ThrowBack Thursday: Blooming Birthday

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I would like to share a post from August of 2014 … It’s still as relevant as it was two years ago. This is a sweet and simple birthday card that will bring a smile to anyone who receives it.  I used the new “Flower Patch” stamp set!  This is one of our Photopolymer sets, and makes the two-step stamping super simple because of the clear images.

I have a video for you to view that highlights the “Flower Patch” stamp set …

My card base color is the new In-Color Mossy Meadow along with the Whisper White which truly highlights to ink colors we will be using on our card.

The flower was created by stamping our largest image first, in the lightest color: Crisp Cantaloupe.  I then layers the Calypso Coral next, and completed the flower with the Cajun Craze… and topped it off with a pearl.

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STAMPIN’ TIP:  The leaves were added behind the flower by creating a mask.  Stamp the largest flower image on a piece of scrap paper and cut it out.  I always cut inside the line.  Then place it over the flower and stamp your leaves … it gives the appearance they are behind the flower!

It’s been a while since I’ve used a two-step stamping set and forgot how fast you can create a beautifully layered, colorful card.  I added the Daffodil Delight flowers in the background to create another pop of color.

There is no longer a bundle available as this was an earlier post.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and video!

Happy Birthday ~

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My April Birthday Special …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

On Wednesday I told you that we were going to celebrate my birthday month with stampin’ events and specials … well, I’m working on securing a location for a “Birthday Bash” stampin’ event so watch for that.

As for My April Birthday Special … my gift to you is; I’LL PAY YOUR TAXES on all stampin’ orders through me and/or my website in April 2015! If your local, I will take care of you when you order, if your outside my area but within the US, I will send you, your refund directly! Don’t you just LOVE April!!

For today’s card share, I thought I would focus on this weeks weekly deals. If you love the Bigshot and it’s cutting accessories … this is your week!

Weekly Deals

We hope you enjoy this week’s Weekly Deals! If you don’t see a sample, it either means I haven’t used it yet, or it’s coming in the mail~

File Tabs File Tabs Edgelits Die Item # 133729
Regular Price: $10.95
Discounted Price: $8.21
Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 133727
Regular Price: $8.95
Discounted Price: $6.71
SS_JustForYouBannerCard_LG Hearts A Flutter Framelits Die Item # 130159
Regular Price: $24.95
Discounted Price: $18.71
000_1686 Big Shot Magnetic Platform Item # 130658
Regular Price: $39.95
Discounted Price: $29.96
000_1364 Squares Collection Framelits Die Item # 130921
Regular Price: $26.95
Discounted Price: $20.21
Demoheader_BS_Demo_8.1-8.31.2014_NA_EU_SP Chalk Talk Framelits Die Item # 129983
Regular Price: $24.95
Discounted Price: $18.71
000_0980 Word Bubbles Framelits Die Item # 132968
Regular Price: $24.95
Discounted Price: $18.71

If you would like to see more details about any of this weeks deals, just click on the items description.

Our “Spotlight” card for today is the Just for You Banner Card

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  1. Run a piece of Pool Party Cardstock (3″ x 5-1/2″) through the Big Shot using the Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  2. Gently rub the Whisper White Craft Pad over the embossed cardstock; this will highlight the hexagon background. Adhere the piece to the 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  3. Stamp the two hearts and the flag on Whisper White Cardstock and the scalloped tag in Whisper White ink on the Primrose Petals Cardstock and cut them out using the Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies. Use the same set of dies to cut out the Pink Pirouette tag.
  4. Stamp “just for you” in Basic Gray ink on Whisper White Cardstock and cut out a small tag piece.
  5. Punch small holes on both top corners of each banner piece. Thread the three pieces together using Whisper White Baker’s twine, tie knots on the ends of the twine, and adhere the banner to the card.
  6. Adhere the hearts and the “just for you” tag to the banner using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  7. Tie Whisper White Baker’s Twine in a bow around the heart piece from the Elements Cute Clips and attach the clip to the banner.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post, thanks for stopping by.

Have a great day ~

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Fun … New … Stampin’ Up! Videos

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I want to share some great videos that Stampin’ Up! has just released on their YouTube Channel. Why am I sharing these? Well, the first one covers the “Irresistibly Yours” Specialty Designer paper that I have posted for the past two days, along with the newest of our Sale-a-bration papers; the Sheer Perfection Vellum (I’m waiting for mine to come, should be here today!)

We all love learning new techniques, so grab a cup of coffee, sit back and relax & enjoy the Coloring Techniques – Sale-a-Bration Papers …

The next video is a recently released Sale-a-bration item; For Being You Stamp set. I have showcased this in past posts. Enjoy the Watercolor Wash Technique ….

 

And last but not least is the “A Happy Thing” stamp set. I’m showing you this one because it is one that I do not have so I thought you might find the video … Watercoloring with Blender Pens

There are only 8 more days of our Sale-a-bration period, I don’t want you to miss out! Please let me know if you have any questions, or need my help in any way. You can contact me @ lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the videos.

Have a wonderful Monday ~

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Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …

CLICK HERE TO PLACE YOUR ORDER in my online store anytime, or click any of the photos below to go right to that item online.

Guest Stamper: Brenda M

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I want to share with you a card I received from one of my downline members, Brenda! We had a team meeting last night, and of coarse we stamp and swap … so there will be more beautiful samples I will be sharing with you.

Brenda’s card is a celebration of Sale-a-bration! Her card showcases some of the fabulous items you can get free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-bration …. and we have less than 2 weeks : (   to get all the freebies we need!

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Let’s begin with the stunning background piece Brenda created with the “Irresistibly Yours” Specialty Designer series paper. These come white with a glossy white pattern so you can color using a variety of techniques! Brenda created her’s by simply sponging the colors onto the paper and then wiping off any excess…. it really is stunning!

The beautiful butterfly and the flower come from a Sale-a-bration stamp set that was added to the already hefty list of freebies! This is the “Nature’s Perfection” stamp set…

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And last by definitely not least is the “Simply Wonderful” stamp set Brenda used for her greeting. I love this stamp set, it has wonderful “useful” greetings with nice fonts … aren’t we always looking for new and more greetings!

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I hope you enjoyed Brenda’s card as much as everyone in our Star’s group did!  I will have more of our swaps to share in the upcoming week.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow for my “Simply Sunday” … I will also be featuring the “Irresistibly Yours” paper and the “Simply Wonderful” stamp set!

Thanks so much for stopping by …

Have a wonderful Saturday!

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Spring Card Samples …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope your enjoying your weekend.  Just wanted to send a quick card share today … My apologies for going AWOL, I have been working hard in my Stampin’ Studio for my 2 upcoming Spring Retreats! 

Today’s cards can also be found on My Stampin’ Up! Website (click to view) … I have many of my samples (Old and New) and some great samples from Stampin’ Up! as well.

Thanks Tag Card by Stampin’ Up!

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Smile Butterfly Card by Stampin’ Up!

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Thank You so much from coming back to visit me … I’ll be back tomorrow with a great spring card.

Enjoy the sunshine …

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Simply Sunday … Love is Kindness

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. I’ve been so busy I never even got to step outside yesterday, but I noticed that the snow was melting … YAY!!!  Better yet, I hear there is a warming trend our way. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring!

On that note, I can’t wait to share today’s card with you. First time on my blog … the “Love is Kindness” stamp set. And what says spring better than tulips!! I stamped the image with the Momento ink pad and chose the “Daffodil Delight” Blendabilities to color them.

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Yellow hues always give you that warm fuzzy feeling. The greens are the “Old Olive” blendabilities, and I used the “Smoky Slate” blendabilities to soften the black on the newspaper. My base card is Basic Gray, again to soften the look of the card instead of the boldness of our Basic Black.

I embossed the Daffodil Delight cardstock with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder for a touch of texture and popped up the flower portion to give it dimension.

 

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Just for fun … I added one of the buttons from the “Best Year Ever Accessory Pack”… it is one of the FREE items from our Sale-a-bration Catalog.

Thank you for joining me for today’s post, I appreciate you spending a bit of your Sunday with me.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …

 

Simply Sunday … Sending Good Wishes

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I’m so excited to share my first card made with our newest photopolymer stamp set … “Loving Amazing You”. This great new set is just what you need to spread happiness to all. Its so versatile, you’ll find yourself using it over and over again. Recommended clear block sizes are A, B, C (not included in the set).

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I wanted to create a simple, beautiful card … I love feather and all the greetings. I will definitely be sharing more from this stamp set with you.

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I stamped the feather with the VersaMark™ pad and embossed with clear embossing powder. I then sponged “Coastal Cabana” ink over the feathers and also used it for my greeting.

Just a pop of the Coastal Cabana between the two white pieces helps tie it all together. This card could be done in numerous different colors … pick your favorite!

There is a little texture created by embossing but I wanted to add some dimension to the card to I popped up the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals. That is it … simple, yet beautiful.

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Thank you for visiting my blog today.

Have a simply beautiful day ~

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Lovely, Amazing You 2

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday, I told you I would share more of Jen C.’s beautiful cards, and I can’t wait to show you how amazing they are! I’m sure you will enjoy them as much as I did ….

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Simply stunning … I love these cards! Again, thank you Jen for sharing these with us. I can’t wait to get my set and begin stamping!

Here is a look at the photopolymer stamp set itself …

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Lovely, Amazing You (item #140594) $14.95 / Recommended clear block sizes are A, B, C (not included in the set).

If you would like to purchase this amazing stamp set … JUST CLICK HERE

Thank you for stopping by my blog …

Have yourself a wonderful day!

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Lovely, Amazing You

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

As promised yesterday, I am going to share with you a beautiful Photopolymer stamp set that was just released! I already ordered mine yesterday because I could not wait to get my hands on it. I truly believe this is a “must have” in everyone’s stamp collection.

This great new set is just what you need to spread happiness to all. Its so versatile, you’ll find yourself using it over and over again. Recommended clear block sizes are A, B, C (not included in the set).

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It’s the relationships we share that make life interesting and rewarding. This is what inspired our new stamp set, Lovely, Amazing You (item #140594) $14.95

What are the reasons you give cards, treats, gifts? For me, it’s to thank someone, to wish them well on a special occasion, or often just to say, “Hey, I’m thinking of you.”

Here are some ways to show your love, admiration, and appreciation. Let people know that you care, that you think they’re amazing, and that you might even love them more than chocolate.

Love You More than Chocolate

Hello Tag

Good Wishes Card
These wonderful projects were shared by Jen C. Big “thanks” for sharing her talent and creativity with all. I will have more of her beautiful cards to share with you tomorrow!

If you would like to purchase this amazing stamp set … JUST CLICK HERE

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope your day is filled with happiness!

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To a Great Friend …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Happy Monday to you and I hope many of you are warmer than those of us in Wisconsin … burrrrr! It’s a bit nippy here with wind chills down around 35 below.

On that note, I’d like to warm things up by letting you know today is the day we kick off the Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs!

Something else that will warm you up is our beautiful “Painted Blooms” designer series paper. You can’t think anything but spring when you look at this pattern …

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The flowers are so beautiful, and this was a left over piece from the card I shared January 3rd!

No fuss with this card, I simply stamped my greeting directly onto the designer paper! I used the “Simply Wonderful” stamp set which you can get FREE during Sale-a-bration which starts today!

If you are not familiar with Sale-a-bration … it is our most anticipated promotion of the year, with many ways to earn Free stamp sets and accessories. You can chose a FREE Sale-a-bration item with each $50 purchase (before shipping & handling)

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I couldn’t resist not decorating the inside and you’ll be amazed at how much this beautiful stamp set mimics the designer paper. The stamp set is the new “Painted Petals” from the Occasions catalog – pg. 19. It’s a two-step stamp set so it was easy to stamp the pink petals and green stems. The greeting is also part of this set.

With the purchase of the Painted Petals stamp set, Painted Blooms Designer paper and the Blackberry Bliss ribbon, you will be pretty darn close to getting the FREE “Simply Wonderful” stamp set! Just add some needed cardstock or inks and you’ll be there.

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Thank you for visiting my blog today! Please let me know if you have any questions of the products I showed you or Sale-a-bration. I

f you do not have a demonstrator and would like me to be yours, let me know if you need either the Occasions or Sale-a-bration catalog.

Stay warm and have a wonderful Monday ~

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Occasions & Sale-a-Bration 2015 Sneak Peek: Celebrate with Cake

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

It’s getting closer to Christmas, a busy time for all of us I’m sure. So I hope you can escape the craziness and join me for a minute… kick back and relax because I would like to show you a sneak peek from the Sale-a-Bration and Occasions 2015 Catalogs!

I love that Stampin’ Up! is always right on track with the “hot” techniques and latest products for stamping, and I’m excited to share with you the NEW Chalkboard Paper in the Occasions catalog. Cool right? Well hang onto your socks because they also brought us “Chalk Ink” pads!

Here is my card share today … This is one of the cards that I did as a Make & Take for my Star’s members for our Christmas party this year.

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This paper is a bit heavier and has a smooth grain that pairs perfectly with the Chalk ink and our White Stampin’ Chalk Marker. The chalk ink is permanent and creates a realistic chalk effect. You can find these on page 25 of the new Occasions catalog.

Also from the Occasions catalog is our “Birthday Bash” Specialty Designer Series Paper …. I picked out the Bermuda Bay and Crushed Curry colors from the DSP as my base colors because I thought it was gender neutral. It’s always nice to have cards around that can be used for anyone.

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The Chalkboard paper really is the focal point and it highlights our greeting which comes from the “Big Day” stamp set. Yes, you already got a sneak peek from this set on Saturday (click here to view).

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I love stamp sets that have a greeting and words to match that I can put inside …

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Ice cream and cake … it’s making me hungry! I think I should have added some designer paper to the inside to add a bit more color! Hmmm … that is why I like stamping with my friends, we share ideas and end up with even better cards! Right ladies!!

Hope you enjoyed the break and I’ll see you tomorrow.

Till then, have a wonderful day ~

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We’re Shakin’ Up December …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I am really excited to share with you what I created using my December Paper Pumpkin! First I’d like you to watch the video on how to put together the cards in the kit ….

I think the videos are fun to watch, and they inspire me. However I already had my cards created before I watched this months video. I love shaker cards … Who doesn’t?

First I will show you my card from the kit, just a twist from the Stampin’ Up! instructions, and one more way you can put your cards together ….

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For those of you who know me, you know I’m just like you and don’t want to see anything to to waste! Well, here is what the “greeting” sheet looks like …

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and what do you think I thought of … that’s right, “Make a card out of that!” So I cut off the piece that I had taken my “hello” from, measured it and cut a piece of the “Dazzling Diamonds” Shimmer paper. I just used it a couple of days ago so I still had it out on my stampin’ table.

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I love that the greetings are on adhesive sheets so I would not loose the little pieces from the h – e – l … well you get my drift! lol  So it was easy to transfer this onto the glimmer paper and add those little pieces to complete the word. I popped up the greeting with our Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Since I used the “Lucky Star’s” embossing folder for some texture on the base – Bermuda Bay cardstock, I punched out some additional stars with the “Confetti Stars Punch”. I attached them with “Crystal Effects” and a tooth pick!

This card was so simple to make, and I think it’s adorable!

 

Join me and my Pumpkin Pals … Sign Up for Paper Pumpkin

My Pumpkin Pals and I get together to put together our kits, plus I always have an alternative product for them. If we don’t get together, I post or send them additional samples ideas.

Paper Pumpkin makes the PERFECT Christmas Gift! Just click on the link above.

Try it out… we have 1 – 3 – 6 or 12 month subscriptions or do it month to month. Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer any concerns you may have.

Have an awesome day ~

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Wintertime Calm …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Since I took Saturday off from blogging, I figured I would share a special post with you today. I am going to show you a progression of cards, from simple to a touch of glitz.

I started ever so simple with the “All is Calm” Specialty Designer Paper and the “Wintertime” stamp set. I haven’t used it yet, but have been dying to get my hands on it and stamp!

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My core colors that I used are Pool Party and Island Indigo … even though those are not listed on the designer paper pack, the Pool Party went well with the pattern I chose.

I simply inked up the stamp with the Island Indigo and stamped directly onto the designer paper… assemble and you have a cute and quick card! Simple can still be pretty.

 

Now … If you’re one of us who like some sparkle to your cards, my next sample illustrates what a few rhinestones can do for your card. Oh my that’s pretty!

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If you’d like to step it up a bit more and highlight the greeting, simply stamp another image onto the Whisper White cardstock … cut it out … and mat it with a little piece of Island Indigo.

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Wow… that really adds dimension and gives your card a new look.

 

If you still don’t have enough sparkle … then instead of the Pool Party mat behind the designer paper, you could use our beautiful (and new) Dazzling Diamonds Shimmer paper.

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Look at how that makes the entire card pop! So whether you like a more simple and subtle card or full out bling … you can see how easy you can transform your cards.

So head off into your stamp room and have some fun! Feel free to share your projects with me (lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com) I’d love to share your project with our stampin’ friends on Linda’s Stampin’ Escape blog… with your permission of course!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~

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Snuggles and Smooches …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I want to share with you our newest “Photopolymer stamp set… Snuggles and Smooches”. It may seem like it is just for Valentine’s Day, but I think it could be used any time of the year when you want to share some affection with those you love.

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Two of my favorite images in the set are the swirls. I’m sure you’ve noticed how trendy it is to wind up some Linen Thread or Baker’s Twine and use it as an element on cards and other projects. You can see on this card how the large swirl image helps accomplish a similar feel.

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The swirls also create interesting background patterns that can be used with a technique like emboss resist—as shown on this adorable little card.

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Or simply stamp—as I did on this tag. The “Love” sentiment works great for creating a chalkboard effect.

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There are three heart images in this stamp set. They were drawn to coordinate with  three of our heart punches: the Sweetheart Punch, the Hearts Border Punch, and the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. The “Love” sentiment will also coordinate with either of the Tag Topper punches.

I can’t wait to see what you create with this stamp set—whether it’s a valentine for someone you love, notes of encouragement, memory keeping, or treat packaging.

(From our Concept Artist: Melody H.)

Was I right? Super cute projects today! This stamp set is already available – Click here to view!

Snuggles and Smooches Photopolymer Stamp Set

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Price: $15.95
This fun set will surely bring a smile to many faces and is a great way to let others know you love them. Recommended for use with clear-mount blocks A, D, E, and G. Blocks not included with set.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post …

and I hope you have the best day ever!!

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Good as Gold and many, many more!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Wow … It’s Sunday already! Boy the weekends just fly by. Come to think of it, so do the weeks and months, it’s already December and another year almost over … wow!

As promised yesterday, I will be sharing more card samples that I created using products from our Year End Clearance. (One of the items I wanted to share is already gone).

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Yesterday I shared several samples from the Watercolor Wonder Note cards … today I have two more ideas for you!

Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards & Envelopes

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Price: $12.95 $5.19
Easiest DIY cards ever! Take a printed Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Card. Stamp or write on it. Done! Coordinate with the Watercolor Wonder suite.■ 20 printed cards on watercolor paper: 4 ea. of 5 designs
■ 20 Ivory envelopes
■ Card size: 3-1/2″ x 5″

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Here is the “Good as Gold” Card kit … my samples. Stampin’ Up! also has patterns for you to follow in the kit, it’s all there for you and for only $4.39 you can create 8 fabulous cards for slightly over 50¢ a card!!

Good as Gold Card Kit

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Price: $10.95 $4.39
Quickly create thank-you cards in gorgeous Bermuda Bay and Tangerine Tango with rich gold accents! Also features Basic Black, Pistachio Pudding, and Sahara Sand.Kit includes
• 8 card bases (3-1/2″ x 5″)
• 8 envelope liners
• 1 sheet Gold Foil Tags
• 1 sheet printed die-cut tags
• 8 pieces Gold Elastic Cord (24″ each)
• 8 pieces Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine (24″ each)

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Next, I’d like to share some card samples I made using the “Sweater Weather” Designer Series Paper. This is awesome paper for those “guy cards” you need to make. Pair it up with stamps sets like “Wetlands”, “Walk in the Wild” or any of our great greeting sets.

Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper
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Price: $10.95 $4.39
Warm colors and texture-rich designs will make you want to wrap up in your favorite sweater and scarf for a little seasonal crafting. 12 sheets: 2 ea. of 6 double-sided designs. 12″ x 12″. Acid free, lignin free.
Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla, Whisper White.

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I have one more item that I would like to share with you … the “Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die”. This works great for your scrapbook pages, cards and projects. We used it a lot for school projects and banners.

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Price: $89.95 $53.99
4 dies. Includes 26 letters, 10 numbers, and 1 symbol: ea. 1-1/4″ high. Use with Big Shot and Standard Cutting Pads.

Road Trip - Sept ScrapClub

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Hope you enjoyed today’s showcase of cards and projects using these fabulous products at unbelievable prices. They would make a great gift for the crafter on your Christmas shopping list… or a little reward for yourself.

Because they are year end closeouts … it’s while supplies last, and some are already gone. Don’t delay.

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a wonderful Sunday ~

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