Happy Birthday – Polka Dots

My 10-year-old had a birthday party to attend this weekend and needed a birthday card.

And unfortunately she had a hard time finding one for her friend as all mine were either too serious or too mature, so I decided to make a fun, bright birthday card!

My card today starts off with Bermuda Bay cardstock.  I took a panel of Watercolor Paper and dry embossed it using the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder.

The other day I saw a card that had watercoloring on it using Bermuda Bay and I fell in love with it.  When watercolored, Bermuda Bay is much brighter and I loved the look!

I took an aquapainter and watercolored over the polka dots in Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry ink (which I started using but didn’t get the look I wanted, so I mixed it with Perfect Plum). I went over each circle a few times until I got the color I wanted.  The bottom row of purple I left with just one coat of Rich Razzleberry to give it a lighter shade.

Using the sentiment from the Balloon Adventures stamp set, I stamped in Versamark the sentiment on Melon Mambo cardstock and heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder.  Before adhering it, I wound behind it some Bermuda Bay Thick Baker’s Twine.

This was such a fun card to make!  Enjoy!

Today’s card was inspired by the challenge at TGIF this week:

CLEARANCE RACK UPDATED:

Stampin’ Up! has updated the Clearance Rack in the online store!  There are new items on clearance for up to 60% off and many are under $5!  Stop by the my online store to check the great deals.  Shop early for the best selection, the items are only available while supplies last!

RETIRING PRODUCTS!

Stampin’ Up! has posted their retiring list and you can see it right here.  Now that the list has been posted, all items (with the exception of stamp sets) are available only while supplies last so order soon to get any of the items that you can’t live without!

Here are the details:

  • Promotion dates: April 10–May 31, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT).
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items may be added to all orders.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, Stampin’ Up! will keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22.  After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Order Deadlines:  May 31, 2017, by 11:55 PM (MT)

The retiring list can be found right here!  There are some awesome discounts on select products so take a peek and start your lists!

CURRENT HOST CODE: RWPPW4HJ

Use this host code when your order is $50 or more (before shipping and taxes) and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  See something you like?  Check out my store.

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Jar of Love Birthday

My card is inspired by challenges over at Freshly Made Sketches and The Paper Players.

My card today starts off with Perfect Plum cardstock.  I took a panel of Mint Macaron cardstock and used the wavy Swirly Scribbles Thinlits to cut the end of it in a wave.  Next I took a panel of Sahara Sand cardstock and stamped in Sahara Sand the Hardwood stamp first.  I traced the wave from the Mint Macaron cardstock on the Sahara Sand panel and fussy cut out the wave (leaving a bit of a gap to show through).  I mounted both cardstocks on a panel of Whisper White panel.

For my jar, I used the Jar of Love Bundle and first stamped the leaves in Mint Macaron ink directly on the Mint Macaron cardstock.  I stamped the jar image in Sahara Sand ink on Whisper White cardstock and cut it out with the coordinating framelits.  I stamped the flowers in Perfect Plum and Mint Macaron inks (stamping off for the lighter shades) and cut them out using the coordinating framelits.  I adhered a few using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

My sentiment comes from the That’s The Tag stamp set and was stamped in Perfect Plum ink.  It’s a photopolymer stamp so I was able to maneuver to curve it, mirroring the wave in the cardstock.

Enjoy!

RETIRING PRODUCTS!

Stampin’ Up! has posted their retiring list and you can see it right here.  Now that the list has been posted, all items (with the exception of stamp sets) are available only while supplies last so order soon to get any of the items that you can’t live without!

Here are the details:

  • Promotion dates: April 10–May 31, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT).
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items may be added to all orders.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, Stampin’ Up! will keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22.  After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Order Deadlines:  May 31, 2017, by 11:55 PM (MT)

The retiring list can be found right here!  There are some awesome discounts on select products so take a peek and start your lists!

CURRENT HOST CODE: BC4C7KPG

Use this host code when your order is $50 or more (before shipping and taxes) and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  See something you like?  Check out my store.

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Special Reason Birthday

My card today starts off with Thick Whisper White cardstock. I took a 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel of Pink Pirouette cardstock and dry embossed it using the Petal Burst embossing folder.  I adhered a delicate doily over that.

I used the Special Reason Bundle to create my flower and petals.  I stamped the flower in Pink Pirouette ink and cut it out using the coordinating framelit.  The leaves I cut out using the larger petal thinlit and Wild Wasabi cardstock.

I stamped the shape around the sentiment in Wild Wasabi ink and cut it out using the larger shape and then cut out the middle using the smaller shape (making it hollow).  I then stamped the sentiment in Wild Wasabi ink and fussy cut it out.  I added a small Wild Wasabi enamel circle next to the sentiment.

Enjoy!

Today’s card was inspired by this week’s challenge at The Paper Players.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

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As if they couldn’t possibly make signing on during Sale-a-bration any better, THEY JUST DID!

For any new Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who joined from January 1st through March 31st, if you meet your first quarterly goal, you will receive a FREE STAMP SET!  That’s a potential 3 free stamp sets in a matter of a few months.

In addition, you’ll also receive from Stampin’ Up! a class video, a PDF flyer with a sample card using the free stamp set, a list of supplies needed to make that card, and a training video.  This way you’re first class is all ready to go!

Now really is the best time to join.  What are you waiting for?  That 20% discount will come in very handy when the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog comes out (which by the way, demos get an early look at and chance to order from)!

For more details contact me by e-mail or phone or click here.

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SHOP:  Sale-a-bration makes it a great time to get those goodies on your wish list.  For every $50 (before tax and shipping), you choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog.

JOIN:  Now is the perfect time to join as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  For just $99 you receive $125 worth of product and free shipping.  During Sale-a-bration, you receive two free stamp sets of your choice- that’s another potentially $100 worth of product – free!  Hop on over here to sign up!

HOST:  With Sale-a-bration going on, Stampin’ Up! is offering extra rewards for hosting parties.  For parties $250+, you receive in addition to the regular rewards – an extra $25 worth of free product.

SPECIAL APRIL PAPER PUMPKIN WITH FREE GIFT!

Don’t miss the April Paper Pumpkin kit inspired and designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO, Sara Douglass. Sara’s style is, “bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass.” Subscribe by April 10th to get your kit.  Click here to get yours.

CURRENT HOST CODE: 22DEBSAA

Use this host code when your order is $50 or more (before shipping and taxes) and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  See something you like?  Check out my store.

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Watercolor Class Cards

This past Thursday I invited a good friend of mine to teach a watercoloring class for my customers.  Watercoloring is something that has always been challenging for me and she just has an eye and gift for it.

She taught us techniques using th the aqua painter, blender pens, watercolor pencils, and spritzer.  It was a lot of fun and VERY helpful!

For my first card today she taught us using the wax paper technique.

My card starts with Basic Black cardstock.  The image comes from the Scenic Sayings Stamp Set and was heat embossed using Versamark ink, black embossing powder (retired), and a heat tool.  On that I created the watercolor effect using Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point ink, a spritzer, and watercolor paper.

Once the watercolor paper was dry, I mounted it on Basic Black cardstock and then on Daffodil Delight cardstock.

I then used the Botanical Builder Framelits and cut out two smaller leaves, one in Tempting Turquoise and one in Emerald Envy, and one larger leaf in Daffodil Delight cardstock.  I used a sponge to stamp the edges of the leaves to darken them a bit using Pacific Point ink (on the Tempting Turquoise and Emerald Envy leaves) and Emerald Envy ink (on the Daffodil Delight leaf).

Here’s a look at the second card we made using Rose Red cardstock and ink, Old Olive cardstock and ink, and Archival Gray ink.  This card was colored using a Blender Pen.  The stamps used were Oh So Succulent and Birthday Blooms stamp sets.

The third card we made used Tempting Turquoise and Night of Navy cardstock.  It uses Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, and Garden Green inks.  The flower was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed using white embossing powder.  It uses my favorite sentiment – “Just a Note”- from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and gold metallic ribbon (Sale-a-bration item).  The flower comes from a retired stamp set.

Enjoy!

FREE SHIPPING !

I’m offering FREE SHIPPING on ANY ORDER now through March 28th.

For my local friends, you can let me know your order and I’ll submit it on March 28th.

For anyone not local, use the host code (22DEBSAA) at checkout and then contact me so I can reimburse you either through PayPal or you can let me know what Stampin’ Up! item you’d like for the price of shipping.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

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Do you have a really long wish list?

Do you already love the product, but would love a discount?

Do you love getting together with other people to craft and want to share this passion?

Now’s the perfect time to join my team!!!  Joining Stampin’ Up! right now not only gets you $125 worth of product for only $99 but now during Sale-a-bration – 2 free stamps sets of your choice!!

My team has a lot of fun sharing ideas and new techniques all while supporting both the hobby demonstrators and business demonstrators.  My upline does monthly giveaways and quarterly prize patrol!  Hands down – it is the best group of crafters!!!

For more details – click here.

SALE-A-BRATION:

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SHOP:  Sale-a-bration makes it a great time to get those goodies on your wish list.  For every $50 (before tax and shipping), you choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog.

JOIN:  Now is the perfect time to join as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  For just $99 you receive $125 worth of product and free shipping.  During Sale-a-bration, you receive two free stamp sets of your choice- that’s another potentially $100 worth of product – free!  Hop on over here to sign up!

HOST:  With Sale-a-bration going on, Stampin’ Up! is offering extra rewards for hosting parties.  For parties $250+, you receive in addition to the regular rewards – an extra $25 worth of free product.

CURRENT HOST CODE: 22DEBSAA

Use this host code when your order is $50 or more (before shipping and taxes) and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  See something you like?  Check out my store.

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Happy Celebrations Birthday

This week’s Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop is a color challenge.

My card starts off with Emerald Envy cardstock as the base.  I used one of the Happy images from the Happy Celebrations stamp set and stamped it all along the front of the card in Emerald Envy ink.

I layered a pattern from the Party Animal DSP over some Whisper White cardstock and then wrapped some Emerald Envy Taffeta ribbon around it twice.

I stamped the “splotch” image from the Happy Celebrations stamp set in Crumb Cake (stamping off first) on some Whisper White cardstock.  Over that I stamped the happy sentiment in Emerald Envy ink.  I trimmed it down and mounted it on Crumb Cake cardstock and adhered it using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I stamped the rest of the sentiment in Crushed Curry ink on Whisper White cardstock and trimmed it down before adhering it to the card.

Enjoy!

Now click on the button below to see what Amy created this week.  Happy hopping!

  1. Amy Koenders
  2. Shelagh Freemantle
  3. Mary Deatherage
  4. Jari Francis
  5. Kristi Gray
  6. Jaimie Babarczy <– You Are Here

SOON TO BE RETIRING 2015-2017 IN-COLORS

Honestly I’m in complete denial that we’re even talking about retiring colors, but as only a good demonstrator would do, I feel I need to give you plenty of time to mourn, eh, I mean, stock up on these colors before they’re going.  Pretty soon these five amazing colors will be discontinued (sniff, sniff).  Sale-a-bration is the perfect time to stock up on them – while you still can.

SALE-A-BRATION:

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SHOP:  Sale-a-bration makes it a great time to get those goodies on your wish list.  For every $50 (before tax and shipping), you choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog.

JOIN:  Now is the perfect time to join as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  For just $99 you receive $125 worth of product and free shipping.  During Sale-a-bration, you receive two free stamp sets of your choice- that’s another potentially $100 worth of product – free!  Hop on over here to sign up!

HOST:  With Sale-a-bration going on, Stampin’ Up! is offering extra rewards for hosting parties.  For parties $250+, you receive in addition to the regular rewards – an extra $25 worth of free product.

CURRENT HOST CODE: N7YDAXQS

Use this host code when your order is $50 or more (before shipping and taxes) and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  See something you like?  Check out my store.

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Reverse Words – Birthday

Today’s card uses one of the NEW Sale-a-bration items:  Reverse Words Stamp Set!!  It comes with two phrases:  Hooray and Cheers.  I’m using Hooray today.

I’m also using an idea from Brian King – stamping more words within the smudge – which I thought adds a great touch!

My card uses Watermelon Wonder cardstock as its base.  I took a pattern from the Carried Away DSP and matted it on Whisper White cardstock and adhered it to the card.

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I took a smaller panel of Whisper White cardstock and matted it on some Watermelon Wonder cardstock and then stamped the “Hooray” in Mint Macaron ink.  I then stamped the “It’s Your Day” in Night of Navy ink from the Confetti Celebration Stamp Set.

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Lastly I created two balloons using Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder cardstock and the Balloon Bouquet Punch (smaller of the two balloons).  I tied some Night of Navy Baker’s Twine to the bottom of each balloon and then knotted the string underneath the sentiment.  I adhered the one balloon using a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Enjoy!

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SOON TO BE RETIRING 2015-2017 IN-COLORS

Honestly I’m in complete denial that we’re even talking about retiring colors, but as only a good demonstrator would do, I feel I need to give you plenty of time to mourn, eh, I mean, stock up on these colors before they’re going.  Pretty soon these five amazing colors will be discontinued (sniff, sniff).  Sale-a-bration is the perfect time to stock up on them – while you still can.

JOIN MY TEAM!

join-now

Do you have a really long wish list?

Do you already love the product, but would love a discount?

Do you love getting together with other people to craft and want to share this passion?

Now’s the perfect time to join my team!!!  Joining Stampin’ Up! right now not only gets you $125 worth of product for only $99 but now during Sale-a-bration – 2 free stamps sets of your choice!!

My team has a lot of fun sharing ideas and new techniques all while supporting both the hobby demonstrators and business demonstrators.  My upline does monthly giveaways and quarterly prize patrol!  Hands down – it is the best group of crafters!!!

For more details – click here.

SALE-A-BRATION:

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SHOP:  Sale-a-bration makes it a great time to get those goodies on your wish list.  For every $50 (before tax and shipping), you choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog.

JOIN:  Now is the perfect time to join as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  For just $99 you receive $125 worth of product and free shipping.  During Sale-a-bration, you receive two free stamp sets of your choice- that’s another potentially $100 worth of product – free!  Hop on over here to sign up!

HOST:  With Sale-a-bration going on, Stampin’ Up! is offering extra rewards for hosting parties.  For parties $250+, you receive in addition to the regular rewards – an extra $25 worth of free product.

CURRENT HOST CODE: N7YDAXQS

Use this host code when your order is $50 or more (before shipping and taxes) and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  See something you like?  Check out my store.

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Party Animal – Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

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This week’s Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop is a sketch challenge.

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My card today starts off with Pacific Point cardstock as its base.  I then created a little present using a pattern from the Party Animal DSP which I used the Corner Punch to curve two of the corners.  I used Emerald Envy Taffeta Ribbon to wrap around it horizontally and vertically to make it more “present like.”

I cut out a Crushed Curry bow using the Balloon Adventures Bundle and added a Pacific Point enamel dot.  I tied an Emerald Envy Baker’s Twine bow and tied the party hat embellishment in it.

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I stamped the sentiment in Versamark Ink on Emerald Envy cardstock and sprinkled it with White Embossing Powder and then set it with the Heat Tool.  I cut it out and the Pacific Point cardstock behind it using the Layering Oval Framelits.

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Lastly I used the Balloon Celebrations stamp set to stamp the dots in the coordinating color (i.e., Crushed Curry ink on Crushed Curry cardstock) on each of the balloons and cut them out using the Balloon Bouquet Punch.  I attached the Crushed Curry balloon using a Stampin’ Dimensional.

Enjoy!

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Now click on the button below to see what Amy created this week.  Happy hopping!

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  1. Amy Koenders
  2. Shelagh Freemantle
  3. Mary Deatherage
  4. Jari Francis
  5. Kristi Gray
  6. Jaimie Babarczy <– You Are Here

SALE-A-BRATION:

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SHOP:  Sale-a-bration makes it a great time to get those goodies on your wish list.  For every $50 (before tax and shipping), you choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog.

JOIN:  Now is the perfect time to join as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  For just $99 you receive $125 worth of product and free shipping.  During Sale-a-bration, you receive two free stamp sets of your choice- that’s another potentially $100 worth of product – free!  Hop on over here to sign up!

HOST:  With Sale-a-bration going on, Stampin’ Up! is offering extra rewards for hosting parties.  For parties $250+, you receive in addition to the regular rewards – an extra $25 worth of free product.

CURRENT HOST CODE: N7YDAXQS

Use this host code when your order is $50 or more (before shipping and taxes) and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $8.00 in the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  See something you like?  Check out my store.

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