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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 November 12, 2013

Technique Class Fave!

Stamping/ Tips, Tricks, & Techniques/ Tuesday Tips/ Uncategorized

Repetition Stamping is such an easy technique! The ladies who attended my October Technique Class loved this one!

Using Old Olive Classic Ink and the tall tree image from Lovely As A Tree I stamped full strength in the center of the card and, without re-inking the stamp, I stamped once on the right and then again on the left, leaving a little more space between the focal tree than I did on the right. I inked up the stamp one more time, stamped “off” onto a piece of paper and then, without re-inking the stamp, stamped into the space just to the left of the focal tree and then one more time to the right, gently overlapping the one that is already there.

I used a small piece of Chevron Cherry Cobbler Ribbon to give it a little “pop”. You can use such a small amount of this ribbon to embellish, but the result really adds to your project.

My stamping was done on Shimmer White Cardstock; I love how it looks, I can almost see snow falling…how about you?

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Posted on October 28, 2013

Holiday Card Consulting Service

Announcements/ Holidays / Special Days

If you've been wanting to send out a holiday card this year that is one of a kind, designed just for you, and is sure to WOW your family friends, my design service is for you!


Here is just one example of the type of card we can design. Of course, the style is totally up to you. We will meet for 30 minutes (if you live out of the area, no worries, we can arrange that, too!), and with my expertise, I know we will come up with the perfect card. I charge $47 for this service and have several dates and times available. Email me right away so I'll be sure to have a slot that meets your schedule.

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Posted on July 5, 2011

Tuesday Tip – Heat Your Project, Not Your Fingers

Classes / Events/ Tuesday Tips

A lot of my customers get frustrated when they try to heat emboss on their handmade cards,  especially if they've not used a heat tool before. Here are a few tips:

1. Use a small pair of tweezers to hold your project in place while heating.

2.  Cover an 8 x 8 (or larger) piece of plywood with aluminum foil and use this to hold your project while heating. This will protect whatever surface (countertop, table, etc) you are using.

3. If you have a large piece of floor tile left over from a remodel project try using this as a heating surface.

4. Use an Embossing Buddy to rub over the surface of your card stock prior to stamping/heating. This will ensure your embossing powder will only stick where you want it and you won't have random flakes all over your card.

5. If you haven't done much heat embossing, try using one of our outline stamp sets rather than a bold image set; you will use less embossing powder and the heating will go more quickly.

If you have some friends who have been wanting to learn this technique and try out some samples,  contact me to set up your private class!


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

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Posted on July 3, 2011

NEW Hostess Program!

Announcements/ Big Shot/ Die Cut

If you've never hosted a Stampin' Up! party, if it's been awhile, or you just had one in June and you can't wait to have another one….now is the time! Our exclusive hostess reward program Just got better. All the exciting details are in the new catalog. Don't have one? Check it out online by clicking on the rotating picture on the right sidebar.

Hostesses now earn hostess "dollars" to spend on exclusive hostess stamp sets or on any other catalog merchandise. You can also earn half price items…how about for that Big Shot Die Cutting Machine you've always wanted??!!

Book your party, private class or one on one creativity session…you can earn the hostess bennies with any of these! Stamp Slave Dave is even going to be teaching! Call or email us to get your preferred date now.

Happy stamping!

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

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Posted on June 15, 2011

Don’t Miss These!

Classes / Events/ Stamping

I'm having my annual Retirement Party next Friday, June 24! We are going to have a fun Make and Take using one of the Retiring Stamp Sets, a raffle, food (necessary at any of my events!), and you'll have a chance to book a private class and be one of the first to get our new hostess bennies–they are awesome! Email me to RSVP or to ask any questions. Here is a peek of the project we'll be doing.

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I've got some great techniques to teach you at this month's Technique Class so be sure to sign up and come and play with us!

Happy stamping!

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

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Posted on May 9, 2011

Occasions Mini Catalog Carryover Products


Did you know there are several products from the Occasions Mini Catalog that you can still purchase? One of my favorites is the "Blossom Petals Punch". You can create so many fun flower cards using this punch. Many of you came to my Punch Art Class so you have all sorts of other fun ideas to make with this awesome tool.

I created today's card using petals I punched out of our Designer Series Paper Stack, Soft Subtles. If your taste is a bit bolder, not to worry. We have the paper stacks in all of our color families, including The Brights! If you look closely, hopefully you can see the shimmery look to the petals which I created using Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.

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If you need some more fun ideas to make with this punch, give me a shout and we can get together at a one on one private class or at a Friends' Night Out Gathering.

Anne Brown    The Stamp Maven    972-234-9118

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Posted on April 7, 2011

A Little Something

Die Cut/ Join My Team/ Paper crafting/ Stamping

I need a maid! But wait…I do have Dave, "Stamp Slave", who is my "shadow" Stampin' Up! Demonstrator…haha! I have been running around like a crazy woman lately, between classes, clubs, my "day job", grandkids, visiting my daughter as she is recovering from eye surgery, etc. etc. So, I was so happy to see this adorable card on our SU website…it is perfect for my April workshops! Stampin' Up! makes it so easy to have a fun and profitable business.

Every month there are projects we can replicate or use as ideas to design our own. I just love this handmade card, especially because of the big buttons! Notice how everything coordinates; the Sew Suite stamp set and Sweet Stitches Designer Series Paper, the "A Little Something" sentiment from the Hodgepodge Happiness stamp set, and the "faux stitching" made by the Top Note Bigz Die.


April is the perfect time to get a few of your friends together for a free private class and we'll do this card for one of the projects. We also have a special during April only where you can get your hands on one of the stamp sets and a pack of Designer Series Paper from our upcoming 2011/2012 Idea Book/Catalog. You have to get them in April though, or you'll have to wait until July…and I know you don't want to do that! Call or email me today and we'll get your date set!


Anne Brown    The Stamp Maven    972-234-9118


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Posted on April 4, 2011

Quilting Fun

Big Shot/ Classes / Events/ Die Cut/ Scrapbook

I have several friends who love to quilt and they just love our Big Shot Die Cut Machine. You can cut fabric as well as about 80 other materials, including paper, of course!

In this month's stamp club, one of my projects is a vintage quilt card. Our Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper is tailor made for a quilting project (the matching fabric works just as well for a quilt pattern card) because of the double-sided designs on each sheet. For this card, I used the 1 1/4 inch square punch and 2 punched squares of the 6 paper designs. I also used the Victoria Crochet Ribbon and one of the BIG buttons that match the DSP and fabric.

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If you would like to get a few friends together, we could do this project at your free private class. Contact me to set up a date in April or May…I have 4 dates still available!

Anne Brown    The Stamp Maven    972-234-9118

Free Private Classes for you and your friends, One on One Creative Coaching (contact me for a free one hour consultation), custom card and scrapbook design,  business mentor, scrapbooking techniques and card making techniques classes



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Posted on April 3, 2011

Did You Get Some Ice Cream?

Classes / Events/ Scrapbook/ Stamping

The Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper, Buttons and Ribbon that is. A lot of my customers chose these items for one of their free products during Sale-A-Bration. I got some of this, too and used it to create a handmade card for a custom order. As a Stampin' Up! Demo, I don't demonstrate retired items at my Friends' Night Out Parties, but I do use the free product I get for my personal use. If you got some of this, too,  here is a fun idea that works well for birthday cards and would be great for a party invitation!

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Anne Brown    The Stamp Maven    972-234-9118

Free Private Classes for you and your friends, One on One Creative Coaching (contact me for a free one hour consultation), custom card and scrapbook design,  business mentor, scrapbooking techniques and card making techniques classes


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Posted on March 26, 2011

Saturday Share


Spent today with all three grandkids so I'm worn out; but, of course I wouldn't trade a day with them for anything!

Today's share is a handmade card made by Andrea, one of my downline extraordinaire! I just love showing off the talent of all these ladies! As I showed you in a couple earlier posts, she has done some really creative things with our Stampin' Up! Embossing Folders. I especially love this one since Cherry Cobbler is one of the colors. Really, it is just a coincidence that the dessert cherry cobbler is also one of my favorites.

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Notice how she used two different folders, Square Lattice (119976) and Framed Tulips (121809). The "frame" of the lattice piece is done with some of our border punches using Old Olive Smooth Card Stock.

I would love to do a private class for you and your friends and show you how to create this stunning card. We have a great promotion starting April 1, so let's pick a date before my calendar totally books up!

Anne Brown    The Stamp Maven    972-234-9118


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Posted on March 22, 2011

Tuesday Technique – Versamark Versatility

Classes / Events/ Tuesday Tips

If you haven't discovered the Versamark Pad, it is one of the best "secret weapons" of stamping and helps you create beautiful handmade cards. With this one pad, you can do so many different things, including many scrapbooking techniques.

Watermark: Using the Versamark Pad to stamp an image on cardstock will leave a pretty watermark. This is the most dramatic on the darker papers, but can also be a very pretty, suble effect on lighter colors.

Poppin' Pastels: Stamp your image with the Versamark Pad and then gently rub a cotton ball that has been loaded with Stampin' Pastels over the image. Instantly you will see the image "pop out" at you.

Reverse Pastels: Apply Stampin' Pastels to your cardstock and then stamp your image using the Versamark Pad right onto the pastels. The "stickiness" of the Versamark Pad will lift off the chalk where the stamp has touched.

Regular embossing: Stamp your image with the Versamark Pad onto the cardstock, pour on your embossing powder and heat the image using your Heat Tool.

Stamp Pad Embossing: Stamp your image with the Versamark Pad and then immediately into any one of your Classic Ink Pads and then onto cardstock. Pour clear embossing powder over the image and then heat. This technique is one of my favorites since it gives you so many possibilities with all of our fabulous colors!

If you'd like to have a private class to explore any of these techniques, just drop me a note and we'll pick a date that works best for you!

Anne Brown    The Stamp Maven    972-234-9118

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