Sunday, February 28, 2016

Happy Birthday, Evan!

My son had a birthday this week.  And I had to make him something special, so I turned to Guy Greetings.  Take a look:

This was a fun card to make, as he is SO into his tools!

The base is Basic Black, with a layer of Typset Designer Series Paper on top.  Then comes a piece of Very Vanilla, which is popped up on Dimensionals.  But here is what I did first:
  • Stamp "Happy Birthday" from Guy Greetings in Basic Black Archival ink
  • Stamp the tools in Basic Black, cut them out 
  • Stamp the banner and cut it out
  • Cut Little Letters in Basic Black and Very Vanilla
Time to layer it all on the card, and then add a few Basic Black Candy Dots.  And done!

 Happy Birthday, Evan!

All supplies can be purchased here

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Wow! Glitter Tape - FREE!

It's still time to Sale-a-Brate and there is a brand new offering that will make you smile.  Take a look at the Metallics Glitter Tape:

This can be yours for FREE when you place a $50 Stampin' UP! order.  Don't miss out...

Orders can be placed in my on-line store, here.  And don't forget to add your Glitter Tape!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Weekly Deals

Welcome to Tuesday's Weekly Deals, where lots of really cool Stampin' UP! items are on sale for just one week.
This week we have some fabulous buys...take a look:


2015-2017 In Color Stampin' Write Markers Item # 138333
Regular Price: $15.00 US/$19.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.25 US/$14.25 CAN

Flower Medallion Punch Item # 137417
Regular Price: $18.00 US/$22.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $13.50 US/$16.50 CAN

Classy Designer Buttons Item # 138393
Regular Price: $6.00 US/$7.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.50 US/$5.63 CAN

Stars Framelits Dies Item # 133723
Regular Price: $27.00 US/$33.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $20.25 US/$24.75 CAN

Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 137364
Regular Price: $7.50 US/$9.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.63 US/$6.94 CAN

 Current In Color markers and the Star Framelits are my personal favs, but the punch and Happy Heart Embossing Folder are featured at great prices too.  Don't delay!

Remember that any $50 purchase will get you a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  What a great time to get everything on your wish list!

Orders can be placed here

Sunday, February 21, 2016

New Sale-A-Bration Offering!

If you visited my blog earlier this weekend, you'll have seen an introduction to Party Pants, a wonderful new Sale-A-Bration (that means FREE!) stamp set.  A $50 purchase can earn you this cute, multi-purpose set.
Take a look and see what you can do with Party Pants:

Don't miss out!  Place your order here

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Wacky Watercooler Gang Celebrates Occasions!

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Yes it's time for another blog hop of the Wacky Watercooler Gang.  This month we are all about celebrating occasions--and there are SO many to celebrate!  What's your favorite?

Our hop is circular; jump on anywhere and follow around to see what 11 artists have prepared this month.  You may have just come from Leanne Johnson's blog.  Leanne is new to our hop, and I'm so glad she has joined us!  Her creations are wonderful, don't you think?

A BIG occasion for me right now is knowing that I am expecting a new grandbaby--yippee!  My son and daughter-in-law are adding to their clan sometime in August, and I so look forward to a new little one in our family.  So here is the card I sent them to say "congratulations":

As soon as I saw Bear Hugs in the Occasions Catalog (with matching framelits!) I knew it had to be mine.  And this was perfect to welcome a new member of our tribe, especially when paired with the phrase from Suite Sayings (also in the Occasions Catalog):

My bears were all stamped and cut in record time; I embossed some Early Espresso card stock with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and hand cut the "tree".  A hole was cut with the Ovals Collection Framelits, so a baby bear could be placed inside:

And of course a matching envelope (this is a large, square card), made easy with the Envelope Punch Board and the In Color Envelope Paper:
Needless to say, I'm looking forward to this Occasion!

Now, for another occasion we all celebrate (at least until we no longer want to):  Birthdays!  Here's a Party in a Box that can help a recipient be ready for three birthdays:

I saw this cute idea by another Stampin' UP! demonstrator who made a 3" x 3" box full of small cards.  I decided to cut this down a bit, and after a number of failed experiments, came up with a 1-5/8" x 3-1/4" box.  It's decorated with one of my favorite Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Catalog, It's My Party, and the stamp is from a brand new Sale-A-Bration (read  as "FREE") set called Party Pants.

And here is what this little party in a box holds:
Three 3" x 3" cards with matching envelopes and gift tags.  Here is each one:

Party Pants will put anyone in a party mood, and it's available now!

My final occasion is an upcoming one - Easter:

Here's a sweet little Easter basket (made from the Berry Basket Bigz L die and Coaster Board topped with Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper) and a couple of Easter friends.

And check out the special treats for the Curvy Keepsake Bunny--a "carrot" made from the Polka Dot Cone Cellophane Bags stuffed with orange Jelly Bellys (I shamelessly stole this idea from the Occasions Catalog). 
And sweet little chick has some pretty Easter eggs, decorated with the Birthday Bouquet DSP in her basket.

Well that's all the Occasions I can celebrate right now.  So it's on to our next artist; go check out what Gail Allen has for you--she always comes up with such creative projects!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Weekly Deals

Some wonderful deals this week!  A few of my favorite Stampin' UP! items are here...take a look:


Bitty Butterfly Punch Item # 129406
Regular Price: $16.00 US/$20.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.00 US/$15.00 CAN

Pansy Punch Item # 130698
Regular Price: $16.00 US/$20.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.00 US/$15.00 CAN

Fast Fuse Adhesive Refill Item # 129027
Regular Price: $7.50 US/$9.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.63 US/$6.94 CAN

Brights Sequin Assortment Item # 138389
Regular Price: $5.00 US/$6.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.75 US/$4.69 CAN

Envelope Punch Board Item # 133774
Regular Price: $20.00 US/$25.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $15.00 US/$18.75 CAN

I love (LOVE!) my Envelope Punch Board.   It's so nice to be able to make just about any size card and still be able to mail it.  Just check the sizes on the front of the board, cut a piece of Designer Series or Envelope Paper to size, punch and score, and voila!  A perfect envelope for your card.  And this week it's more than 25% off!

And how do you hold your fabulous envelope together?   Why with Fast Fuse Adhesive, of course!  And it's on sale...grab a few of these babies!  Once you try it, you'll be hooked!

Then add in the wonderful Bitty Butterfly Punch at another over-25% savings and it's a triple bonus!

Don't delay!  This sale is only good until Monday!

All items can be purchased here.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Many Thanks

I always send my customers thank you notes when they place an order, and here was a recent creation:
At first glance it may appear that I just stamped the "thanks" on Soft Sky and Basic Black cardstock, but I actually cut these out using the Greetings Thinlits Dies.  Then using the cut greetings and the negative spaces, I stacked them to create this card.

I started with a piece of Basic Black cardstock and using the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits I cut it with both the large and small frames.  This created a frame with an open center.

I put strips of Tear and Tape Adhesive along either edge on the back side, and carefully adhered only the ends of the letters and negative space strips.  I then backed the whole piece with some Soft Sky cardstock.

The black piece was then glued to Whisper White Thick cardstock cut to 4-1/4" x 11" and scored in the middle.

The sentiment, from Another Thank You, was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Soft Sky and I used my Hexagon Punch to flag the ends.  It was adhered over a strip of Silver Glimmer Paper and I scrunched up some Silver Thread on top.  I finished with some Soft Sky Candy Dots.

Do you think my customer knows that I was grateful?

All products can be purchased here.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Weekly Deals

Here's another round of Weekly Deals--fabulous prices on fabulous products!


Baker's Box Thinlits Dies Item # 138279
Regular Price: $33.00 US/$41.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $24.75 US/$30.75 CAN

Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim Item # 137910
Regular Price: $5.00 US/$6.25 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.75 US/$4.69 CAN

Butterfly Basics Wood Stamp Set-Mount Item # 138813
Regular Price: $48.00 US/$59.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $36.00 US/$44.25 CAN

Crushed Curry Baker's Twine Item # 134586
Regular Price: $3.00 US/$3.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.25 US/$2.81 CAN

Blossom Bunch Punch Item # 140612
Regular Price: $18.00 US/$22.00 CAN
Discounted Price: $13.50 US/$16.50 CAN

All items can be purchased here.

Monday, February 8, 2016

"CASE-ing" the Catalog

Do you know what CASE is?  In our stampin' world, we CASE cards designed by others when we see something we like.  CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything.

I've been admiring a card in the Occasions Catalog since it came out.  I had purchased all the supplies and got ready to re-create it for my grandson.  And then something happened!  I realized that I had used the designer series paper for my January card clubs and only had one piece left!  Uh-oh...need to be very careful.  This is the card I wanted to make (the one with the star, on the left):

I was trying so hard to get that yellow background right.

And I blew it!

Yes, I miscalculated my trimming and made it too small...ARGH!

So back to the drawing board.

I had another piece of the Going Places Designer Series Paper Stack, so I ended up doing something different:

When you CASE a card, it doesn't always mean you copy it exactly.  In this case the layout was nearly identical, but there are subtle differences.  Can you spot them?

First, I stamped my Very Vanilla base using the constellation stamp from Going Global and using Delightful Dijon ink.  Then I cut my black constellation DSP and added it to my card front.

Using my Stars Framelits in two sizes, I cut the star from the DSP I was originally trying to use (that's called making lemonade out of lemons!) and I popped it up on thin strips of Dimensionals over a piece of (retired) Black Glimmer Paper.

The stamp was inked with Archival Basic Black ink; once stamped it was punched using the 1" circle punch.  And there's a time strip of Silver Glimmer Paper with notched ends (Banner punch).

I added a few stars from the Brights Sequin Assortment, using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  Then, with some matching DSP on my envelope (and another star cut from the same DSP on front) I was ready to send this to my grandson.

Try a CASE - and then add your own ideas to make it an entirely new card!

All products can be purchased here.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

More Sale-a-Bration Items Coming Soon

So you've been shopping and collecting your FREE Sale-A-Bration items, and figured you had just about everything you wanted...right?

Well, not so fast!  Three new items are coming soon.  Take a peek:

Such fun!  There are two new stamp sets - Party Pants (a balloon and 8 phrases to help you celebrate) and Pedal Pusher (an adorable bicycle-built-for-two and wonderful accessories) as well as Glitter Tape (fabulous sparkly tape in three colors, gold, silver and white--which can be dyed to match your project!).

These items go live on February 16th. 

And don't forget:  Sky is the Limit, Hello and Perfectly Artistic Designer Series Paper will disappear on the same day.  So if you have your eyes on these items, don't delay!  Just $50 in Stampin' UP! products earn you a FREE item of your choice. 

Orders can be placed here

Start making your wish list now!