Sunday, July 20, 2014

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek: Watercolor Wonder



Inspire, Create, Share 2014 was one of the most fun conventions I have been to with Stampin' Up!.  I took a class using the Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit (135869  $24.95) which will be available in the new Holiday Catalog starting August 28th! 


The Watercolor Winter Simply Created Card Kit comes with everything you need to make 5 each of these 4 cards for a total of 20 cards and envelopes.  There are 10 Coastal Cabana envelopes and 10 Crumb Cake ones.

In addition to showing us how to make these card, Stampin' Up! also issued a Pinterest challenge.  The challenge is to make variations of these cards only using what comes in the kit.  The card at the top of this post is the one that I'm posting on the Stampin' Up! board.  I'd appreciate it if you would pin my card from Stampin' Up!'s board as that is part of the challenge.


Here is Janet Holmes with the card she is posting on Stampin' Up!'s Pinterest board.  Both Janet and her card are cute as can be.  Be sure to check out the board to see all of the other variations!

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Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bordering Blooms with Free Tutorial



I used the Bordering Blooms photopolymer stamps set to make this quick and easy card for my swaps at Stampin' Up!'s Inspire, Create, Share Convention 2014.  My stamp club made this thank you card earlier this week.  They found it easy to line up the images with the clear stamp set.


Notice the small diagonals on the designer series paper that I used to make the thin borders?  This tutorial shows you this quick and easy technique using the Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stacks.

I'm looking forward to the first day of convention!  I'll be catching up with old friends and meeting new ones.  I'll share the swaps that I receive with you on my blog.  And I plan to post other fun convention highlights too!

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.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Starburst Sun with Free Tutorial



This Starburst Sun is a combination of several sources of inspiration.  Ray of Sunshine was one of the first stamp sets I bought from the new Stampin' Up! catalog.  I loved how sponging gave the sun more dimension.  And finally, I wanted to make a variation of the starburst technique that minimized the number of scraps left over from the traditional starburst technique.

This Starburst Sun is a variation of my Starburst Patriotic cardI used the idea of having the cardstock show between the rays to make them pop.  

Then I borrowed a technique that I learned many years ago from a quilting class.  You stack layers of fabric (or in this case, paper) and cut them all at the same time.  Then you pick different papers from each stack to make backgrounds that are similar, but not the same.  


You can see how I used 4 layers of 3 x 4" Crushed Curry designer series paper for my starburst variation in this video.  You can make your own starburst template with the instructions in my video or from the picture below.  You are also welcome to email me if you would like a copy of my template.


This is how I sponged on the color to make the sun. 


Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
134210 Ray of Sunshine $19.95
130658 Magnetic Platform $39.95
130911 Circles Collection Framelits $26.95
119850 1 3/4" Circle Punch $16.95
130139 Regals 12 x 12 Designer Series Paper $21.95
133773 Sponge Daubers $4.95

Enjoy making your starburst card.  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.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX


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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Bloom with Hope Quick and Easy Card with Tutorial



This quick and easy card works well with Stampin' Up!'s Bloom with Hope hostess stamp set.  You can sponge any combination of colors and mat with one of the colors.  For this card, I used two of Stampin' Up!'s newest In Colors, Tangelo Twist and Lost Lagoon.


Here is the tutorial showing how I sponged on the color and used that handy crafting tool, Post-It Notes!


Here is a tutorial showing how to add the rhinestone bling and custom color if desired.


Enjoy making this quick and easy card!

Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
133952 Bloom with Hope Hostess Stamp Set $17.00
126697 Wetlands Stamp Set $16.95
102316 8 1/2 x 11 Naturals White Card Stock $7.50
133679 8 1/2 x 11 Lost Lagoon Card Stock $6.95
130148 Grid Paper $10.95
119246 Rhinestones $4.95

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Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Friday, June 27, 2014

Kirigami (Cut and Fold) Box with Free Tutorial



This kirigami (cut and fold) box which uses one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock is fun and easy to make using the tutorial with Sharing Creativity and Company.  I was inspired to design this box after seeing one that used a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock.  Because the cardstock was cut down to almost 8 1/2 x 11 in the original design, I thought it would be nice to start with an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of cardstock.  After playing with the measurements until I came up with this box!


IMHO, the video tutorial is the easiest way to figure out the cutting instructions.  While I have included the exact cutting measurements in the video, it's much quicker to take advantage of the clear ruler on Stampin' Up!'s paper trimmer.  Then you don't have to worry about the measurements.


I also made this IAM (In A Minute) Tutorial to show how I made the custom colored bling brads.  It's easy peasy using Stampin' Up! products!


Here is the picture tutorial if you prefer pictures.  The papers I used were the Lullaby designer series paper (133695, $10.95) , Coastal Cabana, Hello Honey, and Baked Brown Sugar cardstock.

Have fun making this box.  I'd love to see what you design.


Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
122334 Simply Scored Scoring Tool $29.95
125625 Simply Scored Place Markers $2.50
126889 Stampin' Trimmer $29.95
130102 Deco Labels Collection Framelits $24.95
132293 Candy Dots Brad Bases $2.95
119246 Rhinestone Basic Jewels $4.95
131000 Coastal Cabana Blendabilities Assortment $11.95

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Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Work of Art Christmas Tree




I was inspired to make this Christmas Tree card using Stampin' Up!'s Work of Art stamp set after getting the card shown below from Christi Beck at our demonstrator retreat.  If you know me, then you know that I "chenged" it up a bit.


This is Christi's swap card.  I just loved the simplicity of this card.  For my card, I stamped the tree slightly differently so that I didn't have to stamp with Old Olive as many times.  And then I got a little carried away with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.


Here is the picture tutorial for how I stamped the tree using various images from Stampin' Up!'s Work of Art stamp set.  If you prefer a video tutorial, I recommend Christi's tutorial.  The differences are that I put a mat around the tree, used Hello Honey as my yellow and stamped the top of the tree differently by angling the last image.

Here are some other cards that use the Work of Art Stamp set.

Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
134114 Work of Art Clear Mount Stamp Set $21.95
130517 Gorgeous Grunge Clear Mount Stamp Set $17.95
133723 Stars Framelits $26.95
125585 Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details $2.50

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Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Work of Art Samples



Stampin' Up!'s Work of Art was by far the number one stamp set used for our June demonstrator swap.  Christi Beck made this wonderful Christmas cardI liked it so much I was inspired to re-make this card for my stamp club and a picture tutorial



Janet Holmes made this patriotic card using the same stamp set.  What a wonderful way to make a flag.



Here is Kim Judice's swap card. I love how the Blackberry Bliss really shows off the Deco Label



Debbie Hill made this card.  This picture doesn't really show how the gold foil and sequins make the card pop.



This was the Make and Take card that Christi taught at our demonstrator retreat using Work of Art again.  To make this card you start at the top and stamp off to get the ombre look.  So quick and easy!



It's amazing how versatile the Work of Art stamp set can be!  The clear-mount version is only $21.95.

Check back for more of the projects from our June demonstrator swap, new catalog samples and our Make and Takes featuring products from the new Stampin' Up! catalog!

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.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX


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