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Posted on March 13, 2018

Cardmaking Made Simple with DSP – NEW Facebook LIVE Class

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Cardmaking Made Simple with DSP – NEW Facebook LIVE Class! I'm thrilled to announce my latest Facebook LIVE class at my pre-launch price! You can either join me “live” or watch the recording later on your schedule.

In this class I'll show you how to use just one sheet of Designer Series Paper to create 8-10 cards like these:

Cardmaking Made Simple with DSP - NEW Facebook LIVE Class

Not only will you learn a great way to use up some of that pretty paper you've been hoarding (we all hold on to our faves!), I'll also share other tips and tricks to help you in your papercrafting!

My Stamp Slave, Dave (aka my hubby and partner in my business) recorded a short video to tell you more about this class. Watch HERE.


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Posted on February 26, 2018

Cardmaking Made Simple with Designer Series Paper

Announcements/ Classes / Events/ Online Classes

Hi stampers! FINALLY the sun has come out in north Texas. We've had so many days of cold, rainy weather; I was beginning to think I had clicked my ruby slippers and ended up in Seattle…HA! But, you know what rainy weather means, right? I get to stay inside and stamp! This weekend I was creating cards for my next online class, Cardmaking Made Simple with Designer Series Paper. Mark your calendar for March 21 at 7:00 PM CST.

Cardmaking Made Simple with Designer Series Paper

This Facebook LIVE Online class will show you an easy new twist on the familiar One Sheet Wonder. I take one 12 ” x 12″ sheet of Designer Series paper and show you how to create 8-12 cards. You don't even have to leave the comfort of your home to take this class!

You can join in LIVE, or watch the recording anytime at your convenience. I step through each card and give you lots of helpful tips and tricks.

The Pre-Launch price will be $24.95 and registration at that price begins on Friday, March 2, and will end on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 PM CST.  (Once the class has launched the price will be $35.00).

I'll post all the details here on Friday, on Facebook, and in my newsletter (join and get your free tutorial and video series).

The beauty of this class is that it will work with any sheet of Designer Series Paper. I know you have some of that just lying around, so why get it off the shelf and put it to use! 🙂


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Posted on May 12, 2015

Hasta La Bye Bye…

Paper crafting/ Product Information/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

So long, farewell, hasta la bye bye. On June 2, these Occasions Mini favorites will be gone.


I am personally going to miss the chalkboard paper and inks…BUT, you can still get them and other items while supplies last at my online store. Remember, be one of the first 63 to place a $100 order and you'll get the 2015-2017 In Color ink pad and cardstock collection for free!!  Get all the details NOW!

Here are some of my favorite Occasions projects for your cardmaking inspiration today…enjoy!

chalk1 chalk2 chalk3 chalk4 chalk5 chalk6

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Posted on September 22, 2014

More Fall Fun!

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days

I guess you've figured out that I love Fall! Did you know that Fall officially begins tonight about 9:00 pm?

More Fall Fun –  this cute project done by one of Stampin' Up!'s concept artists, Jen. I think working in the Creative Department at SU would be a fabulous job…don't you agree?

hello-fall_crbfall-feathers-cardTo achieve the “faux watercolor” look on the feathers, she inked her stamp out of the Four Feathers Stamp Set and misted the surface of the inked stamp with water in a Stampin’ Spritzer. This technique works best if you mist a few times, or until you can see small puddles forming.  Then stamp on Watercolor Paper. If you want more bleed, you can mist the paper directly.

Another way to achieve this “faux” watercolor look is to use the swatches, swaths, and shapes found in the Work of Art Stamp Set. Aren't these little pumpkins adorable? The sky's the limit with this set; use your imagination and see what you can create!

work of art pumpkinBoth of these fun stamp sets come in clear mount and wood mount. There are also framelits to match the Four Feather Stamp Set; if you purchase the bundle you save 15%. Why not grab one!


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Posted on September 10, 2014

Have You Discovered Project Life by Stampin’ Up!?

Product Information/ Project Life by Stampin' Up!/ Scrapbook

Let me tell you, I am totally a fan!  I've known about Becky Higgins for awhile but until Project Life by Stampin' Up! was introduced to us, I haven't really checked it out. To be honest, I didn't need “one more piece of scrapbooking paraphanalia”!

Project Life by Stampin' Up! is not scrapbooking! Think of it as a way to make your card-making, memory keeping, and event documentation a whole lot easier.

Today I'm going to focus on the  Everyday Adventures Card Collection and the Everyday Adventures Accessory Pack. I'll show you how I used these two products to make some easy, colorful, and eye-catching cards.

Watch the featured video below where I  show you all the fun things in this collection that is just awaiting YOUR ideas!!


Ready to get started? Visit my online store and order your supplies today!

I'm also forming a NEW Online Project Life by Stampin' Up! club where you'll get exclusive content, including PDF instruction sheets and you'll even get hostess benefits! You can live anywhere to join this club since it is online. Email me and join today!

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Posted on April 15, 2014

Happy Tax Day!

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Well, there really ISN'T anything happy about paying taxes, but, at least if we are paying taxes then we are making some income and that's a good thing…more money to spend on crafting!! 🙂

This card uses the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder; notice the stamp from the Perfect Pennants set that has a row of small dots, which coordinate perfectly with the embossed dots on the Real Red Card stock.

If you haven't added this stamp set and coordinating framelits to your collection, it's not too late! Order now from my online store.

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Posted on March 22, 2014

2014-2015 New Catalog Premiere Party!

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Be the first to see the 2014-2015 annual catalog . . . just as if you were at a star-studded Hollywood movie premiere! You'll get a sneak peak at upcoming new releases (AKA pre-sale products) AND–what would a premiere party be without a bit of SWAG (sealed with a gift)? No one will go home from this party empty-handed!

And here's more exciting news: unlike Hollywood premieres, you won't have to be in Hollywood to see it first! Why? Because the 2014-2015 Catalog Premiere will be simulcast to a theater near you at the following locations! My downline, Girls, INK, and I will be attending at the Plano location…come and join us!


This is so exciting; Stampin' Up! has never done anything like this! While this event is for demonstrators only, if you are not a demonstrator, you can be!  If you join before the end of March you can get $51 in extra goodies in your starter kit!  So for $99 plus tax (FREE shipping) you can choose $150 worth of product! AND, to sweeten the pot even more, anyone who joins before our annual Convention in July, gets to attend Convention ($280+ value)  for free! This applies even if you have been a demo before. To join, visit my website

I think the best part of joining, no matter where you live, is you will be part of my wonderful downline, Girls, INK. While I live in Texas, I have ladies who live in other parts of the country. Think of us as favorite, long-distance relatives. 🙂

Questions? Email or call me!


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Posted on March 3, 2014

March Madness

Announcements/ Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

March Madness is the name given to the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments that grip many eyes in our country from the second week of March through the first week of April. These tournaments determine the national champions of college basketball. Football is my sport, so instead of being glued to the TV watching this tournament, I'll be crafting!

To get you caught up on what my “March Madness” will include, be sure you are a newsletter subscriber. You're not? No worries, jut fill out a little info in the big, coral circle to the right, and you'll get my March edition tomorrow! One lucky subscriber will get an email from me on Wednesday, announcing they have won a cool prize!

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Posted on February 24, 2014

Stampin’ Up! “Your” Way!

Paper crafting/ Scrapbook/ Stamping

card class #1

Which one of these cards suits your style best? Maybe your answer is…neither of them. That's okay, too.  Stampin' Up! offers so many different options no matter what your stamping or scrapbooking “style” might be!

Let's say you would like  a custom class with a targeted topic? Let's plan it! Prefer a traditional workshop with the ability to earn great hostess benefits? We can do that, too.

Reach out to me and I'd love to show you some solutions for your crafting needs, no matter what your style!

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Posted on February 3, 2014

Fun Valentine For Young Artists!

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Punch Art

Here's one more Valentine Punch Art project. You could also use buttons instead of 1/2″ circles, but that can get expensive!

circle heart punch art

For this project, you will need 16 circles, punched out of Real Red Cardstock, using a 1/2″ circle punch. For a fun twist, emboss your cardstock first and this will add some texture to your project.

Figure out where you want to start the bottom of your heart and place a small dot on your paper. Then center two circles, then the next row up will have three, then four. At the top of these rows, you will place 3 circles in a triangular shape. I would suggest getting your layout first and then putting down each circle using either a glue dot or Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue. SNAIL is not a good choice for this project because of the size of the circles.

Once your heart is done, it will look like a small “v” inside of a larger “v”. Stamp a greeting on the bottom and you're done.

With supervision, even younger children can complete this project; it would be a low cost Valentine for the class and would be a fun family activity!

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Posted on January 31, 2014

Tips For Using Fringe Scissors

Scrapbook/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

If you haven't quite mastered the technique of using the new fringe scissors, here are a couple of tips:

1. Be sure to use the middle of the blades (instead of going all the way in near the scissor handles); this will give you a much cleaner cut.

2. If you are having a hard time cutting your fringe in a straight line, use a ruler to draw a line on the back of your cardstock, and then use as a guide while cutting. Your “grass” or “fringe” will line up perfectly!

3. If you don't like the look of the fringe, try putting a piece of scotch tape on the back of your paper so that when you are cutting, you are cutting through the tape and the cardstock. You will get a different look.

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Posted on January 22, 2014

Paper Pumpkin Magical Escape

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There's only a few days left to try out your monthly paper escape…Paper Pumpkin, AND receive a set of free 2012-2014 In Color Markers.

This subscription service, delivers a magical box full of papercrafting supplies and a special project, complete with color instructions. Everything you need to complete it is in your box! Right now, you even get a free set of In Color Markers when you sign up by the 25th of this month! Here's everything I got in a recent kit.

paper pumpkinWhen you sign up, your initial kit arrives with a clear block as a special gift,  that you can use for the stamps you receive in your kit each month. From time to time, Stampin' Up! includes other free product (in my box I got a full pack of buttons…and we all now how I LOVE buttons) in the kit.Your kit might include supplies to make cards, a journal, a mini album, 3D project, home decor, or other cool projects!

You can pause or totally stop your kit at any time and the price, including shipping, is under $25….you can't beat it!!

Get details….and when you sign up (you at least have to give it a try…there's nothing to lose and SO much fun to be had), don't forget to list me, Anne Brown, as your Demonstrator

Come back tomorrow and I'll show you four cards I made with my kit!

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Posted on January 13, 2014

Pop Up Card…A Little Smaller

Holidays / Special Days/ Punch Art/ Samples/ Stamping

This cute, little card, is just like the one I featured the other day, but smaller. This size doesn't quite fit into one of our medium envelopes, but it is fun to use our envelope maker or diagonal scoring plate with scoring tool to create your own envelope! I'm going to continue to work on the measurements to get one that will fit exactly into a medium envelope…stay tuned!

flower pop up cardI made this birthday card for one of my dear stamping friends who recently moved to Virginia with her family so her husband could attend medical school. Do you think she'll like it?

Here are the dimensions for cutting and scoring:


Cut a piece of card stock  5- ½” x 10-½”

Score on the 10-½” side at the top at 2-½”, 5”, – ½” and 10”

Turn 90 degrees and score at 2-½” on the 5-½” side at the top

Cut the 4 box sides and cut out the little extra on the top to form a tab

Fold on the score lines and glue the little tab to the side to form a box

You now have a box with no bottom. The base of the box is 3 inches and the top flaps are 2-½” square

When you fold the flaps down don’t fold the back one; you will put your sentiment on the back of the box

Designer Paper to decorate your box

Cut the designer paper: 3 pieces are 2-3/8” square for the flaps; 3 pieces are 2-3/8” x – 7/8” for the bottom sides

The back of your box is one strip of neutral paper cut to 2-3/8″ x 5-3/8″ for your sentiment/message.


Cut two little strips to attach to the inside of the box (between the sides).  These will hold your images up. Cut the strips – ½” x 1”. Score from each end ½”.

Fold them and glue inside the box close to the top edge.

Now glue your images (I punched flowers using the pansy punch and In Color Designer Series Paper to match my box panels) to the strips and you are done… you “might” notice one or two buttons on my project as well; hey, it isn't a finished project without buttons!!


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Posted on November 18, 2013

Ding Dong…Come In!

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Wouldn't you like to enter a door that looks like this…I can just imagine a little cottage with chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven and spiced tea on the stove!

My friend Paula made one of these cards, using our retired snowflake punch. I wanted to use this for one of my stamp club projects this month…hmmm…what could I substitute?

The branch from the bird punch works great!  You need 8 branches. You start with one and then place a second on top using a glue dot. Cut off the stem and then continue in a circle. It really is easier than it looks.

The card base is Early Espresso and the door “panels” are done using Early Espresso Core'dinations paper, run through the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. The door knob is an Antique  Brad . I love these little gems…they are so versatile!

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Posted on November 11, 2013

Framed Art With A Positioning Trick!

Holidays / Special Days/ Projects/ Punch Art/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Framed Art is all the rage! Here is one I did over the weekend using Stampin' Up!'s Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper. My plan for the frame is to find an old one at Goodwill, sand it, and paint it white with Island Indigo and Pool Party Ink sponged in for an antique look.

blue christmas frame

If you've made these framed art pieces, have you struggled to get everything centered? Nothing seems to work “just right”? My fabulous downline, Debbie Johnson, figured out the perfect solution and she said I could share it with you.

You will need four strips of cardstock, cut about 2 inches longer than your piece. Two of them should be 3/4″ wide and the other two should be 1/2″ wide. Attach the 3/4″ strips to the top and bottom of the piece, so that the outside edge lines up exactly with the outer edge of your piece. Attach the 1/2″ wide strips on each of the sides, making sure the outer edge of each strip lines up exactly with the outer edge of your piece. (you will have a box around the frame).  Use a post-it note in each corner to keep these pieces securely positioned on top of your piece.

Lay out all of your squares in the design/pattern you want for your finished piece. After you have each square positioned in the perfect spot, attach your corner pieces first, using either hot glue or Tombow Glue  (you don't want to use SNAIL because the pieces might fall off over time). Do the pieces on the top and bottom next, leaving about 1/4″ between your paper squares. Lastly, do the middle row. Carefully remove the paper strips and all your squares should be perfectly aligned. Don't you agree Debbie is a genius??!!

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