Banner Blessings | Stampin’ Up!

Banner Blessings | Stampin’ Up!

How often do you send a card to your church family and friends? I have to sadly admit that sending cards lately has been WAY off my radar.  

Yes, I’ve been making them like a mad woman but they are sitting in a very cute box near my desk.  They are aching to be sent.  We all know this is not how it’s supposed to be.  The truth is there is no excuse.  I can’t even blame it on time.  We all know it takes time to make a card and less time to put an address and stamp on it.  

I took this to heart this week and I’m sending cards.  I’ll be sending lots of them.  In fact, I have a list of different groups of people I’m sending them too.  From customer friends (they are all friends btw), church friends, family friends, best friends… you get the point.  It’s time to send some CARDS!

Banner Blessings stamp set, Stampin' Up!
I’m super excited to send out these cards using the Banner Blessing stamp set to all of my Bible Study participants.  We have ONE week left of this 9 week study.  These ladies are pretty BRAVE.  Taking time to do a bible study is never easy. I’m so thankful and grateful they have stuck with it.  

Banner Blessings stamp set, Stampin' Up!
To create this card I used Stampin’ Up! notecards.  I love the size, 3 1/2 x 5.  

I stamped the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Sahara Sand ink first.  Then I spritzed my doilies using two different inks.  Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding.  I added A LOT of re-inker.  I still have shimmer paint on hand so I also added that to my shimmer bottles to spray.  The doilies are torn randomly. I love how they look a little tattered.  Each card is different.  

The greeting was stamped in Coastal Cabana or Strawberry Slush and then die cut using the Chalk Talk Framelit Dies.  

Banner Blessings stamp set, Stampin' Up!
The strip of DSP is from the Best Year Ever Sale-a-Bration paper and lastly a button was added from the Sweet Dreams Designer Buttons.  

Banner Blessings stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Banner Blessings is a fantastic stamp set to use for quick notes like the ones above.  I encourage you today to look around your desk and find some cards to send out today.  Truly… it’s how we make a difference in the lives of others. It’s loving on someone through the mail.  What a GREAT way to make someone smile.  

Housekeeping Issues….

No, we are NOT cleaning house… but I do have some important things you should know.  

First, be aware that our Blendabilities are currently on backorder for an extended time period.  Stampin’ Up! recognized a quality issue.  While this is a BIG FAT BUMMER, I’m extremely grateful they are looking into these issues.  The big question is how long will this last? As of right now they are unsure but I will keep you posted as more news comes available.

 I realize this is a bigger bummer for those looking to use them for Sale-a-Bration rewards.  

I have another solution that might get you a bit excited.  

Stampin’ Up! brought out 4 NEW Sale-a-Bration products.  They are OH SO CA-UTE!!  Check them out…

Banner Blessings stamp set, Stampin' Up! Banner Blessings stamp set, Stampin' Up! Banner Blessings stamp set, Stampin' Up! Banner Blessings stamp set, Stampin' Up!The paper you see above is actually VELLUM.  You can color with your markers or use just as it is.  I’m thinking these would be GREAT for Project Life card inserts.  WOWSA.  

To receive these rewards above just spend $50 and you can pick one.  For every $50 you get a FREE choice of Sale-a-Bration items.  I’m loving it.  Check out my Online Store for more great products.  You can see all the supplies I used for the cards above below.  

Make sure you have signed up for my Newsletter. You can do so on the right sidebar.  I’ll be sending one late Wednesday filled with new project ideas.  This is only for Newsletter Subscribers so don’t miss OUT! 

Oh, I can’t forget to share this with you…. It’s been awhile since my Prince picked up his darling daughter.  I mean PHYSICALLY picked her up.  Now, keep in mind I had to snap the picture QUICK so it’s not the best but kinda made me cry. First, he is using his RIGHT arm to hold her up.  That’s huge!  Second, if you look closely to his right bicep you can see a bit of muscle.  Russ and I kinda giggle over his itty bitty muscle but the reality is it’s getting bigger.  His hard work is showing.  We thank you for your continued prayers.  XOXO

… and the big girl in the picture just needs to STOP growing.  That is ALL.  
Have a FATABULOUS day.  

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Is Chalkboard Still Trendy?

Is Chalkboard Still Trendy?

If you follow Pinterest at all, I think it’s safe to say that chalkboard is still around and going strong.  

In fact I’ve only seen a rise in chalkboard products!  What’s even more exciting is the Chalkboard Paper that Stampin’ Up! carries in the Spring Occasions Catalog.  

The Chalkboard Paper comes in 6 x 12 sheets and 10 per package.

Best Day Ever stamp set, Stampin' Up!

There are so many great projects you can do with this Chalkboard Paper.  The card above used  a very small piece of Chalkboard Paper and I die cut a small banner.  I love how the Best Day Ever stamp set fit perfectly on my banner.  

Create It!
There are a couple of different inks you could use for this project and achieve a few different looks.  I used one of my all time favorite inks Whisper White Craft Ink.  Craft ink is a pigment ink which means it takes a little time to dry.  This can be great if you want to emboss.  Since the ink dries slow you can put embossing powder over the ink and heat.  My favorite part of Craft Ink is the beautiful way it dries.  It has a soft finish which I love.  
If you are low on patience (just speaking for myself) then take your heat tool and this will make that 

Best Day Ever stamp set, Stampin' Up!
As you can see above, the Whisper White Ink left a nice muted tone from the stamped image.  
Another ink choice you can  use is the Color Box Chalk Inks.  These dry quickly, give a soft look but still bright.  Stampin’ Up! has three colors available.  

A couple things to note when using these inks:

I highly recommend having the re-inker on hand as the pads can dry out faster.  
If you are using photopolymer stamps, be advised they will stain your stamps.  

Chalk Inks, Colorbox Chalk Inks, Stampin' Up!

What is your favorite ColorBox Chalk Color? Can you guess mine? 

I used the Best Day Ever stamp set which is a favorite of mine from the  Sale-a-Bration selection. I love those little triangles and they are perfect to create a fun background.  

The tiny flower and doily come from the Artisan Embellishment Kit.  Great kit if you love to embellish your projects with pretties.  This kit has tons of great trinkets in it.  

The last little detail… 
See the gold twine wrapped with the Cotton Soft Sky Twine? Simply separate your Gold Bakers Twine and gently wrap it along with the Soft Sky Twine. 

Best Day Ever stamp set, Stampin' Up!


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Crafting Overdose!

Crafting Overdose!

For real!  You cannot go wrong with a crafting overdose.  Last week I was a creating machine getting a few classes together and prepping for a crop at the beach.  It felt like a crafting high and I’m not finished.  I have so many ideas floating in my tiny little brain but my hands cannot make them fast enough nor do my people in this house understand my urgency.  They say things like, “I’m hungry, I have no underwear, I need a ride….”  These dear beautiful people.  <grin> 

One of my favorite creations I had to share with you uses the Lovely Amazing You stamp set that was released about 2 weeks ago.  This is a photopolymer stamp set and it’s adorable.  

Lovely Amazing You, Stampin' Up!

I love the feather in this stamp set and the handwritten greetings make it the best.  I also used a stamp set that has not seen ink AT ALL.  I was happy to finally use it- What’s Your Type stamp set is great to make backgrounds in all types of ways.  This is a great set to unleash your creativity.  

I didn’t get overly creative with this card.  Just a simple Pool Party and Pink Pirouette inks and a few triangles.  You can see I placed Cardstock Vellum over the stamped images and this gives a softer look. 

I went a little crazy and punched a triangle over the stamped one.  Do you see it? Small details make me happy.  I love how the stamped greeting fits perfectly inside the Chalk Talk framelit too.  

The next steps are easy.  Just adding layers with Ribbon,  Heart Boarder Punch, a button and pearl from the Artisan Embellishment Kit finish off the card.  

Time to get back to work.  My bags are 1/2 unpacked from the crop.  The laundry is still piled high and the people need food. 

Don’t forget Sale-a-Bration rewards.  There are great products available for $50 and you will DEFINITELY want to make sure you come back on March 1st to see an even SWEETER deal for Sale-a-Bration.  <clapping my hands with excitement>

Are you a Paper Pumpkin subscriber? If not, this little sweetness in the mail is just amazing.  I’ve seen upcoming kits to be released and I can’t tell you how pleased I am.  Stampin’ Up! is doing an outstanding job with this monthly kit.  The stamp sets are fantastic. Purchase a 3 month Subscription you can get a FREE Sale-a-Bration set.  Click HERE to join My Paper Pumpkin.  Give it a whirl and see what you think.  Each month my subscribers get TONS of project ideas straight to their inbox.  

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Scrapbook Crop Bound

Scrapbook Crop Bound

Oh boy! Oh boy! I’m headed for a scrapbook crop weekend and I couldn’t be more excited.  

Why, you might ask? 

I get to meet new friends!  I have found from past experience a crop is filled with friendship.  It’s always great to be in the company of like minded people and this is definitely the place.  

My bags are packed to the gills.  I’m teaching 3 classes this weekend and doing a make n take at another crop.  How exciting???? 

The best part about these crops is they are on the gulf coast.  You can look out and see the beautiful white sandy beaches.  

Scrapbooking (or crafting) + beach = Bliss!  

Before I head out I wanted to share a project.  I truly have been on a creative high the last few weeks.  Feels so good.  I know God has His hands on the steering wheel of the direction I’m heading.  I’m starting to step out into new things which can be scary at times but exhilarating all the same.  

Ray of Sunshine stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Sitting on my desk I have a basket of “dud” materials.  Basically it’s stamped images or die cut things that didn’t make a cut on a card but can be used at a later time.  This card was created from the duds.  Just a piece of this and that t
hrown together.  

A stamp set I have not used enough is Ray of Sunshine. Take a look at this stamp set.  It’s a GREAT piece.  I love the greetings as well as the images.  I paired this stamp set with the Kinda Eclectic set which was perfection for me.  I love the sunburst and then adding the face for the sun in Gold Embossing powder was icing on the cake.  

Ray of Sunshine stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Since I used the Hello thinlit from the Hello You Thinlits Dies, I decided to just use a piece of the sentiment from an image in Ray of Sunshine.  

Before I leave…. a couple reminders…..

Stamps in the Mail Registration
Although many miles separate us, I would love to stamp with YOU.  You can stamp with me, in your PJ’s and the comfort of your home with Stamps in the Mail.  See all the details HERE.  I would love for you to join me.  It’s going to be a GREAT round.  


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Just Flip It!

Just Flip It!

The best ideas I have seem to come after 10pm at night.  I’m not sure why or that it could possibly be the loads of coffee over stimulating my brain… but anytime after 10pm the creative light bulb goes OFF! 

Tonight was no different.  Only it’s after midnight.  Sigh… 

I’m going to hurt tomorrow but I had an idea and I ran with it.  The best part is my project took a whopping 5 minutes to create.  This doesn’t happen often.  

So what’s the bright idea? Just flip it!

Hello There stamp set, Best Day Ever Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!
We all know that Gold is hot and trendy and Stampin’ Up! has FINE products that help us in the gold department.  In fact one of my favorites is the Gold Fancy Designer Vellum Foil.  Tonights project I didn’t want to add gold but I loved the way the backside of that Vellum Foil looked with the stripes.  So I flipped it.  

Now you may or may not being doing a little flippity dance but I was.  I loved how it looked so I went with it.  Oh I love it when this happens.  Creativity = Freedom.  You can totally do what you want.  WOOT!

Hello There stamp set, Best Day Ever Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!
Again, this card went together FAST.  If you look close enough I bet the ink is not even dry on that card.  I used the Chalkboard Paper (Ummm… hello… yum!) and stamped the Hello There greeting using Whisper White Craft Ink.  When this does dry it will be a beautiful muted white.  

I wanted to add a little more to the greeting so I stamped a few geometrical images from the Best Day Ever stamp set.  AWESOME set from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  

The little pom pom ribbon was a perfect dash of color.  Coastal Cabana and Calypso Coral are a perfect pair when it comes to color.  

Hello There stamp set, Best Day Ever Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!
I encourage you to just FLIP IT and see what you can do with the beautiful Fancy Designer Vellum Foil.  It’s just another way to use it and we gotta love that.  When you can get more than one way to use a product I call that a Yippie Skippie moment.  

If you love these products then take a look at the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  $50 in product and you can receive a FREE Sale-a-Bration item.  Remember, our core Blendabilities are part of the FREE selection.  It’s a perfect time to try our Alcohol Inks.  

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