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May 2017 Samples

Stampin' Up! is offering customers a sneak peek of the bold and exotic product found in the Eastern Palace Suite before the release of the Annual Catalog on June 1. 

Two bundles will be available for purchase May 1-31. 

While the a la carte items will be available in the upcoming catalog, the bundles are exclusive to the Sneak Peek period.

These bundles consist of a new stamp set, thinlit dies,  Designer Series Paper, accessories and 3 of the 5 new In Colors:  Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime, and Tranquil Tide!  

And depending on the bundle, SU! will include a gift of Very Vanilla Note Cards and Envelopes OR Very Vanilla thick card stock and envelopes.

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Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Towel Stormy Sky Background-Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure baby wipe background

The Baby Wipe Technique is one of my favorite stamping techniques.

I lay them flat, let them dry and use them in my crafting.

  I know to some it looks like something that should be thrown away, but not to me!

Recycle and reuse, right?

The baby wipe I used for this card was left over from one of the baby wipes I used for a recent class.

Be sure to see that project HERE!

To me, it looked like tie dye. 

But, it also looked like one of the stormy skies we sometimes see here in the mountains of Southern Colorado.

So, I decided to create my own little mountain scene.

So, to start crafting with it, I first applied glue from a glue stick onto a piece of regular card stock, then placed my used baby wipe on the glue and patted it down so it would stick. 

By doing this, I was able to cut the piece down for my project.  You need the baby wipe on a thicker surface to cut it down with a paper cutter or scissors.

I left it a little longer on the bottom so I could build my landscape scene right on the wipe.

Baby Wipe Background

I cut mountains, hills, and trees out of Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Garden Green card stock using my Big Shot and Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies. 

To create the snowy foreground, I simply tore a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the greeting from Wish Big using Melon Mambo ink.

Then, I was ready to build my landscape.

I simply layered them on top of the baby wipe using Dimensionals to pop up each layer.  After the scene was built, I trimmed down the two sides to even them up.  Then, I layered it onto a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock, then layered it onto my Crumb Cake card base.

Love the bold colors and texture on this one!

Outdoor Adventure baby wipe background closeup

Recycle and reuse.  Use those baby wipes in your crafting to create some great backgrounds!

If you liked this project and would like to purchase the product I used, please let me know.

You can email me at annehayard@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink:  Melon Mambo, Melon Mambo, Peek a Boo Peach, Crushed Curry, Pool Party ink refills,

Paper: Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Garden Green

Accessories: baby wipe, Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies (retiring), glue stick, Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Technique-Flowering Flourishes

Flowering Flourishes Baby Wipe Card    

Using the Baby Wipe Technique is one of my all-time favorite stamping techniques!

This is the card we created at a recent refresher course for my Wetmore Ladies Stamping Group.

I had shown them the Baby Wipe Technique as one of my first classes for them 8 years ago.

I thought everyone could use a little reminder on how to do this fun technique!

This card was CASE'D (copy and share with everyone) from Stampin' Up!  I liked it so much that the only thing I decided to change was the stamp sets.

So, we used Flowering Flourishes and Picture Perfect, both retiring on May 31.

Here's how you do this technique.

All you need is a baby wipe and ink refills.

You will ink up the baby wipe and use it as your ink palette to stamp on.

To do this, simply fold a baby wipe to fit inside a Powder Pal or on an acrylic block.  Since the flower image from Flowering Flourishes is so large and it needs to be mounted on an "F" block, the largest that SU! sells, it then became too big to fit into my small Powder Pal.   So, instead, I folded the baby wipe onto another "F" Block.

Making a Baby Wipe Ink Palette

Now, apply strips of color onto the baby wipe using Melon Mambo, Peek a Boo Peach, Crushed Curry and Pool Party ink refills.

Lay your stamp onto the palette, inking it up.  You can move it around a little bit to pick up different colors on the stamp.  But, be careful your colors don't become muddy.

Then, stamp onto your card front and remove.

Done!

I love how the flower looks batik.

Flowering Flourishes Baby Wipe Closeup

You can also create your palette by adding drops of ink refills onto the baby wipe.

To learn more, Click HERE to see my Lovely as a Tree Baby Wipe Card

To finish the card, I stamped the greeting from Picture Perfect using Archival Black ink.

I wrapped a piece of black Baker's Twine around the left side of the card front, tying a bow on the front. 

The card front was matted to a Crushed Curry card base.

Give the Baby Wipe Technique a try! 

The possibilities are endless!

If you like this project and would like to order the supplies to make some for yourself, please email me at:

annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations. com

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Stamp Sets: Flowering Flourishes, Picture Perfect, both retiring on May 31

Ink: Melon Mambo, Peek a Boo Peach, Crushed Curry, Pool Party ink refills, black ink (Memento or Archival)

Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Baby Wipes, black Baker’s Twine, Acrylic Block "F"

Happy Stampin'!

Shaving Cream Technique-Always an Adventure Sunrise

Always an Adventure Shaving Cream Background

The Shaving Cream Technique (also known as the Marbling Technique) is great for creating pretty landscape backgrounds!

I had some left-over pieces from my Shaving Cream Happy Birthday Card I shared HERE.

Since I'm usually in my don't throw anything away mood, I decided that I'd create a sunrise backdrop for a pretty mountain scene.

The inspiration for this card came from my surroundings here in the mountains of Southern Colorado.  I am surrounded by beautiful snow-capped mountains, a forest of green and sometimes a bear or two. 

This card pretty well sums up spring in my little piece of the world!

To create my landscape, I used the stamp set Always an Adventure and coordinating Outdoor Adventure Framelits. 

Purchase them as a bundle, and you'll save 10%

Both of these items are retiring, and will no longer be available after May 31. 

The Shaving Cream Technique is super easy to do.  All you need is some shaving cream and ink refills.

For full instruction on how to do this fun technique, please visit my posting HERE.

Shaving Cream Background Sky closeup

I love the soft colors on this one!

I hope you enjoyed looking at a small snapshot of my world!

Be sure to try out the Shaving Cream Technique.

What will be your inspiration?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Always an Adventure, Bunny Buddies (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Soft Sky, So Saffron ink refills, Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso

Paper: Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Garden Green

Accessories: shaving cream, Big Shot, Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies, Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Shaving Cream Background-Happy Birthday

Shaving Cream Technique Did you like my Shaving Cream/Marbling Technique Easter Eggs from my April 12th posting?

That posting has step-by-step instructions, so be sure to take a look.

Here's another Shaving Cream Background idea.  In this card, the shaving cream background provides an interesting background for a clean and simple birthday card. 

This might even be used as a masculine card.  What do you think?

  Maybe change up the color of the baker's twine, or leave it off completely.

Ink refills used were Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, and Pool Party.

Shaving Cream Technique

Check out my step-by-step instructions and then give the Shaving Cream/Marbling Background technique a try.

If you like this project and would like to order the supplies, please let me know:

annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

Or, order online 24/7:

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Celebrate Today

Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Soft Sky, So Saffron ink refills, Basic Gray

Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White

Accessories: shaving cream, paper plate, something to stir the shaving cream, paper towels, Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

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The Diorama Card Technique is simple, yet is WOW!

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Happy Stampin'!

Shaving Cream Background-Easter Eggs

 

Shaving Cream Technique Easter EggsThe Shaving Cream Technique (also known as the Marbling Technique) is one of my all-time favorites!

It's super easy and is perfect for creating colorful Easter Egg cards!

Here's how:

All you need is some shaving cream (not the gel type), a few ink refills, a paper plate, paper towels (this is a messy technique, so be sure to have plenty of paper towels on hand for the cleanup), and something for swirling/mixing.

First, spray shaving cream, making a pile on a paper plate.

Shaving Cream Technique Instructions

Drop a few drops of ink refills into the pile of shaving cream. 

Shaving Cream Background Technique Instructions

Using a spoon or similar, mix the colors into the shaving cream.  Be careful not to mix it too much, so the colors don't become muddy.

For this sample, I used a plastic fork to create lines in the shaving cream.

Shaving Cream Background Technique Instructions

Place a piece of white card stock into the shaving cream mixture, letting it set for a couple of seconds.

Shaving Cream Background Technique Instructions

Remove the card stock from the mix,

Shaving Cream Background Technique Instructions

and then scrape off the shaving cream.  I used a credit card as my scraper, but a paper towel will work just as well. 

You will now have an awesome background that you can use in your crafting!

Shaving Cream Background Technique Instructions

For the Easter eggs, I first cut out several ovals out of Whisper White card stock using my Big Shot and Oval Thinlits die.  I then placed them in my shaving cream/reinker mix.

Reinker colors used for the Easter Eggs were Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight and Wisteria Wonder.

To create a card base, I cut another oval out of Whisper White card stock.  I placed the oval in my scoring tool and scored along the top at 1/2".  I secured the shaving cream egg to the scored oval, folding the base along the score line.

Shaving Cream Easter Eggs closeup

So colorful and bright!

The Shaving Cream Background Technique is so versatile. 

The possibilities are endless!

If you like this project and would like to see more of my work, please be sure to follow me on Pinterest.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight and Wisteria Wonder.

Paper: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Mint Macaron

Accessories: shaving cream, Big Shot, Ovals and Bitty Banners Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents and Owl Builder punches, Candy Dots, Dimensionals, Simply Scored Scoring Tool,

Happy Stampin'!

Stampin' Up! Retiring List 2017

The sun is setting

The 2017 list of retiring Stampin' Up! product is now available.

Save up to 50% on select retiring items!

Be sure to purchase your favorite items before the sun sets on them May 31.

Products will be available through May 31 or while supplies last.

Click HERE to view the list in pdf format

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 Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions.

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Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Paint Chips-Little Birthday Cakes

Crafting with Paint Chips

One of my all-time favorite stamping techniques is to use paint chip samples found in the paint department at our local home improvement store. 

For more ideas, please visit my Paint Chip page HERE!

I recently found a vast treasure trove of paint chips with pretty images and color combinations printed by Behr.  I picked up a handful and have enjoyed crafting with them. 

Here are some of the paint chips I've collected.

Crafting with Paint Chips

I thought this paint chip would make the perfect card that I needed for an upcoming birthday.  I just love the image of the little birthday cakes.

The colors match Stampin' Up!'s Peek a Boo Peach, Sahara Sand and Elegant Eggplant.

After cutting the chip down slightly to remove the little bear symbol for Behr paints, I simply matted it to a piece of Whisper White card stock.  Then, I attached it to a Peek a Boo Peach card front. 

The greeting is from Dragonfly Dreams stamped using Elegant Eggplant ink on a piece of banner cut Sahara Sand card stock.


Crafting with Paint Chips close up
Easy, Easy. 

I just let the paint chip do most of the work!

Next time you are at your local hardware store, stop in the paint department and take a look at the variety of paint chips. 

Crafting with paint chips; the possibilities are endless!

Be sure to share your creations.  I'd love to see them!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Peek a Boo Peach, Whisper White, Sahara Sand

Accessories: paint chip, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Paint Chips-Enjoy Your Special Day

Crafting with Paint Chips Stamping With Blue Moon Creations

One of my all-time favorite stamping techniques is to use paint chip samples found in the paint department at our local home improvement store. 

For more ideas, please visit my Paint Chip page HERE!

I recently found a vast treasure trove of paint chips with pretty images and color combinations printed by Behr.  I picked up a handful and have enjoyed crafting with them. 

Here is a photo of some of them I have collected.

Crafting with Paint Chips

Colorful!!

I especially liked the chip with the image of spring blooms.  

The colors in the chip matched perfectly with Stampin' Up! colors Flirty Flamingo and Wild Wasabi.  The greeting is from Dragonfly Dreams and was stamped using Island Indigo ink.

Crafting with Paint Chips closeup

Next time you are at your local hardware store, stop in the paint department and take a look at the variety of paint chips. 

Crafting with paint chips; the possibilities are endless!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Island Indigo

Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Wild Wasabi

Accessories: paint chip, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Happy Home, Happy Retirement-Clear Block Stamping Background Technique

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique-Happy HomeThe Clear Block Stamping Background Technique is one of my all-time favorites! 
This technique allows you to create beautiful landscape backgrounds for any occasion!

I recently needed a retirement card for a friend, so I decided to combine this great technique with the stamp sets Happy Home and Fun with Flowers.

To create the background, I simply patted Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Crushed Cucumber ink pads directly onto my clear block "D",

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 1

spritzed it with water,

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 2

then stamped it onto my Whisper White (you could also use watercolor paper) card front, letting it set for a few minutes.

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 3

  I lifted the block off and let the paper ink dry before stamping the image from Happy Home over the background. 

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Step 4

I used Island Indigo, Early Espresso and Cucumber Crush markers to add color directly to the different parts of the stamp.

Remember, when you color a stamp with markers, "huff" on the stamp before stamping.  This will add moisture to the ink for a better image.

The greeting from Fun with Flowers is perfect for the occasion for this card!

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique Happy Home Close Up

Create pretty backgrounds by giving the Clear Block Background Stamping Technique a try.  Be sure to share your creations with me. I'd love to see them!

Be sure to share your creations with me. I'd love to see them!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Happy Home (retired, but any stamp would work), Fun with Flowers (greeting)

Ink: Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush ink pads, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Cucumber Crush  markers

Paper: Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "D", spritzer bottle with water

Happy Stampin'!