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Thankful*Grateful*Blessed Pretty Paisley Card

November is a month of important dates for my family.  My husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary and both of our birthdays.

We have another event to celebrate – my father’s successful heart surgery!  We are so *thankful*grateful*blessed* that he came out of it and is working hard in recuperation and recovery.

My customers made this card a while ago and were surprised how much they loved the color combination.  It is a little more masculine with the Early Espresso and Copper, but I always love our Elegant Eggplant card stock in fall-themed cards!  The copper embossing powder and copper foil sheets make this card pop and shine.

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Going Places-Big Dipper

Another great stamp from the Going Places stamp set is the Big Dipper image.  Make sure when you are embossing this one to use the Embossing Buddy!

In the background I adhered white punched-out stars onto Basic Black card stock, and then I ran it through the Big Shot with the Stars folder.  The little stars in the foreground are pieces from the Metallics Sequins assortment attached with Mini Brads.  I used the Banner framelits for the Big Dipper image.


Going Places-Big Dipper

Going Places-Big Dipper

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Welcome September Leaves

Oh, September.  You are here.  My favorite season is upon us.  I can officially start baking with pumpkin and decorate with gourds and leaves.

The new products in the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog are now available.  I created this the other day; what do you think?



Well, speaking of the new holiday catalog, why not show off a stamping creation?  Here is one of my favorite samples of the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set.  Colors used are Mossy Meadow, Rich Razzleberry, and thick White Card Stock.  I embossed the images in gold, and then used the new Leaflets framelits and Tags and Labels framelits to cut out the phrase and the leaf.  The Into the Woods Designer Series Paper is simply gorgeous.  You will covet this paper!  But don’t forget, you can always get more so USE IT!!!  Embellishments included designer and antique buttons, the banner punch, and the new Into the Woods cotton ribbon.

Lighthearted Leaves

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Halloween Hello Top Note Card

This halloween combination of Washi Tape, Top Note Die, glitter, candy dots, and Stampin’ Dimensionals is an example of why I love Stampin’ Up! products.  We have so many fabulous options in gorgeous colors that coordinate with our product line.

Halloween Hello Washi Tape Top Note

Hope you have some friendly “monsters” stopping by your house for a Halloween Hello!


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Stampin’ Up! Soda Top Bottlecap Necklace Examples

My Bottlecap Necklace stamp camp was today.  It was amazing what fun we had with a few Stampin' Up! stamp sets, markers, Crystal Effects, and some soda pop tops.  The trick is to HEAT EMBOSS your stamped/colored image with a VersaMark pad and clear embossing powder before attaching it to the soda pop top.  This way the colored image does not run when using Crystal Effects to glass coat the piece of art.

Every Little Bit stamp set was a big hit with this group – and we came up with some cute ideas.

Soda Top Examples


The circle art piece is from Circle Circus.  If you have little girls, wouldn't these make FABULOUS bow centers?  Key chains, bookmarks, magnets, pins, wine glass charms, and earrings were just some of the great ideas we came up with.  This was such an easy project – perfect for a Girl Scout troop or classroom Mother's Day gift.

We flattened our soda pop tops with a Big Shot (flip both tabs out) and send it through sandwiched between two plates (sharp edges up), but you don't HAVE to flatten them if you don't want to.  The 1" circle punch is perfect for the large soda pop tops, and the 1/2" circle punch is perfect for the smaller size. 

The next step is to punch a hole in the rim (if you are making a necklace) with a 1/16" circle punch.  DO NOT punch a hole on the base section.

Stamp and color your piece and punch out with correct circle punch.  Use VersaMark and Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.

We attached the stamped and punched out circle to the soda pop top with a little dab of the Crystal Effects.  Make sure it stays as flat as possible.  Once it is adhered, spread more Crystal Effects over the top and set aside to dry.   They do take several hours to dry…my customers are coming back for them later this weekend.

If you are making a necklace, you'll need a jump ring and a jewelry tool plus a necklace chain (or you can use any of our gorgeous Stampin' Up! ribbon!).

Want to make some of your own?  Here's what you need (besides stamps and ink):

  • Soda Pop Tops – #129388) $3.95
  • Whisper White CS -( #170730)  $6.95
  • Crystal Effects (#101055)  $6.25
  • 1/16" Hole Punch (#101227)  $8.95
  • 1" Circle Punch (#119868)  $12.95
  • VersaMark Pad (#102283)  $7.50
  • Clear Embossing Powder (#109130)  $4.75
  • Heat Tool (#129053)  $29.95
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Bottlecap Necklace

Hello all!

This weekend I'm hosting a Bottlecap Necklace stamp camp.  Here is one of the samples I came up with:

Bottlecap Necklace


I do need to work on my photography skills for this one.  The flash was too strong – there is some detaIl you can't make out.  Sorry about that!

I used the Collage Curios and the Tiny Tags stamp sets. 

There is still room for stampers to attend – send me an email if you'd like to come!

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Secret Garden Painted Overlay Birthday Card

At last month's Technique Tuesday class, I taught my stampers the Craft White Painted Overlay technique.  This is a great way to color in line image stamps.  Here is the card we created:


Secret Garden Craft White Painted Overlay


The colors used for this card were Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, and Primrose Petals – love this combo!

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A Long Farewell to the Summer Mini Catalog

Summer, along with the Summer Mini Catalog, is coming to an end.  Sail Away and The Open Sea stamp sets became favorites this summer; sadly, they will not be available after tomorrow.  I thought I would share a few of my favorite samples:


Sail Away


The Open Sea-anchor dsp


The Open Sea-scored triangle

The Open Sea-embossed wood

Ah, summer – I do wish it would linger a little longer.  The kids go back to school on Thursday; therefore, I should have more time to concentrate on my blog entries! 

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Beautiful Season Card

The last day of July is here…so one more Christmas-themed card!  This one uses the brand-new stamp set, Beautiful Season.  I knew I had to have this one right away!  This was one of the cards my Christmas in July stamp campers made.

Beautiful Season

I heat embossed on Crumb Cake card stock using our new Cherry Cobbler heat embossing powder.  As I reminded my stampers, you do need to refresh your embossing buddy once in a while.  I had been using the same one for years, and it just wasn't cutting it.  So I bought a new one and WOWZA!  It really did the trick.

My customers love the seam binding on this card – and the bow (which I am NOT known for).  Gotta shake things up a bit!  They also were surprised by the color combination – Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler, and Crumb Cake.

It's been a rollercoaster July around here – and August will come and go too quickly.  I sure wish I could stop the hands of time!!!

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25 Days of Holiday Projects – Day 13

Sometimes stamping inspiration comes from packaging.  This delicious raspberry-flavored cocoa packet coordinates wonderfully with the Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede in colors!  This cocoa packet is embossed with white snowflakes (Serene Snowflakes).  The tag is made with the Big Shot circle and our snowflake punch.   A perfect item for class gifts, stocking stuffers, or customer thank yous!


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