New at SU!- Sunflowers are for Celebrating!

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With the premier of the NEW 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog at the beginning of June, our International group of demonstrator friends are Hoppin’ with creative paper crafting ideas featuring our favorite new FLORAL stamps!

It was a surprise to me, but the Celebrate Sunflowers have cheered me up immensely after the uncertainty of the past few months:

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I paired it with my beloved Buffalo Check background in a vibrant new In Color: Magenta Madness! Isn’t that just so Daisy Duke?

Even the inside of the card brings a smile to my face:

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The Stitched Rectangle and Stitched So Sweetly dies made the layers come together quickly. I know you may be as anxious as I am to get your hands on the NEW Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine and here’s some good news: The standard machine will be available for customer orders on September 1st!

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Would love to hear from you, then hop over to Tricia’s blog!

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June 2020 New At SU! Roll:

Tricia’s Stamping Creations – Lovely You Bundle

Create With Cheryl – Tasteful Touches

Moore Fun Stamping – Ornate Garden

247inkspiration – Jar of Flowers

Playing with Paper Crafting – Celebrate Sunflowers

The Pampered Stamper – Prized Peony

StampinScrapper – Peony Garden

Margriet Siekman – Jar of Flowers

Stamping with the Copper Cropper – Celebrate Sunflowers

Creative Juice by Loni – Celebrate Sunflowers

Dressed to Impress

 

The Mini Catalog Inspiration

“And the winner for Best Dressed is…Stampin’ Up!”

This fun and flirty Dressed To Impress stamp set includes images and sassy greetings to help you create the ultimate in fashionable paper crafting – The All Dressed Up Dies include dies that coordinate with the stamp images, plus dies to make an awesome 3D purse! Bundle them together and add them to your spring fashion collection.

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Dressed To Impress – Mother’s Day Note Card

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This note card project highlights an unexpected use for the purse handle die: Use it as stripes for your card!

Heat emboss the flowers and perfume bottle, then stamp off the colors once on scratch paper before using them to “color in”: The soft colors and fashionable floral and stripe design are perfect for spring occasions such as Mother’s Day, bridal showers, birthdays, and much more!

SUPPLIES:

STAMPS: Dressed to Impress (#151666)

CARDSTOCK: Whisper White (#100730), Coastal Cabana (#131297), Grapefruit Grove (#146972), Petal Pink (#146985)

PAPER: None

INK: VersaMark (#102283), Granny Apple Green (#147095), Bermuda Bay (#147096), Coastal Cabana (#147097), Grapefruit Grove (#147142)

ACCESSORIES: Stampin’ Emboss Powder Gold (#109129), From My Heart Faceted Gems (#151154)

ADHESIVES: SNAIL (#104331), Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430), Mini Glue Dots (#103683), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (#138309) or Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)

TOOLS: All Dressed Up Dies (#151665), Heat Tool (#129053), Embossing Buddy (#103083)

TIPS: Rub the Embossing Buddy over paper before heat embossing to reduce static. This helps prevent stray bits of embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want them.

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Pink for October

Updated 10/29/19: Marni Maxwell is the winner of the giveaway! Hurrah!

The most frightening things in life aren’t monsters, witches and goblins. The scariest things are more personal and realistic, like loneliness, human cruelty and illness that can lead to loss of life. If you or someone you love is/has gone through cancer, you know how truly scary that can be.

Let’s pause the Halloween parade for a moment and find a way to give support to those who are struggling with cancer. Sometimes we don’t know what to say or do when a friend is going through illness: a card can be a tangible reminder that you are loving and praying for them always.

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While I made this Tri-fold card pink for Breast Cancer awareness, you could easily change the colors to support the challenge you are consoling. IMG_3441-(W) 2

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The internet is good for some things: When I was looking for what to write to someone with cancer, I found this article (from the cancer.livebetterwith website) had the best advice. Here’s a tidbit from Alison & Brian, who were interviewed for ideas:

” ‘Anecdotes of everyday life connect the reader back with the real world’ – and this can be a pleasant change for people who are spending lots of time at home in bed, or traveling to and from the hospital… Even small observations can really help to draw your reader out of their day-to-day routine and give them pause to think and reflect.”

Download card tutorial here

Let’s make someone’s day: If you have a friend going through Breast Cancer now (October 2019), please leave a comment and tell me why they are special to you. I’ll draw a winner at random for the Support Ribbon Framelit Dies (for you to keep and make this card) and a lovely Breast Cancer Crusade Ribbon bracelet (for you to give to your friend)!

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Winner will be drawn on October 28th.

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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Birthdays, Blooms and a Class for You!

Whenever I get a moment to create just for fun, it’s a special day. Today I wanted to play, but had work to do first. Once work was done, I rewarded myself with stamping time following the #tgifc155 sketch:

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As I’m getting geared up for the Perennial Birthday Box & Cards Class next week in Utah County (have you registered?) I wanted to showcase the versatility of this simply lovely stamp set, Perennial Birthday:

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I also wanted to use a few retiring Stampin’ Up! colors, so pulled out my Wisteria Wonder, Wild Wasabi and Peekaboo Peach (with a little Soft Saffron that isn’t retiring) and did an emboss resist card for the challenge:

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The Wisteria card is also embossed with the quilt top embossing folder…if you missed it at Christmas time, you’ll be happy to know you can order it again when the 2018-2019 catalog sales period starts on June 1st.

RSVP for the Perennial Birthday Box & Cards class by Monday, April 16th so I can get your supplies in time for the class. Meanwhile, create something pretty with rubber stamps, ink and paper and share it to make the world a lovelier place!

 

Simple Sorry

Whether it’s an illness or a loss, there is no better time to share a piece of your heart than when someone is sorrowing. This simple design is perfect for expressing that concern:

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Stamping on the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper gives a flat card such rich dimension, it’s simply beautiful!

Download the instruction sheet HERE and then order the supplies from my STAMPIN’ STORE to create a few to send as needed.

Support a Fighter

October isn’t only about ghosts and goblins, it’s also about the girls! This month, send a pink card to someone who is fighting (like a girl) through Breast Cancer:

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Download the free .pdf tutorial HERE

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Don’t stop with PINK…you can make this card in any color you want to show your awareness, love and concern for those in any battle! This is one of my favorite charts showing ribbon colors for causes. I made these versions of the card with colors for Type 1 Diabetes (blue and gray with a drop of blood), Alzheimers (purple) and Heart Disease (red) :

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Cheers to 50 Years!

Hello July! This month is my birthday month, but let it be known that I’m NOT turning 50:

I’m 18 with 32 years of experience!!!

However, many of my friends *ARE* reaching this fabulous age, so it is time to make a few cards to commemorate their “experience” and the color challenge over at the Global Design Project seemed spectacularly celebrational.

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Order any of the supplies by clicking on them and go create something beautiful today!
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This Little Piggy Found Zen

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This little piggy is happy it’s Friday!

Today’s card was inspired by #tgifc113 and the fact that the “This Little Piggy” stamp set was sitting on my desk, begging to be used today.
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So if you’ve never tried the Bokeh technique, I’ll show you how I did this one (there are a few different techniques, but this one is the easiest for me). I started with a piece of Pool Party card stock and sponged Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo in circular motions on the top. It won’t look pretty at this point. Never fear~ It gets better!

Next I took a Window Sheet and punched different sizes of circles in it. You could also use the circle framelit dies and your big shot. Lay this over the top of your dried, sponged card and apply plenty of Whisper White Ink with a sponge dauber. Remember to make some of the circles go off the edge of your paper!

 

I like to find a circle stamp (or two) in some of my other stamp sets to add a few stamped circles after the sponging too. This little circle was pulled from the “Sweet Home” set, but any will work. IMG_4593 Next I stamped the happy pig on top using Night of Navy ink and also stamped it on Powder Pink card stock to cut out. I don’t mind a little fussy cutting to make this cute guy really pop off the card. FullSizeRender 7

The flower was stamped/cut out from Daffodil Delight and as I wanted to keep it clean and simple today, I simply added a few of the new Glitter Enamel Dots in keeping with the Bokeh theme:

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Ready to try your hand at the Bokeh technique? Thanks for shopping for the supplies in my Stampin’ Store!  Remember to use my host code (posted in the right column) if you are ordering less than $150 as I draw a name for a free gift each month from friends who use the code. If you order over $150, you get to choose Stampin’ Rewards with your order!

Wood Words and TGIF Sketch

It’s a lovely day to send a card! This one is going to my friend Isabel who placed an order on my website (and ordered this stamp set):

It was inspired by the #TGIFC111 sketch:

Order the supplies to create your own and I’ll send you a thank you card as well! Just click on the products:
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Make time to send a card to a friend today!