Get Togethers & Card Starters

I’m blessed to have so many great friends on my Stampin’ Team and in August, some of us met up for lunch and stamping one Saturday:

Swapping ideas is a staple activity at any meeting, but we chose to exchange “Card Starters” this time: Some crafters call them card candy, but they are just small focal points you use on a greeting card and I’m sharing a few of them today.

Mary McGill used this Adirondack chair from the Seasonal Layers thinlit dies, which captures the last sunset of summer in perfect form. Used on three different cards, it’s fun to see how a card starter can inspire many different ideas!

Next is Chelle Scott’s gorgeous version of “Deck the Halls” from the Carols of Christmas stamp set: The layer of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper catches your eye when you see it in person and no matter which way you look at it, it’s a fabulous focal point for a Christmas card.

Mine was a simple label from the Merry Little Label bundle in the new Holiday Catalog, punched and layered on a silver glimmer paper layer. I love how the new Everyday Label punch layers beautifully on the Lots of Labels Thinlits dies.

While my Stampin’ Team is named “Sprinkled Ink”, we have a larger group that meets together in person and online called “Stitched Stampers” which encompasses demonstrators in the Utah area and beyond: We include any demonstrators (and potential demonstrators) who would like to work on their business with like-minded, positive and uplifting folks and there is always room at our table for more stampin’ friends.  Join my team anytime!

Check back for more card starter samples soon…

Entering the Fall-iday Zone

With the kickoff of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog yesterday, it’s pumpkin-spice and everything nice for papercrafting dreamers!

When it comes to stamps, there are styles for every personal preference from elegant to whimsical in the holiday catty, but today I wanted to share a few hidden gems you will want not want to miss!

These mini pizza boxes (item #144645) are perfect for tiny treats, cookies and 3×3 cards (3×3 envelopes are also available~ item #145829). These are sure to be extremely popular, so order early!

Holiday17_p21aCustomers often ask if we sell Stampin’ Write Markers individually~ and while we don’t usually, I always snag them when they are offered in a two-pack like the Old Olive and Real Red Markers for just $7 a pair (item #145059).

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You may miss these acetate card boxes on first glance because they are clear~ but they are AMAZING for cards with dimension or a set of cards as a gift or just to use as pretty packaging and with 10 in a package for $6.50, you’ll find plenty of reasons to fill them up! (item 144628).

Shareable_MerryPat_090117_NAFinally, there is a fabulous opportunity to earn this exclusive Merry Patterns stamp set FREE just by hosting a party before October 31, 2017 that totals $300 or more! This is in *addition* to the Stampin’ Rewards you earn as a hostess and can be a workshop, customer or online order. I have only a few open dates left for the next few months, so book your party soon (at your house or mine or online!)

More 25 Year Celebration

The first winner of my Anniversary Giveaway is Marni Maxwell who will receive the vintage “Golden Rule Days” stamp set for commenting on my August 23rd post: 1992 was a great year with good friends…and Marni is now part of my Sprinkled Ink Team!

Let’s keep the celebration rolling with more gifts for my loyal customers! For every 5 orders I receive between now and September 14th (my actual start date), I’ll send one of those customers a set of foil snowflakes from the holiday catalog:

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…and for every 25 orders, one of those customers will receive the Watercolor Christmas stamp set144838g

This stamp set is designed to coordinate with the Watercolor Wishes project kit:

The font is so beautiful on this set, you’ll want to use it for other crafts as well and looks lovely stamped in ombre colors and paired with other holiday catalog products, too!

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I appreciate your support of my business~ It’s truly my pleasure to share creativity with you and watch you make it a joyful part of YOUR life! Thank you for inspiring me.

Designer Series Paper Takes the Spotlight

Remember when I said the only paper products Stampin’ Up! offered 25 years ago were white? It makes me grateful for all the amazing choices we have in 2017! Especially when they are as sumptuous as the “Whole Lot of Lovely” Designer Series Paper pack:

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This paper (DSP) popped into my mind when I saw the #GDP102 sketch:

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Plus, I’m crushing on the Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon right now (it’s on SO MANY of my latest creations, but it just makes the *loveliest* bows…), so here’s my take on the sketch:

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The sentiment (stamped and die cut from the Lovely Friends bundle) just pops off the card, but the paper definitely is the star of the card!

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Peace in the Aspens

Did your Holiday Catalog arrive in your mailbox yet? And have you pre-ordered the new Carols of Christmas bundle yet? If the answer is no, you need to contact me ASAP!

One of the most peaceful places you can find is the beautiful Aspen trees in the mountains and they are comforting in the spring, summer, fall or winter. That tranquil feeling inspired me to create this card using our Woodland Embossing Folder and the Carols of Christmas stamp set:

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This is an easy technique to try: Open your embossing folder and on the side with the recessed image, drag your open Tranquil Tide ink pad across the bottom a few times, then do the same with the Dapper Denim ink across the top.

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Once your embossing folder is inked up, you’ll put your card stock inside it and run it through the Big Shot- that will give you a lovely background!

To finish this card, simply emboss the greeting on Tranquil Tide card stock in white and add some dazzling diamonds glitter to the tree trunks with multipurpose liquid glue:

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The Holiday Catalog goes live September 1st, but you can order this bundle and everything else to create this card in my Stampin’ Store NOW!

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25 Ways in 25 Days: Anniversary Giveaway!

25 Years with SU!Gas was $1.05 a gallon. Cartoon Network had just started broadcasting and Bill Clinton became President of the United States (I’m not implying they were connected, but???) I had just given birth to my second child (a son) and was looking for a way to connect and have conversations with other adults, so when my husband ran into LaVonne Crosby as they each took children to the church foyer to calm down and she happened to have a catalog in her car of the company she and her sister had started, my Stampin’ Up! career began!

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At the time, Stampin’ Up! carried mostly rubber stamps from other companies with a few they manufactured themselves with a choice between foam mounted rubber or wood blocks. Rainbow stamp pads were extremely popular and we only offered WHITE paper products to stamp on!

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To celebrate my 25 years with Stampin’ Up! I’ll be sharing fun facts, playing games, giving away prizes here on the blog, on my Facebook Page and on my Instagram, so connect with me and play along!

Let’s kick off this party by continuing to stroll down memory lane:

Comment with *your* major accomplishment of 1992 ~OR~ the name of one of the stamp companies Stampin’ Up! used to carry in their catalogs!

You could win the nostalgic “Golden Rule Days” stamp set (a very popular stamp set from our past) just in time to celebrate BACK TO SCHOOL. Winner announced August 30th.

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Ready to start your own Stampin’ Up! adventure?

Join my team!

Every Last Piece: Paper Pumpkin August 2017

When I opened the August Paper Pumpkin box yesterday, I decided I was going to finish the projects and use Every. Single. Piece.

Once I finished making a few of the cards as shown in the kit, I got a little more creative (as shared yesterday) and finished off the cards but still had die cuts and leaf stickers left over! So I grabbed some whisper white card stock, some painter’s tape, some sponge daubers and 3 ink pads: Peekabook Peach, Pool Party and Pear Pizazz (not included in the kit). Here’s what I did:

I taped the edges of the paper down and used the empty die-cut pages as a stencil for sponging flowers! Add a few leaves and sponge around the edges, and when you peel back the tape, it gives the illusion of layers…pretty neat, eh?

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All I had to do next was add the pre-printed sentiment die cuts and embellish with the leftover goodies: IMG_5047

All left-over leaves and flowers found their way onto the envelopes:

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If you are ready to try your hands at a SUPER SENSATIONAL monthly craft kit delivered to your mailbox, subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before September 10th using Promo Code HALFOFF0917 to get your first kit (September 2017) for 50% off!

Then stalk your mailbox for a thank you card from me (maybe one of these!) while you wait for your first kit to arrive. Shareables-1_PP_Sept_Promo_Aug0817

Fall into Paper Pumpkin Savings

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Creativity is made easier when you have a kit to work with: And today I’ve been playing with the August Paper Pumpkin Kit. These projects put the finishing touches on summer, and I’m looking forward to sending YOU one of the cards I created when YOU subscribe to Paper Pumpkin!

I showed how to make this double-fold card on my Facebook Page today: You may want to watch the video to see the surprise inside and find out how to enter my GIVEAWAY!

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If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, NOW is a great time to subscribe and get the September Kit for just $10 when you use Promo Code HALFOFF0917 .  You’ll start a collection of fabulous stamp sets and ink spots for your crafting cupboards, as well~ every kit includes an exclusive stamp set and no ink spot color is repeated in 12 months.

Check back tomorrow to see how I was able to use EVERY PIECE of this kit to make even more amazing cards! Thanks for choosing me as your Paper Pumpkin (by Stampin’ Up!) Demonstrator…your support means the world to me.

Girl~ You are Fabulous!

My friend and teammate Amy *is* pretty fabulous (just check out her work on Lilypadstamper.com to see for yourself) and just promoted to SILVER, so it is time to recognize her complete awesomeness…how nice that TGIFChallenges made the #tgifc121 theme this week all about her!

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And with a sassy finger-snap, I fancified this card to be included with a gift to recognize her marvelous achievement:

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Of course, I added a little SILVER bling to commemorate the occasion and make it extraordinary. The Label Frame is a sneak peek at the “Labels to Love” set coming in the Holiday Catalog on September 1st, and coordinates with a new punch! Together, they look lovely layered on top of the Lots of Labels Framelits, don’t they?

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If you are cutting the card stock in half to create a card, you may as well make TWO cards, so I have another waiting in the wings for the next team member who promotes~ It’s such a delight to see my Sprinkled Ink Stampin’ Family progress and promote, and there is always room at our table for friends to join our team
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Easy Easel Daisy Card

When you stamp a card, you hope the recipient to enjoy longer than a store-bought card, and one way to do this is to let your card double as desktop decor:

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I chose to use the Daisy Delight Bundle (along with the Label Me Pretty Bundle) because it’s BACK IN STOCK and you really can’t live without it. Plus, each stamp set co-ordinates with a punch, and when you get them as a bundle, you save 10%.

See how easy this is?

Thanks for shopping in my Stampin’ Store when you need quality crafting supplies! I love serving you as you craft creative connections.

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