Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Bee Tablescape and Blog Hop

 Welcome to my Sweet Bee Tablescape!

I am joining a group of table stylist to show off what we can do with the Bee theme on our tables.
Much thanks to Debbee from Debbee's Buzz for organizing this Bee-utiful Hop!!
The links to the other inspirational tables will be at the end of my post. 
These grey and deep yellow placemats were the inspiration for my table, so I began pulling grey and all things bee from my stash. 
I love using these Sur La Table Bee plates, I got them on clearance years ago along with the bee crock - and I have used them over and over again.
I would have liked to have used my yellow daffodils from my garden but our late April snow fall kind of did those in, so I had to settle for some grocery store flowers.  I live in a pretty rural area and our tiny little grocery store does not carry a large selection of flowers - so it is a bit limiting as to what kind of flowers I can get.
You will notice a few Rae Dunn pieces around the table, these were gifted to me and I am starting to get a nice little collection of her work.  
Since I do not own any bee napkin rings I made my own with some Stampin' Up! cardstock and a bee die cut.  I also ran the yellow cardstock through an embossing folder to give it a bee hive texture.
I made the hexagon bee boxes with more cardstock and some Designer Series Paper,  decorated it with the Honey Bee Stamp set (now retired)  and put a few sweet treats in them for each placesetting.

Ready to see some more Bee-utiful tables?!?!?
Here are some sneak peak photos and the links to all the other talented bloggers participating in today's hop!  Just click on the name of their posts to see their creative tables!!

Sweet Yellow & Grey Bee Tablescape ⚜ Corner of Plaid and Paisley -YOU ARE HERE

Buzzing About ⚜ Hyacinth for the Soul

Bee French Country Tablescape for Entertaining ⚜ My Hubbard Home

Bees & Sunflowers Tablescape ⚜ Life & Linda

Bee Table for Two ⚜ Zucchini Sisters

                                            I hope you enjoyed all of our BEE-utiful Tables!!

Monday, May 10, 2021

Plentiful Plants Thank you Card

 Hi creative friends!  I was working with the new Plentiful Plants Bundle and the Bloom Where You're Planted DSP yesterday and just had to share this card real quick!!

This has been such a fun set to play with - I am currently putting some cards together for my next class which will include two cards from this set.  What I love about this Stamp and Die bundle and DSP is that the combinations are endless.  Mixing and matching is made so simple with Stampin' Up's color coordinated papers, inks and cardstock!!

I did a little different fold with this one.  You can see it better with the inside view - then I will give you the dimensions.
  • Base is Soft Succulent Cardstock 4 1/4" X 11"  - cut 3 1/4" of the long end- this 3 1/4"' x 4 1/4" piece will be used for the front of the card.
  • Brick DSP  -from Bloom Where You're Planted DSP- pieces measure 2" x 4" for the small front flap and 4" X 5 1/4" for the inside of the card.
  • Turn the piece you cut off your base and adhere just the top of it to your flap - see photo above.  So you are going to center the 3 1/4 " wide  piece on the 4 1/4 inch base flap.
  • The multi colored DSP I used for the flap is from the new Hostess Paper bundle found on page 171 in the catalog called Pattern Party. It measures 3" x 4".
  • The next layer- from the Bloom Where You're Planted DSP- is cut with the Hippo & Friends Die in the grey speckled DSP 
  • The pots and green plants are cut with dies from the DSP - the more fern like plant was fussy cut from the DSP.  
  • I used the Ornate Frames for the little sentiment die and the sentiment is stamped in Cinnamon Cider ink with a stamp from the Pansy Patch stamp set.
  • I added some Genial Gems and a little bow with Crumb Cake Bakers Twine.
  • The inside is a 3" x 4" piece of Basic White Cardstock over the brick DSP.  I stamped a random leaf in the corner with Soft Succulent Ink. 
These items can be found in my store - just click here!  Stampin' Up! is running several promotions right now in conjunction with the new Annual Catalog Launch. 
The first is an extra $25 is Stampin' Rewards when you place an order or have a party and collect orders  for $250.00 or more - this is along with the 10% rewards you normally get - so a $250 order will get you $50 of Free merchandise with your Stampin' Rewards - This promo is called 
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The second promotion is Join+ - this is for anyone who is interested in joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator.  You can join as a hobbiest or as a business - your choice - either way you will receive 20% off your orders after your starter kit.  For this promotion the Starter kit is just $99 and free shipping for $155 worth of products!!  Ask me about this deal!!  I will be happy to give you more info!
Our team is a lot of fun, we connect and share ideas all the time!
Joining Stampin' Up! has been such a great creative outlet for me, as well as a wonderful social experience as well!!
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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Color & Contour Florals- Stamping INKspirations May 2021 Blog Hop

 I am showing off two cards made from the new Color & Contour Stamp Set today!

If you are coming from the Stamping INKspirations Blog Hop- Welcome!!

I am Ann Krucek, from Ohio, USA.  I am happy to be participating in the May Blog Hop where the theme is anything Floral.
I  used the new Contour & Color Stamp Set for both of these cards.  The first card is using the spotlight idea where I stamped several of the daisy type flowers in a random pattern in Momento Ink and then cut a portion of it out with a circle die. I took that piece I cut out and colored it with my Stampin' Blends and adhered it to a black scalloped circle to frame the circle.  
 Then I just lined it back up with where it was cut from and adhered the circle back in place. 

Sorry- just realized I left off the Basic Black cardstock! 

The second card is done with white embossing powder.  I stamped a piece of Shimmer White cardstock with Versamark ink randomly with the daisy type stamp from the Color & Contour set and added a leaf here and there.  Then I used the embossing powder and heat tool to get those raised white flower images.
Then I just used my Water Painters and water colored the with the new Polished Pink ink and just a tiny bit of Bubble Bee ink.  As you squeeze out small amounts of water - the colors blend nicely and you can paint right over the embossing and it magically stays white!!!  The sentiment is a die from the Ornate Frames set.  I added a few of the new In Color Jewels to give it a bit more sparkle and some Polished Pink Ribbon. 

These two cheerful cards are pretty simple to make but make an impact.

Now if you are following along or just starting the hop, below is the list of all the participants.
Be sure to check out all of the other talented bloggers for more fabulous inspiration !!
Next up is Aurelie Fabre


Angie McKenzie  ●  Libby Fens  ●  Jo Blackman

Karen Henderson  ●  Jan Musselman  ● Mo Rootes

Terry Hamilton  ●  Tricia Butts  ●  Deb Macdowell

 Leonie Stuart  ●  Narelle Fasulo  ●  Danielle Kassing

Shel Anderson  ●   Teri West  ●  Vicki Milyard

Jill Chapman  ●  Melissa Faust  ●  Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Susan Webster  ●  Gez Carpenter  ●  Susan Simpson

Annette Ball  ●  JoAnn Pollock  ●  Melissa Gifford

Linda Moore  ●  Cheryl Hamilton  ●  Rochelle Laird-Smith

Satomi Wellard  ●  Alejandra Gomez  ●  Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Ann Krucek  ●  Aurélie Fabre  ●  Elaine de Montmorency
  My store is open 24/7 by just clicking on the storefront in the righthand column.  You can look at the new Annual Catalog by clicking on the photo of the new catalog as well.  If you need a catalog and you don't already have a demonstrator - let me know - I would be happy to send you one. 
We have several good promotions happening right now in conjunction with the new catalog :
  •  Connect Craft and Collect $25 - Hold a party or collect orders over $250.00 and get an additional $25.00 in Stampin' Rewards on top of what you normally earn!!
  • Join my Team with Join+   New team members get even MORE FREE products in their customizable Starter Kit. From May 4–31, new team members can get $125 USD | $155 USD  worth of products for only $99 USD + free business supplies + free shipping + all the fun being a part of Stampin’ Up! I welcome hobby stampers as well as someone looking to start their own business.
 As always, if you have any questions - please ask!! I would be happy to help you with any of your stamping questions!

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Cinco de Mayo Tablescape Fun!

Every year I pull out my most colorful dishes for Cinco de Mayo!

 We love to celebrate Cinco de Mayo just because we love all the color and food involved!

This year we are having a little fun with this cute little Llama who looks like she likes to celebrate just as much as we do! I found these melamine llama plates at Hobby Lobby and I paired them up with things I already had.  

When I ran across this llama down in Amish Country I knew she would go with my plates! Then I made it a little flowered necklace from some Stampin' Up! cardstock scraps and a few different die cuts, so that she is ready to party with us!

Some bright flowers, cactus and succulents surround the little Llama for my centerpiece.
And what is Cinco de Mayo with out some Dos Equis!
We all need to put a little fun and color in our lives!!  
I hope you find a fun way to add more to your life!


Monday, April 19, 2021

Pansy Petals with New In Colors

 I am showing some of the new products and colors that will be available from the new Stampin' Up! 2021-2022 Annual Catalog starting on May 4th.

It is always fun and exciting to see the new offerings each year!  This catalog did not let me down!! It is filled with gorgeous colors, images and new exciting products!

 Each year Stampin' Up! Introduces 5 new In Colors and retires 5 of the In Colors that were introduced as in colors 2 years ago.  Here are the In Colors for 2021-2023:

Stampin' Up! will keep these 5 colors for 2 years and introduce new designer series papers, trims and embellishments around these colors.  The staple colors stay for much longer so it is always easy to coordinate your colors for your projects.  This makes card making easy - no searching for the right color!

You can see all the new colors at work here in this gorgeous Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper.
The whole Pansy Petals Suite coordinates beautifully together with the dies cutting the pansies out from the DSP.  I chose to cut my leaves out of Evening Evergreen cardstock- I like the embossed detail you get when using the die - however there is a whole page of DSP leaves that could be die cut as well.  The gingham check on the reverse side of three of these pages are my favorite.  I used the new Scalloped Contours dies for the scalloped and stitched rectangle and the scalloped edge.  The Sentiment is from the new Inspired Thoughts stamp set and cut with a die from the Pierced Blooms die set.
With this card I combined the Pale Papaya gingham checks with the same pansy DSP, however I cut my own pansy with the dies and cardstock this time instead of relying on the DSP.  I gave a little shading to my petals with a sponge dauber and some ink.  But you can see how all of the colors mix and match - so the possibilities are endless as to what you can create.
By changing up the background DSP and using the new Fresh Freesia color gives us another combination of these papers and colors.  This time I ran the Fresh Freesia Cardstock through the Tasteful Textile 3d embossing folder to give it that beautiful texture.  The sentiment is from the Very Versailles stamp set.

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek at just a few of the new products being offered in this year's Annual Catalog!!  If you don't have a demonstrator yet and need a catalog - just let me know, I would be happy to hep you out!  The first day to order out of the new catalog will be May 4th.  

In the meantime - my store is open 24/7 for  Last Chance Sale  before many items retire and be sure to check out the  Clearance Rack  for more great deals!!

If you spend anywhere from $35 to $149 - be sure to use my hostess code found at the top right hand column - then I can send you a pack of gems.  Once you spend $150 you get to pick out your own Stampin' Rewards right on your order!!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Masculine Birthday Card - A Cut Above

 This is a fun masculine birthday card for that man who always has the greenest grass and the nicest yard!  We all know that man!!

I am joining the Stamping  INKspirations Blog Hop this month and the theme is Birthday cards!!

I made this card from the A Cut Above stamp set from the Mini Jan- June 2021 Catalog.
He is stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black ink on Basic White Cardstock.  I used the Blending Brushes and Balmy Blue ink to do the sky, the rest of the scene is colored with various Stampin' Blends and cut out with a Stitched Rectangle Die. 

The base of the card is Mossy Meadow, there are two of the Stitched Triangles of Pear Pizzaz and the green plaid is from the Hydrangea Hill DSP.  

I fussy cut some clouds and the sun, colored them with Stampin' Blends and popped them up with Dimensionals.  
On the inside of the card I cut a strip of grass using the retiring Special Day Dies and adhered that across the bottom of my Basic White insert and stamped the sentiment from A Cut Above stamp in Olive Green ink.  
Doesn't he look like he is in his happy place!?!

Now onto many more Birthday Cards by so many talented bloggers!!
Please show your love to these ladies who share all their ideas with you -  we love comments!!
If you have been following along - Chris is up next

I hope you enjoyed my card.
As always, I am here for any questions! My shop is open 24/7 by clicking on my storefront in the right hand column.  The new annual catalogs will be coming out soon with lots of fun and pretty new items - if you do not have a demonstrator and would like a catalog - please let me know!

 - in the mean time be sure to check out the Last Chance Sale. 

Friday, April 2, 2021

Ice Cream You Scream - We all scream for ice cream!! Ice Cream Corner Blog Hop!

 Welcome to the Ice Cream Corner Blog Hop!

You have landed at Corner of Plaid and Paisley!  I am Ann Krucek, from Malvern, Ohio - here with a new project - it is not just a card! I wish we had smellavision because this is a wonderful smelling folio with a scented sachet bag inside! 

I am part of the Ice Cream Corner Blog Hop today and we are showing off anything made with Stampin' Up!'s Ice Cream Corner Suite from the Mini Catalog.  

I was so drawn to this collection at the first sight of this catalog.  I love the colors, the font, the ease of a punch - just a great set!!  And of course - who doesn't like ice cream!

This is such a great set to send a little ice cream gift card for a birthday or thank you, however, I wanted to make a little seat gift for a group of ladies in my Stampin' Up! family who just finished with a weight loss challenge!!!  So I did not think the ice cream gift card was the perfect thing to lay on them at this point.While I was shopping in Kirklands one day - I ran across these sachet bags that reminded me of the Ice Cream Corner Suite. - My little lightbulb went off - perfect - no calorie treat that won't break the bank!!

So I was off to make up a little holder to fit these sachet bags and here is what I came up with.

  • The base of the folio is Pool Party Cardstock cut 7" x 11" and scored at 5 1/4' and again at 5 3/4" to make a book spine
  • The pocket of the folio is a Cinnamon Cider Card Stock cut and scored with the dimensions shown 

  • Score the two short sides and one long side at 1/2" and 1", burnish and fold to make your pocket box.  
  • Adhere with Tear and Tape to the bottom edge of your folio.
  • Cut a piece of long ribbon (I used the Polka Dot Tulle) and adhere it to your folio base- front and back with a little Stampin' Seal.
  • I decorated my folio with Basic White, Cinnamon Cider Cardstock and the Ice Cream Corner DSP - this goes over the top of your ribbon used to tie your folio closed.
  • Cut a scalloped circle and a plain circle for the sentiment and stamped out an Ice Cream Cone adhered that and the sentiment with dimensionals.  I added some of the little paper Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles by just using a dot of glue on the back of each one.
  • A little bit of decoration in the inside with the Oval Occasions on the box holder and a sentiment from Simply Succulents on the left side.  

I hope you enjoyed this sachet holder and hopefully it sparks some ideas for a future project!

Here are a ton of other ideas from the talented bloggers taking part in this Ice Cream Hop- 
Be sure to check them all out!