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K&C Wedding Album-Front
This is the front cover of a hardbound Wedding Memory Album I created for our oldest daughter and her new hubby. I used the amazing Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio! The wedding color was Cherry Cobbler.  I love this private moment as the new couple begin their journey together.

Howl-O-Ween just for you!


Howl-O-Ween Printer Tray Kit for YOU! This spooky Halloween Printer Tray Kit is yours FREE when you join me by Sept. 16th as a Stampin' Up! discount purchaser or business builder! Do you spend $20 or more on crafts per week? This deal is for YOU! The starter kit is only $99 and you receive tons of benefits and many incentive opportunities!! Miniumum sales are $100 per month minus your discount equals $80/mo. for the latest, greatest papercrafting supplies!! Sign up at JOIN NOW on the right OR email me questions at [email protected].

Male Mail

Isn't this a great "guy card?" This is a convention swap from Donna Wizniuk of Alberta, Canada.

This clever bowtie was made with the Petite Pennants Builder Punch! This card made me smile!! I'll definitely be using this idea again and again!

  • Petite Pennants Builder punch #122361
  • Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper #126895

Orchard Harvest DSP





Simple. Fast. Classic. This birthday wish is perfect for anyone!

It's very gender neutral.

I love the color combo of Cherry Cobbler and Sahara Sand!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: You're Amazing #126720 Wood mount or #126722 Clear mount

Blue ribbon

  • Ink: Cherry Cobbler #126966
  • Cardstock: Sahara Sand #121043, Very Vanilla #101650
  • Accessories: Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack #126904, Regals Designer Buttons #119744, Cheery Cobbler 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon #124138, Apothecary Accents Framelits #127003, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439


Swapping ideas with other crafty gals is so fun! We all have a style and swapping E-X-P-A-N-D-S my style.

I chose a trendy banner for my layout.

I added a textured autumn leaf, sponged with Shimmer Paint. The shimmer shows much better in person.

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Affection Collection #127946 Wood mount or #127949 Clear mount
  • Ink: Chocolate Chip #126979
  • Cardstock: Cajun Craze #119684, More Mustard #100946
  • Accessories: Orchard Harvest Designer Series Paper #126895, Naturals Designer Buttons # 127554, Early Espresso Baker's Twine #123124, Autumn Accents Bigz Die # 127812, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751,Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Champagne Shimmer Paint #116806, Stamping Sponge #101610


Paper Chocolates!

Paper Chocolates - YUM! Sooo easy with a 1" circle punch!

These are "FANCY" candies so I embossed the cardstock with embossing folders and my versatile Big Shot Die Cutting Machine!

This card is on it's way to a SPECIAL relative with a "sweet tooth" - like mine! :-) This card was inspired by a convention swap of Olive Barnes, my Inkerbelle Sister: .

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370 Wood mount or 3127802 Clear mount
  • Ink: Soft Suede #126978
  • Cardstock: Chocolate Chip #102128, Soft Suede #115318, Very Vanilla #101650, Assorted Scraps
  • Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding #120992, Pearl Basic Jewels #119247, Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder #119277, Square Lattice Embossing Folder #119976, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder #117335, Beautiful Wings Embosslit #118138, Fashionable Hearts Embosslit #125596, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439
  • Punches: 1" Circle #119868, Itty Bitty Shapes #118309, Scallop Edge Border #119882


Scentsational Season

This Holiday card features a product "BUNDLE," which saves you 15%! We all love value! This bundle pairs the cute Scentsational Season stamp set of 6 images with the coordinating Holiday Collection Framelet Dies (set of 6)!

I cut the front of the base card off, corner to corner.

After layering the Snow Festival Designer Series Paper on the inside of the base card, I added a circle of white cardstock for a hand written message. The inside circle lines up with the circle on the card front.

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Scentsational Season BUNDLE #129945 Wood mount or #129946 Clear mount, Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370 Wood mount or #127802 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Gumball Green #126840, Soft Suede #115318, Cherry Cobbler #119685, Whisper White #100730
  • Ink: Soft Suede #126978
  • Accessories: Snow Festival Designer Series Paper #126908, 2 1/2" Circle Punch #120906, Neutrals Brads #119736, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113474

Summer Silhouettes


I enjoy gardening, so love floral stamp images. This new SUMMER SILHOUETTES stamp set has a wonderful mix of nine images to spark your creativity!

The colors are Elegant Eggplant and Real Red.

I love the polka dots, moorish border, and stitched ribbon all in red but with varied designs.

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Summer Silhouettes #1126445 Wood mount or #126447 Clear mount
  • Cardstocks: Whisper White # 100730, Elegant Eggplant #105126
  • Inks: Real Red #126949, Elegant Eggplant #126969, Old olive #126953, Crumb Cake #126975
  • Accessories: Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper #125409, 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon #126875, Dazzling Details #124117

3-D Flower

3-D paper flowers are so easy and  yet deliver a BIG PUNCH! Sign up for my September 21st Class and learn four Flower Techniques, which include this one.

The card was created with the awesome new stamp set called Summer Silhouettes! Note, I stamped the border image onto the First Edition Specialty Paper.

Don't forget to stamp your envelopes!!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Summer Silhouettes #126445 Wood mount or #126447 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla #101650
  • Inks: Real Red #126949, Daffodil Delight #126944, Always Artichoke #126972
  • Accessories: First Edition Specialty Paper #121878, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding #125583, Blossom Party Die #115971, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Stampin' Sponge #101610, Glimmer Brights Brad #121006, Vanilla Smooch Spitz #118772

Cheery Get Well

Get Well wishes should be CHEERY! That calls for Stampin' Up!'s new FLORAL DISTRICT DESIGNER SERIES PAPER! Tip: I write the colors used in the DSP on the cardboard insert of the package so I'm always using the correct coordinating color! These colors are listed in the catalog beside each DSP order number.

The beauty of DSP is the color palette is created for you! I chose two round punches that repeat the circular DSP design for mounting the sentiment.

Isn't this a HAPPY card? To view other ways to use Designer Series Paper, click the "DESIGNER SERIES PAPER" link in the list at the right. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Perfectly Penned #122890 Wood mount or #122892 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Daffodil Delight #119683, Rich Razzleberry #115316
  • Ink: Rich Razzleberry #126950
  • Accessories: Floral District Designer Series Paper #126919, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch #118874, 2 1/2" Circle Punch #120906, Dimensionals #104430, Brights Glimmer Brads #121006

A special visit!

Shari, my friend and fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from Mt. Morris, IL came to visit today with her hubby, Mike! It was a great day of catching up!! Here we are in my stamping office in front of the my treasured "going-away-quilt" made by some of my wonderful North Star Stamper demonstrators.

We went to Fisherman's Village for lunch on the harbor. Don't you think Mike has a GREAT catch!!!

A Birthday Wish

Stampin' Up!'s Bordering on Romance stamp set is just plain lovely! Flower images are sooo versatile. I colored these blossoms with Stampin' Up! Markers using a small circular motion.

I "fussy cut" the blossom cluster so I could adjust it's placement in coordination with the sentiment. Simply sweet!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Bordering on Romance #125480 Wood mount or #125482 Clear mount, Beautiful Birthday Wood mount only #125562
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake #120953, Very Vanilla #101650
  • Ink: Basic Black #126980, Soft Suede #126978, Crumb Cake #126975
  • Accesories: Always Artichoke Seam Binding #121000, Stampin' Sponge #101610, Top Note Die #113463, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Brights Glimmer Brads #121006, Many Marvelous Markers #119806

Autumn Accents

Autumn is around the corner! This is a quick simple layout with a TRENDY banner!

The leaf is cut with the NEW Autumn Accents Die. Then the wonderful texture of this leaf is created with the NEW Fancy Fan Embossing Folder run thru the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. TRY this layout!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Affection Collection #127946 Wood mount or #127949 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake #120953, Whisper White #100730, Cajun Craze #119684, More Mustard #100946
  • Accessories: Regals Designer Series Patterned Paper Stack #117154, Modern Label Punch #119849, Metallic Brads #119741, Autumn Accents Die #127812, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder #127751, Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439


80th Birthday Wishes!

I made a special card for my dear Aunt's 80th Birthday! The beauty of card making is "putting your entire heart into your project!" I LOVE 3-D flowers so created one using FLORAL DISTRICT DESIGNER SERIES PAPER.

Lots of texture and depth!


Sign up for my September 21st FLOWER TECHNIQUE CLASS where you will create this and three other types of flowers! See EVENTS at top of page.

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Bring on the Cake #121899 Wood mount or #121958 Clear mount
  • Ink: Rich Razzleberry #126950
  • Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Daffodil Delight #119683, Rich Razzleberry #115316
  • Accessories: Floral District Designer Series Paper #126919, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding #125583, Sticky Strip #104294, Basics Glimmer Brad #121003, Stampin' Sponge #101610


Ronald McDonald House Charity

For TEN YEARS Stampin' Up!'s has supported Ronald McDonald House Charities with a generous annual donation, lots of greeting cards, and Demonstrators that give their time at their local R.M. Houses! When you purchase this stamp set called MOVING FORWARD, Stampin' Up! will donate $3 to RMHC!!

MOVING FORWARD is a stamp set of 7 images and creates fun playful greetings!

This cheerful color combo is Daffodil Delight and the NEW Midnight Muse!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Moving Forward #126320 Wood mount or #126322 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Whisper White #100730, Midnight Muse #126843
  • Inks: Midnight Muse #126860, Daffodil Delight #126944
  • Accessories: Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper #126902, Early Espresso Marker #119680, Mini Brads #122941, Metallic Brads #119741, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon #126847, Adorning Accents Edgelits #125595, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack #126187, Stampin' Pierce Mat #126199, Dimensionals #104430

How to "Shimmer"

It's EASY to add shimmer to your paper creations! Stampin' Up! offers three colors of Shimmer Paint: Champagne, Frost White, and Platinum. SHAKE well. Open and fill a sponge dauber in the LID of the jar. A little paint goes a long way. Rub the dauber lightly over your paper. I looks especially lovely on cardstock that has been run through an embossing folder so it has raised designs.

This leaf is sponged with the Champagne Shimmer Paint. It looks even more impressive in person!

It's time to stock up on all three Shimmer Paints and Daubers for all your special Holiday creations!! Click HERE to purchase.

I Dig You

 With no grandchildren yet, I'm light on sets for kids. I needed a special 6th Birthday card for a BOY and I sure had fun with I DIG YOU stamp set!

I turned the sentiment in to a "sign." Then used the Cupcake Builder Punch for "clouds." 100_2410
This was a quick card! If you have young boys in your life, you NEED this cute stamp set with 8 images!!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: I Dig You #122720 Wood mount or #122722 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake #120953, Sahara Sand #121043, Whisper White #100730, Pumpkin Pie #105117
  • Ink: Basic Black #126980, Crumb Cake #126975
  • Markers: Pacific Point & Pumpkin Pie in set #119702  
  • Accessories: Dimensionals #1104430, Cupcake Builder Punch #121807, 1 1/4" Circle Punch #119861.

Stampin' Up! Designer Fabric

I've been watching the Olympics and creating! Remember these sweet little fabric flowers I showed you how to make? (see tutorials at right) I made a bunch with Stampin' Up! new Floral District Designer Fabrics for a swap I'm in.

I LOVE the new SILICONE CRAFT SHEET from the Holiday Catalog for all my hot glueing needs. Cooled glue POPS right off like magic!!

The finished product! The fabric flower is definitely the focal point. 3-D flowers are all the RAGE!!

The giant "rick rack" is the Floral District Fabric cut with the Tasteful Trim Die and my ever faithful Big Shot Die Cutting Machine! Check in Monday for another DARLING fabric idea!

How to make a Butterfly into a BAT!

Need a Bat for your Halloween card? Grab the new Elegant Butterfly Punch! Punch a butterfly from black cardstock. Cut off the lower edge of the butterfly as shown in the photo. On the back, mark the CENTER of the butterfly with the White Gel Pen as a guide. Punch the lower edge of EACH butterfly wing two times with the 1/2" circle punch. Viola! It's a BAT!

Then create your card! I used JACK OF ALL TRADES for my creation! I love using my Stampin' Up! Punches  to create out-of-the-box images! Don't you??


Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Jack of All Trades #122620 Wood mounted or #122622 Clear Mounted
  • Cardstock: Basic Black #121045, Elegant Eggplant #105126, Pumpkin Pie #105117, Whisper White #100730
  • Punches: Elegant Butterfly #127526, 1/2" Circle #119869
  • Accessories: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113474, Spider Web Embossing Folder #120889, Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper #126902, Brights Glimmer Brads #121006, White Gel Pen #105021


Betsy's Blossoms

 Betsy's Blossoms stamp set by Stampin' Up! is stylized and trendy! I heat embossed the largest flower in the stamp set with White Embossing Powder. I ALWAYS rub my cardstock with the handy Embossing Buddy first, removing static to get a clean image.

The Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon adds texture!

I love this color combo of Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake and a pop of Midnight Muse!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms #126004 Wood mount or #126006 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake #1120953, Primrose Petals #126841, Whisper White #100730
  • Ink: Primrose Petals #126858, Old Olive #126953, Versamark #102283
  • Accessories: Embossing Buddy #103083, Large Pearls #125577, Dimensionals #104430, White Stampin' Emboss Powder #109132, Heat Tool #129053,Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon #126847


Stampin' Up! Designer Series Fabric coordinating with Stampin' Up! Colors, ONLY $.99! Fat quarters,100% cotton.

ORDER NOW on Clearance Rack

Item Description Price
121716 Deck the Halls Designer Fabric $0.99
121715 Candy Cane Christmas Designer Fabric $0.99
121817 Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric $0.99
121818 Sweet Stitches Designer Fabric $0.99

Jack of All Trades

Hey stampers! It's time to start thinking about Halloween! I love this CLASSIC Jack of All Trades stamp set! This a quick easy design!

Banners and flags are trendy right now. Here I placed three horizontally for a TWIST! Added a button with handy Stampin' Up!'s Glue Dots - can't create without them!

This was FAST 'N FUN!!

Supplies List:

  • Stamps: Jack of All Trades #122620 wood mount or #122622 clear mount, Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370 Wood mount or #127802 Clear mount
  • Cardstock: Basic Black #121045, Whisper White #100730
  • Inks: Pumpkin Pie #126945, Basic Black #126980, Crumb Cake for shadow #126975
  • Accessories: Brights Design Series Paper Stack #117155, Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack #117157, Brights Designer Button #119747, Espresso Baker's Twine #123124, Glue Dots #103683

By the Seashore - that's me

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Stampin' Up!'s BY THE SEASHORE stamp set is a lovely detailed design. I stamped it onto watercolor paper and used the AQUA PAINTER to add soft Calypso Coral shading.

To give a professional touch, always add a soft shadow under your image.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

  •  By the Seashore Stamp set of 6 images - wood mount #126530 or clear mount #126532
  •  Cardstock: Crumb Cake #120953, Calypso Coral #122925, Watercolor Paper #122959
  •  Inks: Jet Black Staz-On #101406, Calypso Coral #1126983, Sahara Sand #126976
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #113439, Delicate Designs Folders #127023
  • Embellishments: Pearl Basic Jewels #119247, Calypso Coral Ruffled Ribbon, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine #125573, Aqua Painter #1103954

Order online here 7/24!

Pleasant Poppies

Poppies are so elegant and summery. Here I stamped them onto Stampin' Up! Shimmery White Cardstock and paired them with the NEW Polka Dot Designer Series Paper.

I repeated the Polka Dots with the Four Frames stamp set to add the sentiment.

The colors are Rich Razzleberry and a pop of NEW Summer Starfruit.

Autumn is coming...

I used new products from the Holiday Catalog to create this fall greeting. LOVE the Woodgrain Embossing folder for the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine! I added a touch of sponging to pop the raise woodgrain. It's the perfect background for these leaves.

The colorful leaves were cut with Autumn Accents Bigz Die and embossed with three different embossing folder for texture.

Button up your greetings!

July 2012 "MY WAY" Achievers

Drum Rollllll:

Outstanding Stampin' Up! Demonstrators in my North Star Stamper group are Linda Niemeyer and Shari Ball!! A HUGE congrats, gals!! Claim your free product by August 7th. Enjoy, you earned it! Linda, you may combine your free product with your Top Demo reward from the meeting if you wish.

Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Bundles

Today the 2012 Holiday Catalog BEGINS!! Click HERE. A NEW feature is product BUNDLES!! Throughout the catalog you will find bundles of related products for 10-15% savings - hurray!! Above is the Ornament Keepsakes Bundle containing the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set of 9 images and the coordinating Holiday Ornaments Framelit Dies for the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. So fun! So handy! 100_2179
This gorgeous 3-D ornament graces the cover of the Holiday Catalog. If you'd like me to be your demonstrator and send you a copy of the catalog, please email me at [email protected]