Handmade Butterfly Frame

Today I am sharing a handmade Butterfly Frame that I recently made using the new Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Gala stamp set, the coordinating Butterfly Duet Punch and the Butterfly  Beauty Thinlits.


Each year my Stamping Team the New England StampINKers, has a 3D Yankee swap.  Originally it started out as a Holiday party held in the beginning of December.  But over the years we have moved it to the beginning of January since people are just too busy during the Holidays.   The rule is that the items must be a 3D item made using Stampin’ Up! product.  It does not have to be current product.  We always have fun with these projects.

This was the project that I made for this year.  I have had this frame for a while and wasn’t sure what to do with it.  Here are the details on the frame.  I took the frame apart and removed the glass.  I knew that I wanted the butterflies to be 3D so didn’t want the glass in the frame.  Next I traced each of the openings onto the piece of paper that was in the frame.  I used that as my guide to design each of the images.  
Next I selected sayings that I wanted to use.  I wanted inspirational phrases and also wanted to use the Stampin’ Up! Statement of the Heart.   the  Stampin’ Up! Statement of the heart was a stamp that demonstrators could purchase last year.   The “It’s a Beautiful Day” phrase is from the Share what you Love stamp set.   The Share what you Love stamp set also has a background stamp that I used for the shading behind the Statement of the Heart with Calypso Coral ink.


The 3rd phrase at the top right “Here’s to those that inspire us and don’t even know it!” is from one of the new Sale-a-bration sets Part of my Story which you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase of product!   All the Designer paper used for this frame is also a Sale-a-bration item:  The Botanical Butterfly Designer Series paper.   You can see these and other Sale-a-bration items HERE.

The two medium butterflies on the bottom right squares are punched out from the designer paper using the Butterfly Duet punch.  I colored these butterflies with Blends markers.  The small butterflies are also punched from the Botanical Butterfly Designer paper.  

The layered butterflies are cut using the Butterfly Beauty
 Framelit Dies.  What I love about these dies is the detail of the butterflies and the layering that you can do with the dies.  This is a “two-part” die.  You cut a background layer and then a top detailed layer.  I used a little Wink of Stella to add some Glitter to the butterflies.  I used the Fine Tip Glue pen to put these butterflies together.  If I were doing this again, I would use the Multipurpose Adhesive sheets on the back of the cardstock so the layers are cut with adhesive.  That would be easier to use than glue.



Here is a picture of my team together with all of our 3D Items that we swapped.  What a great time we had!  Interested in joining my team?  Sale-a-bration is a great time to join my team!

During Sale-a-bration you receive and extra $50 worth of product for joining.  And there is a second option to join and get a beautiful Crafting Bag.


You can check out the details HERE.    Feel Free to call me and ask questions.  If you are in the USA I would love to have you as part of my team!




Happy New Stampin’ Up! Year – new Occasions Catalog

Happy New Year!


   


What an exciting day!  The new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration start today!  That means new stamps, papers and projects for the Winter and Spring seasons!  And I love all the new products.  Some beautiful Designer Series paper for Valentines’ Day with some new stamps and some gorgeous stamps, designer paper and thinlits for butterflies!  Everyone’s favorite image for Spring!

So what is Sale-a-bration you ask?  There are 3 Benefits to Sale-a-bration!

Shop – For every $50 that you purchase in current product from either the new Occasions catalog or the current big Catalog you will receive one item for FREE from the Sale-a-bration brochure,  and there’s no limit! For every $50 that you spend choose another FREE item!

Host – When you Host a party that reaches $250 you will receive an extra $25 of Host Credit in addition to the Host dollars you usually earn.  You can even use the Host Dollars to apply to the cost of the Starter Kit!

Join – Join my Team and join the Fun!!  There are two options for joining during Sale-a-bration!

  • Option 1  – Sign up for the Starter kit for just $99 and receive $175 worth of product (that is an additional $50 in product over the regular starter kit).
OR
  • Option 2 – Sign up for Option 2 for $129 and receive the $175 worth of product and a $50 exclusive Craft & Carry Bag! (that is an additional $50 in product over the regular starter kit & the new Craft & Carry Bag)!  NOTE:  This bag will not be available after Sale-a-bration is over!


Questions?  Drop me a message or give me a call!  I can help you put together a great starter kit that meets your needs!

Happy Stamping





I’ll be Home Christmas Card

Today I am sharing a handmade I’ll be Home Christmas Card that was made with the I’ll be Home Stamp set by Stampin’ Up!  The I’ll be Home stamp set is retiring with the Holiday catalog this year.  So don’t miss out!  
I'll be Home Christmas Card
 This card uses the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper also from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog.  

Here are the details of this card:
The card base is a piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Mossy Meadow cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Then a piece of the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series paper cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″.  Then there is a 1″ x 5 1/8″ strip of the Mossy Meadow design of the Festive Farmhouse DSP across the bottom of the card.  

Next I cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″.  This is layered onto a piece of Early Espresso cardstock cut to 3 3/8″ square.  The third layer is a 3 1/2″ square of Mossy Meadow cardstock.

I used Early Espresso ink to stamp the image of the House on the White square.  I set this aside to dry thoroughly since I wanted to use my Stampin’ Blends to color in section of the decorations.  I liked the look of the roof with stamped with the darker brown ink rather than the black of the Momento Ink.  If I were coloring in more of the house I would use the Momento ink since the alcohol markers could cause the Early Espresso ink to run.  I filled in the bushes along the front with my Pear Pizazz Stampin’ Write marker to make the bushes a lighter shade of green.  I colored the front door of the house with Balmy Blue Stampin’ Write marker.

Last but not least is a galvanized button was added with a little piece of Whisper White Bakers Twine through the button.  

And don’t forget about the inside of the card.  I added a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock to the inside of the card.  I decided to dress up the inside of the card with a strip of the Festive Farmhouse DSP to finish off the card.

These are the items that I used to make this card:


Product List

These items are being discontinued with the Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog.  So don't miss out. Here the link to the Year End Closeout Specials.  Remember these items are available only while supplies last.  

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 use the Host Code 2Q9MWVAW and I will send you a little thank you.  Of course if your order is over $150 then keep the Host benefits for yourself!

Thanks for stopping by today!



Holiday Gift Card Holder

Today I am sharing two Holiday gift card holders that I designed using the Stampin’ Up! Santa’s Workshop Designer Series Paper.

The first gift card holder uses a piece of Garden Green Cardstock with a Belly Band made from the Red Candy Cane Striped DSP.  One of the cool features with this DSP is that elements of the paper are flocked.  With the Candy Cane Striped paper the white stripes are flocked.  The other feature of this paper is the images in the paper fit the Santa’s Signpost Thinlits that go with the Santa’s Workshop paper.  I used the thinlits to cut out a lot of the Elf, Santa, Mrs. Santa images from the Designer Series Paper to accent the gift card holders and tags for Christmas presents.

The Second Gift Card Holder is made with Poppy Parade Cardstock and the Santa’s Workshop Designer paper.




I have written a tutorial with all of the instructions and cutting dimensions for these Gift Card Holders.  You can download the Tutorial here:

Gift card holder patterns.pdf

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Holiday Gift Card Holders.

Ready to place an order?  I would love to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator if you are in the USA.  If your order is under $50 use the Host Code 2Q9MWVAW and I will send you a special gift.  I love sharing Host Benefits with my customers!  Of course if your order is over $150, then keep the Host benefits for yourself!












Stampin’ Up! Year end Closeout

The Year-End Closeout is Stampin’ Up!’s  chance to do a little inventory cleaning—and your opportunity to take advantage of special year-end deals on retiring and surplus items.  Remember: Some items are last-chance and limited-inventory, so if there is something that you really want – get your order in!




Here are the details of the Sale!  
  • Discount applies to select items only.
  • Retiring items from the 2018 holiday catalog are available while supplies last.
  • Surplus items from 2018 annual catalog are available in limited quantities at the promotional price.
  • Discounted items may be added to a Starter Kit—or purchased with Stampin’ Rewards—at the promotional price.
  • Host sets may be purchased using only Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party.
  • Ordering deadlines:
    • Phone: January 2, 2019; 6:50 PM (MT)
    • OEX/Online: January 2, 2019; 11:50 PM (MT)


Ready to place an order? If your order is under $150, then use the  Host Code   2Q9MWVAW and I will send you a little gift.  Of course, if your order is over $150 then claim your own Host benefits!  I love to share the Host Benefits with my customers!
You can order HERE.


Half Full Holiday Card

Today I am sharing a handmade Half Full Holiday card.  This card was a custom request by a customer that likes to feature
Half Full Holiday Card
his dog in his Holiday cards.  He actually saw a card made with the Half Full and the Christmas Pines stamp sets last fall and said that he wanted to design something with his precious dog and the wine set.  He and some friends had made wine and named it after Sofie his precious dog.  I absolutely love the way this card came out!

So the Details on this card.  This card is 5 X 7″ since I had to enlarge the wine bottle and wine glass to be able to read the labels.

The card base is a 10″ x 7″ piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock scored at 5″.  The next layer is a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ piece of Real Red cardstock.  The next layer is a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and the last layer is a 4″ x 6″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.

The Pine boughs are stamped using Garden Green ink on the background of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  The star background image is stamped with Crumb Cake ink. 


Next I stamped the pine cones using Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake cardstock.  The pine cones were cut out using the coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits dies.  The wine bottle and wine glass are actually prints of the bottles of wine and wine glasses that Steve had made for his dog.  I had tried to superimpose the image over the stamped image from the Half Full stamp set – but then you could not read the label on the bottle or glass.  So the Half Full stamp set was actually used for inspiration rather than using the actual stamped images.  Last is an image of precious Sofie in her Santa outfit.  What a little cutie!

I actually did use the sentiments from the Half Full stamp set for the front and inside of the card.  I stamped the sentiment “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” on the front of the card and layered this onto a scalloped oval cut from Mossy Meadow cardstock.   The sentiment on the inside is ” but if the white runs out, I’ll drink red” with an additional personal sentiment from Steve and Sofie.

This is one of my favorite custom cards that I have made.   Here is another sample of the card that I made using Crumb Cake cardstock as the card base.  Which one do you like better?


Stamp with Marilyn’s Black Friday Special


  
Welcome to  Black Friday!

Today I am offering my own Black Friday special in addition to the Online Extravaganza Sale that Stampin’ Up! is offering.

For Today only – you can order a combination of 4 of my Fall and Holiday Tutorials for just $27!.

  • Winter Woods
  • Dashing Deer
  • Blended Seasons
  • Snow is Glistening

These tutorials usually sell for $14.95 each.

Check out the details HERE.

Enjoy your day of shopping!



Happy Thanksgiving & On-line Extravaganza


Thankful Country Home card Happy Thanksgiving! 

I hope you are all enjoying a great day with your friends and families!  I am in Richmond, VA at my sister’s house with my daughter.

Today I wanted to share this beautiful card made with the Stampin’ Up! Country Home stamp set.  I love the messages of Thanks that are part of this set!

My other favorite element on this card is the Tin Tile Embossing folder.  I used a brayer with White Craft ink and brayered the top side of the embossing folder before putting it through the Big Shot. That created that white shadow antiqued look.  I love this very cool effect.  It reminds me  of the tin ceiling that we had in the kitchen of our farmhouse.

The milk jug and flowers are colored using Stampin’ Blends markers.

Tomorrow, Black Friday is the start of  Stampin’ Up!’s On-line extravaganza!

Online Extravaganza will run for six days. During this time, Stampin’ Up! is offering three, 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 annual catalog—all at 10% off! Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends, the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over. By the end, nearly every item from the annual catalog will have been on sale!  These are the categories and specific times of the sales.

November 23–24 – Sale 1

PAPER & EMBELLISHMENTS

  • Bags
  • Brads and Buttons
  • Cards and Envelopes
  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing material
  • Glitter
  • Ribbons
  • Twine
  • Specialty Paper
  • Tags
  • Washi Tape

November 25–26 – Sale 2

STAMPS & KITS

  • Stamp sets (clear-mount, wood-mount, and photopolymer)
  • Project kits
  • Card kits
  • Kit refills
  • Memories & More
  • Punch box kits


November 27–28 – Sale 3

TOOLS & INK

  • Adhesives
  • Applicators
  • Cleaners
  • Cutting tools
  • Embossing folders
  • Framelits and thinlits
  • Ink Pads
  • Ink refills
  • Markers
  • Punches
  • Scoring Tools
  • Stamp blocks and cases

Ready to place an order??   If your order is under $150 then use the Hostess code X744RT6Y  and receive a set of the Snowflake Embellishments as a thank you gift from me.  Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself.

Happy Shopping!

Snow is Glistening Class Available

Today I am sharing my Snow is Glistening Card Class that uses the limited edition Snow is Glistening Stamp set and the Snowflake Thinlit Dies.  This stamp set is only available in the month of November or while supplies last.    
If you are local to me, I will be offering this class on Thursday November 15th at 7pm or on Friday the 16th during the day.  If you aren’t local, you can purchase the PDF for this Class HERE.    This PDF is only for the Snow is Glistening stamp set however you could use the card layouts for the Happiness Abounds stamp set too.

My tutorials are full color PDFs that include
step-by-step instructions for 5 beautiful cards.

All for just $14.95!


This special includes two beautiful stamp sets with gorgeous snowflake thinlits.

The great things about these thinlits is they work with both the Snow is Glistening stamp set and the Happiness abounds stamp set as well!

Ready to place an order?  If you are in the USA,  I would love to be your demonstrator.  If your order is under $150 use the Host Code  X744RT6Y and I will send you a package of the snowflake embellishments!  Of course, if you order is over $150 then keep your own Host rewards!!

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Stamping!


Snow is Glistening Card

Here is a neat card that I made this week with the new Stampin’ Up! Snow is Glistening stamp set and the coordinating Snowfall thinlit dies.

One of the great advantages that I love about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is the ability to order the products a month in advance so we can prepare classes and samples! This special offers two separate stamp sets with a set of thinlits that cut out snowflakes of all different sizes.  There is also some neat white velvet paper that I had fun playing with.


Snow is Glistening
I used the white velvet paper that is part of this special to make the snow and to cut out the small deer on the bottom of the card.

Here are the details on this card:

Card base:  8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ piece of whisper white cardstock scored at 4 1/4″.
The next layer is a piece of Tranquil tide cardstock cut to 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″.  Then a piece of Joyous Noel Designer paper with the Tranquil Tide design cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.

Next I stamped the tree onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Tranquil Tide ink.  To add a little sparkle to my tree, I used Irredescent Ice embossing powder (which is retired) to emboss the tree.    I cut out a small snwoflake from a scrap of Sparkle Glimmer paper for the top of the tree.

I love the new White Velvet paper!  To make the snow on the bottom I cut a small strip of the white velvet paper and used the thinlit die that coordinates with the Winter Woods stamp set to cut the snow border.  The texture of this paper is very nice and perfect for the small deer.  I used the detailed Deer thinlits to cut the small deer from the velvet paper.  I found that you can color this paper with the Blends markers.  I used the Crumb Cake Blends marker to color the deer.

The two trees are cut using the Tree dies from the Winter Woods stamp set.  One is cut from the White Velvet sheet and the second is cut from a scrap of Tranquil Tide cardstock.  I used a chalk marker to add a little white color and dimension to the tranquil tide tree.

I am in love with the Snow is Glistening stamp set.  I can see lots of thank you cards for Holiday gifts with this set.  Also perfect for Winter scrapbook pages!

Ready to place an order?  I would love to be your Demonstrator if you are in the US.  If your order is under $150, use the Host Code 
X744RT6Y and I will send you a set of embellishments!  Of course if your order is over $150, then keep the Host benefits for yourself.  I love to share Host benefits with my customers!

I can’t wait to see all the creations with these new products!

Happy November – Snowflake Showcase Special promotion

Happy November!! 

Let it snow! Create a snowy wonderland using this incredible assortment of products which are available for a limited time. With two stamp sets, paper, accessories, and dies, the only limit to what you can create is your imagination.  And the plus side?  It’s not just for the holiday season.  The Snow is Glistening stamp set is perfect for winter cards – especially those thank you cards for all of those Holiday gifts.  Click on the image below to see the details on this promotion!

Snowflake Showcase

Dates Available: November 1–30, 2018 or while supplies last – so don’t wait and lose out!



This promotion offers several new products:

*  Two different stamp sets:  Snow is Glistening and Happiness Surrounds
*  A Set of snowflake embellishments
*  A very large set of Snowfall Thinlits with snowflakes in many sizes
*  White Velvet sheets 

Ready to order?  I would love to be your Demonstrator if you are in the US.  If your order is under $150, use the Host Code X744RT6Y and I will send you a set of embellishments!  Of course if your order is over $150, then keep the Host benefits for yourself.  I love to share Host benefits with my customers!

Happy Stamping!

Thank you


Thank you to everyone that came over to our 9th Annual Stamp Out Breast Cancer Event on Saturday!  We had a great time and raised over $8.800 for the Making Strides Organization!

Each participant made 5 cards using the Stampin’ Up! Another Wonderful Year stamp set with the Gold and Silver Foil Edged Cards from the Holiday Catalog. 






And as well as stamping, there were lots of items donated by local businesses to be raffled off!   One of the things that I love about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is the great friends that I have made as a demonstrator.  All of the supplies for the day were donated by local Demonstrators so that all money collected went to the Making Strides Organization.  It doesn’t matter that we aren’t on the same “team”, we all help each other out and work together!
Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  

I have a fantastic team of Demonstrators.  We all work together and help each other out.

You can check out more information here on joining my Team.

Happy Stamping!

Happy Birthday Stampin’ Up! – One Day FLASH SALE



Put on your party hats, and get ready to save. It’s time for It’s Our Birthday Stamp Sale! For 24 HOURS ONLY, you can save 15% on select stamp sets. This sale will be gone in a flash, today only – so make sure to put in your order!




Ready to place an order?  If you are in the US I would love to be your demonstrator.  If your order is under $150 then use the Host Code  Q2ZTVNG2 and I will send you a little gift.  I love to share the Host benefits with my customers!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Handmade Fall Card

handmade fall cards   



Today I am sharing one of my favorite handmade fall cards from the Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog using the Country Home stamp set.  This card uses the Country Lane Designer series paper which has some great fall colors in it.  Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso is one of my favorite color combinations for fall!

The Country Lane  DSP has a beautiful combination of Crushed Curry, greens, purple and brown shades.  Perfect for fall.  I was thinking perfect for making a Thanksgiving table come together with napkin rings and little favor ideas.

   What I love about the Country Home Stamp set is the variety of 
images and the way that they layer together to make a beautiful focal point for a card.  

Let’s move onto the details for this card.

The base of this card is a 11″ x 4 1/4″ piece of Crushed Curry cardstock scored at 5 1/2″.  The next layer is a 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock. 

The next layer is made up of two pieces, a 3″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Cajun Craze cardstock and a 3 3/4″ x 2″ piece of the Country Lane DSP with the Cotton Flower pattern.  The cajun craze cardstock has been embossed with the Tin Tile embossing folder.  As a person who has lived most of her life in antique houses, I love this folder..  My farmhouse had a Tin Ceiling in the kitchen.  

The center piece is a 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ piece of Whisper white cardstock layered onto a 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″ piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  I stamped the milk jug on an extra piece of Whisper White cardstock with Black Momento ink.  I added the flower arrangement on top and colored the flowers and the milk jug with Stampin’ Up!’s Blends markers.   Next I cut out the milk jug and flowers very carefully and then added them to the center piece of the card.  I used dimensionals to make this piece pop!  Then I used the light Pool Party Blend marker to color behind the flowers and milk jug to give it  a little depth.  Then I added a couple of the Silver Faceted Gems to the bottom right side of the card.

On the inside of the card, I added a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the flower arrangement.  I also colored those with the Stampin’ Up! Blends markers.  I think this does a lot to finish off this card!.

This is why the Country Home Suite is my favorite fall stamp set and DSP combination from the Holiday catalog.

Thanks for stopping by today!  

My favorite Holiday Stamp set

Stampin' Up! Winter WoodsToday I am sharing a card made with the Stampin’ Up! Winter Woods stamp set; my new favorite stamp set from the Holiday catalog.   I love the variety of this stamp set and coordinating thinlits that let you make a 3D tree.  I also love the variety of the trees that are available with this set.  The birch trees are absolutely beautiful and the line of trees give you a lot of options for fall and winter cards.
  






One of my favorite color combinations for any card is all white or vanilla with a pop of color.   For this card, I stamped the tree with versamark ink and used Iredescent Ice Embossing powder to add a little glitz to the tree.  It is hard to see in the picture but the tree has a nice shimmer to it from the embossing powder. NOTE: is retired but you could also use a little of the white shimmer paste to add a “snow” look to the branches of the tree.

What I love about the thinlits that go with this set is the dimension that you can get by layering two trees together.  After cutting the second tree, bend the branches out and use mini dimensionals to put the two trees together.

The card base is Whisper white cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2“, scored at 4 1/4”.  Next is a piece of Real Red cardstock cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8“.  Next a piece of Gray Granite that is cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  Last is a piece of whisper white cardstock cut to 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″.

The birch trees are stamped across the background of the white card stock with Sahara sand ink.  I added a piece of Sparkle Glimmer paper cut with the sloping thinlit that is part of the this set to represent snow.  Then I added the tree to the card with dimensionals.
I stamped the sentiment from the Merry Christmas to All stamp set with Real Red ink on the upper right of the card.

And last but not least I added some of the Red Rhinestones to the tree and on the sentiment.

Which stamp set is your favorite for this Holiday Season??

Ready to place an order?  I would love to be your demonstrator if you are in the US.  If your order is under $150, use the Host Code Q2ZTVNG2 and I will send you a sampler of Designer paper.  I love to share Host benefits with my customers!

Thanks for stopping by today!