Christmas Comes Early This Year!

Christmas is only 166 days away! If you left your lights up from last year, there is no need to take them down now, because we are closer to the holidays than we are away from them. At Stampin’ Up!, we are also celebrating a little earlier this year:

When you join my team this month, you choose $125 in Stampin’ Up! product and get a $50 business starter pack for just $99…AND a free “Essentials Gift Pack” consisting of  Paper Snips, Snail Adhesive, Grid Paper, a Bone Folder and two D Clear Blocks…

But wait! There’s more! You also receive the Carols of Christmas stamp set ~ a pre-release from the Holiday Catalog!

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All of those amazing bonuses are an additional $72 value and will help you start your business (or your hobby) off to a great start. It’s totally risk free: You can buy the starter kit and try it out, and if you like it, you can make it your business!

One of the perks of being a demonstrator is getting “first looks” at new products and the opportunity to order them before anyone else. But here’s a little secret: In August, customers will be able to order the Carols of Christmas stamp set or Bundle too! July is a great time to prepare for that pre-order opportunity because of BONUS DAYS:

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This is a card I created that would be simple to re-create with items you can choose in your starter kit and the Carols of Christmas stamp set:

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To achieve a ombre look on the sentiment, I inked the top half of the stamp (DECK) in Real Red and the bottom half (HALLS) in Old Olive, then I used a sponge dauber to add Cherry Cobbler ink to the bottom of DECK and Garden Green was sponged at the bottom of HALLS:

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Cheers to 50 Years!

Hello July! This month is my birthday month, but let it be known that I’m NOT turning 50:

I’m 18 with 32 years of experience!!!

However, many of my friends *ARE* reaching this fabulous age, so it is time to make a few cards to commemorate their “experience” and the color challenge over at the Global Design Project seemed spectacularly celebrational.

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Order any of the supplies by clicking on them and go create something beautiful today!
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This Little Piggy Found Zen

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This little piggy is happy it’s Friday!

Today’s card was inspired by #tgifc113 and the fact that the “This Little Piggy” stamp set was sitting on my desk, begging to be used today.
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So if you’ve never tried the Bokeh technique, I’ll show you how I did this one (there are a few different techniques, but this one is the easiest for me). I started with a piece of Pool Party card stock and sponged Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo in circular motions on the top. It won’t look pretty at this point. Never fear~ It gets better!

Next I took a Window Sheet and punched different sizes of circles in it. You could also use the circle framelit dies and your big shot. Lay this over the top of your dried, sponged card and apply plenty of Whisper White Ink with a sponge dauber. Remember to make some of the circles go off the edge of your paper!

 

I like to find a circle stamp (or two) in some of my other stamp sets to add a few stamped circles after the sponging too. This little circle was pulled from the “Sweet Home” set, but any will work. IMG_4593 Next I stamped the happy pig on top using Night of Navy ink and also stamped it on Powder Pink card stock to cut out. I don’t mind a little fussy cutting to make this cute guy really pop off the card. FullSizeRender 7

The flower was stamped/cut out from Daffodil Delight and as I wanted to keep it clean and simple today, I simply added a few of the new Glitter Enamel Dots in keeping with the Bokeh theme:

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Ready to try your hand at the Bokeh technique? Thanks for shopping for the supplies in my Stampin’ Store!  Remember to use my host code (posted in the right column) if you are ordering less than $150 as I draw a name for a free gift each month from friends who use the code. If you order over $150, you get to choose Stampin’ Rewards with your order!

Live with Zest!

I’m a sucker when it comes to a stamp set and coordinating punch…but then Stampin’ Up! made the Lemon Zest stamp set with citrus fruit and this was a NO BRAINER for my Creative Juice!

Made this card LIVE on my Facebook Page yesterday morning: Did you know I have Live Lunchtime Crafting each Monday at 12:30 MST? Tune in as you eat your midday meal to get some extra Vitamin (C)reativity:

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The fruit on this card is stamped on glossy paper (welcome back!) and uses Lemon Lime Twist (one of the 2017-2019 In-Colors), along with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie:Watermarked(2017-06-19-1425)-2

The Lemon Zest stamp set comes in wood mount or clear mount and when you bundle it with the Lemon Builder punch, you save 10%:145360g

Finally, this little cutie (see what I did there?) was made even sweeter by adding a few Lemon Lime Twist tiles cut from the Stitched Shaped Framelits behind the orange slices, which are perfectly punched out using the 1-3/4″ circle punch! Of course, on the inside of this card is the “Live with Zest” sentiment:Watermarked(2017-06-19-1425)

Hope you’ve enjoyed this slice of citrus fruit crafting and thanks for shopping for your own “creative juice” in my Stampin’ Store!

Wood Words and TGIF Sketch

It’s a lovely day to send a card! This one is going to my friend Isabel who placed an order on my website (and ordered this stamp set):

It was inspired by the #TGIFC111 sketch:

Order the supplies to create your own and I’ll send you a thank you card as well! Just click on the products:
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Make time to send a card to a friend today!

Practicing “Crate”ivity

When you receive an assignment to create samples from a new bundle of products, it helps stretch your brain and imagination! It was my privilege to showcase the Wood Textures Suite (catalog pages 158-159) at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Local in April. My samples are the bottom half of this board (the shadows are doing me no favors here):

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The Suite includes the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, the Wood Words Stamp Set and the Wood Crate Framelit Dies:

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Here are a few of the samples I created:

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For the last crate, I stacked two on top of each other to create a taller box.

More samples coming soon! Channel your own “rustic crafter” and order your Wood Textures Products from my Stampin’ Store to get started!

Thoughtful Daisy Card

Who doesn’t love fresh flowers? They cheer and brighten a room and are always appreciated, so here’s a happy daisy card to make & give ~ inspired by the Global Design Project Sketch #GDP090.

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This bundle (and more specifically, the daisy punch) has been SO POPULAR that it is on backorder at Stampin’ Up!…. but it will be available later this month, so put it on your list (or contact me and I’ll order it for you when it is back in stock). It’s going to be a staple in your craft arsenal for years to come!
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Label Me Pretty In Color

Folks who have had near-death experiences say that there are more colors in Heaven than we can imagine: That’s something I look forward to! Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy the new In Colors that Stampin’ Up! releases each year.

This year the colors are (clockwise from top left): Berry Burst, Lemon-Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide. Even the names evoke images in the color they describe!

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I’ve created a tutorial for you and the cool thing about it is that you can make 40 cards from the few supplies in just a few hours (or one hour with a friend)! To order any of the supplies, click on the images below:
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Guy Greetings~ With A Twist!

… a Lemon-Lime Twist, that is! Admittedly, I wasn’t sure if I liked the new Lemon-Lime In-Color (available starting June 1, 2017)… but pair it with black and silver, and I’m a new fan, and so’s your grandpa.

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Just in time for Father’s Day, I’ve got the instructions for you HERE.

Isn’t that hexagon embossing folder on silver such an incredibly industrial look for the manly-men in your life? I’ve also used it as chicken wire and honeycomb: Definitely a MUST. HAVE. for your BigShot collection.

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