Humming Along Thank You

This card was inspired by my friend and team-mate Amy Minson (a.ka. Lilypad Stamper): She had done some gorgeous coloring with the Stampin’ Blends markers and this flower from the Humming Along stamp set, so I wanted to try it too!

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This is an example of the MASKING technique: You stamp your flower first, then stamp it onto a Post-It note, with a part of the flower over the sticky end. Cut out the Post-It flower along the lines of the image and place the flower over your flower stamped onto the white card stock (this is why you need some of the sticky part of the post-it…to keep it in place).

Next, you stamp the words ALL OVER THE FLOWER (covered in the post-it mask) and off the edge of your paper. Once you are done stamping the words, REMOVE the post-it note to reveal your clean flower that looks like it’s in front! Now you can color it and layer the card together.

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COLORING TIP: Outline your image with the light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend marker to make it really pop!

I’ve created a tutorial for you to print: Get it HERE

If you would like to make your own, thank you for shopping for the supplies in my Stampin’ Store 

CREATE your happiness with stamps, ink and paper!

Valentines Aren’t Just for Lovers

The season of love doesn’t have to be limited to one single significant other. This is a wonderful time to recognize friendships as well, and I’d submit that your girlfriends might appreciate hearts and flowers much more than your man would!

This is a Valentine that you could add photos, notes or gift cards to, and is part of an envelope banner you’ll create at my “Craft Your HEART Out” class coming on January 26th, but it’s perfect by itself:

It’s an accordion fold that spills out when opened, with spaces to write personal notes, add photos, or insert gifts or gift cards into smaller envelopes:

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Download the Tutorial HERE

The “All My Love” Designer Series Paper in the NEW OCCASIONS Catalog is richly romantic and you’ll think of so many ways to use it: For wedding cards, gifts, home decor, etc. And don’t miss the coordinating All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack.

You’re invited to attend my Craft Your Art Out class: Check out the details HERE!

You may fall in love with the whole suite of products!

Spirited Snowman & Year End Closeout

Have you had your first snowfall yet? While I prefer viewing it from afar, it’s covering my front yard and that makes me want to stay indoors…and craft. 

So it’s a good time to share a tutorial for a SNOWMAN card! Most of the products are on the Year-End Closeout sale that began today: Some items are about to be discontinued and some are discounted for extra savings. 

Before I share the card, I wanted to mention that some of the items in the discounted section make AWESOME gifts, too! The Christmas Traditions Punch Box just needs a ribbon and it’s ready to set under the tree and includes stamps, clear block, punch and two ink spots. At 40% off, it’s a fantastic steal: 

On to the adorable snowman card ~ it could be used for a holiday greeting, a thank you card or even a winter birthday wish!  

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DOWNLOAD SPIRITED SNOWMAN CARD TUTORIAL

Wishing you SNOW MUCH CRAFTING FUN this holiday season! 

 

 

Spooky Sweets

It’s really an oxymoron, isn’t it? Spooky Sweets? How can something be scary AND yummy? I guess it’s the paradox of the whole Halloween season!

The Baker’s Boxes in the Holiday Catalog got me thinking: What could I fill them with? It’s so much fun to give something a bit bigger than a card!

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The boxes are nice and large (4-1/4″ square and 2-1/8″ tall) and they are coated on the inside so your goodies don’t leak through. You can wrap the boxes with Designer Series Paper, spray them with a few drops of ink refills mixed with rubbing alcohol in the Stampin’ Spritzer or color them with ink using a sponge brayer, as I did with this one:

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We actually made these boxes at our Fall StampFest events last month as one of the eight projects prepared for our guests…if you missed it, make sure you plan ahead to come to our Spring StampFest in either St. George (February 23, 2019) or Spanish Fork Utah (March 9, 2019).

You can make your own at home with these supplies:
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Back to the question of “what can we fill the box with?”, I found a few fabulous treats that would be perfect to bake and fill for a gift:

 

Halloween Oreo Brookie Bars

Spooky Chocolate Vanilla Oreo Fudge

Monster Mash Brownies

I had to share all three because I couldn’t make up my mind!

Give a sweet treat for every season in our Baker’s Boxes: Here’s a Christmas version of the box using the Santa’s Workshop product suite!

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Download Tutorial for the Christmas treat box HERE

Blended Seasons, Bundles & Bonus Days!

The summer may almost be over, but the paper crafting is just heating up with the Bonus Days: Earn a $5 coupon for every $50 you spend in August and redeem them in September!

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And may I suggest the best bundle of the year: The Blended Season stamp set and Stitched Seasons framelits!

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I just cannot stop playing with these products: So today I’m sharing a tutorial for this Blended Season Gift Card Holder:

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Click on either image OR HERE to download the instructions for this fun card, then shop in my Stampin’ Store for the supplies to create them and earn your Bonus Days Coupons  before August 31st (or while supplies last).

As a BONUS for ordering it from my store, I’ll send you FOUR MORE exclusive tutorials via email! Make sure you select me as your demonstrator and opt-in for communication from me.

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Don’t waste another moment…because when the supply is gone (or August 31st) the Blended Season Bundle is gone forever!

Fold-Flat Box

I have a great excuse for being MIA over the past 6 weeks: WE MOVED! Just to a new house in the same city, but downsizing was a big effort (one that we are continuing to work at…hoping I will be able to park in the garage before Halloween!)

July has TWO awesome promotions ~ I’ll share them with you just in time to take advantage of either or both:

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Each Monday in July, I’ve been sharing ways to use Designer Series Paper in your crafting on my Facebook Live Lunchtime Crafting broadcast! Today I showed how to create this amazing Flat-Fold Box:

WARNING: You won’t be able to stop with just one box: These are addicting to make and you’ll want to make a whole bunch to have on hand to pop open and put together when you need them!

Along the long side, the score lines are at 1-3/4″, 5″, 6-3/4″ and 10″
Along the short end, score at 1-3/4″ and 6-3/4″

I used the Tropical Escape DSP for the top of the box and the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set:

You can mix and match Designer Series Paper during the sale so you can stock up on pretty patterns to compliment all your paper crafting.

Finally, how would you like to choose $192* in Stampin’ Up! products for just $99?

That’s what you get when you join my Stampin’ Team in July!

* $125 in products plus a collection of 10 ink pads

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Come join me: BOTH offers end at 11:59 MST on July 31, 2018 so there’s no time to waste!

Give My Regards to Broadway

My husband and I recently experienced New York City for the first time with our daughter and it was a surprisingly wonderful experience. From biking around Central Park to the Statue of Liberty, we painted the town for 3 days (and I found some creative juice)!

My favorite part had to be Broadway, though. I began my college career with the intent of studying musical theater, so that has a place in my heart. We only had time to see one show and we chose “Dear Evan Hansen”.

Do NOT miss the opportunity to see this incredible musical (by the same guys who wrote Greatest Showman) if you get the chance: But don’t make the mistake I did of going without a box of kleenex. And I *ugly cried*.

Today I wanted to pay tribute to that amazing vacation with a stamp, of course! So here’s one you are going to love playing with: The Broadway Bound suite from Stampin’ Up!

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This project was also inspired by the the #tgifc163 sketch challenge:

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You can download the tutorial for my Broadway Birthday Bag HERE.

Know what else is TOTALLY AWESOME about the Broadway Bound suite? The June Paper Pumpkin Kit is going to coordinate with it!

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Did you notice the “subscribe by” date? Yep, that’s TODAY. So if you are reading this after June 10th, you may have to cross your fingers that they have some kits left that they will post for sale around June 26th…but you still have to be a subscriber to order them, so what are you waiting for?

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Get to the Point

There are plenty of good men in the world, and the best are awesome dads! I decided to use the Truly Tailored bundle from the Occasions Catalog and the #tgifc159 sketch challenge to create a tri-fold card befitting those great guys:tgif2bchallenge2bbuttons2b2018-021

Here’s my card:

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Then you open up the card a fold-at-a-time to see this:

Here are a few tips to create your own: I started with a 4-1/4″ x 11″ Crumb Cake card stock base scored at 5″ and 10-1/2″. Next I put the Tailored Tag punch all the way in on one end and punched (keep the tag you punched out for the front!):

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Use a 4-1/4″ x 5″ piece of Designer Series Paper for the pointed flap (True Gentleman DSP used here, but sadly sold out…a good reminder not to procrastinate now that the retired list is out). I cut a 2-1/8″ square of card stock in half diagonally and adhered half on each bottom corner: Cut them off with your scissors for a perfect point!

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Then you’ll adhere the DSP to the 1/2″ top of your card base that was scored. Stamp the sentiment on the punched out piece of card stock and use the Bow Builder punch to create a bow tie (which also retires at the end of May- order it soon if you don’t have it!) and attach it with a mini Stampin’ Dimensional or glue dot to the end of the pointed flap:

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I stamped and punched out another greeting from Very Vanilla card stock to attach to the inside of the card, letting it peek through the window of the second flap:

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You can use strips of DSP to add anywhere you feel needs a finishing touch. Finally, when you open up the second flap to the inside of the card, I added the “Happy Father’s Day” sentiment from the Guy Greetings stamp set:

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Wish your dad a Dapper Day and

Your Turn to Share What You Love

To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Stampin’ Up! we have FOUR spectacular early-release bundles (from the 2018-2019 catalog) that will help you share your love of stamping: My last post gave you a sneak peek of the sneak peek, but today can see and order the bundles for yourself:

04.01.18_CMAIN_SHAREWHATYOULOVE_NAEach of the “Share What You Love” bundles includes one (or more) free items and these offers will NOT be available once the catalog is released in June!Screen Shot 2018-04-30 at 10.16.08 PMScreen Shot 2018-04-30 at 10.16.22 PMOnly the “Gotta Have It All” bundle has the exclusive “Statement of My Heart” stamp and it won’t be available after the promotion ends:Screen Shot 2018-04-30 at 10.16.34 PMIn addition, you can pre-order the new In-Color Collection Ink Pads~ The updated pad design opens like a makeup compact and you are sure to adore the vivid hues:

 

Screen Shot 2018-04-30 at 10.16.46 PMIf you are an avid “COLOR COLLECTOR” you’ll want to join my 3 Month COLOR CLUB!

To help you get those creative juices flowing, I’ll share 16 exclusive project tutorials with you via email when you order your “Share What You Love” bundle from my Stampin’ Store!

swylThese are created with the supplies from the  “A Little More, Please” bundle, but could be stepped up with the additional supplies from the “Gotta Have It All” bundle.

Want a closer look at each product? Check it out:

 

Gift a Cookie

Need a sweet, inexpensive birthday gift for a neighbor, co-working or friend? Use the mini pizza boxes from Stampin’ Up! to put a cookie in as a single serving birthday cake!

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They are food safe, with a glossy coating on the inside so your treat won’t soak through the box:

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Your cookie will probably look better than mine, but it was the LAST cookie in my house. I would have taken another picture, but I was hungry, so I ate it. Don’t judge.

With this little all-in-one-gift, the card is on top of the box, like this:

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It’s super simple to make, too!

Download the Tutorial

and thanks for shopping in my Stampin’ Store