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Posted on November 2, 2016

Paisleys & Posies…simple!

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Paper crafting/ Samples/ Stamping

Hey stampers-wanted to share this simple Paisleys & Posies card with you today; thanks so much for popping in! My team, Girls, INK, recently had our annual Pampered Stamper event, and this stamp set and specialty paper was in demand!


This card uses very few supplies and will definitely get a “wow” when recipient opens the envelope. Of course, you can use the Envelope Liners Framelit Dies and another sheet of Petals & PaisleysSpecialty Paper to create a coordinating envelope. After all, you should never send out a “naked envelope”, right?! 🙂

Just click on one of the pictures below to order or read more about the products used in today's project!

Supplies :

  • Stamp Sets: Paisleys & Posies (142196)
  • Inks: Night of Navy (126970)
  • Paper: Night of Navy (100867), Copper Foil Sheets (142020), Petals & Paisleys Specialty Paper (142017), Whisper White (100730)
  • Other: Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (137547), Big Shot (143263), SNAIL Adhesive (104332)


  • Night of Navy: 5 ½” x 8 ½”, scored at 4 ¼”
  • Copper Sheet: 5 ¼” x 4”, 5 ½” x ¾”
  • Specialty Paper: 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”
  • Scrap of Whisper White for sentiment


  1. Stamp sentiment on Whisper White Cardstock.
  2. Cut out using Framelit and Big Shot.
  3. Cut banner tail in each end of ¾” copper strip.
  4. Layer your card as shown.

I'll be heading out to Arkansas tomorrow for one of my annual scrapbook/stamping retreats with friends and customers. The internet is sketchy where we will be but I'll try to post while I'm gone. If you don't follow me on Facebook, please do. I'm sure I'll do some “live” broadcasts that will give you a peek into my fun and crazy crafting vortex!


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Posted on September 1, 2016

Special Offers

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days/ Samples/ Stamping

enamel dots

I just love these little enamel shapes and there are SO many things you can do with them; here are a few of my faves:

  • Use them in little “clusters” as you would rhinestones or pearls
  • Use as an accent on  the body part of stamped or punched butterflies
  • Add on stamped images to add texture and subtle interest
  • Use them as “bling” on stamped bows or, even as earrings

AND…the best news today…they are on sale now! Stampin' Up! will have new offers each week from now through September 21. Click below to see what else is on sale this week!

enamel shapes offer

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better…it can! The new holiday catalog is LIVE today, too and oh my goodness there are so many fun, new things!! If you haven't seen the catalog, you can view it right now!

I'll be featuring projects with all the new stuff in the days to come, but here are some samples to get you thinking about YOUR holiday projects! 🙂

spookyrickmerrychristmasbearychristmas wishes

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you're as excited about the special offers and new catalog as I am! Please give me a shout if you have any questions or I can help!

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Posted on April 14, 2016

How Do I Do the Ombre Technique?

Product Information/ Samples/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques


It might LOOK difficult, but if you've ever asked yourself “how do I do the ombre technique”, you've come to the right place today!

I chose this card to teach the technique because very few supplies are required and the instructions below are simple and straightforward. This card was created to support the idea that you only need a few supplies to make a beautiful card: ink pads in only three colors and one black; white card stock and one stamp set.  Framelits are used for the squares, but you could easily cut the squares with a trimmer instead.


  • Stamp Set: Sheltering Tree (137163)
  • Ink: Daffodil Delight (126944), Pumpkin Pie (126945), Melon Mambo (126948) and Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)
  • Cardstock: Whisper White (#100730)
  • Other: Squares Collection Framelits (130921), Stamping Sponges (101610), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439), Magnetic Platform (#130658), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), and SNAIL Adhesive (104332)


  • Whisper White card base:4-1/4” x 11”, scored in half plus two scraps each about 4” x 4”


  1. Using one of the 4” x 4” scraps and a stamping sponge (works well if you cut one sponge into quarters that look like a pie slice and use 1 slice per color), begin sponging/pouncing Daffodil Delight ink horizontally so you have a section about 1” high and 4” wide. Sponge repeatedly until you get the richness you desire. Repeat with Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo working the meeting points into one another so there is no white showing through.
  2. Stamp tree with Tuxedo Black ink onto ombre piece keeping in mind its placement so you get a range of the three colors and so when it is die cut out, the tree image is positioned how you want it to appear on the card. In the sample, the tree is stamped to the left.
  3. Using the Squares Collection Framelits choose two that would nest and fit on the card as shown. Use the larger die just for the white “frame” on the 2nd Whisper White scrap and use the smaller square to carefully position it onto the ombre piece (using the Magnetic Platform) so it frames the section of the tree you want to see then die cut.
  4. Using SNAIL, attach ombre piece on top of white frame piece.
  5. Using Stamp-a-ma-jig figure out where the ombre piece will go once adhered (don’t adhere it yet) and stamp sentiment onto white card base so it is beneath where the ombre piece will go.
  6. Using Dimensionals, adhere ombre piece to card.

I hope I've answered the “how do I do the ombre technique” question for you today. PLEASE  email me if you need any help or have additional questions!

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Posted on February 25, 2016


Sale-A-Bration/ Samples/ Stamping


This little guy brings a smile to my face every time I pop him into an envelope and send him off! Such a simple card; so easy to make a stack to have on hand.

One thing I've found is making 10 cards is really no more difficult than making one. Sure, you have to cut extra paper and stamp a few additional sentiments but, I really think overall I save myself time…I get out all the supplies once but have a stack of cards from which to grab when the need arises.

This stamp set is a free Sale-A-Bration set and is only available until the end of March.

Thanks for stopping by today…I hope you leave inspired to stamp some cards!

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Posted on February 18, 2016

Birthday Cards-Easy…Peasy…Done!

Projects/ Samples/ Stamping

I love it that the CEO of Stampin' Up!, Shelli Gardner, has a blog and shares her projects with us! If you haven't been to her blog…check it out! I love to see things she's working on and her ideas inspire me!


The thing I love most about these cards is they are simple: birthday cards….easy…peasy…done! Let's face it. We all need birthday cards many times throughout the year. If you're going to stamp one, why not stamp a whole stack of them and be prepared in advance. As Shelli mentions in her post, you can use this basic design, change up the Designer Series Paper and stamp set and get a brand new look! I invite you to browse the selections at my online store and see which one might work the best for your cards!

You also might enjoy looking at these previous posts where I feature some”stepped up” birthday cards…enjoy!

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Posted on February 17, 2016

Wednesday WOW: Total Glitz!

Samples/ Stamping/ Uncategorized


If you like to create cards that are sure to wow, this one is for you! With a combination of gold AND silver glitz, the birthday recipient is sure to be impressed!

If you missed Monday's post, I show a cool way to use washi tape to make a birthday hat!
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Posted on January 20, 2016

A Party Without Cake…..

Holidays / Special Days/ Product Information/ Samples

…is Just a Meeting!!


Don't you agree??!! This new stamp set, Party Wishes,  in the “Handmade from the Heart” Occasions Catalog is fantastic…SO many options for birthday-themed cards! I just love the “a party without cake is just a meeting” sentiment; the others in the set are so fun, too!

Click below for all the products used and steps to create this card. If you need any of the supplies, find them all at my online store.


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Posted on December 16, 2015

I Love Snowmen….How ABout You?

Holidays / Special Days/ Projects/ Samples

Just wanted to share one of my favorite projects from this holiday season…enjoy!



  • Stamps: Snow Place (139738), Lovely as a Tree (128655)
  • Inks: VersaMark (102283)
  • Paper: Whisper White (100730), Whisper White -thick (140272), Soft Sky (131203)
  • Other: Snow Friends Framelits Dies (139664) Silver Emboss powder (109131), Softly Falling Embossing Folder (139672), Big Shot (113439), Heat Tool (129053), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Dimensionals (104430), Rhinestone Jewels (119246)


Whisper White Thick 11 x 4 1/4

Whisper White layer 5 1/4 x 4 & 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 Scrap

Soft Sky 3 3/4 x 3


  • Cut large Snowman shape from center of Whisper White layer using framelits and big shot
  • Use Curvy Corner punch on all 4 corners
  • Emboss with Softly Falling Folder
  • Emboss Trees onto Soft Sky with Silver emboss powder, versamark and heat tool
  • Emboss scarf and ear muff on whisper white scrap with Silver emboss powder, versamark and heat tool
  • Cut out scarf and ear muff with framelits
  • Attach Soft Sky layer to card base with Snail
  • use Dimensionals to attach white layer over top
  • Add ear muff with mini glue dots and scarf with 1 dimensional and add rhinestone jewel to each corner


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Posted on November 17, 2015

One Talented Stamper!

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Samples/ Stamping

One of my favorite things about having my own Stampin’ Up! business is that I get to meet so many creative stampers! Whether they be customers, downline, or friends I’ve met at Stampin’ Up! events, I just love seeing the awesome projects.

Over the past weekend I attended the OnStage event in Dallas and re-connected with some stampin’ friends…like Kimberly. She shared some of her beautiful cards with my team and me and I wanted to feature them today!

If you haven’t started thinking about the cards you want to send out, now is the perfect time! We have tons of awesome stamps, (including cost-saving bundles!), paper, and accessories in our Holiday Catalog.  Check it out Here!

AND…if you have an interest in getting some of your card making supplies for free…I can help with that, too!  Just email or call me and we’ll chat!

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Posted on April 29, 2015

Flip Flop Heaven!

Samples/ Stamping

Most of you know it does not take much to put this former California Girl into flip flop heaven! Rain or shine, flip flops are my footwear of choice.

Donna Pratt card

When I saw these cards in one of my FB Groups, Card-Making USA, I had to share! The talented artist is Donna Pratt; she gave me her permission to share! Aren't these awesome?!

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Posted on September 4, 2014

But I’m Not Creative!!

Paper crafting/ Product Information/ Projects/ Samples

Did you know that our annual catalog has 250 pages just filled with ideas? Let me show you how this can be your crafting best friend!

Here is a sample using Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set from page 126 in the 2014-2105 catalog:

Page 126

Let's say you don't own this particular stamp set or colors of ink. No problem! All you need to do is use this design as a guide, change up the stamp sets and colors and you have a card that is totally your own! Here's one I created using the same basic layout but using Mixed Bunch Stamp Set and different colors:

Catalog Page 126 Card Copy Assignment

If you happen to already have the products to make the card as is, or you want to order them from me, you'll have the idea and all you'll need to do is put the card together…how easy is that?!

If you don't already have our beautiful catalog, leave me a comment and I'll contact you to get one out to you right away!

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Posted on May 22, 2014

Blendabilities Flower… Times Three!

Announcements/ Product Information/ Samples/ Stamping

I have to admit, one of the things that I like best about being a Stampin' Up! Demo is being able to pre-order a few of the new products when the annual catalog is debuted. Over the past weekend, I got to spend a couple of days playing with Stampin' Up! Blendabilities, our new line of alcohol markers (thank you SO much Irene Sadik for bringing yours along). I forgot many things; very nice to have downline who willingly share!

The Stampin' Up! Blendabilities are scheduled to be available for customer purchase in August (not on June 2nd, unfortunately). I will keep you posted for sure as soon as I know a firm date!

I have never used a Copic marker before; actually, I was a bit intimidated because I have heard they are expensive and a little challenging to use. So, I wasn't sure how I would take to the Stampin' Up! Blendabilities.

I was pleasantly surprised! They were very easy to use and I liked the results. There are many sets that will work fabulously with this new tool.

Which card do you like best?



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Posted on April 30, 2014

Best Day Ever Mini Album

Product Information/ Projects/ Samples/ Scrapbook

My swap group “assignment” for May is a mini album…it had to be less than 4″ x 4″, and I wanted to do something totally different from anything I've ever done.

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For most of the pages and some embellishments, I used pieces from the “Pop-Up Posies” Designer Kit

pop up posies

currently available for only $3.99 in the Clearance Rack of my online store. I also used some of the “Epic Day” stickers,  a part of the “This and That” suite of products.

thisandthat stickers

I created pockets at the top of each page by adhering 2 of the embossed paper tags together, leaving the top area open so I could put in little tags for journaling or photos.

To see more fun projects like this one, be sure to follow me (click on social media buttons under my picture) on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, Google+, and…coming soon – Instagram!

I'd also love to welcome you as a subscriber to my newsletter by giving you a free gift! Just fill in your information in the big, coral circle at the top of the page,  and be sure to confirm your subscription when you get the confirmation email. We do this so we never “spam” anyone!

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Posted on March 20, 2014

Personalize Your Party With Banners and Bags

Holidays / Special Days/ Samples

Are you having a hard time deciding what to order so you can reach the $50 merchandise amount and score a free Sale-A-Bration item? Our bundles in the Sale-A-Bration brochure take a little bit of the decision-making away.  Today I'm featuring some samples created with the Party, party, Party bundle. I love the color combo of Calypso Coral and Crumb Cake.

celebrate bannercards and envelopes

There are so many great pieces to this kit; gift tags, labels, adorable party favor bags, and more.  My middle grandcherub, Samantha, turns nine next month so I think some of these would be awesome for her party….what do you think?


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Posted on March 6, 2014

Chocolate Anyone?

Paper crafting/ Projects/ Samples/ Stamping

I saw this fun little project on an Australian Demo's site (thank you, Diane Barnes) and I changed it up just a bit!

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The most important change, was putting in a chocolate bar instead of a post-it note pack!  🙂

I took one of the card bases from Good As Gold Kit and scored at 5/8″ and 4-1/8″.  I added some 1/8″ Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon (131206) and a little arrow from the Essential Wooden Elements (132258), along with one of the banner sentiments (Merci) included in the kit.

Share this post with all the chocolate lovers in your life!

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