Stampin' Up! Crafting Forever graduation thank you cards


Our son Devin is graduating from high school at the end of this month. He has had a great experience at a local 'school of choice' and is very ready to start his next adventure. Especially since it's not likely to involve calculus!

I wanted to send a couple of thank you notes to teachers who have been a wonderful influence on him, teaching him the skills he needed for the particular subject but also something about life along the way.

These note cards were created using a new stamp set called Crafting Forever. The fountain pen image you see above is actually from a set of three pens that make up one stamp. I simply used scissors with a non-stick coating to carefully cut them apart. (I can see myself using them more as individual images than as one whole.) The 1/4" Very Vanilla ribbon is also a new item; both are being released with the 2017-18 Annual Catalog.

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Three Products used today

Stampin' Up! Made with Love - Welcome Baby Miguel


Exciting times in my family. My nephew and his wife are expecting a little boy in July and we already know he will be adorable 😍

Freshly Made Sketches posted a new sketch this week and it had the perfect layout to make something CAS (clean and simple) for little Miguel and his parents.

Preview item:  Glitter Enamel Dots will be available June 1st in our 2017-18 Annual Catalog. (Item #144200).

Three Stampin' Up! Products used today:

And the FMS sketch:

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Stampin' Up! Everyday Hero greeting cards for kids


Is it possible for a person to have too much fun creating cards for kids? I don't think so…

At least that wasn't the case while I created this whole squad full of cards for hospitalized kids. They all use images from our currently available Everyday Hero stamp set. (Note: If this set interests you, you'll want to get it before it retires a the end of May! I know… I can't believe it either!) The only tools required to make this set as shown is a circle punch, some Paper Snips (detail scissors) and coloring tools!

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For more details, let me share the cards individually. Ladies first!

And now a dude. I thought it might be fun to give him different colored hair, too.

And how about some more details on the super suit?

So can you tell I had fun? LOL
Well hopefully the kids who receive this will, too!

Three Products used today:

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Stampin' Up! Pieces & Patterns greeting card


Simple stamping and a little bit of coloring came together to create this cute hello card!

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To color the dinosaur, I used a Blender Pen and ink from the lid of a Mint Macaroon ink pad. I kept it light on the body then went back in and added more color by lightly tapping dots onto the body. I cleaned off the brush tip, then also added a few dots in Crumb Cake ink. Here's a closeup:

The Splitcoast Stampers Cards 4 a Cause effort this month is all about kids. The idea is to create cards that will be sent to children undergoing medical treatment. If you would like more information about this cause or would like to participate, just click here.

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Stampin' Up! Mixed Drinks 50th Birthday card


My friend Jenny will be turning 50 this month. She's such a sweet person that I won't be sending one of those cards that makes fun of these occasions. (I save those for my brothers.) But 50 did make me think of the silver decor that usually gets promoted for this day and that thought led to this:

She is pretty amazing :)

And so is this layout!

Thanks to Fab Friday for sharing yet another user-friendly sketch. If you would like to give it a try but need more inspiration, just click on the link to visit their site.

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New Stampin' Up! Products


Ugh! Laundry - why do you demand so much attention?!

I received a box of new goodies today - almost all are items from the upcoming annual catalog.  Thanks to our love for clean clothes, I won't be in the craft room today but I wanted to go ahead and give you a peek at a new embellishment we will be offering.

Glitter enamel dots!! And aren't the sizes great? These dots are a great addition to the white enamel dots we already offer. (The white ones can be used as-is or you can color them with alcohol based markers like sharpies or copics.) If you haven't tried them, you may be happy to know they're not bulky and to use them you simply peel and stick.  I love the added simple detail to projects and the fact that they do not interfere with the mailing process. You know... so we can actually mail the cards we create 😁   Go ahead #makeacardshareacard

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Stampin' Up! - New items in the Clearance Rack!


There are new discounts to be had! Stampin' Up! has added items to our Clearance Rack. There are papers, embellishments, markers and even a few stamp sets being offered. Simply click the banner image below to be directed to the online store. You will need to click on an item to see the discounted price. Enjoy!

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Stampin' Up! Pop of Paradise birthday card


Looking for inspiration? Freshly Made Sketches posted a new sketch challenge and this one has all kinds of room for fun. Be sure to visit the site (linked above) to see the design team cards - always a treat and inspiring in different ways.

For this sketch, the two accent pieces (hearts) plus a piece of Pool Party card stock I had on my desk got me inspired and thinking of palm trees and long summer days.  😎

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The birthday greeting is from our Beautiful You stamp set. I thought it was perfect for this elegant and gorgeous flamingo! (Side note: I almost drew eyelashes on the flamingo just for fun…)

Products that brought imagination to life:

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Moon Baby, challenge


Morning thoughts…  I love card sketches for inspiration. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to them because I know they can kick-start a card project like nobody's business. However - color challenges? They're definitely a challenge. And Definitely out of my comfort zone. Then this popped up in a feed:

"I think it's important as a filmmaker, as any person working in the arts, that you've got to try new stuff and challenge yourself and take chances." 
Darren Aronofsky

Huh. I don't know who Darren is, but a person can see the opportunity for growth in that statement, right? So, what's the worst that could happen… another card in the recycling bin? Color - challenge accepted!, so I may have cheated by using so much white. But a girl has to start somewhere, right? 😬

The color challenge used as a guide today is the current challenge by Fab Friday. Just click on the color image to be directed to their site to see their samples and to link your own project.

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Aside from coordinating card stock and ink in the challenge colors, here are the key products used today:

Woot! I was a Fab Fave!


I'm so excited!! My Super Mom card was chosen as a favorite at Fab Friday. How cool is that?!

This card uses our Everyday Hero from the 2017 Occasions Catalog. Less exciting is the fact that this stamp set is going bye-bye with the end of this catalog in May. (Sad… I know.) So if you want to make your own Super people or use that awesome skyline, you'll want to get it while you can.

In the meantime, if you'd like to play along with Fab Friday and their sketch or color challenges, be sure to visit their site and play along. Visit the Fab site.

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Stampin' Up! Retirement List


It's time to usher out some products and make way for some new! Below, you will find some information regarding the "retirement" process and a link to the page detailing the items that are going. PLEASE note that In-Color items are usually gone within a day or two. If you want re-inkers for your ink pads or markers, I recommend you order them today. (Not being dramatic… they really go that fast.)

Main Information:
  • Promotion dates: April 10–May 31, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT).
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders. (Rewards begin at $150US)

Order Information: 
  • All retiring items will be discontinued after May 31.
  • All retiring accessories and tools are available while supplies last.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, we’ll keep producing retiring stamp sets until May 22. After May 22, all retiring stamp sets will be available while supplies last.
  • Select discounts may vary by market depending on inventory levels. 
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only (as noted)

Paper Pumpkin - are you subscribed?


TUESDAY is cut-off day for Paper Pumpkin! What do I mean by this? Well, the 10th of the month is the last day of the month to register if you want to receive this month's kit. It's also the last day of the month to log in and opt out if you want to skip a month!

Before you decide, let me also remind you that this month's kit is a special one - designed by CEO Sara Douglass. Our kits always come with a stamp set, at least one ink spot and all of the supplies needed to create a set of projects. While no one is saying what exactly is in this kit, we have been told that every April kit will also include a free gift! 

Any occasion greeting with Tiddly Inks


hey there!
It's spring break at the Benitez household and we are all SO glad. Between crazy amounts of school work and lots of delayed flights, I think know we are all ready for some down time! And, of course, to me down time translates to time in the craft room!

Aren't they cute? (click on the image to enlarge it)

I had so much fun coloring this download from Tiddly Inks. I'm still learning to use Copic markers but I already love the vibrant colors you can get plus the way they blend. (Yes, I do feel like a kid! lol) It was so much fun, I tried it again. This time trying to make the little girl blond.

The photo looks more red than it does in real life, but it'll do :)

Ah, well… back to laundry. It may be spring break, but we still need clean sheets!

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