The Best Sale-A-Bration Deal!!

If you have ever considered joining the Stampin’ Up! family as a demonstrator, Sale-A-Bration is the best time to take the plunge!  And, you have absolutely nothing to lose and quite a lot to gain… 

Here are the details for becoming a demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration (and, by the way, the starter kit ships for FREE!) –


You can “test drive” being a demonstrator and, if you decide not to continue, there is absolutely no penalty. If you join during Sale-A-Bration (ends March 31, 2018), you will have until the end of June to meet your first sale requirement of $300.  Here are some of the benefits you will enjoy as a demonstrator:

  • The generous demonstrator discount (20-25 percent).
  • Flexibility in setting your own hours and working from home.
  • Support from creative resources like a quarterly magazine, a demonstrator website filled with training, Stampin’ Connection, and Demonstrator Business Web Services.
  • Beautiful, exclusive artwork and high-quality products for you and your customers.
  • Opportunities to see and purchase new Stampin’ Up! products first, including products from the upcoming new Annual Catalog.
  • The Quick Start program, where you can earn FREE products.
  • Stampin’ Up! events, where you stamp, learn, and have a blast with your fellow Stampin’ Up! lovers!
  • A worldwide stamping family!

If you would like to take your “test drive” and become a part of my team, I would be honored to welcome you to a wonderful, talented group.  To join, please click here.  Also, look for a welcome kit from me.  I’m happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Happy “Test Driving”!


NC Blog Hop – It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!!

Welcome to the NC Demos January Blog Hop!  This month, we are all featuring projects that showcase Sale-A-Bration (SAB) products.  It really is the most wonderful time of the Stampin’ Up! year!  You can choose FREE SAB products with your purchase of $50 or $100 (before shipping and tax)!

If you’ve just come over from Tracie Evans Langley’s post, I’m sure you enjoyed seeing her project.  Thanks very much for stopping by my post.  For this month’s blog hop, I have made a card that highlights the wonderful Amazing You stamp set The stamp set is available as a free SAB product with your $50 purchase (before shipping and tax).  It was a lot of fun to work with to make the shadowbox card pictured below.

Here is a picture from a different angle to give you a perspective for the shadowbox shape of the card.

Instructions and tips to make this card are detailed below.

  • Start with a piece of Old Olive cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ x 11″.  You can make two shadowbox cards from one standard size of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.
  • On the 11″ side, score the cardstock at at 1/2″, 1″, 4 1/2″, 5″, 5 1/2″, 6″, 6 1/2″, 10″, and 10 1/2″. A picture may be more helpful.  [Please note:  This picture is from a prior post and shows Calypso Coral cardstock!]

  • The folds are pretty straight forward when you see how the card comes together. The folds are – valley at the 1/2″ score line, mountain at the 1″ score line, mountain at the 4 1/2″ score line, valley at the 5″ score line, mountain at the 5 1/2″ score line, valley at the 6″ score line, mountain at the 6 1/2″ score line, mountain at the 10″ score line, and valley at the 10 1/2″ score line. Again, a picture may be more helpful.  [Again please note:  This picture is from a prior post.  Please reference it just for the visual guideline for folding the cardstock.  Ignore the die cut circle!]

  • Now, it’s time to assemble the shadow box card.  Start by folding the cardstock in half at the 5 1/2″ score line.  Step 1:  Put glue between the 5″ score line and the 6″ score line.  Adhere the glued areas together, as pictured below.  Step 2:  Put glue between the 1/2″ score line and the 1″ score line and between the 10″ score line and the 10 1/2″ score line.  Adhere the glued areas together, as pictured below.  You will then have your shadowbox card built.  This card will fit easily into a standard envelope for a 4 1/4″ x  5 1/2″ card.  You’ll flatten the card a little before mailing. [You know what I’m going to say!  Just use the pictures below for a guideline of where to put your glue!]

Step 2a

Step 2b

  • Cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock to 3 3/8″ x 4 1/8″.  This will be the frame piece for your DSP.
  • Cut a piece of DSP to 3 1/4″ x 4″.  I used a piece from the absolutely gorgeous Petal Passion Designer Series Paper.  I thought the black background and white leaves would work perfectly with the flower from the Amazing You stamp set.
  • I used the second largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set to die cut the front of the card.  This framelits set is an absolute must have!  I use it all the time!
  • To cut die cut the front, here is what I did:
    • Use a few pieces of torn Post-It notes to tack down the DSP piece onto the middle of the front panel of the Old Olive cardstock.  Don’t put the Basic Black cardstock behind the DSP.  Use the oval framelit to die cut the oval shape for both the Old Olive cardstock and the DSP at the same time.
    • Use the same few pieces of torn Post-It notes to tack down the DSP piece that has the die cut oval to the Basic Black cardstock.  Use a pencil to trace just inside the oval onto the Basic Black cardstock piece.  Then, use the largest circle die from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set to die cut a circle, centering the traced oval in the middle.
  • Now, you can put the front of the card together.  First, adhere the DSP piece to the Basic Black cardstock.  Make sure the DSP is in the center of the Basic Black piece.  Then, adhere the Basic Black piece to the front panel of the Old Olive shadow box card.  The die cut ovals will line-up when the pieces are adhered together.
  • Use three stamps (YOU, are simply, and amazing stamps) from the Amazing You stamp set for the sentiment.  I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and a piece of DSP from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper.  I chose the piece of DSP that has a nice mix of Calypso Coral since I had decided to make my flowers the same color.  The sentiment is die cut with the second largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits set.  The faux stitching around the die cut is added with a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.  Adhere the die cut sentiment from the front of the card to make sure it is aligned with the die cut oval on the card front.
  • For a little bling, I added a rhinestone to dot the “i” in “amazing”.  The Rhinestone Basic Jewels are another staple for embellishments.
  • To finish the card, use Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the flower stamp from the Amazing You stamp set onto Whisper White cardstock.  Stamp the flower image at least three times.  Color the flower with Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.  Fussy cut the flowers.  Use a bone folder to add a 3-D effect to the flower layers, and adhere the flowers to the card as pictured using Dimensionals.  A final bit of bling is added to each flower with a little Clear Wink of Stella.

The shadowbox card is a great technique to have in your back pocket of card styles.  It is quick to make and really has that how-did-she-make-this?? WOW effect!

Below are the main products that I used to make this month’s blog hop card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Also below are all of this month’s NC Demos blog hop participants and links to their posts.  Be sure to continue your blog hop by going over to see Kat Spencer’s project!

Happy stamping!


NC Demos January Blog Hoppers

Kayla Adams

Toni Campana

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE

Kat Spencer

Sue Stapp

Kathy Svedberg

Frances Wagner

Christina Walker


Picture Perfect Birthday – Celebrate the Good Stuff

There are so many design possibilities with the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.  It’s a great set to help all of us build our birthday care inventory.  Here is the first of three designs that I plan to share featuring the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set.

The base for this card is a new Whisper White Narrow Note Card.  It is the perfect size for a gift card to add with a present.  Here are the basic steps to make the card:

  1. Cut a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock to 2 3/8″ x 4 3/8″ and a piece of Pool Party cardstock to 2 1/4″ x 4 1/4″.
  2. On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut to 2″ x 4″, stamp three candles from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set in Bermuda Bay ink, as pictured.  There are three different candle designs in the stamp set.
  3. Use Crushed Curry ink to stamp the candle flame stamp above the candles, as shown.
  4. Use Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp “celebrate the good stuff” over the stamped candles.  Add a shadow to the words by using the same “celebrate the good stuff” stamp and Peekaboo Peach ink.  Simply shift the stamp slightly to the left of the original image and stamp the Peekaboo Peach color.
  5. To finish the card:
    • Add Wink of Stella to the candle flames.  Also, add Wink of Stella to the edges of the Bermuda Bay cardstock piece.
    • Adhere the Bermuda Bay cardstock piece to the Pool Party cardstock piece.
    • Cut a banner on the right side of the stamped Whisper White cardstock.  I measured 1/2″ in from the edge, made a mark at the centerpoint, and cut the banner.  The banner is slightly curled by using a bone folder to add dimension.
    • Add gold twine to the left side of the banner, and finish the embellishment by adding a bow.  Tape is a great tool to adhere the twine to the back of the Whisper White cardstock piece.
    • Use dimensionals to add the Whisper White banner piece tot he Pool Party piece.
    • Use dimensionals again to add the Bermuda Bay piece (and all additional, adhered layers) to the card base.

This kind of card is great to have in your back pocket.  It is quick to make and really has some sparkle!

Below are the main products that I used to create this card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy Stamping!


Painted with Love – Year-Round Valentine Card

Our monthly Stamp Club met last Sunday.  We had a great time using many of the products in the Painted with Love SuiteI know – I’ve already posted projects from this suite!  But, I have one more to share with you.  Then, as promised, I’ll share some more ideas using the Picture Perfect Party Suite!  The Painted with Love Suite is making it very easy for me to keep my motto — One stamp set – Three designs – Endless possibilities!

In a prior post, I shared a Valentine’s card made using a new Whisper White Narrow Note Card.  If you missed that post, please click here to see it.  Today’s card is a similar design but in a traditional A2 card size – 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″.  From the picture below, you can tell that the gorgeous paper used for the card front is from the Painted with Love Specialty DSP.  The words are stamped using an updated “Rock and Roll” technique that I will explain and show you in further pictures.

To create the updated “Rock and Roll” technique, I did use a stamp positioning tool.  I don’t have my hands on the Stamparatus just yet, but I should have mine next month.  I cannot wait!   For the sentiment, I used the “You’re my Valentine every single day” stamp from the Sure Do Love You stamp set.  I love this stamp.  The font is really nice, and the words say everything and more for your Valentine!

The first step is to choose three ink colors that will work well together.  The colors should start with a lighter color, go to a darker color, and then go to an even darker color.  I chose Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, and Berry Burst.  These colors also match well to those in the Painted with Love Specialty DSP.

Ink the stamp with the lightest color and stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Below is the result using Calypso Coral.

Next, use the second darker color and ink the stamp but don’t ink the middle.  You want the middle of the stamp to be Calypso Coral.  You may want to imagine inking a circle or doughnut in Melon Mambo.  Below is the result after adding the Melon Mambo.

Last, use the darkest color and add just a little bit of color to the edges of the design.  In this case, it meant adding Berry Burst to the edges of some of the letters and words.  Here is a picture of the final stamped sentiment.

TipMake sure you clean your stamp each time you use this technique.  You don’t want to re-ink the stamp with your lightest color without first cleaning off the darkest color from the stamp.  You could end up with dark ink on your light ink pad.

Take some time to play around with this technique.  It is a great way to get a different look from many of the stamps that you already have.  Also – I used the Stampin’ Spots that I have collected from my monthly Paper Pumpkin kits to stamp.  They are super convenient and very easy to hold to add ink in specific places.

For the next step in the card design, I used the heart outline stamp from the Sure Do Love you stamp set and Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Ink.  I was able to easily see the stamped image using the craft ink and could tell if I had missed any spots when I stamped the image.  Then, I heat set the heart outline using White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and my Heat Tool.  A series of pictures are shown below for the heating embossing steps.

To finish the card, I die cut just inside the heart outline using the largest heart die from the Lots to Love Box Framelits Dies[Be sure to save the die cut heart piece for another project!]  I put dimensionals on the reverse side of the DSP (cut to 3 3/4″ x 5″) just around the heart die cut out and adhered the sentiment in the middle of my heart die cut out.  I corner-rounded two corners of the DSP, as pictured.  Additional dimensionals were used to adhere the DSP to a piece of Berry Burst cardstock (cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″, corner-rounded as pictured).  The Berry Burst piece is directly adhered to a card base of Thick Whisper White cardstock.  I corner-rounded the card base on the front and back card pieces.

Below are two pictures that include the smaller Whisper White Narrow Note Card design and the larger A2 card design from this post.  Both are truly gorgeous and make very pretty Valentine’s cards!

I hope you have enjoyed getting some fun tips on a slightly updated “Rock and Roll” design.  Below are the main product that I used to create today’s card.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!

Heat Tool



Picture Perfect Party DSP – Please Help Me!!!

I have a serious problem.  I cannot stop making cards with the Picture Perfect Party DSP.  Be warned that you will likely fall into the same trap.  The paper is that addicting.

Here are some pictures of the cards that I have made with this DSP.  It is easy to get two cards from one piece of 6″ x 6″ DSP.  For detailed instructions on the paper dimensions and step-by-step information, please check this prior post.

My next post will focus on the amazing Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set that is part of the Picture Perfect Party suite.  I have showcased many of the sentiments in this set, but now need to get creative with the image stamps.  Please check back to see the cards.

My husband, Bruce, and I live in the Chapel Hill, North Carolina, area.  We had around a foot of snow from a recent storm.  We used to live in Upstate New York and Massachusetts and enjoyed cross-country skiing.  Our cross-country skis had been stored in our garage attic for quite a while.  Yesterday, we put on our ski pants, boots, and other winter garb and went cross-country skiing around our neighborhood.  It was so much fun!  Here are a few pictures, including one of Bruce snow “plowing” at the front of the house!

Please trust me on this — You really need to see the Picture Perfect Party DSP.  Below are pictures of the main products I used to make the birthday cards pictured above.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!