Awesome Otters Slimline Card

Next week is Cody’s birthday and it’s time to make him a card!

I used a new Sale-a-Bration stamp set called “Awesome Otters” (which you could choose free with a qualifying purchase during January & February) and the Slimline cards from the January-June mini catalog. This is a BIG card ~ finished size is 8.5″ x 3.5″ ~ and if you want to see how to make it, you can watch my Facebook Live video from 1/10/22.

Next step: Find a gift to go with it!

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Awesome Otters Cling Stamp Set (English)
$0.00
Slimline Envelopes
$10.00
Smoky Slate 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Misty Moonlight 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Old Olive 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Rich Razzleberry 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Stitched Rectangles Dies
$35.00
Playful Alphabet Dies
$34.00
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Misty Moonlight Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Old Olive Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00
Stampin' Seal
$8.00

Pumpkin Thank You Card

It was hard to sleep last night, so I imagined crafting with the colors from the #tgifc341 challenge: Very Vanilla, Pool Party and Pale Papaya. To be honest, it didn’t help me sleep, but it did make me excited to create this card for my FB Live today!

Can’t get enough pumpkins for the fall, and the daisies were a whimsical touch paired with my polka-dot pumpkin, don’t you agree? The background was hand drawn with Pool Party Stampin’ Blends markers. Don’t be afraid to make your own plaid!

Mixing up all your stamps and supplies can expand your creativity!

One of the best ways to get most of the supplies for this card is to take advantage of a November-only special for the Starter Kit: Choose $125 in products for just $75!

Not only do you get a great savings on your supplies, you’ll get a discount on future purchases and a chance to see if being a demonstrator works for you!

Product List
Biggest Wish Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)
$17.00
Detailed Pumpkins Dies 
$29.00
Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Pool Party 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Pale Papaya 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Checks & Dots Embossing Folders
$8.00
Medium Daisy Punch
$16.00
Pool Party 3/8" (1 Cm) Sheer Ribbon
$6.00
Pool Party Stampin' Blends Combo Pack
$9.00
Mini Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00

June 3 for Free: Dragonfly Garden

Punches make creating cards simple by offering an element that adds that “punch” of pizzazz! This month, my 3 for Free kit will be mailed out to those who order the Dragonfly Garden bundle, which features the Dragonfly punch and you’ll be flying to the craft room to put them together.

While I will send you all the consumable supplies (card stock, paper, ribbon, etc), there are a few ink pads and supplies you may want to add to your order (if you don’t already have them) to help you complete your projects:

  • Balmy Blue Classic Ink Pad
  • Bumble Bee Classic Ink Pad
  • Blackberry Bliss Classic Ink Pad
  • Just Jade Classic Ink Pad
  • Versamark Ink Pad
  • Sponge Daubers
  • Gold, Copper OR Silver Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool (for embossing)

To get you inspired by this bundle (and to teach you how to make some stunning watercolor backgrounds), I demonstrated these two cards during my Facebook Live yesterday (not part of my 3 for Free kit):

The technique (Stampin’ Blends on Vellum with Alcohol) is really quite magical, and so enjoyable to watch:

As I mention in the video, if you don’t want to do this technique yourself -OR- you just want MORE of it, you can also subscribe by June 10th for the Paper Pumpkin Kit “Expressions In Color” which will get you making 9 gorgeous watercolor themed cards in moments with everything you need in one kit arriving in your mailbox:

Hey, Birthday Chick: 3-for-Free!

Remember the Hey, Chick stamp set from Sale-a-Bration a few years back? They were the “must-have” set of the year and those same chicks are BACK (and ready to PARTY!) in the January-June mini catalog. It’s fitting that my February 2021 3-for-Free class features the new Hey, Birthday Chick! bundle:

In addition to their new stamp set, the original set is available AGAIN – ICYMI – and there are coordinating dies to keep them farm-fresh. “CHICK” out what all the cluck is about HERE!

Starting off with a simple card, I created this one on my Facebook page last Monday:

There is also an edited version of the how-to video on YouTube:

When you order the Hey, Birthday Chick bundle from my Stampin’ Store in February, you’ll receive a tutorial for 3 projects via email with the paper goods to make those projects coming to you in the mail.

Supplies you will also need to complete the 3-for-Free projects:

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I listed the mini Cut & Emboss machine for those who don’t have a machine yet, but a regular Cut & Emboss machine will work too (or a Big Shot).

Birthday Chick All Wired Up

I miss my chickens.

Consoling myself with stamped chickens is (only) slightly less messy and time consuming, but there aren’t any delicious eggs to look forward to. It’s all good though, because these hens from the Birthday Chick stamp set make me laugh as much as the live versions did!

This greeting card started with the TGIF Challenge on Friday to use our background stamps: The All Wired Up background had been on my mind since the chicks arrived!

By using the new Blending Brushes to add a little extra Granny Apple Green ink at the bottom of the background, it added on Ombre element that helps Chunky Clucky really pop off as the focal point!

You may be asking…where did the picket fence come from? Did you fussy cut Chunky Clucky? Well, my friends, I have good news for you: On February 2nd, customers will be able to order coordinating dies (and that’s not all, so stay tuned)!

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Tinsel in a Tangle

Colors inspire me and ever since I got a glimpse of the #tgifc276 color challenge last Friday (and Lauren Alarid’s stinking CUTE holiday card using these unexpected colors), I’ve been thinking about it!

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Here’s my take on this challenge featuring the “Don’t Stop Believin” stamp set from the August-December Mini Catalog:IMG_6611-(W2)

Isn’t that fun? Check out how to use the Lovely Labels Pick-a-Punch here!

If you start making your holiday cards in August, you won’t end up with your tinsel in a tangle in December! Try these tips:

  1. Design your Christmas Card now!
  2. Order the supplies (including adhesive and envelopes).
  3. Cut all the card bases and other pieces while you are binge-watching Netflix (Umbrella Academy season 2 is out…) in September. Keep the pieces in a shoe box to make it easy when you have time for the next steps.
  4. Stamp images on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
  5. Ask your husband to drive to your next adventure and assemble the cards in the passenger seat.
  6. Buy cute postage stamps in October!
  7. Make an address list and print labels (this will also come in clutch when your kids get married, as long as you keep it updated) before Thanksgiving.
  8. Mail them the first week of December.

I guarantee that when you break it down into smaller steps, you’ll be relaxed to enjoy the Christmas Season!

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Lean on Me

“When you meet someone, treat them as if they were in serious trouble, and you will be right more than half the time.”  – Henry B. Eyring

So many times we struggle alone, but it is our duty and privilege as human beings to “comfort the weary and strengthen the weak” (an excerpt from one of my favorite hymns). When I wrestle to know what to say or how to help, I turn to crafting to help  express what I cannot adequately convey, and the love just flows out of my hands.

This striking line art Artfully Aware stamp set is a blessing to have in your collection because it allows you send a hug made from card stock to someone who is hurting or fighting a battle:149447G

Here is a simple card I created that I know I will mail often:

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Isn’t our burden lighter when we know someone else is there for us? Even if they can’t do anything, prayers and love are tangible in our lives.

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Click on either image above or HERE to download a .pdf tutorial 

I used the same design to create another card for any cause you wish to support as this set also coordinates with the Support Ribbon Framelits. I used Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party for these cards, you could easily change the colors to match the ribbon color of any disease. Watermarked2(2019-04-12-0937)
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Craft Space Storage: Your Way!

Storage by Stampin' Up! - New Products

Start this Spring organized in style when you add Storage by Stampin’ Up! to your craft space!

These simple, modular storage solutions are designed to keep your Stampin’ Up! supplies organized, at hand, easy to view, and perfect are for your space – big or small. From Classic Ink Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers, Stampin’ Blends, Watercolor Pencils, Ink Refills, and more you’ll love how you can organize and customize YOUR SPACE. YOUR WAY.

Here are some other benefits of Storage by Stampin’ Up!:

– Keeps products organized, tidy, visible, and trackable at all times.

– Store your Stampin’ Pads, Stampin’ Write Markers, and Stampin’ Blends horizontally, as recommended.

– Designed to be stylish, durable, compact, stackable, and modular.

– Grows with you and your collection.

– White neutral color blends in naturally with most home decor.

– Stacks vertically and can be arranged to fit practically any flat workspace.

– Easily assembled and disassembled for rearrangement and/or cleaning

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Storage by Stampin' Up! - New Products

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Humming Along Thank You

This card was inspired by my friend and team-mate Amy Minson (a.ka. Lilypad Stamper): She had done some gorgeous coloring with the Stampin’ Blends markers and this flower from the Humming Along stamp set, so I wanted to try it too!

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This is an example of the MASKING technique: You stamp your flower first, then stamp it onto a Post-It note, with a part of the flower over the sticky end. Cut out the Post-It flower along the lines of the image and place the flower over your flower stamped onto the white card stock (this is why you need some of the sticky part of the post-it…to keep it in place).

Next, you stamp the words ALL OVER THE FLOWER (covered in the post-it mask) and off the edge of your paper. Once you are done stamping the words, REMOVE the post-it note to reveal your clean flower that looks like it’s in front! Now you can color it and layer the card together.

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COLORING TIP: Outline your image with the light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend marker to make it really pop!

I’ve created a tutorial for you to print: Get it HERE

If you would like to make your own, thank you for shopping for the supplies in my Stampin’ Store 

CREATE your happiness with stamps, ink and paper!

Country Home — What’s New at SU! Blog Hop

What is the first sign of the changing of seasons? A holiday catalog from Stampin’ Up! of course!

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Welcome to the What’s New at Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Blog Hop! You’ve popped in (maybe from Brenda’s page?) at just the right time to enjoy some inspiring creativity from a worldwide group of demonstrators who are HOPPING with excitement to share with you.

Once I saw the Buffalo Plaid stamp on page 38 (it’s hiding, don’t miss it!), my heart skipped a beat! It doesn’t really matter what you pair with it, it’s the perfect accessory to every card. For this swap, I’m showcasing the Country Home, which is it’s kissing cousin:

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I chose to stamp the plaid background on So Saffron card stock using Soft Suede ink. It’s easiest to stamp background stamps this way: Ink up your stamp as it lays FACE UP on your table, lay the card stock on top and cover with a scratch piece of paper (so your fingers don’t get inky) and rub with your hands.

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The focal point is a fall arrangement from the Country Home stamp set in a weathered pitcher and colored with Stampin’ Blends: Mint Macaron, Blackberry Bliss*, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede and Cajun Craze*

(*= new colors in the Holiday catalog).

Remember to stamp in Memento Black ink when coloring with Stampin’ Blends, and I find that our Whisper White card stock is the best to color on, hands down.

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If you have questions about these techniques, I’m happy to answer them! Contact your demonstrator to request a catalog or order the supplies. If you don’t have a demonstrator, you can order these products from my Stampin’ Store starting on September 5th and I’d be tickled to serve you!

Now you can hop back to Brenda’s Spirited Snowman samples or bound ahead to Karie’s Dashing Deer post:

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