Well, it’s Monday again, folks! Funny how that just keeps happening. Hope you had a great weekend! We did, here in GA – other than the ridiculous cold. I got my shares all cut up and they’ll go out soon!
If you were able to join me last night on my Facebook Live video – thanks so much for spending part of your weekend with me! I’ve missed doing the videos and spending a little virtual time with y’all, so it was great to get back in the groove! If you weren’t able to watch and would like to see the video, here’s the link to it on YouTube!
I made a thank-you card for some horsey friends of mine – a couple and their two boys. So – I wanted a little bit of flower-dy-ness but not too much froo-froo. I called upon the new Charming Cafe stamp set and the bundled Cafe Builder Framelits (the bundle is available in Wood or Clear mount) and I added some Wood Textures DSP. Take a look-see:
My layout – and the wood elements – were inspired by the Fusion Challenge.
I was also playing along with the TGIF Color Challenge this week.
I started with a light piece of Wood Textures DSP and matted it on a Night of Navy mat with Fast Fuse. I used a darker piece and adhered it over the top of that with Liquid Glue and that was the card front.
I layered a piece of Fresh Fig 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon and one of Night of Navy 3/8″ Corduroy Ribbon over the seam – securing them both in the back with scotch tape.
For the art/sentiment, I inked the image from the Charming Cafe stamp set in Island Indigo, then I sponged the edges with Fresh Fig with a Sponge Dauber and stamped it on Very Vanilla. I cut it out with a Circles Layering Framelits die and used my Night of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker to make faux stitches. Then I adhered the stamped sentiment to the card front with Liquid Glue.
The flowers are also from the Charming Cafe – stamped with Early Espresso on Very Vanilla. I cut the frame out with the matching dies (there are two to make the frame – and then snipped off the connecting pieces.
I colored the flowers with my Stampin’ Write Markers in Fresh Fig, Night of Navy and Island Indigo (I also used my Blender Pen and the lid of my Fresh Fig ink pad – you can see that in the video). When they were all colored, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop them over the top of the circle.
The sentiment banner is Very Vanilla – stamped in Night of Navy with a second sentiment from Charming Cafe. I snipped the ends into banners with my Paper Snips, colored the edges with my Fresh Fig Marker and popped it on with a double-layer of Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Finally, I colored a White Perfect Accent with my Dark Night of Navy Stampin’ Blend, stuck it on as a little accent – and the card front was done!
On the inside, I added the flowers from Charming Cafe to the Very Vanilla inner liner using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and stamping it twice in Early Espresso. Then I colored the flowers the same as I’d done on the front.
I Fast Fuse’d the panel onto a Night of Navy mat and into my Island Indigo card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!
My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got more of the Charming Cafe flowers on the front…
…and some Wood Textures DSP on the envelope flap.
Et Voila! I love this Charming Cafe bundle – it’s another one that caught everyone’s eye at OnStage when it was introduced! And I think it plays very nicely with the Wood Textures DSP and Night of Navy ribbon from the True Gentleman suite, don’t you? I hope you like!
HOST CODE FOR 1 JAN – 15 JAN: QGAJHYYU
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 2017 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.
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DOUBLE PEPPERMINT REWARD POINTS!
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Don’t forget to add the Host Code above if your order is under $150 to get your free thank you gift (orders over $150 automatically get the free thank you gift!). For more information about my Peppermint Reward points (my buyer reward program), click here. And – make your money go even further with my Special Bundles! 🙂
Stamps-N-Lingers 2018 Occasions Catalog Special Bundle Sale!
As has become my tradition, I’ve gathered up some goodies from the new Suites in the 2018 Occasions Catalog that coordinate perfectly with each other and will get you well on the way to making great cards and projects!
Consider me your own Personal Shopper – but… I’m giving you about a 15% savings on each bundle over the price you’d pay if you bought the goodies on your own. All the bundles include FREE Shipping and will come directly to you.
As a bonus – you’ll get a free gift from me when you order!! Or two free gifts…read on to see what I mean… and I’m also letting you cash in on Sale-a-Bration FREEBIES!
Check out the bundles I’ve put together for you this time!
Picture Perfect Birthday Suite Bundle (Photopolymer)
Sweet Soiree – You can select Wood or Clear
Painted With Love – Wood or Clear
Petal Passion – Wood or Clear
Brusho Starter Kit – Wood or Clear
Myths & Magic – Wood or Clear
True Gentleman – Wood or Clear
I’ll also add in a pack of the new Whisper White Narrow Note Cards and Envelopes (they’re on page 19 of the Occasions Catalog) when you place an order for one of these bundles.
Order multiple bundles at the same time…and I’ll throw in a pack of the new Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes (page 33)! 🙂
So – if these look good to you, head over to my Stamps-N-Lingers 2018 Occasions Catalog Bundles page and fill out the form you’ll find there. There are also pictures of the bundles!
And – since it’s Sale-A-Bration time – I’m going to let you reap those benefits, too! After each bundle you’ll see noted the number of SAB items that will come with that bundle (Level 1 and/or Level 2) – so please type which ones you’d like into the box in the order form! If I have any questions, I’ll drop you an e-mail!
I’ll send you a PayPal invoice as soon as you order. Then, on 3 Jan, I’ll get them ordered and right on the way to you! Please note: these offers are available to anyone – but I can only ship to addresses in the United States. 🙂
WHAT IS SALE-A-BRATION?
Sale-a-bration is the biggest Stampin’ Up! sale of the year! You can earn free, exclusive products with every qualifying order. You can reap the rewards when you shop, host, or join during Sale-A-Bration! There are lots of good deals to be had when you SHOP and when you HOST and – when you JOIN!!! Folks – this is absolutely the best time of year to do all these things – but…JOINING is the best way to get the most for your money!!
Check out all the information over on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page!
STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT
CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
Island Indigo Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)
Night of Navy Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)
Very Vanilla Card Stock: 2 1/8″ circle (art/sentiment); 3 3/4″ x 5″ (inner liner); 3/4″ x 2″ (sentiment banner): Cafe Builder Framelits die cut
Wood Textures DSP: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (card front); 1 3/8″ x 5″ (DSP Strip); 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!
Finn Fan Fix
The requirement to entertain an Aussie is pretty much weather-proof.
Like the mail.
Neither rain, nor sleet nor…well, you get the drift.
So – we Aussie parents have to look for things to do inside – like kids on a snow day!
Fortunately, the Man is up for a game of tug anytime – anywhere! And he’s not shy about requesting a round…
Turns out recliner-tug works pretty well – but ya gotta get all the way up on the foot-rest…
To get the best purchase and try to beat your Mom.
He gives no quarter, y’all. Mom-schmom.
It’s all about winning!
And he does. Frequently. He’s a stout dude – and when he gets leverage?! Two hands – braced feet – a vice grip?…nuthin’! I’m going down!