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Stampin’ Up! Nothing’s Better Than With Video Tutorial for The Paper Players

Hey y’all – it’s Sunday, which means I’ve got another fun challenge for you from the Paper Players – Laurie’s got a Clean-And-Simple challenge for us this week – which, as you know, is TOTALLY my kind of card! 😉 Which means it was a challenge for me!  It’s a SWEET one – and one that I know will give your creative mojo a bump!  So I hope you’ll come and play along with us!

If you were able to join me yesterday for my Facebook Live video, I appreciate you spending some of your weekend with me!  If you weren’t able to watch the live version, but you’d like to see the replay on YouTube…here ’tis!

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Stampin’ Up! You’re the Way To Goat!

Good morning!  Happy start-of-the-week!  Hope you had a good weekend – ours was a little soggy.  But – I still managed to get some time in with my ponies!  I decided that I’ve been falling down on one of the things I meant to do when I retired and that was ride.

Like..I haven’t.

At all.

🙁

Interestingly, the girls are enjoying the attention.  Until yesterday morning, maybe, when I pulled out the saddles and tacked them up!  THEN the pony-lightbulbs came on and I think they thought…ruh-roh! It’s all fun and games until SOMEone ends up in a SADDLE!! 😂

But – I did take time to make some cards over the weekend and one of them is really the Greatest Of All Time! 😉  I mean, of course, that I used the fun Way to Goat stamp set!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! His Love Prized Peony Card with Video Tutorial

Happy Friday, y’all!  It’s World Card Making Day-eve and I hope you’re planning to join us tomorrow for our day-long Inkin Krew FB Event!  We’ll be doing live presentations from 9am to 9pm and having fun prize patrols!  And – if you can’t spend the WHOLE day with us – you’ll be able to watch replays of the videos even afterwards.  So…head over and join the group!  There’s more details down below!

If you were able to join me yesterday for my YouTube live, I appreciate you spending some time with me – if not, but you’d like to see the replay, here ’tis! 🙂

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Stampin’ Up! Gilded Autumn Love of Leaves Card with Video Tutorial

Happy Friday, y’all!  Hope you’ve got a decent weekend in store – if you’re cleaning up after Sally’s visit – I wish you well in those endeavors!  We got some pretty solid rain and wind – but nothing catastrophic where we are.  So…we were lucky.  Didn’t even lose internet! 😳😳😳

If you were able to join me yesterday for my YouTube live, I appreciate you spending some time with me – if not, but you’d like to see the replay, here ’tis! 🙂

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Stampin’ Up! Gathered Plaid Autumn Greetings Card

Happy happy HAWWWMP DAY!!!  I hope you’re all safe – so many of my SU! friends are in harm’s way in one way or another these days – be it from wildfires or the slowest moving tropical storm ever (serious – that one’s moving slower than I do on the treadmill on even my laziest day!)!  2020 can just…go the heck away already! 🙁   Y’all take the best of care.

Now.  Today’s card is so….me.  It’s got plaid.  It’s got leaves.  It’s got a cat!  Yep – I brought the Cat Punch in to play with Gathered Leaves and the Autumn Greetings Bundle – and put the whole shootin’ match on top of some gorgeous Fall Plaid Tidings DSP.  Take a look-see:

The layout for this one comes from this week’s TGIF Sketch Challenge – although I flipped it upside down!  Let’s…just pretend I meant to do that, okay? 😉

And – the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge let me let my FALL collage freak LOOSE!  I mean – it was like they made this board FOR ME!!  I went up the middle diagonal AND down the right column!

I started with a piece of the Plaid Tidings DSP that I cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″ then cut at 1 7/8″ on the short side.  I left one piece long and cut the other at about 2″.

I matted the three panels on a Basic Black mat.  In order to make all the borders look “right” I used my Paper Trimmer to take a smidge off the panels.  Yes – “smidge”.  Don’t ask me how much that is! 😉

I used the Gathered Leaves Die set to cut leaves in Bumble Bee, Cajun Craze and Pumpkin Pie.  Before cutting them, I spritzed the card stock with water using my Stampin’ Spritzer.  Note:  Cajun Craze isn’t one of the colors listed for the Plaid Tidings – but… I like how it works with this DSP.  So…use the recommendations but…if there’s a color that appeals to you…use it! 🙂

I pulled out the Autumn Essentials Dies – bundled with the Autumn Greetings stamp set – and cut a few Cinnamon Cider grasses.  I also cut a couple of solid Pumpkin Pie pumpkins and some detailed Cinnamon Cider pumpkins – which I adhered together with Liquid Glue.

I cut a Basic Black cat with the Cat Punch.

For the sentiment, I stamped one from Autumn Greetings in Cinnamon Cider on Very Vanilla.  How gorgeous is that font??  I cut it with a Stitched Rectangle Die.  Note:  Cheat the sentiment to the left side of the die cut when you make your card.

Then I put all the pieces and parts onto the card front to create the collage.  When I had everything how I wanted it – I took two pictures.  One with everything in place and one with the “top” layers off so I could see.

I adhered everything with Liquid Glue – until I got to the very last pumpkin on the sentiment.  THAT one is popped on with a Stampin’ Dimensional!

I added some Pumpkin Pie gems to the sentiment and the card front and the card was done!

On the inside, I added a second sentiment and some pumpkins from Autumn Greetings in Cinnamon Cider ink on a Very Vanilla panel.  I colored the pumpkins with my Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends Combo and Light Shaded Spruce Blend.  On these I colored the stem with my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker – then added the “ground” with the Cinnamon Cider Marker.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to a Basic Black mat and into my Cinnamon Cider card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got another Autumn Greetings pumpkin on the front.  This one got a Cinnamon Cider stem – which do you like better??  This one or the Early Espresso stems on the inside?

…and I added more of the Plaid Tidings DSP on the envelope flap.  Note to self:  order more Plaid Tidings DSP SOON!!

Et Voila!  No – really.  This card has so many of my favorite things – I considered a double-loop Linen Thread bow but you know me…I do NOT like to be over-the-top on these things! 😉

The Autumn Essentials Bundle is gorgeous – the sentiment fonts are beautiful and the die cuts amazing!  And that doesn’t even speak to the huge, wunnermus floral image!!

Add the Gathered Leaves and perfectly perfect Plaid Tidings DSP and…winner winner!

I hope you like!

If you’d like to re-create this card, the card cuts and product list is down below!

TTFN

M

 

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Stampin’ Up! Celebration Tidings Always Grateful

Good morning and happy Monday!  Did you do something fun this weekend?

On Sunday – our team got together via Zoom for our Quarterly Team Meeting!  And – in addition to getting Stampin’ Up! updates AND doing an awesome Prize Patrol…a few of us demo’d some cards for the team to make.  In TTBC (The Time Before COVID) – we’d have met in person and crafted together to make the four cards.  Now-a-days?  Zoom zoom!

We all used the same bundle – the Celebration Tidings bundle – but…boy, were our projects different!  Although… we DID all use Plaid Tidings DSP!  Appears we all LOVE Plaid Tidings DSP and want it to stick around forever!!

The card that I did has an autumn theme – all ready for cool Fall days and the arrival of pumpkins and leaves galore.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Beauty Abounds on Dandelions!

Well – good morning and Happy Happy HAWWWMP Day!

These are words that are scaring me a little!  It means…I’ve only got three more days – including TODAY!! – to get my cards all ready – links prepped for next week’s blog hop – and (hopefully!) some work-ahead on blog posts done!  Why?  Cuz – I’m goin’ to the chapel and my friend is gettin’ maaarrried….goin’ to the chapel-which-is-really-an-event-center and my friend is gettin’ maaaarrried!

Yes – it’s here!  Matt and Katelyn are getting married on Sunday at a gorgeous vineyard/event center up north of us!  Going to spend the weekend and probably do some crying.  Note to self: go buy waterproof mascara!!

I’m excited for them – I know it’s going to be gorgeous.  And will post some pictures if they’ll let me!

So.  Card.  Focus.

I pulled an older stamp set from the shelf for today’s card – it’s the Beauty Abounds set with the coordinating Butterfly Beauty die set.  I set the whole thing atop some Flowers for Every Season DSP and a Dandelions 3D-embossed panel.  Take a look-see:

The reason that I gravitated to Beauty Abounds for this one is thanks to the inspiration from the Just Us Girls Wild-Card challenge.

And I pulled my layout from the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.

I started with a same-size-as-the-front-of-the-card piece of Flowers for Every Season DSP that I adhered to the front of my Early Espresso card base with Liquid Glue.  Hint: be sure that the panel is straight and doesn’t need to be trimmed down at all BEFORE you decorate it. 😉

Don’t ask how I know.  Cuz I know that you know how I know.

You know??

I used a smaller panel of Whisper White and embossed it in one of my FAVORITE embossing folders – the Dandelions 3D Embossing Folder (which you could choose if you take advantage of my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine Ordering Special!).  I matted that panel on Just Jade and adhered it to the card front with Liquid Glue.

I stamped the sweet sentiment from Beauty Abounds in Just Jade on Whisper White and cut it with one of the Ornate Frames sentiment label dies – then I popped it onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

From some Rainbow Glimmer Paper, I cut a few large and small butterflies with the Butterfly Beauty dies – the larger die cuts are part of the large detailed die – I used Paper Snips to separate out the two big butterflies that I wanted.

I lightly curled the wings of the larger die cut butterflies and adhered everything with Liquid Glue.

And resisted the urge to add…anything!…and called the card front good!

On the inside, I added another full-size panel of Flowers for Every Season with Liquid Glue.

On a Whisper White panel, I added a second sentiment from Beauty Abounds in Just Jade.  Then I stamped a couple of butterflies in stamped-off-once Magenta Madness ink.  Then I added some of the smaller bokeh-dots image in Mango Melody.  Hint:  my ink pad is needing some re-inking, so the image is quite faint, even at full strength.  Double check yours and be sure it’s light enough – if not, stamp it off once on scrap paper first!

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to a Just Jade mat and onto the inside of the card – and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another couple of butterflies and bokeh dots on the front…

…and more of the Flowers for Every Season DSP on the envelope flap.  Hint:  there IS an up and a down on this paper.  Just sayin’! 😉

Et Voila!  I’ve been so caught up in the Aug – Dec 2020 Mini Catalog that it’s easy to forget about some of the beautiful sets in the “big” catalog!  But…don’t be like me!  Beauty Abounds is just as gorgeous now as it was when it came out – and the coordinating Butterfly Beauty Die set is…stunning!

And don’t forget that you could get the amaze-balls Dandelions 3D Embossing Folder for FREE – plus DOUBLE Peppermints right now during my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine Ordering Special!!

I hope you like!

If you’d like to re-create this card, all the products used and the card cuts are listed below!

TTFN

M

 

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Stampin’ Up! World’s Greatest – August 2020 Paper Pumpkin!

Good Saturday, y’all!  Hope you’re ready for a great weekend – I’ll be hanging “virtually” with a BUNCH of Stampin’ Up! Leaders today – and that’s what I got to do yesterday, too!  Awesome info being passed to us – using a platform that is ALMOST as good as being there.

I laid in some extra candy just to make the experience more “real”! 😉

The other day, I got my August Paper Pumpkin in the mail!  It’s called World’s Greatest – and it’s full of….great! 😎…goodies to make 9 cards and coordinating envelopes!

Can you tell that one of the designs is a shaker card?  Well…trust me on this.  It totally is!

And they ALL have foil accents – which is too fun!

Lots of great sentiments for you, too – for the kit projects AND for future cards!

The stamp set – called World’s Greatest is – like ALL Paper Pumpkin stamp sets – exclusive to the kit.

The kit – again like ALL Paper Pumpkin kits! – comes with everything you need to make the projects – as well as the instructions! 🙂

Once everything is together – this is what you’ll have!  And – you KNOW how I feel about envelopes!  #nonekkidenvelopes  🙂

And – you don’t have to stop there – you could make a few “as directed” cards and then go off on your own.  Here’s some ideas for you!  How cute is that pencil?!?

You can check out the “official” Stampin’ Up! video for this month’s kit right here!

So – there’s what August looked like! September’s kit rolls in….FALL!

As the autumn season approaches, prepare to celebrate with the September Paper Pumpkin Kit! There’s so much to love about fall—some love the haunts of Halloween, many love the time to give thanks, and others love the changing colors and cooler temperatures. Whatever you love most about fall, September’s kit has everything you need to celebrate the season your way!

September’s kit is a must-have for those who love to celebrate all things spooky.  But, for those who DON’T enjoy the Halloween haunts, the multi-occasion stamp set – combined with a variety of die-cut and reversible paper pieces – offers many ways to customize your fall crafts!

The Hello Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin Kit includes enough supplies to create projects celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the autumn season. Make them all the same, or mix ‘n’ match!

Here’s the deets….

  • Kit contains enough supplies to create 20 cracker box treat packages.
  • Each cracker box treat package can be customized to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, the autumn season, or all three!
  • Coordinating Colors: Bumblebee, Basic Black, Cajun Craze, Cinnamon Cider, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, white
  • And – to get THIS kit, you MUST be signed up by 10 Sep.  Sign up on 11 Sep….and you’ll get the OCTOBER kit.  Which is probably awesome – but…it’s not THIS one!

 

So – are you a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber?  If you’re not – but…you’d like to give these fun, all-inclusive kits, a try – you can sign up for a subscription where you are billed monthly for your kit OR you can purchase a prepaid subscription in my online store.  To see more information and to sign up for the monthly subscription, click here. To see the options for prepaid subscriptions in my online store, click here.

Happy crafting, y’all! 🙂

TTFN

M

 

 

 


HOST CODE FOR 16 AUG – 31 AUG:  QSHFG3TX

Use this host code when you order $50 or greater and receive a free gift (AND the Monthly Card Tutorial) from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in any active Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!  See my Rewards page for full details.  The August Tutorial features the Autumn Goodness Bundle!


My Fundraiser to Help Iowa – ends in TWO Days!!

On 10 August, the state of Iowa was hit with a derecho storm.  If you have seen any videos of it – it truly looked like a hurricane had hit Iowa.  Uhm – because it totally had – winds in the 100+mph range (that’s Cat 2 territory, folks!)  With no warning to speak of.  To say it was devastating is a bit of an understatement! 🙁

As a result of the storm, at least 43% of the corn and soybeans grown in the state were lost.  Which will be seen in the supermarkets where you and I get our food!  But beyond all that – many in that state are hurting, have lost their homes, schools and businesses and some are still without power (12+ days after the storm and with daytime temps in the 90’s ). Many farm families lost everything and are left with a huge mess to clean up prior to planting next spring.  With so much destruction, they can really use our help!

There’s an organization in Cedar Rapids, IA, called the Iowa Giving Crew, a Cedar Rapids based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that’s helping to get power restored to those still waiting, is feeding those in need, provides 3 meals a day and is helping with the cleanup.  They’ve got a Facebook page that you can see here with photos and details about the help they’re providing.

In an effort to help, I’ve set a goal of donating $500 to the Iowa Giving Crew.

How can you help me help them??

Place a Stampin’ Up! Order Or Donate Directly!

There are two ways you can help me to reach my goal:

Shop Online: For any orders placed through my online store between now and 31 August 2020 I’ll be donating 20% of your merchandise total to the Iowa Giving Crew.

  • 20% of orders placed through my online store between now and 31 August 2020 will be donated to the Iowa Giving Crew.
  • You’ll earn Peppermint Points and a thank you gift from me with all orders of $50! See my host code details below.
  • Anyone ordering $50+ will be entered to win a new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine from me to be given away on 1 September 2020! See the details below.

OR….

Make a Donation of $25+ directly to the Iowa Giving Crew:

  • Anyone worldwide is welcome to make a donation to the charity directly via Venmo or PayPal to help (see the details to donate on the Iowa Giving Crew website here).
  • For those in the US, send me a screenshot of the receipt for your donation of $25+ to the Iowa Giving Crew to stamps-n-lingers@comcast.net and you’ll be entered to win the new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine* to be given away on 1 September! See the details below.
  • If you order $50+ through my Stampin’ Up! store AND donate at least $25 directly to the Iowa Giving Crew, your name will be entered twice to win the machine!

Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine Giveaway

1 September!

As an added bonus, I’ll enter anyone who either orders $50+ through my online store between now and 31 August 2020 OR who makes a direct donation* to the Iowa Giving Crew by 31 August 2020 into a drawing for a brand new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine!

*Please note: Per Stampin’ Up! rules, I’m only allowed to ship the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine to addresses in the United States or military APO addresses.  Only those with US/APO shipping addresses will be eligible to win the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. Anyone outside the US is welcome to donate but will not be eligible to win the machine. Orders and/or Donations must be placed by midnight MT on 31 August 2020 to be entered to win the machine.  One winner of the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine will be randomly chosen on Tuesday, 1 September from all of the entries received.

Questions?
Drop me an email at stamps-n-lingers@comcast.net with any questions.  I so appreciate your help and donations to help the good folks in Iowa!! #iowastrong #derecho2020

UPDATE!!  Right now, we’re at $500!  YEAH!! 

Since there are still a few days left … I’ve decided to add a SECOND Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine if we hit $1000 in combined donations by the end of the day on 31 Aug!!


AWESOME JOINING SPECIAL COMING IN SEPTEMBER!!

Watch for more details – but…here’s the gist! 🙂

  • New demonstrators who join before 1 September or after 30 September will not be eligible for this promotion.
  • In addition to the regular starter kit – pay $99 plus tax and choose $125 worth of products! – you’ll ALSO receive…
    • 16 pre-cut and individually-packaged cards packs – including envelopes!
        • 8 packs of precut cardstock of the coastal cabana pack
        • 8 packs of precut cardstock of the Granny Apple Green pack
    • A pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels
    • The So Much Love stamp set
    • The Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set!
  • Use these extra goodies to make samples (using the “recipes” you’ll ALSO get!) – hold an event with your friends or…for whatever you like!
  • Important note: Ink, adhesive, cutting tool, and clear block for stamping must be purchased separately. However, these products may be included as part of the Starter Kit product selection.

There’s lots of great reasons to join Stampin’ Up! and I’d love to have you join my team!  See all the bennies here – and watch for more details as we get closer to September!  If you’ve got questions, give me a shout and we can chat! 🙂


ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT TO REDEEM THOSE BONUS DAYS COUPONS!!

YOU earned them – now….you get to redeem them for awesome Stampin’ Up! Products – just in time for the release of the Aug – Dec 2020 Mini Catalog!!

Here’s the Deets!

  • There’s no limit to the number of coupon codes you can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed for any product (excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin monthly subscriptions).
  • New PREPAID Paper Pumpkin codes MAY be discounted using Bonus Days coupon codes.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes WILL REDUCE the retail amount of an order – and might affect your Stampin’ Rewards (which are based on the AFTER-COUPON amount!)
  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed one time only.

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 

Most evenings – Finn does one of two things.

I ask – are you ready for bed or do you want to go outside?

He responds by either heading down the hall to the bedroom or to the back door to go out.

Okay – a lot of his answer depends on where he’s standing and where he’s “pointed” when I ask it! I think he goes out sometimes with no real need! 😉

On the nights he chooses to go outside – I put his blinky light collar on and tell him to hurry and come right back.

When he comes in he makes a beeline for bed.

Usually – I can snag him in time to take the blinky light collar.

Sometimes…I miss…

You gotta be quick – once he heads to bed….he’s like a HF on a laser! 😉

TTFN
M

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Stampin’ Up! Love of Leaves in Good Taste with Video Tutorial for The Paper Players!

Hey y’all – it’s Sunday, which means I’ve got another fun challenge for you from the Paper Players – Leanne’s got a cool sketch for us this week!  🙂  I know it’ll give your creative mojo a bump, so I hope you’ll come and play along with us!

If you were able to join me yesterday for my Facebook Live video, I appreciate you spending some of your weekend with me!  If you weren’t able to watch the live version, but you’d like to see the replay on YouTube…here ’tis!

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Stampin’ Up! Plaid Love of Leaves for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

Hey y’all – it’s Thursday, so it’s time for another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!!  Today’s a theme/inspiration challenge – and I’m excited to see what everyone brings to the table!  I just know you’re going to see a ton of awesome-ness on the hop today!

So – the other day, I saw a card made by the Queen-of-Clean, Mary Fish.  And I absolutley fell in love with it – to the point where I simply had to make it for myself.  I thunked and I thunked on how to change it up – to make it more mine – but…there was no changing her perfectly perfect design.  So – I decided to use the same Love of Leaves with the amazeballs Stitched Leaves Dies and Plaid Tidings DSP – just like she did.  Take a look-see:

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