Great Deals, New Product Share & Last Chances …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Monday is upon us and I have some wonderful news and a beautiful card to share with you today.  My guest stamper is my sister Eileen.  She is also a member of my Star’s by Design group of demonstrators.

Eileen’s card features the new “Park Lane” Designer series paper which I have been showcasing this past week.  I couldn’t have timed it better, because starting tomorrow, July 1st… Stampin’ Up! has a great deal for us … Buy 3 packages of our delightful designer paper and you’ll get another FREE!


Eileen’s card has the polka dot design from the “Park Lane” Designer paper and has paired it up with the sweet “Hello Honey”, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow and a touch of Tangelo Twist In-colors!  These colors are just so striking together… don’t you agree?


I couldn’t wait to share this card with you because Eileen also used the fabulous NEW “Flower Patch” stamp set and “Flower Flair” framelits.  You will save 15% when you bundle these two items together.  I haven’t had a chance to play with mine yet so I was so excited to get this card in our Summer Star’s Party Swap.

In just a few paragraphs, I have shared our July special savings on designer paper, and shared Eileen’s swap card using our brand new “Flower Patch” bundle.

Last Chance to Sign and Save:


Join my Star’s and Stampin’ Up! for just $50 US!   It ends today on June 30, 2014. Just keep on doing what you love—stamping and crafting—and make a little money while you’re at it!

When you join Stampin’ Up! during this limited-time offer, you’ll receive:
• $55 worth of products
• A 30 percent discount on your first $150 order placed within 45 days of joining
• A 20 percent discount on all your orders
• Free Paper Pumpkin Kit

Create friendships that will last forever and enjoy the benefits of fun, friends, and creativity. Hurry, this opportunity is almost over.

I wish you all a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by.

Tomorrow I will share with you some tips and samples using the new “Blendabilities” markers … some will be release for sale tomorrow!

See you then ~


Here is another look at Eileen’s card and a list of ingredients!  Click on any to begin your purchase.


Birthday Bliss in Blackberry

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!  I held my summer party with my Star’s by Design group yesterday.  We had a great time!  I will be sharing some of our day with you throughout the next couple of days … I have some really cute cards to share!

Friday I shared a quick and easy card with you and said I wanted to show you another card using the “Park Lane” designer paper … I’ll show you that today too!

Each summer and Christmas I host a special party for my Star’s, and our group met yesterday.  We had a great time sharing ideas, stamping, laughing, more stamping, and then went out for lunch.

This is the cute gift bag that each of my Star’s received when they arrived.  The bags are from the February Paper Pumpkin kits … they are so cute!  I personalized everyone’s bag with their names.  Inside their bags they each got the NEW “Hearts & Star’s” decorative mats.   Ahhh …. what else would I give my Star’s but stars!  🙂


We talked about the Paper Pumpkin and the girls got to make a treat bag with the June “Pinwheel” Paper Pumpkin.  They also created a couple cards using the “Reflection / Mirror Image” technique.  I’ll share more with you tomorrow.

Now I’d like to share with you a special birthday card I made with the “Park Lane” designer series paper.  I picked the Blackberry Bliss paper this time.  The floral pattern is the same as Friday’s card but the color “really” changes the look.


I stamped the flower from the Hostess set “Bloom with Hope” and colored it in using the Blackberry Bliss ink pad and Blender pen.  Next, I used the Ovals collection framelits to cut out the flower and create a focal point.

To add a touch of texture … I pulled out my Occasions Paper Piercing mat, the Paper Piercing Tool and the mat and pierced the oval.  I love that mat …. Did you know you can use that as a mat as your stamp pad?  It gives you a crisp, beautifully stamped image!!  Try it 🙂


The greeting comes from the Bloom with Hope stamp set too, and the banner came from the Paper Pumpkin kit … however, it would be easy enough to make.  I just put a couple of folds in it to make it stand up.  I added the butterflies just because I think they’re pretty, and a bit of designer paper on the inside to finish off the card.

So … what do you think?  Is the Quick -n- Easy card on Friday your favorite, or is it this tantalizing Blackberry Bliss?  I’d love to know 🙂

I thank you for stopping by today.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend ~



The stamp set “Bloom with Hope” is a Hostess set, and cannot be purchased on a regular or on-line order.  A qualifying workshop (stampin’ party) of only $150 would give you enough hostess dollars to purchase this set.

You can put in a personal order, do a book show, or I’d be happy to put together a party for you and your friends!  Stamp a few cards, check out the new catalog, fun with friends, and before you know it … you’ve earned enough hostess rewards for this and maybe more!  Let me know 🙂

Sweet Summer Treat Boxes

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

This is not the original post I have planned to share, but it is super sweet!  I am sharing Stampin’ Up! Senior Staff writer Cindy B.’s projects … you will fall in love with these.  I will share my card with you soon.  On that note, here are some Sweet Summer Treats …


Sweet Summer Treat Boxes

Summer is here! It’s time for swimming, sun . . . and ice cream treats. Check out the following ideas for yummy-looking ice cream-themed gift boxes—and don’t feel as if you have to use these palettes. We’ve got plenty of ice cream colors for you to work with!

The “ice cream sandwich” boxes are perfect for enclosing small gift cards, treats, movie tickets, etc. You could easily make a bunch of these little cuties for family reunion gifts—or teach the kids how to make them! They’ll love making different “flavors.”  🙂

Ice Cream Sandwich Supplies:

  • Chocolate Chip Cardstock: Two at 4-1/2″ x 2-1/2″
  • Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, or Very Vanilla Cardstock: Two at 5″ x 3″  (score at 1/2″ on all sides)
  • White Vellum Cardstock : 7-1/2″ x 2″
  • Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine
  • Sticky Strip
  • Paper-Piercing Tool
  • Stampin’ Pierce Mat
  • Project Life Corner Punch

Round the corners of the Chocolate Chip Cardstock pieces using the Project Life Corner Punch, then pierce both pieces of cardstock using the Paper-Piercing Tool and Paper-Piercing Mat (to create an ice-cream sandwich effect).

Score a 1/2″ border on all sides of the 5″ x 3″ ice-cream colored cardstock pieces using the scoring blade on the Stampin’ Trimmer.

Snip the corners and fold inward. (See picture below.) Adhere the corners to the box sides using Sticky Strip. Fit the box top and bottom together to create an “ice cream slice.”

Enclose the “ice cream slice” in the Chocolate Chip Cardstock pieces. Wrap with the White Vellum Cardstock strip and Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine.  Include a stamped tag to fit the occasion. That’s it!

You might also want to make these posh Push-Pop Gift Boxes. Just wrap a cardboard tube with ice-cream colored cardstock and adhere a cardstock circle to the top (made using the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch). Adhere a popsicle stick to the inside of a cardboard tube using Sticky Strip. If you’d like to put a gift inside, punch out another circle, cut a slit in the middle, and adhere the circle to the bottom of the tube. When it is dry, insert the popsicle stick. Supplies used here: Oh My Goodies Stamp Set; Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, and Very Vanilla Cardstock; Chocolate Chip, Pistachio Pudding, and Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin’ Pads; Pistachio Pudding Thick Baker’s Twine; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Itty Bitty Punch Pack; Big Shot; Deco Labels Collection Framelits Dies.

I made one more ice-cream themed project—but this one is a card. I used the Bravo Stamp Set, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, and Very Vanilla Cardstock, Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad, Blushing Bride Baker’s Twine, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits Dies, and the Party Pennants Bigz L Die.


Hope you have fun creating these paper treats! And please let me know if you have any summer gift packaging or card ideas in the space below!

Cindy B.
Sr. Staff Writer  

Now those are some tasty treats!  Thanks for stopping by today ~

Have a great weekend!


Blooming Fast to Blooming Beautiful

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

My card share today reflects my “Fast Friday” theme.  This beautiful birthday card is so easy to make, you could pump out a dozen in less than 1/2 hour!!  It’s a great way to create a stash of birthday cards and then get back to the fun in the sun!

I began with the beautiful “Park Lane” Designer Series paper.  This package has many unique designs and will work great for the ladies, the guys and even the kids!


I chose the floral pattern in Whisper White and Old Olive, and cut the paper to use the large flower as the focal point of my card.

The greeting comes from the new “Flower Patch” stamp set … fitting, don’t you think!  The “Flower Patch” stamp set is in the new Photopolymer material.  I love it, it’s perfectly clear and sticks to the blocks fabulously!!


I then cut my greeting and Old Olive mat from the “Apothecary Accents” framelits.  I did not want the greeting to overpower the card, but just added a bit of bling to draw your eye to it.

I hope you enjoyed today’s quick card.  Stop back tomorrow … I’ll be sharing another beautiful card using the “Park Lane” Designer paper.

Thanks much & have an awesome day!  It’s Friday 🙂




Drab to Fab …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I wanted to share a cute project that was posted on Stampin’ Up!s “Inspired By” blog.  I love this idea!  You can personalize your kids spaces or a dorm room… the possibilities are endless.


Need a fresh take on décor? Look to our Designer Series Paper! Making storage spaces, such as bookcases, look new and creative can be a bit challenging. First, you need to spruce up a stuffy bookcase and then tackle the books that never coordinate. Instead of calling the publishing house about their cover designs, create your own! Our artist used our inspiring Designer Series Paper to dress up her books, turning boring storage to chic décor in minutes!

How to: 

  1. Paint an empty wood crate.
  2. Choose a few books you’d like to re-cover and cut your favorite Designer Series Paper to the height of the book. You’ll usually need more than one sheet of paper.
  3. Score the Designer Series Paper at 2″ on either side for the flaps of the cover (so you don’t have to adhere the paper to the book). The basics of this project are really simple, giving you time for artistry.


  • You can find wood crates at craft or hardware stores—or get them for free at warehouses or online.
  • Stack several crates on top of each other to build an asymmetrical bookcase; let’s face it, stackable storage is the best solution for dorm rooms and small rooms.
  • Change the book covers with the season. Our Designer Series Paper is always bright and trendy so you never have to search for colors or ideas.
  • Embellish your book covers with punches, stamps, and die cuts.

After you’ve revived your bookcase, consider what other corners and spaces in your home you can turn from drab to fab!


Morning Post Alphabet Stamp Set; Summer Starfruit and Whisper White Cardstock; 2012–2014 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack; Comfort Café, Howlstooth & Scaringbone, and Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper; First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper; Pinwheels on Parade Simply Scrappin’; Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad; Silver Mini Brads; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Fancy Flower and 1-1/4″ Scallop Circle Punches; Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack; Big Shot; Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies; hot glue; sewing machine and thread.

*These samples use retired products, but you can use any of our current products to get the same general look.

Thank you for dropping by …

Have a great day!




It’s a Celebration …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I told you that I would share the Paper Pumpkin projects that we made in last nights class, and I am really excited to share those and more with you!  It really is a celebration!

Let’s begin with the beautiful banner I made with the June Paper Pumpkin kit to welcome the ladies!  The pinwheels are adorable and you’ll be surprised with everything I created and all the projects made with this kit.


Here is a close up of the banner … I used the straws as spacers in my banner.  It adds a pop of color and a fun twist to the banner.


Each of the ladies in class made 3 pinwheels.  Two of which were on the straws so they could take them and add a touch of the Red, White and Blue to their homes.


The third pinwheel was used to decorate a treat bag filled with Jelly Belly Jelly Beans!  Ahhhh yes, our treats were also from the Candyman on Main.  Yum Yum.  Don’t worry, you’ll have an opportunity to join us for more Paper Pumpkin and Candyman treats!  Keep reading!


The little tags, the bags, stamps, ink and paper clips are included in the kit, along with the pinwheels and large brads.  Everything you need is included.

I’ll show you another project I made from the June Paper Pumpkin kit, but first I want to share the other two projects the girls made.  First is from the May Paper Pumpkin kit … some of you saw this one already, but it is such an awesome card, and so easy to make!


Their last project was this cute “SMILE” bag!  Each guest made one so they could take the rest of their projects home in it, and then they can give it with a gift.  I made the birthday bag to show a different take on this project.


We stamped the starburst tags and attached them to the Bermuda Bay circles.  The kit comes with the full alphabet circles with enough to make greetings for the 5 bags included in the kit.

I invite you to try out the pre-paid subscriptions … try it for 3-months, if you like it, you can continue your subscription or move to the monthly program.  It’s great for new stampers too … your initial investment allows you to create right away!!  Plus, there are great instructions included.

ALL  current and new subscribers (before July 10th) will be invited to my July Paper Pumpkin party … your admission ticket is the bright red box that comes in your mailbox!  Bring your kit & let the party begin!

OK … here is one more project I created with my June Paper Pumpkin Kit (I still have more supplies to play with!)


I love it! And my favorite part is the little “fire crackers” I created with the straws and bakers twine that were included in the kit.


Please, please … If you have any questions about Paper Pumpkin, contact me.  I don’t want you to miss out of the fun.  e-mail   or call  (262) 334-1009

Thank you for joining me today!

Have a fabulous day ~


Watercoloring 101 & Weekly Deals …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I want to share with you a post from our “Inspired By” blog and a reminder that our “Weekly Deals” come out today.  You can view the weekly deals by clicking on the link … on the right side of my blog … OR just click on the image below.


This post is a wonderful explanation of Watercoloring … Enjoy!

Watercoloring 101

Have you caught on to the watercoloring trend? This isn’t your grandmother’s version of watercoloring. It’s simple. It’s easy. You can’t mess it up. Welcome to Watercoloring 101!First step: Pick a super-cute stamp set to showcase eye-catching watercoloring. Begin!I mainly use three different types of watercoloring:

  1. Shape outlining
  2. Direct-to-stamp
  3. Stenciling

I chose to use the ridiculously cute Hello Love Stamp Set. Grab your Aqua Painter, fill it with water, and let’s get started.

I like to keep my ink pads nice and tidy, so to obtain my ink I simply use one of my clear blocks. Stamp your clear block directly on your ink pad and you’re set. Dip your Aqua Painter into a color and begin.

My favorite paper for using these techniques is the Watercolor Paper. I love the texture it brings to my projects as well as the color effects with the paint and water.

Shape Outlining:

To get this great effect, I used the new Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder along with the Word Bubble Framelits Dies.  After you’ve run both through your Big Shot, start coloring. There’s no wrong way to do this. The only rule I follow is to leave a little bit of the embossed image uncolored. This makes your design pop more and look less perfect, which is what you’re going for anyway. Begin by applying ink to your Aqua Painter (I used Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo for coloring the dots and the heart) and applying the ink to the watercolor paper in a painting motion. Color until you like what you see and let it dry. To finish off this card, I used Soft Suede Ink and Pumpkin Pie Ink, Kraft Cardstock, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, and Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine.

Here’s the up-close view of this awesome effect:


Do exactly what it says: color directly onto your stamp with your Aqua Painter. I stamped my image on Whisper White Cardstock so my image would look a little more blurry. I’m pleased with this look. I paired this technique with the Shape Outlining technique on the word bubble and I’m quite pleased. To finish off this card, add some a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Marker (for the doodling) and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the super cute and tiny banner at the top of your card. If you want to stamp on top of your watercolored image, use the Jet Black StāzOn ink, but wait until your image is completely dry.

Up close:


To get this great effect, I used the new star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and punched a Post-It note on the sticky part.  Punching on the sticky part helps your mask stay flat while you’re using it as a stencil. Mine looked like this when I was finished:

Place your stencil on your watercolor paper, dip your aqua painter into Pumpkin Pie ink (from your clear block) and trace/color. Do not reapply ink each time. By doing this you’ll get color hue variations in your stars. Love!!

To finish this card I used the Banner Punch and the shape tracing technique, the new Tangerine Tango Baker’s Twine (it looks like Melon Mambo next to the Pumpkin Pie stars), Kraft Cardstock, and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Once you start watercoloring, you can’t stop. Just think how cute it would be to color embossed images and use them in your Project Life projects. Oh, the possibilities!

Jane Lee
2013–2014 Artisan Design Team

Tomorrow I will be sharing the projects the ladies and I will be making at my Paper Pumpkin class tonight!

Don’t forget NOW is a perfect time to try out the pre-paid subscriptions (because I have a gift for all who purchase the 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month subscription before June 30th)

The Paper Pumpkin kits are better than ever, and delivered right to your mailbox!  Better than bills any day!  🙂

Thanks for stopping by ~