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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
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I made this card a few weeks ago for my hubby and for this Father's Day post! The Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die was retired on June 4th, but he doesn't know about our retired lists. If he did, he might put 2 plus 2 together and figure out why I always need want new stampin' supplies! I designed this card last year for Father's Day. It has become the second most popular card I've ever made and continues to be re-posted and re-pinned over and over all across the world. I thought it was worth posting again... Hubby and I... Continue reading
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Handmade cards (and crafty projects) that feature spools of thread, or any type of needlework, is especially loved by all who enjoy every creative aspect of sewing... X X X X X X X X X X 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, Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock #131298, 2013-15 In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack (Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding) #130136, Soft Suede Stampin' Pad #126978, Envelope Punch Board #133774, Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine #135636, Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker's Twine #135635, Whisper... Continue reading
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Here's another card made with the Four You Stamp Set. This time I combined it with the new Hexagon Hive Thinlit... ...and I used a simple variation of the three Scallop Circles... . . . . . . . . . . All it took was a slight tweak to make the scalloped flower. I know there will be questions so here is a simple one-page tutorial... Download Scalloped Flower Sheet SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Four You Stamp Set #130535-Wood / #130538-Clear, Old Olive Cardstock #100702, Crumb Cake Cardstock #120953, Basic Black Cardstock #121045, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack (Old Olive)... Continue reading
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I used the brand new Lost Lagoon Cardstock to make this card and predict it will become a favorite in the Stampin' Up! color family... . . . . . . . Open... Open... Opened! Really Good Greetings Stamp Set Bird Builder Punch Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack (Don't you love all these delicious colors and patterns!) . . . . . . . SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Really Good Greetings #130330-Wood / #130333-Clear, Lost Lagoon Cardstock #133679, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, Basic Black Cardstock #121045, Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack #133701, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #126980, Bird Builder Punch #117191,... Continue reading
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Have you seen that HUMP DAY commercial with the camel? Don't you love that camel? You may wonder what Hump Day has to do with Legos? The answer is... Absolutely Nothing! But since Hump Day is always on Wednesday (the middle of the week), and since after Hump Day the weekend gets closer (with time to relax and play), it makes sense that our attention would be drawn to Legos since they are a fun play-thing for youngsters and oldsters alike! I made the legos using our new Handheld 1/4" Circle Punch. And the two stamps are from the new... Continue reading
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I was inspired to design this card with the new Something to Say Stamp Set, and used the Big Ways, Small Ways greeting... Big ways, small ways (big circle, small circle)... And notice in the top photo there is an even larger circle. I will place it in the envelope as an extra memento, just because. SUPPLIES & ACCESSORIES: Something to Say Stamp Set #134177-Wood / #134180-Clear, Wild Wasabi Cardstock #108641, Calypso Coral Cardstock #122925, Whisper White Cardstock #100730, 2013-15 In-Color Designer Series Paper Stack (Coastal Cabana) #130136, Basic Black Stampin' Pad #126980, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Starburst Framelits... Continue reading
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I have several cards made and ready to be posted here at Polka Dots (see below), but wanted to get this card out before the end of the month since two of the products will be retired within a couple of days. Can you spot the two? [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] [] ANSWER: Basic Gray Core'dinations Cardstock and Kaleidoscope DSP This card looked nice with the greeting stamped inside... Lots of Thanks Stamp Set DESIGN NOTE: This is such a simple card to make and for an extra touch, I will wrap the Organza Ribbon around... Continue reading
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JOIN MY TEAM Questions??? EMAIL ME! I'd love to visit with you via email or ask me to call and we'll chat!! Linda Aarhus, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Vancouver, WA Continue reading