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Posted on September 11, 2017

Remember Fallen Heroes With Loyal & True

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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!

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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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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 September 4, 2017

Christmas Quilt No Sewing Required

Holidays / Special Days/ Mojo Monday/ Projects

Hey stamping friends! I hope you are having a relaxing Labor Day. I got to sleep in which is something I rarely get to do! Today I wanted to share a Christmas Quilt No Sewing Required project with you.

Christmas Quilt No Sewing Required!

I so admire people who have the quilting talent; that is not in my toolbox of abilities. I was so excited to see a suite of quilting products in our new 2017-2018 Holiday Catalog. Now I can make quilts all the time! 🙂

As with fabric quilting, this card will take a bit of time to create, but you'll be oh so happy with the results. If you start now, your cards will be ready to stick in the mail before the holiday rush.And you know what that means! More time for COOKIE baking!

In addition to the Christmas Quilt Stamp Set and Quilted Christmas 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) there are also felt embellishments to add some fun!

I have instructions for today's project at the bottom of the post. I've also included a shopping list; just click on any picture to go right to my online store!

In case you haven't yet seen the holiday catalog, here's a quick video to show you more of the awesome products awaiting your Fall and Christmas creativity!

If you haven't downloaded the Holiday Catalog yet, you are missing out on some great inspiration!

2017 Holiday Catalog

Today's Project

Supplies:

  • Stamp Set: Christmas Quilt (144793)
  • Card stock & paper: Garden Green (102584), Real Red (102482), Whisper White (100730), Quilted Christmas 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper (144617)
  • Stampin’ Pad: Real Red (126949), Garden Green (126973)
  • Miscellaneous: Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372), Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (144673), 5/8” Burlap Ribbon (141487), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), and Paper Snips (103579)

Measurements:

  • Real Red: 4-1/4” x 11”, scored at 5-1/2 then folded to create card base
  • Whisper White: 3-7/8” x 5-1/8”, 2-3/4” x 1-3/4”
  • Garden Green: 4” x 5-1/4”
  • Any scrap about 3” x 3” preferably Garden Green, Whisper White or Real Red
  • Burlap: one piece about 5-1/4”, 4 pieces each about 1-1/2” long

Instructions:

    1. Find the piece of paper in the Quilted Christmas grouping that has four large green quilt shapes that looks like the shape beneath the sentiment on the card shown. With Paper Snips, cut one of the green shapes leaving some space around it for die-cutting.  Adhere the paper to a scrap of card stock using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (broad tip) to make it firm for die-cutting
    2. Die cut the green star shape out using the corresponding shaped die from the Quilt Builder Framelits and set aside.
    3. Using the 1-3/16” square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, die cut 12 squares out of your favorite designs in the Quilted Christmas paper taking note to choose a variety of designs and colors to create your quilt.
    4. Arrange 12 pieces on your work table until you get the arrangement you like best. You will need 3 rows of 4 squares to create your quilt.
    5. Using the broad tip of your Multipurpose Liquid Glue, brush glue on back of one square and line up on the 3-7/8” x 5-1/8” Whisper White piece, in one corner, so you are leaving a white border only about 1/16” on the top and left. Move quickly as you have a little time to reposition if it’s not squared. It sticks fast. Adhere piece #2 so it’s only 1/16” away from the border and/or the first square. Repeat with all 12 squares to create your quilt.
    6. Using SNAIL, adhere your quilt piece to Garden Green card stock.
    7. Stamp “peace” and the lined/stitch image onto the small Whisper White scrap using Real Red and Garden Green ink. Die cut using the 2-1/4” oval Stitched Shapes Framelit. Using 2 Dimensionals aligned vertically in the center of the sentiment, attach to the green star shape from #2.
    8. Using Glue Dots (about 9) adhere long piece of Burlap Ribbon across lower portion of quilt piece and secure on back sides.
    9. Fold each 1-1/2” piece in half and adhere to itself. Stagger one of these short folded pieces onto another and adhere to it with 2 Glue Dots. You will have two sections of ribbon now. Using 2 Glue Dots for each side, adhere the burlap pieces under the left and right sides of the green star focal point.
    10. Use 4 Dimensionals and lay them down onto the front of the quilt card so that the Dimensional is abutting the burlap ribbon. Put 2 above the ribbon and 2 below. You want them each about ½” apart on the top and ½” apart on the bottom.
    11. Peel the 4 Dimensionals then gently press the green star focal point onto them so it’s straddling the horizontal burlap ribbon so the flat burlap aligns with the pieces attached to the focal point.
    12. Using 5 Dimensionals, adhere the quilt piece to the Real Red card base.

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Posted on August 22, 2017

12 Weeks of Halloween 2017 Week 1

Holidays / Special Days/ Projects

12 Weeks of Halloween 2017 Week 1

12 Weeks of Halloween 2017 Week 1

My first Halloween project for you is an Altered Altoid tin.  I scoured Pinterest for just the right project and then changed it up to make it my own. Of course, Stampin' Up! products had to be included!

I knew I wanted to use the owl from the Spooky Cat stamp set coming out in the 2017-2018 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. You are going to love all the trendy products on every page. If you don't have your personal copy already and you don't already have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would love to send you one. Just email me and I'll get one in the mail to you right away.

Here is a basic outline of how I made this project. Feel free to contact me if you'd like more details.

I started with a regular-sized Altoid tin. I removed the lid and used black acrylic paint over the entire surface. Once the black paint was dry I used some silver, antique brass and copper distress paint randomly on the sides and back. TIP: save the lid you removed and use it as a paint palette. I traced around a sheet of the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper (DSP), another new item in the Holiday Catalog.

I used Crystal Effects as my adhesive to stick this onto the inside of the tin. Why Crystal Effects? It is a clear, thick substance meant to add gloss and make your images “pop” off the page but it is also a great glue! Once you stick paper down with it, it will not move.

I stamped the owl onto Very Vanilla Cardstock using Crumb Cake ink and used an Early Espresso marker to add definition to the eyes. Next, I sponged Early Espresso ink around the owl's edges and colored in the beak and feet with a Pumpkin Pie marker. Lastly, I went back to add my good ol' Crystal Effects on each eye.

The ‘happy Halloween” is a sentiment stamp from the Spooky Cat set. Notice the little black rhinestones? They will also be in the new Holiday catty!

The base of my project is a wood candlestick painted black and distressed with the silver, antique brass and copper inks. I added Spanish moss, leaves, a little fence and tiny pumpkins from my local craft store. Here are some more altered altoid tin Pinterest projects to get those creative juices flowing!

I hope you enjoyed 12 Weeks of Halloween 2017 Week 1; I'll have another project next week.

Don't forget about Stampin' Up's Carols of Christmas Early Release Bundle and the 50% off your first month Paper Pumpkin Subscription.

 

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