Carry On!

Hope this card inspires you to create a cheerful greeting to send to a friend! So easy to make with simply cutting a few rectangles, doing a bit of stamping, and adhering everything to a card base. And this stamp set is definitely one of my all time favorites…take a peek at what I created and then read some more about this exclusive set and how you can add it to your crafting supplies!



This stamp set, aptly titled “Carry On” is exclusively available to Stampin’ Up workshop hostess or customers who order online through a demonstrator website! When you host a workshop or place your own online order where sales total $150 or more, you are rewarded with hostess Dillard’s and these can be redeemed towards this fabulous hostess set or other products that Stampin’ Up! Has to offer. Again, this set is only available if you place an order through my demonstrator website or that of another demonstrator OR if you host a workshop. If you love this set as much as I do, I know you’ll determine the best route to obtain it! Let me know if you have questions.

Enjoy! Or should I say, carry on?!


PS: A quick reminder that the reason to smile offer ends on July 31! See my post from earlier this week for details.

A Beautiful Butterflies Gift Tag

What better to coordinate with a handmade card than a handmade gift tag? The one shown below coordinates with the card I made for you all to see on Monday. A perfect way to use up some of the scraps of paper and the other butterflies that were cut when I made the card.



To attach it to a gift bag I simply added some of the 1/2″ seam binding ribbon in daffodil delight (item 125583). Ruffled Ribbon for a bow and some Baker’s Twine would also be an excellent option for this purpose…both are available in the Iimited time In Colors that were used for this project.

Also as was the case with my Mojo Monday 251 card entry, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to affix the butterflies which adds some interest to the gift tag…if you notice the shadows in the third picture above, that is due to the slight height added by the dimensionals.



Fabric Fun! A Flirtatious Handmade Wreath

A couple weeks ago I decided to put together a fabric wreath that I want to share with all of you. The inspiration for this came from a picture a friend had posted on Facebook. I decided to try my hand at making one!

Off I went to the local crafting store to find a wreath form and I realized that a simple wire wreath would be perfect. I tried a bit with different sized fabric strips and decided that a 3″ by 6″ strip worked best and I folded each strip twice (the new dimensions became 3/4″ by 6″) before knotting to the wire frame. And I kept knotting until I ran out of fabric! Here are a few photos for you.



When making the wreaths I used one package of the Stampin’ Up! Flawless Fabric in the Flirtatious print (item 122335) and one 8″ wire wreath frame from my local big box crafting store. The total cost for the wreath was about $12 which is an absolute bargain when you look at the cost of a store bought wreath! You can certainly use a larger or smaller frame and may need more or less fabric depending on what size frame you select.

Also, I pre-cut all of my fabric strips using a rotary cutter and washed them in a lingerie bag first. This gives the fabric the slightly frayed edges…and you will definitely have some loose threads to trim from the strips before you get started with knotting. To achieve a balanced look, I sorted my fabric into three piles and consistently tied on each pattern in turn. While I did not keep close track, I think the knotting on took less than an hour to do.

This wreath is currently hanging on the outside of our bathroom door but I think it will soon make its way into my daughters’ room. I have some Spice Cake fabric on the way and will be making another wreath for the bathroom.



Reason to Smile! A Fabulous $5 Stamp Set!

Less than a week is left to secure your very own Reason to Smile stamp set for just $5 with a purchase of $50 or more in Stampin’ Up! products! This is a special promotion that Stampin’ Up! is offering through July 31st. The set is available in both wood mount and clear mount options…which is your favorite to use?

Want to see the full stamp set? Keep on reading!

Be sure to visit my demonstrator website to see the complete set in full size and to place your order!



Digital Downloads!

For a few years now, Stampin’ Up! has offered a software program called My Digital Studio. It is a fabulous option for people who are interested in digital scrapbooking, card making, and other paper crafts. I’ve only made a few products using MDS (that’s short for My Digital Studio of course) and the ones I have made, I love! You can print projects from the convenience of home or you can order them through a printing service right from your MDS program. You can learn all about MDS here.

Every Tuesday, Stampin’ Up! makes brand new content available.  I absolutely LOVE the new “Be Awesome Today Calendar Template” — the colors, the sayings — they are fabulous!  Take a peek…Be Awesome Today Easel Calendar Template -- Digital Download

You can bet I will be getting this and look forward to creating some perpetual calendars for family and friends!

Stampin’ Up! will be releasing MDS 2 later this year and the best thing is that if you purchase MDS now, you will be able to upgrade to MDS 2 for FREE upon its release. The new version will have many more features and I am excited to see all that it has to offer!



Mojo Monday 251: a shower, wedding or anniversary card idea

This year is one of those years where we have weddings and showers to attend. When I saw today’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge, I decided to use it to create a card that could be used for a wedding, a bridal shower, or to send anniversary wishes to friends or family. I love the simplicity of this week’s sketch. Take a peek at the sketch and what it inspired me to create…






A few items to note:
* My printer is on strike until it is “fed” more ink so I could not print out the sketch photo and write in the dimensions. The card stock on the left side measures 2″ by 3-3/4″ and the pieces on the right are 1-3/4″ by 2-3/4″
* As you can see in a couple of the photos, I elected to use Stampin’ Dimensionals for both the butterflies and the base that they sit on…this simply adds a little more interest to the card.
* My last step was to stamp the image (yes, after adhering all the card stock)…however, that became the second to last step. The “t” in together was too faint and so I used one of my markers to draw it in. Truly one of things that I love most about Stampin’ Up! is that the products work with one another such that the ink and marker colors are the same.



Products used: happy you hostess stamp set (122800 wood/ 122802 clear), beautiful butterflies Bigz die (114507), stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), stampin’ write markers 2011-2013 in colors (123002), and the following card stock: island indigo (122923), lucky limeade (122926), pool party (122924), wisteria wonder (122922), naturals white (102316).

In Bloom and Bursting with Color

The flowers in our perennial beds are in bloom! We have quite a few flowers that bloom at this point in the season and I wanted to share some pictures with you.







In the event that you are not familiar with all of these flowers, from top to bottom they are:
Echinacea, bachelor button, bee balm, multi flower view including bee balm, echinacea, and daisies (2), and finally two variations of lillies.

Perhaps you will find some color inspiration in this stamp free posting!