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9/30 Clean & Simple Contest Card

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This is one of the cards that I submitted to Stampin'Up for a Clean & Simple Contest and guess what . . . this card won!! I couldn't believe it when demo support called me shortly after I arrived home from Convention to tell me the news. I'd never entered a SU contest before because I usually create and then immediately post my creations on my blog. Once you do that, I'm not sure if you can send it in or not, so I usually don't. But, in July, I was really busy making swaps and since I never post my swap cards until after they have been swapped, I sent a few of them off to SU to see what would happen. Good things happened!!
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As a contest winner, I got to select three stamp sets and I got my card and picture in Stampin' Success - a monthly magazine that goes out to all active Stampin'Up demonstrators. Stampin' Success is just packed with ideas and great tips for running your business. It's one of the demo perks that I look forward to every month …

9/29 Clearance Rack Sale!!

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I am so excited to tell you about a new and ongoing sale at Stampin'Up! It's called the Clearance Rack and it features retired and discontinued items at up to 80% off! These items are available ONLY while supplies last and that can only be ordered via online ordering.

The items will change as supply and demand changes so be sure to check it out before you place your online orders. Right now you can find ribbons, Designer Series Paper, felt snowflakes, rub-ons, Chipboard and metal tins. Here's the link: SU Clearance Rack.

9/29 Birthday Swish

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I saw the sketch challenge at Stamping 411 this morning and decided to whip out a card. I haven't used Just Basketball in a while and decided it might just work for that circle element. You'll notice that the Pumpkin Pie paper panel has a lot of Happy Birthdays on it. This is a roll from a Jumbo Wheel that Stampin'Up used to carry. Every once in a while I get it out and it adds just the right touch to a birthday card. The ribbon is from the Orchard Ribbon Originals pack. I made my layered circles with the Circle Scissors and the basketball is punched out with a 1 1/4" Circle Punch. The hoop circle is on dimensinals and the basketball is on double dimensionals to give it even more height.
Stamping to Share Tip: If you don't want to wrap around your ribbon around your card stock panel and tape in the back, another way to adhere ribbon is to run SU Snail Adhesive along your ribbon, then just clip the ends even with your card. Of course, this doesn't work if you…

9/28 Winter Candle Wrap

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I had so much fun on the Catty Cruise - - - if you stopped by my Stamping to Share Port of Call, thank you so much! I really enjoyed reading all of your comments - each one like a little ((hug))!! My project for you today, continues the exploration of products featured on pages 26-27 of the Holiday Mini Catalog. I ordered the Icicle Rub-Ons with the idea of making Candle Wraps.

I purchased some plain snow white candles . . . about 6" tall. The wrap is a 2" wide slice of Chocolate Chip paper. I wrapped it around the base of the candle to see how long it needed to be and then I cut off the excess. I wanted an overlap of just under 1/2" . . . I wanted it to overlap so that I could secure it with a 2" strip of Sticky Tape.

My next step was to decorate the wrap with the Icicle Rub-Ons. I wanted the bird to be my front and center image, so centered that in the middle of my strip of Chocolate Chip. That meant that my "seam" would be in the back of the candle. The…

9/25 Catty Cruise Blog Hop!

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You've arrived at Stamping to Share! I hope you are enjoying your Cruise experience so far. Or if you have just stumbled onto this cruise . . . Welcome Aboard!! We are a group of stampers sharing our love for Stampin'Up products. When you have finished reading about my project, you can click onto the Next Port Button at the bottom of this post to continue the cruise. You can keep on exploring different ports of call and eventually you will right back where you started. If you have arrived here from Connie's port . . . welcome!! I'm so glad you are on board and cruising!! Wasn't your stop at Constantly Stamping fun? Connie is sooooo talented and I am always inspired by her projects.
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I've chosen to work with the stamp set called Serene Snowflakes. Many of the products featured in these cards can be found on page 26 and 27 of the Holiday Mini Catalog including the stamp set Serene Snowflakes.

My first card is quick and simple to put together. It uses a couple of to…

9/22 Shelli's Founder Circle Card

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Do you like this card? It was my very favorite card our Founder's Circle Card Swap created by Shelli Gardner herself . . . she even signed it for us!! It's so elegant . . . so Shelli! The stamp sets used in this card are the background stamp French Filigree and the hostess level one set called Of the Earth. Shelli Gardner, our co-founder and CEO of SU has a blog called So Shelli. Check it out sometime, you will enjoy reading about her family, her faith, and her creative projects that she often shares.

This is a picture of some of the new friends I made at Founder's Circle. Left to right: Sharon McNeely, Cindy Sheets, and Sarah Wills.


Above is a picture of Dawn Olchefske and I working on my swap cards. I purposely finished them at Founder's Circle because I wanted to spend time stamping and chit chatting with friends old and new.


I was most excited about the pajama party/business share/and swap. I found out I had a long lost twin, too! Aren't we cute? That's Jane W…

9/21 Back from Founder's Circle!

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Hi Stamping Friends! I wanted to get a quick post in before the girls get home from dance. It's been a wonderful whirlwind of fun mixed in with a swirl of sadness as my grandmother passed away while I was at Founder's Circle. We had the funeral this morning . . . a celebration of a long and full life. Grandma was 97 and I'm so glad I was able to visit with her one last time this past month. We've said many good byes through the years . . . but the last one is always the hardest. God Bless you, dear Grandma. The picture above was taken when she was 15 years old and on her way to her first boy-girl dance.

Founder's Circle was wonderful. This is a picture of Shelli and I just as we arrived at Kanab to tour the manufacturing facility. The bus ride went so fast!! Shelli was on our bus on the way out there and it was question/answer and share time all the way to Kanab. On the way back, Shelli repeated the share time with a different bus and our bus got to play games all t…

9/14 Fall Birthday

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Isn't this a lovely Fall Birthday card? My customers will be making this at my All for Fall class coming up later this month. I was most inspired by a card I saw by SU demonstrator Kelly Figley. I changed up a few things . . . especially the colors. This was such an easy card to make . . . I have a feeling I'll be making a lot more of them! . Stamping to Share Tip: If you ever sit down to stamp and are stumped for colors . . . pull out a piece of patterned paper as I did with this card. Let the patterned paper be the inspiration for the colors on your card. . If you enjoy shopping for stamping things and do not already have a SU demonstrator, be sure to check out my SU website! A $50 order puts your name on my 50-50-50 board! When I have 50 names on the board, I will do a drawing for a $50 gift certificate - fun, huh? Have a great day and thanks for stopping by my Stamping to Share blog. . Stamps: Fresh Cuts (111634), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370) Paper: Ruby Red (102030), Elegant Egg…

9/12 Saturday Sketch Challenge

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This is the latest sketch challenge from Stamping 411. I decided to use some colors that I rarely use . . . Apricot Appeal and More Mustard. It isn't that I don't "like" these colors . . . it's just that they are not ones I immediately gravitate to. But, yellow does seem to be "more In" this year so I thought I would experiment with some variations of yellow. Of course . . . chocolate chip goes with everything as it is a fabulous neutral and I think it really makes a nice accent to the Apricot and Mustard.
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This card features a LOT of punches. I used the Word Window, the 1" Circle Punch, the Designer Label Punch, The BoHo Bl0ssoms Punch and the Photo Corner Punch. Punches are quick and easy accents that make stamping so much fun (addicting?)! The brads on the front of the card are from the Earth Elements set and the brads accenting the flowers on the inside of the card are from the Soft Subtles set.
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Stamping to Share Tip: The image on the main panel…

9/12 Treat or Card?

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This is a treat or card set that I came up with to offer my customers an option at my All for Fall class coming up the end of September. If you can believe it . . . before I became a demonstrator and would go to my upline's events. . . I used to just "groan" whenever I saw we were making "3-D" items. Sick, huh? And why, you ask? Because I could never figure out how to "store" them in a satisfactory way - - - and I certainly couldn't "give" them away! (a hoarding mentality I inherited from my dad). Well, I've since learned to "let go" just a little bit, but I feel for my customers who view 3-D's the same why I used to, so I try to offer a non-3-D item as well that more or less uses the same supplies. . My card option uses the same paper strip as the Halloween treat box. It's 5 1/2" long by 2" wide and it is simply glued to the left hand side of the card. If you choose to use it on the treat box, you just wrap…