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Here Kitty, Kitty!!

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Stampin' Up!'s "C" is for Cat stamp set made the purrrrfect birthday cards for my cat-loving friends having August birthdays!! I used Basic Gray and the new Pool Party colors! Gotta LOVE the NEW Lace Ribbon Border Punch! There is also a stamp set called "D" is for Dog that could easily be used with this same layout.

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Stampin' Up! color coordinated product line makes designing sooo simple. I used POOL PARTY cardstock, Ruffled Ribbon, Ink Pad, and Printed Brads!

Today is the LAST day to join Stampin' Up! for only $99!! Curious? Just read about it here.


FANCY Swap HOP!

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For this very SPECIAL convention swap I used the new Stampin' Up! set MY FRIEND because of it's versatility! I paired Elegant Eggplant and Pear Pizzazz inks and cardstocks.100_0301
To speed the process of creating 50 cards, I placed two rubber images onto the same acrylic block, inked up with a soft Pear Pizzazz ink pad and then went over the flowers with the darker Elegant Eggplant marker - then stamped. MUST have bling so I added Stampin' Up!'s self-adhesive Rhinestones!!

Thanks for HOPPING by! Enjoy your tour!

Next Fancy Swap STOP-Tami


Stampin' Up! Convention

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Since the Stampin' Up! convention theme was GROW, there was some garden apparel woren. I had to snap these gals in their CUTE garden hats embellished with flowers created by the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine! Notice they even have garden hat FANS! They were having FUN!!

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During one convention session, I sat behind three gals from Puerto Rico! Stampin' Up! is now in SEVEN countries!! It's a amazing to think that our CEO, Shelli Gardner, started Stampin' Up! in her living room in 1988 - now we are INTERNATIONAL! WOW!

Fancy Card BLOG HOP - TOMORROW! Don't miss it!


Stampin' Up! Fabrics

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Stampin' Up! Fabrics in a frame with Stampin' Up! Buttons and Fabric Flowers is sooo Shabby Chic! Love it! 100_0483
This accent pillow by Elizabeth Price shows how the BIG SHOT machine can cut your fabric pieces. It used the Petal Cone Die to cut NEW Spice Cake Fabric which is coming September 1st! Another Shabby Chic look! Stop by Friday for the Fancy card BLOG HOP!! July is drawing to a close. Don't forget this month's offer: mail me $5 for Priority Shipping for your free new 2011-12 Idea Book and Catalog, 241 color pages!


Do you LOVE creating?? Make money while sharing what you enjoy! You can join my Stampin' Up! Family for ONLY $99 in July!Plus you get a bonus Christmas Box project, too. Click JOIN NOW on the right to learn more. I'd love to have you in my creative family!!

Creativity at it's BEST!

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This unique card is a convention swap I received from Vera Milne of Texas. She took lots of little elements and designed a gorgeous hanging basket of paper flowers! WOW! Flowers were punched with the BoHo Blossoms Punch and embellished w/ Stampin' Up! self-adhesive Pearls. Come back....I have a BLOG HOP coming soon!!


GROW with Stampin' Up!

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Stampin' Up! offered this meaningful single stamp to all demonstrators at Momento Mall at convention. I LOVE the saying - it has special meaning for me. In my 15 years as a demonstrator I have certainly GROWN as a person!! I've also grown TONS of super friendships!! I designed this card to send to NEW demonstrators that JOIN my stampin' family for only $99 in July. These are NEW In Colors: Island Indigo, Pool Party, & Calypso Coral -  so yummy, so summery.


Several of you have asked about my Convention Awards. I was recognized on stage for personal sales, recruiting, and 15 years of service. Always a THRILL!!!

Stampin' Up! Convention 2011 - WOW!!

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Our convnetion theme was "GROW" and all the motifs were garden related. So clever and appropriate!

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The lighting on stage totally changed the look!! Look carefully in front of the "W" and you will see our wonderful President Rich Jutkins presenting. He's a very friendly guy and roams the crowds to chat!

Tons more to share so stop back tomorrow!


Just arrived home from the BEST CONVENTION in FIFTEEN years!! TONS to post so check back tomorrow - see you then!

Sail Away with Stampin' Up!

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Sail Away is a single stamp from the Summer Mini Catalog. Julie B. created this unique card using household bleach. She embossed the image on Crumb Cake Cardstock using black. Then she put bleach into an Aqua Painter and painted the sails. PRESTO - the bleach will lighten the cardstock! Way COOL!


Used Stamp Sale in Lena, IL SATURDAY

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Visit SueAnn's Used Stamp Sale in Lena, Illinois Saturday, July 16th, 8-noon. BARGAINS GALORE!! Be there!!

This is a trendy "SHABBY CHIC" card I designed to swap at convention! I love RIBBON FROSTING, featured here. Apply Sticky Strip powerful adhesive where you want ribbon. Then make tiny pleats and twists as you lay down your ribbon. A soft, supple ribbon works best - I like Stampin' Up!'s Seam Binding Ribbon or Taffeta Ribbon. There are LOTS of colors to coordinate with inks & papers. This is the BEST company...that's why I'm in my 16th year as a demonstrator!!

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The Ribbon Frosting runs right down a strip of BLACK Lace Ribbon Border Punching. The Red Glimmer Paper embellishment is created with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch. All products I use are from Stampin' Up!'s fantastic 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog. This month only, mail me $5 for shipping and I'll send you a FREE copy. Email me if you need my address.


Convention Swappin' in Salt Lake City, Utah!

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Hi friends!! I'm having the time of my life at Stampin' Up!'s Annual Convention!! I'm in a special swap today and this is my creation made with MY FRIEND STAMP SET. This set is sooo versatile! 100_0301 
I made 50 of these. Here is my secret tip: I positioned two images on one clear block so I only stamped once per card. I inked up in soft Pear Pizzazz color, then used darker Concord Crush to go over the blossoms turning them from green to rich purple! These two tricks saved a lot of time! Don't forget to add BLING with Rhinestones!


A Special Couple

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This special Very Vanilla on Vanilla creation was my wedding card for our daughter, Kelly and her groom, Chris! I used the lovely Fun Flowers Bigz Die with the Big Shot. A light sponging of Sahara Sand ink highlights all the great details.

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Using a Bone Folder, I curled the petals slightly upward and used a Vintage Brad in the flower center. Very elegant with Basic Pearls that just press on!


Oregon, IL Used Stamp Sale TODAY!

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This is a SHOUT OUT to all my great fellow deonstrators in the Oregon, IL area who are having their annual Used Stamp Sale today at the Oregon Coliseum, 9-1pm!! They have TONS of bargains so run on over - quick!! If you are new to papercrafting, ask about their CLASSES!

This card is great to have on hand for any occasion! It features the NEUTRAL Patterns Designer Series Paper Pack of 12X12" papers. I used the Basic Grey with Real Red and a POP of Red Glimmer Paper! Punch your squares with the 1 1/4" Square Punch for a quick design!

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Love GLITZY!!


Bundle of the Month - July

When you order the BUNDLE OF THE MONTH thru me, alone or with other items, I will mail you 3 full unique cards created with the bundle items. Simply place your order online at SHOP NOW and your samples will arrive in about 2 weeks. Each bundle runs for one calendar month only. It's so simple: purchase & receive fabulous ideas to copy!

JULY 2011 BUNDLE: Delicate Doilies stamp set clear-mount 122592 $16.95 OR wood-mount 122590 $21.95; coordinating Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper 122360 $12.95; 1/2" Pretty in Pink Scallop Dots Ribbon 124141 $7.95. Total 3 items. Order it today!


Delicate Doilies by Stampin' Up!

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DelicateDoilies Stamp Set is FULL of detail and femininity. I made a sweet ruffle by attaching Very Vanilla Seam Binding with Sticky Strip to the back of the circle. This cardstock color isn't showing true - it's a soft, lovely aqua called Pool Party, used with Whisper White. Pool Party is very close to the background color of my blog.

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This is a Gate Fold card that opens in the center.


Pennant Parade by Stampin' Up!

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Wouldn't you love receiving this GLITZY birthday wish?? 12X12" Red Glimmer Paper is a must for your festive papercrafting! Petite Pennants Builder Punch is the perfect match for Pennant Parade stamp Set. Create cards in a flash!

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POP everything off the page with Stampin' Up!'s self-adhesive Dimensionals.


My Friend NEW stamp set!

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The NEW stamp set, MY FRIEND, is so very versatile! I stamped the background on the Whisper White Cardstock, then used the coordinating red Designer Series Paper from POCKETFUL OF POSIES on the circles. The glitz is (non-shedding) RED GLIMMER PAPER punched with the popular BLOSSOM BOUQUET TRIPLE LAYER PUNCH! 100_0212
Love this SNAPPY color combo of Real Red, Whisper White, and NEW Island Indigo! Check out Stampin' Up!'s NEW IN COLORS for 2011-2013!


My Friend, the NEW stamp set from Stampin' Up!

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This festive card features JUST ADD CAKE new designer series paper, punched into 1 3/8" squares! I'm in love with the swirly "hello" that's soooo versatile!!

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The Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog lists the coordinating colors in EACH designer series paper package, making coordination is a cinch!! Stop back tomorrow!