SUO Challenge #172

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I entered this challenge because the theme is Sympathy and Caring and I have been meaning to make a card for my Grandmother because last week my Grandpa passed away. He had been sick and it was expected but it still leaves a hole in us, doesn’t it?

My Grandmother is not big on attention or sympathy for herself so my card is more just a, I love you and I’m here for you all the time type card. I love her so much and I really miss my Grandpa already. I don’t share a lot of personal stuff so excuse me this time around.

I hope you get inspiration from my card. It’s using one of my favorite colors that is retiring this year and I’m kinda sad about it, Mint Macaron.

Here is a link to the retiring list.  It is *While Supplies Last* so don’t wait too long!  The new Catalog comes out on June 1st.

Thanks for stopping by,

Your BFF,

Jenn

 


Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop

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I’m excited that it’s time once again for the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop!  It runs the first Friday of the month and the projects that you see are from Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from all around the globe using a common theme.

This month our theme is: OUR FAVORITE BUNDLE!

I had such a hard time choosing this time around because I have a few favorites right now.  But the one that is most fun to use currently is the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  This dragonfly set makes the most beautiful cards and there are so many different ways you can stamp the dragonfly or cut the dies.  Here are a few examples of cards I’ve made using this set:

Tomorrow I am attending OnStage Local here in San Diego and demonstrators from all over are getting sneak peeks of the new Annual Catalog that comes out in June.  I’m so excited to see the new bundles that will be available.  They’ve already given us some peeks at new In-Colors 2017-2019.  Hint: They are in the OnStage letters! SShhhh…

So pretty!  And one suite called Eastern Palace.  Amazing things done with that bundle already!

Don’t forget to sign up for Paper Pumpkin before April 10th to receive the FREE gift Sara has included in this anniversary box!  Sara designed it herself and you won’t want to miss out on all the goodness. Click on the photo below to sign up!  “Bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” is how Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass described the kit she designed for the April Paper Pumpkin.

I hope you get some inspiration from these dragonflies.  Up next is the amazing Marieke Bart with her favorite bundle.  If you need to go back, click previous to see Angélique Stempelkeuken.  Thanks for hopping with us!

Your BFF,

Jenn

Marieke Bart

Angélique Stempelkeuken

Here’s a list of everyone participating today:

1. Sarah McDermott www.papercraftartistry.blogspot.co.uk
2. Courtenay Heuston www.bagsthatone.blogspot.com.au
3. Anja Reuss www.stempelitis.de
4. Lisa Hardie www.thestampingirl.com
5. Georgia Missy Gaydos www.Livinlovinstampinwithgg.blogspot.com
6. Kimberley Anne Morris http://procrastistamper.blogspot.com
7.Hannah Jones www.hancraftedcards.com
8. Christine Wrede WWW.stempeltamtam.blogspot.com
9. Erica Jones http://fortheheartofstamping.blogspot.ca/
10. Angélique Stempelkeuken http://stempelkeuken.blogspot.com
11. Jenn Curtis Charles www.bffStampers.com  <<<<< YOU ARE HERE
12. Marieke Bart www.mintymik.blogspot.com

Upcoming events and classes (Register on my Facebook Page under events):

April 8 – Demonstrators Only: ONSTAGE Local

April 11 – OnStage Sneak Peek Stamp Camp

April 24 – Paper Pumpkin Open House (bring your Paper pumpkin and let’s play)

April 29 – Open Crop Day at Sew Easy Studio

 


Global Blog Hop #7: Sketch Challenge!

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Welcome to another month of the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop!  This month we’ve got a sketch challenge!  Here’s the sketch:

Here’s what I made:

It’s my dad’s birthday today, so I had made this card for him using the sketch.  I really like the stamp set, Guy Greetings because it sums up my dad perfectly.  He was always working on a car or fixing things around the house.  Yes, he really did teach me, righty-tighty, lefty-loosey!  And I’ve since taught my kids!   The argyle print in the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack is the perfect addition to a masculine card, in my opinion.  Love you DAD!

What can you create using this sketch? Leave a comment, along with a link to your blog and I’ll come check it out!

Tomorrow is my monthly Stamp Camp.  RSVP on the Event page over on the BFF Stampers facebook page if you’d like to join us.  This is the last month to enter to win the April Stamp Camp for FREE!  Just bring a new friend and you and your friend will get an entry into the raffle!

Shop my Stampin’ Up! store HERE and don’t forget to use Hostess Code: 3AGXYPCB and you will receive a surprise in the mail from me!

Don’t forget!  SALE-A-BRATION is still in full swing!  Check out the brochure of all the FREE exclusive items you can only get with a $50 purchase!  They’ve even added some new stuff!

Sale-A-Bration ends March 31, 2017!  You don’t want to miss out!

Hope to see you soon!!

Your BFF,

Jenn

Hit the Next button and check out what Angélique Stempelkeuken created with the sketch!  Or go back to Cary Buckham by clicking on the Previous Button.  Thanks for joining us!

Here’s a list of everyone participating in today’s blog hop in case you get lost.

1. Sarah McDermott www.papercraftartistry.blogspot.co.uk
2.Cary Buckham Www.2biggirlscrafting.blogspot.co.uk
3. Jenn Curtis Charles http://bffs.dehaine.com/2017/02/25/global-blog-hop-7/
4.Angélique Stempelkeuken www.stempelkeuken.blogspot.com
5. Christine Wrede www.stempeltamtam.blogspot.com
6. Claire Napper www.cluxycrafts.blogspot.com
7. Georgia Missy Gaydos www.livnlovnstampnwithgg.blogspot.com
8. Lisa Hardie www.thestampingirl.com
9 Kimberley Anne Morris www.procrastistamper.blogspot.com
10.Marieke Bart www.mintymik.blogspot.nl

 

 


Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop/Occasions Catalog & Sale-A-Bration

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Hi BFF’s!!! I’m so happy to get back into a schedule after all the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year’s. I pray that all of you and your families had a safe and happy New Year and that you all got the love you wanted for Christmas 🙂

So Phew! We’re back and do we have some exciting news for you! Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration is available to look at and buy from! Squeal! And we hope you will love it as much as we do.  There’s beautiful Valentine’s Day stuff and surly Manly stuff.  Dragonflies, Hot Air Balloons and Succulents!  Ice cream, Circus and Heros! Such a variety! The blog hop today is showcasing some of the items from the new catalog, so here goes!

My absolute favorite is the balloon pop up dies. I just used them to make invitations for a birthday party!  They were so fun and and easy way to add something spectacular.

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Here is the video straight from Stampin’ Up! showing you exactly how to use the dies.

There are so many fabulous stamps, designer series paper and adorable little embellishments, that you will not have a problem finding $50 worth of stuff to buy.  And for every $50 you spend in product, you receive something free from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!  You can not buy the product from the SAB, you’ve got to earn it!  So come check out the catalog and let me know what’s on your wish list!  If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, then I’d love to send you a catalog.  Just contact me and let me know!

Here’s a few more cards using new items.

This baby card is made with a sentiment from the Stamp Set, All Things Thanks.

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And this card is made from a stamp set called Window Shopping, but the stamp set is not the best part!  The best part is the Window Box Thinlet Die that you can buy to go with it!  I’ll add the video below.

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We went to a meeting with our team and got some adorable cards using their pre-orders also.

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How to earn free stamps:

  1. Shop!!!  Buy online or buy in person:  For every $50 you spend on product out of ANY catalog or online in the clearance, you will receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration item of your choice from the brochure.
  2. Join Stampin’ Up!! : Become a Happy Shopper!  It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 USD and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!  Once you join, you can shop for 20% off!  And that’s what we call Happy Shoppers! 🙂

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Thank you for joining us on this blog hop!  I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the new product available with Stampin’ Up!  For more great ideas with the new Occasions Catalog, check out our Pinterest page where we pin some of our stuff and lots of other people’s awesome stuff!

Next up is Marieke with some awesome creations or you can go back by checking out Kristie and her fabulous crafts!  See you next time!

Your BFF’s,

Jenn and Lisa

 

 


Global Stamping Friends – Blog Hop #4 – All Wrapped Up!

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Hi BFFs!

Glad you could join us for the 4th Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop!  This month our theme is “All Wrapped Up!”

It was so fun coming up with different ways to wrap various gifts for Christmas!

The first thing I made was a peek-a-boo box using Stampin’ Up’s! White Gift Boxes. Stampin’ Up! provides easy to alter gift packaging. The boxes are 3″ x 3″, so a pretty good size. I made a couple things with the boxes and also used the Petite Cafe Gift Bags for the cute paper bag. Fun fact: the Petite Cafe gift bags are poly-lined, which means you can put food inside and nothing will show on the outside of your bag. They are great for those cookie or fudge gifts!

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On this white gift box, I made a bow using the patterned paper. I absolutely love these little mugs using the envelope punch board. Such a unique way to wrap up candy or give a gift card.

And speaking of gift cards, no Christmas would be complete without a Santa gift card holder.

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Last but not least, I made a cute sour cream container using the Petals & Paisleys specialty designer series paper. This Star of Light stamp set and thinlets are definitely my favorite item of the season.

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I hope you enjoyed our projects and hopefully found some ideas to spruce up your gift wrapping this year.


Take a look at what our Global Friends have created!

  1. Kimberley Ann Morris
  2. Kristie Neal Walthall
  3. Christine Wrede
  4. Marieke Bart
  5. Sarah Mcdermott
  6. Lisa Dehaine & Jenn Charles

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Your BFF’s,

Jenn & Lisa


Stampin’ Up! Year-End Closeout Starts NOW!!

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Oh boy! Oh boy!  There are some great deals to be had!  Below are links the to Stampin’ Up! products that are retiring.  Some have been discounted, others have not.  However, today through January 3, 2017 is your last chance to get them!

Who should shop? Husbands who want some awesome Stocking Stuffers for their crafty Wife!  Children who want to give Mom the BEST Christmas gift ever! Mother-in-Laws who just can’t seem to figure their Daughter-in-Laws out (or vice versa)! Moms that just want to stock up on some GREAT deals!

ANYONE AND EVERYONE SHOULD BE SHOPPING THIS SALE!

Make sure to check the list for all those stamping bundles that you’ve wanted, but have been waiting to buy.  This is your last chance to get them!  Don’t miss out!

The list is long.  Take your time!  If there isn’t a discounted price listed, then it’s not discounted – however it is retiring!

 

 

 

 

 

 



A Little Foxy Suite Card

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In July I joined a card swap with one of our Stampin’ Up! consultants Jill Olsen.  It was a big swap – 35 cards!  We had to use a stamp set that was from the new Annual Catalog but not part of the pre sale.  I chose the Foxy Friends Stamp set.  Below is the card we made.  Because we needed so much patterned paper we ended up making our own using the mushrooms out of the Foxy Friends stamp set.  It worked out really well!  I think on later date we should do a blog post dedicated to making pattern paper with stamp sets!

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My Little Foxy Card Swap

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when we stamped the fox we punched a 2nd head using the punch and popped it up to give the card some dimension!

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We needed a lot of patterned paper for this card so we made our own. Stamping the mushrooms in Smoky Slate, Soft Sky and Calypso Coral.

This is a really super cute stamp set.  You can make so many different animals: fox, squirrel, raccoon, skunk, and even a deer!  Pinterest is a great place to get ideas on other animal creations.

Happy Stamping!

Your BFFs, Lisa & Jenn

 


Red, White, & Blue Stamp Camp

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In July we had our first themed Stamp Camp – Red, White & Blue.  All of our cards were done in red, white, and blue.  Plus our attendees received extra entries into our drawing for prizes if they wore red, white, and blue.  It was a lot of fun and I think it helped us to focus in on card designs.

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We always try to teach a new technique at our Stamp Camps.  At this stamp camp we showed them how to do a shaker card and make a 3D paper frame.  Our BFFs really loved the shaker card!  The paper frame offered some challenges, but we were able to create some beautiful home decor pieces for the 4th of July!

Below are our 3 cards!  I just loved doing this theme!  It’s awesome that Red, White & Blue can be so versatile and fun.

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Shaker Card

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Birthday Balloons

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The tutorial for the shadowbox is here.  Thank you to Jan Brown out of the UK for the great tutorial!

Below are the supplies we used to make these 3 great projects!  You too can make some awesome Red, White & Blue projects.  If you do post pictures in the comments!

Happy Stamping! Lisa & Jenn, Your BFFs!

 


Paper Pumpkin ONE DAY DEAL!!

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paper pumpkin deal Hey Ladies – do you want to craft but don’t have time, supplies or ideas. Well Paper Pumpkin is for you! Each month you will get everything you need (stamp set, ink, paper, adhesive, embellishments and instructions) to make something cool. It might be a set of cards or a 3D project – but each month it’s an orange box of creative surprises! And you can try it today for only $5!! Yep! For TODAY ONLY you can get a Paper Pumpkin for just $5!

Use promo code “ONEDAYDEAL” at PaperPumpkin.com and get your first kit. Today Only! No shipping cost. No contracts.  Be sure to select one of us as your demonstrator.  Jenn Charles or Lisa Dehaine, Ramona, CA 92065

We are having an open day at Jenn’s house on Tuesday, June 28th from 10a.m – 2 p.m.  Bring your June Paper Pumpkin Kit to work on with us and get an extra surprise from us!

We love the Paper Pumpkin kits we receive each month in the mail. Here’s a sneak peek of this month’s kit. You don’t want to miss out on this goodness!

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Looks fun and I can’t wait!

Happy Stamping,

Your BFF’s,

Jenn and Lisa