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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!


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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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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! Make a Moroccan Medallion for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  We’ve got a fun – sort of geometric focused – sketch this week.  I hope that you’ll spend a little time browsing all our projects and then gathering your goodies to play along! 🙂

Here’s the sketch:

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I might have been the tiniest bit liberal with the sketch – but…I used the Make a Medallion set from Sale-A-Bration and paired it with some Moroccan DSP.  Add in a few Delightful Dijon frames and this is what you get!  Take a look-see:

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This is a quick one – it took me longer to dither and fret about the layout and design than it did to make it!

I started by double-matting a piece of the Moroccan DSP on Delightful Dijon and Early Espresso.  Then I pulled out my Squares and Circles Layering Framelits die sets and got busy making my frames.

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I cut two square frames and one circle from Delightful Dijon – using the scallop dies for the outer frame.  You can actually put the two dies together and cut the frame out with one swoop – just take your time and either use a Magnetic Platform or a sticky note to hold the dies in place.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the frames to the card front.

For my art, I used the Make a Medallion stamp set to create the pretty centerpiece.  First I stamped the Emerald Envy image.  Next, I used the second image and stamped it in Early Espresso – it’s photopolymer, so it’s pretty easy to get it straight – just take your time and get it lined up!

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I also added a Make a Medallion sentiment in Delightful Dijon, then I cut the medallion with a Circles Layering Framelits die.  I matted it on Delightful Dijon and a scalloped Early Espresso mat and popped it on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I added three Emerald Envy Enamel Shapes and the card front was done!

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On the inside, I used the two small images in Make a Medallion to decorate the corners of a Very Vanilla (yes, it’s Very Vanilla – even if looks like it’s Whisper White!) panel.  The larger image is in Emerald Envy and the little eesny-weensy-if-you-drop-it-on-the-floor-it’s-gone image is in Early Espresso.

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I matted the panel on Delightful Dijon and Early Espresso, then into my Emerald Envy card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

On the front of my Very Vanilla Medium Envelope, I added a couple more little images in the corners…

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…and gave the envelope flap some more of the Moroccan DSP.

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Et Voila!  I’m really growing to love this little Make a Medallion stamp set – the medallion image is very on-trend right now – I see them everywhere!  And this stamp set lets you unleash your imagination with the design element.  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!

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Jaime Babarczy

Have fun on the Hop!

TTFN

Mary


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Y’all’s Recent Comments Proved It!

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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. 🙂


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT         


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

Early Espresso Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2 3/4″ scallop circle (mat for medallion)

Delightful Dijon Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2 5/8″ circle (mat for medallion); 2 7/8″ scallop square with 2 3/8″ cut out (frame); 2 1/2″ scallop square with 1 7/8″ cut out (frame); 1 5/8″ scallop circle with 1 3/8″ cut out (frame)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 2 3/8″ circle (medallion); 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (inner liner)

Moroccan DSP: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (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!


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

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Stampin’ Up! Oh So Succulent Hello

Good morning, y’all – if you’re coming from Amy’s blog this morning – welcome!  If you’re one of my regulars – welcome back!  I appreciate all y’all taking a moment out of your day to spend a little time with me!

My card today uses one of my very favorite things in the Occasions Catalog – the Succulent Garden Suite!  And I pulled from the Hello You Thinlits and some super pretty Sale-A-Bration Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper for my sentiment (which is something you’ll be able to get for yourself – for free! – starting on Tuesday!)  Take a look-see:

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I used a fun little sketch from the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge this week…

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And the gorgeous color scheme is a result of this beauteous vase from the Color Throwdown challenge!

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Is it pretty?  And it’s in “my” colors, too – if I was a buyer-of-vases, this is definitely one that would be finding it’s way into my house.

But then I’d have to dust it.

So – I’ll stick with the picture!  And my card!

I started with a Very Vanilla card stock panel and lightly flicked the edges with Crumb Cake ink, using a wedge of sponge.  Then I began to build my Succulent Garden!  I started stamping the medium and small flowers in the Oh So Succulent stamp set – stamping the outline images in Marina Mist and Mint Macaron.  To fill them in, I used the opposite color on the fill-in image, stamping it off once before stamping the card.  Although, as you can see, I did one flower with full strength Mint Macaron.  Cuz…why not??

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I made use of the sticky note masks I’d made – and kept! – for a previous card, so that I could have some flowers in front and some in back.  For the little brown succulents, I used stamped-off-once Chocolate Chip ink for the outlines, and Crumb Cake for the fill in.  Finally, the “grasses” are Marina Mist outlines and Mint Macaron (full strength) fill in.

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I added some Crumb Cake little tiny flowers – that’s a cute little image in the Oh So Succulent set – stamping each image once and then moving the stamp ever-so-slightly and stamping it again without re-inking, to create a softer, sort of blurry image.

These are easy to do, folks – just make plenty of the sticky notes masks (and keep them handy in your stamp case for next time!), take your time, and move the masks around as you need them.  Keep building and adding flowers until you’re happy with it! 🙂

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I adhered a length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon across the card front with some Liquid Glue.  My sentiment is cut with a die from the Hello You Thinlits – I cut two from Chocolate Chip card stock and one from the new (next Tuesday!!) Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper, and stacked them up with Liquid Glue.  Then I adhered them over the burlap ribbon.  I SNAILd the panel to a Mint Macaron mat and the card front was done!

On the inside, I flick-sponged the edges of another Very Vanilla panel with Crumb Cake.  In the middle, I stamped a sentiment from Oh So Succulent in Mint Macaron and then I added some flowers in the corner.

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I SNAILd the panel to a Mint Macaron mat and into my Chocolate Chip card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got a repeat of the inner-liner Oh So Succulent flowers on the front…

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…and then I added a Mint Macaron design from the Succulent Garden DSP to the envelope flap.

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Et Voila!  This color scheme…with this stamp set…is…wow! – and smack dab in the middle of my comfort zone!  I love the sort of antiqued, rustic look of the card, with the subtle bling of the Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper!  Hope you like!

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


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Enjoy what’s left of your weekend and I’ll see you bright and early tomorrow!  Do y’all have the day off for President’s Day?  I don’t – but it’ll be a quiet day, so – yeah! 🙂

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:  
The new Glimmer Paper pack (Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay and Sweet Sugarplum) will be available on Tuesday! 🙂 


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Chocolate Chip Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″); Hello You Thinlits die cuts (x2 – sentiment)

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

Very Vanilla Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner)

Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper: Hello You Thinlits die cut (sentiment)

Succulent Garden DSP:  Envelope flap

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


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FINN-FAN FIX….

Need to brag on my puppy a little bit!
The other day, when we went to the vet for “the incident” – he felt good.  No side effects whatsoever.  Just wanted to set the baseline for y’all!
He rode calm and cool to the doc – waited for me to tell him he could get out of the van, and walked nicely into the office.
Where there was a dog laying on the floor while his mother paid the bill.  OMG OMG OMG!!
But – he minded and came back (mostly!) to heel.  Then he sat and waited with me.  Mostly.
I mean….IT’S ANOTHER DOG, MOM!!
We went and sat down and he laid down between my feet when I asked him to.  And then the tech came and called his name.
We had a short discussion about who-is-the-boss-of-him (not the tech!) and he laid back down.
And here’s the fun part.  His little wiggler was going about a million rpm – and so was his left hind leg!  You know how they do when you scratch that spot on their belly?  Yea – like that.  So here he is, laying down, head on the floor, tail a virtual blur and this leg just going to beat the band.
I’m a little ashamed to say that we were all laughing.  I hope he was laughing, too, so that it was with him and not at him!
Once we got in the exam room and the tech left….

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Figured he might as well get a little snooze in while he waited!
My kinda dog!!
I surely do love this little turd-knocker!! 🙂

TTFN

 

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Stampin’ Up! Hey, Chic Stacker!

Happy Hawmp Day, y’all – we’re racing towards the weekend once again.  This time, I’m not really ready for the weekend to arrive.  Going out of town for three days and…do you think I have my cards ready for the weekend??  Nope.  Not even close!  So – keep your fingers crossed that my creative juices flow the next couple of days, okay?  🙂

Finn is very fast.

Perhaps you didn’t know that.

He’s a speed demon!

I have proof!

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He raced around that pile of logs about 5 times, as fast as he could go, carrying that danged stick!

And then…

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The natural result of racing around like a fool!  Excessive panting.

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Followed by his new favorite thing – ponding!  He drinks and wades and tries to get sticks out of the water.  And this morning, he added – dunking his belly in!  Just a quick little lay-down to cool off quicker!

And make mom get the towel out!

My card for today follows a trend you can see all over Pinterest.  Stacking chickens.

I don’t know why people are stacking chickens so much – it just ain’t natural! – but they are.  So I thought I’d give it another shot.  The Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Hey, Chick gave me the whole cast of characters.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Thoughtful Falling May Flowers

Mornin’, y’all!  It’s Tuesday!  Hope your week is going well!  Being Tuesday, I’ve got a couple of updates from Stampin’ Up! that I’ve added down below.  Be sure to check them out, okay?

So – as you’re aware, I’ve been trying to train Finn-Chewie.  I don’t want an “obedience ring” dog.  Nope.  I just want a dog who will come back to me when I call him, drop stuff if I tell him to – or leave it alone to begin with, and go with me like a sane being when I want to take him somewhere.

Oh – and I’d like to do some agility with him.

And have him be a therapy dog – I’d love to take him to hospitals and nursing homes.

So….obedience is a pretty critical step in becoming a good citizen.

We do a lot of Come-Click-Treat (CCT).  I call his name and say “come”.  If it’s a good CCT, Finn hits the brakes, spins around and returns on the fly to the golf cart.  As soon as his wiggle-butt hits the ground, I click the clicker and then give him a tiny milk bone.

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He loves him some tiny milk bones!  And he does know what “come” means…just sometimes…he doesn’t want to!

But  – we’re working on it – repetition repetition repetition!  One day…ONE day…the conditioning will overcome the “don’t want to”!

She says with hope in her voice! 🙂

So, my card for today is an any-occasion card, using the pretty Falling Flowers bundle from the Annual Catalog and a couple sentiments from the Thoughtful Banners set.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Any Occasion Sneak Peek!

Well.  Good Friday morning to y’all!  Hope your week is going well – and that the last two days of 2016 will be uneventful!  Or…eventful – whichever you prefer!

Igor has gone.  Seems hard to believe he was even here!  But, it was a wonderful visit – we had lots of catching up to do after 21 years, as you might imagine.  Once we got back from the airport on Wednesday, Igor took a family picture!  He’s getting big, isn’t he?!?

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Yesterday we went up to the Mall of Georgia for him to do some last minute gift/souvenir shopping and then we dropped him at the airport in the evening for his flight.  Finn – so he wouldn’t have to spend the day in his kennel, cuz…kennel! – went over to his friends’ house for a doggie day camp.  He had a very good time with Scout and the other children!  He was tired enough when we got him home that I’m not entirely sure he even noticed that Igor’s not here! 🙂

Now my card for today is a CASE-piration.  I saw a cute sample for the Any Occasion stamp set in the Sale-A-Bration flyer and used it as a jumping off point for my card.  It’s similar to the sample, but I’ve made some changes to it, so…a CASE-piration!  Take a look-see:

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This one was quick and easy!  I started with a Crumb Cake card base and used a piece of Peekaboo Peach card stock to add a mat.  I cut a piece of card stock the same size as normal (4″ x 5 1/4″ ), sliced it on the diagonal with my Stampin’ Trimmer and SNAILd it to the card front.  The next layer is from the new (2017 Occasions) Succulent Garden DSP.  I cut a normal sized card front (3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″), measured in a 1/4″ from the diagonal corners and made a tiny mark with a pencil.  Then I sliced from mark-to-mark and SNAILd it over the mat – with the bottom left corner flush with the mat!

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The central art heart is a piece of Whisper White card stock that I cut with the Sweet & Sassy Framelit.  I made the sentiment banner using the various elements in the Any Occasion stamp set.  First I stamped a “string” in Crumb Cake ink.  Then I added a Crumb Cake “Hello” and finally stamped several little banners in Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral.  The little heart below the banner is also from Any Occasion, stamped in Calypso Coral.

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I popped the heart over the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then I added a couple of Linen Thread bows with a couple of dabs of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, a heart from the new Sending Love Embellishments with Liquid Glue, and one Peekaboo Peach heart from the 2017-2018 In Colors Enamel Shapes.  And the card front was done!

On the inside, I made a couple more Any Occasion banners from Crumb Cake, Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral on a Whisper White panel and added a couple more hearts.

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Then I SNAILd it to a double mat – one piece of the Succulent Garden DSP and one of Peekaboo Peach card stock – and then into my card base, and the card was done!

For my Whisper White Medium Envelope, I added some Any Occasion banners and hearts across the front…

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…and added some Succulent Garden DSP to the envelope flap.  I did it a little differently than my normal flap embellishment – to coordinate with the front of the card.  I adhered a piece of the DSP with Liquid Glue on a diagaonal, with the point at the bottom of the flap, then I just trimmed the excess.

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Et Voila!  This is a fun little stamp set that truly covers…well…Any Occasion!  And it’s going to be free choice goody with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration!  Hope you like!

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


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2017 Occasions Catalog Shares are Open For a Couple More Days Only!

 

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The new catalog goes live on 4 Jan 17 and buying shares (a little bit of all the new ribbons, trims and embellishments) is a great way to get a little taste of everything! If you were to buy one of every paper, trim and embellishment, you’d spend over $150! Click right here to check out the shares that are available and get your order in now!


Year End Closeouts and 2017 Holiday Catalog Retiring Products

The Year-End Closeouts include holiday retiring products, clearance rack items, and current high-inventory catalog products. Head over to my online store to check out all of those great deals now! Hurry – only a few more days left!


See you tomorrow on the last day of 2016!

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:       
The Any Occasion stamp set, Succulent Garden DSP and Sending Love Embellishments will be available in the 2017 Sale-A-Bration flyer on 4 Jan 17!   


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

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

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

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (inner liner); Sweet & Sassy Framelit heart (this one is 3 3/8″ across at the widest point)

Succulent Garden DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front – cut on a diagonal); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (mat for inner liner); 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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Stampin’ Up! Hey, Chick Sneak Peek and Some Hexagons Wire

Mornin’!  Well, the big day is here!  My Russian “son” arrives tonight!  Late, since he’s coming international… 😦  But that’s okay, I’ll make some cards to stay awake.

Or I’ll still be making his bed back up and trying to wrap Christmas gifts.  Maybe even still vacuuming the floor.  If “last minute” was an Olympic sport, I’d have medalled several times over!

Finn had a breakthrough today.  He discovered….The Pond!  Who knew you could actually drink out of it??!  Before today, it was just a source for nibbling on really nasty mud right by the edge.  That was fun, cuz it made mom holler!

But, now he knows it’s for drinking!  I suspect that come summer he’ll figure out it’s a great swimming spot!  It’s fun watching him “discover” new things that seem so every-day to us!  Buck was sort of born an “old soul” – seemed he just knew things from the git-go.  But this little guy still has much to learn!

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Oh – and in other news, he destroyed a catnip pouch.  The cats’ catnip pouch.  He did it ever so quietly.  And then looked at me like he couldn’t quite understand why I’d take the tattered and soggy remains away from him. 🙂

So – today’s card is just a fun little silly one – using the cute chickens from the Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Hey, Chick!  This is one you’ll be able to get for free when you spend $50 during Sale-A-Bration.  Which starts on 4 Jan.  I added some…”chicken wire”….using the Hexagons Dynamic TIEF.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Hey, Chick Sale-A-Bration Freebie…Sneak Peek!

Hey, y’all – here we are at Friday again.  Here in GA we’re hunkering in our houses trying to avoid the smoke from the fires in GA, TN and NC.  Seeing pictures on FB of horses in harms way, homes burned or in jeopardy.  Please pray for all the humans and animals affected.  Help them if you can.  And pray for rain.  Or snow.  Or any sort of wet stuff to come from the sky! 😦

As for us, as we hunker, we’re watching Finn grow!  And become more and more of a “velcro” dog!  His fave activity (well, one of them!) is to “help” me in the kitchen in the evening.

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I wanted him to bond with me, and it appears he really has!

Now.  This next picture may be disturbing to some of you as it shows the naked bottom of a 6 month old child.  So, if you’re easily offended, please scroll down really fast!

I noticed something the other day.  I have proof that my little kid is an angel.  It’s written on his….bottom….

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Right??  Tell me that doesn’t look like the picture of an angel.  No.  Don’t tell me cuz I won’t believe it.  It’s a sign, I tell you!! 🙂

So anyway – on to my card for today.  It’s almost as cute as my puppy!

One of the fun little things you’ll be able to get for FREE during Sale-A-Bration is a stamp set called “Hey, Chick”.

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You’ve already seen me use a second product from the SAB flyer – the Carried Away DSP.

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You can see that the paper stack has a bunch of different designs.  I took one of them and the Hey, Chick stamp set, put them together, and this is what I came up with!  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Hello You Petals & Paisleys

Hey, y’all – it’s Monday again.  I do not know where the weekend goes, do you?

Well.  I know where some of mine went.  Where “some” = 98%!  Entertaining the goofy dog!  He’s begun, in the way of children everywhere, to test the limits.  He’s got a game that I believe he calls “what can I try today?”  On Sunday, he added this to his repertoire….

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We were sitting in the kitchen on Sunday morning and Wayne got out of the chair.  Mr. Finn immediately got into it.  And proceeded to look too cute to scold.  God’s way of letting puppies get their way, I suppose!

Also this weekend, in addition to the playdate, I did a little turtling of my own…

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Yes – best picture of me ever!  I wasn’t dressed or prepared for a photo shoot!  We sat this way for almost 30 minutes.  The trick is the belly pat-rub.  Cradle the puppy and pat-rub his belly.  He’ll fall into a deep trance – during which you can kiss his nose or tickle his toes as many times as you want!

You’re welcome.

So, in the 2% of the time this weekend that I wasn’t pandering to the puppy, I made a few cards.  This one is a simple and quick little any-day occasion card, using the Hello You, Flourish and Paisleys Thinlit sets.  And some Petals & Paisleys DSP.  Take a look-see:

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The layout for this one was inspired by the sketch in the Fusion Soft and Subtle challenge:

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And my palette came from the Color Throwdown #415:

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I used Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso and Mint Macaron as my colors.

The first step in the card was to cut the Petals & Paisleys DSP panel and then cut the edge die from the Flourish Thinlits near the bottom.  I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the cut panel to a Cajun Craze mat – returning the die cut to the negative space.  Liquid Glue gives you a little “wiggle” room to be sure all the spacing is correct!

Next I built the sentiment.  Using the die from the Hello You Thinlits, I cut three from Cajun Craze and one from Copper Foil.  I stacked them up, adhered them all together with Liquid Glue and then to the card front.

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My little embellishment in the corner began with a little bit of Mint Macaron 3/8″ Sheer Linen Ribbon that I doubled over and adhered with a Glue Dot.  Next came a Copper Foil die cut from the Paisley Thinlits, adhered with Liquid Glue.  I added a Classy Designer Button with another Glue Dot and finally a bow tied with Linen Thread and a couple of lengths of Copper Metallic Thread.

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And that was it for the card front!

On the inside, I sort of repeated my treatment from the card front.  This time I cut the Flourish edge die from my Very Vanilla panel.  I also cut another one from the same design of the Petals & Paisleys DSP I’d used on the front.  Then I used Liquid Glue to adhere the Very Vanilla panel to a Cajun Craze mat – adding the DSP die cut in the negative space.

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I SNAILd the panel into my Early Espresso card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

On the front of my Very Vanilla Medium Envelope, I stamped some little images from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set, in Mint Macaron…

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…and then added more of the Petals & Paisleys DSP on the envelope flap.

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Et Voila!  I love the Copper with this particular design in the Petals & Paisleys DSP – and this paper reinforces the idea that Mint Macaron can look great with Cajun Craze.  Hope you like! 🙂

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


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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 – your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2015-16 Annual Catalog or the 2016 Holiday Catalog.


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Item #    Product Name
141663    Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
141645    Moroccan Designer Series Paper
141660    Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper
141654    Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper
141630    Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper
141640    By the Shore Designer Series Paper
141986    Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper
141981    Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper


Have a great Monday – and I’ll be back tomorrow!

TTFN

Mary


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CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Early Espresso Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and fold at 5 1/2″)

Cajun Craze Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); Hello You Thinlits die cuts

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

Petals & Paisleys DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); Flourish Thinlit die cut on inside; envelope flap

Copper Foil:  Hello You Thinlits die cut; Paisleys Thinlits die cut

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


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Stampin’ Up! Joseph’s Coat Flourishing Phrases Note

Happy Hawwmp Day, y’all!  I hope your week is going well, the weather is fine and your families are safe and sound!

Yesterday was a landmark day here at Raining Leaf Farm.  I formally told the girls that they were done with their grazing muzzles for 2016! 🙂

There was much chuckling and lip-flopping and licking.  And a decided bounce to their step as they headed to the pasture to begin gorging on (hopefully!) dying-off grass.  They hurried a bit – I’m sure in an effort to put as much distance between me and them – in case I realized I’d made an error and tried to get them back.  There were several furtive glances back over their fuzzy shoulders to be sure I wasn’t hustling after them! 🙂

I feel a little bad for them – they’ve worn the muzzles for quite a while this year, and I know they were completely over them….  But…they’re a lot better than the alternatives, I promise.  Unfortunately, they don’t care about my explanations and professions of love!  They just hate the muzzles! 🙂

So, with happy and very full ponies taken care of, let’s get to the card for today.  Last week, our friend and former upline (before she moved back to the frozen tundra of Canada!), Sandi MacIver, did a card using the Joseph’s Coat technique.  You can check it out right here.  I thought it was really cool, so I wanted to give it a shot.  I did mine with the Flourishing Phrases stamp set, and the bundled Flourish Thinlits.  Take a look-see:

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