Monday, June 17, 2019

Daisy Lane for the beginner, casual and avid stamper!

Stampin' Up! has determined that there are 3 types of crafters, or stampers out there.  The first is the beginner stamper, the one that may or may not do any stamping at home.  I did a quick and easy carder the beginner stamper:

As you can see on this card, it is just one layer -- stamped with just 2 colors of ink and 3 stamps total.  So easy!

This next card is good for the casual stamper, the one that has a few supplies at home, but otherwise just dabbles in stamping:

This card is a couple of layers, but is just stamped, punched and cut -- nothing too fancy but still a nice card!  (I goofed though -- the 1 3/4" punch just retired!  😪)

The last card is better fitted to the avid stamper.  Some of the layers are embossed with the Big Shot, and the shapes are cut out with framelits.  

I added a couple of simple embellishments too, just to perk it up some more!  Would you want to still make it more "avid"?  I think you could emboss the "smile" with clear embossing powder.  That would add some more "avid-ity" to it!!  

Below is my supply list and the card "recipe". Happy stamping!  Let me know what you think!!

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Card Recipe:

Beginner Stamper:

Whisper White Thick Cardstock (c/s) , 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"

Stamp the stem in Mint Macaron ink. Stamp the daisy flower image and "Smile" sentiment in Seaside Spray ink.

Casual Stamper:

Whisper White Thick c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Seaside Spray c/s,  4" x 5 1/4"
2019-21 Designer Series Paper Stack, Seaside Spray Gingham pattern, 1 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Whisper White c/s, 1" x 5 1/4"
Crumb Cake c/s scrap, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Whisper White c/s, 2" x 2"

Stamp the stem in Mint Macaron ink and the daisy flower image sentiment in Seaside Spray ink onto the Whisper White c/s scrap and punch out with the 1 3/4" circle punch.
Stamp the "Smile" sentiment in Seaside Spray ink toward the right side of the 1" x 5 1/4" Whisper White c/s strip.
Attach the Seaside Spray c/s to the Whisper White thick c/s base, then attach the strip of DSP to the bottom, and attach the stamped sentiment strip over, centering the sentiment strip over the DSP.  
Punch out a starburst circle from the Crumb Case c/s scrap. Attach the stamped and punched daisy image to the punched starburst.  Attach to the left of the sentiment, popping up with dimensionals.  Attach a large rhinestone jewel to the center of the flower.

Avid Stamper:

Whisper White Thick c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Seaside Spray c/s,  4" x 5 1/4", embossed with the Subtles 3D Embossing Folder
2019-21 Designer Series Paper Stack, Seaside Spray Gingham pattern, 1 1/2" x 4", punched with the Triple Banner punch on the right side
Whisper White c/s, 1" x 4", punched with the Triple Banner punch on the right side
Crumb Cake c/s scrap, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2", cut out with the 2 1/8" circle die and the Big Shot
Whisper White c/s, 5" x 3"
Whisper White tulle polka dot ribbon, 3"

Stamp the stem in Mint Macaron ink and the daisy flower image sentiment in Seaside Spray ink onto the Whisper White c/s scrap and cut out with the 1 7/8" circle die and the Big Shot.  Attach to the crumb cake circle, and then to a cut-out 2 1/4" scalloped circle, again cut out of Whisper White c/s with the Big Shot.  Attach a faceted Seaside Spray dot to the center of the flower.
Stamp the "Smile" sentiment in Seaside Spray ink toward the right side of the 1" x 4" Whisper White c/s strip punched out with the Triple Banner punch.
Attach the Seaside Spray embossed c/s layer to the Whisper White thick c/s base.  Attach the Designer Paper banner to the bottom left 1/3 of the card, then center the stamped sentiment banner over the bottom "fork" of the designer paper banner.
Fold the ribbon in 1/2 and attach under the assembled circle layers, holding in place with dimensionals.

Supply List:

Monday, May 20, 2019

Lovely as a Tree!

I shared this card on my Facebook Live last week where I used Lovely as a Tree.  As I explained on the Live, I started out by stamping the fisherman from Best Catch in Memento ink onto the center of the Very Vanilla c/s layer.  I didn't know where the card was headed from there.  From there, I colored my tree stamp with a Garden Green and Soft Suede marker and stamped it to the upper left of the fisherman. The water looks very real, doesn't it?  I wish I had colored the water directly around the fisherman, but I instead built up the lake using the water stamp from High Tide and the Pacific Point ink.  That's one color that I haven't used a lot lately, but it's perfect for the water on this card.  To stamp the water, I started in the center of the cardfront, directly below the fisherman, then re-inked each time and stamped to the left and right, almost like I was laying bricks if that makes sense?

Hmm... what should I add next?!

Well, the mountains from Waterfront using Crumb Cake classic ink was the next image to be stamped.  I then masked the mountains and stamped the Mango Melody sun peeking behind it.  The only 2 things left to do were fill in my grass which I did with Garden Green ink and a blender pen, and to sponge my sky: I used the Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight inks to color the sky -- I'm sorry it's difficult to see the sponging!

Well, that's my card for today!  Have you been following the retirement party that Stampin' Up! has been sponsoring online?  It's almost the end of another Stampin' Up! catalog and sadly, Lovely as a Tree will be leaving us.  For my product spotlight, I've been featuring the Lovely as a Tree stamp set on my Facebook page and will continue to do so for another few days.  If you use the Hostess Code, D7N2NTWA and purchase the Lovely as a Tree stamp set, I will send you a card using this stamp set, and will also send you 1/2 package of the Leaf Trinkets. 

Thanks for checking out my card today! Join me tomorrow for another Lovely as a Tree card or project!
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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Welcome Little One!

I had so much fun making this card!  I've spent the last few weeks creating cards using bundles, stamp sets, punches and framelits that are going away.

Unfortunately the wood crate framelits are one of those products I'm sad to see them go.  Doesn't this Momma Roo look so proud?!  She's sporting the latest pouch for her wee little koala!  I stamped Momma on Sahara Sand c/s in Memento Ink, then colored her in with the Light Crumb Cake blend.  Baby Koala is colored in with the light Smoky Slate blend.

The balloon is stamped in Mint Macaron ink using the Balloon Celebrations stamp set, cut out with the Balloon punch that is retiring.  I cut double crates for wagons - my back wagon is basically embossed because I cut both layers at the same time.  I then offset slightly to make it look 3D.  The wheels are Basic Black circles punched out with the 1" circle punch.  The "hubcaps" are champagne foil punched out with the 3/4" circle punch (retiring ... do you have yours yet?!).  Oh yes, and the handle is just a scrap of paper that I found in my recycling - basically it's 1/8" by about 4" and I cut off just a tad for the handle for the pull bar. The words for the sentiment are stamped in Mossy Meadow ink on one of the framelits from the Wood Crate set again - the stamps are part of the Animal Outing stamp set.  I had no problem lining up the words!  I used a snippet of Old Olive linen thread.  I colored the leaves on the stamped branch with Mossy Meadow blends after stamping it in Memento ink, used a bronze blend for the branch itself, and the frog is a pleasant Granny Apple Green blend color.  The last little item?  More branches cut from Mossy Meadow scraps using the frame lit from the Animal Outing bundle.

I layered my Very Vanilla piece on a  Soft Suede mat,  then layered on a Mossy Meadow base!  That's all!  I'm entering this card in the SUO Challenge blog -- this is a perfect "celebration" card!  

*I include a supply list on the bottom of every blog post.  I try to include every color I've mentioned that I use to stamp or punch with.  Please remember that I have LOTS of scraps, inks, stamps, etc.  Use whatever colors work for you!  Just make sure you have fun!!  
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Friday, April 26, 2019

Going for a Bike Ride!

I wanted to share another cute stamp set that is retiring this week!  I realized when I prepared for Tuesday night's card class that I have hardly ever used the Bike Ride stamp set with matching framelits.  Can you believe that it's going away without hardly seeing any ink?!

I made this cute card, essentially copying the sample in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog.  I changed it up a bit by making a banner (since Thoughtful Banners stamp set and the Bunch of Banners framelits are retiring).  The flowers in the basket are stamped in Berry Burst ink and the little bow on the basket is from the Apron Builder framelits and used some Berry Burst Cardstock. 

I added a supply list below in case anyone wants to duplicate the card.  I think I forgot to add that I stamped the basket is Early Espresso ink.  

Happy stamping!

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Goodbye Sweet Petal Palette!

My FB live this week featured the fabulous Petal Palette stamp set and its matching Petals and More framelits.  I shared a couple of projects with you and thought I'd share some close-up photos of two of my projects.  It has also been my Product Spotlight on my FB page.  Make sure you like the page so you can see more samples that I'm sharing this week!

This first project used the Buffalo Check background stamp set with Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  I stamped the buffalo check so that I could have a black and white background.  Unfortunately, the Botanical Butterfly DSP from Sale-a-bration has retired so I needed to come up with another black and white option.  (For my own use, I stockpiled that DSP and can't wait to use it on some personal cards!). I used the label die from the Rose Trellis thinlit dies (matching the Climbing Roses stamp set and also retiring. (Insert :(  face here - loved this stamp set and matching dies!). The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set and the ribbon is the lovely Petal Pink and Whisper White 5/8" variegated ribbon that is retiring from the Occasions catalog.

My next 2 projects are 3D projects and again use retiring products.  

I made my birds for the bird cage and the wooden box using the Mirror Image technique (go to my FB page Jeannie Nielsen, the Card Lady) for a quick instruction of the the technique -- I taught it ib yesterday's FB live video (4/23/19) (Hint ... I used the Silicone Sheet and the Stamparatus) to make the birds facing in opposite directions for both projects. I can't share the instructions for the bird cage right now as it's a project that Debby Donovan will be teaching at our June crafting retreat.

The Wood Words stamp set with the Wood Crates thinlits are also retiring.  I filled my little crate with leftover Easter egg candy!   Before you panic ... the Colorful Seasons stamp set is not retiring -- I used the branch from the matching framelits to create the branch for the birds to sit on.  The designer paper is my favorite Wood Textures DSP stack.  The flowers also are stamped in Powder Pink ink and are from the Petal Palette stamp set so those items ARE retiring too.  Get them soon (click on any of the items in my Supply List to connect to my store and purchase these items)!

Anything else you notice that might be retiring?  Yep, some of my favorite Night of Navy gingham ribbon is going away as is the Share What You Love specialty DSP that lines the bottom of my birdcage.  Oh yes, and you'll want the Paper Trimmer and the Big Shot before those items are gone as well!!

*Please note that I have not included all items on my supply list -- I added the items only if they are retiring or are essential to the projects I made.  

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Designer Paper Product Spotlight

My Product Spotlight for this week on my FB page, Jeanne Nielsen The Card Lady is designer paper.  I know that I love the paper in the Occasions catalog, and I also love the paper in the Annual Catalog.  Neither of them will carry over next year I'm pretty sure. (The wood paper has been the only paper that I believe has ever carried over.)

I saw a YouTube video by Lyssa Zwolanek that used a full sheet of designer paper to make a cute bag, all with no waste.  I figured that it's possible that I could make these bags in other sizes.  I made her bag to display on my video (the large bag in the back corner), but made other bag sizes as well.  

So, here are the designer paper sizes and the score lines, then follow the video to put them together.  

To make the large Calypso Coral bag in the back using the Happiness Blooms DSP, follow these steps.

12" x 12" Designer Paper:
  • Cut off (2) 1" strips from 1 end.  Score these strips in half lengthwise to make your handles.
  • Score in half, at 6" on the 12" side of the remaining large piece of DSP, then score either side at 5" and 7".
  • Cut in 3" on the 5" and 7" score line and adhere inwards to form your reinforced bottom.
To make the small bag in front using the Tropical Escape DSP from the Annual Catalog, follow these steps.

6" x 6" Designer Paper:
  • Cut off (2) 1" strips from 1 end.  Score these strips in half lengthwise to make your handles.
  • Score in half, at 3" on the 6" side of the remaining large piece of DSP, then score either side at 3 1/2" and 4 1/2"
  • Cut in 3" on the 3 1/2" and 4 1/2" score line and adhere inwards to form your reinforced bottom.
  • With tear 'n tape, adhere each side to form your bag.
Finally, to make the floral bag in back left that uses the Painted Seasons DSP from Sale-a-bration (that ends on March 31st, by the way!), follow these steps.  *This was the bag I made in my video.

9" x 9" Designer Paper:
  • Cut off (2) 1" strips from 1 end.  Score these strips in half lengthwise to make your handles.
  • Score in half, at 4 1/2" on the 9" side of the remaining large piece of DSP, then score either side at 3 1/2" and 5 1/2"
  • Cut in 3" on the 3 1/2" and 5 1/2" score line and adhere inwards to form your reinforced bottom.
  • With tear 'n tape, adhere each side to form your bag.
Unfortunately I am having trouble uploading the video right now, but I will save it to YouTube tomorrow and try again!!  I'm sorry!

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Another Happiness Blooms Card!

I'm absolutely in love with this card!!  This was a card that was shared with me at my Leadership event in Lansing Michigan last month (with Ronda Wade).

I apologize that the lighting isn't better to truly show off this card.  I started with a 4 1/4" x 11" Whisper White thick c/s card base, scored at 5 1/2".  I then cut a layer of regular-weight Whisper White c/s at 4" x 5 1/4", embossing it with the Big Shot and the Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  Attach this layer to your card base.  Next, cut a 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" piece of Night of Navy c/s.  Attach a 3" x 4" piece of chosen Happiness Blooms designer paper to the Night of Navy c/s, then wrap a long piece of Whisper White thick Baker's Twine around these layers 2 times.  Tie in a bow and then pop up onto the card base with dimensionals.  Stamp your sentiment from the Strong and Beautiful cling stamp set in Night of Navy classic ink onto a scrap of Whisper White c/s and punch out with the 2 1/4" circle punch.  I popped this layer up as well.  Finally, punch out 2 flowers from a scrap of Night of Navy c/s, using one of the Bitty Blooms punches from the Bitty Blooms punch pack. (You could even punch out of the Night of Navy layer above if you haven't attached the designer paper yet.) The centers of the flowers are punched with another punch from the same punch pack, from a scrap of Grapefruit Grove c/s.  The final detail?  A Real Red dot from the Happiness Blooms enamel dots.   

This is the 2nd card of 10 from my Happiness Blooms card kit.  I have some pre-cut kits available for purchase for $30 (plus shipping) if you don't live locally.  The card kits will include all punched and embossed shapes, enough enamel dots to complete your cards, all of the c/s, designer paper, envelopes PLUS the tutorial for 10 cards!  (By the way, I have several packages of the Happiness Blooms  enamel dots - they're backordered until at LEAST March 25th.).  You only have to buy the stamp set, which you can also do from my store above.   A preview of all of the cards is seen below:

Thanks for joining me today!  Join me again for more card ideas and share from my stamping room!  (And please ... check out the supply list below for more information on the card I shared today!)

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Happiness Blooms Card

Today I did a FB live, making this lovely card.  I'm afraid the LIVE didn't go as smoothly as when I practiced earlier in the day.  I was a bit scattered, so I thought I'd share the card and directions here for this particular card.

The card base is Calypso Coral, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".  Attach the 3 3/4" x 5" chosen designer paper to a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" Whisper White cardstock (c/s).  Tie a bow from a length of Call Me Clover ribbon around these 2 layers, then attach to the card base.  Next, cut a Whisper White piece of 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" c/s.  Cut a 2nd piece of the same designer paper pattern at 3" x 4".  Attach to the card base and layers, popping up with dimensionals.   I chose this measurement so you could get several pieces from 1 sheet of paper.  Using your Big Shot, cut a Calypso Coral scalloped circle -- the size is just larger than the Whisper White c/s circle that is stamped with the sentiment  (I used Calypso Coral ink) and punched out with a 2 1/4" round punch.  I popped these circle layers up with dimensionals again.  Now, punch out 2 small flowers using one of the flower punches from the Bitty Blooms punch pack and Grapefruit Grove c/s.  The leaves are punched from Call Me Clover c/s scrap.  I used mini dimensionals to hold the leaves in place under the flowers and attached them to the bottom of the circle.  The final touch is the Happiness Blooms enamel dots - I used the Call Me Clover ones as I thought the coral/grapefruit color would get lost in the flower.  Use a Take Your Pick tool to place these dots -- I couldn't find the attachment I needed to place them, which made my video even funnier!  

This card plus 9 other cards using the stamp set, Strong and Beautiful, the Happiness Blooms designer paper, and matching colors, are all part of a class I'm offering on Saturday, March 9th.  Although it's too late to get into the product-based class, I do have some pre-cut card kits available.    The cost is $30, plus shipping if you don't live locally (I'm estimating $7-8 for shipping).  Contact me at and I'll send you a PayPal Invoice.  I'm sharing another card tomorrow -- unfortunately my phone battery died before I could make the 2nd card this morning.  

For a truly entertaining time, check out my FB live on my FB page, Jeanne Nielsen, the Card Lady (like my page), or join my group for a replay of this video plus other cards I'm making at Papercrafting with Jeannie.  The supply list is below!  Thanks for checking me out today!

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Monday, March 4, 2019

Loving the Lovely Lattice!

I have to admit that I wasn't a big fan of this stamp set at first.  It's a Sale-a-bration stamp set, and I had it right from the beginning, but this is my first card actually using the stamp set!

I think I had put off using the stamp set because I felt I had to color in the flowers -- that's a lot of coloring LOL!  Well, I actually DID color in all of the flowers -- the whites of the flowers are colored with Wink of Stella, and I'm a huge fan of that look!  If you zoom in on the picture,  you'll see that I also outlined the entire image with the Smoky Slate light Blend marker -- doesn't it make the image pop?!  

If I was going to re-make the card, next time I'd probably put my Silver Glimmer strip a bit lower and center the ribbon over the strip.  

Check out my supplies in the table below!  Don't forget to leave a comment for me!
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Friday, March 1, 2019

So Hoppy Pop-up Card

I had so much fun making this adorable pop-up card using the SAB set, So Hoppy Together.  Did you know that starting today, March 1st, you can get framelits that match many of the Sale-a-bration sets? It's true!  To be honest, I'd been getting tired of cutting these poor frogs by hand, so they were getting a bit neglected.  Then, I had a chance to preorder these framelits and my stamping life changed!

I did a FB live the other day, featuring this card, and realized that the frogs all resembled the chipmunks: Alvin, Theodore and ... who was the third one?!  Oh yes, Simon!  Of course Alvin is riding the unicycle and Theodore is looking all studious with his hip glasses!  That leaves Simon to be sitting on the lily pad, talking to his dragonfly friends!

OK, let's get to the card.  The base is Coastal Cabana.  I then cut a layer of Granny Apple Green, followed by a Pool Party layer, embossed with the Big Shot and the Seaside folder. Don't you think it looks like water?!  I cut a Garden Green lily pad, accented with a Rich Razzleberry waterlily.  Do you know that I couldn't think of the name, Water Lily, for the life of me on my FB live?  It was my first, and it was certainly memorable!  Before I attached the Granny Apple Green and Pool Party layers, I tied a length of the Granny Apple Green Sale-a-bration ribbon around the card.  (I'm pretty sure the ribbon is supposed to be available again on March 4th, so stay tuned!  It's so lovely to tie, and truly a great bargain at 5 yards per spool, in 5 colors!)

Inside, I cut a Whisper White insert for the bottom of the card, and another piece of the SAB Botanical Butterfly designer paper.  Note that I cut two 1" width pieces of cardstock in 2 lengths (I give measurements below), which are scored in 3 different places.  The ONLY 2 important things to remember are that they can't stick out above the folded card if you want them to fit in the envelope, AND, the middle score lines for the tabs should be exactly 1/2 the length of the cardstock(c/s) total length.  I colored all of my frogs with Stampin' Blends -- the frogs are Light Granny Apple Green, with the Dark marker used to color the spots and the bellies of the frogs.  The dragonflies are colored with the Light and Dark Rich Razzleberry Blends.  Oh yes, and one more thing about the inside lily pad -- I cut it out first full-size from a Garden Green c/s scrap, but then reinserted into the framelit to make it approximately 2/3 the size.

Today's Tutorial:
Card Base: Coastal Cabana c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Granny Apple Green cs/, 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 2: Pool Party c/s, 5" x 3 3/4", embossed with the Big Shot and the Seaside embossing folder
Layer 3: lily pad, Garden Green c/s scrap, using lily pad framelit; water lily, Rich Razzleberry c/s scrap, cut out water lily (cut 2 since you'll need one for inside); dragonflies and sitting frog: Whisper White c/s stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with blends (Granny Apple Green Dark for belly and spots, Light for body of frog; Rich Razzleberry Dark for body and inside wings of dragonfly, Rich Razzleberry Light for outside of wings.)

Card Inside:
Whisper White c/s, 4" x 5 1/4" (for bottom)
Sale-a-bration Butterfly "green leaf" pattern: 4" x 5 1/4" (for top)
Granny Apple Green c/s: 1" x 6 1/2", scored at 1", 3 1/4" (note the exact middle!), 5"; 1" x 5 1/2", scored at 1", 2 3/4", 4 3/4"

Attach the embossed Pool Party layer to the Granny Apple Green layer, then tie a length of Granny Apple Green

Sale-a-bration ribbon around these layers, then attach to the card base.  Attach your lily pad, water lily, sitting frog ("Simon") and dragon flies to the front, popping up with dimensionals.

Inside stamped images: Garden Green c/s scrap for small lily pad (cut full-size, then re-insert into framelit and cut to make smaller oval), Rich Razzleberry water lily, stamped frogs on Whisper White c/s scrap -- stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with blends as above (I used the Rich Razzleberry Dark Blend to color "Theodore's" glasses and Dark Black Blend for unicycle tire/Smoky Slate Dark Blend for bicycle "chain")

Fold the tabs on the score lines. Attach the top and bottom of each of the tabs to the inside of the card (line up with the end of the cardstock/designer paper layers -- don't glue to the exact middle fold of the card because it will be too bulky to close).  You can decide if you want the shorter or longer part of the tab to be attached to the top or bottom -- if you attach the longer part to the bottom/front, your tab will stand up taller, whereas if you attach the tab to the back or top of the card, the tabs will lean back a bit. Attach your lily pad and water lily to the front of one of the tabs (I chose the shorter tab for this as I put "Theodore" in front of this tab), then attach the cut-out frogs.  I cut out all of my frogs with the matching framelits, and you probably will want to do this too!  Alternatively, cut them out by hand, and maybe use the lily pad from Lily Pad Lake for your inside and outside accent!

Enjoy this card, and have fun with it!!  Leave me a comment if you make the card and can follow my directions. 😊

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Monday, January 28, 2019

All My Love Valentine Sampler and Cards

It was our retreat last weekend, and I had the pleasure of designing a Valentine Sampler.  I consider the 12" x 12" sampler my specialty - I've done one for every major holiday (Valentine's Day, Christmas, Halloween), as well as every season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter).  My shelf is full of my various samplers, and I've been privileged to teach/share these samplers for quite some time.

When Stampin' Up! unveiled their Valentine's paper this year, I knew it was time to design another sampler.

I made a set of matching cards, since not everyone has unlimited wall or shelf space. I wrote a tutorial with step-by-step directions if anyone would like to use it personally or in a class.   

*The picture above shows 4 of the 7 cards -- the tutorial gives directions for 7 cards, similar in layout and stamps to the frame above.

I used the All My Love designer paper to make this sampler, and I used both of the 2019 featured Valentine's stamp sets and framelits, as well as a variety of other stamps and framelits.  Check out my supply list below, and if you're interested in purchasing the tutorial, click on the PayPal button below.  The cost is $15.00 which includes the tutorial for the 12"x 12" sampler frame and for 7 matching cards.

*This tutorial may be used by other Demos for their own in-person classes but may not be sold online or forwarded to others.  (I will respond as quickly as I can with sending the tutorial, but have not yet purchased a program to send it to you immediately. If I am away from my computer, it may take a little while.)  

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

My Yankee Swap for our Team Christmas Party

Yesterday was our team Christmas party held at my up-upline's house.  What a fun time we have every year!!  There's no shortage of food and fun and visiting at these events!!

The highlight of the Christmas/holiday get-together is our 3D Yankee swaps.  Each year we raise the bar just a little bit higher with the quality and imagination that goes into these events.

I found some clear glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby in September and kind of knew what I wanted to do with them.  Here's what I came up with (*please excuse that one of these ornaments used a retired set of framelits!)

To make these, I cut a 3" circle of Balmy Blue c/s, then cut off 1 1/2cm from the bottom (the ornaments had a flat base).  I then cut scenes from the Holiiday Home framelits, the Bethlehem edgelets and the Card Front Builder framelits (? last year's framelits?)  I then inserted the scenes into the ornaments but using a hot glue gun to attach to the bottom, followed by a generous sprinkling of glitter.  The ornaments/3D swaps didn't necessarily have to use Stampin' Up! products although it was encouraged.  I loved the Card Builder set from last year and knew it would be a great addition to my ornaments.  

That's all for today!!  Soon I'll start sharing my swaps that I've made the past few days/weeks!!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Skating Snowman

It's official!  Today, January 2nd, is the last day to order this cool dude!!  I just love snowmen, and the snowmen in the Spirited Snowman set it no exception!!

Isn't he so joyful?!  That's how I choose to live my life ... joyfully.  That's a New Year's resolution for me -- to find the joy in many if not all situations!  

So, back to my snow-skating dude.  I used the new Buffalo Check stamp to stamp my background (yay, carrying over!), but the Spirited Snowman stamp set is retiring at MN tonight, January 2nd, 2019.  Check out the recipe below, but hurry and get your Holiday 
Occasions stamp sets now before they go away!!  

Use the hostess code, YAFEAX9D, to get a special gift from me (if your order is over $50).  

Card Recipe: 

Whisper White thick c/s: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Balmy Blue c/s: 4" x 5 1/4", stamped with Buffalo Check stamp set using Balmy Blue ink 
Poppy Parade c/s: 3" x 4 1/4"
Balmy Blue c/s: 2 3/4" x 4"
Whisper White c/s: 2 1/2" x 3 3/4", stamped with Spirited Snowman skating snowman image (toward top of WW c/s piece, and "Winter Cheer" sentiment in center bottom of c/s piece.

Color your snowman with Stamping Blends: alternate light and dark Balmy Blend marker on hat, Poppy Parade blend on stripes of scarf and hat as well as skates. Color twig arms and legs using Bronze blend, plus light Smoky Slate blend on skate blades.  

Layer all pieces together and add small snowflake from Seasonal Layers frame lit dies (cut with Big Shot using magnetic platform), attaching with a glue dot.  

Happy New Year friends!!  Happy stamping!

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