The Gang’s All Meer

Hopefully you have taken time to look through the 2020 Sale-a-Bration brochure.  It has several cute stamp sets available for FREE and one such is The Gang’s All Meer.  Who knew that meerkats could be so adorable.  I have always thought of them as burrowing, weasel-like mammals in parts of Africa.  Leave it to Stampin’ Up! to make a weasel look cute!

Watch the short video below as Brian, from Stampin’ Up!, demonstrates using the Masking Technique with The Gang’s All Meer Stamp Set.  Then you’ll be able to recreate the card featured above.

Place your qualifying order of $50 (before shipping & taxes) so you can select The Gang’s All Meer Stamp Set for FREE!  Remember, the Sale-a-bration reward period ends on March 31, 2020.

As we are traveling and may have intermittent internet service, there may be delay in my answering emails or comments.  I appreciate your patience. 

Remember,you can place your product orders directly via my online store.  (just click and follow the link)

As an extra bonus, I’m holding a drawing on January 25th at 12 noon EST.  All customers who place an order of $50 or more between January 3 – January 24 (midnight EST) will have their names submitted into the drawing.  The lucky winner will receive a $25 Stampin’ Up! gift certificate!  Be sure when you order to select me as your demonstrator and allow contact.  If you select ‘no contact’, I will not receive your name and will be unable to add it to the drawing.  Your name will be added for each order placed during the time period between January 3rd-24th, 2020.

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Brightly Gleaming Merry Christmas

Have you noticed that I am now in full on Christmas mode?!  The past couple of weeks, I have been enjoying creating a variety of Christmas themed cards and projects.  Don’t worry though, I still have some Fall theme projects to share with you before the full force of Christmas arrives after Thanksgiving.  Today’s post, Brightly Gleaming Merry Christmas, is another make ‘n take card from Stamping Bingo.  The card elements include the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Christmas Gleaming Bundle from the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog.  The elements from the Brightly Gleaming Suite are elegant and gorgeous.  It is easy to create simple but beautiful projects with the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper and accompanying embellishments.  That’s the case with the Brightly Gleaming Merry Christmas Card.  

Brightly Gleaming Product SuiteSuite

Card Details:
  • For the card base, cut Pretty Peacock cardstock at 4-1-4″ x 11″,  score at 5-1/2″ and fold on score line.  
  • The second layer is Very Vanilla cardstock, cut 4″ x 5-1/4″.  To add texture, emboss with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.  Attach to the card base with adhesive.
  • Cut a 3″ x 4-1/4″ piece of the stripe design from the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Using a strong adhesive, attach to the center of the Very Vanilla cardstock layer.
  • Then use the ornament punch to cut an ornament shape from a coordinating piece of the Brightly Gleaming Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Attach to a stitched oval cut from Very Vanilla cardstock using the Stitched Shapes Dies.  Layer onto a Pretty Peacock cardstock scallop oval cut using the Layering Ovals Dies.   Center onto the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • For the sentiment, stamp the Merry Christmas from the Christmas Gleaming Stamp Set onto a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock using Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Using paper snips, cut the around the perimeter of the sentiment.  Refer to card photo for placement onto the card.  
  • To finish the card, embellish with the sprigs from the Brightly Gleaming Foil Elements.  For the final embellishment, add a bow using the Old Olive/Pretty Peacock Reversible Ribbon. 

Also, don’t forget to embellish the card interior…

Hope you enjoyed this project.  Thanks for stopping by and check back soon for more inspiration.  Happy crafting…

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The Host Code for November is JBQQM6VR:.   Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards! 

 

A Snowman Merry Christmas

Happy Monday.  Hope your week is off to a good beginning.  Today I’m sharing the make ‘n take, A Snowman Merry Christmas, from the recent Stamping Bingo.  The Snowman Season Bundle along with the coordinating Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper pair beautifully to create the card.  The Snowman Season Bundle contains the Snowman Season Stamp Set and the coordinating Snowman Builder Punch.  Do you notice the sparkle of the snowman on the card?  It’s actually cut from the Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I just love it when designer series paper contains images that coordinate with a punch or die.  

Let It Snow Suite

Steps for recreating the Snowman Merry Christmas card:
  • Start with a standard card base of Coastal Cabana cardstock. 
  • Cut a 5-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of the striped paper from the Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper. 
  • With the snowflake stamp from the Snowman Season Stamp Set, randomly stamp snowflakes on the Designer Series Paper using Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Pad.  Then, layer onto a 5-1/2″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Real Red cardstock. 
  • Next, wrap a piece of Real Red 3/8″ Cotton Ribbon around lower portion of card and tie a knot. 
  • Attach to the Coastal Cabana card base with adhesive. 
  • With the Snowman Builder Punch, cut the glitter snowman from the Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Notice also that one of the Designer Series Papers has the hat that matches with the punch.  Also, punch the hat.  Use a scrap of Basic Black cardstock to cut the snowman arms.  Assemble the snowman using glue dots and attach to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Stamp the Merry Christmas sentiment onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut the sentiment and the Coastal Cabana scalloped oval using the Layering Ovals Dies.  Adhere the sentiment to the scalloped oval and attach to the card front over the Real Red ribbon using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

See how easy it is to make a card with coordinating stamps, punches and paper!  Hope you will give it a try.  The Snowman Season Bundle and coordinating Let It Snow Specialty Designer Series Paper is great for Christmas.  But don’t stop using it at Christmas!  It’s also great for Winter Themed cards and crafts.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy crafting…

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Beautiful Christmas Rose

Happy Friday everyone!  Hopefully you survived Halloween.  It was a quiet evening at our house.  Our neighborhood doesn’t have trick or treaters so I got cozy and enjoyed a Hallmark Christmas movie.  Now, I’m definitely in the mood for Christmas!  In my last post, you were able to see components of the new Christmastime Is Here Product Suite.  Today my project, a beautiful Christmas Rose, uses products from the suite.  The beautiful Christmas Rose is cut  from the Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Best of all, no fussy cutting required as the Roses Dies match the large rose in the designer series paper.  This simple card design is to highlight the Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper and show that you can create “wow” looking cards using just the paper, a stamped sentiment and a couple embellishments.  

Christmas Rose

The Christmastime Is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper is gorgeous with gold foil accents.  Be sure to place your order for your favorite products from the Christmastime Is Here product suite soon.  You’ll want to use the products not just for Christmas but year round.  To order this exclusive, limited-time suite, visit my store to select your products.  If you prefer, email me if you need assistance placing your order.  Just a reminder, don’t delay.  This is only available while supplies last.

Have a great weekend!  Check back on Monday for another project idea.  Until then, happy crafting…

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A Very Special Birthday!

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll recall past birthday cards for my friend’s mother, Ms. Lorraine.  This year was a very special birthday for Ms. Lorraine.  She celebrated turning 100 years old!!!  Naturally, it required an extra special birthday card.  There were a variety of sentiments to add to the card so the double Z-fold with extra panels offered a perfect design.  You’ll notice the card uses a combination of current and discontinued Stampin’ Up! products.  The discontinued products includes the Number of Years and Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Sets.   With such a milestone, the numbers definitely should be front and center.   Though I often do not keep non-current products, there are certain stamp sets and bundles that are must haves forever.   The Number of Years is one such set!  And Picture Perfect Birthday is a favorite. The other card elements are from the Bird Ballad Suite.

The front of the card and envelope.Special Birthday Card for 100th Year

A view of the interior side panels.

The back of the card and the envelope flap.

 

Details for the card:

As you note from the photos above, almost all of the panels front and back have decor.  For a handwritten sentiment, a panel on the back works perfectly.  Notice the envelope?  As an extra touch, both the front and back of the envelope are stamped and colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Tip:  To avoid the blends from bleeding through the envelope, insert a scrap of paper behind the image before coloring.

For the card base, use Pool Party cardstock.  Then on the card base, build layers using Daffodil Delight cardstock with an additional layer of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on the panels.  For the interior z-panels, the Daffodil Delight layer has panels of Whisper White cardstock.  The stamp sets, Stitched All Around and Picture Perfect Birthday, provide perfect interior sentiments.  Fussy cut the bird and flowers to embellish the card panels.  The words, Happy Birthday, are from the A Wish for Everything Stamp Set.  Rhinestone Basic Jewels add a touch of bling to the flowers.  To match the The Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon to the card base, a dark Pool Party Stampin’ Blends easily does the job!  

Another tip:  when creating a card, look at all of your stamp sets and mix/match to fit the occasion.

As my husband and I were traveling on a bucket list trip, we were not able to attend the celebration for Ms.Lorraine.  I understand that she loved the card!

Hope you have a great weekend.  We’re finally getting Fall like temperatures so I’m looking forward to enjoying the outdoors!

Thanks for stopping by…Happy  Crafting!

Ordering reminders:
  • During the month of October, for every $50 order (before shipping & taxes), you’ll receive a Thank You gift of the Shimmery Crystal Effects from me.  Thank you for your support and I appreciate your business.  Note: If you place your order as a guest and indicate “no contact”, I am unable to send your gift as I will not receive your name and address information.
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A Fall Fun Fold Card

The Fall Fun Fold card is a change from the typical card design and “fun fold” definitely describes this card.  The card is one of the samples from the September class and showcases products from both current Stampin’ Up! Catalogs.  The Country Home Photopolymer Stamp Set can be found in the Annual Catalog on page 95.  Though it’s a great set to use year round, the milk can with the cotton bolls floral arrangement reminds me of Fall. The Come To Gather Designer Series Paper, from the Holiday Catalog, is added on the front fold panel.  Continue reading below the card photos for the card details.

Card Base:
  • First layer is Mint Macaron cardstock: 4-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 5-1/2″.  
  • To create the slender folded panel, use Pretty Peacock cardstock. The size is 9-1/2″ x 2-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-3/4″.
  • Referring to photos for the placement, attach the Pretty Peacock panel to the Mint Macaron card base using adhesive.
Card Panels:
  • Cut two panels of Whisper White cardstock 4-1/2″ x 2-1/4″.  On one of the panels, stamp the milk can using Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad.  Stamp the florals with Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad. Use Pretty Peacock Classic Stampin’ Pad for the sentiment.  TIP:  To make alignment and stamping easier, use the Stamparatus. 
  • Use the following Stampin’ Blends:  Smoky Slate (light & dark for the milk can), Mint Macaron (light & dark for leaves),  Rich Razzleberry (dark for the berries), Daffodil Delight (dark for the center flower) and Cajun Craze (light and dark for the seed pods).
  • For the cotton bolls, add small touches of the Snowfall Accents Puff Paint and heat set.  TIP:  Work quickly as the puff paint is very thin (little goes a long way) and can dissolve the stamped image.  I suggest doing a section at a time.  Add a small amount of the Puff Paint, heat set and repeat.  If you look closely at my photo, you’ll notice the stamped image started to dissolve giving a “dirty” appearance to the cotton bolls.  Of course, cotton bolls aren’t all pristine white!
  • For the interior sentiment, stamp it with the Pretty Peacock on the other Whisper White panel.  The sentiment is from the Country Home Stamp Set. If desired, stamp the wheat sheath from the Gather Together using Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Pad to the side of the sentiment. 
  • To complete the card,  add the panels to the Pretty Peacock fun fold piece with adhesive.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this Fall Fun Fold.  Credit for the fun fold goes to Dawn Olchefske at DO Stamping with Dawn.  She featured the fun fold on a project and I added the design to my “give it a try” list.  Now you can add it to your list!

Reminder:

When ready to place your order, click on the items under Project Materials. During the month of October, for every $50 order (before shipping & taxes), you’ll receive a Thank You gift of the Shimmery Crystal Effects from me.  Thank you for your support and I appreciate your business.

Thanks for stopping by…Happy  Crafting!

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The Host Code for September is: J96YXBD3.   Please use Host Code only if your order is less than $150.  If your order exceeds $150, you will receive the host rewards!