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:


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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Washi Tape on Sale–Make these Projects & More!

So, I guess the good thing about my internet going out last night and not getting fixed until this morning is that I didn’t get a chance to schedule the blog post I was going to originally share with you today. 

I still plan to share that project with you soon, but it gave me a chance to see the first of Stampin’ Up’s Daily Deals!  They have decided to offer one product (or set of products) on sale every Thursday of October.

TODAY ONLY (10/3): you can get any of the following Washi Tape sets for only $3.71:

Washi Tape daily deal

So, just to give you some ideas of what you can create, here are some samples I’ve posted in the past.  Click any of the links to see more details on the actual projects:

Thank You Notes with Gingham Garden Washi Tape Accent


Frosted Glass Butterfly with Washi Tape Trim


Scrapbooking with Epic Day Washi Tape Banners


So, check them out and don’t forget to grab them today while the sale is going on!

Use Hostess Code XJZ6BCKR when you check out and be entered to win an extra spool of Washi Tape from me!   Smile 


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Playing with the New Labels Thinlits Flip Card

When I ran a recent class about cards that flip and pop, I knew I had to share a card using the new Labels Thinlit die.  I mean, the fact that one run through the Big Shot and you have the card almost done, got to love the ease of that. 

Since the thinlit die comes with a bunch of extra shape dies, I wanted to see what I could come up with that mostly uses those extra shapes.  Have you seen all the options?


So, this is what we made:

I decided to try to experiment – and this is a little hard to see in the picture – but with the main label shape, we actually cut out a label in Coastal Cabana and then cut out a second label shape in So Saffron, but this time, we placed the “hi” die inside the label die so that it would cut out the “hi” leaving a hole in the shape of the word (does that make sense? Smile)  Then we glued the labels together so the Coastal Cabana peeked through!

To decorate the rest of the card, we added a bit of Washi tape to the front of the card and then stamped an image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  We stamped the inside, just like the card from last month’s newsletter

(if you missed it, you can sign up here and I’ll get you a copy of the past newseltter)

So this is an idea to make a card using just a few supplies…. now I’m off to try out a few more ideas that incorporate more items from your craft room to step up the card even more. 

Untill then, happy stamping!

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Adding a Splash of Washi to Your Cards

So turns out when I start working on something, I can get really focused on that task.  In the case of last week, that task wasn’t any of the handful of crafting projects and event prep I needed to work on, but instead was an even more daunting task – picking a preschool for Nicholas!  2013-08-23 12.29.45

Awww….aren’t they getting so big? Smile 

I thought it would be a quick and easy thing to figure out, and I’d be back working on my other projects right away.  But, no…. there are so many choices and variations.  Thankfully, we were able to find some good options and start the process for getting him enrolled, so now I’m able to get back in the crafty mindset!

And first on the docket – Thank you cards!

I always like to send thank you cards to everyone who places an order with me and I wanted something bright and cheery to remind us that summer hasn’t quite ended yet!

I used 3 of my favorite items right now:  Washi tape, Flower Shop bundle, and the Oh Hello stamp set to put this together.

Card Supplies Used
Stamps –
Oh Hello, Flower Shop
Ink – Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Gumball Green
Paper – Rose Red, Whisper White
Accessories – Posy Punch, Gingham Garden washi tape, Stampin’ Dimensionals

So, if you’ve ordered with me in the last few weeks… check your mailbox for your own copy of this card!

If you’ve ordered with me in the last month and NOT received a card, please let me know!  There have been some hiccups in the Stampin’ Up! ordering system and some demonstrators have not been receiving notice about orders placed.  I want to make sure I’m giving you the best possible service, so if you haven’t heard from me, let me know so I can fix it. Smile 


But no matter what, THANK YOU for stopping by and please come back soon!


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Frosted Glass Butterfly Technique and Card

As I get ready for Monday’s Terrific Techniques: Fun with Washi class, I was looking over a card I made recently using the Best of Butterflies stamp set.  (You know, because it was one of my few samples right now that uses washi)

I was playing with Vellum and thought it would be really pretty to create a softly colored butterfly image.  Its super easy to do too!

All you have to do is:

  1. Stamp your image on Vellum using Stazon Ink
  2. Flip over your Vellum paper (so inked side is down) and start coloring using markers. 
    I recommend coloring with your darker color first because the first color you ink will be the top layer you see when you flip over the stamped image.
  3. Cut out your image
  4. Adhere to your card base using a glue dot behind part of your image that is solid black.

And TA-DA!  You have a totally cool looking butterfly!


Stampin’ Up Supplies Used:
Stamps – Best of Butterflies, Seasonal Sayings
Ink – Stazon, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight marker, Pumpkin Pie marker, Cajun Craze marker
Paper – Calypso Coral cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Vellum cardstock
Accessories – This and That washi tape, Glue dots


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Scrapbooking Sunday: Scrapping with Washi & the This & That Line

Last week, I got my This and That bundle and finally had a chance to sit down and start playing with it all.  So, this is the first project I created with it:

this and that scrapbooking layout


The full collection (which I had to grab since you get 15% off if you get it as a bundle) includes:

  • 12×12 designer paper
  • 4 pack of stickers
  • 3 rolls of washi tape
  • rotary date stamp
  • spiral bound journal with embossed cover

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I had a bunch of friends who had gotten into the washi tape craze and I even had a couple spools of it but I was still trying to figure out how I was going to use it.  However, it seemed to get easier for me as I started playing around with this layout.  The first place I used it was for making a border at the bottom of my blue designer paper and then I layered a second pattern of tape to highlight the photo above.

This and that washi sample scrapbooking close up


Then I ended up using the 3rd pattern of washi tape at the top of my page as an accent over the top edge.  You’ll also notice the rotary date stamp on the journaling section.  You pick your sentiment and the date, ink, and stamp.  When I stamped, I wanted to add a little something else, and turns out a mini brad fits perfectly between the sentiment and date.

This and that rotary date stamps and washi tape close up

I also wanted to use some of the stickers that come in the collection.  I knew I was going to use the journal with most of the stickers but I decided that these chevrons (which are each individual stickers) would be a good color accent on that side of the page.

This and that stickers close up


So, overall, I wasn’t sure what I thought of the heavily distressed look of the papers but it turned out when used together they look great.  Especially when you are using black and white pictures.

Finally, I wanted to share something that I didn’t realize when I ordered the journal.  I knew that each page in the journal is designer paper in nice base patterns (no big words or overwhelming elements), but I didn’t realize the first and last page were pocket pages.  Plus inside the front pocket were tucked 2 pocket pouches that can be glued in anywhere in your book (or other projects)

this and that journal inside

I still can’t decide whether to use my journal for carrying with me to record the random funny things my kids say and do, or if I want to use it for all the inspiration I see for projects and designs.  Kind of like an offline Pinterest!

You can see the entire This and That collection online here

And don’t miss out on the free shipping promotion!  You have until tomorrow evening to receive free shipping on any order no matter how big or small!


To Order Stampin’ Up! Products Anytime, click here!

Don’t Forget!  RSVPs and mail order kit orders are due soon for the Print Poetry Class coming up on April 20th!
Can’t make the party?  Class by mail and instruction only options are available – check it out here

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