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It’s back to spool time!

5 Sep

Only during September, get a  FREE spool of 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon with every $40 purchase.

Choose from any of the 2012-2014 In Colors — or spend $200 and get all five!

Check out these beautiful colors; then pull out your Wish List and place a $40 (or more) order. Don’t forget to check out the Clearance Rack!  Click the SHOP NOW button or contact me directly to place your order.

SAVE ON SHIPPING – orders less than $70 have a minimum $6.95 shipping fee. Save on shipping by gathering orders from your friends and hosting a Catalog show. Not only will you save on shipping but you earn FREE MONEY TO SPEND on exclusive HOSTESS ITEMS or CATALOG ITEMS of your choice.

Contact me today to book your Catalog Show or place an order!

Until we meet again…stay sane stampin’!

Kathy
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Colors to Love

25 Jul

Are you feelin’ the love? I am. I’ve fallen in love with the new 2012-14 In Colors…Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, and Midnight Muse. They’re all used on this fun card. Okay, I’ll admit it. I didn’t feel that love-at-first-sight flush. You know what I mean. I didn’t ooh! and ahh! when I saw them. You know what we all thought when we first saw Summer Starfruit. But, I’m feelin’ the love now! How about you? This bright and colorful card was the project created at a recent Mom and Me workshop. I used a birthday sentiment from the Word Play set but by just changing the sentiment, this card — simple enough for kids — could be used for just about any occasion!

Stampin’ Up! knows that we’d all love to have the new In Colors, and they know we all love a deal, soooooo they’ve offered us a Card Stock & Pad Kit (#126835) for just $29.95. The kit has 20 sheets of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock, 4 each in the 5 in Colors, and 5 Classic Stampin’ Pads, 1 each in the 5 In Colors. Add on the Stampin’ Write Markers (#126856) at just $14.95 for the set of 5 In-Colors and those cute little In Color Dahlias (#127556) — 20 flowers, 4 each of the 5 In Colors — and you’ve got the makings of some bright and colorful cards that everybody will love!

Until  the end of July, order $50 in products — and the In Color choices above fit the bill (pardon the pun) — and get the Reason to Smile stamp set for just $5.00…the choice of clear mount or wood mount is yours! Hurry! The deadline is just around the corner for this brand new stamp set. Order online here or contact me to place your order!

Wish Big In Color Card Supplies:

Stamp Sets — Delicate Doilies (W#122590 $21.95, C#122592 $16.95); Word Play (W#120308 $41.95, C#120651 $28.95)

Card Stock – Whisper White, Primrose Petals

Ink – Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse (all Classic)

Accessories – Basics Glimmer Brads (#121003, $4.95); Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL

Tools – Simply Scored Tool (#122334, $29.95), Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder; 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch (#118874, $16.95), 1-3/4″ Circle Punch (#119850, $16.95)

It’s that easy!

30 Jun

Such a fun — and easy — card, shared by Group Therapy team member, Jeanne Kent, and created by me at our shoebox swap last Saturday. The focal point couldn’t be easier! It’s one of the stamps from the Easy Events stamp set, the perfect answer to the what-do-I-need-to-get-started question. This line-art set features an image and a sentiment on each of 8 stamps. You don’t need two stamp sets to start…one’ll do ya!

And here’s a little tip for you, if you’re wondering what size to cut that center piece of card stock. Just cut it the same size as the block (wood or clear…doesn’t matter!) Want to add color to your little slug like we did here? Just color…use your Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Crayons or your Stampin’ Write Markers! If you want, pop that focal point up with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

Paper and ink. That’s all there is to it. Really, it’s that easy!

Easy Events
#116958~ WM~$32.95 or #123225~CM~$24.95

Stampin’ Up! Retirment Party

1 May

On Sunday afternoon I hosted a Retirement Party for Stampin’ Up!’s retiring stamps, Decor Elements, and accessories! I thought you’d like to see which retiring friends put their best face forward for the party attendees!

Check out my upcoming events! There are so many stamping friends retiring this month that I’ve decided to host a second retirement party on Friday evening, May 18 from 7-10. I hope you’ll come and join me in wishing a fond farewell to our retirees! Be one of the first three to sign up and get a discount! Special pricing for Technique Club Members! FREE with a $50 order! All new projects!

Project 1: 12 x 12 scrapbook page

Project 2: "Flight of the Butterfly" Card

Project 3: "Awash with Flowers" Card

Project 4: Desk-top Memo Pad Holder

Project 5: Planter with Chalkboard Label

Hope you like these projects! Sorry you missed making them! But, you can make some other awesome projects at the next Retirement Party. Register now and reserve your spot!

Remember, retiring accessories are available ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Check HERE for current availability of retiring accessories. Retiring stamps will be available until the end of May; CLICK HERE FOR LIST. Don’t forget about the retiring Definitely Decorative, including Decor Elements!!

Until we meet again…STAY SANE STAMPIN’!

Kathy

Creativity challenged?

13 Feb

Do you ever find yourself creativity-challenged? Well, I certainly do! So, when I want to create a card, but am clueless as to where to start, I look to others’ creations for inspiration. In the stamping world, we call it CASE-ing — Copy and Share Everything! Above, on the left, you see a swap that I received at the Stampin’ Up! Convention in July (Sorry! There’s no name on it so I can’t give credit. If it’s yours, let me know and I will!). Cute card, huh? Simple, too! But, I didn’t have that ribbon, or the stamps, or the flower punch. Mmmmm. The juices started flowing. I pulled out the new Blossom punch that’s in the Occasions Mini Catalog, as well as some of our FREE Sale-A-Bration DSP, and went to work! How do you like my finished product?  I hope it will inspire you when you’re feeling creativity-challenged! I hope you’ll share your version of my card with me; I would love to see it! Email a photo of it to me at stamp4sanity@gmail.com.  

Kathy’s Card Supplies:  Stamps: Curvy Verses; Card Stock — Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Peach Parfait, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Peach Parfait, Soft Suede; Accessories: Blossom Punch, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, 1-1/4″ Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch, 3/4″ Circle Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper, 2011-2013 In Color Designer Printed Brads, Stamping Sponges, SNAIL Adhesive

Happy Birthday, Little Girl!

22 Oct

My little girl is not so little anymore. She turned 21 this week. On October 18, my youngest child, my only daughter, my little girl turned 21! I don’t know where the years went…but my little girl is all grown up!

She’s a junior at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Her aspiration is to become a country recording artist! Being an artistic type, she’s got a unique style, which includes cowboy boots…with everything! So, what would be more perfect for her birthday card than cowboy boots?

What do you think of the special card I made for her?

Want to know how I made it? How about if we start with those killer boots? Believe it or not, I started with the new stocking punch, found in the Holiday Mini Catalog! I punched two “stockings” from Island Indigo card stock. To convert the stocking to a boot, I used the wide oval punch to remove the top part of the foot of the stocking. That’s it. Simple, huh? To round the top of the boot, I created a template by punching a card stock scrap with the 3/4″ circle punch. I then laid the circle over the top of the stocking top, traced the top of the circle, and used my snips to cut along the line. Okay, now you’ve got the boot shape. Now for some finishing touches.

  • Leather texture added to “boots” with a retired Texturz plate.
  • Stamped with VersaMark, using flourish from Elements of Style stamp set. Added Silver Embossing Powder and set with heat gun.
  • Stamped with VersaMark, using flowers from Borderlines stamp set. Added Melon Mambo Embossing Powder and set with heat gun.
  • Used a scrap strip of Island Indigo card stock to create the boot straps. Just folded a piece over and attached it with a little snail to backside of boot.
  • The heel was created with the jewelry tag punch. I punched it from Soft Suede and added texture by swiping Soft Suede ink across the card stock with a sponge.
  • Last, but certainly not least, I added some bling!! Self-adhesive rhinestones dot the center of each flower down the side of each boot.

Did you notice the lace peeking out of the top of the boots? My daughter had crocheted legwarmers on her wish list. So, here’s my inspiration. I just used a couple of snips of Victoria Crochet Trim and tucked them in the boot tops!Pay close attention and you’ll notice that she’s wearing black leggings under her multi-layered skirt. Speaking of skirts…how about that skirt? It’s Stampin’ Up!’s beautiful Spice Cake fabric — available in the Holiday Mini Catalog! With the Big Shot, and the Scallop Circle Die, I cut two pieces of fabric. Each skirt layer is one quarter of a circle. I just laid one on top of the other and “snailed” them down. The petticoat peeking out from the bottom of the skirt was created with a strip of Whisper White card stock and the Eyelet Border Punch. I just accordian-folded it.

The belt is a strip of Soft Suede card stock. I just folded the ends under the edges of the skirt. Of course, a country star’s gotta shine! When the spotlight hits that belt buckle, boy-oh-boy, will it ever sparkle! The Bojo Blossom Punch, the 1/2″ Circle Punch and the Silver Glimmer Paper made an awesome buckle, fit for a superstar, don’t you think?

Here are some other supplies used to create this card:

  • Card stock: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Designer Series Papers: Spice Cake, Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Inks: VersaMark, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Island Indigo
  • Accessories: On Board Merry Medley

Oh, I almost forgot. You might like to see the inside of the card, too.

I finished off the card with a Scallop Envelope, created with the Big Shot, Island Indigo card stock, and the Scallop Envelope Die, which I “blinged” up with glimmer paper, and attached to the inside left of the card. I tucked a check inside, with a little note attached that said “Boots to-die-for.” Talk about one excited girl! New boots. It just don’t get no better ‘an that!!!

The Birthday Girl

Happy Independence Day!

4 Jul

In celebration of our nation’s 235th birthday, we made these patriotic red, white and blue cards at Friday night  K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stamping)! Hope you like them!

Enjoy your day…spend time with family and friends, grill, play outside…but take time to remember why we celebrate this day: Read the Declaration of Independence.