beautiful friend peacock card

Handmade card featuring Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful Peacock stamp set. Card by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

regal bird

There is just something regal and majestic about peacocks, making them perfect for sharing on a card for a beautiful friend. The Beautiful Peacock stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is part of their Sale-a-Bration celebration – it’s free with any $50.00 purchase, through the end of March.  And free is good.  🙂

This two-part stamp set takes just a bit of practice, but if you know the trick, it’s pretty easy.  I started with the bird’s body, stamping it in Night of Navy, in the center of a 2″ circle.  Then, I took the feathers stamp and inked it up well with some Pool Party ink.  Using sponge wedges, I added some Bermuda Bay, and then Night of Navy ink, working my way up the feathers, to give it that ombre effect.  A quick “huff” on the stamp, for good measure, and then I lined it up over the bird’s body, and stamped.  This is the only slightly tricky part on this card, but there’s a trick…

lining up the feathers

If you look closely at the feathers stamp, you will notice that there’s a bit of a “notch” in one area at the top of the stamp.  It actually almost looks like a defect – a gap in the design – but it’s not.  This is actually where the bird’s head goes.  I found it easiest to line up his head with that notch, and then kind of wiggle the feathers over his body, until the rest of the stamp fit over the large gap.  And I definitely suggest using darker ink for the body, and stamping it first.  This makes the body easier to see “through” the other clear stamp.

putting it all together

The rest is pretty simple.  I started with a standard A2 sized card-base made from Night of Navy Cardstock.  I took a piece of white paper cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″, and used Pool Party ink to add those peacock feather flourish thingies to create a background.  Using a retired folder called Boho Chic (but you could substitute this with whatever you have), I embossed a piece of Pool Party cardstock, cut to 1-1/2″ x 4″.  I then adhered this to the left side of my flourished background.  (It looks like that white piece on the right is cut down, and you could certainly do it that way, but I preferred to use the larger white piece and do all of my work there, before adhering it to the card-base.)

finishing touches

I used a thin (1/4″?) strip of navy paper to create a separation between the embossed piece and the rest of the card.  Then, I took strips of white cardstock, matted them with the navy paper, used one for the sentiment (stamped in the same navy ink), and put the other strip at the top left, to sort of balance out the card.  A little blue die-cut bow seemed the perfect embellishment.  The white circle with the peacock is adhered to a scalloped circle cut from Night of Navy, and added to the card with dimensionals.  And, of course, I had to add some Wink of Stella to the feathers.  Here’s a better look at the sparkle:

Handmade card featuring Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful Peacock stamp set. Card by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

That does it for today’s card.  I have so many more cards to share, but no time!  Please hang in there with me – hitting a bit of a personal rough patch and might not be able to post for a bit, but I WILL be back.  Card-making is keeping me sane.  🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful day, my beautiful friends!

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water-colored hearts card

Card featuring water-colored hearts, using Stampin' Up! inks, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

getting inky

I had a blast working on this water-colored hearts card… and I have the teal-blue fingers to prove it, LOL.  Inky fingers are the sign of a real artist, right?  Right?  Well, they’re certainly a way of life for me.  I love that most of Stampin’ Up!’s inks are water-based.  I’ve found that they wash right out of clothes (thank goodness!).  And they do come off skin… but it sometimes takes a bit of time, especially if you’re using as much ink as me.  😉

For this card, I started with an Island Indigo base (A2-sized, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″), and a Bermuda Bay mat (4″ x 5-1/4″).  (Just a random side-note… I’m sort of “green challenged”.  It’s a life-long affliction, though I’m getting better.  However, for some reason, “teal” doesn’t bother me.  I think of it as a shade of blue.  I might have used a touch of Emerald Envy ink here, but I’m in denial.  The overall look for this card is TEAL, not green.  Just FYI, LOL.) 

the background

The white background piece is cut to 3-3/4″ x 5″.  I used a combination of grungy texture stamps to create a background.  The hearts are all cut from water-color paper.  Using my re-inkers and an aqua-painter brush, I just randomly added splotches of blue and TEAL (not green) to each heart.  This is such a fun technique!  Each heart is unique.  You can use more water for a softer look, or more ink for a more vibrant one.

adding splotches

After I was happy with the ink on the hearts, I hit them with my heat gun.  This accomplished two things:  it helped to flatten the hearts, which curled up just a bit with all that water, and it sped up the dry time (because I don’t like to wait, once I start a project).  Once they were dry, I took them over to my sink, ran my hand under the water, and then just flicked water on the hearts.  I let the water droplets sit for just a moment, and then I dabbed the hearts with a paper towel.  This removed a bit of the color, and created those oh-so-cool splotches.  🙂  Here’s a close-up of another example, with a different sentiment:

Card featuring water-colored hearts, using Stampin' Up! inks, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

variations

This is such an easy technique to do.  You really can’t screw it up.  Creating a background image with texture stamps is almost fool-proof – it’s supposed to look grungy, so it doesn’t matter if things aren’t straight, or don’t make a perfect impression.  And those water-color hearts – there really is no right or wrong way to color them.  You could make this same card with any set of complimentary inks, and all sorts of different shape dies or punches.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, thoughts… well, you get the idea.  Send me a note!  I would love to hear from you!  Have a totally wonderful day!

 

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valentine’s day card – alternate paper pumpkin project

Valentine's Day card, an altered Paper Pumpkin project from Stampin' Up!, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

happy heart day!

As soon as I opened the January 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit, I knew I was going to have fun with it.  The kit comes with these beautiful “pocket cards” – eight with gold hearts (see above, lower left corner) and eight with white stripes, both with black backgrounds, and fun Flirty Flamingo pink on the inside.  Following the instructions produces a full sixteen really cute pocket cards with inserts and envelopes.  However, I wanted to try and mix things up a bit, and I’m most comfortable working with the standard A2-size cards (4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″).

card construction

I started with a card base of Flirty Flamingo, and then added a piece of Rich Razzleberry cut to 4″ x 5-1/4″.  I took that lovely pocket card with gold hearts, and just chopped off the top.  Yes, it was a little daunting to make that cut, but it just opened up a world of new possibilities.  (Not only did it give me a nice little corner pocket, but I can use the leftover bits for another project.)  I decided to create a pocketful of flowers with the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set and matching dies.  Using a variety of coordinating pink inks, I created a bunch of flowers, and then arranged them on my card front, sticking out of that beautiful sleeve.  Some of them are popped up with dimensionals… to give the card some dimension (obviously, LOL).  For a bit more bling, and to coordinate with the gold hearts, I heat-embossed some gold elements here and there.  It’s hard to see above, so here’s a close-up:

Valentine's Day card, an altered Paper Pumpkin project from Stampin' Up!, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

finishing touches

The gold-trimmed ribbon that comes with this kit is gorgeous!  I used a bit to add a nice bow.  (Helpful tip:  you see those nice, crisp ribbon ends?  When I want  the edges of my ribbon to stay clean and not fray, I use a bit of something called Fray Check..  I have a couple bottles left over from my cross-stitch days.  It’s usually used on the edges of the canvas, but it works beautifully on ribbon!)  This kit also comes with these 80 enamel dots, in Flirty Flamingo and Rich Razzleberry.  They add just the right touch to the upper left-hand corner.

the sentiment

I stamped the sentiment from the included stamp kit, onto a coordinating tag, also from the kit.  The message is actually “arranged” differently on the stamp, but I performed a bit of stamp surgery.  I cut apart the three words so that I could arrange them differently.  This is actually really easy to do with photopolymer stamps… and I promise – your stamps will forgive you.  🙂

paper pumpkin & sale-a-bration

Just a quick reminder that Stampin’ Up!’s Sale-a-Bration is in full effect, and running until the end of March.  And, if you’d like to try out their awesome monthly subscription kit, Paper Pumpkin, you can buy a pre-paid 3, 6, or 12-month subscription, AND that purchase can be used to earn Sale-a-Bration credit!  In other words, you get free stuff!  (If you’d like any help with this, just give me a shout.  I’d love to be your demonstrator, and I’m always available to answer questions.)

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a totally awesome day!

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flying home thank you cards

Thank you card using Stampin' Up!'s Flying Home stamp set, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

can’t stop coloring!

Okay, I did warn y’all in my last post… I am absolutely addicted to the Stampin’ Up! Blends!  And like my last post, these little birdie thank you cards are all about coloring with those awesome Blends alcohol markers.  I can’t seem to stop:  I’m repeatedly stamping every image I can find that can easily be colored, building a nice little stack of images on my desk, and then taking every spare minute I can find to color away all my worries and stress.

flying home

These bird nest images from the new Flying Home stamp set were already  stamped out and just waiting for color.  I was in need of a couple of thank you cards, and decided that these would work fine for that.  It’s fun to make cards that “match”, but that aren’t identical, so I went for two different color schemes.

Thank you card using Stampin' Up!'s Flying Home stamp set, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

This one is my favorite (but then, I love the color red).  I decided not to stress over what kind of birds these were, so it didn’t matter what colors I used. For each card, I colored two copies of the image.  I cut the first one into a square for my focal image, and then just fussy-cut the nest and two leaves from the second one.  Using dimensionals, I popped up the nest, and then I used rolled up glue dots for the two tiny leaves  I love the dimension you get with this!  Eventually, I would like to work on my shading, but any shadows you see here are actually from the layering.  🙂

blue, too

And here’s a close-up of the second one:

Thank you card using Stampin' Up!'s Flying Home stamp set, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

A nice frame around the image, a simple sentiment from an old Paper Pumpkin stamp set, and a bit of paper “ribbon” using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch finish these two cards off.  Oh… and those jewels in the upper left corners?  Those are all just regular clear rhinestones.  I colored them to match, using those Stampin’ Blends.  Cool, huh?

thank YOU!

These cards are a thank you for you, too!  I am so grateful for the kind words I’m getting on my cards, and I’m so thankful that you stopped by my little blog today!  It’s so exciting to see where this card-making journey is taking me;  I’m just getting started!  Will you stick around and join me for the adventure?  😀  Have a terrific day!

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good vibes card – fun with stampin’ blends

Good Vibes card using Stampin' Up! Stampin' Blends, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

good vibes, creating and giving

Okay, this stamp really says it all, the reason I’m an obsessed card-maker:  I love sending out good vibes into the world!  And my favorite way to do that is by sending happy mail.  I like to think that, if I’m happy when I make a card, that the card somehow retains some of those good feelings, and that the recipient can feel that.  It’s the reason that my “logo” (how I sign all of my cards) has a heart:  because all of my cards are made with love… and good vibes.  🙂

fun with coloring

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of making this card.  In fact, I pretty much have a new favorite technique:  coloring with Stampin’ Blends, and fussy-cutting details.  This is not a fast card, but it is an easy one.  That whole image is just one stamp.  (Cool, huh?)  I stamped it several times on white cardstock, colored one image with Stampin’ Blends, then colored just parts of a second image.  I fussy-cut out three of the larger flowers, and two tiny ones, and popped them up to add dimension to the card.  The big flowers were attached on top of their duplicates using dimensionals.  The two tiny flowers (top and bottom left corners) were actually colored three times, cut twice, and adhered on top of the raised larger flowers with rolled up glue dots.  This gave them just a bit more dimension.  Here’s more of a close-up:

Good Vibes card, colored with Stampin' Blends, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

the details

Before adhering the popped up flowers, I took a black brush-tip marker and ran it around the edges.  This makes such a difference when adding cut-outs to a card!  (Thanks to Kristina Werner at KWernerDesign, who was the first one to show me this trick, and so many others!) I also took a white gel pen, and added some details to some of the flowers, and the letters.  The words were coated with clear Wink of Stella.  There are also some black dots, here and there (mostly clusters of 3) that I added with a black pen.  Sure, the added details take time, but I really think it makes a substantial difference.  (And another shout out to Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker.  She has some seriously mad coloring skills, and is so inspiring!)

blending

I have resisted the Call of the Copics for years now.  I managed to convince myself that colored pencils were better… but it wasn’t easy.  It seems like the whole crafting community has embraced the alcohol marker trend.  And now I know why.  When Stampin’ Up! released their Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, I just couldn’t resist any longer;  I had to try them.  It was love at first swipe.  These things rock!  Seriously, the very most stressful day just melts away after a few minutes of coloring with these babies.  I am SO hooked.  Is my blending perfect?  No, but it totally doesn’t even matter.  These are so easy to work with!  There WILL be more cards using these on my blog in the future.

the best part:

Now, I admit that being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator did play a part in my marker purchase, but I have to tell you why I think these are awesome, especially for beginners.  First, there are a limited number of colors (at the moment, anyway).  This is a very good thing for my pocketbook, because, of course, I had to have ALL of them.  But Stampin’ Up! does sell these markers individually, so you can totally pick one or two of your favorite colors and give them a try.  Second, these colors come in “light” and “dark”.  This makes matching colors and blending a breeze!  Had I gone down the Copic rabbit hole, not only would I be broke (because I’d have to have ALL of them, LOL), but I’d be absolutely lost when trying to choose colors.  Too many choices, too much confusion when it comes to blending.

Have you tried the Stampin’ Blends yet?  If you’re curious, just buy the light and dark pens that best match your favorite color, and then buy the color lifter pen.  I strongly recommend the color lifter – it helps push color around, and basically gives you a “lighter” version of every color you have.  And it helps to erase mistakes.  (Ask me how I know.)  😉 

Is coloring for everyone?  Maybe not.  And fussy-cutting definitely requires a special kind of patience.  But for me, this is truly my happy place.  And I just have to share my happy!  Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a beautiful day!

(Note:  some affiliate links were used in this post for your convenience.  They link to my Stampin’ Up! store.  There is NO additional cost to you, but if you choose to purchase something, you will help to support this blog.  See full disclosure here.  Thank you!)

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party with pandas card

Party Pandas birthday card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

panda party!

Aren’t these little fellas cute?  I couldn’t help smiling when I made this card – I mean, who can resist a panda party?  And the best part?  This stamp set, Party Pandas, was FREE, with a $50.00 purchase.  This is that most wonderful time of the year for Stampin’ Up! fans.  It’s Sale-a-Bration time!  (More details about this awesome event below.)

card details:

For this card, I just took a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of white cardstock, and figured out where I wanted my pandas to go.  I stamped them in black, then stamped the Happy Birthday in Melon Mambo.  The confetti bits were stamped here and there, around my playful pandas, in Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight.  That decorative strip on the left was cut from Melon Mambo paper, using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch.  It sort of covered up that one little guy’s balloon, but that just gave me the perfect excuse to use my Balloon Bouquet Punch to give him a bigger, better balloon.  The balloon and birthday present were both attached with dimensionals, for a little “oomph”.  I used my Stampin’ Write Markers to add color to the party hat and envelope.  A Daffodil Delight card-base finishes it off.

 

sale-a-bration!

Now, about this awesome event called Sale-a-Bration…  the way it works is that you spend at least $50.00 on just about anything from Stampin’ Up!, and you get to add something from the Sale-a-Bration catalog for free.  You can buy items you’ve been drooling over in the Annual Catalog, or you can choose something from the new Occasions Catalog.  (I want it all, LOL.)  The more you spend, the more you get.  There’s even a word die set you can get FREE with a $100.00 purchase.   (See product links below.  Please note that all clear-mount sets are also available as wood-mount and/or in French.)

So, if there are things you’ve been wanting from Stampin’ Up!, now is the best time to stock up.  (And if you’ve ever thought about being a demonstrator, there is no better time to sign up than right now.  I myself signed up during Sale-a-Bration last year, and I’m so glad I did!)

 

free with $50.00 purchase: 

free with $100.00 purchase: 

 

no demo? no problem.

If you don’t have a demonstrator, and you live in the US, I would LOVE to be your demonstrator! Just send me a note and I’ll make sure you get a catalog, plus answers to questions, and advice from a bashful-but-passionate card-maker.  🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Card-makers rock!  Have a wonderful weekend, and happy Sale-a-Brating!

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hug in a mug card

Hug in a Mug Stampin' Up! card by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

hug in a mug

Okay, so… I don’t have a good New Year’s card this year.  (I’ve done some in the past, but this year, I think my creativity was just plain frozen.)  But, given that much of the country (even Florida!) is experiencing colder-than-normal temps today, I thought that we could all use a bit of hot chocolate… and hot chocolate is like a hug in a mug, right?

This card actually came about one evening when the air seemed especially chilly.  I had a handful of stamped images that I had wanted to color, and this one jumped right out at me.  I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils, and just had some fun coloring.  The next day, though, I decided that I was pretty happy with how this image turned out, and decided to make it the focal point of this card.

card set-up:

The rest was pretty easy.  I just matted the image with some nice, warm, bright red paper, added a zig-zag accent strip, punched out three red hearts, and stamped the oh-so-perfect sentiment.  To me, this card is all about the stamp set – everything else was just a case of using what I had.  The good news is that this set – Hug In A Mug Photopolymer Stamp Set – is still available from Stampin’ Up!  The bad news is that you really have to hurry, because after tomorrow, it’s being retired.  This last holiday catalog was my favorite catalog to date – I loved every single item in it!  Everything was a must-have. (Too bad my bank account didn’t agree with me.  😉 )

The photo’s a bit fuzzy – it was snapped in a rush, as I needed to get this one in the mail right away to someone up north.  We’re going to be slipping into the 40’s this week (brrrrr!!!), but this friend is dealing with snow and ice and MUCH colder temps.  She needs all the warm cocoa she can get.

happy new year!

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?  While I certainly do have things to work on, I decided a while back that I was more likely to accomplish my goals if I didn’t call them resolutions.  🙂  This year?  I am going to focus on connecting better with people.  It’s time for this hermit to find “her people”, and climb out of this shell.  Are you my people?  If you think you might be, please leave a comment, or send me a note and let me know!  Thank you so much for visiting my page!  Wishing you a very happy 2018 and beyond!

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’tis the season…

Reindeer Christmas Card with Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

for reindeer! 

and lots and lots of cards.  I LOVE Christmas cards.  Okay… I love all cards, but there are always so many MORE cards this time of year.  I know that some people don’t send them anymore, and I totally get that – sending cards is a lot of work, and life is busy – but that isn’t going to stop me.  😀

The last few years, I’ve picked one favorite design, and made a whole bunch of the same card, for friends and family.  This year was different.  Because I’m teaching classes now, I ended up creating a bunch of different designs.  It’s been so much fun!  I’ve shared a couple already, and I hope to share more, but Christmas is almost here (woohoo!), so I’m going to share a few today.

reindeer games

This first card (above) is all about the reindeer.  It’s not my original idea – a bunch of brilliant people have demonstrated on the Internet how to make a reindeer using the old Owl Builder Punch.  Yes, it’s retired, but there’s a ton of them out there.  The owl punch is so versatile, but so are all the “builder” punches.  I made his antlers and ears from the still-current Tree Builder Punch.  If you Google “punch art”, you’ll get tons and tons of ideas on how to create cute critters from misc. punches.

To showcase my little Rudolph, I adhered him to a white circle, framed with a scalloped red circle, and popped it up with dimensionals on a white piece with embossed diagonal stripes.  I die-cut the pine branches using the Christmas Staircase  Thinlits dies, and stamped the sentiment using a two-step stamp from the Merry Patterns stamp set.  This card was just plain fun to make.  (Who doesn’t love Rudolph?

Christmas Tree Card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com.

decorate a tree

For card number two, I had some fun decorating a paper tree.  I started with a Garden Green tree, cut using the Christmas Staircase thinlits die.  (I’m getting so much use out of this set!)  I used a bit of gold thread to create a garland, and just dug up some shiny confetti bits for ornaments.  The sky is the limit here, though.  You can use all sorts of bits and baubles to decorate your tree – just look for shiny things.  🙂  Or make your own, like I did with the sparkly star at the top (die-cut from Gold Glimmer paper).  Using dimensionals, I popped up the decorated tree onto some pretty patterned paper (Be Merry Designer Series Paper), and just free-hand cut a trunk from some brown cardstock.  This whole piece was attached to a piece of Garden Green cardstock, with a sliver of that Gold Glimmer paper added the left, and a row of border-punched stars on the right, all added to a white top-fold card.  A simple sentiment heat-embossed in gold and matted with Cherry Cobbler cardstock, finishes it off.

Cup of Christmas Cheer card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com.

nice, hot cup of cheer

To finish off this post, how about a nice cup of hot cocoa?  (With soy milk, of course.) I know I owe someone credit for this idea – my apologies to whoever thought of it first.  To give the cup a Santa look, I die-cut it from Real Red cardstock, used a strip of black for the belt, and added a gold glimmer belt buckle made with two nested square dies.  The cup and “whipped cream” are from the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies.  The sentiment is from the coordinating Merry Cafe Stamp Set.  I just love how Stampin’ Up! makes these coordinating products!  The Merry Cafe set is in the 2017 Holiday Catalog, but it coordinates perfectly with the Coffee Cafe Stamp Set, and the Coffee Cups Framelits Dies from the annual catalog.

one last thing

Happy Holidays!  And thank you so much for stopping by my little space on the Internet.  I’m looking forward to continuing to grow as a card-maker, and as a blogger.  (Comments, questions and suggestions always welcome!  You can leave a comment, or send me an e-mail.  I’d love to hear from you!)  Wishing all of lots of good cheer, tasty treats, and love & joy this holiday season!

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warm, fuzzy, quilted christmas

Quilted Christmas Card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

Sale!  But first…

How about we start today with a nice, warm, fuzzy, quilted Christmas card?  It’s high time I started posting (and mailing!) some holiday cards.  I can’t believe it’s December already!

(Please note: this post contains some affiliate links. There is no additional cost to you, but if you purchase anything from these links, I can earn a small commission, which will help to keep this blog going.)

I can’t take credit for this technique, though I did put my own spin on it.  This card uses the “Stack and Cut Quilt Card” technique, by Betty Taciack.  She did a wonderful tutorial for it on Split Coast Stampers.  While it isn’t essential for this technique, Stampin’ Up!’s Christmas Quilt Stamp Set, and the coordinating Quilt Builder Framelits Dies, are just perfect for it!  I also used the Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Here’s an alternate version, same technique:

Quilted Christmas card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

Now, I wanted to make sure I showed you these cards today because I just found out that they are RETIRING this set!  We just got the news this morning.  I just don’t get it – I thought it was one of the best things in our recent holiday catalog!  (Okay, so maybe I’ve said that about nearly everything in our recent holiday catalog, but still…)  Anyway, if you had been thinking about buying any part of this suite, you’ll want to do that now, because once they are gone, they are gone.  (Of course, they will be replaced by all sorts of cool new things, but most likely not quite like this.)

Not just for Christmas!

This set also makes wonderful “non-holiday” cards as well.  Here’s more of a “hang in there, thinking of you” type card:

Quilt Card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

And here’s another – same design, different colors:

Quilt Card using Stampin' Up! products, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

Don’t you just love that itty-bitty needle?  I used a die from the set, and cut it out of silver foil paper – so cute!  The paper was just some old stuff I was trying to use up.  (The sentiment really says it all here – this set is perfect for using up old scraps!  LOL.)

Year-end Sale:

So, today through January 2, 2018, Stampin’ Up! is having their Year-End Sales Event.  Many of these items are just “while supplies last”.  Need any last-minute Christmas gifts?  (I shouldn’t say “last minute”… I haven’t even started my holiday shopping yet.  Yikes!)  And while this is such a joyful time of year, it’s hard to beat what’s coming up:  Sale-a-Bration!  (More on that later.)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have any comments or questions?  Just send me a note, or leave a comment.  I LOVE talking about crafty stuff with other crafty people.

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Free Shipping!

Yup, today I’m just getting right to the point: free shipping!  We all love that, right?  For Cyber Monday, Stampin’ Up! is offering free shipping for ALL orders.  This offer is valid for MONDAY only, November 27, 2017, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm MT.  If there’s anything you’ve been thinking about ordering, this would be an ideal time to do it.  And if you don’t already have a demonstrator, I would love it if you purchased through me.  I may be a relatively new demonstrator, but what I lack in experience and sales volume, I make up for in passion!  Wouldn’t it be great to be one of the first members of my tribe?  (Pssst… I plan to spoil my tribe as my business grows. 😉 )

Yikes!  I almost forgot.  If you do plan to make a purchase from me, could you please use the host code XpR7Y6WH  By using this code, I can earn host benefits, which I can use to reward my customers!

So, no cards to share today, but I’ve been crafting up a storm and hope to have some ready to share very soon.  Please feel free to send me a note, or leave a comment, if you have any questions or ideas.  Don’t be bashful… actually, DO be bashful, but write to me, anyway!  If I can blog to the whole world, you can reach out to me.  Still looking for my peeps!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a totally awesome day!