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Well, Shut the Barn Door – Congratulations, My Friend!!

Last week, in the midst of remembering a bad time in her life, my bestest friend got some really GREAT news.  Her SECOND novel was published and on-the-street!!  Whoo-hoo!  So – at the same time that I was making a “Thinking about You” card, I was putting together a “Congratulations” card!  I’d recently gotten the Wondrous Wreath bundle – stamp set and dies – 15% off – and wanted to try it out.  And, one of my Happy Stampers cohorts had recently shared a gate-type card…..so….I killed two cards with one die-cut, as it were.  Take a look-see:

Congrats Gate Card Outside 2 watermarked

Now, folks.  I have a terrible confession to make to you here today.  I am not a completely dumb person (no, THAT’S not the terrible confession!), but this card kind of bamboozled me!  I didn’t have the card cuts, so I had to…..gasp…do MATH!  And it was ever so hard math, too!  Or at least it APPEARED to be.  Not.  Really – take the long side, divide by two.  Divide that by two.  And wa-la.  Except I had to wa-la like 4 times before it opened and closed correctly.  I didn’t take pictures of the 3 times that weren’t so stellar.  No digital evidence except this blog, and I’ll swear I was hacked! 🙂  But, I finally got it.  And here’s what it looks like open:

Congrats Gate Card Outside 5 open watermarked

I started with a piece of Crushed Curry Card Stock – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  I scored and folded it at 2 1/8″ from each short end.  Then, I dug back into my Adventure Bound DSP and decided to make the “gate” card look like….a gate!  I cut the DSP to fit and SNAIL’d the pieces onto the two “doors” and also onto a square for the front of the card.  That 3″ square piece of Crushed Curry “closes” the gate (although it doesn’t “hold” anything closed).  It’s just SNAIL’d onto the left (as you look at it) door of the gate – and not on the other side (she says needlessly!).

Congrats Gate Card Outside 3 watermarked

Then I started to play with the Wonderful Wreath for the barn door.  The stamp is a 2 or 3 part set, so I stamped the first piece in Crushed Curry (this is all on some Whisper White CS), the second step is in Calypso Coral and the final piece is in Bermuda Bay.  With the wreath all stamped and festive looking, I cut it out with the matching die.  I also cut the “ribbon bow” out – in Crushed Curry – with its die.  I used some Dimensionals to put the wreath onto the “door” and Glue-Dot’d the bow in place.  And then didn’t like how it looked – kinda nekkid and lonesome.  So, I made a little Linen Thread Bow and glued that on with a little Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. But it still wasn’t – quite – right…..So, I glued one of the Something Borrowed embellishments on top of the bows (with a couple of Glue Dots).  And THEN it was juuuuuuuusssst right! 🙂

Congrats Gate Card Outside closeup watermarked

I stamped the sentiment from the Bitty Banner Bundle in Calypso Coral onto a piece of Daffodil Delight CS and die cut it with the coordinating framelit.  I SNAIL’d that onto the wreath and added a few Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight Itty Bitty Flowers (from the Itty Bitty Accent Punch pack) with glue dots.  The flowers each got a small Rhinestone Jewel and….the front gate was done!

Congrats Gate Card Outside 1 watermarked

The inside started with a piece of Whisper White CS and got a Crushed Curry sentiment from the Simply Wonderful stamp set.  Rounding out the inner liner is the Simply Wonderful flower that I inked up with my Crushed Curry and Wild Wasabi Stampin’ Write Markers.  Done!

Congrats Gate Card Inside 2 watermarked

Congrats Gate Card Inside 1 watermarked

I hope it gave her a smile when she opened it – that it made her think of barns and horses and the open prairie of Colorado where she lives.  And that it lifted her heart! 🙂

And I hope that YOU enjoyed my share for the day!

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 April.

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NEW CLEARANCE RACK ITEMS!
Stampin’ Up! has added a bunch of new items to the clearance rack.  I spied the Holiday Home die set, the snowflake card thinlits die and bunch of new stamp sets (some great Christmas images and sentiments – and it’s just not THAT far away!).  Head over to the Clearance Rack now and check out the deals.  Might want to hurry – the prices I saw are pretty good   – and it’s only while supplies last.  When they’re out…they’re out!
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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Crushed Curry Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 2 1/8″ from each short end); 3 3/8″ x 3 3/8″(wreath mat); Itty Bitty Flowers
Daffodil Delight: Bitty Banner; Itty Bitty Flower (It’s All Right to be Itty Bitty…..)
Adventure Bound DSP: 3″ x 3″ (under wreath); 2″ x 5 3/5″ (2 each for the barn door panels)
Whisper White Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (Inner liner)
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Backorder Report – as of 1 Apr 15

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

134036: I Love Lace Clear Stamp Set–April 3
131392: Perfect Blend Clear Stamp Set–April 3
130369: Post Card Clear Stamp Set–April 3
134210: Ray of Sunshine Clear Stamp Set–April 3
134156: Sweet Stuff Clear Stamp Set–April 3
134150: You Little Furball Clear Stamp Set–April 3
136835: Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set–April 3
130444: Gifts of Kindness Clear Stamp Set–April 3
134126: Cupcake Party Clear Stamp Set–April 3
134174: Fabulous Four Clear Stamp Set–April 3
124301: Very Vanilla 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–April 3
131294: Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 3
120953: Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 3
100702: Old Olive 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 3
102067: Tempting Turquoise 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 3
122932: Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 3
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–April 3
137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–April 3
120801: Large Big Shot Die Storage Insert–April 3
133773: Sponge Daubers–April 6
120902: Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–April 3
135297: Variety Pack 6″ x 8″ Project Life Photo Pocket Pages–April 3
131172: Blushing Bride Classic Stampin’ Pad–April 14
131159: Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–April 28
131181: Soft Sky Classic Stampin’ Pad–April 28
133658: Dotty Angles Photopolymer Stamp Set–TBD
130514: Gorgeous Grunge Wood Stamp Set–TBD
134033: I Love Lace Wood Stamp Set–TBD
139125: Simply Wonderful Wood Stamp Set–TBD
131169: Regals Collection Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills–TBD
130136: 2013-2015 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack–TBD
131198: Blushing Bride 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131190: Brights Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
102935: Brushed Gold 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131298: Crisp Cantaloupe 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131199: Crushed Curry 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
105126: Elegant Eggplant 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131200: 2013-2015 In Color Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131201: Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
131295: Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD
129977: Gift Bow Bigz L Die–TBD
139284: Occasions Catalog 8-pack (US)–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
137363: Hello You Thinlits (currently due in warehouse April 8)
139324: Crazy about You Bundle (Wood)
139325: Crazy about You Bundle (Clear)
138873: Crazy about You Bundle (Photopolymer)
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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Into the Forest

A week or so ago marked a sad anniversary in the life of one of my very best friends.  So, I needed and wanted to send something to let her know that….I knew it was a hard week for her, and that I was thinking of and praying for her.  One of the very best parts about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is having pretty immediate access to a number of really excellent tools for making nearly any kind of card, to fill nearly any need.  And this was no exception.  I pulled out my Thoughts and Prayers stamp set and, since my friend is outdoorsy and loves the woods and the forest, my stack of Adventure Bound DSP.  And in that stack I found the perfect card front.  When I added some vellum…it became perfect in the extreme.  Take a look-see:

In the Forest Outside 1 watermarked

The photo-quality picture of the forest was lovely as it was, but I feel like it became something other-worldly with the addition of the vellum over the top.  It’s a perfect misty morning, with the sun shining down; the kind of morning that sometimes gives me a lump in the throat and always makes me remember to send a little prayer of thanks upstairs.

But, I digress.  I SNAIL’d the DSP to a piece of Crushed Curry Card Stock and then used my Handheld Stapler to adhere the vellum over the piece of the DSP.  Doesn’t get much simpler than that, does it? 🙂

For the sentiment, I inked up the stamp from the Thoughts and Prayers set with Versamark, stamped it on a circle of Mossy Meadow CS and sprinkled it with Crushed Curry Emboss Powder, which I then heat embossed.  I SNAIL’d that circle onto a slightly larger Crushed Curry circle – that I’d sponged with Mossy Meadow ink.

In the Forest Outside 2 watermarked

The banner under the sentiment is just the bottom part of the DSP that I’d cut off to create the correct size for the card front.  I used my Hexagon punch to make the banner ends, and then SNAIL’d it to the vellum.  The sentiment circle layer is popped on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I put the entire layered front onto a Mossy Meadow card base with some more Dimensionals….And the front was done!  Yes, you read me right – done.  And not a pearl to be seen!  gasp!

In the Forest Outside 3 watermarked

The inside got a strip of the DSP – again “harvested” when I cut the paper down to size – not a piece was wasted…too pretty! I first adhered it to another piece of Crushed Curry CS.  I SNAIL’d it to some Whisper White CS and then stamped the inside sentiment in Crushed Curry.  Then I decided to play with it a little bit more and did some sponging with Mossy Meadow – just to give it a little depth.

In the Forest Inside watermarked

And the card was done.  In about two shakes, really.  The Adventure Bound DSP offers so many opportunities for quick cards – that are still just gorgeous.  Quick doesn’t mean not-beautiful!  And, when a card is quick AND beautiful, it encourages us (well, me, at least!) to make some cards ahead of when I might need to have one.  Almost like…thinking ahead.  Anti-procrastinating.  Crazy!

So – that’s it!  Hope that you enjoyed my share for you today!

Today and Tomorrow.  Might ought to be a song title – but, in fact, it’s how much time is left to cash in on Sale-A-Bration AND my Free Shipping Weekend.  To give you one last shot at Sale-A-Bration deals, I’m extending my free shipping deal to match SAB – so, it’s good on any order over $50 (before taxes and shipping) placed thru about 5pm West Coast Time tomorrow (31 Mar).   See details on how to get the free shipping here.

To help you choose some great items, this week’s Weekly Deal are still good thru tonight.  There are some really fun things this week – so don’t miss out!  And don’t overlook how handy that Adventure Bound DSP is!

Hope to hear from a bunch of you that you’ve placed an order and reeled in some free stash! 🙂

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

March 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  33QPV23V 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 March 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 24 Mar – 30 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 30 Mar.

Sale: $11.96

Price: $15.95

Sale: $7.46

Price: $9.95

Sale: $13.46

Price: $17.95

Sale: $9.71

Price: $12.95

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NEW CLEARANCE RACK ITEMS!
Stampin’ Up! has added a bunch of new items to the clearance rack.  I spied the Holiday Home die set, the snowflake card thinlits die and bunch of new stamp sets (some great Christmas images and sentiments – and it’s just not THAT far away!).  Head over to the Clearance Rack now and check out the deals.  Might want to hurry – the prices I saw are pretty good   – and it’s only while supplies last.  When they’re out…they’re out!
Shop the Clearance Rack here
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Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Mossy Meadow Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″); 1 7/8″ circle (sentiment)
Crushed Curry Card Stock: 4 1/8 ” x 5 3/8″ (large mat); 2 3/8″ circle (sentiment mat)
Adventure Bound DSP: 4″ x 5 1/4′
Vellum Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″
Whisper White Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/8″ (Inner liner)
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Backorder Report – as of 27 Mar 15

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

137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–April 3
120801: Die Storage Large Insert–April 3
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–April 3
133718: 2014-2016 In Color Cards–April 3
131192: Regals Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
131193: Subtles Collection 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–April 7
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die (due in warehouse April 8)
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
137363: Hello You Thinlits
139324: Crazy about You Bundle (Wood)
139325: Crazy about You Bundle (Clear)
138873: Crazy about You Bundle (Photopolymer)
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:

122332: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit

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Happy Easter and How To Set Up Shop in a Hotel Room!

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Hello – and welcome to the Happy Stampers Blog Hop for March.  Our theme today is Spring or Easter and….organizing and storing your crafting supplies.  I decided to do an Easter project for you and, since I’m not actually at home….I’m going to show you my crafting-area-away-from-crafting-area in the hotel.  It’s not gorgeous, but it works!  A bunch of us are sharing with you today, so be sure to check out their blogs when you’re done here.  And, in the spirit of blog hops everywhere (and chocolate-filled Easter Baskets!) – we’ve all got a little blog candy to give away, too!

So, settle in – get you a cuppa something hot, and let’s get started.  I saw a card on Pinterest with a technique that intrigued me, so that was my starting point today.  I used the beautiful Indescribable Gift stamp set and I kept the card quite clean and simple.  Take a look-see:

Happy Easter Outside 1 watermarked

I cut an oval from a piece of Whisper White card stock with my new Ovals Framelit Dies.  This piece I adhered – very lightly with a little dab o’ SNAIL – to another piece of the white card stock.  I didn’t want it permanently stuck down yet – just needed it to hold still while I stamped and colored it.  Then, I inked up the pretty flower image with Blackberry Bliss Ink, and stamped it on the layered piece – making sure to get the stamp part way on and part way off the oval.  That’s total permission to go OUTSIDE the lines!

With my image stamped, I colored it in with my new Stampin’ Write Markers.  I used Sahara Sand on the branches; Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral on the flowers; Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz on the leaves; and some Daffodil Delight for the stamen in the open flowers.  I was really worried that without the Blendabilities, it would be awfully difficult to get the shading and blending that I wanted. But, I just worked kind of quickly and in small areas – and I think it turned out quite pretty!

Happy Easter Outside 3 watermarked

You can see from the picture above that to permanently adhere the oval, I used SU Dimensionals.  I love the 3-dimensional look it gave the card! I SNAIL’d the layered art piece to a mat of Wild Wasabi CS (love the Blackberry Bliss combo with the Wild Wasabi!) and then wrapped a strand of the velvet “ribbon” from the Artisan Embellishment Kit (Occasions Catalog) around it twice, securing it in the back with some tape.  I debated a little bow, and decided against it – I like the kind of tailored look of the plain ribbon.  I decorated the largest flower center with a tiny Pearl Basic Jewel and popped the entire piece onto the Blackberry Bliss card base with some more Dimensionals – and the front was done!

Happy Easter Outside 1 watermarked

The inside got a piece of Whisper White card stock, that I stamped in Blackberry Bliss with the Indescribable Gift sentiment and another image of the flowers.  Then I colored in this flower the same way I did the front.  And that was it.  Done!

Happy Easter Inside 2 watermarked

And then… I made a fateful mistake.  I decided it was time to have a little lunch.  So, I carefully placed my lovely card into my “photo booth” – you’ll see a picture of it down below – and got myself a little bowl of ramen noodles.  I returned to my spot on the sofa – the photo booth was on the table next to said sofa.  As I was going to sit down, the fork in the ramen bowl…flipped.  I promise, it did a double half-gainer, twist with a curl, and then a backwards somersault – the Russian judge gave it a 10!  And where do you suppose it ended up?  Yup.  It flew OVER the side of the “photo booth” and landed inside.  Smack.  Dab.  On.  My.  Beautiful. Card.  Ramen noodles.  On my card.  And I can tell you what, folks – there ain’t no getting that off.  No way no how.  So – the pretty card you see in this post is actually the SECOND iteration.  I said “Golly!” a few times. If you catch my drift!

Anyway – note to self.  “Photo Booth” and card must be VERY far from Mary and food.  I have a similar issue with t-shirts, but…that’s a ‘nother story!  I think the card turned out very nice the second time, too!

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So – on to the second part of our hop for today.  As you all know, I’ve been on an extended business trip for a while now – and will be for a while longer!  But, I just could NOT bear the thought of not being able to stamp and make cards and blog while I was gone.  So….I boxed up all my Stampin’ Up! supplies – yes, even the Big Shot (don’t leave home without it!) – and mailed it all to myself at the hotel.  When I walked into the room, here’s what I had to work with:

Hotel Before craft area 1 watermarked Hotel Before Crafting area 2 watermarked

Well, that’s a nice spot to eat a little bite of dinner – but it’s sure no crafting spot!  I went down to the front desk and asked them if they had a banquet table that I could borrow for my time here.  The next day, when I got home from work, I had the exact thing I was looking for.  I spent a few minutes unpacking and arranging and re-arranging and organizing and….here’s what I’m working with now:

Hotel crafting area 2 watermarked Hotel Crafting area 1 watermarked

It’s not too bad, really.  If I could change something, I’d have a desk chair that rolls – that would make it easier to turn around for my “stuff” behind me while I’m working.  But, it’s okay!  You can see my “photo booth” on the left side in the bright light.  Here’s what it looks like:

Photo Booth watermarked

It’s just a few pieces of white card stock, taped together, with my Ott Lite over the top of it.  Actually, I use the same setup at home – but I have two Ott Lites there.  I didn’t want to try to ship both of them. (I got this “photo booth” idea from Amy Koenders’ blog – thanks, Amy!) Just beware – it is NOT up to the challenge of ramen noodles.  Just sayin’.

Here’s what I store my stuff in – I have one for ink pads, embossing folders/dies and for embellishments.  It’s an ever-renewing resource at my house/hotel…..

Boscotti watermarked

Works pretty good – has a lid.  Doesn’t travel well – “lost” one in the transition from home to hotel.  Sadly, that means I’ll be forced to keep eating a biscotti with my morning coffee.  Darn the luck! 😉

So there you have it.  I have great aspirations to a beautiful crafting room with oodles and boodles of perfectly organized storage from Ikea and Stampin’ Up and www.stampnstorage.com.  But for now, I have my SU! things and a place to use them – I’m good! 🙂

We’re down to the wire for Sale-A-Bration folks – don’t miss out!  SAB ends next Tuesday, 31 Mar!  You can see a final update from my latest blog post from last Tuesday here.

If you’ve stuck with me this far, let me tell you about the….

BLOG CANDY BLOG CANDY BLOG CANDY!!!

 You got a little sneak peak at my offering for today in my “Photo Booth” picture above.  Here’s a better look:

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That’s a package of Tangelo Twist Baker’s Twine, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, and the very fun Painted Blooms Thick Twine.  And it can be yours!  Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite storage or craft organization solution.  It can be one you HAVE or one you COVET!  Leave your comment before 7 AM ET on Tuesday, 31 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.  It’s a talented group, so be sure to check all of them out!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed my share today – have fun “hopping”!

To hop back to Amy Koenders’ Blog, click the Back arrow button. To move forward to Sandi MacIver’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

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

Sandi MacIver – www.stampingwithsandi.com

Heather Van Looy – www.handcraftingwithheather.com

Enjoy!

TTFN and LLAP

Mary

March 1 – 31 HOSTESS CODE:  33QPV23V 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 March 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 24 Mar – 30 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 30 Mar.

Sale: $11.96

Price: $15.95

Sale: $7.46

Price: $9.95

Sale: $13.46

Price: $17.95

Sale: $9.71

Price: $12.95

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NEW CLEARANCE RACK ITEMS!
Stampin’ Up! has added a bunch of new items to the clearance rack.  I spied the Holiday Home die set, the snowflake card thinlits die and bunch of new stamp sets (some great Christmas images and sentiments – and it’s just not THAT far away!).  Head over to the Clearance Rack now and check out the deals.  Might want to hurry – the prices I saw are pretty good   – and it’s only while supplies last.  When they’re out…they’re out!
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Stampin’ Up! has put the 3-month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions on sale during Sale-A-Bration. You can purchase the 3-month subscription for $54.85 ($5 off the regular price) and if you purchase one of these, you automatically qualify for a free Sale-a-bration item! You can see the prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription options in my online store here.

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

Card Cuts Used in Today’s Project:
Blackberry Bliss Card Stock: 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (card base, scored and folded at 4 1/4″)
Wild Wasabi Card Stock: 4 1/8 ” x 5 3/8″ (large mat)
Whisper White Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (Art piece); oval (3″ long die); 4″ x 5 1/8″ (Inner liner)
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BLENDABILITIES DISCONTINUED

You’ve been reading that the Blendies have been on ordering hold, due to quality issues in manufacturing. Due to the nature of the defect, Stampin’ Up! has concluded that difficulties, dissatisfaction, and product returns will only become more widespread. The manufacturer is unable to correct the problem in a manner the company is certain would meet our high quality standards and provide us with a stable, long-term solution. Therefore, after a great deal of deliberation and in order to prevent further disappointment, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued. If you have Blendabilities that you feel are defective, please let me know and I’ll guide you through what to do next. Hopefully SU will find a new source for alcohol markers – you’ll know just as soon as I do!

Backorder Report – as of 25 Mar 15

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

131297: Coastal Cabana 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 26
131295: Strawberry Slush 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 26
131296: Baked Brown Sugar 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 26
131294: Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 26
131201: Pear Pizzazz 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 26
131198: Blushing Bride 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 26
139097: Nature’s Perfection Wood Stamp Set–March 26
131203: Soft Sky 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–March 27
131188: Smooth Regals Collection 12″ x 12″ Cardstock–March 27
135804: Whisper White Cut & Ready Card Bases–March 26
105225: So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–March 26
122934: Calypso Coral Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill–March 26
137414: Bow Builder Punch–March 27
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder–April 3
137366: Berry Basket Bigz L Die–April 3
131197: Bermuda Bay 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock–TBD

Currently, the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:

137360: Butterflies Thinlits Die
139322: Butterfly Bundle (Wood)
139323: Butterfly Bundle (Clear)
138865: Butterfly Bundle (Photopolymer)
137898: Calypso Coral Pompom Trim
127811: 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punch
129381: Ovals Collection Framelits

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
120279: Clear-Block Storage Caddy
126189: Paper-Piercing Tool
127526: Elegant Butterfly Punch
137363: Hello You Thinlits
137909: Artisan Embellishment Kit

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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:

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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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.
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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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