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Lovely You has something for everyone

Whenever I get a new Stampin’ Up! catalog it always takes me several passes until I really notice everything in it. The new Lovely You bundle was one of those hidden gems that I didn’t really focus on the first few times through. When I finally did pay attention to it I knew it was one I had to add to my collection. With sweet sentiments and eye-catching floral images the Lovely You bundle makes creating a breeze.

Playing with the stamp set for the first time last week, I created a #simplestamping card with just stamps, paper, and a selection of inks. To create this card, I used Thick Whisper White card stock (8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″) and the Classic Stampin Pads from the Subtles collection – Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, and Highland Heather. The labels were made using the Lovely You Pick a Punch with Petal Pink (1″ x 4″) and Whisper White (3/4″ x 3.5″).

#simplestamping

After creating a simple stamping card, I wanted to step it up a bit so my next card added lots of layers, a few die cuts, some Rhinestone Jewels, and I used the markering technique to color and stamp my floral image. To create this card I used a base of Cherry Cobbler card stock (8.5″ x 5.5″, scored at 4.25″), then I added a layer of Whisper White card stock (5.25″ x 4″) and a layer of Plaid Tiding Designer Series Paper (5″ x 3.75″). A 1″ x 5″ strip of Mossy Meadow added a pop of color to the card front. I used the two largest squares from the Stitched Shapes Dies to create my diamond layers in Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White. I colored my image with Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Stampin Write Markers and stamped it on the Whisper White die cute. Again the Lovely Label Pick a Punch was used on a 3/4″ of Whisper White to create the label. Check you my full YouTube tutorial here. Click here to order all the products used for these projects.

Lovely You stepped up

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Can I offer you a yummy cookie?

This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the first ever Stampin’ Up! Leaders Summit. Despite the fact the original plan to gather in New Orleans had to be scrapped due to COVID 19 (and so grateful to NOT be in New Orleans during a hurricane), the virtual event proved to be educational, insightful, and just downright FUN (the sub titles were hysterical!). One of my favorite parts of the event was networking with other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators (or as I like to think of us Brand Ambassadors). I met so many intelligent, passionate, and joyful women from around the globe and feel rejuvenated by their enthusiasm.

One woman in particular provided a new way of looking at our direct sales business, which people so often mock or dismiss without even understanding anything about it. She asked us if we would like a cookie. As she looked upon our puzzled faces, she went on to explain – if you walk into a room with a plate of cookies, wouldn’t you offer a cookie to everyone in the room? Of course we all said yes. She then went further to hypothesize – if you walked into the room with a plate of cookies and DIDN’T offer everyone a cookie they would wonder why you didn’t offer them a cookie.

As she went on to explain her analogy, it all made perfect sense; as a member of a direct sales company we have “cookies” to offer. We can offer everyone the chance to host a party or join our teams. Some people may not want a “cookie” and simply say “no thank you”; other may say “I don’t want a cookie right now” while still others may say “YES – Thank you so much – I would love a cookie”. The point is – you never know who will be interested so give the information to everyone so they can decide if they want a “cookie”.

In the spirit of that I am offering you a “cookie”, a chance to join our Crafty Foxes Stampin’ Up! family. Our team is full of dynamic brand ambassadors with a passion for creating and sharing their joy with others while using quality products (and did you know all of Stampin’ Up!’s stamps, ink, and paper are made right here in the good old U.S.A?!!). There’s never been a better time to join our growing team with the new GET AND GO promotion from Stampin’ Up!.

What is this promotion you speak of? I’m glad you asked! The new GET AND GO is a bonus package for joining the Stampin’ Up! from September 1 to September 30. When you join Stampin’ Up! you always get $125 in product for just $99. If you join during this promotion you’ll receive a bonus package of 2 stamp sets, 16 card kits, and a package of Rhinestone Basic Jewels. That’s an additional $50 product value that you can use to jump start your creative journey! All this for just $99 (a total of $175 in product) and the opportunity to join one of the most amazing teams ever (disclaimer – I might be a bit biased). If you would like more information you can email me at craftyklock@gmail.com or message me on Facebook at Stampin with Crafty Klock. We’d love to have you join the Crafty Foxes team. If your ready to sign up, just click here.

The GET AND GO promotion starts on September 1, 2020
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Introducing the bright and versatile Plaid Tidings DSP

Every time a new Stampin’ Up! catalog comes out I always have to go through it several times to see all the hidden gems inside. With the new August-December Mini Catalog it wasn’t until I went through it multiple times before I saw the beauty and versatility of the new Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper (DSP). With 16 coordinating colors (yes 16!) this DSP is a must have for any craft room. The creative possibilities of this DSP are endless. You’ll want to get this DSP for your craft stash. Shop for it here.

Coordinates with Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss, Bumblebee, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Cinnamon Cider, Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Misty Moonlight, Pretty Peacock, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Seaside Spray, Shaded Spruce, and Whisper White

I was so taken with Plaid Tidings that I made it the featured product of my weekly Facebook Live. As usual, I waited until the last minute to prepare for my Facebook Live but once I pulled out this paper, the card designs came together so quickly. The designs allow the DSP to be the star of the show and embellishments are not really needed. Here’s a sample of what I made in just a few hours one afternoon.

With some many options to choose from I had to pick just two to highlight on my Facebook Live. I chose to highlight the card featuring the Way to Goat stamp set as that is such a fun and whimsical set. I did one birthday card suitable for men and a second suitable for women. Check out my YouTube Video Tutorial (and subscribe to my channel) here.

The DSP does all the heavy lifting on these designs. For the card bases I used Basic Black and Melon Mambo. Here are the supplies used and dimensions:

  • Card bases – 8.5″ x 5.5″ and scored at 4.25″
  • DSP – 4″ x 5.25″ (I added a piece of Whisper White with the same dimensions to the inside
  • Daffodil Delight 3″ x 1.25″
  • Whisper White 2.75″ x 1″
  • Melon Mambo 2″ x 1.25″
  • Whisper White 1.75″ X 1 “
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Melon Mambo Classic Stampin’ Pad
  • Daffodil Delight Stampin Write Marker
  • Melon Mambo Stampin Write Marker
  • Basic Black Stampin Write Marker

I hope you enjoy the Plaid Tidings DSP as much as I do. If you have a chance to create with it I’d love to see what you make. You can always share your projects on my Stampin with Crafty Klock Facebook page. Have fun and Happy Stampin’

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Introducing the simply elegant Life is Beautiful

Every time a new Stampin’ Up! catalog launches, there is always one stamp set that just speaks to my soul. In the new August – December Mini Catalog the stamp set that stole my heart is the simply elegant Life is Beautiful stamp set. I absolutely adore the understated elegance of this set. Just a few images and yet so many options for creating beautiful, one of a kind greeting cards.

Life is Beautiful stamp set.

This is one of those sets that are perfect for all levels of stampers. Whether you are just starting to stamp or have been stamping for longer then you care to admit, the Life is Beautiful is a must have (you can order your own set here). I had fun using this set on my weekly Facebook Live (Stampin with Crafty Klock / Crafty Stampers VIP Group). Check out my YouTube video tutorial here (and subscribe to my channel) to see how to make the cards pictured below.

#simplestamping

This card is perfect for a newbie. It uses a base of Cajun Craze (8.5″ x 5.5″ scored at 4.25″) with a layer of Whisper White (5.25″ x 4″). The tree is stamped in Soft Suede while the leaves are stamped in Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze. I added a 1″ x 2.75″ banner stamped in Garden Green. I used the Banners Pick-a-Punch to flag one end but you could just use paper snips to create the same effect. For a little added pop of color I carefully dipped the edges of the banner in the Garden Green ink. What do you think? Can’t you just hear those crisp leaves crunching underfoot? I love it!

Life is Beautiful – Avid Stampers

I stepped it up a bit with this card, added lots of layers and embellishments to create a four seasons card – perfect for letting someone special in your life know you are thinking of them all year round. The card base is Night of Navy (8.5″ x 5.5″ scored at 4.25″) with a layer of Seaside Spray (5.25″ x 4″). I stamped the tree in Soft Suede on Whisper White (5″ x 3.5″) and then cut it into four parts (each 7/8″). For the winter scene I used Seaside Spray. For spring I stamped the circles in Flirty Flamingo and the grass in Garden Green. The summer leaves are stamped in Garden Green and I used Stampin’ Write Markers (Mango Melody and Pool Party) to color the bird house stamp before stamping the image. For fall I once again turned to Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry. I added some linen thread around both layers before attaching them to the card base. I punched labels from Night of Navy and Whisper White and stamped the sentiment in Seaside Spray. For a little more bling I added three Rhinestones. I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

I hope you’ll give iLfe is Beautiful a home in your craft room. I promise you won’t regret it. Happy Stampin!

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The New Magic in this Night Suite is Amazing!

As the dog days of August drag on, my thoughts turn to cooler weather and the approach of Pumpkin Spice season. I love the fall and all the wonderful things it brings (like Pumpkin Spice Lattes) especially what my daughter calls “spooky season”. One of the best things about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator is getting to pre-order holiday products well in advance so I can get a jump start on my holiday preparations.

Usually it’s the Christmas product suites that claim a space in my heart (and in my craft room) but this year the new Magic in this Night Suite was calling my name. Check out all that comes in the suite

Magic in this Night Product Suite #155122 – $88.75

My first time playing with it I paired it with the new Life is Beautiful stamp set (#154871 – $17.00) to create the card below. I used the gorgeous Magic in this Night Designer Series Paper with the new Little Treats Bundle (#155204 – $53) to create this little treat box just perfect for Halloween gifting. I almost overlooked this little gem of a bundle as it was tucked away on one of the last pages of products (pate 70) in the August – December Mini Catalog. I am so glad I give it another look. This Little Treats Bundle is so versatile and can be used to make little gifts for birthdays, weddings, engagements, showers, just about any occasion you can think of. You can order all these products and more at my online store – just click here.

Card and Treat Box

Project dimensions for card: Basic Black cardstock 8.5″ x 5.5″ scored at 4.25′; Basic Gray cardstock 5.25″ x 4″; Designer Series Paper 5″ x 3.75″; Highland Heather cardstock 4″ x 5″; Whisper White cardstock 5.25″ 4″ for inside of card

Project dimensions for treat box: Designer Series Paper 6″ x 7″, scrap of Whisper White cardstock for die cut circle; scrap of Blackberry Bliss cardstock for die cut spider

Check out my YouTube Video tutorial here. Happy Stampin’