Welcome to Sale-A-Bration 2019!!

Today marks the beginning of Sale-A-Bration 2019!!  It also marks the start of the Occasions Catalog!!  You’re going to need your favorite beverage and a comfortable chair to look through the new products. 

Click on the cover picture of the Occasions Catalog below to see the entire catalog.  Then, come back to this post to learn more about the amazing Sale-A-Bration gifts!!

If you’re not familiar with Sale-A-Bration (SAB), please allow me to give you the highlights:

  • For every $50 in product purchase that you have (before shipping and tax), you can choose a FREE Level 1 SAB gift.
  • For every $100 in product purchase that you have (before shipping and tax), you can choose a FREE Level 2 SAB gift.
  • The offer is valid for any products in the current Annual Catalog, Clearance Rack, and NEW Occasions Catalog that went “live” today!  Essentially, the offer is valid for all available products.
  • Sale-A-Bration for 2019 ends on March 31st.

Take a look at the complete SAB brochure by clicking on the photo below.

You can also see the Level 1 SAB gifts below.

And, here are the Level 2 SAB gifts.

Check back to see some samples of projects that I’ve made with NEW products!!

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Happy New Year 2019!!

I hope each of you and your families had a wonderful holiday season.  Happy New Year and welcome to 2019!!!

If you’re familiar with the Stampin’ Up! calendar, you know that a new year marks the start of an amazing event – Sale-a-Bration!!!  For every $50 purchase (before shipping and tax) that you make, you earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration product. 

Just as in past years, the Sale-a-Bration products are truly amazing.  Check back on Thursday, January 3rd, and I’ll point you to the “live” Sale-a-Bration and Occasions catalogs. 

For a sneak peek at a great group of products, take a look at the picture below.

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

Online Extravaganza!

For the six days following Thanksgiving, Stampin’ Up! is having an Online Extravaganza!  There will be specific items in the Annual Catalog that will be on sale.

  • The first group of items include paper and embellishments on sale today (November 23) and tomorrow!
  • The second group will be stamps and kits on sale November 25 and 26.
  • And, the last group will be tools and ink on November 27 and 28.

Click on the picture below to go to my on-line store and take advantage of the sale!

Happy shopping!

Inky hugs,
Laurie



 

Oct 23 ONLY – 15% off Selected Stamp Sets!!

Stampin’ Up! is celebrating its birthday and wants to extend the celebration to everyone.  On October 23 ONLY, the stamp sets shown below will be available for 15% off their published price.

Click on any item, and you’ll go to my on-line store.  Don’t miss out on this great deal!

Happy stamping!
Laurie 

Blended Seasons – Artist Trading Cards!

My husband, Bruce, and I live in the beautiful state of North Carolina.  Each October, the North Carolina State Fair is one of the prime events in the area.  If you’re going to be in the Raleigh area beginning this Thursday, be sure to check out the NC State Fair website for the event calendar.  Click on the logo below for more information.

Just like many state fairs, the NC State Fair has several friendly competitions.  One of them is card making!  I’ve entered the card making competition each year beginning with 2008.  Every year, I am in awe of the amazing talents of so many artists.  They are all very inspiring.

A few years ago, a new category was added to the card making category.  It is the Artist Trading Cards (ATC).  Entries have four ATC cards, each measuring 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  This category has really stretched me with stamping and other techniques.

Today, I’d like to share the entry that I literally just dropped off for this year’s ATC competition.  I hope you enjoy the fall theme and recognize the stamp set that I used.

The ATCs feature the recently available Blended Seasons stamp set.  If you did not add that stamp set to your collection, don’t fear.  I bet you have a stamp set in your stash that you can use to create a similar set of Artist Trading Cards.

Here are some of the steps that I used in the process:

  • Cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock to 5″ x 7″.
  • Use your Stamparatus (the most amazing stamp positioning tool ever!!) to stamp your favorite image in opposite corners of the card stock piece.  I stamped four separate pieces of card stock with four different colors of inks.  I wanted to have a variety of stamped line colors to play with and figure out which pieces I wanted to keep.
  • Before you cut the 5″ x 7″ to their final 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ sizes, be sure to complete the coloring of each piece.
  • On one piece, I used Tim Holtz distress inks over the image stamped in Old Olive ink.  After I distressed the piece, I sprinkled some water onto the piece and took the excess water off with a paper towel.  The effect is really fun.  After this piece of card stock was cut, it was used for the upper left and lower right quadrants.

  • On another piece that I stamped with a really light touch of Cajun Craze ink, I used my Watercolor Pencils to add interest and depth to the design.  After this piece was cut, it was used for the upper right quadrant.

  • On yet another piece that I stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink, I used my Aqua Painters to add color to the leaves.  I like the way Aqua Painter made the inked lines bleed a little.  After this piece was cut, it was used for the bottom left quadrant.

  • I did have another piece that I had stamped with Early Espresso ink.  The colors that I used to decorate this piece didn’t work well with my final project.  But, I will use the piece for another project.
  • After I figured out which pieces were going to be used for each quadrant, I put them together on a scrap piece of paper and spattered some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint over the entire piece.

  • Since I had extra leaves from each piece that I chose not to use in the final project, I fussy cut some of the leaves and decided where I would place them on the cards.  To add a little interest to the leaves, I highlighted them with Clear Wink of Stella.
  • The final touch was random drops of Ranger Glossy Accents.  They add a very unique, whimsical feel.

This technique can easily be translated into cards.  Stay tuned, I’ve been inspired by the ATC entry!  I’m going to make a few cards with similar layouts.  Check back to see them.

Some of the products that I used to make the ATCs are shown below.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie
 

Stamparatus

$49.00