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Waterfront Sunset

easel calendar card created with Waterfront stamp setThe secret artista in me has been released with this Waterfront stamp set! I love, love, love using the various stamps to create this water-colored look using the stamps in this set. No, I’m not really an artist, the stamps and the wonderful Stampin’ Up! inks make it look like I am an artist. Eh…maybe a stamper really is an artist, just not one who draws the images. Anyway, I’m thrilled with the results of my stamping tonight.

Since January is the beginning of a new year, I wanted to hold a class where we made an easel card with a mini calendar on it. To make an easel card, cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/4″ x 11″ and fold it in half. Then fold the front of the card in half again with a mountain fold. Glue a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ piece of cardstock to just the section of the card front that is farthest from the center fold. Put a button, bow, or popped up label on the bottom of the inside of the card to hold the easel open. Decorate the front however you want.

For this card I used Soft Sky for the card base. Then I stamped a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White cardstock with my scene using a variety of inks. I did mask the mountains when I stamped the setting sun. I used Tranquil Tide for the mountains and the pine trees. The grass was Garden Green. I used Marina Mist and Soft Sky to stamp the water and sponged Soft Sky on the sky. The sun was stamped with Tangerine Tango. The clouds were stamped with Sweet Sugarplum, Melon Mambo, and Peekaboo Peach. I also stamped some Peekaboo Peace on the water.

This layer was then adhered to a 4″ x 5 1/4″ layer of Tranquil Tide and then to the card base. I really urge you to purchase the Waterfront stamp set and release your inner artist. The stamp set also has images to make a tropical waterfront. You can purchase the supplies I used for this card by clicking on the images below to go to my online store. When you order, use the January host code and I’ll send you a small Thank You gift.

How to Make Multiple Cards Efficiently

It’s time to get started on making your Christmas cards and you have at least 50 you want to send to family and friends. How can you get them created as quickly as possible. I have a few hints for you.

  • Choose a fairly easy design, especially a clean and simple one with a lot of space that has nothing in it except for maybe some dry embossing or designer series paper for the background and a fairly simple focal point.
  • Cut all your card bases at one time.
  • Stamp all your images at one time and then color them and cut them out at one time.
  • Do all the scoring you need at one time.
  • Cut out any die-cuts at one time.
  • Gather any embellishments and have them on hand.
  • Tie all the bows you will need at one time.
  • Then proceed to assemble the cards doing the same step on all the cards and then do the next step on all the cards.

The photo above shows these steps except that this particular card is not a Clean and Simple card. But the steps taken are the same. On the left are the card bases cut and scored. In the middle are all the images stamped and ready to be colored and fussy cut. The greeting has been stamped and will be diecut. As you can see, I have already die-cut two sets of dragonflies. When the pieces are all put together, I will have 15 of this beautiful wiper card created for a swap. I hope this helps you take some of the stress out of making multiple copies of a card.

Wiper card created with Detailed Dragonfly thinlits and Swan Lake stamp set

Order Stampin’ Blends Beginning Nov 1!

banner for Stampin' Blends with start date

Whoohoo! Stampin’ Up! just announced that customers can begin ordering the Stampin’ Blends November 1st. These are alcohol markers in Stampin’ Up! exclusive colors. Unlike Copic markers, you don’t have to be a color scientist to create beautiful works of art with the Stampin’ Blends. You already are familiar with the colors and know what colors go well together. To simplify things, the Blends come in a light and dark version of each color offered. They are similar to the Stampin’ Blendabilities which were pulled from the market due to manufacturing design issues but these Blends have been tested more thoroughly and the design of the pens revamped to correct the pitfalls of the Blendabilities. Another benefit of these Blends is that the price of each color has been reduced from the price the Blendabilities were. Check out the video below.

The colors being offered at this time are

  • Night of Navy
  • Bermuda Bay
  • Pool Party
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Calypso Coral
  • Daffodil Delight
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rich Razzleberry
  • Old Olive
  • Smoky Slate
  • Crumb Cake
  • Bronze
  • Ivory
  • Color Lifter

Check out these October Specials!

World Card-making Day header

Oh my goodness! There are three Stampin’ Up! specials for you in October! The first one is this World Card Making Day special. World Card Making Day is being observed October 7th. I am not planning an event on Oct. 7th but you can take advantage of the discount on these select stamp sets. They are listed below and their coordinating designer series papers.

list of stamp sets on sale

While the coordinating designer series papers are not on sale, they are part of this Designer Series Paper Sale.

Header for Buy 3 get 1 free

These are the papers included in this sale:

list of dsp on sale

And if that is not enough happening in October, check out this Merry Patterns host special!

Merry Patterns Host Special

For more details on these October Specials visit my online store or contact me. Stock up on Fast Fuse and your favorite designer series papers (you can buy multiple quantities of each design) and earn an exclusive host stamp set Merry Patterns while stocking up! October is definitely a winning month!

The 2017 Holiday Catalog Is Live!

photo of front of 2017 Holiday catalog

September 1st was the beginning of the 2017 Holiday Catalog sales period and I am so excited to share with you some of the many very cool stamps, papers, and accessories to be found between the covers of this catalog. You can download it here or better yet contact me so I can send you a free catalog for you to hold in your hands and pour over until it gets dog-eared. This video by Stampin’ Up! will give you a peek at some of the products. Check it out!

Getting Ready!

Sue holding the holiday catalog

Yep, I have a copy of the upcoming 2017 Holiday catalog. Actually I have lots of copies of it and am ready to give them away. How else would you know about all the exciting new stamps,thinlits, designer series papers, and embellishments Stampin’ Up! has selected for us to enhance our fall and winter creativity. You know you need your own copy to pour over, mark-up, and purchase from! So if you don’t already have a demonstrator that feeds your rubber addiction, email me your address and phone number and I’ll get one into the mail for you. I’d love to be your source of your stamping supplies and inspiration.

But hurry, you will be able to order from the catalog September 1st and Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas are coming faster than we think. It’s time to get stamping for those holidays!

Grandson’s Graduation Card

Graduation card for grandson using Large Letters Framelits

What to do for a graduation card for an eighth-grader? You make a quick card using the Large Letters Framelits, retired Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper, and Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper...easy, peasy and so quick! The letters take center front and I’m really happy the framelit set includes punctuation.

Inside of grandson's graduation card

Now this particular boy did not like middle-school and was not very excited about going to graduation. So I computer-generated the sentiment on the inside. I printed it out and used the Stitched Shapes Frameiits to cut it out. The white label on a white background would not have been very impressive so I backed it with an oval of the same pattern as on the front of the card. I really love this Naturally Eclectic designer series paper. Check out all the wonderful designs in it and place your order for it by clicking on the image below. Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I invite you to grab a cup of coffee and take some time to browse through my blog. Leave me a comment so I know you have been here.

Beautiful You Grad Card

Graduation card created with Beautiful You and Sunshine Sayings stamp setsDoesn’t this woman from the Beautiful You stamp set (wood-143004, clear-143637) exude happiness and joy? I thought it would be a perfect image to use on this graduation card for our granddaughter who graduated from high school yesterday. Almost all the product used in this card is new to the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. The background is one of the patterns in the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. I stamped the woman with Basic Grey ink onto Whisper White cardstock; colored her with Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral (for her skin) and Daffodil Delight watercolor pencils; then fussy cut her out.  The sentiment came from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set. I have fallen in love with the 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon in Island Indigo and am going to order both the Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist colors on my next order.

Thanks for stopping by to visit today. If you need to order any of the supplies I used for this card, just click on the images below to find them in my online store.

Detailed Dragonfly Birthday Card

Birthday card created with Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies and Watercolor Wash stamp set

Just look at those beautiful dragonflies cut with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies from Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper! Yes, you read that right…Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer paper. A pack of glimmer paper which includes 4 sheets each of Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay, and Mint Macaron glimmer paper is one of the three new FREE Sale-A-Bration products you can choose from when you spend $50 in Stampin’ Up! products during January, February, and March.

Now on to the card. I resisted getting the very popular Dragon Fly Dreams bundle for a while because I already have all the butterfly dies Stampin’ Up! offers and really didn’t need to also have a set of dragonflies as well. Yeah…right! I especially love this particular die with the dragonflies flying up and it is this die that finally hooked me into getting the bundle.

I envisioned the dragonflies coming up out of grass with flowers in the background so I brought out my Watercolor Wash background stamp and used Pear Pizazz, Sweet Sugarplum, and Pool Party markers on it. Then I spritzed it with water and stamped onto watercolor paper. The sentiment is from the Special Reason stamp set. Click on the images below to go to their place in my online store to order any of the supplies you need to CASE this card.

Window Box Thinlits Again

Handmade Thinking of You card created with a Window Box Thinlit die

This die from the Window Box Thinlits Dies is so beautiful! A card on page 43 of the Occasions catalog looked to me like it was stenciled on the front. So I CASEd it but actually did use a die-cut piece as a stencil to create the image on my card. Since this particular die only cuts out the pieces and not the surrounding area, there is plenty of negative space to keep the sponging isolated just on the pattern. I sponged Wild Wasabi, Peekaboo Peach, and Melon Mambo inks on the design. The greeting from the corresponding Window Shopping stamp set is stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Melon Mambo ink and cut out with one of the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I backed it with a scalloped Layering Ovals die-cut from Melon Mambo cardstock and embellished it with rows of little pearls. Visit these two blog posts here and here to see a couple of other cards I have created using the Window Box Thinlits.

Remember that during Sale-A-Bration  you can choose a free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure for each $50 in product you purchase. Click on the images below to be taken to their location in my online store.