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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

"So Thankful" Blog Hop





Welcome to the Pals November Blog Hop, we’re so thankful you stopped by.  This month we’re showcasing projects that feature Stampin’ Up! Thanksgiving and “Thank You” products.  We hope you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or you may have come from the previous blog on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below.  The full lineup will help you move along from blog to blog so you can enjoy each and every beautiful project.

Today, I am sharing two projects which feature the Square Pillow Box.  They are the perfect size for a small "Thank You" gift.  The first uses the Acorny Thank You stamp set and the Woodland Texture Folder.  Check out the gold doily and bow.  They add just the right touch.

 Next, I have used the Festive Flower Builder Punch to make a sunflower.  So quick and easy.  Again, the Woodland Texture Folder is the perfect background. 


 With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I want to thank all of my wonderful stampin' friends.  I have made so many wonderful friends through Stampin' UP.  You have all made such a difference in my life.  
Thanks for visiting.  To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop!



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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Halloween and Harvest Blog Hop




Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for October where we are celebrating an early Fall season by sharing Halloween and Autumn projects using our wonderful Stampin’ Up! supplies.  We hope you enjoy our creations!
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom, number 8 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Halloween is just around the corner.  Are you ready for some SPOOKY treats?  Check out these cute treat bags which feature the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper. The insert is a 3 7/8" X 10" piece which is scored at 1", 6",  and 8 1/2".  It is added to the Gusseted Cellophane Bag. No adhesive needed.  The cute pumpkin face was stamped using the Sparkly Seasons stamp set.  I used the 2 1/2" circle punch to crop it.  The witches hat was cased from a Chickn Scratch video.  I adhered two trees punched from Black Glimmer Paper to a SU clothespin with glue dots.  Then I punched the hat brim using a 1 1/4" circle punch first and then centering the 2 1/2" circle around the negative space, I punched again.  This was added to the clothespin piece using glue dots.  Remember, other types of adhesive do not work well on the glimmer paper.  Don't forget to make a cute bow using our Bow Builder punch.



Next I made a matching Curvy Keepsake Box.  This time I used a circle framelit to make the hat brim. I used the Word Window punch to make a slit to slip over the handles on the box.  So cute and easy!



The next stop is Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo, number 10 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

One last look at this spooky trio!






Don't forget to check out the FaBOOlous projects from the other Pals.








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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sleigh Ride Edgelits--A Spooky Twist.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  I love the spooky decorations, trick or treating with my favorite little ghosts and goblins, and all of the sweet treats. Today, I am sharing a card which features the Sleigh Ride edgelits from the Holiday Catalog.  Don't forget the Holiday Catalog goes live on September 1st!  




I used a technique that uses SALT, water and ink to create a background.  Can you believe it!  I recently came across the instructional video on Pinterest done by Jan Tink, a fellow Stampin' Up Demonstrator. I just had to give a try.  Here is just one color combination I tried.

Tangelo Twist and Cajun Craze ink were added to a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Shimmery White cardstock with Stamping Sponges.  I cut my sponges into quarters because they are easier to hold.  Use a circular motion to add the ink to paper and put a lot of ink on the entire piece.  Then mist the inked area with water and immediately sprinkle it with salt (yes, plain table salt).  It is amazing how the salt draws in the water   Be prepared because the paper will roll up.  Because I was impatient and wanted to see the results immediately, I used my heat tool to dry the paper.   Once dry, I brushed off the remaining salt and then added a bit of Cajun Craze to the edges of the cardstock. See where the ink pooled together to make a spooky sky.

The moon is a 2" circle punched from Crushed Curry and inked with Tangelo Twist and Cajun Craze. Then the bats from Witches' Night were stamped with the NEW Basic Black Archival Stamp Pad.

 Next I used the Sleigh Ride edgelits to cut the little houses and the trees from Basic Black.  A bit of White Craft ink was sponged along the edges to give some depth.

The "Halloween" sentiment was added by stamping with Versamark and heat embossing in White.

Can't wait to show you my other creations made with blue and purple color combinations.
If you have questions, leave a comment.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

The Minions are HERE.

With the release of the latest "Minion" movie, these adorable little creatures are everywhere.  They are a favorite of the young and the not so young.  At convention, I received a cute swap from a new friend. It inspired me to make a few little "Minion" bags.  Quick and easy!  You can even change up the eyes or the smile to give them their own personality.



I used the Gift Bag Punch Board and a variety of punches to create them.  Daffodil Delight and Pacific Point are the perfect colors.  A bit of velcro closes the front flap.  I see a few more "minions" in my future.  How about you?

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Cheer All Year Halloween Card

Check it out!  A Halloween card featuring the Spider Web Doilies which will be available on September 1st.  The package of 24 retails for ONLY $4.50.  This card will hold a gift card inside. Skip the candy, treat someone special on Halloween with something special.

The Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper features several cute designs.

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Sherrie
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Too Cool for School Pals Blog Hop!



Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for August.  This month we are showing off our favorite crafting tools – those Stampin’ Up! tools that we just can’t live without.  We hope you enjoy our projects.
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs, number 11 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Bags, boxes, envelopes, and more!  A tool that does it all.  Of all the punch boards on the market this is the most versatile.  With the holiday season just around the corner, it is a must have.

Check out my project made using the Gift Bag Punch Board. Scroll down through my posts and you will see the bags, triangle boxes and even an envelope all made using this tool.


 I have run across several variations on the this theme--Santa coming down the chimney.  With the introduction of the Brick Texture, it was the right time for my version.

Here are a few of the details.

  • The bag is made from Crumb Cake cardstock, 7" x 11" using the Medium Bag instructions. 
  • The "brick" texture was added to a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Then I used our round sponge to add Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobble and a bit of Soft Suede to make the chimney.
  • The Holiday Catalog sneak peek "Celebrate the Season" sentiment  can be found in the Happy Scenes stamp set.  It was heat embossed in White.
  • Santa's bag was punched with the owl punch.  Two Whisper White "clouds" using the Tree Builder punch form the pile of snow under the bag.
  • Santa's shoes were made with the Sweetheart punch. A bit of White Craft ink was used to add highlights.
  • Check out the 1/8" Red Striped Ribbon.  Another sneak peek!

I hope you enjoyed my project.  Check back again soon for more Gift Bag ideas.  Now it is time to move down the hop.  Don't miss a single stop!  This is a very talented group.

The next stop is Kalyn Shubnell at The Stampin Chronicals number 13 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

Here is the line-up!  Lots of fabulous projects ahead.
  1. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  4. Lisa Pretto at InkBIg Academy Stamps!
  5. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  6. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  8. Amy at Amy's Inklings
  9. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  13. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  14. Pamela Sadler at stampinpinkrose.com
  15. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  16. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  17. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  18. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  19. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  20. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone's Stamping Zone
  21. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  22. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  23. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek.

Check out just one of the fabulous kits available on September 1st.  Need a catalog, just let me know.  I would be happy to mail one out to you.



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Monday, August 10, 2015

Go Wild Gift Card Holder

Today, I want to share our second stamp club project for August.  I cased a swap which I received at convention made by Sue Becker.  Check out her blog, RnR Stamping. I loved the way she used the prints from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack.  I switched up a few things including the "it's your day!"sentiment--which is perfect for many occasions.


Can't wait to try this design with our new Halloween and Christmas Designer Series Papers, which will be available on September 1st.  If you don't have a demonstrator and would like a copy of the catalog, leave a comment or send me an email.  Sherrie.Gross@gmail.com
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Paper Pumpkin Promotion



If you've never tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a great time-get 50% off your first two months. With a deal like this, you'll want to invite everyone you know to give it a try too!

Offer Dates: July 23-September 10, 2015

Offer Details: Use the code HALFOFF to join Paper Pumpkin before September 10, 2015, and get 50% off the first two months! After that, keep the creativity coming for only $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included).

The Fine Print:
  • For new subscribers only.
  • Available for month-to-month subscriptions, not prepaid subscriptions.
  • Discount applied to one kit per month for the first two months of a new subscription. After the first two months, the price for each month's kit will go to the regular price: $19.95.
  • You need to visit PaperPumpkin.com to join.
  • Enter the Promo Code, HALFOFF when you sign up.
  • New subscribers must join by Thursday, September 10, 2015; 11:50 PM (MT). 
THE KITS KEEP GETTING CUTER AND CUTER.  WE WERE GIVEN A SNEAK PEEK OF THE AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER KITS.  YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!  SIGN UP BY THE 10TH TO RECEIVE THE AUGUST KIT.

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Garden in Bloom Notepad

Happy Saturday!  I hope you are enjoying a relaxing weekend.  With school just around the corner, many of you may be enjoying a family vacation or maybe some back to school shopping.  Can't believe summer is almost over.


Just wanted to share one of our August Stamp Club projects.  This cute little notepad was inspired by Becky Roberts at Inking Idaho.  She has posted several different versions using the Scalloped Tag Topper punch and 3" X 5" index cards.  I designed this version for a 3D swap I participated in at convention.
The index cards are trimmed to 2" x 3" and then punched with the Tag Topper punch.  Each notepad contained 40 sheets, which works out to 5 notepads per package of index cards.  We used the baby wipe technique to stamp the flower and leaves from Garden in Bloom Photopolymer Stamp set.  The flowers are a combination of Crushed Curry, Lost Lagoon, and Blackberry Bliss ink refills.  The leaves are a combination of  Mossy Meadow, Garden Green and Crushed Curry ink refills.  I used an empty stamp case to hold the baby wipes.  The Just a Note comes from the  Watercolor Wishes Card Kit.
Wouldn't these make a great little gift for co-workers and teachers?

Next I plan to use the baby wipe technique to stamp fall leaves using the Vintage Leaves Stamp Set. Check out the stamp set on page 88 of the Annual Catalog.



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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Stampin' Pretty Guest Stamper - Watercolor Wings

Happy Sunday!
I hope all is well with  you and yours.  Kansas is  experiencing hot and humid days.  At this time of year, the heat is expected but not so much humidity.  Ugh.  So I am spending the day inside working on my swaps for convention, which starts on Thursday.  I can't wait!  It is always exciting to learn new techniques, see new products, and spend time with friends, both old and new.  I am so excited about
getting a sneak peek at the 2015 Holiday Catalog.  I am expecting great new products for the holidays. As a convention participant, I will be able to place an order before the pre-order period starts on August 1st.  So exciting!

Beginning in November, Stampin' Up events will change to a new format.  So I believe this convention will be extra special with a few surprises.

Today, I am honored to be a guest stamper for my upline, Mary Fish.  Mary is such an inspiration and always so generous to her team.

My projects feature several products from the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog.  I used the Watercolor Wings stamp set and thinlits.  This set is just gorgeous and coordinates with the Butterfly Basics bundle which was introduced in the Occasions Catalog this past spring.  I am using the color combination of Soft Sky, Mint Macaron, and Tip Top Taupe.  But the possibilities are endless.

For my featured cards the layout is the same but the background texture differs.  One uses the brand NEW Brick Wall and the other the NEW Fluttering Texture folder.  Both folders measure 6" x 6", which is large enough to use in either direction, horizontal or vertical.  Which is your favorite?



Brick Wall

I used a sponge to add Sahara Sand and Tip Tip Taupe to the bricks.  Just image how you can use this folder on your Christmas projects.



Fluttering
The butterflies on the texture folder are different sizes, which adds a lot of interest.  The perfect background for butterfly and floral images. 

The "hello" and "thanks" sentiments are from the new Greetings Thinlits.  They are quickly becoming one of my go-to items. 

If you have come from Stampin' Pretty, thanks for visiting and I hope you visit again soon.

Sherrie
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pals July Blog Hop - New Hues Review






Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for July.  This month we are excited to show off the new 2015 - 2017 Stampin' Up! In Colors, namely, Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder. The In Color products include card stock, designer series paper, ribbon and other embellishments.  We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles, number 12 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

I am so glad you stopped by today to check out my project.  The 2015-2016 In Colors are fabulous.  They coordinate perfectly with so many different colors or they can stand alone.  The triangle box features Cucumber Crush with a touch of Real Red.  It was made with the NEW Gift Bag Punch board.  The flap at the top tucks in to close the bag, super cute. 
Check out the tree from the Sprinkles of Life Stamp set.  Don't forget it is this year's Ronald McDonald set and $3 of the purchase prices is donated to the charity.  




The next stop is Candy Ford at Stamp Candy, number 14 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!
Blog Hop Line-up:  
  1. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  2. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  3. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You
  4. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  5. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  6. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  7. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  8. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  9. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  10. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  12. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  13. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  14. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  15. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  16. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  17. Karen Hallam at Karen's Stampin' Habit!
  18. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  19. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  20. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  21. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  22. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  23. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  24. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery's Owlery
  25. Kimberly Sparks at Stampin' Daisy
  26. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  27. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  28. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  29. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
Thanks for visiting! 
Sherrie

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Garden in Bloom



With the release of every new catalog, my up line Mary Fish hosts a Catalog Reveal online meeting.  It is always great fun.  Lots of surveys, sharing of ideas and a bunch of "prize patrol" giveaways from Mary.  This time I was the lucky winner of my choice in $25 in new product.  I chose the Garden in Bloom Stamp Set.  It is a two step stamp set--such fun.  I just love the little bumble bee. A piece of English Garden DSP was cut to 4" x 51/4" and mounted on the Whisper White cardsstock.  I added the images from Garden in Bloom.  The sentiment is from the new Host set, Floral Wings.  I love the simple font.  Just love the little bumble bee.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pals Paper Arts Challenge - Triple Banner Sketch

This weeks we have a sketch challenge.  Anyone can play along with the Pals and create your own work of art using this beautiful sketch. Just have fun with it!



I chose to use three print from the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack.  Our stacks have been redesigned and are now 6" x 6".  Such a great size.  This stack combines, Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, pacific Point, and Very Vanilla.  The patterns are so pretty- you will love them.  The 48 sheet stack is only $8.  It is a deal.


I used the NEW Triple Layer punch on a 2, 1 1/2 , and 1 inch strips of three paper designs. A sweeet sentiment from A Dozen Thoughts and Pacific Point butterfly are added to complete this pretty card.

Check out the supplies used on my care today.

Hope to hear from you.
Sherrie

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Today's the NEW Catalog Open House--Don't miss the fun.

Stampin’ Up Open House

Join me Sunday, June 14, 2015 1-4pm

at Pizza Hut, 10th and Topeka Blvd., Topeka, Ks.

Arrive early. . .

Pick up your NEW 2015-2016 Catalog!

Free Make & Take

See all 5 Fabulous NEW In-Colors!

Plus lots of NEW products and card ideas  Bring your camera!

Free Wish List with Catalog index.

Retired Stamp Sets for SALE!

PRIZES - You can earn money to spend on silent auction items.

 Be one of the first 10 to RSVP

 Arriving on time

 Bringing a friend who is new to me

 Wearing something that’s a Stampin’ Up! color

 Booking a workshop or signing up for Stamp Club

 Signing up to be demonstrator

 Signing up for ribbon or paper share

 Placing an order at the Open House

 Bring along a card or item made with Stampin’ Up products.

 Purchase retired product

RSVP to reserve your Stampin’ Up Catalog and Make & Take

packet.

Sherrie Gross

Sherrie.Gross@gmail.com




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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Another Sprinkles of Life Card


Here is quick and simple card using the Ronald McDonald House Charities Stamp set of 2015-2016.  It is a fabulous stamp set and on my "favorite things" list.  There are 22 images in this  Photopolymer set, which make it easy to use.  Let  your imagination run wild.
The card base is Bermuda Bay cardstock.  The Doily was adhered to the front.  The a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock was added,  I used the NEW Triple Banner punch to make the banners--one from the Cherry on Top DSP paperstack and one in Watermelon Wonder.
The tree was made using the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and coordinating Tree Builder punch.  They were added to a 2 1/2" circle in Whisper White.  Aren't the little flowers just the right touch?
Check out the sentiment from the Sheltering Tree stamp set.  Again I used the Triple Banner Punch to flag the ends of the 1/2" Whisper White strip.  I always save these little 1/2" strips to use for sentiments.  I am such a paper hoarder.  Are you?

I have been on creative roll lately.  Can't wait for more new product which should arrive today. WooHoo!

Keep crafting--it is great therapy during stressful times.  If you don't have a demonstrator and would like a catalog, let me know.

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