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Posted on August 1, 2016

Tomorrow’s the Day!

Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Mojo Monday/ Paper crafting

Tomorrow's the day you can order the exclusive, limited time bundle, Thoughtful Branches; you can also order the stamp set and Thinlits Dies separately.

Today's project features images from this stamp set…enjoy!


There are lots of great images in the stamp set and the coordinating thinlits make die-cutting a breeze! Check out all the images in the pdf : thoughtfulbranches_flyer_jul0516_us

Instructions for today's card and supply list follows. Just click on any image following to order.


  • Stamps: Thoughtful Branches
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip 126979, Cajun Craze 126965 reinker 119790, Always Artichoke 126972 reinker 105232, Crushed Curry reinker 131158,  Versamark 102283
  • Paper: Crumb Cake Notecards & Envelopes 133766, Early Espresso 119786, Very Vanilla 101650
  • Accessories:  SNAIL 104332, Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430, Embossing Buddy 103083, Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder 141636, Heat Tool 129053, Paper Snips 103579, 5/8” Burlap Ribbon, Stampin’ Pierce Mat 126199
  • Non-Stampin’ Up!: Baby wipes


  • Early Espresso layer:  3 3/8” x 4 7/8”
  • Very Vanilla layer: 3 ¼” x 4 ¾”
  • Very Vanilla for greeting: 2” x 2 ¼”
  • 5/8” Burlap Ribbon: about 3 ½”


      1. Adhere Early Espresso layer to front of Crumb Cake Notecard with SNAIL.
      2. Fold a baby wipe on a non-porous plate. Starting with Crushed Curry, add drops of reinker randomly on baby wipe. Add Cajun Craze reinker drops, then Always Artichoke reinker drops until the baby wipe is covered about the size of the tree foliage stamp.
      3. Press the tree foliage stamp into the colors on the baby wipe. Stamp on vanilla layer with the “tab” on the stamp pointing down.
      4. Stamp tree trunk directly under the foliage using Chocolate Chip ink.
      5. Stamp the grass lines and grass stubble around the bottom of the tree with Always Artichoke ink.
      6. Sponge edges with Crumb Cake ink. Adhere to Early Espresso layer with SNAIL.
      7. Fray the edges of the burlap ribbon. Adhere across the bottom of the vanilla layer with SNAIL.
      8. Ink leaf with Cajun Craze. Stamp off before stamping on vanilla scrap. Rub with Embossing Buddy. Stamp greeting with Versamark. Sprinkle with Copper powder. Heat with Heat Tool. Cut around greeting and leaf with Paper Snips, leaving a little edge of vanilla around it to give the edges a smooth look. Adhere over the ribbon with dimensionals.
Thanks for stopping by today, and…..

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Posted on April 13, 2016

Project Sheet for Happy Home Stamp Set

Paper crafting/ Projects/ Weekly Deals from Stampin' Up!

Today's share is my project sheet for the Happy Home Stamp Set. The paper used is Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper. While this COULD be a birthday card, it doesn't have to be! This paper is so versatile; that's why I love it for my cardmaking. You'll find complete instructions below.




Stamp Sets: Happy Home Stamp Set (140500w or 140503c)

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)

Markers:  Soft Sky (131263), Mossy Meadow (133654), Watermelon Wonder (138333), Basic Gray (131261)

Paper: Whisper White Thick (140272), Watermelon Wonder Card Stock (138224), Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper (140557)

Other: Buttons Neutral (130031) Bakers Twine Whisper White (124262) Watermelon Wonder 1” Stitched Satin Ribbon (140580)


Thick Whisper White Card Stock: 5 ½” x 8 ½”, score at 4 ¼”

Watermelon Wonder Card Stock: 5 1/8” x 3 7/8”

Thick Whisper White Card Stock: 5 x 3 3/4”

Birthday Bouquet DSP 1 ½” x 5, cut with snips to make the “v”

2” piece of Watermelon Stitched Satin ribbon, cut with snips to make the “v”

Watermelon Wonder 2 7/8” x 2 3/8”

Whisper White Thick Card Stock: 2 ¾” x 2 ¼”

Neutral Designer Button, Basic Gray, with Whisper White Bakers Twine, tied in a bow



  • Start by inking up the stamp with Stampin’ Write Markers. Begin with the soft sky marker to ink the clouds, then add the Watermelon wonder marker to the flowers. Next, use the Basic Gray Marker to ink the bench and the Mossy Meadow marker to ink up the grass.
  • Once you have the 4 colors added to the back of your stamp, huff on the back of the stamp to remoisten the ink, then stamp it on the smallest layer of Whisper White Thick Card Stock.
  • Using a pair of paper snips, ribbon layer and the designer paper layer so that there is a “V” cut into the bottom of both layers, as shown in the photo above.
  • Next, run the whisper white bakers twine through the holes in your button, and tie a bow.

TIP: Mossy Meadow is one of the retiring In Colors; I'm telling all my customers to go ahead and order their faves now BEFORE the retiring list comes out later this month. Re-inkers, markers, and cardstock always disappear quickly! Order Now;Use hostess code 9YGWXY6S and order at least $35 and you'll receive two free card kits AND a special surprise.

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Posted on January 7, 2016

Enabler Alert!

Announcements/ Big Shot/ Die Cut/ Product Information


This little tool will totally change the way you look at your intricate Big Shot Dies. You know, the ones that have all those teeny, tiny little pieces that stay in the die once you've rolled your paper through your Big Shot Die Cutting Machine.

This amazing new tool from the Stampin’ Up! Handmade From the Heart Occasions Catalog 2016, is something you will definitely want to own. Here's how it works:

Cut out your paper with your framelits/thinlits die using the Big Shot as you normally would. Lay the cut paper, with the die still embedded in it, on the foam pad, with the die side up. Run the brush several times over the die’s surface. When you pick up your piece, the die will peel easily off and all the small bits of paper will fall right out. No more poking with your paper piercing tool or using waxed paper!

One TIP: Use gentle pressure when rolling the brush. You may have to run it over the die several times, but with the lighter touch you're less likely to poke through thin paper and ruin your piece.

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Posted on January 5, 2016

Share A Little Love!

Sale-A-Bration/ Uncategorized


I am in LOVE with the new Handmade From the Heart Occasions Catalog! My January stamp clubs (both in person and online) will be making these Valentine's Day projects.

For those of you who participated in my online club, I've revamped the club. Here are the new details!

My online clubs will “mirror” my in person clubs. You will get materials for the projects sent to you in the mail, along with instructions (these will be mailed to you in a pdf as soon as you place your order) for assembly. There will be two projects each month and you will get supplies to make two of each one. I will supply the monthly hostess code in my newsletter and on my blog each month. All you have to do is place a minimum $35 order at my online store by the 10th of the month, put in the hostess code on the last screen before you finalize your order.

Your product order will ship directly to you will receive your consumable materials around the 22-25th of each month at the latest. I'm excited to be able to continue my online club so you can stamp with me whenever and wherever! January's hostess code is: TGT9THKS and the product I'm featuring is the Valentine Bundle on Page 16 of the new Occasions Catalog (order# is 140818, $35.50 – bundle features the photopolymer Bloomin' Love Stamp Set and the Bloomin' Hearts Thinlits Dies). Please email me if you have any questions!

Speaking of clubs, myclub  ladies are so excited because in January  they'll be able to start getting their free Sale-A-Bration products! This is definitely the happiest time of the year at Stampin' Up! For each $50 in purchases, you get to choose a free Sale-A-Bration item…how great is that!

If you haven't yet gotten your catalogs, feel free to download these pdf”s and start shopping! One of the best parts about ordering from me is I'll send you ideas for products you buy and personally answer any questions you have!



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Posted on January 4, 2016

If Mama’s Happy……

Announcements/ Sale-A-Bration

EVERYONE is happy. If everyone is happy….you've got a happy home! Mama will definitely love this adorable card made with the new stamp set, Happy Home, available TOMORROW in the new Occasions Catalog.


This fun stamp set has 10 images and I love the writing used on the sentiments. Click on the pdf below for all the supplies used!


Remember, you can order these products from the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog starting tomorrow at my online store.

You can pick up a free Sale-A-Bration set if your product order totals at least $50!

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Posted on April 16, 2015

Unlikely Combo

Big Shot/ Die Cut

I've been using the Celebrate Today stamp set and coordinating framelits a lot lately for bright, glitzy birthday cards.  But, the unlikely combo (baby paper for a birthday card??) of Stampin' Up!'s Sweet Dreams Designer Series Paper and the Balloon Framelits Dies is one I'll be using more and more.

sweet dreams ballons

One of the greatest things about making handmade cards is all the opportunities for “out of the box” creations!

Even better…the stamp set and framelits come in a “bundle” to save 15% over purchasing them separately…woo hoo!!

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Posted on April 2, 2015

Spring Has Sprung…..For REAL this time???

Sale-A-Bration/ Stamping

Hello stampers…our weather here in the Dallas area has gone from snow to sunshine to hail to sunshine…MAYBE Spring is here to stay????  Let's hope for the best!!


This card uses one of my favorite colors, Calypso Coral.  The second flower is “shadow stamped” (the technique of re-stamping an image before re-inking it) to make it lighter.  This is a great way to get a lighter and darker shade of the exact same color by just using one color of ink pad!

The Flower Medallion Punch from Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog coordinates beautifully with the image; I just LOVE it when I can use coordinating punches or Framelits.  This punch not only coordinates with this stamp set “Crazy About You”, but it also coordinates with another stamp set in the Occasions Catalog called “Petal Potpourri”.

Stamp Sets: Crazy About You &  Simply Wonderful (from Sale-A-Bration)**

Cardstock:  Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Whisper WhiteDesigner Series Paper:  Best Day Ever (SAB)** 

Ink Pads: Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi

Accessories:  Petite Petals Punch, Flower Medallion Punch, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Basic Pearls, Best Day Ever (SAB)** ribbon, Scalloped Edge Border Punch

**if you did not happen to get these items during Sale-A-Bration…no worries!! Select another coordinating Designer Series Paper and ribbon…there are many from which to choose!! 🙂

Hope you like this card; to purchase any of these supplies, please visit my online store.

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Posted on March 17, 2015

March Paper Pumpkin is Here!

Announcements/ Paper Pumpkin/ Product Information/ Videos

March Paper Pumpkin is here and I've already stamped my cards and put together one of them…fell asleep in front of the tv so rest to be finished tonight!

With Paper Pumpkin, it is SO easy to GET YOUR MONTHLY ARTISTIC FIX!  Order a 3 month pre-paid subscription to Paper Pumpkin kits and save $5.  PLUS you'll qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration gift!  Offer ends March 31.

Prepaid subscriptions are also available in 6 months or 12 months…AND you still qualify for free Sale-A-Bration items AND free hostess rewards!


See below to see all the Sale-A-Bration freebie options:



bunus sab items


newSABitems (all new, just released today!)

If you are ALREADY A PAPER PUMPKIN SUBSCRIBER , need a refill to make more of a particular kit or want to purchase an entire past kit?  Discover what's available HERE!  Only while supplies last!

Oh…my mid-month newsletter is going out today with all my classes and also the info on our next Grils, INK team event. If you aren't getting my newsletter, be sure to add your info into the big, coral circle above so you don't miss anything!!

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Posted on March 1, 2015

Four NEW Sale-A-Bration Products for March 2015

Announcements/ Paper crafting

Stampin' UP! has announced the release of four NEW Sale- Bration products for March 2015 that you can select as one of your free items during Sale-A-Bration with your $50 purchase!  They actually have never done this before, so I think it's pretty exciting!

My favorite new items is the In Color Accessory pack!


There is also a stack of Designer Vellum paper and two new stamp sets.  Click on the link below to see them all:


In addition to the ten items already available in the Sale-A-Bratin brochure, you can choose any of the new items for free with a minimum $50 merchandise purchase. Purchase $100 and get two free items…woo hoo!!

What are you waiting for? One, two, three…..start shopping!


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Posted on January 21, 2015

NEW Stampin’ Up! Video!

Project Life by Stampin' Up!/ Videos

Check out a NEW Stampin' Up! Video featuring one of my most favorite Project Life by Stampin' Up! Card Collections, Little Moments.

This Card Collection has 100 double-sided, color-coordinated cards  in 3 sizes: 4″ x 6″, 4″ x 4″, and 3″ x 4″. SO many cute options for preserving memories and/or making baby shower invitations and announcements!  This collection coordinates with the Little Moments Accessory Pack and the color scheme will work for a girl OR boy. Also available as a digital download for you MDS crafters!


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Posted on January 13, 2015

Neutral Butterfly Card

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


In this card made with all “neutral” colors, the butterfly takes front and center! The Butterfly Thinlits Dies, some burlap, ribbons, and Designer Series paper creates magic without any color…don't you agree?

Card Supplies

  • Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper (137785) pg 42 Occasions Catalog
  • 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon (13140) pg 207 Annual Catalog
  • Sahara Sand Lace Trim (137866) pg 43 Occasions Catalog
  • Butterfly Thinlits/Stamp Set Bundle Photopolymer (138865) pg 26 Annual Catalog
  • Whisper White Seam Binding (134573) Annual Catalog
  • Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) Page 209 Annual Catalog

A couple of tips:

1. Be sure to check out the bundle options in all of our catalog: these will definitely save you money!

2. When using Photopolymer Stamp Sets, be sure to gently rub the stamps on a rough surface before you try to ink them (i.e. jeans, Stampin' Scrub pad are two great options); also, when stamping with a photopolymer stamp, be sure to use your  Stampin' Pierce Mat (126199). Following these two tips, will give you a crisp,  clean image!

Visit my online store to purchase the items to make this card.

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Posted on December 5, 2014

Paper Snowmen – Not Your Typical Frosty!

Holidays / Special Days/ Stamping




Aren't these Paper Snowmen the cutest things you've ever seen??? Remember the 3D paper pumpkin project I showed you a few weeks ago? Now you can create fun paper snowmen using the same technique!

You could also use these snowmen  as cute package toppers or place card holders for your holiday parties. Another idea would be to gather your kids/grandkids together together and make a bunch of these to decorate your home.

Create the hat using a 2-1/4″ circle, a 1-1/2″ circle, and 1-1/2″ x 5″ strip of cardstock or Designer Series Paper. Make the snowman’s body using 2-3/4″, 2-1/4″, and 1-7/8″ circles (or whatever size you wish)! Use the Owl Punch for eyes and the Bird Punch to make the nose and mouth.

Find all of the items needed to make these adorable guys  at my online store. Supply list is below.

While you're there, be sure to check out all the “year end closeout” items; some are discounted as much as 80%!!!


Snowmen Supply List

Early Espresso Cardstock (item # 119686)

Kraft Cardstock (item # 133674)

Pumpkin Pie Cardstock (item # 105117)

Whisper White Cardstock (item # 100730)

Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper (item # 135822)

Gold Foil Sheets (item # 132622)

Red Glimmer Paper (item # 121790)

Real Red 3/8″ Satin Woven Ribbon (item # 135840)

Frosted Sequins (item # 135835)

Bird Punch (item # 117191)

Owl Punch (item # 118074)

Circles Collection Framelits Dies (item # 130911)

Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies (item # 135851

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Posted on November 29, 2014

Epiphany for Framelit/Stamp Set Storage

Big Shot/ Die Cut

I just had to do a quick post to share an epiphany for framelit/stamp set storage that I had today while preparing for some upcoming workshops.

I think I have tried just about everything including:

1. magnetic sheets: You can buy these at Lowes or any “do it yourself” big box type of hardware store and cut them to fit into your storage case. You can also order from a place like Ellen Hutson online. She has a set of 25 magnet sheets, 4-3/4 x 5-3/4 for $13. These are made in the USA, but are out of stock right now.

2. Storing in the folder they come in – I used a box and put them in alphabetical order. This is definitely a pain; constantly searching for the framelits I want.

Here is my epiphany; I shared it with some friends thinking they would say…well, duh!! But, they actually thanked me for the suggestion.

TAKE YOUR FRAMELITS OUT OF THE PLASTIC CASE AND PUT THEM INTO THE COORDINATING STAMP SET CASE BEHIND THE RUBBER! When you go to use the stamp set and the framelits, they will be in one place!!!!!

Have you come up with a storage solution that works for you? Please share in a comment!


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Posted on November 11, 2014

Brand New Stamp Set – Banner Blessings

Announcements/ Product Information/ Stamping

I am so excited to tell you about Stampin' Up!'s brand new stamp set – Banner Blessings, our latest photopolymer offering.

These stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You'll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and gives a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks (Block “D” is the best option for this stamp set) and are easy to place just where you want them.


I'm ordering mine today; how about you!

Remember, I have a great Wish List program that will help ensure you get exactly what you want under the tree this year! Email me for more info.

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Posted on October 27, 2014

Who is on Your Holiday Card List?

Announcements/ Classes / Events/ Holidays / Special Days

Whether naughty or nice, everyone should get a special holiday card in the mail…who is on your holiday card list?

Whether you want to create a stunning party invitation like this one created with the Stampin' Up! Snowflake Card Thinlits Dies

or send your annual card to family and friends, I can help!

Once again I am offering my Holiday card consulting service.  Whether you want an original Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's card, look no further!

You and I will meet in person (or we can skype, email or phone chat) for a half hour and discuss options. My service is $47 for the half hour and I promise you I'll come up with a one of a kind, never seen before card that will be the talk of all your friends and relatives.

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