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June RemARKable Blog Tour – Going Places

Hello! Thank you for joining us on our RemARKable Blog Tour for June! You probably landed here from Anne‘s blog, but if you get lost, all of our links are at the bottom!

This month’s theme is “Going Places.” I can only imagine the variety of interpretations you’ve seen thus far! 🙂

Normally, I like to do 3 projects for the blog hop, but work got really crazy this week, and I was staying til 6pm every night, so I was only able to get one more done (I already had one done 🙂 at least I was that much ahead already!). Plus, my second one used a lot of Big Shottin’, so I’m going to let that count extra 😉

So, first up, is a pretty literally take on the theme… When my DBF was local and travelling for work, I liked to make him a card and write a little note inside that he was only supposed to read at some point after he arrived at his destination (literally anywhere from NY or FL to Japan, and all in between!). So, I made a card with this idea in mind, using both new products and new-to-me products!  I used two of the new In Colors, Tip Top Taupe (anyone else wind up often typo-ing Top Top Taupe first? No? Just me? LOL) and Mint Macaron. I stamped the background with the World Map stamp set and then took some more Tip Top Taupe and sponged around it, giving it a little more aged look. The Mint Macaron suitcase I fussy cut and placed on my circles before stamping “Miss You” using the Crazy About You set (a MUST have in the sentiment arsenal!). Then, I just took a bit of the new dotted lace trim and made a knot.

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Next up is a not-so-literal interpretation of the them! When I heard the theme name, “Going Places,” it made me think of the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” So….. Ta Da!! A Seuss-inspired card! 🙂 This would be great for a kid earning an achievement. I stared and stared at the images in a Google image search:

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until it hit me– the Circle Card Thinlit Die! I probably should have put Dimensionals between each layer, but…. I didn’t. Oh well… Maybe I’ll go back and do that! I used my trusty Circle Framelits to create my colored circles, and topped it off with a Candy Dot! The inside uses the Balloons framelits, the new Sprinkles on Top stamp set, and some Crushed Curry baker’s twine for the hot air balloon. The sentiment came from the new-to-me Bravo set. I’ve decided that we need more circle punches. I have some “contraband” punches I acquired for a project I did awhile back requiring some “eighths” punches (3/8″, 5/8″ etc) but I didn’t want to use those… but I would like having the “eighths increments” not just the “quarters” 🙂

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the projects I have for you tonight! 🙂 Hop on over to Audra to see what she’s come up with!

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Nancy Amato
Melissa Bolinger
Tamra Davis
Anne Matasci
Heather Mathieson – YOU ARE HERE
Audra Monk
Maria Pane
Michele Reynolds
Pam Staples
Janet Wakeland

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I’ve Got a [Cucumber] Crush!

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Happy Friday!!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I thought that Cucumber Crush was going to be my least favorite of the most recent In Colors. Turns out, it’s one of my favorites! It’s just so danged bright and cheery! 🙂

I’m usually more of a “Bermuda Bay” girl when it comes to my greens (yes, I realize that’s pretty much a blue LOL) and don’t use a lot of green other than for flower leaves. Anyone else like that?

However, when I was playing with a few new items over the long Memorial Day weekend, I fell in love with Cucumber Crush!

I’m not sure how your crafting process is, but when I need to come up with something original, it happens one of two ways. I sit and stare at my table with the stamp set I want to use and see if something comes to me. I may even stamp an image or two and sit and play with it until my lightbulb moment comes! OR, if I’m lucky, I will get a “vision” in my head (no, no peyote here LOL). Sometimes it’s an entire project (like one I’ll share with you next week, that I consider my “piece de resistance” for that crafting binge weekend I had!) or sometimes it’s just a sneak peek (sort of like a focus in on one piece of a card or project, and the rest is still all blurry).

When coming up with today’s card, I first started with simply knowing that I wanted to create a card with a big bow using the new lace ribbon (have I mentioned that I just love this ribbon?! it’s SO soft!!). That’s it. No other plans for the card. No color scheme, no stamp set, nothing.

Then, as I was away from my craft table, I started to “see” zebra print in Cucumber Crush! Then, I knew just the stamp set! Returning Favorite, Groovy Love! 🙂

I stamped and punched out a few of the hearts (don’t you just LOVE coordinating punches?!) and just sat there, moving them around, playing with them, with the spool of ribbon right next to me. I even grabbed my Hello Life (SOOO happy this carried over from the Occasions catalog!! It is a great stand-alone set, or it has a great Project Kit it coordinates with– still need to get my hands on that one!) to make a border. Not-so-slowly, this card came together! I originally pronounced it done before I added the sentiment, but for some reason, I just wasn’t feeling the white space between the hearts and the ribbon. White space CAN be good, but I just popped the little sentiment (perfectly-sized, even!) from Groovy Love in that space. And it was good! 🙂

So, without further ado… here it is:

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I actually can’t wait to make a larger zebra print in Cucumber Crush using the new background stamp, It’s Wild! Whatcha think?!

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A Meeting of the In Colors

Yesterday was the first official day of the new catalog! Very exciting day in geeky-Stampin’-Up! world! HAHA Now that the dust has settled, I wanted to share with you some projects I made over Memorial Day weekend…

I call this particular group of cards, “A Meeting of the In Colors.”

Each year, SU’s brilliant researchers and artists come up with 5 new, trendy colors we get to love only for 2 years. It’s the highlight of every catalog reveal for me because I LOVE color! Because there’s overlap, it means we have 10 colors in the collection at any given time!

Right now, there are the 5 from the 2014-2016 In Color collection:

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and the 5 from the 2015-2017 collection:

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I have to be honest that I wasn’t “sold” on the latest ones at first blush, but after sticking with the presentation of them from the South Pacific convention and now that I’ve seen them in person for myself, I’m In! Love! Even with the one I thought would be my least favorite, Cucumber Crush (I’ll share an entirely Cucumber Crush card tomorrow)… I originally started this project with only the Blackberry Bliss (’14-’16) and Watermelon Wonder (’15-’17). As I was working with my design, I thought to myself… let me pick 1 from each collection and pair them together! So, here is what I came up with:

Blackberry Bliss (’14-’16) and Watermelon Wonder (’15-’17)

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Lost Lagoon (’14-’16) and Tip Top Taupe (’15-’17)

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Mossy Meadow (’14-’16) and Delightful Dijon (’15-’17)

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Tangelo Twist (’14-’16) and Mint Macaron (’15-’17)

incolor2smP.S. I absolutely LOVE the Lace Trim!! It’s SO soft… I just love touching it! 🙂

Here is a list of the supplies I used! Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

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Cat on a HOT Tin…. of Cards??

Join me as we put together THE cutest project in the almost-here 2015/2016 Annual Catalog!!!

*drum roll please*…

Introducing….

The Tin of Cards!!!! *cheering and clapping and rejoicing from all the people*
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Included in the kit are the all the trimmings for 16 cards, envelopes, 9 file tab dividers, and of course the cutest tin you ever did see! I will have on-hand the ink and adhesive to complete the kit! I’ll even have the file tab die cuts in case you’d like to make a couple more tabs (they are NOT needed to complete the project as-shown)!
Join me

Sunday, June 14, 1-3pm (Location TBD)

Here’s another sneak peek at it! (Hint: It’s on the front of the catalog!)

I have 4 options for you (NOTE: These prices are only through ME! So grab a friend!!):
Kit Only (Local) $30.00: You’re local and you can either play with me on this date or another date more convenient for you and a friend 🙂
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 Kit + Stamp set (Local) $50.00: You’re local and you want your own stamp set– It’s awesome and versatile! You can join me and use my other supplies still! (Free Shipping)
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Kit + Stamp set (Distance) $53.00: I will ship to you directly (make sure your PayPal address is where you’d like to have your item shipped!)
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Kit + Stamp + Ink (Either) $80.00: You can still come play with me if you’re local! But you’ll have the supplies for a rainy day. You will receive the following ink pads to complete the project as shown: Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, and StazOn Jet Black (for stamping on the wood elements). You will need your own adhesive and clear blocks. (If you already own one of these colors, let me know your choice of another color!)

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 Check out the video from Stampin’ Up!

 I will also have other NEW products to see and touch!

(Pardon my dust as I am in the process of moving here from my Stampin’ Up blog)

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RemARKables Tour – Goodbyes are Hard!

Welcome to our May RemARKables Blog Tour! This month, our theme is “Goodbyes are Hard.” You probably hopped here from Anne Matasci‘s page. If you feel you’ve gotten lost, just see the list at the bottom to help you get back on track! Without further ado, here are my creations:

Right now, we Stampin’ Uppers are celebrating the fun we’ve had with some products that are now retiring 😥 It is SO hard to let go, especially for us crafty types who have hoarder tendencies HAHA But, I thought I would share some creations with you that feature items that are retiring. This month, I even opted to stay off Pinterest and let the cards come to me– and they did. Not as brilliant as some of the amazing stuff out there that are my style, but I’m pleased!

First up was the one item that made my jaw drop when I saw it on the list: Happy Hour! This stamp set is so cute and so versatile! I used it to make a “DSP” background for this little Christmas card. I also used the Labels Collection Framelits that we also have to say goodbye to. My sentiment is from the Sassy Salutations stamp set–which is SAFE like an American Idol! PHEW! I had already snapped a picture, and I was still like, “It needs something!” So I frosted my glasses and edged my sentiment with the ever-handy Dazzling Details 🙂 I didn’t intend for this card to be squared (it was landscape in my head), but an error in cutting my card base, and VOILA! a square card was born HAHA

happy hourThe Inky Deets:
Stamps: Happy Hour, Sassy Salutations
Paper: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Stampin’ Write Markers: Real Red and Wild Wasabi (in the Subtles pack)
Accessories & Tools: Labels Collection Framelits (already out of stock!), Dazzling Details, Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips, Snail Adhesive, Glue Dots

Next up is another card I had rattling around in my head, and I’m glad it turned out almost like I envisioned. I say “almost” because I thought I owned the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (retiring, too!), but apparently not! LOL Blue is not normally a color most people think of with flowers, but I just love the Pacific Point flower paper in the Painted Blooms DSP pack (will be sorely missed at the end of the Occasions catalog!) This card is great because it could be a sympathy card, a birthday card, or just a “Just Cuz” card!

mixed bunchThe Inky Deets:
Stamps: Mixed Bunch (out of stock), Butterfly Basics
Paper: Pacific Point, Painted Blooms DSPWhisper White
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories & Tools: Blossom punch (out of stock), Scallop Edge Border Punch (out of stock), Vintage Faceted Buttons, Hello Honey Thick Baker’s Twine (Sale-a-Bration), Stampin’ Trimmer, Snail Adhesive, Glue Dots

Last, but not least, is the card featuring the stamp set I’m probably saddest about. By the Seashore… By the Tide is staying! But I just love the seashells in this one. I have a feeling I won’t be parting with this one for a very long time, even though I got the MDS download, too! I actually am cheating on this one; I made this card awhile back to send to my long-distance boyfriend for our first dating anniversary (our first date was an impromptu day-trip to VA Beach!). I just didn’t think I could top myself by trying another card with it! LOL I used my sponge daubers to sponge my sunny sky, water, and sand. I embossed the seashells (I think I used some already-retired Pewter for all but the starfish; but you could totally stamp in whatever color you want and use Clear! I didn’t have any at the time.) I used the 2013-2015 In Colors on this–I don’t know if I can imagine a world without Coastal Cabana!! (But at least with my DBF, I’ll always have some Baked Brown Sugar nearby 😉 HAHA)

seashore 1The Inky Deets:
Stamps: By the Seashore, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Coastal Cabana (already sold out 😥 ), Whisper White
Ink: So Saffron, Coastal Cabana (already sold out 😥 ), Baked Brown Sugar (already sold out!)
Accessories & Tools: Sponge Daubers, Baked Brown Sugar Thick Baker’s Twine, Stampin’ Trimmer, embossing powder, Heat ToolPaper Snips, Snail Adhesive, Glue Dots

Oh! I just remembered! I also used By The Seashore and By the Tide for my dad’s Father’s Day card last year! Check it! 😀

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Hope you’ve enjoyed what I shared with you! 🙂 Hop on over to see what Audra has for ya!
Nancy Amato – Stampin’ All Night
Melissa Bolinger – Creative Blessings By Missy
Tamra Davis – The Card Ladies
Anne Matasci – The Maui Stamper
Heather Mathieson – The Inky LadyBug Audra Monk – The Crafty Yogi
Maria Pane – Stampin’ and Scrappin’ with RiRi
Andi Potler – ABsolute Kreations
Michele Reynolds – Inspiration Ink
Pam Staples – SunnyGirlScraps
Janet Wakeland – RemARKably Created

Until next time!
~ Heather (aka The Inky LadyBug)

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RemARKable Stampers Blog Tour — Get Movin’!

Welcome to the April RemARKable Stampers’ Blog Tour where our theme is “Get Movin’!” You probably hopped here from Anne Matasci‘s blog.

If you’ve taken the “tour” with us before, you may notice that I’m new to the lineup! I’m in awe of the ladies I’m keeping company with, let me tell ya!! No pressure! LOL

I have three cards to share with you today, each featuring the Guy Greetings stamp set that you’ll find in the Occasions Catalog– I do NOT want to see this go away. Awesome masculine sets are SO few and far between, and Stampin’ Up! just slap out-did themselves with this one! (Did I really just say “slap out”? Wow! You can take the girl out of the South…. Here’s a better phrase to help explain its meaning if you didn’t know: “Shopping all day just wore me slap out!” HAHA)

Anyway… moving along… HAHA– see what I did there? 😉 Like I said, I made three cards, and I’m posting them in the order I did them AND in increasing simplicity.

First up, I went pretty literal with the “Get Movin'” theme and used the classic car image from the stamp set! Beep Beep! Lots of layers coming through! 🙂 I got the idea from a layout I saw on Pinterest. I used stamps from the Work of Art stamp set to create the background for the layers. No need to be perfect, and I did a lot of “stamping off” to make sure the colors didn’t overpower my main image.

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The Inky Deets:
Stamps: Guy Greetings, Work of Art
Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink: Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar (get it before it’s gone June 2!!)
Accessories & Tools: Gold Baker’s Twine, Gold Metallic Basic ButtonsStampin’ Trimmer, Craft Scissors (mine are used exclusively for cutting ribbon/twine!), Snail Adhesive, Glue Dots

The second card I made (also inspired by a layout on Pinterest) uses the wingtips image. Get on your feet and move with style!! The sentiment fits in with the broader theme– this card could go to someone who is moving away, moving on to a different job/position, or retiring!
blog hop 1 apr_2The Inky Deets:

Stamps: Guy Greetings
Paper: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Neutrals Backgrounds DSP stack
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories & Tools: Banners Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic PlatformStampin’ Trimmer, Snail Adhesive

Lastly, two simple cards pretty much CASEd from pg. 40 of the Occasions Catalog, just using a different color scheme. The anchor makes me think of a big ship (though I suppose with the anchor down, it doesn’t move so much! LOL) and the brave men and women of the United States Navy. Boy, do they move around a lot! 🙂 I love this sentiment for my DBF (dear boyfriend), but as a retired Airman (USAF), I’m thinking he may balk a bit at the anchor LOL

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I couldn’t decide which one to use, so I just made both since it was SO quick and easy! 🙂 Which one do you like best?? Left or Right? Leave a comment!

The Inky Deets:
StampsGuy Greetings, Work of Art
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: (Both) Crumb Cake, Staz On Jet Black; (Left card) Soft Sky, Marina Mist; (Right card) Pool Party, Bermuda Bay
Accessories & Tools: Stampin’ Trimmer

I hope you enjoyed my stop on the tour! Hop on over to see what Audra Monk has created!

If you should get lost along the way or wanna skip and jump, here is the full lineup:

Nancy Amato – Stampin’ All Night
Melissa Bolinger – Creative Blessings by Missy
Tamra Davis – The Card Ladies
Connie Diebler – Connie Stamps
Becky Jensen – Stamp That
Anne Matasci – The Maui Stamper
Heather Mathieson – The Inky LadyBug
Audra Monk – The Crafty Yogi
Maria Pane – Stampin’ and Scrappin’ with RiRi
Andi Potler – ABsolute Kreations
Michele Reynolds – Inspiration Ink
Pam Staples – Sunny Girl Scraps
Janet Wakeland – RemARKably Created
Until next time!
~ Heather (aka The Inky LadyBug)

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Easter Treats

Happy Easter, Everyone!!

I hope you all are enjoying the day in whatever way you choose, be it a sunrise service or an easter egg hunt– or both! 🙂

I just wanted to share with you the little treats I made for my coworkers this past week. I work with a bunch of guys and/or engineers, so I didn’t want to get too fancy or time-consuming. From design to completion was only about an hour and half to finish up a dozen of these little guys!

I found the idea of using a treat topper as a treat holder on Pinterest, but everything else is original 🙂

I used the Small Oval Punch to make the little eggs out of the Best Year Ever DSP (was availalble as a free selection during Sale-A-Bration; I’m determined to use up all my DSP and not hoard it anymore LOL). I simply scored a 2″ wide piece of Soft Sky cardstock and punched it with the Scallop Tag Topper on both ends. The Word Window Punch was an easy fit for the Happy Easter sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes, the ever-handy, all-purpose sentiment stamp set. I opted to add a couple of little flowers by punching them out with the flower from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, and then secured the holder with a piece of Calypso Coral ribbon (that was also available during Sale-a-Bration).

Hope you have a chocolate-filled day! 🙂

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I’d also like to take a second to tell you about another AWESOME promotion this week– FREE SHIPPING!! FIVE DAYS ONLY! April 6 through April 10. You can email me your order at inkyladybug@gmail.com or place an order online, using hostess code: RJGJGZZD. (If your order reaches more than $150, do not use that code– YOU can get the hostess benefits at that point! 🙂 ) If you need ANY help, do not hesitate to reach out to me! I’m here! 🙂

~Heather

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Banner up!

Last October, I attended a 4-day retreat with a bunch of my fellow RemARKables stampers (whether they are demonstrators or just customers/friends). My big project was making these banners for my nephew and my niece (who was born while I was there! and Jayden is turning 3 at the time of this post!) My cousin said that they were doing a Mickey and Minnie theme (as J was growing out of his Noah’s Ark baby room), so I ran with it! 🙂 I used my Silhouette to cut out the letters.

And here’s Baby Girl’s!

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Enjoy!

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Throwback Thursday

I apologize that I failed to post last week as promised, but I am still determined to stay on track with a post a week 🙂

Today is Thursday, the ever-popular “Throwback Thursday” in the social media world. Another demonstrator that I follow asked us about our first card we made and that sparked some inspiration… so, take a stroll down Memory Lane with me to where it all began…

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I attended my first workshop back in September of 2009 at my friend Danielle’s house. I have always been crafty, but at that time, I wasn’t really doing anything specific, my craftiness just laying dormant.

I’d never heard of Stampin’ Up! I had attended a Close to My Heart party some years before when I lived on Ft. Bliss, and my mother and I had a stamping/embossing phase back when I was in high school, but I knew I wasn’t a scrapbooker, so stamping and paper crafts hadn’t piqued my interest at that point.. But, I went to her house, and… Mind! Blown! I immediately fell in love. I don’t remember exactly what we made, just a couple of cards, and I do remember that we used Teeny Tiny Wishes, a versatile stamp set that is still around!) I remained a customer of Danielle’s for about 9 more months before she was finally like, “Look. I hate to lose my best customer, but you spend so much, you may as well get a discount!” So… I took the plunge. Those amazing products that I fell in love with that day? They’ve only gotten better and better! 😀 (I could wax poetic about Stampin’ Up! products as well as the company as a business, but I’ll spare you….)

Anyway… to the point of my post– my first card ever. I suggest that you make sure your mouth is free of anything lest you spew it out or choke on it in laughter! 🙂

At that workshop (or shortly thereafter), I purchased the stamp set Season of Joy, and ink and cardstock in Bashful Blue, Old Olive, and Ruby Red, thinking I’d hand-make Christmas cards that year. As far as I know, this was before the days of Pinterest, and I definitely did not know about CASEing (or where to find things to CopyAnd Share Everything), so I was relying on my product novice and rusty creativity, so…. After several failed attempts at anything, I did NOT make a ton of beautiful Christmas cards like I’d envisioned. I did about 5 that I hate (but I keep the pics I took to remind me LOL)… But here is the first one:
I really don’t think I’ve made much in the way of Christmas cards since then LOL But to compare, here are a couple of the ornaments I made about 20 of a few years ago 🙂 (The color schemes I used are all from my head, but I follow assembly instructions very well HAHA)

I hope you enjoyed this little stroll down Memory Lane! I hope to actually get some crafting done this weekend to have something new and fresh to share with you next week! 🙂

Until then… stay warm and safe (is cold with icky weather here of late)…

~Heather

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The Fox say, “I Love You”

Hello, Blogisphere…

I am excited to be writing my first Stampin’ Up blog post ever!! I hope to be able to keep up with posting something at least once a week. If I can, I will move to a more robust blog platform.

I have been a Stampin’ Up demonstrator off and on (mostly on 😉 ) for almost 5 years now! I have mostly been what we like to call, “a happy shopper,” but this year, I have decided I want to try to run this as a business. If you’d like to know just how happy you can be as a shopper, just let me know! 🙂 And now through March 31st is THE best time of year to join up, whether as a business opportunity or “just” for the discount!!

I certainly have many more creations that I’ve done over the years (see some of the most recent here on Pinterest in My Creations), but I’m not going to try to back-blog (haha… that sounds like “backlog”– oh yeah, I’m a nerd 😉 ). If you see anything on Pinterest that you would like to know how I made or what I used to make it, just shoot me an email!

First up are a couple of Valentine’s that I made to send to the man in my life. Yes… I said, “send”… we are seperated by two time zones and will be for awhile yet. It’s hard, but we’re working! 🙂 I made both of these cards in less than an hour (and that includes rummaging around for the occasional supplies as my craft area is a wreck right now).

The first card matches the utterly ridiculous gift I sent– a musical fox that plays that obnoxious and infectious song, “What the Fox Say?” LOL (one of those “us” things 🙂 ) I used the stamp set, Hey Valentine, and colored the fox with Blendabilities from the Skin Tone Assortment. Punch him out with the Note Tag punch, add a little piece of paper and a strip of washi tape, both “Stacked with Love,” and Boom! Done! 🙂
valentine foxThe next one is a more serious card. I used the Ampersand embossing folder (using my new Texture Boutique) and cut out the “You” and “Me” pieces from one of the stamps in the You Plus Me stamp set. Added a couple of strips of the Stacked with Love paper stack (which I saved some dough cheese on by purchasing the stamp set and the paper stack as a bundle!), and this guy was done super quick! 🙂 The “hardest” part was deciding which paper to use on the banners LOL

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Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to have more for you next week! 🙂