Sympathy

Stampin’ Up! Hold On To Hope Thoughts & Prayers

It’s Monday, y’all!  I’ve got but one thing to say about that.  Bleh.

I repeat.  Bleh.

And that’s all on that subject.

If you were able to join me last night for my Facebook Live video, thanks so much for spending part of your weekend with me!  If not, but would like to see how to make this card, here’s the YouTube replay!

I needed a sympathy card this week – my husband’s Granny died last Monday.  She pretty much raised him, so it was a blow.  She was 98 – so it wasn’t a shock.  She was ready to go home.  I thought that the beautiful Hold On To Hope stamp set and the bundled Cross of Hope Framelits were a perfect choice, especially when combined with a sentiment from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set.  Take a look-see:

Most of the “how” to do this one is in the video, so be sure to check it out! 🙂

I started with a piece of the beautiful Petal Passion DSP that I colored with my Pool Party and Marina Mist ink – using my Sponge Brayer.  In the video, I used Powder Pink first and then Blushing Bride.  Then I matted it on Smoky Slate card stock with Fast Fuse.

I used a short strip of the Myths & Magic Specialty Washi Tape next.

For the art, I embossed a piece of Whisper White card stock in the Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF and matted it on Smoky Slate.  Then I Fast Fuse’d it to the card front.

I heat embossed the flourish from the Hold On To Hope stamp set in Silver and cut them both out with their matching dies in the Cross of Hope Framelits.  Then I adhered them with Liquid Glue.

I cut a solid Cross from Basic Black, a detailed Cross from Silver Foil and the white Cross from Whisper White card stock.  Then I adhered the Silver Cross to the Basic Black Cross with Liquid Glue.  I popped the Whisper White Cross on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Finally, I added more Dimensionals to the back of the black Cross and used them to wind Silver Metallic Thread in several loops behind the Cross – then popped the whole thing onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I stamped the Hold On To Hope stamp set sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a piece of Whisper White and cut it out with a banner die in the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  I used Liquid Glue and Stampin’ Dimensionals (a double thickness on both ends) to adhere it over the Cross and the card front was done!

On the inside, I actually made two liners.  On the top, I stamped the wonderful sentiment from Hold On To Hope stamp set in Tuxedo Black on Whisper White.  Then I heat embossed one of the flourishes in Silver.  I used a sentiment from Thoughts & Prayers on the bottom panel, and added another heat embossed Silver flourish.

I Fast Fuse’d each panel to a Smoky Slate mat and into my Basic Black card base, adhered the card front with Liquid Glue and the card was done!

On my Whisper White Medium Envelope, I added another Silver flourish…

…and added some more of the Sponged Petal Passion DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  If you watch the video – you’ll see I used pinks for the background color – two daughters and a son will be receiving these.  I simply love the entire Hold On To Hope stamp set, especially bundled up with it’s Cross of Hope Framelits.  And the sponged DSP looks like God-light thru the leaves of a tree to me.  Hope you like! 🙂

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 16 JAN – 31 JAN: DXQNA92T

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2017 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Get in on the Ultimate Bundle!

What if you could get anything you wanted – from the Annual Catalog, the Occasions catalog, the Clearance rack?  And what if you could get it with like…a 45% savings?  And – what if, after you bought that Ultimate Bundle, you could THEN get 20-25% off Every.  Single.  Thing.

I think you’d be pulling out that credit card!

I am, of course, talking about the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit!  It truly is the Ultimate Bundle.  

ESPECIALLY right now during Sale–A-Bration.  

Let’s look at some facts.

  • You spend $99 – and you pick any products you want (the products you pick are 100% up to you!) for a value of $125.
  • Because it’s Sale-A-Bration, you ALSO get ANY two stamp sets…FREE.  So…if you picked…say…the Letters For You stamp set and the Wood mount Flourishing Phrases – that’s another $99 worth of free goodness!
  • Every order thereafter…you save 20%.  On everything.  And, play your cards right (see what I did there?) you can parlay that to a 25% discount.
  • There’s no obligation to sell.  Advertise.  Blog.  Do workshops.  Attend events.  Do craft shows.  Nothing!
  • If you meet your quarterly quota – you remain a demonstrator.  And keep saving that money!
  • If you don’t?  Well…you go on your merry way with about $225 worth of goodies tucked in your craft stash. No commitment – no penalty!
  • Joining the Critters-N-Creating Krew team is easy – and we are building a great little community of folks who love to stamp and create!  We have a fun and exclusive FB page that we share with the Amy’s Inkin’ Krew.  We chat and share our projects there.  We also have monthly virtual team meetings and quarterly meetings where those of us in the area all get together to have lunch and make fun projects! 
  • Our team is a mix of folks who joined to get the discount (Hobby Demos) and those who are pursuing a business! So whatever YOUR goal is – you’re most welcome!
  • You’ll be joining a super company that’s been around for 30 years! Yep – 2018 is our 30th Anniversary and there’s big happenings in store throughout the year – what a great time to get in on the fun!
  • Joining is easy to do – just click here and head on over the Online application!  And – if you have any questions while you’re there – or before you go! – drop me a note at stamps-n-lingers@comcast.net!

Sale-A-Bration is a pretty big deal, y’all!  Check out all the information over on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page!


Stamps-N-Lingers 2018 Occasions Catalog Special Bundle Sale!



Check out all my special bundles at my Stamps-N-Lingers 2018 Occasions Catalog Bundles page and fill out the form you’ll find there.  There are descriptions of each bundle as well as pictures!  


Do you love free stuff? We thought so, cuz…hello?  Free!!

So, let me let you in on a little-known fact: You can earn Sale-A-Bration rewards when you purchase a 3-, 6-, or 12- month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription.  In fact, purchasing prepaids may be the best and easiest way to earn free Sale-A-Bration products—especially if you’re new to papercrafting and find the catalog a little intimidating!

Here’s the deets:


Ready to get started?  Click right here and you’ll be on your way!

Hope you know what you want for your Sale-A-Bration Freebie! 🙂

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


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Basic Black Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); Cross of Hope die cut Cross

Smoky Slate Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for both inner liners); 2 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ (mat for embossed panel on front)

Whisper White Card Stock: 2 5/8″ x 3 3/8″ (embossed panel on front); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner); sentiment banner; Cross of Hope die cut Cross; embossed flourishes  

Petal Passion DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); envelope flap

Silver Foil:  Cross of Hope detailed Cross die cut


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


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


Finn Fan Fix  

Dogs are really straightforward.  Not a lot of prevarication or guile in them.

If they want something – you know it.

If they love you – you know it.

All that said – I feel 100% confident that this….

…totally means “I just looooooovvvveeee you so much, Mom!!”

Uhm…right? 😉

TTFN

M

 

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Stampin’ Up! Hold Onto Hope Sympathy Video Sneak Peek

Mornin’, y’all!  Having a good weekend so far?  I’m pretty excited – did the horses yesterday without covers on!!  Whoo-hoo!!!  

It’s the little things, my peeps!

So – we’ll be back on our “normal” schedule tonight – I’ll be live at 8pm Eastern on my Stamps-N-Lingers FB page.  We’re going to be using the beautiful Hold On To Hope stamp set and matching Cross of Hope Framelits.  Take a sneaky-peek:

I hope you’ll be able to join me – I think you’ll like this card!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 16 JAN – 31 JAN: DXQNA92T

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2017 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Get in on the Ultimate Bundle!

What if you could get anything you wanted – from the Annual Catalog, the Occasions catalog, the Clearance rack?  And what if you could get it with like…a 45% savings?  And – what if, after you bought that Ultimate Bundle, you could THEN get 20-25% off Every.  Single.  Thing.

I think you’d be pulling out that credit card!

I am, of course, talking about the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit!  It truly is the Ultimate Bundle.  

ESPECIALLY right now during Sale–A-Bration.  

Let’s look at some facts.

  • You spend $99 – and you pick any products you want (the products you pick are 100% up to you!) for a value of $125.
  • Because it’s Sale-A-Bration, you ALSO get ANY two stamp sets…FREE.  So…if you picked…say…the Letters For You stamp set and the Wood mount Flourishing Phrases – that’s another $99 worth of free goodness!
  • Every order thereafter…you save 20%.  On everything.  And, play your cards right (see what I did there?) you can parlay that to a 25% discount.
  • There’s no obligation to sell.  Advertise.  Blog.  Do workshops.  Attend events.  Do craft shows.  Nothing!
  • If you meet your quarterly quota – you remain a demonstrator.  And keep saving that money!
  • If you don’t?  Well…you go on your merry way with about $225 worth of goodies tucked in your craft stash. No commitment – no penalty!
  • Joining the Critters-N-Creating Krew team is easy – and we are building a great little community of folks who love to stamp and create!  We have a fun and exclusive FB page that we share with the Amy’s Inkin’ Krew.  We chat and share our projects there.  We also have monthly virtual team meetings and quarterly meetings where those of us in the area all get together to have lunch and make fun projects! 
  • Our team is a mix of folks who joined to get the discount (Hobby Demos) and those who are pursuing a business! So whatever YOUR goal is – you’re most welcome!
  • You’ll be joining a super company that’s been around for 30 years! Yep – 2018 is our 30th Anniversary and there’s big happenings in store throughout the year – what a great time to get in on the fun!
  • Joining is easy to do – just click here and head on over the Online application!  And – if you have any questions while you’re there – or before you go! – drop me a note at stamps-n-lingers@comcast.net!

Sale-A-Bration is a pretty big deal, y’all!  Check out all the information over on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page!


Stamps-N-Lingers 2018 Occasions Catalog Special Bundle Sale!



Check out all my special bundles at my Stamps-N-Lingers 2018 Occasions Catalog Bundles page and fill out the form you’ll find there.  There are descriptions of each bundle as well as pictures!  


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 – on Saturday morning, I had a scheduled phone call with Apple.

To learn some tips and tricks for using my new watch.

Yes.  Watches now come with tips-and-tricks telecoms.  Thankfully it does still also just show me the time when I look at it!

And – not gonna lie – it’s fun to have Mickey Mouse tell me the time!

Anywho – there I was, sitting in the kitchen with Steve on the phone.  My sweet dog lying quietly at my feet.  A glass of iced hazelnut coffee at the ready.

At the conclusion of the call, my watch vibrated on my wrist, reminding me to get up and walk around a bit.  Which I obediently did.

To see….

Caught red-pawed.  Really no way to pawn this off onto the cats.  Guess that pesky paper towel was just begging to be torn to teensy bits… 🙂

TTFN

M

 

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Stampin’ Up! Hold Onto Hope Sneak Peek Sympathy Card

Good morning, y’all!  Welcome to the last weekend of 2017!!  Yikes!

Sadly, for some folks in my extended circle of friends, this hasn’t been a great week.  And, I need a Sympathy card to send.  So, I pulled out a new bundle in the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  The lovely Hold Onto Hope stamp set, bundled with the Cross of Hope Framelits, is a gorgeous set, perfect for the occasion.  Especially when combined with a sentiment from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set.  Take a look-see:

As you can maybe see, I also broke out my package of new Brusho Colors! 🙂

I started with a piece of Shimmery White card stock.  Using the pin-hole-in-the-top method, I shook a little bit of the Prussian Blue around the outer edges of the panel.  In the middle, I sprinkled some Yellow.  I lightly spritzed the panel with water using my Stampin’ Spritzer.  I let the panel dry naturally, dabbing off any water that pooled on the edges.  Once it was completely dry, I cut it down to the finished size for the front of my card.

I inked up the pretty floral spray image in the Hold Onto Hope set (avail 3 Jan) with Versamark and stamped it twice on the panel.  I sprinkled the images with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed them with my Heat Tool.  Then I Fast Fuse’d the panel to an Island Indigo mat.

For the cross, I cut a Wood Textures DSP solid cross with the die in the Cross of Hope Framelits and a Silver Foil detailed Cross with a second die.  I adhered them together with Liquid Glue.

I used some new Whisper White 1/4″ Organza Ribbon (3 Jan) to drape around the Cross.  I stuck a Glue Dot in the center of the Cross and used that to start the drape.  I put Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the Cross and popped it onto the card front – running the tails of the ribbon behind it as I stuck it on.  Over the center of the ribbon, I used another Glue Dot to adhere a new Petal Passion Embellishment (3 Jan) over the top of the Organza Ribbon.

For the sentiment, I stamped the sentiment from Thoughts & Prayers in Island Indigo on a strip of Shimmery White.  I snipped banner ends with my Paper Snips and edged it with my Basic Gray Stampin’ Write Marker.  Then I popped it over the Cross with Liquid Glue and a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On a scrap of Shimmery White, I stamped the pretty little flower from Hold Onto Hope.  I colored the stamp with my Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo and Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Markers and stamped it on the card stock.  Then I cut it with the die in the Cross of Hope Framelits.  I used Liquid Glue and a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere it over the Cross.  I added one Pearl Basic Jewel and the card front was done!

On the inside, I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to align and stamp the sentiment from Hold Onto Hope in Island Indigo on a Shimmery White panel.  Then I repeated the flower…

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to an Island Indigo mat.  Before going further, I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and stamped the little corner image from Hold Onto Hope in Basic Gray Archival Ink in the corners (front and inside) of my Basic Gray card base.  Then I Fast Fuse’d the inner liner into the card base.

I decided to add a little more to the card front – so I cut a couple pieces off a Delicate White Doily and adhered them to the back of the card front – then I popped it on the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

On the front of my Whisper White Medium Envelope, I added more Basic Gray Hold Onto Hope corners and flowers…

…and I added a little more Wooden Textures DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I love how the Brusho background turned out, don’t you?  I think it looks serene and sort of…heavenly!  And I loved this Hold Onto Hope bundle the very first moment I saw it in the 2018 Occasions Catalog!  Hope you like!

TTFN

Mary 


HOST CODE FOR 16 DEC – 15 JAN: QGAJHYYU

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2017 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


TODAY IS THE FINAL DAY!!

This Super-Sale features a selection of items that are last-chance and limited-inventory, so be sure to get your orders in now – this is the last day!

Get all the details on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page – or go right to the Year End Sale goodies in my Online Store!


Take the Red Box Challenge!!
Between Now and 31 Jan 18 at 11:59 PM (MT).


Happy New Year, everyone! The Paper Pumpkin team is especially excited for 2018, and we have two great reasons: (1) This year’s kits are amazing and (2) We’ve decided to kick off 2018 with a superfun giveaway!

We’re calling it the Red Box Challenge, and it’s easy to get in on the fun!

Simply put together a WOW project using an unused, past kit—or buy a past kit that you’ve had your eye on. Then share an image of your project on Facebook or Instagram with #redboxchallenge and you will be entered into a random drawing to win a Paper Pumpkin kit.

Now, we think all of our kits are wonderful and amazing–but our random drawing winners will receive the upcoming Paper Pumpkin fifth anniversary March kit. Think: Gorgeous and collectible. Everyone is going to want one. AND the winners will get it in their mailbox before anyone else. 

Sound fun? Check out the terms and conditions here, then start crafting your Red Box Challenge project today!

Note: Some project ideas will be selected from the entries and featured in Paper Pumpkin’s monthly newsletter and on our Facebook and Pinterest pages. Past alternative Paper Pumpkin projects you’ve created and posted on social media are not eligible for this contest.


2018 Occasions Catalog Shares are Still Open!  

You’ve Got Until 1 Jan 18 at 5pm MST to Get Signed Up for Yours!

What are catalog shares, you ask?  They’re your chance to try a little bit of everything and see what you like the best from a new Stampin’ Up! catalog!  

I’ll place our Shares order first jump out of the box on 3 Jan 18 and use expedited shipping so I get it back fast!  Then I’ll get it all cut up, packaged and out the door quick as I can – hopefully during the week of 8 Jan!

We’ve got new Designer Series Papers, new ribbons and trims and all sorts of fun embellishments!  

Shares are open to anyone – including demonstrators, so…check it…

I’ve got a few options for you to pick from:  a New Designer Series Paper Share, a New Ribbons/Embellishments Share, and an I Want It All Share (this one gets a free extra bonus!!).  You can see everything included in each share type and find a handy sign-up sheet on my 2018 Occasions Catalog Shares page!


Do You Still Need an Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalog?! 

If you’re not a current customer of mine but would like to be, you can request your copies of the catalogs on my Contact page right here.  


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

The Occasions Catalog goodies will all be available on 3 Jan – that’s coming real soon, y’all!! 🙂


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

Island Indigo Card Stock: 3 5/8″ x 4 5/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Shimmery White Card Stock: 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (card front and inner liner); 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ (sentiment)  

Wooden Textures DSP:  Cross of Hope Cross die cut; envelope flap  ‘

Silver Foil:  Cross of Hope Cross die cut

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


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


Finn Fan Fix  

Today the Dad went up to NC to do some work across the weekend.  So we all helped him get loaded and ready to go!

Finn had a doggy-dilemma.

Stay with Mom?  Go with Dad?

Difficult choice for a little kid – one who loves both his parents!  

But…a road trip?!?

In the end, he made the selfless decision to stay here and protect me.

So…he bravely said good-bye to the Dad…

…and promptly forgot all about him while we worked the gates for the horses.

He’s a go-with-the-flow kind of guy – focused on the right here, right now.  Not the woulda-coulda-shoulda’s.

We should all be so smart!

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Cake Soiree Video Sneak Peek

Mornin’, y’all!  Do you realize that Christmas Eve is ONE WEEK from today?!  Holy Smokes!

I have managed to progress to about an October-level of readiness, so…there’s that.  With luck I’ll get everything packaged up today and out the door tomorrow.

Oh wait.  I still have to bake….

sigh….

Be that as it may – tonight I’ll be hanging with you guys on my Facebook Live video!  Whoo-hoo!  I’m making a fun-fold Birthday card with the Cake Soiree bundle from the 2018 Occasions Catalog.  Take a sneaky peek:

I’ll be Live at 8pm Eastern on my Stamps-N-Lingers Facebook page – here’s a link!

Hope your day goes well – and that I’ll see you tonight! 🙂

TTFN

Mary  


HOST CODE FOR 16 DEC – 31 DEC: 4XMKUCKG

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2017 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Only a Couple Spots Left in My Next Online Host Club – Let me Know if You Want One of Them…

 


Sale-A-Bration is Coming and that’s a GREAT time to get Host Benefits!

 

Would you like to receive host benefits ? Would you like to build up your Stampin’ Up! tool chest a little at a time?  Well then – an Online Host Club might be the perfect solution for you!

My next club will start up on 3 Jan (coincidently with the arrival of the 2018 Occasions Catalog and the start of Sale-A-Bration!) and I have a few openings available.

How does it work?  Well – at a glance…

You sign up for a 6 month term and agree to:

  • Place a $25.00 minimum order each month
  • Place your order by the 20th of each month
  • Use the Host code I’ll provide in an email sent out at the beginning of each month

And what do you get in return?

  • Based on a random draw, you’ll be the “host” for one of the six months
  • In your month, you’ll be guaranteed a workshop total of $150 – meaning no less than $15 in Stampin’ Rewards for you to spend!
  • In your Host month, your order ships FREE!
  • When you place a host club order – which you’ll do each month – you’ll get DOUBLE peppermints for that order!  So – if all you did was place your $25 order for the six months, you’d end up with 12 Peppermints.  Most folks end up with all 16 (and then some) – and earn a free $40 gift!
  • At the end of the club, you’ll get to choose a free stamp set up to $20!
  • And – you get first dibs on the next Online Club!
  • FREE monthly tutorial with 4-5 projects – and access to all the past tutorials on my  website!
  • FREE catalogs during your membership term

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Let me know quick – spots are filling up fast!


2018 Occasions Catalog Shares are Now Open!

What are catalog shares, you ask?  They’re your chance to try a little bit of everything and see what you like the best from a new Stampin’ Up! catalog!  

I’ll place our Shares order first jump out of the box on 3 Jan 18 and use expedited shipping so I get it back fast!  Then I’ll get it all cut up, packaged and out the door quick as I can – hopefully during the week of 8 Jan!

We’ve got new Designer Series Papers, new ribbons and trims and all sorts of fun embellishments!  

Shares are open to anyone – including demonstrators, so…check it…

I’ve got a few options for you to pick from:  a New Designer Series Paper Share, a New Ribbons/Embellishments Share, and an I Want It All Share (this one gets a free extra bonus!!).  You can see everything included in each share type and find a handy sign-up sheet on my 2018 Occasions Catalog Shares page!


Do You Need an Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalog?! 

My catalogs are here and they’ve headed out the door to my customers.  If you’re not a current customer of mine but would like to be, you can request your copies of the catalogs on my Contact page right here.  And – of course, when you place an order over $50, you’ll get one, too!


The Great Year-End Sale Is Underway!

Hey, folks!  Grab these goodies – before they’re gone!

Check out the Retiring and Surplus Items List….  

 

Get all the details on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page – or go right to the Year End Sale goodies in my Online Store!


THE RESERVATION WINDOW IS OPEN!

 

 As was previously announced, this second reservation window will remain open from December 5–30; however, during this reservation period we will take as many orders as we receive (yay!) and not close the window until December 30. So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open!

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on your very own Stamparatus and look forward to seeing the projects you’ll make with this incredible stamping tool. 

I’ve got all the information over on my Promotions page – including a super little video with lots of information on this wonderful new stamp placement tool.  Be sure to check it out – peruse the how-to-reserve-your-Stamparatus tutorial you’ll find there, and then get your reservation in before the 30th!!


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


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


Finn Fan Fix  

I just have one picture today.

It’s a glamour shot.

Think…Lassie on the hillside…a valiant war dog awaiting his master…White Fang….

TTFN

M

Categories: Feminine, Happy Birthday, Online Host Club, Retiring Products, Shares, Sneak peek, Sympathy | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms Sneak Peak!

Happy Weekend!  Hope you’ve got big plans.

Or…no plans!  Whatever will make you happy this weekend is what I hope for you!

I want to share a most gorgeous stamp set with y’all.

Hmm.  Not much to look at, really.  Hard to know how that could turn into a beautiful card, isn’t it?

Well – this is a photorealistic stamp set made using a special process (only from Stampin’ Up! OBTW).  Stampin’ Up! made a quick little video – featuring Brandy Barnard – showing how cool this stamp set is.  Check it out!

Fun, yes?

Well, after I watched the video, I took a couple of Brandy’s ideas and ran with them to make…this.  Take a look-see:

I pulled my color scheme from the challenge at the Color Throwdown.

I started with a Crumb Cake panel and inked up the gorgeous Heartfelt Blooms stamp in Crumb Cake and stamped it several times across the panel.  Then I matted it on Pear Pizzazz.

For the art panel, I stamped the large flower image in Sweet Sugarplum in the corner of a Whisper White panel.  At the same time, I stamped it again on a second piece of Whisper White.  I also stamped it once in Pear Pizzazz on the scrap Whisper White.

With those two images, I fussy cut the large Sweet Sugarplum daisy and the adjacent Pear Pizzazz leaf and sponged the edges of each fussy cut image.  With my Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend, I colored the middle of the daisy.

I matted the art panel on Pear Pizzazz and adhered it to the card front with Fast Fuse.  With my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to guide me, I stamped the Heartfelt Blossoms sentiment in Crumb Cake ink.  Then I wrapped some Linen Thread sort of casually (that’s designer-speak for “sloppily”!!), securing it on the back with scotch tape. 

I adhered the fussy cut leaf with Liquid Glue over the same leaf in the stamped image.  Then I popped the Sweet Sugarplum flower on with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.  With my Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Marker, I added some little dots around the flowers – just to sort of bring them out! 🙂

I tied my new go-to bow – the gorgeous (and deliberately “casual” 🙂 ) Billie Moan bow and stuck it on just so with a Glue Dot.  And that was it for the card front!

On the inside, I stamped the flower image again in the corner of a Whisper White panel and colored the center with my Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blend.

I Fast Fuse’d 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 another Sweet Sugarplum flower on the front – on this one I colored the center with my Light Daffodil Delight Blend…

…and repeated that again on the envelope flap a couple of times.

Et Voila!  Amazing how this easy-to-overlook stamp “blossoms” when you just add ink!  Heartfelt Blossoms, like Brandy said, won’t be available to buy. Nope – even better!  You’ll be able to get it for free during Sale-A-Bration!  Start making your lists, folks!  Hope you like!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 16 DEC – 31 DEC: 4XMKUCKG

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2017 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


Only a Couple Spots Left in My Next Online Host Club – Let me Know if You Want One of Them…

 


Sale-A-Bration is Coming and that’s a GREAT time to get Host Benefits!

 

Would you like to receive host benefits ? Would you like to build up your Stampin’ Up! tool chest a little at a time?  Well then – an Online Host Club might be the perfect solution for you!

My next club will start up on 3 Jan (coincidently with the arrival of the 2018 Occasions Catalog and the start of Sale-A-Bration!) and I have a few openings available.

How does it work?  Well – at a glance…

You sign up for a 6 month term and agree to:

  • Place a $25.00 minimum order each month
  • Place your order by the 20th of each month
  • Use the Host code I’ll provide in an email sent out at the beginning of each month

And what do you get in return?

  • Based on a random draw, you’ll be the “host” for one of the six months
  • In your month, you’ll be guaranteed a workshop total of $150 – meaning no less than $15 in Stampin’ Rewards for you to spend!
  • In your Host month, your order ships FREE!
  • When you place a host club order – which you’ll do each month – you’ll get DOUBLE peppermints for that order!  So – if all you did was place your $25 order for the six months, you’d end up with 12 Peppermints.  Most folks end up with all 16 (and then some) – and earn a free $40 gift!
  • At the end of the club, you’ll get to choose a free stamp set up to $20!
  • And – you get first dibs on the next Online Club!
  • FREE monthly tutorial with 4-5 projects – and access to all the past tutorials on my  website!
  • FREE catalogs during your membership term

Sound like something you’d be interested in? Let me know quick – spots are filling up fast!


2018 Occasions Catalog Shares are Now Open!

What are catalog shares, you ask?  They’re your chance to try a little bit of everything and see what you like the best from a new Stampin’ Up! catalog!  

I’ll place our Shares order first jump out of the box on 3 Jan 18 and use expedited shipping so I get it back fast!  Then I’ll get it all cut up, packaged and out the door quick as I can – hopefully during the week of 8 Jan!

We’ve got new Designer Series Papers, new ribbons and trims and all sorts of fun embellishments!  

Shares are open to anyone – including demonstrators, so…check it…

I’ve got a few options for you to pick from:  a New Designer Series Paper Share, a New Ribbons/Embellishments Share, and an I Want It All Share (this one gets a free extra bonus!!).  You can see everything included in each share type and find a handy sign-up sheet on my 2018 Occasions Catalog Shares page!


Do You Need an Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalog?! 

My catalogs are here and they’ve headed out the door to my customers.  If you’re not a current customer of mine but would like to be, you can request your copies of the catalogs on my Contact page right here.  And – of course, when you place an order over $50, you’ll get one, too!


The Great Year-End Sale Is Underway!

Hey, folks!  Grab these goodies – before they’re gone!

Check out the Retiring and Surplus Items List….  

 

Get all the details on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page – or go right to the Year End Sale goodies in my Online Store!


THE RESERVATION WINDOW IS OPEN!

 

 As was previously announced, this second reservation window will remain open from December 5–30; however, during this reservation period we will take as many orders as we receive (yay!) and not close the window until December 30. So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open!

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on your very own Stamparatus and look forward to seeing the projects you’ll make with this incredible stamping tool. 

I’ve got all the information over on my Promotions page – including a super little video with lots of information on this wonderful new stamp placement tool.  Be sure to check it out – peruse the how-to-reserve-your-Stamparatus tutorial you’ll find there, and then get your reservation in before the 30th!!


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT

Heartfelt Blossoms will be available for free with a $50 purchase during Sale-A-Braiton!


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Crumb Cake Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11′ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front)

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

Whisper White Card Stock: 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ (art panel); 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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Finn Fan Fix  

Fleas.

Friday was Fleas Day.

Fleas Day actually started at about 9:30 the night before when I discovered the little….bugs…on my kitty, Leo.

I said a bad word (okay – three or four) and rolled the Man over on his back.

Yep.  Buried there in all his skirting and pantaloons….FLEAS!

So.  Friday became Fleas Day.  You know the drill.  Pull all the dog beds outside.  Vacuum said beds.  Spray them with flea killer.  Wash.  Twice.  Spray flea killer all over the house. avoiding the dog and cats.  Vacuum.  Thankfully this was Sonya’s day, so she did the vacuuming.

And then – the Capstar.  The kill-’em-right-this-minute-cuz-we-hate-’em pill.  Got it in the cats and Finn.  Psst – don’t tell him I used a cat pill pocket for his pill, okay?

Poor baby.  I guess the fleas weren’t too happy about the Capstar and took it out on him.  He went crazy itching!

Solution?

Yep – another trip to the Puppy Tubs.  This time with a flea shampoo surcharge…

He wasn’t impressed.

But he sat bravely for the blow dryer this time.

I said bravely.  Not happily!

When we got home, he felt lots better.  Still got some itches here and there, but…I hope we’re on the downhill side of Fleas Day.

Cuz…I hate Fleas Day! And so does the Man! 😦

TTFN

M

Categories: Encouragement, Feminine, Friendship, Just a Note, Just Because, Online Host Club, Retiring Products, Shares, Sneak peek, Sympathy | Tags: , , | 20 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Here For You Layered Leaves

Happy happy HAAWWWWMMMP Day!!  The week is peaking and on the downhill slide!

And – this weekend looks to be fun – we’ve got an Amy’s Inkin’ Krew “in person’ meeting – I love these and look forward to it each quarter!  And – this time…Finn has shown some interest in accompanying me!  So – he’ll get to meet part of the Inkin’ Krew and they’ll get to meet him!  

He’s not going to be making any cards, though.  No thumbs – hello?!!

So – a few days ago I saw a really cool card on Pinterest that used the Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF – which I love.  It was from Monica Gale – and you can see her beautiful original right here!

I decided to CASE it for a little friendship card – and I added a nice sentiment from the Here For You stamp set.  Take a look-see:

The colors for this card come from this week’s MFT Color Challenge.

I started with a panel of Shimmery White card stock that I embossed in the Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF.  I colored the leaves with my Dark and Light Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends.  Hint – when you do this, go easy with the Blends – and use the fine point end (not the brush end).  And, stay towards the middle of the embossed portions – trust me. 🙂

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Pacific Point mat.  

I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig and stamped the simple little sentiment from the Here For You stamp set in Pacific Point near the bottom of the front of my Whisper White card base.  Yes – it was right smack on the card base – I held my breath the whole time!  

Then I wrapped a piece of Calypso Coral 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon around the card front – securing it with a Glue Dot on the front (under where I’d planned to place my bow).

I popped the embossed and colored Layered Leaves panel onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and then added a few Glitter Enamel Dots.

With a short length of the Calypso Coral Sheer Ribbon, I tied a faux bow near the Glue Dot I’d used to secure the ribbon wrapped around the panel. Then I made a Billie Moan bow from Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine and adhered it with another Glue Dot.

On the inside, I called on my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig again to stamp the second sentiment from Here For You in Pacific Point ink on a Shimmery White panel.  Then I used some Liquid Glue to adhere a Pool Party leaf cut from the Patterned Pumpkin Thinlits.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Pacific Point mat and then into the card base and the card was done.

On the front of my Whisper White Medium Envelope, I added another Pool Party Patterned Pumpkin die cut leaf.

…and I embossed the envelope flap in the Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF.

Et Voila!  I think I did justice to the original card – and I hope the recipient of this one will get a smile from it.  I love how the beautiful embossing looks colored with the new Stampin’ Blends, don’t you?  Hope you like!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 16 NOV – 30 NOV: 94TNJG77

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog or the 2017 Holiday Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.



The Next Stamparatus Reservation Window Opens on 5 Dec

You’ve been hearing about the new stamp-placement tool from Stampin’ Up! called the Stamparatus!!  And I know for certain sure that you want (no….need one!).  And you can reserve your very own for delivery in Spring 2018!!  

I’ve got all the information over on my Promotions page – including a super little video with lots of information on this wonderful new stamp placement tool.  Be sure to check it out – peruse the how-to-reserve-your-Stamparatus tutorial you’ll find there, and then mark your calendar for the next reservation window on 5 Dec!!


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

Pacific Point Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 4″ (mat for embossed panel); 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mat for inner liner)

Shimmery White Card Stock: 3 3/4″ x 3 7/8″ (embossed panel); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)  

Pool Party Card Stock:  Patterned Pumpkin die cut leaves

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  

Finn spent the day outside.

He coulda come in.

Didn’t want to.

Pretty day.

Chipmunks to stare down.

Birds to watch.

Dad to “help”.

Didn’t even eat his breakfast until dinner time!

Bowl empty.  Still hungry, mom!

Once he was finished, he strolled into the living room to see if he could mooch anything from me or his Dad.

And he made his way up onto the sofa.  Real casual, like.

So we took a selfie.

“We” is used loosely here. 😉

TTFN

M

Categories: Friendship, Life Event, Sympathy, Thinking Of You | Tags: , | 22 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Colorful Graceful Garden

Morning, all!  Welcome to the weekend – hope you’ve got some fun plans and that the weather is going to be nice for you!

I thought after a few days of what looked like complex, multi-step projects, that you might be ready for a super quick, super simple – but super pretty card!

So – I pulled out the new Graceful Garden stamp set and the Artistically Asian stamp set, plus some Color Theory DSP – and gave you exactly that.  Take a look-see:

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Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Sympathy for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop



Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  It’s color week (and it was kind of a doozy – at least for me!) and I know all our ladies have made some beautiful projects for you.  Y’all be sure to hop thru all their blogs when you get done here! 🙂

Here’s our colors….

I have, unfortunately, a need for a Sympathy Card, so I decided to make one with these colors.  I used the pretty sentiments from the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set, a little bit of Awesomely Artistic and You’ve Got This for some textures, and some pretty flowers from the Jar of Love stamp set and matching Everyday Jars Framelits.  Take a look-see:

In addition to our colors, I borrowed a layout idea from the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge this week.

This one took me a while to get going – I just couldn’t get my brain around the color combination.  So I just started playing with background and textures.  I ended up with a Very Vanilla panel that I stamped using the burlap-y image from the You’ve Got This stamp set in Pool Party.  Over that, I used the splotches image in the Awesomely Artistic stamp set – also in Pool Party.

I SNAILd the panel to an Old Olive mat – it appears I’m having a bit of an obsession with smaller card fronts and wider “frames” this week!

I took a length of Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim and one of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and adhered them across the card front with some Liquid Glue – making sure they extended past the edges of the panel.

My sentiment, from the Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set, I stamped on some Very Vanilla, using the marker-to-stamp technique.  It’s a little sporty with a photopolymer stamp, so I ended up having to touch up the stamped image with my Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive Stampin’ Write Markers.  Then I cut the sentiment with an oval Stitched Shapes Framelit and matted it on a scalloped oval mat in Old Olive.  I used some Stampin’ Dimensionals and Liquid Glue to adhere it over the ribbons.

My flowers and stems are all from the Jar of Love and matching Everyday Jars Framelits.  I cut Old Olive leaves/stems (three of them) and adhered them together like a bouquet with a Glue Dot.  Then I stamped some small flowers from Jar of Love.  These are two-step images.  I did the first step in stamped-off-once and stamped-off-twice Rich Razzleberry with the second step image stamped off one less time.  Does that make sense?  I also did a few in Pool Party,  Then I cut them all out and adhered them in the bouquet with Liquid Glue.  Just cuz I have them and think they’re pretty, I added a Pearl Basic Jewels Embellishment to each flower.  And I “dotted the i” with one, too! 🙂

I took about length of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and pulled out a few threads, which I wrapped around the stems with a Glue Dot to hold it on,  Then I tied a simple knot with a few more strands and adhered it over the top with yet another Glue Dot.  Then I used Liquid Glue to adhere the bouquet to the card and the card front was done!

On the inside, I stamped a second sentiment from Heartfelt Sympathy to a Very Vanilla panel, again using the marker-to-stamp coloring technique.  Then I added a little sprig of Old Olive leaves – also from Heartfelt Sympathy.

I SNAILd the panel to an Old Olive mat and into my Basic Black card base, SNAILd the card front on – and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got more of the little Old Olive sprigs from Heartfelt Sympathy across the front…

…and more Pool Party burlap and splotches from Awesomely Artistic and You’ve Got This on the envelope flap.

Et Voila! I see no reason a Sympathy card can’t be pretty – perhaps that’s a card that needs to bring a smile more than any other kind, yes?  I think the fonts are so pretty in Heartfelt Sympathy and I love all the textures options we have these days – Awesomely Artistic and You’ve Got This are just a couple!  Hope you like!

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

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

Amy Koenders

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Have fun on the Hop!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 1 JUNE – 15 JUNE:  YZJ2HB6A

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


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

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

Promotion Details

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


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

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

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

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

Easy Peasy!


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT    


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

Old Olive Card Stock: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3 1/2″ scalloped oval (sentiment mat); Everyday Jars die cut stems (x3)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ (card front and for inner liner); 3 1/4″ Stitched Shapes oval (sentiment); Everyday Jars 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!


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


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

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Stampin’ Up! Wood Rose Wonder Sympathy Card

Mornin’, y’all! Hope your day has dawned bright and clear! Had a nice – if incredibly short!! – visit with my friends last night.  The got a late start coming from Florida, ran into a giant traffic accident that lost them a couple of hours, and arrived here at about 730 – having to leave to meet friends at the airport at 830.  So…whirlwind visit indeed.  But still time for the two kids to pet the horses, feed them peppermints, meet Finn (who was gobsmacked and thrilled by the tiny humans at his house!), ride around the back pasture with me on the 4-wheeler and sit in the Bobcat for a while.  And then they were gone! 😔  Hopefully they’ll come back when they can “have 3 sleepovers”.  

And waffles for breakfast!

So – my card for today is for a more somber occasion.  Another friend just lost his daughter from complications from COPD.  Same age as I am.  Very sad.  I obviously needed a card to send.   I decided to use the beautiful Rose Wonder stamp set and coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits and I paired them with the Wood Textures DSP.    Take a look-see:

I wanted a card that had a rustic element – they’re horse people like us – but some femininity, too.  

I chose a wood pattern in the Wood Textures DSP that has a gray hue to it for my card front.  Using the large die in the Rose Garden Thinlit die set, I cut out my focal point from some Smoky Slate card stock and used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the panel.

Then I repeated the die cut two more times – once from Blushing Bride and once from Powder Pink card stock (avail 1 June).  Using various pieces of the die cut, I adhered them into the large flower with little dabs of Liquid Glue.

I used one of the sentiments in the Rose Wonder stamp set and stamped it in Basic Black Archival Ink in the corner of the panel and SNAILd it to a piece of Powder Pink card stock.  Now – full disclosure here.  I’m not exactly sure where my brain was – but I cut the panel to 4 7/8″ long (instead of 5 1/8″) – and didn’t realize it until right at this point in the construction of the card! 😳

I decided that, instead of starting completely over, I’d….call an audible.  Which means I made my card base a little smaller than normal.  So it’s like A2-lite sized!

On the inside, I stamped a second Rose Wonder sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink on a Whisper White panel.  Over that, I added the small flower from Rose Wonder in stamped-off-once Powder Pink ink (avail 1 June).  You can barely see it in the picture!

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

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got a few more of the Rose Wonder flowers in full-strength Powder Pink ink on the front…

…and I used a little more of the Wood Textures DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Pretty quick and easy – more persnickety than anything, with the paper-piecing of the rose.  But worth it, I think, for the pretty result.  I love the rose against the woodgrain!!  I see a great year with this Wood Textures DSP Stack!!  Hope you like! 😊

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 16 APR – 30 APR: GGZD4AQ3

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


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:   

The Wood Textures DSP, Powder Pink Card Stock and Powder Pink Ink are available on 1 June!! 



CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Smoky Slate Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 10 1/2″ (card stock, scored and folded at 5 1/4″); Rose Garden Thinlit die cut rose

Powder Pink Card Stock (avail 1 June): 4″ x 5″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); Rose Garden Thinlit die cut rose

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

Blushing Bride Card Stock:  Rose Garden Thinlit die cut rose

Wood Textures DSP Stack (1 June): 3 7/8″ 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…

Okay, y’all.  I’m going to show you a picture.

Please do not be afraid.

This is my new dog.

Cujo.

Right??  Scary as can be, isn’t he?

Of course, he’s smiling!  It’s something he (and his sister, actually.  And his mother!!) just…do!  It’s a submissive gesture.  

But I was spot on with the camera, and…Cujo!!

Pretty good for an iPhone, huh?!? 🙂

He was so excited to see them.  We did keep him on the leash for a bit, cuz he outweighs both of the tiny humans and we feared in his exuberance (and desire to herd them around!) that he’d knock them down.

Once he chilled a little, we let him loose.  

He likes tiny humans!!  They pick up sticks!!  And they RUN all over the place (moms don’t run around near enough)!!!  He had a big time and was sad when they left.

He’s conked out now while I’m writing.  

Herding kids is hard work!  Almost as hard as herding cats!

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Here For You In the Meadow

Mornin’, y’all!  Hope your weekend is dawning bright and clear and with something fun planned!

So this card for today is destined for our friends who…had a bad thing happen to them.  The kind of thing you see on the news.

Not the kind of thing that happens to actual people that you actually know.

On Tuesday evening, a pretty big storm was on its way to us here in Atlanta, but it veered around us, leaving us with no more than some big (BIG) straight-line winds.  Our friends have a hunting camp that they’ve been going to for 25 years or so.  The storm veered straight to it and a ginormous lightning strike hit their trailer and burned it to the ground.  Along with two boats, four jet-skis and all the things they’ve been collecting there all these years.

These aren’t rich folks.  They’re just people like we are.  Who gathered things up and treasured the memories they’ve made there.

Oh,  and they’d planned to go to the camp the next night.  If they had and the storm had been a night later…

So.  I decided I should make them a card.  Since…I’m a card maker!  I used the little sentiment stamp set called Here For You and added some images from In The Meadow.  Take a look-see:


I played along with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge…


As soon as I got this clean and simple card done, my brain started telling me all the things I could have done different/better/more elaborately.  But I think this fits our friends perfectly.

Next time!

I started with a piece of Crumb Cake card stock, matted on another Crumb Cake panel, and stamped the mountain image from In The Meadow twice in Crumb Cake ink.  I added a Lace Doily – Very Vanilla side up (I know, it looks white in the picture) – with some Liquid Glue.


I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to position and stamp a sentiment from the Here For You set in Early Espresso at the bottom of the panel.

My art panel is a piece of Crumb Cake, torn to size, and stamped with the sweet deer image from In The Meadow, in Crumb Cake ink.  I used some Liquid Glue to adhere it to a torn Always Artichoke mat.  Finally, I wrapped a piece of Linen Thread around it, securing the thread in the back with scotch tape.  I popped the whole thing onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and added a tiny Linen Thread bow with a dab of Liquid Glue.


I added a few Always Artichoke Enamel Shapes and the card front was done!

On the inside, I added another Crumb Cake mountain from In The Meadow to a piece of Very Vanilla card stock – this time I stamped it off once first. Over the top, I added a second sentiment from Here For You in Early Espresso.  I inked the stamp and then covered the “I” at the beginning with a piece of Sticky Note – the card will be from Wayne and I, not just me!


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

My Crumb Cake Medium Envelope got a Crumb Cake image from In The Meadow on the front…


…and again on the envelope flap.  And I also added a third sentiment (“Well, this just stinks.”) from Here For You in Early Espresso.


Et Voila!  I hate that this happened to them, but I hope this little card – simple as it is – will let them know that we’re thinking about them.  I love the In The Meadow set and the little sentiments in Here For You are great.  They’re the kinds of things people actually say – and I like that!  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 16 MAR – 31 MAR: XBYZMW9W

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.


 End-of-Sale-A-Bration Ordering Special

 Now thru 31 Mar!  

Cash in as many times as you want!

 

 

For all orders OVER $50…

1. DOUBLE PEPPERMINTS

                I’m offering DOUBLE Peppermint Rewards Points for all orders (over $50 before shipping and tax) placed thru me by 31 Mar.                 Peppermint Rewards Points are part of my Punkin’ Head Customer Rewards Program – and collecting them leads you to FREE    gifts! For more information on the benefits of collecting Peppermints, check out my Punkin’ Head Customer Rewards program right here!

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

               1.  Place your order directly through my online store, and:

                     – Give me with your mailing address and I’ll send you a rebate check for your shipping costs
                            or
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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. 🙂

 



Don’t forget we’ve got new goodies on the Sale-A-Bration list!  Used to be SEVEN – now we’re down to just FIVE.  Both embossing folders have sold out, so they’re not available any longer!!  Sorry – but…you need to hurry to get your favorite.  Don’t forget you need to use the code in this table – not the “normal” item code in the Online Store!


There’s less than a week to take advantage of all the great deals in Sale-A-Bration and my Ordering Special.  And don’t forget the chance to win that Blog Candy!  Scroll on down and read how to get entered to win!

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:    


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Always Artichoke Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 2 1/2″ x 3″ (mat for art piece)

Crumb Cake Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); 2 1/2″ x 3″ (art piece)

Very Vanilla 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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 End of Sale-A-Bration Blog Candy!

Here’s what’s up for grabs!

  • 2016-2018 In Color Cardstock (8 1/2″ x 11)
  • Window Shopping Stamp Set (Clear)
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack
  • Glimmer Paper Pack 
  • So Very Much Stamp Set (Clear)
  • Make a Medallion Stamp Set (Photo)
  • And this card I shared today!

How to win?

Everyone who places an order with me between now and the end of Sale-A-Bration, of $25 or more (before shipping and tax) will get an entry to win! 

There’s no limit on how many entries you can earn – every $25 gets one!  So a $50 order will get two…$75 will get three….etc!  

Don’t forget that every $50 order ALSO receives….

  • A Sale-a-Bration Item
  • Free Shipping!
  • Double Peppermint Points
  • A FREE bottle of Liquid Glue!

So, hurry and get entered to win!  You’ve got until the end of the business day on 31 March to get your orders in at my Online Store.  On Saturday, 1 April, I’ll put all the entries in a hat (or maybe a box!) and draw one lucky name!  Remember – the more times you enter, the better your chances of winning this great set of Blog Candy!! 🙂  The lucky winner will be announced in my Sunday blog.

Please note, per the Demonstrator rules from Stampin’ Up!, only those of you who live in the United States can order from me and be entered to win and I’m only able to ship Stampin’ Up! merchandise to addresses within the United States. Thanks for your understanding and good luck!!🙂


FINN-FAN FIX….

Finn had become a bit of a lap-hug-hog.

He’s always on the lookout for any cats who think they might like to get in my lap and he does what he can to preclude that from happening.

Sometimes it means he has to do a half-lap-hug.  Back half on the floor, front half – the one with the giant wet likker – on the lap.

And bring his toy-of-the-moment with him.

A guy has to do what a guy has to do to keep those pesky cats in line.

The struggle is real. 😉

TTFN

M

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