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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

 

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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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Bag of Tags Gift

 Joy of Giving Tag Kit

Join my Email Newsletter List and receive my special holiday tutorials by email. With each mailing you will receive a picture of the finished project, a supply list, and a step-by-step tutorial.

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)

VIEW KIT ONLINE

JOY OF GIVING TAG KIT VIDEO

DOWNLOAD THE CATALOG

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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

VIEW SUITE ONLINE

TOILE TIDINGS DESIGNER SERIES PAPER VIDEO

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MORE PROJECT INSPIRATION

Toile Tidings Suite Spotlight

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NC Demo August Blog Hop – Psychedelic Daisy!

Welcome to the NC Demo August Blog Hop!  I missed last month so it seems like forever since I’ve posted something.  I’m glad to be back in the swing of things though because I’ll be sharing lots of new stuff in the coming weeks!  Our Holiday catalog will go live 9/4 and I can’t wait to show you all the amazing new items.  If you’d like a copy for yourself, please let me know and I’ll get one to you.

Getting back to our blog theme, you may have just jumped over from Patricia Todd’s blog and I know she had a great project!  This month we were to make a card using a flower or flowers as inspiration.  I love all sorts of flowers and I really love bright colors.  So when I saw this picture, it was perfect as my inspiration for this month’s card.  These are African orange and yellow daisies and I think they are gorgeous!

I’ve been waiting to play with the new Pigment Sprinkles that were introduced in the Annual Catalog.  We had something similar last year but the colors were not specific to SU!’s colors.  But the Pigment Sprinkles are!  The colors are Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo.

Since I wanted to try to get as close to the colors in the inspiration picture, I decided to use both Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody.  And of course, used Granny Apple Green for the leaves.

I started with a piece of our watercolor paper, sprinkled the various colors on the paper and then lightly spritzed with water.  You’ll notice that my colors look a LOT darker than the samples shown in the picture above.  That’s because I sprinkled a LOT of the pigment.  This is a medium where a little goes a long way.  You’ll need to practice to see how much you can vary the color based on how much pigment and water you use.  You can also spritz the paper first and then sprinkle the pigment.  It’s all a matter of preference.  Since I wanted to use this paper pretty quickly, I used our heat gun to accelerate the drying process.

While still wet

After drying

My next step was to stamp various images, using different ink colors to see what I liked best.  It’s a little hard to see the difference, but I used Black Memento InkCajun Craze and Garden Green for the inks to stamp my images.  My preference was the Daisy stamp from the Daisy Delight stamp set because it showed more of the overall background color, and I liked it stamped with Black Memento Ink.

Once I decided which images to use, I punched out the daisies using our Daisy Punch and fussy cut the stem.  Then I had to decide what colors of cardstock I wanted to use to create my card.  After several different layouts, I decided on a Granny Apple Green base, a layer of Whisper White and a smaller layer of Basic Black.  I spritzed the black card stock with water and used our Brick and Mortar Embossing folder.  Next, I used a sponge dauber and Craft White ink and lightly added some color to the black layer to give the bricks a little more definition.  I put my daisy together and used a Clear Faceted Gem colored with Dark Basic Black Blends for the center.  The daisy and stem were mounted with dimensionals so that it would stand out a little more.  All that was left was to use a piece of the leftover watercolor paper to stamp my sentiment, and I used the Here’s A Card stamp set and the 1 1/8″ Scallop punch for that.  I also punched the same sized circle using Granny Apple Green cardstock to use as an offset for the sentiment.

 


I’m really pleased with how this turned out!  It actually looks just the way I imagined it, and that doesn’t always happen 🙂 And I’m anxious to do more with the Pigment Sprinkles, they are so cool to work with.  Just be sure to keep some hand wipes close by because you WILL need them.  Or at least I did, lol!  Thanks for visiting me and please continue on with our Blog Hop.    Jo Anne Hewins is up next and I know you will love her project!

Happy Stamping!!

Anita Trippi

Patricia Todd

Toni Campana  – YOU ARE HERE!

Jo Anne Hewins

Tina Lesson

Frances Wagner

Tracie Evans Langley

 

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

PARCELS & PETALS BUNDLE

 

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

 

 

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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!