What’s New: Birds of A Feather

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You must be as excited about holiday crafting as I am, since you are joining our blog hop with this creative group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world! We are hoppin’ with ideas to share with you from the upcoming Holiday Catalog!

I’m giving you a “sneak beak” at one stamp set you’ll certainly want in your crafting “bag of chicks”: the Birds of a Feather stamp set.

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The colors are Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Cajun Craze with Very Vanilla. It was fun to use the Stampin’ Blends to color the cook, too.

This could be the (tur)KEY to a lovely Thanksgiving table setting: Simply replace the greeting with the name of a guest and set it above their plate to indicate where they should sit for the meal of the year!

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The perfect complimenting stamp to the Birds of a Feather set is the All Wired Up background stamp from the annual catalog, don’t you agree?

With a cute bird for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas AND Valentines (and a corresponding greeting for each), you’ll FLY to this set when you need to make something adorable this holiday season: Put it on your wish list for September 4th, when the Holiday catalog goes live!PREVIOUSNEXT

Before you fly on to Anke’s blog (or back to Margriet’s), feel free to leave me a comment or message~ It always makes my day to know if you liked what I shared! And here’s a bonus alternate card using the same layout and stamp set, with different colors and images for sending a little love any day of the year: IMG_2776 (W)

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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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The whole blog hop roll:

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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Country Home — What’s New at SU! Blog Hop

What is the first sign of the changing of seasons? A holiday catalog from Stampin’ Up! of course!

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Welcome to the What’s New at Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Blog Hop! You’ve popped in (maybe from Brenda’s page?) at just the right time to enjoy some inspiring creativity from a worldwide group of demonstrators who are HOPPING with excitement to share with you.

Once I saw the Buffalo Plaid stamp on page 38 (it’s hiding, don’t miss it!), my heart skipped a beat! It doesn’t really matter what you pair with it, it’s the perfect accessory to every card. For this swap, I’m showcasing the Country Home, which is it’s kissing cousin:

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I chose to stamp the plaid background on So Saffron card stock using Soft Suede ink. It’s easiest to stamp background stamps this way: Ink up your stamp as it lays FACE UP on your table, lay the card stock on top and cover with a scratch piece of paper (so your fingers don’t get inky) and rub with your hands.

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The focal point is a fall arrangement from the Country Home stamp set in a weathered pitcher and colored with Stampin’ Blends: Mint Macaron, Blackberry Bliss*, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede and Cajun Craze*

(*= new colors in the Holiday catalog).

Remember to stamp in Memento Black ink when coloring with Stampin’ Blends, and I find that our Whisper White card stock is the best to color on, hands down.

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If you have questions about these techniques, I’m happy to answer them! Contact your demonstrator to request a catalog or order the supplies. If you don’t have a demonstrator, you can order these products from my Stampin’ Store starting on September 5th and I’d be tickled to serve you!

Now you can hop back to Brenda’s Spirited Snowman samples or bound ahead to Karie’s Dashing Deer post:

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Color Your Season: What’s New at Stampin’ Up! Blog Hop

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Have you ever been shopping and found something you love, but you hesitated and by the time you went back, it was gone? Don’t let that happen to you with the limited-time Color Your Season products! Join me as a talented group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world share why you NEED these products in your craft stash as we hop from blog to blog today featuring:

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Here’s a classic example of the versatility of this bundle~ A pillow box gift: Perfect for a wedding gift or favor, or for a New Year treat!

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The Kraft Pillow Box makes this project so simple! My favorite thing about the Color Your Season bundle has to be the labels: They come in 3 sizes (this is the smallest) and the stitching is on the label AND on the negative space (not shown in this example but you’ll see it along the blog hop).

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While you could use the new watercolor pencils to color your projects, I chose to pull out my Stampin’ Blends. Did you know the Rich Razzleberry blends match the Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon? It’s our color co-ordination shining through.

It took me less than 5 minutes to craft this project: Can you imagine? What a wonderful use of your creative time 🙂

Tell me how you like to color in the comments before you hop along to the next blog!NEXT

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Please contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator if you have any questions or to make a product purchase. If you do not have a demonstrator, I’d love to serve you in the United States. You can use the links below to order products from me or join my Sprinkled Ink team and have the option to choose this bundle as part of your starter kit!
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YOU, YOU, YOU!

A tag is SO VERSATILE and one of my favorite things to make. This tag just happens to fit beautifully on top of the gold-striped treat bags from Stampin’ Up!:

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The AMAZING YOU stamp set *and* the CELEBRATE YOU framelits are part of the Stampin’ Up!  Sale-a-Bration going on now… you can only get them FREE (just your lucky day).

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Slide in a gift card, a cookie or a pampering item to celebrate a friend, or give the empty bag to your significant other and let them fill it for YOU!!

Would you like instructions to make this bag and tag? Download a .pdf tutorial HERE!

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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”.

Flying Home Baby Card

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).

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)