A Friend Chooses You Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Brrrrr … It’s a cold one here in Wisconsin, we’re sitting at about 1° Fahrenheit!! Yesterday it was in the 30’s with the wind blowing the melting snow like water.  It’s been a weird winter and I can’t wait for spring!  Spring is warm and full of butterflies and so is my card I have for you today …

I used the Beauty Abounds bundle for today’s card with a spring-like color pallet and our basic black to really make the card pop!!  The designer paper is from the Botanical Butterflies that you can get for FREE in our Sale-a-bration catalog. When you purchase the Beauty Abounds bundle you can pick out the Botanical Butterflies Designer Series paper for free.

I love that the Flamingo has a hint of orange, it gives it such a … well, Flamingo color!  To make it even pop more and to create a beautiful depth in the butterfly, we sponged color on color (Flirty Flamingo on Flirty Flamingo) It is an old technique that is still going strong today … it add so much depth to your projects …

I did the insides of the smaller butterflies and the outer edges of the larger butter, mainly because my greeting was going in the center of the card and would cover the center of the larger butterfly.  I cased they layout of the card directly from the 2019 Occasions Catalog and just tweeked it a bit to reflect my style … the sponging and the beautiful designer paper background.

We also made this card at my February Stamp Clubs. We used the double dies to created the layered look with the Basic Black on top and popped them all up with the Mini Dimensionals.

The greeting “A friend is someone who chooses you …” comes from the Beauty Abounds stamp set and inside it says “out of a whole world of people”. So besides the beautiful butterflies which were a favorite of my Mom’s, the verses in this bundle are outstanding.

Soooo …. pretty!! I know the other butterfly set really took off, but this one is my favorite ❤ the images, the font and the meaning of the verses is what did it for me.

Thank you for joining me on this chilly day, I hope it’s warmers wherever you are!

Have a fabulous day ~

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST … 

 

Simply Sunday: Part of My Story

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a sweet-n-simple card to share with you.  It features the Sale-a-bration items: Part Of My Story stamp set and the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series paper.  When I saw the “Part of My Story” stamp set, I knew I had to have it in my collection. I am a collector of stamp sets that have beautiful verses… so this verse set was a must have.

We all have a story to tell, our journey … the path that we have followed throughout the years, the places we’ve been and most importantly the people we have met. This 19 year journey with Stampin’ Up! has taken me to places I’ve only dreamed of, and has introduced me to so many wonderful people. As many of you know … I started this journey with my sister Eileen, and another pair of sister that we had the honor to get to know was Mary Polcin and Judy Prahl … we go way back. One of the best moments I had at OnStage this year was the “HUG” I got from Mary, it’s like she knew my heart needed it.

When you are building a business and growing your downline, again … it’s all about the relationships.  Eileen was not only my sister, but my downline and best friend.  We built many friendships with the ladies who have joined my Star’s by Design group … wish I could post more pictures because there are so many good memories from Conventions, Star’s Retreats and team meetings ….

Kathy, myself and Eileen at a Convention in Salt Lake City. I believe this was the 25th Anniversary … here are some additional shots

The verse on the card really says it all … “I’m so glad you are part of my story” I wanted to make sure it was highlighted so I stamped it on the Vellum Cardstock and cut it out with the Layering Ovals Framelits … also cut was the Balmy Blue cardstock that went underneath so it really highlighted the greeting without over powering it.

That is exactly the technique or training style I like to use with my downline … highlight their strengths and talents without over shadowing anyone.  We love to celebrate each others accomplishments. Many of my downline members we stamping with me first, some call them customers, I call them friends …

You know I can’t do anything without “YOU” … my stamping friends.  We’ve have had so much fun in the past 19 years (I celebrate my Anniversary on March 10th) and I’m going to be stamping with you for many more.  I’ll be welcoming your companionship more than ever with the loss of my sister, but just like you were there for me the first time, I know your by my side again … Our friendships are precious to me ❤

 

Eileen … Nancy … Sandy

So many memories, so much fun together, so many friendships created … not just with me but with each other! It’s amazing.  I love this journey that I have been on and the fact that you were there.  I just have to say one … “I’m so glad you are part of my story”  

Thank you for stopping by today and for following by blog.

Have a simply wonderful Sunday ~

 

 

Sharing a piece of my heart …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Just a quick post to let you know about the Sale-A-Bration Second Release …

I’ll be honest, I’m having a hard time keeping up with my blog posts. Yesterday we moved my sister Eileen into Hospice, it’s been a long hard fight.  She fought her cancer even as we lost our Mom only a year ago.  I have no words except that I have been blessed to have such a loving and amazing sister. When it comes to my stamping business … she is the wind beneath my wings.  We did everything together.

Eileen is on left … sisters by birth, best friends by choice ❤ We are on our patio here relaxing a bit on the Mexican Riviera Incentive trip. I’ve never noticed till now that we were “twinning” in our “Pool Party” colored shirts.  I am off of work today so I can sit with her… she was always there for me.

She loved making cards, and we both agree that the catalogs just keep getting better and better.  Here is one of the beautiful new stamp sets in the second release Sale-a-bration catalog …

 

 

The All Adorned Photopolymer Stamp Set … it’s perfect for creating backgrounds, focal points and more with these graceful designs. Here is another sample created with the All Adorned stamp set.

 

Thank you for joining me today and for letting me share a little part of what has kept me a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for almost 19 years.  We have beautiful memories of all the amazing places we’ve gone to, and all the beautiful people we have met.  It’s an wonderful journey and I am so blessed and grateful to have shared this with my sister Eileen.

Have a wonderful day … and call your best friend ❤

Hawaii 2008 Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip

 

Spring Butterflies …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Are you ready for spring?  With all this snow and below zero temperatures, I a sooooo ready for spring.  Warm sunny days, flowers and butterflies! Today I have some cute samples of butterflies for you … I think our Sale-a-bration Butterfly Elements are just Grand!

 

The pretty little butterflies are our Butterfly Wooden Elements that you can get for FREE during our Sale-a-bration period.  The spectacular greeting comes from our “Life is Grand” stamp set which is found in our Occasions Catalog on page 17.

Grand words for you to add grandeur where it is needed. This Distinktive stamp set makes it easy to create eye-catching projects.

The next grouping of card samples comes from the Butterfly Gala stamp set and accompanied with our Butterfly Elements again …

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I hope that these cute card samples warmed your day … I’m sure they will warm someone’s heart when you copy any of these samples and send them to a friend or family member.  Cold days are great days to get some stamping done …

Enjoy your Saturday and thank you for checking in on me today.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my Simply Sunday series of cards.

Sprinkled with Love …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

You’ve seen some cute samples from our Sale-a-bration catalog … Well, I’ve got more for you today!!

I don’t know about you but the Hello Cupcake is a fun and easy way to say Happy Birthday, and with the release of the coordinating Thinlits dies in March, it just adds the cherry on top!!

The banner on the top card gives some great dimension while the sequins adds some texture and a touch of bling.

Those dies are going to come in handy if you want to recreate our center card and celebrate the day.  I love the technique of creating your background by stamping the greeting and then using the Vellum Cardstock to highlight your cupcakes.

Our last of the cupcakes also uses the Vellum Cardstock but showcases the “Sweet Wishes” by stamping right on it while still allowing your cupcake to peek through.  And the candle embellishments really add a nice touch to this gift card.

The next card is teasing you with the new “All Adorned” stamp set which is part of the Second Release to our Sale-a-bration catalog.  This is perfect timing for my “Sweetheart of a Deal” because using the Stamperatus with this set will give you perfect placement of your corner images.

 

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Here is my Sweetheart of a Deal … remember the second release items become active on the 15th of February.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Let me know if you have any questions with it’s contents.

Have a fabulous Friday ~

Our favorite party just got better …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’ve got two great announcements for you today and a few more card samples!! First, lets start with an addition of new products coming out in a few days to celebrate our Sale-a-bration.  The NEW items will be available February 15th!!

Sale-A-Bration Second Release …

So lets take a look at these goodies … there is a peek in the photo above!

 

These cute cards were created with the NEW Painted Seasons Bundle.  This bundle can be yours with a $100 purchase and includes not only the 7 piece stamp set but the Designer Series Paper which showcases hand-painted imagery for each of the seasons. 12″ x 12″. Acid free, lignin free, with 12 sheets: 3 each of 4 double-sided designs.  Perfect for you stampers who keep going all year long!

Our second announcement is NEW to Sale-a-bration!! Our favorite party just got better …

Stampin’ Up! has announced a Sale-A-Bration Coordination … these are exclusive products that coordinate with our current Sale-A-Bration items.  These are going to rock your world.  If you looked closely at my cards yesterday, you would have seen the dies that coordinate with the Hello Cupcake Stamp set, and there is more …

They have created coordinating dies to pair with the Lasting Lilly and Oh So Happy Stamp sets.  Not only that … they have introduced a new stamp set “More than Words” that will coordinate with all the stamp sets. It’s a great set to add to your stamp collection.

Here are the items from Sale-A-Bration Coordination that will be available to purchase on March 1st, 2019. 

So … What do you think? Awesome Right. I love the introduction of not only new Sale-A-Bration items but the Sale-A-Bration Coordination where you can purchase the die cuts to your favorite stamp sets.  I will be sharing more samples from the addition to our Sale-a-bration catalog!

Want to know something really cool? When you purchase the coordinating products, you are qualifying for more FREE Sale-A-Bration items. Woo Hoo! Let me know if you have any questions about the products I’ve shown you today, or if you would like to schedule a stampin’ party.

Thanks for stopping by today ~

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

 

 

Everyone Loves Cupcakes!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m featuring Hello Cupcake, Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration item of the week

Mmm . . . cupcakes. This Distinktive stamp set makes it easy to create projects that look good enough to eat. Top with sweet wishes, and your project’s complete. It comes with 10 photopolymer stamps in the set.  Here are the suggested clear blocks (sold separately): a, b, c

Hello Cupcake is too delicious to pass up. The whimsical shading in the cupcakes adds a fun element to birthday cards that your friends and family are sure to enjoy.

How cute … Create a coordinating gift bag with your card. Perfect for baby showers, birthdays and just to send a little cheer (with a cupcake of course).

Thank you for stopping by today ~

Hope your day is a good one.

 

Meet me at the bay …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am back today with my latest lighthouse picture and step by step instructions. As I said before, I have a fascination with lighthouses and the minute I say the “By The Bay” stamp set, I knew I wanted to team it up with the “High Tide” stamp set and the lighthouse in it.  This card also features the “Masking” Technique.  I’m in awe … and in love with these two sets!

I am so inspired by lighthouses … they amaze me.  I think I said that before – lol.  You’ve see this lighthouse before (below) but I want you to see where my inspiration came from, the lighthouse is tucked behind the home (Masking Technique) and the roof of the houses are a red …

This is the St. Augustine Lighthouse if Florida … rumor has it, it’s one of the most haunted lighthouses in the United States. I can not confirm that … the only thing that scared me was getting to the top!!

Let’s take a look at how I pulled this together.  I decided to use the Stamparatus because it gives you perfect placement each time, so whether you are creating multiple cards or if you “mis-stamp” and you can go over it again perfectly … it’s a great tool to add to your stamping room.

Because I’m stamping with the red rubber stamp first, I am not using the mat (pad).  Here I will ink up the red rubber stamp and then swing the plate onto my cardstock and I’ll give it a little push down.  Perfect … however, if you miss a spot or if you’d like it darker, then re-ink your image and stamp again … remember, it is already placed on the plate and the card stock is held down so it will stamp directly over your first image.

On this photo you can see my first image, you will also see another stamp (my lighthouse) on the plate.  Isn’t that cool … just flip the plate over and add another stamp.  I will be flipping my hinged plate over to stamp the lighthouse next …

My house is stamped so I need to put the mask on, but before I do that, I had to add the black pad underneath my project because I need the extra height when stamping with the photopolymer stamps.  Once set up, I’m ready to stamp the first of two lighthouse images.

Because I have the “mask” over my house, that part of the lighthouse will not stamp on it … it will appear to be behind the house.  You can also see that I am inking up the second of the lighthouse images, I’m stamping in Real Red.

I just give the plate / image a little pressure to ensure good coverage.  Once that is done … I will be able to remove the mask. It’s a fun reveal.

Time to take my project off and get ready to color … I will be doing that with the Stampin’ Blends…

The greeting I used on todays card comes from the “High Tide” stamp set. And the fun paper behind the stamping comes from the Botanical Butterfly Designer Paper.  This and the By the Bay stamp set can be found in the Sale-a-bration catalog and can be yours FREE.  Ask me how.

I thank you for stopping back today to check out my card.  I can actually picture myself sitting by the bay here … beats the -50 below we are experience here! Work has been called off so I will be stamping and baking today.  Both tasks are in preparation for my upcoming Spring Retreat.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~

 

Want Free Foil Sheets?

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’ve been having a little trouble with my connection … not sure if it’s the snow storm or my computer but I will have your lighthouse card tomorrow!!  But today I have some cute samples to share made with the stunning Foil Sheets you can earn FREE during Sale-a-bration with a qualifying purchase.

Foil sheets are the perfect product for when you want to add shimmer and pizzazz to a project. They can be die cut like we did on the “Sending Love” card, punched out into sweet little accents like the flowers on the Valentine’s Day card, or simply trimmed down for accent pieces like we did on the “Hi There” box.

If you are looking for some helpful tips and tricks, watch this video by Stampin’ Up! Product Designer Kaitlyn Zumbach…

 

I hope these samples and video inspire you to get in your crafting space because baby … It’s Cold Outside!!  I will be back tomorrow with my Lighthouse card and step by step instructions on how I created the look!!

Thank you for joining me today ~

Warm Hugs!!

Simply Sunday: By The Bay

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am so excited … yesterdays Lighthouse card got several hits on Pinterest right away!! Sometimes it takes months, to get hits (saves) like that!  Woooo hooo 🙂 If you missed it, here it is again …

Today, I’d like to share another card that I have created with the By The Bay stamp set for my Simply Sunday series of cards. We’re going back to the basics today with just stamps, paper and ink, and a paper cutter so we can layer.

I’m using a technique called Monochromatic … ADJECTIVE meaning: containing or using only one color. And what better color to use that Night of Navy. For some reason that just reminds me of all things nautical.

This is the perfect quick -n- simple masculine card. All stamps used come from the stamp set … the sea shell used to create the background is a small image stamped 5 times. Our main image once stamped was matted in the Night of Navy and then popped up with our Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Join me on Monday to see an alternative to the Lighthouse card … OMGosh, this one turned out even better!!

Stay Warm and Stay Safe … Blizzard Warnings today into tomorrow!

It’s a good day to stamp ~

High Tide by the Bay

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Oh yes, I took a sick day yesterday … had this bug hanging on for about a month and Thursday after work, it took me down!!  I hope you are feeling well and that bug by passed you.  Hard to believe it can hang on in these frigid temps … we got a whoppin’ -14°  Brrrrrrr!!

Let’s get to our card share today.  My last two posts I shared the new Sale-a-bration stamp set; By the Bay and Thursday I shared my lighthouse card from High Tide … Today I’m going to combine the two.

Being a demonstrator surely has it’s benefits, and one of my favorites is we not only get to see the catalogs first, we can order from them too! And the cherry on top before Sale-a-bration is that we as demonstrators can earn the Sale-a-bration items during our pre-order!!  So the minute I saw the “By The Bay” stamp set … I knew I had to have it.

I’ve always pictured that house, with a lighthouse sitting next to it …

I stamped my lighthouse first onto a scrap piece of computer paper, then stamped it onto my cardstock.  I cut out the lighthouse on the computer paper so I could use it to mask (cover) the one on my cardstock.  Once I had the lighthouse covered with the mask, I stamped the house by the water image.  I may play with the placement some more, this is my first try … but I did like the way it looked.

I used the Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends to color my images.  I love the way these layer and blend so nicely… You’d be surprised that the house was done in Crumb Cake (Light & Dark) and Smoky Slate.  I just keep playing until I like the way it looks!! lol

Thank you so much for stopping back in to visit today.  I just have to say, I’m so intrigued by lighthouses and the families that maintained them and guided others safely to shore.  You are sure to see more variations of this … both stamp sets are so cool!!

Oh yes … the greeting comes from the By The Bay stamp set and are punched out with the Tailored Tag punch.

I hope you have a great Saturday & stay warm if your in this artic freeze,

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

 

By the Bay Stamp Set

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Have you noticed the By the Bay stamp set in your Sale-A-Bration brochure? This is our Sale-a-bration product of the week.

This stamp set is great for masculine, feminine, or gender neutral projects because of the realistic art style and serene imagery. It was designed with coloring techniques in mind, so break out your Stampin’ Blends, your Aquapainters, or Blender pen, and get your coloring groove on!

The Thinking of You card sample is perfect for beginner stampers. By stamping the image multiple times, you can extend your images across the front of your card. Because of the way the stamp is designed, the images has an artistic, hand-drawn look and it can be left without being colored in.

The Thank You card would be great for you casual stampers. You can practice water coloring with just a few colors and get the hang of the method without feeling overwhelmed.  The Wood Textures designer paper adds to the rustic feel of the card and keeps it on the easy side.

The Lead to Happiness sample shows how mixing and layering colors together can achieve this dynamic look. You’ll fall in love with the watercolor technique and this stamp set.

Another Thank You card in case you’ve really fallen in love with your watercoloring and can’t just leave them seagulls without any color …

You’ll find this beautiful card right in your Sale-a-bration catalog!!  Our catalogs have great samples in them and are a wonderful inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by … I’m all for a walk on a sandy beach on a warm day, beats shoveling snow! lol

Enjoy your day ~

Triple My Tuesday Stampin’ Fun!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Woo Hooo … I had fun creating these projects last night, if fact, I have 3 to share with you today.  Yesterday I shared the January Paper Pumpkin video, so today I wanted to share with you my alternative projects.

Lets begin with the Paper Pumpkin itself … this cute little pillow box was fun to make and fun to stuff with candy!!

Didn’t really change anything on this little project except that I stamped the hearts on the circle background.  The hearts come in the stamp set (there are a lot of cute stamps in this set!).

My next project is an Alternative to the kit … LOL, it’s actually a mistake!!  I was watching TV and not reading the instructions a glued two of the pillow boxes together. So as I tell my stampin’ friends … “there are not mistakes in stamping, just opportunities to embellish”. So here is what I came up with ….

I remembered those circle fold cards, so I scored my boxes above the “pre-scored” line, then cut them down to sides so I could fold the flaps in … it worked beautifully.  I had to decorate my box with those cute little Chameleons.  The heart in the background and the pretty heart embellishments all come with the kit, as does my greeting.

I finished off this sweet little package of treats with the Dotted Swiss Ribbon … I just love the way this little boo-boo turned out!!  That brings me to the card that I made.  My blog followers may recognized this layout …

I told you that I loved those little chameleons, I just had to use them again … mainly because I wanted to use the greeting “You’re One-In-A Chameleon” … lol.  Again, the heart embellishments are from the kit but the large heart (although there is one in the kit) I used the “All My Love” Designer Series paper and the “Be Mine” Stitched Framelit to cut it out.

The “I” comes from the “Large Numbers” framelits and the “YOU” is from the “Celebrate You” Thinlets which were FREE during Sale-a-bration last year!  This year I’m using the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack.

Hope you enjoyed todays card and projects.  When you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, don’t be afraid to use it with other stamp set and accessories you already have.  This one coordinates with the “Animal Outing” stamp set.

Thank you for dropping in on me today.  Have a great day … and I hope it’s triple the fun!!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

 

Be My Valentine Kit …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I have a video for you and a card share today …

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you may be starting to think about ways to share love with your very best friends and/or your significant other. Which is why we designed this awesome kit—so you could share a bit of yourself with the people you care about the most!

Watch the video now to discover how easy it is to make the kit projects, and don’t forget to check out the Animal Expedition suite to get a peek at all of the wildly fun coordinating products.

How cute are those!!  Did you know that when you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin during our Sale-a-bration event, you will qualify for the FREE items as well.

Stop back tomorrow to check out the card that I created using the Animal Expedition suite … and the Stamparatus!  It is sure to put a smile on your face.

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll meet you back here tomorrow!

 

These are the $50 Sale-a-bration items you can choose from …

 

Simply Sunday: Butterfly Gala

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I have a beautiful card to share with you today that is simple to recreate. I’ve been in a bit in a funk lately, and my creativity was just not there, so I took a few days off, when I realized that it has been a year since we lost our Mom.

While sleeping last night, this card came to me, so it is dedicated to my Mom … who “LOVED” Butterflies!!

I started with the Gingham Gala for my background and the Botanical Butterfly (SAB) Designer Series papers, along with the butterfly punch from the bundle. I used the Balmy Blue from the Gingham Gala Cardstock pack to mat my Balmy Blue Gingham paper … Blue was my Mom’s favorite color. Her bathrooms was actually this color blue with butterflies!

When punching out the butterflies from the Botanical Butterfly Designer paper (FREE with a $50 purchase during SAB / Sale-a-bration!) I cut out the large butterfly and attached it to a piece of vellum cardstock … this made it easier to slide the butterfly into the punch and I actually kept it on my butterfly for a 3-D effect.

The little butterflies are punched out from another pattern from the Botanical Butterfly Designer paper.  All of my butterflies are highlighting my greeting which comes from the Wonderful Romance stamp set and is punched out with the 2″ Circle punch.  My butterflies and greeting are popped up with the Stampin’ Dimensionals.

My card was completed with a pretty bow from the Organdy Ribbon Combo pack that coordinates with the Gingham Gala product suite and can be yours free with a $50 purchase during our Sale-a-bration period.

I think my Mom would love this card, and I thank you for spending some of your time with me as I honor my Mom.

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Have a blessed day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …