Thankful Blog Hop

Turkey Day is nearly upon us and it is only appropriate that this month our Blog Hop features projects that reflect Thanks, Thankful, or Thanksgiving. If you’ve arrived from Di’s Blog, welcome! We have a few stops on our hop, and I hope you enjoy each project.

I’ve had the Painted Harvest stamp set for a couple months now, and I’m still asking myself why I haven’t played with it before now! The color combinations, some close to nature, and some with artistic license, are endless. This is a fun one, folks! And because it’s designed to give a water colored look, there really is no right or wrong way to line it up – so easy!!

Usually when I’m designing a card, I have a general idea of where I’m going with it. Not the case today. I grabbed a sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock and just started stamping different color combinations until I landed on this one. The bottom flower layer is stamped in Crushed Curry, the smaller petals were stamped in Pumpkin Pie (appropriate for a Thanksgiving card, eh?) The center is Crumb Cake. This flower panel was mounted on Gold foil paper and accented with a Linen Thread bow. The greeting was stamped in Crumb Cake on Crushed Curry cardstock and also layered on Gold Foil. A card base of Crushed Curry, Gold Foil and Old Olive cardstock that was embossed with the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder.

Thanks for stopping by today, now off you go to see what Nita has to show you!

The stops on today’s hop are:

Barb  (you are here)


New Year, New Catalog Blog Hop

Happy New Year!  The start of the year is an exciting time for a lot of the usual reasons, but for me, it means the beginning of the brand-new Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration begins.  It’s also the theme of this month’s blog hop.  If you’ve come from Di’s blog, I’m certain you loved her project.  If you are just joining us, welcome!

Last week, some of my dear friends came over for a little Holiday celebration and, of course, some stamping.  One of the things we did was a shoe box swap which is where each participant designs a card, then prepares a kit for the others to make her card.  The card kits, tools, and embellishments are then put into a small box which gets passed from person to person to make that card.  I just love seeing what everyone comes up with!  Anyway, this card was the one I designed for the swap. 

I began with a Basic Black card base and added a 5 1/4″ x 4″ layer of Whisper White.  Next is a Basic Black panel measuring 5 1/4 x 1 3/4″ and that is layered with a 5 1/8 x 1 5/8″ panel from the Pop of Pink DSP pack found in the Annual Catalog.  The 3 1/2 x 2 1/8″ patterned paper behind the focal image is also from Pop of Pink.  The focal image from the Beautiful You set was stamped in Archival Black on a 3 1/4 x 1 7/8″ Whisper White.  Her dress was stamped with one of the ‘swooshes’ in Melon Mambo, and I colored her hat with a Melon Mambo marker.  The greeting is also from the same stamp set and was also stamped with Archival Black.  I added a few rhinestones next to the greeting so it had as much pizazz as the lady in the pink dress!

Make sure you have your Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs in hand – they go live on January 4th!  If you haven’t gotten your copies yet, please get in touch with me so we can fix that problem!

I know you’re going to love what Kathya has to show you – it’s always something fun!  Make sure you are scheduling some time in to be creative – it’s a lot cheaper than therapy!!

p.s.  If you get off track, all our hoppers are listed below…


Barb     (You are here)





Thanksgiving Blog Hop


Time for another Di’s Country INKers Blog Hop!  This month we showcasing our Thanksgiving and Fall projects.  I’m always a fan of Mary’s work, and this month’s project is no exception!

Here’s one of the cards I will be sending to family and friends this month.  It uses products from the Paisleys & Posies suite.  This one begins with a Night of Navy card base that is layered with a 5 3/8 x 4″ panel cut from the Navy/Copper-Foiled DSP sheet from the Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP beelinestamping-com-11-1-16pack.  The Layering Ovals Framelits were used to create the focal point.  The largest oval was cut from the Copper-Foiled Dots DSP sheet (also Petals & Paisleys), the scalloped oval was cut from Copper Foil Sheets, and the top layer was stamped with a greeting from the Paisleys & Posies set and embossed with Copper Embossing Powder.  The lower edge was finished with a strip of Copper Foil Sheet.  Simple, elegant and quick!

One more thing I wanted to fill you in on – there’s a new Promo for the month of November and it’s a good one!!  SU is giving us a sneak peek at something that will be coming out in next year’s catalog – Stitched Framelits!!  I can’t tell you how long I’ve wished for these, and I’m thrilled that we will be able to get our hands on them early!  If that wasn’t enough, there’s a whole list of stamp sets that will be on sale for the month of November too!  Details can be found here.  Once you’ve made your selections, place your order in my online store.  Kind of like an early Christmas present, eh?  Both offers will only be around this month – so don’t wait to get yours!!

Ok, now off you go to see what Kathya has in store for you!  As always, thanks so much for stopping by…



If you get lost along the way, the stops on this month’s hop are:

Barb    (You are here)











My First SUDSOL Blog Tour!


I’m thrilled to be joining some very talented stampers in my very first SUDSOL blog tour! In case you’re wondering, SUDSOL is a membership site where Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the globe get together online to chat, help, and support each other in our Stampin’ businesses.  From creative samples, tutorials, and class outlines to business tips, discussion forums, and blog tools, Sudsol is wealth of information exclusively for demonstrators.  One of my most-used tools that comes included with my membership is Instant Icons.  Each time I do a blog post, I use the Instant Icons feature to add images and direct links to my online store for the products I’ve used in making my projects.  All I need do is enter my demonstrator ID# and a list of the product numbers I’ve used and Instant Icons creates an html file that I copy and past into my blog post.  Couldn’t be easier!!  We even have our own Pin boards where we can save inspiration for classes that our customers won’t see.  Would you like to see how it all works and what SUDSOL is all about?  Sign up for the FREE 2-week trial and see for yourself!

I’ve had several occasions this month that I needed Wedding and Anniversary cards for, so the projects I’ll be showing you today are the cards I made with the Floral Phrases stamp set and coordinating Detailed Floral Thinlits dies.  The cards I made with them look like I spent hours on them, but in reality, each of them took just minutes to make – they were that easy!  Here are the first two: 7-12-16A

The full-sized card began with an 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 sheet of Whisper White scored at 4 1/4 for the base.  A second panel of Whisper White cut at 5 1/4 x 4 was die cut at the top and bottom with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies.  The greeting was stamped in Night of Navy and the panel was accented with a bit of the Night of Navy Baker’s Twine and some Rhinestones.  It was adhered to the base with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  So elegant, yet so easy to do!  I used one of our Note Cards and Envelopes to create the Thank You card.  A little stamping in Night of Navy and some of the Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape made that card come together in under 5 minutes.

My next project was done for my dear Aunt and Uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary. 7-12-16B

I started with an 11 x 4 1/4 sheet of Night of Navy and scored it at 2 1/4″ and 7 3/4″ then used the Floral Thinlits dies to die cut each of the flaps. 7-12-16C

For the inside of the card, I used a 8 x 5 1/4 sheet of Shimmery White that was scored at 4″.  After stamping and gold embossing the “Happy Anniversary” from Number of Years, I stamped the inside in Night of Navy and added a bit of the Floral Boutique Washi Tape. 7-12-16D

The whole package is held together with a bit of the Night of Navy Baker’s Twine.  The embellishment on the front was done with the Lots of Labels thinlits and some Gold Glimmer Paper and Night of Navy Cardstock.  I had intended to use the Large Numbers Framelits for the “50” but they proved to be a bit too large for what I wanted to do, so I die-cut them on my Cameo.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  It’s now time to send you to the next stop on the tour.  I hope I’ve been able to inspire you today and that you’ll consider becoming a SUDSOL member.  And if you’re not yet a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, why not join both?!

CONTINUE on the Blog Tour




Update on Butterfly Thinlits and a Special Offer!

Butterfly Thinlits

Due to a series of circumstances beyond control including the West Coast Dock Worker’s Strike, the Butterfly Thinlit dies have been unavailable to order for what seems like forever.  I know many of you have been patiently (?) waiting to get your hands on them.  No one feels worse about this situation than Stampin’ Up! themselves.  If you can hang in there just a little while longer, your patience will be handsomely rewarded!  Friday evening, they posted the following information on their Demonstrator Website:

Like you, we sincerely hoped that the Butterflies Thinlits Dies would arrive in time for Sale-A-Bration, and when that didn’t happen, again like you, we hoped they would be here in time for our Free Shipping promotion. Unfortunately, that is not going to be the case.

Originally they were scheduled to arrive by April 8; we then received notification from our supplier that although the ship had reached the west coast port, the container containing the Thinlits was still on the ship. We have since received verification from a third party that the vessel is still in the port–and though it docked on Friday, April 3, the container with the Thinlits has yet to be pulled.

Because the container has yet to be discharged from the vessel, the soonest the Butterflies Thinlits will arrive in our warehouse is the beginning of the week of April 13; our best estimate for orderability, based on this information, is April 15.

We realize you and your customers may be disappointed you were not able to purchase the Thinlits in time to receive Sale-A-Bration rewards–especially in the discounted bundles. Therefore, from the day Butterflies Thinlits are again available through April 30, we are bringing you two special offers:

  1. Get the Butterflies Thinlits at a 15 percent discount–just $21.20!
  2. Buy any of the Butterflies Thinlits Bundles at the already-discounted price and choose one of three FREE Sale-A-Bration items (only available while supplies last)!

Stay tuned – as soon as the Thinlits are available, I’ll let you know!!!


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