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!
Wood Texture DSP

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!!

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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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NC Demos March Blog Hop – Cute Critters

Welcome to our NC Demos March Blog Hop!  I am so happy you decided to check us out.  We have a record number of demonstrators participating this month, so there are lots to check out.  You may have hopped here from Trish Todd’s blog, and I know her project was just amazing!

I’m so thrilled that this month’s theme is Cute Critters laugh  We have quite a  selection of stamps sets pertaining to critters, so it was a little difficult for me to narrow down the card I wanted to submit.   We recently added several adorable sets in the current Occasions Catalog, so I decided to choose one of them.

The stamp set is called Happy Tails and I used the coordinating Dog Builder Punch.  Isn’t it just too cute??  You can stamp the dog just as it is, or you can add large or small spots.  And of course, there is the prerequisite dog house along with some other accessories.  The sentiments are cute too! 

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The front of the card is fairly simple.  I stamped the dog using the smaller spots, stamped the collar and punched it out.  Then I stamped the dog house in black and used Real Red for the primary color.  Next, I stamped several grass images using a stamp from the High Tide set.  I used a sponge dauber and Garden Green Ink to add some depth to the grassy area,  I added Dimensionals to the dog and placed him next to the dog house.  Then I took a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock and stamped and cut out the bone and placed it over the door for decoration.  And last but not least, I stamped the sentiment, hand cut it into 2 pieces and then layered with Real Red and Basic Black.
I had a specific idea of what I wanted to do with the inside of this card.  I attempted to do a pop-up card of sorts.  It’s kind of hard to see it from the photos.  But, the dog houses do pop out when you open the card.  I guess I’m going to have to figure out how to add videos to my blog posts so I can show things like this!   You can see a little more of the fold in the picture on the right…

 

 

 

 For the dog house strip, I used the Stamparatus to evenly stamp 4 houses,  Then I fussy cut around the peaks of the houses and left about 1/4″ of cardstock on each side to use for adhering the strip to the inside of the card.  I then scored between each house and about 1/4″ from each end to allow for the flaps.. The strip was then folded like an accordion and I placed tear tape on each end.  I practiced my positioning so that the card would close without any of the folded strip peeking out, but it also needed to pop out when the card was opened.  Once I was satisfied with the positioning, I removed the tear tape backing and pressed each end to make sure the strip was secure. I finished the inside with 2 panels of Whisper White and used the Detailed Trio Punch to add a little pop. I definitely would like to practice this a little more, but for my first attempt, I was pleased with how it turned out.  Supplies for this card are listed below. 

 

I hope you enjoyed my Cute Critter.  If you love Happy Tails as much as I do, you can order the bundle HERE.  Since this set was introduced in the current Occasions catalog, we don’t know yet if it will carry over to the next Annual Catalog so get it now while you still can!   (Savings Tip:  Did you know that when we offer a stamp set with a coordinating punch or set of dies, you can save 10% when you purchase them as a bundle?)   

Now please continue on to see what the rest of this talented group selected as their Cute Critters.  I know you won’t be disappointed…!  Sue Stapp is the next stamper on the list smiley

Thanks for visiting!!

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NC Demos February Blog Hop – Keeping it in the Lines

Hello!  Welcome to our monthly NC Demos Blog Hop!  You may have just visited Frances Wagner’s blog and seen her amazing project! Thank you for continuing on through the rest of this months hop participants. 

Our theme for this month is ‘Keeping it in the Lines’. We were challenged with using our favorite line stamp set (how do you pick just one!) and then using our favorite coloring method.  SU! provides a LOT of options for that.  I find that I always forget how much I like coloring until I sit down and do it.  I will say, I definitely have to be in the mood for it, but once I start it is so relaxing to me.

The stamp set I chose was one that I received as a gift at last April’s On Stage event.  And I’m slightly embarrased to say that this is the first time I’ve used it surprise.  It is such a pretty set of images, I just felt like they were so small and I wasn’t quite sure what I’d want to create with them.  So the poor stamp set sat on the shelf, just waiting to be loved! (Click on the image if you’d like to add this to YOUR stamp collection!) In Every Season Clear-Mount Stamp Set

I knew I wanted to do something other than a card this month, and I have quite a few shadow boxes in my craft room inventory so I started to think of a project using one of them.  And since I am anxiously waiting for some signs of Spring, this stamp set immediately came to mind.

I chose 3 images, stamped them using Memento Ink and picked the colors of Stampin’ Blends I wanted to use and then I got busy.  And just an added note, when you are coloring with our Stampin’ Blends (alcohol markers) you must use Memento ink so that the outline doesn’t bleed.  After I fnished coloring, I felt like the images looked a little too plain, so I grabbed my Light Soft Sea Foam Blends and created a backgound for the images.  I really like how it made the images pop.

                   

After I finished coloring everything, I mounted the images on to Basic Black squares.
I tried several different colors of cardstock to use as the  background of  my 5×7 shadow box, but I just couldnt find a color that really made the images stand out.  So, I just went with white.  And to give it a little texture, I scored lines vertically every 1/2″.  It’s hard to see in the finished project unless you are holding it close.  And a little bonus of having the vertical lines, it made lining up my squares a LOT easier!
And this is the finished project.  A nice, clean home decor item that can be displayed pretty much all year!  I do apologize for the quality of the photo, it’s difficult to get a good image when you are trying to photograph something with a glass front cheeky  All the supplies used are at the bottom of my post.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!  Please continue hopping along with us this month and visit the extremely talented  Jo Anne Hewins.  I know she has another fabulous project for us!

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Sale-a-Bration 2nd Release Items

Today we are going to take a look at the new Sale-a-Bration releases.  We’ve added 3 new items for you to choose from!

First up is a new stamp set called All Adorned (149728) and a sample card made using this set.  I love the sentiments and the images in this set.  This is available at the $50 level.

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The next new offering is Country Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder (149698) and a sample card.  The image this folder produces is STUNNING!!  There are so many possibilities for using this.  You can emboss on foil papers, emboss on Whisper White card stock and use our markers to color in the detail (as seen in the sample card), any apply ink directly to the embossing folder are just a few of the ideas.  This is available at the $50 level.

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And last but certainly not least is the Painted Seasons Bundle (150349) which comes with the stamp set and Designer series paper .  This bundle is available at the $100 level.  The patterns in the set of DSP are amazing!

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Click HERE to see a video that gives you a little more detail about this bundle.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the new SAB offerings!  And if you’d like to see everything that’s available at both levels, along with some amazing projects, please visit my website by clicking HERE .

Thanks for stopping by today!

January NC Demos Blog – A Perfect Pair

Welcome to our January NC Demos Blog Hop!  This is a GREAT start to the New Year because we have brand NEW bloggers this month!!  Woo Hoo!! I’m so glad to see new people joining our hop, it’s just so much fun and a great way to share.  You may have just come from Frances Wagner’s Blog and I know she had a great project!

Our theme for this month is “A Perfect Pair”.  We were to create something using items from both the current Occasions Catalog and the Annual Catalog.  I know that everyone gets so excited when we unveil a new Annual Catalog, but a few months after that we come out with the Holiday Catalog.  And then a few months later there’s a new Occasions Catalog. I think we tend to forget our great Annual catalog when all the new goodies come out.  So, this is a great way to make sure we aren’t forgetting it!

My project wasn’t supposed to be displayed until this blog posted, BUT I recently attended our NC Demonstrator Quarterly event and at the last minute, I decided to submit my card in one of the contests that are always held during these events.  And to my honor and surprise, my card was in a 3-way tie for first place!  The category was Simple Stamping (what we used to call Easy to Demonstrate).  I was so glad I decided to submit it!

                                                                                                                                                                    The idea for this card had been bouncing around in my head for a few days.  I love the new Geared Up Garage bundle, but I wanted to see if I could venture outside the masculine mindset.
I immediately thought PINK and from there the rest of the card fell into place.  I colored the car image using Lt. Flirty Flamingo blends and cut it out using one of the car dies.Then I went right to our Fabulous Flamingo set in the Annual Catalog because I remembered that there was a sentiment that said “tickled pink for you”…PERFECT!

I stamped the sentiment on a scrap piece of Powder Pink cardstock and punched it using the Tailored Tag Punch, which is also in the Annual catalog.

 

Using another scrap of paper, this time Smokey Slate, I punched another tag.  I cut that in half horizontally and then mounted each piece so that it framed the top and bottom of the Tickled Pink tag.

 


Next I used the “oil splatter” stamp with Smokey Slate ink.  Then to add a little texture to the Whisper White mat I used the Subtles Dynamic Embossing folder, lightly spritzing the cardstock with water before running it through the Big Shot.  This softens the fibers in the paper which allows it to show much more dimension from the folder.  Just be careful not to saturate the card, just a light mist will do the trick.  The pink car was adhered with Tombow directly to the Whisper White embossed piece.  I cut a small piece of Striped Metallic ribbon and placed behind the tag and then attached it to the card with dimensionals.

      

     
I hope you enjoyed my out of the box idea for this masculine set.  And that you won’t forget our amazing Annual catalog while you are playing with your new purchases from the Occasions catalog.  There are so many opportunities to find A Perfect Pair!And just a quick reminder, no matter which catalog you purchase from, you will earn free Sale-a-Bration items for every $50 increment!  This promotion ends on March 31st., so make sure you are making the most of it!  It’s a great time to shop, host and JOIN Stampin’ UP!  I’d love to have you on my team laugh

I hope you will continue hopping with us and visit our next talented demonstrator and first time NC Demo Blog hopper, Jackie Claes.  And I equally excited to share that Jackie is part of my team, Stamping Companions.  I so happy that she has decided to join us this month smiley.

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