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

Everything Is Rosy Product Medley

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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Sale-a-Bration Coordination

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It’s been fun, but the Sale-a-Bration party is winding down…with only 5 days left to add a free item (or two) to your collection, I wanted to show off a few very versatile items that will allow you to craft through all four seasons of the year, but HURRY, many of them are only here until March 31, 2019!!

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The Painted Seasons Sale-a-Bration bundle has DinsINKtive stamp images for Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall, along with a pack of coordinating Designer Series Paper that is a splendid variety (those toadstools are adorable!). You can choose this bundle FREE with a $100 U.S. order, and the other supplies to create these cards can help you collect a qualifying order!

To make the coordination and your crafting even easier, there is a matching framelit die set for the flowers and leaves and the More Than Words stamp set has greetings for multiple celebrations (and which, coincidentally, has sentiments for almost ALL of our S-A-B 2019 stamp sets): Both are available to purchase for a only few more days.

Let’s take a look at the details of these cards:

It’s a simple fold that really makes your card more exciting to open and the Stitched Rectangle Framelits are a necessity in your die cutting collection.

Make the world a brighter place: Stamp a card and mail it to someone today!

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Your Chance to Craft

Carving out time to be creative is the only way it’s going to happen in this busy world: If something is important to you, you’ll make time for it. Here are a few upcoming events you will want to put on the calendar so you can tell everyone else you are already booked!

Celebrations Card Class

Saturday, February 9th at 1 pm

Spanish Fork, UT

Create 8 greeting cards (2 each of 4 different designs) for everyday celebrations. Bring your scissors and adhesive (SNAIL adhesive and refills available for purchase at class) and all other products will be provided for you. Includes envelopes.

Cost: $16  Reserve your spot by February 5th via Paypal or Venmo to Loni-Spendlove

Also coming in February, Spring StampFest  in St. George, Utah on February 23rd! We only do this event twice a year, and it’s most enjoyable when you plan to come and spend the day crafting with a friend. Save $10 by registering before February 9th!

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We offer the same event just a few weeks later in Spanish Fork…and hope you’ll be able to come to one or the other. It’s such a lovely day to escape and play with us!

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Finally, Valentines Day is a perfect excuse to stamp a lovely card, and this one is a perfect chance to use the GORGEOUS Forever Lovely stamp set and All My Love Designer Series Paper…and it’s simple enough to complete quickly! Don’t forget to mail your parents or kids a Valentine, too:

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Download the .pdf tutorial

 

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!

Valentines Aren’t Just for Lovers

The season of love doesn’t have to be limited to one single significant other. This is a wonderful time to recognize friendships as well, and I’d submit that your girlfriends might appreciate hearts and flowers much more than your man would!

This is a Valentine that you could add photos, notes or gift cards to, and is part of an envelope banner you’ll create at my “Craft Your HEART Out” class coming on January 26th, but it’s perfect by itself:

It’s an accordion fold that spills out when opened, with spaces to write personal notes, add photos, or insert gifts or gift cards into smaller envelopes:

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Download the Tutorial HERE

The “All My Love” Designer Series Paper in the NEW OCCASIONS Catalog is richly romantic and you’ll think of so many ways to use it: For wedding cards, gifts, home decor, etc. And don’t miss the coordinating All My Love Ribbon Combo Pack.

You’re invited to attend my Craft Your Art Out class: Check out the details HERE!

You may fall in love with the whole suite of products!

Spirited Snowman & Year End Closeout

Have you had your first snowfall yet? While I prefer viewing it from afar, it’s covering my front yard and that makes me want to stay indoors…and craft. 

So it’s a good time to share a tutorial for a SNOWMAN card! Most of the products are on the Year-End Closeout sale that began today: Some items are about to be discontinued and some are discounted for extra savings. 

Before I share the card, I wanted to mention that some of the items in the discounted section make AWESOME gifts, too! The Christmas Traditions Punch Box just needs a ribbon and it’s ready to set under the tree and includes stamps, clear block, punch and two ink spots. At 40% off, it’s a fantastic steal: 

On to the adorable snowman card ~ it could be used for a holiday greeting, a thank you card or even a winter birthday wish!  

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Wishing you SNOW MUCH CRAFTING FUN this holiday season! 

 

 

Focus on the Words

In card-making, we often let an image be the focal point of our card, but try letting the WORDS in your stamp sets take the spotlight once in a while:

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I have thoroughly enjoyed the Country Home stamp set this fall, but wanted to find a way to use other pieces aside from the pitcher and milk can. I started by letting the words fill the center, then stamped and sponged the flowers around the edge in Mint Macaron and Fresh Fig.

Stealing the show, though, is that lovely Tin Tile Embossing Folder! If you haven’t picked it up (along with the Galvanized Metallic Paper), make sure it’s on your next order.

For dimensions and instructions to make this card, CLICK HERE.