Happy 4th of July

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Celebrations aside, Independence Day is an important time to reflect on our country’s unique history from its people, its political leaders and its revolutionary thinkers alike.  Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are why we are so lucky to live in “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”  Thank you to our military, first responders and essential workers!

I hope that you are celebrating with family and friends a delicious barbecue with picnic appetizers, juicy burgers, and festive desserts — until the fireworks light up the summer night sky.   Enjoy and be safe!  I love you and appreciate you for supporting my small business!

Wishing you a fabulous Fourth of July holiday.

Lisa

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Father’s Day is just around the corner!

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Father’s Day is just around the corner and it is so important to recognize the important men in our lives.  Here is a masculine card that features Rooted in Nature stamp set, Nature’s Roots dies, Majestic Mountain dies and Well Said stamp set.

To create the card front, I layered embossed Crumbcake cardstock with Soft Suede cardstock.  So that embossed image of retired Woodland Embossing Folder popped, I sponged Soft Suede ink over the embossed image.  While the ink dried on the embossed piece, I die cut the trees images from Majestic Mountain dies cut in Garden Green cardstock.

To create a focal point, I choose to create a cluster of die cut and punched images.  Using the Rooted in Nature stamp set, I stamped the tree rings and small branch in Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, and then stamped the three-leaf image with Garden Green ink on Very Vanilla.  These stamp images were die cut using Nature’s Root dies and my die cutting machine.  To fill in the cluster, I used the Spring Punch and Soft Suede cardstock.  The sentiment was created by stamping Well Said stamp set using Soft Suede ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and using my paper snips to create the blocks of words.

The card was assembled using Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots and Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Fortunately, Stampin’ Up offers a variety of adhesives in order to get the very best results while crafting.

Simply click on the links provided to visit my online store, if you are interested in purchasing any of these items. 

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa 

Tropical Chic – How to Step Your Designs

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If you are looking for an eye-catching card this summer, consider the lovely Tropical Chic stamp set.  Check out this 3-minute video that makes three different designs by simply “stepping up” the design with a few extras each step of the way!

The Tropical Chic stamp set also has coordinating Tropical Dies dies to create die-cut patterns and shapes like tropical leaves in record time!

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Happy Easter

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Hello my crafty friends!  I would like to wish you a Happy Easter!  May this spring season bring you eternal love, abundant joy, renewed friendship, new hope, kindness, acceptance and new perspectives.  

Until next time, sending you joyful crafting hugs!

Lisa 

Happy Valentines & Joy of Card Making

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Happy Valentines Day, My Dear Friends! 

I know that you know and appreciate the true joy of card making. It is the simple act of thinking of others.  It is a powerful token of affection that instantly provides a gift of wonder, warmth and joy.  And, it is appropriate for every occasion.

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In this digital age, receiving a homemade card in the mail is sure to bring someone a smile, melt someone’s heart and have someone doing a happy dance at the mailbox!  A homemade card is more meaningful and personal than an email or text message.  While it may be just as attractive as a store bought card, it means a lot more because someone took the time to make it by hand, took the time to write a personal note, and took the time to put it in the mail.  Someone did all of those things just because they were thinking of you, wishing you well or thanking you for just being you.

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Handmade cards are often displayed on fireplace mantels and bookcases with other collectibles.  People tend to keep handmade cards because it is a heartfelt gift, a masterpiece of art and affection.  Handmade cards are more meaningful than any present you can buy.

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There are many benefits of handmade cards.  You are making someone happy, which makes you happy.  It is fun.  It is creative.  It brings the joy of anticipation of the recipient’s reaction.  The bottom line is handmade cards bring a lot of joy to you and the lucky recipient!

What could be better?  

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs AND Valentine kisses!

Lisa

All My Love Product Suite

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All My Love product suite has delicate flowers and hearts for sending loving messages this Valentine’s Day.  The Forever Lovely bundle provides you with lots of lovely stamped images in the distinktive stamp sytle with precision die cuts for your paper crafting needs.  Product in each suites coordinate perfectly, taking away the guess work and perfectly combining colors, images, designs and accents for an enjoyable crafting experience with stunning results!

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Here is the card that I made at On-Stage Orlando using the Forever Lovely bundle.

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And, the Forever Lovely cling stamp set complements and coordinates perfectly with another distinktive stamp set called First Frost (carried over from the Holiday catalog) — to provide you with more design options and stamping fun!

Purchasing these the products will qualify you to receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift of your choice!  Simply click on the links provided to visit my on-line store and place your order.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Beauty Abounds with Butterflies

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Friendship is a million little things.  And in 2019 Occasions Catalog, Stampin’ Up is celebrating beauty of friendship with lots and lots of butterflies in the Beauty Abounds Bundle — with a 13 images and sentiments in the Beauty Abounds stamp set and with 20 dies in the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits dies.  Then purchased as a bundle, you save 10% — keep in mind that the bundle price is only for the current catalog timeframe.

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The Butterfly Beauty Thinlits dies are one of my favorite things from the new 2019 Occasions catalog — it can be found on page 13.  I just love the two piece delicate butterfly collage — which can be used together or separately.  Here, I just used the bolder of the two dies for a tone-on-tone look with Granite Gray die mounted on Galvanized Metallic paper dry embossed using the Corrugated embossing folder, and matted the entire piece with more Gray Granite.

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Whether in vibrant color or monochromatic, the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits dies should be a staple in your craft room.  Think of all the beautify cards you can make with the Beauty Abounds Bundle

If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, please visit my on-line store by clicking on the links provided. 

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

Beautiful Blizzard

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The Beautiful Blizzard stamp set includes images, sentiments, and is perfect for creating that winter snow storm. The Blizzard Thinlits die is a great way to give your project snowflake embellishments.  You can bundle and save 10% with these coordinating products in the Beautiful Blizzard Bundle.

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And, this Beautiful Blizzard Bundle goes beautifully with the limited edition Snowflake Showcase products to double your creative fun!  The Snow is Glistening stamp set, Snowfall Thinlit dies and Snowflake Trinkets are the perfect complement to any magical snow themed project.  

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Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa

 

Falling for Leaves Bundle

When you think of autumn, do you think of the changing leaves? Beautiful leaves create awesome fall projects.  And even though it’s not autumn everywhere in the world, everyone will love the Falling for Leaves Bundle which can be used any time of year.

Here is a closer look at this fall card designed for the avid or advanced crafter in mind.  The background is created using heat gun, Versamark ink pad, clear embossing powder and a little sponging, then it is dry embossed using Big Shot and Woodland Textured embossing folder.  The art piece is double matted, and embellished with a few die cuts and yellow ribbon.

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For the beginner, check out the little Thank you note card in the lower left corner.  To create the art piece, just stamp the various leaf images in different color inks of Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay.  The sentiment is popped up with dimensionals and embellished with silver metallic threads and Tranquil Tide velvet ribbon.  The art piece is poped up on dimensions to card base made with a piece of Sahara Sand folded in half.

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Bundle and save! Buy these two coordinating stamp set and dies in the Falling for Leaves bundle and save 10%.  Just click on the links provided and visit my online store.

Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!

Lisa