Something as simple as a hand stamped card can change ones day completely. How many times do you feel, if it wasn't for credit card applications you wouldn't get any mail at all. This week I went to the mailbox and saw that special sized envelope that handmade cards arrive in. I was so excited. When I opened it up it was from someone I have never meet in person, one of my YouTube Followers. I was surprised and overjoyed. It has a special spot on my desk, and each time I look at it I feel happy, and it makes me smile. If I get excited about a card when I have hundreds in my Stampin' Spot, imagine the joy someone who seldom sees a handmade card would feel.
Spread some joy and cheer this week and send a hand stamped card.
Colors I used in today's card that I will be sending are Crushed Curry & Pool Party a perfect pair!
Whitewashed Watercolor Technique, This technique is a bit more work than most, but much easier than whitewashing a fence and way more fun! When I started the task of creating this card I was not really very excited about this technique, but I have to say it is addicting, and I will be working on some more whitewashing in the future.
The Stampin' Up! Gingham Garden Designer Paper has been a favorite of card makers and scrapbookers this season and the coordinating Washi tape tops it off nicely There are lots of ideas besides the card making for Washi tape.
Here is my list of the Top Ten Things to do with Washi Tape!
Embellish a Card
Use them to cover wooden clothes pins... I have one that holds a pic of my Mom or...
Make a Wreath with the decorated cloths pins
Decorate a Embellishment Container
Wrap Around you Ipad Charger so you can identify who's is who's
To mark events in your Day Planner
Decorate a Pillar Candle
Use it to hold your Framelits in place if you don't have a Magnetic Platform or you are waiting for yours to come! It can be used over and over again!
Patsy here this week, have you ever woke up in the middle of the night with and idea, or been sitting at the breakfast table and you feel the urge to run to your stamp room and create before your inspiration passes. Well that is what happened to me this past week.
Karen Burniston is a well-known designer and papercrafter who's primary focus is on pop-up's. She has designed several of Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Pop n' Cut dies. She has been published in all the major papercraft magazines and has contributed to numerous idea books. She teaches pop-up classes at stores and events throughout the world. She was at our 25th Stampin' Up! celebration in July.
You can imagine my surprise when my computer dings "you've got mail" and I open it to find a personal email from Karen Burniston. Her email was filled with wonderful compliments and encouragement. She mentioned with Halloween coming up she would love to see what I would do with one of the Pop n' Cuts, well that kept going through my mind over and over... and this particular morning it hit me what I wanted to do, I would make a witch with the Pop n' Cuts and Dress Up Framelits. So this was my handmade creation. What did we do before The Big Shot?
The Dress Up Framelits are one of the Weekly Deals this week so take advantage of the reduced price and order yours today!
My Card this week 2013 - larger sample at the end of this post
I have come along way in my card making as well as life's experiences. Today marks 15 years since I joined Stampin' Up! Back then you mailed in your Demonstrator Agreement and waited patiently for about 3 weeks for you kit to arrive. The kit had a few options but mostly it was pre selected items.
Now you can join Stampin' Up! within minutes via online Demonstrator Agreement. The kit is only $99, and you can choose everything (nothing is required). Typically your kit will arrive on your door step within a week. I wish everyone could have the amazing experiences that I have had over the past 15 years. Want to know more of how you can join the fun click here.
Not only have I built an amazing business the perks that have gone with it are really unbelievable.
I have traveled to so many amazing places, earned 12 Amazing Incentive Trips!
Hawaii (one cruise & one amazing land vacation)
Two Alaskan Cruises
Western Carribean Cruise
Western Rivera Cruise
Panama Canal Cruse
Southern Carribean Cruse
Disney World Boardwalk Resort Land Vacation
Fiji Sofitel Land Vacation
Not to mention all the US cities I have visited during Leadership and Conventions.
Here are a few memories in Pictures...
Hawaii Cruise 2003 What a dream come true!
Panama Canal - Wow can't believe we were really there!
Special Friendships, Missy and Me
Founders Circle - special trip for the Top 100 Demonstrator of the Year
A wonderful day in Fiji
The most amazing friendships!
The highest honor of serving on the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board. Our amazing retreat!
My Amazing Diva & Dudes Stampers Team!
I can not express all the joy, fulfillment, friendships and amazing lifestyle I have had since I join Stampin' Up! Give it some thought and if you would like to enrich your life beyond belief become a demonstrator today - you will never be sorry you did.
Another week has flown by, and it is time for another Technique How to. This weeks Reverse Spotlighting is a fun technique and one I think you will enjoy trying. It is quick and easy and no mess. This card was also part of the splitcoaststampers Tuesday's Color Challenge (CC440). Not too much chit chat tonight, I am running behind schedule and the night out in me is turning into a morning dove so I need to get to sleep soon.
I know it is only the middle of August - but for stampers this is the perfect time to begin stamping those Christmas Cards. There are many Christmas traditions, but the one I enjoy the most is sending cards. When I get a Christmas card I look at the card and then place it along with the letters in a basket. Then the week following Christmas I sit down with my favorite cup of tea and read through the letters. I love hearing how each family is growing, what friends and family far away have done in the past year.
Simply Stars is one that Stampin’ Up!’s concept artist Melody H. used to make this adorable framed art. It is one of her new favorite stamps. I hadn’t thought about it but she mentioned that a star is not overly feminine or masculine and can be used year-round for all your stamping projects. Check out post on the Stampin' Up! blog to read more about the project and also see another great idea.
Items used in this project: Single Stamp 134813, *Chevron Board Punch 32154, *Expression Thinlits Dies 132171, *Banner Simly Created Kit 132699, *can be found in the Holiday Catalog.
Love to have you pop over to my online store and see more awesome products.
The card sample today is made with a very speical stamp to me. While serving on the Advisory Board for Stampin' Up! we had the experience of being some of the first to try out carving stamps with the new Undefine Carving Kit. The little leaf on the card is stamped with the stamp I carved. Since we were sworn to secreacy, it was hard not to share the stamp I carved and I had to keep it tucked away so guests would not see it.
Remember this is my first attempt at carving! I can't wait to "carve" out some time to make some more. Just couldn't resist the pun!
Undefined Carving Kit
Undefined Refill Kit
Have you ever wanted a stamp but couldn’t find the perfect image? Maybe you have a special family logo or a sketch you’d like to have as a stamp. Well now you can! Undefined is Stampin’ Up!’s new stamp carving product line. You define the rubber stamp any way you want. Just click on the images and it will take you directly to my store. They are availabel to order now! So exciting.
To see some other fun ideas of what people have carved visit
Week 26 of the Technique How To, Video's features the Double Slider Card. This is a fun unique card called the Double Slider you will have as much fun making it as your recipient will when they open it. This card features the Stampin' Up! Kind & Cozy stamp set, and the Gingham Garden Specialty Designer Paper make an awesome pair. You won't want to miss out on having these as part of your stamping collection to create some special hand made cards.
This is part of my 52 week series of Technique How To. Watch the video and then try the technique yourself and make a small sample to put on the top/or the back of the technique booklet page.
The One Sheet Wonder has been around for years, it remains as popular today as it was when I first started stamping. At my Diva & Dude Stampers Spectacular Day we made 6 of the 10 cards of the one sheet. You can use a 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of cardstock that you have stamped randomly creating a background or use a piece of patterned paper which is what we did. One of the best One Sheet Wonder hand outs I have seen was created by Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Morris.
Here are the 10 cards I created using her template.
For my One Sheet Wonder Cards I choose the...
Gingham Garden Designer Paper,
The Flower Shop Stamp Set & Pansy Punch
Whisper White, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Cardstock
Pick out your favorite stamp set and designer paper and give this awesome technique a try. Or if you prefer stamp a random background to use as your One Sheet Wonder. Have you ever made a card using the One Sheet Wonder?
This week I wanted to create a hand stamped card to send to those who are not able to attend stamping classes but place online orders with me. I hopped over to the Monday MOJO Challenge to see what the layout was for this weeks card. It is always easier for me to start with a template to inspire me and get my creativity going.
Such fun and cheerful colors, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and the Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Paper. I finished it off with a little heart punched out of Strawberry Slush, and the flowers are punched with the Boho Blossom Punch. You can case this card and stamp your own sentiment. Need stamping supplies hop over to my online store and place your order. If you wish list is large you may qualify for Stampin' Rewards to choose free Stampin Up! Products. Happy Stamping!