Year of Cheer

The Year of Cheer Suite has some simply beautiful products that can be used all year long. You can create gorgeous wintry projects for Christmas or even cards for a Wedding.  The elegant foil and intricate designs make these products fabulous for any occasion. For this project, I decided to go with the wintry look.

To make this card, start with a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock for the base. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock and emboss the top half with the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder. To emboss only the top half of your cardstock, simply leave part of it hanging out of the folder; if it’s not in the folder, it won’t be embossed. Cut a 5-1/4 x 2 inch piece of one of the patterns of paper in the new Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. Adhere this piece to the lower half of the white cardstock (the part that is not embossed).  Adhere a piece of the silver trim ribbon across the center of the card as shown. Cut out a scalloped square (or other fun shape) to use as a matte for the silver foil snowflake; adhere to the card front as shown. For the finishing touch, stamp a little sentiment on a scrap piece of white cardstock, cut it out with a fun framelit shape and adhere to the foil snowflake with a few dimensionals. Embellish as desired!

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Tranquil Tulips

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Today I have a quick and simple project to share! This particular project showcases a beautiful host set called Tranquil Tulips.  What is a host set? Well, it’s a set that is only available to purchase with Stampin’ Rewards (or Host Benefits). You can earn benefits from hosting a party or with any order that reach $150 or more! For more information on Stampin’ Rewards, refer to page 219 in the Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog.

This card is quite simple to create! Start with a piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of Pear Pizzazz; this piece will serve as a matte. Then cut a 5 x 3-3/4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the flower stems and leaves on the card, as shown, using Pear Pizzazz ink. Stamp the tulips using Daffodil Delight and Berry Burst inks. Since the tulip is a two-step stamp, there are two different images used to create each flower. You can use the same color ink with these stamps and still obtain the contrast you see on the card. If you would like a bolder contrast, simply two different shades of the same color to create the flower!

Stamp a little sentiment on the card. For the finishing touch, embellish with some pearls.

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Be Merry

The holidays are my favorite time of the year!  It’s a time of celebration. A time to spend with family. It’s a time to for me to reflect upon the year and all of the blessings in my life. The family traditions and festivities are always fun! I look forward to them each and every year! One of my favorite holiday activities is creating handmade Christmas cards. I make a variety of cards ranging from super simple to very detailed. Today, I thought I would share a quick and simple idea with all of you.

This card idea came to me when I was playing around with the Merry Ornaments kit. The little Christmas Trees were left over pieces from creating the ornaments. And you know I can’t throw anything away!  To make this card, cut a piece of Garden Green cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 4 x 4-1/4 inch piece of the Christmas tree design from the Be Merry Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack; adhere this piece to the center of the card front. Cut a 1 x 4 inch piece of the small pattern green DSP and adhere to the lower half of the card as shown. Cut a 3/4 x 4 inch piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamp a little sentiment on it.  For the finishing touch, embellish a stitched circle with the Christmas tree and adhere to the card, as shown, with dimensionals. Easy peasy!

Now, an alternate design would be to stamp a sentiment in the white circle and eliminate the 3/4 x 4 inch piece of white cardstock. Lots of possibilities here!

 

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Christmas Quilt

More Quilted Christmas fun to share with you today! I have played with this bundle of products more than the bundles that I had on the top of my wish list! The stamp set has such fun images and the die cuts are just fabulous. Today I want to share one of my favorite creations with this set! It showcases a fun way to use the die cuts and the leftover pieces from the die cuts. Take a look.

To create this card, I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock for the base of the card. Now that Stampin’ Up! has the Thick Whisper White cardstock, I only use that for the base of the card. It works perfect because it’s a heavier weight, so it can handle all of the fun layers and embellishments that I like to add to my cards. Next I cut out a bunch of flowery images using the die cuts in the set.  So, not to confuse you but I used the regular Whisper White cardstock to cut out the flowers with the die cut. The die cuts and layers on the card do not have to be as thick as the base of the card. You can certainly use the thick white, it won’t cause issues. Notice that I used both the flower and the leftover pieces from the middle of the flower on the card. It has a really fun effect, hey? You can easily adhere the pieces with a few glue dots. For the focal point, I simply used the die to cut out two different patterns of the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP). I added a green flower to the center of the DSP cut from a piece of Garden Green Cardstock and then added a little sentiment. For the finishing touch, I embellished the card with a few pearls.

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A Little Wild ~ Honey Bear

There are soooo many amazing products between the Stampin’ Up! holiday and the annual catalog I can’t decide what to play with first!  A good problem to have! So today I thought I would share an adorable little card that showcases some fun images from the A Little Wild Bundle. This bundle of products has some absolutely adorable baby animal images in it which are perfect for baby cards as well as other fun occasions! I designed a variety of projects with this bundle for my club members but I saved this one to share with all of you! Soooo cute!  I hope you enjoy it!

To make this card, start with a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5 – 3-3/4 inch piece of So Saffron cardstock, emboss it with the 3D Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and adhere to the card front. This 3D embossing folder gives the impression of “honey” dripping behind the bear. So cool! Next, cut a 1 x 3-3/4 inch piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock, wrap some linen thread around the left half of this piece, tie a little bow and adhere it across the lower part of the card as shown. The little bear was stamped on a piece of crumb cake cardstock, using Chocolate Chip ink, and cut out with the coordinating framelit.  You can use the layering squares or stitched framelits to cut out a matted focal point for the bear. The bee hive was stamped on a piece of So Saffron cardstock and cut out with the coordinating framelit. Then I just embellished the card with some burlap ribbon and a string of gold sequins. Super cute and fun!

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Quilted Christmas

Hello Stampin’ Friends!  The NEW holiday catalog has been LIVE for 8 days now so I hope that you had an opportunity to take a look at all of the fabulous new products!  One of the things I love most about this year’s catalog is that many of the products can be used all year long! Yep, that’s right, they are not just for Christmas or the Holidays.  One of the new product suites that caught my eye was the Quilted Christmas. It has a homey, handmade feel to it. And I just love how the products can be used for Christmas or any other occasion. In fact, the first couple of cards that I made didn’t have anything to do with Christmas. Let’s take a look!

The stamps and die cuts in the Christmas Quilt Bundle make it easy to create fun quilt patterns on your cards. For this card, I started with a piece of Pool Party cardstock for the base of the card and embossed the front using the new Quilt Top embossing folder. Next, I simply stamped the different quilt patterns on a 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 inch piece of white cardstock, using Peekaboo Peach and Pool Party ink. I cut my cardstock to this size because it’s the exact size of the large quilt patterned framelit. Using the large quilt patterned framelit die, I cut a blank piece of white cardstock so that I would have a white outline of the quilt pattern. I then mounted the stamped images behind the white outline. The stamped images fit perfectly!  Then, using the same large framelit, I cut out another quilt pattern from a piece of So Saffron cardstock. This time I took the little pieces of yellow cardstock, the squares and triangles, and glued them into the open spaces on my project. One you have created your quilt pattern, simply embellish the card any way you like!

Here is another project created with the Quilted Christmas product suite. As you can see, there is nothing Christmasy about this card! For this project, I started with a piece of Garden Green cardstock for the base of the card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of whisper white cardstock. Next, I cut out a 1 x 5-1/4 inch piece of the Quilted Christmas DSP and matted it out on a 1-1/4 x 5-1/4 piece of Pool Party cardstock and a 1-3/4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock. Then I used the star patterned framelit to create the focal point on the card. There is a cute little framelit designed to represent a spool of thread. I simply cut out two different colors and wrapped some twine around them…then adhered them to the center of the DSP with a few glue dots.

These were super fun cards to make!  I hope you enjoyed them!

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Tis’ the Season ~ Hostess Specials

Hosting a holiday party is always fun!  And when Stampin’ Up! is involved it always means a fabulous promotion! From now through October 31, 2017 you can receive the Merry Patterns stamp set for FREE when you host a qualifying party! How cool is that?

This hostess special is a great way to kick off the start of the new holiday catalog and get some of those items on your wish list for FREE! When you host a party, the total $$ amount of orders from you and your guests are combined and when that total exceeds $300 you will automatically receive this stamp set for FREE!  Plus you will qualify for at least an additional $36 in FREE products of your choice!

And I have some great options for hosting a party for those of you that do not live near me or if you are looking for a new and exciting way to host a party! There are a couple of ways you can host a party:

1. Host an Online Party – Set up a facebook group and invite all of your friends and me!  I will share some fun project ideas, tutorials and, of course, have some fun giveaways to get your guests excited!  All orders will be placed online using your party code! You will receive credit when someone uses your party code. Once your party reaches a combined total of $300 or more, you automatically earn this stamp set plus additional stampin’ rewards (FREE products of your choice) based on your party total!

2. Hostess Party Box: The hostess party box comes with sample projects and all of the materials you and your guests need to put them together…except the stamps and ink. I know I know…you need the stamps and ink to make the projects so let me tell you how it works! :) Share your hostess code with your friends and family!  Everyone can shop right online and YOU will receive the credit for their orders!  Once we close your party, you simply gather your friends and family for a night of stamping fun. I will send you a handmade Hostess Party Box FREE of charge! Your party box will contain 2 different projects and all of the materials you and your guests will need to create them! You just need to supply the stamps and ink! I will design the projects based off of the stamp sets and ink that YOU (the hostess) have on hand. You will get some fun ideas for your stamp set(s) and all of you will enjoy the projects!  It’s my way of saying thank you to you and your guests!

For both party options,

  • I will set up a hostess code for you and your guests. Everyone can shop right online at www.lynndunn.stampinup.net! The hostess (that’s you) will get credit for the orders placed with the hostess code.  And once your total orders reach $150 (combined) the hostess begins to earn FREE Stampin’ Up! merchandise! And if reached over $300, you automatically earn the Merry Patterns Christmas stamp set for FREE along with at least $30 in FREE products!
  • You set the date you want your party to close.  I would recommend you give everyone about two weeks to check out the catalog and place their orders. Once your guests have finished ordering, we will figure out the $$$ amount of your FREE hostess items and close your party!
  • I am happy to send you several copies of the current catalogs for you and your guests!
  • Hostesses will receive some surprise gifts from me!

Contact me today and get your party started!

 

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Giftable Greetings

Do you ever give your handmade cards as gifts? I am always looking for fun and pretty ways to package them up!  I have found that a pack of handmade cards makes the perfect gift!  They are practical and everyone just loves them! Especially if they are handmade!

Well the designer of last month’s Paper Pumpkin kit must have been sneaking around my craft room 🙂  The kit was called Giftable Greetings and it contains all of the materials you needed to create 8 pretty cards plus a pretty little package to put them in! Now you might have noticed that there are quite a few more cards in that picture than 8. Well that’s because I always create many many extra cards using the stamp set and leftover materials in the kit!

I only put about 6 cards with envelopes in the package, mainly because I wanted some extra to send out.  The kit was super fun and now I have a fabulous gift that I am planning on gifting to one of my hostesses this month!

Of course the kit always comes with an exclusive stamp set so that mean more stamping fun! One of my favorite things to do with the Paper Pumpkin kits, besides making the projects, is to create more projects! This time I did a bit of watercoloring and used up some of the extra supplies in my kit:

These pretty little cards were created with the exclusive stamp set that came in the kit! Wanna get in on the fun? New subscribers can try Paper Pumpkin for 50% off! Join before September 10th to take advantage of this deal!

Subscribe today with the promo code HALFOFF0917 at >>> http://bit.ly/PaperPumpkinKits

 

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Be Merry

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog is LIVE!  There are so many fabulous products in this new catalog. Yes, I know…I say that all the time but it’s true!  Lots of fun die cuts, stamp sets, embellishments, paper, and oh so much more!  Today I want to share a super fun and pretty kit that is featured in the new catalog.  It’s called “Be Merry” and the kit includes everything you need to create 12 pretty Christmas ornaments! You could also use these as gift toppers instead of ornaments. There are so many fun things to do with them!

So pretty, hey?  They are so simple to create too!  Each rosette is already cut, scored and ready for you to assemble!  They even have an adhesive strip built right in! There are a total of 12 rosettes and 2 different designs which means you can create 6 of each design. All of the embellishments are pre-cut and ready for you to assemble as well! I would recommend using a hot glue gun for assembling but a strong, fast drying liquid glue would work well too!

These would make such a great gift this holiday season or use to decorate your Christmas tree!  It’s a fun kit that you are sure to enjoy! No stamps needed for this kit!

Grab yours today at www.lynndunn.stampinup.net

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Birthday Blooms

One of the things that first attracted me to stampin’ was embossing. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful textures and the simplicity of creating with embossing folders. My very first purchase was an embossing machine! I love adding a variety of different textures to my cards. So when Stampin’ Up! came out with their new embossing paste, I knew that I had to try it!   For this project, I used one of the decorative masks to create a fun backdrop for my card. It is so simple to use and the possibilities are endless!

The embossing paste is white. You probably noticed that the little diamond background is pink in color. Well, you can add little drops of ink to the embossing paste and create all sorts of different colored backgrounds!  Now I didn’t want to change the whole container of paste pink, so I simply place some of the paste on a silicon mat and mixed in the color I wanted. Then I spread the colored paste across the diamond shaped decorative mask until I achieved the look I wanted.  The clean up is quick and easy too!  Just rinse the mask, palette knives and silicon mat under some warm soapy water.  Just a little tip…don’t wait too long to clean your tools as the paste dries pretty quickly!

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