50= 5 Perfect 10’s

Aunt MaryLynn always told me 50 was her perfect age: “You’re young enough to do whatever you want and old enough you don’t give a darn about what others think” (paraphrased).

So I’ve been looking forward to this birthday for a long time!, and yesterday did not disappoint!

It started with an early morning walk with my husband and our dog, Tiger. We tried out the new exercise machines along the Spanish Fork River Trail:

 

Then it was off to Cowboy donuts to cancel out the exercise! We ran into my friend Jerry and his son Aram there and they sang to me:

Next stop, Salt Lake Airport where Kamryn and I picked up Kiersta who flew in from Maryland and met her niece Haley for the first time.

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Back home to go to lunch with Cody (a.k.a. Grandpa) where I forgot to take a picture, then we left the baby with Grandpa and picked up Whitney for a girls pampering day of pedicures, cupcakes and massages:

But the party wasn’t over yet, we met up with the rest of the family for dinner at Tucahno’s in Provo and games at Kayson’s house, which of course, I didn’t remember to take any pictures of!

And no birthday would be complete without hand-stamped cards…here are just a few from my wonderful friends, and I will share more on my Facebook page~ A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

 

Christmas Comes Early This Year!

Christmas is only 166 days away! If you left your lights up from last year, there is no need to take them down now, because we are closer to the holidays than we are away from them. At Stampin’ Up!, we are also celebrating a little earlier this year:

When you join my team this month, you choose $125 in Stampin’ Up! product and get a $50 business starter pack for just $99…AND a free “Essentials Gift Pack” consisting of  Paper Snips, Snail Adhesive, Grid Paper, a Bone Folder and two D Clear Blocks…

But wait! There’s more! You also receive the Carols of Christmas stamp set ~ a pre-release from the Holiday Catalog!

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All of those amazing bonuses are an additional $72 value and will help you start your business (or your hobby) off to a great start. It’s totally risk free: You can buy the starter kit and try it out, and if you like it, you can make it your business!

One of the perks of being a demonstrator is getting “first looks” at new products and the opportunity to order them before anyone else. But here’s a little secret: In August, customers will be able to order the Carols of Christmas stamp set or Bundle too! July is a great time to prepare for that pre-order opportunity because of BONUS DAYS:

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This is a card I created that would be simple to re-create with items you can choose in your starter kit and the Carols of Christmas stamp set:

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To achieve a ombre look on the sentiment, I inked the top half of the stamp (DECK) in Real Red and the bottom half (HALLS) in Old Olive, then I used a sponge dauber to add Cherry Cobbler ink to the bottom of DECK and Garden Green was sponged at the bottom of HALLS:

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Crafting Out of the Box

Some folks like to follow a recipe and others enjoy creating something from scratch: With a Paper Pumpkin kit, you can do either…or both!

The June Paper Pumpkin kit was fabulous for summertime celebrations (see the video I shared on June 19th)…here are the projects as shown in the kit~ it had supplies for 6 cards and 4 bags:

Then it was time to try mixing it up a little! What else could I do with just the items in the kit, but not make them all the same? Let’s see…

Made a few different tags and cards, then put the banner on the INSIDE of the card to pop up when the recipient opens it!

Once you’ve created all the projects in your kit, you still have the stamp set and ink spot(s) left over, so add a little more card stock, a different color of ink and maybe a few accessories and keep on creating:

It’s almost MORE fun to find different ways to use the supplies than it is to follow the instructions! Should you need more inspiration, may I suggest joining the Paper Pumpkin Fan Club group on Facebook? You’ll be blown away at the creativity shared by other crafters with their kits~ and find hundreds of ways to get the most of your Paper Pumpkin kit!

Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before July 10th to get the next awesome kit for yourself or a friend.

Live with Zest!

I’m a sucker when it comes to a stamp set and coordinating punch…but then Stampin’ Up! made the Lemon Zest stamp set with citrus fruit and this was a NO BRAINER for my Creative Juice!

Made this card LIVE on my Facebook Page yesterday morning: Did you know I have Live Lunchtime Crafting each Monday at 12:30 MST? Tune in as you eat your midday meal to get some extra Vitamin (C)reativity:

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The fruit on this card is stamped on glossy paper (welcome back!) and uses Lemon Lime Twist (one of the 2017-2019 In-Colors), along with Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie:Watermarked(2017-06-19-1425)-2

The Lemon Zest stamp set comes in wood mount or clear mount and when you bundle it with the Lemon Builder punch, you save 10%:145360g

Finally, this little cutie (see what I did there?) was made even sweeter by adding a few Lemon Lime Twist tiles cut from the Stitched Shaped Framelits behind the orange slices, which are perfectly punched out using the 1-3/4″ circle punch! Of course, on the inside of this card is the “Live with Zest” sentiment:Watermarked(2017-06-19-1425)

Hope you’ve enjoyed this slice of citrus fruit crafting and thanks for shopping for your own “creative juice” in my Stampin’ Store!

Practicing “Crate”ivity

When you receive an assignment to create samples from a new bundle of products, it helps stretch your brain and imagination! It was my privilege to showcase the Wood Textures Suite (catalog pages 158-159) at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage Local in April. My samples are the bottom half of this board (the shadows are doing me no favors here):

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The Suite includes the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, the Wood Words Stamp Set and the Wood Crate Framelit Dies:

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Here are a few of the samples I created:

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For the last crate, I stacked two on top of each other to create a taller box.

More samples coming soon! Channel your own “rustic crafter” and order your Wood Textures Products from my Stampin’ Store to get started!

Label Me Pretty In Color

Folks who have had near-death experiences say that there are more colors in Heaven than we can imagine: That’s something I look forward to! Meanwhile, I’ll enjoy the new In Colors that Stampin’ Up! releases each year.

This year the colors are (clockwise from top left): Berry Burst, Lemon-Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink and Tranquil Tide. Even the names evoke images in the color they describe!

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I’ve created a tutorial for you and the cool thing about it is that you can make 40 cards from the few supplies in just a few hours (or one hour with a friend)! To order any of the supplies, click on the images below:
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Guy Greetings~ With A Twist!

… a Lemon-Lime Twist, that is! Admittedly, I wasn’t sure if I liked the new Lemon-Lime In-Color (available starting June 1, 2017)… but pair it with black and silver, and I’m a new fan, and so’s your grandpa.

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Just in time for Father’s Day, I’ve got the instructions for you HERE.

Isn’t that hexagon embossing folder on silver such an incredibly industrial look for the manly-men in your life? I’ve also used it as chicken wire and honeycomb: Definitely a MUST. HAVE. for your BigShot collection.

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Arabian (or Moroccan) Nights: Lantern Card

We received the Moroccan Nights stamp set at OnStage in April and at first I was like, “ehhhh…” but then I decided that I was going to USE it and LOVE it!! I’ve been making myself experiment with it and WOW it’s pretty versatile! I’ll share a few of my creations AND a tutorial for my favorite so far 🙂

I stamped the large medallion as a background on this Flirty Flamingo card and then embossed the “Oh happy day” from the new Scenic Sayings set (that I won during Prize Patrol at OnStage!) in white embossing powder. The beautiful ruched ribbon (available in the 2016-2018 In-Colors) really steps up this simple card, don’t you think?

Then I wanted to try a see-through card so I stamped on a window sheet with a black StazOn pad and added pieces of the fabulously exotic Moroccan Designer Series Paper to the front and inside. The Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim just happens to be a perfect blend between Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim, which are the In-Colors used on the DSP and on this card.

And this one is my favorite! I splattered water over the ombre-sponged background to create the Bokeh look and it turned out pretty awesome. You can download a .pdf tutorial HERE.

Ready for some eastern culture in your own crafting? Click below to shop the Moroccan Suite!

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March (Paper Pumpkin) Madness

My March Paper Pumpkin kit came in the mail yesterday and so I pushed EVERYTHING aside to create (and by that I mean I literally shoved things off my desk and onto the floor…)

It was my goal to use EVERY. SINGLE. PIECE. in the kit and I am proud to say “Mission Accomplished”!

I posted them over on my Creative Juice Facebook page individually, but here’s a collage to inspire your own creativity:

For one of the gift card holders, I made it into a Mother’s Day coupon book (lots of free printable coupons out there, but the one I used was from I Should Be Mopping the Floor and just printed them in B&W, two sheets to a page so I could cut and bind them in the middle. 

Not a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber yet? Don’t miss another one (especially not the April kit, which will include a FREE GIFT to celebrate the 3rd birthday of Paper Pumpkin!):

I’m off to pick up the floor in my office now…

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