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Posted on October 19, 2017

It’s Mum Season Here in Texas!

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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 October 3, 2017

What’s Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Big Shot/ Customer Q & A/ Die Cut

Hey stampers! In today's post I wanted to answer a question I've been getting a lot from my customers. What's Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder? The answer is NOTHING! Let me explain the question and I'll give you my answer.

Customer Question: Anne, I just opened my new Stampin' Up! Quilt Top Embossing Folder (EF) and noticed that the design inside the folder is not centered (side to side). On the left side of the EF there is about 1/8″ open space before the design starts.  However, on the right  edge of EF, the design ends right up on the edge of the folder. Because the design is not centered, you have to fiddle with the CS to get it lined up before running through the Big Shot when using a larger piece of paper. Is there something wrong with my folder?

Answer: NO, there is definitely nothing wrong with your Embossing Folder! It was designed so you could get a continuous pattern on larger paper without the creased edge that happens when it is centered. Simply run the paper through, then rotate the previously embossed paper 180 degrees and run it through the Big Shot a second time. You'll get a continuous pattern without the creased edge. (You won't have this problem when embossing a regular-sized card or card layer.)

Here are pictures to show you what I explained above.

Run first time through Big Shot like this:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Rotate paper 180 degrees and run through second time:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

Voila! A perfect patterned piece to use on a larger card or project, with no pesky ridge in the center:

Is There Something Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?

I hope this answer to “What's Wrong With My Quilt Top Embossing Folder?” has helped you today! If you have a question about any technique or stamping “challenge” you are having, please email me or post your question in the comments section below and I'll be glad to help!  I don't want to just sell you products. I want to help you get the most out of them! 🙂

 

 

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Posted on September 28, 2017

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies – Double Duty Letters

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Hey Stampers! Today we're talking about Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies – Double Duty Letters. I'm sure cost is a factor when you are choosing your crafting products; me too! When I find products that can do “double duty” so to speak, those rise to the top of my list!

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies - Double Duty Letters

In this card the “negative” part of the die-cut letters is used as well as the letters themselves. At a cost of $99.00, the complete set of Large Letters Framelits Dies IS an investment, not just a purchase. Part of my joy as a demonstrator is to help you discover new ideas and new ways to use your “stuff”.

This set of dies includes 37 pieces and the largest one measures 1-3/16″ x 2-5/16″. Whether you are a stamper, scrapbooker, or other crafter extraordinaire, these letters give you so many choices to personalize your projects.

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies - Double Duty Letters

The absolute BEST way to get your hands on these versatile dies and put money in your pocket for holiday shopping, is to purchase the Stampin' Up! Starter Kit. For only $99 plus tax (FREE shipping is included), you can choose $125 in product; you'd still have $26 left after you selected these Framelits Dies! And, the best part? You would get all the other “perks” of being in the Stampin' Up! Family AND a member of my Girls, INK team.

Fresh Eyes On Crafting Supplies - Double Duty Letters

Here are some of us at a recent event. If I haven't met you yet, I'm the one in the blue shirt in the middle of the photo! I invite you to read more about my team how Stampin' Up! might help you achieve some of your dreams! Questions? Give me a shout on email, phone (214-293-4461) or Facebook; I love to talk about Stampin' Up! and my fifteen year journey of fun, friendships, and financial blessings.

Here are the instructions for today's project.

Supplies:

  • Stamp Sets: Season Like Christmas (p 144860)
  • Inks: Pear Pizzazz (131180), Old Olive (126953), Early Espresso (126974)
  • Paper: Old Olive (100702), Early Espresso (119686), Whisper White (100730)
  • Other: Big Shot (143263), Large Letters Framelits (141712), Wink of Stella Glitter Brush (141897), Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144108), Snail (104332)

Measurements:

  • Old Olive: 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
  • Early Espresso: 5 ½” x 3 3/4”
  • Whisper White: 5 ½” x 3 ½”

Instructions:

  1. Fold the Old Olive card base in half.
  2. Attach the Early Espresso mat to the cardstock front.
  3. Stamp the trees as shown at varying heights. Stamp some of the greenery, with Old Olive ink and some Pear Pizzazz ink. Stamp the tree trunk with Early Espresso ink. For the Pear Pizzazz tree, stamp off the tree trunk. Do not stamp the 2-step layer on the top of the tree (it makes the trees too dark to see the letters).
  4. Cut out the letters on the Big Shot from the stamped piece of cardstock. If you are not using the Magnetic platform for the Big Shot, you will want to use a Post It note or Washi Tape to hold the letters in place. Cut out one letter a time.
  5. Attach the stamped white strip to the Espresso mat.
  6. Re-attach the letters to the front of the card using Mini Dimensionals.
  7. Paint the letters with the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.

 

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Posted on September 26, 2017

12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 6 – Eclipse Technique

Big Shot/ Holidays / Special Days/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hello stampers! I'm getting ready to travel to New Orleans to participate in a Mastermind with some other top demonstrators in Stampin' Up! Dave and I went last year, and it was just a wonderful and productive few days. This year I'm so excited we'll be sharing a house with the top demonstrator from New Zealand. She is such a special, talented lady; we are both looking forward to sharing ideas and just hanging out with her.  I'm posting my 12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 6 – Eclipse Technique early so while I'm away you won't miss anything!

My plan IS to post while I'm away, but you never know about technology while traveling! 🙂

12 Weeks of Halloween - Week 6 - Eclipse Technique

This technique has so many options, no matter what the occasion. Instructions and supplies follow below. If I can answer any questions about this technique, just give me a shout!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSpooky Cat (144749–Photopolymer)
  • Cardstock – Thick Whisper White (140272); Whisper White (100730); Basic Black (121045); Lemon Lime Twist (144245)
  • Designer Series Paper – None
  • Stamp Pads – Archival Basic Black (140931); Smokey Slate (131179)
  • Misc. – Woodland Textured Embossing Folder (139673); Large Letters Framelits Dies (141712); Vintage Crochet Trim (144611); Black Mini Sequin Trim (144259); Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639); Clear Embossing Powder (109130); Stamping Sponges (141337); Heat Tool (129053); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Paper Snips (103579), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Embossing Buddy (103083); Stampin’ Scrub (126200); Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394); Grid Paper (130148); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)

Measurements:

  • Thick Whisper White Cardstock – 4-1/4” x 11”
  • Basic Black Cardstock – 5-1/8” x 3-7/8”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5” x 2-7/8”
  • Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock – 5” x 3/4”
  • Vintage Crochet Trim – 6”

Instructions:

  1. Arrange the Large Alphabet letters B-O-O on the 5-1/8” x 3-7/8” Whisper White and run it through the Big Shot to die cut them out. NOTE: Do not toss any center pieces from any of the alphabet letters.
  2. Arrange the same Whisper White cardstock piece with all of the alphabet letters and their insert pieces inside the Woodland Textured Embossing folder and run through the Big Shot. NOTE: Die cutting the alphabet letters after texture embossing will cause the raised embossing to flatten as it goes through the Big Shot.
  3. Lay the Whisper White cardstock layer with the alphabet letters and their insert pieces onto a piece of Grid paper. Lightly sponge Smokey Slate ink over top of the raised Woodland embossed tree trunks and branches.
  4. Adhere the main portion of the Whisper White layer to the Basic Black cardstock using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Lay the B-O-O letters in place, but only add liquid glue to the alphabet inserts and set into place.
  5. Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the alphabet letters B-O-O and set into place. NOTE: pay special attention to the letter O’s and matching up the correct embossed tree trunks and branches.
  6. Ink the Trick or Treat sentiment from the Spooky Cat stamp set with Archival Basic Black, stamp in the center of the Lemon Lime Twist strip, cover with Stampin’ Clear Embossing powder and heat set using the Heat Tool on high setting. Add to the bottom portion of the Basic Black cardstock matte layer leaving a gap between this layer and the Woodland embossed layer.
  7. Adhere the Black Vintage Crochet Trim with a light line of Multipurpose Liquid glue to the gap area of the focal layer and wrap the ends to the back side of the Basic Black layer.
  8. Adhere the focal layer to the Thick Whisper White cardstock base. Add medium-sized Black Rhinestone Jewels to either side of the Trick or Treat sentiment; and add Mini Black Sequins to various spots on the Woodland embossed layer using a small dot of Multipurpose Liquid glue.

Thanks for visiting today; I hope you learned something new with my 12 Weeks of Halloween – Week 6 – Eclipse Technique project.

 

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Posted on September 12, 2017

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

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Hey stampers! Today I want to share a card featuring the Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits. Say that five times fast!

I really should call this Triple Embossing because of the “HAPPY” dry embossing on the top of the card. I did this using the Celebrations Duo Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

These two little gems add some quick texture and definition to your projects.

My multi-colored dragonfly is where I used double embossing. Let me tell you the steps.

First, I cut a piece of Shimmery White cardstock to 3″ x 4″. I then traced around the solid dragonfly image. Next, I used Sponge Daubers to apply 5 colors of ink around the image. Last I cut out the traced image using the detailed thinlit.

Double Embossing Technique Using Dragonfly Dreams Thinlits

Finally, take a Versamark Pad and rub over the die-cut image, coat with Dazzling Diamonds Embossing Powder and heat. Do this a second time. You will have a beautiful double-embossed image!

Visit my You Tube Channel to see a step by step video for this fun technique.

These thinlits have a coordinating stamp set that gives you even more options for your papercrafting.

I also have a Video Class Tutorial available, complete with a color PDF. You'll learn how to make these three projects and a variety of new techniques.

CLICK HERE to visit the class page now.

Thanks for popping by today; I hope you learned something new!

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Posted on September 6, 2017

12 Weeks Of Halloween – Week 3 Spooky

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Hey stampers! It's time for 12 Weeks Of Halloween – Week 3 Spooky.

12 Weeks Of Halloween - Week 3 Spooky

This card combines spooky with glitz! Of course every “haunted” Halloween needs some bats and at least one rat! 🙂

The gate is made with The Graveyard Gate Thinlits Dies. You can purchase these separately or, for the best value, buy the bundle.

Here are the instructions, along with measurements and supply list.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSpooky Cat (144749p); Graveyard Gate (144695w, 144765c); Graveyard Gate Bundle (146017w, 146018c)
  • Card Stock –Basic Black (121045); Lemon Lime Twist (144245); Cajun Craze (119684); Basic Gray (121044); Whisper White (100730); Glossy White (144240);
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black Archival (140931); Elegant Eggplant (126969); Crushed Curry (131173); Cajun Craze (126965)
  • Misc. – Big Shot (143263); Detailed Gate Thinlits (144669); Wink of Stella Clear (141897); Sponge Brayers (141714); Stampin’ Sponges (141337); 1-3/4” Circle Punch (119850); Classic Label Punch (141491); Black Rhinestone Jewels (144639);  Dimensionals (104430); Mini Dimensionals (144108)

Measurements:

  • Basic Black CS:  4 1/4” x 11”; 2 3/4” x 3 3/4”
  • Lemon Lime Twist CS: 3 3/4” x 4 1/2”
  • Cajun Craze CS: 1” x 2 ½”
  • Basic Gray CS:  scraps
  • Glossy Paper: 3 1/2 “ x 4 1/4”
  • Whisper White CS: 1/4” x 4”; 2 x 3

Instructions:

  1. Fold Basic Black cardstock in half to form card base.
  2. Adhere Lemon Lime Twist CS layer to card front.
  3. Punch 1 ¾” Circle from Whisper White CS – save both pieces to use for masking.
  4. Lightly ‘tack’ circle punched piece on Glossy White paper for ‘moon’ placement.
  5. Using Sponge Brayer and Elegant Eggplant ink, color entire Glossy White paper until desired darkness leaving light/dark areas.
  6. Use Stampin’ Sponge with Basic Black Archival ink to darken some areas and edges of Glossy White CS.
  7. Remove punched circle piece then place ‘negative’ over un-inked area.  Sponge into circle using Crushed Curry ink.
  8. Stamp ‘bat’ multiple times using Basic Black Archival Ink on top portion of Glossy piece.
  9. Using Big Shot, die cut the top portion of the Detailed Gate Thinlit from the Basic Black CS.
  10. “Color” die cut gate using Clear Wink of Stella.  Adhere to Glossy piece the adhere unit to card front.
  11. Stamp ‘brick column’ using Cajun Craze ink onto Cajun Craze CS.  Fussy cut out.  Then sponge edges lightly with Basic Black Archival ink.
  12. Stamp ‘owl’ using Basic Black Archival Ink onto Basic Gray scrap.  Fussy cut out.  Then color with Clear Wink of Stella.
  13. Adhere owl behind brick column then add unit to card front using Dimensionals.
  14. Add Black Rhinestone Jewels to owl ‘eyes’.
  15. Stamp ‘rat’ using Basic Black Archival Ink onto Basic Gray scrap.  Fussy cut out.  Add to card front using Mini Dimensionals.
  16. Stamp sentiment using Elegant Eggplant ink onto Whisper White CS.  Punch ends using the Classic Label

If you missed Week 1 and Week 2 of Halloween ideas, you can catch up now.

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Posted on August 24, 2017

Today in History: August 24 and Happy Fall

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Today in History: August 24

First of all, Hurricane Harvey is barreling towards our southern Texas coast. Hopefully it will lose some steam when it hits land. The weather folks are saying there is nothing to push it up or eastward so it might hang around for awhile. I'm sure my customers and downline will seize the opportunity to stay inside and craft!

As a result of being a bit of a history buff I looked up to see Today in History: August 24 for other years. What I found was pretty interesting!

Today in History: August 24

This is the 1992 Hurricane Andrew at peak intensity over the Bahamas on August 23. It hit landfall in South Florida on August 24. Some interesting facts I found:

  1. Hurricane Andrew had humble beginnings, starting as a tropical wave off the west coast of Africa on Aug. 14, 1992. Hurricane Harvey also started as a Tropical Storm.
  2. The hurricane made landfall near Homestead in the early morning hours of Aug. 24, 1992. Hurricane should make landfall in the early hours of Saturday, August 26.
  3. Warnings of Hurricane Andrew’s arrival led to massive evacuations across Florida, Louisiana and Texas. In South Florida, 55,000 left the Florida Keys, 517,000 abandoned Miami-Dade County, 300,000 left Broward County, and 315,000 fled Palm Beach County.
  4. Hurricane Andrew’s winds were thought to be 145 miles per hour at its height, but the data was revisited in 2002 and determined to be 165 miles per hour. This bumped the hurricane’s previous ranking from a Category 4 to a Category 5. The storm is now expected hit the central Texas coast with a combination of winds of 115 miles (185 km) per hour and heavy rains
  5. The morning of Aug. 24, 1992, a storm tide of 4 to 6 feet was measured in Biscayne Bay. Heights as high as nearly 17 feet were measured at the waterfront Burger King International Headquarters.
  6. In Florida, almost 8 inches of rain came down in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. The most rainfall from Hurricane Andrew was in Hammond, La. with almost 1 foot of rain. Harvey will cause a storm surge that will flood parts of the Texas coast as it makes landfall and linger for days over the state, dumping up to 30 inches (76.2 cm) of rain in some areas

Seems like there are so many similarities here;  perhaps I should have been a meteorologist…lol!

Even though we are several hours from hurricane season in south Texas, our weather here in Dallas is definitely showing signs of Fall. So, I thought today's project needed an autumn theme. In addition, I surely do love my Pumpkin Spice Lattes, how about you?

Today in History: August 24

The Merry Café Stamp Set coordinates beautifully with the Coffee Café Photopolymer Bundle in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. I love suggesting products that work well together, saving my customers money! If you missed yesterday's  “Fresh Eyes On Your Crafting Supplies” post, click here to read helpful tips on using (and even saving money with) your ink pads.

Instructions, including supplies and measurements for today's card follow. Everything can be purchased online at my Stampin' Up! store. Happy shopping! 🙂

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Merry Cafe Stamp Set [144965]
  • Ink : Garden Green [126973] , Cajun Craze [126965] , Early Espresso [126974]
  • Card Stock : Crumb Cake [120953] , Early Espresso [119686] , Very Vanilla [101650] , Peekaboo Peach [141417] , Garden Green [102584], Painted Autumn DSP [144613]
  • Tools & Adhesive : Coffee Cups Framelits Dies [143745], Linen Thread [104199], Stampin' Dimensionals [104430], Glue Dots [103683]

 

Cutting Measurements:

  • Crumb Cake: 4 ¼ x 11” card base; 2 x 2 for sentiment
  • Early Espresso CS: 3 x 4 ”
  • Vey Vanilla CS: 2 ¾ x 3 ¾ ”
  • Peekaboo Peach: 2 ½ x 3 ½ for coffee cup
  • Garden Green: scrap for straw toper
  • Designer paper: design with squares -2 x 4 ¼ “ for card front, early espresso design – scrap for die cutting the lid, design with pumpkins – scrap to cut pumpkins

 

Instructions:

  1. Create card front from Crumb Cake CS by scoring at 5 ½”.
  2. Lay down designer paper on top of the card front, do not adhere yet, just mark approximately where it will be. Stamp outlined leaf in Garden Green ink on top and bottom of the marked lines. Repeat the same with flourish image using Cajun Craze ink. Randomly stamp splatter image with Early Espresso ink. Adhere designer paper to the stamped Crumb Cake card front. Set aside.
  3. Stamp “Happy fall” image into scrap of crumb cake and cup image on peekaboo peach CS with Cajun craze ink. Die cut both imaged. Die cut cup lid from early espresso designer paper. Dies cut straw toper from garden green paper.
  4. Adhere Very vanilla piece to Early Espresso piece.
  5. Stamp outlined leaf in Garden Green on the die cut cup. Adhere cup to the center of very vanilla piece, adhere sentiment to the cup front. Add lid with dimensionals and straw toper with glue dot. Adhere everything to the card front with dimensionals.
  6. Fussy cut the pumpkins from designer paper. Adhere them with dimensinals to the bottom right corner of the card.
  7. Make a bow from linen thread, adhere to the pumpkin with glue dot folded in half.

Thanks for stopping by today and if I can help you at all, please do give me a shout!

 

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Posted on August 17, 2017

Copper Carols of Christmas

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Hey stampers! Today's sample is a Copper Carols of Christmas card. Even though it is still summer here in Texas, my customers are already asking for Christmas card ideas! The “busy-ness” of the holidays seems to start earlier each year so it's never a bad idea to start thinking of ideas and purchasing supplies.

I absolutely love all our coordinating copper products and I think they add just the right amount of dazzle to this card.

I've included both Copper Trim and Copper Foil in my supply list. Copper trim is used here, but you could easily use Copper Foil if you prefer! Having choices is one of the things I love about Stampin' Up! products. We offer a wide range of colors and style to suit anyone's taste. Feel free to “case” any project I post. If you like, change it up to fit your particular style!

Every year I offer a free one on one Christmas Card consultation service to get your creative juices flowing. You and I will sit down in person for an hour and discuss ideas to come up with the perfect solution for your needs. If you don't live local to me, we can set up a phone call or skype chat. Please do give me a shout.  Together we'll design the perfect project!

Here are the instructions, including measurements and the rest of the products used for today's card.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsCarols of Christmas (144801–Wood mount; 144804–Clear mount)
  • Cardstock – Whisper White (100730); Garden Green (102584); Cherry Cobbler (119685); Copper Foil Sheets (142020)
  • Designer Series Paper – Be Merry Designer Series Paper (144111)
  • Stamp Pads – VersaMark (102283)
  • Misc. – ¼” Copper Trim (144179); Copper Embossing Powder (141636); Layering Squares Framelits Dies (141708); Pretty Pines Thinlits (141851); Sparkle Textured Embossing Folder (141468); Heat Tool (129053); Stampin’ Trimmer (126889); Paper Snips (103579), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755); Fast Fuse (129026); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Mini Glue Dots (103683); Embossing Buddy (103083); Stampin’ Scrub (126200; Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner (102394); Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”
  • Whisper White Cardstock – 5-1/2” x 4-1/4”
  • Garden Green Cardstock – 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Cherry Cobbler Cardstock – 2-1/2” x 1-1/2”
  • Cherry Cobbler Patterned paper – 5-1/2” x 1-1/4”
  • White/Garden Green Patterned paper – 3-1/4” x 3-1/4”
  • Copper Trim – 6″ x 1/4”

Instructions:

    1. Run the 5-1/2” x 4-1/4” Whisper White with the Sparkle Embossing folder through the Big Shot. NOTE: Do not adhere to the card front until Step 4.
    2. Adhere the Cherry Cobbler Designer Series paper strip to the Sparkle Embossed layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
    3. Layer the Copper Trim over the Cherry Cobbler patterned paper edge and adhere the ends to the backside of the Sparkle Embossed layer.
    4. Adhere the Sparkle embossed layer to the Whisper White card front.
    5. Ink the Deck the Halls image from the Carols of Christmas set with VersaMark ink and stamp onto the White/Garden Green patterned paper piece. Cover with Copper Embossing Powder and set with the Heat Tool. Let cool. Die cut with a Layering Square Framelits Die.
    6. Die cut the Garden Green cardstock square with the largest scallop Layering Squares Framelits die.
    7. Adhere the copper embossed layer to the Garden Green scalloped square and set with Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the card front.
    8. Die cut the largest bow from the Pretty Pines Thinlits using the Big Shot. Adhere to the sentiment layer using a Mini Glue Dot.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my Copper Carols of Christmas project!

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Posted on August 15, 2017

BIG Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack SALE! Save up to 60%!

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BIG Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack SALE! Save up to 60%!  This really is BIG! The Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack was JUST updated with bunches of additional products. Fabulous die sets, punches, holiday accessories, pretty paper, ribbon and more. Discounts to 60% off.  Don’t delay. These discounted products sell quickly and are ONLY AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.  

Here are just a few of the new items:

Click HERE to see all available items.

It's not too late to add the early release Carols of Christmas Bundle to your order and save 10%.

If you haven't seen the great projects you can make with this fabulous stamp set and Thinlits Dies, watch below.

Here's a new sample I haven't shared before:

My project supply list follows. Click product pictures to shop on-line!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsCarols of Christmas (144804 c, 144801 w), Bundle –save 10% (146037 c 146036 w), Santa’s Sleigh (142057)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730) Night of Navy (100867); Silver Glimmer (135314)
  • Stamp Pads – Night of Navy (126970)
  • Misc. – Card Front Builder Framelits (144674), Big Shot (143263); Softly Falling Embossing Folder ( 139672) dimensionals ( 104430); Paper Snips (103579)

Measurements:

  • Whisper White: 5 ½” x 8 ½ ”, scored at 4 1/4”; 3” x 4 ¼”, ½” x 3
  • Night of Navy: 3 1/8” x 4 3/8” , small scrap for deer
  • Silver Glimmer: 2 ½” x 2

Instructions:

    1. Fold Whisper White cardstock in half to create card.
    2. Emboss the White panel with the Big Shot and the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.
    3. Use the single tree framelit and the deer framelit with the Big Shot and cut out.
    4. Stamp “Merry Christmas Wishes” onto the small piece of Whisper White and use Paper Snips to flag both ends.
    5. To assemble the card – layer the embossed White panel onto the Night of Navy panel. Attach to card front with dimensionals.
    6. Use dimensionals to attach the Tree and the deer.
    7. Attach the greeting banner with dimensionals.

 

 

 

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Posted on August 14, 2017

Lovely Words Thinlits Friend Mini Crate

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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 4, 2017

Ready for the Holidays?

Announcements/ Big Shot/ Holidays / Special Days/ Stamping

Are you ready for the holidays? Every year the holiday season is here before I know it. If you are ready to start your holiday projects and cards, you might want to consider this early release bundle.

Stampin' Up! announced the early release of the Carols of Christmas Bundle. this early release began on August 1st and these products will be featured in the Holiday Catalog that goes live on September 1st – woo hoo!

The stamp set and coordinating dies can be purchased individually or you can save 10% when you purchase the bundle!

Don't forget! You can use any bonus day coupon codes earned in July to purchase these Carols of Christmas products (or any other products you choose).

This card was created with the bundle and a small strip of the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP). Notice the copper trim behind the sentiment piece. I think it adds just the right amount of elegance to this card. There's also a coordinating pack of cardstock featuring 3 of the colors in the DSP, so you'll have plenty for all your projects!

Thanks for stopping by today and please let me know if you have any questions. I'm here to help you get ready for the holidays and with anything else you might need! 🙂

Just click on any picture below to order!

Happy stamping!

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Posted on July 31, 2017

Confetti Celebration Simple Birthday Card

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Join My Team/ Mojo Monday

Hey stampers! Its seems like most of the cards I've been creating lately are for birthdays. Today's sample, Confetti Celebration Simple Birthday Card, is easy to put together and Stampin' Up!'s Large Letters make personalization a breeze! I love our Lemon Lime Twist In Color, especially with this Night of Navy Background.

Did you know that you can get these for free along with a ton of other stuff. How?

The CRAZY INSANE sign up special that runs only through July 31. Sign up for $99 and you get $125.00 worth of merchandise, at LEAST $100 worth of business supplies (if you want to try it out – includes eight brand new catalogs!), an Essentials Kit with five terrific tools valued at $52 and a sneak peek stamp set from the Holiday Catalog – worth $20. It costs you more NOT to get this deal than it does to get it! 🙂

If you do grab up this offer, you will be an official demonstrator on August 1 which means…………wait for it………….…………you get to preorder available products from the Holiday Catalog ON August 1 right along with all the other demos!

Yes, I have had a lot of people sign up – the deal is just too TIGGERIFFIC to pass up . In case you are wondering, NO, you do NOT have to start a business if you don’t want to.  Many people sign up  “just for the discount”  (did I mention that you get 20% off everything in the catalog as long as you are a demo?)  but decide later to actually run a business..  I was actually one of those “kit-nappers” but now I am a proud Stampin' Up! business owner and I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Grab this deal before it goes away at midnight tonight!

Here are the instructions for today's project…happy stamping friends!

Supplies

  • Stamp sets: Confetti Celebration (clear 142034, wood 141510)
  • Ink: Versamark (102283)
  • Paper: Night of Navy (100867), Lemon Lime Twist (144245)
  • Accessories: SNAIL adhesive (104332), Big Shot (143263), Magnetic Platform (130658), Large Numbers Framelits Dies (140622), Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon (144135), Multipurpose Adhesive sheets (144106), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

Measurements

  •    Night of Navy: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”; 1 1/2” x 5 1/4”)
  •    Lemon Lime Twist: 4” x 5 1/4”; two pieces 1 1/4” x 2 1/4”
  •    Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon – 15”
  •    Multipurpose Adhesive sheet: two pieces 1 1/4” x 2 1/4”

Instructions

  1. Fold Night of Navy cardstock in half and score to create card base.
  2. Ink ‘let’s celebrate’ stamp using Versamark and stamp several times over Lemon Lime Twist card front. Adhere to card front.
  3. Adhere Night of Navy strip across card front.
  4. Adhere each Multipurpose Adhesive piece to the matching piece of Lemon Lime Twist card stock.
  5. Die-cut the two numbers from the Lemon Lime Twist layers. Adhere to card front.
  6. To complete, tie bow using Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon and attach to card front using two Mini Glue Dots.
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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:

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

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Posted on July 24, 2017

Monday Morning Coffee Cafe Thanks a Latte Sample

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting

Hey stampers! Thanks for popping in today to see my Monday Morning Coffee Cafe Thanks a Latte Sample. I'll be sharing projects with our new Coffee Cafe Suite of products all week! Today's card features Stampin' Up!'s Coffee Break Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the Coffee Cafe Bundle.

 

One thing I love about this bundle is that everything coordinates so beautifully. The colors in the DSP are Early Espresso, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, and Whisper White. This gives you endless choices for creating fun projects like my sample today. Here are the instructions and if you need to order any of the products, just click on any picture below.

Supplies:

  • StampsCoffee Cafe stamp set-143677
  • Stampin' Up Paper–Coffee Break Designer Series Paper-144155, Whisper White cardstock-100730, Pear Pizzazz cardstock-131201, Crumb Cake Cardstock-120953
  • Stampin' Up Ink–Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Pad-131180, Early Espresso Stampin' Pad-126974
  • Other Stampin' Up Supplies and Tools–Coffee Cups Framelits-143745, Stitched Shape Framelits-145372, Stampin' Dimensionals-104430, SNAIL Adhesive-104332

Measurements:

  • Coffee Break Designer Series Paper to 4.25″x11″ and score at 5.5″
  • Whisper White cardstock to 3.75″x 5″, plus scraps for die cutting
  • Crumb Cake- scrap for die cutting

Instructions:

    1. Cut and score the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.
    2. Cut the Whisper White cardstock, stamp the hearts from the Coffee Cafe stamp set in Pear Pizzazz ink and then adhere the sheet to the inside of the card.
    3. Die cut the Crumb Cake cardstock with the largest oval Stitched Shape Framelit.
    4. On some scrap pieces of Whisper White cardstock you will stamp the following, all from the Coffee Cafe stamp set:
      1. Stamp the wood grain cup with Early Espresso ink
      2. The greeting ‘Thanks A Latte' with Early Espresso ink
      3. Stamp the cup lid with Pear Pizzazz ink
    5. Then, die cut all the cup pieces with their matching die from the Coffee Cups Framelits dies.
    6. Die cut a piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock with the cup sleeve die.
    7. Assemble all the coffee cup pieces to the Crumb Cake oval die cut using SNAIL Adhesive, add the greeting oval with some Stampin' Dimensionals.
    8. Adhere the oval ensemble to the cardfront using SNAIL Adhesive.

I really wish we could sit down and have a cup of coffee and get to know each other better. One thing I love about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is all the new friends I've made. When I do a party or teach a class, there's always someone new who might never have heard of Stampin' Up! or even had the opportunity to create a handmade card. It's so much fun to see the sense of accomplishment when they do a make and take and realize their creativity was inside all along, just waiting to come out!

If you might like to meet some new friends while doing something you love, take a peek and see the extra value to our already fabulous starter kit in the month of July. Only one week left to grab all the extra treats! If you have any questions, we can each grab a cup of coffee and have a phone chat. Just give me a shout at 214-293-4461. If you live near Wylie, TX just shoot me a quick email. We can meet in person for our coffee, my treat!

I hope you enjoyed today's Monday Morning Coffee Cafe Thanks a Latte Sample. See you tomorrow for another project sample using this awesome suite of products.

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Posted on July 19, 2017

Watercolor Techniques Wednesday

Big Shot/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Videos

Hey stampers! Today is Watercolor Techniques Wednesday here on the blog. There are so many different ways to use plain old water with various Stampin' Up! products to create some fun and unique looks!

My first project uses a new stamp set, Floral Statements. This stamp set is available in both wood and clear mount and gives you so many options for coloring. Today's card uses Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Fresh Fig, one of our new 2017-2019 In Colors. The color combo is something I've never used before. It's fun to try “out of the box” color combinations to create totally new looks to your stamping every once in awhile.

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsFloral Statements wood #143738, Clear 144701
  • Card Stock – Watercolor Paper 122959; Fresh Fig 144242; Daffodil Delight 119683
  • Stamp Pads – Fresh Fig 144082; Daffodil Delight 131173; Old Olive 126953
  • Misc. –Seasonal Layers Thinlits 143751; Aqua Painter 103954; Snail 104332

Measurements:

  • Daffodil Delight 8½ x 5½
  • Fresh Fig 5 x 3¼; 5½ x 1
  • Watercolor 4¾ x 3

Instructions:

  1. Daffodil Delight score at 5½
  2. Place the scallop edge from Seasonal Layers about ½ at the bottom on the daffodil delight card stock and cut out pass through the big shot. Fold at the score line.
  3. Place the scallop edge from Seasonal Layers about ½ at the edge of the card strip of the Fresh Fig card stock and cut out pass through the big shot.
  4. Place the scallop Fresh Fig at the bottom inside of the Daffodil Delight and ONLY apply snail in the back of the daffodil delight scallop and close to adhere to the fresh fig.
  5. Stamp the Hello using Fresh Fig onto the watercolor paper.
  6. Using the aqua painter to color ***very gentle on the water and barely touch the brush into the paper so it will not bleed the color. You will have some bleeding but little if using little water and NOT pressing hard the aqua painter.
  7. Flower color with Daffodil Delight and outline with Crushed Curry, leaves color using Old Olive and Hello Fresh Fig.
  8. Adhere into the Fresh Fig card stock and center of card front.

If you want to try this card for yourself, just click on any picture to order your supplies.

One of the many perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is all the support from our Corporate Office. There are so many wonderful trainers who are always sharing their tips and techniques with us, often in videos. I've selected a few short ones for you to watch today…enjoy!

 

 

Aren't these techniques cool?  When I first started stamping I shied away from doing anything that involved water. As I practiced  and became more familiar with all the different tools for watercoloring, I started incorporating water into more of my projects. I hope these Watercolor Techniques Wednesday videos will inspire you, too!

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