Friday, January 20, 2017

14 DAYS OF LOVE - #1

Welcome to my first series, 14 Days of Love! For this series, I will be using the following:

From the Occasions Catalog
Sealed With Love Stamp Set - 142815 - $21.00
Coordinating Love Notes Framelits Dies - 142752 - $30.00
Sealed With Love Bundle - 144705 - $45.75
Save 10%!


Whisper White - 100730 - $9.00 (40 sheets)
Soft Sky - 131203 - $8.00 (8.5x11 - 24 sheets)
Blushing Bride - 131198 - $8.00 (8.5x11 - 24 sheets)

From the Occasions Catalog:
Real Red - 141982 - $11.00 (12x12)
Sending Love Designer Series Paper - $10.00 (6x6)

If you need assistance in placing an order for the products I use in this series, please send me a note using the contact form in my sidebar.
You can click on any of the catalog buttons to be taken to my on-line store. Just input me as your demonstrator.

Items for this series are part of my January Customer Special. Receive BONUS Free Products when you place an order for these items.

Here's Card #1:

Card Dimensions: 4.25x5.5 (A2)

Whisper White Card Base.
Fold the card closed
From the right side of the card front, cut off 1"
Open the card back up and position the heart die from the framelits set:

Note: The red card stock is in place right now to show the contrast of the edge. 
Placing the die as it is show in the picture is very important.
Ask me how I know? LOL

I found it easier to keep the die in place if I placed a couple of pieces of washi on the framelit edge and adhering to the die cutting plate (yes I have a magnetic platform but this will help keep the paper in place without the chance of tearing your card base when you remove the tape.

Once you have the edge of the card from die-cut, use your fingers to gently pop up the hearts. 

Cut a piece of Real Red cardstrock 4.25x5.5
adhere to the inside back of your front cover. 

As an alternative... you could choose not to trim off the 1" from the card front or add the red.
Die cut the original edge of your card front - giving you an all white card. 


Cut a square of Real Red - 2.25" square
Cut a square of Designer Series Paper from the Sending Love DSP paper pack - 2" square
I chose the heart chain pattern to coordinate with the framelit border running 'down' the right side of the card and the heart chain on the note card.
Adhere these two together. 

From Soft Sky, cut the Envelope from the framelits set
From Whisper White, cut the scallop notecard.
The framelits die creates your score lines. Fold the envelope on the score lines
I added a red heart using a punch from my stash.

Using the mini heart chain from the stamp set, stamp them at the top of the notecard
The heart chain is spaced perfectly to line up with the scallop edge of the notecard!

I never saw the point of using the grid paper pad
130148 - $11.00
But I'm finding the grid paper useful for lining up my stamp on the acrylic block so that I know the stamp is straight before stamping onto  my cardstock 
(also great for adding a curvature to your photopolymer stamp)

Stamp 'a teeny tiny note' in Real Red on the notecard and tuck into the envelope just enough to secure. You can add a glue dot to the back if you would like.
Then glue the envelope at an angle to the mat.
Come down 1/2" from the top and adhere the completed mat.

Using Real Red, stamp Sending Love in the bottom right - lining up with the bottom heart. 

Reminder of Finished Valentine

Here's a sneak peek at Card #2 tomorrow!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

PAPER PUMPKIN - January - As Is & Twist

My box did not arrive until yesterday so I'm showing you the As Is and the With A Twist both today!

Because beginning tomorrow, I have my first card series - 14 Days of Love!
Here we go..

First off, here is what you can make with the January Paper Pumpkin Kit:

This are absolutely perfect for my grandaughters. I've dropped a couple of Dove chocolate hearts in each bag.

As you'll see in the video from Stampin' Up! below, the wooden sticks come to a point on one end. Maybe I'm just paranoid but I wasn't comfortable with sending a pointed stick to my girls. I snipped the point off each of the sticks with a pair of wire cutters before assembling them.
I also chose not to put the gold thread on these - because I was crunching for time if they were going up today! LOL 

The box comes with a Calypso Coral ink spot. But when I looked at the velum banner, I saw Blushing Bride.  I used Melon Mambo to stamp Adrian's and Blushing Bride for Abigail's.

Here's the video from Stampin' Up!

I also found it difficult, because of the lighting over my table that I'm still trying to perfect, that I couldn't get the heart images centered on the heart die-cut. So I inked up the stamp, then placed the die-cut on the stamp to imprint the image:

Now for the Twist:

I knew I wanted to make a card using the banners. But it wasn't until I watched a video by 
SuNN Stampin' that I learned a trick...

By burnishing the backside of the box die-cut, you can smooth out the score marks and have a solid piece of DSP to use as a mat! Also check out her video at about 6:22 to see how she uses the die-cut hearts to create a creative background.
Now... with that background in mind, did you know that you can put those on a card, place another mat on top and run through your Big Shot to get an embossing folder effect? (That's my tip!)

I used the Curly Label punch and Blushing Bride cardstock to create the sentiment mat. Then I used a piece of Whisper White and the same punch to create the top layer. I will be showing this technique on one of the 14 Days of Love series cards so stay tuned!

When adhering the velum banner... place your glue dots on the pink stripe and they won't show through on the front!

Do you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin?
If so, then please link me to what you come up with. I'd love to see!
If not - Why not? 

Paper Pumpkin is like getting a birthday present in your mail box every month!
And during Sale A Bration is the perfect time to subscribe.

Get a 3-month Paper Pumpkin subscription for just $55 USD/$74 CAD and instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!
Now is the best time to skip to the fun with us!
We've discounted the 3-month Subscription to make it even easier for you to qualify 
for a Sale-A-Bration item
just click on the Sale-A-Bration button with the Paper Pumpkin logo on my sidebar to be taken to the on-line store. 

When you subscribe to Paper Pumpkin, I will send you an alternate FREE ribbon to use with your first kit!

What are you waiting for? Come join the FUN!

I'll see you tomorrow with our first 14 Days of Love card

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SYMPATHY - Gift of Love

GIFT OF LOVE is a Hostess Only set. If you want a stamp set that offers a lot of versatility, this is perfect! Host a class with a minimum of $150 in sales and this stamp is yours FREE with Hostess Rewards - PLUS you have the option of choosing at least 1 item from the Sale A Brations catalog when your personal order is at least $50. 

I wanted to post the new Paper Pumpkin today but due to Martin Luther King, Jr observation yesterday, no mail. Unfortunately, I'm able to fill the post with a Sympathy card. A sweet lady from one of my writing groups lost her battle with pancreatic cancer last weekend. LeeAnn was an amazing poet, writer in general and photography - winning many awards in all three categories over the course of her life. Petite, soft spoken, intelligent and always impeccably dressed. . She will be missed.

I made this card for her partner, Larry. I do not think they ever married but were a couple for at least the twenty-five years I've known them:

SIZE: A2 - 4.25/5.5
BASE: Mint Macron
MAT: Very Vanilla 
INK: Mint Macron
Other Stamps: Sealed with Love, Thoughts and Prayers

I stamped the flower outline with Mint Macron. Then I 'ghost-stamped' the filler with Mint Macron as well.  The background for the sentiment is ghost-stamped from Gift of Love.

I added my favorite sentiment from Thoughts and Prayers to the inside as well as repeated the floral image:

Monday, January 16, 2017


I'm starting out with the prettiest picture first. This 6x6 slab of Sending Love Designer Series Paper shouts LOVE from the roof top. I haven't been this inspired to make Valentine's since grade school. Beginning on Friday, January 20th, I'll be sharing my 14 Days of Love. There will be a new Valentine posted every day except Sundays and on the 25th (that will be a Christmas card). Every one of the cards will use this DSP.. so you'll want to have some on hand. And you can get it for FREE when you purchase through me this month.

This is a 3-week Promotion!
I got busy really trying to get the studio in order and the year just snuck up on me. hehe

Sealed With Love Stamp set (142815 - $21.00)
Love Notes Framelits Dies (142752 - $30.00)


Bundle Up!
144705 - $45.75
Save 10% when you Bundle
(why do I feel like Flo from Progressive? LOL)

I use both of these in every card in the 14 Days of Love series.

NOTE: With the exception of the consumables listed below, ALL items are available in either the Occasions Catalog or the Sale A Bration mini.

Add a consumable such as one of the following:

     Snail Adhesive refills - 104331 - $4.50 
     Mini Glue Dots - 103683 - $5.25
     Foam Adhesive Strips - 141825 - $8.00 (Shaker card coming up on Day 8!)
    Tear & Tape Adhesive - 138995 - $7.00

Enamel Shapes $9.00 each
       - Brights 141680 (we use Real Red)
       - Subtles 141679  (we use Soft Sky)

You will have an order totaling over $50!
Remember.this is Sale A Bration! Not familiar with Sale A Bration?
    For EVERY $50 you spend (before tax/shipping) you can choose a FREE item from 
the Sale A Bration mini catalog

I suggest either:
    Avant Garden- 143272 (I use a sentiment from this set on Day 8) 
       This is also a perfect set for Birthdays. I'll be showing projects with this set in the coming weeks.
    Any Occasion - 143348 ( Great variety of sentiments for any occasion)

    Delicate Details - 143314 Lacy borders. I'm not sure what Blogger is doing to my picture. My file shows the entire front label yet, Blogger is chopping the top and bottom off. Hmmm Gotta love technology sometimes hehe but  here's a close-up of the details:

When you Bundle and pick a Free item from Sale A Brations, I'll send you the collection I showed you in the very first pick of that beautiful Sending Love Designer Series Paper PLUS 6x6 pieces of Soft Sky, Blushing Bride and Real Red.... colors I use in all 14 cards! PLUS 1 yard of the Sending Love Ribbon in White and Real Red (available as a double-roll purchase - 142737 - $7.00)

I am so excited to show you these cards!

Sale A Bration is also the PERFECT time to Host your own show. 

When you host a show, 
Remember, EVERY ONE can take advantage of the Free Item for Every $50 spent - so sales add up FAST!

Do not want to do a catalog show but want more than one item in the Sale A Bration mini? No Problem.

For years, I placed my single biggest orders as a customer during Sale A Bration.

I always ordered a minimum of $250. Why?
That's enough sales for FIVE FREE items from the Sale A Bration mini
$50 in Hostess Credit - aka $50 in FREE product from anything SU sells - that includes the Occasions, the Annual catalog AND the Clearance! Now that is some serious shopping.

Break it down:
$250 of your favorite Stamp sets/ Designer Series Paper/ Cardstock/ Consumables such as adhesives and bling/ dies or even the Big Shot!
Five Free Items from Sale A Bration. If you gave each a minimum $19.95 Value, that's $99.75!!
$50 in Hostess Credit
Grand Total (approx.) In Product to play with - $399.75 before tax and shipping for $250!

AND if you do choose to place a similar Sale A Bration order of $250 or more, I'll give you the 
Happy Heart embossing folder - 137364 ($7.50 value) on top of the Bundle Special 

Let me know you want to host a catalog show and I'll help you get started. 

And one more thing.. I know, can it get better?

I'm doing something new next month, so stay tuned because February's promotion is going to be AWESOME!

Remember, if you have any questions please ask using the contact form on my side bar. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


I wanted to kick off the 2017 Occasions/ SAB event with a birthday card. I'm determined to get birthday/ anniversary cards done on time this year. I monitor a thread on SplitcoastStampers called the AOCC17 - All Occasion Card Challenge 2017. The thread is supposed to be a motivator to get our birthday and anniversary cards made and in the mail. Each month I offer up a challenge of some sort to inspire people to get going on their monthly cards.

This month:
CHALLENGE: There's a first time for everything. Pick your favorite 'something' and use it for the 'first time' IN 2017!

What a great opportunity to show you one of my favorite suites - PARTY ANIMAL!

Party Animal Suite coordinates with Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy and Crumb Cake. 

I chose Crushed Curry as my base topped with a piece of Party Animal Designer Series Paper. The Sentiment is from BALLOON ADVENTURES, matted on Emerald Green cardstock.

The ribbon is the Emerald Envy striped taffeta and the charm is from the PARTY ANIMAL charm pack. The charms all have the eyelet on the top. I used a pair of wire cutters to nip the eyelet off then buffed it smooth with an emery board. 

I LOVE Sale A Brations events. Prior to becoming a dem, this was the one time of year I didn't worry about what I spent. Why?

Because for every $50 you spend, you get a FREE ITEM from the Sale A Brations mini catalog! And when you spend $150 or more, you can collect FREE ITEMS with your Hostess Credits!! This is really the best time of the year to get the biggest bang for your buck.

You can check out the Occasions 2017 catalog and the Sale A Bration (SAB) on my sight. Just click on the Occasions or SAB icon on my sidebar and enter me as your demonstrator.  If you'd like your own catalog, please contact me using the form on the sidebar and I'll get one in the mail to you just as soon as my order arrives. This sale goes through May 30th.

Over the coming weeks, I'll be showcasing many items from both the Occasions 2017 and the SAB. I suggest keeping a shopping list. When your Occasions list totals at least $150, pick three of the SAB items then choose an item from either the Occasions or the Annual catalog with your hostess credits. If you have questions, please contact me.

Creative Blessings!

Sunday, January 1, 2017


And I don't mean just new product. Technically, I am off work until January 9. Though I am doing some behind the scenes work. 

By the end of this week I hope to have the blog on track. I have spent the past 5 days digging out/ sorting through my entire studio (except mixed media) in an attempt to be more creative and more productive. I just finished clearing my workssurface off this morning. 

Sunday, December 11, 2016



Up Up and Away!!!!!

Your creativity will soar to new heights with this fun and versatile bundle.  Watch as Andrea from Stampin' Up corporate shows you this fun Lift Me Up and Away set!

Creative Blessings!