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.



Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
138877 Petal Potpourri and Flower Medallion Bundle $31.25
139325 Crazy About You and Hello You Bundle $54.25
138633 Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper SAB
138634 Best Year Ever Accessory Pack SAB
120906 2  1/2" Circle Punch $16.95
129404 7/8" Scallop Circle $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. 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
My Online Store

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
My Online Store

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Butterfly Wishes and Dryer Sheets



This is Day 4 out of 5 for Christa's and my mini 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.  Are you having fun getting different ideas for the products in both catalogs?  Check out our blogs every day this week for fresh ideas. You'll love Christa's projects featuring the Wood You Be Mine stamp set.  Christa's blog is Dusk till Dawn. Be sure to use Google translate to see her posts in English.

Today, I'm featuring the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  Did you know that you can order this stamp set in wood mount, clear mount or photopolymer?  You can also order it in a bundle with the Butterfly Thinlits. The clear mount bundle (139323  $51.75) is just over $50 so you can save 15% on the bundle and also pick a free Sale-A-Bration item during our promotion. WooHoo!


I'm been wanting a butterfly die, but dreaded the tedious work with such an intricate design.  Then one of my Stampin' Up! friends shared a tip for using dryer sheets to make this work easy peasy.  I liked the idea so much that I made a quick In-A-Minute video tutorial.  It will take only a minute (okay, really less than 2 minutes) to see 2 tips for making die cutting with thinlits a breeze. 


This picture tutorial has all of the details too.  This tip speeds things up so much I plan to use the butterfly die on a swap card.  I wouldn't be able to do that without using dryer sheets.   Try out the dryer sheet tip and let me know what you think. 

p.s.  I don't use dryer sheets for my regular laundry.  Imagine my neighbor's surprise when I asked if she had some dryer sheets I could have.  LOL.  Needless to say, I've bought my own now and they are in my craft area, not my laundry room.  I do recommend you invest in the unscented dryer sheets.

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
My Online Store

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Hello Life Simply Created Kit



This is Day 3 out of 5 for Christa's and my mini 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.  Are you having fun getting different ideas for the products in both catalogs?  Check out both of our blogs every day this week for fresh ideas. You'll love Christa's cards featuring the You Plus Me stamp set.  Christa's blog is Dusk till Dawn. Be sure to use Google translate to see her posts in English.

Today, I'm featuring the Hello Life Simply Created Kit (137949, $24.95) from the Occasions catalog.  The kit even includes the wire frame!  This kit combined with the Hello Life photopolymer stamp set (137136  $24.95) make this display board a quick and easy project.  Well, you really can't fluff the pom-poms quickly, but everything else is quick.  And it's all easy.


I made this video to share some tips and techniques I used while making the Hello Life display board.

Did you know that during Sale-A-Bration you can get the Hello Life Simply Created Kit for free?  When you join my team as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, in addition to the $99 custom starter kit, you have two options for your Sale-A-Bration bonus.
      • Option #1: Receive a FREE Simply Created Project Kit from the occasions catalog with your Starter Kit
      • Option #2: Receive 2 FREE Sale-A-Bration items of your choice with your Starter Kit
OR when you host a workshop, you can earn $25 or more to spend on any Stampin’ Up! products with a qualifying party!  You could choose the Hello Life Simply Created Project Kit as your hostess reward.
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.  Spend $50 and choose one FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Balloon Bash from the 2015 Occasions Catalog



Balloon Bash is another new stamp set from the Occasions catalog. The new Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration promotion starts January 6th!  For every $50 you spend, you can pick one FREE Sale-A-Bration item. 

This is Day 2 out of 5 for our mini blog hop with my friend from the Netherlands, Christa Halsbema.  Christa and I are celebrating with 5 days of new projects featuring stamp sets and other products from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Check out both of our blogs every day this week for fresh ideas. You'll love her cards using the Balloon Bash stamp set.  Christa's blog is Dusk till Dawn. Be sure to use Google translate to see her posts in English.

I made this card for a recent Stampin' Up! demonstrator swap. The colors are So Saffron, Mossy Meadow and Very Vanilla.  I first stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso.  Then I stamped it again with Mossy Meadow and cut out the banner.  The Just for You banner is attached with Stampin' Dimensionals.


I have two In-A-Minute tutorials that show some of the tips and techniques that I used while making this card.  Balloon Bash is a photopolymer stamp set.  Here is an alternate way to store your photopolymer stamp sets in their stamp case.  


This IAM tutorial shows you how to fussy cut images like the Just for You banner.


Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
137144 Balloon Bash Photopolymer Stamp Set $25.95
129399 Tea Lace Paper Doilies $2.95

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.  Spend $50 and choose one FREE Sale-A-Bration item!

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Monday, January 5, 2015

Scalloped Treat Holder Tutorial



The new Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration promotion starts January 6th!  My friend, Christa Halbesma, and I are celebrating with 5 days of new projects featuring stamp sets and other products from the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  Check out both of our blogs every day this week for fresh ideas. Christa's blog is Dusk till Dawn.  Be sure to use Google translate to see her posts in English. 

This Scalloped Treat Holder made with Stampin' Up!'s Scallop Circle Framelit and the Painted Petals stamp set is perfect for holding a Ghiradelli chocolate treat.  When I went to Stampin' Up!'s new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs kickoff in Plano in December, this was the stamp set that I won as a door prize.  So for our demonstrator Christmas party, I decided to use this stamp set to make my little stocking stuffer gift for my friends.


I adapted this treat holder from Out to Impress to fit Stampin' Up!'s Scallop Circle Framelit.  It is pretty quick and easy using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  I love how the Painted Petals stamp set make it look like you shaded or double stamped the flowers and leaves.  Because of how the stamp is made, you only need to stamp once!  The ink is darker in some places to give the illusion of a painted petal.


Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
138822 Painted Petals Stamp Set $24.95
130911 Circles Collection Framelits $26.95
122334 Simply Scored Scoring Tool $29.95
119859 Extra-Large Oval Punch $16.95
133787 Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack $16.95
113439 Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine $99.95
130658 Magnetic Platform $39.95

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.  During Sale-A-Bration, for every $50 you spend, you can pick one exclusive item for free!  Buy the Painted Petals Stamp Set and Circle Collection Framelits and you qualify for one free Sale-A-Bration item!

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pizza Box Tutorial with Sharing Creativity and Company



This pizza box tutorial with Sharing Creativity and Company shows you how to make a quick and easy box that can be adapted to make many different size boxes.  A gift card fits in the Christmas Tree box perfectly!


The video tutorial also shows you how to make the Christmas Tree box and how to use Stampin' Up!'s Festival of Trees photopolymer stamp set and coordinating tree punch.


Be sure to watch my In A Minute Tutorial to make it easy peasy to score these boxes.



To make the Christmas Tree Pizza Box, cut a piece of cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2.  Score on the long side at 1, 3 3/4, 4 3/4 and 7 1/2.  Score on the short side at 1 and 4 1/2.  Fold on the dotted lines and cut on the solid lines.  I like this size because it only uses half a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock.  You don't end up with any scraps and a gift card fits in the box with extra room for a little treat.


For the Pumpkin Box, cut a sheet of cardstock to 9  1/2 x 5 1/4.  Score on the long side at 1, 4  1/4, 5  1/4 and 8  1/2.  On the short side, score at 1 and 4  1/4.

For the Rose Box, cut a sheet of cardstock to 11 x 6.  Score on the long side at 1, 5, 6 and 10.  Score on the short side at 1 and 5.

Enjoy making these boxes and decorating them to your heart's desire.  Who will be the lucky person to get your first pizza box project?

Christmas Tree Box Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
122334 Simply Scored Scoring Tool $29.95
125625 Simply Scored Place Markers $2.50
137640 Festival of Trees Bundle with Stamp Set and Punch $27.95
133787 Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack $16.95
133787 3/4" Circle Punch $16.95
135823 All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper $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.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store