Friday, August 18, 2017

Stampers by the Dozen Blog Hop August 2017

Welcome to the Stampers Dozen Blog Hop. We are a wonderful group of 12 creative Stampin' Up! demonstrators, from all over the world, sharing our creations to help inspire you. This is our first blog hop and to start things off we thought we would share just some of the amazing products that will be available in the 2017 Holiday Catalog, which will launch September 1st. Please take the time to visit each of the blogs by clicking the next button and we would love it if you would leave us a comment to let us know what you liked about the projects we share.

With so many amazing products to choose from, it was tough to decide what I would showcase for this blog hop. Finally I decided to that with Fall just a few weeks away, I would share with you a stunning new stamp set, Painted Harvest, that combines the look of watercolors with the ease of two-step stamping. I had fun playing with various color combinations for the sunflowers and leaves before settling on my final combination. For the petals, I chose Daffodil Delight and Peekaboo Peach for a soft watercolor wash look. For the center I went with Soft Suede to give depth and dimension. Finally for the leaves I chose Pear Pizzazz to help the sunflowers come alive.
I decided to emboss the sentiments on both the card and bookmark with Copper Embossing Powder. To add a little texture, I used the 5/8" Burlap Ribbon on both the card and the bookmark and I tied a bow on the bookmark with the 3/8" Old Olive Mini Chevron Ribbon. To frame the sentiment on the card, I used the new Everyday Label Punch and punched twice out of Early Espresso cardstock. I cut one in half horizontally and the other in half vertically and pieced them together behind the sentiment.

The Painted Harvest stamp set has a coordinating punch (Leaf Punch not shown) and can be purchased as a bundle with a savings of 10%. This stamp set is so versatile and the color combinations are endless. I predict that this will be one of the hot bundles of the Holiday Catalog and I recommend that you add it to your Wish List. I hope my projects help inspire you to with your Fall creations.

Now it is time to visit the talented Lyndsay Carara and see her wonderful project.

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If you get lost along the way, just refer to the list below to find your way.
Blog Hop Roll Call
1.      Rachel Pine
2.      Karie Beglau
3.      Judi Anderson
4.      Susan Simpson
5.      Tricia Butts
6.      Lyndsay LaRae Carara
7.      Courtenay Heuston
8.      Tashana Lundy
9.      Carly Middleton
11.  Vicky Thompson

Thank you for taking the time to view my projects. Have a wonderful weekend.

Until Next Time
Happy Stampin'

Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator 

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Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - Anniversary

Welcome to the Global Stamping Friends Anniversary Blog Hop. We have 21 amazing stampers from around the world, sharing their blogs for you to visit and inspire you. This is my first time hopping with Global Stamping Friends and I am so excited to be a part of this fantastic group of stampers.

Because we are celebrating Global Stamping Friends 1st Anniversary, I thought that I would share 3 different cards that would work well as masculine anniversary cards. If you are like me, you struggle to come up designs that are suitable for the men in your life, so I hope these cards help inspire you. For inspiration I visited my faithful friend Pinterest and was amazed at the variety of cards that I found.

My first card features the stamp set, High Tide, and I love this card because you can create it using just this stamp set. This set has a wonderful combination of images and sentiments to help you create cards for a wide variety of occasions. The sentiment I chose reminded me of the vows my husband and I took 25 years ago when we got married and I thought it was perfect for an anniversary card. I embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder to make it stand out more.  My husband grew up on the East Coast so I thought the beach scene with the lighthouse was perfect for him. I created the feel of a sunset by lightly sponging the background with Peekaboo Peach and the light beams were created by stamping the image in Soft Sky Classic ink. I added a touch of sparkle to the light beams and the water with Wink of Stella. The lighthouse is stamped on an oval die cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies and popped up with dimensionals. This card was inspired by a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Stampin with Liz Design.

My second card has an edgy feel to it that works perfectly with the One Wild Ride stamp set and once again, I was able to create this card using just one stamp set. I love the grunge and texture of the background which I created by stamping the background image using Smoky Slate Classic ink on a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock. I then embossed it with the Oh My Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder to add a little more texture. I love the color combination of Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate and Basic Black for this card. I used Basic Black Archival Stampin' ink to stamp the motorcycle, tire tracks and the accent for the sentiment. As you can see, it stamps beautifully on both Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie cardstock. The sentiment was stamped with Pumpkin Pie Classic ink and punched out with the Best Badge punch and then I trimmed it close to the edge of the stamped image. I then added a Basic Black Matte also punched with the Best Badge punch.  The sentiment, "Life's a Journey, Enjoy the Ride", works well for a masculine anniversary card. This card  was inspired by a design created by fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator Jennifer Michalski.

My final card features a new stamp set, This Little Piggy, in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog and it's a big favorite of mine. While browsing through Pinterest, I found a lot of card designs that feature the different pig images stacked on top of each other and that really appealed to the whimsy in me. I stamped two of the pigs onto Pink Pirouette cardstock and cut them out with my Paper Snips. I then stamped the Hogs & Kisses Pig image onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, making sure to mask the sentiment, to help with placement. I sponged one of the pigs with a little Crumb Cake Classic ink to give him the appearance that he was a bit muddy. The other little pig I highlighted with Pink Pirouette Classic in using a Blender Pen and then added a little sparkle with Wink of Stella. I attached the two pigs to the Whisper White cardstock with Stampin' Dimensionals. The balloons were created by using the Balloon Bouquet Punch to punch out balloons in Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight and Peekaboo Peach cardstock. I sponged each one with the corresponding ink and then highlighted with Wink of Stella. I used a little Bakers Twine to create the balloon strings. The sentiment is one of my favorites from the stamp set, Layering Love, and I thought it was perfect for an anniversary card. I heat embossed the sentiment with Gold Embossing Powder. Assembly of this card is quick and easy and the Pear Pizzazz card base works great with the fun, bright colors. 

I hope these card designs have helped inspire you when it comes to masculine cards and will help you think out of the box when it comes to creating cards for the men in your life. Now it is time for you to visit the next blog on our hop, the very talented  Anita Wifladt and see her wonderful creations. 

Anita Wifladt
Here is a list of blogs participating in today's blog hop, just in case you get lost along the way. I hope you enjoy the journey.

Roll Call - Special Anniversary Bloghop

I hope you will join me tomorrow for another fun blog hop with Stampers by the Dozen, as we share Sneak Peeks from the New 2017 Holiday Catalog.

Until Next Time
Happy Stampin'
Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Retirement List 2017 is Here!

The Retirement List is now live and there are so many fabulous products being discontinued to make way for the new catalog.

Here is the Nitty Gritty Details from Stampin' Up!:

Main Information:
  • Promotion dates: April 10–May 31, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM (MT).
  • No minimum purchase required.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types: demonstrator, workshop, customer, and online.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
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.
  • Depending on inventory levels, we may add additional discounts to select products in May.
    • These discounts will not be preannounced.
    • If you or a customer buys a product at retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you or your customer wants, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you/your customer risk it being sold out.
  • Discounts will be applied to select retiring items only.
  • Please start your orders for retiring products after the promotion starts. Orders that are started before the promotion begins will not include the discounted prices.
So there you have it. I highly recommend that you place your order Online through my Online Store to make sure that you get the products you want before they sell out, especially if they are discounted. Once the product is sold out, they will not return. Please use the Host Code: UB7HADNQ by clicking on the Shopping Bag link and entering the code in the Host Code box at the bottom of the page before checking out.  If you order totals more than $150 (before S&H and Taxes) do not use this Host Code so that you can claim the Host Benefits you earn.

Everyone who uses this Host Code will receive a copy of the New 2017-2018 Annual Catalog in the mail in May once I have received the new catalogs.  (Also anyone who earns Host Benefits during April will also receive a Free copy of the New 2017-2018 Annual Catalog)

To place your order through my Online Store, please click HERE and click the image to begin shopping. If you have any questions or need help with your order, please contact me HERE by phone or email.

Here is the Retirement List PDF File for you to download. Click HERE

OK, so what are you waiting for? No time to waste! Happy Shopping 😊

Until Next Time
Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts

New Beginnings!

Hello Everyone,

It's been a long time since I last posted on this blog and so much has changed over the past 3 years. The good news is that I am still an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and I still love to create with Stampin' Up!'s amazing products. Over the past couple of years my love of paper crafting has been my Creative Therapy and has helped me through the challenges of life.

While my blog has been languishing in cyberspace, I have been sharing ideas and projects on my Facebook page. Now it is time to give my blog some love and I am in the process of updating and changing things around, so excuse the work in progress.

Stampin' Up! is getting ready to launch it's brand new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog on June 1st so that means that the Retirement List for the current 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and 2017 Occasions Catalog is ready to be released today at 1pm Mountain time. Yes, I did say TODAY! As soon as it becomes available, I will be posting a link here on my blog for you to have access.

I am so excited to get back into the world of blogging and sharing fun new ideas with you all. I hope you will join me on my creative journey.

Have an amazing day!

Until Next Time
Happy Stampin'
Tricia Butts
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