International Highlights December Winners Blog Hop – Love Again!

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I am so honored to announce that I submitted a card into Kylie Bertucci’s International Highlights for November and won top 10!  The link to that blog post is HERE. The reward is a special hop with just the top 10 submissions using the same theme: Love.

So today I’ve made a card using the Merry Cafe stamp set along with the Coffee Cafe set to make a gift card holder for a friend of mine.  We both LOVE Starbucks and each other!

I embossed the sentiment and the heart using gold embossing powder. I love all the bling on this card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Coffee Break designer series paper is perfect with these little hearts to show my affection (for coffee) and my friend.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Thank you so much for voting for me so I can be in this special hop.  Follow along in the lineup below and see what the other talented winners made.

Your BFF,

Jenn

Reminder!! Today is the day to reserve your Stamparatus! Log into your account and out in your credit card info. You will not be charged until it ships which should be in March or April depending on first reserved,  first served.

Reserve here!

Here’s a video with more information.

 


Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop

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I’m excited that it’s time once again for the Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop!  It runs the first Friday of the month and the projects that you see are from Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from all around the globe using a common theme.

This month our theme is: OUR FAVORITE BUNDLE!

I had such a hard time choosing this time around because I have a few favorites right now.  But the one that is most fun to use currently is the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle.  This dragonfly set makes the most beautiful cards and there are so many different ways you can stamp the dragonfly or cut the dies.  Here are a few examples of cards I’ve made using this set:

Tomorrow I am attending OnStage Local here in San Diego and demonstrators from all over are getting sneak peeks of the new Annual Catalog that comes out in June.  I’m so excited to see the new bundles that will be available.  They’ve already given us some peeks at new In-Colors 2017-2019.  Hint: They are in the OnStage letters! SShhhh…

So pretty!  And one suite called Eastern Palace.  Amazing things done with that bundle already!

Don’t forget to sign up for Paper Pumpkin before April 10th to receive the FREE gift Sara has included in this anniversary box!  Sara designed it herself and you won’t want to miss out on all the goodness. Click on the photo below to sign up!  “Bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass,” is how Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass described the kit she designed for the April Paper Pumpkin.

I hope you get some inspiration from these dragonflies.  Up next is the amazing Marieke Bart with her favorite bundle.  If you need to go back, click previous to see Angélique Stempelkeuken.  Thanks for hopping with us!

Your BFF,

Jenn

Marieke Bart

Angélique Stempelkeuken

Here’s a list of everyone participating today:

1. Sarah McDermott www.papercraftartistry.blogspot.co.uk
2. Courtenay Heuston www.bagsthatone.blogspot.com.au
3. Anja Reuss www.stempelitis.de
4. Lisa Hardie www.thestampingirl.com
5. Georgia Missy Gaydos www.Livinlovinstampinwithgg.blogspot.com
6. Kimberley Anne Morris http://procrastistamper.blogspot.com
7.Hannah Jones www.hancraftedcards.com
8. Christine Wrede WWW.stempeltamtam.blogspot.com
9. Erica Jones http://fortheheartofstamping.blogspot.ca/
10. Angélique Stempelkeuken http://stempelkeuken.blogspot.com
11. Jenn Curtis Charles www.bffStampers.com  <<<<< YOU ARE HERE
12. Marieke Bart www.mintymik.blogspot.com

Upcoming events and classes (Register on my Facebook Page under events):

April 8 – Demonstrators Only: ONSTAGE Local

April 11 – OnStage Sneak Peek Stamp Camp

April 24 – Paper Pumpkin Open House (bring your Paper pumpkin and let’s play)

April 29 – Open Crop Day at Sew Easy Studio

 


Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop 6-Color Challenge!

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Hi and Welcome to the BFF Stampers blog. I’m so excited to be participating in our 6th Blog Hop.  All of these crafters are so talented and I’m blessed to be united with them.

Today on our blog hop we have a color challenge!  I hope you are inspired by the three colors we have chosen.  The colors are So Saffron, Rose Red and Wild Wasabi.  These colors are really beautiful together.

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When I do a color challenge, I like to get out all the cardstock and ink of the colors that I have.  I play around and stamp different images but the thing that is in right now is watercoloring!  I have to admit, I am absolutely no good at watercoloring.  I’ve tried all the different techniques and I just can’t get it right.  So for this card, I pulled out my trustworthy Watercolor Wash background stamp.  You can’t go wrong with a built in water color look.

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Doesn’t that black really make the colors pop?  I used my Aqua Painter and dampened the whole stamp first, then I squeezed a little ink onto the lid of the stamp pad and used my aqua painter to paint the layers onto the stamp.  Then stamped it onto watercolor paper.  And it’s watercolored.  And I liked it!  And yes, I’m pleasantly surprised!

I think these dragonflies might be my favorite set from the new catalog.  The background paper I used in the photo is called Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper.  It is a Sale-A-Bration product that you can get for FREE with a $50 purchase.  It’s 12 sheets of black and white scrapbook paper, perfect for coloring!  What is your favorite product from the new catalogs?

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This Saturday, Feb. 4th I’m having the Occasions Kick Off Stamp Camp.  We will be making these cards plus a surprise Valentine Card and demoing some fun product.  We might even get to color some of that paper from above with the new Watercolor Pencils!  It starts at 6 p.m. at Sew Easy Studio here in Ramona.  Check out the Facebook Page at BFF Stampers and click on Events.  Don’t forget your adhesive and paper snips.

Thank you for joining me on the hop!  Next you will enjoy the creativity of Kimberley Anne Morris.

Happy Stamping,

Jenn

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Here’s a list of all the blogs participating in case you get lost 🙂

1. Sarah McDermott www.papercraftartistry.blogspot.co.uk
2. Hannah Jones www.hancraftedcards.com
3. Angélique Stempelkeuken www.stempelkeuken.blogspot.com
4.Kristie Neal Walthall www.Kwcrafts.wordpress.com
5. Christine Wrede www.stempeltamtam.blogspot.com
6. Jenn Curtis Charles Www.bffstampers.com  <———–YOU ARE HERE
7. Kimberley Anne Morris www.procrastistamper.blogspot.com
8. Anja Reuss www.stempelitis.de
9. Marieke Bart www.MintyMik.blogspot.nl
10. Claire Napper www.cluxycrafts.blogspot.com

 


Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop/Occasions Catalog & Sale-A-Bration

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Hi BFF’s!!! I’m so happy to get back into a schedule after all the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year’s. I pray that all of you and your families had a safe and happy New Year and that you all got the love you wanted for Christmas 🙂

So Phew! We’re back and do we have some exciting news for you! Stampin’ Up! 2017 Occasions Catalog and Sale-A-Bration is available to look at and buy from! Squeal! And we hope you will love it as much as we do.  There’s beautiful Valentine’s Day stuff and surly Manly stuff.  Dragonflies, Hot Air Balloons and Succulents!  Ice cream, Circus and Heros! Such a variety! The blog hop today is showcasing some of the items from the new catalog, so here goes!

My absolute favorite is the balloon pop up dies. I just used them to make invitations for a birthday party!  They were so fun and and easy way to add something spectacular.

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Here is the video straight from Stampin’ Up! showing you exactly how to use the dies.

There are so many fabulous stamps, designer series paper and adorable little embellishments, that you will not have a problem finding $50 worth of stuff to buy.  And for every $50 you spend in product, you receive something free from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!  You can not buy the product from the SAB, you’ve got to earn it!  So come check out the catalog and let me know what’s on your wish list!  If you do not have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, then I’d love to send you a catalog.  Just contact me and let me know!

Here’s a few more cards using new items.

This baby card is made with a sentiment from the Stamp Set, All Things Thanks.

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And this card is made from a stamp set called Window Shopping, but the stamp set is not the best part!  The best part is the Window Box Thinlet Die that you can buy to go with it!  I’ll add the video below.

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We went to a meeting with our team and got some adorable cards using their pre-orders also.

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How to earn free stamps:

  1. Shop!!!  Buy online or buy in person:  For every $50 you spend on product out of ANY catalog or online in the clearance, you will receive a FREE Sale-A-Bration item of your choice from the brochure.
  2. Join Stampin’ Up!! : Become a Happy Shopper!  It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 USD and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!  Once you join, you can shop for 20% off!  And that’s what we call Happy Shoppers! 🙂

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Thank you for joining us on this blog hop!  I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the new product available with Stampin’ Up!  For more great ideas with the new Occasions Catalog, check out our Pinterest page where we pin some of our stuff and lots of other people’s awesome stuff!

Next up is Marieke with some awesome creations or you can go back by checking out Kristie and her fabulous crafts!  See you next time!

Your BFF’s,

Jenn and Lisa