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Posted on May 20, 2019

Be Mine Stitched Framelits

Big Shot/ Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting

Be Mine Stitched Framelits

Today I'm sharing a card using the Be Mine Stitched Framelits, retiring this year. I'm sure you've seen many Valentine projects using these, but I wanted to show a different “look” today.

When I am purchasing my stamp sets and dies I try to look for ones that are versatile, having other uses than just the “normal” ones.

I've included card instructions, including measurements below!

Just click on any picture to order!

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Posted on May 17, 2019

Everything is Rosy – Rose Gold Samples

Die Cut/ Samples/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Happy Friday crafting peeps! I am having so much fun creating with the Everything is Rosy medley of products.

Everything is Rosy - Rose Gold Samples

My favorite thing about this box of goodies is all of the rose gold that is inside! This is a new type of product offering for Stampin' Up!, so some of my customers have been a little confused as to everything that is included. For $80 (plus tax and shipping) you get a stamp set, a coordinating set of dies, eight 6″ x 6″ sheets of Rose Gold Foil, forty-eight sheets of 6″ x 6″ Specialty Designer Series Paper, six sheets of die-cuts, two full rolls of ribbon, a sheet of mirrored embellishments,  and a bottle of Rose Gold Shimmer Paint!

I have 2 cards to share with you today and I think you'll notice the rose gold on both of them! 🙂

Everything is Rosy - Rose Gold Samples

To get the shimmer background, I used a sponge with a tiny bit of shimmer paint and “swept” it on the 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Melon Mambo cardstock, starting at the top. It gets lighter near the bottom so I did this same technique again, starting at the bottom and working up, just to make sure I had the right coverage.  I punched a 2 1/4″ circle from one of the DSP pages and then adhered several of the floral stickers behind this circle.  I chose my tag and then used a “third generation” stamped flower in Melon Mambo ink, followed by my sentiment in Night of Navy ink.

If you haven't heard of the term “third generation” stamping it's just a fancy way of saying “stamping three times without reinking in between”.

I added a small piece of the pink ribbon to my tag and popped it onto the card front using a few Stampin' Dimensionals.

To finish the card, I attached this piece to a Whisper White Thick cardstock base. Personally, when I'm using layers and embellishments, I prefer to use one of our thick cardstocks. I think it is sturdier.

My next card uses a gorgeous piece of DSP with lots of rose gold!

Everything is Rosy - Rose Gold Samples

For this card, I stamped the sentiment on a 2″ Whisper White circle and attached this to a 2 1/4″ circle punched from one of the Rose Gold foil sheets.  The layer is a 2 1/4″ x 4″ piece of the floral DSP, cut it into three strips, each 3/4″. I mounted these on a 2 3/4″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Rococco Rose, one of our new In Colors.

I added one of the die-cut stickers to complete my card. Easy, peasy…done!

To order any of these products, just click on a picture below. Remember, the Everything is Rosy Product Medley is available only while supplies last, through May 31.

 

 

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Posted on January 13, 2017

Friday Fun – How Well Do YOU Know The Stampmaven…ME!!

Contests

Ok stamping peeps! It's Friday and I thought we should have some Friday fun in the form of a game: how well do YOU know The Stamp Maven  (that's ME)?!

Some of you might not follow me on Facebook so I wanted to post here (but of course you should follow me on ALL my social media platforms!), too, so you all could play and maybe win a prize! We all like prizes, right?

Here's the game. Below you'll find a series of questions. Put a comment here on the blog with the answers you think I would make. I'll be awarding a few fun prizes. Iin case of a tie, Stamp Slave will draw for the winners from the group who answered the most questions correctly!

You must post your answers no later than Saturday night at midnight to be eligible for a prize…have fun!

  • What is your favorite craft (crochet, flower arranging, cardmaking, scrapbooking, etc)?
  • How long have you been stamping?
  • Do you have a favorite stamp company?
  • Favorite embellishment?
  • Favorite type of stamp (wood, foam mount, photopolymer, other)?
  • Prefer cardmaking alone or with others?
  • Most often do you create from scratch, sketch or CASE?
  • Do you still use punches?
  • Do you like to fussy cut?
  • Do you mail your cards?
  • Do you typically use black or colored ink?
  • Sell your cards?
  • Do you ever foresee giving up stamping?
  • Dedicate room? Shared room? Kitchen? Living room? Basement?
  • What do you use most often on your projects/cards/scrapbooks?
  • What is one crafting item you don't own but am considering purchasing?
  • Given a choice you would rather create a card with no layers, one layer or multiple layers?
  • If you had to give away all my crafting supplies except one thing, what is the ONE item you would keep?

Remember, you want to comment answers you think I would make!!

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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?!

Announcements/ Contests/ Projects

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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Posted on August 3, 2016

Thoughtful Branches Project

Paper crafting/ Projects

Hi stampers! I'm excited to share another Thoughtful Branches project; this would make an awesome Christmas card. SO easy to put together!

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This exclusive stamp set will only be available for purchase during the month of August. With the versatile designs and sentiments, this is a “must add” to your collection. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I can pre-order products before release to customers so I've had a few weeks to create with this new stamp set.

There is a bundle available that includes coordinating thinlits dies and is a great option for a 10% discount! You'll see instructions for this card and a supply list below. You can click on any picture to go right to my online ordering site to grab yours. Once you have your set and need ideas, I'll be happy to send you additional pdf's that will help to inspire you!

Supplies:

Stamp SetsThoughtful Branches (143539); Wondrous Wreath (135047)

Card Stock – Thick White Cardstock (140272); Real Red Cardstock (102482)

Stamp Pads – Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126949)

 

Misc. – Big Shot Machine (143263); Beautiful Branches Thinlits (143538)

 

Measurements:

  • Thick White Cardstock: 4-1/4” x 11”, 5” x 3-3/4”; scraps for die cutting
  • Real Red Cardstock: 5-1/4” x 4”

Instructions:

  1. Fold White cardstock in half for card base and layer with Real Red cardstock.
  2. Stamp “Happy Wonderful Christmas” in Real Red at bottom right corner of smaller piece of white cardstock and layer onto card base.
  3. Die cut tree four times from Thick White Cardstock scraps. Glue layers together to make one thick piece. Adhere to card center.
  4. Stamp bird in Real Red on scrap of white cardstock and die cut. Adhere to tree.
  5. On inside, stamp “Many Happy Moments. . .” and another bird.

I hope you've enjoyed today's project; click here to see Monday's idea for using Thoughtful Branches.

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Posted on August 1, 2016

Tomorrow’s the Day!

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting

Tomorrow's the day you can order the exclusive, limited time bundle, Thoughtful Branches; you can also order the stamp set and Thinlits Dies separately.

Today's project features images from this stamp set…enjoy!

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There are lots of great images in the stamp set and the coordinating thinlits make die-cutting a breeze! Check out all the images in the pdf : thoughtfulbranches_flyer_jul0516_us

Instructions for today's card and supply list follows. Just click on any image following to order.

Supplies:

  • Stamps: Thoughtful Branches
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip 126979, Cajun Craze 126965 reinker 119790, Always Artichoke 126972 reinker 105232, Crushed Curry reinker 131158,  Versamark 102283
  • Paper: Crumb Cake Notecards & Envelopes 133766, Early Espresso 119786, Very Vanilla 101650
  • Accessories:  SNAIL 104332, Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430, Embossing Buddy 103083, Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder 141636, Heat Tool 129053, Paper Snips 103579, 5/8” Burlap Ribbon, Stampin’ Pierce Mat 126199
  • Non-Stampin’ Up!: Baby wipes

Measurements:

  • Early Espresso layer:  3 3/8” x 4 7/8”
  • Very Vanilla layer: 3 ¼” x 4 ¾”
  • Very Vanilla for greeting: 2” x 2 ¼”
  • 5/8” Burlap Ribbon: about 3 ½”

Instructions:

      1. Adhere Early Espresso layer to front of Crumb Cake Notecard with SNAIL.
      2. Fold a baby wipe on a non-porous plate. Starting with Crushed Curry, add drops of reinker randomly on baby wipe. Add Cajun Craze reinker drops, then Always Artichoke reinker drops until the baby wipe is covered about the size of the tree foliage stamp.
      3. Press the tree foliage stamp into the colors on the baby wipe. Stamp on vanilla layer with the “tab” on the stamp pointing down.
      4. Stamp tree trunk directly under the foliage using Chocolate Chip ink.
      5. Stamp the grass lines and grass stubble around the bottom of the tree with Always Artichoke ink.
      6. Sponge edges with Crumb Cake ink. Adhere to Early Espresso layer with SNAIL.
      7. Fray the edges of the burlap ribbon. Adhere across the bottom of the vanilla layer with SNAIL.
      8. Ink leaf with Cajun Craze. Stamp off before stamping on vanilla scrap. Rub with Embossing Buddy. Stamp greeting with Versamark. Sprinkle with Copper powder. Heat with Heat Tool. Cut around greeting and leaf with Paper Snips, leaving a little edge of vanilla around it to give the edges a smooth look. Adhere over the ribbon with dimensionals.
Thanks for stopping by today, and…..

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Posted on July 28, 2016

Painter’s Palette and Bonus Days

Classes / Events/ Holidays / Special Days/ Product Information/ Stamping

Our new 2016-2018 In Color Collection is shown off so beautifully in the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack. The coordinating Painter's Palette stamp set makes it so easy to create custom birthday cards for your special family and friends. Notice the little pocket inside this cheery card. A gift card fits perfectly or you could tuck in a little note.

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You'll see pictures of supplies and all the instructions at the bottom of this post. But WAIT, don't go there yet…..

DON'T FORGET!

Bonus Days : July 7- July 31, 2016

Earn in July

  •  through July 31, 2016 ONLY

 Redeem in August .

  • August 2 – August 31, 2016 

NOTE: Bonus Days coupon codes will be delivered directly from Stampin' Up! via email,

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An email address is required to participate in this promotion. We cannot resend emails with coupon codes, so make sure you save the email and write down the codes in a safe place so you don't miss out on the coupons you earn.

  • You will receive a $5 Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 you spend in a single order (catalog price before shipping and tax).
  • There is NO LIMIT  to the number of coupons you can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
  • There is NO LIMIT on the number of coupons you can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupons codes will be used in the checkout process during the redemption period.

*Participants will receive a Bonus Days coupon code via email for every $50 spent in a single order. (merchandise price BEFORE tax and shipping)

It's like Kohl's  cash

  • Make sure you keep your emails with your codes so you can cash them in starting on August 2.

Questions? Contact me please!

Note:

*Please check your SPAM/Junk Folder if you do NOT see your email from Stampin'Up! with your coupon codes.

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Posted on July 28, 2016

Sketch Challenge

Projects/ Scrapbook/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Ever get stuck in a rut with your cardmaking? Using the same colors, the same designs, your same old “standby” stamp sets?

This happens to me sometimes; when it does, I look for a sketch challenge to get my creative juices freely flowing again! Here's one I found at Becky Fleck's PageMaps (http://pagemaps.com/june11cardmaps.htm)
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Think of all the scraps from your scrapbooking or stamping you could use up…each card would be different and any sentiment would work!

I hope today's sketch challenge inspired you; I'd love to see your creations!
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Posted on July 27, 2016

Teddy Bear Fun

Stamping

OK…aren't these little teddy bears made with the Fox Builder Punch just the CUTEST???

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Baby cards, baby shower invitations, even wedding congratulations made with this punchwould be so adorable!

If you haven't seen the punch and/or the matching stamp set, just click on an image below and go right to my online store to see more info and/or purchase. I've also included pictures of the coordinating Designer Series Paper Stack. The product coordination really is one of the best features of Stampin' Up! products.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you enjoyed today's teddy bear fun!

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Posted on July 26, 2016

Floral Phrases Bundle Samples

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days/ Tuesday Tips

Our daughter is getting married in the fall and I've been playing around with the Floral Phrases Bundle to create some invitation ideas for her. While those ideas are a closely guarded secret at this point (can't spoil the “reveal” when invitations are sent out!), I thought I'd share some card samples; I picked ones done with navy as that is one of her wedding colors…enjoy!

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As you can see, the stamp set and coordinating Detailed Floral Thinlit are perfect for thank you as well as wedding invitations and congratulations.

When you order the Floral Phrases Bundle, you'll also want to add a package of the elegant Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper. Not only will the paper give you many yummy patterns to use BUT you'll qualify for a $5 Bonus Days Coupon…woo hoo! Note: the code will be sent to you in an email from Stampin' Up! immediately after you place your order–save these codes!. You'll be able to redeem your coupon code (s) from August 2 – August 31.

You might also want to add a bottle of our Fine Tip Glue to your order…it makes adhering the detailed die cutouts so easy.

 Thanks for stopping by today!

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Posted on July 25, 2016

Create a Quick Background

Mojo Monday/ Videos

Do you ever want to create a quick background that will really show off your stamped or diecut image? I recorded a quick video to show you how I use my Stampin' Write Markers and some water to do just that!

Be sure to email me if you have any questions or if there is a technique you'd like me to feature!

 

 

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