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NC Demo’s August Blog Hop – A Scenic View!

Hello everyone!  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  You may have just come from Frances Wagner’s blog, she always has wonderful projects that she shares with us.  Our theme this month is A Scenic View!  We have so many stamp sets that represent the outdoors so it was a little challenging to decide which one to use.  I love being outdoors whenever I can.  Even when it’s during our hot and muggy August weather, lol!  There’s just a measure of peacefulness to me to be out in nature and enjoying the sights and sounds.

This month I decided to try a different type of card to share.  Slim Line cards have been very popular lately so I decided to try my hand at one.  I searched to see if there was a standard size and there really doesn’t seem to be one.  So what I did was follow the sizing that I saw on a card that Patty Bennett shared, and she said she just went with the size that would fit into a legal-sized envelope.  I know we don’t sell legal-sized envelopes but most people have them on hand, or can easily pick them up just about anywhere.

Since we are coming up on my favorite season, I chose to do my scenic view in Fall colors.  This is actually the first time I’ve used the My Meadow stamp set and I honestly don’t know why!  It’s so easy to create your own little meadow 🙂  This card only uses stamps, paper, ink, and 2 dies.  Well, and of course, Wink of Stella!!

I used Thick Whisper White paper and cut it to 9 1/4″ x 8″, then scored it on the 8″ side at 4″.  Then I took the largest die from Stitched Nested Dies and cut the center of the card front.  And I actually DID measure where the die needed to be instead of just eyeing it up. Those of you that follow me know that I rarely measure anything, lol!  To make the frame, I used Pear Pizzazz paper and first cut a label, again using the largest die, and then I took the next size down and placed it in the center of the cut label to get my frame piece.  Then all that was left was the actual stamping.  Once I was done stamping, I applied a little liquid glue to the back of the Pear Pizzazz frame, and with the card closed, I just fit it inside the opening of the card front.  This is a much easier way than trying to place it in the exact spot on the inside of the card.  All that was left to do was stamp the sentiment, which I used from the Beautiful Autumn stamp set.

Here are the colors I used.  You can also see them listed at the bottom of this post.

This is what the inside of the card looks like.  And does anyone see my oopsy?  I’ll mention it at the bottom 😉

I just kept stamping until I was satisfied with the look.  Then I used Wink of Stella to color the leaves on the trees.  WOS is so dang hard to photograph, but it really does give the card some pop with the shimmery trees.

I stamped a few trees on the envelope front to help coordinate the project.

I hope you enjoy my first Slim Line card!  I’m certain I’ll be making more of them and trying different sizes.  Now please continue on with our hop and take a look at what Laurie has to share with us, I know you won’t be disappointed!

Happy Stamping,

Toni

NC Demos

Amy Kinler
Tina Lesson
Jo Anne Hewins
Frances Wagner
Toni Campana – YOU ARE HERE!
Laurie Meier
Tracie Evans Langley

PS – My oopsy is that I didn’t leave any white space to sign the card!  Oh well, I’ll make sure to do that on the next one!!

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Autumn Greetings – Bring on the Fall Season!

Without a doubt, Fall is my very favorite time of year!  You can get a good mix of still warm weather with a hint of cool, crisp mornings.  And there’s just nothing like seeing the beautiful colors as the trees start to turn.  I’m a September baby so that might be why it just feels so good to me.  And here’s an honest statement, when SU! comes out with our 2nd Mini Catalog of the year, I always turn to the fall offerings first!  And this set is what caught my eye immediately.  Now mind you, I don’t generally gravitate to stamps that require a lot of coloring, but this one definitely found itself in my shopping cart without hesitation!  I also fell in love with the font on the sentiments.  SU! has really been offering an amazing selection of new fonts for us to enjoy.

I recently posted that I had participated in a card swap with other demonstrators.  You can see that post HERE.  I had actually joined 2 different swaps with 2 different groups.  The card below is the card that I submitted for a 2nd group of Stampin’ UP! demonstrators.

My initial thought process was to just stamp this detailed image in one color (Cinnamon Cider) and just color one focal piece, for example, the pumpkin.  I was then going to accent it with Wink of Stella (my absolute FAVORITE embellishment!) for a little extra shine.  But…that just looked a little too sparse to me so I broke out several of our Stampin’ Blends markers and went to town.  I certainly liked the fully colored result much better but it sure did take a LOT more time to make 21 cards, lol!  But I just sat and colored one evening into the wee hours of the morning, listening to my latest book on Audible, and it wasn’t bad at all.  I have to be in the mood for detail coloring though, it’s not something that can be rushed so my normal procrastination mode doesn’t work well with this sort of design.

Here are a few more pictures.  I tend to not always stamp a sentiment inside because then those who receive my card in the swap can add whatever they want.

I hope you enjoy my little taste of Autumn.  I’m really looking forward to the cooler temps and enjoying being outside a little more without turning into a puddle!  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!

Toni

 

NOTE – here are the specific SU! Blend Colors that I used for this card

  • Old Olive – Light and Dark
  • Just Jade – Light
  • Calypso Coral – Light and Dark
  • Cinnamon Cider – Light
  • So Saffron – Dark
  • Pumpkin Pie – Light

 

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Dove of Hope Bundle – My 1st Christmas card of 2020!

Yes, it’s hard to believe but I’ve actually made a Christmas card already!  And for someone who has perfected the art of procrastination, I shocked myself by even thinking of Christmas at this point in time 🙂  I recently participated in a swap with other Stampin’ UP! demonstrators and this was the card I submitted for my swap.  Swaps allow us to receive several cards using lots of different stamp sets so that we can build our collection to share with customers.  They are also great sources of inspiration!

Here’s a picture of the bundle that I used.  The level of detail in the dies is just amazing!  And I used our Shimmer White Cardstock which really makes them stand out even more.

 

Here’s a few more pics of the card.  I’m really pleased with how it turned out and hope you enjoy it as well!

You can purchase all the products I used for this card by clicking HERE, or by clicking on the individual pictures below.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Toni

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A New Online Shopping Experience AND A Special Offer!

New Online Store

Beginning August 4th at 7:00 AM (MT) (9:00AM ET) Stampin’ Up! is bringing you a new and improved online shopping experience!

There are quite a few improvements that you’ll really like.  I’m most excited about the new site working seamlessly on desktops, smartphones, and tablets, larger images for products and samples, more intuitive navigation and searches, and last but not least, you can create a wish list and favorites!

Rest assured your account information and password still work with the new site. Because this is a new site you will need to sign in the first time you shop. If you had your browser remember your email and password, it won’t be saved anymore. If you are unsure of your login ID and password, I recommend using the Forgot Password link to reset your password as soon as possible (see steps below)

I kindly ask that you visit my store starting August 4th, sign in, and please select me as your demonstrator. You may still use a demonstrator host/hostess code with your order if you do that each time you order. You can do this by using the Find a Demonstrator link at the top of the page or when you are checking out.  Whether you sign in to your account or checkout as a guest, if you don’t select a demonstrator one will be assigned for you.

Happy Stamping!!

Toni

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New Store - Sign-in

See the picture with the Sign In steps above.

1. Click Sign In
2. Sign in with email and password
3. Click the Forgot Password link if you need to reset your password.

Improved Navigation

It’s easier to find what you are looking for with navigation menus that expand. For example, the image shows what happens if you select “Stamps” from the Featured Products section. You can then narrow down your search by Season, and then refine it even more with a specific season.

New Store - Navigation

Improved Filtering

When you are shopping you’ll see Filter By in the menu on the left.

You can Filter By several options including size, price, product type, occasion, color, etc.

New Store - Filter

Wish List & Favorites List

You can also add items to a new list or Wish List from the quick view page, not just the individual product page. You could track the products you already have on hand.

New Store - Wish List

Filter & Sort by Color

If you click on the Shop By Color link you’ll see every color listed. Click on the color to see the products available in that color.

New Store - Colors

I hope you enjoy all the new features.  I appreciate your business and want to continue offering you amazing products and my personal service, so please be sure to update your preferred demonstrator selection.

SPECIAL OFFER!!!

As a thank you for shopping with me on the NEW shopping site, I am offering FREE SHIPPING* from August 4th until midnight August  9th!  Just place your order using the Host Code below and I will refund your shipping total back to you!  A refund will occur once I see that SU! has shipped your order.  (*Standard Shipping Only and you must use the Host Code Below.  This offer is only through me as an Independent SU! Demonstrator)

Here’s the Host Code for August Online Shopping!

 

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NU Demos Monthly Blog Hop – Summer Fun!

It’s that time again!  Here we are at the end of July, and my head is spinning that we are already past the halfway point of 2020!!  You may have just hopped over from Tracie Evans Langley‘s blog and I know her project was amazing, they always are!  If so, you know that our topic for this months hop is Summertime!  So here is how my brain works…Summertime=hot=tropics=pineapples, lol!  So since I had pineapples on my mind this is what I came up with.  I knew I wanted to change up my normal routine of posting a card so I went with a 3D home decor type project this month.  I’ve had these Tiny Treat Boxes in my stash for a while and they needed to come out of hiding!  And since I always have a fairly substantial assortment of paper bags, I decided to just stamp one of those to make a coordinating gift bag.

This project is super easy and quick!  I’ve included instructions and a video at the bottom of this post.  But the pic below shows you the pieces you’ll need to make the tealight.  And I used Adhesive Sheets to make it easier to attach the 2 pieces for the pineapple top, that’s why the top die cut is showing a white side instead of Just Jade. Those sheets are now a required tool in my craft room!

To decorate the gift bag, I just used an old technique of coloring directly on to the stamp so that I could get both colors I wanted for the pineapple.  I tend to forget about this technique, but it’s a great use of our markers!

Here’s an important tip on die-cutting the pineapple bottom.  You are going to cut your DSP slightly shorter than the length of the die.  This is because the die is a tiny bit larger than the 2″ area you will be covering on the treat box.  So you will want to work with a 2″ strip of your DSP of choice when cutting the 4 pieces of the pineapple bottom.  You can only cut 2 bottoms from the 2″ x 6″ piece of DSP so you will need 2 of those strips.

The other tip is for the pineapple top.  I wanted to adhere 2 of them back to back, with a strip of DSP in the center to stabilize it and give me a base to attach it to the top of the treat box.  In order to do this, you need to cut one top using the pattern you want to show, and then cut another from the BACK design of that DSP.  This allows you to flip it over and match up your first die cut.  I did use the adhesive sheets on the back of the DSP that I wanted showing

Here’s a picture of the tea lights while on 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my project.  It was a lot of fun to make 🙂  Now please continue through our hop to see the other amazing projects shared!  Amy Kinler is next up and she always has such fun projects 🙂

Instructions: Pineapple Tea Lights using Tiny Treat Boxes! – Toni Mari’s Creations

 

 

NC Demos

Jo Anne Hewins

Tina Lesson

Tracie Evans Langley

Toni Campana  ===>YOU ARE HERE!

Amy Kinler

Ariel Matera

Laurie Meier

Sue Root

Nedine DuPree

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Celebrate Sunflowers – Fun Fold Gift Card Holder

Hello, and thanks for popping by today 🙂  I wanted to share with you a card I recently made as part of our NC Demonstrators Stamp Along day.  This is our second time doing this on our FB page and it’s been a lot of fun!  Several demonstrators volunteer to do either a live video, a pre-recorded video, or share a PDF of a project they’ve made.  I chose to make a card that can double as a gift cardholder.  And I used our Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle, the Flowers for Every Season 6×6 DSP and several of the new 2020-2022 In Colors (that coordinate with the DSP).

This card can be made with the pocket for a gift card/cash, or without.  You can also dress up the inside of the card a little more by adding additional DSP panels to cover the white inside the card, it’s entirely up to you!

Take a look at the video for additional tips for making this card 🙂

 

And here’s a PDF for the project – Celebrate Sunflowers Fun Fold Gift Card Holder – Toni Mari’s Creations

Thanks for taking a look today!  Follow my blog to see more fun projects 🙂

 

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Bonus Days Are Back!

Bonus Days are Here!

It’s become a popular summer tradition – so you’ll be happy to hear that Bonus Days is back!

Bonus Days means you can earn coupon codes on the goodies you order now and redeem them in August! For every $50 you spend from July 1st – August 3rd (before shipping and tax), you earn a $5 Bonus Days coupon code that can be redeemed August 4th-31st 2020.

Even better, the new August-December Mini Catalog with all the awesome new Holiday products goes live August 4th, so you can use your coupon codes to save on your Holiday Catalog shopping spree!

For each qualifying order, you’ll receive an email from Stampin’ Up! with a coupon code. These emails come later, not when you originally order, so watch for and save them so you have your codes to use starting August 4th!

Happy Stamping!!

Toni

 

Here’s a pic of my cat, Blue last year, being very interested in Bonus Days announcement, lol!

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Now is a great time to add these trendy new colors to your craft room.

Bonus Days are Here!

And here’s something to make your crafting space a lot more colorful!  Protect your workspace with this double-sided grid paper that includes metric and imperial measurements. Features our fabulous new In Colors: Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, and Misty Moonlight. 25 sheets. 11″ x 17″ (28 x 43 cm).  #155380 – $9.

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NC Demos June Blog Hop – New Beginnings

Welcome to our monthly NC Demos Blog Hop!  It’s really hard for me to grasp that we’re at the end of June and knocking on the door of July!  I think we should request a general “do-over” for this year, because it’s been a real mess!  But one of the constants that have helped me through the stress is stamping.  I can lose myself for hours in my craft room and it does allow me to clear my head of all the noise that’s going on.  I think that is true for many of us crafters.  And speaking of, you may have just hopped over from Tina Lesson‘s blog and I know she had a wonderful project that she shared!

This month’s theme was interesting!  It is something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue!  And this is what I designed based on that criteria.

So, here’s the breakdown:

Something Old – Tailored Tag Punch 

Something New – Indigo Boho Medley

Something Borrowed – I saw this card layout on one of our Dutch Demonstrators Blog – Janneke Dijkstrade Jong (Happystampin.nl) – and borrowed it!

Something Blue – I used Night of Navy and Misty Moonlight inks, as well as the various DSP patterns from the Indigo Boho Medley.

I knew as soon as I saw this Medley in the new Annual Catalog that I was going to be at the top of my wish list.  Blue is my favorite color so this was right up my alley!  Medley’s are a great way to start off your stamping experience.  The only things you need to add are acrylic blocks to mount the stamps and adhesive.

As I mentioned above, the inspiration for the card layout came from one of our demonstrators in the Netherlands.  I loved how she used the Tailored Tag but modified the width of the cardstock she was using to produce a different looking tag.  She used a 1 1/2″ width of DSP to get the result.  It’s always fun to find new ways to use the tools we have on hand!

When I purchased the Boho Indigo Medley I knew that at least one of my projects was going to incorporate yellow because I just love the pairing of blue and yellow.  And when I placed a piece of the Bumble Bee In Color DSP next to the DSP found in the medley, I knew I had a winner!  I’ve included a PDF Tutorial for my card at the bottom of this post 🙂

Inside of Card

 

Just a reminder that there are a few days left to take advantage of a couple of amazing specials going on.  The first is the Annual Catalog Kickoff Celebration where you can earn additional rewards with a qualifying order.

The second special is the Pick A Free Bundle Starter Kit Promotion!  For a limited time, when you become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, you can choose any stamp/tool bundle from the new 2020–2021 Annual Catalog for FREE. There could not be a better time to make your dreams of having your own Stampin’ Up! business come true, OR, just join for the discount!  There’s no pressure to make this a business, many demonstrators sign up simply to keep their stash full of amazing products at a discounted cost. 🙂

Please continue through our hop and enjoy the amazing creativity of our next blogger, Jo Anne Hewins.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Toni

Printable Instructions – Boho Indigo Card – Toni Mari’s Creations

 

NC Demos

Tina Lesson
Toni CampanaYOU ARE HERE!
Jo Anne Hewins
Ariel Matera
Laurie Meier
Amy Kinler
Tracy Lewis
Sue Root
Tracie Evans Langley
Libby Foreman
Martinette Horner

 

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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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Beginner’s Brochure – Help for the brand new stamper!

Getting into paper crafting can be overwhelming—and expensive—at times, and if you are new to it you might not know where to start. That’s why we created this brochure for those who are new to crafting. The Beginner Brochure features high-quality products with coordination, versatility, coloring, easy to accomplish techniques, and card kits that are easy to get started.  If you’ve been following my blog (and I hope you have!), you may recall a post I made previously about our Beginner’s Brochure.  It included info about our 2019-2020 brochure and you can find it here .

Today I’d like to introduce you to the new 2020 Beginner’s Brochure.  There are some great fun and simple projects that will help you begin your stamping journey!    And you can order from this brochure until May 31, 2021!

Here are several project ideas featured in the brochure along with a short video for each of them.  Just click on the photo to see the video.  Once you’ve seen how cute these projects are, I know you’ll want to join in the fun and create some projects of your own!

Zany Zebras

 

Four Season’s Floral Card

 

Cute Fruit Cards and Tags

 

Hooray To You Cards and Envelopes

 

Simply Citrus All-Inclusive Card Kit

You can go directly to the Beginner Brochure products in my online store by clicking HERE.  And don’t forget to use the appropriate month’s Host Code to be eligible for my Monthly Mystery Host reward (total cumulative online sales for the month much reach a minimum of $150 to for Myster Host Rewards to be activated).  The current Host Code can be found in the sidebar of this blog 🙂

 

Happy Stamping!

Toni