Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Inside the Box

My apologies for not posting this yesterday as I had planned, but time after our Team Meeting simply got away from me!  If you missed the post leading up to this one, click HERE.

When a new person joins my team, they are welcomed with a simple charm bracelet and a beginning charm.  This was started when our titles were Associate, Sr. Associate, etc. and anniversary charms from there.  (Marie, I need to make sure we have you current!)  Now, we have Bronze, Silver, Gold, etc.  Everyone starts as a Bronze and then with sales and recruits it goes up from there.

Marie made SILVER! So to her charm collection she earns a Silver Star with a jewel.  I'm so proud of Marie as she's had several recruits and they are growing.

Next will be Silver Elite, we're both working towards that goal! 

Thank you for looking in today.  Have a wonderful Wednesday!

~ Donna

Monday, April 24, 2017

Congratulations Well Deserved

On Sunday I ended up CASEing myself.  Now that's something that probably doesn't happen often.  LOL  It's been very windy here and I woke up with a headache, so thinking wasn't working well and I knew I wanted to do a card with Floral Boutique and and a little box with the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  I'm so happy this little box is carrying over to the Annual Catalog.  If you like it and the stamps it goes with, the bundle is NOT carrying over, so be sure to order it before May 31st so you can save 10% on it.

Today's card is for a special accomplishment of someone I know.  However, since they peek into my blog, I don't want to reveal too much today... so come back tomorrow for a full reveal!

For today though, I can give you the Recipe:

Night of Navy - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Whisper white 5 1/4" x 4"
Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper - 5" x 3 3/4"

I stamped from Beautiful You onto another sheet of Floral Boutique DSP and then fussy cut the dress hair and hat and then pieced it onto the same image stamped with Memento Black onto Whisper White.  Then I used the largest circle from Stitched Shapes and the largest scallop from Layering Circles in Night of Navy.

This is another stamp set that is carrying over to the next Annual Catalog (which I will be able to order from on May 1st!  You could too if you sign up to be a Demonstrator.).  The "Congratulations" comes from Floral Phrases.

Here is the box from the top view. I added Silver Foil inside each of the cut-outs to keep the inside a little more of a surprise.  Since taking the picture below, I've added a piece of ribbon to hold the box closed since it has to make it all the way through the day tomorrow.

If you've ever used liquid glue to attach the Silver Foil, you probably know that it has a tendency to make a mess on the foil, should any of it ooze out.  So I decided to avoid that and I used scotch tape to attach the foil. I wanted it to stay permanently, but just didn't want the mess of glue.

Do you see a little boo-boo I made and fixed?  Let me know by posting below if you figure it out.  I'll share it tomorrow with you!

Thank you for looking in today.  Here's to another week of fun and adventure!

Happy Monday!

~ Donna

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Brittney's Workshop Alternatives

It's always fun to see my stampers alter their cards from the sample.  Mary used the great little banner that comes with this set for her "nailed it" sentiment instead of the little rectangle that I used (see the picture below Mary's)


Brittney went with a different tool and sentiment as well as color.  I'm so sad to see this set and framelits go away.  There are just SO many uses for it.  I think I'll be keeping it in my collection, at least for a while!

Here we have Brittney's version of our Fiesta card with added dimension by cutting out the Sombrero and hanging it off the FIESTA.

Then below she cut out a Pinata and Guitar and popped them up with Dimensionals on the Designer Series Paper.

Thanks Ladies for coming over today and stamping.  I missed getting a picture of Kathy's projects and Alyssa's, but I know they were awesome too.  

Thank you all for looking in today!

Have a Blessed Sunday!

~ Donna

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fiesta Like There's No Manana

If you've been putting off purchasing this adorable Llama Set from the Annual Catalog, don't wait much longer as it is not going to be returning in the next catalog.  I'm really sad because I waited longer than I should have before I purchased it and played with it.

Here's a fun and easy card  which shows off this great Designer Series Paper.  

Melon Mambo - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Festive Birthday DSP - 4" x 3 1/4"
Tempting Turquoise - 4" x 2" - stamp before you place it on the base.
Crushed Curry - 4" x 1/2"

Inside - Whisper White - 5 1/4" x 4"

Don't forget the envelope!

Thank you for looking in today!  Hurry and get this set before it is too late!


~ Donna

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Paper Pumpkin - April 2017

Ever since I saw the sneak peek for this month's Special Paper Pumpkin designed by Sara Douglass, I've been impatiently watching the mailbox for my kit. 

Well tonight, it finally showed up!  Yayyyy!!!  I was so excited that I just had to play with it, even though I should be getting ready for my Saturday workshop!  

See the great little free gift from Sara?  Four mini-sized watercolor pencils!  There's also a paintbrush in the kit, but I used my Aqua Pen. Oh my, I had so much fun making these.  I love to water color and the cardstock has color resist portions so you can color right over and the wipe off the excess.

If you are one of my Paper Pumpkin customers, I strongly suggest you watch the video produced by Stampin' Up! for this kit.  It has some really great tips on making your cards come out beautifully.

You can see the video below.  If you are reading this in your inbox, you'll want to go to my blog specifically to see the video as it may not show up in  your email.  It is even presented by Sara Douglass herself!

Check out the great envelopes that come with it.  Already lined and ready to go.  There's even a spot on the front so you can address the envelope and mail it out.  

Here are the cute little water color pencils.  I love mine.  Now I can take these to work and keep my big set at home. 

Thank you for looking in today.  If you love this kit, you might want to think about signing up with me to be a Paper Pumpkin customer.  Once you are a member, you can even purchase refills for past kits.  You won't get the stamps that come with them, but you can get the cards and pieces and parts to make more cards.  Just use your own stamps that you already have.

Happy Thursday!

~ Donna

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Star Blast Birthday

Here is a quick and easy card that came together very nicely.  The hardest part was deciding on colors.

Whisper White - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
DSP from Festive Birthday - 5 1/4" x 4"
DSP from Party Animal - 4" x 2"
Whisper White - 3 3/4" x 1 3/4" - Punched with Candle Border Punch (retiring)
Pacific Point for Star Blast Thinlits (retiring)
Sentiments - Birthday Blast (retiring)

Don't miss out on these retiring items!  I really love the candles and hate to see them go so quickly after just being in the Occasions catalog.

Thank you for looking in today!  Remember - if you need a catalog and you don't currently have a Demonstrator, please let me know.  I'd love to have you as a customer!

~ Donna

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