3 for Free: Banner Year

Yes, I know it’s half-way through October…and I’ll let you in on the 3 for Free virtual classes for November and December at a the end of this post, but for now, here’s my 3 for FREE offer for this month:

When you order the Banner Year Bundle from my Stampin’ Store in October, I’ll email you a .pdf with 3 tutorials and send you the consumable supplies in the mail to make one of each!

Other supplies you will need to complete these projects (you can order them at the same time or substitute with what you have on hand):

  • Ink Pads: Shaded Spruce, Real Red, Seaside Spray, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso and Terracotta Tile
  • 1-1/2″ circle punch, small circle punch (1/8″)
  • Scissors, Adhesive and Dimensionals

This bundle is very versatile and covers 6 months of holiday (Halloween through Valentines) with the stamp set and Banners Pick-A-Punch which can punch banners 1/2″, 3/4″ or 1″ wide:

You’ll enjoy getting your bundle and completing 3 lovely cards for 3 different seasons right off the bat!

Here’s another card you can create with your bundle and the 2020-2022 In Color Designer Series Paper:

As promised: My 3 FOR FREE offer for November will be for the Peace & Joy Bundle and December will be for the Curvy Celebrations Bundle – a pre-order opportunity you are going to turn cartwheels over!

New at SU! Banner Year Halloween Door Hanger

We are back to celebrate the Fall-idays with more festive projects from our international group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators~ Take a moment to hop through and tell us what you like, and pin your favorites to your boards to remember later.

My project turns Halloween upside down by LEAVING a treat instead of taking one!

To create this door hanger, you’ll need a sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ card stock. Score from the short side at 2.5″ and 3.25″, then rotate the sheet 90 degrees and score at 1.75″, 2.5″, 6″ and 6.75″. Cut off the largest rectangles on both sides and fold along the score (dotted) lines and cut along the solid lines as shown:

It’s easiest to do any stamping you wish at this point while it’s flat, then fold the sides in, then up and adhere the lower outside rectangles to the front of the largest rectangle, creating a pocket. Punch a large circle at the top, embellish and fill with treats!

I used the circle I punched out at the top for the moon behind the cat:

I’ll post my supply list below, but if you are ready to skip to the next blog, here’s the button to take you to Heather’s blog where you’ll Have a Hoot!

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October 2020 New at SU! Roll

Chase and Main – Gather Together

Tricia’s Stamping Creations – Don’t Stop Believin’

Stamping Flair – Plaid Tidings

Carterie Plus – Merry Moose

Sugar & Scraps – Gilded Autumn

Stampin’ Scrapper – Banner Year/Stitched Leaves

247Inkspiration – Tree Angle

Moore Fun Stamping – Celebration Tidings

Stamping with the Copper Cropper – Gilded Autumn

Creative Juice by Loni – Banner Year. YOU ARE HERE

Heather Cooper – Have a Hoot

Gifted Hands Ink – In the Pines/Festive Corners

Give Me Plaid!

The coziness of plaid is made for Autumn…and fall crafting!

When your stamp table is covered in scraps, grab a punch and start punching shapes…you’ll find ways to use them! That’s the origin story of this greeting card.

Try the color combination for your own Autumnal stamping: Pretty Peacock, Cajun Craze and Bumblebee.

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Oh My Stars!

When a member of my team promotes to a new title, it’s time to make a fuss over their accomplishment, and I needed a special card for my promoting demonstrators. I’ve also been mulling over the #tgifc282 inspiration challenge:

I pulled out my Stitched Stars dies along with the Strong & Beautiful stamp set to create a circle of STARS:

If you’d like to see me make this card in action, you can see it on my Lunchtime Live Crafting FB Live video.

I can’t wait to pair this card with a little gift to celebrate my team promotions and hope it will remind them that they are making a difference by sharing their creativity. I’m always welcoming new team members who want a discount, need a delightful way to make extra income or crave adult connection…and you could even choose a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine ($120) in your starter kit ($99)! What a great discount!

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So Much Love for Color

Have you ever looked at a color combination and have a stamp set jump into your mind? It happened to me today when I saw the #TGIF280 Color Palette:

So Much Love is a delicate and feminine cling stamp set, and in my imagination, this card appeared…I think it turned out even more lovely than I had hoped:

I wanted it to be a #simplestamping card with just stamps, ink and paper. It always astounds me that with just 3 ingredients, you can make such beautiful things!

GOOD NEWS: The So Much Love set is actually one of 2 FREE sets that are included in the Get & Go Starter Kit promotion this month (September 2020)! Along with the free stamp sets come 2 packages of ready-to-go card kits that can be used for your first party!

It’s a wonderful opportunity to get the best deal AND start off strong for the holiday season!

Now you have another SIMPLE card idea to create with your new supples:

And it didn’t take long to make the card: Maybe 8 minutes? 4 of those minutes were fussy-cutting out the flower! This is a card ANYONE can make in a moment…and you’ll get one from me in your welcome package when you join my Stampin’ Family in September,.

Plaid Tidings: 3 for Free Class Kit

When a stamp set works for more than one season, it’s a great investment. When you can get it in a bundle with dies that could be used for ANYTHING, it’s as good as if you had invested in ZOOM in 2019.

I’ve chosen this collection of products to be my “3 for Free” class in September 2020: When you purchase the Plaid Tidings Suite from my Stampin’ Store, I’ll send you the consumable supplies to create 3 projects and the tutorial for the projects will hit your email inbox before the supplies arrive in your mailbox!

It was delightful to invent this new fun fold~ calling it the Label Flap Card:

Here’s the video tutorial…count it as ANOTHER card you can create with your new supplies!

The Christmas version of the same card:

There are a few things you’ll need to complete the 3-for-Free class kit. You may substitute ink colors or adhesives you already have in your craft studio as well as a compatible die cutting machine (like the Big Shot). If you need any of these supplies, you may add them to your order at the same time.

Suggested Supplies:

Ink pads: Memento Black, Cinnamon Cider, Pretty Peacock, Cherry Cobbler and Shaded Spruce.

Stampin’ Blends: Pumpkin Pie Combo

Other: Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine, Simply Scored ~or~ Stampin Trimmer, Blender Pen, Stampin’ Seal Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Small circle punch, stapler

Click the image below to order the Plaid Tidings Suite and get the 3-for-Free Class Kit in the mail!

Never Lose Your Mojo

Have you noticed that the Stampin’ Up! catalog(s) aren’t just “catalogs” to shop through, they are actually INSPIRATION books ~ and you can find ideas on every page for your crafting?

Take this page (p.95) of the Annual Catalog…you don’t need to have the same stamps, ink or paper to make a cute card inspired by these:

The #SUOC256 challenge this week encourages stampers to use catalog samples as sketches and create something inspired by them. This is my version:

Can you see how I followed the Whale Done card sketch? You will NEVER lose your mojo as long as you have an idea book to get your juices flowing!

Speaking of juice, the Cute Fruit photopolymer stamp set is only in our “Getting Started” brochure, so you may not have seen it yet, but it is my “stamp set of the summer”, even as summer comes to a close.

I appreciate that you can also purchase the Cute Fruit set in a collection of products (ideal for a GIFT or new stamper)!

To add shading to the pineapple, ink it up in the lightest color (Bumblebee in this case), then add some darker color ink (Cinnamon Cider) to the stamp using a sponge dauber BEFORE you stamp it. The colors will blend together beautifully.

Embrace your catalog as your IDEA BOOK and you’ll never run out of ideas!

Dog Days of Summer

We are in the “Dog Days of Summer”, but do you know what that means?

It refers to a period of particularly hot and humid weather occurring during the summer months of July and August. In ancient Greece and Rome, the Dog Days were believed to be a time of drought, bad luck, and unrest, when dogs and men alike would be driven mad by the extreme heat. This heat wave coincides with the rising of Sirius, the Dog Star toward dawnThe name “Sirius” even stems from Ancient Greek seírios, meaning “scorching.”

For the ancient Egyptians, the dawn rising of Sirius (known to them as “Sothis”) also coincided the Nile River’s flood season. They used the star as a “watchdog” for that event.

Of course, the appearance of Sirius does not actually affect seasonal weather, but because it rises near dawn during the hottest part of summer, the star lends it’s lore to the hot and humid season.

Now you know the history, let’s make a fast and simple card using the Dog Builder punch!

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Download the Tutorial Here

Order the Dog Builder Punch here

The best way to stay cool during these “Dog Days of Summer” is to craft in your air-conditioned craft room. Take my advice and make something to mail to a friend 🙂

 

Theater Card: Whale of a Time

This is a card you send to someone you really *really* REALLY love… and they are going to love it, too!

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We made this at our July stamp club so you don’t need to be cautious to try it: It’s easier than it looks and the trick is to cut the basic pieces first.

Once you’ve made one Theater Card, you’ll want to make another. I’m here to make it easier for you with a video tutorial and cutting guide (see below).

Before I give you the cutting instructions, I wanted to tell you that today is World Day against Human Trafficking: Did you know we have more people enslaved now than ANY other time in the world?  And of the 30 million current slaves, 10 million are children? I’ve supported Operation Underground Rescue as my primary charity since I learned about this pernicious plague 3 years ago, so I’m linking arms again today and tomorrow with O.U.R. to help make a difference and your order will help!

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Thank you for considering how to help make a difference and Rise Up for the children. Now on to the instructions for your Theater Card pieces.

Cutting Guide:
Cut the following pieces from the same color of card stock:

  • (2) 4-1/4” x 5-1/2”
  • (2) 4” x 5-3/8” scored in landscape position at 1-1/16” and 2-5/8” (watch video for instructions to cut slits)
  • (2) 6-1/4” x 3/4” strips, scored on each end at 1”
  • (1) 1-1/4” x 4-1/4” trimmed to an i-Beam (see video)

Designer Series Paper (DSP)

  • 5-1/4” x 4” for front of card
  • 3” x 4” for back of “stage”
  • 3/4” x 4” for front of I-Beam (optional)

Tips:

  1. Layer the largest piece of DSP on the front of a 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” panel (don’t adhere them together yet). Use the 4th largest Stitched Rectangle die to cut a window in the front of both
  2. Adhere the DSP frame to card stock frame, and cut the piece of DSP from the inside of the frame in half to use for the “curtain” later.
  3. Use the Multipurpose liquid glue: It has some “wiggle room” while it is wet, then a firm bond once it dries.

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Watercolor Wash: Wild Rose

July is World Watercolor Month and the new Water Painters from Stampin’ Up! will have you feeling like an artist in minutes.

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Wondering how they work? Watch the video tutorial on my Facebook Page! This is one of the cards I showed you how to make:

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The layout follows the #GDP250 sketch challenge250

I love watercoloring over embossing because the raised edges keep the colors in place, or in the case of the watercolor wash, the image appears like magic.

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Have fun trying this technique yourself!

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