October 21, 2016

12 Days Of Christmas Swirly's Day 1!

Hi Stampers! Welcome to the debut of my "12 Days Of Christmas Swirly's". Today is Day #1. Each year I feature something neat for my 12 Days Of Christmas projects. Our Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies have been SO POPULAR that I decided I was going to use those to show you 12 different ways to use the dies or stamps on your cards.

Swirly  Scribbles Thinlits Dies
Item #141497

I will have full direction sheets available for purchase. If you can't wait for the 12 days to be shown here, you can purchase the tutorials at the bottom of my post today or any day during the 12 Day feature!

So here is my card for Day #1:

My tutorial is 15 pages long with full photos, steps and supply lists for each card. I even have a special card fold for the last day of features. Click on the PayPal link below and I will send you the tutorial within 24 hours!


12 Days Of Christmas Swirlys 15 Page Tutorial

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October 19, 2016

Control Freaks October Blog Hop!

Gratitude: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness....that's our theme this month for our October Control Freaks Blog Hop. If you arrived here from my teammate Melissa's blog, didn't she have some great gratitude-themed projects? For my projects, I created three cards for you this month:

For all three of my gratitude cards  I used the Acorny Thank You stamp set and added the Vintage Leaves stamp set to two of them. For the first card, I stamped a bunch of acorns in Smoky Slate ink and added some tops stamped in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry Inks to create an acorn wreath:

Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: Acorny Thank You
  • Inks: Smoky Slate, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede
  • Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels
  • Tools: 1" Circle Punch, Acorn Builder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals
Card #2:

The Cable Knit Embossing Folder really makes a great background for my acorns & leaves on this card. I stamped all of the images flat on my Whisper White Cardstock layer and added a few of the Brights Sequins in the background.

Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: Acorny Thank You, Vintage Leaves
  • Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
  • Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Brights Sequin Assortment
  • Tools: Cable Knit Embossing Folder
Card #3:

For my final card, I used Sahara Sand Ink for all of the leaves on the Whisper White Cardstock background and glued the layer on my card base at an angle. I then trimmed the sides. The Gold Foil Sheet strip and gold twine from the Baker's Twine Trio Pack add just the right amount of sparkle to my Clean & Simple card!

Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: Acorny Thank You, Vintage Leaves, Me=Grateful
  • Inks: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
  • Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets
  • Accessories: Baker's Twine Trio Pack
  • Tools: Acorn Builder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Now I will send you over to Cindy's blog. She always has some pretty awesome projects. Make sure you take to whole tour of blogs. I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with!

October International Projects Highlights!

Hi Blog Visitors! Welcome to our International Project Highlights  #internationalprojecthighlights using current Stampin' Up!® Products. We are all Stampin' Up! Demonstrators that will be coming together monthly and we have all created this gallery of projects for you to be inspired by! We would love it if you could visit every one of our blogs and see a close up of our projects. You can see the gallery when you scroll below and the gallery will be on every blog that you click on so you will never be lost.

So for my project this month, I was playing with my Paper Pumpkin kit from September and decided to use some of the elements to create today's card. Take a peek:

If you look closely at the left side of my project, you'll noticed I tucked a test tube full of fall-colored M & M's. The test tube slides right into the center of the card like this:

The close-up below shows how I used one of the self-adhesive strips for one of my layers on the front and then added Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper and tied Halloween Night Baker's Twine around the whole layer. The pumpkin image was pre-printed on the tag so all I had to do was add the sentiment:

This is what my card looks like from the side view:

And with the test tube removed:

The layers of my card are as follows:
  • Card Base: Early Espresso Cardstock 4-1/2" x 9". Score on the 9" side at 3-3/4", 4-1/2" and 5-1/4". Turn the cardstock piece to the 4-1/2" side and cut two slits between the scored lines 1" from each edge. Fold on all score lines and push the center piece to the inside of the card.
  • Layer #2: Rich Razzleberry Cardstock 3-1/4" x 4". Whisper White Cardstock is the same size for the inside of the card.
  • Layer #3: Halloween Night Designer Paper 3" x 3-3/4".
  • Layer #4: Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper 1/2" x 2-3/4". Cut a notch on one end.
Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: Paper Pumpkin September, Star Of Light
  • Inks: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie
  • Cardstock: Early Espresso, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie Glimmer
  • Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, Halloween Night Baker's Twine
  • Tools: Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Misc: M & M's

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I hope you enjoyed my project . There are so many amazing ideas and inspiration in our gallery andyou don't want to miss any of them. We know that you will love all of projects made from Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators around the world!

Make sure you come back to visit at 8:45 pm for the Control Freaks Blog Hop!
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Emerald Envy & Real Red Glitter-Embossed Backgrounds!

Are you ready for a neat tutorial today? I am going to show you how to add a glittered background to your cards. Look how pretty the Real Red & Emerald Envy Stampin' Emboss Glitters look on both of my cards:

Here are some individual photos before I show you a tutorial:

So now let's play. Here's the list of supplies you'll need to create these two beautiful glittered backgrounds:

  • VersaMark Ink
  • Real Red Cardstock
  • Emerald Envy Cardstock
  • Real Red Stampin' Emboss Glitter
  • Emerald Envy Stampin' Emboss Glitter
  • Heat Tool

Step 1:

  • Turn VersaMark Ink Pad upside-down and pounce over the Emerald Envy Cardstock layer. Ink the whole cardstock piece:

  • Do the same for the Real Red Cardstock layer. You can do one at a time:

Step 2:

  • Sprinkle the Emerald Envy Glitter to the Emerald Envy Cardstock and the Real Red Glitter to the Real Red Cardstock. I use Rubbermaid containers to store my powders and glitters in. I can sit the cardstock layers inside the container and the powder or glitter falls right back into the container...no mess!

Step 3:
  • Heat the glitter with the Heat Tool, you can see it start to melt in the two photos below:

Voila, finished layers below:

Another tip I use also, is to note the catalog number of each product on an address label 
and adhere to the lid. Easy to re-order more with the number right at your fingertips:

See how pretty the glittered cardstock looks when layered with cardstock? My layers all measure like this:

  • Card Bases: 11" x 4-1/4". Score in the center at 5-1/2" and fold on the score lines
  • Layer #2: Whisper White Cardstock 5-1/4" x 4".
  • Layer #3: Glittered Cardstock 4-3/4" x 3-1/2".

And to complete the two sentiments, I stamped each of them twice in opposite colors. I hand-cut the Emerald Envy square to remove the frame and layered over the Real Red square. For the round sentiment I used a circle punch to remove the red center and layered over the green one. For the two stamped imagesthat don't need the centers cut out, use the Layering Squares Framelits Dies and Layering Circles Framelits Dies to cut them out:

They both look pretty layered with a 2nd layer of Whisper White Cardstock and glued with Stampin' Dimensionals don't they? I just went with one size larger than the stamped layers:

I completed both cards by adding half of a Delicate White Doily to each of them, Copper Foil Sheet stars and Silky Taffeta Ribbons:

Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: Holly Jolly Layers
  • Inks: Real Red, Emerald Envy
  • Cardstock: Real Red, Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Copper Foil Sheets
  • Accessories: Silky Taffeta Ribbon Combo Pack
  • Tools: Heat Tool, Real Red Stampin' Emboss Glitter, Emerald Envy Stampin' Emboss Glitter, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Layering Squares Framelits Dies, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stars Framelits Dies

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October 18, 2016

Ronald McDonald House Workshop!

I decided to do something a little different for the month of October during my local monthly workshop. It was business as usual with no hostess this month. No hostess? Nope! All orders placed were tallied and all hostess rewards were used to purchase some stamping supplies for the local Ronald McDonald House.

Instead of the usual demonstration by me, of two cards and a make-n-take for the attendees, I opted to sit with the girls and have them make two cards using this years designated Ronald McDonald stamp set. Did you know Stampin' Up! has a special stamp set designated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities each year? And for every stamp set sold, $3 goes to RMHC? The program is called Making A Difference which started in 2003 and over $1,000,000.00 has been donated by Stampin' Up! Isn't that the neatest thing to brag about?

How can you help? Next time you place an order, add the "MY HERO" stamp set to your order and we'll donate $3 of your purchase to RMHC. That simple!

My Hero
Clear Mount, Item #141957 $21.00
Wood Mount, Item #141954, $29.000

So here is the first card all the attendees made as a group:

The Umbrella Weather Framelits Dies cut the umbrella shape perfectly for this card. Everything else was stamped flat and we added Stampin' Dimensionals to the umbrella to pop it up. The cute little bow comes from the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits Dies. Notice how the whole card only uses a few colors and we added a pop with the Flirty Flamingo Cardstock bow? It really stands out, doesn't it?

We also used the Fluttering Embossing Folder on the Smoky Slate Cardstock background layer. I used the de-bossed side on this card:

Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: My Hero
  • Inks: Smoky Slate, Mint Macaron
  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Smoky Slate, Flirty Flamingo
  • Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels
  • Tools: Fluttering Embossing Folder, Umbrella Weather Framelits Dies, Santa's Sleigh Thinlits Dies, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • DSP: Petals & Paisleys

For Card #2 we used the sentiment as the focal point and again this stamp comes from the My Hero stamp set:

We also added the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set along with the coordinating Candy Cane Lane Designer Paper. Notice the beautiful embossing on the Real Red Cardstock layer? The Pine Bough Embossing Folder looks great paired up with all the other layers:

Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: My Hero, Cookie Cutter Christmas
  • Inks: Crumb Cake, Real Red
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White
  • Tools: Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Pine Bough Embossing Folder, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • DSP: Candy Cane Lane

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