Why You Need Another Flower Stamp Set

There’s a belief among rubber stampers that we always need more flower stamps. Others say that we don’t need any more. (How many flowers does a person really need?) After more than 12 years as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I certainly have a lot of flowers in my stash. I try to limit how many more I buy. However, the Occasions catalog has so many new options. It’s clear (at least to me) why you need another flower stamp set!

Why I need another flower stamp

At first I didn’t notice this stamp set, Lovely Wishes. It was just another bunch of flowers, after all. But then, as I tired of the same-old-same-old, I started to take notice. So, what changed?

Why You Need Another Flower Stamp Set

  • Different Style – These flowers are a different style than every other flower that I have. They are modern, whimsical. Total gorgeous!
  • Made for Coloring – With the new Stampin’ Blends, I need opportunities to color. These flowers, each with lots of outlined sections, you can apply different shades. Awesome!
  • Versatile Shapes – The shapes of the individual stamps allow you to combine them into interesting shapes. On today’s project, I stamped the flowers in an oval. But there are so many other options. Here’s a close-up of the stamp images. What shapes can you make?

Lovely Wishes

So what can you do with this stamp set?

It’s pretty clear just why you need another flower stamp set!

How to Stamp Cards Efficiently

How to stamp cards efficiently. Are you kidding me?!?! What does efficiency have to do with something that we do for pleasure, even with passion? Well, lots, but only at certain times.

Does this ever happen to you? You send someone a card. Or you show someone a card that you made. And then they ask, “Can you make me some cards?” Or they ask, “Can you make me some invitations?” How do you say anything but “Yes” – this is pure joy. You have the chance to make a bunch of cards!

And then the reality sets in. It’s a bunch of the same card. It begins to feel a little boring. Maybe even a little like work.

Okay, enough negative talk. I make cards and invitations for all sorts of occasions. And it’s not boring. Maybe a little work, but definitely not overwhelming. This past holiday season I made about 1,100 cards – and none of them were for me. Not for me to send, not for my blog, not for swaps, not for my family to send.

Flurry of Wishes

So what’s the trick? I’ll start with the typical tips, and then offer some special pieces of advice that are not commonly known.

Start with your sample. Record every product used to make it. Measure and record each piece of cardstock, ribbon, etc. Then keep your information handy.

Every card I make is recorded in a notebook. While working on a project, the notebook remains open on my work table.

  • Work in assembly line fashion. Complete one task for all the cards, and then move on to the next task.
  • Start with cutting. Cut all cardstock that you can.
  • If there is any printing, then print on the cut cardstock.
  • Stamp all cardstock. Be sure to add the Stampin’ Up! copyright stamp, as per the Angle Policy. (Ask me for details if you don’t know about this.)
  • Assemble all layers.
  • Add embellishments at the end, or as late in the process as possible.

Simple and straightforward.

If you have a large number of cards to make, once the cardstock is cut, break the project into batches.

800 holiday cards

Cutting all my cardstock at once, keeps errors to a minimum. If you’re constantly cutting different sizes, it’s easy to make a mistake. Finishing the rest of the process in batches reduces muscle fatigue and keeps the work more “interesting”. 40 is a good number for me. I typically stamp and assemble my cards in batches of 40.

But the most important task is to track the measurement of your cardstock and any other items that need to be “cut”. When I set up my paper trimmer to cut cardstock, I measure the first cut piece, against my sample, to confirm that it’s the right size. No way do you want to cut 100 pieces of cardstock, only to find that each is 1/4″ too short. (Ask me how I know!) :-\

I highly recommend that you buy a little extra product, such as cardstock and embellishments. I typically buy an extra package of each color of cardstock that is cut, but not stamped. I also buy an extra 10% cardstock of each color that is stamped. Do I need that much extra? No. But I always get a sick feeling in my stomach if I don’t see that product ready “just in case.”

By the way, my “worst” job had 3% errors. I’m usually below 1%.

 

So, that’s it; Are you ready to make those baby shower invitations? How about next year’s holiday cards?

I think it can be very rewarding. Even fun.

What do you think? If you make batches of cards, what are some of your best tips? Leave a comment, and share with the rest of us!

Happy stamping!

A Special Place to Craft

Do you have a favorite spot where you make cards and scrapbook? Do you need one? It can be anything from a corner in the kitchen or your bedroom, to a completely separate craft room. The important thing is that it works for you.

Here is mine.

My Craft Room

I’m really lucky. When we bought our house, we had 3 kids living at home. Eventually, I was able to convert an empty bedroom into my craft room. Bonus!!

And in this photo, you can see my favorite thing about this room. It’s the early morning sun! 

The window in the photo faces north. I have 2 north-facing windows, actually, that look onto my street. So, while I craft in my private space, I can keep an eye on the street and its comings and goings. However, there’s another window on the east side of the room. And when there’s a beautiful sun rise, it reflects into my room. Makes me happy!

Oh, yes, I have the tables, the lights, all the tools, stamps and ink. But I have sunrise, too. Ahhh. And that makes me happy. In fact, I think that’s the most important quality of my craft room! Because when I’m happy, creating comes much more easily to me!

What’s your craft space like? Does it make you happy?

What’s the best feature of your craft space? Leave a comment to share with us!

Super Bowl LII Promotion

Are you a Super Bowl Fan? Do you watch the game, or just the commercials, or just the half-time show? Who are you rooting for: the Philadelphia Eagles or the New England Patriots?

Here’s the good news. No matter how you answered any of the above questions, you can take advantage of my Super Bowl LII promotion!

Here’s how it works:

  • Place an order at my online store for $52 or more. (Remember, it’s Super Bowl LII.)
  • Include at least 1 package of cardstock of any shade of GREEN (for the Philadelphia Eagles) or BLUE (for the New England Patriots).
  • After your order ships (via regular shipping), I’ll reimburse you for your shipping costs.
  • By the way, the this order qualifies you for one Level 1 Sale-A-Bration item! Be sure to include it on your order.
  • U.S. orders only.
  • Place your order any time on Sunday, February 4, before the end of the Super Bowl game.

Pretty easy!

You can’t win if you don’t play.

I’ll keep an eye on my online store during the game. Enjoy Super Bowl LII – and my promotion!

You’re My Valentine Every Single Day

This card says, “You’re my Valentine every single day“… literally!

This card design is based on a swap card that I received in my upline’s group. What’s a swap? In a swap, you make several, say 10 cards of 1 design. You send them all to a hostess, who collects the same number of cards from the other participants. Then she swaps out the cards. So, while I made 10 cards in 1 design, I received back 10 cards, each of a different design! I create one card and receive 10 others in return!

It’s a great investment of time. The longest and most challenging part of any project (for me) is coming up with the design.

Anyway, I use the swaps to inspire me to make other designs.

On the swap card I received, the card had the stamped sentiment, die-cut into a heart and mounted on a rectangle with the stamped heart. I eliminated the rest of the card, but kept this piece as the focal point.

Ink on the focal point is Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz. I repeated those colors in the other layers of cardstock. Night of Navy cardstock and seam binding ribbon provide some POP!

When I looked through my stamp stash, I was surprised to see that I had few hearts. (As a demo, I can use retired products on my personal projects, but I must use only current products on my blog.) I found the tiny heart in the Coffee Cafe stamp set and used it on the background of the Pear Pizzazz layer!

Supplies  I Used on this Project

Not Your Regular Valentine

While this isn’t an “unusual” valentine, it certainly doesn’t use the traditional pink and red colors.

However, there is one downside to this card. And in the interest of full disclosure, I feel I must share it with you…

You're my Valentine Every Single Day

One of my daughters made me promise NOT to use this sentiment on a card for  my husband … ever. I guess she finds it too much LOL! So, I’m showing this card on my blog, but I won’t give it to my honey.

Doesn’t she realize that the REAL romantic part of any Valentine is how you sign it?

But, even if I don’t give this card to my husband, I still think he’s my Valentine every single day! <3

Sure Do Love a New Technique

One of the things I love about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and a card maker, is finding a new technique. And that’s just what I’m showing today…Sure do love you

Do you like the stripes? I made the top layer of the card front using alternating strips of Whisper White and Berry Burst cardstock. I thought it was a lot of work. But it turned out to be easy and fairly quick to put together.

How I Made the Striped Top Layer

To make it, I cut a bunch of strips about 3/8″ wide and 6″ long. Maybe 10 of each. Then I cut a rectangle of Whisper White cardstock, the size of the top layer of the card front.

Using my SNAIL Adhesive, I ran adhesive along the outer perimeter, as well as across the 2 diagonals, and running from the middle of each side to the middle of the opposite side.

I lay one strip of Berry Burst diagonally from the left side to the bottom. It’s the stripe that separates the two sets of stripes.

I lay strips next to this first one, butting one up against the other. Let them extend beyond the edge of the white rectangle. Be sure to cover the entire section of the card front.

Then I lay strips perpendicular to the first Berry Burst strip I attached to the card front. I continued adding strips until the entire card front was covered.

Finally, I turned over the layered cardstock, so that the white rectangle was on top. I carefully trimmed the excess strips, leaving the striped top.

The striped cardstock is very busy, because I used a bright color. So, I needed to keep the rest of the card simple. What do you think?

Sure do love you

 

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

I’ve experimented a little with this technique. Most of the time, I think I prefer lighter colors, maybe So Saffron and Whisper White. Maybe two shades of blue – either contrasting or close in hue. The possibilities are endless. Give it a try and let me know how you make out.

I just love a new technique!

Merry Christmas to You!!

It’s that time of year again! Merry Christmas to you!!

Merry Christmas to you

I want to take this opportunity to say how much I appreciate all of you. Maybe we haven’t met in person, or talked one-on-one. But I love sharing ideas here. And while many of you are too shy to leave a comment, many communicate with me in private email and text messages. Thank you for all the kind words. You make it worthwhile!

With all this in mind, I didn’t want to include instructions or tips today. Instead, I simply want you to enjoy the day. It’s Christmas, after all!

And, if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I wish you a wonderful Monday! Most stores and businesses are closed, so it’s a day to relax. Take a deep breath and enjoy the day. Maybe, head over to your craft room and work on a project. But only if that’s what YOU want to do! (I know that if I weren’t so busy eating and spending time with my family, that’s what I would choose to do!)

Merry Christmas to you

I wish you all a wonderful holiday with friends and family. May you celebrate everything and receive all that you desire. I hope this holiday finds you happy and healthy. And may you see a New Year full of goodness and fun!

Until next time, Merry Christmas!!

FREE SHIPPING on Monday!

So, I woke up around 3 am last night – I rarely sleep through the night these days. I picked up my phone to check the time, when I saw that a message had come through from Stampin’ Up! Once I see one of those, I have to immediately check what it says!

It was titled: Surprise! Free Shipping is Coming!

So, here are the details. Free Shipping all day Monday. That means from 12:00 AM until 11:59 PM, Mountain Time. Free Shipping. No charge. At all.

Perfect for a gift. Or something for yourself – after all, you deserve it!

Best of all, this falls right in the middle of the Year End Sales Event.

So you can purchase retiring Holiday products. You can save on the purchase of some of those products. And you won’t pay for shipping.

But on only on Monday. So, be sure to visit my online store and shop!

What You Must Know about the Stamparatus Reservation

The second and final reservation window for the Stamparatus begins today. The Stamparatus is a new positioning tool, that allows you to easily, and repeatedly, stamp your images exactly where you want them. Watch this short video to learn more about it.

 

Doesn’t this sound like the next great tool you need to add to your stash? Here’s how to reserve your Stamparatus:

  1. Go to my online store and sign in. (If you don’t have an account set up, then you must do that, too.)
  2. Beneath the Stamparatus Is Here banner ad, click on the Click Here button. This brings you to the Reservation app.
  3. Enter your credit card information.
  4. Click the Reserve button.
  5. Check your email for a confirmation message!

There are 3 main changes to this reservation window:

  1. There is no limit to the number of reservations that Stampin’ Up! will take.
  2. The reservation window will last for the entire time – i.e. Dec 5 through 30.
  3. Orders are fulfilled in the order that they are reserved. (Hmmm. This is a good reason to reserve early.)

You can reserve only 1 Stamparatus.

You are not charged for the Stamparatus until it ships.

When it appears in your shopping cart, you can change your credit card information. You can also add more items to your Stampin’ Up! order.

You can cancel your reservation at any time.

Since Stampin’ Up! will accept all reservations, they have canceled the reservation window in January.

So, no need to wait or stress any longer. Head on over to my online store and reserve your Stamparatus today!

Year End Sales Event is Here!

The Year End Sales Event is Here!

Did you finish all your shopping during the recent Online Extravaganza? How about on Black Friday? If not, you’re in luck. Today is the start of the Year End Sales Event.

Year End Sales Event

From now, until January 2, 2018, Stampin’ Up! is discounting a number of retiring items (in the Holiday catalog) and other items.

Note that all bundles in the Holiday catalog are retiring. The individual items in the bundle may be carried forward on their own, but not in a bundle.

To find out what’s on sale, visit my online store.

Shop for yourself. Shop for a gift. It’s all good!

To help you plan, I’m attaching a pdf file. It lists all the sale and retiring items. Download the list here.

Please remember, that quantities of all items are limited, while supplies last. So, don’t want until the last minute to make your purchases.

Happy Shopping!

Stampin’ Up! Flash Sale on Monday!

Stampin’ Up! just announced it’s Flash Sale for Monday, November 27.

Free Shipping

Free Shipping on all orders, placed between midnight and 11:59 pm, Mountain Time.

I wanted to give you as much time as possible to plan your shopping.

So, here are the Black Friday Cyber Monday promotions that you must be aware of:

  • Until Sunday, 11:59 pm Mountain Time – Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza. Download the flyer here to see what’s on sale.
  • Until Monday, 11:59 pm Central Time – Pre-order Stamping Basics for just under half the regular price. View the details here.
  • Monday, midnight to 11:59 pm Mountain Time – Stampin’ Up! is giving you FREE SHIPPING on all orders.

So, figure out what you want to do. Then be sure to put some reminders in your calendar. There are a bunch of things going on and you don’t want to miss out!

Thanks!!

Black Friday starts at Midnight!

It’s the premier shopping time… Black Friday! This year, I’m doing something I’ve never done before!

Black Friday

It’s an online class – Stamping Basics. 

Stamping Basics – Description

Designed for both the new and experienced stamper. During the course, you’ll make 3 card projects, start to finish. Not only will you be able to duplicate the cards on your own, you’ll understand the best practices when making these cards.

I’ve been giving in-person classes since 2005. While I show specific card designs in a class, I always give tips and tricks along the way.

I’m continuing that tradition in my online classes.

In Stamping Basics, we’ll talk about the tools we use in rubber stamping – the Must-Have items in every stamper’s tool box. That includes stamps, inks, paper, cutting tools and adhesives.

I’ll talk about the upgrades to these items.

While I’ll instruct on how to make 3 “basic” cards, I’ll also preview some advanced designs and techniques.

It will be all stamping. I’ll present a few different techniques you can use with just the basic tools.

Stamping Basics – Format

Instruction will be provided in videos and downloadable PDF files. The PDFs will list the materials used, dimensions (where appropriate), and simple-to-follow directions. All information will remain available to you as long as I’m in business. And I certainly have no retirement plans in mind!

As an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I use only Stampin’ Up! products. (I explain why in my videos.) While I highly recommend these products, you are under no obligation to buy them. I teach HOW to design and make your cards. You can change up the specific images and colors.

Price

But, what would Black Friday be without a great sale?!?!? It would be a just regular Friday.

This class will be available for purchase in January 2018. Just $20. But, you can pre-order it for just $9.95!

From midnight on Black Friday (November 24) until 11:59 pm on Cyber Monday (November 27) – all Central Time – pay only $9.95.

Sorry. This promotion is no longer available. 

Summary

Just a word of warning… I’m new at this PayPal thing. I will confirm receipt of payment for Stamping Basics. If you do not hear from me within 24 hours, please email me. As long as I can confirm that PayPal received payment, I will make the transaction right. I know. I’m such a newbie at this online class thing. However, I’m an experienced paper crafter and instructor. You’re really getting a good deal here.

But only until 11:59 pm Central Time on Monday.

 Happy Black Friday!

Start Black Friday Week with a Flash Sale!

Black Friday is coming. It’s a traditional Sales Day in the States. And we’re continuing the tradition this year!

To begin, Stampin’ Up! is having its Online Extravaganza. One week of savings on all sorts of Stampin’ Up! products.  But, to kick off the week, today only, they are offering a Flash Sale on a select group of stamps.

2017 Flash Sale on stamps

Until 11:59 PM Mountain Time, purchase these stamp sets at 20% off:

Item # Description Catalog Page # Retail Price Discount Price
139891 Remarkable You Wood AC 2017 142 $45.00 $36.00
139894 Remarkable You Clear AC 2017 142 $33.00 $26.40
140643 Bloomin Love AC 2017 88 $17.00 $13.60
141054 Éclosion d’amour AC 2017 88 $17.00 $13.60
143775 Celebrate You Wood AC 2017 72 $25.00 $20.00
143778 Celebrate You Clear AC 2017 72 $18.00 $14.40
142982 Cool Treats AC 2017 82 $27.00 $21.60
143440 Souhaits frais AC 2017 82 $27.00 $21.60
138682 You’re so Sweet Wood AC 2017 42 $27.00 $21.60
139440 You’re so Sweet Clear AC 2017 42 $19.00 $15.20
140180 Juste comme ça AC 2017 42 $19.00 $15.20
143949 Garden Girl Wood AC 2017 168 $27.00 $21.60
143952 Garden Girl Clear AC 2017 168 $19.00 $15.20
143740 Good Vibes Wood AC 2017 169 $27.00 $21.60
145080 Good Vibes Clear AC 2017 169 $19.00 $15.20
142871 Super Duper Wood AC 2017 74 $27.00 $21.60
142874 Super Duper Clear AC 2017 74 $19.00 $15.20
138764 Heartfelt Sympathy AC 2017 100 $17.00 $13.60
140098 Des adieux du fond du coeur AC 2017 100 $17.00 $13.60
144865 Every Good Wish HC 2017 8 $18.00 $14.40
144862 Every Good Wish HC 2017 8 $25.00 $20.00
145103 Que de bons voeux HC 2017 8 $18.00 $14.40
144870 Good Tidings HC 2017 8 $21.00 $16.80
145124 Bouquet de houx HC 2017 8 $21.00 $16.80
142954 Milestone Moments AC 2017 71 $21.00 $16.80
143426 À souligner AC 2017 71 $21.00 $16.80
143689 More than Chocolate AC 2017 33 $17.00 $13.60
140653 Number of Years AC 2017 178 $27.00 $21.60
141091 Au fil des ans AC 2017 178 $27.00 $21.60
140386 Oh What Fun AC 2017 115 $21.00 $16.80
140469 Hourra pour Noel AC 2017 115 $21.00 $16.80
141934 Touches of Texture Wood AC 2017 152 $45.00 $36.00
143251 Touches of Texture Clear AC 2017 152 $33.00 $26.40

Yes, it’s a long list. And there is so much variety. To help you a bit, here are some cards I’ve posted before:

Lots of fun, don’t you think?

And if you’re looking for tools and embellishments… There are lots of those, too, during the Online Extravaganza.

In fact, there are so many items to choose from, that it’s best if I give you the entire flyer here.

So, here are the important dates:

  • Flash Sale on Stampstoday only. Until 11:59 PM Mountain Time.
  • Online ExtravaganzaUntil November 26, 11:59 PM Mountain Time.
  • My Black-Friday-Cyber-Monday Special runs from Friday though Monday.

Details on my black-Friday-cyber-Monday Special will follow later this week.

Until then, visit my online store and start shopping!

Easy Snowflakes on a Card

I love snowflakes. I’ve recently said that they’re my version of wintertime flowers. Today, I’m working with some easy snowflakes on a card. After all, card making is supposed to relieve stress, not create it!

Easy snowflakes on a a card

My design starts with the Snowflake Sentiments stamp set. This stamp set contains a couple of cute snowflake images – both outlines and full colored flakes – and several big, bold sentiments.

When stamping the snowflakes, I could have matched the outline and the full images. However, I chose to “stagger” them, giving the impression of movement. I tried this technique on a recent fall card. You can see that card here.

The other fun thing about this card is that I used non-traditional colors. I mean, really, when did you last see gray and red snowflakes? (Note: Snow cones and slushies do not count.)

Supplies I Used on this Card


Although it’s not shown here, I stamped a few snowflakes on the inside of the card, just to complete it. And when I mail it, I will add some stamped snowflakes on the envelope flap.

It’s all part of how we make our hand made cards extra special.

And this one is even easy!

The Blendies are Coming! The Blendies are Coming!

Starting tomorrow… The Blendies are coming!

Actually, they’re the Stampin’ Blends. But “Blendies” sounds so much more fun, doesn’t it?

Well, whatever you call them, they ARE fun!!Garden in Bloom, colored with Stampin' Blends

You all know how much I love Garden in Bloom, right? Well, when Stampin’ Up! introduced the new alcohol markers, I was a little skeptical. We all know about the previous Blendabilities. While many people still have and use those markers, Stampin’ Up! faced a real issue with consistent quality. So, I proceeded cautiously this time.

Stampin’ Up! introduced 12 sets of colors (where each set has a light and a dark version), plus a color lifter and some other stuff. I bought only 3 sets of colors and the color lifter.

Stampin’ Up! also offered a limited time stamp set. I decided to work with the ones that I already own.

And here is my first project, above.

I learned lots on this first card. I’ll be sharing these lessons with you over time.

The first thing I learned is that its difficult to blend 2 different colors. Under the matted sentiment is a flower colored in yellows and reds. Ummm, not so nice. But you know how any mistake is really an opportunity to embellish…

Improvement over the Old Alcohol Markers

So, let’s focus on what was done well. Here are my top 4 observations:

  1. Stampin’ Blends have air-tight caps that protect the brush tips.
  2. Each Stampin’ Blend color has a light and a dark shade. Perfect for blending, without all the hassle of the previous 3 shades.
  3. You can buy individual Stampin’ Blend markers. So, when one dries out, you don’t need to replace the pair of them.
  4. You can buy some Blends or ALL the Stampin’ Blends. It depends on your experience and budget.

Those lessons learned… Remember to work on Thick Whisper White cardstock. I accidentally used regular Whisper White cardstock. The ink bled through. Not a problem, as I would on Grid Paper. But it is a problem for those of you who do not.

And, while you can blend different colors, become good at blending like-colors first! (Baby steps.)

Am I glad that I bought them? YES!!

Do I wish I had bought more? Yes!! But the good news is that they are here for a long time. I can buy a few at a time, or go crazy and get them all. Decisions….

The Stampin’ Blends will be available for sale starting tomorrow, November 1. So, if you’re thinking about placing an order, think about adding some Stampin’ Blends. They’re totally fun and make for real easy beautiful results!

To learn more about Stampin’ Blends, download the Stampin’ Blends flyer here.

Fall Colors Can Make Me Smile

Okay, I admit it. I’m not a big fan of the oranges and browns. That usually means that I don’t make a lot of cards using fall colors. However, the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape has come to the rescue!

You can click on the photo to see it enlarged.http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=143726&dbwsdemoid=99633

I stamped the leaves in So Saffron ink, some large and some small. Then I stamped the outline of the large maple leaves in Always Artichoke. In order to keep the design light and whimsical, I didn’t align the green outline with the solid yellow. Actually, I think it shows some movement. Can you see the leaves falling and blowing in the wind?

My favorite part of this design is the strip of Washi Tape along the left. It contains some gold, silver AND copper. Love it! It really highlights the best of autumn!

This card was used as inspiration for last night’s Monthly Card Class. That’s an in-person class I give in my home. I try to show one technique and 2 simple designs. That way, we keep stress levels low and attention levels high! I think it works out well!

Here are the supplies I used to make this card:

This card is a nice, easy way to get back into card making. After all, the holidays are just around the corner. Are you ready? Have you started? No, well, think about it. And let me know if I can help!

24-Hour Warning for 12 Weeks of Christmas

Two blog posts in one day? Surprise!!

Just a quick reminder that my 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects begins tomorrow, Wednesday at 1 pm. This is my customers’

12 Weeks of Christmas ProjectsThis set of 12 weekly projects cover the main paper crafting needs for the holidays: cards, gifts, and bags, tags & wrap.

Each project includes a photo of the finished item, a supplies list and a set of easy-to-follow instructions. You can make your projects exactly as I made mine. Or you can use these as starting points for your own holiday projects. Something for everyone!

These projects are shared only in my newsletters. So, if you want to see them, then you must subscribe. Be sure to complete the box at the top of the right-hand column.

The first issue goes out in 24 hours. Don’t delay!

 

Clean & Simple Thank You Card

Sometimes, the classic designs are the best. Today’s project shows a simple and clean card design. This classic design allows the sentiment to be the focus. Take a look.

Clean & simple thank you cardThe beautiful, curvy lettering is stunning. That alone makes the sentiment stand out. By the way, this stamp is part of Daisy Delight. It’s one of my favorites. Can you tell?

For even more emphasis, I added 3 mats under the stamped layer. Their widths vary. I find it makes a more interesting image, don’t you?

Another star of this card is the Designer Series Paper on the card front – Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I needed only the single layer on the card front. This saved me tons of work. And stamping.

World Card Making Day Promotion

But here is the best part. The main components of this card design are on sale! Yes, you read it correctly. On sale.

To celebrate World Card Making Day (October 7) Stampin’ Up! is offering 15 percent off a select group of stamp sets, including Daisy Delight. I love saving 15 percent.

Also on sale are the Very Vanilla and Whisper White note cards and envelopes.

And if you’re still looking for an incentive, purchase a Fast Fuse dispenser, and receive 2 refills free. I love FREE even more than saving 15 percent!

Check out the flyer here.

Designer Series Paper Savings

Designer Series Paper is also on sale. Stampin’ Up! selected a group of 13 different packages. Buy any 3 of these and pick a 4th one for free. For those of you into math, that’s a savings of 25 percent!

Check out the DSP flyer here.

The best part of all this is that the products in each of these promotions coordinate!

Yay! Save money and buy products that coordinate. Talk about making the work easy.

That means you have more money and more time for fun. Win-Win!

If you need some help choosing, well, come to me. I’m happy to lend a helping hand!

12 Weeks of Christmas Projects – Just a Day Away

And while you’re getting ready for World Card Making Day, don’t forget that the 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects begin tomorrow, Wednesday (October 4).

It’s Soon Time for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects

It’s one of the most highly anticipated series that I provide to my newsletter subscribers: The 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects. And it starts next week!

12 Weeks of Christmas Projects

Every Wednesday, starting on October 4, I’ll share a different holiday project. Each will include a photo, supply list and easy-to-follow instructions. You can duplicate these projects exactly as they are, or use them as a starting point for your own fabulous creations.

During the first 6 weeks, I’ll show cards, followed by 3 weeks of of gift items and finally 3 weeks of bags/tags/wrap. It’s kind of how I plan my time leading up the holidays.

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And So, the Holiday Season Begins

Hello, Stamping Friends. The Big News today is that the Holiday Catalog shopping season has begun. This is always a fun time!

Here’s a card to get your creative juices flowing.

Holiday Season BeginsDon’t you love the font? After years of delicate text, I’m so happy to start using bolder sentiments! (This is a comment on my design style.)

The stamp set is Carols of Christmas. It was available during August, as a sneak peek item. But today, it stands tall in the new Holiday Catalog!

The stamp set can be purchased in a bundle with the Card Front Builder Thinlits. These Thinlits are very different in style from what I’ve seen before at Stampin’ Up! I love that we have background designs, border designs and small images. All this is from one set of Thinlits!

How about the sky? My color scheme is Night of Navy and So Saffron. But I added a layer of gold foil under the moon and stars to make them a little special. Gold foil doilies under the matted sentiment emphasize the shine!

Supplies Used on This Project

 

Product List

So, what do you think? Are you ready for the holidays?

If you want to check out the Holiday catalog online, click here. If you’d like a copy to hold in your own hands, then contact me. I’ll send one out to you. If you already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator that you work with, then please contact her/him for a catalog. Thanks!