Happy Valentine's Day! Today, I'm celebrating philia, or the love between friends. I have some very special friends in my life who've been there for me in times of happiness and sorrow and who've held me up when I wasn't able to see my way out of the darkness.
Surprisingly, I wouldn't have met any of these friends if it hadn't been for our mutual passion for crafting and making the world a more loving and beautiful place. You see, these amazing wonderful women were strangers to me beforeStampin' Up! And now, each and everyone of them holds a very special place in my heart.
As I sit here, counting my blessings on this Valentine's morning, I realize just how thankful I am to Stampin' Up! for bringing me these friends when I needed them most. How sad it would have been to go through life not knowing these amazing, strong, compassionate, wild women. And how exceedingly grateful I am for each and every one of them!
As the stamp says...A friend is someone who chooses you...out of a whole world of people.
A quick reminder...
The deadline to register for February's card club is tomorrow (2/15). Click the photo to learn more!
Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Vellum leaves, punched with leaf punch
Layer 2: Petal Pink, 7/8" x 3 4/8"
Layer 3: Whisper White, 3/4" x 3 1/4"
New Sale-a-Bration items are being released tomorrow, 2/15! Which is your favorite?
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
What do you get when you add TWO background stamps to a card? You get WOW textures and fun galore!
Today, I used two of the big background stamps: Burlap and Buffalo Check. I've used them both on their own, but WOW when you use them together, they really pop! I stamped the Burlap stamp in Sahara Sand on Sahara Sand Cardstock to give it a very subtle textured feel. And I wanted a sharp contrast for the Buffalo Check so I chose Night of Navy on Whisper White.
Today's card also uses the Home to Roost Stamp Set, which is FREE with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration. Have you gotten yours yet? Tomorrow, I'm going to show you an easy way to get your own Home to Roost Stamp Set.
Base: Sahara Sand, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Whisper White, 5 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Layer 2: Night of Navy, 5" x 1 1/2", punched with Banner Triple Punch
Layer 3: Night of Navy, 3 1/8" x 2 5/8"
Layer 4: Whisper White, 3" x 2 1/2"
If you find yourself with no plans on Valentine's day, come on over for a Kit Night!
When: Thursday, February 14th at 7 pm | RSVP by later than 2/12
What: Kit Night
Cost: $10 (covers snacks & prizes) if you already have a kit. Need a kit? Order one here by 2/5!)
What to bring: Snips, adhesive, Piercing Mat (if you have one), Shammy or Stampin' Scrub
I'll have adhesives and a few additional kits for purchase if you need some.
There will be plenty of chocolate and prosecco, too! (But please drink, craft, and drive responsibly).
Oh the weather outside is frightful...so let's STAMP! This week's Crafty Saturday turned into Crafty Sunday as I had to take my parents to the airport before snowmageddon hit our areas. They were supposed to leave go to to California for the holidays on Tuesday, but it sure is a good thing they left when they did. We have at least 8" of snow and it's sleeting hard now. I've already had to shovel a path for the dogs. Poor Storm sunk right up to her shoulders as she tried to go out this morning. She was not happy at all!
Today I shared some helpful hints and tips for using the new Cling Stamps, and made a Sweet & Simple Card using the Sale-a-Bration stamp set, “So Hoppy”. Sale-a-Bration items are always free with a $50 (or sometimes $100) purchase. They aren't available until January 3...unless you're a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. Being able to get new products a whole month in advance is just one more reason to join my Stamping Bee Team!
The new Cling Stamps are awesome! Today, I shared some very helpful tips and tricks for using these new stamp sets. Oh...and there was a little stamping, too!
Base: Lemon Lime Twist, 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Layer 1: Basic Gray, 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Layer 2: Lemon Lime Twist, embossed with Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
Layer 3: Basic Gray Scalloped Layering Oval
Layer 4: Lemon Lime Twist Scalloped Layering Oval,
Layer 5: Whisper White, Stitched Shape Oval
Just 5 spots left for the biggest party of the year. My New Year's Stampin' Bingo started 4 years ago with just 3 people. It's grown so big, I had to rent a hall! Due to the holidays, registration ends tomorrow 12/10. Don't miss Fun, Food, Bingo, Prizes, and Stamping!
Space is limited to 25. Register by 12/10.
I love everything about this card. From the no-line watercolor technique to the tone on tone shades of Night of Navy in both the background stamping and the designer series paper. This card is just a beautiful tribute to the holidays.
In keeping with this weeks Spirited Snowmen series, I cased the design, but not the no-line watercoloring technique. I'll attempt that another day!
Want to play along with the CASE-ing Tuesday group?
Makeover the card (pictured above). You can change a lot, a little or make the card just as it is in the catalog. Then post it to the Facebook thread. We can’t wait to see your cards. You can use the following hashtag if you post your card elsewhere on Facebook #CASEingtuesday176.
Base: Gray Granite, 4 1/4" x 11"
Layer 1: Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper, 4" x 5"
Layer 2: Vellum, 5" x 1" (banner cut the ends)
Layer 4: Whisper White, 3 3/4" x 4 3/4"
This Sunday is 2nd Sunday and boy do I have an amazing class for you! It's full of shiny foil and glimmer. Perfect for this season of light
And don't forget - Stampin' Bingo is coming up on 12/30. Registration closes 12/10 for this fun-filled stamping party.
My neighborhood craft fair is this weekend. And before you roll your eyes and think, oh a little tiny craft fair...there are 2500 homes in my neighborhood! It will be great to see neighbors both familiar and new.
I'm putting some last minute touches on things and making sure I'm ready. This morning, I packaged up these cute Signs of Santa elf packets. Each holds a small hand sanitizer - perfect for teachers, bank tellers, grocery clerks, postal workers - anyone who comes in contact with the pubic during cold and flu season will appreciate that you thought of them. As you can see, I've used the Tags and Tidings bundle for the gift tags. I love that one stamp and die made light work of creating 16 tags. I was done in no time flat!
If you're in the area, come by and see me at the Briar Chapel Fall Market, happening from 11-2 in the Clubhouse. Mention my blog and you can pick a free card!
No time to type! I'm busy, busy, busy getting ready for this Craft fair. But, stay tuned for Saturday's Crafty Saturday Facebook Live where I'll show you how to make this hand sanitizer packet, plus a few more gift packaging ideas!
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