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Posted on November 22, 2017

Barcelona Adventures Day 1 and 2

Holidays / Special Days/ Stamping

Hey stampers! We made it to Barcelona. Our flights along the way were fabulous, especially the one “across the pond”! The Business Class “pods” allowed us both to sleep, so we arrived at our final destination refreshed and ready to go. Five minutes after taking the elevator up to our Airbnb the power went out. No flashlights in sight so we headed up the hill to try to find one. Success! We found 2. Made contact with our Airbnb host, he contacted the power company and within a couple of hours all was well.

We journeyed down to a local tapas restaurant and had a lovely assortment of local favorites. We had grown to love this place last year when we stayed a few extra days in Barcelona after our Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip, a Mediterranean Cruise. We might just head out to it again tonight!

Today we joined several others for a “foodie” tour around the Gracia District. We are actually staying in Gracia, but it encompasses a much larger area. We had chosen a “Devour Barcelona” tour and we enjoyed every minute of it. Our guide, Misty, came to Barcelona 4 years ago from Ireland, and loved it so much she stayed. She was a fabulous guide and we learned so much. We had about 9 different stops and we ate in all of them! 🙂 Here are a few of the places.

Barcelona Adventures Day 1 and 2

When I get home I'm going to contact Stampin' Up! to see if opening in Spain might be on their radar!

Speaking of Stampin' Up!, don't forget the Online Extravagana is going on right now and there are some bargains to grab. CLICK HERE to see them all.

Also, I am having a Black Friday sale on 25 of my most popular videos, Dave's 3 punch repair videos AND my Fun Folds Class. I have bundled all of these and am offering for $29.99 (normally $70). Be sure you receive my newsletter (click above to sign up); my subscribers will get first notification!

That's it for today; I'll be posting as often as possible-internet connection is spotty!

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Posted on November 15, 2017

Remarkable You and Stampin’ Blends

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days/ Stamping

Hey stampers! Only FIVE more “sleeps” and then Dave and I will be off to Barcelona, Spain for the Thanksgiving holiday. Never fear though, I'll still be posting and will keep you up to date on all the Stampin' Up! News. Today I wanted to share a fun card using the stamp set Remarkable You and Stampin' Blends. This card is very easy to create so instead of making just one, stamp a whole stack!

Remarkable You and Stampin' Blends

You can easily change up colors to use scraps you have on hand. Scraps lend themselves well to this “paint chip” card. I'm going on a retreat with some crafty friends when I return from Spain so I'll be making a bunch of these for upcoming birthdays.  Scroll down to the end for the instructions and measurements.

Speaking of birthdays, Remarkable You is only one of the stamp sets that will be on sale during Stampin' Up!'s annual Extravaganza from November 20-26. This is a great time to get those items on your Wish List! Here is the complete list. Make note that some of the items are only on sale on November 20 for 24 hours.


A little reminder today, too. Tomorrow, at 2:00 pm MT is when you can reserve our fabulous new STAMPARATUS for yourself. Yesterday's post gives you all the details. I am so excited to get my hands on this!


  • Stamp Sets – Remarkable You (139894); Birthday Blossoms (139471)
  • Card Stock – Thick Whisper White (140272); Melon Mambo (115320); Flirty Flamingo (141416); Tangerine Tango (105117); Peekaboo Peach (141417); Crushed Curry ( 131199); So Saffron (105118); Pear Pizzazz (131201); Old Olive (100702); Soft Sky (131203); Tempting Turquoise (102067); Island Indigo (122923)
  • Stamp Pads – Memento Black (132708)
  • Misc. – Basic Rhinestones (144220); Dimensionals (104430 $4.00); Pumpkin Pie Blends (144599); Daffodil Delight Blends (144603); Tombo Multi (110755)



  • Thick Whisper White:   8 1/2” x 5 1/2”, 1 1/2” x 5 1/2” and scraps for Flowers
  • Basic Black:                       ¼” x 5 1/2”


  1. Cut Card Base and piece of white for your horizontal colors
  2. Cut one of each color card stock to ½” x 1 ½”
  3. Glue to 1 ½” x 5 ½ “ white piece
  4. Attach colored panel to the Card Base and add the black strip using Tombo Multi
  5. Stamp Flowers in Memento Black and Color with Blends. Fussy Cut.
  6. Stamp Sentiment in Memento Black and add Flowers. One with Tombo and one with Dimensionals.
  7. Add a few rhinestones colored in black with a Sharpie.

Have a great rest of the week and let me know if I can help you with anything at all!

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Posted on November 14, 2017

Stampin’ Up! On Stage Highlight Reserve the NEW Stamparatus Nov.16

Announcements/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

While I wasn't able to attend On Stage in person this year due to other business commitments, I do have some exciting news from the event to share with you. I was in the Top 100 of US Demonstrators AND in the top 200 globally. THANK YOU to my wonderful customers and team members for all your support that helped me earn this prestigious accomplishment. I am truly blessed! Now, I think the most exciting news to come out of the event can be summed up in this statement: Stampin' Up! On Stage Highlight Reserve the NEW Stamparatus Nov.16! What is the Stamparatus you might ask…and why do YOU need one?

Stampin' Up! On Stage Highlight Reserve the NEW Stamparatus Nov.16

You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiple projects with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clear images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and just re-stamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2, 3, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 that open so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage area on the bottom of tool
  • Retail price – $49.00

This Stampin' Up! video gives you an up close and personal look at all the features and benefits:

I’ve MUST have a Stamparatus. How do I get in line? **Note; you cannot reserve one until November 16th. 

The Stamparatus will be ordered differently than your other online orders.

Beginning Nov. 16, 2017 at 2pm MT, a LIMITED QUANTITY will be released for reservation.

  • Beginning Nov. 16, at 2pm MT (3 pm CST here in Texas) CLICK HERE, then click the banner ad for the Stamparatus and follow the instructions. If you've never shopped with me online before, you will need to open an account and here is my info to put in:
  1. Anne Brown
  2. Demo ID:49697
  3. Wylie, Texas
  • After receiving the reservations, Stampin' Up! will place an order with the manufacturer and your Stamparatus will be shipped, with delivery on approx. Feb. 1, 2018.
  • You will provide your credit card info now with your reservation, but it will not be charged until your Stamparatus is ready to ship.
  • You will receive an email from Stampin' Up! letting you know when to log back in to your online account to finalize your order.
  • You can ADD other Stampin' Up! products to your order AT THAT TIME if you'd like to receive Sale a Bration benefits!
  • In order to reserve your Stamparatus, you are required to provide your credit card information.
  • Credit cards will not be charged until the Stamparatus ships from our facility. When you close your order, be sure to verify that your credit card and shipping information is correct.
November 16–30, 2017 Approx. February 1, 2018
December 5–30, 2017 Approx. March 19, 2018
January 15–30, 2018 Approx. April 15, 2018

Stamparatus Launch Q & A

How to Reserve Your Stamparatus

Download the Stamparatus flyer

I have been waiting for so long for this tool to arrive. I participated in some of the “pre” surveys giving feedback to help Stampin' Up! design the very best tool to market. I will be reserving mine, too and I truly believe this will help all of us become better stampers! Any questions, please give me a shout.

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Posted on November 6, 2017

Watercolor Resist Project Tutorial – Cheers to the Year

Product Information/ Stamping

Hey stampers! I had the best weekend! Friday night I joined a dear customer who gathered friends together for a stamping “playdate”.  I was invited to teach some fun techniques to stamping newbies in addition to some of her regular gang.  It was so much fun! We used the Painted Harvest stamp set, still one of my faves from the Holiday Catalog. Next, I scored tickets to a Dallas Stars game in a suite! Let me tell you,  that is the way to see a hockey game! Sunday, fun times with the grandcherubs and granddogs.  Last, but not least, my Dallas Cowboys won! Couldn't have asked for anything more! 🙂  That brings you up to date on my weekend and now on to my project share for you today: Watercolor Resist Project Tutorial – Cheers to the Year.

Watercolor Resist Project Tutorial - Cheers to the Year

Here are the project instructions and if you need any supplies, you can find everything, including Cheers to the Year stamp set, at my online store.


  • Stamps – Cheers to the Year-144925 w, 144928 c
  • Stampin' Up Paper–Whisper White cardstock-100730, Pacific Point-111350, Watercolor Paper- 122959
  • Stampin' Up Ink–Pacific Point- 126951, Versamark-102283, Tranquil Tide ink- 144085
  • Other Stampin' Up Supplies and Tools–White Stampin’ Emboss Powder-109132, Aqua Painter-103954, Foil Snowflakes-144642, Layering Circle Framelits-141705, Mini Tinsel Combo Pack-144636, Pacific Point Stitched Edge Ribbon-144199, Stampin' Dimensionals-104430, SNAIL Adhesive-104332, Mini Glue Dots- 103683, Heat Tool- 129053


  • Pacific Point- 5.5”x 8.5”
  • Watercolor- 5”x 3.75”
  • Whisper White- scraps for die cutting


  • Cut and score the Pacific Point card base
  • On the Watercolor paper, stamp the snowflakes from the Cheers to the Year stamp set in Versamark ink, then sprinkle White Stampin’ Emboss powder and melt with the Heat Tool
  • Use an Aqua Painter to color the Watercolor paper in Pacific Point ink; adhere the layer to the card front with SNAIL Adhesive
  • Adhere a silver Foil Snowflake on top of the watercolor background with SNAIL Adhesive
  • Stamp the greeting with Pacific Point ink and the circle design with Tranquil Tide ink and die cut with the scallop circle from the Layering Circles Framelits dies; adhere on top of the foil snowflake with Stampin’ Dimensionals

PS: If you need some new, fresh ideas for your cardmaking, I invite you to join me for my next Facebook LIVE class on November 16. I'll be teaching three different cards and you'll learn lots of exclusive tips and tricks. Here's one of the cards:

Information and Registration Here

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Posted on October 20, 2017

Fall is the Perfect Time for a Stampin’ Up! Swap

Classes / Events/ Holidays / Special Days/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

I think Fall is the perfect time for a Stampin' Up! Swap. Last night, some of my team members, customers and some other “crafty friends” got together for our monthly Swap Your Heart Out card exchange. This time our theme was cards with buttons. When we exchange cards, we make one for each participant. Here is my “haul”:

I love all of the fall themed cards and the variety. My card is the button ornament one at the bottom.

Now I have to confess something straight up…I am a button hoarder. My craft room is filled with buttons and I cannot possibly use them all in even two lifetimes. So when this month's swap hostess chose cards with buttons as her theme, my heart literally skipped a beat. WHAT? I'm going to have to part with some of my treasures? There were 12 ladies in the swap this time so I had to use SIXTY of my precious stash…GASP!

I'm happy to say I survived and still have plenty to use on new creations!

Thanks for popping in today and have a fabulous weekend!

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