Sunday, June 10, 2018

Kre8tors Blog Hop - New Annual Catalog!

It's been a while since I've had a chance to hop along with the Kre8tors crew... and I've missed it. But this month's theme seemed to be fitting... a new start to consistency for a new annual catalog! Yes... my goal is to be more consistent with participating in this blog hop group. I mean really... who wouldn't want to hop along with so many talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators? 

Speaking of talented demonstrators, are you as inspired by Jan Musselman's project as I am? The word CASE comes to mind (don't know what CASE is? It's Copy And Share Everything. Fun, isn't it???).

There are so many amazing new stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 annual catalog. Did you catch the top ten list of my favorite stamp sets that I posted June 1? If not, you definitely need to check it out! One of the sets from that list is Varied Vases, which was inspired by the uber talented Mary Fish (I know you've heard of her). I had to create a card for my retreat's swap this weekend (don't worry... I'll be posting about the retreat later) and thought the Varied Vases bundle would be perfect! 

This has been my workspace for the retreat. Honestly, it's not always been this tidy, but it's been inspirational and functional. This space has made me happy (especially the flowers) so I wanted to create a card that matches.

Because I couldn't bring my entire stamp studio to the retreat (although I probably brought more than I should have), I didn't have Lemon Lime Twist ribbon so I created my own. I took some of the Whisper White 1/8" Sheer Ribbon and pulled it through the stamp pad, using the dauber to aid in coloring (and to save my finger from getting too inky). 

And here's the finished card! It was a quick and easy card to create... which helps when you have to make multiples for a swap. I wish I had taken pictures or a video of the Stamparatus in action... I used both sides of both plates to stamp every part of this card - except the "water" in the vase... a clear block was used for that one (and stamped off once before putting ink to paper).

I hope you enjoyed my card, and are enjoying our blog hop this month! Now keep hopping over to Becky Browning and see what she's kre8ed. Tee hee! And if you get "lost" at any time, our roll call is below.

Happy hopping!

If you'd like to create this card, here's a list of the items you'll need.


June 2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop Roll Call...

Diana Tillery  <--- You are here!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Let's Get Hopping - Memory Keeping

Welcome to another Let's Get Hopping blog hop! You probably just arrived from Tracy Bish's blog... adorable, right? OMGosh! Her post makes me want to do more memory keeping!

I'm not usually a memory keeper... in fact, I tried scrapbooking a few times and felt that it just took too long and too much planning (who has time for that?). However, when I was told I would have to create something for my OnStage display board, I couldn't wait to challenge myself and see where it would take me! Okay, so that's a bit of a stretch... I actually panicked. Then I saw the cool Delightfully Detailed Memories & More Card Pack I received for my presentation. SCORE! I created two 12x12 "scrapbook" pages (that I ended up putting in frames) using the Delightfully Detailed Suite of products from the new Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 annual catalog.

When I saw the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper, I knew I had to use pictures from my Tia Tanya's 70th birthday, which we (my family and I) celebrated at the Huntington Library and Gardens. Such a beautiful place - I highly recommend you visiting if you're in Southern California! Anyway... I also used the Delightfully Detailed Memories & More Card Pack to add a few sentiments. I told you, I'm not a scrapbooker, but I love the way this turned out! AND IT'S OH SO EASY!!!

This memory page is my favorite! I could have actually made a 20x20 page with all the pictures, journaling, and Memories & More cards I had to work with, but I just didn't have a piece of cardstock (or frame) that big. LOL! This page was created to document the journey we had been on since adopting two shelter dogs who were "bonded." Yeah... not so much. It's been a trip, but it's all good now.

Thank you for stopping by and letting me share a few of my personal memories with you. I hope I've inspired you to create something to put your memories on paper.

Now hop on over to Tanya Rees's blog. I can't wait to see what sweet moments she's sharing with us!

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Top 10 Must-Have Stamp Sets!

I've been a demonstrator 13 years and I don't think I've been more excited about a new Stampin' Up! catalog before now. I love just about everything about it and in it! I love the layout, the color revamp, the samples... everything is so bright and cheery! But do you want to know what new items I'm most excited about? Check out my top 10 list of must-have stamp sets (in alphabetical order - because I just can't decide which one I love most)!

Accented Blooms (page 21) - I love sets that coordinate with punches. Don't get me wrong... I love Framelits, but punches are quick and easy - and with my life lately, I thrive on quick and easy! And you know how much I love my Stampin' Blends! The line art flowers are beautiful and scream COLOR ME!!

Animal Outing (page 29) - This set was a giveaway at Stampin' Up! OnStage and I LOVE it! I'm just excited it's a bundle with Framelits. Okay, yes, I do love fussy-cutting, but when I don't have much time to sit down and craft, Framelits come in extra handy!

Another Wonderful Year (page 23) - A few years ago a customer mentioned, "You can never have enough 'thinking of you' cards." It's true. Thinking of you can be used for virtually any occasion - saying hello, I'm sorry you're sick, sympathy, or just lifting someone's spirits. But this set is more than just "thinking of you." There are many more all-occasion greetings. This stamp set will definitely inspire a card class!

Bokeh Dots (page 153) - I've been wanting to do the bokeh technique for a while now, but just haven't had the chance. I can't wait to get this set, which I know will make the effect effortless!

Detailed with Love (page 39) - Actually, everything in the Delightfully Detailed Suite - I'm a bit partial to this suite since it's what I presented at OnStage Local in April (see the post from last month).

Friendly Expressions (page 54) - I LOVE this set for all of the greetings, but one, in particular, caught my eye... Life is tough but so are you. If that doesn't say it all, I don't know what does. I know a few people who have gone through a tough time lately (who hasn't) and they need to know they are tougher and can get through anything!

Healing Hugs (page 110) - In my mind, hugs heal just about everything. Aside from sending a card, it's the one gesture that genuinely shows someone how much you care. So why not send a card that sends a virtual hug?

Itty Bitty Greetings (page 46) - I was a tiny bit sad when Teeny Tiny Wishes retired, but this is a fun (and dare I say better) replacement! Stampin' Up! has taken its predecessor and refreshed it with fun, new fonts and greetings!

Painted Glass (page 165) - Another set that's part of an amazing suite! When I saw this demonstrated at OnStage in April, I just knew I had to have it! Honestly... I can't even explain why, but it just called out to me. It's so regal and elegant. Perhaps it reminds me of Westminster Abbey - which I fell in love with when I was 10 years old. So maybe it's nostalgia that draws me to it. Who knows? And who cares? I just love it!

Varied Vases (page 45) - This stamp set (which could be bundled with coordinating punch) was inspired by Million Dollar achiever Mary Fish. Mary describes her style as simple and pretty - which it is. But I describe it as elegantly understated - in a big way. I hope that makes sense. I think Mary's style is amazing and she demonstrated this fun and versatile bundle at OnStage in April. Check out one of Mary's blog posts for inspiration on this set!

Honorable mention...

Picked for You (page 171) - The only reason this set didn't make the Top 10 list of must-have stamp sets is IT DOESN'T HAVE AN APPLE CORE! What??? I know! So my maiden name is Core and we have always used an apple core as our family "logo" so I was excited when I saw this set... but sad when there was no apple core. It doesn't make sense to me, especially since the greeting you are terrific to the core is included. I will order this set, as I have an older Stampin' Up! set with an apple core, that will pair well with this greeting.

So what do you think? Fun sets, aren't they? Which stamp sets are on your top 10 list?

If you need a 2018-2019 Stampin' Up! annual catalog, be sure to let me know. If you're not local to me (in Southern California) then I'll mail you a copy... and maybe I'll tuck something fun inside the envelope.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A First for Paper Pumpkin!

I travel at least once a month for my Scottish import business and having a kit that I can tuck into my laptop bag just in case I have time to craft is amazing!

I've been a Paper Pumpkin subscriber since the beginning - five years! - and although I do have a few kits that I still haven't completed, I so look forward to seeing what the next month will bring! Yes... it's hard for me not to know what's coming, so I appreciate when Stampin' Up! gives us little sneak peeks - especially THIS sneak peek!

OMGosh I am SO flippin' excited June's kit coordinates with a product suite from the upcoming 2018-2019 annual catalog! While I can't tell you which one (yes, I know it stinks... but if you were a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you would know, too), I can tell you... if this Paper Pumpkin kit deserves an award, it would be a... ummm... nope, can't tell you - that would give it away! I'm so mean! Tee hee!

If you're not already a subscriber, be sure to sign up by June 10 to get this fun kit that will have you doing high kicks!