Previous month:
March 2013
Next month:
May 2013

April 2013 posts

Week 13 Emerging Color, Technique How To


This weeks technique how to features the Emerging Technique.  This one will have you wanting to stop before you are finished... but I guarantee keep pressing forward and you will be grateful you did.  The results are stunning!  Sometimes it is difficult to capture the beauty in a photo, and this is one of those times.

Emerging Color Technique How To 009

The emerging technique is part of the 52 week series of stamping techniques.  Each week I feature a technique and then post a technique booklet page with directions on "how to".  I invite you to try out this technique and place the sample on your technique page to complete a booklet for future reference.  While the stamp sets and colors may change the techniques remain forever. 

Emerging Color Technique How To week 13 stampin up
Emerging Color Technique Week 13 Booklet Page

Download Emerging Color Supply and Measurements


A Signature

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Paper Crafting Flower Bouquet - Part 2

As promised here are a few more incredible paper flowers.  It is hard to believe that you can make flowers out of paper and have them be so amazing!  

Flowers made with paper crafting 015



Flowers made with paper crafting 016
Deb Krusemark

Flowers made with paper crafting 017
Brenda Sprenger

Flowers made with paper crafting 018
Mary Beers


Flowers made with paper crafting 020

Flowers made with paper crafting 021
Rene Lutovsky

Flowers made with paper crafting 022
Tara Jeffries

Flowers made with paper crafting 024
Eileen Niemeier

Flowers made with paper crafting 026



4-27 Flowers made with paper crafting
Again I am just in awe of this beautiful bouquet that the Diva & Dude Stampers put together for my birthday.  Have you ever thought what would it be like to be part of a amazing group of stampers?  

Check out the benefits of being part of the Diva & Dude Stampers community!


A Signature

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Paper Crafting Flower Bouquet

4-27 Flowers made with paper craftingLast week was my Birthday and the Diva & Dude Stampers surprised me with a paper bouquet.  Each person made a flower and then just before our stamping event they put them all together in this cute little watering can.   What a beautiful bouquet of paper flowers. They topped it off with singing Happy Birthday.  Not only are they all very creative but they can all carry a tune pretty well too!  Take a peek at my surprise and song...


I know you want to see some of these flower close up so I will post a few today and you will want to stop back in a few days and see some more.  


Flowers made with paper crafting 005
Diva Sue Nelson
Diva Sue Nelson



Flowers made with paper crafting 007
Michelle Lembcke



Flowers made with paper crafting 008
LaMae Maher


Flowers made with paper crafting 009


Flowers made with paper crafting 010
Amber Swift


Flowers made with paper crafting 011



Flowers made with paper crafting 013
Joanna Middendorf



Flowers made with paper crafting 014
Gloria Flaten


I have the most amazing community of stampers, I feel so blessed that each one of the Diva's and Dudes has touched my life.  Stop back in a few days to see the other 9 flowers that they made.

A Signature

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Stampin' Up! Retiring Stamps and Products

It is that time a year again when we have to say good-bye to make room for the new.  I am excited about some of the exciting new products, but you will have an entire year to fill your wish list of new products.   BUT you don't have too long to get the Stampin' Up! products that are retiring.  While you are able to get Stamp Sets until the end of May, accessories are ONLY while supplies last.  So don't delay.

4-25 Retiring You are Loved Stampinup stamp set

This card I created using the soon to retire "You Are Loved Stampin' Up! Stamp Set 123777 (wood) 123779 (clear).   The Midnight Muse Cardstock, Ink and Ribbon will still be with us for another year along with the Summer Starfruit that I used to Mat the flowers.   The designer series paper Comfort Cafe was one of my favorites this year, I wonder what will come out that I love as much as this one.  But it does amaze me that even after 15 years ever year Stampin' Up! out does the year before.

Download 2013 Retired List of Stampin Up Stamps


Download 2013 Retiring Stampin Up Accessories

Up to 60% off some of the accessories, remember the retiring accessory are only while supplies last!

A Signature

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Week 12 Accordion Flower Technique How To


Accordion Flower Technique is a fun and easy way to make flowers for cards, decorating for an upcoming event or even to make a banner, just to name a few. I choose to use the Summer Smooches Designer Paper for the project. While each year it is sad to see some design retire, it is always so exciting to see what new colors and designs the concept artists at Stampin' Up! have come up with.  

But do remember to stock up on your favorites before they are gone.  I will be posting the retired list tomorrow so you will for sure want to check back.   

Accordion Flower Technique Week 12
Accordion Flower Technique


Designer Build a Brad Stampinup
Designer Build a Brad

This weeks video is a bit unrefined but better to have one than not, which is not how I like to do things, but no time to re-tape and edit.  Besides if you were attending one of my classes it might be even less perfect.  If you have missed the previous Technique How To's you can check them out here.

Free Technique Booklet Page Accordion Flower Download

Download Accordion Flower Supply List & Measurements

Playful Polka Dots Dowload

Stop by my Stampin' Up! online store, Last day to download your
Free Digital Playful Polka Dots Kit.

A Signature 

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Mojo Monday Card Sketch

Mojo Monday 290 stampin up
Mojo Monday is one of my favorite card challenges.  It always inspires me to get out my paper crafting supplies and start to create!  Todays Mojo Monday card #290, I made uses Patio Party Designer Series Paper (which will soon retire).  I love the little cupcakes in this paper and the color combination of Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit.  So glad these in-colors will be around for another year.

The retired list will come out on Wednesday.  I will post it so you are sure to get the things on your wish list before they go away.   

Mojo 290 Sketch


Download Mojo Monday #290 Card Supply list and measurements

A Signature

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Week 11 Bandanna Stamping Technique How To


So glad you have stopped by to check out Week #11 Technique How To. So many Techniques so little time!  It has been years since I had tried this technique and I have to say it was so much fun to just doodle a bit.  Midnight Mused off stamped once is the perfect looking denim fabric.
Bandanna Technique How To, Stampin Up!
Speaking of off stamping, that reminds me of several years ago while enjoying a free incentive trip through Stampin' Up!  During one of the Make & Take Sessions with spouses, my dear hubby Tom, threw out the term "off stamping" and everyone was shocked, surprised and jealous that my husband knew what that was.  Now I didn't want to disappoint them, but he had just lurked around enough during classes to pick up a few stamping phrases to make him look like husband of the year.  
It won't be long and he and I will be enjoying another amazing exotic trip to Fiji, compliments of Stampin' Up!  Don't get me wrong I work pretty hard all year to earn the incentive trip, but can you really call it "work" when you love every minute?
Back to this weeks technique... 
Bandanna Technique How To, Stampin Up
I did mention in the video that I would post a few tips on getting your white gel pen to work smoothly, while I have not had trouble with my plugging up I will share with you what I do and also the tips I have read helping customers who have had an issue on occasion.
White Gel Pen Tips
  1. I store mine point down.  
  2. Shake the pen well.
  3. Make light circular motions on paper with your gel pen. It may take a few tries.
  4. Remember to write gently with a gel pen, pressing too hard can damage the pen.

Tips I have read about...

  1. Heat the point with a lighter for a few seconds to warm the ink and loosen it. Do not touch the flame to the pen.
  2. Run the tip of the gel pen under hot water or dip the tip into boiling water VERY briefly.
  3. Rub the tip with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball (alcohol wipes are watered down and might not work as well).
  4. Pass the tip of the pen just above the flame of a lighter, candle or match to soften the ink.
  5. Gel Pens are water based add a FEW drops to the barrel of the pen, shake and set the pen point side down and let it sit a bit if it still doesn’t work – add a few more drops.  Do not add to many drops at one time.
  6. Use them often :)

Hopefully one of these will work to keep your white gel pen working smoothly.   

Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Bandanna Stamping Technique

Download Bandanna Technique How To, Supply List and Measurements

Download your FREE Bandanna Technique How To, Week #11 Page

A Signature

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

All Prepped and Ready to Make Birthday Card Kit

Dolled Up Birthday Card Kit

I can't WAIT to get my hands on this kit!  Isn't it adorable?  Like you it is fun for me to sometimes get projects all ready cut and ready to go.  Everything you need to make 6 great cards is included in the Dolled-Up Birthday Kit (except adhesive). I think it is lovely, and I am looking forward to making and sending off these special cards to my friends and family.  

Hop on over to my online store and order your Birthday Card Kit now, it will be in the mail and arrive to you in about a week, and you will have a blast sitting down with your box and creating 6 cards.

Featured in the kit is the Dressed-Up Framelits exclusively designed by Karen Burniston.   I had been resisting it, until I saw this card and then it was all over.   My dear demonstrator friend Deb Valder posted this card on her blog and that was it! I HAD TO HAVE IT!        


All Dressed Up Outside of Card


All-Dressed Up Inside

Don't you agree this is such a fun card?  I just love what I do and can't think of anything I would rather do than stamp, share with you and make people happy when they receive a hand stamped card.

For some more fun ideas using All-Dressed up visit my Stamps to Die For Pinterest Board.  Would love to have you follow me on Pinterest!

A Signature    

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Check out Stampin' Up! Savings and Benefits

Recruiting 1
Are you a hobby stamper who would love to fill your Stampin' Up! wish list at a discount?   Would you love to have an entire exclusive website filled with stamping tips, ideas and inspriation?

What if I told you, you could pick out $155 in Stampin' Up! product of your choice for only $99 called a starter kit!  When you purchase the starter kit, there is no obligation no strings attached but many benefits.   You can enjoy a 20% discount on every purchase for a minimum of 3 months. 

When you purchase the starter kit, you become a demonstrator and part of my exclusive Diva & Dude Stampers Community, with an exclusive blog, Facebook Group and demosntrator website filled with endless inspiration! No obligation to "sell" I welcome hobbyist who just want a discount on thier paper crafting supplies as well as those who may be interested in earning extra income. 

It's all about being creative, I want to share this video with you featuring Shelli Gardner co-founder of Stampin' Up! 


If you have any questions please EMail Me I would love to hear from  you! 

Ready to get started Order your Stampin' Up! Starter Kit today! and click Join Now.

A Signature

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Week 10 Magic Card, Technique How To Week


Want to see some Magic?  Pop some popcorn, get your favorite beverage and be prepared to be amazed.   


Magic Card Paper Crafting

The cupcake in this card is from the Easy Events stamp set and looks a bit boring in just black and white, but wait a minute, pull the little tab up and see what happens...


magic card, hand made birthday card
It's magic the black and white cupcake is now in color!  It is so cool you will want to pull the tab up and down!  Don't forget you can get a list of all the supplies that are featured in the card by simply clicking the download link   Download Magic Card paper crafting Supply List.  


Close Up Magic Card
I feel so blessed everyday that you stop by and read my blog and allow me to share with you my passion for Stampin' Up! paper crafting products.  I hope if you see some things that you like you will stop by my online store and shop  and don't forget there are some GREAT clearance items to add to your cart.  

Technique How to Booklet

The magic card is part of my 52 week series of Technique How To, If you have just joined me you can go back and watch the previous videos and also download your pages to make this fun technique booklet.  This is a totally free offer for you as a thank you for stopping by!  

Download FREE Magic Card Technique How To, Booklet Page

Hope you enjoy.  


A Signature

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y