Friday, July 21, 2017

Deadline for Coffee Cafe Bundle Drawing!

Tonight is the deadline for placing qualifying order to be in the drawing for the Coffee Cafe bundle! You have until 9:00 PM Eastern (6:00 PM Pacific) to place an order of $50 or more (before tax and shipping). Each increment of $50 gets you another entry, and don't forget - Stampin' Up! Bonus Days are going on now, so you will also receive a $5 coupon from SU (by email) for every $50!

I have to make this a quick post today, because I have about 20 pounds of zucchini and squash that needs to be processed for the dehydrator. Whose bright idea was it to plant SIX zucchini plants, and SIX patty pan squash plants, and THREE summer squash plants? Oh, that would be me. Just shoot me now, LOL. And that's not counting the winter squash, but those will keep on their own.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Carols of Christmas Sneak Peek

Programming note! Because many of the Control Freaks earned the incentive trip to Thailand and were gone this past week, the Tour de Freaks has been moved to July 29th. See you then!

Here is another little sneak peek at the Carols of Christmas stamp set (wood or clear-mount), which will be available either alone, or with the coordinating dies starting next month. Stampin' Up! will be offering them as an Early Release, so you can get it a whole month before the holiday catalog comes out!

Have you started your holiday cards yet? No? Well, don't feel bad, I haven't either! That is something I hope to remedy starting with this card. It's easy to duplicate and produce in multiples, so I think this might be one of the cards I send this year.

The background is very subtly heat embossed with clear snowflakes on white from the Colorful Seasons bundle. The greeting is from Carols of Christmas, also heat embossed in white on Night of Navy.

You know how I love snowflakes, so the snowflake dies in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits were the perfect addition for a dimensional effect!

Here's the "How To"
 Snowflakes: Whisper White scraps
 Greeting: Night of Navy 3" x 3-7/8"
 Background: Whisper White 3-7/8" x 5-1/8"
 Card base: Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Rub Embossing buddy all over background and greeting panels. Using VersaMark ink, stamp snowflakes randomly on background. Cover with clear embossing powder, tap off excess and heat with heat tool until shiny.
  2. Using VersaMark in, stamp greeting on navy cardstock so greeting is a little toward the right (leaving room for snowflake). Cover with white embossing powder, tap off excess and heat with heat tool. Adhere to background approximately 5/8" from bottom.
  3. Wrap ribbon around top and bottom of navy panel and adhere ends to back. Adhere backgound to card base.
  4. Die cut the two snowflakes. Attach smaller flake with liquid glue. Attach larger flake with liquid glue only on parts that cover the greeting panel and ribbon, leaving top half free.
  5. Add rhinestones.
Note: The Carols of Christmas can't be ordered yet, so it isn't listed in the products list. Be sure to Pin it on Pinterest so you can find it later when you do have it available!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Happiest of Days Birthday Wishes

This quick and cute card was another of the cards we made in the monthly stamp club. We made FOUR cards this month!

This one really was a "piece of cake" to make (heh heh), but the addition of a few embellishments and the gold foil dresses it up so nicely. Plus, Calypso Coral and Lemon Lime Twist are a match made in heaven! The colors complement each other beautifully and make everything pop.

As for the "quick" part...seriously; I think start to finish was less than ten minutes. You could quickly make a stash of these cards to have on hand, and never be caught at the last minute without a card to send!

Here's the "How To"
 Cake image: Whisper White 2-1/2" x 2-1/2"
 Mat: Gold Foil Sheet 2-5/8" x 2-5/8"
 Background: Whisper White 4" x 5-1/4"
 Card base: Whisper White Thick 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamp cake in Basic Black Archival ink on image panel. Color with blender pen, then adhere to gold foil mat. Attach to background with dimensionals, leaving an even border at top and sides.
  2. Stamp greeting on background below cake image and color with blender pen, then adhere to card base.
  3. Tie a bow and attach it with a glue dot. Add the gold enamel dots.
See? Quick, easy, and cute!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

National Ice Cream Day

Boy, somehow I missed the memo that today is National Ice Cream Day! Apparently it falls on the third Sunday in July. As soon as I realized it, I had to make a card to celebrate, before heading to the store so we could celebrate the occasion properly, LOL.

I like all kinds of regular ice cream, with Pistachio and Amaretto Cherry Cordial being my favorites. Well, except for the best ice cream EVER which was homemade peach ice cream my daddy made once when I was a teenager. Holy moly - I took a bite and the angels sang!

My hubby, on the other hand, likes soft swirl but there are too many unpronounceable ingredients in it for me. Blech! Give me the real stuff; cream, milk, eggs, and sugar (preferably cane sugar).

So, if you had to choose soft swirl, would you choose chocolate or vanilla? And if vanilla, do you prefer it dipped in chocolate?

Here's the "How To"
 Cones: Scraps of Crumb Cake and Whisper White
 Oval: Whisper White 2-1/4" x 3-1/4"
 Background: Coffee Break DSP 4" x 4"
 Card base: Whisper White Thick 4-1/4" x 11" scored and folded at 5-1/2"
  1. Adhere DSP to card base leaving even borders at top and sides. Adhere Tranquil Tide Washi Tape at bottom of DSP.
  2. Stamp greeting using Tranquil Tide directly onto card base.
  3. Stamp chocolate ice cream using Chocolate Chip ink for the solid image and Early Espresso ink for the swirls. For the vanilla ice cream, just stamp the swirls in Sahara Sand ink, and the sprinkles in Chocolate Chip. Cut both ice creams out with coordinating Frozen Treats Framelits die.
  4. For the cones, press cone die onto Crumb Cake ink pad and place carefully on Crumb Cake cardstock before running it through the Big Shot. This gives a nice letterpress effect!
  5. Die cut the Whisper White with the second largest oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits.
  6. Adhere oval to card base with dimensionals.
  7. Attach ice cream swirls to the cones with liquid glue, then glue together slightly overlapped. Adhere to oval with dimensionals.
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