The Perfect Way to Give a Gift Card!

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I’m sure you are like me and so many others, you want to get the perfect gift for someone but sometimes times a gift card is the only way to go. I know gift cards feel so impersonal like you just gave up and grabbed the first thing off the rack in the grocery store. Ok maybe that’s true, we have all been there. But I am going to show you how to make it VERY personal. Yes here it is folks, the perfect solution to giving that not so personal gift card….. the one and only greeting/gift card! I have seen similar ideas on Pinterest, and thought WOW what a great idea!! Unfortunately I didn’t pin it so I can’t give credit to the person who gave me the inspiration for this card.  This was one of the projects we made for my August monthly stamping club.  It is so easy and sure to be a hit with the recipient!  Enjoy!

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Let’s get started!!

Cardstock dimensions:

  • Night of Navy Cardstock 4 1/4” x 11”
  • Whisper White cardstock 4” x 5 1/4” (1), scrap pieces for daisy and saying
  • Daffodil Delight cardstock 4 1/8” x 5 3/8” (1) and 1 3/4” x 3 1/2”
  • Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (“DSP”) 1 1/2” x 3 1/2 “

1.  Score your Night of Navy cardstock at 5 1/2″ and 9″. Fold on score lines and use a bone folder to get a nice sharp crease.  Punch a half circle on the end that folds over for the gift card. This gives a little notch to pull the gift card out.  Put adhesive on the outer edges only and fold over to create a pocket.

         [DOWNLOAD THE TEMPLATE HERE]

2. Attach Delightful Daisy DSP to the small strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock and attach to card front.

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3. Stamp the daisy from the Daisy Delight stamp set on a Whisper White cardstock scrap twice using Night of Navy ink. Cut out using the Daisy punch. Tip: Slide your punch to the left and right, don’t pull it toward you after punching out the daisy.  This helps your cardstock from getting caught! Color the centers with a Daffodil Delight marker.

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4. Assemble the daisy so that the petals overlap each other.  Use a bone folder to curl the petals under slightly, attach to the card. Apply a gold faceted gem to the center.

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5. Stamp the Birthday greeting from the set Special Celebrations on a scrap of Whisper White, cut out using the 1 3/8” x 2 1/4″oval stitched framelit. Then attach to the card using dimensionals.  I really love this set, it not only includes greetings for so many occasions but it has matching sentiments for the inside of the card.  So versatile!

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6. Attach the Daffodil Delight panel to inside of the card.

7. Lay the Whisper White cardstock panel on the inside, but don’t attach it yet!  This is just in case you make a little boo boo stamping the inside of the card. Trust me I know from experience!  I can’t tell you how many times I have made a gorgeous card, you go to stamp the inside and a smudge here, a splotch there and the worst….. you have the dreaded ink halo around the image!  Ugh!! Now I never attach the inside panel until I have stamped it first.  If I don’t have an inside panel I stamp the inside before assembling my card.

8. With the Whisper White in place, close the card and stamp the stem and little daisy, again from Daisy Delight set, in the center of the white space.

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9. Stamp the inside greeting so it will be positioned under the flap.

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10.  Attach the inside panel over the Daffodil Delight piece.

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~Jo

Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

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August Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Time to redeem those coupons earned during Bonus Days! Between August 1st and 31st you can redeem your coupons. Just enter the coupon codes sent to you by Stampin’ Up!.  If you earned more than one, make sure you enter each one separately and watch your savings add up!

Early Release Bundle – Carols of Christmas and Card Front Builder Thinlits. Between August 1st and 31st be one of the first to own a stamp set from the 2017 Holiday  catalog! The Carols of Christmas set and coordinating thinlits Card Front Builder are a perfect addition to your stamp collection!

Fall Into Savings – Paper Pumpkin Promotion. New subscribers sign up for Paper Pumpkin between August 11, 2017 and September 10, 2017 and get the your first month half off!  Enter the promo code HALFOFF0917 at paperpumpkin.com when you sign up to receive your discount.

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From Me:

Everyone loves surprises!  As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE surprise gift bag share! Just enter Hostess Code JB7TVAUR when you place your order online. I will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Gifts ship at the end of the month and are sent via USPS.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

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My Top Five Tools For Every Stamper

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Everyone has their favorite stamping tools and I am no exception.  Putting this list together was a lot harder than I thought it would be, trying to narrow down my choices for my top five when my top twenty-five would have been so much easier!  I picked the tools I use almost every time I stamp.   These are my “go to” tools and ones that if I didn’t have I would be lost.  I would love to hear what your favorite tools are!!  Please let me know in the comments section!

So without further ado….here my top five tools for every stamper.

A Bone Folder

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This is a must have for any stamper whether you are just starting out or have been stamping for years.  It may be a simple tool but can do quite a lot.  From getting the perfect sharp crease for your cards and projects to burnishing, this little guy needs to find a home in your toolbox.

 Simply Scored Scoring Tool

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I use this every single time I stamp.  The grooves are set 1/8″ apart with the measurements clearly marked on two sides. It comes with a double tipped stylus (two sized heads) and a little compartment where you can store a bone folder, extra stylus and other goodies. You can score cards pretty quickly and is a must for any fancy fold cards, boxes, 3D projects and more!

Paper Snips 

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What can I say about my snips.  I have used many types of scissors but these are truly exceptional.  They are super sharp (my finger tips can attest to this fact) and perfect for any intricate fussy cutting you may have to do.  They come with a blade case and will stay sharp for years.  I have two pair; one for paper and one for ribbon.

Grid Paper

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This may seem like an odd choice but this item is often overlooked in the catalog and I think it is the perfect tool for all your stamping.  It has a ruler on two sides and markings on the other two for finding a center point.  The little squares are in 1/4″ x 1/4″ (the opposite side is in metric) and there are spaces on the side for making notes.  Bonus it will keep your stamping area clean.  It comes in a pad of 100 sheets which breaks down to just .11 cents per sheet.

And my number one stamping tool….

The Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine

 

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This is another tool I use 99% of the time I stamp and by far my favorite! Yes this is a huge investment but I guarantee it will bring you much happiness and joy with what it can do. Stampin’ Up! offers a huge selection of dies including framelits and thinlits to match their exclusive stamp sets not to mention the Textured Impressions Embossing Folders.  It comes with the Big Shot Platform and two acrylic cutting mats.  You can purchase the Precision Cutting Plate for intricate thinlits and the Magnetic Platform for exact placement over a stamped image.  Also the Die Brush and pads makes removing small pieces a breeze!

To learn more about the Big Shot be sure to watch my video tutorial!

My Top Five Tools for Every Stamper:


Bone Folder
$7.00


Simply Scored
$30.00


Paper Snips
$10.00


Grid Paper
$11.00


Big Shot
$110.00


Precision Base Plate
$25.00


Magnetic Platform
$40.00


Big Shot Die Brush – New Configuration
$12.50

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~Jo

Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

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August Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Time to redeem those coupons earned during Bonus Days! Between August 1st and 31st you can redeem your coupons. Just enter the coupon codes sent to you by Stampin’ Up!.  If you earned more than one, make sure you enter each one separately and watch your savings add up!

Early Release Bundle – Carols of Christmas and Card Front Builder Thinlits. Between August 1st and 31st be one of the first to own a stamp set from the 2017 Holiday  catalog! The Carols of Christmas set and coordinating thinlits Card Front Builder are a perfect addition to your stamp collection!

LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE PROMOTIONS

From Me:

Everyone loves surprises!  As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE surprise gift bag share! Just enter Hostess Code JB7TVAUR when you place your order online. I will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Gifts ship at the end of the month and are sent via USPS.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

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It’s Never Too Early to Plan for the Holidays!

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer, enjoying time with family and friends and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Even though summer is in full swing, before you know it will be time to start creating your holiday cards.  And Stampin’ Up! is helping you by releasing a gorgeous set, Carols of Christmas along with the coordinating thinlits Card Front Builder ahead of the unveiling of the 2017 Holiday catalog!  It can be purchased separately or save 10% by buying the bundle!

I have just started playing with these and I am really having a great time!  There is so much that can be done with this bundle, from a complex card to something quite simple. I think this set will appeal to almost everyone and I put it as a must have for your holiday crafting.  You can get a lot of mileage out of the thinlits, they can be used well after the holidays, especially the beautiful frame cut out.

I created this card for our Annual Christmas in July Card Buffet and it was a huge hit!  It has a great traditional Christmas look plus it is super easy to put together and replicate in large quantities.  Enjoy!

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Step by Step Directions and Card Dimensions

For more ideas using this set check out this video from Stampin’ Up!

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~Jo

Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

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August Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Time to redeem those coupons earned during Bonus Days!

Between August 1st and 31st you can redeem your coupons. Just enter the coupon codes sent to you by Stampin’ Up!.  If you earned more than one, make sure you enter each one separately and watch your saving add up!

Early Release Bundle – Carols of Christmas and Card Front Builder Thinlits

Between August 1st and 31st be one of the first to own a stamp set from the 2017 Holiday  catalog!  The Carols of Christmas set and coordinating thinlits Card Front Builder are a perfect addition to your stamp collection!

LEARN MORE ABOUT THESE PROMOTIONS

From Me:

Everyone loves surprises!  As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE surprise gift bag share!

Just enter Hostess Code JB7TVAUR when you place your order online. I will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Gifts ship at the end of the month and are sent via USPS.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

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Embossing Paste, Glitter and Sparkle..Oh My!!

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One of the products I was so excited about in the new catalog was Embossing Paste.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and play.  Today’s share uses the paste and an alternative use of the Happy Birthday thinlit.  The idea for this was inspired by a card my daughter made so I need to give her credit for the alternative use of the thinlit.  Thank you Sarah!!!

To start I wanted the paste to sparkle so I added Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to it along with Real Red and Night of Navy Re-Inkers.  When working with the Embossing Paste you do need to work quickly as it dries very fast.  I had all my supplies laid out ahead of time and as soon as the background was stenciled I immediately washed the silicone craft sheet, palette knife and mask. Also make sure you put the lid on the paste as soon as you are done.  A little note, when you first open your paste you will notice the jar is not full.  The contents will settle in shipping and it is sold by volume not weight.  If you stir the paste it will get fluffy and fill up the jar.  And a little goes a looooong way.

To get the paste on the cardstock just lay the mask on the cardstock and spread the paste on top, then use your palette knife to scrape it across making sure all the holes get filled. Be very careful not to get it under the mask.  If you look in the blue section of my card you can see where some seeped under slightly, if that happens no need to panic you can easily cover it up with an embellishment.

For the saying I cut the “Happy Birthday” twice with the Big Shot; once in Red Red and once in Night of Navy along with the number “4” in Real Red.  Simply cut apart so you have the words “Happy” and the “th” from the birthday section.  To give it more sparkle I added Wink of Stella on top and then attached to the card with Multipurpose Glue.

Complete Step by Step Directions With Photos Here

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~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

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July Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Bonus Days are back!

For every $50 you spend  from July 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can redeem in August!

This is for every $50 spent, very similar to Sale-A-Bration.  So spend $50 get one coupon, spend $100 get two, spend $150 and get three plus you will start earning Stampin’ Rewards!

Then in August you will enter your coupon code and start seeing the savings!

Christmas in July Sign-up Bonus!

Stampin’ Up!’s Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator!

You will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks and a Bone Folder. And to start you off for the Holiday season, they will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the upcoming Holiday Catalog for FREE. That’s an added value of $72!!

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From Me:

Everyone loves surprises!  As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE surprise gift bag!

Just enter Hostess Code W7EAFYEK when you place your order online. I will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Gifts ship at the end of the month and are sent via USPS.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

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Featured Stamp Set – Coffee Cafe

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Anyone who knows me really well, knows that I LOVE coffee!  There is nothing like the first sip in the morning it makes me instantly happy.  I do have a few coffee rules; only hot coffee in the morning no matter the weather and in the afternoon hot if the temperature is below 50 and iced if it is over. There is a slight variation on this if it is raining I have hot in the afternoon no matter the temperature.  I know it’s a little quirky but that’s how I roll in the coffee department.

It was no surprise that as soon as I saw the Coffee Cafe stamp set, and the entire Coffee Break Suite it was a must have for me! I really like the sayings as well as the Designer Series Paper (“DSP”) and the super adorable Corrugated Elements.

The colors are very earthy which play nicely on the coffee theme.

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It was the first set I chose to really play with when my first order arrived.  Here is what I came up with.

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First up a little gate fold card.  The card base is Pear Pizzazz cardstock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ score at 2 1/8″ and 6 3/8″).  I used the polka dot DSP on the front of each panel (1 7/8 x 5 1/4″).  Then I stamped the large cup and lid using Early Espresso and the oval saying with Pear Pizzazz on Whisper White cardstock, then each image was cut out using the Coffee Cups Framelits.  I also cut the coffee collar from Early Espresso cardstock using the fluted framelit. Next I attached the lid and coffee collar to the cup with a small amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  The oval saying was adhered to the oval Corrugated Element and attached using a dimensional.  I tied a strand of linen thread around the top then into a small bow.  The coffee cup gets attached to the left side only, make sure you only apply adhesive to that side so the card can open and close.

I will be having a video how to on this card once my editor can help me with it.  And by editor I mean my daughter.  She is a tad busy the next few weeks moving into her first house, they closed on it this past week and are busy cleaning and painting.  They thought it best to get this done before all the furniture was moved in.  So production is on hold for a little while until she is settled in .

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Next I wanted to continue with the polka dot DSP but add a few new elements.  The Coffee Cups Framelits come with a teeny tiny coffee cup that fits perfectly on the cups of another sheet paper from the Coffee Break DSP pack.  I thought it would be fun having them stacked on top of one anther going along the inside of the card.  The card front is slightly smaller than the back allowing the cups to peek through.  The Soft Sky card base is 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″.  I added a strip of the polka dots to the front panel (3″ x 5 1/4″.  Next I stamped the cup and lid in Early Espresso on Whisper White cardstock and the saying in Soft Sky, it fits perfectly in the cup! They were cut out using the framelits and attached as in the first card.  I took a small strip of burlap ribbon and attached using Tear & Tape adhesive, then the cup was attached on top using dimensionals.  Next I cut 5 little cups from the DSP and glued along inside of the card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. I always try to use odd numbers in my “works of heart”. In high school my art teacher always told us odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye and that rule has stuck with me all these years.

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I decided to change-up the DSP for this card.  This time I used Early Espresso for the card base (5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ score at 4 1/4), with a Crumb Cake panel (4″ x 5 1/4″) on top of this.  I cut the DSP into 2 strips 1 3/4″ x 5″ with a small Early Espresso Strip 1/4″ x 5″, these were attached to the Crumb Cake panel then attached to the card base.  I stamped the cup and lid again in Early Espresso but this time on Soft Sky cardstock and cut out with the framelits. The coffee collar was cut this time using the plain framelit not the fluted one. The cup was assembled  as done previously and the heart Corrugated Element was added with a dimensional.  I stamped the saying on Whisper White cardstock in Crumb Cake then stamped the hearts in Soft Sky using the outline heart stamp and coloring in with the matching Stampin’ Write marker.  I added a touch of clear Wink of Stella for some sheen.  This was cut out using the Layering Ovals framelits and I cut a matching oval the next size up in Early Espresso,  then attached to the card using dimensionals.

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I do love the occasional iced latte with whipped cream so that is what inspired this card.  I used Garden Green for the card base, standard size 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ score at 4 1/4″.  I took a Crumb Cake panel (4″ x 5 1/4″) and stamped it using the Burlap Background Stamp in Crumb Cake ink then attached to the card base.  Then I took a 2 1/2″ x 4″ piece of DSP and tore the edges.  To get the white inside to show tear the paper toward you not away.  This was attached to the Crumb Cake panel.  Next I stamped the saying on Whisper White using Garden Green ink.  I tore the saying out then using a sponge dauber I inked the edges with Soft Suede, this was attached to the DSP using dimensionals.  The cup was cut from Crumb Cake and sponged with Soft Suede.  I stamped the straw using the small striped stamp on a scrap of Whisper White using Garden Green.  With the photopolymer stamps you can line up each section with ease to create one long strip which was then cut with the framelit.  The whipped cream was stamped using Crumb Cake and cut out along with the coffee collar in the matching DSP.  To give the whipped cream a little something extra I added a little Wink of Stella in clear. After assembling the coffee cup, it was attached to the card with dimensionals.

This card will be featured in a video, as it has many elements that people always ask me about such as getting a clear image with a background stamp and tearing to get those nice feathered edges.

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Now to show you the versatility of this set, I made a birthday card with a cupcake using the coffee collar and whipped cream.  I also played with my other must have the Embossing Paste! The card base is Early Espresso, 4 1/4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″, on top of this I added a Pear Pizzazz panel (4″ x 5 1/4″). I took a piece of striped DSP (3 3/4″ x 5″) and cut the center using the largest oval framelit from Layering Ovals.  I cut another oval from the polka dot DSP, (I told you I loved the polka dot DSP!) and inserted it in the center of the striped panel.  Now comes the fun part….I cut whipped cream out of a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock.  I took a small amount of the Embossing Paste and put it on my Silicone Craft Sheet with a palette knife. I added a few drops of Early Espresso reinker and mixed it up to make the yummy chocolate frosting, I swear it looked just like real frosting I was very impressed! Then I frosted the little whipped cream piece, just like a real cupcake. While the embossing paste dries pretty quick when used in a thin layer, since this was so thick I hit it with a hairdryer on low to speed drying time. Then using Crumb Cake card stock I cut my cupcake using the fluted coffee collar.  I found it a little large so I trimmed it down with my Paper Snips to a perfect cupcake size.  The edges were sponged with Soft Suede and a dauber.  I cut out the banners using the Duet Banner punch after I stamped the sayings from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set in Early Espresso ink.  These edges were also sponged with Soft Suede ink.  Then the banners and cupcake were attached with dimensionals.

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I hope you enjoyed these projects using the Coffee Break Suite.  If you have any questions about any of the featured cards, please let me know I would be happy to help!

If you would like to get a notification each time I post a project share, specials from Stampin’ Up! or myself, class schedules or video tutorials, please make sure you click “Follow By Email” at the top of this post.  That way you won’t miss a thing!  As always, please feel free to share any post on Pinterest or Facebook!

If you are interested in attending classes or any of my all day events be sure to visit my events page for a current schedule.

Happy Stamping!

~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

June Specials

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Earn an Extra $35 in Stampin’ Rewards with a Qualifying Workshop or Order!

From June 1 – June 30, 2017 earn an extra $35 in Stampin Rewards with a workshop or order totaling $350 or more! Call me to book your workshop now before my calendar fills up!!  This is a perfect chance to get some of items on your Wish List from the new catalog for FREE!!

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From Me:

As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE Sampler of Assorted Ribbons, Embellishments and Designer Series Paper !

Just enter Hostess Code 9KXHCYBD when you place your order online. I will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

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Featured Stamp Set – Eastern Beauty

Welcome!  This is going to be the first installment of my new series that will feature one particular stamp set from any of our current catalogs.   I always find there are sets in the catalog I might not like or I just turned the page not giving them a second glance UNTIL I see what others have done with it, then it becomes a must have.  Or maybe you have a set that hasn’t been loved in a while, all you might need is a little inspiration to make some fabulous works of heart.  I hope you enjoy this series and if you have a particular set you would like me to feature, please send me an email and I will do my best to use it in future posts. Enjoy!

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This week’s set is Eastern Beauty and the entire Eastern Palace Suite.  When I first saw this set I thought to myself it’s OK, just not my cup of tea.  But I knew it was going to be a special for the month of May so I decided to order the bundle.  Once I started playing with it all I can say is WOW!!  This is one versatile set!

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For this card I used the colors Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig and Very Vanilla.  To create the doily in the middle I used the two of the medallion dies and the largest circle from the Layering Circles framelits.  The fun thing about the Eastern Medallions Thinlets is how all the parts work together,  You can mix and match the rings to make all types of designs.

See how well they fit together!  You can run it through your Big Shot using all three at once, just make sure to use the Precision Plate and roll it through several times to get a nice cut.

I stamped a few accents and the greeting then mounted on a large circle of Fresh Fig. Add a strip of Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper and you are all set!

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Next up I decided to used the adorable notecards that are available as a FREE gift with the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle.

I again used the medallions but changed up the middle ring and added a third ring to create  delicate cut out on the front of the card.  I placed a piece of Lemon Lime Twist DSP and stamped accents in Dapper Denim and Lemon Lime Twist Ink.  To give it a little bling , a few small pearl accents were added.

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This card is super easy and super quick!  There is no stamping involved, instead it uses the new Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers!  All I did was peel and place on the Tranquil Tide card.  It creates an elegant look with no effort!  So next time you need a card in a hurry reach for these stickers and you can have a card in minutes!

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This card uses all the elements I have shown you so far but adds a cute little gold tassel! The colors used are Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim and Very Vanilla with accents of gold.

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For this card I used the new Oh My Stars Textured Embossing Folder (available 6/1/17). Colors used are Fresh Fig, Dapper Denim and Very Vanilla.  The border on either side of the center panel was made with Fresh Fig ink to create the tone on tone look.

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For the final card I decided to stray slightly from the colors in the suite and use Lemon Lime Twist and another new In Color, Berry Burst. To me this card says summer with the bright color combo!

I just love how every card is different yet uses the same stamps and accessories.  The little accent stamps can be used is so many ways, you can sit and play with this set all day long and not run out of ideas!  I am so glad I bought this set, it is sure to be one of my favorites and once you play with it I know it will become one of yours too!

For the month of May you can purchase two different bundles, each with a FREE gift from Stampin’ Up! See below for all the details!

Supplies Used:

Oh My  Stars TIEF Folder, Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon, Berry Burst Stampin’ Ink and Cardstock will be available June 1,2017.

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~Jo
Making the world a happier place, one card at a time!

May Specials

From Stampin’ Up!:

Out with the old….in with the new!!

Yes it’s that time of year again!  While we are always sad to see our favorites go, it is the perfect time to complete your wish list from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and the 2017 Occasions Catalog! And as a bonus many items are on sale at reduced prices!  What could be better!!!

Be sure to check out the entire list as items are selling out quickly and once they are gone they are gone forever!

To see all the items on sale and shop now at my online store [CLICK HERE]

Eastern Palace Bundle:

During May you will be able to purchase items from the Eastern Palace Suite, a full month before the 2017-2018 Annual catalog goes live!  And as an added bonus these bundles offer free items as a thank you!  This promotion is only available for the bundle pricing, a la carte items will be available when the catalog goes live in June.   This promotion runs May 1, 2017 – May 31, 2017

To view the available bundles please [CLICK HERE]

To shop now at my online store [CLICK HERE]

From Me:

As a thank you for supporting my business, with any order of $35 or more (before shipping and tax) you will receive a FREE Sampler of Designer Series paper!

Just enter the Hostess Code FWYFSKEF when you place your order online. This code is good until May 19, 2017.  I  will send your gift to the address used for your order. If your order is $150 or more DO NOT enter the code. If you enter the code you won’t get your Stampin’ Rewards for FREE goodies and I wouldn’t want you to lose out on those! I will automatically send your gift when the order is placed.

This offer is only available only through Joanne Mulligan, an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  At this time I can only accept orders in the United States.  

To shop with me [CLICK HERE]