Ahhhhh. The final blog post of the year! I have so much to be thankful for. I have an awesome husband (awesome because he gives me the freedom to be creative, yes he even makes dinner if it seems I’m lost in craft land! Lol)
I have great kids that are turning into AMAZING parents themselves. Of course their adorable children are my beautiful grandgirlies who I love with all my heart!
But it’s YOU I want to CELEBRATE in this final post for 2017! YOU guys have been AMAZING! Thank YOU for reading my entrees weekly, and sometimes daily (at least for the month of December!). Your kind words have kept me inspired to keep up with my blogging. As long as I have AMAZING readers, I will do my best to make cards or projects that can help inspire your own creativity!
Ok have YOU seen what I’ve done here? LOL I’ve subliminally given YOU a sneak peek into one of my favorite sale-a-bration rewards! I love metal cutting dies. Sure I have a Cricut. Actually i have 3. LOL I should have given the others away long ago, but I call them my back ups hahaha! But for just one little diecut a Big Shot is more convenient. Oh? Did I not mention Santa brought me a Big Shot? Woohoo! It’s right next to my cuttlebug. Remember, I have an awesome husband that really does spoil me ❤️❤️❤️
Back to my rewards! As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator one of the perks is being able to order early from the new Occasions catalog that goes live in January 3, 2018! That’s also the day Sale-a-bration starts! What’s new this year is that there are two tiers for earning freebies. $50 and $100 levels. The CELEBRATE You Thinlits can be earned by spending $100. Not that difficult to do hahaha!
To showcase the dies I made a few cards with the Curtain Fold Technique
I’ve sketched a diagram/template to make this particular orientation/size “curtain:
For my DSP I used….wait for it…my own! Why not, right? I used the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set.
My color pallet was Berry Burst, Sweet Sugar Plum and Pear Pizzazz. I loved the “concept” however once my curtain was “pleated” I wasn’t entirely happy with the placement of some of the flowers. Also, the balloon burst stamp used Berry Burst and I thought it was a little dark to sit behind my Berry Burst CELEBRATE diecut, so I cut another using Whisper White. It breaks it up just a bit.
But since I may be a bit OCD I thought I would give it another try! I used the same stamp set, but this time I used the Sweet Sugarplum stamped off once for the splatter! Much better! I also changed it to add a little more Pizzazz…Pear Pizzazz that is!
I love this version! Notice my “flowers” are a bit more evenly spaced? That’s because I didn’t stamp until AFTER I cut and scored my card stock. I was better able to visualize how the flowers would show since I could see where they would overlap. Clever, right?
The flowers and color pallet are a bit feminine and YOU may be fortunate to have a male in your life YOU think is AMAZING and want to CELEBRATE like I do…YOU know, that awesome man I married! So I made yet another version using DIY DSP in a color pallet that is a bit more masculine
Same exact layout but an entirely different feel, don’t YOU agree? I actually only used two colors this time Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist. To create my “plaid” I used these two stamp sets:
Sometimes YOU have to think outside the box! But isn’t that what creativity is all about?
Well, that brings me to the end of my post. The last for a year of wonderful memories! I hope YOU all have a wonderful, yet safe New Year and CELEBRATE not only the year to come, but reflect in all this past year has brought YOU. YOU are AMAZING! See YOU in 2018!!!