Silver Elite and Team Meeting SWAPS

Good news! Good news!

I was promoted to Silver Elite during the most recent Sale-a-Bration! Yay! So excited!!!! Thank you to Joan and Karen for joining my team! Welcome!

At our team meeting last night, my upline, Pearl Robb, surprised me with a sweet little, unexpected, gift! I just had to take a picture because, she too was promoted too!

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We also did a few make’n takes and created cards to swap!

Here are the swaps from everyone.

I’ll start with mine of course! I also had it on my Card Buffet this weekend. It’s a really cute graduation card –

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It’s standard card size too!

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I got the idea from Debbie Henderson. She has a great tutorial for this shorter version. Check her out!

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Pearl’s card.

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Joan’s card.

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Cheryl’s card.

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Cari’s card.

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Shirley’s Card.

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Gail’s card.

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Nancy’s card.

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Diana’s card.

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Sally’s card.

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Susan’s card.

All the cards were awesome this month! Happy to have these samples!

We had a wonderful time chatting and catching up on things! I wished were all able to meet more often!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

The Create with Connie and Mary April Mini Session is open!  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.
  • 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.
  • The FABULOUS design team designs the projects – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, 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)
  • And, if you are a Demo….this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy this mini-subscriptions!

So…NOW is a great to subscribe to have all these wonderful ideas right at your fingertips! Head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe today!

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Ghirardelli Tiny Bunny Treat Holder Tutorial

One of yesterdays posts, I showed this little cutie –

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Sweet, huh?

I like to create my own patterns because of the challenge. I love that challenge of figuring something out! I bought the candy and designed the holder around it!

Today, I’ll give you a pictorial tutorial how I created it.

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Start with a piece of card stock measuring 2 1/2 x 5. (Yes, a blue paper pattern resting on a well used Stampin’ pierce mat!)

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Score on the short side 1/2, 2. Rotate and score along the long side at 2, 3 1/4, 3 3/4.

Note : I also scored at 2″ to the 1/2 score mark so I’d know where to cut away. In my pictures it’s already removed.

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I made little notches where the creases intersect.

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My grass was already cut. I adhered it to the portion of the box using Tombow Liquid Glue, facing out. You can use your favorite strong adhesive though.

At this point, create a basic box. Glueing grass flaps to the back. They do fold easily!

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I decorated them after they were finished.

Please let me know what think if you recreate this little holder. I’d love to hear from you!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – none, can you believe it?
  • Framelits – Basket Builder
  • Card Stock – Peekaboo Peach, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron, Pool Party, Cucumber Crush
  • Other – Silver Glimmer Paper, Tombow Liquid Glue
Happy Stampin’
Libby

The Create with Connie and Mary April Mini Session will soon be open!  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.
  • 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.
  • The FABULOUS design team designs the projects – Connie Babbert, Mary Brown, 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)
  • And, if you are a Demo….this is a tax deduction for your Stampin’ Up! business? But…you don’t need to be a demo to enjoy this mini-subscriptions!

So…NOW is a great to subscribe to have all these wonderful ideas right at your fingertips! Head over to Create with Connie and Mary and subscribe today!

Team Meetings SWAPS

This past week we got together for our Team Meeting and we did our usual swapping of new ideas and a couple of make’n takes.

These were the two make’n takes –

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This is an oldie but goodie technique, shaving creme, that I miss and should try again! The results are stunning.

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Inside looked almost as good as the outside!

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The other make’n take is an easy idea that’s been out for a while. You can never have too many gift card holders!

Now the swaps we traded were as wonderful!

I’ll start with this knockout –

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It’s a perpetual calendar that Cari create for each one of us!! I can’t wait for the countdown to begin.

Next on the list of ‘you shouldn’t have gone to all this trouble‘, goes to Sherri –

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I forgot to take a pick of this card extended….it’s gorgeous!!!

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Susan went all fancy fancy on her card! I haven’t tried to emboss foil yet! Apparently you can and the look is stunning!!!

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The glitz just continued here from Pearl. Kicking myself for not ordering this bundle….

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Diana went with traditional colors on her card. Love the NOEL word!!

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My swap was already blogged about. And, it was featured on the November Card Buffet.

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We had a terrific variety of cards this time around! Great job ladies! Can’t wait for the Holiday party in January!!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

‘Tis the Season to Cozy Up to Christmas

No, not really. In fact NOT AT ALL.

However, Christmas cards are fun to create. And, it’s never too early to get your ideas and supplies together and get them done and out-of-the-way!

I had my monthly Card Buffet this past weekend. It was a great turn out and all the projects were very much enjoyed.

However, one of the cards featured didn’t quite work out as designed. I get new stuff in and create with it and I don’t test the tools/dies out past that – just for the one card, made twice. Well………one of the dies didn’t work out using it a third time. Or fourth,  or fifth…..you get the point. It was awful! And, frustrating to say the least. But, it happens. better here in a class than at home as a customer.

I salvaged the supplies. I took what was left and used them for swaps that were way over due! I did do a little redesign too.

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Yes, they are very similar to this card. That was the one on my Card Buffet, all very vanilla and Copper Foil.

But, being so frustrated, I went in a slightly different color direction. See –

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The colors are stunning, they scream ‘traditional Christmas’ to me.

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This Cable Knit Folder is absolutely gorgeous and great for non-Christmas cards too.

Just remember to mist with water and alcohol to soften the fibers before embossing it. It can tear it if not.

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The tiny bow from the original card is what was giving us such grief. However, this one which was even thinner – I had no problem cutting and releasing from the die at all! Did all seven cuts in minutes!

I’d love to read your thoughts on this card!

Seeing it here, it just might make my annual Christmas Card Class!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Five, Plus, Card Friday

I thought I’d share the cards from this past weeks Team Meeting.

We had 8 people swapping including myself. My swap was posted here on Thursday.

These are the rest of the wonderful trades in no particular order.

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Diana

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Nancy

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Sherri

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Susan

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Shirley

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Pearl

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Cheryl

So, I can definitely see myself casing some of these ! They are wonderful cards!

And, we did two make’n takes. Only one I photographed. It was this nifty little wrapped nugget holder –

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I hope you enjoyed the shares. Please leave comments. I’d love to pass them along to everyone!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Five Card Plus Friday, July

I’m in the middle of prepping for a Card Buffet this weekend – house cleaning, card cutting, food making – you know how that goes.

But, I wanted to share the swaps I’ve received from a monthly swap I participate in. Actually, it’s 2 groups, but I lump them together.

I’m still waiting on some cards. Here is what I have so far in no particular order –

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Carolyn F.

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Joanne M.

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Nancy B.

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Holly O.

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Robin S.

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Melissa C.

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Lynnette M.

Quite a nice variety of cards I’ve received!

Thanks ladies for the wonderful ideas! Looking forward to receiving the rest, 12 in all, and seeing the others ideas.

Back to the Card Buffet work…..

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Team Trading

Last week I was able to get together with my downline for some stampin’ and chattin’.

We chatted. We stamped. We traded.

Here is what we created –

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Nice, simple card.

The other was a bit more amped up.

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A Z-Fold oriented tall.

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See how cute! We also incorporated the June Paper Pumpkin too.

I used these little summer baskets the other day and wanted to give them to my team for holdin’ all there goodies –

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We just made a simple tag addition with various punches.

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It made for a really nice ensemble!

I’ll share tow of the swaps –

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Here is Carole’s. Terrific job on the colors and sentiment.

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This one holds a surprise….

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So clever Tina! Great slider – magic window – gift card holder – card! I’ll have to get the directions for this. I’ve never made one of these! I was intrigued!

Looking forward to our next get together ladies!

Happy Stampin’
Libby