It’s Meant to Be

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today is the last day of 2018 and many of us are reflecting upon the past year, and looking ahead to the new one.  Yesterday I stepped back to the basics of stamping and today I’m just bringing it up a notch plus adding a few stampin’ tips along the way … especially to our new stampers.

I will be using the Meant to Be stamp set again, and I took the other 1/2 of the cardstock we cut yesterday to start todays card…

Using the 1/2 sheet from yesterday, we folded it in half and now we are going to create a background by stamping. This is one of the first techniques that I learned when I began stamping almost 18 years ago.  I’m using one of the small hearts included in the stamp set …

Now we’re going to create a focal point on our card.  You’ve got your paper cutter so we are going to cut a 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Whisper White to stamp on.  I figured out the dimensions after placing my stamps on the block.  I use my grid paper to align my stamps and determine the size of carstock I need to stamp on.

Adding both stamps on one block is a great way to get perfect placement each time you stamp.  I do however ink my stamps differently.  I flip my block upside down and ink the stamp by tap, tap, tapping the ink pad onto the block … It is much easier to see where and how much ink you are placing on your stamp images!

When your ink is applied properly and evenly you will get a sharper, crisper image … and because you can see where you are inking your stamp (and you don’t “PUSH” stamps into the ink) you won’t get that inky mess on your blocks!

Now that our “focal point” is stamped, we are going to back (or mat) it with the beautiful Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet which you can get for FREE with a qualifying purchase during our Sale-A-Bration!

To finish off my card and attach the “stamped focal point” … I used our Stampin’ Dimensionals to add some dimension to the card. These are a must have in any basic stampers (or advanced stamper) stampin’ tool kit.

As I reflect on this past year I don’t think I could have chosen a more fitting greeting; Meant to Be, because being a part of the Stampin’ Up! family was truly “meant to be”.

Thank you for joining me today and for being a part of my family of stamping friends ~ Stop back tomorrow as I take it up to the next level of stamping.

PS.  You are welcome to join my family of Star’s anytime … and during Sale-A-Bration, they are offering an amazing package when you join this journey of stamping, friendship and fun.

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List: Please note that the “Meant to Be” stamp set is not available until January 3rd. 

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Simply Sunday: Starts with Heart

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you another card from the Meant to Be stamp set … but, I will be starting from the beginning.  It’s a place we have all been and a place I want to help others begin their journey in the art of stamping.

At our November OnStage event, Stampin’ Up! challenged us to “share” the art of stamping “from the beginning” … Paper, Ink, and Stamps! So today’s card was made to meet that challenge #simplestamping. So let’s begin at the start …

I think that one of the easiest places to begin is with a stamp set you love, and some ink, and paper … if your new to stamping you could use the Note Cards & Envelopes in Whisper White or Very Vanilla.  Or you could create your own “card size” bases and purchase the Medium size envelopes – a nice cost savings.  Don’t forget a block … I suggest size “D” for the Meant to Be stamp set.

You will begin with the 8-1/2″ x 11″ Whisper White cardstock and the Stampin’ Trimmer … this is a must have in any paper crafters stampin’ space.

With your cardstock in a horizontal position (the 11″ side) … place it into your trimmer, align it against the raised edge (it is the dark line next to the paper) and the 5-1/2″ mark on the trimmer (right side). Then lay your ruler down and slide the cutting blade (dark slider) down the ruler.  Just fold in half and your have a regular size card base!!  The light colored slider is for scoring! 

Now it’s time to stamp!  The Meant to Be stamp set is in the NEW Cling backing and will hold “tightly” to your blocks. Once you’ve placed your stamp onto the block … tap, tap, tap into the ink, we’re using Lovely Lipstick!  Do not “push” your stamp into the ink pad, the ink is at the top and the pad is softer than the “old style” pads.

I began at the bottom and stamped my border first …. I did this so I would have a better placement of my heart and greeting.  You will notice that the border coordinates with the heart I used.  If you’re lovin’ hearts, there are so many different styles in this set and has coordinating framelits dies.

No dies today though because we are focusing on stampers who are just starting out.  And what better way than to “Start with Heart”.  Stampin’ Up! had a Convention years ago who’s theme was “Starts With Heart” … I truly believe that.  I can’t tell you how many amazing people I have met while on my stampin’ journey … it’s Incredible!

Thank you for taking time out of your Sunday to join me today, and make sure you follow along this week as I “step it up” each day!! The transformations will be fun to watch.

Enjoy your Sunday ~

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List: Please note that the “Meant to Be” stamp set is not available until January 3rd. 

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Meant to Be Stamp Set and Be Mine Framelits

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I introduced you to the All My Love product suite. This suite contains two product bundles and the video showed a sampling of both. Today I want to highlight even more of the Meant to Be Stamp Set and Be Mine Framelits!

These are the samples highlighted in the video showcasing the Meant to Be stamp sets and the Be Mine Stitched Framelits …

You can create the sweet treats shown above by using the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes.  Just fill up these clear acetate boxes with tiny treats, and add a personal touch for that special someone. There are 16 boxes … perfect for Valentine treats!

Here is another gift box you could add a treat to or a special little gift …

This was created with the Window Box Thinlits Dies. You can create die-cut gift boxes and party favors in seconds with Thinlits dies and the Big Shot. The delicate dies included provides a peek of what’s inside.

January 3rd, we will also be kicking off Sale-a-bration so with each $50 in product that you purchase … you will receive a FREE Sale-a-bration item out of the Sale-a-bration catalog!!

Thank you sharing a part of your day with me today.  Stop back tomorrow … I will share some additional cute samples that I made for my Simply Sunday post.

Have yourself a fun and creative day!

 

And if you’re still yearning for the awesome products in the Holiday catalog … It’s not too late, you still have a couple of days!! 

 

Introducing the All My Love Suite

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I’d like to introduce you to a fabulous product suite; All My Love. This suite contains two product bundles and is perfect for the upcoming Valentines holiday.  I think it’s a great way to share the love with friends and family all year long!

Let’s take a sneak peek into the Occasions Catalog and check out the All My Love Suite with cute samples and a video! These samples highlight the Forever Lovely Bundle  …

The video will show you how the pretty “You are Loved” card was created, so … Grab a cup of coffee and sit back for a few minutes while you watch how this product suite works so beautifully together …

Here are some additional samples that highlight the Meant to Be stamp sets and the Be Mine Stitched Framelits …

The treat boxes for Valentines will be so quick -n- easy to create with this bundle.  Although this bundle showcases Valentines, I think hearts are meant to be shared all year long … birthdays, births, missing you … and more.

I hope you enjoyed todays product showcase, it won’t be long before we can get our hands on these amazing products.

Don’t forget, we will also be kicking off Sale-a-bration so with each $50 in product that you purchase … you will receive a FREE Sale-a-bration item out of the Sale-a-bration catalog!!

Thank you so much for hanging out with me today ~

Hope yours is a great one~

 

And if you’re still yearning for the awesome products in the Holiday catalog … It’s not too late, you still have a couple of days!! 

All My Love Suite …

 

“Tea Together Stamp Set” Sneak Peek

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends, mine was very nice and spent with family.

Now it’s time to get back to sharing with my stampin’ friends. I’ve got some cute cards that Stampin’ Up! shared with us, and I can’t wait to show you!!

Today I’m going to feature the Tea Together stamp set and the Tea Time Framelits Dies.  The Tea Together Stamp Set is a beautiful set with lots of versatility—and the Tea Time Framelits Dies are the perfect match. We have several great samples here for you …

These are the cute notecards that they showed us at our OnStage event …

These are so cute!!  I also want to introduce the coordinating framelits dies to this cute stamp set, and you can get if for FREE in our Sale-a-Bration catalog!!

These dies can be yours for FREE and our Sale-A-Bration catalog helps you with a supply list so you can create some beautiful projects and get it for free.

It’s almost Sale-A-Bration—the most exciting time of the Stampin’ Up! year. Sale-A-Bration offers a chance to earn free products with qualifying orders, additional rewards for Hostesses, and $75 in FREE merchandise when you join our stampin’ family!!

So many good things going on during Sale-a-bration … contact me (lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com) with any questions you may have or if you would like to be one of the first to host a Sale-A-Bration Stampin’ Party!!

Thank you for stopping back after my Christmas break …

Have a beautiful day ~

 

Merry Christmas Eve …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I know I have been MIA (missing in action) … I have been working extra hours at the store and finally got to do my Christmas shopping and getting ready for the holiday.

I hope your Christmas Season is filled with happiness, family and friends…

Merry Christmas Eve …

Hugs to you,

Linda

 

Sale-a-bration Sneak Peek!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Are you busy with last minute preparations for Christmas or were you well prepared and actually have a moment to relax before the festivities begin? I’m in the last minute category but I am enjoying the holiday spirit … we actually had carolers who came into my job yesterday, it was like a Lifetime movie scene!! lol

Today I’d like to share a sneak peek into the Sale-a-bration catalog! I’d like to tell you that it is one of my favorites (which it really is) but there are so many awesome products this year so without further ado, let’s see this …

I am totally thrilled with the Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets … aren’t they amazing? I also have the cards that were showcased in the video.

As stated in the video … the Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheet has been paired with the Forever Lovely Stamp Set shown in the Occasions Catalog.

Stop back tomorrow and I will share with you an amazing card that I made to showcase the beautiful Grapefruit Grove Foil paper.

Thank you for sittin’ back and taking a break with me today.

Enjoy, and I’ll see you tomorrow ~

Day by Day …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

We can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year than by making this adorable calendar—maybe as you watch the snow fall outside and sip on a cup of hot tea. Don’t you agree? Watch our video to see how it’s done.

Cute … right.  Just thought I’d share the current Paper Pumpkin with you.

Thank you for stopping by.

 

Going Wild …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Need a simple solution for fitting creativity into your busy life? Paper Pumpkin is here to help! We designed our awesome subscription service to put subscribers on a fast track to creativity with our easy-to-make kits.

Paper Pumpkin’s January kit has paired up with the Animal Expedition suite in the annual catalog (p. 26-27) to help you expand your crafting possibilities—just in time for wild Valentine’s Day fun. Become a Paper Pumpkin subscriber by January 10 (and shop the Animal Expedition suite today) so you can enjoy the full experience.

Paper Pumpkin is your One-Stop Box™ for creativity, providing the perfect solution to help you fit creativity into your busy life. Paper Pumpkin can also help you explore more creative possibilities with Stampin’ Up!.

You can sign up here: https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=26646

Please let me know if you have any questions …

Then stop back tomorrow to see what I did with the Animal Expedition!! It’s just tooooooooooo cute!!

Have an awesome day!!

 

 

It’s A Wonderful Life …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you had a wonderful weekend… seems like everyone is busy with their holiday preparations. I got a new tree this year so I’m still working on how to finish decorating, I’ll share when I’m all done.  I love this time of year, yes it’s busy but it seems to be a special time when people really reach out to connect with each other.

I can’t tell you how many years it’s been that I’ve worked two jobs … one of which is my stamping (over 17 years) and I don’t see my self giving it up for a long time! Just like Christmas, I see so many connections being made … people who joined my clubs or have come to my retreat as strangers, and have left with new friends – I love it!!

My blessing is that because of this amazing journey we call being part of Stampin’ Up! … I have brought people together, and these same wonderful people have blessed my life as well.  We are so much more than stamps and ink … we are creating art, creating friendships and changing lives. I am so grateful to be a part of this …

Today I want to share a wonderful new product that goes along with a wonderful opportunity.  I invite you to join me team ❤  and join in on our fun!

During Sale-a-bration … Stampin’ Up! has two amazing offers for a starter kit.  Option 1: Choose $175.00 of product for only $99!!  Option 2: Get $175 worth of product + the exclusive Craft & Carry Tote ($50 Value) for only $129.00

Here’s a little explanation of our exclusive tote …

This is an amazing opportunity and the tote is awesome, but I invite you to join in the fun and experience building new friendships … both with stampers and demonstrators alike!  I have been doing this for a long time and can help you get started … and you can do it for the discount or grow it into what ever you want.

Contact me … let’s chat.  Sale-a-bration kicks off January 3rd.  I love what I do … in fact, It’s a Wonderful Life!!

Thank you for checking out my blog today.

Simply Sunday: TEA TOGETHER Sneak Peek

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I know the Holiday Clearance Sale is going on right now but I’d like to share a sneak peek into the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.  During our OnStage event in November … Stampin’ Up! shared these cute cards with us and I want to share them with you.

Let’s begin with the designer paper they used on the note cards.  It’s the beautiful Floral Romance Specialty paper from the Floral Romance product suite …

The soft elegant designs are perfect for weddings, anniversaries and saying hello or encourage a friend.   Stampin’ Up! has teamed the beautiful Floral Romance Specialty paper up with the TEA TOGETHER stamp set (I have it wrong on my picture) to create these beautiful note cards …

These are so cute!!  I also want to introduce the coordinating framelits dies to this cute stamp set, and you can get if for FREE in our Sale-a-Bration catalog!!

These dies can be yours for FREE and our Sale-A-Bration catalog helps you with a supply list so you can create some beautiful projects and get it for free.

It’s almost Sale-A-Bration—the most exciting time of the Stampin’ Up! year. Sale-A-Bration offers a chance to earn free products with qualifying orders, additional rewards for Hostesses, and $75 in FREE merchandise when you join our stampin’ family!!

So many good things going on during Sale-a-bration … contact me (lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com) with any questions you may have or if you would like to be one of the first to host a Sale-A-Bration Stampin’ Party!!

Thank you for spending a part of your Sunday with me…

Have a beautiful day ~

 

Christmas Season in Red

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Still looking for Christmas Card ideas? Today I’m seeing red … Christmas Red. I have teamed up the Dashing Deer and Winter Woods bundles to create a monochromatic card that is simple and beautiful.

This was one of the cards we did in our Stamp Club this month…

Our base is Whisper White (8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″) and our stamped piece is 5″ x 3-3/4″ … We used Real Red to stamp the Filigreed Deer from the Dashing Deer Stamp Set.  You will need to let that dry or heat set it because our next step was to emboss it with the Gently Falling Impressions Folder.  We used a piece of Real Red 5-1/4″ x 4″ to mat our stamped piece.

Our next step was to cut out the Christmas Tree from the Winter Woods bundle.  This tree can be used as 2 pieces for a beautiful layered effect, plus you can “fluff” up your branches for even more texture.  Our next step was to decorate our tree which we did with the Red Rhinestones Basic Jewels.

The inside has our greeting which came from the Winter Woods stamp set.  The pretty design stamped on the inside and on the envelope came from the Dashing Deer stamp set.  These two bundles really pair up wonderfully.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card share of the Winter Woods and Dashing Deer Bundles. I appreciate the visit!!

Have a wonderful Friday ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST: Click on any item for more information. If you need help placing your order you can contact me at: lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com  

 

 

Create Christmas Cheer

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Oh my gosh … I have the cutest cards to share with you today. These cards were shared with us (demonstrators) from Stampin’ Up! and it wouldn’t be nice if I kept these cuties to myself.

You’ll recognize these samples from the Holiday Catalog and can be found on page 38. You will also notice the Buffalo Check background stamp (I will be sharing some samples & tips on this in a future post).

Here is the “Spirited Snowman” … Give these holly jolly snowmen a place in your home. They deserve it! And they will prove themselves useful!

He just looks like he is having snow-much fun!! And so can you when you a head start in your stamping schedule and get started on your seasonal cards! Using just one stamp set, Spirited Snowman. Stampin’ Up! created these three different cards… the versatility of the set is enhanced with different coloring themes and techniques.

Each one is so cute in it’s own way … I love the two snow-people hugging and the sample on the far right, so cute and so simple to make.  Stamp your snowman … emboss your snowflakes with clear embossing powder … and then sue your watercolor pencils to add color to the background and then blend it with your Aqua painter!  When you blend the watercolor pencils the clear snowflakes will now “pop” out and look white (looks like magic!).

Thank you for spending a part of your Thursday with me …

Enjoy your day!

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …

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SNEAK PEEK: Botanical Butterfly

Hello … How are you doing today my Stampin’  Friends?

I have a fun post for you today … we are going to tiptoe through the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. A little peek to see how some of these products coordinate to make some awesome projects.  I have samples and a video to share with you today …

I’m so excited to share products from these catalogs with you. YOU can get excited too, because if you’ve order through me in the past year … you should be getting your catalogs in your mailbox soon!!

These projects feature the Whether Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. Whether you enjoy coloring or prefer already-colored paper…  you will love the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper.

Did you know that you can earn the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper for free? Plus, it coordinates with the Gingham Gala Suite from the occasions catalog.

Take a look at the video to see how all of these product coordinate, and even more beautiful sample …

What do you think? Are you lovin’ the butterflies? And how about the 5 coordinating spools of ribbon!!

I would love to show you and your friends even more, but better yet … while we’re together, let’s stamp!!  Be the first of your friends / family to host a stampin’ party (You can even use my stamp room!)  That way your friends will have time to host a party themselves and earn free products too!!

I can’t wait for you to get your hands on these catalogs and their goodies!!

Thank you for taggin’ along with me today.  If you enjoyed the content … please click on the like button below.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~

 

 

Two 4 Tuesday: Guest Stampers… Karie & Kellie

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have 2 times the fun with 2 cards created by two talented twins!!  That’s right … Karie and Kellie are twins and created these cards for our Holiday Stampin’ Retreat Attendee card swap.

If you’ve been following my blog you’ve been lucky enough to see some of the other swap cards … are attendees are so talented.

Let’s begin with Karie’s card … She used the very popular Dashing Deer Stamp set and teamed it up with the Lovely As a Tree.

I love that Karie used the masking technique to create the moon in the background, it adds a soft elegance to a natural card.  Don’t you just love cards that are gender neutral, but I’m a nature lover myself and I find this card simply beautiful.

Now if you’re looking for a punch of color and some holiday fun, just take a look at Kellie’s card …

Kellie used the Beautiful Baubles Stamp Set and teamed it up with the Merry Christmas To All Bundle from the Holiday Catalog.  If this card was not festive enough, Kellie used the Swirls & Curls Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add texture to her background.

Well … I can’t pick a favorite, I like them both.  If you prefer a tranquil nature setting then Karie’s card is more your style, but if you’re looking for a fun and festive way to wish everyone a Merry Christmas than Kellie’s card is the ticket.  This is the reason why I never vote at the card contests!! lol

Thanks for checking in with me today…

Hope your day is two times more fun!!