April 30, 2016

Create with Connie & Mary Saturday Blog Hop!

I't's our last week of featuring the retiring In-Colors at Create with Connie & Mary during our Saturday Blog Hop. Today's color is Tangelo Twist. Let's see what I created for you today....come on along and scroll down with me!

I decided to stick with a Monochromatic card to display the chosen color along with Whisper White and I added just the right amount of sparkle by adding a Metallic Doily and Clear Wink Of Stella:

My card starts out this way:
  • Card Base: Tangelo Twist 11" x 4-1/4". Score in the center at 5-1/2" and fold.
  • Layer #2: Whisper White Cardstock 5-1/4" x 4". Sponge the background by placing the Happy Patterns Decorative Mask at a slight angle and sponging the design with Tangelo Twist Ink and a Sponge Dauber. Add the dotted stamp image from the Watercolor Wings stamp set and Tangelo Twist Ink. Glue to card base. 
  • Layer #3: Cut a piece of the Gold Foil Sheets measuring 1/2" x 3-1/2". Cut on end into a "V" and glue to card front about 3/8" from the bottom and to the left.
  • Layer #4: Tangelo Twist Cardstock 1/2" x 2-7/8". Cut one end into a "V". Stamp the sentiment using Tangelo Twist Ink. Glue layered over the Gold Foil layer about 1/4" higher.

Now lets focus on the next few layers:
  • Glue a Metallic Foil Doily about 1" from the top in place on the Whisper White Cardstock layer.
  • Stamp the 2-Step butterfly using Tangelo Twist Ink. The first layer is stamped on a scrap paper first and without re-inking, stamp for the lighter tone. Add the 2nd stamped image. Cut out with the Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies. Glue Metallic Sequins to the butterfly and glue centered over the doily using Stampin' Dimensionals.

See the shimmer & shine? My last step was the color the butterfly using my Clear Wink Of Stella (love that stuff!). 

Now you can follow the hop by clicking on the links below to visit my talented teammates, Nicole at Be Creative with Nicole, or Melissa at RubberFunatics:




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April 29, 2016

My Downline Spring Cards!

This month I asked my Downline to create "spring-themed" cards and oh boy did they produce magnificent results! Not all supplies used are Stampin' Up! as most of my Downline are hobby stampers. Take a peek at each beautiful creation: 

Norma Goodale

Susan May

Janet Bagnall

Mary Ann Gerrish

Deb Snyder

Debra Florence

Thanks to my girls for creating these for my blog post today. Are you a hobby stamper paying full price for all of your Stampin' Up! products? Have you ever been told that you don't have to pay full price? You can sign up to be a hobby demonstrator and save 20% on all of the Stampin' Up! products you purchase and not have to ever sell or hold classes and workshops. Really!

Click here to read more about this great deal and to sign up today:

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April 28, 2016

Paper Pumpkin April Alternative Projects and a Sneak Peek for the May Kit!

Hurry, hurry.....if you are not signed up to receive the May Paper Pumpkin kit yet....hurry, hurry....look at this Sneak Peek of what's coming next month:

I am so in love with this kit and can't wait to receive it! You can too if you order before May 10th through my Paper Pumpkin Store. I would love to welcome you to my long list of subscribers!

So if you haven't seen the April Kit yet that just arrived at our doorsteps, it is so cute & adorable. I know some of my subscribers were a little tired of making cards and wanted something different. As you can see, their wish was granted with this kit:

 Don't forget that the April kit was very special because we were celebrating year #3 and included an additional stamp set in the box as a Thank you! That's 2 stamp sets this month!

So I did something a little different with my wreath because you know.....we can do that right? I did not care for the big bow wrapped around the top and wanted my bow at the bottom of my wreath. This is how I made mine:

After I stamped the greeting for the little mini sign and glued it in place, I tied the string at the top into a knot and inserted an Antique Brad under the knot. I used a Paper Piercer to pierce a hole through the foam ring and pushed the Antique Brad in place. The remainder of the wreath is created with the supplies in the box. What do you think of my version?

So now I had lots of pieces left over in my box AND we have the additional stamp set. Hmmm....what to do? Here are some more cards I created. If you are a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber of mine, I will have all of the measurements AND instructions to create each card below when I send you my monthly newsletter:

Not one of my subscribers yet and would love to have additional projects to create? Sign up with me and each month I'll send you a newsletter with instructions for all of my additional projects!

Do you like what you see so far? What if I told you that I also send my subscribers the directions to these cards PLUS 10-12 more Exclusive Projects from the Paper Pumpkin Gurus team that I belong to? Again, these are included in my monthly newsletter that goes out to all of MY SUBSCRIBERS!

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April 27, 2016

Global Design Project #GDP033 and Mojo Monday #445 Challenges!

I was so excited to learn that the Awesomely Artistic stamp set is going to be returning in our new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog in June! So excited indeed, that I am using it for today's card. For today's project I am participating in two challenges:

A color challenge for the Global Design Team #GDP033 and a sketch challenge for  Mojo Monday #445:

I started my project by creating a 5" x 5" square card base by cutting a piece of Sahara Sand Cardstock 10" x 5", scored in the center at 5" and folded:

I love the combination of Night Of Navy Cardstock and Calypso Coral Cardstock paired together for layer #2. A tip when gluing your strips in place....I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock measuring 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" and glued all 3 strips to this layer. I then embossed all of the layers together using the Boho Chic Embossing Folder

The small white layer measures 2-1/2" x 2-1/2". I stamped all of the images and glued the layer in place using Stampin' Dimensionals. The dragonfly was hand-cut and adhered with a sliver of a Stampin' Dimensional.

Make sure you visit the Global Design Project and Mojo Monday to see lots of inspiration! I promise you won't be disappointed!

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Reminder: the retiring products will be gone soon. Have you browsed the list to see what is up to 50% off? Here are the clickable links to view the retiring products:


April 26, 2016

Paper Pumpkin April Bonus Sneak Peek!

All of us that are subscribed to Paper Pumpkin, received the neatest kit this month. The kit is intended to be used as a wreath and tag set. I have so many spring wreaths already that I knew in advance that I was going to turn my pieces into cards. Here's a look at the Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin video that shows you everything that is included in the kit:


Now let's talk about WHY you should join Paper Pumpkin if you haven't yet. I know  a lot of you have emailed me in the past and still have NOT taken the plunge. What are you waiting for? Here's a little bit about the kits:
  • Each kit includes a stamp set, ink spot (or two), supplies & instructions to make several projects. The only thing you need to supply is a pair of scissors. 
  • Paper Pumpkin Subscribers may purchase past kits and refills. If that interests you, you can purchase them from my online store. Plus you can add "regular" Stampin' Up! product to your order as well. See past refills/kits here: PAST PAPER PUMPKIN KITS 
  • BONUS - each month you're an active subscriber with me, you'll receive a BONUS PDF from the Paper Pumpkin Gurus team I belong to with 10 or more alternative ideas for that month's kit. As I receive my kit the same time as you do, the PDF typically will be sent to you around the first week of the following month. To start you off, here is a sample project that we did for this month:

As you can see here, we used the supplies from the kit to create an Exclusive Bonus Project for you. If you are a subscriber of mine, you'll receive lots more project ideas just like this one. And if you scroll down, you'll see what the PDF direction sheet looks like. Here's a close-up of the card:

And this is the direction sheet that you can click on to download 
or click below the photo to download:

So if you would like to join my Paper Pumpkin Subscribers team, please subscribe before May 10th to receive the May kit! You'll even get a surprise in the mail from me when you join....really!

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April 25, 2016

Merry Monday #202!

I had to laugh a little at the theme for this our challenge at Merry Monday this week. The theme is "Snowy Christmas Card". The reason I giggled? We still have snow here in Maine....seriously!

So here is my Snowy Christmas Card for this week's challenge:

I added quite a bit of glimmer & glitz to my card. I have a layer of Silver Glimmer Paper under the stamped layer and I also added Rhinestone Jewels to the background among the gently falling snow:

 I hand-cut the bear and glued him on with Stampin' Dimensionals. Isn't he adorable? I hope you plan on joining our challenge this week!

Supplies Used:
  • Stamps: White Christmas
  • Inks: Memento Black. Pool Party
  • Cardstock: Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
  • Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels
  • Tools: Stampin' Dimensionals, Blender Pen
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