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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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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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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

Best Year Ever Accessory Pack

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Big Shot

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

 

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Every cardmaker needs these (Stampin’ Up!) stamp sets!

Stampin' Up! Kinda Eclectic and Tape It Stamp SetsThat’s what Godby (God-be) With Us Stamper Pat Rau told me yesterday. And the exclamation point was in her voice. :) The Stampin’ Up! stamp sets Pat says every cardmaker needs are Kinda Eclectic, Work of Art, Tape It and Gorgeous Grunge. I completely agree.

Pat made this card to give you an example of how she loves using those stamp sets for backgrounds and accents.

She was so speaking so passionately, I started writing down what she was saying. My notes of quotes include:

“You can pull out these sets and build a card around them.”

“You just can’t go wrong!”

“If you do any kind of cardmaking, you need these stamp sets!”

“You just have to have them!”

Based on the popularity of Work of Art, Tape It, Gorgeous Grunge and Kinda Eclectic, there have to be many who agree with Pat. If you have not yet added some or all of these stamp sets to your collection, place your order now in my online store! Each of the sets are available in wood mount and clear mount. Click on the picture of the stamp set you’d like to order to be taken directly into my online store.

 

Pat’s (and mine) Must Have Stamp Sets

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Pat has been sharing her stamping tips with me for years and has never steered my wrong. She’s right on the money when she says every cardmaker needs Gorgeous Grunge, Tape It, Work of Art and Kinda Eclectic.

 

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Quick card with Stampin Up! Irresistibly Yours Designer Paper

Learn how to reveal the patterns of the Stampin’ Up! Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper to make a quick handmade card!

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Stampin' Up! Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper www.stampingsmiles.comThe emboss resist technique always is a wow. Having paper that is already embossed is fabulous! Embossed in five different patterns for a variety of different handmade cards. Nice, convenient, time-saving and FREE! Free with any $50 Stampin’ Up! product purchase in my online store! But only through March 31, 2015.

Even with the soft green of Pear Pizzazz, the beautiful white leaves stand out against the light green background. Imagine the impact if you used darker colors!

Really like the soft Pear Pizzazz and Coastal Cabana together. The Bermuda Bay Cardstock compliments Coastal Cabana well. Do you think of the contrast of the Rich Razzleberry heart is attractive? I’ve been purposely looking to add a contrasting color instead of my love-coordination side that would have added a Bermuda Bay heart.

The Coastal Cabana die-cut words from the Hello You Thinlints Dies sure were easy to adhere with the Transfer Adhesive Sheets. It would not have been fun trying to apply adhesive from any applicator on the thin letters. You saw in the video how easy it was to do so with the adhesive sheets.

Embossing resist is fun if it’s new to you or something you’ve done many times before. It’s never been so easy to do as it is with the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper! Get the Irresistibly Yours Paper for FREE with any $50 Stampin’ Up! product purchase in my online store.

Irresistibly Yours Card Supplies

Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper

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Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

$16.95
Only $12.71 through January 19!
Big Shot

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Thank goodness we have almost three full months for Sale-a-bration. The choices are so good! The Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper is just one. My advice is to start with the exclusive Sale-a-bration products because they’re available only through March 31!

 

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4 of 8 on one handmade card

Stampin'-Up-Simply-Wonderful-Stamp-SetThe new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals inspired me to use four of the 25% off products to make a quick handmade card! My card uses the Angled Tag Topper Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Starburst Framelits Dies and Blackberry Bliss 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon. All 25% off through Monday, January 19 in my online store!

Order all four and get the “Thanks So Very Much” stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Simply Wonderful Stamp Set for FREE as part of the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration promotion. One FREE Sale-a-bration gift for every $50 Stampin’ Up! purchases through March 31, 2015!

Pictured directly below are the eight products for this week’s Weekly Deals. Lower I will picture the remaining products for my Simply Wonderful card.

Already own the sale products on my card? The good news is you can order $50 of any Stampin’ Up! products and get a FREE Sale-a-bration gift!

Pictured and linked into my online store and the other stamping products used on my Simply wonderful card.

Remaining Simply Wonderful Card Supplies

Simply Wonderful Wood Stamp Set

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Simply Wonderful Clear Stamp Set

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Big Shot

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Glue Dots

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Stampin’ Up! Sheltering Tree for Spring

Stampin' Up! Sheltering-Tree-by-www.stampingsmiles.comOf all the stamp sets that make my heart go pitter-patter in the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog Painted Petals, Indescribable Gift, B.Y.O.P., Butterfly Basics, Moon Lake and others), the Stampin’ Up! Sheltering Tree Stamp Set made me catch my breath. Absolutely adore this stamp set!

Want a Spring card? Sheltering Tree. Want a Fall card? Sheltering Tree. Want a Winter card? Sheltering Tree? How about a Summer card? Sheltering Tree! Stampin’ Up! has already has four nice samples in the Occasions Catalog. But there’ll be no stopping us for going wild with more ideas.

Thankfully Sheltering Tree is a photopolymer (totally clear) stamp set. This made is so doggone easy to get just the right placement of the leaves on tree. I chose to keep this card simple but with the clear stamps it would have been easy to stamp just where I wanted when adding the swing, bike, hill or flowers.

Let’s talk about the pretty papers. The variegated yellow paper is one of the patterns from the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper. Did you know all the patterns were hand-painted prints? Some are pretty enough to frame. And someone did! There’s a beautiful picture on page 18 of the Occasions Catalog.

How about that diagonal striped paper along the bottom? This is the coolest paper ever! It one of the patterns from the Sale-a-bration Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper. Each pattern is a white embossed image on white. Perfect for the embossing resist technique. What’s been embossed will resist, or not take, ink. I used an Aqua Painter and brushed Wild Wasabi and So Saffron in stripes going the opposite direction. The white stripes you see are the embossed images. The ink colored the un-embossed areas. Isn’t that pretty? Pretty cool!

Want a stamp set for all seasons? Order the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set in my online store now! Add other products to your order and get the Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper for free! The only way to get that cool paper is with a $50 order placed by March 31, 2015. It isn’t now and is said to never be for sale.

 
Sheltering Tree Card Supplies

Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper

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Banner Punch

$12.95

Big Shot

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Glue Dots

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Have fun playing with Sheltering Tree all year long!

 

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Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration is A Happy Thing!

Free Stampin’ Up! stuff with a purchase is what you call a Sale-a-bration! Watch to see how to make my Stampin’ Up! A Happy Thing card using eight FREE Sale-a-bration products!

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Stampin' Up! A Happy Thing www.stampingsmiles.comFREE is fun! Where do you start when selecting your free Sale-a-bration gifts? Start with your favorites frp, the ten exclusive Sale-a-bration choices. They are available through March 31 only! They will never be offered again. You won’t see them one day on the Clearance Rack. FREE with a $50 purchase in my online store is the only way to get them on your order.

Love, love, love the Stampin’ Blendabilities Markers! An excellent choice too. But, if picking between this cute guy or the Blendabilities, you can purchase the Blendabilities now and after Sale-a-bration.

Listed below are the stamping products I used on my A Happy Thing card. The free Sale-a-bration choices are marked. The Blendabilites are listed twice because if selecting as a Sale-a-bration gift, the item number is different than the catalog item number.

Get a FREE Sale-a-bration gift for every $50 in product orders in my online store! But only through March 31, 2015!

A Happy Thing Card Supplies

A Happy Thing Wood Stamp Set

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FREE Sale-a-bration choice!
A Happy Thing Clear Stamp Set

$0.00
FREE Sale-a-bration choice!
Simply Wonderful Wood Stamp Set

$0.00
FREE Sale-a-bration choice!
Simply Wonderful Clear Stamp Set

$0.00
FREE Sale-a-bration choice!
Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper

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FREE Sale-a-bration choice!
Best Year Ever Accessory Pack

$0.00
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