I'm have the happy fortune of being part of a Creating Success training group. This group of ladies (and men!) gets together and swaps cards three times per year - or every time Stampin' Up! releases a new catalog. I'm always so excited to get my swaps back because every single card is artisan quality.
This week, I'm going to share some of those swapped cards with you, starting with one of my favorite sets, Cookie Cutter Halloween.
I've used this set several times in the last few weeks and when I saw this card, I though , "Wow! I would never have thought to make Old Olive the predominant color!" I just love it. The green is just awesome. and I love the little rhinestone in her bow, too. Very girly!
Tamara used some nice subtle shading on her scarecrow. The torn Petals and Paisleys designer series paper adds to that rustic feel, as does the little linen thread around his neck. I see that he's no better at keeping the crows away than our scarecrow ever did!
I can hardly wait to show you what cards I've chosen for tomorrow!
I spent all day Sunday in my craft studio designing Christmas cards. One set is for an advanced watercolor technique class for Tuesday night and the other is a free tutorial using the Holly Jolly Layers Stamp Set. (Stay tuned for more info on that tutorial, soon!) I really wanted to do an emboss resist watercolor card that said "NOEL". I had the design in my head - it was perfect. I grabbed my Letters For You Stamp Set off the shelf for the very first time. I was super excited, and when I opened it, I stared at it for a minute, then thought, "That's strange. How do you make 'NOEL' without an "E"? And then it dawned on me...the whole first half of my alphabet was missing!!! It was time to call in my reinforcements.
No, not Sherlock and Watson - The Hubs! Yes, he confirmed, exactly 1/2 of my letters were missing. No, I'd never used the set before. Yes, I'd used the framelits, but never the stamps. I wasn't sure if we were getting anywhere, but I was starting to feel like my NOEL was never going to happen. Not to mention this was not an inexpensive stamp set to begin with!
It was time to call in the BIG GUNS! First thing this morning, I called Stampin' Up!'s awesome demo support team and explained my situation. I was expecting them to tell me that since I'd ordered these in June, there wasn't anything they could do to help me. But after a quick moment on hold, they are shipping me a BRAND NEW, COMPLETE Letters for You Stamp Set. Just like that. No begging; no pleading; no tears; no stress. By the time we hung up, I'd gotten a order confirmation in my inbox.
It is such a good feeling to know you work with people who truly believe in and act according to the Stampin' Up! Statement of the Heart:
"To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference."
***OK, I really did have the "L", but it was such a catchy title, I couldn't resist! (I was missing letters A-K).
I'm so excited! The Hubs and I are going to visit the Lad tomorrow! Last year, he came home about every other weekend. I spent a lot of time driving the 2.5 hours back and forth to Charlotte. This year, he has an internship and works on campus, so he isn't coming as often. So, we'll go make a day out of it. If the weather's good (as in, not too hot or humid) we'll walk around the Botanical Garden on campus. Of course, there will be lunch/dinner out and a trip to the grocery store fill up his fridge and pantry. And, if I'm very good, the Hubs has promised we can go to IKEA, too!
We never visit empty handed. He has 3 roommates this year. I made these cute miniature coffee cups using the Halloween Night Designer Series Paper and my favorite vampire from the Cookie Cutter Halloween Stamp Set. I'm going to fill them up with candy corn to share with the guys. Shhhh...it's a surprise! I'd put chocolates, but since it's still 90F, I don't want them to melt in the car!
I hope you have a lovely weekend.
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Have you seen what the special offers are this week?
I was pretty shocked when I saw these this morning. Project Life makes photo organizing and memory keeping a SNAP! All you need is a box of cards, the accessory pack, some pocket page protectors, and a journal. No more worries about losing your phone and all your photos. They're all in one place, preserved for everyone to see. What a wonderful living heirloom for your family!
Not into memory keeping? I love to use Project Life cards to make cards!!! The preprinted designs make card making quick, simple, and WOW! Are the gorgeous!
Not convinced??? Check out these LOVELY Project Life decor items, from Joyce Fowler, a member of Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Design Team 2015–2016:
Needs some more idea? Contact me to set up a private workshop on using Stampin' Up!'s Project Life cards and accessories with your family and friends. I'd love to show you how to incorporate these beautiful cards into your crafting repertoire.
Paisleys...they're everywhere! When my sister and I were in high school, paisleys were all the rage! Paisley shirts...paisley jeans...we had it all. My mom just laughed and said that paisleys were popular when she was in school, too. Well, guess what? They're back!
The Petals and Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper is perfect for later summer and fall cards. I love the regal, deep colors of the Night of Navy and Rich Razzleberry, with the bright crispness of the Mint Macaron keeping it from becoming too somber. This particular pattern is quite bold, so I kept the design simple, letting the paper speak for itself.
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