You Amaze Me, Alaska

Good afternoon from America!

I’m taking part in a very special blog hop today with the Aim for Alaska training group. This is a training put on by Kylie Bertucci to help us grow our businesses (Aim for Alaska means that we are trying to earn the fabulous Stampin’ Up! incentive trip for this year, which is an Alaskan cruise). I’ve learned so much about how to grow and run a successful business from top demonstrators all over the world, and I’m so grateful for this wonderful group!

Stampin' Up! Carried Away designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase through March 31 - Banners for You Bundle - Bunch of Banners framelits - Peaceful Pines and Perfect Pines framelits - Up & Away bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #stampinup #6monthstampingoals #aimforalaska

The theme for our blog hop is Inspired by Alaska. When I think of Alaska, I think glaciers, mountains, reindeer, trees, and plaid, LOL.

Thank you, Jensen.

Stampin' Up! Carried Away designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase through March 31 - Banners for You Bundle - Bunch of Banners framelits - Peaceful Pines and Perfect Pines framelits - Up & Away bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #stampinup #6monthstampingoals #aimforalaska

Tips for CASEing my card:

*My card base is Night of Navy, 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″.

*I cut a 4″-wide strip of the Carried Away designer series paper that is a Sale-A-Bration freebie. This paper coordinates perfectly with the Lift Me Up bundle and is only available free with a $50 purchase until the end of March.  After I cut this strip of paper, I used my Paper Snips to cut off everything above the mountains. I did cut around one tiny hot air balloon and cloud but cut off everything else above the mountains. I just love how this paper gives a full scene of nature and wildlife in such a small space.

Stampin' Up! Carried Away designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase through March 31 - Banners for You Bundle - Bunch of Banners framelits - Peaceful Pines and Perfect Pines framelits - Up & Away bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #stampinup #6monthstampingoals #aimforalaska

*After I glued down the paper to the card base, I cut the piece of Whisper White paper. I wanted the paper 3/4″ wide on the right side and 1/2″ tall on top. I probably did it the hard way, so the easy way would be to cut a piece that is 4.25″ x 5.5″, then use the ruler on your Trimmer to cut across the top (leaving 1/2″ above the cut) 3.75″ (leave 3/4″ on the right edge), then turn your paper and cut all the way to the bottom edge. I am making it sound more difficult than it is. Pop the piece of white up on Dimensionals.

*I stamped the tree from the Peaceful Pines stamp set in Emerald Envy ink on Emerald Envy cardstock, then cut it out with the Perfect Pines framelits. That is on Dimensionals.

*The banner is from the Banners for You bundle. I stamped in Emerald Envy and Night of Navy, then cut the banner out with the matching framelit. Since I was adding this right on top of the tree and the white border, I used my glue for most of the banner but did put a Dimensional under the left banner flap so everything is even.

*The bow is Emerald Envy Solid Baker’s Twine.

*The extra clouds are stamped/die cut using the Lift Me Up bundle.

Stampin' Up! Carried Away designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase through March 31 - Banners for You Bundle - Bunch of Banners framelits - Peaceful Pines and Perfect Pines framelits - Up & Away bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #stampinup #6monthstampingoals #aimforalaska

*To finish off the card, I added Wink of Stella (clear) to all of the mountain peaks and the clouds. I love the frost you can get from this glitter pen!

Stampin' Up! Carried Away designer series paper - Sale-A-Bration freebie with $50 purchase through March 31 - Banners for You Bundle - Bunch of Banners framelits - Peaceful Pines and Perfect Pines framelits - Up & Away bundle - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts - #stampinup #6monthstampingoals #aimforalaska

*Inside. This sentiment is also from the Banners for You bundle, but it is a curved stamp, meant to fit on one of the curvy banners. So I just straightened it out when I put it on the clear block. That’s one of my favorite things about photopolymer stamps!

I hope you like my card. Make sure to continue hopping around the world on this fabulous Aim for Alaska blog hop. Right now you’re at Sarah Fleming’s blog, so just keep clicking down the list until you hop all the way back to me.


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There are only 10-ish days left in Sale-A-Bration, so get those orders in! Today Stampin’ Up! released even more free items for you to earn until the 31st! You can earn a Sale-A-Bration freebie by placing an order of $50 or more in my online store. And don’t forget that anytime you order $50 or more from me using my Host Code, you also get my free gift for the month and a handmade card. But if your wishlist is over $99, the best deal is to buy the Starter Kit and join my team. No pressure to sell from me, ever, and for $99, you get $125 in products (you choose the products), and during Sale-A-Bration, you get to choose TWO extra stamp sets for your Starter Kit. Any two current stamp sets!

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Hello, everyone! If you missed my live video on Facebook on Monday, here it is.

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I’m showing you how to make this card, which was a CASE of my own Just Beecause card, which was a CASE of a Jeanna Bohanon card. :) So check out the video, and subscribe to my brand new YouTube channel while you’re at it.

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One of these days, I’m going to make note of the theme for these blog highlights before I’m sitting down to write my blog post. I sat down with my card to write the post last night, and that’s when I realized that my card of flowers and lace was not going to work for our theme of Travel. Back to the craft room! Yes, it’s a hard life, having to skip this morning’s workout because I stayed up too late making a card. [Please do catch my sarcasm. I can’t think of a better tradeoff.]

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Anyway, thanks for coming to my blog today! We are being highlighted internationally by the fabulous Kylie Bertucci, and you can VOTE for my project, if you’re so inclined. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop. In last month’s blog highlight, I did squeak in at number 10, so I will be hopping with Kylie and nine other talented demonstrators in February (THANK YOU for your votes!). I’d love to do it again next time, so please go vote for my card!

Our theme for this highlight is Travel. I decided to use the hot air balloons from the new Lift Me Up bundle. I haven’t gotten to play with these much, so it was nice to have this theme to push me.

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Tips for CASEing (copying) this card:

*The Bermuda Bay card base is 4.25″ x 11″, scored at 5.5″.

*Both designer series papers are from the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP Stack. This stack is such a good one! It has a vintage circus theme, but I’m finding all sorts of uses for it. The background paper can be swirly clouds, as I’m using it, but you could also call that cupcake icing and use it with cupcakes, or call it cotton candy and use it on a circus-themed card. I sponged the edges of this paper with Bermuda Bay ink — when you sponge the edge the same color as the card base, it really softens that edge. I love this look.

*I cut the sunburst paper with the Stitched Shapes Framelits (BACK IN STOCK!!). I thought that was a fun backdrop for the clouds and balloons.

*The hot air balloons are stamped in Tangerine Tango and Peekaboo Peach and then cut out with the coordinating framelits. The cloud framelits come in the same bundle. I love that they come in multiple sizes! I think there are four different cloud framelits in the bundle.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up bundle with Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack and Stitched Shapes Framelits (back in stock!) - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*To get all of that wonderful sparkle on my balloons and clouds, I just painted them all with the Clear Wink of Stella brush pen. It’s amazing the difference Wink of Stella makes on a card.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up bundle with Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack and Stitched Shapes Framelits (back in stock!) - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

*You could pop the sentiment up on a separate label, especially if you can’t get it stamped straight directly on the card base — sometimes the only way I can get a sentiment on straight is to stamp it on a separate piece of cardstock, cut or punch it out, then glue or dimensional it on separately. (Dimensional is a verb in my craft room.)

*I finished off my card with Rhinestones, but Pearls or Enamel Shapes would also look really nice here.

*I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock to the inside (4″ x 5.25″) and a half-inch strip of the swirly cloud paper to pull the whole card together. I also sponged the edges of this piece in Bermuda Bay, again to soften the edge.

Thanks for coming today. I hope you like my card. My full supply list and links to my store are below. Make sure you head over to Kylie’s blog to vote for my card. I would love to be chosen for the next blog hop!

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Don’t forget that from now until the end of March, you can earn a Sale-A-Bration freebie by placing an order of $50 or more in my online store. And don’t forget that anytime you order $50 or more from me using my Host Code, you also get my free gift. But if your wishlist is over $99, the best deal is to buy the Starter Kit and join my team. No pressure to sell from me, ever, and for $99, you get $125 in products (you choose the products), and during Sale-A-Bration, you get to choose TWO extra stamp sets for your Starter Kit.January 2017 Host Code gifts

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