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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Sunday, May 5, 2019





On stage was so exciting as we learned about all of the new products in the annual catalog releasing in June! However, this new product medley offering was one of the most exciting things we learned about (in my opinion). This new kit is a different type of offering from Stampin' Up! and I am loving the concept! Here is what this kit contains. First and foremost, the stamp set. 


As you can see, the stamp set has 18 different images that will help your creativity bloom fully for birthday, thank you or even congratulations cards! The picture below gives you a snap of what is contained in this kit. This kits is while supplies last ONLY!!  It is sure to sell out! So, if you are interested in this kit, you will want to order it today! If you use the host code PC6ANKXD when ordering, I will send you an ink pad of your choice. If you don't have Melon Mambo or Night of Navy these colors are the ones that will coordinate well. Please email with an ink pad color of choice! thecreativitybarn@gmail.com


  • Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks:ABC
  • Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8" x 1" (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
  • 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 CM) Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
  • 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 CM) rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
  • Printed die cuts—2 sheets
  • Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
  • Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4" (6.4 mm)
  • Melon Mambo 1/4" (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
  • Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz.





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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Stampin’ Up! On Stage



Every April and November Stampin’ Up holds what they call  “On Stage” in various locations. The main event is several days long and it serves as training for the 52,000 demonstrators. I was in San Antonio, TX for my training. Along with training, we are able to see the new annual catalog that will go live in June. It is an exciting time as we preview and play with new products. I love being able to go to a new city or state and visit for my business and get to enjoy some new scenery.

The weather was so nice in San Antonio and Houston. I flew into Houston and rented a car, then drove to San Antonio. I wanted to explore the great state of Texas while I had the opportunity. One of the exciting things for me was seeing Smithville, TX, which was the setting for the movie "Hope Floats" along with so many other great tourist attractions like the San Antonio River Walk, the Alamo etc. Our next OnStage will be in five different locations in the US which include: Las Vegas, NV, Atlanta, GA , Lansing, MI,  Hartford, Ct, and Portland, OR.  If you do not currently have a demonstrator that you currently work with and would like to receive a new catalog, email me for a complimentary copy.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Paper Pumpkin gets Distinctive


If you are a longtime Stampin' Up! customer, you may know about Paper Pumpkin. Paper Pumpkin just turned SIX years old! Stampin' Up! loves providing easy, fast, and fun creative experiences for subscribers. They do this in a cost-saving and time-efficient way: by delivering a cute package filled with fun papercrafting goodies . . . right to your door. 
In addition to providing everything you need to make a pre-designed, all-inclusive project, they also have another goal in mind: to help you unlock and explore your creativity by introducing you to exciting and innovative products from Stampin’ Up! 
In April’s Paper Pumpkin kit, I'm excited to announce that Stampin' Up! will be treating you to something extra-special: Stampin’ Up!’s brand new Distinktive® stamp images. This style of stamp creates an almost layered ink look, that is produced with just one stamp and some ink! Here is an example of what a Distinktive® stamp looks like.
This image was inked up and stamped just once, but you can see the layered look, some parts lighter and others darker. It makes you feel like an artist. Paper Pumpkin kits come with an ink spot, a stamp set that is unique to the kits, and the everything you need to create multiple projects enclosed in a pretty box!


There are two ways to subscribe to the kit. But for every kit, you must subscribe by the 10th of the month. You can do a monthly subscription where a card is billed each month or you can prepay for your subscription in varying monthly amounts. Click here to subscribe. There will be a price increase on these kits as of June1,2019.
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Monday, April 8, 2019

Who doesn't love babies?

One of the fun things I enjoy as a demonstrator is the card swapping we do with other demos. This card was one I cased from a swap. To case a card means: Copy and share everything. CASE. Sometimes you will take part of a card you received and maybe change an element. I liked this card pretty much as it was so I just duplicated it.. a few times now. It seems like everyone is pregnant or just had a baby this year! Not me, I am only having grandchildren these days, the plumbing has been pulled as old Dr. Grumbles once remarked. Sometimes, when someone says something like that, it sticks. They pulled the plumbing... that cracked me up and I have never forgotten the comment!
Anyway, focus here Laura! Another benefit of being a demonstrator is going to events like On Stage. I am attending the local on stage this Saturday in San Antonio, Texas! The event is live in another country (Auckland, New Zealand) but local in the US in five cities as well as other countries like Germany, Canada, France, Japan and the UK. Twice a year we have On Stage, where the new catalogs are introduced and we get to play with some new products as well as mingle with lots of other crazy stampers. We learn what is going on new in the company etc. But we also bring cards to swap, so we always have a variety of cards and styles on hand to show our customers. This card is traveling with me to Texas along with some cute girly outfits. A fellow demo that lives in Texas just had a little girl so I am bringing her a few surprises! I have been dying to buy girl clothes, but we have two fantastic grandsons and a third one coming in August. No granddaughters yet....I hope my friend likes the card and gift I bring her! If you need more baby card ideas, I will be posting some more soon! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Storage by Stampin' Up!





It is so exciting that Stampin' Up! has introduced some storage solutions for all the products we use so often! One of the things it seems all crafters have in common is a drive for organization.
Part of the joy of crafting stems from having all of your supplies organized, with easy to reach access. Let's take a look at the pieces that Stampin' Up! is offering. First, and my favorite piece is the open cube.
This piece offers many storage opportunities for us! You can place spools of ribbon in the open space. You can stack your ink pads that you are using for a certain project in the space, leaving the top open. Another option would be to get several of the half cases for wood mount stamps and put embellishments inside! I am excited to try this particular option out! One thing I may put inside one of the empty stamp cases is dimensionals and some of the epoxy embellishments as well as pearls and such!

The rest of the storage pieces are pretty easy to figure out, just make sure you check out this link 
04.01.19_STORAGE_BY_STAMPIN_UP_CONFIGURATION_NA.pdf  to figure out exactly what pieces you need, as well as how many you might need! Mine have arrived and I will post pictures soon, when I get my configuration just right! I am trying to figure out the easiest way for my desk.


If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, I would be happy to help you figure out which pieces you need and how many. Click on the product pictures below to shop in my store. For any purchase under $150 in my online store this month, please use the hostess code PC6ANKXD. If your purchase is over that amount, you will automatically qualify for Stampin' rewards as well as the Creativity Barn Rewards with Purchase Card, which will be mailed to you with orders over $50 along with a thank you gift. I appreciate your support! 







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Friday, April 5, 2019

Glitter and Glam Girls April Blog Hop





April Blog Hop! Hello to all my stamping friends! Today is the big day, where our blog hop adventure begins! I hope you will enjoy the variety and style of my fellow demonstrators in our Glitter and Glam girls April Blog Hop with the theme, "Mothers and Feminine" cards! This is my first blog hop, and there are some very talented ladies in this hop! 

I will be making a video today, of how I made this card, and will post it tomorrow. So be sure to come back and take a look! This card would be perfect for any gal for Mother's Day! I know my Mom would have loved it.



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 Measurements

Very Vanilla card stock- 8 1/2 X 5 1/2, scored at 4 1/4

Mossy Meadow card stock- 4 X 5 1/4
Fresh Fig yardstick- 3 X 4 1/4
Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper (DSP) 2 7/8 X 4 1/8
Scraps - Fresh Fig and Very Vanilla


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If you liked this card and want to purchase the supplies, just click on the products above to purchase them in my store. For anything under $149.99, please use the APRIL HOST CODE PC6ANKXD.
The Creativity Barn Rewards with Purchase Card, will be mailed to you with orders over $50 along with a thank you gift. I appreciate your support! 

$150 + Order: Do not apply the code as you will earn Stampin' Rewards as well as a gift from me and the Rewards Card. 


Thanks so much for checking out my project, enjoy the hop! Be sure to click the turquoise box below to see where to “hop” on the next blog link!


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