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For The Birds Little Red Wagon Card

For The Birds Little Red Wagon Card

One of the stamp sets on the Retirement List is For The Birds, which is kind of a shame because it’s one of those nice stamp sets, pleasing images, all-occasion greetings and easy to color in.  You can also stamp the image in just one color and leave it plain without coloring it in and make a monochromatic card.

In this card, I used a Mossy Meadow card base and a piece of designer paper from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack for the layer. The image is stamped with Jet Black Stazon Ink on Whisper White.  The wagon, flowers, and bird are colored in with Stampin’ Write Markers and Blender Pens. Isn’t it fun to feel like a little kid again while you sit and color?! For a  little sky color I just sponged on a little blue with a Sponge Dauber in the background.

When I found a little scrap of Real Red that was already embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, I tried it as a layer under my stamped image and thought it worked. This Polka Dot Folder is retiring also!  I use this one a lot so will be sorry to see it go! It’s a good all-purpose/want-a-little-something embossing folder!

For a finishing touch I added a small bow made with the Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon.  I thought it finished off the card nicely. When the card was finished, I felt very satisfied with the colors and look of this card! It’s nice when that happens!

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Diagonal Paper Strips Thank You Card

Diagonal Paper Strips Thank You Card

One of everyone’s favorite things about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is receiving the Stampin’ Success Magazine. Inside we will find the latest Stampin’ Up! news and products, stamping tips and ideas, business tips and more.  The part I love, of course, are the pictures of samples of cards and other projects! This thank you card is based on a card I saw in my new magazine, although I changed it up a little. I made a regular size card and used the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper cut in 3/4″ strips and adhered on a diagonal on Whisper White card stock.  The card base is Daffodil Delight.

To make the card, I just laid out the strips of paper so that they covered the Whisper White down to the bottom.  If you miss a little bit, like I did, just trim it off later. I stamped the greeting from the Fabulous Four Stamp Setpart on the Whisper White and part on the designer paper strip.  I got lucky just eyeballing it, but you could be more precise with the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig. I only put a little bit of adhesive on the back of that first strip until after I did the stamping, so in case I messed up, I wouldn’t be ruining the whole card! But as I said, I got lucky!  The ink is Blackberry Bliss, one of the coordinating colors of the designer paper.

For a little embellishment, I added a bit of Gold Baker’s Twine. You could also use the Painted Blooms Cotton Twine, as I did in another card I made while I had the supplies out.

Here’s how I laid out my strips on the Whisper White layer.  Then I just trimmed off the excess strips. This is easier than trying to measure exactly!

Making Diagonal Paper Strips

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Thinlits Multicolor Butterfly Card

Thinlits Multicolor Butterfly Card

Yes, Stampin’ Up! has the long-delayed Butterflies Thinlits Dies in stock now and ready to order! And to make up for the long delay, Stampin’ Up! has this special offer, available only until April 30:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at a 15 percent discount and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

The background layer on this card is actually made from the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, which you can choose FREE with the purchase of a Butterflies Bundle. The paper is embossed with white patterns so that when you apply some ink over the paper, the embossed pattern will pop out! Then just wipe with a tissue to clean it off and get off any excess ink.

The multicolored butterfly is made by sponging on several colors of ink on Whisper White card stock and THEN die-cutting with the butterfly thinlit. It will be a surprise what your butterfly will look like! Really fun to do!  Then I placed it over a Tea Lace Paper Doily adhered to the card.  The butterfly has three Candy Dots on its body.

If you want the Butterflies Thinlits, don’t hesitate!  Go get them at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store while you can get a discount!  Be sure to check the Weekly Deals for this week, ending Monday night.Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals April 14, 2015

Calling All Heroes Stormy Night in Houston

Calling All Heroes Stormy Night in Houston

We were having such a stormy night in Houston, Texas last night that I got the idea to make a stormy card with the Calling All Heroes Stamp Set right in the midst of the lightning, thunder and buckets of rain. Those lightning bolts in the stamp set popped into my head, plus the tall buildings for a skyline, as well as the word bubbles that could serve as angry clouds.

In spite of looking dark gray in my photo, the card layer is actually Basic Black. At first I stamped the buildings in one of the gray inks, but they barely showed up. Then I thought of stamping with Versamark Ink and embossing with Clear Emboss Powder using the Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool. It made the buildings show up subtlely in the dark and stormy night, and they certainly were soaked in rain!

I stamped the “word bubble” stamps in Memento Ink on Basic Gray cardstock and cut out with my Paper Snips. I stamped the lightning bolts also in Memento Ink on Crushed Curry card stock and cut out.

I was stamping this card in the midst of this storm with all kinds of thunderstorm warnings and flood warnings beeping loudly on the TV plus on my cellphone, the lightning was flashing like crazy, and it was raining harder than I’ve heard it in a long time. So I had plenty of inspiration going on around me!!

Just as I finished photographing the card, the power went off!  All these years we have been on the lucky side of the street with the power, for the most part, even after hurricanes, but lately something has been wrong and the power has been off several times as they made repairs. Last night I didn’t hold out much hope that it was going to get fixed any time soon and it didn’t.  It came back on about 7 am today, which was great.  Thank goodness for a charged laptop and a small battery TV so we could keep up with the weather and watch some of the late shows before bed. Not to mention doing some reading with a flashlight.

The good thing is, stamping does not require electricity (except for heat embossing) so any time your electricity is off, you can still stamp by a window or with a flashlight!

The other good news is the Calling All Heroes Stamp Set, which I surprisingly love, is good for stormy nights and not just super heroes!

And maybe the best news of the weekend, if you saw my late post yesterday, is that the Butterflies Thinlits Dies are available again! Due to the west coast port situation, plus the delay of unloading the ships and finding a truck to transport them, Stampin’ Up! has been out of them for ages.  But the Butterflies arrived yesterday in Riverton, UT and are available now! To make up for the delay, Stampin’ Up! is offering them at a discount OR if you want the already-discounted Bundle with the coordinating Butterfly Basics Stamp Set, you can choose a free Sale-A-Bration item (while supplies last!)

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Butterflies Thinlits Dies Are Here!!

Butterflies Thinlits

After a (very) long migration, the Butterflies Thinlits Dies have landed in our warehouse and are now available for purchase!

You can take advantage of two special offers through April 30:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at a 15 percent discount and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

Of course you can purchase the Butterflies and more at my Stampin’ Up! Online Store or I can always put the order in for you!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Work of Art Butterfly Thinlits Card

For more information on this card, read my blog post HERE.

Hooray It’s Your Day Card Kit Video

I love watching Stampin’ Up! videos, especially ones done by Bonnie from the Stampin’ Up! Home Office! Watch how she tells about this Hooray It’s Your Day Card Kit and shows some samples of cards you can make!

Then go to my Stampin’ Up! Online Store and order your kit!

I’ll keep you posted on the Butterflies Thinlits and Bundles and the Stampin’ Up! special offer and let you know when you can order these long-awaited products!

An Easy Sheltering Tree Card

Sheltering Tree Card

Want to make an easy and fun card with the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set? Make a lovely pastoral scene with the Sheltering Tree. This stamp set, which is photopolymer, has a lot of little pieces that make it fun to play with!  Since it is photopolymer you can see through the stamp and know that you are placing your stamp where you want it. But you don’t need to use all the pieces if you want to make a simpler card.

The card base is Baked Brown Sugar, layered with Pistachio Pudding and then Whisper White for the stamped layer. I stamped the tree trunk in Early Espresso and the leaves with Pistachio Pudding ink plus other greens markered on with the Stampin’ Write Markers. That didn’t show up that well so probably not worth the trouble, but you could try doing it with a little more contrast. Next I stamped the swaths of grass in Pistachio Pudding and Old Olive for some contrast, you could do just one color easily. Several good greetings come in the stamp set so you can choose the one you like. I stamped mine in Early Espresso.  The rake is also stamped in Early Espresso.  I put the rake in the scene because I raked up some leaves and broken twigs this morning on our sidewalk.  Not one of my usual activities! But I was in the mood!

The little blades of grass are also a stamp in the set.  Kinda fun to stamp those around.  And for a final touch, I sponged some Soft Sky ink around the background for some sky and additional color.

Lots you can do with this set, including making some framed pictures for home decor!

Here are the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals if you missed them on Tuesday.  These are good until Monday, April 20.

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals April 14, 2015

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Butterflies Thinlits Just Because Card

Butterflies Thinlits Just Because Card

Stampin’ Up! was hoping these Butterflies Thinlits Dies would be available today, but not quite! Here is the update from Stampin’ Up! hot off the press:

We have received notice from our supplier that the container with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies was finally unloaded from the ship; however, there is a shortage of trucks, which has delayed the container being picked up. We have secured a truck to pick up the container, and, as of now, it is scheduled to be delivered to Stampin’ Up! on Friday. We will post an update as soon as they are available.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to await their arrival!

So hang in there! Stampin’ Up! is trying as hard as they can!  I will continue to keep you updated.

In the meantime, I made this card the other day, playing with the butterfly thinlits and the Sale-A-Bration designer series paper, Best Year Ever.  Such an easy way to make multicolored pretty butterflies!  And once these butterfly thinlits become available, Stampin’ Up! will have a special offer for you:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)

My card is an odd size. The card base is 6 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, folded in half, so the card is 5 1/2″ x 3 1/4″. I don’t even know why I made this size, but there it is! I stamped a couple swooshes on the background with Work Of Art before I adhere the die-cut butterflies. The greeting is stamped from the  And Many More Stamp Set, chock full of greetings just like my favorite greeting stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes!  And I added some bling with both Rhinestones and Pearls!  Why not?!

Stay tuned for more updates about the Butterflies Thinlits Dies so you can purchase them or the Bundles as soon as they are available!

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For The Birds Thinking of You Card

For The Birds Mailbox Thinking of You Card

When I was ready to stamp, I just decided to pull out the For The Birds Stamp Set and ended up with this thinking of you card.  Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason for what I stamp. I might go to the shelf for a certain stamp set and something else will catch my eye. That’s one of the things I love about stamping –  there are so many options and choices and usually you can make any of them work.

These For The Birds stamps all have a saying underneath the image.  Some I like and some I don’t care for that much, but you can avoid using the saying if you don’t want it. Either cover it up with a post-it before you ink up and then remove it, or wipe the ink off, or cut the greeting off after you stamp. On this tag, I just cut off the words underneath the mailbox and made my own greeting with a stamp from Teeny Tiny Wishes. I cut out the greeting with the Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits.

The tag is stamped with Stazon Black Ink and colored in with Stampin’ Write Markers – sort of! With the Blendabiities gone, I ordered some new Blender Pens on my last order. I still have my original set and one other but they are all a little ragged and dry. It was a joy to color with these new pointy Blender Pens!! There are so many options for coloring, but what I did today on this tag was to scribble some marker ink on the stamp case cover, then picked up that ink with a Blender Pen.  You can use the same one over and over and just scribble it on your Grid Paper (backordered right now!) or scrap paper until it is clear again. You can add more ink if you want your coloring darker, although you can’t “work” the coloring too much on just Whisper White paper.  Better to use Watercolor Paper. But I was using Whisper White and I did get it messed up a little bit – but let’s just say it’s an old mail box!! In some places where I wanted it darker, I used the marker directly. Depending on the colors, using markers straight on your image is too dark and heavy often times. That’s why Blender Pens or the Aqua Painter are so useful to have available.

Since the tag was too plain, I added some sponging with the Sponge Daubersjust a little Wild Wasabi and Soft Sky. And a little shadow with the Smokey Slate Marker.  I used the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and adhered a bow with the Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon (which is on the Clearance Rack as I write this!).

The card base is a 4 1/4″ Whisper White square with a layer of Island Indigo card stock and a pattern from the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack.

Go look on your shelf of stamp sets and see which one jumps out at you and create something with it!

Reminder:  Last day for this week’s Weekly Deals!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals April 7 2015

Butterfly Thinlit Mother’s Day Card

Butterfly Thinlit Mother's Day Card
The Butterflies Thinlits Dies in the Occasions Catalog may soon be available again at Stampin’ Up! Due to the port situation on the west coast, lots of products have been backordered, due to no fault of Stampin’ Up! Now they are able to announce they “expect” to receive these in-demand dies, that are sitting on a ship, by later next week hopefully.

Here is part of the announcement from Stampin’ Up!:

We realize you and your customers may be disappointed you were not able to purchase the Thinlits in time to receive Sale-A-Bration rewards–especially in the discounted bundles. Therefore, from the day Butterflies Thinlits are again available through April 30, we are bringing you two special offers:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

My butterfly card in the photo is made with a card base of Coastal Cabana card stock and the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper. The butterfly is die cut from another piece of the DSP with the Butterflies Thinlits with a few Pearls for an embellishment.  The greeting is from the stamp set And Many More.  I bought the wood-mount stamp set since the stamps are small and I like to just be able to stamp without putting on a clear block. This would make a pretty Mother’s Day card, birthday, thank you, thinking of you, even sympathy.

So if you missed out on getting the Butterflies Thinlits Dies or would like the coordinating stamp set Butterfly Basics in the bundle, keep your fingers crossed that they will arrive at the Stampin’ Up! Distribution Center very soon! And you’ll get to take advantage of the discount or the already discounted Bundle plus a free Sale-A-Bration item.

Check out the Occasions Catalog while you are waiting!

Flower Patch Spring Birthday Card & Last Day Free Shipping!!

Flower Patch Spring Birthday Card

I’ve been thinking about making a flowery spring card. When I found this Whisper White card base with the Daffodil Delight layer already adhered and mixed in with the card stock, it became the start of the card I was going to make. Since the Brights Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack was already out on the table, I just used that for another layer and thought the spring flowers and leaves from the Flower Patch Photopolymer Stamp Set would make the perfect spring card. After you stamp some flowers, you can use the Big Shot and the Flower Fair Framelits Dies to cut the pieces out.  The Flower Fair Framelits Dies are on sale until Monday on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

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Paper Pumpkin Snip

And if you want to try Paper Pumpkin, the papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month, subscribe today (April 10th)!  If you subscribe by today, you will receive your first kit in a few days when they ship about mid-April. Subscribe after April 10th and you’ll receive the May kit first. Only $19.95/month and that price includes shipping!

Or add a Prepaid Subscription to your Stampin’ Up! order (free shipping not offered on Paper Pumpkin kits).  Just choose the length of time you want. Receive an email with instructions on how to activate your account.  Give one as a gift!

Lots going on at Stampin’ Up!  FREE SHIPPING ends at 11:50 pm Mountain Time TONIGHT! Take advantage of it! SHOP HERE!

 

Oh My Stars!! Last Two Days of Free Shipping at Stampin’ Up!

Star Framelit Card

Oh my stars! I’ve always said we all need stars in our stamping collections! They can be stamps or punches or framelits, but we all need stars available to us. Stars can be used for so many occasions, so if you have stars, you can make a card.  This week the Stars Framelits Dies are on sale on the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals AND you can order them (and more!) with Stampin’ Up! free shipping, but only today and tomorrow. FREE SHIPPING ends Friday, April 10. Don’t miss it!

I made this star card by folding a piece of Basic Black card stock in half and placing the fold at the top and just below the top edge of the star framelit so that it would not be cut. That leaves the fold to form the card.  On the inside I also added a tiny strip of paper as a hinge for the top of the card. Then I die cut assorted stars in Daffodil Delight card stock and Brights Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack so I could play around with various combinations to make the card.  If you place one star framelit inside another, you can cut out the center as you can see I did on one star. Pop some of the stars up on Stampin’ Dimensionals if you like.

Here is the inside of the card.  Now I can stamp a greeting inside for whatever occasion I need.

Star Card Inside

Be sure you take advantage of the great Weekly Deals this week and especially the FREE SHIPPING! Remember, everyone needs stars!

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Play Ball! Celebrate Baseball’s Opening Day! Go Astros!

Astros Opening Day Baseball Card

Today is Opening Day for Astros baseball in Houston, so why not celebrate with a card?! As I looked through some ideas I found this Starburst Sayings Stamp Set and I thought “Oh Happy Day” certainly expresses the feelings of baseball fans everywhere when baseball starts back up in the spring. I used Night of Navy card stock for the card base and added a fun layer of orange from the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper.  The middle strip of Night of Navy is embossed with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and the Big Shot.

The center medallion is stamped with Night of Navy ink and then die cut with a Circle Framelit. That way it would fit on a Starburst Framelit that is the right size for this card.  The starburst is cut from a Gold Foil sheet.  To make the wording pop on the medallion, I stamped again in Pumpkin Pie ink and just cut out the word Happy to adhere over the blue popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To give the card a baseball feel, I punched two Whisper White circles with the 1″ Circle Punch. Then I just drew on the baseball markings with Stampin’ Write Markers in Real Red and Smokey Slate.

And you can order any of these stamping supplies with FREE SHIPPING THIS WEEK!

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No shipping charge April 6-10.

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Paper Pumpkin Sew You Kit Cards

Paper Pumpkin Sew You Kit Cards

With each Paper Pumpkin Kit, the papercrafting kit that comes to you in the mail once a month, you can choose the make the project, whatever it might be, exactly as described or you can change up the design and perhaps add some extra materials of your own. This kit for March, Sew You, comes with little prepunched cards all ready for some embroidery! If you’ve never picked up a needle and thread (or it has been awhile!), the instructions with the kit tell you how to do it. It’s very simple. You can even change up the stitching if you like, as I did on the middle Thank You card. On the bottom card, I cut one of the black and white card bases in half and used that as a layer on top of my own Coastal Cabana card stock to which I added some Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon. The little acrylic stickers come with the kit. They are a fun little accent to add to the card!

Once you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can purchase any past kits that are available or any refills for the kits. Maybe you want to make more or maybe you missed a kit that you would like to have. The refill kits come with just the supplies, not the stamp set, so you might have to supplement with your own stamps and greetings but that shouldn’t be so difficult.

If you haven’t made your kit yet, here is a GREAT way to thread the needle without fighting with the multiple strands in the thread.  Just take a piece of paper, folded in half that will fit through the eye of the needle.  Lay the end of your thread inside the folded paper and insert through the needle. Your thread goes through easily and perfectly! I love it! There are all kinds of threading gadgets, but this tiny piece of paper worked great!

How to Thread the Needle

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Uh-Oh! My Paper Pumpkin Kit Doesn’t Work!

After being on vacation when my March Paper Pumpkin Kit arrived and then preparing for a tax audit, I am finally getting some time to play with my Paper Pumpkin Kit! This is a very versatile kit. Make the cards exactly as designed or double your options by cutting the card bases in half and using them as layers on your own Stampin’ Up! card stock! Add some embellishments, like ribbon, to tie around the card. Make invitations, birthday cards, thank you cards, any occasion cards. Probably many other ideas.

But I have to say, this kit was weird!  After making a card, it unmade itself and put everything back in the box!!!  How could that happen???!!!  Watch the video to see for yourself!!

 

Ok, my pathetic attempt at an April Fool’s joke!

 Happy April’s Fool Day! 

What tricks are you playing today?

Use Your Ribbon to Make an Easter Egg Card

Ribbon Easter Egg Card

Use your ribbon to make a colorful Easter egg! Use the Oval Framelits to cut an Easter egg shape in a card layer. I used adhesive (Fast Fuse) around the back edge of the oval and stretched the ribbon across the opening.  If I did it again, I think I would adhere the ribbon to a separate piece of card stock that fit underneath the oval opening. I used the three colors of ribbon in the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure.  It also comes with buttons.  The bunny is stamped with Stazon and colored in with Stampin’ Write Markers and cut out with Paper Snips (not too hard!). The greeting is from the stamp set And Many More. For a little bling, I added some Rhinestone Jewels to the Easter Egg and a Pearl to cover where I cut through the bunny to reach that inner arm part that needed to be cut out!

Today is the second to last day of Sale-A-Bration!  The biggest promotion of the Stampin’ Up! year ends tomorrow, Tuesday March 31.  Don’t miss it!  With every $50 purchase, choose a free Sale-A-Bration product!

Are you on my Mailing List?  I sent out a last minute reminder for the end of Sale-A-Bration today! Just trying to take care of my customers!  Be sure to check your Inbox!  And if you aren’t signed up, do it today so you won’t miss a thing!

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The Easter Bunny is Hiding Some Easter Eggs!

Easter Card with Bunny and Eggs

This is such a fun and happy card to make! When you are making an Easter Bunny card hiding Easter eggs, it’s bound to be a happy card! I started with a piece of the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper #138635 that comes in plain white with embossed patterns on it.  When you apply ink over it, the pattern magically appears! I used a Sponge Dauber with Pear Pizzazz ink. Then just take a tissue or paper towel and wipe just to get any excess ink off the embossed patterns.  It’s so fun! Half the work is already done for you with the embossing already printed on the paper.  You could of course leave it plain for an elegant card or to use on a fancy package.

I thought the Easter Bunny hiding eggs in those leaves on the paper would be a fun scene for an Easter card. I just punched out eggs from the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper #138633 with the Extra-Large Oval Punch and the Small Oval PunchI wasn’t really planning to use both sizes but decided the two sizes looked cute together and why couldn’t the Bunny be leaving eggs of different sizes?!

The punch-art bunny is simply made with the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, the Large Oval Punchand the Word Window Punch. His little nose is the heart on the Owl Punch. Just draw on some eyes and whiskers with Stampin’ Write Markers.

The greeting comes from two stamps from the Crazy About You Stamp Set.  The card base is Calypso Coral which coordinates with the Best Year Ever Designer Paper.

You can get either or both of these designer paper packs FREE during Sale-A-Bration, each with a $50 purchase, but only until Tuesday, March 31.  Sale-A-Bration ends at 11:50 pm MT (Stampin’ Up! Time) on Tuesday, March 31.  Don’t miss it! That’s THIS Tuesday, believe it or not!!

If you need just a little bit more to reach your $50, or $100, or $150 for Sale-A-Bration, be sure to check out the Weekly Deals or the Clearance Rack for just an inexpensive item to add! And they did add more items to the Clearance Rack the other day!! Or choose a download for My Digital Studio which anyone can use on their computer.

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Easter Eggs Easter Card

Easter Eggs Easter Card

This Easter Eggs Easter Card was a complete surprise to me because I started out planning to make some totally different project! Once I reached into my Whisper White card stock scraps, I discovered these ovals already cut with the Ovals Collection Framelits  #129381 (as of today, these are on backorder). I don’t know what project they came from, but it was handy to find them! I immediately had the idea to stamp these ovals and decorate them as Easter eggs!  I pulled out the Work of Art Stamp Set and used the chevron pattern, the straight line, and the circle stamps in the set to stamp in various colors to give these ovals the look of Easter eggs!  I choose several ink colors from the Subtles family:  Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, and So Saffron. You could also use the Brights or In Colors. I kept this card simple, but you could add glitter to the patterns or some other embellishments like pearls or rhinestones!

The card base is Pool Party.  The Whisper White layer is sponged a little at the top with Pool Party ink using a Sponge Dauber to look like sky.  The grass is a scrap strip of Old Olive and cut with the Fringe Scissors.  So easy! The bottom (chevron) egg is glued right to the layer with the Liquid Multipurpose Glue and the other one is popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The greeting is stamped with two words on a clear block from the Crazy About You Photopolymer Stamp Set.  You an order this stamp set in any of the types:  wood, clear, photopolymer, digital. I chose photopolymer because I can see through the stamp to hopefully get the words lined up exactly where I want them. On this card I was able to put both words on the clear block and stamped on scrap paper first to make sure they were lined up and spaced correctly.  Then I just stamped right on the card. It was risky since I already had the rest of the card made!  Better to do the stamping first in case you mess up!  But I also knew that if I messed up stamping directly on the card I could go back and stamp on card stock and then adhere that to the front of the card like a banner or just a strip or a punch.

I might add that this stamp set, in any of the forms, is also available as a Bundle which includes the stamp set and the Hello You Thinlits!  AND you save 15%!

With the exit of My Digital Studio the end of May, as I was looking at these stamp sets and Bundles in my Stampin’ Up! Online Store, I saw the digital version of Crazy About You which includes the stamp brush set (the stamps) plus the Hello You Thinlits words!  All for only $9.95.  It is actually named the So Very You Stamp Brush Digital Download. You can use this whether or not you have MDS, just use it on your computer. But you can still buy My Digital Studio and use it as long as you like even though Stampin’ Up! won’t be supporting it or putting out new downloads. I’m sad to see it go!

Check out the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack today!  New items were added, only available while supplies last, of course!

All of this will count toward your order for Sale-A-Bration rewards with a $50 order, or multiples of $50.  Sale-A-Bration ends March 31, next Tuesday!  Don’t miss it!!

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Happy Easter Bunny Easter Card

Happy Easter Bunny Easter Card

From the minute I saw this Happy Easter Bunny single stamp I loved it! You’ll find it in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. It’s just a “happy” stamp!  I kept this Easter card simple, just stamp and color.  And the coloring is easy and fun!

I stamped the image with Stazon Jet Black Ink and colored in the images with my Stampin’ Write Markers. You can purchase these markers in color families, some individually, and best of all, in the complete set with carrying case. If you purchase the Many Marvelous Markers, you will earn two FREE Sale-A-Bration products!  If you add some more products to your order to reach $150, you will earn three SAB products plus Hostess Benefits! That means you get to shop with $25 in Hostess Dollars!

The bunny is colored with Crumb Cake, the leaves are colored with three different “green” markers just for fun, and the eggs and flowers are just colored with random colors.  You choose! To jazz up the greeting “Happy Easter” I used the fine tip of the marker to go over the letters with Melon Mambo. And for a little extra bling, I pulled off some sequins from the Bermuda Bay Sequin TrimTo adhere any sequins, I put a tiny tiny dab of Liquid Multipurpose Glue on the card where I want to place the sequins and then place the sequin on the tiny glue dab.

I find it relaxing to sit and color, and Stampin’ Up! has several ways to do it. I had pulled out my Blender Pens and was going to scribble some ink from the marker on to the stamp case, then pick it up with the Blender Pen, but as it turned out I just colored lightly straight with the marker. But if you need a lighter look, you can try the Blender Pen.

There’s still time order the Happy Easter Bunny stamp and get it before Easter if you hurry.

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Easy to Make Blooming With Kindness Flower Card

Blooming With Kindness Card

Sometimes it is so easy to come up with an idea for a card, and the Blooming With Kindness Stamp Set seemed to fit the bill for this easy card. While catching up on reading newspapers after our vacation to Death Valley last week, I saw a furniture store ad that had a pillow that caught my eye. The main image on the pillow actually looked a little like a retired stamp we used to have but I also thought of this Blooming With Kindness flower stamp. Then I just stamped a small portion of the flower in each corner of the Whisper White layer.  This is a 4″ x 4″ card.

On the inside of the card I stamped a larger portion of the flower in the lower right corner of a piece of Whisper White. A greeting can be stamped inside or I can simply write a little note in my own handwriting.

The card base is Night of Navy card stock 4″ x 8″ folded in half.  The layer is Whisper White 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and the images stamped in Night of Navy Ink.

Here is a picture of my inspiration for this card:

Pillow Inspiration for Card

I think you will find that often home decors ads or pictures in magazines can really give you ideas for card, especially pillows! They are the accent pieces of the room and often the colors or the basic design pattern can catch your eye and make you think of how you could translate that into a card or other project. Think about that next time you are paging through one of your magazines.

We are often focused on the newest “mini” catalog, but don’t forget the beautiful stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!  I have a few copies available if you do not have your own demonstrator that you work with and if you would like the hard copy of the catalog to look through. Just send me an email or leave a comment on this post.

This is about the last week for Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion, Sale-A-Bration!  Last day is the last day of the month, Tuesday March 31. Earn a free Sale-A-Bration product with every $50 purchase in current Stampin’ Up! products!  Just shop online RIGHT HERE!

Sale-A-Bration is also a good time to sign up to join Stampin’ Up! and become a Demonstrator! Not only do you get the Starter Kit chock full of $125 in stamping supplies plus some business supplies to get you started for ONLY $99, but during Sale-A-Bration you have two extra options to choose from:  Receive a FREE Simply Created Project Kit from the Occasions Catalog OR Receive two free Sale-A-Bration items of your choice. And remember, the Starter Kit is customizable now, no set products that you will receive.  You make your own list according to your likes and needs. As your upline, I can help you build your business in whatever manner you prefer. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have. It’s a very easy process to sign up, you will be a Demonstrator in minutes, and it just may be the best thing you could do for your life or for your family’s benefit.

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