Author Archives: Sandi Phelan

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.

But the ONLY WAY to receive the 12 Weeks is via my newsletter subscription. I won’t share these projects anywhere else – not on my blog, my Facebook page, my Twitter feed, my classes. No where. So, you know what you need to do…

Sign up for my newsletter now. Don’t wait. Complete the sign-up box at the top of the sidebar to the right.

It’s easy!

Do you need some more convincing? Then read about the 5 Reasons to Sign up for My Newsletter.

Then sign up. You’ll be glad that you did!

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!

Make a Splash Today!

As the card says, “It’s your day. Make a splash!

Message in a Bottle - Make a SplashThis is not my typical style of card. But I have to tell you that it was SO much fun to make!

I started with Message in a Bottle, a new photopolymer stamp set in the Annual Catalog. Lots of images and sentiments to mix-and-match. Really oodles of fun!

And then I picked my colors. This combination is definitely up there on the top of my favorite combinations to use: Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky, and Dapper Denim. Whoever would expect conservative me would be so happy in this set of hues?!?!

Another shock on this card design is that I fussy-cut the bottle! I know, I always say that people who fussy-cut have too much time on their hands. Well, I still think that. But the card NEEDED to have the bottled mermaid sitting on top of the ribbon!

Supplies I used to Make this Card


So, if you’re having a great day, then have some fun and Make a Splash!

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It’s What’s Inside that Counts

It’s what’s inside that counts. Isn’t that what we’ve been told, since we were little? Well, that’s true… to some extent. But when it comes to hand stamped cards, what’s on the front counts, too!

It's What's Inside that CountsThe sentiment is part of the Tags & Trimmings stamp set that is in this year’s Holiday catalog. This set is so fun. And it’s good to use all year long.

Did you notice the bling that dots the second “I” in “INSIDE”? It’s one of those Glitter Enamel Dots. They are so cool, that I try to use them sparingly. At first, I put one on each “I” – but it was too much. I have no idea why I settled on the second “I” – except that maybe it’s because it’s more in the center of the word. In any case, I like it there. How about you?

The background on the card front is made by stamping images from Timeless Textures. For each inking, I stamped twice. Otherwise, the lines and dots were too dark.

I popped up the matted sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals, to add depth to the design.

Other than that, this is probably one of the simplest cards to make or CASE (which means Copy And Share Everything).

And what’s on the inside???

It's What's Inside that Counts

Supplies I used to Make This Project

Note that Tags & Trimmings is not listed here, as it will only be available, starting on September 1.

By the way, do you have your copy of the Holiday catalog? If not, then let me know and I’ll get one to you!

I know it’s only the middle of August, but (for some of us) it’s time to start thinking about the holidays!

Stylized Birthday & Gradient Color

I love a big, bold birthday greeting. Stylized Birthday stamp set provides just that. Pairing it with patterned paper that has gradient coloring is just, well, even better! Take a look.

Stylized Birthday

I added a few special touches to make this birthday card really POP!

The background paper is from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. I’m so fond of polka dots. I think they are my favorite background design. Or maybe stripes are. I guess I have 2 favorites. But I digress.

The thing that I like about this paper is that it doesn’t have a solid background. See how some of the Tranquil Tide is dark while other parts are dark? I love this effect. To be truthful, a couple of customers came to me to tell me that the paper was incorrectly inked. I checked with Stampin’ Up! and I’m delighted to report that this was intentional. In fact, this was done on a few sets of Designer Series Paper. Don’t you like it? I sure do! Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

To add some sparkle to the sentiment, I added a Crushed Curry Glitter Enamel Dot to the “i” in Birthday. You can never have too much sparkle!

Finally, to help the sentiment really stand out, I made sure that I stamped it so that there is lots of white space around it. Your eye always needs a spot to rest when looking at a gorgeous birthday card!

One last special touch. Did you notice loops of Gold Metallic Thread behind the matted words? They are the latest trend. I actually made them kind of messy. But, in this case, I think that’s better than neat-and-tidy. What do you think?

Stylized Birthday

Supplies I used to Make this Card

So, if you’re looking for a bold birthday card, try some of the techniques I used on this one. It’s big and bold, but not boring. I love the combination of Stylized Birthday and gradient color!

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A Punch & Paper – the Right Tools for the Job

It’s important to use the right tools to get the job done. That’s the beauty of the Stampin’ Up! product suites. They combine several products, with coordinating designs and colors. Choosing the right combination of tools – more specifically, the right tools for the job – makes it easy to assemble a card quickly.

Right tools for the jobThe 4-1-1

  • Designer Series Paper – provides a coordinated background, as well as the color combination for the card.
  • Daisy Punch – once again in stock. Now, once again, not orderable. The Daisy Punch is a hit. It’s simple to use, it matches a stamp perfectly, and it’s an inexpensive tool. Here’s some data for you… Stampin’ Up! sold more of these punches in just over a month, than they sold of the most popular punch ever in 3 years!! Man, so wonder they can’t keep it in stock. The next shipment is expected on July 31.
  • Glitter Enamel Dots – add an unexpected sparkle. Need I say more???

Tips for Making the Daisy

The cardstock and the Designer Series Paper both have Daffodil Delight in them. However, when I stamped the daisy in that color, it faded into the background. This wasn’t the effect I was after.

So, I stamped the flower in Crushed Curry. I wouldn’t pair a Daffodil Delight skirt with a Crushed Curry blouse. But these colors work well together on a card!

I also used my Bone Folder to curl up the ends of top petals. The 3-D effect is fun!

Right tools for the job

Supplies I used to Make this Card

So, to make it easier to construct your cards, be sure to use the right tools to get the job done. It can make all the difference in the world!

24-Hour Paper Pumpkin FLASH Sale!

Here’s some good news for you! For just 24 hours, news subscribers can receive their first month of Paper Pumpkin for just $5. That’s 75% off the regular price (of $19.95). Amazing!

Paper Pumpkin Flash Sale

The image above pretty much tells it all, but here are the fine points:

  • It’s for first time subscribers only.
  • Sale starts June 29 at 11:59 pm and ends on June 30 at 11:59 pm Mountain Time.
  • Use Promotion code ONEDAY0717.
  • You cannot apply the discount to prepaid subscriptions.
  • After the first month, the subscription price goes to $19.95.
  • Visit here to sign up!

Don’t let this pass you by. It’s the perfect time to try Paper Pumpkin!

Hugs for You from the Garden in Bloom

Today’s card demonstrates hugs for you from the garden in bloom!

Hugs for You from the garden in bloom

I’m definitely in a KISS design phase – (KISS = Keep It Simple & Sweet). I like the uncluttered lines. I LOVE that there isn’t a lot of “stuff” to fall off and get ruined. And I really prefer a monochromatic (or almost monochromatic) color scheme.

The focal point of this card is the die-cut Hugs in the circle. To make it, I began by die-cutting the sentiment in the circle from the Lovely Words Thinlits. Then I took that piece and die-cut it in a slightly larger circle from the Layering Circles Framelits.

I attached it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. That pops up the piece a little, making it even more important to the design. But here is what I learned today…

I cut 2 Stampin’ Dimensionals into 4 pieces each. The die-cut piece is very narrow and the Stampin’ Dimensionals are thicker. But I should have used our new Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. They make the gluing even faster and you don’t get sticky stuff all over your scissors.

Supplies I Used to Make this Project


This card is another example of how to include an unexpected focal point as part of a simple design. It’s the unexpected! And it’s hugs from the garden in bloom!

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Thank You Delight in under 10 Minutes

It’s not that I don’t think of sending a Thank You card. It’s that I always seem to realize I should have sent one yesterday. What to do?

Make a card in under 10 minutes!

I know. You’re surprised. “Sandi, you have a ton of cards in your stash? Why don’t you just use one of those?”

Like you, I always want a new design! And that’s how this card came to be.

than you delightBefore I continue, I need to point out that even though this card was super fast to make, I still took super care to make it my best. I stamped slowly and deliberately. It was not a “rush job” at all.

The 4-1-1

  • Keep it a clean design by using minimal layers – I love lots of layers of cardstock. But, in the interest of keeping this card quick and clean, i limited myself to 2 layers: the card base and the stamped base. Keeping lots of white space on the card front allows every detail to stand out.
  • Stamp only part of the sentiment at a time – I love the font of this Thank You. But the words on the stamp are in a row. That just didn’t fit with what I wanted to do.So, I stamped one word at a time. (More about that later.)
  • Tie a knot in the center of the ribbon – This is simpler than a bow. It’s even easier than tying an extra strand around the middle. Works well for masculine cards, too!

 

than you delight

How I Stamped the Sentiment

There are lots of YouTube videos showing ways to do this. Many people like to use Post It notes to cover part of the stamp.

But this is my favorite way to split a sentiment, especially when using a photopolymer stamp.

  1. Ink “Thank” on the ink pad.
  2. Wipe away any stray ink from “You”. I prefer to use a baby wipe for this.
  3. Stamp.
  4. Clean the stamp.
  5. Ink “You” on the ink pad.
  6. Wipe away any stray ink from “Thank”.
  7. Stamp.

If this were a rubber stamp, I would use Stampin’ Write Markers instead of the ink pad. I find that the markers don’t work well on photopolymer stamps.

It’s really easy-peasy!

Supplies I Used to Make this Card


It’s a pretty short list, isn’t it?

And it’s a pretty quick card. give it a try and let me know how you make out with it.

Truly, I made this Thank You Delight in under 10 minutes!

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