Monday, August 1, 2016

Bonus Days Are Here!

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***I'm keeping this notice at the top of my blog during the month of July. Scroll down to see the daily blog posts**

Oh my!  Stampin' Up has an awesome special going on right now!!  When you shop my online store during bonus days, you’ll get a $5 coupon (via email) when you spend $50 in July. You can use the coupons in August on any item you want! The best part is that you can earn another coupon for every $50 you spend. The sky’s the limit! You can stock up on essentials or splurge on your wish list items. Once August rolls around, you’ll get to have fun shopping again with all your Bonus Days coupons.

You might want to use your coupons toward this exclusive bundle that will only be available during August--and then it's gone forever!

Please use this hostess code C4CETWZ6 when you make an online order. If I have enough orders to merit a hostess rewards, I'll draw names for one lucky shopper to win the hostess rewards! 

What are you waiting for? Bonus days run from now until July 31!!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Love You in Pink

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I love this week's sketch on the Pals Paper Arts challenge blog. I actually have loved most of the sketches and color challenges--the Pals Paper Arts challenges are always fresh and exciting!

 PPA310 A sketch Challenge

I had to think for a bit about how I'd interpret this sketch and then I hit upon on idea! I pulled out some Pop of Pink Designer Series Paper and the "Scenic Sayings" stamp set and got to work! I stamped the "love" stamp in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Melon Mambo scrap and punched it out with the Sweetheart Punch. I punched another heart from Basic Black cardstock and adhered it to the Melon Mambo heart, as a shadow. Then, I stamped the "you" stamp in Melon Mambo ink onto a Whisper White scrap and punched that out with the Sweetheart Punch.

I adhered the striped piece of Pop of Pink DSP to a Basic Black mat and then onto a Melon Mambo card base. I arranged a Silver Metallic Foil Doily and the two punched-out hearts on the card. As a finishing touch, I added some of our NEW Enamel Shapes--Melon Mambo from the Brights Collection.

This card is super cute and was super easy to make!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Honey Bee

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I'd had an idea in my head for while to use a watercolor technique and the cute little bee from the "Pun Intended" stamp set. When I set out to make the card, I was so happy to find that it turned out just as I hoped it would!!

I started with a 2.5" square of watercolor paper. I used my water-filled Stampin' Spritzer to wet the paper down. You have to get the paper really wet for this technique. I squirted a few drops of Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, and Delightful Dijon reinkers into the lid of an embellishment container.  Then, I took a small paintbrush and picked up a drop of the reinker and placed the tip of the brush onto the wet watercolor paper. I let the colors flow wherever they wanted to go. I kept adding color or diluting the color with until I got a honeyed background.

I dried the paper using my Heat Tool because I'm too impatient for it to wait to dry naturally. Then I stamped the bee from the "Pun Intended" set in Basic Black Archival Ink on top of the watercolor paper. I added the "happy bee-day" sentiment to the corner, also in Basic Black Archival Ink.

I adhered the stamped image onto a slightly larger Basic Black square and then onto a slightly larger Delightful Dijon square. I added this to a Basic Black panel and tied a length of Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine around before adhering it to a Delightful Dijon card base, cut lengthwise, using Stampin' Dimensionals.

This card was really easy to make and despite my impatience over drying time--which I sped up--it only took a few minutes to make. I think it's adorable, if I do say so myself (and I do)!!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fiesta en Blanca! Ole!

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   I'm so much in love with the "Birthday Fiesta" stamp set and all the amazing coordinating products--from the matching Fiesta Time Framelits to the coordinating Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper and Festive Embossing Folder--I'm hooked! 

I was trolling around Pinterest to get some ideas on cards and I found one that I totally had to CASE (copy and steal everything) without any modification. I copied the outside as well as the sentiment inside. My card is a direct copy of this one by Dani Dziama. It's totally adorable, right??! Dani has tons of great ideas on her blog--you should definitely check it out!

For my card, I started by embossing a Whisper White panel using the Festive Embossing Folder. I adhered this to a Thick Whisper White Card Stock card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Next, I stamped the llama in Basic Black Archival Ink onto a Whisper White scrap. I added his blanket in Melon Mambo and his reins in Emerald Envy. I colored the llama in Crumb Cake, using Blender Pens. I stamped the cactus in Emerald Envy onto a Whisper White scrap. I ran both pieces through the Big Shot with the matching Fiesta Time Framelits. I adhered these two pieces to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I used the Fiesta Time Framelits to cut the banner from a scrap of Thick Whisper White Card Stock before I stamped on them in Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, and Emerald Envy. These stamps are photopolymer, so you can see through them for good placement!

I cut a length of Melon Mambo Thick Baker's Twine and unraveled it so that I could tie on the tassels. (Dani--that's a brilliant idea!!) I adhered this banner to the card by placing a Stampin' Dimensional behind each of the flags. I snipped the banners so they'd align with the embossed mat.

Then, I cut a piece of Tempting Turquoise and a piece of Pumpkin Pie Card Stock with another Fiesta Time Framelit. I adhered these pieces to the card with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Ai! Ai! Ai! I'm ready for a party fiesta!

I CASED Dani's card on the inside, too. I stamped the sentiment in Melon Mambo and the garland in Emerald Envy. I stamped the teeny flower in Pumpkin Pie onto a Whisper White scrap and cut it out with, you guessed it, the matching Fiesta Time Framelit. I adhered this to the card with a Glue Dot.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Sad Goodbye

#stampinup   #faithfulinkspirations   My family and I moved into our current house when I was 6 months pregnant with twins.  My twins will turn 17 next month.  I sometimes can't believe how quickly time flies. We are so fortunate to live in a place with wonderful neighbors. Next door to us is a man and his wife and the mother/mother-in-law. They are the friendliest, sweetest, salt of the earth people that you could ever hope to meet. We've been blessed to have them as neighbors...and friends.

The mother, "Miss Ruth" to my kids, was just the sweetest person of all. She loved my kids as if they were her own grandkids. It was always a treat to drive into our driveway and see Miss Ruth on her front porch and giving us a wave and a smile. She always invited us over for a visit. When the kids were small, we went over often, but they grew and it wasn't so easy to get them over there--and we were always busy running here and there to sports and school activities. Even still, Miss Ruth was always there with a smile and a wave and an invitation to come over "anytime."

Miss Ruth passed away last week. We're sure going to miss her smile and wave.

Here's the card I made for her daughter and son-in-law. I used four stamp sets on this simple card! (I was inspired by a similar card I saw on Pinterest.)

I stamped the flower stems from the "Wild About Flowers" set in Old Olive onto a Whisper White panel. I stamped the flower tops in Crushed Curry. I added this panel to a Rich Razzleberry mat and then, using Stampin' Dimensionals, onto a Thick Whisper White card base, cut lengthwise.

I stamped a small butterfly from the "Papillon Potpourri" set in Rich Razzleberry and punched it out with the Bitty Butterfly Punch. I folded the butterfly in half so that it would have some dimension and added it to the card with a Glue Dot.

Next, I stamped the sentiment and label from from the "Rose Wonder" set in Rich Razzleberry onto a Whisper White scrap and cut it out with the matching Rose Garden Thinlits. I adhered this to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Inside the card, I thought the sentiment from the "Heartfelt Sympathy" set was perfect. It's also stamped in Rich Razzleberry, but not pictured:  "Remembering the life of someone so special, and sending thoughts of sympathy and peace." Miss Ruth certainly was someone special and we'll miss her!

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