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Your Presents...not just for Christmas!

Hello Stampers,

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

Your presents birthday 1b

I'm sure by now you know that Patsy & I offer FREE cards to our customers who place orders online in our store.  Just for placing an order in our store we send you an 8 page handout with supply lists and full instructions for our Border Buddy cards of the month. 

In December our sets will be Your Presents and Winter Wishes - both sets are awesome for Christmas and the holidays but did you know that they are also great for other occasions too like birthdays? If you place an online order in December with either Patsy (US) or I (Canada) you'll get these instructions free by email.  AND if your order is $50 or more you'll also receive handmade cards in the mail too!

Patsy's Border Buddy Free Cards
Alison's Border Buddy Free Cards

Here's a Christmas card using the set but I've used non traditional colours for this card.  I love the Mint Macaroon colour and it's soft and beautiful on this card.

Your presents joy

You can add so much to take a simple card to WOW.  In this card the strips of vellum, Silver Glimmer Paper and the 1/8" Striped Ribbon just make the simple stamped elements pop!

Your Presents ornaments

I hope you'll look at Your Presents and see ways you can use the set for cards beyond the Christmas season.  And remember place your online orders in December to receive your free card instructions!  I can't wait to show you what I've come up with for non-Christmas cards using this adorable stamp set!

Here are the supplies used in the cards and the Border Buddy stamp sets for December!

Want Stamps?

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

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Stampin' Up Traveler Stamp Set - Sailing Away

Traveler stamp set #stampinup card6

This ship is from the Stampin' Up! Traveler stamp Set.  It reminds me of the Holiday America Ships that Stampin' Up! Chartered for several of our Stampin' Up!  Incentive Trips.  We would have the entire ship to ourselves can you imagine.  


Our very first trip with Stampin' Up! the 2003 Hawaii Incentive Trip we cruised the Hawaiian Islands and to the Fanning Islands - simply amazing!

Hawaii 2003 Stampin Up Incentive trip

We have always had a balcony room and on several occasions had suites.   I will admit the first time I wanted to sleep in my life jacket as I was a bit apprehensive about the wide blue water.  But now I think I might be a cruise addict.


Traveler stamp set #stampinup card 2

This card is a bit more subtle and is topped off with the new Classy Designer Buttons and a little Linen Thread.


Reflection stamping technique

I was going to try an explain how I did the refection on the water - but I think I will just show you.

Click Here to watch video on how to create a reflection with your stamp.

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Stampin' Up! Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set

Scerene Silhouettes stamp set #stampinup

This is one of the cards featured in the Annual Catalog (pg. 109)  and stamped by one of the Stampin' Up! concept artists using the Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set.  The catalog is filled with great art work and when I first started stamping the catalog was the only place for me to find inspiration.  There were no stamping blogs and no card ideas online.  Hard to imagine it isn't it with thousands of stamping blogs and Pinterest and endless supply of samples.  I still go back to the catalog often for my inspiration. 

In the beginning I cased everything, it took me many years to start to create on my own an I still often start with a card sketch to get me going.  Or I look at the catalog find a card I like and adjust it a bit.

Serene Silhoutte Card 3b

This card was inspired by the card below - while similar - very different

Card Inspiration for Serene Silhouettes
This card is on page 27 of the Catalog.

The Stampin' Up! catalog was originally called the Idea Book & Catalog, while the name has changed - it is still an amazing Idea Book!

Do you like to CASE or create or both?  CASE stands for “Copy and Share Everything.”  The best inspiration for cardmaking comes from admiring other people’s cards. Sometimes also called “scraplifting.”

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Monthly Border Buddies Card Sketch

Last month Alison and I started a monthly card sketch we post the third Wednesday of the month.  I often use sketches to inspire me while creating a card.  If you are inspired by our sketches and stamp a card we would love to have you share them with us via our Facebook Pages.

Click Here to visit my Facebook Page.

Click here for complete details of our Monthly Sketch and how you can be entered into the drawing for a free gift. 

Thank You by Rita Blog Reader

This card was stamp by my stamping friend Rita.  She was inspired to create a card but does not use Facebook - so she emailed me the cards.  I will post it on my Facebook Page and her name will also go into a drawing for a free little gift.  So you don't have to use Facebook to play along,  just drop me an email with your card and you will be included. 

Click Here to Email Me

Here is this months card sketch...

October Card Sketch-001

Would love to have you play along. 

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Stampin' Up! Flurry of Wishes and Snow Flurry Punch

Hello Stampers,

It's Border Buddies Saturday, Patsy here.

The Stampin' Up! Flurry of Wishes stamp set can be used for month's to come.   My questions is do stampers who live where it doesn't snow by snowflake sets? 

We have a good 7 months that we have snowflakes either in the air or on the ground so snowflake stamp sets can get a lot of use LOL.

Flurry of Winter Stamp Set

This set is awesome because it has a coordinating snowflake punch.  Punches are my first choice for cutting out images easy to grab and punch.  This set has 4 snowflakes and 3 Christmas sentiments but don't let that make you think it can only be used for Christmas.  I am sure you have lots of Birrthday and other sentiment you can use with this set.

Flurry of Wishes Stamp Set #stampinup #flurryofwishes

Have you seen the awesome take out boxes that are in the annual catalog on page 151?  You get 6 of these food safe boxes for only $6.00.  Perfect to package a little gift or take treats to a friend as shown in this photo.

You still have time to order this for making your Christmas cards and just like snowflakes your cards can be one of a kind when you hand stamp them.

Flurry of wishes stamp set #stampinup #flurryofwishes

Flurry of Wishes Stamp Set Photopolymer Stamp Set


Snow flurry punch

Snow Flurry Punch

You can bundle the two #140868 and save 15% $33.00 for both!

The Holiday Catalog Ends January 4, some items are whiles supplies last, so be sure to order the items you want soon.

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Last Day to Save 15% on Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets

Stampin Up 15% off

It has been so much fun to see what stamp sets have been on your wish lists as the orders come in during this awesome sale.  If you haven't placed your order yet there is still time.


  • Ends Today 10-23-2015
  • Includes both the Annual and Holiday Catalog stamp sets.
  • Host stamp sets, rotary stamps, are not eligible for the 15 percent promotional discount on stamps.
  • Bundles are not eligible for this promotional discount, but they will retain their current 15 percent Bundle & Save discount. The stamp set from the bundle may still be purchased ala carte with the 15 percent promotional discount.
  • There is no limit to how many discounted stamp sets can be placed on an order.
  • There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion.
  • Order Deadlines:
    • Online: October 23, 2015 by 11:55 PM (MT).

It's easy to order online.  
Just click here to learn how to order Stampin' Up!  

And don't forget you can earn a free PDF & Handstamped cards for your online orders...

Click here to learn more.

Excited to see who has what on there wish lists today!

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Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set a Classic

Serene Silhoutte Card 1

Serene Sillouttes remains one of my go to stamp sets.  I have paired it with the Farmers Market Designer Series Paper for this card.  I colored the stamp itself with Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow Markers form the 2015-2017 In-color makers to give the bunch of flowers some dimension.   The circle with flower and the butter fly is from the Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set.


Butterfly basics butterfly stampin up
The buttefly was stamp in Blackberry Bliss with the tiny butterfly from the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set and punched out with the Bitty Butterfly Punch.   I then embellished it with two rhinestones to give it a little wow.   A very simple but elegant card that I can have on hand and stamp a sentiment inside when I need it. 

I like to have cards on hand to send and sometimes I can't keep up.  Since my friends and family look forward to hand stamped cards I have not purchased a card in over 18 years. 

The last time I received a card and flipped it over and saw the price I about fell over.  I joke about the price of each card I make, but over the years I think the money I have spent to make my own has given me joy, the sense of accomplishment and appreciation from friends who receive them.

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Border Buddies Card Sketch BB002

Welcome to Border Buddies Monthly Card Sketch.  It’s the Third Wednesday of each month. We hope you will play along and have a chance to win a free gift.

How to play:

  • Stamp a card using this months Sketch
  • Use only Stampin' Up! Products (can be current or retired)
  • Snap a picture and post it to our facebook pages (doesn't have to be picture perfect!)
  • You can submit as many samples as you wish - Please use BB002 for your card
  • Each time your post a card your name will be added to the drawing.
  • You have until Monday November 15 to post your cards on our facebook pages to be eligible for the drawing.
  • Email us your snail mail address withing 24 hours of the winners announcement (we will announce the winner in our Wednesday November 19 Blog Post)

Patsy's Page - US Stamper's Post Here!
Alison's Page - Canadian Stamper's Post Here!

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun and enter as many times as you wish!

Feel free to substitute the shape if you feel like.  Example where there are ovals you can substitute circles, squares or rectangles let you imagination take you away!  You can see Alison used an ornament and I used a tree for the ovals.


October Card Sketch-001

We hope you are inspired to sit down and stamp a card using the sketch.  Would love to see lots of cards this month!


Border Buddy Sketch BB002

Here is Alison's Card
She used the Delicate Ornament Thinlits Dies.


Border Buddies Sketch BB002

And here is the card I made using the
Peaceful Pines Stamp Set & Perfect Pines Framelits Bundle.


Border buddies sketch winner

In Canada... Helen Reimer

Thanks everyone who played along - hope you will join in this month too!

In the US... no one posted a card to my facebook page.  32
So be sure to post a card this month your odds are good!

*We will randomly pick two winners (one from the United States & one from Canada).  Then on the 3rd Wednesday of the following month when we post our new Template we will announce the winners and post the winning cards on our blogs!  The winners will receive a small gift in the mail.

Note:  We can only Ship to the US & Canada.  The Winner will have 24 hours to email us their mailing address so stay tuned for the announcement of the winner!  Good luck!

So Let's Get Stampin'!

Want Stamps?

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

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The Traveler Stamp Set - Full Steam Ahead

Traveler and Peaceful Pines stamp sets #stampinup #traveler #Peacefulpines

Want to receive this card in the mail plus *7    


Here is the scoop!

Option 1:
Place any size order at my online store using Host Code TENGZDKB in October 2015 and receive a free 8 Page PDF Tutorial with images, supply list, measurements and step by step directions for 8 cards.  

Option 2: 
*Place a $50 or more order (before S&H and Tax) at my online store using the Host Code TENGZDKB in October  2015 and receive the Free 8 Page Tutorial and 4 hand stamped cards PLUS 4 more hand stamped cards form my stash so total of 8 cards!

The PDF will feature the 4 cards from the Traveler Stamp Set and also 4 Cards from the Serene Silhouettes stamp set. 

Here is a sneak peek!

Sneak peak free cards 2

Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set


Trevler sneek peek

Traveler Stamp Set

What some customers are saying...

"I just love getting the tutorial it makes me want to sit down and stamp right away"

"Getting cards from you each month it is like Christmas"

"Wow love these ideas and cards this month , thanks so much!"

Don't miss your chance to have me send you some fun hand stamped cards along with a detailed PDF tutorial FREE.

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Stamp Sale 15% off all Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets

Stampin Up 15% off all stamps sets.

This sale is fantastic but SHORT!

We are always surprised by Stampin' Up! Sales and rarely know when one is just around the corner.  Stampin' Up! announced all stamps on sale for 15 percent off for just a few days. This rarely happens, so check it out and get your stamps ordered!


  • Dates: October 19-23, 2015
  • Includes both the Annual and Holiday Catalog stamp sets.
  • Host stamp sets, rotary stamps, are not eligible for the 15 percent promotional discount on stamps.
  • Bundles are not eligible for this promotional discount, but they will retain their current 15 percent Bundle & Save discount. The stamp set from the bundle may still be purchased ala carte with the 15 percent promotional discount.
  • There is no limit to how many discounted stamp sets can be placed on an order.
  • There is no minimum purchase required for this promotion.
  • Order Deadlines:
    • Online: October 23, 2015 by 11:55 PM (MT).

What stamp sets have been on your wish list - now is the time to purchase them.  

And don't forget...

as a thank you for your orders each month I offer a Customer Appreciation Reward Program.

Here's how it works:

Each month my Border Buddy, Alison Solven (from Canada) and I create 8 cards to be used for our Monthly Border Buddies PDF Card Tutorial.   The Tutorial has images, supply list, measurement and step by step directions of all 8 cards.

Option 1:
any size order at my on-line store by the end of the Month (October 31, 2015) and the 8 Page Tutorial will be delivered via email the first week of November. 

Option 2:
Place a $50 order or more (before S&H and Tax) and you receive the PDF Tutorial plus 4 hand stamped cards featured in the tutorial. (cards mailed out free via snail mail)

  • Use Hostess code TENGZDKB and I will send you 2 bonus hand stamped cards from my collection. (for a total of 6 cards - card value $4.00 each)
If your order is over $150 you can earn Free Stampin' Rewards so do not use the hostess code you will still earn the free PDF and Cards.  
I always enjoy sending out free handstamped cards and PDF Tutorials.  

Haven't ever placed an order at my online store it is pretty easy you can
click here to learn more about how to place an order online.  

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