Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack Refresh

Clearance Rack

Who’s ready for a Clearance Rack refresh?  It’s your lucky day! The Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack was JUST refreshed with lots of additional products.  Die sets, punches, embellishments,  paper, ribbon, inks, refills and more have been added.  Even Fast Fuse and Fast Fuse refills have also been added to the clearance rack!   Supplies are limited, and with discounts up to 60%, products will go quickly. Shop now and stock up.

Fast Fuse Added to the Clearance Rack Refresh

If you are like me, you thought the days of Fast Fuse were over at Stampin’ Up!  However,  their vendor reached out to them and offered to sell them their excess Fast Fuse inventory.  Stampin’ Up! took them up on their offer. Fast Fuse refills will be available for more than 50% off their original price!  But hurry! Supplies are limited.

SHOP the clearance rack now by clicking here!  Don’t delay.  Discounted products sell quickly and are ONLY AVAILABLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST.  

Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from the Holiday Catalog from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

September: W2RV39DH

  • Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.
  • If you are in need of a Holiday Catalog, and you do not have a demonstrator, please email me ([email protected]) and I will drop one in the mail to you!

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Clean and Simple Sports for PP410

It’s time to play with The Paper Players! Can you believe it has been three years since I last uttered those words? But I am proud and happy to announce that I am back on the Design Team that I love so much, creating alongside the most amazing women I know.   Their artistic ability and creative spirit inspire me.  It is an honor to be back, and I hope I do not disappoint them!

This week the lovely Claire is hosting a Clean and Simple Challenge – Sports! Can you believe that my first challenge back is a Clean and Simple challenge?  Clean and Simple has always been a stretch for me.  However, I am always up for a challenge.  I hope you enjoy today’s card.

Clean and Simple

Colors of the Day

Being an Iowa gal,  there was no doubt that my Sports card would feature the Iowa Hawkeyes.  However, this card can very easily be made into a card celebrating YOUR favorite team:

  • Use your team’s colors. The card base measures 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5-1/2″.  The Daffodil Delight layer measures 4″ x 5-1/4″; the Basic Black layer is 3-3/4″ x 5″; and the top layer is 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″.
  • Substitute your team’s mascot. Herky the Hawk (an image I purchased off of Etsy) is perched atop an oval created with Stampin’ Up!’s Layering Ovals framelits. It was matted on a Basic Black scalloped oval, and adhered to the card base using dimensionals.
  • Spell out the name of your favorite team.  I pulled out the retired Little Letters thinlits, but you can use alphabet stamps if you wish.
  • Finish off your card with rhinestones or embellishments of your choice.

Clean and Simple

Wouldn’t this make an adorable invitation to a “watch party”, whether it’s a Bowl Game or the NCAA tournament, or even a BBQ before the big game? What do you think?

Clean and Simple

I hope you will join us over at The Paper Players  and celebrate my first week back on the team. I can’t wait to see what you create!  The challenge is open until Friday,  September 21, 2018 at 12:00 Noon PST.
As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now scurry on over and see what my fellow design team members have created.  Until next time…

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On the CASE: Follow Your Dreams

Follow Your Dreams

Are you looking for a card of encouragement? Or maybe a graduation card? This may be the card for you! Yep, Nicole and I are back On the CASE working through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, breaking down gorgeous samples step-by-step, and providing you with free tutorials so you can CASE your own.  This week I am featuring a card created with the Follow Your Dreams bundle.  Enjoy!

Follow Your Dreams
Annual Catalog Page 54

Follow Your Dreams

I thought the Mint Macaron Follow Your Dreams card would be perfect for several occasions: a friend starting a new job, a friend unsure about what the future holds for them, someone graduating, someone who just needs a boost.  I hope you enjoy today’s CASE of this Follow Your Dreams card.

Follow Your Dreams

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Follow Your Dreams
Paper: Mint Macaron (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″, 5″ x 3-3/4″);  Berry Burst, Petal Pink, So Saffron (1″ x 2-1/2″);  Calypso Coral (1″ x 2-1/2″, 1-5/16″ x 5/16″); Tranquil Tide (1″ x 2-1/2″, 3-1/2″ x 1-1/4″); Whisper White (2″ x 2″)
Ink: Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Stampin’ Write Markers®: Berry Burst, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Tranquil Tide
Other: Big Shot, Dream Catcher Thinlits,  Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder,  Rhinestones, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen, SNAIL

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Score the cardstock at 4-1/4″ and crease with a bone folder to form the card base.

2.  Emboss the 5-3/8″ x 4-1/8″ piece of Mint Macaron cardstock with the Subtle folder.  Adhere to the card base with SNAIL adhesive.

Follow Your Dreams

3.  Create a circle in the upper left part of the 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece of Mint Macaron cardstock using the Filigree Circle.  Adhere to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Follow Your Dreams

4.  Die cut the feathers from Berry Burst, Caylpso Coral, Petal  Pink, So Saffron,  and Tranquil Tide;  the Filigree Circle from Whisper White; and the word “Dream” from Tranquil Tide.  Use a Stampin’ Write Marker® in the corresponding feather color to draw the barbs of the feather.

Follow Your Dreams

5.  Adhere these pieces to the card base in the positions shown.

Follow Your Dreams

6.  Selectively ink the sentiment in Calypso Coral and stamp onto Calypso Coral cardstock. Snip out the words “Follow Your”, and adhere to the card.  Ink the small Feathered Circle in Mint Macaron, and stamp as shown. Repeat this two more times for a total of three circles.

Follow Your Dreams

If you would like to step up this card, try adding a snippet of Linen Thread on the feathers…

Follow Your Dreams

and some rhinestones in the center of the smaller stamped circles.

Follow Your Dreams

Don’t you love it?

Follow Your Dreams

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

Although there is a lot of die cutting to do on today’s card, the technique is easy.  There will be time invested, but the outcome is well worth it.   Difficulty Level:  3 out of 5, simply because of all the steps involved.

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+  & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE: Picnic with YouNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  You will be delighted with what she has in store for you!

Did you miss the last On the CASE project?  Check it out HERE.

Ready to get on this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s easy card, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

September: W2RV39DH

  • Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.
  • If you are in need of a Holiday Catalog, and you do not have a demonstrator, please email me ([email protected]) and I will drop one in the mail to you!
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Price: $110.00

FF0016 Air Force Birthday and/or Clouds

Hot air balloon card

It’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! For FF0016, we are celebrating the US Air Force Birthday (September 18th) and/or Clouds. You can create a card celebrating the Air Force’s birthday, you can feature clouds on your card, or you can combine both! Whatever way you decide to create is fine with us. We would love to have you play along.

Hot Air Balloon Card

Hot Air Balloon Card

For today’s card, I selected the Clouds option of the challenge.  It just so happens the Lift Me Up stamp set not only features clouds, but also a trio of beautiful hot air balloons.  What a perfect set to use for today’s challenge!  I hope you enjoy today’s card as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Colors of the Day

 

The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

The largest balloon is the star of today’s hot air balloon card.   It was die cut from Very Vanilla cardstock.  Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper and Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper in a Tranquil Tide hue were used to back it. The mini-sized “Swirly Cloud” image, inked in Crumb Cake,  was used to decorate the Very Vanilla cut-out.  This little stamp is perfect for adding a touch of interest to anything. The edges were then distressed using Crumb Cake ink and a sponge dauber.

hot air balloon card

The smaller balloons were both stamped twice, once in Crumb Cake and once in Tranquil Tide.  I then paper pieced each one.

hot air balloon card

As you can see, the medium sized balloon was stamped with the “Swirly Cloud” image. I love this little stamp!

hot air balloon card

As a finishing touch, I added a Baker’s Twine bow to the largest balloon.  I used white twine, which I tinted with Tranquil Tide ink.  The other two balloons are sporting Linen Thread bows.  A trio of Tranquil Tide Artisan Pearls complete the look.

hot air balloon card

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.   We offer alternatives for every challenge.   Plus, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials, retired Stampin’ Up! products, design team cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember:  To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register on the challenge site to get started.

To see all of the inspiration our Design Team has created for you, head on over to Festive Friday Challenges!

Would you like to create your own hot air balloon card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own embossed thank you card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

September: W2RV39DH

  • Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.
  • If you are in need of a Holiday Catalog, and you do not have a demonstrator, please email me ([email protected]) and I will drop one in the mail to you!

As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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Price: $110.00

On the CASE: Stitched All Around

Stitched All Around

Nicole and I are back On the CASE. Our mission: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, breaking down gorgeous samples step-by-step, just for you! CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we do. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts. Today’s edition features a CASE of a fabulous card created with the Stitched All Around bundle.

Stitched All Around
Annual Catalog Page 17

Stitiched All Around

I love this card.  It is one which appeals to my love of layers and details.  It has a retro color combination, and is oh, so cute!  I hope you enjoy my CASE of this adorable Stitched All Around card and the accompanying  step-by-step tutorial.

Stitched All Around

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Stitched All Around
Paper:  Basic Black (2-3/8″ x 5-1/2″), Bermuda Bay (scrap), Coastal Cabana (scraps), Flirty Flamingo (3-1/2″ x 4″), Poppy Parade (scrap), Powder Pink (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″), Shimmery White (2-1/2″ x 2″), Tropical Escape Designer Series Paper ( 2-1/4″ x 4-1/4″)
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn
Other:  Big Shot, Stitched Labels Framelits, Black 1/2″ Satin Ribbon, Rose Metallic Thread, Artisan Pearls, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, SNAIL

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.  Score the Powder Pink cardstock at 4-1/4″ to form the card base. Crease with a bone folder.

2.  Use the Stitches framelit to create faux stitches at the top and bottom of the card front. Emboss with the “X” die in the position shown.

Stitched All Around

3. Mat the Designer Series paper onto Basic Black cardstock, leaving a 1/8th border on the right.  Adhere to the card base.  Add Black 1/2″ Satin Ribbon where the Powder Pink cardstock and Designer Paper meet.

Stitched All Around

4.  Using the Stitched Labels framelits,  die cut the following pieces from the cardstock color noted:  Ornate frame – Flirty Flamingo; Circle – Coastal Cabana;  Label – Bermuda Bay;  Heart – 2 Poppy Parade, 1 Coastal Cabana, 1 Flirty Flamingo.

Stitched All Around

5.  Tear out the middle of the ornate frame.

Stitched All Around

6.  Stamp the sentiment in Black onto Shimmery White cardstock.   Re-ink and stamp onto Coastal Cabana cardstock. Cut out the Coastal Cabana “fabulous” and adhere onto the white cardstock.  Note:  To save paper, you can selectively ink just the word if you wish.

Stitched All Around7.  Stamp the vine image in Bermuda Bay.

Stitched All Around

8.  Adhere to the back of the Flirty Flamingo frame so the sentiment shows through.

Stitched All Around

9.  Adhere the Bermuda Bay label to the back of the ornate frame.  Adhere the frame to the card base using dimensionals.  Loop Rose Metallic Thread behind the stitched circle, and then adhere to the corner of the frame.  Add the hearts.  Finally, embellish with Artisan Pearls as shown.

Stitched All Around

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

With all the steps involved, today’s card is not for the faint hearted.  However, each step is easy, and the end result is well with the time invested.   Difficulty Level:  3 out of 5.

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+  & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE: Picnic with YouNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  You will be delighted with what she has in store for you!

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s easy card, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

August: 7V2KARM2

  • Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.
  • If you are in need of a Holiday Catalog, and you do not have a demonstrator, please email me ([email protected]) and I will drop one in the mail to you!

Bonus Days are BACK!  August 1st – 31st, 2018 Spend $50 and Earn a $5 Coupon Code to Redeem in September!

  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can be delivered only via email.
  • If you earn multiple codes from a single order, you will receive one email with multiple codes. If you earn multiple codes from multiple orders, you will receive separate emails for each code earned.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes you can earn per order or throughout the duration of the Bonus Days earning period.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes participants can use on an order during redemption.
  • Bonus Days coupon codes may be redeemed for any product (excluding Starter Kits and Paper Pumpkin Monthly Subscriptions.)
    • New prepaid Paper Pumpkin codes may be discounted with Bonus Days coupon codes.

As always, if you have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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Price: $110.00

FF0015: Embossed Thank You

embossed thank you card

It’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! For FF0015, we are celebrating International Dot Day (September 15) with an Embossing Folder twist. You can create a card celebrating dots, or you can create a card or project that uses an embossing folder, or you can combine both! Whatever way you decide to create is fine with us! We would love to have you play along!

Embossed Thank You Card

embossed thank you card

For today’s challenge, I opted to do the embossing folder twist using the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  You might remember this folder from my previous post.  It will be available when the Holiday Catalog goes live on September 5th.   I thought the coffee pot image, which reminds me of a vintage granite coffee pot,  was perfect to use with this folder.  I hope you enjoy today’s card.

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

The embossing folder takes center stage on this card.  When couple with the new Galvanized Metallic paper, available September 5th, the results are stunning, and very, very vintage.

embossed thank you card

The flowers were colored using Stampin’ Blends, and then snipped out.  A small pearl adorns the center of the larger blossom.

embossed thank you card

The coffee pot was also colored using Stampin’ Blends.  An adorable little oval bearing the sentiment “Thanks” adorns the front , while a snippet of Very Vanilla lace embellishes the top rim.  Also of interest is the Galvanized Clip with Braided Linen Trim bow, both of which are found in the new Holiday Catalog.

embossed thank you cardA strip of Country Lane Designer Series Paper is accented with a Basic Black die cut created with a thinlit from the Petals & More collection.  Of course, I had to add pearls.

embossed thank you card

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.  If you do not wish to create an International Dot Day project, you could create a card or project featuring an embossing folder.  We offer alternatives for every challenge.  Plus, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials (including the tutorial for today’s card), retired Stampin’ Up! products, design team cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember:  To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register on the challenge site to get started.

To see all of the inspiration our Design Team has created for you, head on over to Festive Friday Challenges!

Would you like to create your own embossed thank you card card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own embossed thank you card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

August: 7V2KARM2

  • Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.
  • If you are in need of a Holiday Catalog, and you do not have a demonstrator, please email me ([email protected]) and I will drop one in the mail to you!

As always, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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Price: $110.00

Stamp Review Crew: A Vintage Varied Vases Card

vintage varied vases card

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Varied Vases Edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, the Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set. The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want. This week we are featuring the Varied Vases stamp set. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from the talented Nikki Spencer.  After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the creative Lou Kitzelman.  Be prepared to be inspired!

Vintage Varied Vases Card
vintage varied vases

Varied Vases is a set which is definitely very versatile. From clean and simple to layered and lacy, this set can handle it all.  Since I am feeling pretty vintage myself these days, I decided to put a vintage twist on this set by using Galvanized Metallic Paper and the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  Both of these items will be available in the new Holiday Catalog which goes live on September 5th.  I hope you enjoy this vintage Varied Vases card!

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
Vintage Varied Vases Card

vintage Varied Vases

Nothing cries “vintage” more than old tin tile ceilings. The small country grocery store where my family shopped at when I was a child had tin tile ceilings.  Later in my life, a gorgeous Victorian home which had them in the kitchen made the “short list” of homes we were thinking of buying.  I was thrilled when I saw the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder in the Holiday Catalog.  Coupled with the new Galvanized Metallic paper, it adds a distinctive vintage flair to any card.

Vintage Varied Vases card

The trio of vases was punched from Very Vanilla cardstock. The floral images were stamped in Basic Gray, and colored using Petal Pink, Pool Party and Highland Heather inks. The branches were die cut using the thinlit from the Petals & More collection.

vintage Varied Vases

The long Stained Glass border thinlit adds a Craftsman flair.  Very Vanilla 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle and Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim was woven through the slats.

vintage Varied Vases

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  If would like to try your hand at creating your own vintage Varied Vases card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.   You will receive a little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.  Remember, the Tin Tile embossing folder and the Galvanized Metallic paper are not available until September 5th, when the Holiday Catalog goes live.

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Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Lou to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…

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  • Bonus Days are BACK! August 1st – 31st, 2018 Spend $50 and Earn a $5 Coupon Code to Redeem in September!
  • Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.
  • If you are in need of a Holiday Catalog, and you do not have a demonstrator, please email me ([email protected]) and I will drop one in the mail to you!

Price: $110.00

On the CASE: The CASE of the Friendly Conversation

easy card

Nicole and I are back On the CASE. Our mission: To work through current Stampin’ Up! catalogs, breaking down gorgeous samples step-by-step, just for you! CASE means to Copy and Share with Everyone, and that is exactly what we do. We hope you enjoy the cards we CASE and the free tutorials included in our posts. Today’s edition features a CASE of an easy card created with the Friendly Conversation set.

Friendly Conversation
Cute and Easy Card
Annual Catalog Page 117
easy card

I can’t help it.  I fell in love with today’s card the moment I saw it in the catalog.  I loved the colors and the color blocking technique the designer used.  And isn’t this the sweetest sentiment?  Yep, I’ll admit it.  I bought the Friendly Conversation stamp set simply because of this one card.  Surely I am not the only person who does this. I hope you enjoy today’s CASE and tutorial of this adorable and easy card.

easy card

Colors of the Day
Stamps and Papers and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Friendly Conversation
Paper:  Gray Granite Cardstock (5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, 2-1/2″ x 4″, 2-1/2″ x 4″), Whisper White Cardstock (3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″), Granny Apple Green Cardstock (scrap), Highland Heather (scrap), Lovely Lipstick (scrap)
Ink:  Granny Apple Green, Highland Heather, Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy
Other:  Big Shot, Petals & More Thinlits, Best Route Washi Tape, Glitter Enamel Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, SNAIL

“On the CASE” Notes
Your Step-by-Step Guide

1.   Score the Gray Granite cardstock at 4-1/4″ to form the card base. Crease with a bone folder.

2.  Die cut two leafy sprigs from Gray Granite cardstock.  Adhere to the card base using multipurpose liquid glue.

easy card

easy card

3.  Ink the sentiment in Night of Navy and stamp onto Whisper White cardstock.

easy card

4.  Selectively ink the word “laugh”, and stamp onto Lovely Lipstick cardstock. Snip out and adhere to the sentiment with SNAIL.  Repeat with the word “cry” (Granny Apple Green cardstock) and “smile” (Highland Heather cardstock).

easy card

5.  Stamp the “splash” image in Lovely Lipstick and in Highland Heather in the positions shown.  Stamp the heart in Granny Apple Green.

easy card

6.  Adhere the sentiment panel to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Add Gray Granite Best Route  Washi tape under each side. Embellish with Glitter Enamel Dots.
easy card

How Hard Was It to Crack This CASE

Today’s project truly is an easy card! No problems here, for sure.  It just takes a little more time than one would expect.  But it’s such an adorable card, it’s well worth the time.   Difficulty Level:  2 out of 5.

#SUontheCASE

Nicole and I hope our projects today inspire you to try CASEing the catalog, too! We’ll be “on the case”, looking for the hashtag #SUontheCASE on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+  & Pinterest). If we find one of your projects, we’ll share it, like it, repost it – we’ll do it all!

On the CASE: Picnic with YouNow head on over to Nicole at  Pixel Maven’s Retreat to see the CASE file she has been working on.  Nicole always writes the BEST tutorials!  I know what she has CASED…and you will be delighted! I LOVE it!

Ready to get On this CASE?  If you enjoyed today’s easy card, and would like to try your hand at creating your own CASE,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a special little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

August: 7V2KARM2

  • Are you in search of a specific retired stamp set? I just might have it on my list of  Retired Sets for Sale.
  • If you are in need of a Holiday Catalog, and you do not have a demonstrator, please email me ([email protected]) and I will drop one in the mail to you!

Bonus Days are BACK!  August 1st – 31st, 2018 Spend $50 and Earn a $5 Coupon Code to Redeem in September!

  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can be delivered only via email.
  • If you earn multiple codes from a single order, you will receive one email with multiple codes. If you earn multiple codes from multiple orders, you will receive separate emails for each code earned.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes you can earn per order or throughout the duration of the Bonus Days earning period.
  • There is no limit to the number of coupon codes participants can use on an order during redemption.
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As always, if you have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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#FF0014: Watercolored Dog Card – Happy Birthday, Twins

watercolored dog cardIt’s time for the Festive Friday Challenge, where every challenge is a party! For FF0014, we are celebrating National Dog Day (September 26th) with a Rhinestone twist. You can create a card to celebrate dogs, or you can create a card or project that has rhinestones, or you can combine both! Whatever way you decide to create is fine with us! We would love to have you play along!

Watercolored Dog Card

Watercolored Dog Card

For today’s challenge I created a cute, watercolored card using Stampin’ Up!’s Bella & Friends stamp set.  Although this card was designed to celebrate National Dog Day, it could very easily be used to celebrate a young child’s birthday or the birth of a baby.

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

The pups from Bella & Friends are just the cutest little guys. They were watercolored using a Blender Pen and the inks listed above.

watercolored dog card

Two are perched on clouds which were die cut using the Up &  Away Thinlits.  Even the sentiment, courtesy of Cake Soiree, is nestled on a cloud.

watercolored dog card

And doesn’t every celebration deserve balloons? Our third pooch is floating skyward courtesy of a  Pool Party balloon.

watercolored dog card

I think this card is just perfect for celebrating the Twins’ birthday. Can you believe they turned 8 years old yesterday?

It seems like just yesterday they babies, snuggling on the couch.

watercolored dog card

Now their faces have silvered, but they still snuggle with each other.

watercolored dog card

This may be the last birthday they share.  Many of you have asked how Brody is doing.  Unfortunately, Brody’s health is beginning to decline.  Just a month ago he was still full of vim and vigor, but the cancer is beginning to take its toll.  So we will continue to live every day to its fullest until his eyes tell me he is ready to say good-by…

The Challenge Twists

As mentioned earlier, Festive Friday is a challenge with twists.  If you do not wish to create a National Dog Day project, you could create a card or project featuring the color rhinestones.  We offer alternatives for every challenge.  Plus, if you play along with us, you will be earning Fest Points which can be redeemed for items such as tutorials (including the tutorial for today’s card), retired Stampin’ Up! products, design team cards, and even a spot as a Guest Designer! But remember:  To earn Fest Points, you need an account on the challenge site. Just click on login/register on the challenge site to get started.

To see all of the inspiration our Design Team has created for you, head on over to Festive Friday Challenges!

Would you like to create your own watercolored dog card card?  If you enjoyed today’s card, and would like to create your own watercolored dog card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.  Be sure to use this month’s Host Code.  Online orders over $50 (before tax and shipping) will receive a little gift from me IF you use the Host Code.  If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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As always, if you have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Until next time…

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Price: $110.00

Stamp Review Crew: Rooted in Nature Sympathy Card

sympathy card

It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Sea of Textures Edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, the Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set. The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want. This week we are featuring the Rooted in Nature stamp set. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from the talented Stesha Bloodhart.  After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the creative Mary Haugen.

Rooted in Nature Sympathy Card

Rooted in Nature

A very good friend of mine said good-by to his first Boxer this past week.  They had been together for 12 years.  Knowing how much my friend was hurting, I wanted to design a card which would not only express my sympathy, but which would also be a card of encouragement.  I thought the Rooted in Nature stamp set, would be the perfect choice.  I had envisioned a card which would use one of the tree images, but by accident I ended up creating this card.  Preoccupied and saddened, (I knew the dog well and had stayed with him for three weeks last summer),  I was not paying close attention and haphazardly placed the leaf thinlits onto a strip of copper foil, not realizing they were embossing thinlits. Surprisingly enough, they were fairly well lined up.  When I removed the thinlits, I was struck by the beauty of the embossing, and decided to make them the focal point.  I hope my friend will find comfort from both the card and the words inside.

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

Today’s card is a simple, classic design, one which allows the embossed panel to take center stage.  It was matted onto Mint Macaron cardstock, and popped up on dimensionals.  If I were to make this panel again, I would align the top leaf a wee bit better.  But after encouraging  decades of students to reduce, reuse and recycle, this old science teacher used the one I had accidentally created.

sympathy card

The sentiment was heat embossed in copper.  I snipped off “Be Strong” from the rest of the image, and matted it onto Mint Macaron.  It was also adhered using dimensionals. Because it looked lonely by itself, I added leaf images which I created by stamping the images in Cajun Craze and Tranquil Tide onto vellum.  I then heat embossed them with copper embossing powder for a neat beaded effect.  A snippet of copper metallic thread completes the look.

sympathy card

Obviously, this card could be used for a variety of occasions by switching out the sentiment.

Rooted in Nature

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.  If would like to try your hand at creating your own Rooted in Nature card,  the supply list is located below.  Clicking on a product takes you right to my store.   You will receive a little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code.   If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code.  You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.

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Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Lou to see what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…

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Price: $110.00