Fall is a beautiful thing

Life, too!  We have finally had some significant rainfall here to green up the grass and freshen up the flower gardens.  Now it’s time to get the rakes out and start that process.  Luckily we have a little boy here today who enjoys playing “landscaper” (as long as he can boss us around), and so it will be dirty but fun work.

This is one of the cards we made at last weekend’s Inkspiration Saturday.  After experimenting with the baby wipe technique, I knew I had to include one of those leaves (but without over-stamping) on an InkSat card.

Detailed leaves cut from both gold and copper foil paper and that lucsious Copper Trim contribute more glimmer to the check paper from Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper.  Every single one of the 12 sheets has metallic designs; it is a must-have paper!

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Thankful Thursdays #7

The timing of this particular Thankful Thursdays post is a little early.  I still have a few weeks to get this in, but at the risk of you moving on right this minute before I gush about his accomplishments or recount endless amusing stories, I have to say

I am thankful for Peter.

In the first year or two after he was born almost 7 years ago, a friend correctly observed that it was probably the best time of my life.  Never having raised any children, I loved everything about caring for him two or three days every week:  the singing together, the diapers, the games, the cuddling, the crying, the fatigue, the funny things he did — it was all so good.

As the youngest (and almost certainly last) grandchild, born when our lives were not consumed with working and church activities, he was the recipient of devoted time and energy.

His thirst for information and understanding has only accelerated since he started school last year.  I’m guessing he won’t be halfway through second grade before the entire knowledge base of his grandparents will be insufficient.  Still, we won’t be obsolete as long as there are laughs to share, encouragement to provide, and faith to foster.  I don’t expect that we will always be as close as we are now, so I’m grateful for the experience so far.

Last spring for the Minneapolis OnStage display, I made this 6″ x 6″ scrapbook page.  I’m looking forward to making a new one in another month or so!
I asked him these questions and wrote down exactly how he answered. I accented each bullet point with the now-retired Dazzling Details.

Do you need a refresher on creating this pleated rosette?  Find a tutorial here.

Gold Glitz Dazzling Details

Gold Glitz Dazzling Details

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Last day to celebrate WCMD!

Today is your last chance to take advantage of savings on select Stampin’ Up! products to celebrate World Card Making Day!  Click on the graphic above to see the list of items on sale — just through today.  Not to miss?  My favorite Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes or Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes.  I’m stocking up!

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Check it!

Inkspiration Saturday was so much fun!  It was windy and rainy outside, but we were snug in a bright room with happy faces!

In their swag bag. participants found the Fast Fuse offer for World Card Making Day.  If you waited too long, you were disappointed (or mad) that Stampin’ Up! prevented customers from ordering Fast Fuse beginning early Thursday morning.  The demand was far, far beyond their forecast.  They said, “if we had kept going at the current rate, we would have sold through four years’ worth of inventory in 10 days!”

This is frustrating to everyone, but it doesn’t happen all that often.  And Stampin’ Up! will make this right by repeating the offer of two free Fast Fuse Refills with every purchase of a Fast Fuse Adhesive.  They have not announced when that 5-day offer will start.  We will be ready!

I’ve shared before the importance of “breaking” the adhesive so that when you lift the Fast Fuse from your paper you’re not pulling off a string of adhesive from the spool inside the applicator.  Wow, that was a long sentence and maybe you can’t picture what I mean.  Here’s a corporate video that shows:


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Rich, saturated, smooth

Coffee?  Hair color?  A leather tote?  What in the world were they describing?

You’ll get a clue from the fact that this is something Stampin’ Up! told demonstrators about last week.  The answer:

Stampin’ Blends

Mine are already in the house (one of the benefits of being a demo!), but until I’m finished with Inkspiration Saturday, they will stay boxed up.  Maybe.

I’m pretty sure your first question is, “Didn’t we have these already?”  And your second question is, “Wasn’t there a huge failure?”  And the answer to both is “yes.”

Stampin’ Blendabilities (“Blendies”) were with us for only about 3½ months, and I’m not exaggerating when I say my heart was crushed when they pulled them from the SU! line because of manufacturing problems.  I loved the effect of these alcohol markers (rich, saturated, smooth!), and in fact I still use mine.

What I have read so far is that there has been significant testing to make sure those issues have been resolved.  And although the techniques we’ll use with these markers appears to be the same as before, Stampin’ Up! has made some practical changes to the markers.  So I’ll move forward in confidence.

When will Stampin’ Blends be available to customers?  We don’t have that information yet; Stampin’ Up! is making sure they know what colors and related products are popular with demonstrators so they are prepared for you.

Can’t wait?  This is a great time to sign up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  New demonstrators can choose Stampin’ Blends as part of their Starter Kit.

Because we’re already in the first quarter of the fiscal year, the date when you must buy (or sell) the quarterly minimum of $300 is not until March 30!  Yes:

  • Six months enjoying the demo discount,,
  • The inside track on information and product/technique videos
  • Early access to upcoming products (the Occasions Catalog!  Sale-A-Bration!), and
  • The fun of being part of a group of enthusiastic stampers (whether hobby demos or business builders).

This will give you information about signing up, and when you’re ready to be part of the Heartfelt Inkspiration team, click here!

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Thankful Thursdays #6

This isn’t very deep, and it isn’t unique.  But I really enjoy seeing the seasons change.  I think it makes me slow down a little.

Now the cornstalks are bleached against the early darkening sky, the sound of the marching bands drifts across the field, and the honking geese flying overhead make me smile.

I’m thankful I live in the Midwest.

When I travel and see mountains or oceans or huge forests, I sometimes feel a tug towards another place.  But not for long.

This camp card from September summarizes the joy I feel as fall arrives — somewhat belated here.  I called this an “inlaid” leaf:  stamp and emboss the leaf image, then use Sponge Daubers to apply color (make sure to use a cotton ball to wipe the ink off the embossed areas).  Finally, die cut both the stamped cardstock and the Early Espresso panel at the same time.  Flat adhere the colored leaf inside the Early Espresso piece — like a puzzle.


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Little Deer

Although I love the big sentiments in Carols of Christmas (you’ll see soon!), there’s something enchanting about the little deer image.  So I decided to put him on a little, snowy panel on a card suitable for any winter occasion:

See that smudge over to the left of the panel?  A mystery.  I’ll see if I can use the retired Adhesive Remover and lift off the unknown substance.

Jingle Jump stampers last month were wondering where the stamp was for the dots on the sky.  Did you guess where to find this Designer Series Paper?

Note that the rubber stamps and dies are offered in bundles for a 10% discount (clear mount or wood mount).

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Two Stampin’ Up! specials this month!

World Card Making Day is Saturday! And — hooray! — two of my all-time favorite items, Fast Fuse Adhesive and Note Cards & Envelopes, are included in a promotion October 1-10. Yes, it’s more than just a day!

Of course Stampin’ Up! did not invent World Card Making Day, but isn’t it great they’re participating in the fun?

And there’s more! During the WCMD promotion, get 15% off select stamp sets (and packs of Note Cards & Envelopes). And when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE — pretty amazing!

Click the graphic above or here to see the list of products discounted, and let the paper crafting begin!

Inkspiration Saturday attendees, you’ll be able to take advantage of these deals, too, but note that I am including the Fast Fuse Adhesive and refills in your goody bag as my gift to you!

Do you love patterned paper? Then you’ll love this sale in October: Buy 3 Get 1 FREE on selected Designer Series Paper. Check out the list below of paper from both the Annual Catalog and Holiday Catalog.

There’s no limit to the number of times you can Buy 3 Get 1 FREE during the month of October. And don’t overlook the coordinating stamp sets that are on sale this month!

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Thankful Thursdays #5

One of the joys of being self-employed and working from home is being able to schedule my own time.  I love many aspects of my Stampin’ Up! career, and working when I want is one of them.

The flip side of that equation is that I can also participate in activities that were impossible to attend when I was in the corporate and academic worlds.

Last fall I finally started my first Bible Study Fellowship class.  I was able to attend the Wednesday morning sessions almost every week for the year (roughly a school year), studying the gospel according to John.

The lectures, personal study, and small group discussions were incredibly beneficial to me.  And it was a thrill to know that people all over the world were studying the same lesson during the same week, at “more than 2,200 locations … on 6 continents … in more than 40 nations.”  Classes are held during the day (often with childcare available) and in the evening.  Read more about this approach to studying scripture at the BSF International site.

I am thankful for Bible Study Fellowship.

Yesterday I gave this September camp card to our BSF leader with a note of appreciation inside:

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Hello wreath

I have used the large swirly circle from Swirly Scribble Thinlits Dies many times as a “grapevine” wreath.  This time I used it for a camp card last week and pre-cut all the wreaths.  If you’ve never used this die, it might seem a little fussy, but once you get the rhythm, it’s pretty easy and fast to cut one after another.

It may look like a lot of supplies in the list below, but I just used scraps of green and a single ink color for this card.  There is a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional under each leaf to give plenty of … dimension.

This card went in the mail on my way home from camp.  Keep those cards moving, stampers!

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