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Sticky Strip Embossing – Dragonfly Card

I have hosted Technique Tuesdays in my home once a month for over 11 years.  That’s a lot of techniques!  Over the summer, I reorganized my technique packs and found I was missing an example.  Well, rather than going back to a retired set, I re-envisioned it with a current stamp set.

This technique was Sticky Strip Embossing – a SUPER EASY technique.  Use your embossing buddy as usual, but create a bold line of embossing by putting down a stripe of Sticky Strip.  Then sprinkle your embossing powder right over hit, tap off the excess, and heat emboss until melted.

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Hawaiian Couple Punch Card for Joe

Tragedy struck our home last month when my youngest son took his life.  Yes, those are probably the worst words to have to type (and I am sure they are not easy to read).

Although healing has begun, getting back into “business mode” feels almost paralyzing.  All my family, friends, customers, and peers are supporting me and telling me to take all the time I need to get back.  I’m taking little steps, but the first of the month is always crucial for delivering news, specials, and my monthly fun holiday listings.

The night our Joe took his life I hosted my Summer Fun Punch Class.  My sweet, funny boy was known for wearing Hawaiian-style shirts at school.  So as a tribute to him, I am sharing my Hawaiian Couple punch card.

At his wake/memorial service, we suggested guests wear Hawaiian shirts.  We were truly so thrilled to see so many of our family and friends honor Joe by wearing them.  

Love you forever, my Joe.  I pray you keep bringing me joy in the little signs we witness you are with us.

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Wedding Bells and Seashells

A dear friend of mine got married on a beach in Punta Cana this month.  Creating a card for her wedding was easy with the So Many Shells stamp set which is new in the 2017-2018 catalog.  For the card, I used the triple layer technique, and I am so pleased with the results.

The phrases came from the Floral Phrases stamp set; the color combination was Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Blush Blossom, and Soft Suede.

This was perfect as a wedding card, but you could easily change out the phrases and use for a birthday, get well, baby, or thinking of you card!

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Everybody Do the Twist!

Lemon Lime Twist is the one In Color I am having a little trouble with.  It’s sassy, bold, and wants to stand in the spotlight.  SO NOT ME (well, maybe I am a bit on the sassy side).

Lovely Inside & Out was not on my must-have list, but it was on the preorder list.  Demonstrators tend to get those preorder items no matter what because we know other demonstrators will create beautiful items and we don’t want to miss out.

For Tuesday’s In Color Introduction stamp class, I took both challenges and went to Pinterest to get inspiration.  Pinterest did not fail me thank goodness.  However, like any self-respecting demonstrator, I put my own little twist on the design so I felt it was more “mine”.

Wink of Stella is my new stamping obsession.  When I look at a card these days, I look for a way to use WOS on it somehow.  It just perks up that friend overlay perfectly.

Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst are paired perfectly with the birthday phrase from Happy Birthday Gorgeous in black.

Come on, everybody – let’s do the TWIST!

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100th Technique Tuesday Celebration

I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for over 16 years, and I adore my customers. Last night, we celebrated a huge milestone – my 100th Technique Tuesday class. With 100 classes, I taught over 300 techniques – quite a treasure trove of ideas!

We celebrated in many ways – we ate (like every other stamping event). I even had the local bakery put a quick “100” on the cake.

 

Door prizes were abundant at the event.  I did an all-guest door prize giveway.  I also shared a fun quiz for my guests to fill out with ten questions about the history of Technique Tuesday.  It was a four-way tie.  Some of their answers were devilishly funny.  I also did another door prize drawing for the three guests who have attended ALL 100 classes!  Thank you so much to Sandy Becker, Kellie Becker Marquardt, and Sue Hale for sharing my love of stamping and supporting my business.

On to stamping!  One of the cards we created last night was a Matchbook Birthday Card.  Using the Big on Birthdays stamp set and the Party Animal DSP and embellishments in the Occasions catalog plus the balloon punch and Emerald Envy ruched ribbon, we quickly put together this card.  Very fun and easy – thanks to Patty Bennett for the inspiration!

FRONT OF CARD

INSIDE OF CARD

PERFECT CARD FOR A GIFT CARD HOLDER!

Thanks for all of your support in my business!  Here’s to the next 100 classes!

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Mixed Drinks Step It Up Saturday

I sound like a broken record.  Wish I could put more time into my blog, and I do have good intentions.  I certainly am stamping; in fact, October is my busiest month for stamping.  However, with my other jobs and family commitments and then my major vices Facebook and Pinterest, it is hard to focus on working this part of my business.

Today’s Step It Up card features the stamp set Mixed Drinks.  Love, love, love it for fun and whimsical cards.

Here is my first extremely simple card –

I transformed it into a Z Fold Card and added some DSP and card stock layers.

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I should have colored in the umbrella and the straw.  You could add bling of course.

Hmm…is it too early for a cocktail?

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Monochromatic Monday – Sweet Sugarplum Butterflies

We are enjoying the last few days of summer here; in fact, school starts this week.  So before my blog goes all pumpkin spice and gingerbread cookie crazed, I thought I should put up one last summer card.

Today’s monochromatic color is Sweet Sugarplum.  Ok, whenever I look at this color all I can see is mauve.  So I challenged myself to create a card with it.

I did use the Fresh Fruits stamp set for the birthday phrase.  The butterfly punches, thinlits, and embossing folders coordinate nicely.  Love the rouched ribbon especially on this diagonal front.  And yes, pearls again.  I can’t help myself.

Hope you like it!

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Wacky Wednesday-#WeLoveDS (Demo Support) Card

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for almost 16 years, I have had many occasions where Demo Support has really come to my rescue.

Our plastic stamp cases do NOT like our Wisconsin winters, and replacements are only a quick and friendly phone call away.  Then, there are those mistakes (usually by me) when entering item codes and getting not what my customer wanted.  Again, in a matter of a minute or two, Demo Support responds and solves a problem.  Procedure and business questions come up occasionally too.  Yup, they are more than helpful in those instances as well.  I cannot remember a time where they didn’t solve my problem to more than my satisfaction, even when blame was truly on my shoulders.

So in my eyes, I see them as lifesavers.  I created this card and sent the package to celebrate them (along with other demonstrators around the world) and thank them for helping me succeed in my business.  #weloveDS  We really do.

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Celebrate Sunday-Swirly Birds

I used the Swirly Birds stamp set and the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set for this card.  My color combination is Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White.

The swirls offer lots of options with this stamp set – and if you are on Pinterest, you know the possibilities are endless with this stamp set and framelit bundle.

Tone on tone stamping on the back layer gives depth.

I highly suggest using our pierce pad when stamping the images!

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Step-It-Up Saturday – Falling Flowers

Finally got to my stamping table late tonight as I had a vendor event today.  But I promised a card every day, and true to my word, here is my Step-It-Up Saturday card using the new stamp set, Falling Flowers, and one of my favorite thank you stamp sets, One Big Meaning.

When I sat down tonight, I was clueless as to what I wanted to create.  However, I promised myself I would NOT use the Big Shot.  My Big Shot is my favorite tool for any card, but it can also be a crutch.  Any card you use your Big Shot on is a step up!

I met my challenge tonight, and in addition, I used a color combination outside of my usual comfort zone.  Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, and Tangerine Tango feel like summer to me, and now I can turn to this trio with confidence.

Here is the first card:

Of course, after I take pictures of the card, I notice the tilting pearls on top.  Oh well.  I hope the person who gets this card won’t mind.  Maybe I can fix it too.  Using those pearl lines is another challenge.  Those are always the last ones used on my pearl sheet.

Here is the stepped-up version:

How did I step up this card?  Well, card stock to start with.  I love the quality of Stampin’ Up! card stock, and layers of it on a card just make me happy.  I also colored in more of the stamens on the background and added more flowers to the phrase layer.  The phrase layer flowers also have Wink of Stella which brings some zing to them.  Tighter trimming of the phrase layer leaves less blah space.  I also like to add a pearl when a word has an “i” in it.

Try this color combo – I think you too will feel a little more summery afterwards!

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