Another Quick and Easy Rad Grad Card with Simple Stories

Another Quick and Easy Rad Grad Card with Simple Stories

Hi, friends! I’m still working on catching up on posts I’ve missed sharing over the last month. I made this card for a dear friend who earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May. The sentiment is spot on and his family and I are so proud of him!

This card goes together so quickly with the Simple Stories Rad Grad 12″ X 12″ Collection.  I pulled some gold foil from my stash to layer the sentiment card on top of my Basic Black card base from Stampin’ Up! and I found some random gold chipboard stars that I didn’t even remember having in my stash to embellish. I’m glad I found these stars; they are the perfect complement and I used up something! From layout design to finished product, it took about 10 minutes. Doesn’t it look more impressive than that? Don’t give away my secrets!

I’ve added some links below on where to find the gold foil card stock that I would purchase to replenish my stash. I wasn’t able to find a good replacement for the gold chipboard stars – – these would be easy to make with the right supplies.  Look for a tutorial post on that soon.

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Fun and Playful Masculine May Birthday Cards with Carta Bella

Fun and Playful Masculine Birthday Cards with Carta Bella

Fun and Playful Masculine Birthday Cards with Carta Bella

Hi, friends! I have quite a few posts to catch up on with you over the next few days. These cards were made for the May birthdays for Pilots for Patients. I thought the Carta Bella Old World Travel suite was perfect for a set of birthday cards for guys with airplanes on their minds!

I jazzed them up a bit with some coordinating paper from my stash. I think it’s from the Echo Park Petticoats and Pinstripes suite, but I made these a while ago, so I can’t be sure.

Kraft card stock made up the bases and Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler ink finished these cards off. I hope that you enjoyed these cards today and were inspired by the layout and colors used.  Let me know your thoughts in comments!

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Clearance: 7 Sizzling Days of Summer with Scrapbook.com: Day 7

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Hi, friends.  Here we are at the last day of scrapbook.com’s 7 Sizzling Days of Summer promotions. Scrapbook.com generously sent me a set of freebies and some extras that I am sharing with you each day!

The following links are affiliate links, which means that if you click a link or make a purchase, I will receive a small commission which helps keep this site running! Thank you!

Today’s Free Gift (6/24/2018): Permanent Adhesive Roller What is the one thing you absolutely MUST have when paper crafting? A fabulous adhesive, of course! The super sticky Permanent Adhesive Roller by Scrapbook.com will be your go to adhesive on scrapbook layouts, cards, kids’ crafts, planners, travelers journals, gifts and more. Try out this great adhesive with your order today!

I’ve been using this adhesive all week on all of my projects. This type of adhesive roller is my favorite way to use adhesive for paper crafting. I’ve used a similar adhesive roller and brand like this before in a pinch and found it exceeding my expectations in adhesive. I found this adhesive this week to apply more consistently than other brands and to be a smoother application. You can give it a try for free with your scrapbook.com order while supplies last today!

All Clearance is on sale today! Right now, hundreds of Clearance items are less than 99¢! Stock up on a variety of products including paper, die cuts, stickers and MORE! These Clearance items are at their lowest prices ever and will NOT last long! Grab them while you can, because once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!

7 of the most popular brands in paper crafting are also 20% off for the next 7 days!

20% off popular brands!

Thank you for spending the week with me and scrapbook.com. I’ll be back to my regular schedule on Wednesday! Until then, happy stamping!

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All Tools ON SALE: 7 Sizzling Days of Summer with Scrapbook.com: Day 6

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Hi, friends. Here we are at Sunday and Day 6!  We’re closing in on the last day of the 7 Sizzling Days of Summer with scrapbook.com. I’m back today with Day 6 of  scrapbook.com’s 7 Sizzling Days of Summer promotions. Scrapbook.com generously sent me a set of freebies and some extras that I am sharing with you each day!

The following links are affiliate links, which means that if you click a link or make a purchase, I will receive a small commission which helps keep this site running! Thank you!

The card above above use Today’s Free Gift (6/23/2018): Sponge Daubers – Trio 3 Starter Pack This is the perfect way to try out the bestselling basic tool for crafters: a 3 pack of Sponge Daubers! Sponge daubers are the ultimate tool for stampers, scrapbookers, and papercrafters. These little gems can be used to apply ink, dye, adhesive, glitter glue, stain, paint, and more. Sponge Daubers are designed specifically for crafting projects, scrapbooking, and craft mediums. They also fit perfectly on your fingertips, making them easy to use on any project.  This 3 pack is a scrapbook.com exclusive.

I stamped the Altenew set, Peony Spray, in Black Ranger Archival ink on the Neenah Solar White card base. I used the sponge daubers with some of my Stampin’ Up! ink to give the peony a bit of an Impressionistic take. I used a Stampin’ Up! corner punch to give the card some interest and adhered it to a Stampin’ Up! Blushing Bride card base. This card makes me so happy. I hope you enjoyed my card and picked up a new technique!

Shop all Tools today and save up to  20%. Shop today and SAVE 10% to 20% on the HOTTEST crafting tools including trimmers, scissors, punches and more! Act fast, this 24 hour sale ends tonight, June 24th at midnight PST.

7 of the most popular brands in paper crafting are also 20% off for the next 7 days!

20% off popular brands!

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All Stamping ON SALE: 7 Sizzling Days of Summer with Scrapbook.com: Day 5

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Hi, friends. Happy Saturday! I’m back today with Day 5 of  scrapbook.com’s 7 Sizzling Days of Summer promotions. Scrapbook.com generously sent me a set of freebies and some extras that I am sharing with you each day!

The following links are affiliate links, which means that if you click a link or make a purchase, I will receive a small commission which helps keep this site running! Thank you!

The tags above above use Today’s Free Gift (6/23/2018): Life Handmade Sentiments Can you believe it? Scrapbook.com is making their own stamps! This is the very first stamp set made by scrapbook.com and is a scrapbook.com exclusive. This mini set is a preview of a larger set that also released this week!

I stamped the sentiments above on the Neenah Solar White card stock in black Ranger Archival ink.  These acrylic stamps are high quality, take ink well and stamp crisply. I also thought they coordinated well with the Lawn Fawn Tiny Tags die cuts. These stamps are perfect for the backs of your handmade cards, personalized gift tags, recipe cards, and so much more.

This mini stamp set is yours free today with your scrapbook.com purchase while supplies last!

Shop all Stamping today and save up to  20%. Whether you need new inks, stamps or other supplies, today is the day to stock up! These great deals expire tonight, June 23rd, at midnight PST, so shop now for the best selection!

7 of the most popular brands in paper crafting are also 20% off for the next 7 days!

20% off popular brands!

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All Card Making ON SALE: 7 Sizzling Days of Summer with Scrapbook.com: Day 4

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Hi, friends. I’m back today with Day 4 of  scrapbook.com’s 7 Sizzling Days of Summer promotions. Scrapbook.com generously sent me a set of freebies and some extras that I am sharing with you each day!

The following links are affiliate links, which means that if you click a link or make a purchase, I will receive a small commission which helps keep this site running! Thank you!

The sample above uses Today’s Free Gift (6/22/2018): Neenah Solar White A2 Scored 25 Pack card bases This card pack is a scrapbook.com exclusive.

While the Neenah Solar White isn’t my very favorite white card stock, it is a great, price-friendly alternative. It’s in my Top 5 of white card stocks. It works well with Copics and you can give it a try for FREE with purchase while supplies last today (6/22/2018) at scrapbook.com!

Shop all Card Making today and save 10% to 20%. Grab all the stamps, dies, inks and more that you need to create incredible handmade cards and save. All the discounts are marked on the individual product pages and no coupon code is needed. Hurry and shop now for the best selection because this Card Making sale ends tonight, June 22nd, at midnight PST.

Scrapbook.com Card Making Sale

7 of the most popular brands in paper crafting are also 20% off for the next 7 days!

20% off popular brands!

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7 Sizzling Days of Summer with Scrapbook.com: Day 3

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Hi, friends. I’m back today with Day 3 of  scrapbook.com’s 7 Sizzling Days of Summer promotions. Scrapbook.com generously sent me a set of freebies and some extras that I am sharing with you each day!

The following links are affiliate links, which means that if you click a link or make a purchase, I will receive a small commission which helps keep this site running! Thank you!

Today’s Free Gift (6/21/2018): Tonic Dot and Drop Die Set The Blossom Spray design is a scrapbook.com exclusive. This die set is a generous gift of the day.

This handy die is both a decorative design for your cards and a handy template for using your Nuvo Crystal, Glitter, Jewel and Glow Drops. Combining your colorful drops or embellishments will really take this design to the next level. You will love how your projects are transformed!  You can get it for free with purchase while supplies last today (6/21/2018) at scrapbook.com!

7 of the most popular brands in paper crafting are also 20% off for the next 7 days!

20% off popular brands!

Scrapbook.com sent me these wonderful Prima Flowers and I’ve decided to give them to you! Comment on this post and I’ll randomly pick a winner to mail this 100 piece embellishment set! Winner will be chosen at 7:00 am CDT on 6/22/2018.

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7 Sizzling Days of Summer with Scrapbook.com: Day 2

Scrapbook.com Slick Writer Pen

Hi, friends. I’m back today with Day 2 of  scrapbook.com’s 7 Sizzling Days of Summer promotions. Scrapbook.com generously sent me a set of freebies and some extras that I am sharing with you each day!

The following links are affiliate links, which means that if you click a link or make a purchase, I will receive a small commission which helps keep this site running! Thank you!

This little layout uses Today’s Free Gift (6/20/2018): Fine Point Slick Writer Pen in Black Did you know that scrapbook.com has started their own line of paper craft products and accessories? They’ve created this neat little slick writer pen to use for all of your documenting needs on your projects!

I used the pen on this Project Life Just My Type kit layout to document and save my trip to the movies with my good friend last night. Scrapbook.com sent me the Project Life kit as a gift, but you can purchase your very own kit here at Becky Higgin’s site. The pen is waterproof and smudge-proof, even on slick surfaces. It does take about a second to dry, but if you’re always frustrated like I am by smudges on your slick envelopes or projects, you need this pen in your life.  You can get it for free with purchase while supplies last today (6/20/2018) at scrapbook.com!

7 of the most popular brands in paper crafting are also 20% off for the next 7 days!

20% off popular brands!

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7 Sizzling Days of Summer with Scrapbook.com: Day 1

7 Days of Sizzling Summer: Day 1

Hi, friends. I promised yesterday that I’d be back every day for the next week to share with you scrapbook.com’s 7 Sizzling Days of Summer promotions. Scrapbook.com generously sent me a set of freebies and some extras that I am sharing with you each day!

The following links are affiliate links, which means that if you click a link or make a purchase, I will receive a small commission which helps keep this site running! Thank you!

This little card uses Today’s Free Gift (6/19/2018): 1/8″ Permanent Double Sided Adhesive Roll.  Did you know that scrapbook.com has started their own line of paper craft products and accessories? They’ve created their own line of adhesives and I’m so excited about the selection that is available.  I love this thin paper tape double sided adhesive roll. It tears easily and keeps things exactly where you want them to be.

I used the adhesive on the paper piecing on this cute flamingo. I also used it to adhere her to the base of the card. You can get your very own roll for free with each purchase made at scrapbook.com today (6/19/2018). Supplies are limited.

7 of the most popular brands in paper crafting are also 20% off for the next 7 days!

20% off popular brands!

Scrapbook.com sent me these wonderful Prima Flowers and I’ve decided to give them to you! Comment on this post and I’ll randomly pick a winner to mail this 100 piece embellishment set! Winner will be chosen at 7:00 am CDT on 6/20/2018.

ETA: A winner was chosen on 6/20/2018 and this giveaway is closed! Thank you!

Prima Flowers Giveaway

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Awkwardly Catching Up and Genuinely Sending Love

Sending Love

Friends, it’s been a rough couple of months at The Creative Blend HQ.

My dear friend, my sweet “sista”, Sara, passed away two weeks ago.  She became cancer and pain free. She fought a lifelong and courageous battle. Her sister never left her side and fulfilled every promise to her. To know and love such strong women is an inspiration to me.

Sara loved life, no matter what was thrown her way. She loved to laugh and lived with a servant’s heart, when it would have been understandable for her to be angry, bitter and questioning. She was never afraid to tell anyone that she loved them and just how much. She leaves behind a devoted sister and a wealth of cousins and friends who will honor her memory forever.  Sara was talented and creative, one of our favorite pasttimes together was to make cards. We shared ideas and supplies, frustrations and triumphs. She was so supportive of me and my creativity and I will miss her positive spirit so much.

It is a testament to Sara, the outpouring of grief, sorrow and compassion for those left behind. She taught us how to keep going in the face of adversity and she showed us how to leave this earth with dignity and grace. I was blessed to be a small part of her life and to share in her laughter and in the quiet moments of peace.

I made this card above to send to our favorite charity, Pilots for Patients, with a group donation in Sara’s memory. This organization was so important to Sara and her sister, as it helped them go to treatments without having to worry about the time and expense of travel. It helps so many people relieve the burden of travel to get the treatment and care that they need all over the country.  If you are led to meet a need or have a need that needs met, please check them out. They are the very definition of loving your neighbor.

Sara wouldn’t want me to stop creating, to stop doing something I enjoy so much just because I’m sad. On a whim, I submitted to promote scrapbook.com’s (affiliate) 7 Sizzling Days of Summer. I was selected to participate and was sent products to use in my posts this week and product that I’ve been gifted and chosen to give away to some of you lucky, wonderful people! I hope you’ll join me starting Tuesday for a look at projects, to learn how you can earn free product and get great discounts on your scrapbook.com orders, and for an opportunity to get freebies sent from me to you! If you’re not receiving emails each time I update, you’ll want to enter your email address below to get an email each time I update this week. I don’t want you to miss out on anything going on this week!

With love and hugs,

Donna

 

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