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February 2015

Four NEW Sale-a-bration items added

Starting Sunday, March 1, 2015, you will be able to choose from four additional Sale-a-bration products when you place an order of $50 or more in my Online Store.

Thanks

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One of the items is this new stamp set called For Being You that includes four stamps.  I love how the Blendabilities were used to color in the letters creating a rainbow ombre effect. 

 

 

You can also choose one of these other NEW Sale-a-bration items:

NaturesperfectionNature's Perfection five piece stamp set.  This fun set coordinates with the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack and the butterfly image coordinates with our Elegant Butterfly Punch.  The other images are perfect for coloring with Blendabilities.   (you can earn our original twelve colors of Blendabilities FREE with your SAB orders, one per $50 order)

Sheerperfectionvellum1The Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum.  This package includes 24 6x6 sheets of printed vellum.  You can use these as they are for an attractive overlay, color them with Blendabilities or brayer over them.   This photo was taken on a table and shows all twelve patterns.

TwinebuttonpackIn Color Accessory Pack - this includes Thick Baker's Twine and Designer Buttons in our newest In Colors.  Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey.  You will receive five spools of twine with five yards of each color and 30 buttons, six of each color.

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Petal Potpourri - Fun Color Combination

2015_spring_16What a great color combination!!  My inspiration for this color combination came from the Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape.  Love the soft colors of the Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe paired with some bold Basic Black.

Had some fun with the Petal Potpourri stamp set and the coordinating Flower Medallion Punch.  These two products are offered individually or in a Bundle.  I always recommend bundles as they are discounted 15%.

Order your Petal Potpourri Bundle in my store at www.shoppingwithbarb.com

Here is a card I created with the Bundle and my fun color combination.

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A  Project Life 4" x 3" Grid Card is my focal layer.  I added a Spiral Border Punch along the top of the card and then adhered my stamped and punched flowers.  A few strips of the Sweet Sadie Designer Washi Tape adds a fun detail to the black panel.

Tied a bow with the Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine and you can get it for 25% off this week as it is part of our Weekly Deals.

Simply_wonderfulThe greeting is from the Sale-a-bration set called Simply Wonderful that you can earn FREE with a $50 order.  I love this set as it has commonly used greetings in various fonts.

 

 

 

 

Here is a close up of the card and you can see the grid lines.  The lines add a bit more character to the card.  I also used the Flower Medallion Punch on a scrap of Pistachio Pudding card stock and added some leaves under the flower.

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West Coast Ports Update:

The ILWU and PMA reached a tentative agreement on Friday, February 20. The contract still needs to be ratified, but it is expected to be ratified without issue.  The west coast ports have now returned to normal operations, with night shifts restarting. However, because of the enormous backlog, it is still going to take months to get out of congestion. In the meantime, Stampin' Up! has decided they need to "turn-off" the ordering codes of some back ordered items. 

Currently, the following items are on BACKORDER;  
(backordered items will be available on or before the date indicated)
137364: Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder--February 27
131166: Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin' Ink Refill--March 3

Currently the following items are NOT ORDERABLE:
130995: Cherry Cobbler Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers
130998: Daffodil Delight Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers
130999: Old Olive Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers
130997: Pumpkin Pie Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers
137951: So You Simply Created Kit
137950: The Perpetual Birthday Calendar Project Kit
131262: Regals Stampin' Write Markers
126199: Stampin' Pierce Mat
126189: Paper Piercing Tool

Currently, the following items have LOW INVENTORY and will move to the "Not Orderable" list (above) once our current inventory is depleted:
137866: Sahara Sand 7/8" Lace Trim
131003: Rich Razzleberry Assortment Stampin' Blendabilities Markers
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Coming March 1st, for the first time ever, Stampin' Up! is adding four new Sale-a-bration Products!!

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Weekly Deals February 23, 2015

Weekly Deals - items available while supplies last.

Order all your Stampin' Up! supplies in my store at
www.shoppingwithbarb.com

Fun card I made yesterday using the Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine.  More details on it tomorrow.

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Join my team of demonstrators by March 31st and you can choose one of these kits from the Occasions Catalog FREE!!  Choose from the five kits listed below: 

More info can be found HERE.

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Did you know that the three month Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription has been reduced for Sale-a-bration?  You can get three months of Paper Pumpkin for only $54.85 AND get a FREE Sale-a-bration item.  Check out all the Paper Pumpkin Options in my store.

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SAB - Lotus Blossom - Free File for you

Here is a set of three cards that use the Lotus Blossom stamp set. The Lotus Blossom stamp set can be earned FREE with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration.

**Scroll down for a FREE Downloadable file with eight additional samples using the Lotus Blossom stamp set.

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This gorgeous stamp set makes anyone feel like an artist in three quick steps. It creates a beautiful flower that looks painted, but it is amazingly easy. The individual stamps have a tab at the top to help you align them, and the tabs are numbered so you will know which part of the flower to stamp first, second, and third. Try playing around using one ink pad with the stamping off technique, or multiple different ink pads to create many different looks.

All three cards use the same colors for the flower :
Step 1 - Full strength Strawberry Slush
Step2 - Strawberry Slush stamped off once
Step 3 - Full strength Pink Pirouette

and the stem:
Step 1 - Full strength Wild Wasabi
Step 2 - Wild Wasabi stamped off once

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I added a Rose Red frame with the On Film Framelits and punched the greeting out with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch.

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Used the 2" Circle Punch to make a peek-a-boo window in this card.

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Two flowers and a wider strip of the Designer Series Paper on this card.

Lotus_blossom_spotlightFREE file with more ideas for the Lotus Blossom stamp set.
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JoinJoin my team during Sale-a-bration and you can choose a FREE Project Kit from the photo below or two Sale-a-bration products.  This is in addition to the $125 in merchandise you choose.  For  more information on joining my team of demonstrators, click HERE. Free_kits


Weekly Deals February 17th

Weekly Deals - items available while supplies last.

Order all your Stampin' Up! supplies in my store at
www.shoppingwithbarb.com


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  Lovely_amazing_you_setNEW Photopolymer Stamp Set called Lovely Amazing You.

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SAB - A Happy Thing Lemons

The Sale-a-bration set called A Happy Thing contains this darling lemon on a branch. It looks great paired with Old Olive.   You can earn this set FREE with a $50 order placed during Sale-a-bration.

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The lemons were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on So Saffron before coloring it them with the Daffodil Delight Blenadbilities.  I love this idea, the So Saffron card stock gives just the right amount of light space to the lemons.  The leaves were colored with the Old Olive Blendabilities

The greeting was stamped in Versamark and embossed with White Embossing Powder and punched out with the Curly Label Punch.  After embossing, the medium shade of Daffodil Delight was used to color the embossing, it was also used to color the Rhinestone Basic Jewels. 

Blendabilities can be used for so much more than coloring on paper and twelve of the colors can be earned FREE during Sale-a-bration.  Place a $100 order and earn both the A Happy Thing stamp set and the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.

Order these supplies in my store at www.shoppingwithhbarb.com

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Have you gotten your FREE Blendabilities!

In addition to coloring stamped images with the Blendabilities, you can add color to:
Rhinestones
Pearls
Dots of hot glue
Black and white photographs
Window Sheets
Heat Embossed Images
Glimmer Paper (use care when coloring this paper)
Ribbon
Staples
and more!!!

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For this card, I colored the flower with my Melon Mambo Blendabilities (FREE with a $50 order placed during Sale-a-bration).  The leaf sprigs under the flower are from the Bird Builder Punch.
My greeting is from the Crazy About You stamp set.  This set can comes with 30 greetings/words so you can create the perfect saying.

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I also added stripes of color to the Organza Ribbon with a ruler and all three shades of the markers.  The middle section of this ribbon takes the color really well, no streaking or bleeding.  Looks like I bought it this way. :-)

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JoinJoin my team during Sale-a-bration and you can add two FREE packs of the colors listed above in your Starter Kit.  This is in addition to the $125 in merchandise you choose.  For  more information on joining my team of demonstrators, click HERE.

 


Snuggles and Smooches Photopolymer Set

I made these treats with the Tiny Treat Boxes, Snuggles and Smooches Photopolymer stamp set, the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack and the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Snuggles_smooches_boxesThese adorable Tiny Treat Boxes measure 2" square and are the perfect size for a few chocolate treats.

I ran a 3/4" strip of the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack from the back, along the bottom and up the front.  I trimmed it off and used the 1/2" circle punch for the thumb slide.

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I stamped various heart images from the Snuggles and Smooches Photopolymer stamp set and punched it out with the Sweetheart Punch.  The 2" circle under the heart was embossed with the Happy Heart Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Snuggles_smooches_boxI also lined the inside of the box with a 2" x 5-1/2" strip of the Designer Series Paper scored at 2" and 4".

Fun way to use up some of those scraps of Designer Series Paper that we all have in our craft stash.

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Order the supplies in my Online Store at www.shoppingwithbarb.com 

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Weekly Deals February 10th

Weekly Deals - items available while supplies last.

Order all your Stampin' Up! supplies in my store at
www.shoppingwithbarb.com

Some cards using some of the dies that are on sale this week:

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Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die

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Darling Doily Thinlit Die
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  Lovely_amazing_you_setNEW Photopolymer Stamp Set called Lovely Amazing You.

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Butterfly Basics and the Bokeh Technique

One of the techniques my Technique Geek class attendees learned in January is the Bokeh Technique (pronounced Bo-kay). Bokeh refers to the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens.

I had tons of fun making mine and I think they enjoyed it too. :-)

My first one uses only two colors of ink, Perfect Plum and Tempting Turquoise.  How gorgeous is the die cut butterfly.  It makes my heart go pitter, patter every time I cut one out.

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Creating the look:
*Choose two or three coordinating colors of ink.
*Pounce a Sponge Dauber into your first color of ink.
*With light pressure, swirl the ink onto a piece of Whisper White card stock creating random patterns.
*Continue with your second color and add a third color if you choose.  *You can overlap them a bit.
*Allow the ink to dry completely.
*Cut a 4x4 piece of Window Sheet and run it through the Big Shot with the three smallest Circle Framelits to create a template.  Place the window sheet over your colored piece.
*POUNCE (using an up and down motion) White Craft Ink into the holes, DO NOT rub as you can contaminate the dauber with color and then contaminate your ink pad.
*Move the mask around the colored piece until you have the coverage you desire.
*Lastly add random dots using just the Sponge Dauber.
*Allow the ink to dry or use a Heat Tool to speed up the process.  *Decorate as desired.

2015_spring_13We are having "Fun with Color" over on my Facebook Page, hop over there to see some of the cool combinations I have been sharing.

 

 

This card uses three colors of ink, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Lost Lagoon.  I also added a piece of the Flower Trim that is in cluded in the Artisan Embellishment Kit, you can find this kit on page 27 of the Occasions Catalog.

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I love them both, which is your favorite?

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Have you gotten your This Day Project Life Card Kit?  It is one of the products you can choose for FREE from the Sale-a-bration Catalog.  Stampin' Up! has a great video showcasing the pack and if that isn't enough inspiration, I have greeting cards I made with this pack on my blog HERE, HERE and HERE.

 


Crazy About You Pocket Card

The Crazy About You Bundle is the focus of today's post. Great combination of products and the stamp set is available in Wood Mount, Clear Mount or Photopolymer.  Purchase the stamp set with the thinlits and get the Bundle discount of 15%.

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I used the "you" thinlit from the die set and a couple of word images from the stamp set.  It has 33 phrases/words for you to choose from....endless possibilities!!

2015_spring_14We are having "Fun with Color" over on my Facebook Page, hop over there to see some of the cool combinations I have been sharing.

 

Crazy_about_you_tagStamped the word "love" in Crushed Curry, Blushing Bride and Night of Navy to coordinate with the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper.  Slipped the tag into a "pocket" I created by folding a 2-1/2 x6 piece of Crisp Cantaloupe card stock in half and cutting in on the diagonal.  A bit of adhesive down each side and an easy pocket is created.

 

 

 

 

Crazy_about_you_stapleIt is hard to see in the photo, but I colored a strip of staples with the darkest shade in the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities before I put the strip in the stapler.  Fun use of the Blendabilities.

"Fun with Color" - see this tomorrow.
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Order these supplies in my Online Store at www.shoppingwithbarb.com

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Better_than_emailBetter Than E-Mail - This is our latest Photopolymer stamp set. Use these stamps on the back of your cards, on a tag attached to a baked goodie or the packaging for a knitted or crocheted item.  

Order it here!

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Jan 2015 Paper Pumpkin - More ideas

2015_jan_suppliesThe January 2015 Paper Pumpkin Kit is way too cute!!!  I have completed nearly two full kits so my kiddos can take treats to their teachers and classmates. 

The kit comes with the supplies you see at the left along with a stamp set and Real Red ink spot.  It will make 24 treats.

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Here is a video showing you how to put the treat sleeves together.

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I have some leftover supplies including the stamp set and the Real Red Ink spot.  Here are a few projects you can make with your leftovers.

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This card uses some additional images for the background, the large splotch and the random group of hearts.  These two images are found in the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set.

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Rather than fold the tag over a cello bag filled with treats, it is simply folded and adhered to a small candy bar, quick and easy.

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This packaging includes a beautiful layer full of gold embossed hearts.  This heart was one of the stamps included with the complete kit. The Blushing Bride Baker's Twine is also included.

If you are a current subscriber, you can purchase refills for this kit:

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I am collaborating with some top demonstrators to produce a file of exclusive ideas you can create with the monthly Paper Pumpkin Kits.  To receive these exclusive ideas, purchase prepaids or subscribe to Paper Pumpkin with me.  We will have 8-10 projects each  month. 

2015_feb_graphicThese project ideas are an Exclusive Bonus for my current subscribers.

Now is the perfect time to become a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber with me.  You can purchase a 3-month subscription for only $59.85 $54.85 during Sale-a-bration, a $5 savings.  AND you will earn a FREE Sale-a-bration item AND get this great idea sheet.  The idea sheet includes photos, supplies, measurements and instructions to create all the projects shown in the above photo.    What a great deal!!

Purchase your subscription and complete the redemption before February 10th and you will receive the February Kit which I have heard is Super Cute!!!!

Have a GREAT day!!!


Something Borrowed with Guy Greetings

The Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper on page 42 of the Occasions Catalog appears to be a paper that you can only use on a frilly card for gal pal or a wedding card.  However, there are definitely some manly patterns in this set. :-)

Something_borrowedThe patterns on the opposite side of the flowery patterns are very geometric and perfect for guy cards.  The card below shows one of these patterns.

 

 

 

 

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It was paired with the Guy Greetings stamp set and the Ornate Tag Topper Punch (this punch is on sale this week for 25% off!!).  Super simple card that could be easily mass produced.

The greeting fits perfectly on the Washi Tape die from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit set.

Order your paper crafting supplies in my store at www.shoppingwithbarb.com 

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Join my team of demonstrators by March 31st and you can choose one of these kits from the Occasions Catalog FREE!!  Choose from the five kits listed below: 

More info can be found HERE.

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Weekly Deals February 3rd, 2015

Weekly Deals - items available while supplies last.

LOOKIE -  Ornate Tag Topper Punch from the Occasions Catalog is on sale for 25% off this week!

Order all your Stampin' Up! supplies in my store at
www.shoppingwithbarb.com

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Did you know that the three month Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription has been reduced for Sale-a-bration?  You can get three months of Paper Pumpkin for only $54.85 AND get a FREE Sale-a-bration item.  Check out all the Paper Pumpkin Options in my store.

 

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Celebrate Today - Easy Peasy Shaker Card

Here's another easy, peasy shaker card.  I used the Birthday Bash Designer Washi Sheets along with the Sweet Dreams Designer Washi Tape and Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper.  You can see a Valentine version I posted last week HERE.  

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To make the shaker portion of the card:
*Cut a piece of the Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper to 3-3/4 x 3-3/4.
*Rub the Embossing Buddy over the DSP to remove any static, this will help the confetti shake in the envelope.
*Punch stars from Hello Honey, Sahara Sand and Crisp Cantaloupe.  We used the Confetti Stars Border Punch and the star from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack .
*Place the confetti onto the Designer Series Paper and carefully slide it into a clear envelope making sure the envelope will close to the back.
*Position the paper into a corner of the envelope, tightly fold the side of the envelope to the back and secure with scotch tape.
*Remove the adhesive backing from the envelope, tightly fold the top down and secure with scotch tape.
*Attach shaker to a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe cut to 4x4 using Fast Fuse or Sticky Strip.
*Decorate the front as desired.

Here is a closeup of the fun stars in the clear envelope.

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I added a balloon cut from the Birthday Bash Designer Washi Sheets to the front of the clear envelope and attached a banner to it.

Washi_balloonThe Washi Tape isn't completely opaque so you can see the stars shake behind it.  Cool!!! I added a cute bow and streamer to the base of the balloon for more interest.

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Join my team of demonstrators by March 31st and you can choose one of these kits from the Occasions Catalog FREE!!  Choose from the five kits listed below: 

More info can be found HERE.