Happy Easter

I pray that your Easter is a blessed time with family and friends.  And I also appreciate the men and women who are working today, and taking care of our safety and medical needs.  My daughter and son-in-law are both working as nurses today, so I’m particularly mindful of those who make sacrifices on holidays.

We made this special Ghirardelli treat holder at my club class last month.  The photos don’t do it justice.  I used the Copper Foil to cut out the detailed cross image.  It is gorgeous!  I look forward to using it for so many types of cards……sympathy, Baptism, weddings, and more!  The supplies are shown below.  My 3-D treat holder measured 2″ x 7″ and I scored it in half at 31/2″.  It is super simple!  I made some of these for Valentine’s treats, and I decided a repeat for Easter was in order.

Don’t forget that today is the LAST DAY to order and get Sale-A-Bration rewards!  Click on my “Shop Now” link to the right……there are LOTS of free options if you spend $50 or $100 in product.  Stampin’ Up! added even more options a couple of weeks ago.  If you didn’t catch the last additions, you may want to check them out!

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Easter Baskets

HAPPY EASTER!   I should have posted this idea a long time ago…….but maybe it will inspire someone “last minute”.  Or you can save it for next year.   We made these at our club class last month, and they turned out SO cute!  I found these chocolate carrots and large pastel eggs at Wal-Mart.  They were perfect for our spring Stampin’ Up! colors.  I pray that you and your family have a very special Easter weekend!

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Easter Lamb Wood-Mount Stamp

Easter Lamb Wood-Mount Stamp
[140740]
$10.00

Woodgrain Background

Woodgrain Background
[117100]
$17.95

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Epic Celebrations Card

What a fun addition to my stamp collection!  This stamp set is so cute for the teenagers, and more masculine looking cards.  However, my little girl owns a few pair of converse in fun colors, so you can certainly make girl-y cards, too!  Pinterest is FULL of fun samples, and this was one that I found and copied.  We made this card at March’s stamp club.  If you’re looking for a group of women to stamp with once a month, please let me know.  There is a VERY minimal commitment, and we make three fun projects each month.   This stamp set is FREE when you purchase $50 in Stampin’ Up! products.  There are quite a few options if this one doesn’t tickle your fancy!   Contact me if you need more information!

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Sale-A-Bration is almost over!

Sale-A-Bration is coming to a close!  If there is anything you’d like to get, you have until Saturday to do it.  There are SO many options.  Stampin’ Up! has continued to add more choices, so make sure you visit my website and place your online order.  Click on my SHOP NOW button to the right to place your order.  The Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper has been a huge hit!  You can sponge it, brayer it, color it, or just leave it alone!  Coloring with the Stampin’ Blends Markers is my favorite method!   I’ve greatly enjoyed playing around with different colors, but the Pool Party and the Calypso Coral were my favorites.  The specialty paper is available for FREE with a $50 order.   The “celebrate” is part of the Sale-A-Bration rewards, as well!   These die-cuts are available free with a $100 order.     Sometimes you don’t even have to stamp on a card!  Did you catch that?  No stamping on this one!

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Leaf Punch

$16.00

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Brusho Crystals — my new love!

Spring is right around the corner and the Texas weather is showing it!  I’ve failed miserably at updating my blog, and my website, and I feel like I apologize more than ever.  But one of these days, I hope to get back to consistent posting.  Things are calming down (dare I say that?) in our house, and I’m making creative time more of a priority.  It is my “therapy” and definitely cheaper than anything else!  I’m also working hard to get exercise back into my schedule.  The stress of the last 12 months has put on some pounds, and some habits that I’m not thrilled with, to say the least!  So, here’s to SPRING and a time of new beginnings.

Spring has brought MANY new Stampin’ Up! products, and the one that has received my attention the most is a set of BRUSHO CRYSTALS.  Oh, my!  They are so much fun, and the sky is the limit!  We currently sell a set of 5 colors, and all supply information is at the bottom of this post.   I have watched several YouTube videos and looked at Pinterest samples a lot!  A whole lot!  I have been so inspired by others, so please don’t think I did it all on my own.  But they are SO EASY……and there is no right or wrong way.  Brusho allows for the ultimate amount of fun and creativity.   I want to show you several samples, and I’ll show even more after my classes this weekend.  I have two sessions, and my ladies are super excited to learn about Brusho!

This first sample is “Basic Brusho 101”.  I used watercolor paper, sprinkled on the Brusho Crystals, and spritzed with water.  Voila! Fun background.  I embossed the butterfly from “Beautiful Day” but I can’t remember if I embossed it first or last.  Either way, it will turn out VERY similar.   I’m using the same stamp set on all of these cards to keep it quick and easy for my class.

Once you experiment with the crystals and the spritzing, you can take it from there for many other techniques. On this card, I used the Aqua Painter (water) mixed with a tiny bit of crystals, and colored in the butterfly.  You can use one of your Acrylic Blocks to sprinkle a few crystals on, gently grab some color onto your Aqua Painter, and start coloring.  This card was done on Shimmery White Cardstock, which doesn’t photograph well, but it adds to the beauty of the butterfly in real life.  You’ll want to stamp with Momento Ink and allow it to dry VERY WELL or heat set it when you’re in a hurry.  Black butterflies are not pretty 🙂

Next up……I tried an Embossing Folder on Watercolor Paper.  Once everything was dry, I sponged the raised part of the image with Whisper White Craft Ink for the added “pop” and dimension on this card.

I saw an awesome Australian Demonstrator post several videos using Brusho.  I highly recommend watching them, and her voice is adorable……the accent, love!  She used Bubble Wrap of all things……..and look at how cute this is!!!  Oh my goodness!  Talk about fun!  And you can make at least two backgrounds each time — one is just a little lighter than the other.  I sprinkled a bit of red Brusho at the bottom of the bubble wrap, and yellow Brusho at the top.  Slightly let the crystals overlap in the middle, but not too much.  They will naturally bleed together when you spritz it with water.  

And last one for today……same basic thing as the Bubble Wrap, but using a Stencil instead.   I’m listing the basic supplies used for my cards below.  If you have any questions about these, please email me.  I’m eager to help everyone love Brusho as much as I do!

 

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Heat Tool

$30.00

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My first card of the new year!

Hello friends!  I’m alive and well………and survived the Derrick-Krone wedding!  It was gorgeous, but left us exhausted and broke, ha!  Don’t all weddings?  This is my second wedding in 18 months, so we have 2 down and 2 to go!  Life with girls is always fun and exciting (but exhausting) — did I mention that I am exhausted?  I titled this post “my first card of the new year” but I actually make about 30 “thank you cards” right before the wedding.  I used them to thank all of the people who made our day possible, and included their payment inside.  I will have to show a few snapshots of those in another post.  I used two of our Stampin’ Up! kits and boy was that a LIFE SAVER…….beautiful cards and I didn’t have to think about anything.  Because remember, my brain is exhausted!  Always keep some kits on hand……always!

So now that I am ready to start the new year, I am ready to start some new Stampin’ adventures and get some classes planned.  Stay tuned as I get my mojo going and come out of this fog.  Sale-A-Bration has begun and I’m running a few weeks behind, but this was my first card to make with new stamps and new products!  I used the Lots of Lavender stamp set and created a very simple card inspired by a sample I saw on Pinterest.

There are so many samples out there showing this bunch of lavender in the “traditional” way — right side up, I guess you’d say.  But I was inspired to created THIS card because of the “hanging lavender” and how simple and striking it looks.  This stamp set is great because you can use Stampin’ Blends or markers to color, but you don’t HAVE to color.  There are 2-step stamping images that fill in the flowers and leaves so that you get a gorgeous water-color look.  It is SO simple and easy.  You can create this card in 5 minutes or less!  Isn’t it wonderful to be successful in creating a gorgeous card that is quick and easy?

You can choose any sentiment you like, but I need lots more birthday cards, so I used the birthday greetings from another new set in the 2018 Occasions catalog – Picture Perfect Birthday.  I have my monthly Stamp Club this week, so I’m eager for them to use the new goodies!  And once the class is over, I have more birthday cards ready to go!  I’m working VERY hard to send lots of birthday cards in 2018.  I’ve been inspired by my friend Maria to MAIL MORE CARDS………what good are they doing in a box?  Mail them out, and bless people!  So that’s one of my goals this year — to be more INTENTIONAL about mailing out my cards.

The supplies are listed below, but here are the layers: 

Whisper White Thick Cardstock:  5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″

Wisteria Wonder layer:  4″ x 5 1/4″

Whisper White layer:  3 3/4″ x 5″

 

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Painted Harvest Thankful Card

This is the third and final project we completed at my club class in September.  I just realized that I hadn’t posted it.  The original idea came from Jenny Hall (found on Pinterest).  I have thoroughly enjoyed the items that I’ve stamped using the Painted Harvest bundle.  This stamp set has received lots of love and attention from demonstrators around the world.  Every time you stamp it, it looks a little different, thanks to the 2-step stamping and the multitude of color combinations that you can use to create a STUNNING flower!  Take a look on Pinterest, as there are so many kind souls that have posted all of their color combos for us!  

There has been a love/hate relationship with this flower image, and I’ve heard of some folks really struggling with it.  I didn’t have trouble, but I did learn a few things online from others that I read.  Here are a few tips:

  • To get a full, layered flower, you’ll want to stamp EACH part of the flower at least 2-3 times.
  • Use a LIGHTER color with the large flower, and a DARKER color with the small flower image.
  • Ink up your stamp one time, but stamp 3-4 times.  Lift up your stamp off the paper and ROTATE the flower ever-so-slightly each time.  So, move your wrist, rotate the flower, but keep the center of the flower in the same spot.  I stamped mine until there really wasn’t any more ink on the rubber.
  • Drier, less juicy ink pads will probably work better.  If your pads are super juicy, try stamping off the image on scrap paper first, then on your cardstock.
  • Don’t aim for perfection!  This is not a “perfect” stamp image.  There are variations and inconsistencies.  Have you EVER seen two flowers that look alike in a bouquet?  No!  Each one is unique.  Allow your flowers to be unique!
  • Relax and don’t overthink this.  Like I said, there is no perfection here.  There’s no right or wrong way to stamp this flower image.
  • This flower below was created with Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Chocolate Chip (all supplies shown below).
    Please use the October Hostess Code to order from me during the month of October.  Thanks!

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Big Shot

$110.00

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Masculine Friend Card

Good masculine cards are hard to come by!  And when I saw this one that Connie made, I knew I wanted to CASE it.  Special thanks to Connie for always posting the greatest projects!  At first glance, you may just think this card is created with one piece of Stampin’ Up!’s awesome wood-grain paper…….but look again.  It is actually made with 1″ strips that are cut, sponged for shading, and then attached to cardstock on the diagonal for a true “wood plank” look.  Isn’t this cool???  Yes, it takes up a little more paper, and yes, it takes a little more time to create, but the amazing end-product is totally worth it, don’t you think? 

I also wanted to provide my customers with an “easier” version of this same card.  I knew that a couple of ladies would prefer to make a quicker card, so I was realistic and prepared another sample, shown below.   To make this card even quicker, make sure you use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets that Stampin’ Up! offers.  I attached it to Old Olive and to the wood grain paper that I used for the word “friend”.  No more messing with glue all over the place!  This is a wonderful product that many don’t even realize we sell!  Details on all supplies used are shown below.   Click on any image below and you’ll get to my online store where you can order anything you want, even Clearance Items!

October’s special is all about Designer Series Papers.  MY PERSONAL FAVORITE……..I use LOTS of DSP.  Buy three, and get one free!  Why not do a little shopping this month? Please use the October Hostess Code below.

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October Promotion: Designer Series Paper Sale!

I’m a bit late on sharing my favorite sale of the year. Well, second in line after Sale-A-Bration!  I love it when Stampin’ Up! offers me FREE paper!   I use our DSP on almost every card I create!  I am always in a hurry and it really makes my projects POP!  Make sure you take a look at the paper packs being offered on this promotion (some are excluded) and get your order in before the end of the month. CLICK ON THE PHOTO TO ORDER.  There is no limit to how many free package you can earn during the sale, so now is a great time to save on some of our most popular designs. Stock up and save — and use the October Hostess Code shown below, please.

DETAILS:

  • Sale period: October 1–31, 2017
  • Offer valid to both demonstrators and customers.
  • There is no limit to how many times participants can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free during this sale.
  • Participants can choose which three packages of Designer Series Paper they will order from the sale items and which package to receive for free.
  • Designer Series Paper purchased as part of a Starter Kit does not qualify for this sale.
  • Designer Series Paper ordered with free Stampin’ Rewards does not qualify for this sale.

DESIGNER SERIES PAPER SALE OPTIONS:

CATALOG ITEM DESCRIPTION PRICE
Annual (P. 189) 144180 Just Add Color Specialty Designer Series Paper $13.00 USD/$17.00 CAD
Annual (P. 189) 144137 Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 189) 144118 Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188) 144111 Be Merry Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188) 144163 Pick A Pattern Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188) 144155 Coffee Break Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188) 144185 Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 188) 144110 Whole Lot Of Lovely Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Annual (P. 187) 144168 Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack $10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Annual (P. 187) 144193 Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack $10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Annual (P. 187) 144177 Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack $10.00 USD/$12.50 CAD
Holiday (P. 29) 144629 Christmas Around The World Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD
Holiday (P. 49) 144613 Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper $11.00 USD/$14.50 CAD

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Halloween Matchbook Treats

It’s time to start thinking about some Halloween treats!  We made these simple matchbook treats at my Club Class last week, and I made a bunch more this weekend at a retreat.  My daughter is going to give them for class treats, and to all of the teachers/aides that help with her class.  I like to send a little something to the music, PE, computer teachers, etc. so that they feel a little love, too!

These are super simple!  I started with a piece of cardstock measuring 3″ x 8″.  If your candy is a little larger, you might have to do 3 1/2″ wide.  Score at 3″, 3 1/2″ and 7″.  Fold as shown below and staple your candy at the bottom, centered up on the 1″ flap.  I like to “hide” the staple with a small piece of DSP, but you certainly don’t have to do that.  The DSP I used is retired, so I apoligize that you can’t purchase it, but we have amazing Halloween papers each and every year.  I had a ton, so I’ve been using up my stash!  To make the “Spooky-Licious” version, I stamped the image TWO times in Basic Black on Whisper White cardstock.  First, punch out one of your stamped images with the 2″ circle punch.  On the second one, just cut out the banner and throw the rest away.  Attach the banner with Dimensionals for added effect – and color the letters in Pumpkin Pie.  

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Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker

Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker
[105115]
$3.50

Pop Of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper

Pop Of Pink Specialty Designer Series Paper
[141648]
$13.00

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