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Out with the Occasions and In with the New Promotions!

This post is going to have a couple of different elements to it. First, a card I made a while back using some beautiful Occasions Mini Products (which are only available to purchase until the end of today!) and a NEW AWESOME promotion that is sure to get your wallet twitching!

First, the card. I was inspired to make this cool card by the fantabulous Jackie Topa. Her blog is fantastic and talent never-ending! I had seen this particular card of hers and had to try it out. I loved it.

For my card, I used a base of Crumb Cake but you don’t really see it because I layered it with so many other pieces. The colours I used were Rose Red and Always Artichoke. On the back layer I used a piece of Springtime Vintage Designer series paper. I roughed up the edges and sponged them and added a small stamp in the lower right from Elements of Style and a few little pearls.

On the front, I again stamped the same image but this time on Rose Red cardstock. The heart is actually a piece of the Springtime Vintage fabric which I cut using my Big Shot and the Scalloped Heart Embosslit. I also used a strip of the same fabric along the front and tied over the seam with some Crumb Cake seam binding and added a Build-A-Brad to the knot of the bow.

When you look on the inside, I used a heart from I (heart) Hearts and colours it in with coordinating colours, punched it out and layered it on a Scalloped Heart Embosslit in Crumb Cake. If you look really closely you’ll see that I used the Cracked Glass technique on the heart too!

These cards are so much fun to make and much easier than you may think! Try one out!

Now, for a wonderful promotion that is starting a couple of days early – the National Scrapbooking Month Promotion! How great that Stampin’ Up! released this just a little early so you can get your new sale items with your last chance Occasions Mini items on the same order!

Okay, here is the quick and dirty on this amazing promotion – and there are two parts to it so make sure you read all the way to the bottom!

First, Stampin’ Up! is offering a number of amazing products at 30% off! Yes, 30% off! You can click on the PDF below to read all about these deals. Some are stamp sets, some are My Digital Studio products and  bundles!

30% off Products

My Digital Studio Pricing Chart

Another component to this promotion is the opportunity to become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator at a discounted price. I love these promotions. What a great way to try something out at a decreased risk? And, really, who doesn’t want to get their products at a discount? There are so many ways you can use the Stampin’ Up! opportunity and there are so many different types of demonstrators. I’d love to share my story with you and help you figure out what type of demonstratorship is best for you.

Okay, the promotion part – until May 31st, it is the perfect opportunity for those of you who are digital designers to join the Stampin’ Up! family. During National Scrapbooking Month, any new demonstrator will get 30 percent off the Digital+ Starter Kit. That is ONLY $150.50! In addition, new demonstrators can purchase the Stampin’ Memories Add-On for 30 percent off, as well!

The Stampin’ Memories Add-On kit includes:

  • 1 stamp set
  • 1 card stock pack
  • 1 Designer Series Paper pack
  • 1 Quick Accents pack
  • 1 Designer Printed Album (12″ x 12″)
To see which products are available in the Digital+Starter Kit, click here!
I encourage you to contact me today with any questions or head on over to my website and join today!


Peek-A-Who? Inkspirations Challenge #67

Well, after a week’s rest, the Inkspirations Challenge Blog has a fantastic sketch challenge for you! Really, there are so many things you can do with it. Here it is:

I knew I wanted to use my Owl punch on this project – I just love it and don’t nearly use it enough! I also knew I wanted to use a fairly bold and bright colour palette so I decided on Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.

I think most of what I did is fairly easy to discern but I’ll break it down a little on some of the little extras!

The Pumpkin Pie designer paper behind the owl piece is actually some of the First Edition designer paper which I’ve sponged with Pumpkin Pie ink.

The Daffodil Delight piece in the centre is actually a pocket. When you pull on the Pumpkin Pie button on the top, the owl piece comes out and is the perfect size to adhere a gift card to on the other side.

Okay, I meant to show you how cute it looks with a gift card attached but I guess I did not take a photo – but I think you get the idea!

Now it’s your turn! Head on over to the Inkspirations Challenge Blog and play along! Or, head on over to my co-design team members and see what they’ve done with this sketch!


Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White.

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso.

Stamps: Just Believe.

Accessories: 1/8″ Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon, 1 3/8″ circle punch, 1 3/4″ scallop circle punch, 1″ circle punch, Owl Punch, First Edition designer paper, Stampin’ Sponges, Neutrals designer paper, Eyelet border punch, Linen thread, Bold Buttons.


Scoot, Scoot, Scooter

Okay so I know I said that I LOVE the new The Open Sea stamp set but the set I’m using today is another one that I am just adoring! It is called On the Grow and it is in the upcoming Summer Mini Catalogue.

The colours for today’s card are brought to you be the Create with Connie and Mary challenge this week to use some super awesome spring colours:

The base for this is Wild Wasabi and I took a little off the front edge and backed with a piece of So Saffron which is punched with the Scallop Trim border punch. In behind that I’ve added a strip of the Perfect Plum cardstock so you can see it through the punched border.

Next, I used the super cute builder wheels you’ll find in the almost-gone Occasions Mini Catalogue. I wheeled one on the Wild Wasabi in the ink of the same colour and then I wheeled the dotted one in Perfect Plum on both sides of the 3/8″ twill tape.

For the image, I stamped the scooter in Jet Black StazOn on some Watercolour paper and coloured it using coordinating inks and my aquapainter.

As a little extra detail, I took the outside circle from an Antique Tag and looped it around the knot of the twill tape.

Like these colours? Got some great ideas? Head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and play along with us!

Projects used on today’s project:

Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Watercolour Paper.

Ink: Jet Black StazOn,  Wild Wasabi, So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand.

Stamps: On the Grow, Delight in Gladness Builder wheel, Pleasing Polka Dots Builder Wheel.

Accessories:  Scallop Trim Border punch, Antique Tags, 3/8″ Twill Tape, Aquapainter.


Head North, My Friend….

I am so excited about this new stamp set, On the Sea, that is in the upcoming Summer Mini Catalogue! I just adore the imaging and all that you can do with them.

Today, I’ve done a card that was inspired by The Paper Players latest sketch challenge – it is one of those sketches that you can really play with.

The base for this card is Bravo Burgundy and I’ve layered it with some River Rock. On the River Rock layer, I wheeled the Very Vintage wheel in Early Espresso ink and sponged the edges.

Over this, I added a piece of Early Espresso which was layered with a piece of Newsprint designer series paper. On the DSP, I stamped the large roster-type stamp from On the Sea in Early Espresso ink, used the Spiral edge punch along the left side and roughed it all up.

For the last little bits, I added a tie of 3/8″ Twill Tape which I secured with some Linen Thread and a Chocolate Chip brad and a sentiment from another AWESOME Summer Mini Set, On the Grow. I think it goes perfectly with this set.

I stamped the globe in Bravo Burgundy and then the compass on top in Early Espresso. The anchor is stamped in Not Quite Navy (this colour is tied in with the little scallop edge to the right).

There are probably more details that I’m missing but it’s getting late and my eyes are tired!

Products used on today’s project:

Cardstock: River Rock, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy.

Ink: Bravo Burgundy, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy.

Stamps: On the Sea, On the Grow.

Accessories:  3/8″ Twill tape, Jumbo Brads, Linen Thread, Newsprint Designer Series Paper, Spiral Edge punch, Stampin’ Sponges, 3/4″ circle punch.


H-“owl” Are You?

This is the card I had originally made for the Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge this week but it is using a retired Sale-A-Bration set so I remade my design team card to this one. But I just had to show you this one as it’s too cute!

The base is simply Whisper White and I’ve added a large scallop square in Basic Black. What I did for this was use the Scallop Square die (clear) and I cut it down to this size (cut 2 scallops off on one side, overlapped and glued and then did the same in the other direction). Next, I added four 1 1/2″ squares on which I stamped the owl with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. Once that was done, I sponged over each owl with a coordinating colour.

Here are the combinations of colours I used (first listed is the cardstock used and second listed is the colour I sponged):

  • Pink Pirouette – Melon Mambo
  • Bashful Blue – Pacific Point
  • River Rock – Old Olive
  • So Saffron – More Mustard

Lastly, I added a fun ribbon embellishment to the centre. I used this card at my recent heat embossing workshop and this was the make and take – super fun!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!

Products used on today’s project:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, River Rock, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Basic Black.

Ink: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point, More Mustard, Old Olive, Versamark.

Stamps: So Happy for You (SAB), Punch Bunch (SAB).

Accessories: Big Shot, Scallop Square, Clear Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Sponges, Linen Thread, Ice Cream Parlour buttons/ribbon (SAB).


Flower Power

Today’s card is my design team contribution to this week’s challenge at Create with Connie and Mary. I loved the sketch and actually made a completely different card forgetting that SAB is now over so I had to come up with something else!

I wanted to use various types of ribbon all in one colour and decided that making a flower was probably the best option for this so that is what I did! I used three different types of Rich Razzleberry ribbon, made loops and adhered altogether with a brad through a Boho Blossom.

I even used ribbon for the stem and leaves! Fun, huh?

Now lets see what you all come up with! Head on over to Create with Connie and Mary and play along with us!


A Case of CAS (Clean and Simple)

I don’t CASE (copy and share everything) very often but in one of our Stampin’ Success Magazines recently (this is a great bonus of being a demonstrator, you get a wonderful monthly magazine!) they had a card almost exactly like this and I LOVED IT! So I had to come up with my very own (which I tweeked a bit).

The base is Crumb Cake and I’ve stamped the A to Z stamp in the centre with the Crumb Cake ink.

I used the Contempo Alphabet and Chocolate Chip ink to stamp YOU and added a large Old Olive #4 cut from the Simple Numbers die. To dress up the number slightly, I added a knot of 1/8″ Old Olive Taffeta ribbon.

To finish things off, I added a “happy birthday” from On Your Birthday using my Early Espresso marker and a small heart in Blushing Bride which I roughed up a bit and to it added a string of pearls.

I was thrilled with this card, so much in fact that I’m going to put together a CAS (clean and simple) class very soon!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Blushing Bride.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker.

Stamps: A to Z, On Your Birthday, Contempo Alphabet.

Accessories: Big Shot, Simple Numbers Die, Small Heart Punch, Basic Pearls, 1/8″ Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon.


Support-Someone Sunday

As you all know now, my daughter has been cheering competitively this year. I am so very proud of her and her accomplishments in her first year. Not only has she made many great advancements personally but she has fully embraced the idea of being a “team player” and has made many good and mature choices with her team’s well being in mind.

A few weekends ago was her last competition. She was very sick after a week of fever and a very infected ear but she sucked it up and competed her very best for the betterment of her team’s chances. As soon as she left the floor you could just see her energy drain but on the floor you’d never have known.

Anyhow, I wanted to wear something that showed my support not only for the team and gym but for her specifically. So, I used my Big Shot and the Scallops #2 die and cut out the largest scallop circle with chipboard and layered another scallop circle in Garden Green on either side. On the back I glued on a pin but on the front, I had to glam it up!

I printed off her photo using My Digital Studio and was able to make it the exact size I needed! The picture is nestled into, of all things, a frozen juice lid. Around the inside, I ran a seam of Tombow and then sprinkled some Chunky Essentials glitter.

To finish, I added a bit of Basic Black 1 1/4″ Striped grosgrain and a little star cut out with the Big Shot and the Stars #2 die.

I was, again, so proud to be wearing this pin and got MANY compliments on it too!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Products used on today’s project – CLICK HERE to buy them NOW!

Cardstock: Whisper White, Garden Green.

Accessories: Big Shot, Scallops #2 die, Stars #2 die, Basic Black 1 1/4″ STriped grosgrain, Chunky Essentials, My Digital Studio.


With a little help from my Friends – Inkspirations #66

This week at Inkspirations there is a fantastic colour challenge to be taken on. Here is the swatch of colours for this week – Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.

I decided to make this week’s card “girly” and wanted to incorporate watercolouring also as this was the focus at our latest downline meeting.

The base of this card is Sahara Sand and I’ve layered it with Tempting Turquoise and then a piece of the Sweet Stitches des

igner series paper. In the centre I added four squares of Sahara Sand designer paper and a slant of Whisper White organza ribbon.

I stamped the little girls from All in the Family with Jet Black StazOn and then watercoloured using my Classic Ink pads and a Blender Pen. I then sponged around the edges and used only the challenge colours (other than the hair). So both dresses didn’t look exactly the same, I added dots of designer paper to the turquoise dress using my Crop-a-Dile.

I pinned on a little tag with the word “friends” using the Vintage Trinkets.

Let’s see what the rest of the Design Team has come up with and then it’s your turn! Head on over to the Inkspirations Challenge Blog and play along!



A Bright Birthday

At Create with Connie and Mary this week there is an awesome colour challenge for you all to try!

I decided to work on watercolouring this week for my design team work so I ran to use my Pun Fun stamp set – which is super fun to watercolour. The base is Pacific Point and I used a piece of Play Date designer paper and some 5/8″ Pumpkin Pie grosgrain to punch in some colour.

I used my markers and aquapainter on watercolour paper to get this watercoloured look, fun huh?

Ready to try your hand at this colour challenge? Head on over to Create with Connie and Mary!

Thanks for stopping by!