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!

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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Good Morning, Magnolia: What’s New Blog Hop

Whats new (2)Welcome to our first “What’s New at SU!” Blog Hop through the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog! As an international group of demonstrators, we look forward to sharing ideas to inspire you to get out your rubber stamps to create something special in your own craft room.

I’ve chosen to showcase the Magnolia Lane Suite~ an absolute stunning collection of coordinating products that would make Chip & Joanna Gains drool.

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This card came together so perfectly with very basic stamping, a bit of DSP, a punch, and the coordinating Magnolia Memories Dies. Using the decorative edge die on both the top and bottom of the Petal Pink panel left room for the stripes to peek out.

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The Story Label punch isn’t part of the suite, but gave the sentiment a focal point, and by punching two holes on the ends, I could thread the Mossy Meadow twine through to secure it to the card.

Mimicking the elegant edge on the inside gives extra attention to your hand-written expression of appreciation and finishes off the greeting card with style:

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Now it’s time to hop on over to the next blog where Joyce is spotlighting the Bloom & Grow bundle or if you missed it, jump back to Tricia’s post and work backwards through the hop.
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Tricia Butts (Triciastampingcreations)
Loni Spendlove (Creative Juice by Loni)
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Diane Browning (24-7 Inkspiration)
Heather Cooper (playingwithpapercrafting)
Anke Heim(Scraphexe)
Margriet Siekman (CreatiefMarsie)

Gingham-Style Multi-Crafting

“Multi-Crafting”= the act of creating a greeting card for more than one purpose

You know you are an avid paper crafter when you can’t bear to throw away “useable scraps” of Designer Series Paper and now I feel justified in saving the strips from my Gingham Gala paper pack: It was the theme of  #tgifc213

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WHY this DSP isn’t carrying over into the new catalog is beyond comprehension, but make sure you order your Gingham Gala paper stack before it’s gone- or by June 3rd- whichever comes first.

I demonstrated how to make this card on my Facebook Page for my weekly live crafting video today and it’s so adorable~ Do you ever stamp an image that just makes you giggle with delight? Totally happened here.

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Since I was Multi-Crafting, it occurred to me that I could do another version with a sneak peek of a new stamp set (coming in the 2019-2020 catalog on June 4th) that would work with #GDP191

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And that was just the beginning of a full-blown gingham-style craft-attack:

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The good news is I have a bunch of thank you cards to mail out to customers, I’ve used up most of my Gingham bits & pieces, I can check off my Monday LIVE video on my task list, and can participate in two creative challenges. I think I’ll take the rest of the day off 🙂

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Out with Old, In with New

The end of a Stampin’ Up! catalog is bittersweet as I hate seeing things I have loved retire, and I’m also excited about what’s coming! Today I used a retiring stamp set and a coming-soon ribbon to create a card of enCOURAGEment on my weekly FB Lunchtime Crafting LIVE broadcast (which happens every Monday at 12:30 Mountain Time, by the way).

It started with the Global Design Sketch #190

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When a friend just needs a little encouragement, a card is a tangible piece of your support and this one almost made itself:

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The colors are Petal Pink and Gray Granite and Whisper White and the stamp set is Ribbon of Courage (retiring June 3). The ribbon is NEW Petal Pink Organdy Stripe (coming in the new catalog on June 4th) with a few silver metallic pearls sprinkled on to give it some bling.

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Mark your calendars for my New 2019-2020 Catalog Reception on June 8th in Utah County where you can snag both old AND new products with my once-yearly BOGO sale, and pick up a new catalog!

Best Catch: What’s New At SU! Blog Hop

It’s easy to make a frilly, pretty card…but sometimes it’s a challenge to create something for the guys. Never fret: We are here to help!

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These are some talented demonstrators from all over the globe who have come together to jump-start your “masculine” card making skills, so make sure you hop through all the blogs and tell us what you love and what you want to see more of!

I’m sharing a gift card holder I created for my husband’s birthday using the BEST CATCH bundle from the Occasions Catalog:

 

To create the card base, I used a piece of 12″ x 5.5″ Very Vanilla card stock and scored it at 4-1/4″ and 8-1/2″. On the last panel, you can cut diagonally OUT from the 8-1/2″ score mark and then fold it inside the card, adhering it to the bottom of the card with Tear & Tape adhesive, forming a pocket. You could insert cash, a gift card or a photo into the pocket. Not just for birthdays, but Father’s Day or Anniversaries, too!

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For the front of the card, I started with a 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″ panel of Very Vanilla card stock and cut a mask from a piece of scratch paper, laid it over the panel about 1/3 of the way up and sponged water with Pool Party ink. Keep the other piece of the mask to lay over the water and sponge the sandy shore above the water with Crumb Cake ink.

Next you’ll cover your sand with a mask and sponge a sunset: I started with Poppy Parade and then blended in Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, and Daffodil Delight ink with my sponges. Finally, sponge Night of Navy all the way around the edges and layer it on a 3-3/4″ x 5″ Navy Mat.

The fish is stamped in Black Memento Ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends, then cut, along with the reeds, using the coordinating dies. I love blending different colors on the fish! HINT: Save 10% when you purchase the stamps & dies together in a bundle by June 3rd.

Diane always has something amazing to share, so hop over to her blog next, or skip back to Cheryl’s blog to see her guy-inspired project~ Both featuring the Geared Up Garage product suite!

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Save the Last Stamp for Me

We have turned the corner into the last stretch of the Stampin’ Up! year and as we near the finish line, it’s time to announce the retirement of some of our beloved products.

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There are a few facts to note:

  • We will not be offering Wood Mount stamp sets in the new catalog, so there may be a few stamps on the list that WILL be offered in our new (super sticky) CLING MOUNT offering in the next catalog. There may be a chance that if you order a wood mount set and it is sold out, it could be substituted with the Cling version (lucky you! You’d be the first!).
  • While there is not a die cutting tool in the 2019-2020 catalog, there WILL be new dies and embossing folders…please be patient as we improve your die cutting experience and stay tuned!
  • Due to difficulties with the manufacturer of our Stampin’ Trimmer, it has been discontinued from our current offering and Stampin’ Up! is working to create another excellent paper cutting option as soon as possible. You may order replacement cutting blades as long as they are available (limit 6 packages per order). They are currently refilling what they hope to be a 6 month supply.

ON TO THE FUN STUFF! I’m sharing a few of my favorite stamps and accessories on the retired lists today so you have the chance to add them to your collection before they are gone forever!

From the 2018-19 Annual Catalog, I’m really going to miss my Lemon Zest stamp set and coordinating Lemon Builder punch! I’m not sure who made this card I received in a card swap, but isn’t it so cheerful?! It’s been a favorite for getting my “creative juices” flowing.

CLICK HERE FOR .PDF OF RETIRING ITEMS FROM 2018-19 ANNUAL CATALOG

I’m also sad to say goodbye to the Amazing Life Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog: I’ve showcased it in a previous post, and have enjoyed the versatility it offers.

CLICK HERE FOR .PDF OF RETIRING ITEMS FROM 2019 OCCASIONS CATALOG

There is still time to get your retiring favorites AND if you are ready to start a fresh new year with Stampin’ Up!, ask me for a new 2019-2020 Catalog!

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You can also pick up a catalog at my Catalog Reception on June 8th if you are in Utah County!

Lean on Me

“When you meet someone, treat them as if they were in serious trouble, and you will be right more than half the time.”  – Henry B. Eyring

So many times we struggle alone, but it is our duty and privilege as human beings to “comfort the weary and strengthen the weak” (an excerpt from one of my favorite hymns). When I wrestle to know what to say or how to help, I turn to crafting to help  express what I cannot adequately convey, and the love just flows out of my hands.

This striking line art Artfully Aware stamp set is a blessing to have in your collection because it allows you send a hug made from card stock to someone who is hurting or fighting a battle:149447G

Here is a simple card I created that I know I will mail often:

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Isn’t our burden lighter when we know someone else is there for us? Even if they can’t do anything, prayers and love are tangible in our lives.

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Click on either image above or HERE to download a .pdf tutorial 

I used the same design to create another card for any cause you wish to support as this set also coordinates with the Support Ribbon Framelits. I used Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party for these cards, you could easily change the colors to match the ribbon color of any disease. Watermarked2(2019-04-12-0937)
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Sale-a-Bration Coordination

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It’s been fun, but the Sale-a-Bration party is winding down…with only 5 days left to add a free item (or two) to your collection, I wanted to show off a few very versatile items that will allow you to craft through all four seasons of the year, but HURRY, many of them are only here until March 31, 2019!!

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The Painted Seasons Sale-a-Bration bundle has DinsINKtive stamp images for Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall, along with a pack of coordinating Designer Series Paper that is a splendid variety (those toadstools are adorable!). You can choose this bundle FREE with a $100 U.S. order, and the other supplies to create these cards can help you collect a qualifying order!

To make the coordination and your crafting even easier, there is a matching framelit die set for the flowers and leaves and the More Than Words stamp set has greetings for multiple celebrations (and which, coincidentally, has sentiments for almost ALL of our S-A-B 2019 stamp sets): Both are available to purchase for a only few more days.

Let’s take a look at the details of these cards:

It’s a simple fold that really makes your card more exciting to open and the Stitched Rectangle Framelits are a necessity in your die cutting collection.

Make the world a brighter place: Stamp a card and mail it to someone today!

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Sale-a-Bration Coordination: Lasting Lily

If you hate fussy cutting, this will surely thrill you: For the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! has created products that coordinate with our Sale-a-Bration offerings~ stamps, punches and framelit/thinlit dies are available to purchase that will enhance the free stamps you earned, and they are only available during March 2019:

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Today I’m going to spotlight the Lily Framelit Dies that cut out all the blooming beauty of the Lasting Lily stamp set that you could choose free with a $100 order before March 31, 2019.

It was good luck that the Global Design Sketch Challenge #GDP178 sketch and the TGIF Challenge #TGIFC201 color combination combined perfectly to create my card:

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In addition to the framelits include pieces to cut out the flowers and greenery, but there are two label dies that perfectly frame most of the sentiments in the stamp set:

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**A tip for ensuring your stamped images fit in the framelits for the stems and leaves: When mounting your stamps, lay the photopolymer stamps face down on your surface to let the stamp assume the correct shape, then set the clear block on top of it to pick it up for stamping.

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Because photopolymer stamps are pliable, they can be manipulated into different shapes, so if you put it on with your fingers, it may stretched in a way the stamped image wouldn’t match the framelit.

It felt like keeping this card simple really let the lilies shine!

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