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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hearts framelits banner for a fun valentine decoration

I like to be festive for many holidays, but don't necessarily want to go all out. That's why I love this valentine banner. It's cute and quick.
These first two photos show each end of the banner. There's a vintage faceted designer button on the hearts at each end.
Here's the entire banner. It's not huge. Each First Edition dsp flag is 4" x 6" and I used the Hearts Framelits and Full Heart Punch with More Amore Specialty dsp, Real Red, Pool Party and Silver Glimmer papers. I CASE'd the idea from fellow SU! demo Kathleen.
It's going to be a fun day! I have a couple of great friends coming over to make some stampin' videos, and it's my kids' Friday since it's the end of the quarter. I'm thrilled I get to sleep in tomorrow! I hope you have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Say "love you" with a simple sketch that works for guys

This card is perfect for my son's birthday, coming up in a couple of weeks. I used the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set and coordiating Bitty Banner framelits.
I started with a Crumb Cake card, and added a 3" x 4" tag of Sycamore Street dsp with some yummy satin Island Indigo ribbon, then used the Hearts framelits to diecut a big heart that I ran through the Honeycomb embossing folder for some great texture. It's a clean, straight-forward card for my loving boy. The best part is I got the Sycamore Street paper and ribbon for FREE, and the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set is also a FREE option when you order $50 during our Sale-a-Bration event. Here's the sketch I very literally followed:
Here are the rules for Freshly Made Sketches:
  1. Please use any crafting product you would like to use.
  2. Feel free to combine our sketch with up to THREE other challenges.
  3. Please add a DIRECT link to your blog when adding your card to the linky below.
  4. Please include our sketch and a link back to Freshly Made Sketches on your post.
  5. Have fun!

This challenge will end on Monday, February 4th at Noon (PST). On Tuesday, we will be announcing the winner of this week's sketch challenge who will known as the "Queen of Clean" and each Design Team Member will choose one "Princess". To add your card, go to, Challenge #71.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Vintage Verses and a sweet little valentine treat

I am so blessed to be able to spend stamping time outside of my monthly demonstrator gatherings with some of my downline. Barb created this beautiful card above. It uses Vintage Verses (a Sale-a-Bration stamp set you may pick for FREE when you order $50+), some Core'dinations card stock, and Parker's Patterns dsp. I love that she added pearls along the diagonal line.
Michelle brought an adorable heart-shaped sucker that's wrapped in plastic, then we put it in a bag and added a Honeycomb-embossed topper with some 2-toned ribbon and a soda pop top. The soda pop top has a circle of More Amore Specialty dsp in it, with an adorable elephant holding a tiny heart from A Fitting Occasion.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Dear Valentine, please join me for Tea for Two

Adding paper doilies to an order because I had a couple of hostess bucks left and couldn't think of anything else I needed inspired this valentine.
I started with a Very Vanilla card, layered with Pretty in Pink card stock and Tea for Two dsp. Then I added a paper doily, a Tea for Two dsp heart die-cut with a Heart framelit that has an antique brad thru it, and some stitched Pretty in Pink ribbon. To finish, I stamped "love" and a heart from the Lovely Little Labels set and punched them with a little labels punch, pierced holes and added them to a piece of baker's twine.
Here's what the same card looks like when you use the flip side of the same Tea for Two dsp pattern. I created this card for Heather's party Friday night. It was fun!
I have a Mystery Hostess Class coming up Wednesday. Monday is the last day to register, so be sure to contact me if you - and a friend - would like to attend. It's either $6 to make three cards or a minimum order of at least $25. Of course if you place a $50 order, you'll be able to pick a Sale-a-Bration freebie! I'll draw a name from all those who order to see who gets the hostess benefits. :-)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Patterned Occasions is perfect for this thank-you occasion

Everyone appreciates a thank-you note! So I made 16 of these Pool Party 3" x 3" notes for recent club and party orders.
I used markers to ink up the elephant and saying from Patterned Occasions (a free stamp set with a $50 during Sale-a-Bration right now!), punched it using the largest scallop circle and then layering it with dimensionals on the 2-1/2" Island Indigo circle. The strip of Sycamore Street dsp under the circles is also a SAB freebie! Ya gotta love free.
I hope you have a wonderful day! I've got some SU! deliveries to make, and a fun stampin' party tonight.
For Stampin' Up!'s 25th Silver Anniversary this year, you get to select $156.50 worth of  product in the Starter Kit for only $99 + tax (and there's free shipping!). Visit my website at to join and start shopping for your $156.50 today!
Did you know you can order anytime thru my Online Store? Earn Sale-a-Bration freebies for every $50 too! Please visit and start shopping.
25 year
 Also, here's a great gift for your favorite guys:
You asked, and we listened! We're excited to introduce our new, very manly stamping kit: the Dude, You're Welcome! kit. Guys don't always have the easiest time expressing themselves, but with the Dude, You're Welcome! kit, they'll have
  • Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion
  • Twelve 4" x 6" postcards in four different (manly) colors
  • Twelve gray envelopes
  • A Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
  • An instructional guide (for the most novice stamper!)
Basically, the kit includes everything a dude needs to create the perfect manly card that any woman would adore, all packaged in an appropriately masculine box.
Dude, You're Welcome! Kit

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Super cute Aviary card with a framelit window

Join my friend and downline Barb as she creates a super cute window card using the Aviary stamp set and Label Framelits for the Big Shot.

You may order these products through my Online Store (open 24/7) at Thanks!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I've got you covered with hearts and more hearts

I've got hearts coming out of drawers, totes and shelves. They're hanging on banners and they're embellishing cards, such as this one. This saying is from Seasonal Sayings, which is a carryover item from the Holiday Catalog and found on page 36 of the Spring Catalog.

I found a card like this on the Stampin' Up! customer website and changed up the paper to More Amore Specialty dsp (my latest favorite) and the saying to what you see here. With a Full Heart Punch and paper you can create an easy card like this and send it to someone you love!
Sale-a-Bration starts TODAY!
You pick an item out of this catalog for FREE for every $50 you order from the Spring Catalog and/or annual catalog. Order thru my Online Store at or email me today! I've got an order going in.
Pick $156.50 worth of SU! product for only $99 + tax during Sale-a-Bration!
Now when you buy a Starter Kit (fully customizable!) you get an additional 25% during Stampin' Up!'s 25th Silver Anniversary. Please visit my website at to sign up and start saving today! I'd love to have you join my American Ink group of demonstrators. We get together monthly to stamp, swap, share ideas, eat and enjoy new friends!
Happy Stampin'!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Sharing a special day of love

This is just the ticket for somebody you love! Or two tickets with a heart clip!

Achievers on my American Ink team came to my studio yesterday to make four special projects - this is one of them. It's a Pretty in Pink card with a Basic Black layer that has been stamped and heat embossed in white with smudges and lines to look like a chalkboard. I add two stamps from That's the Ticket (Spring Catalog Item 128075 clear for $16.95) on a knot of 1/8" Whisper White taffeta, then finished it with a Cute Clip from the Elements pack (Item 129939, $4.95). The lines were made using a white crayon, though my gals got to use a white pencil I had at the studio. It worked much better! I used stamps from Animal Talk, Field Flowers, Word Play, Hearts a Flutter and Itty Bitty Banners. I'll share the other projects this week.
Here's one of the things I made for our lunch - a Spinach Strawberry Bacon Salad I found on Pinterest. It also had walnuts and red onions with a dressing that's included in the recipe. I got the photo and recipe here. It tastes SO good! My hubby and kids enjoyed the leftovers, though my son didn't care so much for the dressing.
I also made Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken and a Pink Lemonade Pie. Those recipes are also on Pinterest under my Favorite Recipes board.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Here in the United States, we have the day off to celebrate the observed birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (His birthday was January 15.) My kids are happy to have an extra long weekend. I went to Atlanta in 1985 and visited MLK, Jr's Ebenezer Baptist Church where he was a co-pastor with his father during the civil rights era of the 1960s. It's an historic site. He truly was a great man whose words mean something even today. I bought a soft metal keychain with part of his "I have a dream" speech on it and used it till all of the letters rubbed off. MLK, Jr. Day is a day of service. Plant a tree, lend a hand to someone in need... just make a difference, share the love, and have a fabulous day. :-)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Gifts and American Ink team members sparkle and shine

My heart is so happy and full today! I get to spend the afternoon with some of the amazing women in my American Ink group. These women are all achievers. They've recruited, promoted, and more. I'm so proud of all of them.

Each of these women will receive gifts for their efforts, as well as special projects to make. What's inside these packets is a surprise! I used Pool Party dsp with the Sale-a-Bration satin Island Indigo ribbon, the Full Heart Punch in Silver Glimmer Paper, and a Sycamore Street button.

I'm preparing a special lunch for my downline, as well. This is a Pink Lemonade Pie I made for the first time. I found a great photo/recipe on Pinterest. Funny thing is, the lady who blogged about the pie lives just down the road from me! It'll be all pink with the Cool Whip white top when cut into. I'm going with a Valentine's menu of sorts. :-)
I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. I'm counting down to Sale-a-Bration, which starts Tuesday! Whoo hoo!!!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Simply positive cards that will make someone happy

These two cards were two from a recent 10-card class. The one above uses a stamp set I received free at the SU! convention last year called I Am. I love the sentiments in the set because they're all so positive! This card is Summer Starfruit with a strip of Soft Suede and two pearls. It also uses a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Sycamore Street dsp, which is in the Sale-a-Bration Catalog.

Three little butterflies highlight this So Saffron card. No cutting! It's a new punch in the Spring Catalog. I used Tea for Two dsp, along with crochet trim and a few pearls. Everyone could add the sentiment of their choice from the Sweet Essentials stamp set.
I have a party this morning, and then a fun rewards event for deserving American Ink team members Sunday morning, so it's a full weekend! I hope you enjoy your weekend!
Happy Stampin'!

Friday, January 18, 2013

From More Amore to Sycamore Street - these papers rock!

Today I've got a few quick and easy cards to show that I'm using for a 10-card class and workshop. I've had a busy week of clubs, classes and a team meeting and have several more events coming up this month.
This Very Vanilla card uses More Amore Specialty dsp (there are two sheets of the laser-cut hearts you simply cut apart), Fancy Fold embossed Primrose Petals card stock punched on two sides with the Scallop Trim Border. The sentiment is from the Loving Hearts stamp set.

This Basic Gray card shows off another pattern of the More Amore Specialty dsp. I added a strip of Pool Party that has been punched with the Scallop Border, and a knot of 1/8" Very Vanilla taffeta. The sentiment is from the Sale-a-Bration stamp set Pretty Petites, which was then punched with the Petite Curly Label. (both SAB freebies).

This Rich Razzleberry card uses a couple of strips of Sycamore Street dsp, the Oval Collections Frame and Oh, Hello stamp set. I used Summer Starfruit and Island Indigo markers to ink up the flower, and that layer is adhered with dimensionals.
I'll have a couple more easy cards tomorrow, then my team's fabulous swaps, so come back soon!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Enjoying a Cloudy Day with Collage Curios

Can you imagine a hot-air balloon ride near the Eiffel Tower in Paris? Wow! These two stamps are from the Collage Curios stamp set in the Spring Catalog. Stampin' Up! sent this set and a few more items to me for FREE because of my title of Senior Manager. I love perks! The Eiffle Tower is stamped in Basic Gray, and I used Primrose Petals and Not Quite Navy markers for the balloon, stamping them on First Edition dsp. I used the 1-3/4" circle punch and sponged it with Not Quite Navy before using the distressing tool.

I brought this Pool Party card to my American Ink team gathering last weekend for a make and take. It uses the Cloudy Day embossing folder on the card front, with a strip of Primrose Petals that's been punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch, and a strip of More Amore Specialty dsp (my favorite right now!).
I used this sketch challenge at Clean & Simple Stamping. There's still 8 days to upload your card!

The Pretty Petites "Happy Day" stamp and Petite Curly Label punch are items you may choose for FREE with every $50 you order starting next Tuesday, January 22. You may order through my Online Store at or email me at because I have an order going in Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Variety of valentines for our team make & takes

My American Ink team gathering was this past Saturday at my studio. I always take volunteers to bring make and takes and am never disappointed! Above, you can see Michelle's lovely More Amore dsp banner card with a single rose cut from the 5/8" Vanilla Flower Trim (item 126869, $5.95 for 2 yards).

Barb brought this striking valentine, which features Candlelight Christmas paper (Holiday Catalog), You are Loved stamp set, and a builder brad.

Mary Ann's make and take looks deceptively simple, but it's embossed, with punched images, a Hearts a Flutter framelit, and a sentiment inside. Unfortunately, I forgot to stamp the card front before embossing!

Kim's card features the new large rhinestones and You Rule stamp set in the Spring Catalog. This card is so perfect for a friend! It also has ribbon and Sycamore Street dsp from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog.

And Sherry's card is special because she used My Digital Studio to make a hybrid make and take for us. We also used a Sharpie to color the large pearl.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Fun stamping kit for guys: Dude, you're welcome!

Stampin' Up! is offering a stamping kit for men. Watch the fun video above. You can see what comes in the kit here:

As a guy, it’s not always easy to express yourself. You know you want to say it, but you just don’t know how. That’s why there's the Dude, You’re Welcome! Kit. Quickly build a card that says just what you want it to say, whether it’s “#%&@!” because you messed up (when does that happen?), for a Special Occasion (you know the occasion), “I _____ You” (love, adore, miss, see?), or a simple “Thank You.”

We’ve got your back. Dude, you’re welcome.

Kit includes:

* Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion
* Twelve 4" x 6" postcards in four different (manly) colors
* Twelve gray envelopes
* A Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad
* An instructional guide (for the most novice stamper!)
You may order this kit (item 132807 for $24.95), along with any of the specials you see in the right column via my Online Store at I'd be happy to be your demonstrator if you don't already have one! Thanks!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Free clear block when you sign up for Welcome Kit

A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit
The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!

Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it.
Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting my online store at
Questions? Here are the Answers
Why is Stampin' Up! offering Paper Pumpkin?
Paper Pumpkin is the perfect introduction to Stampin' Up! It's designed for crafters that want to create a project each month, but aren't quite ready to build a stamp collection (yet).

How does shipping work with Paper Pumpkin?
Your Paper Pumpkin will be automatically shipped to you each month (so fun!). Because SU! is auto shipping these, the pricing structure is slightly different from other Stampin' Up! products.

Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month you are sent a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, d├ęcor, and more! (Everthing is color-coordinated, measured, and cut for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories - everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • SU! will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (If you sign up on May 10th, your kit will be sent around May 15th. If you sign up May 11th, your first kit will be sent around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!)  
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, SU! is offering a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.
So don't forget to visit my Online Store at to order your Welcome Kit tomorrow (Monday, January 14).

Saturday, January 12, 2013

You can never go wrong by saying Thanks So Much

Go bold for words when you're saying "Thanks." This sentiment came from the Spring Catalog stamp set called Oh, Hello.

I started with a bright pattern from the Sycamore Street dsp pack (a Sale-a-Bration freebie you may pick with a $50 order starting January 22), added a couple rows of Sycamore Street ribbon (another SAB freebie) and a couple rhinestones. I used the Oval Collection framelits to die-cut the Island Indigo oval, then ran it through Chevron embossing folder before adding the banner.
I made this card for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #68. You have till Monday at noon to play along! 


Here's the same card only different! Same ribbon - except I used a strip of Rich Razzleberry card stock - same stamp set, embossing folder, framelit and Sycamore Street dsp pack. This card is Summer Starfruit. I'm using these cards for my swap at my American Ink team gathering today.
Happy Stampin'!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Yes, you may call me a Mashup Glamette

Whoo hoo! My card was a designer pick over at Friday Mashup! You can see my original post here. A color challenge started today, so go check it out.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Hearts a Flutter for Valentine card and ribbon wreath

Welcome to the Stylin' Stampin' Squad blog hop. You may have just popped in, or come from Kim's blog. There's a complete list at the bottom of everyone involved in the blog hop so you can be sure to visit everyone! We're featuring Spring Catalog products. I chose to use the Hearts a Flutter stamp set with coordinating framelits of the same name.
I started with a Very Vanilla card and added a Pool Party oval scallop with a More Amore Specialty dsp oval on top of that. Both were diecut using the Oval Collection Framelits. The banner use a sentiment from Seasonal Sayings, a carryover from the Holiday Catalog, and two of the large rhinestone jewels. I finished the card with a knot of satin Pool Party ribbon (a Sale-a-Bration offering you may select for free with a $50 purchase starting January 22), and a couple of stamped and die-cut hearts that are adhered with dimensionals.

I made a ribbon wreath using an 10-inch wire form and 7-8" lengths of retired ribbon knotted onto the frame in current colors - Rose Red, Bashful Blue, Tempting Turquoise and Real Red - and thought the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and framelits would make a great banner! You can see a couple of clear vintage buttons on the banner, as well as a silver basics button (I love those!). The hearts and banners are held together with white baker's twine.
Here's one last look at the card. My club members are making it this month. The wreath and card will look great in my studio. My bestie, Kim, came over for a few hours and helped me take down the Christmas decorations, clean, and put up some Valentine decorations today. Now it's time for you to travel on to the next blog, Justin over at JK Cards. Have fun and enjoy your day!

Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  2. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  3. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  4. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  5. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  6. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  7. Patricia T. of Sunnyone Stampin'
  8. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  9. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  10. Terry B of Goin' Over the Edge   YOU ARE HERE!
  11. Justin K of JK Cards
  12. Heidi B of Stuck on Stampin'
  13. Jennifer B of NW Stamper
  14. Bree of Craft-somnia
  15. Diana E of Stampin Fun With Diana