Holiday Catalog Product Spotlight – Vintage Crochet Trim

Welcome to my Product Spotlight.  Today I will be showing you this beautiful black vintage crochet trim.

This  beautiful vintage crochet trim can be used for many projects.  You can create a beautiful embellishment like on card above, tie up a package or treat bag, or hang a tag or ornament with it.  This vintage crochet trim is great for any season, it is soft, delicate & elegant, comes in a 5 yard spool for just $6 (US).  You can find all the supplies for this project and more right here.  Follow along to see more great ideas for this beautiful Vintage Crochet Trim.

I used Painted Harvest stamp set #144783
Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper #144613
Vintage Crochet Trim #144611
Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso ink pads

Where have I been? What have I been doing?

Where have I been?

Where have I been the past few months?  I’ve been here!  I promise I have.  Mostly posting directly to Facebook when I have been able.  So it all began in April 2017…with a water heater breaking and flooding my house (small flood).  We had to have all the flooring replaced (2400sf).  If any of you have had new flooring put in (for any reason), you understand, it is like packing to move to a new location and then unpacking again.  Why does it take so much longer to unpack than it does to pack things up?  I am still unpacking 4 months later!  I have beautiful new wood-look ceramic floors throughout the house, but we asked them to leave the baseboards off since we wanted to replace them with taller ones.  This has been a portion of the delay in unpacking.  We have 3 rooms baseboards installed, 2 more to go.  So here’s hoping September is the end of the unpacking.  Here’s a few pictures to give you some perspective.  This is what I have been doing.

In between all this floor fun, I have been holding my crafting weekends, working part time for a catering company (love this), and taking a couple road trips with family & friends.  This is what I have been doing.

My plan for the coming months…get the holidays rolling, of course!  The Fall/Winter Holiday Catalog begins tomorrow.  If you would like one, contact me and I will get it to you ASAP.

I will be holding Paper Pumpkin & Beverage on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays (7-9 pm) in September, October, and November at the Starbucks on Cross Timbers & Garden Ridge in Flower Mound.  I will have the current months (August) kit with extra supplies to work on and show you some alternative ideas from the kit contents.  I will also have a few past kits for sale and hope to entice y’all to join the fun with a month-to-month subscription.  Septembers kit will be half price ($9.98) if you subscribe by September 10th.

The season is starting with Stamp-a-Stack Holiday cards at September’s crafting weekend, September 22 @ 5-8 pm.  I will have  5 each of 4 designs.  You will go home with 20 cards.  I need R.S.V.P. from anyone that wishes to attend, it is either $25 cash or minimum $25 product purchase to attend.  You can pre-pay right here  or contact me to R.S.V.P.

If you want to earn an exclusive stamp set that will never be in a catalog, I can do that for you.  September 1st through October 31st, hold a Class/Party/Catalog/FaceBook party with $300 in sales and you not only receive the hostess rewards (based on sales), you will also get the exclusive Merry Patterns stamp set.  The only way to get this stamp set is to EARN it.  You don’t even have to clean your house before & after the event, because you can hold it at mine in my craft studio!  Just invite your friends and I will do the rest.  Contact me to set up your date before my calendar fills up!

So there you have it, that is where I have been.

Keep on Stampin’

The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop

The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop

Welcome to The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop for May 2017. This month our theme is “SNEAK PEEK”.  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Francine Wilson or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup can be view by clicking on the link below.  It will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

I have been playing with all the fun new product coming out on June 1st with the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! catalog! My focus today and I had so much fun with the new Delightful Daisy Suite.   This suite comes with a beautiful Designer Series paper 12″x12″ and coordinating card stock pack, very versatile stamp set with a coordinating punch, there are faceted gems in silver & gold, and beautiful double-stitched ribbon.  Check out one of the cards I made with this suite, I have included all the instructions for you!
The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop - Delightful Daisy Suite

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The Remarkable InkBig Blog Hop - Daisy Delight stamp

Calypso Coral card base 8 ½”x5 ½” scored 4 ¼”
Whisper White 1 7/8″x4 5/8″
Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (DSP) 5 ¼”x4
Daisy Delight stamp set
Night of Navy, Old Olive, Calypso Coral ink pads
Daisy Punch & Faceted Gems
Adhesives: Snail/Dimensionals/Post-It 2″x 2″

Adhere DSP to card base & set aside.

Create a mask of the large daisy on Post-It note with Daisy Delight punch

On right side of Whisper White, stamp large daisy with stamp-off method (stamp off 2-3 times) Using Night of Navy.  Punch a daisy from the Post-it to mask your stamped daisy & stamp leaf outline with Old Olive 3 times.  Using stamp-off method, stamp the leaf fill with Old Olive.  Continue using Old Olive ink, stamp the long twig multiple times on left of daisy, achieving faded effect.  Using Night of Navy ink, stamp flower buds on twigs with same fading effect.  Remove your daisy mask.  Stamp your sentiment with Calypso Coral to the lower left.  Adhere to matted card base with dimensionals.  Easy-Peasy!

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don’t want to miss. Remember that currently you are at my blog – Francine Wilson, so check the blog hop line up list link below to see who is next in the list.

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crafting card making scrapbooking anticipation & excitement in May

Can you believe it is May already!  May brings a lot of anticipation & excitement with it in the crafting world!  For Stampin’ Up! all our card making & scrapbooking embellishments & toys are about to expand!  We get to pre-order new stamps, designer paper, embellishments, and ink pads from the upcoming annual catalog being released on June 1st.  We get to do this so we can have lots of fun card, scrapbook, 3-D projects and décor examples for you to drool over!  I have included a photo of some of the Delightful Daisy suite and a couple card examples below.
card making with Delightful Daisy suiteDelightful Daisy Suite
Right now, Stampin’ Up! has pre-released the Eastern Palace suite for you to purchase ahead of the 2017-12018 catalog release.   There are beautiful papers, stickers, embellishments, and cutting dies in this release.  The Eastern Palace suite is one of the most versatile suites I have seen yet!  The stamp set & framelit combinations are almost limitless.  It coordinates with so many other stamp sets, framelit sets, and punches as well.  Click Here to see the two options for this suite.

I will be moving 4th Weekend Crafting to the third weekend in May due to Memorial Day Weekend being a family time weekend.  We will meet on the 19th @ 5pm & 20th @ 9:30am.  Bring a friend to club and I will have something special for you!  I promise to have lots of new product for you to play with.  Your brand-new catalogs should be in your hands shortly after that if not by then.

Get your wish lists ready, Kristina & I will be having an open house party on May 30th for the 2017-2018 Catalog launch.  There will be awesome door prizes every half hour with 2 grand prize winners at the end of the day.  We will have free make & takes, demonstrations, BOGO sale, and snacks & beverages.  Please tell all your friends, the more the merrier!  (it will help your door prize chances too!)

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New Stamp sets, New framelits, New embellishments, New ink pads, New papers!

Who doesn’t love New Stamp sets, new framelits, new embellishments, new ink, and new paper!   I can’t wait to play with all the new embellishments & framelits.  The new papers are beautiful and very versatile.  I plan to use the new ink pads & stamp sets in my scrapbook projects as well as cards and 3-D projects!

Well, I didn’t get the new product box opening video edited…I went out of town to have some family time with a couple of my grandchildren, no time to edit videos.  Click here to see it in full, it runs about 24 min because I try to show you everything opened except the papers.   I know you will love it anyway.

New stamp sets
Color Theory

I have already made one project from one of the new stamp sets for my stamp club this week, three more to go.  Here you can see, I used new framelits, new ink pad, new ribbon, new paper, and the new stamp set.  Stamp club meets every 4th weekend at my place.  I would love to have you join us.  We make 4 projects, you get full typed instructions (so you can continue to create at home).  Cost is $25 or $25 in product purchase to attend.  If you wish to attend virtually, ordered the class products from my online store at least 10 days in advance to be sure to have everything you need to participate.   For May, club is meeting a week early (19th & 20th) since 4th weekend is Memorial weekend.  I will publish the suite for May on the first so you have plenty of time to order!

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retiring product

Oh my, oh my – these things are already done and April is only half way through. Stamp sets will continue to be made until May 22nd, however, embellishments/papers/tools/framelits-thinlits will not be re-ordered once their stock has been exhausted. I know, it’s sad, there are a few things on this list that I was wishing to purchase myself. 🙁

Enough wallowing – – get to shopping before it’s all gone!

Creating, Crafting, Learning – What’s that all about?

Crating, Crafting EscapeCreating, Crafting, Learning – What’s that all about?  Learning my way around the blog site…doing some reading & getting some help from my colleagues.   I want to impart my learning to all of you.  Currently I am learning how to embed videos, which is so much fun and a lot easier than I thought it would be!  However, editing said videos is a bit of a job 🙂  I hope to have a video ready to publish in the next day or two.

So there is a lot more happening in the creating, stamping, crafting, and scrapping world.  New annual catalogs  are getting ready to launch.  Product from current catalogs are retiring and many at very discounted prices.  If there is a stamp set, tool, or embellishment, maybe some ribbon or designer series paper you have been drooling over, now is the time to take action before it is gone for good.

I am creating some beautiful card ideas for you, from the upcoming catalog, to be over the next couple days.  Crafting has been a bit difficult since I haven’t been able into get into my craft room this past week.  We had a minor flood and it destroyed the laminate flooring throughout the house.  All closets and rooms had to have everything that was on the floor removed so the laminate could be pulled up.  You can imagine the mess this created!  Well, finally down to just one room that is cluttered with boxes and I am able to access my craft room again!  Time to create some master pieces.

See you in a day or two!

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OnStage Local Shreveport Sneak Peek!

I am so excited for this next annual catalog to be released on June first.  I believe y’all will be excited as well.  We are right on trend with colors and styles, stamps, and embellishments.  In about 6 days I will have my pre-ordered product to play with and I will post some projects here for you!

Right now our retired items list has been released…time to get that designer series paper, the stamp set, embellishments, and ribbons you have been drooling over before it is gone for good.  Click on the shopping button above and you will see a link to the Retired Items near the top of the page on the left.

I really enjoyed my time in Shreveport at the OnStage event this past weekend.  For those that don’t know what that is, let me explain.  Stampin’ Up! changed convention up about 3 yrs ago from 1 time a year to twice a year.  This way we are updated on company progress, programs, and changes more often.  A live event is held in one location in the world, this year Amsterdam, and local events around the world for those that cannot attend OnStage Live.  We get sneak peeks at the upcoming product, company updates, recognition of demonstrators, and live feed from OnStage Live.

Here is one preview that will be released early for you to order on May 1st. This suite is so beautiful and versatile.  I can’t wait to get my hands on it.  I see all kinds of cards, scrapbook pages, decor, and jewelry when I look at this suite!  Notice the “Free with Purchase” at the bottom of the product listing for each bundle.

Eastern Palace Suite

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Just me checking in for the first time!

I am new to this blogging thing…

Wow I just finish a conference at OnStage Local in Shreveport.  Last night I was waiting patiently & excitedly for the festivities to begin in the morning.
The excitement to see what is new on the horizon for Stampin’ Up! in 2017-2018 coming year was hard to contain.  I got a sneak peek at the next catalog and an opportunity to purchase some (I got it all!) of the new product so I can create some awesome cards & scrapbook pages, and 3-D items for you to see how versatile everything is.  It’s all hush hush for right now…

…In just a few days I will have all my fabulous new product to get creative with and I will be able to show you all the wonderful new things you can do with them!

Check back in to see what is new here!

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