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  • Coffee and Cards,  Coloring,  Fancy Fold

    You are Wonderful – Slimline, Rooted in Nature.

    You are Wonderful Slimline. I love how the “You are Wonderful (Slimline)” sentiment fits inside the big tree die. Grab your Stampin’ Blends out to color your leaves. The Plaid Tidings DSP helped me pick with colors to use. The brisk weather the last couple days is getting me ready for the fall cards. How about you?? I shared how to create this card on a Facebook live here. All that you need for this one is the Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature’s Roots dies and cardstock to match your plaid that you picked. The twine and ribbon combo is one of my favorites. Wrap your Linen Thread around…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Coloring,  YouTube video

    Stampin’ Write vs Stampin’ Blends

    Stampin’ Write vs Stampin’ Blends markers… I would like to take a second to talk you through the different marker types that Stampin’ Up! offer… Starting with Stampin’ Write markers. These are a water based marker just like our ink pads. You can use them on your stamps to “color” an image or choose a water to highlight. Next is the Stampin’ Blends. They are an alcohol based marker. Quick to dry, easy to use to color a pearl and wonderful to color an already stamped image. Which would you choose Stampin’ Write vs Stampin’ Blends?? Water based sample… For both the Stampin’ Write AND Stampin’ Blends I choose the…

  • Coloring,  Love it, Chop it,  Stampin Up News/Deals,  Technique

    Demonstrator Training

    I was honored by our Regional Manager last week. Thank you Shannon! Did you know that Stampin’ Up! does training?? You bet!! I was honored last week when I got a call from Shannon West. She is the Great Lakes Regional Manager for Stampin’ Up!. She contacted me because she was hoping that I would help her with some training. You know that I said, yes!! What was the training?? Stampin’ Blends … Yes, I know easy, right?? Now, to figure out what to do. I did play with a few different things, backgrounds, flowers, vellum and DSP. While speaking with Shannon again.. she fell in love with the DSP!…

  • Coffee and Cards

    5/16 Coffee and Cards

    OHHH, what a ride we had for Coffee and Cards yesterday? Yikes!! Due to some technical difficulties I am going to try and do a YouTube video on that last card. I am sooo very sorry. FYI, it was not my internet, it was not your internet either. It was FB and I sure hope it does not continue. Fingers Crossed! ANYWAY!! How cute are all three of these cards!! Love it!! When I do the video I will share all the measurements and that… it will be early next week!! This fun “cap” fold is one we have done before, and is perfect for this time of year. Even…

  • In-Colors

    Smooches with Lovely Lipstick…..bye bye

    When you talk about Lovely Lipstick… I think of a S.W.A.K. or lipstick kiss. Old school I know. Lipstick nowadays doesn’t leave a mark. Which is why I picked this DSP to highlight this beautiful color. I call this set the Hello Fabulous set… isn’t it funny how sets get knick names? I have several … How about you? Please tell me I am not the only one… The crazytown bus would be very lonely, haha. ANYWAY, All 5 of these cards are made from scraps, left overs, and not needed card bases. Funny how when you know what you have you can create some amazing things. (wink wink) A…

  • Challenges,  Coffee and Cards,  In-Colors

    All those extra pieces…

    Sooo much more happiness…. Here are the other pieces that I had to use up… I do not want to end up with an overflowing bits and pieces container like before… YIKES!! Adding a few extra pieces for these three. Paula, do you notice that little piece?? Apparently it was not too small. Adding tulips for an Easter card, an extra layer and a few flowers. What would you have added?? Can you see the Wink of Stella inside the tulips?? Now to write in them all and get in the mailbox to bring someone some sunshine. Hugs and Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Coffee and Cards,  Stampin Up News/Deals,  YouTube video

    Coloring with the Stampin’ Blends

    On the Tuesday Edition of Coffee and Cards we colored Ladybugs. I was really needing some… relaxing… no stress, fun! Soooo, what did I do, pulled out the Blends and made a few more!! Just toooooo Fun!! The ladybugs don’t need to all be red, right?? I sure did not think soo, you?? Which is your favorite?? Highland Heather, Daffodil Delight or the Poppy Parade. But How about a Balmy Blue one too?!? Before I share all of those let’s see what we did on Coffee and Cards on Tuesday… Using some more from the bits and pieces container. However we did stick with a more traditional Ladybug didn’t we……

  • beginner-casual-avid,  Coffee and Cards,  Coloring,  Simple Stamping,  sneak peek,  YouTube video

    1/4 Coffee and Cards – Lets Peak!

    Sooooo, after looking (and drooling) over all the new stamps, ribbon, rhinestones and DSP that I have “collected” so far. We used the new Hostess set for Sale-a-Bration “Little Ladybugs” (152384). I miss spoke in the video this morning your party total needs to be $300 to get this set. This morning I said $150. SORRY!! Wink of Stella to blend in the wing color! I colored the white sequins with the Highland Heather Dar Blend. Want to see how that Whisper White Ribbon was changed this way?? Check out the YouTube video! Or you can head over to the Facebook page and watch it there too! In addition to…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Coloring,  In-Colors

    Deck the Halls with Light

    The trio of paper lanterns for Christmas. The Christmas is Gleaming bundle (153006) is on low inventory (at time of post). So, I thought I would post quick. I have seen the lanterns in several shapes, I did triangles. Stitched Shape Circles for the two smaller and Nested Labels for the larger. Each uses a full sheet of cardstock, just the heights vary. All three decorated just slightly different. Colors are the same. I know you see the DSP and it is already no longer available, I am sorry! However, you could put a layer of Pretty Peacock that is embossed and add some frost shimmer paint on the raised…

  • beginner-casual-avid,  Coloring

    Swaps, coloring and more…

    Have you seen the Hoot Hoot Hooray (149352) stamp set? I have been working on some coloring with this set. Yes, with the Stampin’ Blends! Still a ton more to do! Sorry I can not share just yet! I am excited just a few more days and we leave for OnStage. What is OnStage you ask?? Stampin’ Up! has several events each year and off to Lansing for this next one! I would love to have you join me for the next one!! How?? Join my team and let the crafty fun begin!! The bonus is that the events are full of SOO MUCH energy! The anticipation is starting to…

  • Coloring,  Holiday cards,  Stamp Camp/class

    #6 Birds of a Feather

    You will eventually find all the links and basic info page here. This Card uses the Birds of a Feather stamp set (150571). Add a couple punches and do some coloring… PERFECT!! Here is how the Ultimate Add On will work: Birds of a Feather 2″ Circle punch Whisper White cardstock Cherry Cobbler cardstock Daffodil Delight cardstock Memento ink 2 1/4 Circle punch Cherry Cobbler Dark Stampin’ Blends Daffodil Delight Dark Stampin’ Blends All that together for a total of $111.51 and the Camp is no charge. Add on #1 Stamp set $25 Add on #2 Stamp set and 2 “Circle punch ($5 off Class fee) However, order the Stamparatus…

  • Coloring,  Holiday cards,  Stamp Camp/class

    #4 Christmas Gleaming

    You will eventually find all the links and basic info page here. This Card uses all parts from the Christmas Gleaming Bundle (153006). A few Red Rhinestone Accents (146924) and the Reversible Ribbon (149496). Here is how the Ultimate Add On will work: Christmas Gleaming stamp set Gleaming Ornaments punch pack Reversible Ribbon Thick Very Vanilla cardstock Crumb Cake cardstock Old Olive ink Early Espresso ink Cherry Cobbler light Stampin’ Blends Old Olive Light and Dark Stampin Blends Champagne Shimmer paint Red Rhinestones All that together for a total of $138.21 and the Camp is no charge. Add on #1 Stamp and Punches $58 Add on #2 Stamp set, punches…

  • Challenges,  Coloring

    Beautiful Day for a Challenge

    Back playing with the Stampin’ Blends for this AMAZING flower. The Beautiful Day stamp set (145915) has been fun to color this last week. Lastly with this set… The Global Design Project challenge #GDP204 which is a CASE, and Kerstin’s card is just beautiful. I liked the DSP, but had to create my own to match the flower I chose. Also used the Rectangle Stitched dies (148551) but with the Perennial Essence Vellum (149101) in So Saffron. Stamping two of the flower images, and a couple extra leaves. One was colored Cherry Cobbler (c-144598) with a little Crumb Cake (c-144601). The second is Daffodil Delight (c-144603) with a little Pumpkin…

  • Coloring,  Holiday cards,  Stamp Camp/class

    Ride with me inspiration…

    I am sooo loving this truck!! The Ride with Me Bundle (151106) has pumpkins and balloons too. It all started with the Stampin’ Blends on the truck. For instance, Cherry Cobbler, both light and dark, Smokey Slate, both light and dark, and even some some Pumpkin Pie, bring on the rust, haha. Remember, to do layers of color! This little truck sure can haul a load of trees too! I am curious … do you do a live tree or a fake?? I am thinking a live tree would be a fun thing this year?? Do you think Joe would go for it?? Hummmm, I wonder? Have a Great Day…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Happy Birthday,  Technique,  YouTube video

    8/24 Coffee and Cards

    For Coffee and Cards this week, it was about the Marvelous Markers vs. Stampin’ Blends AND Memento vs StazOn. Are you wondering about this too?? Then this is the episode you will want to watch!! However, let us talk about the above cards.. these are the results of us figuring out which goes with what… Confused?? Here is where we started, Marvelous Markers.. they are just like using your colored ink pads.. you can “color” the stamp and then da-duh! Next was water color paper and the aqua painter… It was decided that StazOn was the black of choice, unless you wanted a more no line look like this. Lastly,…

  • Challenges,  Coloring,  Happy Birthday

    Challenge #203

    This week for the Global Design Project it is all about this theme…. I need to be honest, it took until yesterday’s video for me to figure out what to do… And I had no idea if it would even work out… and also more truth, would it actually work out?? You tell me… thoughts?? Here is the list of supplies: Smokey Slate cardstock (131202) Daffodil Delight light and dark Stampin’ Blends (c-144603) Pumpkin Pie light Stampin’ Blends (l-144578 c-144599) Balmy Blue light and dark Stampin’ Blends (c-148544) Night of Navy light and dark Stampin’ Blends (c-144040) Smokey Slate light and dark Stampin’ Blends (c-145058) Bermuda Bay dark Stampin’ Blends…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Coloring,  YouTube video

    Beautiful Day gift tags w/video

    Ohhh, what a fun day in the studio today!! Any day that I can get in the coloring tent is a GREAT day!! However, I discovered that I really need a few new Stampin’ Blends! No, I do not only have purple, but…. Here is a shopping list of what you need to grab before you watch the video… One full sheet of cardstock (8 1/2 x 11) Trimmer Coordinating Stampin’ Blends Coordinating/Complimentary Ink Ribbon to match Trio Punch (146320) Some DSP to match. Additionally the measurements are… 4 1/4 x 11 then cut to 3 x 4 1/4. Grab your supplies here is the step by step video.. Need…

  • Coloring,  Girls Night,  Happy Birthday

    Accented Blooms Happy Birthday

    How awesome are these colorful Birthday Cards?? I made at the last Girl’s Night. Have you been to Girl’s Night?? The next one is September 6, always the first Friday of each month. Come Join Us! Making four cards in total. The first two were a more feminine style and the second you will have to check back to see. The one on the left uses colored pencils and the one on the right uses the Stampin’ Blends. Using the Accented Blooms (146681) and the coordinating Tailored Tag Punch (145667). However for the birthday sentiments you will also need, Itty Bitty Birthdays (148618). Do you think one looks more tropical…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Challenges,  Clubs,  Coloring

    Early for a Challenge #GDP199

    This week for the Global Design Project, is a theme challenge #GDP199. I was able to tie it in with my new Stampin’ Blends Club too. Always on the look out for a fun way to package something, right?? And with the theme … For the Love of Craft!! I thought it would be fun to plan ahead! Here is what you will need.. It Starts with Art (149303) Follow your Art DSP (149489) Follow your Art embellishment kit (149491 Calypso Coral cardstock (122925) Whisper White (100730) For the Blends holders you need two pieces of Calypso Coral 3 1/2 x 2 7/8, score with 2 7/8 along the top.…

  • Challenges,  Coffee and Cards,  Coloring

    Coffee and Cards 7/20 Challenge card

    With getting ready for the BOGO sale I decided to work smarter… Coffee and Cards 7/20 is also the Global Design Project Challenge card.. Soooo, for Challenge #198 it is a sketch… And as always your interpretation…. the fun part is that you guys got to help… which is also, the fun part of Coffee and Cards, right?? AND, also why we have to different color choices. Would love for you to check the video and remember to #replay so I know you stopped in. Now back to the challenge!! haha You know that I would start with a Purple…. well, that is kinda a given. Sorry, maybe I need…

  • Clubs,  Coloring

    New Club

    Have you looked at the events section lately??? WoooHooo, I have been working on graphics and adding as I go…. Check out all that is going on. And as always let me know if you have ANY questions! want to join me?? …. Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Coloring,  Stamp Camp/class

    Window of Free as a Bird

    Coffee and Cards we worked with the Stampin’ Blends and the Free as a Bird (149468) Stamp set. Those cards, I am happy to say have already found new homes… I told you I had a plan for them… Just as soon as the video ended… I grabbed envelopes and dropped them off to the new friends. Sorry forgot to take pictures, but this card is close… However, these cuties… have a better view… haha. The face of the card is open … so when you are looking at the birds you are seeing the inside. More Stampin’ Blends for the flowers and some bling for the centers. Check the…

  • Challenges,  Coloring

    Free as a Bird for GDP #196

    This week for the Global Design Project is CASE the designer, Connie Collins. The parts that spoke to me are the Gingham and Frames… Have you tried using two of the stitched dies together?? No muss, no fuss for great frames! This carries all through the Ovals, Circles, Squares, Rectangles even the new Nesting dies. Continuing with the “patriotic” color scheme of the Holiday weekend, but using a more country style of Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Merry Merlot. All 3 of those colors are included in the Neutrals 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper pack (149614). Additionally available in both sets of In-Colors, Brights, Subtles and Regals (pg168).…

  • Coloring,  Happy Birthday,  Masculine Cards

    Happy Father’s Day

    How are you spending Fathers’s Day?? The Hubby and I will be going to see my parents today. All I know is that dinner is on the agenda. Have you had fun with the Best Catch (148598) Stamp set and coordinating dies Catch of the Day (148815)?? This cattail section is a fun add. Let’s color a bit. Stampin’ Blends, Soft Suede (147273), Mango Melody (147945), Daffodil Delight (144603) and even Pumpkin Pie (144599). You could use Wink of Stella (141897) or Shimmer paint (Champange-147044 or Frost White-147046) for the metal look on the lure too. Dad, How many lures have you lost to the cat tails or weeds?? haha…

  • Coloring,  old site,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    Happy Valentines Day…

    Did you need some last minute Valentine inspiration?? This post is full of it!! The above are just a few that have gone out to family and friends this week. They are very traditional in color. All the above use the All my Love DSP pack (148576). There are two different stamp sets.. Hey Love (148644) and the Petal Palette (145788). Are you brave enough though? To do nontraditional colors? You know that I ask this because there is one…. Those that know us…. know that butterflies are a HUGE thing for us. The Butterfly elements (149711) paired with the Botanical Butterfly DSP (149622) for this card, To get both…