Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to my youngest son Ryan today!  He is 21.  Oh my – the baby is 21.  While we aren’t with him to celebrate we will do that once we get back together in August for a family vacation.  I did make a card for him that I sent to his girlfriend early so she could give it to him.  He will go visit her for his birthday.

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I love this card!  And it is so easy and fun to make.  I used the brand new Embossing Paste to create the background.  So if you could touch the card you can feel and see the texture from the embossing paste.  To make this background I used the diamond patterned mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Mask set.  I colored my embossing paste (which is white) with the Lemon Lime Twist Reinker.  I put just a little bit of paste in an empty embellishment container and added a drop of reinker and used one of the palette knives to mix it up.

Put the card base on the table, place the mask over the top and secure with some old washi tape.  Then use the Palette Knife to spread the colored paste onto the card base.  I did a very thin layer and then put the lid on my container so I could make some more cards with what I had mixed.

You do need to clean the mask and the palette knifes right away – or drop them into a container of water until you can clean them.  The paste dries very quickly so make sure you keep the lid on your jar.

I used the Milestone Moments stamp set – it’s a perfect set for making all kinds of birthday cards.  I also needed one for a 70th birthday but that wasn’t one of the stamp in the set.  But don’t worry – if you are careful you can create what you need – I inked up the SEVENT – part of the Seventy-fifth stamp and then the IETH part of one of the other stamps (there are several) and made one that said SEVENTIETH.

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I also used a little bit of paste that I had left for the envelope.  And I added the card to a bottle of wine that was wrapped up in 6″ x 17″ Gusseted Cellophane Bag and tied with Lemon Lime Twist Ribbon.

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All ready for a masculine birthday!

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Thailand Swap card

At pretty much every Stampin’ Up! event there is some swapping going on.  What does that mean?  Well each person swapping will design a card (or whatever is being swapped), then make a specific number of them, turn them in to a coordinator, who then divides them up among those participating so that you get back one of everyone else’s card.  The Thailand Incentive Trip also includes a swap.  Now I haven’t been on one of these big Incentive Trips before so this is my first one and I wasn’t sure what to do for a swap.

I decided I wanted to tie it in to our trip a little bit and in looking at the resort and the rooms that we are getting the color of the decor is purple – so that’s what I wanted to use.  And then there is gold.  I wanted different shades of purple for my swap.

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I used the Pattern Party Decorative Masks – the big medallion mask is what I used.  On a placed it over a piece of Whisper White card stock and then used Sponge Daubers and ink to add different shades of color.  Starting from the center I used Fresh Fig, Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum.

I heat embossed with gold the sentiment Just a Note which is from the Soft Sayings card kit stamp set.  I die cut that with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  I also cut a Gold Foil Banner and then glued those together.  I layered on a piece of Fresh Fig card stock and added some Fresh Fig 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon.  And a Gold Faceted Gem to the center of the medallion. It was all put on a Thick Whisper White card stock base.

I hope everyone likes my card – I made 26 for the swap – that was a lot of sponging!

Don’t forget about my Thailand ordering special – it will be an add on to the Bonus Days Coupons you can earn in July.

You must order online in my store and use the HOSTESS Code – RYJW2C4Z between July 5th and July 17th to get the Mini Dimensionals from me.  SHOP NOW

Thanks for visiting.

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Lemonade anyone?

One of our new suites in the catalog is the Coffee Break Suite.  It’s popular among coffee drinkers – which I am not.  But I did get this set as I know everyone is going to love it.  But it’s not limited to coffee drinks.  How about a glass of Lemonade?

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I stamped the cut portion on watercolor paper and watercolored in with Daffodil Delight ink to make Lemonade.  The set has ice cubes – there is also a straw which I should have added to but I already had the card together by the time I thought of that.

The embossed background is the new Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder.  I also used some new ribbon – Bermuda Bay 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon.

I made these as a swap card for my June Team Meeting.  Did you know we have an amazing opportunity this month?  You can join my team by purchasing the $99 Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit.  And do you know what all you get?

  • $125 product of your choice
  • An Essentials pack with $52 of supplies
    • Grid Paper
    • Bone Folder
    • Paper Snips
    • Snail Adhesive
    • two D sized Clear Blocks
  • A brand new early release stamp set from the Holiday Catalog coming in September
    • Carols of Christmas Stamp set
  • Business supplies – including catalogs and order forms
  • A Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • 20-25% discount on your future orders

There is so much more that comes when you join the Stampin’ Up! Family.  I have even been able to earn a once in a lifetime trip to Thailand!

JOIN NOW

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Bike Ride Stamp Set

Did you see this new cute bundle in the Stampin’ Up! catalog called Bike Ride?  The Bike Ride stamp set has 24 images and its a 2-step stamping set where many of the images have an outline and then the filler.  Plus it has a coordinating set of framelits – Build a Bike Framelits Dies.

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My card was inspired by a door mat I found right around the time our new catalog started.

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I have this at my front door to greet everyone that comes to class.  I wonder how many realized we have a stamp set that matches.

Don’t forget about my Thailand ordering special – it will be an add on to the Bonus Days Coupons you can earn in July.

You must order online in my store and use the HOSTESS Code – RYJW2C4Z between July 5th and July 17th to get the Mini Dimensionals from me.  SHOP NOW

Thanks for visiting.

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Thailand here we come!

I hope you are enjoying the brand new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog as much as I am!  I love so much of it.  If you haven’t ordered yet – what are you waiting for?  Now is the time! Here’s why!

First I’m offering a special while I’m away on the Thailand Incentive Trip!  Woohoo – it is finally here.  Thanks to you my amazing friends for supporting my business I was able to earn this once in a lifetime incentive trip and we are leaving soon.   While I’m away I’m having a Thailand Trip Special Ordering Offer!
Second – Stampin’ Up! is having Bonus Days in July!

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For every $50 in product that you order I will send you a package of the new Mini Dimensionals and you get a $5 Bonus Days Coupon.  If you order $100 in product then you’d get two packs of the Mini Dimensionals an $10 in Coupons.

You must order online in my store and use the HOSTESS Code – RYJW2C4Z between July 5th and July 17th to get the Mini Dimensionals from me.  SHOP NOW
OR you can take advantage of the Christmas in July Special and join my team.

If your wish list is long this is the best deal for you!
The $99 Starter Kit includes $125 of product that you choose, plus a kit of business supplies, a past Paper Pumpkin Kit and for July only a Free Essentials Gift Pack ($52 value) AND the Carols of Christmas Stamp set ($20 value) – which is a brand new stamp set coming out in this year’s Holiday Catalog.   That’s over $200 of stuff and free shipping too – it will definitely feel like Christmas in July!

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Thailand here we come!!

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Spring Retreat more Table Gifts

Did you love the little table gifts I showed yesterday?  I had a couple more to share with you.

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This one is the tiny clear treat box – it is filled with ribbon that was used on Saturday’s projects and the top is decorated to match.  A little bit of doily and a little bit of the dragonflies.

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This one is a little bag with a spritzer in it.  Everyone used that on their Saturday Make&Takes.  The bag was one that I cut in half and glued the side shut to turn it into a mini bag.

Plus we had food and we played games and everyone won prizes.  It was a great weekend.  Here is the gang from the Spring Retreat.

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Thanks for visiting.  Remember to save the date for the Fall Retreat – Sept. 29 – Oct 1, 2017.

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Spring Retreat Table Gifts

When you attend a Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip one of the really exciting parts of the trip are the pillow gifts that they give you.  On the trip each evening they leave a surprise on your bed.  It is such a fun thing that I wanted it to be a part of my retreats too.  In the beginning retreats were at my house and not everyone spent the night so I left them on each table at different times of the day – so I often call them pillow gifts but I should probably call them Table gifts.  Fun little surprises throughout the weekend – for me it’s so much fun to do these.

To start with I like to start the retreat with a table gift waiting when everyone arrives and I like for it to have each attendee’s name on it.  This year we started with a little cactus for everyone.

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This time the little succulents became a cactus.  These coordinated with the Friday Night Make&Takes.

Everyone received a little container made from Designer Series Paper filled with caramels. These also coordinated with our Friday night projects.

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Another table gift was this fun box filled with giant Hershey deluxe kisses!  Yum.

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This one coordinated with the Saturday projects – the bumble bee is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and the tag is watercolor washed in the background.

I’ll share the rest of the table gifts in my next post.

Thanks for visiting.  Remember to save the date for the Fall Retreat – Sept. 29 – Oct 1, 2017.

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