Little Elephant Push Pops

When you walk past something in the store and think, “I could stamp on that”, it only makes sense to try it out. These push-pop containers, for instance:

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They are adorable for parties, favors and treats like this round-up of 14 different Push Pop recipes curated by Tip Junkie including this patriotic version from Love from the Oven, since we are entering summer entertaining season:

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It doesn’t have to be food inside: Stuff them with money, confetti, trinkets, etc. You can find a variety of these push pop containers on Amazon.

Sharing my Little Elephant push-pop tutorial with you~ Have fun creating your own:

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Share What You Love

Magic happens when you share what you love and I have proof!

Today I decided to create from scratch LIVE on Periscope. I had the #GDP134 sketch and a bundle of new products (by cheery happenstance a suite called “Share What You Love”) and I pushed the “Go Live” broadcast (I was a bit nervous, to tell the truth).

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As I was explaining that these new products from the 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! catalog will be released a month early (on May 1st), a new stamping friend (Cathy) and an old stamping friend (Esther from England!) jumped in to visit and craft {virtually} with me.

The first thing I did was stamp 4 simple note cards and matching envelopes using just the items in the “Just Getting Started” bundle (the notecards are a free gift when you purchase the bundle):

I knew these would fit nicely in a simple “envelope folder” made of two regular Very Vanilla envelopes put together (tuck the flap of the first into the second envelope and then lick-n-stick the flap of the 2nd envelope to the back of the 1st!)

We were crafting along and they started to share their opinions and ideas: They helped me pick the pattern of paper (from the Share What You Love Specialty DSP that will be included with the “A Little More, Please” and “Gotta Have It All” bundles).

Then we started playing around with the focal point on the belly band that would keep the folder closed: All circles? No. A Label? Yes. Pool Party or Grapefruit Grove? Pool Party with Bermuda Bay ink. Ribbon? Yes~ A loop!

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…and by the time we were done, we had created a masterpiece together:

Watermarked1(2018-04-19-1720)That’s what I mean by MAGIC! A group of crafty people could meet virtually on social media who share a love of papercrafting and create something so lovely, it’s just enchanting. It’s part of what makes crafters such a blessing to the world: We make pretty things and welcome all into our circle of friendship.

If you are a member of my stamp club reading this, you’ll get to make one of these in May! Not a member? New clubs begin in June/July~ You don’t have to be local, you can join from anywhere in the United States! Let me know if you’d like to join.

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Rockin’ Around the Tree

When I’m not playing with paper, I’m making music with 12 incredible young (and young-at-heart) people who inspire me to be a better teacher. This opportunity has molded me into a better pianist myself, but I often want to go back and HUG all my piano teachers for all they endured with me~ I can say with conviction, “THANKS, MOM, for not letting me quit (when it probably would have been easier to let me…)”

That aside, last night we held our Christmas Concert at a local Beehive Home (so it doubled as a service project, too!) and these budding pianists TOTALLY rocked the house:

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It’s a privilege for me to help students learn to play the piano and love music. I wanted to create a gift for them that was unique and sentimental to this performance, so I pulled out my papercrafting supplies and used the “Musical Season” stamp set for the purpose I intended: Ornaments!Watermarked1(2017-12-16-1342)

One of the students (Madi) even played “Little Drummer Boy” so it was a perfect gift!

As cute as the front is, the back really carries the message I want them to remember:

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And it’s just as cute in white!

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What could be better? Oh yes…that it also falls under the #tgifc138 Christmas Carol-Inspired Challenge! tgif2bchallenge2bbuttons2b2017-044

This Musical Season bundle is one of the most overlooked treasures in the Holiday Catalog, but will retire at the end of the year (or when supplies are depleted) so make sure to order yours from my store:
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This Alphabet Makes Me Look Good

My daughter is planning ahead for Christmas Gifts and asked me to help her create a custom album cover using the Stampin’ Up! Memories and More product line. I’ve trained her well to be a Disn-Neyrd, and her husband was already an addict. They will meet any of their family at the Magic Kingdom (anywhere on the globe!) so she wanted to fill an album with pictures of her nieces and nephews at the Happiest Place on Earth, and this is what we came up with: Watermarked1(2017-08-07-0724).jpg

The thing I love the best about this project? The Hand-Lettered Alphabet!

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My hand-writing is ATROCIOUS and this A.MAZ.ING. stamp set makes me look good! Check it out:

It’s like you can’t go wrong when you are stamping with these letters. Use a dark ink and they all blend together, like you are a PRO-Calligrapher! They are guaranteed to become your new favorite tool for scrapbooking and beyond.

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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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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!

Thanks a Bunch Daisy Teacup

For my Hostess Appreciation Breakfast, I wanted to make my host friends a special gift, and this idea came to me in a dream (have you ever dreamed or crafting?!?):

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I picked up the glass cups at the thrift store and spray painted the inside of them and filled them with florist foam and “reindeer moss” (found at the dollar store!)IMG_4476

Once the cups were painted and filled, my daughter-in-law helped me punch daisies (love this new punch!) and cut leaves (from the Rose Garden Thinlit Dies) and we pinned them into the foam, creating a tiny bunch of happy flowers! IMG_4477

Finally I added a little tag to the handle of the teacup: The Wood Crate Framelits has the PERFECT size tag and the words are from the coordinating Wood Words stamp set: Get them HERE.

They are sure to brighten the day of a friend who has done something kind for you!

Hello Fall Treat Tutorial and Project Life GIVEAWAY!

There is a nip in the air with the changing of seasons, so it’s fitting that we say HELLO to Fall with this cute little envelope that holds a Ghiradelli chocolate square or a gift card…or both! Click on the picture for a .pdf tutorial and make a bunch to share:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6ayDVkGE0aMVC1saF9vaDhQalU/view?usp=sharing
Original project by Susan Campfield

And in other news this morning, it’s time for a PLxSU giveaway!

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One lucky winner will win a complete Project Life by Stampin’ Up! prize pack including every product available in the product line! You could also win one of 100 Project Life by Stampin’ Up Card & Accessory Packs. Enter the giveaway here: http://bit.ly/1wDBAgt

If you aren’t familiar with project life, it’s the most awesome and simple memory keeping system ever!


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