Celebrate you (in a big way!)

My stampers have asked me to design more cards for guys and kids.  I try to include at least one of those each month, and more than one for Inkspiration Saturday — like this one, CASEd from LeeAnn Greff:

Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! | Celebrate You ThinlitsIt’s hard to tell, but the front of this card (which folds on the side) is only a partial panel — the flags at the right are kind of a peekaboo element, sandwiched between the 3¼” front flap and the matted patterned paper panel.  This qualifies as a “fun fold” card, but it’s only fun if you get it right, so I practiced it several times to make sure my directions were correct!

Behind that flap is a narrow sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday (Occasions Catalog) stamped in Bermuda Bay ink.

I’m so happy that we had this great Bubbles & Fizz paper FREE during Sale-A-Bration.  And of course the dies here are also a Sale-A-Bration item; they’ll be in the next annual catalog, but getting them FREE now is a bonus!

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The Sale-A-Bration excitement continues!

We are now in the home stretch of Sale-A-Bration!  In addition to other available Sale-A-Bration merchandise (see the initial SAB offerings and second release products), beginning Thursday, March 15, you can earn a selection of regular products as free Sale-A-Bration rewards with your qualifying purchase.  Just remember that Sale-A-Bration freebies are only available until March 31 or while supplies last!

Please note: The item numbers from the flyer must be used in order for the products to be redeemed as Sale-A-Bration items.  The items have different numbers in the catalog that do not mark the item as part of Sale-A-Bration.

Click the graphic below to view the flyer, then click here for my Stampin’ Up! online store (and thank you!):

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Let’s celebrate your day with flowers

Do you mark up your Stampin’ Up! catalog?  When I’m going through my first “serious” pass, I mark (1) stamp sets and other items to consider for my wish list and (2) samples for inspiration or to copy.  I am ready with sticky notes for OnStage in Milwaukee in less than four weeks, when we’ll have in our hands the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.  (I am squealing, in case you couldn’t hear!)

My inspiration for this happy card is on page 28 of the current catalog.

Heartfelt Inkspiration | Stampin' Up! Flower Shop | When at a loss for inspiration, look to the catalog! Click for more information.

Please believe me when I say I looked high and low for those little dots; I finally found them quite a ways away, on page 135, in the Bunch of Blossoms set.  It’s where the sentiment is from, too.

Instead of using the wonderful (but not very Post Office friendly) Faceted Gems, I punched simple circles from Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

As for these images, well, there is only one way they are punched perfectly.  It’s worth marking your stamps with a Sharpie to show which petal must be “up” — that is, which is the top petal.  Stamping the images that way means you don’t have to keep rotating your stamped image (or the punch) to figure it out!

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Oh, those fabulous Springtime Foils!

2018 Sale-A-Bration 2nd releaseWe are seriously running out of time!  In less than three weeks the 2018 Sale-A-Bration free goodies will be history!

When I was designing for Inkspiration Saturday earlier this month, I held off on the last card as long as I could, waiting to see if the items from the second release were as wonderful as they looked on the Stampin’ Up! site.

Of course you know I was not disappointed, especially with the amazing Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper.  You probably know that when you see “specialty” it typically means the cardstock is embossed or, in this case, has foil accents.  Springtime Foils has foil in gold, silver and rose gold, which was quite stunning.

We colored the glossy surface with Stampin’ Blends.  The key to coloring success is to complete one leaf or flower at a time.  For example, do not color all the leaves in one color, then go back and add another color to all the leaves, etc.  The colors are very easy to blend on this paper when they are still wet — you’ll actually see the colors being pushed around.  Remember: One leaf or flower at a time.  In fact, this is good advice whenever using the Blends.

I used Ivory as the base of these flowers to give a vintage feel.  Although I experimented with various ribbons, they were all too fussy.  Finally, just a simple pierced strip was enough, perfectly complementing the DSP.

Don’t miss the opportunity to have this Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper for yourself — free with $50 in product!  Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store.  Please use Host Code JCP6MV2T on your order unless you are adding it to another workshop or you will qualify for your own benefits with an order of at least $150.

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A girl can dream, can’t she?

Heavy sigh.  Winter is still hanging on in north central Illinois.  We had a day of furious (but short-lived) snow early in the week, but it’s still so very cold.  However, that very morning I was surprised by a non-Stampin’ Up! visit from UPS with this treasure from my sister, Susan.

It’s not as wild as it looks here (in the basement with no natural lighting), but  fun and fresh.  If there is a 7-year-old boy (with a missing tooth) in the vicinity, you will find us both wrapped in it with a book.

So the fact that I am daydreaming under a handmade quilt instead of under a palm tree is just the way it will be for several months, at least!  (I am penciling in a trip to Orlando to Stampin’ Up!’s 30th anniversary celebration at OnStage in November.  Wanna come with?)

This card, inspired by Su Mohr, was from last weekend’s Inkspiration Saturday.  It was the second project that used the Sponge Brayers I talked about yesterday.  All three pairs of trees were stamped on a strip of Whisper White card stock, then the top half was brayered with Soft Sky and the bottom with Sahara Sand.  The hardest thing about this card was getting the three squares lined up — cue the quilting ruler!

Click the images below to add products for this card to your cart in my Stampin’ Up! online store.  Please use Host Code JCP6MV2T on your order unless you are adding it to another workshop or you will qualify for your own benefits with an order of at least $150.

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A Sponge Brayer is a beautiful thing

We used Sponge Brayers on not one but two cards at Inkspiration Saturday last weekend.  This one was an adaptation of a card in the Occasions Catalog.  I didn’t want to make a square card, so I had the opportunity to include this ribbon detail.

Simply rolling ink onto the panel of Designer Series Paper creates a totally new look.  This black and white DSP is the perfect pack for all kinds of coloring experiments.

Heartfelt Inkspiration Life | Is a Beautiful Thing | Change the look of Stampin' Up! patterned paper with a simple technique. Click for more details.Using Crumb Cake as a card base was not the way I thought I’d go, but I love the way it tempered the black and Lemon Lime Twist.  It’s hard to see in the picture, but the Vellum mat behind the sentiment circle was cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  I go through a lot of Vellum this way!

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Calypso roses

I’ve done some pretty sweet projects using Petal Palette, but nothing as dramatic as this one!  I took my cue from the samples on page 22 of the Occasions Catalog, but used a hotter color combo:

Heartfelt Inkspiration Calypso Roses | Petal Palette with some passion! Click for more details.

Do you love the Petal Passion Designer Series Paper as much as I do?  Come back tomorrow to see it used in a different way.

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Because winter is not finished with us yet

Not everyone read that last weekend’s Inkspiration Saturday was my last all-day event, so you’re seeing the announcement again!

It was a wonderful day (you may have seen the short Facebook Live Video here when the day was just beginning), beautiful and spring-like, and the activities inside went off without a hitch.  We had a lovely lunch with Peter and his family on Sunday, followed by a surprisingly long nap (at home, LOL).  I woke up with a screaming sore throat and stuffy head.  I immediately began rounds of Zicam and Mucco Coccinum, so I hope I will be back to 100% soon.

Heartfelt Inkspiration Winter Thanks uses the stamp set Waterfront from the 2018 Occasions Catalog (click for more details)

And yesterday we were treated to another blast of winter weather, with rain, sleet, and snow.  And I thought I was being retrospective when I included this card in the Inkspiration Saturday lineup!

I have the worst time capturing blues when I take pictures inside.  I added green when I was editing the photo, but even so you’ll be surprised that the card base here is actually Dapper Denim.  No, it doesn’t look like it!

This is a really simple card, inspired by Kat Chancellor (you’ll find other wintry scenes on Pinterest using this set as well).  I think I got the tip from her to mist your Whisper White pad with water to freshen up the ink.  Re-inking that pad with the thick ink is something that is literally a pain (to my arthritic hands), so I was glad that this refresh tip worked.  However, eventually I really needed to re-ink the pad — I almost did a happy dance to find that the ink flowed from the new bottle without that intense squeezing!

As usual, I recommend using the Heat Tool on Whisper White ink to dry it and brighten the color.  It makes a difference!

One more little tip about the little tag from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits:  rather than attempting to thread the twine through the hole in that tiny tag, simple cut a notch in the top of the tag and slip it under the bow.  Adhere it to the card and it will appear to be attached to the twine.  Only you and I know the truth!  (See another example here.)

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In honor of George

You may be surprised to know that I have a small collection of George Washington memorabilia. Vintage postcards, sheet music, souvenir plates of Mount Vernon — all these go into a Presidents’ Day display in February. Well, some years; this year I still have ice skating items out.

However, I have stamped very few cherry images over the past 13+ years! After quick (and pleasant) run through my stamp camp images, only this card surfaced. The background technique is one we’re using in camp this month: applying ink to the inside surface of the front of an embossing folder before running it through the Big Shot. Note that the non-embossed areas have ink (in this case Whisper White Craft), not the raised areas. I love that the results are never the same twice. You can see other examples here and here.

Last Saturday I was in charge of dessert for our monthly family potluck. My SIL was sure I’d bring something with cherries in it, in honor of George, and she was right. I made a fruit crisp with four cups of tart cherries we had picked in Door County (mine were frozen, thawed, and drained really well), six golden delicious apples, and a can of whole cranberry sauce. The top is a standard crumble of butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and oatmeal.

Here are some other cherry recipes you might enjoy:

Did you know that February 22 was not exactly Washington’s birthday? Do a quick Google search to find out the facts — and myths — of the first POTUS!

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Blossoming Basket Bundle

Did you get a chance to look at the new Sale-A-Bration offerings?  I love the Blossoming Basket Bundle (we’ll use it for March stamp camps and the 3/20 Let’s Color! class), especially after seeing this corporate video and Shannon’s ideas for coloring the image:

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