Previous month:
January 2015
Next month:
March 2015

February 2015 posts

Good Things Come in Small Packages!

Hello Stampers,

It's Border Buddy Saturday and it's Alison here today!

Remember when we were little (or when our kids were little) and the best part of the present was the wrapping and the box it came in?  Well not much has changed.

At Leadership Conference, Stampin' Up! gave it's Leaders a beautiful gift of a Brighton Business Card Holder and I love it.  But secretly I was just as excited about the gorgeous box it came in.










Gift box Collage








Isn't this gorgeous?!  Now when someone asks me for a business card I'll have it in my purse and I can even tell them about the beautiful holder too.

It certainly has inspired me to make the container as beautiful as the gift inside.

Here are some other lovely "wrappings" to inspire you.

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 9.57.23 AM















Do you recognize this paper?  It's from the Sale-a-bration brochure and it's called Irresistibly Yours (item #138635).  Free with your $50 purchase. This white paper with a glossy white pattern is perfect for colouring using a variety of techniques.  The embossed images "pop" when you add colour!

Here's one more using the same paper.

  Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 8.51.50 AM










Want Stamps?

Click here to order from Alison in Canada       or click here to order froom Patsy in the US

Border buddies





Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Quick Tip Wednesday - Lining Up Your Stamps!

Hello Stampers,

It's a Quick Tip Wednesday and it's Alison here. Today I'm going to show you how to line up several stamps on one block making stamping easy and fast!

Painted petals



















 I received this awesome card at Leadership (sorry no name on the back) and I wanted to stamp it without having to spend a long of time lining up all the images (7 altogether). 
















Here's a card I made for the March Border Buddy classes (Sneak Peek) and it was so much easier lining up all the images on one block, as opposed to stamping them each individually.

So I came up with a solution and I've shared it in the following video - Enjoy!

 Click here to view video!

Want Stamps?

Click here to order from Alison in Canada       or click here to order from Patsy in the US Quick Tip

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

A Happy Thing stamp set, receive it Free!

Hello Stampers,

Border Buddies Saturday, Patsy Here. 

A Happy Thing Saleabration stamp set

Happiness is going to the mail and finding an envelope that you know holds a hand-stamped card. Recently I received this beautiful card along with a sweet note sent by Diva Pam Tobey who is a demonstrator and a member of my team, Diva & Dude Stampers.  Even though she lives states away I hold her dear in my  heart.   She used the exclusive Sale-A-Bration stamp set "A Happy Thing" and coloring the lemon with the Daffodil Delight Blendabilities.

Stampin' Up! Video Masking Technique with A Happy Thing


You are going to love today's video featuring my dear friend Bonnie Thurber Farley.  Bonnie is from the Stampin' Up! home office and is smart, funny, creative and caring.  She is going to show you the masking technique along with the blendabilities.  They always say a picture is worth a thousand words and I agree.  A video is the next best thing to seeing it in person.  

If you are in a reader and the video is included Click here for the Video.


Have you ever, even for just a minute, considered joining Stampin' Up! 
Great discounts, exclusive offers and more?

Both Alison and I will welcome you with open arms and hearts with no pressure, just great support.

Alison has a great team in Canada called "Canada Ink Ups!"

Click here to contact Alison for more information

Already know it's for you in the Canada click here

In the US join my team "Diva & Dude Stampers!"

Click here to contact Patsy for more information

Already know it's for you in the US click here


Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Learn more about this exclusive free item, Lotus Blossom Stamp Set.

2-21 lotus blossom stampin up stamp set (2)

Have you seen the exclusive Sale-a-bration items you can earn for free?*

The three step Lotus Blossom Stamp Set is one of the exclusive Sale-a-brations items. You won't want to miss adding this stamp set to your collection.  It my customer's #1 choice.  *Free with qualifying order.

Click here for more details on Sale-a-brations.

Stamping Video

I am so excited to share with you a video from the Stampin' Up! home office showing how easy three stamp stamping is and the amazing results.



Here I have stamped the lotus flower in Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.   I used the #2 stamp to stamp the background using Coastal Cabana Classic Ink on Coastal Cabana cardstock for a tone on tone look.

2-21 lotus blossom stampin up stamp set


Throw Back Thursday

Two step stamping

It is also Throw Back Thursday so we can't miss taking a look back in time. 

Click here to check out my  April 2, 2013 blog post featuring this card and video Technique How To Week 9 Two-Step Stamping. 

The only thing better than Two-Step is Three Step!

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Treat your guests

Butterfly Basics Stamp Set Treats Holders

Treats your guests will never forget!

Do you have an event or a few friends coming over and you would like to make them feel special?  A cello bag, tag and bow can make a simple muffin seem out of the ordinary.  


I baked up some muffins, placed them in Stampin' Up!'s food safe Gusseted Cello Bags that are 4" x 10".   These are clear sturdy bags that are great for treats and gifts.  

Butterfly Basics Stamp Set

Twice a year I treat my team members who have reached specific achievements to a special day.   Those that live far away have the option to RSVP to receive the Make & Takes from the day.  

More an more of my team members live far away so I am finding new ways to connect with them. 

If you enjoy stamping and love a discount on Stampin' Up! products, email me to see how you can join my team and be a part of the amazing Diva & Dude Stampers!

Free Tutorial of today's project

Download Tag Topper Tutorial Butterfly Basics


Don't forget Every Tuesday is Stampin' Up!'s Weekly Deals!

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Stepped Up Swap using Painted Petals

Hello Stampers,












It's Border Buddy Saturday - Alison Here!

It was awesome to see my Border Buddy Patsy in Orlando at the Stampin' Up! Leadership conference.  I didn't manage to get a picture together though - how the heck did that happen?

Today I wanted to share one of my swap cards using the Painted Petals stamp set.  It's one of the stamp sets featured in February's Border Bundle class - learn how you can make them in class or earn them free by making an online purchase - read about it here!





















Can you spot the difference between this card and the close up one above?  It's the same card except I stepped it up a little but adding Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  You can learn this technique by watching my video.

Video for Faux Diamond Dust Technique

Want Stamps?

Click here to order from Alison in Canada       or click here to order froom Patsy in the US

Border buddies


Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Quick and Easy Card Template

Butterfly basic stampin up stamp set

Three reasons I love clean and simple styled cards.

  1. Quick and easy
  2. Classic look
  3. Duplicatable

You and I both have busy lives and not always enough time to stamp as much as we would like to.  Most clean and simple hand stamped cards are quicker to make than going to the store and buying a card.   They are pleasing to the eye and while quick and simple people will think you fussed.

Stamping Tip... Find a go to card template when time is limited.   


Card template

Today's Birthday card was designed using my go to template.   Just take your 5 1/2" x 11" cardstock fold in half. 

  • Add a coordinating square piece of cardstock.
  • You can vary the size of the square. 
  • Sometimes the square is stamped and sometimes I use a Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper. 
  • The banner can be made with cardstock or try an alternative ribbon in it's place. 
  • Then stamp your focal point and place in the upper right hand corner of the square.

And you have a awesome quick and easy, clean and simple card that looks like your fussed!

Here are the measurements for the card:

  • The card base is 5 ½” x 11”
  • The Blackberry Bliss Matt 4” x 5 ¼”
  • The square 3” x 3”
  • The Happy Birthday Banner 1” x 3”

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

2015 Stampin' Up! Leadership

Best Day Ever!

Best Day Ever Stampin Up
Last week I spent three great days at the 2015 Stampin' Up! Leadership in Orlando, Florida.  At registration we received these great bags with our stamping kits, stamp sets and more!


2015 leadership bag inside

I love the Bermuda Bay striped lining.  I can think of many things I will be able to use this bag for.

One of my favorite things at leadership are the great samples to look at. While the sample I am sharing are featured in the flyer there is nothing like seeing them in person!  



You do not want to miss the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack one of our exclusive Sale-a-bration products you can earn free with a qualifying order.  The pack includes: Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry and Coastal Cabana buttons, 4 of each color in 2 sizes along with...



coordinating 1/4" polyester ribbon 5 yards each. 


Saleabrations designer paper

Another great Sale-a-bration product is the Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper used in this card.  It coordinates with the Accessory Pack the greeting on this card is from the Best Day Ever Stamp Set also a Sale-a-ration Product.  So many great items to choose from with your qualifying orders. 

Best Day Ever stamp set

The stamp set comes in all three options:

  • Wood
  • Clear Mount
  • Photopolymer. 

Click here to learn more about how you can earn these free products.

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

See What You Can Do With the Boho Blossom Punch

2-7 Bordering Blooms closeup
Border Buddies Saturday, Patsy here...

I hope you find some time to stamp this weekend.  I wanted to share with you this clean and simple card using the photopolymer Bordering Bloom stamp set and how to create this 3D flower using the Stampin' Up! Boho Blossom Punch and some Lost Lagoon Cardstock.

Stampin' Up! punches are top quality and will last for years to come.  They take a a lot of punching and mine are proof of that since I use them for classes and team events making them punching thousands of times.  They are also exclusive to Stampin' Up! and many are designed to work perfectly with coordinating stamp sets.


2-7 Bordering Blooms

 Stampin' Up! colors used Early Espresso and Lost Lagoon and the flower is accented with the Antique Brads.  

Watch Today's Video to see how to create this cute little 3D flower using the Boho punch.  And don't forget it's Sale-a-brations!  Watch the video for details on how to making this card.

Making Paper Flowers Click here to view


Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog


Click here to order from Alison in Canada       or click here to order froom Patsy in the US



Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y

Throw Back Thursday - Fun Fold Butterfly Card

2-5 butterflies thinlits

Stamping Technique How To

Today's Throw Back Thursday is a like Week 32 of the 52 Week Series of Technique How To it is the Fun Fold Gate card without the gate.

  1. Card Base 4 1/4" x 11" peice of Bermuda Bay - Score at 2 3/4" & 8 1/4"
  2. Blackberry Bliss matt is 2 3/4' X 3 3/4"
  3. Whisper White cardstock is 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  4. The Daffodil Delight Butterfly is cut out with the middle sized butterfly in the Butterflies Thinlits
  5. The Celebrate is from the Many More stamp set, stamped in Tuxedo Black and cut out with the Bitty Banners Framelits and adhere with a dimensional.
  6. Topped it off with a Jewel Basic Rhinestone for the butterfly head.

Remember to only attach the Blackberry Bliss Matt to the left hand side of the card !

Click here to take you to all the weeks in the 52 Week Series of Technique How To

I think the Bermuda Bay Card Base with the Blackberry Bliss and Daffodil Delight is a striking color combination.  What is your favorite color combination right now?  Mine changes almost every week.

Current Host Code FZZCKC7Y