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Stampin’ Up! Sweethearts, Baskets and Sunshine Wishes Love Note

Happy Friday, y’all!  The week is drawing to a close and, for me, it’s doing it from Huntsville!  Found out on Wednesday that I had to come over here the next day to get my computer updated and pick up my new work phone.  So – typing this post on Thursday evening from my hotel in Huntsville.  Will head home Friday afternoon!

Got some fun plans for tomorrow – a friend and I are going to a StampNStorage pop-up sale on the north side of Atlanta!  20% off everything AND 30% off Magnetic cards!  And we can walk right out with them.  Whoo-hoo!  

Now – my card for you today has no stamping!  A little bit of ink from a Stampin’ Blend – but…no stamps were inked in the making of this card!  Just some pretty Painted With Love DSP, the Sweetheart TIEF (Annual Catalog), the Basket Weave Dynamic TIEF (be prepared to see a lot of this one, y’all!  And – BE READY TO GET IT NEXT WEEK!!) and some die cuts from the pretty Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  Take a look-see:

I was playing along with the theme challenge from The Paper Players this week. Continue reading

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Categories: Feminine, For You, Friendship, Joining Special, Love, Paper Pumpkin, Valentine's Day | Tags: , , , , , | 13 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Blossoming Basket Weave Sneak Peek for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop



Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!! We’ve got a color challenge today – so be sure to check out all the ladies’ projects when you’re done here, won’t you?  Oh – and don’t forget to stock up on Fast Fuse today!!  

I decided to give you guys a solid sneak peek at the bestest new Sale-A-Bration goody – the Blossoming Basket bundle. This is a wonderful stamp set bundled with the Basket Weave Dynamic TIEF.  And, y’all?  This TIEF will be sticking around after SAB and will be in the Annual Catalog this summer!  But…it for sure won’t be FREE!! So…you might oughta get it starting on 16 Feb when it IS free!  I borrowed a couple of ideas from the second release flyer and came up with this…take a look see:

 

Can you guess what the color challenge was? Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Blends, Basket Weaves and Lovely Wishes

Happy happy Hawwmp day, y’all!  Mid-week on our way to another Continuing Resolution and/or government shutdown.  Whattheheckaretheydoing?!?  Sheesh.  I think THEIR pay needs to stop if they don’t get it together.  

So.  There.  My rant for the day.

Before I get going on the card for today, please be sure you make note of the impending Fast Fuse sale – it starts tomorrow and is a Buy-a-Fast-Fuse and get two refills free SALE!  And it’s only while supplies last – so…be ready to hop to in the morning!

Now.  For my card.  I used a technique that I saw in a Stampin’ Up! video (you can see it right here) to make a pretty background.  The Lovely Wishes stamp set lent it’s pretty flowers for the embossing.  And – if you look close…you’ll see a tiny sneak peek of the new Basket Weave Dynamic TIEF (which will be available to customers on 16 Feb!).  Take a look-see:

The layout for this one is from this week’s CAS(E) This Sketch challenge: Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Sweet & Sassy Sure Do Love You!

Mornin’, y’all.  Hope you made it thru Friday and are into a nice weekend!  

Appreciate all the well-wishes yesterday – it’s nice having so many folks who care about my well-being!  And glad so many of you snapped up the free shipping! 🙂

My card today is a quick and easy Valentine’s card – or just a little card to send to someone you love!  It’s got hearts – thanks to the Sweet & Sassy Framelits and the Sure Do Love You bundle.  And pretty pretty Painted With Love DSP!  Take a look-see:

The elements and the layout are from this week’s Fusion challenge. Continue reading

Categories: Feminine, For You, Friendship, Joining Special, Love, Paper Pumpkin, Special Promotions, Valentine's Day | Tags: , , , , | 22 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Lots to Love About Southern Serenade

Well, shoot-fire, y’all.  It’s freakin’ Monday again!  Sheesh – why does it come so fast and then take so long to get back to the weekend?  Anyone have a clue? I think it’s even harder to face the week when half (or more!) of the weekend was rainy and pretty much nasty, don’t you?  And yes – that’s what we had.  All the day long on Sunday. Finn – not a fan.  He loves the mud but his mom doesn’t so….he got to spend way less time outside than normal. 😦

That kind of weather is, however, great for making cards!  So…I did!  And we did a video last night with one of those projects.  If you were able to join me – thanks so much for spending part of your weekend with me!  If not, but would like to see the project I made with the Lots to Love Box Framelits and the Southern Serenade stamp set, here’s a link to it on YouTube!

I used some of the pretty Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP to make the box with the Lots to Love Box Framelits – I’ve found that the heavier weight of the foil specialty papers works the best for these little boxes.

As you can see in the video – you’ll cut two of the Lots to Love Framelits box die cuts and put them together with Fast Fuse – or Tear & Tape Adhesive like I used! Continue reading

Categories: Feminine, For You, Friendship, General, Gift Boxes, Gifts, Happy Birthday, Joining Special, Special Promotions, Thank You Cards | Tags: , , , , | 9 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Picture Perfect Celebrate Amazing You

Happy Hawwwmp day, y’all!  Hope the week is going well for you.

Last week, my friend Amy made a card that I really loved.  Well, I pretty much love all the cards she made. This one I decided to CASE-ish.  Here’s a link to her card.

Like Amy, I used the Picture Perfect DSP and the wonderful Sale-A-Bration freebie….the Celebrate You Thinlits!  Take a look-see:

These were so easy to create – that I made 4 of them! Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts

Mornin’, y’all!  Well, we did it!  It’s FRIDAY!  And – for me, at least – it’s the Friday before three entire days off.

No phone calls from work.  No e-mails from work.  No…nothing from work!  Whoo-hooo!

Today’s card uses another previously un-inked stamp set for me – called Friendship’s Sweetest Thoughts.  I paired it with the Petal Pair TIEF and…take a look-see:

I used the sketch challenge from this week’s MFT Card Challenge for my layout. Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! True Gentleman Hedgehugs

Good morning, y’all!  I think it’s Hawwmp day…right??  Which means it’s practically the weekend which means it’s practically a three-day weekend!  Thank you, thank you, Mr. King!  A friend of mine and I decided via e-mail yesterday that there’s a looooong time between holidays at this time of year, unless you get MLK day and President’s Day off.  So…hunker down, y’all – and get ready for some 5-day weeks!

My card for today uses the fun new set called Hedgehugs in the new catalog.  I paired it with some True Gentleman DSP and a few other little goodies.  Take a look-see:

The layout is from this week’s Global Design Project CASE the Designer challenge. Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Warm Merry Patterns for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop



Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! We’ve got a full roster playing with today’s color challenge, so be sure to check ’em all out when you get done here!  

Okay – so, not gonna fib…this one wasn’t easy for me.  Not sure why.  But it wasn’t.  On top of my dithering and fussing, I had the added dilemma of not having brought Tangerine Tango ink or card stock.  So…from the git-go I was subbing in Pumpkin Pie! 😦

I figured it would help to have a sketch to work from, so I took advantage of the one from this week’s TGIF Challenges.

I used the Merry Patterns stamp set and a sentiment from the Hug in a Mug set.  Combined with Spooky Night DSP and some embossing….well.  Take a look-see:

I started by adhering a piece of the Spooky Night DSP onto the bottom of a Very Vanilla card front with Liquid Glue.  Then I embossed the whole thing in the Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF.  I matted it on a piece of Lemon Lime Twist card stock and wrapped some Jute Twine twice around the seam, securing it in the back with scotch tape.

For the art piece, I first stamped the Merry Patterns deer in Early Espresso on a piece of Very Vanilla and cut it out with the largest of the circle Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Then, I stamped the same image again, this time in Pumpkin Pie, on a piece of scrap Very Vanilla.  I fussy cut just the “sweater” and adhered it to my deer with Liquid Glue.

With the sentiment from the Hug in a Mug stamp set, I added a sentiment in Early Espresso ink.  Finally, I stamped the pine bough image a few times in Lemon Lime Twist at the feet of the deer.

I matted the circle on a Lemon Lime Twist scalloped circle, cut with my Circles Layering Framelits.

And then I decided to get fancy.  I cut up a couple of Foil Snowflakes and adhered them around the circle, vanilla-side up.  Then I popped it on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added a small bow of Jute Twine with a Glue Dot.

Nope.  Not gonna do it – didn’t like the end result one bit.  One of those “sound in theory, flawed in execution” ideas.  I just didn’t love it.  So…carefully pried up the circle, pulled off the snowflakes and popped it back on.

There it is!  Much more better!

On the inside, I adhered a small strip of the Spooky Night DSP to a Lemon Lime Twist mat and embossed it in the Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF.  I stamped a few more Merry Patterns pine boughs in Lemon Lime Twist on a Very Vanilla panel and adhered my embossed strip over the top.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Lemon Lime Twist mat and into my Early Espresso card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got a Merry Patterns deer, in Early Espresso, on the front.  Then I added some Lemon Lime Twist pine boughs…

…then I added more Spooky Night DSP to the envelope flap, and embossed it in the Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF (probably can’t see that in the picture!)!

Et Voila!  I’m not in love with the card, but I AM in love with the Merry Patterns stamp set – which is still (and only!!) available thru the end of October.  Scroll on down to find out how to get it for yourself before it’s gone-baby-gone!  Hope you like!

Now that you’ve seen my project, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hoppers today!

If you click on the Next Blog button, you’ll go right to Jari Francis’ page. And you can just click on the names below to go direct to all the blogs!

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Have fun on the Hop!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 16 OCT – 31 OCT: 4HQU3GVF

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.


Designer Series Paper Sale…

 All Month Long!

Let’s admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper!  By popular demand, we are bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper. We’ll be able to buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during October! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs. And we’re even including select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks on sale!

So take advantage of this excellent opportunity and gather up lots of pretty paper!  Take a look-see at what’ll be up for grabs!!  Click the picture to open a handy – and colorful! – flyer!

 


MERRY PATTERNS HOST PROMOTION STILL AVAILABLE

Host a workshop or place an individual order totaling $300 or more (before shipping and tax) by the end of October, and you’ll earn this cool new stamp set for free!  Click the picture to open up a printable flyer!

Version 2
Get all the details on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page right….here!


Stampin’ Blends – Available 1 November 17!

 


Say hello to a new world of colorful creativity! Meet Stampin’ Blends, artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors.

With the release of the Stampin’ Blends on 1 Nov, we’ll also be offering a limited-time 16-card project kit and stamp set with beautiful line-art images.  This fun kit – and the coordinating stamp set feature beautiful line image art that will help you get blending!  Check it out!

The Color Me Happy Project Kit and the Color Me Happy Stamp Set will ONLY be available while supplies last.  So – be ready to snap it up when they “go live”! 

Stampin’ Blends Features

  • Add just the right amount of color where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
  • Stampin’ Up! has done in-house testing for evaporation and life testing and they are really happy with the results.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting color.  

So – be watching for more information about this fun new way to get yer color on!!


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:  


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

Lemon Lime Twist Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3″ Scalloped Circle (mat for sentiment)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 2 7/8″ Stitched Shapes Circle (sentiment)

Spooky Night DSP: 1 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ (lower DSP panel on front); envelope flap

If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator. Just click on the Order Stampin’ Up! Online Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email if you have any questions. Happy Stamping!


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No FFF’s on Blog Hop Days – and probably none until I get home in the middle of November.  Sorry, y’all! 😦

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Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Painted Harvest

Happy Hawwmp Day, everyone!  Hope your week is going well!  Mine is…going!  And it went in such a way that I had to eat a peanut butter pumpkin.  But I only had one.  And I was able to keep from eating any donuts.  Again.

Just sayin’.

My card today is the result of…”oh, you’ve got to be kidding me.  I didn’t bring Cherry Cobbler card stock?!?”.  I say that because I was half way done with the card and went to pull out said Cherry Cobbler card stock to cut my mats.  Why?  Cuz I was playing with the TGIF Challenge which is a color challenge using…Cherry Cobbler.  And, I’d already stamped my Seasonal Lantern sentiment and Painted Harvest flower using Cherry Cobbler.

So – I decided to substitute Cajun Craze (right after I put in an emergency, 2-day shipping order for Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry card stock.  Yea.  Forgot that, too).  But I decided that the stamping didn’t look bad – even with the disconnect between the two colors.  So I went for it! Take a look-see:

I was using the sketch challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch to help me with the layout.

And the color scheme is, as I mentioned, from the TGIF Color Challenge.

So – let’s all squint our eyes and pretend that the mats on this card are Cherry Cobbler.

I tried!

I started with a Crumb Cake panel and, using the fern-y leaf image in the Painted Harvest stamp set, stamped it all over in Crumb Cake ink for a tone-on-tone effect.  Then I laid a strip of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon across it – adhering it with a little Liquid Glue.

I stamped the sentiment from the Seasonal Lantern stamp set above the burlap ribbon, in Cherry Cobbler ink.

Next up, I stamped the larger Painted Harvest flower image in Crushed Curry on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped it three times, inking and rotating the image a little bit with each stamp.  Then I used the inside image and stamped it a couple of times in Cherry Cobbler – again rotating it between the stamps.  I used Crumb Cake and stamped the flower inside image twice.

Say it with me…rotating the stamp a bit each time! 🙂

Then I fussy cut the flower.

I adhered a Delicate White Doily to the side of the panel with Liquid Glue then used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut off the excess.  Over that, I used a Foil Snowflake.

I smushed the vanilla side of the snowflake into my Versamark pad and then sprinkled it with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Then I heated it up!  I adhered it over the doily and trimmed its excess, too.

And here’s where I discovered the lack of Cherry Cobbler card stock.  So – I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Cajun Craze mat.  Then I wrapped a length of Jute Twine around it, securing it in the back with scotch tape.

I cut a pine bough in Crumb Cake, using the die in the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Then I cut a second one from a piece of yellow Painted Autumn DSP.  Finally, using the die in the Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits, I cut the leaf/berry shape.  These two pieces I smooshed lightly into my Crushed Curry ink pad to make them a little more curry-ish.

Then I build the collage with Liquid Glue.  For the flower, I put a few Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back and used them to wind some Linen Thread looks around – then I popped it over the other elements.

I used my Cajun Craze Stampin’ Write Marker to add some “seeds” to the middle of the flower and then tied a bow from Jute Twine and adhered it with a Glue Dot.  And that was it for the card front.

On the inside, I repeated the Painted Harvest flower in Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake in the corner of a Whisper White panel.  Then I added a few Crumb Cake leaves and Cajun Craze seeds.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Cajun Craze mat and into my Thick Whisper White card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.  

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another Painted Harvest flower and leaves on the front…

…and I added a whole slew of Crumb Cake leaves on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I think it turned out okay.  I don’t even think the two colors actually clash all that much.  And, it’s hard to go wrong with Painted Harvest elements, don’t you think?  Hope you like! 🙂

TTFN

Mary   


HOST CODE FOR 28 SEPTEMBER – 15 OCTOBER: KZGTENYK

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


Designer Series Paper Sale…

 All Month Long!

Let’s admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper!  By popular demand, we are bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper. We’ll be able to buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during October! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs. And we’re even including select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks on sale!

So take advantage of this excellent opportunity and gather up lots of pretty paper!  Take a look-see at what’ll be up for grabs!!  Click the picture to open a handy – and colorful! – flyer!

 


MERRY PATTERNS HOST PROMOTION STILL AVAILABLE

Host a workshop or place an individual order totaling $300 or more (before shipping and tax) by the end of October, and you’ll earn this cool new stamp set for free!  Click the picture to open up a printable flyer!

Version 2
Get all the details on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page right….here!


Coming Soon…Stampin’ Blends!

We don’t know yet when the Stampin’ Blends will be released for customers but…if you’ve ever thought about joining Stampin’ Up, right now is a super time…you, too, can get your hands on these new markers early during the preorder which is only from 1 Oct – 15 Oct.  Yes – you can choose Stampin’ Blends to fill your Starter Kit!  Pssst – mine are here already! 🙂

Stampin’ Blends Features

  • Add just the right amount of color where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
  • Stampin’ Up! has done in-house testing for evaporation and life testing and they are really happy with the results.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting color.

PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:  


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Whisper White Thick Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card front, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

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

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

Crumb Cake Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); Pretty Pines die cut

Painted Autumn DSP:  Patterned Pumpkin die cut, Pretty Pines die cut

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  (you’ll have to settle for re-runs until I get back home to take fresh photos!!)

TTFN

M  

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