Share the Fun: Watercolor Wings Bundle

The first time everyone saw this stamp set there was a big “ooh” from the demonstrators at Leadership.  It was definitely a set that was going to be a big hit.  And when you see that it has Framelit Dies to match that’s a big bonus!  It is a lovely set and allows you to layer the different parts to create all different butterflies.  What I’m sharing with you today is my recreation of the sample in the catalog –

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Mine is much brighter than the sample so they may have “stamped off” on some of the colors first.  I used the Thick White card stock for the base – if you haven’t tried it you need to – I love it!

The background dots are stamped in Blushing Bride.  The greeting with the Memento Black ink.

My butterfly is stamped with the three layers – the solid base is So Saffron, then the wing edges are Mint Macaron, and the center detail is Delightful Dijon.  I cut the butterfly out with the framelit and then stamped the center body with Smoky Slate.  I found that when I tried to stamp the body before cutting it was ALWAYS in the wrong place – so do it after you cut.

I also cut out a Vellum butterfly with the detail die.  Then stapled that to the stamped one along with a little bunch of the Gold Thread.  Use dimensionals to add to the front of the card.

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Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Live

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog is Live and the products are available to order!

If you didn’t get yours in the mail or pick one up at one of my classes send me an email so I can get one to you.  It’s filled with great products for the fall and winter holidays.  Here are a few things I wanted to point out so you don’t miss them.

  1. Pages 4,5,6 and 7 show case our four new holiday kits – one for cards, one for tags, a wreath and a witches hat.  All would make great classes – grab a few friends, give me a call and we will get your private class on the calendar.
  2. Bundles!!!  Don’t miss them – you save 15%!  There are 16 bundles scattered throughout the Holiday catalog.
  3. The new Precision Base Plate on page 14 – a steel plate for improved performance with the detailed dies and fine cuts.
  4. Archival Stampin’ Pads – finally our new Basic Black and Basic Gray ink pads are here – page 19!
  5. Hello December 2015 – a brand new card collection to document your December – page 36-37.
  6. Fine-Tip Glue Pen – page 43 – this is going to be a hot product – perfect for adhering small embellishments and intricate die cuts.
  7. Two new Hostess Only stamp sets – page 51 – exclusive products you can earn free when you host your own party.

There a bunch of great new stamp sets, dies and accessories – so grab a drink and sit down to browse the catalog.

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Just a little sneak peek

Do you want to see just a little sneak peek from the Holiday Catalog that starts on Sept. 1st?

I already have orders ready to go for Sept. 1st – are you ready with your order yet?  I’ll be up early on the 1st keying those orders in so they can get back right away for everyone that wants to get busy with Holiday crafting.

I tried hard not to buy this set during the demonstrator pre-order but it is so cute – I gave in….

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It’s a bundle with a matching punch – who can resist that?  The set is called Acorny Thank You and has a matching Acorn Builder punch.  If you buy them together as a bundle you save 15%.  For this card I used the new Corrugated Paper – that’s the top of my acorn.  I also tried out a splatter technique that they showed us at convention.  That would probably be a good thing for a video.  I’m working doing another one of those soon.

Well I was just dropping in to say Hi!

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Butterfly Treat Box

I received a sweet little box as a gift from my friend Kelly at convention – it had a Reese’s cup inside (it’s not in there anymore).  While the box sat on my craft table I realized that one of our small embellishment containers will also fit inside – like the ones that have our sequins in them!  And as it turns out I had just bought some of those to send as a surprise to some of my downline for achieving a certain sales mark.  How perfect!  I decided to create my own little box for the sequins and this is what I came up with.

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The box was made from the Neutrals Designer Paper Stack – I used the Basic Black Polka Dot pattern and the Envelope Punch Board.  Did you know you could use the envelope punch board to make a little box?  I started with a 5-1/4 inch square piece of paper.  Line up one side on the punch board at 2-1/4″ mark – punch and score and then on the same side line it up at 3″ mark – punch and score again.  Now turn to the other three sides lining up the little tail with each score line – punch and score.  You have two score lines across each side and end up with 4 little squares where they cross on each side – cut these away.  Fold on the lines and glue into a box shape.  I put my container inside before I glued – I found it easier to hold the shape with something inside.

butterfly-treat EI decorated the top with a vellum butterfly and a gold foil butterfly, plus gold tread and a blossom accent in cucumber crush.  I added a tag that said Well Done! since it was for my downline.

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I loved this little box so much we also made it in my “Time to Fly” class.  You could use it as a treat to send to your college student – job well done on your first week back to school.  My boys like Reese’s cups so this would work for them.  I might change to match their school colors and perhaps make it a bit more masculine for them.

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Garden in Bloom in Pinks

The other day I shared a card using the Garden in Bloom stamp set using Crushed Curry and today I have another card for you using the same stamp set.  This time I used some pinks – Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder.  I received a swap card at convention and loved it so much I wanted to recreate it.

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I’m not sure you can see the background but the large outline flower was stamped with VersaMark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  In real life it’s a nice background – just hard to see in a photograph.

This card then uses the little flowers and leaves and the two step stamping – I used the same color for both the outline and inside of each flower – just stamp off on scratch paper for the flower first making it a shad lighter.  I love the little touches of bling – the silver thread and the Rhinestones.  This was one of my favorite swap cards that I received at convention this year.

Here is what I did with the inside –

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Paper Pumpkin Craft Time

Paper Pumpkin Craft Time

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Aug 26      6:00 PM – 7:00 PM  (Eastern )

Paper Pumpkin Craft Time
Come join me at the food court in the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta – Woodstock, GA for some crafting time.  Bring your Paper Pumpkin kit from the current month or an older one that you haven’t finished yet.  Grab a bite to eat and join the girls for some crafting time.
Not a subscriber to this fun monthly craft kit – stop by and see what it’s about – I’ll have a free card for you to make.
Now through Sept. 10th new subscribers can join and get your first two months at 50% off.
Go to to sign up – to receive the September kit you need to join by Sep. 10th.

I hope you’ll come craft with me!


Garden in Bloom in Crushed Curry

Garden in Bloom in Crushed Curry

I didn’t initially plan to get the stamp set Garden in Bloom.  But every time I flip through the Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog I stop at it and ponder getting it.  It looks like it would make so many beautiful cards.  After a couple of months of doing this I finally added it to an order – and yes I do love it.  I used it earlier this month for a card in one of my private card groups.  The card idea came from my friend Diane.

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It’s actually the perfect card for me – it has the bumble bee (or yellow jacket) and the colors are Georgia Tech colors.  The two-step stamping makes for a quick and easy flower – and since the set is photopolymer you can see right through to where you are stamping.  This set even has the little tabs on the stamps so you know where to line them up.

A little tip that I used is that I position the tab where I wanted my stem to be – so then when I stamped the next layer I made sure to position the tab in the same spot.

For the center of my flower I used the Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write marker just to color it in,  The strip of designer paper is from the Neutrals Paper Stack.  I’m so happy that they updated these monochromatic patterns this year.  I’ve been using them a lot.  I think I’ve already used all of this black polka dot pattern,.

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