Stampin’ Up! Leadership Day 2!

Just looking in on you …. and telling you about Day 2!

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Isn’t this just the cutest card?

I received it in a card swap today and there is no name on it, but I love that little pig and the saying!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was another day of receiving amazing gifts.

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All Senior Executives and above walked across the stage and received this Brighton Business Card Case:

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If  you know me, you know how much I am into “bling”. (not!) I will make an exception and use this though!

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And then at the Advisory Board Reunion Dinner we received another special gift:

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At every Stampin’ Up! event, we do a service project. Today we made craft kits for disabled kids living at the Russell House.

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One more day …

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Stampin’ Up! Leadership 2015: Day One!

Starting the day!

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Enjoying the evening

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at Disney World

with a show

 

 

 

 

 

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desert buffet

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Earl Gray Tea with a

Mickey Mouse Key LimeTart

 

 

 

 

 

 
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and lots of mingling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ending the Day!

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looking at Cards, Beautiful Cards!

It was a very good day!

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A Happy Thing: 1 Stamp Set 3 Ways!

When I am considering buying a stamp set, I always want to be sure I can think of several ways to use it. Here are three ideas using the A Happy Thing stamp set!

masking technique in stamping

This card uses the stamping technique of masking. If you haven’t tried that, there is a video below which will show you how.

The lemons were colored with Blendabilities.

The Best Year Ever DSP (FREE Sale-a-bration choice) is used on all three of these cards. This is such a beautiful set of papers!

a happy thing bird card

On this card, the bird was water colored with the Aqua Painters using just a wide sweeping over the water color paper. Cut out the bird and pop up on the edge of the large circle sun!

stampin up card idea

Last, these lemons are colored by using paper piecing. Stamp the lemons and leaves directly on some Designer Series Paper and cut out.

A Happy Thing Stamp Set 3 Ways!


Which one is your favorite?

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Weekly Deals!

If you don’t have all of these embossing folders, this is the time to get therm!

Here they are:

Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Price: $7.95 $5.96
Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Price: $7.95 $5.96
Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Price: $7.95 $5.96
Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folders by Stampin' Up!
Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folders

Price: $7.95 $5.96
More Amore Ensemble
More Amore Ensemble – Digital Download

Price: $9.95 $5.97
Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Price: $7.95 $5.96
Texture Boutique Machine
Texture Boutique Machine

Price: $29.95 $22.46
Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
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Card Parade from the MN Card Extravaganza!

Have you wondered what kinds of cards we make the the Minnesota Card Extravaganza? Here are nine of the cards we made there! (Vote for your favorite at the end.)

Painted Petals handmade card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So simple and yet so elegant with the Painted Petals stamp set and the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.

Painted Petals

Another take on the same stamp set and DSP!

One tag fits all

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The One Tag Fits All with the Note Tag Punch are featured in this fun, colorful card by Brenda Cardinal.

Sheltering Tree handmade card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A summer version of the Sheltering Tree stamp set. This set is so versatile – great for all four seasons, for sympathy cards as well as birthday cards, and for those man cards for all occasions!

Cheerful Critters cardCheerful Critters in a cute one layer card with hearts! Doesn’t that speak loudly “I like your face”? Great for Valentines, birthdays, kids’ cards …. and more!

Bow Builder Punch

The Bow Builder Punch makes for a quick birthday card, along with words from the Big Day stamp set (a Free Sale-a-bration choice).

Whats Up Punch
I just love this little house from the the You Brighten My Day stamp set (a Free Sale-a-bration choice) which coordinates with the What’s Up! Punch. Coloring in with Blendabilities really shows it off!

Lotus Blossom

 

Free Sale-abration choices on this card!!! Both the Lotus Blossom stamp set and the Irresistibly Yours DSP (sponged with Pool Party ink) are free choices!

butterflies thinlits dies

This elegant card done in golds uses the Butterflies Thinlits and the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. This card also comes as part of the Butterflies Bundles Online Class (click here to read more) and, if you haven’t seen the easy way to cut out these Butterflies Thinlits, click here.

Petal Potpourri stamp set

This last card features the Petal Potpourri stamp set with the Flower Medallion Punch (purchase these together as a bundle and save 15%) with words from the Best Day Ever stamp set (a Free Sale-a-bration choice).

That’s really quite a variety of cards, isn’t it? That’s what you can expect from the Minnesota Card Extravaganza Days. (The next one is March 21.)

I put this card last because “You Made My Day”. That is how I feel about you taking the time to read my blog. ….. so now,

Which card is your favorite and why? Click on the comment bar (on the top line of the post on the right hand side) and vote! Some lucky person will be receiving a gift in the mail next week!

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A Happy Thing for You Today!

This Bluebird of Happiness is singing for you today!

A Happy Thing stamp set

 

As you know, I love clean and simple cards. This is a single layer card using the Large Polka Folder for texture. The bird from the A Happy Thing stamp set (FREE Sale-a-bration choice) and the saying are the only additions.

Isn’t that saying about friendship delightful?

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My inspiration for this card is from the Freshly Made Sketches 170.

 

 

 

 

 

Have you played with the Blendabilities yet?

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If you like to color, you will love the blendabilities! For the bird, I use the medium and light shades of Night of Navy and the medium and light shades of Soft Sky. You will see all four colors used in the middle “scribbling”. The key to blending is to use a circular motion and then blend until you have the look you desire.

On the bird itself in this picture, I have only used the two shades of Night of Navy. Look back at the finished card to see how the other shades were added.

I added a touch of Calypso Coral and the card was finished.

When you color the bird, you can use any colors you like and do as much blending with them as you like! It brings out the artist in you – I guarantee!

—- and, just think! Many of the Blendabilities are available as a FREE Sale-a-bration choice too!!!! Happy shopping!

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Weekly Deals are Here Again/January 20

Here they are:

2013-2015 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
2013-2015 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers

Price: $14.95 $11.21
2014-2016 In Color Printed Clothespins by Stampin' Up!
2014-2016 In Color Printed Clothespins

Price: $5.95 $4.46
2014-2016 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
2014-2016 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers

Price: $14.95 $11.21
Basic Gray Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Basic Gray Baker’s Twine

Price: $2.95 $2.21
Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine

Price: $2.95 $2.21
Box Of Chocolates Kit -- Digital Download
Box Of Chocolates Kit – Digital Download

Price: $9.95 $5.97
Crushed Curry Baker's Twine by Stampin' Up!
Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine

Price: $2.95 $2.21
Stampin' Blendabilities™ Markers Skin Tone Assortment by Stampin' Up!
Stampin’ Blendabilities™ Markers Skin Tone Assortment

Price: $22.95 $17.21

 

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I Heart Cheerful Critters!

Looking for a cute valentine?

Cheerful Critters Valentine Card

Cheerful Critters is perfect for that!

By cutting off the sign he is carrying, I made room for him to show a glittery red heart instead! (Just think of all the other things he could be holding.)

I used paper piecing for the shirt, and I used that same paper (from the Stacked with Love Paper Stack) for the strip across the card. The background piece is also from that. Paper stacks are so easy to work with because they are small for using on your cards.

This set includes three of these adorable critters, each holding a sign, and five word phrases. My favorite is “I Like Your Face”. What a fun comment – and different.

With Cheerful Critters, you are set for Valentines … but also for kid’s birthdays (of all ages), congratulation cards and thinking of you cards … and the list goes on! 

I heart Cheerful Critters and I heart you!

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You Brighten My Day Three Ways!

Another in a series of One Stamp Set/Three Ways!

I would buy this You Brighten My Day set just for this little house stamp! Two of these three cards use this stamp too!

You Brighten My Day

 

On this first card, sponging creates a lovely backdrop for the house. The house itself is colored in with Blendabilities which gives a nice contrast to the sponging.

Whats Up Punch

This time, the house was stamped three times with one of them being colored in with Blendabilities and punched out with the What’s Up Punch. 

Wouldn’t this be a fun card to give someone who just bought a new house? The little word “yay!” says it all!

Both of these cards use just a bit of the Birthday Bash DSP for the sidewalks.

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This last card with the lightbulb stamp makes good use of the Hexagon Punch.

A coordinating envelope finishes off the look!

You Brighten My Day: One Stamp Set/Three Ways


So all three of these cards use the FREE Sale-a-bration stamp set You Brighten My Day! Is it on your wishlist? You can order it here … and get some cards from me as a thank you!

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Bow Builder Punch for Easy Bow Making!

Now you can easily make cute little bows for your cards and packages!

Bow Builder Punch
Isn’t this a fun card?

Using just the bows would make a cute card for a little girl.

You could even use wrapping paper to coordinate the card with the gift!

Its such an easy card to make too! I used the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (a FREE Sale-a-bration Choice) for the bow and ribbon and put that on a piece of Coastal Cabana Card Stock. The “happy birthday” is from the Big Day stamp set (a FREE Sale-a-bration choice)

You use the punch twice to cut out all of the bow pieces. Using a Bone Folder across the piece that makes the actual bow will make it easier to make a nice curled look.

I have often written about how I love all of the Stampin’ Up! punches. They are my “go-to” item for quick cards. This is a great punch to add to the collection! … by the way, how many of them do you own?

I think this little bow is adorable. Using just some bows would make a cute card for a little girl. You could also use some of your wrapping paper and make a card to coordinate with your gift box!bow 

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