Monday, March 19, 2018

You've Come A Long Way, Baby!

Hey Y'all!
Today's post is going to be a little bit different.  I'm not showing a particular stamp set or technique, no tips or tricks, nothing like that.  Today we are taking a trip down memory lane.  I was cleaning up my Crap, ahem, I mean Craft, Room, and I came across the very first Stampin' Up! cards I made at the first workshop I ever attended.  Want to see?  Here they are:

And that is where I met the person who would soon become my upline and one of my dearest friends.  I had been cardmaking and crafting for awhile, but had only recently learned of Stampin' Up!  I signed up to have a workshop, and then decided to become a demonstrator.  I had to do something to support my habit!  
Guess what else I found....the Make and Take Cards from my Business Launch/Open House.  When you see them, you will understand the title of this post...ok, here goes....
Nothing very fancy.  But I remember my excitement and desire to share with others the joy and satisfaction of creating cards to give to others.  That was October 2016.  I now have a group of stampers that meets once a month, I have a downline of demonstrators, a blog, and a YouTube channel!  I absolutely love what I do, and as the caption under my picture says, this is my therapy.  
And to you, my readers, if you have ever thought about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, there is no better time than Sale-a-bration.  There are only a couple of weeks left to take advantage of the deal Stampin' Up! is offering.  Whether you are a hobbyist or want to pursue making an income playing in your craft room, you have nothing to lose.  You purchase the kit for $99 (free shipping by the way), get $125 of product plus 2 more stamp sets of your choice free.  Then you get to enjoy 20% off of your purchases.  To stay an active demonstrator, you must have $300 in sales every quarter.  If you don't make that, then you just drop.  You owe nothing.  
I would love to have you join my team.  The friendships I have made through Stampin' Up! are priceless.  And just like my pictures show, you don't have to be an expert.  
So, what's stopping you?  Sign up already!  Just click the "Join My Team" link at the top.  I hope you will join me on this journey, I will help you grow and learn any way I can, and in a couple of years you will look back and say the same thing I've come a long way, baby!  
If you are a demonstrator reading this, do you remember the excitement when you first signed up?  Do you still have the first Stampin' Up! card you made?  Do you feel like you have come a long way? 
So come back here Saturday because I have an "amazing" card that is going to knock your socks off for Sale-a-bration Saturday.  I can't wait for you to see it!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sale-A-Bration Saturday-Heartfelt Blooms

Hey Y'all!
Have you ever had one of those moments where you felt like the spotlight should shine and you hear a choir singing "Aaaaaaaahhhhhhh".  I had one of those moments when I made this card.  
Now I am going to be honest with you.  I almost didn't get this stamp set.  It wasn't on my list.  I don't know why, it just didn't jump out at me.  But I had an order that I earned some Sale-A-Bration products, and I had already ordered the things I wanted, so I added it.  And I am so glad I did!! The pictures do not do this stamp justice.  This is a patent-pending technique called "Distinktive" (isn't that just cool how they did that, DistINKtive) that adds different layers of ink to a stamp giving it that amazing look of depth.  


 That image is stamped just one time, y'all.  And guess what I stamped it on!  A piece of that absolutely gorgeous Wood Textures DSP! (No rush, but the 2017-18 Annual Catalog goes away May 31, and that paper will probably be going as well.  If you want it, you better get it and get it soon! Don't say I didn't warn ya....) And y'all know me, I hardly ever make a card without an embossing folder being involved, and the Pinewood Plank did the trick!

I stamped the image with Crumb Cake Ink all around the perimeter of the Crumb Cake layer, then ran it through the Big Shot to emboss it.  I also did a third-generation stamp of the image (third-generation is just fancy talk meaning I stamped off on a scrap piece of paper 2 times) then stamped the image on the tag.  I love the rustic look of this card!  And that Gingham Ribbon just sets it off.  
Nina's Cardmaking Rule: The inside of a handmade card should be just as beautiful as the outside!

Here are the measurements to make this card:
Card Base- Crumb Cake 8-1/2 x 5-1/2, scored at 4-1/4
1st Layer-Crumb Cake 5-7/8 x 4-3/8
Night of Navy Mat-4-1/4 x 3-1/4
Wood Textures DSP-3 x 4
Whisper White for Inside of Card- 4 x 3-1/4
So I made a short video showing you how I used the Everyday Label Punch for both pieces of the tag, it shows you how to stretch your punch and get more out of it!  Here it is:

One last look......

You only have 14 more days to take advantage of the Sale-A-Bration deals!  And this is one stamp set you don't want to miss out on.  If you purchase the Everyday Label Punch, and the paper and ink to make this card, you will qualify for a Level 1 Sale-A-Bration item, like the Heartfelt Blooms.  A $100 purchase qualifies you for 2 Level 1 or 1 Level 2 products.  You can click on the Sale-A-Bration Link at the top to see a handy-dandy chart that explains all of this.  When you order, please use Host Code 6Z9VZAMH when you check out.  Click on any item below to purchase, or click the "Shop Now" button.
Sale-A-Bration is a great time to host a workshop because when the amount gets to $250, the hostess receives an additional $25 in rewards!  It is also a great time to become a demonstrator, in addition to the $125 of products for $99, you get to choose 2 additional stamp sets for free.
Thank you for joining me for Sale-A-Bration Saturday, there are so many ideas on Pinterest and YouTube using this stamp set.
Leave a comment and tell me if you love it as much as I do! Or let me know what your favorite Sale-A-Bration item is.
Have a great Saturday!

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sale-A-Bration Saturday-Beautiful Peacock & Shimmer Ribbon Pack

Hey Y'all!
It's another Sale-A-Bration Saturday, and today I want to feature the Beautiful Peacock stamp, and boy does it lives up to its name!  This is a 2-step stamp, meaning it takes 2 different stamps to complete the image.
The body of the peacock fits into that fan of feathers behind it.  I used the "Rock and Roll" technique (watch for a blog post with video next week to show how to do that) to get the 2 different colors on the "fan" stamp, then I stamped the peacock onto a separate piece of paper and fussy cut it out, then popped it up with dimensionals.
I think I have discovered my favorite ink combination!  Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, and Lemon-Lime Twist!  The Bermuda Bay ribbon is also a Sale-A-Bration item, it comes in a pack with Basic Gray and Calypso Coral.  Each one is a different width, the Bermuda Bay is the skinniest at 1/8" wide.
The embossing folder is from the Occasion Catalog, the Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, and they come in a set of 2.  The "Beautiful Friend" sentiment fits perfectly in the 3/4" circle punch, and was layered onto Bermuda Bay cut from the 1" circle punch.
Don't forget to carry your stamping over to the inside of the card, that's one of my favorite things to do when I make a card!  Stamp the envelope, also, to tie it all together.  Those swirly stamps are beautiful all by themselves, aren't they?

Card Measurements:
Base: 8-1/2x5-1/2 score at 4-1/4
2nd layer-5-1/4x4
3rd layer-4x3 1/4
Inside layer-5-1/4x4

Less than 1 month left in Sale-A-Bration!  The only way to get this stamp set and/or ribbon pack is to earn them for FREE. Both are Level 1 items, so a $50 purchase will get you 1 item, a $100 purchase will get you 2 Level 1 items, or a Level 2 item.  Click on the Sale-A-Bration image at the top of the blog to see the items available in my online store, or click on the Catalog image to the right to see the Catalog.  You can also click on the images below of the products used for this card to order.  If your order is less than $150, please use Host Code CCJMVW7N.  If you are ordering $150 or more, you receive the Stampin' Rewards.  If you are spending that much, though, why not spend $99, get $125 worth of product PLUS 2 more stamp sets and become a Demonstrator.  Do it as a hobbyist or build a business.  Contact me for more information, or if you are ready, click on the link above to join my team.
If you do not already have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would be honored to earn your business.  Subscribe to my blog to see more fun projects like this.  Post a comment and tell me what is your favorite color combination.
Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Beautiful You and Paper Piecing

Hey Y'all!
How many of you ever played with paper dolls? If you ever did, then this technique will be a breeze!  I have had this card in my mind for a while, and it finally came to fruition!
I used the Beautiful You and Lots of Love stamp sets, but the focus of the card is that beautiful Whole Lot of Lovely DSP.  I want about 100 sheets of just this pattern, what about you?  I even added it to the envelope flap to tie it all together.  To "Paper Piece", all you have to do is stamp the image on the cardstock, then stamp the image on the DSP and cut out the part to "piece" over the image, in this case the dress and hat.

To make the hat, I stamped the Burlap Background stamp onto a piece of Crumb Cake, then stamped the image, and just cut out the hat.  I added a small piece of Basic Black Cardstock and a piece of gold baker's twine (retired).  That's what I used for the necklace as well.  To make the necklace look like it goes around her neck, I made small slits in the paper and pushed the cord through then taped it to the back.  Her "bangle" is a small piece of gold foil.  Now this card is not for the faint of heart because that was alot, and I mean ALOT of tedious work!  But it was well worth it! It came out even better than I imagined!

I gold embossed the sentiments, and I have to confess I used contraband on this card.  Contraband is anything that is not Stampin' Up!  The embossing folder is one I had in my stash, but I loved the elegant look.  It is Paper Studio if you are wondering.  Hey, y'all know you have contraband in your stash too!
The flowers on the inside of the card are from Lots of Love.  I stamped the middle flower full strength in Calypso Coral, then stamped off the other two.   Don't you love that you can stretch your ink colors that way?  I was able to get 3 different colors from 1 stamp pad!
Thanks for stopping by, and if you haven't already, please subscribe to my blog.  If you are interested in purchasing any of the items (except the contraband) click on the pictures below and it will take you to my online store.  
March is the last month of Sale-A-Bration, so be sure to take advantage of that!  Purchasing the stamp sets and the paper will get you a Sale-A-Bration item.  If you don't already have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be yours!
I hope you enjoyed today's project, leave a comment below and let me know what is one of your favorite card-making techniques!

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