Watercooler Wednesday 144 – Penny’s All About Birthday’s Challenge

Hello my Watercooler Wednesday fans!

We have a great all around challenge this week from Penny –

…because we always need birthday cards!

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I went with a fall colored card with these rich greens and yellows. It’s just simply fun! And, it’s minimally stamped – just the sentiment! The beautiful flowers are from the Designer Series paper in the pack – I just cut one out!

Come check us out  and all our Design team creations using Penny’s sketch at Watercooler Wednesday – you can link up your card there too!

Stampin’ Up Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Window Shopping
  • Card Stock – So Saffron, Very Vanilla
  • Ink – Early Espresso
  • DSP – Painted Autumn
  • Other – 5/8 Burlap Ribbon
Happy Stampin’
Libby
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Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Fun Edge Cards

Happy last day of September! I know, I’m thinking the same thing, where did this month go?? Let’s play it up with a card for Create with Connie and Mary and a blog hop too!

Our theme this month is Fun Edge Cards. You’re going to love this! It’s time to get creative with our edges!

I love these themes that make us think. I thought about this one for a while. I have several punches to create nice decorative edges, but I wanted something bold. I think this fits the bill –

libbystamps, stampin up, Eastern Beauty, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Painted Autumn DSP, CCMC

Can you guess what this edge is from? Of course – it’s the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. Again. Well, they’re conveniently right on my desk…..

libbystamps, stampin up, Eastern Beauty, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Painted Autumn DSP, CCMC

It made for a wonderful ‘edged’ card! The flower was quickly cut from the Designer Series Paper to make quick work of this card. I added the stamping from the Eastern Beauty stamp set. The stamp set has soo many interesting shapes to get creative with.

Like my design? Just wait until you see the other Design Team members cards!!

Going forward, you’ll see the talented Debbie Henderson. Needing to take a step back, you’ll see Mary Brown.  

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Eastern Beauty
  • Framelits – Seasonal Layers
  • Card Stock – Crumb Cake,
  • Ink – Early Espresso
  • DSP – Painted Autumn
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Hard to believe it’s time for a new Create with Connie and Mary tutorial. The October Session will be open soon!! New inspiration. New stamps sets. New projects.

Here is a sneak at the  projects –

October 2017 Collage

 

October features –
  •  Seasonal Lantern Bundle
  •  Tag & Trimmings Bundle
  •  Smitten Mitten Bundle
  •  Sugarplum Dreams Stamp Set
  •  Christmas Happiness

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials :

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring at least three stamp sets
  • Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online
  • Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details!

Anniversaries are Charming

Today is a special day for me in the Stampin’ Up world – it’s my 10th Anniversary!

Yep. That’s right. 10 years ago I signed up as a demonstrator and got the free box of ink pads – my choice of color family! And, back then it was like a $55 value. The rest, history, lol!

Of course, I had to find the energy to make myself a card –

libbystamps, stampin up, Labels to Love, Large Numbers Framelits, Birthday Memories DSP, anniversary, James Avery

Whoop! Whoop!

libbystamps, stampin up, Labels to Love, Large Numbers Framelits, Birthday Memories DSP, anniversary, James Avery

It was a simple design, but the tricky part was adding the little charms on the twine. Mini Dimensionals to the rescue!

libbystamps, stampin up, Labels to Love, Large Numbers Framelits, Birthday Memories DSP, anniversary, James AveryI’m going to hate to take it apart though……I added James Avery Charms for a little bling. My gift to myself for the 10 years!

My other ‘job’ has been at this jewelry store close to my home. Between the stamps and jewelry – I never have any money!!

If you’re interested in them for yourself, you can find them here : ihearts, and u. They can be put on a charm bracelet, charm holder necklace or a chain.

Speaking of work, got to get ready. Our store received no water damage from the storm, however, our AC has been out since we’ve been back. The temperatures are excruciating!! There are close to 90 degrees with 85% humidity. (I know, WHY are we even open…?????). If you’re from Texas, you’ll understand just what that feels like. Those in other parts don’t understand just how hot a Texas hot is!

If you’d like to join in my celebration, place an online order, the new Holiday Mini just came out) or sign up for Paper Pumpkin (first month is half off until the 10th) – I’ll be giving my commissions to one of my stampin’ friends whose elderly mom lives with her. They lost everything in the floods from Harvey. She alway brought her mom with her and I’d give her a warmed blanket as my friend stamped. We went last Saturday to help her pack what we could : clothes, personal items and even salvaged some of her stamp supplies, but, we also throw out most of the contents of her home. Please consider helping me, support her. 

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Labels to Love
  • Framelits – Large Numbers
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Foil
  • Ink – Black Memento
  • DSP – Birthday Memories
  • Punches – Washi Label (retired)
  • Other – Basic Black Baker’s Twine
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Did you know, as Harvey waters moved closer, I was in the midst of moving all my current stamp stuff to higher ground, I managed to do my part for our September Session with Create with Connie and Mary?  I must say, I created an adorable 3-D item this time around. Please support me and the Design Team by purchasing any of our tutorial sessions. September will be available on the 11th.

Here is a sneak at the September projects –

 September features –
  • Pick a Pumpkin Bundle
  • Tags & Trimming Bundle
  • Spooky Cat Bundle
  • Festive Phrases Stamp Set
  • Colorful Seasons Bundle

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets

Additionally, each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts

All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips

All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online

Our FABULOUS design team members are – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, Melissa Davies, Libby Fens, and Debbie Henderson. They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year).

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

Check out CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY for more details!

Create with Connie and Mary Saturday Blog Hop – Hello Summer

Holiday Wishes this Saturday!

Taking a little time out to be creative this weekend with Create with Connie and Mary and a blog hop!

Our theme this week is Hello Summer!

Perfect for this Memorial Day holiday, which seems to be the kick off for summer!

libbystamps, stampin up, Holly Jolly Greetings, Frozen Treats Framelits, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack, CCMC, Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July, patriotic

…..and perfect for this card! You could create this for Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day!

Nothing says summer more than popsicle (at least here in Texas because it’s so hot)?

libbystamps, stampin up, Holly Jolly Greetings, Frozen Treats Framelits, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack, CCMC, Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July, patriotic

I used toothpicks for popsicle sticks her, isn’t that the cutest idea?? Luckily, these Frozen Treats Framelits will be in the new catalog!! The Designer Series Paper and this Holly Jolly Greetings (a Christmas set) will be retiring.

I hope you enjoyed my Hello Summer themed card! See how the others are greeting summer –

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sp16sathopprevious

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Holly Jolly Greetings
  • Framelits – Frozen Treats Framelits
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Real Red, Pacific Point
  • Ink – Real Red, Pacific Point
  • DSP – Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Other – toothpicks
Happy Stampin’
Libby

The brand new JUNE Mini Session is coming soon! (Yes, with the uncertainty of the retiring products and lateness of the preorder, we decided to skip May.)  We’ll be featuring products from the BRAND NEW Annual Catalog in June!

Our mini sessions include the instructions for 14 projects with full step-by-step tutorials:

  • Each mini session includes TWELVE unique cards featuring three stamp sets, and
  • Each mini session includes TWO 3D items perfect projects for your club, classes, stamp camps or gifts
  • All 14 project tutorials are available once the mini session opens so you immediately have all project tutorials right there at your fingertips
  • All designs and tutorials are EXCLUSIVELY for subscribers and will not be posted anywhere else online.
  • Our FABULOUS design team members are joining us – Debbie Henderson, Libby Fens, and Melissa Davies!  They always have such GREAT ideas that are perfect and easy to recreate!

Mini sessions are available the 11th of each month (and you’ll have access for up to a year)

Demos…did you know this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy our mini-subscriptions!

JUNE SNEAK PEEK COMING SOON!

CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY

JUNE 2017 ONLY

$8.95 US


PREORDER BONUS PROJECT:  Purchase BOTH June and July 2017 Mini Sessions and get a PREORDER BONUS TUTORIAL designed by Connie Babbert immediately upon purchase!

You’ll have the tutorial NOW to use before the new catalog begins!

Preorder 2017 Bonus Project

JUNE & JULY 2017 MINI SESSIONS

plus BONUS 2017 PREORDER project!

$17.90 US

PREORDER BONUS PROJECT: Purchase BOTH June and July 2017 Mini Sessions and get a PREORDER BONUS TUTORIAL designed by Connie Babbert immediately upon purchase!
You’ll have the tutorial NOW to use before the new catalog begins!

Preorder 2017 Bonus Project
JUNE & JULY 2017 MINI SESSIONS
plus BONUS 2017 PREORDER project!

$17.90 US

What’s in Your Pocket?

Every other Tuesday is Try Stampin’ on Tuesday day for me!

Our layout this week –

Challenge #323. Optional Theme : Pretty as a Picture

I love the layout but got hung up on the ‘Pretty as a Picture’ theme. I created this without the picture theme –

libbystamps, stampin up, Designer Tin of Cards, Party Animal DSP

A brightly designed card using some soon-to-retire Designer Series Paper called, Party Animal!

The cool feature about the front of this card is this nifty pocket that has a pullout! Which still leaves a really nice design –

libbystamps, stampin up, Designer Tin of Cards, Party Animal DSP

You can add a gift card –

libbystamps, stampin up, Designer Tin of Cards, Party Animal DSPYes, Christmas was the only one I could find for demonstrator purposes!  

libbystamps, stampin up, Designer Tin of Cards, Party Animal DSP

See how nicely it fits into the front panel?

I love how this turned out! The colors are great. The patterns are wonderful. It’s a unique take on the design we were challenged with!

Want to see how the other designers used this sketch? Check them out on our blog or on our Facebook page as well. You can also link up a card using either place!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Watercooler Wednesday #119 – Judy’s Masculine ‘Anything Goes’ Challenge

It’s been a few days since I posted last.

Nice to spend some time designing for Watercooler Wednesday today! Our theme today comes from a new team member –

Welcome, Judy!!

I went with a fun, traditional color scheme –

libbystamps, stampin up, Celebrate Today, Happy Celebrations, By the Shore DSP, Balloon Bouquet Punch

…..and, some retiring Designer Series Paper, stamp set and some items carrying over!!!

libbystamps, stampin up, Celebrate Today, Happy Celebrations, By the Shore DSP, Balloon Bouquet Punch

The Designer Series Paper has lines that make it a little shaded or rough as you can see. When I inked up my stamp, I kept getting that same lines effect! Not really sure how – but it so worked for this card!

I just thought these colors were very guy-ish, summer-ish and just plain fun-ish! Ha, ha, ha!

What do you think? You can check out the other design team cards and link up a card to our challenge on our blog.

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Celebrate Today (R), Happy Celebration
  • Card Stock – Real Red, Dapper Denim
  • Ink – Memento Black, Real Red
  • DSP – By the Shore
  • Punches – Balloon Bouquet
  • Other – Project Life Journaling Pen
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Watercooler Wednesday #118 – Penny’s ‘Mom’ Theme Challenge

Middle of the week inspiration coming from Watercooler Wednesday  today! Our theme today, you guessed it –

I have created lots of different cards for Mother’s Day. I was thinking…..another one??

Well, after reading of some of my team members situations of loosing their own moms, I let that be my inspiration –

libbystamps, stampin up, Labeler Alphabet, Layering Squares Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Fruit Stand DSP, Sweetheart Punch, Copper Foil Sheets, Falling Petals EF, WWC118

‘Mother in my heart’ – I thought was appropriate for the situation. And, simply done with the Labeler Alphabet!

libbystamps, stampin up, Labeler Alphabet, Layering Squares Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Fruit Stand DSP, Sweetheart Punch, Copper Foil Sheets, Falling Petals EF, WWC118

Hard to see in both photos, but, the sentiment is framed with a scalloped piece of Copper Foil! It goes really nicely with all the shades of pink here. The card base is Blushing Bride, layered with the embossed Pink Pirouette. So pretty!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Labeler Alphabet
  • Framelits – Layering Squares, Stitched Shapes
  • Card Stock – Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
  • Ink – Chocolate Chip
  • DSP – Fruit Stand
  • Punches – Sweetheart
  • Other – Falling Petals EF, Copper Foil Sheets
Happy Stampin’
Libby