Just add color!

Hello and welcome to my first blog post of 2019! I hope you all had a safe and joyous holiday season! Now that the 2019 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs has gone live, I thought I would show you not one, but two cards using the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper, which you can earn for FREE with a qualifying $50 (USD) purchase! This beautiful DSP not only has lots of color, but black and white as well! Two of the designs are of butterflies in black and white and I chose one of the designs to spotlight the butterflies using Stampin’ Blends. If you have thought about purchasing Stampin’ Blends or maybe have already started purchasing a few of the Stampin’ Blends, this is a perfect opportunity to use them and just add color!

To start, I used this butterfly and flower black and white design and at 3 ¾” x 12” and then cut that piece down at 5”, giving me two pieces of DSP measuring 3 ¾” x 5”. For the DSP on the right, I chose Dark Pineapple Punch, Light Mango Melody, and Light Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends. For the DSP on the left, I chose Dark Petal Pink, Light Flirty Flamingo (I started with Dark Flirty Flamingo on one of the butterflies, decided it was too dark, and then switched to Light Flirty Flamingo), and Dark Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends:


Cut two pieces of Basic Black cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” to layer the DSP on:


For the card on the right, I used Mango Melody cardstock for the card base and Flirty Flamingo cardstock for the card base for the card on the left, both cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:


The card front sentiment is from Rooted in Nature, stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Pumpkin Pie and Lovely Lipstick inks, and then punch out the sentiment with the 1 1/8” Scallop Circle Punch. I used the 1 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch to punch out a piece in Pumpkin Pie and Lovely Lipstick cardstock to layer the sentiment on. You will cut a piece of the Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon long enough to wrap around the DSP and Basic Black base layer:


The DSP is adhered to the Basic Black base layer and then the ribbon is adhered across the bottom. TIP-this ribbon is wide enough that you can use some Snail on the back to help keep it in place on the card front. The sentiment is then adhered to the layering cardstock, then adhered with a dimensional, and finally is adhered to the card base:


For the inside sentiment on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment is also from Rooted in Nature stamp set, in Mango Melody and Flirty Flamingo ink. The butterflies are from Butterfly Gala stamp set in Memento Ink and are colored in with the same Stampin’ Blends colors as the front of the card:


So, what do you think?? Isn’t this fun paper that you can earn for free?? This is a great way to create 6 cards just like this from one sheet of Designer Series Paper! Then, you will have 3 pieces of the DSP measuring 2” x 3 ¾” to create up to 3 more cards from!!

Wondering what specials are going on?? Current specials are listed to the right!!

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Love It-Live It-Share It–OnStage 2018 Orlando Recap!

Hello and welcome to today’s blog! I am sharing with you my experience from attending OnStage in Orlando, which was Ahhh-maaaay-zing! This was not my first Onstage, but it was my first OnStage Live!, and what better way to spend three amazing days than with over 6,000 people who love to create with Stampin’ Up! Not only was it awesome to catch up with some old friends from Team Stamp It, but meeting some amazing new friends from the team! This trip especially meant a lot to me since I was able to share this experience with not just my downline, but my dearest and best friend, Laura. We became friends over 20 years ago and even when time and distance has separated us, we always pick up right where we left off. So when I came home from OnStage Hartford in April and shared my experience with her (and my experience from Onstage Richmond last year), she couldn’t wait to make this a “girls trip” and head on down to Orlando! Here’s a couple pictures of us from Orlando:

Our first morning, going on 2 hours of sleep!
Our final day!

Our day’s started bright and early (between 4:00-4:30am) so we could join our other Team Stamp It members at the doors to get in and get enough seats so those of us that wanted to could sit together. We got to see lots of new and amazing products from the upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs, create with some make and takes, win some of the new products from Prize Patrol, receive our own copy of the new catalogs, and see how Stampin’ Up! has changed and grown over the last 30 years. 

View from the door, so many, many, many more people!
View from our seats on day one!
Team Stamp It!
People are heading inside!
Day 3
More of day 3

For our first night, we had a team dinner at Taverna Opa! and not only was the food amazing, so was the staff!

Stamp It Group and friends!

Here are the goodies from Prize Patrol!

Two new stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog!
Another stamp set and 6″ x 6″ DSP from the Occasions Catalog! Humming Along has coordinating dies!
Exclusive tool kit holder that’s only given to OnStage attendees!
Inside the tool kit
Another stamp set and a packable bag!
The bag unfolds to a nice size duffle, only given out at OnStage

Stampin’ Up! had the new Craft and Carry Tote (available only to demonstrators) on display:

Front of the bag
This bag is so awesome! Look at what it can hold!!
Back of the bag

Check out the display boards showcasing new products from the Occasions and Sale-a-bration Catalogs!!

Thank you for joining me today and letting me share this wonderful experience with you!

If you would like your very own copy of the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs delivered to your mail box and/or would like to join my team, contact me today for more information!