Anything But A Card Blog Hop

I hope you are enjoying our Anything But a Card Blog Hop. I’m hopping with fellow Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Quebec, Canada.

Today’s hop features products from Sale-A-Bration 2018 that can be earned with qualifying purchases. I decided I wanted to document my kombucha journey. Notice the documenting is absent. I’ll add the journaling later along with my favorite flavors and my home brewing set up.

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Nessalla is right on trend with my favorite flavor, lemongrass ginger. The bottle logo coordinates with our lemon lime twist In Color. When this color was introduced last summer, I knew I would be using it to make a scrapbook layout. The blog hop was a good reason to get the layout designed. The Nessalla bermuda bay sticker is also on trend and coordinates perfectly with the Bubbles and Fizz designer series paper. This DSP can be earned free with purchase during Sale-A-Bration.

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Check back tomorrow for assembly tips including why each page has a different border width.

 

Make sure you keep hopping along to see all the other Sale-A-Bration projects! Click on the “next” badge below to visit Emilie Poncelet’s blog and super nice project.

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#nessalla #kombucha #lemongrassgingerissorefreshing

Here is a list of all the participating blogs in case you need to get back on the hop.

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With special considerations, I am adding 2 hop stops that were removed at the last minute. When you finish hopping along and end up back at my stop, click on these links for bonus projects from Sandra and Susan.

 

 

 

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CASEing the Blog Hop Design 3

I participated and helped coordinate a Sale-A-Bration 2018 Blog Hop that was posted last week. If you missed it, click here to hop along.

I got the idea to CASE the designs shared on the other blogs. I am CASEing Emilie Poncelet today. Click here to see her design. She used pacific point, emerald envy and crushed curry to accent her peacock. I was drawn to this color combination too.

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I made some substitutions based on what I had on hand, swapping out the Sale-A-Bration Beautiful Peacock stamp set for Touches of Texture. I needed to add color to my focal point so used the emerald envy marker to highlight the stamens.

To draw the eye to the focal point, I added the gold mini tinsel trim wrapped around a 2 x 5.5 inch piece of Pick a Pattern designer series paper. To further accentuate the focal point, I inked the longest stamp from Touches of Texture with crushed curry ink and applied towards the bottom of the dsp.

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Emilie had scattered the three ink colors towards the edges of her card with smaller, assorted sized, stamp images. Touches of texture does not have an assorted smaller size option so I stamped the smaller flower 4 times which draws the eye across the card and invites the reader to open the card.

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The card needed a little more color so I reached for a sponge dauber to add crushed curry ink around the focal point and also the top and bottom of the card. Interestingly enough, when I consulted Emilie’s post after I was all done designing, I noticed she used a sponge dauber too but in a different way. She added ink directly to the plume stamp.

Hope you are enjoying my CASEing the Blog Hop! Check back tomorrow for another CASE. Thanks for stopping by!

You can order all of these products and check out the Sale-A-Bration brochure at my online store here.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

CASEing the Blog Hop Design 1

I participated and helped coordinate a Sale-A-Bration 2018 Blog Hop that was posted last week. If you missed it, click here to hop along.

I was originally going to design using the Bubbles and Fizz designer series paper since I am a kombucha brewer and like the fizzes in the brew. When I received my Sale-A-Bration products, I quickly decided to design using the Lots of Lavender stamp set because purple is my favorite color. Click on the link above to see what I created.

After seeing Ginger Rabesa’s blog hop entry, I knew I would be CASEing her design that you can see by clicking here. So this weekend I did just that.

Ginger mentioned that the bubbles on her design were cut using a piece from the Bottles and Bubbles framelit set. I was happy to learn she was right. When I initially saw her design, I thought that is a lot of punching to do. The framelit cuts 5 circles at time. Sweet!

Load up the platform when running it through the Big Shot. This will cut down on the number of cranks needed.

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The paper discard pile grows as I work through cutting a stack. There is my boyfriend. His name is Carl. We go way back, about 14 years. I acquired Carl almost as soon as I signed up to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Carl and I spend a lot of time together as I cut paper to prep for events. He is the strong and silent type:)

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I use tub lids to corral the cut pieces. I have a few more cranks through the Big Shot to cut the bubbles in all three colors. Assembly line is how I work when I need a quantity of cards.

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Another idea I got from Ginger’s blog is that she cut her mat to 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 inches. In all my years of stamping, I don’t think I have used this size so I thought I would try it using bermuda bay cardstock for my mat. The bottle dsp was cut to 4 x 5 1/4 inches so I could use the entire piece of 12×12 dsp because I cut the left over strips to decorate the inside of the card.

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I do not have the layering oval framelits that she used so substituted the stitched shapes framelits. I also used lemon lime twist as the card base. As I was working with this color, I was getting flashbacks to the neon colors a stamping friend uses on her cards. I will have to let her know she can re-stock her colors because they are back on trend!

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The fine tip glue pen adds just the right shine on the bottle and bubbles. I added the glue after the card was completely assembled. It dried pretty quick because our house air is crackly dry in the winter.

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I almost forgot. Our new mini-dimensionals are just the right size to pop up the larger 2 bubble sizes. SU makes coordination easy which is one reason I love using our products.

I  hope to be CASEing the Blog Hop over the next couple of weeks so check back to see my reimaginations. Thanks for stopping by today!

Super Awesome Shirley

 

Lots of Lavender Blog Hop How To

Yesterday, I shared this card as my entry into a Sale-A-Bration 2018 Blog Hop that I helped coordinate.

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Today I am sharing the supplies used to create this card. First up are the stamps and ink pads. I used Lots of Lavender and Happy Wishes with the corresponding ink pads. After I had taken down the photo shoot, I noticed that I did not set the “for you” stamp on the rich razzleberry ink.

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Papers are next. Rich razzleberry cardstock is the base layer. Next layer up is a patterned piece from the Sweet Soiree Memories and More card pack which is a Sale-A-Bration item that can be earned with purchase. On top of that is our vellum, then a white delicate doilie, next is whisper white cardstock that accepts ink from the stamps beautifully. Last are 2 leaves cut with pear pizzazz cardstock and vellum using the lemon builder punch. I almost forgot. I popped up the lavender bunch after stamping it on our thick whisper white cardstock to help balance out the bow. Our new Simple Stripes textured impressions embossing folder add interest to the rich razzleberry base.

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I love to use embellishments! The glitter enamel shapes hides the glue dot holding the vellum leaves in place. A snippet of fresh fig sheer ribbon make a petite bow. It also acts as a layer on top of the pear pizzaz shimmer ribbon strip to balance the right side of the card.

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Adhesives make it stick! Glue dots for the leaves and then also rolled onto itself to adhere the fresh fig ribbon and bow. Tear and tape under the pear pizzaz ribbon. Last, fast fuse does most of the work under all the paper layers.

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I hope you enjoyed my card design. If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, please go to my online store. All orders are eligible for my Online Shopper Rewards program so check out the program here on my blog on the right hand side before shopping.

It is Sale-A-Bration time which means you earn products for your purchases:

  • Spend $50 and receive one free level 1 product.
  • Spend $100 and receive one free level 2 product OR choose two level 1 items.
  • Spend $150 and have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

Sale-a-Bration also means that when you host a qualifying party (online or in-person) with at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration, you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards! These rewards can even be applied towards a Starter Kit, allowing you to also join and become demonstrators. Discount buying demonstrators are welcome on my team.

New demonstrators enjoy a fantastic benefit of joining as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration. The choice of TWO additional stamp sets included in their $99 starter kit—any stamp set, any price. (Excludes bundles and Sale-A-Bration sets.) You get to pick up to $125 of products in your kit but still only pay $99 plus tax. The kit ships for free which save you $12.50!

If you have purchased from me recently, you should be receiving your Sale-a-bration and spring Occasions catalogs in your snail mailbox. Get your post it tabs out, I am sure you will find some goodies!

Have a Super Awesome Sale-A-Bration!

Shirley

Blog Hop with us tomorrow!

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We are less than 24 hours away from our Sale-a-bration 2018 Blog Hop! I am so excited to be a hop stop to share all the fabulous projects we have created. We are hopping around the globe with stops in the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Australia.

All blog hop projects feature Sale-A-Bration 2018 products which can be earned for free by placing qualifying orders starting on January 3rd.

  • Spend $50 and receive one free level 1 product.
  • Spend $100 and receive one free level 2 product OR choose two level 1 items.
  • Spend $150 and have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

When you host a qualifying party (online or in-person) with at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration, you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards! These rewards can even be applied towards a Starter Kit, allowing you to also join and become demonstrators.

New demonstrators enjoy a fantastic benefit of joining as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration. The choice of TWO additional stamp sets included in their $99 starter kit—any stamp set, any price. (Excludes bundles and Sale-A-Bration sets.) You get to pick up to $125 of products in your kit but still only pay $99 plus tax. The kit ships for free which save you $12.50!

If you have purchased from me recently, you should be receiving your Sale-a-bration and spring Occasions catalogs in your snail mailbox. Get your post it tabs out, I am sure you will find some goodies!

Check back tomorrow at 7am central standard time when the blog hop goes live. We have lots of fabulous blog hop stops planned for you!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

P. S. I am in the midwest United States so prices reflect that. If you are in a different country, your prices may be different based on your local currency. Sorry, I can not sell across borders. Hopefully, there is a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator in your country that can help you!