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Happier than a Pig In Mud

 

My team members get this card as my "thank you!"
You can get it too by joining my team this month!


This card is part of Kylie's International Highlights.  Please vote for me by clicking this button so that I can join in the Top Ten International Blog Hop.


The idea for this card actually popped into my head while I was enjoying a massage.  I know, I'm weird.  But I thought this would make a good "thank you" for those in our lives that really make us "happier than a pig in mud."

Here are the items used for the card.  It was simple to put together but if you have any questions please feel free to contact me!! I am always happy to help.

Stampsets:
My Little Piggy (pig)

Dies and Embossing Folders:
Birthday Chick Dies (fence)

Paper:
Calypso Coral (base and accents)
Pansy Petals DSP
Cinnamon Cider (mud)
Soft Suede (fence)
Pale Papaya (pig)
Basic White

Inks and Markers:
Memento Black
Soft Suede (applied to mud with blending brush)
Light Polished Pink (ears and cheeks)

~Like so many cards that "pop" into my head, SU doesn't have a stamp that says what I need it to say.  No worries! I call these "hybrid" cards. I type the saying on my computer, print it out on cardstock and cut it. ***Someday I will reach the 1 million sales and will get to design my own stampset. I am already planning it out.***

It is always a great time to join my Stampin' Up!® team....you get $125 worth of products of your choice for just $99 on your start up order and free shipping!!  As a demonstrator, you will get to order from the new mini catalog in July before it goes live on August 3rd.  You can also pre-earn SALE-a-bration items. If selling is not for you, that is fine.... many become "hobby" demonstrators for the discount (20-25%) and the exclusives. 
For me???  I love to share what I love to do!!!!  (and I must support my habit- wink wink)
Above all, enjoy the journey and have fun. 


Meet Eeyore!!!!

 


I LOVE Eeyore and the first time that I saw the stamp set Darling Donkeys, I knew that this would be my challenge.  At this time, the stamp set is retired, but you can still find it! (E-mail me, I may still have one left!)

I just stamped the sitting donkey, colored it with Stampin' Blends (Balmy Blue, Rococo Rose and Ivory).  I added the stitching and colored his mane using black Stampin' Write. 

Snip his ears and move them to the down position. I attached him using dimensionals and added a Rococo Rose bow from the Birthday Chick Dies.

I used the stamps from an old favorite Paper Pumpkin (No Matter the Weather) which you can now get as a kit!!!  (I have used the stamps in this set on so many cards that I can't imagine life without it.  A little dramatic, but real.)   Click here to order your No Matter the Weather kit now!

No Matter the Weather stamps


The puddle under Eeyore is from the host set Prince and Princess.

My upline taught me well and no card is finished without a beautiful inside (shout out to Betsy Crider)..... sooo here you go!!


I again used No Matter the Weather stamps and added the sun from the Sending Sunshine Paper Pumpkin stamps using the masking technique.

I think I have a few more Eeyore cards up my sleeve so check back.  I will add them below as they are completed!


"Bundle Up Before They Are Gone" Series - Handsomely Suited

Handsomely Suited Bundle


This is the last of the "Before they are Gone" series... and I saved the best for last.  The Handsomely Suited stampset and the Suit and Tie Dies will be bundled together for 10% savings until June 30.  


Stampin' Up!® Bundles save an average of 10%!  And if you order the Handsomely Suited bundle using my Bundle savings host code (WJV3GZH2) before 6/30/2021, then you will also get $5 off a future Paper Pumpkin kit when ordered through me! 
 
Product Alert:  There are bundled savings in the Jan-June catalog that will end on 6/30/2021.  Although these sets have "carried over" into the new annual catalog (yay!) and you will still be able to buy these stampset and dies separatelythey are no longer bundled for the 10% discount. 
So don't wait, buy them now!   

I have 5 boys so I love it when Stampin' Up! comes out with stampsets that "suit" the males in my family.  This set not only makes great bowtie and necktie accented cards, but other stampers have used the dies to create a doctor's coat, scrubs and even military uniforms. Find them on Pinterest and make it for someone 
to show your thanks.

I only have a few cards to show for this bundle (because I sold the others before I photographed them!)
 

Follow my blog for upcoming product information and tutorials for cards, decor, gifts and more!  And don't forget to use my host code (WJV3GZH2)  so that you  get $5 off your Paper Pumpkin (must be ordered through me.)
CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE HANDSOMELY SUITED BUNDLE NOW!

"Bundle Up Before They Are Gone" Series - Simply Succulents




Simply Succulents Bundle


Who likes to spend extra money???  Nobody... that is why I am continuing my series highlighting the Stampin' Up!® stampset bundles that will be going, going, and gone come June 30!


Stampin' Up!® Bundles save an average of 10%!  And if you order the Simply Succulents bundle using my Bundle savings host code (WJV3GZH2) before 6/30/2021, then you will also get $5 off a future Paper Pumpkin kit when ordered through me! 
 
Product Alert:  There are bundled savings in the Jan-June catalog that will end on 6/30/2021.  Although these sets have "carried over" into the new annual catalog (yay!) and you will still be able to buy these stampset and dies separatelythey are no longer bundled for the 10% discount. 
So don't wait, buy them now!   

The succulent images in this set are so realistic and timeless.  Add a little color with Stampin' Blends, blending brushes or watercolor to make them pop.  Then use the dies in the Potted Succulent die set to really make them come off the page.  As an added bonus, there is a full page die that truly does all the work for you. The sentiments are so thoughtful.  If you are a cardmaker, this is a must-have for your stamp library!!
Check out these cards featuring this beautiful bundle. 



Follow my blog so that you don't miss out on the other bundles that will be disappearing!  And don't forget to use my host code (WJV3GZH2)  so that you  get $5 off your Paper Pumpkin (must be ordered through me.)






"Bundle Up Before They Are Gone" Series - Sweet Ice Cream

 

Sweet Ice Cream Bundle


Who likes to spend extra money???  Nobody... that is why I am continuing my series highlighting the Stampin' Up!® stampset bundles that will be going, going, and gone come June 30!

Stampin' Up!® Bundles save an average of 10%!  And if you order the Sweet Ice Cream Bundle using my Bundle savings host code (WJV3GZH2) before 6/30/2021, then you will also get $5 off a future Paper Pumpkin kit when ordered through me! 
 
Product Alert:  There are bundled savings in the Jan-June catalog that will end on 6/30/2021.  Although these sets have "carried over" into the new annual catalog (yay!) and you will still be able to buy these stampset and dies/punches separately, they are no longer bundled for the 10% discount. 
So don't wait, buy them now!   

The Sweet Ice Cream stamps are so versatile and works for both young and old with ice cream and popsicle images.  Who doesn't like ice cream??  And we all know that sprinkles are for winners!  The font of the sentiments is what made this a "must have" for me.  The "Happy Birthday" stamp is going to be a "keeper" even after this set retires next year. Isn't it gorgeous???


Here are a few cards featuring this fun bundle.

Card by Robin Scherzer
Card by Jenny Miller


Follow my blog so that you don't miss out on the other bundles that will be disappearing!  And don't forget to use my host code (WJV3GZH2)  so that you  get $5 off your Paper Pumpkin (must be ordered through me.)

"Bundle Up Before They are Gone" Series - Art Gallery

Art Gallery Bundle


Who likes to spend extra money???  It grows on trees, right? We work for it just because we love to work so much......right??    NO!!   I'm not "cheap", I'm "frugal." I would rather have more money to spend on more stamps, inks and paper! And I know you do too- otherwise you wouldn't be reading this instead of People magazine.

Stampin' Up!® Bundles save an average of 10%!  And if you order the Art Gallery Bundle using my Bundle savings host code (WJV3GZH2) before 6/30/2021, then you will also get $5 off a future Paper Pumpkin kit when ordered through me! 
 
Product Alert:  There are bundled savings in the Jan-June catalog that will end on 6/30/2021.  Although you will still be able to buy the stampset and dies separately in the annual catalog, you will not get the 10% discount. 
So don't wait, buy them now!   

Truth be told, the Art Gallery was not one of my favorite stamp sets just because I have a hard time with "abstract" design.  I am finally facing the fact that I might be a little OCD.  But the dies in this set had me sold immediately.  The "Just Want to Say" Die is to die for..... okay, that was only two-thirds of a pun.

Here are some sample cards:
design by Card Zen by Jen




design by Card Zen by Jen


design by Diane Lezada-Donart



Follow my blog so that you don't miss out on the other bundles that will be disappearing!  And don't forget to use my host code (WJV3GZH2)  so that you  get $5 off your Paper Pumpkin (must be ordered through me.)
 

My Meadow

The flowers outside of my house are beautiful but these are the only flowers inside the house that I can keep alive!!!  Who's with me???

 This layout was inspired by Ali Palmer's post on a facebook group. Her creation was larger and had a lot more flowers... I am not that talented, don't have that much time, and my shadowbox was only 8" x 8". 

So, the hardest part was to figure out the dimensions.  After a lot of math, geometry and trig (just kidding on the trig), I had my measurements and it was time to give it a go.  A word of advice: There are no mistakes in creativity, only another direction to follow.  So I invite you to give it a whirl and see what you come up with.  I would love to see it!

This design features the Quiet Meadow dies from Stampin' Up!®.

  • Cut your background piece to 8" x 8" (Soft Seafoam)
  • Cut Basic White cardstock to 2" x 4" (2 pieces), 3" x 2" (2 pieces), 1" x 2" (2 pieces) and 2" x 1¾" (one piece).
  • Use blending brushes to add Garden Green to the lower portion of the Basic White pieces and Balmy Blue to the top portion of the pieces.
  • Cut these flowers out of Basic White and then color using the Stampin' Blends. Cut the center of the flower out of Early Espresso. 

  • Cut these flowers out of colored cardstock- I used Garden Green, Basic White and Night of Navy. Snip at the top of the green stem and snip the white and navy flowers. Glue them together.

  • I added these flowers and vine from the Garden Gateway Dies using Pear Pizzazz and Magenta Madness. (They were smaller so they could fit nicely on the 1" x 2" pieces.)

  • Snip the flowers apart and arrange them any way that makes your socks go up and down. No rules! I cut apart the parsley leaves (???), ran them through the embossing machine with the Tasteful Textile folder and used them to fill in as needed.
  • I stamped the butterfly from the Positive Thoughts stampset onto Basic White and used Light and Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends.
  • The green grass was not from Stampin' Up!® - I still have some stash from my scrapbooking days.... don't we all?? But the grass border could be easily recreated using Garden Green cardstock and some scissors.  Just snip your stress away! (I am only condoning the use of scissors on cardstock.)
  • The matte for each piece was simply ¼" larger using Evening Evergreen cardstock. I'm not going to make you do the math- here are the measurements: 2¼" x 4¼" (2 pieces), 3¼" x 2¼" (2 pieces), 1¼" x 2¼" (2 pieces). For the center matte, I used a gold foil sheet cut to 2¼" x 2" (one piece).
  • Place all the pieces on your background until you have them spaced the way you want, then glue them down.
  • I added the bumblebee and ladybug trinkets. 
The nice think about shadow boxes is that you can add dimension so use those "dimensionals" to pop up some of your flowers, the grass and the butterfly.  

I hope I didn't miss anything... just have fun and make it yours!

Did somebody say FREE??? (my favorite four letter F word)
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Sensational Sunset with Ink Alcohol Technique

 


Add a tealight behind and create a sunset.


The Inspiring Canopy Dies create such beautiful trees in just one swipe of the embossing machine.  It doesn't get any easier than that.  I saw that someone (can't remember who) mounted the trees on a window sheet so that you could see through to the back sheet.  Interesting..... but what if...... and that is precisely when I get myself in trouble and HAVE to create what I am seeing in my head.  Don't ask... there are a lot of cobwebs up there. But just sometimes, I surprise myself.  So here it is.

Items needed:

  • Dies: Inspiring Canopy and Meadow Dies
  • Stampset: Quiet Meadow
  • Cardstock:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Basic White
  • Vellum
  • Stampin' Blend Markers: Blackberry Bliss, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight
  • 91% isopropyl alcohol
  • twine of your choice
  • Paper towels

Cut Basic Black to 5½" x 4¾", score at ½" so that it looks like this.


Cut vellum to 5½" x 4¼", then use the Stampin' Blends to color it as shown.

To mimic a sunset, I inked in this order.



Watch the quick video showing how to do the ink alcohol technique.


Once the vellum dries completely, adhere to the black cardstock using Stampin'Seal+.




Cut the trees from Basic Black cardstock.  Add glue to the back of the trees using a sponge dauber then adhere to the front of the inked vellum. 

Cut a piece of Basic Black about one inch tall using the wavy edge cutter in the Inspiring Canopy Dies. Adhere it to the bottom of the vellum over the bases of the trees as shown.

Cut the Daffodil Delight cardstock to 4" x 5¼".  Then stamp the inside sentiment from Quiet Meadow. 



Stamp the sentiment (Quiet Meadow) on Basic White and cut out using the label die (Meadow Dies). Adhere to the front using dimensionals.  Add twine of your choice.


And there you have it, your sensational sunset.  Hope you enjoy it.  Feel free to comment or show me your creation.  I love to know that I am not talking to the air 😉!

Tie Dye Heaven

 

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Thank you for joining us for our Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator Training Program Monthly Blog Hop! We are so happy that you could join us today for this blog hop for ideas and creative inspiration. We are a group of Stampin' Up!® Demonstrators from around the world that are taking part in training that is helping us to build a successful Stampin' Up!® business and reach some goals we have set. We really appreciate your support.  You may be starting here or have come from another blog - either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post and idea today. Happy hopping!!





This card uses three of my favorite things (so far) from the new Stampin' Up!™ catalog- the Spiral Dye stamp set, the Flowers and Leaves punch and the new "in color" Polished Pink!  Oh, you haven't met them yet??? Let me introduce you!


  • The Spiral Dye can be used to create a "tie dye" effect by using 2,3 or 4 different colors.  To achieve the "tie dye" look, I stamped the image with Pumpkin Pie on basic white cardstock.  I then turned the paper 180 degrees (upside down) and stamped the image in Polished Pink.  (The Stamparatus™ has been the key to getting perfectly lined up images every time. )  

  • I love the Flowers and Leaves punch. The flower was stamped in Polished Pink then punched out.  A little more pink was added to the petals using the Water Painter. The petals on this punch remind me of dogwood flowers- they are so beautiful!

  •  The "In Colors" 2021-2023 are absolutely breathtaking.  Say "hello" to Polished Pink, Pale Papaya, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulant, and Fresh Freesia.  These colors are available in paper, markers, inks, ribbons, and embellishments.  Grab a few for yourself.... remember to use my host code P77FS46G so that you get the May card for FREE!


Check out the newest goodies in the new annual catalog and tell me your favorite!!  I'd love to hear from you!

Now hop along to the next blog for more ideas and inspiration.