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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 October 11, 2016

Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Ideas

Announcements/ Paper crafting/ Product Information/ Tuesday Tips

Hi stampers! Today's samples showcase some project ideas using  Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper. Did you know that 8 awesome patterns are on sale? Yep: buy three, get one free! (these are just ideas to get your creative juices flowing with DSP possibilities; not all patterns are on sale).

dsp4 dsp2 dsp1 2016_ashleyplacecard dsp3

Everyone can use more Designer Series Paper, especially for holiday crafting!. This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual catalog and the recently released holiday catalog (not including Specialty Designer Series Paper or Designer Series Paper Stacks).

There is no limit
Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper Stacks do not qualify for this promotion

Click a pick to see each pattern available; you can add any of the packs to your shopping cart at the same time; easy…peasy…done!

Take advantage of this great sale on Designer Series Paper; can't wait to see your projects!



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Posted on October 3, 2016

Designer Series Paper Placecard

Announcements/ Big Shot/ Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting

Hi stampers! Today's “Designer Series Paper Placecard” project features  Stampin' Up!'s Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack.


I have several family and stamping events coming up so I needed an idea for a fun placecard that also held a little thank you message for the guest; you could also tuck a little treat inside.

I used the Popcorn Box Thinlits Dies and Acorny Thank You stamp set. Even though the Warmth and Cheer DSP stack has lots of Christmas patterns, this particular one does double duty for a fall themed event. It's a little hard to see in the photo but the acorn top was cut from Copper Foil Paper, one of the fun new accessories in our Holiday Catalog.

If Designer Series Paper fits into your holiday card or event project planning, now is a great time to stock up: you buy three $11.00 packs and get another one for free!! Just click a pic below to order.

Don't forget there are also some great discounted items at my online store now…but only until October 5…so pop on over now so you don't miss out!

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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 August 12, 2014

Use Your Designer Series Paper In A Fun New Way!

Paper crafting/ Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques

Many of my customers (and members of my Girls, INK team) LOVE to purchase our fabulous Designer Series Paper….but, they love it so much they run out of things to do with it…OR they hoard it!!!  Do you ever have that problem?

In this video I show you to make a shadowbox card, using a 4″ x 4″ square of Designer Series Paper. I used the FlowerPot pack but of course you can use any pattern and color scheme. I think this would make a great Christmas Card….using blue and silver tones with a snowman in the middle!

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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 31, 2014

It’s Really Over TONIGHT!

Announcements/ Stamping

I can't believe at the stroke of 11:59 p.m., my favorite item from this year's Sale-A-Bration catalog is gone! I know in the upcoming 2014-2015 Catalog, there will be lots of new Designer Series paper; that doesn't make my sniffles disappear. Sweet Sorbet has been my MOST favorite item and I am so sad it is going away.

Here is one last project I wanted to share. If you haven't gotten any of this paper or any of the other fabulous free selections, I hope you will go to my online store right now and order before it's too late!

Oh, one more thing. If you have not subscribed to my monthly email newsletter, please do! Go to the big, coral circle above and put in your info so you'll get your very own copy when it goes out tomorrow! All the details about my retired merchandise BOGO are revealed!

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Posted on March 22, 2014

A Little “happy” For Your Saturday

Paper crafting/ Projects/ Stamping

I think I send out more birthday cards than any other type of card. I don't always want them to say “happy birthday” on the front; I like to change up the sentiments!

Happy Day just shouts FUN to me, whether for a birthday, thinking of you, congratulations, or just because.

This card is another Aly creation, but I changed up a bit to suit my style…you know it has to have buttons or brads!

Whisper White Cardstock (100730) – 5-½” x 8-½”; 3-1/2″ x 2-1/4″
Summer Starfruit Cardstock (126839) – 4” x 5-¼”
Sweet Sorbet DSP (133521) – 3-¾” x 2-½” – free Sale-A-Bration choice
Basic Black Cardstock – 3-5/8” x 2-3/8”
Scrap Pieces:
Basic Black Cardstock (121045) – 4” x 1-½”
Stamp Sets and Accessories:
20” Sweet Sorbet Pool Party Twine (133522) – free Sale-A-Bration choice
Petal Parade Stamp Set (wood – 133599, clear-133602)

Happy Day Stamp Set (wood-130294, clear-130297)
Simply Celebrate Stamp Set (wood-133221, clear-133224)
Jet Black StazOn Ink (101406)
Crisp Cantaloupe Ink Pad (131176)
Pistachio Pudding Ink Pad (131177)
Banner Punch (133519) – free Sale-A-Bration choice

1. Fold the Whisper White Cardstock in half and crease with a Bone Folder.
2. Punch out 5 Basic Black Banner shapes – adhere under the Sweet Sorbet DSP with SNAIL Adhesive. I find it is easier to put the middle one down first, and then evenly space out the others.
3. Wrap the Pool Party Twine around the cardstock, tie a bow and adhere unit to the card with SNAIL Adhesive. If you are “bow challenged”,  watch my video on how to tie the perfect bow.
4. Stamp “happy day”  in Jet Black StazOn Ink.
5. Stamp chevron image in Pistachio Pudding Ink.
6. Stamp flower image in Crisp Cantaloupe Ink.
7. Adhere the stamped Whisper White Cardstock to the Basic Black Cardstock with SNAIL Adhesive.
8. Attach #7 to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

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Posted on March 10, 2014

Perfect! (Pennants, that is…)

Classes / Events/ Paper crafting/ Stamping

Are you loving all the banners you see everywhere as much as I do? It seems no matter what the occasion, a banner is the central part of the decorations. At my workshop on Friday night, Lela showed us all pictures of the decorations she made for Emma's first birthday. The owl banner was beyond adorable!

Speaking of that workshop, we made a card using the Perfect Pennants Bundle, which includes the Perfect Pennants Stamp Set (w-133227, c-133230) and the Banners Framelits Dies (132173).

Perfect Pennants Card

My color choice was Pistachio Pudding, one of the 2013-2015 In Colors as my card base, and I brought in Crisp Cantaloupe, (another In Color for 2013-2015), and Basic Black for my accent colors.  If you aren't familiar with our In Color Collections, read more about them.

Did you know if you purchase the stamp sets and framelits together in the bundle (w-134815, c-134816), you automatically save 15%! We are using this bundle at our Girls, INK Celebrate The Everyday Class on April 5….check it out and register now if you haven't already.

Come back tomorrow and I'll have another banner card using Bermuda Bay, Real Red, and The Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack from our Occasions Mini Catalog.

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Posted on February 21, 2014

Sweet Sorbet Is My New Best Friend!

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


If Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper does not make it into the annual catalog for 2014-15, I am going to feel like I truly have lost my best friend! I just love this paper and its versatility!

I made this rosette using the Bigz XL Rosette Die and added a flower center using  the Spiral Flower Originals Die. (see earlier post for a video on how to use this die). The small petals peeking out from under the flower are the wings from the Bird Builder punch. I was on a retreat and had forgotten a die to make my leaves; fortunately, my friend Dorothy had the punch so I could easily improvise! Just another reason why I love all my Stampin' Up! punches…so easy to find many uses for one punch.

If you like this sample, please comment!

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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 January 11, 2014

Love Is In The Air!

Holidays / Special Days/ Projects/ Punch Art

love ya box insidelove ya box outside

One of this month's stamp club projects is an adorable Valentine box card. It is easier to put together than you might think!

My color scheme is Strawberry Slush. Of course, you can add many embellishments; clubs are doing 2 lengthy projects this month so did minimal for time's sake.

Steps: Cut cardstock for card base to 8.5″ x 12″ (Sahara Sand used here – it has become my “go to” neutral color for so many projects; it looks so different depending upon what other colors you use). Score on the long side at 2.75″, 5.5″, 8.25″ and 11″. Cut off a 2″ x 12″ piece and set aside for use later.

Turn the 6.5″ x 12″ piece a quarter turn to the left and score at 2.75″. At the 11″ score line, cut in at a slight angle up from the edge of the cardstock to remove the excess above the score line, which creates a “tab”.

Cut the 2″ x 12″ strip at 4.75″ from the end with the 1″ score line; then cut the strip in half the long way to create 2 strips, each 1″ x 4.75″. Fold tabs back.

Measurements for patterned paper that is used to decorate each “panel”:
1 for inside back panel – 2.5″ x 6.25″; 3 for lower panels (outside) – 2.5″ x 3.5″; 6 for upper panels (sides and front), inside and outside – 2.5″ square.

Fold the decorated box on the 5.5″ score line and attach the tab to the inside (I used Mono adhesive for the entire box). Apply adhesive to the end tabs of each 1″ x 4.75″ piece and adhere them to the inside of the opened box, making sure to align with the top of the opening.

Fold the box down in both directions using a bone folder (do this several times) to ensure your box will lay flat for mailing.

I used the Heart Punch and Heart Framelits to cut out pieces to decorate my box. The transparent heartin the front (just peeking out) is punched from the Quatrafancy Specialty Paper…who would think this could be used for a Valentine's Day card?

Questions? Email me and I'll be glad to help! There is also a great tutorial on SCS!


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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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