Monday, February 20, 2017

Sale-a-Bration Second Release Products!

This is one of those times when MORE is definitely MORE!!! I really love ALL the free Sale-a-bration items this year, and to make it even MORE spectactular, Stampin' Up! is releasing 3 new free products TOMORROW! So here's a card giving you a sneak peek of two of the brand new products!

The first version is a simple one layer card. I stamped right on the card base with the NEW Reverse Words stamp set. I also used 2 other stamp sets to create the glasses and star spray. To find out more, you'll want to signup for this month's newsletter! Among other surprises, I'll include full instructions for this card and the stepped up version shown here:

Don't you LOVE how the glimmer paper layer matches perfectly!?! Yep, that's one of the 2nd release products coming out tomorrow! A glimmer paper assortment pack! You'll get 12 6x6 sheets in three different colors!!! (This one is Sweet Sugarplum, but you'll also get Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron. Yes, THREE of my favorite colors!)

How can you get these new products? Well it's easy! Just spend $50 in my online store and choose 1 of the 2 OR spend $100 and get both! I'll also send you a free gift if you use hostess code TMXWWHXS at checkout!

Make your wishlist now so you're ready to place your order early TOMORROW! These amazing products will sell out fast!

*Stampin' Up! Second Release Products are available starting February 21st.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Quick & Easy Valentine's Card Set

Valentine's Day is in a few days, and I have been planning on sending Valentine's to each of my siblings families with the kids school pictures enclosed. Of COURSE I have to make personalized and super cute cards! The problem is, I have 10 siblings. That's right! TEN! 7 girls 4 boys in my family. Plus, I have 2 in-law families, and then both sets of parents. So, 14 cards total. I had to think of something quick and easy for sure! This is what I came up with...

I knew I was going to use the notecard and envelopes set. (LOVE THESE for card sets!) I also knew I would be using that adorable Lift Me Up stamp set. There are several stamps included that make it MORE than just hot air balloons. You can make a cupcake, there's that cute note card image, the thank you image, and all those fun sentiments! So here are the products I've used:

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Here are a couple ways you can order these products and get a FREE Sale-a-bration item! Just click on the images above to add it to your shopping cart! 

*If you order the Lift Me Up Wood-Mount Bundle, you've already earned a free product! 

*If you add some note cards and envelopes, the aqua painters, the white stampin' emboss powder, the versamark, basic black archival and cherry cobbler ink pads (or any other color of your choice!) you have now earned TWO FREE ITEMS!

*or choose the clear mount bundle, and the note cards = 1 FREE ITEM!

*If you haven't yet bought the Big Shot and you just need the stamps, if you choose the wood mount set, just add the aqua painters and the note cards, and you've earned yourself a free item!

*If you prefer clear mount (like I do), add the aqua painters, note cards and one of the ink pads and you've earned a free item! Make sure you have the clear mount blocks if you haven't already ordered them! Find them here.

Don't forget to enter the hostess code TMXWWHXS when you order for another free gift from me!
Alright, now that you've got your supplies ordered, here are the instructions:

Thanks for stopping by! You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel while you're there. I love making video tutorials. ALMOST as much as I love Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration!!! 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Just a Note to Lift Me Up!

If you received my newsletter over the weekend, you KNOW which Occasions Bundle is my clear favorite! If you didn't receive the newsletter, it was by far my best one yet! Check your spam box or sign up here! You don't want to miss out! (And I don't want you missing out!)

Here is another card using the Lift Me Up bundle. This one might be my favorite. Classic black and white (actually vanilla), hot air balloons, french script, simple yet stunning! This is my style FOR SURE!

You're probably wondering where I got that beautiful page of French writing from. It looks like an old French novel. Well, maybe not old. It may or may not be from an actual "Histoire de France" book from college that I may or may not have actually read back in the day. (I really don't remember if I read it or not, but from the looks of it, probably not. But it does make for great cards! Am I right? Don't tell my Professor.)

A couple tricks with this card. It's surprisingly well thought out for such a simple looking card.
(Would you like a video? Comment below if that would help. I will gladly make one.)

In design, odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye than even ones. So when stamping the hot air balloon, 3 is a great number. It also fills up the card front without being overwhelming. (Although in this month's class to go I have an overwhelming amount of balloons on one of the cards...and it's amazing.) 

You are going to work backwards on this card. First, figure out how much room you need for that cut out cloud. I set the larger balloon stamp on the paper and then decided where I wanted the smaller ones. Then I just moved the large stamp off the page, stamped two small balloons, then finished with the large image. (You'll want to stamp the SMALLER balloons first so they don't end up overlapping the large balloon.) (Ask me how I know.) 😏

Adhere the well-loved book page to a basic black scrap. (Or if you have any remaining pieces of that gorgeous Typeset DSP left, use that! Stop hoarding it. It's time to let go.) The size here depends on your book page (or leftover DSP). I just trimmed off the margins and cut the basic black cardstock to just about 1/4 inch larger all the way around. My black scrap ended up being 5" by 3-3/4".

Cut the cloud out of both layers and save it for the inside of the card. Lay the book page/cardstock layer (DON'T adhere it yet!) on your Very Vanilla card base and stamp "Just a note" through the cloud. I used a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to color just part of my sentiment stamp. I do that a lot. Love those markers.

THEN adhere the stamped and layered cardstock onto your card base using dimensionals, making sure the stamped sentiment shows through the cloud. The dimensionals give that reverse die-cut cloud more depth and shadow to draw your attention down to the sentiment. 

Use your adhesive of choice to stick that pretty little cloud onto the inside of the card, and offset the inside sentiment just a touch to the left. Et voilà! I hope you like it!

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Adhesive Remover to the rescue!

Have you ever made a card and just when you had it almost finished, a smear, a fingerprint or excess adhesive RUINED it? That was my card today. I ran a strip of snail adhesive and then placed some of that beautiful Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon on it and realized the snail trail was wider than the ribbon! Dang it! I was really sad for about a minute until I remembered this magical tool in my drawer! A mere $3.50 and my card was SAVED! SO glad I splurged on that one! 😉

You use it just like you would a regular eraser. Instead of erasing pencil marks, it erases adhesive! Isn't it awesome?!?

Definitely worth the $3.50! And that card -- definitely worth signing up to my newsletter to see the whole shebang as well as other exclusives! wink wink. Now if only someone could invent an ink smudge eraser...

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Celebrating WITH you!

One thing I wish I would have learned a lot earlier in life is that being happy --TRULY happy-- for someone else ALSO brings true happiness to your own life. I could share some good (and bad) examples from the past, but let's just leave it back where it belongs.

Valentine's Day is sometimes a hard day to celebrate if you don't have a significant other, but don't let that stop you from celebrating all the special people in your life! Celebrate "GAL"entine's, or spend time with your family. If all else fails, go out and meet a new friend! Life is better shared. :)

This card would be perfect for the love of your life on Valentine's Day. I used the gorgeous Falling For You stamp set and a few products from the coordinating suite. These products work well for Valentine's, Weddings, Anniversary, Mother's Day, or even for a pretty Thank You or Happy Birthday!

(The inside of this one is for a Wedding, but you can easily change it to fit your occasion!)

I love that dandelion image with this sentiment of best wishes! So magical. The picture doesn't do it justice, but I stamped the images in soft sky and then embossed a few in silver. I do LOVE me some metallic embossing!!!

The best part about this card is that one of the stamp sets is a FREE one! So if you buy the Falling For You Stamp Set, Falling in Love DSP, Falling in Love Embellishments, Lace doilies, and the Falling Petals Embossing Folder (which I didn't use in this card, but will in an upcoming one!) you get the Delicate Details Stamp set for FREE! Gotta love Sale-a-bration time! Use hostess code TMXWWHXS at checkout and I will send you a free gift! (Hostess code expires February 28, 2017)

If you love this card, you'll be excited to know that there is an exclusive video going out in this month's newsletter! (Also for free. I love free!) Just enter your name and email over on the right of this page to get this and future exclusive goodies delivered to your inbox for free! 

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