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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Color Challenge

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It is time for another Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we have a color challenge.  


Flirty Flamingo is currently a 2016-2018 In Color and will be returning as a color in the Brights Collection.  Marina Mist will be retiring as a color in the Subtles Collection and Old Olive is currently a color in the Brights Collection and is being moved to the Regals Collection.


Let me introduce the Accented Blooms stamp set.  This set is in the upcoming 2018-19 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog.   I love this set.  It is very versatile and oh so pretty.  The set will be available on June 1st.

I embossed the image with white embossing powder on Shimmery White paper. This is the paper I use most of the times when I color. I love the subtle shimmer of the paper and that it doesn't absorb water quickly, allowing me time to move around the color.  I used ink refills and an Aqua Painter to color in the image. 


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Paper Pumpkin Pop-Up Blog Hop...You Are My Anchor


Welcome to the Paper Pumpkin Pop Up Blog Hop! We are all fans of this monthly crafting kit and want to share with you our enthusiasm for this box of fun and creativity. The beauty of the Paper Pumpkin kit is that you can follow the directions provided in the kit to make the projects as they were designed, or use the supplies as a starting point and let your creativity run wild. On this hop we will be sharing lots of ideas with you on how to use April's Paper Pumpkin kit: You Are My Anchor.

This may be one of my favorite Paper Pumpkin kits so far.  I didn't want to stop creating with it and I kept on thinking of ways to use the supplies provided.   I shared an idea on how to use this kit in my post yesterday.   Today I have 2 more project ideas for you.  



I know you are thinking what is so special about putting life savers in the box?  Wait for it...



Surprise!!  You can see that I attached the life saver ring to a strip of window sheet and attached to the inside front of the box.  I used Tear & Tape to secure the window sheet strip down and then covered it up with a strip of Pool Party card stock.  I wanted the inside of the box to look as good as the outside.  Because the window sheet is flexible it "pops" up when you open the tray.  Fun surprise for the person opening the box.  

The only extra supplies you will need to make this pop up is a strip of window sheet and a strip of card stock to place inside of the box.  Oh yeah, you will also need life savers.  

The next project I made is my favorite, at least so far.  I still have a lot of supplies left from my kit, so who knows what else I will make.




You will need the following in addition to the Paper Pumpkin kit:

    *3-1/2" x 10" Pool Party card stock scored at 2-1/2", 5"

    *3" x 9-1/2" Island Indigo card stock scored at 4-1/2", 7"

    *2-1/2" x  3-1/8" Island Indigo card stock

The rest is from the kit.  I cut apart one of the box sleeves and cut a piece measuring 2-3/4" x 4-1/4" and 2-3/4" x 2-1/4"and a strip 1/2" x 2-3/4".  I cut one of the cards to use on the first panel 2-3/8" x 3" and used the remainder to cut a piece 2-3/4" x 2-1/4" for the last panel.  This card was so much fun to make and will fit into a note card envelope and is mailable.

Are you currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, now is a great time to join in the fun. New subscribers receive 50% off their first 2 months with the Creativity Starts with Paper Pumpkin promotion which ends May 10th. Contact your demonstrator to get started or CLICK HERE* to subscribe. New subscribers use promo code: SAVEFIFTY0418.

Thank you for joining us as we share with you the possibilities of Paper Pumpkin, now hop over to Janey Backer's blog to see her fun creation.

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Take 2

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop Take 2!  We are in the last few weeks of Sale-A-Bration 2018 and I think this was one of the best ones yet!  There were so many great gift choices when you placed a qualifying order and Stampin' Up! has made it even better with even more choices!


One of the stamp sets I adore is the Blossoming Basket stamp set.  This is part of a bundle that was in the second release of Sale-A-Bration products.  This beautiful stamp set is bundled with the Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder which means you receive both with a $100 qualifying order.  The Basket Weave Embossing Folder will be available again in the 2018-19 Stampin' Up! Annual catalog but the Blossoming Basket stamp set will not.  If you want this beautiful basket image, butterfly, tag, and 2 sentiments you will need to get it during Sale-A-Bration.


This fold is called a Center Step Easel Card and I first saw this style of card on Amanda Bates' blog a few years ago.  It is a very fun fold and once you get the pattern down it is not difficult to make.

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Beginning March 15, there will be even more choices available with a $50 and $100 qualifying order.  Click here.

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Sweet Soiree Suite

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month we are focusing on the Sweet Soiree Suite.


I decided to focus on the Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit.  This kit features 2 sheets of vellum/silver foil die cuts, 2 sheets of printed card stock/silver foil, 1 sheet of white/silver foil numbers, 6 mini paper/silver foil tassels, a roll of white/silver 1/8" washi tape, 12 mini white clothespins, and a yard of Marina Mist scalloped velvet ribbon.  Whew, that's a lot of product.  

I started with a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"  piece  of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate turned to the silver side (remember to remove the protective layer of plastic).  Cut a 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" strip of silver foil and adhere it on the acetate. Arrange the floral die cuts and attach them using Stampin' Dimensionals. Remove the jump ring from one of the tassels and place a Silver Metallic Edge ribbon bow on the tassel and add it to the foil using glue dots. Cut a Powder Pink love using the Sunshine Wishes thinlits and add it to the silver foil strip.  The card base is Thick Whisper White card stock 8-1/2" x 5-1/2".  Attach the acetate to the card base using adhesive hidden behind the flowers and the silver foil strip.  Apply tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue behind the silver dots to secure the top and bottom of the acetate to the card base.  The silver dots will hide the tiny dots of glue.  



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January ICS Blog Hop Charming Cafe

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Happy 2018!   I hope your holidays were great.  It is now time to celebrate the start of both the new Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration.  I cannot think of a better way to start off than with the Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop!  I am featuring one of my favorite bundles, Charming Cafe.  


Honestly, the Charming Cafe bundle was not even on my radar until I really looked at the samples in the Occasions catalog and was intrigued by the dies and started thinking about all the possibilities.  Once I started working with the bundle I was indeed charmed by it.


I paired the Charming Cafe bundle with the Sale-A-Bration choice Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes on page 14 of the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  I think sometimes it is easy to overlook the non stamp Sale-A-Bration offerings.  The pack contains 16 pre-printed card bases (4 each of 4 designs) and coordinating envelopes.  I am featuring 3 of the designs on today's blog post.  


In case you are not familiar with Sale-A-Bration let me tell you about it.  During Sale-A-Bration for every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax) you get to choose a free product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  New this year there are even bigger rewards when you spend $100 (before tax and shipping).   The Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes are one of the choices at the $50 level.


Did you notice that all the cards also feature a cute little bow?  These bows are from the 2017-19 In Color Bitty Bows.  


Are you wondering why I did this?  Well, if you order the Charming Cafe bundle and the In Color Bitty Bows you would qualify for a $50 Sale-A-Bration reward and could get the Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes.  Pretty cool, huh?


I really like using the pre-printed Tutti-Frutti card bases.  It eliminates some of the decisions and cutting and gets me to the fun part of designing and coloring a lot quicker.  Hope you enjoyed this look at the Charming Cafe bundle and the Tutti-Frutti Card Bases.  

Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what the talented Jenilee Pauls has created for you! 

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Non-Traditional Christmas

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Welcome to the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month the theme is non-traditional Christmas projects.  We were not allowed to use any red or green in our projects.  


What do you think of this combination of Powder Pink, black and white?   I colored in the white design on the  Merry Little Christmas DSP with a Powder Pink marker and added a rhinestone to the center of each little starburst.  Yes, it was a lot of rhinestones.  I embossed the sentiment with a mix of black embossing powder and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  


I hope you can see a little of the shine and sparkle that the Dazzling Diamonds glitter adds to the black embossing.  

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Black Stampin' Emboss Powder
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Now it is time for you to hop on over to see what non-traditional Christmas idea Laura has for you!

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ICS Blog Hop Join the Fold

 Welcome to a special Inspire, Create, and Share blog hop! We recently attended On Stage in Salt Lake City with 2,700 demonstrators to see new products, receive training, and connect with friends. Our team met for dinner and  swap cards designed with fancy folds. Meeting together is the best and of course we want to share the fancy fold card designs with you!


Being a demonstrator means you meet people from all over the world, get to travel for events, we get the first peek at new products. Only demonstrators get the opportunity to attend Stampin’ Up! events to see the new catalog in hand, use the products, and the perk of bringing home new stamp sets, projects, and sometimes more! You can join one of our teams and receive all of these demonstrator perks. You select your starter kit, it is $125 in product but you only pay $99 and includes free shipping. Just ask your demonstrator where to get started to sign up OR if that is me CLICK HERE!

Are you wondering how this fold works?  Here's a picture of how it "opens".


Interested in  making your own?  Here's a link to a tutorial on my blog.

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If you would like more information about how to make this card or becoming a SU demonstrator, please contact me.  I would be happy to help you.

Now it is time to see what Anastasia has created for you!

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Foil, Foil, Foil

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Welcome to another fun Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month it is all about foil!  We are fortunate to have so many foil options in the Stampin' Up! Annual catalog and Holiday catalog.   


I am on a quest to find  healthy options to fill the test tubes.  I found some gorgeous bath salts at my local grocery store and I loved how wintery and jewel like they were.   I knew they would be perfect for a Christmas test tube project.  


The first foil item I used was some of the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi tape.  I love this set of washi.  It is so pretty and perfect for holiday projects.   I also used the silver trim from the Mini Tinsel Trim Combo pack.  Love the sparkle the tinsel trim adds .  


The test tube holder is made using the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper.  If you like foil, you will love this pack of paper.  This pack of paper features classic foil designs in champagne, copper, gold , and silver.  It is so pretty.  I also used the snowflakes from the Seasonal Layers thinlit cut out in silver foil.  The snowflakes are dressed up even more with clear faceted gems.  This is one sparkly little gift.

I learned how to make this test tube holder from Laurie who is on my team.  She made an adorable one for Halloween.  

Here's what you will need to make the holder;

Silver Foil:  1-3/4" x 5", 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" (snowflakes)

Year of Cheer DSP:1-1/2' x 5-7/8"  scored at 1-1/2", 2-1/2", 4", 5"

Use a 3/4" punch in the center of the 2nd section of the Year of Cheer DSP (the 1-1/2" section is the top of the holder).  Punch a circle in the 4th section.  It is best if this second circle is a little off centered.  This will help keep the test tube from slipping.  Attach the first section and the last section (Year of Cheer DSP) to the silver foil piece.  Insert the test tube and decorate with the snowflakes.  

This make a super quick and easy little gift or party favor.  It will be so appreciated since the gift includes some lovely bath salts, perfect for relaxing after a long day.

Now it is time to hop along to see what Laura has created for you.

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Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop...Painted Autumn

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Thank you for joining me for the Stamper's Dozen Blog Hop!  This month's theme is to use the  Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (DSP).  This is some seriously beautiful paper!   I decided that to challenge myself I would use the "B" side of the paper.  What do I mean?  Most of Stampin' Up!'s DSP is double sided.  Generally one side is the more colorful, you don't need to do anything to it side that really catches your eye.  The flip side is usually a more subtle pattern, still beautiful but more neutral in color and design.  Most times I like both sides equally so it is hard to make a decision which side to use.  


What do you think?  I am pretty thrilled with how this came out!  This was the first time I used the Quilt Builder Framelit Dies.  So much fun!  Have I ever told you that I am a wannabe quilter?  Using the Quilt Builder framelits helped to satisfy some of the desire to quilt .  I loved "piecing" the different patterns together to make my square.  I used 4 different designs from the Painted Autumn DSP.  


Using the Quilt Builder Framelits are a a great way to showcase all the beautiful DSP that Stampin' UP! has to offer in both the Annual Catalog and the Holiday Catalog.   I plan to make a lot more of these cards and it is a good thing that there is an incredible sale going on right now focusing on SU's DSP.  It is a Buy 3, Get 1 FREE!  There is a select group of DSP to choose from and the free one has to also be on the list.  I don't think you will have any difficulty finding 4 packs of paper that you would want to have in your craft room.   Check HERE for the list of all the DSP you can choose from.

Now it is time for you to continue on and see what the talented Laura Milligan has created for you!

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October ICS Blog Hop...Ribbon of Courage

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Welcome to the Inspire, Create & Share blog hop.  The theme for this month is  Colors of Courage.  


I used the Ribbon of Courage stamp set for my project and the simple sentiment included in the set, "courage".   I thought about the word courage and if that was the right word for what I wanted to say.  I decided to lookup the definition and here is one definition I found., "mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty".  I also found a great article titled  The Real Definition of Courage.  It offers a more rounded and maybe practical definition of the word.  It is a quick read that offers a lot of insight into the word.  The author, Rebecca Perkins writes, "Courage is admitting we can't cope alone. Courage is choosing love over fear. Courage is continuing through adversity. Courage is trusting that all will be well. "   There are many more other ways she defines courage but those were the ones that jumped out at me.  

This card is going to a friend of mine who was recently diagnosed. I want her to know that I am thinking of her and sending her lots of love, support, and courage.  

Now it is time for you to see what the Anastasia has created for you!

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Thank you for stopping by and here are the products I used to create my card.


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