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When Life Hands You Lemons…

Sometimes in life, the best-laid plans just get blown away.  I was supposed to be attending one of our NC Demo Quarterly events in Hendersonville, NC.  And as you might have guessed, that event was canceled due to Corona Virus restrictions.  BUT, one of our amazing demonstrations, Martinette Horner,  coordinated an event that allowed us to still get together virtually, and share some wonderful live videos, pre-recorded videos, and tutorials.  I did a pre-recorded video to share with our NC Demo group and thought I would share it with you as well.

One of my favorite suites in the new Annual catalog is the Peony Garden Suite.  There’s so much about it that caught my attention, the beautiful images in the stamps set, the dies, the DSP, and I especially love the color combination it uses, Petal Pink, Gray Granite, Basic Gray, and White.  I’ve always been a fan of the pink and gray combo.

I was initially intimidated when I saw the dies for the flowers.  I just felt it was going to be complicated, but I was so wrong!  The assembly of the flower was incredibly easy, as you’ll see when you watch the video.  I really love how the Peony looks cut from our beautiful Champagne Foil paper.  The possibilities are endless with what you can make.  I’ve included a tutorial for this card as well.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

 

Printable Tutorial – Peony Garden – Toni Mari’s Creations

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

 

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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

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Laurie Meier

Tracie Evans Langley

 

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Sale-A-Bration Top 5

As I promised a few days ago, I want to share a little more detail about the current Top 5 picks from the Sale-a-Bration offering.   It seems from the last couple of years results that our consumables (paper, embellishments, kits, etc) have been slightly more popular than stamps and dies.

Don’t forget, the Sale-a-Bration products are only available until March 31st, or while supplies last!  Don’t let these amazing products slip through your fingers!

 

Top 5 Sale-A-Bration Items

1.Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper
152311s Black and white imagery with gold foil accents on some designs. Pairs with the Honey Bee Bundle (153792) for more creative options.
2.The Gang’s All Meer Cling Stamp Set (English)
152294s This stamp set is beyond cute! There’s so much you can do with these images, it’s a great set to use the Masking Technique.
3.Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper
152284s Another beautiful collection of Designer Series Paper. Impressionistic images in rich colors make elegant backgrounds and accents. This goes along with another SAB item, the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set, which happens to be # 5 on the Top 5 list!
4.Kerchief Card Kit
152319s Card kits are always popular, for beginners through advanced stampers! This makes 8 cards, 4 each of 2 designs.
5.Lovely Lily Pad Photopolymer Stamp Set
152288s This is a reversible stamp set, meaning that it is made to use BOTH sides of the stamp! And, of course, it is perfect to use with the Lily Pad DSP, and the Lily Pad dies, all of which can be earned FREE while supplies last!
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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!

 

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NC Demos October Blog Hop – My Favorite Things

Welcome to the October NC Demos Blog Hop!  You may have just hopped over from Tina Lesson’s blog, wasn’t her project great?!

This month our challenge was to share our favorite thing or things from the Annual or Holiday catalog.  I definitely had to narrow it down because my post would be like a small novel if I didn’t!  I was able to zero in on one particular stamp set from the Holiday catalog.  I’m am a big fan of penguins. I have always loved them, I just think they are so cute.  Back when I first started dating my husband, he knew how much I loved them and while on a trip, he brought back this guy for me 🙂

And when we got married, he really stepped up his game!  This was his wedding gift to me, a beautiful black diamond penguin necklace.  Needless to say, he’s a keeper!

So, when I saw the new stamp set, I knew I had to add it to my collection.  We’ve had a number of stamp sets in the past that featured penguins, but they were always more whimsical.  I love the real look of these little guys.  And the fact that we can put hats and scarves on them just makes them even better.

This is one of the cards I made recently for an NC Demo Quarterly swap.  There is very little stamping required, it’s more about layers and embellishments.

I love the new 6 x 6 Wrapped in Plaid DSP.  I’ve always been a fan of plaid and I love the colors used in this DSP.  Cherry Cobbler, Night of Navy and Shaded Spruce look very elegant together.  And this DSP can easily be used for non-holiday themed cards.

I used Shaded Spruce for the card base and ink for stamping the background on the front flap.  The card base is 6.5″  x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″. The penguin was stamped using Black Memento on a piece of Whisper White that was cut using one of the Stitched Nested dies.  I added a bit of Mango Melody color to his beak.  Wink of Stella was applied to the penguin (have I told you how much I LOVE Wink of Stella?) The scarf was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White and colored using light Shaded Spruce blends, fussy cut and attached to the penguin. I colored one of the rhinestones using the light Cherry Cobbler Blends and attached that to the scarf.  I used the Stitched Nested dies to cut a larger piece of Gold Foil paper, then mounted the stamped penguin piece to that using dimensionals. 

The finished piece was layered on to the front panel of the card and a piece of the Shara Sand/Night of Navy Bakers twine was wrapped around the front panel and tied in a bow.

The inside has panels of Whisper White and Wrapped in Plaid DSP (2″ x 5 3/8″) with the sentiment stamped in Night of Navy.  I used a small piece of leftover DSP scrap to break up the Whisper White cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed my card!  Now please follow along to see the rest of the NC Demo’s blog posts.  Laurie Meier is next and I know you’re going to love her project 🙂

Note* – for easy shopping, you can click on any photo of my featured card and see the list of products used to make it.  Then you can select which items you might need to make your own!

Happy Stamping!

Tracie Evans Langley

Tina Lesson

Toni Campana – YOU ARE HERE!

Laurie Meier

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SU! 24-Hour Stamp Sale!

 

If you are like me and love a sale, this 24-hour promotion is just for you!  On Wednesday, 10/23 you can purchase the stamp sets below and save 15% off the regular price (price on graphics is the sale price).  Set your alarm so you don’t miss this opportunity!  Sale ends at 11:50 PM MT (1:50 AM ET on 10/24).

Happy Shopping!

 

 

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NC Demos September Blog Hop

Happy Fall, everyone!  We are now in my very favorite season!  I love the cooler mornings and the beautiful colors of the leaves changing.  And Pumpkins, cornstalks, mums…anything and everything associated with Fall!  And my birthday is in September so that probably adds to my love of it 🙂

This month we were to create anything with a Fall theme. You may have just come from  Tina’s post and I know she had a fabulous project to share.    We always have at least one new Fall themed stamp set that comes out in the Holiday catalog and I always purchase it.  I do every year and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon, lol!  This month, I used 2 different sets to make to very two different cards.  One uses traditional Fall colors and the other uses one of the many new trending colors that you see out in the retail stores now.

My first card uses the Delightful Day Bundle and the Gather Together Bundle.  I love that we can combine sets from different catalogs.  This is also one of the cards I just used for our Quarterly NC Demo gathering on Saturday 🙂

And I also decided to use something a little different for layering on this card.  In addition to the piece of Soft Suede that I used the Subtles Dynamic Embossing Folder on, I also cut apart one of our Copper Dotted Treat Bags to use as well.

 

 

 

I stamped the pumpkins in Cajun Craze on Whisper White card stock and then brushes Wink of Stella over it, which pulls a little bit of the ink color on to the image.  That was then die cut and I also used the Come to Gather DSP to die cut the leaf.

 

 

The finished card!   

 

For my second card, I went with non-traditional colors.  I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about the finished product but once it was all assembled, I liked it!  This card uses the Harvest Hellow Bundle, which is in the Holiday Catalog.

While I love all the stamp sets that come with a coordinating die set, I really enjoy using the bundles that come with a punch.  It’s that instant gratification thing, I guess.  But this card was quick and easy to put together.  I just stamped the pumpkins on different patterns of the Come to Gather DSP and a scrap of Mint Macaron card stock using Early Espresso ink, and then punched them out.  I used a scrap of Early Espresso card stock to get the stems, then I trimmed them a little bit.  After that, I brushed on some Wink of Stella.  I’ve said this before but that is one of my favorite embellishments, it just adds a little something to the finished card.  It’s not always easy to see in a photograph but it really packs a punch in person.

My favorite sentiment in this stamps set is the Hey There, Pumpkin! because its one of the nicknames I call my grandson, and now that he’s 13, he says he’s too old to be called that.  But I told him it’s my Grandmother privilege to call him whatever I want, lol!

 

And here’s the finished project!  

And I’ve added a new feature to my blog pictures!  If you click on any of the images, you will be directed to a page on my online store that lists all the products I used to make the card.  You can choose to add them all to your shopping cart, or just select the ones that you need since a lot of us have a pretty nice inventory of SU! products already on hand, lol!

I hope you enjoyed my cards and perhaps I’ve pushed you a little outside your comfort zone with the non-traditional example.  Now, please continue hopping along to  Jo Anne’s blog.  She always amazes me with her creative talent!

Happy Stamping!

Toni Campana – YOU ARE HERE!

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

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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!
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!

 

 

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And so it begins!

If you are a current SU! fan, you know that the new year brings great new things!  And if you are just learning about Stampin’ UP!, the timing couldn’t be better.  Starting on Jan. 3rd, we kick off the brand new 2018 Occasions catalog AND Sale-A-Bration.  The Occasions catalog is chock full of new, fresh stamps, dies, and accessories.  Everything you need for the Spring and Summer seasons. 

The Sale-A-Bration catalog also kicks off and offers some great new items that you earn for FREE for every $50 purchase you make.  We’ve also included, for the first time, new items that can be earned with higher level sales.  So, for every sale of $100, there are 2 new items you can select from our Level 2 selections.  And one of those selections is a die set that WILL be in the next Annual Catalog laugh .  So here’s a breakdown to explain it a little better.

  • If you spend $50, you get 1 free Level 1 item
  • If you spend $100, you get 1 free Level 2 item, or 2 free Level 1 items
  • If you spend $150, you have the option to choose 3 Level 1 items, or one Level 1 item and one Level 2 item.

This new option allows everyone to create a personalized Sale-A-Bration experience.

This is also a great time to join the Stampin’ UP! family.  New recruits will get 2 additional stamp sets when they join.  That’s definitely a great way to start the new year winkCheck out my website for more info on becoming a member of the SU! family.