Friday, August 5, 2016

Inspiration From Stampin' Up!

Hi friends. Sorry I have gone so long without posting. Unfortunately, the same stuff I mentioned in my last couple of posts is still going on and is taking a lot of my time. Since I haven't had time to do a lot of stamping, I'm sharing some more content from Stampin' Up!

In my last post I shared a Stampin' Up! video featuring some great new sets in the Annual Catalog. It was over a month and a half ago, so I understand if you forgot it - but if you did or if you missed it, be sure to check it out here.  Today I'm sharing some projects, all from the SU! site, that use those sets:

Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set

Sweet Cupcake Photopolymer Bundle

As a reminder, here are the sets again. They can be ordered through my Online Store. If your order isn't part of a party (if it is, use that hostess code) or over $150 (because then you'll get the Stampin' Rewards), please use hostess code CCG46BCH and receive a thank you gift from me.

Pun Intended Hostess 141804   
Baby Bear Photopolymer 141859
This set is available on it's own
or as part of a bundle:
Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set   141498

Sweet Cupcake Photopolymer Bundle
 Sweet Cupcake Bundle  142232 
Stamps plus
Cupcake Cutouts Framelits

Labeler Photopolymer 141936

All images and designs in this post are copyright [1988-2016] Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Stampin' Techniques

Someday my life will get back to normal, but until it does, I want to still share stamping inspiration with you. So, I found this awesome video on the Stampin' Up! website. The presenter is Sara Douglass, Stampin' Up! CEO.

The cards using the hostess set Pun Intended are cute and show a fun idea to get non-traditional sized cards, but wait 'til you see what comes after that. There are so many ideas using the sets below that they'll keep you busy for quite awhile.

For example, see color combinations to use with two step stamping images. Although they're shown with Baby Bear, these color combos would work well with other sets. Plus so much more!

Check out the video, then leave a comment below telling me which tip, technique, or project is your favorite. If you get this post via email, you will have to go to my blog to leave a comment. All comments are appreciated.

Here are the sets showcased in the video:
Pun Intended Hostess 141804   
Baby Bear Photopolymer 141859
This set is available on it's own
or as part of a bundle:
Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set   141498

Sweet Cupcake Photopolymer Bundle
 Sweet Cupcake Bundle  142232 
Stamps plus
Cupcake Cutouts Framelits

Labeler Photopolymer 141936

All items featured in the video can be ordered through my Online Store. If your order isn't part of a party or over $150 (because then you get the Stampin' Rewards for yourself), please use hostess code BWH24ZES and receive a thank you gift from me.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale and Other Promos

Hi Stamping Friends. I know I promised projects with items from the new catalog and I'm sorry I haven't delivered. I am unexpectedly out of town with limited internet access. I will get back to posting as soon as I am able. Thanks for understanding.

That being said - I don't want any of you to miss out on this fantastic offer from Stampin' Up!


For ONE DAY ONLY, new subscribers can get their first kit for just $5 USD

This amazing offer starts Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 PM (MT) and ends Friday, June 10 at 11:50 PM (MT). Technically that’s just shy of 31 hours—a little more than one day, but it will go by in a blink!

Use promo code “ONEDAYDEAL” at before 11:50 PM (MT) and get your first kit for only $5 USD. If you don't already have a demonstrator, please select me, Sue Root, Raleigh, NC, as your demonstrator. Thank you!

Don't miss these other promotions, both of which last through June:

For each event a host has with $350 USD or more in sales, that host will receive $35 USD in Extra Stampin’ Rewards. Contact me today to book a party (after next week).


I'd love to have you on my team! Join now and join the fun!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fun Fold Cards

I know the SAB items are no longer available and some of the other items are retiring in a few hours, but I found these pics as I was cleaning my hard drive and thought they might interest you. You can substitute current products and try your own card of this style.

Here are two cards of the same style. For each the sequence of photos is the same - closed, the top flap open, and then all the way open.
Supplies: Petite Petals stamps and punch, Bloomin' Love stamp set, SAB DSP, and coordinating cardstock and ink.

Supplies: Picture Perfect stamp set, Cups & Kettles framelits, Timeless Textures stamp set, SAB DSP, and coordinating cardstock and ink.

Love You Sew

On the last day of this catalog, I just want to say to all of my customers, blog readers, and followers on social media -- I Love You Sew! Thank you for letting me be a part of your stamping experience.

There is still time to get this cute hostess set, but not much.  Since it is a hostess set, in order to get it you need to place a $150 or more order to qualify for hostess benefits. Order by midnight (Central time) tonight to get any of the retiring items, including this set.

I used the envelope punch board to make the indented sides of the spool.
 This angle helps show the spool shape.

The new catalog, which starts tomorrow, has a lot of very cute hostess sets. Of course you can get them with a $150 order, but since that's a lot to spend at one time, there are other options. Host a party and I'll come do a project with you and your friends while you all have fun being creative. During June, if your party reaches $350 (which is very achievable -- I'll help coach you to maximize your party sales), get a BONUS $35 in hostess merchandise (that's in addition to the regular hostess merchandise). Contact me today to book your party.

Or, join stamp club. Make a minimum monthly purchase throughout the club period and qualify for a free class each month, get a free catalog, and be the hostess for the entire club order one month. Contact me for complete details, including how to join.

I look "sew" forward to leading a party for you, having you join stamp club, and helping you with any other stamping needs.

Monday, May 30, 2016

For Your Country Patriotic Card

Happy Memorial Day!

This is the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, which originally started out as Decoration Day. I am so grateful for the men and women who have fought to protect our country and preserve our freedom. Thank you!

This card features the patriotic set For Your Country. You can use this set to make cards for soldiers or soldiers' families, Memorial Day cards, 4th of July cards, and other patriotic projects. But those boots would also be great for masculine or construction projects. I'm sure there are other ideas.The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is Go Wild, which is also retiring.

For Your Country Wood-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Retired products are only available through tomorrow, 5/31, or while supplies last. For Your Country is only available in wood mount as the clear has already sold out.

Here are a few cards I posted previously. You can click on the picture to go to the corresponding blog post.
The Alphabet Rotary Stamp and Project Life Day to Day Set are both retiring.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

NC SU Demos New Catalog Blog Hop

The NC Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators have another great Blog Hop for you this month.  Our theme is New Catalog (Anything Goes). Check out all the wonderful projects as you hop from blog to blog -- and don’t forget to leave some comments.

Remember, new catalog items are available June 1st. On the flip side - retiring items are only available through May 31, so make sure you have everything you want off the retiring list before it's gone. I'll be placing a group order on the 31st and on the 1st, so if you want to be a part of either, get me your order(s) by 5:00pm on the respective day. Or, order online using hostess code  BWH24ZES (unless your order is over $150 - then collect the hostess benefits for yourself). Be sure to allow contact so I can send you a thank you.

I only have one project for you this month. I made it for a shoebox swap for a demonstrator meeting I hosted last weekend. Sadly, I have not had much time to play with my new stuff (but even for demonstrators, sometimes that's how life is). When I get home from vacation I should have time to really get into the new stuff. In the meantime, check back later this week to see the other shoebox swap cards.

I may only have one project, but it features several new products. I've used three of the new In Colors – Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, and Sweet Sugarplum. The left front panel is embossed with one of the two embossing folders included in the Floral Affection embossing folders pack. Live, laugh, love is from the new set Layering Love and die cut with the new Sweet & Sassy Framelits.  Oh, Happy Day is from the new set Thoughtful Banners which is available in a bundle with the Duet Banner Punch. 

You can see this is a fun fold card. The background on Flirty Flamingo is embossed with the Brick Wall embossing folder, which is a current product. I sponged over it lightly with Dapper Denim ink to make the bricks really stand out.

Next is a picture of the card as it is open. Celebrate is from Thoughtful Banners and stamped on a Sweet & Sassy die cut Sweet Sugarplum heart. The Whisper White panel is a place to write your message. I sponged a little around the edge to tie it in with the facing panel and added little hearts with a stamp from Layering Love.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out the blog hop. I invite you to follow me on Pinterest and Facebook.

Pam Staples is the next stamper in the blog hop. I am certain you will enjoy the projects she has to share. To view her Blog, you may click her name or the picture below.

Blog hop next NC
NC SU Demo Blog Hop -May 2016

Jo Anne Hewins -

Michelle Irinyi -

Melissa Kerman -

Tracie Langley -

Sharon Maranich -

Sue Root -

Pam Staples -

Frances Wagner -

Friday, May 27, 2016

Cheese-y Birthday Card

I can't believe I haven't posted this card yet and now the cute, funny Giggle Greetings set is getting ready to retire. My sister turned 40 last September and she had this awesome party. It was lots of fun! Since it was a milestone birthday and she was going all out, I wanted to make her an extra special card while still being sisterly and poking a little fun at her age. Here's the card I made her.

The stamp on the front is from the retired set Just Sayin' but I thought "You're how old?" was perfect here. The word bubble framelits are also retired. If you don't have this set and coordinating framelits you could just put the mouse there or maybe add a Happy Birthday stamp in the corner. The mouse is just an oval punch for the body and heart punch folded in half for the head with small punches for the eyes and nose. Whiskers are drawn with the retiring white gel pen.Then I punched a small hole (probably using 1/8" circle punch but since I made this last September, that's just a guess) and put some coordinating Baker's Twine through it for the tail. Very easy, but cute (for a mouse).

 It's a trifold card so it opens like this. I put a slice of cheese behind the message on each flap so that it coordinates with the front and keeps the theme throughout. The cheese is just made by punching random circles in a few different sizes and then doing some sponging. Be sure to have some of the circles go off the edge of the cardstock.
 Here's a different shot of this panel so you can see the stamp better. It says, age is something that doesn't count unless you're a cheese. This stamp is from Giggle Greetings. I colored a Basic Rhinestone with a yellow Sharpie and put it on the flame of the candle.
Here's the card all the way open.  I used some assorted messages in here from some different sets including Endless Birthday Wishes and the retired Let Your Hair Down. I figured Never Too Old to Party was appropriate given the bash she was throwing.
 And, of course, I had to decorate the envelope. I used the circles that were cut from the cheese slices and sponged them a bit before SNAILing (is that a verb?) them on the envelope.
 My card was inspired by this one made by my very talented customer, Lynne Sposito.
That's one of the many things I love about stamp club. Stampers often bring projects they've made and share with the group. We all get more ideas that way and it's fun to share in the creativity of others. Stamp club is open to anyone - either with a commitment or without (and just coming on the months you're able). It's offered two times per month and the next ones are Saturday, June 18, 10:00am and Tuesday, June 21, 6:30pm. We'd love to have you join us!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Big News Birthday Card

Here's a quick birthday card made with the Big News stamp set. This was one of our projects at the April class. There are two variations - one with the Woohoo! banner and one without. Stampers were split between which they liked better. How about you? Leave a comment and let me know which one you prefer.

 The washi tape, in color ink, and stamp set are all retiring, so be sure to get what you want before it's gone.
 Here's a close up of the candles. There's Wink of Stella on the stars to give them a little shine.
 We even coordinated the envelope, though as usual, there were many variations. Seems most of the regular stampers like to put their own touch on their envelopes. Here's how I finished my envelope.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Super Stampin' Fun! [Tutorial]

What's this? Keep reading (or for those of you who are impatient, jump past all the preliminary stuff and go right to the the tutorial) to find out.

I was super excited last week when I got a call from Brandi Barnard at the Stampin' Up! home office in Utah. She told me that she and Brian Pilling would like to come observe one of my classes. Now, if you subscribe to the Stampin' Up! YouTube channel, I'm sure you've seen both of them in SU! videos. If you aren't a subscriber, I highly recommend it. Lots of great videos about your favorite Stampin' Up! products. Watch some of their videos and you'll see why I was so excited (and if you find some items you just have to have, hop on over to my online store and order away - use the current hostess code ZSQU7Q63 and get a special thank you from me).

Brandi and Brian are absolutely as nice and funny and great to spend time with as they seem online. They were so sweet and took my husband and me out to dinner last night. Then today they came to observe my club. It was fun to have them here.

The club members enjoyed meeting them, as well. One of the stampers asked how we rated for a visit from Stampin' Up! and they went on and on about what a wonderful demonstrator I am so really, how could they stay away (okay, so I'm kind of hard of hearing in that ear and so had to guess at their answer, but I imagine that's what they said - and I'm sure they're too nice to contradict me, so that's my story and I'm sticking to it). Seriously, they're checking out several demonstrators' classes in an effort to see what we do so that Stampin' Up! can provide even better training and support. It is such a great company to be a part of (and here's where I add - you, too, can be a part of it, ask me for details or click that link above to the online store and click Join the Fun instead of Shop Now).

The only downer part of the visit is that I completely forgot to take any pictures with them. Worse, I remembered before they got here, so set out my camera right on the table where we have class and I wrote a reminder note and put it by the Big Shot. I got busy setting up and moved the camera aside, picked up the Big Shot to use in class, and that was the last I thought about a picture until I was cleaning up and found the note. So, what's a demonstrator to do? Improvise! I found this picture that I figure is a pretty close representation.
Okay, on to the stuff you come here for. Here's one of the projects we made in class today. It's a Pinwheel Card. I followed the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers, but modified the size. Thank you to my math teachers for teaching me how to calculate ratios. I'll give you some quick instructions here, but for more details and a video, follow the link above to Splitcoast.

Here are two versions of the card while closed. This cute DSP, Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack, is great for masculine or feminine projects. It is retiring, as are the Six Sided Sampler stamp set, Hexagon punch, and Diagonal Score Plate (which has a big discount!). Luckily, Timeless Textures, is carrying over to the Annual Catalog.
Start with a 6 x 6 piece of DSP. Use the Diagonal Score Plate to score all four sides at 2.25". The design that is down will be the inside pattern.

The score lines will converge in the middle of each side to form a triangle. Cut out these triangles from each side.

Remove the Diagonal Score Plate from the Simply Scored Board so you can make vertical score lines. With side that was face down for the first round of scoring now facing up, score at 3/4" on each side (stop when you reach the cut out triangle).

The diagonal score lines will fold in (closing the card) and the straight score lines will fold out. Use your bone folder to gets nice creases. This is what the inside of the card looks like when open. There's a 2 5/16" piece of Whisper White cardstock in the center which has been stamped with the flourish from Timeless Textures and sponged around the edges.
 Fold each flap down in a clockwise direction.
When you get to the last flap, tuck it under to hold it closed.
Decorate the front however you desire. If you do a hexagon or other object, make sure to only put adhesive on the part that will adhere to one flap. If you adhere it to more than one flap the card won't open properly. I know, pretty obvious - but that's just the kind of thing that can be forgotten/overlooked while caught up in the excitement of creating (please tell me I'm not the only one who does this).

The tutorial on Splitcoast makes a bigger card. Start with an 8 x 8 piece of DSP. Diagonal score lines are at 3" and vertical score lines are at 1".

You missed today's class and the opportunity to meet Brandi and Brian, but you can still come to Tuesday evening's class. In addition to making three cute projects, you'll have a great time hanging out with a lively, chatty, friendly group of stampers. You can see the other projects here and here (or just keep scrolling down).

Contact me today to reserve your spot and get directions if needed.


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