Big On Birthdays

March is “Big on Birthdays” for my family, friends, and me!  (Read on to find out about my special “goodie bag” this month.) This stamp set will come in handy as I make quick & easy cards to send.  I love the big fonts in this stamp set and like that I can use my watercolor pencils, blender pen, aqua painter, or markers to add color to the flowers. Which one do you think I used on this card?

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I have been using my watercolor pencils a lot lately so I decided to give them a break and use ink and my blender pen for this card.  I wanted a soft tone so I went with Sahara Sand, Blushing Bride, and Pear Pizzazz. I stamped the sentiment and flowers from Big on Birthdays Stamp Set with Sahara Sand ink on a piece of 4 x 5 1/4 Very Vanilla. This is a photopolymer stamp set which makes it easy see where you are placing it on your card.

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It’s so easy to watercolor with ink and a blender pen.  Simply squeeze your ink pad while it is shut to get some ink on the lid to work with or just put a few drops from the ink refill in the lid.  (You don’t want to pick up ink directly from your pad.) Here’s a photo of what my ink pads look like when open. 

After coloring the flowers I added  some Pearl Basic Jewels. I adhered my stamped layer on a Very Vanilla card base using Foam Adhesive Strips.  These strips are intended to use for shaker cards but I like the extra thickness and depth you get by wrapping along all four sides.  Here’s a close up.

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I always love to make the envelopes coordinate. This one is just sweet and simple.

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I made this card for my friend, Erin.  We have a “Birthday Club” (aka Girls Night Out) and each month we pick a different restaurant to go to dinner and celebrate the Birthday Girl. Here’s a photo from our celebration for Erin (wearing the hat).

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This month I will get to choose the restaurant for my birthday. I usually choose a place that has delicious Maryland crab cakes! I think it will be fun to celebrate with you too this month! So, I am putting together some “party favors” to share with you. Everyone who shops with me this month will automatically receive a goodie bag. My party favor goodie bags will include assorted retired products (Designer Series Paper and embellishments as well as some surprises). I will also have some blog candy prizes this month so be sure to check back.

Remember, when you shop during the Sale-A-Bration promotion and your order totals $50 (before shipping/tax), you can choose a FREE  Sale-A-Bration product!  This is the final month for Sale-A-Bration.  Shop Here

March Hostess Code:  MDETS7YZ

Use the Hostess code when placing your online order to receive your gift from me.

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-A-Bration 2017 is going on now through March 31!!

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Shop!

For every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free.  As an added bonus, Stampin’ Up! added three new Sale-a-bration products on February 21!

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You can earn Host Rewards with sales of $150. Place an order of $250 or greater or host a party with at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards/Host Cash!!  You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward a Starter Kit and become a demonstrator yourself!

Join!

It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free! Send me an email at j.stark@myactv.net if you have any questions or want to plan a time to chat. Click HERE and HERE for more information or click below to Join the Fun!

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W is for Watercolor Pencils

Welcome to my alphabet series showcasing some of the new products in the 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.Today I am showcasing the Watercolor Pencils. This is my favorite new item in the Occasions catalog!  I was so excited when I saw them featured on page 24 and couldn’t wait to get my hands on these! I shared previously a couple of projects I made using these.  You can see those projects HERE or HERE .  For this sweet Valentine card I used the watercolor pencils with the blender pen to color a heart cut from a piece of Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  You can get this paper for Free with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration (Jan. 4 – March 31).

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My card base is 4 1/4 x 8 1/4 scored at 5 1/2.  The Designer Series Paper is from the Sending Love Paper Stack in the Occasions catalog. It is cut at 4 x 2 1/2.  I cut another piece at 2 1/4 x 6 to line the back of the envelope.

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The inside panel is a piece of 4 x 5 1/4 red cardstock.  I used the heart framelits (retired) to cut the 4 different sized hearts but you could do the same thing with the Sweet & Sassy Framelits (I wish I had those!!!). I used the Sealed with Love Stamp Set to stamp the sentiments in real red ink. I popped the watercolored layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals and tucked the smaller heart behind. I added some Pearl Basic Jewels to the flowers and a white organza bow on top of the heart. This Valentine is ready to send!

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In case you missed the video showcasing all the wonderful ways you can use these watercolor pencils you can watch it here.

These watercolor pencils have been so popular that they are currently out of stock! Oh no! Stampin’ Up! is expecting to get a large shipment in mid February. I love the way these pencils are Stampin’ Up! colors so they coordinate with our other products!

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Have a wonderful day!

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

 

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You can purchase the products used the make today’s project in my online store. Earn a FREE gift for every $50 you spend January 4 – March 31. Use the February hostess code K3VM6YBW when you check out and I will send you a card kit as my thanks for shopping with me! Click HERE to shop.

3-Month Prepaid Paper Pumpkin On Sale During Sale-a-bration!!

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I is for Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper

 

Welcome to my alphabet series showcasing some of the new products in the 2017 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs. Today I am showcasing Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  You can earn this paper pack for FREE with a $50 purchase from my online store.

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I made a set of note cards using each of the designs.  How quick & easy is this?!

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Simply cut the DSP the same size as your card and adhere to the front.  At this point you can choose to color with your favorite coloring tool (watercolor pencils, markers, sponge brayer, blender pens, or aqua painter) or keep it plain and simple. (I do love black & white!) You can even add a die cut or sentiment.  The new Dragonfly Dreams Detailed Dies coordinate with this DSP. I am giving this set as a gift so I opted to include some dies and sentiments and let the recipient decide.

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I decorated stamp cases to hold my cards. The standard stamp case will hold up to 10 note cards & envelopes and the wide stamp case will hold 10 – 20.  You could even include a set of the new Stampin’ Up Watercolor Pencils in the case. (I love these!!)  I have given these decorated stamp cases as gifts before.  (Click HERE to see.) They say, “Give what you would love to receive.”

Check out this short video showing the different coloring techniques you can use with Inside the Lines Specialty Designer Series Paper!

I love all the different ways you can color this paper!

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I cut a piece of 7 1/4 x 11 1/4 Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper and used the watercolor pencils and a blender pen to color.  I love to color! (Hmmm, this could explain why I am a preschool teacher.) When complete just slide into the sleeve on the stamp case.

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I had so much fun making these! I also made this card and matching envelope to give to a coworker.

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I thought a set of cards to color would be a perfect gift while she recovers from surgery. I’m sure she’ll appreciate some note cards to send thank you notes to everyone who brought meals, etc.  For the standard size case I cut a 5 1/2 x 7 1/4 piece of DSP and this time I left it plain. The DSP covers the front and the spine but not the back of the case.  I figured with the cards in the case the back looked fine. She can always take out the insert and color that too if she wants! After she uses the cards she can use the case to store the watercolor pencils or markers and this way she can easily see what’s inside with a quick glance at the back.

Which gift set would you prefer…colored or plain?

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Here’s my special with purchase for today…purchase $50 or more from my online store and I will send you 4 note cards & envelopes plus 4 panels of Inside the Lines Specialty DSP and some pre-cut dies and sentiments so you can make all 4 cards shown today! Have fun coloring them for yourself or give them as a gift! Remember every $50 ordered qualifies for a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift. Be sure to enter the Hostess Code EPGDT3KF when you check out. Click HERE to shop.

Just Stampin’

Jeanie

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