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Posted on August 16, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies – Cardstock

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Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies – Cardstock.

Let's face it. From time to time, we all get into a rut when it comes to papercrafting. We use the same products in the same way, sometimes very uneconomically. I've been thinking a lot about how I waste or underutilize my supplies and that led to my Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies series that I'll be starting on my blog today! I'll revisit some topics and start a brand new conversation on others. I hope you'll find my topics of interest and value

Today, let's talk about cardstock. How many of you, when measuring for a mat or card layer, just “eyeball it” or, even worse, just take a hunk out of a full sheet, thereby creating ANOTHER scrap piece?  Do you get sick of doing the math over and over again to create proportional matting? Without a doubt, I can say “guilty”!

Here is a template to show you how I cut my card layers and/or scrapbooking photo mats, thereby maximizing cuts in my cardstock and saving time when creating these layers. Each layer is 1/4″ smaller than the next. These are the measurements I use most frequently.

I've also created a short video about proportional matting that I share exclusively with my newsletter subscribers. In the video I actually show you layered pieces of cardstock to give you an actual color visual of this chart.

If you aren't yet a newsletter subscriber, I'd love to have you! Just put your name and email into the box above. You'll get a free gift, in addition to a short series of helpful video tips and techniques. I offer specials, projects, helpful tips and many exclusive features, only for my subscribers!

Don't forget all the August specials going on right now!

Clearance Rack items discounted up to 60%

Carols of Christmas Sneak Peek and Early Release

Monthly Crafting Kit – save 50%

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my first article in “Fresh Eyes On Your Papercrafting Supplies”. If I can help you in any way, please give me a shout!

 

 

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Posted on August 14, 2017

Lovely Words Thinlits Friend Mini Crate

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Projects/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey stampers! Today's project is a Lovely Words Thinlit Friend Mini Crate. I actually whipped this up when I got home from work today. Seriously, it took me less than 30 minutes, start to finish.

I love the Wood Crate Die for making little gifts for my friends, customers and downline. I am over the moon excited that Stampin' Up! will be putting  packages of 3″ x 3″ Whisper White envelopes into the upcoming holiday catalog going live on September 1. It is so easy to create a special notecard using our paper and embellishments. Adding a coordinating envelope is the perfect finishing touch for this Mini Wood Crate Die project.

Let me share how I put this project together.

First, I chose my paper for the little notecard. I picked the Daffodil Delight/Old Olive flower piece from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack for the top layer. I cut a 6″ x 3″piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock for my base, a 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″ piece of Old Olive Cardstock for the next layer, finishing with the DSP on the top. I used a 3″ piece of Daffodil Delight Double-Stitched ribbon (I used the side with little lines; the other side has little x's…TWO choices with one roll of ribbon!) and incorporated the “friend” die from the Lovely Words Thinlits. I cut “friend” out of Dazzling Diamonds Paper and used a Stampin' Sponge to add a little pop of Old Olive ink on top. I used my Paper Snips to cut out the word, rather than leaving it in the frame. These little dies are so versatile! I'm working on a video to show you different ways they can be used.

For the finishing touches to my notecard I found a button in my voluminous collection (yes, I am a button hoarder!) to pop onto the front of the crate and I added a piece of coordinating DSP to the inside of the envelope.

To order any of the supplies used for this project, just click on a picture below.

ps: if you aren't currently using a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours and to send you the new Holiday Catalog. Just shoot me an email with your contact info and I'll get one out to you right away!

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Posted on August 1, 2017

Tuesday Tip – Stampin’ Up! Bonus Days Coupons

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey stampers! Today, in addition to a video and sample, I wanted to share all the buzz about Stampin' Up! Bonus Days Coupons! In case you might be wondering

  • How do I redeem my Bonus Days Coupons?
  • What products should I use for my coupons?
  • When do my Bonus Days Coupons expire?
  • Can I redeem my coupons all at once?
  • Is there a special offer from Stampin' Up! in August?

I've got you covered with answers to all of the above questions!

You may redeem your Bonus Days Coupons on ANY Stampin' Up! product. BUT, I might suggest the brand new Carols of Christmas bundle, which includes the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set and coordinating Card Front Builder Dies).

This is the August special offer–an early release from the upcoming Holiday Catalog (goes live in September). Here are a few samples:

This short video shows you even more!

If you are redeeming your coupon codes with an online order, read these instructions first:

Redemption-NA

There is no limit to the number of coupons you may use during the redemption period, August 1-31. You cannot use your coupons towards a starter kit but you CAN use them towards a new prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription.

Coupon codes are not case sensitive. However, you MUST include the dash in the middle of the code.

I hope my post today gave you some useful info about redeeming your Stampin' Up! Bonus Days Coupons. If you are ready to shop and redeem your coupons, click here.

 

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Posted on July 27, 2017

Coffee Café Bundle ala Pool Party

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Hey stampers! We are making changes to the blog and have run into a couple of snags. Didn't get to post yesterday but enjoy today's Coffee Café Bundle ala Pool Party sample! One of my favorite color combos is brown and blue. Stampin' Up! has several of these tones from which to choose, but Pool Party and Early Espresso are still two of my favorites!

This is a simple card, but the coordinating Designer Series Paper and Ribbon certainly add the “pretty” factor!

Watch short video that shows you some fun tips and tricks for using this bundle!

Below I've included instructions, including cutting dimensions, for today's project. You can order any of the products used for this project by clicking a picture below.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Coffee Cafe (143677)
  • Inks: Early Espresso (126974), Crumb Cake (126975) & Pool, Party (126982) Classic Stampin’ Pads
  • Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Early Espresso (119686) & Whisper White (100730) Card stock; Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (144155)
  • Accessories: 5/8” Burlap Ribbon (141487), Soft Sky 3/8” Classic Weave Ribbon (144160)
  • Other: SNAIL Adhesive (104332) OR Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026), Big Shot (143263), Coffee Cups Framelits (143745), Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372), Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122234), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)

Measurements:

  • Crumb Cake: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, scored and folded at 4-1/4”
  • Coffee Break DSP: 5-1/4” x 4” (make sure that you cut it so that the chevron pattern runs down the front of the card)
  • Early Espresso: 3-1/2” x 3-1/2”
  • Whisper White: 2 x 5-1/4” x 4” (one for the inside of the card, and the second for stamping/die cutting)
  • Burlap and Soft Sky Ribbons: 5” for each piece

Instructions:

    1. Using the Pool Party ink, stamp the wood grain cup image on Whisper White cardstock. Leaving space between the images, stamp the cup lid on the same piece of cardstock, using Crumb Cake ink. Stamp the frame image using Crumb Cake ink, and the sentiment inside of the stamped frame using Early Espresso ink.
    2. Using your Big Shot and the Coffee Cups Framelits, die cut the cup, lid and wrapper. Using the largest circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits, die cut a circle from the Early Espresso card stock.
    3. Glue the wrapper to the cup, and the lid to the cup using SNAIL or Fast Fuse adhesive.
    4. Wrap the Soft Sky ribbon around the Coffee Break DSP, about 1” above the bottom of the paper, and glue on the back. Wrap the Burlap ribbon overtop, leaving about 2/3” of the Soft Sky showing on the bottom, adhering them on the back. *Note* Fast Fuse is a good adhesive for this so that you’re sure that they don’t come off.
    5. Using your Paper Trimmer, cut about 1/2” off of one side of the Early Espresso circle. Adhere the circle to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere the stamped coffee cup to the Early Espresso circle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
    6. Stamp the coffee bean image 3 times in the bottom right corner of the other piece of Whisper White cardstock. Glue to the inside of the card.

For every $50 you spend July 1-31 (before tax and shipping) you'll get a $5 Bonus Days Coupon that you can use during August! Shop now.

Join the Stampin' Up! Family and my Girls, INK team In July and you'll get all the following freebies with your starter kit:

I would love for you to join my Girls, INK team HERE

Thanks for popping in to see the Coffee Café Bundle ala Pool Party. Happy stamping!

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Posted on July 25, 2017

Coffee Café Life Happens Coffee Helps

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Hey stampers! I am loving our “coffee” suite of products; so many choices for cute projects! I've titled today's project Coffee Café Life Happens Coffee Helps.

This little holder can be filled with any kind of treats and the recipient will be thrilled to dive right in!

Instructions follow below. You can click on any picture to go right to my ordering site to shop for any products you might need.

We are re-vamping a few things here on the blog so things might look “out of whack” for a day or two but we'll be back to normal soon!

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Coffee Café (143677)
  • Card Stock – Early Expresso (119686); Shimmery White (101910)
  • Stamp Pads – Old Olive (126953)
  • Misc. – Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (144155); 6” Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon (144196); Tombow adhesive (110755); 2” circle punch (133782); 1 ¾” circle punch (119850)

Measurements:

  • Card Stock: Early Expresso 2 ½ x 2 ½”; Shimmery White 2 x 2”; DSP 6 x 6”,

Instructions:

    1. Fold 6 x 6” Designer Paper in half – corner to corner.
    2. With the point folded towards the top, fold the left hand side to meet the right.
    3. Fold in the right side to meet the left.
    4. Fold the top corner over.
    5. Stamp the greeting in Old Olive ink onto the Shimmery White cardstock. Punch out with 1 ¾” circle punch.
    6. Punch 2” circle out of Early Expresso.
    7. Fold ribbon in half and attach to back of Early Expresso circle. Layer greeting on top and adhere all layers to the front of the treat pack.
    8. Fill with treat!

Hope you enjoyed my Coffee Café Life Happens Coffee Helps sample today! If you missed yesterday's, click here.

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