Beautiful Butterflies …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I want to share a fantastic promotion that Stampin’ Up! just released …  along with the special, I want to share some cards that show our wonderful bundle.


Save 15 percent when you buy the Papillion Potpourri Stamp Set and Bitty Butterfly Punch together.

Dates: August 29-September 30, 2013.  To order, click on the highlighted product numbers below under “Bundle Item!”

Bundle Item


Retail Price

15% Savings Price

135311 Butterfly Bundle (Clear-Mount)
Papillon Potpourri Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
$30.90 $26.27
135312 Butterfly Bundle (Wood-Mount) 
Papillon Potpourri Wood-Mount Stamp Set
Bitty Butterfly Punch
$34.90 $29.67


Papillon Potpourri

Here are some great card samples that I have collected, that highlight the “Papillon Potpourri” stamp set and / or the “Bitty Butterfly Punch”.


Some of these samples were “swap cards” … so my apologies that I can not recognize the original artists.


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So let me know what you think about the new promotion, and the card samples you’ve seen today.

Have an awesome day today!

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New Product Videos …

Hi Stampin’ friends,

Just a quick post today to show you what’s new at Stampin’ Up!  Just in case you haven’t seen it yet.

First I am going to share the new Envelope Liners Framelits Die (132172) found on page 37 of the Holiday catalog.  The ladies who were at my Christmas stamp camp … you got to see it close up.

My attendee’s also got to use the “Merry Little Christmas” Simply Created Card Kit (132158) which includes envelope liners in the kit.  In fact, everything you need to put the kit together (except adhesive) is included in the kit!  They were a big hit!

                           Merry Little Christmas Small          132158L

Here is another fun die Stampin’ Up! has introduced this year … the “Gift Bow Bigz L Die” (129977).  That is also located in the Holiday Catalog on page 37.  Eileen won her’s at Convention this year!

How cute is that!  I’ll be showing you different things you can do with your bow die in upcoming posts.

Stampin’ Up! has also introduced “NEW” Single Stamps …   Just click the link below to view all.


Not sure why I couldn’t get that little sticker to show up!   I guess sometimes these computers and their components have to show us they are in control.

Hope you enjoyed seeing the new products … I will return tomorrow with another project!

Have a great day,

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My Thoughts on Fall Card …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope you are doing well.  I have had an exciting couple of days …

First, I sent out an invitation to my annual Holiday Retreat and it has filled within 36 hours of the announcement!  Holy cow, I feel like Garth Brooks … selling out his concert in record time.  I am so thrilled to be able to host my stampin’ retreats for you.

Second, I held my Christmas in July… Oops August Stamp Camp, and although we didn’t have the attendance we normally do – we had a great time!  There were great cards, door prizes, and the ladies got treated to a plate of “Candyman on Main” Chocolates!  I think my new job as manager of the candy store is a big hit!


Thanks to all who are signed up for retreat and those who attended the stamp camp!

Today I wanted to share a different fold style of card, with a fall flair.  With this heat wave we’ve been having, I’m looking forward to those “warm” … not hot days, and cool nights.

Speaking of “cool nights” … I used the “Sweater Weather” Designer Series Paper for my card.  I never favored the “Crushed Curry” before but it really makes this card pop, and works so beautifully with the Chocolate Chip and Tangerine Tango colors.

I used the “Falling Leaves” stamp set as my focal point … and the “Rock -n- Roll” technique to get the multicolored leaf.


The “Falling Leaves” stamp set is a “Two-Step” Stamp, so you’ll get two techniques in one!

Rock -n- Roll Technique:

** Begin inking up your solid stamp with the lightest color, I used Crushed Curry.  Then touch the sides of the stamp with your darker color –  in this case I used the Tangerine Tango.  Because my new pads are soooo new … they are very juicy, so I bounced my fingertip across the stamp to blend them a bit more.  Then I topped it off with the “detailed stamp / outline of leaf” with the chocolate chip.


Since I had a bit of ink left on my bold/solid stamp … I huffed (using your breath to re-moisten the ink) my stamp and stamped the image onto the inside of the inner card.  It comes out very light but adds a touch of color.  If you don’t want to huff, you can always re-ink and then stamp off.

Lastly,  I stamped “my thoughts” from the stamp set “Field Flowers” in chocolate chip.

So the “trick” to this card is quite simple …. it’s just a card inside (or on top of) a card!  The larger or “back” folds in from the left to the right, and the small or inner card folds from the right to the left.  You fold the larger flap over the small card (when open … like it’s shown above) and then the small flap is folded to close the card.


Here is the list of supplies used …


Gently Falling Stamp Set – Wood / $39.95


Gently Falling Stamp Set – Clear / $28.95


Field Flowers Stamp Set – Wood / $24.95


Field Flowers Stamp Set – Clear / $17.95


Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper / $10.95
127821 Woodgrain Embossing Folder / $7.95
120906  2-1/2” Circle Punch / $16.95

I love the look, it gives you a unique dimension to your card.  Hope you enjoyed!

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Your Creativity Carriage Awaits …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Just a quick reminder that our Paper Pumpkin Deal ends August 31st.  You can try it half price for your first 2 months.  You may continue or quit at anytime… it’s up to you.  It also makes a perfect gift, the gift that keeps on giving.

Can’t make it to my clubs or stamp camps?  Have a friend sign up with you and start your own stamp night … oh what fun that would be!

During convention Stampin’ Up! announced a great DEAL for NEW Subscribers of Paper Pumpkin!  Use the promotion code PUMPKINDEAL to join Paper Pumpkin before August 31, 2013, and pay only $10 a month* for the first two months.  *plus tax, where applicable.   Shipping’s included!

Here is how your Paper Pumpkin comes ….


Open ….


It comes in a sweet box, but you’ll really love what you find on the inside:  All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!

This is your introductory kit.  Everyone receives this kit no matter what month your sign up, after that, you will receive the projects for that month.

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As you can see, everything you need to create the projects are here for you!  Including your block (which is worth almost the cost of the special purchase price) so why not give it a try?  Remember … you can cancel at any time.

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Here is a bit of a “jazzed” up version!  If you sign up under me … In August and then on, you will receive a different version of the card so you can get an idea of other things you can do with your Paper Pumpkin.

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Here is how you can start today ….  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP/ You must add promo code: PUMPKINDEAL


So all you need to do is click on the link above and remember to add Promo code: PUMPKINDEAL  and your creativity package will arrive every month to your door!  Here is the link again … PAPER PUMPKIN SIGN UP

Contact me if you have any questions.  Remember, you may cancel at any time or continue to receive your kits each and every month!

Have a great day,

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So many candles … so little cake!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you had an awesome weekend!  I heard it was “hot” outside, so I never ventured out … I’ll get my share of the heat today!  I always wondered why it was either “way too hot” or raining on the days I hold my stamp camps.  Must be God’s way of telling me I picked a good day to stay inside and stamp!

With so many birthday’s in my family coming up, I thought I would share another birthday card with you today.  It’s quick and easy to make and as promised, I’m using the “Birthday Basics” Designer Series paper again.  I just love the new “Smoky Slate” color, so I used that as the base of my card.


As you can see, I changed up the fold of the card a bit today.  I had my share of measuring things being in the  Quality Assurance field for over 20+ years … so, I just folded in the larger (left) side past the center point of the card, then I folded the what was left of the cardstock up to meet the edge!  I did use my bone folder to crisp up the folds.



I pulled out the BigShot for this card, as I do on many… once you start, it’s hard to stop.  Kind of like a good bowl of ice cream!  After stamping the greeting from the “Bring on the Cake” stamp set … I cut them out using the Circle Framelit dies.  And since I was already using it, I thought I would try out my new “Envelope Liners” Framelit Die.  Now that’s what I call coordinating your card and envelope!

I also embossed the mat to my greeting with the “Petals of Plenty” folder … I was hoping to create enough dimension to look like the cute little blossoms on the designer paper.  And of course, I had to add a bit of bling!


To jazz up the inside, I added a strip of the designer paper and used the Happy Birthday – also from the “Bring on the Cake” stamp set.  It just finishes off the card so nicely.

Here is a list of today’s ingredients.  Click on the item number if you wish to purchase anything you saw today.


Bring on the Cake Stamp Set – Wood / $38.95


Bring on the Cake Stamp Set – Clear / $27.95


Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper / $10.95
130911 Circles Collection Framelits / $26.95
132172  Envelope Liners Framelit / $26.95
116824  Petals –a-Plenty Emboss Folder / $7.95

Hope you enjoyed today’s card.

Have a great week,

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Holiday Retreat is coming ….

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

My apologies for skipping my post yesterday, but my daughter needed me … so I had to be there for her.  I’m happy that she wanted her Mom.  Sometimes as they get older, they tend to talk to their friends instead of their Moms.  Yes, she is OK.

Today I wanted to share a bit about my Holiday Retreat … the announcement comes out today!  It is one of my most anticipated events.  We had a wonderful time last year and I am so looking forward to getting together again this fall.

We stay on the beautiful Green Lake Conference center grounds…


at the Christian Writing Center … and 1930’s English Manor.


We stamp, we eat, and we have a blast hangin’ out with our friends and making new ones.


There a fun surprises …


fantastic rooms …


and good food… Oh yes, one price covers it all!

Here are just a few of the projects we did last year … some are cased, and some are my original designs.  Either way – we have a great time stampin’ together.



Hope you enjoyed a glimpse into our retreats.  You should consider joining us sometime.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for stopping by …

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Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Friday Stampin’ Friends!

Since many of us are so happy to see Friday come, I thought it only appropriate that we celebrate!  So today’s card share is a cute birthday card.

My color pallet for the card was chosen from the colors in the “Birthday Basics” Designer Series paper.  The colors I highlighted were Island Indigo and Raspberry Ripple (sounds like a wine from the 70’s – lol) .  The Raspberry Ripple is in the 2012 – 14 In-Color Collection.


I wanted to add a little sparkle for our celebration so a chose a strip of “Silver Glimmer Paper”. STAMPIN’ TIP:  The “Snail adhesive” we usually use for our cards does not work on the back of the glimmer paper, so I suggest using “Sticky Strip”.  That is truly a must have in any stampers kit.  It is the only adhesive I use when creating 3-D projects.

The birthday greeting comes from the stamp set: Label Love.  You will however have to color in the words with a marker to eliminate the border on the stamp.

Remember the stampin’ tip I gave you the other day … Color with the side of your markers, and not directly with the tip.  It will save the tips of your markers and they will last a long time.


I couldn’t seem to find my 1-3/8″ Circle punch so I used the Circle Collections frame-lits to add the Raspberry Ripple circle as a “pop” of color.  I was so excited when they introduced the Circle, Ovals and Square Collections of Frame-lits.  I think they are so versatile!  I guess I will just have to show you what I mean… by posting some awesome projects using these items!


Now, if you would like to make this card a bit more masculine, you could swap out the “glimmer paper” for another color – then emboss it with your favorite emboss folder to add some dimension.  Then I would use another circle punch instead of the scallop … I think that would work nicely.

Here is a listing of the products used and the links for easy access.


Label Love Stamp Set – Wood / $24.95


Label Love Stamp Set – Clear / $17.95


Birthday Basics Series Paper / $10.95
124005 Silver Glimmer Paper / $4.95
104294 Sticky Strip / $6.95
130911 Circles Collection Frame-Lits / $26.95
119861  1-1/4” Circle Punch / $15.95
119854  1-3/4” Scallop Circle Punch / $16.95

Hope you enjoyed today’s post… and a Happy Birthday to those with a birthday today!  (and a Happy Birthday to my nephew Artie!)

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Walk on the Wild Side …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yahoo… It’s Thursday and the weekend is fast approaching!  I’m looking forward to getting more stamping done.

Much to do this weekend … my clubs start in September and I have to design their projects, and get their schedules out this weekend.  I will also be sending the announcement for our annual Fall Retreat this weekend!  It’s so much fun 🙂

Today I want to take a you back to nature with the “Walk on the Wild Side” stamp set.  I thought it was time to share another “Man Card”.  This is a nice stamp set, and I will be sure to share more projects using this set with you.


I used the “Sweater Weather” Designer Series paper for our background.  I love using the plaids for masculine cards, but I think this one would work great on a boys birthday card as well.

Although one of the colors listed on this paper is “Chocolate Chip” … I chose to use the “Early Espresso” as my base color.  I thought it made all the colors on the paper “pop” more.


To give it the real “manly” look, I added a banner using the Burlap Ribbon … oh my gosh, I love this stuff!  You can use it for your cards, scrapbook pages and to tie bows on everything fall!


Stampin’ Tips for today’s card:

1. Remember when coloring direct to rubber, don’t use the tip of the marker but the sides … it colors your image faster, and you won’t destroy your tips.

2. The Burlap Ribbon was adhered with the Mini Glue Dots… they work great.  You could also use the “sticky strip” but the glue dots were so easy to use.

Here is a list of supplies used for today’s card…


Walk on the Wild Side Stamp Set – Wood / $19.95


Walk on the Wild Side Stamp Set – Clear / $14.95


Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper / $10.95
132140 Burlap Ribbon / $7.95
119855  Large Oval Punch / $15.95
119856  Scallop Oval Punch / $16.95

Have a wonderful day and “Thanks Much” for stopping by….

but before you go, go back to the top of my page and click on the “P” – my Pinterest Page and follow me on Pinterest too.  Thank you!

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Sweet Music …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today is a quick and simple post for a quick and simple card.  Inspired by the group of ladies who participated in my “Timeless Talk” class, I’m sharing another card using the paper design they suggested.


They thought that this pattern from the Modern Medley Designer Series paper would work great with this stamp set … so here it is.  I think they are right, don’t you?

With a little help from my BigShot and the Circle Collection Frame-lits, I highlighted the phonograph.  This sweet but simple card would work nicely for a birthday or just to “send a note” to your friend.

I added a few banners from scrap pieces of the Modern Medley paper and tied it all together with the beautiful “Crochet Trim”.  Everything you need to make this card can be found in our current catalog.

Here is the list of ingredients to make the card:  You may click on the item numbers and it will take you to the catalog page.


Timeless Talk Stamp Set – Wood / $22.95


Timeless Talk Stamp Set – Clear / $16.95


Modern Medley Designer Series Paper / $10.95
118481 Crochet Trim / $6.95
113439  BigShot Die Cutting Machine / $99.95
130911  Circles Collection Frame-lits / $26.95

Have a great day and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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Sweet and Simple Birthday …

Hello my stampin’ friends,

How are you today!  I wanted to take a step back from the Holiday catalog and create a simple birthday card for you.

I love our Designer Series paper, you have seen it on many of my cards recently.  It’s because it can make card making so easy.  Our birthday card today showcases the “Birthday Basics” designer paper.  I think I’ll use this paper again this week so you can really see how perfect the patterns are for your celebration creations!


I chose the “Bermuda Bay” from the designer paper for my coordinating cardstock, it’s fun and bright.

The stamp set I’m using is “Bring on the Cake” from our catalog – page 14.  It’s a great birthday set to have, all of the different fonts will work well with the many styles of birthday cards we need to make (from young to … well, not so young).  I’m in that … not so young group, and lovin’ every minute of it.


Oh ………………. would you like to see the card!

I’m such a tease, my club members are used to me describing or showing them how to do the card, before they actually get to see it!  I guess I just like to build up to that excitement.  Drum roll please!

Remember, I did say it was simple …


It is simple, but it is sweet.  I love using the framed punch technique, so easy to create but it really has a bit of a “WOW” factor.  Gotta’ love that “Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border” punch.

Here are the steps to make your punched frame…

Begin with a 3″ x 3″ square.   Slide your cardstock into the punch and CENTER the cardstock for each side before punching.  That’s it … simple.  It’s the 3″ x 3″ that makes it work so easily.

The cardstock for your greeting (if you want a bit of a border around the edge like I do) cut your cardstock to 1-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ or for more of a border … 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″.

I have here the list of ingredients for you.  You may click on the item numbers for your shopping ease if you are from the US.  (I would like to send a shout out “HELLO” to my friends from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and India for visiting my site this past couple weeks!  Thank you)


Bring on the Cake Stamp Set – Wood / $38.95


Bring on the Cake Stamp Set – Clear / $27.95


Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper / $10.95
119247 Pearls – Basic Jewels / $4.95
119275  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch / $15.95

I must admit, I had a bit of a struggle not adding more to the card but I had a request to keep it simple.  Isn’t that how we want life?

I also want to thank all my many US friends who follow my blog.  I am truly honored that “all” of you take time out of your day to visit my blog.  Let me know if there is something “you” would like me to share.

Enjoy the day and thank you again for stopping by.

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It’s All About the Candy!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

It’s Monday again… and we start another week.  I spent the entire weekend creating and cutting Christmas cards for my upcoming Stamp Camp.  I know, it sounds crazy but now is the perfect time to get a sneak peek and your hands on all the new Christmas sets and accessories in the Holiday catalog.

In keeping with the Holiday catalog, I created a cute card for you today.  It is not “Christmas” but yet another fun holiday …. Halloween!  I just have to share another Halloween idea, I enjoy it too much.


Today’s card uses the stamp set “Halloween Hello” and the “Witches Brew” Designer Series Paper.  Love the paper … I think I’m going to frame this sheet and take it down to the candy store with me!  What do you think about that idea!


I really was thinking about the candy shop when I was creating this card.  I just completed my first two weeks there.  The card was really simple to create, something that many of my stampin’ friends (customers) appreciate.  Everyone is so busy, quick and simple is always a good thing.  Don’t worry … I’ll share some “embellished” card samples too.

The color pallet came from the Witches Brew designer paper shown below: Summer Starfruit, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and I switched it from Very Vanilla to the Whisper White.  I wanted my candy to “pop”.134925LI have to share with you a fun technique that I love to do… “color” my rhinestones!  As long as you have a “Sharpie” … you can have any color rhinestones you want.  I must say, I really do like black rhinestones!  It’s a fun, inexpensive embellishment.  You can also color the pearls too!   I’m telling you – you will fall in love with this technique.


Here is a list of the ingredients used for the card.  To make ordering easier, you can just click on the item number and it will take you to that page.  Or you may contact me, I would be happy to help you with your stampin’ needs.


Halloween Hello Stamp Set – Wood / $18.95


Halloween Hello Stamp Set – Clear / $14.95


Witches Brew Designer Series Paper / $10.95
119246 Rhinestones – Basic Jewels / $4.95
119253 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon –  Pumpkin Pie / $5.95
119261 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon – Basic Black / $5.95
122344  Postage Stamp Punch / $15.95

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I’ll see you back here tomorrow for another fun card!

Have an awesome Monday!

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Great new product announcements …

Hello stampin’ friends,

Happy Sunday to you …

I am really excited to share with you the release of the new “Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition and blades”.  You can find them on page 176 and 177 of the Idea book and Catalog or the Holiday catalog – pg. 24.

I watched the demonstration of the rotary additions at convention and new right then and there that I just had to have these … remember that “deckle” scissors we used to have, well the “tiny wave” cutting blade will be just as much fun, and easier!!

I have included the Stampin’ Up! training video for you to watch.  You’ll not only hear about the new rotary additions, but a few reasons why the new trimmer is a must have tool for your stampin’ and scrappin’ collection.

I have included the order numbers along with the descriptions.  To make your ordering easier … you can click on the order number in the table below to order these items or CLICK HERE to go to the Stampin’ Trimmer page of my on-line store.


Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Addition / $12.95
* Includes rotary track and handle and a straight-edge blade

129408 Straight Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Cutting Blades / $5.95
129409 Tiny Wave Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Cutting Blade / $3.95
129410 Small Scallop Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Cutting Blade / $3.95
131375 Stampin’ Trimmer Replacement Cutting Mat / $3.95

Perforating Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Cutting Blade / $3.95

Yesterday I posted the adorable “Halloween Banner”… today I am sharing the Stampin’ Up! video showing you how you can make the banner.  It includes great tips (like the Silicone pad) for hot gluing your project.  I love the Silicone pad – I use it when I’m adhering thin strips of cardstock or ribbon to my projects, it keeps the “snail” off my workstation.

I have included the order numbers for the banner to make your ordering easier.  FYI … they also have a Christmas banner!


Build a Banner Simply Created Kit / $19.95
132698 Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit / $9.95
132699  Banner Simply Created (Refill) Kit / $9.95

To view both kits and the accessory kits … CLICK HERE and it will take you directly to the page.  Thank you.

I hope you enjoyed today’s video tutorials and new product release.  There’s so much more to show you … keep coming back, I have more for you.

Have a great day!

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Cute Halloween Projects …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I’d like to share with you some fun Halloween projects that I have done in the past and a cute new project Stampin’ Up! has in our Holiday catalog.

With Halloween fast approaching, I thought today’s post would be fun.  Halloween is the second most celebrated holiday … well at least in the “decorations”!  I think it’s because we all get to be kids again … it’s so much fun and you don’t have the stresses the seem to come along with Christmas.

So, my first little project is “Frankenstein” … we made him at a downline retreat.  “Downline” are the people who have joined Stampin’ Up! under me.  I used several punched scalloped circles and layered them together to create the spider.  If you would like to know more… post your comment and I’ll share the tutorial.

Not much stampin’ on this one, but he is so cute and the kids used him for their “trick or treat” bucket!  You can also create mummmies, and pumpkins in the same fashion.


My next project share is this cute little gum packet … what a fun surprise for when you give this to your co-workers, friends or your favorite teacher.  It’s easy!  Just wrap your gum packet with the desired color cardstock and secure in the back.  To create the front stamped panel: cut your cardstock slightly smaller than the front of the package.  A little measuring is required, but still so easy to do.  Then just stamp any images you want to create a fun gift.

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This cute card was made by my sister and downline member Eileen.  We did a Halloween swap for one of our meetings… it was a hit!  She began by creating a template for the coffin, put the top edge to the “fold” on your cardstock and cut, this will give you a coffin that opens.  The face was created with circle punches.  To create the hair simply use the scallop punch to punch out the hair line on a black circle.  The mouth is done with punching a partial piece out of the initial circle and then cutting it in two pieces … spacing the mouth gives you the appearance of teeth!  Cool … right!Eileen

And for my final project share …. this beautiful Halloween banner!  Stampin’ Up! has put together a kit … yes, a kit, so you can create this hand made project in no time at all.  You will need the “Build a Banner Kit” (133507) which also works with the Christmas banner, and the “Halloween Banner Accessory Kit (132698).  How cool is that!



If you click on this picture, it will take you to the catalog page to view.

Below are the contents to the “Halloween Banner Kit” … you will also need the Build a banner kit.  Again, by clicking on the photo above, it will take you to the catalog page so you may view the kits together.

Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit


Price: $9.95

Make accents for a Halloween banner: paper and centers for 4 rosettes, 3 glittered die-cut accents, 2 18″-pieces of Basic Black 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, 2 18″-pieces of Basic Black/Basic Gray 1/2″ Striped Satin Ribbon, 36″ Pumpkin Pie 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon, 5 Black Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (exclusive to this kit), 5 Summer Starfruit Designer Buttons. Coordinates with the Banner and Build a Banner Simply Created Kits.


Hello Stampin’ Friends!

I can’t believe it’s Friday already, however I am sure there are some of you who are sayings … “It’s Finally Friday”.   Time seems to be flying by, which brings me to today’s post.

Last night I hosted a stamp class using my favorite new stamp set in the Idea Book and Catalog… Timeless Talk.  I love the nostalgic look of this set and have probably said so a million times.  The class was based upon 3 simple ingredients.


First and foremost is the “Timeless Talk” stamp set (Wood – 126605 / Clear – 126607) found on page 19 of the catalog.  Second is the “Modern Medley” Designer Series Paper (126926) that is on page 164.  And the last ingredient to the class was the Basic Pearls (119247) on page 171.

I held true to the coordinating colors of the “Modern Medley” Designer Series Paper … Basic Black and Very Vanilla.  I also added a splash of Real Red on a couple of the cards.  On this card I added the “Real Red” (119247) Stitched Ribbon.  This card really reminds me of yesteryear… when days were calmer, and more relaxed.


We had a nice time in the class and talked about how this precious stamp set brings back memories.  We also had a good laugh as we discussed “party lines” …  something kids now days would not understand.   And phone numbers were not as long as your social security number.  Our old number was 4-7725! THE GOOD OL’ DAYS!

If you are interested, I would be available to host this class for you and your friends … just contact me ( ).

Enjoy your day  … and remember, the weekend is almost here!

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Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I am “joyful” and I’m sharing with you another Christmas card.  I know many of my stampin’ friends are already planning their cards, so here’s another sample from the beautiful “Joyful Christmas” stamp set (Wood – 131802 / Clear – 131805) … and you can find that in our Holiday catalog on page 27.


I have been dying to use my new “Stylish Stripes” Folder (132174) also in the holiday catalog on page 22, and it became the focus on the card.  My decision to use the poinsettia came later.  I saw a card from fellow demonstrator  LeeAnn Greff, who used strips of designer series paper between the lines from the folder… loved the idea!  So, inspired by her card, I used the new “Season of Style” Washi tape (132155) on page 25.


The washi tape fit nicely inside the lines when I flipped the embossed cardstock over (you can use it either way), then I matted it with Old Olive cardstock.  Next I embossed the Cherry Cobbler and lined up the two pieces together (if you want to do this quickly … cut your cardstock larger than needed and cut it down to fit together).  I love the way the two embossed pieces flow together when using this layering technique.

Next I stamped my poinsettia with Cherry Cobbler ink (twice) and cut out both the overall image and then the small flower inside the large, so I could create extra dimension.  To give it the soft look … I just sponged the edges, however the flower came alive when I spritzed (Smooch Spritz – 118772 / pg.165) both pieces of the poinsettia.  It blended the sponging so nicely and the shine just made it pop.  (Funny how lighting and camera angles can change the look… you barely saw the shimmer on the first card shown)


To finish off the flower, I added the cute new “Candy Dots” (130933) from the Soft Subtles collection on page 147.  Then I used my marker to ink up the word “joyful” from the greeting (included in stamp set) to finish off the card.

Are you getting ready for your Christmas cardmaking?  Let me know when you get started.

Have an awesome day!

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