Fringed and Fabulous Birthday Card

Today, the design team over at Stylin’ Scrappin’ Inkspiration decided to do a post sharing ideas using the upcoming Sale-a-Bration items (if you have no idea what that means, Stampin’ Up has a promotion every spring – this time starting January 28th – where for every $50 you order, you can pick any item in this special catalog to get free with your order; which is what we are playing with today!)  And since I wanted to play along, I dug through my limited stash of Sale-a-Bration goodies to come up with a fun project to share. 

So today I have another “Little bit of this and that” style card to share –

It all started with the pair of fringe scissors on my desk and a vision of this super duper great fringed card that my downline, Stacey shared in our team facebook page.  I took the inspiration of layered fringing and started grabbing what was lying around on my desk. 

This included a card base that got ink and spots on it at a recent card class:

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And the plan to use my fringes to cover it up… because darn it… it is still a totally usable card base!

So, I grabbed some scrap paper and started cutting and layering.

Then I needed something for the top – so Washi to the rescue!  Yup, I used the Gold washi tape and the Gingham Garden washi tape.  Mix and match away!

Where is the Sale-a-Bration stuff you ask?

All in the top of the card!

First up, the super cute sentiment from a new See Ya Later stamp set (and yes, it has a sentiment that says “See Ya Later, Alligator”!  I had to color it in with markers because, well, I just did.

And then see that flower and those diamonds?  More SAB goodies!

These are the Sweet Sorbet self-adhesive cork embellishmentsI will warn you – this isn’t your kiddos adhesive.  I stuck one of those diamonds down and when I decided I wanted to move it, it was NOT going anywhere!  I had to carefully slice it out of my card using scissors to get it to move.  So, word to the wise, they are great embellishments, just make sure you have it where you think you want it before pushing it down.

Stampin’ Up Supplies Used:

Stamps – See Ya Later (free Sale-a-Bration item)

Ink – Sahara Sand, Markers: Early Espresso, Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight

Paper – Whisper White, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Sahara Sand, Coastal Cabana

Accessories – Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (free Sale-a-Bration item), Gingham Garden washi tape, Watercolor Wonder washi tape, Fringe Scissors

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Make a Wish–Neutrals and Gold Birthday Card

So, if you saw my blog post from yesterday, I shared a card that used the Oval Framelits to cut out a frame to highlight some vellum in the center of the card.  The frame effect was really cool, but I was left with two, pretty big ovals when I was done.  Wanna see what I did with them?

Now, I am a hardcore crafter and pack rat… yes, fine – I’ll admit I’m a bit of a hoarder. Smile  So, that means any scrap that is bigger than itty bitty makes me think, “I could use that… that is big enough to use on another card, or to punch a shape out of…”etc.  And typically I stuff them in a box or bag near my craft table

…. never to be used again!

So, I’ve made it a new rule for me.  If I want to keep a punched/die cut/stamped scrap, I need to use it right then (or pretty soon to right then) otherwise it goes in the recycling bin. 

(Seriously, if you were at my craft garage sale this summer, you saw the gallon ziploc bag FULL of punched and die cut pieces that I never used and decided to let go of!)

And create I did!  I used the two ovals as backgrounds for the card and then started layering elements on top.  I grabbed the new Naturals Chevron ribbon and then to spice it up, I tied some linen thread around the top and frayed what was above the thread.

Also, if you look close…. you can see that the party hat in the lower right hand corner is fussy cut and glued onto the card front.  Wanna know why?

Because I was too chicken to stamp directly on the cardfront!

Ha ha, it’s true!  I thought the card needed something and I thought the hat would look good in the corner but I didn’t trust that it would really work out.  And since everything else was already glued down, I just stamped on a piece of the same Crumb Cake paper and cut it out.  Turns out I liked it so I just glued it down as is!

So, to make this card – here are the supplies I used:

Stamps – Perfect Pennants, Sketched Birthday
Ink – Chocolate Chip, Crisp Canteloupe
Paper – Gold Foil, Crisp Canteloupe cs, Crumb Cake cs, Whisper White cs, Neutrals Core’dinations cs (Early Espresso)
Accessories – Big Shot, Oval Framelits, Sanding Block, Neutrals Chevron Ribbon, 7/8” Cotton ribbon, Linen Thread

I love how it turned out and I hope it gives you ideas as well!

 

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A Golden Anniversary Card

Have I mentioned that I’m finally falling in love with this Gold trend?  When I had a chance to sit down and play with my new stuff for an afternoon recently, I found that I kept reaching for my Gold Foil paper or the Gold Vellum.  Given that this is the girl who ALWAYS prefers silver to gold and practically never wears gold anything… this is HUGE!

So, how about this card for someone who is celebrating an anniversary?  Especially a golden anniversary?  (hee hee… did you see what I did there? : ) )

I was very lucky to have been given this stamp set as a gift over the holidays.  I had actually seen the rubber for this set in the production line when I was in Kanab in September for Founder’s Circle and just LOVED the mustache, the I do with the “o” being a ring, and the people (aka – bathroom people I’ve heard them called).  See… kinda fun, right? Perfect Couple

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So, I just had to play with it and I got in the mood to try out my Oval Framelits as well.  Yes, I know they aren’t new-new, but they hadn’t come out of their packaging before in my house, so they were novel to me!

I tried this idea of cutting out the ovals to make a frame and then mounting the gold heart vellum to the backside of the frame.  That way, I could have my vellum and not have to worry about edges or how to glue it down.  Plus, in this case, I actually like the embossing that sometimes gets left behind when you cut out with a framelit.  It adds FLAIR!

Then just stamp and punch out your people and it looks like a fun cake topper from their wedding.  Anyone else see it? 

And, yes, this leaves you with big ovals left over from the gold and the Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock, but I’ll show you tomorrow an idea for how to use them!  So, make sure to stop back by!

Stampin’ Up! Supplies Used

Stamps – Perfect Couple
Ink – Basic Grey, Crisp Cantaloupe
Paper – Very Vanilla cs, Crisp Cantaloupe cs, Gold Vellum, Gold Foil cs
Accessories – Big Shot, Oval Framelits, Extra Large Oval punch, Decorative Label Punch

Oh hey!  I just saw that one of the Weekly Deals is the oval punch I used in this card.  How snazzy is that?  So, if you don’t have it, know it goes great with the couple stamp and you can get it for 25% off this week.

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My Sweet Sanded Valentine

I needed a card last week for my stamp club and I was getting stuck in a rut with always turning to flowers to stamp with.  But then my friend, Annie, came over and reminded me about the cute designer frames embossing folder set and I saw my Love You More stamp set and suddenly things started coming together.  I won’t tell you how long I futzed with the final elements trying to decide – should the bird have pink or just red, should the stamped frame be at an angle or straight, should the ribbon be near the top or down near the bird…. but eventually I settled on this!  : )

I even broke out the Alphabet Press embossing folder (on sale this week with the weekly deals!) for the background.  I’ve had this folder for a while but keep forgetting to try it out.  Doesn’t it sand awesomely?

And for the finishing touch, I just had to use the “Made with Love” sentiment from the same set to complete the card by stamping it on the back.

Sweet right?

Just a reminder, if you love this set, it is only available until January 27th.  It’s not in a catalog but you can find it in the Valentine’s Product’s section in the Online Store.

Stampin’ Up Supplies Used
Stamps – Love You More
Ink – Real Red, Markers: Real Red, Smokey Slate, Basic Black, Blushing Bride
Paper – Brights Core’dination cardstock (Real Red), Whisper White, Basic Black
Accessories – Alphabet Press embossing folder, Big Shot, Designer Frames embossing folder, Sanding Block, Naturals Chevron ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Oh, and want to see a cute variation that uses all the same supplies, just switching out the sentiment with one from Happy Watercolor?  Look what Saundra came up with at club night:

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Birthday Celebrations with a Treat Topper and Card

2013-12-20 11.51.12Earlier this week, Nicholas (my now 4yr old) had the chance to celebrate his birthday with his Preschool class.  It’s a special circle time they call a “Birthday Circle” and they all sit around and the birthday child can have mom/dad/siblings come in for the circle while they share photos or something special about each year the birthday child lived. 

And treats…. we “get” to provide treats.

Now, the school is, um, “progressive” I’ll say and so they are very particular about what kinds of treats you can bring.  The list looks something like this:

fruits and vegetables – or – 100% fruit – or -dried fruit – or –

a snack from one particular organic company.  ~Done~

Now, I am still trying to get my “Crafty Mom” cred, and so I couldn’t just send him in with applesauce squeezies… oh no, they had to be CUTE applesauce squeezies!  So this is what I created for him:

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Isn’t that lizard so adorable?

So, I sat down the night before (at 10:45 pm, talk about last minute!) and started coloring this one stamp from the Tag It stamp set with my markers so I could stamp 18 of these guys for the treats.  Then I cut each of them out using the coordinating Chalk Talk framelits…. oh and adding the tag hole from the same framelit set.  Do a little sponging and then just the right twine to tie them off. 

(psst – sneak peek alert!  This twine is from one of the accessory sets available as a freebie during Sale-a-Bration!)

I got them all ready and sent them in to school, but then I figured the teacher needed a little thank you as well, so I had to make a card for her too using the same theme.  You know everything has to be coordinating!

Ta-Da!

Same idea but just a little mixing around of extra accessories and embellishments to turn it into a card.

I needed some bright paper to match the bright colors in the stamped image  (I got lazy, no tag this time) and and then the AWESOME candy dots to break up the pattern of the paper and tie it into the birthday image.

So see, it is like a coordinating set!

Card Supplies Used

Stamps – Tag It
Ink – Crushed Curry, Markers:  Gumball Green, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Early Espresso
Paper – Crushed Curry cs, Whisper White Cs, Real Red cs, Quatrefancy specialty designer paper
Accessories – Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Candy Dots (Brights, Regals, Neutrals), 2 1/2” Circle punch, Chalk Talk framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, twine (SAB)

So, don’t forget to try something simple and cute when you need a treat for something.  It doesn’t have to be complicated to be fun and appreciated by the recipients… even if they are 3 yrs old!  Smile 

Want to see more great Birthday Card ideas?

Today over on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Inkspiration blog, we are sharing different Birthday card ideas.  This was mine, but there are lots of other ideas and variety to check out.  So, hop on over and see what other cute ideas you can try.

 

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Gray and Yellow Colors Make Elegant Cards

I needed a quick card recently and I felt like I was getting into a rut with the layouts I had been designing so I started flipping through my designer paper and tried to find a design that called to me.  In the end, I decided to play with the Eastern Elegance designer paper.

I love this sentiment from the Perfect Pennants stamp set. Isn’t it so true?

“Life Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Wonderful”

The layout turned out super simple – and quick to make again with different colors and paper patterns – but it is nice to let the pattern from the paper do a lot of the work and be the perfect tone for whomever you are sending the card to.

Card Supplies Used

Stamps – Perfect Pennants
Ink – Basic Grey, Summer Starfruit
Paper – Whisper White cs, Smokey Slate cs, Eastern Elegance designer paper
Accessories – Sponge Dauber, Crushed Curry chevron ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals

 

Now I need to go try out this layout again with different paper and see how it turns out! Smile 

 

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Happy Watercolor Leadership Swap Card

I’m trying to get back in the swing of things and thought I’d share the card I created for a couple swaps I’m in.  I loved this Happy Watercolor stamp set and thought I’d experiment with some different color combinations. 

What I used:  Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, and Real Red
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So, what do you think?

I think they work surprisingly well together!

For the flower, I did a different type of coloring… I used my sponge dauber!  I just dabbed it in the Real Red ink pad and then swirled it over the flower to color it it in.  It make for an imprecise coloring effect but I think it works great with this particular set.

Card supplies used

Stamps – Happy Watercolor
Ink – Early Espresso, Real Red, Old Olive, Pool Party
Paper – Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Early Espresso core’dinations cardstock, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories – Decorative Label punch, Sanding Block, Rhinestones, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I had fun making it and think we’ll make it as a group at club this month!  So, I hope my club gals love it too!

Interested in joining a stamp club?  I am kicking off some new clubs this year including long distance/virtual clubs and local stamp clubs.  Get project instructions and completed cards sent to you each month or get the kit to complete with me or at home!  You just commit to ordering $25 each month you are in the club and have the opportunity to be “hostess” for one month and get the hostess benefits too!

Email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com for more details if you are interested!

Did you catch the weekly deals? Yep, they are still going!  See the latest specials here.

 

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You Did It! Winning Craft Wars: Paper Pumpkin Card

If you were reading my recap of Leadership, I mentioned a fun activity they ran over the course of the conference.  They called it “Craft Wars: Paper Pumpkin”!  Now, I’ll admit, I haven’t ever watched Craft Wars but I get the general idea (or at least have a guess).

You have a pile of miscellaneous crafting supplies.
You have a project goal to create.
Make something cool.
GO!

And that is pretty much how this worked.  They had all of the stamps from the My Paper Pumpkin kits since March in bags in the center of the tables.  You had access to:

  – Whisper White or Crumb Cake card bases
– about 6 colors of ink and markers
– designer paper from the Occasions Catalog (wanna see what we had to work with?)
– gold or silver bakers twine (maybe white too)
Essentials Wooden Elements
– and um… a couple punches and dimensionals.

So there was a lot to work from, but you were limited to what was on hand… oh, and did I mention NO cardstock except the cardbases… so we started hacking up extra Whisper White cardbases to get extra cardstock for stamping and cutting.

I started by looking at the stamps to see what inspired me.  In this case, the “Wahoo” and “You Did It” stamps from September 2013 Kit (the sad part, I never actually put together my kit and wasn’t sure what I thought of the stamps at first.  Um, super fun it turns out!) along with the word bubble stamp from the December 2013 Kit.  Then I grabbed a few more stamps that seem like they could be interesting accents to the card and walked through the rows of paper and see if anything fits the style of the stamps and the completely fuzzy idea of what I should be making.  Turns out I was grabbed by the Bermuda Bay polka dot patterned paper from the Kaleidoscope designer paper.2014-01-10 12.42.15

Then I started stamping, cutting and layering the elements.  And really I still had no idea how exactly it was going to ultimately come together!2014-01-10 12.55.05

When I’m in a crunch, I’m a “glue-as-I-go” girl and so I started gluing things down which mostly works, until you decide you want to wrap baker’s twine around some paper that you already glued down.  ; )

But “thankfully” I had gotten an ink smudge on the front of my card after I had only glued a few pieces of paper down, so I could pull them up, wrap my twine, and then glue everything back down on a new card base.

In the end, this is what I came up with:

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This is a bit of a departure from my typical card style, but I LOVE IT!  I’ll be honest, this is completely inspired by a style of scrapbooking I love… so, see – scrapbooking can be a great crossover into card making.

Well, I took this picture kind of quick and didn’t try to hard to make it super nice because I figured I’d be picking up my card the next day and taking it home where I could photograph it all nice and pretty.

But to my happy surprise – IT WASN’T IN THE BOX!  Which turned out to mean, I was one of the 20 cards picked as winners of the Craft Wars competition.  Yay!  There were a ton of super great cards that I saw people creating so I’m glad someone on the judging panel liked my non-traditional layout.

You know, I’m thinking I may have to host my own Craft Wars: Paper Pumpkin edition!

Who is in!?

Yeah, I like that idea.

Ok, so start checking out your Paper Pumpkin kits and start brainstorming cute card ideas!

If you aren’t subscribed to My Paper Pumpkin yet, hop to it and you’ll get a set of the 2012-2014 In Color markers for FREE!  You just have to sign up by Feb 10th to get the extra perk!  Get going here.

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Alright, I’m off to upload more pictures over on the Facebook page – display board pictures this time!  Talk about inspiration overload!  But in a good way, of course.  Smile

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Stampin’ Up! Leadership 2014–Day 3

By day 3 of Leadership, I’ve discovered that this was exactly what I was needing right now and didn’t even know it!  December was a wonderful time but I hadn’t realized that I so stressed and running so nonstop, that I was still stressed and worn out now even though the craziness of birthday and holiday season was over as of December 29th.

But being around some amazing men and women who were all there to support each other and cheer each other on, and were so generous in sharing their ideas and experiences with me… and the messages about supporting and empowering others, it all  really hit home for me.

And that is not the 2 hrs of sleep talking either! : )

Here is your recap:

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No seriously, I literally got 2 hrs of sleep Saturday night… ok, I guess sleeping again after the wakeup call makes it more like 3 hrs… but still.  I was running a little late in the morning.  So I missed the first couple minutes of the last session, but thankfully I didn’t miss much.

It was lots of game show style trivia and games with Brian Pilling as the MC and other corporate team members being put on the hot seat to win prizes for specific demonstrators. 

Lucky me, my Prize Patrol color representative, Cory, did awesome and so I won a prize patrol!

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How can you say no to cute ribbon and stamps?!

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Then we got one more delicious lunch before we got our last chance to look at (and photograph) the display boards.

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And, YES! I did get LOTS more photos of the display boards but I am going to post them on Facebook later today and then possibly give them their own blog post; ‘cause there are WAY too many to post in this recap.

I loved watching my new friends watch across the stage to celebrate achieving the title of Manager (Sarah Naber) and Counselor (Amy Jasper) in the last year.  (You go, girls!!)

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They announced the Craft War winners to….

LOOK –>  Ii’s ME!! 

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The card I made was a departure from my usual layout or design, and while I loved it, I wasn’t sure what they would think.  So it feels awesome that they liked it too. :  )

Then some simple stamping with Shelli Gardner.

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And finally, they capped it off with a gift from the city of Salt Lake (no seriously, they sent us Salt Water taffy!) and the dates of the 2014 Convention.

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Want to join me at convention for FREE?

You can!  Anyone who joins my group of Fun n’ Crafty demonstrators between now and when Convention registration closes later this spring, will receive a free admission to the big 3 day event in Salt Lake City this summer!! 

I had SUCH A BLAST with the group of Fun n’ Crafty girls and friends last year and would love to have even more people come join us for an awesome time of stamping, sharing, prizes, and new friends.

If you would like to know more or just want to raise your hand and say “me! me! me!”, let me know at jennifer@nwstamper.com and I’ll get you the full scoop!

 

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Stampin’ Up! Leadership 2014–Day 2!

Day 1 of Leadership was awesome – amazing product announcements, great presentations by top demonstrators, and lots of being just a little bit silly with friends at Manager’s Reception! So, I was excited and ready to go (even on little sleep) to head in for day 2. 

Here is a taste of what was in store for us on Friday:

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We started off with a talk from a Keynote speaker.  I wasn’t expecting a Keynote at this event, and especially not from someone who was a psychotherapist!  But it turns out Pat Pearson had some pretty good points to share – both for our business lives and personal lives.

For example, she talked about the cycles of change and how in every aspect of our life we are at one of these points on the cycle. It is a continuous cycle so you typically rotate through them as you go through life.

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But it led into a great discussion about handling being told “No”.  I wrote out and then deleted her whole story about the last pumpkin pie slice at thanksgiving and even if you wanted it but were too full, you’d have to say no.  So you weren’t rejecting or saying there was something wrong with the pie, you were just sharing that you were too full to be able to enjoy it.

Anyway, I swear it really was a great perspective on when someone tells you no, whether it is inviting someone to a card party, to join Stampin’ Up, or just to go out for coffee sometime.  🙂

If you are interested in the full story, let me now and I’ll share it with you!

Ok, so that was the kick off for more classes in the morning – this time with corporate team members or Pat.

2014-01-10 10.32.51And of course there was swapping all over the place before and after each session. Like this card created by Naomi Keeling from MA.

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Then we got some yummy lunch and headed to the Gathering Place for more fun!

There was Craft Wars: Paper Pumpkin:

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Basically we had access to 2 colors of card bases, past Paper Pumpkin stamps, half sheets of designer paper from the Occasions catalog, a few markers and inks, and some of the new accessories from the Occasions catty.  Everyone had the opportunity to pick whatever supplies they wanted and create 1 card.  Then SU would judge all of the cards Friday night and pick 20 winners to receive 2 past Paper Pumpkin kits (I think of their choice).

Honestly, I just loved the idea of the challenge to create something from a limited and slightly random pile of supplies! 

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Then it was off to play carnival games for a chance to win tickets to be entered in a drawing for more free stamps.  Games like Plinko, bean bag tosses, etc.

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We also got to carve another stamp – I knew exactly what I was going to make… sort of.  I knew I really wanted one that said “You Rock” because I constantly want to make cards that say that to send to the awesome girls who are part of my Fun n’ Crafty demo group.  Turns out as I tried to make it look “cooler”, I ended up making it WAY more challenging.

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Thankfully we had hilarious staffers who didn’t mind hanging out and lending support by taking selfies with our camera! ; )

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And did I mention that I was so stinkin’ slow that I managed to be the very last demo in the Gathering Place after it shut down and Shannon West and the other staff were super nice and hung out late so I could finish my silly stamp? So sweet, right?

Ok, moving right along!

Finally the night ended (after a dinner break) by a set of stamping presentations that were broken up by time to work on make and takes.  It actually worked out really well and was way more relaxing than usual!

We even got to see sneak peek stamp images….

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and get another new product announcement!

Brian Pilling shared with us that the Textured Boutique machine from Sizzix is coming back!  If you remember, this machine was out for a limited time about a year ago as a test run.  I guess it was a hit because it is not only coming back but it is now all black and says Stampin’ Up! on it!

It is a small light weight embossing machine.  There are no cutting plates to worry about or a long platform that you have to scooch piles of papers and ink around your craft table to fit (or is that just me?) because this machine is just for embossing folders.  You crank your embossing folder through by itself and you are done!  Now,don’t get me wrong, you will never get me to give up my Big Shot… but having a cute little machine that takes up less space when I need it and it most likely going to be only $30ish is pretty compelling to me!

The Textured Boutique was supposed to be coming out in June with the new catalog, but they got a shipment early so they’ll be selling some starting January 28th!  So if you were sad you missed it the first time around, mark your calendars and start counting down!

Next up – I’ve got more stuff to share in my Day 3 recap!

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