Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Monday Funday - Challenge #10 - Inspiration challenge and contest!

Challenge #10 - Monday Funday on Tuesday! Sorry this is so late - have been busy having fun with visiting family. This week's challenge is an Inspiration challenge - see my post at and then add your card entry to the comments below to be entered to win a prize! Inspiration picture is below. You can do the card using the pattern, placement, the colors or what ever else it inspires you to do.   
Now it's your turn - use the inspiration to get your creative juices going to make a card - and post to my Facebook page under the Challenge #10 post, no later than Noon, Sunday, May 31st for a chance to win a fun embellishment - good luck!   Here's the direct link to my FACEBOOK page - just scroll to Challenge #10 - click HERE.  Can't wait to see all your cards.    ~Maureen

Thursday, May 21, 2020

SF 2020-May Masculine or My Guy Blog Hop

Be sure to hop through all the blogs on the list near the bottom for tons of wonderful inspiration!
 It is a Masculine kind of month - thank you for joining us as we celebrate our Guys!  I decided to work with the retiring Country Road stamp set from Stampin' Up!s last chance list.  I have loved this set - and used it many times for collage stamping - but today did a different take on it.
I ended up making this masculine card and a matching treat box out of one of our half size stamp cases.  For my card - I used the beautiful Copper Metallic paper - as I love the way it looks with rich blues and browns. 
Notice those marks on the Weather Vane image - they were not supposed to be there, but after my card was all finished it tipped over onto the wheel stamp below, that was laying there inked - so instead of starting over - I just tapped it on there a few more times to get kind of a vintagy look to the image - and I liked it!  No one will ever know - right?
And to save waste on that beautiful copper paper - I cut the large scallop square out of the large layer before adding to the front of my card - 
Next I took one of our 1/2 size empty stamp boxes and created a matching liner with Whisper White Card stock -
Then decorated it to coordinate with the card - for a great gift/treat holder.  Haven't filled mine yet - but I'm thinking wrapped Hershey's nuggets and a gift card will go inside.  Of course I had to add a few of those little lines to my weather vane here for consistency.
And remember my tip of saving on the copper paper - well I actually die cut this little scallop layer above out of the center of the larger scalloped square.  It's a great way to extend the use of your fancier more expensive papers.  I actually did a little stamping on the back of the cardstock so it shows on the inside the case too - 

Once again, thank you for stopping by my blog.   I hope you enjoyed these projects and got some inspiration for creating something wonderful of your own.  I would love it, if you would leave me a comment below and stop back soon.  Don't forget to click through on each name below to see even more amazing Posts with a "My Guy" theme.  See you soon with more ideas!  ~Maureen

May SF Hoppers - check them all out by clicking on their links for some more great ideas - and please leave comments if you can, to show appreciation for their work :)
7. Kim Quade - US
10. Anne Marie Hile - US
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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Paper Crafting Blog Hop - Thinking of you Guys! - May 2020

Welcome to our Paper Crafting Blog Hop featuring talented Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. Fellow demonstrators from all over the globe including the USA, United Kingdom and Australia are participating. We have a wide array of fun projects and design styles to share with you!

Our theme this month is Thinking of you Guys! So I chose to use the Waterfront stamp set in my creation. This set is just so fun to work with as you create a scene of your choice - and it coordinates perfectly with the Snow Front and My Meadow stamp sets to give you more options while you are creating. I love that Big Bold "Happy Birthday" from the Perennial birthday set, for guys cards.
Here is a close up of the stamped scene I made - 
Each element is just stamped to create a wonderful outdoorsy feel - perfect for any guy (or even most gals).  The tree images were stamped three times without re-inking to get the dense forest look.  I used the Hammered Metal 3D embossing folder for the awesome pebbly background look.  No card is complete without finishing the inside and envelope to coordinate - love how this came together.
I hope you enjoyed my post and would love it if you'd leave me a comment. Now click on through to the rest of those hopping this month to see all of their wonderful creations! ~Maureen

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Monday Funday - Challenge #9 - CASE the current catalog challenge and contest!

Challenge #9 - today is our first CASE the current catalog challenge and contest!  Even though the new catalog is arriving to you all soon - the old one is still current - so let's find a card design in the current one and CASE (Copy and Share Everything) it.  You can do the card exactly like it is in the catalog - or you can change it up with some other colors, or a different set.  If for some reason you don't have the catalog - you can click on the image below and it will take you to a link for the PDF -
Click catalog image above to go to PDF link
Here is my sample for inspiration - 
It is a case of this card below from page 144 of the annual catalog - but I changed it to a golf card by using the Clubhouse set from the Spring mini.  There is so much inspiration in our catalogs - so this is a great way to use that!
Now it's your turn - pick your catalog card you want to case - make your card - and post to my Facebook page under the Challenge #9 post, no later than Noon, Sunday, May 24th for a chance to win a fun embellishment - good luck!  Also, Please post the catalog page - so we can look and see what you CASED.  Here's the direct link to my FACEBOOK page - just scroll to Challenge #9 - click HERE.  Can't wait to see all your cards.    ~Maureen

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Pigment Sprinkles - color your life!

So the Last Chance list is out for Stampin' Up! - it always makes me feel like I have a split personality.  On the one hand - I am sooooo sad to see so many things that I love retire :(  But, on the other hand - I am so excited for all of the new products we will get to purchase and play with soon!!  This year is no different - and one of my favorite items that is retiring is the Pigment Sprinkles.  I just love how fun and vibrant they are - so I wanted to share a few of my projects before they are gone -
A couple of my technique clubs were fortunate enough to get to play with these, but with the COVID-19 shutdown - not all - so I hope they are able to check out this post.  Above is a sampler of the different sprinkle colors.  Below is a copy of the card they get for their binders -
For the last club I did these with - it was their renewal month and we always do a special project - so here are the card the project we made.  This was one that a club member made -
 Here are a couple more cards - made in other colors.  The flowers were embossed with black embossing powder, then we added the sprinkles, spritzed them and dried before completing.
 I just think they turned out so lovely -
And here are a couple more of the 3D project we made.  These are just Canvases I picked up at the Dollar Store.  We added the pigment sprinkles, spritzed them and let dry.  Once dry we added the cut out images as silhouettes to finish our art work.

You can see in the picture below how we curved some of the butterfly wings to give these some dimension.
These canvases were attached with a few glue dots to the front of an acrylic frame stand - so that we could stand them up on our desks.

I really love how they all turned out and have give a few as gifts.  I hope you like them to.  I'd encourage you to check out the Last Chance list of products available - as supplies are only while supplies last or until the new catalog starts in June - whichever comes first.  There are some great things there - including many on sale - so don't miss out!  ~Maureen

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