Let It Ride Swap Card

Anyone love horses?

Every month (except when I'm too busy or overwhelmed) I'm involved in at least one swap

I'm in two swaps this month and the first one uses anything from the Occasions catalog.  I decided to use Let It Ride

I love to watercolor and thought this would be ideal for that.  I started with a piece of watercolor paper cut to 3 x 4-1/4".  I first stamped the mountains in basic gray using the Waterfront stamp set.  I used a little ink from the cover of the stamp pad to move some of the mountain down so it would reach the trees.

Next, I moved to the trees from Let It Ride.  I stamped some in Mossy Meadow and some in Old Olive.  Let those sit awhile and dry well (I came back later to add a little Old Olive in between the trees to create more of a forest.

The horses came next.  I stamped them in Soft Suede and let them dry well.  I then colored them in with some Crumb Cake ink.  

I went back to Old Olive to color in the grass and throughout the trees.  It's important not to use a very wet paintbrush or it will all run.  (if that happens in the trees, just let that dry and go back and stamp the trees again in Mossy Meadow to get more definition).

Last I added some sky using Balmy Blue.


You could use watercolor pencils or even Stampin' Blends for your coloring too--whatever works best for you.

I mounted the watercolor piece on a piece of Soft Suede cardstock cut to 4 x 5-1/4" using dimensionals.  That piece was then added to the Very Vanilla Thick card base.  

I cut a piece of Burlap ribbon at about 3-3/4" long and attached it to the bottom of the watercolor piece.  I then took about 4 inches of Copper trim and spread the ends, attaching it to the Burlap ribbon.  

I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it out with the squarish rectangle stitched die.  I then added it to the top of the ribbon using a dimensional at the bottom and snail at the top (since the watercolor piece was raised on dimensionals, I needed the bottom of the sentiment to also be raised.)

Don't forget about the inside of your card!  I stamped the "Live like someone left the gate open" sentiment on the inside and stamped one set of trees in the bottom right corner.

This would make a great birthday card (just change the sentiments) and a super masculine card.  


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Here is a video of the past year's kits so you'll have an idea what you'll be getting.  The kits just keep getting better and better!  Where else can you get an exclusive stamp set, 1 or 2 ink spots, cardstock, diecuts, embellishments, and adhesives all for ~$20????

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Sale-a-Bration Starts Today!

Sale-a-Bration starts today!  

For every $50 you order, you'll be eligible for FREE products from the Sale-a-Bration brochure!  The more you order, the more FREE products you can receive!  So, if you are ordering from the new catalog, make sure you order at least $50 to receive your free products!

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Wishing you all the very best the new year has to offer!


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Happy New Year's Eve!  

What are your plans?  Do you party?  Do you stay home in your jammies?  Watch football?  Craft?  Shoot off fireworks?  Drink champagne?

Whatever you do, I hope you stay safe and have a wonderful time!

Sale-a-Bration is the BEST time to get your Starter Kit

Want a super great deal?  Purchase a Starter Kit during Sale-a-Bration (January 3- March 31)!

There are two options for the Starter Kit:

  1.   For $99 (with FREE shipping) you get to choose $175 worth of products.  Stampin' Up! will also give you a free Paper Pumpkin kit and other supplies, bringing the value of your kit to over $200.  Fantastic Deal!
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I love my tote and it holds a huge amount!  After Sale-a-Bration, this tote will be unavailable.

Here are some FAQ's about the SAB Starter kit:

  • You do not get SAB free items with the purchase of the kit.  Join early and then place another order to get rewards PLUS get 20% off your order and all future orders.
  • There is no further obligation after purchasing your kit.  You don't have to hold parties, have classes, do videos or anything else--UNLESS you want to do so!
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I am so hoping to earn that trip to Maui! 

I can't wait to see what this year holds for me and my team.  I would absolutely love to have you join my team and explore all that Stampin' Up! has to offer!

Have more questions?  Please email me at beckysstampingspot@comcast.net and I'd love to chat with you about the possibilities!

Sale-a-Bration is Coming Soon!

Sale-a-Bration arrives January 3.  Do you know how you can get FREE products from the Sale-a-Bration (SAB) brochure?

With every $50 in product that you order you can choose FREE products from the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  So if you placed a $100 order (before taxes and shipping), you'd receive either 2 free Level 1 SAB items or 1 Level 2 item.  A $150 order would net you 3 free items PLUS host benefits of $15.  If you order $250, you'd receive 5 items PLUS host rewards of $25 and during SAB, you receive an additional $25--so you'd get 5 free SAB items PLUS an additional $50 to spend any way you please!  How great is this?  Can't place an order that large by yourself?  Gather some friends and put your orders together to reach that threshold!  I can make it easy for you with your very own host code!

Pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscriptions are another great way to reach SAB rewards (I do this myself to get more free product!

  • A 3-month prepaid subscription costs $57 and you will get 1 FREE SAB item!
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One very important thing to know about prepaid subscriptions--Stampin' Up! will email you an activation code.  You will need to go to http://bit.ly/PaperPumpkinSubscribe and enter your code after setting up your account (they will ask for a credit card but your card won't be charged since you purchased a prepaid subscription).  Activate your subscription before the 10th of the month and you'll receive that month's kit as your first kit.

New subscribers to Paper Pumpkin get a free clear block in their very first kit.  Thereafter your kits will include everything you need to complete the kit--at least one ink spot, exclusive stamps, die cuts, embellishments, glue dots or dimensionals!  These kits are a great way to create easy products that are already designed for you.  You can, of course, make them any way that you choose.  I get two kits each month so usually make one kit as designed and make alternative projects with the second.  Most kits are card kits but there are some other projects.  Stampin' Up! is now giving us hints so if you think you won't want that month's kit, you can always put your subscription on hold for that month (Don't forget to go back before the 10th of the next month and start it back up).

While there is the new Occasions catalog that starts also on January 3, don't forget that any product you order qualifies (clearance rack, annual catalog, Occasions) for Sale-a-Bration rewards.

Sale-a-Bration ends on March 31 so don't let these FREE products pass you by!



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