Stitched Shape Framelits are Back! Plus fun Valentine’s Love Notes

Happy Tuesday!  I feel like there is lots of news, notes, and bits to share so I thought I’d do a post to make sure you were all caught up on the latest happenings. Smile

Stitched Shape Framelits are Now Available!

Stitched Shape Framelits are back

Yay!  I know we were loving the Stitched Shapes framelits – in fact everyone was so excited about them that they sold out of their initial batch of inventory a few months early!  But they have stocked back up and are ready in case you didn’t get your set last fall.

They aren’t showing up easy to find in the Online store, so here is the direct link to get yours!  Find them online HERE

** Don’t miss out – I have a NEW exclusive tutorial coming out today using the Stitched Shape dies for my newsletter subscribers, so make sure you are signed up so you get your copy too. Smile  Sign up HERE

The Occasions Catalog and Limited time Sale-a-Bration promotion is here!

Hopefully by now you’ve been able to check out the Occasions Catalog.  If you have shopped with me in the last year, you should have received your copy from me last month.  But if you don’t have a copy, let me know and we can get you all hooked up!  So, just to make sure we have the dates all squared away for everyone:

  • Occasions Catalog – Jan 4th to May 31st (PDF)
    2017 Occasions Catalog
  • Sale-a-Bration free items promotion – Jan 4th to March 31st (PDF)
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  • Sale-a-Bration starter kit free stamp sets promotion – Jan 4th to March 31st

And with so many cute project ideas out there, it is easy to find cute things to try out!

For example, check out these cute little love notes you can create with the Sending Love Suite!  Just a couple die cuts, some designer paper, and a stamp set and you can make a bunch of sweet notes.

Tips for making these Love Notes

  • Get efficient with your Designer Paper Stacks! These use the Sending Love designer paper that comes in 6×6 paper packs.  Take each sheet and cut it in half to be 3” x 6” and then score at 3”.  You’ll be able to get almost 100 note cards out of your one pack of paper!
  • Pick a simple color palate to repeat through your cards – In this I just used Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy, and Real Red.  Then just mix and match on each card if those colors are in twine, cardstock, stamped images, or die cuts.  If you have a color theme, you know you won’t go wrong with whatever combination you try.
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  • Use up those scraps!  With all the cute little shapes you can cut out with the Love Notes framelit dies, it is a perfect way to use up those scraps.  Then just adhere them down to your card with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen!
  • Bundle and Save when you get coordinating stamps and dies – If you love the wide variety of shapes in the Love Notes framelits, then make sure to check out the Sealed with Love stamp set.  It has 27 fun love-based images that many coordinate and match up with the dies in the Love Notes framelits.  Plus, when you order them together as a bundle, you’ll save 10% off BOTH items! 

Supplies for the Sending Love –Love Notes

FREE when you use Hostess Code 9PKRDX7F!

Just a reminder, when you are shopping with me, you have the opportunity for extra perks!

  • Customer Reward Punches!  For every $40 your spend with me in a single transaction, you get a punch on a virtual punch card and if you get 10 punches in a year, you can pick any stamp set in the catalog to receive FREE!
  • Sale-a-Bration rewards! For every $50, you not only get a punch on your Customer Rewards punch card, but you also get to pick any item in the Sale-a-Bration flyer to get added to your order for FREE!
  • Premium Tutorial Pack PDF – the January Premium Tutorial Pack is here!  Get 12 amazing project ideas FREE with your $50+ purchase with me, or purchase it as an immediate download HEREJanuary-Premium-Tutorial-Pack-Teaser-Grapic

Don’t forget! Order your product samplers this week before they are gone!

Just a note that I’ll be accepting Product Sampler orders through the end of this week.  So if you wanted to get your pieces to try out and play with, don’t wait to let me know!  Plus you’ll be able to get samples of the Sale-a-Bration ribbons and papers without needing to place that $150 order to get all three!

See what is included and get yours HERE

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A Chic Just For You Card with the Falling in Love Suite

Stampin up So In Love card with So Detailed band

Do you remember the Bokeh technique?  The big trend for making your cards look like they had the out of focus light spots?  Well, I shared how to make your own in this blog post, but sometimes I want to go the quick route and just use pretty paper like this Falling in Love designer paper!  It has a bunch of cute patterns including multiple bokeh photo-realistic designs!  (You can see all the prints in my Occasions Catalog walkthrough video starting at 26 mins HERE)

This was a card that I got to make at Onstage Local in Vancouver recently.  It was a fun way to play with many of the new toys in the Falling in Love suite.  Like the delicate So Detailed Thinlits!  That is what I used to make the belly band for the card.  It is one die cut to make the front of the band –and YES! that rounded diamond shape is part of the die cut, so no extra punching required – then you just have to adhere that to a strip of paper you cut to complete the band.  The nice thing about this is that you have wiggle room to make the band as wide or as narrow as you need.  Isn’t it just so pretty?

Tips for making this card:

  • Keep it simple – pick one or two elements to be your focal point and then keep everything else subtle to let those pieces shine!  In this case, the focal points are the pretty Sending Love Embellishments and the So Detailed belly band!  To let them stand out, the stamping and the colors in the card are kept simple and muted.
  • Try stamping on your patterned paper! In this case, if you look closely at the picture, you will notice some of the flowers from the So In Love stamp set stamped directly onto the patterned paper in Soft Sky ink.  They are really subtle, but because of their shape, they help tie things in to that flower embellishment that I said was one of my focal pieces.  Often when we use patterned paper, we think we are done, but try adding some accents to it and it can be a great touch!
  • Put a bow on it – Sometimes you want a bow without all the extra wrappings of ribbon.  Tie your bow and then add it to your project by pressing a glue dot to the back of the knot in the ribbon and then placing the bow exactly where you want on your card.  For added fun, tie some twine through the embellishment and then tie the twine around the bow for a dangling look that actually can move!

So, what do you think?  Ready to give simple and beautiful a try? 

Don’t forget! Order your product samplers this week before they are gone!

Just a note that I’ll be accepting Product Sampler orders through the end of this week.  So if you wanted to get your pieces to try out and play with, don’t wait to let me know!  Plus you’ll be able to get samples of the Sale-a-Bration ribbons and papers without needing to place that $150 order to get all three!

See what is included and get yours HERE

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January News, Notes, and Specials!

  • January Hostess Code is 9PKRDX7F – Use this code when you shop online with me and earn extra perks!
  • Sale-a-Bration is here!  Get even more between January 4-March 31st.
    • For every $50 ordered, pick any item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog to get for FREE added to your order
    • Place a $250 order or party and get an extra $25 to spend for FREE!
    • BEST DEAL – if your wish list is over $100, consider getting the demonstrator starter kit and joining my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers.  You get to pick out $125 in product for $99, get 20% off all your future orders, get 2 stamp sets of any value to add FREE to your kit during Sale-a-Bration, and join the amazing community of my team and demonstrators worldwide online.  Get started here
  • Try it all with the Occasions Catalog Product Samplers – Only available for a limited time! See what is included and get your set here,
  • January’s Premium Tutorial Pack is out!  Get your copy of 12 amazing tutorials including 3D projects, clean and simple, and fancy fold cards!
    • FREE with a $50+ purchase from me in January using the hostess code 9PKRDX7F
    • Purchase the PDF directly for only $14.95 for all 12 step by step tutorials.  Get it or prior month’s packs here.
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Valentines with Love Sparkles & a Blog Hop!

Love Sparkles Valentines Day CardLets keep the blogging streak going (because you know 2 days out of 2 is something! ha ha!) and today is a fun day because it is Blog Hop day!  I’m joining forces with some of my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers team to share with you some fun Valentine’s Day project ideas!

In my case, I decided to break out my new Love Sparkles stamp set and create a clean and simple Love card.  I actually started out with the pretty background paper – one of my favorites from the new Sending Love paper pack – and wanted to keep it simple with just a basic skinny matting in Basic Black.  But when I wanted to add my sentiment, I didn’t want to cover up all those pretty hearts in the background, so I kept the embellishing small.
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Stack up the layers for a sentiment that pops!

  • Don’t just go for basic matting of your sentiments, add some pizazz with scallop ovals from the Layering Ovals framelits!  I went with two stacked scalloped ovals (one in Real Red and one in Basic Black) to give my sentiment some space to pop out from the card.
  • Go for more than just paper when creating layers too!  I looped some of the Black Metallic Thread behind my oval with the sentiment for some delicate details.  Then added some heavier weight by adding two pieces of the Metallic Ribbon (FREE with your $50 order during Sale-a-Bration) underneath the whole stack.
  • Help your sentiment blend in with some color – I used my Real Red marker to fill in some of the sentiment with red to help it tie in with the background.
  • When in doubt, add some glitz!  The metallic enamel shapes make an easy way to add some glitz in a different way than your typical pearls and rhinestones.

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And I loved those silver Metallic Enamel Shapes so much that I added a couple to the bottom right corner of the card.  It is a bit shinier in person, but I think you get the idea in the picture above.

Card dimensions:

  • Real Red cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scraps
  • Basic Black cardstock – 3 3/4″ x 5″, scraps
  • Whisper White – scraps
  • Sending Love designer paper – 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″

Now, are you ready to get even more Valentine’s Day inspiration?  Check out the rest of the team that is joining me in this blog hop.  Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of this project and leave the rest of the gals some love as you hop along too!

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Enjoy the hop and if you’d like to join us next month on the hop, consider joining our fun group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators by purchasing the Starter Kit!  You’ll not only get the 2 FREE STAMP SETS when you join during Sale-a-Bration, but best of all, you’ll be part of our awesome crafty community and we can’t wait to welcome you there.  Then you can join us and be featured in our blog hop next month!

Have questions?  Just let me know or get started here.

Oh!  And if you are curious to see more about what these papers and ribbons look like “in person” I finally got back to recording and created a walkthrough video to share with you what all the new papers, ribbons, and accessories actually look like in more detail than the tiny pictures in the catalog. 🙂  So, check out the great projects in the hop and then come back and see what other patterns and colors come with the papers featured in these projects!

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January News, Notes, and Specials!

  • January Hostess Code is 9PKRDX7F – Use this code when you shop online with me and earn extra perks!
  • Sale-a-Bration is here!  Get even more between January 4-March 31st. 
    • For every $50 ordered, pick any item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog to get for FREE added to your order
    • Place a $250 order or party and get an extra $25 to spend for FREE!
    • BEST DEAL – if your wish list is over $100, consider getting the demonstrator starter kit and joining my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers.  You get to pick out $125 in product for $99, get 20% off all your future orders, get 2 stamp sets of any value to add FREE to your kit during Sale-a-Bration, and join the amazing community of my team and demonstrators worldwide online.  Get started here
  • Try it all with the Occasions Catalog Product Samplers Only available for a limited time! See what is included and get your set here,
  • January’s Premium Tutorial Pack is out!  Get your copy of 12 amazing tutorials including 3D projects, clean and simple, and fancy fold cards!
    • FREE with a $50+ purchase from me in January using the hostess code 9PKRDX7F
    • Purchase the PDF directly for only $14.95 for all 12 step by step tutorials.  Get it or prior month’s packs here.
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Party Animal Suite Festive Birthday Pop-Up Card

Ready for something new?  How about a fun pop-up birthday card?!

The new Stampin’ Up Occasions Catalog has a lot of fun Suites, and if you like bright colors and birthday supplies that are great for kids or masculine cards, then the Party Animal suite is your place to be. Smile  I got to play with this fun Balloons Pop Up Thinlit die during the OnStage convention in November and we made this fun card.  It does all the cutting and scoring for you, so you get to have the fun of figuring out how to decorate all the little details.  Check it out:

Of course, there is the coordinating Balloon Adventures stamp set – though I love that the balloons in this stamp set match the Balloon builder punch!  Yay for more options for our punches!  And I used some of the Party Animals designer paper for the front patterned paper and wrapped around some of the new 1/8” Emerald Envy taffeta ribbon.  It is stiff like some of the past ribbons, but looks great wrapped around cards. 

But my favorite piece of all is the little Party Animal embellishments!  These super cute little metal party hats and balloons are so stinkin’ cute and easy to add to a project with twine through the loop or a glue dot on the back.  (Check out my Occasions Catalog walkthrough video for a card using this balloon with a glue dot).

And of course, the fun surprise inside!  Like I mentioned the inside is cut with the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit die and it scores all the pieces for you, even the middle balloon.  Since the Balloon Adventures stamp set is photopolymer so you can cut out your die and then stamp the balloons a little easier since it is clear.  Add a few strips of extra designer paper to the sides to add some extra color and you are good to go!

Try out the paper and embellishments for this card from the Product Sampler!

If you like this idea but want to see the paper and ribbons in person, why not give a Product Sampler a try!  You’ll get some of the ribbon, the balloon (and hat) embellishment, and patterned paper so you can make a card like this and see what you think!

See what is included and get yours HERE

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January News, Notes, and Specials!

  • January Hostess Code is 9PKRDX7F – Use this code when you shop online with me and earn extra perks!  With a $50 order, not only will you get the free Sale-a-Bration item of your choice, but the exclusive Premium Tutorial Pack emailed direct from me to you!  If your order is over $150, you don’t have to use the code to get the perks.
  • Sale-a-Bration is here!  Get even more between January 4-March 31st. 
    • For every $50 ordered, pick any item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog to get for FREE added to your order
    • Place a $250 order or party and get an extra $25 to spend for FREE!
    • BEST DEAL – if your wish list is over $100, consider getting the demonstrator starter kit and joining my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers.  You get to pick out $125 in product for $99, get 20% off all your future orders, get 2 stamp sets of any value to add FREE to your kit during Sale-a-Bration, and join the amazing community of my team and demonstrators worldwide online.  Get started here

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New Project Ideas and 2017 Occasions Catalog Product Samplers!

The new year is here and I’m trying to get back into my blogging groove.  I had my first card class of the year last night, and it was such a blast to hang out with a bunch of fun ladies and stamp and gab and get just a little bit silly!

So, while I work on photographing the new project ideas, I still wanted to share some great inspiration for the new year.  Plus make sure to scroll down to check out my new 2017 Product Samplers!

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This stamp set is the Beautiful You stamp set aka the “Dancing Lady” stamp set. 🙂  I love that everyone calls it that.  This was a stamp set that I didn’t get super excited about at first, but everyone has been going bananas over it and the samples people are creating show just how versatile and pretty this set is!  Especially when coloring with the new Watercolor Pencils.

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They also have so many cute Suites in the Occasions Catalog with beautiful papers and accessories from each – that it is hard for me to pick a total favorite!  That is why I love the Product Samplers – I get to have a little bit from all the suites to play with, and once I start playing I can figure out which I know I’ll use more of.

Those samples above, all the sentiments are from ONE SET – Suite Sentiments.  I thought it was just a cool way to pull together all the different styles into one fun set.  Aren’t they all just so happy?

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I’ve had some folks asking me about if I was doing my new catalog Product Samplers again with the Occasions Catalog and the answer is YES!

What is a product sampler?

This is your way to try a little bit of everything new without having to commit to a full pack of anything!  I give you a 6×6 piece of each new paper design plus at least one of each style of embellishment and length of new ribbon.  This gives you a chance to see what they all look like in real life, not just in a little picture on a catalog page.  You’ll discover that something you thought you loved is only ok and something else you didn’t even notice is your new favorite!

This time around, it is only $26.75 to get a piece of everything you see above and I even throw in a FREE BONUS by giving you samples of the Sale-a-bration designer papers and ribbons!  You also have the option to just get the papers or embellishments if you know you only want one or the other.

See what is included and get yours HERE

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January News, Notes, and Specials!

  • January Hostess Code is 9PKRDX7F – Use this code when you shop online with me and earn extra perks!  With a $50 order, not only will you get the free Sale-a-Bration item of your choice, but the exclusive Premium Tutorial Pack emailed direct from me to you!  If your order is over $150, you don’t have to use the code to get the perks.
  • Sale-a-Bration is here!  Get even more between January 4-March 31st.  
    • For every $50 ordered, pick any item from the Sale-a-Bration catalog to get for FREE added to your order
    • Place a $250 order or party and get an extra $25 to spend for FREE!
    • BEST DEAL – if your wish list is over $100, consider getting the demonstrator starter kit and joining my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers.  You get to pick out $125 in product for $99, get 20% off all your future orders, get 2 stamp sets of any value to add FREE to your kit during Sale-a-Bration, and join the amazing community of my team and demonstrators worldwide online.  Get started here

And We’re Back! The Occasions Catalog is Here!

After all the hubbub and technical issues this morning, I just wanted to hop over to say everything is back and ready to go!  WOO HOO!

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Head over to the Stampin’ Up Online Store and shop away!

And, now that I’m able to get into the demonstrator side of the website, I have January’s Hostess Code for you to use when ordering too!

January’s Reward’s Code – 9PKRDX7F

Use this code when ordering for extra perks from me like the free Premium Tutorial pack with your $50+ order in addition to the Sale-a-Bration goodies!  Enter this code in the “Hostess Code” box on the bottom of the online shopping cart page when you are checking out, and I’ll know to add you to the perks list!

If your order is $150 or more, don’t use the code (gotta get you those hostess benefits!) and don’t worry, you’ll still get the perks from me!

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Are You Ready! It’s Sale-a-Bration Time!

Well, today is an exciting day, but it started off with a bit of a big BANG!  That sound was the sound of all of Stampin’ Up’s servers crashing meaning not only could I not get my launch day order in, but I can’t even call in and chat with the fabulous demonstrator support folks.  But, while we wait for the servers to come back up – don’t worry I’ll post here and on my Facebook page when they are back – I can still share a couple project ideas and the catalogs so you can work on your wishlists and make sure you’ve gotten all your favorites down and ready to go.

Like check out this super sweet Sending Love suite that is perfect for all your love notes and special valentine’s treats!

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If you have your order ready, you can always email me at jennifer@nwstamper.com or call me with it and I’ll get it placed for you as soon as the website comes back online.  But for now, check out what is new! 

Click HERE to view the Occasions Catalog PDF

NEW Occasions Product Samplers – Quick Update!

I know a lot of you like to order my Product Samplers, so you can get a little bit of all the papers and accessories for a fraction of the cost of buying them all.  I WILL be offering the product sampler again with two options:  paper only & paper+accessories.  I will have the details posted later this afternoon, so watch for those ordering details shortly.

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Click HERE to view the Sale-a-Bration Flyer PDF

How does Sale-a-Bration work?

For every $50 you spend, you can choose an item from the Sale-a-Bration flyer to get added to your order for FREE!
Plus –

  • Join my team and become a Fun n’ Crafty Stampin’ Up demonstrator and you can choose TWO free stamp sets of your choice and any value to be added to your starter kit (That’s around a $200+ value for only $99!  Whether you want to start a business or just want to get a great deal and get discounts on all you buy, I’m here to help you!  starter kit details (note- this link will only work once the websites are back up)
  • Also if your order (or if you host a party and the party order) is $250, you’ll not only get the 5 free Sale-a-Bration items, but you’ll get a bonus $25 of hostess benefits for a total of $50 in free product to boot!
  • Join my team or purchase $150 from me during Sale-a-Bration and get an exclusive invitation to my in-person or live online Sale-a-Bration Celebration in April!  Its a party just for you with make & takes, gifts, and specials to celebrate you!

Sale-a-Bration runs from January 4th – March 31st, 2017

Don’t forget!  For every $40 you spend in a single order, you earn a punch on my Northwest Stamper Rewards card… save them up over the year for a free stamp set from me!  Learn more here.

So hopefully everything will be back up and running soon.  I’ll keep you posted. Smile 

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Paper Piecing with the Detailed Santa Thinlit for Christmas

Oh my goodness people!  We are officially less than 10 days until Christmas!!!  I was thinking I had all my shopping done and was totally on track for the holiday and the kids to be out of school for 2 1/2 weeks…..

NOPE!

I remembered some gifts I still need to get, my Christmas cards need to go in the mail, and I’m still cramming for the kids joint birthday party tomorrow instead of doing last minute prep before chaos descends on the house. Smile  And while I could spend Sunday trying to get caught up, its my birthday and I told my family that what I want to do for my birthday is to sit in my craft room and play!  I’m going to catch up on some scrapbooking, play with my new preorder stamps, and generally ignore chores and responsibilities for one day!

But while I’m madly making cookies and party cupcakes today, I thought I’d share this fun card.

You see, when I got the chance to play with the Detailed Santa thinlit, I loved the cool outline and scrollwork beard.  But I thought he would be even cooler colored in!  So, I grabbed some extra paper and got to work!

  1. Start by cutting out a white outline (so his beard will be white) and then cutting a white background piece the same size or slightly larger than the frame you cut out.
  2. Before you glue the white outline to the white background piece, grab your markers and do a little coloring!  I colored the glasses with my Basic Black marker and his lower lip with my Blushing Bride marker.  You see, if you color those pieces while the Detailed Santa piece is on scrap paper, if you go off the edge of the die cut shape, it only gets the scrap paper messy, not your card!
  3. Glue your santa onto the white background piece.
  4. Grab the paper you want to color in the inside of the santa – in this case, Red Glimmer paper for the hat and Blushing Bride for his face – and then run those small scraps through the Big Shot using the die.  You only need a paper piece that is just slightly larger than the area you want colored in.  Then you can take the cut out pieces and glue them into the detailed santa piece you glued down in step 2.
  5. Make him really stand out by grabbing some patterned paper – like this striped paper from the Presents & Pinecones designer paper – and cutting out the background piece and glueing it in to the open spaces of the frame.

TIP – make life easy on yourself!  Use the Big Shot Precision Plate as one of your cutting plate when cutting out Santa to ensure you get all the little pieces fully cut out.  Then grab the Big Shot Die Brush to quickly pop out all pieces with no muss or fuss!

The Santa face was my main visual, so I didn’t want to get too crazy or fancy for the rest of the card.  I figured I put in all the work to cut out and glue the pieces, that I wanted them to stand out!  So, I just added some of the Emerald Envy ruched ribbon along the bottom and added the sentiment from the Suite Season stamp set.  The set is retiring along with the designer paper, so don’t miss out on grabbing yours! 

There is still time to give (or have your family get for you!) great crafty gifts!

I offer Gift Certificates and they can be purchased in any amount and you can receive an emailed certificate you can give to anyone you love within 24 hrs of payment being received!  Plus, check out these other great gift ideas:

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