Friday, July 19, 2019

Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip 2019




Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip
Diary of a Happy Stamper

I have never been on a cruise ship, nor have I have I ever flown for such a long period of time. But thanks to my job with SU, I was able to change all that! One of the many great benefits to being a demonstrator with this company, is they give you the opportunity to earn a trip. The trip I took was to the Greek Isles and was simply amazing!!I earned the trip in 2018 and took the trip this month!
All expenses were paid for by Stampin' Up! They flew myself and my husband to Rome where we were transported by charter buses to our ship, The Jewel of The Seas. 

We spent a full week on this ship and off the ship exploring the Ports of Call to Santorini, Mykonos, Athens and Katakolon. The trip started to seem real when we received this lovely gift in the mail from Stampin' Up! A beautiful travel
portfolio. Included were 4 luggage tags with the Greek Isles logo, and our name badges.While we were on the ship, we received our Holiday Catalog which will go live in September. That is another perk of being a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! We always get the early release of catalogs and preorder privileges for new product!


If you have ever considered being a demonstrator, SU has sweetened the pot. If you sign up from now until August 31, 2019, you get to pick $155 in product of your choice, for just $99 plus tax. Shipping is FREE! Normally you get $125 in product for that price, but they have added an extra $30, PLUS in August you will get to redeem a coupon they email you for an additional $10 in free product! Want to try it out?  Just click here! If you have any questions, please feel free to call, text or email me. thecreativitybarn@gmail.com, or 502.509.6015.
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Monday, July 1, 2019

Anything Goes with Mosaic Suite

Welcome to another Glitter and Glam Girls Blog Hop! This month our theme is "Anything Goes!"
We our entering our second month of the annual catalog, what do you all think? I personally am loving it! So many cute new stamps, paper and embellishments! When I tell you how I came up with my card for this post, you are going to laugh, maybe..

So picture it, On Stage, 2019...here I am all excited for all the new projects, the new catalog and prize patrols! Well one of the prize patrols was an all attendee giveaway! It was a pack of 12 X 12 paper even, show wouldn't love that? Well, here is the paper pack, which you can see on page 119. I was not immediately loving this paper, so I made myself design a class with it FIRST! 

Makes sense, right? Nope, but I made myself anyway, and turns out, that was a good call on my part. I didn't design one card. Not two...but seven cards! I now love this paper and all the cards I made with the papers, stamps and ink! The paper is raised and very shiny on some sides and smooth on others. Check these papers out in this quick video

Here is one of the cards I created for this blog hop! If you like it, I will be offering a tutorial to make this as well as five other cards. Let me know if you like the card!


To make this card, you start with the new in color terracotta tile as your card base. I layered crushed curry ( 4 X  5 1/4 )and then garden green (3 3/4 X 4 3/4) with three strips of the dsp that measured  3 1/4 X 1. Do outer two strips first and add the middle strip last. Once those strips were adhered, I embossed the card with the mosaic 3D embossing folder. I punched three daisies with the medium daisy punch using terracotta tile and made a center out of cardstock. I punched a small butterfly out of the new perennial essence vellum cardstock in the so saffron color and layered it on the same size butterfly in terra-cotta tile.  Cut two leaves out of the green leafy pattern paper in the mosaic mood paper.  Stamp your sentiment from the coordinating set ( this is what makes SU so awesome-coordination people! It is the Garanaimals of paper crafting) I added a couple of small pearls and a piece of braided trim behind the sentiment which I popped up on dimensionals and  colored with Wink of Stella and VOILA. This card got it's groove back!I love this paper! If you love this card and are not working with another demonstrator, I would appreciate your business! Use this hostess code Y3EQ7E3R to receive a gift from me with any order over $50 before tax and shipping! If you are interested in receiving an email when my tutorial goes live, or if you have any questions on how this card was made, email me at laura.anderson@thecreativitybarn.com.
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Monday, June 3, 2019

Summer Fun with Glitter & Glam Girls Blog Hop

Welcome to summer with the Glitter and Glam Girls Blog Hop! While it is not quite summer yet, it is definitely warm like summer and that makes me super happy! I love the summer, and all that comes with the summer. Hazy, hot and humid are all good for me, as long as the pool is open and available. One of the super fun things about my barn, is that it is located right next to our pool. I love being in the water, it could be a pool, a bath tub, lake  or even the ocean-but mostly I love the pool because you can see to the bottom!


Our theme for this hop is all about summer! I decided to couple the theme with a masculine gift card holder, that could be used for a male birthday or Father's Day which is just around the corner! The way this card came together was kind of fun. I started with shimmer white card stock and an aqua painter. I did a light
wash of balmy blue and crumb cake to give an appearance of  water and sand. I stamped the image of the man resting in his chair in black memento ink on a separate piece of paper. I colored his shirt in with the balmy blue and night of navy Stampin' blends. The hat was colored in the dark crumb cake and the skin was the Ivory blend. I fussy cut this out and mounted it on dimensionals. The striped DSP was placed on a piece of night of navy card stock.I mounted that on foam strips to give it some dimension. I wanted it to look like he was 3D. The sentiment was stamped in night of navy ink and adhered it to a toothpick with snail.



This first picture shows you that this card can actually stand. When you lift the right side it opens to show you a place to tuck a gift card for the recipient of this very special summer card. The left side is tucked down across the top and bottom and left side only. That leaves you a spot to tuck a gift card inside. I will post a video of how to create this card, using another design later this week!. 

Thanks so much for hopping along and enjoy all the other ladies who are hopping with us this month! All the supplies used in this project are listed below. If you would like to shop for any of the supplies, be sure and use this Host Code to get a free gift from me! HOST CODE: HGNF3EJA.    


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Monday, May 6, 2019

Boys Will Be Boys



It is that time again! Time to hop with all my stamping sisters! The theme for this month's blog hop is all about the masculine cards for the men in our lives. My father in law is always talking about his cars, from years gone by, and I decided to do my card about cars! That is super tough to say fast. Stampin' Up! is going to delight you when the new catalog goes live on June 4, 2019. There are even more masculine sets then ever before! Geared up Garage is the stamp set and dies that I used in my card. It is on pace 43 of the occasions catalog and is currently available at a bundle price. When the new catalog goes live and our others retire, all the bundles will go up in price. So if you have had your eye on this set, get it now and save 10% while you can! I used a fun and simple technique, that catches your eye. The technique is called the Eclipse technique. If you have not checked out split coast stampers, they have a great tutorial here. Let me show you my card!


 I may be dating myself here with the inside of my card. No one probably says "you're a gas" any more, but  it suited the Dad for whom it was made so there is that! I bet we all know a dad who is funny and gassy too! So the letters for the word Dad come from the large alphabet dies. I cut them out of the Classic Garage DSP and then mounted them back up on foam strips to give the Eclipse look! The gas can and the car were both stamped on real red card stock and 
then placed on the card with dimensionals for the car, just snail adhesive for the gas can inside the card. I embellished the card with a touch of the black and silver striped metallic ribbon and voila-A perfect masculine card that could be for Father's Day or a Birthday! Hop along and see what some of my favorite stamping friends have made in the masculine blog hop this month. Just click on their link to see what they've made! Click below to shop in my store, Don't forget to use the Hostess Code PC6ANKXD to receive a free gift!
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