Encouragement

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!


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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

Categories: Any Occasion, Encouragement, Everyday, For You, Friendship | Tags: , , , | 22 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Artistically Asian Color Theory DSP Sneak Peek!

Mornin’, y’all – happy Haawwmp Day!  I hope you’ve had a chance to check out the video I did showing off the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog goodies that I got yesterday!  It was part of my Demonstrator-perk….perked up even more by the fact that I went to OnStage last weekend!  And boy was that a fun box to open!!  Didn’t get to see it?  Check it out right here! 🙂

My card today is a play on one that I remember seeing last week.  For some reason, the “paint chip” paper in the new Color Theory DSP Stack really just caught my eye – guess I need to work in a paint store!!  This is really cool paper, though…

A little tidbit…remember the bindings on the 6″ x 6″ paper stack?  That rubber stuff that held the papers together?  Well – its gone!!  Yeah!!  SU! listened to us griping and it’s gone!!

Anywho – I decided to make a clean and simple card with the Berry Burst “paint chip”.  I added some Artistically Asian – take a look-see:

I played along with the sketch challenge over at CAS(E) This Sketch for this one:

I started with a piece of the Color Theory paper – in Berry Burst (the stack also features Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Dapper Denim) – and, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, stamped the Artistically Asian floral image in Basic Black Archival Ink.  I also added the sentiment in Basic Black.

I matted the panel on a piece of Basic Black card stock and then on a second mat of Berry Burst.  And – yep.  That was it for the card front!

On the inside, I used the same Artistically Asian image.  I inked it up in Berry Burst ink, stamped it off 4 times on my Grid Paper, then stamped it in the middle of a Whisper White panel.

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

For the front of my Whisper White Medium Envelope, I double-stamped the Artistically Asian image – first in full-strength Berry Burst and then in stamped-off-once Basic Black Archival Ink.  I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to ever-so-slightly offset the black image…

…and then I added another piece of the Berry Burst Color Theory DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  This one was so quick and easy, y’all – but I think it’s gorgeous!  And – you could do the same exact card on all four colors in the beautiful Color Theory DSP Stack!  Hope you like…and have just added this beautiful stack 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!!

Here’s the plan!

  • 8 April 17:  Demonstrators attending Stampin’ Up! OnStage got to see (and pre-order!) the new 2017-2018 catalog!!
  • 10 April 17:
    • Demonstrators were allowed to share sneak peeks of new catalog items we saw at the OnStage event!
    • At the same time, the new catalog became available online for DEMONSTRATORS ONLY!
    • The RETIRING LISTS for customers and demonstrators were released 
  • 10 April 10 – 31 May 17: Retiring products are available WHILE SUPPLIES LAST – don’t delay, items are going fast!
  • 31 May 17: This is the very last day to order from the Annual catalog and Occasions catalog – for items still in stock.
  • 1 Jun 17: first day for customers to order from the NEW 2017-2018 catalog!!  Whoo-hooo!

I’m just assuming YOU want your own copy of the new catalog!!  How can you get it?

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!

Demonstrator Perks!

So, didja notice that there are some pretty cool perks for being a demonstrator!??  This is such a fun time of year to be a Demonstrator, cuz seeing the new catalog early and getting to pre-order and play with the new goodies…well.  It’s a heckuva a lot of fun and I’m so excited for this weekend!

If you want to share in the excitement, you can join the Stampin’ Up! family and my Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew TODAY and you, too, can see the new catalog on Monday, 10 Apr!!!

Check out more details HERE, or click the link below to join the Krew!


Tomorrow is the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop – so look for me in your Inbox at 7am Eastern!

TTFN!

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:    

The Color Theory DSP Stack, Berry Burst Classic Ink Pad and Berry Burst Card Stock will be available on 1 June! 🙂


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Basic Black Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base – scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Berry Burst Card Stock (available 1 June): 3 3/4″ x 5″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ (inner liner)

Color Theory DSP Stack (available 1 June): 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ (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…

Finny had company overnight!

Our friend Paul came to visit – and Finn was….ecstatic!

Company…Is….Finn-Fun!!

He had a great time – even though it’s a LOT OF WORK!!

When Paul left about mid-morning. the Finn-ster crashed.  Hard.  He slept for an hour.

Snoring….

He was still tired when it was time to go get the mail.  Decided to ride.

With his dad.

Still keeping a sharp eye out for any danger – it’s Figment Season here in Georgia, after all.  Those boogers pop out from anywhere – and you really never know which direction they’re going to come from.

No rest for the weary-dog! 😉

TTFN

M

Categories: Encouragement, Feminine, Friendship, Life Event, Sneak peek | Tags: , , | 26 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Ribbon of Courage Sneak Peek for the Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop!

Mornin’, y’all!  Welcome to another edition of the Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop!  This month, our theme is “feminine” – which sort of leaves it wide open, doesn’t it?  I’m looking forward to seeing what all our talented ladies come up with – and hope you’ll spend some time exploring the hop when you’re done here!

I decided to use one of the stamp sets we got for free this past weekend at OnStage!  It’s called Ribbon of Courage and it’s an absolutely stunning stamp set.  Take a look-see:


I played along with the Mojo Monday challenge this week:


Now – this stamp set is part of a bundle in the new catalog:


I picked Pinks and Yellows for the color scheme of my card and Ribbon – yellow for veterans and pink for women.  Seemed like a fittin’ choice for me! 😉

I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock, and I stamped all over the top portion, in Basic Black Archival Ink, and covered the panel with the small hearts in the Ribbon of Courage set.  I colored each heart with my Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Markers.  Then I SNAILd the panel to a Blushing Bride mat.


The smaller middle panel is a piece of Daffodil Delight paper from the Brights DSP Stack, matted on Blushing Bride and SNAILd to the card front.

Then I wrapped a piece of Blushing Bride 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon around the card front, securing it in the back with scotch tape.

For the sentiment, I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to align the sentiment from Ribbon of Courage and stamped it in Basic Black Archival Ink.  I matted it on Blushing Bride and popped it onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


Next I stamped the beautiful large and detailed ribbon in Basic Black Archival Ink on Whisper White and fussy cut it – there’s a matching die set called the Support Ribbon Framelits, but I don’t have it.  Yet! 😉

I colored the large ribbon in Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz, then I used a few Stampin’ Dimensionals and Liquid Glue to adhere the ribbon to the sentiment panel and the card front was done!

On the inside, I added a second Ribbon of Courage sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink to the middle of a Whisper White panel.  Then I added the larger heart and a few small hearts – and colored them with my Stampin’ Write Markers.


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

I added more Ribbon of Courage hearts in Basic Black Archival Ink to the front of my Whisper White Medium Envelope, coloring it in the same way I did the hearts on the inside of the card…


…and I added a little more Daffodil Delight paper from the Brights DSP Stack to the envelope flap.


Et Voila!  I absolutely love the beautiful designs inside the hearts and the ribbon in this Ribbon of Courage set, and the fonts are gorgeous also!  I hope you like – and will be putting this pretty set on your 2017-2018 Annual Catalog wish list! 🙂

Now that you’ve seen my card, I hope you’ll take a little time to jump thru all the other projects we have to share. Click any name below, or you can use the Previous Blog button to jump to Jari’s page or the Next Blog button to see what Linda’s been up to!

Jaimie Babarczy
Mary Deatherage – You Are Here!
Linda Woodward Geiger

Jari Francis
Amy Koenders

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.


We’re getting ready to retire products from both the 2016-2017 annual and 2017 occasions catalogs. You don’t want to miss out! Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off.

Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items May 31!

  • Promotion dates: April 10–May 31, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT).
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items may be added to all orders.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, Stampin’ Up! will keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22.  After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Order Deadlines:  May 31, 2017, by 11:55 PM (MT)

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. 🙂

Holler if you’ve got any questions.


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:    

The Ribbon of Courage bundle will be available on 1 June! 🙂


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Daffodil Delight Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base – scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Blushing Bride Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2 5/8″ x 3 1/8″ (mat for front DSP panel); 2 5/8″ square  (mat for sentiment panel)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 2 1/2″ square (sentiment panel)

Brights DSP stack (in Daffodil Delight): 2 1/2″ x 3″ (front DSP panel); 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: Encouragement, Feminine, Friendship, Just Because, Life Event, Sneak peek | Tags: , , | 19 Comments

Stampin’ Up! High Tide on Your Side!

‘Sup, y’all?  Hope you weren’t adversely affected by the storms that were marching around yesterday!  We had some tornadoes in nearby areas – but it really dissipated by the time it reached us – never even got to the “scare Mary” point!  Just got a few rumbles of thunder – OBTW, Finn is not afraid of thunder.  Huge sigh of relief!  – and a nice afternoon of rain.  After the rain stopped it was so beautiful outside I just rebelled and opened some windows!  I don’t even care if the pollen is still high.  I can’t see it, so I’m pretending it doesn’t exist.

So there. 🙂

Before I get going – I saw that the Mini Egg Cartons are back in stock!  In plenty of time for your Easter projects.  You can get them right here… 

Now, my card for today uses a stamp set that I’ve had a bit of a love-hate relationship with.  I’ve loved the projects I’ve seen on Pinterest that use it, and I’ve hated every effort I’ve made with it.

Until today!  I decided I was just going to….make…it…work for me!  

The set I’m referring to is High Tide.  And…all of a sudden, it and I just…clicked!  And now I love it!

Yea – I change my mind quick-like.  That’s how I roll.

So…this card is all stamping and ink.  No bling.  No fussy cutting.  Just a pretty stamp set and a lot of color.  Take a look-see:

I know!  Right?  I DID it! 🙂

I played along with two challenges on this one.  The first, from CAS(E) This Sketch,  drove the layout…

And the second is the Just Us Girls Word Week challenge.

I started with a simple Whisper White panel.  Using the two-step stamp images in the High Tide set, I stamped the first lighthouse image in Real Red on the right side of the panel.  Over the top of that, I stamped the second lighthouse image in Smoky Slate.

Next I added some sand – using the sand image first in Crumb Cake and second in Soft Suede, offsetting the images just a tad.  I double stamped the “ocean” image, too – first in Pool Party and then (with a little offset) in Marina Mist.

I added the sentiment right over top of the lighthouse in Basic Black Archival Ink.

For the sky, I started with Soft Sky ink and “watercolored” it all over using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush and picking up ink from the lid of the stamp pad.  Then I added some Island Indigo in the upper portion of the sky and some Daffodil Delight near the bottom.  Easy peasy, and using the Wink of Stella gives the sky a little shine!

Nobody doesn’t like a shiny sky!

The sea grasses around the base of the lighthouse are also from High Tide and I just stamped them all willy and nilly in Old Olive.  Finally, I added the birds image in Basic Gray Archival Ink!  Then I SNAILd the panel on a mat of Real Red and that was it for the card front!

On the inside, I made some more sand on a Whisper White panel.  I stamped it in Crumb Cake and Soft Suede (tip:  turn the stamp upside down so that the cutout for the lighthouse is pointing down, then just stamp it on your panel!).  I also added a peek of ocean in Pool Party and Marina Mist and a few birds on the ground in Basic Gray Archival Ink.  And yes, a few little sea grasses here and there in Old Olive!

I SNAILd the panel to a Real Red mat and into my Basic Gray card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

My Medium Whisper White Envelope got some more sand and sea and sea birds and sea grasses on the front…

…and I “watercolored” the envelope flap with Soft Sky, Island Indigo and Daffodil Delight using my Clear Wink of Stella.  Then I added some Basic Gray Archival Ink birds.

Et Voila!  People – I made an ocean scene painting!  All by myself!  Seriously – I have zero painting talents but this little stamp set helped me make a masterpiece.  She says modestly!  I’ve gone from “meh” to “oh please please please, SU! – make this one carry over!!”  Hope you like!  And will get. 🙂

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.


Don’t forget to grab you some of those Mini Egg Cartons, okay?  And this stamp set!

See y’all tomorrow! 🙂

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:    


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

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

Real Red 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….

Do y’all have mason bees where you live?  

You know the ones I mean – they’re gihugic and move really really slow.  

Except for when they zoooooom – and then they’re fast!  I love watching them fly! 

Well, ours are back for the season!

And Finn met one yesterday!

Actually, he met two.

He was quite fascinated with them.  This picture is him watching the second one.  I wasn’t quick enough with the camera for the first go – with that one he had his nose pointed straight up in the air!  I guess I laughed when I realized what he was staring at so intently – and broke his  concentration.  So I had to wait for another photo-op!

The bees were almost as intrigued by him as he was of them.  They hovered round him for quite a while.

Then they decided he was just a silly goofus and off they went to do bee things.

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Playful, Beautiful You for the 2017 Autism Matters Blog Hop


Good morning, y’all!  Welcome to the Autism Matters Blog Hop! A whole bunch of us joined together today to bring you guys some projects – our goal is to foster awareness about Autism and about the Autism Speaks organization!  And – we’re also doing this as a fundraiser to benefit Autism Speaks.  Scroll on down for more info about this organization. 🙂

While we didn’t have a sketch to work with, we’ve all made projects reflecting the colors of Autism…Red, Yellow and two shades of Blue!  Wait until you see the talented folks on the blog hop – you’re gonna be so impressed with all their projects, I just know it!  Check out this Fact About Autism and then scroll on down for my card!



Dogs have been shown to improve autistic children’s quality of life, independence, and safety. The presence of a trained dog can reduce aggressive behavior, calm the child, and serve as a link to the child’s community.

Finn SO knew that!!


I made my card using a cool little stamp set called Playful Backgrounds and the ever-beautiful Beautiful You.  When I added some Sending Love DSP, here’s what I came up with.  Take a look-see:


I’m not going to go into how I made this one – instead, I’ll invite you to come over to my Facebook page tonight at 8pm Eastern – when I’ll go live!  If you like, gather up all the supplies and card cuts below, and we’ll make it together!  Or – just watch me bumble-fuddle my way thru it!  I’ll post the video on You Tube afterwards so that you can watch later.


Before you go on to the next Blog  – please consider taking a moment to donate to Autism Speaks.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Autism Speaks enhances lives today and is accelerating a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.

Please note: when you click below to donate, you’ll go to Amy Koenders’ page – I joined the fundraising effort under her!  Just like I joined SU! under her – don’t fix what ain’t broke! 🙂

Thank you in advance for your support!

 


Now that you’ve seen my project, please take a little time to visit all the 2017 Autism Matters Blog Hoppers today!  You can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!

Enjoy the Hop and thank you again for your support of this worthy cause!

TTFN

Mary

 

  1. Brian King
  2. Julie DiMatteo
  3. Sandi MacIver
  4. Mary Deatherage – You are here
  5. Lydia Fiedler
  6. Kim Vogel
  7. Amy Koenders
  8. Linda Geiger
  9. Lisa Curcio
  10. Candy Ford
  11. Lisa Pretto
  12. Jari Francis
  13. Jaimie Babarczy
  14. Beth Hooper
  15. Sue Prather


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT          


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Whisper White Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, score and fold at 4 1/4″); 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (card front and inner liner); 2 5/8″ x 3 3/8″ (art panel)

Night of Navy Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3″ x 3 3/4″ (mat for art panel)

Daffodil Delight Card Stock:  3 3/4″ x 5″ (second mat for card front and for inner liner); 2 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ (second mat for art panel)

Sending Love DSP Stack: Beautiful You paper piecing; 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!


For this card, I took my layout inspiration from the Fab Friday Challenge this week!  Although I took a little license with it and turned it on its side! 🙂


HOST CODE FOR 16 MAR – 31 MAR: XBYZMW9W
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.

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, Everyday, Friendship, General | Tags: , , , | 29 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Here For You In the Meadow

Mornin’, y’all!  Hope your weekend is dawning bright and clear and with something fun planned!

So this card for today is destined for our friends who…had a bad thing happen to them.  The kind of thing you see on the news.

Not the kind of thing that happens to actual people that you actually know.

On Tuesday evening, a pretty big storm was on its way to us here in Atlanta, but it veered around us, leaving us with no more than some big (BIG) straight-line winds.  Our friends have a hunting camp that they’ve been going to for 25 years or so.  The storm veered straight to it and a ginormous lightning strike hit their trailer and burned it to the ground.  Along with two boats, four jet-skis and all the things they’ve been collecting there all these years.

These aren’t rich folks.  They’re just people like we are.  Who gathered things up and treasured the memories they’ve made there.

Oh,  and they’d planned to go to the camp the next night.  If they had and the storm had been a night later…

So.  I decided I should make them a card.  Since…I’m a card maker!  I used the little sentiment stamp set called Here For You and added some images from In The Meadow.  Take a look-see:


I played along with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge…


As soon as I got this clean and simple card done, my brain started telling me all the things I could have done different/better/more elaborately.  But I think this fits our friends perfectly.

Next time!

I started with a piece of Crumb Cake card stock, matted on another Crumb Cake panel, and stamped the mountain image from In The Meadow twice in Crumb Cake ink.  I added a Lace Doily – Very Vanilla side up (I know, it looks white in the picture) – with some Liquid Glue.


I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to position and stamp a sentiment from the Here For You set in Early Espresso at the bottom of the panel.

My art panel is a piece of Crumb Cake, torn to size, and stamped with the sweet deer image from In The Meadow, in Crumb Cake ink.  I used some Liquid Glue to adhere it to a torn Always Artichoke mat.  Finally, I wrapped a piece of Linen Thread around it, securing the thread in the back with scotch tape.  I popped the whole thing onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and added a tiny Linen Thread bow with a dab of Liquid Glue.


I added a few Always Artichoke Enamel Shapes and the card front was done!

On the inside, I added another Crumb Cake mountain from In The Meadow to a piece of Very Vanilla card stock – this time I stamped it off once first. Over the top, I added a second sentiment from Here For You in Early Espresso.  I inked the stamp and then covered the “I” at the beginning with a piece of Sticky Note – the card will be from Wayne and I, not just me!


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

My Crumb Cake Medium Envelope got a Crumb Cake image from In The Meadow on the front…


…and again on the envelope flap.  And I also added a third sentiment (“Well, this just stinks.”) from Here For You in Early Espresso.


Et Voila!  I hate that this happened to them, but I hope this little card – simple as it is – will let them know that we’re thinking about them.  I love the In The Meadow set and the little sentiments in Here For You are great.  They’re the kinds of things people actually say – and I like that!  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 MAR – 31 MAR: XBYZMW9W

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.


 End-of-Sale-A-Bration Ordering Special

 Now thru 31 Mar!  

Cash in as many times as you want!

 

 

For all orders OVER $50…

1. DOUBLE PEPPERMINTS

                I’m offering DOUBLE Peppermint Rewards Points for all orders (over $50 before shipping and tax) placed thru me by 31 Mar.                 Peppermint Rewards Points are part of my Punkin’ Head Customer Rewards Program – and collecting them leads you to FREE    gifts! For more information on the benefits of collecting Peppermints, check out my Punkin’ Head Customer Rewards program right here!

2.  FREE SHIPPING
               I’m offering free shipping on all orders over $50 (before shipping and tax) placed through me between now and 31 Mar.  

               Here are the two ways you can order and receive your free shipping rebate: 

               1.  Place your order directly through my online store, and:

                     – Give me with your mailing address and I’ll send you a rebate check for your shipping costs
                            or
                     – Provide me with your PayPal account e-mail and I’ll send you your rebate via PayPal

               2.  Send me your order via email, I’ll deduct the shipping costs and send you an invoice through PayPal.

3.  FREE MULTI-PURPOSE LIQUID GLUE with every order over $50 (before shipping and tax)


The Countdown Has Really Begun!

7 Days Remain!

Join My Team – the Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew – Today!

(And get TWO FREE STAMP SETS!)

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Right now, get up to $200 for just $99.  And – it ships for free!  You select $125 worth of product and pay just $99 – plus, right now, you get 2 FREE BONUS STAMPS with a value up to $104.  Did I mention FREE SHIPPING??  Doesn’t get a lot better than that!

And – of course, from the moment you join, you’ll get your 20 – 25% demonstrator discount on all your future Stampin’ Up! products!

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. 🙂

 



Don’t forget we’ve got new goodies on the Sale-A-Bration list!  Used to be SEVEN – now we’re down to just FIVE.  Both embossing folders have sold out, so they’re not available any longer!!  Sorry – but…you need to hurry to get your favorite.  Don’t forget you need to use the code in this table – not the “normal” item code in the Online Store!


There’s less than a week to take advantage of all the great deals in Sale-A-Bration and my Ordering Special.  And don’t forget the chance to win that Blog Candy!  Scroll on down and read how to get entered to win!

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:    


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Always Artichoke Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 2 1/2″ x 3″ (mat for art piece)

Crumb Cake Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); 2 1/2″ x 3″ (art piece)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (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!


 End of Sale-A-Bration Blog Candy!

Here’s what’s up for grabs!

  • 2016-2018 In Color Cardstock (8 1/2″ x 11)
  • Window Shopping Stamp Set (Clear)
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack
  • Glimmer Paper Pack 
  • So Very Much Stamp Set (Clear)
  • Make a Medallion Stamp Set (Photo)
  • And this card I shared today!

How to win?

Everyone who places an order with me between now and the end of Sale-A-Bration, of $25 or more (before shipping and tax) will get an entry to win! 

There’s no limit on how many entries you can earn – every $25 gets one!  So a $50 order will get two…$75 will get three….etc!  

Don’t forget that every $50 order ALSO receives….

  • A Sale-a-Bration Item
  • Free Shipping!
  • Double Peppermint Points
  • A FREE bottle of Liquid Glue!

So, hurry and get entered to win!  You’ve got until the end of the business day on 31 March to get your orders in at my Online Store.  On Saturday, 1 April, I’ll put all the entries in a hat (or maybe a box!) and draw one lucky name!  Remember – the more times you enter, the better your chances of winning this great set of Blog Candy!! 🙂  The lucky winner will be announced in my Sunday blog.

Please note, per the Demonstrator rules from Stampin’ Up!, only those of you who live in the United States can order from me and be entered to win and I’m only able to ship Stampin’ Up! merchandise to addresses within the United States. Thanks for your understanding and good luck!!🙂


FINN-FAN FIX….

Finn had become a bit of a lap-hug-hog.

He’s always on the lookout for any cats who think they might like to get in my lap and he does what he can to preclude that from happening.

Sometimes it means he has to do a half-lap-hug.  Back half on the floor, front half – the one with the giant wet likker – on the lap.

And bring his toy-of-the-moment with him.

A guy has to do what a guy has to do to keep those pesky cats in line.

The struggle is real. 😉

TTFN

M

Categories: Encouragement, Sympathy, Thinking Of You | Tags: , , | 14 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Weather Together For Brighter Days

Happy Saturday, y’all!  Hope you’ve got nice weather and a plan for an enjoyable weekend ahead of you!

And I hope that you’re thinking about doing one of two things this weekend.  Either…taking advantage of my three-way super duper ordering special…or…taking advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s super duper joining special!  You can find more details on both down below my card share! 😉

I made a card today that I don’t need.

Yet.  I think it’s always good to have a card like this on hand – and I didn’t.  I used the Annual Catalog bundle called Weather Together (coordinates with the Umbrella Weather Framelits.  Take a look-see:


I used two sketches to help me along with this one.  The first, from CASE This Sketch, was the inspiration for the layout.


And the color scheme is from the FabFri Challenge.


To begin, I made my umbrella.  I stamped the striped umbrella image from Weather Together in So Saffron on a piece of Whisper White card stock and cut it with the die in the Umbrella Weather Framelits.  I used the die that creates the creases in the umbrella so I could make it a little more dimensional.  Then I cut two little trim pieces – one from So Saffron and one from Calypso Coral.  I adhered them together and then to the umbrella with Liquid Glue.


I stamped a So Saffron umbrella handle and cut it out, too.  I colored the shaft in with my So Saffron Stampin’ Write Marker and used the Calypso Coral marker on the handle itself.  Then I gently creased the umbrella to make it look rounder, and used Liquid Glue to adhere the handle on the inside.

I laid the umbrella on a piece of Shimmery White card stock and, using my alchohol-filled Aqua Pen and the lid of my ink pad, brushed some Mint Macaron “rain” onto the card front – avoiding the area “under” the umbrella.


I made a sentiment from a piece of Shimmery White card stock, cut into a banner with my Paper Snips, and stamping the Weather Together sentiment in Calypso Coral.  Then I lightly edged it with my Mint Macaron Marker.

Finally, I stamped three clouds in Smoky Slate ink and cut them out with their Umbrella Weather Framelit dies.  I adhered two large clouds with Liquid Glue and popped the small cloud over top with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I used my Basic Gray Watercolor Pencil to lightly shade under the larger clouds for some depth.  

Next I added the umbrella with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.


I cut the handle with my snips, adhered the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and then added the little end of the handle with some more Dimensioanals – so that you can’t even tell that the handle was cut!

The final piece was to cut some raindrops out of Silver Foil, using the little die in the Umbrella Weather Framelits.  I adhered them with eensy little dabs of Liquid Glue.  Then I adhered the card front to a Mint Macaron mat and it was done!

On the inside, I added a second Weather Together sentiment to a Whisper White mat in Calypso Coral.  Around that, I stamped a veritable garden of blooms in So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral, using the little flower stamp in the set.


I SNAILd the panel to a Mint Macaron mat and into my Peekaboo Peach 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 repeated my brighter days garden…


…and on the envelope flap, I watercolored a little more Mint Macaron and then added a Weather Together sentiment (“I’m here for you”) in Calypso Coral.


Et Voila!  This Weather Together stamp set and matching Umbrella Weather Framelits is a nice one – sentiments for several occasions and lots of image possibilities.  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 MAR – 31 MAR: XBYZMW9W

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.


 End-of-Sale-A-Bration Ordering Special

 Now thru 31 Mar!

 

For all orders OVER $50…

1. DOUBLE PEPPERMINTS

                I’m offering DOUBLE Peppermint Rewards Points for all orders (over $50 before shipping and tax) placed thru me by 31 Mar.                 Peppermint Rewards Points are part of my Punkin’ Head Customer Rewards Program – and collecting them leads you to FREE    gifts! For more information on the benefits of collecting Peppermints, check out my Punkin’ Head Customer Rewards program right here!

2.  FREE SHIPPING
               I’m offering free shipping on all orders over $50 (before shipping and tax) placed through me between now and 31 Mar.  

               Here are the two ways you can order and receive your free shipping rebate: 

               1.  Place your order directly through my online store, and:

                     – Give me with your mailing address and I’ll send you a rebate check for your shipping costs
                            or
                     – Provide me with your PayPal account e-mail and I’ll send you your rebate via PayPal

               2.  Send me your order via email, I’ll deduct the shipping costs and send you an invoice through PayPal.

3.  FREE MULTI-PURPOSE LIQUID GLUE with every order over $50 (before shipping and tax)


Don’t Waste Another Moment!

Join My Team – the Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew – Today!

(And get TWO FREE STAMP SETS!)

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Right now, get up to $200 for just $99.  And – it ships for free!  You select $125 worth of product and pay just $99 – plus, right now, you get 2 FREE BONUS STAMPS with a value up to $104.  Did I mention FREE SHIPPING??  Doesn’t get a lot better than that!

And – of course, from the moment you join, you’ll get your demonstrator discount on all your future Stampin’ Up! products!

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. 🙂

 


Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you tomorrow! 🙂

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:  


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Peekaboo Peach Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″  (card base – scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

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

Shimmery White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); 5/8″ x 2 3/4″ (sentiment)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner); Umbrella Weather die cuts

Silver Foil: Umbrella Weather die cut rain drops

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 created a bit of a monster.

A 55-pound lap-monster.

With spring-y boing-y legs.

That can do a flat-footed leap into my lap.  With no warning whatsoever.

Except…


As we’d say in the military – this is my WARNORD (Warning Order).  At this point, if I look at him and wiggle an eyebrow, he’ll be in my lap.

Best not to have a cup of coffee.

Or a computer.

Or….a cat! 🙂

TTFN

M

Categories: Encouragement, Friendship, Get Well Soon, Life Event, Sympathy | Tags: , , | 16 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Falling May Flower Garden

Happy Hawwmp Day, y’all!  Although I’m only just realizing what day it is – I spent all day Tuesday thinking it was…Monday?  Which is odd since Tuesdays are the day I do my Newsletter and I spent a lot of time getting that ready!  But, it’s true – I was discombobulated all day.

Which is why the card I did follows a sketch that closed at noon on Tuesday.  And today’s not Tuesday, so… yea.

Speaking of which, I used a technique on this one that I blatantly copied from Amy Koenders.  You can see the card she did right here.  I justified my overt copying by telling myself the sketch demanded a frame, so…almost all the cards that were submitted have a frame.  And how many ways are there to do a frame?  But, I did use a completely different stamp set, so there’s that.  I pulled out the Falling Flowers bundle and then took a sentiment (and a little tiny bee!) from the Garden in Bloom set.  Take a look-see:


So – in addition to the sketch challenge at My Favorite Things – that I missed!, I played along with the Can You CASE It challenge, which gave me my colors.


I started with a plain piece of Whisper White card stock.  Then, using the instructions I got over at Amy’s blog, I fashioned a frame.  First I used the largest of the square Stitched Shapes Framelits and, with half of the die hanging off the end of the platform (so it wouldn’t cut) I ran it thru the Big Shot and cut the top half.  Then I reversed the layout, letting the little “stitches” in the die hook into the stitches that had just been cut to help me line it up.  When I ran it thru that second time, I ended up with a rectangle with the stitches cut into it!


I repeated that process using a scallop-edge die in the Squares Layering Framelits to cut out the middle.  Once I had run thru the Big Shot twice (both times only cutting half of the die). I ended up with the frame you see.  Now, to be fair, I fully expected to have to do it a few times to get it right – but I got lucky on the first go! 🙂

Next up, I used a sticky note that I cut to the size of my frame, and stuck it in the center of my Whisper White card front.  Right below the sticky note, I stamped the sentiment from Garden in Bloom in Basic Gray Archival Ink.  Then, using the flourish stamp in the Falling Flowers stamp set, I stamped around the sticky note and the sentiment with Smoky Slate ink, that I stamped off once before stamping my card.  When I pulled up the sticky note, I had a clear “canvas” for my “picture”.  I matted the panel on Basic Gray and Daffodil Delight card stock panels with SNAIL.


Using the images in the Falling Flowers stamp set, I stamped a few leaves in Smoky Slate (full strength).  Then I cut a sticky note mask (knew that was coming, didn’t you!!) and covered them up one at a time to stamp the little berry image in stamped-off-once Daffodil Delight.  I lined the back of my frame with Stampin’ Dimensionals and stuck the frame over the top of my canvas.

Then I stamped several flowers in Tempting Turquoise (the large two are full strength and the little ones are stamped-off-once) and some berries in full strength Daffodil Delight (I colored them in with my Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencil), and cut them all out with the matching dies in the May Flowers Framelits.  Then I colored the large flowers in with my alcohol-filled Aqua Painter, using ink from the lid of my Tempting Turquoise stamp pad.


I used Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere them to the frame to get a 3-D effect and some Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight Enamel Shapes for the middle of the flowers.

Finally, I stamped the little bee from the Garden in Bloom stamp set in Basic Gray Archival Ink on Whisper White, colored him in with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write Marker and fussy cut him.  Then I stuck him to his flower with a little Liquid Glue – and brushed his wings with the Clear Wink of Stella.  

And that was it for the card front.


On the inside, I stamped a second sentiment from Garden in Bloom in Basic Gray in the middle of a Whisper White panel.  Then, using some sticky note masks, I stamped some Tempting Turquoise flowers and Smoky Slate leaves at the bottom.  I stamped the two large flowers first, covered them with their masks, and stamped the rest of the images “behind” them.  I lightly colored the centers of the large flowers with my Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencil!


I double matted the panel on Basic Gray and Daffodil Delight and SNAILd it into my Whisper White card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

On my Whisper White Medium Envelope, I repeated the Falling Flowers images on the front…


…and gave the envelope flap a stamped-off-once Smoky Slate Falling Flowers flourish.  Then I added another little bee in the corner.  Cuz I like him! 🙂


Et Voila!  I really kind of never get tired of all the beautiful flower images that Stampin’ Up! brings to us – and this Falling Flowers bundle is definitley one of my faves!  And the fact that they give us so many matching dies is just the icing on the cake!  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 1 MAR – 15 MAR: X64XATES

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.


Which Color Will You Miss the Most When It’s Gone???

The TIME Draws Near

2015-2017-in-color-collection

It’s time for you to start getting stocked up on your favorite color card stock, re-inkers, Designer Papers, Ribbons and Embellishments in these colors before they retire and/or sell-out!  Re-inkers and card stock typically sell out fast as retirement nears!  This is a really great time to do it, too, cuz you can still take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration benefits!

Here’s a link directly to the 2015 – 2017 In Color Collection – Happy Shopping!


NOW Is The Time To Sign Up And Get That Super-Duper Starter Kit

(Plus TWO FREE Stamp sets!)

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We all love a great deal, don’t we?

And the BEST DEAL, with the BEST VALUE, is the Starter Kit!

Right now, get up to $200 for just $99.  And – it ships for free!  You select $125 worth of product and pay just $99 – plus, right now, you get 2 FREE BONUS STAMPS with a value up to $104.  Did I mention FREE SHIPPING??  And – of course, from the moment you join, you’ll get your demonstrator discount on all your future Stampin’ Up! products!

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. 🙂

 


Finally – Stampin’ Up! just let us know that the Card Tin in the Sale-A-Bration flyer is completely sold out!  It was a winner and I’m thinkin’ a lot of folks got it.  So…when you order, be ready to choose a different FREE goody!

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:     


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 3/4″ x 5″ (card front and inner liner); 2 5/8″ x 3 3/8″ frame (cut from largest Stitched Shapes Square and the 2″ scallop Layering Squares Framelit)

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

Basic Gray Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (mats for card front and for 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!


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FINN-FAN FIX….

‘Member me saying yesterday I figured it wouldn’t be long before FInn-Chewie figured out the transition from stairs to lap?

Well.

Sure ’nuff!  As soon as I hit “schedule” on the post and closed up shop, he gracefully (-ish) stepped across the gap and onto my lap.

So I took a few (dozen!) close-ups!


What a face!

TTFN

M

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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! 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

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….

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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