Apr 23 2014

Peaceful Petals Thank You!

Stampin' Up! has an amazing Demonstrator Support team!  Every time you call in with a question or problem, they are on hand to help graciously!  The demos have gotten together to show our LOVE by taking this week to show our appreciation!  Here's my card for #weloveDS Appreciation Week!  So THANKS SO MUCH Demonstrator Support!!!



I borrowed the general layout for this card from Deb Currier, but switched out the stamps and colors.  I had the little flowers from Stampin' Up!'s Peaceful Petals already made and sitting on my desk, and they worked perfectly for the look I wanted to achieve!

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Strawberry Slush cardstock, folded in half.
  2. I added a 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Soft Sky cardstock.
  3. On the 4×4 panel of Sahara Sand, I stamped the Hardwood background stamp with Sahara Sand ink.  It is layered on a 4 x 4 1/4 piece of Basic Black cardstock and placed on the front.
  4. I punched a 2 1/2" Circle from Shimmer White and pierced holes around it with the template.  I stamped Thank You So Much from Lots of Thanks stamp set with Black Stazon and added to the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. I stamped the flowers and leaves from Peaceful Petals in Black Stazon on Shimmer White and watercolored with Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green and Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Markers, then cut them out and adhered on the front.
  6. Finally, I cut a couple 3/4" strips of Basic Black and Strawberry Slush and tucked them under the circle.


I'm happy with how mine turned out!


So, again THANK YOU to our remarkable Demonstrator Support Team and everyone who works so hard at the Home Office!




Apr 22 2014

SUOC95 White Pansy Flowers

The theme this time over on SUO Challenges is Featuring Flowers!  Well, isn't that an easy one for me!  I have to hold myself back from using flowers all the time!  I always say, no more flower sets…but end up ordering the newest ones each year!  With the NEW catalog coming out soon, I'm excited to see what new ones they have for us!  This one I decided to use Punch Flowers in a crisp white color with some of the Eastern Elegance Designer Paper!


This came together very quickly!  Here are the details:

  1. The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Whisper White, folded in half.
  2. I added a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Eastern Elegance Designer Paper to the front.
  3. I cut a 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 piece of Crushed Curry cardstock and measured the center point at 2 5/8", then cut from the sides to the center point to make an "envelope" look on the front.  I embossed this piece with the Perfect Polka Dots folder.
  4. Next I punched two Pansy Punches and two Petite Flower Punches out of Whisper White and layered them together with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. I cut two Itty Bitty flower punches (RETIRING SOON!) from the same DSP and placed them in the center of the flowers with Rhinestone Jewels.
  6. I cut two Little Leaves Sizzlet (on the RETIREMENT LIST) from Pear Pizzazz and added them to the front of the card with Mini Glue Dots, then added the White Flowers.
  7. Finally, I stamped Hello from Four You in Black Stazon on the front DSP.

Make sure to check out the rest of the Design Team over on SUO Challenges this time!  Then grab your flower stamps and play along!



Apr 21 2014

Create with Connie and Mary Server Issues

We are aware that Create with Connie and Mary is currently unavailable.  Typepad has had server issues over the past several days and all their blogs have been up and down.  Typepad is working on the problem and is hoping to have it up as quickly as possible.  Remember, our Card Create-tions 2014 website will be available until NEXT March, so you'll be able to access all the card set projects until then!


Thanks for your patience!



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Apr 21 2014


2014 Retired List

I'm always so conflicted this time of year!  I'm anxious to see the NEW catalog in a week or so, but I'm SAD to see some of my favorite stamp sets and accessories going away!  This year…both the Accessories and Stamp Sets are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!!  So…make sure you order the ones you NEED to have before they go away! 


Here are the links to the Retiring Lists:

Retiring Accessorieshttp://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/lastChance/2014_NA_RetiredList/NA/US_Retiring_Accessories.pdf

Retiring Stamp Sets:  http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/lastChance/2014_NA_RetiredList/NA/US_Retiring_Stamps.pdf


AND…Stampin' Up! is also offering FREE SHIPPING all this week from today thru Friday (April 21-25)!!!  What a great time to stock up and save some MONEY on your favorite items!!!


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ONLINE ORDERS:  PLEASE USE this hostess code for any orders this week, Hostess Code:  T2JBMRH2 *

*unless it is over $150 and then you use the hostess credits.  Or feel free to EMAIL ME with your order! 



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Apr 19 2014

April 2014 Tour De Freaks


This month's Tour de Freaks theme is "Non-Gender Specific"…that kind of cracks me up!  Anyway…projects that can be used for either male or female is how I interpreted it!  The Control Freaks have a short, but sweet, tour for you this month!  Come take the tour!  You've probably just come from Justin Krieger's blog…weren't his projects fun!


I decided to use my On Film Framelits…I haven't used them much…and matched them with Film Strip and Hip Notes Stamp Sets!  I used a Black/White/Silver theme and love how they turned out!  There is a card and matching gift card holder.  My daughter-in-law always asks for photo processing gift cards (she uses them a LOT with Carter!), so this will be perfect for her!



Here's a closeup of the card.  The cameras from the On Film Framelits are embossed on Silver Cardstock…and  there is a touch of Silver Glimmer across the bottom.  I also used Gorgeous Grunge in the background with Neutrals Designer Paper Pack.  The Filmstrip stamp (did you even know Stampin' Up! carried it???)  I extended by piecing it together.



And here is the matching gift card holder.  I used the same stamp sets and details on it, along with the Pop N Cuts Card Base Die.




Inside is a stand-up piece to hold the gift card.  I cut the opening with the Word Window Punch.


Make sure to continue on around the rest of the Blog Tour.  Next up is my good friend, Debbie Henderson…I always ADORE her work and am sure you will, too!


Just FYI – Typepad has been having server issues the past few days because of a hacker. 
If you get stopped on the tour, here is the lineup to work around it:

Justin Krieger:   www.jkcardsonline.com
Connie Babbert:  www.inkspiredtreasures.com
Debbie Henderson:  www.debbiesdesignsblog.blogspot.com
Cindy Elam:  www.heartsdelightcards.blogspot.com
LeeAnn Greff:  www.flowerbug.typepad.com
Wendy Weixler:  www.wickedlywonderfulcreations.blogspot.com
Mary Brown:  www.stampercamper.com
Judy DiScipio:  www.judystamps.blogspot.com
Barb Mulikin:  www.barbstamps.com



























































Apr 19 2014

Week 3 So Very Grateful favor

Badge Card Create-tions

This little origami favor has been around the block a few times, but I thought I'd update it for my Create with Connie and Mary Card Create-tions Week 3 favor using Stampin' Up!'s So Very Grateful stamp set!  It was my featured set this week and we share the coordinating favor with everyone on Saturdays as a bonus!  We've come to the end of this session of Card Create-tions…however, it is still not too late to join!  This website will remain available until next March to access all the great card ideas!  MANY of the sets we used will be in the upcoming catalog…and the ones that are going away?  Well, here is your last chance to use them in your Retirement Workshops over the next month!  It's a WIN-WIN!




But, in case you've never made one of these pocket favors, I've included a little mini tutorial for you to download here as a BONUS! 

So Very Grateful Pocket Favor Mini Tutorial


Make sure to check out the rest of the Card Create-tions Design Team favors over on Create with Connie and Mary!  And…thanks for joining us!






Apr 17 2014

CCMC299 Eggstra Spectacular

We have a fun sketch challenge for you to try over on Create with Connie and Mary!  My mind went several different ways when I saw the sketch.  I ended up deciding to use Stampin' Up!'s Eggstra Spectacular one more time before Easter!  I think it turned out kind of fun!  But, I really LOVE what the rest of the Challenge Team did!  Make sure to check them out over on Create with Connie and Mary this week!



And here is my card!  Aren't the bright Easter Eggs fun?  I can hardly wait for our grandson, Carter, to enjoy his first Easter Egg "hunt".



The details:

  1. The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Strawberry Slush cardstock, folded in half.
  2. I embossed the top 2/3 of the 4 x 5 1/4 layer of Whisper White with the Perfect Polka Dots folder.
  3. Along the bottom, I added a 1 x 5 1/4 piece of Kaleidoscope Designer Paper, then a small strip of Basic Black cardstock to hide the seam.
  4. I stamped the egg from Eggstra Spectacular three times with Black Stazon on Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush and Bermuda Bay cardstock, then punched with the Extra Large Oval Punch.  They are popped up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  5. Since the eggs had the "greeting", I stamped the row of Easter eggs with Black Stazon on Whisper White and colored with Markers.  I cut a flag end and placed the strip across the eggs. 
  6. Finally, I added a small Petite Petals flower of Crushed Curry with an Itty Bitty Flower Punch of Strawberry Slush to the end, with a Rhinestone in the center.

Kind of fun and unusual Easter card, don't you think?  I had fun with it!


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It's not too late to join Card "Create"tions 2014!  We are in the almost at the end of our session, BUT, our website stays up for almost a year so you can refer back to the EXCLUSIVE card ideas!  Each card set could be a FULL class…and the weekly favor as a bonus!  More details over on Create with Connie and Mary!  For $19.95 US, you are getting 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas from 18 different stap!


Apr 15 2014

Weekly Specials

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Apr 14 2014

Oh Baby!

Oh, some EXCITING news!  It's finally been shared on Facebook, so I can share it here, too! 


New Baby Babbert

Our youngest son and DIL are expecting their first child…our second grandchild!  We are BEYOND excited!




I sent them this card last month when we got the news!  I used Stampin' Up!'s single stamp, Oh Baby, that was available last year (it may be available as a digital MDS…I'm not sure…I tried to find it!)  But, I knew I'd use it a lot so I purchased the stamp.  I combined it with Kaleidoscope Designer Paper…Strawberry Slush is Allie's favorite color!  So…a little pink…a little blue with Bermuda Bay…I figure I'm covered either way!  Also, notice the little heart on her tummy!  Here are the details:

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Smoky Slate.
  2. I added a 3 1/2 x 3 3/4 piece of Kaleidoscope DSP on th left, then a 1 1/2 x 5 1/4 strip on the right.
  3. I stamped the Oh Baby image with Black Stazon on Whisper White, then used the Oval Framelit to cut it out.  I popped it up on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  4. I punched two Petite Petals flowers from Crushed Curry Cardstock and added Strawberry Slush Itty Bitty flower punches in the center with Rhinestones.
  5. Finally, I added a little Red Glimmer Heart, punched from the Owl Punch, on her tummy!


And, we got to hang out with Carter for a while yesterday after his nap.  I took this picture…look at his WILD hair!  lol!  Isn't he a SWEETIE!  Just love him to pieces!  He is 10 months old today!


Carter 10 months small


Well…happy Monday!  Busy week of stamping for me!  Have to start working on 1st birthday invitations for this little guy!




Apr 12 2014

Crazy Mixed Up Love favor

Badge Card Create-tionsIt's Saturday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary favor!  Each week during our Card Create-tions 2014 session, we are showing a coordinating favor that goes along with the stamp set we used that week.  My stamp set for Week 2 was Crazy Mixed Up Love.  I can't believe that this was the first time that I inked that set up.  It really is a cute, unusual set with the whimsical greetings in it!  Remember, only our Card Create-tions subscribers can see our card sets, but everyone sees the coordinating favor we did!  See…you'll already have a class or stamp camp all figured out!  Just follow the step-by-step tutorial that we provide to complete your cards!



Here are the details on how to make this favor:

  1. The Crushed Curry cardstock insert is 3 3/4 x 7 3/4, scored at 5.
  2. On top I added a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 piece of I Am Me Designer Paper in the checked pattern. 
  3. On each of the clothespins, I measured the size and added the I Am Me DSP to cover the front and back of the clothespins.  Then I cllipped each of them to the cardstock insert.
  4. I slipped the insert down into a 4×6 cello bag and folded the top down.
  5. I cut a Basic Gray Starburst Framelit and scored it in half, then folded it across the top of the cello bag, adhering in on front and back with a couple mini glue dots.
  6. On top of that, I cut a Circle Framelit from the Designer Paper, scored in half, and layered on the Basic Gray Starburst.
  7. The lightbulb from Crazy Mixed Up Love I inked up with Crushed Curry, then used a Basic Gray Marker on the bottom of the bulb.  It was cut with a Circle Framelit.  At the bottom, I added a Rhinestone Jewel.
  8. I cut a smaller Crushed Curry Starburst Framelit and layered the lightbulb image on top, then added it to the top of the cello bag with Stampin' Dimensionals.
  9. Finally, I stamped the greeting with Black Stazon on a narrow strip of Whisper White, cut a flag end, and tucked it under the circle on front.

I think it is a cute little "just because" favor!  I'm always looking for chip clips and this would be perfect!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Card Create-tions 2014 Design Team to see what they did for their favor this week!  And, it's not too late to join!  For only $19.95 US, you get over 72 EXCLUSIVE card ideas using 18 different sets!  Get more details over on Create with Connie and Mary!


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