Humming Along Thank You

This card was inspired by my friend and team-mate Amy Minson (a.ka. Lilypad Stamper): She had done some gorgeous coloring with the Stampin’ Blends markers and this flower from the Humming Along stamp set, so I wanted to try it too!

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This is an example of the MASKING technique: You stamp your flower first, then stamp it onto a Post-It note, with a part of the flower over the sticky end. Cut out the Post-It flower along the lines of the image and place the flower over your flower stamped onto the white card stock (this is why you need some of the sticky part of the post-it…to keep it in place).

Next, you stamp the words ALL OVER THE FLOWER (covered in the post-it mask) and off the edge of your paper. Once you are done stamping the words, REMOVE the post-it note to reveal your clean flower that looks like it’s in front! Now you can color it and layer the card together.

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COLORING TIP: Outline your image with the light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend marker to make it really pop!

I’ve created a tutorial for you to print: Get it HERE

If you would like to make your own, thank you for shopping for the supplies in my Stampin’ Store 

CREATE your happiness with stamps, ink and paper!

So Hoppy Together- What’s New at SU! Blog Hop

whats new at su headerHop on in! We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who are hoppin’ with exciting ideas to share with you. I am SO HOPPY you’re here on our blog tour that I chose the SO HOPPY TOGETHER Sale-a-Bration stamp set to showcase! 149725G

This stamp set is one of the items you can choose FREE with a $50 (US) purchase during Sale-a-Bration (January 3-March 31, 2019), so I selected a few items that you could order together that would allow you to get this stamp set free (see supply list at the bottom of page) AND make all these fun narrow notecards:

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These cards are perfectly sized to put in a lunch box, add to a gift bag, carry a gift card or tuck in a pocket for a delightful surprise.

Super simple to make, you simply cut the 6″ x 6″  2018-2020 In Color Designer Series Paper (DSP) to into 4.5″ x 2″ strips for the front of your card, then use the 2-1/4″ circle punch to make the circles to stamp on. The kids would have a BLAST coloring these whimsical frogs with the coordinating Stampin’ Write Markers! Attach the circles to the front of your card with dimensionals and you are finished.

Since the Narrow Notecards come in a pack of 20 and include envelopes, you may as well use the extra DSP to decorate the flaps of your envelopes: watermarked3(2019-01-05-1600)

Optional: You could use a sheet of your DSP and the Envelope Punch Board to create a box and give them as a gift! To make this box, use a 6″ x 6″ paper.  Punch and score on the Envelope Punch Board at 2-5/8″ AND at 3-1/8″, then rotate 90 degrees and line up the score guide with both of the first scored lines and punch and score again. Rotate and repeat on all sides, then round the corners on the reverse punch (top of the punch board). When folding to create your box, don’t fold down the top: Leave it open as shown!watermarked2(2019-01-05-1600)

It’s fun to shop when you get a free bonus! Leave a comment with the FIRST item on your Sale-A-Bration wish list and then HOP on over to Pia’s blog to be inspired with more S-A-B stamping (or back to Diane’s page if you read books from the back to the front!).

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Order the supplies from your demonstrator to create HOPPY projects like these!

I’m happy to answer any questions about the projects. If you don’t have a demonstrator, you may use these links to order from my store:

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Valentines Aren’t Just for Lovers

The season of love doesn’t have to be limited to one single significant other. This is a wonderful time to recognize friendships as well, and I’d submit that your girlfriends might appreciate hearts and flowers much more than your man would!

This is a Valentine that you could add photos, notes or gift cards to, and is part of an envelope banner you’ll create at my “Craft Your HEART Out” class coming on January 26th, but it’s perfect by itself:

It’s an accordion fold that spills out when opened, with spaces to write personal notes, add photos, or insert gifts or gift cards into smaller envelopes:

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Download the Tutorial HERE

The “All My Love” Designer Series Paper in the NEW OCCASIONS Catalog is richly romantic and you’ll think of so many ways to use it: For wedding cards, gifts, home decor, etc. And don’t miss the coordinating All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack.

You’re invited to attend my Craft Your Art Out class: Check out the details HERE!

You may fall in love with the whole suite of products!

Babies, Bows and Banners

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But seriously, right?

But when they are sleeping, babies are so adorable! While we’ve been focused on holidays, things like babies and birthdays are also happening around us, so here’s a card to celebrate the BIRTH of a BABY:

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Download the card tutorial here

This card is pink and girly, but change colors, leave off the bow and use a different sentiment from the stamp set to celebrate a bundle of boy.

Hoping a fresh card like this one will inspire you to pull out your stamps and create!

Spirited Snowman & Year End Closeout

Have you had your first snowfall yet? While I prefer viewing it from afar, it’s covering my front yard and that makes me want to stay indoors…and craft. 

So it’s a good time to share a tutorial for a SNOWMAN card! Most of the products are on the Year-End Closeout sale that began today: Some items are about to be discontinued and some are discounted for extra savings. 

Before I share the card, I wanted to mention that some of the items in the discounted section make AWESOME gifts, too! The Christmas Traditions Punch Box just needs a ribbon and it’s ready to set under the tree and includes stamps, clear block, punch and two ink spots. At 40% off, it’s a fantastic steal: 

On to the adorable snowman card ~ it could be used for a holiday greeting, a thank you card or even a winter birthday wish!  

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DOWNLOAD SPIRITED SNOWMAN CARD TUTORIAL

Wishing you SNOW MUCH CRAFTING FUN this holiday season! 

 

 

Focus on the Words

In card-making, we often let an image be the focal point of our card, but try letting the WORDS in your stamp sets take the spotlight once in a while:

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I have thoroughly enjoyed the Country Home stamp set this fall, but wanted to find a way to use other pieces aside from the pitcher and milk can. I started by letting the words fill the center, then stamped and sponged the flowers around the edge in Mint Macaron and Fresh Fig.

Stealing the show, though, is that lovely Tin Tile Embossing Folder! If you haven’t picked it up (along with the Galvanized Metallic Paper), make sure it’s on your next order.

For dimensions and instructions to make this card, CLICK HERE. 

Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza

 

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Six days. Three sales. One spectacular promotion!

For savvy stampers everywhere, this time of year is a dream come true, our annual Online Extravaganza! Added Bonus: You’ll avoid the mall craze!

Deals start November 23 (Black Friday) through November 28.

The Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza will run for six days. During this time, we’ll be throwing three 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 Annual Catalog—all at 10% off!

Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends (at 11:59 PM MST of the 2nd day), the next sale begins; By the end, nearly every item from the Annual Catalog will have been on sale!

(Click here for a list of items excluded).

Thanks for shopping with my small business this year, I truly appreciate your support!

SHOP ONLINE

 

Holiday Helper: Coming to Your Inbox!

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I can’t believe the holidays are approaching so quickly! As a THANK YOU, I will be sending out a special holiday gift to my newsletter subscribers. The holidays seem to appear earlier every year and have the uncanny knack of showing up when we are at our busiest. Wouldn’t it be nice to have 12 creative holiday ideas delivered to your inbox?  These ideas will cover gift giving, decorating, and card making. Just when you need the inspiration and the ease of great projects, I’m ready to help you through the busiest time of the year.

This is a time of sparkle and wonder: Handmade gifts and decorations add to that in a way that is uniquely your own. Having inspiration for great projects that are simple to create can  spark your creativity. Adding your own personal touches to decorations, cards, and gifts really show that you want to make them feel special.

Sign up for my newsletter mailing list so you don’t miss an issue:  I’m here to help you add that extra glitter to your holidays!

Holiday Wreath Class

It’s important for me to recognize Thanksgiving BEFORE Christmas, so I’m owning that season in my home decor currently, but as there are not a lot of Thanksgiving songs, I do have the Christmas tunes playing on repeat.

Soon I’ll put up a tree and switch out my fall wreath, and I thought it would be fun to make a Holiday Hoop Wreath for my front door, so let’s make them together:

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There is sparkle and shimmer, grazing deer and fir trees! You can choose “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” as your greeting, too:

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You could certainly order all the supplies to create this yourself, or you can come to the class and make it for just $15!

Christmas Hoop Wreath Class

Thursday, November 29th 7 pm

195 N 200 E, Spanish Fork, UT

Reserve your spot with Paypal HERE

View event on Facebook HERE

Spooky Sweets

It’s really an oxymoron, isn’t it? Spooky Sweets? How can something be scary AND yummy? I guess it’s the paradox of the whole Halloween season!

The Baker’s Boxes in the Holiday Catalog got me thinking: What could I fill them with? It’s so much fun to give something a bit bigger than a card!

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The boxes are nice and large (4-1/4″ square and 2-1/8″ tall) and they are coated on the inside so your goodies don’t leak through. You can wrap the boxes with Designer Series Paper, spray them with a few drops of ink refills mixed with rubbing alcohol in the Stampin’ Spritzer or color them with ink using a sponge brayer, as I did with this one:

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We actually made these boxes at our Fall StampFest events last month as one of the eight projects prepared for our guests…if you missed it, make sure you plan ahead to come to our Spring StampFest in either St. George (February 23, 2019) or Spanish Fork Utah (March 9, 2019).

You can make your own at home with these supplies:
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Back to the question of “what can we fill the box with?”, I found a few fabulous treats that would be perfect to bake and fill for a gift:

 

Halloween Oreo Brookie Bars

Spooky Chocolate Vanilla Oreo Fudge

Monster Mash Brownies

I had to share all three because I couldn’t make up my mind!

Give a sweet treat for every season in our Baker’s Boxes: Here’s a Christmas version of the box using the Santa’s Workshop product suite!

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Download Tutorial for the Christmas treat box HERE