Saturday, March 30, 2019

Last Call for Sale-a-Bration Products

Sunday ends Stampin' UP!'s 2019 Sale-a-Bration.  If you haven't completed your wish list of products, now is the time!

Here's one more card made with one of the exclusive stamp sets you can earn FREE with a $50 purchase:

This was a card my Card Club attendees created this week, and it was a hit!  Using Home to Roost, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper and some retired Chicken Wire embellishment, we made a card  that evokes down-home warmth and fun.

Our rooster was stamped with Tuxedo Black ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, and colored with Stampin' Blends.

This card came together in a flash; the Vanilla Stitched Shapes piece was adhered to Early Espresso matting, which was layered on the card base.  The card base was Early Espresso with Very Vanilla and Wood  Textures panels.  Easy peasy!

A Stampin' Sponge, dipped in some Multipurpose Liquid Glue, held our embellishment fast, and all that was needed was a simple banner with our sentiment.

This wonderful set makes a great masculine card, but anyone will love the rustic appeal.  

Don't miss out!  Catch your FREE Sale-a-Bration reward by Sunday night, or miss out altogether!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Oh My! Take a Look at This!

Have you collected so many crafting supplies that you are drowning?  Having trouble finding the things you use most often?

Look what's coming from Stampin' UP!

Yes, Stampin' UP! will be providing storage solutions for your supplies starting April 1st.  No FOOLIN' 😊

These customizable shelves and cubes will be perfect for organizing the items you use most often right in front of you.  Their white color will coordinate with any decor, and they'll look great!

 Contact me for a Configuration Chart to help you choose the products that will make your craft space exactly right.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Stamping the Little Images

Although I'm usually drawn to the main images of stamp sets, sometimes it's fun to look at the little images, those that are the "extras" in the set.   This card is the perfect example:

By the Bay is one of the FREE Sale-a-Bration stamp sets still available until the end of March.  Although this set's main draw is a house on the waterfront, there are a few cute little extra stamps that can really make a lovely card.

I grew up on the south shore of Long Island, NY.  Our home was a stone's throw from the Great South Bay, and I walked to the beach nearly every day.  I loved the sounds of the surf, the ringing of rigging on sailboats swaying in the waves, and the cries of seagulls.  So when I saw this set, I was immediately transported "home".

This card focuses on the seagulls, standing on the shore.  With the background paper from Tranquil Textures and a ribbon of Tranquil Tide cardstock embossed with the Seaside embossing folder, the card becomes a serene beach scene.

Add a sentiment with a seashell and some Linen Thread, and the card becomes a summer dream.

Sale-a-Bration is almost over.  Don't miss your chance to obtain By the Bay for FREE with a qualifying $50 order.  Once it's gone, it's gone for good.  

We all need a little beach now and then, don't we?

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

A Musician's Birthday Card

What could be better for a musician than to get a card with music notes on it?  (Well I'm sure there are LOTS of things that could be better for him to get, but I'm going with the card 😉)...

I had such fun creating this, with the music notes, the handsome Designer Series Paper, and the bright color of Lemon Lime Twist (oh how I'll miss that when it retires in June!  If you have any favorite In Color colors, you might want to stock up now; once it goes on the Retiring List, it sells out quickly!).

Let's break it down:

Card base is Basic Black, with a layer of Lemon Lime Twist.

Then comes a layer of the beautiful Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper - FREE with a qualifying $50 Sale-a-Bration order.  

Next I ran another rectangle of Lemon Lime Twist through the Big Shot twice:  once with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits, and again with the Corrugated Embossing Folder.  Makes for a nice textured layer that contrasts with the diagonal stripes of the DSP.

The music was stamped using the Sheet Music background stamp and Tuxedo Black ink on Whisper White paper, then cut with another of the Rectangle Stitched framelits dies and mounted on Basic Black.

The sentiment from Lemon Zest is stamped directly on Lemon Lime Twist, and flagged with the Banner Triple Punch.  "TO" is from Well Said, and "YOU" is cut with the Celebrate You Thinlits dies.  

Isn't this perfect for a musician?  It's on its way to my brother-in-law, and I know he'll appreciate it.  In fact I'm sure he'll recognize the song in the Sheet Music stamp (answer:  Fur Elise.  Shouldn't it be Happy Birthday? 😊)

Don't forget - Sale-a-Bration is only here through the end of this month!  FREE stuff with every $50 purchase!

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Spoiler Alert: March Paper Pumpkin

It's time for a birthday party!  Yes, Paper Pumpkin is celebrating it's 6th birthday, and WE get a present!  Not only is there a great EXTRA stamp set inside, we also get adorable cards; take a look:

Not yet a Paper Pumpkin subscriber?  Well now's the time to sign up because in April Paper Pumpkin is releasing a Distinktive stamp in the kit for the first time.  See my post, here, for details.

Paper Pumpkin is a kit in a bright orange box, delivered to your door each month.  It has everything you need for a fun, creative afternoon of crafting.  And you can try it for a month, three months, six months, one year, or just subscribe month-to-month.  You can always cancel - there's no obligation to continue.  But why wouldn't you when you have kits like this coming every month?

Click here to subscribe.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Paper Pumpkin gets Distinktive

Yes, something new for the April Paper Pumpkin - Distinktive stamps!

You've seen my samples of cards made with Distinktive stamps (see them here and here).  Distinktive stamps are photo-realistic stamps--they have a special texture that gives added depth and dimension in just one step.  They are only available through Stampin' UP! and are patent pending.  And there will be a photopolymer Distinktive stamp set in your April Paper Pumpkin!

In addition to this special stamp, the April Paper Pumpkin kit will have 9 cards (three each of three designs) PLUS an adorable gift box!  Who wouldn't want this kit????

Paper Pumpkin is delivered right to your door each month in a bright orange box.  It's full of crafty goodness, containing everything you need to have an enjoyable "crafternoon".

It's easy to subscribe; click here to sign up.  Or contact me to order a one-, three-, six- or twelve-month prepaid subscription AND get Sale-a-Bration rewards!  WIN-WIN!

There is no obligation to continue receiving Paper Pumpkin; you can cancel at any time.  But after you get the April kit, I'm sure you'll want to continue your subscription--it's such a fun surprise each month!

Subscribe now!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A Waterfront Birthday

Waterfront is the perfect stamp set to use for creating masculine birthday cards:

And stamping it on the Wood Textures paper makes it even better!

I chose two wood patterns that had a rugged, weathered look, and stamped a landscape on the lighter, whitewashed piece.

This was mounted to a piece of Early Espresso, and then on the darker, old-wood paper (which was adhered to an Early Espresso base).

All that was needed was a strip of Braided Linen Trim and a sentiment, stamped directly on the DSP.


I hope my son-in-law loves his card!

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