Monday, September 26, 2016

Pokemon Go Birthday Card

Happy Monday, everyone!

This weekend was a whirl, as anyone with young kids can imagine. Between baseball games, soccer games, birthday parties and tween girl swim parties (yes, in September!!), I was barely able to get my students' papers graded (oh the joys . . .). 

I got a call late Saturday evening inviting Henry to a birthday party for a friend who had moved to another nearby town over the summer. He missed his friend, so, despite the last-minute invite, we were determined to make it to the party. We ran out to get his present that night. The next morning, I sent Henry to the studio to pick out a card (I was busy grading, you know). Surely, I thought, there is a card suitable for a little 9-year-old boy.

Shows what I know.

Henry interrupted my grading to ask for help. How could I turn down a chance to craft with my boy? Papers schmapers.

Henry had picked out Pokemon Cards for the gift, so we decided a Pokemon card was in order. The problem was time. It was already 10 and the party started at 11, and the whole family was invited. Why must we all attend the Chuck-E-Cheese party? I. do. not. know.

And (shocker) I hadn't showered yet. On any other Sunday, we would all have been cleaned, fed and feeling moral at church, but as I said, we were "determined to make it to the party." So, happy in our pajamas, we knuckled down on this Pokemon card. 

I quickly googled Pikachu. And I mean quickly. We punched and cut so quickly, I honestly cannot remember much. We used the owl builder punch for sure (I should keep that punch in a safe. I love it so much). 

Here is what we came up with:


We made another "Faux Flip" card because I wanted to use the Poke Ball to hide the inside surprise. Plus, I like that it's a little more interactive for a little kid. 

Here's the step-by-step on the Pokeball:
  1. Use the 2 ½ circle framelit to make 1 red and 1 white circle. 
  2. Hold the circles together and punch the center of both at the same time with the ¾ inch circle punch. Save your little white circle for the center of your Poke Ball.
  3. Score the center of the circles (this is the estimate where your center is)
  4. Then cut on either side of the score line. 

At this point, you should have 4 "c" shapes (2 red and 2 white. This is good because you will have extras in case you mess up, which I did. 
You can now build your "ball." Cut a black circle the next size up from the 2½ circle with your framelits. This will serve as your base.

TIP: When you begin building your Poke Ball, place your ¾ inch white circle in the center first. Then, build your top and bottom around the center. I tried building from the top down, and that did not work! 

Here is the rest of the card. You'll have to use your imagination on how to build Pikachu. I really rushed and I'm not very pleased, but Henry liked him and that's all that matters. Plus, I don't think he's half bad for a quick job!



Today's moral? 

I learned that it's ok to set aside my work to spend time with my boy. How much longer will he want to make Pokemon cards with me?

I also learned that we can knock out a card lickety split when we have to.

I also learned that showers are overrated.

Thank you for stopping here today. I hope you come back tomorrow. I will have updates and maybe a Christmas project to show you!

Have a super day. Until next time, stay crafty!

Alison

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Papillon Potpourri DSP Scrap Card

On Saturday, during our latest installment of the Coffee& Cards with Pat and Ali series, my mom and I showcased a way to salvage DSP for later use in projects. Today, I want to show a close-up of the card that uses those scraps!

With the rectangles left from the inside of the DSP layer on the Basket of Wishes Card (see original post here: http://alisonstachera.blogspot.com/2016/09/basket-of-wishes-video-card-close-up.html), I was able to make this project featuring the Papillon Potpourri set:




I don't know about you, but the butterflies are abundant in my yard, and though I'm ready for cooler temperatures, I'm not quite ready to let go of summer's free spirit.

The materials used for this card are:

Basket of Wishes Stamp Set ("Thinking of you")

I hope you enjoyed the projects from the video, and if you did, I'd love to hear from you!

I will post more projects this week from the Christmas Card Buffet I held last night.

Have a great day, and stay crafty!

Alison


Monday, September 19, 2016

Basket of Wishes Video Card Close-up!

Happy Monday, crafters!

As promised, I have close-ups today of the cards featured in the Coffee and Cards with Pat & Ali post from Saturday! We featured how to get the most out of your DSP and what to do with the scraps.

For this project, I used:
The Basket of Wishes stamp set 

Click to see the oh so hilarious video here: 



And here is the close-up: 




I stamped directly on the Very Vanilla, which I'm trying to show you in this picture . . . then popped up the fussy-cut colored one on top. I did that to make sure I got all the swirlies and curlies from the vines.

I hope you enjoyed the project and you feel inspired to play with your toys! 

I will post tomorrow highlighting the other project from the video. If you want a sneak peek, go ahead and watch the segment!



Saturday, September 17, 2016

Petals and Paisleys DSP Video

Today I'm happy to share the second installment in my Coffee and Cards with Pat and Ali!

Today's post is all about squeezing every bit of use from our beloved Designer Series Paper and then what to do with the scraps!

I will post close-up pictures of the projects in the next day or so, but for now, have a sneak peek!




Thursday, September 8, 2016

New Savings!



Stampin' Up! announced new Special Offers! You can save 25% on these items when you purchase them September 1-21, 2016



Of course, there are endless ways to use these products. Here are a few projects created by Stampin' Up! Concept Artists to get your started:

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Basket of Wishes Up Close

For those who would like a more polished look at the project showcased yesterday in the "Coffee and Cards with Pat and Ali" video, I have some images to share. 





Plus, last night, my group met for Stamp Club, and I remembered to get a cute picture with two of my gals after they made their versions of the card.


I love these ladies!

If you'd like to learn how to make this card, here is the video: 
 

If you'd like to order your own Basket of Wishes Stamp set from me, I will send you your own kit with everything you need to make this project yourself!

Have a lovely day and until next time, stay crafty!

Alison

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Coffee and Cards with Pat and Ali

Today is BIG! I am reveling the inaugural video of a series called "Coffee and Cards with Pat and Ali!"

Pat is my mom, and she likes to stamp, too, so when I decided to make a video about using the Blender Pens to watercolor, she said she'd help. One thing led to another and now she's in the video! Go mom!

This tutorial showcases a variety of things:

1. How to use the Blender Pens with our ink pads
2. How to make a "Faux Flip" card
3. A neat project featuring the Basket of Wishes stamp set



And, as I say at the end of the video (so, for those of you who don't make it that far . . .) if you order the Basket of Wishes stamp set from me, I will send you a kit with all the materials you need to made the card featured in the tutorial!

Alright . . . are you ready? Here goes . . .




Friday, September 2, 2016

Catalog Launch Video

As if we weren't already excited about the new catalog, here is Stampin' Up! showing us all these goodies!



Everyone who places an order with me receives a "Thank You" gift, but if you place an order of $40 or more, I will send you a surprise from the new catalog! 

Here's how to get your gift:

Simply copy and paste the hostess code WDUEQAJK into your online order. Your screen will look like this:



That's it! Start checking items off your wishlist and accumulate presents at the same time. 

I love the holidays!

And don't forget to check out the Specials this week too: 


As always, thank you for stopping by. I truly appreciate it!

Until next time, stay crafty!

Alison



Thursday, September 1, 2016

Special Offers (in lieu of Weekly Deals)

Special Offers!


Stampin' Up! decided to offer "Weekly Deals" over a year ago when they were trying to move excess merchandise. At the time, there were all sorts of fun things from DSP, ribbon and embossing folders to punches and stamp sets. As the excess inventory diminished, the weekly offerings became more disappointing to customers, so SU! decided to suspend the weekly deals in favor of quarterly specials. Today is the first day of one of the Specials! 

You can save 25% on select annual catalog products through September 21 ! Check out the discounted products below! Check back often, because discounted products will change weekly.


Blossom Builder Punch
Brights Enamel Shapes
Festive Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Metallic Enamel Shapes
Regals Enamel Dots
Subtles Enamel Shapes
Tip Top Taupe 5/8 (1.6 cm) Mini Striped Ribbon
TIP TOP TAUPE 5/8" (1.6 CM) MINI STRIPED RIBBON