#SimpleStamping Valentine Card

Here is a quick to make #SimpleStamping Valentine Card.  It uses one stamp set and one ink color, though you can use more ink colors if you want too.
#SimpleStamping Valentine Card

SUPPLIES:

Stamps:  Meant to Be  Cling Rubber #148626
Ink:  Real Red
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Stamp Blocks:  F, G
Optional:  Use your Stamparatus #146276 instead of Block F.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Cut your Whisper White card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Watch this Video to learn more about making a card base.

2.  Lay your Valentine Heart stamps and sentiment where you want them on your card front with the rubber touching the cardstock.  Lay the large F Stamp Block over all of these stamps.  Ink up your stamp.  Hold your Stamp Block and stamps over the card base front until they\ stamps are in the position you want them.  Put the stamp straight down and press your whole palm over the stamp block area where your stamps are.  Press firmly on the Stamp Block for 5 seconds.  Gently lift up the Stamp Block.

3. Put the small edge stamp on the G Block and stamp in the places shown.
Your Card is Finished!

Enjoy making your OWN #SimpleStamping Valentine Card!

Stamp Perfect Images

Would you like to Stamp Perfect Images Every Time?  This simple technique works with all types of stamps and all kinds of ink pads.

This Video is almost 7 minutes long.

SUPPLIES:

Choose your stamp(s):  Rubber: Wood Mount, Clear-Mount, or Cling; or  Photopolymer
Choose your ink pad(s)  Foam or felt
Cardstock or paper
Stampin’ Pierce Mat #126199 for use with Photopolymer Stamps

TIPS:

1.  Wood Mount stamps are ready to use as they are already on a block.  Clear and Cling Mount Rubber stamps need to be put on a block so you can use them.  If you want them perfectly lined up on your stamp block lay them on grid paper, then put the block on them.

2.  Ink up your stamps correctly to stamp perfect images every time.
~Foam ink pads:  Lightly pat the stamp on the ink pad.  You do not want any ink except on the part you want to stamp on your cardstock.
~Felt ink pads:  Gently rub your stamp in circles over the ink pad OR rub the ink pad in circles over your stamp.  Keep the ink pad flat so the ink only goes on the part of the stamp you want.

3.  Stamp straight down, count to 5, then pull the stamp straight up.  This is the MOST important way to stamp perfect images every time!  Do NOT tilt or roll your stamp block as your image will appear darker in spots or if there is ink on the stamp around the edges you will get a ring-around-the-rubber stamped image.

Check out videos on how to use the New Style Ink Pads and the older Style Ink Pads.

Here is the finished card.
Perfect stamping cardStamps:  Meant to Be  Cling Rubber #148626
Amazing Life  Photopolymer #148750
Inks:  Lovely Lipstick
Garden Green
Cardstock:  Whisper White  4″ x 5-1/4″
Garden Green  5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score & fold at 4-1/4″
Adhesive:  SNAIL

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Hearts Just for You Valentine Card

This Hearts Just for You Card can be used as a Valentine Card, a Wedding Card, an Anniversary Card, or a Thinking of You Card.  It is an elegant card.  Enjoy making it and giving it to someone special.
Hearts for You Valentine Card

SUPPLIES:

*Bundle #150587:  Meant to Be   Rubber Cling Stamps + Be Mine Stitched Framelits
Stamps:  *Meant to Be Rubber Cling #148626
Ink:  Lovely Lipstick
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Lovely Lipstick
Powder Pink
Gold Foil Sheets #
Big Shot:  *Be Mine Stitched Framelits #148527
Rectangle Stitched Framelits #148551
Adhesives:  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets #144106
Stampin’ Dimensionals

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Cut your Lovely Lipstick card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.

2.  Choose the Rectangle Stitched Framelit that is just wider than your Heart Stamp.  Cut it out from Whisper White cardstock.

3.  Lay our your Heart and sentiment stamps on your Whisper White Stitched Rectangle.  Then, mount both stamps on the same Stamp Block.  Stamp them with Lovely Lipstick ink.  Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back.

4.  Cut your Gold Foil Sheet at 2-1/2″ x 3-1/4″.  Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back.  Layer this Gold Rectangle with the stamped Rectangle.

5.  Big Shot
The measurements listed are for BOTH the cardstock AND the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet which you will put on the back of the cardstock.
Watch This Video if you need help using Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.
Watch This Video if you need help cutting detailed Framelits/Thinlits.
~Gold Foil Sheet:  1″ x 2″.
~Powder Pink cardstock:  3-1/2″ x 4-1/4″
~Cut two of the small flowers from the Gold Foil.
~Cut two of the Many Hearts Strips from the Powder Pink cardstock.  Poke out all the Hearts and save them for another project as they are all stickers.

6. Put your card together.
~Put on the Many Hearts Strips first so they go diagonally across the card letting some hang off each corner.  Cut off the parts that hang over the edge.
~Put a Gold Foil Flower in each of the other two corners.
~Put the Layered Rectangles in the center of the card.
Your Card is Finished!

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Three Silver Hearts Card

I love this Three Hearts Card Kiev made!  I Love the NEW Meant to Be Bundle with the Be Mine (Heart) Framelits & Thinlits!!  Kiev designed this card using three of the Filigree Heart Thinlits and the NEW Rectangle Stitched Framelits and some Designer Series Paper.  This card can be used for any “Love” Occasion.
Three Silver Hearts Card

SUPPLIES:

Cardstock:  Real Red
All My Love 12×12 Designer Series Paper #148576
Silver Foil 12×12 Sheet #132178
Big Shot:  Be Mine Stitched Framelits #148527
Rectangle Stitched Framelits #148551
Adhesive:  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets #144106
SNAIL

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Cut your Real Red card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.

2.  Cut two 1-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ Stitched Rectangles using the Rectangle Framelits.  Attach to card base as shown in the photo.

3.
  Watch This Video if you need help using the Multipurpose Sheets.  Watch This Video for help cutting detailed Thinlits.

4.  L
ay your Heart Thinlit the back of your Silver Foil paper to decide how much you will need.  Cut your Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet and Silver Foil the same size.  Put the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back of the Silver Foil Sheet.  Cut out one Heart

Big Shot Sandwich:
1. Big Shot Platform with Thin Die Adapter on (OR Multipurpose Platform with all tabs closed)
2. Bottom cutting plate (The flatter it is the better results you will get.)
3. Foil Sheet with adhesive sheet down
4. Heart Thinlit with cutting edges touching Foil Sheet
5. Printer Paper folded in half covering the Foil Sheet to keep it smooth and pretty looking
6. Add the Top cutting plate

5.
  Lay out the Hearts where you want them.  Peel off the adhesive backing and put the Hearts on the card.
~Attach the Hearts on the sides first.
~Then she put the center Heart down overlapping the side Hearts.
Your card is finished.

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Happy Birthday Celebration Card

Do you want to make a FUN Birthday Card for someone using the Birthday Cheer Bundle?  Try making this card.  It is fun to make with coloring, sponging, and a little fussy cutting to give you some fun therapy.  Change the colors to fit the person whose birthday you are celebrating.  This is for my granddaughter.
Fun Birthday Card

SUPPLIES:

Bundle:  Birthday Cheer  Cling stamps + Detailed Birthday Edgelits  Bundle #150576
Inks:  Memento Black
Highland Heather
Gorgeous Grape
Stampin’ Write Markers:  Gorgeous Grape
Blushing Bride
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Highland Heather
Big Shot:  Curls & Swirls Embossing Folder (Oops!  I thought it carried over, but it must be retired.  Choose an embossing folder you like instead.  Sorry!)
Other:  Nature’s Twine #146342
Paper Snips #103579
Stamping Sponges #141337
Adhesives:  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet #144106
Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals
Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Cut your Highland Heather card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Highland Heather card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Run through the Big Shot with the Curls & Swirls Embossing Folder.  Sponge the raised cardstock with Highland Heather or Gorgeous Grape ink.  I think I used Highland Heather ink.  Set aside.
3.  Die Cut Presents
~Watch this Video if you want help using Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.
~Cut a 2-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet and Whisper White cardstock.
~Run a Bone Folder over the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet, peel off the words paper and attach the plain, sticky part to your Whisper White cardstock.
~Die cut the “Presents” Edgelit using your Big Shot lining up the straight bottom edge of the die with the bottom edge of your cardstock with the Adhesive Sheet on the under-side.
~Peel off the adhesive backing.  Most of the small parts will stay on the backing sheet.  Remove those that remain.
~Stick the die cut to the bottom of your embossed card front.
~Glue the Embossed Card Front to your card base.
4. Party Hats
~Stamp two Party Hats on Whisper White cardstock with Memento Black ink.
~Color with the Markers of your choice alternating colors on the stripes.
~Fussy cut out the hats.  Be very careful when cutting around the pom-pom at the top so you don’t cut it off.  If you do cut it off just match it up with the hat when you attach the hat to the card front.  (Can you tell which hat I cut the pom-pom off?)
5. Tag
~Stamp your Birthday sentiment on Whisper White cardstock with Gorgeous Grape ink.
~Cut out with the Tag Framelit and your Big Shot.
~Sponge around the edges with Gorgeous Grape ink.
~Cut about 3-4″ of Twine.  Fold it in half.  Thread the folded part through the Tag Hole.  Put the Twine ends through the loop.  Pull tight.
6.  Finish your Card.
~Lay out the Hats and the Tag on your card front where you want them.
~Attach all with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
~Optional Envelope:  Emboss the Envelope Flap with the same embossing folder you used on your card front.  Watch This Video to learn how easy it is.

#SimpleStamping Birthday Card

This Birthday Card is great for beginning stampers with few supplies.  It uses one stamp set, one ink pad, Watercolor Pencils, and a Blender Pen.  #SimpleStamping
#SimpleStamping Birthday CardSUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Birthday Cheer: Rubber Cling  Mount #148604
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black #132708
Cardstock:  Whisper White #100730 OR Whisper White Note Cards #131527
Coloring:  Watercolor Pencils #141709
Blender Pens (set of 3) #102845
Suggested Stamp Blocks:  B, C, D, G
Optional Note Cards:  Use Note Cards that come with envelopes so you don’t have to cut a card base.  The Whisper White Note Cards are 3-1/2″ x 5″.  If you cut your own card base (Step 1 below) your folded card will be 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Whisper White cardstock at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.  Watch This Video about making your own card bases.  OR use a Whisper White Note Card.
2.  Stamp your sentiment first, then stamp each image in Memento Black ink.
3. Color:
~Cupcake:  Real Red Sprinkles, Early Espresso Frosting, Daffodil Delight cupcake paper
~Hat:  Old Olive, Pacific Point, Real Red
~Present: Real Red Heart, Pool Party package, Pacific Point Ribbon
4.  Use your Blender Pen to blend the colors and remove the pencil lines.  Clean the Blender Pen Tip after each color by scribbling it on a scratch paper until the color is gone.  Enjoy!
Your card is finished.

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You will need to make a $50 purchase.
Project Supplies:
$20 Birthday Cheer stamp set
$16 Watercolor Pencils
$12 Blender Pens
$6.50 Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (20 each)
Total=$54.50

Basic Tools:
$6 Memento Ink Pad
$8.50 Clear Block D
Total: $14.50

Choose ONE FREE Sale-a-bration Product:
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Stamp sets
~Hello Cupcake #149714
~By the Bay #149739
~Home to Roost #149736
~So Hoppy Together #149725
~Part of My Story #149719
~Lovely Lattice #149730
Ribbon Combo Pack with 5 colors ribbon #149623
Pressed Wood Butterfly Elements #149711
Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper 12×12 #149622
Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets #149712
Precious Parcel Card Kit #149750
FREE with $100 Purchase
Tea Time Framelits #149697
Lasting Lily stamp set #149717

NEW Cling Stamps Video

Have you been curious about Stampin’ Up!’s NEW Cling Stamps?  Learn all about them when you watch this video.  There are currently 27 Cling Stamp sets available in the Occasions Catalog.  Check them out HERE.

This Video is 13 minutes long.

TIPS:
1.  Carefully pull the stamps off with your fingernail or the Take Your Pick Tool under the sticker and gently roll off the stamp block.
2.  Keep the sticky label clean.  You can clean it with water, Stampin’ Mist, or mild dish detergent if needed.
3.  Avoid the following:
~NO Sticky label on cardstock or paper.  Lint fibers will make your sticky label so it won’t be sticky anymore and you won’t be able to clean the lint off the sticky label.
~DO NOT use wipes to clean your stamps or labels.  They also leave lint fibers that destroy the sticky feature.
~NO Alcohol wipes.  The alcohol will damage the sticky labels and the wipes have fibers.
~Use caution when using StayzOn Cleaner on your Rubber stamps as the cleaner can damage the sticky labels.

So, get yourself at least one Cling-Mount Stamp Set today!

Sale-a-bration Q&A

I get lots of questions about Sale-a-bration.  Here are the answers.

What is Sale-a-bration?
It is Stampin’ Up!’s way of rewarding customers with FREE Products when they place a qualifying order.

What is a Qualifying Order?
Any order that is $50 (United States) before tax or shipping.  This also means any order with $50 increments.  The more $50 increments, the more FREE Sale-a-bration products you can choose.

Is there anything else special about Sale-a-bration?
There are THREE ways to participate in Sale-a-bration.

Shop and Earb FREE Sale-a-bration Products!
1. SHOP!
  You can choose a FREE Sale-a-bration Product for every $50 (before tax and shipping).  There are sixteen $50 Products and two $100 Products to choose from.  The bigger your order, the more FREE products you can choose.  You can also mix the $50 and $100 products when you have a larger order.  If your order is $150+ you also get Stampin’ Rewards (MORE Free products to choose from-Exclusive Host Products or ANYTHING from the currents Catalogs or Clearance Rack!!).  Click HERE to go to My Online Store.

Host a Provate Class or Party
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  Would you like to earn Stampin’ Rewards without spending $150+ yourself?  Then invite your friends and Host either a Party or Private Class.  The more others order to equal $150+, the more Stampin’ Rewards you earn.  If your orders total $250+ you will get to choose an EXTRA $25 in Stampin’ Rewards!

Join Stampin' Up! with TWO Starter Kit Options!
3. JOIN!  
Become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator!
~Starter Kit:  Choose $175 in current Stampin’ Up! Products to help with your first event where YOU will be the Host and earn Stampin’ Rewards!!  Don’t worry.  I will be there to help you have a successful event.
~Business Supplies are also included in your Starter Kit.
~Normally you get to choose $125 in Stampin’ Up! products for $99 so during Sale-a-bration you get to choose $50 MORE.  You also get FREE Shipping!!
~Contact Me today to Join!  I can answer any questions you may have.  It is recommended that you choose your $175 in merchandise BEFORE you start the Joining Process.
Starter Kit Options:
Option 1:  $99.  Choose $175 in current Stampin’ Up! merchandise for your Starter Kit.
Option 2:  $129.  Choose $175 in current Stampin’ Up! merchandise for your Starter Kit PLUS get a Limited Edition Craft & Carry Tote Bag pictured above.  I PreOrdered mine for $50.  You get it for $30!!

Why JOIN with me instead of someone else?
~I will be there to help you reach your goals whatever they are.
~FREE Team Membership Site: There are LOTS of projects to use in your events so you don’t have to totally think them up yourself if you don’t want too.  You will also have FREE access to my Creative Techniques-more than 80 Techniques with videos!  (a $35 a month value!)
~I usually post my Stamp and Product Classes on the site, though I am a bit behind right now.  But we have a NEW Catalog to work with, so NEW Products for Class Projects!
~What if you are not local?  We can talk at least once a month.  I post my Team Meeting Agendas on the Team Membership Site along with the Training, notes, AND Make & Takes for the meeting.  You will be included!
~I am here to answer your questions.  ALL questions are worth answering!
~I will teach you so you know what you need to do.

JOIN HERE!  I will get an email that you joined.  I will send you a Welcome email with some information and a link to register for our Team Membership Site.  This site has LOTS of projects you can use in your classes and events and even just for your personal Stampin’ Playtime.  I am working on adding more Demonstrator Helps.

CASE #6: Sale-a-bration Kit

These two Pocket cards are made from the Sale-a-bration Precious Parcel Card Kit on page 16 of the Sale-a-bration Brochure.  These are perfect for beginning stampers and require few extra supplies.
Precious Parcel CardsSUPPLIES:
Precious Parcels Card Kit #149750 (FREE with $50 purchase)  Available January 3-March 31, 2019.
Paper Snips #103579
Take Your Pick Tool #144107
Bone Folder
No additional adhesives needed

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Take out the contents of the Kit.  Keep the small parts in a bowl or something so you don’t lose them.
Precious Parcel Card Kit Contents 1Precious Parcel Card Kit Contents 2Precious Parcel Card Kit Contents 3Note the different languages the sentiments come in.

2. Pocket Card Base.Front Pocket Card BaseBack Pocket Card Base~Choose your Pocket Card Base: Light Green or Dark Green.  You complete the same steps for both the Light Pocket Card Base and the Dark Pocket Card Base.
~Place two Gold Corner stickers in the lower corners of the Post section of the card base.  It was helpful to use the Take Your Pick Tool.  Just place one side of the sticker on the flat part of the Take Your Pick Tool and then line up the two flat edges with the raised lines in the lower corner.  Repeat with a second Gold Corner sticker.
~Punch out the long Pocket Hole and the two bow holes.
~Choose a sentiment sticker and place it under the Pocket Hole against the raised line.  I again used the Take your Pick Tool to help me get it centered.
~Cut 12″ of Baker’s Twine.  Thread through the two Bow Holes.  Tie a bow like you would your shoelaces.
~Peel off the two strips of adhesive backing on the Flap.  Line up the two rounded parts on the sides.  Use your Bone Folder to press the adhesive down.  My edges were just a little crooked.  You need the rounded parts to match up completely on both sides so you can fold the card back properly.
~Now fold the card back closed.  Crease with your Bone Folder.
3.  Pocket Card Insert.
~Choose the Pocket Card Insert you want.  Either one will work with either Pocket Card Base.
~Punch out the small rectangle Postage Stamp Image.
~Attach the Postage Stamp Image to the upper part of your Insert with a small Paper Clip.
~Write something on the White part of the Insert.  You can write on the lower part of the front and the whole back of the Insert.
~Insert into the Pocket Card Base in the Pocket Hole.
Your Card is finished.

Humming Along

This card uses the NEW Humming Along stamp set and is a #SimpleStamping Card.  It uses stamps, ink, and coloring.  You can use your favorite coloring products – I used Stampin’ Blends Markers.  Just make sure you choose Memento Tuxedo Black ink instead of StayzOn Jet Black.  StayzOn ink smears when used with Blends.
Hummingbird and flower CardThis Stamp set is in the NEW Occasions Catalog which we can buy from on January 3, 2019.

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Humming Along  Rubber Cling Mount #148758   available January 3, 2019
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo
Stampin’ Blends Markers: Dark Daffodil Delight #144585
Rich Razzleberry Combo #144602
Pumpkin Pie Dark #144577
Flirty Flamingo Combo #147278
Light Lovely Lipstick #147026
Cardstock:  Thick Whisper White

INSTRUCTIONS: 
1.  Cut your Thick Whisper White card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  SCORE and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Lay out your stamps where you want them on the card front.  You can use the large Clear Block F to stamp all three stamps at once if you want.  Watch This Video to learn the Stamping with Large Stamps technique.  OR stamp each image separately.
~Stamp with Memento ink.
3. Color:
Make sure and lay some grid or scratch paper under your cardstock when using Stampin’ Blends Markers.  Also, make sure the card is open and laying flat so you don’t make marks on the inside of your card.
~Dark Daffodil-Yellow Pollen flower part
~Old Olive-leaves and stems.  Make sure and color the stem inside the flower before coloring the flower.
Flower Petals.  Color one petal at a time for best blending results.
~Dark Rich Razzleberry:  Use the Fine Tip to go over the lines coming from the center of the flower and to draw small circular lines along the flower petal outside edges.
~Light Rich Razzleberry:  Color the whole petal, blending the dark circular lines until you can’t see a line and the color just goes for darker to lighter.
Repeat with each petal.
Humming Bird.  I think they are really brownish.  But I was not in the mood for browns.  Choose the colors you want.  I will tell you what I used.
~Beak: Dark Pumpkin Pie-Thin Tip
~Heat & Body: Dark Flirty Flamingo
~Feathers-Wings and Back: Light Lovely Lipstick and Light Flirty Flamingo.  Color along the lines at one edge with the Lovely Lipstick and blend with the Flirty Flamingo.
Your Card is finished.

So Happy Lace Card

This “So Happy to Have You In My Life” card uses the NEW Lace Dynamic Embossing Folder from the 2019 Occasions Catalog and the Grapefruit Grove Foil from the Sale-a-bration Brochure.  This is a quick card if you have a Big Shot.  No Big Shot?  Just leave the Foil Sheet flat and cut your sentiment in a rectangle.
Happy Life Lace CardSUPPLIES:
*=Available January 3, 2019
**=Available January 3, 2019 FREE with a $50 merchandise purchase
Stamps:
  *Amazing Life  Photopolymer #148750
Ink:  Shaded Spruce
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Flirty Flamingo
**Grapefruit Grove & Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets 12×12 (4 of each color) #149712
Big Shot:  Lace Dynamic Embossing Folder #148530
Stitched Shapes Framelits #
Adhesives:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Stampin’ Dimensionals

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Flirty Flamingo card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Cut your Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheet.  I cut a 4″ s 12″ strip, then cut it down to 4″ x 5-1/4″.
3.  Line up your Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheet in your Lace Dynamic Embossing Folder.
~Big Shot Sandwich for Dynamic Embossing Folders:
Big Shot Platform with the Thin Die Adapter removed (OR Multipurpose Platform with Tab 2 open)
Dynamic Embossing Folder with cardstock inside (Yes, we skip the bottom Cutting Pad/Plate)
Top Cutting Pad/Plate
4.  Attach to your card base with Tombow Glue.  Place a couple of E Clear Stamp Blocks on top so it will lay flat.  Remove when you are ready to attach your sentiment.
5.  Stamp your So Happy sentiment on Whisper White cardstock.  Cut it out with the Largest Oval Stitched Shapes Framelit.  Attach it to your card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Your card is finished.  Admire and enjoy all the shine and the intricate embossed details!

Would you like your OWN paper copy of the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration Brochure?  Contact me and I will send you one.  OR you can order one yourself from My Online Store.  Just click on Catalogs on the left sidebar.

Fun #6 Pictures

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are taking some time to enjoy your family and friends.  Two of my children and their families are arriving tomorrow evening.  Let the peace and quiet be overtaken with Family Fun!

This weekend I will be taking family pictures of most of my family to update my Family Picture Wall.  My son will help me get all the pictures taken, printed, put in frames, and hung up in the Hallway.  It will be so nice having all the family pictures updated.  I will also be taking individual portraits of my grandchildren that are here to put on the opposite wall in the Hallway.  I have all the frames, now to get the pictures taken, printed, framed, and hung.  I will try to remember to take a picture when I am finished in a few weeks.

December Fun Challenge

Here is a photo of my Current Family Portrait Wall.
Current Portrait Hallway

So have fun doing something with your pictures by either framing them like I will be doing or make at least one scrapbook page.  Memory Keeping is wonderful!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!Merry Christmas from me to you!  I hope you have a wonderful Christmas enjoying family and friends!

I have two of my kids and their families coming after Christmas. So, including the two that live in town, I will only be missing my one daughter and her family.  It will be nice to have most of the family together for almost a week!!!!!!

 

Festive Farmhouse Christmas: Guest Stampers-Jean & Lloyd

My Downline Jean and her husband, Lloyd, have been stamping together and having a great time!  Here are some cards they made with Holiday Catalog Festive Farmhouse Suite supplies.

Festive Farmhouse Bundle #149941.  Stamp set only #148478.  Farmhouse Framelits only #147922

Holiday Catalog pages 12-13

Jean's Festive Farmhouse Card

Lloyd's Festive Farmhouse Card

Enjoy making your OWN Christmas cards!

Merry Christmas Gift Bag-Color Challenge #28

I had a request to make some things that are not cards so here is a Merry Christmas Gift Bag that is made with the Gift Bag Punch Board.  It was pretty quick to make.
Color Challenge #28Merry Christmas Gift BagSUPPLIES:
Gift Bag Punch Board #135862
Cardstock:
  Shaded Spruce
Real Red
Gold Glimmer Paper #146958
Big Shot:  Merry Christmas Thinlits #147912
Punch: Christmas Bulb Builder #148013
1/4″ Circle
Adhesives:  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets #144106
Tear & Tape #138995

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Shaded Spruce cardstock at 6″ x 11″.
2.  Use the Gift Bag Punch Board to make a Medium Bag.  Watch This Video to see how to make one for yourself.
Remember to line up the cardstock edge with the Start Line Punch, and score along the “M” first.  Then move the scored line to the Start Line Punch, and score the Side: Triangle, middle line, side-line.  Move the scored Side Line to the Start Line Punch, and score at the “M” again.  Move that scored line to the Start Line again Punch, and do the Side again: Triangle, middle line, side line.
3.  Put a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back of:
~2-1/2″ x 6″  Real Red
~1-1/2″ x 4 Gold Glimmer Paper
4.  Die cut your Merry Christmas from the Real Red cardstock with the Adhesive Sheet on the back of the cardstock.
5.  Punch four Christmas Light Bulbs AND a 1/4″ Circle from Gold Glimmer Paper.  Also, Punch four Bulb toppers from the Real Red cardstock with Adhesive Sheet.  This makes it SO much easier to attach the Topper!
6.  Lay all the pieces on the front of your Gift Bag.  Peel off the Adhesive backing and attach.
Your Marry Christmas Gift Bag is now ready to fill.

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Christmas Pines Card

This Christmas Pines card Kiev designed uses cardstock, ink, and embossing powder.  It uses a Two-Step stamping Technique which means that you use two stamps for each branch and three stamps for each Pine Cone.  Add White Embossed Snowflakes if desired to add some shine to your card.  This is a #SimpleStamping card.
Christmas Pines Christmas CardSUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Christmas Pines  Photopolymer #142049
Inks:  Garden Green
Pear Pizzazz
Crumb Cake
Soft Suede
Early Espresso
Real Red
VersaMark OR Whisper White for Snowflakes
Markers:  Real Red
Garden Green
Heat Embossing:  White Embossing Powder #109132
Heat Tool #129053

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Whisper White card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Stamp your Sentiment.
~Stamp the Tag image in Real Red ink in the lower left corner.
~Stamp your Christmas Blessings in Garden Green ink inside the Real Red Tag image.
~Stamp the straight small leaf garland in Garden Green ink
~Stamp the rounded leaf garland in Pear Pizzazz ink.
~Use your Real Red and Garden Green Markers to color the small Holly Leaves and berries.   Stamp over the last “S” as shown.
3.  Stamp your Branches. 
~Solid Branch in Pear Pizzazz ink.
~Stamp over the Solid Branch with the other Branch Stamp using Garden Green ink.
4.  Stamp your Pinecones:
There are three Pine Cone stamps each in two sizes shown from left to right on your Stamp Cover Image: a minimal image, a medium image, and a solid image.  You will be using all three of each size per pine cone.  Stamp a large Pine Cone and a Small Pine Cone as shown.
~Stamp the Solid stamp in Crumb Cake
~Stamp the medium stamp in Soft Suede
~Stamp the minimal stamp in Early Espresso.
5. Optional Snowflakes.
~Stamp the Snowflake images several times on your card front, just NOT on the sentiment.  Use either Whisper White Craft ink OR VersaMark ink.
~Place card on a piece of scratch printer paper.  Dump White Embossing Powder over the stamped Snowflakes.  Dump the excess back into the jar.
~Melt with your Heat Tool until all the Snowflakes are shiny.
Your Card is finished.

Star of Light Embossed Christmas Card

This quick Star of Light Embossed Christmas Card uses Heat Embossing for the sentiments and background and a die cut Star for the focal point.
Star of Light Embossed Christmas CardSUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Star of Light Photopolymer #142110
Ink:  VersaMark #102283
Cardstock:  Night of Navy
Gold Foil Sheets #132622
Big Shot:  Starlight Thinlits #141840
Heat Embossing:  Silver Embossing Powder #109131
Gold Embossing Powder #109129
Embossing Buddy #103083
Heat Tool #129053
Adhesives:  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets #144106

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Night of Navy card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2.  Rub your entire card front with your Embossing Buddy.  It may leave a fine white layer on top.  This is great.  This will help the embossing powder stick only to your stamped image.
3.  Choose your sentiments.  Stamp them in VersaMark ink in the upper left corner and the lower right corner.
~Cover with Gold embossing powder.  Remove excess and put back in the container.
~Use your Heat Tool to melt the embossing powder until it is all shiny.
~Repeat this process with the swirls using Silver embossing powder.  I just did one swirl at a time including the Heat Tool step.  I then did the second swirl.
Your background is done.
4.  Star.
~Choose the Star Thinlit you want to use.
~Cut a 3″ x 4″ Gold Foil Sheet
~Put a 3″ x 4″ piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the White side of your Gold Foil Sheet.
~Use this Big Shot Sandwich:
Big Shot Platform with Thin Die Adapter (OR Multipurpose Platform with all tabs closed)
Flat cutting plate/pad
Gold Foil Sheet with the Gold side up
Star Thinlit
1 sheet Printer Paper folded in half and covering the whole Foil Sheet.  This will keep the Foil Surface smooth and shiny instead of distressed looking.
Flat cutting plate/pad.
~Run through Big Shot.
~Peel off Adhesive Backing and attach your Star to your card front.
Your Card is finished.

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Christmas Star Wreath Card-Three Things #5

This Christmas Star Wreath Card was easy to make and uses the Three Things #5 Challenge items.  Make one today!
Three Things Challenge #5

Star Wreath Card

SUPPLIES:
Stamps:  Christmas Pines  Photopolymer #142049
Ink:  Shaded Spruce
Crumb Cake
Markers:  Real Red
Shaded Spruce
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Thick Whisper White
All Is Bright 12×12 Designer Series Paper (DSP) #147892  (Retiring)
Gold Foil Sheets #132622
Big Shot:  Wood Crate (Star) Framelits #143730
Lakeside Framelits #146351  (label)
Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder #143708
Adhesives:  Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Glue Dots
Stampin’ Dimensionals

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut:
~Thick Whisper White card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  SCORE and fold at 4-1/4″.
~Whisper White card front at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
~4 stars from 1 pattern of DSP (Red)
~4 stars from a different pattern of DSP (Green)
~4 stars from Gold Foil.  Put a folded sheet of printer paper between the Foil side and your Big Shot Cutting Pad/Plate to keep it smooth and shiny.  If you want a distressed look, don’t use the printer paper.
2.  Card Front.
~Take your embossing folder and find the side where the embossing lines are raised up.
~Rub your Crumb Cake ink pad over that side until it is evenly covered with ink.
~Line up your Card Front on the uninked side.  Close.  Run through your Big Shot.
**Big Shot Sandwich for Dynamic Embossing Folders:
Big Shot Platform with Thin Die Adapter REMOVED.  (OR Multipurpose Platform with Tab 2 open)
Dynamic Embossing Folder with cardstock inside
Top Cutting Pad/Plate.  (Yes, only use a Cutting pad on the top.  Skip the bottom one as your Sandwich will be too thick to go through your Big Shot.
~Attach to Card Base with Tombow Glue
3.  Sentiment
~Stamp your sentiment in Shaded Spruce ink on Whisper White cardstock
~Cut out with the label die with some room at the left for your Holly.
~Color your Holly Leaves with the Shaded Spruce Marker and your Holly Berries with your Real Red Marker.  Stamp.
~Color around the edges of your Label with your Real Red Marker.
~Attach about 1/4″ from the bottom edge with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
4.  Star Wreath
~Picture an analog clock face with the numbers 1-12 in a circle.  You will be placing one of the 12 stars you cut out in the space of each number.
~Lay the Green Stars at 12, 3, 6, and 9.
~Lay the Red Stars at 1, 4, 7, and 10.
~Lay the Gold Stars at 2, 5, 8, and 11.
~I attached the 4 Green Stars first with two Glue Dots on the back.  I only pressed down the right Glue Dot so I could overlap the stars.
~Then add two Glue Dots to one Star at a time and attach them so they slightly overlap the previous Star (And the Green Stars). Continue until all Stars are attached.
Your Card is finished.

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White Blizzard Snowflake Card

This White Blizzard Snowflake card is really quick and can be used for any wintery occasion just by changing the sentiment.  The Blizzard Thinlit is retiring so get it while it is still available.
White Blizzard CardSUPPLIES:
Bundle: Tags & Tidings Photopolymer #149986  This is on the retiring list too.
Ink: Call Me Clover
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Balmy Blue
Big Shot:  Blizzard Thinlit #147902
Adhesive:  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets #144106
Stampin’ Dimensionals
Other:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels #144220

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.  Cut your Balmy Blue card base at 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score and fold at 4-1/4″.
2. Cut your Whisper White card front at 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut your Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet at 4″ x 5-1/4″ and put it on the back of your card front.   Watch This Video to see how easy it is to use Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.
3.  Now it is time to cut out your card front.  Put your cardstock with the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the bottom.  Place your Blizzard Thinlit on the cardstock.
~Big Shot Sandwich:  Big Shot Platform with Thin Die Adapter, Cutting Pad/Plate, cardstock with Multipurpose Adhesive sheet on the bottom side, Thinlit, Cutting Pad/Plate.
4.  Gently remove the Snowflakes and use them in another project.
5.  Peel off the Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet backing.  Put your fingers between the sticky side and your card base while you position it.  Lay down.  Rub gently with your Bone Folder to make sure the adhesive sticks.
6.  Use a Tag from the Tags * Tidings Bundle or stamp another sentiment and either punch it out or die cut it.  Attach with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I put Rhinestones over the holes in the Tag.

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