Many of you would already be aware that we are smack bang in the middle of the most fun time of the Stampin' Up! year - Sale-a-bration!
Other than put a little advertisement up to the top right there, I haven't done much in the way of shouting it from the rooftops, so I hope to rectify that today by sharing a couple of cards I made with my favourite of the stamp selections available in the Sale-a-bration brochure.
I loved all the stamp sets on sight, but my favourite one is Happy Moments. I reckon you can't go wrong with a stamp set that contains four images that could be used for pretty much any occasion, PLUS three greeting stamps into the bargain as well.
And it is a bargain, 'cause it's free!
It - or any of the other three sets in the catalogue - can be yours for free with any order of $100. Spend $200, choose two sets. Spend $300, choose three sets plus the associated hostess benefits.
Spend more than that, and you and I need to have a serious chat about the Stampin' Up! demonstrator opportunity... Oh and did I mention that if you take up that particular opportunity during Sale-a-bration you get to choose a free stamp set from the Idea Book & Catalogue too...?
Yep, you do.
See I told you Sale-a-bration was fun!
Ok, onto the cards. They both use the stack of gifts stamp from the Happy Moments stamp set, which I love because you can colour it all girly and pretty, or make it more boy-ish colours too - both of which I have done in the following examples...
This first card was for a little school friend of my big girl, whose 7th birthday party was just this morning.
The cutest thing was that when Hannah gave her the card, as she was ripping into it, she said "I know what this is - this is a card that your mum made".
They're onto me.....!
Here's a close up of the watercolouring on the stamped image, and I also wanted to point out something else about this part too.
See the scalloped border around the edge of the circle?
Well that circle is the 1-3/4" Circle Punch and we don't actually have a corresponding scallop circle punch in the catalogue. Check out this post on Marelle Taylor's blog for a nifty little trick to get different sized circles out of your original Scallop Circle Punch...
"Happy 7th Birthday Madelen" Stamps: Happy Moments Paper: Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron, Watercolour Paper, Regal Rose Patterns DSP (Level 1 Hostess) Ink: StazOn Jet Black, Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron, Regal Rose, Tangerine Tango, Baja Breeze Accessories: 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Aquapainter, Tangerine Tango striped ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals
The next card was for the principal at school after I noticed a couple of weeks ago that his birthday was listed in the school newsletter. It's such a lovely school that my big girl goes to (and next year, so will the little one...!) with just one class for each year level and the teachers and the principal know each and every one of the kids by name.
Here's his card...
The image on this one is also watercoloured, but this time I first stamped and embossed with White Embossing Powder, so it gives the image quite a different look.
So that's just two simple examples of the many different looks that you could get out of this one stamp, never mind that you have three other image stamps in the set to play around with as well.
Sale-a-bration runs until the end of March, so get in on the free stamps action by contacting me and letting me know what you'd like for your $100 (or $200 or $300!) order ;-)
"Happy Birthday Mr Martin" Stamps: Happy Moments, Short & Sweet Paper: Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory, Kiwi Kiss, Watercolour Paper, Urban Garden DSP Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Sahara Sand Accessories: Chocolate Chip side double stitched ribbon, Aquapainter, Stampin' Sponges, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals