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 –

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Whoop! Whoop!

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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!

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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

Congratulations, Graduate!

Today we have a super sketch over at Create with Connie and Mary –

I was really inspired by it. As we know, graduation season will be starting next month (I know, right? You didn’t realize it, did you!?). I decided to get to work on grads ideas! I have made two recently, here is one of them using our sketch this week –

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How fun and fresh and modern is this???

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…..and, when you open it, it’s a gift card holder too! I used the same size Whisper White panel as the front, this time, I only adhered it to three side leaving the left side open to slide something fun in the pocket. Use Tear & tape for this for the extra strong bond.

TIP : if you’re adding a gift card, place the gift card down first then adhere the panel. That way, the gift card will slid out easily. 

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I can wait to create more of these. Maybe in local school colors? This is just a great design to create with!

Check out our design team inspiration at Create with Connie and Mary. Get inspired? Link up your project on our Facebook page!

Supplies –

  • Stamp Set – Suite Sentiments
  • Framelits – Balloon Framelits, Large Numbers
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
  • Ink – Memento Black
  • DSP – Fabulous Foil Acetate
  • Other – Tear & Tape Adhesive
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!

Who’s Counting, 80 Birthdays

Quick post today.

Yep, as the title implies 80 birthdays. Well, who might be having these 80 birthdays you ask?

Well, this lady –

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My mother!

And, I made her a card of course to celebrate these 80 birthdays –

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Something rather simple, but elegant.

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It has lots of dimension as you can see. All the layers are popped up.

I used the retired Brushed Gold card stock for the one layer. The 8 0 is in the Gold Foil we currently have. I wanted that to be the focal point here.

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And, I even stamped my own background – freehand!! I’m lovin’ this stamp set, Jar of Love. It’s quite versatile!

As you can see, I’ve got some celebrating to do. I’m taking a break from crafting today.

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Mouse, Cheese and a Nacho

Ahhhh, to just be playing with punches and framelits and stamps just for fun!

Long ago, I used to participate in Nacho Average Challenges and now their back with challenges! Yay!!!

Just look at this simply wonderful sketch –

I was drawn to it! I just had to play.

And, that’s just what I did –

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Isn’t this the cutest little mouse? It’s that new Fox Builder Punch!

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This just made for a simply adorable card!!

I used the new Layering Circles Framelits to make all the cheesy holes too. Couldn’t be any simpler.

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Since it does put holes in the card, it made it a little flimsy to stand tall for pictures.

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When the card is opened, you can fully see the back of the mouse and how he is assembled. He’s even cute from the back!

Now, I’m excited to go ‘play’ with more stuff!!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Watercooler Wednesday, Challenge 66

Wahoo, its Wednesday! You know what the means.

Yep – Watercooler Wednesday has another challenge! And this time its mine!!!

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We are responsible for picking challenges and being the host of it. For some reason, I just love this layout!

I created this –

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Nope. Not a Mother’s Day card either. Well, I guess it could be. You could announce you’re taking her out to dinner or something!

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This is such a FUN set of framelits too! So sad it’s retiring. In foil – it looks like real silverware too!

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My nifty sentiment is from the April Paper Pumpkin. It was from the extra stamp set, All About Everything. The banner is from the Large Numbers Framelits. Yes, it came with a banner stamp and framelit too!

Isn’t this a fun, bright and cheery card?

Perhaps I have inspired you to play along with us this week? After all, it is my challenge!

Leave me some good ‘card-carma’ then head over to Watercooler Wednesday to see the other talented designers creations and  P L A Y   A L O N G with us!

Happy Stampin’
Libby

Great News

Today is an exceptionally special day.

First and foremost, it’s my husbands birthday.

So, H A P P Y   B I R T H D A Y   E D !!!!

Secondly, I am so honored to have become a Design Team member for Create with Connie and Mary!!!! This is my first design team submission for them. Big, big smiles!

Getting right to it, here is their sketch for the week –

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I was nervous before I knew what I’d work with. After all, it’s my husbands birthday. And, I always make everyone cards. And, I wanted to go by the sketch.

But, things fell right into place. See for yourself –

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Wouldn’t you agree?

This was a bit tricky to photograph with the Silver Foil Paper. Even embossed, it still shined beautifully!

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It has lots of dimension as you can see.

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The words are from the stamp set Number of Years. They were curvy, but since they are the photopolymer, they straightened out pretty good. It fit nicely into the little banner.

Well, as you can see I’ve got some party festivities to attend too. We have a fun day of celebratin’ to do!

Although, I think I’m the one who got the big gift today! These are some real talented designers over at Create with Connie and Mary. Go check them out and play along with us! You’ll be hooked before you know it!

You know, it’s good ‘card carma’ to leave a comment before moving on!

Happy Stampin’
Libby