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Saturday, March 10, 2018

New Sale-A-Bration Products Make Cute Cards Quick

Greetings from the North Carolina in the USA and welcome to the March Stamp ‘N Hop!  If you are just joining us this month you are in for a treat and if you have already been hopping along and stopped by Britney Vanderlaan’s, I know you have already been inspired! 

This month our hop is all about Sale-A-Bration and March is all about celebrating to me! I love March.  Yes, there is Stampin’ Up! Sale-A-Bration and who doesn’t LOVE getting free stampin’ goodies?  March is my birthday month. Yay!  It’s also the beginning of Spring!  And if you have followed my blog for long you know I am SO over Winter and cold weather!  So, keeping all of this in mind I thought I would share four of the card designs we did at my March Cute Cards Quick last weekend.  They are all quick and easy, use the Sale-A-Bration Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper and the Big On Birthdays stamp set from the Annual Catalog.  All four cards have the same basic measurements:

  • Cardbase 5 ½ x 8 ½ inches and scored at 4 ¼ inches.
  • Springtime Foils DSP 4 x 5 ¼ inches. 
So, now that we have the basics for all the cards I will share a few of the details that might help you create these cards yourself.

The first two cards are basically the same.  The greetings on the first two cards are on Very Vanilla and Real Red and are 4 ¼ x 1 ¾ inches.  The first card was inspired by one that my upline shared on our team Facebook page.   I used a Sponge Brayer and a Tranquil Tide ink pad to color the Springtime Foil DSP and then added a little of the Copper Trim to finish it off.

For my second card, I loved the bright and simple look of the silver metallic strips with the Bermuda Bay and Real Red, so decided to not color the DSP.  I think that the Bermuda Bay Sale-A-Bration Shimmer Ribbon adds a whimsical touch.  To do this just find the little silver thread in the ribbon and pull it out.  Tie a little knot in the middle and attach it to your card with a glue dot then tie a five inch piece of Silver ribbon around it.

I think this third card is my favorite!  I love how pretty and girly the Rose Red and Blushing Bride flowers are.  I wanted to color the flowers, but knowing it was for Cute Cards Quick and we have to make ten cards in just a couple of hours that coloring that many flowers might prove tricky.  So, I decided to use Sponge Daubers in Rose Red, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz.  This is a very quick and easy way to get some color on larger images.  I also like that it give a soft look to the project.

For the last card I stamped my Happy Birthday and flowers image using the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad onto a 4 x 2 ¾ inch piece of Whisper White cardstock then colored in the flowers with the Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Blends.  I then added one half of a Delicate White Doily and some of the SAB Shimmer Ribbon in Basic Gray.  This card looks fancy, but it really does go together quickly.

Thank you for lspending a part of your day with me.  If you have questions or would like to add any of these products to your stamping stash plesae contact me.  I would love to help you!  

If you haven't already done so, stop by Melissa Kerman's hop next.  She always has something new and creative to share!

Happy Stamping!

Stamp ‘N Hop March Blog Hop Master List
Idonna Miller
Ilka Teschke –
Tracey Gouraud –
Kayla Adams -
Joanne Hodge –
Sandra Roberts –
Melissa Tennison –
Mo Rootes –
Britney Vanderlaan –
YOU ARE HERE! Tracie Evans Langley –
Melissa Kerman –
Georgia Gaydos
Shannon Cole –
Lisa Kmiec –
Amy Grendel –
Jenn Charles –
Laura Mackie –
Eva Pottsova (Crafting With Angels) –
Rachel Traudt –

Laurie Meier –
Susan Simpson –
Kimberly Smith -
Tracy Lewis –
Karen Pearmain –
Christina Walker –
Bobbi Miller –
Danielle Kassing –
Kirsten Aitchison –
Sharleen Luciano –
Rebecca Fellows -
Arden Dougan -
Linda Handford -
Sharon Maranich –
Mikaela Titheridge -
Andre Gordon –
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

NC Demos February Blog Hop - South for the Winter

Good evening and welcome to the NC Demos February Blog Hop!  We are celebrating living South for the Winter and I am sure if you have already popped by Jo Anne Hewins page you are already inspired.  I just love her projects!  So, it may be February outside, but you can’t tell it from the weather here.  Hopefully, we have seen the last of the frigid temperatures that plagued us in December and January and will continue to experience the mild climate that is one of the perks of living in North Carolina.  So, it’s not warm enough for a dip in the pool just yet, but I have dug out the shorts and flip flops and have all the windows open.   So, for those of you who aren’t lucky enough to be living Sourh for the Winter or those of you who want some inspiration for fun sunny projects I decided to share the South for the Winter I will be making with my stampers later this week.  
If you have followed my blog lately you know that I am just mad about Samplers right now.  They are just a great creative way to add a little something to your décor and a wonderful way to use a variety of products.  The Sampler I am sharing with you tonight was actually inspired by the décor that I have been putting together in our downstairs bathroom.   I love the bright and cheery colors and all the textures!   

So, now that you can see where I started, we can get down to the details of how I made this fun Sampler that will become a part of beachy bathroom as soon as I find the right frame.

I am not going to totally go step by step on each square.  We would be here all night!  I thought I would share the basic measurements along with a few quick tips on each square.  If I have used the technique on a previous post I will share the link so you can just click on the link and get all the directions.  I have also tried to list all the supplies at the end of this post.  If you do have any questions please comment below or feel free to contact me.  I always love to talk stamping!


So, as with every sampler, I started by cutting my basic layers:
1 Bermuda Bay 12 x 12
1 Basic Black 11 x 11
1 Calypso Coral 10 ½ x 10 ½ 
9 Crumb Cake squares 3 ¼ x 3 ¼ sponged and direct to paper with Crumb Cake ink
8 Squares that are 3 x 3 using a variety of cardstock
1 Scrap of Glossy White cardstock for square number 5.
As a rule for all the squares I used Soft Sky ink for the sky and either Pool Party or a combination of it and Bermuda Bay for all the water.
I stamped the seashells on the base pieces in VersaMark using shells from So Many Shells.  You can make this go quicker by putting all the stamps on one clear block.

Now for a quick rundown on how I created the squares.  The first one uses the Adirondack chair from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and the umbrella is from the Umbrella Weather Framelits and the Seaside TIEF.  I tore the edge of the 1 x 3 inch piece of Crumb Cake cardstock then used a sponge and direct to paper technique to create my sand.
The second square uses the lighthouse from High Tide and is just basic stamping.  I did use the new Stamparatus to get my lighthouse just right.  Love that thing!  If you haven’t ordered it you are going to want to get it as soon as the new Annual Catalog comes out!  
For the third square I broke out the Stamparatus again to help me with the two step stamping for the seashells fro So Many Shells.  I used Pool Party and Basic Gray (stamped off) for the scallop shell.  The large shell is stamped in Smoky Slate then Bermuda Bay.  The top shell is stamped in Peekaboo Peach then Calypso Coral.  Then you have to get out those Paper Snips and start fussy cutting.  
The beach babe (as I like to think of her) from the Beautiful You stamp set is stamped in Basic Black on Shimmer paper then watercolored using Aqua Painters.  I did use the Stamparatus to stamp the lady to endure I had a good image.
For my Seas the Day square in the center I used the Faux Linen technique sponged in Crumb Cake and then stamped the scallop shells in Calypso Coral.  I added some of the Copper Trim (loved it) for texture and topped everything off with my phrase stamped in VersaMark then embossed with Copper EP on Vellum.
Okay, let’s get serious for a second before we talk about square number six.  Ifu haven’t added the Waterfront stamp set to your stamping stash you need to do it today!  It is SO versatile and can be used for SO many occasions!  I haven’t seen ANYTHING stamped with it that wasn’t great and it is SO easy to use!  Now, back to telling you about making this square…Start at the top and just layer the different stamps until you fill in all the white space and like what you have.  I did do a little masking to stamp the sun. 
Okay, I don’t love sea urchins as a rule.  Some of them sting you and they taste icky, but I love the one from So Many Shells, especially for square number seven.  I did a basic Emboss Resist on a 3 x 3 piece of Whisper White cardstock then sponged with Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay.  The idea for the coral came from a fellow demo on Pinterest and was made using the tree branch from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and the Copper Foil paper.
Square number eight is much like number six.  I used the High Tide stamp set and started by stamping the water at the top and working down to the sand.  Then I stamped my birds and filled the space around them with the grass.
My final square was inspired by the memories of my dear friend, Windi, and her love of sitting with her chair just at the edge of the water were she could dip in her toes and feel the sand and surf while we sipped her famous Pina Coladas.  I created my background scribbling with Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write Markers on a D clear block then spritzing it with water and stamping it onto a 3 x 3 piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I let it dry completely before using the Stamparatus to stamp my beach chair from the Colorful Season stamp set.  I added the seagulls from High Tide for a finishing touch.
Wow!  Sorry this post was SO long!  I hope my South for the Winter Sampler has brought a little sun and cheer into your day and maybe inspired you to create your own samplers.   Check out my Pinterest board for more Sampler ideas.  If you have any questions or need help ordering any of the products I used please contact me!  I would love to helping you!
 Well, I am off to see what the rest of the NC Demos are sharing this month starting with Sharon Maranich , who always has something great to share!  I invite you to come hop along if you haven’t already visited everyone.
See you next month when we will be sharing projects using the 2016-2018 In Colors!
Happy Stamping!

February Blog Hoppers
Toni Campana -
Tamra Davis -
Jo Anne Hewins -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Sharon Maranich -
Laurie Meier -
Sue Root -
Kathy Svedberg -
Frances Wagner -
Christina Walker -
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Celebrate Paper Pumpkin's 5th Anniversary!

Paper Pumpkin will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary in March!  Check out this fun video that looks back at some past kits!  There have been some amazing and fun kits, don't you think!

If you have loved Paper Pumpkin in the past or have never tried it,but love the idea of getting all the supplies (excerpt scissors and adhesive) to make a fabulous project then this is the perfect time to subscribe to Paper Pumpkin!  Don't forget that you MUST subscribe by March 10th to get the anniversary kit!  The kit will includes a fantastic, FREE gift and a specially designed, one-of-a-kind box. This gorgeous, collectible kit is almost sure to go down in Paper Pumpkin history as an all-time favorite!  #paperpumpkin5

Don't forget that you can earn exclusive Sale-A-Bration items when you purchase a 3, 6 or 12 Month Subscription!  Please use hostess code: CTB4MV42 when you subscribe and receive a little thank you goodie from me! 

So, don't wait!  Contact me or visit my Online Store today!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

We Love Samplers!

My customers and I have become a bit obsessed with samplers.  It is such a fun way to add a something new to your decor for a holiday, season or just something you love.  My latest sampler was for Valentine's Day. I used Cherry Cobbler, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black and Whisper White for my sampler, but several of my customers added their own flair to the project by using Real Red and Tempting Turquoise or Real Red, Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder.  The fun thing about samplers in that there are NO RULES!  You can combine so, many different colors, stamp sets, accessories and techniques!  There is NO limit to the combinations and choices!

So, how do you start a sampler project without getting totally overwhelmed?   

  1. Pick you theme and then get out your stamp sets, punches, framelits, etc.. that fit your theme.
  2. Use what you already have!  Go find those accessories, cardstock and pieces of designer series paper you have been hording.
  3. Decide on a color scheme.
  4. Decided your base layers and cut them.  Lay them out, but don't attach anything together.
  5. Work  on one square at a time until you have all nine squares completed.  I treat each square like it is a separate project.  They are their own little works of art.  Just like Grandma's quilt squares!
  6. Now finalize the arrangement of your nine squares, stamp your background and base layers and attach everything together!  I use a combination of Stampin' Dimensionals and Multipurpose Glue attach everything together.
  7. Finally, find a frame you love and display it proudly in your home or office or give it as a gift to someone special!
I am adding a basic supply list to this post, so if there is something you don't see or you have a question about a specific square please let me know.  I am happy to help!

If you would like to find more inspiration and see what my customers are creating follow my Shadowbox Sampler Board on Pinterest!

Thank you for letting me share my Valentine's Day sampler!  I hope I have inspired you to try this sort of project yourself   or if you are in the Raleigh, NC area come join me for an events!  
My next sampler events are scheduled for Sunday, February 25th and Tuesday, February 27th.  We will be making a South for the Winter Sampler filled with lots of fun beachy and sunny images!  Contact me today to reserve your spot!

Happy Stamping!

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Share the Love Valentine's Day Special from the Stamp Pad!

You may not have a Valentine or be spending the day with yours, but we can all share our love of stamping and crafting!  To help you celebrate this day of love I am offering a one day special!  Place ANY order of $25, before tax and shipping and receive your choice of Delicate White Doilies, Metallic Foil Doilies or Pearl Basic Jewels!  
All you have to do to receive this Valentine's Day Special is to email me your order by 11:59pm EST.  If I don't have a credit card on file for you please contact me with your info. You may also make payment via PayPal or pop by the Stamp Pad today or tomorrow to drop off a check.
If you don't live in the Raleigh area or want your order shipped directly to you shop at my Online Store.  Please use hostess code:  FUATGCCY Don't forget to email or text me with your choice of doilies or pearls!  

Happy Valentine's Day!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

February 2018 Stamp 'N Hop - A Stamp Set for All Occasions

Good afternoon from Raleigh, North Carolina, USA! Welcome to the Stamp 'N Hop!  I am so excited to be a part of this group's first hop featuring demonstrators from ALL over the world!  This month's theme is all about the 2018 Occasions Catalog and if you have already visited any of the other demos blogs today you know there is a LOT of amazing ideas using the products from this catalog! 

I decided to use the Waterfront stamp set for my project.  I think this a very versatile stamp set with a multitude of creative possibilities, but could be easily overlooked in the Occasions Catalog that is filled many wond
erful products.  It is already a favorite of mine as well as my customers.  One of the things that I love about this set is that it is so forgiving.  It is a great set for a beginning stamper, but an advanced stamper will love it too because of its versatility.

To make this card even easier to make here are all the measurements!  All my measurements are in inches.

  • Soft Suede cardbase  5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4
  • Coffee Break DSP  3 x 3
  • Whisper White 3 x 3
  • Early Espresso 3 1/4 x 3 1/4
  • A scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock to stamp then punch out the greeting.

I started creating my scene by starting at the top and stamping my sky in what else, Soft Sky.  I then stamped my mountains in Wild Wasabi, then the ground in Soft Suede.  I then took the same stamp I used to stamp the sky and stamped my water first with Pool Party in the middle then in Island Indigo on the sides.  Depending on how inky you ink pads are you might want to stamp off first when stamping with your Island Indigo for a lighter, softer look.  Finally, I stamped my trees in Garden Green.

I created my little tag greeting by stamping with Soft Suede on a scrap of Crumb Cake then punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch and then used my dauber and a little Soft Suede ink to soften the edges.  I then attached a little Linen Thread for a finishing touch.

After getting everything stamped it was time to emboss the front of my cardbase using the Pinewood Planks Dynamic TIEF. I did not spritz the cardstock with water and only ran it through the Big Shot once instead of twice like I would normally do.  I did this because I felt like it would make my cardbase to flimsy.

Once I had everything cut, stamped, punched and embossed it was finally time to assemble my card.  I used Fast Fuse to attach the Coffee Break DSP, my greeting tag and the Whisper White stamped square to the Early Espresso square.  I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the Espresso Square to my card.  Now I just need to decide who to send it to!

Now if you haven't already done so, stop by and see the fantastic project that Kirsten Aitchison's has created for this month's hop!  I know you will be inspired!

Thank you letting me shar
e my Waterfront card with you.  If you have questions or need to add any of the supplies (or any others) to your stamping stash please let me know.  I would love to help you!

Happy Stamping!

This month's hoppers!
Mikaela Titheridge
Kayla Adams
Laurie Mackie
Joanne Hodge
Amy Grendel
Andre Gordon
Tracie Evans Langley   You are here!
Kirsten Aitchison
Linda Handford
Rachel Traudt
Eva Pottsova
Melissa Tennison
Melissa Kerman
Lisa Kmiec
Christina Walker
Karen Pearmain
Joyce Whitman
Bobbi Miller
Ilka Teschke
Danielle Kassing
Terry Montgomery
Tracey Gouraud
Kat Spencer
Mo Rootes
Laurie Meier
Georgia Gaydos
Courtenay Heuston
Jessie Holton
Susan Simpson
Shannon Cole
Linda Richenberg

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Fast Fuse 5-Day Sale Is Back!

As promised, Stampin' Up! is bringing back the Fast Fuse Adhesive deal! For five days only, when you buy ONE Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get TWO Fast Fuse Adhesive refills for FREE—while supplies last!

This is the perfect time to stock up, save, and get a FABULOUS sale!  AND you can earn FREE Sale-A-Bration goodies when you order is $50 or more before tax and shipping!  How awesome is that! So, hurry and place your order today!  This deal will be gone before you know it!

You can contact me to place your order or visit my Online Store 24/7 to place your order.  When ordering online use hostess code: FUATGCCY and receive a goodie from me, no matter how big or small your order might be!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Very Pretty Peacock

I just love that the Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper was inspired by peacocks and as soon as I saw the Beautiful Peacock stamp set in this year's Sale-A-Bration Catalog I knew I had to use them together! 

I shared this card with my customers earlier this month at my SAB and Occasions Catalog kick off party and everyone loved stamping this little guy.  A few tips for stamping him.  Stamp the body first then the upper or leafy looking part of his tail.  We then stamped the Fresh Fig pieces on the bottom adding in a little extra not actually connected to the peacock's body to fill in some of the empty space around the edges.  Finally we stamped the little Lemon Lime bits on the top of the tail.  Be careful when using this stamp. It is very easy to over ink it and get little smuggles like from the middle of the stamp.  Yes, that is what those little blobs are on mine, but I kind of liked it, so didn't re-stamp it
Here are the measurements just in case you need them:
Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored at 4 1/4
Eastern Palace DSP 4 x 5 1/4
Very Vanilla 3 1/2 x 4 1/4

Thank you for letting me share what I think will be the first of many pretty peacock cards.  If you would like to add this stamp set to your collection contact me today to place your Sale-A-Bration qualifying order!

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

NC Demos January Blog Hop - Let's Sale-A-Brate!

Good evening!  If you are just joining us welcome to January edition of the NC Demos Blog Hop.  If you have already been Sale-A-Brating with us and just visited Jo Anne's page I know you have already been inspired.  She does such great stuff!  I have been know to case more than a few of her projects in the past and i am sure I will have to make her latest one, too!

So, I decided to share two cards we made this month at the Stamp Pad that I cased from projects shown at OnStage in Salt Lake City this past November.  We made the first card at my Sale-A-Bration Celebration party early in January to kick off the new catalogs.  When I realized I had leftover supplies I decided to step up the card design and use it for my January Terrific Techies and Hen Party Hostess Clubs.  Both cards use the Amazing You stamp set and Celebrate You Thinlits, that you can ONLY get with your Sale-A-Braton qua
lifying order, along with cardstock, ink and accessories found in the Annual and Occasions Catalogs.  However, I stepped up hte second card by using Watercolor paper and Brusho (I am addicted to this stuff) for the second card for my Hoetess Clubs.

Here are the measurements for both cards:

  • Berry Burst cardbase 4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2
  • Smoky Slate 4 1/4 x 4 3/4
  • Whisper White on the top card 4 x 4 1/4
  • Watercolor Paper on the bottom card 3 x 4 1/4
  • Berry Burst Metallic Edged Ribbon and Whisper White Baker's Twine 6 1/2 inches
  • Scraps of Basic Gray to use with Mulitipurpose Adhesive Sheets for the "Calebrate"
  • Scraps of Berry Burst and Whisper White for the "Let's"
As you can see I used the very pretty Berry Burst ribbon from teh Occasions Catalog tied with a little Baker's Twine bow on both cards.  Here's a little hint for keeping the ribbon where you want it.  Put a lttle piece of Tear & Tape one your card then put the ribbon on top of it.  It holds it tight and helps the tails of your ribbon hang where you want them down the side.

So, have you tried the Brusho yet?  Yes, I know there is a bit of sticker shock when you first see it, but if you think about it it is comperable in price to our stamp pads and you do get five colors that coordinate with our other colors.  And I will tell you that a little Brusho goes a LONG way!  You do want to watch the fabulous video Stampin' Up! has made about Brusho basics.  The most important thing in that you DO NOT ever open the lid!  It is like feeding Gremlins after midnight!  Not a good idea!  Just use your Piercing Tool to poke holes in the top of the lid then shake the bottle like a salt shaker.  I created the background for my card by first spritzing water pretty liberally onto Watercolor Paper then sprinkling on the Yellow Brusho.  Then I just wiggled the paper around and added a more water or Brusho until I liked the look of the paper.  I then set it aside to dry completely.  Once it was dry I stamped the flowers from Amazing You in Berry Burst Classic Ink.  I just love the depth and interest that adding the Brusho gave to this project.  Now to find someone special to give this card!

That is all I have to share for this month, but I know Laurie has something amazing waiting for you!  So, enjoy the rest of this month's Blog Hop and please let me know if you have questions or need to add any of the products I have shown you to your stamping collection.  I would love to help you Sale-A-Brate!

Happy Stamping!

January Blog Hoppers
Kayla Adams -
Toni Campana -
Tamra Davis -
Jo Anne Hewins -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Laurie Meier -
Kat Spencer -
Sue Stapp -
Kathy Svedberg -
Frances Wagner -
Christina Walker -
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