" Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon. To frame the sentiment on the card, I used the new Everyday Label Punch and punched twice out of Early Espresso cardstock. I cut one in half horizontally and the other in half vertically and pieced them together behind the sentiment.

The Painted Harvest stamp set has a coordinating punch (Leaf Punch not shown) and can be purchased as a bundle with a savings of 10%. This stamp set is so versatile and the color combinations are endless. I predict that this will be one of the hot bundles of the Holiday Catalog and I recommend that you add it to your Wish List. I hope my projects help inspire you to with your Fall creations.

Now it is time to visit the talented Lyndsay Carara and see her wonderful project.

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If you get lost along the way, just refer to the list below to find your way.
Blog Hop Roll Call
1.      Rachel Pine
2.      Karie Beglau
3.      Judi Anderson
4.      Susan Simpson
5.      Tricia Butts
6.      Lyndsay LaRae Carara
7.      Courtenay Heuston
8.      Tashana Lundy
9.      Carly Middleton
11.  Vicky Thompson

Thank you for taking the time to view my projects. Have a wonderful weekend.

Until Next Time
Happy Stampin'

Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator 

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Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - Anniversary

Welcome to the Global Stamping Friends Anniversary Blog Hop. We have 21 amazing stampers from around the world, sharing their blogs for you to visit and inspire you. This is my first time hopping with Global Stamping Friends and I am so excited to be a part of this fantastic group of stampers.

Because we are celebrating Global Stamping Friends 1st Anniversary, I thought that I would share 3 different cards that would work well as masculine anniversary cards. If you are like me, you struggle to come up designs that are suitable for the men in your life, so I hope these cards help inspire you. For inspiration I visited my faithful friend Pinterest and was amazed at the variety of cards that I found.

My first card features the stamp set, High Tide, and I love this card because you can create it using just this stamp set. This set has a wonderful combination of images and sentiments to help you create cards for a wide variety of occasions. The sentiment I chose reminded me of the vows my husband and I took 25 years ago when we got married and I thought it was perfect for an anniversary card. I embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder to make it stand out more.  My husband grew up on the East Coast so I thought the beach scene with the lighthouse was perfect for him. I created the feel of a sunset by lightly sponging the background with Peekaboo Peach and the light beams were created by stamping the image in Soft Sky Classic ink. I added a touch of sparkle to the light beams and the water with Wink of Stella. The lighthouse is stamped on an oval die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies and popped up with dimensionals. This card was inspired by a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Stampin with Liz Design.

My second card has an edgy feel to it that works perfectly with the One Wild Ride stamp set and once again, I was able to create this card using just one stamp set. I love the grunge and texture of the background which I created by stamping the background image using Smoky Slate Classic ink on a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock. I then embossed it with the Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add a little more texture. I love the color combination of Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate and Basic Black for this card. I used Basic Black Archival Stampin' ink to stamp the motorcycle, tire tracks and the accent for the sentiment. As you can see, it stamps beautifully on both Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie cardstock. The sentiment was stamped with Pumpkin Pie Classic ink and punched out with the Best Badge punch and then I trimmed it close to the edge of the stamped image. I then added a Basic Black Matte also punched with the Best Badge punch.  The sentiment, "Life's a Journey, Enjoy the Ride", works well for a masculine anniversary card. This card  was inspired by a design created by fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator Jennifer Michalski.

My final card features a new stamp set, This Little Piggy, in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and it's a big favorite of mine. While browsing through Pinterest, I found a lot of card designs that feature the different pig images stacked on top of each other and that really appealed to the whimsy in me. I stamped two of the pigs onto Pink Pirouette cardstock and cut them out with my Paper Snips. I then stamped the Hogs & Kisses Pig image onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, making sure to mask the sentiment, to help with placement. I sponged one of the pigs with a little Crumb Cake Classic ink to give him the appearance that he was a bit muddy. The other little pig I highlighted with Pink Pirouette Classic in using a Blender Pen and then added a little sparkle with Wink of Stella. I attached the two pigs to the Whisper White cardstock with Stampin' Dimensionals. The balloons were created by using the Balloon Bouquet Punch to punch out balloons in Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight and Peekaboo Peach cardstock. I sponged each one with the corresponding ink and then highlighted with Wink of Stella. I used a little Bakers Twine to create the balloon strings. The sentiment is one of my favorites from the stamp set, Layering Love, and I thought it was perfect for an anniversary card. I heat embossed the sentiment with Gold Embossing Powder. Assembly of this card is quick and easy and the Pear Pizzazz card base works great with the fun, bright colors. 

I hope these card designs have helped inspire you when it comes to masculine cards and will help you think out of the box when it comes to creating cards for the men in your life. Now it is time for you to visit the next blog on our hop, the very talented  Anita Wifladt and see her wonderful creations. 

Anita Wifladt
Here is a list of blogs participating in today's blog hop, just in case you get lost along the way. I hope you enjoy the journey.

Roll Call - Special Anniversary Bloghop

I hope you will join me tomorrow for another fun blog hop with Stampers by the Dozen, as we share Sneak Peeks from the New 2017 Holiday Catalog.

Until Next Time
Happy Stampin'
Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Retirement List 2017 is Here!

The Retirement List is now live and there are so many fabulous products being discontinued to make way for the new catalog.

Here is the Nitty Gritty Details from Stampin' Up!:

Main Information:
  • Promotion dates: April 10–May 31, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT).
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: demonstrator, workshop, customer, and online.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
Order Information:
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, we’ll keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Select discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
  • Depending on inventory levels, we may add additional discounts to select products in May.
    • These discounts will not be preannounced.
    • If you or a customer buys a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you or your customer wants, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you/your customer risk it being sold out.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.
  • Please start your orders for retiring products after the promotion starts. Orders that are started before the promotion begins will not include the discounted prices.
So there you have it. I highly recommend that you place your order Online through my Online Store to make sure that you get the products you want before they sell out, especially if they are discounted. Once the product is sold out, they will not return. Please use the Host Code: UB7HADNQ by clicking on the Shopping Bag link and entering the code in the Host Code box at the bottom of the page before checking out.  If you order totals more than $150 (before S&H and Taxes) do not use this Host Code so that you can claim the Host Benefits you earn.

Everyone who uses this Host Code will receive a copy of the New 2017-2018 Annual Catalog in the mail in May once I have received the new catalogs.  (Also anyone who earns Host Benefits during April will also receive a Free copy of the New 2017-2018 Annual Catalog)

To place your order through my Online Store, please click HERE and click the image to begin shopping. If you have any questions or need help with your order, please contact me HERE by phone or email.

Here is the Retirement List PDF File for you to download. Click HERE

OK, so what are you waiting for? No time to waste! Happy Shopping 😊

Until Next Time
Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts

New Beginnings!

Hello Everyone,

It's been a long time since I last posted on this blog and so much has changed over the past 3 years. The good news is that I am still an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and I still love to create with Stampin' Up!'s amazing products. Over the past couple of years my love of paper crafting has been my Creative Therapy and has helped me through the challenges of life.

While my blog has been languishing in cyberspace, I have been sharing ideas and projects on my Facebook page. Now it is time to give my blog some love and I am in the process of updating and changing things around, so excuse the work in progress.

Stampin' Up! is getting ready to launch it's brand new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog on June 1st so that means that the Retirement List for the current 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and 2017 Occasions Catalog is ready to be released today at 1pm Mountain time. Yes, I did say TODAY! As soon as it becomes available, I will be posting a link here on my blog for you to have access.

I am so excited to get back into the world of blogging and sharing fun new ideas with you all. I hope you will join me on my creative journey.

Have an amazing day!

Until Next Time
Happy Stampin'
Tricia Butts
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