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Just in CASE - Stampin' Up! Wetlands Stamp Set

Its Thursday's Just in CASE Series.

CASEing COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING is when you pick out a card and either copy it exactly or change up the stamp set or colors or maybe even both,  but if you go too far you are then creating your very own card and just are inspired by the card or project you started to CASE. 

The More you CASE the more you learn to be creative so there is nothing wrong with CASEing!

Today's card is and exact CASE well as exact as water-coloring can be from page 133 of the Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.

Just in CASE - Wetlands Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com
A sure sign of fall for us is when the Canada Geese start to flock up and fly between the grain fields and our lake.  While I have called them Canadian Geese my entire life, my Border Buddy Alison informed me that they are Canada Geese.  And yes google confirms that for the most part, unless of course the geese in Minnesota have come down from Canada and are citizens there, then I would be justified in referring to them as Canadian Geese LOL.


One fall morning a few years ago Tom and I were going to sit on our patio and enjoy the beatiful fall morning when hundreds of Canada geese decided to drop down on the water in front of our home.  I am sharing the video he took and it no way can it portrait how loud this really was!

Just in CASE - Wetlands Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Watercolor technique www.stampstodiefor.com horz
Stampin' Up! Concept Artist's work on the left, My creation on the right

No two water-colored cards look alike with this technique.  Sometimes half way through I am ready to toss it in the trash (as I was with this card).  But limited time made me push forward and in the end I was very pleased with the results. 

Just in CASE - Wetlands Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! Watercolor technique www.stampstodiefor.com
This is a pretty easy technique - drop a tiny drop of re-inker in the color you want to use and with your aqua painter drop a drop of water in it and then pick it up and just randomly run it on the watercolor paper.  Once you are all done spritz it with a very very fine mist to have it bleed a bit more.

For complete supply list, measurements and directions Download Free Tutorial Just in CASE Wetlands

 

Be sure and fly on over to Alison's blog and check out what card she cased this week CLICK HERE 

 

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Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set and Paisley Framelits Dies

Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating Paisleys Framelits Comfort & Healing to You, www.stampstodiefor.com 2

The Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set and Flourish Thinlits Dies (ops I used the Paisley Framelits Die by mistake - but love how it turned out) are a huge investment that will pay off in the long run.  This set contains both outside and inside saying.  How often do you wish you had a greeting to stamp inside your card.  This stamp set has 15 different greetings, plus a great filigree, flower and leaf. 

A few weeks ago we visited one of my parent's best friends. They are both in the early to mid 90's.  As we visited I was amazed at how well they were doing they seemed the fountain of youth.  The question also popped into my head how much longer will I have them.  My parents are both gone, spending time with their longtime friends makes me feel just a little bit closer to them.

It seems our lives that were once filled with weddings and baby showers are more often filled with funeral's of elderly family and friends.  I am grateful to have this stamp set for all the occasions New Baby, Wedding, Sympathy, Thank You or even to send "Just a Note".  

Flourishing Phrases and Flourish Thinklits Dies by Stampin Up www.stampstodiefor.com

You will find this is one of those stamp sets you reach for every time you stamp!

Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating Paisleys Framelits Comfort & Healing to You, www.stampstodiefor.com

  • The card base is Mint Macaron Cardstock
  • The designer paper is from the Petals & Posies Specialty Paper in the Holiday Catalog the herringbone piece is ( 2 1/2" x 5 1/4") the filigree piece is (1 1/2" x 5 1/4")
  • The Very Vanilla (2 1/4" x 2 1/4") is matted on Cajun Craze (2 1/2" x 2 1/2").
  • The ribbon is from the 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack which contains 3 spools of ribbon, 1 Delightful Dijon, 1 Rich Razzleberry and the Mint Macaron I used for the card. 

Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating Paisleys Framelits Comfort & Healing to You, www.stampstodiefor.com close up

The gold filigree is cut out of Gold Foil Paper using the Big Shot and the Paisley Framelits Dies.  I trimmed it off with the 1/8" Gold Ribbon.  Everything I used for today's card is from the current Stampin' Up! products. 

While I enjoy fall it always is a little sad for me as I know old man winter is just around the corner.  Spring is my favorite season, what is yours?

 

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Sunday Sketches SS003 - Jar of Haunts Stamp Set

Welcome to Sunday Sketches by Stamps to die For.

Each Sunday I post a card sketch along with a card I created using the sketch.  Sketches often help get my creativity fired up.

Stamps to Die for Sunday Sketches SS003 www.stampstodiefor-horz

Sketches are open to interpretation.  You can create a card exactly using the sketch layout, using a square where there is a square, or you can change it to a be a circle, or oval or flower etc. You can also turn the sketch so if it is a vertical sketch you might want to turn it to be horizontal. 

Stamps to Die for Sunday Sketches SS003 www.stampstodiefor.com

Let your imagination run wild! 

I would love if you use the sketch to stamp a card that you would share it on Facebook Page, just take a quick photo with your smart phone (doesn't have to be fancy) and upload it to my page https://www.facebook.com/stampstodiefor/.

If you don’t already “Like” my Facebook Page please visit it and click the “Like” button.

Stampin Up Jar of Haunts Stamp Set, Holiday Catalog, Halloween Card 2 www.stampstodiefor.com

Don't you just love the little jar jack-o-lanterns!  I absolutely love the Jar of Love Stamp set (Annual Catalog) and now the Jar of Haunt set (Holiday Catalog) that coordinate with the Everyday Jars Framelits.  The brick paper is from the Halloween Night Specialty Paper collection and the card base is Perfect Plum Cardstock.

Stampin Up Jar of Haunts Stamp Set, Holiday Catalog, Halloween Card Sunday Sketches SS003  www.stampstodiefor.com

The the enamel dots at the top of the tag are from the Halloween Night Enamel Dots, they come in the Stampin' Up! colors of Perfect Plum, Old Olive & Pumpkin Pie.  

The jars are tied up with the Halloween Night Baker's Twine which comes with two spools one is Basic Black & Basic Gray and the other one is Basic Black & Pumpkin Pie.

I sponged around the pumpkins just a bit with Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink to give them more dimension.

Matt & Linda Heller www.stampstodiefor.com

Last fall we took a trip out to North Carolina to visit Linda & Matt Heller.  We meet over 10 years ago on a Stampin' Up! incentive trip and have enjoyed many more together.  While stamping brought us together our friendship goes way beyond stamping. The Carolina's were beautiful in the fall and we hope to visit again sometime. 

When planning the trip we really didn't thing about our timing - Every October before Halloween we have a annual pumpkin carving day with our Son and Daughter' families.  Our kids had one request and that was that we get back in time to carve pumpkins.  

600 Pumpkin Carving Day 2015 www.stampstodiefor.com

We made no promises but cut our trip short a few day's and arrived home in time for our Annual Pumpkin Carving Day. 

Paul and Isaac

 

Paul our son was taking the picture so here is one of him with is son carving their pumpkin.  I think the "big" kids enjoy it more than the little kids. 

Traditions are such an important part of life and I am sure glad we started this one so many years ago.  What are some fall traditions you have with your family or friends?

 

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Border Buddy Saturday - Merry Mice Ho Ho Ho


Merry Mice Ho Ho Ho
It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here today with the adorable Merry Mice Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalogue.

How cute are these little guys marching across my card?

When I saw the stamp set in the Holiday Catalogue I feel in love with the images and since I love to colour this was a must-have set for me.  Patsy loved it too so we decided to feature the stamp set in our monthly Border Buddy PDF free card program.  When you purchase online from us during October you will receive a PDF with instructions for four cards using this adorable set plus four cards using the Paisleys and Posies stamp set.

Alison's Free Card Program (Canadian customers)

Patsy's Free Card Program (US customers)

Merry Mice HO HO HO 2 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

I cut out the "H" using the Large Letters Framelits dies and highlighted the first mouse with the Layering Circles Framelits to create the first HO.  The rest of the Ho Ho Ho is created by inking up two of the words from the Oh, What Fun stamp set using a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker.

I wrapped some of the Gold Metallic Thread around the "H".

Merry Mice HO HO HO 3 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

I watercoloured the mice using my Aqua Painter and a variety of inks.  I finished off the ornament and the present with the Wink of Stella Gold Glimmer Brush. 

Merry Mice HO HO HO 5 www.stampcrazywithalison.ca

I created the ribbon edge by cutting the new Real Red 3/4" Stitched Edge Ribbon and then I just glued it to the back of the stamped piece.  Use Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the piece because of the bulk of the piece.  The Designer Series paper is from the Annual Catalogue offering of This Christmas Specialty DSP.

Here are the products I used to created this week's card (click on the picture and you will be directed to our online store)

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Just in CASE Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper and Floral Affection Embossing Folder

Its Thursday's Just in CASE Series.

CASEing COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING is when you pick out a card and either copy it exactly or change up the stamp set or colors or maybe even both,  but if you go too far you are then creating your very own card and just are inspired by the card or project you started to CASE. 

The More you CASE the more you learn to be creative so there is nothing wrong with CASEing!

Today's card is almost an exact CASE

Just in CASE Affectionateley Yours Designer Paper & Floral Effection Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!  www.stampstodiefor-horz
Stampin' Up!'s on the Left and My CASE on the right

 

The card I cased today is from page 44 in the Stampin' Up! 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  Sometimes when the Holiday Catalog comes out people forget how many great things there are in the annual catalog.  I haven't even begun to touch the surface of the stamp sets I have gotten.

Not only do we get a great discount on stamps as a demonstrator but we can even earn a ton FREE!

So throughout the month I will be sprinkle some samples from the Annual Catalog along with my Holiday Catalog samples.

Just in CASE Affectionateley Yours Designer Paper & Floral Effection Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!  my CASE 6 www.stampstodiefor.com

You can see the really neat foil in some of the flowers in this Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper. 

Floral Affection Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com 1

When you purchase the Floral Affection Embossing Folders there are two really neat folder included.

Floral Affection Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up! www.stampstodiefor.com

Here is another sample using one of the folders to embellish a gift bag.

Just in CASE Affectionateley Yours Designer Paper & Floral Effection Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!  my CASE 2 www.stampstodiefor.com

Want to make this card download....

Download Free Tutorial Just in CASE Affectionately Yours

Be sure to hop on over to Alison's blog (my Canadian Border Buddy) and see what cards she CASE'd today!

 

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Color Your World International Blog Hop
Paisleys & Posies Stamp Set

Today's is your day for a trip around the world!  It is the 3rd Tuesday which means it is Color Your World International Blog Hop.  Featuring amazing Top Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world sharing their hand stamped project using Stampin' Up! paper crafting products.

Today's Color Palette is...

Color Your World International Blog Hop September 2016

The color palette is our starting point and we are not required to use all of the colors, however I like to challenge myself and work them all in.  Sometimes it is not easy to get the right balance of color.  Today's palette is Stampin' Up! colors Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler.

Color Your World International Blog Hop Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating Thinlits 2 www.stampstodiefor.com

I used the New Paisleys & Posies Stamp Set from the 2016 Holiday Catalog.  Growing up in the 60's paisley's were a popular fashion statement.  So working with this set brought back some fond memories. 

Color Your World International Blog Hop Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating Thinlits www.stampstodiefor.com

I trimmed the flap of an envelope with the coordinating Petals & Paisley's Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Color Your World International Blog Hop Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating Thinlits 5 www.stampstodiefor.com

The Dapper Denim filigree was cut out using the coordinating Paisley Framelits Dies.  You can save 10% when you purchase the stamp set and dies bundle. 

I hope you are enjoying the Color Your World Blog Hop - be sure and hop from blog to blog to see what my demonstrator friends from around the world have created.

                

If you get lost you can just click on the links below.

Alison Solven - Canada
Alisa Tilsner - Australia
Patsy Waggoner  -USA  You are here at my blog now!
Sophie Prestrelle - France
Sharlene Meyer- New Zealand
Sam Hammond - UK
Barbara Meyer - Austria 

For blogs in another language it is easy to click translation usually found in the sidebar of the blog to switch to English

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Stamps to Die for Sunday Sketches Series - SS002

Welcome to Sunday Sketches by Stamps to die For.

Each Sunday I post a card sketch along with a card I created using the sketch.  Sketches often help get my creativity fired up.

Sketches are open to interpretation.  You can create a card exactly using the sketch layout, using a square where there is a square, or you can change it to a be a circle, or oval or flower etc. You can also turn the sketch so if it is a vertical sketch you might want to turn it to be horizontal. 

Let your imagination run wild! 

I would love if you use the sketch to stamp a card that you would share it on Facebook Page, just take a quick photo with your smart phone (doesn't have to be fancy) and upload it to my page https://www.facebook.com/stampstodiefor/.

If you don’t already “Like” my Facebook Page please visit it and click the “Like” button. 

Stamps to Die For Sunday Sketch SS002  www.stampstodiefor.com

While this sketch  has a square for it's focal point you could substitute it with a circle or oval what every shape you might like.  The little banner could be replaced with a ribbon or another shape of your choice.  Let your imagination run away with you. 

Stampin Up Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp Set & Punch, Christmas Card,  www.stampstodiefor.com

The cute little bear is from the Stampin' Up! Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set and punched out using the coordinating Cookie Cutter Builder Punch.   The cute little saying "Have Yourself a Beary Merry Christmas" reminds me of when our daughter Danielle was in the 2nd grade and on her spelling paper she put "berry" for "very" with a smile beside it.  There was a commercial jingle that used berry in place of very.  I don't remember that her teacher thought it was as cute as I did.  

Candy cane designer series paper by stampin up

The designer paper I used is from the  Stampin' Up! Candy Cane Designer Series collection.  It just makes you think about Christmas and if the fall goes as fast as the summer it is just around the corner!  Did your summer go fast too? 

Candy Cane Christmas Designer Series Paper www.stampstodiefor.com

For this card the Stampin' Up! concept artist cut out the designs from the Candy Cane Designer Paper.  How fun is that. 

Stampin Up Cookie Cutter Christams stamp set & Candy Cane Designer Paper, Christmas Card www.stampstodiefor.com

You could easily change the colors and patterned paper to create a Welcome Baby Card, the possibilities are endless.

Thanks again so much for following my blog and remember I love to hear from you - so if there is something special you would like to see let me know and if I can I will be happy to share it with you.

 

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Border Buddy Saturday - Jar of Haunts Stamp Set

Stampin Up Jar of Haunts Stamp Set, Holiday Catalog, Halloween Card Border Buddies Saturday www.stampstodiefor.com

It's Border Buddy Saturday,

Patsy here and today I am going to share with you the Stampin' Up! Jar of Haunts Photopolymer Stamp Set and Everyday Jar Framelits.

For the cardbase I used Whisper White Thick Cardstock if you haven't given this cardstock a try you should.  It creates such a nice and sturdy base for your card, while having the same smooth surface of regular Whisper White. 

The patterned paper is from the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Series Paper found in the Holiday Catalog.  You can't tell from the photo but the spider web is a shinny silver.

  Stampin Up Jar of Haunts Stamp Set, Holiday Catalog, Halloween Card 2 www.stampstodiefor.com eyes

I stamped the image with Tuxedo Black Memento Pad on Shimmery White Paper and then water colored with Old Olive Classic Ink and an Aqua Painter.  The eyeballs in this stamp set reminded me of an event I did in 2011 for my 500 Club Members.  

Stamps to Die For 500 Club

It was a Halloween theme and everyone came in costume.   Our granddaughter Kitana on the left, then Betty Bengtson, Cindy Domek & me.  Betty and Cindy were awarded the Top Hostess award for top sales at their workshops. 

Stamps to die for halloween fun treats

Our daughter is so creative and one of her favorite places to create is in the kitchen.  So she would often do the fun food for my events and this one was a real hit!  See the plate of Eyeballs, don't they remind you of the eyeballs in the jar?  The brain is a watermelon.

Stamps To Die For Halloween Treats

Mummy Hot Dogs, White Chocolate Covered Ghost Strawberries, and mouth full of teeth made with apples and slivered almonds and the sugar cookie witch fingers with almond nails.

In the United States did you know...

Halloween falls into the top 6 for sending holiday cards?

Here's how all of your favorite holidays stack up when it comes to sending greeting cards, according to the Greeting Card Association:

  1. Christmas
  2. Valentines
  3. Mother's Day
  4. Father's Day
  5. Easter
  6. Halloween

Over 17 Million cards are purchased in the US for Halloween and it is the 3rd most popular party day with only New Years and Super Bowl Sunday topping it. 

For my Canadian friends...

According to Carlton Cards here are the top 5 holiday for sending cards.

  1. Christmas
  2. Valentines
  3. Mother's Day
  4. Father's Day
  5. Easter

I couldn't find any stats beyond the top 5.  More than 600 million cards are exchanged each year in Canada which means on average each person exchanges about 17+ greeting cards each year.

The important things is...

Do you enjoy getting a card?

Do you send cards to people you care about to make a difference in their life?

I challenge you to sit down this week and make a list of 3 people you want to send a card.  Then get out your stamps and stamp up a card and get it in the mail. 

Make someone's day!

 

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This month Alison and I are featuring the Jar of Haunts and Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp sets in our Border Buddy Free Card PDF offer.  Each month our online customers received a PDF with instructions for 8 cards with any size online order (big or small). 

Plus there are some other amazing benefits we both offer... 

Alison's Free Card Program (Canadian customers)

Patsy's Free Card Program (US customers)

 

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Just in CASE - Flourishing Phrases pg 49

Its Thursday's Just in CASE Series.

CASEing COPY AND SHARE EVERYTHING is when you pick out a card and either copy it exactly or change up the stamp set or colors or maybe even both,  but if you go too far you are then creating your very own card and just are inspired by the card or project you started to CASE. 

The More you CASE the more you learn to be creative so there is nothing wrong with CASEing!

Today's card is an exact CASE

Just in Case Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases Bundle Stamp Set & Flourish Thinlits page 49 www.stampstodiefor.com 640
Left: Catalog Card Right: My CASE

This is one of those cards that is so much more amazing in person.  The ruffled ribbon really adds some great texture and dimension to the card.  

Just in Case Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases Bundle Stamp Set & Flourish Thinlits page 49 www.stampstodiefor.com 2

Stamping the tone on tone Night of Navy behind the cutout really adds to the card. The cut out filigree was created using Soft Sky Cardstock and cutting it out with the Big Shot and the Flourish Thinlits Dies.  

While it says in the catalog that the precision plate is required for this thinlit set, I have found my Big Shot with the magnetic platform and plain plates works just fine. I just ordered the precision plate and will let you know if I feel it is worth the investment once I start using it. 

Just in Case Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases Bundle Stamp Set & Flourish Thinlits page 49 www.stampstodiefor.com 4

I embossed the tag with gold embossing powder which I don't do often and when I do I wonder why I don't it adds so much to a card. I am a little lazy though as I would have to get it out and then powder gets everywhere, can you relate?

For the button I ran the linen thread through to the back and tied with the tales hanging from the back - kind of a nice change.

Want to CASE this card Download Free Tutorial Just in CASE Flourishing Phrases

Be sure and hop over to my Border Buddy Alison Solven's blog   and check out the card she cased today.

 

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Excited to celebrate a Half Million Dollars in Stamps!

500k

Yes, We've reached a half million!  Everyone who has ever placed an order through me has been a part of my amazing success! Without each of you I couldn't do what I love. 

Color Your World International Blog Hop Stampin Up Paisleys & Posies stamp set and coordinating Thinlits 5 www.stampstodiefor.com
Check back next Tuesday to find out more about this card!

This card says it all - Thankful - Grateful - Blessed.  Never did I ever think that when I started this venture I would sell over a half million dollars in stamps.  I just wanted to buy stamps for myself at a discount and maybe share it with a few friends.  Now I have friends all across the country!

Stampin' Up! has given us the opportunity to travel all over the world (all expenses paid for two).  Check out my Pinerest Board Stampin' Up! Incentive Trips with all the interesting places Stampin' Up! has taken us! 

At one time it helped when our son went of to college, a few years ago was able to get the card that I love, and most recently it has helped with being able to do the fun extra's in Tom's retirement.

What could Stampin' Up! do for you?  

The lucky customer who won the $50 shopping spree was Bonnie D.  Congratulations Bonnie I hope you enjoy picking out your free product.

 

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