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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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!

With You I’m Never Lost

Cody and I recently returned from a 6+ week road trip back to see our kids and grandkids in Maryland. He joked that we planned to drive out together, but if things didn’t go well, one of us could fly home 😂 Luckily, we did remarkably well, and enjoyed discovering so many amazing places across the US:

It seems fitting for our relationship that he’s the person I love to “get lost” with– but with him, I’m home.

This week’s #gdp346 sketch from the Global Design Project blog was perfect for a card I’m going to save for our Anniversary:

Cody teases me that “every day is an adventure” together, so the compass stamp was fitting. I LOVE the die cut pieces in the Designer Series Paper and I used one of them as the focal point.

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Ice Cream + Color Challenge

The Global Design Project color challenge was just too cute to pass up:

They look like a scoop of sherbet, so I grabbed my Sweet Ice Cream stamp set and made a floating frame card that would be yummy for Valentine’s Day, too:

Don’t lick the screen!

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Sweet Ice Cream Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)
$17.00
Ice Cream Cone Builder Punch
$18.00
Heart Punch Pack
$34.00
Polished Pink 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Polished Pink Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pool Party Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pale Papaya Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Uninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
Basics Embossing Powders
$18.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
2021–2023 In Color Jewels
$7.00

Have a Simply Elegant New Year!

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New Year’s Eve is all about the bling, right? 

The Simply Elegant Suite is rich in luxurious details and textures that you just have to see in person to really appreciate. The Specialty Designer Series Paper combines the elegance of Basic Black, Basic Gray, and Very Vanilla with the shimmery luster of Gold, Copper, and Silver – it’s simply gorgeous!

Often, stamp and punch combinations are designed to punch out a specific image, but in this case the Elegant Tag Punch works with several images and greetings in the Elegantly Said stamp set. The bonus of this design is that the punch works with lots of other images and greetings from other sets, too!

The tutorial below shows a soft and sweet alternate to the colors highlighted in the Simply Elegant Suite. Here’s to a CRAFTY NEW YEAR!

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Coordinating Products

Simply Elegant Suite Collection (english)
Elegantly Said Bundle (english)
Elegantly Said Cling Stamp Set
Simply Elegant Specialty Designer Series Paper
Elegant Tag Punch
Simply Elegant Trim
Expressions In Ink Ephemera Pack
Metallics Embossing Powders

Simply Elegant Card

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Simply Elegant Card
INSTRUCTIONS:
1) Cut Petal Pink cardstock to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″. Score at 4-1/4″ along the 8-1/2″ side.

2) Cut Petal Pink cardstock to 3-1/4″ x 5″. Create the look of your own Designer Series Paper by stamping the floral image from the Elegantly Said stamp set all over the cardstock. Start by stamping the image twice, near the center, with Flirty Flamingo ink. Clean the stamp and then stamp around the first two images, using Petal Pink ink, until the cardstock is covered. Rotate the stamp a quarter turn each time to create a varied pattern.

3) Adhere near the left edge of the card front with Stampin’ SEAL. Add gold leaf and berry stalk die cut pieces from the Expressions In Ink Ephemera Pack near the right edge of the layer with Mini Glue Dots or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

4) Use the Elegant Tag punch to punch Sweet Symmetry Designer Series Paper. Adhere to card overlapping the gold ephemera with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

5) Stamp greeting on 2″ x 1/2″ Mint Macaron cardstock with Mint Macaron ink. Adhere to tag with Stampin’ SEAL or Mini Glue Dots.

6) Use Linen Thread to gently tie a bow around the finial detail on the punch.


SUPPLIES
BUNDLE

#155753 Elegantly Said Bundle
(#155095 Elegantly Said stamp set & #155762 Elegant Tag Punch)

PAPER

#138337 Mint Macaron, #146985 Petal Pink, #155605 Sweet Symmetry Designer Series Paper

INK

#147052 Flirty Flamingo, #147108 Petal Pink, #147106 Mint Macaron

TOOLS

#151298 Water Painters, #129053 Heat Tool

ADHESIVES

#103683 Mini Glue Dots, #110755 Multipurpose Liquid Glue, #104430 Stampin’ Dimensionals, #152813 Stampin’ SEAL

EMBELLISHMENTS

#104199 Linen Thread, #155465 Expressions In Ink Ephemera Pack

TIPS: Create your own Designer Series Paper in your choice of colors and patterns using your favorite stamps! This can be done using one or a few coordinating stamps and your choice of one or more ink colors, depending on the look you want to create. Start by stamping your selected image near the center and working out from the center towards the edges until the cardstock is covered. Rotate the stamp a quarter turn each time to create a varied pattern.

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!