Saturday, June 10, 2017

At Home Stamp set and Framelits

Yes I fell down the rabbit hole . . .

At Home Stamp set with matching framelits
Display Stamper cards

oh wait, I didn't get the framelits in my product box for display stamper, 
just the stamp set, so I fussy cut this card!!!
You all know how much I love doing that!  lol

So where have I been?  Just busy with life.
The blog is always the first thing to suffer.  Sorry.
I don't blog to get business, I do this to share the ideas and products.
If I get some orders, yeah!, but that is not my push for this. 
I am not a business driven person.  

When I realized this, I found I was able to enjoy what I do, so much more.
I was going to quit last fall, then after SAB, then in the beginning May.
I had no energy, no brain power, and my house was a disaster.
So I've made an effort to organize everyday and it looks so much better.
I feel better, clutter really depresses me.  I joined a Facebook group, 40 bags in 40 days.
I wasn't able to do much until after Onstage, but it is such a supportive group
and full of so much inspiration, that I feel better about my house.
Now, I realize it took 5 years to get this way due to health issues,
and it won't be better in a week or even a month.  I'm getting there though.
 So now with better health I can get it under control again.

Very good news!!!
I have been doing an exercise program called Essentrics. 
It is by Miranda Esmond White and it's about Reversing Agig. 
She has a book and CDs and an online website.
Yes I'm promoting a business, not being paid to do so though.
This program has changed my life. 

I have been doing this regularly since January. 
May 28 I was going through the program and something gave in my foot
with a pulse of pain.  Remember I popped 2 joints in my right foot when I fell 
15 months ago,and folded the foot against my calf, and there was no hope of repair or healing.

After a few minute I realized the nail gun shooting nails into my foot, level of pain was gone. 
The inner joint on the foot had gone back into place while doing the foot stretch exercises!!!
A week later the joint in the 2nd toe did the same thing.  Both toe joints are back in place!
Take that!!! 4 Doctors who said there was nothing to do for this issue. 
I was told my foot would never be normal again.
I can now walk without that extreme level of  pain.  Whaoo!!

I wont be dancing anytime soon, but I an dancing inside, with every step I can take.
Hoping this healing will give me back my old energy. 
I have been able to do much more around the house!
Thanks for reading to the end. 
Many of you have contacted me to make sure I wasn't sick again. 
I appreciated all the thoughts and prayers you have sent me through this time.
I believe it helped make a difference.

Happy stamping!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Circle Tab Punch and Washi Tape

I used this punch on several projects for my display projects.. 
This sample shows it the best.

A 2 pocket card with tags. 
One of these pockets could hold a gift card too.

 The punched shape is 2 circles with the rectangle base,
it folds in half to create the tab.  It is great for pull up cards and tags.

I think it will be great for protecting fingers from getting inky,
by holding sponges as we did with the old Tab punch, like Tanya Boser shows here.
Just replace the punched shape.

Here are a couple more cards with the new Pick A Pattern Washi Tape.
It is a 5 roll assortment: 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 5/8", 1" widths.

Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, and Basic Black go together so well!
SU is reconfiguring the Pearls and Rhinestones.  The embellishments won't have
the string of stones, just single pearls and rhinestones on the sheets.
We aren't losing them!
This greeting is from a new set, At Home With You, that I received
as part of my products for Display Stamper.  More from that set later.

This card was an aha moment.  I had a scrap laying on the desk
with a bird and branch cut out but not lined up like this.  I realized it was the perfect way
to feature the peekaboo technique for dsp or washi tape! 

Running the Washi Tape at an angle allowed more of it to show through the opening.
Real Red, Whisper White and Black really pop on this card.
The greeting is not crooked on the card.

I got great advice on ho to boost my blog from other bloggers at Onstage. 
I am reviewing my notes and will make a few changes.  Getting a stand
for my camera is number one.  So many of my shots are off kilter.  The new phone
with a good camera is an improvement.  There are other things I am considering.
One day at a time!

More projects to come yet!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Loyal and True Stamp Set

 This is an awesome set to use for cards for the troops. 
Wonderful sentiments and contains 7 images.

For this card I inked the biggest block with 2 colors (Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake) 
stamped on Whisper White for the background technique,
I then sponged the sun in the corner (Pumpkin Pie) .
The images are stamped in Chocolate Chip ink. 
You need a well inked stamp pad to get a good image for the soldier.
Linen Thread, W. White, Crumb Cake, Espresso cardstock.

This collage card showcases more of the images.
I combined Timeless Textures with it, for a grunge look.  The star stamped image
is from Loyal and True stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink, a new In Color. 
The only stamp image I didn't use in the samples was a small heart shape.

This sentiment from the set, is great for an anniversary, birthday or just a thinking of you card,
for family to send to a loved one.  I cut 2 of the sentiment shape one in white and one in black.
I cut the black in half horizontally and lined it up to make the greeting pop.
It features new Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, 5 rolls each a different pattern.
This heart punch is retiring.  There are still the Sweet & Sassy Layering Heart Framelits
with many heart sizes to use!

More later this week!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wood Textures Desigher Series Paper

New product again! 
This is the coolest dsp Stampin' Up! has had in a long time!
It is 2 sided with all but one design being a very similar pattern on each side.

This is the pattern that is 2 sided!  I love the ends of the log in the design.
I sponged with Early Espresso ink around the edges of the base layer,
to add a little depth to the card.
The embellishments are Linen Thread, yay! staying, Thick Baker's Twine,
and the new Touches of Nature Elements.  Wood accents that are natural tone
on one side and whitewash on the other.  I used them all with the natural side showing.

I tried to make all my display projects easy enough to be used as workshop cards. 
They can always be stepped up with another layer before adding the dsp to the base. 

Next post a new stamp set for our armed forces.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lovely Laurel Thinlits - More display Board Projects!

My other projects using the Lovely Laurel Thinlits from the next catalog.

A card with the open window.  The 2 diecuts of  the leaves hold the bottom portion
of the front on the card.  This designer series paper is a 6x6 pack called Wood Textures. 
This sheet design has a pink tint to it.  Perfect with Blushing Bride cardstock.

Of course, leaves such as this, say wreath!  I cut many, many leaves to create the wreath.
I used a circle shape cut from vellum to make it light enough to hang on the display board.
Tagboard would be sufficient to use as a base for home d├ęcor use.
The ribbon is new, 5/8" Crinkled Seam Binding in Berry Burst, a new In Color. 
I gathered 16" pieces to create the 6 flowers.
I wanted to iron this so bad, I'm not a fan of the wrinkled look. 
I didn't, or it wouldn't have been a good representation of the product for the display board.

The leaves are cut from Tranquil Tide a new In Color
that looks either green or blue tinged, depending what colors it is paired with.

The butterfly is 2 diecut layers of Powder Pink another new In Color
and sponged with Berry Burst ink.  Yes the butterfly diecuts are staying!

I caught a flu bug.  I really hate my immune system.  It's not doing it's job!  lol
Thankfully it didn't last more than 2 days.  It did put me behind in my promise to myself
to be more on track.  I have card classes this next week so I need to get moving
and get projects prepped.  I didn't want to do it feeling yucky and cover stuff with germs. 
I do not want my customers sick!  I also had no strength to do much of anything. 

More display stamper projects coming in the next week!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Cake Topper - Lovely Laurel Thinlits

I struggled with this product in my display stamper box.
It came in a bubble envelope with no paper work. 
I wasn't sure how to put it together, it has slots and stuff. 

It's really cool and makes a fantastic pop up card.
Which I saw the how-tos at Onstage, and will share that pop up card soon.

I found inspiration when looking at cakes, my secret pleasure,
I just love to look at wedding cake pictures. 
I realized these would make a great cake topper idea.

So for that 25th Anniversary . . .

Close up view.
The banner and leaves are all part of the thinlits set.

and also the 50th wedding anniversary!

I used the Large Number Framelits for the years.

Large Numbers Framelits Dies
#140622 $31.00


The retiring list is out.  Click here to see the deals.

Please use hostess code HBH4QCG3 for orders less than $50.00.
I'll send you a fun thank you gift!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Glossy Cardstock will be back!

Long post, lots of pictures!
I'm saying up front, my ideas overall are simple and basic. 
I used to do so much over the top stuff but found my customers didn't have time
to make these, with me or on their own.  So I have gone to doing mostly quick and cute,
(Emphasis on the cute!) for most of my projects.  Easier to prep for one thing! 
I have several new customers that can easily make the cards and love the finished projects!
New stampers were usually overwhelmed by my past classes.


Starting with the new catalog in June you will be able to purchase Glossy Cardstock again!
Yeah!  I love techniques with Glossy cardstock!

I created an assortment of tags for my display board,
to feature techniques that work with glossy paper. 

The Bubble Wrap Background is created by inking a sheet of bubble wrap
larger than your cardstock piece, with 2-3 ink colors then pressing it to the glossy cardstock. 
The colors really pop on the glossy cardstock!
Inks: Soft Sky, Pool Party, and Dapper Denim
I work lightest to darkest when inking most anything.
Great technique for beginner stampers!


I omitted the metallic reinker in the directions.  After inking the piece of Glossy cardstock,
I cut the heart from Bloomin' Heart thinlits. 
Then cut the butterfly from the Bold Butterfly framelits, from the heart shape.

Saran wrap Background - so easy, great for beginners!
Wad up a section of saran wrap.
Ink it up on the stamp pad.
Stamp lightly on your glossy paper.

Close up view of the textured look of the saran wrap stamping.

Versamark Resist and a new stamp set!
Loyal and True - 7 piece - Armed Forces stamp set
I combined 2 techniques here.  Versamark Resist and Baby Wipes
I stamped the soldier in Versamark, heat set the image with the heat gun. 
Then using baby wipes folded over several times, I dotted the edge, with reinkers
in Real Red and Pacific Point.
I dragged the baby wipe over the Glossy Cardstock to create the waves.
I stamped the stars in Pacific Point and heat embossed the greeting in Silver.

Another new product!
Circle Tab Punch - It punches 2 joined circles with rectangle bases
that fold in half to create the tab.

Versamark Resist on this item also.

A pull up pocket card.  I cased the idea from Paper Pumpkin!

Available starting in June!
New! Glossy Cardstock
8-1/2" x 11"
Glossy finish on one side, matte
finish on the other. Lignin free.
24 sheets

March Stamp Buffet Cards

While you wait for us to be able to share new card samples.  . . .  
Yes, we need to wait until 2:00pm somewhere today. 
We are doing this so all demos attending events around the world
will not have the surprise at Onstage taken away.

I cans share last month's Stamp Buffet cards with you!
All of these were cased or inspired from Pinterest finds.
It was a very busy month!
I'm sharing who inspired me, if I have the original.

The Easter Cards
Sandi McIver created a card with a SAB set last year,
that I used for inspiration for the set - Little Cuties.

Wendy Lee created a card that grabbed my attention so fast, I didn't alter it. 
Well I can't stamp straight like her, but otherwise!

 I just bought this set and love the greeting in it.
I had this pack of this paper that wasn't even touched!
So much in my stamp space!

Love, love, love, this SAB set.
The little bird is from Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies
Melissa Davies rubberfanatics.blogspot,com

 Love the designer paper that coordinates with the Nailed It set.
This was an easy card, using the hexagon in the framelits to cut out the pieces.
Not sure if I cased this or altered it a lot! 
It was the last card kit I put together, and it was late that night!
So it may be a combinations of ideas I looked at.
If it is your card idea, my gals loved it!  Easy and masculine.

I altered this card, the doily, greeting, and I did not have the leaf die she used.

 This card I cased from a swap card, created by my friend Carolee.

My customers loved this card!  Each one looked different as they made them. 
All the inking is done inside the folder, then embossed onto the cardstock!
Melissa Banbury

This was an inspired by card!  Love this set.


Below are some of the products I used.
If you ever have questions on what I post, please email or call me.
My info is in the header at the top of the blog.
If you'd like to order any of these products,my shopping cart is at the top right side. 
I'd love to help you create cards for the ones you love!

Little Cuties Photopolymer Stamp Set
#142990  $17.00
Birds & Blooms Thinlits Dies
#141477   $27.00

Build It Framelits Dies
#143230  $27.00

Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies
#142749  $31.00

Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
#139673  $8.50   6" x 6"
The Wilderness Awaits Clear-Mount Stamp Set
#139365 $18.0

Mediterranean Moments
Wood Mount #143188 $28.00
Clear-Mount Stamp Set   #143191  $20.00 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Onstage was this weekend!

Well, what a long break, bet you thought that virus I had, won the battle. 
I beat it off, but got so very far behind, and then had an amazing offer that took a lot of time,
energy, and creativity,  I needed to step away from blogging for the past few months. 
Thank you for the cards and emails sharing your thoughts for my well being, 
all the positive energy you sent me to get better, did the trick!
  I hope none of you got that Respiratory Virus, it was pure evil.  Took the fight right out of me. 
I had it for 6 weeks, then a break, and again for a few more weeks.  bleh  That's enough
of being sick, injured feet, or any more surgeries.  What a year of medical bleh, it's been! 

I am ready for amazing things to happen, and they are!
This past weekend was Stampin' Up's Onstage! 
I attended the Minnesota Onstage Local Event with wonderful friends, old and new!
This is Carla, me, and Joyce!
 All right, the gal who took our photo was comfy in a chair
and we didn't make her get up.  So we look a little off kilter. 
Well maybe we three are a little off kilter.  lol
Two of the funniest, and fun to hang out with, ladies I met online, and in person at Onstage.

Though, they made me feel like the jolly green giant.

Beth, from their group, and I, won a NEW greeting set as part of Prize Patrol!
Coming home with new, free, stamp sets, is so great,
AND the new catalog!

One of the other amazing things that happened was I was chosen
to create display projects for the Onstage Event.

I received a box of product from Stampin' Up!,
several months ago, and kept it a secret!, for the catalog that starts in June. 
I created close to 30 projects to feature the items I was given to work with. 

I had to sign a confidentiality agreement.
I can't share until tomorrow!

Til then . . . .
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