Thursday, January 31, 2013

You Are Loved

Stampin' Up! You Are Loved Valentine Card

Incorporating a few simple techniques gives this card some pizzazz. And while it would make a lovely Valentine card, it is also perfect any time of year to let someone know that you love them.

Although this is really just a one layer card, the Sahara Sand scalloped border along the edge gives the illusion of two layers. Create this look by trimming about 1/4" off the card front and attach the embossed strip of card stock from behind. The new Needlepoint Borders Embossing Folders work perfectly for this technique.

Embossed and cut heart shaped image with flower

The heart image from the You Are Loved stamp set looks beautiful when embossed. I took it one step further and used the emboss resist technique: Stamp the image onto Whisper White card stock using VersaMark ink, followed by clear embossing powder and heat set. Then simply use Sponge Daubers to add color around the embossed areas. I used Pretty in Pink, Sahara Sand, and Always Artichoke inks.

The gorgeous flower is part of the Artisan Embellishments Kit. I simply used a Paper-Piercing Tool to poke two holes for the stem to go through, before attaching the heart to a paper doily (also in the kit or available separately - Tea Lace Paper Doilies #129399).

Punched detail of sentiment

The sentiment image was created by first stamping the image onto Sahara Sand card stock using VersaMark ink and clear embossing before cropping with the Decorative Label punch. The image was stamped a second time onto Whisper White, but using Pretty in Pink and Sahara Sand Stampin' Write Markers to color the rubber stamp. The image is cropped using the Large Oval punch and popped up with Dimensionals.

Not so loved ... Most of my week has been filled with excruciating pain from a back tooth that decided to wreak havoc on me this week. After 8127653895421 ibuprofin and finally a root canal yesterday, I'm much better. Yep, it's been good times here to round out the month. I hope your week was considerably better!


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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: You Are Loved (W-123777, C-123779)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), Pretty in Pink (126955), Always Artichoke (126972), Sahara Sand (126976), Pretty In Pink (100045) and Sahara Sand (Neutrals 119701) Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Pretty In Pink (100459), Sahara Sand (121043), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders (129383), Decorative Label Punch (120907), Large Oval Punch (119855), Heat Tool (129053), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Sponge Daubers (102892), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon (121000), Artisan Embellishments Kit (129328)

Stampin' Up! You Are Loved Stamp Set Images
You Are Loved Stamp Set © Stampin' Up!

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Digital Stamps + Kits + Free Wallpaper Download

Stampin' Up! Box of Chocolates Free Desktop Wallpaper
Stampin' Up! Box of Chocolates February Wallpaper - Free Download!

It's almost February and this week Stampin' Up! released several new love themed digital downloads including a FREE desktop wallpaper download.

The Box of Chocolates February Wallpaper comes in six sizes (to accommodate various screen sizes) and coordinates with the new Box of Chocolates Digital Kit (see below) for even more fun. Get your free wallpaper download HERE.

Check out the rest of the new digital stamps + digital kits from Stampin' Up! this week:

Stampin' Up! Box of Chocolates Digital Kit
Box of Chocolates Kit - Digital Download
Fun for all your February projects.  Coordinates with the Box of Chocolates FREE wallpaper.

Stampin' Up! Love More Digital Wedding Ensemble

Love More Ensemble - Digital Download
Loads of templates plus a 173-piece SVG stamp brush set are included in this gorgeous wedding ensemble. Includes save the date, invitations, centerpieces, favors, guest book, thank you notes, and more. Change the colors to match any wedding.

Stampin' Up! Paper Doilies Digital Download

Paper Doilies - Digital Download
Delicate Doilies in Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Whisper White, and Gumball Green.

Stampin' Up! Label This Closet Digital Download

Label This Closet - Digital Download
Organization help for your closet with this 41-piece stamp brush set.

Stampin' Up! Valentine Love Ensemble Digital Download

Valentine Love Ensemble - Digital Download
Perfect for your Valentine Party! Easily create treat toppers, cello bag holders, name cards, adorable mini banner, and more.

Stampin' Up! Happy Heart Greeting Card Templates Digital Download

Happy Heart Greeting Card Templates - Digital Download
Two photo postcards and a greeting card to touch the hearts of your family and friends.

For complete details on these downloads or to purchase now, GO HERE.

View all the latest digital downloads from Stampin' Up! HERE.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

More Amore in the Secret Garden

No, I'm not taking up writing romance novels. I'll happily stick to making pretty cards and fun papercrafts, thank you very much. I'm just having a little fun with stamp set names from the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog.

I previously mentioned our fun shoebox swap at Leadership and wanted to show you the cards we made. The ladies came up with terrific cards - we all learned a few new tricks, and no two cards used the same stamp set, which was awesome.  My card was the Madison Avenue Friends card shown here.

Stampin' Up! Carry On Stamp Set

Super fun combo with the Carry On stamp set paired with the vintage British police callbox image from the Feeling Sentimental stamp set (Sale-a-bration*). If you're a Doctor Who fan, you might call it a Tardis™.  {Card created by Sue D.}

Stampin' Up! Hearts a Flutter Stamp Set

More Amore card featuring Hearts a Flutter Stamp Set, More Amore Designer Series Specialty Paper, Sycamore Street Ribbon (SAB*), and Delicate Details Lace Tape.  {Card created by April G.}

Hearts close up with glitter

Neat trick: Apply Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet (120805) to image. Peel off backing and dip in container of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. Glitter adheres to adhesive and stays there! No glitter mess, no glitter flaking off, and no glitter waste! Genius!

Stampin' Up! By the Tide stamp set card

Quick and easy Thinking of You card with By the Tide stamp set. Technique: Use clear blocks as background stamps. Ink the block, then stamp onto card stock just like you would a stamp. {Card created by Laura C.}

Stampin' Up! Honeycomb Embossed Birthday Card

Happy Birthday Honeycomb Card. Hexagon shapes were embossed using various Embossing Folders before attaching to the card embossed with the new Honeycomb Embossing Folder. {Card created by Maria L.}

Stampin' Up! Oh, Whale! Thank You  card

Adorable card using the new Oh, Whale! stamp set and coordinating Happy Whale Clearlits Die. Technique #1 - Stamp wave images onto blue card stock. Use the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack to punch along the edge of the top wave. Technique #2 - Use a craft knife to cut the card stock along the edge of the stamped wave to create a "pocket" to insert the whale die-cut.  {Card created by Kathy L.}

Slider card technique close-up

Interactive Sliding Feature! Technique #3 - Create window using Word Window Punch. Stamp two scraps using heart image. Place one stamped scrap behind Word Window opening. Punch remaining scrap using long petal shape of Blossom Petals Builder Punch. Attach punched petal to the scrap below using a Stampin' Dimensional. Viola! A sliding whale spout spray!!

Stampin' Up! Sweets for the Sweet Stamp Set Card

Pinwheel card featuring Sweets for the Sweet stamp set along with the new Pinwheel Sizzlits S Die. Belly band with pinwheel also features Sycamore Street Ribbon (SAB) and is removed to open card. {Card created by Doreen F.}

Stampin' Up! Secret Garden stamp set and framelits bundle card

Secret Garden Fancy Fold Card using the Secret Garden Bundle (stamp set and coordinating framelit dies) along with the Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies. The Window Frame shapes are adhered together, scored along one side, and folded under to create a flap. The flap is inserted under the white inner card stock piece.  {Card created by Mary Jo.}

Stampin' Up! Secret Garden Bundle Card Idea

Inside view of the Secret Garden Fancy Fold Card.

Stampin' Up! Stippled Blossoms Stamp Set Card

Another fancy fold card with the Stippled Blossoms stamp set. Similar idea as the card above, this card uses the Oval Accent Bigz Clear Die and the new Simply Scored™ Borders Scoring Plate.{Card created by Debbie M.}

Stampin' Up! Vintage Verses Card

Just Because card featuring Vintage Verses stamp set, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper and Ribbon (SAB*), and the new Designer Builder Brads. {Card created by Nancy.}

*Sale-a-bration (SAB) items are free when you purchase Stampin' Up! products. Choose one free Sale-a-bration item for every $50 you spend.
Promotion ends March 22, 2013. Learn more about Sale-a-bration HERE.

Okay, time to dish. Tell me which of these cards is your favorite. I know there was at least one you loved, so spill it sister. ;)


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hearts a Flutter Love

Stampin' Up! Hearts a Flutter Love Card

I loved making this card. It makes MY heart flutter with all it's yumminess. The overall design is a case of a cute card I spotted in a magazine, but nearly all the products used are brand new from the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog.

Isn't the yellow and coral color scheme cheerful? This could certainly be a Valentine card in non-traditional colors, or it could be for a variety of other occasions such as a baby card, thinking of you, or maybe even a Mother's Day card.

Hearts a Flutter Stamps + Framelit Dies = 15% Off Bundle by Stampin' Up!

A few details:

  • After embossing Crumb Cake card stock with the Chevron embossing folder, I hit it with a white craft ink pad* in a sort of messy fashion - splotchy and imperfect - which is perfect!
  • The paper doily got a healthy shot of Gold Glow Smooch Spritz, which is gorgeous on this project. Be sure to protect your work area when spritzing.
  • The three little hearts are created using the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack flower and snipping off two of the petals.
  • The little "love" image is from the Ciao, Baby! stamp set which coordinates with the new Petite Curly Label Punch, available for FREE during Sale-a-bration with a qualifying purchase!
*Pressed the ink pad directly onto the card stock. No card stock was abused in the making of this greeting card.

Coming Tomorrow:  Cute card samples from our shoebox swap in Orlando. A few of them include some neat tricks and cool folds!


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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Hearts a Flutter* (W-129249, C-129252), Ciao, Baby! (W-129645, C-129648)
Ink: Daffodil Delight (126944), Calypso Coral (126983), Early Espresso (126974), Whisper White Craft Pad (101731), Daffodil Delight (119677) and Calypso Coral (2011-2013 In Color 123002) Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Naturals White (102316), Crumb Cake (120953), Whisper White (100730), Daffodil Delight (119683), Calypso Coral (122925), Tea for Two Designer Series Paper (129311)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Finishing Touches Edgelits (127010), Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127749), Hearts a Flutter Framelits* (130159), Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), Handheld 1/16" Circle Punch (101227), Petite Curly Label Punch** (129405)
Accessories: Tea Lace Paper Doilies (129399), Gold Glow Smooch Spritz (118770), Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon (125583), Calypso Coral Baker's Twine (125573), Neutrals Designer Buttons, Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)
*Available in the Hearts a Flutter Bundle: Stamp Set + Framelits = 15% Savings (Wood Mount 131098, Clear Mount 131097).
**Available free through March 22, 2013 with a qualifying order. See Sale-a-bration details for more information.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration Starts NOW

Stampers . . . start your engines . . .

The long awaited and ever popular Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration party is here. You've got until March 22, 2013 to get as many free Sale-a-Bration items as you can.  How's THAT for a challenge? Bwahaha!!

View the Sale-a-bration Brochure HERE
or view a PDF chart
of free Sale-a-bration products HERE.

Just in case you need a refresher, here's how it works:

#1 - Shop til you drop! Browse our catalogs and make your wish list. For every $50 you spend, you'll get to choose one free Sale-a-Bration item. Place as many orders as you want by March 22 or place one big order to get more free stuff! Our hostess/rewards program kicks in when your order reaches $150 or more ($25 and up to spend on any current merchandise).

#2 - Party hearty! Invite friends over for fun and creativity with a stamping party. They'll love picking out their free Sale-a-Bration items too. And for the hostess with the mostess? YOU can earn freebies - maybe even a bundle of three Sale-a-bration products - all for just throwing a crafty party and inviting your friends.

#3 - Join the fun!  Want it all? Love stamping? Having fun? Helping others? It's a great time to join Stampin' Up! You'll get 25% more in your starter kit in honor of Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary. You get to choose $156.50 worth of products and pay only $99. (And it ships FREE!) I'd love to welcome you aboard ... contact me for details and ask away with your questions.

Get Ready . . . Get Set . . . Go!!!

Happy Sale-a-brating!

p.s. Live in the Orlando area? Contact me today to schedule YOUR fun stamping party with friends. It's fun, it's easy, and during Sale-a-bration it's super duper rewarding! {wink}

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Madison Avenue Friends

Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Madison Avenue Stamp Set Friends Card

Are you excited for Sale-a-bration? Tomorrow is the big day kicking off Stampin' Up!'s annual party with loads of free products. Yippee!

I created this card for a shoebox swap we held during Leadership in Orlando. There were about a dozen of us getting in the spirit of things by stamping, chatting, and general silliness the night before check-in day.

Our theme was simple: Cards using new Spring Catalog or Sale-a-bration products, which is what I chose. I paired the Madison Avenue stamp set with Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper and the Ribbon & Button Pack. I love the paper (really pretty patterns) and the ribbon is beautiful with a shiny look and satiny feel.

Notice the embossed design on the side? That's one of two designs in the Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders in the Spring Catalog. To mimic the embossed scallop border, I added a little scallop edge to the focal point using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.

New to Sale-a-bration? 

Dates: January 22 - March 22, 2013
Choose one free Sale-a-bration item for every $50 you spend on Stampin' Up! products. Spend $100 and choose two free items. Spend $150 and choose three free items + $25 in hostess/stampin' rewards to spend on a Stampin' Up! shopping spree.

To view the selection of free Sale-a-bration products CLICK HERE.


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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Sweet Essentials (Wood Mount 126455, Clear Mount 126457), Madison Avenue* (Wood Mount 129657, Clear Mount 129660)
Ink: Pool Party (126982), Island Indigo (126986)
Paper: Island Indigo (122923), Whisper White (100730), Tangerine Tango (111349), Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper* (127540)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Needlepoint Border Embossing Folders (129383), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275), 3/16" Corner Punch (119871)
Accessories: Calypso Coral Baker's Twine (125573), Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack* (130812)
*Sale-a-bration items available Jan. 22-Mar. 22, 2013. Sale-a-bration items are free with purchase of $50 or more.

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Learning at Leadership 2013 + Cute Gifts

Isn't that new Stampin' Up! trailer awesome?!  We spotted it on check in day at Leadership in Orlando and thought it was so cool. Turns out it's fairly new and has been coming in quite handy for hauling stuff to and from events.

If you aren't a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you might be wondering: what IS this Leadership thing all about?

The Stampin' Up! Leadership Conference is held annually in the U.S. with attendees sharing ideas, learning new things, stamping and swaps.

Demonstrators at the level of senior supervisor and above are invited to attend this two day event designed specifically for those with growing downlines (team members).

The classes and sessions focus on leadership skills and ways to continue growing your stamping business. There are also plenty of stamping presentations with clever project ideas that elicit oodles of  oohs and aahs.

During Leadership 2013 I was able to attend several great classes. My first class, led by Andrea Withers, was titled "Ramping Up Your Social Media Presence".  Blogs, Facebook, and You Tube were covered by fellow demonstrators explaining core strategies they employ when using social media to stay in touch with current customers while attracting new customers and attention to their business. The pointers given were all very smart, actionable strategies plus do's and don'ts.

Next, I headed to "Creating Your Blueprint for Success" led by Brandi Barnard (Stampin' Up!) along with demonstrator Meg Daves. Meg walked the class through a simple worksheet detailing goals, business practices, and activities with a strong focus on determining profitable events to reach specific goals. I noticed a lot of aha moments happening during this class! ;)

"Meet New People, Find New Faces" was led by Shannon West (love her!) and featured 10 proven ways to generate new leads, build your customer base and increase profitability. Everyone in direct sales needs to continually meet new people; however, as someone who moved recently, this class was very helpful to me personally. My top three faves? Using social media, fundraisers, and getting out into the community.

Sound interesting? It is and I'd love to share all the details with you. Sale-a-bration is a great time to join Stampin' Up! and start your own stamping business. You can stuff your Starter Kit with 25% more and pick my brain on any or all of the topics above (plus other topics if you like). Contact me today for more information.

Cute Gifts!

My sweet friend (and upline) Debbie made little gifts for those of us attending Leadership this year. Isn't this little box the cutest?

She used Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper and Ribbon (Sale-a-Bration products) plus the Jewelry Tag Punch for the little friends tag.

The sparkly butterfly (Papillon Potpourri stamp set/Bitty Butterfly Punch) is resting on a little doily snippet (Delicate Details Lace Tape), layered on a polka dot embossed small scallop circle and a die-cut flower (Blossom Party Die) embossed with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder.

This bright flower cleverly uses the the Vine Street Embossing Folder (free Sale-a-bration product) for its stem and a petal from the Blossom Petals Builder Punch for a leaf!  The main flower is die-cut using the Fun Flowers Bigz Die, with A Fitting Occasion stamp set.

Surprise ... it holds a pack of gum!  How cute.

And finally, my friend Doreen made this fabulous treat holder created using the Labels Collection Framelits embossed with the Fancy Fan embossing folder. (Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper.)

Yummm ... Chocolate!

The perfect way to end the day.


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