Cards to Dye For

In true re-cycle fashion, tie dying is back on trend! And it seems a bit more classy than the first time around, don’t you agree?

Naturally, Stampin’ Up! saw this coming and created the Spiral Dye stamp: It creates GROOVY backgrounds for cards (at 4-1/2″ x 5-3/4″, it covers a standard A2 size card front).

The COOL thing about this stamp is that when you spin the stamped image 180 degrees, you can stamp it a second time with another color and get the Tie-Dye effect! The Stamparatus tool makes it SUPER easy:

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Looking at the spiral, it reminded my how often my “well-laid plans” get changed and I have to make adjustments. It happens to you, too, right? Learning to pivot and change directions is a skill that takes practice, but will help us learn to deal more smoothly with life’s unexpected challenges. Which is where I got the inspiration for this card:

Tell me you can relate.

Using Magenta Madness and Granny Apple Green as my colors, I stamped the Spiral Dye on a 4″ x 4″ piece of Basic White card stock, then used my trimmer to cut it into 6 random pieces before adding it to my card front. Demonstrators call it the “Scrappy Strip” technique.

To get a perfect edge around the word PIVOT (cut from the very versatile Playful Alphabet Dies), use an old fashioned compass drawing tool on the smallest width and lightly trace around the letters glued to white card stock with a sharp pencil. After fussy cutting, erase any leftover pencil marks.

The Lighthearted Lines had the perfect sentiments to go with it (PLOT TWIST!) and on the inside of the card I used another quote from the set:

Another Lighthearted Line sentiment that would have worked says, “When nothing goes right, go left”

Next I wanted to try embossing with the Spiral Dye and it worked out spectacularly:

It’s even more shiny in person!

I made you a tutorial for this one which you can download by clicking the button…and BTW, if you don’t have Silver Foil Sheets from last year’s catalog, there will be some in the August-December mini catalog coming 8/3!

More To Love, More to Choose

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Who doesn’t love free stampin’ supplies?? I was head-over-heels for the NEW 2nd Release Sale-a-Bration items Stampin’ Up! released on February 15th and had to have them ALL! Download the brochure below or click on Shop Online button to check out the new products and see more sample project ideas.

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First is the elegant All Adorned Photopolymer Stamp Set which you can choose as your free item when you make a qualifying purchase of $50 (USD) during Stampin’ Up!’s annual Sale-A-Bration event.

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This set was actually designed to work best with the Stamparatus! Watch
as George give you some tips on how to create perfect corners:

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Next is the Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. If nothing else, make sure you snag this one during Sale-a-Bration becuase it is drop-dead gorgeous!

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Finally, the last new item is a BUNDLE which includes the Painted Seasons Stamp Set and coordinating Designer Series Paper for all 4 seasons! This is an item you may select free with an order of $100 (USD) before March 31st.

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Remember, all these are while supplies last…and some of the previous Sale-a-Bration items were so popular, they sold out within weeks! So don’t hesitate to make your shopping list and add your S-A-B items early.

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Now & Later

NOW: Don’t miss the LAST 2 days to get 1, 2 or 3 free gifts when you purchase one of the Share What You Love bundles! Watch my latest mashup of two of the stamps in the Love What You Do ( included in each bundle)~ you’ll be impressed by how quickly I stamp:

LATER: If you didn’t snag a Stamparatus during the pre-order earlier this year, the wait is almost over: Get yours in just 3 days (June 1st starting at noon MST). This tool may just change your life.

NOW (but not later): These products will only be available separately in the new catalog. The ONLY way to get the “Statement of My Heart” stamp is in the “Gotta Have it All” Bundle. Last day to order any of these bundles is May 31st so wait no longer!!

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LATER: You’ll be crafting all weekend when you place your order today! Click on any of the bundles to see them in my Stampin’ Store. Start spreading the love you create with stamps, ink and paper. It’s a beautiful day to make something beautiful!

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!