Stitched Framelits and Stamp Sale!

Stampin' Up! has announced a fabulous new product that is available starting today – they are a new set of Stitched Framelits. I'm so incredibly excited about this because I have been wanting to incorporate this look into my projects for ages, but Stampin' Up! didn't offer dies to do it. And being a true-blue Stampin' Up! gal, I didn't want to purchase dies from another company because it wouldn't help me in my business. As of today, my wishes have been granted! Check out this video below to learn more about these great dies:

To help celebrate these lovely dies, Stampin' Up! has discounted several stamp sets 25% for the month of November.  Below are links to my store for the discounted stamps (the prices listed here do not reflect the discount, but when you click on the link, you will see the discount there). Also, I don't have a link available yet for the dies, but once you've started a cart you can easily add them, or use this link to start shopping with these new dies.

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Posted on : Nov 01 2016
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Holiday Boxes

DSP pretty boxes I created these pretty boxes for the multi-demonstrator stamp-a-stack that we held last Sunday (10/9). Each of the demonstrators created a set of 10 boxes so that every participant could pick one as part of their goodie collection for the day. It was great fun to see the different ideas that we each created, and I think that the lovely ladies that came to the event really enjoyed the boxes that we prepared.

I made these boxes using the Gift Bag Punch Board, the Simply Scored tool and three different packs of retired papers. The wooden snowflakes that you see on the front came from my stash that I purchased last year from a "big box craft store". They would look just as lovely with other embellishments – punched snowflakes, the cute bow, a big button – you get the idea. I wanted to help use up some of my supply of embellishments that I've collected over the years. I was also glad to be able to use some of the pretty papers that I've (*ahem*) hoarded over the years. Two of the designs are from last year, and the third was from ages ago. I'm so happy that they have come out of the pack and found a new life on a pretty 3D project. And I'm especially happy that the ladies at the event seemed to like these boxes because they were snatched up pretty quickly.

Below I've listed the current DSP's that you could use for this project along with the tools that you need. I won't list the cardstock, but you can use any 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock that coordinates with the DSP that you have. I can't list the cutting/scoring dimensions because I purchased a tutorial for this box on-line and I won't give away another demo's hard work. If you want to purchase the tutorial you can use this link to get to her blog and purchase it. I did have to make a couple of measurement corrections for the box, but I was very pleased with the outcome, so it was worth a little extra work. If you decide to make some of these, I would love to see a picture of your pretty creations.

Remember – now is a perfect time to load up on the "regular" Designer Series Paper packs because when you buy 3, you get 1 free. The first two packs that I've listed below are included in the sale. You could also make up some of these boxes for any occasion – they would make a great favor box for a birthday party using the Festive Birthday DSP, or you could get ahead of the game and make some pretty floral boxes for Mother's Day using the Blooms & Bliss DSP. This box design is very versatile, and the patterned paper that you use will make it fit your occasion.

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Posted on : Oct 17 2016
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Halloween Treat

jar of hauntsThis is the second project that we made at the September stamp club gathering. I knew that I wanted to use the jar Thinlits for the second project for the evening as well, but I wasn't really feeling like making a Halloween card. Halloween isn't a big card sending holiday (although I'm thinking about sending some this year), but it is certainly a big holiday for themed parties and treat giving. As I was considering projects for the meeting, I remembered that I had seen a very cute treat holder featuring the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits. Once I had that goal in mind, it took me no time at all to whip up this cute little treat holder using supplies that I had on hand. Even though it is a "3-D" item, which can typically be a little more involved to make, this project comes together lickety-split. I tucked a couple of those delightful Cow Tails treats inside, so you can see what it looks like when it is filled.

Stampin' Up! published a video that was the inspiration for this project. You can watch here:

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Posted on : Oct 13 2016
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Flowers for Fall

Jar of LoveI found this layout on-line, and I modified it to have a more "Fall" color scheme based on the colors in the Petals & Paisley's DSP stack (these papers are just go-juss). This was the "complicated" project for the September stamp club meeting. It really isn't hard to create a tent card, but as is frequently the case there are a few steps that you need to do in a certain order. Honestly, the trickiest bit was probably tying the linen thread around the top of the jar. The first part of the knot tends to loosen while you're creating the second part. I don't have a great tip to prevent that, but perhaps there is a great tip online – gotta love "the Google". 

One of the gals took the general layout and re-created it for a different card a day or two after our meeting. I LOVE it when people can use what they've learned to make more things that they need. I was also really happy to be able to showcase this fantastic stamp set/Framelit bundle that came out with the new catalog in June. There are a couple of really cool sets in the Holiday catalog that also coordinate with the Framelits, so you can really get a lot of mileage out of them.

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Posted on : Oct 11 2016
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2016 DSP Sale

DSP Paper SaleStampin' Up! is offering a great deal on their Designer Series Paper for the month of October. They have offered this special before and I always use it as an opportunity to stock up on their gorgeous papers. The special does not include all of the patterned papers; the DSP stacks and the Specialty papers are not part of the sale. However, the sale does include two of the paper packs from the Holiday catalog. The papers pictured in the graphic here are in the "Moroccan" DSP pack, and they feature colors that are perfect for your fall card making. Of course there are other great patterns, and I love them all! The Festive Birthday pack is perfect for cheerful birthday cards at any time of year, the Blooms and Bliss pack is great for some soft floral images, and the Candy Cane Lane pack is just the ticket for some cute Holiday cards. The By the Shore pack is all you need for scrapbooking your summer memories, or bringing back the feel of summer with some other projects (even if the air is starting to get a little crisp). I could go on and on – you get it, I love the papers. I think that you'll love them too!

You can really leverage your craft $$ if you combine this deal with the World Card Making Day special that runs from October 1st – 5th. If you don't need those products, this DSP sale is running for the whole month of October. When you place your on-line order, you need to enter the 4 packs of paper that you want. When you add the 4th pack, it will show as a price of $0 (or at least, that is the way that it has worked in the past). Also, I should point out that you can order multiples of the same papers – you don't have to pick different paper packs to get the special. Happy shopping and crafting!

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Posted on : Sep 30 2016
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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. The image links below do not include information regarding the discount because I'm posting this before the sale has started. The cardstock packs are discounted 15%, the Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill is free when you purchase a Fast Fuse Adhesive, and all other products are discounted 25%. If you want the Fast Fuse deal, I'm guessing that you will need to add both items to your shopping cart. I expect that when you add both items, the refill will appear with a cost of $0. There is the possibility that the refill will be added auto-magically when you add the Fast Fuse Adhesive to your cart.  I can't tell you for certain because I can't test it out until the sale "goes live".

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 (also part of the promotion – p. 182); Mini Glue Dots (p. 182); and Stampin' Dimensionals (p. 182).

There is another Stampin' Up! promotion that starts on October 1st that runs for all of October, and you can take advantage of both 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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