MAKE IT MONDAY – Flourishing Phrases Thank You Card Tutorial

Make It Monday - FLOURISHING PHRASES THANK YOU CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 8, 2017 blog post! MAKE IT MONDAY - FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.comI absolutely love sharing tutorials with you each and every Monday. I also love that I have a few demonstrator friends who love to share their creations with me…. and I share with them.  It just makes stamping more fun when we share, am I right?

Make It Monday - FLOURISHING PHRASES THANK YOU CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 8, 2017 blog post!

My friend Sharon created this card and it’s absolutely stunning, don’t you think?  

Make It Monday - FLOURISHING PHRASES THANK YOU CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 8, 2017 blog post!

I love that gold foil and the gold embossing on the flowers!

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Now it’s YOUR turn to create!  Want to work off your mobile device?  Just take it to your stamp space and work from here.  Click the picture to make it larger!

Make It Monday - FLOURISHING PHRASES THANK YOU CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 8, 2017 blog post!

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Would you rather save the document to your computer?

Download the free FLOURISHING PHRASES THANK YOU CARD card tutorial HERE

Can I make a recommendation?  Create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY so you can always find the downloads whenever you need them.  Or, you can always search the Categories (left side bar) and click on Make It Monday.  You will see all of them in one place.

Here’s what you’ll need to create the FLOURISHING PHRASES THANK YOU CARD.  Use what you have, order what you need.  Just click a pic!  

*Also available in Wood Mount

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WOW!  What a fantastic weekend we had!  Saturday night was the Kristin Chenoweth concert in Tulsa.  You may remember that Ginny will be attending her Broadway Boot Camp next month.  Kristin wanted to meet the teens ahead of time so she invited them to her sound check and asked them to join her on stage at the concert too.

This is only half of the kids (the other entered from the opposite side of the stage).  That’s Ginny in the back on the left.  She was SO excited to be a part of this night!  

The show was titled, “My Love Letter to Broadway” and I loved every song she sang.  Mostly show tunes including, “Popular” (Wicked), “Bring Him Home” (Les Miz), and a song she wrote for the show, “I’m Not a Diva”.  Here she is singing it, with scepter in hand.  It was hilarious!

While the kids were at the sound check, she talked about some of the “stars” that are going to be at the Boot Camp and although I can’t tell you (sorry) Christina and I SCREAMED when she told us one of the names.  She is a Tony Award winner and one of my favorites!!!  I still can’t believe Ginny will get to work with “her”.  They also said there are bigger names but they can’t say who yet.  Wait?  Bigger???  I am dying…. and I’m not even going to get to go.  I am so jealous of Ginny right now.

Sunday Mr. Awesome and I headed over to the camper to start loading all our stuff back in.  We are planning on camping this weekend (finally) so we had a couple of repairs to do.  Loading the camper is always tough.  I forgot to make a list of what I pulled OUT of camper at the end of the season.  Stupid thing on my part and I am now paying the price.  I NOW have a nice list going so this won’t happen again.  Can’t wait to head out on Friday!!  First thing packed in the camper?  A couple of Paper Pumpkin kits!  I have to do some stamping while I’m camping!

Well my friends, thank you so much for joining me today!  I hope you enjoyed the Make It Monday project today.  I have to run.  Today is “Move Out” day at Christina’s college.  Time to bring my girl back home!

Have a great Monday.  Show the world how FABULOUS you are today!

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FLASH CARD Mash Up – With Sympathy Card

FLASH CARD MASH UP - With Sympathy Card - video tutorial available at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 5, 2017 blog post

Wednesday I shared a Flash Card Mash Up video and it really inspired me to create another card with the same layout. It was always a favorite of mine and I wanted to get my hands inky!

FLASH CARD MASH UP - With Sympathy Card - video tutorial available at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 5, 2017 blog post

This time I created a sympathy card using the Touches of Texture stamp set (sentiment is from Better Together).

FLASH CARD MASH UP - With Sympathy Card - video tutorial available at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 5, 2017 blog post

I love the softness of this card and I really love the unique fold.

FLASH CARD MASH UP - With Sympathy Card - video tutorial available at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 5, 2017 blog post

Let me share the video for today’s FLASH CARD MASH UP

 

Here are my measurements in case you missed them.

  • Soft Sky – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored and folded at 1″ and 4 ¼”
  • So Saffron Flash Card 2.0 – 2 ⅛” x 5 ½”, cut to 1″ x 5 ½”
  • Vanilla Flash Card – 2 ½” x 4″

FLASH CARD MASH UP - With Sympathy Card - video tutorial available at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 5, 2017 blog post

Want to order any of the supplies needed to make today’s WITH SYMPATHY FLASH CARD?  Just click a pic to order! 

*Also Available in Wood Mount

Items in Red will retire on May 31st or while supplies last

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 Do you have big weekend plans???  The Stewarts are heading out to Tulsa, OK for the Kristin Chenoweth concert.  We are SO excited!  She is premiering her “Love Letters to Broadway” show before she takes it to New York.  This will be Ginny’s first time meeting her before she attends the Broadway Bootcamp this summer.  Ginny gets to sit in on the sound check and all the kids get to be on stage while Kristin sings to them during the show.  Kristin is very big into giving back to Oklahoma.  I so appreciate that about her.  She is such a giving person.  I’m kinda jealous that Ginny gets to rub elbows with the rich and famous.

Sadly, it’s going to be a quick trip though.  We will have to drive home (2 hours) after the concert because Christina is on call on Sunday for the last time this semester.  She moved home MONDAY!  Wahoo!  I’m excited to have her home for a little while.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  See ya back here on Monday for a Make It Monday tutorial!

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TEACH ME THAT – Triple Stamping Technique

TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog postTEACH me That! A new series by the Technique Design Team. Learn a new technique every Thursday at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com.

I am so excited to share another technique in the TEACH ME THAT series!  

TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog post

Today in Teach Me That, I will be showing you how to do the Triple Stamping Technique.  I love this technique and it was fun to do it again.  You know how we forget about great techniques?  I am so glad this one came back to me.

TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog post

Are you ready to learn how?  Here we go!

TEACH me That! A new series by the Technique Design Team. Learn a new technique every Thursday at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com.

TRIPLE STAMPING TECHNIQUE

  • Add a couple of small dots of Snail adhesive on the back of the 2 layers of white cardstock. Rub your finger across the back to “de-sticky” it.  This adhesive is temporary.
  • Layer these together and layer onto the white card base

TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog post

  • Stamp so that you are stamping over all 3 layers of cardstock. Don’t worry about the areas that the ink doesn’t get to.  This is normal.  The layers are keeping the stamp from laying flat.

TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog post

  • Continue to stamp randomly on the cardstock.

TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog post

TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog post

  • Gently separate all the layers.
  • Mount the layers onto the colored cardstock.

TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog post TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog post TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog post

  • Mount onto the card base.

TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog post

  • Notice how the colored cardstock hides the area where the ink didn’t take?

Now you’re ready to create a card using the Triple Stamping Technique!  Here are the measurements for my card but get creative with your project: 

  • Whisper White – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, 4 ¾” x 3 ½”, 4” x 2 ½” plus scrap for sentiment
  • Island Indigo – 5” x 3 ¾”, 4 ¼” x 2 ¾” plus scrap for sentiment
  • White Organza Ribbon – 5 ½”, cut at an angle

TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog post

Want to create my card using this technique?  Just click a pic to order!

*Also available in Wood Mount

Items in red will retire on May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

Here’s another version of the Triple Stamping technique but I decided to only do a double version.  It is created the same way as the Triple Technique only I omitted a layer.  

TEACH me that! Learn the Triple Stamping Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 4, 2017 blog post

This one features the Swirly Bird stamp set and it’s so easy!  This card is created in a flash!  <wink wink>  Yep, this was a Flash Card!

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Here are the measurements for my second card: 

  • Whisper White – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, 4” x 2 ½”
  • Bermuda Bay – 4 ¼” x 2 ¾”

Need any of the items I used on my THANKS FOR EVERYTHING card?  Use what you have, Order what you need.  Just click a pic to order!

*Also available in Wood Mount

I hope that you can find some time this week to give this technique a try.  It is a fun one to do.

Have a fabulous Thursday my friends!  Make it a GREAT day!!! 

 

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Saying Good-Bye to….Friendly Wishes

Time to say good-bye to another of my favorite stamp sets that sadly will be heading towards retirement.  Friendly Wishes has been one of my go-to sentiment stamp sets.  I love the bold sentiments in this set!

Friendly Wishes - Retiring May 31, 2017 - Order yours before it's gone! www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

Today’s “I Say Good-Bye, You Say Hello” is also a Flash Card Mash Up.  This is where I take a Flash Card and a Flash Card 2.0 and mash them together to create a fun card.  

 

Here are the measurements in case you missed them:

  • Melon Mambo cardstock – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, score at 1 ¼” and 4 ¼”
  • Basic Black Flash Card 2. 0 – 2 ⅛” x 5 ½”, cut to 1 ¼”
  • Whisper White Flash Card – 4″ x 2 ½”, cut down to 3″

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Here are the supplies I used on my FRIENDLY WISHES Mash Up card!  Use what you have and order what you need!  Just click a pic! 

*Also available in Wood Mount

Items in red will retire on May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

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I have one more video using the Friendly Wishes stamp set and the Sweetheart and Confetti Heart Punches that are also going away.

 

  • Thick Whisper White – 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼
  • Whisper White – 4″ x 11″ (or use scraps to punch 8-9 hearts)
  • Real Red Glimmer Paper – 2″ x 2″ (heart punch), extra if needed to fill in

Want to order any of the new products needed to create the LOVE YOU HEART Card?  To order, just click the pic!


*Also available in Wood Mount

Items in red will retire on May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

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 Ant Mania Update:  I am so happy to report that the ants have left the building!  Wahoo!  It worked!  It was such a fast and inexpensive way to clear up that pesky ant problem!  Just to share again, in case you missed it, here is what I did to get rid of the ant invasion.

  • ⅓ c. sugar
  • 1 T. Borax
  • 1 cup warm water

Mix together and drop cotton balls in the mixture.  Set the cotton balls in the lids of water or pop bottles and walk away.  In about an hour, the ants will be sucking that delicious concoction and take the Borax back to their nest….killing them all.

Thanks Pinterest!  You came to my rescue!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed the Flash Back videos!  If you haven’t seen the retirement list and want to get the stamps and accessories on your wish list before they are gone, CLICK HERE to download the list!  Items are “While Supplies Last” so don’t let them get away.  Want to “see” everything that is retiring?  CLICK HERE to view them all in the Store.

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2-Minute Tuesday Tip – Vellum Tip #4 – Vellum Flowers

2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #4 - Vellum Flowers - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the May 2, 2017

I have really enjoyed sharing these 2-Minute Tuesday Tip videos on how to use cardstock vellum.  I have a new one for you today.  How about soft vellum flowers?

2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #4 - Vellum Flowers - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the May 2, 2017

Aren’t they beautiful?  They give such a nice softness to a card.  The Blossom Bunch punch works great to create the layered flowers on this card.

2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #4 - Vellum Flowers - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the May 2, 2017

Check out this box!  WOW!  That vellum succulent turned out gorgeous!
2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #4 - Vellum Flowers - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the May 2, 2017

I added some Silver Dazzling Details to the center but silver glimmer paper would have been beautiful as well.

Let me share the video for Vellum Tip #4

 

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2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #4 - Vellum Flowers - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the May 2, 2017

Want to order any of the supplies you need to create the Hello card?  Just click a pic to add them to your order!

*Also available in Wood Mount

Items in Red will retire May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

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2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #4 - Vellum Flowers - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the May 2, 2017

Want to create the FOREVER BEGINS TODAY gift box?  Add any of the items you need to your order.  Just click a pic!

*Also available in Wood Mount

Items in Red will retire May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

You’ve heard of Beatle Mania…..well,in our house, it’s ANT Mania…. as in pesky little black ants.  We had all the rain over the weekend and the ants have been making my stamp room their new Hilton!  EEK!

Pinterest to the rescue!  I found a way to get rid of them and although I wasn’t sure if it would work, after a couple of hours, this is what I find.

Kill ants - ⅓ c. sugar, 1 T. Borax, 1 cup warm water

EWW!  Look at all of them!!!  Pinterest sure saved me!  So, I thought I would pass along the secret recipe.  Okay, not secret.  It was on Pinterest.

  • ⅓ c. sugar
  • 1 T. Borax
  • 1 cup warm water

Mix together and drop cotton balls in the mixture.  Set the cotton balls in the lids of water or pop bottles and walk away.  In about an hour, the ants will be sucking that delicious concoction and take the Borax back to their nest….killing them all.  Wow.  It sounds so morbid.

I’ll let you know if the ants went marching home or not!

 

I hope that you guys have a fabulous Tuesday!  Can’t wait to share more stamping with you tomorrow.  See ya then my stampin’ peeps!

 

Order the Eastern Palace Suite Bundle and receive 24 amazing tutorials showing you how to use it! Order today at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com (offer available through May 31, 2017)

Use MAY HOST CODE QMMNXM4H on your order of the Eastern Palace bundle (Starter or Premier Bundle) and I have a the most fabulous gift for you!  24 tutorials using the products that come in the bundle.  WOWZA!  

If your order is over $150, DON’T use the code.  Why?  Because I don’t want you to miss out on the Stampin’ Rewards that await you!  Rewards start at $15 in FREE product!  If either of the Eastern Palace bundles are on your order, you will receive the tutorials as well!

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MAKE IT MONDAY – Life Is Beautiful Tutorial

Make It Monday - Life is Beautiful CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 1, 2017 blog post! MAKE IT MONDAY - FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

Today is the day!!!  It’s the first day you can order the Eastern Palace bundle!  As a demonstrator, we can order new products early.  I love this perk and I LOVE that I can share a Make It Monday project using this bundle right away.

Get the Eastern Palace Bundle at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - May 1- 31, 2017 - Use Host Code and receive 25 tutorials using the bundle as my gift to you!

I have been chomping at the bit to share projects using this bundle because it is by far the most amazing stamp set and framelit set I’ve ever played with!!!  I feel like I could spend DAYS sharing all the things this bundle can do.  No joke!  It’s just unbelievable!

The framelits interact with each other in the most amazing ways.  Some framelits leave the die cut attached to the card BUT if you want to remove it, a quick snip-snip-snip and you have a separate die cut.  Other framelits leave a detailed die cut image that can fit into another framelit. Is that cool or what?

Stay tuned to Simply Simple Stamping because I have so many tips and tricks to using those framelits and the stamp set.  The possibilities are absolutely ENDLESS!  

If you order either the Starter Bundle or the Premier Bundle and use the MAY HOST CODE QMMNXM4H I have an incredible set of tutorials to send you showing you 24 different cards using JUST what comes in the bundle.  No need to pull out more cardstock, extra stamp sets, other ink pads – just the things that are in the bundle (tutorials are based off of the Premier Bundle because this bundle has the Framelits).

I know, I seem really over the top excited about this bundle but I am blown away by all the things you can do with this!  How about I hush now and I get to sharing.  Sorry…. I am just THAT EXCITED!!!

Make It Monday - Life is Beautiful CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 1, 2017 blog post!

Is this card not GORGEOUS?  We created this quick card at a local meeting I had with some Oklahoma demonstrators.  They oohed and aahed over it.

Make It Monday - Life is Beautiful CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 1, 2017 blog post!

Can you see how the main center image stays attached to the card?  SO cool!  The flower in the center was created with 2 framelits that nest together but you can use them separately as well.  This bundle is just insanely COOL to use!

Oh, and if you look closely at what comes in the bundle, you’ll see THICK VERY VANILLA CARDSTOCK!  YAY!!!  This makes the card extra study and strong.  LOVE!

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Now it’s YOUR turn to create!  Want to work off your mobile device?  Just take it to your stamp space and work from here.  Click the picture to make it larger!

Make It Monday - Life is Beautiful CARD - download the FREE tutorial at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the May 1, 2017 blog post!

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Would you rather save the document to your computer?

Download the free LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL card tutorial HERE

Can I make a recommendation?  Create a file in your “Documents” on your computer and call it MAKE IT MONDAY so you can always find the downloads whenever you need them.  Or, you can always search the Categories (left side bar) and click on Make It Monday.  You will see all of them in one place.

Here’s what you’ll need to create the LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL card.  Use what you have, order what you need.  Just click a pic!  

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Crazy weekend here for the Stewarts.  We had storms like CRAZY over the weekend.  Christina attends a small university and the high winds actually picked up the bleachers from the baseball field and threw them against a house across the street.  Trees were taken out.  It’s a shame.  It’s an OLD campus with lots of established trees.

 I know we need the rain but does anyone else find nighttime storms unnerving?  Thunder, lightning, hail, wind.  Those storms that wake me up scare me for some reason.  It was like I was 7 years old again.  I HATED night storms when I was a kid.  Yep, it was a very LOUD weekend with very little sleep.

The bright spot was taking the family to see the musical “The Producers” at a community theatre in Guthrie, OK.  Guthrie is one of those old towns with the old downtown area.  It’s just so quaint!  I love going there. The theatre is ancient and I love all the detain inside.  The show was FABULOUS!  I love Mel Brooks humor.  He is one of my favorites.  It was a great time and I think we all needed the break from life to laugh….especially Christina.  She is about to start finals this week so you know she’s under a lot of stress.  Mr. Awesome has been working some long hours on a big project at work.  It was nice to get them out for the night to just have FUN.  

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Thank you for letting me share my excitement for the Eastern Palace Suite.  I have been so excited to share it with you.  I know this bundle will become your favorite go-to bundle.

Tomorrow, I have another vellum 2-Minute Tuesday Tip video for you. Join me then!

Order the Eastern Palace Suite Bundle and receive 24 amazing tutorials showing you how to use it! Order today at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com (offer available through May 31, 2017)

Use MAY HOST CODE QMMNXM4H on your order of the Eastern Palace bundle (Starter or Premier Bundle) and I have a the most fabulous gift for you!  24 tutorials using the products that come in the bundle.  WOWZA!  

If your order is over $150, DON’T use the code.  Why?  Because I don’t want you to miss out on the Stampin’ Rewards that await you!  Rewards start at $15 in FREE product!  If either of the Eastern Palace bundles are on your order, you will receive the tutorials as well!

Get the Eastern Palace Bundle at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - May 1- 31, 2017 - Use Host Code and receive 25 tutorials using the bundle as my gift to you!

FLASH CARD 2.0 – Thanks for Everything Card – Video No. 79

FLASH CARD 2.0 by Connie Stewart - Thanks for Everything Card - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 28, 2017 blog post

More thunderstorms and rain are predicted for today and throughout the weekend.  🙁  We need the rain, yes, but UGH, I am getting so tired of dreary days.  It’s days like this I love to pull out my bright colors!

FLASH CARD 2.0 by Connie Stewart - Thanks for Everything Card - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 28, 2017 blog post

Yesterday I shared a Teach Me That on Heat Embossing so I thought it would be fun to incorporate heat embossing into today’s Flash Card 2.0.   

FLASH CARD 2.0 by Connie Stewart - Thanks for Everything Card - check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 28, 2017 blog post

This card is such a fun color combination – Melon Mambo, Cucumber Crush, Tempting Turquoise, and Daffodil Delight.  Isn’t it just fabulous?  And the card came together SUPER fast!  Let me show you how to create it in today’s FLASH CARD 2.0 video….

 

Here are my measurements in case you missed them.

  • Melon Mambo – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scored and folded at 4 ¼”
  • Cucumber Crush Flash Card 2.0 – 2 ⅛” x 5 ½”, cut to ¾” x 5 ½”
  • Whisper White Flash Card2.0 – 2″ x 5 ⅜”

Want to order any of the stamps or accessories needed to make today’s THANKS FOR EVERYTHING CARD?  Just click a pic to order! 

*Also Available in Wood Mount

Items in Red will retire May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

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The Stewart girls had a Girls Night Out at the theatre last night.  Our community theatre that we have worked with for many years did “Annie Get Your Gun“.  What a fabulous performance they did!!!  

As a huge musical theatre fan, I can’t believe I am admitting this but…. I had never seen this show.  I knew most of the music (“There’s No Business Like Show Business”, Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better”, and “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun”).

It was so much fun to see so many of my theatre friends in the show.

Juliette, one of the sweetest girls I know, played my daughter in “Exit Laughing

Trevor and I were in “9 to 5 the Musical” last summer.  He kept me laughing… a lot!

My sweet friend Jack was Big Daddy to my Big Mamma in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Gosh, Harper and I have worked together since 2012!  I have loved watching this girl grow up!

There were about half a dozen more friends but I missed my photo opp.  Every time I see a show there, I get antsy to audition for the next show.  Next season looks interesting!  I just might have to do that.

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Before I close, I have something very important to ask you.  If you have placed an order in 2017 and have moved recently OR if you are a Snow Bird who moves between states, would you please log into your Stampin’ Up account and update your address?  Sunday I will be ordering your new Stampin’ Up catalog and I don’t want you to miss out on receiving it.  Shipping costs are outrageous, as you know, and having to ship catalogs twice due to an address change gets expensive.  If you could check your MAILING address (not the shipping address), I would GREATLY appreciate it.

CLICK HERE TO LOG INTO YOUR ACCOUNT

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Well, that’s takes care of another fun week of stamping!  I hope you all enjoyed the Vellum tip, the Super Flash Cards, and the new Teach Me That tutorial.  I absolutely LOVE sharing with you every day!  I hope you guys have a great weekend.  Go show the world how AWESOME you are today!  Love ya!


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TEACH ME THAT – Heat Embossing Technique

TEACH me That! A new series by the Technique Design Team. Learn a new technique every Thursday at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com.

It’s time for another TEACH Me That!  Today let’s look at heat embossing.  There are a lot of stampers that have seen this technique but aren’t familiar with how to do it….or are afraid to do it.

TEACH me that! Learn the Heat Embossing Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 27, 2017 blog post

Have you always wanted to learn how to create that beautiful high gloss, raised image?

TEACH me that! Learn the Heat Embossing Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 27, 2017 blog post

Are you ready to learn how?  Here we go!

TEACH me That! A new series by the Technique Design Team. Learn a new technique every Thursday at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com.

 

TEACH me that! Learn the Heat Embossing Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 27, 2017 blog post

  • Begin by rubbing the Embossing Buddy over your cardstock. This is a really important step.  The powder in the Embossing Buddy removes static and oils that the cardstock may have picked up from your hands.  Static and oil will attract embossing powder in places you don’t want.

TEACH me that! Learn the Heat Embossing Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 27, 2017 blog post

  • Ink your image in VersaMark ink.  VersaMark is a clear “sticky” ink, perfect for working with Embossing Powder.

  • Stamp image onto your cardstock.

TEACH me that! Learn the Heat Embossing Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 27, 2017 blog post

  • Sprinkle with Embossing Powder, covering the entire image.

TEACH me that! Learn the Heat Embossing Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 27, 2017 blog post

  • Shake off the excess powder and your image should be nicely covered in powder.

TEACH me that! Learn the Heat Embossing Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 27, 2017 blog post

  • Are you ready for the magic?  Heat the image with a Heat Tool until you see the powder go from a dull color to a bright, shiny image.  Continue to move the heat tool around until all the powder has melted.

Now you’re ready to create a card using the technique?  Here are the measurements for my card but get creative with your project: 

  • Crumb Cake – 8 ½” x 5 ½”, score and fold at 4 ¼”
  • Island Indigo – 4 ¼” x 2 ¾”
  • Whisper White – 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” (cut a 3″ Stitched Shape framelit)
  • Gold Glimmer Paper – ½” x 4″

Want to create the Dragonfly Card using this technique?  Just click a pic to order!


Here’s another version of the Heat Emboss technique.  

TEACH me that! Learn the Heat Embossing Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 27, 2017 blog post

This one features the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and the background is embossed in white.  

TEACH me that! Learn the Heat Embossing Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 27, 2017 blog post

Isn’t it just gorgeous on that Marina Mist cardstock?

TEACH me that! Learn the Heat Embossing Technique at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com - look for the April 27, 2017 blog post

Here are the measurements for the sympathy card: 

  • Whisper White – 11″ x 4 ¼”, score and fold at 5 ½”
  • Basic Black – 3 ⅞” x 5 ⅛” and ⅞” x 3 ⅞”
  • Marina Mist – 4” x 3 ¾”

Need any of the items used on the sympathy card?  Use what you have, Order what you need.  Just click a pic to order!

 

*Also available in Wood Mount

Did you know that you can also heat emboss in any color?  I shared a 2-Minute Tuesday Tip video with you back in 2015 that you may have missed.  Check this out!

 

Pretty cool, huh?  I hope you learned something today.  I know that for many of you, you are already familiar with this technique but hey, maybe there was a tip or two you picked up.  I hope so.

I really love to do heat embossing.  It always has such a WOW factor to it.  When people get a handmade card with that beautiful gloss, they are uber impressed.

Well, I am going to wrap it up for today.  Thank you all so much for stopping by.  I hope that you’ll join me tomorrow!  I’m heading into the stamp room to see what I can whip up for you.  Have an awesome day!


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*Before tax & shipping

NEW ITEMS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE CLEARANCE RACK!

Saying Good-Bye to….Fresh Fruit stamp set

Time to share one of my favorite stamp sets that sadly will be heading towards retirement.  I don’t know what it is about fruit but I LOVE to stamp fruit!  It reminds me of summer and fruit has the most amazing color palate.  

Today’s “I Say Good-Bye, You Say Hello” is also a Super Flash Card!

SUPER FLASH CARDS - Create (8) Fabulous cards with only 6 sheets of cardstock! Check it out at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

We all love cards that can be made in a Flash but today I want to share another way to use the Flash Cards system – 6 sheets of cardstock, 8 completed cards…. and yep, all in a Flash!

SUPER FLASH CARD Video Tutorial - 8 Cards with the Fresh Fruit stamp set - see the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com. Just look for the June 22, 2016 blog post!

I think the Fresh Fruit stamp set was the first stamp set on my order when the new catalog came out last year.  I just love it!  

Here are the measurements in case you missed them:

  • (4) 8 ½” x 11″ Cardstock card bases – score at 4 ¼” and cut to 5 ½”
  • (1) 8 ½” x 11″ Colored cardstock – cut to 4 ¼” – cut (1) piece to 2 ⅛” x 5 ½”, cut the other to 4 ¼” x 2 ¾”
  • (1) 8 ½” x 11″ White or Vanilla Stamped cardstock – cut to 4″ – cut (1) piece to 2″ x 5 ⅜”, cut the other to 4″ x 2 ½”

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Here are my completed cards.  There’s no right or wrong, just get creative!  Even mistakes can be fixed.  Leave it to me to make those!

SUPER FLASH CARD Video Tutorial - 8 Cards with the Fresh Fruit stamp set - see the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com. Just look for the June 22, 2016 blog post! SUPER FLASH CARD Video Tutorial - 8 Cards with the Fresh Fruit stamp set - see the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com. Just look for the June 22, 2016 blog post! SUPER FLASH CARD Video Tutorial - 8 Cards with the Fresh Fruit stamp set - see the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com. Just look for the June 22, 2016 blog post! SUPER FLASH CARD Video Tutorial - 8 Cards with the Fresh Fruit stamp set - see the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com. Just look for the June 22, 2016 blog post!

I can’t wait to make these Super Flash Cards as peaches, pears, and apples.  Just think of those bright colors I can use.  What’s not to love?!

Here are the supplies I used to create my card.  I’ll bet you already have a lot of it already but to order what you need, just click a pic!

Items in red will retire on May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed the Flash Back Flash Card video!  If you haven’t seen the retirement list and want to get the stamps and accessories on your wish list before they are gone, CLICK HERE to download the list!  Items are “While Supplies Last” so don’t let them get away.  Want to “see” everything that is retiring?  CLICK HERE to view them all in the Store.

Use APRIL HOST CODE CRTQN3WE on your order of $20* or more and you’ll receive a fabulous set of 30 stamping tutorials to inspire your creativity!  If your order is over $150, DON’T use the code.  Why?  Because I don’t want you to miss out on the Stampin’ Rewards that await you!  Rewards start at $15 in FREE product!

*Before tax & shipping

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NEW ITEMS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE CLEARANCE RACK!!!

2-Minute Tuesday Tip Video – Vellum Tip #3 – Vellum Overlays

2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #3 - Vellum Overlays - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the April 25, 2017

Are you ready for video #3 in the mini series on different ways to use Stampin’ Up’s cardstock vellum?  Today I want to share how to create beautiful overlays using Framelits and Thinlits.  It’s just amazing what a little vellum can do to a die cut to create a softness and a delicate touch.

Let me share today’s tip on how to create a vellum overlay like this one.

2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #3 - Vellum Overlays - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the April 25, 2017

 

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2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #3 - Vellum Overlays - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the April 25, 2017 2-Minute Tuesday Tip - Vellum Tip #3 - Vellum Overlays - check out the video at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com and look for the April 25, 2017

Here are my measurements for my card:

  • Wisteria Wonder cardstock – 11″ x 4 ¼”, score and fold at 5 ½”
  • Blushing Bride – 4 ¼” x 2 ¾”
  • So Saffron – 4 ¼” x 2 ¾”
  • Cardstock Vellum – 4 ¼” x 2 ¾”

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Want to order any of the supplies you need to create the card?  Just click a pic to add them to your order!

*Also available in Wood Mount

Items in red will retire on May 31, 2017 or while supplies last

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Well, that’s it for me today.  Join me tomorrow for a throw-back video on SUPER Flash Cards using the Fresh Fruit stamp set. Super Flash Cards are a great way to make 8 cards in a Flash and the Fresh Fruit stamp set is going to retire at the end of May.   I just had to share the video again because the project is amazing.

Hope you have a fabulous Tuesday everyone!  


Use APRIL HOST CODE CRTQN3WE on your order of $20* or more and you’ll receive a fabulous set of 30 stamping tutorials to inspire your creativity!  If your order is over $150, DON’T use the code.  Why?  Because I don’t want you to miss out on the Stampin’ Rewards that await you!  Rewards start at $15 in FREE product!

*Before tax & shipping