Monday, February 28, 2011

An Ice Cream Parlor Treat From Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! Ice Cream Parlor Accessories Box And Card

Who wouldn't love receiving adorable ice cream gifts from a friend? Well ... actually, gifts created with Stampin' Up! Ice Cream Parlor Accessories that is! I love the fun patterns of the Designer Series Paper and coordinating die-cut accent pieces. Then there's the coordinating ribbon & button pack! (swoon) These cute sale-a-bration free reward items went on my wish list immediately when I saw them. So stinkin' cute!

As I was creating this set, it occured to me that it will make wonderful gifts for my workshop hostesses next month. The cute 3x3 mini card will make a great project to demonstrate as well.

Have You Booked Your Workshop?

If you live in the Sarasota area and don't want to miss out on the fun, contact me today to schedule your crafty party.  I still have a few dates available in March - just in time for the final days of sale-a-bration. What? No time to clean for company? NO problem. All my workshops are offered "your house or mine".

Stampin' Up! Punch Bunch stamp set Gift Box

Coming this week to Stampingville:
Details on the cute duo pictured today plus more sale-a-bration fun.  Be sure to check back - you won't want to miss it!


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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fun With The Two-Step Owl Punch

Two-Step Owl Punch by Stampin' Up!

Looking for a cute idea for using your Two-Step Owl punch? This simple design incorporates a fun trick I learned at the last Stampin' Up! Convention for creating an easy banner.

Create a miniature banner for cardmaking
To create the miniature banner, I punched out two stars from the Play Date Designer Series Paper (117168) using the Star Punch (119875), then snipped off each point. I stamped a letter on each piece (spelling out "celebrate") using the Calendar Alphabet & Numbers stamp set (111610). Then I simply glued the banner pieces to a length of Hemp Twine.

While my banner dried, I punched two strips of Real Red card stock using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275) and attached them behind a piece of Crumb Cake card stock. I cut a branch for my owl, using the Big Shot (113439) and the Little Leaves sizzlit die (114511), trimming off a few leaves to make a little room.

Stampin' Up! Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

I used Early Espresso and Whisper White card stock for the owl body and more of the Play Date DSP for his belly and the heart. Once I had the owl assembled and sitting on his branch, I attached this entire piece to a strip of the Play Date DSP using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Celebrate Banner with Play Date Designer Series Paper

Using the Handheld 1/16" Circle Punch (101227) I made a hole on each end of the DSP strip, then threaded the Hemp Twine through the holes and secured the ends with tape. I used Liquid Glue to adhere this piece to the Marina Mist card stock. To finish the piece, I gently lifted up the lower portion of the Crumb Cake piece and added a few Stampin' Dimensionals underneath. I wanted to secure the banner as well, so I added a tiny snip of a Dimensional behind each piece.

And there you have it! A fun owl with a fun mini banner. Have a question about this project? Just ask me in the comment section below.


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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

More Digital Downloads from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! released several new digital downloads yesterday including Easter Blossoms, Pedaling Past, and Cottage Garden stamp set brushes. Also available are the Full Calendar, Calendar Alphabet and Calendar Numbers digital sets. Designer Papers released include Cottage Wall, Sunny Garden, and six more shades of Patterns Designer Series Paper.

Another exciting addition is now available for you—a My Digital Studio Catalog PDF. It includes all of the MDS software artwork (contained in the boxed-version) and downloads from the October 2009 launch through January 2011!

If you've been curious about My Digital Studio and what it contains - now you can see just what is included in the software program! The MDS catalog gives a snapshot of the entire product line with artwork thumbnails followed by product details. Because MDS is regularly coming out with new artwork, the catalog will be updated every month and available to you on in the just-added Resources section.

With or without the My Digital Studio software, you can use the catalog as a resource to manage the downloads you have and which ones you still want to purchase. The catalog includes a box next to each download so you can manage your current inventory of downloads.

To view the My Digital Studio Catalog PDF go here. If you have ANY questions about My Digital Studio or digital downloads, please contact me and I'll be happy to help you.


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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Butterfly In Flight

Hi Stampers! I'm continuing with another sample from our recent Stampin' Up! team "shoebox swap".  We always get such great ideas and wonderful cards. Today's card (designed by Kathy Logan) combines stamp sets, techniques and punches to charmingly wish a happy birthday.

The Razzleberry butterfly was created using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die (118138) and the Big Shot. The die embosses and cuts a series of butterflies and it's my favorite Embosslit. The cute sentiment trailing behind is from the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set (111564). The clouds were a snap to create using the Scallop Oval Punch (119856) and sponged with a bit of Bashful Blue.

At the base of the card, a "fence" was created using Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper (121782), cropped with the Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), sponged with Garden Green and textured by a zip through the Crimper (101618).

The "Birthday Wishes" greeting is from the Level 3 Hostess Stamp Set, Occasional Quotes (W-117048, C-120142). This was cropped with the Large Oval Punch (119855), sponged with Garden Green and placed atop a Garden Green Modern Label (punch 119849). After adding Gold Brads (104337), the entire greeting was placed on Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Ribbon (119761) and wrapped around the Designer Series Paper.

I hope your day is as happy as this card. Thanks for stopping by!


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Monday, February 21, 2011

How To Make Faux Pressed Flowers

Today's pretty card (designed by Demonstrator Laura Currie) is another of our recent Shoebox Swap cards and it features a super cool (and trending) technique to create a faux pressed flower look on your handmade cards or other craft projects.

The process is extremely simple. In a nutshell, you just layer paper flowers onto card stock, insert the whole thing in an embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439).

For this card, we started with a couple of Pear Pizzazz branches created using the Little Leaves Sizzlits Die (114511) and the Big Shot. These were glued to So Saffron card stock. Next we sponged ink onto Paper Daisies (119243) and layered them over the leaves. TIP: Use an Anywhere Glue Stick (104045) to coat the back of the flowers for great coverage. If you want less coverage (so the ends can curl up or to create more dimension) apply glue to just the center of the flowers as done here.

Once the flowers are glued in place, insert the entire piece into a textured impressions embossing folder. Choose one that has a tight pattern across the entire folder. For our card we used the Square Lattice embossing folder (119976). Run the folder through the Big Shot. The pressure from the Big Shot "presses" all the layers together and creates the appearance of pressed flowers!

To finish the card, we embellished the embossed piece with Pear Pizzazz Stitched Ribbon (119265), and a Basic Rhinestone Jewel (119246) before adhering it to Confetti White card stock (102028). For the greeting, we stamped "happy" and "birthday" using words from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set (W-117002, C-120501), cut them out and adhered them to the ribbon.

This is a fun technique and using different embossing folders produces really unique results. Have fun and try it out today!  Have questions? Ask me in the comments below or email me and I'll be happy to help.


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Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! © 1990-2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

What Is A Shoebox Swap?

Shelby - My baby and constant helper!

I mentioned yesterday that I recently attended a team meeting where we did a fun "shoebox swap". In case you aren't familiar with the term, a "shoebox swap" is where each participant designs and creates a card and then prepares all the necessary supplies to make the card for all the other participants.

The prepared supplies are placed in a container, tote, or a shoebox so they can be transported to a central location. When the group meets, each person sets up a stamping station with their card and box of supplies and then everyone goes around the room and makes one of each of the cards. SO FUN! And we ALWAYS learn something new. It's one of the many reasons I love being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.

Have YOU thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator? Now is a great time to join! During Sale-a-bration, not only will you receive the Starter Kit at a 15% discount, but Stampin' Up! is throwing in a free bonus bundle valued at $50. You can choose either the Standard Starter Kit or the Digital+ Starter Kit which includes the My Digital Studio software.  What's more, you can customize your kit with the stamp sets and colors you want.

Want to learn more? I'll be happy to answer all of your questions with no pressure and no obligation. Contact me today - let's talk.

Coming tomorrow:

Another card from our shoebox swap featuring a super easy and very cool technique!


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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Springtime Smiles

Hey stampers - happy Saturday! Today's quick post is a card I wanted to share from a recent team meeting I attended. This card was one of our "shoebox swap" cards and was designed by Maria Lema. I really thought this was a beautiful use of the new stamp set Easter Blossoms (W-12195 or C-122057). This set is featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog and it has some really lovely images.

The image was simply stamped on Bashful Blue card stock using Early Espresso ink. The blossoms were "colored" using a White Gel Pen. The dry embossing was done using the Framed Tulips embossing folder (121809), which was distressed using the Mahogany Dye Ink from the Distressing Essentials Kit (118762).

I'll share a few more of our swap cards in the next few days.  Enjoy your weekend - especially if you are lucky enough to have Monday off!

Thanks for visiting!

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Fast & Fabulous Friday: Thanks For Caring

Today's fast and fabulous card is for showing a loved one, who is going through a difficult time, just how much you care. The new Thanks for Caring stamp set by Stampin' Up! features graceful images and greetings perfect for all kinds of caring messages.

I love the simplicity of this elegant card. Sometimes less really is more. And there are certain times when understated elegance is called for. Even with fine attention to detail, this card comes together quickly and uses minimal supplies as well.

The Whisper White card base is prepared by a quick run through the Big Shot inside the new Framed Tulips embossing folder. This new addition to our line of textured impressions embossing folders is designed to emboss a frame around just the outer edges of the card. As with all the embossing folders, they are perfectly sized for a standard card front.

The focal image and greeting were stamped on scraps of Whisper White card stock by using the marker to stamp technique. Using markers to color directly on the rubber stamp allows portions of the image to really pop and grab attention. The orchid image was cut using a circle punch, while the greeting was hand cut closely around the letters.

The greeting was adhered to the circle, and then both were attached to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Tip: Tie and position the ribbon in place. Secure the ribbon with a piece of regular tape (on the backside). Add the focal image over the ribbon, then add the entire piece to the prepared card front.

I hope you enjoyed todays fast and fabulous card. If you have any questions about a technique used on this card, please contact me and I will be happy to assist you.

Happy Friday!

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Thanks for Caring Stamp Set © Stampin' Up!

Stamps: Thanks for Caring (W-121901,
Ink: Old Olive (100079) and Melon Mambo (121074) Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Whisper White (100730), Old Olive (100702)
Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (121809), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), Old Olive
5/8" Satin Ribbon (117292),
Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bring On The Birthday

Isn't this card FUN?! And it was fun to make too. How can you not have fun when pompoms are involved? The fun greeting is from the new stamp set Bring On The Cake featured in the Occasions Mini Catalog. There are lots of mix and match images in the set, which means lots of creative versatility. I'll be reaching for this stamp set time and again when creating birthday cards.

My simple layout was inspired by the Mojo Sketch this week, which worked perfectly. For my background, I dove into the Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper (one of the free sale-a-bration rewards) and also snipped a little piece of the Peach Parfait paper to cut out a party hat.

I cut the large circle using the Circles #2 Die and my Big Shot (it's always out and ready to go).  Tip: I used little bits of Sticky Strip on the back of the circle to secure the Pompom Trim.

The main image was heat embossed in black on watercolor paper. Initially, I planned to watercolor the letters but changed my mind. Instead, I used Stampin' Write Markers to achieve a more vibrant look.

I think whoever receives this card will think it's a hoot ... and after all, isn't that what birthdays are all about?

p.s. How do you like the "new decor" around here? It started out as a minor change and then sort of exploded from there. Hee! Anyway, I'd love to know what you think in the comments. Yes, even if you hate it.  It's like getting a new haircut - it WILL grow back.

Thanks for coming by!

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Stamps: Bring On The Cake (W-121899, C-121958)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), Stampin' Write Markers - Daffodil Delight (119677), Old Olive (100079),  Peach Parfait (In Color Assortment 119801)
Paper: Daffodil Delight (119683), Old Olive (1007902), Watercolor paper (105019), Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper (SAB 122242)
Accessories: Heat Tool (100005), Embossing Buddy (103083), Black Embossing Powder (109133), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Circles #2 Die (114526), Pear Pizzazz 1/2" Poly-Stitched Ribbon (119265), Daffodil Delight Pompom Trim (121885)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mini Makeover Day!

I'm giving Stampingville a mini makeover today!

Check back tomorrow for a new look and a birthday card with attitude.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Stampin' Up! Downloads

Extra! Extra! What's new in digital crafting? Check out the newest digital downloads from Stampin' Up! just released today. (Click here to view.)  There are over a dozen new downloads including Patterns Designer Series Paper and coordinating Poly-Stitched Ribbon in all five of the current In Colors: Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush and Blushing Bride.

Four new stamp set brushes made the list, including You're A Gem, Thanks For Caring, Engraved Greetings and the adorable So Cute set. You'll love pairing that one up with the new digital Nursery Designer Series Paper and Nursery Embellishments. These will make darling birth announcements, welcome baby cards and super sweet scrapbook pages. The possibilities are endless!

Beautiful Butterfly Shapes Punch
Images © Stampin' Up!

Last, but not least, is the addition of the new Beautiful Butterfly Shapes - punch images you can size up or down to accommodate any project. This download also includes a 6-1/2" x 8-1/2" journal front and back cover. Artwork is from the Beautiful Butterfly Bigz Die for the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.

Have you heard...

... about our free online community for digital crafters? is the place to go for inspiration, tips & tricks, and up-to-date information about My Digital Studio software, downloads, and print output products.

This website allows digital crafters to share projects, experiences, and know-how with the entire My Digital Studio community, and includes open forums for discussion on any My Digital Studio topic.

Joining is quick and easy! You'll be able to create your profile and begin posting projects immediately. Be sure to check out the frequently updated blog posts and videos too! I think you'll agree this community is a terrific resource whether you're just getting started or you've been creating digitally for some time.

Have questions regarding My Digital Studio or individual downloads? I'm happy to help - just contact me and I'll get those questions answered pronto!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

This cute little duo is someting I whipped up for an event make & take project and I thought they turned out pretty adorable.

While nearly all of the products used here are all current catalog or mini catalog items, I did use a couple of retired items. The darling epoxy brad and the striped grosgrain ribbon? I actually picked those up shopping the Clearance Rack over at my online store. (Yes, even I shop there!)

The brads are sold out, however you can always create your own designer brads with the Build-A-Brad Kit. The kit comes in Pewter with 24 bases and adhesive acrylic bubbles. You simply stamp an image on card stock (or use Designer Series Paper) and punch it out using a 1/2" circle punch. Glue the punched image to the brad base and top it with the clear bubble. Instant coordinating brad for any project. And totally fun to make too.

The ribbon is our 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon (currently available in 11 popular colors) in Riding Hood Red. As of this morning that particular retired ribbon is still available online. And get this ... the price?  Just $1.99. Really!  No kidding. (Retail value = $9.95)  If you love a bargain on quality paper crafting products head on over and check out the Clearance Rack. And check back often because the products change frequently.

New to online ordering?
  • Search for products by name or by item number.
  • Mix and match items such as clearance rack, digital downloads and current catalog products.
  • Online orders qualify for Sale-a-bration rewards.
  • Qualifying orders receive free merchandise (hostess benefits).
  • Your order is shipped right to your door.
  • Receive preferred pricing and lowest shipping by choosing to shop through a Stampin' Up! demonstrator (me!).
Ready to find YOUR sweet deal? CLICK HERE to shop now.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Welcome Baby

I'm working on some baby cards I need to get out - wasn't it handy for Punch Bunch to come along in the Sale-a-bration brochure?!  I also used the adorable Ice Cream Parlor Paper & Accents Pack - although the scallop accent is a bit hidden by the big bow!

The onesie image is the Baby Tees jumbo wheel. So cute! I ran it across a little scrap of the polka dot paper, cut it out and popped it up (paper piecing technique). I repeated the image again on Daffodil Delight and cut out just the ducks portion for the onesie.

This card has dots, dots, and more dots! Hee. I ran Whisper White through the Big Shot in the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder for a little background texture.

The stinkin' cute little tag with the ducks? Ya, I had to play around with that. The mobile top is cut out, popped up and adorned with itty bitty pearls. I tied it to the bow with Linen Thread, but actually I secured it with Dimensionals - double thickness I might add - so it wouldn't get lost in the background.

I think it's pretty sweet!

UPDATE: Yippee! My card was a 2nd place winner for the Wheelin' Around Challenge over at SU-Only Challenges. Want to join in? Just gather your Stampin' Up! supplies and check out the current challenge here.

Thanks for stopping by - leave me a "howdy" in the comments, will ya?


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Stamps: Punch Bunch SAB set (W-121847, C-123211), Baby Tees jumbo wheel (118621)
Ink: Daffodil Delight (119683), Basic Black (109120)
Paper: Daffodil Delight (119683), Whisper White (100730), Ice Cream Parlor DSP & Quick Accents Pack SAB (122242)
Accessories: Stampin' Around Jumbo Handle (103661), Big Shot (113439), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (117335), Scallop Edge Border punch (119882), Large Tag Punch (119876, XL Tag Punch (119866), Daffodil Delight 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (119770), White Gel Pen (105021), Basic Pearls (119247), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Linen Thread (104199), Sponge Daubers (102892)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Queen For A Day

This stampin' queen put her vintage crown on to play along with the Mojo Monday sketch challenge this week. For some reason, when I saw the sketch all I could think about was that crown! So ....

I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder for the background layer (natch) and I busted out my brand new package of First Edition Specialty Paper. (It's thinner than the regular patterned papers - makes it so easy to distress, crumple, and manipulate.)

The Eiffel Tower piece uses stamps from the Artistic Etchings stamp set on watercolor paper, which I lightly spritzed with water before stamping for effect. I used ALL the ink spots in the Distressing Essentials Kit on this piece and most of the inks on the other pieces.

You might recognize the Queen sentiment from the You're A Gem stamp set, but notice the background? That's the gorgeous large flourish from Bliss - my favorite Sale-a-bration stamp set.

My "enjoy" sentiment is from Fabulous Phrases - I haven't played with those nearly enough yet. In keeping with the sketch, I pierced holes in the banner and ran a bit of Linen Thread through them to attach it. I liked that part of the sketch a lot!

All in all, this was a fun card to create, but I think I used everything but the kitchen sink on this one. Hee!

Thanks for visiting!

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Stamps: You're A Gem (W-122268, C-122270), Artistic Etchings (W-118517, C-120573), Fabulous Phrases (W-117002, C-120501), Bliss SAB set (W-121851, C-123217)
Ink: Basic Black (101179), Old Olive (102277), VersaMark (102283), Stampin' Write Markers: Basic Black (100082) and Old Olive (100079)
Paper: Confetti Cream (102835), Basic Black (121045), Very Vanilla (101650), Watercolor Paper (105019), First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper (121878)
Accessories: Big Shot (113439), Vintage Wallpaper Embossing folder (120175), Distressing Essentials Kit (118762), Gold embossing powder (109129), Heat Tool (100005), Linen Thread (104199), Basic Pearls (119247), Champagne Glass Glitter (120997), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), 1-3/4" Circle Punch (119850), Mat Pack (105826),  Paper-Piercing Tool (116631), Stamping Sponges (101610)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

Happy Friday Everyone! It's the perfect day for a fast and fabulous card. The secret to creating this card in a flash is the brand new Build a Cupcake Punch. Used alone or with the adorable coordinating stamp set, Create a Cupcake, you can whip up a batch of these sweet delights in no time.

Today's delicious concoction features Sahara Sand icing over an Early Espresso cupcake wrapper, served on a bed of Poppy Parade. It's all wrapped up with Early Espresso Grosgrain ribbon and topped off with a Poppy Parade cherry. (Cheesy? Nope, no cheese on this cupcake!)

Tip: When using this punch with the stamp set, stamp an individual image and then punch. Don't try to stamp the images all at once in the layout of the punch. You'll end up wasting card stock when it doesn't align correctly.

Giveaway (aka Blog Candy)!

Click photo to enlarge.

I'm celebrating my anniversary with Stampin' Up! this week by giving away a clear mount stamp set - Picture This. You DO like free stamps, right? This exclusive Hostess set is no longer available, but I have a brand new one in my stash waiting for YOU to win it!

To enter this giveaway, just answer this question in the comment section below:

What is your favorite Stampin' Up! color?

Do you like jazzing things up with a little Melon Mambo? The calm waters of Marina Mist? A big helping of Cherry Cobbler? Tell me your fave and you might be the lucky duck winner!
The Rules
  • One entry per person, per post/day.
  • Giveaway will run through Friday, with the winner announced on Saturday. (One winner will be randomly chosen from all comments submitted.)
  • I'll have a new question each day, so check back throughout the week and don't forget to leave your comment each day! (If you missed a day, you can still comment on that day's post.)
  • If you answer all four questions, you'll have four chances to win!
  • US residents only, please.

Good Luck!

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Stamps: Create A Cupcake (W-121915, C-121982)
Ink: Early Espresso (119670), Sahara Sand (105208)
Paper: Sahara Sand (121043), Early Espresso (119686), Poppy Parade (119793), Whisper White (100730)
Tools: Build A Cupcake XL Punch (121807)
Accessories: Early Espresso 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (119955), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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