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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Third Thursdays Blog Hop: Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July for this month's Third Thursdays Blog Hop!
I'm all about Christmas ANYTIME, but I haven't been ready to play with my Christmas stash yet. It might have something to do with the over 100 temperatures. Whenever I feel stuck for whatever reason, I tend to look outside the box! And that is just what I did for today's card! 

That beautiful Royal Peacock image makes such a stunning focal point! To make it just a little more magical, I stamped it in Versamark ink and then embossed it with that AMAZING Shimmer White Stampin' Emboss Powder! I love how it sparkles like freshly fallen snow! To pick up that sparkle even more, I added a layer of Sparkle Glimmer Paper and also used that to add the "Merry" die from the Merry Christmas Dies.

Let's see what other festive things are in store for you today! Hop on through to all the Third Thursdays participants!

Friday, July 5, 2019

DIY Party Favors

Happy Independence Day! I hope everyone enjoyed the celebration last night! Dylan has the flu so he rested while I took the kids to see the amazing fireworks show our neighborhood puts on every year! (Gotta love living in Texas!)

I never get great pictures of the actual fireworks, but I love this one I took last night that captures the kids with a neighbor watching the show!

It's always such a fun and relaxed holiday for us, which makes me reflect on those who sacrifice(d) so much for our freedom. Which in turn causes me to be a little more present and grateful to those in my life at THIS moment.

I know it's just a small thing, but I like to make little gifts of appreciation for people I come across from day to day. Here is a fun treat I made in honor of yesterday's celebration.

I used the Broadway Birthday stamp set to stamp "Hooray" and the candles (which I'm hoping look like firecrackers?) in Blueberry Bushel and Real Red. The coordinating Broadway Lights Dies cut out the candle fireworks perfectly!

One fun technique I used on this project was stamping the dots for "hooray" in Versamark and then using our new Shimmer White Stampin' Emboss Powder! I LOVE THAT STUFF!!!! You really can't see the sparkle in the photo but trust me, it's AMAZING!

For the tag, I used the Everyday Label Punch but needed it to be a little wider to fit the sentiment. So, I cut a 1 1/2" strip of Whisper White Cardstock and stuck just one edge into the punch with the other side sticking out. I then stamped hooray and stuck the other edge into the punch to get it the perfect size! I added the firecrackers on with mini dimensionals.

I adhered the tag to a pentagon treat pouch (also known as the diaper fold - which isn't a very appetizing name for a treat in my opinion but does explain how to make it!) This is made by:

1. Taking a 6-inch square piece of scrapbook paper (DSP) and folding it on a diagonal.
2. Then, bring one point up and across.
3. Do the same with the other point.
4. Fold one triangle layer down then decorate and add treats!

Got it? Great! If not, here's a step by step picture tutorial for you:

Here are the supplies I used. If you would like to purchase them, just click on the picture and you will be brought to my online store! Just add it to your basket! If your order is $50 or more, you will receive a $5 coupon that you can use in August! (This promotion goes throughout the entire month of July! Earn as many $5 off coupons as you want! OR if your order is more than $99, why not get $155 worth of your choice of products for $99? Seems like a no brainer right? Talk to me if you have any questions!)

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Imagine this EXACT same design in different colors!  I'd love to see your version shared in our facebook group! These DIY party favors could be used for graduation out of your school's colors, or for a birthday in the special guest's favorite colors! Which colors would you choose?

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

It's finally here! The new Stampin' Up! 2019 Annual Catalog

Oh my goodness! I've been waiting to order some of these BEAUTIFUL products for MONTHS! Ever since I first drooled over it at San Antonio Onstage! As a demonstrator, I was able to order some of the good stuff early, but I want it all!!!

I've been playing with the Above the Clouds stamp set and coordinating Hot Air Balloon punch, and it just might be my favorite hot air balloon set EVER! It's so easy to use in SOOO many ways, and the sentiments included cover every occasion you can imagine!

I used it over the weekend at my Catalog Kickoff/Retiring Sale with a quick and easy card featuring the brand new in-colors!

They were a big hit for both beginner and advanced stampers! Here is a quick video tutorial:

I hope you love these fun cards and make a few of your own! You can start ordering new products TODAY! Check out the Above the Clouds stamp set, and all the other new things available in the new annual catalog! Just click on the image below and add these products to your cart! Use hostess code: R99AAKSC and I will send you a free class kit to go!

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There are so many fun new products in the new annual catalog and I am so in love with these new in-colors! Which one is your favorite? Purple Posy might be my favorite at the moment, but it's hard to choose just one! They're even more beautiful in person!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Third Thursdays Blog Hop: Make New Friends But Keep the Old

This time of year is always filled with mixed emotions. Looking forward to the long days of summer while making the most of the last few structured days of school. The giddy excitement spent using NEW products, woven into melancholy moments of saying goodbye to retiring favorites.
This month's Third Thursdays Blog Hop theme is exactly that! Make new friends, but keep the old!

I love blending the old with the new. It breathes new life into those dusty, forgotten, stamps on the shelf. My favorite way of reviving them (and therefore convincing myself I need to keep them a little while longer!) is mixing old stamps with new COLOR!

Wouldn't this card be perfect for the recent grad embarking on a new life adventure? Or as a birthday reminder to live each moment to the fullest? It's surprisingly versatile and inspires adventure don't you think?

I am IN LOVE with one of our newest in-colors "Purple Posy". It's soft but vivid at the same time! I couldn't wait to try it with a bold pop of Pineapple Punch and the retiring Lemon Zest stamp set was PERFECT!

This "recessed panel" card reminds me of the excitement of summer - peeking at us from just around the corner, ready to burst through the door at any minute! Just like the new catalog! Bursting with so many gorgeous new products! Are you ready for it??

Let's take a peek at the next blog, and see what inspiring projects Anne Marie has for us this month!

Be sure to click through to all the Third Thursdays Blog Hop participants for inspiration on those retiring products as well as the fun new ones we have to look forward to!

Here are the products I used in creating today's card:

Thanks again for stopping by this month's Third Thursday Blog Hop! I hope you're as excited as I am to see all the new products in the upcoming Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog! Don't forget to get those retiring favorites before they are gone forever!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Stampin' Up! OnStage April 2019 Product Haul PLUS Pre-order Unboxing!

I had SUCH an amazing time in San Antonio for Stampin' Up! OnStage! I finally got around to editing and uploading my product haul/pre-order unboxing video. Enjoy!

If you see anything you are absolutely dying to get your hands on, you can order these products beginning June 4th, OR if you would like to get them early, why not get them at a discount? Talk to me or click here

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Third Thursdays Blog Hop: A Fond Farewell

There are SO MANY great products on the retiring list! It's always sad to see our favorites go, but there are so many wonderful things coming!

For today's Third Thursdays blog hop, we are giving a fond farewell to our favorite, well used products!
My card today has more than one product I am giving a tearful farewell to! The Sweetest Thing stamp set and dies, as well as the 2018-2020 in-color DSP stacks! I wanted to do something a little less purple and pink for a more versatile birthday card, and immediately turned to those beautiful bright in-colors! Don't worry, they aren't leaving us yet! We get another year with them - THANK GOODNESS!!! But the Designer Series Paper Stacks are changing! We're saying goodbye to those beautiful stripes and polka dots! *sniff sniff* So sad! They are so versatile! I use them on EVERYTHING!

The bright colors reminded me of those swirl lollipops, and the stripes were just perfect for a candy shoppe! So, using the soon to be retired Sweetest Thing stamp set, I made my own swirl pop by stamping in Pineapple Punch and then drawing a stripe with the in-color Stampin' Write Markers from the center out. 
I love the way it turned out! It looks delicious enough to eat!
The candy jar looked a little empty, so I also added a few Glitter Enamel Dots as either gumballs or gumdrops (it depends on which one of my kids you ask!)

I also shortened the sentiment to fit on the card front, and I DO believe it will make for a very sweet celebration indeed!

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If you haven't purchased products from the Sweetest Thing Suite yet, RUN! 
Get them while supplies last!

Then hop on over to the next blog and see the beautiful things Angie McKenzie has in store for us! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Here is a list of everyone participating in this month's blog hop!