SU! Card Swap – Card #1

Hello out there in internet world!

Yes, I have been slacking in the blogging department. It is really something I need to focus on! School started here in Montana and I had wished for 2 weeks of ‘Me Time’ before starting to substitute and only got 2 Days!! Can you believe it? I was covering teachers for meetings and for testing. I have subbed everyday since! Yikes!

In the meantime, I had signed up for a Card Swap using products from the new Holiday catalog or the Annual catalog. I found a stamp set in the Holiday Catalog called Still Night bundled with thinlits and I am challenging myself to do all four cards using this set.

Still Night Clear-Mount Bundle

That is really a challenge for me!! One I put upon myself, though, and I am loving it! It started as only with this stamp set, but then I figured I needed to be able to use a couple other stamp sets to cover all my categories. “Sending warm wishes” just was not going to work as a Halloween sentiment! 😉

Of course, before I got my stamp set ordered and delivered I had all kinds of ideas in my head about what I would do for my cards! I had signed up for these 4 categories:

Halloween (this stamp set screams it!)

Christmas (not too big a stretch with the snowflakes, branches, and pine needles, right?)

Grateful/Thankful or Thank you (I’m sure, I can think of something)

Big Shot show case (lots of things to run through a big shot and use as a focal point on a card, right?)

Yeah, so then it took me awhile to order, receive, and sit down with the set and make cards…by that time…they (ideas) had all slipped right out of my head and it was blank! Yep, blank! I never sketched out any of my ideas and I came up empty when I finally made the time to sit down and play!! OH< NO!! I have a deadline here folks! My 44 cards (11 of each category) need to be in the mail by the 14th, at the latest, to reach the other side of the country by the 20th of September! Yes, I am pushing the limits here, especially with having the sub jobs start so soon and only 3 of 4 prototypes done!!

So, what do you do when you go blank? You turn to Pinterest! There was not a thing on there with this set! Can you believe it?? I searched the stamp set name and got all the Bethlehem cards, that stamp set isn’t even called Still Night, it’s called Night in Bethlehem

Night In Bethlehem Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Um, that is not the same stamp set! Right?! I even put ‘Still Night with owl’ and ‘owl cards’ came up empty handed! That tells me, I need to make sure these four cards get to Pinterest just in case anyone else wants some ideas for this set!

I began to play around with the stamp set and thinlits and then ideas started to roll around again in my head. I made the Halloween card since that one had not completely left my brain…just partially. I’ll tell you about that one in another post.

Then I figured I would continue in season/theme order…Grateful/Thankful or Thank you card…hmmm…what ever was I going to do with that? There were no leaves in this set, so I pulled out my Colorful Seasons set (wishing now that I had also bought the thinlits as well! Darn it!)

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So, now I have 2 stamps sets…what the heck am I going to do with them and not make the card look the same as the any of the others I had been sketching out (as ideas came to me). This card had no sketches! Total blank!

When Pinterest can’t help me, the next thing I do when I am stumped and drawing a blank is to go to my favorite challenge blogs! They provide inspiration and motivation! And, happily, after deleting a number of them that have closed…I found inspiration in the form of a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything in the Stampin’ Up! world..and maybe elsewhere, but I learned of it from SU!. CAS means Clean and Simple which has a couple “rules,” such as, 1 main focal point, lots of open space, minimal layers, and minimal embellishments. There are some other CAS challenge blogs that I like as well. I think (but am not 100% sure) that CAS(E) is a combo of these 2 ideas with a sketch thrown in. Works for me! And my card!

I also loved the fact that Brian King created this sketch and he is an amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!

Here is my take on this sketch!

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I was pleased with how it turned out! What do you think? I can take it! Be honest!

For the Card Swap, I had to have a base + 2 layers and embellishments. It’s kind of hard to see here, but there are some of the Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins on there as well in the diagonal leaf design.

For this card I used Soft Suede cardstock as my base cut 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored in the middle at 4 1/4 inches.

2nd layer is Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 5 1/2″ x 4″. The diagonal was made using painters tape on each side and measures about 1 5/8″ wide. I used the leaves form the Colorful Seasons stamp set and made a mask of the large leaf and the small leaf, hence the wishing I had gotten the thinlits! No fussy cutting would have needed to happen. (Note to self: buy thinlits when there are some with any stamp set I buy!!) The ink colors I used for the leaves are Real Red, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Grapefruit Grove, and Mossy Meadow. I know, now you want more pictures of how I did it and maybe more explanation. I’m thinking in a later post will go more into detail and I will make more pictures as I do the rest of the cards. This is only my prototype! I have 11 of these babies to make! I’ll be a busy girl this weekend, let me tell you! I will make sure to take pictures of all my steps and then post about it again! I am making a note right now! Done!

I distressed, using a dauber and Pumpkin Pie ink pad the edges of this Very Vanilla cardstock to help frame it. Yes, I do like doing that on almost all my cards, thank you for noticing! 😉

The owl is cut using the Big Shot and thinlit from a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and is stamped with Soft Suede ink. The branch is cut from Soft Suede cardstock. No stamping on the branch. The branch stamp and the thinlit branch do not match.

Inside my card I used Very Vanilla cardstock cut at 5 1/4″ x 4″ and also distressed (edged) in Pumpkin Pie. Then I used part of the larger leaf in Pumpkin Pie and then Cajun Craze for the spines of the leaf. Mossy Meadow is the color of the little wispies (not sure what to call them…they made me think of all the white wispy seeds that seem to be floating around on the breeze in the fall here). The sentiment is stamped in Cajun Craze ink and from one of the new stamp sets called Love What You Do. See, I needed a 3rd stamp set for this card. But, that is actually a good thing for me since I am not usually one to mix up stamp sets! This was turning into a mega challenge of using one stamp set on all 4 cards, as well as mixing up stamp sets! WooHoo! I am out of the box on this one!!

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Other than going over in detail how I made that diagonal falling leave strip, I think I have told you all about my card. I am happy to enter it into challenges and am very thankful for the inspiration from Brian King and the folks over at CAS(E) this Sketch!

Until next time!

Happy stampin’, scrappiin’, and craftin’!!

Blessings, June

If you would like any of the supplies that I used to make this card, feel free to click on the blue text above or go to juneolsen.stampinup.net

Challenges this card has been entered into:

CAS(E) this Sketch – CAS(E) this Sketch #287

613 Avenue Create – Challenge 213 Anything Goes / Optional Twist Clean and Simple

A Bit More Time To Craft – Challenge #75 – Anything Goes

 

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Aloha R&R

Hello, All!

We made an impromptu camping trip to Yellowstone over the weekend and had a blast! It did require some prep time, hence the lack of posts again. School starts tomorrow, so I will have more time for almost a week before I start substituting again. I am already booked 3 days next week. My plan is that any days that I am not subbing, I will be working on Stampin’ Up! as well as scrapbooking and therefore, blogging!

Right now I am not feeling so great, but I really wanted to get this blog post in for this challenge because I have worked on it 3 times! I sat down and worked on it 2 other times and just didn’t get inspired or was just not happy with what was coming together on this page. So this will be quick and straight to the point because earlier, when I sat down to work on this page, it just flowed right out of me and I was feeling pretty confident and happy with the results! 3’s a charm, right?!

This is one of the pages from my Dad’s Life Album. Not everything in it is SU!, but that is ok. I have tons of scrapbooking stuff that I have had long before I even heard about SU!.

The challenge is August Blend-A-Sketch Challenge for Scrap Our Stash. I think this is the first time I have entered something with them since I haven’t really scrapbooked much since leaving Tucson in 2015.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my scrapbook page:

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So, I needed to blend these 2 sketches together and use arrows.

I used the diagonal from the left sketch and did some tearing for my left corner and then placed the title on top of the pictures.

I used the stacking of the photos and the journaling box on the side as well as the rest of my title from the sketch on the right.

My arrows go across the top and along the right side of the page.

What do you think? I am pleased with how it turned out!

Enjoy the rest of your evening! I am headed upstairs to lay down and get rid of this nausea. Until next time…

Happy crafting!

Blessings, June

SU! Bonus Days!

Hello Saturday Night Folks!

Yep, I am on a roll! Last one for the night. This time I figure I should tell you about some August specials that SU! has going on! Starting with…

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And, like the picture says…spend $50 at my store during August and Stampin’ Up! will send you an email with a $5 coupon to redeem in September. Isn’t that awesome?!

Along with that…I will send you a reinker as a Thank You from me for your order when you use my August Hostess Code CJD9DGSM!! I’ll email you so you can pick your color. Got ink?! (If your order is over $150, don’t use the code because you’ll get all the rewards!)

In case you have questions…here is a FAQ about Bonus Days!

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Next,

Color Your Season is not just for Christmas…it’s for whatever season you want it to be! I love the stitched frames! I’m thinking I may need to add this to my collection! We only have until August 31st to order…or until supplies last…so go order yours now and start working toward that $5 coupon from SU! and a reinker from me when you use August Hostess Code CJD9DGSM!

And…

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This is going to be an awesome kit! If you like Halloween, you have to subscribe now for this kit!! It’s the only way to get it! You have until September 10th! We’ve been told that it will create 24 projects. That’s unbelievable! There are always extras and leftovers in my kits, so I am sure there will be here as well! Plus, the stamps are exclusive. You can’t get them anywhere else. You’ll be glad you did! Paper Pumpkin is only $19.99 a month and you can’t buy the stamps anywhere else. There are always lots of extras once you make the cards or projects. Plus, you can follow my facebook page to see alternatives and projects for Paper Pumpkin and there are other groups showing alternatives to the kits as well! And you can stay tuned here for Paper Pumpkin alternatives too.

And lastly,

Do you like to Party?!

We have a wonderful Hostess Promotion addition going on right now in August! There are Hostess Rewards normally that are quite good and now…it just got better! This DSP (Designer Series Paper) is FREE in addition to your rewards!

Now, I know you are thinking, “Wait, June, you don’t live where I am. How is a party going to work for me?” Glad you asked. Here are some options:

  1. A Virtual Party on facebook
  2. A Catalog Party either electronically or with actual catalogs
  3. A party at your house using my card designs and supplies
  4. If you do live in the Whitefish, MT area, then an in person party is possible

There may be more options that we can come up with during a phone call…where there is a will, there is a way! Email me at junebugcreations29@gmail.com to set up a time to chat about hosting a party and getting FREE products!

I still have some openings and there are only 13 days left of August, so don’t wait to email me now!! Let’s get you some FREE product!

Enjoy and keep crafting!

Blessings, June

 

A Petal Promenade from SU!

Hello, again!

See, I am on a roll! It’s still Saturday night and I am getting blogs caught up! WooHoo!!

One last card that I made with the DSP that was on sale last month…yeah, sorry, it’s not anymore. You can still get it…just not the special. There is a different special running though that would certainly help you out with getting all the lovely DSP (Designer Series Paper) that SU! offers…buy $50 worth of product in August and you get a $5 coupon to redeem in September. Check it out here.

This card was completely from scratch! No sketch, no challenge, nothing but my own little creative brain at work…ok, not little, I have a big brain full of ideas! 🙂

I used one of the sentiment squares from the paper as my focal point. I kept it simple, yet it also came out elegant because of the amazing Petal Promenade DSP!

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The sentiment stamped in Mossy Meadow comes from the Enjoy Life stamp set! A new favorite of mine! Used it for a card swap I did earlier this summer…oops, I guess I need to blog about that too! Darn! I am further behind in sharing what I have been up to this summer than I thought! I did lots of paper crafting this summer! Lots of blog posts coming…get ready!

The cardstock base is 8.5 x 5.5 inches. A standard A2 card. It is scored differently than usual. I needed to break out of my box of humdrum. It is scored at 2 3/4 inches and 7 inches. The two folded ends meet in the middle…not middle of the card, but meet across the card. The square sentiment is overlapping both sides. Adhere it only to the top flap. You can use either flap as the top…it’s up to you. I chose to use the bigger flap as my top. You could also turn this on it’s side and do a side opening card. Whatever you wish. I may do a few more and give the other options a whirl. When I do…I’ll be sure to tell you about it!

Base cardstock is Mossy Meadow, a returning color to the collection. So glad they brought it back!! I also ran the two top flaps through the Big Shot using the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Embossing folder. Then I used Fresh Fig under the sentiment as a frame. Didn’t do a very thick frame as I wanted the flowers from the paper to stand out more than the cardstock frame. I used the Grapefruit Grove Natures Twine for across the top to add a little pop of color.

Again, a simple Thank you card that turned out elegant.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday night! I’m going to go get some dinner and get back to blogging, card making, or scrapbooking! I’ll let you know which!

Blessings, June

Masculine SU! Birthday card

Hello! Happy Saturday night!

I trust your summer is going great! Ours is about to wind down! We have one more trip, a camping trip, that we are throwing in at the end of the summer. Not ideal, but with all the smoke from the fires, the friends that were going to come visit asked us to meet them in Yellowstone instead…so off we go next weekend. Getting home 2 days before school starts is going to be interesting! This next week will be chocked full of prep for school and trip! WooHoo!

In the meantime…I am alone! Ahh, that is a wonderful thing and hasn’t happened as often as I thought it would this summer. Having to “fight” for the computer with my son (yes, I am the parent) has been an ongoing thing this summer. It hasn’t really been a fight as much as him asking if he can play Fortnite (groan!) on the desktop when I was going to do some blogging…I gave in sometimes, not always and yet when I was on the computer I got distracted by catching up on my facebook page and posting and reading other’s and emails and then I didn’t get to blog. TODAY, I am blogging! And then getting back to creating because I have 8 hours to myself! WooHoo! I am 3 hours into it and have gotten all caught up with emails and fb (https://www.facebook.com/JunebugCreations29/) posts and still have 5 hours, or more of my time for blogging and crafting! YAY! Let’s see how much I can get done!

This is a post that should have been done last month and kept getting put off. It was a challenge and I forgot about the deadline and didn’t get it entered. I still want to share it though, because I really like how the card turned out!

It was for the CAS(E) this Sketch  challenge blog, which stands for ‘Clean And Simple,’ which is refreshing to do when so many others pile tons of stuff on their cards. How do they send them like that? Sometimes I just need to go simple again and hit my refresh button.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

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I used the Wood Textures 6×6 DSP for a balloon and for the word Birthday. The Birthday was from the Happy Birthday Thinlits and I just cut the happy off and used a happy from one of my Paper Pumpkin (PP) kits. I was going to use the letters from the Make a Difference stamp set, but they didn’t have a double p. They have double b, e, f, g, l, s, t, but no p. So, I dug in my stamp case of PP sets. It made me think that maybe I needed to invest in the Labeler Alphabet or maybe the Pick A Pennant (which has 2 P’s) stamp sets. Then I wouldn’t have to go to PP sets. Although, then I get more usage from my PP sets and that is not such a bad thing, right?! I just needed something small and the majority of my alphabet stamp sets are all large, even the retired stuff, because I bought them with scrapbooking in mind.

The card base is Very Vanilla and is cut at 8.5 x 5.5 inches and scored at 4.25 inches. A standard A2 card. The Crumb Cake is used for the background and is cut at 4 x 5.25 inches and distressed with Soft Suede ink. I used a dauber to do that part. I love doing the distressing on some of these cards. Especially with lighter colors. It just gives it a finished framed look in my opinion. What do you think of distressing? Do you use it much?

The other 2 balloons are in Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler – 2 of the best colors Stampin’ Up! has…also my opinion! 🙂 Oh, and the balloons were made with the Balloon Bouquet punch! Another brilliant punch because cutting out balloons is not easy!

I adhered the balloons first and then drew the “strings” with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker. They write so beautifully and smooth! Been using them in my Dad’s Life Album (more on that later),

So, there you have it! A masculine card that was quick and simple in the making…not in the blogging. haha…

Feel free to CASE it (Copy And Share Everything) if you want!

Until the next post…Happy Crafting!

Blessings, June

Tear up that SU! paper!

Hello!

Tearing. Do you like to tear paper? I do for certain looks. I did my whole honeymoon section of my album with torn edges! By the end of the scrapbook retreat my fingers were so very sore!!

These are just 2 partial samples. I had color blocked my whole wedding album section so I figured I should color block my honeymoon section as well. Um, yeah…since we went on a cruise, the tearing of the edges would work great because water is never a completely flat surface. Imagine doing 23 pages of tearing EVERYTHING!! Oh, my! Yes, sore fingers for a few days after that 3 day retreat! Yikes!

This post, however, is not about my wedding/honeymoon album…that’s just the only time I have used tearing in such an extreme case. This post is to showcase a card I did for another challenge…a Tic-Tac Toe challenge with tearing. I haven’t done many of those, but I was inspired for this one. And, I am thinking I may do more, tearing that is! And see? They have sea/ocean on the same line as tearing…

This is the Tic-Tac-Toe board for Try Stampin’ On Tuesday. I used the far right column…tearing, blue, and die cut. This challenge is until July 29th, if you want to give it a go for yourself!

I also used a sketch challenge for this card from Catch the Bug Challenge Blog – Sketchy Stella…this one took me some time to figure out what I wanted to do…and it is also still running if you want to go check it out, deadline is August 1st.

So, here is my card. This DSP is called Garden Impressions and I used 3 different ones. This is one of the DSP sale packs that I told you about in my last post. Buy 3 Get 1 FREE. It is 6×6 paper, also double sided and you get 4 of each design. I used Pacific Point card stock as my base, Melon Mambo as one of the torn pieces, Daffodil Delight for the sentiment and the flame of my candle. I backed up my candle stick with Whisper White card stock to help it stand out a bit. I tore the flame out of the Daffodil Delight because flames just can’t have a straight edge, right?! The balloons were done using the small balloon on the double balloon punch. To make the oval I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits…one of my favorite sets! Lastly, I used a sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. That set is so versatile and I have made so many cards with that set and I still haven’t used all the stamps that come in it!!

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And there you have it! Lovely paper, a fun technique, and a fun birthday card…all in one! I would love to see what you do with the Garden Impressions paper! Or even tearing! Feel free to share in the comments, or you can find me on facebook as Junebug Creations and post your creations there! I love seeing what others do!

Blessings to you! Happy crafting!

June

 

Challenges that this card is entered into:

Try Stampin’  On Tuesdays – Tic-Tac-Tuesday #4

Catch the Bug Challenge Blog – Stella Says Sketch Challenge #612

Let’s Craft and Create – Challenge #139 ANYTHING GOES

Brown Sugar Challenge Blog – Challenge #280 July 2018

 

Materials used for this card:

Garden Impressions 6 x 6 (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper
Price: $11.00
Balloon Bouquet Punch
Price: $18.00
Big Shot
Price: $110.00
Magnetic Platform
Price: $40.00
Standard Cutting Pads
Price: $11.00

 

‘Christmas in July?’ w/ SU!

Hello!

Yes, I am back and it hasn’t been months! Just a couple days! Time to start sharing some of what I have been working on this summer. First off, we’ll start with an oddly typical July theme…nope, not patriotic. It’s Christmas! I wasn’t sure when it started being a thing so I looked it up on Bing. I am so shocked that it is not such a recent thing! Who knew?

“Christmas in July started 84 years ago on July 24th and 25th in 1933 at a girls’ camp called Keystone Camp in Brevard, North Carolina.” (must have been a question from last year because now it would be exactly 85 years)

How weird is that? I never knew! I thought for sure it was just in my lifetime and more likely of my adult lifetime. I was wrong…and I am a-okay with that! 

Anyway, I made a Christmas card with the new DSP (Designer Series Paper) from Stampin’ Up! that is on sale right now. What?! You didn’t know that Stampin’ Up! was having a DSP sale? Crazy! Although, I guess it is my fault since I haven’t been blogging…let’s remedy that!

DSP is on sale! Buy 3 Get 1 FREE! Yep, that lovely 4 letter word is back in play! You can click on the blue words now, or later, and I will leave an attachment at the bottom of this post that you can click on as well.

Back to the card…

This card layout came from a sketch challenge put on by Sketch Saturday. It really inspired me to use the Christmas paper from the DSP Sale! Actually, it screamed at me!

Christmas in July was fun and I am so in love with the paper. The paper is called Under the Mistletoe and I really felt inspired by many of the sheets in this set. You can see all the different patterns really well in this picture. So much versatility. It’s double sided and you get 2 of each sheet! This one with the bells is my favorite! I’m using this card for a class this weekend. Wanna come?

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For the card I flip-flopped the sketch and used Real Red card stock as a base and a strip of Old Olive card stock along the left side instead of the right. I used the Stitched Shape Framelits for my circle and oval. I like using them because they give it a border and finished look. Yes, I also changed it up by using an oval instead of a circle for the sentiment, but that is okay! I need to learn to slip out-of-the-box a little more often! It’s a healthy thing to do, especially in crafting! Then I used my dauber and Old Olive ink pad to distress the edges of the sentiment oval and the Old Olive strip. I also used clear rhinestones and a red Sharpie to give them color since my son and I agreed that you really couldn’t see the clear ones very well. I love the little sparkle they gave the card. Since I was keeping the card simple, the sentiment from the Christmas Pines stamp set suited it perfectly.

It’s simple yet striking, I think. Tell me what you think! I’m truly curious to know!

On to the next card/blog…

Enjoy your day! Keep on crafting!

Blessings, June

PS. Here is the promised link for the DSP Sale in case you don’t want to scroll back up…

Challenges this card is entered in:

Sketch Saturday – Week #523 with Kitty Bee Designs

Hiding in My Craft Room – HIMCR #362 – Christmas in July!

Through the Craft Room Door – TTCRD Anything goes challenge, week of July 24

Materials used for this card:

Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper
Price: $11.00
Stampin' Trimmer
Price: $30.00

 

Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

Price: $30.00
Big Shot
Price: $110.00
Magnetic Platform
Price: $40.00
Standard Cutting Pads
Price: $11.00
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Price: $5.00