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Posted on August 29, 2013

Candle Stamping #2

Contests/ Holidays / Special Days/ Projects

Here's one more stamped candle idea for you. Stampin' Write Markers are a great choice to use if you want a multi-colored image. These markers are water based so you can color directly on the stamp without any problems. Of course, they can be used to color in a stamped image on cardstock as well. My set of markers are still my absolute favorite Stampin' Up! product; a great way to have all our beautiful colors at once!

Notice the small pumpkin on top of this candle? This is a little tricky but here's how to do that. Stamp your tissue and trim around your image (see yesterday's post for instructions). Then, using a paper piercer, carefully poke a small hole into the middle of the image and carefully feed it over the wick. Poke a hole in the center of your wax paper and gently press it down over the image. You'll want the piece to be large enough to get a grip on it as you heat it. Be careful to heat just enough to set it, but not burn…for a small image it will go quickly!

I'm showing Halloween themed candles, but you can easily choose another stamp and make a beautiful home decor item. I think the Beautifully Baroque single stamp would make an elegant choice. What stamp set have you used?

Tomorrow I'll be showing a whimsical card so see you then!

P.S. Don't forget to leave me a comment sometime during my Halloween project week…you just might be the winner of the “Hallo-Wheels” I showed on Monday!

To be eligible for the prize, you need to be a subscriber to my newsletter and also leave a comment on the blog sometime during my Halloween Mojo Week. If you aren’t already a newsletter subscriber, you are missing lots of great information including samples and special offers that I only give to my subscribers. I usually only send out my email newsletter a couple of times a month; when you first sign up, you will get a series of emails with short videos that I think you’ll enjoy.

To subscribe, just fill out the info in the coral circle at the top of the page. You will get a confirmation email – the service we use, AWeber, has us do this to prevent spamming anyone. I hope you’ll join! My annual 12 weeks of Christmas is coming in October and you have to be a newsletter subscriber to get these projects.

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Posted on August 28, 2013

Candle Stamping #1

Holidays / Special Days/ Projects


If you've never stamped on a candle before, it's super easy!

  • any candle will work;  watch the craft stores for sale.s
  • stamp your image onto a piece of white tissue paper and then trim around it, very close to the edge.
  • place your image on the candle and then wrap a piece of wax paper around the candle to give you something to hold onto.
  • using your heat tool, start heating up right over the image, being careful not to burn. If you watch closely, you we see when the wax paper starts to melt into the candle. Turn off heat too.l
  • gently peel off the wax paper. If you haven't quite heated it enough, the tissue will start to lift off. If this happens, just heat a bit more.

To complete this candle, a piece of Witches' Brew DSP ( 1 inch or so wide) is wrapped around the bottom. l using Sticky Strip to attach.

If you have any questions on this technique, please give me a shout!

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Posted on August 26, 2013

Time To Get Your Halloween Mojo Going!

Announcements/ Big Shot/ Holidays / Special Days/ Videos

I KNOW you are going to be sad now that the kids are back in school today (HA!) so I wanted to give you a “happy” place to come each day this week. I'll be sharing different Halloween projects and ideas and one lucky person will win this “hallo-wheels” (Stamp Slave's name for these rosettes) grouping. All of the posts this week will be available to anyone who visits my blog…lurkers are totally welcome!!

These cute rosettes or “lollies” were made with the Stampin' Up! Designer Rosette Bigz XL Die (125594) and the Witches' Brew Designer Series Paper (132185) from our Holiday Catalog. If you're not sure about the rosettes, here's a short video on one of our Banner Kits that uses the rosettes (they actually come pre-scored in the kit so you don't have to own the die for this project).

To be eligible for the prize, you need to be a subscriber to my newsletter and also leave a comment on the blog sometime during my Halloween Mojo Week…that's pretty painless don't you think?

If you aren'talready a newsletter subscriber, you are missing lots of great information including samples and special offers that I only give to my subscribers. I usually only send out my email newsletter a couple of times a month; when you first sign up, you will get a series of emails with short videos that I think you'll enjoy.

To subscribe, just fill out the info in the coral circle at the top of the page. You will get a confirmation email – the service we use, AWeber, has us do this to prevent spamming anyone. I hope you'll join! My annual 12 weeks of Christmas is coming in October and you have to be a newsletter subscriber to get these projects.

Until tomorrow…….


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Posted on August 22, 2013

Butterfly Punch and Envelope Liner

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Paper crafting

My friend and Girls, INK member,  Debbie  Johnson, has been on a butterfly kick lately and has been burning up my phone text messaging me her creations. She gets lonely when I don't send her back any of my samples  so how could I disappoint? Here's one I just sent to her.

This simple card uses The Elegant Butterfly Punch (127526). When I am punching, especially if I want my punched images to line up perfectly, I always turn my punch over to punch so that I can see what I'm doing.

I used the Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper (132184)…yes, I also find that rather humorous…SWEATER WEATHER in Dallas…NOT!!! But, it will be here soon! I put a piece of the “soft sky” patterned piece behind my 2 butterflies and then punched one butterfly out of the Tangerine Tango solid color piece.

I don't know about you, but I tend to gravitate to the same colors when crafting. With Stampin' Up!'s DSP I find it much easier to broaden my color horizons because they've done the color matching work for me! I do still rely on my Color Coach, too;  and when I'm feeling really adventurous, I come up with my own color schemes! 🙂

You'll notice I used the Envelope Liners Framelits Die (132172)  to coordinate my card and envelope.If you didn't see the short video I posted earlier in the week, check it out. You'll definitely want to add this little tool to your Wish List.

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Posted on August 21, 2013

Envelope Punch Board Coming…..

Announcements/ Product Information

While I can't show you a picture of the actual product yet, I can show you samples of the awesome envelopes you will be able to make with this envelope punch tool! I showed you a video yesterday on our rockin' envelope liner framelits that will make your regular size envelopes coordinate with the card inside. If you're looking for even more, the new Envelope Punch Board is for you! September 1 is right around the corner and that's when you can get your hands on this baby…

BUT, I have even better news! Let's just say you've been wanting to add so many things to your wish list, but your budget just doesn't cooperate…sound familiar? Well, until August 31 you can become one of my terrific Girls, INK team members and get $125 of products you choose for only $99 AND a free extra kit of your choice with a value of up to $29.90.

BUT,  it gets better! Once you have your Stampin' Up! password, you can log on and pre-order the envelope board for a 30% discount (discount is regularly 20% but on your first order made within 45 days, you get 30%)…only one of the perks of being a demo…woo hoo!! So, take a few minutes to read about more bennies, and if you have any questions before you join us, give me a shout!!


Why you will LOVE the Envelope Punch Board:

  • It creates totally customizable envelopes in up to 66 different sizes: (not to mention a bizillion different color and pattern options depending on the paper you want to use). Even tried and true envelope sizes will only take you moments to create!
  • It’s super easy to use:  it looks intimidating at first glance, but when you see that all you have to do is measure for the first punch and from there you just turn and score you’ll be doing the happy dance!
  • It’s small and lightweight: this makes it easy for you to take it with you wherever you create. It’s super portable and easy to store – small and light enough that you could use it while watching a soccer match, at a park, at a friend’s for craft night-anywhere.
  • It even has a scoring tool as well as a punch:  create rounded corners on your envelopes.
  • It’s easy to keep it all together:  the stylus storage compartment and two punches are designed into the tool so you don’t have a bunch of little pieces to keep track of (even the instructions are printed right on the tool so you won’t lose them).
  • The price is terrific: for a tool that does so much!
  • It will be in next year’s annual catalog:  it’s here to stay.


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Posted on August 9, 2013

Back To School Savings – Tax Free Weekend

Holidays / Special Days/ Scrapbook/ Stamping

Did you know Stampin' Up! carries items that are considered “school supplies”. It sure does! Here is the list…why not pick up some of the items on your list without even leaving your home! If you don't have any kiddos for whom you must shop, get the savings for yourself by stocking up on some of the items you use the most!

The scoop: The state of Texas is having a sales tax holiday for school supplies up to $100 per item from August 9-11. Because school supply items are included in this sales tax holiday, the list of items below will be state tax-free during the holiday period. Please note that you must place your order with Stampin' Up!® during the tax holiday period in order to receive these items tax-free. Also, keep in mind that this is a state sales tax holiday and may not apply to additional city, jurisdiction, or county taxes.
The following items are tax-exempt during the Texas sales tax holiday:
  • 2-Way Glue Pen (item 100425) $4.50
  • Snail Adhesive (item 104332) $6.95
  • Snail Adhesive Refill (item 104331) $4.50
  • Sticky Strip (item 104294) $6.95
  • Stampin' Dimensionals (item 104430) $3.95
  • Mini Glue Dots (item 103683) $4.95
  • Paper Snips (item 103579) $9.95
  • Craft & Paper Scissors (item 108360) $29.95
  • Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen (item 105021) $3.95
  • Blender Pens (item 102845) $9.95
  • Stampin' Write Markers (various item numbers) $3.50
  • Subtles Stampin' Write Markers (item 131263) $28.95
  • Regals Stampin' Write Markers (item 131262) $28.95
  • Brights Stampin' Write Markers (item 131259) $28.95
  • Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers (item 131261) $22.95
  • Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive (item 110755) $3.95
  • Anywhere Glue Sticks (item 104045) $3.95
  • 2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (item 126856) $14.95
  • 2013-2015 In Color Stampin' Write Markers (item 131260) $14.95
  • Stampin' Write Marker New Color Kit (item 130034) $28.95

Use hostess code 6N24QSAB when you order and you will receive an automatic entry into a drawing for a set of markers in our fabulous new 2013-2104 In Color Markers!

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Posted on July 30, 2013

A Perfect Bow…Make It So!

Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

Have you always thought that tying the perfect bow or knot was just impossible? Well, I have great news for you today…it is easier than you think. There are a couple “tricks” to know and once you've learned them, no bow will dare  give you a problem!

I've made this short video so take a look and then share with a friend. 🙂

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Posted on July 29, 2013

“Fancy Folds” – Patchwork Card

Projects/ Stamping/ Videos

Alas, July comes to an end this week and so does my series of Fancy Fold cards. But don't worry, August will bring some great new videos, Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Catalog  (your guide to holiday happiness)  AND a Holiday Online BOGO that you won't want to miss! My Facebook followers will see the details starting to unfold today. Follow me!

Today's fold is so easy to do and the patchwork, paper piecing on the card front is also a breeze. Hope you enjoy the video!

Project Supplies:

Stamp Sets: Kind and Cozy (w-129123, c-129210), Teeny Tiny Wishes (w-128748, c-127802)
Cardstock:  all 8-1/2″ x 11″ Coastal Cabana (131297), Smoky Slate (131202), Calypso Coral (122925), Whisper White (100730), Blushing Bride (131198)
Accessories: 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim Ribbon Coastal Cabana (130024), Very Vintage Designer Buttons (129327), Hung Up Cute Clips (129389), Stampin' Write Markers Calypso Coral (131902), Coastal Cabana (131260-2013/2015 In Color Set), Smoky Slate (131898)

If you need any help making one of these cards, I'm only a phone call, Facebook message, or email away!

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Posted on July 23, 2013

Tuesday Tips

Paper crafting/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips

My brain is still whirring with all the ideas presented at Convention. So many fun things, new twists and ideas to share with you!

How many of you have made a paper cone? I bet when you were in elementary school you made one around Mother's Day, put flowers inside, and ran home from the bus stop to present to your mom. Perhaps you made one last Christmas and filled with treats for your neighbor. Well, read on and see a new twist for a great party favor or gift packaging.

convention cone convention cone1

To make the cone, take a piece of 6″ x6″ patterned paper

(Stampin' Up's Designer Series Paper works great for this and right now you can purchase three and get another one free…great time to stock up so you're ready to make all the fun projects I'll be showing).

and fold into a cone. Using your Paper Trimmer or Scoring Tool, make a score line at the base of the triangular part at the top of the cone so you can fold it over. In this example, a fun flower embellishment and tag is attached to the front to “hide” the gift inside, rather than have it showing from an “open” cone.

Notice the fun gold shimmer on the button? This is one of our Very Vintage Designer Buttons, tapped onto a VersaMark Pad, dipped into Gold Embossing Powder and then heated until the powder melts. Such an easy way to “step up” a project!

Thanks for stopping by and see you next time!



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Posted on July 12, 2010

Artistic Etchings Project


Artistic Etchings, a great new set from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog, is becoming one of my favorites! Everyone who attended my Open House this past weekend made a little card using this set and loved it!

Amour gift box

Here is a quick and easy project that will be the perfect packaging for that special little gift!

• Artistic Etchings

• Riding Hood Red card stock
• Vintage Designer Series paper

• Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad®
• Riding Hood Red Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Basic Black Stampin’ Write® marker
• Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz®

• Vintage brads
• Rhinestone basic jewels
• Color Spritzer Tool
• Distressing Essentials
• Big Shot™
• Bitty Box & Envelope Bigz XL die

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Posted on April 3, 2010

Have a TIGGERiffic Day!


I am a BIG fan of anything Tigger! My sweet friend Angela made me this adorable basket; it is now proudly displayed in my living room. Angela is SO creative and just became an SU demo so I'm sure I will be featuring more of her creative work soon!


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Posted on March 1, 2010

Kids Projects


Whenever my grandkids come to visit, they love to get into my stamp "stuff" and create. Check out these fun cards…punches have become one of their favorite things!

Moms blog sample#1
Moms blog sample#2

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Posted on February 1, 2010

Passin’ The Time On Sunday…


without my Cowboys! As you can tell by some of my posts, I am a rabid football fan, especially when The 'Boys are playing. But, since THAT won't be happening anymore THIS year, I have much more time for my other favorite pastime…stamping!

If you've never tried the "shadowing" technique, check out this card. Bird shadow cards
This little bird and his "reflection" in the water was so easy to create using my Stampin' Sponge and a little Taken With Teal Classic Ink. I learned a great little tip the other day for my sponges; cut your sponge in quarters and then in quarters again. Each time you use a different ink color, use your Round Tab Punch and punch out a little tab from a small piece of coordinating Card Stock. Then, fold in half and adhere to the point edge with a stapler. You can tell at a glance what color is on your sponge and you can use each sponge for only that color.

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Posted on January 13, 2010

Start Off Your New Year With A New Business!


My business associate, John Sanpietro , sent me this article about job dissatisfaction.Take a look at this article and if it describes you or anyone you know, I just might have a solution for you:

NEW YORK ( — Fewer than half of U.S.
workers are satisfied with their jobs, the lowest level since
record-keeping began 22 years ago, said a report released Tuesday. The
Conference Board's survey polled 5,000 households, and found that only
45% were satisfied in their jobs. That's down from 61.1% in 1987, the
first year the survey was conducted.
Even though one in 10 Americans is out of a job, those who are employed are increasingly dissatisfied."Through
both economic boom and bust during the past two decades, our job
satisfaction numbers have shown a consistent downward trend," said Lynn
Franco, director of the Consumer Research Center of The Conference
Board, in a prepared statement.
"[That] could spell trouble for the overall engagement of U.S. employees and ultimately employee productivity," she added.The
report notes that job satisfaction has steadily declined over the years
despite big improvements in the work environment, such as a reduction
of workplace hazards and an increase in vacation days.
drop in satisfaction over the past 22 years spans various aspects of
employee life, including interest in work (down 18.9 percentage points)
and job security (down 17.5 percentage points).And
employee satisfaction dipped across the board; workers in every age
group and income levels showed a drop, but workers younger than 25 were
the most unhappy in their jobs.
Almost one-quarter of respondents said they didn't expect to be at their current jobs within a year.

I am hosting an informal gathering on January 21 at 7:00 in Richardson, TX. If you love stamping and scrapbooking and would like to find out a bit more about how you can turn this "hobby" into j"income", I'd love to meet you! Contact me for more info!

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