The Holiday’s On Sale!

Did you know that Stampin’ UP! has a Clearance Rack?  Well, they do!  Recently, for the first time, stamps have been added 🙂  And the current offerings include a LOT of seasonal stamps, dies, and punches.  If you are anything like me, I LOVE a sale.  And with the holidays looming down on us (Christmas will be here before you know it!!) now is a great time to grab some of these deals.  There are stamps for Halloween as well.  You can click on this link to see the entire Clearance Rack, or click on the individual pictures below for the Holiday-themed items.  And as a special BONUS for this month only, if you place an order on my online store, I will send you a package of 5 random hand-stamped greeting cards from my stash! (Selection will be various greeting/holiday themes).

 

Don’t delay in making your selections though, these items are only while supplies last.

 

New Catalog Favorites!

 

Hello and welcome to our June NC Demos Blog Hop!  I hope you are enjoying the first week of Summer, hard to believe we are at the end of June already.  And we are about a month into our new Annual catalog.  I’ve been having a great time going through the catalog and adding to my wish list.  And that list keeps growing, lol!  There is just so much to love about this year’s catalog.  If you don’t already have one and would like one, please leave me a comment on this post or on my FB page (https://www.facebook.com/tonimariscreations/) and I will get one out to you.

So, for the task at hand, showcasing a couple of new favorites from the catalog.  The stamp set I used, Memorable Mosaic,  is still a bit of a surprise to me because it’s not normally something I’d gravitate to.  But, we received a pack of the coordinating DSP, Mosiac Mood, at On Stage in April so I figured I’d purchase the matching stamps.  And I’ll tell you, I’ve really enjoyed using this set!

 

I decided that since my July class is going to feature fancy folds, I’d use that theme for this card.  I saw a post by Jackie Bolhuis – Klompen Stampers and she featured this really cool fold.  What I liked most about it is that it shows both sides of a sheet of DSP.  The DSP is 5 1/2″ x 12″ and it’s scored at 1 3/4″, 4 3/4″ and 7 3/4″ and you fold that accordion style.  That piece is essentially your base.  You also need a piece of cardstock (I used Very Vanilla) that is 4″ x 5 1/4″ which is layered on the last panel of the scored DSP.  And to finish it off you need one piece of card stock that is 2 3/4″ x 4″ (I again used VV) and a piece to mat the VV, which is 2 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ and I used Garden Green for that.  When mounting the matted piece, you only want to put adhesive on the left-hand side of the smallest folded panel so that you can open the card.

This is a very simple card to make and is great for using up DSP that you have on hand.  I am definitely going to make several versions of this card using some of the beautiful DSP papers we have in the new annual catalog!

 

 

One of my other favorite items in the new catalog is the Parcels and Petals Bundle.

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I LOVE boxes and bags so anytime we come out with a new die for them, I just have to get it.  I only used the dies for my 2nd project, but I used the Mosaic Mood DSP to keep the theme consistent.  I will tell you that it took me several attempts to figure out how to assemble this box!  It is definitely easier to work with using DSP versus our card stock, but you can use either.  I posted a video on my Facebook page, Toni Mari’s Creations, to show how to assemble this box.

 

So, these are just a couple of my favorite things from the new catalog.  There are so many more, lol!

So, would you like to see some of the favorites from a few of our other talented NC Demonstrators?  Then hop along to see Erin Cook’s blog, I’m sure she has a wonderful project to share with us!  Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Erin Cook

Tina Lesson

Tracie Evans Langley

Jo Anne Hewins

Toni Campana > You are here!

Frances Wagner

Sue Root

 

 

Supplies for my projects:

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This is Your Last Chance! (Really, it is!)

Last-Chance Products

We are coming down to the wire with our 2018-2019 Annual Catalog!  If you still have items on your wishlist, you only have until June 3rd (or while supplies last!) to place your order. You can click on any of the blocks below to see what we still have left to purchase.   If you place an order on my website, please use Host Code G99HCYUF and you will be entered into my Mystery Host Contest! (host benefits are dependent on total sales for this host code)

 

Retiring StampsRetiring Stamps

 

Retiring BundlesRetiring Bundles

 

Everything Else!Everything Else

 

 

Everything Is Rosy Product Medley

We are also coming to the end of the special offer of our first Product Medley.  The list below shows everything you get in this medley.  This is a terrific value for the amount of product that you receive!  Click on the banner above to place your order!!

Medley includes these exclusive products:
* Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c
* Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
* 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 6″ x 6″ rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
* Printed die cuts—2 sheets
* Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
* Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
* Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

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And last but not least, if you are not on my mailing list to receive the new 2019-2020 catalog and would like a copy, please comment on this post with your mailing address and I will make sure I get one to you immediately!

NC Demo Blog Hop – Fond Farewell

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Welcome to our monthly NC Demo Blog Hop!  Thank you for joining us this month.  You may have just come from  Jo Anne’s blog and I’m certain she has shared a wonderful project with you.

Stampin’ UP!’s 2018-2019 Annual Catalog is getting set to retire at the end of this month.  This is both a sad time and an exciting time for both customers and demonstrators.  Sad because inevitably some of our favorite sets and accessories will retire, but excited because there will be new items to replace them!

There are quite a few sets that are retiring that I am going to miss.  I featured one of them on my blog last month, Lovely as a Tree.  For this months project, I selected another favorite of mine, Half Full.  I remember being so excited to see this stamp set when it was introduced because I am a lover of wine!  And I am sad that it will be retiring.  But this will be one of the sets that I move out of my current stamp sets and over to my personal stash.  I try not to hang on to too many retiring sets because at some point you just run out of room to store everything.  But there are some that are special and sets that I know I’ll continue to use for personal card making.

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I used Merry Merlot card stock for my base (of course!) and Shimmery White to stamp the images in Memento Black Ink.  I then colored the images using various Blends.  I love how the ink just glides over the card stock.  If you haven’t tried our  Blends yet, you really need to give them a try.  They work best on our Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Shimmery White card stocks.  And you should always use Memento ink to stamp your images because the  Blends will not cause the outline to bleed.

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This card is a little different in that there is an open space between the top half and the bottom half, and they are held together by the layered wine bottle piece.  This is a fun way to change up your cards.  I’ve seen some samples where a piece of acetate is inserted between the top and bottle half, but I chose to leave mine open.

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I stamped the wine glass on the inside to carry on the theme.  It’s nicely hidden behind the wine bottle panel when the card is closed.

I hope you enjoyed my card this month.  I did enjoy a little bit of wine while I was creating it, sort of a life imitating art situation, lol!

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Don’t forget that you only have until June 3rd to order any retiring items from the current catalog.  The Last Chance Products can be found HERE!

Thanks for stopping by and please continue on to the others demonstrators to see their favorite retiring items.

Follow NC Demo Bloggers

 

Jo Anne Hewins 

Tina Lesson 

Toni Campana >>> You Are Here!

Patricia Todd

Frances Wagner 

Tracie Evans Langley

Anita Trippi  

 

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NC Demos April Blog Hop

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Welcome to our monthly NC Demos blog hop!  Thank you for joining us.  You may have just come from  Tracie Evans Langley’s blog, and I know she had something fun to share with you.

I’d like to start off by saying Welcome Spring! It’s finally here and so far it’s been pretty pleasant!  Spring can be so iffy weather wise, it can be cold and wet or warm and sunny, sometimes on the same day, lol!  When Spring arrives it brings with it several holidays and events.   There’s Mother’s Day, Father’s Day,  Memorial Day,  graduations, weddings, etc.   We were to pick a Spring event for our theme this month and I decided to pick Father’s Day.  And I also chose to pick one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, Lovely As A Tree.  I am so very sad that this set will officially retire at the end of May.  It has been a go-to set for me for many, many occasions.  If you don’t have this in your collection, I urge you to get it.  It’s such a versatile stamp set.

I also wanted to use another retiring favorite, the Wood Texture Designer Series Paper.  It’s another great item that can be used so many ways.  The prints are so authentic and you get 48 6×6 pieces!  So it goes a long way too!  I’m definitely going to stock up on more of this for my private stash before it’s gone.  And if you love it as much as I do, I’d suggest you do the same!
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I started out by punching several pieces of the DSP, using as many different patterns as I could.  I laid them out on a piece of 4′ x 5.25′ Very Vanilla cardstock until I had a pattern I was happy with.  Then I attached them with double-sided adhesive.

I then turned that over and trimmed off all the pieces that were hanging over the Very Vanilla layer.  Then that layer was placed on the card base using dimensionals.

Next, I stamped the Oak Tree image on to one of the patterns from the DSP pack and used the Layering Circle Framelits to cut that image and also a larger sized circle of Soft Suede.  Using scraps, I cut a strip of Soft Suede and stamped World’s Best Father from the Itty Bitty Greetings set.  To give it more of a rugged appearance, I used my fingernail to rough up both edges of the strip.  That was then taped to the card base and I added 2 Pearl Basic Jewels colored with the dark Soft Suede Blends on either side of the sentiment.  The Oak Tree circle layered on to the Soft Suede circle and it was applied to the card base using dimensionals.

 

Happy Father's Day with Lovely As A Tree Happy Father’s Day using Lovely As A Tree

 

 

 

 

This is a great layout for using up any extra DSP you have lying around.  The most time-consuming part was deciding which patterns to use!  I am going to make several of them using various packs of DSP and just save them for future card projects.

I hope you enjoyed this simple card!  Please continue on through the blog hop and visit our next talented demonstrator,  Anita Trippi. She always has amazing projects!

And remember that we are nearing the end of our current Annual Catalog.  The items that are retiring are only available while supplies last, so take a look at the Last Chance Product section on my website and order your favorites before they are gone for good!

 

 

 Toni Campana <<YOU ARE HERE>>

Anita Trippi

Tina Lesson

Jo Anne Hewins

Laurie Meier

Frances Wagner

Tracie Evans Langley

 

 

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Did someone say SALE??!!

Who doesn’t love a sale?? I know I do, it’s the first place I head in any store that I’m shopping in, lol!  Well, you can shop a terrific sale right from the comfort of your own home.  Stampin’ UP! has added lots of new items to their Clearance Rack.  Take a look below but if there’s anything you see here that you just need to add to your stash, don’t delay because these products are only available while supplies last!!

And don’t forget to use this Host Code WQDWNCQZ to be entered into my Mystery Host drawing at the end of April!!

Spider Trinkets

$6.00
$2.40

Spooky Bats Punch

$18.00
$10.80

Snowflake Trinkets

$8.00
$3.20

Snowfall Thinlits Dies

$39.00
$23.40

Santa's Bags

$10.00
$4.00

Jute Twine

$5.50
$2.20

Galvanized Clips

$6.00
$2.40

Blizzard Thinlits Die

$28.00
$16.80

Bell Punch

$18.00
$10.80

Teaching an old dog…well, you know the rest

I started playing around with this blog months ago (I’m embarrassed to say just how many!), but just felt so overwhelmed that I backed away from the keyboard.  I already had a blog that is tied to my Stampin’ UP! website and I taught myself how to use that.  I’ll tell you, it wasn’t easy.  I’d stumble, fall down and pick myself up and try again.  And I finally felt fairly comfortable using the blog feature, so much so that I offered training for some of my demonstrator friends.  I was pretty happy that I had figured out how to use it and could share that skill with others who were struggling with it.  And wouldn’t you know it,  just as I started to get ready to roll out some structured training, we found out that Stampin’ UP! is going to do away with the blogging feature of our website.  I immediately went into panic mode!! We knew that things were going to be updated  but since so many demonstrators had already decided to use different blogging platforms,  SU! didn’t feel that the effort it would take to overhaul our existing format was time and money well spent.  They encouraged us to find a platform that was more user-friendly.   And since the existing blog will be going away in a few short weeks, it was the push I needed to figure out how to use my Word Press blog.

So, that brings me to where I am now…learning a new blogging tool.  I used to do software training when I worked in the corporate world and I really did enjoy it.  I liked learning how to use all the features and then showing others how to use them.  Don’t get me wrong, there were lots of challenges involved but there was great satisfaction in finally feeling comfortable using a new tool.  So that’s what I’ll be doing over the new few weeks, learning how to use the tools with this new platform.  And to be honest, it hasn’t been terrible so far.  I think I’ve got the basics down, I just need to delve into the more complex options to make sure I’m using this blog to it’s fullest capacity.   I have duplicated all the posts from my Stampin’ UP! blog over to this blog, you’ll see them listed in the Archive section.  Take a look and catch up!

I do think it’s important to learn something new every day, and it doesn’t have to be something major. Little things count too. I think this is one of the things I enjoy about crafting is that I do continually learn new things. My main interest is paper crafting but I like doing other things. The first craft I ever learned was how to do embroidery and I was taught by my maternal grandmother.  She embroidered a lot of things, pillow cases, table covers, chair arm covers (remember those??). And she loved to crochet and tried to teach me but I was never able to get the hang of it back then. I’ve also learned to cross stitch, sew (made a lot of my own clothes while in High School), decorated cakes, t-shirt painting, knitting and I did finally tackle crocheting again although I’m still very much a beginner. But paper crafting and card making have been a staple for me. I love giving hand made cards. I can personalize them to the recipient based on their likes. And the feedback that I get reminds me that people do still like to get mail! Let’s face it, we all get tired of bills and advertisements every day. A hand made card breaks the monotony and hopefully puts a smile on their faces.

So, getting back to the topic at hand, you are never too old to learn something new. If you’ve never tried creating a card from scratch, you are missing out!  I would love to help you experience it. I hold monthly classes at my home and I’d love to show you how easy it is to create a beautiful handmade card. You have nothing to lose and might find that you enjoy this craft as much as I do!  There’s a minimal monthly fee to attend which covers materials and project preparation.  You can find my schedule by clicking on the Upcoming Events option at the top of this blog.  For those who are not local, do not despair!  I am planning on starting to do some online sessions as well, probably through Facebook Live and also doing video segments that I hope to be posting to YouTube sometime soon.  I hope you’ll join me there as well.

Thanks for visiting me in this new “home” for my blog.  I would love for you to subscribe so that you don’t miss any future posts.  You’ll find that option on the sidebar.  And remember to always keep learning!

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