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!

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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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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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A Paper Easter Basket

Easter is going to sneak up on us this year, as it is the 1st day of April and doesn’t us give much time for planning ahead once the calendar changes! No better time than now to do some Easter-themed crafting:

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The Blossoming Basket bundle was love-at-first-sight: That Basket Weave embossing folder sparked such imagination!!blossoming basket bundle

It’s a bundle of products you can choose for Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration (January 3-March 31, 2018) FREE with a $100 order! You could wait and purchase the embossing folder from the new catalog (coming in June), but why pay for it when you can get it at no cost?! And the stamp set is only available now.

I showed how to make this simple basket in my

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yesterday, so feel free to pop over there to watch, but I actually like the smaller size better than the big one I did on the video, so start with an 8-1/2″ square piece of Soft Suede card stock (any color will work, really) for the basket base and score it at 2-7/8″ on all four sides. You’ll also need a 1″ x 11″ strip for the handle and 6 pieces that are 2-1/2″ (or 2-5/8″) square to emboss with the basket weave on the sides. Then you can follow the rest of the directions I shared to come up with a good sized basket like the smaller one in front:

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Multipurpose Liquid Glue was the easiest to adhere the weave to the sides of the basket before assembling and to add the handle after you staple the sides together.

Yellow roses colored with the Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends are so cheerful in the embellishment on the side! I demonstrated a little trick to give them dimension in the video. Don’t be afraid to fussy-cut some of these pieces: They look beautiful even if they aren’t perfect. Watermarked3(2018-03-06-1504)

Thanks for purchasing the supplies to create your own from my Stampin’ Store! and remember that you can select Sale-a-Bration products FREE with each $50 or $100 order through March 31, 2018. 

Baby Birds

Welcoming a new baby is always a joyful reason to send a card! And the best way to improve any card is to “put a bird on it”.

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Download the tutorial for this simply sweet card here.

The Flying Home stamp set from the new Occasions Catalog has plenty of feathered friends, but if you need MORE chirpy-chicks, you can also check out the Bird Banter set also in the Occasions catalog!

If you are at a loss for words, then the Special Celebrations has your cards covered outside AND inside with a matching sentiment:

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Wishing you many little people to welcome in 2018~ and the best kind are GRANDbabies (just saying).

Blending is Beautiful

If you love coloring, you’ll be thrilled with the new Stampin’ Blends released by Stampin’ Up! on November 1st.

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These fabulous pens come in two shades (light and dark) for 12 of our exclusive SU! colors, as well as a Bronze and Ivory which are perfect for skin tones.

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They also gave me the excuse to buy what may become my FAVORITE stamp set from the Holiday Catalog, Christmas in the Making~ I simply adore the beautiful artwork and 50’s style! Watermarked2(2017-11-04-0942)

I Like Big Stamps and Blending

What is the biggest stamp you own? Aside from background stamps, one of mine is the flower from the You’ve Got This stamp set and it is fabulous for coloring with the new Stampin’ Blends (available November 1st in my Stampin’ Store). Look at the impact one large image can have when paired with a delicate background:

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Thinking this card will surely boost the morale of a good friend!

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Simply Thanks

I admire demonstrator Brian King’s style: It’s always clean and simple and I confess I’ve CASE’d (Copy And Selectively Edit) more than one of his designs. This week, he was the designer at the Global Design Project:brian_king_case_gdp108

It happened that a sneak peek stamp set from Stampin’ Up! was sitting on my desk (Color Me Happy), so I pulled it out early this morning to create my card inspired by his:

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And if you want another peek at another product I’m THRILLED about (or perhaps, the RETURN of a beloved product…redesigned and even better!):

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These color “like buttah” and the coordination is on point! I cannot wait until I can announce when they will be available for customers. Watermarked4(2017-10-11-1036)