My name is Brandy Cox and I am a proud Stampin' Up Demonstrator. Stampin' Up has blessed my life and I get so much enjoyment out sharing my passion with others. Stampin Up has allowed me to discover a creative side I never knew that I had. I was always one of those girls that said "I'm not very crafty." But I quickly learned that we are all capable of creativity, it just takes the willingness to learn and experiment.

Petal Palette Card – Free PDF Tutorial

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Today’s card was designed using the Stampin’ Up! Petal Palette Stamp Set.  Its one of my favorites.  I love the sentiments, cute little bird and the dotted background.  Oh so many possibilities!!
 
So, I thought I would share with you the gift I created for my dear friend Erin.  It was her birthday so we invited her and her husband over for dinner.  The center piece was this fun tissue wrapped and stamped gift.  I also created a smaller version of the card I’m sharing with you here today.
 
Inside the neatly wrapped package was “homemade” Vanilla Extract.  Yep, that’s right!! You can make your own Vanilla Extract and you can continue to add alcohol to it and refill it.  She was so surprised and loved her special package.  I thought I would share with you the receipt and link to get your Vanilla Beans.  
 
Thank you for stopping by Brandy’s Cards!! I hope you have a great day.  Happy Stamping!! Hugs, Brandy

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1. Use an Old Olive Stamp Pad to stamp your leaf/branch.
 
Tip: On this card I stamped a second branch on scrap paper and cut it out.  I used mini stampin dimensionals to pop it up off the stamped leaf.  It will give your card a bit more dimension.
 
2. Next, use a Memento Black Ink Pad to stamp your bird on scrap paper.  
 
3. Color the bird using Stampin’ Up Alcohol Markers.  
 
Tip: I used a combination of Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake.  
 
4. Hand cut our your bird and use a stampin dimensional to pop him up off the branch. 
 
5. Stamp the flower in Daffodil Delight Ink and hand cut it out.  Use a mini glue dot to adhere it to the branch. 
 
6. Add an embellishment to the center of the flower. I used a bright enamel shape. 
 
7. Finally, add the sentiment using Memento’s Black Ink. You can stamp on a piece of scrap paper and create a banner or cut a banner out and stamp on it.  
 
Tip: If you didn’t want to add a banner you could stamp directly on the image.  

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1. Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Basic Black Cardstock and fold it in half. This is your base.
 
2. Cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock. Center and adhere this piece to the top of the card base. 
 
3. Cut a 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  Center and adhere this piece on top of the Crumb Cake Cardstock. 
 
4. Cut a 3-3/4″ x 5″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. This piece is for the background.
 
5. Using a Memento Black Ink Pad to stamp the dotted background.
 
 
6. Cut a 3-7/8″ x 2-7/8″ piece of Basic Black Cardstock. This piece will mat the image.
 
7. Cut a 3-3/4″ x 2-3/4″ piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock. Center and adhere this piece to the Basic Black Cardstock. 
 
8. Cut a 3-5/8″ x 2-5/8″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. This piece is for your image.
 
Tip: Be sure to stamp your images before adhering it to the mat.

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Download FREE PDF 

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Erin’s Birthday Gift – Homemade Vanilla Extract 

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Ingredients:

8 oz. Glass Bottle or Jar.

Vanilla Beans.

1 cup Vodka 70 Proof/35% Alcohol

(or you can also use Bourbon, Rum or Brandy; any brand/quality)

Food Network – Ina’s Homemade Vanilla Extract Video 

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Petal Palette Stamp Set

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Petals & More Thinlits

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Stampin’ Up! Card

for Inspiration!

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Old Olive Stamp Pad

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Daffodil Delight Stamp Pad

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Memento Stamp Pad 

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Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends

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Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends

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Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots

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Color Challenge – March 2019

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I love to challenge my Team by giving them colors and letting them go to work. Its a wonderful way to grow in color and design. By participating, it forces you to work with colors you might not put together. It can be hard at times but oh so rewarding when it all comes together.

The colors for the March Color Challenge were Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry and Crushed Curry. Keeping in mind the designers can stamp images in Archival Black and use either Whisper White or Vanilla Cardstock.

I like to offer a participation award for participating in the color challenge; therefore, I put all names in a hat and pulled out a winner. Yay!!  Congratulations to Christina Gabel & Niki Rettke for winning the adorable Stampin’ Up! Logo Socks.  Woo Hoo!

Thank you to all designers for submitting your beautiful cards.

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**For more creative inspiration some designers have blogs so be sure to click their names and visit their websites!**

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Design By ~ Ros Smith

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Design By ~ Donna Burke (1 of 2)

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Design By ~ Donna Burke (2 of 2)

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Design By ~ Niki Rettke

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Design By ~ Christina Gabel

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Design By ~ Brandy Cox

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Design By ~ Karen Thomas (1 of 2)

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Design By ~ Karen Thomas (2 of 2)

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Design By ~ Danielle Hosley

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Design By ~ Chris Buob

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Design By ~ Cathy Tamez

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Design By ~ Barbara Hagadorn

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Design By ~ Kathy McDaniel

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Helping our Homeless Neighbors

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Last night, Doug and I along with our close friends cooked dinner for the Room In The Inn.  Brandy’s Cards was proud to make a monetary donation to purchase the groceries for a fun Taco Fiesta.  At our church, we prepared this yummy meal, offered hot chocolate and with a warm place to rest and sleep.   We had SO MUCH fun preparing, laughing, cooking and hosting eight of our homeless neighbors!! 

I love this program because offers a unique way for people to become directly involved with individuals who are homeless. Their basic goal is to keep homeless people from freezing on cold winter nights. Their greater goal is to provide a more personal relationship to homeless people, at least for a night, and to foster a deeper understanding of the depth and complexity of the issue.

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January 2019 Paper Pumpkin – Video

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/6"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you may be starting to think about ways to share love with your very best friends and/or your significant other. Giving champagne and chocolates in a frilly box is nice, but do you know what’s even better? Getting something made by hand . . . from you. Which is why we designed this awesome kit—so you could share a bit of yourself with the people you care about the most. Make the treat packaging, or use your imagination and add cardstock to make Valentine’s Day cards for someone you think is “one in a chameleon.”

To expand your crafting possibilities even further, Paper Pumpkin’s January kit has paired up with the Animal Expedition suite in the annual catalog. Don’t miss out on cute, coordinating critters, extra embellishments, and laser die-cuts.  Check out the Animal Expedition Suite, in the Annual Catalog, on p. 26-27.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][dt_fancy_title title="Coordinating Products" title_align="left" title_size="h1"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Animal Outing Stamp Set

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Animal Friends Thinlits Dies

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Animal Outing Bundle

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Frames Elements

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Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper

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Animal Expedition Cardstock Pack

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Many Blessings – PDF Tutorial

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The Stampin’ Up! Many Blessings Stamp Set is perfect for Fall cards as well as Christmas Cards.  I absolutely love it!!

Today’s card and tag were created for my customers who placed order in November using the host code.  I’m so excited to send out these extra goodies!!  Thank you for using the host code but most importantly “Thank you” for selecting me as your demonstrator.  I’m truly grateful for your business.  [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_separator][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]Don’t forget to have a look at this months host code.  Its the NEW Dot to Dot embossing folder featured in the Occasions Catalog. Yay!!  CLICK HERE for Host Code Information!!

Thanks for stopping by Brandy’s Cards.  I hope you enjoy todays card and tag.  Feel free to download both tutorials and keep it in your ideas and inspiration book!  Blessings, Brandy[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/3"][vc_empty_space][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]

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Dot to Dot Embossing Folder

Host Code – SXW3XJ7V

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1. Cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Real Red Cardstock and fold it in half. This is your base.

2. Cut a 5-1/4″ x 4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Center and adhere this piece inside yoru card.

Tip: If you want to add something decorative inside your card be sure to do so before adhering it to the inside of your card.  Always stamp first!!

3. Cut a 4-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Center and adhere this piece on top of your card.

4. Cut a 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ piece of Granny Apple Green Cardstock.  This piece is for your decorative background.

5. Use a Granny Apple Green Stamp Pad to stamp your sentiment.

Tip: Start with by stamping your sentiment in the top left corner and stamp it all the way across your cardstock.  You should be able to stamp it three times across.  Then move to the next row and shift your sentiment so that it is offset a bit from the top row.  This will give you great coverage for the background.

6. Once you’ve stamped your Granny Apple Green background you can center and adhere it to your Whisper White Cardstock[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]CANDY CANE CHRISTMAS

1. Cut a 3-1/4″ x 2-1/4″ piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  This piece is for your image.

2. Use Memento Black Ink to stamp your Candy Cane Image. Let it dry for a couple seconds and then begin to color your image using Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers.

3. Cut a 2-1/2 – 7/8″ pice of Real Red Cardstock.

4. Using Memento Black Ink to stamp your sentiment.

5. Use your Paper Snips to cut a banner in one end.

Tip: To create the perfect banner cut down the middle of one end of your strip.  Then cut from the corner to the center on a diagonal. Do the same thing on the other side. It works great!!

6. Layer your banner below your image and use an everyday stapler to adhere it.

7. Finally, center and adhere your colored image to the top of your card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ideas and Inspiration[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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Many Blessings Stamp Set

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Real Red Stampin’ Blends

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Pineapple Stampin’ Blends

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Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends

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Pool Party Stampin’ Blends

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Bermuda Bay Stampin’ Blends

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Granny Apple Green Stamp Pad

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Memento Black Stamp Pad

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Brandy’s December Host Code Gift

Host Code – SXW3XJ7V

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Granny Apple Green Cardstock

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Real Red Cardstock

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Whisper White Cardstock 

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