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

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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

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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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Uplifting Pretty Kitty with Stampin’ Up!

 

Pretty Kitty Stampin' Up!

 

My wonderfully sweet friend, D’Arcy sent me this uplifting card in sympathy of losing my girl, Hope, two weeks ago. I couldn’t love this card more with all of the personal touches and the beautiful  note inside.

D’Arcy is a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator based in Montgomery, TX. She used the set Pretty Kitty and this adorable, mischievous image reminds me so much of Hope when she was a kitten with her pink nose and pink ears and getting into everything. The color scheme D’Arcy used was the perfect balance of sympathy and uplifting that I needed. I keep every handmade card I’ve ever been given because I know how special they are. This one is one I’ll cherish for a long, long time to come.

Pretty Kitty Stampin' Up!

Thank you so much for thinking of me, D’Arcy. Your card was just the happy mail that I needed.

I hope you enjoyed D’Arcy’s card today and I hope that if you have a dear friend going through a bit of a trial, you’ll take a moment to send a note along to them. It helps to know we’re not alone in our troubles.

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Quick and Easy Rad Grad Card with Simple Stories

Quick and Easy Rad Grad Card with Simple Stories

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re gearing up for a great weekend! I’m back with a quick and easy graduation card with the help of Simple Stories.

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! I used the “Congrats!” sticker from the card stock sticker sheet and I love how this whole card turned out.  From layout design to finished product, it took about 15 minutes.

Simple Stories Rad Grad Collection

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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On a personal note, we’ve been a little sad and teary-eyed this week around my house. On Tuesday, I had to let my beautiful baby girl, Hope, go.  She was 20 years old and it was her time. She was my unfair weather friend and constant companion since she was six weeks old. She is dearly missed.

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Have You Heard? Summer’s Coming with BoBunny Summer Mood

I have two cards to share with you today. I’m playing with BoBunny’s Summer Mood suite.

Have you heard? Summer's Coming with BoBunny's Summer Mood @thecreativeblend

(This post contains affiliate links to scrapbook.com, which means that if you click the links below, I will get a small commission, which keeps this website up and running! Thank you!)

The first card begins with a base of retired Stampin’ Up! Baja Breeze card stock. I couldn’t have asked for a better match to the color theme in BoBunny’s Summer Mood suite.  Baja Breeze is my favorite Stampin’ Up! color ever. This color combo just screams SUMMER to me! Sunshine truly is the best medicine. I think this would be a wonderful card to send to a friend who’s been under the weather and needs reminding that brighter days are ahead.

Baja Breeze Melon Mambo Daffodil Delight Color Combo @thecreativeblend

BoBunny Summer Mood Suite @thecreativeblend

The pinwheels and this patterned paper were meant to be together! I love these sentiment banners stacked with the reminders we all need from time to time!

All of the die cuts and embellishments are from the Summer Mood Noteworthy Journaling Cards. Look, ma, no stamping and no ink needed!

BoBunny Summer Mood Noteworthy Journaling Cards @thecreativeblend

The patterned paper is from the BoBunny Summer Mood 6″ X 6″ paper pad. I love these 6″ X 6″ paper pads, you get such a selection of paper sized just right for cards for a great price!

BoBunny Summer Mood 6"X6" paper pad @thecreativeblend

Speaking of savings, Scrapbook.com is celebrating National Scrapbook Day! Save 10% with code: NSD2018

National Scrapbooking Day Scrapbook.com @thecreativeblend

I hope you find some bargains today! I hope you were inspired to bring a little Summer into your world and were inspired by the colors, layout and sentiments used in my cards today.  What are your plans to celebrate National Scrapbooking Day this weekend?  Share with me in the comments!

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One Day Scrap and Stamp Retreat – Louisiana Boardwalk
Our next One DayScrap and Stamp Retreat on the Louisiana Boardwalk is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th!
Details
Bring whatever you’d like to work on and we’ll have space for 20 from 9 in the morning until 9 at night!  The low cost covers the meeting room and lunch on Saturday!
Here are the details:
WHAT:  Stamp and Scrap Retreat
WHERE: Marriott Courtyard at the LA Boardwalk
WHEN:   Saturday, April 28th
TIME:       9:00 am – 9:00 pm
COST:    $30. Minimum 10 people; max is 20.
Lunch IS provided on Saturday.

You can also bring any stamp sets, ink pads, scrap paper, embellishments, crafting supplies, etc. you would like to sell or trade. That will all be done on an individual basis.

Feel free to bring any products/brands you like for your projects. Come and go as you please. Your spot is reserved for the entire time.

Reserving Your Spot
Click here to pay by Paypal: https://www.paypal.me/thecreativeblend/30 If you would like to prepay another way, please let me know.  I am happy to work with you.
We have to pay for the room regardless of your attendance. So, if you prepay and cancel within 24 hours of the event or do not show up to the event, your payment will not be refunded.
If you are ready to RSVP for the retreat, please let me know and send your Paypal payment by Sunday, April 22nd!  I will send two payment reminders on March 23rd and April 20th .  If you do not prepay by April 22nd, you will not have a reserved spot.
Looking forward to seeing all of you!  Please let me know if you have any questions or problems.
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Sunny and Cheerful April Birthdays with Stampin’ Up! and Altenew

April Birthday Cards with Stampin' Up! and Altenew

These are the birthday cards that my friends and I made for the charitable organization that we support, Pilots for Patients. These are the ones made for April. Making these cards is a blessing, but it’s also been a great way for me to use up my stash.  I pulled the paper from the retired Stampin’ Up! set, It’s My Party and used Crushed Curry as my color, keeping it more masculine, as these cards are going to the Pilots in Pilots for Patients.

It's My Party Stampin' Up!

The Happy Birthday stamp is from Altenew’s (affiliateBirthday Builder stamp set. This versatile set features 18 unique fonts and loads of different combinations and ways to say “Happy Birthday!”

You may recognize the layout from a previous card Birthday in Perfect Plum. Take a look at how this layout can go from masculine to feminine!

I hope you enjoyed this masculine birthday take on a previous layout. I hope you’re inspired to use this layout for a multitude of your cards in the future!

Check out this card in my Etsy shop here.

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