Monday, June 8, 2020

Celebrate Sunflowers - Let's Celebrate You Video Tutorial

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share a couple cards that I made a few weeks ago using the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set and matching dies.  I also shared on the video tutorial a few more tips on using your Stampin' Blends to their fullest.  Here is a look at both cards that I made using this bundle.  


Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle, 2020-2022 In Color Cardstock Assortment, For Every Season Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

Tips & Tricks:  

The Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle includes the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set and the Sunflowers Dies.  Create realistic sunflower images you stamp with the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set, then cut them out using the Sunflowers Dies.  The Celebrate Sunflower stamp set features the wonderful script font and the great line art images of the sunflowers and leaves that allow you to use your favorite coloring media.  Did you know that you could get this bundle FREE until June 30, 2020 when you joined my team?  Yes, you can add the Celebrate Sunflower Bundle to your starter kit this month for FREE.  I will tell you more on that a little later in this post.  

Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle, 2020-2022 In Color Cardstock Assortment, For Every Season Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

I stamped my sunflowers with Tuxedo Black ink on Thick Whisper White Cardstock and then colored them using my Stampin' Blends.  When I use my Stampin' Blends I usually always stamp my images on the Thick Whisper White Cardstock because the thicker paper allows for more ink to be applied to the paper which allows more pigment to be put down.  This in turns allows for a much brighter result with the coloring. 

 Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle, 2020-2022 In Color Cardstock Assortment, For Every Season Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

The first card I made using the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle; I used a Cinnamon Cider card base.  And added the Sunflower pattern paper from the Forevery Season Designer Series Paper Pack.  I used the reverse side of the same piece of paper for the Misty Moonlight polka-dot pattern.  This pack of designer series paper not only has flowers for every season in the designs but it also features the new 2020-2022 Stampin' Up! In Colors (Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Bumblebee, Magenta Madness, Misty Moonlight) and has a little Whisper White and Poppy Parade in it as well.  I used the Sunflower dies to cut out each sunflower before adding them to my card.  I also cut out the sentiment using the Tasteful Label Dies.  I added a little of the Just Jade Gingham Ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo pack on the front to add a little country feel.  

Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle, 2020-2022 In Color Cardstock Assortment, For Every Season Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

I recreated the card for my video tutorial but decided to change up the color scheme and use only one sunflower.  I wanted to see just how much doing a few little changes would or would not change the feeling of the card.  So I used Magenta Madness as my card base along with a little So Saffron Cardstock.  I colored the sunflower this time using just So Saffron Stampin' Blends and colored the center in Soft Suede.  I didn't do as much layering of the color this time.  And this was the result.  

Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle, 2020-2022 In Color Cardstock Assortment, For Every Season Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

I also picked a different pattern from the Flowers for Every Season Designer Series Paper Pack and added the layers onto So Saffron Cardstock mats.  I stamped the sunflower with tuxedo black ink still so that I could color it with my Stampin' blends.  I added the label and die cut sunflower the same way with a few Stampin' Dimensionals to give both a little lift.  Instead of the Gingham ribbon this time I added a little Magenta Madness Ribbon instead.  

Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle, 2020-2022 In Color Cardstock Assortment, For Every Season Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

Video Tutorial: 


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I mentioned above that you could add the Celebrate Sunflower Bundle to your Starter Kit for FREE this month when you join my team.  Well I am going to tell you just how you can do that.  Stampin' Up! decided to do a great starter kit promotion this month.  They are allowing you to pick in bundle in the new catalog for free in addition to the $125 you can already pick in your starter kit for only $99.  So depending on the bundle that you picked that can increase the value of your starter kit by fifty something dollars.  If you added the Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle as your free bundle of choice that would bring the already great value of your starter kit to $176.25 and that's not even counting the free Paper Pumpkin kit, catalogs, and business tools that will come inside your kit.  Making the value of your kit around $264.25 for only $99.  If that's not a great deal to join for you when you become part of my Kinsmon Crafters you will have access to training, monthly team Zoom meetings, my Creative Stampers Tutorial Bundle for free, and access to all my class tutorials as well each month, you become part of a wonderful stamping family, and community of like minded crafters.  

With this great joining special you can pick any bundle as I mentioned above in case you are not a sunflower person.  You get to pick any stamp and tool bundle you would like to add.  Plus you pick out the contents of your starter kit!  So, you get the $125 worth of wonderful new products in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog that you have already picked out on your shopping list for the $99 price.  Then you get to shop with at least a 20% discount on all your orders while you are a demonstrator.  How even better is that.  

Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you have a wonderful day.  The new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog went live on June 3, and all the products I used on my cards can now be ordered.  You will find all the items that I used today listed in the Shopping list below.  


If you would like to earn those items on your Shopping list for free this week shop my BOGO Sale and shop from my exclusive retiring products and earn your new products for FREE.  The BOGO sale ends on Thursday so there's still time to shop.  Click here to join the private Facebook group.  

Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 


Use the Host Code on any order of $50 (before taxes & shipping) or more during the month and receive a gift from me in June as a Thank You. If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the host code.  You will forfeit your Stampin' Rewards if you do; and I want you to get those rewards.


If you place any size order with me during the month of June, you will receive the June Creative Stampers Tutorial Bundle from me as a little thank you.  This month's tutorial bundle features twelve Masculine themed projects.  All the products used can be found in the new 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  The Creative Stampers Tutorial Bundle can either be earned for FREE with any size order or Can be purchased for $20 from me.

Stampin' Up! Shopping List: 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

It's a Catalog Launch Party!!!!!


Today's the day the new 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog goes live.  I am hosting an all day launch party on my Facebook Business Page to launch the new catalog.  During today you will find all types of posts today to kick off the new catalog.  I will be doing a Catalog walk through at 9 am this morning over there as well as posting every hour or so with other videos, pictures, and a ordering special.  So you will will want to check it all out.  

If you want to join me at 9 am CST and have a look at the catalog please join me over on my business page.  I will be sharing tips and tricks about the new catalog as well as sharing some of my favorite new products.  

If you don't have a catalog you can download the PDF version here.  And a copy of the new Beginners Brochure that has a lot of great stuff not just for the new crafter but some great ideas for anyone by clicking here.  

As of this post the website is currently down as they transition to the new catalog and should be up no latter than 12 noon MT today.  

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Many Mates and Flowers for Every Season Shirt and Tie Card for The Spot Challenge #113

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you my card for this week’s challenge over at The Spot.  The challenge is all about Masculine themed projects.  I created a fun little card that is perfect for Father's Day, that special man in your life’s birthday, or for an anniversary.  Or just because you want to give him a fun card.  So, knowing this I wanted to create a fun and special card for this week’s challenge.  So, I created a Shirt & Tie Card using new products from the 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  Here is a look at my card.  


I mean really what is more perfect than a shirt and tie for a card for a masculine event or holiday.  Did you know that last year there was about $12-16 Billion dollars spent on Father’s Day gifts last year and a large portion of that were on ties and dress shirts?  So, when not make a fun necktie and dress shirt card to give as well.  It really is not as hard as you may think.  On my card today I used a piece of Whisper White Cardstock cut at 4 x 5 ¼.  At the top of my Whisper White piece I scored it at 5/8” and then lined it up in my trimmer and cut in along the 5/8” score line one inch on both sides.  Next I lined it up on my grid paper at 0 (with 2” on both sides of the line) and folded in the cut lines to the center.  This is how I made the collar of my shirt.  


To make the necktie I used a 4 x 4 score of the For Every Seasons Designer Series Paper.  I folded this in half from corner to corner to make a seam in the middle of the tie.  Then opened it back up and folded in the outside edges to the center line.  Then with a little more folding I created the floral tie that you see here.  I like pretty much any tie and I thought that this pack of paper would make some great ones.  I picked the one with the Misty Moonlight flowers since I planned on using Misty Moonlight Cardstock for my card base.  


I attached my tie to my shirt with a few Mini Glue Dots on the back side.  To secure the collar in place I used two Stampin’ Dimensionals on both sides stacked on top of each other.  The two stacked were the perfect height to make the collar stand up and fit the top of the tie under.  
I stamped the sentiment from Many Mates on the right-hand side of the shirt where the pocket would be in Misty Moonlight Classic Ink.  I know you are wondering how I stamped in Misty Moonlight since it is not out yet.  Well, we got a Misty Moonlight Stampin’ Spot in the May Paper Pumpkin Kit, otherwise I could not have.  


To finish off my card I used a couple of the 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots as buttons on the collar.  I then attached the shirt onto my 4 ¼ x 11 Misty Moonlight Card base.  I added another piece of Whisper White cardstock to the inside of my card for a personal message.  Now my card is ready to go.  Thanks for dropping by today.  All the new products you have seen today will be available starting on Wednesday this week.  You will find a full list of all the supplies that I used on my card today in the Shopping List below.  Here is a look at the inspiration image from this week’s challenge.  We would love for you to play along with us over at the Spot this week.  You can click on the image below to see what the other design team members came up with.  


Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 


Use the Host Code on any order of $50 (before taxes & shipping) or more during the month and receive a gift from me in June as a Thank You. If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the host code.  You will forfeit your Stampin' Rewards if you do; and I want you to get those rewards.


If you place any size order with me during the month of June, you will receive the June Creative Stampers Tutorial Bundle from me as a little thank you.  This month's tutorial bundle features twelve Masculine themed projects.  All the products used can be found in the new 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.  The Creative Stampers Tutorial Bundle can either be earned for FREE with any size order or Can be purchased for $20 from me.

Stampin' Up! Shopping List: