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Quick and Simple Cards ~ Wishing You Well By Stampin’ Up!®

Welcome back to my mid week post where I focus on CAS projects that can easily be completed in a quick craft session.

CAS is an abbreviation that stands for “Clean & Simple”. These projects have minimal layering and have less supplies used which make them easily created in a short amount of time.

This first sample, using the Wishing You Well stamp set, is a true CAS card, perfect for the beginner stamper. It only has 2 layers with simple stamping and no embellishments. Quick, Easy, but still very attractive. Envision this card created in every color of the rainbow and then packaged with a pretty bow wrapped around them. It would make an adorable gift for someone special.

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This second card is a little more detailed and would be good for a casual crafter, but still would be considered CAS! I have added a embossed layer and a couple of die cut pieces to create a focal point for the beautiful stamping. Lastly the sentiment is stamped and easily cut out by using a punch. As you can see I have not added embellishments or ribbons or trims or even designer series papers, so I still consider this a CAS Card.

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I hope these quick and easy designs inspire you to create something even during your crazy weeks. Creating CAS cards can be very relaxing and therapeutic even on our busiest days.

Check back each Wednesday for more CAS cards. If you have enjoyed these projects I would love for you to sign up for my email notifications. Just add your email address along the side bar of my blog and you will receive my posts in your email. Thank you for stopping by! Have an amazing day!

Melanie

 

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Tuesday’s Tip ~ Casing the Catalog

Hi Friends,

Welcome back! Today’s Tuesday’s tip is all about finding your mojo. We all come to a point when we want to get crafty but draw a blank. Absolutely no creative juices flowing. So this is when “Casing” is helpful. In today’s post I am casing a tag I saw in the current Holiday Catalog. Lets take a look at it together…

This tag can be located in the bottom left hand corner of page 8 in your holiday catalog. It is cute but I don’t make many tags so I decided to use it as my mojo and create a card using this idea. Here is what I came up with…

CASE = Copy and Share Everything. For those in the paper crafting world it is a well known phrase. As you can see I almost cased it exactly but did make it larger (Card Size) and I added a few dies from the annual and holiday catalogs. I just love how it turned out don’t you?

Don’t forget the inside of your card… and of course the envelopes too…. This little deer is just perfect for both!

One last look… All the items are pictured below…Beware some of these items are on the “Low Inventory List” so if you already know you are loving these items grab them while you can. If your order is under $150 please consider using my hostess code for the month. It is HTFRSXSD and can be entered as you are checking out.

Happy Creating! Melanie

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Simple Wednesday ~ w/ Stampin’ Blends®

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Today I have a quick card for you to create. I am using the Sale A Bration Stamp Set titled “Amazing You!” It is a free stamp set with a $50 purchase from now until MARCH 31st!!!

Along with this freebie stamp set I am also using the “Celebrate You” thinlit dies. These are also a FREE item with a $100 order! (Promotion ends March 31st)

I have stamped the florals in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on THICK Whisper White card stock. This is VERY important when coloring with Alcohol based markers.

The word “Amazing” is die cut from the white card stock and the negative space is used. I simply added a layer of Basic Black card stock on the back. This allowed the negative space to be more evident because of the extra contrast.

I have used Stampin’ Blends ® markers in the following colors:

Light & Dark Bermuda Bay

Light & Dark Daffodil

Light & Dark Rich Razzleberry

If you like this weeks projects consider purchasing them together to help you reach the $150 threshold. This will help you get both sets (Stamps & Dies) FREE! Plus you would also receive FREE Stampin rewards!! Consider the Stampin’ Blends used in all 3 projects, Thick Whisper White card stock up and a Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and reinker. Plus the Bundle from Monday and the set that we will be using on Friday. Feel free to message me and let me know what you like and I can assist you as needed. I personally love coloring with Alcohol Markers and would love to teach you how to fall in love it too!

Happy Stampin’®

Melanie

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An Amazing “Hold On To Hope” Card

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I have to say this is my favorite Stampin’ Up!® card created thus far. I wanted to really show off the dies from the Hold On To Hope Bundle. By now you probably all realize that this is a MELANIE’s MUST HAVE product bundle.

I have a Very Vanilla card base here and I ran the front of the card base through the Big Shot using the Blossoming Basket Weave Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder. This is a bundle that you can get for FREE with a $100 purchase by March 31st.

Using the Painted With Love Specialty Designer Series Paper I cut a open cross from the Hold On To Hope Bundle. This paper is STUNNING! One side of each piece had gold foil and the other side is a whole other pattern without the gold foil.

Using the dies from the set I cut another open cross from Gold Glimmer Paper and inset that cut out piece into the hole from the previous cut. Then I simply cut the simple cross from the bundle to add on top. The “Amazing” Die is part of another FREE /w $100 product from the Sale A Bration Catalog. To see ALL Freebie items simply CLICK HERE! Remember the special ends March 31st.

You are amazing. Thank you for visiting my website. Add your email into the side bar if you wish to be notified when a new project is uploaded. Have an amazing weekend!

Melanie

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MUST SEE!!! Blossoming Basket Bundle ~ Free w/ $100 purchase


Welcome Back! I hope you have enjoyed this week focusing on my favorite SAB FREE STAMPS! This, by far, is my favorite pick from this years FREE Sale A Bration items. This is the Blossoming Basket Bundle which is FREE with a $100 purchase from any of our catalogs. It includes this beautiful basket stampo set along with a basket weave embossing folder. If submitting an order online of $150 or less feel free to use March’s hostess  code FCNV6MBW.

Here is the BUNDLE you can get FREE with a $100 purchase by the end of March 2018

Blossoming Basket Clear-Mount Bundle

and here are some samples made by Stampin’ Up!® showing off this STUNNING set!

 

This first card that I designed is a simple card featuring the basket floral stamp from this FREE bundle. Using it this way is so classy as well as super easy.

To jazz it up a little I have embossed the card base with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Texture Embossing folder and added a few Rhinestone Basic Gems.

Oh where do I begin? This is an all time favorite card of mine. Beginning with the base card simply run the front of the card base through the Big Shot with this bundle’s FREE Basket Weave Embossing Folder.

I used a piece of of designer paper from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper. Here is a picture of the full paper stack… This paper has so many possibilities and there is also a Daisy Stamp Set/Punch Bundle.

From a piece of Whisper White THICK cardstock, stamp your basket image with Momento Tuxedo Black ink. These two products are recommended when using Alcohol Markers like our Stampin’ Blends ®

I have used the following Stampin’ Blends® marker sets for this project.

Calypso Coral Combo Pack

Daffodil  Delight Combo Pack

Old Olive Combo Pack

Crumb Cake Combo Pack

After coloring the image it was die cut out using the Layered Oval Framelits. For the scalloped Daffodil Delight frame in the background I simply cut a scalloped oval and cut it down the center from top to bottom.

Peeking out there on the inside is a stamped basket from Calypso Coral Ink. This finished the card nicely.

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Happy Stampin’®

Melanie

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Stampin’ Up! ® Sale A Bration ~ Don’t Miss Out!


This week I am coming to you with 3 posts each sharing a FREE Sale A Bration (SAB) product. How can you earn FREE products you ask? Simply place an order before March 31st of $50+ or $100+ to have your pick from the freebie choices.

Today’s focus is on “The Beautiful Peacock” stamp set which is FREE with a $50 purchase. I have created two cards using this set. The horizontal card was made for my monthly card buffet class and the stepped up vertical version was created at my March Card Class in my home. interested in classes? Feel free to message me I would love to hear your ideas!

For this simple card all you need along with your stamp set is paper & ink. For the base card I used Pacific Point paper stamped with swirls from The Beautiful Peacock stamp set also using the Pacific Point ink pad. The white panel was really fun to stamp. We started on the left with the sentiment followed by the peacock. Then rather than using the additional peacock stamp for the feathers we created fancy feathers using the flourishes in the set. Everyone in class loved the small floral stamps and wanted to stamp them on all their projects.

For this more detailed design we did two step stamping using both peacock stamps. Then we layered them using the layered circle framelits and the starburst punch. They coordinate so nicely together don’t they? With the extra stamping in the background followed by the extra layer using the Petal Paired embossing folder set this card is full of dimension.

I hope you have enjoyed todays samples. Check back Wednesday for a CAS design for midweek. If I have inspired you and you would like to get your FREE Peacock stamps set feel free to use this months hostess code when checking out. FCNV6MBW, thank you for stopping by and I hope to hear from you soon!

Melanie

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Fantasy Week Stampin’ Up!® Style


Recently I met up with a couple of online crafting friends in Mississippi (Hi Susan & Donna… miss you ladies already!!!) for a wonderful 3 day crop. My focus was mostly on Stampin’ Up!® projects and I will be sharing projects made from both the Magical Day and Sunshine and Rainbows Stamp & Die bundles. For someone who loves fantasy as well as all things colorful these were my first two sets purchased from the Spring Occasions Catalog.

With this first sample I used the awesome dies with the Sunshine & Rainbow dies to create these clouds and rainbow. I just love how simple yet unique this is. The sentiment was from the same bundle.

This second project incorporates both of the featured sets this week. Using the cloud dies I created a shaped card by trimming the upper left corner of a right opening card. Then I was able to use the rainbow dies and clouds to connect it all together. This adorable unicorn and glitter washi tape came from the Magical Day Suite of products. Don’t these set work together nicely?

Check in with me on CLS Wednesday when I share a Clean & Simple card made from the designer series paper that coordinates with these stamps. Until then keep on Stampin’®

Melanie

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“Hearts Week” w/ Stampin’ Up!®


Hi Friends,

This week I am kicking off a week full of heart/love inspiration. I will have posts Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so don’t forget to check back.

This card above is using Stampin’ Up!’s® stunning Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Dies as its main focal point. The large heart was cut from Whisper white card stock and then using sponges I inked the heart using the following ink pads; Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, and Real Red. From the Flirty Flamingo then smaller hearts were cut and then attached with a glue dot and pearls added to their centers. Super easy in yet so striking, Other Stampin’ Up!® products used are Petal Passion DSP, The Bloomin’ Love Stamp Set in Photo Polymer so that I could curve the sentiment to shape perfectly inside the Duet Banner Punch. Card stock color is Real Red.

During the months of January, February, and March Stampin’ Up!® has their largest promotion of the year. Your orders earn you FREE PRODUCTS at the $50 and $100 levels. There is no limit to the number of products earned. In this second card I used the STUNNING Heartfelt Blooms stamp set to easily stamped this breathtaking floral card. The depth you get with this stamp is amazing and I look forward to seeing Stampin’ Up!® bring out more like this. The sentiment also came from this same stamp set. The double heart was created using two of Stampin’ Up!’s®  Sweet & Sassy Heart Framelits. I lined them up and used the Big Shot Magnetic Platform in my big shot to create this heart. Later this week I will show this idea stepped up a little. Lastly some added gemstones just to add a little bling! To see ALL the Freebie Products simply click HERE.

Happy Stampin’

Melanie