Monday, March 27, 2017

Last Week of Sale-a-Bration - Medallion Love

I wanted to use this set before it left our lives when Stampin' Up! ended the 2017 Sale-a-Bration catalog.  You need to run, not walk to my online store and get this stamp FREE!!

Oh, how do you get this free?! By purchasing $50, you are able to add this to your cart for FREE!!!

Click here to view the online Sale-a-Bration catalog, and remember it ends on 03/31/17.

Now on to my card, I love Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo so I wanted to pair it with my love for this free stamp set.

Materials & Recipe:

Whisper White Cardstock - 11 x 4 1/4, scored at 5 1/2 for Cardbase, 3 3/4 x 5 for top mat
Bermuda Bay Cardstock - 4 x 5 1/4 for mat
Bermuda Bay & Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Ink
Bermuda Bay & Melon Mambo Stitched Ribbon 1/8"
1 3/4" & 1 3/8" Circle Punch
Non-SU item - Action Wobble Springs but you could use Dimensionals

Create a mask using the 1 3/4" punch, and place in middle of whisper white card mat piece, leaving about 2" from bottom.  Using the bottom medallion from set ink up in Melon Mambo and stamp on top of mask. You only want the outside image to stamp on cardstock. 

Create another mask using the 1 3/8", place in middle of previous stamped image.  Ink up the second medallion using Bermuda Bay, stamp on top.  (see picture above)

Using the larger single image, stamp on some whisper white cardstock in Melon Mambo.  Add a sentiment, on this card I used Thanks, with the Bermuda Bay ink.  Using the 1 3/8" punch, to create a circled cut image. I used an Action Wobble Spring to the back of the punched piece and adhered to the middle of the medallion.

I sponged the edge of the circle with Melon Mambo. Prior to adhering the whisper white, I added two strips of ribbon underneath the stamped image.

I love this card, and I love my customers so I will be sending this to my March Customers.  But please if you love this FREE Stamp Set, get it before it's gone on the 31st.

Thank you for stopping!!!

Hugs from the Bug,
Denise xx

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Paper Pumpkin - A Sara Thing!

I am very excited for the April Paper Pumpkin Kit!!!

Discover creativity through the eyes of our trendy, talented leader while having an experience that is uniquely YOU! Get the April Paper Pumpkin kit designed by our CEO!!!

The Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin team has turned creative control of the April kit over to CEO, Sara Douglass, and the end result is stunning! Her style is, “bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” which is exactly how she described the kit. Sara designed this kit for you, so you can discover creativity through the eyes of our CEO while having an experience that is uniquely YOU! Get ready to embrace your inner artist and skip to the fun with Sara.

As if a kit designed by Sara is not reason enough to signup, there’s more! She’s including a FREE gift inside every April box! Stampin’ Up! is keeping it a surprise, but you won’t want to miss it.
What do you need to do? It’s simple—sign up at by April 10 with me as your selected demonstrator.

Here are some perks about Paper Pumpkin:
The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
Trying new techniques.
Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
Getting together with friends to craft every month.
Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends.
The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
The surprise factor!
Great for kids parties, birthday gifts, or just a random act of kindness gift!!

Even though I haven’t seen what’s inside the April Paper Pumpkin box, I know Sara’s style, so I know I’m going to love it! Don’t miss out. Contact me today to sign up.

To learn more about Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass, follow her on Facebook. or follow her on Instagram. @asarathing


Thank you for stopping by, if you would like to purchase Paper Pumpkin click here.

Click here to see current Annual Catalog, or here for the Occasions Catalog, good through May 31st, 2017.

Hugs from the Bug,
Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Nailed It Male Birthday Card

My father-in-law celebrated another wonderful birthday this past February, so I decided to make him a pop up card using the new Nailed It Stampin’ Up! stamp and die set.  I knew as soon as I had seen this set I was going to make this.  I had to recreate the pop up box to fit my needs.
I have a YouTube on this card, but please be warned I recorded it on Periscope so it is an hour long.
Here are the details for the card….

Materials Used:

Nailed It Bundle (Stamp & Die Set)
Confetti Celebrations Stamp Set (sentiment)
Hardwood Stamp Set
Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Urban Underground Embellishments
Foam Strips
Real Red, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Whisper White and Silver Foil Cardstock
Jet Black Stazon
Basic Black, Crumb Cake, & Real Red Classic Stampin Pad
Balloon Bouquet & Classic Label Punches
Simply Scored Scoring Tool
Stampin Trimmer

Cutting Dimensions

Cut Real Red cardstock – 5 ¾ x 3 ½, 5 ½ x 3 1/2, 3 x 1 ½  (2), 9 x 1
Cut Silver Foil  - 3 ½ x 5 ½ , 3 x ¼ (2)

Here is the link to my Periscope recorded YouTube video.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to purchase any of the supplies listed above, click here to go view my online store.  And please use the current months Hostess Code (listed on right).

Hugs from the Bug,
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

What is Stampin' Up! & Paper Pumpkin

What is Stampin' Up!?

Quality & Coordination..... 

Stampin' Up! designs and manufactures an exclusive line of decorative rubber  and photopolymer stamp sets and paper-crafting products for greeting cards, gift making, craft projects, scrapbooking and home décor.  These products are showcased by enthusiastic demonstrators at in-home parties and stamping events like workshops or classes.

Stampin' Up! is a 29-year old direct-sales company based in Utah, Western United States, founded in 1988.  Stampin' Up! products are not sold in stores, but can be purchased through a network of independent contractors called Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.  Currently, more than 40,000 Demonstrators throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand teach the art of stamping and share their enthusiasm for stamping, scrapbooking, and card making.  Stampin' Up! has been in New Zealand since 2007.

Every year, Stampin' Up! publishes its Annual Catalog, the pages of which introduce new stamp sets and accessories. These accessories - including papers, stamp pads, and markers - are offered in 40 core colors, grouped into color collections, which takes the guess work out of making beautiful cards and scrapbook pages and offers convenience and coordination to customers and demonstrators.  You'll also find coordinating embellishments, such as ribbons, brads and other hardware accessories to make paper crafting simpler, quicker, and more exciting.

But products aren't the only thing you'll find in the over 180 pages that make up this fabulous resource. You'll also find fantastic samples that you can use to create your own projects or inspire new ideas. The Annual Catalogue is available from any Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and is also online.

Ink Pads - 

The Firm Foam pads are really juicy and you will not want to do any twisting or mashing! In fact, the best method is to very lightly tap, tap the stamp on the pad and stamp the project. You need not apply pressure when inking the stamp and, in fact, doing so may result in excessive ink on the stamp and/or your block.

A few other things I like about the new pads:

    No "dip" in the center of the pad - the pad will stay nice and flat and won't dip or become "wavy".
    Color coded labels included with each ink pad - in four languages - for easy identification.
    A new glossy label on the top of the pad that won't fade or chip off.
    The ink has an increased opacity for nice solid images and dries quickly.

Open ink pads with color coded labels for easy color identification

HOT TIP: Use the extra labels! I cut the ends off of one extra label and placed them on the inside of the pad. In doing so, with two or more open ink pads sitting side by side, I can easily tell which color is which. Have you almost (or actually) put a stamp in the wrong color pad? Yikes!

Cardstock and DSP (Designer Series Paper)

When you pick up a piece of Stampin' Up! card stock, you'll notice the exclusive colors, impressive weight of paper (80 lb.) and that it's dyed all the way through so you won't get a white core when tearing. You'll also love that our textured card stock has an exclusive pattern, comes in the same great colors, and is acid and lignin free (just like our regular card stock) so it's great for scrapbooking. Whisper White Thick cardstock is 110 lb. weight

Stampin' Up! has a large variety of products that are based on four core color collections.  This foundation has taken the guesswork out of color coordinating your projects.  Each color is organized into a collection, and each color within a collection is designed to complement the other colors.  Once you've selected your color scheme, you have a full range of coordinating products from which to choose, as well as an array of accessories and embellishments designed to enhance your stamped projects.  Products such as cardstock, ink pads, markers, ribbon, brads, buttons and more, are offered in these exclusive Stampin' Up! colors. 

ROW 1: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Melon Mambo
ROW 2: Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry

ROW 1: So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder
ROW 2: Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Marina Mist

ROW 1: Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Rose Red, Perfect Plum
ROW 2: Always Artichoke, Garden Green, Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant

ROW 1: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Basic Black
ROW 2: Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

With each new release of the Annual Catalog, five new colors are added to the standard colour palette.  These on-trend colors are called the In Colors, which come in a full range of ink, card stock and accessories.  These colors are available for two years only.
 2016-2018 In Color Collection

Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy

2015-2017 In Color Collection

Tip Top Taupe, Delightful Dijon, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush

With Stampin' Up!'s four color collections and the In Colors, you are sure to find coordinating colors that you'll love for every project.

Because of the differences in computer and printer settings, the colors displayed might not match the actual color of the product exactly.  The color samples are approximations meant to give you a general idea of the product color. 

Other companines Stampin' Up! has joined with are Sizzix for our Big Shot and exlusive dies and embossing folders. As well as, Becky Higgins Project Life, again in exclusive kits.

We also offer a wide range of punches that coordinate with our stamps.

What is Paper Pumpkin?

It's Happy Mail that comes to your door each month. It helps you to escape your life with some paper fun.

It comes in a sweet box, but you’ll really love what you find on the inside:

All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create projects…even adhesive!!
Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!

Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up! is a monthly kit program that anyone, even non-seasoned crafters can enjoy!
Of course, you’ll want to know more. So here’s the nitty gritty:

    Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project - cards, journals, décor, and more!
        We’ve already color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!
    Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper,adhesive, and accessories
    Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
    We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 11th of the month.
    You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month’s kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month.
        Let’s say you sign up on May 10th, we’ll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we’ll send your first kit around June 15th.
    A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month and shipping is included!
    There’s no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.

YouTube Video from my Facebook Live discussion on this subject!

If you have any questions please email me or leave a message below!! Thank you for stopping by!!!

Love and Hug from the Bug!!