Jar of Love

Save the Date

The inkspiration for this card came from a Save the Date for a wedding for one of my husband’s cousins. When I saw those two jars just hanging from the tree branch I knew exactly what I wanted to use… the Jar of Love stamp set as well as the Everyday Jars dies to create this cute shaker card filled with LOVE!

Love Jar wm

In terms of the cardstock I used Crumb Cake and Mint Macaron and for the ink colours I used Crumb Cake (to pull from their Save the Date magnet) as well as Mint MacaronPowder Pink and Fresh Fig. The sequins inside the jar are the Iridescent Sequin Assortment and I love the extra bit of colour they bring to the card. I added the Linen Thread bow to add a bit more texture to the card and again to pull in the colour from their magnet.

I really liked how this card turned out and am sad to see that the stamp set and dies are retiring. For the full list of retiring products make sure to head over to my website. In the meantime here’s the project sheet for this shaker card. Enjoy!

2019 Jars of Love Project Sheet

Everything is Rosy

everything is rosy medley

Introducing the Everything is Rosy product medley!!… what the heck is a product medley you may be wondering?! It’s basically just about everything you could possibly need to create beautiful cards, scrapbook pages or whatever else you would like. This is a new idea from Stampin’ Up! and will only be available from May 1st to May 31st (or while supplies last).

Everything is Rosy uses Night of Navy, Melon Mambo and Rose Gold as it’s colour palette. It includes a photopolymer stamp set, coordinating dies, 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper, 6 x 6 Rose Gold foil sheets, Rose Gold shimmer paint as well as two different kinds of ribbon (Melon Mambo Ruched Ribbon and Night of Navy/Rose Gold Metallic-Edge Ribbon), Printed and Rose Gold Die Cuts and Mirror Embellishments. All you need to have are adhesive and stamping blocks.

I’m super excited about this new idea and really hope that they launch other product medleys in the future. In the meantime here are a couple of ideas to spark your inkspiration!

Happy Easter!

Spring Baskets wm

I hope that everyone has enjoyed this past long weekend. Whether you celebrated Easter or Passover or another special day I hope that it was filled with good food and even better company!!

I thought that I would share the cute baskets that I made for my two munchkins and my mom. They’re very simple to make and you can decorate them however you would like! For these ones I used a little bit of current and a little bit of retired product.

For the two baskets in the back I just used White Stampin’ Emboss Powder with the butterfly coming from the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set and the flower from the Amazing Life stamp set. The cardstock I used for these were Island Indigo (retired) and Berry Burst and the glimmer brads I used are also retired.

Butterfly Basket wm

For this basket I simply attached some Designer Series Paper instead of stamping. Since it’s Spring and butterflies and flowers are very Spring I used some of my leftover Botanical Butterfly DSP from this year’s Sale-a-bration, but you can use whatever you have at your disposal.

To recreate these simply use a piece of 6″ x 6″ cardstock in the colour of your choice (the handle is 1/2″ x 6″), score at 2″ and 4″ and simply cut along 4 of the score lines so that you are able to fold up the edges to create your basket. Enjoy!

Watercolour Flowers

Watercolour Flowers wm

I was in some serious need of ‘art therapy’ this week!! Thank goodness the work week is done and I can sleep in, relax, clean up around the house a bit and get some serious crafting done. In my need to for something to colour I went for the flowers from the Humming Along cling stamp set, which I am sad to say is on the list of retiring products (click here to see the full list). I could have used a phrase from the same set, but something was calling me to use the phrase “It’s a million little things” from the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set.

Bermuda Bay was the first colour to come to mind for this card for many reasons, one of which is that it has become a favourite colour of mine after I used it for one of the swaps I made for November’s OnStage in Orlando. Plus it gave me the chance to pull out my Watercolour Pencils and I have been itching to use the 1/4″ striped ribbon.

Once I got to colouring everything seemed to fall in place… on the card and in my head (gotta love this stuff for that!!!) I really enjoyed making this card and hope you do too! Here’s everything you need to do just that!

2019 Watercolour Flowers Project Sheet

Last Chance Before They’re Gone!

last chance products

It’s that time of year again… the new Annual Catalogue is almost here which means Stampin’ Up! is making room for all those great new stamp sets and accessories. Unfortunately that means it’s time to say goodbye to some of our favourite things. You would think I would be used to this by now since I’ve been a demonstrator for almost 7 years and stamping for even longer, but every year I still get sad when I look at the list of retiring products.

Here’s everything you need to know to take full advantage of this year’s list….

  • Everything that is on these lists will no longer be available after June 3rd or while supplies last whichever comes first (with a few exceptions which I will explain in a bit)
  • Stamp sets are guaranteed until May 24th and after that it’s while supplies last
  • On May 9th some products will start to be discounted, but I would suggest you not wait til then so you don’t miss out
  • The 2017-2019 In Colour products are often the first products to sell out, so if there’s a colour that you’ve fallen in love with definitely don’t wait!

2017-19 In Colours

Here’s the deal with the exceptions to the list. Stampin’ Up! is moving away from wood-mount and clear mount stamps and towards cling stamp sets. So this means that some of the stamp sets on the retiring list are simply being converted to cling stamps in the upcoming new Annual Catalogue. Here is that list…

Accented Blooms Animal Outings Artisan Textures Barn Door
Beautiful Day Beautiful You Bee Thankful Birthday Backgrounds
Bokeh Dots Botanical Bliss Buffalo Check Country Road
Crafting Forever Dandelion Wishes Dashing Deer First Frost
Flourishing Phrases Gallery Grunge Handwritten Healing Hugs
Heartland Hold on To Hope Itty Bitty Greetings Kindness & Compassion
Label Me Pretty Lilypad Lake Little Elephant Little Twinkle
Love You To Pieces Magical Mermaid Painted Glass Peaceful Place
Perennial Birthday Pop of Petals Rooted In Nature Sea of Textures
Sorry for Everything Special Celebrations Stitched All Around This Little Piggy
Tropical Chic Winter Woods

I know I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw this list, so I hope that this is helpful for you as well! Stay tuned for sneak peeks from the upcoming new catalogue here and on my Facebook page and in the meantime head over to my website so you don’t miss out on getting your favourite things before they are gone for good!

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#simplestamping with 2017-19 In Colours

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With the 2017-19 In Colours coming up on retirement Stampin’ Up! challenged demonstrators to use them in this month’s #simplestamping challenge. In these challenges we are only allowed to use stamps, ink and paper. Sometimes they add a little something else, but this month they simply designated what colours to use. I chose to use Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide along with the First Frost stamp set for my card.

My inkspiration didn’t stop there though…. I ended up creating two more cards with the same colours and stamp set, each time adding just a little more to keep them simple but still kicking it up a knotch. In this next one I added a card base using Fresh Fig cardstock and a strip of Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper.

First Frost 2

Here’s the project sheet for this one…

In Colour First Frost

For my last card I added a Tranquil Tide cardstock base and a Fresh Fig card mat. Then once I added a strip of the Nature’s Poem DSP I wrapped some Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine around it. Next I added an extra piece of Whisper White cardstock where I simply cut the corners off to create the banner and popped it up using some Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the Fresh Fig buds to add a little sparkle (I love my bling!)

First Frost 3

I hope you have as much re-creating these as I did in making them!!

Humming Beauty

humming bird card

A colleague at my 9 to 5 bought this card for a student who is finishing their placement with us this week and immediately I thought of the Humming Along cling stamp set and told myself that I needed to recreate it. Unfortunately I couldn’t seem to find my Silicone Craft Sheet to be able to flip the humming bird image 😦 but I still think it turned out really well.

Beaded Hummingbird

In addition to the Humming Along stamp set, I also used the Beauty Abounds stamp set for the flourishes. I used Versamark and my Heat Tool to Gold Emboss all the images; Copper, would have worked well too. Then I added Share What You Love Artisan Pearls to the body of the humming bird and for the card base I used Tranquil Tide cardstock to tie in with the Tranquil Tide pearls on the humming bird’s head.

I just love the range of Stampin’ Up!s stamp sets! Just about anything you see out there on a card like this or even in everyday life they have something that you can use to tap into that inkspiration and get creating.

Incredibly Strong

Incredible Like You wm

I thought that I would use some of the 2017-2019 In Colours that will be retiring soon along with the Incredible Like You and the Strong & Beautiful stamp set. The Incredible Like You stamp has quickly become a favourite of mine and part of me wishes that there were coordinating framelits, but oh well I guess I’ll have to get by. The Strong & Beautiful stamp set is great for so many different occasions, but with Mother’s Day fast approaching I think I’ll be using this set more and more!

This project was made mainly using just stamped images. I did add a bit of bling using Wink of Stella and a Rhinestone and used my Big Shot for the ovals. Here’s the project sheet with all you need to recreate this project yourself. Enjoy!

2019 Incredible Like You

Storage by Stampin’ Up!

Storage by SU full unit

Every crafter is looking for ways to store and organize all our awesome crafting supplies, especially those of us with small craft rooms such as myself. Most of us have gone to IKEA, Michael’s , re-purposed or DIY’d different storage solutions because it’s been hard to find exactly what it is that we want and will hold our supplies properly.

Stampin’ Up! has just released their own storage solutions that will store all those great Stampin’ Up! products we love, as well as many others. One of the many reasons why I love these is that you can customize it however you want, so you can store all your crafting supplies easily and in the way that makes the most sense for your space and supplies. Another reason I love it is that they’re white which means they’ll fit right into any craft space. Plus with a cute looking unit like this you’ll want this out where you and everyone else can see it, so you’ll end up using more of your crafting supplies than you did before.

These are the Ink pad & Marker Storage Trays and the Stampin’ Blends Storage Trays. The ink pad storage will hold any of the new Stampin’ Up! inkpads and has the perfect place for the coordinating Stampin’ Write Marker right next to it. In the case of both of these storage trays the markers are stored horizontally which is ideal when there is one tip on each end so as to avoid leaking. Plus with each tray being stackable but separate you don’t have to worry about whether or not you have enough to fill the unit (which I know for myself if I saw empty spaces would just be asking for trouble), you can simply stash away the trays you don’t need, until you do.

open storage unit

This is the Open Storage Cube which can hold your older Stampin’ Up! ink pads if you have been stamping for a while or it can also be used really for whatever you want… ribbon, acrylic blocks or other embellishments. It could also hold some smaller containers with embellishments, etc. in them. Just keep in mind these dimensions; 5″ x 5″ x 4-1/16″ (12.7 x 12.7 x 10.3 cm).

Then of course there are the Storage Topper and Storage Lid. When you reach the top of your unit the storage lid is a great way to give yourself almost like an extra shelf where you can store other bigger crafting tools/supplies or add a bit of your own style with a plant or figure or whatever strikes your fancy. With the storage topper there is the ability to store other supplies that are a little bigger or supplies where you want to be able to see all of them at the same time easily. In the picture at the top they’ve put re-inkers in the storage topper, but this could also be a good place for your embossing powder or glitter so you can see all the options without having to dig around.

If you have any questions I’m happy to help in any way that I can. I’m still in the midst of organizing my craft space/office, but these are definitely on my list as I’m putting it all together. As I get my space set up I’ll show pictures. In the meantime I’d love to see your craft space! Send me pics at inkspirationwithteresa@gmail.com