Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A Card for a Vet

Update:  After this card was posted, I was contacted by a fellow demonstrator who also heard about this story.  She sent me this link so if you'd like to see how many cards Joe is getting, take a look (so far he's up to 16,000!).

Last week I saw a message on the Stampin' Up! home page asking for cards to be sent to a veteran who is celebrating his 100th birthday.  He was asking to receive 100 cards.

Well with that kind of advertising I'm pretty sure he'll get his 100 cards...maybe 100 times over!  But I had to jump on the band wagon and here is the card I sent to Joe Cuba:

I pulled out High Tide, which needed a little love.  And I decided to use red, white and blue, starting with the Happiness Blooms Memories and More Cards and Envelopes.  These are great cards, oversized, navy blue with envelopes with navy and white stripes on the flap.  They also include small note cards, 10 of each of the large and small.  And the inside of the cards are white.  Nice!

I used my Stamparatus (item number 146276) to stamp the lighthouse, sand and water.  It's so easy to line up the images and get a perfect stamp each time!  The only ink color used is Night of Navy.  I stamped off some of the images to make the image lighter, but it's all done with the one color.

Once the stamping was done, I sponged the edges of the panel, again using Night of Navy ink.  Then I trimmed it down and layered it on a piece of Navy cardstock.

For the inside:

This seemed like a fitting sentiment.

Wishing Joe a very happy 100th birthday, and thanking him for his service.

You can purchase the Happiness Blooms notecards which are current in the Occasions Catalog.  And if you have a $50 purchase, you'll also pick up a Sale-a-Bration item for FREE!  Take a look at the Occasions, Sale-a-Bration, and Second Release Sale-a-Bration brochures.  I'm sure you'll find something fabulous!

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Monday, February 25, 2019

Succulents for Paper Pumpkin!

Have you seen this?  I think I'm in love!

Yes, Paper Pumpkin for February has outdone itself!  And in March, we will get TWO stamp sets!  As Paper Pumpkin is celebrating 6 years, WE get the present!

So why would you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin?  Well let me count the ways:

1.  Monthly delivery to your door - a cute orange box filled with everything you need to create!
2.  Exclusive stamp sets - there's a set in every kit, and can be used over and over!
3.  No obligation - try it for one month.  Like it?  Choose a monthly subscription that can be held or cancelled at any time.  Love it?  Purchase a three-, six-, or twelve-month plan and save!
4.  Surprise!  Each month is a surprise, with cards or projects to make.  Such fun!

Why not give it a try?  March is the perfect time to join; get in on the extra stamp set!  Click here to subscribe.

Don't miss another month!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

A Manly Birthday

Do you struggle with creating birthday cards for men?  I do.  Why is that?  Just because I don't want to use flowers, butterflies, ribbons or pastels?

Well I decided to try making a card of wood.  That's right - wood.  My son is a contractor, and although he always tells me he likes my cards, I know that sometimes the cards are not quite "manly" enough for him.  So this year I went this way:

Yup a card of "wood".  And I love it!

There's no stamping on this card.  I used the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and the Happy Birthday Thinlits dies.  Easy.

I started with a piece of Basic Black Cardstock, to which I adhered strips of the Wood Textures paper.  I cut the strips anywhere between 1/4" and 3/4" and then mixed them up.  Once adhered, the piece was cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits, and then mounted to another piece of Basic Black, leaving a very skinny border.

I popped up the piece on a card base covered with another piece of the Wood Textures.

And I cut out the Happy Birthday twice - once in Wood Texture paper and again in Basic Black.  

Can you see the "shadow" behind the letters?  Using two layers also gives a little added dimension.  And the phrase was adhered using the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (before cutting out the words).

And inside:

A frame of wood surrounds the sentiment.

Of course a card like this needs a coordinating envelope:

I think Evan will love this card!  Don't you?

Wood Textures is a terrific DSP, back for a second year in the Annual Catalog, and still a great seller!  Get some today!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Have You Seen This?

The second release of Sale-a-Bration FREE items is now underway, and there's a brand new stamp set that can be earned with a $50 qualifying order.  Take a look:

If you have an order to place, consider doing it now so you can qualify for FREE Sale-a-Bration items like All Adorned.

The Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs can be viewed here; contact me for questions and information.

Sale-a-Bration Second Release

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wednesday's "What's On the Desk?"

Yeah it's time for another of my What's On the Desk posts.  This week I had some left over pieces from a few different cards/classes:

A piece of cardstock with some Basket Weave embossing, a few Whisper White rectangles cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits, some vases punched with the Vases Builder Punch and a few hearts from a retired set.

What to do...

May have some possibilities...

Oh!  I have this too, left from a class that didn't happen 😁

So how about...

But I have two vases, so...


Now we're talking!

Hmmm, needs a little color...

OK, coming along...but what else?

Love these FREE Sale-a-Bration Foil sheets!

How about a sentiment?  I want to be sure to get it straight, first time, so it's time for the Stamparatus!

Yes!  (Hard to photograph these fabulous foil sheets, as the light hits it differently with every angle, but you get the picture).

Finished, and time for my close up:

I love playing with left-overs!  I never know what I'll get in the end, but I enjoy the creative process.

Do you use your scraps and left-overs?  Won't you leave me a comment and tell me what you do with them?

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