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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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Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker
Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker

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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If you have just come from Laura's blog then hop this way and see what BJ has made 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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Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad*
Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad*
Heat Tool


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