Monday, September 30, 2013

9/30/13 3D Fence Card with Best of Greetings & Backyard Basics


This is a super fun little project that I was inspired to create after receiving a swap card from Colleen Vassos at Convention. ((Hugs and many thanks, Colleen!!)) I changed up the colors and the stamp sets to create my own version of her card. I even made a video so you can see exactly the folds you need to make to create the picket fence!

Thank you so much for stopping by Stamping to Share! I'm off to cut more paper for Fall Flair. This card will be one of the cards we will make - yeah!!

Best of Greetings (CM 133485), Backyard Basics and coordinating Framelit Dies Bundle saving you 15% (Wood Mount 129255, Clear Mount 129258)
Paper: Early Espresso (119686) Very Vanilla (101650) Tangerine Tango (111349) Naturals Composition Specialty Paper (126917)
Ink: Early Espresso (126974)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439) Designer Rosette Die (125594) Extended Cutting Pads (113478) Wildflower Meadow Embossing Folder (129376) Large Oval Punch (119855)
Scallop Oval Punch (119856)
Accessories: Clear Mount Block C (118486) Aqua Painters (103954) Crushed Curry Ink Refill (131158) Garden Green Ink Refill (102059) Tangerine Tango Ink Refill (111841)
Embellishments: Early Espresso Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (126871)
Adhesives: SNAIL (104332) Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) Sticky Strip (104294) Dimensionals (104430)




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Saturday, September 28, 2013

9/28/13 Favorite Cards from Founder's Circle Part Two

This is part two of my favorite Swap Cards from Founder's Circle. The first set, that I shared a couple of days ago, were my favorite Christmas cards. This next set of five cards are my favorite non-Christmas cards. Our theme this year was Anything Goes so we had a wonderful variety of swap cards.

When I got this card from Lyssa Zwolanek, I immediately wondered about this stamp set. I couldn't recall it being in the book, because if I had seen it, I'm pretty sure I would have gotten it! After a little research, I did find it. The stamp set is called Spread the Joy and it is an online only stamp set designed by one of Stampin' Up's employees for a company-wide contest. I think it is just sweet! I have a link for the stamp set a little further down in this post.

This next card just, by Jackie Ross, has so much cute factor going for it!! Plus, look at the masking that was done in stamping the main image! Yikes!! Then, to do all that coloring . . . whew! Probably not a card I would make in multiples, but I'd definitely make one or two. I'm feeling like I really should get this stamp set, Giggle Greetings, as it really is good for a giggle!

Then, just "flip the card open" and it reads . . . You did it! Now go chase your dreams . . . or your tail or whatever . . . . I also love all the grunge stamping. I love Gorgeous Grunge and here it is also paired with Off the Grid.

This card, by Cindy Baughman, was created to look like an old 45. She created her own stamp from the personalized stamp page section of our catalog and used that for the record label. I LOVE the chevron bag as the album cover. How awesomely clever is that??

This is the front of the card. It's shiny because it have a window sheet layer over the basic black cardstock! Again . . . very clever!

And when you open it up, you see the "fabulous" stamp from the set called Million & One.

This card also uses the Million & One stamp set . . . GREAT use of the Chevron punch! Love the colors and love the grunge stamping. I just can't imagine how LeeAnn Greff managed to punch and glue down that many chevrons . . . we made 120 swap cards! yowie!

And finally, my final pick in my favorite five . . . a tag created by Lynsay Mahon from an image in the online only stamp set called Spread the Joy. I just LOVE this! It's so pretty and whimsical with a bit of vintage. I'm crazy about the way the tag is torn to let a bit of our stretch trim peek through. What an awesome tag. If you are interested in seeing the entire set of images in this stamp set available online only just click on Spread the Joy.

Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for stopping by Stamping to Share! Now, I'm off to cut paper for our Stamping to Share Fall Flair. I can't believe it is coming up in only a week!! I've got a lot of paper to cut!!


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Friday, September 27, 2013

9/27/13 Everyday Occasions Kit Debuts at Stampin' Up!


When you need a card in a "flash" or when your daughter goes off to college and you want to send a few card making items with her, or when your niece has expressed interest in card making but you don't even begin to know how to start her out - - - let this kit come to your rescue!

It includes:

1. Cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards!
2. Twine, Buttons and Clips (you gotta have embellishments!)
3. Full-Color Tips and Tricks brochure
4. A cool, storable, giftable box
5. Die-cut paper embellishments (we'll get them going on the Big Shot later, wink, wink!)
6. Stampin' Spots (mini ink pads)
7. Seven-piece Occasions Stamp Set and clear stamp block.

All this for just $29.95. The part number is 134797. Or you can click on Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit and you will go right to my store.

I got to see this up close and in person at Founder's Circle and took some pictures from the display board which you can see below.

I think this is going to be a great kit!! I love the sparkle and shine, the bits of twine and all the layers! Cheers to Stampin' Up!!

Also . . . as a bit of a "heads up" the Envelope Punch Board has been wildly popular and thus exceeded expectations. It will likely go on back order soon. If you would like to order this before it goes on back order, just click on Envelope Punch Board where you will see it in my online store.

Have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by Stamping to Share!! I appreciate you!


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

9/25/13 Favorite Cards from Founder's Circle Part One


One of my favorite aspects of Founder's Circle is the AMAZING swap that most of us participate in. Last year I picked my five favorite cards to share with you and this year . . . I couldn't pick just five. So, I went with eleven!! The first six are Christmas cards and the five that I will share with you tomorrow are my five favorite non-Christmas cards. The card above is by Shelli Gardner and Sara Douglass. Just beautiful! It uses the stamp set O Holy Night on page 33 of the Holiday Mini. Love the Pretty Print Embossing Folder in the background, too.

This card went right to the "gotta case this" pile! It's a very sweet Santa inspired dress. Sara Wills created this card using the Dress Up Framelits and the stamp set called Tags 4 You. I just think this is so cute!! How about you?

Lee Conrey created this card . . . and I love it! Nice and easy with great sparkle. I don't have that sentiment from the set Joy to the World pictured in the Holiday Mini on page 24, but it is on my Wish List now! The ornament is from the stamp set called Christmas Collectibles and you can save 15% when you bundle it with the punch. Both items are found on page 35 of the Holiday Mini.

This card by Debbie Moczek just makes me laugh out loud! Yup, her swimsuit top is made out of the stocking cap!! Too clever! If I lived in FL, I would make these for my Christmas cards. Unfortunately, we won't be exposing quite so much skin here in MN and the stocking caps will be planted firmly on our heads come December! This card uses Snow Day on page 25 of the Holiday Mini.

Laura Mulligan made this lovely vintage post card featuring Santa. I'll admit, I'm partial to anything vintage and this one was my favorite! She used the stamp set Santa's List (page 31 in the Holiday Mini), and the following stamp sets from the main catalog: Post Card, Postage Due and Notable Notions.
And finally, check out this CUTE card that Jill Hilliard made! OMGoodness!! Do I "need" that stamp set, too?? Might as well buy the whole darn catalog at this rate! lol! This set is featured on page 32 of the Holiday Mini. It's called Color Me Christmas. The sentiment is from Christmas Messages on page 24 of the mini. The card is a flip card and you can find ordering information by clicking on Thinlit Dies.

Here you can see the card opened to reveal the message on the other side of the flip. Just an all around GREAT card and I'm excited to feature it at one of my upcoming Clubs.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing some of my Christmas favorites from Founder's Circle. Stay tuned and I will share with you my favorite five non-Christmas cards tomorrow!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

9/24/13 Canyoneering Adventures at Founder's Circle


One of the activities I participated in this year while I was in St. George, Utah for Founder's Circle was an introductory course in Canyoneering. We were in the mountains at first light and even though I'd never repelled down a cliff before, I was able to do it with some confidence thanks to the great guides (Matt & Bryon) at Paragon Adventures.

This is our "show your muscles" picture - lol! LtoR: Brenda Keenan, myself, Rachel Tessman and Julie Davison. Notice the air under the rock? It was a suspended boulder over the canyon that we repelled down. The scenery was just amazing!

One of the downsides to our trip (which in the end was fun to reminisce over) was that it had rained quite a lot the week before so the gulches were filled with water . . . but what do you do? Only one way through! The picture above was through the second deepest section of water that we waded through. There was one bit where we were nearly up to our necks!

Check out the beauty of these slot canyons. In some ways, I still can't believe I did this!! What memories!

Here we are lined up on a natural rock slide - the perfect photo opportunity!

Looks like we made it!! LtoR: Brenda Keenan, Rachel Tessman, Julie Davison and myself. Thank you, Paragon Adventures for a memorable morning!


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Monday, September 23, 2013

9/23/13 Founder's Circle 2013 Calm Christmas Swap Card


This is my Founder's Circle Swap card. I made 120 of these cards! They were nice and easy but elegant, too, thanks to the Calm Christmas stamp set found on page 26 of the Holiday Mini Catalog. I really like the way the embossing folder looks like rays of light. This folder is found on page 22 of the Holiday Mini and it's a perfect accompaniment to this set. The Very Vintage button is threaded and bowed with Linen Thread and put onto the card with Glue Dots.

I did not add an inside panel to the Founder Circle cards, but if I had it would have looked like this. Have a wonderful day and thank you so much for stopping by Stamping to Share! If you would like to browse the Holiday Mini Catalog online, just click on the button in my right side bar.

Stamps: Calm Christmas (Wood Mount 132736, Clear Mount 132739)
Paper: Crumb Cake (120953) Soft Suede (115318) Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink: Crumb Cake (120953) Soft Suede (126978)
Tools: Big Shot Machine (113439) Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder (132174)
Accessories: Clear Mount Block C (118486) Clear Mount Block D (118485) Clear Mount Block E (118484)
Embellishments: Very Vintage Designer Buttons (129327) Baked Brown Sugar Ruffle Stretch Tim (130022) Linen Thread (104199)
Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) Glue Dots (103683) Dimensionals (104430)

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

9/22/13 Founder's Circle Day Four


Day Four was the one I planned to do make and takes, but as usual, I did more talking than making! I did find time, however, to take a picture of one of my favorite displays . . . 

and my favorite card that was on display. We have a beautiful floral set coming our way this spring!

Shelli Gardner wasn't able to be with us at Founder's this year because of a horse back riding accident so we made her a scrapbook with our This and That Book. We filled it with pictures, cards, love and well  wishes. Above is Colleen Magness and Susan Elise Morton taking a peek at the completed book.

Then it was off to wrap up our week with our Final Event . . . Duck Racing! Yup . . . we got down on the farm!!

We divided into teams and played games to win SU product prizes. Above is my team pictured with one of the cowboys on the farm. L to R: Jill Hilliard, Rachel Tessman, Josee Smuck, Michelle Zindorff, Lisa Bowell, and myself. The Malt Balls did mighty fine and got lots of prizes!

Gathering in for a look at the loot!

 In addition to games of skill, we had games of chance . . . as in Bingo! We played until pretty much everyone won - so even Bingo Challenged people like me got to go home with a prize!

  The we had a real good meal!!
 With wishes of luck and note from Shelli!

 And wrapped up a mighty fine day with some good 'ol boys. They were mighty fine muscians . . . even wrote and composed some of their own songs.

 Our last pillow gift was waiting for us . . .  Thank you, Stampin' Up!

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

9/21/13 Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle Day Three


Before I start in on Day Three, I have to take you back to Day Two for just a couple of pictures. Above is my fellow Rising Star friend from 2009, Sarah Wills. We are at the pajama party swap/business share.

Some of my crazy fellow demonstrator friends in line for the swap. What a blast and the cards were so top notch. I will share my favorites next week.

Our bedtime snack . . . homemade ice cream in a cookie sandwich. YUM!! (not that I really needed any help falling asleep!!)

When I got back to my room that night, there was a beautifully wrapped canister. I couldn't wait to see what was inside!

I opened it up to find a gorgeous universal scarf! Thank you, Stampin' Up! I am sure my oldest daughter will be first in line to try it on when I get home as she is a bona fide scarf lover.

The next morning, Day Three, we were on the road to Kanab. We toured the manufacturing facility and I got to punch out a bunch of stamps with just one press.

Then we had the fun of putting the stamps into their boxes. I was good at that! (Although I am even better at taking them OUT of the boxes!!)

Yeah . . . our gift for coming to visit was a free stamp set!! (Festive Flurry, no less! A totally awesome!)

After our tour, we got to make some cards! I really enjoyed the make and takes . . . these were great - quick and easy to make.

Everyone got to take their picture with Sara Douglass. Thank you, Sara!

After the tours and the delightful make and takes, we'd worked up an appetite! We had an excellent picnic lunch - my hamburger was just excellent and exactly what I'd been craving!

A trip to Kanab would not be complete with out a stop at the park. Here is a picture of all the MN Demonstrators at Founder's Circle. In back: Dawn Olchefske, Terri Gaines, Georgia Giguere and in front: Rachel Tessman and myself.

For our evening entertainment, we could go to the Tuacahn outdoor theatre to see Mary Poppins. It was a WONDERFUL production!

I sat next to my friend, Patty Bennett, and she shared a crazy good coconut trail mix snack with me. We should have had that in the picture, too; it really was that good!!

When we got back to our rooms after the theatre, we had another pillow gift! Such a beautiful presentation! Could that be a new framelit expressions on the way?

And check out the gift ... a ribbon scissors holder! It's absolutely stunning. Thank you, Stampin' Up!


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