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Stampin’ Up! Colorful and Seasonal Tides for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop



Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  It’s sketch week and I know all our ladies have made some beautiful projects for you.  Y’all be sure to hop thru all their blogs when you get done here! 🙂

Here’s our sketch…

I used kind of a plethora of goodies for this one – some available now and some next week!  I played with the Colorful Seasons stamp set and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  Added in a little Color Theory DSP.  Those are the things coming next week.  From the current catalog – and continuing next year – I used the Seaside TIEF and some High Tide.  Take a look-see:

I started with a double layer mat – one in Berry Burst (avail 1 June) and the second in Dapper Denim.  The bottom panel of the card front is a piece of Dapper Denim from the Color Theory DSP Stack.  First I cut the scallops using the edgelit die in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, then I ran it thru the Big Shot in the Seaside TIEF.

I stamped the sentiment from Colorful Seasons in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  And then I had to “fix” it with my Stampin’ Write Marker.  If you make this card – don’t be like me!  Cut the scallop.  Stamp the sentiment.  Then emboss it in the Seaside TIEF.  Will be a much quicker route, I promise! 🙂

Next up, I made the top panel – starting with a piece of Crushed Curry paper from the Color Theory DSP.  I used my 1 1/2″ Circle Punch to make a stencil and – on the bottom edge of the DSP, sponged a Calypso Coral “sun”.  I pulled off the stencil and then continued with my almost-dry Sponge Dauber to add a “halo” of Calypso Coral around the circle.  

Using the grasses and birds images from the High Tide stamp set, I added them in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

I built the card front by first adding the stamped Crushed Curry panel with Liquid Glue.  Then I added a strip of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon – for the “beach” – with Liquid Glue.  Finally, I added the “ocean”.  

My chair is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  First I stamped the Hardwood background image in Berry Burst on a piece of Berry Burst card stock, then cut the chair with the die from the Seasonal Layers.  I used Liquid Glue across the bottom of the chair and a few pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the chair and adhered it to the card front.  And the card front was done!

On the inside, I made another “sun” with my 1 1/2″ Circle Punch stencil in Calypso Coral on a Whisper White panel.  Then I added a second sentiment from Colorful Seasons in Tuxedo Black.

I double matted the panel on Dapper Denim and Berry Burst, then added it to my Basic Black card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another Calypso Coral sun and some High Tide birds and grasses on the front…

…and then I added a little more of the Dapper Denim paper from the Color Theory DSP to the envelope flap.  Just to do a little something different, I embossed it in the Seaside TIEF before I added it to the flap!

Et Voila!  I love the adirondack chair in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, don’t you?  I think all the pieces and parts came together to make a pretty little beachside sunset scene!  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 Jari Francis’ 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!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Have fun on the Hop!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAY – 15 MAY: DNBUYHTG

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 201 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


The Eastern Palace Suite is available thru the end of May in two awesome bundles!  Just so you know, while all the products will still be available when the catalog goes live on 1 June, these bundles will NOT be! 

Bundle #1 – The Starter Bundle – Item #147196 – $60.50   Perfect for the beginning crafter!!

The Starter Bundle includes:

  • Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
  • Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pads
  • FREE GIFT: new Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes 

Bundle #2 – The Premier Bundle – #147207 – $103.50  Perfect for the more experienced crafter or, if you’re anything like me, you just want it all! 😎

This super-sized bundle includes:

  • Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
  • Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
  • Mini Tassels Assortment
  • Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
  • Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pads
  • FREE GIFT: Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes
  • FREE GIFT: new Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock 

STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT          

The Colorful Seasons Bundle (with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits) and the Color Theory DSP, along with the 2017-2018 In Colors will be available on 1 June!


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

Berry Burst Card Stock (avail 1 June): 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); Seasonal Layers adirondack chair

Dapper Denim Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (second mat for card front and for inner liner);

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

Color Theory DSP Stack (avail 1 June); 1 7/8″ x 3 3/4″ (top panel for card front); 2 7/8″ x 3 3/4″ (bottom panel for 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!


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…will be back tomorrow!  No FFF’s on Blog Hop Days! 🙂

Categories: Any Occasion, Encouragement, Friendship, General, Just a Note, Just Because, Life Event | Tags: , , , | 11 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Eastern Palace and Delightful Daisy Match Up!

Good Monday morning, y’all!  Welcome to the work week!  Bleh.

That’s how I’m starting to feel about work.  Just…bleh.

Thank goodness it’s still supporting my SU! habit or…might be time to pull the plug!

If you didn’t get to see my Facebook Live video from last night, here it is!  Enjoy!

For today, I wanted to share another Clean-and-Simple card using the wonderful Eastern Palace bundle – the one that will be available in the new catalog.  That’s the Eastern Beauty stamp set and Eastern Medallions Thinlits.  If you remember, the super cool, super-value Starter and Premium Bundles – with the FREE goodies! – will only be available thru the end of this month!  So…if you like free (and…uhm…who doesn’t?!) you might want to consider grabbing up either of those bundles right quick-like!  The info is down below.  This card uses the goodies in the Starter Bundle – but remember there’s even more free stuff in the Premium Bundle.  Just sayin’…

So – I paired it up with some of the Delightful Daisy DSP (coming 1 June) and added a touch from the new Sparkle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (also coming on 1 June!) and…take a look-see:

My layout was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week:

And my color scheme is courtesy of the Just Us Girls Color Week challenge.

I started with a piece of the Night of Navy paper from the Delightful Daisy DSP and SNAILd it to the top of a Lemon-Lime Twist mat.  This new bright color is an amazing accent color!  For the bottom portion, I ran a smaller piece of Night of Navy card stock thru the Big Shot in the new Sparkle TIEF (1 June) and adhered it with SNAIL.

Using a piece of Whisper White card stock, I cut the Eastern Medallion die cuts.  I laid them both out on the card stock at the same time – and added the largest smooth-sided circle die from the Circles Layering Framelits around both medallion dies.  So I made three cuts with just one pass in the Big Shot!

Once my cut was made, I used the little accent image from the Eastern Beauty stamp set and stamped it around the outer edge in Tempting Turquoise.  I added the sentiment, also in Tempting Turquoise, and the circle-of-dots in Lemon-Lime Twist, too.

I matted my medallion on a scalloped Lemon-Lime Twist mat, using Liquid Glue, and then popped it all over the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card front was done!

On the inside, I kept it very simple, just adding a second Eastern Beauty sentiment and more of the little accents images in Tempting Turquoise on a Whisper White panel.

I SNAILd the panel to a Lemon-Line Twist mat and into my Night of Navy card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got the little Eastern Beauty flourish in all four corners on the front, in Tempting Turquoise…

…and more of the Delightful Daisy DSP on the envelope flap.  And…I may have added another couple of little flourishes, cuz I liked ’em! 🙂

Et Voila!  This Eastern Palace bundle is just wonderful – so full of possibility – so many combinations!  I just love it – and hope you like, too!  Don’t miss your chance to get the big bundles while they last!

TTFN

Mary  

P.S  Be sure to check out my Online Host Clubs!  I’ve got a couple openings left in both clubs.  One starts on 1 June and the other on 1 July.  Get the deets right here! 🙂


HOST CODE FOR 16 MAY – 31 MAY: TFGC4A4Z
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 201 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


I Have a Few Share Spots Left!!

Stamps-N-Lingers 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Shares

 

What are catalog shares, you ask?  Well…think of them as a Test Drive of a new catalog!

In this Annual Catalog, there are 16 new Designer Papers….14 new Embellishments…..and more new ribbons than I can count!!  If you were to buy one of each of them –  you’d spend over $600!  Shares are a great way to get a little of everything from the new Catalog!  You get a chance to “try before you buy”!

I’ve got a few options for you to pick from:  a New Designer Series Paper Share, a New Ribbons/Embellishments Share, and an I Want It All Share (this one gets a couple of free extra goodies!!).  You can get all the details and a full list of what you’ll get with each share type and get signed up for your Share right here.  Don’t delay – 30 May is the cutoff date!


PAPER PUMPKIN NEWS!

Here’s the fine-print!

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • Subscribers must join by Saturday, June 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95
  • Enter the promo code, STARTHERE, at PaperPumpkin.com to subscribe.

The Eastern Palace Suite is available thru the end of May in two awesome bundles!  Just so you know, while all the products will still be available when the catalog goes live on 1 June, these bundles will NOT be!  Nope – they go away at the end of May.

Bundle #1 – The Starter Bundle – Item #147196 – $60.50   Perfect for the beginning crafter!!

Bundle #2 – The Premier Bundle – #147207 – $103.50  Perfect for the more experienced crafter or, if you’re anything like me, you just want it all! 😎

Get a complete list of everything included in both bundles on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page!


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT

The Lemon-Lime Twist card stock, Delightful Daisy DSP and Sparkle TIEF will all be available on 1 June.  Or you can get them right now in your Starter Kit if you pull the trigger and join my team! 🙂


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Night of Navy Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, score and fold at 5 1/2″); 1 5/8″ x 3 7/8″ (bottom panel on card front)

Lemon-Lime Twist Card Stock (1 June!): 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3 1/8″ Scallop Circle (mat for sentiment medallion)

Whisper White Card Stock: 2 7/8″ smooth-side circle (sentiment medallion); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner)

Delightful Daisy DSP(1 June): 3 3/8″ x 3 7/8″ (top panel on 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!


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…

My puppy is kind of a goofball.

I think we’ve established that.

And I don’t mind.  Goofy is fun.

But – when he starts doing things that make me feel like a dog abuser….I have to draw the line.

Poor poor puppy.  

His parents won’t even give him a soft place to lay.

No plush bed for this abused pooch.

Nope.  Gotta use a rock for a pillow. 😏

TTFN

M

Categories: Any Occasion, Encouragement, Friendship, Just Hello!, Love, Online Host Club, Shares | Tags: , , , , | 14 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Lovely Inside and Out Daisy

Good morning, y’all!  Hope your week is going well!  We’re back to summer in GA.  Bleh.  But – the veggie plants are loving it and growing like crazy – so there’s that!

I have a summery-pretty card to share with you today.  I used the beautiful Delightful Daisy DSP and the fun Lovely Inside & Out stamp set with the coordinating (and bundled!) Lovely Words Thinlits.  Take a look-see:

My layout – and several of the elements of the card!  – was inspired by the sketch and photo at the Fusion Challenge this week.

I started out by SNAILing a piece of Whisper White card stock to a Daffodil Delight mat.  The middle layer is a piece of Night of Navy paper from the Delightful Daisy DSP, SNAILd to Daffodil Delight and then to the card front.

Next up, I used the Lovely Words Thinlits to cut the heart die shape from a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock.  When you use that die, it leaves the negative in the piece of card stock.  So, I used a heart die from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits to cut the whole heart out.  I used the same heart die to cut a Whisper White heart, then adhered them together with Liquid Glue.  I adhered it to the card front with more Liquid Glue.

The sentiment, from the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set is stamped in Night of Navy on Whisper White, matted on a strip of Daffodil Delight and popped on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The flowers are from the Lovely Friends stamp set.  I stamped just the detailed flower images – one large and two small – in Daffodil Delight on Whisper White – then cut them with their matching dies in the Lovely Laurels Thinlits.  They’re adhered to the heart and sentiment with Liquid Glue.

To finish it off, I added a Rhinestone Basic Jewel to each flower and that was it for the card front!

On the inside, I decided to change things up just a smidge, and stamped another sentiment from the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set in Night of Navy.  But I placed it in the bottom corner instead of the middle of the Whisper White panel.  I surrounded the sentiment with a few more of the Lovely Friends small flowers in Daffodil Delight, with a Rhinestone in the center of each flower.

I SNAILd the panel to a Daffodil Delight mat and into my Night of Navy card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got some more Lovely Friends Daffodil Delight flowers on the front…

…and a little more Delightful Daisy DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I really love this color combination – it’s so classic and bright and cheerful!  And the Delightful Daisy DSP really makes it shine.  I think the two bundles – Lovely Inside & Out and Lovely Friends – just went together so happily.  Hope you like – and that these are already on your wish list! 🙂

TTFN

Mary 


HOST CODE FOR 16 MAY – 31 MAY: TFGC4A4Z
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 201 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Stamps-N-Lingers 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Shares are Open

 

What are catalog shares, you ask?  Well…think of them as a Test Drive of a new catalog!

In this Annual Catalog, there are 16 new Designer Papers….14 new Embellishments…..and more new ribbons than I can count!!  If you were to buy one of each of them –  you’d spend over $600!  Shares are a great way to get a little of everything from the new Catalog!  You get a chance to “try before you buy”!

I’ve got a few options for you to pick from:  a New Designer Series Paper Share, a New Ribbons/Embellishments Share, and an I Want It All Share (this one gets a couple of free extra goodies!!).  You can get all the details and a full list of what you’ll get with each share type and get signed up for your Share right here.  Don’t delay – 30 May is the cutoff date!


PAPER PUMPKIN NEWS!

Here’s the fine-print!

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • Subscribers must join by Saturday, June 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95
  • Enter the promo code, STARTHERE, at PaperPumpkin.com to subscribe.

The Eastern Palace Suite is available thru the end of May in two awesome bundles!  Just so you know, while all the products will still be available when the catalog goes live on 1 June, these bundles will NOT be!  Nope – they go away at the end of May.

Bundle #1 – The Starter Bundle – Item #147196 – $60.50   Perfect for the beginning crafter!!

Bundle #2 – The Premier Bundle – #147207 – $103.50  Perfect for the more experienced crafter or, if you’re anything like me, you just want it all! 😎

Get a complete list of everything included in both bundles on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page!


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT

The Lovely Inside & Out bundle, Lovely Friends Bundle and Delightful Daisy DSP will be available on 1 June!


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Night of Navy Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, score and fold at 5 1/2″)

Daffodil Delight Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 5/8″ x 2 7/8″ (sentiment mat); 3 1/4″ x 5 1/4″  (mat for Delightful Daisy DSP); Lovely Inside & Out die cut

Whisper White Card Stock : 3 7/8 x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ (sentiment); Sweet & Sassy Hearts die cut; Lovey Laurels die cut flowers

Delightful Daisy DSP (avail 1 June): 3 1/8″ x 5 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!


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…

People, I have an addiction.

My name is Mary and…I’m a Finn-Picture-A-Holic.

I can’t seem to stop taking picture of him!

Wayne tells me that not everything he does is cute.

I think he’s wrong.

The dog is cute when he’s making me crazy!

Wayne’s been working on our patio by the barn.  With a spot for my raised beds and a fire circle.

Quality control is essential.  Wiggle-Butt Quality Assurance Associates (WBQA2) is on the job….

….they give their all.  The CED (Chief Executive Dog) is on the job-site quite frequently.

Close inspection is necessary to ensure the job is being completed correctly.

 

It’s critical to leave no stone unturned.  Or left under a pallet….

WBQA2 CED basking in the knowledge of a job-well-done.

TTFN

M

Categories: Any Occasion, Encouragement, Everyday, Feminine, Friendship, Just Because, Love, Sneak peek | Tags: , , , , , | 18 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasonal Layers Fun-Fold

Happy Monday, everyone!  Hope your weekend was most excellent!  Ours was – we ended up going to dinner with our friends for Mother’s Day yesterday.  Very enjoyable – but…we still have not seen Guardians!  I’m going to take a day of vacation this week and we are going to see it.  I am afraid the number of movies needing IMAX/3-D is high and if we wait too much longer… 🙂

So last night I did a video on today’s card – if you were able to join me – thanks so much.  If not, and you’d like to see it – here it is on YouTube!

For those of you who want to see the directions and card cuts – this is the post you’re looking for!

This card uses a fun basket-weave fold that I saw a tutorial video for, done by Kelly Atcheson, over on Splitcoast Stampers.  I combined that fold with the new Colorful Seasons stamp set and the bundled Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  Here’s what I came up with.  Take a look-see:

Now the layout for this card is courtesy of the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.

And my color scheme hails from the Fab Friday color challenge.

I started by printing out the basket weave template that Kelly provided.  Here it is for you!  Print it out – make sure it’s printed on a “regular” piece of printer paper.

Then I cut out one of the templates and secured it to my Dapper Denim card base.  That’s a piece of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ card stock, scored and folded (and burnished a little) at 4 1/4″.  I used a couple of paper clips to secure my template to the card base.  Next, I just used my snips to cut the lines on the template, making sure to go all the way to the ends of each line.

To make the basket weave, take a look at the video to see how it’s done.  It’s crazy easy – but it’s a lot easier to see in a video than in words or photos!

Go ahead.  

I’ll wait.

Okay – you back?  Got the hang of the basket weave?  

Great – we’ll drive on!

My card front begins with a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, SNAILd to a Calypso Coral mat.  To make my leaves, I pulled out a piece of scrap Water Color Paper (I used Canson 90lb Cold-Press) and then sponged it in Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry and Dapper Denim.  I made large swipes of each color, and let them overlap a bit.  Then I cut the three leaves with the beautiful, intricate leaf die in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.

I adhered the leaves to my card front with Liquid Glue.

The sentiment, from the Colorful Seasons stamp set (which will be bundled with the Seasonal Layers in the new catalog for a 10% savings!), I stamped in Rich Razzleberry on a strip of Very Vanilla, then matted it on Calypso Coral.  I popped the sentiment over the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card front was done!

On the inside, I used the leaf image in the Colorful Seasons set and inked the stamp with my Sponge Daubers in Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim and Rich Razzleberry and stamped the leaf on a Very Vanilla panel.

How cool does that basket weave look when you open the card?!?  I SNAILd my panel to a Calypso Coral mat and then into the 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 Colorful Seasons leaf on the front…

…and on the envelope flap,

Et Voila!  Don’t be afeared of the basket weave, y’all!  It’s really simple when you see it broken down (so please watch my video!!).  Like the first time you try to make a lattice top on a pie.  Looks too complicated for words, but then you see the “trick” and…yep.  Voila!  I love love love this leaf stamp and die in the Colorful Seasons bundle – it was the first thing that caught my eye when I saw it.  When added to all the other stamp images and dies…well, I know this is going to be one of my favorites!  I hope you like it, too – and are adding it to your wish list! 🙂

TTFN

Mary 


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAY – 15 MAY: DNBUYHTG
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 201 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Stamps-N-Lingers 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Shares are Open

 

What are catalog shares, you ask?  Well…think of them as a Test Drive of a new catalog!

In this Annual Catalog, there are 16 new Designer Papers….14 new Embellishments…..and more new ribbons than I can count!!  If you were to buy one of each of them –  you’d spend over $600!  Shares are a great way to get a little of everything from the new Catalog!  You get a chance to “try before you buy”!

I’ve got a few options for you to pick from:  a New Designer Series Paper Share, a New Ribbons/Embellishments Share, and an I Want It All Share (this one gets a couple of free extra goodies!!).  You can get all the details and a full list of what you’ll get with each share type and get signed up for your Share right here.  Don’t delay – 30 May is the cutoff date!


PAPER PUMPKIN NEWS!

Here’s the fine-print!

  • For first-time subscribers only.
  • Subscribers must join by Saturday, June 10, 2017; 11:50 PM (MT).
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first three months of a new subscription. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95
  • Enter the promo code, STARTHERE, at PaperPumpkin.com to subscribe.

The Eastern Palace Suite is available thru the end of May in two awesome bundles!  Just so you know, while all the products will still be available when the catalog goes live on 1 June, these bundles will NOT be!  Nope – they go away at the end of May.

Bundle #1 – The Starter Bundle – Item #147196 – $60.50   Perfect for the beginning crafter!!

The Starter Bundle includes:

  • Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
  • Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pads
  • FREE GIFT: new Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes 

Bundle #2 – The Premier Bundle – #147207 – $103.50  Perfect for the more experienced crafter or, if you’re anything like me, you just want it all! 😎

This super-sized bundle includes:

  • Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set
  • Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies
  • Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Eastern Palace Cardstock Pack
  • Mini Tassels Assortment
  • Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers
  • Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, and Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin’ Pads
  • FREE GIFT: Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes
  • FREE GIFT: new Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock 

STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT

Colorful Seasons stamp set and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits will be available 1 June!

 

CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Dapper Denim Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, score and fold at 4 1/4″)

Calypso Coral Card Stock: 3 1/4″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 5/8″ x 2 1/4″ (sentiment mat)

Very Vanilla Card Stock : 3 1/8″ x 5 1/4″ (card front and inner liner); 1/2″ x 2 1/8″ (sentiment)

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…

You know, this silly goofy little dog that we invited into our lives…he gives us so much joy.

And aggravation!

And laughter!

Really more joy and laughter than aggravation, to be sure!

This morning, before I was really “up”, he came into the bedroom for his usual “second sleep” (the one after he goes out first thing and before we go feed).

I happened to look down and saw….

That’s the end of his collar – he has a new one and it’s very very long.  He had ahold of it – and was sound asleep.

Silly goofy little dog.

And oh, I love him so!

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Feathery Friends Sneak Peek

Happy Saturday, y’all!  Winter appears to be making one last ditch effort to freeze us out here in GA.

Well – freeze may be a bit of an over-statement.  It was 44 here on Friday.  But compared to the almost-90 two days before….it feels like winter! Windows closed again, heat instead of A/C.

I kind of rebelled and did a spring-y card with a new Host-Exclusive set called Feathery Friends.  I showed this one on my Facebook Live video yesterday.

Oh – you didn’t see it?  Well….that might be cuz I screwed up and did it on my personal page instead of my Stamps-N-Lingers business page.  Sheesh, Mare….  

If you missed it – and would like to see the goodies in my second pre-order box, you can see it right here on YouTube….

Anywho – check out a super simple, single stamp set card from Feathery Friends.  Take a look-see:

The layout was inspired by the challenge this week at CAS(E) This Sketch.

And I used the color combination from the TGIF color challenge.

I started with a Very Vanilla panel and heat embossed the Feathery Friends flower image in Copper.

Then I used a combination of Blender Pens (picking up ink from the lids of my ink cases) and Stampin’ Write Markers to color the image in Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry and Flirty Flamingo.

Using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I added the sentiment (which I absolutely love!!) from Feathery Friends in Flirty Flamingo.

To finish off the card front, I added a few Crushed Curry Glitter Enamel Dots and SNAILd the panel to a Flirty Flamingo mat.

I really hemmed and hawed – cuz I wanted to use the bird image on the front – even heat embossed one of the birds in copper and fussy cut him!  But I decided to leave the floral image as the main event on the front and add the bird on the inside.

I heat embossed him in Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder in the corner of a Very Vanilla panel.  Then I colored him with my Crushed Curry and Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Markers.

I SNAILd the panel to a Flirty Flamingo mat and into my Emerald Envy card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got another Copper-Embossed Feathery Friends bird on the front…

…and then I heat embossed in Copper a few of the other flower images in the Feathery Friends stamp set on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I love the images in this stamp set – they’re fun to color and oh-so-pretty!  Hope you like!

We were only allowed to pick two out of the six Host Sets in the new Annual Catalog and it was a very hard choice!  But I settled on this one and the Background Bits stamp set (be sure to watch the video to get a glimpse of that one!).  Of course – you guys could also be having to make this hard decision….join me right now, and you can fill your Starter Kit with goodies from our pre-order!!  Give me a shout here – and let me get you hooked up! 🙂

You’ve only got 3 more days to take advantage of my Eastern Palace Ordering Special!  Don’t miss out!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAY – 15 MAY: DNBUYHTG
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 201 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Stamps-N-Lingers Eastern Palace Ordering Special!!

Only Thru 8 May

Until close-of-business on 8 May – everyone who orders the Eastern Palace Premier bundle thru my Online Store will receive:

  • DOUBLE Peppermint Rewards Points (do the math – that’s EIGHT points – half way to that free $40 gift right off the bat!!)
  • A free Embellishment from the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog – my choice!!  

This is all in addition to the gifts that all my customers receive…

  • My usual $10 gift of your choice as an ordering thank you
  • And, of course, one of my handmade cards and envelopes – left blank so you can use it yourself.  Or CASE it!!

Remember this Ordering Special is for folks who order the Premier Eastern Palace Bundle between now and the end of the Stampin’ Up! day on 8 May!  Don’t delay!  Get all the details on the Starter Bundle and the Premier Bundle – and handy links to order!! – right here!


Stamps-N-Lingers 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Shares are Open

 

What are catalog shares, you ask?  Well…think of them as a Test Drive of a new catalog!

In this Annual Catalog, there are 16 new Designer Papers….14 new Embellishments…..and more new ribbons than I can count!!  If you were to buy one of each of them –  you’d spend over $600!  Shares are a great way to get a little of everything from the new Catalog!  You get a chance to “try before you buy”!

I’ve got a few options for you to pick from:  a New Designer Series Paper Share, a New Ribbons/Embellishments Share, and an I Want It All Share (this one gets a couple of free extra goodies!!).  You can get all the details and a full list of what you’ll get with each share type and get signed up for your Share right here.  Don’t delay – 30 May is the cutoff date!


 


You can see the Retiring List right here! There are some great deals on some awesome products so get your lists ready – go take a peek and happy shopping!  Here’s a handy link to the Retiring Products in my Online Store. 🙂

All the details are on my Promotions page – so check it out!


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT

The Feathery Friends host-exclusive set and the Glitter Enamel Dots are all available 1 June.  Ask me how you can get these and other Pre-Order items right now!! 🙂


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Emerald Envy Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, score and fold at 5 1/2″)

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

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (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…

Today, Finn had a visitor.  

Who brought hot dogs cut up into little pieces.

We asked a dog trainer friend of ours to come help us learn how to use an electronic collar with Finn.  We wanted to be sure we were training him correctly with the collar.  

So – let’s be clear, cuz I can hear you all gasping in horror and shock and getting ready to un-subscribe to the dog-abuser’s blog!

The collar has multiple settings.

On “1” – which is where we use it, I can’t feel it at all.

I thought it wasn’t working.

But – Finn feels it – and can hear the tiny hum, I suppose.  And it annoys him.

The purpose of training him is to teach him how to turn the annoying hum off.

Answer?  Come back.  When you come back – the humming stops.

Instantly.

That’s an artifact from training horses.  Apply some pressure and instantly remove it when they make even the slightest attempt to do what you need them to do.  And a horse learns it pretty quickly.  An Aussie will learn it at the speed of heat.

So please.  Don’t hate me.  Don’t unsubscribe.

We’re doing this to ensure that the single most important command in any dog’s repertoire (COME or HERE!) will be obeyed every time.

No mater what.

It could save his life one day.

Learning it, though, is hard work.

This is him right after we got done.  He can hardly keep his eyes open.

I’m flopped in the chair.

It’s hard work for mom, too.  And I didn’t even get hot dogs!! 😉

TTFN
M

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Stampin’ Up! Crafting Forever Do Something Crafty

Mornin’, y’all!  It’s the end of the week again!  Whoo-hoo!

Don’t forget about my Eastern Palace Ordering Special – going on thru 8 May (which is Monday!).  Don’t miss out on Double Peppermint points and more.  More details are down below!

My card today uses the Crafting Forever stamp set from the new catalog.  This is the second time I’ve played with it – it’s just so cute!  This time I combined it with some of the new Fresh Florals DSP Stack.  Take a look-see:

Yep – no sentiment on the front.  Decided to try something wild and crazy!

My layout is inspired by the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

And the color scheme is from the Color Throwdown this week.

I started by running a Whisper White panel thru the new Oh My Stars TIEF (avail 1 June!) for the card front.

Next, I stamped the Crafting Forever pot of paint brushes on a piece of Whisper White in Basic Black Archival Ink.  Then I placed the card stock near the edge of my Big Shot platform and set my Circles Layering Framelit die so that it would only cut a partial circle.

I ran it thru the Big Shot and then fussy cut the brushes – resulting in the image you see on the card.  Half circle…half fussy cut! 🙂

Then I used my Bermuda Bay, Wisteria Wonder and Powder Pink Stampin’ Write Marker (this one is available on 1 June) and colored the art tools.  I used some Smoky Slate to color the bristles.  And I decided to add a few faux stitches with my Basic Black marker while I was at it.

I cut a piece of Powder Pink paper from the Fresh Florals DSP Stack and SNAILd it to the card front.  Over that is a shorter piece of Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon (1 June), adhered with some Liquid Glue.

I used a scalloped edge die from the Circles Layering Framelits to cut a Wisteria Wonder mat and SNAILd it over the paper and ribbon.  Then I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop my brushes over the top.

For the final touch, I stamped the Crafting Forever image in Basic Black ink on a piece of Powder Pink Fresh Florals DSP and fussy cut just the pot.  Then I adhered it over the stamped image with some Liquid Glue.  And that was it for the card front!

On the inside, I used the marker-to-rubber technique to color the words on a second sentiment from Crafting Forever using Wisteria Wonder and Bermuda Bay markers, and stamped it on a Whisper White panel.  I also added part of the brushes image in Basic Black Archival Ink and colored them with the same markers I’d used on the front.  To make the pot, I once again stamped the image on the Powder Pink paper and cut just that part out – then I adhered it to the panel and trimmed the excess with my snips.

I SNAILd the panel to a Wisteria Wonder mat and into my Powder Pink card base.  Then I SNAILd a Wisteria Wonder mat to the front of the card, popped my card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another Crafting Forever brushes image – colored and pieced just like the others – on the front…

…and the envelope flap got some more of the Powder Pink Fresh Florals DSP.

Et Voila!  I sort of like the simplicity of the no-sentiment card front.  Not sure I’ll do a bunch of them, but…I like how this one turned out.  Crafting Forever is just such a fun stamp set for us, don’t you think?  I hope you like!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAY – 15 MAY: DNBUYHTG
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 201 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Stamps-N-Lingers Eastern Palace Ordering Special!!

Only Thru 8 May

Until close-of-business on 8 May – everyone who orders the Eastern Palace Premier bundle thru my Online Store will receive:

  • DOUBLE Peppermint Rewards Points (do the math – that’s EIGHT points – half way to that free $40 gift right off the bat!!)
  • A free Embellishment from the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog – my choice!!  

This is all in addition to the gifts that all my customers receive…

  • My usual $10 gift of your choice as an ordering thank you
  • And, of course, one of my handmade cards and envelopes – left blank so you can use it yourself.  Or CASE it!!

Remember this Ordering Special is for folks who order the Premier Eastern Palace Bundle between now and the end of the Stampin’ Up! day on 8 May!  Don’t delay!  Get all the details on the Starter Bundle and the Premier Bundle – and handy links to order!! – right here!


Stamps-N-Lingers 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Shares are Open

 

What are catalog shares, you ask?  Well…think of them as a Test Drive of a new catalog!

In this Annual Catalog, there are 16 new Designer Papers….14 new Embellishments…..and more new ribbons than I can count!!  If you were to buy one of each of them –  you’d spend over $600!  Shares are a great way to get a little of everything from the new Catalog!  You get a chance to “try before you buy”!

I’ve got a few options for you to pick from:  a New Designer Series Paper Share, a New Ribbons/Embellishments Share, and an I Want It All Share (this one gets a couple of free extra goodies!!).  You can get all the details and a full list of what you’ll get with each share type and get signed up for your Share right here.  Don’t delay – 30 May is the cutoff date!


 


You can see the Retiring List right here! There are some great deals on some awesome products so get your lists ready – go take a peek and happy shopping!  Here’s a handy link to the Retiring Products in my Online Store. 🙂

All the details are on my Promotions page – so check it out!


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT

Crafting Forever, Oh My Stars TIEF, Fresh Florals DSP, Powder Pink CS, ink and marker, and Mini Chevron ribbon are all available 1 June.  Ask me how you can get these and other Pre-Order items right now!! 🙂


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Powder Pink Card Stock (avail 1 June): 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, score and fold at 5 1/2″)

Wisteria Wonder Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2 1/4″ Scallop Circle (mat for art circle)

Whisper White Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 1 7/8″ circle (art circle)

Fresh Floral DSP Stack (avail 1 June): 1/2″ x 3″ (DSP Strip on front); fussy cut Crafting Forever; 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!


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 Finn-ster had a play date with his sister the other day.  

And we practiced a little obedience while we were there.

But mostly they did a lot of playing!!

And there was a little standing-over-the-top-of-my-sister…

On top of that, they had a little face-to-face with Maybelle.

Maybelle is my friend’s little cow.  She’s part Angus and part Brahma.  And she’ll die of old age at Jan’s house.  She gets fly-sprayed, brushed and walked every day.  And has an entire pasture full of grass and a pond.  And a little shed.

It’s pretty much cow-heaven.

Finn wasn’t too sure that Maybelle was a real thing.  He knew she was “real” – just wasn’t too sure what she was….she smelled funny, sounded funny and looked funny.

We don’t need one of those at our house, Mom.

Whatever “those” are….

TTFN
M

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Stampin’ Up! Woodland Lovely Friends Sneak Peek

Mornin’, y’all!  Hope this post finds you well!

My card for today is another sneak peek – this time of the Lovely Friends stamp set and the bundled Lovely Laurels Thinlits.  I added a little bit of the Delightful Daisy DSP – sooooo pretty!! – and an old favorite…the Woodland TIEF!!  Take a look-see:

I played along with the Global Design Project challenge – which is a CASE The Designer challenge.

And my color scheme is inspired by the Sunday Stamps color challenge.

I started with a pretty Olive Green panel from the Delightful Daisy DSP (coming 1 June!) and I ran it thru one of my favorite embossing folders – the Woodland TIEF.  Then I matted it on a piece of Peekaboo Peach card stock.

I worked with the corner square element in the inspiration card and made a frame and sentiment panel.  I cut the sentiment panel from a piece of Whisper White, using a square Stitched Shapes Framelit.  The frame is two pieces – one in Always Artichoke and one in Whisper White.  I cut both of the frames with a scalloped square die in the Squares Layering Framelits – using two adjacent-sized dies.  To make the frame, I used the same square-sided die to cut the center out of both pieces.  I used Liquid Glue to adhere the two frames together.

I stamped the sentiment from the Lovely Friends stamp set (1 June).  I inked “Feeling Very” in Crumb Cake and stamped it first.  Then I cleaned my stamp and inked up “Blessed” in Old Olive and stamped it under the first portion of the sentiment.  I also added some Peekaboo Peach flourish images in the corners of the panel.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the sentiment panel and then popped the frame over it with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The floral decoration is all from Lovely Friends and the matching Lovely Laurel Thinlits.  I stamped several large and small flowers – these are all two-step images.  I used Peekaboo Peach and stamped the first image (the fill-in) in full strength or stamped-off-once ink.  Then I added the second step image.  I also stamped several where I only used the second step – some in full strength Peekaboo Peach and some in stamped off once ink.  I cut them all out with their matching dies with the Lovely Laurel set.

I cut a few leaves from Old Olive and Always Artichoke.  Then I built the arranegement with Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals, adding a few loops of LinenThread, too.  Finally, I used some new Glitter Enamel Dots (avail 1 June) in pale Crushed Curry and Old Olive and added them to the larger flowers.  The small flowers got a Pearl Basic Jewel Embellishment, and the card front was done.

On the inside, I just added a Peekaboo Peach flourish and some Pear Pizzazz dots (both from Lovely Friends!) in the corners of a Whisper White panel.

I SNAILd the panel to a Peekaboo Peach mat and into my Always Artichoke card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got more of the Lovely Friends flourishes and dots on the front…

…and a little more of the Delightful Daisy DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I love the versatility and diversity of the Delightful Daisy DSP.  And the sentiments in Lovely Friends are…lovely?? 😏…and quite varied, too!  I hope you like!

A quick note from Stampin’ Up! They’ve update the Clearance Rack with more items – some up to 60% off!!  Whoo-hoo!  So be sure to check it out soon – get the great deals before they’re gone!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 16 APR – 30 APR: GGZD4AQ3

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 2017 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:   

The Lovely Friends stamp set and Lovely Laurel Thinlits will be available as a bundle on 1 June, as will the Delightful Daisy DSP and the new Glitter Enamel Dots!   


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Always Artichoke Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card stock, scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 2 3/4″ scallop square (outer frame – )

Peekaboo Peach Card Stock (avail 1 June): 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ (mat for sentiment panel); Everyday Jars Thinlits die cut leaves 

Whisper White Card Stock: 2 1/2″ scallop square (inner frame – 2 1/8″ straight square cut out); 2 1/8″ Stitched Shapes square (sentiment); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

Delightful Daisy DSP Stack (avail 1 June); 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!


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…

I’ve got some bad news, folks.

Finn has become a paparrazi-phobe.

Yes, it’s true.  

He gets himself in a cute position, holds his lips adorably, tilts his head perfectly.  And then…

…as soon as I pull out the camera…

…he moves.

Which is all to say that I don’t have a new picture of the Diva.

Can boys be divas??  I don’t know.

But since he became the teacher’s pet at class the other day – he’s been pretty slippery in the photo-op department.

So…I took a picture of something that couldn’t move.

That’s my veggie plants from the Territorial Seeds company.  They’re resting on my recently compost-refreshed bed.  I’ll wait another day or so before I get them planted – I think the chicken and mushroom compost I put in on Sunday is still a little too hot!

This year I’m planting EIGHT Ancho Magnifico plants!!  Chile Rellleno casseroles in my future!!  Yumm!!

Hopefully I’ll get sneakier and have a pic of Himself for you tomorrow!

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Crafting Forever Sneak Peek

It’s Friday!  And my puppy is back, my husband is recovering and my vegetable plants will arrive today!  Whoo-hooo!

I have a cute little card to share with you today, courtesy of the new Crafting Forever stamp set (available 1 June) in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  I paired it with a little bit of Pick a Pattern DSP (1 June) and came up with a simple CAS card.  Take a look-see:

I played with the sketch challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

And my not-my-normal-style color palette is from the Color Throwdown challenge this week.

I used Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry for this card!

To begin, I took a piece of Whisper White card stock and added Rich Razzleberry “stitches” around the edge with my Stampin’ Write Markers, then SNAILd it to a Pumpkin Pie mat.

The middle panel is a piece of Crushed Curry paper from the Pick a Pattern DSP, matted on Pumpkin Pie and SNAILd to the card front.

I stamped the scissors from the Crafting Forever stamp set, in Basic Black Archival Ink, on Whisper White, and fussy cut them.  I kind of liked the symmetry of cutting the scissors out with my scissors! 😏

I colored the handles with my Stampin’ Write Markers in Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry and Real Red and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere them to the card.

My Crafting Forever sentiment is stamped in Real Red on Whisper White and cut with a Stitched Shapes Framelits circle, then matted on a scalloped Pumpkin Pie circle cut with the Circles Layering Framelits.  I popped that on with Dimensionals, and the card front was done!  See?  Told ya it was quick and easy!!

For my inner liner, I repeated the Rich Razzleberry “stitches” around a Whisper White panel and added the Crafting Forever scissors in Basic Black Archival Ink.  Then I colored the handles with my Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker.

I SNAILd it to a Pumpkin Pie mat and into my Rich Razzleberry card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another pair of scissors on the front – this one colored in Real Red…

…and a bit more of the Pick a Pattern DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  This Crafting Forever stamp set is so cute – and it’s also the Angel Policy stamp set for 2017-2018.  Hope you like – and will be adding it to your wish list! 😊

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


HOST CODE FOR 16 APR – 30 APR: GGZD4AQ3

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 2017 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


You can see the Retiring List right here! There are some great deals on some awesome products so get your lists ready – go take a peek and happy shopping!  Here’s a handy link to the Retiring Products in my Online Store. 🙂

All the details are on my Promotions page – so check it out!


Be Sure You’re Going to Receive Your Own Copy of the new

2017-2018 Annual Catalog!!

I’ll be mailing a new Stampin’ Up! catalog to anyone on my customer list who has made a $50 or more purchase in the past 12 months.   PLEASE, if you are one of my regular customers, log in to your online account (here), click on your Account Information and verify that your mailing address is correct so that you’ll get your new catalog quick as you can!


Just a heads up – I’ll shortly be announcing my 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Shares.  Shares are a good way to get a taste of all the new papers and ribbons  and embellishments in a new catalog, without having to buy full packs of anything!  And there are tons of new ribbons and embellishments, OBTW!  Kind of a test drive – then you can decide what you do NOT want.  I put it that way cuz I’m pretty sure your WANT list is going to be way bigger than your DON’T WANT list!  So watch for that and I hope you’ll join me! 😊

TTFN
Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:   

The Crafting Forever stamp set and Pick a Pattern DSP will be available on 1 June! 


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Rich Razzleberry Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card stock, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)

Pumpkin Pie Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ (mat for DSP panel); 2″ scallop circle (mat for sentiment)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 1 7/8″ Stitched Shapes Framelit Circle (sentiment)

Pick a Pattern DSP:  2 3/8″ x 3 5/8″ (front banner); 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!


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…

So – the Finn-meister is home.

And he’s a good Aussie.

Which is to say…he’s exhausted! 😊👍😊👍

He and Ryder played and swam and ran and played and swam and ran….

Here’s how the pick-up went…

On the way down there, I reminded Wayne that Finn was going to be terribly excited to see us.  He was likely going to do a lot of leaping and wiggling and jumping around.  Protect the belly!

We were prepared.

Finn – was not.  He walked into the room – flat footed.  Tail definitely wagged – but…he was very quiet.  I know he was happy to see us.

He simply didn’t have an iota of excess energy with which to express it!

He laid down on the floorboard of the van and slept all the way home.  As I type this – he’s sacked out flat on the floor in the bathroom where the tile is cool and the A/C is blowing on him.

All in all – a wonderful experience for him!

It was a little embarrassing listening to all the praise heaped upon his freckled face, though!  

I got the distinct impression that they liked him.

At least a little bit! 😎😎

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! April Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peek – It’s A Sara Thing!

Good morning, y’all.  It’s the weekend and it’s looking beautiful here in Georgia.   Should be some lovely sunrise services tomorrow!  

Oh yea – it’s also Tax Day.  Bleh…

So yesterday, I’d just sat down to make a card for today, when my husband came in with the mail.  And guess what he handed me?

Yup!  My April Paper Pumpkin.  Well, after all the hype – I was pretty excited to open it up and see what Sara had put together for us!  And I wasn’t disappointed!

WARNING – SPOILER AHEAD!!  If you want to savor the excitement a little longer….close your eyes and scroll down to the Finn Fann Fix!  Otherwise, read on for a peek!

I opened up the Green and Black box and found…

Enough fun goodies to make 12 cards and envelopes (and….no nekkid envelopes, either!!).

I got down to business.  This is a watercolor kit, y’all!  Guess what the free gift from Sara was?

Little watercolor pencils!  In Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo and Pacific Point.

She even included a watercolor brush and instructions on how to color the cards.  A few of the cards are made with emboss resist paper!

I got a little jiggy with a few of the cards – turning them on end, crookedy-izing a couple of card fronts, changing up a few sentiments.

Speaking of which…

…lots of options!

The other set uses some basic watercoloring with the pencils.  I messed up a couple of the banners – wasn’t thinking it thru very well and I was changing up sentiments.  I added the word “friend” from the Thoughtful Banner stamp set! 😉

So I ended up with 8 cards and some leftovers to use to put together a few alternatives!

I also added a few extra little splatters  – from the included stamp set – on the inside of the cards, in Melon Mambo, Pacific Point or Daffodil Delight, depending on the card front!

All in all – definitely worth the build up, y’all!  This is a really fun little kit – and one I can see buying a refill for – or even a few extra complete kits!

So…hope you were signed up in time to get this one!  It’s pretty and fun and you’re going to like it a lot.  

If you’re not a subscriber, you can still get signed up.  Click here to go right to the Paper Pumpkin website and sign up month-to-month…or here for prepaid multi-month subscriptions…and let’s get you started! 🙂  

Here’s a super video in which Sara herself shows you how to put yours together!

Enjoy! 🙂


HOST CODE FOR 1 APR – 15 APR: 7QZA32B7

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 2017 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


You can see the Retiring List right here! There are some great deals on some awesome products so get your lists ready – go take a peek and happy shopping!  Here’s a handy link to the Retiring Products in my Online Store. 🙂

All the details are on my Promotions page – so check it out!


Be Sure You’re Going to Receive Your Own Copy of the new

2017-2018 Annual Catalog!!

I’ll be mailing a new Stampin’ Up! catalog to anyone on my customer list who has made a $50 or more purchase in the past 12 months.   PLEASE, if you are one of my regular customers, log in to your online account (here), click on your Account Information and verify that your mailing address is correct so that you’ll get your new catalog quick as you can!


I’ll be back in the morning with a new card to share!

TTFN!

Mary



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…

In case you haven’t realized it, Finn is a giver.

A giver of lickings.

A giver of hair.

A giver of muddy paw prints.

And – a giver of attention.

Today – he’s sharing the spotlight with his feline brother and sister (which is actually not even possible, but – he thinks they’re related).

Leo and Katy were piled up on the back of the sofa – we call it the kitty hammock.  Usually it’s only Leo but Katy’s been coveting the spot lately.

That’s Katy laying atop her brother (they really are related!).  Leo looks thrilled, doesn’t he?  Maybe it’s because I was taking their picture…

Finn’s glad you got to see them.

See how glad?

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Lovely Inside & Out Sneak Peek!

Friday again, folks!  Hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to an even better weekend.  Do you all have plans for Easter?  We’re headed to our friends’ house for dinner – and a playdate for Finn!  I know he’d be looking forward to it if he could only hear something besides:  “waaa-waaa-waa-wa, Finny, waa waa-wa-waaa.  Finny wa Scout”.  But I know he’s going to have a good day! 🙂

I put together another 2017-2018 Annual Catalog sneak peek for you today.  This one is a fun little bundle called Lovely Inside & Out.  I used it and the new Lemon-Lime Twist to make a quick and easy little card to send to any friend who needs a hug.  Take a look-see:

My layout is inspired by the sketch challenge from CAS(E) This Sketch:

And I played along with the color scheme from the Color Throwdown:

I’ve been wanting to try to do something with the new Lemon-Lime Twist color since I saw it – it’s so far out of my wheelhouse…I can’t even see it from there.  But…I’m really liking it, so… this challenge gave me the excuse I needed.  I added some Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry along with it.

This is a fun set – the dies cut a negative from a piece of card stock.  You can leave it like that – or cut it with a matching die from the Ovals or Circles Layering Framelits or the Sweet & Sassy Framelits.

This card was fast and easy!

I started with a Whisper White panel and, using the fun “burst” image in the Lovely Inside & Out stamp set, I stamped a few times here and there with Crushed Curry and Lemon-Lime Twist.  Then I matted the panel on a piece of Lemon-Lime Twist.  Bold.  Yes, I know!

Next, I cut the “hugs” die from a piece of Calypso Coral card stock, then I cut that out with a 2 5/8″ Circles Layering Framelits die.

I inked up the sentiment that says “sending you” with Calypso Coral, then covered the word “you” with a sticky note and stamped it on the card front, positioning it with my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig.

Then I adhered the Lovely Words die cut with a little bit of Liquid Glue.

The little embellishment is from the Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack.  I just stuck it on the card and then added a new Crushed Curry Glitter Enamel Dot to the center.  And that was it for the card front!

On the inside, I stamped the “burst” again in Crushed Curry and Lemon-Lime Twist.  Then, cuz I’d been experimenting with the dies in the set a little bit, so I had it, I adhered “friend” with a little bit of Liquid Glue.

I SNAILd it to a Lemon-Lime Twist mat and into my Whisper White 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 a couple more “bursts”…

…and then I added even more to the envelope flap.  And – I also added a couple more sentiments from Lovely Inside & Out in Calypso Coral.

Et Voila!  I gotta say – this one grew on me.  I never would have put these colors together on my own, but…I really really love how they’re working.  And the graphic images in this little bundle are just flat fun.  Hope you like – and will add this one to your wish list! 🙂

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


HOST CODE FOR 1 APR – 15 APR: 7QZA32B7

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 2017 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


You can see the Retiring List right here! There are some great deals on some awesome products so get your lists ready – go take a peek and happy shopping!  Here’s a handy link to the Retiring Products in my Online Store. 🙂

All the details are on my Promotions page – so check it out!


You’ve Seen the Sneak Peeks….

You’ve Watched the Un-boxing…

Now – be sure you’re on my list to receive your very own copy of the…

2017-2018 Annual Catalog!!

Mid-May 2017:  I’ll be mailing a new Stampin’ Up! catalog to anyone on my customer list who has made a $50 or more purchase in the past 12 months.   PLEASE, if you are one of my regular customers, log in to your online account (here), click on your Account Information and verify that your mailing address is correct so that you’ll get your new catalog quick as you can!


Have a great Friday – and I’ll be back tomorrow!

TTFN!

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:   

The Lovely Inside & Out bundle, Color Theory Memories & More Card Pack, Glitter Enamel Dots and Lemon-Line Twist will be available on 1 June! 🙂


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base – scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and nner liner)

Calypso Coral Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/8″  (mats for card front and for inner liner); Lovely Words 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!


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…

We already know that it’s figment-season, right?

Well – those things were up to no good today!  

They required running….

Leaping…

And a lot of bounding.  Some of those figments fly – did you know that?  

Well, it’s true.  Fortunately, Finn has springs for legs and can boing his way down the trail as needed to keep them in sight.

Don’t ever expect a picture of that, y’all.  There’s no possible way I’d ever be in position to take that one!  Also, it causes me to laugh like a loon, which is tough for taking pictures!

Figment chasing is also hard work – makes a guy hot.  The only solution is….

Not quite yet, Mom.  Please?!?! 😉

TTFN

M

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