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Hello again! I hope you are well. Another busy week has flown by, with lots of quilting and crafting, I’m happy to say. I hope you found time to craft, too.

If you’re looking to replenish your craft supplies, I have some exciting news for you. Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 17th) only, there will be FREE shipping in my online store on orders over $65. And if you use the host code 42XFPDNQ, too, I will send you a thank you gift next month. Yes, on this occasion double-dipping IS allowed!
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…but remember, don’t check out until after 2am Wednesday morning and make sure your shopping is completed by 1:59am on Thursday morning. (This is based on Stampin’ Up’s 24 hour cycle which is in Mountain Time)

As always, if you need help placing your order, feel free to email me, call me or text me (613)922-5123

Pretty Perennial Greetings

I absolutely love the versatility of this stamp set. I decided that we could use a little spring, as winter storms blow in, this month, so here are my February Team Swaps. If anyone is interested in doing a group swap with me, let me know – I love sending and receiving cards each month.

Tone on Tone projects usually call my name. Even when I’m quilting, I’ll often opt for a tone on tone look. In this card, I used Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Magenta Madness ink, on the same colour of cardstock to create the base flowers. I used the open petal die to cut out the matching piece for the top of the flower, and the flower die for the larger flower. My card base is Granny Apple Green. I used the Pinewood Planks embossing folder, on a piece of Basic White, as my matte. My greetings are from the Many Messages, stamp set.

Just a reminder that Sale-a-Bration ends this weekend. Choose your free product with every $60 purchase

Snailed It – January Team Swap

This month, I’m having a ton of fun with the Snailed It stamp set. I cased this card from a demonstrator in Germany, Stefanie Droop. It just made me smile, so I decided that this is just what the doctor ordered, with all the stressy stuff in the news. I used Stefanie’s layout, and made a few esthetic changes.

The Oh So Ombre DSP is FREE with a C$60 purchase during Sale-a-bration (January 5-Feb28)

Card Base – Basic White 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, scored at 4-1/4″
Oh So Ombre strips – cut three (*your choice of colour), 4″ x 1-5/8. Space evenly, horizontally on the card front.

Stamp the mushroom design on to a 3″x3″ square of Basic White.

Center the 2nd largest Circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies over the design, and place the coordinating die over the stamped image.

I cut them together and held the dies in place with Washi tape. If you do it this way, be careful that the dies are not lying on top of each other, to avoid damaging the dies. They fit nicely, without touching.

Stamp the snail of your choice and die cut or fussy cut, then colour with your choice of colouring medium. I really like the Stampin’ Blends, so that was my choice, but of course you can use coloured pencils or water colour for a different look.

I glued the mushroom cut out directly to the card front, then layered the circle part of the cut out with dimensionals. Next placed the snail off to one side, also on dimensionals.

I used the dies from the Snail dies for the Hello – Basic White for the sentiment, and Bermuda Bay for the rectangular matte.

The googly eyes, on the snail, were from my stash – Craft store or dollarama (can’t remember) and the Resin Hearts Embellishments are also from the January – June Mini, part of the Snail Mail Suite, p54-55

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Welcome 2021

Good riddance 2020 – what a year. We were lucky to have made it through the year unscathed and very happy to wave buh-bye. With this new year, we have two new babies coming. We also have hope for a better year, less stress , more smiles, (maybe) a resolution or two, and Sale-a-Bration.

I thought I’d bring in 2021 by sharing a calendar made with a Sale-a-bration set called Berry Blessings and the Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper which is free with a $120 order.

I printed the calendars from the website www.timeanddate.com. I used my Brother Scan’n Cut machine to cut my calendar pages all the same size. Check out my Youtube tutorial here.

SALE-A-BRATION!!!! And the new Mini Catalogue (Jan-Jun 2021) starts January 5, 2021. 

Please use January HOST CODE – 3EDNX6B9 for any purchases under $200.00. This allows me to earn freebies, which I can pass along to you. For orders over $200.00 do not use the host code and you will earn Stampin’ Up! rewards before you close your order.

If you are considering becoming an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, there’s no better time to join than during Sale-A-Bration, when demonstrators get special perks just for signing up.   Create your starter kit of $135.00 and choose $165.00 worth or products of your choice.

  • During Sale-a-bration, receive FREE, a stack of our Regals, Subtles, Neutrals and Brights cardstock a selection of 2020—2022 In Color 6×6 Designer Series Paper 
  • 20% discount on all future purchases.
  • Early release and preordering new products
  • Earn extra income while doing what you love 
  • One on one team Training for all my team members.
  • Exclusive access to the Stampin’ Up! website

Supplies

**Note – the Whisper White card stock has been discontinued and is being replaced by Basic White soon (no arrival date as yet)

Card Base – Granny Apple Green 4-1/4 x 11, scored at 2-3/4 and 5-1/2

Mats

Pacific Point – 4 x 5-1/4 front, 2-3/4 x 4 (inside mat)

Granny Apple Green 2-3/4 x 2-3/8 (calendar)

White Card stock – 4 x 2-1/2

Berry Delightful Designer Series Paper – 3-3/4 x 5 and 3-3/4 x 2-1/2

Happy 10th Anniversary to my husband

I’m proud and happy to have been married to Glen for the past 10 yrs. We met in 2006, and in 2009, sold both our homes and relocated to be near water, and bought a house together. We didn’t end up on the water, but did land on a golf course property and love our home. We got married a year later, with my daughter, Emily as my Maid of Honour, and my son, Ian, gave me away. 

It was a great party!

For this card, I used the SO cute Cling stamp set, Senior Years. I think it’s going to get a lot of use!

Card Base – Basic Grey (8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score at 4 1/4) 
First Matte – Cherry Cobbler (5 1/4 x 4)

Second Matte – Whisper White (5 x 3 3/4) – on this matte, I used the score blade of the paper trimer and scored all four sides at 1/8″ from the edge, then 1/4″, just to give it some detail.

Third Matte – Basic Grey – I used the 4th largest die from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. 

Fourth Matte – Whisper white- cut with the 3rd smallest of the Rectangle Stitched Framelits. 

I stamped the couple from the Senior Years stamp set and fussy cut them out – adhered them with Mini Dimensionals.

I coloured using the various Stampin’ Blends and embellished with the Share What you Love Artisan Pearls. These are retired but you can take the Pearl Basic Jewels and colour with the Stampin Blend colour of your choice.

I used the Happy Anniversary sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings, stamped in Cherry Cobbler. I fussy cut out the greeting and used the Classic Label Punch to make a small accent piece from Cherry Cobble card stock.

My inside sentiment was “The good things in Life are better with you” from Tasteful Touches Cling stamp set.

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July Team Swap!!

Forever Fern July Swap – Forever Fern has quickly become one of my favourite new sets from Stampin’ Up!. For this month’s swap card, I cased a card that I saw on Pinterest, by Sheryl Abernathy, (Elegant Sentiments Collective), in the US. The simplicity, yet elegance of this card, called my name. Thanks, Sheryl!!
Check out my YouTube tutorial for detailed instructions.

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Beauty Abounds Team Swap

We are a young, growing team, at The Critters’n Ink, Critters’ Den. With the catalogue launch this past month, we decided to start a monthly swap, within our group. This is my contribution. I hope you like it.

We need to first, create our butterfly background piece. I did this using a piece of whisper white card stock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4, and using a Stampin’ Sponge, I used 4 different inks to create a coloured sheet. I then take the die of choice, from the Butterfly Beauty Dies, and cut out my butterfly, with my Big Shot.

I remove the bottom right butterfly, with my paper snips as that’s where I want my sentiment to go.

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I used the Tasteful Textile embossing folder to emboss another Whisper White (5 1/2 x 4 1/4), to use as the back ground for the butterfly.

I used mini Stampin’ Dimensionals, cut in half and smaller pieces, to elevate the butterfly element.

I layered this onto my card base (I used 4 different card base colours to reflect the colours I used to create the butterfly piece.) I used coordinating enamel dots to match the card base colour.

For the sentiment, I used white embossing powder on Basic Black card stock, then fussy cut it out and attached to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals

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Ornate Garden Birthday

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This beautiful floral suite is coming your way on April 1st. The Ornate Garden Suite is part of the selection for the new Annual 2020/21 catalogue, coming in June, but as an early release, we get to enjoy it before the catalogue comes live on June 3rd. This card was inspired by a card from a member of the Stampin’ Up!  Design Team, Emma Goddard, in the UK.

Cut your card stock as follows:

Card Base – Very Vanilla
8-1/2 x 5-1/2, score at 4-1/4
Very Vanilla (cut 2) 5-1/4 x 4, plus small scrap
Garden Green – half sheet
Ornate Foil DSP – fussy cut flowers

I heat embossed the large floral design with gold embossing powder, onto Garden Green card stock, then fussy cut it out.

Die cut the larger of the scrolled frames from the Ornate Layers Dies, from the Garden Green card stock.

Emboss one of the Very Vanilla pieces, with the Ornate Floral 3D embossing folder. Layer onto the card base, adhering with your favourite snail or liquid glue.

On top of this, layer your Ornate Layers frame, and then place your embossed floral element onto this.

Place your fussy-cut flowers onto your embossed leaf/floral, adhering with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Heat emboss your sentiment, in gold and trim. Embellish with the gilded gems.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial video. Have a great weekend.


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Sale-A-Bration Third Release Products Now Available!

Sale-A-Bration Third Release products are now available for you to earn! These additional offerings include select, current Stampin’ Up! products, newly available to earn for Sale-A-Bration. You need to act fast though, because orders must be closed by March 31!

With the new 3rd release of Sale-A-Bration products, this is a great time to take full advantage of this promotion, including the Little Ladybug Stamp Set (item 152384) for hosts with a qualifying order of $375. And, if you’ve been thinking about joining my team now is a great time. Complete your sign-up process by March 31, so you can make the most of Sale-A-Bration; you will get a free Mini Paper Cutter, 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Sampler, and your choice of a stamp set on top of the regular Starter Kit offering! How cool is that! And, after that – all your purchases are 20-25% off regular. And, (again), as a demonstrator, you get to see what’s happening a full month before everyone else AND (yep again) place a pre-order and get your new stuff ahead of everyone else. Just saying…. lol

If you would like more information, shoot me a quick email at crittersnink@gmail.com. Stay safe in this crazy virus ridden life, right now, and craft on!!

Inspiring Iris Fun Fold

inspiring_iris_cardThis card was inspired by a card that my downline and close friend, Doreen Teasdale created, during one of our monthly stamping weekends at The Critters’ Den.

I thought this stamp was “nice” but it wasn’t really calling my name, until I saw Doreen’s card. Now, it’s one of my favourites. I’m hoping Stampin’ Up! will keep it in the new catalogue this summer.

Cut your card stock as follows:

Card Base – Garden Green 8 1/2 x 5 1/2, score 4 1/4 and 2 1/8 on the 8 1/2″ side
Blackberry Bliss – 3 1/2 x 3 1/2
Very Vanilla – 5 1/4 x 5, 3 1/4 x 3 1/4
Lily Impressions DSP – 1 7/8 x 5

Stamp your floral designs on the Very Vanilla 3 1/4″ square with Memento Ink. Using the “filler” stamps, finish your flowers with the Blackberry Bliss and Garden Green inks.

Layer on to your Blackberry Bliss 3 1/2″ square.

Create a Z fold with your card base. Adhere the DSP strip to the front small section of the card, then centre the Floral element over the DSP.

Stamp your sentiment on the inside of the card, making sure that it’s centred, so the Floral square covers it.

I hope you like this card – I love it!


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