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Top 5 Items from the Mini Catalog!

Do you ever wonder what our hottest items are when a new catalog is unveiled?  Well, I’m here today to share that news with you!  As you know, items appeal to people in so many different ways, we all have our likes and dislikes.  But I have to admit that I must have my finger on the pulse this time because I have already purchased all but one of the top 5 items, lol!  Have you purchased any of these items, or are they on your wishlist?  If you are interested in getting any of these sets, I’ve included the links on the photos so that you can get to them quickly in my online store 🙂

 

 

!.  Peaceful Poppies Suite – this is the whole shebang!  The suite comes with 2 stamp sets, dies, Designer Series Paper, White Crinkle Ribbon and a package of coordinating elements to help extend your creativity.  And here’s a tip you will want to save, you can take our SU! Blends and color the white ribbon any color you want!  This ribbon is a dream to work with, it ties so easily and doesn’t add a lot of bulk to your finished design.  You can click HERE to see a video of all the products in this awesome suite!

 

2.  Honeybee Bundle – If you are a lover of bees and beehives, this bundle is perfect for you!

And did you know, we have a coordinating SAB product for this bundle as well 🙂  The Designer Series Paper is not part of the bundle above.  But you can purchase the bundle and get the SAB items for free!

 

3.  Painted Poppies Bundle (just a segment of the Peaceful Poppies Suite)

 

4.  Heartfelt Bundle – While Valentines Day is very popular in the US, this set can certainly be used for many other occasions such as Weddings, anniversaries, or even just a “thinking of you” moment.  And I love the coordinating punches.  If you have scraps of designer series paper or cardstock lying around, use one of our many punches to create a stockpile of embellishments for upcoming projects!

 

5.  So Sentimental Bundle – I love having new sentiments to use, you can never have too many!  And having coordinating dies to go along with them makes it so easy to add them to your cards.  And don’t forget, sentiments aren’t just for cards, they can be used for so many things.  Take a look at the video so see how you can create adorable treats using some elements from the Heartfelt Bundle along with the So Sentimental Bundle.

 

So, were you surprised by the top 5?  I also have the top 5 Sale-a-Bration info that I will share with you on another post.  Remember, we still have 2 months of SAB left and we will also be revealing some new coordinating products on February 4th that you can pair up with both the 2020 Mini Catalog and SAB items!  Happy Stamping!

Toni

 

2020 Mini Catalog, Birthday Cards, Cards, Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' UP!

January NC Demos Blog Hop – Celebrating!

Welcome to our January NC Demos Blog Hop!  You probably just came from  Ariel Matera’s post, wasn’t it great?  We have such talented demonstrators in our monthly hops.  And we have new participants this month and that is VERY exciting!  If it’s something you’ve been thinking of doing, then please join us!  It’s been a bit more than a year ago that I decided to stop being my own worst critic and actually show some of my creations, lol!  And am I glad I did 🙂

This month’s theme is Celebrating.  Our project could be anything but it had to be centered around a celebration.  And I was thrilled when I saw the theme because one of my favorite Sale-a-Bration sets is Happy Birthday to You.  I really love the cursive font used and I wish there had been a few more sentiments in this set.  And did you know that we are adding a coordinating die set for these stamps?  Woo Hoo, that’s even more reason to love it! Starting Feb., 4th, you will be able to purchase the coordinating dies.   The dies are $27 and there are 5 dies in the set, one die for the entire cake, one that isolates the flowers on the cake, one for a cake stand and 2 other decorative elements (Order #153590).  So if you order the dies along with another $23 in merchandise, you can select the stamp set for FREE!  This is going to be my go-to birthday stamp set for a while 🙂

So, on to my card.    This is another one of those situations where I had the idea in my head, I just wasn’t sure how it was going to look once it was on paper!  I knew I wanted to try using our Pigment Sprinkles in some way on the cake.  Initially I tried using it on the seperate layer of flowers but I didn’t like how that turned out.  So I changed it and added them to the full cake image.  I was much happier with those results.  Our Pigment Sprinkles give you so much variety with little effort.  All I did was to stamp the cake image twice on white shimmer cardstock, using Stazon ink.  One image I cut the full cake and the other I just cut the flowers.  On the full cake image,  I lightly sprayed water on the image and added the sprinkles.  I used a little Melon Mambo and Mango Melody, to coordinate with the colors I used for the flowers.  I focused more on the area that is mostly cake because I was adding a separate layer of the flowers over the image, so it didn’t matter if I got pigment on that part.  And remember, a little goes a long way with this product.   You can see how little I used in the 3rd picture. Then I sprayed a little more water on the pigment.  You don’t want to spray too close to the pigment or it will over saturate the effect.

Next, I used Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo and Mango Melody markers to color the flowers.  I finished the flowers off with Wink of Stella.  If we ever discontinue that product it will break my heart!  I used my heat gun to make sure the full cake layer was completely dry, then I added the flower layer to it.  Next, I cut off the bottom of the cake stand and added the ornate cake plate cut in Gold Foil.

For my card layer, I used DSP from the new Pleased As Punch collection, another one of the Coordination offerings that you can purchase starting on Feb., 4th.  Then, I ran a piece of vellum through the Scripty Embossing Folder.  Have you ever used Vellum in our embossing folders?  It’s gorgeous, you have to give it a try if you haven’t done it yet!  I used the Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment on the DSP.  It’s the only way I will stamp sentiments anymore.  I know it’s always going to be perfectly straight!

Then it was time to assemble everything.  A little tip for adhering Vellum, I attached the cake image with dimensionals to the vellum piece first.  Then I turned the vellum piece over and only applied glue to the area that the cake image covered.  That way, you don’t see any adhesive anywhere else on the vellum.  And since there was such a large area that the cake covered, there was plenty of adhesive to hold that piece securely on the card front.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  And I suggest you run, not walk to your computer on February 4th and take a look at all the new coordinating items we are offering.  You won’t be disappointed!  You’ll be able to see them in my Online Store, and they will be “while supplies last” so don’t risk the chance of getting your goodies!

Our next blog hopper is  Jo Anne Hewins, and I know you will love her project.  She always inspires me!  Please click on the NC Demos Pic below (or click on her name below in the list) to see her amazing project!  Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Toni Campana YOU ARE HERE!

 

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Cheers to the New Year!

 

Happy New Year’s Eve!!  I for one can not believe we are starting a new year.  It’s usually a time of reflection for a lot of people.  And it’s a time when we want to start new habits, such as eating healthier, getting in better shape, being a better person, travel more, or just vowing to do more things on our bucket list.  It seems like the idea of a fresh slate has so much appeal, that we can have a clearer purpose in life simply by flipping over a calendar page. We look back over the last year and assess  what we feel went right and what went wrong, and how to prevent those wrongs in the new year.

2019 was pretty emotional for me.  It was my first full year without my Mom.  She was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic small cell lung cancer in May 2018 (Mother’s Day weekend) and it took her from us 6 months later on 11/6/18. Those 6 months and especially the last 2 months of that year I was just numb and the transition into 2019 was just a blur.  And to be honest, 2019 has had its share of personal pain, going through each “1st” without Mom, the various first holidays, first Mother’s Day (heartbreaking 😥), first birthday, etc.  And I’ve had to watch some family members experience some rough times as well, which made my heart ache.  Suffice it to say, I will be more than a little ready to close the door on 2019.

So what do I want for 2020?   I want to take every opportunity I can to spend quality time with family and friends.  Because those memories are more important than whether I get back to my “fighting” weight, or I’m more organized (it’s just never going to happen 😬).  And I want to make sure I am allowing myself to do things that bring a smile to my face, like crafting and card making and taking trips with my husband, because life is too short not to do the things that make you happy!  And I know Mom would want me to focus on being happy, it’s all she really every wanted for her kids ❤️

What do you resolve to do in 2020?  Leave me a comment on this post and I’ll send you a little gift for the New Year!

Oh, and here’s a couple of other views of my Cheers card.  The stamp set and dies will retire on 1/2.  So if it’s something you’d like to have, visit my online store and click on Year End Closeout!

I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Cheers!

Toni

 

2020 Mini Catalog, 3D Projects, Cards, Stampin' UP!

NC Demo’s December Blog Hop – Pick Three!

Welcome to the last blog hop for 2019!!  How is this even possible?  I swear that once we hit Labor Day, the rest of the year just flies by.  By the time we publish this blog, Christmas will be over and hopefully, everyone had a lovely holiday.  Now for that few days of precious peace and quiet before we gear up for the new year.  You may have just hopped over from Tina Lesson’s blog, and I  know she had some great projects to share 🙂

Our theme this month is Pick Three!  We were to pick one stamp set and use it in three ways.  I choose to extend this challenge and used a suite in 3 ways.  It’s always nice to see how to incorporate the wonderful items that coordinate within a suite.   I chose to make a card and two 3D projects for this month’s hop.  And because there are 3 projects, it may be a little picture heavy!                                                                                                           

Project 1 was the card I recently submitted for a card swap in the Stampin’ UP! Leaders group.  I really love the pairing of Mint Macaron and Smokey Slate.  I think they compliment each other very well.  And I added a bit of pink with the Flirty Flamingo Light Blend marker on the perfume bottle.  I added few little embellishments with the Mint Macaron Sheer Linen Ribbon and Silver Metallic Thread.  There’s also Wink of Stella on the perfume bottle but it never photographs well.  I used the Subtle Embossing folder on the Mint Macaron layer.  This is one of my very favorite embossing folders.  It does exactly what it’s supposed to do, add a subtle bit of texture to your card.  I added one of the stamp images from the Dressed to Impress stamp set and a sentiment from Peaceful Moments.

                   

 

The 2nd project is a holder for a Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer.     

I found the pattern from a post by Twila Davis (she does the most amazing 3D items!) and just made a couple of my own adjustments.  And this project only uses the 6×6 DSP from the Best Dressed Suite.  One of my favorite patterns in this DSP package is the perfume bottles.  They are just too cute!  I also used the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding that goes with the Peaceful Poppies Suite.  This ribbon is so versatile!  This is a must-have accessory from the Mini Catalog in my opinion.  You can color the ribbon using our Blends so it virtually can be any color you need!  I used the Dark Mint Macaron to color the ribbon for this project.  You just have to give it a minute to completely dry and then you are good to go!

                                   

Holder Measurements:

Holder base – 8.5″ x 2″ – score @ 3.75″ and 4.75″.  Using Delightful Tag punch, punch both ends of the base

Holder Band – 6.5″ x 1.75″ – score @ 1.25″, 2.25″, 4.25″ and 5.25″.  Place adhesive on the back of this band (just the piece that will be on the front and back of the holder, not the side pieces) and wrap around the folded base.  This helps keep it secure.

DSP band – 6″ x 1.5″.  I didn’t score this piece, I simply added some adhesive to the backside and wrapped it around the card stock band.  Since I used a 6×6 piece of DSP, it didn’t completely meet at the back of the card stock band.  If you are using 12 x 12 DSP, you will cut it at 6.5″ x 1.5″ and it will completely wrap around the cardstock band.

 

And last but not least, my 3rd project is a treat box that Erica Cerwin shared.

I loved the unique shape of it and thought it was going to be a little challenging to make.  But it’s actually just a basic lidded box with an added topper of a piece of cardstock cut using our Stitched Nested Dies!  It totally changes the look.  I used the Scripty Embossing Folder to give it a more feminine look, a small piece of the Best Dressed DSP cut with a smaller Stitched Nested die, some Pink Petal Metallic Edged Ribbon (from the Parisian Blossoms Suite) and a pink tassel from the Best Dressed Suite.  I attached the ribbon and tassel with a couple of glue dots. This is a great way to show that we can coordinate items from other suite offerings as well!  I tucked a small square soap that I purchased at a boutique in VA a few months ago.

                                                                      

The box base is 7.5″ x 5.25″

– score on long side at 1″, 3.25″, 4.25″ and 6.5″

– score on short side at 1″ and 4.25″

– trim each of the square tabs at an angle

– Place strong adhesive on the outside of all the square tabs.  Fold up the tabs on the left and in the center into the left side rectangles

– then fold the right-hand squares into the other rectangles (sorry, I forgot to take a picture of these last 2 steps 😦 )

                             

I had a great time working on the projects this month, and while I tried to keep everything within one suite, I’m really glad that we have so many products that coordinate so well across the board.  This is a great selling point for our customers, don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by, and please continue through the hop.  Frances Wagner is next and I know she has some wonderful projects to share!

A quick reminder!  There’s only a few days left to shop the Year End Close Out Sale!  The last day to order is January 2nd.  If placing an online order, please use Host Code QKTMUDTX.  Click on the graphic below to go to my online store!

 

Tina Lesson

Toni Campana – YOU ARE HERE!

Frances Wagner

Nedine Dupree

Tracie Evans Langley

 

 

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Joy of Giving Tag Kit

The 2019 Holiday Catalog Inspiration

Joy of Giving Tag Kit

Make the experience of gift giving even more joyful when you top off the perfect gift with a lovely handmade tag!

The all-inclusive Joy of Giving Tag Kit includes stamps, ink, and all the pre-cut supplies you need to create 30 festive tags.

All Inclusive – Joy of Giving Tag Kit

Joy of Giving Tag Kit (#150700)
-Joy of Giving 17 piece photopolymer stamp set
-Poppy Parade Stampin’ Ink Spot
-Clear Acrylic Stamp Block
-30 tags, 10 each of 3 designs
-Designer Storage Box
-Instructions with sample photos (assembly video is also available online)

These tags are simple to create while watching a favorite Christmas movie or as a fun family activity. Once you’ve made the tags you still have the stamps and ink so you can create even more tags and cards!

The Joy of Giving Tag Kit comes packaged in a designer box for storage or gifting. A kit makes a great gift for crafty friends and a box of completed tags will be appreciated by anyone on your list!

Happy Stamping!!

Toni

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 Joy of Giving Tag Kit

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SUPPLIES:

KIT: Joy of Giving Tag Kit (includes tags, stamps, ink, & embellishments)
CARDSTOCK: Poppy Parade (#119793), Shaded Spruce (#146981)
ACCESSORIES: Snowfall Accents Puff Paint (#150691), Clear Envelope (#102619)
ADHESIVES: SNAIL (#104331), Glue Dots (#103683), Tear & Tape (138995#)
TOOLS: Beautiful Boughs Dies (#150661), Magnolia Memory Dies (#149578), Heat Tool (#129053), Detailed Trio Punch (#146320) (Optional)

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Toile Tidings Suite Spotlight

The 2019 Holiday Catalog Inspiration

Toile Tidings Suite Spotlight

The Toile Tidings Suite evokes the timeless traditions of Christmas with vintage designs and traditional colors. This suite is ideal for creating cards, decor, and special gifts.

This gorgeous card below features a quick coloring trick for adding detail that you’ll love for it’s simplicity and speed.

Happy Stamping!!

Toni

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SUPPLIES:

STAMPS: Toile Christmas (#150469)
CARDSTOCK: Thick Whisper White (#140272), Whisper White (#100730), Old Olive (#100702), Cherry Cobbler (#119685), Crumb Cake (#120953)
PAPER: Woven Threads (#149497)
INK: Black StazOn (#101406), Cherry Cobbler (#147083), VersaMark (#102283)
ACCESSORIES: Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder (#109131), Watercolor Pencils (#141709), Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins (#146933)
ADHESIVES: SNAIL (#104331), Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)
TOOLS: Stitched Rectangles dies (#148551), Christmas Cardinal dies (#150640), Stamparatus (recommended) (#146276), Heat Tool (#129053), Embossing Buddy (#103083)

Non-Stampin’ Up!: sticky note or copy paper

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NC Demos November Blog Hop

 

Hello everyone!  And welcome to our NC Demos Monthly Blog Hop.  This month’s theme was to share our favorite crafty gifts, gift wrap, decor items, tags or a REALLY fancy card!  I am finding it really hard to realize that we will be celebrating Thanksgiving in just 4 days and Christmas in a  month!  I say it every year but once we hit Labor Day, the rest of the year just seems to be on fast forward!

My projects this month are two Home Decor items.  I love the Ride With Me Bundle but I haven’t used it much.  But I had been thinking of ways to use that cute little truck and I came up with this idea.  I created this garland using several truck images and lots of our Holiday catalog ribbon selections.  The only problem was that it was hard to really get a good photograph of the full length of the garland.

Ride With Me Christmas Garland

I started out stamping 6 trucks on Whisper White cards stock, coloring them with blends and then fussy cut them.  Then I stamped the trees, colored them and used the coordinating die to cut them. I also stamped the wheels and used the matching die and attached them with dimensionals to make them stand out a little more.  Then I stamped 6 more trucks and cut them, but I didn’t color them.  I wanted them for additional backing to make the trucks a little more sturdy on the garland.

Once everything was stamped, colored and cut, I added the trees to the truck.  Then I started making the garland.  I started going from right to left.  The base of the garland is the Real Red Curly Ribbon.  I didn’t really measure out any particular length, I just worked with the ribbon still on the roll since I didn’t know how long I wanted it to be.  I tied a loop about 3- 4″ in,  leaving a little bit of a tail hanging.  Then I just started tying the pieces of the Shaded Spruce and Real Red Cotton Ribbon, spacing them out a bit.   I used 3 pieces of ribbon, alternating the colors.  You could do all one color if you wanted to, I just liked the contrast.  Then I added a truck.  To attach the truck, I simply ran a bit of double-sided tape on the back of the truck and laid it over the ribbon.  Then I flipped the truck over and attached the 2nd non-colored truck layer to the back of the colored truck, which added stability and helped keep the ribbon in place.  And by placing the Red Curly Ribbon near the top section of the truck image (over the “cab” portion), it helped keep the truck in place without flipping backward.  Then I added 3 more pieces of ribbon, spaced them out and added another truck after that. I continued this pattern until I got to the length I wanted.  I ended the garland by tying a loop at the end and left 3-4″ of ribbon hanging after the loop, then I cut it off the roll.  I actually only used 5 of the 6 trucks that I had colored.  There’s a LOT of Wink of Stella on the trucks, it’s just always a little challenge to have it show up well in photos.

Since I had an extra truck left over, I decided to make a little tea light holder.  I combined the truck image with the trees from Merry Moose.  The tea holder panel is 9″ x 2 1/8″, scored at 1″, 4 1/2″ and 8″ on the 9″ side.  Using the tree stamps from Merry Moose and Shaded Spruce Ink, randomly stamp trees just above the 1″ score line and below the 4 1/2″ score.  Stamp off on some of the trees so you have a variation of colors.  I used the  2nd from the smallest solid circle die from the Layering Circles set for the front of the holder (make sure to position the punch high enough that you can place the truck on the front without covering the entire opening). I cut a 2″ x 2 1/4″ piece of clear acetate to place behind the circle.  I actually wanted to use a piece of vellum but I couldn’t find where I’ve stored my vellum stock in my craft room…sad but true :(.  The Christmas Cheer sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas was stamped in Black Memento Ink.  Then I folded and burnished the score lines.

Using double-sided tape, attach the bottom pieces together to make the base, being sure to leave enough room to place the tea light inside the folded tent.  And lastly, attach the truck image using double-sided tape.  This would be a perfect little decoration for a side table, or on a mantle.  Or even as Holiday Dinner place setting.

Just a reminder, you can click on any of the project pictures and you will be directed to the shopping list of the products I used to make it.  You can add all the items to a shopping cart or only the items you don’t already have!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Home Decor projects this month!  The list of supplies used is below.  Please continue on to see what Jo Anne Hewins has made for us this month.  I know you will love it, her projects are always amazing!

Thanks for visiting our blog hop and please consider joining us for next month’s hop!  We’d love to have you hop along with us 😊

 

 

Toni CampanaYou Are Here!

Jo Anne Hewins

Laurie Meier

 

 

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