Monday, September 30, 2013

Tags 4 You: Happy Thanksgiving

Fall is here (at least on the calendar) so Thanksgiving can't be too far away!  I"m using the Tags 4 You set again today for this Thanksgiving card in the shape of a file folder!  How did I do that?  With the fabulous new Envelope Punch Board from Stampin' Up!  (Supply is currently limited; they will be backordered soon so order yours now HERE!)

I applied the Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper onto my card before making the tabs with the Envelope Punch Board.  Next is a panel of Island Indigo then a layer of Soft Suede that has been embossed with the Big Shot and the Pretty Print embossing folder over that.

The label was stamped with Soft Suede ink onto Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock and punched out with the Label Bracket Punch.  This punch and the Tags 4 You set are new in the Holiday Catalog, pg. 37, and you SAVE 15% when you purchase them together as a Bundle.  Just be sure and use the Bundle item number when you order (#133293,wood or #133294,clear-mount!).

I stamped the turkey label (from the Harvest of Thanks set, p. 19, Holiday catalog) in Pistachio Pudding, diecut it with the matching Deco Label Framelit then layered the Thanksgiving punch onto that.  Next it was layered over a piece of Natural Trim Ribbon to the Soft Suede panel.

 Inside the card you see how I attached a 1" strip of Venetian Romance Designer Paper before the tab was cut.   The verse is from the Trust God set and is just right for a Thanksgiving card!

Stamps:  Tags 4 You, Trust God, Autumn Harvest
Inks:  Soft Suede, Pistachio Pudding
Paper:  Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper (#130144, $10.95); Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Island Indigo
Tools & Accessories:  Big Shot, Pretty Print TIEF, Label Bracket Punch, Deco Label Framelit, Envelope Punch Board, Natural Trim Ribbon

To ORDER, click HERE!

If you are ordering online, the current Hostess Code is RTYSBTAY. 

If the total amount of everyone ordering with this code goes over $150. I will draw a name from those ordering to win FREE Hostess Benefits!  This number is good through Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.

All items used here are from Stampin' Up!  You may purchase these and all Stampin' Up! products from my online Stampin' Up! ordering website HERE.   

Thank you so much for your support and your orders!  I really appreciate you!

These on-trend file folder cards are really easy and fun to make!  I believe that Patty Bennett came up with the idea; there is a link to her video tutorial HERE.

Happy Monday everyone!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Envelope Punch Board, New Hostess Code & Halloween Happiness File Folder Card!

Stampin' Up! announced Friday that due to it's popularity, their supply of the Envelope Punch Board will soon be exhausted!  If you want one soon, you'll need to order it right away~ or wait awhile : (

Have you seen or used it?  Its a wonderful new tool for stampers!  Need an unusual size envelope?  Need a special coordinating envelope for your card?  Wish to use up some retired papers?  Feeling creative?  Then you will WANT to have this amazing tool!

Watch the Video to see how easy it is to use:

Envelope Punch Board
  • It creates totally customizable envelopes in up to 66 different sizes (not to mention a million different color and pattern options depending on the paper you want to use). Even tried and true envelope sizes will only take you moments to create!
  • It's super easy to use;  all you have to do is measure for the first punch and from there you just turn and score !  Wow!
  • It's small and lightweight; this makes it easy for you to take it and to store it. It's small and light enough that you could use it while watching a soccer match, at a park, at a friend's for craft night-anywhere.
  • It even has a slick scoring tool as well as a punch that lets you create rounded corners on your envelopes.
  • It's easy to keep it all together; the stylus storage compartment and two punches are designed into the tool so you don't have a bunch of little pieces to keep track of (even the instructions are printed right on the tool so you won't lose them!).
  • The price is terrific-especially for a tool that does so much!
 Besides envelopes, you can use this fab tool for other projects too!  Here is a "File Folder" card I made using the EPB for the unique shape on the top of the card:
I recently saw a fun card made by Linda Callahan that inspired me to use my new Halloween Happiness set.  The file-folder cards are so easy to make now that we have the Envelope Punch Board
Stamps:  Halloween Happiness #131859 wood, $9.95, p. 20, Holiday Catalog Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Gumball Green Stampin Write Markers Paper:  This and That Designer Series Paper; Very Vanilla, Whisper White Accessories:  Pumpkin Pie 3/4" Chevron Ribbon, This 'n That Date Stamp, Linen Thread, Hung Up Cute Clips, Designer Brights Collection Buttons, Dimensionals. To ORDER, click HERE! If you are ordering online, the current Hostess Code is RTYSBTAY.  If the total amount of everyone ordering with this code goes over $150. I will draw a name to win FREE Hostess Benefits! All items used here are from Stampin' Up!  You may purchase these and all Stampin' Up! products from my online Stampin' Up! ordering website HERE.    Thank you so much for your support!   Have a good weekend! Margaret

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Secret Garden Hello!

It is time for another Create with Connie and Mary Challenge Thursday!  Today we have Color Challenge CCMC270 consisting of Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Bermuda Bay!

I know, I know, this isn't a fall card!  I've been making so many fall projects lately (and I LOVE FALL!) that I decided to take a break from those and do something different using these colors.  Well, I thought and thought then chose the Secret Garden set and framelits for flowers!

I stamped the two line-art stamps and clear embossed them.  Next I used my AquaPainter filled with alcohol and colored them.  I did a second center for the Bermuda Bay  flower and layered it. The Crushed Curry was stamped off before stamping then I added some shading with the AquaPainter.

Here you can see the close-up detail.  Three tiny Pearls center each flower; I colored the Pearls for the Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry flowers with my AquaPainter (alcohol) and ink; the Pearls were left original for the Bermuda Bay flower.

Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon encircles the Chevron-embossed card front.  The "Hello" sentiment is from Lacy and Lovely stamp set which is stamped on the banner.  Here you can also get a glimpse of the inside that is decorated with two line-art flowers and a length of "ric-rac" diecut with the Tasteful Trim XL die.

Here again are the colors for this week's challenge from Create with Connie and Mary:

Now it's your turn:  Can YOU take the CCMC 270 Color Challenge?  First visit Create with Connie and Mary to check out the cards made by the other super-talented Challenge Team Members and see the guidelines.  Make your card, upload it then link it to the CCMC270 page!  Next wait for all the admiring visitors and comments!  We'll drop by to see your card and leave you some comment love this next week!

Stamps:  Secret Garden, Lacy and Lovely
Ink:  Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Cajun Craze, Whisper White
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Cajun Craze
Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Chevron Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Secret Garden Framelits,  Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon, AquaPainter, Tasteful Trim XL Die.

Thanks for joining me today!  Have a happy weekend, and stamp if you can!  It's good therapy!


Monday, September 23, 2013

MERRY Thinlit, Negative Space

This card uses the "negative space" left by cutting out the Merry Thinlit for the card I posted Saturday (here).  Isn't that great to be able to use both the cut and the paper left... double the use!  And no waste!

The card is Cherry Cobbler cardstock, 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" finished size.  On top of that is a layer 5" x 3-1/2" which has been dry embossed with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder (#132174, p. 22, Holiday Catalog).  A tie of Cherry Cobbler 3/4" Chevron Ribbon (#130012, p. 173, Annual Catalog) dresses the top of this panel; below is a panel of Gold Foil Sheet (#132622, pkg. of two 12 x 12", p. 28, Holiday Catalog).  Notice the top and bottom edges were cut with the Stampin' Trimmer Rotary Blade Addition and Small Scallop Blade (p. 176-177, Annual Catalog).

All items are from Stampin' Up!  You may purchase these and all Stampin' Up! products from my online Stampin' Up! website HERE.  Once there just click on the "Shop Now" link.  Thank you so much for your support!

That's it for today!  Hope you enjoy and come back soon!


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Very Merry Tags Card

Here is another Christmas card from our demonstrator Stamp-a-Stack made with new items from the Holiday Catalog!  It is actually a gift card holder also!

The card was made using the versatile Very Merry Tags stamp set (wood or clear, p. 33, Holiday Catalog) and the Season of Style Designer Series Paper (#132340, Holiday Catalog, pg.23)   Love this polka-dot paper with Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Baked Brown Sugar!

This card measures 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" and fits the Crumb Cake Note Card Envelopes.   The envelope is stamped with two more of the stamps in the set.

Here is the inside featuring a "pocket" of DSP from the same collection.  Such a festive card and great presentation for a gift card!

Here is what you'll find in the Very Merry Tags set:

Very Merry Tags   #130393w  $24.95; #130402c   $17.95;  p. 33, Holiday Catalog. 
 Thanks for visiting today!  I'll have another card from the Stamp-a-Stack posted soon!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Merry Thinlit Christmas Card

We had a mini Stamp-a-Stack at our last demonstrator meeting and made four Christmas cards!  I'll be posting these for you to see; here's the first one:

The card base is Old Olive with a layer of  Whisper White over that.  The three banners are strips of Season of Style Designer Series Paper (#132340, p. 23, Holiday Catalog) and a mosaic punched with the Modern Mosaic Punch from the Gold Foil cardstock (#132622, p. 28, Holiday Catalog).  A Large Rhinestone gives it added bling!

The "Merry" is cut with the Expressions Thinlits Die (#132171 set of 3, p. 36, Holiday Catalog) from the same Gold Foil cardstock... isn't that gorgeous?!  The "Christmas" is stamped from a portion of the Merry Little Christmas set (wood or clear, p. 27, Holiday Catalog).  Lastly at the top of the white panel a piece of Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon is tied around and into a bow.

A liner was cut for the standard white A-2 envelope with the Envelope Liners Framelits Dies (#132172, set of 3 sizes, pg. 37, Holiday Catalog) using the Season of Style DSP.   Doesn't that just look great and dress up this card envelope another notch?!

The SAS cards were designed by Jann McCollom.  We had lots of fun trying out some of the new products we hadn't used before!  More posts to come!

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Modern Medley and Flower Shop Anniversary

It's Thursday so that means another challenge from Create with Connie and Mary!  This week it is a sketch challenge, and indeed it is a little outside my norm.  But that's what challenges are for so I went for it!  Here's my card:

This is a new shape for me!  However, the outside dimensions are still the standard 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card so it will fit an A2 envelope.  For the card and the layer that has been dry embossed with the Stripes TIEF and Big Shot, I used Very Vanilla cut 11" x 3-5/8", folded in half at the top.

For the focal top layer I cut Basic Black cardstock at 4-1/4" x 3-3/8" and a layer of Modern Medley Designer Paper at 4-1/16" (yes, 16; I wanted a narrow band of black to show, lol!) x 3".  I rounded all my corners with the corner rounder portion of the new Envelope Punch Board because it gives a larger rounding than the Corner Rounder punch we carry.

Next the fun part!  I added two strips of Modern Medley prints, cut a banner end and the inverse on them, and added that scrumptious Strawberry Slush Ruffled Trim underneath the lower banner.   The flower was stamped with Strawberry Slush ink onto Strawberry Slush cardstock three times then punched them out with the coordinating Pansy Punch.  I finger-shaped then layered them before adding a small Simply Pressed Clay flower for the center.  I ran my Two-Way Glue Pen around on the flower then sprinkled on a bit of Dazzling Diamonds for some shimmer.

Here is the CCMC269 sketch:

Stamps:  Flower Shop, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Strawberry Slush
Paper:  Modern Medley Designer Paper; Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Strawberry Slush
Accessories:  Strawberry Slush Ruffle Trim, Dazzling Diamonds, Simply Pressed Clay and Flowers Clay Mold
Tools:  Big Shot, Stripes TIEF (embossing folder), Word Window Punch, Pansy Punch, Envelope Punch Board (corner rounder), Dimensionals, Two Way Glue Pen, Glue Dots, Snail.

Isn't this an interesting sketch?  I really like the way my card turned out and this will be a fun sketch to use again too!  Now be sure to check out the creations of the other CCMC Challenge Team members... they are such talented ladies!

Now how about YOU making a card using this unique sketch?!  Check out the challenge guidelines at Create with Connie and Mary before you begin and then when you finish, upload your artwork to their site!  I gave you my dimensions so that's a good starting place and from there just create, create, create!!  Easy peasy!

Thanks for visiting today! 


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

NEWS and Reminders About Current Stampin' Up! Products and Specials!

You may not be aware of some of the many new offerings currently available from Stampin' Up!  Just in case I have listed a number of them here and will be posting a few more in a couple of days.  Check back for further updates!  Thanks!

15% Off Butterfly Bundle 
Remember to take advantage of this month's special! You'll save 15 percent when you buy the bundles Papillion Potpourri Stamp Set and Bitty Butterfly Punch!

More information?  Click  Butterfly Bundle 15% Off!
 The Best of Autumn - September's 25th Anniversary Set

 See the full size flyer:  Click  Best of Autumn

Single Stamps:  The Holiday Collection was released on August 14.  
      Click HERE to get all the details!


Holiday Carryover Products:  these products are from previous catalogs but are not listed in the current catalog!  There are some very popular favorites available for your Christmas and holiday stamping and crafting! 

You can see the pictures by clicking Holiday Carryover.   

Magnetic Platform Available to Order!
A full shipment of Magnetic Platforms (item 130658) has arrived! We are happy to announce that the great wait is over and Stampin' Up! started filling new orders on September 12.

This exclusive magnetic platform will hold your Framelits and Edgelits in place over your stamped images or papers when you run them through the Big Shot!!  Awesome describes this essential tool!!  I have mine and LOVE it!!

See this fabulously useful and popular item on pg. 184 of the Annual Catalog!  
OR you can see it in my online store:  Magnetic Platform.

New Clearance Rack Items Added!  

 Big savings are to be had on the Stampin' Up! online Clearance Rack, even up to 80% off!
Click HERE to take advantage of some cool products for hot prices!!


You may purchase the above and all other Stampin' Up! products
from my online Stampin' Up! website HERE.
Thank you so much for your support


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Autumn Accents Birthday

There's a great color combination over at Create with Connie and Mary that I wanted to use for an early fall birthday card;  the challenge is to use Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip and Crushed Curry.   I saw a card in a magazine that inspired me so when I saw these colors, I combined the ideas and came up with this card:

The leaves were diecut from the wonderful Sweater Weather Designer Paper in the Holiday CatalogVery Vanilla cardstock is the card base as well as the next layer, which was textured with the Big Shot and the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The Soft Sky leaf was folded in half then textured with the same folder.  Cool, hum?

Crushed Curry ink was very lightly applied on the edges of the woodgrain layer as well as very lightly on the layer itself in places; the framelit circle and sentiment banner edges were also sponged with the same color for definition.  I added a little splattering to the background with Soft Sky and a splatter stamp.  The Rhinestones were colored with yellow and orange Sharpie makers to match the Crushed Curry.

Here is the color combo  for the challenge:

Stamps:  Express Yourself (hostess set), Gorgeous Grunge
Inks:  Chocolate Chip, Crushed Curry, Soft Sky
Papers:  Sweater Weather DSP; Very Vanilla cardstock
Tools:  Woodgrain TIEF,  2-3/4" Circles Framelit, Big Shot, Stampin' Sponge
Accessories:  Rhinestones, Linen Thread, buttons from the Neutrals, Regals and Subtles Collections.

All items are from Stampin' Up!  You may purchase these and all Stampin' Up! products from my online Stampin' Up! website HERE.  Once there just click on the "Shop Now" link.  Thank you so much for your support! 

While there, you may also wish to check out the Clearance Rack since new items were just added by Stampin' Up!  Great products for great prices!

Thanks for visiting today!  How about you trying out the color challenge yourself!  It's fun to see what you come up with!



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Regarding Dahlias - CCMC268

Thursday is the day for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge, and today it's a Color Challenge!  I love these beautiful colors and this is the first time I've used them all together:  Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz and Wisteria Wonder.

The card base is Soft Sky, 8-1/2" x 5-1/2", folded in half.  Next is a layer of Whisper White that has been dry embossed with the Big Shot and the Beautifully Baroque TIEF (embossing folder) placed over a layer of Wisteria Wonder.  Tucked under the right side is the beautiful Pear Pizzazz Ruffled Trim.

That embossing folder adds so much texture to a project, not only tactile but visual;  just love that.  The focal point of the card is the dahlia; I first stamped the dahlia onto Wisteria Wonder cardstock with Wisteria Wonder ink then quickly heat embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.  That made the lines glossy and also darker, so I didn't have to do any coloring on this flower at all!  I then cut this out with my sharp little Paper Snips and adhered it with Dimensionals to a Window Frame Framelit cut from Pear Pizzazz Designer Paper from the Subtles Paper Stack!  I love these polka dots!

The happy birthday sentiment is from Express Yourself, a set available to hostesses or those who make their own "party" order of $150. or more, which qualifies for free hostess benefits.  It was die cut with an Itty Bitty Banner Framelit on my just-received Magnetic Platform, which holds the metal Framelits in place while passing through the Big Shot!  Mine was on backorder for two months but Stampin' Up! and the manufacturer have caught up with the demand and they are once again available for order!  Thankfully!  It is GREAT!!

I spritzed the card with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz and dusted it very lightly with Dazzling Diamonds for some sheen and glimmer.  I really had quite a time photographing this card but IRL (in real life) the color scheme and card is very lovely!  I do love these colors together!

Here again is the challenge: 
Now, how about you taking this challenge with us?  Just check out the guidelines on Create with Connie and Mary website, make your card with Stampin' Up! products then upload it online where we can see it, then go back to Connie and Mary's website and link to your post!  That's it!  Its fun and..well, challenging!  : )

Be sure and visit the challenge blog to see what all the other designers made with these colors!  They are SO talented; you'll see some beautiful cards!

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you have a chance to be creative today yourself!!


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Blooming with Kindness in Curry and Brown

Here I am again with one of my favorite sets, Blooming with Kindness!  I like it anytime of the year, but since we're approaching fall, I find myself reaching for it even more often!

I had this Oval Accents Die cut out of Baked Brown Sugar cardstock sitting on my stamping desk already embossed with the Chevron embossing folder; just a great background waiting to be used!  The polka dot background is Chocolate Chip and Whisper White from the Neutrals Paper Stack.  I just love the Paper Stacks because you get all this wonderful DSP in every color of a given color family;  I am so glad I recently ordered this because the Chocolate Chip was just perfect for this card!  The card base is Crushed Curry.

The flower image was inked with Crushed Curry then I used the "thumping" technique (which is also called by other names which I can't remember right now...).  This is done by randomly tapping my (Calypso Coral) marker on the inked stamp and then stamping; this adds "flecks" of color to the image and gives it a cool look.  I then cut it out with a Window Frame Framelit and used the Festive Paper Piercing Pack template and piercing tool for the piercing around the edge.

A strip of Crushed Curry Chevron Ribbon was added to the left end and a Calypso Coral Button tied with Linen Thread adorns it.  The "Thanks" sentiment, stamped in Chocolate Chip, is part of an image from the Harvest of Thanks set. 

I never thought about putting these colors, Crushed Curry, Baked Brown Sugar and Chocolate Chip, together before I started this card, but I really like how they look in person! 

Thanks for visiting today!  Hope you enjoy the card!   Remember to come back tomorrow as I'll have my card up for the next Create with Connie and Mary Challenge, #268!  See you then!

Blooming with Kindness
Window Frame Framelit Dies   #129021
Oval Accents Clear Bigz Die    #127005
Chevron Texture Impressions Embossing Folder  #127749

Any or all of these items can be purchased through my secure online Stampin' Up! store website here:   Once there just click on the "Shop Now" button.   Thanks for shopping with me!



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Harvest of Gratitude Pocket Card

The sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary has a twist:  CCMC 267 is a sketch AND pocket card!  How fun!  I've been using this new Harvest of Gratitude set and saw it would fit this sketch and pocket card challenge quite nicely!

The colors are from this plaid sheet of Designer Series Paper from the Sweater Weather collection:  Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip and Crushed Curry.  I love blues and browns together and the curry gives it an extra pop.   The banner on the left is the new Burlap Ribbon from the Holiday Catalog; really nice!

The pocket itself is a strip of Chocolate Chip cardstock cut 4-1/4" x 9-1/2", scored and folded at 4-1/4".  I used Mono Multi Liquid Glue in a very thin line on both sides to secure the pocket closed; once it's dry I've never had that stuff turn loose!  The card inside is Soft Sky cardstock die cut with the Big Shot and the Oval Accent Die; the opening for ribbon in the top was cut with a little framelit from the Chalk Talk Framelits set.  Love how it makes such a nice finished opening for the ribbon!

Speaking of ribbon, I used Soft Sky Seam Binding and tied it with a bow of Linen Thread.  I used the lines stamp ("skid marks") stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set stamped lightly in Crumb Cake at both the top and bottom of the tag for interest and definition.  Lastly the "Gratitude" was cut with a matching framelit from Itty Bitty Banners Framelits and added to the top of the tag.

The turkey deco label stamp was stamped in Chocolate Chip onto Soft Sky with Crumb Cake ink, then stamped again with Chocolate Chip ink onto Very Vanilla .  The Soft Sky was die cut with the smallest of the Deco Label Framelits.  The vanilla cardstock turkey was punched out with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch then layered over a Crushed Curry circle cut out with the 1-1/2" Circle Framelit.

Here is the pocket card sketch for Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge CWCM267: 

Now it's your turn to play!!  First hop over to Create with Connie and Mary website and see what the other challenge team members created (they are so talented!), check out the challenge guidelines then get busy and make your own pocket card!  Pretty fun!

Hope you enjoy all the designer's cards this week and will jump into the challenge yourself!  Have fun!

Thanks for visiting!  I always appreciate your comments!


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Fabulous Florets Get Well

I have a quick card for you today using the Acrylic Block Stamping technique.  This is one of my favorite techniques as it is quick, colorful and lends itself to any number of variations!

I made a leaf card using this technique and these colors recently HERE;  I also gave directions for the colored panel stamped with the large acrylic block "I" and all the colors used on that blog post, which I also used on this card.  This time I used line art images from the Fabulous Florets and Secret Garden (pointy petal flower) sets instead of leaves.  The nice thing about these backgrounds is that you can make a number of them up and then stamp them with your chosen images when you need a card to send.

I centered each flower with a Basic Rhinestone which I had tinted yellow with a Sharpie marker.  The sentiment is from the Annual Catalog Hostess set Express Yourself.  This is a great set of twelve very useable expressions which is only available to a hostess or to a person who makes an their own separate order of $150.   It is stamped with Rich Razzleberry onto Very Vanilla cardstock;  the tiny scallop edge is cardstock punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch and adhered underneath.  The card base is Old Olive.

This is a pretty simple and quick card; I like the bright and cheery colors so thought it would be good to send a friend who has been sick in hopes of cheering her up!

Enjoy!  Thanks for visiting today, and... Happy September!! 

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