Updates - Stampin' Up! Products


Updates released 11/26/2103

  • The Holiday sale is going so well that we will be adding some special items for Cyber Monday (Dec. 2). Just look for the 24-hour category in the Holiday Sale section of my on-line store
  • Designer Type Photopolymer stamp set has sold out. (As we evaluate this product line, all of our clear photopolymer stamp sets are only available while supplies last.)
  • Our final Best of 25 Years stamp set will be released December first.
  • Check out our latest Digital downloads here. They include a free December desktop calendar. (It's adorable!)

Itty Bitty Banners Thank You Tags


Our goodies from Cynthia's party arrived on Friday! I always enjoy creating tags to go on each order and have been told that they like receiving them (and hoarding them, lol). Here's hoping they like the latest:

If I haven't already dropped off your order, please contact me so we can make arrangements. Thanks!

Stamp Set(s): Warmth & Wonder (Hostess set - Holiday 2013), Itty Bitty Banners
Project Colors: Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Circles, Apothecary Accents, Bitty Banners
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Pearl, satin ribbon (retired)

The Stamp Review Crew - coming soon!


Great news! If you visit my personal blog, you may have noticed a new button in the sidebar that looks like this:

Well, this little nugget of gold is an exciting new site where a few Stampin' Up! Demonstrators will be sharing projects with you twice a month. Starting December 2nd, we will be sharing projects created with a specific stamp set. Some of us will be using rubber stamps and some will be using their digital counterpart, but either way you will get a variety of ideas and inspiration for your own projects.  I can't wait!

Here's a list of the Design Team Members and their blogs. I encourage you to take a peek at their sites when you get the time. With the variety of styles and projects represented here, this challenge site is set to be a great resource for you!

  1. Heidi Baks  runningwscissorsstamper.blogspot.com
  2. Cindy Beach stampspaperandink.typepad.com/
  3. Beth Beard   mylittlecraftblog.com/
  4. Adriana Benitez  escape2stamp.com
  5. Tanya Boser  tinkerin-in-ink.blogspot.com
  6. Debra Burgin  heartfeltinkspiration.com/
  7. Jill Coleman   jillstamps.com 
  8. Holly Krautkremer  rubberredneck.typepad.com
  9. Yapha Mason   yaphamason.com
  10. Mary Rindal   maryrindal.com/
  11. Ann Schach    stampinchic.com/
  12. Martha Stewart  seasonsofstamping.com/
  13. Dawn Tidd   tiddbitsfromdawn.typepad.com/tiddbits-from-dawn/
  14. Lisa Young   addinkandstamp.blogspot.com/
  15. Kerry Willard Bray stampgoodness.com/
  16. Rita Wright  ritascreations.blogspot.com/

Yippee Skippee Baby Card US232


Here's a great little sketch for you to work with; it's #232 at Unscripted Sketches. What do you think about those diagonal lines? Will you stamp them, put down some paper strips or how about some striped paper? If you decide to play along, please be sure to link to your project at the US site so we can check it out!

My card is a little scaled down version of the sketch and measures only 4" square. This card is for my Bible study leader who is expecting her third child. I thought the sentiment might be fun for her and couldn't resist adding a row of 5 small pearls - one for each person in her family :)

If you are wondering where the stripes are on my card, they are there. I simply cut strips of the same paper and placed them diagonally across the first layer. It's almost like a tone-on-tone effect. See them now? :)

Stamps: A Fitting Occasion, Yippee Skippee
Colors: Pool Party, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Tools: 1" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch
Extras: White Baker's Twine, Jewels Basic Pearls, Vintage Faceted Button

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Stampin' Up! Trust God greeting card


I ran across a card by Jen Shultz (for Verve) that just caught my breath. I enjoy making CAS (clean and simple cards) but sometimes a girl's just gotta go multi-layered.

Project Notes:

  • Each layer was lightly sponged with Very Vanilla pigment ink.
  • The edges were roughened by rubbing the side of my Paper Snips along the edge. Distressing Tools were made for this purpose, I just didn't have one handy :)
  • The heart is a punch out; I used my Paper Trimmer and scoring blade to score lines on a slight diagonal. Sponging the ink into these grooves emphasizes the line.
  • The sentiment (from Trust God) was heat embossed using White Embossing Powder.

Not as breath-taking as Jen's, but it'll do.

Stamp Set(s): Trust God
Project Colors: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Marina Mist (ribbon)
Tools: Big Shot, Chevron TIEF, Stampin' Sponges, Heart punch
Embellishments: Naturals Designer Buttons, twine, Marina Mist 5/8" grosgrain (retired)
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Stampin' Up! Stamp-A-Tag Kit Samples


In class last Sunday we played around with the Stamp-a-tag Kit offered in our Holiday Catalog. This little kit is only $10.95 and comes with the ink, stamps, tags and twine to decorate 24 tags! Of course,  you also have the option of pulling out your other stock-piled supplies to play even more. Here are some ideas for your tag-making enjoyment. I've added notes below each picture where "extra" supplies were used.

Note: these samples are all Christmas-y. A couple of the ladies left some blank so they can use them for other gift/treat giving events. Good idea, eh?

This is the kit "as-is". You don't really need more… 
but if you have it, why not use it?

 I just shared how to make these little bows in THIS PDF. Here, I used our Large Oval punch, Paper Snips and scrap card stock to make these bows. They are topped off with Jewels Basic Rhinestones. The tag was also stamped with En Francais (background stamp).

 For the silly in you… or your family :)
Penguins created using our Owl Builder Punch and Petite Pennant Punch (for their hats). The tag was embossed using the Northern Flurry embossing folder. We used chalks (remember those?) to add color to the snowflakes.

These tags were embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots folder and topped with a zig zagged piece of 1/8" Old Olive taffeta ribbon. This ribbon actually came with the kit, wrapped around the tags. The sentiments are from Teeny Tiny Wishes and are die cut using Framelits - Itty Bitty Banners. The stars are die cuts from Sizzix. 

 This set of 6 came together quickly: Woodgrain Background stamp, sentiment from the kit, and the deer from our Hostess set Warmth & Wonder. Easy, peasy and they won't scare the guys.

This last trio is a compilation of shared materials. The two on the left sport scraps of DSP and an adorable wreath from our Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set. (Thanks to Jessica for bringing that!) And the last tag is decorated with Season of Style Designer Washi Tape along with another star and red jewel. (Thank you to Clarice for sharing your Washi!)

So as you can see, you can just use the kit or go wild and pull out other crafty supplies. It was so nice to sit around, chat and share ideas while putting these together. I can't over emphasize how relaxing it is to sit around with my ladies and play with paper. I encourage you to gather some friends and give it a shot!

Stamp-a-tag Kit is item # 132806

DIY Gable Box and Gift Bow


Would you like to know how to make a wonderful little box for gift giving? Here's a gable box we made at our stamping party last week along with a really pretty bow. It was a success :)

Detailed instructions for both the box and bow are provided on the following PDF file.
Edited to add: For the box, begin with an 8-1/2" x 12" piece of card stock (not 8-1/2' x 11" as stated on the file)
DIY Gable Box and Gift Bow

Supply List:
81/2" x12" sheet of Cherry Cobbler card stock
2" x 12" strip of Modern Medley Designer Series Paper
Silver Glimmer Paper (1 3/4" Circle Punch)
Paper Trimmer, Bone Folder, XL Oval Punch, Paper Snips, Adhesive
Jewels Basic Rhinestone
This project came together based on a combination of videos and ideas shared by various crafters on-line.

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Many Thanks US231


This week's sketch stumped me at first, but then I chose a different card size and a few colorful paper scraps and it all came together. Thanks to Nancy for letting me pull these word rub-ons from her collection!

The finished card size is 6-1/2" x 3". I would like to tell you I'm clever enough to figure out these random sizes on my own, but I would by fibbing! It's one of the sizes listed on the Envelope Punch Board; so when I'm ready to mail this I will be able to make an envelope to fit. Sweet!

Colors: Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Very Vanilla
Tools: Horizontal Slot punch (retired)
Extras: Natural Trim, Linen Thread, Metallic Brads (retired)
Other: Jewelry Charm, word rub-ons

Envelope Punch Board - How to create boxes


Hi there! I'm still a little obsessed with finding out all the ways we can use our Envelope Punch Board. I ran across several videos showing how to make some gift boxes and, of course, the one that excited me most was a way to make boxes for greeting cards. It's so easy!

Here's a box I made for my workshop/party Hostess Cynthia. The card design (also used on the front of the box) is a copy of a card created by Linda Callahan. Linda is a friend and Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in New York. Thanks, Linda for letting me CASE your project!

Would you like to make some, too? And how about some ideas on how you can make other sizes, too? Here… lemme show you how!

Want to see another style of box? Click here for an adorable little box created by a UK Demonstrator sharing lots of ideas on her YouTube channel PootlesPapercraft. This box is just one of a series of Envelope Punch Board ideas shared throughout the week. Enjoy!

Christmas Greetings Penguin Punch art


* Correction: the punch used to create these penguins was the Owl Punch, not the bird punch! Thank you Elaine for catching my mistake!

I love having multiple uses for my tools and I hear that many of you do, too. Well this card showcases and few alternate ways to use different tools and products:

  • The penguins were created using the Owl Punch; simply snip off the birds ears. The eyes, chest and pompom on the hat are all cut with this same punch. Even the itty-bitty eye-balls are included. It's funny how many expressions you can create just by changing the placement of those two little dots! In my imagination, the penguin on the left is giving the one on the right a "ok, do you see this guy?" kind of look. :)
  • The hat was created using our Petite Pennant Punch. Punch a simple pennant for the body of the hat, then insert the edge of a white piece of card stock along the bottom edge of the scalloped pennant to get the brim of the hat. 
  • The hills were created using one of the dies in our Adorning Accents Edgelits. This die is 6" wide, allowing you to easily alter the edge of a card front. I cut two pieces from scraps of Whisper White card stock and just played around with their placement to create the landscape. The Soft Sky layer is only 5 1/4" wide allowing room to play.
  • To imitate the look of snow, I ran a 2-way Glue Pen along the top edge of the "hills" and then dipped them in Dazzling Diamonds. This super-fine glitter sticks to adhesive very well - no heat setting required. I think you can see the sparkle a little better in this photo:

Note: The inspiration for the embossed background, penguins (minus Santa hat) and glimmery hills comes from a card created by Gayatri Murali. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp Set(s): Warmth & Wonder
Project Colors: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Basic Black, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler

Envelope Punch Board - how to make envelopes


For those of you who have been considering or have already purchased the Envelope Punch Board, I created a video this morning showing the features of the board and how to use it. I apologize in advance for the imperfect clarity of the image. Seems like I need to learn a little more about how to use my video camera!

Grab some of that extra paper you have stashed away and let's get to it! Enjoy!

Tag It Greeting Card Gift Set


Have you tried using the Envelope Punch Board yet? This nifty tool was worth purchasing when I thought I could just make envelopes with it (Hello paper stash!); but some clever crafters have inundated YouTube with all sorts of different boxes you can make with it, too! Craziness!

This Friday, my friend Cynthia is hosting a workshop/party at her house and I cannot wait to show the ladies how to create boxes to hold their handmade cards. Here's a box holding 4" square cards and coordinating envelopes. This one is a door prize.

I don't want to spoil the surprise for Cynthia, so I invite you to check back on Friday for a peek at her box….

Stamps: Tag It
Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Tools: Envelope Punch Board, Big Shot, Framelits - Chalk Talk
Extras: 1/8" Silver Taffeta Ribbon, Jewels Basic Rhinestone, white embroidery thread
patterned paper is from my "retired" stash


Blast Off with Unscripted Sketches


You will be blown away when you visit Unscripted Sketches this week! We've added a bunch of new designers with a variety of creative styles. Some stuck straight to the sketch (great for us CAS gals) and others really took an artistic jump with it (gorgeous and inspiring)! Wait until you've seen what they've shared!

Here's our sketch this week along with my take on it. The gray skies outside encouraged me to play with color, resulting in a fun kiddie birthday card. With the card being square, I pulled out my Envelope Punch Board to make a custom envelope. (Shown below the supply list.) The squares were rounded off using the corner rounder punch on the board.

Who said aliens had to be green?

Visit Unscripted Sketches and be inspired!

Stamps: Blast Off
Colors: Island Indigo, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Tools: Envelope Punch Board
Extras: Silver Glimmer Paper, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (retired), toothpick, Sizzix Cut & Emboss Stars

My Digital Studio Class Giveaway



We are excited to announce our new My Digital Classes, available starting Tuesday, November 12.

We're having a giveaway on Facebook for a chance to win our next My Digital Class to help your customers share our excitement about these new classes. When people enter to win, they'll be hit with all our My Digital Class awesomeness and will get a preview of the classes that will be available for purchase. Those who enter will also get a customized link that they can share with others.

Everyone who enters has a chance to win our next My Digital Class, but those who share their customized link will get their name entered into the drawing one more time for every person that uses their link to enter. So, after you enter, make sure to post your link to the giveaway on your Facebook page, Twitter, e-mails, and anywhere else you hang out online.

You can enter the giveaway starting on Tuesday, November 12. To enter, just go to our My Digital Studio Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mydigitalstudio) and follow the links there.

The Details
Dates: November 12-22, 2013
What is it: We're giving away our next My Digital Class for free. Click here to learn more about these classes.
Who can win: Anyone! Well, not Stampin' Up! employees or their families, but both demonstrators and customers can win.
How to enter: Go to the My Digital Studio Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mydigitalstudio). Like our page if you don't already, then click the link to enter.
How we'll pick our winners: Every person who enters the giveaway will get their name entered into the drawing. If they then share the link to the giveaway with their friends, their name will be entered in the drawing again for each friend that enters. After November 22, we'll select 10 names at random and contact them about how to redeem their prize.

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Gently Falling


I apologize for the infrequent postings lately. Life is moving fast and stamping/photographing/editing time is at a premium! Stick with me - I'll be back to schedule soon!

In the meantime, here's a card CASEd on a card by Desiree Spenst. To create the center panels, cut a piece of neutral card stock 3-1/2" x 5" and stamp your design. Then cut into 3 equal size panels, separating and securing them to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Stamps: Gently Falling, (sentiment retired)
Colors: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry
Tools: Paper Piercing Tool, Color Spritzer (retired)
Extras: Metallic Brads (retired)

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New Complete Card Making kit being offered!


Our Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit now has a clone! Well, sort of. The kit is now available as a bundle, been beefed up just a little to provide a kit with everything a person would need to create cards. What's been added? Adhesive and Paper Snips (our great little detail scissors.) The kit is a truly a great stand-alone project kit providing everything someone would need to create a stack of cards.

The Bundle special officially includes the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit (shown below) plus Paper Snips, Mini Glue Dots, and SNAIL Adhesive (item # 135877 $50.00).

And here are some samples of the projects you can make with the kit:

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Stamp a Tag Kit class coming up!


Hi all!
On November 17th, I'm going to be hosting a gathering at my house where we will each be creating tags using the Stamp a Tag Kit featured on page 35 of the Holiday catalog. In order to have the kits ordered, delivered and ready for class, I will need to order them by next Friday (November 8th).

The class fee for this gathering is simply the price of the kit - $12.77 (including shipping & handling and sales tax for our area). However, Stampin' Up! does has a promotion going now that will save you 20% on two bundles that include the Stamp a Tag Kit along with additional supplies. If you would prefer one of these bundles, the cost will change accordingly.

XL Box Bundle class fee $22.10 (includes shipping and sales tax)

Decorative Box Bundle class fee $23.27 (includes shipping and sales tax)

Payment for class is due when you RSVP.
Thank you!

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