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Posted on August 22, 2016

#HelloLovely

Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting/ Project Life by Stampin' Up!

The Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection has so many beautiful choices, whether you want to create a memory album or whip up a bunch of cards in no time!

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All of these gorgeous cards were made with different sized cards from the collection and mounted on coordinating cardstock. You’ll notice each one also has some linen thread tied around to create a finished look. The stamped sentiments are all from the Watercolor Words Stamp set.

If you’ve never heard of Project Life by Stampin’ Up!, you’ll want to check it out. I promise, if you’ve said any of these phrases to yourself at least once:

  • I would love to make handmade cards, but I’m not creative
  • I don’t have time to craft
  • I am on a budget and can’t spend tons of money on supplies
  • I don’t have room to store craft “stuff”

I have the perfect solution: #PLxSU…..Stampin’ Up! even has holiday themed card collections and accessory packs. Why not order now and get a jump on your holiday cards and/or photo organization – you’ll be glad you did! Complete instructions are below and just click on any photo to go right to my online store.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets – Watercolor Words #138702
  • Card Stock – Crumb Cake #120953, Soft Sky #131203
  • Stamp Pads – VeraMark #102283
  • Misc. – Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection #141668, Linen Thread #104199, Copper Embossing Powder #141636, Embossing Buddy #103083, Heat Gun #129053, Multipurpose Liquid Glue #110755, Dimensionals #104430.

Measurements:

  • Crumb Cake Card Stock (Card Base)– trim to about 1/16″ larger than Soft Sky layer (or to a larger border if you choose)
  • Soft Sky Card Stock (layer under for card front)– trim to about 1/16″ larger than Project Life card
  • Trim Hello Lovely Project Life large card – Wreath (Card Front) to 4″ x 5 1/2″

Instructions:

  1. Dust the Wreath Hello Lovely Project Life Card (PL)with the Embossing Buddy (this will assure the Embossing Powder goes on cleanly).
  2. Stamp the ‘Just for you’ sentiment in VersaMark into the center of the Wreath Hello Lovely Project Life card. (Pre –trim this card as per measurements above.)
  3. Cover the Wreath Hello Lovely PL card with Copper Embossing Powder and set with your Heat Tool.
  4. Adhere the Wreath Hello Lovely PL card to the Soft Sky card stock with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Center before glue sets.
  5. Wrap Linen Thread around adhered card fronts twice and finish with a small bow. Trim ends to make neat.
  6. Add Dimensionals to the back of the adhered card fronts and place on Crumb cake card base.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed these #HelloLovely Project Life by Stampin’ Up! samples!

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Posted on August 18, 2016

What IS the History of Greeting Cards?!

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Hey stampers! I came across an interesting article during my internet “trolling” so I thought I’d share. Be sure to read all the way to the end because I have some “blog candy” to share today!

The History of Greeting Cards
(from the Postcard and Greeting Card Museum – www.emotionscards.com)

Sending greeting cards to friends and family is a tradition that goes back about 200 years. They were mostly sent by the elite and wealthy in the early to mid 1800’s. Most of the early greeting cards were hand delivered and many were quite expensive, but they soon gained mass popularity with the introduction of the world’s first postage stamp issued in 1840 and a few ambitious printer’s and manufacturer’s perfecting printing methods, hiring artists and designed both elaborate expensive cards as well as simple affordable ones by the 1850’s.

As you visit our galleries you will see that cards of the past were fine pieces of art. Manufacturer’s used quality artists and many of the large manufacturer’s held “art” competitions to generate interest and to get new ideas for cards. Some of these competitions awarded as much as $1,000.00 to the winner!

The oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine made in the 1400’s and is in the British Museum. New Year’s cards can be dated back to this period as well, but the New Year greeting didn’t gain popularity until the late 1700’s. The Valentine and Christmas Card were the most popular cards, with Valentine’s offering us the most “mechanical”, “pop-up” and filigree cards, followed by Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Cards gained their highest popularity in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s offering us cards with some of the most unusual art. The Victorian age give us the most prolific cards.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, when lovers said or sang their Valentines. Written Valentines began to appear after 1400. Paper Valentines were exchanged in Europe where they were given in place of Valentine gifts. Handmade paper Valentines were especially popular in England. In the mid to early 1800’s, Valentines began to be assembled in factories. Early manufactured Valentines were black and white pictures painted by workers in a factory. Esther Howland (see below) known as the Mother of the Valentine made fancy Valentines with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as “scrap”. She introduced the Paper Lace Valentine in the mid 1800’s. By the end of the 1800’s, Valentines were being made entirely by machine.

Christmas cards were introduced and popularized by John Calcott Horsley, the artist of what is known as the world’s first Christmas Card and Louis Prang, known as the Father of the American Christmas Card.

The rest is History. With the exchange of New Year’s, Valentine’s, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Birthday Cards, just to name a few.

 

While I prefer  handmade greeting cards using  fabulous Stampin’ Up! supplies,…

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…I thought this article was pretty interesting stuff; did you?

If you leave me a comment here on the blog (or on my facebook site), telling me what you found most interesting in this article, you’ll be eligible for today’s blog candy…a selection of five full sized (with envelopes!) cards from my personal collection…woo hoo!

 

 

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Posted on August 17, 2016

Showcase Your Creativity

Paper crafting/ Product Information/ Stamping

You’ll definitely want to showcase YOUR creativity with Stampin’ Up!’s new “I Stamped This” stamp set. Let everyone know that your projects are made by hand, with love; after all, you’ve taken the time to create a special, one of a kind project…now give yourself the credit!

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There are 16 fun, detailed images in this set, available in either clear mount (suggested clear blocks: a and g) or wood mount. If you sell any of your handmade items, this stamp set fulfills Stampin’ Up!’s Angel Policy.

Don’t worry, if your creativity is in the kitchen rather than the craft room, there are images for you, too!! Just click on one of the images below to see more info and to order at my online store.

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Posted on August 11, 2016

BOGO ALERT!

Paper crafting/ Paper Pumpkin

It’s Paper Pumpkin BOGO time…woo hoo!!

For the FIRST time ever, first-time subscribers can buy their FIRST month and get their second month completely FREE! Sign up at PaperPumpkin.com and use BOGO for the promo code.  You’ll be able to make cute projects like these… AND save money!

Here are just a few of the features and benefits:

  • Every kit comes with an exclusive stamp set to use over and over!
  • You get at least one Classic Stampin’ Spot with every kit. The colors don’t repeat in a 12-month period, so it’s easy to build a collection of colorful ink.
  • Every new subscriber receives a clear block (size D) with their first kit to help them get started and to use throughout their subscription.
  • It’s an incredible value! In addition to a stamp set an ink spot(s), the kits are packed with supplies many to make awesome projects like cards, home décor, gift packaging, and more. For example, our card kits (6+ per year) always include 8 cards—at least!
  • It’s flexible! You can suspend (for a month) or cancel at anytime.
  • Since all the prep work is done, the projects take a shorter time to complete, making it the perfect on-the-go craft. Headed out of town? Grab a kit to create during some downtime. It’s all contained in one little box, so it’s easy to take anywhere!

I love getting my creative “escapes” in the mail each month; I invite you to join me for your own  fun!

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