More Make a Medallion!

Get the Make a Medallion Stamp Set for FREE with a qualifying purchase during Sale-A-Bration (through March 31, 2017).  Remember, SAB products are only available while supplies last, and I’m pretty sure you’re going to want this one!

Watch Carrie from the Stampin’ Up! home office share many ways this diverse stamp set can be used — for both the beginning and experienced stamper:

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Thank you, friend!

Because I had to reschedule last week’s final monthly camp due to bad weather, I had both a free night and a sparkling clean studio.  I took advantage of those conditions and got a start on my February note cards for online orders and for Burgin Bucks.  I send these blank cards and envelopes inside a larger envelope so the cards can be sent on.

Now that was fun!  I had just received the new Make a Medallion stamp set (from the second release of Sale-A-Bration freebies) and happily started working with it.   How I love photopolymer stamps, especially when doing 2-step stamping!

The effect on the So Saffron strip was created by repeating one of the square dies from the Window Box Thinlits set.  Isn’t that cool?  (I don’t think it looks quite so Swiss-cheeselike IRL.)  Just be prepared:  it’s pretty time consuming when you’re making a lot of cards.  With later versions, I simply embossed the strip with my favorite Softly Falling folder.

Before die cutting the scalloped edge of the medallion, I punched out the center and adhered that to a blue scalloped circle.  That little edge is so sweet, and the whole center is popped up to show it off.

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Wishing you a happy golden birthday

To be honest, I had never heard of the concept of a golden birthday until I got married and had (adult) stepchildren.  Regrettably, I had been denied the opportunity for some fab 14K gifts several years earlier because this idea was intentionally and cruelly withheld from me.  I have no other explanation for why I didn’t know.

Unless it’s a regional thing, like “At least you’re still pretty,” ha ha.

In the course of cleaning up the studio for camp last week, I decided I’d better finish this card I had started for January’s Stamp Review Crew: SAB Free-for-All blog hop.

The sentiment, if you can’t tell, is embossed in gold, so this would be appropriate for a golden birthday, a 50th birthday, or simply a birthday for someone special.  The Stampin’ Up! gold embossing powder is so pretty — not at all flashy — and it plays well with the Sale-A-Bration ribbon, the tiny strip of Gold Glimmer Paper, and dots of Gold Glitz Dazzling Details on the flowers.

The sentiment was cut with Lots of Labels dies, but you won’t find this particular size in the set.  I cut it shorter by lining it up where I wanted at the bottom and cutting, then positioning the die so it cut the top where I wanted (you can feel when it’s lined up on the sides).  Make sense?

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“Work together!”

On Sunday I had the opportunity to watch Peter play indoor soccer at the Y for the first time.  Like making valentines for Kindergarten, and because for several reasons we rarely saw the other grands play sports, I felt like it was something I’d been waiting my whole life to do.

Oh, the running, the flying hair, the red cheeks — and that was just  the coaches, one of whom is my stepson.  “Work together!  She’s on your team!  YOU’RE ON THE SAME SIDE!”  Words of wisdom for all of us, I’d say.

As for the players, ages 4-6, there was one lying on the floor with his arms crossed over his chest, another spinning around looking at the ceiling, and one (who may or may not share my last name) kicking towards the wrong goal.

After the victory (not that we’re keeping track), it was the perfect time for a nap in anticipation of a busy week.  Before my camera’s battery died, I was happy to get enough pictures for a scrapbook page for the display boards at OnStage in April.  So many exciting things are happening in the next six weeks, it just makes me smile!


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The word is “amazing”

I mentioned in last week’s Heartfelt Inkspiration newsletter that I like just a bit of bling on my cards most of the time — too much can be garish, except maybe for a birthday or Christmas card.

Still, I am really, really happy about the new Sale-A-Bration products that were released on February 21, especially the 6×6 Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack.  We used just a bit of it to fancy up the swag bags for Inkspiration Saturday this weekend:

Now, no one says you have to cover most of a card front with Glimmer Paper, despite the examples in the supplement.  Take a look at these ideas from Shannon West of Stampin’ Up!

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Blue bird of … best wishes

For my cousin-in-law, friend, and downline on the occasion of her total knee replacement:

I hope it doesn’t seem grim, with all that gray.  I love the Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray for all kinds of projects.  And the bird, well, I don’t do “reality stamping” very well, so this is just a “blue bird” with best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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Two classes added to my March schedule!

Even though I am deep into preparation for this weekend’s Inkspiration Saturday (and actually, nearly finished!), I want to look ahead to two March classes.  Each of these will allow you take advantage of Sale-A-Bration.  For more information and to register, click the widget below or the link in the accompanying paragraph:

The final offering of Watercolor Pencils 101 will be Thursday, March 23.  I’ve loved showing stampers how to use these new pencils (you can see them on page 24 of the Occasions Catalog).  Deadline to register is Monday, March 13.


You’ll leave The Designer Tin of Cards Class on March 30 with a darling tin of 16 cards — perfect for yourself or as a gift!  (See the kit on p. 160 of the Annual Catalog.)  Choose the option that includes the TOC stamp set and you’ll be ready to make cards for all kinds of occasions!  Registration deadline is Monday, March 20.

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Detailed Ombré Flower

Stylish Stems is in the camp spotlight this month!  After having made a similar card at the All-Occasions Stamp-a-Stack last month, Lidia asked for a version in blue:

Although I’ve used Designer Series Paper to accent this peek-through flower here, with this card we sponged Bermuda Bay onto Soft Sky card stock.  A light marking of the center of the flower lets you know where to start the sponging.  It’s so pretty you hate to cover a bit of it with the sentiment, but we did …

This is one stamp set (and coordinating dies) I hope returns for the next Annual Catalog!

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Now, even more!

As if Sale-A-Bration wasn’t great already, we have added more great to the greatness!  From now until the end of SAB (March 31) or while supplies last, choose from the original lineup of free offerings and three new products!

Sale-A-Bration is more than free product.  Here are the details of what we can take advantage of until the end of March:

Most of us are thrilled with this part of the promotion alone:  for every $50 US you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.  That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.  (And don’t forget that you’ll be earning Burgin Bucks as well!)  Why not stock up on paper and adhesive during Sale-A-Bration?

Need another excuse to get together with friends?  Just host a workshop with at least $250 US in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 US more in Stampin’ Rewards!  Hold a book party, start a three-month SAB club, or have a traditional home party with a demonstration and make-and-takes — any of those can earn you more.  You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward a Starter Kit and become a demonstrator yourself!  I am thrilled with the number of hostesses who have earned this bonus.  How about you?

It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up!  During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 US and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit — any stamp set, any price!  You might want to read that sentence one more time!  (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.)  Plus, the kit ships for free!  I can talk with you about this opportunity to join the Heartfelt Inkspiration team and get you started.  Whatever your reasons for joining — the discount, the business opportunity, or the Starter Kit alone — Stampin’ Up! loves and supports its demonstrators (and so do I)!

So there you have it, Sale-A-Bration continues, better than ever!

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Get ready for bear arms (part 2)

Thanks for returning to see my little tutorial on how to create the bear-holding-heart effect!  Here’s the original stamped and cut image.  Note how the arms are out and curved upward.  Hi, buddy!

Now we’re going to do a little surgery:  cut his arms off, maintaining the body line if you can.

Now we’ll swap the left and right arms so that the paws point inward.  Trim the cut ends of each arm so that the angle is pretty much parallel to the claws, and curve the cut like this left arm, below.

Flat adhere the arms to the object the bear is holding, taking care to note the eventual placement of the “shoulders” and “elbows,” and attach the arms/heart unit to the body with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Again, here’s the finished product.

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