Sneak Peeks

Pumpkin Halloween Wreath

This week it is officially Sneak Peek time here at  As the Ink Dries!  On September 4th the Stampin' Up!® Holiday catalog will be making its official debut!  Based on the amount I have pre-ordered (yes, SU! demonstrators get to order early!!) and the list of what I still want to order,  I can safely say this catalog is FULL of fabulous products.

One thing that I have been trying to do more of is to find different ways to use the products I buy.  For example, instead of a snow globe, how about a tropical globe or a Halloween globe?  With that in mind, here's a Halloween wreath!

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I used the All-Around Wreath dies and added the pumpkins cut from the Trio of Tags die.  The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings and is stamped on a banner die from the Smooth Sailing dies.  I really like the Monster Bash DSP.  Love the designs in this pack of paper and the colors.

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Here's the inside of the card.  I like to dress up the inside of the card too!  Here we have a strip of the Monster Bash DSP and one of the tags and stamps from the Tags Tags Tags bundle.

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  I couldn't make just one Halloween wreath so here's another using almost all of the same ingredients.

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The Crushed Curry patterned paper is another design in the Monster Bash DSP pack.  There is also a pattern that is just all these fun scary-cute bottles.  I had to fussy cut these little bottles, fortunately they are not very detailed and easy to cut out.  

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I hadn't noticed what was written on the bottles until I was trying to decide which bottles to cut out for the wreath.  Do you see it?  Isn't it clever?  This is perfect for all the paper crafters in your life.  

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Hope you liked this little sneak peek featuring the Monster Bash DSP and the Tags Tags Tags bundle.  If you do not have a copy of the 2019 Stampin' Up!  Holiday catalog and are not currently working with another demonstrator, contact me and I would be happy to send you a catalog.  

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Peaceful Poinsettia Half Pocket card

Ready for  another sneak peek using the Peaceful Poinsettia bundle?  This bundle is in the upcoming Holiday catalog that will be debuting on September 5th.   I bought the bundle because i was curious about the dies and thought the samples in the catalog were really interesting.  Now that I have played with the bundle a bit, I can say it is one of my favorites! 

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I had a few half pocket card bases ( you can read about half pocket cards here and here's a link to a post that will help you make your own half pockets) left over from another project.  Aren't the poinsettias so pretty?  They are super easy to cut out using the Detailed Poinsettia Thinlit Dies.

Here's how you cut out the detailed outline.  Nestle the detailed die and run through the Big Shot.  

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Here's the detailed outline.

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To get the solid flower, remove the detailed die and run it through the Big Shot.

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Layer the detailed outline over the solid flower shape.  

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Attaching the outline image on to the solid image is easy if you attach the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the card stock before you run it through the Big Shot.

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Be sure to check out my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/astheinkdries/) I will have another version of this card posted later in the morning.  

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Color Challenge


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Ready for another fun blog hop?  This month the Stamper's Dozen blog hop theme is a color challenge.

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I just received my Holiday catalog pre-order (one of the perks of being a demonstrator, you get to pre-order!)  and I was itching to play with something new.   This was a little bit of a challenge since this color combination doesn't exactly scream Christmas.   I looked through the stamps I ordered and realized these colors just might work with the Beautiful Baubles stamp set.

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Don't you love all those colorful ornaments?  I embossed the image with silver embossing powder  and colored the ornaments in using an Aqua Painter and Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, and Melon Mambo ink refills.  I also used a new embossing folder, Swirls & Curls.  This is an embossing folder that can be used all hyear long.  The last sneak peek item is the Merry Christmas to All bundle.  Don't you love the big and beautiful "Merry"?  That was cut using the Merry Christmas thinlits and "Christmas" is from the coordinating stamp set.

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Be sure to hop along and see what the other members of the blog hop created with this color combination.

 

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Abstract Impressions and the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Challenge #366

Mixing some retiring products with a new stamp set for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge #366.  

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This is a great basic sketch and one that can be used for lots of different occasions.  Definitely a keeper.

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I used the soon to be released Abstract Impressions stamp set.  This stamp set is one that I will reach for often.  It is a big set (21 photopolymer stamps) with great images and sentiments.  I only used 2 colors of ink on this card.  You can get 2-3 different intesities of color from the same pad by inking the stamp and stamping "off" the image 1-2 times before stamping it on your project.  

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The products I used that are retiring: Soft Sky card stock, Foil Frenzy DSP, Dapper Denim ink pad, and the Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon.  Be sure to order yours soon!

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Rooted In Nature for Love a Tree Day

Did you know that May 16 is Love a Tree Day?  When I saw that I knew I had to create a card using the Rooted in Nature bundle.  This new bundle is gorgeous and coordinates with the much loved Lovely as a Tree stamp set.

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I sponged Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry ink on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I then stamped one of the tree images from the stamp set in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.

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The Nature's Roots framelits is a 12 piece set of dies, three of the dies emboss and do not cut.  You can see in the picture above the embossing over the stamped image.  I love this look and it certainly adds to the versatility of this bundle.

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How are you going to celebrate Love a Tree Day?  

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Last Chance Little Purse

Today's project just uses products that are on the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog Last Chance list.  In fact the Designer Series Paper I used, Whole Lot of Lovely has already sold out.   This is my way of saying, don't wait too long to order off the Last Chance list.

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This little purse is pretty small and holds about 5 little candies, perfect size for a little table favor.  I filled it with orange Mentos candies to coordinate with the paper.  

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The other items I used are still available(at least the last time I checked) on the Last Chance List.  I will miss that sweet little flower from the Tree Builder punch.   In addition to the sweet little flower there is also an apple, raindrop,  little bird, and of course a tree.  A very useful punch indeed!   

All of the Enamel Shapes are being retired.  These little shapes are available by color collections, so you can get them in Brights, Regals and Subtles. There are 5 shapes on each sheet: hearts, stars, and 2 sizes of circles.  These make great little accents and though they be little they add a lot.

The Crushed Curry and Old Olive Mini Chevron ribbon are both being retired.  This ribbon is a great width (3/8"), soft and perfect if you are ribbon challenged.  I like this width a lot, works well for both cards and 3-D items.

Have a great Sunday!  I am going to spend some time with members of my team so it will be a fun day for me!  

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Petals & More Thinlits, Waterfront for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #489

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week we have a color challenge.

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The Color Challenge colors: Sahara Sand, Soft Sky and Fresh Fig.  What I love about a color challenge is how it opens me up to new color combinations. I love how Soft Sky and Fresh Fig look together.   I do not use Sahara Sand nearly enough.  I think it is a great neutral and whenever I use it I wonder why I don't use it more.  

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Were you wondering where I found the striped Fresh Fig DSP?  I made it using the Diagonal Stripe Background stamp which is in the annual Stampin' Up! catalog.  This is another great stamp that needs to be highlighted more.  With this stamp I can make a striped background in any color I want.  

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If you have some time during this busy season, I hope you will join us and play along with the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.   You can get all the information about the challenge here.  Be sure to check out what the other members of the Design Team created.

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The Lots to Love Box Framelit Dies

I am more or less done with my Christmas shopping, cards and best of all mailing!  Yesterday I went to the Post Office and it was busy but I really did not have to wait very long.  I am just so happy that I got it done!  What does this have to do with the Lots of Love Box dies?  Here's a very little something I gave to the person who helped me at the counter.

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I used the Lots to Love Box dies to make this cute little box.  The box comes together quickly and it's a cute way to give a little gift.  After the Post Office I went to the store to see what other little goodies I could find to package up.  I will share those soon.

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Here's another idea of how to use the framelits.  I cut down the box to fit these tea bags.  Isn't the Christmas Around the World DSP just perfect for these tea bags?  The box holds about 3 tea bags and I am making more of these.   I may just be a little obsessed with this little box and what it can hold.  I will be sharing more ideas on my Facebook page so be sure to follow me there too.

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Flying Home and a Charming Cafe

Checking in today with a sneak peek of some adorable stamps sets coming in the Occasions catalog.  

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To create this card I combined the Flying Home stamp set and the Charming Cafe bundle.  Isn't it sweet?  I was so happy to discover that the Cafe Builder framelits framed this image perfectly.   You can be sure I will be checking to see what else fits. 

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I colored the images using Stampin' Blends on Thick Whisper White cardstock.  I wanted a one layer card.  I soon realized that I would need to line the front panel and the back panel, to hide the bleed through from the Stampin' Blends.  It wasn't hard to do but it was a good reminder for future projects.  I wanted to keep things simple so I finished the card off with some Pool Party Solid Baker's twine and some Wink of Stella on the flowers and birds.  

Hope you liked this sneak peek!  I will be sharing more sneak peeks matched with current products.  Stop by again soon.

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Sneak Peek...Flying Home

I have a little sneak peek for you of a new stamp set in the upcoming Occasions Catalog called Flying Home.  I know it seems a little early to be sharing sneak peeks.  There is a reason I am and I think once you see the sample you will know why.

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Isn't it sweet?  I love how this card turned out.  The image is so pretty and fun to color using the Stampin' Blends.  I really like the black and white plaid DSP.  Do you know what paper pack that is in?  It is in the Merry Little Christmas DSP which is on the retiring list.   Now you see why I am sharing this card now.  The Merry Little Christmas DSP is definitely not just for Christmas.  One side of each paper features a holiday design and the other a more neutral year round design.  The items on the retiring list are only available while supplies last so don't delay in placing your order.

 The following supply list doesn't include the Flying Home stamp set or the Stampin' Blends.  I used so many colors of Blends and I didn't keep track of each color used.

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If you have any questions about the products used or about the Year End Sale or retiring list please leave me a comment. 

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