Stampin’ Up! Custom Tee Masculine Card!

Mornin’, y’all!  Hope your weekend was awesome!!

If you missed my Live Facebook Video last night, you can see it as a replay on my Facebook page, or head over to my post from Sunday – I’ve added a link to it on YouTube! 🙂

Yesterday was our quarterly in-person Amy’s Inkin’ Krew meeting – and I had two of my Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew members in attendance!  How fun is that?  Would you like to be one of my team members?  Actually – you’ll have dual citizenship – you’ll be a Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew member and an Amy’s Inkin’ Krew member!  Twice the fun! 🙂  And, while any time of the year is a great time to join, now – during Sale-A-Bration is the bestest of the greatest time – scroll on down and see why…

We had a great time and made a couple of cute projects.  One of those uses the fun Custom Tee stamp set and matching T-shirt Builder Framelits.  It’s not always easy to make a card for a guy – but this one would surely fill the bill.  Take a look-see:


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Categories: Father's Day, masculine, Thank You Cards | Tags: , , , , | 12 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Falling For You Anniversary Wishes

Good morning, y’all!  How’s the weekend going so far?  Didja miss that extra hour this morning?

You did set your clocks forward an hour last night when you went to bed, yes?  Or do you prefer to wake up and then…lose an hour of your day?

So…I started – started – typing this blog post at 1000 last night.  Which is approximately 2 hours past my TUC (Time of Useful Consciousness).  And that means my ability to be coherent – let alone witty! – is at an extreme low!

And so…I decided to make this a teaser blog post. 😉  And then I’ll do a live Facebook video tonight at 8pm Eastern to show you how to make it.  How does that sound?  So – head over to my Facebook page and Like/Follow me and then be sure to come back at 8 o’clock Eastern time tonight!  I’ll try to muddle my way thru my second Facebook video!

The card we’ll be working on tonight uses the pretty Occasions catalog stamp set called Falling For You to make an Anniversary card for some dear friends of ours!  Take a look-see:


The layout for this card was inspired by the Fusion Challenge this week!

I hope you’ll join me this evening to make this pretty card – It was a lot of fun last weekend and I know we’ll have a good time tonight! 😊

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the products you’ll need to make this one for yourself!  If you’ve got all the goodies, go ahead and cut your paper and card stock and we’ll make it together! 🙂

In case you missed it, you can go to my Facebook page to see the replay, or check it here on YouTube! 🙂


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAR – 15 MAR: X64XATES

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


Get Them While You Still Can!

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

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


Don’t Waste Another Moment!

Join My Team – the Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew – Today!

(And get TWO FREE STAMP SETS!)

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Right now, get up to $200 for just $99.  And – it ships for free!  You select $125 worth of product and pay just $99 – plus, right now, you get 2 FREE BONUS STAMPS with a value up to $104.  Did I mention FREE SHIPPING??  Doesn’t get a lot better than that!

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

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


I’ll see y’all this evening!  😊

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:    


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Sahara Sand Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base – scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Soft Sky Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (x 2); 2 1/8″ x 5 1/4″; 1 3/4″ x 2 1/2″

Falling For You DSP: 2″ x 5 1/8″; 1 5/8″ x 2 3/8″; 7/8″ x 3 1/8″; extra for envelope flap

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (x 2); 

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….

You guys know we live in Georgia, close to Atlanta.  Atlanta is the HQ of Coca Cola.

Which is why it’s odd to see signs in diners and restaurants that say “Georgia Loves Diet Mt. Dew”.  

Being that Mt. Dew is a Pepsi product…

But – this house does, indeed, love Diet Mt. Dew!

Even the dog.


Well, maybe he doesn’t care so much about the contents, but he’s fiend for the bottles!!

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Artisan Cool Treats!

Hey, y’all!  Happy Saturday to you.  Hope you’ve got a great weekend ahead of you!

My card for today uses the Cool Treat bundle and a little bit of Tasty Treats Specialty DSP to make a fun little card that’d be good for any special day for a special friend.  Take a look-see:


My sketch is from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge – I just turned it on its side.


And the color scheme is from The Card Concept.


I started by SNAILing two pieces of Tasty Treats Specialty DSP to Pear Pizzazz card stock and then I SNAILd the smaller panel to the card front.

The sentiment, from Cool Treats, is two separate stamped images.  I stamped the first word in Pear Pizzazz on a Whisper White panel.  Then the second word is stamped in Pool Party – easy to line up, since this is a photopolymer stamp set.  Then I SNAILd the panel to a Pear Pizzazz mat.


Next I made my artisan ice cream cone.  This isn’t ice cream you’re going to get at the grocery store.  This is boutique ice cream!  I stamped two scoops on Whisper White – one in stamped-off-once Pear Pizzazz (I suspect this is Mojito flavor) and one in Pool Party (Daiquiri Ice – yes, I have a cocktail theme going on here!).  Then I cut them both out with the matching die in the Frozen Treats Framelits.  The cone is cut from a piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  I used Liquid Glue to adhere the ice cream onto the cone.

I made some gourmet “sauce” by cutting it from some Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper, then I adhered it to the top scoop.


Since this is a grown-up ice cream cone, I decided it needed some edible flowers sprinkled on top.  I stamped one in Pear Pizzazz and two in Pool Party – these little flowers are from the Jar of Love stamp set.  Since I didn’t want any white on them, I just went ahead and fussy cut them.  Then I adhered the Pool Party flowers with Liquid Glue and then popped the Pear Pizzazz flower on with a little piece of Stampin’ Dimensional.  I finished them off with a tiny Pearl Basic Embellishment.

I adhered the cone to the sentiment panel with Liquid Glue, then popped the whole thing onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added a little bow made with a piece of Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine.


On the inside, I stamped a Pool Party ice cream scoop in the corner of a Whisper White panel.  Then I stuck a sticky note mask over top, and stamped the cone dish in Crumb Cake.  The sentiment, also from the Cool Treats stamp set, is stamped in Pear Pizzazz and embellished with a Pool Party flower from Jar of Love.  And, I added another little pour of Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper.


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

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got a reprise of the Daiquiri Ice scoop and cup, complete with Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper sauce, plus some Pool Party flowers on the front…


…and the envelope flap got some more of the Tasty Treats Specialty DSP.


Et Voila!  I think the quiet color scheme helped the Cool Treats bundle create a very grown-up ice cream card for a special someone! Hope you like!

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


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAR – 15 MAR: X64XATES

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


Get Them While You Still Can!

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

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


Don’t Waste Another Moment!

Join My Team – the Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew – Today!

(And get TWO FREE STAMP SETS!)

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Right now, get up to $200 for just $99.  And – it ships for free!  You select $125 worth of product and pay just $99 – plus, right now, you get 2 FREE BONUS STAMPS with a value up to $104.  Did I mention FREE SHIPPING??  Doesn’t get a lot better than that!

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

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

 


Have a great day – and I’ll see you tomorrow!

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:    


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Crumb Cake Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base – scored and folded at 4 1/4″); Frozen Treats die cut (ice cream cone)

Pear Pizzazz Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 3 1/8″ x 3 3/8″ (mat for front DSP panel); 2 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ (mat for sentiment panel)

Tasty Treats Specialty DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); 3″ x 3 1/4″ (front DSP panel); envelope flap

Whisper White Card Stock: 2 1/4″ x 4″ (sentiment panel); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner); Frozen Treats die cuts

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


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 own a guard dog.

He’s got baggy pantaloons.

He’s a little bit goofy (don’t know how that happened – I specified Not Goofy).

He sheds.  Like crazy.

But.  I do believe he’d at least warn of impending doom.

The other day, as I was channeling Carol Brady Alice (let’s be real – I don’t think Carol knew the difference between a chuck roast and a salmon), Ree Drummond and June Cleaver – putting a pot roast in the oven in anticipation of Wayne’s return home, my goofball started barking and growling!  BIG dog barks and growls!


I went to see what the problem was, thinking it was the horses coming to the pond for a drink and splash.  But, no.  There were guys at our neighbors, with a skid steer and chain saw and riding lawn mowers.  They were wearing orange jackets.

And they were obviously suspect.

He realized it was going to take a while to adequately keep his eye on these potential bad guys.  Being the man of the house and all.  So he paced himself…


But, as with all things when you’re just a kid, interest was soon lost.  Mom was aware of the problem.  She was a pilot, you know.  She could probably handle a few guys in orange jackets…


A kid’s gotta eat! 🙂

TTFN

M

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

Stampin’ Up! Oh So Succulent Vertical Greetings

Mornin’, y’all!  By the time you read this, my bachelor days will have come to a close.  😔

Oh wait, I mean… 😁

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I’m happy for Friday, cuz that means it’s almost Sunday – and our Amy’s Inkin’ Krew “in person” team meeting! All of us in the area get together up at Amy’s and we eat lunch and do a little business and then we make a few cards!  And we have an awesome good time! And this time, I get to meet my newest Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew team member…Julie Johnston!!  Whoo-hoo!  We’ve talked on the phone, but never met in person!

That’s the fun thing about being in Stampin’ Up! – you don’t have to live near your Upline!  We get together each month via Google Hangout (a video chat!) in addition to our quarterly lunch get together.  So… if you’re interested in joining my team, don’t be put off if you don’t live in GA!!  I’d love to have you in my Krew! And this is simply the best time of the year to join – but time is drawing short.  So…scroll down for the details, and give me a holler!  I’ll get you all hooked up! 👍😎

My card for today marries some older and some newer stamp sets.  I went to the Annual Catalog and pulled out Vertical Greetings, then paired it up with the Oh So Succulent stamp set and matching Succulent Framelits.  Take a look-see!


My sketch and flowery theme comes from the challenge over at Sugar Pea Designs.


And my color scheme is from the Color Throwdown this week.


I started out by making some “designer” paper from a panel of Whisper White card stock.  I used several flower images from the Oh So Succulent stamp set.  The colors I used were Elegant Eggplant (outline of larger flowers) and Wisteria Wonder (fill in for the large flowers), the smaller flowers are outlined in Old Olive and filled in with Pear Pizzazz.   The tiny flowers are stamped-off-once Elegant Eggplant.  Then, I matted the panel on Old Olive.


Next up, I adhered a new Lace Doily, white side up, with some Liquid Glue.

My sentiment is from Vertical Greetings.  I inked the stamp up with Versamark Ink and stamped a strip of Wisteria Wonder card stock, sprinkled it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated it with my Heat Tool.

For the art panel, I used my Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker to ink the tree trunk and the Old Olive Marker to ink the flower pot, then stamped it on a piece of Whisper White.


For the “topiary”, I stamped the Oh So Succulent flower in Elegant Eggplant on a piece of Whisper White card stock, then used the second stamp image to fill it in with Wisteria Wonder.  With my Pear Pizzazz marker, I added some shading to the ends of the petals, then I cut it out with the matching die from the Succulent Framelits.  I stamped some little…bubble??…flowers – outlined in Old Olive and filled with stamped-off-once Old Olive and cut them out.  Finally, I cut some hang-y down pieces from Wisteria Wonder card stock.

To put it all together, I SNAILd the panel to an Old Olive mat, then used some Liquid Glue to adhere the embossed sentiment.  Then I adhered the bubbles and hang-y down flowers with Liquid Glue.  I wrapped a few loops of Linen Thread behind my succulent with a Glue Dot, then popped it on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  At that point, I got the idea to pop the flower pot up, too – so I inked it in Old Olive and stamped it on a piece of Whisper White, fussy cut it, and popped it on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


I popped the whole art panel on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card front was done.

On the inside, I simply added another So Succulent flower in the center of a Whisper White panel.  I stamped the outline in stamped-off-twice Elegant Eggplant and filled it with stamped-off-twice Wisteria Wonder.


I SNAILd the panel to an Old Olive mat and into a Whisper White card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was done.

The front of my Whisper White Medium Envelope got another full strength Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder Oh So Succulent flower – shaded with the Old Olive marker…


…and I added some Elegant Eggplant flowers to the envelope flap, too.  If you look closely you’ll see that I double stamped each flower – shifting the second image just slightly.  Just for fun!


Et Voila!  I love the Succulent Garden suite and I love the Vertical Greetings stamp set – so this is a perfect marriage for a card for any occasion!  Hope you like!

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


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAR – 15 MAR: X64XATES

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


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

The TIME Draws Near

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

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


Don’t Waste Another Moment!

Join My Team – the Critters-N-Creatin’ Krew – Today!

(And get TWO FREE STAMP SETS!)

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Right now, get up to $200 for just $99.  And – it ships for free!  You select $125 worth of product and pay just $99 – plus, right now, you get 2 FREE BONUS STAMPS with a value up to $104.  Did I mention FREE SHIPPING??  Doesn’t get a lot better than that!

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

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

 


Have a great day – and I’ll see you tomorrow!

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:    


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base – scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner); 1 1/4″ x 3 5/8″ (front art panel)

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

Wisteria Wonder Card Stock: 1/2″ x 3 1/4″ (sentiment strip)

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


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


FINN-FAN FIX….

So – y’all know that Finn has an older “sister” that lives nearby, right?  She’s about a year older than he is – same mom and dad.

The two of them are a study in the difference between boys and girls.

I’ll let the picture just speak for itself, shall I?! 😳


Dirty, grubby and lovin’ every minute!

TTFN

M

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

Stampin’ Up! Falling in Love with Beautiful You for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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Happy Thursday, y’all – and welcome to the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop!  Today’s color challenge is a good one – excellent color combination (at least IMHO!).  I hope that you’ll spend a little time browsing all our projects and then gathering your goodies to play along! 

And here ’tis!


I confess, I went ahead with an obvious choice and pulled out my Falling In Love DSP.  And why wouldn’t I?  It’s gorgeous!  To that pretty paper, I added a few images from Beautiful You – and a surprise entry from Mediterranean Moments.  And I employed a few techniques:  watercoloring, masking and paper-piecing!   Take a look-see:


The layout is from the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge this week!


When I saw the colors, I thought I do a little watercoloring, so – even before I saw the sketch – I made a watercolor panel, using my alcohol-filled Aqua Painter.  And then I set it aside for when I’d need it.

The next afternoon, I came back to my desk and saw this…


No – don’t focus on the paper-filled trash bag or the bits of flotsam and jetsam on the floor.  The thing that struck fear in my heart….my watercolor panel sitting all lonesome – just waiting for the slobbery teeth of Finn-Chewie!  Fortunately – I got there ahead of him to save it!

And then I didn’t even use the panel after all – it was too big for the card! 🙂

I started with two pieces of Falling in Love DSP that I matted on Sahara Sand card stock.  I SNAILd the smaller panel to the card front.


For the art panel, I used a piece of Shimmery White card stock.  Then I added my Soft Sky, Blushing Bride and Saharah Sand watercolor with my Aqua Painter.

The next layer is the stylish image from Beautiful You, stamped over the watercolor in Sahara Sand.  Then I stamped her again on a sticky note, cut her out to be a mask, and stuck it over the lady on the card.  I pulled out the pretty street scene image from Mediterranean Moments, inked it in Sahara Sand and very lightly stamped it off.  Then I stamped right over the masked lady, letting the stamp rest in place for a few extra moments to account for the mask.


I made her dress by stamping her again on a piece of the lace design paper in Falling in Love.  Then I just snipped the dress out and adhered it to the art panel with Liquid Glue.  I did the same for her hat, using a piece of Soft Sky paper in the DSP pack.  The panel is matted on Sahara Sand and adhered to the card front with Liquid Glue.

I used two sentiments from Beautiful You, and I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to stamp both of them.  I added one directly to the art panel in Sahara Sand.  The second sentiment is stamped on a strip of Shimmery White card stock, that I’d brushed with a little Blushing Bride using my Aqua Painter.  I snipped a banner end with my Paper Snips.


I made a little banner mat from some Vellum card stock and adhered it to the art panel with Liquid Glue, then I popped the sentiment over that with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I finished the card front with some Pearl Basic Embellishments – a few on the art panel and one tiny seed pearl in each of the flowers on the middle DSP panel.

On the inside, I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to add the birthday greeting from Beautiful You in Sahara Sand in the middle of a Shimmery White panel.  Over that, I added one of the watercolor images from Beautiful You – in stamped-off-once Soft Sky.


I SNAILd the panel to a Sahara Sand mat and into my Soft Sky card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done.

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got another Sahara Sand Beautiful You image.  Over her, I stamped the watercolor image in stamped-off-once Soft Sky…


…and I added more of the Falling in Love DSP to the envelope flap.


Et Voila!  Watercolor.  Paper Piecing.  Masking.  All in one soft and pretty card!  I love this stamp set – it’s so elegant and stylish!  Hope you like!

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

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

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Amy Koenders

Shelagh Freemantle

Mary Deatherage – YOU ARE HERE!

Jari Francis

Kristi Gray

Jaime Babarczy

Have fun on the Hop!

TTFN

Mary


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAR – 15 MAR: X64XATES

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me! But, if your order is over $150, please don’t use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift. The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2016-17 Annual Catalog or the 201 Occasions Catalog! And – you can even select one of the Host-exclusive sets! See my Rewards page for more details.


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

(Plus TWO FREE Stamp sets!)

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

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

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


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT          


CARD CUTS USED IN TODAY’S PROJECT:

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

Sahara Sand Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); 2 1/8″ x 4 5/8″ (mat for middle DSP panel); 2 1/8″ x 3 1/8″ (mat for art panel)

Shimmery White Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner); 2″ x 3″ (art panel); 1/2″ x 2 3/4″ (sentiment banner)

Falling in Love DSP: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front); 2″ x 4 1/2″ (middle DSP panel); envelope flap

Vellum Card Stock: 5/8″ x 3″ (mat for sentiment banner)

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


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

Categories: Feminine, Happy Birthday | 32 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Falling May Flower Garden

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

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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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

And that was it for the card front.


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


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

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


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


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

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


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAR – 15 MAR: X64XATES

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


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

The TIME Draws Near

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

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


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

(Plus TWO FREE Stamp sets!)

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We all love a great deal, don’t we?

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

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

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

 


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

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:     


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

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

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

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

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


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….

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

Well.

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

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


What a face!

TTFN

M

Categories: Any Occasion, Encouragement, Feminine, Friendship, Happy Birthday, Just Because, Love, Thinking Of You | Tags: , , , | 16 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Window Box Medallion Thank You Card

Well, good morning, y’all!  We’re making our way thru the week pretty fast, heh?  My bachelor time is almost over…yep, it’s true.  Wayne and his mom will be on their way back to Hot Springs today.  We’ll see if she persuades him to stay an extra couple of days to help her there!  I confess I’m not sure what I’m hoping for…I had a few more things in my “what I want to eat when Wayne’s not here” pile!  I had my spaghetti squash chow mein tonight – it was good!  And some green curry chicken last night…

I’m not crushing the card making the way I’d hoped to while he was gone, but…it is what it is, huh?  The one I made for today…well, I got way more wrapped around the axle over it than I should have.  Ended up making it like…1 and a half times!  I used the Window Box Thinlits and the Make a Medallion stamp set along with some Playful Palette DSP and the new Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper.  Take a look-see:

This layout was inspired by this week’s Mojo Monday sketch…

And my colors are from the Global Design Project color challenge – this is a Bermuda Bay kind of week, isn’t it??

I also played along with the Just Us Girls Word Week Challenge:

And finally, I thought I’d play along again with The Paper Players – these little die cuts were a little persnickety and I did so many of them…figured I’d submit the result!


I started out with a piece of Playful Palette DSP in Peekaboo Peach, matted on Bermuda Bay.  For the center strip, I took a piece of Very Vanilla card stock and embossed it in the Boho Chic TIEF.  I SNAILd it to the card front and then ran two lengths of Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon down either side, securing them in the back with scotch tape.  I thought that would be a fun departure from a regular “mat”!

I made the little squares by first cutting the Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper with a scallop die from the Squares Layering Framlits.  Then I ran them each back thru the Big Shot with one of the small square dies from the Window Box Thinlits.  The first time I laid this out, I cut the little squares from plain Bermuda Bay card stock.  Didn’t like it.

Started over!

I used Liquid Glue to adhere each shiny square to a matching scalloped square of Early Espresso.  Then I popped all the squares on the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sentiment is from the Make a Medallion stamp set (Sale-A-Bration).  I stamped the first image in Bermuda Bay, the second in Peekaboo Peach and the third – yes, the third image that can make the medallion a little bit “more”! – in Early Espresso.  And I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso as well.

I cut the Medallion out with a circle die from the Circles Layering Framelits and used Liquid Glue to adhere it to an Early Espresso scalloped circle.  Then I popped that on with more Stampin’ Dimensionals.

My little embellishment is some strands of thread pulled from a piece of 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon, adhered with Liquid Glue.  I topped it with a tiny bow tied from Peekaboo Peach 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon.  And that was it for the card front! 🙂

On the inside. I started with a Very Vanilla panel.  Across the bottom, I used the Bermuda Bay card stock Window Box die cuts that I’d made and not used to stencil some pattern in Bermuda Bay ink.

See why I have a couple of pretty Sticky Note holders?  I go thru them like crazy!  They make such great masks!

Once I’d stenciled in the two bottom corners, I ran a length of Peekaboo Peach 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon and one of the Bermuda Bay 1/8″ Stitched Ribbon over them, securing both ribbons in the back with scotch tape.

I SNAILd the panel to a Bermuda Bay mat and into an Early Espresso card base, SNAILd the card front on and the card was done.

My Medium Very Vanilla Envelope got three more of the Bermuda Bay stenciled patterns across the front…

…and a little more of the Playful Palette DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  This was one of those color challenges that was difficult for me to do – these aren’t colors I’d choose to put together all by my lonesome.  But…they ended up working out okay!  And I am just in love with the Make a Medallion stamp set and I hope you’ve all gotten it for yourself.  Can you believe there’s only four weeks of Sale-A-Bration left?!?  Yikes! 🙂

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


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAR – 15 MAR: X64XATES

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


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

The TIME Draws Near

2015-2017-in-color-collection

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

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


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

(Plus TWO FREE Stamp sets!)

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

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

Details:

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

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


Start stocking up on your favorite 2015-2017 In Color goodies!

And for goodness sake – get yourself signed up to be a Demonstrator!  What are you waiting for?? 😉

Hope you have a great day – I’ll be back tomorrow!

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:    


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Early Espresso Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base – scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 1 1/2″ Scallop squares (x 5 – behind Glimmer Paper squares); 2 1/2″ scallop circle (mat for Medallion)

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

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (inner liner); 2 3/8″ circle (Medallion) 1 1/2″ x 5 1/8″ (center embossed strip)

Playful Palette DSP:  3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (card front); envelope flap

Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper: 1 1/2″ scallop squares (x5 – Window Box die cuts)

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


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….

It’s come to my attention that there could be some unintended consequences to teaching your young, a little too smart, independent thinking Aussie that no obstacle is too much to conquer.  Go over it, under it, thru it, or across it.  Climb it.  Slide down it.  Jump it.

Doesn’t matter.  You can get to the other side.

Cuz there’s a mini-milk-bone waiting there!

Yes, that’s him standing at the top of the little stairs next to my chair.

No – they’re not for me!

Sheesh.

They’re for my two little old kitties so they can climb them and get on my lap.

Or for my 9 month old puppy who’s so jealous of them (cats, not stairs) he can hardly stand it!

Works for them, Mom – why not me!?!

But – he’s not quite figured out how to transition from the stairs to my lap.  When I finally gave in and moved the computer, he had to jump down and come around so he could leap into my lap.

I doubt it’ll take him long to figure out the other way to get there. 😉

TTFN

M

Categories: Thank You Cards | Tags: , , | 24 Comments

Stampin’ Up! Special Reason Birthday for a Special Friend!

Happy Monday, y’all!  Hope your weekend was good!  My first couple of days bach’n it were good!  Got my errands done, made some cards, played with the dog, did a little live video…

Oh yea, that happened.  By the time you read this, I’ll have done my first Facebook Live video.

And it was awesome!  I was amazed at how much fun I had doing it – thanks, Amy, for helping me ahead of time and letting me settle into the video!  And thanks to all the ladies who joined and made comments and asked questions!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 

In case you want to watch how to make this card (fast forward to about 3:30 unless you just want to watch my pre-video goofiness!)….the card cuts and products you need are still listed below!

So, I had planned a card to use for the video – one I’d posted a few weeks back.  But, while I was making today’s card, I decided to use it instead!  I really wanted to share a card using one of my very favorite bundles – the Special Reason bundle in the Occasions catalog!  Take a look-see:

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My layout is based on the sketch from this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

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The color scheme – which is real similar to yesterday’s palette – is from the TGIFC Color Challenge.

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And I also played along with The Paper Players Theme Challenge.

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I started this one with a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, and a matching-size piece of Calypso Coral and So Saffron paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP.  Using the largest solid flower die from the Stylish Stems Framelits, I cut it from the Very Vanilla panel.  Then I used Liquid Glue to adhere the Very Vanilla panel to the DSP panel. I popped the card front onto a So Saffron mat with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I ran a length of Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine down the long side of the card front, securing it in the back with scotch tape.

Using the largest detailed flower die, I cut a flower from a piece of So Saffron card stock.  Using little dabs of Liquid Glue, I adhered it inside the cut out flower in the Very Vanilla panel.

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I cut a small solid flower from some of the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP and a small detailed flower from So Saffron card stock, and adhered them together with Liquid Glue.

Since I just couldn’t resist, I cut some leaves from a piece of Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper – two large and two small.  Using Liquid Glue, I adhered the large flowers to the card front and then popped the small flower over the top with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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For the sentiment, I cut a strip of Very Vanilla card stock and cut the ends with my Banner Triple Punch.  Then, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I stamped the sentiment from the Special Reason stamp set in Bermuda Bay.  I popped that sentiment onto a So Saffron mat with Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhered it to the card front with Liquid Glue.

I used a little Liquid Glue to adhere the two little Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper leaves to the end of the sentiment banner and stuck on a little Calypso Coral Thick Baker’s Twine bow with a Glue Dot.  And that was it for the card front!

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On the inside, I used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig again to stamp two more sentiments in Bermuda Bay in the center of a Very Vanilla panel.  Over the top, I stamped a small Special Reason flower in So Saffron, stamping it off once before stamping the panel.

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I SNAILd the panel to a So Saffron mat and into my Bermuda Bay card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!

My Very Vanilla Medium Envelope got a few Special Reason flowers on the front in So Saffron and Calypso Coral, using my sticky note mask…

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…and I added some more of the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP to the envelope flap (yea, I was out of the design I used on the card!).

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Et Voila!  I just love this Special Reason bundle – the flowers are so much fun to make and I think they’re some of the prettiest we have!  Hope you like – and I hope you’ve gotten this set for yourself.  If you haven’t… best get on it!

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


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAR – 15 MAR: X64XATES

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


Hard To Believe, But…

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

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

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

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

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


Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock

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

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

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

Details:

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

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


If you were on the video last night – thanks!  I appreciate you coming by.  If you missed it, it’s available to watch on my Facebook page as a not-live event! 🙂

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:   


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Bermuda Bay Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base – scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

So Saffron Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner);  7/8″ x 3″ (mat for sentiment banner); Stylish Stems Framelits flower die cuts

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (card front); 3/4″ x 2 7/8″ (sentiment banner); 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (inner liner) 

Cupcakes & Carousels DSP:  3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″ (card front); Stylish Stems Framelits flower die cut; 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….

As you guys might imagine – my cats like yoghurt.  They sit and stare at me when I’m eating a carton, waiting for me to place it on the floor for them to lick clean.

Well, Finn likes anything they’re eating, or I’m eating, or…the horses are eating!

On Sunday I bought a couple of tubs of Noosa yoghurt.  One of them was Blackberry-Serrano.  Unusual flavor, so I had to give it a try!  And it’s really good!  Sweet, with just a little kick of heat from the Serrano.

Definitely not something I figured Finn would like.

But he asked.  And asked.  And then made an impassioned plea involving starvation and never getting anything good and nobody loves him….so I let him try it.  Figuring he’d take a lick and decide I was a bad mother for letting him try it and that would be it.

I was wrong.

Very very wrong.

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He licked that booger so clean I just stuck it right in the cabinet to use for leftovers!

Haha.  Just kidding, of course.  That’s ridiculous.

The leftover-tubs go in the drawer! 😉

TTFN

M

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAR – 15 MAR: X64XATES

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


Hard To Believe, But…

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

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

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

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

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


Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock

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

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

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

Details:

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

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


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

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:   


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

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

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

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

Cupcakes & Carousels DSP:  2 3/8″ x 3″ (front DSP panel); envelope flap

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


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FINN-FAN FIX….

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

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

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

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

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

But I for sure will.

Cuz….nice day! And… I’m a dog.

A guard dog.  Don’t mess with me.

Rest easy, Mom.  I’ve got this!

TTFN

M

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Stampin’ Up! Swan Lake Thank You for a Super Simple Single Stamp Saturday!

Mornin’, y’all!  Hope you’re ready for something fun on your Saturday!  I’m a temporary bachelor today – Wayne’s on his way to Arkansas.  He’s swinging by Hot Springs to pick up his mom, then they’re heading to Ft. Worth, TX to see his grandmother (her mother).  She’s 97 and not doing so bueno these days.  So…time for a visit.  I’m holding down the fort – well, with Finn’s expert assistance, of course!

It occured to me this afternoon that it’s been a while since I did an easy and quick card using a single stamp set.  So I decided to remedy that today, using the pretty Swan Lake stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  Take a look-see:

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I played along with two challenges with this one.  The first, from CAS(E) This Sketch,  helped with the layout.

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And my color scheme comes from the My Favorite Things Color Challenge.

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As I said, this one was quite simple and quick to put together!

I started by cutting two identically sized pieces of Very Vanilla card stock for the card front.  This is important.  They must both be Very Vanilla.  (Of course, I’m kidding – the mask can be whatever color you want – I have no idea why I specified Very Vanilla!)

I took one of the panels and, using the next-to-largest die in the Lots of Labels Framelits set, cut the middle out of the panel – effectively creating a mask.  Then I used some sticky notes to hold the “real” card front panel (which really does need to be Very Vanilla!) in place on my work surface and placed the mat right over the top, also adhering it with sticky notes.

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I used a wedge of Stampin’ Sponge and sponged inside the mask with Marina Mist ink, leaving it darker at the edges.  When I had the color like I wanted it, I just carefully lifted up the mask!  Then I matted the panel on a piece of Basic Black card stock.

Using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, I stamped the little cattail image from Swan Lake in Basic Gray Archival Ink.  Then I added the sentiment – one that I really love! – also in the Basic Gray.

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I lightly colored in the image with my Marina Mist and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write Markers, added some Pearl Basic Jewel Embellishments, and the card front was done!

On the inside, I added the second sentiment from Swan Lake in Basic Gray on a Very Vanilla panel.  In the bottom corner, I stamped the second little pond image in Basic Gray and colored it with my Smoky Slate and Marina Mist Markers.

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I matted the panel on Basic Black and into my Marina Mist card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was done! 🙂

For my Very Vanilla Medium Envelope, I added more Swan Lake flowers on the front…

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…and on the back of the envelope.

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Et voila!  One pretty stamp set – Swan Lake – yields a perfectly simple and beautiful thank you card!  Hope you like!

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


HOST CODE FOR 1 MAR – 15 MAR: X64XATES

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


Tick-Tock-Tick-Tock

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

e8103d74-bb00-467d-abf3-01232254d2ee

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

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

Details:

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

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


Enjoy your day and I’ll be back in the morning!

TTFN

Mary


STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:    


CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Marina Mist Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base – scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

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

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

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 likes to play Frisbee.  Especially with his dad.  Cuz his dad runs and dodges and stalks and grabs and pounces.

Mom is kinda boring cuz of how she thinks it sucks to trip and fall and maybe break her leg again.  Those first two times sucked.

Mom’s a wuss.  She’s pretty good for cooking and snuggling and foot-laying-on, but….Frisbee?  Not so much.

Dad, though…now, he knows how to play a good game of Frisbee!

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Boys – they soooo stick together!

TTFN

M

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