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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Card in a Box

If you have a passion for paper, you’ll be thrilled to know that during October, you can buy 3 of select Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! and you’ll get one FREE! You can mix and match as you stock your paper pantry, too.

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Today on my Facebook Page, I demonstrated how to create a “Box in a Card”:

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You’ll be seeing these adorable cards (with a box inserted) popping up all over the place! I used the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and Birthday Delivery stamp set to embellish the card, but my favorite detail is the Mini Bow on the top of the box.

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I’ve been wanting to find a reason to use these bows, so I’m tickled to find that they are perfect for this box-in-a-card.

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Happy coincidence: If you happen to be reading this between October 1st-10th of 2017, we are also celebrating World Card Making Day with a sale on Fast Fuse and stamp sets that match our Designer Series Paper Sale:

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Click on the images to shop in my Stampin’ Store and thank you for letting me serve your creative needs. Then watch your mailbox for a thank you card when you order!

Support a Fighter

October isn’t only about ghosts and goblins, it’s also about the girls! This month, send a pink card to someone who is fighting (like a girl) through Breast Cancer:

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Download the free .pdf tutorial HERE

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Don’t stop with PINK…you can make this card in any color you want to show your awareness, love and concern for those in any battle! This is one of my favorite charts showing ribbon colors for causes. I made these versions of the card with colors for Type 1 Diabetes (blue and gray with a drop of blood), Alzheimers (purple) and Heart Disease (red) :

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Simply Citrus

My Stampiversary is over, but the last thank you cards need to go into the mail. It seemed only natural to make some “creative juice” cards to encourage the customers who ordered from my Flash Sale to live with ZEST!

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Using the words from a stamp set as your background can make a dramatic impact: For this card, I stamped once with my stamp loaded with Lemon-Lime twist ink, then stamped again without re-inking it and then ONE MORE TIME for the lightest impression.

Thanks to the Global Design Project for coordinating the color challenge to support my theme (not really…it was just good luck):

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I added a little Daffodil Delight to the palette so I could include the lemon, and now I’m off to write my appreciation to my customers!

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Come Play at the Fall StampFest!

Sometimes you just need to run away to play for a day and come home with glitter in your hair! And I’ve got the perfect event(s) to help you do that:

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Along with my Sprinkled Ink team (and friends), twice a year we offer a day filled with crafting, food, card swaps and friends…and as our name implies, we sprinkle plenty of prizes, glitter and gifts throughout the event!

Here are a few highlights from our last few StampFest days:

I hope you’ll join us for a day of crafty fun in Utah!

View details for the St. George event HERE. Registration closes September 18th, so hurry to register!

View details for the Spanish Fork event HERE. Early bird pricing ends October 1st, so you’ll want to get your tickets ASAP.

 

Get Togethers & Card Starters

I’m blessed to have so many great friends on my Stampin’ Team and in August, some of us met up for lunch and stamping one Saturday:

Swapping ideas is a staple activity at any meeting, but we chose to exchange “Card Starters” this time: Some crafters call them card candy, but they are just small focal points you use on a greeting card and I’m sharing a few of them today.

Mary McGill used this Adirondack chair from the Seasonal Layers thinlit dies, which captures the last sunset of summer in perfect form. Used on three different cards, it’s fun to see how a card starter can inspire many different ideas!

Next is Chelle Scott’s gorgeous version of “Deck the Halls” from the Carols of Christmas stamp set: The layer of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper catches your eye when you see it in person and no matter which way you look at it, it’s a fabulous focal point for a Christmas card.

Mine was a simple label from the Merry Little Label bundle in the new Holiday Catalog, punched and layered on a silver glimmer paper layer. I love how the new Everyday Label punch layers beautifully on the Lots of Labels Thinlits dies.

While my Stampin’ Team is named “Sprinkled Ink”, we have a larger group that meets together in person and online called “Stitched Stampers” which encompasses demonstrators in the Utah area and beyond: We include any demonstrators (and potential demonstrators) who would like to work on their business with like-minded, positive and uplifting folks and there is always room at our table for more stampin’ friends.  Join my team anytime!

Check back for more card starter samples soon…

Designer Series Paper Takes the Spotlight

Remember when I said the only paper products Stampin’ Up! offered 25 years ago were white? It makes me grateful for all the amazing choices we have in 2017! Especially when they are as sumptuous as the “Whole Lot of Lovely” Designer Series Paper pack:

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This paper (DSP) popped into my mind when I saw the #GDP102 sketch:

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Plus, I’m crushing on the Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon right now (it’s on SO MANY of my latest creations, but it just makes the *loveliest* bows…), so here’s my take on the sketch:

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The sentiment (stamped and die cut from the Lovely Friends bundle) just pops off the card, but the paper definitely is the star of the card!

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25 Ways in 25 Days: Anniversary Giveaway!

25 Years with SU!Gas was $1.05 a gallon. Cartoon Network had just started broadcasting and Bill Clinton became President of the United States (I’m not implying they were connected, but???) I had just given birth to my second child (a son) and was looking for a way to connect and have conversations with other adults, so when my husband ran into LaVonne Crosby as they each took children to the church foyer to calm down and she happened to have a catalog in her car of the company she and her sister had started, my Stampin’ Up! career began!

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At the time, Stampin’ Up! carried mostly rubber stamps from other companies with a few they manufactured themselves with a choice between foam mounted rubber or wood blocks. Rainbow stamp pads were extremely popular and we only offered WHITE paper products to stamp on!

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To celebrate my 25 years with Stampin’ Up! I’ll be sharing fun facts, playing games, giving away prizes here on the blog, on my Facebook Page and on my Instagram, so connect with me and play along!

Let’s kick off this party by continuing to stroll down memory lane:

Comment with *your* major accomplishment of 1992 ~OR~ the name of one of the stamp companies Stampin’ Up! used to carry in their catalogs!

You could win the nostalgic “Golden Rule Days” stamp set (a very popular stamp set from our past) just in time to celebrate BACK TO SCHOOL. Winner announced August 30th.

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Ready to start your own Stampin’ Up! adventure?

Join my team!

Every Last Piece: Paper Pumpkin August 2017

When I opened the August Paper Pumpkin box yesterday, I decided I was going to finish the projects and use Every. Single. Piece.

Once I finished making a few of the cards as shown in the kit, I got a little more creative (as shared yesterday) and finished off the cards but still had die cuts and leaf stickers left over! So I grabbed some whisper white card stock, some painter’s tape, some sponge daubers and 3 ink pads: Peekabook Peach, Pool Party and Pear Pizazz (not included in the kit). Here’s what I did:

I taped the edges of the paper down and used the empty die-cut pages as a stencil for sponging flowers! Add a few leaves and sponge around the edges, and when you peel back the tape, it gives the illusion of layers…pretty neat, eh?

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All I had to do next was add the pre-printed sentiment die cuts and embellish with the leftover goodies: IMG_5047

All left-over leaves and flowers found their way onto the envelopes:

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If you are ready to try your hands at a SUPER SENSATIONAL monthly craft kit delivered to your mailbox, subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before September 10th using Promo Code HALFOFF0917 to get your first kit (September 2017) for 50% off!

Then stalk your mailbox for a thank you card from me (maybe one of these!) while you wait for your first kit to arrive. Shareables-1_PP_Sept_Promo_Aug0817

Fall into Paper Pumpkin Savings

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Creativity is made easier when you have a kit to work with: And today I’ve been playing with the August Paper Pumpkin Kit. These projects put the finishing touches on summer, and I’m looking forward to sending YOU one of the cards I created when YOU subscribe to Paper Pumpkin!

I showed how to make this double-fold card on my Facebook Page today: You may want to watch the video to see the surprise inside and find out how to enter my GIVEAWAY!

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If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin, NOW is a great time to subscribe and get the September Kit for just $10 when you use Promo Code HALFOFF0917 .  You’ll start a collection of fabulous stamp sets and ink spots for your crafting cupboards, as well~ every kit includes an exclusive stamp set and no ink spot color is repeated in 12 months.

Check back tomorrow to see how I was able to use EVERY PIECE of this kit to make even more amazing cards! Thanks for choosing me as your Paper Pumpkin (by Stampin’ Up!) Demonstrator…your support means the world to me.