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If you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, it is likely that you've participated in a SHOEBOX SWAP at least once or perhaps many times. If you are not a demonstrator, and have never heard of a SHOEBOX SWAP, keep reading to learn about the fun of it all... . . . . . . . . . . At this swap, each demonstrator prepared one shoebox with all the supplies and tools needed to make identical cards of her own choosing. Here's a picture to show you what a completed SHOEBOX looked like... We all took our SHOEBOX, a yummy... Continue reading
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My husband and I are running out the door to host a Primetimers Family BBQ at our church. Later this evening, I have a Shoebox Swap (more on that later) with demonstrator friends in our area. All that to say, I've been having lots of summer fun - and making lots of cards to photograph and post. Here's a quick one made with burlap and the Autumn Wooden Elements out of the new Holiday Catalog... I used a piece of the burlap to tie around the card and make a bow... Can't wait to post some of the cards from... Continue reading
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The pretty paper, organza ribbon, and delicate pearls will be appreciated by any friend... ...especially a creative friend... O O O O O O O SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: And Many More Stamp Set #134273-Wood / #134276-Clear, So Saffron Cardstock #105118, All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack #133703, Jet Black StazOn Ink Pad #101406, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Starburst Framelits Die #132967, Modern Label Punch #119849, Whisper White Organza Ribbon #114319, Pearl Basic Jewels #119247, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430. CLICK HERE TO ORDER 24/7 Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Vancouver, WA Continue reading
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It's time to begin thinking about Autumn... Woodgrain embossing and brown twine added to the rustic design of this card... and watercoloring, tearing, and sponging completed the Autumn theme... SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Lots of Thanks Stamp Set #129687-Wood / #129690-Clear, Lovely As a Tree #128655-Wood / #127793-Clear, Cardstock: Cajun Craze #119684, So Saffron #105118, Always Artichoke #105199, Baked Brown Sugar #131296, Whisper White #100730, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Pad #126979, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821, Stampin' Distress Tool #127562, Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker's Twine #135639, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430. (I used the retired Stampin' Pastel Chalks for... Continue reading
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Many of our Stampin' Up! stamp sets are designed to express THANKS in one way or another. There are nine stamps in this set, and hundreds of design possibilities. Here's one... SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Lots of Thanks Stamp Set #129687-Wood / #129690-Clear, Thoughts & Prayers Stamp Set #128751-Wood / #113252-Clear, Lost Lagoon Cardstock #133679, Neutral Designer Series Paper Stack (Crumb Cake) #130132, Soft Suede Stampin' Pad #126978, 3/4" Circle Punch #119873, 1/2" Circle Punch #119869, Stamping Sponge #101610, Linen Thread #104199, Crumb Cake Medium Envelope #107297, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430. LOTS OF THANKS STAMP SET THOUGHTS & PRAYERS STAMP SET LINEN... Continue reading
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My friend, Karen, is being faced with some life challenges, so I designed a handmade card in her favorite Stampin' color (Blushing Bride) and will send it to her via USPS... She's only an occasional stamper, but always notices every pretty detail on my cards. Things like score lines, piercings and frayed twine above. I love so many things about her, and that's one that makes me smile... I put this card in the mail on Thursday, and set this post to load on Friday. She'll receive it in the mail and see it online all on the same day!... Continue reading
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Twenty-one close friends and family from the church we all attend are leaving today for Madagascar, an island country in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Southeast Africa. Their final destination is the Madagascar Street Kids Center, part of the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries network of care points around the world. Our church travel team will be helping to promote holistic development of children that live on the streets, by offering nutrition, education and lots of TLC. A variety of building projects are lined up, as well as other tasks to expand the blessings of this humanitarian gift of love.... Continue reading
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Have you used the Envelope Punch Board yet? You can make lots more than envelopes with it. Take a look at this miniature file folder... I love office supplies, so I really like this card... Envelope Punch Board And Many More Stamp Set There are 23 stamps in this set, and so far I've made 8 cards with it. I still have 15 cards yet to make!! . . . . . . . . . . SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: And Many More Stamp Set #134273-Wood / #134276-Clear, Marina Mist Cardstock #119682, So Saffron Cardstock #105118, Whisper White Cardstock #100730,... Continue reading
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Time is running out! This special only lasts through July 31st!! Purchase three Designer Series Paper packs and you'll get one FREE! That's like getting $10.95 off your purchase AND receiving an extra DSP - FREE! There is no limit to the number of free DSP packs you can receive. Check out the qualifying Designer Series Papers below for this BUY 3 GET 1 SPECIAL... CLICK HERE TO SHOP AND SAVE! Continue reading
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On my last post (07/25/14), I told you I had a BONUS CARD. After die-cutting all five images at one time for the flower cards, I had five little pieces leftover. This is the bonus card I made from those five pieces... Actually, I like this card better than the original five cards... The pierced holes were an afterthought... An extra bonus. . . . . . . . . . . SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES Supplies were all the same as on the "AND MANY MORE" post! Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Vancouver, WA Continue reading
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I used my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine along with the Flower Frenzy Bigz Die to cut flowers for five cards (plus one bonus card) all at the same time (bulk cutting)... Five colors of Designer Series Paper were stacked, cut, and assembled to make five charming cards... It was a little tricky mixing and matching colors. If you try it, you'll see what I mean... Using the And Many More Stamp Set was ideal for this project because there were multiple greetings in uniform sizes from which to choose... These were the greetings that caught my eye... LET ME SHOW... Continue reading
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The Blooming with Kindness Stamp Set is one of my favorite. I love the pretty font, meaningful greetings, and the italic slant. The flower image has many creative possibilities also. I'm inspired to get busy and make some additional snazzy cards with it... And the All Abloom Designer Series Paper was a great fit... Feast your eyes on each stamp in this set... Blooming with Kindness Stamp Set And this is the first time I've used the new Die... Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine / Flower Frenzy Bigz Die SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Blooming with Kindness Stamp Set #131961-Wood / #126422-Clear, Mossy... Continue reading
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I had creative fun with a classic stamp set... ...a favorite in my stamp room for a very long time. I carried out the woodsy theme by embossing the envelope to match the card... Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Lovely As a Tree Stamp Set #128655-Wood / #127793-Clear, Thoughts & Prayers Stamp Set #128751-Wood / #127805-Clear, Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock #131296, Old Olive Cardstock #100702, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Soft Suede Cardstock #115318, Jet Black StazOn Stamp Pad #101406, Many Marvelous Markers #131264, Blender Pens #102845, Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821, 1/4" Handheld Circle Punch #134364, Paper-Piercing... Continue reading
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The TRAVELER stamp set has six unique images. On 06/25/14, I made a card with the Globe image and just finished this newest card using the Train... You can barely see it in this photo, but the smoke is covered with a layer of plastic from a Window Sheet to give it a little shimmer... I used Candy Dots across the bottom. Does it remind you of a train track? SPEAKING OF TRAINS... On our first (cruise) trip to Alaska, my husband and I took a train excursion while in Skagway. It was soooo cold... But here's the best photo... Continue reading
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When I first saw the new Hostess Stamp Set, Let Your Hair Down, I envisioned making a card with a wild hairdo (well of course!)... | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Let Your Hair Down Stamp Set (Hostess) #133937-Wood / #133940-Clear, Crisp Canteloupe Cardstock #131298, Basic Black Cardstock #121045, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #126980, Fringe Scissors #133325, 1/2" Circle Punch #119869, 1/4" Handheld Circle Punch #134364, Rhinestone Basic Jewels... Continue reading
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There's no question that summer is really and truly here because everything, everywhere is ALL ABLOOM... SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Hey You Stamp Set #134516-Wood / #134519-Clear, Daffodil Delight Cardstock #119683, Basic Black Cardstock #121045, All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack #133703, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #126980, Project Life Corner Punch #135346, 5/8" Whisper White Organza Ribbon #114319, Neutrals Candy Dots (Black) #130934, Whisper White Medium Envelope #107301. GO ALL ABLOOM SHOPPING HERE Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Vancouver, WA Continue reading
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When darkness falls at our place, kids, grandkids, great grandkids and lots of extended family members will gather to shoot off fireworks as we have done for dozens and dozens of years. While the kids, dads, grandpas, brothers, nephews and uncles play with fire (literally), the rest of us (moms, grandmas, sisters, nieces, and aunts), will be sitting comfortably in lawn chairs, watching and praying that everyone will be safe. The best part of all is being together as a family! Of course... After the fireworks, we always have something good to eat. This year it is strawberry shortcake topped... Continue reading
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Every once in a while I get the urge to do some quilting. Such was the case when I made this card for you... X X X X X X X X X X SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Itty Bitty Banners Stamp Set #132022-Wood / #126257-Clear, Soft Suede Cardstock #115318, Hello Honey Cardstock #133678, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack #133701, Early Espresso Stampin' Pad #126974, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Argyle Embossing Folder #127750, Linen Thread #104199, Designer Buttons (Regals) #130029, Very Vanilla Medium Envelope #107300, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430, Glue Dots #103683. X X X X X X X X X... Continue reading
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One of the notable stamp sets in the new Stampin' Up! catalog is TRAVELER. My first experiment was with the globe image. I'll be using the other five stamps out of this set within the next few weeks and look forward to the creativity they will surely inspire... The Woodgrain Embossing Folder and Sponging worked well together... Don't you think the globe image and this greeting was M.F.E.O. (made for each other) Traveler Stamp Set The variety of greetings in this set are fun and fabulous... Something to Say Stamp Set SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Traveler Stamp Set #134510-Wood / #134513-Clear,... Continue reading
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Throughout my years as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I've always been surprised at which cards turn out to be the most popular with workshop guests and online viewers. Sometimes I design a card thinking it will be a knockout favorite, but it isn't. Other times, I come close to discarding a card because I don't like it, but that's the one that scores the best. Just for the record, I really like this card... But the big question is... Do you like it? I sure hope you do... Matching envelope too... DESIGN NOTE: To make the perfect waves at the... Continue reading
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I have a collection of old cameras pictured below, and here's one I made out of papers... I used Stampin' Dimensionals to give the lens a 3-D appearance. Does it classify me as a hoarder because I save things??? Some of you won't even know what this is... SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Basic Gray Cardstock #121044, Basic Black Cardstock #121045, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Silver Foil Sheets #132178, Designer Series Paper Neutral Color Collection Stack 2013, Envelope Punch Board #133774, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Circles Collection Framelits #130911, 1-1/4" Circle Punch #119861, 1-3/8" Circle Punch #119860, 1-3/4" Circle Punch #119850,... Continue reading
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Even though subtle, the color combination on this card blend well together - Sahara Sand, Hello Honey and Blackberry Bliss. The color names (sand, honey and blackberry), mingle well too... I repeated the chevron design and the chevron angle several times. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Lots of Thanks Stamp Set #129687-Wood / #129690-Clear, Sahara Sand Cardstock #121043, Hello Honey Cardstock #133678, Blackberry Bliss Cardstock #133675, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack #133701, Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Pad #133642, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Woodgrain Embossing Folder #127821, Chevron Border Punch #132154, 1/2" Circle Punch #119869, Linen Thread #104199,... Continue reading
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The Zentangle Method is a fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Their trademark statement is... Anything is possible, one stroke at a time. I saw this unique art form on the World Wide Web, and wanted to experiment a little. It's my birthday today and girls just want to have fun - especially on their birthdays! What better stamp to experiment with than... BLENDED BLOOM I gathered these pretty samples from here and there... . . . . . . . . . . Zentangle Art fascinates me, but nothing can take the place... Continue reading