Friday, August 30, 2013

SAVE 15% ON BUTTERFLY BUNDLE!

Now until September 30 you will save 15% when you order the "Butterfly Bundle" which includes both the Papillon Potpourri set and the Bitty Butterfly Punch! (Check out my "Papillon Potpourri Elegance" post to see ideas for using this bundle along with additional punches). Click and order now!
Order your Butterfly Bundle today! Click here!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

LNS FALL TREASURE HUNT BLOG LIST UPDATE

Three more added to the list at positions #54, 55, and 56! We have another new one pending too! Each time a demo joins the blog hop list, the prize value for their region/country goes up! Visiting the blogs of new additions will encourage other demos to join because we are sharing how the visitors to our blogs is increasing so even if you have started your hop, be sure to include the newest blogs in your hop!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

TRULY GRATEFUL CARD OF THANKS

I am always trying to think of how I can use my stamps in ways that are beyond the obvious. I love the texture of the background pattern stamp in the Holiday Catalog set "Truly Grateful" and thought of doing something in black and white with it. Creating the card below for the Holiday Catalog swap took me out of my usual comfort zone both in my color palette and in the design. It was also my first design using the chalkboard technique that is so popular now.

Truly Grateful set in the Holiday Catalog 131730 (Wood Mount) $27.95
or 131733 (Clear Mount) $18.85
(Complete set is shown below)
1" Stitched Edge Cherry Cobbler Grosgrain Ribbon
(Holiday Catalog, pg. 22) 132135 $8.95
Yippee Skippee stamp set (Annual Catalog) 131341 (Wood Mount) $18.95
or 131344 (Clear Mount) $14.95
Other materials: Versamark Ink, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool,
White Craft Ink, Basic Black, Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler Cardstocks,
Distressing Tool



(To see the swaps I received, visit my Holiday Catalog Inspirations page)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

AUTUMN ACCENTS LEAF DIE CARD FROM MY MOM!

I got this lovely card in the mail today from my wonderful mother who recently bought the Autumn Accents die that cuts out leaves and an acorn shape. I don't know where she found the metallic paper originally (she has quite a collection of papers) but it is not Stampin' Up! so you won't find it in our product line...however, the Champagne Glimmer Paper could be used instead to create a similar and equally stunning and shiny effect!
Enclosed in the card was $20 for me to reload my Starbucks card! Thanks Mom!!! I love you!
Card front

Card inside

Thursday, August 22, 2013

NEW THINLITS CARD DIE FOR THE BIG SHOT!

Making swing or flip cards is now oh-so-easy! Visit my Catalogs and Supplements page to see more new products and videos!
CIRCLE CARD THINLITS DIE #133480 ($32.95)
 includes card die plus 3 word and 6 label/shape dies
LABEL CARD THINLITS DIE #133479 ($32.95)
includes card die plus 8 shapes/labels/word dies

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

 MY CLUE
LNS FALL TREASURE HUNT
 "MDS" or "My Digital Studio"

Visit my LNS Fall Treasure Hunt page for information and the list of the participating demonstrators and their blogs - and be sure to sign up to follow this blog so you won't miss any updates!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

MDS HYBRID CARD WITH FOREST FRIENDS

I designed this hybrid card for my friend's Stampin' Baby Shower, although the original version we made was a bit simpler. I decided to use the same design for one of my Convention swaps and to meet the swap requirements I had to step it up. The original borders were straight-edged; in this version I cut them with the Finishing Touches Edgelits (with the big Shot). I also added the knot of our new Pear Pizzazz color of 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon.
All the images were created in My Digital Studio with the Forest Friends stampbrush set. I punched the deer head portrait with the Wide Oval Punch and layered it on Early Espresso punched with the Decorative Label. The sentiment, from the Cuddles and Kisses set, is embossed with White Embossing Powder.
 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

BY THE TIDE CARD FOR MY MOM & A GUINNESS WORLD RECORD!

Stampin' Up! challenged us to bring to Convention a hand-stamped, ready-to-mail, greeting card so we could set a new World Record for the most hand-stamped greeting cards mailed from a single location at the same time. I made this card to thank my mom for financing my trip to Convention. There was a rep from Guiness at Convention checking in each of our cards to be mailed and we did set a record!
I used the "By the Tide" set for this card. I sprayed water on a panel of our Shimmery White Cardstock then dripped inks from Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, and Soft Sky reinker bottles to create the watery-looking background. After it dried, I stamped and embossed the coral fan twice with White and Gold embossing powders. I layered that on a Baked Brown Sugar panel stamped with the script and coral fan images in the same color and Metallic Gold, and sponged the edges. I took a piece of Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, wet and crumpled it, then when it dried I wrapped it around the panel. Everything was layered on Coastal Cabana stamped with Baked Brown Sugar. The shell was also stamped with Baked Brown Sugar as well as embossed with Iridescent Ice powder, then watercolored with Blushing Bride and Pool Party, cut out and attached with Dimensionals.
 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

FALL TREASURE HUNT ON THE HORIZON!

Now is the time to subscribe to this blog so you won't miss out when the upcoming Fall Treasure Hunt begins! By the end of the month all the Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participating will have signed up and we'll know the value of the prize - the winners will get to order whatever they want to the value of the prize! There will be a winner in each of three regions - US, Canada and Great Britain! The contest is fun and easy - I'll be posting a list of the participating demonstrators' blog addresses. Each blog will have a "clue" posted...don't worry, we WANT you to find the clues on the blogs so you should have no trouble finding the clues when you visit each blog. Make a list of the clues and blogs where you find each one, send your list to me when you are done and I will send it on to your region's coordinator to enter you in the drawing. You only have to send your entry to one demonstrator, so if I'm your demo you send it to me! 
Stay tuned and don't miss out!

Monday, August 5, 2013

DELUXE CHRISTMAS CARDINAL BIRDHOUSE ORNAMENT WITH TEALIGHT TUTORIAL

If you would like a Word document version of this 9-page photo tutorial, and you are either subscribed to this blog or you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, please email me or post a comment here!








On the cardinal instructions, note that you should color the black area on the bird's face BEFORE you glue on the beak. I realized I didn't write that clearly and I think I would have to reload all the photos on this post to replace this last one and keep it in the right order. Still learning all about blog editing! Thanks for bearing with me!