Saturday, November 30, 2019

Thank You For Supporting Me And My Small Business!

Hello!

I want to thank all of you for visiting my blog.  You have no idea how much it means to me that you are a part of my Stampin' Journey!  I truly appreciate you!

When I started this blog in June I did not realize how much it would impact my business.  Or how it would help me become a better crafter and business operator.  Although I have the support of fellow demonstrators and Stampin' UP!®, your support means so much more to me.  You have helped me branch out, be more creative, be more outgoing!  You keep me on my toes and make me want to take my business to a whole other level.  Thank you.

And although today is Small Business Saturday and I am thanking you today, I truly do thank you from the bottom of my heart every day.  I do a little happy dance every time I see that someone has viewed this blog.  I do a little happy dance every time someone purchases from me.  I do a little happy dance every time my business impacts someone else in a positive way.  
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.  


Every purchase in my online store today, November 30 and tomorrow December 1st will be included in a drawing for a wonderful prize from me!  The more orders I receive the larger the prize!
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I appreciate you being a part of my Stampin' Journey!
I live & love to inspire you!

THANK YOU! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

One Card Wonder Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - Night Before Christmas Memories & More

Hello!

I am so happy to welcome you to today's One Card Wonder Wednesday!  It is the day before Thanksgiving and I know we are all busy preparing for our dinners tomorrow.  We have family in our homes visiting and we are just plain busy in general.  I myself am going to a doctor's appointment,  the grocery store for all the last minute veggies etc, liquor store - because let's be honest I need some wine after today, baking pies, prepping my turkey so I won't have so much to do in the morning, getting my Christmas decorations out of the closet....possibly setting up the tree so it can be decorated this weekend, and doing some laundry.  Because laundry is never ending! Oh, and doing a Facebook Live video too, hahaha, whew!

So I decided to make today's card super sweet and simple using the Night Before Christmas Memories & More Cards plus the Cards and Envelopes.

Image ©Stampin' UP!®

The photo above shows the Night Before Christmas Memories & More Cards.  They all come in one pack and you get 6 each of 9 designs that are double sided.  The sizes are 3in. x 4in. and 4in. x 6in.  Plus you get 6 sticker sheets, and then stickers are thicker than normal stickers.  The coordinating colors are Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Poppy Parade, Pretty Peacock, So Saffron and Very Vanilla.

Image © Stampin' UP!®

The Cards and Envelopes pack comes with 20 cards and 20 envelopes.  The coordinating colors are Cherry Cobbler, Poppy Parade, and Very Vanilla.  So if you were to purchase both of these sets you would have a minimum of 20 cards for the holidays....You could make more using the remaining Memories & More Card fronts.  And you don't have to stamp unless you want to!

Here are the super easy cards I made tonight.  I hope you love them as much as I do.  Tonight's video turned into Two Card Wonder Wednesday!





I appreciate you being a part of my Stampin' Journey!
I live & love to inspire you!

THANK YOU! 
valeriesmith.stampinup.net

Here is the video link for my email subscribers: https://youtu.be/q0MCDriw5-8
Measurements & Instructions
  1. Open your Cards and Envelopes.
  2. Attach Memories and More Cards to them using snail adhesive or Stampin' Dimensionals.
  3. Add extra stickers and any other embellishments you choose.  Voila!




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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Update Tuesday, Snowman Season - November 26, 2019

Hello!

EEEK!  I am so excited for you to see today's Update Tuesday Photo from Stampin' UP!  These little snowmen are my favorite!  The Let It Snow suite of products is such a fun group to use.  You can make these adorable cards easily!  This photo below is the photo that was shared via email this morning from Stampin' UP!®.  I'm always excited to see what new inspiration they will share with us and today was no exception.  Aren't these cards the cutest!

Image © Stampin' UP!®


And as usual, it was hard for me to decide which one to focus on.  But in the end I decided to focus on the card on the left.  I like to fussy cut and this card has some fussy cutting!  Plus I haven't used my embossing paste in a while and I was eager to use the new Basic Pattern Decorative Masks. 

Here is what my card looks like.  


Could this little snowman be any cuter?!  I think not!  I just put him to the test and showed this card to my 2 year old great-nephew via FaceTime and it was a big hit!  LOL!  This card has the 2 year old seal of approval!  And that folks is all I need!  


Look at the detail of this Shimmery White Embossing Paste?!  I love this paste!  I have a feeling I will be using a lot more of it before I finish my Christmas cards.  


Here is the sentiment I chose to  put on the inside!  It's a good thing I stamped and photographed this card before I did my Live video on Facebook a few minutes ago.  Because right now I cannot find the block and photopolymer stamp that I used.  LOL.  ha ha ha.  It doesn't get much more real than that!


I appreciate you being a part of my Stampin' Journey!
I live & love to inspire you!

THANK YOU! 
valeriesmith.stampinup.net

Here is the video link for my email subscribers:https://youtu.be/R0ht1BUAV2E


Measurements & Instructions
  1. Cut a piece of Pool Party Card Stock 5 1/2in. x 8 1/2in., score at 4 1/4in., and fold on score line.
  2. Cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock 3 1/4in. x 5in.  Using washi tape, tape it to a sheet of grid paper.
  3. Cut a piece of Thick Whisper White Card Stock 3 1/4in. x 4 5/8 in. and then die cut the largest stitched circle from the Stitched Framleits at the top of the card stock...this piece card stock is now your stencil.  Save the stitched circle for another project.
  4. Using washi tape, tape the Thick Whisper White Card Stock stencil over the Whisper White Card Stock.
  5. Using Pool Party ink and Stampin' Sponges, sponge a light layer of Pool Party Ink onto the circle.
  6. Using washi tape, tape the polka dot mask from the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks over the two layers of Whisper White Card Stock and then spread a thin layer of Shimmery White Embossing Paste.
  7. Remove the polka dot mask and wash it with warm, soapy water and let it dry.
  8. Remove the Thick Whisper White Card Stock and then let your Shimmery White Embossing Paste Polka Dots dry.
  9. Cut a piece of Pool Party Card Stock 4in. x 5 1/4in. and then emboss it with the Winter Knit 3D Embossing Folder.  Adhere to the front of the card base using Snail Adhesive.
  10. Cut a piece of Let it Snow Designer Series Paper 1in. x 4 5/8 in. and adhere to the polka dot embossed Whisper White Card Stock on the back right hand side, making sure it peeks out from behind. Adhere entire piece to front of card on an angle using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  11. On a scrap piece of Whisper white Card Stock stamp the snowman in Memento Ink.  Color the scarf and hat with Pool Party and Real Red Stampin' Blends.  Color his nose with the Pumpkin Pie Dark Stampin' Blend.  Then fussy cut him out.  Adhere him to the front of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  12. One a scrap piece of Basic Black Card Stock stamp "Merry" from the "Merry Christmas" sentiment in Versamark Ink and sprinkle with White Stampin' Emboss powder and heat set with Heat Tool.  Fussy cut "Merry" and adhere onto the card front using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals.
  13. Tie a bow using the Mint Macaron Nature's Twine and adhere to the right of the snowman using a Mini Glue Dot.
  14. Cut a piece of Whisper White Card Stock 4in. x 5 1/4in. and stamp the sentiment "Hoping this season builds heartwarming memories" and adhere to the inside of the card using Snail Adhesive.  Voila!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

One Card Wonder Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - So Many Stars & Itty Bitty Christmas

Hello!

It is time for One Card Wonder Wednesday. Welcome back!  I'm glad you are here!  I decided to use the So Many Stars Bundle again this week.  I just can't get enough of it!   I promise this card is completely different than last week's card.  I like to use a bundle or stamp set in as many different ways as possible.  Today I paired it with the Itty Bitty Christmas stamp set and the Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper.

After I finished this card I decided I want to use it in my December card classes.  It is perfect.  Simple and easy to make but it looks stunning.  I just love it.  I have a feeling my customers will feel the same way.


You tell me?  Is it beautiful or what?!  I have been wanting to use the Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper, this copper foil star paper to be exact.  I am so glad I decided to use it for this card.   


I have a class tonight, so I will be showing them this card along with a few others as inspiration.  
What do you use for inspiration?  I hope you make this card and have as much fun as I did.  

I appreciate you being a part of my Stampin' Journey!
I live & love to inspire you!

THANK YOU! 
valeriesmith.stampinup.net

Here is the video link for my email subscribers: https://youtu.be/2pqVsYViaQo




Measurements & Instructions
  1. Cut a piece of Night of Navy Card Stock 5 1/2in. x 8 1/2in., score at 4 1/4in. and fold on score line.
  2. Cut a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock 3 1/4in. x 4 1/4in.
  3. Cut a piece of Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper 3in. x 4in.  Then using the Stitched Stars Dies, die cut a star from the paper.  
  4. Lay the die cut piece of paper over the Very Vanilla Card Stock so you can see the Very Vanilla Card Stock where the star was cut out.  
  5. Stamp "believe" from the Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set in Night of Navy Ink in that star.  Then adhere the Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper onto the Very Vanilla Card Stock using Snail Adhesive.
  6. Adhere the layered piece onto the front of the card using Snail Adhesive.
  7. Using the Stitched Stars Dies, die cut three more stars fo varying sizes.  One in Night of Navy Card Stock, one in Very Vanilla Card Stock, and one from Copper Foil Sheets.
  8. Adhere the stars, layering them over one another using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  9. Cut a second piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock 4in. x 5 1/4in. and then stamp a star array from the So Many Stars Stamp Set in Night of Navy Ink on the top.  Adhere it to the inside of the card using Snail Adhesive.  Voila!



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