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Step Up Stampin' Blue Ribbon Birthday!

Hello Stampers,

I'm not sure where the time goes but it has flown by these past two weeks and it's time for another Step Up! Stampin' episode and it's my turn (Alison here!)

We also usually have a video for you but I'm in the middle of a renovation of my house and there isn't a square inch that doesn't have drywall, 2 x 4's, paint and other stuff piled up. soon as I can video it and post it I will - my goal is by the weekend.

In the meantime here are my Step Up! Stampin' cards for this week.


This is a cute card on it's own.  It uses the Blue Ribbon stamp set, some DSP and an embossing folder.  You could easily take it down a notch and not emboss the piece of vanilla in the background.

So, let's Step It Up! a bit...


In this version I've added a doily behind the ribbon - it just gives it a little bit more pizzaz and then I finished it off with some rhinestones.  You could add some ribbon too if you wanted as a final touch.


Click here for PDF instructions!



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Wow Cards, You can do it too!

You can do it too!

So many of you comment on how you love my style, I always appreciate your kind and thoughtful comments.  Everyone has a style and mine is most often clean and simple, quick and easy but looks like I fussed.  I want you to know you can do it too!

Perfect Pennants 1

Today's hand stamped card featuring all Stampin' Up! products...

starts with the one of the colors I didn't think we needed Smoky Slate  Wow was I wrong.  This color compliments so many of the Stampin' Up! colors and give it just the right touch.

Starting with our Whisper White Card Base (5 1/2" x 8 1/2") and adhering the Smoky Slate (4 x 5 1/4") card stock to your card base front.  Often times it is nice to add a paper ribbon verses a fabric ribbon for several reasons.

Top Three Reasons to use a paper ribbon!

  1. You can have any color or pattern if you use a designer paper.

  2. Flat for easy mailing

  3. No limits except paper you have on hand (and if you are like me and a paper hoarder you won't have any issue finding the perfect one for you paper ribbon.

I love the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch for creating my paper ribbons.  You can also use it under a piece of card stock to give a scalloped edge look. 

Adding some Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper (one of my favorites!) to the front of the card front off set from the center to the left.  Adding your Island Indigo paper ribbon horizontally about an inch from the top of the card.  

Perfect Pennants 2

The Island Indigo mat is 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 and the Smoky Slate I ran through The Big Shot with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder which will be featured in the New 2014-2015 Annual Catalog.  I then stamped the "LIfe doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful" from the Perfect Pennants stamp set and cut it out with the Circle Collections Framelit and adhered it to the center of the Smoky Slate.

Perfect Pennants Flower
The flower frp the Flower Shop stamp set, I stamped with Versa Mark ink and embossed with Pool Party embossing powder and punched out with the Pansy Punch.  The small flower from Petite Petals is stamped the same way and punched out with the coordinating punch.  The finishing touch is an Antique Brad in the center of the flower.  

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Hello Stampers,

It's Border Buddy Saturday again and it's me, Alison, this week!

My kids used to say this all the time - "snooze, you lose" the case of the retiring Stamps and Accessories from Stampin' Up! this is especially true.  In previous years the accessories have always been offered While Supplies Last, but for the first time the same applies to our stamps!

AND they are selling out FAST - 56 are gone already, as of today.

Here are some of my favourite ones.  I'll be sad to see them go!










The beautiful card on the right was made by my friend Sue Farrant and the tulips are from Backyard Basics, which sold out the first day!


Both these cards use the "Stampin' Around Wheel" called Shop Around.  I LOVE this wheel but I peeled it off the wheel and glued it to the Clear-Mount Cling Foam to create a regular stamp.  So much easier to stamp using an acrylic block.  PLUS each of the little squares/rectangles can be cut out and used individually, making this a really versatile stamp!


This fabulous card was made by Sandi McIver and I received it in a swap.  Collage and vintage are my favourite designs and Clockworks makes it easy!



Lastly is a card using Creative Elements and was created by Laura Barto.  I LOVE how Laura used a flower set to create a Christmas themed card - isn't that clever?


If you love these stamps sets as much as I do you need to hurry and order them before they are gone forever (or at least until you have to pay four times the price for them on an auction site!).



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Stampin' Up! Free Shipping & Retired Lists Are Out!


Flower Shop stamps
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OMG is all I can say, Typepad Blogs have been down all over the world wide web for the past 4 days.  On again and off again.  Monday was such an important day, with the Stampin' Up! retired lists out and also FREE SHIPPING started and only lasts until April 25.  No order too big or too small!  

I love seeing what is going to retire and what is staying.  

My Top Three Surprises are...

  1. Dazzling Diamonds (OMG this has been in the catalog since I started 16 years ago, not sure how I will live without it - good thing a little goes a long way)
  2. Needle Point Border Embossing Folders (I pull these out so often --- looking forward to see what they have in store to replace them!)
  3. 3/8" Taffeta Ribbons (Those are my personal  favorite ribbons --- hoping they are not discontinuing them all together - hoping for some more awesome colors!  A girl can dream can't she?).

Today's Card Inspiration...

Flower Shop Stamp Set

Again so sorry that the blogsite is unavailable. I want to thank you for subscribing to my blog and being a faithful reader!  Without you I couldn't share what I love!

I just didn't want you to miss out on all the exciting things this morning.  Including one of my favorite cards I stamped this week.  Once in a while I go "yes!" and this card was just that.  I wanted to create a special card for a special friend.  Looking forward to popping it in the mail today.  

Supply List:

Stamp Sets:
Feel Goods -131916 wood mount
Feel Goods -129684 clear mount
Flower Shop 130939 wood mount; 132727 bunle (stamp set & coordinating punch)
Flower Shop 130942 clear mount; 132726 bundle (stamp set & coordinating punch)
Petite Petals - 133152 wood mount; 134821 bundle (stamp set & coordinating punch)
Petite Petals - 133155 clear mount; 134822 bundle (stamp set & coordinating punch)

101650 Very Vanilla
131199 Crushed Curry
131201 Pear Pizzazz
131390 Afternoon Picnic (retiring and only available while supplies last)

130698 Pansy Punch
133322 Petite Petals Punch
129383 Needle Point Embossing Folder (retiring and only available while supplies last) 
127019 Large Scallop Framelits
130932 Candy Dots Regals

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Perfect Pennants and Banner Framelits Bundle

  Border Buddies Bundles

Border Buddy Saturday, I'm here today on my Birthday! I am excited to share with you one of our great bundles available.  The Perfect Pennants & Banner Framelits Bundles.  I created this card (using a tip, I share at the end of this post) making the banner longer.  Here is a video from the home office of Stampin' Up! with one of my favorite peeps Brandi Barnard telling you more about this awesome bundle.


Often times when a new stamp set with coordinating framelits comes out, Stampin' Up! bundles them saving your 15%.   More than likely when the new catalog comes out in June they will no longer be bundled.  I always have a few procrastinators out there who think, they will wait till later.  When they go to place their order and they are no longer bundled they go from...       

Happy face            TO           Sad face

Don't let that happen to you

Click here to see all the Bundles available to you right now!  

When the retired list comes out Monday, April 21, EVERYTHING retiring is only whiles supplies last, so you won't want to wait to long.  I can't bear seeing your unhappy face.

  Sample Longer Tag

Tip of the day... Want a longer banner than what is available in the Banner Framelits?

  1. Cut the cardstock the same width as the banner.
  2. Place it in the framelit as shown in the picture.
  3. Run through the Big Shot with the one end over the top of the framelit.
  4. You can make them as long or short as you wish!  

Hope you enjoyed today's border bundle would love to have share by commenting what is your favorite bundle you have or which one is on your wish list?

In the US Shop with Me!

In Canada shop with my border buddy Alison!

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Step Up Stampin' What's your vote?

It's Border Buddies Step Up Stampin' Wednesday, where Alison and I bring you a stepped up card every other Wednesday.  It's my turn this week and I am going to share with you a card I made featuring the Apothecary and Oval Framelit collections.  If you don't have a Big Shot it really is something you should consider adding to your Stampin' Up! wish list.  You will never be SORRY!

2014-04-03 19.25.55This is the basic card and if you want to "Step it Up" you can add more to create this card...


Step up stampin 3

Add some embossing with the Strips Embossing Folder, a butterfly from the Beautiful Wings Embosslit, a little faux stitching using the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack.  

Which one gets your vote?


Here is a quick video on how to make this card, don't forget to download the free PDF Tutorial with all the supplies and measurements.


Download Step Up Stampin' Free PDF Tutorial 

400 Border Buddies

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Is it Better to Give than to Receive?

Hello Stampers,

It's Border Buddy Saturday and Alison here this week with the age old question "To be or not to be" - whoops I mean "Is it Better to Give than to Receive?"  I would say both are wonderful and this week I want to share two cards - one was received by me and the other will be given by me.

First to the Receive (maybe this is better?)



I received this absolutely beautiful card in the mail this week from Stampin' Up! Canada to recognize my 12th year as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  It was made by an anonymous stamper from Canada!  It is a WOW!  Here's the inside:



Super special right?  The back is stamped with "Handmade by your fellow demonstrators" - pretty amazing!

The "give" card is actually for members of my team - they participated in a challenge during Sale-a-bration and if they met the targets they were invited to a special Achiever's Day today!  We'll have a stamping project (which I will share on my blog after everyone has received them), food, games and a prize.  This is the card they will each receive either by mail or in person at the event.  I CASED this card from page 17 in the Catalogue - just changed out the greeting!  Do you think they'll like it?  I hope so!


So, is it better to give than to receive?  I think when it comes to a handmade card or gift BOTH are better!  Please share your cards with someone in your life - getting a handstamped card in the mail really does make someone's day special!


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Stippled Blossom Stamp Set & Core' dinations Paper

  Stippled Blossoms Stamp Set

There are so many amazing products in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog and it seems there is just never enough time to highlight some of the items you may have overlooked.  I wanted to share with you the  Core’dinations paper in case you have missed it.  It is easy to do with so many awesome products.  The Core’dinations paper is a sandable cardstock that can give you a great distressed antique look. 

  • It comes in all of our Stampin’ Up! Colors
  • Is sold in Assorted Packages of 12 x 12
  • 40 Sheets 4 of each of 10 colors
  • 80 Lbs. Card Stock
  • Acid free, lignin free
  • One side is textured and one side is smoothWwhen you tear it the inside has a monochromatic layer to help give it that distressed vintage look. 

Stipple Blossom Stamp Set 2

Today’s Card features Pool Party Core’dinations teamed up with the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper and Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock.  The flower is stamped with the Stippled Blossom Two-Step Stamp Set in Crisp Cantaloupe and the leaves are stamped with Wild Wasabi Classic Ink.  Two step stamps have always been one of my favorite type of stamps, giving so much dimension to a card.    


Here is a video with Shannon West from the Stampin’ Up! Home office sharing with you the features of the Core’dinations Card Stock. 

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Make a Wish Hand Stamped Birthday Card

If I could make a wish during my Birthday Month,  I would wish that all mankind could live in peace and harmony.   If I could have a 2nd wish I would wish that everyone could experience making just one hand stamped card and sending it to someone.  Think if everyone in the US & Canada made a card and mailed it. 

  1. It would bring happiness to an ordinary day for millions of people (both the sender and receiver).
  2. It would give a sense of accomplishment and success while creating the card.
  3. It would increase snail mail deliver providing mail people job security.

When I first joined Stampin' Up! I didn't realize how my "new" stamping job would change me and the world around me.  Words can not even describe it.  

So today while I can't mail you all a card I will share today's creation inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA198).  It is a color challenge (Old Olive, Summer Starfruit & Pool Party). As I started to create the card I realized that the Stampin' Up! Soho Subway Designer Series Paper had the perfect piece with a mixture of all those colors.  The Soho paper is definitely one of those you have to see to appreciate.

PPA198 Perfect Pennants Stamp Set

  • The cardbase is Old Olive Cards stock 4 1/4 x 11 folded in half.  
  • I think cut the designer paper 4 x 5 1/4 and placed on the front of the card.  
  • I stamped the Make a Wish sentiment in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla Cardstock and cut it out with the Circle Framelit Dies.
  • I stamped it again with Early Espresso on Summer Starfruit and punched out the "A" with 1/2" circle punch.  
  • Cutting a small strip of Summer Star Fruit creating a paper ribbon and laying over the center of the sentiment and adhering the "A" with a Dimensional.  
  • The strips Old Olive & Pool Party are 1/2" wide and the Pool Party I ran through the Big Shot with the cross stitch from the Needle Point Border Texture Embossing Folders.
  • Then I embellished it with a Antique Brad.  A very quick and easy card to create for a Birthday Wish

Hope you enjoyed today's card share.  Would love to hear your ideas how a hand stamped card can change a life.  Leave a comment (kind of hard to find but click on the tinny comments at the very end of the post - below the share buttons).  Thanks for stopping by stamping friends.  I have an awesome card to share Wednesday so don't miss it!

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