Friday, April 17, 2015

Butterfly Thinlits are now available!

Happy Friday!  I have some good news to share!

Stampin' UP! has just announced that the Butterfly Thinlits (item no. 137360) from the Occasions catalog are now available for purchase!  Due to their lack of availability during Sale-a-bration, they are offering a 15% discount!  Regularly $24.94, they are now $21.20 until April 30, 2015.

But it gets better!  If you buy one of the Butterfly Thinlits Bundles (wood, clear or photopolymer) on page 26 of the Occasions catalog, you can choose one of the following 3 Sale-a-bration items:

* Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (138633)
* Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (138634) or
* Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper (138635)

Butterfly Thinlits

FREE Sale-a-bration items:

In addition, the retirement list of stamp sets and accessories will be posted on April 21, 2015.

I am offering my own special in conjunction to these 2 announcements.  If you place a $50 order at my online store using the Hostess Code: KG7MNNWN by Friday, April 24, 2015, I will send you a package of the Basic Pear Jewels ($4.95 + value) as my thank you gift.

Take advantage of this special!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

SSC#99: So Thankful For You

Good morning, crafty friends! It's time for another challenge over at Sunday Stamps!  This week we have a fun color challenge with some great spring colors!  Here's the challenge:

Isn't this an awesome color/photo challenge?  Believe me, here in Minnesota, we would LOVE to see a scene like this.  It's still very brown around here.  I guess stamping a pretty scene is the next best thing, right?  
For this challenge,  I chose Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder and Pear Pizzazz as my color pallet. Here's my card:

I used the Sheltering Tree stamp set and the sentiment is from the I Like You Hostess stamp set.  I used some retired Wisteria Wonder DSP, and the flowers are from the retired Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack.  Tree and words were stamped in Early Espresso ink. 

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So now that you have seen my creation, why don't you head on over to Sunday Stamps! and check out the other design team samples and then play along!  We would love to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping by!  Paper Hugs,

Friday, April 10, 2015

For You....and 2 challenges

Happy Friday!  Today is the last day to receive FREE shipping on any size order courtesy of Stampin' UP!.  If you place on online order of $40 or more with me, I will send you a package of Tea Lace Doilies.  Please use Hostess Code: UYBRDXQG.

I have been a busy stamper preparing for my Spring Stamping Spa Day, and created a project surrounding the color challenge at Color Throwdown, and also the challenge at Paper Players.  Here are their challenges:

The colors I used for the Color Throwdown challenge are: Groovy Guava (retired), Pool Party, Crumb Cake and Kiwi Kiss (retired).  Paper Players challenge is to use a "die cut" on your project. My project consists of a birthday card made from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Die set (my most favorite item in the Occasions catalog!).

Here's what I made:

Isn't this just so pretty? I am very happy with how it turned out!  This is one of 10 projects you can make with me on Saturday, April 18, 2015.  Deadline to register is Monday, April 13, 2015.  Click HERE for more information! 

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Well, that's my project share for today.  Come back on Sunday to see the project I made for the new Sunday Stamps!  challenge.  Till, then Happy Friday, and Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 06, 2015

FREE Shipping this week and a Sneak Peak!

Yippee! Stampin' UP! is offering FREE shipping as we kick off the week! Today through Friday, April 10, 2015, you can enjoy FREE shipping on ANY size order!

Plus, I am also offering you a delicious goody if you place a $40 order with me during this FREE shipping special! I will send you a package of delicious Tea Lace Paper Doilies absolutely FREE with a $40 order with me!  Please use Hostess Code: UYBRDXQG to receive your free gift from me. :)

And here's a sneak peak at one of the projects we will be making at my Spring Stamping Spa Day using the delicious Tea Lace Paper Doilies!  This is a get well card that has a pocket inside to hold a tea bag.  It's going to be a great Spa Day! I would love for you to join me!  Check it out HERE!

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you get to stamp a latte!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

One Layer Please

Hello, and happy  Sunday to you! Today starts another challenge at Sunday Stamps!  This week we are playing with a one layer sketch.  Here's challenge #98:

And here's what I made:

I started with a white piece of cardstock in which I stamped all the images in Versamark ink and embossed with White embossing powder.  I then sponged Bermuda Bay ink onto the cardstock starting at the bottom. When I was finished sponging the panel, I colored the flowers using my discontinued Blendabilities.  To finish it off, I added rhinestones and ribbon.


So now you have seen my one layer card.  Lets see what you create.  Head on over to Sunday Stamps! and join in the fun!  :)   Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Love is Kindness

Hello, crafty friends.  Today I am sharing a card  I made using the "Love is Kindness" single stamp from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I was trying to make a clean and simple card with a lot of white space.  Here's what I came up with:

Stampin' UP! ink colors are: Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Gumball Green (retired) and Tempting Turquoise.  
Here's how I created it:  I sponged the colors onto a piece of white cardstock. I then spritzed it with a water bottle and dried it with my heat tool.  When it was completely dry, I stamped the image and added some "spots" from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  The paper was kinda curled from the water and subsequent drying, so I layered another piece of paper behind it to help it lay flat. :)

I added a little piece of "mock stitching" from a retired embossing folder and a Scalloped Edge Border in Tempting Turquoise. Will that punch ever get old? :)

The main panel is stamped using the Dictionary background stamp with Smoky Slate ink. I then used the Dots and Stripes Mask  to sponge in the circles.   I am submitting this card into the AAA cards #35 Bare Naked CAS.  Here is their challenge:

The challenge is to "go very white, with a layer or two....and clean and simple". 

Here's the products I used:
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Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

SSC#97: Color Challenge

Good morning crafty friends! Today I am sharing a card I made for Sunday Stamps!challenge #97. Here's the challenge:

Isn't this inspirational picture cute?  I love Mr. Fox sticking his head out of the tree.  So darn cute! Unfortunately, I don't have ANY fox image stamps. Go figure?!  So, trying to follow the challenge the best I could, I was left with the tree and the colors.  The ink colors I used were: So Saffron, Black, White and Cajun Craze (to match the fox).  Remember: you can use any shade of colors that ou have on hand that are similar to the photo.

Here's what I came up with:

For the background, I watercolored with So Saffron and Cajun Craze ink refills and added circles using my white craft pad following the Bokeh technique from the Splitcoast Stampers website.   I then stamped images from the Butterfly Basics stamp set in Black and Cajun Craze. The sentiment is from the Hostess Set called Bloom with Hope and the small butterflies are from Papillion Potpourri.  I also inked up the Hardwood background stamp set in Basic Black and stamped that onto a piece of Cajun Craze. 

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Now it's your turn to head over to Sunday Stamps! and play along!  Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Colour Me!... Green Baby!

Hello, crafty friends.  What a beautiful Saturday we are having here in MN.  I hope you are enjoying great weather too. Today, I am sharing a fun card I made following the Colour Me!...challenge blog. Here's the challenge:
The challenge is to use Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz and a neutral.  I chose white as my neutral.
Here's what I made:

Super fun to make.  Hope you enjoy it!  Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SAB: For Being You and Blendabilities

Yesterday, Stampin' UP! announced that they would no longer be selling Blendabilities.  This is due to the manufacturer being unable to meet Stampin' UP!s high quality testing requirements prior to shipping. As a result, and to prevent further disappointment in the markers, they have been discontinued.

I was so hoping (as I am sure all of you were) that they would be able to fix the quality issues. I know that many of you have these markers, as I do.  I will continue to use mine even though they are discontinued and I encourage you to use yours since you have invested in them as well.  Chris Smith (my upline) has a post HERE sharing what she has done to her "dry" Blendabilities.  I encourage you to check it out and see if this helps your markers down the road, if needed.

With that being said, I did make a few cards (before knowing this revelation) using the new SAB set called "For Being You". In a previous post HERE, I talked about how you don't have to use Memento black ink as your base every time you color.  For example, for this first card, I stamped the "thanks" in Lost Lagoon ink, and colored it in using my Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.

For my second card, I stamped "thanks" in Coastal Cabana ink and colored it in with my Calypso Coral Blendabilities.

And for my third card, I did stamp the image with Memento Black ink, and colored it in using Pink Pirouette and the Blush color from the Skin Tone Assortment.

These are just a few simple and different ways I wanted to show you how to use your Blendabilities.  So even though they have been discontinued- enjoy the one's you have.  Perhaps, SU will surprise us and find a new quality alcohol marker for us to use in the future. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

200th Anniversary!

The Friday Mashup challenge blog is celebrating their 200th challenge! I just had to play along!  You can choose 1 element from 2 different past challenges, or mash it up and use both elements from the 2 different past challenges.  I choose challenge sketch #21, and the "create a kid themed project" from challenge #9.

And here's what I made:

I used my retired and timeless Button Bear stamp set and combined him with the balloons from the Birthday Bash stamp set, and the awesome Confetti Stars Border punch.  Colors are: Soft Suede, Island Indigo and Real Red. I have the perfect little someone (my nephew) to give this to. :)

Head on over to the Friday Mashup and join their 200th challenge celebration!  Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 06, 2015

FMS 176: Happiest Birthday Wishes

Hello!  Happy Friday!  It's been a very long week for me over here as I have had a nasty head cold and finally decided to go to the doctor today.  I hope the medicine kicks in asap and that I wake up tomorrow feeling somewhat closer to normal.  Getting sick is one of the drawbacks for being a substitute teacher- but I love the kids I get to spend time with. :)  Today I have a money holder birthday card to share.  It follows the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. Here is the sketch challenge:
And here's what I made:
And here's the inside:

 Colors are: Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, and Pumpkin Pie.  I used the Crazy About You stamp set with the Hello You Thinlits Bundle and the matching Medallion punch. The designer series paper is Flowerpot from the annual catalog.  Basic Rhinestones were colored with my Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities.  Ribbon is the Tangelo Twist 3/8" Stitched Satin.  

Product Links:
Crazy about You Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Hello You Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up! Flower Medallion Punch Flower Pot Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

A very fun card to make!  Hope you like it!

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Just Add Ink #252: HB

Hello, crafty friends! Here is a card I made following the sketch layout over at Just Add Ink. I have never made a card with an angel, so decided I needed to give it a try.  My color pallet came from the Best Year Ever DSP from the Sale-a-bration catalog. Colors are: Soft Suede, Crushed Curry and Coastal Cabana.  Don't these colors look awesome together?!  And notice the "HB"?  after stamping the image with Soft Suede ink, I colored it with my Coastal Cabana Blendabilities.  Notice that the ink didn't smear? Yep, you can use several Stampin' UP! inks as your base instead of Memento Black ink.  Below is a list provided by Stampin' UP! indicating which ink pads work with Blendabilities. Look at all the ink pads you can use----29 to be exact!

Here's the list: Always Artichoke, Baked Brown Sugar, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crips Cantaloupe, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Hello Honey, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie,  Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, So Saffron, Soft Sky Tangelo Twist, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder.

Here's Just Add Ink's sketch I followed:

And here are the products I used to make this card:

Balloon Bash Photopolymer Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Something To Say Wood-Mount Stamp Set Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack Circles Collection Framelits Die Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack Rhinestone Basic Jewels Embellishments Twine Baker's Early Espresso

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!