Monday, March 31, 2014

SALE-A-BRATION Last Chance...

The end of March has rolled around quicker than I imagined.  So this is my final reminder that in just a few hours, there won't be any more Sale-a-bration free stuff.  

This is absolutely your last chance to decide if you got all the things you wanted?  If not take advantage of the time that's left.  

All you have to do is place a $60.00 Stampin' Up! Order (you can order anything from my On-line store to qualify).  Every $60 purchase will earn you a free product.  


Friday, March 28, 2014

Make a Wish...........Birthday Banner Card

Every now and again we all need a little push to try something out that isn't in our comfort zone.  Last week I entered that "twilight zone" by choosing to make a gender neutral birthday card using banners and brighter colours than I normally would.

The decision to change up my usual card making style gave me an opportunity to try out some of my new products from the Spring Occasions catalogue. 

Stamp Sets:  Perfect Pennants #133230(cm) or wood #133227and Bring on the Cake

Framelit:  Banners Framelit Dies #132173  Note: You can save 15% by bundling the Banner Framelit Die and Perfect Pennants Stamp set.  See details on Page 27 of the Occasions Catalogue.

Ink:  Real Red, Coastal Cabana

Card Stock:  Real Red, Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White

DSP:  Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Pack #132996, pg 33 Occasions Catalogue

Accessories:  2 1/2 Circle Punch, Starburst Framelits Die #132967, 1/2 inch circle punch, Stripes Embossing Folder, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (Free in Sale-a-bration Catalogue with $60 purchase until MARCH 31st) adhesive, Big Shot Machine,

Bring On The Cake - Clear-Mount Stamp set #121958 Price: $33.95 or Wood Mount # 128490 $47.95

Perfect Pennants Clear-mount Stamp Set #133230 Price: $26.95 or Wood Mount #133227 Price: $36.95

Perfect Pennants Clear-Mount Bundle   #134816 Price: $50.95 or Wood Mount #134815 Price: $59.50    If you want to create that "just because" project for a friend or loved one, the Perfect Pennants Set is perfect! And the Banners Framelits Dies make cutting the Perfect Pennants images quick and easy.  Buy the Perfect Pennants clear-mount stamp set and coordinating Banners Framelits Dies together at a 15% discount. 

Here's My Finished Card:

Tip #1.  I find it really helpful to put a label on each package of dies that I have in my stockpile of Stampin' Up Tools so I can find them quickly when I'm searching for it in the drawer.  
Tip #2:  I like to number my nesting framelits starting from the inside and working to the center.  As you can see from this picture there are 6 dies in this framelit set.  I just use a Sharpie Black Marker.

Tip #3:  When I get a new die cut I like to cut a template for reference.  The template(s) can be stored in the packaging for the die cut and I find it helps to write the number of the Framelit and the framelit measurements on each of the templates in a set. When I'm working on a sketch or designing my own card I can play with the templates to get positioning and sizing worked out before I cut my actual card layers.  

The next layer on this card is really fun to make.  For the Coastal Cabana banner simply cut a 2 1/2" x 8 1/4" piece of card stock and score this piece at 4 2/8 and fold on the score line.   

  Using framelit #2 from the Banner Framelit dies, place the fold line of the Coastal Cabana card stock just below the cutting edge of the framelit and run through the Big Shot.  

To make sure the fold line isn't cut off place the card stock a little below the cutting line.  See the gap above.
Emboss the full banner with the Stripes Embossing Folder.  Adhere this banner to the right hand side of the large dsp banner.

Using Framelit #3 cut out a banner from Whisper White card stock and stamp it with the "Wish Big" sentiment from the Bring on the Cake stamp set.  Adhere this smaller banner to the inside of the folded Coastal Cabana banner.

For the layered Starburst portion of the tag, stamp the sentiment "Make a Wish" from the Perfect Pennants stamp set in Real Red on Whisper White and punch out with a 2 1/2" circle punch.  Stamp the sentiment again in Coastal Cabana ink and punch out the "a" with the 1/2" circle punch.  Mount this small "a" with a dimensional to the real red image.   

Die cut a piece of Real Red card stock with the Starburst Framelit die and adhere to Coastal Cabana banner with dimensionals.  

For the inside of the card I adhered the top of a 5 14 x 4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the card base.  I added a 1/4" wide strip of the Fresh Prints Designer Paper to the right hand side of this card layer and stamped the sentiment "Sending Good Thoughts Your Way" in Real Red ink.

This card could be made in many colour combinations, just pick a piece of DSP or make your own designer paper by combining at least 3 colours. I really liked using the Banner Framelits for this card and the Starburst framelit and think they added a modern twist. 

Thanks for joining me today and checking out this brief tutorial.  Hope you enjoyed it.  I would really appreciate your comments and any tips you can leave about how you organize or work with framelits and your thoughts on this card.  Is it one you would re-create?  Let me know.



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stampin Up Promotions Ending March 31st..........

Sale-A-Bration ends Monday, March 31! 
March 31st is your last chance to earn FREE, exclusive Sale-A-Bration gifts with each $60 purchase. 

Weekly Deals:
Check out the March 25th to 31st Weekly Deals here.

Best of 25 Years

March 31st is your very last chance to get any of the 12 exclusive 25th Anniversary Stamp Sets.  Check out this link for all the information on how to order these very reasonably priced exclusive sets.  

If you've been collecting proof of purchase stickers on the Best of 25 stamp sets your last chance to redeem them is April 30, 2014.  Remember you need six stickers to qualify for a free stamp set of your choice valued up to $17.95. 

Free Markers With New Subscription to Paper Pumpkin.  This promotion ends on March 31, 2014. Click here to see the details.

My Digital Studio - Latest Downloads
Are you a fan of My Digital Studio.  If so check out this link to Tuesday's newest MDS Downloads.

March Updates................The Clock is Ticking!!!

Where Have I Been???

Wow!  Are you wondering where I've been? It's been a while and I'm sorry for the delay in posting but I've been on the road and not able to access my blog and posts.  But, as of today I'm getting back on track and will be uploading both the Stampin' Up Promotions for March as well as some great cards, 3-D projects and upcoming class information.

Promotions and Weekly Deal Changes:
Starting today, I'm making a change in how I post the Stampin' Up! Promotions and Weekly Deals, and I think you'll like it!  

Instead of posting all the information about a special promotion or the weekly deals on my main blog page, I'll be giving you a short alert to let you know something's up and putting a link in the post to my new Promo Page or Weekly Deals Page, at the top of my Blog, then you can check out the link for all the details.  

Pinterest Updates: 
Are you a follower of my Pinterest site?  If you click on my Pinterest Button located on the top left hand side of my main page, you will link to "My Cards" on Pinterest,  How cool is that?  

While you're on my Pinterest site you can also check out what I'm interested in making, baking and more, by simply clicking on my picture icon on that page.  Yes, that's right once you click on my picture the link will take you to my main Pinterest page and you can access all my boards.  

Lately I've been re-pinning pictures of cards for various Stampin' Up stamp sets, for example Wetlands.  If you've bought this set from me and want to see other examples besides the ones I've shown you, this will be the board for you.  Sound like fun?  It is!  Hope you'll try it out today.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Personalized Stamps - Say It Your Way

Stampin’ Up!® has made some big changes in their Personalized Stamps and ordering procedures.  For one thing, you no longer need to go through me to place your order.  With Stampin’ Ups! new personalized stamp program you can create a cool address label or even use it for everything from marking your territory on books or other belongings to having a fun way to give a personal touch to gifts and goodies.   Check out this flyer for more information:

Here are just a few customization ideas (for you or for the perfect gift):
  • Address stamp Thank you
  • From the classroom of (for a teacher gift)
  • From the kitchen of
  • Made with love
  • This book belongs to
  • From the desk of
  • Just married
  • Save the date
  • Promote your business (add your name, website, and contact info)

Check out Stampin’ Up!’s newest offering:

Sample of new Personalized Circle Monogram Stamp....................personalize with your own information.  Item #132852 Price $29.95.
      The new Personalized Circle Monogram Stamp co-ordinates with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch (item 119860). It's recommended that you use Clear Block B (item 117147) (note: punch and block need to be purchased separately.   

See more personalized name stamp designs on my online store or in the annual catalogue!

The Fine Print
  • Stamps are available for ordering on my online store, and the site provides a preview option so you can see what you get, before the order is submitted.  Awesome!
  • You need to be logged in to the store to be able to personalize and preview your stamp.
  • Personalized name stamps from the 2013-2014 annual catalogue (page 135) can also now be ordered and previewed online.  Note: that 2013-2014 annual catalogue sets come in wood-mount lased rubber, not photo polymer.
  • The font and design of the stamps are set.
  • Once ordered, stamps are non-refundable, so really, really, check to see that you're getting what you want on the preview.
  • Expedited shipping is not available for these items.
  • Stamps will ship from a third party vendor.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Weekly Deals March 11 to 17th, 2014

It's Tuesday again and here are this week's great deals!  If you love all things Big Shot, then you'll love what Stampin' Up! is offering this week.  

While I have most of these items in my tool kit, I was excited to see the Argyle and Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, because they've been on my wish list for a while.  And, at 25% off that's a big savings for me. 


Get Ready for September 15th 24 Hour Stamp Sale!

  September 15th is a stamp-tacular sale day for Stampin' Up and a great opportunity for you.    If you’ve had your eye on a certain st...