Saturday, March 31, 2012

Send Me Soaring Card + Demonstrator Magazine Sneak Peek

I'm excited to start two new online clubs in April. One of them is the "Stamp Set of the Month" Club and the first stamp set will be Send Me Soaring from the Occasions Mini Catalog. Watch my blog for more details about the club in the next couple days!

This card was CASEd from a swap card, but there was no name on the back of the card, so I'm not sure who the original designer was. I changed the colors and designer paper, using the Everyday Enchantment series from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. I just love the color combination in that paper! The colors I used were Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, and Soft Suede.

Want to see more ideas using this stamp set? Stampin' Up! posted a sneak peek of our demonstrator magazine Stampin' Success earlier this month. Click here to see it the article featuring the Send Me Soaring stamp set. Get your own free subscription to this magazine when you sign up to be a demonstrator!

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Send Me Soaring, Pool Party ink & cardstock, Lucky Limeade ink & cardstock, Calypso Coral ink, Soft Suede ink, Very Vanilla cardstock, Everyday Enchantment DSP (SAB), 2-1/2" Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Last Chance!! Get FREE Sale-A-Bration Gifts with Purchase!

Today is the LAST DAY of Sale-A-Bration 2012! Make sure to place your order by 11:50 pm MT and get your free Sale-A-Bration gift before it's over! Click here to SHOP NOW!

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Petal Cone Die Carrot Box

Who knew this Petal Cone Die for the Big Shot had so many uses!? Remember the bat? The heart pouch? And the takeout box? Click here to see other Petal Cone die projects.

This carrot box was inspired by a project made by my friend Meg Loven. We made this in Stamp Club this week.

Here's a close-up of the tag and ribbon. The Lucky Limeade ribbon is part of the Everyday Enchantment ribbon and brad bundle that you can choose for free during Sale-A-Bration. (And don't miss out, Sale-A-Bration ends on Saturday, March 31! Just ONE day left!! Click here for details and see what you can choose for your free gift!)

I love how this ribbon looks curled! We started by wrapping in around a dowel and heating it, but we found it's just as easy to curl it with your fingernail or scissors!

Here's a tip for the tag: Punch a hole in the tag and then cut from the edge of the tag to the hole so that you can slide the tag on the ribbon without having to tie it in place! Click here to see a close-up for a tag like this on another project.
Here are the pieces I used from the Petal Cone Die (#121810, #32.95). I used Pumpkin Pie and Lucky Limeade cardstock. One cut of the die will yield one half of the petal cone, one scallop circle, and one banner. After I die cut the petal cones, I put them through with the polka dot embossing folder to get the texture. I cut one petal cone in half and then cut the half circles off the top of all of them.

I cut the scallop circles at an angle (I think I cut the last two scallops off) so that they would fit behind the top of the cone. I used Sticky Strip on the side flaps and also on the bottom of the scalloped circles so that everything would stay together.
As I am posting this, I'm thinking of even more ways to use this die, so stay tuned!!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Get a Discount on ALL Your Stampin' Up! Orders

Specials are great, but it's an even better to get a discount on everything...every time you order. Don't you agree?

I am very excited to help Linda kick-start her stamping hobby! She came over on Tuesday and signed up to be a demonstrator. She's just starting out, so she couldn't resist the incredible deal -- $50 off the Starter Kit, making it just $125! I helped her pick out the stamp sets, ink pads, cardstock, designer paper, punch, ribbon, etc. that she wanted in her kit.

Linda can't wait to get her kit -- and use her new discount to get the other items on her wish list!

AND (yes, there's MORE!) Linda gets to pick out a free package of designer paper every month for the rest of 2012! With the new catalog starting on June 1st, there will be plenty of options to choose from!

Want to know more?
Get all the details about the Demonstrator Opportunity by clicking on the Join My Group ink. Still have questions? I'd love to talk to you! Email me at or call 217-954-0232

Ready to sign up now?If you're ready to join now and get the extra Sale-A-Bration benefits, you can sign up at online on by business website by clicking the "Join Now" button on the left.

Don't wait! Sale-A-Bration ends on Saturday, March 31!

Black & White Fresh Vintage Notecard

I love, love, LOVE this project! Dawn Olchefske demonstrated this card on stage at Leadership Conference. It's the perfect make and take and I have been sharing it with my customers a lot over the last two months. (Click here to see more samples using the Sale-A-Bration Fresh Vintage stamp set.)

It's clean and simple...and perfect! You don't need much to pull this classic elegant look off. Here's a list of supplies -- and when you order $50 before the end of Saturday night (March 31, you can choose a free gift!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Every Last Detail Project Videos

Wow! Stampin' Up! added about a dozen new videos to their YouTube channel! Check them out here.

My favorite is for the "Every Last Detail" project that Carrie Cudney demonstrates in a series of six videos. This was a class that some demonstrators took at Convention last July. Don't you love it!?! I hope they do something like this again this summer because I would love to attend a class like this!

Check out the video series on YouTube: Video #1, Video #2, Video #3, Video #4, Video #5, Video #6

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Everyday Elegance Twitterpated Cards

I love how the Twitterpated products from the coordinate with the Everyday Elegance Simply Sent Card Kit. The cards on their own are perfect for busy stampers. Add a little designer paper and ribbon and and go from simple to gorgeous!

This idea was shared at Leadership Conference and I just had to CASE it for my Girly Girl Card Class. You can get the Everyday Elegance Card Kit FREE when you purchase $50 or more before March 31. Click here for details. Click here to see more projects using the Everyday Elegance Card Kit.
Stampin' Up! Supplies: Just Believe stamp set, Basic Gray ink pad, Blushing Bride cardstock, Twitterpated Designer Paper, Everyday Elegance Simply Sent Card Kit, Blushing Bride Pleated Ribbon, Riding Hood Red Pleated Ribbon

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Summer Smooches Sneak Peek: MDS Hybrid Card

I used the new Summer Smooches Digital Kit (available for customers on April 1st!) to create this My Digital Studio (MDS) hybrid card for my team meeting earlier this month. The background design was printed from the card template that comes with the digital kit and then we embossed the greeting on Daffodil Delight cardstock and adding rhinestones to finish the card.

Creating hybrid cards with My Digital Studio is easy! My home printer is not very good, so I prefer to print my designs at a local copy center. Here's how: In My Digital Studio, I saved the card image as a JPG. Then, in Microsoft Word, I "inserted" the JPG image as a picture. I right-clicked on the image and then I edited the "Size" of the picture and made it 4" x 5.25". I copied and pasted the picture so that there were four on the page, one in each corner. Finally, I did a "Save As" and saved the file as a PDF. I put the PDF on a flash drive and took it to the local copy center along with our Whisper White cardstock and had it printed. The colors were clear and vibrant, MUCH better than my home printer!

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Curly Cute stamp set, Versamark ink, Daffodil Delight cardstock, Island Indigo cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Rhinestone Jewel Accents, Stampin' Dimensionals, My Digital Studio, Summer Smooches Digital Kit

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Baroque Motifs Girly Card + Retired List Date Announcement

I just realized that I forgot to post the other version of yesterday's card. I had the text in there, but never added the photo. Click here to see that post again and check out the blue version of the Elements of Style card.

Today's card uses the older Baroque Motifs stamp set. This one has been around for awhile and I wouldn't be surprised if it retired this year. Speaking of retired stamp sets -- we'll know for sure when the Retired List is released on April 15! It's a little earlier this year because the the current Idea Book & Catalog will end on May 31. We'll have six weeks to shop the retired list before those stamp sets are officially discontinued. Watch for the Retired Accessories list to be posted on April 25. Accessories will only be available while supplies last.

Here's the Girly Girl Baroque Motifs card. The colors were inspired by the Cheerful Treat Designer Paper. (Click here to see it, get it free with a $150 order or party.)

The ruffle at the bottom was made with the White Waffle Paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I cut a piece and folded it half lengthwise so there was a nice straight edge. Then I ran adhesive along the bottom of the Pretty in Pink cardstock piece and put the waffle paper down, creating a pleated ruffle as I went. (Note: It took two pieces of the waffle paper to go all the way across the card.) Here's a close-up of the flower:

Do you love that pink rhinestone?? It's from the Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit die cut flowers in the Occasions Mini Catalog. (See it online here.)

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Baroque Motifs, Sincere Salutations, Melon Mambo ink & cardstock, Concord Crush ink & cardstock, Pretty in Pink cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Blossom Punch, 1-1/4" & 1-3/8" Circle Punches, 1/2" Circle Punch,
Blossom Builders Designer Printed Kit, White Waffle Paper

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Elements of Style Best Wishes Card

Here's another card from the Girly Girl class. I think some Vanilla Smooch Spritz would have been pretty on this one too (or maybe even some darker splatters with the Color Spritzer), but we used Dazzling Details and a teeny tiny pearl on the bird instead. The stamp set is called Elements of Style.

The background on the Crumb Cake cardstock at the bottom of the card was stamped with the En Francais background stamp (using Versamark ink to create a watermark). Someone asked me what the French words meant and Trina reminded me an answer I gave her a few years ago. Translated, it means: "Your husband called and said to spend as much as you want!" (grin) I'll have to remember that line again for next time!

For the bird (close-up below), I inked the stamp in Crumb Cake and then "rolled" it on the Soft Suede ink so that the edges of the bird were the darker brown color.
Here's the first version of this card. I decided the classic combo of pink and brown would be prettier. I like the pink one better. Which do you prefer? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Elements of Style, En Francais, Petite Pairs, Blushing Bride ink & cardstock, Crumb Cake ink& cardstock, Soft Suede ink & cardstock, Very vanilla cardstock, Versamark Ink Pad, Dazzling Details Glitter Glue, Pearl Jewel Accents, Blushing Bride Ribbon

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Creative Elements Birthday Card

Tonight was my Girly Girl card class (to be followed by the Manly Man card class next month). Here's one of the cards we made tonight. It's not the girliest of the cards, but it's got pearls (in the middle of the butterfly) and satin ribbon and is so pretty in person! Although, as I type this, I realized that I wanted to break out the Smooch Spritz and I forgot it...I think it would have added just the right shimmer!

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Creative Elements, Elementary Elegance, Wisteria Wonder ink & cardstock, Jet Black Staz-On Ink, Basic Black cardstock, VeryVanilla cardstock, First Edition Designer Series Paper, Eyelet Border Punch, Extra Large Oval Punch, Labels Collections Framelits (Big Shot), Designer Frames Embossing Folders (Big Shot), Pearl Jewel Accents, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Stampin Dimensionals

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Monday, March 19, 2012

April Sneak Peek: Petite Purse Die

One of favorite perks of being a demonstrator is being the first to see -- and order -- brand new products. I'm so excited about this new suite of products called Summer Smooches. It will be available for customers in April, but demonstrators can pre-order it right now. There is a super cute stamp set, bright and fun designer paper, ribbon, fabric, brads, and this brand new Petite Purse Big Shot Die. (Want to enjoy pre-order perks, too? Sign up now to be a demonstrator and get $50 off the Starter Kit! Click here for details.)

The purse is cut from just one half sheet of cardstock and comes together so quickly and easily! Even the handle is included as part of the die! The purse is small! With the handle, it's about 3" tall. The perfect size for chocolate nuggets. I wrapped each one with a 1" x 3" strip of coordinating designer paper from the new Summer Smooches series. Watch for more details about this promotion on April 1st!

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Rich Razzleberry cardstock, Daffodil Delight cardstock, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, Petite Purse Bigz L Die (Big Shot), Boho Flowers Punch, Rhinestone Jewel Accents, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Faux Tile Vintage Vogue Card

Here's another Faux Tile sample. This time, I did the Faux Tile technique on colored cardstock. I used the same color ink as the cardstock when I did the sponging.

Click here for a free printable tutorial for the Faux Tile technique. Click here to view more Faux Tile samples.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Vintage Vogue, Cajun Craze ink & cardstock, Old Olive ink, More Mustard marker & cardstock, Soft Suede marker & cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Simply Scored Tool, Stamping Sponges, Pearl Jewel Accents

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Clean & Simple Elementary Elegance Card

Here's one of the cards we made at my Celebrations Card Class in Springfield last week. (Click here to see more upcoming events.) I love the clean and simple style. This stamp set, Elementary Elegance, is one of the free gifts you can choose when you order $50 or more before March 31. And did you know -- you can shop from my Clearance Rack and still get the free gift when you order $50? There are still many deals to be had there, including lots of punches and Big Shot dies! Click here to shop the Clearance Rack now.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Elementary Elegance Stamp Set, Early Espresso ink, Cajun Craze ink & cardstock, Crumb Cake cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Well Worn Designer Series Paper, Curly Label Punch, 1/16" Hole Punch. Gold Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Faux Tile Artistic Etchings Card

The Simply Scored Tool makes the Faux Tile technique a breeze! And I'm so excited that now there is a Diagonal Scoring Plate to make diagonal faux tiles even easier! Check out my free printable tutorial to learn how to do this technique. Click here to see more Faux Tile samples.

Faux Tile Tutorial (.pdf)

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Stampin' Up! Supplies: Artistic Etchings stamp set, Vintage Vogue stamp set (greeting), Textured Jumbo Wheel, Crumb Cake ink & cardstock, Soft Suede ink & cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Simply Scored Tool, Cutter Kit (distressing tool), Stamping Sponges
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Monday, March 12, 2012

Top 5 of March 2011

It's time to rewind! I looked over my posts from last March and choose my top 5 favorite projects to share with you again. Click on each photo for more details about the project. Click here to see all my March 2011 blog posts.

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Free Stamp Set of the Month: Birthday Bakery

Thanks to everyone who placed a Stampin' Up! order with me in February! I drew one winner from all of the online and email orders and Maureen W. from Springfield is the lucky stamper to win the Up in the Air stamp set! Congratulations, Maureen!

It's a new month, and time for a new free stamp set giveaway! Each month, I will give away a free stamp set. To be eligible for the drawing, all you have to do it place an online order (email orders count too!) that is not part of a club or workshop. You'll get one entry for each order that you place with me between March 1-31. I'll draw a winner on April 1st. This month's stamp set is Birthday Bakery, a retired hostess stamp set.

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Apothecary Art Birthday Card

I found this card when I cleaned out my office and realized that I never did share it with you. This was one of our Stamp Club projects in January. We used some of the new Occasions Mini Catalog products: Apothecary Art stamp set and the coordinating Labels Collection Framelits to cut them out with the Big Shot, plus the Paper Doily die behind it. I CASEd this card from a card swap, but I changed the colors and made the card a square. (If I remember right, it's a 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" square and fits in the Medium Square Envelopes.

Check out this video from Stampin' Up! for some tips on using the Paper Doily die.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Apothecary Art stamp set, Loving Thoughts stamp set, Soft Suede ink pad & cardstock, More Mustard marker & cardstock, Cajun Craze marker, Old Olive marker, Very Vanilla cardstock, Labels Collection Framelits, Paper Doily Sizzlit Die, Stampin' Dimensionals, Dazzling Details Glitter Glue

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Free Shipping Deal on Projet Kits & Designer Paper Stacks

I'm clearing out my Project Kits as I prepare to launch new Online Clubs later this month (watch for details to come, I'm very excited about this!). In the meantime, I want to get rid of some Project Kits that I found in my office. They are ready to send. There's only one each available, so be sure to jump on these deals now. Click here to view the Project Kits that are available and use the Buy It Now buttons on that page to make your purchase. I will pay the shipping cost on all kits!

While I was cleaning out my office today, I came across four of these 2012 Desktop Calendars from a class I had in January. They are brand new, designed with My Digital Studio, and printed by the Stampin' Up! Professional Printer. You'll get a bag of embellishements and a PDF (via email) with photos of how I embellished each page with ribbon, rhinestones, buttons, etc. The cost for the calendar kit is $25 and I'll pay the shipping cost myself! SOLD OUT

I also came across some Designer Paper Stacks packaged up from my DSP Share last August. I had two people that canceled and didn't pay for their paper. They got buried in my office and it's time to find them a good home! Cost is $24 and I'll pay the shipping to you! This includes one 6" x 6" piece of almost every Designer Series Paper in the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. (Click here for a complete list of paper included.)

To claim one of these last two stacks, please email me at and I will send a Paypal invoice to you. (3-17-12: Still ONE left!)

Note: All packages will be mailed within two business days of receiving payment.

Friday, March 9, 2012

My Digital Studio Sweet Details Photo Book: Alaska Cruise Pages

Busy, Busy, Busy! This month is a busy one as I'm trying to cram as much as I can into the last month of Sale-A-Bration! Last night I held a My Digital Studio class and we went over some of the basics to create the Sweet Details Photo Book. This template is available in the My Digital Studio Express Trial version. So you can create your own book during your free 30 day trial. Click here to get your My Digital Studio Trial now!

I used the Sweet Details template as a "Best of 2011" album and I'm proud to say this is the first album I've EVER completed! (Notice I said completed!) It's so easy with the designer templates in My Digital Studio. I went through and added all the photos and then went back and added text and journaling. I did tweak the layouts here and there and change some of the background colors/paper and embellishments. It was easy. And hey, if *I* can do it, you can too!

Tonight I'm headed to Springfield to do a card class with some of my old stamping friends! It's been many months since I've seen some of them and I can't wait to catch up and craft together!

Here are some pages from my Sweet Details 2011 Photo Book. These are the pages I created for the Alaska Cruise that Jim and I took with Stampin' Up! last May.

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