Saturday, April 01, 2017

my last hurrah with The Crew

April is my final month with the Creative Crew at Splitcoast Stampers.
So many great challenges and inspiration from the hostesses!!
Our theme for April is Shades of Spring.
You can see the whole Crew's gallery here :)

For the Step It Up Challenge, we do a Step One and then turn the volume up to Step Two :)
I used the March 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit, Bunny Buddies, as a foundation,
but, do you recognize the bunny that I used?  It's from the Foxy Friends stamp set!

 For the Technique Challenge, I used a template posted in the Splitcoast forums by "Snietje".
Anita posted instructions to make her "book card" here.
Mine doesn't look like much when it's closed...
but it makes a beautiful, accordion-folded-frame at the inside of the card!
I added Window Sheet pieces within the folds of the frame to create a diorama, of sorts.
The stamp set used for the layers is Touches of Texture; the floral paper is from English Garden (retired).

 For the Sketch Challenge, I adapted the card sketch to a 12x12 layout.
I used the (retired) English Garden Designer Series Paper to keep with the colors in 
this month's Shades of Spring theme.  Added some vellum and a doilie from the Occasions catalog.
(And I'm still open to someone giving me direction on the singular "doilie" or "doily" word.
Does it only work in plural?!  It just looks weird - "doilie".)

The alphabet is Letters For You which coordinates with Large Letters Framelits
- NO fussy cutting!!  I love them :)  They're showing up on most of my pages these days - LOL!

This is my card for the Inspiration Challenge.  Wendy gave us a cute pic to use as inspiration
- a photo of a bunch of floral lamp shades.  Get it?  "Shades of Spring"?!  LOL
(They remind me of this shade that I did way back.)
Again, used the English Garden Designer Series Paper.  The stamps are from Best Birds.

 The Color Challenge presented a, well, challenge for me :)
The colors look so pretty together, but I had a hard time bringing them together in a design.
I mentioned already that I used English Garden print papers on other projects,
but I wanted to do something a little more modern for at least one challenge.
So, here we have Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder and Blushing Bride butterflies,
sent with a mini Stampin' Up! note.
(If you're a customer of mine and get this card in the mail,
please act surprised!)

Huge thanks to Susie, Patty, Bev and Wendy for having me on the Creative Crew!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

*lots of fun stuff to post today!*

so many fun things to post today!

Splitcoast CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge card, my one-year anniversary back with Stampin' Up!, Sale-a-Brate my anniversary with me by posting a comment and entering my drawing for huge (yuge?!) blog candy, catalog mailing address time, customer thank-you's time, ... *phew!*  let's get to it!
Joining in the Clean and Simple Challenge (CAS422 Winged Things) on Splitcoast Stampers this week,
I made a white-with-white card using the retired Swallowtail background stamp and LOTS of embossing.
Clean and simple, but lovely and elegant, like my mum who inspired it.
(I did a post a while back about white butterflies being my mum's "patronus" to me!)

You can't see it well (or at all) in the photo, but there is an embossed butterfly stamped onto the background layer which is raised up with foam dimensional strips.  Then the top butterfly was embossed and fussy-cut, attached with a skinny strip of foam dimensional.
The Swallowtail stamp is retired, but this embossing and layering can be done with most any "winged thing" :)
To take part in the CAS challenge, too, click here :)

On to the next item on the agenda,
this Friday marks my 1-year anniversary being a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! again!
I almost can't believe it's been a year already,
and I almost can't believe it's been ONLY a year already - LOL!

Won't you stroll down memory lane with me?
My Top 12 favorite Stampin' Up! stamped highlights from this last year:

 Soon, I'll be getting Thank You gifts ready to send out to each of my customers from this last year.
If you haven't ordered from me yet this whole last year, you still have time to order by this Friday, March 31st!!
(Thank You gifts will be mailed out the first half of next month.)
Make sure I know your favorite items so you'll really enjoy your gift!!  LOL

And, speaking of mailing things....
Drawing to be held April 1, 2017 at noon EDT


I love to share celebrations and milestones with others, so I'm giving a humongous blog-candy gift to one person whose name will be drawn from the comments on this post!

Each of the items pictured in the photo right above here are included.

New items from Sale-a-Bration and Occasions, not used yet!  Looking for a good home :)

So Very Much stamp set
Hey, Chick stamp set
Delicate Details stamp set
Tasty Trucks stamp set
Designer Tee stamp set
Inside the Lines 12x12 Designer Series Paper
Glimmer Paper 6x6 Assortment Pack
just one mini egg carton (out of the original box of 8). 

Enough for some serious Springtime fun!!

Please leave a comment letting me know what has been your favorite item from the ending-soon Sale-a-Bration (this Friday, eek!!) or Occasions catalogs.  That's all that is required!

Then a lucky someone will be drawn from the comments and announced on Saturday, April 1st, after noon EDT.  One entry per person, please.  (Demonstrators can play, too!)
Within the United States only, too, please.

Ooh, and while we're discussing mailing things,
it's time to update your mailing address with me for the next big Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog mailing!!
If you're not already on the list, please sign up soon.
There is no charge, and I hear that this catalog is a can't miss :)

I'll add you to the mailer!
(Catalogs don't mail out until late May/early June, but the automatic mailer needs time.)

Be sure to check back this Saturday, April 1st, to see who gets that blog candy.
It's also going to be my last post for my Creative Crew challenge time on Splitcoast.
See you then!!

And, for Pete's sake, don't forget -

the last day to order and take advantage of choosing FREE Sale-a-Bration items is this Friday, March 31, 2017.

Visit my Stampin' Up! demonstrator website for all of the current catalogs
and to shop, of course! :)