Radiating Stitches In Color Birthday Card

Have you taken the time to explore the new Online Exclusives in my Stampin’ Up! Store? Some things have been so popular, they are already backordered and we are waiting for more!

One new item I wanted to share with you is the Radiating Stitches Dies…these cutting tools will take ANY stamps you already have and give them a pretty frame or add a bit of whimsy with a layer of “stitching” around the edges of your layers:

I chose to follow the Freshly Made Sketch #576 during my Live Crafting today and used two In Color Combinations to demonstrate the versatility of starting with a sketch, and the ease of using a combination of colors curated in a color “family”.

It happens that from today through Mid-April, I have 10 family birthdays (and about 15 friend and team birthdays) to celebrate, so this was an opportunity to get prepared!

This version I turned sideways and used the 2022-2024 In Colors as my palette. A sketch can be turned any which-way!

And this card followed the portrait layout of the original sketch, plus I used a base of Very Vanilla with my colors from the (retiring) 2021-2023 In Colors. All supplies listed below to make it easy to add to your cart!

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Birth-Date Color: A Thai-Tradition!

At convention Stampin’ Up! announced that the 2017 Grand Vacation demonstrators can earn will be to Phuket, Thailand! Now I have a goal 🙂

Did you know that according to Thai tradition, each day of the week is assigned a color and the color for the day you were born is supposed to be your lucky color?! Find out your lucky Stampin’ Up! color by finding out which day of the week you were born on and then click here for your SU! Birthdate Hue.

In honor of the birthday I recently celebrated, I created this monochromatic card in MY color (Melon Mambo) and used this week’s Freshly Made Sketch:

What is your birth date color? Leave a comment below! 
Order supplies in YOUR lucky color from my Stampin’ Store!

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Candy Corn & Paper Piecing Mashup

A sure sign of fall isn’t the falling leaves or cooler temperatures…it’s the CANDY! Remember when you could ONLY get candy corn in Autumn and Peeps at Easter? That was before they started making pastel corn for Easter and Peeps ghosts for Halloween…ah, the good old days…

I’ve been thinking about tags lately, so this popped into my head when I saw the Friday Mashup challenge (mashing up a fall food theme and paper piercing, FM128) and the Freshly Made Sketch (FMS104) this week:

The paper piercing was inspired by Patty B (but on a smaller version of hers). Here’s how I made the candy corn:

So there’s a sweet treat double whammy (or is it a triple?) for you today! 
Project Recipe (all supplies from Stampin’ Up! unless noted):
Stamps: Sweets for the Sweet stamp set 
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry
Paper: Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper (132184), card stock: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Accessories: Stampin’ Sponge, Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon (130019),  Early Espresso Baker’s Twine (123124),  4×6 Cellophane bag (102757).  Punches: 1/2″ circle (119869), 1″ circle (119868), 1-3/8″ circle (119860), Artisan Label (130920). OTHER: CANDY CORN

Update 9/30/13: My project was voted as ROCKSTAR at the Friday Mashup! Wahoo!

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All Ears

This trio of bunnies are too adorable for words and I’ve been looking for an excuse to use them, so I combined sketch #78 from the Freshly Made Sketches blog and the color inspiration on my Creative Juice by Loni Facebook page…and it turned out so sweet! Of course, I had to add the bunny tails, so it’s really NOT JUST all ears…

Card Recipe: **All supplies from Stampin’ Up! of course!**

  • Stamps: Ears to You single stamp (Item 132659…only available through March 31, 2013!)
  • Ink: Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade & Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Markers
  • Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Whisper White & Bashful Blue card stock. Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (129311)
  • Accessories: Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon (122977), Labels Collection Framelits (125598), Big Shot (113439), Honeycomb embossing folder (119378), Scallop Edge Border punch (119882), Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack (118309), Pearls Basic Jewels (119247), sanding block, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Happy Anniversary, Baby!

September is filled with milestones: 20 years with Stampin’ Up!, my 24th Wedding Anniversary is TODAY (love ya, sweetheart!!) and over at Freshly Made Sketches, they are celebrating their first year, too. So in honor of all of the above, I made this card (and an anniversary copy for my husband, because we are the perfect “pair/pear”):

This card uses the Perfectly Preserved stamp set and coordinating Cannery Set Framelits (127822) as well as the Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper (126895) from the Holiday Catalog (page 29) which I am head-over-heels IN LOVE with! It makes it easy to create perfect 3-D pears because they are all cut the same 🙂 And see that double stitched satin ribbon? You can get some FREE with your $40 in September! I followed Sketch 13 from FMS, since we could choose any sketch from the past year:

In keeping with the celebration, I will mail this card (with a Re-Smile note inside so you can share the love!) to someone who leaves a comment below! 
UPDATE 9/20/12: Congrats Jenn! I’m mailing this card to you…thanks for commenting!


Fresh Sketch and My Color Phase

Do you go through color phases? Meaning you are really drawn to a certain color palette for a while, then something else catches your eye and everything you create for a period is variations on a theme? Yep, that’s me. I found this color combination and pinned it to my Color Palette board on Pinterest, and I keep coming back to it because it makes me so happy:

In Stampin’ Up! colors, they are Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand and Baja Breeze. Thus, my submission for the Freshly Made Sketch at the top stamped with the Blooming with Kindness stamp set (page 87 of current catalog), another one of my current favorites. In fact, I’m teaching a class with this stamp set in September and would love to have you there!

So what is your current (Stampin’ Up!) color obsession? Do you have one color you are always drawn to or a set that you love to use? Share with me in the comments and one lucky person will get this card from me in the mail! It’s even prettier in person 🙂

(P.S. Today–August 31– is the last day to join my Stampin’ Family and get the Halloween Printer’s Tray FREE)


Friendship, Freshly Made

Have you ever considered the value of friendships?  I thought it was interesting that it has been proven that healthy friendships and social interaction has been linked to a 50% better survival rate while being lonely could be as fatal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day!

Real friendship takes effort and time. Sometimes we get too busy to nurture our friendships and it is easy to let our frantic lifestyle keep us from reaching out to those we love. I know I have been guilty of this! When was the last time you took time to do something fun with (or for) a friend whom you cherish? Today I want to encourage you to do some small act of service that will strengthen a friendship, whether it be to send a card just to say “Hi”, schedule a lunch date, drop off a cupcake to a friend or simply pick up the phone and have a good chat with someone you haven’t visited with for a while! I will be sending a friend the card I created using a color challenge and the Freshly Made Sketch #24:

 The colors came from a challenge I shared with my Stampin’ Family in February:

Speaking of fun things to do with friends…I am holding a Stamp-a-Stack card class on Saturday, March 10th at 10 am. in Spanish Fork! Everything will be cut and prepared for you to come and be creative: You’ll make 6 cards for $10 (2 each of 3 different designs). If you want MORE than a short stack of cards, you can tell me that you want to create 2 (or more) stacks of cards when you register! If you register with an adult friend I haven’t met, you’ll get a FREE GIFT! The only things you need to bring are scissors, adhesive (SNAIL adhesive recommended) and a bone folder (if you have one). Make sure to label all your tools with your name or initials 🙂

Call me to reserve a spot by March 7th: 801-376-8685

Freshly Made (FMS21) and a Heart Shaped Balloon

Wanted to make a card with the “heart balloon” idea that we made at the Valentine Stamp camp, so I borrowed a layout from the Freshly Made Sketches blog and used Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride and Baja Breze along with the Balloon Basket from the Sweet Centers Stampin’ Up! stamp set and large heart punch to create this sweet birthday card:
The clouds are created with the top of the cupcake punch! Must say I was pleased with the result 🙂