Saturday, May 23, 2015

2015 Operation Write Home Memorial Day Bloghop


Welcome to the 2015 Operation Write Home Memorial Day Bloghop!  This is the final campaign with the crafty world: Finishing Strong. Operation Write Home is nearing the finish line of our mission, and all cards must be received by us before August 1st 2015. We want to spread the word to everyone who’s got cards they’ve been meaning to send in!  Operation Write Home will be closing after August 1, so if you have always wanted to help our service members, it’s now the time to send in cards.



I made this card to fit the red, white and blue theme.  I had wanted to try the bokeh technique and it worked perfectly with this card.  Find out how I tweaked the bokeh technique to decrease the drying time.  You can get more details and see the tutorial for this card too.  If you look carefully at the photo, you can also see the glitter that I added to some of the stars.

Many thanks to the Operation Write Home folks who have dedicated so much time to help support our heroes overseas and their families.  While I am sad that this is the last OWH campaign, it is wonderful that so many of our heroes will no longer be oceans away from their loved ones.

Enjoy the rest of the bloghop!

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Easy Bokeh Tutorial



When I first tried the Bokeh technique for stamping, there were 2 things that I wanted to "fix".  This tutorial shows what I did to "cheng up" the original technique to decrease the drying time and to make sure the sentiments popped against the bokeh background.  "Cheng it up" is a term that one of my crafting friends came up with years ago.  Because I typically like tweaking techniques and projects, she called it "chenging it up".  Sad, but true.  I find it difficult to make an exact copy of anything.  Inspiration (or lack of ability) usually means I end up with a slightly different version of any crafting project or technique that I try.  Do you find that happens to you too?  


The first thing I wanted to "fix" when trying the bokeh technique with paper was getting things to dry faster.  When you use ink, water and watercolor paper, you have a long drying time.  Especially when humidity is high as it has been in Fort Worth this spring.  The drying time meant that a quick and easy card could take over an hour to make because of waiting for the paper to dry.  While I could use Stampin' Up!'s heat tool to speed things up, I wanted to teach this technique to my stamp club.  The thought of 8 people waiting to use a heat tool inspired me to come up with something else. 

Secondly, when you use black ink or embossing powder in the earlier steps for this technique, it ends up with a grayish color in the areas where you add the white craft ink.  I wanted my sentiments to pop against the background and felt like the black/grey colors didn't work.  I found two ways to fix the problem.


With this card, I used the die cut "thanks" from Stampin' Up!'s Hello You Thinlits (137363  $25.00).

I also found that if you use a dark background, you can use white embossing powder to make your sentiment stand out.  The white craft ink didn't show up on the white embossed image.  You will want to be careful to keep the background around the sentiment mostly dark colors.


Bokeh is quick and easy if you don't count the drying time.  My stamp club loved the technique.  If you are making several cards at once, do step 1 on each card, then step 2, etc.  It goes quickly since each card will be dry by the time you get back to it.
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Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Cross Using the Modern Label Punch with Free Tutorial



I made these quick and easy Cross cards using Stampin' Up!'s Modern Label Punch for two friends who are each going through challenging times.  I was looking for a card design that would fit their circumstances and was inspired by these cards made by Brenda Quintana.  For those of you who know me, it isn't a surprise that I decided to "cheng it up" a bit.  Actually, I had lost the link and was going off of memory.  Well, it turns out that my memory wasn't that great.  However, the cards fit each person perfectly and I ended up figuring out my own quick and easy way to punch out the cross.  This design also fits many other occasions including Easter.


Here is my video tutorial for making the cross using the Modern Label Punch.


I also did this video showing how I picked my papers and colors.  Several people have asked how I choose my colors and papers for a project.  When I plan to use any Stampin' Up! designer series paper, this is the typical process that I follow.  However, I realized that I use several tips from one of my quilting instructors to select paper the way I was taught to choose fabrics.  I was a quilter before I started with Stampin' Up!
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Here are two other projects using paper crosses from my blog.  The Dahlia Cross uses an easy version of origami to form a folded paper cross.   I combined the Modern Label and Blossom Punches to make this punch art cross.

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Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Petal Potpourri Tutorial with Sharing Creativity and Company



This card using Stampin' Up!'s Petal Potpourri Bundle, Better than Email stamp set and Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper that has a little hidden twist that I show in my tutorial.  I designed this card for a demonstrator swap and wanted to make 16 cards using the same paper.  Unfortunately, I didn't have enough of this paper.  Or that's what I thought until I figured a different way cut the paper to make this card.


This video shows what I did to get enough designer series paper to make all 16 cards using one 12 x 12 piece.  I'll be using technique again to make different versions of this quick and easy card.  The Petal Potpourri Bundle which includes the stamp set and coordination Flower Medallion Punch is one of the most versatile bundles in the Occasions catalog.  You can see other cards I made using this combination in an earlier post.


Recognize the sentiment I used for the card?  Stampin' Up!'s Better Than Email has more uses than adding the copyright to your projects.  I omitted the copyright image so I could use the sentiment on the front of the card.  From My Heart to Yours was my stamp club's favorite saying.

I used Old Olive, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight to coordinate with the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper.  Here are the other supplies that I used.  The Old Olive Cut and Ready Card Bases make this a really quick and easy card and they are in the clearance rack too.

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Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Punch Art Easter Bunny Treat Holder with Tutorial



Scallop Treat Holder 2 is easier to make than it looks and can be embellished to fit many different occasions.  Your friends will loving getting the Easter version decorated with this punch art bunny.  I've made this treat holder at several different workshops.  The initial reaction I get from my friends when I show them what we are going to make is that this project is going to be difficult.  After they make it, they want to make more because it is so quick and easy.


This is the original scallop treat holder that I made.  I tweaked the design so it could be our Make and Take project at the Scrapbook Expo in Grapevine, TX earlier this year.  We wanted the project to be quick and easy for our visitors.  Because we were going to prep 200 of these treat holders, it also needed to be quick and easy for my friend, Christi, and I!


This was our Make and Take at Scrapbook Expo.  Because Stampin' Up!'s designer series paper has designs on both sides, that let us skip the stamped liner from the first version.  I also make the treat holder 1/4" narrower so I could get 6 projects from one 12 x 12 sheet.  An unexpected plus was that the straight edges made it much easier to line up the paper on the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.


Here is the video tutorial for making Scallop Treat Holder 2 and the punch art Easter Bunny.  Guess what punch I used to make the bunny ears?  I tried various oval punches and they were too big for this treat holder.  Turned out that the Flower Medallion punch was perfect for making the ears for this Easter Bunny.  You'll see how I did it in the video tutorial.

There are only 10 days left to get free Sale-A-Bration products.  You can get the supplies for this project from my online store and choose your Sale-A-Bration freebie too!

Stampin' Supplies for Scallop Treat Holder 2 
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Stampin' Supplies for the punch art Easter Bunny
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Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Petal Potpourri



One of my favorite bundles in Stampin' Up!'s Occasions catalog combines Stampin' Up!'s Petal Potpourri stamp set and Flower Medallion Punch for a 15% savings.  I like this combination because you can use it to make many different paper crafting projects.  When I saw the Splitcoaststampers Clean and Simple challenge to "Use Your Words", it was the perfect time to combine Petal Potpourri and the Hello You Thinlits to make some quick and easy cards.

This first card was actually a mistake that I liked so much that I plan to do it again.  Originally, I meant to cut the Best Year Ever designer series paper the same width as the Whisper White card stock.  Well, I didn't measure correctly and ended up having to leave a thin mat.  When you do something accidentally that you like, one of my teachers called it serendipity.  This was definitely a case of serendipity!


After making the first card, I had this leftover square of Best Year Ever designer series paper.  It was much too big a scrap to throw away!  So instead, I was inspired to make this card using the Stampin' Supplies.  I added some words from the Crazy About You stamp set.  This will be a great Operation Write Home card!

Notice the thin edge on the flower and Whisper White circle?  You can see the edging technique I used in this video tutorial using an Early Espresso Stampin' Marker.

The Hello You Thinlits are easy to cut out using this dryer sheet tutorial.  


This was actually my "warm up" card.  When I'm needing some inspiration, I find that CASEing a card can get my creativity going again.  By the time I get out the supplies needed to CASE (Copy And Share Everything) for a project, I find that I'm having to substitute something or fix a mistake.  The next thing I know, I've done a poor job of CASEing and have something more "original".  Some days I keep CASEing hoping that inspiration will come.  Even if it doesn't, I still have some great projects.  What do you do when you have a creative block?

These 3 cards use the following colors:  Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Whisper White.  Stampin' Supplies with the price listed as SAB are Sale-A-Bration items that are free with a $50 purchase.  When you buy the Crazy About You and Hello You Bundle, you get to choose a free Sale-A-Bration item.
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Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program. When you buy $50 in product, you'll get to choose a free Sale-A-Bration product and two credits in my Rewards program. It's so easy to get free product during Sale-A-Bration.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Best Day Ever with Sale-A-Bration



This is the last day for Christa's and my 5-day blog hop featuring products from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  The new Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration promotion started January 6th!  For every $50 you spend, you can pick one FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Check out all of our blog posts from this week for fresh ideas.  Which were your favorite projects?  You'll love Christa's projects featuring the Celebrate Today stamp set.  Christa's blog is Dusk till Dawn. Be sure to use Google translate to see her posts in English.

Today's card features 3 of the Sale-A-Bration products:  the Best Day Ever stamp set , Best Year Ever Accessory Pack and the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper.  Did you know that all of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper now list the coordinating colors on the back of the package?  The coordinating colors are Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, and Whisper White.  I highlighted the colors I used in my card.  For the leaves, I used the small oval  punch and cut the ovals in half.

I hope you enjoyed Christa's and my mini blog hop this week.  Stay tuned for more projects from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  I have a demonstrator swap tonight and I'm looking forward to sharing more projects using our new products this weekend!

Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
139094 Best Day Ever Clear Mount Stamp Set SAB
138634 Best Year Ever Accessory Pack SAB
138633 Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper SAB
133785 Fun Flower Punch $16.95
129404 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch $12.95
120908 Small Oval Punch $12.95

Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program. So when you buy $50 in product, you'll get to choose a free Sale-A-Bration product and two credits in my Rewards program. It's so easy to get free product during Sale-A-Bration.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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