Beginner's Brochure, Birthday Cards, Bundles, Cards, Ink Pads

Quick and Easy Stamping

If you are a new stamper, it can be very overwhelming knowing exactly what you need to get started.  Well, I’m here to help you with that!  Well, actually, Stampin’ UP! has made it very easy for me to help 🙂  If you aren’t aware, we have a brochure that is targeted to new stampers.  It’s called Experience Creativity, and you can download a copy HERE.  In this brochure, you’ll find the basics – kits, stamps, ink, paper, and a few additional items that will help get you started.

One of the bundles featured is called Celebrate with Cake.  It’s perfect for birthdays, of course, but there’s an assortment of stamps and sentiments that can be used for much more!  It comes with stamps, 2 full-size ink pads, an acrylic block, and a package of our Note Cards & Envelopes.

And if you aren’t sure where to start with designing your cards, there are samples that you can follow!  Don’t delay in ordering this bundle as it is scheduled to retire on June 2nd, or while supplies last.  Click on the image below to place your order!

 

I’ve created a how-to video for this bundle and have shared a few of my own tips, learned from years of experience, lol!  Please subscribe to my blog and my YouTube channel to stay up to date with news about special offers, tutorials, and just general stamping fun!

Happy Stamping!

Toni

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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

 

Product List

 

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Stampin’ UP!’s Last Chance Products

 

Stampin’ Up! has just released the list of retiring products! Now is the time to get those last items off your wish list ordered before they are gone.Retiring stamps are available through June 2nd. All other retiring items, such as paper, embellishments, and dies are only available while supplies last, so you don’t want to wait and miss out. Below are my Top 3 things to know about the Retirement List.   Seeing the products online I think is the best.  If you prefer, contact me for a PDF or XLS file I can share with you.  Let me know if you have any questions.Happy Stamping!!

Toni

2018 – 2020 IN COLORS

 All 2018-2020 In Color inks, paper, and embellishments are retiring. These items usually sell out quickly so don’t forget to add ink refills and extra cardstock for your craft stash. Check out the In Color samples below for color inspiration. You don’t want to miss having these bright, happy colors in your collection!

 

LOVELY LIPSTICKGRAPEFRUIT GROVEPINEAPPLE PUNCHCALL ME CLOVERBLUEBERRY BUSHEL

STAMPS VS. ACCESSORIES

 

STAMPS VS. ACCESSORIES

Retiring stamps are available through June 2nd. All other retiring items, such as paper, embellishments, and dies are only available while supplies last, so you don’t want to wait and miss out.  Here are a few of the top-selling Designer Series Paper that are retiring.

See A Silhouette Designer Series Paper
Pressed Petals Specialty Designer Series Paper
Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper
Parisian Blossoms Specialty Designer Series Paper
VIEW LAST-CHANCE PRODUCTS

    BUNDLES

Bundles, with their 10% savings, all retire! Even if the bundle items carry over to the next catalog the discount does not so save on bundles while you can.

Forever Blossoms Bundle
Heart To Heart Bundle
It Starts With Art Bundle
Honey Bee Bundle
Free As A Bird Bundle
Friend Like You Bundle
VIEW LAST-CHANCE PRODUCTS

 

Oh, there is one more thing I want to mention!  Stampin’ Blends ARE NOT RETIRING!!  They will only be available to purchase as a pair in the new catalog, so if you need just a Light or Dark version of your favorite color, now would be the time to grab them!

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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

 

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Retiring 2018-2020 In Colors!

Believe it or not, we only have a little over 3 months left that we can purchase the bold, bright selections of the 2018-2020 In-Color lineup!  That’s right, these beauties will retire at the end of May.  I wanted to give you an early heads up about this.  Once everyone starts to realize that these colors are going away, they start buying up ink refills, cardstock, and embellishments long before the Annual Catalog retires.   So, now is the time to grab them!

five ink pads

I joined a Blog Hop last June where we had to use these colors so I thought I’d share with you the card I made for it.

Click on the ink pads below to see all the rest of the coordinating products that go with each color!

hot pink ink pad

royal blue ink

bright yellow ink pad

green stamp pad

Grapefruit Grove Classic Stampin' Pad

 

I have loved using these colors and will definitely miss them, but it’s always exciting to see what the next In Color selections will be!

 

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Best Dressed Suite and Sample Card for Inspiration!

The Mini Catalog Inspiration
Best Dressed Suite

Celebrate your inner diva in style with the Best Dressed Suite! This fun and flirty Dressed To Impress stamp set includes images and sassy greetings to help you create the ultimate in fashionable paper crafting.

The All Dressed Up Dies include dies that coordinate with the stamp images, plus dies to make an awesome 3D purse! This bundle is one you’ll want to add to your spring fashion collection now and will continue to enjoy season after season.

The notecard project highlights an unexpected use for the purse handle die from the All Dressed Up Dies, heat embossing, and the stamping off technique. The soft colors and fashionable floral and stripe designs are perfect for spring occasions. Make this card for Mother’s Day, bridal showers, birthdays, and much more!

Happy Stamping!!

Toni

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Dressed To Impress – Mother’s Day Note Card

Dressed To Impress - Mother's Day Note Card

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SUPPLIES:

STAMPS: Dressed to Impress (#151666)
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White (#100730), Coastal Cabana (#131297), Grapefruit Grove (#146972), Petal Pink (#146985)
PAPER: None
INK: VersaMark (#102283), Granny Apple Green (#147095), Bermuda Bay (#147096), Coastal Cabana (#147097), Grapefruit Grove (#147142)
ACCESSORIES: Stampin’ Emboss Powder Gold (#109129), From My Heart Faceted Gems (#151154)
ADHESIVES: SNAIL (#104331), Stampin’ Dimensionals (#104430), Mini Glue Dots (#103683), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (#138309) or Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)
TOOLS: All Dressed Up Dies (#151665), Heat Tool (#129053), Embossing Buddy (#103083)

TIPS: Rub the Embossing Buddy over the paper before heat embossing to reduce static. This helps prevent stray bits of embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want them.

VIEW SUITE ONLINE

BEST DRESSED SUITE VIDEO

DOWNLOAD THE CATALOG

Best Dressed Suite

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New Coordination Items Released Today!

If you weren’t already excited about Sale-a-Bration and the new Mini Catalog, here’s some news that will add to the excitement!  Stampin’ UP! has released 6 brand new items that you can purchase to coordinate with products in both the SAB catalog and the Mini Catalog.  But here’s the catch, they are only available while supplies last!  Last year we sold out of some of the die sets very quickly, so I’m suggesting that if there’s something that catches your eye, don’t wait to purchase it!

I created my own document to show you what the new Coordination items match with, I think it’s a little easier visually for you to see it in that format.   You can click on the picture to go directly to my online store!


And don’t forget, Sale-A-Bration is a great time to join my team!  SU! already has a great kit deal, but if you join during SAB, you can get even MORE for the $99 fee!

Stampin’ Up!’s Starter Kit is completely customizable. Build it your way! For just $99 you get:

* Your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin’ Up! products
* A business supply pack valued at $50

That’s a total value of $175 (USD)

 

And during Sale-A-Bration, you get even MORE with your kit!   You get special perks that you won’t see any other time of year. Sign up between now and March 31, and you will receive the mini paper cutter, 6″ x 6″ designer series paper sampler, and your choice of a stamp set*.

*Host stamp sets and SAB stamp sets not included.

 

Look at the great benefits of becoming a Demonstrator!

It’s a great opportunity if you want to pursue your own business, OR, if you are only interested in the discount you receive on our amazing products.  There’s NO obligation at all,  you can stop at any time.

  • Get 20%–25% off all Stampin’ Up! products.
  • Earn additional income based on your sales and recruiting–just how much extra income is up to you.  And recruiting is completely optional, it is NOT a requirement!
  • Set your own schedule and put in as much (or as little) time as you’d like.
  • Get support through online training resources, events, and a demonstrator-only online community with thousands of project ideas.
  • Access to regular promotions, giving you an opportunity to purchase new product before anyone else even sees it.
  • Opportunity to earn incentive trips.
  • Chance to learn creative tips and techniques, share ideas, and come into contact with new friends who love paper crafting as much as you do!
  • And last but not least, you will become a member of my team, the Stamping Campanions!  We have a private Facebook page where we share projects and info as well as have a monthly online meeting to help keep everyone up to date.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, let me know!  I am more than happy to discuss them with you 🙂

Happy Stamping!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

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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

Erin Cook

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24 Hr. Sale

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!