Let Life Be a Happy Thing

A Happy Thing, Z Fold Card, Irresistably Yours

A Happy Thing is a Sale-A-Bration stamp set that has really intimidated me. I am more into flowers than fruit! But one of the really cool parts of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is having access to some really great training videos and webinars. I just participated in one about the Blendabilities pens and decided to see if I could put some of the excellent tips to use.

Can you count how many parts of this card were blendied? No? Ok, let’s list them:

  • Irresistibly Yours DSP
  • Whisper White Cotton Ribbon
  • Pearl Basic Jewels
  • Oh, and the lemon stamp!

The Blendies are so versatile and are even acid-free so you can use them in your scrapbooks guilt-free!  What a great way to make your own DSP by coloring Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP with your choice of 45 colors! (Yes, 45! Each of the 15 available colors comes in 3 shades: light, medium and dark). Of course, the DSP can be colored in many different ways but I certainly like how it turned out with the Blendies. You can also blendie ribbon like I did here with the cotton ribbon. It looks stunning with the Organza Ribbon as well. Looking for some colored bling? Well, you will not be disappointed when you blendie on pearls, rhinestones, even the jeweled embellishments.

This card started by inking up a clear mount block in Daffodil Delight. Then I stamped over that with the lemon stamp in Memento Black and colored the image with Daffodil Delight blendies. What I especially like is how the Daffodil Delight added an additional layer of color on the lemon leaves.

This card has a little surprise when you open it! It’s a Z Fold card! I left it blank inside for choosing the “just right” A Happy Thing, Z Fold Card, Irresistably Yours, Insidesentiment when I use it. I just couldn’t figure out what felt right with it, and there is nothing wrong with keeping it blank either.

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

  • Stamp Sets: A Happy Thing
  • Paper: Irresistibly Yours DSP, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi
  • Ink: Wild Wasabi
  • SU Tools: Square Collections Framelits, Hexagon Punch
  • Finishing Touch: Whisper White 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon, Pearl  Basic Jewels, Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight Wild Wasabi

What do you want to blendie on your next card?? I would love to know! Won’t you take a moment and leave me a comment? I love hearing from you! If you love making cards, gifts and home decor like I do, you really should think about joining Stampin’ Up! where you have access to many opportunities to learn and be part of a wonderful team, the Stampin’ Pretty Pals under Mary Fish. If you are interested and want to learn more, please email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,

Happy Stampin’!

Debbie

 

 

Still Time to Play with Retro Rubber and Another GREAT Announcement

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Hey, friends! Just wanted to make sure you know that there is still one more week to play with Retro Rubber’s FUN eyelet challenge! We have some great – and new – inspiration for you over at Retro Rubber so give them a look then play along! Don’t know how? Let me know in a comment and I will help you get started.

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Now, let’s get onto the super-exciting news that Stampin’ Up! has just announced! This is the first year ever that they have added Sale-A-Bration items at the end of the sale, which ends March 31st. We got a sneak peek yesterday and I am so excited to place my order on March 1st to get these four new items! How do you get them? For every $50 you spend, you can pick one. Get your order up to $250 and you will not only be able to pick from the first and new group of SAB products BUT you will also get $65 in FREE Stampin’ Up product from any catalog or even the Clearance Rack!

Sounds good, doesn’t it?! Please contact me today and let’s get you going! Click on my SALE button and place your order to qualify for Secret Stamper Rewards (details above).

I am here to help you so please contact me if you have any questions. Until next time,

Happy Stampin’!

Debbie

Wondrous Wreath in Spring for the Paper Players

The Paper Players has a really wonderful challenge for you this week, hosted by Sandy, who came up with a great sketch!pp233

This sketch is so versatile and I am definitely wanting Spring this week! We have had the coldest days ever recorded so the idea of playing with cheerful colors and papers was the best therapy for me! Painted Blooms (my latest SU obsession) with its wonderful artistic designs was out once again, this time with Wondrous Wreath and the Flower Frenzy Bigs die. The first time I played with the Wondrous Wreath stamp set, I knew that it would be great all year round. I decided to do something totally different with it by using it with Soft Sky and Pacific Point. What do you think? Crazy about You has practically every sentiment you need and is a must-have for your card-making.

Wondrous Wreath, Crazy about You, Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die, Painted Blooms

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

  • Stamp Sets: Wondrous Wreath, Crazy about You
  • Paper: Painted Blooms, Pacific Point, Garden Green, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
  • Ink: Soft Sky, Pacific Point
  • SU Tools: Deco Label Framelits, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Fancy Fan TIEF
  • Finishing Touch: Candy Dots

The design team made some fantastic projects to inspire you. You can use the links below to see their creations and then we would love to see what you do with the sketch.  Here are the rules:

Challenge Rules

  1. Create a NEW paper, or digital, project.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than three challenges, TOTAL. Entries linked to more than 3 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!
  6. Deadline will be Friday, February 27th at noon (PST)
The Paper Players Design Team

So, I hope you liked my card today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). You can do both of those right here on the right sidebar of my blog.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,

Happy Stampin’!

Debbie

Oh My Goodies and Balloon Bash Meet Celebrate Today

The card here is using Celebrate Today,  Balloon Bash and Oh, My Goodies. My daughter Sarah’s best friend is turning 18! It is so shocking to me that her friends are actually turning 18 this year. I am not sure why I find that so difficult to believe but it probably has a lot to do with my own denial that Sarah will be 18 in June. Sigh… Where did the years go?

Celebrate Today, Oh My Goodies

I am submitting this card to the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge this week. Birthday Bash is such a fun DSP and perfect for any special occasion! I used Balloon Bash, Celebrate Today and Oh My Goodies stamp sets to get all of those wonderful elements of the challenge.

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IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

  • Stamp Sets: Celebrate Today, Balloon Bash, Oh My Goodies
  • Paper: Birthday Bash, Tangelo Twist, Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
  • Ink: Tangelo Twist, Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay
  • SU Tools: Balloon Framelits, Deco Labels Framelits, Decorative Dots TIEF
  • Finishing Touch: Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Pearl Basic Jewels

CURRENT PROMOTIONS

It is Sale-A-Bration Time! What does that mean?

For every $50 you spend – on ANY stamping products (yes, even products on sale) qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!! Plus, your order over $150 will still qualify for Host Dollars!!

To make it even better, if your workshop or personal order is over $250, Stampin’ Up! will give you an EXTRA $25!!!

Contact me to get a workshop scheduled! I would love for you to get the wonderful benefits of your friends’ enthusiasm for this great sale! NOW IS THE TIME to get together with your friends and have some crafting fun! Click on the catalog covers to the right or on my SALE button and see all of the great products! If you would rather have a catalog that you can hold in your hands, contact me and I will send you a catalog FREE. When you place an order and qualify for a Sale-A-Bration item, I will send you another product FREE!

Paper Pumpkin Pre-Paid Subscription SALEPP is a great way to craft and the 3 month pre-paid subscription is only $54.85! That’s $5.10 off the regular price!! Exclusive, quality products with everything you need included in the kit! Give it a try! If you don’t like it, I will buy the kit from you. Details about the subscription are HERE. Ready to sign up for this no risk, fully flexible program?  Join Now!

Weekly Deals: Brand new Sale every week!! Check out the latest group of products on sale HERE!

Click on the Stampin’ Store in the top menu or the SHOP button on the sidebar to see all of Stampin’ Up!’s latest and greatest promotions!

So, I hope you liked my card today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). You can do both of those right here on the right sidebar of my blog.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,

Happy Stampin’!

Debbie

Bravo for Great Grads

Bravo, Great Grads, Word Bubbles, Angled Tag Topper Punch

Bravo is a fantastic stamp set for all sorts of special occasions! Since my daughter is a senior in high school, I want to make sure that I have plenty of cards for her to give to her friends. I want to have different styles so I have to start early! I thought the new Retro Rubber challenge would be a great place to start! It was fun playing with eyelets again and thought it would be interesting to use them to connect the two stamped images. What do you think?

CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  • RRBC08Use older stamps. We suggest stamps older than 1 year.
  • Follow the challenge given for the time period.
  • Post your creation to your blog or online gallery. If you use an online gallery, please use the Keyword RRBC08  Please turn off Word Verification.
  • Link back to the blog using the InLinkz by FEBRARY 27th.
  • Enter as many times as you like.

 

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

  • Stamp Sets: Bravo, Great Grads (retired)
  • Paper: Birthday Bash, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
  • Ink: Bermuda Bay, Memento Black
  • SU Tools: Tag Topper Punch, Word Bubbles
  • Finishing Touch: White Eyelets, Subtles Designer Buttons, Gold 1/8″ Ribbon, Calypso Coral Pompom Trim

CURRENT PROMOTIONS

It is Sale-A-Bration Time! What does that mean? For every $50 you spend – on ANY stamping products (yes, even products on sale) qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!! Plus, your order over $150 will still qualify for Host Dollars!! To make it even better, if your workshop or personal order is over $250, Stampin’ Up! will give you an EXTRA $25!!! Contact me to get a workshop scheduled! I would love for you to get the wonderful benefits of your friends’ enthusiasm for this great sale! NOW IS THE TIME to get together with your friends and have some crafting fun! Click on the catalog covers to the right or on my SALE button and see all of the great products! If you would rather have a catalog that you can hold in your hands, contact me and I will send you a catalog FREE. When you place an order and qualify for a Sale-A-Bration item, I will send you another product FREE!

Paper Pumpkin Pre-Paid Subscription SALEPP is a great way to craft and the 3 month pre-paid subscription is only $54.85! That’s $5.10 off the regular price!! Exclusive, quality products with everything you need included in the kit! Give it a try! If you don’t like it, I will buy the kit from you. Details about the subscription are HERE. Ready to sign up for this no risk, fully flexible program?  Join Now!

Weekly Deals: Brand new Sale every week!! Check out the latest group of products on sale HERE!

Click on the Stampin’ Store in the top menu or the SHOP button on the sidebar to see all of Stampin’ Up!’s latest and greatest promotions!

So, I hope you liked my card today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). You can do both of those right here on the right sidebar of my blog.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,

Happy Stampin’!

Debbie

Choose Happiness goes CAS for the Paper Players

Choose Happiness, Painted Blooms

 

Choose Happiness is a wonderful stamp set! I tried to keep this clean and simple for the challenge. What do you think? I keep wanting to add embellishments to it! I just don’t have the eye for CAS cards at all. Can someone help me??

I have a confession to make. The card that I posted on Friday was originally made for this challenge but as I was about to post it to the Paper Players, the little acronym “CAS” glared at me. YIKES! That card is definitely not a CAS card so at midnight, just hours before I was scheduled to board a flight to San Diego, I made this card! So, I hope you will be gentle in your thoughts towards this card if you don’t like it. I am sure that all of you can relate to last minute card issues!

This card had to be fast and easy because I needed sleep! I grabbed my Painted Blooms DSP, some Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi and Crumb Cake cardstock. The Oval was already cut out and in my stash of paper so that saved me a lot of thinking and time! I stamped the leaves, and used my blender pen to dab Pear Pizzazz ink to them. The bird was inked with Soft Suede onto Crumb Cake then fussy cut and popped up with a dimensional. The banner was stamped in Crumb Cake and cut with the banner framelit along with the stamped image from Wetlands. A little bow just had to go at the top which was so easy to make and glue down to finish the card. DONE! I was literally in bed after taking and editing a photo by 1:00 AM – tired but ready for my trip at long last. I know that you would love to see what the other Paper Player designers did with their challenge then I hope you will really be inspired to find your bird stamps and play along!

Challenge Rules:pp232

  1. Create a NEW paper, or digital, project.
  2. Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us.
  3. Please provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge entry.
  4. Please link your card to no more than three challenges, TOTAL. Entries linked to more than 3 challenges, including ours, will be deleted without notification.
  5. Have fun!

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

  • Stamp Sets: Choose Happiness, Wetlands
  • Paper: Painted Blooms DSP, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
  • Ink: Wild Wasabi, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
  • SU Tools: Oval Collections Framelits, Banner Framelits
  • Finishing Touch: Wild Wasabi Seam Binding Ribbon

CURRENT PROMOTIONS

  1. It is Sale-A-Bration Time! What does that mean?
    1. For every $50 you spend – on ANY stamping products (yes, even products on sale) qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!! Plus, your order over $150 will still qualify for Host Dollars!!
    2. To make it even better, if your workshop or personal order is over $250, Stampin’ Up! will give you an EXTRA $25!!!
    3. Contact me to get a workshop scheduled! I would love for you to get the wonderful benefits of your friends’ enthusiasm for this great sale! NOW IS THE TIME to get together with your friends and have some crafting fun! Click on the catalog covers to the right or on my SALE button and see all of the great products! If you would rather have a catalog that you can hold in your hands, contact me and I will send you a catalog FREE. When you place an order and qualify for a Sale-A-Bration item, I will send you another product FREE!
  2. Secret Stamper Reward ProgramRevealed!! Here are the details:
    • Place an on-line order.
    • For every $50 of product purchased (before shipping and tax), you earn 1 SS Reward.
    • Product totals excludeshipping & handling, sales tax and any amounts paid toward items in the host rewards program (including supplements to Hostess Dollars and 50% off items).
    • You still earn host rewardsfor product orders over $150.
    • YOU are responsible for tracking your orders and SS Rewards.
    • Once you earn 10 SS Rewards, email me at debbie@secretstamper.com with your merchandise totals and the stamp set (must be less than $25. Host stamps are excluded)you would like to order.
    • I’ll confirm your qualifying customer orders and send your free stamp set of $25 or less (please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery after the order is placed).
    • SS Rewards do not expire as long as I can verify your orders through Stampin’ Up! This program begins with orders placed after January 1, 2014.  
    • Terms and conditions are subject to change.
  • Paper Pumpkin Pre-Paid SubscriptionSALEPPis a great way to craft and the 3 month pre-paid subscription is only $54.85! That’s $5.10 off the regular price!! Exclusive, quality products with everything you need included in the kit! Give it a try! If you don’t like it, I will buy the kit from you. Details about the subscription are HERE. Ready to sign up for this no risk, fully flexible program?  Join Now!
  • Weekly Deals: Brand new Sale every week!! Check out the latest group of products on sale HERE!
  • Click on theStampin’ Storein the top menu or the SHOP button on the sidebar to see all of Stampin’ Up!’s latest and greatest promotions!

 

So, I hope you liked my card today! If you did, please take a minute and leave me a comment! I love hearing from you! And while you are at it, please sign up for email notifications (usually no  more than 2-3 per week) and also “like” my Facebook page (I don’t flood your Newsfeed either). You can do both of those right here on the right sidebar of my blog.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@SecretStamper.com any time. Thanks for coming to my blog today! Until next time,

Happy Stampin’!

Debbie