Showing posts from February, 2012

2/29 Stampin' Up! Kindness Matters & Fiji Bound!

I just got the stamp set called Kindness Matters. It's one of our Sale-a-bration sets that you can get FREE during Sale-a-bration with a $50 product order. And, I have to tell you . . . for as pretty as this card is . . . it literally took less than 10 minutes to make. I've decided Kindness Matters is absolutely the perfect stamp set when you need to make a "quick" card. The butterflies are beautiful all stamped in one color and they fit perfectly across the top of a framelit heart cut out. The words and lace fit into the same heart perfectly below the butterflies! It's just wonderful when it all comes together so easily like that.

And a very big Thank YOU to my customers and downline for making it possible for me to earn another SU Incentive Trip . . . this time to Fiji! My husband and I are really looking forward to it and I can assure you that if it weren't for Stampin' Up! we would never in our lifetime have the opportunity to travel to Fiji!

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2/28 Stampin' Up! Bringing Baby

It just so happens that 15 years ago today, I was having a baby!! My littlest one is growing up. We will celebrate her birthday this evening with one of her favorite meals . . . venison steak fried with onions and cooked carrots along with baked potatoes and corn.

But, I wasn't actually thinking about that when I made this card! I recently got this Sale-a-bration Reward item for a $50 product purchase from Stampin' Up! It's a set of eight cards and envelopes called Everyday Elegance Simply Sent and it makes creating a card so quick and simple.

I used a Top Note Die cut in half and stamped with Bringing Baby, an a la carte stamp. I used a blender pen and ink from the top of the ink pad to color the bird. The Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon seemed the perfect touch to this elegant baby card.

This is the inside panel of the card. I use one of the self-adhesive tags that comes in the kit along with a couple of punch outs, one of which I stamped with a sentiment from Teeny T…

2/27 Stampin' Up! Rue Des Fleurs

One of my very favorite stamp sets in the Occasions Mini (and I can tell you right now that I will never sell it once it has retired) is called Rue Des Fleurs. It's a set that "speaks" to me! You just can't ignore sets like that!! I grew up in a family that had a lot of respect for its ancestry and we often prayed for and gave thanks to the people who were long past . . . but to whom we owed our very breaths to. I've always felt that my great greats are not that far away and that in their own spiritual way they are watching over me and my family and supporting us in our endeavors. I hope I have passed that heritage down to my own children and have recently toyed with the idea of blogging our family history. Have you ever heard of anyone doing this . . . or do you know of a blog that I could look at that does this? Thanks . . . so much for your support!

Have a great day and I do so hope you know how much I appreciate you. It is for you that I am inspired to create…

2/26 Stampin' Up! Love & Laughter

I love cream and white together, especially on a wedding card. So, my intent was to make a cream and white wedding card with some bling. But it really didn't seem to be coming together for me. I did start with cream and white . . . but then I added Pretty in Pink and Pink Pirouette and even Regal Rose made an appearance on this card with the stamped hearts. And, where's the bling? (Ribbon doesn't count because I put ribbon on practically every card I make - lol! ) Well, let me tell you . . . I tried, but nothing looked right, not pearls, rhinestones, buttons or beads. So here is a card where what I had in mind and what I tried didn't work out at all, yet somehow . . . I still ended up with a pretty card! Guess it's just one of those days where everything works out right, anyway!! lol!

Have a great day and thanks so much for dropping by Stamping to Share!!

Stamps: Love & Laughter (WM 125475, CM 125477)
Paper: Pink Pirouette (111351), Pretty in Pink (100459), Whisp…

2/25 Stampin' Up! Sprinkled Expressions

I used the Big Shot Machine with the Stripes Embossing Folder to make the Gingham Background that you see on this card. All you do is use your brayer to ink up the stripes in the color of you choice, run your paper through. Take the paper out, ink up the stripes again and then put the paper back into the embossing folder crosswise for a gingham look. It was the perfect way to show off the heart stamp in Sprinkled Expressions . . . a stamp set you can get FREE with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration.

This is the inside panel and it uses the coordinating sentiment. The Labels Framelit Collection came in pretty handy when I made this card! LOVE the new Framelit dies!! Have you tried them out yet? They are soooo versatile!

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by Stamping to Share!

Stamps: Sprinkled Expressions free with a $50 order during Sale-a-bration (WM 125130, CM 125132)
Paper: Poppy Parade (119793), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Poppy Parade (119782)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (11…

2/24 Stampin' Up! Turtle & Co

Anybody you know feeling under the weather . . . maybe a card like this could cheer them up! It cheered me up just to make it!! The stamp set is called Turtle & Co. It has some very cute characters in it that would make brighten anybodys' day. Maybe that's why Stampin' Up! picked it to be our exclusive stamp set to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities. When you purchase this set, $3 is donated by Stampin' Up! to RMHC. Over $1,000,000 have been donated to RMHC over the years thanks to you and Stampin' Up! Now that's something to cheer about!!

My customers will have the opportunity to make this card at my March Card Buffet . . . the theme is Christian Inspiration and includes cards ranging from get well, to all occasion religious, wedding and sympathy. The card above falls under the get well catagory, but it could be left blank inside and then it could be used for other occasions, too.

I really enjoy working with my customers and teaching n…

2/23 Stampin' Up! Designer Rosette

Hi Everyone . . . do you LOVE it?? I could hardly WAIT to post this project. I had so much fun making this and I know that my Big Shot Class Attendees are going to love it!! Yup . . . this is your sneak peek at one of the two projects we will be making at our Big Shot Class next week. This is my first project with Stampin' Up!'s new Designer Rosette Die that was introduced in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I thought it would be a beautiful name place holder for an Easter dinner, or at an all girls tea or spring luncheon.

Here is another view of the layers. All of the flowers are from the fun flowers die and they are stacked with dimensionals separating each layer for additional fullness. The Large Basic Pearl, also introduced in the Occasions Mini was the perfect finishing touch to my flower.

 Let me know if you would like me to make a video of how to do this after my Big Shot Class is over. I'd be happy to make one if there is enough interest.

Edited: Thanks everyone for…

2/22 How to Create a Calendar Card Video Tutorial

I've had a few requests asking me how I created the calendar that you see pictured above. I rarely write anything down when it comes to "how to's." I just don't have the patience for that stuff!! Sorry . . . but I decided a video would be the next best thing so . . . here it is!!

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2/21 Cabin Stamping!

One of my favorite things to do is to spend a long weekend at the cabin with my family. And, that's where I play with a mixture of non current SU products and misc items I had before I became a SU demonstrator. These are some of the cards I made this weekend. Enjoy!!

Remember Big Pieces? and It's Your Birthday?

How about Berry Christmas? The embossed merry was from a Embosslit Tag that SU used to carry. If you need your  DSP to have just one more color . . . stamp it on as I did here.

I still have a stash of ribbon and such from Grandma's attic. It's fun to pull it out once in a while. This card uses a retired set called Window Dressing. I love curved sentiments.

Look out . . . Cool Cat is having fun in the pumpkin patch. Several sets on this card . . . Cool Cat, Jack-o-Lantern Fun, Holiday Best and Halloween Backgrounds. The grass is non-SU.

The stamp set called Starring You found itself on a manly card with paper from a pack called Out West.

But, the best part of t…

2/20 Stampin' Up! Party This Way Birthday

Party This Way is stamp set that you can receive FREE during Sale-a-bration with a $50 product purchase. I challenged myself to use every stamp in the set on this card and I did it . . . although the candle is stamped on the inside panel. I really liike how it turned out . . . lots of dimension with the pennnant flags and the balloons. I used just two colors to creat this card . . . Tangerine Tango and Old Olive. One of the stamps in this set is a pennant flag and of course it works perfectly in our Petite Pennant Builder Punch! The designer paper that I used is from the Brights Patterns Paper Stack.

This side view lets you see all the dimension on the balloons. It looks like they really are floating in the air!

And a last picture to show you the inside panel where I used the fifth stamp in this set . . . the candle. The sentiment is from the set called Bring on the Cake.

Have a great day, and I have to share . . . it's my stamping anniversary today!! I attended my very first St…

2/19 Stampin' Up! Elementary Elegance Birthday

I was inspired by Debra Currier to create this card for my February Clubs. It's a quick and easy card to make and it show cases the Elementary Elegance stamp set which is FREE with a $50 product purchase from Stampin' Up! during Sale-a-bration.

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for dropping by Stamping to Share!

Stamps: Elementary Elegance free with a $50 product purchase during Sale-a-bration (WM 125120, CM 125122)
Paper: Sahara Sand (121043), Early Espresso (119686)
Ink: Early Espresso (119670)
Tools: Curly Label Punch (119851), Paper Piercer for placing the pearls (116631), Stampin' Sponges (101610)
Accessories: Basic Pearls (119247), 1/8" Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon (120931)
Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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2/18 Stampin' Up! Bear Hugs for Baby

I had so much fun creating this card. I used an Aqua Painter and ink from the lid of an ink pad to color the bear. He was stamped on Naturals White paper with Basic Gray ink. Did you know Basic Gray ink is Waterproof? It's great when you don't want an image to be too intense like black can sometimes be.

The inside of this card features a free-swinging pennant. Now that I see this card on the computer, I think I should have added a couple of little flags on either side of the big flag, too. Oh, well, next time!! This is such a cute little card, I'm sure I'll be making it again.

Have a wonderful and thank you so much for stopping by Stamping to Share!

Stamps: Bear Hugs (116966)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953), Marina Mist (119682), Riding Hood Red (111348), Naturals White (102316), Neutrals Patterns Paper Stack (117157)
Ink: Basic Gray (109120)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Perfect Pennants Die for the scallops around the bear image and for the pennant on the inside of the c…

2/17 Stampin' Up! Happiest Birthday Wishes

I am prepping today for an upcoming Card Buffet and this is one of the cards we are going to make. Isn't it pretty? I was inspired by Ashley Marostica. I think my customers are really going to like this one and it's so quick and easy to create. The sentiment is from the hostess only set called Happiest Birthday Wishes. And, speaking of hostesses . . . there's still time to book your card making party during Sale-a-bration. But, don't wait too long - you know how time flies!!

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by Stamping to Share!

Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes (WM 122615, CM 122617)
Paper: Pool Party (122924), Wisteria Wonder (122922), Whisper White (100730), Sweet Shop Specialty Designer Series Paper (125408)
Ink: Pool Party (122938)
Tools: 1 3/4" Circle Punch (119850), Big Shot Machine (113439), Circle #2 Die for the mat around the sentiment (114526)
Accessories: Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon (122975)
Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755)

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2/16 Stampin' Up! Friends Never Fade Sympathy

This is the "charity" card my customers made to donate to a local befrienders group. We kept it totally flat so that it could be easily mailed. The designer series paper is from the Christmas themed pack called Letters to Santa. I love it when holiday paper has a side to it that can be used year around.

Have a nice day and thanks for stopping by Stamping to Share!

Stamps: Friends Never Fade (WM 118750, CM 120618), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Paper: Old Olive (100702), Blushing Bride (119796), Whisper White (100730), Letters to Santa DSP (122349)
Ink: Old Olive for the sentiment (102277)
Accessories: Markers to color directly onto the rubber before stamping: Blushing Bride part of the 2010-12 In Color Marker Set (119801), Old Olive (100079); Chantilly Lace (118480), reverse side of Old Olive Scallop Dots Ribbon (124139)
Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), SNAIL (104332)

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2/15 Stampin' Up! Creative Elements Calendar Card

I've seen and crafted many types of calendar cards/displays over the years and most recently I was inspired by a calendar card created by Selene Kempton. I decided to revisit the idea and this is the calendar card my Sunshine Club members got to make this month.

I used the stamp set called Creative Elements and In Colors Pool Party and Island Indigo. It was easy to put together and my customers enjoyed using the Adorning Accents Edgelit Dies and Embossing Folders to make this card. I really LOVE the new framelit style dies that Stampin' Up! introduced in the Occasions Mini . . . they bring a whole new level of crafting fun into your life! (As if I wasn't addicted enough already! lol!)

Here is another example of the card . . . this time using a different sentiment, flipping the scallops downward and centering the calendar. The designer series paper on this card is called Twitterpated, and it's so pretty . . . it truly does put my heart all a flutter!

I created a video t…

2/14 Valentine Fishes & Stampin' Up! Apothecary Art

Happy Valentine's Day!! Sherri Pullar, one of my online customers, sent me this sweet card via e-mail this morning. She is a wonderfully talented stamper and it's so much fun to see what she's been up to! Thank you so much, Sherri, for sharing your work with me!! I truly appreicate you!

Do you need a birthday card? The Apothecary Art stamp set in our Occasions Mini Catalog will help you create a beauty like this is just minutes! This card featuring paper from the Mocha Morning
Specialty Designer Series paper pack will  be featured at my upcoming Card Buffet. If you are local, be sure to check it out HERE and then rsvp to join us for some stamping fun.

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by Stamping to Share!

Stamps: Apothecary Art (WM 125525, CM 125527)
Paper: Basic Gray (121044), Blushing Bride (119796), Very Vanilla (101650), Mocha Morning Specialty DSP (122366)
Ink: Basic Gray (109120)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439), Framelits Labels Collection (125598)

2/13 Stampin' Up! Mixed Bunch with Loving Thoughts

I love the way this card turned out . . . so bright and cheerful. You can tell that these thoughts of you are "happy!" This card uses the two stamp sets that I got as a gift from Stampin' Up! for attending Leadership in January. I've been just busy enough that I hadn't had a chance to use them but when my demo magazine arrived, Stampin' Success, I was inspired. I changed the card up to make it brighter and I must say . . . it is quite a bit brighter! lol! But, I love bright . . . it makes me happy!

Our demo only magazine called Stampin' Success is just one of the many perks you get as a demonstrator for Stampin' Up! One of the biggest perks for new demos who join during Sale-a-bration is a FREE digital download or Designer Series Paper pack every month through December. That really adds value to becoming a demonstrator during Sale-a-bration.

Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by Stamping to Share!

Stamps: Mixed Bunch (WM 125535, C…

2/12 Demo Meeting Swaps Part Two

This is part two of our Demo Meeting Swap showcase. Our swap theme for February was anything out of the Occasions Mini or Sale-a-bration catalog. Enjoy!

It took me three pictures to show you all the wonderful, amazing parts to this swap created by Katherine Narog. She giggled when she said she went extra special on this one . . . she just wanted to do something for Valentines to show her fellow team members how much she appreciates each and every one of them. Isn't that sweet?? Well, if you know Katherine, you know she's extra special herself! Thank you, Katherine, for the beautiful swap/gift you gave to each of us.

Here's a side view of the heart box. You can see she used the Itty Bitty Box die and the new Heart Collection framelit dies.

And of course . . . no SU box ever goes without a treat!! Nestled inside was a Heart Shaped Peppermint Pattie. I know it was heart shaped because as soon as I took this picture - I ate it!! lol!

Karen Lockner had some fun with Sweet Sho…

2/11 Demo Meeting Swaps Part One

The theme for our February demo meeting swap was "Anything Out of the Occasions Mini or Sale-a-bration Catalog." We had a wide variety!! This is part one.

Angie used the new Heart Framelits and the Take It to Heart stamp set. She kept it nice and flat for mailing, but still added an elegant touch with the Whisper White Satin Ribbon.

Chris Glebus also created a very mailable card and showed off the Labels Framelits. She used the stamp set called Gnome Sweet Gnome.

Cindy LeMire purchased some 1" glassc squares from Sun and Moon Craft Kits and then backed them with little flower and butterfly scenes from the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series paper pack that customers can get free during Sale-a-bration. She put a layer of Crystal Effects on the back and before it dried, laid a necklace clasp down. A truly creative way to talk about Sale-a-bration when someone notices your necklace!

Cindy Standal made this beautiful flower with a series of punches. The largest punch is…