Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Break from the Holiday Cards!

I've been busy prepping and teaching all of my holiday card classes, but had a chance to make a birthday card for a dear friend of mine (that also happens to be my upline at Stampin' Up!).  She's a very talented indoor gardener, so I know the Orchid stamp set definietely appealed to her!!  I took a couple of minutes to make this card for her!!

 In real life, this is very pretty. The card base is Fresh Fig, one of my favorite new In Colors from this past summer's release.  Here's a bit of a closer look at the card.  I used Wink of Stella to "watercolor" the insides of the large flowers.

Card Details:

Fresh Fig card base: 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2"
Old Olive layer: 4" x 5 1/4" (plus a scrap for the scalloped oval)
Whisper White layer: 3 3/4" x 5", plus a large piece of WW (whisper white) paper for scrap

Stamp the sentiment from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous in Fresh Fig ink.  Cut out with the 2nd smallest Stitched oval framelit.  Cut an Old Olive scalloped oval using the next largest scalloped oval from the Layering Ovals framelit set.  Stamp the flowers from the Climbing Orchid stamp set, and then cut them out using the coordinating framelits.  Make sure to add a little glimmer and glitz using the Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen! The Orchid stem is from the Seasonal Layers framelits (the dogwood branch).   Just attach the "orchid branch" to the paper, making sure it's in the upper right corner so you have room for your sentiment.  Attach the orchids using regular and mini dimensionals.  Attach a few rhinestones and you're done!!  All ingredients for the card are also listed below for your convenience!  

Have fun and make a card!

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Holiday Extravaganza Begins Today, Nov. 20th!

Today is the kickoff day for Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Extravaganza so I decided to create a card using one of the stamp sets that's 20% off today only!

Using Remarkable You, I made a super-quick card with just 3 layers and a couple of embellishments! Since I'm working overnight again tonight and don't usually create in the middle of a nursing stretch, I'm really excited about how easy the card was, but still looks quite beautiful!  I used the new Stampin' Blends to color the image after stamping it in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on Shimmer White cardstock.  An embellishment that I have hardly used at all are the gorgeous Glitter Enamel Dots!  Have you used them?  Is there an embellishment that maybe you have ignored or "hoarded" because it's too beautiful?!  I challenge you to create a card this week using one of those embellishments.  Then ... send that card to somebody special!  You'll make their day!

Card Details (Supply List Below):

  • Pool Party c/s, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
  • Basic Black c/s, 3 15/16" x 5 3/16"
  • Shimmer White c/s, 3 3/4" x 5"
Stamp the Calla Lily image from Remarkable You in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Stamp the "You Are Remarkable" sentiment in bottom right corner in same ink.  Color in the lilies using your choice of Stampin' Blends markers:  I used the light Daffodil Delight marker for the majority of the flowers, but then used both the light and dark Calypso Coral blends to color the lines/outlines.  The stem is a blend of the Old Olive light and dark Stampin' Blends.  Then, just choose a couple of the gorgeous enamel dots to add dimension to your card and you're done!  Now, my challenge to you is to send that card to someone special today!!  

PS.  I have a special to share with you, my customers and friends!  During this Holiday Extravaganza, if you make a purchase using the hostess code,  2CEZEZST, I have a special for you.

Using this code earns you awesome rewards and gifts from me. 
  • Spend $35 and receive 5 handmade cards from me.
  • Spend $50 - receive 5 handmade cards from me + a pack of Year of Cheer Embellishments.
  • Spend $100 - receive 5 handmade cards from me + a pack of Year of Cheer Embellishments + $25 in Retired Product (chosen by me)
  • Spend $150 - DO NOT use the host code!  You'll earn your own Stamping rewards + earn all the above products.
You must use the hostess code, 2CEZEZST  in order to earn these rewards.  Click on the Holiday Extravaganza store for a link to my store and the Holiday Extravaganza special promotion. Just a note, although there are stamps for 20% off during these 24 hours, there are also several items on sale November 20-26th, 2017.  Check out the other items too!  There are framelits, markers, embellishments and all sorts of special items that you can purchase now!!  

Have a wonderful day, and find time to create and share what you love!
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Holiday Extravaganza 24 Hour Flash Sale Items:

Supplies to Make This Card:

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July's Birthday Card Club Class

I had fun designing this month's birthday card class!!  Every month I have a special class dedicated just to birthdays. We make 4 birthday cards -- 1 masculine, 1 kid's card, and 2 more feminine cards. We have cupcakes, and if it's someone's birthday in the class, they get a special $5.00 coupon as well!

Here are tonight's cards:

I have to say that the card on the left is NOT my own.  A fellow team member received it in a swap and shared it with me -- love at first sight!  I TOTALLY cased it!  I may have changed the "happy birthday" sentiment, but otherwise, nothing is different!  Why change what works!!  I'm waiting to hear from my team member as to who created the card so I can give credit where due -- I'll edit this post when I hear from her!  If you can't see, it uses the eclectic framelits and DSP as well as the banner punch.

My favorite card that I designed is the bottom center card -- I used the new daisy DSP, the Happy Birthday thinlit, the daisy punch, and the new Calypso Coral ombre ribbon!!  So sweet!!  The ingredient list (all stamps, framelits, punches, accessories and DSP) is below!  If you have a question about colors, just leave me a comment!

Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, July 24, 2017

A Summer Sampler Frame

When I was cleaning out my craft room this past winter, I came across a winter sampler frame I had made a few years ago.  The frame was super easy: (9) 3" x 3" squares, pleasantly combined and mounted on bigger mats in a 12" x 12" frame.

Since that time, I made a Valentine frame, and a spring frame and had requests for a summer sampler frame.

I used only current stamp sets -- I think you can click on the picture to enlarge it.  Check out my supply list below for the list of stamp sets (If I used both stamp sets and punches or framelits, I will list the bundle only.) The frame was a 12" x 12" scrapbook frame that I purchased with a coupon from Michaels.  I've been able to find this particular frame in both black and white.

If you have time, perhaps you can recreate this frame?  It's very easy -- just choose 9 stamp sets/images that fit your season and have fun putting together a collage!  If you do recreate it, please share your creation with me!  I'd love to see it!!  

*In the meantime, I now have requests for fall AND Halloween sampler frames -- I can't wait for the new Holiday Occasions catalog!  Did you know that as a demonstrator you can preorder from the holiday catalog on August 1st?!  Woohoo!  Check out how to join my awesome team, the Papercrafting Genies, HERE!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

My Sale-a-bration Celebration!

Last night was a very special night for all that earned the VIP invitation to come to my Sale-a-bration Celebration.  All they had to do was spend a qualifying amount during Sale-a-bration and they were invited to my thank you event.

We had a quick make-and-take using the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP), which happened to coordinate beautifully with my Succulent Garden theme for the night.  By the way, I also used the Bitty Butterfly punch and the Elegant Butterfly punch on my card -- both are retiring so you may want to purchase them quickly if they've been on your wish list!!  Actually, there are a lot of things on this card retiring: the Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon and the Succulent Garden DSP (low inventory!!) as well!  Luckily, the All Things Thanks stamp set is around for another year!

I purchased little pots of succulents from Michaels for the table centers.  I know Gerber daisies aren't succulents, but I improvised and threw a couple of large Romaine lettuce leaves into the bouquet. You know ... garden-like I guess?!  LOL!

My favors for the evening were a lot of work to prepare but oh, so pretty!  I got the idea from Meg Loven.  She made a small gift box using the Tiny Clear Treat Boxes from Stampin' Up!.  I changed up the cardstock colors but that's about it! Oh yes, and I forgot the ribbon! I decorated the inside and top with a bit of Succulent Garden DSP, and then layered several die cuts from the Succulent Framelits Dies.  I used Mint Macaron cardstock for the larger petals, sponging the ends with Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The smaller "flowers" were Sahara Sand cardstock (c/s) sponged with Emerald Envy ink.  The clear treat boxes are 2" x 2", so I discovered that if I scored the designer paper every 1 7/8" (1 7/8", 3 3/4", 5 3/8" and 7 1/2", it fit perfectly inside the box.  That meant that I had 1/2" remaining at the end that I just tucked inside the first score line.  Just a hint for the future!! By the way, I tucked tiny packages of M & M's, a Reese's PB cup and some Robin's Eggs inside the little box!

We played Bingo and Heads or Tails to determine prizes which were mainly Sale-a-bration stamp sets that I had acquired over the 3 months.

Lastly, before everyone left, I gave one more treat:  1 sheet of each color of the Glimmer Paper that was available during the 2nd half of Sale-a-bration (I loved that paper!!), with approx. 2 yards of the gold and silver glimmer ribbon that was available.  I packaged it up in the 4" x 6" and 6" x 8" cello bags with the beautiful gold binder clips!  Presentation is everything, but the sparkle inside definitely helped!

A special thank you to all of my ladies!  Would you like to come next year?  It will be a while coming again, but I'll definitely be doing this again next year!!  Stay tuned...!

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

A Fun Easter Treat!

I was "surfin' the net" for Easter 3D ideas and came across a cute idea from Erica Cerwin at Pink Buckaroo on her YouTube channel.  The original idea was for a Rice Krispy Treat Holder.  Since I couldn't find the Rice Krispy treats though, I had to rework the measurements and changed the color of the project to match my chocolate treat!

I used Melon Mambo cardstock (c/s), cut at 4" x 7".  With your scoring tool and the 7" piece at the top, score at 2 1/2" and 3".  Then, turn the cardstock 90 degrees and score at 1/2", 1", 3" and 3 1/2". The following photo shows the next steps:

Cut out the tabs that are missing in the photo.  Sorry ... I didn't take a before picture!  The long tab will be punched out using the Scalloped Bag Topper Punch.  If you've scored correctly, the center portion is exactly 2" and fits perfectly into the punch.  Go ahead ... push it all the way in!  Apply Tear & Tape Adhesive to the 2 side tabs.  Then, fold them in and up to make a pocket for the little Hershey Bunny!

I used Melon Mambo Stitched Satin Ribbon and Thick White Baker's Twine for my accent ribbon. The little stamp is hard to see in the already filled treat so I added another photo -- "An Easter Treat for Somebunny Sweet!"  I love it!!  For the decorations, I cut out the basket, eggs and bow using the Basket Builder framelit dies.  I just love this bundle!!

I hope to make a bunch for my coworkers since I'm working overnight into Easter!!

Have a wonderful Easter!

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Friday, April 14, 2017

My Spring Sampler!

A few months back, I posted a picture of my Valentine's sampler.  Yep, I've been busy creating, although I'm painfully pathetic at posting my creations!!

Today though, I thought I'd share a few closeup photos of the Spring Sampler Class I'll be teaching tomorrow.

This is the what I finally came up with, using the Cupcakes and Carousels Designer Series Paper (DSP), the 12" x 12" cardstock from the Falling in Love cardstock (c/s) pack, and multiple stamp sets.  I'll list the stamp sets, framelits and "ingredient list" at the end. Comment if you have any questions and I'll answer them as best I can! The outermost cardstock is Soft Sky, 12" x 12", then a 10" x 10" Sahara Sand c/s square (also from the Falling in Love 12x12 c/s pack, then a 9 3/4" x 9 3/4" Whisper White square.  The blocks are 3" x 3" of a solid cardstock (c/s): Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede or So Saffron.  I chose the colors from the DSP pack although Early Espresso seemed a bit dark for spring, so I opted to use the Soft Suede instead.  The DSP is 5 different patterns from the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP pack -- can you believe that I didn't care for that pack to start with?! Now I love it!!

The 2 blocks clearly shown in the photo above are a couple of my favorites:  The little chick is from the Little Cuties stamp set in the 2017 Occasions catalog. The little chick from the Basket Bunch was too small in my opinion, although the eggs are from the matching framelits, the Basket Builder framelits. The block below features an umbrella from the Weather Together stamp set and it's matching Umbrella Weather framelits (for the cloud and the umbrella pieces)  I stamped "April" using the Project Life Date It stamp set.  The raindrops from that stamp set are inked with Basic Gray ink, stamped on a Smoky Slate square stitched framelit.  I used this particular framelit size a few times for the sampler frame.

The blocks to the right are again my favorites!  The top left box is the Basket Builder framelits: I cut the eggs out of Island Indigo and Flirty Flamingo c/s for a "pop" of color (love the Flirty Flamingo!).  The square to the right is also from thae Basket Bunch stamp set: I stamped the leaves directly onto the stitched whisper white framelit in Wild Wasabi ink, then colored them in with the matching marker. The daffodil flowers were stamped in Basic Gray ink (because I had 2 ink pads and it's permanent for coloring in!), then colored with Daffodil Delight marker. Below the daffodils is a tree stamped with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set, then punched out with the Tree Builder punch (as are the flowers). I colored it in with the Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Sweet Sugarplum and Pear Pizzazz markers. Finally, the left-most block is again using the Basket Bunch stamp set: I stamped in Basic Black ink, then cut out and colored the bunny and carrot.  The grass is cut out with the grass framelit: I placed the framelit at the edge of the Wild Wasabi c/s -- the grass is about 1" high. 

The bottom left and center squares are more favorites... indeed!   Again, I used the Project Life Date It stamp set to stamp May.  Get it??!  April showers brings May flowers!  LOL! The flower is again stamped in my favorite incolor ink, Flirty Flamingo on Flirty Flamingo c/s.  The leaves are Garden Green ink on Garden Green c/s.  The stamp set used is Falling Flowers, with it's matching May Flowers framelits. The little lamb is another "little cutie" from the Little Cuties stamp set!  Isn't he adorable with his blushing pink cheeks?!  I colored the ears and bow in with Blushing Bride marker, then blushed his cheeks with Pink Pirouette marker.  (Oops, I did the same with the bunny in the square above -- the bunny's bow is Bermuda Bay ... say that 5x fast!).

The last square was going to be my center square, but it just didn't "work" for me.  I used the Circle of Spring stamp set with the matching Wonderful Wreath framelits.  The flowers are Flirty Flamingo, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, and So Saffron marker.  The bow is stamped with So Saffron ink on matching So Saffron c/s.

I bought the frame with a coupon from Michaels:  the product is called Studio Decor and it's a shadowbox frame.  I've found them in both black and white -- for Spring, I decided that white was most appropriate.

So... what do you think?!  I will tell you that some of these products are on the retiring list for Stampin' Up!, so you have until March 22nd to get the stamp sets (at which time they go to "while supplies last" status.  So run ... don't walk!  You can click on any of the products below in the showcase to be taken to my store!

*Retiring stamp sets include the Project Life Date It stamp set, the Basket Bunch stamp set with it's matching framelits (in the Occasions catalog), the Circle of Spring stamp set (with matching wreath framelits), and the Little Cuties stamp set, also in the Occasions catalog.  Also, the Falling Flowers stamp set is staying, but the bundle at 10% off will not be available in the new catalog.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Have you thought about Joining the Stampin' Up! Team?!

I know about the fabulous benefits of joining the Stampin' Up! team (and my Papercrafting Genies!) but do YOU know?!  I prepared this outline of all the benefits, but hurry ... some of the benefits are over with the end of Sale-a-bration on March 31st, 2017, just 4 weeks from now!!

New Demonstrator Starter Kit


Lower Cost + Complete Customization = The Stampin’Up! Opportunity is Better Than Ever!

The deal during Sale-a-bration is INDEED "better than ever!" Now, every new Stampin’ Up! demonstrator can create a customized Starter Kit for just $99. But ... the kit is worth $125.  That's $36 for free!  This is just one of the ways Stampin’ Up! is demonstrating the My Way philosophy of doing business — by making the Starter Kit completely customizable.

MORE CHOICES! When you purchase the kit for $99, you can choose up to $125 of ANY current Stampin' Up! quality products.  You'll also receive a business supplies pack valued at $65.  This kit ships for FREE!  This is a fabulous deal, whether you are a hobby stamper or want to be a business demonstrator!  There's MORE!!  You can also choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit during Sale-a-bration — any stamp set, any price! (Excludes bundles and Sale-A-Bration sets.) Plus, the kit ships for free!

In addition to filling the Starter Kit with your favorite Stampin' Up! products, you'll enjoy Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Benefits and Discounts. 


YOU CHOOSE (any or all):
  • For $99 you get $125, (plus an additional 2 free stamp sets during Sale-a-bration which ends March 31st, 2017) worth of YOUR CHOICE of ANY current products in the Stampin' Up! Catalog or Occasions Catalog.
  • FREE SHIPPING:  The starter kit ships to you FREE, another 10% savings.
  • I LOVE THIS CATALOG:  You'll receive 8 copies of the annual catalog as part of your kit.  Share with friends, customers or keep one in every room.  The catalog is THAT good with its clean and simple design, pretty samples and oodles of stamp choices. 
  • TAKE A TEST DRIVE:  Test out demonstrator discounts and benefits from the time you purchase your kit.  There's NO PENALTY TO DROP!!  If you reach $300 in sales by the end of your first full quarter as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you renew your discounts and benefits for another quarter. There's no obligation to purchase anything further but the discounts are fabulous if you do!  And... you can keep your starter kit!  You're not marrying me ... you're choosing a fantastic benefit!
  • Get 20% -25% off Stampin' Up! products or keep as "instant income."  Now that's what I call happy shopping!!
  • Pre-order select Stampin' Up! stamps, tools and embellishments a month (or more) before the customer sales period. So cool and one of my favorite perks!
  • Qualify for cash bonuses, product bonuses, incentive trips and other awards.
  • Encourage others to join your group (recruit) and receive downline override compensation based on group sales.
  • Earn free hostess sets and merchandise faster because of your discount.
  • Receive Stampin' Up!'s exclusive demonstrator magazine, Stampin' Success, quarterly.  You'll also get the Succeed Weekly in your email box every Tuesday, chock-full of updates and uses for their product.
  • Enjoy 2 free months of a personalized Stampin' Up! on-line store and blog (Stampin' Up! DBWS - optional $12.95/mo. after trial) if you sign up during your first two months as a new demonstrator.
  • Be inspired by video tutorials and project ideas on the Stampin' Up! demonstrator web site. You'll love Stampin' Connection!!
  • Be part of a private Facebook/Google+ group where you can ask questions, get support, and be inspired by team member samples!
If you select me as your upline, you'll be part of a team here in New England.  My team name, the Papercrafting Genies was approved by Stampin' Up! so we're official!  You'll also be part of a bigger team, The NE StampInkers, with support and get-togethers sponsored by MY upline! Join NOW!

Think about it . . . great deals, exclusive resources and new stamping friends with no pressure to sell or hold workshops (but lots of advice and support if you do).  There's no penalty to drop!

QUESTIONS?  Please Email Me for a quick response!

Doesn't this look like fun?!  This photo is from one of Stampin' Up!'s "On Stage Live" where hundreds of demonstrators are learning new techniques and about all of the fantastic new products coming out this year!  Be among the first to know! 

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Valentine Sampler

It was our annual Stampin' Up! demonstrator team party this past Sunday.  We always get together for fun and a 3D Yankee swap.  I was strapped for time and ideas, so I made a wall sampler using several current "love" stamp sets and framelits.

The frame is 12" x 12" with a Real Red c/s mat that is also 12" x 12".  Next I attached a 10" x 10" Basic Black mat, followed by a 9 3//4" x 9 3/4" Whisper White c/s mat.  All squares are backed with 3" x 3" mats, and then I chose 4 papers, front and back, from the Sending Love DSP stack for 8 of the 9 squares.  The middle square is Whisper White c/s, also 2 3/4 x 2 3/4, that I stamped with the sentiment from the Sealed with Love stamp set.  I colored the little red heart in with a Real Red marker, but I meant to use one of the hearts from the Brights shapes embellishments (they were MIA after emptying my craft room last week so I had to improvise!).

P.S. The frame is from Michael's and is a shadow box frame.  I stamped and cut double the shapes when making my swap gift so I could keep one too -- I hope to switch out the samplers for different holidays so we'll see how my intentions go!!

Thanks for dropping by!!  The different stamp sets and framelits will all be listed in the supply list (I'll include both individual clear or wood mount stamps as well as individual framelits plus bundle info for all)  but feel free to leave me a comment!!  I'd love to hear what you think!!
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Another "Beautiful You"!

I have another card to share today, again using the Beautiful You stamp set!  Once again, I used the classy lady but I paper-pieced her even more elegantly!

I used the Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP to stamp her dress and hat -  same technique as yesterday, called Paper Piecing.  Notice the Copper Foil mat and the copper embossing at the bottom?!  Save this card for someone special!!  

That reminds me!  Please leave me a comment with your birthday, because you're special to me!!  I want to send you a card on your birthday -- I tried this last year, but this year I'm SERIOUS!!  If I don't have your address, I'll need you to email that to me HERE.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Beautiful You!

The new Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-bration catalog went live today!  I'm so excited!  I was able to pre-order in December, and one of the first stamp sets I bought was Beautiful You.  It's such a gorgeous set -- the ladies are SO stylish (unlike me who lives in scrubs or yoga pants!!).  I wanted to share one of the swaps I made with this set.

The cardstock I used is Soft Sky with Sahara Sand.  I used the Softly Falling embossing folder for some texture.  Do you notice the dress?  I paper-pieced that, meaning I stamped the image on a piece of Falling in Love designer paper, then fussy-cut the hat and dress (the dress is the easy part -- good thing I didn't have to do around her lovely fingertips!).

Want to see a close-up?

Do you see that "rock" on her left hand?!  Such bling!!  It was the smallest of the Basic Rhinestones but it still looks huge!!  If you want an ingredient list, check the supply list below!  That's all for now!!  I hope to have another swap for a different group to share with you tomorrow!! 

I love the new catalog!!  Let me know if you need me to send you one!!

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