Oh My Stars!

When a member of my team promotes to a new title, it’s time to make a fuss over their accomplishment, and I needed a special card for my promoting demonstrators. I’ve also been mulling over the #tgifc282 inspiration challenge:

I pulled out my Stitched Stars dies along with the Strong & Beautiful stamp set to create a circle of STARS:

If you’d like to see me make this card in action, you can see it on my Lunchtime Live Crafting FB Live video.

I can’t wait to pair this card with a little gift to celebrate my team promotions and hope it will remind them that they are making a difference by sharing their creativity. I’m always welcoming new team members who want a discount, need a delightful way to make extra income or crave adult connection…and you could even choose a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine ($120) in your starter kit ($99)! What a great discount!

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So Much Love for Color

Have you ever looked at a color combination and have a stamp set jump into your mind? It happened to me today when I saw the #TGIF280 Color Palette:

So Much Love is a delicate and feminine cling stamp set, and in my imagination, this card appeared…I think it turned out even more lovely than I had hoped:

I wanted it to be a #simplestamping card with just stamps, ink and paper. It always astounds me that with just 3 ingredients, you can make such beautiful things!

GOOD NEWS: The So Much Love set is actually one of 2 FREE sets that are included in the Get & Go Starter Kit promotion this month (September 2020)! Along with the free stamp sets come 2 packages of ready-to-go card kits that can be used for your first party!

It’s a wonderful opportunity to get the best deal AND start off strong for the holiday season!

Now you have another SIMPLE card idea to create with your new supples:

And it didn’t take long to make the card: Maybe 8 minutes? 4 of those minutes were fussy-cutting out the flower! This is a card ANYONE can make in a moment…and you’ll get one from me in your welcome package when you join my Stampin’ Family in September,.

Tinsel in a Tangle

Colors inspire me and ever since I got a glimpse of the #tgifc276 color challenge last Friday (and Lauren Alarid’s stinking CUTE holiday card using these unexpected colors), I’ve been thinking about it!

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Here’s my take on this challenge featuring the “Don’t Stop Believin” stamp set from the August-December Mini Catalog:IMG_6611-(W2)

Isn’t that fun? Check out how to use the Lovely Labels Pick-a-Punch here!

If you start making your holiday cards in August, you won’t end up with your tinsel in a tangle in December! Try these tips:

  1. Design your Christmas Card now!
  2. Order the supplies (including adhesive and envelopes).
  3. Cut all the card bases and other pieces while you are binge-watching Netflix (Umbrella Academy season 2 is out…) in September. Keep the pieces in a shoe box to make it easy when you have time for the next steps.
  4. Stamp images on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
  5. Ask your husband to drive to your next adventure and assemble the cards in the passenger seat.
  6. Buy cute postage stamps in October!
  7. Make an address list and print labels (this will also come in clutch when your kids get married, as long as you keep it updated) before Thanksgiving.
  8. Mail them the first week of December.

I guarantee that when you break it down into smaller steps, you’ll be relaxed to enjoy the Christmas Season!

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Chinchilla Out with a Color Challenge

The first day of May 2020 feels like it needs some CHEERFUL colors, and the TGIF Challenges team delivered just what the doctor ordered: 262

This pIayful palette called for something light-hearted, and the Witty-Cisms stamp set was the first to come to mind- that chillaxing chinchilla image has been begging for me to ink it up!

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It was so adorable in just a simple color-block, that I wondered how it would look with a little texture. Grabbed two of my favorite embossing folders and made a stepped-up version:

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Which one do you like best?

I’ll be sad when this stamp set retires on June 2nd because it has such clever greetings paired with adorable drawings! If you love it as well, sign up for my Witty-Cisms VIRTUAL Class in the mail HERE before May 15th: It includes instructions and supplies for 6 cards, the stamp set, Everyday Label Punch and 4 Stampin’ Blends Markers. This Chinchilla card is a bonus one you can make at home now!

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Heads up: Both of the embossing folders are retiring too, but the good news is that a NEW Die Cutting/Embossing Machine is coming soon!!!

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Be a Gold-Dipper!

I’m sorry to say that Sale-a-Bration 2020 is almost over, but the crafting will continue because we are all still stuck at home (thanks, Covid-19): Are you prepared to keep making pretty things? If not, you have a few more hours to earn Sale-A-Bration rewards by shopping in my Stampin’ Up! store! It all ends March 31st at midnight, Mountain Time.

To end with a fun technique, I’m playing along with TGIF Challenges and their “Gold Dipped” #tgifc257 challenge:

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I chose to demonstrate this card LIVE on my Creative Juice Facebook Page today, so you can watch the replay by clicking the link. Hint: There is a giveaway, too!

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The Butterfly Punch is a newly added option for Sale-A-Bration and I paired it with the Power of Hope bundle (another S-A-B option you could choose free): IMG_5053-(W)

It’s kind of hard to see, but the gold embossing powder is really shiny!IMG_5056-(W)

I’ve been mailing a card (or two or ten) each day during the quarantine and I think the sentiment inside is perfect for keeping us going:

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Play along with this challenge- or any other- to keep your sanity! Crafting (and sending something you’ve created to someone else) will get you through this lonely time.

Reach Out From Home

Just because we are quarantined doesn’t mean we are alone: It’s a blessing that we can talk on the phone or via video and MAIL a card! I challenge you to make and mail a card each day you are stuck at home thanks to Corona Virus!

I chose to combine my card today with a challenge: Why not expand your creativity at the same time you are doing a service?

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Cute sketch from TGIF Challenges, eh? The Peaceful Poppy Suite is the one I chose again because I wanted a card to match the frame I made here…it will be a birthday card and gift for my friend Carolyn!

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It’s going to be perfect and I’m off to package it so it can make it’s way to Canada! IMG_4878-(W)

Heartfelt for Valentine’s Day

Are you ready to spread some love? That was my first thought when I saw the Global Design Project Color Challenge, since those colors just happened to be out on my desk anyway:

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This is the card that was born:

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You may notice an image that isn’t in the Heartfelt stamp set (the heart outline that says “with love”)…that was from the January “I’ll Bee Yours” Paper Pumpkin kit and coordinates with the Heart Punch Bundle, and it felt perfect for the project:IMG_4394-(W)

If you are planning to shoot a few Valentine cards off, you need to get your supplies ordered soon! IMG_4401

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A Beautiful Difference

It only takes one person to make a difference in your life for the better: A mother, a teacher, a friend…any of them could touch you in a way that changes your course in a beautiful way.

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The sentiment on the card I created today for the #TGIFC246 Sketch Challenge could be perfect for anyone who has helped you in your life while they are here are when they are gone:

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The meaning changes with what you add on the inside of the card: Happy Birthday, With Sympathy, Happy Mother’s Day.

Whatever you want to say, this card is a simple way to express your feelings.

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Poppies in Berries

Feeling “berry” pleased to share one of my favorite suites from the new Mini Catalog with you today as I participate in the #tgifc245 color challenge: 245

Truly, I vowed not to buy any more floral stamps when the January-June Mini Catalog was about to be unveiled…and then my willpower flew out the window when I saw the Peaceful Poppies Suite:CM101025B

Yesterday I demonstrated the “spotlighting” technique on my Facebook page during my Monday Lunchtime LIVE Crafting with a different card, but carried the idea into the color challenge today: IMG_4273-(W)

HOW TO: 

  1. Cut two pieces of Very Vanilla card stock, 5″ x 3-3/4″ and 2-1/2″ x 3-5/8″. Layer the smaller one on top of the larger one with a bit of adhesive in the middle to hold together just while stamping the outline images of the poppies using the Rich Razzleberry ink pad.
  2. Remove the smaller layer and color with Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends, then layer together on the card with the largest scalloped die from the Stitched So Sweetly dies.
  3. Emboss your sentiment on a strip of Blackberry card stock for the top and add a few of the coordinating sequins.

It’s really easier than it looks!

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I’ll be back with more poppy-inspired crafts soon, meanwhile, I hope you’ll get your fingers inky, too!

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A Watercolor Rose For Christmas

I’ve been looking for an excuse to try watercoloring on darker paper, and the Global Design Project color challenge #GDP213 gave me the perfect reason to pull out the Aqua Painters!

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This is also a sneak peek at a NEW product suite coming on November 1st and I’m using the “Christmas Rose” stamp set from that breathtaking collection:

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It looks sumptuous, doesn’t it? But it was surprisingly simple! I embossed the outline image on the top and bottom of the Smoky Slate card stock in white, then did a quick watercolor wash with an Aqua Painter and a few drops of Whisper White ink over the places I wanted to color. Once that dried, I picked up the colors with my cleaned Aqua Painter and started to add the color.

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The embossed image helps keep the ink in place and the colors just POPPED off the paper! I practically broke my arm patting myself on the back, it turned out soooo pretty!

After multiple ribbon variations, I settled on a flat “mailing” bow to finish it off, and dressed up the inside of the card like this:

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This is also going to be one of the cards we make at my Christmas Card Class on November 9th in Spanish Fork, UT:  if you register for the class, you’ll find out how easy it really is!