Circle, circle, around we go!

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Hello – Hello!

Time for another Blog Hop with my Global Stamping Friends! I love hopping with these talented demonstrators! This month’s theme is…can you guess from my title? Circles!! Let’s have some fun!

I saw this paper in my new All Is Bright DSP pack that I got last week and thought, “Oooh, elegant!” Plus, I have been drooling over the Beautiful Baubles stamp set and Detailed Baubles Thinlits ever since I saw it in the Holiday Catalog!! It is so gorgeous that I finally just had to order it! It just seemed so right to put the 2 together when they both came in the same box! WooHoo!

MVIMG_20181031_202401  Beautiful Baubles Photopolymer Bundle

At first I was going to use black and white to keep the feel of elegance, but after making a card using a white base…it just fell flat. I won’t bore you with that card…

My hubster actually encouraged me to use the Basic Black cardstock base and give it another whirl…and Oh My Gosh! I think it came out lovely!! And elegant!! Which is what I wanted in the first place!

Want to see it? Here it is:

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I am pleased with how it turned out! You can even see the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush in the light that is on the “wreath” around the ornaments! That was a lucky picture! I also added the Wink of Stella to the Whisper White sentiment circle, but you can’t see it in this picture. The ribbon already had sparkle in it…probably why they named it Shimmer Ribbon! 😉

What do you think? Did I hit the “elegant” mark on the nose, or what!? It definitely turned out better than the first one or the Turkey I was considering making, but thought I needed ovals for the feathers instead of circles…who knows, maybe I will still make one. It is November after all! LOL If you want instructions on how to make this card, just leave a comment below and I will get them emailed to you. Thanks!

To see the lovely Circle item Angélique Stempelkeuken made, please click on the arrow. Enjoy hopping through the blogs, I know I will!

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Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along! Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

PS. In case you hadn’t figured it out yet, all the blue words are where you can click to see the items I am talking about…a new tab will open for your convenience.

If you would like to place an order and ei your order is less than $150, please use this Hostess Code and I will send you a personal Thank You card and gift. If you place an order over $150, you’ll get the rewards and a special Thank You from me!

November Hostess Code

Challenges this card was entered in:

HIMCR – Challenge #376 – Any Holiday

Crafting By Design – Get Ready For Christmas – October Edition

TTCRD – New Anything Goes Challenge 30th October

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Challenge #409

Click on the picture for other happenings at Stampin’ Up!:

Currently until November 10th

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On going

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SU! Holiday Card Swap #3

Hello! Happy Sunday!

I trust you are all doing well today and having a relaxing day! It’s a wonderful day to be alive!

Yes, I am on a roll and on a mission to get completely caught up with all my bogging of current and past (not too far back) projects!

This is another card I made for the card swap using the Still Night stamp set and thinlits! Christmas! I had fun making this one! I did some more masking for this card! However, this time I did have the thinlits to go with this set and also discovered that maybe fussy-cutting masks is a must. “What?!?” You say. Yes, I did just type that. You’ll see in a moment why I am thinking that fussy cutting is better than using the thinlits!

I started with my prototype and ended with a different card. Actually, a couple different cards. This card evolved into the cards I made for the swap vs the card I started with. There are rules for the swaps. We need 3 layers. 1 base + 1 full 2nd layer + a 3rd layer of some sort. We also need embellishments.

Here was my prototype…

 

Real Red cardstock for the base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ¼” with an inch cut off the front of the card so that the Under the Mistletoe DSP shows at the bottom.

Here were my 2 alternates that came about because I needed that full 2nd layer to be able to use it for the swap.

(If I didn’t follow the rules, I would not be invited for other swaps and I would get my cards back. I know this sounds harsh and at first, I had the same reaction, however, when everyone follows the rules it just works!)

I chose the one on the left to use for the swap. Which one would you choose??

In the end, I actually prefer the one I chose for the swap best. I didn’t choose the one with the Old Olive card stock inside because I figured that attempting to get that circle in the right spot each time would be tough. It was easiesr to just trim the Real Red base down to 4” x  5 1/4″ and make the Garden Green card stock 4 ¼” x 5 ½” to back it up. That gave me my 2 full layers. Then the circle with the owl counted as my 3rd layer.

I ended up cutting, with my trimmer, the Real Red at 4″ x 9 3/8″ and scoring at 4 1/8″ so that I had a larger piece as a left over to use elsewhere versus having a 1″ small pieces. I also saved all the red circles to use for other cards and the white paper with the circles cut out as well. I always attempt to use as much of the leftovers on other projects as I can.  I do not like to waste paper so I keep all scraps. Many scraps get used and I continue to challenge myself to use more of what I have. The ones I use the most are the white scrap strips…they get used for journaling in my scrapbooking!

The circle was cut using the 3 inch Stitched Framelits. I really like these framelits and how they have that extra framed edge that looks like stitching!

The masking came about so that I could stamp the owl onto the branch. There was some overlapping. As I said in the last blog post, masking allows you to give dimension to your stamping and create an overlapping of objects. In that case, it was the leaves. In this one, it was to have the owl in the forefront on the branch. I stamped the owl first using a Sahara Sand marker for the chest feathers and under the eyes. Then I used Soft Suede marker for the back feathers, feet, and the eyes. After stamping, I laid the mask over the owl and stamped the branch in Early Espresso over it. Now, as you can see, the lines don’t meet up because the mask was created with the thinlits on the Big Shot and are a bit larger than the stamped image. To make up for that I had to use my Early Espresso marker to attach the lines and make it all look blended. Not an easy feat and I had many re-dos! Another rule for the swap is clean stamping! Which I agree with wholeheartedly! That includes making sure that the branch fell where it was supposed to and that my “attaching” was smooth and looked like part of the branch that was missing! Hence, in the future, masks will be fussy-cut close to the stamped image so that there is not so much space! Although I may use the thinlit first and trim closer to the stamped image to help the fussy-cutting go faster. Now you understand!

I used Old Olive and Garden Green for the pine needles and Rhinestones for my embellishment. I also added a Garden Green one inside next to the sentiment.

The Under the Mistletoe DSP was used for the bottom strip of the card. I definitely need to use more of this paper!

That’s it! What do you think? Which version of the card do you like best?? Leave a comment below and let me know. I am truly curious! It was a tough choice…in the end, time was the biggest factor once again.

Thank you for reading and taking this crafting journey with me! It’s nice to have you along!

Enjoy your Stampin’, Scrappin’, and Craftin’ journey and feel free to share with me!

Blessings, June

Challenges this card has been entered into:

Crafting By Designs – Get Ready for Christmas September edition

Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog – Anything Christmas Goes

Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – CHNC Challenge 405

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