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Gifts for my Stamp Club!

Good morning!  This fun treat was a gift for my stamp club ladies last weekend!

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It's my version of a "thank you" card for their orders!  I used the Delicate Dahlias Stamp Set along with the Heartwarming Hugs DSP!  Simple but cute, I think!

SUDSOL Blog Tour!!

Come back for the SUDSOL Blog Tour - Feb 3, 2014

Good morning, and welcome to the 14th Sudsol Blog Tour!  I have belonged to this group for as long as I can remember!  It's a great place to get ideas, patterns, business advice, etc!   If you're a demonstrator, you really should give it a try--you can try it for two weeks FREE!!!

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For this Blog Tour, we are featuring items from the Sale-a-bration Brochure and as well as the awesome new Occasions Mini Catalog!!  If you need a copy of either of these new catalogs, drop me an email, and I'll get them right out to you ([email protected])  Or, click HERE to join my mailing list, and get the catalogs delivered right to your house!  I chose to concentrate on the Starburst Sayings Stamp Set, along with some coordinating products!  I sure hope you enjoy these projects!!

First up is a card--I made this card as my swap for the Nacho Average Stampers Valentine's Party!  It's pretty simple, but I think it's cute! (all supplies are listed at the bottom of the post!)


Here's another card--this one uses the same stamp set, but this time I'm using designer paper and things from the Sale-a-bration brochure:


Next is a fun little favor--I found the pattern and tutorial on the Sudsol Site HERE.   (if you aren't a member, click HERE to start your FREE trial!) There are hundreds of cute patterns, templates and tutorials on SUDSOL! If you aren't a demonstrator, click HERE to sign up for my Customer Newsletter--and find out about classes to learn all these fun techniques!


Here's a side view:


and with the top open:


Supplies used:

Washi Card:

  • Starburst Sayings Stamp Set (133182w or 133185c)
  • Starburst Framelits (132967)
  • Big Shot (113439)
  • Coastal Cabana Classic Ink (131175)
  • Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink (131174)
  • Coastal Cabana Cardstock (131297)
  • Tangerine Tango Cardstock (111349)
  • Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
  • 1" Circle Punch (119868)
  • Candy Dots-Brights (130931)
  • Retro Fresh Designer Washi Tape (133001)

Oh Happy Day Card:

  • Starburst Sayings Stamp Set (133182w or 133185c)
  • Banner Blast Stamp Set (133551w or 133554c)
  • Coastal Cabana Classic Ink (131175)
  • Crisp Canteloupe Classic Ink (131176)
  • Crisp Canteloupe Cardstock (131298)
  • Coastal Cabana Cardstock (131297)
  • Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
  • Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper (133521)
  • Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack (133522)
  • Starburst Framelits (132967)
  • Big Shot (113439)
  • Banner Punch (133519)

Celebrate Favor Box

  • Starburst Sayings Stamp Set (133182w or 133185c)
  • Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink (131174)
  • Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock (131296)
  • Coastal Cabana Cardstock (131297)
  • Tangerine Tango Cardstock (111349)
  • Daffodil Delight Cardstock (119683)
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock (101650)
  • Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper (132993)
  • Big Shot (113439)
  • Apothecary Accents Framelits (127003)
  • Window Frame Framelits (129021)
  • Starburst Framelits (132967)


Nacho Average Valentine's Party

HI!!  Our annual holiday party, which is usually held in December, happened yesterday!!  (it's a long story, but just know that this was our first chance to get together! haha!!)  We had a gift exchange, a card swap and a yummy brunch!!  I didn't get many pictures during the party, but here are our swaps -- please click on the picture to see their personal blogs (if they have one):








Check back tomorrow to see my swap card!!  It will be highlighted in the 14th Annual SUDSOL Blog Tour!



Unscripted Sketches #237

Good morning!!  And welcome to another sketch challenge from Unscripted Sketches!

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I made a fun holder for cash!!!  My son is a freshman in college, and when we asked for a wish list, he said "cash"!!  So, this is what I came up with:


It's tin, measuring 4" x 4", and about 3/4" deep.  I decorated the front with night of naby cardstock, stamped with the Festive Flurry stamp set!  Super simple!!  The letters were cut with my Big Shot, and layered onto the Silver Foil. 

Here are a couple others I made:

for my niece:




and my nephew:



These were fun to make, and hopefully, a fun way to get cash as a gift!  


Gift Wrapping!

Now that all my gifts have been given, I can share with you some fun wrapping I did!!  These gift bags are for my neighbors:


I used the Festive Flurry and Joy to the World Stamp Sets.  Colors are Real Red, Midnight Muse and Marina Mist. 

Here's fun way to recylce:


I simply stamped (same stamps, same colors as the gift bags) the snowflakes onto the brown paper bag!  You know, the one they package the bottles in when you purchase the wine?  I thought I had a nice wine-size gift bag, but I didn't!  So, I came up with this!  I think I like it better!  :-)

Come back on Saturday--I'll share a fun way to give cash for Christmas!!

Be sure to check out my SHOP tomorrow--there will be new items added to the Clearance Rack!!!


Envelope Punch Board and Notecards!!!

We're going to make a box using the Envelope Punch Board, along with four notecards.  You'll leave with a gift ready for giving! 
There are 3 designs to choose from:

1.  Season of Style Thank You's
2.  Winter Frost Blank Notecards
3.  Birthday Basics Birthday Notecards
Please bring SNAIL Adhesive!  I will supply the Sticky Strip for the box!  And, I will have glue sticks on hand if you forget your adhesive!

If you have purchased the Envelope Punch Board from me, and would like to attend the class for only $10, please email me at [email protected], and I will get you signed up!

SUDSOL Blog Tour!!

Welcome to my spot along the SUDSOL Blog tour!!  We're highlighting the awesome new Holiday Catalog, and all the great products found inside!! 

First of all--what is SUDSOL?  It stands for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators Sharing On Line.  That's it in a nutshell!  There's an email list--loads of ideas come through every day, and if you have a question--just ask it, and you'll get instant answers!  And, there's an AWESOME website--a huge online gallery, loads of patterns and templates, and a great library of documents to use in your business!  If you're a  demonstrator, you can try it FREE for two weeks!!! 

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So, I mentioned Patterns and Templates!  I decided to use one of the hundreds offered, and make three different projects from just the one pattern!  (this is actually one I shared on SUDSOL a long time ago!)

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These are so simple to make!  You can add candy to the inside, or a gift card, or just a sweet note for someone!  And, as you can see, you can make them for any occasion!!


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or Thanksgiving (I thought these would be fun placecards--and the person can write what they're grateful for!)

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and, of course, Christmas:

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These are so much fun to make!  I hope you'll give them a try!!!

Once again, give SUDSOL a try!  FREE for two weeks!!  And, you can download the template for this great project!

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Here are the supplies used on each of the projects:


  • Tags 4 You Stamp Set (131820W or 131823C)
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set (128748W or 127802C)
  • Pumpkin Pie Classic Ink (126945)
  • Black Stazon Ink (101406)
  • Basic Black Cardstock (121045)
  • Pumpkin Pie Cardstock (105117)
  • Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
  • Basic Black 3/4" Chevron Ribbon (130010)
  • Label Bracket Punch (132153)
  • Witches' Brew Designer Paper (132185)
  • Witches' Brew Designer Washi Tape (132156)


  • Tags 4 You Stamp Set (131820W or 131823C)
  • Thankful Stamp (133313W)
  • Magnificent Maple Stamp (131868W)
  • Tangerine Tango Classic Ink (126946)
  • Crushed Curry Classic Ink (131173)
  • Chocolate Chip Classic Ink (126979)
  • Chocolate Chip Cardstock (102128)
  • Tangerine Tango Cardstock (111349)
  • Very Vanilla Cardstock (101650)
  • Paper Snips (103579)
  • Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper (132184)
  • Label Bracket Punch (132153)
  • 7/16" Natural Trim (129287)


  • Tags 4 You Stamp Set (131820W or 131823C)
  • Pool Party Classic Ink (126982)
  • Bermuda Bay Cardstock (131197)
  • Pool Party Cardstock (122924)
  • Whisper White Cardstock (100730)
  • Silver Glimmer Paper (124005)
  • Big Shot (113439)
  • Festive Flurry Framelits Dies (132193)
  • Frosted Finishes Embellishments (132150)
  • Silver 1/8" Ribbon (132137)
  • Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (132341)


CONTINUE on the Blog Tour

Be a Big Shot!!!

Need some fun ideas for your Big Shot?!!  Come on over!  We're going to make 3 projects!  Here is a sneak peek at two of the projects--the third will have to be a surprise!
This is a necklace or key chain, along with a cute little pouch to present it in!  And then there's a accordian book with the Top Note Die!  (I reserve the right to "tweak" these projects between now and class time!!)
Cost is only $20, and includes everything you will need, except SNAIL Adhesive--so bring your favorite adhesive!  Don't worry though--I will provide Sticky Strip and Dimensionals!!  Also, please bring paper snips and a bone folder if you have them!
Registration closes on February 12th!!
Click HERE to register today!!

SUDSOL Blog Tour!

Come back for the SUDSOL Blog Tour - Feb 1, 2013

Good morning, and welcome to my stop along the SUDSOL Blog Tour this morning!  I hope you're enjoying the tour so far! 

What is SUDSOL?  It stands for Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing On Line!  And, that's it in a nutshell!  We do weekly challenges, share business ideas (and the forms!!), class ideas (with instructions!!), and tons of samples!!  I would be lost without all these ideas!  You can get a 2-Week Free Trial -- just click on the banner:

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 Now, how about some projects!!!

My first is a fun frame I made for a great friend!  We both live here in Albuquerque, but met at a Stampin' Up! convention a million years ago!!  (Hi Lani!):


I started with a sheet of the More Amore Designer Paper--and chose colors to go with that!  I used Pool Party for the front "frame" and the letters (cut out using the Big Shot and Typeset Alphabet Dies).  The little heart was made using the Big Shot and the Hearts a Flutter framelits.  I also embossed it with the Adorning Accents Embossing Strips.  I also embossed the two sides of the Pool Party frame, but it's hard to see in the picture!!

One of my favorite items from the Spring Catalog is the Swallowtail Stamp!!  I just think it is beautiful!  Here's a fun card using it:


The card base is Melon Mambo, followed by a layer of Basic Black.  I stamped the Swallowtail in versamark ink directly onto my First Edition Designer Paper, then embossed with Melon Mambo Embossing Powder.  I added some accents along the side:  first a strip of our new Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon, then 3 butterflies punched out with the Elegant Butterfly punch.  This is the one in the "big" catalog.  I stamped three in Basic Black, then three out of Vellum cardstock.  I ran those through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder for added texture.  I finished them off with 3 tiny pearls each!  Fun and pretty!

My last card is super simple!!! 


We made this card at my Diva Days in January!  My downline has chances to win the honor of attending this special stamp camp!  We made three projects, and enjoyed brunch together! 

This stamp set is called Feeling Sentimental, and is a Sale-a-bration item--which means you can earn it FREE!!  I stamped the phone booth in Black Stazon, and the sentiment using our Classic Real Red ink.  The ovals were cut using the Big Shot (what did we ever do without these!!) and the new Ovals Collection Framelits.  Easiest way to do this--cut the ovals out, then stamp right through the "hole"!!  perfect placement everytime!

I hope you enjoyed my projects!!  Don't forget to sign up for your FREE Two Week Trial to SUDSOL!!


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Fun and Easy Calendar!!


These were made from a coaster!!  Yep, just like the ones you get at a restaurant!  I just covered mine with some fabulous designer paper from the Print Poetry Stack!!  Love it!!  Colors are Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit and Gumball Green!!  And, what about those rhinestones?!!  They're the new Large Rhinestones from the Spring Catalog!


Diva Days!

Every six months, I offer a Diva Days for my group of demonstrators!  They have to earn an invite, based on sales, recruiting, etc!  (it's pretty easy to earn!)  Then, we get together and have brunch, then stamp away!  Here's one of the projects we made on Saturday:


I used the new designer paper stack, Print Poetry, along with the Artistic Etchings Stamp Set.  Colors are Raspberry Ripple and Basic Black!!  The ribbon serves as a book mark!  Fun, I though!!  Oh, the books--I think I got them at Michaels!

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