I’m excited. It’s a keeper!

 

 

Hi all and Happy Hump Day! I have a card that will make many of you say. that is one great card! I knew that I was going to like this new bundle of a FREEBIE….but after playing with it…I can easily and honestly change the like to LOVE!

I do not think it takes a Rocket Scientist to explain the LOVE for this bundle as the focal basket stamp is beautifully drawn, the sentiments and fonts are sweet, clean and fresh and the embossing folder….an easy WOW! This bundle will be available starting on Friday as a FREEBIE for  Sale-A-Bration with a 100+ order.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below you will see the images from the stamp set. When I open up a stamp set I always like to condition the stamp, make a stamped image sheet (this helps me know the feel of the stamp) as I think you all “get it” as every stamp can stamp a bit differently. I tuck this piece of stamped images inside the cover of my stamp set…making it easy for me to view it when I use it in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is really nothing hard at all about this card….as it is super straight forward using the “keeper classic tools” to create a super simple card. You know I say this all the time….getting the basic tools IS the way to go when you are creating as if you have the basics….things just come together….you can wait for the extra fru-fru’s!

The shape of this basket just took me to the size of a card that I adore, a 4 1/4″ Square! I just adore square cards and if you do not want to make your own envelope to fit it perfectly (it will require additional postage as all square cards do) you can simply put it in one of our regular A-2 envelopes and you are good to go with a regular stamp!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I pulled out my Stampin’ Blends and just chose 3 color families to use, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette and Daffodil Delight. It was as simple as putting down the light color and then going back over where there are lines in the images….and swiping the dark color of the same color family. Nothing to it….these are a coloring dream machine!

Don’t you think this Spring Basket would be a perfect Easter Card? Really I think that you could stamp just about any sentiment (a Birthday, a Thinking of You, A Sympathy etc…) anything would go, that is why this stamp set is a keeper. For the inside of this sample, I chose to stamp the sentiment “You are loved” with the butterfly flying up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish that this card was in your hands to see how using 2 different ribbon accents  on the basket….it is super cute (if I must say so myself) under the white small bow I added several threads of the Linen Ribbon…just a PERFECT little extra accent to showcase some additional dimension.

Another thing that I did with this card that take literally no time with a fun accent is that I scored on all 4 sides to the edge of the stamped image. Doing this simple scoring always adds a touch that will always be noticed! Don’t be afraid to pull out simple tricks – they do make a difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now to the image that will make all of us say…..I WANT THIS! Well….let me tell you – YOU can get it and get it for FREE along with the stamp set with an order of 100+ starting on Friday when there will be some more kids on the Sale-A-Bration block…CLICK HERE to see the post that I did showcasing the newbies!

This embossing folder is a dynamic one….meaning that there is extra depth, extra detail that comes to life with a run through the Big Shot. Here is a tip that works so well when using embossing folders like this…spray a mist of water on your paper before you put it in the folder…it helps soften the fibers to make the WOW even stronger!

Look at the depth of this folder on the Crumb Cake shown below. I just had to show you a picture of the detail as I realize that it is hard to see in the pictures with the basket. Trust me, when it is in your hand you will see the little bit sticking out and you say WOW….where did that come from! It is just beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well…there you go – a little sunshine and inspiration for your Valentines Day! I hope that your heart is filled with love on this “heart day” Today is also Ash Wednesday marking the 1st day of Lent……it is hard to believe that Easter will be here in 40 days!

I know by seeing a basket of Spring glory will bring a smile to you! I just love simplicity like this…right up my simple alley!

Have a wonderful day….my sweet little swine is getting some Strawberries from her Mama today…..my girl just love strawberries and heck – what do you get a pig for Valentines…….Strawberries work for me and it will be lip smacking good for her!

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, Happy Day makes a stamper SMILE!

 

 

 

 

 

Good Morning and here is to a start of the weekend…woot-woot for so many reasons…first it is the weekend but this is the best part…we are going to be having some WARM WEATHER on the East Coast…a totally welcomed bit of news for me and trust me…I have had one super grumpy pig as Miss Daisy just is not a fan of the cold!

 

 

 

As I shared yesterday…I have some wonderful customers that just love kits…and trust me – I GET IT!

 

 

 

On yesterdays post…I showcased a sentiment from this kit to make yesterdays sweet card and today…it is all about this kit. I truly think that this kit is just breezed over in the annual catalog (page 15) as you all flip right to the stamps and leave the Stampin’ Up! kits to a “thought for the perhaps future” and stampers….let me tell you – this IS a keeper!

After I had a date with this product I am showcasing today…it was a joy and a rewarding feeling to be able to sit down and have all of the products needed in one box and complete a kit with the end result of 20 completed cards plus I have a great photopolymer stamp set that has fun and useful sentiments that will be used for other projects!

Here is a video that Stampin’ Up! did that showcases this products…its a great overview but trust me…this is so straight forward and I love the saying…of Stamp and Stick! – cause’ lets face it – there are times that we just simply do not want to think but we want to craft and create with completed results…that is exactly what this kit will do for you!

 

 

 

 

 

I have had this kit sitting in the super cute box that it comes in for some time…and all it was doing was collecting dust. Well….I had someone remind me about this kit as she was ordering one and I thought…I need to put this together myself and that is what I did!

Here are some of the thoughts that I had through the journey in putting it together and I will tell you right off the bat…I am NOT the best in following directions as I am one of those just DIVE IN and DO kinda person….

  • I loved the fact that everything that you need is all in one place
  • Even though they were supplied in the box, I used my own ink (in the full size) and I prefer my acrylic blocks and also the glue dots that are on the roll – just a personal preference but all of these are supplied in a kit version and heck – we all keep the stampin’ spots!
  • I actually enjoyed the fact that the sizes of the cards varied – it was great to have that assortment to grab and go!
  • I was happy that the color choices of the designs were so bright and vibrant…a super fun POP with each and every design
  • I think the price is extremely fair. $35.00 for the whole kit and the stamp set….a keeper that will get lots of use and the best ….it is a photopolymer!

 

Below you can see this stamp set. As you recall…I try to “condition” my stamp sets as I go to use them for the 1st time. It is a great habit to get into and then I stamp a full image of the stamp set to store with the stamp. I personally condition my stamps with Black ink and I can hear many of you gasping but I like to see the images…really cuts down the search and rescue on my work space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now grab that cup of coffee and get ready for 4 great pictures that showcase each of the cards. I grouped them together as by the size of the cards and one thing that I did not show is….the envelopes – the envelopes are all in a kraft paper and a fun change from white!

I have not jazzed up the envelopes (as I usually do) and I am really not sure if I will as the cards are just so fun and fresh! After all…this is one of the things that people struggle with….time and thinking what to do….and this kit is all about….getting it done – feeling confident!

 

 

Enjoy the pictures…they are fun – RIGHT????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I told you…..they are just super cute…Here is another thought – I know that we are the crazed crafters but I also know that we have many friends and family that are not….

 

  • maybe it’s because they feel like they aren’t creative…. (this is crazy as we ALL have a creative gift inside)
  • maybe it’s because they don’t have the time…
  • maybe it’s because they say…”I don’t need another hobby”…
  • maybe it’s because they say – “I’m not going to invest in all of THAT STUFF” ….(I think that they are talking about the STUFF that we have and guess what – I LOVE MY STUFF)

 

I think you know where I am going with this….and guess what  – This kit would be a fabulous and fun time to get together with these kinda people (we all have and know them) and just have fun!

You are just $15.00 away from picking a freebie from the SAB offerings….so I say….no brainer, grab some basics that we use all the time and have a win-win…..20 completed cards that are ready to go when you need one….a great stamp set to use in the future and a FREE Product from Sale-A-Bration….works for me….how about you!

Have a great weekend….be safe, make memories and make someone SMILE!

p.s. – please make sure that you look at the LONG LIST of products that I used to make this post….. (tee-hee-hee)YEP – that is right….JUST ONE THING!!!!!

 

 

 

 

My “GUTS” for the team!

 

 

 

Happy Monday! I hope that you had a great weekend. This is a FAST week fro me as I am leaving tomorrow to start the trek to Salt Lake City for the Stampin’ Up! Event! WHEW…..I fell like I just unpacked my suitcase and here I go again!

 

 

I bet you are wondering….what the heck is this title about? Hang tight…..it will make sense.

 

 

Two months ago I started to send my team some “GUTS” – yep, that’s right…..GUTS…Now you might be asking what is guts? To me, it is elements that they can take and create. The main goal is to just HAVE FUN….perhaps STRETCH YOURSELF….and to THINK OUT OF THE BOX.

This is something totally optional as trust me, I get it…..sometimes you just down’t feel like participating but my hopes are to create a fun activity and let me tell you….it is super fun to see what they come up with!

For those that choose to play…..I send them a goodie…..remember, there are no winners and no losers…it is just a fun team activity! I am a bit behind the 8 ball as I have not posted the fun cards they made with these guts to our facebook group….but I am always amazed at how each of us can start with the same elements and come out with something totally different.

Before we go much further I have a confession…It was not until I was completely done this card that I realize that I did not use an element that I provided…..and that was the color soft suede. What I would have done was to have matted the DSP in the soft suede to add that element! (Silly Susan!!!)

 

 

 

 

 

Here are the “GUTS” that I gave to everyone. No rules….just have fun creating…..you can add anything else…but you need to use the below elements….(AGAIN….I was the SUPER LOSER as I forgot, totally forgot an element)

  • a white doily (I chose this because I NEVER use them and wanted to S T R E T C H myself and see the inspiration from others)
  • a piece of the DSP from the Coffee Break Collection
  • a piece of Soft Sky and Soft Suede

I am sure that you can imagine the vast array of interpretations there are…as many use the “flip side” of the DSP….today I was playing it safe with this subtle print but the star of the show was using this below stamp set……Hug in a Mug.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At a first pass through the catalog I breezed right past this but then I received a card from my upline, Lisa Pretto and she used it….I thought….WOWZERS….

Once I saw that it was a photopolymer….easy decision – it needed to be on Randall Lane. I admit, I am getting rather picky about the stamps I purchase as I adore the photopolymer ones…..just think how adorable this would be for tags and even cards all Winter long.

 

 

 

 

I invite you to look at the small elements that are in this stamp set…they are SUPER -DE-DUPER “fillers” as I like to call it for space that you need a “little something”…just sayin’

This is a super straight forward card…..and it was fun to whip up! I did use the Stampin’ Blends to color in the images. I am having fun playing with them. After I adhered everything together, I took the Wink Of Stella pen over to add some shine…..a fun and fast touch!

 

 

 

 

I know that it is hard to see the Wink of Stella but please do not forget about this gem. It adds just the right amount of sparkle/specialness to your project!

Let’s quickly chat about the blends…..last Wednesday in Nov 1st…..I blogged about the Blends……CLICK HERE to see that post. These new pens have been the BUZZ,,,,,,and for good reasons….they are super easy to work with!

 

 

 

 

 

My goal is to have you NOT GET ALL WORKED UP about knowing how to blend. What I want….is for you to feel comfortable and enjoy the process and THEN…..we can work towards the blending……there is no need to stress….it will come – in time.

With that said, I decided to offer something that will help make the experience a bit more basic….a bit more relaxing….and also a little easier on your pocketbook buy stretching it out over 3 months.

***FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT HAVE ALREADY EMAILED ME TO JOIN….look for an email from me this afternoon with the colors for you to order and your first assignment! We are going to have fun together….learning and exploring!***

Here’s the scoop…please join the fun as this is how we will learn…..EMAIL ME and put in the subject line BLENDS CLUB and I will add you to the list. Please commit before this Friday the 10th so we all can get going on the assignments at the same time…..remember, this is a fun learning way for all of us to get a feel of these new markers….

 

 

 

HOW??? WHAT???…..Click here and put in the subject line BLENDS CLUB and I will send you a hostess code and the colors of markers for you to purchase for that given month. We will do this for the next 3 months….November, December and January. You need to email me saying that you want in “the club” by November 10th.

Each month you will order (4) color sets and a single marker that coordinates with the entire collection….so at the end – YOU will own the BIG KAHUNA….breaking it down for you….you will spend $40.50 each month to be in the “club”

Each month I will send you goodies/support training that will help you navigate the “in’s and out’s”  of this product. We will have fun, even for me – it will be a learning experience. The one thing that I can guarantee that you will do is PRACTICE…..as that is the KEY TO SUCCESS in learning anything that is new to you!

Now lets all go and have a FABULOUS day….and I will see you on Wednesday…..I have a post that will make you say…..WOW – now that it super practical and versatile…..I know you’ll LOVE IT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Putting the #3….with the 1 & 2!

 

 

 

Good Friday to you! Now this week FLEW by but it was a great week! Today I have for you the icing on the cake! WHAT??? Let me back up!

On Wednesday and Thursday I shared with you cards that I made for friends and today I am sharing with you how I put it all together! It’s kinda like Peanut Butter and Jelly….there’s nothing better!

I like…no, I LOVE to coordinate things. To me, it is the icing on the cake and when you have the right products – it works! I know to many that this might be something that seem like a lot of work and effort but to me, it is fun!

 

 

 

 

 

I am a gal that adores wrapping gifts no matter what the value of the gift is. To me, there is nothing like the feeling you have when you are given a beautifully packaged gift/goodie or to give one that is beautiful like these are. Trust me, you remember it and for those that are getting it remember as well!

We have fabulous packaging right at our fingertips at Stampin’ Up! I like to think of it as a game and I have a huge stash of fru-fru but it is the kinda fru-fru that makes me smile!

If you receive a stamp from me from rewards or even a product share….I try to always make it a bit special as “I get it”…we all like to feel and see something fun and festive! Who doesn’t like “happy mail” or a little something special left unexpectedly on ones desk!?

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s inside of this sweet bag? YUM, some of my big, soft and chewy Ginger Cookies! I wrap them first in saran wrap and then slide them into this sweet and festive bag!

The ribbon…..you have from 2 spectrums…the black and white stripe is a NEWBIE in the upcoming catalog and then other narrow stripe ribbon is in the clearance rack (it is only $3.60!)

You see….you will find treasures everywhere and you bet that this ribbon will be re-purposed for another project. I do that all of the time and I am sure that the people receiving this will as well! New kids on the block make a splash and the seasoned kids in the clearance rack still are shining bright!

So the moral of this story is to look high and low…make a place in your home to stash your packaging fru-fru! Having a fun assortment of goodies ready at your fingertips makes it super easy and fun to take a little something….and make it a really BIG something!

See you in the morning!

 

 

 

Just Cruisin’ along…

 

 

 

Happy HUMP day! Ok – are you smiling when you see this classic bike? I bet you are and this is a super fun bundle from the new catalog. The details that Stampin’ Up! put into this bundle is over the top…..(kinda the way that I felt about the Hot Air Ballon Bundle) – I think that we can all agree that there is just something classic about a bike…no matter your age!

It’s not hard to have a fun card when you have fun products to work with! Yesterday I chatted about stepping out of the color box that sometimes I think that we get trapped in….so today I challenged myself to use just solid colors of paper…and it worked and I was happy!

Here is a good peek at this dream of a bundle! You can see that again, I took the “freebie” idea that was right in front of me to get my mojo going for the card! This truly is a fun set to work with….so fresh!

You can see that there are a bunch of diecuts….(15 in all) and next we will chat about an idea that I like to do when I make the investment of a new bundle. I admit, I was doing the happy dance that this is a photopolymer…..they make stamping soooooo easy for perfect placement each and every time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what I do when I get a “newbie in the house” – I will say that the stamp sets that I do not do this to right when I get them….I find that they are “SHELF SITTERS” for a while……does this sound familiar to anyone or am I on the “Island of I have never used that Stamp before” by myself!

Below you will see a picture of the images of the stamp set as well as the die cut pieces in the bundle. I will be honest, this takes time to do but the outcome is well worth every minute that you take in getting to know your stamps as well as condition them. I have blogged about this before but I wanted to mention it again….

We all spend so much money on our stamps and goodies…we need to make sure that they work the best possible way for us! I do like to stamp them in black as it does help to SPOT IT when you are in the trenches of playing! It’s funny, it used to bug me that the stamps were stained….now I LOVE the stains!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sentiment came from this adorable Stamp Set, Pieces & Patterns. This IS a keeper set. I know at a glance you say…it’s ok…but I’ll wait – well let me point out….there are LOTS of little stamps that are perfect “fillers”. I think is you were to go onto Pinterest you will see what I mean….people are coming up with fantastic projects with this set….and the matching DSP  – can you say adorable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the pictures and let me know how you like this inspiration for today! It is just wonderful when you have a great basic element to let your card ROLL….I tucked in some clouds hear and there from the Up & Away Framelits…..they are the best clouds with little effort. I have a little container of white clouds so when I need a little something – BAM….right at my fingertips!

 

 

 

 

 

A quick chat about the “road” – Is this the best or what! In the framelits there is a small little one that creates an embossing effect….it was so easy to do – just position it in Mr. Big …crank away and presto – you are riding down a road. I took a sponge and soft suede to “dirty up” my Soft Sky card stock.

The other thing that is the best are….THE MINI DIMENSIONALS….those little guys are perfect. When you first see them you will say – WOW, these are really tiny…..but when working with them you quickly see that you want them tiny…..no more sticky scissors and the size is perfect for many little areas that need that EXTRA lift!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A card would not be a card without a beautiful envelope! This bike image would be adorable stamped on the front of an envelope….Here’s what I envision that would be super ….. Make a custom envelope out of the Soft Sky or Lemon Lime Twist and then stamp the back wheel going off the envelope with “enjoy today” stamped multiple times….. 😀

Wouldn’t that be super cute! We all can come up with lots of great ideas but sometimes that TIME thing gets in the way!

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the picture to Pin….just hover over it and the “P” will be right there…and presto – you have an idea for the future. There truly are so many different ways that you can go with this bundle. It is a classic…it is a keeper and today I just did a quick way to use it but truth be told – I love this card just the way it is!

That is a great tip I can give you….if YOU are happy with a project….than stick with it – no reason to make it harder than it needs to. We do this “THING” of stamping because it is to be FUN….

Before we leave…a quickie about the sentiment…..After I stamped it my plan was to have it in a banner…..well – I was not happy with the width of it so PLAN Bsnip it and let it roll!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now to my little buddy….he is laying low and actually doing what he does best – SLEEPING and hanging out with Mom! He is in no pain….it just looks worse than it is – he IS a sweet angel that brings me more joy than one will know…..we go back to the Vets tomorrow and then next – Orthopedic Specialist….he has always been “gimpy” but we need to make sure that he has not damaged it more.

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it for today! I hope that you enjoyed this card as much as I did. I am really looking forward to playing with this bundle more. It is definitely a “KEEPER” and a classic! I hope that you do take it to heart to condition and really get to know your products.

I know that I try my best to share and teach you some ins & outs of basic stamp care and things that I have found to be helpful. It is great to have products….but you really need to know how to make the most out of the products that you have! When you take the time, your results will be better …hence –  you will even be happier stamper!

Little by little we learn and once we implement change, it becomes second nature to us! I cannot wait for tomorrow….it is the DEBUT of the Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge….and WOWsooooooo much talent~ I hope that you will PLAY!!!!

 

 

 

 

This little piggy is MINE!

 

 

 

Happy June 2nd! Whew….busy week but a great week. Well….thoughts???? Have you been having fun with the new catalog? I know, I know…it is a bunch to take in as we all know change does take time to get comfy!

With that change I am going to help you get “comfy” with the catalog over the weekend so it will feel like a great pair of shoes that are broken in for you! I am the 1st one that gets a bit uptight when the grocery store changes things…so I GET IT” – and I will have some ideas and tips for you!

 

 

CLICK ME! 😀 

 

 

I have a super sweet card for you today and then at the end I have some animal pictures! Yep, I do…as after all if I am going to show case this ADORABLE PIGGY STAMP….my sweet swine need to slip in a post!

The other day I had asked if any could guess what one of my other “must haves” would be and yep – you guessed it….This Little Piggy Stamp Set. I have to admit, when I went to the On Stage in Richmond they gave this stamp set away as an all attendee giveaway.

Needless to say I was thrilled and I could hardly wait to get home and play with it. ( I did think….wonder what all of the others think about going away and coming home with a “pig stamp”?…just sayin’)  😆 

 

 

 

 

Naturally I adore piggy’s. Pigs are cute. Pigs are super smart. Pigs need love. Put all of those things together and it is an instant smile factor. Another smile factor is the beautiful pictures that are in the catalog.

 

 

I have been just “itchin’ “ to show you these as well and yep, I CASE

( Copy And Share Everything) – why not?

They are “keeper” ideas and I am just like you – when I see something that inspires me, why re-invent the wheel? How about thinking like this….GRAP THAT WHEEL and make your own imprint on it!

 

 

 

 

 

Ok – Let’s get to it. I would say THANK YOU Stampin’ Up! because this is a brilliant and fun layout! You can see that I simply used some “classics” (the heart framelits) along with the Sparkle Texture Embossing Folder to add the interest to the card’s base! I ask you – how easy is that!

I stamped my swine (we are going to have to name these pigs) with the Archival Black Ink(this is a must have ink and I now use it exclusively) I took the plunge and removed other blacks from my work area as this does the trick for all techniques that you use…(works with Copics too) and using the Aqua Painters, I did a super quick color!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did cut out a vellum heart….adds a fun touch and popped the whole thing up so my swine can shine!!! Speaking of popping up – are you as excited as I am for the NEW Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals? I know…I know – we can cut the ones down that we have but not having to deal with that is a WOOT-WOOT in itself….

I will send you a pack of them FREE along with another must have (in my humble opinion) – the NEW Bakers Twine in Flirty Flamingo….now go ahead and do that dance…. a 2 for 1 for placing an order with me in June!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday I have a tip and tricks for those of you out there that say….“I am not good at Watercoloring” – I actually am excited for this one as I think that the topic will leave a message for you to think about each and everyday!

Just look at this picture below….you can see that I am out of the lines and guess what??? Who cares? It still looks super cute! Just look at this piggy smiling as she skips away with her flower – I say adorable!

 

 

 

 

 

Now speaking of A D O R A B L E….here’s my sweet Daisy Mae!

John stopped and was actually nice to her as she LOVES her head to be scratched – just look at that smile on her face – only a face that a proud Mama like me would love. When you get her in a spot that she likes…she just closes her eyes…..puts that nose of hers up ….and SMILES – life it great!

 

 

 

 

 

Last night when I was finishing up at the barn…I thought – well look at this, we are having a family party and I could not resist taking a picture! Dear, sweet Arnold and friends….(his Donkey is always by his side) and sweet Daisy, (she loves her Equine brothers) and even Jack and Milo and by the fence – this is ONE BIG PARTY on a beautiful evening!

 

 

 

 

Well…that’s what I have for you today! I say ONE SWEET CARD with a great layout (remember….I call these formulas for the future) that will make you endless amounts of great cards and a little bit of my fur babies….BIG and SMALL!

Please remember if you want to take part of the 1st wave of the product share…the cut off is SUNDAY, JUNE 4th but I will offer another one the 3rd week of June. (Sorry….I need to do this to get the share orders out and then I also have my Monthly Kit.) so take a look and email me if you would like a share. I will start today to send out the Pay Pal invoices for the 1st wave.

I think that one of the BEST perks this month is the extra $35.00 in Stampin’ Rewards (free product of your choice)….a touched on that yesterday but I will say WOOT-WOOT as when I ordered myself yesterday…I was doing the dance myself! Please email me if you have any questions or need a Hostess Code yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great day….and I look forward to tomorrow as I will help you with some TIPS and IDEAS of making this catalog feel like your favorite shoes! Now go and be like Daisy – SMILE!

 

 

 

 

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