Well. It’s happened. Monday.
That’s all I’m going to say on that front, okay?
We had a great weekend, Finn and I, including a wonderful time at Amy’s Krew meeting yesterday! He had a great time entertaining all the ladies and supervising our card making!
If you were able to join me last night for my Facebook Live video – I thank you for spending part of your Sunday with me! If not, but would like to watch the replay, check it out on YouTube right here.
So – here’s a way to know that you’ve become a serious card maker. You “see” cards and ideas everywhere. Backgrounds in tile and carpet. Sentiments on church signs. Color combinations in gardens. Card fronts in catalogs. Case in point – the other day I was thumbing thru my Coldwater Creek catalog.
Looking for clothes to add to my list for the “end” of my diet. And saw…
My new decorating philosophy is “first add no new dust-catchers” – so, I didn’t see something to hang on the wall. I saw a card front! I saw the Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF, some Wood Tectures DSP, the Birds & Blooms Thinlits, and…the new only-available-to-demonstrators Petal Palette stamp set and matching Petals & More Thinlits. So I got busy and came up with this. Take a look-see:
What do you think?
This one played along with a couple of challenges – the first is an Anything Goes from the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.
And the second, from the Paper Craft Crew – rather loosely! – helped me with the layout!
I began by embossing a panel of Whisper White in the Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF – it’s a little smaller than the card front which is a piece of Wood Textures DSP.
Using the wonderful leaves image in the 2018 Occasions Catalog stamp set called Petal Palette (we got to see this one early – just one of the many perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator!), I stamped them a few times in Craft Whisper White Ink. And to add even more texture, once the ink was dry (I might have helped it along with my Heat Tool!) I embossed the panel in the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF.
Then I cut the bird image with the die from the Birds & Blooms Thinlits (Annual Catalog).
I quite generously applied Stampin’ Dimensionals – both regular and Mini – behind the now embossed and bird-die-cut Wood Textures panel and popped it over my Cable Knit embossed Whisper White Panel. Then I Fast Fuse’d it to a Cherry Cobbler mat.
For my decorations, I cut some Pretty Pines Thinlits pine boughs from a little Old Olive and Black plaid paper from the Merry Little Christmas DSP and a couple of Cherry Cobbler berries. The wonderful, beautiful, exquisite….add in any superlatives you’d like here, there can’t be too many!…Whisper White leafy branches are cut with the Petals & More Thinlits. Oh my gosh, you guys…these are just…the best!
I adhered my decorations to the card front with Liquid Glue.
My sentiment is from the soon-to-retire Musical Season stamp set. I used my Early Espresso and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Markers to color just the words and the little dots and stamped it on a Whisper White strip. I cut a banner in one end and edged it with the Cherry Cobbler Maker. Then I popped it on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I made a Billie Moan bow from Linen Thread and added it with a Glue Dot.
To finish it off, I colored some Pearl Basic Jewels with the Dark Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blend – works perfectly, y’all! – and added them here and there on the card front and sentiment banner.
On the inside, I wanted to recreate the woodsy leaves that I’d stamped on the front. But…I also wanted room and a light color to write a greeting on.
What to do? What to do?
Well….I used the Kissing Technique. Here’s how it goes:
- Lay your Hardwood Background Stamp on your work surface, rubber side up.
- Ink it with Soft Suede Ink.
- Use the petal stamp from the Petal Palette stamp set (when you can get it in January!) and ink it with Crumb Cake ink.
- “Stamp” the leaves on the Hardwood stamp- twice – turning it a little between stamps.
- Stamp the image on a Whisper White panel.
And here’s what you’ll get:
I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Cherry Cobbler mat and into my Early Espresso card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!
My Whisper White Medium Envelope got a repeat of the Petal Palette leaves on the front…
…and a bit more Wood Textures DSP on the envelope flap.
Et Voila! What do you think? Not identical, but…I was tickled with how it turned out! I do believe this Petal Palette bundle (with the Petals & More Thinlits is going to be a heavy heavy favorite when the 2018 Occasions Catalog hits the streets, don’t you!?! Hope you like!
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Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2017 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.
Do You Need an Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalog?!
I just ordered all my catalogs and they’ll be here early next week. I’ll do my best to get them out the door by the weekend. If you’ve ordered from me within the last year, you’re already on my list to receive a copy of the catalogs.
These are awesome Catalogs, y’all!! I’m so excited for you to see it!
If you’re not a current customer of mine but would like to be, you can request your copies of the catalogs on my Contact page right here. I’ll be mailing them out just as quickly as I can once they arrive at my house!
The Great Year-End Sale Has Begun!
Get’cher smiles on folks and grab these goodies – before they’re gone!
Check out the Retiring and Surplus Items List….
That list contains all of the retiring and surplus items featured in the Year-End Sales Event. Retiring products will no longer be available for purchase after January 2, 2018. Make note: some of the retiring items listed are bundles that won’t be available once the Holiday Catalog goes away – but the stamp set and/or matching dies will be around (just not for the 10% savings bundled price!) at least for a little while. So – if those are on your wish list – now’s the time to snap them up and save.
And you can see the list of items carrying over from the Holiday Catalog into the Occasions Catalog right here or click on the image below to open the full PDF list.
Here’s a link right to the Year End Sale goodies in my Online Store!
The results are in! The first Stamparatus reservation window reached its maximum number of reservations in just 15 minutes, which provided us with some very important information: You LOVE this new stamping tool! We couldn’t be more thrilled; in fact, your response was so amazing that we’ve decided to make some important adjustments to the reservation process.
As was previously announced, the second reservation window will remain open from December 5–30; however, during this reservation period we will take as many orders as we receive (yay!) and not close the window until December 30. So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open!
Please note the following changes:
- Beginning March 19, we will ship Stamparatuses in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in our warehouse. Because shipment dates are based on manufacturing lead times, not all of the reservations made during the December 5–30 window will ship on March 19 (as was previously announced).
- In order to accommodate demand, limits have changed as follows:
- One reservation per customer and one per demonstrator.
- Because we are not limiting the maximum number of reservations for the second window, we will not offer a third window. This is the last chance for you and your customers to reserve a Stamparatus before it becomes available in the 2018-2019 annual catalog.
Please note what has not changed:
- If you reserved more than one stamping tool during the first reservation period, that number will not change; you will still receive the same number you reserved.If you reserved one or more stamping tool(s) during the first reservation period, you may still order during the second window.
- The reservation window will open at 2:00 PM (MT) on December 5.
We can’t wait for you to get your hands on your very own Stamparatus and look forward to seeing the projects you’ll make with this incredible stamping tool.
I’ve got all the information over on my Promotions page – including a super little video with lots of information on this wonderful new stamp placement tool. Be sure to check it out – peruse the how-to-reserve-your-Stamparatus tutorial you’ll find there, and then mark your calendar for the next reservation window on 5 Dec!!
STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT
CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
Early Espresso 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 inner liner); Pretty Pines thinlits die cut berries – x 3
Whisper White Card Stock: approx 3 3/4″ x 5″ (embossed panel behind bird); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner); 1/2″ x 2 3/8″ (sentiment); Petal Palette die cut leaves
Merry Little Christmas DSP: Pretty Pines thinlit pine boughs – x2
Wood Textures DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); Card Front Builder Thinlits die cuts; envelope flap
If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!
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Finn Fan Fix
Today was The Big Excursion! We drove north a ways to attend our Inkin’ Krew meeting. It’s a long-isn drive – further than Finn’s been since we got him (well, except for the big drive bringing him home!).
Y’all. He. Was. So. GOOD!!!
He wiggled his little wiggler so hard I think it might be sprained.
And – as I type this on Sunday evening, he’s flat sacked out. One tired little Man!
He greeted everyone – and all the ladies were so good to help me with our training – not petting him until he was settled down a little. Thank you, ladies!
He gave hugs…
….he supervised the cutting station (he takes his work veeeerry seriously!)…
…gave a few more kisses….
What a good boy he is!!