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Wacky Wednesday – Foxy Friends Trash Can Raccoon Party Animal

Hi everyone~

Yeah, best-laid plans for July just didn’t happen.  Sorry about that, but a little bit of life got in the way!

I’m starting out August in true Wacky Wednesday form.  I hosted a Foxy Friends Stamp Camp last night with some very excited stampers.  They have been going bonkers with this stamp set and were primed for a great night of stamping and punching fun.

I oftentimes look at Pinterest to start my planning of stamp camps; sometimes I CASE (Copy and Steal Everything) a project, and sometimes I just use it as a springboard to start my creative juices flowing.

The project I am sharing today is something that came to me late one night, and instead of sleeping, I planned out the pieces and parts of the card.  I just love this one and am happy to share it.  At last night’s event, the card was a horizontal orientation.  One of my customers flipped it, and I actually liked this way better.  Thanks, Linda!

Here it is.  Even a raccoon rummaging through trash is cute with this stamp set!

Foxy Friends Trashy Raccoon

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Wacky Wednesday – Rainbow Fish Punch Art

The new catalog is filled with amazing new items including some fabulous new punches.  However, as punch art fills my creative mojo, Stampin’ Up! did retire some of my go-to punches this May.  I had my first punch class scheduled even before I truly thought it through.  Oh my, did I struggle for a while.  Sometimes you just have to stop second-guessing yourself and start playing!

The final card for my stamp camp proved to actually be the easiest card to make AND used four NEW punches!  That was truly a blessing!  Plus, it used some of the new In Colors – Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, and Peekaboo Peach.  Bermuda Bay was a perfect addition to the color scheme.

I used the new Swirly Scribbles framelits for the seaweed.  Loved how easy that was!  The greeting is from our Greatest Greetings stamp set, and it is punched out with the new Classic Label punch.

The fish is created with the Best Badge punch for the body (one full punched piece in Peekaboo Peach, and then just a third of the top part of the punch in Peekaboo Peach, Glimmer Paper, and Bermuda Bay).  The fins are created with the medium leaf from the Blossom Builder punch in Bermuda Bay.  His mouth is actually a cut piece from a swirl from the Sprinkles punch in Basic Black.  (Thanks Melissa Cook for that improvement!)  His eye is a metal-rimmed pearl with a sharpie marker center.  Be sure to use Stampin’ Dimensionals on the body!

The trio of starfish are flowers from the Blossom Builder punch with a pearl in the middle.

I love this little guy – and so on trend with the new Finding Dory film this summer!

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Fabulous Florets Sympathy Card

Sympathy cards are never fun to make, but it is always helpful to have a few on hand in case you need one.  Here is a simple sympathy card using Fabulous Florets and the So Sorry stamp set.  Color combination is Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, and Soft Suede.

Fabulous Florets-calypso suede

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Jane Austen Top Ten Card

It was my niece's 16th birthday this weekend, and she recently became obsessed with Jane Austen's writings and cinematic masterpieces.  I wanted to create a special card for her, but sadly, Stampin' Up! does not have a famous authors stamp set (YET).  So I did my best with help from the world wide web and created this card:

Jane Austen Top Ten Card

I did use the music wheel and my beloved Sizzix Big Shot machine.  The inside of the card looked like this –

Jane Austen Top Ten Card

I just realized there were hyperlinks in blue…oh well….it was fun nonetheless!

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Love Bug Scrapbook Kit

I'm so excited to share this kit!  My Stamper's 10 group made this project last month, and it was a huge hit!  I am also making one for my adorable niece, Katie, who I always call Katie Bug!

Lovebug Scrapbook Front


Lovebug Scrapbook Back

This scrapbook would be great for a special gift – just add photos and you are all set! 

I have had many of my customers ask for a kit and some preferred for me to make it.  So I am happy to offer both options!  

Completed Scrapbook

The completed scrapbook can be personalized.  For instance, if you want a name on the front cover instead of "Love", I'll be happy to include a name with up to 6 letters on the front.  If you want it personalized, please include the name you'd like on the cover with your payment. 

There are 5 inside blank pages included (red and black).  I will include some sparkly hearts in various sizes for accents on your finished pages.

I can ship completed scrapbooks within 3 days of payment.

Scrapbook Kit

The scrapbook kit comes with all the materials you need to create the project. 

All punched items will be punched, but not adhered to anything.

You will receive instructions via email with color pictures after payment has been made and kit has been shipped.

The scrapbook kit can also be personalized; however, the pieces will not be adhered to anything.

There are 5 blank inside pages included (red and black). I will include some sparkly hearts in various sizes for accents on your finished pages.

I can ship the kits out within 2 days of payment.

Scrapbook Tutorial

The scrapbook tutorial will be sent as an attachment via email within 1 day of payment.  The tutorial has full-color pictures, a supply list, and step-by-step instructions.

You may not resell the tutorial to any downline, demo groups, or customers. 

If you are local to West Bend, Wisconsin, you may choose the local pickup option.  The kits can only be shipped to addresses in the United States. 

Scrapbook Kit Options

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SUDSOL Blog Tour

SUDSOL Blog Tour

Today I am featured in the SUDSOL New Catalog Blog Tour!  SUDSOL (Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing Online) is a fabulous resource for demonstrators, and this group of stampers is so willing to share their business ideas, creative projects, and support.  SUDSOL is especially wonderful if you don't have a local or involved upline.  I have been a member of SUDSOL since 2002 – and it is the email group I turn to for 100% of my business questions.  You must be a Stampin' Up! demonstrator to join this group, and there is a fee to join, but this group will boost your confidence and business ability like no other on the web!  Plus, there are so many ways to earn FREE membership – why not take the 2-week trial and check it out for yourself!  Be sure to use me – Jane Hignite – as your referral!!! 

Join me on SUDSOL – Your 24/7 Upline!

I always host a Christmas in July stamp camp, which is a customer favorite.  This year, one of the popular cards at the event was my Punched Art Reindeer Card.  This card showed off the new Cherry Cobbler card stock, the Early Espresso card stock and ink, Jolly Holiday DSP, and even the new OWL punch.  I also used the brand-new stamp set WORD PLAY There are so many wonderful phrases in that stamp set!  This is the card we created!!  Isn't he cute?



Supplies Needed for Punched Art Reindeer Card:

  • Naturals Ivory/Early Espresso/Cherry Cobbler CS
  • Jolly Holiday DSP
  • Wood Sheets
  • Early Espresso Inkpad
  • Large Oval/Snowflake/1/4" Circle/Owl Punch
  • Paper Piercing Tool/Gold Brads/Hole Guide
  • Word Play Stamp Set
  • Tombow MultiPurpose Glue/Monoadhesive/Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Toothpick/Empty Brad Container
  • Scissors

Now, you could use this same idea of a punched art reindeer on other items so I created this adorable gift tag using the same punched art.  There is even room on the top right to handwrite the to and from.  I absolutely love using my BIG SHOT – and the TOP NOTE die is one that never seems to leave my table!  At first, I planned on diecutting my son's name (Joey), but it was more universal to use JOY instead.


Supplies Needed for Punched Art Reindeer Tag:

  • Naturals Ivory/Early Espresso/Cherry Cobbler CS
  • Jolly Holiday DSP
  • Large Oval/Snowflake/1/4" Circle/Owl Punch NEW
  • Paper Piercing Tool
  • Big Shot/Top Note Die/Timeless Type Alphabet
  • Crop-A-Dile/Jumbo Eyelets (Pewter)
  • Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Tombow MultiPurpose Glue/Monoadhesive/Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Toothpick/Empty Brad Container
  • Scissors

Finally, I wanted to create a little make and take for an upcoming workshop.  For this I also used the new 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch – oh, how I love that punch!!!!  Here is a darling little tote that has reindeer food on the inside:



Supplies Needed for Punched Art Reindeer Food Tote:

  • Naturals Ivory/Early Espresso/Cherry Cobbler CS
  • Jolly Holiday DSP
  • Large Oval/Snowflake/1/4" Circle/Owl Punch
  • Paper Piercing Tool
  • Word Play Stamp Set
  • Old Olive/More Mustard Markers
  • Eyelet Border Punch/2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch NEW/1-3/4" Circle Punch
  • Vanilla Wide Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Small Flat Cellophane Bags
  • Tombow MultiPurpose Glue/Monoadhesive/Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Toothpick/Empty Brad Container
  • Scissors/Stapler
  • Scoring Tool
  • Reindeer Food

Now, you know you want to make these adorable items!  I have created some extremely detailed and easy-to-follow tutorials for all three projects.  Purchase just one tutorial, two tutorials, or all three tutorials (saving you $1.00).  Once I receive payment via Paypal, I will email the tutorial out to you within 24 hours.

Punched Reindeer Tutorials
Emailed within 24 hours


If you want to see more of my stamping creations, you can check out my Featured Stamper (12/09) Sudsol Gallery HERE or my regular SUDSOL gallery HERE

I certainly hope you enjoyed your visit on the SUDSOL New Catalog Blog Tour. 

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Word Play and New In Color DSP

I taught my customers the Sanded Core'dinations technique at my July Technique Tuesday event.  Such an easy yet fun technique!  This is one of the examples I shared with them!



This example uses the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder and the new Word Play stamp set.  Early Espresso ink and card stock and the new In Color Blushing Bride DSP from the In Color DSP Pack!  I LOVE the new options for DSP packs!  Want to see what else is in the Word Play stamp set?  (All images copyright Stampin' Up!)



I love these phrases…the Remember When is a great phrase to use with Campbell Soup (err, I mean Greeting Card) Kids stamp set!

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Smores Card – Scored Background Technique

Welcome to the third 2010 VC Rocks Bloghop.. you've most likely arrived here from  www.tinataves.blogspot.com/

At my Technique Tuesday class last week, I taught my customers the Scored Background Technique.  This is really a very easy way to give a card some texture and dimension.  The supplies should be in your stamping stash too!  All you really need is card stock and a scoring tool.

If you are going to stamp the background piece, you should stamp before scoring.  Then you need to decide if you want to scored background to  have "hill" or "valley" scores.  Score the stamped piece upside down for "hills"; score the stamped piece facing up for "valleys".

You need to score the piece both horizontally and vertically for "squares" – however, you can choose to do it just one way for a different look.

Find your middle of the card stock and start the score there.  I like to start in the middle because then it is balanced on both ends.  Start in the middle and make your score lines at the same intervals, then move back to the middle (or flip if you need to) and score the remaining section.  The size of your score intervals can be large or small, depending on the look desired.  I personally like the 1/2" score size and look. 

Turn your cardstock a half turn and then do the same to create "squares". 

This is also a great technique to create windows or even Hershey Bars!  My kids love to make Smores in the backyard firepit which inspired this card: 


Supplies Needed

  • Under the Stars/Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Sets
  • Cajun Craze/Early Espresso/Crumb Cake/More Mustard/Whisper White CS
  • Cajun Craze/Early Espresso/Crumb Cake Ink
  • Scallop Circle #2 Die/Big Shot/Polka Dot Embossing Folder
  • Scoring Tool with Measuring Guide
  • Sponge
  • Distressing Tool
  • Large Square/Word Window/Modern Label Punches


  • Stamp smore in Early Espresso all over Cajun Craze piece. 
  • Turn over and score 1/2" apart horizontally.

  • Turn cardstock a quarter turn and score vertically.

  • With piece of Early Espresso, score horizontally and vertically also.  Cut a square from this for your Hershey bar.  Be sure to cut just beyond the score line for the best effect.
  • Punch out square in Whisper White for marshmallow and use distressing tool on edges.
  • Sponge all over square to get marshmallow colored to your liking.
  • Run a piece of Crumb Cake through the Polka Dot embossing folder.  Use square punch to cut out graham crackers.
  • Run the Scallop Circle die through the Big Shot with More Mustard card stock.
  • Stamp phrase in Early Espresso on Whisper White and punch with Word Window punch.  Punch Modern Label with Cajun Craze.
  • Mount and adhere all pieces.

What is VC Rocks…and why do I love it??  VC Rocks is an online community where members share their love of stamping before, during, and after the Stampin’ Up! convention.  If you can’t go (or even if you can) to convention, you can get your "stampin’ mojo fix" with challenges, swaps, and discussions!  I have "met’ many fabulous stamping demos and nondemos through this group.

Thanks for stopping by, and now your next stop is –   www.theloveofstamping.com





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Decor Elements – Valentine’s Day Projects

I’ve made several projects with raw vinyl and my Big Shot.  It is so easy to create fun home decor items with these items.  Here are a few of the projects I’ve made:











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25 Days of Holiday Projects – Day 24

At this time of year, you always need a cute little bag to hold a precious gift!  This penguin bag is based on a card I created for the middle school carnival station this afternoon. 

Punches must be my favorite accessory!  I hope you like my little Chilly Willy!


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