Blogging Friends Blog Hop – August – All About Me

Happy August! Yes, August. Already! That means blog hop time! First one of the day. This one is for Blogging Friends Blog Hop!

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Our theme this month is perfect – All About You!

I took this a little personally. I made three projects translating some of my favorites in stamped card form.

I am here because…..

I.

Love.

To Stamp.

I literally create something everyday. Yes, every day.

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This is a little booklet created for my stamp club 6 ladies. They each made one at the first class in July. They can jot down stamps they ‘need’.

Next, a favorite drink of mine……

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Coffee!

Current love? Cold brew. Shared with a friend, my daughter.

….and, this bundle – it’s one of the best in the catalog!

I love flowers. Tulips more specifically and the color black.

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These Tranquil Tulips are a favorite stamp set of mine! Isn’t this just gorgeous??

So. Me described in cards. My love for stampin’, coffee, and flowers!

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Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Crafting Forever, Coffee Cafe, Timeless Textures, Tranquil Tulips, Eastern Beauty
  • Framelits – Coffee Cups Framelits
  • Bundles – Coffee Cafe Bundle,
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Rose Red, Whisper White,
  • Ink – Memento Black, Crushed Curry, Rose Red
  • DSP – Color Theory DSP,
  • Other – various retired Stampin’ Up ribbons
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Just letting you know, I’m on the Create with Connie and Mary Design Team too! I create one of the tutorials for them! The fabulous JULY session is still available! And, before we know it, the August session will be available on the 11th! They are worth a looking into.

This JULY, we are featuring –

  • Crafting Forever
  • Pocketful of Sunshine Bundle
  • Delightful Daisy Bundle
  • Wood Words Bundle
  • Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle (I designed this one!!!!)

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!

CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – July

This is the SECOND of three blog hops for me today!

Please check them all out and leave comments! I’ll be giving away BLOG CANDY to one lucky person who comments on all three posts today!! Here is the giveaway –

Notecards & envelopes, rhinestones, stamp set, clear block and 3 ink spots!!! (Please leave your comments by 10:00 pm CDT.)

On with the projects!

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Our theme this month is perfect – watercoloring!

This is not one of my stronger areas in card making so it was fun to be challenged with this.

I went with patriotic colors again creating these –
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Of course, a festive 4th card! I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits and just cut them apart! Paired nicely with the Large Numbers Framelits.

libbystamps, stampin up, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Large Numbers Framelits, Wood Crate Framelits, Patriotic, BFBH, watercolor, red white & blueAnd believe it or not, people have birthday on July 4 as well! Lol! I went with a birthday card too also using the Happy Birthday Thinlits!libbystamps, stampin up, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Large Numbers Framelits, Wood Crate Framelits, Patriotic, BFBH, watercolor, red white & blueI created the watercolor background easily. This is a fool-proof method.

I placed the watercolor paper on paper towels. I dampened it with a spray bottle of water. I took a clear block and smeared it the ink pad and partially ran it across the wet paper. I cleaned the block and repeated the step in a different ink pad color over the uninked area of the wet watercolor paper . The excess water and coloring that pooled on the edge, I gently wiped off. I let it dry then completed my cards.

Pretty stunning, right? This method made bold watercolor images once dried. I did try a few different techniques.

Before heading over to talented, Mary and her watercoloring, leave me a comment. You know, I’ve got blog candy for a lucky person!!!Continue on Blog Hop Icon

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – none!
  • Framelits – Happy Birthday, Large Numbers, Wood Crate
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Pacific Point, Silver Glimmer Paper
  • Ink – Real Red, Pacific Point
  • Other – Watercolor Paper
Happy Stampin’
Libby

The new JULY session will soon be here!

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!

 CREATE WITH CONNIE AND MARY

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – June – New Catalog Fun

The new catalog is here! The new catalog is here! The new catalog is here!!!!!!

On this June blog hop, you will see lots of new stuff from the new catalog!!!

Yay – we LOVE ideas, inspiration and finding yet one other thing we ‘need’, right??

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In libbystamps style, I went one stamp set to feature, Lovely Inside & Out. I created three coordinating cards too.

In looking at some of the larger images from this set, they looked like animal print to me. So. I went with that as my starting point. I also used new In-color here, Lemon Lime Twist. Sort of yellow. Sort of green. Sort of great!

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This In-Color, Tranquil Tide is a bit softer. Reminds me of velvet. Such a soothing, calming color. And, my ink pad stamps like a dream!

libbystamps, stampin up, Lovely Inside & Out, BFBH, 2017-2019 In-ColorsThis is another sort of velvety color to me, Fresh Fig. It really popped against the ‘animal’ print here. I used two colors to stamp the background, Memento Black, stamped three times before inking it up again, and straight Sahara Sand. makes for a really fun design.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my one stamp wonder cards here too. They are SO fun! I love them!

Before heading over to talented, Danica, please leave me a comment.

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Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Lovely Inside & Out
  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig
  • Ink – Memento Black, Sahara Sand, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig
  • Punches – 1/2 Circle
Happy Stampin’
Libby

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – May – Retiring Favorites

May first and before we know it, the new catalog will be here. This is the first of two blog hops for the day!

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In honor of the current catalog ending, we will say farewell to some of out favorite Retiring Products. This post is all about retiring products. A few that I really liked out of several that are retiring!

I created five 4×4 cards to share. No particular order. libbystamps, stampin up, Nailed It Bundle, Nailed It. Build It Framelits, Sending Love DSP

From the Occasions Mini, the Nailed It bundle sold out as soon as it went on the retiring list. I just love it – so versatile and a masculine set for once! I paired it with the Sending Love Designer Series Paper.

libbystamps, stampin up, Stylish Stems Framelits, Special Reason, Pop of Pink Specialty DSP

This Stylish Stems Framelits was my favorite flower framelit, also from the Occasions Mini. The coordinating Special Reason stamp set was ok, not my favorite as the words are too small. Of course, I purchased both of them. This paired well with the (soon to retire) Pop of Pink Specialty Designers Series Paper.

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Of course, the In-Colors are always sad to see leave. At least they are around for a couple of years! My favorite color was the Cucumber Crush! I used the T-shirt Builder framelits, Custom Tee Bundle, to create this. These are also from the mini. I liked the ‘Happy Stamper’ stamp. That is SO usable for us!

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From the large, main catalog. The Llama. Who does not love a llama? Who? This was an awesomely cute bundle! The designer series paper was pretty cool too.

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The last stamp set I’ll share is the Fresh Fruit. I loved this. It was simply sweet.

libbystamps, stampin up, Gorgeous Grunge, Banners Framelits, Layered Letters Alphabet, 12x12 Kraft Card Stock, box

Lastly. The 12×12 Kraft card stock will no longer be available. I created (from scratch) a nifty box to hold all these cards. And, yes, the Banners Framelits, the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the Layered Letters Alphabet will not be in the upcoming catalog either. Gorgeous Grunge? I got so much use from this set!

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Whew. That’s a lot of retiring stuff! And, I didn’t even touch the tip of all the things I really loved from the 2016-2017 catalog. Not too sad though. Can’t be. Lots of new, wonderful items coming our way. If you feel compelled to need any of these or other items, please order here.

So, this is a blog hop, before heading over to talented, Mary Blocher, please leave me a comment.

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Happy Stampin’
Libby

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – March

Bright and early mornin’ to you! This is the first of three posts of the day to get your creativity going. And, it’s a blog hop so grab some coffee and take a look at all the wonderful ideas we’ve got for you!

Our theme this month is, of course, Sale-a-Bration, or SAB as I like to call it. This is the last month to get all these free items.

Remember, this is a great time to stock up on ink refills, retiring In-Colors, markers, adhesives and envelopes. Things you need all the time but forget to order. Do it now and get something fun with those purchases!

On with the feature!

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So, so many products I could have went with for this hop. I decided to keep it simple.

Sale-a-Bration always gives away a DSP package. I used the same one in all three of my cards.

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This card shows off four of the patterns quite well. A simple, but stunning layout adapted from the brochure itself! It was featured at my February Card Buffet.

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This pattern I absolutely did NOT like. However, in this window card, I loved it! Guess it was the design or something.

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You get the idea of my window card a little better here.

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The last card shows off a stamp set I haven’t used much. It made for an adorable card though, didn’t it? This is my favorite card of the projects. It’s light and free, no pun intended.

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All together a great group of SAB cards!

Please leave me some kind words now that your cup of coffee is empty!

This is a blog hop, so head on over to Mary Blocher to see what she has done with this months Sale-a-bration theme!

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Happy Stampin’
Libby

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – February

Welcome to our February Blogging Friends Blog Hop, the month of love!

We have a guest blogger again this month, Tami White. Welcome, Tami! 

Our theme this month is, of course, LOVE.

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This was quite convenient for me.  My hubs was going to visit his mother (in Holland, we’re in Texas) for her birthday. I always like to make him love notes to stash in his suitcase!

I went with the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits from the big idea book and catalog. I paired it with a 6×6 DSP stack from the mini, Sending Love.

I wanted to show you the versatility of our dies and to use every part of it.

In this first card, I used the outer part of the heart die cut –

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I paired it with the inner part of the love die. I did plan that I would be using the outer portion and started with a square to create a 3×3 card.

Most people only use this portion of this die, the sweet, scribbly heart –

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Of course, it’s a great choice because it’s just too cute. You can see that I used it with the outer portion of the love die this time. I also don’t want to waste any of the Glimmer paper either!

Lastly, I used the center of the heart –

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It’s kinda funky and I really like the style of it! (I had a Card Buffet a couple of weeks ago and we used the inner part of the U’s then – I saved the outer parts!) This card just says, love U! How sweet is that?

libbystamps, stampin up, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Large Letters Framelits, Silver Glimmer Paper, Sending Love DSP, BFBH, 3x3, love notesAll together, some mighty fine cards to be stashed away between clothes to let the hubs know how much I love and miss him!

What do you think? Have I inspired you to used all pieces of a die cut out? I’d love to read your comments!

And, of course, this is a blog hop, so head on over to Mary Blocher to see what she has done with this months theme of love!

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Happy Stampin’
Libby

Blogging Friends Blog Hop – January

Welcome to our first Blogging Friends Blog Hop for 2017!!!!! Happy New Year to all!

We have a guest blogger this month, Janet Wakeland. Welcome, Janet! 

Our theme this month is, of course, the new Occasions Mini catalogs. (Products will be available January 4, 2017!!!)

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After looking through my new items to create with, I decided to keep it simple and go with a new set of embossing folders, called Celebrations Duo (sorry, they are not able to be listed in the supply list below).

I made this wonderful colorful birthday card –

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Isn’t the embossing really cool? It’s deep and curled the card stock a bit. But this look is really cool for this simple birthday wish!

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I just repeated the sentiment, BIRTHDAY TO YOU!, in coordinating colors. Adds a nice touch!

The other card I created used the same folder (there are two in the pack) and I wanted to show the versatility of the folder –

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As you can see, I stamped around the embossed image to create even more of a focal point with it!

The way this image is designed, the lettering is really thin in the center. So, when you stamp around it, it actually picks up the color in the inside lettering too!

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How cool is this? I think I’m going to be using this folder a lot! It makes for quick and easy cards, not to mention, the WOW factor too!

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Together, a GREAT pair of coordinating cards great for anyone!

I’d love for you to take a moment to leave a comment before moving on to the person on the hop. Bloggers love to read what you think of our creations! It’s what keeps us going!

Head on over to Anne Power to see what she has done with this stamp set!

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Happy Stampin’
Libby