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How to create beautiful cards with Hydrangea Haven

As soon as I saw the lovely Hydrangea Hill Suite in the new January – June mini catalog I was transported back to my childhood. My maternal grandmother had a reputation gardening, whether it was vegetables or flowers, and our yard was always blooming with something. Gorgeous azalea bushes framing the front of the house; pink and red roses adding their fragrance to the back yard, and beautiful blue and pink hydrangea bushes lining the sidewalk on the side of the house.

The new Hydrangea Hill Suite is one you will most definitely want to add to your collection. The colors work so beautifully together and set you up for success right out of the box. Check out my YouTube video and see how easy it is to create with the products in this suite.

The new Hydrangea Hill Suite from Stampin’ Up!

These products will be available beginning on January 5th! You can check out my store for more info and to place an order. Click here. I’m also featuring this suite in my February Stampin’ Bingo class! This is a fun event where we make four projects and play some old fashioned bingo for fun! It’s always a good time and lots of laughs! You can register here.

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You’ll love the easy yet impressive IMPOSSIBLE CARD!

I’ve always been crafty. As a youngster I loved to color; as a I grew older I tried my hand at different crafts – knitting, sewing, crocheting, photography, cake decorating, painting. You name it and I’ve probably at least tried it once! Some I’ve liked more than others and some were just not my strong suit – knitting – not for me – can’t coordinate two needles at once; quilting – meh too much detail work. But creativity fills my soul and I love to try new things.

About 20 years ago I got introduced to Stampin’ Up! I loved the pretty stamps, ink, and paper and I was hooked. I loved this new hobby – it fed my creative side in a fun, new way. Now, life has a way of getting in the way and as a mom of two young children with a full time job outside the home, the opportunity to spend precious time and money on my “hobby” was limited. I never gave it up exactly but I did put it on the back burner for a few decades.

So fast forward to today and I’m an (almost) empty nester with time and money to finally spend on me! So when the opportunity to join Stampin’ Up! was presented and jumped in and signed up. I absolutely LOVE creating with my stamps, ink, and paper. It feeds my creative soul and it give me such joy to turn a simple piece of paper into a work of art. Best of all, I get to share my passion with all of you! So today I want to share my take on the “Impossible Card”. I’m not really sure why it’s called that but my guess is the way you cut and fold the card seems impossible to do!

Impossible Card

The card is actually quite easy to make – just a few score lines and some snips with your scissor, a flip of the paper and Viola – the Impossible Card. Check out my YouTube Tutorial below and be sure to join my Crafty Stampers VIP Group on Facebook to get the FREE PDF tutorial. You can order the tools used to make this card here. Happy Stampin’.

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Add a POP of color with the stunning Poinsettia Place Suite

When I first saw the August to December Mini Catalog I was drawn to the beautiful Poinsettia Place Suite of products. It was a love/hate relationship – I loved the the products but hated the number of dies included. The number of dies was the deciding factor in my decision to skip over this suite in favor of simpler bundles and suites. But like a moth to a flame I kept coming back to it. After seeing so many beautiful projects created with this suite I FINALLY broke down and ordered it.

When it arrived I pulled it out of the box and immediately started to play with it. Let just say it was LOVE at first use! The poinsettia flowers go together so easily and you can create flowers of varying sizes . I was kicking myself for waiting so long to get this little gem.

https://www.stampinup.com/products/poinsettia-place-suite-collection-(english)?demoid=2184563

The Suite comes with everything you see here – stamp set, dies, beaded pearls, ribbon, designer series paper, and a specialty designer series paper. You can order the entire suite with just one item number 155109 for just $94. I promise once you get this suite you won’t want to put it down. It makes creating stunning cards so easy!

This past week the stunning Poinsettia Place Suite was the star of my YouTube video, which you can see here. You can purchase all the products used to make the cards featured on my YouTube Video here. Below are the dimensions for the cards:

  • Real Red card stock – 11″ x 4 1/4″ scored at 5 1/2″
  • Whisper White card stock – 2 pieces 4″ x 5 1/4″ (one for inside/one for outside)
  • Basic Black – 3/4′ x 5 1/4″
  • Basic Black – 2 1/4″ circle
  • Real Red, Garden Green, and Bumblebee card stock for die cuts
  • Soft Suede card stock 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Whisper White card stock 4″ x 5 1/4″ (for inside)
  • Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper 3″ x 4″
  • Bumblebee card stock for label
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You need to add this hidden gem to your collection

I love this time of year. The trees start turning brilliant shade of red, yellow, and orange. The air is crisp and things just seem to slow down a bit. I love it when I can snuggle under a quilt with a good book and some cocoa and just laze the day away. Ah Fall – probably my favorite season. I love all things fall and I especially love creating beautiful fall themed cards. One of my favorite sets to create with the the Gather Together bundle from Stampin’ Up! I first fell in love with this set last fall and I was so happy to see my old friend return this year.

The stamp set and dies are beautiful in their simplicity. Just a few heart felt sentiments and beautiful leaves, pumpkins, and wheat complete the stamp set. With dies to match the stamped images as well as some accent dies, it’s easy to create beautiful, one of a kind greeting cards to send to family and friends this time of year.

I’m featuring this set as my October Product of the Month. Place an order on my website of $25 or more and I’ll send you a FREE kit with all the cardstock and envelopes needed, as well as a tutorial, create four beautiful cards (stamp set and dies not included, open to US residents only). Use this link to order https://www.stampinup.com?hostcode=DPYG26UC

The bundle is item #153036 and retails for $38.50. Check out my YouTube video of two cards I made with this set. You’ll want to add it to your collection too!

Video featuring the Gather Together Bundle

Dimensions for both cards are as follows:

  • Card base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Card stock for inside both cards and outside of Soft Suede card 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Card stock for outside Cajun Craze card – Crushed Curry 3 1/4″ x 5 1/5″; Very Vanilla 2 3/4″ x 5 1/2″; Crushed Curry 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

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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