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Border Buddies - Snuggles & Smooches Photopolymer Stamp Set!

Hello Stampers,

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

Have you noticed the Photopolymer stamps that were released each month until recently?  They aren't in the catalog but they are available for a minimum of six months from the time they are released.

One of my favorites is the Snuggles & Smooches stamp set.

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It's not just for Valentine's either - check out those swiggles - perfect for so many cards!


Here are three cards I received at Leadership this year - aren't they fun?!

Here are the other Photopolymer Stamps that aren't in the catalog but are available for purchase!



Bonus Ordering Day June 2 - you can order from all 3 Catalogs!

  • The 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! Catalog
  • The 2015 Occasions Catalog
  • The New 2015-2016 Catalog


 Remember everything from the 2014-2015 & Occasions catalog are only while supplies last and ends June 2!


Want Stamps?

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

Border buddies




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Moon Lake & One Tag Fits All, Last Call

It is last call for Moon Lake & One Tag Fits All Stamp Sets that are featured in the 2015 Occasions Catalog.  These sets are only available until Tuesday June 2.

Both of today's card samples are from a Card Swap I participated in.  A card swap is where you stamp a certain number of cards all the same and swap them with other stampers.  We all have  different styles of stamping and it is a great way to get a variety of cards.

Moon Lake Stamp Set

Sometimes people steer away from stamps that look like there is going to be some fussy coloring.  This stamp set looks great just stamped and in most any color with out any additional coloring.  I am sorry I don't remember who I received this card from in the swap, but I love the layout and the Chevron Ribbon accent.

Moon lake stamp set

Are you always looking for the perfect set for stamping masculine card, well you need look no further!  Moon Lake stamp set comes in Clear Mount 138540 or Wood Mount 137149.

One Tag Fits All Stamp Set
This card is made with the One Tag Fits All stamp set.  I received this card in the card swap also from Brenda Cardinal.   Love the pop of color against the black.One tag fits all stamp set

This fun set has a coordinating Tag Punch - the punch will be available in the new catalog but not the stamp set.  It is a versatile all occasions set.  One Tag Fits All stamp set comes in Clear Mount 138583 or Wood Mount 137143.

Bonus Ordering Day June 2 - you can order from them all...

  • The 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! Catalog
  • The 2015 Occasions Catalog
  • The New 2015-2016 Catalog

 Remember everything from the 2014-2015 & Occasions catalog are only while supplies last and ends June 2!


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Too Kind and Gifts of Kindness Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets

Too Kind Stamp Set

After today the Too Kind Stamp Set & Gifts of Kindness are only while supplies last!   This card is made with the Too Kind Stamp Set, I love this clean and simple card using the flower stamp to create an interesting background on the bottom half of the card front. 

Too Kind Stamp Set

Clear Mount (red rubber) 130450 Price: $14.95

Wood Mount 130447 Price: $19.95

"The two stems and several blossoms give you creative freedom to layer and make your Two-Step flowers just the way you want them."

The neat Thick Baker's Twine adds a nice finishing touch.
It is 3/16" wide and you get 15 yds and at an awesome discount 50% off!

Pistachio pudding thick bakers twine

Pistachio Pudding

135635 Price: $3.50 $1.75

Strawberry Slush bakers twine

Strawberry Slush

135637 Price: $3.50 $1.75

Gifts of Kindness Stamp Set

Gifts of Kindness

Gifts of Kindness Stamp Set, has great greetings for both the outside and inside of your card.  While the Strawberry Slush cardstock and ink pad are already sold out, the new Watermelon Wonder soon to be released in the new catalog will be a great substitute.  

Gifts of Kindness Stamp Set

Clear Mount 130444 Price: $18.95

Wood Mount 130441 Price: $25.95

Bonus Ordering Day June 2 - you can order from all 3 Catalogs!

  • The 2014-2015 Stampin' Up! Catalog
  • The 2015 Occasions Catalog
  • The New 2015-2016 Catalog


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Stampin' Up! Decorative Label Quick Tip Technique

Border Buddies Saturday and it's my turn to post today.

I am always amazed at the number of ways people find to use a punch.  Susan Campfield a Minnesota demonstrator recently showed how to make windows with the Note Tag Punch.  Since I do not have that punch (yes I know it is hard to believe I don't own everything!) I decided to try it with the Decorative Label Punch and I think it looks pretty cool.

Decorative Label Punch Window Card

The card base is Daffodil Delight 5 1/2" x 11". 

The Whisper White mat is 4" x 5 1/4"

The Real Red Cardstock is cut a 3 5/16" x 3 5/16"  It is important to cut the square the correct measurement.  If you have a hard time knowing where 5/16" is it is one little line past the 1/4" mark. 

Click here to view the really quick tip video how I created the window with the Decorative Label Technique.   

I corner rounded the edges and also ran it through the Big Shot using the Decorative Dots Embossing folder

Decorative Label Punch Window Card

The flower vases are stamped in Tuxedo Black using the Vivid Vases Stamp.  I then colored them in with the Stampin' Write Markers (Soft Sky, Real Red, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight).    The ribbon is the Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon.

Itty Bitty Accents Punched Flowers

The little flowers are punched out with the Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack (the flower punch). I colored the pearls with a yellow Sharpie Marker.  Love to customize our pearls.

Thanks for stopping by I hope you enjoyed today's quick tip!

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Alison & Patsy


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New Designer Series Paper Share!


Exciting News!  I am going to offer my customers a Designer Series Paper Share!  Here is a sneak peak of one of the papers that will be included in the share.  Details of the share below*.

Friendly wishes stamp set

This card is features the fun Bohemian Designer Series Paper.  It was stamped by a fellow Stampin' Up! Incentive trip earner Janet Munden.   Tom and I enjoyed spending some time with Janet and her hubby Jerry exploring the Hawaiian Island of Oahu last week. 

Friendly Wishes stamp set 2

The stamped sentiment is from the Friendly Wishes stamp set that will be in the new Stampin' Up! catalog that goes live June 2.   The Bohemian Designer Series Paper coordinates with Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Island Indigo, Delightful Dijon, Rich Razzleberry and Very Vanilla.  The papers are so much more amazing in person!

Designer Series Paper Share

  • When you can’t afford to buy it all!  You buy a share of the Designer Series Paper.
  •  You will get a 4" x 6" piece of each of the new designer series papers as listed below*.
  • 110 in all for only $34.50 includes shipping to you. 

 Just click here to fill out the form to sign Up!  Spaces Limited!

  1. Fill out the form
  2. Receive Email confirmation of your spot in the share. 
  3. Once the share is full (after May 26) I will send out a Paypal Invoice*
  4. On June 2nd I will place the order for the designer paper.
  5. When the Paper arrives I will cut, repackage and ship it off to you!

**You do not need a Paypal account to make your payment – just an email address – credit/debit card is all you need – it is very easy!

Paper Included

Specialty Designer Series Paper

6 – 4” x 6” pieces of single sided

  • Color Me Irresistible 138439

Designer Series Papers

6 – 4” x 6” piece of double sided per package

  • Everyday Chick 138445
  • Bohemian 138446
  • English Garden 138440
  • Farmers Market 138448
  • Sweet Li'l Things 138447
  • Merry Moments 138450
  • Timeless Elegance 138444
  • Schoolhouse 138187

Paper Stacks

12 – 3” x 6” double sided pieces per package

  • Go Wild 138441
  • Cherry on Top 138443
  • Pretty Petals 138442

Paper Stack

20 – 4” x 6” double sided pieces per package

  • 2015–2017 New In-Color Paper Stack 138432

This offer only good through Patsy Waggoner, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

So excited for some fun new paper!


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Stampin' Up! Single Stamp Vivid Vases

Stampin' Up! has a selection of single stamp sets that can be purchased individually. 

Vivid Vases is one of the single stamps featured in this years catalog and is not retiring, Yah! 

Stampin' Up! Vivid vases stamp set

While it might seem you need to color this image since it is a outline stamp just stamping it in black works or highlighting with just a little color like I did in this card.

I used Stampin' Up Colors...

  • Soft Sky
  • Basic Black
  • Whisper White. 

I colored the flowers using a Blendar Pen and Soft Sky refill.   I just open up the Stampin' Ink Pad and put a drop of the refill in the cover and dab my blender pen in and start coloring.  A great option for those who do not have the Stampin' Write Markers.

Stampin' Up! Subtles Designer Buttons

The accent is a button from the Subtles Designer Buttons along with the Whisper White Bakers Twine.

A package contains, 75 buttons: 4 each of 3 styles in 6 colors. Overall measurements: 11/16", 7/16", and 5/16".

Be sure and stop back on Saturday for a really cool tip!  


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Happy Blooming Birthday Card - Yellow, Black and White

When I started this post and looking at the colors of the card, a song came into my mind.  "Jesus Loves the little children all the children of the World, red and yellow black and white, they are precious in his sight".  Did any of you sing that song as a child?  While it has nothing really to do with the card I will be singing that song in my head the rest of the day. 

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set 2
I recently attended a fun event in Minneapolis were Stampin' Up! demonstrators gathered together to share creative and business ideas.  One of the swap cards my downline received was a yellow, black and white card.  We commented on how stunning it was.  So when I got home I decided to create a card using these colors and here is my creation.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set

I wish ever stamp set had coordinating punch!  Beautiful Bunch has a great coordinating Fun Flower punch to go with it so you don't have to do any fussy cutting.   The yellow ribbon (oh no, another song in my head, can you guess what it is, LOL?)   My daughter-in-law says is everything have a song with you and I guess she is right.  Back to the yellow ribbon it is the Daffodil Delight seam binding which makes such a great ribbon it lies flatter for easy mailing. 

Music notes

Well that's all for today - I am sure you now have a song singing in your head too!


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Border Buddy Saturday - Perfect Blend

Hello Stampers,

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

The title of my post today is two-fold - one it defines the relationship I have with my Border Buddy, Patsy Waggoner; we are truly the Perfect Blend!  AND  it's the name of one of my favourite retiring stamp sets - Perfect Blend.  This set is perfect for so many occasions and it's so reasonable priced too!


I love this card made by my friend Liane Binder - Liane used the bottom of her favourite coffee cup (Tim Horton's in Canada) and pressed it lightly to the stamp pad to make the rings of coffee.  SO clever.  And the sentiment definitely describes Patsy and I!


I'm so lucky to be the Leader of an awesome team of demonstrators in Canada (Liane is one of my group too!) and several of us are involved in monthly swaps.  This card is by my team member Elaine Paget.  Perfect for anyone in your life, especially a man who loves coffee.  Did you catch the coffee filter as one of the elements on this card?


This card is one I received as part of a Convention swap from Becky Roberts.  I love how Becky stamped the cup on designer paper and cut it out and then created a Java sleeve where she stamped the sentiment.

I hope these samples have inspired you and if they have you better "nip along quickly" and order it from Patsy (US) or I (Canada) before it's gone forever on May 31st (or while supplies last after May 24).


Here's a link to our store for the stamps:


Want Stamps?

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Top Ten Diva & Dude Stampers Card

Each month I hand stamp 10 cards to send out to the Top Ten Demonstrators in sales on my team.   It is just a little something to let them know I see what an amazing job they are doing sharing their love of stamping.

Top Ten

Here is the card I sent to the Top Ten for April.  I cased this card from Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Lyssa Zowlanek.  We saw this technique of stamping on the Typeset Designer Paper at the Stampin' Up! Convention.  We learn so many new and fun ideas when we attend Stampin' Up! events. 

Stampin Up Gold basic metal buttons www.stampstodiefor

Stampin' Up! Basic Gold Metal Buttons
These are my all time favorite buttons.  "Use these buttons with caution—you may not be able to stop looking at them long enough to finish your project."  

Each package contains:  32 buttons. 8 ea. of 4 sizes: 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4".   They are a great finishing touch to most any project.  They also come in silver.

Stampin up typeset designer series paper 2
Stampin' Up! Typeset Designer Series Paper
 24 sheets: 4 ea. of 6 double-sided designs. 12" x 12". Acid free, lignin free. Basic Black, Very Vanilla.


Enjoying another Wonderful Day in Hawaii!  Want to see some highlights of our trip Click Here to hop over to my Facebook Page and stay up to date!

Throwback Thursday click here to walk down memory lane of our previous Stampin' Up! trips to Hawaii


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Hawaii Here We Come: Stampin' Up! 2015 Incentive Trip

Today is the day we will be flying over the Pacific to the wonderful Hawaiian Islands.  I had a dream once to visit Hawaii. Never did I dream I would visit three times and all expenses paid for two by Stampin' Up! 

It is also the day my Mom was born, she would have been 84 today.  She would have loved to taken another trip with us.  While she never stamped she did love Stampin' Up! She purchased lots of glossy cardstock to make cards on her computer and every color of glitter to embellish them with and lots of two way glue.

Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Hawaii 2015

My travel documents arrived a few weeks ago and it is always so fun to see what they have put together.  It also makes the trip finally feel for real!

Luggage tags hawaii stampin up 015

I think these are the largest luggage tags yet!  This will by my 13th incentive trip.  Stampin' Up! pays for everything for me and a guest (including airport transfers and tips).   Of course my dear husband Tom has been my guest. 


If you want to see what I am up to while in Hawaii just hop over to my Facebook page and like it to get Hawaii Updates as they happen.  Click here or the image above to visit the page.

Flower Patch stamp set

Today I would like to share a card that makes me think Hawaii!  Using the Flower Patch photopolymer stamp set to create a background.  It was a bit brighter than I wanted so I placed a piece of vellum cardstock over the top to soften the look.  This stamp set has a coordinating framelit set "Flower Fair Framelits" to cut out the flower perfectly - no fussy cutting!  Purchase the stamp set and framelits together and save 15%.

Here are the Stampin' Up! Products used to create this card.

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