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NC Blog Hop: Let's Celebrate Sale-a-Bration!

Welcome to the North Carolina Demos Blog Hop!  I'm so glad you are here!

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I hope you are getting lots of great ideas for your FREE Sale-a-Bration items.  Sale-a-Bration is the best time of year.  The annual catalog is great, the new Occasions catalog has everything you need for spring, and you can get FREE items for every $50 you spend.  What could be better!!!  Here's the card I have to share today.

Sale-a-Bration Tasty Treats

This card represents 4 different Sale-a-Bration items, but it features the stamp set Tasty Trucks.  I just love the taco sentiment, so I made a taco.  Here are the details for the card.

  • Start with a card base in Real Red measuring 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored at 4 1/4 and folded.
  • The Basic Black layer is 4 x 5 1/4.
  • The patterned paper is from the Sale-a-Bration brochure and is called Carried Away.  It measures 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.  Stamp the food truck in Basic Black Archival ink over the paper.  I started near the center of the paper and added the front of the truck to the left and the back of the truck to the right.  Then add the top row and the bottom row.  Off set the trucks so they are not one of top of the other. To make this a birthday card, add the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Designer Tee Sale-a-Bration set.  To get the words in just the right place, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  I don't use it often, but it's really an easy tool to use.
  • The Whisper White circle is the largest circle in the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The taco sentiment is stamped in black near the bottom and then just rotated around a little to fit under the taco.
  • The taco shell is cut from Crumb Cake card stock with the largest Layering Circles Framelits Dies.  Sponge around the outside with Crumb Cake and stamp in the same color with the dots from the Avant-Garden stamp set.  Fold over the circle, but don't press it down.  Layer 3 dimensionals one on top of each other in several places on the inside of the taco.  Work on the insides of the taco before you press that down.

Taco art

  • The Fringe Scissors were used to cut the shredded lettuce from Old Olive. Crinkle it up, put down some snail (I used Fast Fuse) and push it down.  Arrange to please.
  • The tomatoes are made in Real Red with the 3/4 inch circle punch.  Just cut the circles into quarters.
  • The cheese is made in Crushed Curry.  Again, use the Fringe Scissors and then cut to make shorter shreds.  
  • Glue the tomatoes and cheese onto the taco whenever you think it looks best. These are easy to make.  Just don't stress about it.
  • When you have it ready, close the taco and adhere to the white circle.  I used glue dots.  I have to say, I'm very excited about how this card turned out! Sometimes, it all comes together!  I must admit it's very exciting when what is in the head transfers to paper!

Taco card with Tasty Trucks

The inside of the card repeats the Happy Birthday from the Designer Tee stamp set.  I also added a few tacos from Tasty Trucks.  Color these in with our new Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen.

Taco inside

Here again are the Sale-a-Bration items I used on the card.

SAB Collage

These are items you don't want to miss.  Want these items?  You can chooses one of them for FREE with each $50 dollar purchase.  This is a great time to stock up on some of your basics like Whisper White card stock, Real Red card stock, Crumb Cake card stock, Basic Black card stock, glue dots, snail, Fast Fuse, dimensionals, and envelopes for mailing your card treasures once they are made.

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Bingo: Day 3 of Sharing

I've been sharing some projects from my last Stampin' Bingo event featuring the new Occasions catalog.  Today, I'm going to share the second Make & Take.

Bingo Window Shopping box

The Window Shopping Thinlit Dies really make a cute box.  With Valentine's Day coming up, we needed to make something for the occasion.  To make this box, cut two of the framelit shapes.  I must admit that putting the box together was a little challenging to me.  We all have our problems, right?  I had trouble knowing just where to put the Tear & Tape.  Here's what you need to do.  Watch the Stampin' Up! video.  It really helps.


I did cut out the shapes in Tip Top Taupe for all.  Stamp them with the flourish stamp from Falling Flowers in Tip Top Taupe.  As mentioned, I put the Tear & Tape on, too. The Sunshine Wishes Framelits were used to cut the heart in Blushing Bride and the Love in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.  Adhere with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

B box top

An empty box is no fun, now is it.  We had to fill the box.  I used the brown or the white packaged Decorative Shred from Dollar Tree.  You just need a little.  And, wait for it, they are filled with the Valentine Little Debbie Cake hearts!!!!

B box w cake

Yes, they are packed in twos.  I separated them into single packs.  Use the Cellophane Gusseted Bags for this and seal them shut with a little washi tape.  I used the Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape.  Be careful putting them in the box.  If it cracks, you may have to eat it and get another.  Ask me how I know!  Look how perfectly they fit in the box.

B box cake inside

You can give me this any day!

B people 3

This rounds out my Bingo event posts.  Feel free to scroll down if you missed the last two posts.  Thanks so much for looking at my blog today.

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Bingo: Day 2 of Sharing

My last post shared the set up for my Stampin' Bingo event.  If you missed it, just scroll down and it should come right up.  Today, I want to share one of the Make & Takes that we made.  

Bingo Succulent Pot

I've seen a lot of gorgeous succulent pots made with the Oh So Succulent bundle.  For my Bingo M & T, I needed to keep it simple.  I did a lot of prep for this activity just to keep things running smoothly.  They seemed quite pleased.

B pot pot

I got the pots from the Dollar Tree.  They come 3 to a pack and stand 2 1/2 inches tall and have a 2 1/2 inch diameter at the top of the pot.  When I got the pots, I wished they were a deeper more richer color.  I sponged each one with Cajun Craze ink.  This took a while for 17, but I do think it was worth it.  I used Linen Thread to decorate the pot.  I wrapped the thread around 3 times and tied it.  I tied a bow and adhered it with a glue dot.  Each pot is filled with Floral Foam cut in pieces, also from the Dollar Tree.  I have seen that others have used a styrofoam ball cut in half.  I think my way might be a little more cost effective.  I then used the glue gun to adhere Reindeer Moss.  Guess where I got that.  Yes, Dollar Tree.

B pot flower

The flower is cut from Rose Red card stock and is sponged in Rich Razzleberry.  I had the layers cut out and ready for each person to sponge.  I cut 2 of the very largest size and we sponged them on both sides.  Sponge just the edges around the outside. Don't worry about getting around each petal.  I used 2 of the next size, then 1, then 2, then 1, then 1 as the sizes descend. Of course there is no right or wrong to the size and number of layers you use.  Sponge the tips of each layer.  No need to sponge the back for the rest of the layers.

Use your bone folder to curl up the petals on each layer.  Be careful.  If you do manage to pull off a petal, no one will ever know.  Just keep going.  You can always use your hands to help smooshe it all together a little more.  I did say smooshe.  The first layer will need to be adhered to the pot.  We used straight pins.  Build your flower up from there.  Be sure to off set the petals with each layer.  We used some dimensionals in the first couple layers and glue dots for the rest.  The yellow in the middle is cut from the Botanical Builders framelits.  Fold it up and adhere with a glue dots.  Once it's all together, you may need to play with it until it looks just perfect. Thanks to Donna, my Master Gardener customer, for the advice on colors to use for my succulent!

B pot sign

My husband brought me the sticks to use in the pot.  They are coffee stir sticks that he picked up in a hotel.  He was so proud as he said I should be able to use them sometime.  They have been waiting in a drawer waiting for me to use them.  Aren't they perfect!  The ovals are in Whisper White and cut using the Stitched Shape Framelits.  The scallop oval is cut from Old Olive using the Layering Ovals Framelits. The sentiment is stamped in Rich Razzleberry and is from the So In Love stamp set. The flower is from Oh So Succulents.  We made signs for both sides of the stick.  Put the stick around the side of the pot so that the bow is in front.

B pot group

Let's not forget the Lace Doily found on page 51 of the Occasions catalog.  Each person took one home to adhere later so it would not get bent on the way home.

B pot full 2

Here are a few pictures while succulents were being assembled.

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B people 3


B people 1

  I'm so glad you came by today.  Next time I will share our next Make & Take.  It's so cute.  You don't want to miss it!




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Bingo: Day 1 of Sharing

This whole week I'll be sharing the details for my Bingo this past Saturday.  I had 17 lovely ladies come to play Bingo and have the chance to win some fabulous prizes! Today, I want to share with you the set up for the event.  I have been having a Bingo event after each new catalog comes out.  The ladies love it!  They are signing up quickly.  I hope to find a place to hold a larger event in the future.  Here's what each place looks like.

Bingo set

I always have a seat gift for my Bingo players.  This time I chose to have a paper share of the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper from the Occasions catalog on page 21.  The whole Bingo experience focused on the new Occasions catalog.  Each person got 1/4th pack of the paper.  I made a belly band for each share measuring 2 x 12. This was not quite big enough to fit around.  

B seat close

Make an oval.  Use the an oval from the Stitched Shapes in Whisper White.  Stamp using the Oh So Succulent stamp set in Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe, Calypso Coral, and Mint Macaron.  Using the Layering Ovals Framelits cut a scalloped oval from Mint Macaron.  The sentiment is from the Sale-a-Bration set Designer Tee.  Put tape on each end of the belly band and place the oval.  It will hold it all together.  Place the share in a Stampin' Up! cello bag to protect it.

B seat

The water bottle is decorated using a different theme.  Usually, I try to pick a theme and use it throughout the day.  This time I decided to feature some different items.

B water bottle

There is a paper strip from the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series paper cut 1 1/2 x 8 1/2.  Tape it to the bottle with Fast Fuse.  The decoration is from the Window Box Thinlit Dies.  It's from the birthday candle dies that would fit on the side of the window box.  Use the Stitched Shape Framelits to cut a square from Very Vanilla and then cut the candles from it.  Put Emerald Envy card stock behind the candles and Daffodil Delight card stock behind the flames.  Place all of that on a Stitched Shape larger square cut from Real Red.  Add a little banner that wraps around to the back.  The sentiment is from the stamp set Balloon Adventures.  I tried to round all of this a little to fit on the bottle.  To be honest I did have some trouble keeping all of that stuck into place.

B water & card

I did make a card using the same patterned paper pack and the same square from the bottle.  I used the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlit Dies for the balloons.  I also used the Sprinkles punch and the Balloon Bouquet punch.  The Solid Emerald Envy Baker's Twine was used for the balloon strings.

B shopping card

My players did not get the card, but it showed another way to use the square from the bottle. 

The rest of the week (Wednesday and Friday), I'll share the Make & Takes from our Stampin' Bingo!  Be sure and come see what we made!

B people 2

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Cool Treats, Cool Tricks!

I mentioned in a post last week that I had been to the NC Demo Quarterly.  Tamra's TaDa group puts on a great meeting.  I learned a couple new things about the Cool Treats bundle that I would like to share.  Here is my card for today.

Cool Treats Bundle

I've been wanting to try a banana split.  This is my attempt.  This card has a lot going on.  Before I get started on all the details, I want to share a few things that were new to me.

All of these bundles are fantastic!  I just love the idea of having a stamp set and being able to cut out the images with the Big Shot.  I have to admit that sometimes, as a demonstrator, I have a lot of prep work for classes.  I want my customers to have the experience of cutting out using framelits, but if they cut everything, frustration sometimes sets in.  We make 5 cards in a class.  Here is just a little tip that might help a little.   The 1 inch circle punch fits the stamp for the chocolate covering for the ice cream.  Lets face it, a punch is faster.

Ice c start

I can hear you now.  You want that fudge topping to pop.  Here's how.  Remember Crystal Effects?  I have the new answer to replace it.  Use the Fine-Tip Glue Pen. Simply outline the chocolate and then fill it in with the glue.  Somehow, this makes the color pop even more.  Of course you must set it aside and let it dry.  That might not be good for a class unless you do it at the beginning.  I decided to try using the Sprinkles Embellishments.  Just add some while the glue is still wet.  I love how it looks.  The little cherry also has glue on the cherry part.  I later added the Early Espresso Stampin' Write marker for the stem.

Ice c supplies

The glue dries shiny.  It makes you just want to take a bite!  Thanks, TaDa group!

Ice c close

Here are the rest of the details.

  • Use Thick Whisper White for your card base, 4 1/4 x 11, score at 5 1/2.
  • Did you see the bowl?  That shape is part of the Frozen Treats Framelits.  I wanted to dress it up a little.  I thought about using an embossing folder.  Then I thought of the Star Blast Edgelit dies.  The curly piece fit almost perfectly.  I had to trim the ends just a tad.  Cut using the Silver Foil sheets.  It just makes me so happy!

Star blast

  • The banana uses another framelit set, Up & Away Thinlit Dies.  I used the framelit for the top most backing of the hot air balloon.  I did round off the ends just a little.  The spoon is part of the Frozen Treats dies.  The strawberry is also part of the Frozen Treats dies.  I added the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to the Watermelon Wonder bottom.  I cut it again in Pear Pizzazz and cut off the leaves.  Glue this onto the strawberry after it dries.
  • The Designer Series Paper circle is from the Party Animal pack.  Use the largest of the Layering Circles Dies.  The scallop circle is in Peekaboo Peach.  It's the largest scallop.
  • I wanted to show that the ice cream cones can be used as banners, look on page 32 of the Occasions catalog.  What better way than to use the Sale-a-Bration set Any Occasion?  Stamp the banner across the corner in Early Espresso.  The celebrate is stamped above in Peekaboo Peach.  I like it on top of the line.  The banners use patterned paper from Tasty Treats, Party Animal, and the Sale-a-Bration pack Carried Away.
  • To add a little more interest to the card, add the sprinkles and dots in Watermelon Wonder and Crumb Cake.

The inside of the card is below.  Everything is from the Cool Treats bundle.  I bet that ice cream was delish!

Ice c inside

This card is a little labor intensive.  Do you ever use the word cardworthy, as in "I'll have to think of someone cardworthy for this project!"  We do in my classes sometimes.  You definitely want to send it to someone who will keep it!

Ice c card stand

Thanks so much for coming to my blog today.  If you read it all the way to the end, you deserve a banana split!  Go make one!


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