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Posted on November 2, 2017

Christmas Wishes with Merry Mistletoe

Paper crafting/ Projects

Happy Thursday friends! Now that Halloween is over, you know what that means, right? Time to start thinking about Christmas cards! I drove by one of our local malls yesterday and a big crane was setting up an enormous lighted and decorated tree. My first reaction was to scream NOOOO!!!!!! It's not even Thanksgiving yet. But, I know the holidays will creep up on all of us (this happens every year, right?!) so I want to start giving you some card and other project ideas over the next few weeks. Today I'm sharing Christmas Wishes with Merry Mistletoe.

Christmas Wishes with Merry Mistletoe

If you typically send out a lot of cards to friends and family, I think you'll love this simple design. Only one stamp set is used, and just a few other products.

I'll share the instructions below but let me give you a few time-saving tips when making this card, or any other card for that matter.

  • Assemble all your card “ingredients” first. Just like when you bake for the holidays, typically you pull out the recipe and make sure you have all the necessary items before you start. Don't forget envelopes!
  • Cut all your paper at one time and put into individual stacks, then into a ziploc bag. Once you get ready to assemble, you'll have all the paper pieces ready. The bag helps to keep them clean and organized. I typically go on a crafting retreat before the holidays to work on my cards and this system helps me get right down to business.
  • Do all of your stamping at one time. Be sure you have re-inked your stamp pads ahead of time so you will get a clean, crisp stamped image.
  • If you are using embellishments or ribbon, be sure to check ahead of time to make sure you have enough for every card.

Merry Mistletoe instructions, including measurements

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsMerry Mistletoe (143655)
  • Card Stock – Be Merry (144111), Whisper White (100730), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Garden Green (102584)
  • Stamp Pads – Cherry Cobbler (126966), Garden Green (126973)
  • Misc. – Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL adhesive (104332), 1 3/4” circle punch (119850), Regals Enamel Dots (141681)

Measurements:

  • Be Merry: 3 1/2” x 5 1/2”; 2 3/4” x 4”
  • Whisper White: 1 1/2” x 3 1/2”; 2” square; scraps for trees
  • Cherry Cobbler: 1 3/4” x 3 1/2”
  • Garden green: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”

Instructions:

Create Garden Green card base. Adhere two pieces of Be Merry paper using SNAIL adhesive.

Ink phrase using Cherry Cobbler Ink and stamp onto Whisper White strip. Adhere to Cherry Cobbler strip and then to card front using SNAIL.

Stamp two trees using Garden Green ink and cut out using paper snips.

Punch Whisper White circle. Adhere two trees to circle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere circle to card front using SNAIL.

To complete card add two Garden Green enamel dots.

If I can help you with this card or you'd like to schedule “creative session” to brainstorm ideas for YOUR perfect card, just shoot me an email and we'll get busy!

 

 

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Posted on October 19, 2017

It’s Mum Season Here in Texas!

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Projects

Hello stampers! It's Mum Season Here in Texas! And I don't mean live, growing mums, rather Homecoming mums! Now, I have to confess. I am from California and we had lovely wrist corsages for our Homecoming activities. So, when we moved to Texas and I started hearing about “mums” for Homecoming, I was perplexed. Then, when I started seeing pictures of these “monster mums”, I couldn't imagine spending hundreds of dollars on these things, every year Freshman-Senior.

Fast forward a few years. I now have a grandson who is a senior in high school and I volunteered to make his girlfriend's mum. Of course, then she wanted me to make his “garter”mum. My grandson hung the moon so of course I eagerly said yes! My daughter in law came over on Sunday and we put together the one for girlfriend. Oh, did I mention we each have hot glue gun injuries on our fingers? But, I digress. It isn't about me, it's about these two awesome seniors and making their homecoming day fabulous!

It's Mum Season Here in Texas!

What do you think? Of course I integrated some Stampin' Up! embellishments, the Mini Gift Bows, available in the Holiday Catalog.

https://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=144127

I also punched circle shapes to add some contrast to the letters I used. All that's missing now is attaching pictures in wee little frames and also some blinkie lights…who knew?? 🙂

The BEST part of this is Micaela (girlfriend) had never heard of Stampin' Up! and she loves papercrafting! I told her I would help with a senior scrapbook for her. Who knew that one little rubber stamp would be the beginning of all this! I love what I do!

If you might be interested in finding out a little bit more about the benefits of having your own Stampin' Up! business, check out a little bit more about me and my team, Girls, INK.

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Posted on September 13, 2017

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 – Spooky Night DSP

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Projects

Hey stampers! I hope you've been enjoying my weekly posts giving you some fresh ideas for Halloween.  Today's project is 12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 – Spooky Night DSP. If you don't send out Halloween cards, you can easily convert this design to put on a treat bag or box.

12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 - Spooky Night DSP

Let me give you several tips from this card that will work for any season or holiday and save you money and/ or time.

  • Use small bits of DSP (Designer Series Paper) to make your pack go farther.
  • Use punched out or “fussy cut” images (like the witch's hat) as your focal point instead of stamping.
  • Stamp your sentiment on a small piece of coordinating cardstock and punch out. SO many of my “perfectionist” customers stress out about an image being straight when stamped right on the card itself. Using the punch technique, you'll save yourself stress and you'll throw away less cardstock!
  • Instead of tying a bow or knot, tack your piece of ribbon under each end on your top layer. You'll save on both ribbon AND postage when mailing your cards!

Here are the instructions, including supplies for this card. If you need to order anything to make some of these, just click on a picture.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSpooky Cat (144701)
  • Card Stock –Thick Very Vanilla (144237); Basic Black (121045); Pumpkin Pie (105117) Very Vanilla (101650)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black (140931)
  • Misc.– Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (144610); Vintage Crochet Trim (144611); Classic Label Punch (141491); Banner Triple Punch (138292); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Mini Stampin' Dimensionals ( 144108); Snail (104332)

Measurements:

  • Thick Very Vanilla: 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″
  • Very Vanilla: 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  • Basic Black: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Pumpkin Pie: 3-3/4″ x 5″ and 1″ x 3″
  • Spooky Night Designer Series Paper: four different prints,
  • cut two of them 3/4″ x 4-1/4″ and cut the other two 3/4″ x 4-1/2″
  • Vintage Crochet Trim: 5″

 

Instructions:

  1. Make banners out of each piece of Spooky Night Designer Series Paper with the Banner Triple Punch. Attach the banners to the Pumpkin Pie cardstock with Snail.
  2. Wrap the Vintage Crochet Trim over the banners and Pumpkin Pie cardstock securing it on the back side with Mini Glue Dots.
  3. Stamp Hat in Basic Black Ink on 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut out by hand. Attach hat with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  4. Stamp Happy Halloween in Basic Black Ink on 1″ x 3″ piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and punch out with Classic Label Punch. Attach sentiment with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. Attach the Pumpkin Pie card front to the Basic Black piece and attach these layers to the front of the Thick Very Vanilla card base which has been folded on the score line.

Thanks for stopping by today and joining me for 12 Weeks Of Halloween Week 4 – Spooky Night DSP. If you've missed the other weeks, click here for Week 1 and then follow to the next.

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Posted on September 11, 2017

Remember Fallen Heroes With Loyal & True

Holidays / Special Days/ People/ Projects

Hey Stampers! Today is a sobering day; it doesn't seem possible 16 years have passed since the horrible events of September 11, 2001. Today I wanted to remember fallen heroes with Loyal & True sample.

Remember Fallen Heroes With Loyal & True

This card was made by my friend Karen Finkle, who is a demonstrator in N. Ft. Myers, Florida. Karen's husband, Perry, valiantly served in Vietnam and is currently battling cancer. This sweet couple has sacrificed so much and I wanted to publicly thank them and showcase some of Karen's work. (side note: they are directly in the path of Hurricane Irma and can't evacuate because of Perry's treatment; they would appreciate your prayers).

Grateful doesn't begin to say enough of how thankful I am to live here. I thank God every day for the men and women who faithfully serve whether in our military at home and around the world, or as first responders who selflessly act in emergencies, such as the horrific events of 9/11. My husband worked as a paramedic for years and was first on the scene to many accidents and other emergencies. We vividly remember living through the October 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake in California; he running calls and me at home with the kids.

So, please join me today in thanking someone you know who faithfully serves. And, I thought it would be appropriate to include this wonderful song by Lee Greenwood.

Thanks for stopping by today and helping me to Remember Fallen Heroes With Loyal & True. I'll see you tomorrow with a Double Embossing Technique Dragonfly Dreams sample!

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Posted on September 8, 2017

Merry Patterns Stamp Set – Exclusive for September and October Only!

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Projects

Merry Patterns Stamp Set – Exclusive for September and October Only!

Happy Friday friends! Even with the short holiday work week, I'm tired and ready for a fun-filled stampin' weekend! I know I'm going to be creating with this awesome new set.

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

It's a good one that you can't buy, BUT you can get it for free!

The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to this promotion and will not be available after October 31. But, that means there are two months for you to get it!

Let me tell you how you can get it…did I mention it's FREE?

There are a few ways to reach $300 in orders to receive this free stamp set. Of course, you can place a $300 order yourself (I'm sure there are one or two things you “need” from the new Holiday Catalog). You could also collect a few orders from friends (they also have a Holiday Catalog Wish List, right?) and put them together to reach $300. I can easily set up a Host Code for you so that orders can be placed online and delivered right to your guests AND you will get the regular Stampin' Rewards and this awesome free stamp set!

Hold On…there's more! You will also receive these two completed projects in the mail as an extra thank you gift from me!

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

 

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

The offer for the FREE stamp set is for September and October. My additional 2 free projects will be mailed to you when you place your order in SEPTEMBER. 

Oh, one more cool thing about this set. You can stamp the candles image in fun, bright colors to make birthday cards…

Merry Patterns Stamp Set - Exclusive for September and October Only!

in addition to seasonal cards now! This Merry Patterns Stamp set truly ROCKS!

Thanks for popping in today and I hope your weekend will be filled with crafting fun!

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