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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!


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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!


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

Categories: Encouragement, Feminine, Friendship, Just Because, Life Event, Sneak peek | Tags: , , | 19 Comments

Stampin’ Up! 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!


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

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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!


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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

Categories: Any Occasion, Friendship, Happy Birthday, Just Because | Tags: , , , | 22 Comments

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!)

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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:

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

Categories: Any Occasion, Friendship, Just Because | Tags: , , | 16 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Falling May Flower Garden

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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

And that was it for the card front.


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


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

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


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


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

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the products you’ll need to make this one for yourself!


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAR – 15 MAR: X64XATES

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


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

The TIME Draws Near

2015-2017-in-color-collection

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

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


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

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

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

If you’re interested in becoming a Demonstrator or have any questions about joining, feel free to drop me an email, I’d love to tell you more about it!  Or visit my Join My Team page for more details.  I welcome all types of Demonstrators on my team – from those who’d just like to get the discount for themselves to those who want to build a business. 🙂

 


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

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:     


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base – scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 3 3/4″ x 5″ (card front and inner liner); 2 5/8″ x 3 3/8″ frame (cut from largest Stitched Shapes Square and the 2″ scallop Layering Squares Framelit)

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

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

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


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FINN-FAN FIX….

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

Well.

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

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


What a face!

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Hello From That’s The Tag Butterflies

Hey, ya’ll – good morning!  It’s Sunday.  And – for some of you – a day you’ve been waiting for.  And a day that I welcome with….trepidation!

Tonight, I’m going to attempt my first Facebook Live video with…whoever shows up!  I’ll be muddling my way thru a card – one you’ve seen before, but you’ll get to see step-by-step instructions for making it.  I’ll be going Live at 8pm Eastern Time (you’ll need to do the math for wherever you are!) on my Facebook Page.  Here’s a link.  

Now.  Please be aware that I’m a Facebook neophyte!  I think you need to Like and Follow my page – and then you should get a notice when I go live.  Hopefully you’ll be able to come on and see me stumbling about – if not, the video should stay up so you can see it.

Fingers crossed, y’all!  And – if you get there while I’m live, leave a comment – I’ll try to actually read them while card-making! 🙂

So for my card today, I used the pretty That’s The Tag stamp set and the matching Timeless Tags Thinlits (available in a bundle for a 10% savings!).  Along with the bundle, I used a little Cupcakes & Carousels DSP, and two embossing folders.  Take a look-see:

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This layout is inspired by this week’s challenge at Mojo Monday.

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And I took my color palette from the Sunday Stamps color challenge.

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So, I started out with a Very Vanilla panel, matted on Calypso Coral, for the card front.  I stamped the little corner flourish image from That’s The Tag in So Saffron in each corner.  Then I cut a smaller panel and embossed it in the Petal Burst TIEF, then adhered it embossed-side up to the center of the card front (with no mat, for a tone-on-tone textured look).

Next, I took a strip of Very Vanilla and, using the burlap image from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, stamped it all over in Sahara Sand.  Then I matted it on Calypso Coral and SNAILd it to the card front.

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Over the burlap-stamped strip, I laid a piece of Mint Macaron 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon, securing it in back with scotch tape.  I added a piece of Bermuda Bay Thick Baker’s Twine, wrapped twice and secured in back with tape.

I made two more panels, both matted on Calypso Coral.  One is a piece of Cupcakes & Carousels DSP.  The other is a piece of Very Vanilla, embossed in the Fluttering TIEF and adhered de-bossed side up.

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I pulled out the That’s The Tag stamp set and stamped the dotted circle image in Calypso Coral ink on Calypso Coral card stock and cut it out with a scalloped Circles Layering Framelit die.  At this point, I used Liquid Glue to adhere the two matted panels and this circle together in the orientation I’d decided on.  Then I popped the whole thing (all three pieces stuck together) over the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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The sentiment, also from That’s The Tag, is three images.  First I stamped the dotted banner image in Mint Macaron on Very Vanilla.  Then I cut that out with the die from Timeless Tags.  I added the sentiment in Calypso Coral, inking only the word “hello” on the “hello, little baby” image. Finally, I added the little hearts in Bermuda Bay.  I popped the sentiment over the Calypso Coral circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I tied a little bow with more Bermuda Bay Thick Baker’s Twine and adhered it with a Glue Dot.  Finally, I cut some Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper butterflies with the so-cute die in the Timeless Tags Thinlits, and adhered them willy-nilly with Liquid Glue to finish off the card front.

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On the inside, I added more of the That’s The Tag corner flourishes in So Saffron on a Very Vanilla panel.  And I cut 4 Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper butterflies – the smallest in the Timeless Tags Thinlits die – and adhered them in the corner with Liquid Glue.

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I matted the panel on Calypso Coral and into my Sahara Sand card base, SNAILd the card front on and the card was done.

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got more of the So Saffron corner flourishes and some Bermuda Bay hearts on the front…

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…and I added more of the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP to the envelope flap.

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Et Voila!  This one has a lot of elements but it was easy to make.  It’s just layering, after all!  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.


Hard To Believe, But…

…It’s getting close to Retirement Time, folks!

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As you no-doubt know, we have our Classic Colors that stay with us year after year, and then we have two color collections that we enjoy for two years and then they’re gone!

We’ve been loving these 2015-2017 In Colors for almost 2 years now…I’m sure going to miss Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder!…but it’s getting close to time to wish them farewell!

And that means 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!


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There’s Less Than a Month Left to Get Your EXTRA BIG Starter Kit!!

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So – Take Advantage of the Best Free Stuff Giveaway Going!

Join Stampin’ Up! as a new demonstrator between now and the end of Sale-A-Bration (31 Mar), you’ll get two free stamp sets of your choice in your Starter Kit!! Which stamps do you get to choose from? That’s the best part: you get to pick any stamp set from the Annual or Occasions Catalogs (just not a bundle or kit)!

Details:

  • Promotion Period: 4 Jan 17 – 31 Mar 17
  • New recruits who join during the promotion period will receive their choice of two free stamp sets from the Annual or Occasions Catalog for free in their Starter Kit.  Please notice there’s no price limit on these stamp sets!  So the potential value of this free goody is $104! Just sayin’.
  • Plus, if you have a new demonstrator join under you during the promotion, you’ll get to pick any free catalog item up to $25 – and you’ll have until 14 Jun to redeem your reward.  Why is that date important??  Cuz the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog will come out on the 1st of June – so…you can pick a brand new item if you want!!
  • The Starter Kits are $99 and you get $125 in Stampin’ Up! products of your choice, free shipping on your Starter Kit plus two additional free stamp sets of your choice if you join before 31 Mar!

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. 🙂


Okay – hope I’ll “see” y’all tonight!  And…be kind, folks! I’m stepping way….way!….out of my comfort zone! 🙂

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:   


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Sahara Sand Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base – scored and folded at 4 1/4″)

Calypso Coral Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner);  2″ x 5 1/4″ (mat for stamped strip);  2 1/2″ x 3 1/8″ (mat for DSP panel); 2 1/8″ square (mat for Fluttering embossed panel); 1 3/4″ scallop circle  (circle under sentiment)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 1 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (stamped strip); 3 1/8″ x 4 3/8″ (Petal Burst embossed panel); 2″ square (Fluttering embossed panel); Timeless Tags die cut sentiment 

Cupcakes & Carousels DSP:  2 3/8″ 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!


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FINN-FAN FIX….

Well, Finn-y and I spent Saturday “working”!

We went to the mailbox twice to mail catalogs and customer ordering thank you gifts (twice cuz the Mom forgot some things on the first trip!) so he got a good couple of trots on top of his usual morning perambulations.

Then I came in to work on cards – and worry about my video tomorrow (today!) – and Finn…went on guard.

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I see you, Mom.  You do your thing and I’ll do mine!

No.  Please don’t ask me to come in.  I’d hate to refuse your command.

But I for sure will.

Cuz….nice day! And… I’m a dog.

A guard dog.  Don’t mess with me.

Rest easy, Mom.  I’ve got this!

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Special Reasons and Carousels

Good morning, y’all!  Welcome to the weekend!  I hope you’ve got something fun on your schedule  – are you planning to watch the Super Bowl??

I wanted to tell you that….we’ve had a death in the…”family”.  I can’t really tell you his name or all that much about him.  He pretty much kept to himself – not too cuddly, either.

Cuz…he was a fish.  A grass carp, to be exact.  We got him a couple of years ago for our back pond – he was the only fish back there.  We’re not really sure what did him in – maybe the big rain caused a really large influx of water and changed the temperature of the pond?  Maybe a bird – one of the big gray herons? – tried to get him and killed him but he was too big to carry off?

I don’t know.

What I do know, is that Finn – with every speck of his giant doggie heart – wants to get that dead and rotting fish.  He wants him bad!  To toss in the air….to chew and gnaw….to roll in!

Bleh!!

So far, he’s minding me when I call him away from the pond – but…I don’t know how long my wishes will overcome his overpowering need to douse himself in the sweet parfum of eau d’poisson!  If it does happen…the bath that, so far, has been a theoretical thing of the future….well. 😉

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For my friendship card today, I went back to one of my favoritest  bundles in the Occasions catalog…the Special Reason bundle!  I put it over some Cupcakes & Carousels DSP.  Take a look-see:

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This one was inspired by the sketch at Fab Friday this week. Continue reading

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Stampin’ Up! Cool Tasty Treats!

Happy Monday, y’all!  Once again I’ll say I hope this finds you safe!  Quite the weather weekend we had, yes?  As I write this on Sunday night, I can say we got off lucky.  We did find a tree down over our perimeter fence – thank goodness for smooth wire!  And a huge branch on the wood fence.  So a little work for Wayne. 😦  But overall, so far so good.

Finn’s definitely learned a new skill from this wet weather.  It’s the fine art of standing still while your mom tries to dry off all your fur.  Every.  Time.  He.  Comes.  In.  Bleh!  The downside of having a dog!!  But, on the flip side, the rain water is making his coat all silky and shiny! 🙂

He’s ready for the nice weather again, I know.  He’s a little bored.

And you know what happens when a teenager gets bored….

Yea.

You know.

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He’s a little cray-cray! 🙂

My card for today is one that depends heavily on some of the pretty Tasty Treats Specialty DSP.  I let the paper do the work and just added a sentiment from the Cool Treats stamp set and a few little embellishments.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Swan Lake Any Occasion Card!

Mornin’, y’all!  I hope this find you safe and sound after yesterday’s wild weather in so many parts of the country!  We got rain.

And more rain.

And then wind.

And rain.

Our pond overflowed the spillway.  Got some water in the basement.  But – overall, could have been much worse.

Finn’s day was messed up.  I didn’t get up as usual, cuz I felt like crap.  He went to feed with his dad in the morning, but they couldn’t go on their run cuz it was freakin’ pouring.  He did spend a little time outside playing when we had a weather break.  And we were able to give him an evening run.  But…the whole schedule was just…messed up! 😦

I parked the golf cart at the end of the walk in preparation for the last “do” on the horses.  Mr. Finn didn’t want to come in with us – the night was lovely after the rain moved out.  This is what I found when I went back to check and see if he was ready to grace us with his presence.

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Just chilllin’, Mom!  I’m good.  🙂

My card for today is a card you could give for any reason or “just because”!  It uses a new stamp set – this is my first time playing with the pretty Swan Lake set.  My friend Jari did a card the other day using the Annual Catalog Blooms & Bliss DSP – reminding me how pretty that paper is, so I used a little of it, too.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! No Special Reason Needed!

Good morning, y’all!  It’s Monday – but…no work today!  Whoo-hoo!

Before I get going – I need to fix a mistake I made yesterday.  On the sympathy card, the inside sentiment is from Flourishing Phrases – I erroneously told you it was from Thoughts & Prayers.  I’ve updated the post accordingly, but wanted to let you know! 🙂

I’m changing Finn’s name.  Or…I’ve giving him a “formal” registered name.  It’s “Finn Don’t…Good Dog”

Finn don’t get the cat food.  Good Dog

Finn don’t bother the cat.  Good Dog

Finn don’t eat horse poop.  Good Dog

Finn don’t bite me.  Good Dog

Finn don’t….Finn don’t…Finn don’t.  Good dog! 😉

He tries to get the “good dog” piece to come first – or even only! – but…it’s hard.  Really really hard!

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My card for today is a No Special Reason card.  One that could go to someone just because it’s…Monday!  It uses the Special Reason bundle – which is really cool.

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I love how the bundled Stylish Stems Framelits work on this one – you can cut detailed “negative” spaces – and you can also cut those negative spaces out using a second die.  I’ve done that in this card, so you’ll get to see that.  I combined the set with some Real Red and White paper from the Sending Love DSP.  Take a look-see:

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