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May NC Demos Blog Hop – Saying Goodbye!

Welcome to our monthly NC Demo Blog Hop!  Thanks for checking out all the amazing projects this month.  You may have just come here from Amy Kinler’s blog, wasn’t her project amazing?

Our theme this month was to post a project using a set that will be retiring from the 2019 -2020 Annual Catalog.  I do have several favorites that will be retiring so choosing one set was a challenge.  So I fudged the rules a little bit because I chose 2 stamp sets, Happy Tails, and Nine Lives.  I really love my fur babies and I’m a little bit upset that these sets are retiring, BUT…we have a wonderful new set coming in the new catalog that will fill the void 🙂  BTW, the punches that coordinate with both of these sets are NOT retiring 🙂

(Happy Tails and Nine Lives Instructions)

I’m also trying to use up some of the beautiful DSP that will be retiring as well and I decided to use DSP from See A Silhouette because I wanted bright bold colors.  This DSP is currently reduced to $8.05 so don’t wait to grab a package or two!!  Crushed Curry and Pacific Point were to 2 colors I chose to help accent the DSP.  I used one of the dies from Stitched Labels (which are retiring as well) for the sentiment on the Happy Tails card and then just stamped the sentiment right on to the DSP for the Nine Lives card.  I tend to forget about stamping on our DSP!  And of course, that gorgeous Crushed Curry Crinkled Seam binding pulls it all together.  I’m really going to miss this ribbon as well, it’s just soooo vibrant!

Here a two more cards I made with the 2 sets.

Here’s a better look at the See A Silhoutte DSP,  just look at those gorgeous colors!

I hope you have enjoyed my Bon Voyage to 2 favorite stamp sets!  Be sure to check out the Last Chance Products page to grab these 2 stamp sets before they are gone for good!

Now please continue on with our hop, click on the Next Blog pic and check out what Tina Lesson has to share with you today!  We have 14 bloggers this month so make sure you visit them ALL!

Happy Stamping!

NC Demos

Amy Kinler

Toni Campana<YOU ARE HERE>

Tina Lesson

Ariel Matera

Tracy Marie Lewis

Jo Anne Hewins

Jenn Hutt

Laurie Meier

Libby Foreman

Tracie Evans Langley

Sue Stapp

Sue Root

Martinette Horner

Nedine Dupree

Erin T Cook 

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It’s a Spring Thing!

Welcome to our April NC Demos Blog Hop!  You may have just come here from Tina Lesson’s blog and I know she shared an awesome project.  We have so many talented demonstrators who participate each month, I’m always excited to see what everyone has submitted!

Spring is finally here and even though we are still in the midst of a “stay at home” order in NC, I’m so happy to have some nice weather to enjoy!  My husband and I have already been busy in our gardens, weeding and freshening up as much as we can.  I just love getting out and digging in the dirt, it helps clear my mind and it’s an immediate boost to my mood.  Here’s a few pics of some of our perennials  🙂

 

Our blog topic this month is very appropriately focused on SPRING, anything to do with Spring!  Any of the things that make us think of Spring events, holidays, or just the lovely weather!

My projects this month are flower-themed.  I anxiously wait for our flowers to bloom each year, and they come much earlier here in NC then they did back in the northeast!  And a flower that you definitely see here in the south is the Magnolia.  It’s a magnificent flower and I think it smells heavenly.  So I was immediately drawn to this stamp set, Good Morning Magnolia when it was introduced in the current Annual catalog.  I’ve also used the Magnolia Memory Dies and Magnolia Lane DSP.  I just love the colors used in the DSP, they seem very calming to me, if that makes sense.  And here’s some great news, the stamps and dies will carry over to the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog!  But if you just need to have the DSP (and OF COURSE you do, lol!), you’ll want to grab it now before it sells out.  It’s still currently available in the Last-Chance section of my online store, as is the bulk package of the DSP, which is a GREAT value!.

   

My card is actually one that I submitted for a swap when the catalog launched.  I’ve made this same card several times since then, using the exact same materials, and also substituting other stamps and DSP.  It’s such an easy layout to replicate.  The box was inspired by the sample on page 37 of the current Annual catalog, I just changed it up a little.

The sentiments that I used on these projects is from the Petals and Parcels stamp set, another one that is carrying over to the new catalog 🙂   One of the many benefits of being a SU! demonstrator is that we get to see the new catalog early, so I’ve spent the last day combing through it to see what has carried over.  I was actually quite pleased to see how many of my current stamp sets are staying!  But, there are SO many new sets that I’ve already fallen in love with, so I’ll need to make some room for the new additions 🙂  If you’d like a copy of the new catalog, please comment on this blog post BEFORE April 29th, as I will be submitting my order for catalogs on April 30th.

I’d like to share a little tip with you on how I store my dies when they coordinate with a specific stamp set.  I purchase magnetic sheets from Marietta Magnetics.  I’ve ordered magnetic sheets from several other vendors and these are my favorite.  They are a soft, pliable sheet (not heavy at all )and they have an adhesive backing, so they stick right inside my stamp case.  And they are the perfect size, I don’t have to cut them down to fit.  This makes it so easy for me to know that I don’t have to search for matching die sets when I want to create something. Maybe this is something that would be helpful to you as well!

Don’t forget that we have a lot of Last Chance products, available only while supplies last!

You can click below to see everything that is currently available!

Thanks for taking a look at my projects this month.  Please continue on through the rest of the hop,  Sue Stapp is next up and I know you will be wowed!  Just click on the graphic below to keep “hopping”!

Happy Stamping!

Toni

Amy Kinler

Nedine DuPree

Tracie Evans Langley

Jo Anne Hewins

Tina Lesson

Toni Campana<YOU ARE HERE>

Sue Stapp

Ariel Matera

Laurie Meier

Sue Root

Card and Project Instructions:  Magnolia Lane Thank You Card and Gift Box

 

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SU! 2018-2020 In Colors – Saying Goodbye!

Hello and welcome to our March NC Demo Blog Hop!  I’m so glad you decided to join us.  I’ll start off by saying we are all dealing with an unprecedented situation with the current health concerns that are affecting not only us but our entire world.  It’s very easy to become overwhelmed with all the news we are seeing 24/7.  I have found that I need to limit my exposure (no pun intended) to the constant flow of information, so I’m definitely spending more time doing something that helps me relax and that is stamping!  I hope you are finding a way to get a break as well.  Remember, we need to take care of our mental health as well as our physical health!  So, let’s focus on some stamping 🙂

Our topic this month is the retirement of 2018-2020 In Colors.  You may have just hopped over from Libby Foreman’s blog, and I know she shared a fantastic project.  We were asked to create a project using just one of the colors, using paper, ink, and embellishments.  It was tough to decide on just one color!  But I decided on Blueberry Bushel, which is probably my favorite out of the group.

I also decided to use a stamp set that I haven’t touched in quite a while.  I actually used it for a card class last year and I don’t think I’ve touched it since, and that’s terrible because it’s such a great stamp set!   And it lends its self well for doing a monochromatic card (although I did sneak in a little bit of Granny Apple Green  😉 ).  This card is super simple to make!  So I decided to make 3 versions of it, each one using a different vase.

Here are the 3 cards

And if you’ve followed my blog posts you know that my embellishment of choice, Wink of Stella, was used to color in the flowers.  And because the classic ink is water-based, the Wink of Stella ‘pushes’ the color making it look a little bit like water coloring, and I love that.  I just wish Wink of Stella photographed better, it’s really hard to see how pretty it is.  I also added the smaller sized rhinestones, because I think a card always looks better with bling!  You can click on the image below for the instructions for making this card 🙂

I’m really going to be sad to say goodbye to 2018-2020 In Colors, but I’m very excited to see what our new colors will be in the new 2020-2021 Annual Catalog!  If you would like your very own copy, comment on this blog post and I’ll be sure to have one sent to you.

Just a quick reminder that there are only a couple of days left of our Sale-a-Bration promotion!  You can still earn free products with your qualifying order.  And you can still sign up to be a demonstrator and enjoy the extra benefits that are offered during SAB which are a mini paper cutter, a 6×6 assorted paper pack AND any free stamp set from the Annual Catalog or the Current Mini Catalog.  BUT you must act quickly, the last day is Tuesday, March 31st 🙂

Sale-a-Bration New Demonstrator Perks!
          Sale-a-Bration New Demonstrator Perks!

I hope you enjoyed my cards.  They really are super easy to make so you can certainly stamp a stack of them to have on hand for various occasions.  Now, continue on to our next Blog Hopper, Frances Wagner.  I know she has shared another fantastic project!

Happy Stamping!

Amy Austin-Kinler

Jo Anne Hewins

Tina Lesson

Ariel Matera 

Tracy Marie Lewis

Libby Foreman

Toni Campana >YOU ARE HERE!

Frances Wagner

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier

Sue Root

Tamra Davis

Sharon Maranich

Sue Stapp

Nedine Depree

 

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NC Demos February Blog Hop – Bug Out!

Wow, how is it possible that we are nearing the end of February already?  Our weather has been pretty mild so far this winter, and we are officially only a few weeks away from Spring!  And we all know that Spring brings flowers, birds, bees, butterflies and many other little critters.  To prove that point, here’s a pic that was taken in my side yard a week or so ago, lol!   Mr.Bee is doing his thing!

You may have just come here from Tina Lesson’s blog.  She always has such great projects that she shares with us 🙂 

For my project, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do this month.  I only have a few sets that worked with our theme.  But the set I decided on is one I’ve have been loving since I ordered it.  And to be honest, it’s a set that I passed several times as I went through our Annual catalog!  One of the other reasons I wanted to use this set is that we just released a coordinating die set to go with it.  Click HERE to see the Coordination Product Release flyer.

Now, let’s talk about how I made this card.  The rectangle die that comes in the set actually only cuts a solid rectangle with the design around the border (see pic #2).  But I wanted a frame,  so I went to my Rectangle Stitched Die set and selected the 4th rectangle starting from the smallest size out (I believe the dimensions are 3 5/8″ x 2 3/8″).  I cut the solid rectangle first, then ran it through again with the Stitched Rectangle die in the center (see pic #3).  The end result is my frame!

The card base is an 11 x 4 1/4″  piece of Shimmer White cardstock, scored at 5 1/2″.  I laid the frame on the front of the card just to get placement for where I wanted to stamp the sentiment, but I did not attach the frame just yet.  I stamped the sentiment using Soft Suede ink.  Next, I removed the frame and took Cherry Cobbler and Soft Suede markers and flicked ink randomly around the card front.  Then I attached the frame to the front using Liquid Multi-purpose glue.  I like how it gives you a little wiggle room time to get your object just where you want it before the glue sets.

The flowers were stamped in both Cherry Cobbler and Petal pink and cut using the coordinating flower die.  Then I used Wink of Stella on them, which added a little more color to the stamped image since WOS is waterbased and it gives a slight watercolor effect when you color it over our classic inks.  The large leaf sprig was stamped with Pear Pizzazz and the butterfly in Soft Suede, both cut out with the appropriate dies.  I also used WOS on the butterfly.  Using some scrap gold foil paper, I cut one small butterfly and 2 small leaf sprig pieces.  Then it was just a matter of placing those pieces over the frame.

Everything except the gold leaf sprigs has dimensionals behind them.  The small gold butterfly was added to the top of the frame with Liquid Multi-purpose flue and the card was finished off using Champagne Rhinestones.

For the inside, I had 2 spare butterflies in Petal Pink so I stamped another large leaf spring in the lower right-hand corner and added a butterfly over that and placed the other over the sentiment, which is also part of the stamp set.  And in case you are wondering why the sentiment is stamped on a stitched rectangle piece, I had an oopsy moment.  I didn’t take the time to use my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment inside and it was crooked 😦  That will teach me to use the tools I have the first time, lol!!

I really love the color combo on the card.  I got my inspiration from my downline, Nancy Hoffman.  She had been sharing some designs she was working on for her upcoming class and Cherry Cobbler, Petal Pink and Pear Pizzazz were one the combos she used.  I just added Soft Suede to my project.

I hope you enjoyed my project this month.  Now hop on over to Laurie Meier’s blog to see what she created for us this month!  

Ariel Matera

Jo Anne Hewins 

Amy Kinler

Tina Lesson

Toni Campana – YOU ARE HERE!!

Laurie Meier

Tracie Evans Langley