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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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Posted on November 8, 2017

Ladies Night Out Fall Workshop

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Hey stampers! Today I wanted to give you a peek inside my recent Ladies Night Out Fall Workshop. These events provide fun, make and take projects,, fellowship and, of course, plenty of food! This one was hosted by one of my longtime customers. She likes to get her friends together once a quarter so I can show them all the latest Stampin' Up! products and techniques.

Ladies Night Out Fall Workshop Ladies Night Out Fall Workshop Ladies Night Out Fall Workshop Ladies Night Out Fall Workshop

Doesn't this look like so much fun?!!

Another way you can stamp with me in a fun way is to take one of my Facebook LIVE classes! You can join me as I am teaching, or watch anytime at your convenience. Once you purchase the class, you have lifetime access! My latest class, Christmas Quilt Cards, will teach you three different cards using this fantastic new bundle. Here are the projects I will teach:

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See more info about my Facebook LIVE event and register HERE.

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Posted on October 20, 2017

Fall is the Perfect Time for a Stampin’ Up! Swap

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I think Fall is the perfect time for a Stampin' Up! Swap. Last night, some of my team members, customers and some other “crafty friends” got together for our monthly Swap Your Heart Out card exchange. This time our theme was cards with buttons. When we exchange cards, we make one for each participant. Here is my “haul”:

I love all of the fall themed cards and the variety. My card is the button ornament one at the bottom.

Now I have to confess something straight up…I am a button hoarder. My craft room is filled with buttons and I cannot possibly use them all in even two lifetimes. So when this month's swap hostess chose cards with buttons as her theme, my heart literally skipped a beat. WHAT? I'm going to have to part with some of my treasures? There were 12 ladies in the swap this time so I had to use SIXTY of my precious stash…GASP!

I'm happy to say I survived and still have plenty to use on new creations!

Thanks for popping in today and have a fabulous weekend!

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