Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patty's Day + A Favor

Happy St. Patrick's Day to All! For some, it's a day to swig green beer, for some a delightful dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage. Or both! Whatever your traditions, I wish you a happy and safe day!

Now I have a HUGE favor to ask of you...I need to know if you are receiving my blog posts in your email inbox. For some unknown reason, gmail has stopped sending it to my inbox, and if that is happening to everyone, I need to make some changes. After all, putting together a blog post is rather time consuming and it would be sad to know that no one is seeing it!

Would you please leave me a quick comment and tell me, "Yes, I'm getting it." In order to leave a comment you must first click on the title of this post to go to the blog site, then there is a comment section down at the bottom for you to do so.

I appreciate your help! For every comment I get, I will do a random drawing for a Sale-A-Bration prize.

Thank you so much! And again, have a Happy Green Day!


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Friday, March 16, 2018

NEW! More Free Sale-A-Bration Gifts to Choose!

TWO weeks left for 2018 Sale-A-Bration! The fun ends on March 31st! Have you gotten everything you wanted from the brochures? Well, just when you thought you've seen everything, Stampin' Up! has brought out several more free items to finish with a flourish! These are products from the regular catalogs, but from now till March 31st, you can get them FREE with a purchase of $50 for some, $100 for others.

Click HERE to view the pdf of the new SAB items.

For example:

2018 SAB Item #150047, Sweet Cake Framelits Dies, Free with $100 purchase

This is a card design that I CASEd from our Occasions Catalog using the Sweet Cake Framelits Dies. Now you can get these framelit dies FREE with a $100 purchase from any current catalog and/or online Clearance Rack.

Word of Caution: The item numbers for these free items are different from the ones in the catalogs. When you place an order and list the free gifts you choose, be sure you use the item numbers from the flyer that I've linked to up above.

Contact me with any questions -OR- place your order HERE!


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It's a Beautiful Day for a Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Pals March 2018 Blog Hop. Our theme this month is “Spring has Sprung”. The Stampin’ Pretty Pals will inspire you with Spring or Spring-related projects. You may see floral, Easter or other general Spring-inspired designs. You may be just starting or hopped over from another Pal. In either case you’ll find the line-up toward the end of my post to help you move along.

I have two cards to share with you today, both using the butterfly in Beautiful Day, one in blues/greens and the other in pinks/corals. Which one do you like best?

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In this first one, I stamped the butterfly onto thick Whisper White cardstock with Versamark Ink, sprinkled white embossing powder on it, and heat set it. When dry, I colored in the butterfly with my Stampin' Blends - Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, and Bermuda Bay - then cut it out with my Paper Snips scissors.

After coloring it, I discovered that it had pretty much the same shades that are in the Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper, so I used two of the sheets as my background, divided by a narrow 1/8" Bermuda Bay shimmer ribbon (a 2018 Sale-A-Bration free item). I anchored the butterfly with Stampin' Dimensionals over a nest of silver Metallic Thread, then finished it with one Perfect White Accent on the butterfly and three self-adhesive sequins from the Tutti-Frutti suite. The sentiment is half of one from Beautiful Day, masked off and stamped with Night of Navy. I used my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure it wasn't crooked!

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For my second card, I stamped and heat set the butterfly with Gold Embossing Powder and colored it with Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends. For my background paper on this one I chose one of the prints from Painted With Love Specialty DSP. The gold foil accents on the paper look beautiful with the gold embossing on the butterfly. It is glued to a Flirty Flamingo base card with a layer of Gold Foil.

I finished this one off with a folded length of Powder Pink ribbon and a gold Faceted Gem. 

Here is the whole stamp set - Beautiful Day, item #145912 for Wood-Mount and #145915 for Clear-Mount.
Beautiful Day Wood-Mount #145912 or Clear-Mount #145915
Images © Stampin' Up!

Thank you so much for hopping with the Stampin’ Pretty Pals today. Please take a minute to mark your calendar for our next hop on April 11, 2018 for our Family First Hop. Now hop along using the Blog Hop Line-up below. Don’t forget to leave us a comment. We really like that.

Blog Hop  Line-up:  

I hope you enjoyed hopping and soaking in all of the stamping inspiration! I have posted the supplies that I used on my cards below in the Product List. They are linked to my online store. Just click for quick access to Stampin' Up! shopping! See you Friday ~

Catch that stamping habit!


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Monday, March 12, 2018

Happy Wishes For a Happy Birthday

We are nearing the end of another Sale-A-Bration celebration ~ a once-a-year super sale that gives you the opportunity to get free products with qualifying purchases. It ends March 31st, so if you haven't taken advantage of this promotion, now is the time!

I am highlighting two products from this year's Sale-A-Bration in my card today ~

"Happy Wishes", a two pack wood or clear-mount stamp set, is available with the purchase of $100. This set has a lot packed into it. You get two large stamps that say "happy" and "best" with flowers woven around the letters and 15 smaller stamps that have a variety of messages.

Best Wishes Wood-Mount #147224 OR Clear-Mount #147227
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I stamped "happy" onto White Cardstock, cropped it out with the largest of the Layering Ovals Framelits, then colored the flowers with my Stampin' Blends.

I then cut around the stamped image on the bottom for no other reason than to add some interest to the card.

The other free SAB product that I used is a small card from the Sweet Soiree Memories & ore Card Pack. You get 72 total double-sided cards with 36 different prints! This option is free with a $50 purchase. For this card I used a Basic Gray and Berry Burst design. There is a white circular shape in the middle where I tucked in the word "birthday" from Happy Wishes.

Sweet Soiree Memories & More Card Pack #147353
Image © Stampin' Up!

I used Basic Gray Cardstock for the base card and softened it with a piece of Vellum (this particular printed vellum is a retired product, but plain vellum would work well), and added a piece of Berry Burst Metallic Edged Ribbon.

Here are the items that are part of the 2018 Sale-A-Bration free picks. This first section shows items that are free with a $50 purchase: