Posted on October 4, 2018

Never Ending Card Online Class Early Bird Registration Has Begun!

Announcements/ Classes / Events/ Facebook LIVE/ Online Classes

Hey Stampers! I have a big announcement today! Early Bird Registration for my Never Ending Card Online Class has begun! In this class I will show you several ways to make this popular card. It is SO versatile and if you're looking for a WOW Christmas card, this is it! I did a quick Facebook LIVE video on Worlds Cardmaking Day and you can watch it below.

Posted by Anne Brown – The Stamp Maven on Monday, October 1, 2018

My classes are SO much fun and the best part? Once you purchase the class, it is yours forever, even if you can't join the “live” broadcast.

Check out all the details and please do give me a shout if you have any questions! See you in class! 🙂

 

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Posted on October 3, 2018

It’s Countdown to 12 Weeks of Christmas

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting

Hey Stampers! Just a quick reminder so you don't miss out on my 12 Weeks of Christmas emails this year! At 1:00 pm CST TODAY the first card project goes out to all of my newsletter subscribers. The first 6 weeks will feature card projects, similar to the one below, that will make designing your perfect card so much easier.

It's Countdown to 12 Weeks of Christmas

Each project will come with supplies list, measurements and step by step instructions. I love giving this free gift to my newsletter subscribers during the holiday season!

To make sure you don't miss out, simply provide your name and email at the top of this post. We'll take care of the rest!

P.S. You'll also get a free Paper Cone Christmas Ornament video tutorial (along with PDF instructions) as my gift to you, too! 🙂

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Posted on October 2, 2018

12 Weeks of Christmas Starts TOMORROW!!

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days

Hey Stampers! There's less than 24 hours until my free 12 Weeks of Christmas begins! I so look forward to this every year and this year's projects are going to be spectacular! If you're not sure of what my 12 Weeks of Christmas is, please read on!

Starting tomorrow, for 12 weeks, my newsletter subscribers will get an email with an exclusive card, tag, bag, wrap and/or gift project delivered right to their inbox. I don't share these projects anywhere else, other than to my email newsletter subscribers. Each project comes with a color photo, supplies list, measurements and complete, step by step instructions! Here's a sample of the type of card project you can expect!

12 Weeks of Christmas Starts TOMORROW!!

I know you'll want to receive my free gift. Simply fill out your name and email at the top of this post and you'll be all set for tomorrow's first project!

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Posted on September 27, 2018

A Few Stampin’ Up! Reminders and NEW Samples!

Classes / Events/ Holidays / Special Days

Hey Stampers! I'm in New Orleans, gathering with a few other Stampin' Up! leaders at a “Mastermind” with our business coach. This is third event of this type that Dave and I have attended and we always come away with great ideas and positive input to start our new Stampin' Up! year. As our month comes to a close, there are a few things that I wanted to make sure you remember:

  • If you earned any “Bonus Days” coupons in August, you only have until September 30 to redeem them. You should have received an email from Stampin' Up! with a code (it is lengthy AND be sure to use any dashes in the code when ordering). If you know you earned a code but can't find it, please reach out to me so we can get it taken care of before September ends!
  • The “Dashing Along” promotion also ends on September 30th. Our hostess reward program is awesome but the free Designer Series Paper makes it EVEN BETTER!
  • If you live in the Dallas, TX area or will be here visiting on October 13th, I'd like to invite you to my Holiday Catalog Open House! This is a free event where you get to come and make projects using new catalog projects, see lots of samples and hang out with crafty friends! It will be held at the Sachse Public Library in Sachse, TX. Give me a shout and I'll be happy to get you all the details! Below are just a couple of samples featuring products we'll be using!

A Few Stampin' Up! Reminders and NEW Samples!

A Few Stampin' Up! Reminders and NEW Samples!

I'm here to help, so if there's anything I can do for you, please ask! 🙂

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Posted on September 24, 2018

Easy Peasy Way to Use up Some Scraps!

Mojo Monday/ Projects

Hey Stampers! We had so much rain this weekend and I heard from several customers throughout the country that rain seemed to be coming down everywhere! Gosh, I know we need rain, but let's have a break for awhile!

I have to admit, one good thing about rainy days is extra inside stamping time! My project for you today is an easy peasy way to use up some scraps!

Easy Peasy Way to Use up Some Scraps!

Isn't this card adorable? AND,  truly it is easy peasy, only 5 steps!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies:

  • STAMPS – Darling Label Punch Box (146855)
  • PAPER –Whisper White (100731), Brights 6×6 Designer Series Paper (146964)
  • INK –– Black Memento (132708)
  • OTHER – Glitter Enamel Dots (146934), Silver Metallic Thread (138402), Stampin Dimensionals (104430)

Cutting & Scoring:

  • Whisper White – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Whisper White – 4 x 5 ¼”
  • Scraps for punching of Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana Printed Papers

Instructions:

  1. Punch printed papers and arrange punches on Whisper White Panel.
  2. Stamp “hello” onto White scrap and punch.
  3. Wrap silver metallic thread around 3 fingers and adhere to back of white punched sentiment with dimensionals. Adhere to white panel as shown.
  4. Embellish with Glitter Enamel dots.
  5. Adhere to Whisper White card.

Now, one of the most important things to tell you about this card is this. You can use ANY scraps you have, ANY punch you have and ANY sentiment you wish. Seriously guys, this is one of the easiest, yet cutest, cards you can make!

 

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Posted on September 20, 2018

12 Weeks of Christmas is Coming October 3!

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days

Hey Stampers! I really can't believe I am saying this but, 12 Weeks of Christmas is Coming October 3! You might ask, what is 12 Weeks of Christmas and why should you care it's coming October 3?

12 Weeks of Christmas is something I've done for quite a few years and it is one of my most popular promotions. And, best of all, it won't cost you a penny! This is a free, weekly email with a project tutorial for a card, bag, tag or gift item. This will help you take the frazzle and stress out of getting ready for the holidays! Here's a sample of a project you might expect.

12 Weeks of Christmas is Coming October 3!

Isn't this so cute? The best part? Here are the instructions, complete with supply list and measurements!

Supplies:

  • Stamp SetsSigns of Santa (147690); Signs of Santa Bundle (149967)
  • Card Stock – Poppy Parade (119793); Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Memento Black (132708); Garden Green (147809)
  • Misc. – Stampin’ Blends – Dark Poppy Parade (146879); Ivory (144606); Dark Daffodil Delight (144585); Light Smoky Slate (145054); Light Crumb Cake (144582); Cable Knit (143537); Clear Wink of Stella (141897), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL Adhesive (104332); Big Shot (143263)

Measurements:

  • Poppy Parade – 4 ¼” x 11”; score at 2 ¾” x 5 ½”
  • Whisper White – 2 ½” x 4”, 4” x 5 ¼”, scrap

Instructions:

  1. With the 11” edge across the top and 2 ¾” score line to the left, fold first section back. Then fold on the 5 ½” score line in the opposite direction creating a “Z” fold card.
  2. Using the 2 ¾” x 4” piece of Whisper White card stock and the Cable Knit Embossing Folder, emboss for front panel of card. Adhere.
  3. Stamp both the compass and sign images in Memento Black ink onto the scrap of Whisper White card stock.
  4. Stamp the words “North Pole” onto sign image in Memento Black ink.
  5. Color sign with Stampin’ Blends.
  6. Cut out compass and sign using the Santa’s Signpost Framelits. Adhere both to the front of card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  7. Stamp the Santa image and both sentiments onto the 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Whisper White card stock as shown in Memento Black ink.
  8. Color Santa image using Stampin’ Blends and adhere panel to the inside of card.

If you currently receive my weekly emails, there's nothing for you to do. Starting on October 3, for 12 weeks, you'll receive the free tutorials as my gift! If you aren't a subscriber, just click HERE. You'll receive a free tutorial just for joining AND we won't spam you, ever! Our goal is always to deliver awesome content like free videos, project tutorials, tips, techniques, and, from time to time, special offers to help you be the most fabulous papercrafter ever! 🙂

 

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Posted on September 14, 2018

Want to WOW Your Family and Friends?

Classes / Events/ Facebook LIVE

Happy Friday Stampers!  I've been busy working on some new classes for the upcoming holiday season. We all want to send out the “perfect” card, right?! Well, if you want to WOW your family and friends with your Christmas card this year, I have the perfect solution for you…ME! My “Twist & Fold” Christmas Card class will teach you, step by step, how to make this card:

Want to WOW Your Family and Friends?Want to WOW Your Family and Friends?

The inside of this card “moves” and the mechanism is easier than you think! Once you know how to make this, you'll be making this card for all types of occasions. Here's a baby one I did last night:

Want to WOW Your Family and Friends?

I'll be doing my class tomorrow, Wednesday, September 19, at 7:00 PM CST, LIVE on Facebook. The cool thing is, even if you have other plans for that night, you'll have lifetime access to the video recording and can watch whenever! Once you register, you'll be given access to the secret class group and will have additional file resources available to you. Early Bird pricing of $15  ($10 off regular price) is available until class starts on Wednesday.

I'll have additional samples to show you and lots of tips and techniques to share with you. I hope you'll join me! Click HERE to find out all the info and/or to register.

I'm praying for all my stamping friends in the Carolinas and nearby as you are still drying out from the flooding. One of my best friends just moved to South Carolina a few days before the hurricane hit so she had to go back up to Maryland from where she had just left. Thankfully, her daughter lives there so she had a friendly, comfy place to stay!

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Posted on September 11, 2018

Where Were You?

Projects

September 11, 2001, 8:45 AM. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news about planes hitting the World Trade Center? Like most people I'm sure, I remember exactly where I was as if it was just yesterday.

The day began like any other Tuesday that year. Our daughter and I drove over to her homeschool co-op, where I was the director. We had everything set up for our 500+ students and parents had already begun dropping off their kids. News started coming in and, honestly, we all started to panic a bit. False stories added to that of course but I think every heart in our building skipped a beat and we were all somewhat in shock. What had really happened? Were our students safe or was something going to happen at our location? Were traveling family members safe? Questions were many and emotions ran high.

Everyone pulled together and we made it through that day and the coming days. People talked to each other a little more. People were kinder and helped out each other a little more. I truly hope we never experience anything that horrible again. But, for a time, our differences did not matter and we were all Americans, praying for one another and those who lost loved ones that day.

I wanted to share a card today, in remembrance of all those who lost their lives and whose lives were changed forever because of those they lost.

Where Were You?

One of my sweet customers sent this card to me a week or so ago. Mary found me on Facebook and we struck up a friendship, even though she lives in another state.  We both love stamping and often send each other cards we've made. She was in the military and loves to create using military-themed stamps. She wanted to use this particular stamp, with the towers, to send to me because of September 11 coming up.

When I received her sweet card I knew I would use it in a post today. It's amazing how one little rubber stamp can share friendship and touch lives. I am so thankful for crafty friends like Mary!

 

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Posted on September 4, 2018

Take Your Pick Tool by Stampin’ Up!

Announcements/ Product Information

Hello Stampers! I hope you all had a relaxing “Labor Day”; kind of seems like it should be “Un-Labor Day” instead! 🙂 I got to spend most of the weekend stamping and planning projects for my upcoming events. Of course, that meant I was playing with all sorts of new products, like our new Take Your Pick Tool!

Take Your Pick Tool by Stampin' Up!

Every so often, Stampin' Up! comes up with a tool that is a game changer. We demonstrators have been asking for this sort of tool for awhile and now we've got it!

The last “game changer” type (in my humble opinion) was the stamp positioning tool, the Stamparatus. It made two, three, and four step stamping SO easy for my customers. If you're not familiar with that tool, I'll have a video farther down in this post where you can check it out. But, back to the Take Your Pick Tool.

This little gem is designed to make working with small embellishments so much easier. The “putty” end is perfect for picking up sequins and placing them perfectly on your projects. The flat, spatula is designed to easily slip under adhesive backed elements such as rhinestones, pearls and enamel dots. There is also a paper piercing tool AND two sizes of stylus tips. Seriously, this is A-MAAAA-ZING! I grabbed a video done by one of our product specialists in the home office. Check it out:

You can order this tool starting tomorrow at my online store.

And…here's a quick video about the Stamparatus!

Remember, our Holiday Catalog goes live tomorrow and you can see it online at my store. IF you need your own copy so you can look at all the fabulous new products no matter WHERE you are, just email me! Iif you aren't currently working with another awesome demonstrator, of course!)

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Posted on August 30, 2018

Make This Card in TEN Minutes or Less…REALLY!

Memories & More/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Hey Stampers! SO glad you popped in today and I think you will be happy, too! What if I told you that you can make this card in TEN minutes or less…really! Sometimes don't you just want to make a card or two without getting out every product that you own and working for a couple of hours to make ONE card?! You know… easy…peasy…done! That's what I'm talking about!

Make This Card in TEN Minutes or Less...REALLY!

This card was made with FOUR products; well, five if you count the bone folder! And the ten minutes part? Yeah, that includes getting out your supplies! 🙂

Supplies:

  • Card Stock (CS) – Bermuda Bay (131197); Whisper White (100730)
  • Misc. – Tea Room Memories & More Card Pack (147035); Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

Here are the measurements and instructions:

Measurements:

  • Bermuda  Bay Card Stock:        4-1/4” x 11”, score in half at 5-1/2”
  • Whisper White Card Stock:      4” x 5-1/4”

Instructions:

  1. Crease the fold in the card base using a Bone Folder.
  2. Glue three 3” x 4” Tea Room cards onto the front of the card base.
  3. Glue the Whisper White CS onto the inside of the card base.

If you're not familiar with “Memories and More” by Stampin' Up!, this is our memory keeping (aka scrapbooking) line of products.  The card packs in our line are so versatile, like the ones I used in today's sample. I keep several sets in my craft room! Of course, if you like, you can add bling and ribbon to jazz things up!

If you'd like to order any of today's supplies, just click on any picture below. That's it for today; see you next time!

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Posted on August 28, 2018

Which Stampin’ Up! Ink Should I Choose?

Customer Q & A/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! In my email newsletter today I addressed a frequent question asked by my customers. “There are  so many choices…which Stampin' Up! Ink should I use?”

Which Stampin' Up! Ink Should I Choose?

Is there a chart somewhere that gives me all of my options?” Well, I got busy and had my “Stamp Slave”,Dave, put the info in a handy dandy chart! I shared this chart with my newsletter subscribers today…did you get it? No? Well, that means you are missing lots of great information and exclusive content!

Here's the chart:

Do you ever get a little confused when trying to decide which of our inks to use on a particular project? I've summarized in a quick little chart for you below.

INKUSESCOLORSCLEANING
Classic Stampin' PadDye-based, fast drying, acid free. Upside down, flip-top, pads stay juicy. Firm foam pad gives you complete coverage. Matching ink refillsNeutrals, Brights, Subtles, Regals, In ColorsStampin' Scrub & Mist
Simply Shammy**
Memento PadFade-resistant dye ink , acid free. Use with images you will color with Stampin' Blends, re-ink with Memento ink refillTuxedo BlackStampin' Scrub & Mist, Simply Shammy
Staz On PadPermanent ink, acid free. Use with images you will watercolor. Vellum and window sheetsJet BlackStaz On Cleaner
VersaMark PadClear, translucent ink used to produce a watermark effect, Also used for heat embossing and resist techniques. Re-ink with Versamark Refills.ClearStampin' Scrub & Mist, Simply Shammy
Uninked Stampin' SpotsFelt 1″ x 1″ squares. Ink with Classic Stampin' Ink RefillsStampin' Scrub & Mist, Simply Shammy
Craft Uninked Pad & RefillThick, slow-drying pigment ink. Use for embossing.
Can also use on wood and fabic. Flip top. Use to create an opaque look on dark cardstock.
Whisper WhiteStampin' Scrub & Mist (use wet wipe or paper towel first to get off some of the ink.
Uninked Spectrum PadContains five small pads. Can be used individually or combined for ombre type stamping. Re-ink with Classic Stampin' Ink Refills.Stampin' Scrub & Mist

**Simply Shammy is a new product specifically designed to clean photopolymer stamps and leave no fibrous residue behind. It also works with wood and clear mount stamps.

If you find a chart like this helpful, I think you'll enjoy being part of the Stamp Maven Community! I'd love for you to fill out your name and email in the “sign up forour newsletter box” above. You'll get an exclusive free video tutorial and PDF just for signing up. (hint: it's a fabulous Christmas project that you could actually create for other occasions, too)!

You'll also get a short series of tool tips and a special offer that is only available to my subscribers. We never want to slam your inbox, but we try to provide timely interesting tips, techniques, samples and current offers from Stampin' Up! Hope you'll join us!

 

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Posted on August 23, 2018

Big Shot Project and Plate “Sandwich” Tips

Big Shot/ Die Cut

Hey Stampers! Do you ever get frustrated when using your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine? Maybe you've got a great project to make but you're not sure how to make your “sandwich” to get all the plates and platforms to perform correctly? Well, you're in the right place today! I've got a simple die-cut project to share AND a PDF to give you some tips for making your “sandwich” easier!

Big Shot Project and Plate "Sandwich" Tips

This card uses Abstract Impressions Designer Series Paper as the focal point, and a few Basic Pearl Jewels for some “pop”. When using an intricate die like this one, you'll want to use a Precision Cutting Plate and have a Big Shot Die Brush standing by to help you remove any stubborn little pieces that didn't fall out. If you don't yet own the die brush, here's a little “secret” I use time and time again and I KNOW you have one of these in your home.

Big Shot Project and Plate "Sandwich" Tips

Yep, a plain  old dryer sheet. If you'll rub a brand new sheet on the back of your thinlit or framelit die BEFORE running your paper through the Big Shot, the pieces will just fall out beautifully…try it!

Here's the “sandwich” tip sheet. Print it out and keep with your Big Shot for easy reference.

sandwich-flyer

Here's the project sheet for my card today. Some of my customers print out the PDF instructions and put into a binder so they'll have inspiration right at their fingertips!

Abstract Impressions Springtime Aug18

If  you need any of the supplies to make this card, just click on any picture below to go right to my online store!

 

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Posted on August 21, 2018

Don’t Worry…Be Crafty!

Big Shot/ Customer Q & A/ Holidays / Special Days

Hey Stampers! Remember the Bobby McFerrin song from nine or so years ago? It was titled “Don't Worry Be Happy”. If you're too young to remember, catch the tune here on You Tube:

It's a snappy little song that gets my fingers to snappin' and my toes to tappin'…lol.

I think if more people  had the motto of today's title, we'd all get along much better, don't you agree? So, to that end,  today I have a special gift card project to share with all you crafty friends! 🙂

Don't Worry...Be Crafty!Don't Worry...Be Crafty!

This project is done with the Blended Seasons Bundle and Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2, available now from Stampin' Up! Both of these products are “limited edition” so if they are on your wish list, I'd order them now. It's Bonus Days for the rest of this month which provides a little extra incentive to shop right now! For every $50 you spend, you'll get a $5 coupon to use in September. There's no limit on how many coupons you can earn AND you can stack them when purchasing next month! Here's some FAQ's on the Bonus Days:

Bonus Days FAQ

If you'd like the instructions for today's project, here is the pdf: Blended Season Gift Card

One more thing, if you are not a subscriber to my email newsletter, please do subscribe in the box above. My new “subscriber only gift”, a paper cone ornament video tutorial with PDF instructions will give you a great holiday project! Thanks for stopping by today. If I can help you with anything “crafty” please give me a shout!

 

 

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Posted on August 16, 2018

New Holiday Catalog – Don’t Wait Until September 5 to Order!

Join My Team

WHAT? I don't have to wait until September 5 to order from the new Stampin' Up! 2018 Holiday Catalog?

New Holiday Catalog - Don't Wait Until September 5 to Order!

That's right! Santa can come early for YOU! How?

Join my Girls INK team of demonstrators from all over the country so you can order right now!

Here is a sneak peek of just a few of the product suites. There is something for everyone in this catalog, no matter what your style or tastes!

New Holiday Catalog - Don't Wait Until September 5 to Order!

You get to choose $125 of products from either our Annual Catalog or this seasonal one AND it only costs you $99 plus tax, no shipping! You also get one of our rockin' past Paper Pumpkin craft kits as an extra freebie. Where else can you get a lot of your favorite stamping supplies AND business tools for this price! The holidays are coming and, seriously, who doesn't need a little extra money?! No pressure, no commitment, your initial kit contents are yours to keep regardless and you've got 3-6 months to purchase at a minimum 20% savings.

Honestly, when I joined Stampin' Up! sixteen years ago, I wasn't looking to build a business; I just wanted to get a discount on products I loved. But, boy am I glad someone thought enough of me to talk to me about the opportunity. I'd love to tell you more or you can click here and check it out for yourself.

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Posted on August 14, 2018

On the Outside Looking In – Blended Seasons Stamp Set

Big Shot/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey Stampers! I know it's “technically” still summer but here in Texas kids are heading back to school and, for the last few days, our weather has been rainy and cool, like fall. Today's project uses fall colors and shows you a technique using framelits that gives you an “outside looking in” effect!

On the Outside Looking In - Blended Seasons Stamp Set On the Outside Looking In - Blended Seasons Stamp Set

Isn't this cool? Kind of like a “card inside a card” Here are the instructions if you'd like to try. Also, Be sure to read all the way to the end of the post to see a couple of reminders. I don't want you to miss out on a couple of things! 🙂

Supplies:

  • Blended Seasons (149019 Wood Mount, 149016 Clear Mount), Blended Seasons Bundle (149893 Wood Mount, 149894 Clear Mount)
  • Stamp Pads: Early Espresso (147114)
  • Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Early Espresso (119686)
  • Misc.: Stitched Season Framelits Dies (149013), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (149014), Blender Pen (102845), Crumb Cake 3/8” Classic Weave Ribbon (144162), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL Adhesive (104332)

 

Measurements:

  • Early Espresso:     5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
  • Cherry Cobbler:    3 ¼” x 4 ½”
  • Crumb Cake:         2 ½” x 3 ½”

 

Instructions: (This card shows the inside of the card from the outside).

  1. Fold the Early Espresso card base in half. Stamp the leaf image in Early Espresso in each corner on the INSIDE of the card.
  2. Open the Early Espresso card, lay the largest frame die from the Stitched Seasons Framelits in the center of the card front (the part that does NOT have the leaves stamped on it). Cut out the frame with the Big Shot.
  3. Layer the Early Espresso frame on the inside of the card over the stamped leaf images using Dimensionals.
  4. Cut out a medium size label from Cherry Cobbler using the medium frame die from Stitched Seasons.
  5. Layer the Cherry Cobbler frame on to the Early Espresso frame using Dimensionals.
  6. Stamp the words “Thank You” in Early Espresso ink on the piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.
  7. In Early Espresso stamp a portion of the leaf stamp image below the word Thank You.
  8. Cut out the greeting and leaves with the smallest frame from the Stitched Seasons Framelits.
  9. Color the leaves using the Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry used here). Blend the coloring with the Blender Pen.
  10. Adhere the Crumb Cake frame on to the Cherry Cobbler frame using Dimensionals.
  11. Tie a bow with the Crumb Cake ribbon.
  12. Attach the ribbon with a mini glue dot.

Reminders:

  • Blended Seasons Bundle only available through the end of August OR while supplies last. ORDER NOW and I'll send you some PDF tutorials to give you extra ideas!
  • You can still earn $5.00 bonus coupons for every $50 product purchase, no limits! Earn these in August and redeem in September. Here's a PDF with the most common Q & A's: Bonus Days FAQ

 

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