Creations by Lynn Weiss ~ Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Flower Patch Blooms Pages

I scrapped some photos of my family from this past Mother's Day this week. I used a sketch challenge from the Stampin' Up Scrapbooking Global group in Facebook. It's a very inspiring group, and if you like to scrapbook with SU! products...then you should join! Here's my two page layout...


Here's the sketch...


I didn't follow the sketch exactly because I did not want to crop down my photos too much, but this sketch really helped me get started with my layout.


I knew I wanted to use Sweet Sugar Plum 12x12 as my base along with Blooms & Bliss DSP to compliment the flowering crabapple tree in the background of my photos. I cut my title using my Silhouette Cameo and printed my journaling from the computer. This ended up being a royal PITA! **insert terribly angry face here**. After numerous attempts I finally got it cut out and like the end result, BUT it shouldn't have been that difficult and time consuming! I need to get a new sticky mat, so that should help save my sanity next time!


I used the Flower Patch stamp set and the coordinating Flower Fair Framelits to create some simple embellishments for my pages. The Flower Patch set and it's framelits are on the Retiring List along with my favorite DSP...Blooms & Bliss, so if these are items you would like please place your order soon.


Everyone who places an order with me this month and uses the Hostess Code: ZMUUCXE6 will receive a card kit with supplies to create 3 cards.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cake Crazy Balloon Adventure Blues

Now that the retirement list is out, we know which stamp sets and accessories will not be carried over from the current Occasions Catalog  to the upcoming new Annual Catalog. Two such sets are used on the card I have to share with you today.


Funny thing...up until today I've had the name of this stamp set backwards! I've been calling it Crazy Cake when it's really named Cake Crazy! This card is for a guy, so I went with a masculine color combo and minimal embellishments. For added texture I popped up the banner and used the Confetti Embossing Folder on the main panel. This EF is one of the items that has been discounted on the Retirement list by 50%...so it's only $3.75!

Colors used: Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay & Emerald Envy.

The outside is fun and festive, but the inside really pops...literally!

I used the Balloon Adventures stamp set and the coordinating Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies. Those are also a real bargain right now at 1/2 off...thats only $16.50 for the set of 8 thinlits that both cut and score to create this unique pop up for the inside of your card. One of the dies in this set creates a slot, shown on the left panel of the card. It easily creates a pocket for a tag or in this case a gift card.

I love the sentiments and the fonts used in the Balloon Adventures set as well. I've had a lot of fun combining these two stamp sets  to make fun birthday cards. I have not used them on any scrapbook pages yet, but I hope to do that soon. If you have not yet ordered these items, I'd suggest to do that soon as well! Especially with them being on sale, they could be gone quickly at that price.
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Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Papillon Potpourri Serene Spring

HAPPY EASTER! This morning I have an Easter card that I created for my grand daughter's 1st Easter. The adorable baby bunny in a basket image from the retired hostess set Serene Spring has long been a favorite of mine and I thought it was the perfect choice for a baby's first Easter card.


I stamped the image in Basic Black ink, but first masked off the little bird that sits on the basket handle because I wanted to use a butterfly from one of my favorite retiring sets instead. I've used the Papillon Potpourri set so often since it first came out. I just
love it! Especially for accents on cards. I'm sure you already have it...but if not, you need to add it to your collection before it retires!

I watercolored the image using my Aqua Painter and these inks: Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Soft Sky, Mint Macaron & Tip Top Taupe. The last two inks listed are part of the In Color collection that is retiring this time around. Here's a closer look at the sweet bunny.


The flower and butterfly were both painted with Clear Wink of Stella for some sparkle. The DSP used here is from the Blooms & Bliss pack. The cute Lace Doily under the image and the Ruched Sweet Sugarplum Ribbon are also retiring...so be quick like a bunny and get yours before they're gone! Here are a few of my favorite past creations using the retiring Papillon Potpourri set where the beautiful butterflies were the main focus:







Have a wonderful Easter Sunday!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Special Reason Thank You

Have you seen Stampin' Up!s Retiring List yet?  There are so many awesome things leaving *sniff, sniff* to make room for awesome new things. Sadly, one of my newest favorites is retiring...the Special Reason stamp set along with the Stylish Stems Framelits. If you don't already have these items, they are just a couple of the many products that are not only retiring, but retiring with a deep discount. I'd really recommend this set along with the coordinating framelits...especially if you are a scrapbooker.


This card also features DSP and ribbon in my favorite retiring In Color...Mint Macaron. Love, love LOVE the Blooms and Bliss DSP, wish is also retiring along with all the current DSP. So if you have a favorite pack of Designers Series Paper, better scoop it up now while its still available!


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Special Reason Sweet Baby Girl Page

I've been busy doing a little scrapbooking this past week. Why is it that every time I get busy with a project (especially scrapbooking!) it looks like a tornado went through my studio!?


I swear....every flat surface is covered with a pile of supplies. Because I just have to pull out everything that could possibly work on my pages, and then decide nope, don't need that! I even had to drag in an extra table for my DSP!


Look at my messy desk...I end up with just enough space to barely work. Then I spend way too much of my precious stampin' time searching for things that I misplaced. It drives me nuts!  Please tell me I'm not the only one who does this! OK...rant over, and my space has been cleaned, so time to share my page.


I had a  "special reason" in mind when I purchased the Special Reason Bundle...creating some pages featuring our new grand daughter. I decided to use one of my favorite photos I took of her during our first official photo shoot for my first page. She was wearing a little purple headband...so I wanted to use purple on my layout...off to a good start!

I thought so...until I searched through stacks and stacks of beautiful paper (part of the reason for mess!) looking for the perfect print to use with the photo...only to realize I'm seriously lacking in DSP featuring a shade of purple anywhere near close to the headband! How could that be? Purple is one of my favorite colors, and I have enough pretty patterned paper to open a scrapbook store! (Don't tell my husband!) So I decided I needed to make my own Designer Series Paper.


Right now the closest shade that Stampin' Up! carries to the headband is Wisteria Wonder. I like the way it looks with Sahara Sand...which is featured in the lace printed paper from the Falling In Love pack, so I went with those two colors for this page.


In addition to the Special Reason stamp set I used Timeless TexturesGorgous Grunge and Jar of Love (tiny flower and leaves) to create my own patterned paper. The tiny flower from Jar of Love is a smooth, solid image so I used the kissing technique with the burlap image in Timeless Textures to add some texture so they better coordinated with the flowers in the Special Reason stamp set. I die cut some of the leaves from the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper that was available during SAB to add a little sparkle. I love that this set has a stamp and framelits to create layered labels, used here to record her name & age.


I used the retired Pennent Punch to create part of the title. I stamped the word "sweet" using the retired Occasions Alphabet set and punched them out with 1/2" Circle Punch. I made the bow using Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding Ribbon. I miss having the seam binding ribbon in the catalog...sure glad I stocked up on that before it retired.

Speaking of retiring...today is the day we find out which items in the current catalog will be retiring. Even after so many years as a SU! demo, I still have a hard time saying goodbye to my favorites. That's why I end up keeping most of my old sets!

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Bella's Birthday Cupcake

Bella came out to play and helped me make an adorable birthday card.


I embossed the Delicate Details lace border onto the Blooms & Bliss DSP and along with the Mint Macaron Ribbon it finishes off the cute, watercolored image nicely. I stamped my envelope to match using the Avant Garden stamp set. Sadly that set, along with Delicate Details, was part of the 2017 Sale-A-Bration offerings, and no longer available...but I will keep them as part of my collection of favorites.

Have a GREAT day!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Inside the Lines Dragonfly

I can't believe that Sale-A-Bration is already drawing to an end for another year! If you have not placed your orders...please do ASAP so you don't miss out. You could choose the Inside the Lines DSP as your FREE item. I used it here on this card.


The intricate dragonfly was cut using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits. The detailed layer was cut from Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper (sold out) and the solid layer from Vellum Cardstock. I then sponged the vellum with colors used when coloring the Inside the Lines DSP on the bottom half of card. Here's a closer look...


The embossed background was created using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured EF...it's my new favorite embossing folder!


Remember...last chance to Sale-A-Brate! Place your order today!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Inside the Lines Poppies

I sat down the other night and finally did some watercoloring using the Watercolor Pencils and Inside the Lines DSP. It's so relaxing to sit and color. My favorite sheet in the pack is this poppy patterned piece.


I used my Aqua Painter and Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay & Daffodil Delight pencils. After I was done I used Wink of Stella on the bees wings and on the center of each flower. The sentiment, from Dragonfly Dreams, is embossed in Gold Embossing Powder on Vellum. The pretty lace trim along the edge is an image from the Delicate Details stamp set embossed with White Embossing Powder. Gold 1/8" Ribbon finishes off this card.

Don't miss out...


There's only a couple more days to place your Sale-A-Bration order and get the Inside the Lines DSP, Delicate Details stamp set or any of the other great products available through March 31st. Place your order with me and use the Hostess Code: 3HR4GYDR and I will send you out a card kit to create 3 beautiful cards as an extra bonus from me.

So don't delay...place your order today!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Special Reason Pair

Back in the early days SU! carried very little DSP. If you wanted background paper to compliment the main stamped image on your project you had to create it yourself.  So when stamping with my new Special Reason set, I decided to go "old school" and have some fun creating my own DSP.



I love that this set has smaller versions of the flower & leaf, so it really lends itself well to creating a smaller background like I did fr these cards. As you can see, I used two color combos. The first one uses Bermuda Bay Island Indigo for the flowers and Mint Macaron with Wild Wasabi for the leaves.


The second card features Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry flowers. On each of the handstamped background papers I lightly inked over the design using the line image from Gorgeous Grunge inked in Sahara Sand, along with a few ink spotches thrown in for good measure.


For the solid color strip on the left of each card I used the great new Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder. I just love the deeply embossed pattern it leaves...don't you? If you don't have this one yet, I highly recommend it! 

Thanks for visiting..have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Special Reason Spring Flowers

Hello there! I've been away on vacation and now that I'm back home and back in the swing of things I finally had some time to stamp. Since the calendar says it's Spring (I wish Mother Nature got that memo!) I thought some Spring flowers were in order!


Since it had been a while since I had stamped, I needed a little inspiration. Before I started stamping I looked on Pinterest for a fun card using the Special Reason stamp set and the coordinating Stylish Stems Framelits. I came across this beautiful card created by Kris and loved the layout she used. I chose my colors...and got rolling...


Rock'n Rolling! I inked each image in the lightest color and rocked & rolled the edges in a darker color to give a shaded look. To blend the colors even more, I used a Sponge Dauber. The center of each flower was colored using the darker color. The colors I used are: 

  • Peekaboo Peach & Calypso Coral
  • Melon Mambo & Rich Razzleberry
  • Bermuda Bay & Island Indigo
  • Wild Wasabi & Cucumber Crisp

I love that the Stylish Stems Framelits have both intricate and sold shapes to mix and match. I placed a piece if Cupcakes & Carousels DSP behind the intricate cut flower.


Here's a look at this pair of cheery cards...


Thanks to Kris for the inspiration for these cards! With Pinterest and so many talented stampers out there who take the time to share on their blogs, it's easy to find inspiring ideas for any stamp set. You know what is also easy? Taking a minute to credit your source of inspiration. ;-) So if you find a project online that inspires you enough to re-create it and then share it on your own website, please take a minute to acknowlege the person who inspired you. Leaving them a nice message or linking back to their original creation (or both) is always a nice courtesy which can totally make someones day.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Project Life Wedding Pages

Today I have a few more pages to share with you from the Project Life Album I created as a gift for some dear friends.


Their wedding ceremony was just perfect...from the beautiful weather to the gorgeous cliff-side setting of Cresent Bay in Laguna Beach. I embellished a few photos with gold embossed shells from the Stippled Shells stamp set (retired) and some Gold 1/8" Ribbon. The photo at top right is stamped in White Stazon Ink with the pretty swirl from Creative Elements. (retired) Yes, I do keep my favorite stamp sets to use in my scrapbooks.


The top, left photo is stamped with and the word love from the Wonderful Words stamp set...that one goes WAY back to my firsr days as a SU! demo. Along with the oldies I've also used a current SAB stamp set...Any Occasion. Mr & Mrs from that set is stamped on the die-cut watercolored heart.


More gold embossed shells from the Stippled Shells embellish the photos at left. The single photo at right uses Falling In Love DSP from the current Occasions Catalog. It's just perfect for wedding photos! I embossed a lace border from the Delicate Details stamp set along the bottom of the photo. Both Delicate Details and Any Occasion are FREE selections during Sale-A-Bration. Here's a closer look...

Sorry about the glare from the page protector. I used the Remember This (retired) stamp set on these pages as well. Both sides of the Falling in Love DSP were perfect for thses photos, so here's a look at the flip side.


Their smiles say it all! It was such a wonderful day!!! Check back again to see more pages from this Project Life Album.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Project Life - Road Trip Pages

Recently I shared the cover of the 6x8 Project Life Album I created for some dear friends here. Today I have a few pages to share with you.

The first page of the album starts off with my friends' engagement. I used the retired Wedding Words Jumbo Wheel inked in Crumb Cake for the entire background and then inked it again in Early Espresso to emphasize a few of the phrases.





Sometimes you need to get creative so that the photos fit into the pockets...especially if they are portrait vs landscape. If you don't want to crop out any of the details, you can cut the photos in half to fit in the pockets like I did here.

It's fun to stamp overlays or even stamp right onto the photo using Stazon Ink. The photo at the top left is stamped with White Stazon. The journaling cards were left blank in the album so that my friends could write their memories.


Again, I created an overlay using a Window Sheet stamped with White Stazon for the photo pocket on the bottom left. The full sized pocket pages, like that shown at the right, allow you to create more tradional pages or you could use them to place souvenirs or  mementos. I chose to create a full page layout and embellished the photo with beautiful Flourish diecut from Gold Foil Sheets. The DSP is from the Serene Scenery Paper Stack.


The next page also features a fun, full sized layout with overlay and DSP from the Serene Scenery Paper Stack. I used several retired stamps here including Painted Petals & Remember This.


The Everyday Adventure Project Life Cards (retired) are perfect for these road trip photos! My friend will be able to easily jot down her favorite memories of their trip. On the photos used on the right page I cut them both in half to fit the small 3x4 pockets. Check back next week to see more of the album.

Have a GREAT weekend!