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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

As easy as 1,2 & 3…with a HUGE WOW!

 

 

Good morning and here’s to a new week to all of us! Today I have a card for you that is truly as easy as the title says… it is as easy as 1, 2 and 3! With the calendar being October… October is a month that is known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have an absolutely fabulous stamp set called Ribbon of Courage and it is not only filled with many images that uses the very familiar ribbon that we all have come to know as an awareness for many types of cancer but it is also filled with some fabulous sentiments.

I encouraged you to take a look at this stamp set for many reasons…(It can be found on page 96 in the annual catalog.) I actually used this stamp set for one of my monthly card kits and I was just thrilled with the end result.

 

 

 

 

 

  • This stamp set is that one of our companies million-dollar achievers created….Patty Bennett. That in itself is something to WOOT-WOOT about!
  • This “Ribbon” is a common awareness for many cancers, click here to see a list of cancers and their colors (there are many sites that you can go to an see) but I am sharing this with you for your own awareness that this fabulous and simple ribbon that is near and dear to many…. is for many different types of cancers.
  • The sentiments in this stamp set are amazing. I encourage you to look at this stamp set even deeper with the message that the sentiments say. Click here and you will see a card that I have blogged about before. To me, is is clean and classic….the message that the sentiment gives….FABULOUS!

 

I have had many people that are near and dear to my heart that have had this terrible disease.If you want to make up a card that would not only be a total “FEEL GOOD” to you….but also a “FEEL GOOD” to many that this would touch.

I personally have made a bunch of these cards for our local community as well as I have made many of them for survivors to use as a note of courage to send their family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This card comes together in a Jif… Hence the title easy as 123.You can see that I have made this into a square card but today I am showing you the envelope (a regular A-2 size) with it as it will mail with a regular stamp.

You can easily stamp many inside sentiments or just keep it blank as it is just a true blue classic!

Here is the scoop and I hope and encourage you to CASE this simple beauty… It comes together in no time and if your heart and time allows, I would pick up some card-stock to coordinate with a ribbon color and make some up… then take them to your local support office.

 

Kindness is always in style and not only will your heart be happy

 

  • Card Base is 4 1/4″
  • The White is a 4″ square and then after the image stamped….it was scored at (2) in on all sides. I used a piece of fun foam to pop it up as I like the feel of a solid “lift” but you could easily use dimensionals
  • Take a 1/4″ piece of card stock to the bak of the envelope, adhere and then add a piece of DSP 2″ wide and adhere…trim off excess.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is it…as easy as 1,2,3 (CUT,STAMP,ADHERE)

 

 

To me, this simple beauty has a HUGE WOW with a wee bit of effort! For those of you that purchased my kit the month that I showcased this….please chime in and share your love for this stamp set.

I know that there are stamps that come down the pike that we love for many reasons….but to me, it is super special to have a stamp set that touches so many….that’s why this gem has a permanent home on Randall Lane.

Please do not forget about all of the AMAZING HAPPENINGS going on with Stampin’ Up~ this month…..click here to see yesterdays post…..SOOOOO DARN much to take in….but as my peeps say to me, “It’s all good”

Now go grab this day and mark your mark on it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How about a Scoop!?!?

 

 

 

Well…it is going to happen today on the East Coast…we are to hit 90+ degrees today and guess who does not have air-conditioning? Yep, ME! Now… I totally have high regards to those of you that do not care for air-conditioning because I marvel you for not complaining (like I do) – I think I have it honestly as I am my Dad’s carbon copy when it comes to this topic.

We “should” be in business by the end of the day….but the wonderful men that are working at the house loosely said the word “should” but I am hoping that my cookies might “sweeten the deal” to get it done! I woke up super early to make fresh cookies for them so the kitchen wouldn’t be too hot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After my blog post yesterday ~ I thought that I would show you 1st hand how easy it is to USE UP that DSP that you have….even from a 6″ X 6″ square! This is a classic clean and simple card….just like I like it!

There is simply nothing to say from me about this card because it is soooo super easy but still sooooo cute! I did use a product that we use to have and I bet some of you have it …it is called glossy accents. It is a double whammy…..it is an adhesive (really super strong) and it also can be used as a gloss as I have done for you today! (I was fading waiting for it to dry) when I took the picture….but if I had waited 30 minutes more you would have seen that gorgeous shine…..

 

 

 

 

 

The other product that I used were some “dew drops”  – I love the look and feel of these little gems….I am not sure why but they always bring a smile to my face! I use the glossy accents to adhere them as I already had it out!

 

 

 

 

 

We all know that there is nothing more classic and symbolic (for a fun time) than a good old fashion Ice Cream Cone. Stampin’ Up! did a great job with this bundle and YEP…it is being carried over but not as a bundle…it will be a la carte therefore you will not get the 10% discount so HERE IS THE REAL SCOOP….if you like to save money, than SCOOP this up!

You all know I adore sentiments and I am thrilled that these framelits are being carried over because I truly love the simplicity of a “single word” and the impact it can do with a clean card like I have for you today! What makes it super fun is that I adhered (4) of them together….it gives you a great look and feel and it really is not a “biggie” to do – I simple sprayed it and POOF – sticks together like a charm.

 

 

 

 

 

I hope that this showed you that a piece of DSP (4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″) that is super clean and fun + a good old fashion Ice Cream Cone + a “sweet” word = ONE GREAT CARD…and you bet that whomever receives it….will be smiling. This card would be great to add a gift card to!

Fingers crossed that the air is on by the end of the day….or Milo and I might sneak over to my Dad’s to sleep. I know, I know….I am a baby about this but I simply cannot sleep when it is hot….and Milo agrees that he needs to be with me! (I like the way he thinks)

 

 

 

 

 

Playing is fun, shopping is fun. You can already see that there are many items that are already sold out….so please do not be disappointed – remember jammie shopping is totally ON TREND! See you tomorrow…..have a fabulous HUMP DAY!

 

 

 


Lil’ Chick is a happy chick!

 

Meet peepers! She is a part of the Hey Chick’s Sale-a-bration Stamp set and let me tell you…..peepers is happy that she is not in the egg carton! (I told her that she never has to worry about being a fried egg sandwich)

O.k. – I am just getting this out there right off the bat – I LOVE THIS CARD! It “cracks” me up (sorry peepers) and I think that this is a great card to say a “WAY TO GO“…..”THINKING OF YOU“….or just a good old fashion “HELLO“! 😀

We have been having lots of fun with the Hey Chicks Stamp Set and I still need to feature the other hen…but trust me, I’ll do it! This SAB item has been soooooooo popular!

 

 

 

Speaking of being SUPER popular and it is on backorder…today is the last day that you will be able to order the Watercolor Pencils before Stampin’ Up! flicks the switch to say that they are not order-able (kind of like they had to do with the stitched framelits) as these pencils have been SUPER POPULAR and if I were you…..I would HIT THAT PAW PRINT and get them now.

 

 

This is from the home office in regard to the pencils :

  • In order to give you time to contact your customers so they may close any affected orders, this product will remain available until Thursday, January 26 at 12:00 PM (MT); it will then be placed in not-orderable status.

So the moral of this pencil story is….order them this morning this way you will be assured that you will get them (even if they say that they are on back-order) – once they go to not-orderable…..there is no tellin’ when they will be available. 😕

 

 

 

 

Speaking of the pencils, remember…if your order is $75 + I will send you a set of the blender pens. These work great with this watercolor pencils and they are like “magic” – swipe the end back and forth and it is clean and good to go! Please use the hostess code of S4WKPUZG

Let’s get to peepers…..this is a note card size (3 1/2″ X 5″) and they are a great bang for your buck! Just $6.00 for 20 cards and envelopes….I say – BRING IT ON!

I simply cover the entire front with the sweet DSP from the Sending Love DSP Stack and I had plenty to adhere to the outside of the envelope.

 

 

 

 

Let’s chat about this stamp set – Perfect Mix…I bet that many of you thought – WHAT THE HECK when you saw it…well I said – COME HOME TO RANDALL LANE…..I LOVE to cook and I love the fact that you can have fun with the “pun” sentiments. This type of stamp set is very on trend right now, there are several other companies out there with a similar product – I think that it is super fun and fresh!

 

 

I know that you like sizes and I get it….when I see a card that I want to CASE – wow…sizes make me smile! The size of the thick whisper white is 3 3/4″ X 2 3/4″ and then I matted it with just a “peep” of black to help the POP!!!! (again, sorry peepers…you won’t end up at the grocery store and get cracked)

After using the Black Archival Ink all I did was simply use the watercolor pencils with the blender pens – it is as simple as that but here you go again, simple WORKED.simple is CUTE and face it – SIMPLE IS JUST SIMPLE!

 

 

 

She is one happy little chick and I am excited to send her out! I think that I am going to make up a bunch of these to keep on hand – they are just too tootin’ cute! I am excited to read your comments about the “new chick”

 

 

 

That it my chicks! Let’s have a great Thursday….I admit it was wonderful to see the sun shine yesterday….the blankets came off the horses and yep – they rolled and rolled in the mud and I am sure that it felt great to them! I was starting to feel like “blue cheese” with all of the rain we have been having – (at least it is not S N O W ) 😛

Again, if you are interested int he watercolor pencils, I would get them this morning as there is not tellin’ when they will be back in stock. Remember, with a $50.00 order you will be able to pick a FREEBIE SAB ITEM (perhaps these HOT CHICKS) and with a $75+ order – you get both the FREEBIE and the Blender Pens!

See you tomorrow!

p.s. – In memory of Mary Tyler Moore….what a great quote!

 

 

 

 

I’m back…with a super cute card!

 

Happy HUMP DAY.is it REALLY Wednesday? Are you like me that when a Holiday is on a weekend…that you get so confused with what day it is? I am just one confused Silly Susan!

Yesterday was a weird day for me…the peeps left and I cried, I do it each and every time they drive down the driveway and I do the same thing….tears,  the dogs and I stay outside until I can no longer see them. We had a fabulous holiday….just fabulous and I will share with you some of the “funnies” of our time as I know, you’ll laugh!

The other thing that happen yesterday was that the BEST young lady in the whole wide world (my wonderful god-daughter Emerson) had her tonsils out. She is 20 and it is a bit rougher when you are older so this card is for her!

I know that I have not been flooding my blog with the new catalog but this card is all about the new catalog! Speaking of catalogs….if you have ordered from me in the past 6 months, you should have received a copy of the catalog by now…if not, please email me and I will be happy to pop one in the mail to you.

 

 

 

This is a very straight forward “Susan style card” just keeping it very clean and simple. I am letting the FUN DSP and the stamp set to set the tone.

 

 

I know, I know – you have heard this from me many times….but this is a stamp that I would definitely purchase as a bundle as not only is it a fun classic set, there are soooooo many die cuts that make it so much easier to create a super fun card and truth be told – who does not like to save money…..buy purchasing it as a bundle you will save an instant 10%. 🙂

 

 

 

 

FUN…right??? The colors are yummy and I thought that this theme would be perfect for Emerson with a couple of boxes of Popsicle’s to make her smile a bit!

You can see that the POP factor of the card is just clean and simple layering! By taking (2) rectangles and turning them a bit….and then letting the white rectangle be the anchor for the Popsicle’s and the sentiment ~ you end up with one simple and clean card!

 

 

 

 

I did something that I have not done in a L O N G time…I took a marker and drew a line just 1/4″ in on all 4 sides to add some interest. I felt I need just a little extra something and this seemed to do the trick! I did this in Pool Party.

Having a good see-through ruler is a must in what we do, here is one that I use SEVERAL times a day…..you can find it at many stores but I seem to have good luck at Jo Ann’s as I like the 12″ length. (Many stores carry the same but it is 18″ long)

You can also see that I did the “Susan dashes” on the pool party in the white gel pen. I know, I know…..we do not sell it anymore (and I am still sad 🙁 ) but you can easily find it many places…I recently purchased it at Amazon with the Silver and Gold  – click here and it will take you to them! I am lovin’ the gold and silver as well!

 

 

 

 

Let’s chat real quick about this sentiment…..super cute!!! This is from the new must have sentiment set in the Occasions Catalog called Sending Thoughts. Below you will see all of the goodies that are in the set.

I ADORE the fonts and I am doingt he happy dance that there are great sentiments for the inside of cards. For this card I used, HUGS.PRAYERS.LOVE. – isn’t that a great sentiment that can be used for sooooooo many cards!

 

 

 

Well….thoughts? Do you remember when you had your tonsils out? I was 21 years old and it was not fun….it seems like when children were young, the doctors seemed to do it….but when you are older…you do have several miserable days! This young lady has THE CUTEST smile you will ever see…her eyes twinkle and she has dimples~ you can see that I love her to pieces!

I am getting my hair cut this morning and then over to see my little friend with some cool treats! Below you will see the “scoop” on the fun card. I am excited for Emerson to see it as I know I will get a smile 🙂

 

 

 

After I return home I have a HUGE DATE….with my computer! 😀  I have played “hookie” for a LONG time and I need to go through emails (yikes, I am dreading seeing how many) and then I am going to work on Product Shares! I will be sending everyone that has emailed me that they want in the 1st wave of my Product Share by 9 p.m. this evening. (I need to put a time limit on MYSELF)

 

I want to share with you one love we have as a family when we get together….SIMPLE – putting puzzles together! I was sooooooo excited about this puzzle as you know that I adore dogs. This was  FUN puzzle to put together but I will say, it was a bit frustrating to get going but if you look closely your will see…another thing that seems to happen to us….we have 999 pieces…..yep, we lost one somewhere along the way. (I am determined to find it even if I have to go thru the vacuum) It was super cute and fun to work on as a family.

 

 

 

Enjoy the day….I must say, it feels great to share with you a blog post. I hope that you enjoyed it and I look forward seeing you back here tomorrow with a super fun Thank You card that would be so appropriate for the season right now!

Don’t forget to check in with the year end clearances...there are some great deals and I will say…I have used a BUNCH of ribbon over the holiday that was either discontinued from this year or years in the past….and with every order of $75.00 or more….you get to go INTO THE VAULT – my place where ALL of my retired stamps are….and there are 100’s of them!

 

Hit this PAW PRINT….and it will take you right to my on line store! Have fun!

 

 

 

A Marvelous Monday!

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Hello all…here is a SUPER QUICK card to whip up and one that makes a fun statement! I adore this stamp set, Feather Together…so much that I used it for my monthly card kit in August! I wanted to share with you another way to USE UP THAT DSP….so…whatcha think?

I can honestly say that when the new catalog came out…I knew that this stamp set was going to make it to Randall Lane. The font and the sentiments are just over the top….remember what I said about a great sentiment set – go for it…as you can always use your fun paper to dress it up…dress it down or simply make it POP!

 

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You can see how simple this is. Because it is a photopolymer stamp set, seeing for exact placement is a breeze….just ink it up and go!!! The feathers are a 2 step stamping and I used the same color for each one. The more detailed feather was stamped FULL STRENGTH and then the 2nd stamp was stamped in the same color but STAMPED OFF on a scratch paper! Easy!

 

 

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The DSP was cut to the full front of the Very Vanilla Card base, and then adhered to the front!. I do not do this a bunch but I need to remind myself to do this as it really adds a fun POP to the card!

I lifted the entire stamped portion up…a must do….we live our stampin’ vitamins!

 

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Ir would be a card of mine without a beautiul envelope….I just cannot let one go out the door. To me, it is the icing on the cake and a win/win….I smile and I am happy …and the person receiving it is happy as well! 🙂

 

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Not much to put on your Directory Assistance picture….it is just that easy!

 

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Pop back tomorrow as it is TUESDAY TIPS.…and I think that you are going to love what I am going to share! Remember, shopping in your jammies is on trend – have fun….and let’s all have a great week! Until tomorrow!!!!

 

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