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Cards for Troops 2013

2,243,045 handcrafted cards have been deployed to our Troop by Operation Write Home since 2007! Thanks a million to all the gals that STAMPED 353 cards for TROOPS on Saturday and increased that number! You were a very productive bunch! I'm sorry my memory failed me remembering the number of cards we made last year. (I had it nowhere in my file or blog - darn.)

Extra thanks goes to Helen Rivera, our "military Mom", who is paying the postage to mail our 2 boxes of cards to OPERATION WRITE HOME!! Donating all supplies, this was my service project for the year and we'll do it again next year, God willing! Information on Operation Write Home click HERE.

Thank you...

to the Stampin' Up! Convention attendees who came up to me and commented on my 2 year old BLOG! I sure appreciate knowing you are out there in BLOG-A-SPHERE! You are the best! I strive to make my blog better each month! Please share me with your friends!

Happy Creating!

Can we surpass last year?

I'm all set up for my service project, STAMP FOR THE TROOPS!! Last year a small group of us filled a box with handmade cards for our US Troops. I think we had 387 cards!! Tomorrow I have a larger group coming and we will surely surpass last years number!!  A HUGE thanks to Helen Rivera who helps me coordinate this event! Check back for our results!

Melinda, Guest Stamper

Melinda Russell of Stillman Valley, Illinois is my guest creator today. This is a lovely card featuring the Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper.

This is such a trendy color combo of Smokey Slate and Crushed Curry! Lovely, Melinda!

Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper # 130131

Chalk Talk Stamp Set of 6:

#130631 wood or #130634 clear

Convention Swap

At this moment, I'm at Stampin' Up!'s 25th Anniversary Convention in Salt Lake City swapping this card!!! I made 167 of these - it's really difficult for me to make the same thing over and over. I get soooo BORED! But, that being said, I LOVE to swap and get back 167 DIFFERENT styles and color combos and designs!!!

These colors are Strawberry Slush, Smokey Slate, Basic Grey, and Basic Black. I'm IN LOVE with the 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim!!!

Flower Shop Bundle SAVES 15%

#132727 wood OR #132726 Clear

Convention Gifts

My group of downline demonstrators is called North Star Stampers. I give those who attend Stampin' Up!'s annual convention a gift. This year I packaged gift certificates in the NEW Tag a Bag Bundle. I was done in a FLASH!


Tag a Bag Bundle
ALL these colorful elements come in the Tag a Bag Bundle!! This is soooo handy to have on hand for packaging your little gifts!

Tag a Bag BUNDLE: #131371 - a 15% SAVINGS 

Join me!!


Offer: New recruits get to pick one of four project kits for free in addition to their starter kit when they join Stampin' Up!

Dates: July 15-August 31, 2013

Kit Options:
The first three project kits are from the holiday catalog and the last option is from the annual catalog.


Kit Description


Total Value


Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit




Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit




Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit




Tag a Bag Bundle AND
Tag a Box Bundle



NOW is the time to JOIN ME at Stampin' Up! and receive generous demonstrator benefits!! Ask me how now at [email protected]!!

Gift Time

Rubber Stamps make great gifts for crafty friends. Stamps come in a wide range of prices, too. Here is an Ala Carte (or single stamp) that I'm giving as a gift.

I used the NEW Pansy Punch to punch out multiple layers of the Creped Filter Paper. I stacked, pierced, and "bradded" the Filter Paper! Hey - that's a new craft term: bradded! Then I scrunched the layers and lightly sponged on color. I LOVE these fluffy flowers!

Try one of these flowers yourself!!

Pansy Punch #130698

Creped Filter Paper #129393

Clay by Janell

Check out this OUTSTANDING Simply Pressed Clay Chart by Janell Lewellen, Demonstrator. Janell gave a very informative demonstration at my recent meeting showing TONS of possibilities using Stampin' Up!'s new Clay and Clay Molds!!

* Dye clay with reinkers

* Gloss clay using Crystal Effects

* Sparkle clay with Dazzling Diamonds

* Color clay with Stampin' Write Markers

* Sponge clay

* Stamp "into" clay

* Layer clay onto clay


Now you try it!!

Simply Pressed Clay #130685

Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds #131272


This is a LOVELY Swallowtail card created by Tracey Crosser, Demonstrator. She shared her design at my recent meeting.The sparkle is Iridescent Ice Embossing Power.

Such a sweet banner for the sentiment! Nicely done, Tracey!

Thanks for sharing.


#131943 wood OR #129216 clear

Guest Stamper

I'm sharing a card from my upline, Tami Waddell of California. This is the Wildflower Meadow Bundle of background stamp and coordinating Embossing Folder. Gotta love the bundles because they save you 15%!

Tami used three products in the same color of NEW Baked Brown Sugar: Cardstock, Ink pad, and Ruffle Stretch Trim. Very classy!!

Wildflower Meadow BUNDLE:

#132735 wood and #132985 clear

SAVE 15% with BUNDLES!

Masculine Card

This card will s-t-r-e-t-c-h your thoughts on color! I've paired the NEW Smokey Slate and Early Espresso colors for a masculine look. I actually like it because it's unexpected!

The Core'dinations Cardstock has a light core of fibers, so it sands easily to give a woren appearance!

I included this card in a recent demonstrator swap because of it's uniqueness. I hope it pulls you OUTSIDE your color zone!! Try this combo!

Mosaic Madness Stamp Set:

#130246 Wood or #130249 Clear


These swaps feature the Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Papers! These unique geometrics are on trend right NOW!! 100_3511
The printed window sheet comes in the paper pack and increases your options!

Get this bundle and get on TREND while saving 15%!! Bundle contains Mosaic Madness Stamp Set of 11 images and Mosaic Punch.

Mosaic Madness BUNDLE

#132734 Wood or #132733 Clear