Welcome to the first of our two mini January Hops
This month we’re offering two mini hops since the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration brochure just went live January 4th.
We’re showcasing the new Occasions Catalog and also the freebies from the Sale-a-Bration products.
Are you wondering how we all created projects with products that were just available as of yesterday? We’re all Stampin’ Up Demonstrators! And…we get our hands on new product a month early. If that sounds good to you check with your demonstrator and sign up today so you’ll be ready for the next new catalog early. And…demonstrators can earn additional free goodies during Sale-a-Bration! Okay…back to the hop. Hee, hee.
As usual you can follow this hop in a circle going either direction. Of course you can also return to the home hop site if you ever get lost along the way. That site will also, with a bit of scrolling back lead you to any and all of our past hops that you might still find inspiring.
Now that you’re here I hope you’ve arrived from Christine’s blog. Amazing work as always Miss Christine. Not only is Christine a wonderful friend but she fire’s up my creative mojo every time with her shared projects.
For today’s hop I’m concentrating on one of my favorite forms of card. The notecard! A tad smaller than the traditional card size but still mailable with standard postage. I love that they come in a pack of 20 for a mere $6.00. And…they include the envelopes and are already scored and ready to fold and go!
Using the new Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit dies it was easy to create a very simple notecard (took about 5 minutes or less (love, love, love that silky and satiny new vanilla ribbon too). Then I created a slightly more stepped up notecard. Given how many notecards come in the package it would be easy to create an entire set to give as a gift. A little specialty paper, washi tape or ribbon and a set of dies and you are ready to get creating. Of course the Dragonfly dies also come as part of a bundle with a wonderful set of stamps and at a 10% discount so I’d look at that before you grab just the dies. 😀
Dragonfly Delight Notecards
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The Clean and Simple Version
Stamps: Swan Lake
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Paper: Very Vanilla Cardstock, Crumb Cake Notecards, Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
Other: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, 1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals.
A very quick and easy card. Fold and crease the notecard, tie on the new luscious ribbon, die cut a grouping of dragonflies (it’s all in one die so easy to cut and glue down). And lastly, stamp a sentiment from the new Swan Lake set ( I love the idea of dragonflies not exactly having a plan for their travel don’t you?), banner cut the ends and apply with dimensionals. Stamp a few images from Swan Lake on the inside and you’re done! Oh…and the notecards use regular postage so no worries there.
The Stepped Up Urban Underground Version
Stamps: Swan Lake
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Delightful Dijon
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake Cardstock, Crumb Cake Notecards, Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper, Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack
Other: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies, Bone Folder, Urban Underground Washi Tape, Paper Snips, SNAIL, Tombow Liquid Glue, Dimensionals.
In this version of the notecard I played a bit more with papers and replaced ribbon with washi tape (easier and more affordable so I love that trick. Easier to mail too!). The only tricky bit was die cutting a set of dragonflies out of Very Vanilla and then tapping the die cut on the Delightful Dijon ink pad to add a bit of color and definition. Not really all that tricky but a tad messy that’s for sure unless you use a plastic bag or over cover to keep the ink off your fingers. I slipped a bit of the same carousel paper behind the Urban Underground. I thought it gave a bit of a watery background look for the dragonflies. They do so often fly over water right?
I encourage you to play with the products that I’ve showcased today. Quick and simple meets the need so often. And as you can see, the products I’ve used will coordinate with products you may already have or can find in the Stampin’ Up Occasions and Annual Catalogs. Don’t forget…from January 4th through March 31 your purchases may also earn you extra SAB freebies! Sweet!
That’s it for my share of the hop. Time to move on over to my friend Marsha’s blog. Marsha is not only an original and crafty lady in so many ways and areas but she’s also our fearless leader this time around. She stepped in at the last minute when Heidi came down with a winter case of pneumonia and is away from the keyboard. Bless you Marsha for stepping up and I know we’ll be inspired by her hop contributions. Enjoy the rest of the hop and I hope to see you back here soon.
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