The new Beauty Abounds Bundle is stunning. The 13-piece Cling stamp set combines both pretty images AND pretty sentiments using the trendy mixed font design.
The show-stopper, however, is the 20(!) piece Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies set. There are two main thinlits that feature a kaleidoscope or swarm of five butterflies. They were designed to be layered, and there’s a multitude of ways to layer. You can even snip them apart.
Included are also smaller, single butterflies in multiples. Love this! Cutting multiples of the same die cut simultaneously means fewer passes through the Big Shot.
I’m happy to share that I’m thrilled with this beautiful set, and I’m thrilled with the projects that I created using this bundle.
The bold, vibrant colors create a smashing background for the butterfly beauties. I love each color scheme I attempted, even the one (and I won’t reveal which) I didn’t care for as I was creating. I was ready to chuck it early on, but I persevered and wound up with a keeper.
I’ve created a PDF Tutorial to walk you through the techniques to make the bold, colorful background. Click here to learn more.
I bought the Stampin’ Up Envelope Punch Board when it was first introduced several years ago. I immediately fell for the persuasive talks and project samples. Once it arrived on my door step, it was quickly shelved in my craft room.
Perhaps I’ve blown off the dust a couple of times over the years, but I’ve never given it a genuine chance to bring me joy. All the numbers on the board intimidate me.
I finally got the inspiration I needed to start scoring, punching and rotating my way to a joyful project. I saw a pretty fancy fold card featuring the Forever Lovely and Lovely Flowers Edgelits Dies at the Stampin’ Up! convention in Orlando.
I determined to nix the fancy fold and put the Envelope Punch Board to work to create an envelope pocket card for Valentines Day. I wish I had mustered my courage sooner, because the chart is actually easy to follow. Creating the envelope is just as easy. Align. Punch. Score. Rotate. Repeat.
Click to see for yourself.
The Envelope Punch Board is an awesome tool! I chose to make an envelope to fit a 3.5″ x 5″ card. Conveniently, the finished envelope and insert slip into a standard medium envelope for mailing.
All My Love Suite
For Valentines Day and beyond, the All My Love Suite is perfect. The photopolymer stamp set Forever Lovely includes two-step stamps to create a floral spray that can be border cut with the coordinating dies, Lovely Flowers. Fluttering hearts and beautiful sentiments in complementary script and serif fonts complete the 13-piece stamp set.
Happy New Year! I hope your New Year is off to a great start! Mine is since I’m here with my first post of the year about THE best promotion Stampin’ Up! offers each year.
Personally, I think the New Year really kicks off on January 3rd when the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration start. That’s today! It’s already the third day of the year.
The new Occasions Catalog and all its pretty new stamps and tools is finally available, and it’s blooming with everything you need for your Spring occasions and holidays from Valentine’s to Father’s Day.
Right beside the new Occasions Catalog is the Sale-a-Bration Catalog. The most popular promotion of the year, Sale-A-Bration gives you bonus rewards whether you shop, host, or join.
SHOP – Choose exclusive reward stamp sets or other items with each purchase of $50. Earn even bigger rewards when you spend $100. Shop in person with me, On-Line, or during a club or class. Each $50 increment earns you a new reward.
HOST – Earn $25 EXTRA Stampin’ Rewards with party sales of $250. This is the perfect time to gather friends to relax, craft and shop. My house or yours.
Don’t want to host? See my tempting Hostess Rewards offer below.
JOIN – Choose $175 in Stampin’ Up! products for only $99! New this year – ask me how you can earn our exclusive Craft & Carry Tote! If you’ve EVER considered joining Stampin’ Up! to get a discount on your supplies or earn money, Sale-A-Bration is the BEST time to sign on.
$20 Hostess Rewards
After you shop the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs, you will have a big Wish List. I’m here to help with an appetizing offer that rewards you with $20 in Hostess Rewards with just a $100 order. Contact me for details.
AnaMarie’s $20 Hostess Rewards Picks
If you’re ready to shop, click here. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to earn $20 in Hostess Rewards with just a $100 order. Offer ends January 17, 2019.
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It’s the return of the adorable stamp set with no coordinating framelits, So Santa, for another Silly Christmas Card with So Santa and Stampin’ Blends. Today I present a silly surfer Santa in a multi-purpose Christmas card and gift card holder in one.
Yes, you can create special cards without fancy image-cutting framelits and thinlets. Surfer Santa was colored with an easy watercolor technique and cropped using one of my favorite crafting tools, Stitched Shapes Framelits, to make a delightful beachy card front. No silhouette-cutting required.
To created the card front, Surfer Santa was stamped with the help of the amazing positioning tool, the Stamparatus. First Santa was stamped using Gray Granite followed with another inking in VersaMark. This process prepared the image for Clear Embossing Powder, which was heat set. The heat embossing technique helps keep the watercoloring from creeping into unwanted areas.
So Santa and his surfboard were colored using Stampin’ Blends, while the sand and sky were colored using an Aqua Painter dipped in Pool Party ink.
For cutting and scoring instructions to create the gift card holder, click here.
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Holy smoke! Is it really December? Only 21 days ’til Christmas.
Today we’re exploring the wonderful world of stamping with a stamp set sans coordinating framelits.
Be honest. As you study the pages of stunning projects in a Stampin’ Up! catalog, do you flip right past stamps that don’t have coordinating framelits or thinlets?
Shame, shame. I hope not, but I know many stampers do. It’s a pity because one of the most adorable sets in the holiday catalog falls into that category. So Santa is a set of 10 stamps with three silly Santa caricatures and the perfect punny sentiments to complete fun Christmas cards. It even includes a couple of accent stamps.
There are so many ways to steer your designs; you won’t even miss silhouette-cutting the images. No coordinating framelits are needed.
Today in Part 1, I’m showing a bright Christmas red card with a hint of tartan plaid to prop jolly Santa as he delivers toys on his fuel efficient motor scooter. I’m calling it the Silly Christmas Card with So Santa and Stampin’ Blends.
Santa has been stamped using a Memento ink pad and cropped using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. To color this and the other two Santa images, Stampin’ Blends are the best. Hands. Down. Even the beginning stamper can produce a piece of art.
Here’s What I Used to Make a Silly Christmas Card with So Santa and Stampin’ Blends
I’m no farmer, and I won’t be harvesting any crops this year, but I’ll still celebrate Thanksgiving this November 22. No matter how big or small the feast, no matter how many friends and family gather, turkey or no turkey — gratitude and blessings are the order of the day.
Since the gatherings seem to be shrinking in my household every year, sending hand-crafted greetings seems apropos. It’s a great way to tell someone they’re in my thoughts despite their absence at the table.
Stampin’ Up!’s Country Home 14-piece stamp set has all the trendy farmhouse elements and sweet sentiments one needs to create kind greeting cards or photo album pages. Pair it with the rich fall colors and designs of the Country Lane Designer Series Paper and create away. I used this card to jump start my creativity.
Here’s What I Did to Make a Happy Harvest Blessings Card
Create a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″ Mint Macaron card base using the Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score. Cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to 5 x 3 /3/4″. Ink the raised side of the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder with the Crumb Cake Ink Pad and emboss the card stock using the Big Shot. Adhere to the card base using Multi-Purpose Glue.
Trim a 1 x 5″ piece of the Early Espresso wood print DSP and a 2 x 4″ piece of the Mint Macaron/Whisper White cotton DSP. Adhere to the card base with Multi-Purpose Glue.
Using the Black Memento Pad stamp the cotton floral and pitcher images on a 2 3/4 x 4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. Crop using the second largest of the ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and the Big Shot. Add color using the Light Crumb Cake, Light Blackberry Bliss, Light Pool Party and Light Blackberry Bliss Stampin’ Blends. Adhere using Multi-Purpose Glue.
Stamp the pitcher on Galvanized Metallic Paper. Hand-snip the pitcher without the handle and adhere using a Stampin’ Dimensional.
Stamp the sentiment on to a piece of Mint Macaron in Early Espresso ink. Trim and adhere using one Stampin’ Dimensional on the right and Multi-Purpose Glue on the left.
Embellish with a small bow tied using 3/16″ Braided Linen Thread.
Here’s What I Used to Make a Happy Harvest Blessings Card
With Christmas less than 11 weeks away, the countdown to the happiest time of the year is on! If you were hoping to send special hand-crafted cards this year, I have the perfect offer for you today. Sign up to create 16 traditional style Christmas cards with me on Saturday, Oct 27, from 11 am to 2 pm. You’ll have your beautiful cards ready before Halloween arrives.
Your friends and family will be thrilled with your keepsake hand-made cards. Each of these simply elegant cards feature some of my favorite new stamps and tools from Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalog. All have been designed in traditional colors, include the perfect sentiments, and the right embellishments to make each one a mail-able holiday greeting card.
The class includes materials to make four each of four designs, plus envelopes. Everything will be prepped and ready for you to enjoy stamping and assembling your cards. Adhesive is not included in the class fee, but is available to pre-order or purchase the day of class.
RSVP and prepayment by Monday, Oct. 15, is a must. Your materials will be ordered and prepared just for you. Email me for the registration link at email@example.com today to reserve your spot.
Come October first, it’s officially Bring on the Candy Season for me. Of course, I like to share the sugar and treats as small gifts for loved ones all through the month. Look at the adorable Halloween Takeout Treat Box I created to present the treats to my canine, feline and human pals. The witchy pooch and mummy kitty warm my heart and make me smile.
Stampin’ Up!’s Trick or Tweet, Spooky Sweets and Takeout Thinlits Dies helped create the take away boxes super easily.
One of the sentiments, along with the spooky bats that can be quickly cropped with the set’s coordinating Spooky Bats Punch, was borrowed from Spooky Sweets. For another Just Stamp project using Stampin’ Up!’s Trick or Tweet stamp set, click here.
Here’s What I Did to Make the Halloween Takeout Treat Boxes
Using the Big Shot, die cut two box thinlits in Pumpkin Pie and Gorgeous Grape. As the Big Shot cuts, it also creates the score lines needed to construct the box. Apply Tear & Tape Adhesive on one base and along the tabs to assemble.
Stamp the characters with Memento Black on Whisper White cardstock. To create the circle bursts — the hat point and tail curve that burst out of the circle — hand snip only around the edges. Slip the 1 5/8″ circle thinlit from the Layering Circles Framelits under the snipped image area before cranking through the Big Shot. Add color using Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.
Punch Crushed Curry and Gorgeous Grape circles using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch. Adhere beneath the stamped images, then adhere to box.
Stamp sentiments on Basic Black(VersaMark Pad) and Granny Apple Green(Memento Pad). Use Whisper White Embossing Powder. Crop to size and adhere.
Stamp trio of bats on Whisper White and crop with the Spooky Bats Punch. Adhere using a Mini Stampin’ Dimensional.
Add the finishing touch: a 12″ ribbon of 3/8″ Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon
Voilá! Now that we have made an adorable treat box to gift four- and two-legged pals, I must confess that I feel somewhat of an enabler. My health conscious son lectures me on the evils of sugar that is temptingly packaged as cookies, chocolates, candy … Now, we have gone yet a step further to package the already temptingly packaged sweets into adorable takeout boxes. Do I feel guilty? Not enough to stop the practice!
How ’bout you? Leave a comment if you love gifting treats in cute packaging too.
Here’s What I Used to Make Halloween Takeout Treat Boxes