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 ~