Floating Circle Card

When you have thin strips of Designer Series Paper you don’t want to throw away, just glue them to a window sheet and die cut a “floating circle”! Want to see more? Watch my Facebook Live video from 10/17/22 and see how easy this card was to create!

We stampers love a little shine and shimmer, and that’s just what you’ll get in the Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper pack…this angle shows how each double-sided paper has one metallic side and one pretty printed side, and you really can’t bear to let any go to waste:

Pick a small sentiment to stamp on one of your non-metallic strips. Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals are easy to hide behind the strips, and lift your circle off the card to make it look like it’s floating! Add a floral image and you have a simply sensational card.

While this DSP was created to coordinate stunningly with the Splendid Thoughts bundle (see my original card below the supply list), I used the Sending Smiles bundle for my video demonstration – the sentiments in the Sending Smiles stamps fit on the strips perfectly.

This is one to try immediately in your stamp studio!

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Same card, with the Splendid Thoughts bundle (sentiment still from Sending Smiles stamp set):

Hinge-Step Happy Birthday

The Stamparatus is the right partner to do the “Hinge-Step” with 💃🏻🕺🏽

The right tool always makes the job easier, and to get your stamps lined up perfectly, you’ll love dancing (and stamping) with the Stamparatus tool:

This card was inspired by a card created by German Demonstrator Madeleine Mrotzek for the #gdp364 challenge:

I turned the slimline card on the side (3.5″ x 6.25″) and used the Stamparatus to get perfect placement: Just take out the plate with the stamp on it and move it down to the next hinge, then ink up your stamp with a different color (watch video, top).

It’s a fast & fabulous technique to try in your craft room! Don’t forget to stamp the envelope, too!

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Don’t Miss the 1st Annual Crafters Convention!

Escape to enchanting Kanab, Utah for an OUT-OF-THE-BOX Craft Retreat on October 21-22, 2022!

You’ll want to come early (or stay late) to explore the “Magically Unspoiled” beauty, adventure and history of the Kane County area, then our WICKEDLY-FUN weekend begins Friday with the HOCUS POCUS Open Craft-along from 6-10 pm. Dress in your bewitching finery and work on the projects you bring, while we provide the music, laughter, games and PRIZES!

Saturday is our STAMP-TACULAR Craft-A-Thon from 10 am to 6 pm. Our local paper-crafting wizards (that’s us!) will lead you through 8 sensational seasonal projects! You bring scissors and adhesive, we’ll provide everything else (adhesive also available for purchase at the event). 

The sponsors- Create Room, Stampin’ Up! and Kane County Office of Tourism  – have worked magic to provide attendees with a SPELLBINDING Swag Bag and prizes* to DIE FOR all weekend long! The GRAND PRIZE* is a DREAMBOX filled with Stampin’ Up! Supplies ($4,500 value)…that’s a lot of TREATS with no TRICKS!

*Must be present to win. Grand Prize awarded at 5:30 pm on Saturday. Grand prize can be delivered to winner’s home. U.S. Customers only.

Christmas Choo-Choo Card + October Announcements

This week’s TGIF Challenge #tgifc388 was a tricky one indeed! A card WITHOUT a sentiment?! Who does that?

I couldn’t even wrap my head around it, until I found a loophole: No sentiment…on the FRONT.

Inspired by a project my friend Sue designed for our Fall StampFest, I pulled out the SANTA EXPRESS suite and die cut images from the Designer Series Paper to follow my “train” of thought:

See? No sentiment! Even the signpost has stars instead of words.

But untie the top and extend it out and the rest of the idea follows:

NOW we are cooking with coal! Isn’t that adorable? The only thing I did stamp was the sentiment, then punched it out with the Label Me Lovely punch and attached them all with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Some folks like to create cards without a sentiment on the front so they may add the appropriate words when they need to use it. For me, it’s like singing a familiar song and STOPPING just before the last word! The suspense just *hangs* in the air until the final note is sung.

Hopefully, this card meets the requirements AND finishes the last note, once opened. I’ve listed the supplies after the announcements.

HEY! If you read all the way through on the day this post was published (Tuesday, October 4th), I’ve got one more surprise for you: FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75 today only! If your order is less than $150, enter host code XJM43JKB in your cart as you check out and you’ll be entered into my monthly host code drawing.

If you are ordering MORE than $150 dollars, you can be your own host and earn Stampin’ Rewards immediately:

I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t let you know that there is also a fabulous Starter Kit offer in October: Choose $155 in products for just $99 (the starter kit always includes free shipping!): START HERE

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“Witching” You a Happy WCMD!

Today, card makers all over the world are observing World Card Making Day by making – and mailing – handmade greeting cards! YOU are welcome to create along with Stampin’ Up! from 2-5 pm MT virtually HERE!

Maybe you’ll want to break out of the traditional card style and try something new, like a fancy fold! This little lady “witches” you a fun day…it’s in the cards!

Once you slide the belly band off, here’s how it opens:

This type of card suits almost every stamp set and Designer Series Paper combo! Give it a try.

Just a reminder: Tomorrow (10/2/22) is the last day to register for the Utah County Fall StampFest on Saturday, October 8th! Click to get your ticket:

New at SU! Perfect Partners: Apple Harvest

Like a burger & fries, Sheldon & Amy, or apple pie & ice cream, some things are BETTER TOGETHER.

Like rubber stamps & coordinating dies.

Which brings me to our September NEW AT SU! Blog Hop Theme: PERFECT PARTNERS: We are showing you how coordinating dies make your stamps more enjoyable and versatile! There are also a few SEPTEMBER-ONLY Perfect Partners you DO. NOT. WANT. TO. MISS.

This is my friend Lou Ann (who is also my Sprinkled Ink team member). We’ve served in church callings together and now we stamp together, and I love her efficiency, effort and energy. This frame just captures my love for her!

The Apple Harvest stamp set was in the July-December Mini catalog, but the coordinating dies are LIMITED EDITION and can only be purchased this month! If you purchase the bundle (stamps + dies), you save 10%.

In addition to the dies that cut out the stamped images, I appreciate that there are a few “extras”; like the apple blossoms (two different sizes), multiple leaves (so you can cut a whole tree of leaves at once), a long label and a scallop border.

This box holds an apple-shaped bath bomb I picked up at our local farmer’s market from Soak and Lather Soaps. I demonstrated how to make this box on my Facebook Live last week…you can watch the tutorial, but I’ll warn you that the sound was horrendous (time for a new phone).

You can pick up a wood frame from the Dollar Tree, trace the shape and cover it with Designer Series Paper (a complete coat of liquid glue works great on the back of the paper), then decorate it as desired.

Which of your friends deserves a reminder that they are a blessing in your life?
Don’t miss some of the other Perfect Partner pairs…along with some classic stamps & die combinations from the other wonderful demonstrators in the hop:

Stamps + Dies = Perfect Partners: September 2022 New at SU! Hop

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World CardMaking Day: An Open Door

Did you know that October 1st is WORLD CARDMAKING DAY?

This year, Stampin’ Up! is hosting a virtual craft-along event…and it’s FREE!

World Card Making Day is all about making beautiful, heartfelt cards. During the event, we’ll walk you through several projects, and you’ll create the cards right along with us. You’ll end up with new project ideas and some stunning new cards!

What you need to know:

Who: Anyone!

When: 1 October from 2:00–5:00 p.m. (MT)

Where: Online

Price of Event: Free

*You don’t have to register for this event but registering will keep you informed of all the fun crafting in store!

Supplies You Need: To make the most of this experience, you can order the Cottage Rose Bundle from the 2022–2023 Annual Catalog, the Cottage Wreaths Bundle from the July–December 2022 Mini Catalog, or the Warm Welcome Bundle, which you can get early from the January–June 2023 Mini Catalog!

When you order one of these three bundles (Cottage Rose Bundle, Cottage Wreaths Bundle or Warm Welcome) you’ll get a FREE gift of Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewels! (Note that even if you order all three bundles, you’ll only receive one Iridescent Pearls gift.) 

Depending on the bundle you are using, there are measurements for the cardstock and/or ribbon you’ll need:

Are you registered? Will you be attending virtually with me? Comment and let me know!

Now that you are ready to craft along with us, here’s a look at a card I created with the Warm Welcome pre-release bundle. You can print out the tutorial for this card below!

30 Years of Stamping

It’s a BIG milestone to commemorate: Today is my 30th Stampaversary!

That’s a looonnggg time to have a hobby AND a career that I love, and every day has been a joy!

I had just given birth to my second child when I joined Stampin’ Up! in 1992 and while I strongly feel Motherhood is a noble calling, I REALLY needed some adult conversation and a talent that made me feel validated. My babies were wonderful, but they never said, “Good job! You are so awesome!” (until they grew into adults).

That’s why I started… and I stayed because I found a family of other creative people who loved making and sharing pretty things: Some are part of my team and others are life-long customers, and some go back-and-forth from one to the other. It’s a privilege to help others discover their inner artist, and to find validation and joy in their talents.

What makes YOU happy and brings you satisfaction? If you are looking for a purpose and passion which spreads sunshine to others as well, there is a place for you with Stampin’ Up! Come sit by me.

Now, about that “Celebrate You” card… I gave my team a challenge to make a project inspired by sunflowers, and this was mine. The supplies will be listed below, and to make the background, I spritzed a piece of Fluid 100 watercolor paper with water, then used my clear blocks to pick up ink from my stamp pads and rubbed onto the wet paper. Once it was dry, I cut out the sunflowers and frame from Soft Suede card stock that I had pre-adhered adhesive sheets to, then they stuck to the front of the watercolored background. Trim around the edges and adhere it to a card base!

I’d like to think it’s because of my Stampaversary that SU! is having a 24-hour SALE on all stamps excluding hostess sets) in the Annual Catalog tomorrow (9/15/22)

If you choose to take advantage of this and add your favorite stamp sets to your cart, don’t forget to:

  • Stack on the savings by including some of the September Weekly Deals to your order (new deals arrive on Thursday)
  • Add your Perfect Partners bundle or dies to match a set you already have ~ these exclusive dies are only available in September (while supplies last).
  • Want to craft with us on World Card Making Day? You can add the Warm Welcome bundle (or one of the other suggested sets) to the same order. It’s a brand new set that will be in the 2023 Jan-June mini catalog!
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An Apple A Day

…keeps the boredom away! The Apple Harvest bundle is sure to inspire your creativity as it has mine; To be honest, the stamp set from the July-December catalog wasn’t really on my radar at first, but when the Perfect Partners Promotion introduced coordinating dies for the Apples, I perked up and paid attention! Fair warning: You may be feasting on many apple-inspired projects over the next few weeks.

Thanks to the #tgifc385 sketch, this was an idea that woke me up at 3 am:

Aside from the dies that cut out the apple images, there are LOTS of leaves (making it easier to cut out many at one time), a branch, different sizes of flowers that can be used on their own, a long label (I cut mine down to fit the THANKS sentiment), and my favorite: A double scallop! The scallop can cut a scalloped edge or a fine detail…like I used on my card.

Also being used a LOT in my current projects are the Iridescent Rhinestone Jewels…they pick up whatever color you stick them on and add a rainbow sparkle. Who can resist that?

There’s my inspiration – and to get you inspired, check out ALL the Perfect Partners pairings…but don’t hesitate! The coordinating dies (and thus, the bundles at a discount) are only available during September 2022 (or while supplies last).

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