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Welcome to the blog of Jane Hignite, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Saying Goodbye to…Just Believe Stamp Set

The Just Believe stamp set has been a staple of my stamping room table for several years.  I loved the phrases and the images with this set.  I've made many swap cards, class projects, and personal cards with these beautiful images.  My first sample is one of the Technique Tuesday cards from last month:

Framelit Mask-Just Believe

The card features the Framelit Mask technique.  There are little pearls inside the flowers, but the camera didn't pick them up.

Here are some of the other cards I've made with this set throughout the years.  You can still get this stamp set through JUNE 3rd.  Be sure to order from my website – www.stampwithjane.stampinup.net .  It is available in clear mount for $25.95 (120543) or wood mount for $33.95 (116948)





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Happy Hour Wedding Card-VC Rocks Blog Hop

Hello all and welcome to the last VC Rocks Blog Hop this year.  We are featuring the Big Shot, punches, and the Simply Scored Tool. 

This year, my downline will be creating set samplers at every meeting.  My favorite stamp set right now is Happy Hour-and I love making samples with it!  However, I wanted to show a real standout and elegant card using this set.  Here is what I came up with:


2012 VC Rocks Blog Hop August-Happy Hour


I love this color combination – Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, and Whisper White – and it is EVERYWHERE!  I used the Scallop Square Die and the Delicate Designs embossing folder with my Big Shot.  See those wedding bands?  I used my 1/2" circle punch first and punched out two circles.  Then I took my 3/4" circle punch and punched over the "leftover" scrap piece where I had punched out the first circles.  You'll get those perfect little wedding bands!  You can use mini glue dots or Tombow multipurpose glue to adhere the wedding bands to the ribbon.

The Delicate Designs embossing folder is simply gorgeous – I especially love to use it with our Whisper White card stock!  Add a little bling with our basic gems and our Daffodil Delight seam binding and it really dresses up the card.

You probably came from Brenda Hugar's blog – and your next stop is Mary Jo Price-Williams' blog.  If ever you get lost along the way, you can start over again at www.vcrocks.blogspot.com .

I hope you enjoyed this stop along the way.  Enjoy the day!

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Label Framelits Tombstone Card

Oh, I couldn't wait to share this card!  We made at my Die Cut Diva Stamp Camp this week.  It is SUPER easy and perfect for a Halloween invitation! 

Die Cut Diva-tombstone card

All you need to do is use our Labels Framelits with your Big Shot and only roll the die about halfway through.  Stop and roll back so as not to send the die completely through the machine.  Trim the edges with your cutter – or scissors if you are confident in your cutting skills :).

I spritzed the tombstone using our new Stampin' Spritzer (filled halfway with 90% rubbing alcohol and about 10 drops of Platinum shimmer paint).  It dries very quickly!  Stamp the spider and the Boooo from the Googlie Ghouls stamp set (in the Holiday Mini), and then stamp the bat and cut out and pop up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  Add our new striped satin ribbon  (in the Holiday Mini), adhere the pieces, and you are all set.  You could easily add a phrase at the top for an invitation or even stamp RIP with an alphabet set.

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Goodbye 2011! Hello 2012!

At last month's Technique Tuesday class, I taught my stampers how to modify the glimmer paper by dyeing it!  By using the Wisteria Wonder refill, we changed the hue of the background and made this very sparkly card:


Greeting Card Kids-Dyed Glimmer Paper Z Fold


 Greeting Card Kids-Dyed Glimmer Paper Z Fold

This is a Z Fold Format – and the Top Note Die (an SU exclusive) is perfect to use for this!  My customers really liked the different color scheme for this vintage-feel card using Greeting Card Kids.

I have truly neglected uploading my projects on my blog this holiday season.  My new year's resolution is to share more and hopefully inspire my readers with my creativity.

There have been some great moments this year, but to tell the truth, I'll be happy to say goodbye to 2011!   I am looking forward to a fresh new start in 2012.  May joy come often and unexpectedly to you this year!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

May all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving day!


Lovely as a Tree-houndstooth thanks

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SUDSOL Holiday Blog Tour

Welcome!  Today I am part of the SUDSOL Holiday Blog Tour!  If you are taking the tour, you probably came from the home page on SUDSOL

The 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog is full of fabulous products.  Some of my favorites are highlighted in my blog post today.

My first project is a workshop card my customers made last month.  They loved it!


I love the Peekaboo Frames die – you flip the bottom up, and put one of the snowman from Snow Much Fun on the inside!


Snow Much Fun Peekaboo Card Supply List

  • Very Vanilla/Chocolate Chip/Real Red CS
  • Holly Berry Bouquet DSP
  • Peekaboo Frame Die/Big Shot
  • Snow Much Fun Stamp Set
  • Real Red/Chocolate Chip Ink
  • Various Markers
  • Decorative Label/Wide Oval/Modern Label/Snowflake Punches
  • Basic Pearls/Velvet Ribbon

My second project for the Holiday Blog Tour uses one of the many wonderful templates/patterns from the SUDSOL library!  SUDSOL's creative library has instructions, patterns, templates, pictures, and videos.  What a wonderful resource!  Quick access to these patterns make my life so much simpler!  This is just one of the many reasons why I am a SUDSOL member.  Want some more reasons?  SUDSOL is a business-centered group – while it is great to share all of life's ups and downs on some groups, SUDSOL focuses on your BUSINESS.  Our gallery is only viewable to members.  Thousands of demo-only samples await you in the gallery!  There are also hundreds of business articles at your fingertips!!!! 

You can even join SUDSOL with a free two-week trial!   Join me on SUDSOL – Your 24/7 Upline! 

You can check out my SUDSOL samples HERE.

Nancy Morgan shared this pattern on SUDSOL – an Easy Gift Card Holder.  I updated with current supplies.  Here's my sample:




Easy Gift Card Holder Supplies

  • Chocolate Chip/Real Red/Wild Wasabi/Very Vanilla CS
  • Real Red/More Mustard Markers
  • Jolly Bingo Bits Stamp Set
  • Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper
  • Very Vanilla Velvet Ribbon
  • 1" Circle/1" Square/Curly Label/Corner Rounder Punches
  • Big Shot/Buttons Embosslit
  • Scoring Tool
  • Mini Glue Dots

I made a few minor changes from the original pattern – I  used Mini Glue Dots to adhere the gift card to the holder rather than using the retired Slit Punch and I used the new luxurious Velvet Ribbon instead of the stretch ribbon.

I love using the Buttons Embosslit to make inexpensive buttons!  You could even put Crystal Effects on them if you wanted them to shine!


My final project is just adorable!  Our new Holiday Stocking die can be used to decorate in so many ways!  I created my Santa's Key Stocking to hang from the tree – but you could even hang it from a door handle!  I actually used two of the stocking dies back to back for a little more strength.  You could even use fabric or felt!






 Santa's Key Stocking Supplies

  • Big Shot/Holiday Stocking Die/Stocking Accents Die
  • Clear Circle Die/3-1/2" Circle Die
  • Jolly Bingo Bits Stamp Set
  • Real Red/Wild Wasabi/Very Vanilla CS
  • Real Red Ink
  • Red Glitter Paper
  • Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Series Paper
  • Hemp/Key/Velvet Ribbon/Vintage Button
  • CropADile

I know the print is small on the hanging tag – here is the poem:

Santa’s Key
We don’t have a chimney
As you can plainly see
But we still want you to visit,
So just use this magic key!

We don't have a chimney for you to climb through,
But if you don't visit my our house I don't know what I'll do.
Some say you are magic and can use any old key
As long as we hang it out in a place you're sure to see.
So we're leaving this old key right outside our door
Saying our prayers, jumping in bed, and we won't worry anymore.

Thanks for stopping by! 





CONTINUE on the Blog Tour

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Spooky Bingo Bits Peekaboo Frame Halloween Card

The new Peekaboo Frame die for our Big Shot machine is one of the best new products in the Holiday Mini Catalog!  Here is an example of it with the Spooky Bingo Bits stamp set (which fits the littler frames PERFECTLY).


Spooky Bingo Bits-Peekaboo Frame Circle


Here is a close-up view of the "peekaboo" section:

Spooky Bingo Bits-Peekaboo Frame Circle Close


I used the direct-to-paper technique with Wisteria Wonder ink on the Wisteria Wonder card stock.  I am obsessed with scrunching ribbon with my Sticky Strip.  This time I added a little bling on each end with a basic gem.  I stamped my RIP in Elegant Eggplant and punched it out with my 1-3/8" circle punch.  I adhere that piece down first and then used mini glue dots to adhere the frame down. 

Keep in mind when you use the Peekaboo Frame die, you should only be using one piece of card stock at a time as it does cut and score.

PS….did you know this month you can receive a BIG SHOT for FREE?  All you have to do is sign up to be a recruit and purchase the kit for $175 (with a product value of over $350).  Most of this kit is customizable…plus you then get the FREE BIG SHOT (which is worth $99+).  What a great time to join the Stampin' Up! family!  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me.  I'd love you on my team!

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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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Frosty the Snowman Telescopic Circles Card

Yes, it is March 23rd, and Wisconsin got socked with more snow!  I had my Technique Tuesday class last night, and I taught them how to make a telescopic circle card.  Thanks to Barb Mullikin and Lyssa Zwolanek for the inspriation! 

When I made my first telescopic circles card, all I could think about was making a snowman with this card.  I collect snowmen – my kitchen is filled with snowmen art.  However, I didn't think my stampers wanted anything more to do with snow this late in March, so I held off making it the "official" project.  However, I love making additional samples for my stampers to see the techniques being used in different combinations.  So here is my version of the Frosty the Snowman Telescopic Circles card:

Telescopic Circles Snowman Card


Telescopic Circles Snowman Card

My stampers loved this card so much that they begged me to let them create him next winter.  Trust me, my Frosty is made of magic snow – he'll be back again someday!!!!

Now grab a mug of hot chocolate and stay warm everyone!

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Cardinal Wall Hanging Christmas Gift

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Aren't these fabulous?  This was one of the projects my customers made this year at my Christmas Gifts Stamp Camp.  Here are the supplies you need:


  • 2-1/2" Circle Punch/Bird Punch/1/4" Circle Punch
  • Christmas Greetings Stamp Set
  • Sizzix Alphabet Dies/Large Scallop Die/Clear Circle Die
  • Very Vanilla/Cherry Cobbler/Early Espresso CS Jolly Holiday DSP
  • Early Espresso Ink Pad/Early Espresso Marker
  • Vanilla Wide Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Sponge/Linen Thread/Stampin' Dimensionals


  • Gold Jingle Bells
  • Metal Wall Hanging
  • Craft Bond Adhesive


  •  Adhere Jolly Holiday DSP to Metal Hanging Piece with Craft Bond



  • Use Sizzix Machine with Alphabet Die Cut and Clear Circle Die Cut
  • Adhere "JOY" to Circles


  • Punch out Cardinal and Wing in Cherry Cobbler
  • Punch out at least 4 leaves in Old Olive



  • Sponge edges of Very Vanilla Circle and Bird with Early Espresso Ink
  • Stamp phrase in Early Espresso Ink
  • Punch out several Cherry Cobbler Circles with 1/4" Circle Punch
  • Trim off edges of two leaves


  • Adhere leaves on bottom of circle
  • Pop up cardinal with Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Adhere berries around cardinal
  • Mount on Early Espresso Large Scallop


  • Adhere JOY to bottom of hanging (depending on size you may need to squeeze!)
  • Adhere Cardinal piece with Stampin' Dimensionals


  • Tie Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon to back of wall hanging (Mine had picture hanging hardware)
  • If your wall hanging doesn't have picture hanging hardware, you could punch holes through the top with a CropADile
  • Tie gold bells with Linen thread on one side

Ta-Da!  Perfect item to share with a loved one this holiday season!

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