May 31, 2016

Stampers For Others Swap Card!

Thirteen of my teammates from our Stampers For Others team swapped cards this month and this was the card I came up with using the new stamp set PUN INTENDED. I have used this stamp set quite a bit already and love it to pieces!

I repeatedly stamped the camera image using Sahara Sand Ink on Whisper White Cardstock and then added another camera that I stamped with Early Espresso Ink and hand-cut. I glued it in place using Stampin' Dimensionals:

Notice the bubble above the camera? I actually cut out a balloon using the Balloon Bouquet Punch and snipped the very bottom into a "V". I love the way it looks paired with the camera!
Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: Pun Intended
  • Inks: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo
  • Tools: Stampin' Dimensionals, Owl Punch (heart), Balloon Bouquet Punch
  • Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels
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May 30, 2016

Merry Monday #207!

I dug out my Silhouette Cameo machine for this week's challenge at Merry Monday. I just happened to have a Santa's Bag that I could use for my card:

I then used a 1" and a 1-1/4" Square Punch to cut up some presents to add to the inside. I also added some holly leaves that are colored with Clear Wink Of Stella. The leaves are so gorgeous! I even added a touch of the Clear Wink Of Stella on my embossed stars. Can you spot them?

Thanks for stopping by to visit me today and be sure to visit my teammates at Merry Monday!
Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: Oh What Fun
  • Inks: VersaMark
  • Cardstock: Cucumber Crush, Real Red, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Silver Fancy Foil Vellum
  • Accessories: Silver 1/8" Ribbon 
  • Tools: Clear Wink Of Stella, Stars Embossing Folder, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals
  • DSP: Retired

May 29, 2016

My Downline May Projects!

Good Morning Everyone! I hope your week has gone well. Summer is finally here in Maine. We finally have some sunshine!

Today I have some projects to show you featuring my Downline. What is a Downline? A Downline is a member of my team, someone who joined Stampin' Up! with me as their Upline. I asked my girls to create cards showcasing stamp sets in the upcoming 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. Because most of my girls are hobby demonstrators, I don't make it a point to force them to use all Stampin' Up! products. A few of the girls on my team have not been able to pre-order the new products yet so I only have 4 girls this month who are participating.

Debra Florence is quite new to stamping and she and I have gone back and forth a few times on previous projects she created. I try to help out as much as I can so they can learn from me. Deb chose to use the Swirly Bird Bundle on her card today. How pretty Deb!

Janet Bagnall has been with me for quite a few years now. She and I met when we were both a the Dynamic Duos Challenge team. She signed up under me when we had a promotion going. Janet is very artistic and likes to experiment with techniques and mixed media.  She created her own background using the Gift Of Love stamp set. Beautiful!

Mary Ann Gerrish was my very first Downline. She has been with me since November 2010. Wow, that's 5 years! I love how Mary Ann embossed the background with the Brick Wall Embossing Folder and then added all of the swirly layers from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies. The color combination is so striking!

Jo Ann Prentiss is my newest Downline. She just joined and is awaiting her first order. She used the Flower Shop stamp set for her card today. Jo Ann had to make a quick card for a cousin that just lost his wife to a decade long fight with cancer. She is also tending to her Mom who is dealing with a brain tumor so prayers are needed for her Mom.

I would love it if you joined my team starting June 1st. Not only do you get to pick $125 worth of products for $99 and FREE shipping, you also get to pick 2 additional stamp sets.....yay for you!

Click on my page here to read more: JOIN MY TEAM


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May 28, 2016

Create with Connie & Mary Saturday Blog Hop!

Welcome to a new Saturday Blog Hop at Create with Connie & Mary. Today our theme is "Fly Away". I thought the dragonfly image from Awesomely Artistic was perfect for this week.

I started my card off with some sponging, followed by adding all of the stamped images and then added some layers. I decided to make this into a "friend" card:

Here's the how-to:
  • Card Base: Chocolate Chip Cardstock 11" x 4-1/4". Score in the center at 5-1/2" and fold.
  • Layer #2: Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper 5-1/4" x 4". Glue to card base.
  • Layer #3: Whisper White Cardstock 5" x 3-3/4". Using Post-It notes, cover an area on both sides of the cardstock that you want to shield from sponging. Using Sponge Daubers, sponge Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry Inks. Remove Post-It notes.  Stamp the images using Chocolate Chip Ink. I added the dots and a 2nd layer of branches by stamping on scrap paper first and without re-inking, stamped the images. This gives a lighter layer of ink. Glue to card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. TIP: Because you are gluing to glimmer paper, I added a dot of liquid glue to each dimensional.
  • Sentiment: Stamp the frame and sentiment on Whisper White Cardstock using Chocolate Chip Ink. Sponge a little bit of color using the left-over ink on each sponge. Cut out using the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies. Glue to card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Now you can follow the hop by clicking on the links below to visit my talented teammates,  Nicole at Be Creative with Nicole, or Melissa at RubberFunatics:


Thanks for stopping by to visit me today!

May 27, 2016

Graduation Gown Cards....Two Of Them!

I feel so honored when a stamper contacts me to see if I can help. First let me start off by showing you a trio of graduation cards I made for this year. I needed 3 of them and I stuck to the school colors, even adding envelopes made with the Envelope Punch Board:

In all of my years of stamping, this card is one of my most popular on Pinterest. This card has been pinned over and over. The card actually opens in the manner shown below and you can fit currency right on the inside. The currency (US currency) fits perfectly in there:

And this is what it looks like laying flat so you can see the folds. I added
a Velcro dot under the right-hand side cap portion to hold the card closed:

And of course we need a tassel. I hooked it over a circle cut with the 1/2" Circle Punch that was glued in place with a Stampin' Dimensional for height. I added a few Glue Dots under the tassel to keep it in place:

You can click here for the: Tutorial  that I posted a few years ago. So what is my post about today mentioning that I am honored? I have a stamper who has someone in her family that is graduating. She wanted me to help her use the tutorial I posted to create a different but same type of card. She wanted to use it as a graduation invitation/announcement and not as a currency holder. You'll understand what I mean when you see what I came up with:

So here is a much shorter and wider version. I wanted to keep the card at a size of 5-1/2" x 4-1/4"  
to fit in a regular card-sized envelope. The photo below shows how the card opens:

I stamped a sentiment on the inside but this is where you can print the invitation portion from your computer and printer and cut the white piece to fit on the inside. I have all the steps needed to create this card or invite:

First up is the cap portion of the card. You need a piece of cardstock measuring 3-1/8" x 3-1/8". Cut (1) circle using the 1/2" Circle Punch. Glue in the very center using a Stampin' Dimensional. Create a tassel and hook around the circle in the center. I used Glue Dots on the underside of the tassel so that it would stay in place.

Now we need 3 pieces of cardstock for the card portion:

  • Whisper White Cardstock measuring 6-3/4" x 3-1/2". Score on the 6-3/4" side at 3-3/8" and fold.
  • Basic Black Cardstock 6" x 3-3/4". Score on the 6" side at 3-1/2" and 5-1/4". Fold on both score lines in the opposite direction.
  • Basic Black Cardstock 2-1/2" x 3-3/4". Score at 1-3/4" and fold.

Using the largest piece of Basic Black Cardstock, add adhesive to the middle section between the score lines. Place the folded Whisper White Cardstock layer in the center of the Basic Black Cardstock layer where the card will fold in the center. Press the glued portion in place on top of the white. The photo below shows what the card looks like at this point:

Using the 2nd Basic Black Cardstock piece, add adhesive to the back like so up to the score line:

Press in place to the card front making sure the folded sections are butted against each other and look like this photo:

The card will now open like this and the two folded sections of the gown are on the front. This is where you can add a sentiment on the inside if you are not printing an invite:

Add adhesive to half of the cap layer making sure not to go to the very edge:

Press in place on your card front. I used my measuring grid to make sure the top to bottom measurement was 5-1/2" tall when I pressed the capped in place. Isn't this a neat card?

Thanks so much to Urvi for contacting me to help her out and thanks for stopping by to visit me today! Let me know what you think of my new graduation card! I would love to hear from you!
Card Supplies:
  • Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Inks: Basic Black
  • Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Suite Sayings
  • Tools: 1/2" Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Word Window
  • Accessories: Baker's Twine

May 26, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Sneak Peek Bonus Project for May!

I was so excited to receive my May 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit this week. Because of demonstrators meeting at OnStage in April, we were able to see a Sneak Peek so I knew what was coming actually see it in person....WOW!

So here is my box and as it does every month, it showed up in my mailbox all by itself. I didn't have to do anything because once you are a subscriber, we take care of everything for you:

Here's what I found inside when I opened the box: Many Manly Occasions is what this month's kit is called and just in time for Father's Day and many other male occasions:

And this is the stamp set....LOTS of stamps:

The orangy layer you see in the photo below is actually corrugated and it is beautiful, all 8 of them along with 8 envelopes and instructions:

Some card bases, word stickers and enamel stars:

More word stickers and more card bases and Night Of Navy Ink Spot:

All you have to do is add some glue dots to the corner of the corrugated 
layer and more glue dots on the back of the card base as shown:

And press the layers together in place:

And the word sticker, stamp the sentiment and add enamel stars 
to the background and your card is complete:

Same with card #2, add glue dots:

Press in place and add your stickers, stars and stamping:

Here's a BONUS Sneak Peek to show you what my subscribers will be receiving this month. Exclusive Projects AND direction sheets for ALL of the projects:

The card base was used along with some new supplies you'll find on June 1st in the new catalog and if you scroll below, you'll find a direction sheet you can download and print to use for yourself:


Want to join in on the fun each and every month? Sign up for the June kit before June 10th and you'll receive additional project ideas from me and a small thank you gift for subscribing. 
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