Online Extravaganza 24 hour sale!

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You aren’t just dreaming. It’s true. There is a 20% discount on all the stamps listed below. But you can’t dilly dally. This sale is only good until midnight Mountain time (1 a.m. central time) All the stamps above the red row are the discounted ones today only. The others are good until November 26. So get your thinking cap on, make your wish lists and order today.

NOVEMBER HOST CODE E347UAHG

In addition to the Stampin’ Up! deal, I am offering double bird Egg rewards.

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If you apply the Host Code to your online orders under $150, you’ll get a free gift from me. If your order is over $150, please don’t apply the hostess code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Host $$ if you use it), but you’ll still get the free gift, too! For more information on rewards click here

 

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Happy Birthday

Today’s post was going to be a Christmas card. ‘Was’ being the operative word. I had made this birthday card using some non-Stampin’ Up! products, so thought it best to blog using all Stampin’ Up! Well, it seems my heat tool has disappeared. Completely! It sits on its own shelf near an outlet and never gets moved to anyplace else. BUT IT ISN’T THERE!! Neither is it to be found anywhere. Needless to say, the embossing I wanted to do on the Christmas card will have to wait. So, you get a birthday card instead.

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I started with a Whisper White card base to which I adhered a mat of Powder Pink.

The Perfect Plum die cut uses a die from another company. This is mounted to a panel of Powder Pink that was die cut using the frame of the detailed die. Then, the Powder Pink panel was adhered to another panel of Perfect Plum. I don’t know if you can see it but I spritzed the whole front with Shimmer, which adds just enough (in my opinion) glimmer and sparkle.

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A length of Powder Pink Shimmer ribbon was wrapped around and taped to the back. A faux bow was attached with a Glue Dot. This panel was then adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The inside sentiment is from Better Together, stamped in Perfect Plum on a liner of Whisper White. Butterflies from the You Move Me stamp set were stamped in Powder Pink and Perfect Plum around the sentiment. I added the tracks with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.

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The Medium Whisper White envelope has more of the two colors of butterflies, both on the front and on the flap. This was a pretty quick and easy card to make. I hope you enjoy.

If you wish to shop for supplies, just click on the Shop Online button at right. And, check out my rewards program here. Also, you will find information about using the Host Code seen below.

NOVEMBER HOST CODE E347UAHG

Card Cuts: Whisper White: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″; Powder Pink: front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, front die cut 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″; Perfect Plum: front mat 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″, front die cut3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, inside mat 3-3/4″ x 5″

NON Stampin’ Up! products used: Tsukineko Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz, Scrapbooking Made Simple’s Simply Refined butterfly die
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Stampin’ Up! Good Tidings

I hope you all are going to have a good weekend. It doesn’t seem like a Saturday to me, but that’s what the calendar says, so I guess I will believe it.

My card for today uses the Good Tidings stamp set found in the holiday catalog. I had not had an opportunity to use it before, but had seen some nice cards online and have been itching to try it.

I love holly, and this set makes pretty realistic looking holly with a two step stamp. Actually, it is a four step if you include the berries-two step for the leaves and two step for the berries. Stampin’ Up has made it easy to use by labeling each piece, 1-a, 1-b, 1-c, etc, so you know which stamp to use first. The stem is another two step. Sounds like a dance doesn’t it? I digress.

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The card base is Whisper White to which I Liquid Glued a panel of Old Olive.

I began stamping with a panel of Merry Music Designer Series Paper on which to do my stamping. As I had not previously used this set, I did a few practice stamps on scratch paper to get the hang of it. I am glad I did though the end product is far from perfect. Maybe the next card will be perfect!!  HA!

Using the solid leaf stamp I stamped the design in Old Olive, then over stamped using the detail stamp in Garden Green. Next, I used Real Red for the solid berry and Cherry Cobbler for the detail. These stamps really do give detail and depth to the design. There are two more stamps to this design which I couldn’t figure out at first. They are the stems and dots on the berries. I had a bit of difficulty lining them up and wished I already had the brand new Stamparatus! For these I used Crumb Cake, then Soft Suede for the second stamp.

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On with the show, I mean, the stamping. Using the smaller holly leaf I used the same technique, putting one in each corner. This panel is Liquid Glued to a mat of Cherry Cobbler.

Using a length of Candy Cane Bakers Twine left over from last year (now retired), I wound it around this panel three times, securing it on the back with tape. The bow is made by wrapping the twine around three fingers three times and around two fingers three times, then pinching it together. Cut a small (5″) piece of twine to wrap around the middle, securing the loops, then tie it in a knot. You can then arrange the loops to your liking. A Glue dot holds the three strands of twine together and holds the bow as well, making it look like you tied the bow around your strands.

This panel is adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the sentiment I stamped the Good Tidings from the stamp set of the same name in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and die cut it using a Layering Circles Framelit. I cut a second circle from Cherry Cobbler using one of the Layering Circles scalloped edged framelits. Liquid Glue adheres these together, and Stampin’ Dimensionals secure it to the music panel. A rhinestone colored with my Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker finishes it. Card front done!

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On the inside I pretty much repeated the front, only I did not stamp the larger holly leaf. Stamp the holly as before on the music, Liquid Glue the three panels together and into the card base.

I thought the music would make it difficult to read the sentiment, so it, also from the Glad Tidings set, is stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White and punched out with the Pretty Label Punch. Using my Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker I edged the piece to make it stand out from the music background and Liquid Glued it in place. On to the envelope.

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A small holly and berries, stamped as before, adorns the front while more Merry Music Designer Series Paper finishes the flap. Enjoy!

I like this set and will use it again and again, I think. I hope you like it too.

For card cuts and products used, scroll down to the end of this post.

If you do not have a demonstrator and wish to order supplies, click on the Order online button at right to order from me.

November Host Code: E347UAHJ

If you apply that Host Code to your online orders under $150, you’ll get a free gift from me. If your order is over $150, please don’t apply the hostess code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Host $$ if you use it), but you’ll still get the free gift, too!

For more information on my rewards program click here.


Online Extravaganza Starts Monday!!

The Stampin’ Up! annual Online Extravaganza begins Monday, November 20 and runs through Sunday, November 26!!  Yay for a great sale just before the holiday rush!  There are some stamp sets that will be on sale for 20% off on Monday, November 20 only.  The rest of the items on the list will be on sale for the entire time!

Here is the list of stamp sets that will be on sale for 20% off on Monday, November 20 12:00 AM MT until 11:59 PM MT (click on the list to open a full size PDF for easier viewing and printing):

Here are the items that will be on sale from November 20-26!  Click on the list to open a full size PDF for easier viewing and printing:

Let me know if you have any questions.  Don’t forget that the stamp sets on the first list will only be on sale for 24 hours on Monday, November 20 so be sure to order that day if you’re wanting any of them!!

Card Cuts: Whisper White: card base 4-1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5-1/2″, inside sentiment 2″ x 2-1/2″, front sentiment 3″ x 3″; Cherry Cobbler: cut 2 mats 4″ x 5-1/4″, scalloped circle 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Old Olive: cut 2 mats 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″; Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper: Cut 2 3-3/4″ x 5″

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Calendars are Ready!

Good Thursday morning Everyone!

I hope you have a tremendous day ahead of you. It will be a long and busy one for me, but then, it seems every day is that way anymore.

Today I have for you, not a card, not a paper crafting project, nor any of the other creative endeavors I might want to share, but instead a brand spanking new calendar!

This calendar features 13 images of North American birds. Not just any birds. No, No. These are COLORFUL birds. If you are one of those who never has noticed anything but the sparrows hanging around your eaves, you are in for a treat. The birds on this calendar are truly colorful…..red, orange, rust, yellow, blue, green and shades thereof.

My world would be very dull indeed if I did not have God’s beautiful creations to cheer me on a dreary day. There are some VERY striking birds that are either monochromatic, or black and white, or brown with a bit of color, or gray, or…..

I could yammer on all day about the beauty of birds.  I have images of at least 13 kinds of sparrows, which might be a future calendar, just so that I might educate you on the beauty of sparrows.

But, I digress. This calendar also has an inspirational quote on each page, so you are not getting just pretty pictures. I think this might be my best effort yet, and quantities are limited. Closed the calendar measures 12″ x 12″ and is spiral bound. Paper quality is excellent and a matte finish shows off the birds at their best. Here is a peek at the cover. Sorry! That is all you get. (Of course, the watermark you see here is NOT on the calendar itself)

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To get one of these calendars, please leave a comment below. I will contact you to get your address and ship to you by December 1.

Colorful Birds of North America, including 13 beautiful birds and inspirational quotes, is only $15, plus shipping. If you are in my neck of the woods and can pick it up, of course you would save shipping costs.

Don’t delay.

Now, for some Stampin’ UP! information about the Stampatatus!

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Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus Reservations Start this afternoon at, or about 4 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus reservations will start then and they’ll be open until the supply is depleted. So head over to my online store now to reserve yours! Just log into your account, then click on the button to start the reservation process.
And if you miss out on this round, don’t worry, there will be another reservation period starting on December 5!
The order will not be generated and you will not be charged for the Stamparatus until February. This is how the ordering process will work:
• After you get your tool reserved, you will get an email from Stampin’ Up! confirming your reservation.
• You will get an email from Stampin’ Up! in early February letting you know that an item has been added to your shopping basket.
• At that point, you can log into your Stampin’ Up! account in my online store and you will find the Stamparatus in your shopping bag.
• You can add other items to your order at that time if you’d like and add a host code to it before submitting the order. So the checkout process will work just like it always does. You can add a host code and your payment information at the time of checkout.
Here is a quick tutorial for the reservation process:

Click on the Shop with me Online button at right and follow these instructions.

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If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Stampin’ Up! Happy Thanksgiving

Good Wednesday morning everyone! I hope your week is going well, and today is, as you all know, HUMP DAY, as my kids called it. I guess it means when you get to Wednesday you are over the hump of the middle of the week. If someone knows a different reason for that designation, please comment below.

Thanksgiving, in my opinion, is the most overlooked holidays. Coming between the increasingly popular Halloween and Christmas, well, it just gets overlooked. I host a family gathering in the evening and there are usually add-ons as well. What is an add-on you ask? Here it is anyone who has been added who is not a family member. It might be a friend, an in-law, a neighbor, a shut-in, or just anyone who has no other place to go for a festive meal.

All that said, my card for today is geared toward Thanksgiving.

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I began with a color scheme of brown, orange and copper, in this case, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango and Copper Foil. I also included some Wood Textures, just because I like it.

Actually, the first step was to stamp the Wood Textures in Early Espresso ink with a leaf stamp from Colorful Seasons. Next, I ran this sheet through the big shot with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. The trees didn’t show up very well, so I inked the embossed side  (the side that says Stampin’ UP!) with Early Espresso ink and ran the same sheet through again. Aha! Much better! This gave definition to the trees, subtle, but there. When embossing with a 6″ x 6″ designer paper, I emboss the whole sheet, then cut to size.

This was adhered to a mat of Tangerine Tango. A length of Burlap Ribbon was wrapped around ant taped to the back. I die cut an oak leaf from the scrap of stamped and embossed Wood Textures, then cut another from Tangerine Tango using the Vintage Leaves die.

A solid copper maple leaf and the openwork maple leaf were cut using dies from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. I dry arranged them to see if this was all I would need, but did not adhere them.

Using a stamp from another company because Stampin’ Up does not have a Happy Thanksgiving stamp (or if they do, I don’t have it), I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla in Early Espresso and die cut it using Lots of Labels Framelits. I cut a second one in Tangerine Tango, cut it in half vertically and liquid glued them together.

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Placing several Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back allowed me to wind a pretty long length of Copoper Metallic Thread around. I re-arranged the leaves, using a Glue Dot and Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the Oak leaves, placing the wood one over the Tangerine Tango one.

A little Liquid Glue on part of the openwork  leaf (the part on the oak leaf) adhered it nicely and a Glue Dot was sufficient to hold the solid leaf in place.

Belatedly, I decided the Very Vanilla sentiment was just too stark, so I VERY LIGHTLY sponged it with a little Early Espresso, moving my sponge from the outside in to give some definition to the edges. The Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered this piece over the leaves. The completed front was adhered to the Early Espresso card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

On the inside, another Wood Textures was stamped with the same leaf stamp and Liquid Glued to its Tangerine Tango mat. The sentiment piece is Very Vanilla edged in Early Espresso with my Stampin’ Write marker, and stamped with the same leaf stamp from Colorful Seasons in stamped off once Early Espresso. The sentiment is full strength Early Espresso, and is from the Paisleys and Posies stamp set. This was adhered to the Wood Textures panel and into the the card base with Liquid Glue.

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The envelope is Crumb Cake with Early Espresso leaves stamped on the front and on the flap. In retrospect, I am thinking I should have stamped and embossed another sheet of Wood Textures for the flap. I may still do that if I have time before it has to go in the mail.

I hope you like this card enough to try it yourself. Card cuts and product list are below. If you would like to order supplie and do not have a demonstrator, I will be happy to help you. If you have questions, please leave a comment.

Or just click on the order online button at right. Here are two great ways to earn free stamps and merchandise when you place a Stampin’ Up! order with me:

NOVEMBER 1-15 HOST CODE: JREYRYDQ

If you apply that Host Code to your online orders under $150, you’ll get a free gift from me. If your order is over $150, please don’t apply the hostess code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Host $$ if you use it), but you’ll still get the free gift, too!

Wild Wing Creations Bird Egg Rewards:

Bird Egg Rewards

Qualify to earn FREE Stampin’ Up! product from ANY current Stampin’ Up! catalog or promotion!  The Wild Wing Creations Bird Eggs Rewards Program is my way of personally saying “thank you” to my returning customers. For more information on the ordering benefits, click here.

We got a sneak peek at the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs at On Stage Live last week. I’m sure you are gonna LOVE the new products. There are some GORGEOUS stamp sets there. I already have a wish list that is pretty long. Remember, the catalog goes live on December 1.

In addition, there is going to be an ONLINE EXTRAVAGANZA beginning November 20. I will have more information on this in the coming days.

Card Cuts: Early Espresso: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″; Tangerine Tango: cut 2 for mats 4″ x 5-1/4″, leaf and sentiment mat 2″ x 8″; Wood Textures: embossed panel 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, inside panel 3-3/4″ x 5″, leaf cut from trimmed piece; Copper Foil: 3″ x 5″; Very Vanilla: front sentiment 2″ x 3″, inside 3″ x 4-1/4″

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Joy at Christmas!

Hello everyone! Thank you for joining the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop today. We have a talented group showing you some lovely Christmas projects, so come on along!

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My contribution for the hop uses the Large Letters Framelits and Letters for You Stamps, as well as the Painted Harvest stamp set and Season to Sparkle bundle. Demonstrator Carol Slack was making a card on the train (we both took Amtrak to On Stage and met on the train), which I am CASeing here.

I took supplies with me to On Stage Live and had a sort of idea of what I wanted to do. Let me tell you…know exactly what you want to do when you take supplies with you. If you don’t, you don’t have what you need. I forgot sentiment stamps and envelopes!

I had decided to use the Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and a color scheme of Real Red, Garden Green and Whisper White. After seeing Carol’s card I knew HOW I wanted to use it. The photos are not best quality as I did not have proper lighting.

front greenI did not have the glitter paper that she used on hers, nor did I have red glitter, so I changed up the colors a bit.

I began by embossing a panel of Real Red with the Holly TIEF, which I liquid glued to the Whisper White card base.

Next I cut the mat in Garden Green and a smaller Whisper White panel for my art piece. Using the Painted Harvest stamp set and Garden Green ink, I stamped the smaller flower twice, stamping off once each time and rotating the stamp.

The berries on my ‘wreath’ are from the Season to Sparkle bundle and are stamped in Real red.

The only glittery paper I had was from the retired pack of 6″ x 6″ pastel glitter paper and I no longer remember what it was called. Of course, the packaging is long gone! Anyway, one of the colors was green, so I die cut J and Y from that using the Large Letters framelits.These were adhered on either side of the wreath with Mini-Stampin’ Dimensionals. detail

This art piece was attached to the mat and the whole adhered to the embossed card front. A little bow die cut in Real Red using the Season to Sparkle bundle, finished off the wreath. Maybe when I get home I can find the sentiment that I want to use on the front that says ‘at Christmas’ in small type. If not, it will remain as is.

The envelope will also have a wreath on the front and JOY stamped on the flap, but you will have to use your imagination for that, as I have to get this show on the road in time to join the hop before it goes live.

I did another iteration using Garden Green for the embossed Holly piece, Real Red for the mat and the letters are stamped in Real Red and heat embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. Which do you like better?

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Card cuts and products used are listed below. Products are listed for using red glimmer paper as well as the embossed version, or silver glimmer paper.

Now, hop on over to see what Amy Koenders has done.

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Should you wish to go to a different blog, just click on the name

Jaimie Babarczy

Jari Francis

Linda Richenberg

Mary Deatherage

Sue Prather

Karen Finkle

Julie Johnston

Amy Koenders

If you do not have a demonstrator and you wish to order supplies, just click on the order online button at right. Here are two great ways to earn free stamps and merchandise when you place a Stampin’ Up! order with me:

NOVEMBER 1-15 HOST CODE: JREYRYDQ

If you apply that Host Code to your online orders under $150, you’ll get a free gift from me. If your order is over $150, please don’t apply the hostess code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Host $$ if you use it), but you’ll still get the free gift, too!

Wild Wing Creations Bird Egg Rewards:

Bird Egg Rewards

Qualify to earn FREE Stampin’ Up! product from ANY current Stampin’ Up! catalog or promotion!  The Wild Wing Creations Bird Eggs Rewards Program is my way of personally saying “thank you” to my returning customers. For more information on the ordering benefits, click here.

THE NEW ALCOHOL BLEND MARKERS are here!! These are great and SO easy to use.

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Card Cuts: Whisper White: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, art panel 2-3/4″ x 4; Real Red:  embossed panel 4″ x 5-1/4″, bow is from a scrap; Garden Green: mat 3″ x 4-1/4″, glimmer paper:  letters 2-1/2″ x 3″

 

 

 

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New Product unveiled at On Stage

11-16-17_header_stamparatus_naIt’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

I need product details!

  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD/$65.00 CAD

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Stamparatus 5 Things 

The above link will take you to a video about this amazing new product. I was able to see it in use at On Stage Live in Salt Lake City this past few days. All I can say is, “WOW”! Though I have a similar product, this one is a MUST HAVE. So simple and such innovative features. And, the price is great too! You WILL want to watch this about 11-1/2 minute video explaining this great addition to our toolbox.

Thanks to Stampin’ Up! for listening to and working with demonstrators on the Leader to Leader (L2L) team to be able to give us this great tool.

With the launch of this tool, Stampin’ Up! is trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and we guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in our warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow us to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.

The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:

  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window. (Note: The Stamparatus is not a Cash-and-Carry item.)
  • You may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
Reservation Windows Available to Ship
November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018 Approx. April 15, 2018

For more information on how to reserve and order your Stamparatus, click on the links below.

Now that that spectacular announcement is out of the way, I just want to let all of you know that I will be posting a project daily from now on. Things have been ‘out of control busy’ for too long, and I have made some decisions to rectify that. So, See You Tomorrow for the Inkin’ Krew Blog Hop!

 

Stampin’ Up Night in Bethehem Diorama

Good Sunday to you all, and I hope your weekend is going well. Did you get that extra hour of sleep? I don’t think I did, though I am such a night owl it is hard to tell sometimes.

I had seen a diorama card on a You Tube video a while back and do not remember who did it. However, my first thought when I saw it was to use the Night in Bethlehem and try to make one.

You need 3 layers for this. I used Night of Navy and Shimmery White card stock. All of it is die cut. The only stamping is the sentiment.

I wanted this to be bold, so I decided to make it 5 x7. It does lay flat, so if you choose to mail it you can. I also made an envelope to fit it.

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Here is what I did:

First off I cut the two pieces of Night of Navy and scored them. Then I cut the Shimmery White and scored it.

Across the top of one of the Night of Navy pieces, I cut the moon and stars from the Card Front Builder Thinlits. This die is sized for the narrow side of an A2 card, so I had to move it over and very carefully line it up so I wouldn’t cut another moon, and only ran it partway through the big shot.  I have a 3-1/2″ circle die that I used for the opening in the Night of Navy, centering it side to side and up slightly from center top to bottom.

Then, matching up the score lines with those on the Shimmery White, I laid the Night of Navy over the Shimmery White and had the placement for the smaller circle. For this I used the largest of the Layering Circles dies, and simply put it inside the opening . I used the Magnetic Platform to aid in lining it up, then simply ran it through the Big Shot. Perfect.

You now have a whole Night of Navy panel (background), a Night of Navy panel with a moon and stars and a big circle cut out, and a Shimmery White panel with a smaller circle cut out.

Using the leftover pieces of the Shimmery White, I cut two of each of the Bethlehem Edgelits of the city and one large star.

Laying the Shimmery White piece with the circle cutout over the whole Night of Navy panel for placement, I liquid glued one of the die cut city pieces and the star to the Night of Navy panel. This is the background.

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Then, again laying the Shimmery White with the hole over the background, I arranged the second (different) city die cut and glued it to the Shimmery White and partially over the hole to show different buildings in my cityscape.

The final piece is the front of the card which has the circle cutout and the moon and stars. Using the final two city die cuts, I arranged them so they were different views of the buildings and cut off the parts that I didn’t need. These were liquid glued to the Night of Navy with liquid glue, up about 1/4″ from the bottom and about the same in from the sides.

Joseph, Mary and the donkey, and the shepherd, were die cut from Night of Navy and attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals over the top of the buildings on the front of the card.

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Since there is no inside for a sentiment, it has to go on the front. I used a 1/2″ strip of Night of Navy for this, stamping the sentiment from Joyful Nativity (retired) in Versamark, and heat embossing with White Embossing powder. Using my Paper Snips, I cut the flag ends. Stampin’ Dimensionals adhered it to the front, just under the stars on the right side. The cityscape tells the story, but I did want a sentiment. I just didn’t want it to overwhelm the rest of the piece.

To finish, fold the ends of the background UP on the score lines. Fold the Shimmery White BACK on the score lines. (Let me say here that you can adhere your Edgelits diecut on either side of the Shimmer white. Mine is on the top, but it could just as easily go on the back. I didn’t want the circle to show, and the lower edge is hidden by the city cuts on the front.) Do what makes your heart happy. It is YOUR card. You get to decide.

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I used Liquid Glue to adhere these tabs together, putting the Shimmery White on the inside of the background tabs. Folding the front tabs BACK, liquid glue them to the outside of the folded up tabs of the background.

I used the Envelope Punch Board to make an envelope from a subtly striped sheet of paper from my stash.

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All DONE! Please leave a comment below. Card Cuts and products used listed below.

If you do not have a demonstrator and you wish to order supplies, just click on the order online button at right. Here are two great ways to earn free stamps and merchandise when you place a Stampin’ Up! order with me:

NOVEMBER 1-15 HOST CODE: JREYRYDQ

If you apply that Host Code to your online orders under $150, you’ll get a free gift from me. If your order is over $150, please don’t apply the hostess code (you’ll miss out on your own Stampin’ Rewards/Host $$ if you use it), but you’ll still get the free gift, too!

Wild Wing Creations Bird Egg Rewards:

Bird Egg Rewards

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THE NEW ALCOHOL BLEND MARKERS are here!! These are great and SO easy to use.

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Card Cuts: Night of Navy: background and front 5″ x 11″ scored 2″ from each end, sentiment 1/2″ x 3-1/2″, figures 2″ x 3″; Shimmer White: center 5″ x 9″ scored 1″ from each end.

NON STAMPIN’ UP! PRODUCTS USED: 3-1/2″ circle die from Scrapbooking Made Simple, paper for envelope is from my stash

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Something Different

Well, at least it is different for me. I don’t use black very often on a card, but I love the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper and don’t often use it. So, today is the day for a black and blue card.

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I began with a card base in Soft Sky. I wrapped a piece of sheer black ribbon around the DSP, taping it on the back, and adhered the DSP to my card base with Liquid Glue. Using the Flirty Flowers stamp set, I stamped one of the sillhouette images in Basic Black on Soft Sky, then cut it with the Layering Ovals Framelits. I cut another, larger oval with the next size scalloped oval and liquid glued them together. It didn’t show very well on the DSP, so I cut a rectangle in Soft Sky as a base for the oval and liquid glued it to the DSP.

The sentiment is stamped in Basic Black using a sentiment from Flirty Flowers. The ovals are attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals. A bow in the sheer black ribbon, attached with a Glue Dot, and a Black Rhinestone Jewels finishes the front.

I have not yet decided if this will be a congratulatory card or perhaps for a birthday, so I did not finish the inside. However, it will have a black mat, some DSP and a liner of Soft sky for the sentiment. I think it looks pretty feminine, so one of my girls or girlfriends will be the recipient.

The envelope has more of the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP on the flap.

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And a row of flowers from Flirty Flowers across the bottom of the front in Basic Black.

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I hope you like this quick and easy card. I always appreciate your comments, so please leave one.

Today is the last day for the Buy 3, Get One Free Designer Paper sale.To shop for this and other products click here

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It is also the last day for the Merry Patterns deal, where you get a free stamp set if you have an order of $300 or more. This can be your own order or a workshop order, or combined with friends’ orders. Just click on the order online button at right and when you check out it will tell you that you qualify for the Host promotion Merry Patterns. It is a lovely set and after today it will be no more! Don’t delay!

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While some things end today, other goodies will be available tomorrow. I am thinking specifically of the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. They are fantastic. I have played with them a bit (we demonstrators get to order early so we can try them) and they really do blend well. The cap is designed so they won’t dry out and each color comes in a light and a dark version. There are 12 colors. I think you will want to try these at some point in your crafting. There is also a 16 card project kit called Color Me Happy that you might enjoy. Remember……Tomorrow is the first day to order these.

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Card Cuts: Soft Sky: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″, front rectangle 2-34″ x 3-3/4″, oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″; Basic Black: oval 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″; Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper: front mat 4′ x 5-1/4″.

Non Stampin’ Up products used: Sheer black ribbon

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Stampin’ Up! Musical Season

Good Monday morning Everyone! Wow! Where does the time go? I am already frantic and it is still 8 weeks until Christmas. I will NEVER be ready! Perhaps someone is trying to tell me something? Like, I need to get out of some of my (self-imposed) responsibilities?

I have not blogged for almost two weeks. Between a couple of special events in which I was VERY involved that took 6 days out of my life, altering two bridesmaids dresses and making great-granddaughter’s mermaid costume for Halloween, I only made it to my craft room yesterday for the first time in 8 days. This is ridiculous! However, yesterday I resumed, not cardmaking, but reorganizing the area. I am not finished, but am making headway. The card for today was done in about 3 short sessions of stolen moments over a period of days.

That said, I am SO glad to be back to making cards. I decided that I would limit myself to one stamp bundle and chose the Musical Season set and the coordinating Musical Instruments dies. I also wanted to try the Eclipse method, of which I have seen a lot lately. Usually, if everyone else is doing it, I shy away from whatever it is. Call me a rebel! The eclipse method is intriguing, so try it I did. Here is my card for today.

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After choosing to use Night of Navy for my card base, I picked one of the sheets of Merry Music Designer Series Paper for the background of my card. First, I used the Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to emboss it.

Next up I used the little drummer boy die from Musical Instruments to cut him out of the music. Then, I adhered the music to a sheet of the Champagne Foil Sheets (with the middle cut out, of course. For those of you new to following me, I normally cut the center out of a foil mat to conserve this more expensive paper. It is from this that I then cut smaller pieces and you would never know that there is not a whole sheet behind the art piece) with Snail. This was adhered to the card base with liquid glue.

I also used the drummer boy die to cut three in Night of Navy. Liquid glue adhered all four pieces together, then back into the background. My eclipse part of this card is finished. Perhaps I will try it again using the Large Letters sometime, but this will do for now.

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I really wanted to use the lyre in the set, but just couldn’t make it come out right, so those pieces are waiting to be used on another card sometime. The sentiment banner is cut from Night of Navy and heat embossed with white. I rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the card stock to eliminate static, then used the sentiment stamp from Musical Season, stamped it in Versamark and heat embossed. I cut the ends with the Triple Banner Punch. On the back I added Stampin’ Dimensionals, then whacked off a length of Silver Metallic Thread and wound it around, sticking it to the Dimensionals. This was then adhered to the front of the card.

The dies in the Musical Instruments set are really nice and I would love to use all of them. However, I limited myself to the spray of leaves and berries and the treble clef for this card.

The leaf design was stamped in Old Olive, four times, on Whisper White. Using my Stampin’ Blends, (which you will be able to order tomorrow…..just click on the Order Online button at right) I added color to the leaves and berries. I used the lighter of both Old Olive and Night of Navy to fill in the design, then die cut them. These were arranged rather like a wreath around the sentiment and liquid glued in place.

The clef is cut from the Champagne Foil Sheets as well as Night of Navy, and glued together with liquid glue. I offset these a bit to make a shadow, added some Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals and added it to the front of the card. A bit of liquid glue adhered it to the sentiment label. The front is finished!

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On to the inside. I repeated the Champagne Foil mat and Merry Music DSP, then cut two labels from Lots of Labels framelits for my sentiment. The larger one is in Night of Navy and the sentiment one is Whisper White, stamped with Night of Navy. The sentiment is also from the Musical Season set.

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Just so we don’t have a naked envelope, I added some of the DSP to the flap and

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stamped the drummer boy in Night of Navy on the front.

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I hope you like this card. If you haven’t tried the eclipse technique, try it. It is fun to do. However, my friend Mary did it using the Happy Birthday thinlits die, which has a gazillion pieces. I am not ready for that. She did a live video which you can see here.

There was a problem with the live feed, but the part with the eclipse technique is there.

Card Cuts: Night of Navy: card base 7″ x10″ scored at 5″, sentiment banner 3/4″ x 5″, drummer boy and clef 3″ x 5″, large label 3″ x 4-1/2″; Champagne Foil Sheets: front mat and inside mat (2) 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″, clef 1-1/2″ x 2-1/2″; Whisper White: leaves 4″ x 6″; Merry Music DSP: front art and inside liner (2) 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″.

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