Happy Birthday Thinlit

Happy Birthday Thinlits.0517Hello!  Happy Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year!  I should probably have some kind of Summer Solstice card for you today but instead I have another birthday card.

This was the most popular card at my recent Card Buffet Class.  I had about 13 people attend this class and between them they made 33 of these cards.  That’s a lot!

This Happy Birthday Thinlit is quite popular and I’ve seen so many great ideas using it.  One fun idea is to die cut multiple images and then layer them on top of each other.  It’s quite a stunning look.  I just used a single layer on my card.

The die cut image is large enough that you can easily use your Fine-Tip Glue Pen on it or even your Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  I chose to use the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets with the die cut on mine.  These new adhesive sheets work perfectly for die cutting.

I first cut a piece of card stock large enough to fit my Happy Birthday Thinlit.  Then I cut a piece of the adhesive sheet the same size, removed the backing and stuck it to the card stock.  I next ran the card stock through the Big Shot with the Happy Birthday Thinlit, removed the backing from the adhesive sheet and then stuck it to my designer paper.  SO easy!  No fuss.  No mess!  🙂

I’m anxious to get this Thinlit out again and try that layering techinique.  What about you?

Big on Birthdays

Big on Birthdays.0517Happy Monday!  This card is in honor of my sisters who celebrated their birthday on Friday.  (Yes…they’re twins)  I wasn’t able to celebrate with them as they both live in the Minnesota Homeland.  I’m sure I’ll see them some time this summer though.

Here’s a picture of the three of us at my son’s wedding a few years ago.  Sisters.1.1013As you can see, my sisters don’t really look anything alike.  Happy Birthday Lori & Linda!

This gorgeous card was made using the Big on Birthdays stamp set.  It’s new to the annual catalog but it made it’s debut in the 2017 Occasions Catalog.  Simple, yet elegant.  I love the flower spray and it looks perfect when colored with the new In-Colors Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide.

I did have a little trouble getting the large sentiment to stamp cleanly but then I just used my trusty Basic Black Marker to touch things up.  It worked like a charm!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

I’m Going to Thailand!

Incentive.1It’s getting closer a more real.  My husband and I are heading to Thailand for the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip.  Woo Hoo!  I’ve been stressing about what to pack but yesterday I received our little travel wallet from Stampin’ Up! and it was so much fun!

Did you notice the fun ribbon it’s wrapped with?  That’s the Peekaboo Peach 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon from the new catalog.  It also comes in Berry Burst (my new favorite color!), Emerald Envy and Night of Navy.  I can’t wait to use some of this ribbon on my projects!

Incentive.2Here’s the wallet opened up.  In the plastic part at the top is a pin that says “My first incentive trip”.  Yes.  I’m a rookie.

I think my favorite part of the whole wallet are the luggage tags!  They are absolutely adorable!  Colorful little elephants.  I can’t wait to use them on my luggage!

We leave in 3 weeks, on the 4th of Incentive.3July, YIKES!  It’s coming up fast.  Things are coming together but I still have to figure out what to bring and pack!

A big THANK YOU to all of you wonderful customers and downline who helped make this trip a reality for me!  You’re the best!

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!

You Gotta Love It!

Eastern Medallions.0517I’m going to be honest with you.  The thought of the new In-Color Lemon Lime Twist really didn’t do anything for me….at all!  It brought back night mares of the old In-Color Kiwi Kiss….Yuk!

HOWEVER!  You gotta love it!  Lemon Lime Twist is my second favorite In-Color after Berry Burst and right up there in my top 10 current colors.  It’s really fun! It’s the perfect accent color.  Check out this card!  Lemon Lime Twist coordinates perfectly with dark colors like Basic Black.  I love it!

This card just makes me say “Wow!”.  I used the Eastern Beauty stamp set and the COORDINATING Eastern Medallion Thinlits.  I just die cut the large medallion.  Then I stamped the flower medallion twice, die cut them and made a double flower.  I popped the flower on with a couple of dimensionals, added the gorgeous ribbon and I was done!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: Soft Sayings All Inclusive Card Kit

softsayingsNot only is it still Video Week but it’s also Simple Saturday!  What can be more simple than an all-inclusive kit?!  Yes!  The Soft Sayings Kit is all-inclusive and comes with EVERYTHING (except adhesive) that you will need to make the 20 projects!  Even the clear block for the photopolymer stamps!

I brought this kit with me last month on my trip to the cabin.  No…I didn’t attempt to put it together in the car but I did put it together one afternoon in the cabin.  The directions were clear and easy to follow.  If you look at the picture closely you can see that you get to make three different sizes of cards.

The little stamp set that comes with the kit has some great sentiments that fit perfectly on the different card sizes.  There’s also a couple of leaves and flowers.

One of the great things about this kit is that you can purchase a refill!  The refill comes with everything the kit contains except the stamp set, clear block, ink spot and the box.

Check out the video below and see how easy it is to make these cards!  Oh…did I mention what a great gift this would make?!!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: You Move Me Bundle

you move me bundleYou will definitely have to check out todays video!  The You Move Me Bundle is amazing.  I’ve actually never seen anything like it.  The picture to the left here doesn’t do the bundle justice.  Watch the video!

Why do you need to watch the video?  The butterfly actually will look like it’s fluttering it’s wings if you pull the white card stock with the stamped image up out of the pocket.  This is one of those things you have to see to believe.  Check it out!  These products are pretty fun.

If you like versatility in your projects you’ll get it with this bundle.  There are plenty of other images and framelits besides the ones that show motion.  You can see the stamp set and framelits as well as more details about the bundle in my online store.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: Memories & More

Hello!  Today’s video is going to give you a peek at a whole new line of products for Stampin’ Up!.  You may find them vaguely familiar as it’s Stampin’ Up!’s own pocket scrapbooking line.  The great thing about Memories & More is the “More” part.  This line of products includes the album, pages and pens.  It also includes the different themed card packs with coordinating stickers and overlays.  You’re thinking “how is this different than Project Life? which Stampin’ Up! used to carry.  Well…..let me tell you…..the card packs coordinate perfectly with other Stampin’ Up! products!  Stamp sets, designer paper, colors!  Woo Hoo!  COORDINATION!

Check out the two videos below that will acquaint you with the Memories & More

product line.  I think you’re going to love it!


Video Week: Love Today Planner Kit

planner2Oh my!  This planner is beautiful!  I put mine together yesterday and can’t wait to begin to use it!

There are pages, stickers, pockets, photo protector pages and sticky notes.  You will be amazed at how fabulous this planner is!

You have to check out the video below because these photos don’t do it justice!

The month pages don’t have dates on them so you can start using the planner whenever you want.  The months have a planner1month-at-a-glance page as well as weekly pages.

Not only will this planner be great for your own use but it will also make a fabulous gift!  I’m actually contemplating giving them to my sisters for their birthday in a few weeks.

I know you’re going to love it.  Don’t take my word for it though.  Watch the video and see just how fabulous this planner is….did I mention one of the best parts?  You can buy a refill for it!  The refill comes with everything you find in the original planner kit except the 3-ring binder cover.  How great is that?!

You can find out more details about the planner and purchase it in my online store.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: Embossing Paste

Welcome to the second installment in Video Week.  Today I want to share with you a product that I had never heard of before I saw the new Annual Catalog:  Embossing Paste.  I know, some of you are asking “have you been living under a rock?”.  I guess this isn’t a new craft product but it’s new to me.

Embossing Paste is pretty cool.  I haven’t actually played with it yet but I’m anxious to give it a try.  It looks like so much fun and it really looks easy to use.  Check out the video below and let me know if this is a product that you might like to try.

You can purchase decorative masks to use with the Embossing Paste but I’m also wondering if you could kind of create your own masks with punches and thinlits.  Hmmm….I’m definitely going to give it a try.  I’ll let you know how things turn out.

Another fun thing you can do with Embossing Paste is actually color it with Stampin’ Up! reinkers.  Did you catch that in the video?  Too fun!

I might have to go grab my Embossing Paste and give it a try!  If you want to purchase your own Embossing Paste you can do it right in my online store.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Video Week: Oh, So Eclectic Bundle

Hello!  I have to admit that I didn’t really get a chance to play with all my new toys yesterday.  I did get them put away but in order to do that there was a lot of cleaning up and organizing to do. Yuck!  I really wanted to play.  It is a good feeling to be organized though.

I’m calling this week Video Week on the blog.  Stampin’ Up! has some great videos out about some of their new products and I want to share them with you.

Oh, So Electic.0517The first video I want to share with you is about the Oh, So Eclectic Bundle.  I used this stamp set on the card I shared a few days ago.  There is so much you can do with this stamp set and COORDINATING framelits.  Here’s a simple card  that I made using just the stamp set and the new Fresh Fig In-Color.

Be sure to check out the samples at the end of the video.  There are some really cute ones that I’m anxious to try.

You can check out more details on this bundle here.  Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Saturday Night Surprise!

18950962_10155411819753966_8851981549501365494_nWoo Hoo!  Look what showed up on my door step at 7 pm last night!  I didn’t even know UPS delivered on Saturday!  My lucky day!   Can I get another Woo Hoo?!!!

I wasn’t expecting this until Monday and UPS doesn’t usually arrive in my neighborhood until late afternoon so I am really excited!

18814150_10155411819793966_1236468896289940847_nCan you see some fun goodies in the box?  Look at all those rolls of ribbon!  I can’t wait to check them all out.  I told you that the ribbons were always the first things that I order from a new catalog!

I’m sure you noticed the stamp set in the middle of the box.  That’s the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set.  It’s the very first stamp set out of the new catalog that I absolutely had to have!

Once I dig into the box I’m going to have a hard time deciding what to do first.  You’re wondering why I haven’t dug into yet…..I figured I’d save it for after church today when I have the whole day ahead of me.  I didn’t want to stay up all night last night playing….a girl needs her beauty rest (especially at my age!).

Have you placed your order from the new catalog yet?  You might want to so you can get your special UPS surprise!  Thanks UPS for delivering on Saturday evening! 🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Simple Saturday: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Oh, So Electic.0617It’s Simple Saturday!  So….when I started designing this card I intended to go real simple:  single layer….just the card.  However, that’s not what I ended up with.

First of all my images were too small for a full size card and it was just way too plain even when I tried it on a note card.  What to do, what to do….

Add a layer of course!  Well, it was kind of like “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”….you know, the kids book…  One layer just wasn’t enough so I needed another layer…and then another one.  Luckily I stopped at four layers.  Ha!

Of course, once I got all of the layers put together I still thought there was too much white space.  Honestly, I thought I was over the fear of white space on a card but apparently not.  I needed something on the lower portion of the card.  I didn’t have many of the new ribbons from the new catalog so I decided to go with the Basic Black Solid Baker’s twine.  I added a small bow with long tails that hung down into the scary white space.  Ta da!  It is finished!  Yep, that was the answer.

Even with water coloring the flower image this was still an easy card.  Easy yet elegant.  I can’t wait to see all of the easy and not so easy cards I’ll be able to design once I have my stash of new products….that will be here MONDAY!  Woo Hoo!

Have you ordered your new products yet?  Have you even checked out the new catalog yet?  Get on it!  The catalog is fantastic!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Delightful Daisy

I’m SO excited!  I place my (HUGE) order from the new catalog yesterday and it should arrive on MONDAY!  That gives me a whole week to play before my New Catalog Premier and Card Buffet!  Woo Hoo!

Daisy Delight.0517Today I’m sharing one of my favorite new bundles with you.  The Delightful Daisy stamp set and the coordinating Daisy Punch.  Once again when I first saw this stamp set I didn’t think I really needed another flower stamp…..I was SO wrong!  I LOVE this daisy stamp…especially since you can get a COORDINATING punch for it!  Woo Hoo!

Now, don’t go and get too excited….the Daisy Punch is already on backorder.  Everyone has loved it as much as I do.  Don’t fret though….you’ll be able to order it again by the end of the month…it’s only a few short weeks away.

The Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper is GORGEOUS!  Don’t you love the pattern I’ve featured on this card?  So fun!  I also got to use my favorite embossing folder, Petal Burst, on the card.  I love this card!  I’ve used so many favorite products!

Now that I’ve been home for almost a week it’s time to get some serious stamping done.  I’m way behind on sending out cards.  Graduation, thinking of you and even birthdays.  Time to get busy!

Have a great day and Happy Stamping!  Don’t forget to check out the new catalog!  You’re going to love it!

Today is the Day!

2017 Annual CatalogYES!  Today is the day we can order from the brand new and amazing 2017-2018 Annual Catalog!  Woo Hoo!

Set your alarms for 12 noon (MT) and get that order placed!  I can hardly wait!  I’m not going to tell you how large my order is….suffice it to say that I’m ordering all of the new ribbon and all of the new designer series papers.  Yikes!

Why?  The ribbons are always the first things I purchase out of a new catalog.  A lot of times my card designs are determined by the ribbons available.  If I can’t add ribbon I can’t make a card.  Ok…that’s not quite true.  I’ve noticed lately that I’ve been making quite a few cards without ribbon.  I will definitely be going back to my old ways though because the ribbons in this new catalog are GORGEOUS!  I can’t wait to play with them!

Colorful Seasons.0517I know I haven’t posted many cards lately so here’s a quick peek at one of the new stamp sets in the new catalog.  The Colorful Seasons stamp set is fun because it has images for all four seasons.  Best of all it has COORDINATING Thinlits!  🙂

Did you notice the ribbon on the card?  Yep….one of the gorgeous new ones.  It’s the Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon.  You’re going to LOVE it!

I designed this card for my Catalog Premier and Card Buffet on June 11th and 12th.  Stop by and pick up a new catalog or sign up for the Card Buffet Class and get your catalog then!

Don’t forget to check out the new catalog and get that order placed!  🙂

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Did You Miss Me?

Did you miss me?  I sure hope so!  It was time to head up to the family cabin in Canada, just north of International Falls, MN and get it ready for summer.  We got a lot of work done the week we were there but it sure is good to be home.  We made the drive in 2 days each way and that was more than enough for me!  I did get a little crafting done in the car which I will be sharing with you soon.

island1The weather was cool, windy and cloudy most of the time.  We did have one gorgeous day and I was able to get out and take a few pictures.

This first picture was taken in the morning.  The lake was perfectly still which is rare as it’s a very big lake (Rainy Lake).  I loved the way the trees were reflected in the water.

The second picture was taken a sunset.  I was in the cabin and just happened to look out and see that the sun was going down and thought I’d try to see if I could get a picture.  I grabbed my phone and ran out just hoping to get a good island2picture.  I was pleasantly surprised!  Even when I took the picture I didn’t think it would really turn out but then I looked on my phone.  I caught it perfectly!

I know you all are itching to see more samples from the new catalog.  Tomorrow is the BIG day!  You’ll be able to check out the catalog online if you don’t have a hard copy.  Be sure to email me at cindy@stampbystampcreations.com if you’d like your own copy.  You’re going to LOVE it!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Busy Times

It’s been a busy time in the Russell household.  Graduation, out of town company, Mother’s Day, getting ready to leave town….yikes!  It’s all good though!

kgrad0517My parents came into town last Wednesday for my youngest son’s college graduation and were here through Saturday.  My oldest son and his wife flew into town on Thursday night and are actually here for over a week.  Graduation was really nice.  I took a lot of pictures of the ceremony but of course the pictures of him actually receiving his diploma didn’t turn out…..which is why they have the professional photographers on hand, right?    This picture is of my son Kyle and his best buddy Arik.  They both got their teaching degrees from Metropolitan State University in Denver.  Kyle is the tall one in the back.

mothersday0517Mother’s Day was especially nice as both of my boys were home.  My oldest son Jared and his wife Margot live in California so this is the first time in a number of years that they’ve been around on Mother’s Day.  We all went and saw the movie “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”.  So much fun!

Now I need to think about packing for our trip.  My husband, son Kyle and I are heading up to the north woods of Canada to open the family cabin with my husbands parents.  Luckily I won’t have to worry about dressing up or even having coordinating outfits since there won’t be anyone around to see me!  Ha!  I do need to make sure I have the essentials though as there isn’t a Target store anywhere near!

I hope your weekend was as good as mine. Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

High Tide

High Tide.0517Hello!  Today’s card is one of my favorite from the “Guys Class”.  It reminds of when we lived in Michigan, right on Lake Michigan.  Well, we didn’t actually live right on the lake but we were only 10-15 minutes from the lake and a lighthouse.  But I digress….

This card was fun to make.  Not only do you get to do 2-step stamping with the lighthouse but you also get to mask the lighthouse and sand to stamp the water.  In those respects the card was a little more involved to make but my customers got to try some new techniques.

Don’t you love how the piece of Pacific Point car stock is embossed with the Seaside Embossing Folder and looks like a  wavy ocean?  🙂

You’ll be happy to know that this great stamp set (which you can now find in the Occasions Catalog) will be in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  Woo Hoo!  I guess I’ll have to design another fun lighthouse card!

I’m off to Pilates and then Mom and I will be heading to the grocery store to get some items for the salads we’re making for tomorrow’s graduation party.  My son is pretty excited to finally be graduating from college.  Woo Hoo!  I’m sure I’ll have pictures of graduation for you on Saturday.

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Moon Baby

Moon Baby Girl.0417Have you checked out the Moon Baby stamp set yet?  It’s pretty darn cute.  It contains quite a few adorable images for those baby cards you need to make and it’s perfect for boys and girls as you can see from my two cards here.

I designed these cards for a card buffet so I didn’t want them too difficult.  I chose the little image with Moon Baby Boy.0417the critters and stars and I used the watercolor pencils to color them and I smoothed the color out with a Blender Pen.

I added a little stitching around critters with a marker.

These cards are pretty quick to make and are a good addition to your stash of cards.  Pink or blue.  The choice is yours.

Speaking of babies….mine graduates from college on Friday!  Yikes!  How did that happen?  Congratulations Kyle!  Love you!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Let’s Ride!

One Wild RideDo you ride or know someone who does?  Here is a fun motorcycle card for anyone who rides.  One of my downline, Kim, designed this for a stamp camp she participated in that I attended.

Isn’t this card fun?  My favorite part is the Silver Foil embossed with the Hexagons 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Wow!  That’s a mouthful.  That’s the official name….I just call it the Hexagons Embossing Folder…so much easier!

Right now you will find this embossing folder in the Occasions Catalog but I’ll let you in on a little secret….you’ll also find it in the new upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog along with 4 other 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folders including the Cable Knit one from this past Holiday Catalog.  Fun stuff!

It is Technique Tuesday so let me give you some tips on using these fun folders.  First of all, when you run them through your Big Shot you don’t need a bottom Standard Cutting Pad.  The folder is so thick you only need to use the top one.  This second tip will give you a really deep, dimensional embossed impression when used with regular cardstock:  before you place your card stock in the embossing folder lightly spritz it with water.  Try running your folder through the Big Shot with and without spritzing the card stock.  You’ll be amazed!

Well, enough chit-chat for today….my parents arrive tomorrow for my son’s college graduation so I guess I better get ready.  Yikes!  Then on Thursday evening my older son and his wife arrive.  We’ll have a houseful for a couple of days but it should be fun!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!

Custom Tee

Custom Tee.0517It’s May and it’s time for my annual Guy Class.  It’s the class where we make 5 cards for guys.

Guy cards are hard to come up with.  I do think I came up with a pretty nice selection this year though.

Here is one of the guy cards from classes this week.  I used the Custom Tee stamp set and the coordinating T-Shirt Builder Framelits.  I thought these coordinating items were pretty cute when I saw them in the catalog but they’re even more fun to play with!  This little dress shirt turned out so stinkin’ cute!

You first stamp a t-shirt.  Add the row of buttons to the t-shirt and then die-cut it out.  Next you want to stamp the collar and die cut it.   Stamp the tie, color it and adhere it to the die-cut t-shirt before adding it to the t-shirt.  Then finally add the collar to the t-shirt and you have your dress shirt!

Be sure to check out these fun products while they last.  They’re on the retiring list so they won’t be available after May 31st!  Get ’em while you can!  There are so many fun little images in this stamp set.  Not only can you make shirts for guys, but you can also make girly t-shirts too and add flowers and lace collars!  These are definitely versatile products!

Have a great day!  Take care and Happy Stamping!