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Get your embossing on!

Texture Boutique Machine SaleGet your embossing on at a 25% discount with the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! Save 25% on select Stampin’ Up! embossing folders! Don’t have an embossing machine? We’ve got that covered too! Save 25% on the Texture Boutique Machine Tuesday, January 7 – Monday, February 2 in my online store!

 

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Hey,Valentine! You’re a treasure!

Stampin' Up! Hey Valentine Stamp Set www.stampingsmiles.comHave you tried the new Chalkboard Paper? Look how stinkin’ cute the pirate from the Stampin’ Up Hey, Valentine Stamp Set is stamped with Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad ink on it!

The Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad is more vibrant than the Colorbox Chalk Ink Pads from the Occasions Catalog. To be fair, the colors are muted to look like the image was drawn with chalk on a chalkboard. I’m using the Rose Coral Chalk Pad in one of my upcoming exclusive 12 Weeks of Sale-a-bration emails from my subscribers to The Stamper’s Insider. :)

Loved the Chalkboard Paper because my card was so quick to do. It looks finished with the white “chalk” outline on the Chalkboard Paper. Not necessarily true if stamped in a solid color on white card stock.

Now that he was stamped, and oh-so adorable, time to pick out a couple of patterns from the Stampin’ Up! Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack. With 48 patterns from which to choose, there were so many different combinations.

What is especially nice about the Stacked with Love Paper is it’s not specifically for Valentine’s Day. There are several patterns, such as the diagonal stripes on top, that could easily be used for other projects once we’re done with Valentine’s Day.

What made the card was the little red heart. It’s sweet little self is from the Confetti Hearts Border Punch.

This is definitely a quick card to make. Even so, you’ll want to place your order within the next week to have the supplies you need. Order Hey, Valentine Stamp Set in my online store!

 

Hey, Valentine Card Supplies

 

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In the next week I’ll be posting a couple of more projects with the Hey, Valentine Stamp Set. Be sure to come back to visit. They’re Valentine treats!

 

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27 hours to save 25% on Skin Tone Blendabilities!

Stampin' Up! Sweet Stuff Stamp Set www.stampingsmiles.comDid you see the side-by-side comparison post of the ballerinas from the Sweet Stuff Stamp Set? One face was left white, the other colored with one of the Skin Tone Blendabilities. What a difference getting the right color makes!

Left white wasn’t a  good look. If you colored her face pink, we’d think she was burning up with fever. You might think you could get away with using the Light Crumb Cake Blendabilites. Not a good idea either.

The good news is you have about 27 hours (until 1:50 am MT on Monday, January 26) to save 25% on the Skin Tone Blendabilities!

My side-by-side example was made into a quick and cute card. Her hair was colored with the darkest of the Skin Tone Blendabilities, Pink Pirouette for her sash and tutu and Melon Mambo for the dress.

So our ballerina isn’t lost in a see of white, I added Light Soft Sky Blendabilities around her.

The Melon Mambo polka dot paper is from the Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Stack. The Soft Sky from the Subtles Collection Designer Series Paper Stack.

The Ornate Tag Topper Punched Whisper White Cardstock was topped off white 1/4″ Melon Mambo Cotton Ribbon into a bow as sweet as our ballerina.

When you order the Skin Tone Blendabilities, bump your order up to $50 and get a package of 3 pack Blendabilities from the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog for FREE as your Sale-a-bration selection in my online store!

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Remember, the Skin Tone Blendabilities and other Stampin’ Up! products shown above are on sale only through Monday, January 26!

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Black, vanilla and a touch of red is A Happy Thing

Stampin' Up! A Happy Thing www.stampingsmiles.comMy girlfriend was over stamping with me this evening. I was busy making more projects for my exclusive 12 Weeks of Sale-a-bration emails, a few more Valentine projects I’ll be posting very soon and another project for a new offering coming soon (watch for the details!).

She just loves the bird from the 2015 Sale-a-bration A Happy Thing Stamp Set. She had the exact picture of how she wanted color him. She started with stamping him on Whisper White Cardstock. The Skin Tone Blendabilties are great for, well, skin. Not so much for birds.

The color she wanted him to be was mostly vanilla. Why fight it? Out came a piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. You can see she didn’t do much coloring, but perhaps more than you think.

His head and chest are colored with the Light Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities Marker. The branch, his eye and beak with the Light Crumb Cake Blendabilities. The flowers with Calypso Coral.

Seeing him colored on the Very Vanilla, I excited pulled out my new package of Typeset Specialty Paper. It’s one of the very few Designer Series Paper using Very Vanilla for the neutral color. With the black, vanilla and red (we’re pretending), it was perfect.

My suggestion was not layer with Real Red Cardstock close to the bird. If put right up to the Cherry Cobbler, it would be more noticeable it wasn’t quite the same color. But with the distance and color in between, you’d almost swear I somehow got my hands on Real Red Blendabilities.

This handmade card would be great for a masculine birthday! And so doggone quick to make. Fast and fabulous cards are always a good thing.

Now, the only way to get the A Happy Thing Stamp Set is with the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration special for FREE with any $50 Stampin’ Up! product order in my online store by March 31, 2015. All of the Blendabilities colors listed below (Real Red is not one – yet) are also available as free selection for every $50 in Stampin’ Up! product purchases. They are each listed twice. The first is to purchase. The second is to redeem for a Sale-a-bration selection.

A Happy Thing Card Supplies

A Happy Thing Wood Stamp Set

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A Happy Thing Clear Stamp Set

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Getting Stampin’ Up! stuff for with is definitely A Happy Thing!

 

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Stampin’ Up! Happy Hearts for a Cute Valentine Card!

The Stampin’ Up! Happy Hearts Embossing Folder makes me so happy, I decided to build a card around those cute embossed hearts! Watch to see how I made my handmade Valentine card!

If the video is not displaying properly, watch my Happy Hearts Embossing Folder video here.

Stampin' Up! That's the Ticket Stamp Set and Happy Heart Embossing FolderThe shape of the hearts of the Happy Hearts Embossing Folder are the same pretty shape as the Sweetheart Punch and the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack. Just love how many of Stampin’ Up! products coordinate! In addition to making cardmaking easier, it also gives us many different ways to use a product.

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A sweet tweet for Valentine’s Day!

Stampin'  Up! Hey Valentine Treat Bag TopperYou’ll find a stamp made to be a topper for the 1″ x 8″ Cellophane Bags in the Stampin’ Up! Hey, Valentine Stamp Set. This little bird has a sweet tweet for you!

The 1″ x 8″ Cellophane Bag was filled with Good & Plenty candy. A licorice lover will love this Valentine treat!

The sweet treat stamp was also designed to coordinate with another Stampin’ Up! product. You can die-cut in your Sizzix Big Shot in a flash with one of the dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies. Look at the perfect border! It can be done cutting my hand, but not as easily as having the die.

Stampin'--Up!-Hey-Valentine-Stamp-SetThe bird was colored with Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers. The more you use the Blendabilities, the more you love them. The blending is fantastic! The look of watercoloring but without buckling the cardstock and deep and vibrant of color as you desire.

Did you notice the bird wasn’t stamped in black? Below you’ll find a list of Classic Stampin’ Pads Stampin’ Up! provided by Stampin’ Up! as approved to be used with the Blendabilities without smearing. It’s sure nice to have more options than black! The full list is lower in the post.

Here’s the thing. I stamped the sweet tweet stamp in Island Indigo Classic Stampin’ Pad ink. It isn’t included in the approved list of ink pads. The ink did not bleed for me. Since is not one of the approved colors, use at your own discretion.

A little Fast Fuse Adhesive to adhere to the cello bag, and you’re done!

You’ll be making  cute Valentine treats when you order the Hey, Valentine Stamp Set in my online store! You’ll find all the stamping supplies I used below the approved for Blendabilities colors.

 

Classic Stampin’ Pads
Always Artichoke
Baked Brown Sugar
Blushing Bride
Calypso Coral
Coastal Cabana
Crisp Cantaloupe
Crumb Cake
Crushed Curry
Daffodil Delight
Garden Green
Hello Honey
Marina Mist
Melon Mambo
Lost Lagoon
Old Olive
Pear Pizzazz
Pink Pirouette
Pistachio Pudding
Pool Party
Pumpkin Pie
Sahara Sand
Smoky Slate
So Saffron
Soft Sky
Tangelo Twist
Tangerine Tango
Tempting Turquoise
Wild Wasabi
Wisteria Wonder

 

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Sweet tweets are cute and easy to make with the Stampin’ Up! Hey, Valentine Stamp Set!

 

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Beauty is only skin deep . . .

Stampin' Up! Sweet Stuff and Skin Tone Blendabilities. . . is true, but faces, necks, arms and legs sure look a lot better with a flesh tone. The ballerina from the Stampin’ Up! Sweet Stuff Stamp Set on the left was not colored and remained the white of the cardstock. She looks unnatural compared to the one on the right colored with one of the Skin Tone Blendabilities Markers. Beauty may be only skin deep, but the ballerina on the right is clearly the better looking of the two.

As you probably know, you can choose any one of the three packs of Blendabilities from the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog for FREE with a $50 purchase through March 31, 2015 for the Sale-a-bration promotion. The only pack unavailable as a free selection is the Skin Tone Blendabilities.

With so many of you getting free Blendabilities, how sweet it is that you can pick up the Skin Tone Blendabilities for 25% off with this week’s Weekly Deals. Save 25% on the Skin Tone Blendabilities and other select Stampin’ Up! products picture below in my online store through Monday, January 26!

Remember, Weekly Deals are good for seven days only! Save now in my online store!

 

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Beautiful flowers for a beautiful butterfly

Stampin' Up! Buttefly Thinlits and Painted Blooms Designer Series PaperThe beautiful hand-painted flowers of the Stampin’ Up! Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper have attracted the equally beautiful butterfly from the Butterflies Thinlits Dies for my fast and fabulous card.

Did you see the embossing behind the butterfly I die-cut in my Big Shot with the Spring Flowers Embossing Folder. Those flowers are getting lots of oohs and awws. And they deserve it.

Even though the card was simple, it was needing a little something. The Painted Blooms Cotton Twine was sitting on my crafting table.  A simple addition of a small bow on the butterfly  drew the blue from the Painted Blooms paper. 

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Card subscription program www.hasslefreecards.comI’ve had many customers tell me they are only good at copying. And then say with guilt they should be designing their own cards. Who says? This is your hobby. Your relaxation. Your enjoyment. Shake off the shoulds and let me deliver great card ideas to you!

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Stampin’ Up! You Plus Me Handmade Valentine’s Day Card!

Stampin' Up! You Plus Me Stamp SetValentine’s Day is our next upcoming holiday for handmade cards. I had Valentine’s Day in mind when I made this handmade card with the new Stampin’ Up! You Plus Me Stamp Set. But my card does not say  Happy Valentine’s Day.  Couple the You + Me = Heart stamp with the Calypso Coral from the Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack, you also have a great anniversary card too!

The You + Me stamped image was punched out with the 2″ Circle Punch. I first layered it onto a Real Red Cardstock circle punched out with the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch. Decided a small red border would look even better. A Calypso Coral Cardstock circle die-cut with the Circles Collection Framelits was added in between. That was just what it needed.

Would you have ever put Real Red and Calypso Coral together? Pretty sure I wouldn’t have. Yet here they are paired quite nicely together in the Stampin’ Up! Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper. You also have Crisp Cantaloupe and Basic Black. You can see Calypso Coral, Real Red and Crisp Cantaloupe hearts scattered in this pattern. The XOXO row in Basic Black is another of the 24 patterns. As much as I love matchy-matchy, the bit of black offers a nice accent.

Did you see the sweet row of hearts along the bottom? Also part of the You Plus Me Stamp Set. The same is true of the heart scattered across the top. The same heart was stamped again in Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad ink on Whisper White Cardstock and cut out with my always-within-reach Paper Snips. The small scissors simply make it a joy to do small, detail trimming. The hearts were then added with a Stampin’ Dimensional, foam self-adhesive dot, behind each. I wish the picture showed how the little lift dressed up my card.

Speaking of dressing up my card, the perfect finishing touch is the Calypso Coral ribbon. Even better than the coordination of color, it was FREE! It’s one of the three rolls of ribbon included in the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack, a FREE Sale-a-bration choice for placing a $50 Stampin’ Up! order. FREE is always fun!

FREE is fun. So, too, is a discount. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you purchased the suited for each other You Plus Me Stamp Set and Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack in a bundle. Order the You Plus Me Bundle in your choice of wood mount or clear mount in my online store. Bump your order up to $50 and claim the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack for FREE!

You Plus Me Card Supplies

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Stampin’ Up! You Plus Me Stamp Set for Valentine’s Day and anniversaries too!

 

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