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Posted on March 10, 2016

Birthday Card Inspiration – Day 4

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If you like coloring, today's project is for you!


This card easily turns into a wedding or other occasion by just changing the greeting. Changing the color of the flower allows for personalization in the birthday girl's or bride's colors, too.


  • Stamp Sets: Birthday Blooms (140658 clear) (140655 wood)
  • Inks: Basic Black Archival (140931), Real Red (126949), Old Olive (126953), Daffodil Delight (126944)
  • Paper: Basic Black cs (121688), Very Vanilla cs (106550), Timeless Elegance DSP (138444)
  • Other: Aqua Painter (103954), Wink of Stella brush – clear (141897), Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit (140551), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin’ Trimmer (129722)



Basic Black card stock: 5 ⅞” x 8 ¼ ”, score at 4 ⅛”

Very Vanilla card stock: 4” x 5 ¾ ”

Basic Black card stock: 2” x 5 ½ ”

Very Vanilla card stock: 1 ⅞“ x 5 ⅜“

Timeless Elegance DSP: 3 different patterns : 1 measuring 1 ½ “ x 4”, 1 measuring 1 ½” x 3 ¾” and 1 measuring 1 ½” x 3 ½”



  1. Using Basic Black Archival Ink, stamp the large flower from the Birthday Blooms stamp set onto the Very Vanilla strip of card stock.
  2. Using the Aqua Painter, paint the flower using Real Read for the flower petals. Old Olive for the leaves. Daffodil Delight for the flower centre.
  3. When dry, go over the entire flower and leaves with the clear Wink of Stella pen.
  4. Using the Basic Black Archival Ink, stamp the greeting.
  5. Attach 5 of the pink shimmer enamel dots from the Love Blossoms Embellishment Kit.
  6. Adhere this panel to the black panel.
  7. Cut tails into the 3 strips of Timeless Elegance DSP.
  8. Adhere these strips to the large Very Vanilla piece of card stock.
  9. Adhere this large Very Vanilla piece to the card front..
  10. Adhere the flower panel to the card front.

If you missed the birthday card inspiration I posted earlier in the week, start here for some great ideas.

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Posted on October 6, 2014

Hugs and Kisses, Fall Style

Classes / Events/ Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting
For clubs this month, I wanted a card that could be used to express friendship, thanks, or birthday in fall colors, but not using typical fall images. I also wanted to use my favorite In Color, Blackberry Bliss, and Crushed Curry. I had seen this color combo on a Demo friend's card and loved it. Here are two versions of the card I designed.
hugsandkissesYou aren't seeing double on the sentiment on the card on top…I stamped it twice, first in Crumb Cake ink and then right next to that, in Blackberry Bliss so it would look like a shadow. On the bottom card, on top of the Washi Tape and Ribbon, I also attached a small Gold Baker's Twine Bow.
Crumb Cake Cardstock 8½” x 5 ½”
Very Vanilla Cardstock 3¼”x 4½”
Blackberry Bliss Cardstock 3½”x 4¾”
Scrap Pieces of Very Vanilla And Blackberry Bliss Cardstock 2½” x 1″
Beach House Washi Tape (Crushed Curry Roll)
small piece of Blackberry Bliss 3/8″ Satin Ribbon
8″ piece of Gold Baker's Twine
Supply List:
Work of Art Stamp Set
Everything Eleanor Stamp Set
Blackberry Bliss Ink Pad
Crushed Curry Ink Pad
Crumb Cake Ink Pad
Mini Glue Dots
Paper Snips
SNAIL Adhesive
Basic Pearl Jewels
Small Butterfly Punch
1.Fold the Crumb Cake Cardstock in half and crease with a Bone Folder.
2.Stamp the smallest “swoop” from Work of Art image once in Crushed Curry and once in Blackberry Bliss Ink on the Very Vanilla Cardstock .If you want lighter images, stamp off first.
3.Stamp the small heart  image from Work of Art in Crumb Cake Ink.
4.Squeeze the lid of the Blackberry Bliss Ink Pad and pick up the ink in the lid with an Aqua Painter.
5.Squeeze the Aqua Painter so that extra water is flowing and flick the ink on the Very Vanilla
Cardstock. (you can also use a Stampin' Spritzer if you prefer).
6.Tear along the bottom of the Very Vanilla Cardstock.
7.Attach Washi Tape piece to the Very Vanilla Cardstock; trim or fold over to back of cardstock.
8.Adhere the Very Vanilla Cardstock to the Blackberry Bliss Cardstock with SNAIL Adhesive and tear along the bottom of the Blackberry Bliss Cardstock.
9.Adhere Vanilla/Blackberry Bliss Cardstock unit to the card front with SNAIL Adhesive.
10.Tie the Gold Linen Thread into a bow and attach to the card with a Mini Glue Dot (second card picture). Trim threads ends to desired length.
11.Stamp the sentiment of your choice (hugs and kisses from Good Greetings used here) with Crumb Cake and/or Blackberry Bliss Ink on scrap Very Vanilla Cardstock and cut both ends into a “flag” shape. Attach to card with glue dots. You can also stamp directly onto the card front.
 Leave me a comment and let me know which card you prefer and why!
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Posted on April 22, 2014

Easter Share

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

Yes, I know Easter has come and gone but I wanted to share my card, including my design template. You can use this particular template over and over again for different occasions.


I started with my Color Coach to select my color palette; I chose So Saffron for my card base, Perfect Plum for my accent color, and Wild Wasabi for my ink color. Notice the dry embossing on the Whisper White? I used the Delicate Designs Embossing Folder but I used the “debossed side” instead of the embossed side on the front of my card; I wanted a very subtle look.


Card base: 8 – 1/2″ x 5 – 1/2″; Whisper White layer: 5 – 1/4″ x 4″; Perfect Plum strip: 4″ x 2- 1/4″, So Saffron patterned strip: 4″ x 2″. I used the Deco Labels Framelits for the layering on top and finished with three Subtles Candy Dots.

Visit my online store to see all the products I used.

Have fun creating your own cards using this layout.  Leave me a comment and let me know what colors and stamp sets you choose!

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Posted on July 12, 2013

Convention Countdown…..

Big Shot/ Holidays / Special Days/ Join My Team/ Scrapbook

My Girls INK'ers and I will be leavin' on a jet plane in only FIVE days…woo hoo!  SweetMoments1 SweetMoments2 SweetMoments3 SweetMoments4 SweetMoments5 SweetMoments6 SweetMoments7

This little mini scrapbook is one of my 3D swaps? What do you think?

It's made with the Top Note Die (113463),  Crisp Cantelope cardstock (131298),  Designer Series Paper (130136), and 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Ribbon (130021). Have I mentioned how much I love this new In Color?????? The Stamp Set is Happy Day (130297).

It is pretty easy to put together….if you'd like the instructions and complete supply list, shoot me an email:

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Posted on March 21, 2013

Falling Rainbow…on a Handmade Card?

Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Videos

Have you ever been driving along after a rain storm, looked up and seen one of God's beautiful rainbows? I think this is truly one of the most beautiful sights ever! You can create a "falling rainbow" effect right on your handmade card! You can use any of your Stampin' Write markers.

In this project I used colors from our 2012-2014 color family. Of course, since this color family comes in card stock and accessories as well, creating a stunning handmade card is a breeze!

Try your favorite color combos and see which you like best. Do you like subtle or bold colors? Email me a picture of the handmade card you create and who knows…you might be chosen as a guest blogger on my upcoming re-vamped site.

Happy stamping!


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Posted on February 25, 2013

Fabric Wreaths


Today I wanted to share something different than a fabulous handmade card. My friend Traci and I spent a while on the phone the other day catching each other up. She has a 5 year old that she is homeschooling so her crafting has taken a little bit of a back seat.


She sent me a picture of these great fabric wreaths that she created over the holiday season. The fabric strips are approx 1" x 7" and are SO easy to make! Have you made any of these and what is your favorite fabric to use?

You can even make a smaller version and put it ON a handmade card…too cute!


Happy stamping!

Anne Brown   Original Stamp Maven  contact me


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Posted on February 19, 2013

Have A Leftover Handmade Card From Valentine’s Day?

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ My Digital Studio / Digital

If you have a handmade card or two that didn't get sent out for Valentine's Day, use them anyway!! Love is not just for that day…how about ANY day??!!

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I made this card using the Stampin' Up! Hearts Collection Framelits Dies and the More Amore Designer Series Paper.  This DSP is also available as a digital download if creating with My Digital Studio is more your style! You can try this product free for 30 days.

If you look closely, you'll also see where I used the Adorning Accents Textured Embossing folder for the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. My color scheme is Pool Party, Real Red, Very Vanilla, and Primrose Petals from our 2012-2013 In Color Collection.

I think this will make a great wedding card for a special couple…what do you think?

Don't worry if you have "Valentine" stamped on your handmade card. Just stamp another sentiment onto a coordinating piece of card stock and then punch out with one of our fabulous punches.


Happy stamping!

Anne Brown  The REAL Stamp Maven  contact me  Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Posted on February 11, 2013

Paula’s Handmade Card Texture Collage

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Holidays / Special Days

One of the reasons I became a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator was to share my love of paper crafting with others. I have met some amazingly talented ladies along my ten year journey. One of them is in my downline and her name is Paula.

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At her Valentine Card Class this past weekend, she taught the ladies how to use more than one Textured Embossing Folder in their handmade card project to create a "collage" of texture.

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How many different embossing folders were used?

The first person to email me with the correct number of how many folders were used and the names of the folders will win 3 handmade Valentine cards.  (I will use the time stamp from my email to determine the winner).

The "clothesline" effect on Paula's handmade card is done using Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine and the Hearts A Flutter Framelits. I am so sad Pool Party (2011-2013 In Color) will be going away at the end of May. It has become one of my favorite colors, especially for Valentine projects like Paula's card.

Happy Stamping!


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Posted on February 8, 2013

Not a Handmade Card But CUTE!

Holidays / Special Days/ Stamping

My downline, Debbie made these cute little treat holders for our stamp club. The 1 " x 8" skinny bags are just the best…only $2.50 for fifty of them. So simple for kids to do, too!

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 What kind of treat holders or handmade card are you mamking for your Valentine? Leave me a comment or send me a picture!

Happy stamping!

Anne Brown  The Original Stamp Maven  contact me  972-234-9118

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Posted on February 7, 2013

Treat Holder Or Handmade Card?

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting

Hi! Welcome back – here's the  treat holder I promised yesterday. Of course, ANYTHING is better with chocolate in my world, but you could always put a special note in the pocket instead of candy and…voila! A handmade card that anyone would want to receive!

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For this project, cut a piece of Real Red Card Stock to 10 3/4 inches x 3 5/8 inches. Then score at 5 1/4 inches x 8 7/8 inches. Fold the score line that is closest to the middle first, and then fold the other piece down; this creates the front flap. Use a decorative border punch along the flap to create a pretty edge. I used the ScallopTrim  Border Punch.

Cut a piece of patterned paper to 3 1/8 inch x 3 1/2 inch. I used More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper from our Spring Catalog.Using your favorite adhesive (SNAIL here), adhere to the front under the flap. Tie a 10 inch piece of ribbon (I used Primrose Petals 3/8 inch Satin Ribbon) around the flap and finish off with a sentiment.

You can use adhesive on the sides, but I just let the ribbon hold it all together.

Insert your candy or "love note" and you're done!

Will you make this as a handmade card or treat holder? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy stamping!


Anne Brown  The Original Stamp Maven  contact me  972-234-9118  Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


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Posted on February 6, 2013

Strawberries Or Hearts?

Holidays / Special Days/ Projects

Be honest. Do you see strawberries or hearts when you first see this card?

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Leave me a comment; one lucky person will get this handmade card with the instructions to make it!

Can you see all five punches that I've used?

Be sure to come back tomorrow and I'll show you a fun, EASY treat holder that you can whip up in a flash for all the sweethearts in your life who deserve a handmade card/treat holder for Valentines Day!

Happy stamping!


Anne Brown   The Original Stamp Maven  contact me  972-234-9118

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Posted on January 10, 2013

Block Backgrounds!

Holidays / Special Days/ Paper crafting/ Samples

I'm participating in a couple of swaps this month and decided to get them done early for a change. Perfect timing since as a SU Demo I could pre-order some of the products in our Spring and Sale-A-Bration catalogs.

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TIP:I could not find a background stamp to create the look I wanted, so I made my own! I took a clear block, inked up with Crumb Cake Ink and then swiped across the card several times. I started on my scratch paper so some of the ink would come off of the block before I swiped onto the card. This technique gave me the texture and dimension I wanted, instead of just the plain card stock. I ran the Cajun Craze "flag" on the front of the card through the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder to add even more dimension.

I made another card, cutting the "flag" piece is out of the More Amore Specialty Designer Series Paper  in the Spring Catalog. I might give this card to a friend for Valentine's Day but it really can be used anytime. That's the beauty of Stampin' Up!'s paper…versatility! I finished that handmade card with some fun products from the Sale-A-Bration offerings. This promotion starts on January 22, but as a Demo we can order our stuff a month early. I'm working on lots of samples that I'll show you over the next couple of weeks!

Valentine's Day is a great holiday for cardmaking and other fun projects. We've got some fun bundles available to make it a snap! I'd love to get together with you and some friends to help you make some fun treats for your special peeps. Give me a shout and we'll set a date!

Anne Brown   The Stamp Maven   972-234-9118  Stampin' Up! Demo

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Posted on January 8, 2013

Tuesday Tip – Sponges

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

I think my favorite thing to do on a handmade card is to sponge, in one way or another. Sometimes it's just the edges to give a "distressed" look. Sometimes I might sponge an entire piece of card stock to change the look. I use my sponges a lot! You might think I had them organized in a meaningful way, but… you would be wrong! Until yesterday that is.

Let me share a lightbulb moment I had that just simplified my sponging immensely!

I used to store my sponges in a big open container. I had a "tag" on some of them, (I used my Decorative Label punch to punch out a piece of card stock and then stapled it to the sponge so I knew which color I had designated for that particular sponge piece). The problem was, they were all a big, jumbled mess. Solution?

I took the time to attach a colored tag to each sponge piece and then I put it into my ink pad caddy under the appropriate color. Can you believe what an easy idea that is? I don't know why I never thought of this before!

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One more sponge tip. We often use an ink pad to color our sponge piece. You can use the brush end of a Stampin' Write Marker to color the sponge and then use it in the exact same way!  Also, you can probably tell by the above photo, I cut my big sponge into small pieces.  That works just fine and with our Stampin' Up! Sponges having such a great price to begin with, (3 for $3.50), cutting them makes it even better!

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Posted on January 30, 2012

Sale-A-Bration Purchase Idea


As I'm sure you have noticed by now, there are some awesome free choices in our Sale-A-Bration Brochure. If you are having trouble deciding on $50 worth of products to purchase so that you can get a free item, this post is for you. The "ingredients" for this simple card will get you to your $50 merchandise amount. Just by switching the sentiment, you will have a handmade card ready to go for most any occasion.

Fun Flowers Bigz XL Die  121812  $32.95

Black Scalloped Polka Dot Ribbon  124145 $7.95

Whisper White Smooth Card Stock  100730  $8.50

Basic Black Card Stock  121045  $6.95

In Color Glimmer Brads  121005  $4.95 OR In Color Designer Brads  122940  $7.95

The total for these items (before tax and shipping) – using the Glimmer Brad option – is $61.30

You can also change up the Die Cut Flower if you have another one.

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Hope you enjoyed this sample and remember tomorrow is the final day of my January ordering special. (Order $75 at my online store and receive a free email class in addition to your free Sale-A-Bration item!)

Anne Brown  The Stamp Maven  972-234-9118  Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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Posted on January 16, 2012

San Antonio Here I Come!

Contests/ Projects/ Samples

Leadership starts on Wednesday and I'm off tomorrow night. Can't wait! Of course, stamping is always part of the festivities at a Stampin' Up! event and over the weekend I created my downline gift (an emery board in Designer Series Paper holder) and my handmade card for the first ever stamping competition at Leadership. What do you think?

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The card is created with "Totally Tess", Bordering On Romance and Twitterpated Designer Series Paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog.


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