What’s the Occasion? Part TWO

I have a few more of my favorite cards from the Occasions Catalog card swap to share with you today!

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How cool is this bottle?! The Bubble Over Bundle (stamps and coordinating framelits) are such fun to play with~ just wait until you see the awesome bottle tops in it! And do NOT miss the coordinating Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper that you can choose FREE for Sale-a-Bration with a $50 order.  (Card by Tamra Davis)

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Have you sent a card “just because” recently? Remind someone that you care with a card using a heart with the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper: The gold foil accents are heart (and eye)-popping! (Card by Renee Watson)

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This was the card I created for the swap! When it comes to masculine cards, the True Gentleman Suite is going to be a life-saver. This one makes me want to go to Disneyland on their Dapper Day!

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What’s the Occasion?

One of the simple pleasures of life is pulling an envelope from your mailbox that has your name and address hand-written on it and seeing the name of a friend in the upper corner. There is so much excitement that you forget everything else in your hands and want to rip it open, or perhaps save it to savor later.

With the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, you have a whole world of opportunities to create a small mailable piece of art that might just carry a piece of your heart to a friend. Here are a few ideas gleaned from a recent card swap I participated in:

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The next holiday may be Valentines, but hearts can be used for SO MUCH MORE than February 14th! Think of this card as one to send as an encouragement to a friend or an “I forgive you” when someone has made a sincere apology. The Painted with Love Suite has everything you need for greetings filled with love.  (Card by Laura Milligan)

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Friends are the flowers of our lives~ let them know you appreciate them every day (not just on milestone occasions). The rich texture on this card is sumptuous! It’s created with products from the Petal Passion Suite that is fabulous for many other occasions such as weddings, congratulations and grateful giving. (Card by Terri Gaines)

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Did you know 7 BILLION greeting cards sold in the United States each year and over half of them are birthday cards? Make your birthday greeting stand out with a sparkling creation like this gorgeous gem using the Sweet Soiree Suite. (Card by Megan Herst).

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Baby Birds

Welcoming a new baby is always a joyful reason to send a card! And the best way to improve any card is to “put a bird on it”.

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Download the tutorial for this simply sweet card here.

The Flying Home stamp set from the new Occasions Catalog has plenty of feathered friends, but if you need MORE chirpy-chicks, you can also check out the Bird Banter set also in the Occasions catalog!

If you are at a loss for words, then the Special Celebrations has your cards covered outside AND inside with a matching sentiment:

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Wishing you many little people to welcome in 2018~ and the best kind are GRANDbabies (just saying).

Birthday in the Making

Perhaps I’m in a small percentage of the population, but I enjoy wrapping gifts! I even started my paper business by selling wrapping paper (if you remember me doing that, then we’ve been friends for a LONG time).

I also love a good bargain: So when one stamp set that you *thought* was just for Christmas can do double-duty, then it’s a bargain, right?

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I switched up the colors to be more birthday celebration than holiday, but this little lady looks like she could be wrapping up a perfect pile of presents for someone turning one year older!

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Add a pair of sentiments from the Special Celebrations stamp set and a cheerful Berry Burst bow and you are ready to mail off a very happy greeting card!

Download the card tutorial here.

You can order the supplies to make this card from my Stampin’ Store while supplies last, as the Christmas in the Making stamp set is a last chance item and will not be available after January 2, 2018.

Simple Thoughts for a Friend

Do you ever avoid sending a note to a friend because you think you have to create a artistic masterpiece to carry your thoughts? I’m guilty of this, but I’m working on sending a message or a card *AS THE INSPIRATION HITS ME*

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When I saw the sketch challenge on TGIF Challenges today, the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack came to mind and I decided to make a simple card for a friend:

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Nurturing a friendship takes time and effort and sometimes a quick card to say, “I’m thinking about you” lasts longer than a text or even a phone call. Some things you could include in your card may be a bullet list of 5 things you love about your friend like:

  • Thanks for seeing the best in me and others.
  • You never let me wallow in self-pity and I appreciate your honesty.
  • Of all your features, your curly hair and dimples are what I see when I imagine your lovely face!
  • When I’m with you, I know I’m going to laugh heartily and it feels so good!
  • Isn’t it great that we can pick up right where we left off even if we haven’t seen each other in years?

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My original card was 4.25″ square, but I had another piece of leftover Pool Party card stock, so I made a 3.25″ note card that would be perfect on a gift, too.

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Now I’m going to mail it to a friend today because my goal for the year has been to mail a card each day and I’m almost there!

Blending is Beautiful

If you love coloring, you’ll be thrilled with the new Stampin’ Blends released by Stampin’ Up! on November 1st.

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These fabulous pens come in two shades (light and dark) for 12 of our exclusive SU! colors, as well as a Bronze and Ivory which are perfect for skin tones.

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They also gave me the excuse to buy what may become my FAVORITE stamp set from the Holiday Catalog, Christmas in the Making~ I simply adore the beautiful artwork and 50’s style! Watermarked2(2017-11-04-0942)

I Like Big Stamps and Blending

What is the biggest stamp you own? Aside from background stamps, one of mine is the flower from the You’ve Got This stamp set and it is fabulous for coloring with the new Stampin’ Blends (available November 1st in my Stampin’ Store). Look at the impact one large image can have when paired with a delicate background:

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Thinking this card will surely boost the morale of a good friend!

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A Triathlon Stamper!

Maybe I don’t have a medal to prove it, but today I completed a triathlon! At least 3 creative challenges at the SAME TIME. Amazing, but true.

I started a creative challenge with my Sprinkled Ink team today (and each Monday for the next 6 weeks), and the first challenge was to ink up a Stampin’ Up! stamp they had never used. The Musical Season bundle was sitting on my desk, just begging to be used…musical season.jpg

So I knew it was going to be a triple-threat when I saw the Global Design Project Color Challenge #GDP109 and the TGIF Sketch Challenge #tgifc129 :

This is the result of my creative triathlon:

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Since Monday is also my Lunchtime Live crafting on my Creative Juice Facebook page, and you can watch me make it HERE.

Thank you for ordering your creative supplies from my Stampin’ Store! Your support made it possible for me to continue to share creative ideas.

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I admire demonstrator Brian King’s style: It’s always clean and simple and I confess I’ve CASE’d (Copy And Selectively Edit) more than one of his designs. This week, he was the designer at the Global Design Project:brian_king_case_gdp108

It happened that a sneak peek stamp set from Stampin’ Up! was sitting on my desk (Color Me Happy), so I pulled it out early this morning to create my card inspired by his:

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And if you want another peek at another product I’m THRILLED about (or perhaps, the RETURN of a beloved product…redesigned and even better!):

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These color “like buttah” and the coordination is on point! I cannot wait until I can announce when they will be available for customers. Watermarked4(2017-10-11-1036)