Friday, November 17, 2017

Christmas Gift Packaging ideas Stampers By the Dozen November Blog Hop


Looking for great Christmas Gift Packaging ideas? Then you will love Stampers By the Dozen's November blog hop. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world, sharing our creativity to help inspire you.

My projects were inspired by the wonderful acetate products that Stampin' Up! has to offer. Let's face it, we are all so busy during the holidays, so we can use all the help we can get. I decided to show you how you can decorate the Acetate Card Boxes (item #144628 Set of 10 boxes $6.50) and the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes (item #141699 16 boxes $7.50). Stampin' Up! does the hard work so we can do the fun part.


Starting with the Acetate Card Box, I used the Holly Textured Embossing Folder (item #141634 $7.50), to emboss the front of the box and add a little texture. I love the elegant look it gives to the acetate box. The belly band was created with a piece of 11" x 2 1/2" Garden Green cardstock that I also embossed with the Holly embossing folder. I then layered a 11" x 2" strip from the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper (item #144623) and lightly sponged it with Old Olive Classic ink along with the embossed edges of the Garden Green cardstock layer. The 7/8" Striped Ribbon is one of my favorites from the Holiday Catalog and I loved how it stepped up the look of the belly band. To finish it off I heat embossed the sentiment from the Snowflakes Sentiments stamp set with Silver embossing powder on Whisper White cardstock and die cut it with the Layering Ovals Framelits. I then layered it on a Lemon Lime Twist Scalloped Oval and attached it to the belly band with dimensionals. For a little extra bling, I added 3 Basic Rhinestones to finish it off.





I love the versatility of the acetate boxes and how easy they are to decorate. In addition to being a great way to package a set of cards and envelopes, these boxes also work well for a sweet treat filled with candy or a stationary set. They can be used for gifts for teachers, neighbors and loved ones for the holidays.


The Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are great for small gifts and so much fun to decorate. I chose to use the Reindeer image from the Seasonal Chums stamp set and I used the coordinating Seasonal Tags Framelits to die cut the image with my Big Shot. I colored the Reindeer with my Stampin' Blend Markers using Light and Dark Crumb Cake for the body, Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler for the Bow and Light and Dark Daffodil Delight for the Bell. I just love how cute he turned out. 


I layered the Reindeer image onto a piece of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock using the Starburst Punch and punched out a circle from Garden Green cardstock using the 2 1/4 " Circle Punch. Using the 3/8" Silver Metallic-Edge Ribbon, I created a simple belly band around the box and attached the image to the box with Glue dots to the front. 


On the opposite side I created the same layers and added a Silver embossed sentiment from the Santa's Suit stamp set on Thick Whisper White cardstock and punched it out with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch. I attached it to the box with Glue Dots. 


These cute little treat boxes are great for small gifts like jewelry such as a pair of earrings or a pendant. You can use them to create an Advent Calendar and put a small treat in each one as you count down to Christmas. They are quick and simple to assemble and can be used for a fun family crafting activity. You are only limited by your imagination (or Pinterest).

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog and I hope my ideas have inspired you. Now it's time to visit Lyndsay LaRae Carara's blog and see her amazing projects. Just click the button below or if you get lost, visit the blog hop list at the bottom of this post to continue your journey.





Until Next time.
Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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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  





Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fall in Love with the New Stamparatus


Hello everyone,

It has been a whirl wind kind of week with the excitement of OnStage Live 2017 and the major announcement that had us all excited was the amazing new Stamparatus. So what is the Stamparatus you might ask? It's a new, revolutionary stamp positioning tool that will get you excited about stamping. This is how Stampin' Up! has described it:

It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!
Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
Watch this video from Stampin' Up! to see the Stamparatus in action:


Are you excited yet?
Need product details?
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 USD 
So now you are probably asking "How do I get one?" 
With the launch of this tool, Stampin' Up! is trying something different: testing a new reservation system. It acts like a true preorder: you reserve your spot and Stampin' Up! guarantees shipment as soon as the product arrives in our warehouse. Demonstrators and customers will place reservations and receive their product at the same time. This system will allow us to get the product to market as soon as possible while avoiding backorders and efficiently managing inventory.
The global launch will feature three reservation windows. For each window, please note the following:
  • Reservation quantities are while supplies last.
  • Limit is 1 tool per customer per reservation window. 
  • Customers may participate in multiple reservation windows.
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
Here are the Reservation Windows available: 

Reservation WindowsAvailable to Ship
November 16–30, 2017Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018
Approx. April 15, 2018     


As you can see, tomorrow is November 16th, the first day to reserve your Stamparatus. You can place your reservation starting at 2pm Mountain Time.  To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on through my Online Store here and click Create an Account in the top left corner.

Click here to view the Customer Q&A PDF with more information to answer your questions.
Here is a step by step tutorial to help you with your reservation.


You can also view the Reservation Tutorial by clicking here

Once you have completed your Reservation, please email to let me know that you have successfully reserved your Stamparatus so that I can add you to my list. You will receive a Thank You gift from me and I will update you on any new information as it becomes available. You can email me by clicking here. Please use Stamparatus Reservation as your Subject. 

I am so excited about this new launch and I can't wait to share new ideas and projects with you in the future. While you are waiting, why not visit my Facebook Page here for regular updates and project ideas. 

Until Next time.
Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Colour Combo Blog Hop November 2017




Welcome to the first Color Combo Blog Hop as we feature projects using this month's color combination of Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist and Night of Navy.  This color combination was something very different for me and I had a lot of fun playing with these colors.


I chose the stamp set, Lovely Inside & Out, because I felt like this color combination would be great using an abstract kind of design. This stamp set has a wonderful variety of images that are great for creating a fun background. Add the sentiment and you have a fun card with a funky kind of feel to it, all using 3 ink pads (Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist and Night of Navy) along with two colors of cardstock (Melon Mambo and Whisper White) and a little bit of embellishment with White embossing powder and Basic Rhinestones colored with the Dark Night of Navy Stampin' Blends Marker. I also embossed the Melon Mambo cardstock layer with the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing folder and sponged it with Melon Mambo Classic ink. 

I hope you have enjoyed my card and I hope this helps inspire you to try out this color combination for your creations. Next we will visit Angelika Perischa's blog to see what she created with this color combination. I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop. 

Until Next time.

Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop: Anything But Cards



Welcome to the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop 15 with our theme of Anything But Cards. This was a big challenge for me as I tend to make just cards, so it was a hard thinking outside my comfort zone.




One of my favorite stamp sets from the Holiday Catalog is the Merry Café stamp set. One of the things I think about with the cooler weather approaching, is having a hot cocoa or apple cider to keep warm on a chilly day. This stamp set has you covered not only for the various holidays but also for your favorite holiday beverages.



A couple of months ago, I spotted a pack of the paper cups with the lids that you can use for hot drinks and bought them thinking they would make a fun project. Fast forward to now and I have used them for this project to show you how with just some paper, ink and stamps, you can decorate these cute cups for the holidays.


The first cup I decorated for the Fall and we all know the craze of Pumpkin Spice Latte is in full swing, so I thought this cute sentiment was perfect. I also used a strip of the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper to decorate the Early Espresso belly band on the cup. I heat embossed the sentiment with Copper Embossing powder on Very Vanilla cardstock and matted it onto a scalloped circle of Cajun Craze cardstock, all colors from the color palette of the DSP.


The second cup has a Christmas flavor to it, with the traditional red and green theme. I used Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green cardstock with Whisper White for my colors which coordinate with the Be Merry Designer Series Paper I used to embellish the belly band. I heat embossed the sentiment with Silver embossing powder.


I love the traditional colors of Christmas, but this would work well with other combinations for a winter theme using blue tones with the silver embossing or you could use any of the other Designer Series Paper packs available in the Holiday catalog to create a variety of different cup designs. 


I hope you have enjoyed my projects today. Now it is time to visit Lisa Ann Bernard for the next stop on this blog hop. If you get lost along the way, visit the Blog Hop Roll Call below to find your way.

Until Next time.

Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Friday, October 20, 2017

SBTD Blog Hop Masculine Country Livin'



Welcome to SBTD (Stampers by the Dozen) Blog Hop for October. We are a group of 12 Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world, sharing our creativity.  This month we are exploring Masculine projects to help inspire you. Creating cards for the men in our lives can be a challenge. I hope that the projects I have to share will help you with your own creations.

The stamp set I chose for this month's theme is Country Livin'.  It is a wonderful line art stamp set from Stampin' Up! with amazing possibilities for coloring. This month I am sharing 3 different cards that showcase different ways to color your images.

This first card uses the old fashioned truck image and I chose to use Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Pencils to color the image. I love how easy it is to color with these watercolor pencils and when you use a blender pen, the color blends into a beautiful watercolor look. The background of this card was created with the Pinewood Planks 3D Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder (item #143708) and Crumb Cake Cardstock. I used a Sponge Dauber to rub Crumb Cake Classic Ink over the textured background to add extra depth. The card base has been created with Cajun Craze Cardstock. I stamped the image on Very Vanilla Cardstock and matted it with Early Espresso Cardstock. Even masculine cards need a little embellishment and I chose the Old Olive 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon. I love the rustic feel to this card and the colors work well for a masculine card.


The 2nd card I created is almost a mirror image to the 1st card but this time I chose to use the New Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers, which will be available to purchase starting November 1st. I love the way these markers color and I can't wait to experiment with them in future projects. 

For this card I chose Cherry Cobbler Cardstock for my card base to coordinate with the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Blends Markers for the truck. I added a thin matte of Basic Black Cardstock to make the Crumb Cake Cardstock layer pop. I embossed the Crumb Cake Cardstock with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item #139673) and I lightly sponged the background with Crumb Cake Classic Ink to bring out the detail in the tree trunks. This time I chose to use the Basic Black 3/8" Shimmer ribbon to embellish the card and I added a Basic Black matte around the stamped and colored image to frame it. The Happy Birthday stamp is from the stamp set, Guy Greetings. I love that I could create two different cards using similar supplies with a very different feel to them. The Stampin' Blends provide a bolder, richer color to the stamped image that is very striking.

My final card has a more worn, distressed feel to it. I chose Dapper Denim Cardstock for the card base and added a layer of Marina Mist Cardstock, which I stamped with the Hardwood Background stamp in Dapper Denim Classic ink. I lightly sponged the edges of the Marina Mist Cardstock with Dapper Denim Classic ink to add texture and a distressed look. 

The boots were stamped with Early Espresso Classic ink and Versamark and I embossed the image with Clear Embossing Powder for more definition, onto Soft Suede Cardstock cut out with one of the larger Stitched Shapes Circles. I used the two smaller Stitched Shapes Circles to cut out a circle in Night of Navy and Copper Foil (the Copper reminded me of a shiny penny). I sponged the Night of Navy circle with Whisper White Craft ink for a weathered look. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and was embossed with Copper Embossing Powder onto Night of Navy Cardstock and accented with Soft Suede Cardstock, both cut with the Classic Label Punch. 

To color the boots, I used the Light Crumb Cake Stampin' Blends Alcohol Marker to accent the lines and shadows of the boots as well as the heel and soles. I sponged the circle with Soft Suede Classic Ink to give the look of worn leather. 

For the final touch, I added a lasso created with the Jute Twine from the 2017 Holiday Catalog. I love the way this twine adds to the country feel of this card. I love the clean and simple design of this card and the way the colors work together. 


I hope that my cards have helped to inspire you to create your own masculine themed projects. These 3 cards would work well for a variety of occasions and for boys/men of all ages. 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. Now it is time to visit Lyndsay LaRae Carara and see what she has created this month. Click the link below to visit her blog. Or if you get lost, just click the link in the Blog Hop Roll Call below.

Lyndsay LaRae Carara

Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Rachel Pine         
Karie Beglau       
Carly Middleton                   




Sunday, October 8, 2017

2nd Annual Pink Blog Hop



Welcome to the 2nd Annual Ultimate Pink Blog Hop. This blog features talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world, sharing their amazing projects to inspire you to get creative. You may have just visited the blog of the talented Pip Todman (Queen Pip) - UK or perhaps you are starting your journey here. Our theme for October is Pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. I think we have all been touched in some way by this terrible disease and participating in this blog hop and sharing my creativity is my way of sharing the beauty of love and hope through art.

My project for this hop features the Lovely Words Thinlets dies from the Lovely Inside & Out Bundle from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. The stamp set I chose for the flower accents is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and the Seasonal Layers Thinlets dies, from the Colorful Seasons bundle, which is also in the Annual Catalog. 



In times of need, receiving a card can make a world of difference. I chose to create a card that I would give to a friend to help lift their spirits when they are feeling down. The card base was created with Powder Pink cardstock and I added a layer of Berry Burst cardstock to create the background for my card design. I die cut the "friend" sentiment from Silver foil and used one of the oval dies from the Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut the oval frame. I layered it on top of a scalloped oval cut from Fresh Fig cardstock die cut with one of the scalloped ovals from the Layering Ovals Framelits dies and centered it on the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I die cut the flowers from Powder Pink cardstock and attached them to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals. I highlighted them with Wink of Stella. The flowers on the Berry Burst cardstock layer were stamped with Berry Burst Classic ink and I embossed them with Clear Embossing powder to make them shine.

I loved that I was able to create this card using the 2017-2019 In Colors (Powder Pink, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig) and the Silver Foil just added that touch of elegance. I don't often create with the color Pink, but I must admit, I do love these colors and I feel that I will be using this combination more often in the future.

I hope you have enjoyed my project today and I hope it helps to inspire you to create your own card to someone special to let them know you care. Now it is time to visit Teri and see her amazing blog post. I hope you enjoy the rest of the blog hop.

Happy Stampin',
Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Friday, October 6, 2017

GSF Blog Hop Spooky Cat Halloween


It's time for October's GSF ( Global Stampin Friends) Blog Hop and this month we are focusing on Halloween. You may have just visited Mary Ann's blog or perhaps you are starting your blog journey here. Either way, I hope you will enjoy all the amazing projects.
I chose the Spooky Cat bundle (item #146014), one of my favorite bundles from the new 2017 Holiday Catalog. I love the versatility of the Spooky Cat stamp set combined with the coordinating Cat Punch and I had so much fun creating my project for this blog hop. 

My project features the Cat Punch (item #144666) and the thought of creating a black cat with green eyes came to mind. I started with a Basic Black cardstock card base and added a layer of Perfect Plum Cardstock to create the look of a twilight sky. I lightly sponged the Perfect Plum with Smoky Slate Classic ink to create the look of a spooky night. The moon was created using the Layering Circles Framelits (item #141705) cut from Crushed Curry Cardstock and then I lightly sponged it with Crushed Curry Classic ink to create the look of a Harvest Moon. I also sponged a little Smoky Slate Classic ink across the face of the moon to add a little depth.  Using the bat image from the Graveyard Gate stamp set, I stamped the bats in the night sky and one on the moon. 
My beautiful black cat was punched from Basic Black Cardstock with the Cat Punch and I colored two of the small Basic Rhinestones with a green permanent marker to get create the look of glowing green cat's eyes. 

The wall was created from a piece of Basic Gray Cardstock that I embossed with the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (item #138288) and I sponged the debossed side with Smoky Slate Classic ink for a little extra depth and texture. The top part of the wall was created from a strip of Smoky Slate Cardstock and I also sponged the edges with Smoky Slate Classic ink.


The sentiment is from the Labels to Love stamp set, which coordinates perfectly with the Everyday Label Punch (item #144668).  I heat embossed the sentiment using a little trick with Versamark ink. First I inked the stamp with the Versamark ink and then I inked the stamp with the Archival Basic Black ink and stamped it onto Smoky Slate Cardstock. I then immediately covered the stamped image with Clear Embossing Powder and then heated it with my Heat Tool. This added a glossy finish to my sentiment. I punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch and embellished it with two of the smallest Black Rhinestone Jewels (item #144639). I attached a piece of 3/8" Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon (item #144129) across the brick wall and added the sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals.

I hope that you enjoyed my Spooky Cat Halloween card. It is just one of the fun projects that I have created with this bundle and I look forward to sharing more of them with you in the future. Now it is time to head off to Jenn Curtis Charles' blog and see what she has created. Please click the Next button or use the Blog Hop Roll Call list below to find your way if you get lost. 

Jenn Curtis Charles


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