Free Stamps & a Fun Idea for the Sunburst Die

I suddenly realized this morning that June is rapidly flying by and that means the fabulous promotion for getting 2 free stamp sets added to your Starter Kit when you purchase it in June is also quickly coming to a close!  So I wanted to make sure to post a reminder for everyone!


How it works:

  • Decide you are ready to join the Fun Side by becoming a demonstrator – my Fun n’ Crafty Stampers group would love to welcome you!
  • Pick out $125 in product from your wishlist (easy, right?  with the new Annual Catalog) and head over to start filling out the starter kit info.
  • Pick out 2 MORE stamp sets you want to get FOR FREE (any value) and add them to your starter kit
  • Only pay $99 plus tax… Stampin’ Up even covers the shipping!
  • Get fun stuff in the mail and I’ll reach out to say welcome and get you added to our Fun n’ Crafty team FB group and more! Smile 

With so many great reason to give it a try… why not try it out?

2 Free Stamps Promotion ends June 30th!
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Fun Idea for the Sunburst Thinlit Die

So, are you ready for some inspiration?  Maybe even some things to add to your starter kit Winking smile.  This was a card I created for my Stamp Club as a way to mix and match some supplies in my craft room that I didn’t normally think to put together.  Check it out:

Fun things to try on this card:

  • Create a cool background with the Sunburst Die and Vellum!  I love the look of the sunburst die, but I wanted to do something a little bit different with is, so I used it to create a background pattern for my card.  The neat thing is that when you use Vellum for your sunburst, you can layer it over your cardbase and depending on the color of your base cardstock, you’ll get a cool muted color where the vellum overlays. 
  • Only adhere the vellum where it is covered – just a tip for gluing down your Vellum, only put the glue where the sunburst will be covered up.  So, in this case, I just glued down underneath the square and not all the way to the ends of the sunburst rays.
  • Create a frame for the sentiment of your card – I love doing this with my cards.  I stamp my sentiment onto a piece of cardstock and then on a SECOND piece of cardstock (slightly larger than the sentiment piece) punch out a window using a framelit (like the Circles Framelits for a card like this) or a punch.  Then pop up that cardstock with a cutout over your sentiment using Stampin’ Dimensionals for a cool layered look.
  • Add extra texture by using an embossing folder for your frame piece – I took it up a notch by using the Woodgrain embossing folder on my circle frame piece.  Now, word of caution – you want to put in as few shims as necessary when embossing with this particular folder because when you go to cut out your circle, you end up with skinnier areas of cardstock around the circle which will be prone to tearing if your aren’t careful.  Good news though, if it tears a little, you can always put a dimensional behind the tear and it will hold it together and hide the rip.

I also created my colorful background for the sentiment by using the swoosh from the Work of Art stamp set and stamped in three different colors

  • Pool Party
  • Delightful Dijon
  • Wisteria Wonder

But mix and match the colors to coordinate with the colors of your card!

Try another color combination for the same card idea!

I thought I’d also post another version of this card that I created for the April OnStage Display boards – I changed up the colors to make the emphasis Mint Macaron, one of the colors I needed to highlight for the boards.

So you can see that changing up the colors on this design still looks great!  In this case, I used

  • Pool Party
  • Sahara Sand
  • Mint Macaron
  • Watermelon Wonder (for the heart)

So give it a try and let me know what color combinations you discover and love!

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Making Kites on Cards with the Swirly Bird stamp set

If you have seen the Swirly Bird stamp set in the Stampin’ Up catalog, you may have thought to yourself that it didn’t look like much… or, like I did, what the heck am I going to do with these shapes?!

But the amazing thing you’ll see if you start looking at cards using this set, is that you end up seeing so many different options and opportunities!  Kind of like life, right?  You look at the jumble of people and situations and wonder how it all comes together and yet, usually you end up being pleasantly surprised by some of the cool and unexpected ways things come together!  So, today I thought I’d share one of the first cards I made with the Swirly Bird stamp set… did you see those weird triangle shapes in the stamp image above?  Check it out… they turn into kites when used together!!!

Tips for making this card:

  • Two stamps means lots of opportunity to play with color – Mix and match your colors for the striped part of the kite and the solid part.  I was focusing on Delightful Dijon as this was a card for the OnStage displays using that color, but play around with your favorite colors to find new and fun color combinations!
  • Cut out some shapes to help your kites float on the breeze – While there is a coordinating thinlit set, it doesn’t cut out the kite image or the little bows.  But don’t be dissuaded from adding this pop of dimension!  Here are a few of my tips for cutting out stamp shapes so they look great:
    Always leave some white space around the outside of your images! 
    When I first started cutting out stamped images, I tried to cut exactly on the outline of the image.  The problem with that is that I’m an imperfect cutter and so sometimes I would cut right on the line and sometimes I’d cut OFF the line, or leave a little bit of white.  Which in the end, didn’t look so great.  But when I would cut and always try to leave a little bit of white around the edges, you don’t notice when I’m slightly closer in one spot or a little farther away in others.  Plus, it keeps the clean edge of the stamped image in tact, so the image always looks great!
    Move your paper NOT your scissors! 
    This is another trick that blew my mind when I first started cutting things out.  If
    you are like me, you learned in kindergarten to open and close the scissors in the direction of where you want to cut.  And that works great if you are cutting strips of paper or other mostly straight lines.  It doesn’t work so well when you are cutting curves or in little detail areas.  So, now, I always start with my scissors open and slowly close them for my cutting, but with my other hand, I move my paper to change direction of the cut.  Moving the paper allows for smooth curves and can make it a lot easier to get in to those tight little spaces.
  • Cut up your dimensionals (and the edges of the foam dimensional sheets!) to pop up even the littlest pieces – I wanted my kites to be floating on the breeze, but then I had to figure out what to do with the tails.  Ended up being easy to just cut up some of the edges of dimensional sheets so I could pop up the thin lines behind a few of the bows on each string.  Seriously, it is easier than it sounds!
  • Try the other stamps in unexpected ways!  I thought the swirly images in the stamp set looked like birds nests or artsy flowers, but when working on this card, I suddenly saw clouds!  That is the beauty of it, you can make them whatever you want!  I used Soft Sky ink and then for fun, added a white sequin from the Metallic Sequins assortment to the middle of each with a glue dot.

I loved how this card came together and hope it inspires you to give this stamp set a second look and maybe you’ll see some fun and unexpected combinations for an amazing project!

And speaking of fun and amazing new products and projects, if you missed it over on my YouTube channel, I posted an “unboxing” video to walk through all the new ribbons, papers, accessories, kits, and many many new stamp sets!  In fact, I had so much I couldn’t keep it all in one box!  So, check it out and see if you find any unexpected favorites in there Smile

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So, what do you think?  Have a favorite stamp or paper?  I love your comments and would love to hear from you on what your thoughts are Smile .

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Peek-a-Boo, a Bear Hug card for You!

After all the tragedy in the news over the last weekend, I thought it was the perfect time to share a paper hug here on the blog. 

I was inspired by a card by the hilarious Brian King and just loved the bear from the Bear Hugs stamp set popping out of the corner of the card!

Tips for making this card:

  • Let your images jump out of the frame! Stamp the bear from the Bear Hugs stamp set and cut him out using the matching framelits.  Then glue him onto the front of the paper you want him to be popping out of, so that his legs are hanging off of the corner.  Trim off any parts of the bear that are hanging over the edge and he is jumping out with a hug for you!
  • Great looks with mats – Make it really looked like a framed window by creating a small mat out of the same color cardstock as the bear!  I have him glued onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut his legs to match the edges of the white cardstock.  THEN, I mounted that onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock (the same that I used for the bear) that was cut to be 1/8” longer and taller than my white piece.  So, if the white cardstock is 2 1/4” x 3 1/2”, the crumb cake is 2 3/8” x 3 5/8”.
  • Mix and match sentiments for fun personalized sentiments!  I used the Peek-a-Boo from the Suite Sentiment sets and just colored the “peek-a-boo” from the baby sentiment with a marker.  Then I used the “see this hug” and it’s for you” from the Bear Hugs set, to finish out my custom sentiment!  Mix and match any works in your collection for fun phrases.

For everyone impacted by the horrible acts in Orlando this weekend, my heartfelt condolences to you and your loved ones!  There is also a card drive going on to shower the owner of Pulse nightclub with love and thoughts by sending her cards of support.  If you are interested in participating, I have details posted on my facebook page here.

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2016 OnStage Display Board Samples–Mint Macaron!

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Ok I’m finally getting the last set of projects up on the blog!  It’s been a busy week with Caitlin’s gymnastics show (or really, in her case, bouncing around the floor :))

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and then Nicholas’ kindergarten graduation and then HIS gymnastics performance on Saturday.  Then it is officially SUMMER!  I’m not sure whether to be excited because there is more flexibility in the day or scared because that means the quiet time in the middle of the day is going to be gone for 2 1/2 months!

But the sun is shining and the kids are cute… so I’ll choose happy. 🙂

And here are some Minty Fresh project ideas to get you going for summer too!

A fun and simple card that is quick and easy to do using some of the In Color designer paper, Bold Butterfly thinlits, and the Bloomin’ Love stamp set.

Or get a little fancier and bust out the vellum and Sunburst die to make a card like this:

And if you are in a hurry, how about a simple birthday card using the Balloon Celebrations stamp set?

I also had to create a scrapbook page for the display boards and just loved the fun of this picture from a Mommy & Me “spa” date.  It was a special treat for Caitlin and so the sentiment from the You’re So Sweet stamp set.

So, if you missed any of my other Display Board projects you can check them out here:

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November OnStage Display Board Stamper Submission

Oh my goodness!  I got back from my trip and learned they had opened up Display Stamper applications for the November OnStage demonstrator event.  Yes, I’m already getting excited for November!  Smile  Well I thought I would submit because I love the chance to focus on a smaller set of products and try to step up my game to make what I hope would be inspiration to some stampers. Smile  So, here are the projects I have to submit for my application:


Yes, that is on Vanilla Paper…. I just love this Moroccan stamp set as a background image!

Man, this card sections was sooooo hard!  I had one more I wanted to share, so hopefully you enjoyed the 3 I picked! Smile 

Scrapbook Page

Sometimes a picture just calls for it’s very own scrapbook page… and this picture of my girly.  Yeah, totally called for a page of her own!

And under that Hello You?  That is Gold Wink of Stella… yay for shimmer and shine!

3D Projects

First a mini-treat bag!

And one more with something new… my FAVORITE!!!  Foxy Friends!

So I hope you enjoyed these projects almost as much as I loved making them. Smile  And if I have a chance to be a Display Stamper, I would be so excited and love the opportunity.  

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2016 OnStage Display Board Samples–Delightful Dijon!

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Oops!  While I was away on my trip, apparently I got the last two display stamper blog posts ready but didn’t actually get them published!  But some of my favorite samples were in these sets so I want to make sure to get them shared for you now.  🙂

Today’s projects all highlight the Delightful Dijon color.  This was not one of my favorite colors when I saw it by itself and I thought for sure it would be my hardest color to work with…. NOPE!  Turns out it is a great color when mixed with neutrals and even some bright pops of color!

For example, my favorite card I made for the boards using the new Swirly Bird stamp set:

Or even as a base with Gold Foil and Mint Macaron.  And yes, that splatter is from the Swirly Bird set too along with the boat!  Great set, huh?

And I couldn’t stop playing with gold and Delightful Dijon.  Check out how well they go together when paired with the Mini Treat Bag:


And finally, the scrapbook layout that I promised my mom I’d do. 🙂  I needed to finish up scrapbook layouts for the boards and I was with my mom at the Mt. Vernon Tulip Festival.  I thought the tulips would make a great background for a photo and since she is a demonstrator and would be with me at OnStage in April, I had her pose with me in a photo and promised I’d scrap it as one of my display projects.  I totally wish I had gotten a photo of it up on the boards with me and mom there.  Such a fun little touch of personalization for an awesome trip to Salt Lake City!

I used the Kinda Eclectic stamp set for my accents and some of the In Color designer paper stack.  Keeping it simple, was a perfect way to highlight the photo and the compact size is great for combining with your Project Life layouts in one of the 6×8 albums!

So, see… even though colors that don’t seem as great on their own, often turn out awesome when you put them together with other colors.  Stick with the color families (so like the Stampin’ Up Brights, Regals, Subtles, etc) and you can be sure that the color tones and coordination will be great!

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It’s Here! The New Annual Catalog is Live!

I was up early to get in my first order of the new catalog and let me tell you, making decisions was super hard because my wishlist was too dang long! Smile  But I am so excited for what is coming plus the added bonus of extra hostess rewards is icing on the cake!  If you haven’t checked the new 2016 Annual Catalog out yet, here you go –


Check out the Annual Catalog PDF

Oh, and while you are there, you may want to print out a wishlist, because you are going to need it! Smile


Get your wishlist sheet

And if you really can’t decide which items you want, why not go for a product sampler?

Annual Catalog Product Samplers

Just in time for the new catalog, I have a couple ways for YOU to try out many of the new goodies from the catalog without having to buy everything!

Every catalog release I offer samplers to give you a chance to try out a little of each of the new items so you can see which you love and which not so much – because there is usually at least 1 or 2 that surprise you. :)  There are the FOUR offerings or get a BONUS when you choose the I Want It All bundle!

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Extra Bonuses in June for You!

So, like I mentioned, there are two great promotions going on now too:

Have a big wishlist, well, let me help you out with that!
In the month of June, Stampin’ Up is giving folks an extra $35 in free product when you place a $350 order or host a $350 party. That is $77 in free product.

Or make it up to $450 and get $98 total in free product plus the chance to purchase any item at 50% off! (that is especially nice for some of the large bundles like the new Large Letters Alphabet stamps and dies)
There are lots of options – from online parties, in-home private classes, and more – so just let me know and we can work together to get you that bonus! email me at

The already great deal just got BETTER!  Two extra free stamp sets in June!
Have I mentioned how much fun it is to be a demonstrator? 🙂  Whether you are in it for the community and discount on awesome products; or you are looking to make some money or even earn amazing trips and experiences – it is all great!
Purchase the $99 starter kit and get:

  • $125 in your choice of ANY product from the new catalog
  • 2 extra FREE stamp sets (June only)
  • 8 catalogs and business supplies
  • Free shipping on all of that!
  • Access to my Fun n’ Crafty team facebook community
  • 20% or more off all your purchases
  • Join swaps, team challenges, incentives, and get in on sneak peeks for future releases!

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2016 OnStage Display Board Samples–Cucumber Crush!

It’s Day 3 of my display samples share!  Since Friday I’ve been sharing projects I created for the 2016 OnStage Display Boards in Salt Lake City.  We’ve done Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe, and so today I’m going to be sharing projects highlighting ways to use your Cucumber Crush!

Now, I know some folks LOVE this color because they love the bright colors… love bright green for Christmas, or if you are my neighbor, it is perfect for Tinkerbell punch art and party decorations!  No seriously, I didn’t realize how perfect of a match it was until we put the Tinkerbell picture next to the cardstock.  Fabulous!

But if you are like me, sometimes lots of bright green is hard to work with, so I had to put in at least one card that isn’t quite so bold.  Smile  So that was this card.  I played with the Swirly Bird stamp set and Affectionately Yours designer paper to create a card that lets you use bold colors and highlight your favorite pattern papers (plus it is a great way to use up scraps!)

But if you like bold… let’s go bold!  I mixed bright colors with the much loved Celebrate Today stamp set.  Though this also taught me that I need a new firm foam Night of Navy ink pad!  I still was working with my old linen style pad and the coverage just isn’t the same on these large, solid photopolymer stamps.

How about a fun gift box?  Plus more copper foiled paper from the Affectionately Yours designer paper pack!

And then, if you are going to go bold, let’s go CRAZY BOLD!  Smile  I mixed In Color designer paper with the Affectionately Yours designer paper to make a super bright and cheery layout that was great for our Tulip trip.  PS – yep, that is Swirly Bird to make those tulips!  I was pretty proud of that discovery. ha ha ha.  Just exactly what I needed to finish out the layout.

And with that we have 2 Days Left to get your favorites from the Stampin’ Up Retirement List and I’ll have 2 more days of display board samples to share. Smile  Don’t forget, you can take advantage of my May Shopping Special until May 31st. :

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