My Stampin' Up! Classes

Saturday, May 31, 2014

You're One in a Million


 A million people may share your birthday - but you're One in a Million! Here you can see the beautiful arrows embossed on the silver foil, with a coordinating silver button and stitched Night of Navy ribbon.

I used a couple of the stamps from Gorgeous Grunge to make this interesting background. It's one of the 10 designs for this morning's 20-card class. I hope you enjoy your Saturday!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

$50 starter kit now available

For a limited time you can join Stampin’ Up! for just $50! This amazing opportunity will only last until June 30, 2014, so take what you already love doing—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 US worth of products
  • A 30 percent discount on your first order*
  • A 20 percent discount on all your orders
  • Free Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • Free entrance to our annual Convention* (must be registered by the 20th of June)
  • Before June 2, 2014, you may also choose preorder items from the new annual catalog. See the US lists. 
Create friendships that will last forever and enjoy the benefits of fun, friends, and creativity—become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator today.
Photo: Clipped a rhody to use as a centerpiece for dinner with the family tonight. I love seeing the bright flowers around the yard.
I love bringing the outdoors in!
Here's a little about me
I've been busy this last week preparing for an open vintage market in a neighboring town. The first one on Sunday was fun (though I ended up buying more than I sold), so my niece and I are doing it again this Sunday. We have a booth in a local antique store (and a Facebook page - Booth 6 Goods; "Like" it and you'll be able to see photos of our booth at the market and the store), and it's a fun hobby to do in addition to my stamping/crafting. I gravitate towards vintage kitchen items primarily, while my niece loves vintage glass. We both love rusty stuff!
I'm prepping now for a 20-card class this Saturday. I hold one of these classes once a month, along with a 10-card class and two card clubs. This time around we'll be making graduation, wedding, and father's day cards, among many others. I've got 10 ladies coming to this next one, and they make it fun.
I love my friends and family. I have two fun teenagers and a hubby who's been my best friend for 25 years. I met my bestest friends through Stampin' Up!. It's true!
And finally, I love my local Lions Club. I believe in giving back. May has been a very busy month. We've collected money for sight and hearing, served pancakes and strawberry shortcake for high school scholarships, and so many other worthwhile accomplishments that make our community a better place in which to live. I maintain the Poulsbo Lions Club blog and Facebook page.
That's not everything about me. I've got to maintain a little mystery - ha ha. But it gives you an idea of what's important in my life. If you join my American Ink Stampin' Up! group, you can be sure I'll be available to help you do what you want with your demonstratorship.

Weekly deals & up to 50% off some retiring products

These last few days of May are exciting ones! In addition to the following Weekly Deals, you can also get 25% to 50% off many of the retiring products (of course not those that are no longer available because they're already gone!). You may order 24/7 thru my website at

Weekly Deals

We hope you enjoy this week's Weekly Deals!

Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack Item # 130132
Regular Price: $21.95 US/$26.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $16.46 US/$20.21 CAN

3-1/2 Inch Circle Originals Die Item # 121811
Regular Price: $17.95 US/$21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $13.46 US/$16.46 CAN

Sweet Buttons Embosslit Die Item # 121813
Regular Price: $11.95 US/$14.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.96 US/$11.21 CAN

Natural Composition Specialty Designer Series Paper Item # 126917
Regular Price: $12.95 US/$15.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $9.71 US/$11.96 CAN

Full Heart Punch Item # 119883
Regular Price: $16.95 US/$22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $12.71 US/$17.21 CAN

Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die Item # 127553
Regular Price: $89.95 US/$110.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $67.46 US/$89.21 CAN

Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die Item # 123128
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Spring To Life Kit - Digital Download Item # 133026
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

Monday, May 19, 2014

Having a blast!

I was working in the strawberry shortcake booth at Viking Fest yesterday when I saw a woman with her face painted green and antennae sticking out of her head. I had that image on my brain today as I was prepping for club tonight. I had to ink up the adorable alien in the Blast Off stamp set and add a few googly eyes.

 I pulled the colors off of the designer paper (from a paper stack). The planet is Baked Brown Sugar, the spaceship is Real Red with Tangerine Tango flames, and the alien is Coastal Cabana.

I hope your day has been a blast!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Heirloom Show and lattice happy birthday card

This weekend is the Heirloom Show in Puyallup. Kim and I have turned over our spot to a few of our recruits - Sherry, Olivia and Pearl. In addition to what I'm sure will be a fabulous booth, these ladies have prepared some amazing classes! I hope you'll visit if you're in the area. Tell them I sent you.
Now onto my card. I used this design at my last 20-card class. I love the look of the Lattice diecut over designer paper. This lattice is sandwiched between a 3" circle, diecut with a Bigz die, and the Watercolor Wonder designer series paper.

I started with a Whisper White card. The only ink and card stock used are Tangerine Tango, with a little bling added by the rhinestones on the little punched flowers. The sentiment is from the hostess set Express Yourself.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Give dad a seahorse

I think seahorses are amazing creatures. My favorite fact about them is that it's the male that gives birth! So what better image for a Father's Day card?
I started with a Bermuda Bay card, running the front through the Decorative Dots folder in the Big Shot to mimic bubbles. The seahorse is stamped in Bermuda Bay ink and punched out with the 1-3/4" circle punch. Then I added a 3/4" and 1/2" punched circles of Whisper White for more bubbles. Finally, I stamped the greeting from Delightful Dozen and made a banner out of it.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The cat in Animal Talk

When I stamped the cat image in Tangerine Tango ink, I smiled, thinking about our big orange tabby, Frito. This stamp is in the Animal Talk set. The inside of the card says, "It's cat talk for 'What's up?' " I love the colors in the Retro designer series paper pack, then added some distressing and spritzing with the color spritzer on the card front.
Here's Frito Lay and my daughter. That cat loves the kids! Frito has a funny smirk on his face in this photo. He has quite the quirky personality, and bosses around our 98-pound dog easily.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Paper, punches, Perfect Pennants for Weekly Deals

Weekly Deals

It's another gorgeous day in the Pacific Northwest! But before I head outside, I wanted to share this week's deals with you.

As a reminder, you may order any Weekly Deal, along with Clearance Rack and retiring products from the current catalog (the new one starts next month!) thru my Online Store at Have a beautiful day!

Etcetera Designer Series Paper Item # 130129
Regular Price: $10.95 US/$13.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.21 US/$10.46 CAN

Perfect Pennants Bigz Die Item # 123126
Regular Price: $32.95 US/$40.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $24.71 US/$30.71 CAN

This And That Epic Day Designer Series Paper Item # 130814
Regular Price: $10.95 US/$13.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.21 US/$10.13 CAN

Flower Garden Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die Item # 123113
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Tasteful Trim Bigz Die Item # 120893
Regular Price: $42.95 US/$52.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $32.21 US/$39.71 CAN

3/16 Inch Corner Punch Item # 119871
Regular Price: $6.95 US/$8.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$6.71 CAN

Bbq Blitz Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 130863
Regular Price: $12.95 US/$13.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $7.77 US/$8.37 CAN

Retro Fresh Designer Journaling Tags Item # 133526
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.46 CAN

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Just popping in to wish my friends a Happy Mother's Day! I love the saying above. It always cracks me up. Of course, I adore my kids. I think they're the best!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Get Well Tag It card

Needing a get well card is usually unexpected, so it's great to have a few on hand. I used the Tag It stamp set for this one. I like that the sentiment fits inside the Decorative Label punch.

I used the Color Coach for the color combo - Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point,a nd Real Red. They're bright and cheery! Each panel was run through the Big Shot in the Arrows embossing folder. The card was finished with a knot of stitched Pacific Point ribbon.
Tag It                                             130300
Price: $22.95
One stamp set can make all the difference. When you purchase the Tag It Stamp Set, Stampin' Up! donates $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Complete with decorative tag images for six different occasions, the Tag It set coordinates with the Chalk Talk Framelits Dies. Wood-mount.

This set is available while supplies last or until May 31. If you'd like to order, please visit my Online Store at Thanks!

Friday, May 9, 2014

I dig you!

Do you know someone who loves to putter in the garden? I love planting perennials, as well as veggies, and watching them grow.

Of course, a card with "I DIG YOU!" on the front doesn't have to be for a gardener. It can be just a fun card for a friend. This stamped image is one stamp in the Tag It stamp set, which is retiring. I used Baked Brown Sugar, Wild Wasabi and Cherry Cobbler markers for the image, and the Chalk Talk framelits to diecut it from the Whisper White card stock.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Animal Talk frog card

Who wouldn't love a bright Gumball Green frog card that says, "ribbit"?

I embossed the front of the card with the Decorative Dots folder. It was a Sale-a-Bration item, and it's available to purchase in the new catalog. I added a strip of Watercolor Wonder designer paper, layered on Island Indigo card stock, then added the main stamp on a 2-1/2" Whisper White circle.
Inside the card, it says, "That's frog talk for 'What's Up?' "
This stamp set is retiring. When it's gone, it's gone (and the stamps are going FAST!). You're invited to place an order in my Online Store anytime you desire - Thanks!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mixed Bunch Mother's Day card

A bright flower for mom won't wilt or need water if it's on a card.

I started with a Strawberry Slush card, and added 1" strips of Quattrefancy designer paper on the front, cutting them like banners. The Mixed Bunch flower was stamped in Daffodil Delight, punched out and topped with another stamp inked in Strawberry Slush, punched with the 3/4" circle punch, and adhered with a dimensional.
The greeting is from Teeny, Tiny Wishes. Inside, another greeting says "Happy Mother's Day." I wish all of my friends and family a wonderful day!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Framelits and ribbons top Weekly Deals

Weekly Deals

I had an awesome 10-card class this morning, and even though I was trying to use many retiring items, it's impossible to showcase all the fabulous items that won't be continued in the next catalog, which starts June 1.

Here's your opportunity to buy some quality products AT A DISCOUNT. You have till next Monday, May 12, to place your order. I'd love for you to order thru my Online Store at Thanks! I hope you have a fabulous week.

Hearts A Flutter Clear-Mount Stamp Set Item # 129252
Regular Price: $18.95 US/$22.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $14.21 US/$17.21 CAN

Holiday Ornaments Framelits Dies Item # 127816
Regular Price: $24.95 US/$30.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $18.71 US/$23.21 CAN

I Am Me Designer Series Paper Item # 130138
Regular Price: $10.95 US/$13.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.21 US/$10.13 CAN

Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 126875
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$6.75 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$5.06 CAN

Pacific Point 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Item # 132981
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Alhambra Stampin' Around Jumbo Wheel Item # 126940
Regular Price: $8.50 US/$10.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.38 US/$7.88 CAN

Card Base Pop' N Cuts Item # 130099
Regular Price: $39.95 US/$48.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $29.96 US/$36.71 CAN

The Man, The Myth Board Book Designer Template - Digital Download Item # 130104
Regular Price: $14.95 US/$16.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.97 US/$9.90 CAN

Quick Field Flowers card

Bright spots of color are popping up everywhere around town and I love it! It's hard to resist buying flowers when grocery shopping too.

I picked two colors and one stamp set - Field Flowers - for this quick and easy card. In a 20-card class, a card like this is refreshingly simple and welcome. This stamp set is on the retiring list, and will be gone by the end of the month.
I prepped last night for a 10-card class this morning. I've been trying to design my cards using retiring designer papers and stamp sets when possible. You'll be seeing those cards soon! Enjoy your day.

Monday, May 5, 2014

A birthday is A Fitting Occasion

I love sentiments you can punch, like this "It's Your Birthday" from A Fitting Occasion. I layered it with the 1-1/4" scallop circle punch and added a large rhinestone before putting it on the front of my card with dimensionals.

I started with a Bermuda Bay card and embossed it with the Alphabet Press folder. Then I added squares of birthday designer paper and the medallion sentiment.