Thursday, March 22, 2012

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Card

Spring is officially here!  My Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Greeting Card today is a Spring-related card featuring my favorite flowers - tulips.  Isn't it so cute?

You will note the unique card fold.  The following pictures show the card fully open, front and back:

The card's primary element is the tulips.  They were made with the punch we all love, the Stampin' Up! Owl Punch

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

How to Make Your Own Luck

Did you find your pot of gold on St. Patrick's Day? 

I'm sorry; neither did I, but then I wasn't looking for it. Want to know how to make your own "luck"?   Let me guide you!

First, don't rely on mystical practices or magical items for your financial future!  Take control of your financial future in a manner that has been proven many times over to be effective.  Click HERE to learn more.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Ends on March 31

How many FREE products can you get during Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration?  How many have you received thus far?  Have you received all that you want?  Or are you thinking you don't want anymore FREE products during this year's Sale-A-Bration?  If you don't want any more free products for yourself, what about free products that you could give on special occasions as great gifts to your stamping friends?

Don't let March 31 pass you by without placing at least one or another $50 order (excluding taxes and shipping), or this may be you:

If this becomes you, then you will have missed out on at least 22 free Stampin' Up! products!  Start placing your $50 order now so you can get a FREE product for yourself or your friend(s).   Click HERE!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day - Build-A-Bear Leprechaun

Today is TGIF Day!!!  I hope you have some wonderful plans to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this weekend.  Here's a card I made for this holiday.  By the way, what is thought to be the color that was originally associated with St. Patrick's Day?  It wasn't green!

Isn't my bear a cutie?  Got to love the Stampin' Up! Build-A-Bear Product Suite, from which I used to create my bear-leprechaun.  Do you like his hat?  Guess which Stampin' Up! Punch I used to create it.  If you guessed the Stampin' Up! Round Tab Punch, you are correct.  I'm sure you can tell which punch I used to create his beard, but just in case you can't, I'll share that it is the Stampin' Up! 1-3/4" Scallop Circle PunchDo you like the shamrock on his pant leg?  The wonderful Fashionable Hearts Embosslit that is in the Occasions Mini catalog, page 35, was used to make it.  Don't you like the gold buckles, the one on his hat and one on his belt?  The Stampin' Up! Gold Lamé Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink really makes them pop!  Lastly, the "Got Green" shamrock stamp image on the card's first layer is from the Got Treats Stamp Set.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I did making it.  Have a wonderful weekend!

May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out!
Purchase Stampin' Up! Products here.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Sale-A-Bration's Fresh Vintage Stamp Set and Twitterpated DSP

I love the Fresh Vintage Stamp Set in the Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration catalog, page 5, and decided I needed to create more cards using the set as Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31!  I think the floral stamp in this set is so very pretty, and it is featured on this card.  I used my Stampin' Write Markers to color the floral arrangement before stamping it onto the Whisper White oval. 

The top portion of the card is a design from the beautiful Twitterpated Designer Series Paper.   The card base was made from Pretty In Pink Textured Cardstock.  Across the center of the card is a piece of trim made with the Stampin' Up! Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die, which is embellished with three Pretty In Pink Flower Brads and a sentiment from the With All My Heart Stamp Set.

Here are a couple pics with different views of the card.

Don't waste your time searching for the product numbers for this project.  Place your cursor over the links and you'll be taken  directly to the on-line product.
Remember you get FREE products during Sale-A-Bration when you make a $50 purchase (excluding taxes and shipping)!  Don't let Sale-A-Bration disappear before you get the free products you want.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio and Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

I know that St. Patrick's Day is on Saturday; however, I can wish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day early, right?  I got my inspiration for this card's colors from Ireland's flag colors.  I used Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio to create the card.  You can still get a FREE copy of My Digital Studio Express on a trial basis for 30 days, and I promise you will have fun creating with the software.  Just click on the link in this paragraph and you'll be taken directly to my on-line store to download the free copy!

(click on the picture to enlarge it)


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Summer Smooches Digital Designer Series Paper, Thank You!

Stampin' Up! is blessing us during the month of April with an opportunity to purchase "Summer Smooches" products that will be available in the new 2012-2013 Catalog that debuts in June. That means you don't have to wait until June to get these products, you can purchase them between April 1 and April 30.  So mark your calendar on April 1 for the availability of "Summer Smooches"! 

My card share is a digital card that I made with the Digital Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, and I think it is so cute.  This is just one example of the beautiful paper, brads, fabrics, and more in this product line.

Again, mark your calendar for April 1 when you can begin purchasing these products!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Stampin' Up! Large Paper Doily, Flirtatious DSP, and Adorning Accents Edgelits

The Stampin' Up! Large Paper Doily Sizzlits Die is fairly large for 4" x 5-1/4" cards.  However, you certainly can cut out a portion of the doily to use on your card, as I did in this one.

I made the doily from the Sweet Shop Designer Series Paper (DSP).  The first layer on the card is Pretty in Pink, which is embellished with one of the Adorning Accents Embossing FolderThe pretty in pink second layer, as well as the flower, are from the Flirtatious DSP.  The following picture gives you another view of the card.

Click on the links above should you want to purchase the products used in this project, or just click HERE.

Watch for upcoming virtual video classes!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Stampin' Up! Tool Tip - Sanding Block and Solid Stamps

I suspect that we all have struggled with getting clear and crisp images when stamping with solid stamps.  Would you enjoy a quick tip to solve this issue?  Get out a solid stamp and the sanding block from the Stampin’ Up! Distressing Essentials and apply this tip.  You will be happy you did!

Using the sanding block, sand the solid stamp two or three times in a back and forth motion from the top to the bottom and then from the left to the right.  

Apply ink to your solid, sanded stamp, ensuring full coverage.  Stamp the image onto a piece of cardstock.

Surprised?  As a result of following this tip, you will have clean, crisp images when you stamp with solid stamps!  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper and Elegant Bird Bigz Die

A bird that one can make with the Stampin' Up! Elegant Bird Bigz Die is just beautiful!  And you can make other things with this die, such as wings for an angel. 

One of the designs from the Sale-A-Bration Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper (DSP) (126154) is a perfect match for this bird.  During Sale-A-Bration you can get this DSP free with a purchase of $50 of Stampin' Up! Products (excluding shipping and handling). This DSP was used as the only layer on the card.  I love birds, and the little birds on the DSP are darling to me.

The following picture gives you a different view of the 3-D bird:

The other products used to make this card are Lucky Limeade Cardstock, Baja Breeze Cardstock, the beautiful Sale-A-Bration Elementary Elegance Stamp Set (free with a purchase of $50), and Subtles Collection Brads.

Purchase the products used in this project by clicking on the product links or by clicking here.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How YOU Can Celebrate National Craft Month!

Need a reason to celebrate?  The month of March is National Craft Month, which is a time to celebrate the craft you love.  As for me, I think every month should be about crafting as I love rubber stamping!  What type of craft(s) do you create to celebrate this month?  
For those of us who enjoy rubber stamping, let's celebrate the month by trying a new rubber stamping technique, using a different card fold, designing your first digital scrapbook page using the Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio Express (trial basis), or better yet, create a new technique!

If you are not a rubber stamper but have been thinking about becoming one, let me help you to get started for well under $100.  Rubber stamping is a craft that requires few supplies to get started, so the craft is easy on your wallet.  Once you begin stamping, you'll most likely want to branch out and invest in other rubber stamping products.

To get started, here's what you'll need:

1.  Paper (designer series papers) and/or Cardstock (high-quality cardstock that is dyed with pure color all the way through),    

2.  Ink (fast drying dye-based ink), 

3.  A Stamp Set (wood mount stamp set) or (clear mount stamp set), and 

4.  If you select a clear mount stamp set, you'll need an acrylic block to attach a stamp before you ink and stamp it.

Examples of #1:  

$10.95                                               $6.95 (Getting Started Cardstock) 

  Example of #2:                                        Example of #3 (wood or clear):


$21.95 (Getting Started Ink Spots)                $21.95 (wood), $16.95 (clear)

  Example of #4:

$6.95 (acrylic block on which the above stamps will fit)

Therefore, to get started on becoming a rubber stamper, all you'll need is $68.75 (wood mount stamp set) or $63.75 (clear mount stamp set), excluding shipping and taxes.  If you wish to get started, contact me at  and I will teach you!