Yay! It’s time for another Blog Hop with the Fun n’ Crafty stampers, my lovely and talented downline that I’m blessed to have connected with and become friends with over the last few years! (I told you SU is pretty awesome, right?) Well, today we are doing our monthly blog hop a little bit early because we wanted to share with you some Easter ideas while you still had time to make them! And while I had plans to make another card to show you, I got knocked out with a stomach bug over the last few days, so it was all I could do to get this little video tutorial filmed. So I hope you like it!
So here is my little bunny box for you. I think I’m going to fill mine with jelly beans and put them in my kids Easter baskets this year – because that is what is so awesome about this, it is a treat box AND a cute decoration in one!
I’ve also been making this in my card classes this month as a bonus project (I have one left coming up this Saturday if you are in the Seattle area ) and everyone have been having lots of fun with them and so I can vouch that ANYONE can make them.
Tips for making this project:
When putting together your box and adhering your ears, make sure you are using VERY STRONG adhesive such as the Fast Fuse or Sticky Strip. I wouldn’t trust snail or liquid glue to hold up over time. In fact, my first couple boxes I made last year I used snail and they started popping apart a few weeks later.
I built my box first and then adhered all the punched elements – mostly with liquid glue. I saved my inking with pen for last so I could see how it all had come together.
Here is a list of the punches used (see the supply list at the bottom of the page for pictures of each of these punches if you are more visual like me!)
– Extra Large Oval
– Large Oval
– Modern Label
– Owl Builder
– 1/2” circle
– Mini treat back die
I also put together a Video Tutorial for How to Make the Bunny– now the first few minutes are tips and tricks for the curvy keepsake box and then I start step by step walking through going from punches to bunny!
(note – if you are reading this from email, you won’t see the video so click the link above)
I’ll be back later with more fun Easter ideas but in the meantime, don’t wait! Check out the great projects shared by these lovely ladies and don’t forget to give them some love along the way!
**Blog hop starts at 7am PST on 3/25**
Today is the day to catch you up on all the news you can use!
Join me for a Live Chat on Saturday!
With 1 week left to take advantage of the Sale-a-bration freebies that come with the Starter Kit, I know there have been a few folks on the fence and I’ve been answering questions about the starter kit and the details of what happens after you sign up.
So I wanted to run a Live Video Chat on Saturday to answer those questions along with any questions YOU have! If you can’t make it during the call, sign up anyway and I’ll make sure you get the recording.
Last Week of Sale-a-Bration & your chance to earn an invite (or make & take packet) from my Sale-a-Bration Celebration!
Just a reminder that this is the last week for you to earn free goodies as part of Sale-a-Bration!
Free item with a $50 purchase
$25 in bonus hostess dollars with a $250 purchase or party
2 Free items or 1 free project kit with the purchase of the Starter Kit!
And then I’ll be sending out invites starting next week for mySale-a-Bration Celebration
This is my party to celebrate and appreciate you!
There will be thank you gifts, free make & takes, treats, prizes and exclusive specials for you! And if you can’t make the event in person, I’ll send you the projects, all attendee gifts, and you can take advantage of the specials too! Plus, you can bring a friend with you for only $5 so you don’t have to come alone.
Get your invite by:
Purchase the Starter Kit & join my group of Fun n’ Crafty Stampers
Spend $150 with me over the course of January – March
Host a private class or party by the end of March (and yes, there is still time to do this with online parties and simply collecting orders from your friends!)
This weekend I needed to make some more thank you cards for Stampin’ Up orders this month. I really appreciate all my customers and stamping friends who support me and my business, and so I like to send them a card they can use themselves (so if you get a card from me and wonder why I wrote my note to you on a post-it note, now you know!)
I was looking around for inspiration and came across this card by Glenda Calkins and I just LOVED the color combination and knew I had to make my own! So, here is what I am sending out to anyone who orders from me this month!
Tips for making this card:
First up, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this color combination. If you haven’t tried it already, you should. Especially since we only have a couple months left with the fabulous Coastal Cabana!
Use the Crazy About You bundle (save 15% off too when you get the stamp set and thinlit at the same time!) to use this same card design for almost any sentiment you want! Birthday, thank you, Mother’s Day, Easter, you name it! The fun combo of the die cut word with the stamped sentiment keeps it interesting.
When cutting out your word with the thinlit die, it will come out so much more easily if you put a piece of wax paper between the thinlit die and your cardstock! Best trick ever!!
The Oval Framelits give you a perfect die cut for your focal point and a nice mat around it by just going up one size in framelit.
Adhere your patterned paper from the Sale-a-Bration Best Year Ever designer paper onto your Sahara Sand cardstock, and then wrap a piece of Coastal Cabana ribbon from the Sale-a-bration Best Year Ever accessory pack making sure to only glue the ends of the ribbon. When you leave the middle of the ribbon unglued, it lays more nicely and lets you take a second piece of ribbon and slide it under your first ribbon and tie a knot. So, you get a perfect faux bow everytime.
And just in case you want to make your own, here are the dimensions:
Card base – 4 1/4” x 11” folded in half Sahara Sand cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4” Best Year Ever striped designer paper – 4” x 2 5/8”
Don’t forget, this designer paper and ribbon are while supplies last and only available until the 31st with your $50 order! So, don’t miss out!
Curious about the Starter Kit or have questions about becoming a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator? Join me for a Live Chat this Saturday!
I often get a number of questions from folks such as –
Can I join for the discount?
Can I really earn money with Stampin’ Up?
What comes with the starter kit?
Do you have recommendations for what I pick in my starter kit?
What are the minimums required for staying active as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator?
Do I have to actually sell anything?
Why would I want to sign up?
What do I get for signing up before Sale-a-Bration is over?
So I thought I would put together a Live Chat as a chance to not only answer these questions but also give multiple folks a venue for asking YOUR questions! So if you have been curious about what it means to be a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, register and join me on Saturday morning at 10am PST. If you can’t make it, register anyway and I’ll make sure to send you the recording afterwards.
Every now and then a card comes together that is a little bit of this and that and I just love the end result. This is one of those cards. I actually made it for last summer’s convention display boards and realized that I don’t think I ever posted it, so I wanted to share!
Tips for making this card:
This is a perfect card for using up a bunch of your scraps because it is lots of little die cuts and scrap strips of paper.
Cut out an oval framlelit shape and then add a little bit of detailing by creating faux stitches using your Baked Brown Sugar marker.
Don’t be afraid of letting your stamped elements go off the edge of the oval. It keeps it more interesting to look at and not too stuck together.
Mix and match your stamps like the moon from Pictogram Punches and then the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes for just the card you want.
Add some flair to your bows by tieing a bow with the Gold Baker’s twine and then AFTER you tie the bow, unwrap the gold piece for a bit of tinsel.
Both the pink designer paper and the paper for the little stars come from the All Abloom designer paper stack. You can give your paper new life by punching out shapes (like the flowers in the paper) with a different shape (the star from the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack)
Did you catch the extra set of annual catalog items that are now available as Sale-a-Bration freebies? The items in the Sale-a-bration catalog and flyers are while supplies last and with Blendabilities now being available, they wanted to make sure there were enough choices for everyone for the last week and a half of the promotion!
So if you want to do some embossing like how I used the Arrows embossing folder above, check out some other options you could earn for free!
Yesterday I posted my Green Card Challenge – where I challenged you to create a card that only uses greens and neutrals and then link them up for fun and prizes. So, I thought I would play along with my challenge and make something to share as well! So this is my creation:
Everyone is loving the Sheer Perfection Vellum that is one of the free Sale-a-Bration items that was released at the beginning of March. I finally received mine and wanted to play and while this card turned into something totally different than the original plan, I was so excited to discover the idea for making your own plaid with the vellum!
Tips for making this card:
You can customize your Sheer Perfection vellum by coloring with your Stampin’ Write markers over the parts of the pattern you want colored. In this case, I took some of the striped paper and colored over the slash lines using my Mossy Meadow marker.
Make your pattern plaid by laying one piece of the striped paper horizontally over the same patterned going vertically. Because they are printed on vellum, you will be able to see through and have both patterns show at the same time!
How to glue your vellum – with printed vellum like this, use the 2-way glue pen to ink behind the strips. This gives you lots of holding power without showing through!
When doing a monochromatic card, mix and match your inks and embellishments for different shades of the same color to keep it interesting. Here I used the Mossy Meadow ribbon as a base and then had loopy flourishes of the Pistachio Pudding twine behind my sentiment to pull in the card base color.
You can also stamp directly onto the vellum. When you stamp on top it gives it a bolder color but you still get subtle bits of the underlying pattern coming through.
Don’t forget, you can only get this Sheer Perfection vellum through the end of the month as part of Sale-a-bration – it’s free with your $50 order!
Your Turn! Join me for my card challenge!
Make a card using only greens and neutrals and post it up HERE. You have until monday 3/23 and for fun I’ll draw someone randomly to get a small prize from my stash here. I can’t wait to see what everyone creates!
Project Supplies Used: Easy shopping anytime! Click the images below to see the item in the online store
Ok, so I got super distracted last night with organizing my crafting space (I was cleaning and noticed that my now overly large collection of just the larger sized punches were getting too heavy and bowing the bottom of my drawer!) and so it was time for them to move. Though I wasn’t quite sure where I was going to move them TO because I wanted them close at hand but liked everything else I had close at hand. In the end, they pushed my Big Shot out of the way and took a prime spot on the back of my craft table. So we will see how this goes!
So the card I planned to make and share got pushed off to today, but thankfully I have some backups for you and a special St. Patrick’s Day sale!
St. Patrick’s Day Special – Get 17% off your entire Stampin’ Up order!
This special is for today only… but shhh… if you email me by 9am PST tomorrow (3/18) I’ll honor the special since this post was so late in going up!
If your wishlist is over $100, don’t forget, your best bet is to consider the Stampin’ Up Starter Kit! You get $125 of product for $99 plus free shipping. So already a big savings.
Then get discounts on all your future purchases and fun things like participating in my groups swaps, challenges, a free magazine full of ideas every other month, online forums and gallaries for demonstrators and more! Learn more here.
Green Card Challenge!
I also wanted to do something fun for everyone to play along – so I decided to have a Green Card challenge.
How it works:
Create a card that is made up entirely of greens and neutrals. So you can use multiple colors of green, only one green, and your browns/whites/black/grey/etc. And use whatever supplies you have at home.
Post a link to your creation using the linky tool below!
You have until 3/22 to post up your creations
WIN! On 3/23, I’ll draw a random winner to get a little something from my crafty stash and I’ll share some of my favorite cards here on the blog.
Or, if you are on my Newsletter Mailing List, you got the instructions today for making this:
Happy Monday! I figured we could all use a bit of sunshine and cheer to kick off our week, so I thought I would share one of the cards from my recent Birthday Card Bash Class. A little while back my friend Breelin posted on instagram a pile of cards she had received and I was inspired by one to create this card.
It is always a nice reminder to see that sometimes the simplest cards are some of the cutest, don’t you agree!?
Tips for making this card:
Have fun with the round patterns that come in the Celebrate Today stamp set!
When you layer them over the solid balloon stamp image, you can get all kinds of fun designs. Keep it to the same color like in this example, or pick a contrasting color to really punch things up.
Use your Stampin’ Write markers (the dye-ink markers; not Blendabilities or alcohol ink markers) to color your banner image to match the colors in the rest of the card.
If you find you are having a hard time getting a solid image with markers and your photopolymer stamps, prime your stamps first by inking them up with an ink pad and stamping off onto scrap paper, clean the stamp, and then try it with the marker. Usually you will get a better result!
Draw on your strings including a line across the bottom of the balloon tab for a “floating away” feel to your card.
PSST!! – EARLY BIRD St. Patrick’s Day Special!
I couldn’t let St. Patrick’s Day go by without some fun, so I decided to offer a card challenge tomorrow (more on that tomorrow!) but I’ll also be offering a 17% off discount on all Stampin’ Up orders with me through tomorrow night! So, if you are seeing this now, you can get in on the savings early by either
1. Shop online and use hostess code 9CYWBHVC on the shopping cart page
(if your order is over $150, don’t use the code and I’ll still make sure you get the discount)
2. Email me at email@example.com call me with your order with the code StPattys17
Project Supplies Used: Easy shopping anytime! Click the images below to see the item in the online store.
I realized late last night that I had forgotten to share the weekly deals this week…. oops, my bad! Plus, I just released a new Class to Go all about Birthday Cards, and so I wanted to make sure to share that as well!
Birthday Card Class to Go
This was a class I ran locally and everyone had so much fun with the cards (and I had a few extra kits) so I wanted to share this with everyone else that couldn’t make it! You get all the supplies to make all 5 cards, everything is pre-cut, punched, die cut, etc for you – all for only $15. Get 2 sets of cards for only $20… that is $1 ea for the extra cards! And I’m also offering for class by mail attendees the opportunity to purchase any of the stamps used in these cards at 15% off!
Everything starts mailing on Monday so RSVP today!
And if you love altering bags, boxes, or just want some fun gifts to have on hand, this weeks weekly deals are for you! Did you know, you can use those bags as bags and alter the fronts (this is chevron, but imagine the polka dot bag that is on the weekly deal)