Category Archives: Card Design

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!

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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…

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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

 

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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.

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  • 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!

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.

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  • 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!

 

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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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Look Who’s Turning 1 Today

Look who’s turning 1 today. This is an example of a card appropriate for the event. Let me explain.

Look Who's Turning 1When I start designing a card for a specific purpose, I consider these types of things:

  • Recipient’s age & gender
  • Recipient’s likes & hobbies
  • Other environmental factors – like gift wrap, etc.

This card was designed for a little boy. The gift wrap I found was blue and green. The card and gift were being mailed.

So, I needed a flat card – otherwise it would have been damaged in transit. And so, this card was born!

Although this card is for a 1-year old boy technically, it’s really for his parents. I don’t think he’s going to card one way or another about it.

Colors chosen were Lemon Lime Twist and Dapper Denim. That green goes well with just about any color. Dapper Denim is my favorite blue in the current colors. So, this combination made me happy!

Blue and green is my favorite color combination. Here‘s a winter card where I used it.

This card is for a little boy. SI didn’t feel like using sports images or animal. Instead, I went with the neutral swirls.

Basically, I kept the design super simple.

And quick.

Plus easy!!

To be sure that it has that added touch, i stamped some swirls on the inside of the card. I also stamped a few on the from front and flap of the envelope. It’s not your ordinary birthday card!!

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

 


While I made this card for a little boy, you can just change the numbers and give it to ANYONE!! It really is a generic card!

Try it yourself and let me know how you make out!

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Still Loving Eastern Beauty

I’m still loving Eastern Beauty. I worked with this stamp set a lot during May, since it was the ONLY  product I could sell from the upcoming 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. But now that the entire catalog is open for sale, I find than many people are leaving this stamp set on the side.

Why? This stamp set is still amazing! It works so well with our other Stampin’ Up! products. Bus most importantly, it makes it easy to implement good design practices. Pull it off your shelf and use it. Here is a fun – and well-designed – card that I designed.

Eastern BeautyCan you guess what stamp set I paired with Eastern Beauty? I’ll tell you, even though I think you might have figured it out. (I don’t want you to need to work your way through my post!) The background splotches and the repeated Celebrate are part of Beautiful You. Love it!

Eastern Beauty stamps contains intricate lines and there are almost an infinite number of ways to combine them. The result is that Eastern Beauty easily lends itself to forming a focal point in almost any project design. An that’s exactly what I did here.

I stamped the sentiment, then cut a circle around it, sponging the edges. then I stamped the unusual shape for a mat. I could give this stamp set and card stock to a dozen people and each one would come up with something totally different!

The best feature of Eastern Beauty is that no matter how simple or detailed your stamping taste is, you can easily design a fabulous focal point. And every project – whether a card or a scrapbook page – needs a focal point!

Supplies I Used to Make this Card


Bundle and Save $$$

Did you notice in my supply list that you can buy the Eastern Beauty stamp set with the Eastern Medallions Framelits in a bundle? Why buy a bundle? To save money, of course. When Stampin’ Up! bundles products, they reduce the price by 10%. So, if you like the products and believe that you’ll buy both, then purchase the bundle and save! Another WIN-WIN!

Just one more reason why I’m still loving Eastern Beauty!

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Working with Delicate Florals

I love working with delicate florals like the ones on this card. You may remember this stamp set from last year’s catalog. Here it is in some softer, newer hues. It shows a whole new look!

working with delicate floralsThe primary thing that gives this stamp set a new lease on life is the introduction of the new In Color, Powder Pink. Softer than Pink Pirouette and more “pink” than Blushing Bride, this color is such a welcome addition to the Stampin’ Up! colors collections!

I also added a knotted length of ribbon in Old Olive. This certainly isn’t a new color. However, it certainly looks rich when paired with Powder Pink and Rich Razzleberry. The easy weave of the Mini Chevron Ribbon adds texture and strength to the overall card desgin.

Products I Used to Make this Project


Why You should be Working with the Delicate Florals

The key technique I described today, is how to add a couple of new products to your existing stash, to create an updated card. I love to buy new products whenever a new catalog is presented. But that’s not practical. Plus, I’ll run out of storage space in my craft room. But adding a few key pieces to your existing products is an excellent approach. It requires a small financial outlay, for a Big Return!

If tips like this make sense to you, why not subscribe to my newsletter? You’ll pick up all kinds of information – products, techniques, tips and hints. It doesn’t cost anything. However, you’ll learn something new lots of times.

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And then you work with new and old products together, too!

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Happy Birthday to the New Catalog!

It’s finally here! The 2017-2018 Annual Catalog! And here’s a card to say Happy Birthday to the new catalog!

Happy birthday catalogThis card shows a bunch of new products. Isn’t it fun???

Let’s start with the colors. The card base is Berry Burst. It’s richer than our soft pinks, and richer than Rose Red. The green layer is Lemon Lime Twist. Oh my gosh – this is the best color. I absolutely hated it when I first saw it. Too bright for my taste. But when you set it with other more neutral and traditional colors, it relaxes a little. The flowers are 2-step flowers, inked with Berry Burst and Powder Pink. All 3 of these colors are new In Colors, here until 2019.

The sentiment is die cut with the Happy Birthday Thinlit. I love this font, don’t you?

The stamped flowers are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, one of the new stamp sets. Those flowers are so cute. And the sentiments that come with the set are perfect for the inside of this card.

I added a Metallic Enamel Shape to dot the “I” in Birthday and Glitter Enamel Dots to each flower center.

The Order Entry System is down now. Stampin’ Up! promises to bring it up by noon, Mountain Time. That’s when the shopping fun begins!

Because it’s a new catalog, we know that they will run out of some things. I predict that the Thinlit I used will go on back order very shortly.

Supplies I Used to Make this Card

This is one of the best catalogs in a long time. Don’t take my word for it. Listen to my customers who say this!

How to Order

Get your credit cards ready. Shop at my online store. Or, if you’re worried about products running out, send me an email and let me place the order for you. (This offer is to previous customers of mine only.) But don’t procrastinate. It’s almost time to shop from the 2017-2018 Catalog! Happy birthday to the new catalog!!

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One Last Look at the Annual Catalog

On the last day for shopping in the 2016-2017 catalog, here are some of my favorite cards… In addition to showing each card, I’ll explain why I like it so much!

Lots of Flowers Make me Ridiculously Happy

I love flowers. I love to stamp flowers. And, whenever I can stamp bunches and bunches of flowers, I’m especially happy!!

Colors include Flirty Flamingo and Dapper Denim. How can you help but smile when you see this card? Read more about it here.

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Pop Up Balloons are the MOST Fun!

Because I love flowers so much, I often stamp them on a birthday card. However, this year, there was a huge selection of other birthday images to use. I especially liked the balloons!

This card, in addition to stamps from Balloon Adventures, it also it used the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits. They are the best, adding an unexpected surprise to the card when you open it. As a demonstrator, I keep very little product that retires. But this pop-up is a keeper!

Read more about this card here.

Birthday Pop-Up - http://stampedimpression.com

Groundhog Love. Sigh…

I’m not one for cutesy cards. I don’t have a nickname for my husband. But these little groundhogs are irresistible! I’m sad to see them go. However, they were a host reward, so, by definition, they were in the catalog for only one year.

Read more about this card here.

Love You Lots - http://stampedimpression.com

What Will You Miss?

How about you? What products are you sad to see go? Leave me a comment.

But don’t be too sad. Tomorrow will be the start of a new catalog! I can’t wait!

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Watermelon Wonder, I’m Crazy About You

Last 2 days for the 2015-2017 In Colors. While I never said a formal Farewell to these beautiful colors, I’m definitely going to miss them. Even Watermelon Wonder, which I clearly didn’t care for at the beginning. Watermelon Wonder, I’m Crazy About You!

And that ties in with a stamp set and Thinlits that will also retire at the end of the day tomorrow – Crazy About You stamp set and the Hello You Thinlits! Remember that you can click on the photo to see a larger image.

Crazy About YouThe 4-1-1

  • Retiring In Colors – The 2015-2017 In Colors retire tomorrow.  These include Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, and Watermelon Wonder. All ink, cardstock, paper and embellishments in these colors will not be for sale any longer. Some are already out of stock.
  • Crazy About You… in any form! – This is one of the stamp sets that Stampin’ Up! offered in rubber wood-mount, rubber clear-mount, and photopolymer format. Awesome! Plus, the combination of words are almost infinite. I’ll miss the versatility of this set.
  • Hello You Thinlits – I love to combine 2 fonts in a sentiment. Using the cursive font of these Thinlits with the block letters of the stamps makes it easy to design cards for both men and women. Of any age!

Supplies for this Card

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This card came together quickly for me. I love the flowers from Number of Years. I already explained that I like the font of the stamp set and coordinating Thinlits.

Originally, I designed the card as a Thank You foro some friends who invited us to a barbecue during the holiday weekend. However, at the end, I decided to give them some of my hand stamped cards. They make a great hostess gift!

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Easy Card Made with Lovely Words

Today’s project is an easy card made with Lovely Words Thinlits.

I love the idea of making those over-the-top cards with all kinds of layers and embellishments. In fact, lots of layers is my favorite design tool. But, to be hones, I rarely have the time or energy for those cards. So, I truly prefer the cards that are easy to make. Don’t you? I find that using the right tools and design make it all possible.

Easy card lovely wordsThe 4-1-1

This card is made with several products in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, which starts on Thursday, June 1.

  • Keep or discard the negative space from the Thinlit? – Each Lovely Words Thinlit die cuts a word in a shape. You can trim out the word and glue it to your card. In this case ,I die cut everything from the top layer of my card. It’s like added a sentiment and a mat, all at one time!
  • Combine a stamp set with the die  – I stamped the words “For a great” right above the die cut word. (The stamp is part of Lovely Inside & Out.) The combination of stamping and die cutting makes the card more interesting. Don’t you think?
  • Lemon Lime Twist is the FUNNEST!! – I admit it. When I first saw Lemon Lime Twist I thought it was the ugliest color every invented. Really. I hated it. But then I put some in my hand and I can’t stop working with it. It’s bright. It’s fun! And I can make it work with so many other colors. Maybe it belongs in the Neutrals Color Collection. Not!

Products I Used to Make this Project

Before I end this blog post, take another quick look at my card.

easy card lovely wordsSwitch up the colors, and you can have a set of cards to send in less than 30 minutes! It’s truly an easy card with lovely words!

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May Paper Pumpkin Project & a Special for YOU!

Do you know about Paper Pumpkin? It’s a monthly subscription from Stampin’ Up! that provides a whole lot of fun delivered right to your home. Here’s a quick video from Stampin’ Up! showing the May projects.

Isn’t that cool?

How to Get Paper Pumpkin

There are a few ways to subscribe. You can subscribe

  • month-to-month for $19.95
  • prepaid 3 months for $59
  • prepaid 6 months for $114
  • prepaid 12 months for $215

Shipping is includes. Sales tax is extra.

What’s Included

Every month, the kit contains a unique stamp set and an ink spot (i.e. a tiny ink pad). The colors are not repeated for at least 12 months. Plus, you’ll receive everything you need to complete the project, except for scissors and your favorite Go-To adhesive. Sometimes the projects are cards. Sometimes they are ornaments, decor or some other 3-D item. Projects tend to be seasonal. Instructions are complete and easy to follow.

In your first month, you’ll receive a slat clear block on which you can mount your stamps. Keep that. However, if you don’t want to collect the stamps and ink, toss them when you’re done! The choice is ALL yours!!

Have Fun!

The most important benefit of Paper Pumpkin is that the projects are FUN. I spend up to 60 minutes finishing my projects. It takes me longer if I decide to make alternate projects.

There’s no need to stress. Just enjoy!

Save 25 Percent on Your New Subscription

https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=99633Join by June 10, 2017, using the promo code STARTHERE, and you’ll save 25% of the first 3 months! Why not try it?

  • This promotion is good only for first-time subscribers.
  • You can apply the discount only on month-to-month subscriptions.
  • After 3 months, the price automatically returns to the full price.
  • You must enter the code STARTHERE when you sign up.

As they say, it’s easy peasy. So try it out. But you must sign up by June 10.

Stampin’ Up! refers to Paper Pumpkin as Creativity in a Box. And it is.

Give it a shot and sign up today.

Chase Your Dreams Using Glitter!

It’s important to chase your dreams. Today, I show a card that demonstrates how to chase your dreams using glitter!

Chase Your DreamsThis card has so much going on. Let’s examine some of its features.

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  • Glitter 2 Ways – I used glitter by adding Gold Glimmer Paper – both in the horizontal strip about 1/4 from the bottom and in the die-cut star at the top right. That’s one way. I also added glitter with the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Brush on the building. By the way, both the Stars Framelits and the Gold Wink of Stella glitter Brush are retiring at the end of this month.
  • A window on the world – Use the Hearth & Home Thinlits to create the window. It lets you look out on “what’s out there”. That always makes me feel hopeful and happy!
  • Brick wall adds even more texture – Running the Whisper White cardstock through your Big Shot with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is yet another kind of texture on this card.

Don’t you find the combination of all these textures interesting? I know that I do!

The main star of this card, however, is the stamp set, Chase Your Dreams. It includes images of architecture from all over the world. I wouldn’t normally include 2 buildings from different cities on one card, but this is for someone who has traveled a lot. So, it feels appropriate. The important point I want to make today is that this stamp set is retiring on May 31. And it’s on sale! At least, the rubber clear-mount version is on sale. The rubber wood-mount version is full price.

The card design was inspired by one of my sidelines. That’s another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who has the same upline as me. One of the fun parts of being a demonstrator is participating in swaps. That’s where each person designs and makes several copies of a card. You mail them to the organizer. She puts together packets where each has exactly 1 of each card. Then she mails the packs to each participant. So, you design one card and receive a bunch back. Talk about inspirational!

Call to Action

So the message today is to be sure to pick up anything that you need from the retiring list. May 31 is just 8 days away.

And, if the idea of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator sounds interesting to you, let’s talk. Until you have all the details, you can’t make an informed decision. Being a stamping business owner maybe just the right thing for you!

So, chase your dreams using glitter!