Party Pandas Celebrate

Now that Sale-a-bration (SAB) is underway, you may have seen the cute Party Pandas set which you can earn for free with qualifying orders of $50.00 USD.

Today, I’m going to share a few cards I made using these adorable pandas for some people I know who are celebrating this week.

Party Pandas celebrate 48

These Pandas can be used to celebrate many things when paired with other sets you may own already own, plan to purchase, or earn during Stampin’ Up’s Sale-a-bration period.

In the card above I cut the balloon from the one panda’s hand so that he may hold onto the die cut number 8. Yes, even 48 year olds like cute little Pandas for their Birthday Card!

The inside of the card uses the Amazing You SAB set and the Alphabet Labeller set from the annual catalog (A perfect set to create any word or phrase you want.) Below that Happy Birthday I used the Labeller Alphabet to Stamp the recipient’s name for a personal touch- Not sure she wanted that publicized, so I omitted it from the photo.

Celebrate You Party Pandas

Are you unsure  about spending $100.00 USD to earn the level 2 SAB freebies? Take a look at those dies…celebrate, you, amazing…they are great! You can see the size of the Celebrate & You above. I’ll be sharing more in the future which will show you the “amazing” as well. It is a nice die set, for sure. Big enough for a scrapbook page too!  Since it coordinates with the Amazing You SAB Stamp set, you can really increase use with both.

The best thing about the cards above is how simple they are to make. Really simple. The stamps & dies do most of your work. Yes, I fussy cut (hand cut with scissors) the panda images & even all of those balloons, but truly that was simple cutting.

Totally cute cards. Totally simple to do. Some happy recipients. What’s not to love about that?!

Until next time…

-Joanne

Fun new Stampin’ Up! Set: Bubble Over

As you take a look through the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog, does the Bubble Over bundle call your name? I think this set has so many options and the fact that it has a matching designer paper you can earn for free during Sale-a-bration is just an extra bonus.

If the video above didn’t showcase this set enough, I have a few samples of my own.

I know a few men & women who celebrate their birthdays with a refreshing beverage. They might get a kick out of this card:

Stampin’ Up! Bubble Over

Those little water droplets 💦 In The lower right corner are new to the Occasions catalog. They are mini, but perfect for the Bubble Over set.

That is the new Picture Perfect Designer Series paper in the background. Great plain, it can also be colored.

If you are creating a New Year’s Card or celebration of a special event (graduation, birth, wedding,etc) perhaps you’d prefer turning the bottle into a straight neck (just trim the edges of the neck straight on both sides from cap lip to bottle curve) champagne bottle. Wine bottles also have a straight neck.

Stampin’ Up! Bubble Over

With a little creative trimming the bottle will also turn into a glass 🍷. Don’t know how this is done? You’ll just have to check back Tuesday for the tutorial for this card.

I have a few more ideas to share with this set, so you’ll have to stop by again to check them out. Subscribe to get email notifications of new posts.

Need a demonstrator? I’d be happy to help you with your creativity & creative needs. You can shop with me 24/7 on my online storefront HERE. If you check ‘no contact’ I will be unable to send you any appreciation goodies.  If you use the current hostess code during your order you will get a card and sample of a current SU! product  in the mail directly from me as a thank you. If you purchase over  $150.00 USD be your own hostess and reap those rewards for yourself!

January’s host(ess) code is: HNCRD7R6

 

Until next time…

-Joanne

Sale-a-bration: post holiday excitement

Does the passing of the holiday seem like an excitement let down? I hope everyone enjoyed their celebration(s).  January is often a hard time of year for many, especially if you live in a cold climate, experience less daylight, and generally don’t like snow (shoveling or driving in it especially). Well, I’m here to tell you Stampin’ Up! thinks of the crafter with post holiday blues to provide excitement for those days in the form of Sale-a-bration. It is the best time of the year to buy, because you’ll get to select FREE with purchase exclusive stamps, paper, ribbons, and this year even dies!

Check out this beautiful Stamp set which can be yours with purchase of $50.00 USD or more between January 3, 2018-March 31, 2018.

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

The sentiments are so beautiful in this set.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to try super simple or a stepped up card. So, today I provide both.

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

This first card couldn’t be simpler. The image and sentiment are stamped in Smoky Slate ink onto a Whisper White card stock mat attached to a Thick Whisper White card base. Easy, yet elegant enough for the simple heartfelt message it would convey.

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

The second card I present today starts with the same Smoky Slate on Whisper White mat image, but I have colored the image with the watercolor pencils and blended the coloring with the Wink of Stella clear. Doing so gives it a glittered appearance, which my lighting for the photograph really seemed to over highlight in some areas. It is a subtle, but beautiful glimmer effect in person, covering the whole image which I colored. It is still a simple card to recreate, it just takes a bit more time.

Speaking of coloring, that Smoky Slate ribbon is created with the new Blends. Now you can permanently color any ribbon to any of the colors of the Stampin’ Blends. How’s that for excitement?!

Coloring ribbon with Stampin ‘ Blends

So, now that you’ve seen them both, which do you prefer: Simple or Colored?

Stampin’ Up! Heartfelt Blooms

Let me know in the comments which one of these cards you would make with the Sale-a-bration set Heartfelt Blooms.

Until next time…

-Joanne

New Year 2017: Spreading Happiness with Cards

Does starting a new year have you reorganizing, making new goals, and looking forward to things you’d like to improve upon in 2017?

While I’ve long ago stopped making true “New Year’s Resolutions”, I still take time to think about what I’d like to see change in the year ahead and what I can do, if anything, to make those changes.

In a time where sending cards seems to be dropping off, I’ve decided to send more this year.  Why?  Because people love getting them. Which means I’m spreading happiness by sending them! Even those that say, “That was a waste of money to send” are happy you thought of them and sent them a card.  It shows them you DID think THEY were worth the money to send the card.  So, I will be sending more cards to spread joy,   because we don’t know what other people are going thru, but EVERYONE CAN USE A SMILE.

The new Sale-A-Bration 2017 set “Hey Chic” has a funny chicken which brings a smile to my face and these cards will hopefully bring joy to those who receive them. They will be my first mail outs in this new year.

I think they’ll spread some happiness, don’t you?

We know 2017 will be filled with ups & downs.  Life can be rough sometimes and so wonderful at others.  My wish for all of you in this new year is that you support others AND feel supported thru the good & bad in 2017.  Care. Share. Inspire. Spread happiness in 2017!

Until next time…

-Joanne

P.S. There were no entries and therefore no winners in the Happy Holidays Drawing.