25 Feb 2014

This Week's Stampin' Up! Deals

It's Tuesday again, and here is what Stampin' Up! has put on sale for this week!

If you see something you like - contact me!

Happy Stamping!

24 Feb 2014

Sympathy Card Swap

This month I 'swapped' Sympathy cards with some of my team. I can't show you mine yet as not everyone has received them, but I will show you two that I have received already.

The first one is Maree's (www.inkymoose.blogspot.com) and features Lovely As A Tree and the Hardwood Background stamp.

I love how she has masked the area for the sentiment and then used the piercing tool to highlight it!

Here's the inside:

The next card is Linda's and it uses the beautiful Springtime Hello from the Occasions catalog. And notice how the two lines of scoring can add such elegance.

Everyone who has entered my craft room since I received this card has remarked on the colours and how much they like the card. Although it doesn't show in my photos, the wings of the bees are touched with glitter.

And the inside:

Thanks Maree and Linda!
I hope you enjoyed these cards and are inspired to stamp yourself! I'll show you the rest of the card swaps when they arrive.

Happy Stamping!

21 Feb 2014

Day 6: Earn a Big Shot at 50% off!

Earn a Big Shot at 50% Off

Catalogue Tour - Sale-A-Brate Suite

Stampin’ Up! gives you a wonderful reason to celebrate winter. Sale-A-Bration is a promotion that will have you filled with ideas and stamping up your own storm. The promotions from January 28-March 31 are not to be missed. There are great incentives to those that have been wanting to host a party or become a demonstrator. Click below to find out what is the best deal for you: http://www.craftyperson.com/sun/QAnCA.htm During Sale-A-Bration, you get extra rewards just for purchasing the great Stampin’ Up! products you already love! For each $60 of merchandise you purchase, you pick a reward item. I always have a long list of items on my wish list to order from but just in case you don't, I've listed a few bundles below for ideas. It's not a party, if you don't get gifts right? Whether you are a card maker, scrapbook lover, party goddess, digital diva or gift giver, you will really love this sale. Stock up on items you will need throughout the year, such as envelopes, cardstock, adhesive, and accessories and be rewarded for your planning with free products. You can host your own workshop and share with your friends. Better yet become a demonstrator and show others how to stamp and scrapbook their cards and memories. You will be earning free products as well! So brighten those long winter months with paper, ink and stamps. No better way to spend a cold Winter's day then inside preserving memories or making cards to brighten other people’s days. Stampin’ Up! is there to help you every step of the way.


Birthday Bash Bundles Life On The Go Bundle Party, Party, Party! Calypso Coral Bundles Yay For Cards Bundle

Tip: Quick Steps to a Gorgeous Background
1. Gently drag ink pads over cardstock to create a background. 2. Turn ink pad upside down to ink the background stamp. 3. Place cardstock on Stampin’ Pierce Mat for even pressure and stamp with background stamp.

Don't have a catalogue?  No problem.  There are several ways you can see our latest catalogues: download, online, or contact me to receive a hard copy!

Learn how to create a mini album in a snap. We did the work and saved the fun for you! We measured, cut, and gathered the paper and accents so you don't have to, but the pages aren't predesigned—you put it together however you want. Keep it for yourself or give it to someone else to enjoy. It's a simple, quick way to capture life's moments.

Sale-A-Bration is all about great deals and rewards. You can get wonderful rewards by shopping, hosting, and joining Stampin’ Up!

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Mini Memories Simply Created Album Kit Sale-A-Bration

20 Feb 2014

The Free Tutorial is ready!

You asked, and here it is! Have fun!


So Saffron cut to 8 ½” x 5 ½” for base card; Sentiment piece: 2 7/8” x 1 3/8”;     Banner: 2 ½” x 1 1/8”
Basic Black Mat for front of card 5 ¼” x 4; Sentiment mat 3”x 1 ¼”; Banner 3” x 1”
Whisper White Inside mat 5 ¼” x 8 ½”
Designer Series Paper Choose two coordinating patterns. These ones are taken from the Sweet Sorbet package. The dark DSP is “A”, the lighter DSP is “B”.
A – Cut four pieces 1 3/8” x 1; cut two pieces 2 5/8” x 3/8
B – Cut one piece 5” x 3 ¾” for the front of the card. Cut two pieces 5” x 2 ¼”; cut two pieces 2 5/8” 1 7/8” (further cutting directions will be given later.)
Embossing Folders:
Needlepoint Border; Stylish Stripes.
Stamp Sets:
Perfect Pennants; Perfectly Penned; Starburst Sayings; Chalk Talk.
Ink: Black Stazon
Miscellaneous: Six Black Candy Dots; Dimensionals; Two sided-tape, Snail, Framelits – Chalk Talk and Starburst.

1. Attach 5 x 3 ¾” DSP to 5 ¼ x 4”Basic Black mat for front of card.
      2. Stamp ‘Celebrate Today’ on sentiment piece of So Saffron using Black Stazon. Glue to Basic Black sentiment mat. Set aside.
3.Emboss So Saffron and Basic Black Banners. Glue to DSP front approximately 1 ½” from top, as shown in photo.
      4.Attach sentiment with dimensionals over the top of the banners.
5.Add black candy dots on sentiment cardstock and at the bottom of the card. 
6. Attach card front to the cardstock base. The front of your card is complete.

7. Taking the 5 ¼ x 8 ½” piece of Whisper White and using the Stampin’ Trimmer (guillotine cutters will not work) cut a line 1 ¼” from the edge of each long side from 1 ½” to 6 ¾” as shown in diagram below:

8.  Once you’ve made the cuts, carefully score the Whisper White as shown in the diagram below:

9.   Fold on all score lines in the directions shown in the card:


         10. Cut the DSP pieces and attach to the Whisper White, centering each piece.  Special instructions for the side pieces that are cut out:
   11. Using the two 5 x 2 ¼” pieces of DSP and the Stampin’ Trimmer, cut as shown in the diagram below: (please ignore the squizzled out lines). Attach to the Whisper White.
    12. Once you have attached all the DSP, place two-sided tape on the back of each end of the Whisper White:

1 13.A ttach the Whisper White to the inside of the So Saffron card base, ¼” in from all edges:

1 14. Now you can decorate the inside of the card. I used the Black Stazon and the Chalk Talk ‘Happy Big Day’, the Perfect Pennants ‘Make a Wish’, and the Starburst Sayings ‘Celebrate’. I cut them out with the Chalk Talk Framelits and the Starburst Framelits.

Note: Sometimes the card doesn’t fold completely, it usually catches on the two long black DSP folds:

Use your bone folder to enhance the scores, or simply put your thumb on the edge of the ‘Make a Wish’ outside edge and it will close easily.

I hope you enjoyed making this card!
I would love to see a photo of the ones you make!
Carol Matthews

19 Feb 2014

Celebrate Today with bold Sweet Sorbet!

The card I have for you today is part accident, part inspiration. I saw a similar card inside while 'surfing', and thought I could figure it out. I did, but in the process started with So Saffron cardstock. No problem there until I picked up the Sweet Sorbet DSP from the Sale-a-bration brochure, cut it up, then realized the yellow was actually Summer Starfruit. Oh well, the So Saffron looks pretty good with it too! And I wasn't wasting the DSP or cardstock!

Here is the front:

I actually love the black and colourful design on the DSP (the little banner in the middle), but only in small doses. At least until I see someone's beautiful creation using it as the focal point.

The inside is very similar to the Tri-shutter card, but not quite.

There aren't as many panels as the Tri-shutter, and the cardstock base makes the inside a little surprise!

I didn't want to use too many designs of the DSP so I chose cardstock, and then embossed it with the Needlepoint Border Embossing Folder on the black...

 and the Stylish Stripes Textured Embossing Folder from last year's Holiday Catalogue.

I hope you like it! And that you'll have time to stamp today!


Day 5: 3D Paper Flowers

3D Paper Flowers

Catalogue Tour - Kits Suite

Want to attend a class but the time just doesn't work out? Need to have quick gifts on hand? Need a moment of sanity in your chaotic day? If you said "yes" to any of these questions, kits are the perfect option for you. Get inspired with our ready when you are kits. We have a kit that will fit your mood, budget, and design dilemma. From fun and fabulous décor, creative cards, and frameable art - we have everything you need in one place to complete the project. You won’t be able to resist them, so you’ll be looking for excuses to get your stamping stuff out — because these kits makes it so much fun to create!


Burlap And Blooms Simply Created Wreath Kit Celebration Basics Kit Happenings Simply Created Card Kit Mini Memories Simply Created Album Kit

Tip: Quick Birthday Bags
Stamp either the Starburst Saying or Another Great Year stamps on our Tag a Bag Gift Bags found in our Annual Catalogue.

Don't have a catalogue?  No problem.  There are several ways you can see our latest catalogues: download, online, or contact me to receive a hard copy!

Watch how easy it is to get your party started. Begin with some printed invitations, choose some color and embellishments, and you've got yourself a party! Make a banner, place cards, gift bags . . . the pieces are printed, die cut, and ready for you to personalize. It's simple, fast, and still totally you.

Thanks for watching. Now you have lots of reasons to celebrate now you have seen how easy it is to put your party décor and invitations together.

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Celebrations Entertaining Kits Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit

18 Feb 2014

This Week's Stampin' Up! Deals & Clearance Rack Update

The first thing I do on Tuesdays is check Stampin' Up!'s deals. Here are this week's:


The Clearance Rack has been updated again 
with more DSP and embellishments!


Contact me to place your order!

Happy Stamping

17 Feb 2014

A Cute Mini Tutorial for Sale

I think this project is just adorable, and I can say that because Maree created it! 
It's a great little gift, or handy to have on hand for your own needs. And it's ideal for a class!


A little book of tags for every occasion!

Day 4: Sailors Party Banner

Sailor's Party Banner

Catalogue Tour - High Tide Suite

Let yourself get carried away with the High Tide Product Suite. The images from the Hello, Sailor stamp set and the High Tide Designer Series Paper can inspire framed art and other wall decor for a nursery, a little boy's room, or even a den. These products can even come together to make the perfect gift wrap from handmade gift bags out of Designer Series Paper to nautical bows and knots to tie up any package. Let your creativity set sail for Inspiration Island with these nautical colors and designs - perfect for your little deckhands and your First Mate!


Hello, Sailor stamp set Gold Baker's Twine Hardwood background stamp 1-1/4

Tip: Fringe Scissors to the Rescue
Make fringe trim in seconds without tediously making each individual cut. Cut fringe or grass trim with a few snips. Makes quick work of confetti, too. Our new Fringe Scissors (#133325).

Don't have a catalogue?  No problem.  There are several ways you can see our latest catalogues: download, online, or contact me to receive a hard copy!

Learn how to make tags of any length with just one punch. Most tag punches punch out the entire tag, so you're limited to one size. Now there's a tool that punches out just the top of a tag so you can choose how long you want your tag to be. It also punches out the hole for a tassel or thread so you don't have to do it separately. It's available in two top designs: scalloped and angled.

Thanks for watching today. Let me know if you have any questions about how to make a tag or topper any length you want! Makes creating bookmarks, tags, and bag toppers quick and easy…

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Scalloped Tag Topper Punch Angled Tag Topper Punch

16 Feb 2014

Double Double Card

I must admit, I got a little carried away with this card, it kind of just kept growing! But I thought I'd show it to you anyway!

It is made using the Circle Card Thinlits, only I did a double cut, and that's when it all got carried away!

The problem was you could still see the sentiment I had stamped inside so I added another circle to the top circle...

But then it was unbalanced so I added another circle to the bottom circle...

And you couldn't see the inside anymore! Which looks like this by the way:

The DSP is a Sale-a-bration product - Sweet Sorbet. I love the soft, calm colours. The stamp set is Another Great Year from the Occasions catalogue.

I hope you like it! You never know what might happen when you try something new!

Happy Stamping