Starry Night Votives

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Woot! It’s time for another Stamp It Blog Hop! It’s a Christmas hop this time and I have a fun project using only Stampin’ Up! goodies for you!

Thank you for visiting my blog–you have come from Tami’s blog. Isn’t she totally awesome!!!

Vellum Card Stock and the Confetti Stars Punch from SU make elegant votives

These votive candle holders are cute in a group, but elegant when lit with LED Tealight candles–NO real flame please!!!! (We are using PAPER, here!)

I cased the project from Kimberly Van Diepen–I love her style! Casing (Copy and Share Everything) is a great technique when learning something new, or you’re short on time! The minute I saw these votives I knew how I would use them.

Each year we have a Festival of Trees at my Library (like our Facebook page to see the trees this year!). Each year, I make ornaments for a little crystal tree I have. I’ve decorated this tree for the past 4 years and I wanted a change, so this is what I decided to do. Create a “tree” of books and scatter the votives around it.

Book Tree with Starry Night Votives LIt

This is what it looks like on my dining room table. I think it’s pretty and unusual. I bought the book boxes for my “tree” at a local big box craft store and used Stampin’ Up! Vellum card stock, new Confetti Stars Punch and sticky strip for the votives. The votives are created using a simple box pattern.

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Holiday Swap Card

I’m still in love with Stampin’ Up!’s Four Feathers Stamp and Framelits bundle! I wanted to create a special card for the local demonstrator meeting I’m attending tomorrow. I found this card by Kristine McNickle at Creative Stamping and it was soooo great that I CASED it!

Card featuring Four Feathers and Bird Builder Punch from Stampin' Up!

The supplies for the card are listed below. Here are the basics for creating this card.

  • The splattered background is made with Gorgeous Grunge and Smoky Slate. I stamped off on a piece of scrap before I applied the stamp to my background.
  • The diagonal stripe is silver washi tape from All Is Calm. It makes an easy layering element.
  • Cut one feather out of SU’s Card Stock Vellum.
  • Stamp a feather with Versamark onto Night of Navy card stock; sprinkle with Silver Emboss Powder and heat emboss.
  • Punch out your bird before you stamp and emboss; it will be much easier. (I might have made 3 birds before I figured this out…)
  • There are great sentiments that are perfect for small places in the Project Life Holiday Cheer Photopolymer stamp set. I loved this one–the sentiment and the fonts.
  • Use a Stampin’ Dimensional to attach the sentiment to the glimmer paper. Glimmer paper is hard to attach to, and dimensionals or glue dots are great for it.
  • The back of Glimmer Paper is very smooth so I always use Liquid glue to attach it to my projects. It works like a charm!
  • This card would be great if you want to create multiple holiday cards, but ensure that they still look special. The elements lend themselves to assembly line production.
  • I made 10 cards in about 2 hours by cutting all the vellum, stamping and embossing all the feathers, stamping and punching the sentiment–you get the idea!

I hope my fellow demonstrators like this card as much as I do. :)

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Welcome to the Team Stamp It Fall Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Tonya’s blog! Have you been having fun???

Today I have some cards I created using the Four Feathers Stamp and Framelits (I bought the bundle–saved 15%!!!). The focus of the three cards is this one:
Card made with Stampin' Up! Four Feathers Bundle

I enjoyed making this one and I thought I’d experiment. I wondered how it would work to use Versamark on and Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Burlap Ribbon. I think it worked great! It’s shiny but still rustic and I loved it! The next experiment was to see if the matching feather framelit would cut through the Burlap Ribbon nicely. Success again! Woot!

Backing the feather is a failed experiment–LOL! The card base looked awful with the swath of Pool Party embossing, so I cut it off, not worrying about it being too even. Behind that is a scrap of Island Indigo card stock that I ran through the Confetti Star punch and then hand cut. I used Liquid glue to attach the punched piece to the Crumb Cake Note Card–these are sooo handy! I used the stamp set called A Dozen Thoughts for the greeting. That’s it! It’s casual but fun and is a good card for men or women.

Four Feathers Crumb Cake Card
I LOVE this card, too! I heat embossed the two black feathers on the card base and then made the gold one on a scrap of Crumb Cake (from the card base with the failed Pool Party swath!!!) and die cut it with the matching framelit. The linen ribbon is retired–sorry!

My final card is another feather card. I wasn’t able to stop creating with this bundle!
Four Feathers Card metals

The Gold button is from the Holiday Catalog. There are bunch of them and they add just the right touch! Unfortunately, the pewter embossing powder, the lace tape, and the linen ribbon are retired. You can easily substitute other items.

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Project LIfe by Stampin’ Up! Gets MORE Awesome!

You know how much I love Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

Well, Stampin’ Up! has OUTDONE itself with a terrific new giveaway!

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You could win one of 100 PLxSU Card & Accessory Packs or the Grand Prize: ALL of the PLxSU products available in the product line!

Want to learn more about Project Life by Stampin’ Up!? Watch this video!

You can see the different things I’ve done with PLxSU here and here.

Enter the Giveaway here! Everyone is eligible, so share with your friends and family!

Good luck and watch my site for more PLxSU samples!

PLxSU Hello December Daily

Oh, how much I’m enjoying Project Life by Stampin’ Up! There are so many ways to use it. I’ve made cards with it; I’ve participated in 30 Days of Lists and I’m participating in the Currently List. Project Life makes it SO easy!

I want to participate in recording the ordinary happenings each day that leads to Christmas this year. The MINUTE I saw Stampin’ Up!’s new Cherry Cobbler 6″x8″ album in the Holiday supplement, I knew it would be my December Daily album! That there are also PLxSU cards and embellishments to go with it was the cherry on the top!

Cover of December Daily Album made with PLxSU supplies

Here is the cover. I used some retired Christmas DSP to cover the plain kraft colored cover. I used the 1″ Cherry Cobbler Sheer Linen Ribbon and a retired stamp for the tag.

First Page of December Daily Album PLxSU

Here are three of the “Hello December” PLxSU cards–I love them!!! This is likely to be my first/intro page. Over the next few weeks, I plan to determine which special events I want to prepare layouts for as well as creating layouts for the “normal” December days!

I want to be able to slip photos in and write my memories throughout the month and not stress about creating layouts at the same time. I’m prepping mine ahead of time, but you could just as easily make the album in January–after the stress of the holidays!

Here are photos that show the cards and embellishments you can get from my Stampin’ Up! store!

Hello December PL Cards Stampin' Up!

Hello December Accessory Pack PLxSU

Here are the products I am using for my Hello December daily album.
Cherry Cobbler 6″x8″ Project Life Album
Hello December Project Life Card Collection
Hello December Project Life Accessory Pack
Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon
Project Life December Wonder Photopolymer Stamps
Project Life Holiday Cheer Photopolymer Stamps

All of these supplies can be ordered in my online store by clicking directly on the name of the item, or by clicking the button below and choosing “2014 Holiday Catalog” and “2014 Holiday Supplement”.

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A Successful Fundraiser!

Photo of Team Thank You Stamp Out Breast Cancer

Thank you ALL who supported our 5th Annual “Stamp Out Breast Cancer” event this past Saturday. Whether you attended, or simply made a donation, you made a difference. 2014 was a record setting year for our Team.

Not only did we meet our goal of $3000, we blew it SKY HIGH- together we raised over $5300 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!! WAHOOO!!! {insert applause here}. We are so excited, we had a most awesome day of stamping, fun, friends and PRIZES!!! OMG!! The raffles were amazing. I already can’t wait for next year!

Here are some pictures from the event….

Photo of Hall with People Stamping  Group Selfie of Fundraising Team

Photo of two team members

Photo of two partner team members

Photo of the Grand Prize Winner

If you missed the event and still want the PHOTO TUTORIAL, you can still pledge a minimum of $20. Use the donation form found on my sidebar above and to the right.

Thank you!

5th Annual Stamp Out Breast Cancer Fundraiser–New Tutorial

Stamp Out Breast Cancer Fundraiser with Stampin' Up!

5th Annual Stamp Out Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Join us, OR simply make a donation!

All donations receive a free tutorial and entry to win our Door Prize of a complete set of Blendabilities!

One of the many things I love about Stampin’ Up!, is how we can use it to help others. Join me and our team of demonstrators and help us raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer while having some stamping fun.

A keynote speaker/survivor once had some very powerful words. She said “Last year, I attended this event and was encouraged to go get a mammogram. You talked about the importance of early detection. I was diagnosed, treated, and today, I stand before you Cancer free, Thank you.” Talk about changing lives!

Together we can make a difference!

Blendabilities Door Prize for Stamp Out Breast Cancer

Join us on Facebook

October 18, 2014
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Harmony Hall
1660 Lakeview Avenue
Dracut, MA

$20 Donation to attend thru Oct 17, or $25 at the door

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100% of the proceeds go directly to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer (part of the American Cancer Society)

Fundraising Websites – Crowdrise


Attend free with each donation of $20
Receive a Free Tutorial for these projects with your donation
Entry to win Complete set of Blendabilities Markers & Memento Ink pad ($175+ value)
All donations are Tax Deductible and will receive an emailed “Donation Record”


5 Gorgeous projects
Entry into the GRAND PRIZE drawing of 1 of 2 Big Shots and more
Inspirational Display Boards

Stamp Out Breast Cancer 2014 Projects

I hope to see you in Dracut on the 18th!

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

One of the best things Stampin’ Up! has done for scrapbookers (besides My Digital Studio–LOVE!) is to partner with Becky Higgins and her Project Life memory keeping system.

Do you often feel swamped by the number of photos you want to scrapbook or the amount of supplies you need to pull out just to do a layout? Do those photo files stare at you, begging to be seen by someone other than you? I know that mine have been!

collage of scrapbooks

I have many scrapbooks of my daughter; I was a dedicated memory keeper. But about 5 years ago, I became overwhelmed by the sheer number of photos to scrap and the amount of time it took me to get out my supplies, choose what I wanted, make the layout and then,–the WORST part of all!!!–putting it all away again. It makes me tired just remembering it! So, I stopped making memory books for her (feeling guilty the whole time!).  :(

With Project Life by Stampin’ Up! (aka PLxSU), I can get my photos and memories put into albums 1, 2, 3!

Here’s a quick video introducing Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

While I’ll still use My Digital Studio when I want to be especially creative…now that I have Project Life, those photos are getting into albums! (P.S. You can mix your 12″x12″ full pages with PLxSU just fine! Yay!) Watch this blog for PLxSU ideas and inspiration, and follow my PLxSU Pinterest Board!

Are you interested in Project Life? Check out my online store for these materials:

Photo of basic supplies needed for PLxSU

Album choices are 6″x8″ and 12″x12″ with Photo Pocket Pages for both sizes. There are 5 Card Collections, plus another one in the Holiday Catalog! The Journaling Pens are great for writing on the cards! Of course, there are many more treats you can buy to enhance your PL experience, but these will get you started in fine style!

Thanks, You’re a Star!

I love that Stampin’ Up! has just the things I need when I need them! This time, I needed stars.

My daughter and I just finished a R.A.D. Women course in a nearby town. Because the majority of the police officer instructors were male, I knew that I’d need some masculine cards to send thank yous to the team–who were STARS! Fortunately, the upcoming Holiday Catalog offers lots of starry options!

Masculine Thank You Cards using the Confetti Stars Punch from Stampin Up!

Do you see the starry goodness on these cards??? That’s the new  Confetti Star Punch coming your way in the Holiday Catalog!!! (If you need one, shoot me an email!) There is also a star embossing folder, and, even though I didn’t use it for these, the Big Shot  with 15% of the Bright & Beautiful Bundle is still going on!  I DID use the Big Shot to cut our the word bubble and large star! I LOVE my Big Shot!

Hey There Buds Thank You Card from Stampin'Up!

Because one of the instructors was a female and a friend, I was able to create a more feminine card for her! I used similar colors as those with the masculine cards, but it gave me a chance to use more color and break out my Hey There Buds stamp! Isn’t it adorable? I used the sun from Kinda Eclectic also. I love the look it creates behind the flower. There’s a little depth on the flowers because I stamped it twice and cut out the three major flowers and then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop them up. I didn’t forget the bling!!!

I had so much fun making these cards! Order the supplies below!

Hey There Buds Wood Stamp
Regarding Dahlias Stamp Set (“thank you” sentiment)
Just Sayin’ Stamp Set (“Awesome Thanks!” sentiment)
2014-2016 In Colors Stampin’ Write Markers
3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Hello Honey
Word Bubbles Framelits
Stars Framelits
Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (buy it and get the next item at 15% off!!!)
Bright & Beautiful Stars Bundles
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Stampin’ Dimensionals (I don’t think I can make a card without these!)
Confetti Star Punch (Sorry, you can’t get this until August 28th!)

Hearts & Stars Decorative Masks–while you’re there, pick up the…
Dots & Stripes Decorative Masks, too!
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack


More Blingful Cards & A Big Shot Offer!

I have more cards to share from the Bling Swap I was in at Stampin’ Up! Inspire.Create.Share.2014 convention. But…let me start with a great opportunity to get free stamps and matching Framelits when you buy a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine in August!

Big Shot Promotion from Stampin' Up!

Buy a Big Shot before the Holiday Catalog–full of awesome Big Shot accessories–is available. You’ll be ready to make sweet and elegant cards and gifts the minute you receive your order!  To make this offer even sweeter, when you buy a Big Shot in August, you will receive one of five free stamp set/framelits bundles–your choice!

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(Did you see the sneak peek from the Holiday Catalog??? The Bright & Beautiful set is in the Holiday catalog–shhhh…don’t tell anyone!)

“But, Diane,” you say, “I already have the life-changing, paper crafting whiz that is the Big Shot!”   No worries! If you already own a Big Shot, you can still purchase these bundles at an amazing 15% off!

This is one deal you won’t want to miss–only available from August 1-31–as these bundles are one-time only exclusives from Stampin’ Up!

Now… on to some more inspiring cards!!!

Gold Accented card from Stampin' Up!

Jan Reid included a LOT of gold on this easy to reproduce card! She’s used the all gold Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape Gold 1/8″ Ribbon and the lovely, Gold Sequin Trim. The sentiment comes from the Lots of Thanks stamp set.

Pink Work of Art card

This pinkalicious (my favorite color!!!) by Leslie Irvin uses the new Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper for the flowers. It’s really sparkly in real life! Colors in the card are Strawberry Slush and Whisper White. The sentiment comes from the Work of Art stamp set, and the flowers are from the Mixed Bunch stamp set, and punched with the Blossom Punch!

Gold Work of Art Card

This card by Shannon Miller has the Midas touch! The Work of Art stamp set was used on the background and as the focal point. The Gold Metallic Encore Ink Pad is used throughout, as well as Hello Honey card stock, ink and 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon. Extra bling comes from the Gold Sequin Trim, Rhinestones and Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape!

Gold and Elegant Eggplant Star Card

Tracy Donath made this terrific star card using Gold Glimmer Paper, Be the Star stamp set, Stars Framelits (which you can get in a bundle during the Big Shot sale above!), with shades of purples and gold. Don’t you love it???

From My Heart Pink and Black Kindness Card

Last but certainly not least, this lovely pink and black card that I can’t attribute because there is not identification with it. :( It is lovely using Blushing Bride card stock and Back to Black Designer Series Paper! The Mixed Bunch and Flower Shop stamp sets, with the Blossom and Pansy Punches were used to create the flowers while the From My Heart stamp set provided the sentiment!

Thanks for spending the time looking at these pretty cards. Each one could be made by you! The hyperlinked phrases will bring you to my store to buy the supplies needed for the cards! Or, if you want to browse, you can click on the button below!

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Cards, Galore!

It’s been a while, but I’m back to share more cool stuff from Stampin’ Up! I did some great swapping at Inspire. Create. Share. Stampin’ Up!’s annual convention. Swapping is one of the fun activities to do while you’re waiting for the Main Doors to open!

Here are some “bling-ful” cards I swapped for!

Card made with Blackberry Bliss CS and Gold Foil Paper
This is the card I created using the Hostess Set: Bloom with Hope using the new In-Color Blackberry Bliss, new Designer Series Paper Typeset, Gold Foil paper and the lovely Gold Sequin Trim.

Make A Wish card with Silver accents

My friend Betsy Nagel made this lovely card full of bling-ful elements!!! Highlights include the Perfect Penants stamp set, Silver Glimmer Paper and the Banner Framelits and Banner Punch!

Hey There Fancy Fold Card

Fellow demonstrator Carol Gilmore made this lovely, fancy close card! More Glimmer paper, as well using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch, the Pansy Punch, the Just Sayin’ stamp set and matching Word Bubbles Framelits. LOVE!

You're Fabulous card with flowers

Cary Ferruggia created this ‘fabulous’ card! The layering created by using the Ovals Framelits, the sweet Tea Lace Doily, Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder and the sweet flowers made with Petite Petals Punch, the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack and Rhinestones make this card lovely to behold!

Thinking of You with Flowers card

Cindy Moffitt made this lovely cascading flower card! The secret is using the dots from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create a simple background for the sweet Petite Petals flowers punched with the matching punch! You could use any sentiment for this card and it would be just perfect! OK, maybe not a fishing or hunting sentiment, but you know what I mean! Some of the flowers are raised up with Stampin’ Dimensionals!

I have more cards to share, but those will wait for another day–SOON! In the meantime, follow me on my Facebook Page! It’s where I put up fun little memes and Stampin’ Up! specials, as well as special projects I’ve made!

Digital Watercolor Ombre Technique

A few days ago I shared a digital scrapbook layout with you. I used Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio to create a faux watercolor ombre background and I promised you a video showing you how you can do it! presents digital watercolor ombre technique

Enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions and subscribe to my channel if you like this video or any of the others you see on my channel. Thanks!

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So Much My Digital Studio Fun!

I have been having so much fun using Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio to create scrapbook pages! I might have said before how much I love being able to create stunning scrapbook pages without taking out any supplies–except my computer!

I was inspired by a layout in the British magazine, Scrap 365, in which the artist created watercolor washes for her background. They were wide and saturated with color and I immediately wanted to recreate the look for myself. Since it was about 11pm, I decided to sleep on it, and take it up the next day.

digital scrapbook layout featuring an ombre colored background

In addition to the ombre “watercolor” washes of the background–for which I’m preparing a video showing you how to do this technique–there are lots of layers on the page. The original scrapbook page had many, many beautiful flowers and leaves accenting the photo, but I wanted fewer embellishments for my photo and patterns, which are more casual. At the end of this post, I’ll list the supplies I used for this layout.

My Digital Studio is very easy to learn and fun to use! It’s also very affordable at $19.95. If you want to try it out, you can have a 30 day FREE trial first! I think you’ll love it’s possibilities and If you’re interested in learning how to use it, leave me a comment or email me and I’ll get you started!

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List of MDS supplies:
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_Designer Kits\Glimmer Kit – embellishments\Glimmer Kit – silver banner
Gold & Silver Baker’s Twine – embellishments\Gold & Silver Baker’s Twine – gold_bunch_sm
Burlap Ribbon\Burlap Ribbon – flower
Vintage Faceted Buttons\Vintage Faceted Buttons – medium 3
Sara’s Sequins\Sara’s Sequins – teal
Sara’s Sequins\Sara’s Sequins – teal
Sara’s Sequins\Sara’s Sequins – teal
Natural Composition Overlays\Natural Composition Overlays – 11, Color = 0,0,0
_Designer Kits\Be Yourself\Be Yourself – just b u, Color = 0,0,0
Labels & Tags\File It Fun\File It Fun – label 9,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Be Yourself – designer series paper\Be Yourself – paper 4
1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Be Yourself – designer series paper\Be Yourself – paper 14
1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Be Yourself – designer series paper\Be Yourself – paper 12
1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\A Split Second – designer series paper\A Split Second – 2
1.25 Square Punch,  Filled with: Designer Series Paper\_Designer Kits\Be Yourself – designer series paper\Be Yourself – paper 1

Digital Christmas Card Class & A Special Offer

Take advantage of Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio 30% off Sale and get your Christmas Cards done at the same time!

I’m offering an in person or online class showing you how to create 3 different Christmas Card styles with My Digital Studio. The best part of this deal??? You get 30% off your printing with Stampin’ Up! until November 29th! Woot!

Digital Christmas Card Class Flyer

The class fee is $20.

My Digital Deal??? If you register to take the class during Stampin’ Up!’s Digital Scrapbook Days from November 1-8, you can take the class for the special price of $17!

Email me at if you are interested in taking this class! I’m away with no internet access this weekend (I know!!! But I’ll survive!) so I’ll get back to you on Monday 11/4 to arrange for payment or answer your questions.

And…because I really, REALLY love My Digital Studio, anyone who buys the My Digital Studio software during Digital Scrapbook Days, will be entered into a drawing to take this class for FREE!!! (Don’t worry, if you’ve already registered for the class and you win, I’ll refund your class fee!)

So… a great deal from Stampin’ Up!, a great deal on a class from me, and a chance to win it! Best of all, you’ll get a great digital design program and my ongoing ideas, tips and tricks for using it!

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It’s Digital Scrapbooking Day–Free Downloads

Stampin’ Up! is celebrating Digital Scrapbooking Day in style today. First….the daily download! Get the Hello There Kit for %50 off today only!

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Woohoo! It’s full of happy colors and fun words! Today only, it is priced at $4.98! But wait, there’s more fun today!

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The Moments Ago stamp brush set is FREE today!!! After today, this set will cost $5.95–so get it today for FREE. Yes, FREE! That is zero cost AKA Free!

So, for today only, get $15.90 worth of digital downloads in my store for only $4.98! That is a DEAL!

Watch for a project made with these downloads coming soon! In the meantime…Order these great downloads here:
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Digital You & Me card

Today kicks off Stampin’ Up!’s Digital Scrapbooking Days, a celebration of all things My Digital Studio! For eight days, Stampin’ Up! is offering daily digital deals, free downloads, and challenges on

Since I LOOOOVE My Digital Studio, I’m following along and will have samples, inspiration, tips and tricks for using My Digital Studio! Today’s daily deal download is the Amped Up Ampersands Kit. This kit is super trendy and fun! I made 2 digital cards and a scrapbook page with this set! Here are the cards. Check out my Facebook Page for the scrapbook layout!

Amped Up Ampersand CardAmped Up Ampersand Card Inside

I used one of the designer series patterns in this kit for my background on the cover and the inside. The cover sentiment is made with the “ABC-123 Sketch Alphabet and Numbers“, and the ampersand is from “Happy Things Pocket Cards“. I colored the stamps with Elegant Eggplant and Pear Pizzazz. The sentiment inside uses the CK Ali Hand font inside a text box and the heart is from “Cheep Talk“. I was thinking of my husband when I created this card! I hope he likes it! Below is another card front and inside!

Amped Up Ampersand Card Front Amped Up Ampersands Card Inside

This card uses splatters that I recolored and the inside sentiment is from the “Seriously Awesome Stamp Brush Set” set.  I like this card, too! Which one is your favorite?
Here are all the elements in this digital set:
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I love My Digital Studio so much and I want you to love it too. To introduce you to the joys of MDS, when you download the My Digital Studio Free Trial from now through Saturday, November 8th,  one of you will win a free seat to my Digital Christmas Cards Class. At the end of the class (a $20 value) you will have created your own Christmas cards with My Digital Studio so you can print them at a discount through Stampin’ Up! 

Oh, did I forget to mention the 30% off sale (now through November 30th) on digital downloads and printing through Stampin’ Up!? Oops! I’ll share more about that tomorrow!

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Spread the Joy Frame & Digital Scrapbooking Days

I know it’s Halloween, but it’s not my favorite holiday, so I’m ignoring it. Instead I’m sharing a frame I created using Stampin’ Up!’s Spread the Joy stamp set. I just love this set! I used it to create my husband’s anniversary card and these cards.

Spread The Joy Frame

I wanted to use this stamp in a frame, and when I found this one, I knew it was the one! I colored each of the sayings on the stamp with different colors of Stampin’ Write Markers, huffed on the stamp to re-moisten all the ink and stamped it onto Very Vanilla card stock. I then trimmed the stamped image and a piece of Midnight Muse card stock in the same shape. I layered them with Stampin’ Dimensionals and added some 5/8″Crochet Trim, 7/8″ Cotton Ribbon, Linen Thread and a retired heart-shaped Bitty Button.

I like the way it turned out. You can make something like this with any of your favorite stamps! The frame fits a 4″ by 6″ photo, so it was just like making a card! If you need any supplies for your framed art, you can get them in my online store. I appreciate your business!
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I am also super excited about the Digital Scrapbooking Days Stampin’ Up! is sponsoring starting tomorrow: November 1st! I love designing with My Digital Studio.

Watch tomorrow for a project featuring Stampin’ Up!’s featured digital daily deal downloads (50% off the price!!!)! I’ll post a project using My Digital Studio on my blog every day from November 1-8. I’m also running my own Digital Deal for anyone who buys My Digital Studio from me during Digital Scrapbook Days! Check back tomorrow to find out what it is!

Lovely As A (Christmas) Tree

One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is the opportunity to make friends who share the same passions I do. This weekend, I was invited to participate in a shoebox swap that another demonstrator and her team were having. We met at a local pizzeria for some food and fun!

A shoebox swap is one in which each person brings all the tools needed (stamps, ink, etc.) and all the paper pieces trimmed or die cut and ready to stamp on and assemble. There were 6 of us participating and I wanted to share my card and give you some tips for reproducing it.

Lovely As a Tree Christmas Card Front
This is a one-layer stamped card that uses the masking technique. For interest it is mounted on a base that is 1/4″ larger than the card size. To do this, I trimmed the card stock to 8″ by 5.75″ and scored at 4″. The base is one piece of card stock trimmed to 4.25″ by 5.5″. This give a little extra interest to the card.

Here’s how I made the card front. I trimmed a large sticky note to 4″ by 5.25″ being sure that I kept the sticky part at the top. I then die cut this sticky note with the largest die in the Apothecary Accents Framelits, again being sure that the sticky part was on the die cut piece and the frame around it. You use BOTH of these pieces to do your masking.

  1. Take the die cut mask and place it in the center of your card front. Be sure that the sides around it are equal.
  2. Next, I inked up the En Francais stamp in Smoky Slate ink and stamped the card over the mask. Remove the mask and you have a blank center surrounded by French words.
  3. Place the frame from the die cut onto the card front.  Be sure to line up the outer edges with that of the card front, and that you have the blank center showing.
  4. Next, use a Stamping Sponge and shade the center. Start lightly and add more layers of color as you go. Continue until you are happy with the shading.
  5. Ink up the evergreen tree from the Lovely As A Tree stamp set (don’t you love the many ways you can use this set?!?) with Cherry Cobbler ink and stamp the tree in the center of your shaded area.
  6. Remove the mask–isn’t the design cool!?!
  7. I sponged the edges of the card with Cherry Cobbler and then mounted it onto the Cherry Cobbler card stock piece.
  8. For the inside, I inked up the Merry Christmas stamp from last year’s Greetings of the Season (carried over, but not in the annual catalog :( ) and stamped it on the inside. I then used markers to ink up the spruce and cone sprig from Lovely As A Tree for a little more interest inside the card. Soft Suede is on the cone and branch and Old Olive is on the leaves.

Lovely As A Tree Christmas Card Inside

This is a fairly easy and fun card to make. You can use this technique with LOTS of shapes and stamps! Try it and share your results with me on my Facebook Page! I’d love to see your cards!

Here are the cards and projects the other ladies provided for us to make. The cards on the upper left and lower right use the uber-cute Color Me Christmas stamp set! The gift bag on the top right is made using 2 sheets of designer series paper called Birthday Basics and couldn’t be easier! But, hey-ho, what’s that on the front of the bag??? It’s a card that matches and it’s stored in one of our Clear Envelopes. Just use Sticky Strip on the back of the envelope to securely attach it to the bag! Cute, right??? By the way, the stamp set used on the card is in the annual catalog and is called Road to Happiness!

Shoe box Swap Cards
The card on the lower left uses the new Label Card Thinlits Die (there is a Circle Card Thinlits Die also). This card opens up as a zig-zag and is really pretty and a fun card to open. The lower middle card has a favorite color combo of mine: Gray and Pink!!!
The Petals A Plenty embossing folder was used on the Whisper White card stock. The designer series paper is a new pattern from the Holiday Catalog: Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper! As a matter of fact, the reindeer card next to it uses that DSP as well!

I hope you enjoyed these cards and will try one of them for yourself! Remember, you can get all of the supplies used in these cards in my online store!
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Enjoy an Improved Online Shopping Experience

Good news! On October 15 at 10:00 AM (MT) Stampin’ Up! will be enhancing our ordering features for you my online customers. Here are the new benefits:

  • All orders will now go through a demonstrator. You must choose a demonstrator before ordering. I’m honored when you choose me, Diane Giarrusso as your SU Demonstrator! If you have already selected me as your demonstrator, you won’t have to repeat the process. Yay!
  • No more preferred pricing. Having two prices for each item confused customers, so they’ve simplified the process.
  • Guest checkout. If you do not want to commit to creating an account, you will no longer be deterred from ordering. You will be able to check out as a guest. You are still required to select a demonstrator and you can select whether to pass on your contact information to me.
  • New features for our shopping bag. Remember your cart timing out??? You can now easily save bag contents. Also, when adding items to your bag, you can choose to go directly to the bag or continue shopping. There is also a progress bar to guide you through the ordering process.
  • Enjoy more images. You asked for it–you got it. Additional product images are bigger and easier to view.
  • Enhanced sorting. Now you can sort merchandise based on newest or oldest–a real plus when you want to see the latest MDS downloads or newest single stamps!

  • Sale prices are clearly marked. Items on sale are clearly marked without having to add them to your bag (as shown below). You can also sort products by the sales price (instead of according to the original price).

  • Hostess code issues will prompt action. For instance, you will be prompted if you enter a new hostess code after returning to a saved shopping bag that already had a hostess code present.

And here’s what you will see if they enter a hostess code that is no longer valid.

  • Contact preferences. You will be able to state whether they want to be contacted (by Stampin’ Up! Corporate or by a me) or not. (See the check box at the bottom of the screenshot below.) Of course, I hope you’ll let me contact you by at least letting me add you to my mailing list!

I am SO excited that Stampin’ Up! has made these changes–they are looooong overdue! Enjoy your new online shopping experience and, as always, contact me if you have any questions or want me to order for you!

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The “Perfect” Thank You

You know how there are unsolvable mysteries in the universe? Well, mine is: “Why the heck didn’t I buy the “Perfect Blend” stamp set from Stampin’ Up! earlier!!!” It is so fun for all types of cards!

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I had fun making this Thankful card with the set–and some items from the Holiday Catalog!

Thank You Perfect Blend Stampin' Up!

I used the paper piecing technique on these coffee cups! Here’s how to do it.

  1. Stamp the image on the card stock you’ll use for the main color. Cut it out close to the outside edges.
  2. Re-ink the cover section, and stamp that onto Whisper White (or any color that you want).
  3. Re-ink the sleeve section and stamp onto designer series paper.
  4. Cut out the cover and the sleeve–cut on the outside lines so that it appears that these images are on top/around the cup as they would be in real life.

It’s fussy but a fun technique to use on stamps with sections that can be separated and then put back together. I used the Expressions Thinlets Dies and my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine to cut “Thankful” out of Coastal Cabana card stock (also my cup bases). I adhered all the elements onto a 4.25″x5.5″ piece of the Winter Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (which was adhered to a card base of Whisper White). Both the card background and the cup sleeves are from the same sheet– don’t you LOVE double sided papers! I’m giving this card to a friend’s husband for a computer problem he fixed for me, but if I were giving it to a female, I’d add some rhinestones to the background paper in the center of the white “stars”–wouldn’t that be pretty!

You can get all these supplies in my online store!
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