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Posted on January 6, 2018

#CaribbeanARTadventure2018 Starts NOW!

Classes / Events/ Paper crafting

#CaribbeanARTadventure Starts NOW! My friends have gone on these cruises a few times and they finally convinced me to go! We are leaving to drive down to Galveston today and tomorrow we board our Royal Caribbean ship, Liberty of the Seas. Seven days of fun, crafting and sun await us!

#CaribbeanARTadventure Starts NOW!

The most exciting part of this trip for me is the fun new papercrafting techniques I'll be learning AND will share with all of you when I return. One of the projects is a 3D adirondack chair; how cute will that be!!

My plan is to post each day (internet willing) so you can journey along with us!

One of the swaps for the trip is a tag swap; check out this awesome idea. Think I'll definitely make some of these after collecting sand for our beach stops!

#CaribbeanARTadventure Starts NOW!

Oh…remember Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration is in full swing and there are so many freebies awaiting you as you shop, party, or join the SU family!

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Posted on January 3, 2018

Sale-A-Bration Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper

Announcements/ Paper crafting/ Sale-A-Bration

Thanks for popping in today to see a new Sale-A-Bration sample. This one uses the “Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper”. This bright and jazzy paper pairs beautifully with the “Bubble Over Bundle” in the Occasions 2018 Catalog.

Sale-A-Bration Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper

This bottle totally reminds me of the orange fizzy drink we loved as kids! This paper is so versatile, too. It would make such a fun birthday card, too!

Here are the project instructions. Of course, you can find all the supplies at my online store. 🙂


  • Stamp Sets: Bubble Over (145868(
  • Inks: Basic Black Archival (140931), Lemon Lime Twist (144086), Basic Gray Archival (140932)
  • Card Stock and Paper: Whisper White (100730), Bermuda Bay (131197), Basic Gray (121044), Bubble & Fizz Designer Series Paper (SAB 2018), Silver Foil Sheet (132178)
  • Other: Bubble Over Bundle (145663), Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372), Lemon Lime Twist 3/8” Mini Striped Ribbon (145611), Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes (145632), Stampin Dimensionals (104430), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Paper Trimmer (126889), Big Shot (143263)


  • Bermuda Bay card stock (Card Base):  5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
  • Basic Gray card stock:  4” x 5 ¼”
  • Whisper White card stock: 1 ea. 4” x 5 ¼” piece for inside panel, 3 ¾” x 5” piece for layering strips, scrap for Stitched Shape circle
  • Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper: 1” x 3 ¾” strips of assorted patterns (strips), one soda pop bottle cut out
  • Silver Foil Sheet:  scrap for bottle top
  • 3/8” Lemon Lime Twist Striped Ribbon:  12” piece


  1. Adhere Basic Gray panel to card front.
  2. Adhere 1” x 3 ¾” strips of Designer Series Paper to the 3 ¾” x 5” piece of Whisper White card stock (use photo for reference) and then adhere the completed panel on top of the Basic Gray layer.  Set aside.
  3. Using the Bottles & Bubbles Framelits (soda pop bottle shape) and a coordinating piece of the Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper, cut out one bottle.
  4. Using the same set of framelits and a scrap of Silver Foil Sheet, cut out one bottle top and adhere it to the top of the bottle using Mini Glue Dots.  Set aside.
  5. Next, cut one large circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits out of Whisper White card stock.
  6. Stamp the sentiment in Basic Gray Archival ink on the circle.  (refer to photo for placement).
  7. Stamp the bubbles above the sentiment in Lemon Lime Twist ink.
  8. Next, add adhesive to the back of the white circle and add ribbon as shown.
  9. Add Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the completed circle and adhere to the 3 ¾” x 5” striped panel as shown.

Add a few “bubbles” from the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes to bring the Lemon Lime stamped bubbles to life.

Quick p.s…….check out yesterday's post for all you need to know about Sale-A-Bration. I don't want you to miss out on anything!

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Posted on December 19, 2017

Block Spritzing Technique Using Flirty Flowers

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Hey stampers? Did you know that you can use your Clear Blocks for a fun technique? Let me show you the Block Spritzing Technique Using Flirty Flowers. This technique is so versatile. You can use virtually any stamp set and any ink color. Besides your favorite stamp set and ink, you just need a Stampin' Spritzer filled with water.

Block Spritzing Technique Using Flirty Flowers

Here are the instructions; give this a try!


  • Stamp SetsFlirty Flowers (143872); Bunch of Blossoms (141573)
  • Card Stock – Whisper White (100730); Dapper Denim (141414)
  • Stamp Pads – Dapper Denim (141394); Emerald Envy (141396); Versamark (102283)
  • Misc. – Watercolor Paper (122959); Clear Block E (118484); Stampin’ Spritzer (126185); Aqua Painter (103954); Heat Tool (129053); White Stampin’ Emboss Powder (109132); Embossing Buddy (103083); SNAIL Adhesive (104332)


  • Whisper White:   4 1/4″ x 11” (score at 5 1/2″)          2 1/8” x 5 1/2″
  • Dapper Denim:   2 1/4” x 5 1/2”
  • Watercolor Paper:          2” x 5 1/2”


  1. Apply Emerald Envy ink on one side of Clear Block E and apply Dapper Denim onto the other side by pressing the stamp pads directly onto the block.
  2. Use Stampin’ Spritzer to spritz water onto the block. Should take about 4 pumps to get the amount of water needed. Flip the block over quickly and place onto the Watercolor Paper at the top. Hold in place until the white spots are filled in with ink.
  3. Repeat process with the bottom of the Watercolor Paper.
  4. If there are white spots that haven’t absorbed the ink you can take an Aqua Painter to move ink into those areas.
  5. Lightly sprinkle with salt and use the Heat Tool to dry. Brush off the salt to reveal the mottled look.
  6. Make sure the Watercolor Paper is completely dry before proceeding. Rub the Embossing Buddy across the paper. Use Versamark ink to stamp the flowery image, sprinkle with White embossing powder and then use Heat Tool to finish embossing.
  7. Use SNAIL adhesive to adhere the various layers together and then adhere to the card base.
  8. Use Dapper Denim ink to stamp with sentiment.

Block Spritzing Technique Using Flirty Flowers

If you have a crafty friend (or maybe your hubby still needs the perfect gift for YOU!) who might enjoy this technique, why not surprise them with a Stamp Maven gift certificate! 

They can use their certificate to buy everything they need to try this technique or anything else they might want. Additionally, Sale-A-Bration is coming up after the first of the year and they can get a free stamp set, paper, card kit, or exclusive Die with their $50-100 purchase!

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Posted on November 2, 2017

Christmas Wishes with Merry Mistletoe

Paper crafting/ Projects

Happy Thursday friends! Now that Halloween is over, you know what that means, right? Time to start thinking about Christmas cards! I drove by one of our local malls yesterday and a big crane was setting up an enormous lighted and decorated tree. My first reaction was to scream NOOOO!!!!!! It's not even Thanksgiving yet. But, I know the holidays will creep up on all of us (this happens every year, right?!) so I want to start giving you some card and other project ideas over the next few weeks. Today I'm sharing Christmas Wishes with Merry Mistletoe.

Christmas Wishes with Merry Mistletoe

If you typically send out a lot of cards to friends and family, I think you'll love this simple design. Only one stamp set is used, and just a few other products.

I'll share the instructions below but let me give you a few time-saving tips when making this card, or any other card for that matter.

  • Assemble all your card “ingredients” first. Just like when you bake for the holidays, typically you pull out the recipe and make sure you have all the necessary items before you start. Don't forget envelopes!
  • Cut all your paper at one time and put into individual stacks, then into a ziploc bag. Once you get ready to assemble, you'll have all the paper pieces ready. The bag helps to keep them clean and organized. I typically go on a crafting retreat before the holidays to work on my cards and this system helps me get right down to business.
  • Do all of your stamping at one time. Be sure you have re-inked your stamp pads ahead of time so you will get a clean, crisp stamped image.
  • If you are using embellishments or ribbon, be sure to check ahead of time to make sure you have enough for every card.

Merry Mistletoe instructions, including measurements


  • Stamp SetsMerry Mistletoe (143655)
  • Card Stock – Be Merry (144111), Whisper White (100730), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Garden Green (102584)
  • Stamp Pads – Cherry Cobbler (126966), Garden Green (126973)
  • Misc. – Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), SNAIL adhesive (104332), 1 3/4” circle punch (119850), Regals Enamel Dots (141681)


  • Be Merry: 3 1/2” x 5 1/2”; 2 3/4” x 4”
  • Whisper White: 1 1/2” x 3 1/2”; 2” square; scraps for trees
  • Cherry Cobbler: 1 3/4” x 3 1/2”
  • Garden green: 8 1/2” x 5 1/2”


Create Garden Green card base. Adhere two pieces of Be Merry paper using SNAIL adhesive.

Ink phrase using Cherry Cobbler Ink and stamp onto Whisper White strip. Adhere to Cherry Cobbler strip and then to card front using SNAIL.

Stamp two trees using Garden Green ink and cut out using paper snips.

Punch Whisper White circle. Adhere two trees to circle using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Adhere circle to card front using SNAIL.

To complete card add two Garden Green enamel dots.

If I can help you with this card or you'd like to schedule “creative session” to brainstorm ideas for YOUR perfect card, just shoot me an email and we'll get busy!



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Posted on November 1, 2017

Stampin’ Blends Are HERE – YEA!

Announcements/ Paper crafting

Stampin' Blends Are HERE – YEA! We've all been waiting anxiously for these! If you're not sure what I'm talking about, Stampin’ Blends are artist-quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors. The first release consists of  26 Markers, Color Lifter, Bronze and Ivory Markers.

I have been playing with mine since I was able to pre-order and I love them!

  • Add just the right amount of color where you need it with the brush tip or fine-point.
  • Each color (except Ivory and Bronze) has a light and dark shade marker, available individually or in a combo pack.*
  • Stampin’ Up! has done in-house testing for evaporation and life testing and is really happy with the results.
  • Press fit seal prevents air from entering the barrel and causing evaporation.
  • The nestable lids are easy to keep track of and have a tight fit for long-lasting color.
  • Available in 2-marker combo packs (1 light & 1 dark), full collection, or single markers!

Another note, you can get the full collection available when you choose it as part of your starter kit. AND, you won't pay any shipping for this either, just sales tax! I have recommended this option to my customers who do want all of the Blends NOW! There really are other benefits to getting the starter kit and no downside.  Purchasing the starter kit makes you a member of my team, Girls, INK! Many of my team join just for the discount or to get specific products as part of the starter kit and save money right away! I also have others who, like me, have created a business, earning money, fabulous trips, group events and training, and much more! I would love to chat with you about Stampin' Up! OR if you are ready to get your starter kit now, click here! The product number for the entire set of Stampin' Blends is 147475. Of course, you can also just order the entire set without purchasing the starter kit; the choice is yours!

Thanks for joining me today and if I can help you in any way, I'm just a call (214-293-4461), text, or email away! 🙂

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