Sunday, April 30, 2017

Split Panel Card & Gift Bag - Falling for You

I have completed my first official "creative" Facebook Live.  And you might be able to tell a little that I was nervous, and maybe a little disorganized.  I have been "teaching" how to's on Periscope for over a year, however they are informal and fun. 

I was trying to be a little more professional on Facebook Live, but it's just not me. 

I love different card folds, and this one is a great one.  Split panel cards can be made so many different ways, even with using a window sheet.  You can cut them diagonally, or with a curve.  I went with the original design, but plan on completing more in the future. 

I sill had some time left, so I decided to make a bag to go with the card, sort of a wedding set if needed. 

Please bear in mind when you watch the YouTube video, I transferred right from Facebook.  I will in the future, try to keep these shorter.

Now onto to the recipe.

For the Split Panel Card -
11 x 4 1/4 Sahara Sand Cardstock, Score at 5 1/2, (Once you have cut and scored, you will need to trim off 3 1/2 inches from one end of the card to the score line. Trim down the 3 1/2 to 2 to use for bottom of card)
3 1/4 x 2 Sahara Sand Cardstock
4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White Cardstock, for mat inside of card
3 x 1 3/4 Whisper White Cardstock, Stamp an image
4 x 1 3/4 times 2, DSP (Designer Series Paper)
Scrap piece of Blushing Bride Cardstock to punch out Itty Butterfly (Retiring on 5/31/17)
Sweet Sugarplum &Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Up! Ink
Tombow Glue
Fast Fuse

For the Gift Bag -

12 x 12 times 2 of the same DSP (I used Falling In Love, Retiring 05/31/17, or you could use cardstock)
3 x 6 Sahara Sand (any color will do)
16" times 2 Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin Ribbon (Retiring 05/31/17)
Tombow Glue
Please watch video on how to create, you may skip to 4:00 in the video to get past the greetings.

Thank you always for stopping by and seeing what this silly bug has created.

Check out my Facebook Events for my Virtual Open House to celebrate the new Annual Catalog (2017-2018) and an Online BINGO.

How-To on YouTube

Hugs from the Bug,

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

BINGO Stampin' Up! Style

I have a couple of events happening in the month of June to celebrate the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. See previous post for the Local & Virtual Open House!!

I decided to host another even to kick off the new catalog, which by the way is quite lovely in it self, but it's all due to a new game I heard of.

I heard of this from some other demonstrators and knew right away this was going to fun to play. I am always looking for ways to have fun with my customers, so I jumped on this like a tick on a dog! (excuse the Southern slang) 

It's called.....Stampin' Up! BINGO!!!

 I fell in love with the idea straight away, but already had the Open House planned.  So what was I to do?? I had not choice but to host another event to show off Stampin' UP!s great product.  And give out some prizes, (2017-2018 catalog items)which is always fun!!!   

So here are the FACTS & RULES for Local & Virtual


Saturday, June 17th from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m.   
You will want to Save the Date and get your $25 Registration fee in ASAP to save your spot, as there is only 12 spots for this event.
Come and have some Stampin' Up! BINGO fun! Fee includes Bingo games, two make and takes, and a Swag Bag of current product from the new Stampin' Up! Annual catalog! Which you will receive for free!!! 
Each game will have brand new products as the prizes!  The last game will be for the Grand Prize. You will receive two BINGO cards when you arrive. Extra Black Out BINGO cards can be purchased for $5 each for the last game of black out. All money collected for extra BINGO boards will be turned into a Gift Certificate as part of the Grand Prize!  
Space is limited so don't wait to sign up. You MUST RSVP by Sunday, May 30th. 
I have a "BIG" prize that I will keep secret!!!!
Register now to get in on all the fun and be one of the first people to have your hands on the new products before your friends!

I am also offering BINGO online! My online customers are so good to me, that I wanted to share some of that joy with them as well! This first time Online BINGO is limited!!!

This will more or less be conducted the same as my local event with a few differences.
You must be on Facebook in order to participate. It will be conducted through Ladybug Stampin's Facebook Events. You also must be present at the LIVE time. 
The last game will be the GRAND PRIZE and it will be AMAZING! These will be mailed to you after the event. Your make and Take kits will include everything but stamped images (per SU policy.) I will make sure to use stamps that are easily substituted so you can use what you already have.  

See Facebook Event for more details on the Online BINGO. Space is limited for this event, so register today!

I look forward to all of these events and I hope you will join me.  If you have any questions please let me know.

Again THANK you so much for allowing me to create with you!!!

Hugs from the Bug,

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Local & Virtual 2017-2018 Annual Catalog Open House

The 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog is almost here!!!

For my Local customers?

Please join me Saturday, June 10th at 1:00pm - 4:00pm to see the Brand New 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  This year the theme is “Creativity Your Way” and I want you to have fun with some of the new products, see the new In-Color inks and papers. 

Get ready to be inspired to create handcrafted cards and gifts from the all the new items!

This new catalog is full of new crafting products and gorgeous stamp sets.

And ohhhh, the new 2017-2019 In-Colors are yummy!!

Free Make & Takes featuring some of the new products!!!

To celebrate the New Annual Catalog the follow items will be given:
·         You will receive a special bookmark showcasing a new stamp set and the new In-Colors.
·         Free Wish List & Coupon for each quest.
·         Bring a friend and I’ll have a surprise gift for you
·         Any order placed over $25.00 before shipping and tax will receive a 10% discount!
·         A scavenger hunt of the new catalog, with prizes!!!

You don’t want to miss this annual event!!!  RSVP is REQUIRED so that I have enough product cut and ready for everyone.

Where can I view 2017-2018 Annual Catalog?
On June 1st, you can view or download the Annual Catalog from my website

What are Stampin’ Up! In-Colors?
In addition to the 4 color families, Stampin' UP! offers "In Colors" which are 5 new trendy colors released each year, and they are available for 2 years.  

For my online customers?

Display Boards
I know it's not the same thing, but I will post an Online Gallery featuring all the cards I create for the Open House.

Product Showcase
As I can't easily let you play with the new products in person, I can still provide you with demonstration. I will provide you with an easy link to the Stampin' Up! YouTube channel where they will demonstrate some of the newest products!  There will be lots of videos posted.

Door Prizes, Make & Takes, and a Thank You Discount!
To all my hostesses, customers, and friends, I want to extend a TREMENDOUS thank you for helping to make my first year with Stampin' Up! a wonderful and enjoyable success!  I started as a Hobby Demo in November 2015, but come March the next year I started to set my sights on making this a career. Thank you profoundly for sticking with me, and for continuing to support me.  I wish I could personally thank you with a hug and tall glass of Southern Sweet Tea!!!

Get 15% off your entire order placed between Friday, June 16th and Sunday June 18th!  To take advantage of the discount, the order can't be placed online.  You'll need to e-mail (, call/text me (message me for number), or Facebook Message, to order as I can't give the discount to orders placed online. 

Everyone who orders through the Virtual Open House will receive:
·         The supplies for the make & takes, as a thank you.
·         Special Bookmark showcasing new stamp set and In-Colors
·         Free Wish List
·         A scavenger hunt of the new catalog with prizes!!!
·         Plus the discount mentioned above!!!

Again THANK you so much for allowing me to create with you!!!

Hugs from the Bug,

Monday, April 10, 2017

Farewell My Stamps...

The Stampin’ Up Retiring List is here!

We’re getting ready to retire products from both the 2016-2017 annual and 2017 occasions catalogs. You don’t want to miss out! Select retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off. Be sure to place orders before the sun sets on these items May 31!

Starting today, April 10 - May 31, 2017

While it’s sad to say goodbye to some of our current stamps and accessories, you are going to LOVE what’s coming out in June in the new catalog!  I just got back from OnStage and saw all the amazing products coming out.

BUT until then, we need to make sure we have all the stamps and accessories on our wish list from this catalog before they are gone!

The retiring stamps and accessories from the 2016-2017 catalog will be available while supplies last or until May 31st.  Due to high demand for retiring stamps, we’ll keep producing retiring stamps through May 22nd.  After that, while supplies last.  Keep in mind, accessories (anything not a stamp) are always while supplies last.

And they are on sale!

Accessories are only while supplies last.

Ok, grab your highlighters and mark all the sets and items retiring.  From there, you can decide what you can’t live without then order as soon as you can and budget’s allow.
Some quick facts:
Main Information:
  • Promotion dates: April 10–May 31, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT).
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
Order Information:
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, we’ll keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Select discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels.
  • Depending on inventory levels, we may add additional discounts to select products in May.
    • These discounts will not be preannounced.
    • If you or a customer buys a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you or your customer wants, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you/your customer risk it being sold out.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.
Order Deadlines:
Phone: May 31, 2017, by 6:50 PM (MT)

Online: May 31, 2017, by 11:55 PM (MT)

Shop Online, and please use the April Monthly Hostess Code NMGTUES2

Retiring List in PDF Format - click here
Retiring List in Excel Format - click here

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Hugs from the Bug,

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Using Succelents for Flowers

I have not been totally in-love with the “Oh So Succulent Photopolymer Bundle”, like everyone else.  And I have seen this stamp/die set used in many ways.  I looked at the set, for a longgggg time, and saw flowers instead of plants.  Now that I think of it, are succulent’s plants or flowers??  Someone told me they are in the same family as cactus without the painful needles!

I created this card on Periscope with my lovely followers, and let me say we always have a good time.  One even said “thanks for showing us that cards just don’t appear, sometimes it’s a process”.  I agree, I want to show others, just because I am a demonstrator of great product, I struggle, or should I say, I take my time creating art.  Oh, yeah, that sounds better.

I digress, onto the card…and how I thought this was a mistake at first.

The stamp set is two-step, which means:
Create a single, multicolored image with Two-Step Stampin'--simply layer one image over another for fast and easy stamping with amazing results. The Two-Step Stampin' logo marks these sets in the catalog.

Step 1: Stamp the base image in a light color.
Step 2: Stamp the outline image in a darker color.

I used the stamps that looked like flowers, and created a background by randomly stamping, and stamping and more stamping.  When I was finished, I was not crazy about what was in front of me, but my scoping buddies said it was fine and let’s create a card.  So, I pressed forward…. unwilling at first but with laughter.

Colors I used to stamp in were Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum

Stamped on 3 ¾ x 4 ½ Whisper White Cardstock, cut three panels.  Sponged the edges with Basic Black Stampin’ Ink.

Placed on top of Daffodil Delight mat, cut at 4 x 5 ¼, which was then placed on Basic Black card base.  This was cut out of 8 ½ x 5 1/2, scored at 4 ¼.  I always use my bone folder to press down the crease to insure the card lays flat.

Sentiment is stamped in Basic Black onto a 3 x 1 Whisper White cardstock piece.  Adhered to a 3 ¼ x 1 ¼ Basic Black mat.  I wrapped some Linen Thread around each side, three times for texture. Added dimensionals to back and placed on front.

All in all, I think this turned out better than I anticipated.  Sometimes when we are making cards, we need to sit back look at it or even come back to it.  I always say, if it’s not glued down it can be changed!!

FYI…Retirement list will be posted as soon as I am allowed!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Hugs from the bug,

Monday, April 3, 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge - CI06

I have decided to join on some challenges featuring Stampin' Colors, and well as sketches.   I want to blog more on our product and challenges are a good way to use what I have.

For my first challenge, I created a card from Colour INKspirations CI06.  The colors used for this challenge were Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Gold Foil (or any gold).

I used one of the flowers from Touches of Texture.  I decided to ink up in Night of Navy, Pool Party and Calypso Coral Stampin' Ink, to create a background. I stamped randomly in first, second and third generation on a piece of 3 3/4 x 5 Whisper White cardstock.

I cut a piece of vellum, the same size of the Whisper White.  Added the birthday greeting from the stamp set Big on Birthdays, inked up in Versa Mark and Gold embossing powder. And attached using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, very carefully behind the greeting and corners of vellum.  This is why I love this adhesive for vellum. Added some dimensional
s to the back to place on top of the gold glimmer mat.

I used Pool Party cardstock as my card base, cut at 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.  I added a 4 x 5 1/4 mat out of Stampin' UP! Gold Glimmer Paper.  Tip..I cut out the middle to save for later projects.

BAM!  I have a birthday card ready to be mailed.  I need to remember to mail it!

Thanks for stopping by, and you can shop at my online store for all of the products used on this card.

Hugs from the bug!