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Stampin’Up! Hold onto Hope stamp set, 3 ways!

First, I feel like I need to introduce myself since it has been so long since I have blogged! #bloggerwoes

But here is the deal: I don’t love to blog. Yep, it just isn’t my jam.

But you know what I do love? Facebook 

and I love connecting and sharing with you, and I feel like I can do a better job of that on Facebook.

So 2 things:

I am committing to #365creativechallenge. I am going to share for 365 days straight on my FB page AND do a giveaway each day for those who stop by and comment. So make sure you are part of my page HERE 

Secondly, I am going to use my WEEKLY newsletter to offer sales, specials and PDFs. So make sure you are signed up for that HERE

and I will blog occasionally when I am doing blog hops with my team, because that is way fun!

I do have a fabulous share for you today from my InkBigAcademy Design Team that showcases the Hold on to Hope Bundle from the Occasions Catalog…..plus I have even more samples of this over on my Facebook Page today.

The Hold on to Hope bundle is such a beautiful set that you can use not only year round, but will make spectacular Easter cards

I love the monochromatic look of Fresh Fig on the card below.

Both the Brick Wall embossing folder and the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper add so much interest.

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Lemon Lime Twist….can we have a moment. I have to be honest that when I got a preview of this color I was not excited. But once I had it in my craft room? It is my number one go to color. I love how well it plays with others and has a retro/hip/modern feel …. is that even a thing?

Isn’t this card so fresh and bright and cheery?

the church that I belong to has a Good Friday service that I rarely miss. It begins at noon and finishes at 3 pm. One of the last things they do is shroud the cross. It is so emotion filled….luckily we take the shroud off on Sunday morning, but that imagery will always stay with me.

Those emotions are so strikingly conveyed in the card below, and isn’t that sentiment just perfect?

I have some more samples of this bundle on my Facebook page today so be sure to pop over there, leave a comment and be entered to win today’s giveaway.

and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter where I will share a weekly special, along with PDF’s for your use!

Happy Friday xoxo

lisa

The 2nd Annual Ultimate Pink Blog Hop

2nd Annual Ultimate Pink Blog Hop

We are going pink today to raise awareness of breast cancer and to honor those who have fought this disease. I would ask you to take a moment and send out your love and light to those families who have been affected, the courageous fighters, and those who are no longer with us.

Death rates from breast cancer continue to decline due to better screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options. For this, we are all thankful and need to do all we can to continue this trend!

My card today is in honor of those personal friends who have battled with courage and grace.

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Details:

  • The card base is Stampin’Up! Thick Whisper White cut to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″. It is lightly scored at 4 1/4″ to create a clean crisp fold.
  • The layers: Melon Mambo 5 1/4 x 4″, Basic Black 5 x 3 3/4″, Whisper White 4 3/4 x 3 1/2″
  • The top Whisper White layer was run thru the Big Shot using the Trellis Embossing Folder
  • The 2 hearts, from the Wood Words stamp set found in the Stampin’Up! Annual Catalog are stamped in Melon Mambo. The sentiment, also from the Wood Words stamp set is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.
  • A wrap of Black Baker’s Twine finished with a bow pulls the card together.

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sweet, simple, and heartfelt.

It can be challenging to know how to show up when someone is battling and struggling with the challenges of illness. I would encourage you to keep it sweet, simple, and heartfelt. Show up, sit, call, text, pray, and listen xo.

 

 

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!

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!

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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

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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 and check back each day for all new inspiration!

Thank Goodness for You with Gourd Goodness

Okay, so here is a confession. When I sat down to write this post I searched for over 10 minutes to find this paper in the Stampin’Up! Holiday Catalog. It is VERY hidden and I kind of thought I was losing my mind. So let me save you the heartache: page 12, top right hand corner. AND it is a must have!! Just look at those yummy patterns!

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Details

  • The card base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ Thick Whisper White Cardstock lightly scored at 4 1/4″ to make a crisp fold line.
  • The Basic Black measures 5 1/4 x 4″ and that yummy plaid from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper measures 5 x 3 3/4″.
  • The leaf patterned paper is also from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper. It measures 4 1/2 x 2″. The Basic Black mat is 4 3/4 x 2 1/4″
  • The sentiment is from the Gourds Goodness from the Stampin’Up! Holiday Catalog and is stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Whisper White and is cropped out with 1 3/4″ circle punch
  • A little bow of the Gold 1/8″ Ribbon and 3 of our NEW Black Rhinestones add the perfect extra 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 #30daysofblogging giveaway and check back each day for all new inspiration!

Stampin’Up! Sppoky Cat Punch

Can we just have a moment for that awesome Cat Punch in the Stampin’Up! Holiday Catalog? I absolutely love how it goes with both the Spooky Cat stamp set AND the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper, but we all know cats aren’t just for Halloween 😉

Here is a sweet pink cat purr-fect for any occasion

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Details:

  • The card base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ Thick Whisper White Cardstock. It is scored at 4 1/4″ to create a crisp fold line.
  • The Flirty Flamingo layer measures 4 x 5 1/4″ and the top Whisper White layer is 3 3/4 x 5″
  • The Whisper White layer is stamped with the Burlap Background stamp that was inked in our Smoky Slate
  • The cat was punched out of Flirty Flamingo Cardstock and adorned with a little bow crafted from the Vintage Crochet Trim from the Stampin’Up! Holiday Catalog.
  • A little black washi tape and a smattering of Pearls makes for a great all occasion card!

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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!