The 24 hour sale is ticking!!!

Let’s get this 30th Birthday Party rollin’ 

TODAY and for TODAY ONLY!

There are 30 Stamps that are 15% off

(just kick this festive image below and POP…you will go right to the discounted stamps!!!)

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a super quick….(like 30 seconds) that is a festive and fun showcase of the stamps offered today! There is just something FUN about Balloons…..enjoy!

 

 

 

Do you have a favorite stamp that is on sale?

 

I am going to snatch up a couple as believe it or not…there are many that I do not have…..and my 1st SNATCH PICK is….Another Wonderful Year…..

I adore sentiment stamps and I did not purchase this before as I thought it was a little pricy…..but you know what STAMPERS do when they hear the word SALE……yep, HIT THAT BUTTON!!!!

 

 

(click on the image…poof – you are in the store!!!)

 

 

 

Speaking of Sentiment Sets….here are 2 more that are fantastic staples that are keepers!

 

 

With all of the amazing Designer Series Paper that we all tend to collect….these simple stamps are fantastic to make a quick card that carries a big impact….and to me, are TIMELESS….and that is the name of the game in my opinion!

Just layer some cardstock with a stamped image over a beautiful paper……write a heartfelt message and GET IT IN THE MAIL! Poof….you will feel great and the recipient will love your message!

 

 

(click on the image…poof – you are in the store!!!)

 

 

 

(click on the image…poof – you are in the store!!!)

 

 

 

There you go….now go enjoy the sale and have a great day! John and I are off in the morning to the great state of TEXAS to see some AMAZING LADIES….and I am sure he will be more of a hit that I will be!

Hands down, Fall is my favorite time of the year so if it is beautiful where you live…go and grab some of that Autumn beauty!

 

 

Heat Embossing on Vellum? Heck YES!!!

 

"Cold air, dark night, warm fire, bright stars." | Travel Quotes We Love | Find your adventure in New Brunswick, Canada

 

 

Hello to all and do I have a FUN post for you today! I know that it has been ages since I have blogged and I have missed you guys…I had shared with you all that this Fall was going to be a super busy time for me with traveling and I have learned one thing…HATS OFF TO THOSE that can travel all of the time and be balanced with daily life!

Don’t get me wrong….it has all been SUPER FUN but I am a pooped stamper and my poor suitcase never gets to make it back to the basement…John and I leave on Wednesday to make a trek to the great state of Texas….to see some very special people….and I do hope to blog about it as I know it will make you smile from ear to ear!

I have not been short of ideas for you and for my blog….it is that darn TIME THING that has stopped me from blogging…..the creating part is the super FUN PART…..it is the taking photos, editing them, typing up the post, linking the products….all of those that are the true timer bandits!

Enough….let’s get to it as I have a C&CKC for you today……yep, that is my new little tag smile maker for you…

 

Clean & Classic Keeper Card (say that 5 times!)

 

Holidays always seem to bring out the best of us when we sit to create our cards for our family and friends. Using vellum is always a classic and it instantly will step up the game for you but the one thing that we all seem to have to deal with is…..

 

How in the heck can we hide the adhesive on the vellum?

 

Trust me, I GET IT as you know I like to always have a well constructed card with clean workmanship and we all know working with vellum is one of those “special touches” that is fun to implement into our cards but that DARN HIDING THE ADHESIVE GAME can be a challenge!

I do hope that you stay with the length of this post and also the amount of pictures that I have for you today but again, you know me…..I like to make sure that you “get it”

I will be sharing with you tips that YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO…..as well as the TIPS THAT WILL MAKE YOU SMILE! The way that I look at it is….learning from mistakes that I made will save you time in the long run!

I am mainly working with the SUPERSTAR bundle from the Holiday Catalog….the Merry Christmas to All Bundle. It is chocked full of fabulous sentiments to create a classic card but the framelits….yep, to me – they are the show stopper as I am a HUGE FAN of sentiment words. This IS one that will be a yearly staple for you….

 

 

 

 

Below you will see another keeper, the Swirls & Curls Embossing Folder! This is another dynamic folder that leaves that super deep impression that will bring an instant smile to your face. I used this on all cards today and you will see the classic look it gives and the best thing – you can use this all year long as it is not just limited to the Holidays!

This will be your FREE with a $75+ or more with me this month…if you already have this, no worries….I will glad to substitute with another embossing folder….I just want you to be a happy stamper that STAMPS!!!

I know that you will “get this” and chuckle….we are all pretty good…actually GREAT at collecting things/products……but we need to USE THEM! I will say….I have been a stampin’ machine lately and it has felt great to create and send mail…..that is why I started with SU and I will say, going back to the roots of doing what I love is making me smile!

 

 

 

 

There is really nothing hard about this layout as it is what I love and do best…keeping it simple! Simple Layers of paper and embossing and then using the circle framelits to create an ornament….PRESTO – DONE…..but here are the DO NOT DO’S as well as the TO DO’S

It is all about using the basics….

 

 

 

The KEY to making this work is to use the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets and to use MULTIPLE LAYERS OF THE VELLUM CIRCLES before you add the Ornament to the Embossed piece or cardstock!

Keep reading as my photos will be helpful! I heat embossed on the vellum and in the sample below you will see that I used 4 different embossing powders….heck, it’s the holidays and there is nothing like heat embossing and seeing that luscious and rich powder melt to smoothness!

When you heat emboss…..ALWAYS USE the Embossing Buddy….it is the best way to ensure that your end result will be a beauty! Heat Embossing is probably still the biggest WOW that we love to see and do!

Remember when I said that you will need to use MULTIPLE LAYERS OF VELUM CIRCLES WITH THE MULTIPURPOSE ADHESIVE ON THE BACK?…..well….yep  – follow that tip but do NOT heat emboss the sentiment with the adhesive on the back…..

Look below…you can see that the result is terrible  – the adhesive melted underneath and created bubble……

 

 

 

 

Now look at this one below……a BEAUTIFUL MELT!!!! After you heat set the sentiment….THEN PUT THE ADHESIVE ON THE BACK and then you can go ahead and add more circles of vellum.

I like to use 3 layers of vellum…..I am being totally honest with you as I think that the 3 layers give you the best end result! In this one below……I did use a white circle under the last layer but I think you get the idea of where I am coming from!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully you will see the adhesive on the back of this below….I am a HUGE believer of making sure that you have the right products at your fingertips so when you take the time to create….you have everything you need at a reach. Having the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets IS a must have…..(actually I have MANY) as I would never want to be without!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below you will see another example of what not to do……I ADORE this layout and colors/punch that I used…..but I only had 1 piece of vellum and you can see how the embossing folder shadows peek through.

This would have been TOTALLY AVOIDED if I would have added  2 more adhesive vellum circles underneath the stamped one! I know that O am being super picky….but I am trying to be true! I also loved what I did with the envelope! I really just wanted 2 rows of trees….so adding the 1/4″ strip on the top and on the bottom was a winner!

 

 

 

 

 

Look at this beauty…..I love this combo! The copper is just stunning. This would have been PERFECT if I would have added the 2 circles underneath……here is another tip that I always do…I add a bow with a glue dot and then just adhere the anchor to the back of the embossed piece with an adhesive.

I know that some of you might be thinking I am being to type A….but heck – what is it to just add 2 more circles…..

I just love a clean card that the mechanics of it are completely hidden. I know that time is a factor for some of these tips….but trust me, the time you spend to the details is so with it and your style becomes more reflective of workmanship the more you do it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know that I adore plaids….and this one I added more of a DSP to the focal of the card but you can still see the classic ornament! To me, this is a great card – I love the colors, I love the style and YEP, there are 3 layers of vellum and then a white circle…..creating a beauty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love dimension….and trust me, I have a CA-ZILLION Stampin’ Dimensionals but I also love to use fun foam! It cuts perfectly with the framelits and below you can see that I just used a smaller circle and adhered it!

Why do I like fun foam so much? I love the solid feel it gives to a larger element….if this was smaller, I would have used a dimensional!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below you will see how I used these products…..all BASICS that created a fun and oh so beautiful of a Holiday Card! This would be a card that would be super easy to MASS PRODUCE and also a great card to use up your DSP…..you could easily use the layout and then just choose the color scheme to what you have on hand!

 

 

 

 

 

Well…there you go! I DID IT…I POSTED and I hope that you found this helpful! I know that my posts are so long…but that is the way I roll. It is my goal to make sure that you completely understand how YOU can make this card!

Please feel free to leave a comment and a HUGE CYBER HUG to each and everyone of YOU!!!! Please make sure that you use the HOST code of 76FGF2W6 to get the Embossing Folder with a purchase from me this month!

For those of you that have already purchased from me this month, I will reach out to you as I never changed the offering for this month! You will always find the current host code on the right side bar of my blog!

Go and have a great evening and I hope to be in you “in box” soon……

 

 

 

A fun way to stash the cash!

HHD (Happy Hump Day) to you from beautiful Kiawah Island, South Carolina! I am having a wonderful time away with some amazing women and I just needed to sneak to give you a smile of a post!

I have a super FUN one for you today that will bring a smile to your face and also give you some inspiration to get ahead of the game with a clever way to give the gift that is always….so well received, a gift card…check or good old fashion cash!

We all know that everyone has their own likes and dislikes and a gift card is always a popular option for many so the recipient can pick what they want! Isn’t it amazing that you can get a gift card for just about anything!

I know that one thing that we all like to do is to find clever ways to give these little gift card of love and today I think that I have NAILED IT for you as this is so clean and simple and one that you can use for all times of the year…simple – just change up the sentiment and the paper….POOF – a fun card!

I am excited to add this design that I am sharing with you today to my ever growing ways to showcase a simple gift card, a check or cash! Let’s dive in…cause’ I am using something from the annual catalog that came out 2 years ago (using that STASH again!) and new bundle from the Holiday Catalog that is a sleeper in my simple eyes but honestly one that you simply cannot overlook as it is one of those “practical ones” that always perk me up for its versatility!

Look below, super cute…right!?!? We are working from the Nothing Sweeter Bundle and the Pocketful of Sunshine Stamp and matching framelits. I will share with you some tips and tricks that make this a fun and easy project to whip up! This would be one for the masses!

 

 

 

 

I know that you have hear many times that when you purchase a bundle you will save an instant 10% and there are times that I communicate to you that I just buy one piece of an offering but for this one….BUY THE BUNDLE as this is bundle is a keeper as it goes not only for the Holidays…but it will clearly work for Valentines Day and also Birthdays! You know….it is fun to think out of the box and I am excited to continue to bring you more posts using this bundle!

 

 

 

 

 

The other fun piece to this project is using the Pocketful of Sunshine Stamp Set and the matching framelits…..This is NOT priced as a bundle now (it used to be when it first came out)…. so here you can see that this is why it is the best bang for your buck to purchase bundles when Stampin’ Up! offers them.

This again is one that I would purchase the stamp set as well as the framelits as it is a very unique and super clever offering. I have a super important tip for you with these framelits!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just an A-2 card out of Thick Whisper White…..something I always do as I am a big fan of a solid card and then I paced a 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″ piece of Night of Navy to set the backdrop of todays card!

I am just MAD ABOUT PLAIDS and this gem came from the Holiday DSP from the Annual Catalog, Under the Mistletoe. I knew that the minute I saw this DSP offering it was going to be a favorite of mine and it still is…even after the debut of the Holiday. To me, there is nothing more fun and festive than a good and bold plaid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the TIPS I have for you….enjoy and please let me know how you like this!

 

  • When you cute your plaid DSP…try to balance the white part on the far right and the far left….I know that this might not seem like a big deal to you but trust me, it balances the eye to make the overall plaid more pleasing.

 

  • Here is one that might surprise you…..used VERSAMARK to stamp the stitches as I just love the tone on tone effect. There are time that I use the same color of ink to do the stamping but I honestly I usually prefer the versamark!

 

  • Use tear and tape to the edges of pocket as this will give the strongest hold!

 

  • Check out the stitches on the Christmas Tree….this an embossed stitch effect and peek again at the image of the framelits that there are also longer rig-rack image and a scalloped….this is just another reason that I adore this bundle!

 

  • Now to the most important tip to using this Bundle….lining up the photopolymer pocket stamp to the framelits for a PERFECT match up each and every time! Watch this video that Mary Fish did as she NAILED IT for a simple and to the point way of lining it up!

 

  • I did not want to do a stark white star….as I did it to be a bit more subtle so I put my thinking cap and POOF – the Twinkle Builder Punch and the “white” of the plaid was to me…..a great option!

 


 

 

OK….there you go and I hope that you enjoy! This is a smile maker for me and I hope that it sparked some interest to you! I will be back late on Friday (hopefully) and please remember to take full advantage of the DEAL that Stampin’ Up! has for us just until the 7th! CLICK HERE to grab a deal of the basics!

 

 

World Card Making Day

 

 

 

Simple and oh so sweet way to make someone SMILE!

Jumping in a pile of leaves! Fall isn't complete without doing this with the grandkids!!

 

To start this post I am warning you…YOU ARE GOING TO SMILE…and if you are brave enough to read the entire post than you will just see how my SIMPLE MIND works as the way I roll is like a math problem so to SUM it up…we need to look at this equation….(School is in session!)

 

 

Monday’s FUN Post + Wednesday’s Shop your STASH Post = Today’s HAPPY DANCE

 

 

I am using MONDAYS POST (click here for  refresher) and WEDNESDAY’S CONCEPT of Shopping your Stash (click here for a refresher) to show you how making fun, festive and SUPER CUTE projects does not have to be stressful or hard!

 

 

I am just THRILLED that you all enjoyed Will’s card and the post concept of SHOPPING YOUR STASH….and today I have done the same! I had already shared with you that I did not purchase any new Halloween specific stamps this year. Stampin’ Up! did not let me down with the Paper Pumpkin Kit as I had a hunch that it was going to be Halloween related therefore no reason to get another stamp!

 

 

 

 

 

This kind of project is a happy one indeed for me as I just LOVE making little things that make people smile and trust me stampers…this post of inspiration will make you do the “dance” and then you will get another feeling inside when you gift these to friends & family, co-workers, teachers….or ANYONE that needs a smile and trust me….we ALL could have a stash of these in our purse or in our car to give out…..as let’s face it…

 

Random acts of kindness are the best….

 

When someone makes you smile and when someone makes you feel that “you matter”….it sure does stick with you for a long, long time! Age simply does not matter with a project like this as everyones inner child and sweet tooth always love the attention! Even though these treats are not hug in value…they ARE HUGE for the recipient as they knew that YOU took the time to create it.

You know that I always talk about the BASICS as I am a FIRM BELIEVER that when we have the BASICS readily available to us, it makes the creating process a fun one each and every time! I have a bunch of pictures for you today and also some tips that will make the process even faster if you are making the super cute clear boxes with tags from the Paper Pumpkin Kit.

 

 

 

 

I check just before I typed this post and YES, the Paper Pumpkin FULL KIT and also the refills for this kit are STILL AVAILABLE. I am just thrilled with it and remember, I blogged about it on Monday so please refer there for more scoop. I just think that the sweet stamp set that is with this kit will get the job done for many, many Halloweens to come….it is super simple and super sweet!

Last thing before pictures and tips….we need to thank HERSHEY for making the Nuggets that I am using for this project so fun and festive! I usually always put a fun piece of DSP around the Nugget to jazz them up and make them pop but this year, they have done the work for you!

I bought a big bag of these from Sam’s Club and when I saw the colors of the wrappers and also the sweet and festive images on them I immediately thought – now these will save me a bunch of time…..Here is a funny….

When I came home and shared this with John he just smiled at me and then I looked at him with that “WHAT LOOK” and  then he just laughed and said to me….I am so happy that you can get so easily amused by how HERSHEY wrapped their nuggets this year! HA….MEN – they just don’t get it!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

I am traveling a BUNCH in the Month of October, actually 3 times in 3 different time zones so I really needed to get a grip on my Halloween projects. One thing about me is…if there is dark chocolate out that I can get to…..IT IS GONE! I can let Milk Chocolate sit there naked in front of me (ha-ha….the wrapper off) but if that Dark Chocolate one is there….I’m DONE! I am proud to say that all of the Dark Chocolate is well wrapped in treats so it is away from temptation!

LET’S GO! The secret is to have the product on hand so when you want or need to make something….YOU HAVE IT and the scrambling around is not an issue. I ask you…

 

Why do we create stress in thinking we have to come up with something NEW each time we play with paper? As the saying goes…oldies are goodies!

 

Two of these examples I have blogged about for years…and guess what – I loved the concept/technique then and I still love them now! If it works for you ….ROLL WITH IT….but make sure that you are prepared! These clear tiny treat boxes are an item that is a keeper/basic and I would put them on your next order to have them when you need them. I often think we overlook simple packaging that Stampin’ Up! offers!

 

 

 

 

 

Just look at these….just adorable! Many of you purchased the DSP Product Share from me (thank you!)….therefore you have the Toil & Trouble DSP  – all of these projects that I am showing you today can be used with paper from your share. In the below…I have used the same paper, just flipped it over so this IS the perfect time to SHOP YOUR STASH and see how you can add odds and ends of ribbon to make it festive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My hunch is that we all have some sort of Fall/Halloween paper in our stash and if not….I say WAY TO GO as you have either just started with this addiction or you have a tremendous willpower!

All I did was use a combination of the DSP and then the adorable tag that was in the Paper Pumpkin!

 

 

 

 

Here are some tips….

  • For the paper insert…simply take a 2″ X 8″ piece of DSP and score it at 2″, 4″ & 6″ and then simply place it in the clear box…fill with TREATS…etc…

 

  • IF YOU ONLY HAVE A 6″ width of paper…NO WORRIES – just cut it to a 2″ X 6″ and score at 2″ & 4″ and then simply put a 2″ X 2″ piece on top!

 

  • For the tag (these work PERFECTLY!) take the tag and score it at 1/2″ and then at 2 1/2″ as this is the perfect score to wrap neatly on your box. I did use tear and tape to hold it in place!

 

  • SHOP YOUR STASH for ribbon…I know you have it…so LET’S USE IT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above is another example of the fun DSP with another look. I admit, I went SHELF SHOPPING and found the Labels to Love Stamp Set….NEVER USED (shame on me) and I ask myself why did I never use this gem??? You betcha that you will be seeing this one again…as just LOOK AT IT – it is filled with some super cute images!

It does have a coordinating punch and YEP…I would definitely add that to your stash as this is another thing that Stampin’ up! does very well…their punches! I am sure that even though I have not used this stamp set before today, I am sure that I have used this punch. To me, punches are a SPEED TOOL that are practical and also time saver.

 

 

 

 

 

Now to some super cute alternatives to the clear boxes…Below, on the left is 3 mini DARK Kit-Kat Bars that I had to figure out what to do with so I would stop eatting them and I think I accomplished it!

All I did was wrap a piece of fun paper around and then added a simple “knot’ of fun ribbon with the paper fru-fru’s! TOO darn stinkin’ cute! I stamped a simple BOO from that paper pumpkin kit and presto….another smile maker!

 

 

 

 

Here is the “aerial view” of the goodies….these paper fru-frus are so easy to make and they always add a bunch! In the below picture you will see is all I did was tale a wee sliver of paper…wrapped it around something thin (I used a handy paint brush) and then adhered it with a glue dot, another essential basic that needs to live with you!

I know that sometimes we get short of ribbon in specific colors so this little trick does the job. The adorable project on the right…that is an oldie but goodie and you can CLICK HERE to see that…..it still makes me smile!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see the post that I made the origami super easy fold treat that is in one of the above pictures…you can CLICK HERE to see that.

I make these all of the time and they are another great one to do for many seasons. I used the Seasonal Chums Stamp…that really got a WORKOUT last year and I am THRILLED that it was carried over! You will see me showcase this on a future post that will be making you run to the grocery store for something….keep checking back – you will SMILE!

 

 

 

 

 

There you go….I do hope that I sparked your attention and I know that I have said this earlier this week…I would hit that PAW PRINT below and sign up for Paper Pumpkin….even if it is just for 1 month. This way you can get this sweet kit and YES, I would also get a refill as why not….for just $9.00 you will be set for Halloween for years!

You can cancel your Paper Pumpkin the very next month if you want ….that is the beauty of it if you are not one that likes this program. Do what makes you roll! I just know that these next couple of months are going to be like a huge Steam Train coming right at me…..Holiday after Holiday and if you are like me…you love to have those little “something…somethings” ready!

For me, this Halloween one did it for me! Many thanks for all of the fabulous comments about Will’s card….he loved it and YEP, I made him laugh and then he said….I still am not a fan of that pig of yours!!! He is feeling great and is getting more mobility in his elbow! Please feel free to leave a comment about these cute Halloween goodies…..we have such a fun community of positiveness, great ideas and giggles!

Let’s have a great weekend and I hope that even if the weather is icky where you are…that you are shining inside! My TO-DO list is huge today as I leave with the chickens in the morning….but first – me time at Yoga in a couple of hours!

 

 

 

 

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