Get Well Wishes

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Healing Hugs Stamp Set #148223 $29.00

Ending the month with a card that features a number of our retiring products paired with a greeting from the Healing Hugs Stamp which is carrying over into our 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. The Designer Series Paper, Tropical Oasis has bright, fun patterns – 12 sheets of 12” x 12” – #151252 for $15.75. The matching Mint Macaron 1/8” Sheer Linen ribbon is so easy to tie and comes in a spool of 10 yards #151321 $8.25. And the Pearlized Doilies which are greatly reduced to $3.60 for 24 (#146936): one side is shiny white and the other can be sponged to match your project. These are a great addition to add dimension and interest to your projects. Hope you enjoy today’s Get Well Soon card!

Poppies, Poppies everywhere

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Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper #151324 $15.75

Today’s card is one I made on “Mystery Card Monday” with my friend, Tamara Bertram from Tamara’s Paper Trail. She posted a supply list complete with dimensions and we all made our cards together during a Facebook Live event.  A bit about the ribbon…This is the ¼” Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon that comes in white and you can colour it with your Stampin’ Blends to match your card! I used the light Blackberry Bliss which made it this very pretty colour. Enjoy!

Just by the Shoes already!

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Dressed to Impress Stamp Set #151666 $23.00

If you know me well, you know I’m not big into heels and fancy shoes. I’m a birkenstocks, sensible and comfy runners kind of gal. There was a day in my youth when I wore the 5” heels. That’s probably why I wear what I wear for comfort today!  This card is for a friend of mine – a sister demonstrator – who has the most gorgeous shoe collection and wears them well! What a fun saying from this stamp set for that special person in your life as she is to me.

Pretty Friendship Card

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Grace’s Garden Stamp Set #151513 $23.00

Here’s one of my standard card layouts and which I use in many a class! You need:
1) Piece of Designer Series Paper 2” x 5 ½” (I was using up a scrap here so it might be a tad wider)
2) Corresponding cardstock 2 ¼” x 5 ½”
3) A label shape that your greeting will fit on (oval, circle, square, etc) stamped on Whisper White
4) Corresponding cardstock to layer the label onto
5) Sprinkle a few matching embellishments. You can add ribbon, too, if you like

Now, turn this card 90 degrees to the left and you have the wide version of the same layout. Now that’s keepin’ it simple!

Using Up by Designer Series Paper!

I try not to be a hoarder…really I do. But Designer Series Paper is one of those things that you seem to need “all” of. Today I have two card layouts for you. Spot the differences? “Hello Fabulous” is as quick as it gets: cardbase, DSP layer, stamped greeting that’s layered, a strip of matching cardstock across the middle and a few dots. The “Thanks a Bunch” card is basically the same layout only in a different orientation with a layer between the DSP and the cardbase and some twine. Card making doesn’t have to be complicated and being a demonstrator as a hobbyist or as a business builder doesn’t have to be either. Contact me to learn how!
Both papers are from the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper #151319 $15.75

Three Layouts=Six Cards

Think you’re seeing double? Well…kind of. Today’s cards are 3 quick layouts with just the focal images changed up. I’m still using up scraps of retiring paper like the Birthday Bonanza DSP and Grapefruit Grove cardstock. The Toucan, Lion and Koala Bear centres are circle punched right from the DSP. That’s simple, right? Layered them onto a coordinating cardstock with the Starburst punch and….done! The greeting is from the stamp set, too. Six birthday cards done just like that!

Quick & Simple Thank You

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Retiring: Country Floral 3D Embossing Folder #151823 $9.18 Retiring: Call Me Clover and Pineapple Punch Cardstock Retiring: Love What You Do Stamp Set #148042 $27.00

This is a really easy card layout that you can duplicate with what you have at home – seriously! You need:

1 Card Base 5 ½” x 8 ½” folded in half and scored
2 Layers: one that is 4’ x 5 ¼” and one that is 3 ¾” x 5” (emboss or use a patterned paper)
3 Embellishments
Ribbon / Twine, as desired
1 Stamp set with a greeting and image
1 Ink pad plus your go to black (Memento Tuxedo Black)
A punched, hand-cut or die cut shape in a light colour to stamp on

The Call Me Clover green ink was added to those flowers with a small stamp that comes in the set. I’ve had this stamp set for 2 years and just noticed that!

Simple Paper Fold Card

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Best Dressed Designer Series Paper #151319 $15.75

Earlier this month I featured a Chevron Fold card that my team and I did for our monthly Stampin’ Social (virtually, of course!). Here’s another version featuring the Best Dressed Designer Series Paper stack. These papers come 6” x 6” and we typically chop off up to an 1” when trimming to fit on a card layer so there are loads of 1” x 6” scraps left over! What a great way to use them up. You need 5 strips measuring 1” x 2 ½”. The folds are super simple.  I kinda love the Purple Posy and Old Olive combination for colours on this one!

Check out this video on how to do the Chevron Fold by Deb Valder, Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator:

Birthday for the Cat Lover

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Nine Lives Stamp Set #148703 $20 and matching Cat Punch

It’s fun when your kids want to craft with you – especially when they’re in their 20’s! My son wanted to make a birthday card for his boyfriend and had an idea in mind to use cats. Alec settled on the Balmy Blue colour, the (retired) Stone Embossing Folder and a punched black cat and stamped/punched “orange” tabby cat. Then he added a few balloons and greeting to round out the card. Like, really, it’s adorable, right? Great job, Alec!

A Taste of the Tropics

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Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper #151252 $15.75

I love the floral patterns in the Tropical Oasis DSP pack, and think this pattern with bananas, pineapples, mangoes and more is so much fun! My first thought was, Nutrition Month (March). Hmm…no. Gotta come up with something to use anytime. So I took the patterned layer and cut it into 3 equal parts and flipped the one in the middle which shows just pineapples in the fitting colour called Pineapple Punch! You almost can’t tell that it’s pineapples, right? I added this scripty Thank you and tied some baker’s twine around the middle and called it a day. It’s bright and cheery, no?