Christmas in July – Under the Mistletoe Card

     For the past few days, I have been playing with the new Under the Mistletoe Designer paper from the new  Stampin’ 
Under the Mistletoe CardUp! catalog.   I have designed a few Christmas cards with this paper using a new stamp set; Color Your Season –  that Stampin’ Up is releasing on August 1st and a couple of the Holiday sets that are in the current catalog.

Here are the details on this card made with the upcoming Color Your season stamp set. 










The Color Your Season stamp set has an image for each of the Four Seasons and some pretty thinlits that have a stitched edge.  I can’t wait to show off this stamp set and let you play with it.  It will be available for order on August 1st!  

Here are the details on this card:

The card base is Old Olive cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Real Red cardstock cut to 5 1/8″ x 3  7/8″.  Then a piece of the Under the Mistletoe DSP cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.  I then used the new layering thinlits with the stitched edge to cut a mat from Old Olive Cardstock and from Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped “Merry Christmas” in red.

The Color Your Season stamp set has the Christmas sentiment – Merry Christmas, a Christmas Bell and a swag of Mistletoe.  I stamped the Mistletoe swag with Black ink and colored the mistletoe with my Stampin’ Blends markers.  I then cut out the mistletoe swag and added it above the sentiment in the center of the card.  This set also has a pretty ribbon die.  I added a ribbon cut from Silver foil below the sentiment.

Next Wednesday is July 25th – so six months from Christmas so I am holding my Christmas in July class on Wednesday the 25th featuring the new Under the Mistletoe DSP and the upcoming  Color Your Season stamp set which will be available on August 1st.  I will also have some cards made with other Christmas Sets that have carried forward such as Star of Light,Hearts Come Home, and Stylish Christmas stamp sets.

Stay tuned – I will be offering an online class using the
Under the Mistletoe DSP soon!


Happy Stamping!





Blast from the Past handmade Graduation Card

Today I am sharing a Handmade Graduation Card that I designed for my niece Hillary’handmade Graduation Cards graduation from Merrimack College!  What a huge milestone!  This is one of my favorite card designs – a Z Fold Card.  I love cards that move and Z Fold Cards are one of my favorite types of cards to design!

The colors for this card are inspired by Hillary’s love of Lily Pulitzer clothes and colors.  Pink and Green colors happen to be one my favorite colors combinations too!   So this card is designed around the new Granny Apple Green cardstock and of course my favorite pink – Flirty Flamingo cardstock wiht a little Coastal Cabana thrown in for a blue shade.  Aren’t you glad that Flirty Flamingo became a permanent color and that Coastal Cabana is back!

I used the Brights Designer paper stacks for the back ground paper.  Bringing back the Designer paper stacks in the color families was a great decision by Stmapin’ Up!  I love having a designer paper that coordinates with every color!
Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
Here are the details on this card:
The card base is a 5 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Flirty Flamingo Cardstock scored at 5 1/2″ and 2 3/4″.  This is folded into a Z shape.  The first 2 layers are  two 2 5/8″ x 5 3/8″ pieces of Granny Apple Green DSP.   The back panel is a 5 3/8″ square of Coastal Cabana DSP. 

The arm of the Z Fold card is a 1 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Granny Apple Green cardstock scored at 5 1/2″ and 2 3/8″.  Each panel of the arm is layered with a piece of Flirty Flamingo DSP.   The numbers 2018 are cut using the Large Number framelits dies (which have now retired unfrotunately) from the Granny Apple Green and Flirty Flamingo cardstock.   The key to the Z Fold card is to attach the arm folded in the opposite direction from the card.

The banner and stars are cut using the Birthday Bash framelits (also retired).  I do love these framelits and the star explosion that the die creates!. 

The inspiration for the card design was a graduation card that I designed last year for my daughter Emily.  I have to admit that her card was a little more elaborate with a lot more bling.  This card was designed around Sacred Heart University colors which is where my daughter graduated from.  This card used Crushed Curry Cardstock and Cherry Cobbler Cardstock.

handmade Graduation Card





This is a great example of how you can take a favorite card that you designed before and change it to use for another occasion!

Want to learn how to make a Z Fold card?  Here is a link to a video that I recorded last year on Z Fold cards.  I also included a link to FREE PDF with full instructions on making Z Fold cards!



Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy 4th of July!!

Happy 4th of July!!

These are a couple of summer picnic  cards that my team designed a couple of years ago for summer events!

This shows that you can take the colors red, white and blue and make something patriotic!

Even though these stamp sets and papers are retired, you can create something similar with products that we have available today!

I hope that you enjoy your day!

I am going on a exploration of the Isle of Shoals off the coast of NH & Maine for the 4th! 

Enjoy your day!

Happy July! new Stampin’ Specials

Happy July! 
Stampin’ Up! has some fantastic specials for the month of July!



Have you ever thought about doing what you love?

What a perfect time to Join MY Team!

For the month of July, new recruits will receive a FREE assortment of Classic Stampin’ Pads of their choosing with their Starter Kit!  Check out the details HERE.

Ready to join now?  Click HERE to Join Now!
or
Give me a call! 

I have a fantastic team!  We all work together, share ideas and help each other out!











Special #2 For July



It is time to stock up on some of those gorgeous Designer Series Papers in the new Catalog!  Buy 3 Designs and Get 1 FREE!

Check out the details HERE.


I love the new beautiful Designer papers in the new catalog! July is a great time to get started on your Holiday cards! – so If your order is under $150, use the Host Code V2NYMHQ4   and I will give you a sampler of the new Under the Mistletoe Designer Series Paper.  I love this new bright and cheery DSP for the Holiday!  If your order is over $150, keep the hostess benefits for yourself!  I love to share rewards with my customers!



Happy Shopping!


Handmade Shower Invitation

handmade Shower invitaitonToday I am sharing a handmade Shower Invitation that my friend and I designed for her daughter’s shower.

I used the new Serene Garden Stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  I love the look of this set.  It is definitely very serene.  This set would be perfect for thank you cards, thinking of you and sympathy cards.  So pretty.



This set comes in a bundle with matching framelit dies.  But it also has a die that embosses the main floral image. 

The invitations are 5 x 7.  The base is a piece of the new Blueberry Bushel cardstock cut to 5 x 7″.  I was playing around with the width of the mat for this card and also the portrait versus landscape layouts.  The card on the right with the portrait layout has a piece of Whisper White cardstock is cut to 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″.   The image is stamped on the lower left corner with Basic Gray ink.  For the landscape invitation I cut the Whisper White cardstock to 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ for a wider mat on the base.

I used the Old Olive Blends marker to color the leaves on these cards.  I really like the shading effects that you can get with the Stampin’ Blends markers.  For the flowers I used the Blueberry Bushel ink with an aqua painter since this color isn’t available in the Stampin’ Blends markers yet.

So of course I had to try out the new embossing die.  So I made a card using some of the new purple colors;  Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.  NOTE:  you do need an embossing mat for your Big Shot.  Check out the Embossing mats in the new catalog on page 221. 

For the this card, the base is Gorgeous Grape cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4.  The next layer is 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Highland Heather cardstock. 

The next layer is a 2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock with a mat of Gorgeous Grape cut to 2 1/8″ x 3 5/8″.

For this card, I used an aqua painter and did a wash across the white cardstock for the sky.  I stamped the corner leaf image in the two bottom corners.  Next I stamped the leaf with single flower image and the larger flower above.  I then stamped the two flowers again with the butterfly on scrap cardstock and cut them out with the framelit dies.  I colored these image with Highland Heather ink and an aqua painter.   The leaves are colored with the Old Olive Blends Markers.

Then I attached the flower over the image with mini dimensionals.  You can’t tell by the pictures, but I also used a Wink of Stella pen on the larger flower so that it stands out and shimmers which it does!

I can tell that the Serene Garden stamp set is going to become one of my go to stamp sets with this catalog!

Here are the supplies that I used for these items today:
Product List

So which invitation do you like better?  The landscape or portrait?

If you are ready to place an order, I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!  If your order is under $150, use the Host code of  TSAB4JTZ  and I will send you a special gift.  I love to share the Host benefits with my customers.  Of course if your order is over $150, then keep the Host benefits for yourself!

Happy Stamping!




Handmade Graceful Glass Card

Today I am sharing a handmade Graceful Glass Card that one of my downline made today!  I just love the look of the new Stampin’ Up! Graceful Glass suite with the Designer Vellum and the Painted Glass stamp set.  This set is absolutely beautiful!  Today one of my downlines, Ruth Tinkham, said she wanted to try an Easel card and had this idea in her head. 
Graceful Glass Easel Card
I am planning on using the Graceful Glass vellum for my Stamp Club class next week; so I was excited when she started working on her idea!

So here are the directions for this gorgeous Easel card:

Card base:  Basic Black cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  Scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″.
Card Front:  2 pieces of Whisper White cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″

Line up the two  whisper white pieces (do not glue them together yet) and use the half circle die from the Painted Glass dies to cut the rounded top of the window for the card.  Line up the 2 1/2″ square die to cut out the area below the half circle.  Make sure the pieces are in the center of the white pieces.  This will give you the opening for the stained glass window.

Line up one piece of whisper white onto the front half of the basic black card base (the side that has the fold).  Cut the window out again to make the window on the basic black card base.

Choose the section of the patterned Graceful Glass vellum that you want to appear in the window.  Cut around that section so you have a 3 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ piece.  Use the Blends markers to color the birds on the stained glass window.

Attach one piece of the whisper white cardstock to the front of the card.  Make sure that the windows line up.  Attach the colored vellum piece over the whisper white cardstock making sure the portion that you want to see shows through the window.  Line up the second piece of Whisper White cardstock over the window and attach to hide the vellum.  You should only see the design that you want through the window.

Use the 2 1/2″ square die and the half circle die with Basic Black cardstock to cut out the pieces for the stained glass window.  Use the Fine Tip Glue pen to outline the black outline of the window.  Lay over the vellum.  Set aside to dry.

Stamp the sentiment “Thank You” with Black ink on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock.  Cut out with the layering oval die.  Cut a coordinating scalloped oval from a scrap of Basic Black cardstock.  Attach to the inside of the card near the bottom with dimensionals.  This will become the stand to hold the card open.

Slide a battery operated candle in the center of the card and turn on!

Enjoy!






the New 2018-2019 Catalog is HERE!

Yay!! – the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog is Here for the 2018-2019 Year!  Ordering will be online at Noon MT which is 2pm East Coast time!



Want a little peak of some of the products?  Check out this video:




Ready to place an order??  Use the Host code TSAB4JTZ and I will send you a sampler of the new Share what you Love Designer paper!!  Of course if your order is over $150, then collect the Host benefits for yourself!

I am so excited!
Happy Stamping!



Don’t Miss out – 4 great crafting Classes

How can it be only 2 1/2 weeks from our next Creative Crafters’ Escape on Saturday June 16th??  Time just flies too fast!  So I wanted to share a couple of points with you for the day.

Creative Crafters' Escape
(Click on the flyer above to print it off and share with your friends – Bring a friend that is new to us and receive a special gift from us!)

My team and I have been very busy planning for another fantastic and Fun day!!  We do need to close registration 5 days before the event so we have time to order all the supplies.  So registration is closing on Sunday the 10th.  Registration is $80 but only until May 31st  which is tomorrow!  After this, registration goes up to $85!

So CLICK HERE to Register for our Event now before Registration goes up to $85!

We have created 4 fantastic new classes for the day.  You are sure to learn something new!

Techniques and Textures Class using the new In-Colors – with Jeanne
Creative Crafters' Escape petal palette class

This class uses the new In-Colors Designer series paper with the in-colors with the Petal Palette Stamp Set.  In this class you will:
  • Make 5 cards using the new In-Colors
  • Learn 5 different Stamping Techniques – a separate technique for each card!
  • Receive a half package of the new In-Color Designer paper with the class
You are sure to learn something new and will have some of the new paper to play with after the class!  Class Cost is $30.



                                                   


Share What you Love Cards
with Lisa
Share what you love card class for Creative Crafters' Escape
In this class you will:

  • Complete 4 beautiful cards – perfect for any occasion!
  • Learn the Triple Layer technique
  • Receive a Full Step-by-step Tutorial for 6 cards with this gorgeous Designer paper!

Did I mention that this is the Designer paper that you receive as part of your registration gift?  Class Cost – $25



                                                                           Sea of Textures 3D Box
– with Debbie
Creative Crafters' Escape Sea of Textures 3D Box
All I can say about this box is WOW!!  Wait until you see it!  This box is absolutely gorgeous!

  • You will  make this fantastic 4 x 4″ box decorated with the Sea Critters from the 
Sea of Textures Stamp set.
  • You’ll receive a Step-by-Step tutorial for this box so you can re-create it in the future
  • Your friends will be awed by this project!
Class Cost – $20


Creative Crafter’s Sampler
– with Marilyn

  • You’ll make this beautiful Creative Sampler using the Crafting Forever and Apron of Love Stamp sets
  • You’ll receive a Step-by-Step tutorial for this sampler – you will have all the measurements to re-create this sampler for a friend
  • A Perfect gift for a Crafty Friend or Family member!
Class cost $25


So are you ready to register for the classes?? 

Click  HERE.


We are so looking forward to the day!!

See you there!

Memorial Day Special – Today Only!




Happy Memorial Day!!  I want to say a special thank you to all of our veterans and their Families that have served our country!









For today (Memorial Day) only, my team and I have decided to offer $5 OFF our registration for the upcoming June 16th day of Crafting fun!

Saturday June 16th – 9am to 7pm
at
Tewksbury Congregational Church
Tewksbury, MA

Today only $75


Tomorrow  – registration goes back to $80 and on Friday June 1st to $85.

So what are you waiting for??

Register NOW for just $75!



I can’t wait to see you there!  We will be announcing the details of our classes tomorrow!








and don’t forget that this is the last week to purchase Retiring items from the Annual and Occasions Catalogs!

Goodbye to Garden in Bloom

Today I am sharing another stamp set that I really like that is retiring the Garden in Bloom Stamp set.

But the good news is – this card is made with the Stampin’ Up! color Flirty Flamingo which is staying!

So I have found a few scraps of the Fruit Stand Designer paper left from the 2016 catalog.  So am going to make a few of these cards with a group of ladies that I am stamping with today.

I cut the DSP on a diagonal and used the other side of the DSP inside the card.  Here is the inside.  I love the colors and fun spring feel of this card!














It is hard to see, but I used the Wink of Stella on the flower petals to give them that extra little zing.  Everything needs a little bling!

Both cards have a card base of Flirty Flamingo cardstock. 

The card on the left is randomly stamped with the flowers from the Garden in Bloom stamp set.  This is a great way to make your own Designer paper.   For this card I used Flirty Flamingo and Peekaboo Peach inks to stamp the flowers.  The outline of the flower is stamped with the primary color and the inside of the flower is stamped with the same color and then stamped a second time on a second flower to get the lighter shade.  The leaves are stamped with Wild Wasabi.  Just a side note that Peekaboo Peach and Wild Wasabi inks are also retiring.

For the card on the right, I used a Black Archival ink pad to stamp the outline of the flowers and then filled them in with the Flirty Flamingo ink.  The flowers were cut out and applied to the card with dimensionals.  The butterfly is colored with Daffodil Delight in the center.  The edge of the Butterfly wings is a brush stroke of the Peekaboo Peach ink.

I will miss this beautiful Cheery stamp set!

Don’t miss out! 

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150, then use the Host Code RY33UA2V  and I will give you a sampler of the new Share What you Love Designer paper.  Of course if your order is over $150, keep the Host rewards for yourself.  I love to share the Host rewards with my customers!

Have a great day!

How to CASE a Card

I am going to show you how to case a card today.  Have you ever seen a card that you like and wonder how to make it?  CASE is the crafting word for Copy and Share Everything.  The most important point is to give credit to the person that designed the card originally!

This week I have been playing around with the Share What you Love Bundle of products since those are featured this month.  I like the card that is in one of the examples that Stampin’ Up! published to the Demonstrators.  So I am going to show you how I CASEd the card and then made a version that is just a little stepped up (more bling added).

The Card on the left is the card that Stampin’ Up! published on the demonstrator site.

This card has a Rich Razzleberry Card base that has been cut to 4 1/4″ x 11 and scored at 5 1/2″ to stand the long way.  A piece of Whisper white cardstock has been cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.  I can tell the dimension by the wider layer that is on this card.  Most card layers are 1/4″ smaller – this has a wider layer (more of the background card is showing) so the layer is 1/2″ smaller than the card base.

To make the banner end on this layer, I made a little mark on the bottom of the layer in the center.  Then went up 3/4″ and made another mark.  I used my Paper snips to cut on the diagonal from each edge to the dot int the center.

The Center of the card is stamped with the Love What you Do Stamp set.  The background and small flowers on the top are stamped with the new In-color Grapefruit Grove.  I have to say this is favorite new In-Color for this year.  The leaves on the side are stamped with Old Olive ink.  The rose is stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink.  The cute detailed tag comes from the Share What you Love Embellishment Kit.  “Thank you” is stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink.
Here are the items from the Stampin’ Up! Bundle.  Interested in getting a head start with this new Suite of Products?  Check out the bundles HERE.  As you can see to the left, the bundle includes the Grapefruit Grove Ink pad!!

The card on the right is a stepped up card with an additional layer and a little more bling.

The Card Base is the new Grapefruit Grove Cardstock.  The whisper white layer is the same size (3 3/4″ x 5″) with a layer of old olive underneath.  The old Olive is cut to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ to make a very narrow layer.

The background is stamped with the Grapefruit Grove ink.  Leaves are stamped with Old Olive Ink and the roses are stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink.  I added the tag from the Share What you Love Embellishment Kit and tied a piece of the white twine in the kit thru the side of the tag.  I then added two small piece of the Rich Razzleberry Velvet ribbon as a tail coming off the side of the tag.

That’s it! That is how to CASE a Card.  You make the card as shown or you can modify the card and add your own touches and embellishments to it.  As we all know, the embellishments are the fun part!


Ready to place an order?
If you do not have a demonstrator in the USA – I would love to be your demonstrator.  If you order is under $150 then use the Host code RY33UA2V and I will send you a special gift for placing your order with me.  I love to share the Host benefits with my customers!

Happy Stamping!




Discounted Retiring Items – Don’t forget

Don’t Miss Out!  This morning Stampin’ Up! discounted some of the items on the retiring list!  You can see the list HERE.

These are only the products that are being discounted and not the whole list of retiring Products. 

Retiring Annual Catalog Products













Retiring Occasions Catalog Products












Last Chance Product Discounts












Ready to place an order??  Use the Host code RY33UA2V and I will share a sampler of the Share what you Love DSP with you.  Of course if your order is over $150, then keep the Host benefits for yourself!

Happy Shopping!

Review of You Move Me Stamp set

Today I am sharing a card that I received last fall for my Birthday from one of my great Stampin’ Friends, Kathie Durgan on the You move me butterflywest coast.  I would like to share some of my favorites from sets that are retiring over the next couple of weeks. 

This post is a couple of samples made with the You Move Me Stamp set.

Here are the details for this Beautiful Birthday card:

the Card base is Basic Black cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  The second layer is a piece of Gold Foil cut to 5 1/4″ x 4″.  The third layer is a piece of Whisper white cardstock cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″.   The pattern on the bottom of the white cardstock is made using the Black Washi Tape.  I love the way you can use a little tape to look like Designer paper!

The butterfly is cut from a piece of Gold Foil with an overlay cut from Basic Black cardstock.


I love the images in the You Move Me stamp set.  The bird, butterfly and flower are 3 part stamps that allow you stamp a detailed and colorful image using multiple colors of ink for the image.   The corresponding dies allow you to create an interactive image that appears to flutter using the “grill” piece on the front of a card.  A great card that moves.

Here is an example of the You Move Me stamp set and dies used to create an interactive c
ard.  This card was designed by one of my downlines, Debby Donovan for a class that she was teaching at one of our Creative Crafters’ Escape Stamping Retreats.


Like these ideas?  Don’t miss out!   This set is retiring and will be gone after May 31st!

Ready to place an order?  If you are in the United States and don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your demonstrator.  If your order is under $150 use the Host Code  RY33UA2V and I will share a sampler of the new upcoming Share What you Love DSP with you.  Of course if your order is over $150, then claim the Host benefits for yourself!  I love to share Host benefits with my customers!

Happy Stamping!



Share What You Love – New early release Bundle

Share What You Love Pre-orderToday – May 1st – is the start of the Share What You love Pre-order from the upcoming new  2018-2019 Annual Stampin’ Up! CatalogYou will be able to order these products from the new catalog thru the month of May. 

Here are the details with a video that shows you the products that are available with this pre-order.


https://youtu.be/YPHInF9q41Q


There are 3 bundles available with the new Share What You Love product:





Order the new IN COLOR INK PAD COLLECTION for 2018-2020 and save 10%.  Included are Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch.  These are in the new ink pad design with the new ink formula!


Details for the Pre-order:

  • The purchase dates for bundled pricing and FREE products:  May 1 – 31. The bundles will not be available after May 31st.  HOWEVER, the individual items WILL be available in the  2018 – 2019 Annual Catalog, with the exception of the Statement of My Heart Single Stamp.  It is exclusive to the early release only.
  • Bundles may be included as part of a $99 Starter Kit.  You can select up to $125 worth of merchandise, plus you will receive the free items listed in the bundles.  CLICK HERE to join now.
  • If items in the bundles become unavailable during the sales period, available items will ship, and backordered items will ship separately when available.



As always – give me a call with any question!








May Host code –    RY33UA2V

Need a day of Crafting Fun??

I am so excited to announce our 4th FULL Day event!!

We have 4 fantastic classes planned with the Share what you Love Designer paper from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog coming out in June!

Here is a copy of the Flyer for our event.  Just Click on the picture to print out the flyer and Share it with your friends!












































We can’t wait to see you there!