[Outside] My Comfort Zone

One of the best things about being a part of Stampin’ Up! and a member of the Paper Made Prettier and Spread Joy Teams is the support and encouragement to get outside your comfort zone.  Support comes in many ways – a smile, a pat on the back or simply a ‘good job’ or liking a post.  Encouragement also comes in many forms, but best of all, it comes with no pressure.

A fellow team member suggested to me recently, after completing a monthly swap, that I should put my name in the hat as a display board stamper for OnStage.  Me?  Seriously?  But the more I thought about it, the more I thought, why not?  This is simply one more way I am testing my boundaries and trying something new.    So, with that, I present my submission for the OnStage display board stampers.

Special Delivery

Although I love all paper crafting, my first love is creating scrapbooks.  My grandmother was a scrapbooker WAY before it was trendy or popular.  Because of her, our family history was painstakingly recorded from her days in high school at the turn of the century, through both World Wars, my grandfather’s lengthy railroad career, and the successes of her children and grandchildren.  It is an incredible treasure.

As a parent, I have recorded the highs and lows of our family, especially since the birth of our now 15-year old son.  Like many other family historians, I am not completely up to date.  This photo is from his 13th birthday party.  The Birthday Memories Suite is perfect no matter the age of the celebrant.

The colors are beautiful and work for any age birthday.  The polka dot paper is torn and the edges are rolled back a bit to emulate tearing the paper off a package.  And, in keeping with the package theme, I fussy cut packages from the coordinating DSP to provide a 3-D look to the page.  And I stamped on the banner being held by the fox. 0 The ‘package’ at the bottom left of the page contains the journaling for this page.

Paisley Power

I am constantly searching for card ideas and inspiration that are unusual, with different color and texture combinations, and different folding techniques.  I stumbled upon the inspiration for this card and immediately knew I had to make it.  I love that it allows more detail for the card front, while at the same time providing more than adequate space for writing a note or short letter.  With the new catalog items available, I was able to make it more current by including the gold flower made with the Daisy Punch.  When folded, this is the standard 5.5″ X 4.25″.

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Fall is in the Air

While we are looking at the fall colors, check out this 3-D item inspired by the catalog images for the Color Theory Suite.  I love making these little packages.  It pr3d pt 2-1ovides the perfect size for gifting treats to my friends and co-workers.  To make this box, I used Old Olive card stock, Colorful Seasons Stamps, and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies.   This is a super fast and super easy bag you can make with the Gift Bag Punch Board.   This version of the gift bag was made using the small template, but it can be enlarged depending on the size of the available paper.

The bag is topped with one of the Pretty Labels Thinlits, linen thread and more die cuts from the Seasonal Layers dies.

This Little Piggy

I LOVE this set stamp set.  I fell in love with it at OnStage Local in Shreveport and could not wait to get one of my own. First, it is incredibly cute and second, being in Razorback country, this is going to get a LOT of use.  But, for now, I wanted to keep it rather simple.  I added a pennant from the Birthday Friends Framelits Dies.

card2-2I cut the pennant twice, once in Whisper White and once in Lemon Lime Twist.  I further trimmed the Lemon Lime Twist piece to fit perfectly on the piece of Whisper White, adding the perfect amount of dimension to this card.

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Kisses for You

My second 3-D item is a simple packaging technique for an up-cycled bottle.  You might recognize the shape.  3d part 1-1You can buy these beverages in four-packs at the grocery store.  If you saw my stash of recycled/upcycled bottles, you would know just how much I love this beverage!!  Not only do you get to recycle these awesome bottles but it provides a quick way to send a ‘happy’ to someone without breaking the bank on filling it, or wrapping it. The label is made from the Label Me Pretty stamp set and the Pretty Label Punch.   Want to know the best part about this?  Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!!



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And, Last but not Least…….

This is the third and final card for the Display Board stampers evaluation.  While this card is a bit larger than the typical quarter-fold, it is simply a single piece of card-stock scored in half.  The balloons have been fussy-cut from the scrap paper, adhered with dimensionals, and embellished with a bit of Wink of Stella.

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I think this may be my favorite card of all the ones presented here.  But, with all of the cute DSP and stamp sets, I know there will be many more cards, scrapbook pages, and trinkets to come.

I hope you enjoyed this medley of new Stampin’ Up! products.  Please contact me if you want any more information regarding what you have seen here.

Keep on Dreaming in Color!


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