ICS Blog Hop – Join The Fold Beautiful You

Welcome to a special Inspire, Create, and Share blog hop! We recently attended On Stage in Salt Lake City with 2,700 demonstrators to see new products, hear training, and connect with friends. Our team met for dinner and to swap cards designed with fancy folds. Meeting together is the best and of course we want to share the fancy fold card designs with you!

The front of my card starts with this Beautiful You girl.  Beautiful You combined with Eastern Elegance.  Wait till you see when you open it up!!

Isn’t that cool?!!  I’m calling it a Pop Up Book Card.  I found a similar one on Pinterest, but had to convert it to fit into a standard sized envelope.

I’m not sure how to explain the fold, but here’s a diagram that I’ll be using when I make it again.

Does that help at all?  With some encouragement, I might try to make a video (my first!)  of this fun fold!  That’s something I want to challenge myself to do. But I am a bit technically challenged, as you may have noticed!  I had to laugh when I returned from On Stage & looked at my blog posts that I’d made on my IPad.  The pictures are sideways & upside down!!  Oh, brother!

Being a demonstrator means you meet people from all over the world, get to travel for events, we get the first peek at new products. Only demonstrators get the opportunity to attend Stampin’ Up! events to see the new catalog in hand, use the products, and the perk of bringing home new stamp sets, projects, and sometimes more! You can join one of our teams and receive all of these demonstrator perks. You select your starter kit, it is $125 in product but you only pay $99 and includes free shipping. Just ask your demonstrator where to get started to sign up OR if that is me CLICK HERE!

 

Be sure and continue on this blog hop!  Next up is Audra Monk, who I met at Salt Lake!  She’s so sweet and has a wonderful blog!  You won’t want to miss any of these very creative folds!  And please leave us a few comments!!

Step It Up! with Carols of Christmas

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team will be showing you ways to Step It Up!  This is a fun way to show your customers more options and embellishments!

I decided to start with a card I made last month using Carols of Christmas.

I liked this card mainly because of the star cutouts you get from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies.  These come as a bundle with the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set.

Here you can see how I stepped it up!

Remember Highlights for Kids?  I used to love those magazines when I was little!  They always had a page where you were supposed to find the differences in the 2 pictures.

So here’s your challenge:  Find the 5 (yes, five!) ways I’ve STEPPED IT UP!  I’ll send you a Christmas Card in the mail as your prize!  Place your guess in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by today & be sure & go to the SSINK BLOG PAGE to see their ideas!

SSINK Favorite Holiday Catalog Suite: Quilted Christmas

My favorite Suite from the Holiday Catalog is Quilted Christmas!  The more I play around with it, the more ideas pop into my head!

This suite includes Christmas Quilt Stamp Set, Quilt Builder Framelits Dies, Quilted Christmas DSP, 1/4″ Ribbon and Stitched Felt Embellishments.

Recently I challenged my downline, the Maui Big Shots!, to start using their DBWS and to add an event to their blog.  Ramona Corson and Mary Green met the challenge, so this is one of the gifts they’ll receive from me:

I just love the Pizza Boxes!!  They’re sturdy and glossy white and simple to assemble.  They are the perfect size to hold a set of 3 X 3 cards.  And now there are 3 X 3 envelopes available for purchase!

I’ll be having a Quilted Christmas Suite Class on Monday, Nov. 27th at 10 am.  For $50, you’ll go home with the Christmas Quilt Bundle plus a pile of Stitched Felt Embellishments!  

We’ll make 3 cards plus a 3-D item!  RSVP by 11/18 to hold your spot in this fun class.  One lucky attendee will win the Quilted Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder!

Be sure & head over to the SSINK Blog Page to see more Favorite Holiday Catalog Suites!

SSINKspiration Fun Fold Challenge: Waterfall Card

Today on the SSINK Blog we have a fun fold challenge for you… Waterfall Cards!

A waterfall card is a movable card!  Pull the ribbon and watch the stamped images flip one at a time!

For my card, I’ve used A Little Wild, a fun set that displays the front & back of an elephant, a bear, & a lion.  Super cute!!

I really need to make a video to show you this card properly!  But I’m not ready to do that quite yet…  Hope you get the idea from the pictures.

Be sure and go to the SSINK Blog Page to see more Waterfall Cards!!

 

SSINKspiration Merry Patterns

Today’s card is made using Merry Patterns Stamp Set.  I totally LOVE this set and have just begun to play around with it!

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This beautiful set is only available if you place a $300 order by yourself or by hosting a party.  The promotion is good through October 31st.  Please contact me if you need ideas on how you can get this cute stamp set!

Card Details:

  • Stamps:  Merry Patterns
  • Ink:  Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
  • Paper:  Cherry Cobbler (base is 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4, another piece on top (4 X 5 1/4), Merry Little Christmas DSP (2 X 5 1/4), scraps of Whisper White & Old Olive
  • Accessories:  Sparkle Embossing Folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon- Old Olive, Wink of Stella for candle flames
  • Tips:  I stamped off one of the candle stamps, but they’re all actually cherry cobbler.  Except that one of them didn’t stamp well, so I stamped it in Old Olive then fussy cut the candle out!  I used the “masking technique” to cover the candles before stamping the greenery.

I haven’t even tried the deer stamp yet.  I just remembered, I did try this set another time using the sentiment, “Tis the Season”.  It looks like I did something really fancy, but the pink design in the middle is just a stamp!!

Be sure & go to the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Blog Page to see other ideas using Merry Patterns!

 

 

SSINKspiration Case the DT: Diana Eichfeld

Today the SSINK Team is CASEing a team member:  Diana Eichfeld!  Diana always comes up with some very beautiful & creative ideas!  Here’s her card that I’m CASE-ing:

I started here because I just love her card!  But when I started playing around with the Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies, my card ended up a lot different.  But I love the way it turned out!

The colors are Cherry Cobbler & Soft Sky.  Peace on Earth.  What a beautiful and appropriate sentiment for this Christmas!  You’ll find the supply list below.

 

Be sure and check out what the other team members have CASED from Diana!

#ICS Blog Hop Colors of Courage

 

I think all of us have had friends of family with cancer.  Such a tough thing to go through.  There’s no right or wrong way to navigate through that, but one thing I’ve seen over & over is COURAGE.  Courage and faith.

As I write this post, my dear friend, Chari, is going through her first chemotherapy for breast cancer.  I can’t be with her, but we keep messaging back & forth, and that helps a lot.  When I first moved to Maui, I didn’t know anyone & I attended a Christian Woman’s Club luncheon.  Chari sat next to me & I was so touched when she just came out & asked if we could be friends.  Sure!!  She & her husband were new to the island, also, and we all ended up spending lots of time together.  We all learned to windsurf, had babies, spend many years together on Maui until they moved to Washington.

Here’s a card for Chari:

 

Double Z Fun Fold Card

Measurements:

  • Card Base Wisteria Wonder – 4 1/4″ X 11″, scored at 2 3/4″ and 5 1/2″
  • Delightful Daisy DSP – two pieces at 2 1/2″ X 4″, one at 4″ X 5 1/4″
  • White layer – 3 1/4″ X 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″ & 6 3/8″

God bless you, Chari!  You’ll get through this.  There are so many people who love you & are praying for you!!

Next on the hop is Terri Takashige!  You won’t want to miss her creative ideas!!

#SSINKSC48 Sketch Challenge

Here’s a fun Sketch Challenge from the SSINK Team!  I love these challenges because they force me to come up with my own ideas.  Give it a try!!

To make this card, I basically started with some stamp sets I’d been wanting to play with:  Merry Patterns & Christmas Sweaters!  The Merry Patterns Set can only be earned by placing a $300 order through the end of October!!  Let me know if you have a big Wish List or would like to host a party!  I chose the colors by looking at the Quilted Christmas 6 X 6 DSP.  That’s a simple way to choose a color combo guaranteed to look great!

I don’t get a lot of use out of my sweaters here on Maui.  But my daughter, Malia, is spending her first winter in Syracuse, NY, where I hear it gets mighty cold!  She’s already made a request for sweater money.

Here’s a close up of that cute sweater…

Now head over to our SSINK Page to see what the other designers have done with this sketch!  Give it a try!!  We’d love to see what you come up with!

This Little Piggy for SSINK

Today the Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration Team will be showcasing Animal Ideas!  I chose This Little Piggy!  

Most of you probably think of playing “This Little Piggy” with your babies.  I think of something a bit different.  My dad was a HUGE Big Band Fan!!  I’d be trying to do homework after school and I’d be the one yelling at my dad to “Turn down the music!”.  Glenn Miller had a fun song called, “Boogie Woogie Piggy”  that we’d dance the jitterbug to.  That’s the song I sang to my babies when I’d tickle their toes!  Does anyone else remember that song??

Back to my card.  My daughter, Malia, actually gets the credit for this cute card!  She came up with this fun opening that has a 3rd circle on the inside for your personal note.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure & hop over to the SSINK Page to see more animal ideas!

I’ll leave you with a picture of my handsome dad, probably taken around the time I was a baby.

 

#SSINK Coffee Break

I’m a coffee person!  It’s the thing that gets me out of bed in the morning.  My morning ritual is to sip on coffee while browsing through my email & planning my day.  I’ve even got this thing that froths milk!  Makes me feel really pampered.

I needed a card to give a Coffee Gift Card to a friend.  This is what I came up with:

Stampin’ Up! has a fun bundle called Coffee Cafe’.  And the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper to go along with it is gorgeous!  Look at those colors!

And I love the fold of this card!!  See the place on the bottom to slip your Gift Card?

This is one of the cards we made recently at our Fun! Friends! and Fancy Folds! Retreat for my downline.

If you’d like directions, please leave a comment below.

Now head over to the SSINK Page to see some more Coffee Break Ideas!