Fancy Friends Kit

Hello Everyone,

I hope you exercised your democratic right and voted for someone today.  This is a busy week for me but I want to get back to posting more regularly so I am sharing some of the new great things that Stampin’ Up is offering right now.  They really are getting creative and offering some new things and wanting you as their customers to give them feedback and then see them make changes based on that feed back.  These kits are one of those changes.  What a quick simple card to have on hand to send to a friend.  If you are thinking about trying your hand at stamping this is a great option for you as well.  Everything you need to make some very cute cards all under $20 in one kit.  You can order these kits online at my store anytime.



Remember the “Pick a Kit” survey from our October 1 Facebook post? The results are in and your “likes” have been heard. Introducing the first viewer’s choice kit (drum roll, please) . . . Fancy Friends!

Get everything you need to make six cards for only $15.95 (item 132319)! If six isn’t enough, add Note Cards to your order (item 107311) – we’ve already included extra rhinestones in the Fancy Friends kit.

To assemble the cards:

  1. Stamp the doily image in Daffodil Delight or Old Olive ink three times on the card and once on the envelope, re-inking between uses.
  2. Stamp “Friends” in Daffodil Delight or Old Olive ink on the front of the card.
  3. Adhere the flowers to the card. Adhere Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the center of the flowers.

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Hostesses who hold a minimum $450 party during the promotion period will receive a FREE collection of Classic Stampin Pads–they can choose from Brights, Subtles, or Regals–a $49.95 value! Plus, the free ink is in addition to the regular hostess benefits–INK-redible!

Submit a Project

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share with you one of the latest new things that Stampin’ Up is offering.  Get creative and submit your ideas.  I know I am going to be.



We want your kit ideas for upcoming kits. No, this is not a typo. We are starting up a new kit program especially for you. YOU will be the inspiration for the kits and YOU will vote to decide which project will be sold.

Submit a Project is not limited to demonstrators, so spread the word to your downlines, clubs, classes and neighbors  to submit and vote on upcoming kits. This is a great way to get the entire stamping community together. Start creating! Send us your kit ideas and get ready to vote for your favorites .

The Not-So-Fine Print

  • This program is available to both customers and demonstrators.
  • While your projects should not include retired products, they may include products not created by Stampin’ Up!, such as jars or frames.
  • Projects must fit into one of the following categories:
    • Holiday
    • Photo a Day
    • Thank you
    • Birthday
    • Party favor
  • Projects can be cards, scrapbook pages, home décor, holiday décor, birthday decorations, etc. If you can make it with Stampin’ Up! product, you can submit it!
  • Submit your projects by e-mail. Send an image (less than 2 MB), supply list, and instructions for creating the project to In the subject line, include the name of your project.
  • Please keep in mind that all submissions become the property of Stampin’ Up! once received. We reserve the right to change project elements, the name, or any feature to make the kit easy to reproduce.
  • What’s in it for you? Glad you asked! Those who submit the winning kit will:
    • See it – your photo, name and project will be posted online.
    • Flaunt it – you’ll receive “blog badge” for your personal blog or website.
    • Spend it – you wouldn’t be a winner without a $100 Stampin’ Up! shopping spree.
  • That’s not all! Those whose submissions are in the top 20 will also receive product used in the winning kit or a $25 shopping spree of their own.

Watch for more information with details about how to vote!

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Hostesses who hold a minimum $450 party during the promotion period will receive a FREE collection of Classic Stampin Pads–they can choose from Brights, Subtles, or Regals–a $49.95 value! Plus, the free ink is in addition to the regular hostess benefits–INK-redible!

Masculine Sympathy Card

Hello Everyone,

I am back.  I am sorry I have been silent for the last month.  I started a new job and it has taken me a lot more time than I expected to get adjusted and figure out how to better manage my time.  I have not stopped stamping.  In fact I have managed to do quite a bit of stamping.  I just couldn’t keep up with both.  I am hoping now that I have a number of projects finished that I can blog about I will be able to post more regularly.  I going to work towards posting 2 to 3 times per week.

The project I have for you today is a Sympathy Card.  I am working on building a supply of cards that I can use when needed.  A sympathy card is something we all need. I have to admit that my husband helped me design this card.  He is always an asset when I am designing something that I really want to appeal to a man.  This card was a definite work in progress that took many twists and turns before we finalized the project.

I started with the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set from the Annual Catalog page 54.  I used the tree stamp for my image and decided to play a little and used my Stampin’ Write markers to color the leaves in fall colors.  I used More Mustard, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, and Bravo Burgundy.  I just colored different leaves with the different markers in a random fashion.  Some leaves got colored with two colors.  I also used my Chocolate Chip marker for the branches.  I then stamped the design on a piece of Very Vanilla Card stock cut to fit on the front of the card.  I also used my Big Shot and the Apothecary Accents Framelits from the Annual Catalog pg 191.  I cut the design out and saved the cut out piece and used the frame that produced.   I used another framelits from the same set and cut out from Chocolate Chip as the background for the sentiment.  I used a sentiment from the Thoughts and Prayers stampset and stamped on Very Vanilla Card stop with Chocolate Chip and then used my Large Oval punch.  I popped the very vanilla oval up using a Stampin’ dimensional and another set to pop the background cutout as well.  This was a total of two layers of dimensionals.  I also added the four brads from the 3/16″ Neutrals Brads from the Annual Catalog page 174.

Since the card base was Chocolate Chip which is so dark I added a simple piece of Very Vanilla card stock to the inside.  This allowed me to stamp a saying on the inside also from the Thoughts and Prayers stampset.  This I stamped in Wild Wasabi the same color green from the front of the card.  I didn’t add anything else to the inside as I would have done had I been intending to give this card to a female.  My husband reminds me to keep things more simple to maintain the male appeal.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers Set Wood (Double-mounted) #113252 — Clear #127805

Ink:  Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad #126979, More Mustard Stampin’ Write Marker, Bravo Burgundy Stampin Write Marker, and Cajun Craze #119701 (This is for the set that includes all 10 Regals Collection colors these markers are not sold separately), Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker #119681, Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker # 119703 (This is for the set that includes all 10 Regals Collection colors these markers are not sold separately), and Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin’ Pad #126959

Card Stock:  Very Vanilla #101650, Wild Wasabi #108641, Chocolate Chip #102128

Tools/Accessories:  3/16″ Neutrals Brads #119736, Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Large Oval Punch #119855, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Sticky Strip #104294

I hope you enjoyed seeing this Sympathy Card with a more masculine twist.  I will be posting some more cards soon using this same set.  I have needed several sympathy cards recently.  See you again soon.


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Hostesses who hold a minimum $450 party during the promotion period will receive a FREE collection of Classic Stampin Pads–they can choose from Brights, Subtles, or Regals–a $49.95 value! Plus, the free ink is in addition to the regular hostess benefits–INK-redible!

My Digital Studio

Hello.  I just want to do a quick post since I didn’t post yesterday.  I am sorry to be missing days but life is starting to get a little more hectic.  It is T-minus 2 days and counting before I go back to work after officially being out of full time work for a year.  My start date is two days off of making it officially 365 days.  I had to prepare some stuff for about an hour presentation for my first day on the job.  So my time for stamping has gotten very limited.  I will get all this balanced out I am sure.  I am not going to give up my stamping.  I did work on stuff tonight for my business just not anything creative.

Today’s topic is the My Digital Studio or the MDS2 since they have come out with an updated version.  For anyone not familiar MDS2 is a digital scrapbooking/papercrafting program that allows the user to create digitally what would normally be created on paper.  It allows you to use the same colors, paper, stamps, and embellishments that you are already familiar with from the paper world on your digital projects.  I am slowly getting acquainted with this program and have used it for a few projects.  I haven’t finished a scrapbook yet but I did make my business cards using the software.

I loved being able to use Stampin’ UP’s colors and embellishments on my business cards for my Stampin’ UP! business.  I created the card in MDS using the tag template and then exported each side of the card to a  jpg file and then just copied the jpg files into a word file business card template.  I printed that onto some precut business cards from Staples and I was all set with what I think are some very elegant and stylish business cards.  I was able to using duplex printing have double sided cards.  I have used publisher alot and this is as easy as that to create layouts especially with knowing the accessories and embellishments I want to use already.



I hope you like the cards as much as I do.  You can download a trial version of the new MDS2 here.  See you tomorrow.



Milk cartons

I am on my way home from the craft show/flea market at the steam engine/tractor show. It was not what we expected but we definitely had a fun family adventure. Lainy placed 2nd and Micah 4th in their divisions in the pedal tractor pulls. We all won at bingo and the kids found a bunch of treasure in the saw dust pile. We also survived a hail storm with out too much damage to anything. I also managed to get my 3-D project finished enough that I can share it with you.

I started with the Big Shot and the mini milk carton XL die. I have used this die in the past for Christmas and Valentines favors. They are great filled with any kind of candy. What has made today’s project so much fun is the stamp set. It is called Got Treats and is designed to work with the mini milk cartons. I have attempted to use every one of the stamps included in the set and have included options for both male and females. I will admit that I used left over milk cartons from past projects and that is why all the cartons are red or some shade of pink. I did have one white one so that was the lucky carton for St. Patrick’s Day. I am missing the Halloween one. I will get that one finished at some point and time and share that one as well. I am just going to post the pictures and let them speak for themselves.


This is one side the other side has the words you will see in the next picture.


The other side of each color is the same as the side you see on the other one. Each carton has an image and the words. The other two sides are blank.


Notice the different open stamps on the cartons to come.


This set only uses the words on two sides. I didn’t want to tie these to a specific holiday. In my life people can use a treat most when there is no holiday near by.


I purposely kept these very simple because I envision these being made for a classroom and a lot of embellishment would be lost on the kids.


These do not have the words they have the cupcake on two sides opposite each other. The stamp has a top to the cupcake but I used the Cupcake punch and Stampin’ dimensionals to pop the top which is the best part in our house. Also notice the tops are embossed using the big shot and embossing folders.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the possibilities of the Got Treats stamp set as much as I enjoyed making them. See you tomorrow.


Wrapping Paper to Match

I wanted to follow-up yesterday’s post with one about wrapping paper because gift tags and wrapping paper are things I never seem to have or at least the kind you get at the store. It seems like a waste of good money to spend as much as some of the bags and cards cost at the store.  What I do have at my house is a roll of white paper that I got for free.  I don’t know where my husband got it but it is the end of a roll used for some kind of printing (a roll of freezer paper would work just as well). I usually start by wrapping the present with usually a double layer of paper. I don’t like wasting effort stamping an area that won’t be seen and I am not a good judge of where the design is going to be on the package once it is wrapped. Since I make the wrapping and the card it is easy to get them to match.

The project I am going to show you is one I made this summer for a wedding. I really liked the fact that I could coordinate my wrapping paper with the colors of the wedding which were teal and brown. I used my Very Vintage Jumbo Stampin’ wheel and rolled the background in a teal(I don’t remember the exact colors I used it was a while ago). I just inked the wheel on my ink pad and then rolled it across the paper the short way so I didn’t run out of ink mid roll. I then used a couple of stamps that say “congratulations” and “Welcome to the wedded bliss club” both sets are retired now. This is another project where I am just sharing an idea not the stamp set. I used brown for the words again to coordinate with their wedding colors.

Sorry about the picture quality I forgot to take a picture at home and my camera was not very on my phone. I have made wrapping paper for a number of occasions and it always seems to go over very well. My kids love personalizing the wrapping paper for their friends. The kids and parents alike love the personalized touch. I actually typed this post twice once in the truck on the way down to Adrian and now sitting in the trailer listening to it rain. I am praying it stops so that we can have a nice day for the craft show and steam engine show tomorrow. I am excited to meet some new stampers tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy making wrapping paper as much as I do. See you tomorrow.

Gift Tag Make and Take

I think I am going to be ready for the craft show.  My project for today is the make and take I am going to have for people that visit my booth at the craft show.

I needed something that took no prep work on my part and something that was quick to make.  I came up with a gift tag made with no cutting just punches.  I also used the East Events Stamp Set.  I layered 4 layers of punched circles, flowers, and scalloped circles together all in coordinating colors.  I made sure my last layer was a light enough shade to make writing on it easy to read.  I finished the gift tag by punching a slot and threading the stitched satin ribbon in Gumball Green through and tying a knot.  The ribbon is on special this month free with a $40 purchase.


The colors I used were Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, and Gumball Green. I used Gumball Green to stamp the image and then my Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker to color the berries and then my blender pen and Gumball Green ink pad to to color the leaves. If you remember my post on the Easy Events Christmas card I made this card using the left overs from that card. These pieces were from ideas that I had and that I tried and then decided I liked something better. I never throw anything away if I could possibly use it in someway on another project.

Here is my supply list for this project.  All items listed are from Stampin’ Up and include their item numbers.

Stamp Set: Easy Events Wood #116958 — Clear #123225

Ink:  Gumball Green Classic Stampin’ Pad #126979, Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Marker #119681, Blender Pens #102845

Card Stock:  Whisper White #100730, Gumball Green #126840, Cherry Cobbler  #119685

Tools/Accessories: 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon Gumball Green #126848, 2 3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch #118874, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch #120906, 1 3/4″ Circle Punch #119850, Fancy Flower Punch #118073, SNAIL Adhesive #104332, Sticky Strip #104294, Anywhere Glue Stick #104045

I can’t wait to wrap my gifts for Christmas or any special occasion and add a great tag like this to it. See you tomorrow.


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