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Stampin’ Up! Warm Merry Patterns for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop



Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! We’ve got a full roster playing with today’s color challenge, so be sure to check ’em all out when you get done here!  

Okay – so, not gonna fib…this one wasn’t easy for me.  Not sure why.  But it wasn’t.  On top of my dithering and fussing, I had the added dilemma of not having brought Tangerine Tango ink or card stock.  So…from the git-go I was subbing in Pumpkin Pie! 😦

I figured it would help to have a sketch to work from, so I took advantage of the one from this week’s TGIF Challenges.

I used the Merry Patterns stamp set and a sentiment from the Hug in a Mug set.  Combined with Spooky Night DSP and some embossing….well.  Take a look-see:

I started by adhering a piece of the Spooky Night DSP onto the bottom of a Very Vanilla card front with Liquid Glue.  Then I embossed the whole thing in the Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF.  I matted it on a piece of Lemon Lime Twist card stock and wrapped some Jute Twine twice around the seam, securing it in the back with scotch tape.

For the art piece, I first stamped the Merry Patterns deer in Early Espresso on a piece of Very Vanilla and cut it out with the largest of the circle Stitched Shapes Framelits.

Then, I stamped the same image again, this time in Pumpkin Pie, on a piece of scrap Very Vanilla.  I fussy cut just the “sweater” and adhered it to my deer with Liquid Glue.

With the sentiment from the Hug in a Mug stamp set, I added a sentiment in Early Espresso ink.  Finally, I stamped the pine bough image a few times in Lemon Lime Twist at the feet of the deer.

I matted the circle on a Lemon Lime Twist scalloped circle, cut with my Circles Layering Framelits.

And then I decided to get fancy.  I cut up a couple of Foil Snowflakes and adhered them around the circle, vanilla-side up.  Then I popped it on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added a small bow of Jute Twine with a Glue Dot.

Nope.  Not gonna do it – didn’t like the end result one bit.  One of those “sound in theory, flawed in execution” ideas.  I just didn’t love it.  So…carefully pried up the circle, pulled off the snowflakes and popped it back on.

There it is!  Much more better!

On the inside, I adhered a small strip of the Spooky Night DSP to a Lemon Lime Twist mat and embossed it in the Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF.  I stamped a few more Merry Patterns pine boughs in Lemon Lime Twist on a Very Vanilla panel and adhered my embossed strip over the top.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Lemon Lime Twist mat and into my Early Espresso card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got a Merry Patterns deer, in Early Espresso, on the front.  Then I added some Lemon Lime Twist pine boughs…

…then I added more Spooky Night DSP to the envelope flap, and embossed it in the Cable Knit Dynamic TIEF (probably can’t see that in the picture!)!

Et Voila!  I’m not in love with the card, but I AM in love with the Merry Patterns stamp set – which is still (and only!!) available thru the end of October.  Scroll on down to find out how to get it for yourself before it’s gone-baby-gone!  Hope you like!

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

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

Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Jaimie Babarczy

Have fun on the Hop!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 16 OCT – 31 OCT: 4HQU3GVF

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.


Designer Series Paper Sale…

 All Month Long!

Let’s admit it: we all just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper!  By popular demand, we are bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper. We’ll be able to buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during October! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogs. And we’re even including select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks on sale!

So take advantage of this excellent opportunity and gather up lots of pretty paper!  Take a look-see at what’ll be up for grabs!!  Click the picture to open a handy – and colorful! – flyer!

 


MERRY PATTERNS HOST PROMOTION STILL AVAILABLE

Host a workshop or place an individual order totaling $300 or more (before shipping and tax) by the end of October, and you’ll earn this cool new stamp set for free!  Click the picture to open up a printable flyer!

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Get all the details on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page right….here!


Stampin’ Blends – Available 1 November 17!

 


Say hello to a new world of colorful creativity! Meet Stampin’ Blends, artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors.

With the release of the Stampin’ Blends on 1 Nov, we’ll also be offering a limited-time 16-card project kit and stamp set with beautiful line-art images.  This fun kit – and the coordinating stamp set feature beautiful line image art that will help you get blending!  Check it out!

The Color Me Happy Project Kit and the Color Me Happy Stamp Set will ONLY be available while supplies last.  So – be ready to snap it up when they “go live”! 

Stampin’ Blends Features

  • Add just the right amount of color where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.
  • Stampin’ Up! has done in-house testing for evaporation and life testing and they are really happy with the results.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting color.  

So – be watching for more information about this fun new way to get yer color on!!


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


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

Lemon Lime Twist Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3″ Scalloped Circle (mat for sentiment)

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 2 7/8″ Stitched Shapes Circle (sentiment)

Spooky Night DSP: 1 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ (lower DSP panel on front); envelope flap

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


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


No FFF’s on Blog Hop Days – and probably none until I get home in the middle of November.  Sorry, y’all! 😦

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Stampin’ Up! Torn Corners Count My Blessings

Happy Tuesday!  Hoping that your week is going well.  Mine is…going.  Fast.  I’m going to look up and it’s going to be Saturday and I’ll be packing to go!  But I’m trying to consider that that just means it’s going to be closer to being over AND closer to seeing my friends (and the new Occasions catalog) at OnStage!!  And then…coming back home!

Yea.  That’s how I’m going to look at it.  Pull up my big girl panties and JUST DO IT!! 🙂

Today, though, let’s talk cards, shall we?  I made another card using the Count My Blessings stamp set.  Take a look-see:

Now – this isn’t my usual color scheme – I used them to play along with the Global Design Project challenge – but I keep forgetting that the deadline is in Australia time.  So…Tuesday there is Monday here and I keep missing it! 😦

The sketch, though, that inspired my layout comes from the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge.

And I also played along with the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge – straight down the right side!

I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock and, using the leaf image in Count My Blessings, stamped all over it with Lemon Lime Twist ink.  

For my four layers with the rounded corners – I decided to tear the edges.  The bottom layer is Calypso Coral card stock.  Next up is a piece of Painted Autumn DSP – and I sponged the torn edges with a little more Lemon Lime Twist.  Then comes another piece of Painted Autumn DSP and finally, a piece of Whisper White.  I adhered each piece with Liquid Glue – and then trimmed the excess with my Paper Trimmer.  For the the last layer, the Whisper White panel, I stamped the Count My Blessings flower on before adhering it.

To stamp that flower, I used a couple of techniques I learned from Amy Koenders.  First I inked the stamp with Peekaboo Peach ink.  Then, I used a sponge dauber to add some Calypso Coral around the edges of the flower – giving it a little depth.  For the leaves, I used my Blender Pen to pick up the Peekaboo Peach ink – making way for the Lemon Lime Twist (the Blender Pen sort of works like an eraser!).  I added the Lemon Lime Twist by coloring them directly with my Stampin’ Write Marker.  Then I “huffed” on the stamp and stamped it on my Whisper White panel.  And adhered it with the Liquid Glue.  Finally, I Fast Fuse’d the card front to a Lemon Lime Twist mat.

My sentiment, also from the Count My Blessing stamp set, is stamped on Whisper White in Calypso Coral ink.  I cut it out with an oval Stitched Shapes Framelits die and matted it on a Lemon Lime Twist scalloped oval, cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits.  I used Liquid Glue to adhere them together and then popped them on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  

I added a single Rhinestone Basic Jewel and the card front was done!

On the inside, I stamped another of the Count My Blessings flower images in Lemon Lime Twist across the bottom of a Whisper White panel.  Then I used my Peekaboo Peach Stampin’ Write Marker to dab color on each flower.  Finally, using the fine-tip side of my Calypso Coral Marker, I added just a touch of that to each flower, too.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Lemon Lime Twist mat and into my Peekaboo Peach card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was done.

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got more Count My Blessings flowers in Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral across the front…

…and a little more of the Painted Autumn DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  While this isn’t exactly my cup-o-tea in the colors department, it’s definitely a cheerful and fun card, yes?  And the Count My Blessings stamp set is certainly gorgeous, no if’s, and’s or but’s about it!  Hope you like!

TTFN

Mary  

P.S.  Getting close, y’all, but there’s just a couple days left for you to give me an assist and get in on a chance to earn a super-duper thank you gift!!  Jump in and help me reach that $1000 goal – and a big final quarter of the 2017 SU! Year!  Join my Super Workshop – read on for the details!


HOST CODE FOR 16 SEPTEMBER – 30 SEPTEMBER: YRS26ABP (Yes – this is the “Super Workshop” code that will reach the goal!)

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


SUPER WORKSHOP OPEN NOW!!

This week only, I’ve got a special workshop open – and I generated a special Host Code:  YRS26ABP.  I hope that y’all will place orders using that Host Code! – and help me reach my goal of a $1000 show!  

I for sure can’t do it alone, so…as a thank you to all who order with the special Host Code (YRS26ABP) this next week – yes this code is only good until the end of the month (30 Sept) – I have a few gifts!

First of all – TRIPLE Peppermint points!

Triple points makes it super fast and super easy to reach that magic number of 16 Peppermints.  Remember, when you hit that number, you’ll receive a FREE $40 gift from me that I’ll have shipped directly to you!  With this special – a single order of $149 will earn you an Instant Reward (yep – I’ll round up as a thank you!)

Second – of course you’ll get my ordering Thank You gift and one of my handmade cards (left blank so you can send it or keep it) and coordinating non-nekkid envelopes!

Third – when we get to the $1000 mark, the order that takes us over the edge….is going to receive a really (really!) nice thank you gift!  Here’s part 1 of the Thank You!  

What’s in the picture?  

There’s an I Want It All 2017 Holiday Catalog Share (in the cello bag); the Label Me Pretty Clear mount stamp set and the Pretty Label Punch,  a roll of 1/4″ Copper Trim and one roll of each color of 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon (Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry and Old Olive).  

Inside the cello bag….

Quilted Christmas DSP Stack – 12 Sheets
Merry Little Christmas DSP – 6 Sheets  
Merry Music Specialty DSP – 12 Sheets
Christmas Around the World DSP – 6 Sheets
Year of Cheer Specialty DSP – 4 Sheets  
Champagne Foil – 2 Sheets
Painted Autumn DSP – 6 Sheets
Spooky Night DSP – 6 Sheets
Quilted Christmas 1/4″ Ribbon – 2 yards
7/8″ Striped Ribbon – 1 yard
Jute Twine – 3 yards
Mini Tinsel Trim Combo Pack – 1 yard Silver and 1 yard Real Red
Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon – 2 yards
Vintage Crochet Trim – 1 yard
Stitched Felt Embellishments – 3 total – one of each of 3 designs
Mini Ornaments – 2
Green Sprigs – 2
Acetate Card Boxes – 1
Season of Glitz Mini Gift Bows – 9 total – 3 Green, 3 Red, 3 White
Foil Snowflakes – 4 total – 2 Silver, 2 Gold
Year of Cheer Embellishments – 4 total – one each of two designs in Silver and Gold
Mini Pizza Boxes – 1
3″ x 3″ Whisper White Envelopes – 4
Treat Tubes – 2
Christmas Around the World Embellishments – 3 total – one of each of 3 designs

Finally – on top of all that – Part 2 of the Thank You… the person making that final “push” order will get to spend all the Stampin’ Rewards, choose a half-price item and will receive the beautiful Merry Patterns stamp set!

And that’s on top of TRIPLE Peppermints, an Ordering Gift, a handmade card to keep or send, and the “candy” in the picture!

So – help me out, y’all – let’s hit this goal!  

P.S.  If you’ve been eyeballing my special Holiday Catalog bundles – now’s a great time to order!  I’ll use our special host code and that’ll count towards our goal.  And might even be the “final” order needed to go over $1000 – and you know what that would mean! 🙂


HOST CODE FOR 16 SEPTEMBER – 30 SEPTEMBER: YRS26ABP (Yes – this is the “Special” code that will reach our goal!)

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


MERRY PATTERNS HOST PROMOTION

Host a workshop or place an individual order totaling $300 or more (before shipping and tax) by the end of October, and you’ll earn this cool new stamp set for free!  Click the picture to open up a printable flyer!

Version 2

Get all the details on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page right….here!


STAMPS-N-LINGERS BUNDLES

I’ve got some really cool Bundles for you to choose from – each of which will save you about 15%!  

Merry Little Labels Bundle (Wood or Clear Mount)

Quilted Christmas Bundle 

Painted Autumn Bundle

Spooky Night Bundle 

Christmas Around the World Bundle

Merry Little Christmas Bundle (Wood or Clear Mount) 

And – these bundles will also get you Peppermint Rewards Points from me!  And the September Tutorial – featuring the Painted Harvest Stamp Set.

Head over to my Bundles page – here – and check out all the details and get them for yourself! 🙂


PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:  


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Peekaboo Peach Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card front, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Lemon Lime Twist Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3″ scalloped oval (mat for sentiment)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 2 3/4″ Stitched Shapes circle (sentiment); art panel on card front – torn and trimmed to fit

Painted Autumn DSP:  Two layers on the card front – torn and trimmed to fit; envelope flap

Calypso Coral: Bottom layer on card front – torn and trimmed to fit

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  

Finn will, occasionally, stand up from his nap, stretch and come over to where I’m either working on the computer or at my stamping desk.

He stops in front of me, looking at me expectantly.

Sometimes it means he needs to go out.

More often – if means….Hug.

And I usually accommodate him – cuz…who doesn’t appreciate a good fur-hug in the middle of a stressful day?

Not easy to take a selfie with 65 pounds of wiggly Aussie half in and half out of your lap!

Consider yourself hugged! 🙂

TTFN

M  

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Stampin’ Up! Count My Blessings CAS Acorns

Mornin’, y’all!  It’s Friday.  Finally.  It’s been a heckuva week.  I know there are still folks in FL and TX for whom Friday or Tuesday makes no never mind – and I’m awfully sorry for that.  You have my continued prayers for better days – and power!! – ahead!

My card today is a quick and easy one – that’s also clean-and-simple.  It uses the Count My Blessings stamp set and a few other little goodies to help out.  Take a look-see:

This one played with a couple of challenges.  The first is from Stamp Ink Paper and was the impetus for the clean-and-simple Fall theme.

And the second, from the Sugar Pea Designs Mix It Up Challenge, gave me my layout.

I started out with a piece of leaf-strewn paper from the Painted Autumn DSP and covered it with a piece of Vellum card stock in the same card-front size.  I used Fine-Tip Glue to adhere the Vellum – being sure to only put the glue under the middle portion of the Vellum in order to keep the glue from showing through.  Then I Fast Fuse’d the panel on a Cajun Craze mat.

The sentiment, from Count My Blessings, is heat embossed in Copper Embossing Powder on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.  That piece of card stock is slightly smaller than the next layer – which is another square of Very Vanilla.  I used my Circles Layering Frameltis die to cut a circle from this square – then I embossed the panel in the Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF.  With the de-bossed side up, I popped the square over the sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Using the same size circle die and the next larger scalloped circle die, I cut a Copper Foil frame and adhered it with Liquid Glue.

On a scrap of Very Vanilla, I stamped the Count My Blessings acorn image in Versamark Ink, sprinkled it with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it up.  Using my Blender Pens and Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Old Olive ink pads, I colored the acorns and leaves.  Then I fussy cut the image and adhered it with Liquid Glue (and a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional under the leaf) to the panel.

I repeated the Copper embossed image on another panel of Very Vanilla card stock, colored just the acorns, and fussy cut them.  I lightly rolled the acorns around a pen to give them some dimension – and then popped them over the first image with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.  To finish it off, I tied a small bow with two lengths of Linen Thread and two lengths of Copper Metallic Thread, and adhered it with a Glue Dot.

On the inside, I used the Count My Blessings acorn image again.  I inked it with Crumb Cake, stamped it off once on scrap paper, and stamped it in the middle of a Very Vanilla panel.

I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Cajun Craze mat and into my Thick Very Vanilla card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

The front of my Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got another stamped-off-once Crumb Cake acorn from Count My Blessings…

…and then I added more of the Painted Autumn DSP to the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  I love how this acorn from Count My Blessings looks embossed in Copper and fussy cut.  Especially against the simple embossed panel and Copper sentiment.  Hope you like!

TTFN

Mary

P.S.  Don’t miss out on my special bundle deals!  There’s information down below! 🙂


HOST CODE FOR 1 SEPTEMBER – 15 SEPTEMBER: 3UPGQ49U

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


MERRY PATTERNS HOST PROMOTION

Host a workshop or place an individual order totaling $300 or more (before shipping and tax) by the end of October, and you’ll earn this cool new stamp set for free!  Click the picture to open up a printable flyer!

Version 2

Get all the details on my Stampin’ Up! Promotions page right….here!


STAMPS-N-LINGERS BUNDLE SALE

You’ve had some time to peruse the supercalafragileisticespyalodocious Holiday Catalog and I know you want a lot lot lot!  So, I’ve got some really cool Bundles for you to choose from – each of which will save you about 15%!  

Merry Little Labels Bundle (Wood or Clear Mount)

Quilted Christmas Bundle 

Painted Autumn Bundle

Spooky Night Bundle 

Christmas Around the World Bundle

Merry Little Christmas Bundle (Wood or Clear Mount) 

And – these bundles will also get you Peppermint Rewards Points from me!  And the September Tutorial – featuring the Painted Harvest Stamp Set.

Head over to my Bundles page – here – and check out all the details and get them for yourself! 🙂


PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:   


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Thick Very Vanilla Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card front, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

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

Very Vanilla Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner); 3 3/8″ square (embossed panel); 3 1/8″ square (sentiment panel); Count My Blessings acorn

Vellum Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (over card front)

Copper Foil: 2 3/4″ scallop circle cut out and 2 3/8″ scallop circle cut out (frame)

Painted Autumn DSP:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (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!


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  

We’re an America’s Got Talent household.

We don’t have any particular telent – oh, no.

We like to watch the show.

Don’t judge.

Last night, while we were watching, a dog act came on the screen.

Finn, who was, at the time, allowing me to hold his chew bone while he chewed it….stopped.  Looked over his shoulder with his lips caught in his teeth.

Then he raced over to the tv.

And watched….

aaaannnnndddd….watched…..

“wonder what the judges think…..”

Finally just gave up and sat down to watch in comfort.

I was laughing so hard (behind my hand and trying to hold it in so as to not offend…) that I was absolutely in tears!

Funny little kid.

TTFN

M  

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Stampin’ Up! This Little Piggy Goes Swimming!

Mornin’, y’all!  Hope you had a great weekend – and are ready for the week!

If you were able to join me last night on my Facebook Live video – thanks for spending part of your weekend with me! 🙂  If not, here’s the video to watch to see how to make today’s card!

I made a card to send to my friend who recently had surgery – and is having a rough time right now.  I hope this one, created with the This Little Piggy stamp set from the Annual Catalog and the Count My Blessings stamp set – avail on 1 Sept in the 2017 Holiday Catalog – will bring her a little smile.  Take a look-see:

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All the card cuts are below and the process to make the “ocean” is in the video, so give that a watch!

I made the ocean with some Color Theory DSP paper in Dapper Denim that I cut with the scalloped die in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  I also dry embossed each sheet in the Seaside TIEF.

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On my Whisper White card front, I painted a “sunset” in Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and a touch of Flirty Flamingo with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.  I added some Pool Party clouds and the sentiment, from This Little Piggy, which is stamped in Dapper Denim.

I stamped two of the flying piggies in Flirty Flamingo on Whisper White and fussy cut them, then colored them in Powder Pink and Flirty Flamingo, again using the Clear Wink of Stella.

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I layered all the pieces onto my card front with Liquid Glue, Fast Fuse’d it to a Flirty Flamingo mat, then wrapped some Flirty Flamingo Baker’s Twine three times around the panel, securing it in the back with scotch tape.  My bow is adhered with a Glue Dot (I show you how to make that on the video, too!)  As a final touch, I added a Dapper Denim Glitter Enamel Shape to the middle of the bow.

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On the inside, I stamped the piggy again in Flirty Flamingo on a Whisper White panel and colored her again in Powder Pink and Flirty Flamingo.  Over her, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I added the gorgeous sentiment from the Count My Blessings stamp set (available 1 Sept) in Dapper Denim.  Then I added a few Pink Pirouette Enamel Shapes hearts.

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I Fast Fuse’d the panel to a Flirty Flamingo mat and into my Dapper Denim card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was done.

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another This Little Piggy piggy on the front…

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…and a piece of Dapper Denim Color Theory DSP on the envelope flap.

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Et Voila!  This (adorable) Little Piggy is cute enough to make anyone smile when they see her – but…two of them?!?  Diving and cavorting in the ocean?  Oh yea – I think it’s gonna work!  And how gorgeous is the font on that sentiment from the Count Your Blessings stamp set?  I hope you like! 🙂

TTFN

Mary  



HOST CODE FOR 16 AUGUST – 31 AUGUST: JJ2KJHPS

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


Painted Autumn Bundles Available Now!

Now’s your chance to get in on a couple of great bundles of goodies from the new 2017 Holiday Catalog featuring the beautiful Painted Autumn suite of products and some coordinating products.  

I’ve designed two bundles for you to choose from.  Check them out!

 

Bundle #1:  The Painted Autumn Deluxe – everything you need to start making cards from the minute it arrives at your door.  This bundle is $99 and includes free shipping (I can only ship to the US, folks!), free tax and a free goody!  Buying it all separately (including shipping, tax and your Free Goody!) would be about $125 (sorta depends on how much you’d give Uncle Sam!!).

Here’s what’s included in the $99 Deluxe Bundle:

  • Painted Harvest Bundle (stamp and Leaf Punch) – this is a photopolymer stamp set
  • Painted Autumn DSP Pack
  • Four “Fall-flavored” Classic Stamp Pads (Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Garden Green)
  • Painted Autumn Card Stock Pack
  • 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon
  • Touches of Nature Elements Pack
  • Very Vanilla Note Cards And Envelopes Pack
  • Crushed Curry Solid Baker’s Twine  
  • FREE Jute Twine OR Black Rhinestone Jewels  

Bundle #2:  The Painted Autumn Basic – this one’s for you if you already have all the ink pads that you need to make gorgeous Fall cards.  This one is $76 and still gets free shipping and tax and a free goody!  The total cost if you bought them separately would be around $100.

Here’s what’s included in the $76 Basic Bundle:

  • Painted Harvest Bundle (stamp and Leaf Punch) – this is a photopolymer stamp set
  • Painted Autumn DSP Pack
  • Painted Autumn Card Stock Pack
  • 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon
  • Touches of Nature Elements Pack
  • Very Vanilla Note Cards And Envelopes Pack
  • Crushed Curry Solid Baker’s Twine  
  • FREE Jute Twine OR Black Rhinestone Jewels

There are more reasons to snap these up – including Double Peppermint Points and the September Online Tutorial featuring this Suite of products.  You can get all the details and a form to sign up for your bundle right here.  

Hope you’ll take advantage of this deal – it’s good only thru the end of the day on the 31st!  That would be next Thursday, just in case you’re not closely monitoring the imminent arrival of the new 2017 Holiday Catalog on Friday, 1 Sept! 🙂


2017 Holiday Catalog Shares Still Available!

Shares give you a chance to…try before you buy!  Get a little taste of all the new Designer Series Papers, Ribbons, Trims and Embellishments without spending over $190 on a pack, roll or stack of every single new goody!  Shares will be open until 30 Aug – and I’ll place the order on 1 Sept!  For all the details – including a list of everything you can get – and a handy sign up form – go to my 2017 Holiday Catalog Shares page right…here!


Paper Pumpkin is On Sale!


Here’s the Deets!

  • Only new month-to-month subscribers qualify for the 50% discount.
  • To participate in this promotion, subscribers must join between Thursday, August 11 and Monday, September 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The 50% discount only applies to your first kit. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95.
  • New subscribers must visit paperpumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 at paperpumpkin.com to subscribe.
  • Unless you cancel, your membership will continue at full price after your first kit.

 Have You Got a Copy of the Holiday Catalog Yet?!

No??  Well,  if you’ve got a SU! demonstrator, then you need to hurry quick and ask him or her to send you a copy of your own.  If you don’t – I’d be happy to send you one.  Just give me a holler right here – be sure to leave a mailing address! – and I’ll get one out to you ASAP! 🙂


This is the Last Few Days to Cash Your Bonus Days Coupons!

All thru the month of August, be sure to redeem the Bonus Coupons you earned in July!  You’ve got until 11:50 PM (MT) on 31 Aug to redeem your coupons.  Get all the info you need right here!


PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:
The Count My Blessings stamp set will be available on 1 Sept in the 2018 Holiday Catalog!


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Dapper Denim Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card front, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Flirty Flamingo Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); fussy cut piggies

Color Theory DSP:  3 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ (white bottom wave on stack – measured to top of scallop); 3 7/8″ x 2 1/2″ ( next blue wave); 3 7/8″ x 2 3/8″ (next white wave); 3 7/8″ x 2 1/8″ (“top” blue wave); envelope flap  

 

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


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


Finn-Fan Fix  

Finn is a helper.

He helps the kitties get from one room to another.  Whether they want his help or not!

He helps me in the kitchen.

He helps his Dad in the….kitchen.

The other day we smoked a pork shoulder butt.

Wait – a “shoulder” “butt”?!?  What the heck is that!?

Regardless – we smoked it and then Wayne pulled it.

And – in the interest of ensuring that no pork would find it’s way to the floor, Finn helped!

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I’m not sure the picture fully captures the intensity and focus.  He never blinked….

TTFN

M  

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Stampin’ Up! Just Add Color and Feathers Together!

Happy Happy HAPPY Friday!  Yes – I’m really really REALLY glad that it’s Friday!

And already dreading the arrival of Sunday afternoon…cuz then it’s like a blink and it’ll be Monday.

Unlike the lucky lady in Massachusetts, I didn’t win a bazillion dollars on Thursday, so…work, baby.  Work. 😉

But – at least on Monday I’m not getting a total knee replacement, unlike my friend Len.  He IS!  Yuk! 😦

So, I thought I’d make a little card for him.  Not a get well card – but a Thinking of You card.  And I pulled out some fun DSP and the Feather Together stamp set to do it.  Take a look-see:

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The layout hails loosely from the August sketch challenge at Viva La Verve.

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And I selected the Just Add Color Specialty DSP to play along with the challenge at The Paper Players.

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And my color scheme came from the Global Design Project Color Challenge.

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Now – some of you may be thinking this isn’t quite masculine enough to send to a guy.  I actually think that it’s kind of gender-neutral.  Now – if I’d used the Flirty Flamingo as a more central color, then…yes.  You’d be right.

As it is….you’re just wrong! 😉

I started with a piece of the Pick A Pattern DSP – and colored a few of the white blocks with my Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Markers.  I matted it on a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock for the card front.  For the middle element of the sketch, I ran a length of Night of Navy 5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding around and secured it in the back with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

My middle panel is a Whisper White rectangle that I embossed in the Garden Trellis TIEF and adhered, with the DEbossed side up, on a Bermuda Bay mat and Fast Fuse’d to the card front.

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My feathers are part of the Just Add Color Specialty DSP.  I fussy cut the three I wanted and then colored them in.  I used the Flirty Flamingo, Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy markers again – and I also used the Bermuda Bay Watercolor Pencil on the two smaller feathers.  You can see I made some extra “stripes” just by coloring harder!

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I used some Liquid Glue to adhere the three feathers to my white panel.

The sentiment, from the Feather Together stamp set, is stamped in Night of Navy on a piece of Whisper White card stock, and cut out with my 1 3/4″ Circle Punch.  It’s matted on a scalloped Bermuda Bay circle – cut with my Circles Layering Framelits.  Then I popped it on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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I added a Bermuda Bay heart Enamel Shape to the circle and a few dots to the card front and it was done!

On the inside, I stamped a second sentiment from Feather Together on a Whisper White panel.  Over the top, I stamped the multi-stamp feather image from Feather Together.  I used stamped-off-once Bermuda Bay for each step to make the completed feather.

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I added a Night of Navy heart Enamel Shape, Fast Fuse’d it to a Bermuda Bay mat and into my Night of Navy card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got another Bermuda Bay feather – this time I didn’t stamp it off.  See the difference?  Which one do you like better??

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And I added some more of the Pick a Pattern DSP to the envelope flap – again coloring it with my Stampin’ Write Markers.

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Et Voila!  It doesn’t scream DUDE, nor does it scream GET WELL!  But it does scream I CARE!!  And I like how the feathers from the Just Add Color DSP and the Feather Together stamp set worked so well on this card, all atop some black-and-white Pick a Pattern DSP (that I made a little less black-and-white!!).  Hope you like!

TTFN

Mary  

P.S.  I’ve got a super cool, super special Flash Sale to share with you tomorrow, y’all!  You’re going to want to watch your inboxes for the post!!  Hint:  it’s all about FALLing for the new 2017 Holiday Catalog and saving some green!



HOST CODE FOR 16 AUGUST – 31 AUGUST: JJ2KJHPS

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


The 2017 Holiday Catalog Shares Are Open!

Shares give you a chance to…try before you buy!  Get a little taste of all the new Designer Series Papers, Ribbons, Trims and Embellishments without spending over $190 on a pack, roll or stack of every single new goody!  Shares will be open until 30 Aug – and I’ll place the order on 1 Sept!  For all the details – including a list of everything you can get – and a handy sign up form – go to my 2017 Holiday Catalog Shares page right…here!


Paper Pumpkin is On Sale!


Here’s the Deets!

  • Only new month-to-month subscribers qualify for the 50% discount.
  • To participate in this promotion, subscribers must join between Thursday, August 11 and Monday, September 10, 2017 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The 50% discount only applies to your first kit. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95.
  • New subscribers must visit paperpumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 at paperpumpkin.com to subscribe.
  • Unless you cancel, your membership will continue at full price after your first kit.

 Have You Got a Copy of the Holiday Catalog Yet?!

My customers are getting their catalogs in their mailboxes – do you have one yet?!!  If you’ve got a SU! demonstrator, then you need to hurry quick and ask him or her to send you a copy of your own.  If you don’t – I’d be happy to send you one.  Just give me a holler right here – be sure to leave a mailing address! – and I’ll get one out to you ASAP! 🙂


You Earned ‘Em – Now It’s Time to Spend ‘Em 

And the Countdown is On!

All thru the month of August, be sure to redeem the Bonus Coupons you earned in July!  You’ve got until 11:50 PM (MT) on 31 Aug to redeem your coupons.  Get all the info you need right here!


PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

Night of Navy Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card front, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Bermuda Bay Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/8″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3″ x 4 1/4″ (mat for embossed front panel); 2″ Scallop circle (sentiment mat)

Whisper White Card Stock: 1 3/4″ circle (sentiment); 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ (embossed middle panel on front) 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner)

Pick a Pattern DSP:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); envelope flap  Just Add Color DSP: fussy cut feathers

 

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  

The other day Wayne started some dirt work behind the house.  (Fingers crossed that he’ll finish said dirt work…)

Finn is in dog heaven.  He’s pretty confident that his dad built a sandpile playground just for him!  

He races up and banks off the top and then slide/runs back down.

And if he’s got his bumper….even better.

Now – if the dad would just add a nice little water feature…to help him keep cool so he can play longer…that would be super!!

TTFN

M  

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Stampin’ Up! Touches of Textures and Orchids for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop



Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  Everybody’s playing today, so be sure to check out all the ladies’ blogs when you get done here!

We had a clean and simple sketch to play with this week.  Check it out.

I played with a new bundle – the Climbing Orchid Bundle in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  And I added some Touches of Texture to bring it on home.  Take a look-see:

I got a little help in the color department from the Sunday Stamps challenge this week. Continue reading

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

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

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

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


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

Take a minute.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TTFN

Mary

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



HOST CODE FOR 1 JULY – 15 JULY: JSKNUQGN

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


Bonus Days Going On Now!

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

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

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


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

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


Spend $99 (plus some tax).  

Get Free Shipping (saves 10%).  

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

Add in about $72 in the free Essentials Pack.  

Yea.  

There’s a deal for ya!  

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

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


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

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


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


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

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

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

Crumb Cake Card Stock: Coffee Cups die cut cup cozy

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


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


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


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

TTFN

M  

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

Stampin’ Up! Colorful 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! Marbled Tranquil Tulips

Happy Hawwmp day, y’all, from sunny/rainy/cloudy/sunny/breezy/humid/pleasant/rainy Florida.  The weather has been changeable at best!  Humid almost always.  Much more so than I like, to be honest.

And the no-seeums are everywhere! And –  I can totally see-um.  So why the name?  It’s kinda dumb.

My card for today is very springy-summery.  And uses a lovely new Host Set – the Tranquil Tulips set.  On top of that – or on the bottom, as the case my be – I used the new Marbled background stamp.  I love background stamps!  Take a look-see:

My layout – and the tulips –  are inspired by the sketch and photo at the Fusion Challenge.

And the color scheme (even though it really works with the Fusion picture, too!) is from The Paper Players challenge.

I started by sponging Pool Party and Daffodil Delight ink onto the Marbled Background stamp using my Sponge Daubers.  I didn’t do a lot of planning on where I was putting color – just kind of randomly sponged it on.  Then I stamped it onto a Whisper White panel for my card front.  It’s a very soft color scheme!

I SNAILd the Marbled panel to a Daffodil Delight mat.

For my art work, I cut a smaller piece of Whisper White card stock and used my Paper Trimmer to create the angled bottom.  

Then I started stamping flowers!  Both the tulip and the small blue flower are two-step images.  I stamped the Tranquil Tulip tulip in Daffodil Delight and the smaller flower in Pool Party – both steps in the same color.  The stamps themselves create the shading!  I did use my Pool Party Stampin’ Write Marker to darken the small flowers a little!

I stamped the stems in Lemon-Lime Twist and called it good on the flowers!

To make the “lace” border, I used the new Decorative Ribbon Border punch to cut out a few strips of Whisper White.  I snipped them to size and used Liquid Glue to adhere them on the backside of my panel.  Then I popped the whole thing over the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

To finish it off,  I tied a little bow from the new Lemon-Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon and attached it with a Glue Dot.  I dithered a little about adding another embellishment of some sort, but decided to leave it clean.  So, that was it for the card front.

On the inside, I added a few more Tranquil Tulip flowers in Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Lemon-Lime Twist on a Whisper White panel.  And I added a sentiment from the Feather Together stamp set – stamping it in Lemon-Lime Twist.

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

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got some more Tranquil Tulip flowers on the front…

…and a little more of the Daffodil Delight and Pool Party Marbled Background on the envelope flap.  Plus a few more Pool Party flowers (I gave each of them a quick “stem” with my Lemon-Lime Twist Stampin’ Write Marker)!

Et Voila!  I think the Marbled Background stamp, done in Daffodil Delight and Pool Party is a beautiful, soft base for the pretty Tranquil Tulips, don’t you?  Hope you like!

TTFN

Mary 



HOST CODE FOR 1 JUNE – 15 JUNE:  YZJ2HB6A

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


2017-2019 Annual Catalog Launch Ordering Special – Ends Tomorrow!!

 

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

But wait!!  There’s MORE!!  😳😳😳

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

or

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

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

If you place your order online, don’t forget to add my host code  (if your order is under $150) to get your free gift!  If your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.


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

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

Promotion Details

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


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

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

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

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

Easy Peasy!


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:<!— TAMS Start — 


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

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

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 3″ x 3 7/8″ (art layer – angled and cut to 2 1/4″ on each side to make the angle); Decorative Ribbon Border Punch


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…on a break for a minute.  We’ll be back in August – or if Wayne sends me some pictures and stories!!

TTFN

M  

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Stampin’ Up! Feathery Friendly Tabs & Squares!

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TTFN

Mary  


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


The Countdown Is On…

Stamps-N-Lingers 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Shares

 

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

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

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


PAPER PUMPKIN NEWS!

Here’s the fine-print!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT

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


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

Powder Pink Card Stock (avail 1 June): 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 1 1/8″ Stitched Shapes squares (x8 – flower squares); 2 1/8″ Stitched Shapes square (sentiment square)

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

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


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


Finn-Fan Fix…

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

Dog comes in and has a nap.

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

Let the horses out.  Clean the stalls.

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

Cats beg for food.  

Dog eats cat food Mom throws for noisy cats.

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

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

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

Time to join the cat in the morning snooze.

That’s our morning,  

All the mornings!

Life is good.

TTFN

M

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