Friday, December 15, 2017

Carols Of Christmas

We made this card earlier in the year at Stamp Club. It was made with the Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Thinlits.

Sometimes club members like to add their own spin to a card. This variation was done by Corothy.

Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Thinlits are both available through my online store. Thanks for choosing me as your demonstrator.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Tree Ring Birthday Card

I chose this Designer Series Paper (DSP) because the age of a tree is determined by counting its rings. It seemed appropriate for a birthday card that refers to the recipient's age. Of course, it's for a 79th birthday.

I think this sentiment from the Number of Years stamp set is such a nice thing to say to someone. Who wouldn't like to be told the world is a better place because they're in it? The 79 was cut with the Large Numbers Framelits and Big Shot. Obviously you would die cut the age of the recipient. The DSP is from the Wood Textures DSP Stack.

The recipient of my card is a gardener, so it's just one more way this card was personalized for him. However, this is a great gender neutral card that anyone would enjoy. It's not all frilly so is masculine enough for a man, but the imagery of the tree rings works for a man or a woman.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Leave a comment letting me know your favorite DSP. There are so many great ones to choose from., it will be interesting to see what people answer.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Colorful Seasons Fall Card

Here's another card featuring beautiful, colorful leaves. This time the leaves are stamped instead of die cut. The stripe across the front is cardstock that has been scored along every line on the Simply Scored. The lighter colored leaves were created by stamping off, which basically means stamping a second time before re-inking.

Here's the inside of the card:

Stamps: Colorful Seasons
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Big Shot: Layering Circle Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits
Tool: Simply Scored

Monday, November 27, 2017

Today's the day...

Today's the day to get FREE shipping from Stampin' Up! That's right - no shipping on any order. No minimum shipping, so if you just need a few things now's the time. No limit, so if you need lots of stuff you can save some serious money. Nothing is excluded.

Stock up on the stuff that doesn't usually go on sale --

SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, and don't forget the new Mini Dimensionals. Love those!

Maybe you've been waiting to get some basics like a bone folder or scissors.

Do you need new Big Shot pads or want the magnetic platform?
Stock up on cutting blades and re-inkers. That way you'll have them on hand next time you need them.
Order a gift for a friend - or multiple friends - and your Christmas to-do list just got shorter. With free shipping, if they live far away, you can just send it directly to their house.
A card kit is a great gift for a new stamper. They're also great to have on hand if you need a card in a hurry.
 Is there something you've been wanting to try? The new Stampin' Blends markers or an embellishment, maybe? Go for it.

The Clearance Rack is full of great deals and with no shipping some of that stuff's a steal.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are two catalogs full of ideas.
Order online using hostess code MNVA2YN7 (for orders under $150; over $150, collect your own hostess benefits) or send me your order by 9:00pm if you want to be part of the group order. Either way, get a free gift from me as a thank you. Sale ends 11:59pm MT

Thank you so much for reading my blog. As a reward for making it the whole way to here, I have a card to share with you today.

I used the Baby Bear stamp set and Labeler alphabet. Yes, the cute little bow is part of the Baby Bear set. I believe the ivy is from a retired set but I know there are current sets with something that would work.

Remember, you can get the supplies for this card and anything else you want with free shipping today.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

NC Stampin' Up Demos November Blog Hop

Welcome to this month's North Carolina Stampin' Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop. Our theme this month is Anything Christmas or Hanukkah. I'm sure you'll get lots of great ideas as you travel through the blogs this month.

 My card is a Christmas card, but by changing out the sentiment it could be a Hanukkah card, a general Seasons Greetings card, or appropriate for any winter occasion.

I used the Swirly Snowflakes die and my Big Shot to create the beautiful snowflake border. One of the dies cut the border with the tiny holes and another cut the snowflakes. Another die makes a row of tiny holes like the ones on the border. Some of the stampers ran that along the white strip to the left of the snowflakes. It was pretty both ways. Swirly Snowflakes is part of the  Snowflake Sentiments bundle.

The sentiment is from the stamp set, Nature Sings, and was cut out using the Layering Ovals framelits. The Pool Party scalloped oval that is layered behind the sentiment was cut using the same set of framelits. The pretty snowflake paper is from the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack.

 Today is the last day of the Online Extravaganza sale. Huge savings!

Tomorrow is free shipping from Stampin' Up!

If you order online, today or tomorrow, please use hostess code MNVA2YN7 and receive a thank you gift from me.

Edit, 9:49pm: The next blog on the hop is having some technical difficulties. Feel free to check it out, but in the meantime, to keep the blog running smoothly head on to Frances Wagner's blog.

Thanks for stopping by. Next stop on the blog hop is Sue Stapp.

 Here's the entire blog hop list in case you get lost somewhere along the way:
Sue Root - you are here 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Colorful Seasons Fall Card

Flash Sale on Monday, 11/27/17 (midnight to 11:59pm, MT). FREE SHIPPING on your whole order! Everything included, no limits. Please use hostess code MNVA2YN7.

I love Fall cards with colorful leaves and this one is no exception. The leaves were die cut with the Seasonal Layers Framelits, which are part of the Colorful Seasons bundle and the background was embossed with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Both techniques require the Big Shot.


The pennant was hand cut and then stamped with words from Thoughtful Banners. I chose this saying because I was making the card for someone specific and this is the message I wanted for her. When we made this card in club, most of the stampers chose sayings related to the season. Stampin' Up! has lots of great sets with sayings, so there are plenty of options. 

The Gold Satin Ribbon was on the Clearance List when this was a club project. It appears to be gone now. I think the Burlap Ribbon would look good in it's place. It would give it a more rustic feel. 

To shape the leaves, I folded them in half from left to right and then folded them back and forth from top to bottom, like a fan. After I opened them, I re-folded any lines that were not creased enough. You can also use your bone folder to create the "veins" of the leaves. If you use the bone folder, it will look more precise than my method. 

Remember, FREE shipping on Monday, 11/27/17, so it's the perfect time to get the supplies to make this card.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Big savings are always a favorite in my book and this sale definitely has some items I want.

There are 3 parts to this sale, so look closely at dates.

Monday Nov. 20th: 24 hour stamp sale: 20% off selected sets.
Nov. 20 - 26: Exclusive deals priced at 10% to 50% off.
Nov. 27: 24 hour flash sale.. check back soon for all the details.

The 11/27 flash sale items have not been announced yet, but you can see the other items here:

You can shop online using hostess code MNVA2YN7.

And just to get you a little more excited, I'm going to share some projects and a video using some of the sale items.

The Coffee Cup Framelits are on sale. You can use these alone, but there's a great coordinating stamp set and some delightful Designer Series Paper (DSP) you can get at regular price to go with them. Photo courtesy of the  Stampin' Up! facebook page.

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Cool Treats stamp set is only on sale Monday, so don't delay in ordering this. Photo courtesy of the  Stampin' Up! facebook page.

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This video features the Bloomin Heart Thinlits (11/20-26) and some of the projects use the stamp set Bloomin Love (one day only, 11/20). The presenter is Brandi Barnard, who some of you might remember visited one of my classes last year.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Remember to take advantage of this great sale by shopping online using hostess code MNVA2YN7.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Stamparatus Is Here

Some of you know that I was selected to be part of the Leader to Leader (L2L) program which was actively developing a new product for Stampin' Up! Well, that project is now ready to unveil. Our project is the Stamparatus, a stamp positioning tool. I absolutely cannot wait to get my hands on it! 

This tool will be great to help you position your two step stamping easily and accurately, eliminating waste and frustration. And imagine the time savings when doing multiples of the same project.

Check out the video to find out more.


So, how do you get one? Funny you should ask. Stampin' Up! is trying something new to get these out as efficiently as possible. Beginning 11/16/17 (Thursday) at 4:00pm, you can reserve a Stamparatus which will be available in early February.

The details as I understand them are as follows:

1) You must have an online account. If you don't have one, just click Create Account at the online store. Be sure to select me as your demonstrator.

2) Between
November 16–30, 2017, reserve your Stamparatus. There will be a Stamparatus page. Go there and you'll see what to click to make the reservation.

Reservation quantities are while supplies last. This is to avoid backorders in February. I suggest if you want this, that you make your reservation on 11/16/17 (or as soon as you see this email).

4) If you miss out on this reservation period, there will be another one in December, to be available in mid March.

5) You have to enter your credit card number, but you won't be charged until you finalize the order when it is available in February. At that time, you will be able to order as normal, using a hostess code and taking advantage of any promotions.

6) Price is only $49. That means you'll almost have enough to qualify for a free Sale-a-Bration item. You can only reserve 1.

Let me know in the comments what you think about the Stamparatus. That's also a good place to leave any questions. Or, you can always contact me at the email address in the header.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

High Tide Lighthouse

I was lucky enough to spend the past weekend at the beach with the awesome Youth Group from our church. The weather was beautiful and even though the water was pretty cold, the youth and at least two of the counselors went for a swim. We didn't have a lighthouse near us but I saw the photo of this beach-y card on my phone and thought I'd post it in honor of my great weekend.

The Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine is retired but there are some other colors of baker's twine you could substitute or maybe the Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon.

Hope your weekend was as good, or even better, than mine!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Metallic Dragonfly

This card came from the Demo event I went to in September. Each table was given a box full of assorted supplies and we were challenged to make a card using only items in the box. This is what I made.

I love all the shiny metallic items currently available from Stampin' Up! This card has Year of Cheer Designer Series Paper (DSP) as well as Copper and Champagne Foil Sheets. Check out the online store (when you get to my site, click Shop Now; if you order, please use hostess code MNVA2YN7; thank you) for even more metallic fun - other DSPs, more colors of Foil Sheets, Washi Tape...

The dragonfly was cut with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and Big Shot. As I said, everything was already done and in the bag so I don't know which stamp set the sentiment came from. I like it so I should find out. Anyone know? If so, please leave a comment to let me know. Thanks.

Do you have a bunch of scraps and random pieces laying around? Why don't you give this challenge a try and see what you come up with?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween - Something Good To Eat

Happy Halloween! I have two cards for you today. I used elements from the Something Good To Eat Kit Paper Pumpkin kit on both of them. This kit is still available for purchase.


Stamps: Something Good To Eat; Jar of Love; Label Me Pretty
Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White 
DSP: Color Theory
Tools:  Everyday Jars Framelits, Pretty Label Punch
Accessories: Black Rhinestones, Baker's Twine (it was on the Clearance Rack when I made this card, but it appears to be gone now; you could substitute Thick Black Baker's Twine or a color of your choice)

This fall card features the stamp set Colorful Seasons. The leaves are done with the Rock and Roll technique. The banners are made with leftovers from the Something Good To Eat Paper Pumpkin kit and a strip of retired Close to Cocoa, which seemed to match the stripes. Other colors on this card are Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Garden Green, and Whisper White. I can't tell from the picture, but I think the sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso (or I could have used my retired Close to Cocoa ink pad - either would work).

If you ever need cardstock in retired colors, such as the Close to Cocoa used on this card, please let me know. I probably have some since I have just about every color since I became a demo in 2009. I also have some retired inks available, but the supply is more limited.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Pining For Plaid - Paper Pumpkin October 2017

Have you seen this month's Paper Pumpkin kit, Pining for Plaid? I love it! Supplies to create 10 beautiful shaker cards!! There are 5 each of 2 different shaker cards. And look at the cute plaid lining on the envelopes! 

This kit was so popular that Stampin' Up! is making full kits available on 10/23/17.  $17 (plus shipping and tax). I expect these kits will go fast. If you'd like one, let me know by 9:30pm Sunday. If you miss that deadline, you can try texting on Monday morning (be sure to text because I won't see email after the deadline).*

You can sign up for Paper Pumpkin here. As a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can order this awesome kit without going through me after noon (2:00 pm MT) on 10/23/17.*

This kit coordinates with the upcoming November Paper Pumpkin. They each stand alone, so you don't need one to do the other but it could be fun to do both.

Here's how Stampin' Up! puts it: To give you more of what you love, during October and November we’re offering two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects.  Two coordinating kits means that 1) you will have everything you need to complete unique holiday cards and gifts, 2) you will have more creative options, and 3) you can get that handmade holiday touch without the fuss.

Keep an eye out for a Paper Pumpkin party when we can get together to assemble our kits. More details later. Of course, you can do them as soon as you get your kits if you can't wait.

Let me know if you'd like the November kit and I'll help you get it. You must sign up for it by November 10th.

*The November kit and the Pining For Plaid kit are available to Paper Pumpkin subscribers. If you need help signing up or have questions, please contact me. I am offering to order Pining For Plaid kits for local customers to save on shipping since I'd rather pay 10% ($1.70) than the minimum shipping fee ($6.95). Haven't tried PP before? That's fine. I'll let you know what you need to do to qualify.

Reminder: I'm having a class Tuesday night, 10/24 at 6:30pm. We will be making 3 Christmas cards (one of them is also a gift card holder). I have room for one or two more if you'd like to join us. Let me know by Sunday night. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

NC Stampin' Up! Demos September Blog Hop - Get Techie

Image may contain: textWelcome to this month's North Carolina Stampin' Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop. Our theme this month is Get Techie - no, not technology. It's all about techniques. I love a good technique and if you don't now, I'll bet you will by the time you're done with this month's blog hop.

I love the Rock 'n' Roll technique -- especially with leaf cards. It's pretty simple in theory, but sometimes takes a few tries to get a feel for it. Once you get it down, though, it adds a lot to a card with only a little extra effort on your part.

 See how pretty those leaves look in two tone. The third one up actually has three colors. To do this technique, first ink up your stamp in your lighter color. Always do the lighter color first. Otherwise your ink pad can end up a big mess. Next, roll the edges of your stamp on your darker color ink pad. When you look at your stamp, you'll be able to see the two colors of ink. Then, stamp it where you want it.

If you get ink on your block you may want to wipe it off before you stamp, just to make sure you don't mess up your project. Also, be sure to clean your stamp before re-inking. Otherwise you'll leave dark ink on your light pad.

One of the fun things about this technique is that each one can turn out different. To me, it makes the leaves look even more natural. After all, they don't all turn at the same time in nature.

Here's another card I made with the Rock 'n' Roll technique. I did the sentiment as well as the leaves on this one. The stamps on both cards are from Colorful Seasons.

On this card, the leaves have a similar amount of color on the outside edges. Since I wanted that look, I  used the same rolling motion each time. For the top card, I wanted more variation, so I alternated how much of the edge rolled into the ink pad. The more you practice, the more control you will have how much ink you pick up on the roll.

 We are making the top card in this month's class, along with two other cards. There is one session left, on Tuesday night. If you are local and would like to come, let me know. I can be reached at the email address in the header or message me on my facebook page.

Have you used this technique before? If so, leave a comment to let me know which set you did it with. Or maybe share your favorite technique. I always like hearing about a new one. And now on to the next blog in the hop, Sue Stapp, who will have another technique for you. Happy Stampin' and thanks for dropping by.

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Blog Hop participants:

NC Stampin' Up! Demos Quarterly Event

Wow! It's been a while since I posted. Sorry! I have been having lots of fun in the interim and not a lot of time for blogging. I'll try to be a little more regular now that I'll be staying put for a while.

Last weekend I went to NC Stampin’ Up! Demos Quarterly Event. I had a blast and made lots of fantastic projects. The hostesses spoiled us with gifts and I got to see a lot of new products. As you know, Stampin’ Up! items are always better in person so now my wish list has gotten longer. Here’s a picture of most of the goodies and projects I came home with.
 Here's a close-up of some of the gifts. Top left is a write-on/wipe-off board. The marker is covered with Designer Series Paper (DSP). The oval decoration is actually a magnet. Close-ups of the front and back of the magnet are in the middle. Also in the top left picture is a little treat box. The bottom two pictures are the box open and a close up of one of the chocolates. Top right is a "Stamper Survival Kit" filled with an assortment of fun items. That's just a Crystal Light container but look how cute it is with some Baker's Twine, some ribbon, and a hand crafted tag. 
 I got this vase because it was my first time attending as a participant. I had helped as a hostess once but never been an attendee, which is kind of funny because I became a demonstrator without ever having been to a party (called workshops back then).  I had been to Stampin' Bunco once, but never a party - but that's another story. Thanks to Cheryl Snow for making these gifts for the newbies.
 We also got lots of samples - DSP, some embellishments, ribbon, an acetate box project, one of the Christmas ornaments from the kit, and probably more. Here are the DSP samples. Now I want the ones I don't already have. That metallic paper is gorgeous in person!
 One last thing I'm going to share. This is a placemat. I think Cheryl made this, too. I thought this was such a cute idea and could be coordinated to any event you are doing. How about a bridal shower in the wedding colors or use baby stamps for a baby shower. You get the idea.
This post has gotten pretty long, so I'll share some of the projects I made in future blog posts. Also, I'm sorry I don't know who gets credit for all of the projects. If you're reading this post and something is yours, please leave a comment so I can give proper credit.

NC Stampin' Up! Demos is open to any Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who lives in NC. If you are a demo and don’t belong, you should join. If you aren’t a demo, join my team (or your demonstrator’s team if you already have a demonstrator) so you can be part of the NC Stampin’ Up! Demos. You'll be glad you did.

Some of you may have followed through the NC SU Demos blog hops I've been part of in the past. There’s another one coming up this Sunday, so be sure to check back. We’ll be focusing on techniques.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Nature Sings Stamp-a-Stack Card

Here's the third card we'll be making at the Stamp-a-Stack on Saturday. This one uses three different sets - Nature Sings, Sheet Music, and Lovely As A Tree. The bow was cut with my Big Shot and the Pretty Pines Thinlits.

Colors: Early Espresso, Garden Green, Real Red, and Very Vanilla plus Soft Suede to lightly sponge, giving it sort of an antiqued look.

I have room for 2 more people on Saturday, 8/12. Contact me to claim one of the spots. You can see the details here.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Carols of Christmas Early Release


The Holiday catalog begins next month, but you can get your hands on the Carols of Christmas bundle right now. The stamps are cute and the phrases are large enough to be a focal point. Pair that with the thinlits and you you can make some amazing projects.

Check out this video from Stampin' Up! to see some of the great possibilities.

Here are pictures of the cards featured in the video so you can appreciate all the details.


This is an amazingly simple yet stunning Christmas card. Your family photo will definitely stand out if delivered this way.



You can order the stamps or dies individually or buy them as a bundle and save 10%. Go to my online store to get them.

Use hostess code 3CTEX222 and get a free thank you gift from me.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Shimmery Star of Light

Here's another card we'll be making in the August 12th Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack. I used the Star of Light stamp set and Starlight Thinlits.

 Colors are Night of Navy and Whisper White. The top star is Silver Glimmer Paper.

Here's the inside of the card. Sorry about the shadow.

Hope you enjoyed today's card. If you want more details about the Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack, check out the Classes/Events page.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Christmas Pines Noel

Here's one of the cards we'll be making at my upcoming Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack. If you're local, you should come. Spaces are filling up, so contact me today to reserve your spot. You can see more details about the class here.

I used the Christmas Pines stamp set and Pretty Pines Thinlits on this card. Colors are Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla.

Here's the inside of the card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Check back on Thursday to see another of the cards we'll be making at the Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

NC SU Demos Blog Hop - Colorful Seasons

Welcome to this month's NC Stampin' Up! Demos blog hop. I'm happy to be participating again this month. The theme is: Let's celebrate America and what is great about being an American! I thought a little out of the box for this one.

This card makes me think about sitting on my deck with family and looking out over my back yard, which makes me think of living the American Dream. And, of course, that makes me smile.

I have a lot more pines and hardwoods than pretty flowering trees in my back yard, but I appreciate the ones I have. I used Colorful Seasons photopolymer stamp set on both cards as well as the Seasonal Layers Framelits and Big Shot on the second card. Indeed, life is a beautiful thing,

I hope you enjoyed today's projects. Head to the next blog in the blog hop and enjoy the other's interpretation of this month's theme while you see some great projects.

Tracie Evans Langley
Laurie Meier
Sue Root - you are here

Don't forget about this month's promos:

1) Buy $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products (before shipping and tax) and get a Bonus Days coupon for $5 off an order in August.

2) Join Stampin' Up! in July and receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks, and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US! And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, SU! will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US)!

Go here and click Shop Now to take advantage of the first special and click Join The Fun to take advantage of the second one. This month's current hostess code is 3CTEX222. Be sure to use that when you order online to get a special thank you from me.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

So Many Shells Triple Time Stamping

Today's card uses a technique that looks fancy but is really simple. It's called Triple Time Stamping and sometimes I've seen it as Triple Stamping. It features the Stampin' Up! stamp set, So Many Shells.

This is one of the cards from my July classes - one of which was Saturday and the other will be Tuesday night. If you're local and want to come, let me know by Monday night.

 Here's a close-up of the card so you can see the layers a little better. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the top layer under the Pool Party cardstock.
These are all the cards from the July class. The just breathe card was posted previously. Check it out here for more information.

Friday, July 21, 2017

What a Deal!


Ho, ho, ho! Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! Receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks, and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US! And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US)! With so many basic items provided, you’ll be able to get your brand, new business off to a fast start—and spend your Starter Kit dollars on things like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!

Don't want a business, but want all the freebies? You can still sign up! There's no additional purchase required - or you can use it to save on your personal orders.

Contact me today (at the email at the top of the page) for details or check it out and sign up here

  • This offer is good for any recruit who joins during the month of July, including former demonstrators.
  • All Starter Kit orders must be submitted by 11:59 PM (MT) on July 31 to be eligible for this promotion.
  • Recruits may not exchange their Essential Gift Pack items for other products, including stamp sets.
  • Please note: The Essentials Gift Pack will automatically be added to the Starter Kit.

Sunday, July 2, 2017


Current Hostess Code is

I am currently experiencing a problem with Blogger and am unable to update the sidebar with the new Hostess Code.  JUM6Z3F6 is the current code.

Through 7/10, use this code for an online order or send me an order that qualifies for a Bonus Days coupon and I'll give you a SNAIL refill as a thank you.

BONUS DAYS are back! Woo hoo! For every $50 US you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 US Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

New Catalog Blog Hop - Colorful Seasons

My upline's team is called the Wagstampers and we are having a blog hop to highlight items from the new catalog. With the holiday weekend only a few people could do it, but I'm sure you'll enjoy the other posts -- and on the bright side, it won't take long to do the whole hop ;)

I have two cards for you using the Colorful Seasons bundle which is made up of the Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp Set and Seasonal Layers Framelits. I love making backgrounds and have used a different one on each card.

The first card uses a technique that started when Stampin' Up! began offering clear mount stamps, which need acrylic blocks. I use it often on my personal cards, but am not sure I've posted many. The blue background is made by inking up an acrylic block and then laying it flat on the cardstock. The ink transfers to the cardstock and leaves this cool looking background. I recommend holding the block down for a few seconds to allow for maximum ink transfer.

The Adirondack chair was cut with my Big Shot from a piece of Designer Series Paper in the Wood Textures DSP pack and a die from the Seasonal Layers Framelits. The words are from Colorful Seasons. The grass, birds, and waves are all from High Tide. This card was CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from a card I saw on Pinterest by Cindy Elam.

I sponged the background on the second card. Be sure to use a big, round, yellow sponge (Stamping Sponges) as it will make a lighter, airier background than a Dauber. Plus it goes a lot faster and is easier to blend.

The Adirondack chair is made the same way as the other card, just a darker wood grain. The words are from Colorful Seasons. I believe the cloud dies are from the Up and Away Thinlits.

As I said, this is a team blog hop. Interacting with, getting ideas from, and becoming friends with other team members is just one of the many benefits of being a demonstrator. Contact me to discuss more of the reasons it's great to be a demo. There are even more reasons to join with the Christmas in July promotion.


Purchase your Starter Kit by July 31 and you will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for you and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52! And since as a new demonstrator you can get your hands on new products before anyone else, we will include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US)! With so many basic items included with your kit, you’ll be able to spend your Starter Kit dollars on the fun stuff—like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!

One more bit of savings news - BONUS DAYS are back! Woo hoo! For every $50 US you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 US Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month! Plus, as a thank you from me, if you earn a Bonus Days coupon ordering with hostess code JUM6Z3F6 or send me a $50 or more order by 7/10, I'll give you a free SNAIL refill.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Now it's time to head on to the next blog in the hop.
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Blog Hop Participants:

Elaine Pelletier
Frances Wagner
Sue Root (you are here)


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