Stampin’ Up! Vintage Thankful Thoughts Thank You Card

Hey, y’all – hope you’re already up and at ’em on your Sunday!  And that the weather is good where you are!  If you’re shoveling snow this morning…I’m sorry!  We got a chill overnight – yesterday I headed out to feed the horses in a t-shirt, this morning it’s back to long sleeves and a hoodie!  But still – we don’t have the white stuff, so….it’s all good!

My card today is a sort of shabby-chic, vintage-y thank you card, using a couple of sentiments from Thankful Thoughts and the pretty flowers in the Sale-A-Bration Avant Garden set.  Take a look-see:

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This one was inspired by the Card Concepts inspiration photo.

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I also played along with the Stamp Ink Paper theme challenge.

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My color scheme was from the Just Us Girls challenge this week, but…once again, my skillful planning led me to miss it – which I realized about 5 hours after the challenge closed.  But it was a Red/Black/Kraft challenge! 🙂

So, I started with a Cherry Cobbler mat, and I used my Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker to add “stitches” around the perimeter.

The next layer is a Very Vanilla panel.  First, I embossed it in the Lovely Lace TIEF, then I tore the edges and sponged it with Crumb Cake ink.  I concentrated on the edges, but I also lightly burnished the whole panel to distress it a little.  Then I used Liquid Glue to adhere it the Cherry Cobbler mat.

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Next up?  My favoritest DSP design that we have.  Or even have had.  The sheet music from the This Christmas DSP!  Using Crumb Cake ink, I stamped all over the panel with the flowers and the splotches image from the Avant Garden stamp set.  No rhyme, no particular reason,  Just all over.  Then I tore and sponged the edges with Crumb Cake.  It’s adhered with Liquid Glue, too.

My sentiment is a triple-layer stack – cut with the Ovals Layering Framelits and the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  On the bottom is a Cherry Cobbler oval cut with a Stitched Shapes oval.  Then there’s a smaller oval – using the Ovals Framelits – cut from Copper Foil.  Finally, the sentiment oval, from Stitched Shapes, is a Very Vanilla piece.  I once again stamped some of the Avant Garden flowers in Crumb Cake, but this time I stamped them off first before stamping the card stock.

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Then I stamped the sentiment from Thankful Thoughts in Basic Black Archival Ink and popped the whole thing on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

My collage-y elements started with a length of Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim, doubled over and adhered with Liquid Glue.  There’s a Falling in Love Embellishment tucked under the sentiment with a Glue Dot.  And a Classy Designer Button, too.  There’s a few loops of Copper Metallic Thread, stuck down with a Glue Dot.  And I thought one of the little Very Vanilla tassels from the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit would add a nice little touch.  Guess what it’s adhered with?  

Yes.  A Glue Dot.

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The heart is cut from some Copper Foil, using a Sweet & Sassy Framelit.  Then I used a ball-point pen to make some stitches around the edge.  Finally, I used my stylus on the back to round it lightly and give it a faintly “hammered” appearance.  Then I stuck it on with some Liquid Glue and a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card front was done.

On the inside, I started with a Very Vanilla panel.  In the middle, I added a Crumb Cake Avant Garden flower and some splotches (all stamped off once first), and a second Thankful Thoughts sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink.  I added Crumb Cake “stitches” with the Crumb Cake Marker and sponged the edges, also in Crumb Cake.

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I SNAILd the panel to a Cherry Cobbler mat and into my Basic Black card base, SNAILd the card front on and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got some more Avant Garden images in Crumb Cake on the front…

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…and then I added another Avant Garden flower on the envelope flap, plus another Thankful Thoughts sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink.

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Et Voila!  I’m not going to sugar-coat it, folks – I flat out love love love this card!  It’s one that, given an opportunity to make it again, I’d do everything exactly the same!  Hope you like it as much as I do, and will make one of your own!

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the products you’ll need to make this one for yourself!


HOST CODE FOR 16 FEB – 28 FEB: CUTQBNDN

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 in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog or the 2016 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


FREE SHIPPING OFFER GOING ON NOW!

 

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I’m offering free shipping on all orders placed through me from 21 Feb – 27 Feb 28 Feb.  Here are the details:

For all orders of $50 or greater (before taxes and shipping) placed through me from now through Monday, 27 Feb Tuesday, 28 Feb,  I’m offering free shipping.  Here are the three ways  you can order and receive your free shipping rebate:

– Provide me with your mailing address and I’ll send you a check to rebate your shipping costs

or

– Provide me with your PayPal account e-mail and I’ll send you your rebate via PayPal

  • Send me your order via email, I’ll deduct the shipping costs and send you an invoice through PayPal.
  • Send me your order via email and let me know that you’d prefer to pay with a credit card.  I’ll contact you to make arrangements and I’ll deduct the shipping costs from your order total.

If you place your order online, don’t forget to add the host code (if your order is under $150) to get your free gift!  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.


Do You Have a Seriously Long Wish List Like I Do??  

Then Consider Taking Advantage of the SAB New Demonstrator Sign-up Promotion!

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JOIN THE CRITTERS-N-CREATIN’ KREW!

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If you join Stampin’ Up! as a new demonstrator between now and the end of Sale-A-Bration (31 Mar), you’ll get two free stamp sets of your choice in your Starter Kit!! Which stamps do you get to choose from? That’s the best part: you get to pick any stamp set from the Annual or Occasions Catalogs (just not a bundle or kit)!

Details:

  • Promotion Period: 4 Jan 17 – 31 Mar 17
  • New recruits who join during the promotion period will receive their choice of two stamp sets from the Annual or Occasions Catalog for free in their Starter Kit.  Please notice there’s no price limit on these stamp sets!  Just sayin’.
  • Plus, if you have a new demonstrator  join under you during the promotion, you’ll get to pick any catalog item up to $25 – and you’ll have until 14 Jun to redeem your reward.  Why is that date important??  Cuz the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog will come out on the 1st of June – so…you can pick a brand new item if you want!!
  • The Starter Kits are $99 and you get $125 in Stampin’ Up! products of your choice, free shipping on your Starter Kit plus two additional free stamp sets of your choice if you join before 31 Mar!

If you’re interested in becoming a Demonstrator or have any questions about joining, feel free to drop me an email, I’d love to tell you more about it!  Or visit my Join My Team page for more details.  I welcome all types of Demonstrators on my team – from those who’d just like to get the discount for themselves to those who want to build a business. 🙂


Y’all have a great Sunday and I’ll see you back here bright and early tomorrow!

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:   


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

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

Cherry Cobbler Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3 3/4″ Oval (mat for sentiment oval)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (torn size of front panel); 2 1/4″ Stitched Shapes oval (sentiment); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

This Christmas DSP:  3 5/8″ x 4″ (torn size of front sheet music panel)

Copper Foil: 2 3/8″ scallop oval (mat for sentiment oval); Sweet & Sassy Framelit heart

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!


Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!


FINN-FAN FIX….

Since it was almost 80 here on Saturday, the men spent most of it outside doing more man-work.

Well.  Mostly.

Finny helped with the lumber again.  Today I took a picture as proof.  Cuz I don’t think you believed me yesterday.

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But, in the way of teenagers the world over, he soon grew a little bored with man-work.

And, since it was hot, and the pond beckoned…he went for a little splash.

I heard the splashing and actually thought it was all the horses in the pond.  When I looked out the back door, though, his tell-tale black-and-white shape could just be seen through the shrubs.  I called him (before I thought about it!) and, since he was soaking wet and covered in mud and, therefore, had no chance of coming in the house…he did his best obedience “come” at the speed of heat.  And flew up the back steps to the door.

Cuz of how he’s such a good boy and always the instant I call him!

Not.

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This is through the screen door, so it’s a little fuzzy.  But…I think you can easily see that he brought a lot of the pond with him. 🙂

I told him he was a good boy for coming, and gave him a tiny milk bone and…told him to go back to playing and come see me when he dried off!

Silly little happy dude!

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Up! Website Is Back Up and Free Shipping is EXTENDED!

Great news, y’all!  Stampin’ Up! let us know that the website is back online and ready for ordering!

Thanks so much for your patience, today – I know you’ve been anxious to get your orders in and take advantage of the Free Shipping!  

Since y’all lost a whole day of ordering, I’m going to EXTEND the free shipping offer by one more day!

You’ll have until Tuesday evening, now, to get your orders of $50 or more in.  Scroll on down a little and you’ll see the three ways to get in on the deal!

And – cuz I like ya – I’ll extend the Blog Candy entry by one day, too – so now you’ve got until the end of the day on Tuesday to get your comments in on this post and get entered to win the Blog Candy!

TTFN

Mary


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Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Up! Website

I know a bunch of you have noticed that the Stampin’ Up! website has been down much of today.  I’m so sorry for the inconvenience! 😦

They sent us an update a little bit earlier:
“We are currently working with our systems vendor to get our network back online. Unfortunately, solutions are not working as expected and we do not have an estimated time when we’ll be back online. We’ll continue to keep you updated as we learn more.”

Thank you to all who’ve been trying to place orders with me – I’ll let everyone know just as soon as I hear that it’s back up!

Thank you all so much for your patience! 🙂

TTFN

Mary


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Stampin’ Up! Free Shipping Reminder – and Blog Candy!

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Just a quick reminder about my Free Shipping offer!  It ends Monday evening, so…y’all need to hurry and take advantage of it!  And – since my offer is for orders over $50 – that also means you’ll be earning…

  1. A Free Sale-A-Bration goody!   
  2. Two Peppermint Rewards points for every $50 you spend with me – earn just 16 Peppermints and I’ll be sending you a FREE $40 gift of your choice! 🙂  
  3. You’ll get the February Tutorial with seven beautiful projects featuring the Dragonfly Dreams bundle!

Here’s how to get the Free Shipping….order $50 or greater (before taxes and shipping) through me from now through Monday, 27 Feb.  There are three ways you can order and receive your free shipping rebate: Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Best Birds and Better Together Sympathy Card

Mornin’, y’all!  Happy Friday!  Although it wasn’t a 4-day work week for me, it sort of felt like it – Monday was a government holiday and all the government folks had it off – so it was quiet!!

Before we get going – I wanted to say a little something about the videos I’ve promised – just to manage expectations a bit.  So…I am going to be doing them, but…it’s going to be a little bit before you see the first one.  Mostly cuz I’m going to be out of town for most of next week!  I promise I’m going to do them – I’ll try to commit to doing my first one the week after next.

But, you guys have to promise me something!  Promise you’ll cut me a little slack for a few videos, okay?  I know it’s going to take me a minute to get comfy doing them, so if I sound like a total dork on the first….let’s call it 5 videos..no make it 10! …just smile to yourself and shake your head.

Okay – so for today, I needed a sympathy card to send to Igor, my Russian son.  His Russian grandmother passed away last week. 😦  So I needed a sympathy card.  I got a little inspiration from a couple of challenges, so I pulled out my Best Birds bundle and the Better Together sentiment stamp set.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Sunshine Day at the Beach for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  If you’re following along with us, you’ll know this is color week!  Be sure to check out all our talented ladies-who-hop! 🙂

Now – the colors we’re working with today – not really easy ones for me!

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Since I needed all my brain power to create something in this color scheme, I let the fine folks over at the Fusion challenge help me with the layout…

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Fusion is a cool one – cuz you can do their sketch, their photo inspiration, or both!  I used just the sketch.

Duh – right?? 🙂

So – I decided this was a beachy color scheme and pulled out the new Day at the Beach stamp set, and once again turned to the Sunshine Sayings set for my sentiment.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Dragonflies in a Garden in Bloom

Happy hawwmp day, y’all!  Hope the week is going well for you!  I’ve been busy – I have a new plan up my sleeve.  Videos!  Card making videos!  I got a camera stand yesterday and set it up and did a “practice” run.  One day soon I’ll be doing one “for reals” and I’ll let you know where to find them.  I suspect they’ll be on my Stamps-n-Lingers Facebook page.  So, if you want to bebop over there and follow me, then you should get notification of when my videos are live! Here’s a link!

My card for today goes back to a beautiful Annual catalog stamp set called Garden in Bloom, with the addition of a little buzzy bee from the Occasions Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! New Sale-a-Bration Items Available – and Stamps-N-Lingers Free Shipping Offer! 21 – 27 Feb

This is the day, y’all!  The day you can finally – finally!! – earn the three new goodies for Sale-A-Bration!!  Whoo-hoo!!

Just in case you need a reminder about what they are..

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You’ve seen several projects I’ve made with these beauties in the last couple of weeks – now it’s your shot to get them!

How do you earn them?

For every $50 you spend (in product – not shipping and tax, of course), you get to pick one of the Sale-A-Bration goodies!  You can pick from these three or any of the SAB items that have been available for since January.  You can spend your $50 on anything you like – Annual Catalog, Occasions Catalog, Clearance Rack, Paper Pumpkin Subscription!

And… to sweeten the deal even more, I’m offering….

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I’m offering free shipping on all orders placed through me from 21 Feb – 27 Feb.  Here are the details:

For all orders of $50 or greater (before taxes and shipping) placed through me from now through Monday, 27 Feb, I’m offering free shipping.  Here are the three ways  you can order and receive your free shipping rebate:

– Provide me with your mailing address and I’ll send you a check to rebate your shipping costs

or

– Provide me with your PayPal account e-mail and I’ll send you your rebate via PayPal

  • Send me your order via email, I’ll deduct the shipping costs and send you an invoice through PayPal.
  • Send me your order via email and let me know that you’d prefer to pay with a credit card.  I’ll contact you to make arrangements and I’ll deduct the shipping costs from your order total.

If you place your order online, don’t forget to add the host code (if your order is under $150) to get your free gift!  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.


HOST CODE FOR 16 FEB – 28 FEB: CUTQBNDN

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 in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog or the 2016 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Do You Have a Seriously Long Wish List Like I Do??  

Then Consider Taking Advantage of the SAB New Demonstrator Sign-up Promotion!

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JOIN THE CRITTERS-N-CREATIN’ KREW!

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If you join Stampin’ Up! as a new demonstrator between now and the end of Sale-A-Bration (31 Mar), you’ll get two free stamp sets of your choice in your Starter Kit!! Which stamps do you get to choose from? That’s the best part: you get to pick any stamp set from the Annual or Occasions Catalogs (just not a bundle or kit)!

Details:

  • Promotion Period: 4 Jan 17 – 31 Mar 17
  • New recruits who join during the promotion period will receive their choice of two stamp sets from the Annual or Occasions Catalog for free in their Starter Kit.  Please notice there’s no price limit on these stamp sets!  Just sayin’.
  • Plus, if you have a new demonstrator  join under you during the promotion, you’ll get to pick any catalog item up to $25 – and you’ll have until 14 Jun to redeem your reward.  Why is that date important??  Cuz the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog will come out on the 1st of June – so…you can pick a brand new item if you want!!
  • The Starter Kits are $99 and you get $125 in Stampin’ Up! products of your choice, free shipping on your Starter Kit plus two additional free stamp sets of your choice if you join before 31 Mar!

If you’re interested in becoming a Demonstrator or have any questions about joining, feel free to drop me an email, I’d love to tell you more about it!  Or visit my Join My Team page for more details.  I welcome all types of Demonstrators on my team – from those who’d just like to get the discount for themselves to those who want to build a business. 🙂


Oh – wanted a card, did ya?  Well….here ’tis!  And yes – it uses all three of the new SAB goodies!! 🙂

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I’ll be sharing the how-to’s and where-for’s in my Newsletter this evening!  Get signed up for that if you want to see how to make this beauty! 🙂

Get busy shopping, y’all!!  🙂

TTFN

Mary


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!


Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!


FINN-FAN FIX….

Finn played in the pond today.  Or…in the muddy inflow creek to the pond, perhaps I should say!

Hmmm….those aren’t all freckles, folks! 🙂

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And this was after he’d dried off some!  I snapped this pic just before he took off in a continuation of the keep-the-pink-tennis-ball-away-from-mom game!  One of his faves.

TTFN

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Stampin’ Up! Happy Celebrations Birthday!

Good morning!  Welcome back to your work-week, y’all!  Well – and mine, too, of course!

Hey!  Guess what tomorrow is?  Yep – it’s the day SU! releases the new Sale-A-Bration goodies!  Two stamp sets and a pack of too-cool Glimmer Paper!  Whoo-hoo!

And, as one last little teaser, I used some of the Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper as a little accent for my birthday card – the basis for which is the Happy Celebrations stamp set.  Take a look-see:

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I played along with two challenges on this one.  The first one is from The Paper Players

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And my colors came from the Fab Friday color challenge.

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This is a quickie card to put together, thanks to the fun multi-step Happy Celebrations stamp set!

I started with a plain piece of Whisper White card stock.  In the center, using the first step in the “Happy” image, I stamped it in Peekaboo Peach.  Then I stamped the second image in Calypso Coral.  I also stamped the final – outline – image in Calypso Coral.

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Underneath, I stamped the second sentiment in Rich Razzleberry.  Then, using my Peekaboo Peach Stampin’ Write Marker to add a bunch of little three-dot dots around the sentiment.

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In each corner of the panel, in Peekaboo Peach, I stamped the little confetti image from the Balloon Adventures stamp set.

To add just a little bling – but still keep it Clean-and-Simple for the challenge, I cut several stars from the Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper, using the die in the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  With some Liquid Glue, I adhered them over the confetti images in the corner.  Then I SNAILd the panel to a Bermuda Bay mat and the card front was done!

On the inside, I simply repeated the Balloon Adventures confetti in Peekaboo Peach and added a few more Glimmery Bermuda Bay stars.

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I SNAILd the panel to a Bermuda Bay mat and then to a Peekaboo Peach mat and into my Rich Razzleberry card base.  On the front, I SNAILd a Peekaboo Peach mat directly to the front of the card base and popped my card front over that with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got some more Balloon Adventures confetti on the front…

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…and on the envelope flap, I stamped another Happy Celebrations sentiment in Bermuda Bay.

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Et Voila! Quick – clean – simple.  And the sentiment is for darned sure front and center, huh?  Hope you like!

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the products you’ll need to make this one for yourself!


HOST CODE FOR 16 FEB – 28 FEB: CUTQBNDN

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 in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog or the 2016 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


SALE-A-BRATION GOING ON NOW!

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For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. 

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When you host a qualifying party or place an individual order of at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards than you normally would!! Spend those on Host stamp sets or anything your heart desires.

JOIN THE CRITTERS-N-CREATIN’ KREW!

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Check out all the reasons you should join the family during Sale-A-Bration right here.  

Ready to pull the trigger? Don’t forget that big Demonstrator discount!! 🙂

Click Join Now or send me an e-mail and we’ll get you all hooked up!


Can’t wait for y’all to be able to earn the new SAB items tomorrow – and I know you’re excited, too!  Can I get another Whoo-hoo?!?

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:  
The new Glimmer Paper pack (Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay and Sweet Sugarplum) will be available tomorrow! 🙂 


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

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

Peekaboo Peach Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Bermuda Bay 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″ (card front and inner liner)

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!


Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!


FINN-FAN FIX….

The other day, I got a comment – a very nice one! – that asked how, with all I have to do, I can keep making a new card every day!  The answer?  I spend a lot of time way behind!! 🙂

This weekend is a prime example.  It was the weekend of errands.  Costco.  Grocery store.  Horse Feed.  Doens’t sound like a lot – but Costco by itself takes a full day.  It’s an Atlanta thing!

And let’s not forget the Finn-constitutional in the morning…

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He likes to carry big sticks!  And he’s really pretty quiet – you might even say he speaks softly!

And on Sunday, we went to Tractor Supply to get horse feed – and we got his first bag of Adult Dog Food!  Yep – on 1 May, we’ll start mixing the big boy food in with the puppy food!  Can you even believe he’s almost a year old!? 🙂

Finn had a good time.  His obedience was a little slack – it was really busy there, lots of distractions.  But he got some pettings and lots of people admired his handsome self (one lady did think he was a Collie, though!).  And he got to ride in the new truck!

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I don’t think he was ready to be done with the adventure, do you?

A good weekend.

But – I’m behind again…go figure! 🙂

TTFN

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Stampin’ Up! Oh So Succulent Hello

Good morning, y’all – if you’re coming from Amy’s blog this morning – welcome!  If you’re one of my regulars – welcome back!  I appreciate all y’all taking a moment out of your day to spend a little time with me!

My card today uses one of my very favorite things in the Occasions Catalog – the Succulent Garden Suite!  And I pulled from the Hello You Thinlits and some super pretty Sale-A-Bration Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper for my sentiment (which is something you’ll be able to get for yourself – for free! – starting on Tuesday!)  Take a look-see:

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I used a fun little sketch from the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge this week…

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And the gorgeous color scheme is a result of this beauteous vase from the Color Throwdown challenge!

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Is it pretty?  And it’s in “my” colors, too – if I was a buyer-of-vases, this is definitely one that would be finding it’s way into my house.

But then I’d have to dust it.

So – I’ll stick with the picture!  And my card!

I started with a Very Vanilla card stock panel and lightly flicked the edges with Crumb Cake ink, using a wedge of sponge.  Then I began to build my Succulent Garden!  I started stamping the medium and small flowers in the Oh So Succulent stamp set – stamping the outline images in Marina Mist and Mint Macaron.  To fill them in, I used the opposite color on the fill-in image, stamping it off once before stamping the card.  Although, as you can see, I did one flower with full strength Mint Macaron.  Cuz…why not??

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I made use of the sticky note masks I’d made – and kept! – for a previous card, so that I could have some flowers in front and some in back.  For the little brown succulents, I used stamped-off-once Chocolate Chip ink for the outlines, and Crumb Cake for the fill in.  Finally, the “grasses” are Marina Mist outlines and Mint Macaron (full strength) fill in.

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I added some Crumb Cake little tiny flowers – that’s a cute little image in the Oh So Succulent set – stamping each image once and then moving the stamp ever-so-slightly and stamping it again without re-inking, to create a softer, sort of blurry image.

These are easy to do, folks – just make plenty of the sticky notes masks (and keep them handy in your stamp case for next time!), take your time, and move the masks around as you need them.  Keep building and adding flowers until you’re happy with it! 🙂

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I adhered a length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon across the card front with some Liquid Glue.  My sentiment is cut with a die from the Hello You Thinlits – I cut two from Chocolate Chip card stock and one from the new (next Tuesday!!) Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper, and stacked them up with Liquid Glue.  Then I adhered them over the burlap ribbon.  I SNAILd the panel to a Mint Macaron mat and the card front was done!

On the inside, I flick-sponged the edges of another Very Vanilla panel with Crumb Cake.  In the middle, I stamped a sentiment from Oh So Succulent in Mint Macaron and then I added some flowers in the corner.

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I SNAILd the panel to a Mint Macaron mat and into my Chocolate Chip card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got a repeat of the inner-liner Oh So Succulent flowers on the front…

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…and then I added a Mint Macaron design from the Succulent Garden DSP to the envelope flap.

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Et Voila!  This color scheme…with this stamp set…is…wow! – and smack dab in the middle of my comfort zone!  I love the sort of antiqued, rustic look of the card, with the subtle bling of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper!  Hope you like!

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the products you’ll need to make this one for yourself!


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Enjoy what’s left of your weekend and I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow!  Do y’all have the day off for President’s Day?  I don’t – but it’ll be a quiet day, so – yeah! 🙂

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:  
The new Glimmer Paper pack (Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay and Sweet Sugarplum) will be available on Tuesday! 🙂 


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Chocolate Chip Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″); Hello You Thinlits die cuts (x2 – sentiment)

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

Very Vanilla Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner)

Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper: Hello You Thinlits die cut (sentiment)

Succulent Garden DSP:  Envelope flap

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FINN-FAN FIX….

Need to brag on my puppy a little bit!
The other day, when we went to the vet for “the incident” – he felt good.  No side effects whatsoever.  Just wanted to set the baseline for y’all!
He rode calm and cool to the doc – waited for me to tell him he could get out of the van, and walked nicely into the office.
Where there was a dog laying on the floor while his mother paid the bill.  OMG OMG OMG!!
But – he minded and came back (mostly!) to heel.  Then he sat and waited with me.  Mostly.
I mean….IT’S ANOTHER DOG, MOM!!
We went and sat down and he laid down between my feet when I asked him to.  And then the tech came and called his name.
We had a short discussion about who-is-the-boss-of-him (not the tech!) and he laid back down.
And here’s the fun part.  His little wiggler was going about a million rpm – and so was his left hind leg!  You know how they do when you scratch that spot on their belly?  Yea – like that.  So here he is, laying down, head on the floor, tail a virtual blur and this leg just going to beat the band.
I’m a little ashamed to say that we were all laughing.  I hope he was laughing, too, so that it was with him and not at him!
Once we got in the exam room and the tech left….

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Figured he might as well get a little snooze in while he waited!
My kinda dog!!
I surely do love this little turd-knocker!! 🙂

TTFN

 

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