On the CASE: Make a Difference

Here’s a quick getaway from the holiday hustle & bustle…

For today’s On the CASE, I have a fun little 3x3 card that you can make in a few minutes – perfect for a quick getaway from all the extra people and an opportunity to let your mind empty out while you focus on some fun and simple crafting.

I popped back into the Annual Catalog and a suite of products that you probably saw a lot of early on – the Share What You Love suite. There’s lots of fun little projects in the catalog, and that Specialty DSP is just amazing, so, let’s dive in!

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (November 2018 - Make a Difference - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring, Make a Difference stamp set, Share What You Love Specialty DSP. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #hello #handstamped

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On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score your card base at 3″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Emboss one side of the card base with the Lovely Floral DTIEF
  3. Stamp the word “hello” in Granny Apple Green on Whisper White.
  4. Diecut sentiment with the smallest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits
  1. Fussy cut two large flowers, a small flower and three leaf fronds.
  2. Arrange the fussy cut images around the diecut sentiment.
  3. Add two turns of white thread from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit.
  1. Adhere the Specialty DSP strip to the card base.
  2. Adhere the finished sentiment element using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  3. Adhere three Artisan Pearls to the center of the left-most flower.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – This was a lovely little card that could be easily stepped-down by omitting the embossing folder and using a 1 1/2″ Circle Punch instead of the die. No Big Shot required! That makes this design a bit more accessible to the beginner stamper. To make it even simpler, the fussy cut pieces could be omitted all together!

#SUontheCASE

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’re “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest) and if we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks!

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On the CASE: A Big Thank You

This is seriously the perfect thank you for anyone! For today’s CASE, I dove back into the Annual Catalog to find the perfect all-purpose thank you design. And I found it…

On the CASE: Country Home

Do you have the #1 on-trend stamp set from the Holiday Catalog? If you have the Country Home photopolymer set, you sure do! I’m really excited to share the coloring technique for today’s On the CASE.

On the CASE: Wishing You Well

Looking for simple & easy for the holidays and beyond?

Look no further! For today’s On the CASE, I dove into a stamp set who’s samples caught my eye on my first flip through the Holiday Catalog. Did you know that the Holiday Catalog has more than just holiday-themed stamps? It’s true, this set does have a seasonal greeting, but it’s also good all year ’round with some lovely well wishes. Say hello to Wishing You Well!

I love that this set is one of the new “DistINKtive” stamps, giving the images instant depth and a 3-D feel with just one color ink. I also love that the samples are so simple, it would literally take less than five minutes to make a card if you needed to send off a sympathy or get-well card ASAP. OR, if you want to get piles of holiday cards done in a weekend, or a day, this design is for you!

What’s easier, is that you can order everything you need for these cards with just ONE item number – 150096. This is fabulous – especially if you’re just getting started with stamping and need some basic supplies, like an acrylic block and ink pads.

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (September 2018 - Wishing You Well - 2018 Holiday Catalog). Featuring, Wishing You Well stamp set. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #note #CAS #cleanandsimple #distinktive #handstamped #floral
For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (September 2018 - Wishing You Well - 2018 Holiday Catalog). Featuring, Wishing You Well stamp set. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #christmas #CAS #cleanandsimple #distinktive #handstamped #floral

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On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

I’m doing a 2-for-1 today! These cards were so simple, you’re getting the step-by-step for both of them!

JUST A NOTE CARD:

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. Stamp the bouquet image in Granny Apple Green. Use your Stamparatus if you want. This will make it easier if you’re going to do multiples.
  3. Stamp the flower image twice (without re-inking so some flowers are lighter) in Tranquil Tide.
  4. Stamp the sentiment in Tranquil Tide.
  5. Add Gold Metallic Thread loops behind the sentiment. Adhere with glue dots.
  6. Trim the sentiment to length and adhere to stamped panel with glue dots for just a little pop-up.
  7. Adhere the finished panel to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

SEASON’S GREETINGS CARD

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″. Fold and burnish the edge with a bone folder.
  2. You can set up the images on your Stamparatus if you plan on doing multiples. Use both sides of one plate, and even use the top and side of the base so you can fit all of the stamps on one plate!
  3. Stamp the wreath in Granny Apple Green.
  4. Stamp the Bow and sentiment in Tranquil Tide.
  5. Add gold metallic thread swirls behind the stamped panel.
  6. Adhere the finished panel to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 1 out of 5 – These are total entry-level cards that are truly beautiful! If you, or someone you know, are just getting started with stamping, you can’t go wrong with these designs. So get a few people together and have fun exploring the joy of stamps, paper and ink! With the supplies in the bundle (see the supplies list below), you can make 40 cards! WOW!!!

#SUontheCASE

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’re “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest) and if we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks!

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  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Get everything you need to make this design!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you. This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

On the CASE: A Big Thank You

This is seriously the perfect thank you for anyone! For today’s CASE, I dove back into the Annual Catalog to find the perfect all-purpose thank you design. And I found it…

On the CASE: Country Home

Do you have the #1 on-trend stamp set from the Holiday Catalog? If you have the Country Home photopolymer set, you sure do! I’m really excited to share the coloring technique for today’s On the CASE.

Festive Friday: This Little Piggy at the Fair

All I need is a good time and some fried butter stamps, paper & ink!

Can you believe that it’s already State Fair season? We’re ready to rock some carnival rides over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating State Fairs and the color Turquoise. Take the challenge literally, or bring in some more subtle aspects – either way your entry could win a Blue Ribbon as one of our Festive Faves and some Fest Points to go shopping in the store!

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge - Earn Fest Points for free stuff! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Focus on fair fare – like ice cream, candy, bbq, fried anything…
  • Focus on fair fun – can you say yippee to stomach turning carnival rides?
  • Focus on fair festivities – like parades and judged events – go for the blue ribbon!
  • Forget the fair and fall in love with shades of turquoise – from bright and lively combos to soft and tranquil – turquoise has a place either way!

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The timing for this challenge couldn’t have been any better! My 5YO nephew just won his first fair blue ribbon! Check out this adorable dinosaur diorama. He’s an artist in the making for sure! (get that boy some stamps, paper & ink! LOL!)

So, of course I had to put together a totally adorable design to send him so he can know how proud Brian and I are of his accomplishment! Stampin’ Up!’s This Little Piggy stamp set was the perfect choice to create this blue-ribbon-inspired project. A little bit of masking on the kisses stamp and I was able to add in that single, perfectly placed smooch!

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0013). Featuring: This Little Piggy stamp set and Stampin' Blends. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #stampinup #puns #pigs #statefair #blueribbon #handstamped

Today’s project can be completed in just a few short steps. Earn the PDF tutorial by playing at Festive Friday and earning Fest Points that you can redeem for tutorials and other great prizes! We can’t wait to see what you create, so link up today!

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  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

Festive Friday: Snowflake Sentiments

Are your holiday cards done yet?
We’re here to help over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating Christmas (if you don’t know, it’s on December 25th).

Get everything you need to make this design!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you. This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Festive Friday: Happy Summer Pennants

Summer is in full swing! So is our latest Festive Friday Challenge 😀

I was really hoping to create a fun fireworks design, but I just couldn’t get it to work the way I envisioned. Oh well — I’m glad there are choices for this challenge! LOL!

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge - Earn Fest Points for free stuff! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

was inspired by Independence Day – thinking of banners and buntings hanging throughout the neighborhood. Actually, in our subdivision, people hang buntings and set out their flags on Memorial Day and leave them up all summer! It’s such a lovely thing to see!

But, I think my final design is just more Summery overall —

For the Festive Friday Challenge #FF0010). Featuring: Pick a Pennant stamp set, Playful Pennants dies. #nicolewatt #pmretreat #stampinup #celebrate #happy #summer #handstamped

I wanted to keep the design Clean & Simple, so there’s lots of white space, crisp color coordination and a few coordinating embellishments to help the accent color (Mango Melody).

Today’s project can be completed in just a few short steps. Earn the PDF tutorial by playing at Festive Friday and earning Fest Points that you can redeem for tutorials and other great prizes!

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Don't Forget about the GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don't forget to leave a COMMENT on today's post to enter!

If you loved today's project, I'd love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don't lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

Share and Inspire Someone Today!

The Latest...

  • SHOP NOW
  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

Festive Friday: Snowflake Sentiments

Are your holiday cards done yet?
We’re here to help over at Festive Friday where we’re celebrating Christmas (if you don’t know, it’s on December 25th).

Get everything you need to make this design!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you. This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

On the CASE: Delightfully Detailed

Happy New Catalog Week!!

As I’m sure you know, the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog was released on Friday. That means that it’s time for new inspiration and lots of fun new products and stamps. (Don’t have a catalog yet? Get one from me here!)

That also means that Ann and I are On the CASE with brand new step-by-step guides from projects in the catalog. This week I thought I’d share a fun and stamp-free (gasp!) design that would go perfect with a little gift, or all by itself, tucked secretly in someone’s pocket or backpack!

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (June2018 -Delightfully Detailed - 2018-19 Annual Catalog). Featuring, Delightfully Detailed Memories & More, Whisper White Memories & More Cards & Envelopes, Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon. For more details including tips for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #stampinup #hello #notecard #polkadot #handstamped

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: None!
Paper: Whisper White Memories & More Notecards & Envelopes (small card & envelope), Delightfully Detailed Memories & More (any patterned 3x4 card),  Mint Macaron Cardstock (1/4″ x 3″), Blackberry Bliss Cardstock (2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″), white scalloped sticker (Memories & More pack)
Inks: None!
Accessories: Gold Metallic Thread, 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle RIbbon, Faceted Dots
Other: 2″ Round Punch, Stampin’ DImensionals, Mini Glue Dots

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Punch a 2″ circle of Blackberry Bliss Cardstock.
  2. Add the “hello” sticker from the Memories & More pack to the Blackberry circle.
  3. Add a 2 1/2″ piece of Polka Dot Tulle ribbon to the sentiment – use Mini Glue Dots.
  4. Adhere the white scalloped sticker to the 1/4″ strip of Mint Macaron.
  5. Adhere the strip element to the back of the sentiment with additional Glue Dots.
  6. Add rings of Gold Metallic Thread with a few more Glue Dots.
  1. Adhere the Memories & More card to the card base.
  2. Adhere the finished sentiment element with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  3. Add Mint Macaron Faceted Dots as desired.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 1 out of 5 – Looking for quick and easy this summer? This is your card! The hardest part was aligning the sticker to the punched circle! I used my Paper Piercing Tool to help hold the sticker as I placed it on the cardstock. If you wanted, you could put the sticker on the cardstock, then punch. It works well either way.

#SUontheCASE

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing the catalog too! We’re “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Google+ & Pinterest) and if we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

We’ll be On the CASE again in 2 weeks!

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Share and Inspire Someone Today!

The Latest...

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  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Get everything you need to make this design!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you. This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

On the CASE: A Big Thank You

This is seriously the perfect thank you for anyone! For today’s CASE, I dove back into the Annual Catalog to find the perfect all-purpose thank you design. And I found it…

On the CASE: Country Home

Do you have the #1 on-trend stamp set from the Holiday Catalog? If you have the Country Home photopolymer set, you sure do! I’m really excited to share the coloring technique for today’s On the CASE.