Happy Birthday!

Good afternoon!!!

Thank you for your patience this week 🙂 With my hubby in the hospital things have been nuts, to say the least!

But I am tickled to report that he is now HOME! YAY! I was able to bring him home yesterday afternoon. Life is returning back to normal. He is still in some pain, but you always feel better at home, right?

So on Tuesday I mentioned that I played a bit Monday evening, just a few simple cards.

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VERY simple, even for me, but I am so happy with it!

Once again, I used a die from the Window Shopping Bundle.

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I love these little candles. So much fun, and so versatile!

I die cut them from a piece of Whisper White cardstock, then adhered a scrap of Bermuda Bay under the candles, and a scrap of Sahara Sand under the flames (with a bit of Wink of Stella for sparkle on the flames!).

You can see that the top panel is adhered with Dimensionals right? I did that to make an incredible simple card just a tiny bit less simple.

The DSP is from the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP. Stampin’ Up has done an amazing job at giving us beautiful, fun, and versatile DSP in the Occasions catalog. I plan to use as much of it as possible!

I will be back on Monday with some more fun things to share! I plan on locking myself in my craft room on Sunday for a while, so hopefully I can get a lot accomplished.

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

So in Love…

Good morning!

Wow, it has been a week, and it is only Tuesday!! But it is all downhill from here, I choose to believe that! My wonderful hubby has been in the hospital since Saturday evening. Nothing too serious, and we are hoping that he will be home tomorrow or Wednesday.

Between going to and from the hospital and still working my regular job, I haven’t had much time to play. But when I got home from the hospital last night, I decided it was time  for some me time.

I didn’t have a whole lot of time to play, since I got pregnant I am pretty much a slave to prompt bedtimes! I also didn’t have the mental capacity to do anything too complicated.

I LOVE this card though!!!! I got the idea from another demonstrator, and went with it 🙂

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As simple as it is, it makes me happy. Sometimes simple is just what you need! My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary on the 25th of this month and I am playing around with ideas for his card.

The base is a top folding A2 card from Cherry Cobbler cardstock, as is the matting around the DSP. The DSP is from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper stack. I am not typically a fan of the red and white hearts for Valentines Day, but I adore this DSP! There are some fantastic patterns here that are useful for so many different occasions, not just Valentine’s Day!

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The heart is also diecut from Cherry Cobbler cardstock, using Stampin’ Up’s Sweet and Sassy Framelits.

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Do you have these? I love them! You get 15 different sizes of hearts, in two different shapes. So versatile!

The bakers twine is sadly retired, but I couldn’t help but to use a bit for a little something extra. I pierced a hole in the heart (that sounds cruel!) and threaded the twine through the hole and around the outside to tie a sweet little bow.

I did create another (simple!) card to share with you in a few days as well! So look for that on Thursday.

Have a great rest of your day!

 

 

Window Shopping!

Good morning and happy Friday!

I hope everyone has had a great week!

Just popping in this morning to share a fun card that I made with the Window Shopping Bundle!

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Now, this bundle is ment to create one of those great boxes you see in the upper right corner of the photo above. This set makes it SO easy! I can see so many uses, but up first will be some Valentine’s Day boxes to give treats to my loved ones.

I was in need of a Thank You card though, so I grabbed the large die in the lower left corner, and used that right on the front of my card.

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How pretty is that? Using this die on a card makes an easy, quick, and impressive card. My favorite kind lately 😉

I actually made a few different types like this. I made one exactly the same for my sweet hubby, but instead of using DSP behind the die cut, I water colored using our pencils on a small piece of watercolor paper. I need to snag that back from him to share with you all.

This one uses a piece of DSP from the Falling in Love pack. I think I have mentioned a time or two how much I truly love this whole pack!

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A bit of Gold thread looped around a few times then tucked behind the sentiment strip finished off the card nicely!

If you have any questions please feel free to let me know by leaving me a comment or emailing me at InkItAll@yahoo.com

Have a fantastic weekend!!!!

Favorites from the Occasions Catalog!

Good morning!

I hope that everyone had a good weekend! Wow, we got a lot done this weekend. Well, by “we” I mean my husband and my son lol They spent all day yesterday moving furniture around in our spare bedrooms so my husband can start working on the nursery. I did a great job of supervising though 😉

I wanted to take a few minutes and do one of my favorite things with each new catalog release… share with you my favorite new items!

The Occasions catalog this year is wonderful! FULL of amazing stamp sets, dies, Designer Series Paper, and so much more, that would make any crafter giddy!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, go ahead! I will wait!!!!

Occasions Catalog items This link will take you directly to the Stampin’ Up website

Occasions Catalog This link will take you to the PDF version of the catalog

If you see anything you are interested in learning more about, make sure you scroll to the end of the post. I have pictures of each of the items I list here with product information. Click on each photo to be brought directly to the product page on Stampin’ Ups website.

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Big on Birthdays pg. 6 How fun is this set? The “At Least You’re Still Pretty” sentiment cracks me up. This will be perfect to send to a couple of friends that are about as sarcastic as I am lol

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Carousel Birthday pg. 9 Now, I know this set isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But for me? It is perfect. I love this one so very much! Little bonus? The tops of the Ferris wheel cars can be die cut from one of the cloud dies in the next bundle I will show you! I love it when sets can be used with others! Make sure you take a look at the whole Cupcakes & Carousels Suite on pages 8-9.

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Lift Me Up Bundle pg. 10 LOVE… that is all I really need to say. The samples that I have seen with this bundle have blown me away (no pun intended). Everything from classy and elegant, to fun and playful!

This was actually the first bundle I used when I received my preorder. Take a look at it HERE!

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Yummy in My Tummy pg. 16 O.M.G… Adorable! This one just makes me smile! I will admit, I don’t have this one…. yet. When I saw the samples at OnStage in November using this stamp set I think I might have squealed! I can totally see Valentines made with this guys!

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Mediterranean Moments pg. 29 How lovely are these? Soft, pretty, dreamy… These are so much fun to watercolor.

On that note, make sure you check out our new Watercolor Pencils on page 24! I have them, I love them!

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Window Shopping Bundle pg. 43 This bundle makes great little gift boxes, so easy to create with the dies included! In addition to the boxes, you can use the dies on your card fronts to add something special. I will be sharing a card I made recently towards the end of the week where I used that big floral die. I am so happy with the way it came out and I can’t wait to use this bundle more!

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Urban District pg. 47 Now, one thing missing in past years from Stampin’ Up catalogs, for me at least, is a GOOD dad set. They took care of it this year! In fact, there is a whole suite that is more masculine that I have ever seen from Stampin’ Up, and I am tickled with it. I have lots of ideas swimming around for Father’s Day cards in my head. I might end up making them soon! Check out the whole Urban Underground bundle on pages 46-47.

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Falling In Love DSP pg. 51  Now, this isn’t a stamp set obviously, but I HAD to share this with you. This is part of the Falling in Love suite. The whole suite is beautiful, but this DSP deserved some special attention. It is just beautiful!

I shared some details about the DSP in a recent post, check it out It’s here!!!!! along with a card I made using one of the patterns here.

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So In Love Bundle pg. 52 Beautiful, simple, elegant… this is a lovely bundle to have on hand to create anniversary, wedding, Valentine’s Day cards, and so much more. Those two straight dies? They create belly bands to place around your cards or projects. Great little details. In addition, the one with the hearts? That is PERFECT to use when you need a bunch of hearts die cut for a project. Run this through your Big Shot, discard the belly band (or save it for another project!) and you are left with a handful of tiny hearts to use in shaker cards, adhere to the front of a card, insert into the center of the card for confetti when the recipient opens the card…

So there you have it, my top items from the Occasions catalog! Trust me when I say there is SO much more to see and fall in love with than what I have shown you here!

Wednesday I will be sharing my favorites from the Sale-A-Bration catalog, so make sure you check back to see those. Remember, for every $50 you spend, you get a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!

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Mediterranean Moments!

Good morning!

Wow… this week has been a crazy one! So thankful that it is Friday!

Any big plans for the weekend? Tomorrow is our quarterly Stamp Camp. A bunch of demonstrators and customers get together and stamp away! It is always so much fun, and a great time to meet up with old and new friends! This Stamp Camp the focus is on the new Occasions catalog, so expect me to share lots of fun samples with you.

My husband and I are busy thinking about the nursery! We found an *amazing* deal on a convertible crib, dresser, & armoire, he is going to pick it up on Sunday. It is going to sit in our 3rd bedroom for a while though while we get the nursery together. Lots of changes will be happening in there!

Now, onto what you are here for 😉

A few days ago I needed a quick card for a very special friend of mine. We don’t talk near enough, but when we do it is like no time has passed. She just always seems to pop up when I need her the most in my life and I wanted to send her a card to thank her for being so amazing.

I played with the Mediterranean Moments set and wow… I am loving this one!

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How pretty! This set is made for using with our new Watercolor Pencils!!!

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That is exactly what I did here… My friend has two cats and just adores them. The cat in this stamp reminds me of one of them, so I had to use it! I used our watercolor pencils and an Aqua Painter to quickly add in the color. While simple, I’m pleased with it!

The sentiment is from Avant Garden, one of our Sale-A-Bration sets!

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So pretty right?

And check out the patterned paper! That is from the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP.

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I buy a ton of our DSP. I always love at least 1/2 of the patterns. In this set though? All of them will be used, and quickly. Love love love them!

I have had a few requests for the Occasions &/or Sale-A-Bration catalogs, I still have some spares. So if you need one, please email me at InkItAll@yahoo.com with your information and I will get them out to you ASAP.

Have a great weekend!

It’s here!!!!!

Good morning, happy Wednesday, and HAPPY OCCASIONS CATALOG DAY!

As you have heard me mention a time or two, today is the magic day that the new Occasions catalog goes live!

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If you don’t have a copy, you can take a look HERE!

Also, our new Sale-A-Bration catalog is live today as well!

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If you don’t have a copy, check it out HERE!

Remember, for every $50 (US) that you spend prior to S&H, you can pick out something for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. If you spend $100, you get 2 items, $150, you get 3, etc. There is no limit to freebies! Also!!! You don’t have to spend anything from the Occasions to get the free items. You can purchase from the Annual catalog, the Clearance section online, anything counts!

I will be sharing more in the coming days that I created with new items, as well I will be sharing my top picks from each of the catalogs. Trust me when I say that was a difficult post to create. There are SO many great items in each!

For now, I will leave you with a card I created last night, using all new items!

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I love the floral die at the top!!!! That is a die from the new So Detailed Thinlits. Check them out below…

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Now, the die that I used was intended to make a gate over the top of another card. Instead, I trimmed off the edge and used it as you see here.

Before I did that though, I lightly misted a piece of watercolor paper with water, then went over the paper lightly with Rich Razzleberry and Pacific Point watercolor pencils. I used my Aqua Painter to move the color around a bit until I was happy with it. I heat it with my heat gun to flatten out the paper (otherwise you can leave it to air dry) before I die cut it.

It is hard to see the variation of color in the die cut on my card above, but trust me, in person it is there and so pretty!

The dragonfly is from our new Dragonfly Dreams bundle (as is the sentiment).

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How fun are these??? And check out that little fat bumble bee! SO CUTE!

I die cut the solid dragonfly from our beautiful Cooper Foil cardstock, then die cut the detailed dragonfly from Rich Razzleberry. Did you see the pretty sparkle on the dragonfly? I went over it with clear Wink of Stella as well.

Now, we need to discuss the background paper. I am SO in love with it!!! It is from the new Falling in Love DSP (page 51 in the Occasions catalog). It is beautiful. It is a lovely mix of soft, dreamy bokah images.

If you haven’t heard of bokah before, it is a photography term. It is highly sought after technique, making images more dreamy, or forcing the viewer to focus directly on the main image and not be distracted by the background.

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noun

PHOTOGRAPHY
 
  1. the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens.
    “a quick, visual survey of the foreground and background bokeh of a variety of lenses”

Anyway, there ya go!

If you have any questions, please let me know! Otherwise, have fun checking out the links to the catalogs above! If you are in need of the actual catalogs, let me know and I will drop them off for you ASAP if you are local, otherwise I will pop them in the mail.

Have a great day!!!!!

Special Announcement!

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all had an amazing holiday weekend! We sure did. We spent lots of time with our families, my very favorite part! Yesterday we hung low at the house and did a whole lot of nothing! It was much needed and much enjoyed!

One of my favorite parts of Christmas? At least this year in particular? My husband and I got to share some special news…

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We are expecting! To say that we are excited is an understatement!!!! Our families are over the moon as well.

The baby is due July 4th, oddly enough that is the same day that I was due with my older son. It will be interesting to see what day this one turns up 🙂

So there you have it! Our big news, as well as the “special project” that I have been working on that I mentioned in the beginning of the month.

One more picture to share… My husband organized a Pet Photos with Santa event a few weeks back (He is an animal control warden for a local police department). The photographer that volunteered is a friend; who actually took our wedding photos. So we had a few photos of our sweet Opie taken.

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The gentleman playing Santa was amazing! Hands down the best Santa that I have ever seen. So we figured why not have Santa make the announcement for us? That is how we ended up with the above photos. I love them!

I will be back next week, starting up with my normal schedule again. I hope you will forgive me for taking this time off.

Don’t forget!!!! Next Wednesday, January 4th, is the day our new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs go LIVE!!!!! 

Contact me if you need either of the catalogs, I will be happy to either drop them off if you are local or pop one in the mail for you.

Have a great week and a wonderful (and safe!!!!!) New Years Eve!

 

Hi!

Hi everyone!!!!

How has everyone’s Decembers been so far? On my end, so far it has been wonderful! I turned 40 on December 13th, so my wonderful hubby threw me a beautiful birthday party on the 10th. It was perfect! So many friends and family came, including one of my dearest friends. She flew in from Minnesota to surprise me for the weekend!

Unfortunately, that weekend we got the first mega snowfall. Then the second came this past weekend. It would figure that part 2 of the storm was hitting when my mom, mother-in-law, and I were driving over an hour away to see the Nutcracker. But my mom is amazing at driving in crazy weather and got us there and back perfectly safe 🙂

I just wanted to pop in real quick to remind you all that the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs are going live January 4th! EXCITING! Well, for me at least. I love all of the new goodies!

Now, while I can’t actually share the catalog with you all yet, I can share some of the great videos that Stampin’ Up has created to show off some of the new items as well as show you how to use them.

I chose 4 of my favorites here to share with you all…

Watercolor Pencils are BACK! I am crazy excited about these. Once upon a time Stampin’ Up sold watercolor pencils and they were wonderful. In fact, I still have my set! I received two packs of these last week and have been having fun playing with them.

 

These are SO much fun to play with! Again, I got mine last week and have just been playing to see what I can come up with. Love them! I really like how versatile they are. The set comes with not only the die to make the actual box, but dies to accentuate the box. Those dies can be used on your cards as well for a little extra something.

 

Those that attended OnStage had the opportunity to purchase certain bundles from the new Occasions catalog. This is one of them. And I jumped on this one! To say I love it is an understatement! I made a fun card for my brother’s birthday with the bundle the day I got it in the mail. Check it out HERE!

 

Finally, we have the Vertical Garden Project Kit. I don’t have this one yet. Knowing me, I will cave and order it soon lol Succulents are so on trend right now. When you see the catalog, you will get a peek at a beautiful stamp set that is all succulents, that has coordinating dies as well! But this kit has everything you need with the exception of the ink pads as well as the stamp set. (Psst… you can probably use any stamp set you like, don’t *have* to order the one that coordinates!). All of the succulents are precut for you, all you need to do is pop them out of the cardstock. Easy! And so pretty!!!!!

I will be back early next week for a quick share, but until then, stay warm, enjoy the time with your family and friends, and have a WONDERFUL holiday!!!!!!

 

Christmas Pines… Take 3!

Good morning!

Wow… it got COLD. We were having such a mild November, as soon as December hit, the temperatures fell. I heard that this is supposed to be an abnormally cold winter.. lovely :-/

How are you all doing with your holiday shopping? For once I am ahead of the game and just about done! Get this… even about done with wrapping! I have a few gifts stashed at work that need to be wrapped. That is it! I have a few little things left to purchase, but those are easy things. Love my Amazon Prime!

Today’s card is the 3rd and final card from the recent Christmas Card class I hosted. This month we all used the Christmas Pines bundle. Seeing as the last 2 months the cards were a bit more complicated, I wanted to give the ladies a break and making it easy and fun for them.

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I think this was the easiest of the bunch!

The pine bough was stamped onto the background using Versamark then heat embossed with gold embossing powder. The sentiment was created the same way.

The pine boughs were die cut from Whisper White cardstock, with the actual pine cones die cut from Gold Foil Cardstock.

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A sweet bow finishes it off!

This is a great card to duplicate, so easy to create this one assembly line style 🙂

On a side note, our new Occasions catalog comes out January 4th, along with Sale-A-Bration! Exciting!!!!! I got a sneak peek at OnStage last month and was blown away. I even shared a few sneak peeks here for you all. Well, I placed my demonstrator order this past Friday, and it should be here on Monday. I didn’t expedite shipping like I normally do for catalog premiers. I am kinda slapping myself for that goof up lol But I will pop in next week to share some of the exciting items with you all 🙂

Have a great rest of your day!

 

Christmas Pines… take 2!

Good morning and happy Monday!

Well, we finally got our first snowfall of the season! About 6 inches of heavy, wet snow. It is SO pretty, but it is a pain to shovel! My poor hubby… he went out to shovel last night, thinking that there would be no need to drag out the snow blower. When he came in he was regretting that decision.

It is beautiful though. We have pine trees lining our property in the backyard as well as a large tree in the middle of the yard. It looks like a Christmas card out there! Our dog is having a blast too. He loves to play in the snow. He is like a little kid, when he gets too cold he wants to come in, 5 minutes later he wants back out to play!

Last week I shared the first of 3 cards we made in my most recent Christmas card class HERE. I promised you another card today as well!

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So pretty right? And so simple! This card uses the Pine Bough Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I think that it adds the perfect something. Without it I feel the card might be too plain.

As well, the square panel uses our new Stitched Shapes Framelits. I so love these!!!! They add just a bit of visual interest to your project. Sadly, they are unavailable at the moment, but hopefully they will be back in stock soon. They were originally going to be released in the 2017 Annual Catalog, but the powers that be at Stampin’ Up felt that there just might be some interest now. And wow… there was. So much in fact that the entire inventory flew off the shelves :-/ Great for Stampin’ Up, not so great for those that missed out. But fear not! They will be back soon!

If you have any questions, let me know and I will be happy to share!

*A heads up: in order to spend time with my family, start wrapping the MOUNTAIN of gifts hiding in my basement, relax, and enjoy the holiday season, the blog is going to be very quiet starting Dec. 12th through the end of the year. I might pop in here and there, but for the most part there will be no scheduled posting. I hope you can forgive me!