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A Whole Lot of Wonderful Vases!

This week, I opened another fun box of toys business investments 😉 from Stampin’ Up!  There were a couple of stamps in there that I’d been wanting to play with for a while.  For today, I picked one to make a quick and easy card with.  It’s the Vivid Vases stamp.  It’s fun to color, and you get a lot of bang for the stamp.  Take a look-see:

Whole Lot of Wonderful Outside 3 watermarked

I started by stamping the image onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, using the Memento Black Ink.  Then I ran it thru the Big Shot, cutting the oval with the Ovals Collection Framelit.  I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to color the image, and I was almost there!  I cut out a tiny heart from some Blackberry Bliss Card Stock, using my Hearts Border punch, and glued it on with a little dab of Multi-purpose Liquid Glue.  A tiny seed pearl brightens the center of the daisy.  And, cause I just thought it wanted a little extra sump’n sump’n, I put a bunch of little dots around the outside of the oval with my Perfect Plum Marker.

Whole Lot of Wonderful Outside Closeup watermarked

I SNAIL’d a Blackberry Bliss mat to one of my Whisper White Notecards (of Notecards and Envelopes fame – so it’s a smallish card).  I decided to keep the mat a little smaller than usual – I liked the contrast with the white card base.  And, after I popped the sentiment oval on the front with Dimensionals, I really liked the ratio of Blackberry Bliss to White.  The card front was done!

Whole Lot of Wonderful Outside 2 watermarked

The inside got a quick little stamp with a couple more vases (this time I used my Elegant Eggplant Ink Pad – no idea why except that it was new and I wanted to use it!), and some coloring.  I added the Celebrate sentiment, in Perfect Plum, from the Good Greetings Hostess Set.  And that was that.  Done!

Whole Lot of Wonderful Inside 1 watermarked

This is such a cute card, and it’s so quick to make – the little dots around the oval took the longest! – that I think it would be an awesome pick for a gift set for someone for….Mother’s Day?!? I just love these little vases, and am betting I’ll be using them a lot in the future.

Don’t forget the Butterfly Thinlits special going on right now thru the end of this month:

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

–OR —

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

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

And – tomorrow will usher in another Weekly Deal (don’t miss out on the Wonderful Wreath framelits on THIS week’s deal!) AND the 2015 Retiring List – so be sure to check back!!  Items on the retiring list are likely to sell out fast fast fast – so if you plan to stock up, you’ll want to get your order in quick like a bunny!  When you DO order, don’t forget to use my April Hostess Code (unless you hit the $150 mark with your order and then you’ll want to use your OWN hostess code!!).

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

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

LAST DAY FOR THIS WEEK’S WEEKLY DEALS!! Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through the end of today!

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

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Whisper White Note Card
Blackberry Bliss Card Stock: 4 1/2 ” x  3 1/8″ (mat); Heart punch
Whisper White Card Stock:  3″ x 4″ oval (sentiment)
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Calypso Coral Pompom Trim Discontinued
Due to issues with the material supplier (they have not been able to provide the manufacturer with the needed materials), combined with the ongoing west coast port congestion issues, the Calypso Coral Pompom Trim from the 2015 occasions catalog (p. 12; item 137898) will not be available before the catalog sales period ends. Unfortunately, this means that this product will no longer be available for purchase.
Backorder Report – as of 16 apr 15

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

April 20

120970: Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker
133773: Sponge Daubers
135297: Variety Pack 6″ x 8″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages
136660: 2013-2015 In Color Cut & Ready Card Bases

April 21

120801: Big Shot Die Large Storage Insert
131163: Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131164: Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131165: Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131167: Strawberry Slush Classic Stmapin’ Ink Refill
131170: Subtles Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills

May 15

129406: Bitty Butterfly Punch

May 16

133722: Adhesive Transfer Sheets

Date to be Determined

103033: Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
122932: Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
129977: Gift Bow Bigz L Die
131182: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Pads
131185: Subtles Collection Classic Stampin’ Pads
131190: Brights Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131195: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 12″ x 12″ Cardstock
131200: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Dies (currently due in warehouse today!)
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137363: Hello You Thinlits Dies
139324: Crazy about You Bundle (Wood)
139325: Crazy about You Bundle (Clear)
138873: Crazy about You Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit
119859: Extra-Large Oval Punch
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
130148: Grid Paper
137951: So You Project Kit

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

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
120907: Decorative Label Punch
119854: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

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Extra Extra – Read All About It….The Butterflies Are Swarming!!

Yes – it’s true and official and everything!  The Butterfly Thinlit Dies are in the warehouse and ready for ordering!! Whoo-hoo!!  So – that means that the special is ON!!

Here’s a reminder on the deets:

Starting today and running through 30 April there are two special offers:

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

–OR —

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

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

So get your flutterby’s now!  No telling how long they’ll stick around!

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

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

WEEKLY DEALS 14 Apr – 20 Apr 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 20 Apr.

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Blingy Barn-door Birthday

My card share for this week was a bit of a fluke.  I was trying for a more masculine card – or even kind of gender neutral.  And I wanted to play with more of the Adventure Bound DSP.  I didn’t start with a design from anywhere.  Just sat down and started putting things together.  And ended up really LOVING the result!!  Take a look-see:
Barn Door B-day Outside 1 watermarked

The front is just a Sahara Sand mat, with a piece of the Adventure Bound DSP SNAIL’d to it and then the entire layered piece is SNAIL’d to a Night of Navy Card Base.  I did take just a few minutes to lightly sponge the edges of the Sahara Sand mat with a little Night of Navy ink before I adhered everything together.

I used my Chalk Talk Framelits and cut out the largest of the dies from some more Sahara Sand card stock.  I edged it in Night of Navy with one of my handy Sponge Daubers.  Then I pulled out my favorite sentiment set  – Sassy Salutations – and I inked it up with Night of Navy.  It’s length drove the offset on the tag.

So, there I was – with a card front that looked like a barn door and a tag that said Happy Birthday.  And not a lot of inspiration.  I started digging thru my Biscotti-box of embellishments and came across some buttons in the Artisan Embellishment Kit.  As I played with a few of them, I realized that the silver button looked quite reminiscent of a concha on a western saddle.  Then it occurred to be that our Linen Thread could look like a lariat rope.  And…inspiration hit!

Barn Door B-day Outside 3 closeup watermarked

I SNAIL’d the tag onto the card from, and then wound up a length of Linen Thread into a loose lasso.  Using glue dots, I adhered the button and the “lariat” to the top of the tag – making it look (okay, maybe just a little and you have to suspend your understanding of how gravity works, but….) like a tag hanging from a peg on a barn wall.  Squint yer eyes – you’ll see it! I just had to add a little final “bling” with a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.  Couldn’t help myself!

Barn Door B-day Outside 1 watermarked

That finished off the front and I moved inside.  I simply sponged another piece of Sahara Sand CS with Night of Navy ink, and SNAIL’d a scrap piece of the DSP across the bottom.  Easy peasy and done!

Barn Door B-day Inside watermarked

The end result is a card that I think could go to a man (even with the bling) or a woman.  I really like how it turned out – and I hope that you do, too! And, if you want to CASE this, but don’t have the Artisan Embellishment Kit, I think you could use one of the cool brads from the Antique Brads collection.

Here’s where we are on the Butterfly Thinlits.  This was posted Wednesday, 15 Apr:

“We have received notice from our supplier that the container with the Butterflies Thinlits Dies was finally unloaded from the ship; however, there is a shortage of trucks, which has delayed the container being picked up. We have secured a truck to pick up the container, and, as of now, it is scheduled to be delivered to Stampin’ Up! on Friday. We will post an update as soon as they are available.”

So – you should be able to go to my online store today sometime and order the Butterfly Framelits – here’s the info again on the special offer:

BUTTERFLY THINLITS SPECIAL PURCHASE OPPORTUNITY!

Starting from the day that the Butterflies Thinlits are again available and then continuing through April 30, there will be two special offers:

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

–OR —

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

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

In case you were anxiously awaiting word on my decisioning last week about the hearts and stars framelits….yes, I broke down and ordered them.  I’m weak.  I can’t help it.  Don’t judge me!  And, there are quite a few items on THIS week’s Weekly Deals that I fear I’ll NEED to get…  you should take look, too!  Those Something Borrowed Embellishments would definitely work on this card.  And Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

When you place your orders, don’t forget to use the April Hostess code – unless you hit $150 – then you’ll get your OWN Hostess Code and benefits.

Hope you’re getting off to a good week!

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

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

WEEKLY DEALS 14 Apr – 20 Apr 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 20 Apr.

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

Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Night Of Navy Card Stock: 8 1/2″ x  5 1/2″ (card base – scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Sahara Sand Card Stock: 4 1/8 ” x  5 3/8″ (mat); 4 1/8″ x  5 3/8″ (Inner liner) 
 Adventure Bound DSP:  5 1/4″ x 4″ (Card front)
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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Shop the Clearance Rack here.

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

2013-2015 In Color Products that will be on the Soon-To-Be-Retired List that comes out on 21 Apr.  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar will soon be history! Stock up before they’re gone and get that free shipping.  Hard to beat that, really!

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Calypso Coral Pompom Trim Discontinued
Due to issues with the material supplier (they have not been able to provide the manufacturer with the needed materials), combined with the ongoing west coast port congestion issues, the Calypso Coral Pompom Trim from the 2015 occasions catalog (p. 12; item 137898) will not be available before the catalog sales period ends. Unfortunately, this means that this product will no longer be available for purchase.
Backorder Report – as of 16 apr 15

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

April 20

120970: Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker
133773: Sponge Daubers
135297: Variety Pack 6″ x 8″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages
136660: 2013-2015 In Color Cut & Ready Card Bases

April 21

120801: Big Shot Die Large Storage Insert
131163: Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131164: Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131165: Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
131167: Strawberry Slush Classic Stmapin’ Ink Refill
131170: Subtles Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills

May 15

129406: Bitty Butterfly Punch

May 16

133722: Adhesive Transfer Sheets

Date to be Determined

103033: Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
122932: Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill
129977: Gift Bow Bigz L Die
131182: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Pads
131185: Subtles Collection Classic Stampin’ Pads
131190: Brights Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
131195: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 12″ x 12″ Cardstock
131200: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Dies (currently due in warehouse today!)
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137363: Hello You Thinlits Dies
139324: Crazy about You Bundle (Wood)
139325: Crazy about You Bundle (Clear)
138873: Crazy about You Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit
119859: Extra-Large Oval Punch
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
130148: Grid Paper
137951: So You Project Kit

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

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
120907: Decorative Label Punch
119854: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

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Splendor (and Butterflies!) in the Grass

The Adventure Bound DSP is wonderful paper.  I’ve gotten some cool cards made using it – but it takes a little thought.  It’s so photo-realistic that it tends to push me towards more literal “scenes” than some of the other paper we have.  Case in point – the card share I have for you today.  You all know I’m in California, which is – sadly – under one of the worst droughts they’ve seen in….well, forever?  So, I think when I put this card together and selected this particular DSP, I was craving some green grass.  Or perhaps that’s my subconscious telling me I’m homesick?  Whatever the cause, I pulled out the verdant green grass DSP.  And, since SU! doesn’t have Haflinger-pony-punkin-head-punches (are you listening, SU!??), I went for butterflies. Take a look-see:

Butterflies in the Grass b-d Outside 1 watermarked

My influence for this card layout came from the Pals Paper Arts design #245.

PPA245

Kind of obviously, I didn’t get 5 shapes across the bottom – but, I came close!  So, I started by punching my Bitty Butterflies with my Bitty Butterfly Punch, making sure to change the angle with each punch, so it would look more natural.  I dithered a bit about whether I wanted to have the Crushed Curry mat show thru the punches, but ultimately decided on a little bit of the wondrous Painted Blooms DSP.  Now, I certainly COULD have just SNAIL’d a strip of that paper behind the punches, but – no!  I wanted actual BLOOMS in the punched areas – and I couldn’t find anywhere on the Painted Blooms DSP that would put flowers in all three butterflies.  So….I carefully punched out 3 Bitty Butterflies from the DSP.  After trying to figure out how to adhere them down first and still get them inside the punched out butterflies…I finally ended up SNAILing the grassy DSP to the Crushed Curry mat and then ever-so-carefully adhering the Painted Blooms guys (with glue dots) inside the punches.  Yes, it was persnickety in the extreme!  But!  Once they were in, and accented with some Pearl Basic Jewels, and outlined with teensy White Gel Pen “stitches”….I was very glad I’d taken the time to do it this way.  The glue dots actually made them a little higher than the surrounding paper, so it gives it just a little texture.  I really love how they turned out!

Butterflies in the Grass B-day Outside 3 watermarked

For the sentiment, I cut out a circle of the grassy DSP with the Circle Collection Framelits and then a Crushed Curry circle mat with my 2 1/2″ punch.  I punched another Bitty Butterfly, and then SNAIL’d the two pieces together.  The sentiment comes from the Sale-a-Bration Big Day set – which I inked in Versamark, sprinkled with Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder, and heat embossed.  Then I embellished my butterfly with more pearls and “stitches”!

I wrapped some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine around the layered card front, adhering it with tape on the backside and used a little piece of tape to pull the center together.  Then the sentiment circle is popped over the BT with some SU Dimensionals.  I attached the whole layered piece to my Mossy Meadow Card Base with more dimensionals and…the front was done!

Butterflies in the Grass B-day Outside 4 watermarked

On the inside, I started with a Crushed Curry liner, and punched 3 more Bitty Butterflies (I was on a roll!).  I almost got silly and let the Mossy Meadow show thru the punched shapes, but I caught myself just in the nick of time.  A little strip of grass is adhered with SNAIL behind the punches and then the whole liner was attached to the card.  I added my stitches – and then decided to leave the pearls off.  What do you think?  Should I add the pearls like is on the front, or….do you like them like this?

Butterflies in the Grass B-day Inside watermarked

So – that did it for the card.  I do really like looking at it – I can almost smell the grass and hear my pony-girls munching it – they’re pretty much munching machines, so this grass wouldn’t last over long!  I’m sticking their picture in here – cause it’s my blog post and I can! 😉  This is them in their stalls munching some hay.  They’re equal-opportunity-munchers!  And the tiniest bit spoiled, maybe….. this picture is from last summer.  They (and their big buddy Bo) spend the hot and buggy summer nights in their suites stalls, with hay and water and fluffy shavings and a fan (carefully positioned so they can stand IN the breeze or OUT of the breeze….).

Girls in the stalls watermarked
Anyway – hope you enjoyed my share today.  And – I hope that you get yourself some of the Adventure Bound DSP from the 2015 Occasions catalog!


BUTTERFLY THINLITS RETURNING SOON!

There’s some cool news from Stampin’ Up! about the Butterfly Thinlit Dies and a special that I think will make a lot of you happy (like those of you who are hoping that the Butterfly Dies and the Irresistibly Yours DSP will stick around).  Read on:

Stampin’ Up! notified us that the Butterflies Thinlits Dies should be back in the warehouse and available for ordering around April 15 (something GOOD on tax day!!). They’d hoped the dies would arrive in time for Sale-A-Bration, and when that didn’t happen, they hoped they’d be here in time for the Free Shipping promotion. Well, sadly, that didn’t happen either.  So….. they decided to do a special offer!

Starting from the day that the Butterflies Thinlits are again available and then continuing through April 30, there will be two special offers:

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

–OR —

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

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

So, if you’ve been anxiously awaiting the return of the Butterflies Thinlits….it looks like your ship is rounding the dock into port (that’s actually what’s been holding things up, so….it’s a bit of a pun!).  Keep your eyes peeled for the return of the flutterby’s and grab you some!!


Today’s the last day for this edition of the Weekly Deals.  I’m hemming and hawing over whether to just break down and get the stars and hearts framelits….  I already got the Flower Fair ones, and the buttons and the ribbon and the punch….decisions, decisions!

When you place your orders, don’t forget to use the April Hostess code – unless you hit $150 – then you’ll get your OWN Hostess Code and benefits.

Hope you’re getting off to a good week!

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

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


 

LAST DAY FOR THESE GREAT DEALS!!

WEEKLY DEALS 7 Apr – 13 Apr 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 13 Apr.

Sale: $5.96

Price: $7.95

Sale: $5.96

Price: $7.95

Sale: $18.71

Price: $24.95

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Price: $16.95

Sale: $7.46

Price: $9.95

Sale: $20.21

Price: $26.95

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Price: $99.95

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Price: $4.95

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Mossy Meadow Card Stock: 8 1/2″ x  5 1/2″ (card base – scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Crushed Curry Card Stock: 4 1/8 ” x  5 3/8″ (mat); 2 1/2″ circle (sentiment mat); 4 1/8″ x  5 3/8″ (Inner liner) 
 Adventure Bound DSP:  5 1/4″ x 4″ (Card front); 2 3/8″ circle (sentiment)
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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Shop the Clearance Rack here.

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

2013-2015 In Color Products that will be on the Soon-To-Be-Retired List that comes out on 21 Apr.  Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar will soon be history! Stock up before they’re gone and get that free shipping.  Hard to beat that, really!

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Backorder Report – as of 10 apr 15

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

136661: 2014-2016 In Color Cut & Ready Card Bases–April 13
131166: Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 13
131168: Neutrals Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–April 13
138853: Your Perfect Day Clear Stamp Set–April 13
131162: Brights Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 13
130139: Regals Designer Series Paper Stacks–April 13
134174: Fabulous Four Clear Stamp Set–April 13
135297: Variety Pack 6″ x 8″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages–April 20
120801: Big Shot Die Large Storage Insert–April 21
131163: Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 28
131165: Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 28
131294: Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131190: Brights Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131195: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–TBD
131158: Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–TBD
129977: Gift Bow Bigz L Die–TBD
108641: Wild Wasabi 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
136660: 2013-2015 In Color Cut & Ready Card Bases–TBD
131185: Subtles Collection Classic Stampin’ Pads–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Dies (currently due in warehouse April 15; learn more here)
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137363: Hello You Thinlits Dies
139324: Crazy about You Bundle (Wood)
139325: Crazy about You Bundle (Clear)
138873: Crazy about You Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit
119859: Extra-Large Oval Punch
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
130148: Grid Paper

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

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
120907: Decorative Label Punch
119854: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

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Double the Flutter-by Basics!

Today is my 25th Wedding Anniversary!  Wow – hard to believe I’m old enough to have been married 25 years – and I did NOT get married when I was 15! 😉

Today ALSO marks almost exactly 3 months since I started blogging about Stampin’ Up!- so, it’s kind of a double Anniversary for me!  On my very first blog post on 9 Jan 15, I showed you how to make a triple-matted card.  It used one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! sets – the Ornamental Pine.  For today, I want to show you a similar technique (look here to see several pictures that will show you the stacking technique), this time only using two layers (so, it’s a little quicker to do) and using one of the awesome 2015 Occasions stamp bundles – Butterfly Basics.  But, this technique is universal and could be used with all kinds of image combinations and sentiments.  Take a look-see:

Double Mat Kindness Outside 3 WatermarkedStart out by cutting your neutral mat – which will match your card base.  In this case, I used Perfect Plum.  Then, cut the “art” pieces.  I used one of the soft blue pieces in the Painted Blooms DSP (we get so caught up in the wildly beautiful flower images in this DSP that I think we sometimes lose sight of the very versatile, softer neutral sides – be sure to look on BOTH sides! VBG).  With everything cut, layer the art pieces together with a tiny piece of tape – either double sided or regular rolled in a little tube (you just want it to not be a permanent bond!). In this case, there will only be two pieces of paper stuck together.

Double Mat Kindness Outside 2 Watermarked

I started by stamping the sentiment from the SAB Lotus Blossom set in Blackberry Bliss in the bottom right corner of the smaller of the two pieces (what will become the “top” of the stack). Then, I stamped the flower image – one of the prettiest we have, I think! – in Soft Suede.  I colored the images – and yes, I used my Blendies, because I built this card before they became unavailable.  If you already have them – I used Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi.  If you don’t have Blendies, I’d look at the Stampin’ Write Markers in Blackberry Bliss and Pear Pizzazz.  Perhaps accent the flower with Rich Razzleberry and the leaves with some Mossy Meadow.  Be creative!  Then, in Crushed Curry, I stamped all over with the honeycomb stamps – ensuring that several of the stamps went off the paper.  I also stamped the small butterfly in Blackberry Bliss kind of randomly around the image  and the sentiment. Again, be sure to let some of them go off the edges AND cross over to the bottom paper! And that completed the art piece!

Double Mat Kindness Standing Watermarked

The three pieces are SNAIL’d together (just be sure to keep the art pieces in the same orientation as when you stamped them) and then wrapped twice with a piece of the Painted Blooms Thick Twine (again from the Occasions catalog) that was finished with a little bow.  I’m getting so used to making bows – at least with twine (LOL) – that I almost make excuses to use one these days.  (Okay – maybe not all THAT far – but I’m sure not worried about making one anymore!)  The whole front was then popped onto the card front with Dimensionals.  A punched butterfly (Butterfly Basics stamp in Blackberry Bliss, punched with the Bitty Butterfly Punch), embellished with some Pearl Basic Jewels, is adhered to one of the stamped flutter-by’s with a glue dot.  One final pearl, right in the center of the flower – and the front was done!

Double Mat Kindness Outside Closeup Watermarked

I used more of the Painted Blooms DSP on the inside, stamping the edge with a few Crushed Curry Honeycombs and a little flock of butterflies (did you know that a group of butterflies can be called a swarm, rabble, kaleidoscope, or flutter?!? LOVE the idea of a flutter-of-butterflies!)  These, as well as the sentiment that I pulled from the Painted Petals stamp set, were done in Blackberry Bliss.

Double Mat Kindness Inside 2 Watermarked

I love these layered mat card – double or triple, doesn’t matter.  They look complicated and “special” and yet we know they’re not hard to do at all!  I think this would make a lovely set of Thank You notes to give to someone as a gift.  Hope you like this card share – and give double/triple matting a try real soon!

Today starts the Most-Excellent FREE SHIPPING WEEK from Stampin’ Up!  What an awesome time to get all those things on your wish list (check out the Weekly Deals!).  I’m pretty sure I’ll be stocking up (hope DH isn’t reading this!).

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  • Get FREE shipping on any orders placed April 6-April 10, no minimum purchase required (excludes expedited orders)
  • All order types qualify
  • Orders placed for Hawaii and Alaska will receive free 2nd Day Air shipping.
  • Paper Pumpkin past kits and kit refills are eligible for free shipping if purchased online. Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are not eligible for free shipping.
  • Orders must be submitted by Friday, April 10, 2015; 11:50 pm (MT)

And don’t forget that the 2013-2015 In Color Colors are nearing their expiration date.  If these are favorites of yours (Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar), then tarry-not.  Stock up before they’re gone and get that free shipping.  Winner winner!  If you scroll down to near the end, I’ve included the listing of items that will go away!

When you place your orders, don’t forget to use the April Hostess code – unless you hit $150 – then you’ll get your OWN Hostess Code and benefits.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter with their families and friends – and happy new week!

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

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

WEEKLY DEALS 31 Mar – 6 Apr 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 6 Apr.

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

Price: $4.95

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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Perfect Plum Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ (“neutral” mat)
Painted Blooms DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (largest “art” piece); 3″ x 4 1/4″ (top “art” piece); 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (inner liner); Bitty Butterfly 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!

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2013-2015 In Color Products that will be on the Soon-To-Be-Retired List that comes out on 21 Apr.  These will go fast once they’re on that list, so….

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Backorder Report – as of 2 apr 15

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

133658: Dotty Angles Photopolymer Stamp Set–April 6
131200: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
131294: Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
131295: Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
131201: Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
105126: Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
131199: Crushed Curry 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
102935: Brushed Gold 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 6
133773: Sponge Daubers–April 6
131172: Blushing Bride Classic Stampin’ Pad–April 7
131181: Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad–April 7
131159: Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 7
131170: Subtles Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–April 13
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131190: Brights Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131169: Regals Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–TBD
129977: Gift Bow Bigz L Die–TBD
130136: 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack–TBD
124276: Early Espresso 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die (currently due in warehouse April 8)
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit
119859: Extra-Large Oval Punch
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

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

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
120907: Decorative Label Punch
119854: 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch

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Birthday Bash Blog Hop!

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Today is the February Happy Stampers Blog Hop!  The theme this month is Birthday projects – which is timely, since a bunch of us signed up to be part of the Birthday Bomb.  That’s where the people who sign up all send a B-day card to everyone else on the list on their birthday (was that the Department of Redundancy Department?!?!).  So everyone gets a bunch of wonderful, handmade SU-product birthday cards.  Fun, huh?  This hop theme gives us all a chance to pump up our stash of b-day cards to use for the bomb and all our friends and relatives through the year.  Several of us threw our hats in the ring this month to take part in the hop, so be sure to check out the other ladies’ projects after you browse thru mine! AND – the part I know you’re waiting for! – we’re all giving out a little sumpin-sumpin for Blog Candy (best kind of candy there is!), so be sure to see them all!

Getcha a cuppa something yummy and stretch out a little bit.  We’re each sharing two projects today so this is gonna be a long one!

My first card for you was inspired by Mojo Monday Sketch 386:

mojo386This is a tall and skinny design and so I did some mental math to be sure that what I ended up with would fit in a Stampin’ Up Medium Envelope (it does, with plenty of room for the embellishments). See what you think:

Birthday Card 1 Outside 4 watermarked

I used the Best Year Ever DSP (Sale-A-Bration) as a color-jumping-off-point, starting with a Sahara Sand tall-and-skinny card base.  I built the front of the card by starting with a Whisper White Card Stock panel that I stamped with the Something Lacy background stamp in Crumb Cake.  The horizontal piece is from the Best Year Ever DSP and is SNAIL’d right to the stamped mat.

Birthday Card 1 Outside 2 watermarked

I built the next layer by embossing a piece of Whisper White CS with the Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and adhering it to another Sahara Sand Card Stock mat with SNAIL.  I wrapped some Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine around the layered piece, securing it on the back with some plain tape.  Then I stamped another piece of Whisper White CS with the flower image in the Crazy About You stamp set and cut it out with the Flower Medallion punch. (Attention.  This is a funds-efficiency public service announcement:  this punch can be bundled with the Petal Potpourri Stamp set in the Occasions catalog.  AND – it also punches this flower in Crazy About You.  That’s what we call getting more bang for your buck! We now return you to your regularly scheduled Blog Hop).

Birthday Card 1 Outside closeup watermarked

I ran another little piece of Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine through one of the little metal buttons in the Occasions Catalog Artisan Embellishment Kit and made a little bow.  Uhh – it’s all just kinda….”little”, I guess! ;0  Then I glued it to the center of the flower with Multipurpose Liquid Glue, and Dimensional’d the whole thing to the front of the mat.  The sentiment comes from the Itty Bitty Banner Bundle and is stamped in Crushed Curry and cut with the matching die in the Big Shot.  Then I SNAIL’d it to a piece of the Best Year Ever DSP and fussy cut a little mat out.  I SNAIL’d it to the mat, aligning it below the wrapped baker’s twine and under the flower.

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Adhering the whole layered front mat to the card base with Dimensionals finished up the front of the card.  I treated the inside to a Whisper White liner, with a couple of leftover pieces of Sahara Sand CS and some more Best Year Ever DSP.

Birthday Card 1 Inside watermarked

Just to finish everything off, I used a final scrap piece of the DSP to line the inside of a Crumb Cake Medium Envelope flap.  And here’s how the whole thing turned out!

Birthday Card 1 with envelope 2 watermarked

I think it turned out kind of pretty and I like the kind of tone-on-tone thing goin’ on with the pops of complementary colors.

Y’all still with me?  Good.  I’ll wait a few minutes if you need to take a break…..10….9….8….7….6….5 4 3 2 1! And, we’re back.

Card two was inspired by my little ole brain.  I kind of stayed with a similar color theme, but with a different twist.  And, for some reason, I wanted it to be a small note card, so I used the measurements of the SU Note Cards and Envelopes.

Ever since reading about coloring on vellum with the Blendabilities, I’d been wanting to give it a try, and I really wanted to color that gorgeous flower branch in the Indescribable Gift set (it’s not just for Easter!).  Here’s what I came up with – take a look-see!

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First I stamped the flower image onto a piece of vellum with Versamark Ink and sprinkled it with SU Early Espresso Embossing Powder.  I carefully heat embossed it, keeping my heat tool moving.  It did curl the vellum a little bit, but I lightly heated the back side while speaking steely to it and it straightened out and flew right.  Then, I got down to the fun stuff!  I pulled out my Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi, Calypso Coral and the Skin Tone Assortment Blendabilities.  I colored with the Pink Pirouette first, flooding with the light color and then blending in the medium and darker colors.  Trick here is to do small sections at a time, so that the colors blend all by themselves.  Then, I used the lightest Calypso Coral to just touch on some of the darker “shaded” areas.  The leaves got a similar treatment (okay, no Calypso Coral on those), with the Wild Wasabi blendies.  I used the two darkest pens in the Skin Tone Assortment for the branches.  Then I patiently let it all dry.  No, not really so patiently!

Birthday Card 2 Outside 4 watermarked

But dry it finally was, so I used a little liquid glue to adhere it to a Sahara Sand CS mat (staying as close to the edges as possible), and then SNAIL’d all THAT to a Pink Pirouette mat. Using some scraps of Sahara Sand, I cut the “frame” pieces out with the Edgelits die (foreshadowing here….blog candy……) and adhered them over the edge of the vellum with tiny dabs of Liquid Multipurpose Glue.  I made sure the corners were as straight and lined up as possible and then sort of finished them off with 4 of the smallest pearls in the Artisan Embellishment Kit.  Then,  I stamped the sentiment from the Petite Pairs set in Crumb Cake and wrapped some Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine around and finished it with a nice little bow.

Birthday Card 2 Outside 1 watermarked

Adhering the mat art to the Sahara Sand card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals finished off the front of the card!

On the inside, I stamped part of the same flower image in the bottom corner of a piece of Whisper White CS and colored it in the manner as the front image.  I completed the sentiment from Petite Pairs in Crumb Cake and called it a day!

Birthday Card 2 Inside 3 watermarked

Hope that you enjoyed these two shares – they were fun to make.  The flower from Indescribable Gift is just beautiful and colors very nicely!

It’s almost time that you can order the new Sale-A-Bration products.  Here’s a reminder of what they are:

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New SAB 2

New SAB 3 New SAB 4

Click HERE to see a flyer on the new products, including some great ideas of how to use them!

And – if you’re craving a Big Shot or any of the items used in these cards, remember that Sale-A-Bration is a GREAT time to do a workshop – even if it’s a home-based one, where everyone just orders from the catalog. The potential for lots of free Hostess Dollars is truly at its highest right now!  Here’s the full scoop.

BLOG CANDY BLOG CANDY BLOG CANDY!!!!!!!

Remember the Edgelits?  Well, you COULD score those and some bling for your card-making fun.  There’s a package of the Edgelits Dies, Rhinestone Basic Jewels and a package of Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine.

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Leave a comment below and tell me which of the new SAB products you’re most anxious to get your hands (and what you’re thinking of doing with it!) before 7 AM ET on Tuesday, 3 Mar 15 and you’ll be entered to win.  I’ll have the random number generator pick a comment on Tuesday morning and then I’ll announce the winner on my blog that day! Please note, anyone is welcome to leave me a comment but I am only able to ship the blog candy items to addresses within the United States. Thanks for your understanding.

With that, scroll down right quick-like and leave your Blog-Candy-entering-comment and then come back up here and check out the other stops on the Blog Hop.  Folks, this is one seriously talented group of ladies – and you NEED to see what they have to offer you today!

Okay, on with the hop! To hop back to Sandi MacIver’s Blog, click the Back arrow button. To move forward to Kristi Gray’s Blog, click the Forward arrow button.

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In case you get lost along the way, here is a list of the Happy Stampers Team Members who are joining in this blog hop:

Amy Koenders – www.stampwithAmyK.com

Sandi MacIver – www.stampingwithSandi.com

Mary Deatherage – www.stampsnlingers.com <<<<You are here!

Kristi Gray – www.stampingwithkristi.com

Heather Van Looy – www.handcraftingwithheather.com

TTFN

Mary

FEBRUARY 1 – 28 HOSTESS CODE:  RKBPBNYM Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for February is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

Here are the card cuts for today’s projects:

Birthday Card #1:

Sahara Sand Cardstock: 3 3/4″ x 10 1/2″ (card base – score and fold at 5 1/2″); 3 1/8″ x 4 3/8″ (mat for embossed panel); 1″ x 3 1/2″ (inside embellishment mat)

Whisper White Card Stock: 3 1/2″ x 5″ (Something Lacy stamped panel); 4 1/4″ x 3″ (embossed panel); Sentiment banner; Flower Medallion; 3 1/2″ x 5″ (inner liner)

Best Year Ever DSP: 3 1/2″ x 3″ (Calypso Coral mat); fussy cut sentiment mat;  7/8″ x 4″ (inner liner strip); envelope flap

Whisper White Card Stock: Bitty Butterfly punches;  5 1/4″ x 4″ (Inside liner)

Birthday Card #2:

Sahara Sand Card Stock: 5″ x 7″ (card base – score and fold at 3 1/2″); 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″ (art piece mat); Frame pieces cut with Edgelits

Pink Pirouette Card Stock: 3 3/8″ x 4 7/8″ (front mat)

Vellum: 3 1/4″ x 3 3/4″ (art piece)

STAMPIN’ UP! ITEMS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Price: $99.95

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 WEEKLY DEALS 24 Feb – 2 Mar 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 2 Mar.
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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It’s Sale-A-Bration Time!! Earn a free item for every $50 that you purchase. Click here to read all about it.

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Backorder Report – as of 25 Feb 15

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

140594: Lovely Amazing You Photopolymer Stamp Set–March 2
101731: Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad–March 3
126956: Pink Pirouette Classic Stampin’ Pad–March 3
112983: Customer Order Form (50)–March 5
131527: Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes–March 6

Currently the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

130995: Cherry Cobbler Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
130998: Daffodil Delight Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
130999: Old Olive Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
130997: Pumpkin Pie Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
137951: So You Simply Created Kit
137950: The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit
131262: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers
126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat
126189: Paper Piercing Tool

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

137866: Sahara Sand 7/8″ Lace Trim
131003: Rich Razzleberry Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers

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Spring is in the Cards!

Monday morning dawned bright and beautiful in California.  Not!  It was rainy and drizzly and – actually – kind of nice.  IMHO, the high desert is at its most beautiful when the rain is just starting to clear and the sun is shining down thru the clouds, illuminating the oddly-green-for-this-time-of-year desert floor.  And the smell of the desert after a rain is something you have to experience to understand – just wonderful!

But, it WAS chilly (still is!).  And breezy – that’s not so very unusual!  So, when it came time to create a card to share with you today, I was kind of thinking about Spring.  It’s just around the corner – and I know Wayne is R-E-A-D-Y!  And I know there’s a lot of folks in the east and on the plains that are ready as well.

ONE of my two boxes came today.  Mailed same day.  Same address….Ruh-roh….. hope that second box isn’t AWOL. Perhaps it will arrive tomorrow.  I sure hope so, because my paper trimmer is in that box, and the one I bought as a “stand-in” ain’t really cuttin’ it!  Oh – ha, pun not intended!

So, here we go.  This is a very simple, very clean card today.  It took me longer to organize (sort of) my tools and whatnot from my box, figure out the trimmer, and assemble my “photo studio” than it did to build it.  Makes it a nice, quick card for when you need a pretty Thank You.  Or almost any other sentiment!

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I started with a piece of the Painted Blooms DPS – making sure I did my cuts to get some painted blooms framed as I wanted them on the card.  This piece is mounted with SNAIL onto a Wild Wasabi mat.  I stamped the sentiment from the Painted Petals Stamp Set in Strawberry Slush, and then mounted the layered piece onto a Strawberry Slush card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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I stamped some of the smallest butterflies from the Butterfly Basics set onto some Whisper White Card Stock – 2 in Pink Pirouette and one in Crushed Curry (stamped off once on scrap paper and then stamped without re-inking) and punched them out with the Bitty Butterfly punch.  I stuck them on with some Glue Dots, and gave each of them a single teensy Pearl Basic Jewel to round things out.  And – did I mention this was quick?!?! – the outside was done! 🙂

The inside got a VERY simple treatment – a piece of Whisper White CS, with a strip of left over Strawberry Slush CS layered with a scrap of Painted Blooms DSP (actually the back – decided to give it a little pop).

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And there you go!  One quick, simple SPRING-Y Thank You card!

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That was a quick share – it’s late here.  Fortunately, I’m a night person.  She says – never!  So, I’m ready for bed!

Before I go, though, we got some big news from Stampin’ Up! today.  To celebrate the last month of Sale-A-Bration Stampin’ Up! is offering FOUR NEW Sale-A-Bration products that you can earn for free starting March 1! There are two new stamp sets, a new accessory pack and a new vellum pack…these items are in addition to the great Sale-A-Bration items that are already available!  Take a look here for my previous post about the great opportunity to earn even MORE Hostess Dollars in March.  Take a gander at the new products:

New SAB 1 New SAB 2

New SAB 3 New SAB 4

Click HERE to see a flyer on the new products, including some great ideas of how to use them!  That vellum has my name on it, I can already tell!  Imagine coloring those designs in with your Blendabilities (that you got for FREE in Sale-A-Bration?!?!)

Check out the new Weekly Deals – some great prices on all those embellishments we all like to add to our projects!

Don’t forget the Blog Hop this Thursday!  Blog candy is on the menu….See you then.

TTFN

Mary

FEBRUARY 1 – 28 HOSTESS CODE:  RKBPBNYM Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for February is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

Here are the card cuts for today’s project:

Strawberry Slush Card Stock: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 1″ x 4″ (inner liner strip)

Wild Wasabi Card Stock: 5 1/4″ x 4″ (Bottom Mat)

Painted Blooms DSP: 5″ x 3 3/4″ Main Art piece; 7/8″ x 4″ (inner liner strip)

Whisper White Card Stock: Bitty Butterfly punches;  5 1/4″ x 4″ (Inside liner)

STAMPIN’ UP! ITEMS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

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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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Backorder Report – as of 23 Feb 15, the following items are on backorder or unavailable to order; backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated.  The continuing labor disputes at the docks have caused some items to be harder than ever to get in stock.  SU has taken the step of simply making some items “Not Orderable”, rather than have our customers simply waiting and waiting.  We all hope this situation will resolve soon!  Please check out the following list of Backordered, Not Orderable, and  Low Inventory items.

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

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Dies–February 25
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–February 27
131166: Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–March 3

Currently the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

130995: Cherry Cobbler Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
130998: Daffodil Delight Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
130999: Old Olive Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
130997: Pumpkin Pie Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers
138634: Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (Sale-A-Bration)
137951: So You Simply Created Kit
137950: The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit
131262: Regals Stampin’ Write Markers
126199: Stampin’ Pierce Mat

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

102193: VersaMark Ink Refill
126189: Paper Piercing Tool
131003: Rich Razzleberry Assortment Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers

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Tall and Skinny Wishes

Happy Monday, y’all (or is that an oxymoron!?!).  I bet today finds you 1) excited and happy that the Patriots won or 2) recovering from the devastating, last-possible-second loss of the Seahawks or 3) wondering….”huh?  There was a big game yesterday?  All I saw were some funny commercials interspersed with some guys running around on grass.”  However you spent your Sunday evening, I hope you’re well and recovered, cause it’s Monday now, so…. 😉

Speaking of Monday, this is the day I announce the winner of last week’s Blog Candy!  Drum roll….and yea, you have to read all the way through to the end to see who won! See how I did that?

This week I made a card to share using some Irresistibly Yours DSP and the Butterfly Basics stamp set (from the Occasions Catalog).  I based it – pretty loosely, as you’ll soon see! – on the Mojo Monday Sketch #382.

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This card fits into an A2 envelope, with plenty of room to spare to accommodate the embellishments.  I think the entire ensemble turned out really pretty!

Tall and Skinny with envelope watermarked

To build my card, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock to 3 1/2″ x 11″ and then scored and folded it at 5 1/2″ on the long side.  That yielded the Tall and Skinny look driven by the MM sketch.  And, that’s the dimensions they gave me on their website, so the math was pretty easy! ;0

I sponged a piece of the Irresistibly Yours DSP with Soft Suede ink, and then wiped the excess off of the resist areas with a paper towel.  Then I SNAIL’d a length of SU Natural Cotton Ribbon onto a piece of Crumb Cake CS (which I’d lightly sponged with Crumb Cake ink) and then SNAIL’d that layer onto the DSP.  I actually attached the ribbon to the CS, leaving a little excess on both ends, before I attached everything to the DSP – and then I wrapped the ribbon around and secured it to the back with tape.  That way I had a nice, smooth edge, and won’t have to worry about the ribbon fraying on the edges.

Tall and Skinny Outside 3 Watermarked

Over that, I ran some Daffodil Delight Stitched 1/4″ Grosgrain ribbon.  Like the wide ribbon, I wrapped the ends around the back and secured them with tape.

Then I cut out my art square and rounded the corners (note to self: get oval collection framelits in next order…!!).  I stamped the flowers from the Butterfly Basics onto the square in Soft Suede and colored it in with my Pink Pirouette and Old Olive Blendabilities (that I got for Sale-a-Bration!).  My Butterfly Basic sentiment  is stamped in Strawberry Slush onto another square of Very Vanilla.  Both these pieces were matted onto Crumb Cake CS and then layered onto the card front.  The sentiment is SNAILd and the flower is popped up with Dimensionals.

Tall and Skinny Outside 1 Watermarked

I punched out a few Bitty Butterflies from some scrap Irresistibly Yours DSP that I’d lightly colored with my lightest Pink Pirouette Blendie, and very artfully (she says modestly) arranged them onto the card, using glue dots.  I embellished them with some Pearl Basic Jewels and added one more pearl to the center of the largest flower, and called it good.  The card front was SNAILd onto the card base – there’s plenty of “popping” already!

Tall and Skinny inside 2 Watermarked

On the inside, I went ahead and added a liner, still in Very Vanilla, just to keep the card feeling solid.  I edged the piece with Pink Pirouette ink by simply running all the edges across the ink pad itself.  Using the smallest butterfly stamp in the Butterfly Basics, I stamped a little swarm of them (what IS a group of butterflies called?  Swarm?  Herd? Flock?  Must Google that) across the bottom in Pink Pirouette.  I left this card blank on the inside, so it can be used for almost any occasion, I’d think.

I used a Crumb Cake Envelope, and stamped the flower in Crumb Cake on the front, in the bottom right corner, just to finish things off.

Tall and Skinny with envelope watermarked 2

Hope you enjoy this one – and give Tall and Skinny a try soon!  Card cuts are below,

Today’s the last day for this week’s Weekly Deals, so act quickly if you’re wanting to stock up on embossing folders or add a Texture Boutique machine to your tool set!

TTFN

Mary

FEBRUARY 1 – 28 HOSTESS CODE:  RKBPBNYM Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for February is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

Here are the card cuts for today’s project

Very Vanilla Card Stock: 3 1/2″ x 11″ (card base – folded at 5 1/2″); 2 3/8″ x 2″ (flower); 2 1/4″ x 2 3/8″ (sentiment); 3 3/8″ x 5 3/8″ (inner liner)

Crumb Cake Card Stock: 1 1/8″ x 3 3/8″ (ribbon mat); 2 1/8″ x 2 1/2″ (flower mat); 2 3/8″ x 2 1/2″ (sentiment mat)

Irresistibly Yours DSP: 3 3/8 x 5 3/8″ (card front); Bitty Butterflies

 STAMPIN’ UP! ITEMS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Price: $4.95

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 BLOG CANDY WINNER!
Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by my blog to leave me a comment – I really appreciate that you all took the time – there were some really nice things said!
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The Random Number Generator chose comment #11. Comment #11 was left by Kristi Gray.  Kristi said: “Congrats on your first blog hop, they are so much fun. Your cards are so pretty. I love that stamp set and am amazed at all the different looks you get from these cards. Thanks for sharing.”Congratulations Kristi!! I’ll get your embellishments packed up – please send me your snail mail address (stamps-n-lingers@comcast.net) so that I can ship them to you!

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Bitty Butterflies to Celebrate the Arrival of A New Little Girl!

Yeah! It’s the weekend and I wanted to share another girly baby card with you.  But, first two little pieces of news.  News one – today, I’ll be at the Heritage Stamp Show with my friends Amy Koenders, Sue Prather and Heather Van Looy.  It looks to be a lot of fun – we’ll have a card display and make & takes along with catalogs and other goodies!  Here‘s some info about the show, if you happen to be in the area – it’s at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.  Second – and this is HUGE (well, for me, at least!).  Today marks the first post I’m writing on my brand new computer!  This is really pretty epic.  My old computer is a vintage 2007 model iMac.  And, in 2007, it rocked.  In 2014, it IS a rock!  I tell you true – I could feel hairs on my head getting gray waiting for that poor thing to load a website, or – gasp! – save a file!  I am a died-in-the-wool Apple girl – so this post comes to you from my new MacBook Pro.  And.  It.  Is.  Like.  LIGHTNING!  Of course, if I hang on to THIS one for 7 years, it may well be a rock, too.  But not today – whoo whoooo!

Okay – that’s the end of the new news.  Let’s get to the card.  This one is purely girl.  All pink and yellow and pretty.  I used the Stamping and Blogging Sketch #87 as my inspiration.  If you click the picture below, you’ll go to the wonderful card that Sandi MacIver did with this sketch.  I really DID build my card before I saw Sandi’s creation – even though it doesn’t look like it!  I guess great minds think alike.  😉

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I used Strawberry Slush Card Stock for my card base.  I folded it so that it was a tall card, opening long-ways.  Yikes – that hardly made sense at all – here’s the picture so you can see what I tried to say.

Sweet Girl Card Front 1 Watermarked

I ran a piece of Painted Blooms DSP (Occasions Catalog) through the Big Shot in the Happy Hearts Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and then punched the “bottom” edge with one of my Martha Stewart edge punches.  I SNAIL’d that to the card base and moved on to the rest of my elements.  I stacked 3 squares of paper and card stock for the sentiment – the largest is a piece of the Painted Blooms DSP – cut with a scalloped square framelit and edged with my Strawberry Slush Stampin’ Write Marker. that I first stamped with the  also in Strawberry Slush Ink.  I inked up the Something Lacy Background Stamp (Annual Catalog) with my Strawberry Slush Stampin’ Write marker and stamped a piece of my Strawberry Slush card stock – which I then used for the middle sentiment mat and 5 of my Bitty Butterflies.

Pink and Yellow Sweet Girl Card Front 1 Watermarked

The sentiment is from the Baby We’ve Grown set in the Annual Catalog.  I stamped it onto a scalloped square in Soft Suede Ink, and then colored it with my Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.  I SNAIL’d the whole stack together and adhered it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The butterfly panel started with a piece of Whisper White CS, embossed with the Happy Hearts TIEF that I SNAIL’d to a Strawberry Slush mat.  The butterflies are all cut with the Bitty Butterfly punch and then I sort of rolled the wings up a tiny it to give them a little life.  The odd-man-out butterfly is white CS stamped with the Lovely Lace background in Strawberry Slush and colored with a Daffodil Delight Blendability (this is a free item available in the Sale-A-Bration catalog, going on through 31 Mar).  The butterflies were stuck to the white panel with a little bit of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Then the panel was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Just to finish it off, I gave the odd butterfly a few Pearl Basic Jewels and each little baby girl shoe got a tiny pearl – just to send the cute factor right over the top!  And – done!

Sweet Girl Card Front 1 Watermarked

On the inside, I edged another piece of Whisper White CS and stamped the bunny from the Baby We’ve Grown set in Soft Suede.  He got a quick color with the Blendabilites in Pink Pirouette and the Strawberry Slush Stampin’ Write Marker.  The sentiment, from the Petite Pairs stamp set, in Soft Suede, brought it all home.

Pink and Yellow Sweet Girl Interior 1 Watermarked Pink and Yellow Sweet Girl Interior 2 Watermarked

I think this is a really cute and happy card.  And the design would be easy-peasy to use for a boy just by changing up to blue tones, or you could go more gender-neutral and use greens and yellows.  Which, since it appears that the friends I made these cards for all are having boys….I should have done!  Anyone need a cute girl baby card….?? Let me know.

Today’s the last day to use my January Hostess Code.  Don’t forget that you’ll also get a free gift from me and you may qualify for Punkin Head Peppermints!  And, if you’ve been waiting for the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders  – this is a good week.  There are 6 TIEFs on sale right now – check out the Weekly Deals below and stock up on all your favorite folders.

And don’t forget to come by the Heritage Stamp show if you happen to be in the area today.  I’d love to meet you!

Thanks for taking the time to share my share with me!

TTFN

Mary

JANUARY 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  RMQE9AEQ Use this hostess code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  But, if your order is over $150, please do not use this code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Hostess $$ if you use it) but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift for January is your choice of any item valued up to $4.95 in either the 2014-15 Annual Catalog or the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

Here are the card cuts for today’s project

Strawberry Slush Card Stock: 4 1/2″ x 11″ (card base – folded at 5 1/2″); 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ (middle sentiment mat); 4 1/4″ x 2″ (Butterfly mat); Bitty Butterflies

Whisper White Card Stock: 4″ x 1 3/4″ (embossed panel under butterflies); 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ (scalloped sentiment); 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (inner liner)

Painted Blooms DSP: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (Card front); 2″ x 2″ (scalloped bottom sentiment mat); one Bitty Butterfly

 STAMPIN’ UP! ITEMS USED IN THIS PROJECT:

Price: $99.95

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 WEEKLY DEALS 27 Jan – 3 Feb 15 Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store.  The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through 3 Feb.

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