Another great 20% off Stampin’ Up! deal

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surubons_smSo, I love how Stampin’ Up! has been taking advantage of this being their 20th anniversary to give a ton of great deals for 20% off.  This month, they have a great deal on their rub-ons. 

Have you used them yet? They are awesome!  Cute images and phrases with no mess!  Even better, you can use the rub-on on not only paper but on other smooth surfaces like wood (think picture frames), glass (home decor anyone?), photos (scrapbooking!), and more!  Spend $20 on any product and get as many rub-on sets as you want for 20% off!

See the designs online (just select me as the demonstrator for lower prices and cheaper shipping) or contact me for questions or to place your order.

My elegant embossed wedding card

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wedding-card-wmI will be flying to New York this Friday to attend my cousins wedding.  I keep calling it a NY socialite wedding because it is at a fancy resort in upstate NY and I heard that they will each have 12 attendants in the ceremony. 

It is a black tie affair and all that, so I figured I had to have an equally elegant card to give them.  What started with a simple experiment to emboss the wedding dress turned into a card that is just about entirely embossed and I just LOVE IT!!!  I kind of don’t want to give it away. 🙂 But I think it is perfect for them so it will be headed with me to NY.  What do you think?

And don’t forget, when I get back from the wedding I will be drawing for my blog candy!  Win a kit to make your own personalized cards!  Plus, if you hop over to my friend Kally’s blog, you still have time to enter her blog candy too!  She’s sending out 5 completed cards made by her and me, just for you!  Check it out!

Swap card overload!

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So, I showed you a couple posts ago about the cool gifts I was given and projects I made at the group meeting on Saturday. I also mentioned that I participated in a card swap. The other ladies made such awesome cards that I had to share!

All the cards I got at the end of the swap plus mine.

All the cards I got at the end of the swap plus mine.

And here are a few of my favorites!

Super cute card my upline Denise Rolak made.  Isn't she talented?

Super cute card my upline Denise Rolak made. Isn't she talented?

Super creative use of the Twill tape ribbon.  Love it!

Super creative use of the Twill tape ribbon made by Connie Swan. Love it!

One of my favorite stamp sets because it is so elegant.  Plus the colors are great and the glitter is a neat touch!

One of my favorite stamp sets because it is so elegant. Plus the colors are great and the glitter is a neat touch! Created by Leilani Landis.


What a cool idea for a card! Plus it make me think of my friend Kally. 🙂 Created by Janie Bracht.

A little blog candy of my own

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So, my dear friend Kally has been making cards with me for a while and then posting her creative genius on her personal blog. Recently she came up with the idea to do some blog candy – because really, who doesn’t like a give away? So, she is giving away 5 handmade cards that she and I will be making. To enter her blog candy, she asked folks to visit my site, pick their favorite card and then leave a comment on her site with the answer. Isn’t that sweet of her? Well, one of her great friends left me a comment and has inspired me to add on an additional blog candy!

The 5 card drawing will still be based off of her blog, but leave me a comment here with what your favorite type of creative project to make is and you’ll be entered in the bonus blog candy as well! Do you like cards? scrapbooking? 3D projects? something else? 

So, what treat do I have in store for you? A small card kit! Thats right, I’ll send you the supplies and instructions to make a couple cards in the comfort of your own home. 🙂 I’ll randomly draw a winner monday,11/17 at 9am. Yes, you can win both so visit her site too!  Look forward to hearing from you!

Why I love my Stampin’ Up! Uplines

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Because they are awesome and organize great events!

So, yesterday I went to a group meeting organized by my very distant upline (for those of you not familiar with the term, my upline is the person who recruited me to be a demonstrator).  It was for everyone in her group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and their recruits.  It was a day of stamping, swapping, sharing, and learning – and it was awesome!  I met a ton of cool people and came away with some great ideas and some cool projects.  I just had to share some of the neat stuff.

) And who doesn't love presents? Thanks Heather, Karen, and Holly!

First off, besides all the great tips and ideas my uplines gave me - they also gave me gifts. 🙂 And who doesn't love presents? Thanks Heather, Karen, and Holly!

Then, in the morning, I got to try my hand at making a few quick make and take projects myself. We got to make a card, a 6x6 scrapbook page, and use the BigShot to make a basket and a card. Each of these was easy but fun to make.

Then, in the morning, I got to try my hand at making a few quick make and take projects myself. We got to make a card, a 6x6 scrapbook page, and use the BigShot to make a basket and a card. Each of these was easy but fun to make.

I also took a set of cards to swap with other demos at the event.  I procrastinated terribly and didn’t end up starting to design the card until Friday night!  However, after a couple hours of designing and constructing, I think I ended up with a pretty cute card.  What do you think?

Fun with heat embossing

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Last night was both a technique tuesday and a historic presidential election.  So, we ended up combining the two events into an election watch party in the living room and technique tuesday in the dining room. 🙂 We had a small group but had fun trying out a few different ways to add texture and interest to your projects with embossing.  I just had to share the cute cards we made.

emboss_monkey1 The first card we made was a bit of traditional embossing.  We stamped the Thinking of You image in versamark on the Chocolate Chip card stock and then embossed with gold embossing powder.  We then stamped the sock monkey image straight onto whisper white and then I stamped the flower image using markers.  Finally, we used the versamarker pen to color in the flower petals and embossed those with gold again.  (I also couldn’t help myself and had to sponge the edges with more mustard and chocolate chip ink.  Not sure I love the results but they aren’t bad either!)


emboss_thankyou The second card we made used embossing as a color resistor.  We first stamped the flower images using versamark and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then we were able to sponge on top with baja blue and pacific point inks to bring out the embossed flowers.  Finally, we straight stamped the thank you image, punched it out, and used a dimensional to attach it to the card.  Very quick and very fun.

November’s Technique Tuesday is Heat Embossing!

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Every first tuesday of the month I offer a technique class to give you a chance to try new things and learn more about some of the techniques you have seen in pictures or on samples. This month we will be trying out heat embossing.

With embossing, there are two methods – dry embossing and heat embossing.

  • With dry embossing, you use some type of metal or plastic template with holes cut out. You place your paper over the template and then use a ball-tipped stylus to press your paper into the holes, creating a raised image in the shape of the template.
  • With heat embossing, you stamp an image and then sprinkle the wet image with embossing powder. The embossing powder sticks to the wet ink and when you apply heat with a heat gun, melts into a raised image in the shape of the stamped image.

There are a few different ways you can use heat embossing, whether to create an elegant shape like what is commonly done for wedding invitations or to act as a color resist when adding more stamps or ink to your paper. Join us Tuesday Nov. 4 at 7pm to try it out for yourself. Cost -$5. Email me at for more details.

Stamp-a-stack door prize!

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So, tonight is part 2 of our holiday stamp-a-stack.  It should be a laid back evening where folks can leisurely finish up their cards and have the chance to play with any of my supplies.  Tonight is also when I hand out the door prize!  The door prize for tonight is a box to hold all of the cards and envelopes we made!  I was taking a guess on some of the measurements but after I had it complete it looks like it is exactly the right size!  I made it more generic so it is useful not only for the holiday cards but to also store any cards made in the future.  So, without further ado, here is the prize:


This box is 4.5″ wide x 6″ long x 3″ tall.  It takes two 12×12 sheets of paper to make plus any accessories you want to make it look neat.  In my case, I used ribbon, dazzling diamonds giltter, the enjoy every moment stamp set, and the BigShot with the TopNote die.  If you are interested in the template to make this, leave me a note and I’ll get it posted. 🙂

Check out my calendar of upcoming events to join in the fun and possibly win your own door prize!

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday Mini Swap

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So, a couple weeks back I participated in a card swap based on the Stampin’ Up! 2008 Holiday Mini catalog.  It was myself and 9 other SU demonstrators designing cards using the new stamp sets from the Holiday Mini and then mailing them in to one person who would then mail back one of each design to the participants. 

I chose to use the Eat, Drink, and be Scary stamp set for my design.  Everyone else used a different set from the catalog.  Now I’ve heard that the cards were mailed out last Saturday so I’m racing to my mailbox every day hoping they will show up.  I love seeing what other people come up with and new ways to layout cards or use the stamp sets.  Anyway, I thought I would share the card I sent in.  Oh I’m so excited! 🙂

The 5 minute Wow flowers thank you card

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What a great weekend!  The weather was great, and the company was fantastic.  We had a small group of ladies come over for a mega-holiday card making event.  I am always so impressed to see the creativity that comes out of peoples at these events!  We had a bit of a late start and so most folks didn’t make it through all of their cards, so we are having Card Day-part 2 this wednesday night! 🙂  Looking forward to it!

3x3 Wow Flowers Thank You card

Also this weekend, my mom came down and brought her BigShot and tons of great ideas!  So we spent Sunday playing around with the BigShot and watercoloring and I can’t wait to get some of the samples up online to share.  Unfortunately, my camera was missing its memory card this morning so I have to wait until tonight to take the pictures.  However, in the mean time, here is a card I made to thank the ladies that placed orders recently.  It is a quick and easy card to make (seriously, these are 5 min or less cards) and use the Wow Flowers stamp set that goes with your Flower Power Simply Sent card elements kit.

Do it yourself card kit – Holiday edition

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Ok, so in my last couple posts, I’ve shown a bunch of different designs 5 of which be the set we do at the Holiday Stamp-a-Stack this saturday (space still available, email me to join!).  I’ve also mentioned offering a card kit for those folks who can’t attend the workshop this weekend since I know lots of folks are busy or live further away. 

After reviewing the cards we are doing at the workshop, I realized that one of the cards (the Seasons Greetings glittery trees) is a bit hard to do in a kit unless you have some specific supplies at home already.  So, I’m changing up a little the designs for the kit.  The following are the default cards for the DIY kit.  However, if you have a favorite card that isn’t in the set, just let me know and we can look at swapping it in.

Kit includes: precut paper, envelopes, accessories, and instructions.  Cost – $20 plus free shipping.




Email me at to order your kit today!

Holiday Stamp-a-Stack Sneak Peak – Part 2

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I told you I had more sketches than necessarily for the Holiday Stamp-a-Stack this Saturday but I decided to make them up anyway.  Unfortunately I spent way to much time last night trying to figure out how to make one of my sketches work (it never did end up working) so I only got through four more cards.  However, I think I’ve made up some cool designs so between yesterday’s cards and today’s cards I think I will have my 5 cards picked out.

Here is what I made last night:








Some notes about the cards.  The snowman card has the front punch through to the inside where the snowman stamp is glued down. And the trees in the Seasons Greetings card are glittery (I thought it made a fun winter wonderland motif 🙂 )

Just a reminder, please RSVP if you want to come to the workshop or contact me to let me know if you want a card kit.  The current plan for the 5 card designs are the 3 from yesterday, happy holidays above and seasons greetings above.  Leave me a comment if you want to vote for a different set of designs!