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Sending Warm Thoughts

I am a huge fan of the Stampin’Up! photopolymer stamps. I don’t like a whole lot of fuss or muss when I create and I adore being able to see exactly what I am doing! They particularly come in handy for a two step stamp like this Hug in a Mug set from the Holiday Catalog.

Have you been following along with my #30dayblogging challenge?! I am sharing a new project every day in September and to make it even more fun I am doing a daily giveaway!

All you need to do is leave a comment today and you are automatically entered to win! I am still waiting to hear from a couple of our first round winners. CHECK HERE to see if you were a winner!

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Details:

  • The card base is Stampin’Up! Thick Whisper White Cardstock. I love this as a base for my cards. Just be sure to give it a quick score so that it gives you a nice crisp fold line.
  • The second layer is Whisper White cut to 3 3/4 x 5″ This creates a little wider border which I really like on a simple card.
  • I chose Marina Mist and Real Red as my pops of color. They are fresh and soft together which is perfect for the feel of this card.
  • I stamped the outline of both the mug and spoon in Basic Gray. The gray is much softer than our Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and I liked having a softer contrast.
  • The spoon was colored in with a Smoky Slate marker and the mug was stamped with Marina Mist. This 2 step stamp makes it a snap to add whatever color you want to the inside of your mug.
  • The sentiment was stamped in Marina Mist and cropped out using the 1 3/8″ circle punch.
  • A whole bunch of dimensionals helps each layer pop. #lovemydimensionals
  • A wrap and bow of our Real Red Ribbon from the Stampin’Up! Holiday Catalog adds the finishing touch.

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Stampin’Up! has a beautiful exclusive stamp set available September and October. To earn this set you need to place a $300 order. It can be all you or you can grab a couple of friends and place an order

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Shop Now!

  • shop lisapretto.stampinup.net
  • HOST CODE JC4PHX2X
  • All orders receive a free gift from me

And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered for today’s giveaway, I would love to know your favorite coloring pairing for a soft color combo!

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Stampin’Up! Hug in a Mug, clean and simple

Have you been playing along with the #30dayblogging challenge? I listed our first round of winners HERE, be sure to check out to see if your name is on the list!

I am sharing each day during September and when you comment on a blog post you are automatically entered to win that day’s giveaway!

Stampin'Up! Hug in a Mug stamp set, clean and simple, CAS, DIY, thank you card, papercrafting, lisapretto, inkbigacademystamps

It is very rare that I make a “one of” card. I usually like to make 12-20 at a time because most of the cards go to my customers as thank yous or to my team in recognition of all their hard work.  Obviously, I like a very clean and simple style of cardmaking, and when I make a dozen or more at a time I *REALLY* like a clean and simple card.

This one fits the bill perfectly and isn’t it adorable?!!

Details:

  • The base of this card is one of our Whisper White Notecards. They are made of our Thick Whisper White Cardstock which makes them such a great base. I also love their size at 5 x 3 1/2″. Reminder that they also come in Very Vanilla now as well!
  • The stamp set Hug in a Mug is from the Stampin’Up! Holiday Catalog. It is just adorable and so very easy to work with. It is one of our photopolymer stamp sets which make it amazingly easy to line up the images.
  • I cropped out an oval using the LayeringOvals Thinlits and my Big Shot. Since I was making multiples I was able to double up on my Whisper White Cardstock and crop two out at a time.
  • Once I had all those ovals cropped out I sat down to stamp. The tray…or is it a shelf (?) was stamped in Early Espresso and colored in with a Crumb Cake marker
  • The mug and sentiment were both stamped with Early Espresso….isn’t that sentiment and font divine!! I used Early Espresso on this card as it has a little softer look than our Tuxedo Black Memento.
  • The inside of the cup and that sweet little heart are both stamped in Berry Burst. A little Glimmer Dot adds a bit of sparkle and a Lace Doily keeps the sweetness flowing.

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Stampin’Up! has a beautiful exclusive stamp set available September and October. To earn this set you need to place a $300 order. It can be all you or you can grab a couple of friends and place an order

Stampin'Up! Merry patterns stamp set, host set, exclusive, lisapretto, inkbigacademystamps

Shop Now!

  • shop lisapretto.stampinup.net
  • HOST CODE JC4PHX2X
  • All orders receive a free gift from me

And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered for today’s giveaway and check back each day for all new inspiration!

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Pumpkin Patch with Gourd Goodness

It might be a little early in the season, but I am so looking forward to heading to our local pumpkin patch! They have an awesome corn maze, yummy fall foods…. I am a sucker for popcorn and apple cider (with some smuggled in rum lol), and I love all the pumpkins, apples and more!

I am going to enjoy these last summer like days, but I have my sweaters and boots at the ready 🙂

Don’t forget that I am on my 30 day blog challenge! I am posting a new idea every day in September and doing a giveaway each day. You just need to comment on the blog today to be entered in to win!

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Details:

  • The card base is Stampin’Up! Thick Whisper White Cardstock cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″. I scored it lightly at 4 1/4″ to make sure the fold line is crisp.
  • The second layer is a 4 x 5 1/4″ Lemon Lime Twist and lets all agree, totally makes the card. I was not sure about this color when it first came out but I quickly came around and realize what a game changer it is!
  • The next layer is Whisper White and measures 3 3/4 x 5″
  • The pumpkins are from the stamp set Gourd Goodness. it is a two step stamp. I stamped both the base and the detail in Pumpkin Pie. Stamping off for the base image makes a great look with just one stamp pad.
  • They are stamped on a 3 x 3 ” piece of Whisper White and backed with a 3 1/4 x 3 1/4″ Early Espresso
  • The stems and the sentiment are stamped in Early Espresso.
  • So simple, but doesn’t it make you want to hit the pumpkin patch?! Yeah, me too!!

Stampin'Up! Gourds Goodness, pumpkins, halloween, thanksgiving, DIY, papercrafts, clean and simple, techniques and tutorials, lisapretto, inkbigacademystamps

Stampin’Up! has a beautiful exclusive stamp set available September and October. To earn this set you need to place a $300 order. It can be all you or you can grab a couple of friends and place an order

Stampin'Up! Merry patterns stamp set, host set, exclusive, lisapretto, inkbigacademystamps

Shop Now!

  • shop lisapretto.stampinup.net
  • HOST CODE JC4PHX2X
  • All orders receive a free gift from me

And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered for today’s giveaway and check back each day for all new inspiration!

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Blog Candy Winners and Updates!!

First, congratulations to these 3 wonderful ladies who won the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Pack!

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You MUST email me, [email protected], with your snail mail address so I can pop your goodies in the mail!

  • Peggy Hendricks
  • Andrea Howell
  • Kathy Beemer

Two of the SaleABration items have been sold out:

I am doing another Facebook Live this Thursday and you don’t want to miss it!

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Happy Monday!!

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Clean and Simple with Suite Sentiments and Inside the Lines DSP

I am pretty lucky in that I get to spend the majority of my days stamping and creating. A couple of times a week I stamp “just for fun” and like to watch Netflix for company. Right now I am watching Criminal Minds. Lets just say it is a good thing I do most of my stamping in daylight #yikes! Any good shows you recommend?

Today’s card is from one of my “Netflix and stamp” days, I made a WHOLE bunch of to send out to my team and customers. Quick, easy and super cute!

Stampin'up! Suite Sentiments stamp set, Inside the lines designer series paper, SaleABration, CAS, clean and simple, papercrafting, DIY

Details:

  • The card base is Thick Whisper White Cardstock #cardbaseofthecards and measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″, the panel of Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper is 5 1/4 x 3″, and the Pacific Point layer is 5 1/2 x 3 1/4″.
  • The In the Lines Designer Series Paper is a free gift during SaleABration with a minimum $50 purchase. I love it just like it is, but it is super on trend with the “coloring” theme that is so popular right now.
  • The sentiment is from the Suite Sentiment stamp set in the Stampin’Up! Occasions Catalog. I love how this stamp set has greetings that coordinate with all the sets in the catalog. A must have tool for the studio

Stampin'up! Suite Sentiments stamp set, Inside the lines designer series paper, SaleABration, CAS, clean and simple, papercrafting, DIY

We are in the middle of our January Bundle Party and it is rockin! Everyone who has purchased the Dragonfly Dreams bundle from me has joined a Facebook Group with new samples and ideas every day for the month of January! It isn’t too late to join and get all the great, exclusive ideas!

Our February bundle is the Lift Me Up Bundle. One or both bundles can be purchased at lisapretto.stampinup net, plus if you spend over $50 you receive SalaABration rewards!

Stampin'Up! Lift Me Up bundle, February Bundle of the month, purchase and play along wiht over 30 exclusive samples and daily inspiration, plus fun challenges and prizes

So don’t forget to join our free weekly newsletter for amazing exclusive tutorials beginning February 1st, and purchase the bundles above to take advantage of our 30+ ideas and inspiration!

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Valentine Card with Stampin’Up! Iconic Occasions

Anyone else feel like Valentine sneaks up on you? Winter break ends, we de-holiday the house, get back to routine and suddenly it is February! I don’t have 100’s of Valentine cards to make for the kiddos classmates, but I do like to send cards and goodies to my own children, family and girlfriends. And that means it is time to start!

This one is so super sweet and really keeps with my love of clean and simple cards

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Details

  • The color combo is Mint Macaron, Whisper White, and Real Red
  • Stampin'Up! InkBig Academy Stamps color combo of the day
  • Measurements: The card base is a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Thick Whisper White Cardstock #bestcardbaseever, the next layer is 4 x 5 1/4″ in Whisper White, the valentine paper is a 2 x 4″ and comes from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper from the Stampin’Up! Occasions Catalog
  • The images from the Iconic Happenings, are stamped in Mint Macaron and Real Red on Whisper White. I used both the Layering Squares Thinlits and the Stitched Shapes Thinlits. The Stitched Shapes Thinlits will be available January 16th!! #yay
  • A flag of Mint Macaron Linen Ribbon is stapled to the top to pull it all together

 

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Our Monthly Bundle kicks off January 4th

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Each month I will highlight one bundle from Stampin’Up!

  • You purchase the bundle of each month
  • This gains you access to the InkBig Academy Stamps Bundle and Challenge Facebook Page
  • I will post a new project each day in the group, giving you a minimum of 30 ideas in how to use your new products
  • Each week I will challenge you to create and post your own card
  • And there will be winners!! Each week we will give away fun Stampin’Up! Goodies

so all your favorite things:

  • Stampin’Up! Products
  • Lots of inspiration
  • Winning free product
  • We will kick off this January with the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle, #144728 $46.75
  • Watch for reminders of how to participate, or sign up here for my weekly inspiration and all the info

I want to share with you all the bundles I will be highlighting this spring so that you can plan your purchases accordingly. You could buy 2,3, 4 or more bundles right away and make your own party with a purchase of $150, or you could plan out a $50 purchase each month…..totally up to you!

Stampin'Up! Lift Me Up bundle, February Bundle of the month, purchase and play along wiht over 30 exclusive samples and daily inspiration, plus fun challenges and prizes

Stampin'Up!  Cool Treat bundle, March Bundle of the month, purchase and play along with over 30 exclusive samples and daily inspiration, plus fun challenges and prizes

Stampin'Up!  Special Reason bundle, April Bundle of the month, purchase and play along with over 30 exclusive samples and daily inspiration, plus fun challenges and prizes

Stampin'Up!  So in Love bundle, May Bundle of the month, purchase and play along with over 30 exclusive samples and daily inspiration, plus fun challenges and prizes

SaleABration also kicks off the hands down best deal ever: an opportunity to purchase the Stampin’Up! Starter Kit and receive an additional 2 free stamp sets of your choice. That is over $200 in product YOU choose for only $99, plus free shipping. Feel Free to email me with any questions you may have [email protected]

You can CLICK HERE beginning January 4th to take advantage of this special offer

Stampin'Up! Starter Kit Special,

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