Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Epic Fail - we all have one once in a while. Mine was using the Blending Brushes on the Layered Floral 3D Embossing Folder


  • Stampin' Up! Layered Floral 3D Embossing Folder
  • 5 Greeting Card Class Announced for 27 January 2024
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  • Sweet Springtime February 2024 Paper Pumpkin Kit with a unique box to match the season

I was so excited to use the Layered Floral 3D Embossing Folder from the January-April 2024 Mini Catalog (page 65). One of the Stampin' Up! Artisan had posted a darling card idea, and I couldn't wait to try it.  It called for coloring the raised impressions made with the Layered Floral 3D Embossing Folder with the small blending brushes and Bubble Bath ink.  "I can do that!" I said to myself confidently.  I had a great time using Lemon Lolly Cardstock and Designer Series Paper and using my Lemon Lolly Blends on the flowers.  I enjoyed using Bubble Bath ink and a small blending brush on the larger raised florals.  I had fun selecting the bird images from the Flight & Airy Designer Series Paper and fussy cutting them for my card.  It looked great under the bright lights on my work table.  In fact I went over the Bubble Bath florals several times as they just didn't look dark enough under the lights of  my work table.  However, when I moved my cards to my photo area to photographed my cards for my blog post, I was shocked at how bright the colors appeared in my photographs!  I clearly did NOT need to got over the floral images multiple times with the blending brush...less is more.  And my Lemon Lolly Blends, which were brand new, out of the package, were also much brighter than necessary, even though I used the Light rather than Dark Lemon Lolly Blend.  Ha!  That's how you learn.  Experiment, experiment and experiment some more!  Reminder:  Just 5 more weeks to earn  items during Sale-A-Bration 2024. From now until February 29, for each $50 or $100 you spend, you can select Free items from the Sale-A-Bration Brochure. Looks like I'll be giving this card another try sometime soon!

Floral Birthday card using Stampin' Up! Layered Floral 3D Embossing Folder


The basecard for this card is Thick Basic White Cardstock.  Then, a layer of Bubble Bath Cardstock as a Matte to another layer of Thick Basic White Cardstock.  I wanted to ensure that the embossing from the Layered Floral 3D Embossing Folder stood out so I used Thich Basic White rather than just Basic White Cardstock.  After running the Thick Basic White Cardstock layer through the Stampin' Up! Emboss and Cut Machine with the Layered Floral 3D Embossing Folder, I colored the raised images.  I used a small Blending Brush and Bubble Bath ink pad to color the larger florals.  I used Light Lemon Lolly Blends and light Granny Apply Green, for the smaller florals and the leaves.  And I used used Bubble Bath Blends for the centers of the small florals.  I used the Stylish Shapes Dies to die cut a stitched Circle to use in layering my images.   

Birthday card using florals and birds created with Stampin' Up! Layered Floral 3D Embossing Folder

    To finish this card, I cut a piece of Lemon Lolly Cardstock to use as a matte for a striped print from the Lighter Than Air 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper.  I selected a couple of birds on branches images from the Flight & Airy 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper and fussy cut them and popped them up on Dimensionals.  I also used die cuts from the Lifetime of Love Dies to die cut some Basic White florals to add under my bird images. I trimmed these die cuts to use pieces for my card. I layered these dies cuts and the bird images onto the die cut Stitched Circle and added the circle to my card.   Finally, I selected a Birthday Wish from the Stippled Roses Stamp Set and stamped the sentiment using Boho Blue ink onto a strip of Basic White cardstock.  I added Mini Dimensionals to the back of the sentiment and added it to my card.  

    Stampin' Up! stamp dies and embossing folder used to create this birthday card

    Again, customers can earn Sale-A-Bration rewards for every $50 and $100 spent (less tax and shipping) from 4 January - 29 February 2024.  Also, this is the only time of the year that you can earn Sale-A-Bration Rewards for a Paper Pumpkin 3-mo., 6 mo., or 12 mo., prepaid subscription.  Add these Paper Pumpkin item numbers to your order.

    And, if you would like to receive 20% discounts when you shop Stampin' Up!, if your current order is over $99 USD, look for the new joining-Stampin'-Up!-as-a-Demonstrator offer, below, with two bonuses to choose from when joining Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration.   Check out page 16-17 of the Sale-A-Bration Brochure to review the two different joining option bonuses.

    Visit my Stampin' Up! online store to place your order for Stampin' Up! products.  Shopping Tip:  Add the January 2024 Host Code to your order if your order is between $50-$149.99 before shipping and tax to qualify for a thank you gift for shopping with me.  Orders over $150 earn Stampin' Rewards from Stampin' Up!, and you do not use the Host Code to qualify.

    January Host Code: 7SXUG2CD

      • Stamps: Bee My Valentine
        • Ink:   Daffodil Delight, Tuxedo Black Memento
          • Paper:  Square Pillow Boxes, Basic White, Sweet Sorbet, Pool Party, Bee Mine 12" X 12" Designer Series Paper (2 different prints)
          • Accessories:   Bee Builder Punch, Retire Heart Punches, Adoring Hearts Dies, Sweet Sorbet 1/4" Bordered Ribbon, Pool Party 5/8" Crinkle Ribbon, Adhesive-Backed Hearts & Flowers, Stampin' Up! Cut & Emboss Machine, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals
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          Join us for a live greeting card class 27 January 

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          Hey Houston Stampers:  We're making these 5 cards at a live class Saturday, 27 January.

          We'll meet at a local coffee shop where we'll have a ball making these 5 cards.  You'll leave with 5 projects you'll be proud to send someone special, or you can use these as samples or templates to make more projects on your own.

          Two Joining Bonuses During Sale-a-Bration

          Join Stampin' Up!  If you have a large Wish List totaling more than $99 from the new January-April 2024 Mini catalog, consider joining Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration.  You'll get a Starter Kit of items you select from the catalog, and you'll also select from two separate Joining Bous offers!  Then your future orders qualify for a 20% Demonstrator discount.

          • Option 1:  Stampin' Glass Mat Studio (Retail Value:  $60.  See below) Build your starter Kit by choosing $125 of products for only $99 (including shipping). Plus, choose the Stampin' Glass Mat Studio, which includes 17" X 14" glass Mat, a Nonslip, multiuse Silicone Mat and a Reusable dark gray cleaning cloth
          • Option 2:  Your choice of $155 USD of Stampin' Up! products for only $99.  That's $30 in additional FREE products to add to the normal Starter Kit, and this option also includes free shipping

          This offer is only good during Sale-A-Bration...4 January - 29 February 2024.

          Glass Mat Joining Option during Sale-A-Bration
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          Former Demonstrators who dropped and want to rejoin are welcome on my team!  If you're new to Stampin' Up!, learn more about the benefits of joining  as a Demonstrator here.

          February 2024 Sweet Springtime Paper Pumpkin Kit

          Subscribe 11 January - 10 February 2024  

          Shopping Tip:  Place an order for a Paper Pumpkin 3 mo., 6 mo. or 12 mo subscription January 4 - Feb 29--during Sale-A-Bration--and earn Sale-A-Bration picks for each $50 your order.

          The Paper Pumpkin all-inclusive crafting kits includes a photopolymer stamp set, Classic Stampin' Ink Spot, and step by step instructions to complete exclusive paper craft projects, including cards, tags, and gift packaging. 


          February 2024 Sweet Springtime Paper Pumpkin Kit  makes 9 projects

          February Sweet Springtime Paper Pumpkin Kit

          LAST DAY TO SUBSCRIBE:   10 February 2024

          Kit comes in a unique Box to match the season!

          • Make 9 projects:  3 each of 3 designs
          • Projects include printed cards, coordinating envelopes, and gift boxes
          • Precut paper pieces, baker's twine, and embellishments
          • Coordinating colors:  Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Berry Burst, early Espresso (Classic Stampin' Spot), Crumb Cake

          Add dimension to your crafting projects with the Love of Spring Dies, Item 163396 | $12.00 USD!  

          Choose from a leaf sprig, daffodil, "Love" sentiment, or label to give your cards or tags that extra special touch.  

          Our favorite thing about this add on is that is coordinates with not just one but three kits (Jan 2024 Lovely Lavender, Feb 2024 Sweet Springtime, and March 2024 Memorable Meadows). Please note that the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine is not included and can be purchased separately.

          The Love of Spring Dies Add-On -- available only while supplies last!  You must be an active Paper Pumpkin subscriber to order this item.  Again, Love of Spring Dies Add on, Item 164396| $12.00 USD.

          Note:  During Sale-A-Bration, your Paper Pumpkin subscription earns you credit towards Sale-A-Bration rewards...that means your subscription gets you even more value.  It is the only time of the year your Subscription earns Sale-A-Bration rewards. 

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          If you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, and would like a copy of the new Stampin' Up! 2023-2024 Annual Catalog or the January - April 2024 Mini Catalog, contact me here.

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          Need card ideas?  Download a sampling of the recipes for making cards from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog so you aren't guessing on the Paper, Ink and Tools used to create these fun ideas.  Download Recipes from the 2023-2024 Annual Catalog.  

          January - April 2024 Mini catalog and the January-February Sale-A-Bration Brochure are here.  Customers who have purchased from me during the past 6 months have already received their copy of the January-April Mini catalog and the Sale-A-Bration brochure in their mail. 

          Stampin' Up! January - April 2024 Mini Catalog
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