Just Because

Stampin’ Up! Coffee Cafe Makes the Day Go Better!

Happy Saturday, y’all!  I’m at work today – but there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!  Yesterday was a good one – we actually got things done!  You need to do things at work – one of my guys even mentioned actually feeling like he’d accomplished something, so…good day for all of us!  And, looks like I should be home next weekend!  Whoo-hoo!  We’ll play next weekend’s Sunday night video by ear – but I’ll be on tomorrow night. 🙂

A friend of mine had a bit of a tough week this week, so I thought I’d make her a quick card.   And since coffee makes my day better – do not get between me and that first cup (fair warning!) – I decided to use some goodies from the new Coffee Break Suite.  Take a look-see:

My layout was inspired – loosely! – by the sketch challenge this week at Freshly Made Sketches.


So, to start with – can y’all guess how I made my card front?  No…don’t scroll down to the product list.  That’s cheating!  

Take a minute.

If you guessed that I used the Marbled background stamp – you guessed right!  I inked it up with Soft Suede ink and stamped a Very Vanilla panel.  Looks like cafe au lait, doesn’t it??  

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Pear Pizzazz mat and that was my card front.

Next up is a square of the Coffee Break DSP, matted on a scalloped edge square of Pear Pizzazz, which I cut with the Squares Layering Framelits, and adhered to the card front with Liquid Glue.

I added a short strip of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon with some more Liquid Glue and then started pulling my Grande Americano!

I stamped the Coffee Cafe cup image on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock in Chocolate Chip Ink.  While I was at it, I stamped the lid image, too, also in Chocolate Chip.  Then I cut them both out with their matching die from the bundled Coffee Cup Framelits.

Using a Sponge Dauber, I ever-so-lightly (lightly!!) added a little Crumb Cake to the left side of my cup – just for a little depth. Hint:  use your Crumb Cake Sponge Dauber without adding any more ink.  Drier – almost too dry – is better!

The coffee insulator is cut with the fun die from Coffee Cups Framelits from a piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  This one cuts the shape and embosses it with the cool corrugated stripes that makes it look just like one of those coffee cup thingys you get at the coffee shop.  The ones that keep you from getting third degree burns thru the not-so-thick coffee cup? I used a little Liquid Glue to attach it and then wrapped some Linen Thread twice around the cup, securing it in the back with tape.  Then I tied a double-length bow and adhered it with a dab of Liquid Glue.

I cut a Garden Green oval with the die in the Coffee Cups Framelits and adhered it with Glue.  Next is a heart from the Corrugated Elements.  Finally, I stamped the “Hi” from the Coffee Cafe stamp set onto one of the Soft Sky circles on a piece of Coffee Break DSP and punched it out with my 1/2″ Circle Punch.  I adhered it to the cup, popped the whole thing over the Burlap Ribbon and DSP panel with Dimensionals and the card front was done!

On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from Coffee Cafe in Chocolate Chip ink on a Very Vanilla panel.  Under it, I added the little heart in Soft Sky.  And, across the bottom, you’ll find some Chocolate Chip coffee beans and Soft Sky hearts – all courtesy of the Coffee Cafe stamp set!

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Pear Pizzazz mat and into my Garden Green card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

I added more Coffee Cafe coffee beans in Chocolate Chip and Soft Sky hearts across the front of my Very Vanilla Medium Envelope…

…and gave the envelope flap some more of the Coffee Break DSP.

Et Voila!  I’m loving that Marbled background stamp, aren’t you?  Looks like coffee with cream just swirling thru it!  And I think the Coffee Cafe stamp set and bundled Coffee Cups Framelits – are just perfect – especially paired up with their coordinating Coffee Break DSP.  Hope you like!

TTFN

Mary

P.S. Scroll on down for all the card cuts and a list of products I used in this project!  



HOST CODE FOR 1 JULY – 15 JULY: JSKNUQGN

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.


Bonus Days Going On Now!

For every $50 you spend in July (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use in the month of August!
Check out the details:

  • There’s no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • All order types (including Demonstrator orders!) qualify for this promotion excluding Starter Kits.

Which all means…this is a perfect time to start crossing some of those goodies off that you’ve got on your Wish List!


Make Sure You Sign Up NOW – There’s Too Much Free Stuff to Miss Out On!

You’ll get more free goodies than Santa’s got in his bottomless bag – all for joining Stampin’ Up! during the Christmas in July promotion!  


Spend $99 (plus some tax).  

Get Free Shipping (saves 10%).  

Select $125 in free goodies (select bundles and save another 10%!).  

Add in about $72 in the free Essentials Pack.  

Yea.  

There’s a deal for ya!  

Take a look-see at what you get in the Essentials Pack:

  • Paper Snips (this is a $10 value).  I flat love these!  You’ve seen me make my decorated envelope flaps – this is my go-to tool for that and all my fussy cutting!
  • SNAIL Adhesive ($7 value).  Easy to use adhesive for almost every task.
  • Grid Paper ($11 value).  Such a simple thing – and yet….so useful.  And you get so many sheets – this one package will last you a LOOOOOONG time!
  • Two Clear “D” Blocks ($17 value).  Keep one.  Give one away to a friend!  Or…you know.  Keep them both for yourself! 😉
  • Bone Folder ($7 value).  An oft-overlooked but essential tool for scoring, folding or curling!
  • BONUS (and this is HUGE!):  Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the upcoming holiday catalog ($20 value).  I suspect this one could be your go-to for the Holidays.  And you’ll get it early so you can get a head start on your Christmas Cards.  Take a look-see:


Want to know what else you’ll get?  A Lot – including a chance to earn a trip to….well.  It’s different every year!  I’m headed out on an Alaskan Cruise in 2018.  I hear tell that the trip is a Greek Island Cruise in 2019.  Wanna come with!

Check it all out on my Promotions Page!  I think you’ll agree – it a most wonderful time of the year to join us!!


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


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Garden Green Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, score and fold at 5 1/2″); Coffee Cups die cut oval

Pear Pizzazz Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3″ scalloped square (mat for art panel)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); Coffee Break die cut pieces  

Crumb Cake Card Stock: Coffee Cups die cut cup cozy

Coffee Break DSP: 2 3/4″ square (DSP panel on front); envelope flap


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


Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!


Finn-Fan Fix  –  no new pictures of the Finn today! 😦  

TTFN

M  

Categories: Any Occasion, Encouragement, Friendship, Joining Special, Just a Note, Just Because, Kids, Ordering Special!, Special Promotions, Thinking Of You | Tags: , , , | 26 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Colorful Seasonal Layers Centerfold Card

Hey y’all – good morning!  I’m really sorry I wasn’t able to do the FB live video last night – we got off work later than I’d planned.  And I had to be back early this morning.  I hope you’ll understand!

I’ll try to be back on next Sunday – and we’ll do this card, or a different one!  It’ll be a surprise! 🙂  Let me know if you want to see how to do this one – or a different one entirely!!

I saw a pretty card on another blog-site (seriously can’t remember which one – is it Christmas?  Tuesday?  Don’t know if I’m coming or going!!) that was a centerfold card using the Delightful Daisy bundle.  I decided to try one with the Colorful Seasons bundle.  And some Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.  Take a look-see:


These are a lot like a regular gate card – but the “gates” are narrower – so you can see the inside of the card!

I started with a piece of Basic Black card stock – cut to 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″.  I scored and folded it twice – at 1 5/8″ from each end, along the long side.

The gate panels are two pieces of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP, matted on Tangerine Tango card stock, and adhered with some Liquid Glue to the front of the gates.

The inner liner is a piece of Whisper White, matted on Tangerine Tango.  I laid it inside the card, where I planned to adhere it.  Then, I closed the gate panels and, using the sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set, added that in Basic Black Archival ink.  I let the closed gate panels give me the “spot” that the sentiment wanted to go.

To decorate the outside of the card, I cut three branches from Basic Black card stock, using the die in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  I also cut one from Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I stacked them all up, adhering them with Liquid Glue and then I added it to the “top” gate panel.  I made the branch so thick in order to give it a little protection, since it extends over the edge of the gate.

I used a few flower dies from Seasonal Layers to cut some from Pool Party, Tangerine Tango and Powder Pink card stock, plus some in Whisper White. I adhered them together with Liquid Glue, smushed the middles in lightly with a stylus, and stuck them on the branch with – yes! – Liquid Glue! A few Glitter Enamel Dots for the flower centers finished that embellishment off.

Using the adirondack chair die in Seasonal Layers, I cut two chairs – one in Basic Black and one in Pool Party.  I adhered them together and then to the “bottom” gate with Liquid Glue.  And that was it for the front of the card.

Going back inside, using Sticky Notes to protect the Tangerine Tango mat, I stamped two branches in Soft Suede, using the image in the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Then I added some flowers in Pool Party and Powder Pink.  The Pool Party flowers are two-step images.

I SNAILd the panel inside the card base, and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another Colorful Seasons branch and flowers – in Soft Suede and Powder Pink – on the front…they look just like cherry blossoms, don’t you think??

…and another piece of Whole Lot of Lovely DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  This is really a super easy fun-fold card to make – and I love how the die cuts extend into the opening created by the gate panels.  I think the Colorful Seasons Bundle works perfectly for it, don’t you?  Hope you like!

TTFN

Mary

P.S. Scroll on down for all the card cuts and a list of products I used in this project!



HOST CODE FOR 1 JULY – 15 JULY: JSKNUQGN

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.


Bonus Days Have Started!

For every $50 you spend in July (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use in the month of August!
Check out the details:

  • There’s no limit to the number of coupons participants can receive per order or throughout the duration of the promotion.
  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.
  • All order types (including Demonstrator orders!) qualify for this promotion excluding Starter Kits.

Which all means…this is a perfect time to start crossing some of those goodies off that you’ve got on your Wish List!


This is the Best Time All Year to Join Stampin’ Up!!

You’ll get more free goodies than Santa’s got in his bottomless bag – all for joining Stampin’ Up! during the Christmas in July promotion!  

In addition to the already great deal on the Starter Kit where you get $125 in products for only $99, new demonstrators that join in July will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips (awesome!!), SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper (wonderful!), two D Blocks (whoo-hoo! Keep one for yourself and give one to a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder!  And Stampin’ Up! will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the 2017 Holiday Catalog for FREE!  

With so many basic items provided for you, you’ll be able to get your brand new business off to a fast start—and spend your Starter Kit dollars on things like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!

With the Essentials Gift Pack and the Carols of Christmas Stamp set, that’s an added value of $72 that you’ll get for free with your Starter Kit when you join in July!
Here’s the deets::

  • This offer is good for any recruit who joins during the month of July, including former demonstrators.
  • All Starter Kit orders must be submitted by 11:59 PM (MT) on July 31 to be eligible for this promotion.
  • Recruits may not exchange their Essential Gift Pack items for other products, including the free stamp set.
  • Please note: The Essentials Gift Pack will automatically be added to the Starter Kit.

Click here for a printable flyer!

Take a look-see at all the free goodies you’ll get in your Essentials Gift Pack:

ITEM NUMBER DESCRIPTION
118485      D Block (X2)
130148      Grid Paper
103579     Paper Snips
104332     SNAIL Adhesive
102300     Bone Folder
144804     Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (yes – it’s true.  You’ll get a brand new stamp set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog!)

And here’s the Carols of Christmas stamp set!

What a great deal, huh?!!  

I’d love to have you join my Critters-N-Creating Krew!  We’re a fun group who love to share and craft.  We share a private team Facebook page with Amy Koenders ‘Amy’s Inkin’ Knew, where we chat a lot, ask questions and share projects and we do team meetings via Google Hangout and in person.

We’ve got all sorts of Demonstrators in our group from business builders, to those who only want to get the discount on their own orders and everything in between.  We welcome all types of Demonstrators!  Demonstrators get a minimum 20% discount on all of their orders (can be higher based on your sales and title) and they get to order early from the new catalogs!  There is no commitment and no penalty to drop if you decide that being a Demonstrator isn’t right for you.  Why not give it a try?  Check out more details and a quick link to join here on my Join My Team page, or drop me a line at stamps-n-lingers@comcast.net if you’ve got any questions.


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


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Basic Black Card Stock:  5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ (card base, score and fold at 1 5/8″ from each end)

Tangerine Tango Card Stock: 1 1/4″ x 5 1/8″ (x2 – mats for gate panels); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mat for inner liner)

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

Whole Lot of Lovely DSP: 1 1/8″ x 5″ (x2 – gate panels); envelope flap

Basic Black Card Stock: Seasonal Layers Thinlits die cut branches (x3); Seasonal Layers die cut chair (x1)

Pear Pizzazz Card Stock: Seasonal Layers die cut branch  

Pool Party Card Stock:  Seasonal Layers die cut chair


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  Not a picture of Finn, today (although apparently he went swimming again this morning – first time in a couple of weeks, thanks to the hot spot!)  – but of the harvest I’m missing! 😦

 

TTFN

M  

Categories: Any Occasion, Everyday, Feminine, Friendship, Just Because, Ordering Special!, Special Promotions | Tags: , , , , | 22 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Eclectic Eastern Medallion Card

Happy Monday, y’all!  Back to work with you!

And me! 🙂

If you were able to join me last night on my Facebook Live video – thanks so much! – then you saw the step-by-step instructions on how to make today’s card.  If you didn’t get a chance to hop on while I was live, then here’s your chance to see the re-play!

The card focuses on the super pretty Eastern Medallion Suite – with the Eastern Beauty stamp set and the Eastern Medallion Thinlits taking front and center.  I added some pretty paper from the Naturally Eclectic DSP.  Take a look-see:

I played along with a color challenge at My Favorite Things. Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Layers of Lovely Daisies!

Good morning, y’all!  Did you have fun yesterday when the new catalog went live in the Online Store??  I sure did.

My credit card, on the other hand, may not be thinking it was all that much fun!  Poor little dude got a work-out!! LOL.

My card today uses a fun set that carried over into this new catalog.  It’s called Layering Love and it’s a pretty one!  I also used some of my favorite new Designer Papers from the Delightful Daisy DSP and the Wood Textures DSP Stack.  Take a look-see:

My layout is from this week’s challenge at The Paper Players:

And my color scheme is from the Global Design Project challenge.

I started with a piece of Calypso Coral design paper from the new Delightful Daisy DSP and matted it on a piece of Basic Black card stock.

The horizontal strip, also from the Delightful Daisy DSP, is next and I decorated it with the new Ticket Tear Border Punch (Available now – I love being able to say that!!).  I cut both edges with the punch and then SNAILd it to a Basic Black mat and then onto the card front.  

For my sentiment, I used a piece of wood-grain paper from the Wood Textures DSP and stamped it with the sentiment from the Layering Love stamp set.  I colored the stamp directly with my Basic Black and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write Markers.

To cut the Stitched Shapes rectangle, without an actual Stitched Shapes rectangle die, I used a square die and cut half at a time.  Line the die at the top of the sentiment, leaving the bottom portion hanging off the end of the platform and run it thru the Big Shot.  Then line up the “stitches” and repeat on the other hand.  My friend Amy did a quick video showing how to do it – which you can see right here.  🙂

With that done, I SNAILd the panel to its Basic Black mat and popped it onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added a few Calypso Coral heart Enamel Shapes and the card front was done!

On the inside, I added another Ticket Tear-punched piece of the Delightful Daisy DSP, matted on Basic Black, to a Very Vanilla panel. Then I stamped the tiny heart from the Layering Love set in Calypso Coral.

I SNAILd the panel to a Basic Black mat and into my Old Olive card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got a few more of the Layering Love hearts in Calypso Coral on the front…

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

Et Voila!  It’s so easy to forget about the cool stamp sets that were in previous catalogs, what with the advent of all the new and exciting goodies!  But this is a great set, with really pretty sentiments in beautiful fonts!  And – of course – the paper.  The PAPER!!  Goodness me – so darned pretty!!!  Hope you like!

TTFN

Mary 



HOST CODE FOR 1 JUNE – 15 JUNE:  YZJ2HB6A

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.


2017-2019 Annual Catalog Launch Ordering Special!

Until the close-of-business on 15 June – I’m offering DOUBLE Peppermint Points on all orders over $50 (before shipping and tax) placed thru my Online Store.

But wait!!  There’s MORE!!  😳😳😳

If your order is over $100 (before shipping and tax blah blah) – then I’ll pick up your shipping!!

Yep – you read me right.  Order over $100 and I’ll give you DOUBLE Peppermint Rewards Points (that’ll be at least EIGHT points!) AND FREE SHIPPING!!

These specials are all in addition to the gifts that all my customers receive…

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


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

  •  Place your $100+ order directly through my online store, and:

– Provide me with your mailing address and I’ll send you a check to rebate your shipping costs

or

– Provide me with your PayPal account e-mail and I’ll send you your rebate via PayPal

  • Send me your order via email, I’ll deduct the shipping costs and send you an invoice through PayPal.
  • Send me your order via email and let me know that you’d prefer to pay with a credit card.  I’ll contact you to make arrangements and I’ll deduct the shipping costs from your order total.

If you place your order online, don’t forget to add my host code  (if your order is under $150) to get your free gift!  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.


Earn an ADDITIONAL $35 in Stampin’ Rewards During our Host Rewards Promotion!!

We’ve got a great Host Rewards Promotion fixin’ to happen in the month of June!  For workshop or individual orders of $350 – you’re going to get an EXTRA $35 in Host cash/Stampin’ Rewards to spend!!

Promotion Details

  • Promotion dates: June 1–30
  • To participate in the Book-A-Thon, join the Party Planning Facebook page by May 30.
  • Workshop, Demonstrator, Customer, and online orders all qualify for this promotion
  • Starter Kit orders do not qualify for this promotion, however the extra Stampin’ Rewards can be used towards the purchase of the Starter Kit.
  • The qualifying amount must be reached with commissionable merchandise prior to shipping and tax
  • The additional Stampin’ Rewards offered during this promotion will only be awarded once per order
  • Make sure you open and close your orders during the timeframe of this promotion (June 1-30) to earn the extra Stampin’ Rewards


Here’s a link to a flyer with all the details!

Interested in being a host and gathering up those host dollars – but…you don’t live in Fayetteville, GA?!?

Now’s a great time do to a Catalog Launch Party!

1.  Gather up some friends – near or far
2.  I’ll send them a new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog
3.  We’ll give them some time to browse and pick their favorites
4.  They place their orders thru my online store, using the Host Code I’ll give them
5.  YOU cash in when you close your Workshop!

Easy Peasy!


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT 

 


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

Basic Black Card Stock: 3 3/4″ x 5″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 1 1/8″ x 4″ (mat under Old Olive DSP strip); 2 1/2″ x 2 7/8″ (sentiment mat); 7/8″ x 3 3/4″ (mat for inner liner strip)

Very Vanilla Card Stock:  3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (inner liner)

Delightful Daisy DSP: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (card front); 1″ x 3 7/8″ (Old Olive DSP strip on front); 3/4″ x 3 5/8″ (inner liner strip); envelope flap  

Wood Textures DSP Stack:  2 3/8″ x 2 3/4″ (sentiment)


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


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 don’t even need to ‘splain this picture, I don’t think.

Just enjoy the adorableness.

TTFN

M

Categories: Any Occasion, Everyday, Feminine, Friendship, Just a Note, Just Because, Love, Ordering Special! | Tags: , , , | 12 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Feathery Friendly Tabs & Squares!

Happy Long-Weekend, y’all!  Hope wherever you are will give you a lovely weekend to enjoy outdoors – and not surface-of-the-sun hot, either!  And, please, while you’re preparing for your family picnics and parties on Monday – take a moment to remember the folks still fighting the good fight so we can enjoy our weekend in safety and peace. 

So, the other day, when I made the sponged squares card, I actually got about 1/4 of a way thru the card I’m sharing with y’all today.  I had a concept in my head, but…it really needed a few extra colors (remember the sponged window card was working a Green/Gray/White color challenge.  You can see that one right here if you didn’t get to see it before.)  I finally gave up on it – at some point in the day, you have to cut your losses and drive on.  Or do your blog post at midnight! 😉

But – I held on to the squares I’d stamped and cut.  I was using the Host-exclusive stamp set called Feathery Friends and a little of the new Fresh Florals DSP Stack.  When I went to finish it, I added a few sentiment images from the new Tabs For Everything stamp set to make a pretty little card for y’all.  Take a look-see:

 

This sketch, from the CAS-ual Fridays blogspot, is one I’d been intrigued with since I saw it.

And I figured I’d play along with the Stamp Ink Paper challenge, too.  I mean – I’m a Card Maker.  And this was my choice, so… 🙂

To begin, I stamped the pretty little flower from the Feathery Friends stamp set in Tranquil Tide ink on Whisper White and cut it with the smallest Stitched Shapes square die (that’s about 1 1/8″ square).  I matted each square on a scalloped-edge square cut from a piece of Tranquil Tide paper in the new Fresh Florals DSP Stack.  I did that 8 times in all!

I lightly colored each flower with my Powder Pink Stampin’ Writes Marker – be careful doing this, the Tranquil Tide ink will bleed!  Then I used Liquid Glue to adhere each square to my Whisper White card front.  I left the center square open.

The center, sentiment, square is cut from Whisper White with a second Stitched Shapes Framelits die.  I stamped the little bird from Feathery Friends in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored it with my Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink and yes, Lemon-Lime Twist!!, Stampin’ Write Markers.

For my sentiment, I pulled a couple of words from the handy little Tabs For Everything (avail 1 June!) and stamped them in Tranquil Tide.  This is a photopolymer set, so it was easy to get the words right where I wanted them.

I matted the square on a scalloped-edge square of the Tranquil Tide Fresh Florals DSP and popped it over the top of the other squares with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I adhered the panel to a Powder Pink mat and then wrapped a piece of Powder Pink 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon around it, securing it in the back with scotch tape.  Then I used another short length to tie a “faux bow” – which is just a tight knot around the first piece of ribbon, with the ends trimmed nicely.  And that was it for the card front.

On the inside, I stamped the flowers from Feathery Friends in Tranquil Tide a few times on a Whisper White panel.  Then I colored them with the Powder Pink Stampin’ Write Marker.

I SNAILd the panel to a Powder Pink mat and into my Tranquil Tide card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got more of the Feathery Friends flowers across the front…

…and then I added a little more Tranquil Tide Fresh Florals DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I really love this kind of card – with the grid of images.  And I think this one, with the flowers from Feathery Friends, came out just right!  I hope you like!

TTFN

Mary  


HOST CODE FOR 16 MAY – 31 MAY: TFGC4A4Z
Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog or the 2017 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


The Countdown Is On…

Stamps-N-Lingers 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Shares

 

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

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

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


PAPER PUMPKIN NEWS!

Here’s the fine-print!

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

Only a Few More Days to Get These Value-Packed Bundles!

They Go Away at the End of the Day on 31 May!!

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

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

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

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


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT

Feathery Friends will be available with Stampin’ Rewards on 1 June.  Tabs For Everything will also be available on 1 June, as will the 2017-2018 In Colors products!  It’s almost here, y’all!! 🙂


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Tranquil Tide Card Stock (avail right now in the Premium Eastern Palace Bundle!): 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, score and fold at 5 1/2″)

Powder Pink Card Stock (avail 1 June): 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); 1 1/8″ Stitched Shapes squares (x8 – flower squares); 2 1/8″ Stitched Shapes square (sentiment square)

Fresh Florals DSP (avail 1 June): 1 1/8″ scallop square (x8 – mat for floral squares); 2 1/4″ scallop square (mat for sentiment square); 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…

Our days are driven by routine – it’s a by-product of having animals.  Dog goes out when I get up.

Dog comes in and has a nap.

We feed the horses at 8.  Run the dog around.  Play some bumper.  He goes for a pond.

Let the horses out.  Clean the stalls.

Back inside.  Mom starts her work day on the computer.

Cats beg for food.  

Dog eats cat food Mom throws for noisy cats.

Cat settles down for a snooze by the back door – especially when it’s a nice summer day and the door’s open.

That’s Leo.  He’s eyeballing some chipmunks and a few birds.

Finn – checks out breakfast and usually decides he’s not hungry yet.

Time to join the cat in the morning snooze.

That’s our morning,  

All the mornings!

Life is good.

TTFN

M

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



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

Here’s our sketch…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Have fun on the Hop!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAY – 15 MAY: DNBUYHTG

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog or the 201 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


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

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

The Starter Bundle includes:

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

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

This super-sized bundle includes:

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

STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT          

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


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!


Finn-Fan Fix…will be back tomorrow!  No FFF’s on Blog Hop Days! 🙂

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Stampin’ Up! Lovely Inside and Out Daisy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TTFN

Mary 


HOST CODE FOR 16 MAY – 31 MAY: TFGC4A4Z
Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog or the 201 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


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

 

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

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

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


PAPER PUMPKIN NEWS!

Here’s the fine-print!

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

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

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

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

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


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT

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


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

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

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

Delightful Daisy DSP (avail 1 June): 3 1/8″ x 5 1/8″ (DSP panel on front); envelope flap

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


Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!


Finn-Fan Fix…

People, I have an addiction.

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

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

Wayne tells me that not everything he does is cute.

I think he’s wrong.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

TTFN

M

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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! 🙂

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Stampin’ Up! Artisan Cool Treats!

Hey, y’all!  Happy Saturday to you.  Hope you’ve got a great weekend ahead of you!

My card for today uses the Cool Treat bundle and a little bit of Tasty Treats Specialty DSP to make a fun little card that’d be good for any special day for a special friend.  Take a look-see:


My sketch is from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge – I just turned it on its side.


And the color scheme is from The Card Concept.


I started by SNAILing two pieces of Tasty Treats Specialty DSP to Pear Pizzazz card stock and then I SNAILd the smaller panel to the card front.

The sentiment, from Cool Treats, is two separate stamped images.  I stamped the first word in Pear Pizzazz on a Whisper White panel.  Then the second word is stamped in Pool Party – easy to line up, since this is a photopolymer stamp set.  Then I SNAILd the panel to a Pear Pizzazz mat.


Next I made my artisan ice cream cone.  This isn’t ice cream you’re going to get at the grocery store.  This is boutique ice cream!  I stamped two scoops on Whisper White – one in stamped-off-once Pear Pizzazz (I suspect this is Mojito flavor) and one in Pool Party (Daiquiri Ice – yes, I have a cocktail theme going on here!).  Then I cut them both out with the matching die in the Frozen Treats Framelits.  The cone is cut from a piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  I used Liquid Glue to adhere the ice cream onto the cone.

I made some gourmet “sauce” by cutting it from some Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper, then I adhered it to the top scoop.


Since this is a grown-up ice cream cone, I decided it needed some edible flowers sprinkled on top.  I stamped one in Pear Pizzazz and two in Pool Party – these little flowers are from the Jar of Love stamp set.  Since I didn’t want any white on them, I just went ahead and fussy cut them.  Then I adhered the Pool Party flowers with Liquid Glue and then popped the Pear Pizzazz flower on with a little piece of Stampin’ Dimensional.  I finished them off with a tiny Pearl Basic Embellishment.

I adhered the cone to the sentiment panel with Liquid Glue, then popped the whole thing onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added a little bow made with a piece of Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine.


On the inside, I stamped a Pool Party ice cream scoop in the corner of a Whisper White panel.  Then I stuck a sticky note mask over top, and stamped the cone dish in Crumb Cake.  The sentiment, also from the Cool Treats stamp set, is stamped in Pear Pizzazz and embellished with a Pool Party flower from Jar of Love.  And, I added another little pour of Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper.


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

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got a reprise of the Daiquiri Ice scoop and cup, complete with Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper sauce, plus some Pool Party flowers on the front…


…and the envelope flap got some more of the Tasty Treats Specialty DSP.


Et Voila!  I think the quiet color scheme helped the Cool Treats bundle create a very grown-up ice cream card for a special someone! 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.


Get Them While You Still Can!

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!


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 great day – and I’ll see you tomorrow!

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:    


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Crumb Cake Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base – scored and folded at 4 1/4″); Frozen Treats die cut (ice cream cone)

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

Tasty Treats Specialty DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); 3″ x 3 1/4″ (front DSP panel); envelope flap

Whisper White Card Stock: 2 1/4″ x 4″ (sentiment panel); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner); Frozen Treats die cuts

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


Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!


FINN-FAN FIX….

I own a guard dog.

He’s got baggy pantaloons.

He’s a little bit goofy (don’t know how that happened – I specified Not Goofy).

He sheds.  Like crazy.

But.  I do believe he’d at least warn of impending doom.

The other day, as I was channeling Carol Brady Alice (let’s be real – I don’t think Carol knew the difference between a chuck roast and a salmon), Ree Drummond and June Cleaver – putting a pot roast in the oven in anticipation of Wayne’s return home, my goofball started barking and growling!  BIG dog barks and growls!


I went to see what the problem was, thinking it was the horses coming to the pond for a drink and splash.  But, no.  There were guys at our neighbors, with a skid steer and chain saw and riding lawn mowers.  They were wearing orange jackets.

And they were obviously suspect.

He realized it was going to take a while to adequately keep his eye on these potential bad guys.  Being the man of the house and all.  So he paced himself…


But, as with all things when you’re just a kid, interest was soon lost.  Mom was aware of the problem.  She was a pilot, you know.  She could probably handle a few guys in orange jackets…


A kid’s gotta eat! 🙂

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Oh So Succulent Vertical Greetings

Mornin’, y’all!  By the time you read this, my bachelor days will have come to a close.  😔

Oh wait, I mean… 😁

😏
I’m happy for Friday, cuz that means it’s almost Sunday – and our Amy’s Inkin’ Krew “in person” team meeting! All of us in the area get together up at Amy’s and we eat lunch and do a little business and then we make a few cards!  And we have an awesome good time! And this time, I get to meet my newest Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew team member…Julie Johnston!!  Whoo-hoo!  We’ve talked on the phone, but never met in person!

That’s the fun thing about being in Stampin’ Up! – you don’t have to live near your Upline!  We get together each month via Google Hangout (a video chat!) in addition to our quarterly lunch get together.  So… if you’re interested in joining my team, don’t be put off if you don’t live in GA!!  I’d love to have you in my Krew! And this is simply the best time of the year to join – but time is drawing short.  So…scroll down for the details, and give me a holler!  I’ll get you all hooked up! 👍😎

My card for today marries some older and some newer stamp sets.  I went to the Annual Catalog and pulled out Vertical Greetings, then paired it up with the Oh So Succulent stamp set and matching Succulent Framelits.  Take a look-see!


My sketch and flowery theme comes from the challenge over at Sugar Pea Designs.


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


I started out by making some “designer” paper from a panel of Whisper White card stock.  I used several flower images from the Oh So Succulent stamp set.  The colors I used were Elegant Eggplant (outline of larger flowers) and Wisteria Wonder (fill in for the large flowers), the smaller flowers are outlined in Old Olive and filled in with Pear Pizzazz.   The tiny flowers are stamped-off-once Elegant Eggplant.  Then, I matted the panel on Old Olive.


Next up, I adhered a new Lace Doily, white side up, with some Liquid Glue.

My sentiment is from Vertical Greetings.  I inked the stamp up with Versamark Ink and stamped a strip of Wisteria Wonder card stock, sprinkled it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it with my Heat Tool.

For the art panel, I used my Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker to ink the tree trunk and the Old Olive Marker to ink the flower pot, then stamped it on a piece of Whisper White.


For the “topiary”, I stamped the Oh So Succulent flower in Elegant Eggplant on a piece of Whisper White card stock, then used the second stamp image to fill it in with Wisteria Wonder.  With my Pear Pizzazz marker, I added some shading to the ends of the petals, then I cut it out with the matching die from the Succulent Framelits.  I stamped some little…bubble??…flowers – outlined in Old Olive and filled with stamped-off-once Old Olive and cut them out.  Finally, I cut some hang-y down pieces from Wisteria Wonder card stock.

To put it all together, I SNAILd the panel to an Old Olive mat, then used some Liquid Glue to adhere the embossed sentiment.  Then I adhered the bubbles and hang-y down flowers with Liquid Glue.  I wrapped a few loops of Linen Thread behind my succulent with a Glue Dot, then popped it on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  At that point, I got the idea to pop the flower pot up, too – so I inked it in Old Olive and stamped it on a piece of Whisper White, fussy cut it, and popped it on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


I popped the whole art panel on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card front was done.

On the inside, I simply added another So Succulent flower in the center of a Whisper White panel.  I stamped the outline in stamped-off-twice Elegant Eggplant and filled it with stamped-off-twice Wisteria Wonder.


I SNAILd the panel to an Old Olive mat and into a Whisper White card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was done.

The front of my Whisper White Medium Envelope got another full strength Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder Oh So Succulent flower – shaded with the Old Olive marker…


…and I added some Elegant Eggplant flowers to the envelope flap, too.  If you look closely you’ll see that I double stamped each flower – shifting the second image just slightly.  Just for fun!


Et Voila!  I love the Succulent Garden suite and I love the Vertical Greetings stamp set – so this is a perfect marriage for a card for any occasion!  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!


Don’t Waste Another Moment!

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

(And get TWO FREE STAMP SETS!)

e8103d74-bb00-467d-abf3-01232254d2ee

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 great day – and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 1 1/4″ x 3 5/8″ (front art panel)

Old Olive Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 1 3/8″ x 3 3/4″ (mat for front art panel)

Wisteria Wonder Card Stock: 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ (sentiment strip)

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


Shop the Clearance Rack here. Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!


FINN-FAN FIX….

So – y’all know that Finn has an older “sister” that lives nearby, right?  She’s about a year older than he is – same mom and dad.

The two of them are a study in the difference between boys and girls.

I’ll let the picture just speak for itself, shall I?! 😳


Dirty, grubby and lovin’ every minute!

TTFN

M

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