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Illuminate Me Halloween Hello Card

With all the new products coming out, sometimes we forget about ones we’ve had for a while.  This card uses the Illuminate inkpad to create those scary skeleton skulls and baker’s twine in Island Indigo to hang our bat!

Halloween Hello-dangling bat


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Toil & Trouble Skeleton Scored Card

At my Try the New Tools Night a few weeks ago, I demonstrated the Simply Scored Borders Plate.  Yes, it has been out for a while, but I never got a chance to show it when it was “new”.

This was one of the cards my stampers created that night – the simple scoring added just the right touch.  The embellishment on top of the phrase was actually a PEARL colored in with a sharpie.

Toil & Trouble-Scored Card

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Halloween Hello Candy Corn Card

First day of school – time to break out the Halloween stamps!  I used the Perfect Pennant die with Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, and Whisper White to create the candy corn piece.

Halloween Hello-Candy Corn Pennant Card

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Salute to Spooky Bingo Bits

Where did October go?  I had grand dreams of blogging every day and sharing all my Halloween-inspired creations!  Oh well.  Tonight I'm sharing some of my favorite cards made with the Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set.

Spooky Bingo Bits-stamped ribbon


Spooky Bingo Bits-garden green hounds

Spooky Bingo Bits-silvered web

And here is one of my favorites this season – using the embossed monogram technique –

Spooky Bingo Bits-monogram embossing

Happy Halloween!

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A Long Farewell to Autumn Harvest

Today's long farewell is to Autumn Harvest.  This is one of my all-time favorite stamp sets!  The stamp set can be used for both elegant and whimsical cards…leave out the cute little face and you've got a fabulous card like this….



Then, if you wanted a sweet little card to send to your favorite pumpkin, add the face image like this card:


You could even leave out the pumpkin all together! Here is a rich-looking card using only the leaf from the stamp set!


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Happy Anniversary!


This card uses Greeting Card Kids and features heat embossing and the shaving cream technique (an all-time favorite technique of my customers).  I love those new glitter brads!  This is a simple design, but I didn't want to hide too much of the shaving cream technique.

Today I am celebrating my official ten-year anniversary as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I still remember how it all happened:

I went to my first local stamping convention with my husband’s Aunt Marilyn, her daughter Betsy, and daughter-in-law Lori (all so much more crafty than me). Towards the end of the afternoon, Lori and I were already making plans for next year. During the next few weeks, at the urging of my sisters and some of my dearest friends, I decided to look into becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. When I finally made my decision, I called Lori and was stunned to find out she had just signed up herself. We truly hooted and howled! She had been talking of her recruiter and the first meeting she went to that week. My recruiter was a friend from my book club, and I attended her next meeting. While talking to my friend at the first meeting, in walks Lori. We both did not know we had the same recruiter. It truly was a sight to see – I am laughing so hard I am crying, and Lori just has this look of disbelief on her face. 
Thanks goes out to Aunt Marilyn, Betsy, and Lori for being part of that fateful day.  Also, thanks to Janel Dahm-Tegtmeier, my upline, who provided inspiration and business basics during my first few years as a demonstrator.
Who else do I need to thank?  Well, I am not watching a clock tick down or a production assistant pushing me off the stage like an awards show, so here is a list of people/groups I am grateful for:
  • Marnie Komp – my dear friend from grade school who hosted the first Stampin' Up! workshop I ever attended as a guest
  • St. Mary's School – where I volunteered to showcase my business at a Fish Fry vendor event a day after I received my starter kit
  • Lori Olson, Nancy Brundidge, Marlene Machovec, Anne Hanek, and Lisa Mosier – my sideline group who were and are supportive and generous with business ideas and creative inspiration and who were fabulous convention buddies (W-O-W)
  • Jody Stack – a friend from my sister's quilting group who hosted my first Stampin' Up! workshop as a demonstrator
  • Johanna Zuehls – my first recruit
  • Sara Bintzler, Jennifer Cassellius, Mari Leninger, and Nancy Windorff – my current downline who inspire me with their creativity
  • SUDSOL Group – my favorite demonstrator business online group where I go to get any business question answered
  • Michelle Laycock and Amy Celona – my computer gurus who keep my blog website beautiful and up to date
  • Pat Huntoon – a technique junkie who teaches and shares new techniques to stamping enthusiasts all over the world
  • Ellen Kemper – this punch art queen's creativity never ceases to amaze me
  • Stampin' Up! Staff
    • Shelli Gardner (Stampin' Up! Co-Founder and CEO) – She is one of those people who walks into a room and lightens and brightens it!  She is not only the head of Stampin' Up!, she is the heart of Stampin' Up!
    • Demonstrator Training – They provide wonderful new business ideas, new training methods, and new business resources
    • Demonstrator Support – Whenever I have to call in with a problem or concern, they happily assist me and fix any issue
    • Stampin' Up! Design Team – Your gorgeous stamp designs keep my customers coming back every year
    • Stampin' Up! Manufacturing and Shipping Employees – I STILL squeal with delight when my packages arrive
  • My UPS Man – Stampin' Up! Demonstrators have mad crushes on our UPS delivery men (they bring us presents filled with things we love)
  • My Mom – She is my biggest cheerleader and has made many desserts to feed my customers over the years
  • MY CUSTOMERS – I love, love, love my customers!!!!  They not only come to my events, make purchases, host workshops, and bring new customers to me, they inspire me to create new projects and try new techniques.  They also laugh at my lame jokes and don't even complain when I make mistakes.  Thank you for your support!

Finally, I am eternally grateful to my family as I celebrate this anniversary.  I started as a demonstrator when my three young boys were very young.  Now, they assist in cleaning the house prior to events, critique my projects, cut out project materials, and resist the urge to eat the food I make for my events (well, at least they try).  Thank you to David, Steven, Mike, and Joe for all of your love and support as I follow my passion as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  I love you with all of my heart.

To each and every one of you who have touched my life as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, thank you so very much. 

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Halloween Hoot Brew

Here is one of my samples for Halloween Hoot!


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Halloween Owl Punched Art Slider Card

This card was a big hit at my recent Stamper's 10 Meeting and Technique Tuesday Stamp Class.  The new Owl Punch is stinkin' cute and fun to use!  The tiny Basic Pearls are perfect to use as eyeballs! 



Halloween Hoot/Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Sets
Early Espresso/Concord Crush/Pear Pizzazz/Brushed Silver/Whisper White Card Stock
Concord Crush DSP
Concord Crush Inkpad
Scoring Tool with Measuring Guide
White Grosgrain Ribbon/Basic Pearls
5-Petal Flower Punch/1-3/4" Circle Punch/Wide Oval Punch/Modern Label Punch/Word Window Punch
Monoadhesive/Stampin' Dimensionals
CS Pieces
            (1) 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” Early Espresso
            (2) 5-1/4” x 3-3/4” front layer Concord Crush
    inside outer layer Concord Crush
            (1) 5” x 3-1/2” inside inner layer Whisper White
            Scraps of Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Brushed Silver, Whisper White
Score the 8-1/2” x 5-1/2” piece at 2” and 6”. Fold and glue down one side to the other. Set aside.
With one of the long scraps, cut and shape like a tree trunk.
Cut another shape like a branch. 
Adhere trunk to far left side – shimmy the branch under
the trunk – leave at least 2” from the top of the CCrush CS.
Punch out 1-3/4” moon with brushed silver card stock. 
Adhere right on top of the branch.
Punch out 2 flowers in Pear Pizzazz. Cut petals to make leaves.
Layer them on top of the branch.
Punch out owl body and medium circles in Early Espresso.
Punch out vest and heart in CCrush DSP. 
Punch out large circles in Whisper White. Create your owl! 
Use gel pen for his eyes. Save hearts for phrase.
Pop up owl with Stampin’ Dimensionals/place on top of leaves.
Punch oval in PPizzazz, modern label in EEspresso
Stamp phrase from Teeny Tiny Wishes in CCrush on WW.
Punch w/ window punch. Mount pieces/add 2 hearts. 
Add basic pearl for accent. Mount to EEspresso folded card.
Measure 2” for the middle of the top section. Punch with CropADile.
Insert ribbon. Stamp inside with CCrush. Mount inside pieces.
Push layer on top of ribbon until the card is hidden. Tie bow.
You should be able to slide inside layer up and down.
Punch a hole with the CropADile in the center about a ½” down from the top. 
Insert ribbon and push down with inner layer.
Tie a bow and pull to side card.
This is a great card for an invitation, announcement, or even Christmas photo card!!!


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Got Treats?

One of my favorite new sets in the catalog has to be GOT TREATS.  I don't even have the Big Shot Milk Carton Die (yet).   Here are the images in the stamp set (All images copyright Stampin' Up!)


I just love the gingerbread man and the pumpkin!  Here is one of the first cards I made with this set:


For this card, I used the new In-Color Peach Parfait card stock and the reintroduced Tangerine Tango card stock and ink as well as the Peach Parfait 1/2" Stitched Poly Ribbon – which is FABULOUS to work with.  Two other new items used on this card – the bat punch and the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle punch.    Do you want to get some of that ribbon?  Why not order some from my product share?


Color Choices are the 2010-2012 In Colors – Concord Crush, Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz


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