What’s New: Birds of A Feather

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You must be as excited about holiday crafting as I am, since you are joining our blog hop with this creative group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world! We are hoppin’ with ideas to share with you from the upcoming Holiday Catalog!

I’m giving you a “sneak beak” at one stamp set you’ll certainly want in your crafting “bag of chicks”: the Birds of a Feather stamp set.

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The colors are Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Cajun Craze with Very Vanilla. It was fun to use the Stampin’ Blends to color the cook, too.

This could be the (tur)KEY to a lovely Thanksgiving table setting: Simply replace the greeting with the name of a guest and set it above their plate to indicate where they should sit for the meal of the year!

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The perfect complimenting stamp to the Birds of a Feather set is the All Wired Up background stamp from the annual catalog, don’t you agree?

With a cute bird for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas AND Valentines (and a corresponding greeting for each), you’ll FLY to this set when you need to make something adorable this holiday season: Put it on your wish list for September 4th, when the Holiday catalog goes live!PREVIOUSNEXT

Before you fly on to Anke’s blog (or back to Margriet’s), feel free to leave me a comment or message~ It always makes my day to know if you liked what I shared! And here’s a bonus alternate card using the same layout and stamp set, with different colors and images for sending a little love any day of the year: IMG_2776 (W)

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Stampin’ Spotlight: Follow Your Art Suite

The Annual Catalog Inspiration

Follow Your Art Suite Spotlight

We follow our hearts when we create handmade cards and gifts that bring us and those around us joy.

The Follow Your Art Suite is a celebration of tools and images from our stamping and paper craft hobbies and is stashed full of fun stamps, paper, dies, and an embossing folder. The Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit is an accessory lovers dream combination of stitched felt accents, linen thread, mini paper clips, and silver charms all packaged in a sturdy designer storage box.

It’s hard to choose, but my favorite part of the suite might just be the adorable custom Stampin’ Up! branded Washi Tape and mini Stampin’ Up! logo boxes. They are too cute to resist!

Check out the tutorial below for just one of many projects you can create. What will you create when you Follow Your Art?

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Follow Your Art Suite Spotlight

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cut Whisper White cardstock to 3″ x 6″. Score at 3″ along 6″ side to create a 3″ x 3″ mini note card.
  • Cut yellow striped Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper to 3″ x 3″ and add to front of card.
  • Cut Coastal Cabana washed Follow Your Art paper to 2″ x 3-3/4″. Adhere across card diagonally from bottom left to top right. Trim off excess paper at edge of card.
  • Wrap Pacific Point Linen Linen Thread from the Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit around your fingers 4-5 times to create loops that are about 2-1/2″ across. Adhere to card with a few Glue Dots. Layers you’ll add on top will also help hold the thread in place.
  • Cut Vellum Cardstock 1-1/8″ x 4″. Adhere diagonally across the first diagonal strip with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Place Stampin’ Dimensionals near center of strip where they will be covered with other layers. Trim off excess vellum parallel to the edge of the card leaving about 1/4″ past each side.
  • Punch Calypso Coral scissor Follow Your Art paper with Starburst Punch. Add to card slightly right of center.
  • Stamp stacked ribbon image with Basic Gray ink on scrap Whisper White cardstock. Die cut with coordinating Arts & Crafts Die.
  • Watercolor image with an Aqua Painter using Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, and Crushed Curry ink pads. Adhere to starburst layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp greeting on scrap Whisper White with Pacific Point ink. Cut out around image and banner cut left edge with Paper Snips.
  • Adhere greeting overlapping the top edge of the Calypso Coral stitched, die-cut felt scallop from the Follow Your Art Embellishment Kit with Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Use just a bit to avoid running. Use the glue to adhere the greeting and felt embellishment to the card.
  • Add Gingham Gala Sequins. This adorable mini note is ready to share with any of your crafty friends!

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Above the Clouds (+ 3 for Free)

Still on my bucket list: Ride in a Hot Air Balloon.

At least I can stamp some balloons with the Above the Clouds bundle from Stampin’ Up! until I can check the adventure off:

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On Monday I demonstrated this card during my Lunchtime Live broadcast from my Creative Juice Facebook Page:

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I announced that during August 2019, anyone who ordered the Above the Clouds bundle from my Stampin’ Store will get 3 exclusive card tutorials via email PLUS I will mail them the paper goods to create those 3 cards at the end of the month!

Here’s a peek at the cards…and one of them is a fabulous fun fold:

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While you can use any colors of ink you’d like, here are the ones I used in the tutorial (you can add them to your order if you don’t have them): Pacific Point, Melon Mambo,  Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green and Seaside Spray. You will also need an Aquapainter OR Blender Pen and a Stampin’ Sponge.

Don’t miss the opportunity to get your 3 Above the Clouds card supplies and tutorial FREE: Order the bundle by August 31st from my Stampin’ Store!

A Bright Welcome to Magnolia Lane

There are iconic sights all over the world: The Eiffel Tower in Paris, the pyramids of Egypt, a great wall in China and now, the Magnolia Lane Suite by Stampin’ Up!

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This collection of products has made such a mark on the crafting world that it’s becoming instantly recognizable on the shelves of discerning makers around the world! It’s certainly one of my all-time favorites.

I wanted to use the dies to create something a little different: A piece of home decor that is bright, animated and welcoming!

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This was also a masterpiece we created at my Stamp Club in July. It was worth all the cutting (and the fact that I finished season 6 of “Call the Midwife” as I was cutting out hundreds of flowers for my club members).

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If you want to make your own, you’ll need to cut two of the large and medium flower pieces for each of the flowers and one of the smallest flower pieces from the Magnolia Memory Dies, then simply curly them with your bone folder and layer using multipurpose liquid glue (the best adhesive for these flowers). The leaves are punched using the crafters essential Leaf Punch and the Stampin’ Up! card stock colors used are: Lovely Lipstick, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green I finished it off with two of the center starburst die cuts and a “welcome” from the Well Written Dies 

We put the flowers in a frame with a 4″x7″ opening so it bursts forth with joy:  I’m setting it on my piano by the front door for the rest of the summer!

Thanks for ordering the supplies for this project from my Stampin’ Store~ I appreciate your support of my business and hope I’ve inspired you to make one of your own.

Storage by Stampin’ Up!

 

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All our Storage by Stampin’ Up! products are currently back in stock just in time for Bonus Days!

Whether you have an entire room or a small corner in your home for stamping, your creative space should be tailored to you.

These simple, modular storage solutions are designed to keep your Stampin’ Up! supplies organized, at hand, easy to view, and perfect are for your space – big or small. From Classic Ink Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Blends, Watercolor Pencils, Ink Refills, and more you’ll love how you can organize and customize YOUR SPACE. YOUR WAY.

Here are some other features and benefits of Storage by Stampin’ Up!:

– Keeps products organized, tidy, visible, and trackable at all times.

– Ensures that your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers, and Stampin’ Blends are all stored horizontally, as recommended.

– Designed to be stylish, durable, compact, stackable, and modular.

– This system grows with you and your collection.

– Blends in naturally with most home decor with its white neutral color.

– Stacks vertically and can be arranged to fit practically any flat workspace.

– Easily assembled and disassembled for rearrangement and/or cleaning.

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Stop to Smell the Roses

Gardening is NOT a talent I possess. My husband is the green thumb and loves getting his hands in the dirt…and I let him. When it comes to the roses (and the last three homes we’ve lived in have multiple rosebushes), they are the exception: I do enjoy pruning and cultivating the bushes to keep them healthy and producing blossoms that grace my table as long as it’s blooming season.

To a Wild Rose stamp set was designed by Million Dollar Demonstrator Mary Ellen Byler and is a Distinktive 2- or 3-step stamp set, enabling you to get many different looks with one stamp set, so we can enjoy roses all year long!149452g

This set has a coordinating set of Wild Rose dies. Through June 2, 2020, you save 10% when you buy the bundle (stamps and dies together)

One night I played around with color combinations for these flowers: You can see that I stamped the boldest rose image in the lighter color with the highlights in a darker color over the top. When you add the outline image, it gives it a completely different look. Which do you like best: With or without the outline? savingPNG 5

I needed some new birthday cards for my team, so I started with just the first two images and stamped these cards (added the outline on the envelope): savingPNG 6

If you are part of my team…pretend to be surprised when your birthday card arrives!

Then I decided that it would look gorgeous on Very Vanilla card stock, too so I tried it with the detail image and they both are abso-bloomin’-lutely gorgeous cards:

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If you would like to make some of your own, I’ve got the instructions, supplies and measurements for you in a .pdf HERE

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You can click either of the two photos above to download the tutorial! Thanks for shopping in my store for your supplies and keep some “fresh” flowers handy with this stamp set!

Extra! Extra!

 

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Extra, Extra! Starter Kit Promotion

If you love creativity and Stampin’ Up! products, then chances are you have a wish list a mile long and visions of the projects you want to create floating through your head or pinned to your idea boards.  I have a newsflash on an awesome deal for you:  Join my team and you can get Extra, Extra!

What’s that mean? It means, from July 1 until August 31, when you sign up as a new demonstrator you will receive an additional $30 to put toward bonus products in your Starter Kit. PLUS, you’ll receive a $10 coupon code the following month.

One of the unique and cool things about Stampin’ Up!’s Demonstrator Starter Kit is that it’s completely customizable! Build your Starter Kit your way! For just $99, you get:

* Your choice of up to $155 (normally $125) worth of any current Stampin’ Up! products!
* A business supply pack

That’s a total value of $205 (normally $175)!

Whether you want a discount on products you love, want to share your creative side, or earn a paycheck, you can make Stampin’ Up! work for you! Find out more at my web site or contact me to chat about it.

 

Wildly Happy to Craft!

It’s Fri-YAY because sketch challenges make me WILDLY HAPPY! It’s a creative exercise I look forward to as often as I have a moment to create. If you need to strengthen your imagination, sketch and color challenges are the best “strength training” you can do.fb_img_1560993860054

Something else that makes me WILDLY HAPPY is babies: Grandbabies, baby animals, whatever! And stamps make me giddy, of course, and the Wildly Happy stamp set is the first one that came to mind when I saw the #tgifc220 sketch.

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This was also a great excuse to use the Rectangle Stitched Framelit dies: What’s not to love about that adorable little detail? wildly happy

I added just a bit of light Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend marker to the bunnies and grounded them with light Crumb Cake. If you don’t have the polka dot tulle ribbon, make sure it’s on your next order: It will be your favorite accessory for your cards, and you don’t even need much to give it a little pizzazz.

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What’s New at SU! ~ Bird Ballad Lanterns

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Greetings, friends: I’m glad you are here for our “summertime stamping” themed blog hop! The What’s New at SU! group is comprised of demonstrators from around the world who are excited to share the latest Stampin’ Up! ideas with you, and I know you’ll find inspiration to create your own versions (or borrow one of ours).

I love thinking of ways to use my paper crafting supplies for projects that are unusual, and when I think of summer, I think of barbecues and picnics with family and friends! So why not a little tabletop decor?

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The beautiful new Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP) was a fine choice for these paper lanterns and they were super simple to make!

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For the small round lantern, you’ll need a piece of 6″ x 12″ DSP. Score it at 1″ along the top and bottom, then cut vertical lines at every inch between the two score lines. Cut two strips of contrasting DSP 1″ x 12″ to reinforce the top and bottom edges, if desired, and a 1″ x 10″ strip for the handle. Wrap the paper around and attach the sides together at the back.  I inserted the handle between the lantern and outside reinforcement strip using Tear & Tape adhesive. I also curled the paper with my bone folder a bit to keep the round shape. Then I set it over a small jar with a battery-operated candle!

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This tall lantern is easier (if possible)! It’s a piece of 9″ x 9″ DSP and you score it at 1″, 4.5″ and 8″, then fold at the 4.5″ line and cut at 1″ from the fold just to the edge of the score lines:

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When you unfold the paper, it looks like this:

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Follow the same instructions for finishing this lantern. You could make them any size: I simply suggest measuring the jars you are going to wrap them around and cut the width to 1″ longer.

Now you are ready to party on to the next blog which is Terry’s (or back to Margriet’s blog)!

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Your comments are welcome and appreciated! You can order the supplies to make your own lanterns from your demonstrator, or if you don’t have a demonstrator, please shop from my Stampin’ Store!

Bonus Days are Back!

 

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EVERY $50 SPENT EARNS $5

We all love to be rewarded, so I’m excited to announce that Bonus Days are back! For every $50 you spend in July Stampin’ Up! will email you a coupon for $5 off in August. That means you can get awesome stamps now and get rewards to use later, too.

This is a great time to pick up our must-have tool, the Stamparatus. A must-have tool for all stampers, the Stamparatus helps you perfectly align stamp images, stamp multiples of the same project quickly and precisely, and get complete ink coverage. VIEW THE PRODUCT LINE

All our Storage by Stampin’ Up! products are currently back in stock just in time for Bonus Days! Whether you have an entire room or a small corner in your home for stamping, your creative space should be tailored to you. VIEW THE PRODUCT LINE

Bonus Days Coupons are sent to you via email right after your order has been completed.

With rewards you can use how you choose, its easy to see why this deal is so popular!

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