Share What You Love

Magic happens when you share what you love and I have proof!

Today I decided to create from scratch LIVE on Periscope. I had the #GDP134 sketch and a bundle of new products (by cheery happenstance a suite called “Share What You Love”) and I pushed the “Go Live” broadcast (I was a bit nervous, to tell the truth).

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As I was explaining that these new products from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! catalog will be released a month early (on May 1st), a new stamping friend (Cathy) and an old stamping friend (Esther from England!) jumped in to visit and craft {virtually} with me.

The first thing I did was stamp 4 simple note cards and matching envelopes using just the items in the “Just Getting Started” bundle (the notecards are a free gift when you purchase the bundle):

I knew these would fit nicely in a simple “envelope folder” made of two regular Very Vanilla envelopes put together (tuck the flap of the first into the second envelope and then lick-n-stick the flap of the 2nd envelope to the back of the 1st!)

We were crafting along and they started to share their opinions and ideas: They helped me pick the pattern of paper (from the Share What You Love Specialty DSP that will be included with the “A Little More, Please” and “Gotta Have It All” bundles).

Then we started playing around with the focal point on the belly band that would keep the folder closed: All circles? No. A Label? Yes. Pool Party or Grapefruit Grove? Pool Party with Bermuda Bay ink. Ribbon? Yes~ A loop!

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…and by the time we were done, we had created a masterpiece together:

Watermarked1(2018-04-19-1720)That’s what I mean by MAGIC! A group of crafty people could meet virtually on social media who share a love of papercrafting and create something so lovely, it’s just enchanting. It’s part of what makes crafters such a blessing to the world: We make pretty things and welcome all into our circle of friendship.

If you are a member of my stamp club reading this, you’ll get to make one of these in May! Not a member? New clubs begin in June/July~ You don’t have to be local, you can join from anywhere in the United States! Let me know if you’d like to join.

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Birthdays, Blooms and a Class for You!

Whenever I get a moment to create just for fun, it’s a special day. Today I wanted to play, but had work to do first. Once work was done, I rewarded myself with stamping time following the #tgifc155 sketch:

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As I’m getting geared up for the Perennial Birthday Box & Cards Class next week in Utah County (have you registered?) I wanted to showcase the versatility of this simply lovely stamp set, Perennial Birthday:

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I also wanted to use a few retiring Stampin’ Up! colors, so pulled out my Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi and Peekaboo Peach (with a little Soft Saffron that isn’t retiring) and did an emboss resist card for the challenge:

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The Wisteria card is also embossed with the quilt top embossing folder…if you missed it at Christmas time, you’ll be happy to know you can order it again when the 2018-2019 catalog sales period starts on June 1st.

RSVP for the Perennial Birthday Box & Cards class by Monday, April 16th so I can get your supplies in time for the class. Meanwhile, create something pretty with rubber stamps, ink and paper and share it to make the world a lovelier place!

 

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Weddings and anniversaries are special occasions and a perfect reason to break out your rubber stamps and paper!

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The TGIF Challenge reminded me of a technique I haven’t used for a while:tgif2bchallenge2bbuttons2b2018-017

It’s a simple way to get multiple colors on your stamps: Use the brush end of your Stampin’ Write markers (FYI: this doesn’t work with Stampin’ Blends markers) to color directly onto your stamps~

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If you think it’s been too long and your ink may have dried up as you were adding more colors, simply “huff” on it like the big bad wolf just before stamping it onto your paper! The warm air from your breath will re-activate the ink: Watermarked(2018-03-26-1303)

I used the Powder Pink for the flowers (with a touch of Flirty Flamingo in the centers) and Old Olive for the leaves. You can find the Old Olive marker in the Brights marker collection 🙂

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I hope you’ll try your hand at coloring on your stamps, too!

Beautiful Peacock & Stamparatus

Often Sale-a-Bration speeds by before I have a chance to play with all the terrific products I earn free, so I’m just sliding into the end-zone with this one!

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This is called a “Double Z-fold” card and is super simple to create. The sentiment comes from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set, but all the other stamps are from the Beautiful Peacock Sale-a-Bration set (which is one of the items you could choose free with a $50 order by March 31, 2018).

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  • The Emerald Envy card base is 11″ x 4-1/4″ scored at 2-3/4″ and 5-1/2″.
  • The Flirty Flamingo layer is 9″ x 3-1/4″ scored at 3″ and 6″.
  • I embossed the Layered Leaves on the 2-3/4″ end.
  • The Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon is my FAVORITE and I hope it carries over to the next catalog! It’s luscious to work with.
  • Both Emerald Envy and Flirty Flamingo are part of the In-Colors will be retiring in May: Make sure you have stocked up on card stock, ink refills and accessories A.S.A.P.  because they will only be **while supplies last** once the retiring list comes out in April!

I wanted to show you how to use the Stamparatus (available in my store June 2018!). It’s such a cool tool and this is just the basic way to use it (but there are MANY MORE):

If you would like a reminder when the Stamparatus is available to order, Email me!

One hint on assembling this card: On the Flirty Flamingo layer, only put adhesive above and JUST BELOW the ribbon on the back because you are adhering only the top half of that piece to the top of the Emerald card. Once that is secured where you want it, smash the Flamingo Z fold flat, turn it over and apply adhesive on the back side of the end with the peacock and close your Emerald card over on top to put it in exactly the right spot. Easy-peasy!

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There is only one week of Sale-a-Bration left: Don’t miss it! 

Lots & Lots of Lavender

Yesterday I played with the Lots of Lavender Sale-a-Bration stamp set for the first time and actually said out loud, “WHY haven’t I used this before now?” This is one of the easiest 2-Step stamps I’ve ever used and the watercolor effect it has took my breath away as I created!

Wisteria Wonder is one of my favorite purple colors we carry at Stampin’ Up! and now that Spring is starting to wake up, it was retrieved from it’s hibernation to make this first card:Watermarked2(2018-03-12-1316)

These first two samples were actually created LIVE on my Facebook page and you can watch how I created them in my video HERE.

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There are no sentiments in the Lots of Lavender stamp set, so I paired it with the All Things Thanks stamp set for all of these cards (the sentiment is on the inside of the first card). This is a BONUS card I created after the video in Fresh Fig and Tranquil Tide on Sahara Sand card stock: Watermarked1(2018-03-12-1310)

Sale-a-Bration ends March 31, 2018 so don’t miss your chance to get the Lots of Lavender (or one of the other S-A-B products) FREE!

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Epic Celebrations & Happy Accidents

If you watched my Lunchtime Crafting video on my Facebook Page yesterday, you saw me create this card (and a few alternatives) from the Epic Celebrations set (one you can choose FREE with qualifying order during Sale-a-Bration~ until March 31, 2018):

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It’s a super easy technique called “Reverse Masking” and the colors were suggested on the #gdp125 color challenge:

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I love coloring Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper with Aqua Painters and ink refills to match any project!

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But what you DIDN’T see is the second card I made (since I had to cut a piece of card stock to create one card, I might as well make TWO cards). I accidentally dropped a stamp inked in Melon Mambo on the finished product:

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But as Bob Ross was fond of saying, “We don’t make mistakes {in art}, just happy accidents!” So I pulled out my Classic Label Punch and created some arrows to cover it up:

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Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes ~ Uncommon solutions may be discovered!

Lemon-Lime Daisy Twist

It finally snowed (on February 10th!) but it’s blooming in my craft room!

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I wanted to try the #tgifc146 sketch challenge, and I just turned it on it’s side and replaced the heart with a daisy using a few of my favorite punches. tgif2bchallenge2bbuttons2b2018-0111

Use your bone folder and delicately curl the petals of your daisy (punch it twice) to give it a little dimension: Watermarked2(2018-02-10-1405)

It’s a VERY simple card to create and I hope you’ll have time to create your own and send it to someone who has served you recently!

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Simple Sorry

Whether it’s an illness or a loss, there is no better time to share a piece of your heart than when someone is sorrowing. This simple design is perfect for expressing that concern:

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Stamping on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper gives a flat card such rich dimension, it’s simply beautiful!

Download the instruction sheet HERE and then order the supplies from my STAMPIN’ STORE to create a few to send as needed.

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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