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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

This week’s Weekly Deals are here…for April 22nd through 28th…

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday April 21st OR WHILST SUPPLIES LAST..

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AND DON’T FORGET THAT THIS WEEK YOU GET FREE SHIPPING ON THEM – ORDER ANYTHING AND IT SHIPS FOR FREE!!!

And with the prices discounted by up to 50%, if you want anything at these great prices, hurry & get your order in before they’re out of stock!

CLICK HERE TO FIND THESE DEALS IN THE ONLINE STORE!

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AND DON’T FORGET…YOU CAN ADD ANY RETIRING ITEMS TO THE SAME ORDER…AND…

THROUGH FRIDAY 25th April Stampin Up is GIVING YOU FREE SHIPPING ON ALL OF YOUR ORDERS with NO minimum purchase required!

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AND THAT WHEN YOU PLACE AN ORDER WITH ME THIS WEEK I AM GOING TO MAIL YOU A BRAND NEW UPCOMING ANNUAL CATALOG TO YOUR DOOR FOR FREE!!!

  • FREE SHIPPING applies to ALL Stampin Up Merchandise – including Clearance Rack, Retiring Items, Occasions Catalog & regular merchandise…
  • Basically EVERYTHING that Stampin Up sells will ship for FREE this week!
  • and YES – on orders of $150+ you will get Hostess Rewards too – this is an AWESOME deal!

How do you place your order to get that FREE SHIPPING?

CLICK HERE TO FIND THOSE RETIRING ITEMS AND GET FREE SHIPPING ON YOUR ORDER!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

RETIRING LISTS ARE HERE WITH FREE SHIPPING!!!

That’s right – Stampin’ Up! have just released the RETIRING ITEMS LISTS and it’s time to say goodbye to some beloved Stampin Up items…sniff…

But to counter the bad news I have some good news – from TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY 25th APRIL 2014 Stampin Up is GIVING YOU FREE SHIPPING ON ALL OF YOUR ORDERS with NO minimum purchase required – WAHOOOOO!!!!

AND IT GETS BETTER – WANT A FREE COPY OF THE UPCOMING ANNUAL CATALOG MAILED TO YOUR DOOR?  Place an order with me this week and that’s what I am going to give you! 

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HUNDREDS of Stamps and Accessories from the 2013-2014 Catalog are retiring, and this is your chance to get them before they’re gone BUT BE QUICK…

ALL PRODUCTS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE WHILST SUPPLIES LAST – THIS INCLUDES STAMPS – so be sure to get your orders in AS SOON AS YOU CAN to avoid disappointment!

Where do you find the RETIRING ITEMS?

  • CLICK HERE TO FIND THEM ALL IN THE ONLINE STORE!
  • And then click on show ‘all’ to see them all on one page
  • Shop, check out and have your order delivered directly to you – and YES – on orders of $150+ you will get Hostess Rewards too!
  • Be fast – especially if you want any ink pads, refills or cardstocks in those 2012-2014 IN COLORS that are retiring – trust me – they will start selling out in hours!

Want to see the actual Lists?  Here they are:

Retiring Stamps – are available whilst supplies last or through June 4th 2014

Retiring Accessories - are available whilst supplies last or through June 4th 2014

FREE SHIPPING TOO?

 Yup – from TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY 25th April Stampin Up is GIVING YOU FREE SHIPPING ON ALL OF YOUR ORDERS with NO minimum purchase required!

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This means you can place a big order or simply order a pack of cardstock or place lots of smaller orders – they ALL ship for FREE through FRIDAY!!!

  • FREE SHIPPING applies to ALL Stampin Up Merchandise – including Clearance Rack, Retiring Items, Occasions Catalog & regular merchandise…
  • Basically EVERYTHING that Stampin Up sells will ship for FREE this week!
  • and YES – on orders of $150+ you will get Hostess Rewards too – this is an AWESOME deal!

How do you place your order to get that FREE SHIPPING?

DID SOMEONE SAY FREE CATALOG?!

Yup – WHEN YOU PLACE AN ONLINE ORDER FOR *$30+ WITH ME FROM TODAY THROUGH APRIL25th 2014 I am going to GIVE YOU A FREE COPY of the brand new 2014-2015 Annual Catalog that goes live in early June – and I’ll even MAIL IT TO YOU FOR FREE as well!!!

  • This is my own personal special offer to you – and it is ONLY available for the next 5 days!
  • Place an order with me for *$30+ during this time and you will be on the list to get one – that’s all you have to do!
  • But you MUST place your order directly online to qualify – orders emailed to me will not receive a free catalog
  • How do you place your order online?  CLICK HERE TO FIND MY ONLINE STORE!
  • *$30 is the price of catalog merchandise BEFORE Sales Taxes as applicable are applied.

DON’T DELAY – GET YOUR ORDER IN AND YOUR NAME ON MY LIST NOW – YOU ONLY HAVE 5 DAYS LEFT TO SECURE YOUR FREE COPY! 

CLICK HERE TO FIND THOSE RETIRING ITEMS AND GET FREE SHIPPING ON YOUR ORDER!

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Blessed Easter with a Cross…

With Easter weekend upon us, I wanted to show you a card that I made that features a large Cross as the focal point…

I didn’t have a stamp set that features a Cross and so I decided to make my own using cardstock and an embossing folder which was fun & easy to do…

And this how my card turned out…

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The card base…is Very Vanilla onto which I layered a piece of Soft Suede, and then a piece of Strawberry Slush…

The vanilla top layer…I wanted to create an embossed border and to get this look I used the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (pg 191) and then trimmed it to size.

The cross…I cut two sections out of Soft Suede and to get a wood-like look, I textured them using the Woodgrain Embossing Folder (pg 190) and then added both pieces to the base using Dimensionals.

I then criss-crossed some Linen Thread (pg 173) around the center of the cross and finished with a bow…

The colorful flowers…I wanted to add some dashes of color and what could be more Easter-like than flowers!  And so I punched out a bunch of flowers using the small flower punch that you can find in Itty Bitty Punch Shapes Pack (pg 180) and the colors Wisteria Wonder, Primrose Petals and Crisp Cantaloupe – and then I added a Rhinestone Jewel (pg 171) to the center of each, pulled the petals upwards using my fingers for some definition (and incidental texture!), and dotted them around the cross…

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The sentiment…is from the stamp Blessed Easter (pg 20 Occasions Catalog) that I stamped using Soft Suede ink…I then punched it out using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch (pg 182) and added it to my card using Dimensionals and added a cute flower onto it to continue the flowers winding their way down the cross…

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I wish you a wonderful Easter weekend filled with joy, friends & family – enjoy!

Here are the images that you get in Blessed Easter - click on the blue words to view it in the online store…

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Supplies used to make this card:

Cardstocks: Very Vanilla (101650), Soft Suede (115318), Primrose Petals (126841), Crisp Cantaloupe (131298), Wisteria Wonder (122922)
Stamp: Blessed Easter (133212)
Ink: Soft Suede (126978)
Texturing: Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (121809), Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821), Big Shot (113439)
Punches: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (118309), 1 3/4″ Circle (119850)
Misc: Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Rhinestone Jewels (119246), Linen Thread (104199)

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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Butterflies meet Washi Tape…

I love playing with Designer Washi Tape and today I decided to use some to ‘color in’ some images…

If you haven’t tried Washi Tape, you really should – it is so much fun to use and so forgiving – if you put it in place and then decide that you want it in a different place, you simply pull it off and re-position it – and you can easily tear it too making for some easy & fun project making!

Here is my card with those ‘washi tape colored in’ images…click on the photo for a bigger view…

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I love how vibrant and fresh those butterflies look – those patterns that I used on them are both from Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape (pg 19 Occasions Catalog) – isn’t that a summery look?

The card base…is Tangerine Tango onto which I layered a piece of Whisper White…

The butterflies…I used two different punches to make them – Elegant Butterfly for the large one and Bitty Butterfly for the two smaller ones (both can be found on pg 183) – I punched those shapes out of a strip of White cardstock and trimmed it to size.

The washi tape…I then took two different styles from Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape, tore off small pieces and positioned them under where I wanted my butterflies to be…

And I then positioned the butterflies over those patterned tapes securing them in place with Dimensionals for a bit of a 3-D look…click on the photo for a bigger view…

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The sentiment…I wanted a fresh birthday sentiment and found just what I needed in the set Another Great Year (pg 34 Occasions Catalog) – I stamped it using Early Espresso ink onto the white base layer and think it is the perfect fit for this card…

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The finishing touch…it needed a little something extra and I decided on using Candy Dots that I found in Neutrals Candy Dots (pg 171) which I added to the butterfly centers.

I just LOVED using Washi Tape on this card and also came up with another card using Washi Tape from a different collection that I will show you in a few days…but the Retro Fresh tape has to be amongst my favorites – I just love it’s fresh vibrancy!

Here are the three patterned tapes that you get in Retro Fresh This and That Designer Washi Tape - click on the blue words below to find it in the online store…

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Supplies used to make this card:

Cardstocks: Tangerine Tango (111349), Whisper White (100730)
Stamp: Another Great Year (CM 133041/WM 133038)
Ink: Early Espresso (126774)
Punches: Bitty Butterfly (129406), Elegant Butterfly (127526)
Washi Tape: Retro Fresh This and That (133001)
Misc: Neutrals Candy Dots (130934), Dimensionals (104430)

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR STAMPIN’ UP! SUPPLIES ONLINE!

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

This week’s Weekly Deals are here…for April 15th through 21st…

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday April 21st OR WHILST SUPPLIES LAST..

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And with the prices discounted by up to 50%, if you want anything at these great prices, hurry & get your order in before they’re out of stock!

CLICK HERE TO FIND THESE DEALS IN THE ONLINE STORE!

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Here is a list of what is on sale – click on the blue words below to view each item

Monday, April 14th, 2014

You Grow Girl!!! Flower Pot with Seed Sticks gift…

I am in the process of thinking about end of year teacher gifts (it’s only 7 weeks away for us – yikes!!!) and wanted to make an extra something for a very special volunteer gardener – Bonnie Martin – who devotes a lot of time to our school garden…

Back in 2009 – she planned, got funding for and implemented – a fabulous school garden complete with outdoor classroom, vegetable garden, herb wheel and native garden…this is where our children get a hands on go at growing, eating what they grow, learning about bugs, what plants need to grow, and about plants that require very little water – so important for our future Texas gardeners to learn!

I put together a Free Printable Tutorial showing you step-by-step how to make this project in case you want to make one of your own – find the link to it in the post below!

She is utterly fabulous and a true inspiration and so I decided to make a little gift to give to her at the end of the school year…and here it is…

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Isn’t that cute?  I am so delighted with how this turned out!  This is another fun & easy project to make and again, very cost effective…simply a terracotta pot that she can use, filled with gardening gloves, seed marking sticks and cute embellies!

The flower pot…is simply a plain terracotta 4″ pot with a saucer – together they cost under $2 which is a fab price!  I then wrapped around a piece of 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon (pg 37 Occasions Catalog) and on top of that I tied around a piece of 7/16″ Natural Trim Ribbon (pg 173) and finished with a bow in front…

The grass…is simply a strip of Old Olive cardstock that I fringed using my fabulous Fringe Scissors (pg 31 Occasions Catalog) and which I then secured inside the rim…now that is a neat look even without any embellies!!!  Check out how great this looks with just the burlap and grass…this is a base you could use for so many projects!

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The seed stick markers…I took a bunch of popsicle/craft sticks that you can find in big box & craft stores and a super cute alphabet set called Simply Serif Mini Alphabet (pg 132) and got to work making my custom seed stick markers.  I used Jet Black Stazon Ink for it’s waterproof factor but to be extra safe, I also applied a layer of sealant to lock in those letters…

I chose to use herb names for my sticks but you can customize sticks to reflect your gardener’s favorite plants…

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Those beautiful flowers…I wanted to incorporate the gardening gloves into my color scheme and so choose Old Olive for the green and Melon Mambo for the pink.  The flower shape that I chose to use can be found on the Fun Flowers Bigz L Die (pg 192) and I die cut my flowers using it.

I wanted some texture to those flowers and so I used two different Embossing Folders to do this – Perfect Polka Dots for the pink flowers and Square Lattice (pg 191) for the green flowers – and I then added a bright button to the center of each – both colors can be found in Brights Designer Buttons (pg 168) – through which I tied a bow using Linen Thread (pg 173).

If you prefer, you could attach your flowers to sticks like this…

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Or keep them loose…I popped my gardening gloves into the pot, added those seed sticks and decided to dot my flowers around, using Dimensionals to hold them in place directly onto gloves, sticks & ribbon…click on the photo below for a closer look…

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 The tag…I decided to make a custom tag, again using stamps from Simply Serif Mini Alphabet, and decided on the phrase ‘You Grow Girl!’ – isn’t that fun?

I stamped it using Early Espresso Ink and punched it out using the 1″ Circle Punch (pg 182) – I then layered it onto a circle of Early Espresso cardstock that I created using the 1 3/8″ Circle Punch (pg 182), put in a small hole and tied it to the ribbon on the rim using a piece of Linen Thread.

The finishing touch…I wanted to add a little something extra and decided on a cute little butterfly that I made using the Bitty Butterfly Punch (pg 183) – I textured my butterfly using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and then attached her to my ribbon using a small pewter colored safety pin from Vintage Trinkets (pg 170)…click on the photo below for a closer look…

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I absolutely LOVE how this project turned out!  I will also give Bonnie packets of the co-ordinating herb seeds to make a gift that she can instantly use – I love giving practical things!

WANT TO MAKE YOUR OWN FLOWER POT WITH SEED STICKS GIFT?  I have a FREE Printable Tutorial that you can find by clicking HEREYou will find measurements & step-by-step instructions with photos so that you can easily create one of your own!

Here are the images you get in that set Simply Serif Mini Alphabet – it is a bargain set of 56 stamps that contains BOTH uppercase & lower case letters…click on the blue words to find it in the online store…

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Supplies I used to make this project:

Stamps: Simply Serif Mini Alphabet Stamp Set (126360)
Ink: Jet Black Stazon (101406)
Cardstocks: Old Olive (100702), Melon Mambo (115320)
Ribbon: 1 1/4″ Burlap (132140), 7/16″ Natural Trim Ribbon (129287)
Scissors:  Fringe Scissors (133325)
Die Cutting: Fun Flowers Bigz L Die (121812), Big Shot (113439)
Texturing: Square Lattice EF (119976), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335)
Punches: 1″ Circle (119868), 1 3/8″ Circle (119860), Bitty Butterfly (129406)
Misc: Linen Thread (104199), Dimensionals (104430), Vintage Trinkets (118764), 4″ Terracotta Pot & Saucer, Popsicle/Craft Sticks, sealant

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Just in case you want to virtually visit our super cool school garden, you can find the Riverplace Titan Garden facebook page by clicking here

And a cute video showing installation day here -  it is a gem of a learning opportunity and the kids LOVE it along with Miss Bonnie – thank you Bonnie for all that you do – we truly appreciate you!

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Friday, April 11th, 2014

Modern Medley in a Vintage Style…

I absolutely love using the colors red, black and vanilla together – they are just so stylish and come together so easily and give a rich warm look…

And today I decided to make a card that uses them and incorporate some of my favorite patterned papers from Modern Medley DSP along with a few cute embellishes to give it a little vintage feel…

And so here is my card…

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It just has such a warm look about it which it hard to get when you use black!  I think that the red combined with the feminine lacey bits and hearts take the the coldness of black away…

The card base…is Basic Black onto which I layered a piece of Cherry Cobbler…I then added a piece of Very Vanilla which I distressed on the edges using my Paper Snips – to do this you simply (and very CAREFULLY!!!) pull the V of your scissors along your cardstock edge to create a nice ruffed up look.

The patterned banner shapes…are made using dies from Hearts-a-Flutter Framelits (pg 187) Circle Card Thinlits and Bitty Banners Framelits (pg 187) – trust me – you can’t have too many of these banner dies!!! – and various papers – those patterned papers are all from Modern Medley DSP (pg 154) – aren’t they GORGEOUS?!

The solid color banner shapes…I wanted my solid colored banner pieces to have some texture and so the thin red one is cut from a piece of Cherry Cobbler Core-dinations (pg 149) for that fabulous cross-hatch look – and the wide black one on the end is simply Basic Black cardstock that I textured using the Chevron Textured Embossing Folder (pg 191)…click on the photo below for a closer look…

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I layered them onto my card base using a mix of tape and Dimensionals for a staggered effect.

The sentiment…I wanted a sentiment that would suit my vintage-y shabby card perfectly and found it in the set Chalk Talk (pg 12) – I stamped it using Black Ink onto Vanilla cardstock and used the perfectly co-ordinating Extra Large Oval Punch (pg 182) to punch it out.

The button…is from Very Vintage Designer Buttons (pg 169) and I threaded through a piece of twine and tied a bow – I tried White Bakers Twine but it was too white…hmmm…I wanted more of a vanilla look to keep with the theme of my card…

But we don’t carry vanilla Bakers Twine…BUT after some looking, I found just what I wanted when I took off the silver thread bit of Silver Bakers Twine (pg 24 Occasions Catalog)!!!  I found out that that twine is thicker and has a vanilla hue to it – YAY – and it worked perfectly!!!

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The hearts…after adding that sentiment I just had to add some hearts to my card – I made the small black heart using the Small Heart Punch (pg 183) and a scrap of Black cardstock which I then textured using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder (pg 191)…

The larger red heart was cut out using a die from Hearts-a-Flutter Framelits (pg 187) and a piece of polka dotted patterned paper from Regals Collection DSP Paper Stack (pg 152) – I wanted to give that heart a bit of vintage loving, and so I textured it using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder and just LOVE how it turned out!  Check out that shabby chic look for yourself…

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The finishing touch…in keeping with my vintage style theme,  I added piece of folded Victoria Crochet Trim (pg 173) under the red heart, added a pewter pin from Vintage Trinkets (pg pg 170) and tied on a little piece of that same twine – and I found that those little things finished my card off perfectly!

Supplies used to make this card:

Stamp: Chalk Talk  (CM 130634/WM 130631)
Cardstocks: Basic Black (121045), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad (126980)
Designer Series Paper: Modern Medley (126926)
Die Cutting: Hearts a Flutter Framelits (130159), Bitty Banners Framelits (129267), Circle Card Thinlits (133480), Big Shot (113439)
Texturing: Square Lattice EF (119976), Chevron EF (127749)
Punches: Extra Large Oval (119859), Small Heart (117193)
Misc: 5/8″ Victoria Crochet Trim (118481), Very Vintage Designer Buttons (129327), Vintage Trinkets (118764), Silver Bakers Twine (132976), Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683)

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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Simple Easter Nest Treat…

This is one SUPER CUTE Easter Treat that I think grown-ups and kids alike will love! 

Perfect for gifting or for treats at your Easter table place settings – they are bound to be a big hit and no-one will know how quick & easy they were to make!

These cute Nests are fun, fast & easy to make, and also very cost effective…please read on for details of how I made them along with a Free Printable Tutorial with measurements and step-by-step instructions…

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And here is another that I think kids are going to absolutely love…I filled this nest up about half way with eggs and then added a Peeps Marshmallow Chick to sit on the top…

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Isn’t that CUTE?!   Here is how I made them…BUT one word of warning…if you are a chocolate lover like me, be sure to pick up more than one pack of eggs – they are just too irresistable to leave alone when making this kind of project!!!

The cups…when I was out shopping I came across packs of Wilton Party Cups and immediately realized that I could use them to create Easter Nests – they are food safe, stronger than baking cups and were just $2.49 for a pack of 24. 

The straw nest material…I then used my FABULOUS Fringe Scissors (pg 31 Occasions Catalog) and strips of Daffodil Delight cardstock to create my ‘straw’ nest material around the edge – btw you NEED to get these scissors if you don’t already have a pair – they are absolutely essential – I honestly don’t know what I did before I had them – I just can’t stop using them!!!

You can find Fringe Scissors in the online store by clicking HERE - and they are a steal of a deal at just $9.95!

The ribbon…I decided that I wanted the base of my cup to resemble the ground underneath a chicken’s nest and so tied around a piece of Soft Suede 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon to get this effect – I couldn’t decide if I wanted to tie a knot or bow but in the end decided on the cutesy factor of a bow…

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The filling…and then you simply fill your cup with eggs or candies of your choice!  I used Cadbury’s Mini Eggs to fill mine…but if you prefer, foil wrapped eggs would look just as fabulous…

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I thought about adding a sentiment tag or finishing touch but to be honest decided that the chocolate eggs speak for themselves…what could make you happier than seeing this little treat LOL?!

WANT TO MAKE YOUR OWN CUTE EASTER NEST TREATS?  I have a FREE Printable Tutorial that you can find by clicking HEREYou will find measurements & step-by-step instructions with photos so that you can easily create some of your own!

So back to those Party Cups…I must admit that I had not heard of them before but here is a photo so that you know what to look for…I found them in Walmart (although I am sure many other big box stores carry them!) and they have a food safe waxy lining – just perfect for this kind of project…

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Supplies I used to make this project:

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight (119683)
Scissors: Fringe Scissors (133325)
Ribbon: Soft Suede 3/8″ Taffeta (122967)
Misc: Sticky Strip (104294), wilton Party Cups, Chocolate Eggs/Candies

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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

This week’s Weekly Deals are here…for April 8th through 14th…

Here are this week’s Weekly Deals - they will be offered for ONE WEEK ONLY through Monday April 14th OR WHILST SUPPLIES LAST and with the prices discounted by up to 50%, if you want anything at these great prices, hurry & get your order in before they’re out of stock!

CLICK HERE TO FIND THESE DEALS IN THE ONLINE STORE!

Click on the picture below for a larger view…

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Here is a list of what is on sale – click on the blue words below to view each item

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Sweet & Simple Hello Baby Card featuring an Elephant…

Most of our friends have kids our age and I rarely get the chance to shop for baby things anymore…sniff…

But finally that opportunity has come along and I had the delight of making a ‘hello baby’ card at last – and finally a boy one too!!!  And so I grabbed the cute stamp set Zoo Babies that features EIGHT cute animals and two sentiments and got to work…

Here is what I came up with…

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Is that cute or what?!  LOVE that elephant and he is so easy to stamp nice & clearly and first time, with the fabulous firm foam ink pads!!!

The card base…is simply Whisper White…I tried layering but decided on a simple base to highlight that elephant and the polka dotted paper…

The patterned strip…I cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to be 5 1/2″ x 1 7/8″ tand onto it I layered a cute piece of paper from Fresh Prints DSP (pg 33 Occasions Catalog) – I just LOVE how that paper fits right into my baby theme!

The elephant…the elephant is from the set Zoo Babies (pg 74) and I stamped him in Coastal Cabana Ink onto a piece of Whisper White…I wanted to make him stand out and decided on a kind of film strip, framed look…

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The frame…I cut a square of Crumb Cake cardstock and using a die from Circles Collection Framelits (pg 186) cut a circle…I then paper pierced a circle around it which was SUPER EASY to do using the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack that has a template in it to enable you to pierce perfect circles in lots of different sizes!!!

And to make this even more easy, I used my Paper Piercing Tool plus Mat to give seamless results…all of these items can be found on pg 179 or online by clicking HERE – AND to make this easier still, if you use a couple of pieces of masking tape to secure your template before you pierce, it won’t move around and your piercing will be right first time, every time…

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Once my frame was pierced, I cut it to the size I wanted it to be and added it over my elephant using Dimensionals for that 3-D look.

SARAH’S TIP:  you know the edge & corner bits on a sheet of Dimensionals – the non-hexagonal bits?  Can you believe that I used to throw them away?!  Until I found out that they are just PERFECT for a job like this!  The corner pieces are perfect for getting right into that frame corner, and those thin edge bits are perfect on the narrow bits for ensuring a flat professional finish – see what I mean from the photo below…

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The ribbons…I wrapped around a piece of Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding (pg 173) and secured it to the back of the strip with tape.  I then cut another smaller piece along with a piece of Coastal Cabana 3/8″ Ruffled Stretch Trim (pg 173) the same size, and tied both together around that ‘anchor’ piece to give me a nice two-tone knot.

The tag…I stamped the words ‘hello baby’ using a stamp from the set Teeny Tiny Wishes (pg 44) and Soft Suede Ink and then punched it out using the 1″ Circle Punch (pg 182).

The finishing touch…I made a small hole in my tag and threaded through a piece of Linen Thread (pg 173) and tied it to the ribbon knot.

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I loved the card so much that I decided to make a co-ordinating Gift Tag to go with it…I used the same supplies, the only difference being the sentiment on this tag which is a stamp that is included in that set Zoo Babies…CUTE, eh?

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What a super sweet project to work on – I just love how both items turned out and hope I get to make more baby cards soon!

Here are the images that you get in the set Zoo Babies - click on the blue words below to view in the online store…

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Supplies I used to make this card & tag:

Stamps: Zoo Babies (CM 130456/WM 130453), Teeny Tiny Wishes (CM 127802/WM 128748)
Cardstocks: Whisper White (100730), Crumb Cake (120953)
Inks: Early Espresso (126774), Soft Suede (126978)
Designer Series Paper: Fresh Prints DSP Stack (132996)
Punch: 1″ Circle (119868)
Paper Piercing: Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (126187), Stampin Pierce Mat (126199), Paper Piercing Tool (126189)
Ribbons: Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding (122332), Coastal Cabana 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch (130024)
Misc: Linen Thread (104199), Dimensionals (104430), Masking Tape

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