Mother’s Day Blog Hop


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Welcome to this month’s blog hop!  Today we are featuring projects for Mother’s Day.  

When I think of Mother’s Day, images of sunshine and flowers generally come to mind for me.  While we sometimes get a nice sunny day, quite often its anything but nice out, and this year spring has been delayed so long that I’m not sure how many flowers we’ll have by the time Mother’s Day comes along.  If I can’t have real flowers blooming in my garden, at least I can make sure I’m crafting with them, and I certainly do that.  Florals are by far my favorite type of stamps and paper to work with.  My card today starts out with lots of elements from the Share What You Love product suite that everyone can order starting today!

How It’s Made:

I started with a Crumb Cake card base and ran a piece of Mossy Meadow through the Big Shot with the Lovely Floral Dynamic Textureed Impressions Embossing folder.  A floral panel from the Share What You Love specialty designer series paper pack was added over that along with a few strips of DSP from the same pack.  The Apron, tools and greeting are all from the Apron of Love bundle. The apron assembly was layered over a 2 1/4″ circle of Rich Razzleberry cardstock and a Pearlized Doily and accented with a bow made from the Rich Razzleberry 1/4″ velvet ribbon.

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Pearls are the traditional gift for a 30th Anniversary.  This year is Stampin’ Up’s 30th year in business, but we are the recipients of the pearls.  the Share What you Love suite of products is loaded with pearls and pearlized accents.  Can you see the pearl sheen on my card?  The doily is pearlized, and there are lovely Artisan Pearls as part of this suite as well.  Did you know that customers can order these products today before the catalog goes live?  There are three different bundles to choose from, and each bundle contains free product!  Head over to my online store to see the new releases!

Well, I could go on and on, but I bet you’re ready to see what Kathya has created for you.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Take some time to create this week – it’s a great mental vacation!

P.S.  The green cardstock I used on my card is Mossy Meadow.  It used to be an In-Color but will be back as part of the Neutrals collection in June!

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New Catalog, New Products!

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It’s finally here!  It’s June 1st and the brand-new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog goes live today!    You may have arrived from Mary’s blog.  Her projects are always so inspiring!  If you’re just joining us, be sure to hit all the stops on the hop.  This month, we’ve chosen to show you projects made with new products that you can now order.

My niece has just graduated from college, and I needed a special card to mark the occasion.  I sifted through my box of pre-order products and realized that I hadn’t yet played with the Confetti Celebration stamp set nor had I used any of the DSP sheets from Pop of Pink.  Put them together and you come up with a rather nifty Graduation card!  Take a peek… 6-1-16b

I started with a base of Basic Black layered with Whisper White Thick cardstock and topped with the Melon Mambo polka dot pattern from Pop of Pink DSP.  I used the brand-new Sprinkles punch to make confetti to fill my shaker card with.  And speaking of shaker cards, we have another new product to make them with – Foam Adhesive Strips! A bit of Melon Mambo thick baker’s twine and Pop of Pink washi tape helped embellish my card. 6-1-16aI decorated the inside of the card too, only I forgot to take a photo before I’d written a note in it.  That part’s a bit personal, but I can show you the decorative part that was done with the Balloon Bouquet punch and more of the DSP and cardstock.  Cute, eh?

Ok then, time to send you off to see what Kathya has worked with.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.   If you get off track on today’s hop, the stops are listed below.




P.S. If you don’t already have your copy of the new catalog, please holler at me and I’ll get one out to you!

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August Big Shot Blog Hop

August Blog Hop Button-ResizedWelcome to our August Blog Hop!  You may have hopped over after seeing Diana’s cute project, but if you’re just joining us, please take a minute and see what the rest of the Di’s Country INKers have for you!

This month, we have chosen to highlight the Big Shot and the ‘Buy a Big Shot Get a Bundle’ promotion. Through August 31, get an exclusive Framelits and Stamp Set Bundle for FREE when you purchase a Big Shot. Or, if you already own a Big Shot, get a 15 percent discount on select bundles. Check it out here!

One of the perks of attending Convention this year was that we were able to buy and take home product Blog Hopfrom the Holiday Catalog.  One of the first things I jumped on (and will be available as one of the promo freebies!) is the Bright and Beautiful Stars bundle.  The stamp set is called Bright and Beautiful, and it coordinates with the Stars Framelits – here’s the first card I made with the set.  I started out CASE-ing the sample from the catalog, but remembered that I wanted to try Blackberry Bliss accented with gold and red in some of my Christmas cards this year.  I’m loving it!  I started with a base of Brushed Gold cardstock layered with Blackberry Bliss.  I did some heat embossing over Brushed Gold and Shimmer White cardstock for the stars and colored the rhinestones with my Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities marker.

I experimented a little with the embossing powder and added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to white which is what I used on the bottom and top stars.  It’s hard to photograph sparkly stuff, but this might give you the idea… Blog Hop 2Photos, of course, just can’t capture all the sparkle and shine.  You’ll just have to come over and see the card for yourself…

Thank you so much for stopping by -it was lovely visiting with you today.  Now, off you go to see what Kathya has made!

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I’m not allowed just yet to show you the Bright and Beautiful stamp set, but for the rest of the supplies used, just click on any of the pictures below and you can shop online:
















Blended Bloom Anniversary and Catalog Release bloom anniversaryI want to start today’s post by wishing Bob and Cheryl, my dear Brother and Sister-In-Law  a very Happy Anniversary!  We love you both, and hope you celebrate many, many more anniversaries!

Today is the start of a brand new stamping year at Stampin’ Up!  The 2014-2015 Annual Catalog goes live in just about an hour from now, and this is one release you won’t want to miss!  They have done a wonderful job with this year’s layout, and one of my most favorite features is the inclusion of a greetings and alphabet set index complete with pictures!  They’ve also brought back the accessory index – such useful tools for finding just what you’re looking for amongst all the new stamps and products…

Being a demonstrator means being able to pre-order selected products from the catalog before it goes live.  A couple of the first things I played with are the Blended Bloom stamp and the Blendabilities markers, along with the new (gorgeous!) In-Colors.  Today’s card starts with a base of Hello Honey with a layer of Mossy Meadow that’s been stamped with Blended Bloom in Black Memento Ink.  A piece of the 3/8″ Stitched Satin ribbon was attached then wrapped with a bit of Metallic Baker’s twine.  The piece is completed with a Blended Bloom flower that’s been colored with the Blendabilities markers in shades of Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. Another cool thing the ‘Blendas’ do is color your Rhinestones and Pearls!  Check it out… bloom anniversary 1

We’ve been told that the Blendabilities markers are not quite ready to release with today’s Catalog launch, but are coming sometime in late June or early July.  As a demonstrator, however, you can get your hands on them right away, and by taking advantage of the $50 sign-up special, these markers can be part of your starter kit.  Interested?  Get in touch with me and let’s talk about it…

If you are in need of a copy of the Catalog for your very own, I’ll be happy to send you one – no charge for the catalog, you just need to cover the cost of the postage, but I’ll refund that back to you on your first order of $50 or more…

I’m off to check my wish list – have a fun and productive Monday!





Di’s Country INKers June Blog Hop

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Welcome to this month’s Di’s Country INKers blog hop!  You’ve probably hopped on over from the fabulous Diana Gibbs.  Wasn’t her project fun?!

Our theme this month is ‘Anything That’s New’ from the about-to-be-released 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up!  Annual Catalog. One of the perks of being a demonstrator is that we get to start playing with brand spankin’ new product a month before the catalog releases, and today I’ve chosen to show you the new Sea Street stamp set and coordinating Maritime Designer Series Paper – take a look! street lobstersI am absolutely in love with the classic Real Red, Whisper White and Night of Navy with a little Coastal Cabana color scheme in this DSP pack!  Both the DSP and the Sea Street stamp set can be used in masculine nautical-themed projects as well as for whimsical kids cards with the cute star fish, and a smiling octopus.

I first saw this stamp set at the Catalog Premier Party in April.(Another perk of being a demonstrator..)  I was sitting next to my new stampin’ friend, Trenna.  Of course, we were ooh-ing and aah-ing over all the new stuff we were being shown.  When this set appeared, I said, “Oh my gosh, look at those cute crabs!!”  Trenna leaned over and whispered, “Um, Barb, those are lobsters…”  Well, this gave us both a fit of the giggles and just like laughing in church, made it all the funnier.  So naturally, the first card I made with this set HAD to have some of the crabs, I mean lobsters on it!  Ha..

The Sea Street stamp set and Maritime DSP will be available for you to order tomorrow at noon (mountain time) when the catalog goes live!  If you don’t already have your copy, give me a holler.  The catalog is free, you just need to cover the postage, but if you place an order of $50 or more, I’ll refund you the postage!

Thanks for spending a little time with me today!  Now off you go to see what Kathya has in store for you!  If you get lost at any time, the links to all of the participants are below.

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New Wood-Mount Stamp Cases from Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Up! gave us another sneak peek at something that will be in the new Catalog coming on May 31st – new style Wood-Mound Stamp Cases!  Modeled after the Clear-Mount cases, this new style will sit on the shelf side-by-side with the clear mounts.  I think they’ve hit it out of the park with this one!  Could the first stamp set shown in the video be a bonus peek?  Hostess set “Banner Greetings”.  Check it out…




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