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FREE Stamps anyone??

FREE stamps anyone??  It is Christmas in July!

Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  I can easily say that signing up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator was the best decision that I have made.  In 17 years I have made the best friends all while doing something that I love! 


There are so many advantages to signing up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator:
1.  Work on your schedule – this is the perfect job to allow you to spend quality time with your family but make a little extra money!
2.  Earn a discount on all the high quality Stampin’ Up! product and be the first to see the new releases of product!
3.  Make new friends while building a business

As a demonstrator you’ll earn 20 – 25% income on everything you sell; plus, when you meet certain benchmarks you can also earn commissions on your team members’ sales. 

Even better, during the month of July, Stampin’ Up! is offering a fantastic special – they are adding $72 in product to the Starter Kit!  That is nearly $200 in product for the price of a $99 Starter kit!  What could be better? How about a FREE Christmas stamp set from the upcoming Holiday catalog?  Check out the details on the additional product HERE.

Ready to check it out?  Check out my team page HERE.  I have a fantastic team!  Join the fun today!

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Happy 4th of July!

HapHappy 4th of July cardpy 4th of July!  This is one of my favorite patriotic cards that my friend Margaret Galvez on the Stamping New England design team has created. Margaret always surprises with a different twist on a theme!  This card was actually designed two years ago but is so appropriate for the 4th!

This card is made with Real Red Cardsock for the card base.  A layer of Night of Navy cardstock with a layer of Newsprint Designer paper.  Small pieces of real red ribbon are layered on the corners to highlight the real red color of the card.

The flag is made from a piece of Whi
sper White cardstock.  The red stripes of our Flag are stamped with Real Red ink and the Work of Art stamp set.  The Stars are punched using the Star border punch from a scrap of Night of Navy cardstock.  The flag is attached to the card front with dimensionals to give it a little pop!

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!




Handmade Orchid Card

Today I am sharing a hhandmade orchid cardandmade Orchid card that I made with the new Stampin’ Up! Climbing Orchid stamp set...  For those of you that know me, I am a flower lover and orchids are one of my favorite sets.  So of course when I saw this set – I had to get it!  So I have had some fun playing around with it.  I am going to record a video on how to use the pieces to make different looks.

I can see some great decorative 3D items with this set!


The card base on this card is cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  The second layer is a piece of Berry Burst cardstock cut to 5″ x 3 3/4″.  The whisper white cardstock layer is cut to 4 7/8″ x 3 5/8″ which is layered onto the Berry Burst layer.  The “enjoy today” is stamped using the new in-color Lemon Lime Twist ink pad.

The Climbing Orchids stamp set is a two part stamp.  Two part stamps allow you to get more depth on the flowers.  You can stamp the outline of the flower in one color and then stamp the inside in a coordinating color.  The other great advantage to this set is that you can purchase the set and the coordinating framelits together in a bundle and save %10! 

Each orchid is made up of 3 pieces.  The base of the orchid, the two leaf petal and the flower center.  For each piece of the orchid, there are two stamps, an outline stamp and a detail stamp.  The exception is the center of the flower which is just one piece.

The orchids are stamped on scraps of Whisper White cardstock.  The outline of the flower is stamped with Blushing Bride ink.  The detail of the flower petal is stamped using Berry Burst ink – stamped off. This means ink up your detail stamp that lines up with the outline image and then stamp the image on a piece of scrap paper.  Then stamp the image a second time on top of the outline image.   You get a layer of Berry Burst that is not quite as intense.  The center of the flowers are Berry Burst stamped at full strength.  They are not “stamped off” first.  Next cut out the orchids using the handy matching framelits!

Each orchid is assembled using a dimensional to attach the double petal to the base of the flower.  I very carefully bent the flower petals to give them some lift.  You want to be careful to not crease the flowers but just slightly bend them.  I placed the orchids on the card first to figure out where the stems should be stamped.  The stems are stamped with Lemon Lime Twist ink.

I hope you have enjoyed these cards today!  Here are the products that you need to make these cards.

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Which card do you like better?  The Whisper White or Pool Party card base?

Happy Stamping!


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Creative Crafter’s Escape was the best!

I just want to say thank you to my team mates on the Stamping New England Team for our first full day retreat last Saturday the 17th filled with Stampin’ Up! fun.  We had soooooo much fun!!!  And we are working on a second day for October 14th!  So mark your calendars now!  You don’t want to miss it! 

Creative Crafter's EscapeThis is the hall all setup before everyone came in.  It looks so peaceful (and clean).

Each person had 6′ of space to themselves to work on their projects.  We also had tables with lots of great retired product for sale.















There were 3 classes offered during the day featuring product from the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.

A Daisy class featuring the new Delightful Daisy stamp set taught by Jeannie Nielsen.

The second class was a Beautiful 3D Frame taught by Debby Donovan.  These frames are made with the Hightide Stamp set and Colorful Seasons stamp set and framelits.











And the 3rd Class was a Stunning set of cards made with the Stampin’ Up!  Hightide Stamp Set led by Margaret Galvez!






I can’t wait to see what else my team designs using some of the new sets in the gorgeous 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalog!

Are you in the US and need a Demonstrator?  I would love to be your demonstrator.  Send me an email at marilyn.sanclemente@comcast.net and I will send you a catalog!


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Handmade Z Fold Graduation Card

Z Fold Graduation CardToday I am sharing a handmade Z Fold Graduation card that I made for my daughter this past weekend!  

I am so proud of my baby girl (now 21).  She graduated with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Sacred Heart University on Sunday.  She has been accepted into a Masters Program at Case Western Reserve so is moving to Cleveland, Ohio at the end of the summer…  Eventually she wants to go to Medical school.  Anyway, back to the card.

I choose the colors of Cherry Cobbler and Crushed Curry since Sacred Heart’s colors are dark red and yellow – along with gray. 
This card uses the Stampin’ Up!’s Birthday Blast stamp set with the Star Blast Edgelit dies.  But hurry and get your copy of this set. This set is retiring and will be gone at the end of May!  I also used the Star framelits to cut out extra stars.  The numbers are cut out with with the Large Number Framelits.
Handmade Z Fold Graduation Card
The Star Blast framelit was used to cut out an applique from Gold Glimmer paper and also from Red Glimmer paper.

So to make this card:
The card base is a 5 1/2″ x 11″ piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock scored at 5 1/2″ and 7 3/4″.  Fold the base into a Z shape.  Each panel of the Z is layered with Crushed Curry cardstock.  The front cross-panel is a 1″ x 11″ piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock scored at 5 1/2″ and 7 3/4″.  I then layered a 7/8″ x 11 inch piece of crushed curry card stock over this piece.  Fold it in the opposite direction of the card.  So the long side is matched up with the short side of the card.

Want more detailed instructions on making a Z fold card?  Check out this video that i recorded earlier this year on how to make a Z Fold Card.  





Here are the supplies that I used for this card.
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Creative Crafter’s Escape for June

Welcome to the kickoff of the Creative Crafter’s Escape! This is a very exciting day today for my Stamping Friend Jeannie Nielsen and me!


Jeannie and I are starting a new group to plan and hold 2-3 Creative Crafting Days each year.  Our first event is scheduled for Saturday June 17th at the Tewksbury Congregational Church in Tewksbury, MA.  We have rented out the a large room in the basement of the church and have planned out a fantastic day of fun for all of our Crafting Friends!  We are starting off with this one day event and would like to schedule a  2-3 day event in September.  We are currently scoping out venues to hold our first 2-3 day event in the September timeframe!

So here are the details on our first event:

Summer Getaway 2017
Saturday June 17th
– 9am to 8pm
at the
Tewksbury Congregational Church
10 East St.  Tewksbury, MA


This is a day of Crafting Fun for all types of Crafters!  Stampers, Scrapbookers and Quilters are w
elcome!
Attendees:
1.  Each Attendee will have 6′ of table space to spread out and work for the day!  So bring your latest crafting project
!
2.  You will have access to our Big Shot machines with lots of Embossing Folders and dies for cutting
3.  You will receive a Goodie Bag full of items from the new Delightful Daisy Suite of products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Catalog.
4.  Lots of inspirational display boards
5.  Lunch and Dinner will be provided

In addition – Two Add on classes will be Available!  Stay tuned for signup information for the Classes.

1.  Delightful Daisy Class – will feature the Delightful Daisy Suite of Designer paper and the Daisy stamp set!
2.  High Tide Class  – will feature the High Tide Stamp Set.

And what is a Crafting Day without Prizes and Giveaways?  Throughout the day there will be ways to earn Raffle tickets for our selection of Raffle Items.  The Grand Prize is a full set of the brand new in-color Products (an $85 value)






Registration Information:

Early Bird Registration is $60 (before May 26th)
$70 On May 27th

Registration absolutely closes on June 9th.  (There are no exceptions as we need time to order all the product)!

You can Register here:



Stay tuned for more information and samples!

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Sneak Peak – Stampin’ Up! In Colors

Friday I had a little fun in Marilyn’s Creative Playground with the new Stampin’ Up! In-colors!  A few of my team members came over and we played with some of the new stamp sets and papers on Friday!

  Here I am sharing a sneak peak of the new Stampin’ Up! In-colors that will be available with the new Stampin’ Up! catalog in June!  I am so excited!  I love these new colors and they look so nice with the existing in-colors!

So the new In-colors are from left to right:

Berry Burst, Lemon Lime twist, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and layering down is a card made with Powder Pink.

I highlighted these colors using the new Designer Series paper made with these in-colors.  This designer paper was made using each of the 5 colors.  The new In-color Designer paper stack has 4 design patterns for each color.  If this pattern looks familiar it is because it was in this year’s catalog in a Night of Navy color which I affectionately called the Delft Paper since it had the look of Delft pottery!

The messages on the cards are stamped with the corresponding color and the Layering Love stamp set.  The messages are cutout with the Layering Square, ovals and circles framelits.  If you are an avid paper crafter like me, you need these framelits in your tool kit!  They are perfect for cutting squares, circles and ovals out of cardstock or for pictures in your scrapbooks!

 What I like best about these colors is they are very bold and vibrant but pair nicely with the other in-colors!  Of course that is one of the advantages of using Stampin’ Up! products.  All the colors coordinate!

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The Retiring List is out!

Stampin' Up! Retiring List














The time for the new Stampin’ Up! catalog is quickly approaching – so that means that some Stamp Sets and supplies need to retire to make room for new stamp sets and supplies!  This list is from both the Annual 2016-2017 Catalog and the Occasions Catalog.  Check out the list of items that we are bidding a fond farewell to  HERE.

Here are a few specifics about ordering retiring products:

  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, we’ll keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Select discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
  • Depending on inventory levels, we may add additional discounts to select products in May.
  • These discounts will not be preannounced.
  • If you or a customer buys a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
  • If there is a product you or your customer wants, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you/your customer risk it being sold out.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.

And speaking of new catalogs.  If you are an existing customer of mine – you will be receiving your new catalog in the mail.  If you are new to me – send me an email at marilyn.sanclemente@comcast.net and I will make sure that you receive a new catalog!

Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code 49YAFEGU and receive a package of Pearl Jewels from me!  Of course if your order is over $150 then collect the hostess benefits for yourself!

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Carousel Birthday All Occasion card

Today I am sharing a card that I made with the Carousel Birthday stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.  I love the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series paper stack.  The paper has a very shabby chic look with a combination of great colors!  There is a Calypso Coral hue and a blue – Bermuda Bay hue.

This is my “stepped up” card with lots of detail.  I was looking for some cards to make for swaps at Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Richmond.  I also wanted to make a card with more detail to keep for me and use for a future class.

Here are the two color combinations.











Here are the details of this card:

The card base is So Saffron cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″.  Next is a layer of Pool Party cardstock that I have embossed with the Boho Chic embossing folder.  The center piece is a 4″ x 3″ piece of the Cupcakes & Carousels designer paper with a layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock that is 4 1/8″ x 3 1/8″. 

The Carousel horse is stamped with Chocolate Chip ink and colored with the Watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  These are stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock.  The Circle and Scalloped circle are cut out using the layering Circles Framelits.  The Baker’s Twine is part of the Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishments kit.   For the detailed card, I stamped the horse a second time and layered it on the first horse to make the layer pop.  I added a touch of wink of Stella to the Bermuda Bay areas of the horse’s saddle which you can see in the close up.
The second card is made with the coordinating Calypso Coral color hue.  The card base is Very Vanilla cardstock.  The first layer is a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock embossed with the Boho Chic Embossing Folder.  I used the small Pearl Jewels to accent the details of the saddle.

So which color combination do you like better?

Can’t wait to see what i get back for swap cards tomorrow!

Happy Stamping!


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Delicate Details and Sale-a-bration

Today I am sharing a card that I madDelicate Details and Avant Gardene with my Stamp Club in February with the Stampin’ Up! Delicate Details Stamp set.  This stamp set is from the Sale-a-bration catalog which ends tomorrow on Friday!  So if you want this set – time is winding down!

The Delicate Details stamp set is perfect for making very feminine, lacey cards.  Perfect for a wedding or shower card!

With this card, I also chose to use a couple of the in-colors.  I like the combination of these colors and the soft look.

The background colors are Dapper Denim and Mint Macaron which are stamped alternately with 3 of the stamps from the Delicate Details stamp set.  The Flower is from the Avant Garden stamp set.  I used the Dapper Denim and Cucumber Crush markers to color the image on the floral stamp.  This is stamped on an oval of whisper white cardstock and layered on a scalloped oval of dapper denim.  These ovals are cut using the Layering Ovals Thinlits.  

Finally a piece of Dapper Denim ribbon is used to finish off this project.

So don’t miss out!  Tomorrow is the last day to order from the Sale-a-bration catalog!  i love to share the hostess benefits with my customers.  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code US9TNKY4 and I will send you a 6×6 sampler of the Falling in Love Designer Paper.  Of course if your order is over $150 then take the hostess benefits for yourself!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you liked my card made with the Delicate Details stamp set!




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New items added to Sale-a-bration

Wow – several new items have been added to the Sale-a-bration Selection for these last 10 days!! 
























Ready to place an order?  If your order is under $150 then use the hostess code US9TNKY4 and I will send you a gift of some Designer paper from the Occasions catalog.   Of course if your order is over $150 collect the hostess benefits for yourself.

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More Z Fold Cards

Dragonfly Z Fold CardToday I am posting a video that I made showing how to make a Z Fold Card.  These cards have been really popular lately and can be made with virtually any stamp set.  Here are 3 examples!

This top example is a card that is made using the Dragaonfly Dreams stamp set (designed by one of my customers).  It uses the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper combined with a piece of the Falling in Love Designer Series Paper, both from the current Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog.

Both the Dragonfly Dreams and Oh So Succulent Stamp sets are used to create the stamped images for this card.

Life me Up Z fold card
This second card is made using the Lift Me Up stamp set with the Carried Away Designer paper from the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs from this spring.

One of the things that I love about this card is using the design of the Carried Away Designer Series Paper in the design.  I cut out the mountains out of the Designer paper and used those on the 3D center portion of the card along with the map.

My son is moving to Canada next week for a new project with his job.  What a great card for him – moving onto new adventures!


A few weeks ago I posted this card for Valentine’s Day using the Sending love Designer Series Paper with the Sealed with Love Bundle.   This was actually the first Z Fold Card that I made.



Enjoy the Video!! 

Don’t forget to download the FREE PDF with full instructions at the end of the video!





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Beautiful You and Watercoloring

Today I have been working with the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You Stamp set with Watercolor paper and the new Watercolor pencils.  I love the backgrounds that you can make with the Watercolor pencils.  I have put together a Watercolor class using the pencils and the Beautiful You stamp set!
Beautiful You Watercolor
This is a card that was inspired by one of my downlines on the Stamping New England Design Team, Margaret Galvez.  I love this card!

So the details on this card:

This 3D Frame is made by scoring a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Night of Navy Cardstock at 5″, 5 1/2″ & 10 1/2″.  Then cut out a window on the front panel by cutting 1/2″ in on each side of the card leaving a 1/2″ window.  Cut a 4 1/4″ x 1″ piece of Night of Navy cardstock.  Score down the middle at 1/2″  Fold in half and attach to inside of frame with Tear & Tape to hold the frame together.

The actual image in the frame is a 4 7/8″ x 4 1/8″ piece of Watercolor paper.  I used the Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo pencils and scribbled on the Watercolor paper from the top to 2/3 of the way down the paper. Next I used an aqua painter filled with water to spread and blend the color from the pencils.  I used a fair  amount of water to make a lighter image.  You can use less water if you want a deeper image. Then I colored the bottom of the paper with the tempting turquoise pencil and again used the aqua painter to blend the pencil.  Set this aside to dry.

In the meantime – stamp the dancing lady from the Beautiful You stamp set on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock with Black Archival ink.  Use the pencils to color in this image and cut the lady out.  Ink up the top half of the lady and stamp on a scrap of dazzling diamonds glimmer paper to make just the top of the dress.  Cut this out.  Attach to the dancing lady image that you cut out.

After the watercolor paper has dried, stamp the dancing lady image again lining up the bottom of the foot with the line between the pink and blue of the background.  Use dimensionals on the back of your dancing lady that you have cut out.  Attach over the stamped image on the watercolor background.  Attach the background to the inside of the frame.

Stamp the phrase “Life Looks Beautiful on You”  with the black archival ink on a scrap of Whisper White.  Cut out with the layering oval framelits.  Cut an oval scallop one size larger from a scrap of Soft Sky cardstock.

To add a little dimension to the frame, I used a Wink of Stella pen to outline the inside edge of the frame.  It adds just enough pizazz to pull your eye to the card.

I hope you have enjoyed my card today!

Happy Stamping!



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Love the new Coloring Books?

Do you love the new Craze for Coloring Books?  Coloring is so relaxing and not just for kids anymore..  Well Stampin’ Up! is getting in the game with a new Designer paper.  Have you seen the new Designer paper – Inside the Lines?   I love this paper!

But it is only available for a limited time.  This paper is part of this year’s Sale-a-bration bundle.  I have designed a class around this new Designer paper and the new Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils.

I am teaching a Watercolor class this Friday to show you watercoloring techniques with the new Watercolor Pencils!  I am so glad that Stampin’ UP! has brought back Watercolor Pencils!  I have put together a special class just for the pencils with the Inside the Lines Designer paper.  You will make 5 cards.

There are two ways to get this class:

1.  Attend my Friday March 3rd class 
This class includes:
  •  8 Sheets of the new Designer paper (2 sheets of 4 designs)
  • A set of the new Watercolor Pencils
  • An aqua painter
That is approximately $35 in product.  And you will learn a couple of techniques for using the new Watercolor pencils, as well as make 5 cards – all for $45!

2.  Not Local to me?  You can Order my Tutorial with full color instructions for making these cards for $9.95.

Attend Watercolor Class

or

Order Class Tutorial



Here are the details on Friday Class:

Friday Daytime:  10am to 3pm – the class does not take 5 hours.  But you can come within this timeframe and make one of the kits.
Friday Evening:  7pm

I hope to see you on Friday!


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Red Hat meets Beautiful You Stamp set

Today I am sharing a card designed with the new Stampin’ Up! Beautiful You Stamp set to make a Red Hat card. This card was designed by one of my Downlines, Margaret.

This is a quick and simple card made with Elegant Eggplant cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ to form the card base.  The card base is embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing folder to add a little dimension.

And of course since Red Hat Colors are Red and Purple there is a layer of Real Red cardstock cut to 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″.  Next is a layer of Basic Black cut to 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ and a layer of Whisper white cut 3 1/8″ x 4 3/8″.

The image is stamped with Black Archival ink on the Whisper White cardstock.   The lady is stamped a second time on a scrap of Elegant Eggplant cardstock and cut out to piece the dress on the lady.  The hat is stamped a second time on Real Red cardstock and cut and pieced to the hat.

When designing cards there are several common measurements to use for layering.  A common layer is 1/4″ between pieces of cardstock.  On this card, a narrow 1/8″ layer is used to mat the focal piece of Whisper white cardstock.  Then a wider layer of 1/4″ is used between the Basic black and Real Red cardstock.   I like the framed look that the difference in layers gives the folcal point of the card.



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