Sneak Peek of Painted Harvest

One of the perks from the Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip to Thailand was that we were the first to see the upcoming Holiday Catalog, get some of the products and create with them too.  One of my top favorites in this new catalog is a stamp set called Painted Harvest.  It’s part of a suite of products with a bold, water-colored look and beautiful fall images. The coordinating designer paper pack – Painted Autumn – includes hand painted designs from one of the Stampin’ Up! artists.

While in Thailand we were able to make some cards using this bundle and once I returned home I used it to create a little box for me Demo Getaway attendees last weekend.  So I wanted to share those with you today.

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I created this box and sized it to fit a roll of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.  This ribbon is in the Annual Catalog but is also featured in the Holiday catalog as part of this Painted Autumn suite.  I used the new Painted Harvest stamp set to stamp the front panel and the tag.  I thought the words were perfect as I wanted all the girls that came to my weekend Demo Getaway event to know how thankful I was for them.

To make the box cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock 8″ x 5-1/2″.  Then score the short side at 1″ and 4-1/2″.  Score the long side at 3-1/2″ and 4-1/2″.  Fold on all the lines, snip the outside lines to create tabs, fold in the tabs and adhere the sides with some Tear & Tape.  Then I used a piece of Very Vanilla that’s 3-1/4″ square and stamped my design on it – I used Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, and Garden Green ink.  The tag is actually cut using the Leaflets Framelits in the annual catalog.  I used Crushed Curry Solid Baker’s Twine to tie around the box and hold the leaf tag.

Here are the cards that we made when we were in Thailand – in addition to the stamp set we used the Painted Autumn Designer Paper and the Leaf Punch.

I hope you like these samples and the peek at the new Painted Autumn Suite.  You’ll be able to order these beginning September 1st.  Holiday catalogs will be going out later this month and if you need one and don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator let me know and I’ll add you to my list.

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Thailand Pillow Gifts

One of the really exciting special parts of the Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip are what’s called the Pillow Gifts!  Every evening during the trip the little elves come into your room and leave a surprise on your pillow – well on the bed really.  It’s super fun to come back from dinner each evening and see what we got.  Many of the gifts in Thailand included brand new products from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  We had to wait a little while before we could show those to you but now I can.

We had a welcome gift to begin with – the personalized sign on our door and an exotic fruit basket when we arrived.  I get pretty excited about personalized stuff because I normally can’t find anything with my name spelled correctly.

The fruit basket luckily came with a guide so we would know what was in there!  We had mango, rambutan, mangosteen, dragon fruit and banana’s.

Each night our pillow gifts came wrapped in a brown bag and tied with our Gold Edged Metallic ribbon and a tag with some of the Eastern Palace Tassels.

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Each tag had a fact on the back about Thailand.

  • In Thailand, people do not shake hands when they greet one another; instead, they “wai” or press their palms together and bow the head slightly to show respect.  The wai is also used to say hello, thank you, and goodbye.
  • The orchid is Thailand’s national flower, and 1,500 species of orchid grow wild in Thailand’s tropical forests.  Thailand is also one of the world’s largest orchid exporters.
  • Spicy Thai food has been heavily influenced by Chinese and Indian cuisine; common dishes include such flavorings as coconut milk, peanuts, basil, ginger, lemongrass, and hot chilies.
  • The Siamese cat is native to Thailand and is called “wichen-maat,” which means “moon diamond.”  Giving a pair of Siamese cats to a bride as a wedding gift is thought to bring good luck.
  • Thailand’s national animal is the elephant and is considered lucky.  If a white elephant is found, it is automatically considered the exclusive property of the King of Thailand.
  • The Thai phrase “Mai pen rai” is thought to perfectly represent the Thai way of life; it means “No worries.” In other words, don’t take life too seriously, and be sure to find “sanuk” or fun in whatever you do.

Many of our gifts were new Holiday Catalog product.  Here is a look at what we received.

We also received gifts that weren’t product including a waterproof phone case and the Phang Nga Bay group activity – an all day excursion I’ll share about in its own post.  Plus an overnight travel bag and a hand painted jar in a box.

These were all the things we received as pillow gifts but that was not all!  There was more – General Session with Prize Patrols, and the Hospitality Room with a new game everyday.  I’ll share those in a different post.

We were definitely showered by Stampin’ Up!  So on top of all the things we experienced they made it extra special with all the extra little touches and the many gifts we were given.

Thanks for visiting today!

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Decorative Masks

The new Decorative Masks are a versatile item in our catalog.  We have had some others in the past so if you still have those try them for various techniques too.  These new masks have some smaller designs than our retired masks.

For this card I used one of the new masks – it actually coordinates with the Eastern Palace Suite.  The large medallion mask is perfect for this technique using the sponge daubers.  Use multiple colors and blend them together from light to dark or dark to light using the mask.

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My Thailand swap was the same concept – I posted it earlier.  The colors on this card are Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach and Berry Burst.  This particular card idea came from one I saw online.  I used it for a team meeting where we learned about the embossing paste and masks.

The hardest part of this card is just making sure your panel and your mask stay still while you are doing the sponging.  So I use washi tape to help with that.  First roll up a small piece on the back of your panel and stick that to your work surface.  Then place your mask where you want it.  Then use washi tape to hold the mask in place.  Now use your ink and your sponge daubers to add color.  Once you are done lift the mask and “tada” – you have a new creation.  Each one will look a bit different as the colors blend in various places.

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Embossing Paste Butterfly

Have you tried the new Embossing Paste from Stampin’ Up!?

It is my favorite new accessory product in the catalog.  So easy and fun to use.  I posted earlier a card where I colored the paste.  This one today just uses it as is – white.

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The brick mask is a fun one too – it’s perfect for backgrounds.  I used just a small amount of paste through the mask to create the brick back ground that is just partially filled in and not a solid wall, like a crumbling wall in an old garden.

The butterfly is just fluttering by.  It’s the Watercolor Wings stamp set.  Two-step stamping – but really this butterfly is a three-step on the wings.  The base layer – the most solid layer is in Soft Sky ink.  The second layer – the other edges – is Pool Party ink.  The third layer – the details – is Bermuda Bay ink.  Then a fourth one is the body in Soft Suede ink.  The Bold Butterfly Framelits cut out this butterfly for you so you don’t have to fussy cut.

TIP!!! Here is a tip for you – stamp the wings – all three layers and then cut it out.  Stamp the body after you cut it so you get it in the right spot.  The stamps are photopolymer so you can see through.  I find it best if you can stand while stamping and look directly over the top of it.

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Thailand was amazing

Thailand was amazing

The Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip to Thailand was amazing.  They spoiled us like you wouldn’t believe!  Every little thing was taken care of while we were there.  On our door was a personalized sign for each of the achievers.

Since we had basically the whole resort it was fun to read the name on each door as you walked around.  The resort was absolutely beautiful with the most amazing swimming pool I’ve ever seen.  It was really 4 different free form pools connected my a waterway – like a lazy river but there wasn’t really a current.  So you could float or walk through the water from one section to another.  At one end were the sports stuff including a beach and sand inside the pool.  Our room overlooked this end of the pool.  Most of the kids seemed to be hanging out at this end.  There was a swim up bar, a couple of waterfalls and Jacuzzi areas along the way.  Some of the rooms were right on the water and so were some of the restaurants.

It’s taken me a while to catch up to the correct time zone – the first few days I was home it was hard to stay awake during the whole day – I think I’m almost adjusted back to that now.  And then my body is hungry at the wrong time of day!  I’m still working on that.

I’ll share more little bits about the trip over the next week or two.  But I also want to share a stamping projects with you.  So I’ll be scattering those in between my Thailand posts.  Some days I’ll even have two posts!

Thanks so much for supporting me in my Stampin’ Up! Business which allowed me to earn this amazing trip!  There were just over 400 demonstrators world wide that earned the trip.  Not everyone went on the trip – just over 300 were in attendance with a spouse, friend, or family member(s) and a few came alone.  In total there were over 700 of us at the resort for the week!

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my youngest son Ryan today!  He is 21.  Oh my – the baby is 21.  While we aren’t with him to celebrate we will do that once we get back together in August for a family vacation.  I did make a card for him that I sent to his girlfriend early so she could give it to him.  He will go visit her for his birthday.

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I love this card!  And it is so easy and fun to make.  I used the brand new Embossing Paste to create the background.  So if you could touch the card you can feel and see the texture from the embossing paste.  To make this background I used the diamond patterned mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Mask set.  I colored my embossing paste (which is white) with the Lemon Lime Twist Reinker.  I put just a little bit of paste in an empty embellishment container and added a drop of reinker and used one of the palette knives to mix it up.

Put the card base on the table, place the mask over the top and secure with some old washi tape.  Then use the Palette Knife to spread the colored paste onto the card base.  I did a very thin layer and then put the lid on my container so I could make some more cards with what I had mixed.

You do need to clean the mask and the palette knifes right away – or drop them into a container of water until you can clean them.  The paste dries very quickly so make sure you keep the lid on your jar.

I used the Milestone Moments stamp set – it’s a perfect set for making all kinds of birthday cards.  I also needed one for a 70th birthday but that wasn’t one of the stamp in the set.  But don’t worry – if you are careful you can create what you need – I inked up the SEVENT – part of the Seventy-fifth stamp and then the IETH part of one of the other stamps (there are several) and made one that said SEVENTIETH.

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I also used a little bit of paste that I had left for the envelope.  And I added the card to a bottle of wine that was wrapped up in 6″ x 17″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag and tied with Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon.

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All ready for a masculine birthday!

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