Stampin’ Up! Rustic Climbing Orchid

Morning, y’all – it’s Finally Friday!  And I’m glad.  It’ll be nice to not have to think about the “real job” for a minute – I’ve sorta got my hands full fretting about Finn.  Full Finn Fretting, if you will.  It’s a full-time job, for certain sure. 😉

The card I made today is clean and simple – and made easy by the existence of the Climbing Orchid bundle – which includes the Orchid Builder Framelits!  When I added a bunch of pink orchids to some Wood Textures DSP I got…well, take a look-see:

I borrowed the layout from the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge.

And I also played with the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge.  I went right down the right side.

I started simply – by Fast Fusing a piece of Wood Textures DSP to a Powder Pink mat for the card front.

I stamped several orchids with the Climbing Orchid stamp set – these are all two-step images – in Powder Pink on Whisper White.  Then I cut them out with their matching die from the bundled Orchid Builder Framelits.  I also stamped some little centers in Powder Pink and cut them as well.

I used Pear Pizzazz to stamp a few leaves and cut them with their dies.

With Sponge Daubers, I sponged the leaves with more Pear Pizzazz and each of the flowers and middles with Powder Pink.

 

I popped each of the flower middles onto a flower with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the sentiment, which is also from the Climbing Orchid set, I stamped it in Pear Pizzazz on Whisper White.  Then I cut it with the larger banner die in the new Lakeside Framelits (available 1 June).  I lightly sponged the edges of the banner with Powder Pink.

I layered all my pieces onto the card front, using Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals.

A few Pearl Basic Jewels finished off the card front.

On the inside, I stamped the smaller two-step Orchid in Powder Pink on a Whisper White panel.  I also stamped it on a sticky note and fussy cut it to make a mask.  I placed that over the stamped flower and added two Pear Pizzazz leaves.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Powder Pink mat and into my Thick Whisper White card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another masked-off Climbing Orchid on the front…

…and I added a little more Wood Textures DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Pretty quick and simple to make – and I love how the pink Climbing Orchids look against the Wood Textures DSP, don’t you?  I hope you like!

The Climbing Orchid stamp set and Orchid Builder Framelits are continuing on into the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog – but…the bundle will be gone.  Which means the 10% savings will be gone, too!  So – if you love it, grab it now while you can save a little cash!

Just sayin’…

TTFN


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Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2018 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Share What You Love Bundle Early Release Coming Soon!

Exclusive Bundles for Every Crafter

We’ve created the perfect bundles so we can spread the love to every crafter! The Share What You Love Suite Early Release is our tribute to all of the wonderful people who have made—and continue to make—our company what it is today. Join us in celebrating the good times with our exclusive Statement of My Heart Single Stamp, which is available only during early release.

The early release for customers runs 1 – 31 May.

  • À la carte items available only during preorder period. (They will be available for purchase again when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.)
  • Bundles may be purchased via demonstrator, customer, workshop, or online order.
  • Bundles may be included as part of a new demonstrator’s Starter Kit (free items will be included).
  • Bundles are exclusive to the suite early release and will no longer be available after May 31, 2018. Individual items from the Share What You Love suite will be available when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • There are no purchase limits in place during the customer sales period.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Although other catalog-related promotions will have some price increases (e.g., Product Purchase Premiere and 2018–2019 annual catalog preorder), nearly every item featured in the Share What You Love Suite Early Release will remain at its current price. The only exceptions are Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147090) and all ink pads featured in the In Color Collection 2018–2019 (item 147153).

Watch as Brandi Barnard shows you the bundles…

…and then check out the bundles for yourself by clicking the picture below to open a full-size PDF!


You’ve heard the rumors!  You’ve watched some videos.  You’ve started to see samples with new and wondrous colors!  Now you can get the information you need about the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Color Revamp, the newly re-designed Classic Ink Pads, and the real-deal on retiring inks!  Check out all the deets on my 2018 Color Revamp, Ink Pads and Retiring Color Info page!  There’s even an Online Color Coach for you to print out!  Enjoy! 🙂


Stampin’ Up! Products Used in this Project:

The Lakeside Framelits will be available on 1 June! 🙂

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Thick Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Powder Pink Card Stock:  4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner): Orchid Builder Die Cuts and Lakeside Framelits sentiment

Wooden Textures DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); envelope flap

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


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Finn Fan Fix

Well, folks – on the road to recovery there are going to be some dips.

Today was kind of a big one.

We went for a walk this morning and things seemed pretty normal…

Then he came in with me and was quite happy to eat some of his food mixed with chicken and rice (he’s no fool) – and even ate his medicine.

And then…he started to wander around.  And pace.  And stand in corners just staring at…the corner.

Around lunch time I called the vet and he suggested a couple of Benadryl to help him relax.  Which worked for a time.

I started to really take note of the fact that my lovely Aussie is….just that.  A lovely Aussie.  But right now – he’s not “Finn”.

He didn’t clean up the kitty food around the bowls.  Didn’t try to lick the dishes in the dishwasher.  Didn’t bring me one of his bones to hold for him to gnaw.

See what I mean?  Decidedly. Not.  Finn.

We went to see the vet in the afternoon – and…the answer is unclear.  The brain is a complex thing.  We’re not really sure what’s going on in there.

So – my vet is consulting with some veterinary neurologists to see if there’s anything we need to be doing that we’re not.

And we’re trying to be patient.  It’s only been 4 days, after all.  Surely time will return my Finn to me?

Y’all – send all the positive vibes and prayers you’ve got.  He needs them.  And so do I.

TTFN
M

 

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Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Day Butterflies for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!! It’s color week and we’ve got the full complement of hoppers today!  Do be sure to check out all their projects when you’re done here, won’t you?

Now – I saw a card a few days back that used the butterfly in the Beautiful Day stamp set.  That card maker had stamped it in Black on DSP that I believe is the same that I used today.  I totally thought I could find that card to give credit where credit is due, but…no.  So –  my apologies! 🙂

On Wednesday morning, I saw the biggest, most beautiful yellow and black butterfly I’ve seen in a long time – y’all, he was as big as my hand!  I desperately wanted a picture – but he was being persnickety and wouldn’t hold still.  But – he was the impetus for this card today.  I stamped him on Painted With Love Specialty DSP and added a few images and sentiments from the Love What You Do stamp set.  Take a look-see:

Our colors we were given…

If you’re looking closely – you’ll see I used Melon Mambo.  Not Berry Burst.  Ooops!  It’s been a long week, y’all!

I borrowed the layout from this week’s Freshly Made Sketches.

I used the Stamparatus to emboss the Beautiful Day butterfly in black on a piece of Painted With Love Specialty DSP.  First I stamped him in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  Then I cleaned the stamp without removing it from the Stamparatus plate, inked it with Versamark and stamped right back over the top of the first image.  Then I sprinkled it with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it up.  Finally, I fussy cut him and brushed his wings with Clear Wink of Stella.

On a Whisper White panel, I stamped the large “wash” image from the Love What You Do stamp set (available 1 May) in stamped-off-once Lemon Lime Twist.  Then I added a few stems from the Love What You Do set in full-strength Lemon Lime Twist.

I added the sentiment – from Love What You Do – in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink at the bottom of the panel.  Then I matted it on Lemon Lime Twist card stock.

On a piece of Vellum Card Stock, I stamped the flowers from Love What You Do in Tuxedo Black, then I added the small fill image in Melon Mambo over each flower.  I cut the image out with a circle Stitched Shapes Framelits die and adhered it with Glue Dots to the card front.

I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the butterfly and used them to wind Gold Metallic Thread in loops, then popped it onto the card front.

I added a little row of Share What You Love Artisan Pearls to the body of the butterfly and one next to the sentiment and the card front was done!

On the inside, I added a second Love What You Do sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to a Whisper White panel.  Over that, I stamped the stem image in stamped-off-once Lemon Lime Twist.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Lemon Lime Twist mat and into my Basic Black card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got a couple of Love What You Do stems in full-strength Lemon Lime Twist on the front…

…and more of the Painted With Love Specialty DSP on the envelope flap!

Et Voila!  I love how the Painted With Love Specialty DSP adds life and texture to the wings of the Beautiful Day butterfly!  And the Love What You Do stamp set (that you can get for yourself on 1 May!) lent gorgeous florals and beautiful sentiments.  Hope you like!

Now that you’ve seen my project, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hoppers today!

If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Kristi Gray’s page. And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Have fun on the Hop!!

TTFN

 


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It’s that time of year and Stampin’ Up! has updated the Clearance Rack with a bunch of new items!  There are lots of dies, punches and embellishments now available at up to 60% off!!  Clearance Rack deals are only good while supplies last so shop now for the best selection – getcha some of these great deals now before they’re gone!

Click here to go right to the Clearance Rack in my online store to start shopping those deals!


You’ve heard the rumors!  You’ve watched some videos.  You’ve started to see samples with new and wondrous colors!  Now you can get the information you need about the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Color Revamp, the newly re-designed Classic Ink Pads, and the real-deal on retiring inks!  Check out all the deets on my 2018 Color Revamp, Ink Pads and Retiring Color Info page!  There’s even an Online Color Coach for you to print out!  Enjoy! 🙂


Stampin’ Up! Products Used in this Project:

The Love What You Do stamp set and Share What You Love Artisan Pearls will be available on 1 May 18

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Basic Black Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Lemon Lime Twist Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (card front and inner liner)

Painted With Love Specialty DSP: Beautiful Day fussy cut butterfly; envelope flap

Vellum Card Stock: Largest Stitched Shapes circle die cut on front


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


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Finn Fan Fix

No FFF on Blog Hop days!

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Stampin’ Up! Finn Is Home

Just a quick update for the Finn Fan Club.

The man is home and sleeping in his kennel.  He’s got a couple of holes in the noggin – with some staples showing.

Badges of courage, don’t you know?

Right now he’s drunk on sedative – so not quite sure what his feet are doing.

Which means sleep is the best medicine for tonight.

Just wanted you all to know so you didn’t need to worry about him tonight! 🙂

He’d have sat up to show you his wounds, but…he was too sleepy.

TTFN


HOST CODE FOR 16 APR – 30 APR: NSN9K93W

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2018 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


It’s that time of year and Stampin’ Up! has updated the Clearance Rack with a bunch of new items!  There are lots of dies, punches and embellishments now available at up to 60% off!!  Clearance Rack deals are only good while supplies last so shop now for the best selection – getcha some of these great deals now before they’re gone!

Click here to go right to the Clearance Rack in my online store to start shopping those deals!


Share What You Love Bundle Early Release Coming Soon!

Exclusive Bundles for Every Crafter

We’ve created the perfect bundles so we can spread the love to every crafter! The Share What You Love Suite Early Release is our tribute to all of the wonderful people who have made—and continue to make—our company what it is today. Join us in celebrating the good times with our exclusive Statement of My Heart Single Stamp, which is available only during early release.

The early release for customers runs 1 – 31 May.

  • À la carte items available only during preorder period. (They will be available for purchase again when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.)
  • Bundles may be purchased via demonstrator, customer, workshop, or online order.
  • Bundles may be included as part of a new demonstrator’s Starter Kit (free items will be included).
  • Bundles are exclusive to the suite early release and will no longer be available after May 31, 2018. Individual items from the Share What You Love suite will be available when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • There are no purchase limits in place during the customer sales period.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Although other catalog-related promotions will have some price increases (e.g., Product Purchase Premiere and 2018–2019 annual catalog preorder), nearly every item featured in the Share What You Love Suite Early Release will remain at its current price. The only exceptions are Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147090) and all ink pads featured in the In Color Collection 2018–2019 (item 147153).

Watch as Brandi Barnard shows you the bundles…

…and then check out the bundles for yourself by clicking the picture below to open a full-size PDF!


You’ve heard the rumors!  You’ve watched some videos.  You’ve started to see samples with new and wondrous colors!  Now you can get the information you need about the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Color Revamp, the newly re-designed Classic Ink Pads, and the real-deal on retiring inks!  Check out all the deets on my 2018 Color Revamp, Ink Pads and Retiring Color Info page!  There’s even an Online Color Coach for you to print out!  Enjoy! 🙂


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


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Stampin’ Up! Rooted in Nature Sneak Peek

Happy Hawwmp Day, y’all!  I’m going to be pretty darned glad when this week is over.  It’s sorta sucked so far!

And – that suck-age has sure sapped my creative mojo today.  It took forever for inspiration to hit.  I borrowed some ideas from the wonderful samples for the Rooted in Nature stamp set and other products in the new Nature’s Poem Suite.  You’ll all be able to order these goodies from the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog in June!  For now – take a look-see:

The layout for this one is from the current Fusion Challenge.

And I made this for my neighbor who drove madly to our rescue on Tuesday morning!

I started with some of the pretty (but not too “precious”) paper from the Nature’s Poem DSP (1 June) and matted it on Tranquil Tide for the card front.

The middle panel is Copper Foil.  First, using the three leaf embossing dies in the Nature’s Roots Framelits, I embossed a bigger-than-I-needed panel – then I cut it down to size and matted it on Tranquil Tide.

I ran a strip of Tear & Tape Adhesive across the Copper Foil panel and used it to adhere a length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon – wrapping it around and securing it in the back.  On a piece of Whisper White, I stamped the large oak image from Rooted in Nature in Tranquil Tide, then I cut it with the largest circle Stitched Shapes Framelits die.

On another piece of Whisper White, I stamped the three-leaf image from Rooted in Nature in new Grapefruit Grove ink (avail 1 June) – I stamped it twice without re-inking.  Then I cut them with their matching die from the Nature’s Roots Framelits.

I adhered some of the leaves to the card front with Liquid Glue, then I popped the stamped Stitched Shapes circle on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added the final leaf image to the Whisper White circle with Liquid Glue.

For the sentiment, I stamped both sentiments (from the Rooted in Nature set) in Early Espresso on a strip of Crumb Cake, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line them up.  I snipped the ends and then sort of “rumpled” the strip to distress it a bit.  It’s adhered with Liquid Glue.

To finish off the card front, I added a True Gentleman Button and a little bow of Linen Thread with Glue Dots.

On the inside, I used two of the leaf stamps from Rooted in Nature to stamp up the side of a Whisper White panel.  I used Grapefruit Grove and Tranquil Tide – stamped off twice before stamping the panel.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Tranquil Tide mat and into my Thick Whisper White card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got more of the Rooted in Nature leaves up the side…

…and I gave the envelope flap some more of the Nature’s Poem DSP.

Et Voila!  I know its got a little pinkish-ness and a bow, but…I think it’s organic enough to be okay for my friend.  I love this new Rooted in Nature bundle – being able to cut out all the images with the Nature’s Roots Framelits is awesome!  Go ahead – just write it on your gotta-have-it list so you’ll be ready come 1 June!  Or…you could always join the team first thing in May and pick this bundle for your Starter Kit!

Just sayin’! 🙂

TTFN


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Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2018 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Share What You Love Bundle Early Release Coming Soon!

Exclusive Bundles for Every Crafter

We’ve created the perfect bundles so we can spread the love to every crafter! The Share What You Love Suite Early Release is our tribute to all of the wonderful people who have made—and continue to make—our company what it is today. Join us in celebrating the good times with our exclusive Statement of My Heart Single Stamp, which is available only during early release.

The early release for customers runs 1 – 31 May.

  • À la carte items available only during preorder period. (They will be available for purchase again when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.)
  • Bundles may be purchased via demonstrator, customer, workshop, or online order.
  • Bundles may be included as part of a new demonstrator’s Starter Kit (free items will be included).
  • Bundles are exclusive to the suite early release and will no longer be available after May 31, 2018. Individual items from the Share What You Love suite will be available when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • There are no purchase limits in place during the customer sales period.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Although other catalog-related promotions will have some price increases (e.g., Product Purchase Premiere and 2018–2019 annual catalog preorder), nearly every item featured in the Share What You Love Suite Early Release will remain at its current price. The only exceptions are Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147090) and all ink pads featured in the In Color Collection 2018–2019 (item 147153).

Watch as Brandi Barnard shows you the bundles…

…and then check out the bundles for yourself by clicking the picture below to open a full-size PDF!


You’ve heard the rumors!  You’ve watched some videos.  You’ve started to see samples with new and wondrous colors!  Now you can get the information you need about the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Color Revamp, the newly re-designed Classic Ink Pads, and the real-deal on retiring inks!  Check out all the deets on my 2018 Color Revamp, Ink Pads and Retiring Color Info page!  There’s even an Online Color Coach for you to print out!  Enjoy! 🙂


Stampin’ Up! Products Used in this Project:

The Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature’s Roots Framelits, Nature’s Poem DSP and Grapefruit Grove Classic Ink will be available on 1 June!

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Thick Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Tranquil Tide Card Stock:  4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2 1/4″ x 4″ (mat for embossed Copper Foil strip)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner): 3″ Stitched Shapes Circle (art circle); Nature’s Roots die cut leaves

Nature’s Roots DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); envelope flap

Crumb Cake Card Stock: 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ (sentiment strip)

Copper Foil: 2 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ (embossed panel on front)

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


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Finn Fan Fix

Today is a better day in Finn-landia.

He’s still at the vet – today’s his surgery to flush and clean his sinuses and then stitch him up.

He’ll always have a hole in his head.

So if he’s acting like a goof, I can say “You’re acting like you’ve got a hole in your head.”

And he’ll roll his eyes and point to his noggin like…”uhm…hello!!?”

I let him spend the night there – he’s sleeping good (and I needed a little more sleep before I’m doing nurse duty) and is comfortable.

I wanted to thank you all for the wonderful comments and prayers and well-wishes.  I was gobsmacked by the love for my little Man.

So – all that made me decide to christen y’all as an Official Finn Fan Club.

And you’ve got a sign and everything! 🙂

The lighted sign – that makes it “official”.

Now y’all go to work on your secret handshake!

TTFN
M

 

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Stampin’ Up! Finn Update

Forgive the multiple posts today – but I thought Finn’s Fans would like an update.

Especially since it’s filled with good news!

My friend and I picked Finn up from the overnight clinic first thing this morning.  Before they brought him out, they gave us the update.

He’d had a good night – including “pulling them around the yard” when they took him outside at midnight.  At first he was stumbly coming out of the pen, but…hey.  He’s a kid and he sleeps real sound.  I stumble around, too!

They also said he was standing up every time someone walked near his kennel.

And – when I asked if he was wiggling anything she said – yes, he’s wiggling everything he’s got to wiggle!

Hallelujah!

Soon, he was there.  And he rounded the corner pulling hard as he could, wiggling everything he had – nearly full body!

After giving me a hug, he turned and put his feet up on the counter to say hello.

Which – in “normal” times, is frowned upon by his mom.

Today? I was thrilled to death!

We headed to the van – all under his own power! – and opened the back hatch.  As I got ready to lift him in, he leapt right up – and kept going over the back seat.

“We ride here, Mom – not in the way-back like we did yesterday”!

So – I got in the back seat with him and he laid down half on my lap all the way to the vet.  Sleeping – and giving me kisses.

I love this silly goofus so much. 🙂

He pulled me into the vet – accepted a cookie (he hadn’t been interested in eating overnight) – and we left him there for a day of observation and recovery.

Tonight – we’ll play it by ear and he’ll either come home or spend the night there (don’t have to go back to the critical care spot).

Tomorrow we’ll discuss fixing the hole in his noggin.

So – a MUCH MUCH better post than this morning, yes?

I appreciate all the e-mails, texts and comments.  And I’ll respond to each and every one when I get a minute.  Have to do the morning chores and start getting my brain out of “crisis” mode and into “normal” mode!

TTFN


HOST CODE FOR 16 APR – 30 APR: NSN9K93W

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2018 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


It’s that time of year and Stampin’ Up! has updated the Clearance Rack with a bunch of new items!  There are lots of dies, punches and embellishments now available at up to 60% off!!  Clearance Rack deals are only good while supplies last so shop now for the best selection – getcha some of these great deals now before they’re gone!

Click here to go right to the Clearance Rack in my online store to start shopping those deals!


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


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Stampin’ Up! Share What You Love With Coffee Cafe for the Stamp Ink Paper #146

Mornin’, y’all!  It’s Tuesday so…time for another Stamp Ink Paper challenge!

I pulled out an old standby – the Coffee Cafe stamp set and matching Coffee Cups Framelits, plus the Coffee Break DSP for this one.  And added a little smattering of new goodies!  Take a look-see:

 

Our Stamp Ink Paper challenge #146 is a theme challenge and it’s…Food and Drink.  I like both food AND drink, so this one was right up my alley.

 

I borrowed a layout from this week’s Fab Friday challenge.

I started with a piece of the Coffee Break DSP and embossed it in the new Basket Weave Dynamic TIEF, then matted it on Grapefruit Grove card stock (available 1 June!) for the card front.

Next up is some of the beautiful Share What You Love Specialty DSP (available on 2 May for customers in the early release!), matted on Grapefruit Grove and adhered to the card front with Fast Fuse (or Liquid Glue!).

I stamped the cup outline and sentiment from the Coffee Cafe stamp set in Early Espresso on Whisper White and cut it out with the matching die in the Coffee Cups Framelits.  I also cut a lid from a piece of Early Espresso card stock – and adhered it to the top of the cup with Liquid Glue.

The little heart stopper is stamped in Blushing Bride on Whisper White, cut with its die, and adhered to the lid with the Liquid Glue.

I cut a length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and adhered it with Glue Dots to the card front.  Then I put a bunch of Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of my coffee cup and used them to wind several loops of Linen and Gold Metallic Threads.  I popped the cup onto the card front – over the Burlap Ribbon.

I added a few Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes – in heart shaped and round – and the card front was done!

On the inside, I stamped the espresso beans in Early Espresso – stamped off twice first – in the middle of a Whisper White panel.  Then I added a second sentiment over the top in full-strength Early Espresso.  Across the bottom is a line of the little hearts in Blushing Bride.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Grapefruit Grove mat and into my Early Espresso card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got more Blushing Bride Coffee Cafe hearts across the front…


…and more of the Share What You Love Specialty DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  The older mixes with the new perfectly, don’t you think?  I’m so pleased that the Coffee Cafe stamp set and Coffee Cups Framelits are carrying over, aren’t you?  But!  You need to remember that – if you don’t have them yet – the bundle price will go away when the new catalog comes out.  So – if you’re wanting them – snap ’em up right now when you can save 10%!  And – be ready to order the Gotta Have it All Share What You Love Bundle on 1 May!  Hope you like!

TTFN


HOST CODE FOR 16 APR – 30 APR: NSN9K93W

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2018 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Share What You Love Bundle Early Release Coming Soon!

Exclusive Bundles for Every Crafter

We’ve created the perfect bundles so we can spread the love to every crafter! The Share What You Love Suite Early Release is our tribute to all of the wonderful people who have made—and continue to make—our company what it is today. Join us in celebrating the good times with our exclusive Statement of My Heart Single Stamp, which is available only during early release.

The early release for customers runs 1 – 31 May.

  • À la carte items available only during preorder period. (They will be available for purchase again when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.)
  • Bundles may be purchased via demonstrator, customer, workshop, or online order.
  • Bundles may be included as part of a new demonstrator’s Starter Kit (free items will be included).
  • Bundles are exclusive to the suite early release and will no longer be available after May 31, 2018. Individual items from the Share What You Love suite will be available when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • There are no purchase limits in place during the customer sales period.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Although other catalog-related promotions will have some price increases (e.g., Product Purchase Premiere and 2018–2019 annual catalog preorder), nearly every item featured in the Share What You Love Suite Early Release will remain at its current price. The only exceptions are Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147090) and all ink pads featured in the In Color Collection 2018–2019 (item 147153).

Watch as Brandi Barnard shows you the bundles…

…and then check out the bundles for yourself by clicking the picture below to open a full-size PDF!


You’ve heard the rumors!  You’ve watched some videos.  You’ve started to see samples with new and wondrous colors!  Now you can get the information you need about the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Color Revamp, the newly re-designed Classic Ink Pads, and the real-deal on retiring inks!  Check out all the deets on my 2018 Color Revamp, Ink Pads and Retiring Color Info page!  There’s even an Online Color Coach for you to print out!  Enjoy! 🙂


Stampin’ Up! Products Used in this Project:

Share What You Love Specialty DSP and Grapefruit Grove Card Stock will be available on 1 May in the Early Release!

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Early Espresso Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); Coffee Cups Framelits die cut lid

Grapefruit Grove Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2 3/8″ x 4 1/4″ (mat for DSP panel on front)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (inner liner); Coffee Cups die cut cup

Coffee Break DSP: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (card front)

Share What You Love Specialty DSP: 2 1/4″ x 4 1/8″ (DSP panel on front); envelope flap

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


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Finn Fan Fix

Guys – a bad thing happened yesterday.

And – this isn’t one of my tongue-in-cheek bad things.

Finn was in the pasture, playing with the ponies.  Being a dog.  Like always.

They were playing back.  Being horses.  Also like always.

And – I guess he zigged when he should have zagged.

I didn’t see what happened.

All I saw is him laying motionless in the pasture.  With the girls standing over him wondering what the problem was.

A very long day ensued.  With a lot of panic thrown in.  I was sure he was dead – he’d actually been knocked unconscious (he must have been kicked).

My neighbor – thank God – was home and came racing to help – we were in the back of the back pasture (this is why I ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS have my cell phone.  ALL.  WAYS).  I had been on foot – no vehicle and a long way from the barn.  I couldn’t carry him, you guys.  And I couldn’t leave him by himself.

All I could do was talk to him and call the vet and keep the nosy-nellies off him.

It was…fairly horrible.

He did wake up even before my friend arrived – and had the energy to growl and bark at the girls.  And he tried to wiggle a greeting when Gilbert arrived.  Both of which eased my fear only slightly.

As I type this on Monday afternoon – this happened Monday morning – he’s at the vet, where he’s been all day.  I’ll go soon to take him to an emergency clinic where he can be monitored overnight.

When I called a little bit ago – the vet said it didn’t appear that there was any brain involvement – which is a very good thing.  He does have an open injury in his front sinus – which will heal.

And – I’m sure he’s got one whopper of a headache.

So – please.  If you’d all keep my sweet fur-child in your prayers tonight, I would be most grateful.

I know this is going to make you sad – and I’m sorry for that.  But – I knew you’d want to know.

TTFN
M

 

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Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Updated!

It’s that time of year and Stampin’ Up! has updated the Clearance Rack with a bunch of new items!  There are lots of dies, punches and embellishments now available at up to 60% off!!  Clearance Rack deals are only good while supplies last so shop now for the best selection – getcha some of these great deals now before they’re gone!

Click here to go right to the Clearance Rack in my online store to start shopping those deals!

TTFN


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Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2018 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


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Stampin’ Up! Under the Sea of Textures Sneak Peek

Good Monday, y’all.

I mean – it’s definitely Monday.  I guess the “good” part remains to be seen, huh?? 🙂

So – if you were able to join me last night for my Facebook Live video, thanks for spending part of your weekend with me!  I do appreciate it!  If not, but you’d like to watch, here’s the sort-of-but-not-really instant replay on YouTube!

One the of really fun new Suites that you’ll see in June, in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog, is the Tranquil Textures Suite.  It includes, among other things, the Sea of Textures stamp set, the bundled Under the Sea Framelits and the absolutely gorgeous Tranquil Textures DSP.  I used all of those in my card for today.  Take a look-see:

I used the simple Freshly Made Sketches challenge for my layout.

And my color scheme is from the Color Throwdown challenge.

I started by embossing some of the Balmy Blue paper from the Tranquil Textures DSP (available on 1 June) in the Seaside TIEF, then I matted it on a piece of Pineapple Punch card stock (one of the new 2018-2019 In Colors!) for the card front.

The next layer is a second design from Tranquil Textures, matted on Pineapple Punch and adhered with Fast Fuse to the card front.

I used dies – most of them, actually! 🙂 – to create the pieces of my collage.  I cut the “netting” from some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, and some coral and grass from Vellum card stock, Soft Seafoam (a beautiful new Subtle in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog), and Tranquil Tide.  I also cut some Soft Seafoam and Tranquil Tide sand dollars!

My octopus came about with some help from my Stamparatus.  I first inked it in Pineapple Punch.  Then I sponged his arms with Tranquil Tide – and stamped it again!  Then I cut him with his die.

As I started to build my collage, the first layer is the Dazzling Diamonds net, followed by some Crumb Cake Twine from the new Nature’s Poem Baker’s Twine pack.  I used as couple of Glue Dots to wind a few loops.

Then I began to add the pieces and parts with Liquid Glue.  With the coral and grasses down, I added a sentiment.  I stamped the Sea Of Textures sentiment in Tranquil Tide on Whisper White, then used a banner die from the new Lakeside Framelits (coming on 1 June) to cut it out.  I snipped a little off the left end – to make it shorter – and added it with Dimensionals.

I popped the octopus on with Stampin’ Dimensionals – both regular and mini sized.  Finally – I added Sand Dollars and Starfish with Liquid Glue.  To finish off the card front, I added a bevy of beautiful Share What You Love Artisan Pearls (yep – 1 June).

On the inside, I added a Sea of Textures “net” image in Pineapple Punch and a couple of Tranquil Tide corals to the bottom of a Whisper White panel.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Pineapple Punch mat and into my Tranquil Tide card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

On the front of my Whisper White Medium Envelope, I added more Sea of Textures images in Pineapple Punch and Tranquil Tide…

…and adhered some Balmy Blue Tranquil Textures DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I love a collage card – maybe y’all have figured that out about me?? 😉 – and this Sea of Textures and Under the Sea framelits bundle just begs to be used for that kind of card!  I hope you like and that this one is high up on your wish list for June!! 🙂

TTFN


HOST CODE FOR 16 APR – 30 APR: NSN9K93W

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2018 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Share What You Love Bundle Early Release Coming Soon!

Exclusive Bundles for Every Crafter

We’ve created the perfect bundles so we can spread the love to every crafter! The Share What You Love Suite Early Release is our tribute to all of the wonderful people who have made—and continue to make—our company what it is today. Join us in celebrating the good times with our exclusive Statement of My Heart Single Stamp, which is available only during early release.

The early release for customers runs 1 – 31 May.

  • À la carte items available only during preorder period. (They will be available for purchase again when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.)
  • Bundles may be purchased via demonstrator, customer, workshop, or online order.
  • Bundles may be included as part of a new demonstrator’s Starter Kit (free items will be included).
  • Bundles are exclusive to the suite early release and will no longer be available after May 31, 2018. Individual items from the Share What You Love suite will be available when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • There are no purchase limits in place during the customer sales period.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Although other catalog-related promotions will have some price increases (e.g., Product Purchase Premiere and 2018–2019 annual catalog preorder), nearly every item featured in the Share What You Love Suite Early Release will remain at its current price. The only exceptions are Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147090) and all ink pads featured in the In Color Collection 2018–2019 (item 147153).

Watch as Brandi Barnard shows you the bundles…

…and then check out the bundles for yourself by clicking the picture below to open a full-size PDF!


You’ve heard the rumors!  You’ve watched some videos.  You’ve started to see samples with new and wondrous colors!  Now you can get the information you need about the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Color Revamp, the newly re-designed Classic Ink Pads, and the real-deal on retiring inks!  Check out all the deets on my 2018 Color Revamp, Ink Pads and Retiring Color Info page!  There’s even an Online Color Coach for you to print out!  Enjoy! 🙂


Stampin’ Up! Products Used in this Project:

The Tranquil Textures Suite, Lakeside Framelits, Nature’s Poem Twine, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls and new 2018-2020 In Colors will be available on 1 June!

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Tranquil Tide Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)

Pineapple Punch Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 1 5/8″ x 5 1/8″ (mat for DSP strip on front)

Tranquil Textures DSP: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (card front); 1 1/2″ x 5″ (front DSP strip); envelope flap

Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Soft Seafoam and Vellum Card Stocks: Under the Sea Framelits die cuts

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


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Finn Fan Fix

Well, as I type this on Sunday morning, it’s raining.  And the temeprature is dropping again.

So…pretty much Spring in GA!

80, sunny and gorgeous one day – and chilly and wet the next!

Of course, it’s also why everything is blooming and turning green – so…it is what it is!

On Friday, which was an “80, sunny and gorgeous day”, we (Finny and I) cleaned out the horses’ water trough.

Definitely one of Finn’s favorite barn chores!

He really puts his whole self into this one!

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Under the Sea of Textures Video Sneak Peek

Mornin’, my peeps!  We’re half-way thru the weekend and I hope yours is going well for you!  Finn and I had a good day yesterday.  Started with a trip to the Farmer’s Market – which he thought was awesome!  Lots of pettings and one booth had dog treats.  Which he graciously agreed to sample.

And then made sure I got their card.  Cuz…yummo!

Then he went off to camp and I went shopping for dog food, cat food and stall bedding.

It’s a glamorous life, y’all!

So – as is the norm these days, we’ll do a video this evening over on my Stamps-N-Lingers FB page.  BUT – it’s going to be at 7pm Eastern (an hour early!!) so I can go to our team meeting at 8!  Make note of the earlier time, okay?  And  – here’s a sneaky peek at what we’ll be working on!

I think you’ll enjoy this card – it uses some new goodies that will come in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog!

Hope to see you tonight.  Right here.  At SEVEN PM EASTERN!

Just sayin’.

TTFN

P.S.  StampNStorage has released their spacers so you can make the new Stampin’ Up! ink pads work nicely in the original Ink Pad Holders!  Check them out at the link on my Sidebar!


HOST CODE FOR 1 APR – 15 APR: QGNXZAWA

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2018 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Share What You Love Bundle Early Release Coming Soon!

Exclusive Bundles for Every Crafter

We’ve created the perfect bundles so we can spread the love to every crafter! The Share What You Love Suite Early Release is our tribute to all of the wonderful people who have made—and continue to make—our company what it is today. Join us in celebrating the good times with our exclusive Statement of My Heart Single Stamp, which is available only during early release.

The early release for customers runs 1 – 31 May.

  • À la carte items available only during preorder period. (They will be available for purchase again when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.)
  • Bundles may be purchased via demonstrator, customer, workshop, or online order.
  • Bundles may be included as part of a new demonstrator’s Starter Kit (free items will be included).
  • Bundles are exclusive to the suite early release and will no longer be available after May 31, 2018. Individual items from the Share What You Love suite will be available when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • There are no purchase limits in place during the customer sales period.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Although other catalog-related promotions will have some price increases (e.g., Product Purchase Premiere and 2018–2019 annual catalog preorder), nearly every item featured in the Share What You Love Suite Early Release will remain at its current price. The only exceptions are Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147090) and all ink pads featured in the In Color Collection 2018–2019 (item 147153).

Watch as Brandi Barnard shows you the bundles…

…and then check out the bundles for yourself by clicking the picture below to open a full-size PDF!


You’ve heard the rumors!  You’ve watched some videos.  You’ve started to see samples with new and wondrous colors!  Now you can get the information you need about the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Color Revamp, the newly re-designed Classic Ink Pads, and the real-deal on retiring inks!  Check out all the deets on my 2018 Color Revamp, Ink Pads and Retiring Color Info page!  There’s even an Online Color Coach for you to print out!  Enjoy! 🙂


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


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Finn Fan Fix

Skyler came to visit the other day with her Grandma.

Finn was overjoyed.

Except when she cried.

THAT really worries him!  He comes flying to find someone with thumbs to take care of the problem!!

He’s also not too sure that burping the baby is really a thing.

Looks a lot like beating the baby to him…

So he keeps a pretty close eye on the proceedings.

And then double checks “when it’s over” to be sure all is well.

They’ve got quite the love affair going on!

When we went to the Farmer’s Market yesterday, he saw something and insisted that I get it for his little friend.

You know – to remind her of him.

Only – you know.  Pink…

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Make a Difference Under the Sea

Mornin’, y’all1  Hope you’ve got a great weekend ahead of you!  Finny and I have some plans – we’re going to hit the Farmer’s Market and then he’s going to go to camp for a while so I can do some shopping!  When I called to make his reservation, I asked if there was room for Finn.  She asked my name – said they’ve got a few “Finn’s” who come.  When I told her my name, I also said – it’s the Aussie.  And SHE replied with “OH – I was hoping it was him – I just LOVE him!”  It’s a burden he bears with stoic dignity.

And a madly wiggling wriggler!

My card today is actually three cards.  I used the new Memories & More Small Notecards and Envelopes, the Make a Difference stamp set (which will be available to customers on 1 May in the Share What You Love early release) and … the octopus die from the Under The Sea Framelits.  Take a look-see:

I told you I was going to do it, y’all!  It was a moral imperative!  At least it was for me – a Trekkie from way back.  And I’m talking the real Trek – I’m Team Kirk all the way!

The layout for these cards is from this week’s TGIF Challenge Sketch.

So – in case you didn’t see my unveiling video the other night, there’s an octopus die in the new Under the Sea Framelits (avail on 1 June!) that happens to cut a perfect little United Federation of Planets (I’m a total geek!) emblem.

These are easy-peasy cards to make – it just takes a minute to cut 15 of the emblems from Gold Foil! 🙂

I made the card fronts in Command, Science and Security colors (aka Crushed Curry, Marina Mist and Real Red) – all matted on Basic Black.  Once everything was matted up, I used Tear & Tape Adhesive to adhere lengths of Basic Black 3/8 Shimmer Ribbon around them.

Each of the Gold Foil emblems is adhered with Liquid Glue to a 1/2″ Basic Black circle that I punched with the 1/2″ Circle Punch and popped onto the card fronts with a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Each card got a different sentiment.  The Crushed Curry card – I see as a great card for a graduation – or a new job…

I made the front sentiment using the letters in the Make A Difference stamp set (you’re going to want this set – and you can get it on 1 May!) – I stamped the words in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White and snipped them out.  Then I edged them with my Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker and added them with Liquid Glue.

On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from the In the Trees stamp set (2018 Occasions Catalog).  Then I used a cut-out of the emblem as a stencil and colored it with the Crushed Curry marker.  It’s outlined with my Journaling Pen!

For the Real Red card – I stamped a sentiment from the Host-exclusive Yay You in Tuxedo Black.  On the inside, I left it blank except for the Real Red emblem…

Finally – my personal favorite.  I used the letters in Make a Difference again, stamping the most iconic of Mr. Spock’s wise words.  After snipping them, I edged them with the Marina Mist Marker and adhered them.  On the inside, I stamped the sentiment from the Picture Perfect Birthday.

Each card front got some Silver star-shaped Metallic Enamel Shapes and the cards were done!

On the envelopes – I did three stenciled emblems on the fronts – all three envelopes are the same…

…and then the backs all got an emblem to match their card, as you saw above!

Et Voila!  A fun and easy pack of notecards for your favorite Trekkie – from totally-not-Star-Trek stamp sets and framelits!  I love the Make A Difference stamp set – its’ got the font you see plus a larger – much more ornate! – font set.  And I know I’ll be making an actual octopus – soon! – with the wonderful Under the Sea Framelits and it’s bundled Sea of Textures stamp set!  Hope you like!

TTFN

P.S.  StampNStorage has released their spacers so you can make the new Stampin’ Up! ink pads work nicely in the original Ink Pad Holders!  Check them out at the link on my Sidebar!


HOST CODE FOR 1 APR – 15 APR: QGNXZAWA

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2018 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Share What You Love Bundle Early Release Coming Soon!

Exclusive Bundles for Every Crafter

We’ve created the perfect bundles so we can spread the love to every crafter! The Share What You Love Suite Early Release is our tribute to all of the wonderful people who have made—and continue to make—our company what it is today. Join us in celebrating the good times with our exclusive Statement of My Heart Single Stamp, which is available only during early release.

The early release for customers runs 1 – 31 May.

  • À la carte items available only during preorder period. (They will be available for purchase again when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.)
  • Bundles may be purchased via demonstrator, customer, workshop, or online order.
  • Bundles may be included as part of a new demonstrator’s Starter Kit (free items will be included).
  • Bundles are exclusive to the suite early release and will no longer be available after May 31, 2018. Individual items from the Share What You Love suite will be available when the 2018–2019 annual catalog is released on June 1, 2018.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • There are no purchase limits in place during the customer sales period.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Although other catalog-related promotions will have some price increases (e.g., Product Purchase Premiere and 2018–2019 annual catalog preorder), nearly every item featured in the Share What You Love Suite Early Release will remain at its current price. The only exceptions are Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad (item 147090) and all ink pads featured in the In Color Collection 2018–2019 (item 147153).

Watch as Brandi Barnard shows you the bundles…

…and then check out the bundles for yourself by clicking the picture below to open a full-size PDF!


You’ve heard the rumors!  You’ve watched some videos.  You’ve started to see samples with new and wondrous colors!  Now you can get the information you need about the Stampin’ Up! 2018 Color Revamp, the newly re-designed Classic Ink Pads, and the real-deal on retiring inks!  Check out all the deets on my 2018 Color Revamp, Ink Pads and Retiring Color Info page!  There’s even an Online Color Coach for you to print out!  Enjoy! 🙂


Stampin’ Up! Products Used in this Project:

The Make A Difference stamp set, Under the Sea Framelits and Memories & More Note Cards & Envelopes will be available soon!

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Each card starts with a Memories & More Small Notecard and Envelope

Basic Black Card Stock: 3 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ (mats for card fronts and for inner liners); 1/2″ Circles (mats for emblems)

Whisper White Card Stock:  3″ x 4″ (inner liner); fussy cut words

Crushed Curry, Marina Mist and Real Red Card Stock: 3″ x 4″ (card fronts)

Gold Foil: emblems

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Finn Fan Fix

I mowed for a while on Friday – it was a gorgeous day and…the grass was getting tall in the back.

And – I like riding the mower.  I was mostly in the shade.  I had a drink to keep me cool.

Very nice way to spend an hour!

Until.

The woof showed up.

It was very scary.  I was worried for the safety of the ponies.

You can understand my concern…

You can see Cady was almost beside herself with fear.

Must be very frustrating to not inspire any more concern in the herd-ees than he does… 😉

TTFN

M

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