Stop to Smell the Roses

Gardening is NOT a talent I possess. My husband is the green thumb and loves getting his hands in the dirt…and I let him. When it comes to the roses (and the last three homes we’ve lived in have multiple rosebushes), they are the exception: I do enjoy pruning and cultivating the bushes to keep them healthy and producing blossoms that grace my table as long as it’s blooming season.

To a Wild Rose stamp set was designed by Million Dollar Demonstrator Mary Ellen Byler and is a Distinktive 2- or 3-step stamp set, enabling you to get many different looks with one stamp set, so we can enjoy roses all year long!149452g

This set has a coordinating set of Wild Rose dies. Through June 2, 2020, you save 10% when you buy the bundle (stamps and dies together)

One night I played around with color combinations for these flowers: You can see that I stamped the boldest rose image in the lighter color with the highlights in a darker color over the top. When you add the outline image, it gives it a completely different look. Which do you like best: With or without the outline? savingPNG 5

I needed some new birthday cards for my team, so I started with just the first two images and stamped these cards (added the outline on the envelope): savingPNG 6

If you are part of my team…pretend to be surprised when your birthday card arrives!

Then I decided that it would look gorgeous on Very Vanilla card stock, too so I tried it with the detail image and they both are abso-bloomin’-lutely gorgeous cards:

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If you would like to make some of your own, I’ve got the instructions, supplies and measurements for you in a .pdf HERE

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You can click either of the two photos above to download the tutorial! Thanks for shopping in my store for your supplies and keep some “fresh” flowers handy with this stamp set!

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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What’s New at SU! ~ Bird Ballad Lanterns

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Greetings, friends: I’m glad you are here for our “summertime stamping” themed blog hop! The What’s New at SU! group is comprised of demonstrators from around the world who are excited to share the latest Stampin’ Up! ideas with you, and I know you’ll find inspiration to create your own versions (or borrow one of ours).

I love thinking of ways to use my paper crafting supplies for projects that are unusual, and when I think of summer, I think of barbecues and picnics with family and friends! So why not a little tabletop decor?

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The beautiful new Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP) was a fine choice for these paper lanterns and they were super simple to make!

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For the small round lantern, you’ll need a piece of 6″ x 12″ DSP. Score it at 1″ along the top and bottom, then cut vertical lines at every inch between the two score lines. Cut two strips of contrasting DSP 1″ x 12″ to reinforce the top and bottom edges, if desired, and a 1″ x 10″ strip for the handle. Wrap the paper around and attach the sides together at the back.  I inserted the handle between the lantern and outside reinforcement strip using Tear & Tape adhesive. I also curled the paper with my bone folder a bit to keep the round shape. Then I set it over a small jar with a battery-operated candle!

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This tall lantern is easier (if possible)! It’s a piece of 9″ x 9″ DSP and you score it at 1″, 4.5″ and 8″, then fold at the 4.5″ line and cut at 1″ from the fold just to the edge of the score lines:

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When you unfold the paper, it looks like this:

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Follow the same instructions for finishing this lantern. You could make them any size: I simply suggest measuring the jars you are going to wrap them around and cut the width to 1″ longer.

Now you are ready to party on to the next blog which is Terry’s (or back to Margriet’s blog)!

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Your comments are welcome and appreciated! You can order the supplies to make your own lanterns from your demonstrator, or if you don’t have a demonstrator, please shop from my Stampin’ Store!

Good Morning, Magnolia: What’s New Blog Hop

Whats new (2)Welcome to our first “What’s New at SU!” Blog Hop through the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog! As an international group of demonstrators, we look forward to sharing ideas to inspire you to get out your rubber stamps to create something special in your own craft room.

I’ve chosen to showcase the Magnolia Lane Suite~ an absolute stunning collection of coordinating products that would make Chip & Joanna Gains drool.

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This card came together so perfectly with very basic stamping, a bit of DSP, a punch, and the coordinating Magnolia Memories Dies. Using the decorative edge die on both the top and bottom of the Petal Pink panel left room for the stripes to peek out.

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The Story Label punch isn’t part of the suite, but gave the sentiment a focal point, and by punching two holes on the ends, I could thread the Mossy Meadow twine through to secure it to the card.

Mimicking the elegant edge on the inside gives extra attention to your hand-written expression of appreciation and finishes off the greeting card with style:

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Now it’s time to hop on over to the next blog where Joyce is spotlighting the Bloom & Grow bundle or if you missed it, jump back to Tricia’s post and work backwards through the hop.
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Tricia Butts (Triciastampingcreations)
Loni Spendlove (Creative Juice by Loni)
Joyce Whitman (Stampinscrapper)
Diane Browning (24-7 Inkspiration)
Heather Cooper (playingwithpapercrafting)
Anke Heim(Scraphexe)
Margriet Siekman (CreatiefMarsie)

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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Out with Old, In with New

The end of a Stampin’ Up! catalog is bittersweet as I hate seeing things I have loved retire, and I’m also excited about what’s coming! Today I used a retiring stamp set and a coming-soon ribbon to create a card of enCOURAGEment on my weekly FB Lunchtime Crafting LIVE broadcast (which happens every Monday at 12:30 Mountain Time, by the way).

It started with the Global Design Sketch #190

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When a friend just needs a little encouragement, a card is a tangible piece of your support and this one almost made itself:

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The colors are Petal Pink and Gray Granite and Whisper White and the stamp set is Ribbon of Courage (retiring June 3). The ribbon is NEW Petal Pink Organdy Stripe (coming in the new catalog on June 4th) with a few silver metallic pearls sprinkled on to give it some bling.

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Mark your calendars for my New 2019-2020 Catalog Reception on June 8th in Utah County where you can snag both old AND new products with my once-yearly BOGO sale, and pick up a new catalog!

Best Catch: What’s New At SU! Blog Hop

It’s easy to make a frilly, pretty card…but sometimes it’s a challenge to create something for the guys. Never fret: We are here to help!

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These are some talented demonstrators from all over the globe who have come together to jump-start your “masculine” card making skills, so make sure you hop through all the blogs and tell us what you love and what you want to see more of!

I’m sharing a gift card holder I created for my husband’s birthday using the BEST CATCH bundle from the Occasions Catalog:

 

To create the card base, I used a piece of 12″ x 5.5″ Very Vanilla card stock and scored it at 4-1/4″ and 8-1/2″. On the last panel, you can cut diagonally OUT from the 8-1/2″ score mark and then fold it inside the card, adhering it to the bottom of the card with Tear & Tape adhesive, forming a pocket. You could insert cash, a gift card or a photo into the pocket. Not just for birthdays, but Father’s Day or Anniversaries, too!

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For the front of the card, I started with a 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″ panel of Very Vanilla card stock and cut a mask from a piece of scratch paper, laid it over the panel about 1/3 of the way up and sponged water with Pool Party ink. Keep the other piece of the mask to lay over the water and sponge the sandy shore above the water with Crumb Cake ink.

Next you’ll cover your sand with a mask and sponge a sunset: I started with Poppy Parade and then blended in Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, and Daffodil Delight ink with my sponges. Finally, sponge Night of Navy all the way around the edges and layer it on a 3-3/4″ x 5″ Navy Mat.

The fish is stamped in Black Memento Ink and colored with Stampin’ Blends, then cut, along with the reeds, using the coordinating dies. I love blending different colors on the fish! HINT: Save 10% when you purchase the stamps & dies together in a bundle by June 3rd.

Diane always has something amazing to share, so hop over to her blog next, or skip back to Cheryl’s blog to see her guy-inspired project~ Both featuring the Geared Up Garage product suite!

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Everything’s Coming Up ROSY!

 

Water a garden of creativity and beautiful things will bloom

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That’s exactly what happened to inspire the Everything is Rosy Product Medley:  Stampin’ Up! listened to crafter’s requests and designed a whole collection of beautiful, coordinating products that are bundled together for endless creative possibilities.

For the first time ever, you can collect a bouquet of products including stamps, dies, paper, embellishments – with a touch of Rose Gold glimmer sprinkled amongst the collection. Gorgeous! I predict it will sell out quickly, so don’t delay, get your sparkly fingers on the Everything is Rosy Medley today!

Here is the Everything is Rosy stamp set:


Watering your imagination, here are a few project ideas to help your own creativity grow:

THE EVERYTHING IS ROSY PRODUCT MEDLEY

INCLUDES THESE EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS:

• Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps

• Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies

• 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs

• 6″ x 6″ (15.2 x 15.2 CM) rose gold foil paper—8 sheets

• Printed die cuts—2 sheets

• Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs

• Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″

• Melon Mambo 1/4″ Ruched Ribbon—10 yards

• Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards

• Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz.

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Save the Last Stamp for Me

We have turned the corner into the last stretch of the Stampin’ Up! year and as we near the finish line, it’s time to announce the retirement of some of our beloved products.

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There are a few facts to note:

  • We will not be offering Wood Mount stamp sets in the new catalog, so there may be a few stamps on the list that WILL be offered in our new (super sticky) CLING MOUNT offering in the next catalog. There may be a chance that if you order a wood mount set and it is sold out, it could be substituted with the Cling version (lucky you! You’d be the first!).
  • While there is not a die cutting tool in the 2019-2020 catalog, there WILL be new dies and embossing folders…please be patient as we improve your die cutting experience and stay tuned!
  • Due to difficulties with the manufacturer of our Stampin’ Trimmer, it has been discontinued from our current offering and Stampin’ Up! is working to create another excellent paper cutting option as soon as possible. You may order replacement cutting blades as long as they are available (limit 6 packages per order). They are currently refilling what they hope to be a 6 month supply.

ON TO THE FUN STUFF! I’m sharing a few of my favorite stamps and accessories on the retired lists today so you have the chance to add them to your collection before they are gone forever!

From the 2018-19 Annual Catalog, I’m really going to miss my Lemon Zest stamp set and coordinating Lemon Builder punch! I’m not sure who made this card I received in a card swap, but isn’t it so cheerful?! It’s been a favorite for getting my “creative juices” flowing.

CLICK HERE FOR .PDF OF RETIRING ITEMS FROM 2018-19 ANNUAL CATALOG

I’m also sad to say goodbye to the Amazing Life Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog: I’ve showcased it in a previous post, and have enjoyed the versatility it offers.

CLICK HERE FOR .PDF OF RETIRING ITEMS FROM 2019 OCCASIONS CATALOG

There is still time to get your retiring favorites AND if you are ready to start a fresh new year with Stampin’ Up!, ask me for a new 2019-2020 Catalog!

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You can also pick up a catalog at my Catalog Reception on June 8th if you are in Utah County!

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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