Card Starters, Part 2

Swapping card starters at our last team meeting really kicked me into creative gear!

This was Sally’s card starter and her card to the right, followed by my version (everything’s coming up daisies!):

Amy opted for a tag as her card starter and I thought Santa wore his suit in style!

Who can resist a stamp with a coordinating punch? The Merry Little Labels bundle makes more than gift tags, as Beverly showed with her card, and I bundle up when it snows, so I paired my starter with a sweater:

And finally, there is always room for Ice Cream! Pam stamped this SWEET starter and I couldn’t resist pairing it with Pool Party (stripes and polka dots are always in fashion!)…and have I mentioned how addicted I am to the crinkled seam binding ribbon??

Hoping this inspires you to create something today!

Get Togethers & Card Starters

I’m blessed to have so many great friends on my Stampin’ Team and in August, some of us met up for lunch and stamping one Saturday:

Swapping ideas is a staple activity at any meeting, but we chose to exchange “Card Starters” this time: Some crafters call them card candy, but they are just small focal points you use on a greeting card and I’m sharing a few of them today.

Mary McGill used this Adirondack chair from the Seasonal Layers thinlit dies, which captures the last sunset of summer in perfect form. Used on three different cards, it’s fun to see how a card starter can inspire many different ideas!

Next is Chelle Scott’s gorgeous version of “Deck the Halls” from the Carols of Christmas stamp set: The layer of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper catches your eye when you see it in person and no matter which way you look at it, it’s a fabulous focal point for a Christmas card.

Mine was a simple label from the Merry Little Label bundle in the new Holiday Catalog, punched and layered on a silver glimmer paper layer. I love how the new Everyday Label punch layers beautifully on the Lots of Labels Thinlits dies.

While my Stampin’ Team is named “Sprinkled Ink”, we have a larger group that meets together in person and online called “Stitched Stampers” which encompasses demonstrators in the Utah area and beyond: We include any demonstrators (and potential demonstrators) who would like to work on their business with like-minded, positive and uplifting folks and there is always room at our table for more stampin’ friends.  Join my team anytime!

Check back for more card starter samples soon…

Designer Series Paper Takes the Spotlight

Remember when I said the only paper products Stampin’ Up! offered 25 years ago were white? It makes me grateful for all the amazing choices we have in 2017! Especially when they are as sumptuous as the “Whole Lot of Lovely” Designer Series Paper pack:

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This paper (DSP) popped into my mind when I saw the #GDP102 sketch:

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Plus, I’m crushing on the Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon right now (it’s on SO MANY of my latest creations, but it just makes the *loveliest* bows…), so here’s my take on the sketch:

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The sentiment (stamped and die cut from the Lovely Friends bundle) just pops off the card, but the paper definitely is the star of the card!

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Peace in the Aspens

Did your Holiday Catalog arrive in your mailbox yet? And have you pre-ordered the new Carols of Christmas bundle yet? If the answer is no, you need to contact me ASAP!

One of the most peaceful places you can find is the beautiful Aspen trees in the mountains and they are comforting in the spring, summer, fall or winter. That tranquil feeling inspired me to create this card using our Woodland Embossing Folder and the Carols of Christmas stamp set:

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This is an easy technique to try: Open your embossing folder and on the side with the recessed image, drag your open Tranquil Tide ink pad across the bottom a few times, then do the same with the Dapper Denim ink across the top.

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Once your embossing folder is inked up, you’ll put your card stock inside it and run it through the Big Shot- that will give you a lovely background!

To finish this card, simply emboss the greeting on Tranquil Tide card stock in white and add some dazzling diamonds glitter to the tree trunks with multipurpose liquid glue:

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The Holiday Catalog goes live September 1st, but you can order this bundle and everything else to create this card in my Stampin’ Store NOW!

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Girl~ You are Fabulous!

My friend and teammate Amy *is* pretty fabulous (just check out her work on Lilypadstamper.com to see for yourself) and just promoted to SILVER, so it is time to recognize her complete awesomeness…how nice that TGIFChallenges made the #tgifc121 theme this week all about her!

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And with a sassy finger-snap, I fancified this card to be included with a gift to recognize her marvelous achievement:

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Of course, I added a little SILVER bling to commemorate the occasion and make it extraordinary. The Label Frame is a sneak peek at the “Labels to Love” set coming in the Holiday Catalog on September 1st, and coordinates with a new punch! Together, they look lovely layered on top of the Lots of Labels Framelits, don’t they?

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If you are cutting the card stock in half to create a card, you may as well make TWO cards, so I have another waiting in the wings for the next team member who promotes~ It’s such a delight to see my Sprinkled Ink Stampin’ Family progress and promote, and there is always room at our table for friends to join our team
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Easy Easel Daisy Card

When you stamp a card, you hope the recipient to enjoy longer than a store-bought card, and one way to do this is to let your card double as desktop decor:

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I chose to use the Daisy Delight Bundle (along with the Label Me Pretty Bundle) because it’s BACK IN STOCK and you really can’t live without it. Plus, each stamp set co-ordinates with a punch, and when you get them as a bundle, you save 10%.

See how easy this is?

Thanks for shopping in my Stampin’ Store when you need quality crafting supplies! I love serving you as you craft creative connections.

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Sweet Cupcake CASE

In the world of stamping, to CASE means to “Copy and Share Everything”: This lines up nicely with the quote, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” which ironically enough, is attributed to both Oscar Wilde and Charles Caleb Colton…so clearly, one of them was imitating the other!

Which brings us to my project today: This week’s Global Design Project Challenge #GDP100 was to “CASE the Designer” and there are many creations worthy of copying, but I was immediately drawn to the adorable colors and simplicity of Allison’s Coffee Cafe card: alisonglobaldesignproject

I’m not a coffee drinker, but would love a pink hot cocoa cup with a dollop of whipped cream!

To CASE her card, I put my own spin on a treat using the Sweet Cupcake stamp set (one of our photo-realistic 3-step stamps) and demonstrated this project on my weekly Facebook Lunchtime Crafting LIVE:

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Are you ready to craft your own? You can get the Coffee Cafe Bundle Here to make Allison’s card or click on the supplies I used below to add to your creative arsenal:

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There were a few tips I shared on my Sweet Cupcake Card video you’ll want to watch, too.

Join me each Monday at 12:30 PM MST on my Creative Juice Facebook page LIVE for fun papercrafting projects where I can answer your crafting questions as you ask them.

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A Carol of Christmas

While I am a Scrooge when it comes to Christmas in the stores before we celebrate Thanksgiving, I believe one can listen to Christmas Carols All. Year. Long. It helps remind us to have goodwill toward men during every season, not just the holidays!

If you are needing a little Christmas cheer in your heart (and in your craft room), you’ll be happy to know that you can pre-order one of the best bundles in the holiday catalog a month early:

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I love the classic look of this bundle of products with Basic Black and Very Vanilla:

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Gold embossing powder and gold foil sheets really shine against the dark background for a quick and elegant card!

Next I switched the vanilla and black layers and pulled out the new Sheet Music background stamp to add the musical element. The embossed the ornaments add more pizazz on the Deck the Halls card:Watermarked2(2017-08-01-1402)

By getting an early start on your Christmas Creations, you’ll have a much merrier holiday, so visit my Stampin’ store to order using my August 2017 Host Code AVHZ6WQH ~ and remember to redeem your BONUS DAYS coupon(s) if you earned them in July!

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Gingham and Pig Tails

Did you know that I am LIVE each Monday at 12:30 on my Facebook Page? Today I showed how you can cut up your stamps to make them work better for your crafting needs and we made this stinkin’ cute card:

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Each of the This Little Piggy stamps comes with a saying attached to it, but if you order the clear mount stamp set and cut off the words, you can use the pigs alone, or mix and match with the greetings!

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Click here to order the stamp set!

Switch around the colors, and add a gingham ribbon, and you’ve got another card (which my guests created at the Card Class last Saturday): Watermarked1(2017-07-31-1300)

Because my Mother-in-Law has the largest pig collection in the western hemisphere, this card is off to thank her for the birthday gift she sent!

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Pop-Up Card on a Global (Design) Scale!

Usually I’m a simple crafter, but this card demanded to be spectacular for the Global Design Project Colour Challenge…

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The background scenery really took center stage on this card: The Hardwood and (new) Sheet Music background stamps were combined with the Layered Leaves embossing folder to create a sumptuous canvas for the Lovely Friends stamp set…but wait until you see the inside!

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Every time I open this card, I have to say “TAA DAA” out loud!!! This is the first time I was able to use the Lovely Laurel Thinlits and they were actually surprisingly simple:

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It looks daunting, but I edited a quick video to show you how easy and quick it goes together:

Click on any of the supplies to order and create a masterpiece yourself:
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