Wednesday, February 5, 2020

ICS Blog Hop: Lovely Lily Pad


Welcome to the Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop! 

The February theme is Thinking of You. This can include; sympathy, get well wishes, thinking of you, etc., you get the picture...

I am using the Lovely Lily Pad Stamp Set and Lily Pad Dies, and the coordinating Lily Impressions Designer Series Paper. These are all FREE Sale A Bration items! 

I found a sketch I liked, and then made my card based on it. Here is my card:



And here is the sketch from Splitcoaststampers: 

Inline image


I tried to use bright colors to add a little cheer to the life of someone who was feeling under the weather. I used the Pigment Sprinkles on the lily and the pad because I wanted some color variation in them. I dampened the watercolor paper with an Aqua Painter, and then sprinkled a little bit of the crystals onto it. I used the brush on the Aqua Painter to move the crystals around. I love how the crystals burst into the colors, almost like magic. Use the crystals sparingly, tho'. On my first attempt, I used too much and the color was so dark!

 I really like how it turned out. Hope you do too.

I cannot wait to see what the others have done! Would you join me, and hop along to see what they have created for us? Hop with me over to Audra's blog to start & see what project she has to share with us!


Until next time...Happy Craftin'!

Monday, February 3, 2020

IDEAS Blog Hop: Power of Hope



Thank you for joining us on the monthly IDEAS Blog Hop. We are a group of international demonstrators who create a monthly bundle of tutorials for our customers and team members. The February bundle theme is our favorite Sale A Bration item or bundle. 

Sale A Bration, for those of you who may not be familiar with it, is the best time of the year!! Well...for stampers anyway! It is when Stampin' Up! offers freebies for different levels of sales, additional freebies for hosting parties and even more freebies for signing up with Stampin' Up! Ask me if you want more information!

Anyway, let's get back to the blog hop. I have chosen the Power of Hope bundle to make my projects. It is a beautiful Asian set with a stone looking 3D embossing folder. I won't show you my projects, you have to get the bundle to see those, but here is an  alternate card using the Power of Hope Stamp Set, and the My Meadow Stamp Set. Don't they pair together nicely?




The tutorials include current Stampin' Up! products, have color photos, supply lists, step by step instructions, and feature both imperial and metric measurements! There are over 20 projects included, both cards and 3D items included. Would you like a copy of the instructions of all the projects to use for your personal use, or even to use in your classes? Contact me, or your participating demonstrator, to find out how to get your tutorial bundle! They are available for a very low cost or even better, for FREE! 

Once you have received the tutorials, please remember not to share or distribute the printed or electronic copies of these bundles. We have worked hard to provide these exclusive projects for your use. If you know someone that would like to purchase the bundle, please direct them to me, or their participating demonstrator, to obtain their copy. Thanks for your support.

Leave me a comment before you hop on over to Odette's blog to see what her favorite Sale A Bration item or bundle is and what she has to share with us! 

Until next time....
Happy Craftin'!




Manic Monday


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

PPP Blog Hop: I'll Bee Yours


Glad you could join us on our monthly Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop. We love Paper Pumpkin and love to share our enthusiasm for this monthly box of fun and creativity with you. The Paper Pumpkin kit is designed so you can follow the instructions provided in the kit to make the projects, or use the supplies as a starting point to let your creativity run wild (as we have!) Hop along with us, as we will share alternate ideas on how we used the January Paper Pumpkin Kit: I'll Bee Yours.

Here is the kit as designed, with 3 x 3 cards and little treat bags. I love the non traditional Valentine colors, so this could be used as wedding, or shower favors, instead of Valentine's. 


I had a new challenge when designing my alternate project this month, as my kit was missing a couple of things when received. I didn't have the stamps or the ink spot that were supposed to be in the kit. Now, I could do without the spot, as I have the Mint Macaron full size pad, but the stamps, that was a different story. Thanks goodness Stampin' Up! has the best support team in the direct sales industry and they are sending me both items. But, since I just got my kit a few days ago, I didn't get them in time to use them on my alternate project. 

I decided to make a small banner. I used the layering square dies to cut the treat bags, and got 2 squares from each bag (front and back.) I backed those with a Mint Macaron cardstock scalloped square to make them sturdier. I used only kit elements to decorate each square, using a repeat pattern. I did add the 1/8" Mint Macaron Ribbon from the January-June Mini Catalog and the Dark Basic Black Stampin' Blend to color in the white stripes on the bumblebees. I, also, used the alphabet from the Make a Difference Stamp Set for my word and letters. 


Here is a closer look at a couple of them: 


Thanks so much for taking the time to hop with us!  Click on the pumpkin below and hop on over to Charmane's blog to see what creation she has to share with you!

It would be awesome if you leave a comment on our projects along the way!! 
Don't miss next month's kit, "A Lovely Day". You have until 2/10/2020 to sign up or reactivate your account. 


The Lovely Day Paper Pumpkin kit coordinates perfectly with the Happy Birthday to You Stamp Set (item 152308), which is available as part of Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration promotion. You can get it for FREE by reaching the qualifying purchase amount of $50 March 31, 2020 (get a 3 month prepaid Paper Pumpkin subscription!) See details below:
Happy Birthday to You Stamp Set (item 152308)
  • Includes 5 cling stamps
  • FREE with qualifying purchase of $50 by March 31, 2020
  • Located in the Sale-A-Bration brochure (p. 8)
About the February Kit
Kit details: Makes nine cards and envelopes
Card size: 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” 
Envelope size: 4-1/2” x 5-3/4”
Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Petal Pink, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock, Rich Razzleberry, Rococo Rose, and Old Olive
Don't miss out, sign up here now!
Until next time...Happy Craftin'!






Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Let it snow!

Hi there! Do you decorate for any season except Christmas? I have an entry table that I try to always have decorated with the current holiday or season. So once Christmas ends, I change to snowmen for winter. I always try to have a sampler up, so when people walk in my door, they will see what I do. 

Here is my entry table currently looks like:


And a close up of the sampler. It is several years old, so nothing current on it. But I love it and still use it!


What do your winter decorations look like? 

Until next time...Happy Craftin'!


Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Something for Everything Boxes

I mentioned in my 1/7/2020 blog post, after I had made a box with one of the cardbases from the Something for Everything December Paper Pumpkin kit, that I would probably do so with the other 2, at some point.  Well, here you go, boxes with the other 2 card bases:


I really like when the cardbase back is a solid color and the front is a print, so the box is two-toned.


Hope you like them!

Until next time...Happy Craftin'!



Friday, January 17, 2020

My Meadow

I have to say, when I saw this set, I was not excited about it. But....I forced myself to make a card for a swap I recently participated in, and really love how the card turned out. It is just stamps/ink and paper, so a super easy card, but look how fun!!


Look at all these great images...what could you do with them?
MY MEADOW PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET

Let me see your creations! 
Until next time...Happy Craftin'!


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop: Something for Everyone


Welcome to the monthly Paper Pumpkin Possibilities Blog Hop. We love Paper Pumpkin and love to share our enthusiasm for this monthly box of fun and creativity with you. The Paper Pumpkin kit is designed so you can follow the instructions provided in the kit to make the projects, or use the supplies as a starting point to let your creativity run wild (as we have!) Hop along with us, as we will share alternate ideas on how we used the December Paper Pumpkin Kit: Something for Everyone.

This month's kit has a lot of great sentiments, that can be used over and over! Here are the cards as designed: 


I don't know about anyone else, but when I saw the leaves in this kit, I saw cactus. And, anyone who has been following me, knows I love to make boxes from the card bases in the Paper Pumpkin kits. Here are my projects: 


 Here is my card with my little cactus! Everything, except the Thick Whisper White card base is from the kit: 


And here is my box. I used the green striped card at the far right of the picture of the original cards at the top of the blog to make the box. The little flowers were the outlines from the pink flowers with different backings, the gold pieces were leftover pieces from the Gold Swirl, some I had to cut down. All pieces were from the kit.


See how the bottom of the box is solid, but the top and sides are stripes? I love when the card front is different than the back. It definitely makes for a fun box.


And the inside: 


Here is the template for making the card base into a box. It is such a simple box. First, do not fold the card on the original score mark. It will be there, but not real visible, as long as you don't fold it. Score on the 8 1/2" side at 1", 3 3/4", 4 3/4" and 7 1/2". Score on the 5 1/2" side at 1" and 4 1/2". Cut the red lines, as shown in the photo below, and fold up and then glue to form the box. I would recommend using Tear & Tape, or Tombow Liquid Glue, affectionately known as Green Glue, due to the green packaging. 


I think all the card bases in this kit will make fun, colorful boxes, and will probably give the others a try at a later time. 

Will you give it a try? Post your pictures, if you do!!

We are so thankful you take the time to hop with us!  Click on the pumpkin below and hop on over to Tricia's blog to see what fun alternate project she has come up with to share with you!

Leave us comments, along the way, and let us know what you think of our projects. 

Happy New Year to you and yours!
Don't miss next month's kit, "I'll Bee Yours". You have until 1/10/2020 to sign up or reactivate your account. 


It’s “BEE”-yond question: You can get more from the I’ll Bee Yours kit when you buy the Heart Punch Pack (item 151292) from the 2020 January–June Mini Catalog. Both punches coordinate with the heart stamp in the kit so you can craft for love-filled occasions now . . . and later! Think: weddings, showers, birthdays, and more! 

Kit details: Makes 20 treat bags + 10 mini cards and envelopes
Card size: 3" x 3" (7.5 x 7.5 cm)
Envelope size: 3-1/8" x 3-1/8" (7.8 x 7.8 cm)
Bag size: 3-1/4" x 4" (8.2 x 10 cm)
Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Crushed Curry, Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, and Rococo Rose
Until next time...Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, January 6, 2020

IDEAS Blog Hop: Stitched Be Mine Dies



Welcome to the monthly IDEAS Blog Hop. We are a group of international demonstrators who create a monthly bundle of tutorials for our customers and team members. The January bundle theme is Sharing Love, which could be Valentine's, wedding, anniversary, or just plain ol' I Love You!! 

I went with a Valentine's Day card and a cute treat box. I used the Stitched Be Mine Dies, but I also added a cute little meerkat from "The Gang's All Meer" Sale A Bration Stamp Set. You know I am not going to show you my actual projects, you gotta' buy the tutorial to see them all and how I snuck that little meerkat in on my project.

Here is an alternate card using the gang of meerkats, and they are wishing you a Happy New Year!  Aren't they the cutest!! See the details below on how you can get the entire tutorial!!


The tutorials include current Stampin' Up! products, have color photos, supply lists, step by step instructions, and feature both imperial and metric measurements! There are over 20 projects included, both cards and 3D items included. Would you like a copy of the instructions of all the projects to use for your personal use, or even to use in your classes? Contact me, or your participating demonstrator, to find out how to get your tutorial bundle! They are available for a very low cost or even better, for FREE! 

Once you have received the tutorials, please remember not to share or distribute the printed or electronic copies of these bundles. We have worked hard to provide these exclusive projects for your use. If you know someone that would like to purchase the bundle, please direct them to me, or their participating demonstrator, to obtain their copy. Thanks for your support.

Leave me a comment before you hop on over to Janey's blog to see what fabulous projects she has to share with us! 

Until next time....
Happy Craftin'!