Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Translucent Florals Congratulations Card

I created this dainty card to send to one of my team members who recently promoted. I used the Translucent Florals stamp and die bundle. I love how the images look like they are see-through and translucent. The frame was created using one of the Wildflower Designs dies. I adhered it to the card front with the thin Foam Adhesive Strips. I added a few Iridescent Faceted Gems to add a little sparkle.

For a full supply list of items I used on this card, feel free to visit my shopping site here

Saturday, July 6, 2024

July Project Kit - Seaside Wishes Boxed Card Kit

This month's project kit is a boxed set of 4 cards using Stampin’ Up!’s beachy Seaside Wishes Bundle which includes a stamp set, dies, and hybrid embossing folder. In this class you will learn how to use the hybrid embossing folder to emboss and die cut at the same time while you create a set of cards and a coordinating gift box to store them. This set makes a wonderful gift or you can always keep it for yourself to enjoy. There will not be a local class this month, but you can order the non-consumable supplies (stamp set, dies, embossing folder, Flat Adhesive-Backed Pearls, etc.) on my website here and then I will send you a package with precut cardstock (not including die cuts), 4 card bases/envelopes, and the instruction guide absolutely free! Or if you prefer, you can purchase the project guide separately for just $10. As soon as the guide is finished, I will upload a link to purchase it on my website here.

Here are a few photos of this month’s project...

Gift Box

2 of the 4 Card Samples

Click here to view and add the supplies needed to your Stampin’ Up! shopping cart. 

I will send out a precut kit which includes precut cardstock (not including die cuts), 4 card bases/envelopes, and the instruction guide absolutely free, to everyone who orders the Seaside Wishes Bundle used on this project during the month of July. The precut kits and guide will be shipped out by July 31, 2024.

If you would like to place an order for these supplies and/or other products and your order subtotal is less than $150, please use the host code WND2RYPX when you check out (or click the link below.) If your order is $150+, then do not use the host code as you will automatically earn rewards on your order that you can use right away!

Use Host Code WND2RYPX if your order is under $150 (or click the image below.)

Click here to order the supplies needed for the project.

For those who would like to purchase just the step-by-step instruction guide, I will post a link to order the pdf file on the "project guides" page of my blog as soon as it it finished. (I usually have my guide links posted by the end of the month so keep checking if it isn't posted yet.) Here is a direct link to the guides pages:

Contact me for more information or if you have any questions.

For more information on my monthly “no commitment” Creative Club, click here.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Expressions of Kindness "Kit Together" Card Class

Join us on Wednesday, July 31 at 4pm for a fun “Kit Together” card class where we will make 8 cards (4 each of 2 designs) using the beautiful Expressions of Kindness Card Kit. The in-person class is $25 and will be held at my home in Temecula, California. You may also order a kit to be mailed to you if you are unable to attend in person.

The kits include the following:

  • Expressions of Kindness photopolymer stamp set
  • Clear stamp block
  • Blackberry Bliss mini Stampin’ Ink Spot
  • Adhesive
  • Self adhesive gold sparkle embellishments
  • roll of white ribbon
  • 8 printed card bases
  • 8 printed coordinating envelopes
  • Predesigned projects
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Precut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting!)

Want to attend the class in person? 
Click here or contact me to RSVP. I will then send you a PayPal invoice. 

Not able to attend in person, but would like to order a kit to be mailed to you?
Click here to order your “Kit to Go.”

Monday, July 1, 2024

July Specials and Promotions

July Promotions and Specials

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Bonus Days

Shop and earn coupons in July. Redeem them in August.

It’s time for one of our favorite promotions—BONUS DAYS! Do you know what’s a great deal? Getting rewarded for all of the crafting supplies you’re already going to buy! When you shop between July 3-31 and spend $50, you will earn a $5 coupon! Make sure you save all of your coupons because you can redeem them (and I mean ALL of them) between August 1-31.

There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn! So make sure to save your coupon codes so that you can redeem them in August. 

Your coupon codes will be emailed to you right after your qualifying purchase, so make sure that you set up an account on my shopping site during checkout, if you haven't already, so that SU has your accurate information to send you the coupon codes. In addition to the regular SU products, Online Exclusives, Kit Collections, CTMH branded products, and Paper Pumpkin Pre-Paid Subscriptions are all included in this promotion as well!

Note: Orders started before the promotion begins will not count towards earning coupon codes. For example, if you add items to your cart before July 3 and wait to purchase until that date or later, then those items will not qualify towards earning coupons. You must add items to your cart and complete your purchase during the earning period. However, if you'd like to get started on your wish list, you can add items to your “Favorites List” and then move them to your cart on July 3.

Shop during Bonus Days to earn your coupons from July 3-31 on my website here.

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New Online Exclusive Products

TONS of new online exclusive products available July 3

Every March, July, and November, Stampin’ Up! releases new Online Exclusive Products! There is even a separate category on my shopping site for these great exclusives. You will find several new products in this release including the Changing Leaves hybrid embossing folder/bundle. You will even find lots of Christmas in July products as well as a special Halloween bundle! One of my favorite online exclusives is the Glass Mat Studio, that was previously only released to Demonstrators. It's an essential, all purpose tool you will definitely want to add to your craft room!

Here’s a few of my favorite new Online Exclusives...

Changing Leaves Bundle

Season of Green & Gold Suite

Glass Mat Studio with Silicone Mat & Reusable Cleaning Cloth

View all of the Online Exclusive products here on July 3.

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Close to my Heart July Product Release

For former CTMH Makers and Customers

As many of you know when Close to my Heart decided to close their doors, they worked out a special deal with Stampin’ Up! to carry their limited supply of new products. Because they have a very limited supply, they are only able to offer them to former Makers and customers who had a valid email address on file with CTMH!

In order to purchase these limited edition products, visit my website here and make sure that you use the same email address that you used with your Close to my Heart account. 

The latest release will be available on July 3 and it is AMAZING. It includes a huge amount of products including the Gnomes for Summer collection, a beautiful collection called Secret Garden, tons of stamp sets, Thin Cuts dies, scrapbooking and cardmaking kits, ink pads, cardstock, Memory Protectors, Flip Flaps, and more!!

Click here to download a pdf booklet with the full product release showing all of the new products and artwork available on July 3.

Visit my website here on July 3 and search for Close to my Heart to see what products are available. 

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Rewards and July Host Code

If you would like to place an order on my website this month for less than $150, please use this host code (WND2RYPX.) If your order is $150+, then don’t use the code as you will earn instant rewards that you can use right away. See the chart below to find out how much you can earn in free and 1/2 priced products. 

Order your new Stampin’ Up! products here.

* Visit the Host Page on my website for more information.

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Paper Pumpkin

Monthly Subscription Box!

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up! is a crafting subscription kit that delivers creativity to your door every month. Each box includes everything you need to make a stunning project including a photopolymer stamp set, a mini ink pad, embellishments, printed acrd bases, coordinating envelopes, adhesive, and step-by-step instructions. You will be surprised with projects like cards, gift packaging, home décor, and more for just $25 a month (shipping included.) Talk about happy mail!

Subscribe by the 10th of the month to receive that month’s kit. Supplies may be limited toward the end of the subscription period. 

Coming soon, don’t miss the next kit called Painted Petals. Create beautiful cards with unique watercolor designs and pretty layers. PLUS, this kit comes in a beautiful coordinating box! (I want the kit just for the box!!) Make sure to subscribe by July 10, 2024 to get this incredible kit.

Sign up to start receiving your monthly Paper Pumpkin subscription here.

Or if you would rather get a pre-paid subscription, purchase a 1, 3, 6, or 12 month pre-paid subscription here. (You can earn Host Rewards with this option.)

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Saturday, June 29, 2024

Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machines Tips, Review, Discount

For those who took advantage of the 10% discount on the large or small (or both) Cut & Emboss machines this month, I thought you might like some tips on how to best use it.

Here is a great video with some tips:

Here is a pdf file with some tips:

My personal opinion is that I love the machines. I also have a Gemini Jr, a CTMH machine, and an old Cuttlebug and my preference is the large Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine. The other machines don't handle the 3D embossing folders very well, if at all. Plus, I feel that the SU machine is much more solid and cuts & embosses more evenly for me. Plus they fold up and store nicely. 

The machines and stamp/die bundles are still on sale through June 30, 2024 at 11pm PDT if you would like to take advantage of the promotion.

You can find the machines on sale here:

You can find the bundles on sale here:

Sunday, June 23, 2024

Embossed Friends Cards

I created these cards for two of my sweet friends. One is a thank you card for a friend who was kind enough to spend some time helping me with my business and the other is a congratulations card for a good friend/team member who just promoted.

To create the cards, I embossed the floral stamp from the Layers of Beauty set with gold embossing power on a piece of watercolor cardstock. Then I used my water brush with various ink colors to add a soft ombre background. I attached that piece to a card base. Then I die cut the word friend from the Friends for Life bundle out of another piece of watercolor cardstock and stamped/embossed a sentiment to the panel. The “You are Amazing" sentiment is from Sentimental Park.

I swiped the edges of the panel with some Versamark ink and then heat set some gold embossing power to give the edges a thin gold border. I adhered the panel to the card base with some Dimensionals. The butterfly in the upper left corner is from the Sketched Butterflies stamp set. To finish off the card I added a few Brushed Brass Butterflies.

Here is a full list of all of the supplies used on the thank you card.
Here is a full list of all of the supplies used on the "You are Amazing" card.

New Craft Room Workstation

I am in the process of updating my craft room. I purchased a new workstation couple of days ago that has an opening on one side for me to sit and shelves on the other side. It was actually a health issue that prompted me to purchase this new workstation. I am constantly having issues with my back and last week when I had my latest adjustment, my neuro-release guy said that I had 3 ribs out again in addition to being totally "out of wack." When he asked what I do all day, I told him I was papercrafting and cutting a lot of cardstock. Apparently my previous workstation was too low and I was twisting and doing some other things that my back didn't like. (Who knew that crafting could be hazardous to your health! LOL)

I found this amazing piece of furniture at IKEA and decided to give it a try because it is much higher than my previous workstation. It is actually a kitchen island, but I thought it would be perfect for my studio. The only problem is that the bar stool that I ordered is too tall. I needed to get the smaller one. I'll have to see if I can exchange it.

I have had lots of requests to do a craft room tour video. Stay tuned because that is on my list!

If you are interested, here is a link to the island and here is a link to the correct sized bar stool. (I ordered the 29" one, but I think I should have ordered the 25" one.)