World Card Making Day 2016

word card making day dealsStampin' Up! is offering a few products for a great deal starting this Saturday to celebrate World Card Making Day. This promotion is a fantastic way to replenish your supply of card making essentials.

I'm especially excited that the Designer Tin of Cards kit is included in this promotion. This kit is a fantastic way to build out your stash of cards to have on hand for ready mailing. Alternatively, this kit will make a fantastic gift for a crafty friend or family member this Holiday Season. I'll definitely be purchasing one of them to take advantage of this great deal!

If you do take advantage of this fantastic kit, you should know that the list of additional products in the catalog is incorrect. Stampin' Up! has an extensive editing process for their catalogs, but with something this big and complex, a few errors may occur. The products that you need are: Designer TIn of Cards stamp set (p. 161); Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, and Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Pads (p. 169-170); Fast Fuse Adhesive (p. 182); Mini Glue Dots (p. 182); and Stampin' Dimensionals (p. 182).

There is another Stampin' Up! promotion that starts on October 1st, and you can take advantage of the two offers until October 5th. I'll share the other promotion in a post tomorrow – they are both great deals, so please take your time to check them out.

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Posted on : Sep 29 2016
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Flourishing Wishes

Flourishing PhrasesWe made this card in the stamp club gathering in July. It was an especially busy evening because the ladies made this card the same evening that they made the birthday shaker card that I shared here a couple of weeks ago. There are several stepped up details on this card that make it especially pretty. I can't claim responsibility for designing this – I learned all about it from a fellow demonstrator named Linda. I thought it was SOOO go-juss that I just had to share it with my stamp club gals.  This is one of those cards that is more involved to create, but the end result is totally worth it.

This card uses almost all of the shapes from the Flourish Thinlits die set along with the coordinating stamps. Additionally, all of the die cut shapes were brushed with the Clear Wink of Stella to give it some extra glam. As is always the way with attempting to photograph glimmer, you can't really see it here. It has a lovely subtle sparkle on the die cut pieces IRL.

The stamp set/die cut bundle are definitely on the expensive side, but they are totally worth it in my opinion. You get LOADS of stamps and die cut shapes in the bundle, and the fonts on the greetings are just plain fabulous. Also – if you host a party that has > $450 in merchandise sold, then you could choose to get this fabulous bundle at half price. Now wouldn't that just be fantastic?!? Contact me today to book your fun crafting time with friends.

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Posted on : Sep 26 2016
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Brad Paisley (not)

paisleys & posiesI created this card back in August for a demonstrator swap that I participated in for the new Holiday catalog. When I saw the various products in the Paisley suite, I totally plotzed! I have always been a huge fan of paisley patterns; I don't know why but it is definitely true. When shopping for fabrics for my other crafty love (quilting) I am suckered in every time if I see a paisley print.

I used this old color challenge for the combination of colors that you see in this card. I knew that I wanted to use Rich Razzleberry because I just had to incorporate that new ribbon into this card (the swap requirements include an embellishment). The colourQ site allows you to search for all combinations for a specific color, and I used that feature to find this gem. I deviated a little bit when I added some of the go-juss Copper Foil paper for the paisley die cut that you see on the finished card. That's what I love about using old challenges – there are no rules or requirements and I can let my creativity flow unconstrained.

I also drew inspiration from this sketch for the layout of my card. Again, this is a "historical" sketch so I was free to interpret as I desired. Acutally, the finished card is pretty darned close to the sketch layout, so I didn't deviate much at all. I looked at the cards that were submitted for the challenge when it was active and this particular sketch seemed to be especially popular. I have seen a lot of designs the last few months that have a diagonal component on them and it really is a great way to add some visual interest easily. Don't be surprised if you see me use this design again in the near future – I really do like it a lot!

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Posted on : Sep 16 2016
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Clearance Rack Deals

I just wanted to let you know that a whole bunch of products have been added this morning to the Clearance Rack. There are lots and lots of items that were retired from the previous "big" catalog and the Occasions/Spring catalog, and there are some real deals. Some of the deals will inevitably be snatched up right away, and these items are only available while supplies last. You can check out the store using this link, and while you're there you can also check out the Special Deals of current merchandise that are currently on offer.

I have to say that the red foil (shown here) is one of my favorite items that is now on sale. This item was introduced during the 2015 Holiday catalog, and it is just plain gorgeous! If you want some bling for your Holiday cards this year, you can't beat the almost 50% off deal that you can get on this great paper.

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Posted on : Sep 13 2016
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A Birthday Rose

rose garden thinlitsI found this card on the web and CASE'd it for my stamp club gals a few months ago. You could have heard a pin drop while the participants were filling in the black outline with the various pieces of cardstock to create this gorgeous rose. There was a bit of grumbling because the greeting is hand cut just inside the stamped outline of the label so that it can be layered on the die cut Calypso Coral mat. Despite that, the ladies really liked the finished product, and I know at least one of them used the same technique to create a card using the butterfly framelits.

You can't see it from the picture here, but the card includes an inside white panel so that you can use a regular pen to write out a greeting. That panel has some smaller stamped flowers (in Calypso Coral ink) from the Rose Wonder stamp set and a birthday greeting from the Cottage Greetings stamp set.

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Posted on : Sep 12 2016
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Happy Birthday Colin Firth

confetti celebrationWho knew that today is Colin Firth's birthday?!? I hope that he has a fantastic day celebrating. He has become such an inspirational actor, that I'm very excited to commemorate his special day (at least virtually).

I actually had the stamp club gals make this card at our July get-together. We actually did two cards that were more involved that evening, but the end result was worth it. We used some of the new supplies in the main catalog that make it so easy to create shaker cards. I really like how the colors come together for this cool card; the colors used are drawn from the Playful Palette DSP stack. You can also see a peek of the inside of the card which also has a stamped greeting along with some more DSP and color for some zing. The foam strips are a bit thicker than regular dimensionals, so this card may do best with hand delivery.

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Posted on : Sep 10 2016
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Marquee Birthday

Marquee MessagesThis card is actually a CASE of a card that was shared by Sara Douglass (CEO of Stampin' Up!) at the On Stage event back in April. This is a stamp set that was new with the big catalog release in June, and it is perfect for the paper piecing technique. Her sample featured some different colors but I followed her advice and used the colors from a DSP coordinating cardstock pack for the images. Sara suggested that this is a great card to make a bunch to have on hand. In her example (if I remember correctly) she made a bunch of invitations that she intended to use for a party. This really is a very cost effective card, and since it isn't especially lumpy it will go through the mail without any issues.

I shared this card with the stamp club gals a couple of months ago. We stamped the whole image on the notecard and each of the colors. Then we added the sparkle and greeting images that are on the card base. The greeting portions were then stamped on the sections as you see them here. We cut out the arrow portion and the birthday banner section entirely along the outside edge of the image. We had to do the fiddliest cutting along the left edge of the Pumpkin Pie piece, but we didn't have to be careful of the other edges on that section because the other panels cover portions. Lastly we stamped the outline star image on the back of the silver glimmer paper and cut them out and glued them down over their counterpart images on the sign.

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Posted on : Sep 09 2016
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Cable Knit Paper

As I shared the other day, the Holiday Catalog products are now available from Stampin' Up! and there are some gems to be had. I tried to be wiser with my money this time when I placed my pre-order, and focused on fewer products that I knew that I could use right away. I tend to go a little nuts with a new catalog – especially the Holiday Catalog. So, in my frugality I didn't purchase the Cable Knit embossing folder. What was I thinking?!? Of course I can use it right away – just do a search for some samples and you'll see that demonstrators have gone to town creating some awesome projects with this gem. I'll admit that I was reluctant because I don't want to purchase something that will be useful for a short time. But seriously, who am I kidding? All those Christmas sets that I can't resist are "uni-taskers" and that doesn't stop me from buying them. After doing some Pinterest surfing and the video from Stampin' Up!, I think that I will include this product on my next order. Thankfully, Stampin' Up! produced some great videos of Holiday products, so without further ado… here is the video about the Cable Knit embossing folder:

If you want to purchase one today, you can go to my on-line store here. While you're there, check out the other great Holiday Catalog products as well as the Special Deals.

 

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Posted on : Sep 07 2016
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Congrats Banner

banners for youI created this card a couple of months ago for a demonstrator swap to have samples from new stamp sets in the "new" big catalog. I also re-purposed this card for the card buffet that I held back in June. I love it when I can get more than one use out of a card design. cheeky

I dug into the archives from the Freshly Made Sketches web site for the inspiration for this card. I believe that I used this sketch before – this one is especially easy for me to follow for some reason. For this card, I used the die from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to cut the top edge of the Emerald Envy panel and create the wavy turquoise section. I also followed the colors from the Festive Birthday DSP for the color combination that I used. I love the brightness of this card!

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Posted on : Sep 06 2016
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Holiday 2016 Stamp-A-Stack

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It's that time of year again – time to get started on making your Holiday cards to avoid the last minute creative rush. I'm teaming up again with several demonstrators to offer a Holiday Stamp-A-Stack on Sunday October 9th. Pictured here is the collection of cards that the participants created at the event last year. As you can see, we have designed a wide variety of cards, and I'm sure it will be the same again this year.

holiday_sas_gifts_2015Every participant will receive a door prize handmade by the participating demonstrators. Shown here is part of the collection of gift bags that we gave out last year. You'll want to sign up for the event so you can get a lovely handmade gift again this year (tip – it will not be a gift bag this time wink).

Space in the event is limited, and we have sold out for the last several years. Please contact me today to reserve your spot – also, all registrations have to be pre-paid because we have to purchase and prepare all of the kits in advance.

Here are the details for the Stamp-A-Stack:

  • Date: October 9th, 2016
  • Time: 10:00 – 3:00
  • Location: VFW in St. Albans, VT
  • Fee: $35 for 10 cards
  • RSVP: September 25th
  • Included in class: 10 cards with envelopes, home cooked lunch, handmade door prize, ordering special, 50/50 raffle
  • You bring your own adhesive, please make sure to bring a bunch

I hope that you'll join us – we are going to have loads of fun!

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Posted on : Sep 05 2016
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