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Posted on March 22, 2018

Gift Card Swap…on Steroids!

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Hey Stampers! It's Friday Eve…aka Thursday night. One of my favorite nights of the month when it is Card Swap night! Tonight our theme was gift cards and it truly was a Gift Card Swap…on Steroids! What made it extra fun tonight was one of our out of town swappers, Chris joined us on Facetime for the entire time. Chris is one of my Girls, INK team members and she is truly an artist. She now lives in Albuquerque but tries to join us for our monthly swap. She mails her stuff and we all eagerly await the arrival of her envelope into our midst. Here are tonight's creations:

Gift Card Swap...on Steroids!

These are all exquisite, don't you think?! Since I bragged on Chris, hers in in the upper far right corner of the grouping. Check out the detail on the little gift package.

The thing I most love about our swaps is everyone comes up with a different idea and they are all fabulous! I hope my share today gives you some fun ideas! Many of these are done using Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper. We have lots of different packages from which to chose!

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Posted on March 19, 2018

A Mother’s Flair Perfect for Mother’s Day!

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Happy Monday Stampers! Did you all have fun this weekend? I hope so! We all need some time to just relax, kick off our shoes, and have FUN! I spent time with two different groups stamping and creating. My batteries are totally recharged. My project share for you today is A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day! Yes, I know Mother's Day is two months away. But, I know how we all procrastinate; let's get started on our cards early. This card is perfect for any special lady in your life!

A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day!

This card uses Petal Passion Designer Series Paper from our Occasions Catalog. This black and white patterned paper is awesome because you can use it as is, right out of the package. Or, add a bit of color as in today's project!

We have lots of DSP from which to choose.Watch this short video on the packs of DSP available in Stampin' Up!'s 2018 Occasions Catalog Designer Series Paper. Our DSP is so versatile and a great value. You get 12 double-sided sheets in each package and the colors are always on trend!

You can use our DSP for card fronts as in today's project, or just use a small piece to accent your projects as shown in these samples:

A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day!A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day!A Mother's Flair Perfect for Mother's Day!


Here are the instructions for today's project using A Mother's Flair stamp set. If you need any supplies, click here. Questions? Email me and I'll be glad to help!


  • Stamp Sets A Mother’s Flair (145902-w, 145905-c)
  • Card Stock – Lemon Lime Twist (144245); Basic Black (121045); Whisper White (100730); Berry Burst (144243)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black Archival Ink (140931)
  • Misc. – Petal Passion Designer Series Paper (DSP) (145589); 2017 – 2019 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (144033); Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (144191); 1½” Circle Punch (138299); 1¾” Circle Punch (119850); Big Shot (143263); Layering Oval Framelits (141706); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


  • Basic Black Card Stock:                        4¼” x 11”
  • Lemon Lime Twist Card Stock:            4” x 5¼”
  • Whisper White Card Stock:      4” x 5¼”; 4¼” x 5½” scrap
  • Berry Burst Card Stock:                        4¼” x 5½” scrap
  • Petal Passion DSP:                               3¾” x 5”
  • Berry Burst Ribbon:                               8” – 10”


  1. Color Petal Passion DSP with Lemon Lime Twist Marker.
  2. Adhere Petal Passion DSP to Lemon Lime Twist card stock.
  3. Add a line of adhesive on the left side of the DSP; fold the ribbon along the adhesive line and adhere the ends on the back.
  4. Adhere to the card base.
  5. Stamp the shoe and sentiment with Basic Black on Whisper White card stock.
  6. Color the flower with Berry Burst Marker.
  7. Punch the sentiment with 1½” Circle Punch; die cut the shoe with the Layering Oval Framelits.
  8. Using Berry Burst card stock, die cut scallop oval and punch 1¾” Circle.
  9. Adhere layers together.
  10. Adhere stamped assemblies to card with dimensionals.
  11. Add Whisper White piece to the inside of the card.







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Posted on March 15, 2018

The Stamp Maven St. Patrick’s Day Limerick Contest

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Hello Stampers! Happy Friday Eve! 🙂 I want to tell you about The Stamp Maven (that's me!) St. Patrick's Day Limerick Contest. I did this as part of a coaching group I'm in and I thought it would be fun to do here on my blog.

The Stamp Maven St. Patrick's Day Limerick Contest

I want to give away  FIFTEEN handstamped cards with envelopes. These are not any ordinary cards. They are beautiful works of art stamped by leaders in Stampin' Up! A group of us do swaps whenever a new catalog unveils and I always have a giant stack that I can't bear to send out…lol. Anyone else keep many of the cards you stamp instead of mailing/giving to family and friends?

All you have to do to have a chance at winning these cards (no purchase necessary!) is to come up with a limerick (stamping-related) and either post here as a comment or leave a comment on my Facebook site on the post you see about this contest. Here is one I wrote so you can get an idea if you've never written a limerick!

There once was a fair stampin' lass
Who needed fresh faces for her class
She got out the phone and dialed and dialed
Her class registrations have simply gone wild.

That's it…pretty simple. It can be longer than this, whatever you like.

Contest ends at midnight on March 17, 2018 (St. Patrick's Day).  Dave, one of my customers (she's not participating),  and I will pick the winner. Our judging is final and, in case of a tie, winners will each get eight cards.

Email me with any questions. HAVE FUN! We can't wait to see what you come up with!!

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Posted on March 4, 2018

Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies Easter Style

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Hi stampers! Today's project is a Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies Easter Style! I saw this idea from UK Demo Monica Gale and changed it up to make it my own.

Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies Easter Style

Aren't these fun? I did a Facebook LIVE today and you can see how I made these cute little critters.

The Lots To Love Box Framelits Dies are in our current Occasions catalog. Don't forget, you can still get free Sale-A-Bration products until March 31 when you spend at least $50…and there's no limit on how many free gifts you can earn!

Now is also a great time to check out all the benefits of joining the Stampin' Up! family; there is an extra perk of any two stamp sets out of any of our catalogs as an extra freebie.

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Posted on February 23, 2018

Happy Friday from the Magical Day Unicorn!

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Happy Friday! My youngest grandcherub is obsessed with these magical creatures. I'm sure she is just waiting for the day one appears on her doorstep to take her on an adventure! Sometimes I think we adults need to get back some of the “magic” from our childhoods. Like, laying in the front yard, looking up at the clouds and finding all sorts of creatures romping around in the sky…maybe even unicorns!

Have you seen the whimsical images in the Magical Day Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!?

Happy Friday from the Magical Day Unicorn!

Aren't these fun?? My share today uses the unicorn and I can't wait to stamp some of these with my little grand!

The Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper adds a bit of “pop” and I think  sets off the unicorn perfectly! The  Whisper White square, cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies adds another little bit of detail on this whimsical card.

In addition to the stamp set and glimmer paper, this suite of products also has Washi Tape, Designer Series Paper, and Framelits (the framelits can be purchased as part of a bundle, in wood or clear mount, for a 10% savings!).

If you have any unicorn lovers in your home, here are the instructions so you can make some magical cards, too!


  • Stamp Sets – Magical Day Bundle (wood 145984, 145985 clear); Thoughtful Banners (141614)
  • Card Stock – Bermuda Bay (131197); Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Tuxedo Black Memento (132708); Bermuda Bay (131171); Pumpkin Pie (126945)
  • Misc. – Picture Perfect Party 6”x6” Designer Paper (145559); Myths & Magic Glimmer Paper 6”x6” (145601); Big Shot (143263); Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372); Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends Combo (144599); Brights Stampin’ Write Markers (131259); 2017-2019 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers (144033); Duet Banner Punch (141483); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430)


  • Bermuda Bay (base): 5 ½” x 8 ½”, folded in half
  • Designer Paper (triangle pattern): 4” x 5 ¼”
  • Whisper White: 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”, 3” x 3” plus scraps
  • Glimmer Paper (turquoise): 2 ¾” x 2 ¾”


  1. Adhere the designer paper to the 4 1/8” x 5 3/8” Whisper White cardstock. Adhere these layers to the card base.
  2. Die cut the 2nd largest square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits using the 3” x 3” piece of Whisper White cardstock. Adhere the square to the Glimmer Paper using Dimensionals.
  3. Stamp the unicorn image using Memento ink on Whisper White scrap cardstock. Color in the unicorn’s body using the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blends Combo. Color in the unicorn’s mane and tail using the Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist markers as shown. Die cut the image using the coordinating framelit. Adhere the unicorn to upper portion of the stitched square using Dimensionals.
  4. Stamp the banner image using Bermuda Bay ink on Whisper White scrap cardstock. Curve the photopolymer greeting “Oh Happy Day” on your clear block. Stamp the greeting inside the banner using Pumpkin Pie ink. Punch the banner image using the Duet Banner Punch. Adhere the punched banner to the lower portion of the stitched square using Dimensionals.




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