Wednesday, August 17, 2016

IBS 25th Anniversary Project

Happy Wednesday!


For my Inspired by Stamping post today, I am sharing a special project. A good friend of mine asked me to make a card for her to give her husband for their 25th anniversary. Seeing as we’ve been friends since I was eight and it is such a special occasion, I went a little beyond a card! I created a card/mini album/décor piece (for lack of a better name)!

So, let’s get started (picture heavy post today!).        I 


I started with 3 6x6 pieces of light wood.


I don’t remember what this wood is called (it is heavier than Balsa, but lighter than plywood). You can find it in the Big Box Home Improvement stores. My Crop-a-dile easily punched through the wood.


Here is the cover. All the patterned papers were cut to 6x6, adhered with liquid glue, then sanded and sponged around the edges. I created the Anniversary wishes sentiment by combining Anniversary from Pretty Planners and selectively inking wishes from the birthday wishes stamp in Teeny Tiny Greetings, then mounted it on a die-cut from the Fancy Label Dies 3. The focal point sentiment is from the Big Wonderful build-a-sentiment stamp set (the MISTI sure makes it easy to stamp with multiple ink colors). Love you, from Teeny Tiny Greetings, and a heart trinket were tucked among the hand-made rosettes (I punched scalloped circles, cut them into spirals, and rolled them around tweezers).


This is one side of the album opened. I stamped (with my MISTI) and clear embossed the Blessed beyond measure sentiment, from Autumn Blessings, before adhering the paper to the wood. Best Day Ever is from Pretty Planners, and was mounted on a die-cut from the Fancy Label Dies 3.


This is the actual card part of the album. Hot glue was used to attach the ribbon to make it easy to pull the card from the pocket. The beautiful sentiment is from Paris Love. There is a good amount of room on the front and back to write a personal message, plus it is kept private in the pocket when the album is out on display.


Here is the flip side of the album. I Love You Because is a beautiful and romantic sentiment set. Again, I stamped the sentiments with my MISTI and clear embossed before adhering the papers to the wood pieces. The xoxo is from Teeny Tiny Greetings. I thought the sentiment from Seaside Sentiments was perfect with the photo in the center. It was die-cut with Fancy Label Dies 1. A romantic carriage ride called for the Date Night sentiment from Pretty Planners!

A lot of thought and love went into this project. My friend’s husband likes family photos, flowers, and sentimental writings, so this album was made totally with him in mind.

I thank you for sticking with me through my post today and hope you enjoyed my card/mini album/décor piece.












Thursday, August 11, 2016

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin BOGO Offer

Happy Thursday!


Wow-Stampin' Up! has a BOGO offer for first-time Paper Pumpkin subscribers! Yes, you read that right--BOGO! First time subscribers can purchase their first month and get the second month free!

Offer Dates:  

August 11, 2016 - October 10, 2016

Offer Details:  

Use promo code 'BOGO' when signing up HERE. You will pay the regular price of $19.95 + tax and your second month will be FREE! So, if you sign-up by Sept. 10, you will be purchasing the Sept. kit and the Oct. kit will be free. If you sign-up between Sept. 11 and Oct. 10, you will be purchasing the Oct. kit and the Nov. kit will be free.

The Fine Print:

Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months.

After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95 + tax per month unless cancelled or suspended.

Offer is for first-time subscribers only.

No valid on prepaid subscriptions.

BOGO promo ends October 10, 2016.

What are you waiting for?!?!? Click HERE to sign-up for your 'creativity in a box' BOGO offer. Don't forget to use promo code 'BOGO' when signing up.

As always, please feel free to E-mail me if you have any questions.


Monday, August 8, 2016

August Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peek and More

Happy Monday!

How about a sneak peek at the stamp set for the August Paper Pumpkin Kit?!?!?


Wow--the stamp set is 4 x 5 and it is a $16 value! 

Want to know what type of kit it is? A card kit!

If you are not currently a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you have until Wed., Aug. 10 to sign-up to receive the August kit.  You may join on a month-to-month basis here and/or purchase a pre-paid subscription here. If purchasing a pre-paid subscription, please use hostess code RD4KJGGQ at check-out (if your order is over $150, please do not use the hostess code).


Reminder, my birthday month specials using hostess code RD4KJGGQ:

Place an order under $50 - receive a package of Bow Paper Clips Embellishments (AC page 177), because every gift needs a bow! Must use Hostess Code to receive gift.

Place an order between $50-$150 - receive the Stylized Birthday WM Stamp (AC page 16), because every birthday card needs a nice birthday greeting! Must use Hostess Code to receive gift.

Place an order over $150 - receive your choice of Endless Birthday Wishes PP Stamp Set (AC page 22) or Build a Birthday PP Stamp Set (AC page 25), because every birthday celebration needs a cake! Once you have placed your order, please send me an E-mail with your thank you gift choice. Reminder, do not use the Hostess Code if your order is over $150.

Your August Birthday Celebration thank you gifts will be mailed to you in September, along with a thank you card.

Orders over $50 also count toward my personal Reward Program.


Limited-time Thoughtful Branches PP Stamp Set and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits(sold individually and as a bundle with a 10% savings) available through August 31.


Stamp and personalize your crafts for giving or selling with the new I Stamped This Stamp Set, WM and CM, available through May 31, 2016.

As always, please feel free to E-mail me if you have any questions. 


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Sewing-Themed Birthday Card

Happy Sunday!

Today I am sharing the birthday card I sent to my friend, Diana. I know I have mentioned it previously, Diana not only stamps and scraps, she bakes and sews as well! So, I thought it only appropriate to make a sewing-themed birthday card.

I combined some retired products and current products:


I used an embossing folder to create some texture on the dress form. The quarter sheet of DSP I had been hoarding was perfect for the theme of this card. The DSP was cut on an angle and adhered with dimensionals.

Here's the inside:


The sentiment is from a demonstrator-only Paper Pumpkin stamp set and I adhered a piece of DSP along the bottom.

Thanks for stopping by!


Supply list:  

Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White CS, Melon Mambo Ink, Linen Thread, and Butterfly Basics and Demonstrator-Only Paper Pumpkin Stamp Sets

Retired Supplies:  DSP, EF, Framelits, and Button

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Stampin' Up! August On-line Order Hostess Code/Gifts and What's New

Happy Tuesday!


It's my birthday month and I am offering special thank you gifts for on-line orders placed using Hostess Code RD4KJGGQ!

Place an order under $50 - receive a package of Bow Paper Clips Embellishments (AC page 177), because every gift needs a bow! Must use Hostess Code to receive gift.

Place an order between $50-$150 - receive the Stylized Birthday WM Stamp (AC page 16), because every birthday card needs a nice birthday greeting! Must use Hostess Code to receive gift.

Place an order over $150 - receive your choice of Endless Birthday Wishes PP Stamp Set (AC page 22) or Build a Birthday PP Stamp Set (AC page 25), because every birthday celebration needs a cake! Once you have placed your order, please send me an E-mail with your thank you gift choice. Reminder, do not use the Hostess Code if your order is over $150.

Your August Birthday Celebration thank you gifts will be mailed to you in September, along with a thank you card.


Limited-time Thoughtful Branches PP Stamp Set and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits (sold individually and as a bundle with a 10% savings) available through August 31.


Stamp and personalize your crafts for giving or selling with the new I Stamped This Stamp Set, WM and CM, available through May 31, 2016.

As always, please feel free to E-mail me if you have any questions. 


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

How to Stamp a 'Picture Perfect' Rose

Happy Tuesday!

In April I posted this card and my good blog friend, Lisa, asked for a tutorial on stamping the rose. I apologize for the delay in posting the tutorial, but sometimes life gets in the way. Anyhoo, better late than never, right?!?!? 

So, here goes:


I used the Picture Perfect stamp set, which is on page 22 of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.


This is a multi-step stamp set and each step is numbered (hope you can see the number printed on the sheet next to each image stamp).


I used a Sharpie on the acrylic blocks to number the stamps for you. Note that the stamps have a notch on them so you can place each one in the same direction on your blocks.


Now, I don't want to confuse you, but I find it easier to stamp in reverse order! For the first step, I stamped the #3 image with Melon Mambo.


For the second step, I again used Melon Mambo, but stamped off once.


Lastly, I used Pink Pirouette.

That's all there is to stamping a 'Picture Perfect rose!

Thanks for stopping by!


Supply list:  Whisper White CS, Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette Ink, Acrylic Blocks, B, C, and D, and Picture Perfect Stamp Set

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Stampin' Up! Bonus Days and July On-line Order Hostess Code

Happy Thursday!



Today starts bonus days for Stampin' Up! orders placed between July 7 and July 31. What are bonus days? For every $50 you order (before tax and shipping), you will receive $5 bonus bucks to use between August 2 and August 31! Wow-this is the first time Stampin' Up! has offered such a program. How does this work? Once you have placed your on-line order, Stampin' Up! will send you an E-mail with a coupon code to redeem in August. Please save your E-mail and also write down your coupon code so you have it handy to use in August. There is no limit on the amount of $5 bonus bucks you can earn.




Place an on-line order during the month of July using Hostess Code SXDWNVC4 and receive package of Metallic Foil Doilies (pg. 175) as a thank you gift from me. If your order is $150 or more, do not use the hostess code (you will still receive a thank you gift!). Your thank you gift will be sent to you in August along with your thank you card. Don't forget-each $50 order also counts toward my Rewards Program.



Sneak peek-during the month of August, the limited-time Stampin' Up! Thoughtful Branches bundle will be available for purchase!

As always, please feel free to E-mail me if you have any questions.