Monthly Archives: June 2012

Mojo Monday 247: sweet treats card

Hope everyone is having a fabulous week! While I made my Mojo Monday entry yesterday, I am just now getting it posted for you to see. This week is a fun square card and I have been an
E to use some of my InColors stampin write markers for coloring in the gum balls on my stamped image. Hmmm…gum ball green is one of this year’s in colors. While I did not intentionally choose to use it for this reason, a perfect choice! Here are some photos to inspire you!

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A couple quick notes for you…
Did you notice that I showed essentially two finished card ideas? I originally was going to use just the midnight blue on the right side but I felt it needed a little something else so I added on the summer star fruit.
My covered edges are not perfect…notice the difference between the top and bottom corners…however, the true beauty of handmade is that everything need not be entirely precise to yield fabulous results.
To add some real dimension, I used stampin dimensionals for both layers of the circle…hopefully you can see that in the last photo.
Have a fabulous day!

Kerry

A Mouthwatering Birthday Card

Summer is here and in my mind, watermelon definitely says summer! This card definitely says summer birthday. Here are a few pictures as I assembled the card and two possible final layouts…I went with the angled version.

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If you wanted to go with a really basic card, you could use simply the printed background paper that I created using the watermelon image, card stock, and the birthday sentiment. On here I used tone on tone ink for the watermelon…and it almost looks like a wedge of lemon or lime.

Or you could easily dress this up with a bit of ribbon or some well placed brads. It is all a matter of your style, the time you have, and what supplies are readily at hand.

With a stamp set like Mouthwatering where the images are solid, my prefere is typically to use whisper white card stock since you get to most saturated ink effect. Also, because I used markers to apply the ink, I made sure to breathe onto the i age before stamping — this helps be sure the ink is moist.

Wishing you a glorious summer day!

Kerry

supplies: mouthwatering stamp set (125677 clear/125675 wood), teeny tiny wishes stamp set (127802 clear/115370 wood), summer star fruit, primrose petals, and gum all green stampin’ write markers (126856), and card stock in summer star fruit (126839), primrose petals (126841), and whisper white (100730)

Wish Big: Peeking Through!

Over the years I have made a few umber of cards that incorporate a “peek through” design where there is a punch through the front of a card that exposes a stamped design on the inside of the card. Today I decided to make such a card for you. This card is about as easy as it gets when making such a card given that I have used some designer series paper to cover the main field of the card. I did elect to make the image “pop up” to the front card surface by using Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the image and it’s background circles to the inside of the card. Enjoy these photos and hope that they will inspire you!

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I have incorporated the Floral District Designer Series Paper again today, along with the taffeta ribbon, and the sentiment comes from the Pennant Parade stamp set once again. As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I like to only feature current products when making projects for you and I will say that I have discovered that my ribbon stock is woefully low! This is ribbon is one of just two current ribbons in my stock. Clearly I need to expand my selection and am excited by the wide selection available …now just to choose between them!

Enjoy,

Kerry

Wish Big for Mojo Monday 246

Happy Mojo Monday! This week’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge is just my style…very crisp and quick to make without a whole lot of embellishment. Of course you can add more embellishment beyond the suggested bow, but I have chosen to keep things nice and simple. Here are a few photos for inspiration.

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These photos were taken at my crafting desk and I will say that I never realized just how yellow the light is…need to swap it out with a nice bright white fluorescent!

Enjoy!

Kerry

Ingredients: Pennant Parade stamp set (122742 clear mount), Floral District designer series paper (126919), 3/8″ taffeta ribbon in soft suede (122967), summer star fruit card stock (126839), crumb cake card stock (120953), circle punches — 3/4″ (119873) & 1″ (119868). I used my paper trimmer for the squares rather than a punch.

Friday Fun: Bottle Tag

Since my last two posts have been very product oriented, I wanted to be sure to get you a fun and fresh project idea before the weekend. Have you ever given a bottled gift…fabulous lotion, gourmet cooking goods, something to drink? When most people give such gifts, a a bag is what is often used for holding the bottle. I want to show you a fun and easy idea…no bag required!

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So easy to make and so many possibilities for how to decorate the tag. Stamping and paper crafting is truly for so much more than just cards and scrap booking!

Happy Friday!

Kerry

As noted in the last photo, the sentiment comes from the Teeny Tiny Wishes set…24 sentiments in all! It is available both in wood mount and clear mount formats. The ink I used is my Raspberry Ripple Stampin’ Write Marker from the In Colors set (126856). All the card stock and paper is some that you saw earlier this week.

A few of my favorite things…part 2 of 2

Yesterday, I showed you some of my favorite tools and accessories from the idea book and catalog…some new, some tried & true. Today I want to share my favorite new stamps, designer series paper, and product suites! Be sure to read all the way for a special promotion I am offering related to my favorites!

My favorite new stamps (one from each catalog section)

Seasonal Celebrations – Cottage Window (127280 wood/127282 clear)

Cottage Window Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Occassions –  For the Birds (126405 wood/126407 clear)

For the Birds Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Growing Up – Bug Me (126575 wood/126577 clear)

Bug Me Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Nature – Blooming with Kindness (126420 wood/126422 clear)

Blooming with Kindness Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Elements – World Treasures (126765 wood/126767 clear)

World Treasures Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Greetings –  One in a Million (126380 wood/126382 clear)

One in a Million Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Honorable Mention – Monogram Stamp (greetings section…check it our on page 147 of the idea book & catalog!)

My favorite new designer series paper…Birds of a Feather (126899)

Birds of a Feather Designer Series Paper

My favorite new flawless fabric…Floral District (126893)

Floral District Designer Fabric

My favorite new product suite (this was such a tough decision!)…Storytime…go here to see all the product suites.

And now for a very special and limited time offer surrounding my favorites and yours…

Place an order totaling $65 or more before shipping, handling and applicable taxes) on my demonstrator website (kerrywillardbray.stampinup.net) by June 30, 2012 and I’ll send you your choice of one item listed below:

  • your very own paper copy of the idea book & catalog
  • a Stampin’ Write Marker in your favorite color
  • 1/8″ taffetta ribbon in the color you like best

After you place your order, please email me you choice to me…thestampingroo@gmail.com.

Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my favorites! Please tell me about yours!

Kerry

Please note that this is a promotion is one that I am running and is not a Stampin’ Up! promotion. Orders that total $150 or more are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards which are a Stampin’ Up! promotion.

These are a few of my favorite things…part 1 of 2

The new idea book & catalog has been out for a couple weeks now and I’ve spent time pouring over the pages. It is filled with truly stunning project ideas, beautiful stamps, and fabulous tools and accessories. I wanted to devote a couple posts to sharing my favorites with you and today I’ll show you my favorite tools and accessories…these represent a mix of both new and established products.

Color Caddy – love this for keeping my ink pads organized!

Color Caddy - by Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Dimensionals – perfect for adding a little height to make card elements really pop!Stampin' Dimensionals - by Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Timmer – while this new tool is not yet available, I cannot wait to add it to my collection! I am excited to purchase it because it allows for a full 12″ cut or score without having to remove either blade — it has a 14.5″ ruler. Stay tuned for details on when it is available for purchase!

Big Shot Die-Cut Machine  – this tool allows you to create such a wide variety of projects and it is so easy to use!

Big Shot Die-Cut Machine - by Stampin' Up!

Beautiful Butterflies Bigz Die – we love these butterflies at our house! Just right for embellishing cards and gift bags and we have a mobile in the works!

Beautiful Butterflies Stampin' Up! Bigz Die - by Stampin' Up!

Petite Purse Bigz L Die – my goals is to make some fun fabric purses with these this summer that will be great for dolls and for party favors! This

Petite Purse Bigz L Die

3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon – this beautiful new ribbon comes in the 2012-2014 In Colors…it is a toss up between Gumball Green and Raspberry Ripple as favorite colors.

3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

And last but not least, I continue to love …

3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon – the ruffles are fun, the texture is fabulous and it comes in the 2011-2013 In Colors that I simply adore.

3/8" Ruffled Ribbon

What are your favorites? I’d love to hear about them!

Tomorrow I’ll be telling about about all of my favorite NEW stamps…be sure to visit me to learn about those and a very special promotion I am going to offer!

Kerry