Mother’s Day

Stampin’ Up! Dragonflies in a Garden in Bloom

Happy hawwmp day, y’all!  Hope the week is going well for you!  I’ve been busy – I have a new plan up my sleeve.  Videos!  Card making videos!  I got a camera stand yesterday and set it up and did a “practice” run.  One day soon I’ll be doing one “for reals” and I’ll let you know where to find them.  I suspect they’ll be on my Stamps-n-Lingers Facebook page.  So, if you want to bebop over there and follow me, then you should get notification of when my videos are live! Here’s a link!

My card for today goes back to a beautiful Annual catalog stamp set called Garden in Bloom, with the addition of a little buzzy bee from the Occasions Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits.  Take a look-see:

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Categories: Any Occasion, Encouragement, Everyday, Feminine, Friendship, Happy Birthday, Life Event, Mother's Day | Tags: , , , | 30 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Succulents for Mother’s Day for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  If you’ve been following along, you’ll know this is a color challenge week – I hope you’ll take a few minutes to browse all the projects brought to you by the talented ladies in our hop group! 🙂

Here’s our color scheme – definitely one that’s in my wheelhouse!

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I used the Succulent Garden Suite of goodies to make my card – the Succulent Garden DSP, Oh So Succulent stamp set and the Succulents Framelits.  I know it’s kind of an obvious choice with these colors – maybe too obvious – but….it’s obvious for a reason, okay?? 🙂  Take a look-see:

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I used the Mojo Monday sketch challenge to help with my card layout.

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To begin, I matted three different designs from the Succulent Garden DSP on Old Olive card stock, then I SNAILd the smaller panels to the card front.

Then I made a sentiment panel – stamping the Oh So Succulent sentiment in Old Olive on Whisper White.  The sentiment image was too long for what I was doing, so I inked the first part only, stamped it, cleaned the stamp, inked the second half – and stamped it under the first image.

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I matted it on Old Olive and SNAILd it in place.

Using a piece of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, I ran a length across the card, securing it in the back with scotch tape.  I used a second piece and pulled all the strands out, wrapped them around the ribbon on the card, and tied a tight knot.

Next, I added the Lace Doily with the Whisper White Side up.

All that remained was to build my succulent flower!  I cut two of each of the three sizes of flowers – one each in Old Olive and Mint Macaron.  Then I used the little “end” stamps in the Oh So Succulent stamp set and stamped the little tips in Whisper White Craft Ink.  I used my Bone Folder to lightly curl all the tips of the flowers and then stacked them up with Liquid Glue.

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The center is a few Mint Macaron flowers – the ones that look a little like daisies – adhered with Liquid Glue.

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Wait a hot second!!  What’s that in the middle?

That, my friends, is a little flower cut with the new (available-to-customers on 21 Feb) Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper!  That paper will come in Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay and Sweet Sugarplum!

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I cut that Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper flower and added it in with a little more Liquid Glue, adhered the flower to the card front with Liquid Glue – and the card front was done!

On the inside, I stamped a second Oh So Succulent sentiment in Old Olive on a Whisper White panel.  In the bottom corner, I added a couple of succulent flowers.  I stamped the middle flower first, using Old Olive for the outline and Mint Macaron for the fill image.  Then I stuck a sticky note mask (that I’d remembered to save from the last time I used this set!), and added two smaller flowers.  Those are stamped in Tip Top Taupe for the outline and stamped-off-once Tip Top Taupe for the fill.

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I SNAILd the panel to an Old Olive mat and into my Tip Top Taupe card base, SNAILd the card front on, and the card was done!

I added the same three Oh So Succulent flowers to the front of my Whisper White Envelope…

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…and gave the envelope flap a little more of the Succulent Garden DSP.

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Et Voila!  An organic and earthy card, made with one of my favorite suites in the Occasions catalog – the Succulent Garden!  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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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.


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When you host a qualifying party or place an individual order of at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards than you normally would!! Spend those on Host stamp sets or anything your heart desires.

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STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT      


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

Old Olive Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 1 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ (mat for vertical DSP panel); 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (mat for second DSP panel); 7/8″ x 3 1/8″ (mat for sentiment); Succulent Framelits die cut flowers

Whisper White Card Stock: 3/4″ x 3″ (sentiment); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

Succulent Garden DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); 1 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ (vertical DSP panel); 1 3/8″ x 2 3/8″ (second DSP panel); envelope flap

Mint Macaron Card Stock:  Succulent Framelits die cut flowers

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! Dragonfly Dreams and Details Sneak Peek for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

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Good morning, y’all – welcome to another edition of the Happy Stampers Blog Hop!  We had a fun – and interesting! – sketch challenge to work with this week.  I figure you’ll see some Christmas, some Sneak Peeks, some…who’s to say?!  I hope you’ll spend some time scrolling thru all the Blog Hoppers’ offerings today!

Here’s our sketch!

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I decided to play around a little with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits – and used a cool technique called Embossed Impressions.  I saw a card on Pinterest and discovered a great video from Jennifer McGuire – which you can check out right here!  I used the matching Dragonfly Dreams stamp set – which you’ll be able to get as a 10%-off bundle when the 2017 Occasions Catalog comes out in January.  

Take a look-see:

dreamy-dragonfly-embossed-impressions-4-stamps-n-lingersAfter I watched Jennifer’s video, I decided to use some Island Indigo card stock to bring out the shimmery dragonfly wings.  Before I started my embossing, though, I used the dots image from Dragonfly Dreams to stamp in Island Indigo across the top of the panel (you probably noticed I turned the sketch on its side!).

Then I rubbed the panel with my Embossing Buddy.  To emboss the dragonflies, I made my Big Shot sandwich:  cutting plate, Silicon embossing mat (from Amazon), thinlit with the cutting side up, card stock, additional piece of card stock as a shim, silicon mat, cutting plate.  Before building the sandwich, I gently tapped the cutting edge of my thinlit with Versamark Ink.  Then I was really careful to not move the thinlit once I got everything laid down.

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I embossed the panel, removed the card stock from the Big Shot sandwich and sprinkled it with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it up.  Be sure you check for any stray embossing powder and brush it off carefully before heating.  Then, using my Clear Wink of Stella, I brushed the raised portions of the dragonfly wings.  I love how it makes them look iridescent!

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I matted the panel on Silver Foil, then ran a length of coming-soon White/Silver 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon (this is a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!) around the card front and secured it in the back with scotch tape.

The sentiment, from Dragonfly Dreams, is heat embossed in Silver.

For the large dragonfly, I repeated the same embossing technique that I used for the card front.  Then, when it was all cool, I used the outline die to cut out the dragonfly.  And I cut a second solid dragonfly from Silver Foil.  I brushed the raised parts of the wings and then used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the two dragonflies together.

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I stuck pieces of Stampin’ Dimensional all over the back of the dragonfly and used them to adhere loops of Silver Metallic Thread behind it, then popped it on the card front.  I added a little row of Rhinestone Basic Jewels under the sentiment and the card front was done.

On the inside, I stamped the Dragonfly Dreams dots image across the top of a Whisper White panel, using Island Indigo ink that I stamped off once before stamping the panel.  Then I added a second sentiment, heat embossing it in Silver.

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

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got more stamped-off-once-Island-Indigo dots from Dragonfly Dreams across the front…

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…and also across the envelope flap.

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Et Voila!  I kind of love this technique and hope you’ll give it a try, too.  And the Dragonfly Dream bundle is going to be a heavy favorite when the Occasions Catalog goes live!  Hope you like.

Now that you’ve seen my project, please take a little time to visit all the Happy Stampers Team blogs 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

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Jaime Babarczy

Have fun on the Hop!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 1 DEC – 15 DEC: K2Z3RB2G

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.


BLOG CANDY WINNER!

The Random Number Generator chewed and churned and the winner is….

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Chris Kaul was the 21st commenter – “I have always been impressed with the quality of the paper and the fact that it coordinates with the inks and all the accessories!”

Congratulations, Chris – I’ll be sending an e-mail shortly to get your address and then packing your Blog Candy and getting it on its way to you!  Thanks to all who left a comment!  There’s a lot to love about Stampin’ Up!, but it seems that the coordination of the colors across all the products and the high quality are the two things most appreciated!

Thanks for helping me celebrate two years as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, y’all!


Year End Closeouts and 2017 Holiday Catalog Retiring Products

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Promotion period: December 1, 2016 – January 3, 2017

  • All products (and discounts, if any) can be found in the Year-End Closeouts category of the online store. Check it right here!
  • Here’s a download with the Initial List of Retiring Items, but the very best way to know what’s still available is to go to the Online Store!  Hint:  There’s a lot under the “Everything” section – and be sure to Show “All”!
  • This is a great list of all the items on Clearance, on the Retiring List and in excess inventory.  Use it as you will.  Note, though, that this list won’t be updated as things sell out!
  • No minimum purchase is required to participate in Year-End Closeouts.
  • Year-End Closeouts are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • New demonstrators may add Year-End Closeouts items to their Starter Kit.                                                    
    • Hint – this is a great way to make that $99 investment go even further!

STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT    
Dragonfly Dreams and the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits will be available on 4 Jan 17!

And get the 3/8″ Metallic Ribbon as a Free Sale-A-Bration gift!


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

Silver Foil:  4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Island Indigo Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (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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Stampin’ Up! Gift of Love With Blooms & Bliss

I need a training manual for my goose.  And I may need my head examined.  Cuz I’m spending an inordinate amount of time worrying about the goose.  Is she lonely?  Is she hungry?  Would she like a cool shower?  Is the cabbage I bought just for her chopped up finely enough for her delicate schnoz?  If she likes watermelon, will she also like cantaloupe?

See?

Crazy.

She.

Is.

A.

Goose.

And a slightly goofy one, at that.

But – she’s fun.  She came to the house this afternoon and goose-guilted Wayne into going back to the barn with her and sitting on the porch while she grazed.  Always good to have your big, strong man to watch for predators while you eat, don’t you know?

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Then this evening, when we were 1 minute later than she thought was fittin’, she came to the barn to get us.   And walked right up to us, stood in front of the fan, and let me spray her with the water hose.  Seemed to really like it.

Then she goose-galloped after us when we took her food to the pond.

She truly cracks me up.

But I think she’s lonely…. 😦

Maybe she’d like to come in at nigh….

STOP!!!

That’s it.  I’m not worrying about the goose any more today.  Instead, I’ll share a card – which is why you came in the first place!

This one uses the pretty Host exclusive set called Gift of Love.  It’s a pretty two-step flower image with several nice sentiments in a beautiful font. I combined it with some of the pretty Blooms & Bliss DSP.  Take a look-see:

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Categories: Any Occasion, Everyday, Friendship, Love, Mother's Day, Ordering Special! | Tags: , , , , , | 19 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Summer Sweetbriar Rose for the Happy Stampers Blog Hop

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Mornin’, y’all –  it’s Thursday and that means it’s Happy Stampers Blog Hop Day!  We’re almost thru the week – yeah! – and the weather is gorgeous here in the deep South!  Spring in the South is the bomb-diggity.  When we get some, that is!  And we’ve got a few days where the weatherman is promising just that!  

Today’s Happy Stampers Blog Hop is a color challenge:

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I pulled out another soon-to-Retire stamp – the oh-so-preety Sweetbriar Rose.  I combined it with the Hardwood Stamp, and a little dab of Summer Silhouettes (also Retiring!).  My sentiments are from Greatest Greetings and the soon-to-be-available Floral Affection stamp sets.  Take a look-see:

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I started with a panel of Crumb Cake card stock – onto which I heat embossed the image from Sweetbriar Rose.  I inked the stamp with Versamark Ink, stamped the image and sprinkled it with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder (2016-2017 Annual Catalog).
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Stampin’ Up! A Nice Cuppa and a Love & Affection Sneak Peek!

Good morning to y’all – it’s Monday again!  I’m two days from heading out on the next trip.  This one I get to drive to, so my list of things to take (can you say every comfort of home?  Well, except the kitties.  They emphatically declined the invitation! 🙂 ) is long!  And to say that I’ll have nearly every SU! thing I own….well.  You know that’s true!  I’m trying to keep from talking myself into taking my Stamp-N-Storage ink pad combo holder!  It would be sooo nice to have there….  what do you guys think?? 🙂

My share for today is a Mother’s Day card.  Since that’s like…tomorrow! 🙂  I used a little old (retiring) and a little new (not yet available).  A Nice Cuppa – and its matching Framelits are leaving us soon – so…get them while they last!  And, for my paper I dove into my Playful Palette DSP Stack.  Finally, I grabbed a sentiment from the Love & Affection stamp set in the upcoming catalog.  Oh, and a little Awesomely Artistic for good measure!  Take a look-see:

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Guess I might not have mentioned the Botanical Builder Framelits?

I played along with two challenges for this one.  The first, for the layout design, is Freshly Made Sketches #233:

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The second was a Theme sketch – TGIF Challenge #52!

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I started out by SNAILing a piece of the coming-soon Playful Palette DSP stack to a mat of Very Vanilla card stock.  Then I got a little creative with the round element of the sketch, choosing to use a teacup shape from the Cups & Kettle Framelits, which I cut from a piece of Birthday Bouquet DSP.  I SNAILd it to the card front and added my horizontal elements.

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I laid a piece of 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon across the panel and then wrapped that with a piece of Natural 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon (this is retired, but you can snag it right now in the Clearance Rack!).  I added a layer of Pink Pirouette 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon (retiring soon!) and then a triple wrap of Metallic Gold Baker’s twine (yes, also retiring at the end of May).  That last bit was going to set me up for my final embellishing!

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The flowers are all cut using dies from the Botanical Builder Framelits.  I cut large and small flowers from Very Vanilla, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride card stock.  I also cut two fern leaves in Mint Macaron.  To pull in some more gold, I looped Gold Metallic Thread on top of my teacup, securing it with a few dabs of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue.  Then I started layering the flowers, starting with the fern leaves, and then three flowers adhered with Liquid Glue and three popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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I added a Pearl Basic Jewel to each flower just to finish off the bouquet.

For the sentiment, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla and stamped the sentiment from A Nice Cuppa in Mint Macaron in the center.  Around it, to conjure the linen look of the card front, I stamped the image from Awesomely Artistic in Blushing Bride all around the sentiment, and lightly sponged the edges.  Then I matted it on Blushing Bride and used some Dimensionals on the top and bottom to adhere it over the ribbon layers.  The ribbons are actually a tiny bit thicker than the Dimensionals, so the result is a slightly rounded profile to the sentiment panel, which is kind of cool!
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I finished the front of the card with one tiny bow made from the Gold Metallic Baker’s Twine, adhered with Liquid Glue, and a few of the Pearl Basic Embellishments on the sentiment panel.

On the inside of the card, I did another panel of Very Vanilla, adding the lightly sponged linen image from Awesomely Artistic around the outside in Blushing Bride.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Love & Affection in Mint Macaron and SNAILd it into my Blushing Bride card base (no additional inner liner mat on this card).

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I SNAILd the card front on and that did it for the card! 🙂

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My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got some Blushing Bride flowers, pulled from the Love & Affection stamp set.  This is two stamp images – both done in Blushing Bride.  I filled the centers in with my Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write Marker…

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…and the inside liner, cut with my Envelope Liner Framelits (another retiring goody!), is another piece of the Playful Palette DSP Stack.

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Et Voila!   A bouquet for Mother’s Day, combining some of our favorites that are leaving us soon and some new friends we’ll get to meet in June.  Hope you like!

Folks – the retiring list is chock-a-block filled with ribbon and trim – don’t miss your chance to get some.  All the items I used today are available now – but won’t be when supplies run out!  And A Nice Cuppa is available as a retiring bundle with its Cups & Kettle Thinlits.  There’s just over a month left!

BUT – there’s only a WEEK left for FREE shipping on any order of $50 (before shipping and taxes) and DOUBLE peppermints on the same order! Combine the retiring items with extra rewards and free shipping while you can! 🙂

See you tomorrow for updates from Stampin’ Up!

TTFN!

Mary


Stamps-N-Lingers Ordering Specials!

Thru 1 May 2016

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For all orders of $50 or greater (before taxes and shipping) placed through me from now through Sunday, 1 May, I’m offering free shipping. Here are the four ways that you can order and receive your free shipping rebate:

  • Place your order through my online store:
  • 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 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.

AND

Double Peppermints

When you place a $50 order (before shipping and taxes – of any product – retiring or no!) – I’ll be giving you DOUBLE Peppermint Rewards Points.  When you get 16 Peppermint Points – you get to select a gift with a value up to $40!  See more info on my Punkin’ Head Rewards Program for my loyal customer right here

So – take advantage of the good deals in the Retiring List, get extra peppermint points AND earn free shipping! 🙂


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Now’s the time to get your favorites – with discounts of up to 50% off! – before they’re gone. Stamps will be available thru 31 May – everything else is while supplies last! Click right here to go straight to the Retiring Products in my Online Store! You can see them in the store, or check out either of these documents:

Retiring List (PDF)
Retiring List (Excel – sortable)

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HOST CODE FOR 16 Apr – 30 Apr 16: CAZKY77C

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 $8.00 in the 2015-16 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog.


STAMPIN’ UP PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Love & Affection stamp set and Playful Palette DSP Stack will be available on 1 June 16

CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Blushing Bride Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base; scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 2″ x 2 1/2″ (sentiment panel mat); Botanical Builder flowers

Very Vanilla Blackberry Bliss Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (card front mat and inner liner); 1 7/8″ x 2 3/8″ (sentiment panel); Botanical Builder flowers

Playfull Palette DSP Stack: 4″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); envelope liner

Birthday Bouquet DSP:  Cups & Kettle die cut teacup

Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron card stock: Botanical Builder flowers

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!


BACKORDER REPORTING

Stampin’ Up! has started a new way to let you all know when items are Backordered or in Limited Supply.  When you place an order thru my Online Store, you’ll get a message telling you a status of the item.

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If you want more information on a particular product – like when it’s expected back in stock – please give me a call or shoot me an e-mail and I’ll be glad to help! 🙂

 

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Stampin’ Up! Love You Sew Sneak Peek!

Mornin’ guys.  Hope your week is going well as we hit hump day!  My share today is a sneak peek of one of the most fun stamp sets in the upcoming 2016 Occasions Catalog.  Those of us who went to Onstage Live had the chance to order it early – which was cool, since it’s a Hostess Stamp!  I’m pretty sure every demonstrator who attended ordered this set.  It.  Is.  That.  Cute!

I’m talking about the Love You Sew stamp set (it’s so new I couldn’t even show it to you in the Supply List!).  And it has so many fun images and sentiments in it that it’s the only set I needed to make this card.  Take a look-see:

Love You Sew 4 - Stamps-N-Lingers

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Lovely as a Tree at Sunset!

If you’re like me, you’ve discovered Pinterest.  There are many MANY wonderful things on Pinterest – recipes, clothes, flowers, gardening ideas, funny memes, and….cards!  Lots and lots and LOTS of cards!  There are some very seriously talented folks on this planet, making cards and paper crafts!  Today’s card springs from a technique I found there – from Amanda Mertz’s lovely blog (http://didyoustamptoday.blogspot.com).  When I saw her card, I was reminded of some of the spectacular sunsets we’e been privy to this past couple of weeks here in the high desert.  Okay – not the forest part so much, but…the sky, for sure!  Between that and the fact that it gave me a great reason to use my newest SU! fave Lovely as a Tree stamp set, and….it was meant to be!  Take a look-see:

Sunset Forest Outside Watermarked

I started by cutting out an oval from some Very Vanilla Card stock – which would become the center art piece.  Then I used a piece of scrap card stock to cut out the next largest oval – which would be my mask.  I rolled a little piece of scotch tape and used it to lightly stick the Very Vanilla card front down onto my Silicon Craft mat.  I secured the art piece oval to the card front with a little dab of Two Way glue (if you let it dry before you stick it down, it’s a temporary adhesive).  Then I put the mask over the whole thing, and taped IT down to the Silicon Mat.  With everything secure, I used my sponge daubers and Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive to create my sky.  I made sure to extend the sky colors off the art oval and into the area that would become the frame.  When you do this, be sure to use a circular motion with your sponge – and start off your art piece.  I made the colors a little darker at the top (Pumpkin Pie) and the bottom (Old Olive).

Sunset Forest with Envelope 2 watermarked

I lifted the mask off, and picked up the art oval.  With the oval completely off the card front, I inked my Lovely as a Tree stamp with Mossy Meadow ink, and stamped it a couple of times without re-inking between stamps.  I did that a couple of times, until I liked my forest.  Then I stuck an Itty Bitty Accent Epoxy star into the sky – I think it evokes that first star in the twilight sky, don’t you?

Sunset Forest Closeup watermarked

I popped the art oval back onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the Sheltering Tree set in Mossy Meadow.  And decided to leave it just that simple.  I SNAIL’d it to a mat of Crushed Curry and then adhered the entire layered card front to a Mossy Meadow Card Base with more Dimensionals, and the card front was done! Yes, you got it right – not a pearl in sight! 🙂

The inside is just as simple – a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock, with a few more trees stamped around a couple of times.  I added those trees to a Crumb Cake Medium envelope as well, to complete the ensemble.

Sunset Forest Inside 3 watermarkedI really love this card.  I think I’ll probably make another variation – with the Sending Wishes Your Way stamp from the Butterfly Basics set (I think that would be cool – especially given the “first star I see tonight” on the front of the card!).   I hope that you like it, too, and will make some sunsets of your own!

Can you believe there’s less than a month before the Retiring Products are gone – gone – gone?  Time is going by quickly – which means I’ll be home soon!  Whoo-hoo!!  And….wait for it….the NEW CATALOG WILL BE ON THE STREET! 🙂  I’ve gotten a sneak peak and I can tell you there are some really seriously neat new items.  I can’t wait for you all to see it, too!

Today’s the last day to pick up the products in the Weekly Deals, so take a look and get them while they last.

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

APRIL 1 – 30 HOSTESS CODE: JMYYMNGF Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift for April is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

WEEKLY DEALS FOR 28 Apr – 4 May 15!! Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 4 May!

Sale: $16.46

Price: $21.95

Sale: $24.71

Price: $32.95

Sale: $7.46

Price: $9.95

Sale: $3.71

Price: $4.95

Sale: $11.96

Price: $15.95

Sale: $11.96

Price: $15.95

Supply List

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

Price: $99.95

Supply List

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CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Mossy Meadow Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x  8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)

Crushed Curry Card Stock: 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ (mat)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 1/2″ oval (art piece); 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ (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!

Shop the Clearance Rack here.

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BACKORDER LIST AS OF 30 Apr 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

May 1

126397: Postage Due Clear Stamp Set
126557: From My Heart Clear Stamp Set
126562: The Great Outdoors Clear Stamp Set
129126: Kind & Cozy Clear Stamp Set

May 4

127821: Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
131162: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills

May 5

130136: 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack

May 11

135294: Variety Pack 12″ x 12″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages

May 12

131163: Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131164: Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131165: Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131166: Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131167: Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill

May 15

129406: Bitty Butterfly Punch

May 16

133722: Adhesive Transfer Sheets

May 18

129267: Bitty Banners Framelits Dies

Date to be Determined

131195: 2013-2015 In Color 12″ x 12″ Cardstock
131200: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131295: Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131296: Baked Brown Sugar 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131297: Coastal Cabana 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131298: Crisp Cantaloupe 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

119859: Extra-Large Oval Punch
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
130148: Grid Paper
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit
137951: So You Project Kit

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

119854: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
119859: Large Oval Punch
122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon

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Happy Mother’s Day Hippity Hop!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching – are you ready!?  As usual – I’m not.  I have a half formed idea of what I plan to send – but, is it ready to send?  Of course not!  And I don’t mean not packaged and addressed and ready to hit the post office.  No – I mean….not DONE!  I hope my mother will give me a pass this year…..  she almost always does…. 🙂

A few of us Happy Stampers got together to bring you some Mother’s Day projects.  Not a full-up blog Hop.  More like a Hippity Hop! 🙂  So, after you take a gander at my share, be sure to stop by the other blogs to see what they bring to the table.  Sandi MacIver and Amy Koenders are Master Card makers – so you won’t want to miss them!

This is the time of year to reflect a little on what mother’s are all about.  For me – they are courage.  And grace.  And love.  And resilience.  And determination.  They are beautiful humans who spend their lives taking care of their children.  And their homes.  And their spouses.  And their jobs.  And everything in between.  And sometimes, every once in a while, they take a minute for themselves.  Mother’s Day is a chance for us to give a little something back to them, isn’t it?

My mother is all of the things I said.  She’s always inspired me to be better.  She made me want to be a good person – like she was, and is.  She helped me to know what is right and what is wrong.  She’s strong.  She’s survived cancer.  And the death of her husband.  She dreamed of living in a cabin in the mountains of Colorado – and she made that happen.  She’s lived there for 30 some odd years now.  Alone but for the small parade of canine “children” that she’s shared her home with.  She’s dealt with yearly forest fires – some close enough she could see.  Some she had to evacuate for.  She worked for the Cancer Society and the Veteran’s Administration – did I mention she’s a nurse?  She worked “down the hill” every day for years – driving over an hour each way.  She made her dream come true – and persevered there many times after I would have called it a day.

She’s lovely.  She’s amazing. She’s the inspiration for my card share today.  Take a look-see:

Lovely Amazing You Outside 2 watermarked

Mother’s Day seems to call for flowers.  But, flowers die.  So, I thought I’d make a card that seemed like a bouquet.  I love the combination of Wisteria Wonder and Daffodil Delight (kept that floral thing going, didn’t I?!?)  I started with a piece of Wisteria Wonder card stock, and stamped it with the Corner Garden stamp in Wisteria Wonder.  Then I SNAIL’d that to a SU! Whisper White Note Card.

For the art piece, I inked the sentiment from the Lovely Amazing You set with Versamark Ink, and stamped it in the corner of a square of Whisper White Card Stock.  Then I sprinkled it with Early Espresso Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat set it.  Once it had cooled, I inked up the flower stamp from the Bloom with Hope set (Retiring on 2 June!).  I used my Stampin’ Write Markers – in Wisteria Wonder for the flowers and Pear Pizzazz for the stems.  I stamped it several times, all over the square.  The embossed sentiment “resisted” the ink, and let my flowers float behind the words.  I did a little sponging with some Wisteria Wonder, just to soften things up a little.

Lovely Amazing You Outside 4 watermarked

To make the picture frame, I cut out a square with my Square Framelits, and then ran the square back thru the Big Shot, using the next smallest die.  I used Glue Dots to attach the frame to my art work.  And then I popped the whole thing on the card front with Dimensionals.

I used some 1/2″ Daffodil Delight Ribbon Seam Binding to make my “hangar”, attaching it at the top with a few Glue Dots, and sliding it under my frame and adhering it with a little bit of Liquid Multi-Purpose Glue.  Then I got busy making flowers!

Lovely Amazign You Outside 5 watermarked

I used a combination of Petite Petal punches and Itty Bitty Flower Punches, in Wisteria Wonder and Daffodil Delight.  I glued various sizes and colors together with Liquid Multi-Purpose Glue, added a large Pearl, and then adhered them to the ribbon hangar and the frame with Glue Dots.  And the front was done!

Lovely Amazing You Outside 4 watermarked

For the inside, I inked the Bloom with Hope flowers with Whisper White Craft Ink, and stamped them a few times across the bottom of the card.  Then I used the sentiment from the Good Greetings Hostess set, in Wisteria Wonder, for the sentiment.

Lovely Amazing You Inside 2 closeup watermarked

And finis!  Can you see the white-on-white flowers?  Hard to make out in the picture, but….they’re there, I promise!

I hope that you like this card – and I hope that my mom likes it when it arrives with her yet-to-be-finished gift!! 🙂

Take a moment and leave me a comment, telling me what you’re doing for YOUR mom on her special day (it’s on the 10th of May, JIC you were wondering!)

Only a little while longer to get in on the retiring products.  Don’t miss out!  Last day to order is 2 Jun – and as fast as things are going, that’s like tomorrow!

This is the LAST DAY to get your Butterfly Basics with the special deal – scroll down for a reminder!

The retired list shopping pages have been updated, as have these links.

Retiring List PDF
Retiring List Sortable Excel
Order deadlines for the retiring items:

Phone: Tuesday, June 2, 2015; 6:50 PM (MT)
Online: Tuesday, June 2, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT)

Click here to go straight to my online store to start shopping these retiring products and stocking up! Remember – even though the stamp sets will be available at least through May 26, everything else on the list is available only while supplies last so shop early for the best selection!

Be sure to check out Amy and Sandi’s Blogs to see what they’ve come up with for Mother’s Day!

Sandi MacIver: www.stampingwithsandi.com

Amy Koenders:  www.stampwithamyk.com

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

APRIL 1 – 30 HOSTESS CODE: JMYYMNGF Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift for April is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

WEEKLY DEALS FOR 28 Apr – 4 May 15!! Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 4 May!

Sale: $16.46

Price: $21.95

Sale: $24.71

Price: $32.95

Sale: $7.46

Price: $9.95

Sale: $3.71

Price: $4.95

Sale: $11.96

Price: $15.95

Sale: $11.96

Price: $15.95

Supply List

Built for Free Using:  My Stampin Blog

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

Price: $29.95

Price: $99.95

Price: $4.95

Supply List

Built for Free Using:  My Stampin Blog

CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Whisper White Note Card

Wisteria Wonder Card Stock: 4 7/8″ x 3 3/8″ (mat); 3″ square with 2 1/2″ square cut out (frame); various size flowers

Whisper White Card Stock: 3″ Square (art piece)

Daffodil Delight Card Stock: various size flowers

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!


You can still get the Butterfly Basics – either the bundle or the thinlits by themselves – TODAY ONLY! at a special price and with a fun SAB item (when you buy the bundle)!

Built for Free Using:  My Stampin Blog

 1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20! (so if you already have the Butterfly Basics stamp set, you’ll be able to complete the bundle at a great discount!

–OR —

2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item 138633)
Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (item 138634)
Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper (item 138635)


Shop the Clearance Rack here.

Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! Products – Join my Punkin Head Peppermint Rewards – My online customer thank you program!

BACKORDER LIST AS OF 29 Apr 15

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.

May 1

102283: VersaMark Pad
126557: From My Heart Clear Stamp Set
129126: Kind & Cozy Clear Stamp Set
130348: Dictionary Wood Background Stamp
130595: Label Something Wood Stamp Set

May 4

127821: Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
131162: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills

May 5

130136: 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack

May 11

135294: Variety Pack 12″ x 12″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages

May 12

131163: Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131164: Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131165: Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131166: Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131167: Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill

May 15

129406: Bitty Butterfly Punch

May 16

133722: Adhesive Transfer Sheets

May 18

129267: Bitty Banners Framelits Dies

Date to be Determined

131195: 2013-2015 In Color 12″ x 12″ Cardstock
131200: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131295: Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131296: Baked Brown Sugar 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131297: Coastal Cabana 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131298: Crisp Cantaloupe 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

119859: Extra-Large Oval Punch
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
130148: Grid Paper
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit
137951: So You Project Kit

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the “Not Orderable” list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:

119854: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
119859: Large Oval Punch
122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon

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