Friday, April 19, 2019

Here's To A Good Day!

I've been super busy and got a little behind this week with my stamping and blogging.  Easter cards will be a little late for some, but at least they are mailed!
I did not have a specific Easter stamp set, so I settled on A Good Day from Stampin' Up!  
Using a simple layout, I created a top folding card out of Whisper White card stock.  I then added a 4 x 3 piece of Floral Romance Designer Series Paper to the bottom section.  I coordinated the card with our variegated ribbon; which comes in Petal Pink and Whisper White.  It's a really soft ribbon and easy to tie knots and bows with.  Don't forget to add it to your shopping cart today!
Using the stitched oval die, I cut out an oval from Petal Pink card stock.  Adding four dimensionals gives it dimension.  For a colorful daisy, I used a combination of Petal Pink, Soft Seam Foam, and Whisper White.  The daisy punch makes it super simple to create a nice "happy" flower.  I added a glue dot and adhered them together.  Added a dimensional to the backside to give the daisy dimension.  I had some glitter enamels in my stash and added to the center of the flower after punching out a 1/2" circle in Petal Pink.
I stamped the sentiment in Pear Pizzazz and punched it out with the Classic Label punch and adhered directly to the oval.  
I was able to make 14 cards in 90 minutes.  Punches and simple die cutting make it easy.
Here is a list of supplies below that I used to create this card.
I hope you have a happy Easter and able to spend with family and/or friends.
Have a crafty day!
Karen




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Monday, April 15, 2019

Grab these retiring Stampin' Up! products before they are gone




Can you believe that another year has gone by?  It's that time of the year again when Stampin' Up! is retiring stamp sets, embellishments, paper, and more from both the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog along with the 2019 Occasions Catalog.

You still have time to get most of the products.  Stamp sets are guaranteed through May 24th but accessories,embellishments, paper, ink, etc. are available while supplies last or until June 3rd.    Shop NOW while supplies last.  Some items have already sold out!

Do you have favorites?  Here are a few of mine:

      


Don't forget to add your ink refills for the 2017-2019 In-Colors that are retiring as well as any card stock and accessories from your favorite colors:  Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst and lastly Fresh Fig.

Here are links to make it super easy for you to order:


Make sure you take advantage of my April Hostess code, MB3FAWYR.
Orders of $40  or more(excluding shipping/tax) will receive four card kits free of charge.  
  
My top customers may also take advantage of Customer Rewards/Perks from Gram.  Shopping sprees are super fun, so make sure you place your order today.

Email me if you have any questions at inspiredbygram@gmail.com

Happy stamping and crafting!
Karen


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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Paper Pumpkin Kit for May 2019


Onstage Quebec City is now over, but we learned so much as demonstrators.  One of the Paper Pumpkin kits coming your way this May is designed by Shelli Gardner.  Here is the card we made Saturday.  Do you see the matching envelope?  Whether you are a beginner stamper, avid stamper, or more; you are sure to love this kit.

What is Paper Pumpkin?
Welcome to Stampin’ Up!’s monthly subscription program, your One-Stop Box™ for creative success! It’s everything you love about Stampin’ Up! in one fun package.

What makes Paper Pumpkin unique?
Paper Pumpkin subscription kits are designed for anyone who wants to quickly and easily achieve beautiful, handcrafted projects—anytime and anywhere! You’ll get a new project every month—one that’s great for all types of crafters. 

To take advantage of the May kit (limited time only), visit my link by clicking here.


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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Block Stamping with Winter Woods and Detailed With Love Stamp Sets



Today I'm packing my bags for #OnstageQuebecCity!  Getting excited to learn more about the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.

At Onstage we get to swap cards and projects with other demonstrators.  I look forward to swapping because we get to meet new people, gain ideas and just have a lot of fun.
The card I am swapping at Onstage was made with block stamping.  It's a technique where you use a clear block and color the block with Stampin' Write markers, spritz with water and then stamp onto card stock.  With this card, I stamped onto Whisper White.  The Stampin' Write Marker colors I used were:
Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry




Once your paper dries; either on its own or with your heat tool, you can stamp using Winter Woods and Soft Suede ink.  Once I had the trees stamped, I then die cut using the Rectangle dies.  A larger rectangle die was used to die cut the Soft Suede card stock.  

Using the Big Shot, I embossed the Old Olive card front with the Woodland embossing folder.
The sentiment was die cut using the Stitched Labels Framelits and Very Vanilla card stock.

The sentiment is raised up with dimensionals.  Happy Birthday is from the Detailed With Love stamp set and inked with Early Espresso for a darker brown ink. 




I colored the rhinestones with a brown Sharpie pen to add some brown sparkle.
I hope you enjoyed today's card.  Block stamping is fun and I hope you give it a try.




Happy Stamping!




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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Craft Fair 2019 Series: It's All About Magnets

Here is my next Craft Fair 2019 Series which is all about creating magnets.  I have a video down below to show the process as well.  Sorry I'm a bit off camera at times.  The video was a hard to create due to the amount of items I was showing and the process in general.  
When I mass produce magnets, I complete at least 100 at a time.  You can save yourself a lot of time if you complete a large quantity vs. just a smaller quantity, say of about 25-30.  The Mod Podge glue is super sticky and sometimes can be a bit messy so another reason to do a large quantity.
120 Glass Gems Clean with a disinfecting wipe
Products I used:
Mod Podge Gloss Lustre Glue
1" Sponge Brush
1 1/4" Circle Punch Stampin' Up! Item #119861
Glass Clear Gems from Michael's:  Ashland Decorative Filler Gems 16 oz. comes 26 to a container
Glass Clear Gems from Dollar Tree:  Decorative Accents, Item #105573, about 21 per pack
E6000 Glue
Paper Snips Stampin' Up! Item # 103579
Magnetic Buttons Go Create! from Walmart 52 to a pack
ProMag Magnetic Buttons from Michaels 50 to a pack
Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! Item #146913
Wax paper to put your magnets on
Disinfectant Wipes for cleaning
Bowls to store your Mod Podge and gem



When adding Mod Podge, you don't need a lot.  It's easier to re-apply to your brush rather than getting too much on your gem or the paper.



Here is my selection of Designer Series Paper ready to go.  I always have my 1 1/4" circle punch on my desk and a small container to store my punched art so when I have scraps of pretty paper, I can punch a circle out and save for later.  I'll have a nice selection to chose from when I need to stock up on magnets again.


Here are all my magnets curing for the evening.  This process is much easier to mass produce this way.  Put on a good movie or watch a basketball game which is what I was doing.



Here is a beautiful batch of gems with the Petal Promenade paper from Stampin' Up!



To display my magnets at Craft Fairs, I use a magnetic dry erase board plus a small basket with extras for customers to thumb through.  They love to do that!



Here is the magnetic button set in place.    You can also see that the Mod Podge glue dries clear.




More completed magnets ready to sell.




Here's a sweet butterfly most likely will be picked out by a young customer.


Here is my step-by-step video for you to watch.




I hope you learned something today.  Let me know if you try this at your craft fair or just try it in general.  Please post a comment below.

Thanks for watching and stopping by.  
Karen


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Friday, April 5, 2019

Spring Is Here and It's Time To Get Organized



It's that time of the year when we start our Spring cleaning inside and out.  There's no better time than now to organize your stamping room.  Check out our new product which you can order today!  The first organizer on my list are the Stampin' Blends units.  My Blends are in a container and out of reach all the time.  What a great way to hold my markers than right on my desk.  If I see them, I'll use them... right?

Storage by Stampin' Up! is designed to store and showcase your Stampin' Pads, Stampin' Ink Refills, Stampin' Blends,Stampin' Write Markers, Watercolor Pencils, and other accessories like ribbon and bakers twine.  Here are some other features and benefits of Storage by Stampin' Up!:
  • Keeps products organized, tidy, visible, and trackable at all times.
  • Ensures that your Stampin' Pads, Stampin' Write Markers, and Stampin' Blends are all stored horizontally, as recommended.
  • Designed to be stylish, durable, compact, stackable, and modular.
  • Blends naturally with most home decor with its white neutral color.
  • Stacks vertically and can be arranged to fit practically any flat workspace.
  • Easily assembled and disassembled for rearrangement and/or cleaning.
To order your storage units, you can click here to bring you to my online store.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day!


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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Last Day to Take Advantage of a Great Offer


Whether you are a hobby stamper, past demonstrator, or just a crafter, you can't go wrong with this offer.

March 31, 2019 is the last day to take advantage of a BIG offer of $175 of Stampin'Up! product for $99 and free shipping!  You can also add the tote for $30.  $129 is all it takes to choose $175 worth of product plus the tote and shipping is FREE!  

No commitment, but if you are a paper crafter, you don't want to miss out on a minimum of 20 percent off future orders.  Click here to join my team.  
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