Happiness Blooms Suite

It’s been some time since I have posted and I am excited to be back sharing some projects with you!  I finally had some time to play this weekend and once I got started with this suite it was hard to stop!!

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Cards made using the stamp sets Bloom by Bloom from the 2019 Occasions catalog and Part of My Story from the 2019 Sale-A-Bration Catalog

The minute I saw this suite at OnStage in Orlando I knew I had to have it. I just love the bold images and bright colors, it just makes me happy looking at it!  But I think my favorite thing about this set has to be how all the products work so well together, the possibilities are bound only by your imagination.

This suite not only contains a 17 piece photopolymer set and 4 mini punches, but there is coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP), satin ribbon, enamel dots, a textured inpressions embossing folder, cardstock pack, and a Memories & More card pack with matching cards and envelopes!  This suite has so many pieces it takes up a full three pages in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.  Although the set doesn’t have any sayings, I found the exclusive Sale-A-Bration set, Part of My Story worked really well.  As a bonus, during Sale-A-Bration (SAB) spend $50 and you can get the Part of My Story set for free!

Lets get started!

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First up I used a sheet of Happiness Blooms DSP, matching Night of Navy and Pineapple Punch cardstock, Pineapple Punch 1/8″ grosgrain ribbon, Happiness Blooms enamel dots in Pineapple Punch and my go to Layering Oval framelits.  The saying is stamped using Call Me Clover ink.

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This card shows some versatility to the set.  I started with another sheet of the DSP, this time in stripes. Night of Navy is the card base and a layer behind the Whisper White piece making the stamped images really pop.   For the butterfly I used the smallest flower and Calypso Coral ink to make wings.  For the body I used the Dark Night of Navy blend and drew it freehand, adding little antennae.  A little epoxy heart was placed over the inked heart to give it a little shine. This card is very easy to make and doesn’t require any special tools, perfect for a beginning stamper.

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This card is stunning in person, since it showcases the Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheet, available only during SAB with a $50 purchase.  It has a holographic look and is a must have for one of your free SAB items! I wish I could have really captured the beautiful colors in the photo.

The foil sheet is embossed with the Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing folder and paired with some DSP. A piece of Calypso Coral 3/8″ Satin Ribbon covers the seam and adds another layer of sheen to the card. Call Me Clover and Calypso Coral are the cardsock colors used along with Whisper White.  Inks used were Grapefruit Grove for the flower, Call Me Clover for the stem and Night of Navy for the little dots to match the DSP.

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Cards made using the Happiness Blooms Memories & More card pack and matching Memories & More Cards & Envelopes

After I played only with the the set and some of the products from the suite I really wanted to dive into the whole suite. You can make some really simple notecards and full sized cards using the Happiness Blooms Memories & Blooms Card Pack and the coordinating Happiness Blooms Memories and More Cards & Envelopes.

If you aren’t sure what a card pack is, the pack contains 50 double sided cards (2 each of 25 designs) in 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ sizes, 6 single sided 4″ x 6″ specialty cards (the designs are all embossed!!) and 4 coordinating sticker sheets.  The matching cards and envelopes  have small and large cards that fit the 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ cards perfectly.  One side is Night of Navy and the inside is white.  The envelopes are white and have Night of Navy stripes along the inside flap.

These are perfect for when you need a card but are short on time or just starting out with paper crafting and have limited supplies.  There is no stamping needed just attach one of the pre-printed cards to the front of the matching card and voila, a card ready to use!!  You can leave them as is or step them up a notch adding some embellishments such as stickers from the card pack or from the suite.

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This is a perfect example of just attaching the card to the front of a little notecard like the card on the left.  It looks great as it is, the saying is already pre-printed and has a coordinating border.  If you have a few more minutes go ahead and step it up a bit.  I added a few enamel dots to the center of several flowers,  then I punched a matching flower using one of the Bitty Blooms mini punches and Lovely Lipstick cardstock.  I added an enamel dot to match the ones on the card and raised it with a mini dimensional.

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For these two I added “Time to Celebrate”, one of the stickers from the card pack, to the Congratulations card with mini dimesionals and a few enamel dots here and there.  On the little Love and Laughter notecard, I kept it simple with just a small Pineapple Punch 1/8″ grosgrain ribbon bow.

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On these two I added stickers from the card pack to both cards.  Everything is so beautifully coordinated it really makes these cards easy.  To give them a little dimension the flowers were raised with mini dimensionals.

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These two were very simple.  Since the backgrounds were so pretty I only wanted add a small embellishment.  To each I added flower stickers from the card pack and to make them pop some a little enamel dot in the center.

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To the Thinking of You card on the left I added the little strand of  circles, another sticker from the pack and three sizes of enamel dots.  To the Love & Happiness card I colored two of the small Epoxy Heart Droplets with a Dark Flirty Flamingo Blend.  Since the marker is alcohol based you can color these embellishments to match your project or leave as is and it won’t wipe off.

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These two cards I stepped up a little bit more.  For the Happy Birthday card I punched the small flowers from a sheet in the Happiness Blooms DSP pack and added enamel dots to the center of each.  Then each was attached to the card with a mini dimensional and I  added a bow made from two pieces of Night of Navy Baker’s Twine.  The notecard on the right uses stickers from the pack including “Thank You”, flowers and leaves.  Again they were attached to the card using mini dimensionals.

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This last card really steps it up.  I used one of the specialty cards from the pack that is embossed.  It’s really hard to see the embossed flowers in this picture but the one below really shows how shiny they are.

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Instead of using the coordinating cards from the suite I used a Lovely Lipstick cardbase and a layer of Night of Navy behind the embossed flower card. I cut an oval piece from the center of the floral panel before attaching to the Night of Navy panel since this will be covered by the saying. This really gives you more out of your specialty paper. From the piece I cut out, I punched the little flowers out using one of the Bitty Blooms punches.  To get the leaves I cut a small narrow strip from one of the other specialty cards that had embossed Call Me Clover circles and punched little leaves using the leaf punch from the Bitty Blooms punch pack. The saying is from Part of My Story and I stamped it in Night of Navy ink on a large scallop of Whisper White cardstock.   This was mounted to an oval of Night of Navy and attached to the card using dimensionals.

I hope you have as much fun with this set as I did this weekend!

If you purchase the entire suite, add a pack of mini dimensionals and a roll of ribbon you will get to $100.00 giving you both the Foil Sheets and the Part of My Story stamp set for FREE!

To learn about Sale-A-Bration and see other products you can earn CLICK HERE.

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Happy Stamping!

~Jo

Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!!!

Time for a change – Part 1 – The Color Revamp

“Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good  but you may gain something even better.”                                                                                                      ~ Unknown

I love change, whether a new hair style or color, moving furniture in my house or reorganizing things in my office or house.  But I know some people are resistant to change they like things to always stay the same.  No matter which category you are in,  I guarantee you are going to LOVE the new colors that Stampin’ Up! is introducing in the new 2018-2019 catalog!  I know I will miss a few of the retiring colors but the new fresh colors taking their place are so stunning I cannot wait to start creating with them!!  And not only are we getting new colors but the ink pads have been redesigned!!

First off let me explain what is happening with our exclusive color collection.  Each year five In-Colors are introduced and five In-Colors are retired.  These colors are around for two years so this year the colors from the 2016-2018 grouping will leave us and the 2018-2020 colors will be introduced.  That is usually it, but this year Stampin’ Up is doing a complete color revamp!  They are retiring thirteen colors and not only bringing back six previously retired colors but they are introducing ten brand new colors, for a total of sixteen new colors!!!  The collections have been reconfigured and they have added a Basics collection consisting of Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black.  The last time a complete color overhaul took place like this was in 2010!  We did have a refresh in 2013 where several retired colors were brought back but there were no new colors  (other than the In Colors) introduced.

Now for the ink pad redesign.  We are all used to the push and flip method of opening the pads, now all you have to do is open the pad like a compact and slide the lid into place.  In addition to this the ink has been reformulated to reduce bubbles so you will get exceptional ink coverage.  All this in a flatter pad that stacks to save space and a sticker that gets placed inside so you can always see the color at a glance!

Since there is so much information I want to share with you, this post will be two-parts.  Be sure check back later this week for Part 2, an up close look at the new ink pad design, including several tips on using them!

And without further ado, let’s see the retiring In-Colors, the new group and the five from 2017-2019 that are staying for one more year!

2018 In Colors

And here are the thirteen retiring colors and sixteen new colors…..

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As I mentioned there are now 5 color collections to choose from they are:

Basics – the foundation for your projects:

  • Whisper White
  • Very Vanilla
  • Basic Black

Neutrals – colors designed to go well with everything:

  • Merry Merlot **
  • Early Espresso
  • Soft Suede
  • Crumb Cake
  • Sahara Sand
  • Gray Granite **
  • Smoky Slate
  • Basic Gray
  • Mossy Meadow *
  • Night of Navy

Brights – vibrant happy colors:

  • Poppy Parade *
  • Melon Mambo
  • Flirty Flamingo *
  • Mango Melody **
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Granny Apple Green **
  • Coastal Cabana *
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Pacific Point
  • Gorgeous Grape **

Subtles – soft soothing colors:

  • Blushing Bride
  • Calypso Coral
  • Petal Pink **
  • So Saffron
  • Soft Sea Foam **
  • Pear Pizzaz
  • Mint Macaron *
  • Pool Party
  • Balmy Blue **
  • Highland Heather **

Regals – rich deep jewel tone colors:

  • Real Red
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Cajun Craze
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Crushed Curry
  • Old Olive
  • Garden Green
  • Shaded Spruce **
  • Blackberry Bliss *
  • Rich Razzleberry

* denotes a retired color returning      ** denotes a BRAND new color

I hope you are as excited about this color change as I am!!

If you want to stock up on the retiring colors don’t delay, once the stock has been depleted they will be gone forever!!!  If buying ink pads don’t forget a reinker!

SHOP NOW FOR RETIRING COLORS

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Happy Stamping!

~Jo

Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

 

 

CPC December 2017 Bonus Project* – Eastern Beauty Purse & Card Set!

I am so excited to have been asked to be a guest designer for Craft Project Central for December 2017.  My project was featured on December 17, 2017 and here is the next project for the December and it is by Christy Fulk.

This tutorial includes a purse that holds six cards and envelopes. The cards can be given to men and women alike. When the cards are gone, the purse can be used as a special gift bag. There are three card designs, each using the Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies in different ways. It doesn’t look like it, but only one ink pad was used to make everything! Make two of each card, and your purse is full. This would make a great product-based card class, too.

Eastern Beauty Purse & Card Set

If you would like to learn how to make this project, you’ll want to subscribe for the month of December. With your subscription, you’ll get illustrated, step-by-step instructions for five wonderful projects for only $10! You can find out how to gain access to a bonus sixth project over at Craft Project Central.

*Bonus projects can be obtained by subscribing to any of the three, six or 12 month subscription packages, that include the month for which you would like the bonus. 

Be sure to check back during the month to see the other great projects featured!

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Happy Stamping!
~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

 

CPC December 2017 Project #5 – Bloomin’ Love Window Box and Card!

I am so excited to have been asked to be a guest designer for Craft Project Central for December 2017.  My project was featured on December 17, 2017 and here is the next project for the December and it is by Lauren Alarid.

You will absolutely love this window box and coordinating card! The adorable little box can be filled with all sorts of great things, perfect for classroom treats, baked goods, or even a gift for a loved one. This one-of-a-kind tutorial also includes simple-to-follow instructions on how to make a coordinating card. This card and box set features the beautifully versatile Window Box Dies, Sweet & Sassy Framelits Dies, Bloomin’ Love stamp set and coordinating Bloomin’ Hearts Dies. These projects could be easily customized for any season/event.

Bloomin Love Window Box Card

If you would like to learn how to make this project, you’ll want to subscribe for the month of December. With your subscription, you’ll get illustrated, step-by-step instructions for five wonderful projects for only $10! You can find out how to gain access to a bonus sixth project over at Craft Project Central.

Be sure to check back during the month to see the other great projects featured!

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Happy Stamping!
~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

 

CPC December 2017 Project #4 – Painted Harvest Dry Erase Board!

I am so excited to have been asked to be a guest designer for Craft Project Central for December 2017.  Today’s featured project is mine.  The Painted Harvest set is one of my favorites it is so versatile and can be used for any season. I hope you enjoy it!

If you’re always trying to get organized this dry erase board just might be the answer!  This project features the versatile Painted Harvest Stamp Set and includes a little ribbon to keep the marker within easy reach.  The tutorial also includes a matching birthday card with a stamped envelope making this project a perfect gift for someone special.  The insert can be customized to your home colors or with the changing seasons, making this not only an organizational tool, but cute home décor.  This project is perfect for any level crafter and would make an excellent product based class.

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If you would like to learn how to make this project, you’ll want to subscribe for the month of December. With your subscription, you’ll get illustrated, step-by-step instructions for five wonderful projects for only $10! You can find out how to gain access to a bonus sixth project over at Craft Project Central.

Be sure to check back during the month to see the other great projects featured!

If you would like to get a notification each time I post a project share, specials from Stampin’ Up! or myself, class schedules or video tutorials, please make sure you click “Follow By Email” at the top of this post.  That way you won’t miss a thing!

As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook! If you are interested in attending classes or any of my all day events be sure to visit my events page for a current schedule.

Happy Stamping!
~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

 

CPC December 2017 Project #3 – Climbing Orchid Ensemble!

I am so excited to have been asked to be a guest designer for Craft Project Central for December 2017.  My project will be featured later in the month but here is the next project for the December and it is by Cindy Brumbaugh.

Using the Climbing Orchid Bundle and the Color Theory Designer Series Paper, you will be making three cards with versatile sentiments like Thinking of You, Hello, and Enjoy Today to be used for sympathy, birthday, wedding, or keeping in touch. You will box up your ensemble in a decorated acetate card box. The layout of the cards allows for an economical use of the Designer Series Paper and a replicable design to make more cards with other stamp sets.

Climbing Orchid Ensemble

If you would like to learn how to make this project, you’ll want to subscribe for the month of December. With your subscription, you’ll get illustrated, step-by-step instructions for five wonderful projects for only $10! You can find out how to gain access to a bonus sixth project over at Craft Project Central.

Be sure to check back during the month to see the other great projects featured!

If you would like to get a notification each time I post a project share, specials from Stampin’ Up! or myself, class schedules or video tutorials, please make sure you click “Follow By Email” at the top of this post.  That way you won’t miss a thing!

As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook! If you are interested in attending classes or any of my all day events be sure to visit my events page for a current schedule.

Happy Stamping!
~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!