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Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop with Lots of Lavender

I am so excited to be part of the Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop this month! It’s my first month in this hop, and I am surrounded by so many wonderfully talented ladies. This month’s theme was The Sale-A-Bration Continues, with a color challenge! We were challenged to only use colors from this color palette:

I chose to use the set Lots of Lavender, and I added an additional challenge for myself, to make this card masculine! I think it turned out pretty well, what do you think?

I love how the Linen Thread adds a fun accent behind the sentiment. I used Thoughtful Banners for my Happy Father’s Day sentiment, but there are so many great projects you can do with just the Lots of Lavender set!

I also love how the lavender bunch is a 2-Step Stamp, with the main outline and accompanying solid bow, leaves, and stem. I have a special trick for stamping the leaves and stem at the same time that you can see in my video below.

Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of this post and click the Next button to continue this awesome hop! There are so many wonderful projects to see from the members of the ICS Blog Hop!

Remember, during Sale-A-Bration you earn FREE rewards just for shopping! Every $50 spent earns one free Level 1 reward. Spend $100 and choose TWO free Level 1 rewards or one free Level 2 reward. There’s no limit to how many FREE items you can earn!

Measurements:

Night of Navy Cardbase: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score @ 4-1/4″
Crumb Cake Mat: 4″ x 5-1/4″

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Don’t forget to use the current hostess code 6JX4EGJM when you place your order to get a thank you card from me at the beginning of next month! Your support means a lot to me and helps me to continue doing what I love, which is making videos for you to enjoy.

Click the next button below to hop over to Candy’s blog for her sweet project!

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Happy Wishes SAB Card

The Sale-A-Bration set Happy Wishes is making its debut in my collection on this beautiful card! I’ve used some delicious Watercolor Paper with an Aqua Painter and three main colors; Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride, and Powder Pink. Adorned with gold accents of glimmer paper and foil sheets, this is one luscious card! I can’t wait to show you how this card came together!

I submitted this card for two different color challenges. Both challenges had the same color scheme, and I’m so excited with how it turned out! The first challenge is from TGIF Challenges and is a color challenge that required participants to use Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, and Powder Pink. I used all of these colors on the watercolor paper, and also brought out the Sweet Sugarplum more with a mat and my main stamped image. Check their challenge out by clicking the icon below.

I also decided to add bits of gold. And by bits I mean LOADS! I love how sparkly and shiny this card is with the added Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold Foil Sheets, Gold Vinyl Stickers, and Gold Sequin Trim.

And adding the gold accents was PERFECT for the next challenge from Sunday Stamps. They also had a color challenge and gave us a palette of beautiful swatches to work from. To visit them, click on the image below! There are some amazing projects to inspire your creativity!

I really think this card is one of my new favorites! It has a little bit of everything, especially that BLING! I want to give a HUGE thank you to one of my downlines, Ma, for making this card possible with her generous gift of the Happy Wishes stamp set! Thank you, Ma! ❤

I used a fun technique with the Stampin’ Write Markers to get the splotches on the background. See the video below for details. You can get this Sale-A-Bration set for FREE with a qualifying purchase! This set is part of Stampin’ Up!’s brand new Level 2 Sale-A-Bration rewards! Learn more by clicking HERE.

Measurements:

Whisper White Cardbase: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score @ 4-1/4″
Sweet Sugarplum Mat: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Watercolor Paper Mat: 3-3/4″ x 5″
Vellum: 7/8″ x 2-3/4″
Scraps: Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold Foil Sheet, Basic Gray & Whisper White Cardstock

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If your order is less than $150, use my current hostess code 6JX4EGJM when you place your order to get a thank you card from me at the beginning of next month! Your support means a lot to me and helps me to continue doing what I love, which is making videos for you to enjoy.

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Party Pandas Side by Side Card

I made this Side by Side Card about two weeks ago and it has been sitting on my filming table since. I just wasn’t sure I liked how the Foxy Friends set looked with this card. But then, I received my Party Pandas Sale-A-Bration set and inspiration hit! I love how these twirling, dancing, happy pandas look on this card!

The bright colors are also really fun on this whimsical card. It’s perfect for kids both big and small! The Glitter Enamel Dots really punch up the fun factor on this project with their hint of shimmery goodness. I can’t help but smile when I look at this adorable card.
What stamp set do you think would work for this Side by Side Card?

Love these little panda dudes? You can earn them for FREE with a $50 purchase in my online store during Sale-A-Bration! Want even more free stamps and supplies? Let me throw you a virtual party for you and your friends on Facebook or via e-mail and earn even MORE Stampin’ Rewards during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying party!
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Measurements:

Very Vanilla Cardbase: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score @ 4-1/4″
Very Vanilla Mat: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Circles: 3 x 2″ in colored cardstock
Very Vanilla Scrap: for stamped images

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Clean & Quick Cards SERIES 17 – Lots of Lavender

Today is a purple-y day with this beautiful Lots of Lavender stamp set that is only available for FREE! That’s right, you read that correctly. Lots of Lavender is a FREE stamp set from our Sale-A-Bration catalog with a purchase of $50. There’s no limit to the amount of free products you can earn! Yay!

I really love the Glitter Enamel Dots on this card to compliment the Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder, and Sweet Sugarplum. This is one of my favorite cards from my Clean & Quick Series. It’s so easy to stamp, and can be made for literally any occasion just by switching out the sentiment. So beautiful, so clean, so quick!

Measurements:

Cardbase: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, score @ 4-1/4″

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Don’t forget to use the current hostess code NTJUWGMD when you place your order to get a thank you card from me at the beginning of next month! Your support means a lot to me and helps me to continue doing what I love, which is making videos for you to enjoy.

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2017 Rewind: A Look at This Year’s Top 10 Videos

Hello Kre8tors! Wow, 2017 has been an absolute whirlwind of activity! I wanted to take a moment to recollect some of mine and your favorite videos from 2017. Some of the products in these videos may be retired, but the techniques aren’t! Let me know what your favorite moment from this year was, and I’ll do a “replay” for it with current products!

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2017 started out with a road trip for me and my husband. We traveled to Virginia for 3 months while he attended school for his career in the Air National Guard. This was a fun mini-series to film of our road trip, which doesn’t have much to do with card making, but I thought it was important to note in this rewind. (I did haul all of my supplies with me however, and continued to film and create while we were in our hotel room!)

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The next video in this rewind includes my most popular video for January 2017, a Melissa’s Kre8tions Live video featuring a popular Sale-A-Bration set, Avant Garden. I absolutely love this card design and will definitely be making another one with some new Sale-A-Bration and Occasions products!

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Coming in at a close second for most popular video in January would be my Waterfall Card using Weather Together (which is still a current product in our annual catalog!) 

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February’s favorite video was the Corner-Pop-Up Card, also featuring some Occasions products from the 2017 collection. This card was fun and easy to make, and is a perfect vessel for handing out gift cards!

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At the beginning of March my husband and I were traveling home. Upon our return, I started a new job and wasn’t able to make as many videos. Over the summer I only made a few videos but one of the videos I did make was not only my most popular video all summer, it is still my most popular video at all time just now breaking over 13,000 views! I am so stunned by this and thankful to all that have viewed my Daisy Delight Double Z-Fold video.

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I left my job in October, which opened up more time to get back to what I loved, my videos and my viewers! October’s most popular video was my Merry Pattern’s Eclipse Card using an exclusive stamp set. This was a fun and festive card to make, and one of my favorites holiday cards of this season.

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November’s popular video was the first from my tag series this year, Snowflakes Sentiments Tag #1 – SERIES. It features a fun and different way to use the Pretty Label Punch along with the Snowflake Sentiments set. I enjoy doing a tag series each year, and used up just about all the tags I’ve made!

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December was a busy month for me and my videos! I posted a video almost every day, with the exception of maybe two weekends. I LOVED posting videos every day and being so creative! The 3rd most popular video for December was my Faux Eclipse Card using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle. Such a fun and colorful card to make! 

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The #2 most watched video in December was my Swirly Bird Frame Card. It’s one of my most favorites from the whole year! I love the color combination, the splotches of gray in the background, and the swirls from the thinlits.

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And finally the number 1 video for December is my Daisy Delight 4-Way Fold Card. I really enjoyed making this fun fold card and it looks like most of you liked it as well!

And that wraps up our 2017 rewind! I hope you enjoyed this little walk down memory lane! If you’d like to see the supplies used in these videos, just click on the links in the descriptions and you’ll be taken to the blog posts with the materials used.

Thank you so much everyone for taking the time to read this through and supporting me through my Stampin’ Up! business as well as being my viewers and followers! I appreciate each of you! I wouldn’t be able to continue doing what I love if it wasn’t for your support and encouragement! So thank you! Let’s ring in 2018 with good thoughts and great times! #thinkpositivebepositive