Thanks Kindly & NEW SAB Items!

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When my dear sister-in-law (my hubby’s sister, Denise) emailed and asked for my help to design a Thank You card, I was honored for two reasons.

First reason, I felt it was a compliment. To be asked to help design a card must mean that I’m doing something right! Anyone can CASE (COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING) a card or change up a few things to call it their own. I really try to come up with my own designs for the most part. If I do CASE a card, I will definitely give credit where credit is due.

Second reason, the Thank You cards are to go to two people who helped make it possible for Denise to receive her daughter’s diploma from the University of Illinois. Why is that a big deal? Her daughter, Caitlin, committed suicide nearly a year ago come next month in March. She was about to turn 21 last April and graduate from college. She had her whole life ahead of her. None of it made sense, it never does for those of us who are left behind. Heartbreak is an understatement! Suicide is a real problem! The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (www.asp.org) is the nation’s largest non-profit dedicated to saving and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. If you know of someone who could benefit from learning more about suicide, donating, or getting support; please give them this information. It could make all the difference in the world!

After I made my first card, I decided to design two more cards (see below). The one with the blue card base I have a booboo! You can see a hairline of blue up at the top of the card. No problem, I’ll be making that one again in the future! I wanted to use the school colors for the University of Illinois since the two individuals receiving them are part of the University personnel. Thank goodness I found the RGB codes for the shade of blue. I had to go back to Midnight Muse from the 2012-2014 In Colors! It was a VERY close match!! WooHoo! The ribbon is retired as well, but you can recreate this card using ANY COLOR and different ribbon!

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I have four pearls on the card on the left. Can you see them in the floral cutout? My name is covering one of them. I also have one in the curly “y” in the word “kindly”. I used pearls on all three cards. I wanted the cards to be classy yet elegant. Denise loved them all! This is what she had to say, “I can’t thank you enough for helping me. These are exactly what I was hoping for, but so much prettier than I could actually do.” She chose the two cards with the white card base! I did a poll. My hubby likes the one with the Midnight Muse card base. My daughter, Tenaya, likes the first one (at top) I made. Which one do you like?

SUPPLIES: You’ll need to pick out a different color of blue/ribbon than I used. 

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Check out the CLEARANCE RACK! Save up to 60% on these SU items! Click HERE to check out these great deals!

Remember:  (3 additional NEW SAB items will be released tomorrow! See details below!)

When you purchase $50 in products (before shipping & tax), you EARN one FREE item from the SAB Brochure! If you purchase $100 in products (before shipping & tax) you earn TWO FREE items. If you purchase $150 in products (before shipping & tax) you earn THREE FREE items PLUS Stampin’ Rewards! You can order from the Annual Catalog, Occasions Catalog, and the Clearance Rack! During the Sale-A-Bration Promotion is definitely a GREAT time to get more bang for your buck! Check out all these items in the SAB Brochure!

THREE ADDITIONAL NEW SAB ITEMS – AVAILABLE FEB 21-MAR 31, 2017

Please use my February Hostess Code R3G9W2V2 when you place an order. See image below on where to input this month’s Hostess Code! Be sure to have your items shipped to your address!

Please be sure to subscribe to my blog for future updates, promotions, and to see more of my SWEET CREATIONS using Stampin’ Up! products! BTW, I’m still struggling with my photos! I pray that I get better!

If you have any questions, please contact me! Until next time, have a Beautiful & Blessed Day!

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Thinking of You with the Kind Koala Stamp Set – Retiring!

It is always sad when the Retiring List comes out! This little cute Koala Bear made the list, so sad! I thought I had better get this stamp out and use it so you can see just how CUTE it is! I made the first card using Crushed Curry and place a Large Basic Pearl (embellishment retired) on the flower. You can use the current Pearl Basic Jewels as well (see below). I had to make some more cards because this one turned out so CUTE (in my opinion)! BTW, the Banner Punch made the Retiring List as well! I LOVE that little punch! Don’t you?!

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TIP: Stamp the Koala on both Whisper White cardstock and Crumb Cake. I also stamped the flower part on Crushed Curry. Using my Paper Snips, I did some “fussy cutting”! Before adhering this cute little Koala and flower onto the Whisper White cardstock, trace over the flower pole (line) with Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker.

NOTE: It’s not listed in the supplies (you can’t buy it separately) but I used Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker to trace over the line since it was in yellow. You can buy the set of Neutrals Stampin’ Write Markers which has all the neutrals color collection except for Very Vanilla and Whisper White.

Check out my other cards! This one with the Crushed Curry circle in the middle of the flower has the little pearls clustered in threes. I used the Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker to color those BUT you don’t have to do that, you can leave them white if you want to! I used the Owl Builder Punch, which also made the Retiring List, for the little circle in the flower. I’m going to be in mourning over these retiring items!

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My next two cards I used Pumpkin Pie and Elegant Eggplant. I didn’t do anything fancy but I did “fussy cut” the Koala Bear. I truly love doing simple cards but you can see how you can “step up” a card just by doing something extra, even if it’s just one thing! Example, the little banners! Don’t you just love those?! I do! I will still be using my Banner Punch in the future! I still in shock it’s RETIRING!

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Here are my supplies:

Price: $110.00

If you love these cards and would like measurements for the different layers, please email me! I will be happy to email them to you! If you have any questions or need help with anything, please feel free to contact me! Have a Beautiful & Blessed Day!

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Thank You Cards Dressed in Polka Dots!

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These cards are SO EASY to make!! Before I continue, I have to share the fact that I was inspired by a fellow demonstrator’s post who was also inspired by someone else who gave her a card. See how it works? We all inspire each other when it comes to creativity and support. I like to give credit where credit is due so be sure to check out Jessica Taylor at inkitupwithjessica.com. I love the simplicity of Jessica’s cards which is right up my ally! I think most of us like simplicity with a bit of WOW to our cards!

I have about a dozen demonstrators that I follow and believe me, I’m a “little fish” in the Stampin’ Up! world compared to these demonstrators! I’m thankful for the inspiration I receive by simply being a “follower”. I learn so much from others. Basically you could call my cards CASEd today. What is CASEd? This means you are not recreating someone’s card in its entirety . . . you are taking one or more elements (colors, layout, stamp set, embellishments, technique) and creating your own card with that inspiration. My cards today are the latter . . .

CASE = Copy and Share Everything OR Copy and Selectively Edit

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Paper Sizes:
Whisper White: 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″
Polka Dot Paper: 3-3/4″ x 5″
Whisper White card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″

Supplies:

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The first card with the bigger dots and the “Thank You” stamped in Black was made from retired Polka Dots Designer Series Paper. I used Pumpkin Pie. Other colors in that set includes Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Real Red, and Rich Razzelberry. So if you have these papers, use them!! I also used a Basic Pearl in the little black punched center of the flower. That punch is retired but you could use the little flower from the Tree Builder.

The second card with the little dots and the “Thank You” stamped in orange was made from retired Designer Series Paper in Tangerine Tango.

I don’t have ALL the current items to show case on my blog! I’ve been a Hobbyist Demonstrator for several years but started buying Stampin’ Up! products starting in 2008. Although I would LOVE to use ALL CURRENT products, sometimes I may have to use something I have on head and make substitution suggestions as I have in the supplies. i.e. Brights Designer Series Paper!

Don’t Forget Retiring Items . . . click images below to take you there! 

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Retiring List PDF File – Click HERE

Check out the CLEARANCE RACK, new items added! Save up to 60% on these SU items! Click HERE to check out these great deals!

If you have any questions or are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, contact me! Plus please leave me comment and let me know you were here for a visit!! I would love to hear from you!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!

Thoughts & Prayers for Loved Ones!

In my last post, I shared a cute card with a matching envelope which has an attached gift card holder. I love the pattern paper colors so much in the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit, I made several cards to send out to people who have been touched by the death of our 22 year old niece, Caity. I find it really hard to create sympathy cards. I tend to not want to even make them but once I make myself get started then I’m okay. It’s been like that since my mother passed away on 12.24.2014. It’s like I have a bit of an emotional dilemma making such cards but I guess that just makes me human.

One of my FAVORITE stamp sets to make sympathy cards, praying for you, and get well cards is Thoughts & Prayers! The Retirement List of products is due to come out today and I wouldn’t be surprised if they retired this set because it’s been around for a long time. I’m hoping that they keep it around for at least another year! Fingers Crossed! Here are the cards I created!

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Here are the supplies I used to make these cards with the exception of the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack for the little flowers, it’s RETIRED! You could use the NEW Tree Builder punch (click HERE) as it has a little flower shape almost the same as  you see here on my cards.

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 Tuesday’s NEW Weekly Deals ENDS today! Save 25% on select Stampin’ Up! items! Click HERE to see what’s on sale this week!

Check out the CLEARANCE RACK, new items added! Save up to 60% on these SU items! Click HERE to check out these great deals!

If you have any questions or are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, contact me! Plus please leave me comment and let me know you were here for a visit!! I would love to hear from you!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!

March 2016 Pocketful of Cheer Paper Pumpkin Kit

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I know . . . it’s April . . . and my April’s Paper Pumpkin Kit is on it’s way!! I’m so excited because it includes a BONUS stamp set ($17 value) as a “Thank You” for having mailed a MILLION kits thus far! March was Paper Pumpkin’s 3-year anniversary and the kit showed up in a Teal Blue (Bermuda Bay?) box to celebrate the 3-year milestone. Just in case you are new to my blog, the kits are normally packaged in orange boxes. Let get on with March’s Paper Pumpkin kit before my April kit gets here!

Before I continue talking about all the benefits of being a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber, let me show you what I worked on last night. This cute card will be tucked inside the envelope which has an attached gift card holder. I LOVE IT! Right now I just have my Stampin’ Up! Business Card in the gift card holder.

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Isn’t this just darlin’?! I didn’t make it exactly the same way they showed in the instructions or video. That’s one of the things I like about the PP (Paper Pumpkin) Kits ,  you can put your own spin on how you want the final project to look. I still have to buy my gift card to place inside so you’ll have to see the finished product in the image at the top of this post. The envelope has stickers that secure the flaps down. LOVE IT! There are some PP subscribers that even use the supplies for scrapbook pages. And speaking of supplies . . .

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. . . you get everything you need to complete the projects. With this particular kit, you can order a Refill Kit (below) to make more of the same projects. Also there are some subscribers that used the products to make only cards. Paper Pumpkin is “creativity” in a box! You can do the suggested projects or go astray and do your own thing!

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I LOVE being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber because I LOVE each and every kit!! In the beginning I didn’t sign up because frankly, I wasn’t that impressed. Stampin’ Up! realized they needed to improve upon these kits and they did just that! I signed up last August and I haven’t been disappointed not once. Perhaps I can persuade you to become a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber!

As a subscriber to Paper Pumpkin, you’ll receive the NEW monthly Paper Pumpkin Email! In addition to receiving an awesome kit every month, you’ll receive an email as well. Stampin’ Up! thought it would be fun to bring it all together in one place. You’ll see links to the video (demonstrates the current month’s subscription), blog post, Pinterest, past kits available for purchase and refills kits, alternative ideas, and so much more. I hope you enjoy this new Paper Pumpkin PERK! Check out the online version of March’s email HERE!

Are you just not sure about becoming a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber? Let me list some great reasons to subscribe . . .

  • There is absolutely NO OBLIGATION!
  • You can STOP your subscription at any time!
  • You can SKIP a month if you need to do so!
  • You get an AWESOME kit each month!
  • It’s a SURPRISE in a box i.e. cards, projects, decor
  • Keep your kit or give it as a gift i.e. Birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Just Because
  • These kits are great to take on trips for some creativity for those who love to craft i.e. Mother and daughter(s), sisters, female relatives! Yet there are some males who love these kits as well!
  • These kits are great to take to someone who is bed ridden needing something fun to do. Or even those in the hospital or in Assisted Living/Nursing Homes.
  • Endless possibilities for the PP Kits! Cards, 3-D Projects, Scrapbook pages
  • PLUS subscribers have access to a selection of past kits and refills!

For $19.95 a month (includes Tax & Shipping), Paper Pumpkin is an awesome monthly subscription! There are two ways you can subscribe. Month-to-Month or Prepaid Subscriptions for 3-Month, 6-Month, and One Year Prepaid subscriptions for yourself or as a gift to someone else. If you sign up, your new PP Kit will arrive in May. Kits are mailed out on the 10th of each month.

  • For Month-to-Month Subscriptions go to PaperPumpkin.com and be sure to select me as your demonstrator before checking out! I would greatly appreciate it! If you need any help, don’t hesitate to contact me!
  • For Pre-Paid Subscriptions go to my online store by clicking HERE.

Tuesday’s NEW Weekly Deals starts today! Save 25% on select Stampin’ Up! items! Click HERE to see what’s on sale this week!

Check out the CLEARANCE RACK! Save up to 60% on these SU items! Click HERE to check out these great deals!

If you have any questions or are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, contact me! Plus please leave me comment and let me know you were here for a visit!! I would love to hear from you!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!

A Card “Just for You”!

WOW! It’s been over a month since I’ve posted to my blog! But today is March 1st and I’m ready to start some new beginnings! Frankly, I’m talking about myself. I know that I’m not the only one that tends to let other things hinder their efforts of creating! I’m mainly a hobbyist and I LOVE my Stampin’ Up! products to create cards and projects, hopefully there will be some scrapbooking in my future! For those that have subscribed to my blog, I’d like to dedicate this card to you . . . although I did make it for my BFF in Texas. Hi Leigh! Love you Girl!

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Once again, I used the Botanicals For You CM (Clear Mount) from the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) brochure that I got for FREE when I spent $50 dollars on Stampin’ Up! products. It’s a SWEET DEAL for sure! By the way, SAB is still in full swing until 3.31.16!

Here are the supplies I used to make this quick “just for you” card with the exception of the Floral District Designers Series Paper (retired). Remember, you can choose other DSP’s and coordinate your card stock to get the very same look! That’s part of the beauty of sharing my sweet creations, you can tweak it and make it your own! I love the little banners that I included to give it a little something extra! And how about the little bit of “bling” with the rhinestones! Enjoy!

“Just for You” . . . I added the Bohemian DSP in the supply list that would coordinate beautifully with the Rich Razzleberry ink and card stock! 🙂

 

Tuesday’s NEW Weekly Deals starts today! Save 25% on select Stampin’ Up! items! Click HERE to see what’s on sale this week!

Check out the CLEARANCE RACK! Save up to 60% on these SU items! Click HERE to check out these great deals!

If you have any questions or are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, contact me! Plus please leave me comment and let me know you were here for a visit!! I would love to hear from you!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!

A Thank You Card with FMS 220 Challenge!

I’m just flying by the seat of my pants here to meet the deadline for this card sketch challenge! I needed Thank You card to send to someone for a Christmas gift that my husband and I received for Christmas. I know, I’m a bit behind on this endeavor but better late than never! I hope you notice the different sized pearls for the different sized little flowers. I hope you DON’T notice the little bit of Cherry Cobbler ink from my fingers on the side of my card! LOL! It never fails when I use that color, I get it on my fingers. It was from placing the pearls on the card and I knew better than not to clean my fingers before continuing on to photograph my card. It’s just a clean and simple card following the card sketch challenge. Perhaps my sentiment should’ve been a bit smaller. I don’t know . . . but here it is! Enjoy and “Thank You” for stopping by!

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I used the Botanicals For You CM (Clear Mount) from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure that I got for FREE when I spent $50 dollars on Stampin’ Up! products. It’s a SWEET DEAL for sure!!

Here are the supplies I used to make this quick Thank You card!

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If you have any questions or are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, contact me!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!

A Colorful Thank You with PPA275

I have never taken an art class. I have never said that I was artistic. With that being said, I do try to tap into some creativity using card challenges! Pals Paper Arts has a color challenge using the colors Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, and Tangelo Twist! I LOVE these bright, cheerful, and even playful colors! I needed a Thank You card so this is what I came up with implementing these colors.

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It’s very simple yet this was my second card. Did I get it perfect? NOPE! My first card, I stamped the sentiment in the middle then I decided to stamp the bottom as you see it here. Then my sentiment was too low. My second attempt, I decided to do the playful border on the top and bottom. I didn’t get the top border exactly perfect. Then I stamped the sentiment last. I went with it! LOL! Is it a masterpiece? No. What counts is that I am able to participate in this color challenge! 🙂

Here is the Pals Paper Arts color challenge . . .

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FYI: I used Stampin’ Write Markers to color the sentiment Thank You to have the three colors. After I colored the letters, I then “huffed” upon the letters to allow the ink to become moist again before stamping.

Here are the supplies that I used to make my card . . .

 If you have any questions or are interested in Stampin’ Up! products, contact me!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!

Thinking of You! PPA274 & SUO135 & Tuesday’s Weekly Deals

Remember this stamp set from my post back on September 28th? This stamp set is SO versatile! Sheltering Tree, a photopolymer stamp set, can be used for ALL four seasons and many occasions! The possibilities of use for each of the stamps in this set is endless! I can easily say this is one of my favorites!! Go back and check out my card on 9.28.2015 and check out today’s card! You can be sure that I’ll be using this stamp set again and again!

I made my brother, Markus, a card today that I’m entering into two challenges. I love all three of my brothers but Markus is that “special” brother who truly needs to know how much I love him, always! So I made today’s card with him in mind and it’s getting mailed today! I know it will brighten his day immensely when he receive it in the mail!

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My first card challenge is a color challenge with Pals Paper Arts! Check out these colors for this challenge! LOVE ’em! Notice in my card how the over lapping of Crushed Curry and Calypso Coral makes an orange color? It actually looks like I used four colors on my card! I entered two challenges back in 2012 with Pals Paper Arts. I plan on participating with Pals Paper Arts much more in the future! It’s a great card challenge site with designers that are just over the top with talent!

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Also check out SU-Only Challenges Web site! It’s a card challenge site that is totally Stampin’ Up! as you are only allowed to use SU products! I’m certainly okay about that aspect! My card is entered into SUO Challenge #135 – Fall Fun! It’s been a LONG time since I participated with SUO, 2012! Back in March 2012 I made Top 3 in a “Think Spring” challenge! I made a card for my daughter who was getting married. You can see it below! 🙂

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I truly have NOT been on the band wagon entering challenges for several years. Since I finally created my own Website/Blog, I’ve been A LOT better about it. I’m not uber talented but I enjoy just participating with color and layout challenges! It helps me to be more creative!!

Here is my supply list for my Thinking of You card . . . 

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FYI:  In the Annual Catalog, p.89., it suggests clear blocks: a, b, e, h to be used with the Sheltering Tree Photopolymer Stamp Set. In reality you can use just the Clear Block E if you are just starting out! Some people may feel that using a large clear block with little stamps may not feel right but it can be done. Just thought I would point that out to you!

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The Perfect Pines Framelits Dies coordinates with Peaceful Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set in the Holiday Catalog (p. 17). You can also bundle those two items and save 15%! AND DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE CLEARANCE RACK!! 

I hope you like today’s card that I made for my brother, Markus!! I know that he’ll LOVE it as his sister, me, made it especially for him! I would love to hear from you so won’t you please leave me a comment! If you have any questions, please contact me!

Tonya, The Sweet Inker!