Monday, January 22, 2018

Petal Passion And Stampin' Blends - The Perfect Pairing

The Petal Passion Designer Series Paper is awesome in black and white and there are many occasions where it is perfect to leave it as such, but the cool thing about this paper is that you can make it as versatile as you want by adding your own colour to it. You can do that in many ways: Brayer, sponge, watercolour, but today I want to show you perhaps the best way of adding colour - the Stampin' Blends Markers! This DSP provides the perfect palette for the use of our alcohol markers and you can really get some spectacular results.

Here's a card I completed to showcase the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper at my recent Occasions Catalogue Launch this past weekend!

There are 14 colours of the new Stampin' Blends, 12 of them in a Light shade and a Dark shade. You can buy them singly, in the packs of two with their colour mate, or as a complete set. I'm thinking of starting a Stampin' Blends Club, where we get a group of people together who would like to purchase the Stampin' Blends and divide the purchase price into as many parts as we have members in the club. Each month everyone pays that partial payment, and one person a month would get the whole set of Stampin' Blends. At the end of the club, each person would have received a set of the Stampin' Blends, but paid for it in easy installments. People would receive their full set in the order that they signed up for the club.

If we had 6 people in the club, for example, we would divide the price of the set into 6 installments and each month all club members would pay the installment. This would give us enough to purchase 1 set which would go to the first member who signed up. By the end of -six months, each person would have their full set of Stampin' Blends, but even if you got your set first, you would continue to pay installments for the entire period so that others could get their sets, too.       

Let me know if you would be interested in a club like this.   

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Painted with Love Shaker Card for Freshly Made Sketches

Don't you love killing two birds with one stone? Well, not literally! I mean being able to complete two tasks by doing one! Today was a good example. I have a Catalogue Launch coming up on Saturday, so I've been working on samples from the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Brochure for that. I was planning on creating a shaker Valentine card using the Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper and the new Gold Glitter Flakes. I've also been dying to enter a card challenge and the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week seemed like a good fit. I took a quick look at the sketch:

and designed my card.

The location of the shaker cut out was, in large part, determined by the locations of the gold foil on the paper, trying to keep as much of it as possible. But my memory of the sketch was also skewed by my annoying Left/Right disability. If you tell me to turn left, I really have to concentrate to remember which way that is. Luckily, I grew up playing the piano, because that's how I remember which is which, imagining my hands on the keyboard. Anyone else have this problem besides me?

I didn't stop to think about it this time, and once I'd already cut my shaker opening, I realized that it was on the wrong side for the sketch, but decided to go ahead and enter it any way!

  • Location aside, I really like this design and you can't go wrong with this Painted with Love Specialty Designer Series Paper! It's so rich and luscious with all those broad brush strokes and gold foil that anything you make with it is going to look good!
  • I used the Sweet & Sassy Framelit dies to die cut all the heart shapes in this card, including the shaker card opening, the frame for the shaker opening and the other hearts on the card front.
  • I love the combination of the Calypso Coral, the Blushing Bride and the Gold. So pretty.

  • I took the heart shape that I had die cut from the shaker opening and reversed it to show through the Window Sheet window. I used the Amazing You stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure to stamp the words You are simply.. on it.
  • Foam Adhesive Strips are perfect for forming a barrier around the area where the gold glitter needs to go and are double adhesive sided so that you can stick it to the window sheet and another piece of cardstock behind to lock in the Gold Glitter Flakes.
  • The die cut sentiment is from the Celebrate You Thinlit set from the SAB Brochure as well. It is one of the two Level 2 rewards for spending $120 in one order.

This is a BIG way to earn rewards during Sale-A-Bration! And there are many ways to do it! You could join my Stamp Club. My last host earned $125 in rewards plus a half price item! That extra $35 in Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration for qualifying orders really makes a huge difference!

You could host your own party by inviting some friends over to have some fun stamping! You earn the rewards from their orders!

You could host a Facebook Party or a Catalogue Party. The ideas are only limited by your imagination! Let's get together and figure out a way for you to take advantage of this great offer in a way that feels right for you!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hedgehugs and Thank-yous

Good morning! I originally bought this Hedgehugs stamp set, because I thought it would make a great set for my Valentine Mom & Me class in February, but it has a lot of other cute as button uses to it as well. Here, I'm using it for a thank you card for my customer orders on a little 3" x 3" base.

Yesterday was my birthday, but I also had a team meeting to conduct in the evening and prep for it during the day, so I found myself writing my blog post quite late at night. So I decided to give myself a birthday present and make the post a short one, with a video or two in it!

Here's a closer look at my Thank You cards:

  • On the Crumb Cake base, I mounted a 2 3/4" square piece of Coffee Break Designer Series Paper.
  • The images were stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched out with either a 2" or a 2 1/2"  Circle punch, depending on the image.
  • The cards were assembled and a sweet little linen thread bow added to each with a Glue Dot.
  • Easy peasy but cute. They will fit perfectly in the 3" x 3" envelopes.
Now, here are some great videos about the new Occasions catalogue:

The Petal Passion Suite:


The Cake Soiree Bundle:


The Charming Cafe Bundle:


There you have it! Happy Birthday to me!

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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