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November 2017

Year End Sales Event!

Year end sales 2017

It's hard to believe that it is December already!  Today marks the beginning of Stampin' Up!'s Year End Sales Event! What does that mean?  There are select items from the Holiday Catalog that are on sale!  It also means that we know which items from the  Holiday catalog that will not be available for purchase after January 2!  The biggest thing to remember is that the items retiring are only available while supplies last!  If you see something on the list especially if it is on sale be sure to grab it quickly as it might be sold out the next time you look. 

                        Click here for the list.

Be sure to pay attention to the asterisks *.  If you see 2 asterisks (**) it means there are products in the bundle that are NOT retiring.  If you see 3(***) asterisks it means the bundle will no longer be available at the special bundle price after January 2, 2018.  

Here's a few projects previously featured on the blog that contain items that are retiring.  If you click on the picture it will take you to the blog post that it was featured on.

AstheInkDriesTSOT349 AstheInkDriesSDBH1017 AstheInkDriesCCMC474

There is a new hostess code and I would appreciate you using the code (UZYE42HY) when you shop with me online.   If your order is $150 or more please do not use the code.  Thank you!

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Joy and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

Time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge!.   Another lovely sketch to work with.


The snowflakes were cut using the Trim Your Stocking Thinlit dies.  I wanted a little sparkle so I cut them out of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  Are you wondering where the "joy" is from?  I used the Mini Treat Bag thinlits die that says "enjoy" and did a little cutting.  I love finding more ways to use my dies.  The DSP I used is the Merry Little Christmas DSP.  The colors in this paper pack are Basic Black, Whisper White, and Old Olive. These colors are a little non traditional for Christmas.  I love them and especially love the black and white check.  



Here is the sketch for the challenge.


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I hope you will join in the challenge.  Be sure to go and check out what the rest of the team created for the challenge.

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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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Graceful Garden

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am taking a little break from Christmas cards to share with you a card using the Graceful Garden stamp set.


I love this large rose image.  It is another fun image to color.  I made the background using a technique called Ink Smooshing.  Super fun to do and each time you do it you will get different results.  

I have written a tutorial on how to make this card.  Click here if you would like the tutorial.  Enjoy!  If you need any supplies please feel free to contact me or order through my online store.

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Window Box Thinlits and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #485

Happy Thanksgiving! It is Thanksgiving here in the US and I am feeling especially thankful and grateful.   My son arrived last night (yay) and we are leaving soon to spend the day with even more family.   

Today also is the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge #485.  This week it is a color challenge.  The colors are not exactly what I think about when I think of Thanksgiving.  However the combination is a lovely one and it does make for a nice thank you card.


Can you tell from the picture the color combination? 


I used the Window Box thinlits to create the peekaboo border.  I was happy to discover that the square thinlits in the set line up just about perfectly and fit along the edge of a standard card.  I love the colors peeking through the cut outs.  You know what else is great?  TheWindow Box thinlits are 10% off through the 26th!  Yes, it is part of the Online Extravaganza!  

Hope you are having a wonderful day and you are one of the things I am thankful for.

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Festive Phrases and the Try Stampin' On Tuesday Challenge #349

Time for the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge.  The design team members alternate weeks and it is my week.  Here's what I made.


Here is the sketch we were to use.


The optional theme is Silver Bells or Easel Card.


I chose to use the optional theme and made an easel card.  I used the super cute elf from the Festive Phrases stamp set in the Holiday catalog.  I colored him in using Stampin' Blends and a little paper piecing.  The tree is from the Santa's Sleigh stamp set in the annual catalog and cut out using the Santa's Sleigh thinlits.  The Santa's Sleigh thinlits are on sale now (10% off) until November 26th.  (If you want to see another card using the Santa's Sleigh stamp set and bundle go here.)  Here is a list of all the products I used to make this card.


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This card measures 3-1/2" x 5".  This is a mailable size here in the US.  I hope you will join in the challenge and be sure to check out all the details on the Try Stampin' on Tuesday Facebook group or on the blog.

Be sure to check out all that is on sale now from Stampin' Up!  Get ready for another one day sale in a few days!.

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More from the Online Extravaganza!

I love a good sale!  Don't you?  The Online Extravaganza is starting off with a One Day sale on select stamp sets.  I did a little highlight of a few of the stamp sets that are on special here and here.   Today I am going to  share some ideas on the products available November 20-26th.

Dragonfly remarkable

This card uses the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and the sentiment from the Remarkable You (One Day sale stamp set) stamp set.  If you act fast you can get them both at a special price.  More information about the card can be found here.

Dragonfly Dreams

More information about this card can be found here.

Dragonfly Dreams TSOT 307

I made this card for a sketch challenge.  I wrote about it here.

Details about this one can be found here.  I have to say that there were quite a few more samples using these thinlits here on the blog.  

Time to go on to another favorite of mine, Up & Away Thinlits.

Lift Me Up split card

I talked about this card here.

Lift Me Up Sliding Easel side

I shared this card here.  If you are curious about this fun fold.  I wrote a tutorial here.

Lift Me Up ccmc 440

The Up & Away thinlits and the coordinating stamp set,  Lift Me Up  are great to make masculine cards.  Here's the post about this card.

One last sample using the Up & Away thinlits.

Lift Me Up side wave closed

All the details about this card can be found here.

Thank you for indulging me in my look back at some of my favorite projects using these 2 thinlits.  If you don't have them, this is a great time to get them.  Here is a link to all the products on sale.  Here is a link to my online store.   Thank you!

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Did You Hear?

I am sure you have but just in case you haven't, Monday, November 20, 2017 there is a One Day sale on selected stamp sets!  Yesterday, I highlighted  the Remarkable You stamp set and today we will look at a couple more stamp sets that are on sale for one day only.  Here's a link to the Online Extravaganza.

Cool Treats wave

You can get all the information about this card here   and how I made the wave edge.


Cool Treats CCMC #447

Doesn't that ice cream swirl look delicious?  Get the scoop on how it was made here.

Cool Treats washi

With the Cool Treats stamp set you can make some quick and cute cards.  

Another stamp set that is on the list for the One Day Sale is Bloomin' Love.   This is a beautiful stamp set and perfect for Valentine, wedding, anniversary,  really just about any occasion.  This set coordinates with the Bloomin' Heart Thinlits that is also on sale.  

Bloomin' Heart Rose Red side

This card was originally posted here.

Bloomin Heart TSOT 257 portrait

Bloomin Heart TSOT #257

When you cannot decide which way it looks better.  The post about this card is here.

Bloomin' Heart Thinlit

Here's the link to this card.

That was just a little peek into a few of the stamp sets that are on the One Day stamp sale.  Here's a link to everything that is on sale, so far.  There will be another one day special on the 27th but I don't know any details on that sale.  I will let you know as soon as I know!  If you are going to take advantage of the Online Extravaganza, I hope you will consider shopping with me.   Thank you!

It's Coming...

What's coming?  Stampin' Up's!  Online Extravaganza.  Today the most important thing you need to know is that there is a 24 hour stamp sale November 20 only.  One of my favorite sets, Remarkable You is on list and 20% off on Monday, November 20th. 


This lovely image is from Remarkable You.   There are 4 large images that are so fun to color.  In the sample above I used the new Stampin' Blends.   Here are a few more cards I have made using this set.  

Remarkable You

Details about this card can be found on this post.

Remarkable You SDBH 316

This just might be my favorite card I ever made using this set.  Read about it here.

Remarkable You CCMC 459

For all the details go here.

CCMC 456

Here's the link to this card.

The images are large and easy to color and with all the  coloring tools Stampin' Up! offers you will have so much fun. 

Here is what is on sale from November 20-26.  There will be another flash sale on March 27th and the details will be announced soon for that sale.

When you shop with me  please use the hostess code which is located on the right hand side of the blog.  I appreciate your orders!  Thank you

Painted Autumn DSP and the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge

It is Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge.  This week we have another great sketch. 


Here's what I made with the sketch.


The only stamping I did on this card is the sentiment, which is from the Remarkable You stamp set.  The flowers and the banner are both from the Painted Autumn DSP.   


I fussy cut the flowers and then brushed the petals with Wink of Stella to add a little shimmer.  I also applied some Fine-Tip glue to the center of the flowers to add some shine and dimension.  Two simple ways to add a little more interest to the card.


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Be sure to check out what the other designers have created for this sketch.  I hope you too will join in and try your hand at the challenge.

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