Little bunny foo-foo….NEW SU NEWS!!!

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NEWS FLASH!!!! – Hot off the press….PLEASE click here to see the NEW BATCH OF GOODIES that Stampin' Up! is offering for YOU to choose as a FREEBIE for Sale-A-Bration…..I am going to have a photo at the end of this post….but let's end this Sale-A-Bration with a BANG! This is the BEST time to stock up on staples and be able to get goodies for free!

Also….scroll and see the winner from yesterday – super cute card!

Last year I did a post on this little guy, you can click here to see that post but I get so many emails and pinterest pins asking about this little guy, I decided to post about him again as some of the product from last year has been discontinued!

Now you talk about easy! These are a cinch and they are also a great project for both the young and old to make for a quick project. The difference is that the embossing folder that I used for last years oval was discontinued but you will be able to see that I am showing you (2) different ways that you can do it!

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You can refer back to the other post for the "specifics" on the scoop but basically all you need is:

  • Take a piece of card-stock 2" X 11" then score it at 4 1/2"…turn it around and scored it at 4 1/2"
  • Use the Tag Topper Scalloped Punch and punch both ends (if you do not have this style, one of the other Topper Punches would work just fine)
  • Being totally "type A", I measure down 1 1/4" and made a pencil line so that was my guide to place the oval framelit before I ran it through the Big Shot. (If you are not using the framelits and just using the  Extra Large Oval Punch – just punch it out)

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  • To make the "ring" – I used the oval framelits #1 & #2
  • I like using the Seam Binding Ribbon to tie the bows, the cotton ribbon will also be perfect.
  • Fru-fru and decorate as you would like. (Did you notice that I wrapped the SAB Lost Lagoon Bakers Twine around the little guys neck to hide the red ribbon. I thought he looked handsome)

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If you do not have the oval framelits, you can easily use the Extra Large Oval punch but I think that it is super cute with the ring. You can see that I added white dashes around the oval opening (which helped jazz it up a bit) and maybe I should have down that on the Lost Lagoon one.

Because the Oval punch Bunny does not take up as much room, I was able to add the sentiment, "Happy Easter" from the Teeny Tiny Wishes and then used the window words punch and the Modern Label Punch.

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Both of them are super cute and they are always a hit. I hope hope that you give them a try – run to the store and get your little bunnies….they have "sheep" too but we already know how to make the cutest sheep in the whole wide world.

I hit the "hay" early last night (I think I pushed myself to much) so I will announce the winner for the Monday Challenge tomorrow as I am sure that people were just starting to rock and roll when I was going to sleep (for me to miss the Voice – you know I was pooped!)

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It's Tuesday…THAT MEANS a new batch of weekly deals from Stampin' Up! Woot-woot….they are the best to do this for use each and every week!

Please feel free to email me…I love helping you reach your goals…this is just so much fun and I hope that I made you smiled and inspired you to whip some up!!!

Here is the Flyer of new SAB GOODIES….I say a BIG WOOT-WOOT….remember, with every $50.00 increment you get to choose a free Sale-a-brtion item and now….here are 10 more choices….I love choices! These are only WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

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p.s. – The winner of yesterday's challenge was….Sharon G from New Jersey!!!! She used the same technique that I showed and look at it – FABULOUS! Many thanks to so many that shared their work of art with me!

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p.p.s. – Happy St. Patrick's Day….I keep thinking about the bread that Nancy was making…..yummers – that sounds sooooo good! Corn Beef and cabbage for us tonight!

 

 

 

 

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“Sheep” rock!

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Good Morning! I am super excited to share with you these adorable sheep (well my sheep are a bit shaky) but the inspiration came from Monday's Challenge to create a 3-D project!

I wish you would have seen my face when these guys POPPED on my screen…they were LARGE and I thought that they were going to jump through the screen! These special guys/gals came from special Mary Ann H. from New Jersey!

This is what came through and I instantly fell in love with a sheep that had a green bow!

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Now I ask you….would you fall in love! You will clearly see that Mary Ann's version is sooooo much better than my attempt….but it was fun and I had the BEST LAUGH making these!

I had "Rod Stewarts" with the hair…I had "giraffes" with STILT LEGS…it was just the best laugh I have had this year and I deeply thank Mary Ann for providing me with giggles!

I instantly LOVED them and I was in awe that someone could make these! (Remember my gig is simple cards!) and I instantly responded to Mary Ann if I could find out how to make them! You are in luck as she was soooo darn tootin' kind to share!

Wouldn't these be adorable on someones desk!?!? I think that I am going to make a BUNCH with a treat and have John put them on his employees desks saying…."hang in there" for Tax Season!

Here are a BUNCH of pictures…enjoy! After the parade of pictures, I will share with you Mary Ann's info on how she made them and then I ask you to PLEASE give Mary Ann some love with comments!

I will say that this is a perfect example of why I adore Stampin' Up! – If it was not for my blog, I would have never known Mary Ann. She is not a SUD but she sure should be – this is a perfect example of why I adore hobbiest….they have the passion and the creativity!

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Here is the scary part…the Surgery Center! At the end of the post you will see all of the products that I used to make my "sheep friends" – please feel free to email me if you have specific question!

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I hope that these made you smile and brighten your day like it did mine! Below see the scoop that Mary Ann was gracious to share! Is she the BEST or what!

I did make a couple of adjustments and I will put them in BOLD….enjoy!

Sheep Candy Box

Box:

  • 4¼ x 4¼ paper (white)
  • score at 1 ¾, 2 ½
  • score other side at ¾, turn around and score at ¾ again
  • cut up to score mark on small side edges only
  • fold and attach strong adhesive to make box

Head and Back:

  • use scallop die 4th one from center; cut 2 (white) I USED THE 2 3/8" CIRCLE SCALLOP PUNCH

Face:

  • large oval (black)

Eyes:

  • white – owl punch
  • black dot – ¼ circle punch (use white gel pen to mark eyes) I COULDN'T FIND MINE SO I USED THE LITTLE PIECES ON THE CUPCAKE PUNCH
  • lid (black) – ½ circle punch, cut in half; attach w/dimensional

Ears:

  • blossom petals punch, small leaf; cut 2 (black) WELL…THIS IS WHERE I REALLY LAUGHED AS I LOOKED AT THIS PUNCH AND COULD NOT SEE "SHEEP EARS" SO I USED THE BUILDER BIRD PUNCH

Tail:

  • blossom petals punch, middle leaf (black); curl with bone folder

Hair:

  • boho blossom punch; cut 3 (white)

Legs:

  • modern label punch; cut 2, then cut in half (black)

Instructions:

  • make box
  • sponge slate gray around edges of scallop head and back, hair, tail
  • attach face to one scallop; attach ears and hair; attach eyes
  • attach legs before attaching scallop front and back making sure legs are even when standing upright
  • attach front head of sheep; attach a pretty bow
  • attach back of sheep; attach tail

Options:

  • attach face with dimensionals
  • make larger box for more candy

Was this great or what – THANK YOU Mary Ann for you willingness to share! I know that there will be many that will enjoy your talent.

I feel so darn lucky to be having so much fun doing and sharing what I love!

The ideas are endless and the friendships too are endless! You can see how much fun this project and today I am going to Skype a special person that is in France…all because of Stampin' Up!

Enjoy the day, let's give Mary Ann some love for her sheep and remember….SHEEP ROCK!

p.s. – I can't wait for Chris R. to get off work and see this post….she is a regular commenter that makes us all laugh!

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The scoop of the basket…

Good Morning! I hope that you enjoyed the PALS blog hop yesterday….wowzers, there sure is a lot of fabulous talent and inspiration out there. I will say that seeing everyones post sure did make be feel like Spring IS REALLY going to be around the corner!

Here is one of the baskets I shared with you yesterday. Please click here if you want to go back and see that post. I just love beings able to use both the DSP and Solid Card Stock!

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Here are some tips and tricks to make this be a successful and fun project! Please feel free to email me if you have specific questions that I am not going over. It is my goal to help you see how much fun they are!

The Vanilla Coaster Board is KEY. You know that I have blogged about this before as I think that it is the best to for cutting out the thinlit words….click here to see that post.

You get (8) sheets that are 6" x 12" and you can cut it down to 4 1/2" X 8 1/4" to make the baskets. You will have plenty of extras to cut out sentiments.

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You will have to cut (2) bases for each basket and then the same for how you wish to decorate it. I like to use the scalloped edge for the "girls" and the straight edge for the "guys"

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You can see below that I used sticky strip. You can use whatever you like but I always recommend sticky strip for 3D projects. It really is super strong and convenient!

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Let's touch on the "brads" and the "pearls"…you will see below that I took a pencil line to mark the half way point for both the box and the rim.

I then met them together and you can pierce a hole or if you have a super strong hole punch…that does the trick as well! I just love this finishing touch!

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I hope that you are smiling. I just love them and I am looking forward to filling them with all sorts of goodies. The ideas are endless, you can easily put candy…a gift…a gift card…a small flower and then cover the top with fru-fru grass.

Wouldn't they be adorable to use as a centerpiece this way with a bunch of differnet baskets and coordination colors! Just love them!

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You will see all of the various products that I used to make these goodies. You can click on the photo and you will be directed to the product and view it.

If you order the Berry Basket Die from me, I will be glad to send you (2) pieces of Vanilla Coaster Board as well as a print and coordinating card stock to make a basket.

I realize that this die is an investment, but trust me – you will get so much joy from making these for your family and friends. It is one tough, sturdy basket! You will be close to the mark to pick a Sale-A-Bration item, so please order wisely to maximize your earnings!

I do hope that these types of posts help you….pop back tomorrow, you are in for a treat!

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Hippity Hoppity – it’s the Hop!

Welcome to the March Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating spring. This month we are featuring spring related projects for Mother’s Day, Easter or any other occasion that celebrates winter coming to an end.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Brian King at Stamp with Brian on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

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I am hippity hoppity happy that I have a "jump" on Easter!

Confession time…when the Occasions catalog came out and I saw this Berry Basket…I flipped the page and kept on going! (Does this sound familiar to anyone)…then I said to myself – hmmmm…..I think I can do something fun with this!

Stampin' Up! has been doing a fantastic job with the product videos…these have really been a great help for us to learn about the product.

Today's post I am not giving you the details that I usually do but please pop back tomorrow and I am going to give you the "Susan in's and out's with tips and tricks" in how to create super fun baskets!

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You could say that I am "TICKLED PINK" and I really think that when I break it down to steps…you will learn tricks to make these come together in no time!

The one thing that I love (well, there are many…..) is that you can use your paper stacks and it just uses 1 piece of paper. Also, I did emboss the solid color of paper with the large Polka Dot folder….so darn tootin fun!

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Now did you see the "type A" in me come out? Yep….I am not a "staple gal" – I chose to pierce a hole and put a candy brad base and either candy dots (for the guys) and a pearl for the gals)

Even though my peeps are older you bet that they are getting a basket from Mom and Dad….you are never too old – heck I would love this if someone made one for me!

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I prefer not having the handle on it, but that is just a personal preference! You will not believe how sturdy these guys are! Tomorrow you will learn the simple scoop but I will say that I do use the Vanilla Coaster Board (I am in love with this product).

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I hope that you have enjoy this project and I hope that you will pop back tomorrow as I will give you all of the scoop that I know you enjoy!

I just think that these are just adorable and I do think that it is a product that can be used all year long with a variety of themes.

Stampin' Up! always comes out with super fun Bigz Dies to make us shine! Enjoy the hop as there is lots of hopping to do – please feel free to leave me a comment and I hope to see you tomorrow!

The next stop is Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

  1. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  2. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  3. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  4. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  5. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  6. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  7. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  9. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  10. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soiree by Natalie Bradley
  12. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  17. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  18. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  19. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  20. Karen Hallam at Karen's Blog
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  23. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  24. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully
  25. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  26. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  27. Benjaman Turner at He Stamps
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  29. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  30. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  31. September Gray at septembergray.com
  32. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  33. Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithbecky.com
  34. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  35. Brian King at Stamp with Brian

  

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Step it up Sunday!

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Happy “Step it up Sunday” For those of you that are new to my blog…welcome and I hope that you subscribe to my blog as I do blog daily (unless I decide to fall and break a bone) – just add your address on the right and you should be good to go! I have been trying to grow my Stampin' fun so please share my fun with your family and friends!

For the past month I have been doing a (2) day posting of the Saturday being a simple card (that's the style that makes me roll) and then on Sunday I show you the same card just "stepped up" a bit to give you an idea how a couple of tweeks here and there depending if you have the time can make a change to an already cute card!

Please click here to see yesterday's post…I adored the comments and I think that I am calling the cute little bunny "Sally" and if I were no so bow challenged, I should have attempted to put a bow on her!

Here are the 2 cards side by side….I think that they are both super cute and I would be proud to send either one out! Do you have a favorite? Please feel free to leave me a comment….I adore reading them! (click on the picture to make it larger so you can read it easier!)

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Please refer back to yesterday's post for details as today I am going to shower you with super cute pictures and touch on the changes that I made.

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Hopefully the above picture will be helpful to you with the comments! Here you can see the angle of how I scored the DSP to create a bit of 3-D for the fence. I did carefully adhere it with green glue, just be patient letting it set up.

One thing that I did and I did not write in the comments…..after I adhered both sides of the "fence", I slid a couple of stampin' dimensionals to keep it from squishing (hope that this made sense) -  See in the below picture.

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Here is a good shot of the bow….adding just a touch of linen thread did the trick in my opinion to this simple bow of white bakers twine! A quick glue dot to the rescue was all that is needed!

Well…there you go my friends! I hope that you have enjoyed these 2 cards and I hope that I have inspired you! All of the products are below and remember for every order in increments of $50.00, you get to pick a freebie!

I hope that you pop back tomorrow for my Monday personal challenge…you could win a pack of Stampin' Dimensionals…you're going to love what I am blogging about – FAST – FUN – PRACTICAL – and oh so much fun to put together!

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“Show & Tell” Saturday!

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Hippity-Hoppity…it's Saturday and that means it's another week to show you a CAS (Clean And Simple) card that takes minutes to make and then pop back tomorrow to see the same card…just "stepped" up a bit!

Todays card is a Note Card Size on Crumb Cake – to me, these are a fabulous bang for your buck as you will receive 20 cards and matching envelopes for just $5.95. They also come in white this way and trust me, my shelf is never empty of these – they truly are my quick and easy go to!

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Do you remember that I could not go to Leadership? Well…Stampin' Up! was WONDERFUL to share the event Live Stream and you betcha that I was behind my computer the whole time being the biggest sponge I could be.

I was clicking away with my I Phone when I saw cards demonstrated that I knew were "keepers and just plain adorable" – this is one that flashed across the computer screen and I knew that I would be attempting to make it!

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Doesn't these little critters make you smile, appropriately called Cheerful Critters. I have had so much fun creating projects with them (I still have some more up my sleeve next week so please pop back) The thing that I like about them is the fact that they are not limited to Easter…remember, I used them at Valentines…I also did a "way to go" card….this is one great stamp set for both the "young" and "mature"!

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Do you remember what was before Blendabilities? Good old water-coloring! I did a card earlier this week with water-coloring and I had to laugh….there were comments all over the place with likes and dislikes of doing this method!

I personally find it to bring out an "Inner Picasso" that is in me as I am about the worst in Art. (I think that this is another reason that I love Stampin' Up!)

I can remember in school that I dreaded going to art class as my "people" always looked "stick people", my "buildings" were "boxes"…and "landscapes"…were "a line of green and a line of blue" = grass and sky!

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The must have tools for water-coloring are the watercolor paper and the Aqua Painters!

Next thing you need is patience and practice! I find that when I 1st started to water color that my brush was not "wet" enough and what happened was lines all over the place and I thought one of my sons pre-school students did it – then once I became brave and really, really had the tip of the brush wet…I liked the results! (I like to squeeze the ink pad to get a bit on the top)

I am still not the best but I am always happy with working with this method. I hope that you give it a try and also feel free to email me if you need help!

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Let's touch on this paper…this is something that I was not a fan of when the catalog came out but once I was making my paper swatches (and YES, I will do that again with the new catalog in June) I really, really liked it – actually I think it is a fantastic pack.

I think what POPPED out to my eyes when I saw it in the catalog was the papers that looks like pictures….that is just not my style but the flip sides are incredible papers! Lots of luscious plaids and handsome papers.

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Last but not least – a bot of simple bling….a sweet little heart with a bakers twine bow added a sweet touch to this gem of a card! A quick liner from the Subtles DSP Collection was the icing on the cake!

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OOPS….I forgot to mention about the sentiment! Silly Susan! It is from the fabulous set, And Many More and you know how I feel about sentiment sets…..they are always a KEEPER. I love them as they always "fit the bill" for a quick "filler" like I used it today!

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Speaking about KEEPERS, my Stamp of the Month Kit for March is a keeper…in my opinion, it is a FABULOUS Sentiment set and the cards that I came up with are right up my alley….clean, classic, duplicable and FUN! You will make 8 cards plus get the 4 samples from me! Please do not wait to sign up as it is almost full!

As the saying goes…that's all folks! Sorry for the long post, tomorrow's will not be as long as it will be the same but "stepped up" just a bit! (I think you will smile)Please feel free to email me if you need anything!

We only have about 3 weeks left for Sale-a-bration…now is the perfect time to stock up on basics, get some goodies from the Occasions Catalog…remember, for every $50,00 you spend…you can pick a FREEBIE! YIPPEE!

Thanks for your Saturday morning with me – hopefully you enjoyed this post and it will put you in the mood for Spring! Below you can see all of the goodies I used for this sweet card!

 

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