Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Good morning crafting peeps! I hope you are having a good start to your week. I am running around today as usual but wanted to take a minute and make sure you know about the current promotions going on with Stampin' Up! There is three kind of big things going on right now or soon. first would be the Last Chance List! I'm sure you have all perused it by now. It seems longer than it needs to be because it lists all the ink pads as retiring. Don't panic, they are not retiring just being redesigned! Also, many of the bundles that seem to be retiring will be in the annual catalog, but not in a bundle form. You can check out what's available here.
Don't miss out on something you really want, retiring items are while supplies last. Layering Love is one of my favorite words set. I will miss it.
So what else is going on? Well I'm sure you have heard all the buzz about the Color Revamp! Stampin Up does this occasionally to stay on trend with core colors that are current. It's been like 8 years ago since we had a major Color Revamp! Some of the new ones are pretty awesome and they are bringing back some retired In Colors to fill in gaps. Blackberry Bliss was one of my favorite purples and it's coming back!!! Woo HOO! Here is a list of the retiring colors, the new colors and the returning colors.
And finally, I'll talk more about this later this week but we have an exclusive early release bundle coming out in May. Actually 3 different bundles of the same product. It's a beautiful stamp set, no 2 stamp sets that coordinate along with some other products to get you started creating beautiful projects.

This Early release will be available Starting May 1. Check back for more information and some samples of cards and projects made with this suite.
That's a  lot for one blog post. Thanks for visiting my site. I always enjoy your comments, please leave one and let me know you were here. Have a great day. Be blessed and be a blessing.
Love stamping in Dixie,

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Stampin Friends It's all about Spring Blog Hop!

Welcome to the April Stampin' Friends Blog Hop. Hope you are enjoying hopping along with us seeing all the spring ideas we have to share with you today. I have to say it doesn't feel very spring-like in Dixieland this week. It's cold! Well, cold for us. I'm wearing a sweater today! In April! But it will be 80 degrees again tomorrow. Go figure!
I know some of you are thinking spring flowers, weddings, maybe flying kits. In Dixieland it's all about college letters, the which athlete is signing for YOUR school, graduations, and reunions. Yes, throw a few weddings and showers in the mix and it's a busy time of the year. I was asked by a sweet friend to make her some special cards for her college reunion next weekend, luckily Dapper Denim and Peekaboo Peach are still around. They are prettier than just Blue and Orange!I love these cards! Awesome fun folds I learned from Donna Griffith and France Martin. 

The top piece is a 3 1/2 inch square card attached to the right 1 1/2 " panel. Then it opens again to reveal the inside. I love this girl! The "Remember when" stamp is from an old set, but was perfect for this event.
On the inside, I used the tree stamp and banner from a retiring set In the Trees (145850). I was a little sad to see this one go so soon.
I didn't have anything with Old on it. We wanted these cards to honor years of friendship, so I took the Hold on to hope stamp and just inked up the OLD! It worked perfectly. The rest of that saying is from the Waterfront stamp set. Watercolored the trees and sky with an aqua painter.

The 4-panel card is very similar using most of the same stamps, but adding a few current, retiring and retired ones! can you see the little girl from Birthday Delivery? I just love this stamp. Very sad to see it leave!

My final project is a simple lunch bag I covered with Designer series paper. I saw Ronda Wade do this on Facebook and thought it would be perfect to give someone with some treats inside. I cut the bag down to 9 inches. Cut a piece of DSP to cover the front, then another piece I same width but left it 12" long so I had a 3" piece to turn down over the top. it really is that simple. I tied a bow with white bakers twine, wrapped it around the top several times and added a tag.
the tag used the Lovely Inside and Out stamp set that is also retiring! RIP! I used a gold binder clips to attach it to the bag.(These are going too!)

I hope you are inspired by at least one of these projects. They were a lot of fun to create. Please be sure to leave a comment and let me know you were here. Keep on hopping- I'm sure you will enjoy each blog and be inspired to get stamping for spring events. Be blessed and be a blessing.
Love Stamping in Dixie, Cindy

I almost forgot! We have a winner from last months Stamparatus give-away! The lucky winner was...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Flying High on Cloud NIne!

Boy, was it a fun 24 hours! Well, really a little more than like 36. Last weekend was Stampin' UP's OnStage events. I attend the one in Atlanta Ga. with 3 of my team. Go Dixie Star Stampers! I also had the privilege of attending Centre Stage for the first time.  It was just awesome. We received all sorts of free product from the new 2018-2019 annual catalog, we heard from the Founder of Stampin' Up Shelli Gardner and her daughter, Sara, who is the current CEO. We were inspired by the amazing changes coming soon and the accomplishments of many of our fellow demonstrators. I even walked the stage for my promotion to Silver Elite! Go CeCe! I was thrilled to have Jewel, Pamela, and Kim there with me.
We enjoyed swapping cards with other demonstrators, make and takes, and being the first to see and have a copy of the new catalog! I love some of the new products. I am sad to see some of our favorites retiring to make way for the new. I'm thrilled some of my old faithfuls are still here. Change is never easy but can be a really good thing. If you were going to change something in your life, what would it be? Besides my waist being smaller and my house being cleaner (a hopeless task) I would share the Stampin' Up opportunity with a lot more people. I love what I do and it's fun! Yes, it is a job and I do work, don't think otherwise, however, creating wonderful cards, memory books and home decor paper crafts is fun. Not to mention all the truly amazing people I have had the privilege of meeting and spending time together. What a blessing!
I have a lot more to share later. Thursday will be the Stampin' Friends Blog Hop so check back! Be blessed and be a blessing!
                                                    Love stamping in Dixie,

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Headed to Onstage!

I am so excited !!!! I mean really over the top excited!!!! Friday moring I'm headed to Atlanta, Ga for Stampin' Up's Onstage event. It's like a mini convention of sorts. It's tons of fun and I love going, but that's not the exciting part. I have 3 team members going with me!!!! This really brings me joy and I get to attend CentreStage this time for the first time! CentreStage is a special event Stampin' Up does for there Silver Elite and higher demonstrators. I have always wanted to go and finally this year promoted to Silver Elite!!! I know a lot of exclamation marks, but I really want you to feel how excited I am!

One of the fun things demostrators do anytime they get together is trade swaps. Here is my swap for this event.  I used the Lemon Zest stamp set (143808) and Lemon Builder punch (143712). I didn't love this set at first but, I have to say I have had fun coming up with ideas for using it. Of course I always love a bundle (10% discount) with a coordinating punch! It has some great saying!

If you need any of these products my online store is open 24/7! Check it out here. Well, I'm off to pack and make sure I have everything I need. Have a great weekend. Do something that brings you joy and bring joy to those around you. Gotta run! Until next time.
                Love stamping in Dixie,

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

I liked that last card so much I made another one.

Good morning and welcome to Spring! I hope you had a Happy Easter Celebration.  We did with all the family (minus one daughter).

I really like that technique of cutting the Designer Series paper on the angle and separating it to appear to cover the whole front of the card. If you missed it you can see here. I did another one using the Petal Palette suite and I love it. This is one of my favorite suites in the Occasions catalog. I hope and pray it makes it into the annual, but since we don't know that and even if it does it won't be a bundle you might think of getting it now!The bundle (145974 in clear mount) includes the Petal Palette stamp set with 15 stamps and the Petals and more Thinlets Dies with 10 dies. This is a really good deal. Add the awesome Designer Series Paper and you can create a ton of cards and other projects. Notice on this card I colored some of the little flowers in the DSP with the Peakaboo Peach ink. I love being able to add color to my Designer Series Paper and this pack is really made for it.

In this sample I used Peekaboo Peach (141398) as the card base. This is one of the 2016-2018 In Colors that we know will be retiring from the New catalog. If it's one you really love, but sure to order extra and don't forget the re-inker(141403) for your stampin' pad. That's all for today. Hope you have a great day and a great week. Come back often for more creative ideas. Grab some tea and join me for a visit. Love hearing from each of you, so if you like this project please leave me a little comment and let me know. Remember you can shop at my online store anytime 24/7. God bless and go bless someone around you, then you will be truly blessed.
Love stamping in Dixie,

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Another DSP idea!

So, I'm on a mission to use my beautiful Designer Series Paper instead of hoarding it. Today's project is a quick look at how to get 9 card layers from one sheet of 12x12 paper.
The Myths and Magic Specialty paper (145600) is awesome. Each piece has a shiny or embossed image on it. I wanted to use it for a set of cards for my grand daughter. By cutting the paper into 4 inch squares, then cutting them on then diagonal I was able to make some cute cards for her set. Here's my sample and how I cut the DSP. Isn't this cute?
It looks like I cut the paper 4" by 5 1/4", but I didn't. I cut the paper in 4" squares. Next, I place them on my paper trimmer with opposite corners over the cutting line and the corners on 1 inch like in this picture. See the top and bottom corners are each on the 1 inch line on each side of the cutting track.
This gives you a piece that can then be layered on
your 4" x 5 1/4" layer on your card front.
Here's a picture of the two pieces on a piece of graph paper to give you an idea of the placement. I used a Whisper White layer so I could stamp my saying in the middle. Then I stamped the mermaid from Magical Day Stamp set (145854) on Whisper White and punched it out with the 1 3/4" circle punch. I colored the Mermaid with the Stampin' Blends and layered it on a 2" circle punch of another DSP from Bubbles and Fizz. It coordinated perfectly since Lemon-Lime Twist is in both papers.
I popped the circles on some dimensionals and done! I love cute, quick, and easy!

This is a fun and whimsical bundle to help create really cute projects. I love the coordination of matching paper, stamp set framelits, and even washi tape! The Bundle with the Designer Series Paper will qualify for a Sale-A-Bration items. You can get the Myths and Magic 6 x 6 Glimmer paper to go with it for free. Think of all the cards you can create with just these three products!

Maybe you want a little more than you should purchase at the moment- host a workshop, online party or even better- sign up as a Dixie Stamp stamper before the end of March and you will get your stamping kit, a 125.00 of product, plus two extra free stamp sets of your choice for 99.00 and free shipping. Then you will always be able to purchase great coordinating products with at least a 20% discount. Who wants to pay full price? Or maybe you see the value in this offer and want to earn an income and build a business. It is definitely possible and it's also work, but it's amazing fun at the same time. Check out join the fun! I'm here to help anyway I can. Hope to hear from you soon. God bless and go bless those around you.
Love stamping in Dixie,

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Stampin' Friends No Rules Blog Hop.

Welcome to the March Stampin' Friends Blog Hop! Thanks for hopping with us today. No rules, no theme, no color combo, no sketch! I don't know what to do! Give me guidelines, give me boundaries!  I have a really hard time deciding what to do when I have no given direction. But, I landed on a concept I have been working on for a while! I have too much paper! (Insert horror face, did she really say that, Gasp). I really do. I love Designer Series Paper and I buy a lot of it. So my plan is to cut it up and use it! I've been making list of all the ways I can use Stampin' Up's awesome double sided and specialty papers.I have just a couple to show you today but more in the works. Here's all the projects I made for today. There are two cards with double layered DSP, 2 matching envelopes, 1 made with the envelope punch board and one lined with DSP, a gift card holder and a wood mount stamp case lined with DSP to hold it all.

I really like this cute Bubble and Fizz paper from the Sale A Bration flyer this year. Here is a close up of the 2 cards I made.
By double layering the DSP I used more than I usual and love the outcome.
For my project, I used the DSP to line Stampin' Up's wood mount cases.
The total dimensions for the liner is 7" x 11 1/4". I cut my DSP 6" x 11 1/4", then added a  coordinating 3/4" strip to the top and bottom. I covered the seam with a strip of washi tape. Added a saying and it's done! The gift card holder is just a piece of  DSP 6" x 5 1/4". Add a belly band and embellish!
 Here is a picture of the inside with the cards inside. And I have more to add, but that's for another day! Hope you enjoyed this projects. There were fun to make.  I think this might be a great gift idea for my family members for their birthday's. We have 16 grown niece's and nephew's!