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Posted on January 6, 2018

#CaribbeanARTadventure2018 Starts NOW!

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#CaribbeanARTadventure Starts NOW! My friends have gone on these cruises a few times and they finally convinced me to go! We are leaving to drive down to Galveston today and tomorrow we board our Royal Caribbean ship, Liberty of the Seas. Seven days of fun, crafting and sun await us!

#CaribbeanARTadventure Starts NOW!

The most exciting part of this trip for me is the fun new papercrafting techniques I’ll be learning AND will share with all of you when I return. One of the projects is a 3D adirondack chair; how cute will that be!!

My plan is to post each day (internet willing) so you can journey along with us!

One of the swaps for the trip is a tag swap; check out this awesome idea. Think I’ll definitely make some of these after collecting sand for our beach stops!

#CaribbeanARTadventure Starts NOW!

Oh…remember Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration is in full swing and there are so many freebies awaiting you as you shop, party, or join the SU family!

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Posted on December 13, 2017

Where Are You Christmas?

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Can you believe Christmas is almost here! I’ve been listening to Christmas songs during the day while I work. We do all sorts of fun things at our office, including cube decorations. Our Underwriting gang is doing a “Grinch” theme and I am loving it!

Where Are You CHristmas?

Have you seen this movie? Brings tears to my eyes every time I hear this Faith Hill, Where Are You Christmas?, one of the songs from the movie.

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I think this song captures the best moment in the movie, when the Grinch’s heart became full of love and spilled over to the folks in Who-ville.

Love. Isn’t that what Christmas is really all about? Yes, the presents with glittery bows, the smell of Christmas cookies baking in the oven, spending time with family and friends are all wonderful. Who doesn’t love shaking that special present under the tree in hopeful anticipation? The joy in my grand-cherubs eyes brings ME much joy, too. But truly, without love, where would we be?

If you’ll indulge me for another moment, I want to share a couple of pictures from our Girls, INK Christmas party last night. My heart is always so full after our annual party. Even though not everyone could attend, it truly is an evening filled with laughter and love. We come from different places, all joined Stampin’ Up! for different reasons, but we truly love each other and what we do!

Where Are You Christmas?

Where Are You Christmas?

Love. Yes, my heart is full of love this season. I have wonderful family and friends whom I dearly love and love me. And, I believe, I have an even greater love. The love of God in the love of His son Jesus. Indeed I am truly blessed.

Love. I wish lots of love to you and your families as we head into this Christmas season. Thanks for stopping by today!

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Posted on November 17, 2017

Off To Barcelona and Online Extravaganza

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Hi stampers and Happy Friday! I hope many of you were able to reserve Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous new stamp positioning tool, Stamparatus. This will take your stamping to a new level for sure! If you weren’t able to get into this first reservation time, no worries. Another pre-order window will open on December 5. Of course, I’ll share all the details in plenty of time for you to be in the know. Dave and I will be off on a fun vacation so today’s post, Off To Barcelona and Online Extravaganza, will have an eclectic flair!

Off To Barcelona and Online Extravaganza

Every year SU has some great Black Friday deals, and this year is NO different! From November 20 through November 26 at 11:59 PM, you will find some fantastic discounts on many popular stamp sets. Some will only be available during the first 24 hours, so I’ve included a list for you to print out and keep by your computer. I don’t want you to miss anything!

Online Extravaganza Deals

NEW this year,  Stampin’ Up! is offering a special 24-hour flash sale on November 27th, after other Online Extravaganza deals end on the 26th. Stay tuned for more info on that as soon as I have all the scoop. While I won’t be posting as often as I do now, I will have internet access and plan to post our trip adventures and any important SU news! I’ll also be posting different things on social media so you’ll want to follow me on Facebook and feel free to send me an email if you need anything! To get to my online store click here (The extravaganza deals won’t show up until November 24).

I wanted to share a little info today about the wonderful city of Barcelona, and some of the places we will be visiting while there. We have rented the same AirBnB that we stayed in last year after our Stampin’ Up! Mediterranean Cruise Incentive Trip. Hope you enjoy!

Off To Barcelona and Online Extravaganza

Off To Barcelona and Online Extravaganza

Off To Barcelona and Online Extravaganza

This city is filled with so much history. We are so excited to be returning!

Fun info about Barcelona

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Posted on November 13, 2017

Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

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Hey Stampers! Busy weekend for us, getting ready for our vacation to Spain. We were blessed to earn the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip to the Mediterranean last year and we spent a few extra days in Barcelona. We decided right there and then, we would be going back this year. Spain is home to many fabulous vineyards so today’s card “Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full?” seems totally appropriate, don’t you agree?

Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

I am definitely a “purple queen” so Rich Razzleberry fit the bill for this card! Notice the shading on the wine bottles and inside the glasses. Our new Stampin’ Blends markers make this so very easy. My preferred coloring style is to lay down the lighter color first, and then highlight with the darker shade. Each marker has both a light and dark shade. You can also mix and match colors for another effect.

Here’s a short video that explains some of the features and benefits.

The next video shows you some of the basics of blending with the new markers.

 

I also have short Facebook LIVE video about a special gift I have for everyone who orders the full set of available Blends from me! I’ve already given several out and the ladies LOVE it! You can also order the new Stampin’ Blends as part of a starter kit and get all of them for only $99 plus tax and shipping is FREE! Check out my Girls, INK team. Any questions about this, please give me a shout.

In case you have some “winey” friends (haha), here are the instructions so you can send out to your buddies! All supplies may be ordered anytime at my online store.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Half Full (144996)
  • Card Stock: Whisper White (100730); Rich Razzleberry (115316)
  • Stamp Pads: Rich Razzleberry (126950); Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)
  • Misc: Stampin’ Blends: Rich Razzleberry Dark (144583) Light (144584), Old Olive Dark (144573), Light(144574), Ivory (144606), Cherry Cobbler Dark (144575), Bronze (144607); Wink of Stella (141897); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Foam Adhesive Strips (141825)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White: 5” x 3 3/4”; 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”; 4” x 5 1/4” for the inside.
  • Rich Razzleberry: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” scored at 4 1/4”

Instructions:

  1. Score and fold the Rich Razzleberry card base at 4 1/4” and adhere the 4” x 5 1/4” piece inside.
  2. Stamp the sentiment in the upper right of the 5” x 3 3/4” panel and adhere it to the front of the card.
  3. On the remaining piece of Whisper White, stamp two wine bottles and two glasses and the grapes from the corner of the wine tag.
  4. With the Stampin’ Blends, color one wine bottle in Old Olive with a Cherry Cobbler top and the other wine bottle with Rich Razzleberry and Bronze top. Color the wine glasses with Rich Razzleberry and Ivory. Stamp the grapes with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive.
  5. Fussy cut the pieces as shown. Add Foam adhesive strips to the bottles and Stampin’ Dimensionals to the glasses and grapes.
  6. Place the pieces on the card as shown.
  7. Add Wink of Stella to the bottle tops, the wine and the grapes.
  8. On the inside panel (not shown here), stamp a row of the small wine glasses and color with the Ivory and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends. If desired, add the sentiment “May your Glass Always be Half Full.”

 

 

 

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Posted on November 10, 2017

Vellum Embossing Tip – Cheers to the Year Wedding

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Hey stampers! One year ago tomorrow, our daughter married the love of her life. I truly can’t believe a whole year has passed; I wish we were just getting ready for the wedding so I could enjoy it all over again…ha! Since that isn’t possible, I have a wedding project to share with you. Also, a Vellum Embossing Tip – Cheers to the Year Wedding card.

Vellum Embossing Tip - Cheers to the Year Wedding

2 tips to think about when using vellum. First, since adhesive will show through the vellum layer, be sure to hide it under an embellishment (such as a button or rhinestone) or use ribbon to adhere vellum layer to card . Second, as in today’s project, when you stamp on vellum, be sure to use your heat tool to “set” the ink. Even better, emboss your sentiment and then you can be sure the ink will not smudge.

Here are the instructions for the card. If you would like to make it, all the supplies can be purchased at my online store.

Supplies:

  • Stamps – Cheers to the Year-144925 w, 144928 c
  • Stampin’ Up Paper– Thick Whisper White-140272, Whisper White-100730, Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper-144640, Champagne Foil-144748 (from Year of Cheer Suite, page 36 of 2017 Holiday catalogue), Vellum cardstock-101856
  • Stampin’ Up Ink– Basic Black-140931
  • Other Stampin’ Up Supplies and Tools– Sweetheart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder-143705, Big Shot, Sweet & Sassy Framelits-141707, Banner Triple Punch-138292, Pearls Basics Jewels-144219, Stampin’ Dimensionals-104430, SNAIL Adhesive-104332, Mini Glue Dots- 103683, Heat Tool- 129053

Measurements:

  • Whisper White Thick- 4.25”x11”, scored at 5.5”
  • Champagne Foil Sheet- 4”x 5.25”, plus piece for die cutting
  • Year of Cheer DSP- 3.75” x 5”
  • Whisper White- small piece for die cutting
  • Vellum- about 1” x 4” strip

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut and score the Thick Whisper White cardstock.
  2. Add the Champagne Foil sheet with SNAIL Adhesive to the card front.
  3. Run the Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper through the Big Shot in the Sweetheart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder– making sure to keep the heart centered. Adhere this embossed layer to the Champagne Foil sheet with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  4. Then, cut a piece of Champagne Foil sheet with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits to create the large heart.
  5. Cut a smaller heart from a piece of Whisper White cardstock to fit on top with a smaller heart die.
  6. Stamp the Mr & Mrs from the Cheers to the Year stamp set in Basic Black ink on the Whisper White heart.
  7. On the strip of Vellum Cardstock, stamp the supporting greeting with Basic Black ink and heat set with the Heat Tool so it doesn’t smudge. Trim ends with the Triple Banner Punch.
  8. Adhere the hearts to the debossed heart on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  9. Add the vellum over top with some Mini Glue Dots, then hide the glue dots with some Pearls Basics Jewels.

 

If you like to take classes but find yourself too busy, my Facebook LIVE classes are a great solution. You can pop in for the live class, or watch later at your convenience. My latest class is coming up on November 16 at 7:00 pm CST and I’ll be making three projects with the Quilted Christmas Bundle.

 

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