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May 2016

Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog Launch! Plus a Pretty Pineapple Stamp!

I'm so excited for today. Its the launch of the brand new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog 2016-2017. I've been eagerly awaiting this day, so that (1) I can put my extended order in and (2) I can share it with you!!

If you don't have a catalog in your hands by now, let me know and I can get one out to you. (If you don't already have a demonstrator of you own ;) Email me at Or you can view the catalog right now, but clicking on the link in my side bar. You are going to want to have this beautiful book. .. over 450 gorgeous samples alone!

I am so happy to get to share more new products with you. Today, I chose the new "Pineapple" stamp set. Why, you ask? Well, because my new blog design is.. Pineapples! I did share a pink pineapple a week or so ago, and today, I went for a more natural look.


I also used the "Thoughtful Banners" stamp set and coordinating "Duet Banner" Punch, along with the little pineapple from the "Pop of Paradise" stamp set.


I love the fresh vibrant colors on this card. Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green and Delighful Dijon all used to make it look like a real live pineapple!


I also used the new cucumber crush thick bakers twine to finish off the textured look of this card. I'm really loving this new twine and all the possibilities. Its so easy to work with as well.


Here's a quick tip: I inked the pineapple in daffodil delight and cucumber crush, then used a sponge dauber in delightful dijon to shade the bottom of the pineapple and one in garden green to shade the crown of the pineapple. I love the dimension that it adds to the image.

I look forward to sharing lots and lots of new stamps and accessories with you in the upcoming days, weeks and months.

The New Stampin Up Annual Catalog is "off the charts" AMAZING! So, come back again soon to see whats new!

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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One Final Look at These cute cards...& Last Day to Buy Retiring Products!


Last chance to get those retiring items- many discounted up to 50% off!

** Stock up on your Favorite Cardstocks- All cardstock will go up $1 in the New Catalog.

Check out the entire list of RETIRED items listed below the sample cards...  Order 24/7- by clicking on the product or my SHOP button.


Here's one last look at these retiring products:

World Map and The Open Sea Stamp sets


Party Wishes stamp set and Its My Party designer paper


Going Global Stamp set, World Map stamp and World Traveler emboss folder

Zoo Babies and Its Wild background stamp

Beautiful Bunch stamp set and Fun Flower punch

I hope you are able to get the items you want, before they are gone forever!

Until the next time..

Keep on Stampin' and Come Back again soon!




My "Fresh Fruit" Samples from The Stampin' Up! On Stage Convention

Soon the New Stampin' Up! Annual catalog will go live- June 1st, to be exact. I can hardly wait. There are so many stamps and new accessories that I can't wait to get my hands on!

It's true that as demonstrators we do get to pre order "some" of the products. Of course I took full advantage of that so that I'm able to have new products ready for my June classes, workshops and events.

I was also blessed to be asked to do a presentation and demonstration at the On Stage Convention. So, that meant that I received some products to play with, well in advance, so that I could demonstrate with them.

One of the awesome sets that I received is the Fresh Fruits stamp set. I fell totally in love with this set right off of the bat.

I made several samples for my demonstration and for the display boards at convention.

I'm going to share of few of the cards with you today.

This is the display board from On Stage:


The cards that I am sharing today are quick, easy, fun, happy cards that can be whipped up in no time at all. I stamped all of these images on watercolor paper. I think it gives the fruit a cool textured look.

The first one is the peaches from the Fresh Fruit stamp set- available June 1st.








I used the masking technique on all of these cards. I punched the

1 3/8" circle punch and decorative label punch out of a post it note and stuck it to the cardstock. I then stamped over and all around it. Once I was finished stamping, I removed the post it note. It then left a empty space in the shape of the circle or decorative label punch, where I was able to stamp the greeting. I also used a strip of  3/4" wide, computer paper as a mask on the pear, strawberry and flower cards.

Here's another flower card, just for fun.


All of these images and greetings are included in the Fresh Fruit stamp set. I can't list the supplies below as I normally do, because the lists for the new products aren't available until June 1st. I guarantee, you are going to want to add thd Fresh Fruit set to your wish list - its a must have- and it works wonderfully with our new "In Colors"!

There are a few other cards, that I designed with this set, that you may have noticed in the display board photo. I will share those with you as well, another time.  I have a cool technique that I "made up", that I want to share with you called the "orange peel" technique.  That's what I call it. Anyway, be sure to check back soon so see it!

Until the next time..

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!


Swirly Bird Love -Stampin' Up! New Annual Catalog

Ok, so I've been playing with the new "Swirly Bird" stamp set featured in the new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog 2016-2017. I have to say that I am "in love" with this set. It really didn't look very interesting in the photo of the stamp set, but when I started playing around with it, it sure came to life. I haven't even got past making flowers with it yet.

There are so many fun elements left to create with... like boats and kites and birds and nests and swirls and the list goes on.

I can't wait for you to see this fabulous stamp set. I have made a ton of flower cards with it, in a variety of colors.

I will share one or two with you now. They are very similar in style and color, so I decided to put them together in this post.

Here's the first one:


For the inks, I used an old favorite - perfect plum, along with soft sky, pear pizazz and old olive. I didn't realize that this emboss folder is retiring. I thought for sure it was in the new catalog. I was wrong. If you don't have it, get the Decorative Dots folder before the end of May. Everything else used on this card will be in the new catalog: soft sky, perfect plum and whisper white cardstock as well as the white organza ribbon.


One last view...This is one of my all time favorite color combinations.


I'll share a similar card ( almost the exact card) just for kicks. I've added some rhinestone jewels to bling it up a bit.


This time I used the Elegant Dots emboss folder.

It will be in the new Stampin' Up Annual Catalog 2016-2017!


I also switched out the perfect plum cardstock for pear pizazz on this card.


I will list the supplies below. However, I will not be able to list the "Swirly Bird" stamp set or the "Thoughtful Banners" stamp set. ( its the "thank you" greeting on the cards) The sets will be available June 1st and the list will go live then. So, you'll have to remember to add it to your order, because I know this set is going to be a "must have" for everyone!

Thanks for stopping by today to visit my blog.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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Dad or Grad- Tutorial: Unique Fold "Shirt Card"

Father's Day and Graduation are just around the corner. So, it was time for me to make more masculine cards.

Today I was able to get some stamping time in. I was able to get a lot of cards designed, and that makes me very happy. I designed a few for my card class, a few swaps and of course a couple of guy cards.

This card uses the Brushstrokes background stamp, night of navy ink and cardstock, gold foil sheets, gold satin ribbon as well as gold emboss powder.

Here's one of the cards: Perfect for the Dad or Grad. And if you are from my neck of the woods, (Butler, PA) its also the Butler High School Golden Tornado colors AND the Pitt Panther colors too!


This is how I made the shirt card: Cut a piece of night of navy cardstock to 5 1/4" x 4". Stamp both sides of the cardstock with the Brushstrokes stamp in night of navy ink.

Next, cut a slit 1" down from the top, stopping at the 3/4" line as seen here. Do this on the other side as well.


Next, fold the collar so that the points touch in the middle.


Next, simply tie a knot in a 6" piece of gold satin ribbon. Do not pull it tight. It should look like an actual tie knot.


Next, cut it at the top and tuck it in, using a glue dot to hold it in place inside the knot.



Next, place dimensionals under each side of the collar and place the tie with a glue dot.


To form the point at the bottom of the tie, fold ribbon in half and snip at an angle as shown.


And.. Voila! Ready for dad or grad. I added the greeting from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set in the New Stampin' Up 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and embossed it in gold emboss powder. Simply change the greeting if you're making a Fathers Day Card.

IMG_9353 And if your guy prefers a bow tie...  I used the Bow Builder Punch with the gold foil sheets and embossed the Thoughtful Banner in gold emboss powder. I love the gold on gold look. I also added rhinestone jewels as buttons.



Such a dapper pair. Take your pick, dad or grad?


This year, I've got both, as my son is graduating from high school next month. Where does the time go?

I love how the shirt can be made with just two simple cuts. Has this tutorial inspired you to make a shirt and tie card for your special guys too? I hope you'll give it a try.

The supplies are listed below, however the Thoughtful Banners stamp set and coordinating Duet Banner punch are not available until June 1st.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!


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Stampin' Technique - Outline Edging - with the Watercolor Words set

I've got a quick and easy card and technique to share with you today. Once again I've used the Watercolor Words stamp set, but this time, I've used the flower images to make this fun card.

I've actually used two different stamping techniques on this card. The outline edging technique and a simple favorite, sponging with sponge daubers.


I used elegant eggplant, wisteria wonder, soft sky, and old olive inks to stamp the flowers and leaves as well as the striped background and the greeting. I then sponged in the color with sponge daubers. This is such a quick and easy way to color outline images. Not to mention, it gives the flowers a soft, delicate look.

You can see that I've done the outline edging technique here. I stamped the entire card, except for about a 1 3/4" space from the bottom. This gave me enough room to cut the outline of the flowers and still have room to stamp the greeting below.


I love stamping the insides of cards with a pale ink color in a cute pattern, like this Brushstrokes background stamp shown here.


The inside of the card.


A few rhinestone jewels add a sweet sparkle to this simple and sweet card.


That's my quick tip and techniques for the day.

Go ahead and give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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