An Apple A Day

…keeps the boredom away! The Apple Harvest bundle is sure to inspire your creativity as it has mine; To be honest, the stamp set from the July-December catalog wasn’t really on my radar at first, but when the Perfect Partners Promotion introduced coordinating dies for the Apples, I perked up and paid attention! Fair warning: You may be feasting on many apple-inspired projects over the next few weeks.

Thanks to the #tgifc385 sketch, this was an idea that woke me up at 3 am:

Aside from the dies that cut out the apple images, there are LOTS of leaves (making it easier to cut out many at one time), a branch, different sizes of flowers that can be used on their own, a long label (I cut mine down to fit the THANKS sentiment), and my favorite: A double scallop! The scallop can cut a scalloped edge or a fine detail…like I used on my card.

Also being used a LOT in my current projects are the Iridescent Rhinestone Jewels…they pick up whatever color you stick them on and add a rainbow sparkle. Who can resist that?

There’s my inspiration – and to get you inspired, check out ALL the Perfect Partners pairings…but don’t hesitate! The coordinating dies (and thus, the bundles at a discount) are only available during September 2022 (or while supplies last).

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Start with a Sketch: Sweet Candy Canes

If your stumped about how to start a card, start with a sketch!

On my Facebook Live Lunchtime Crafting video today, I followed the #tgifc381 sketch:

And here is the card I created, using the Sweet Candy Canes bundle:

Following a sketch really gets me excited because you can start with what you have and make something completely unique!

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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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Shake & Shine at Christmas Time

The first idea that came to mind was a shaker card when I saw the #tgifc342 sketch, and the second idea was that it would be lovely in the #gdp317 color challenge:

I am participating in Stampin’ Up!’s virtual convention #onstageathome so as I was listening to a class, I had time to put my ideas to paper, so to speak!

I used Faux Snow from Dollar Tree inside my shaker and colored the white seam binding ribbon with my dark Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blend marker. Sometimes you have to pull pieces from multiple stamp sets to create what you imagined in your head, so the. sentiment is from the Banner Year stamp set (all supplies listed below) and stars came from the beloved Seasons of Fun set (remember to choose it as part of your host rewards when your order is over $150).

A heartfelt THANK YOU to all my stamping friends who have supported my business. I earned the following awards this year and it’s all courtesy of your friendship and loyalty. YOU are the best reward I could ever ask for!

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Perfectly Plaid Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)
$17.00
Banner Year Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)
$17.00
Seasons Of Fun Host Cling Stamp Set
$12.00
Mint Macaron 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Blushing Bride 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Whimsy & Wonder 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Specialty Designer Series Paper
$15.00
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00
Window Sheets
$5.00
Mint Macaron Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Whisper White 1/4" (6.4 Mm) Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon
$7.50
Mint Macaron Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Opal Rounds
$7.50
Foam Adhesive Strips
$8.00
Mini Glue Dots
$5.25
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Multipurpose Liquid Glue
$4.00

Wild Time Crafting

I’m attending a virtual leadership event this weekend with Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world and as I listen, I’m also able to do a little stamping!

I’m combining the #tgif331 Inspiration Challenge with the #CCMC679 sketch for my card showcasing the Counting Sheep stamp set and Sheep Dies…both of which you could earn free during Sale-a-Bration!

You could get most of these products FREE by hosting an online party before September 30th (I don’t have any open in-person dates left, sorry) or placing a $150 order and choosing the stamps, dies and Designer Series Paper as a host! Book early, as the sheep dies are only available while supplies last!

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Counting Sheep Cling Stamp Set (English)
$0.00
Sheep Dies
$0.00
Flirty Flamingo 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pattern Party 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Host Designer Series Paper
$18.00
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Versamark Pad
$9.50
Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Basics Embossing Powders
$18.00
Heat Tool (Us And Canada)
$30.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Stampin' Seal
$8.00

Feels Like Home~ TGIF Sketch

Do you feel like you make the same style of card over and over again? The best way to STRETCH your creative muscles is with a SKETCH!

For my Lunchtime LIve Crafting on my Facebook page today, I started with the #TGIFC329 sketch challenge and the Feels Like Home Sale-a-Bration stamp set…I’m having a ball using these freebies in my Monday videos to help inspire YOU on ways to use the gifts/supplies you earn for each $50 spent through September 30th, and if you want to watch today’s video tutorial, click here!

This is the TGIF sketch challenge and here are my finished card(s):

When you buy the supplies to create this card, you could choose the stamp set FREE!

I thought it was fun to flip the embossed layer over so the mortar is squeezing out between the bricks. It feels very “Mediterranean Seaside” to me… like an armchair vacation to Greece.

My only dilemma is which card do I love more: The card version with the white or sand colored bricks?
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Feels Like Home Cling Stamp Set (English)
$0.00
Sahara Sand 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder
$10.00
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00
Linen Thread
$5.00
Blending Brushes
$12.00
Mini Glue Dots
$5.25
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$120.00

Hats Off, Dad!

This is the time of year I make the most masculine cards. With Father’s Day coming up (and plenty of boy birthdays), I wanted to take the #TGIFC316 sketch and try it with the new Hats Off stamp set and dies.

The result was a card that reminds me of my both my father and father-in-love (a term borrowed from my friend Jan). What do you think?

Masculine cards don’t need a lot of embellishments, so once I figured out the width for the card stock strips, it didn’t take long to put together. They are all 4″ long and from the top, the widths are: 1/2″, 1-1/2″, 1″, 3/4″, 1/2″ and 3/4″. Choose any color combination you love, and I’ll put my supply list below if you want to copy it.

The stitching around the hat are from the dies and add just the right touch. TIP: Adhere your vellum to the card under the hat and you won’t see the adhesive showing through.

I think you’ll find plenty of occasions to use this very versatile hat, so order it in time to put it to use for Father’s Day!

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Hats Off Bundle
$35.00
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock
$8.25
Soft Suede 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Garden Green 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Just Jade 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Bermuda Bay 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pacific Point 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Blackberry Bliss 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Cherry Cobbler 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$10.00
Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00

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!

A Beautiful Difference

It only takes one person to make a difference in your life for the better: A mother, a teacher, a friend…any of them could touch you in a way that changes your course in a beautiful way.

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The sentiment on the card I created today for the #TGIFC246 Sketch Challenge could be perfect for anyone who has helped you in your life while they are here are when they are gone:

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The meaning changes with what you add on the inside of the card: Happy Birthday, With Sympathy, Happy Mother’s Day.

Whatever you want to say, this card is a simple way to express your feelings.

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Wildly Happy to Craft!

It’s Fri-YAY because sketch challenges make me WILDLY HAPPY! It’s a creative exercise I look forward to as often as I have a moment to create. If you need to strengthen your imagination, sketch and color challenges are the best “strength training” you can do.fb_img_1560993860054

Something else that makes me WILDLY HAPPY is babies: Grandbabies, baby animals, whatever! And stamps make me giddy, of course, and the Wildly Happy stamp set is the first one that came to mind when I saw the #tgifc220 sketch.

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This was also a great excuse to use the Rectangle Stitched Framelit dies: What’s not to love about that adorable little detail? wildly happy

I added just a bit of light Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Blend marker to the bunnies and grounded them with light Crumb Cake. If you don’t have the polka dot tulle ribbon, make sure it’s on your next order: It will be your favorite accessory for your cards, and you don’t even need much to give it a little pizzazz.

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