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.)

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Greatest Adventure Father’s Day Card - Sneak Peek at a New Masculine Stamp Set


Here’s a sneak peek at a great masculine stamp set that will be released next month. The train is from a new set called Greatest Adventure. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with creating masculine cards. I created this card to give to my husband on Father’s Day. (He loves trains so I was really excited to pre-order this set.) It’s a very simple card, but he really liked it.

I used the Greatest Adventure stamp set which will be released as an online exclusive product in July. I also used the Deckled Rectangles dies, Stylish Shapes dies (for the sentiment), a piece of Country Woods DSP, and a sentiment from the June Paper Pumpkin subscription kit. I hand cut some clouds from a piece of scrap cardstock to use as a mask and then added some Pool Party ink with a Blending Brush to create the clouds in the sky. I used the following ink colors: Early Espresso, Night of Navy, and Pool Party.

How about you? Do you struggle with masculine cards too? 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Thinking of You Card using Online Exclusive Around the Bend Dies

This dimensional card was created using one of the online exclusive dies called Around the Bend. It is a fantastic set because it contains multiple dies to create all kinds of  fun edges on your cards in addition to sweet flowers and leaves. The sentiment is from a stamp set called Friends for Life and the Designer Series Paper in the lower left corner is from the Full of Life collection. I LOVE this collection because it is so fun and colorful. You can also order the suite which includes both of these products at a discount here.

If you know me, you know that I love adding dimension to my projects and tend to use lots of 3-D Foam Tape and Stampin’ Dimensionals. You will notice that the entire white panel of the card is popped up with Dimensionals along with some of the flowers.

Here is a photo of all of the dies that are in the Around the Bend set.

If you’d like to make this card, click here for the full list of products I used.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Magnolia Mood Boxed Card Kit

This month's project kit is a boxed set of 8 cards (2 each of 4 designs) using Stampin’ Up!’s beautiful Magnolia Mood stamp + die bundle. In this class you will learn how to create a set of beautiful 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, butterfly embellishments, etc.) on my website here and then I will send you a package with pre-cut cardstock (not including die cuts), 8 card bases/envelopes, and the instruction guide absolutely free!

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

Full Kit

Coordinating Box

You will make 8 cards (2 each of the following 4 designs)

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

I will send out a pre-cut kit which includes a full instruction guide, to everyone who orders the supplies for this project during the month of June. The pre-cut kits and guide will be shipped out by June 30, 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 CMJPCQQT 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 CMJPCQQT if your order is under $150 (or click the image below.)

Click here to order the supplies needed for the project.

ETA: 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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Saturday, June 1, 2024

June Promotions and Specials

June Promotions and Specials

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10% Discount on Stamp & Die Bundles

June 5-30, 2024

Save time and money with coordinated stamp and die bundles—at an even bigger discount for a limited time. Quickly cut out stamped images for a single project or create multiples of the same project with ease. From June 5-30, save 10% off Stamp + Die Bundles (that's a total of 20% discount on stamp and die bundles!)

PLUS you can also get a 10% discount on the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and the Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine! Make precise cuts and easily create elements for all of your crafts.

Shop the sale from June 5-30 on my website here.

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Rewards and June Host Code

If you would like to place an order on my website this month for less than $150, please use this host code. 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. 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 Life is Sweet kit! With fresh fruit-themed details and precut glimmer sentiments, as well as some 2024-2026 In Colors, you can use the kit to create zesty, peach-perfect all-occasion cards. Make sure to subscribe by June 10, 2024 to get this awesome kit.

Sign up to start receiving your Paper Pumpkin subscription here.

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Close to my Heart June 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. 

Each month through September, SU! will release new CTMH products. The June release, which will be available on June 5th, is a great collection called Lake Life. 

Click here to download a pdf booklet with the full product release showing all of the new products and artwork available on June 5.

Visit my website here on June 5th and search for Close to my Heart to see what products are available.

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Another Fun Country Birdhouse Card

I made another fun birdhouse card using the Country Birdhouse bundle. You can see the original card I made in this post. For this card, I used different patterns from the Country Woods DSP and I used Bubble Bath and Pretty In Pink cardstock and Stampin’ Blends markers. I just can’t get enough of this cute bundle! It is so much fun to play with!