Best of the Best

Best of Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set

The “Best Of” series of stamp set releases from Stampin’ Up! has been such a fun walk down memory lane for those of us who have been stamping for some time, and a great introduction to collectible stamp sets for those who have only recently discovered rubber stamping. Purchase six of the Best Of series […]

Meet Eye-Catching Ikat


Ikat is an Indonesian dyeing technique that resembles tie-dye. The word comes from the Indonesian mengikat, meaning “to dye” although the technique has been used in many countries, from Guatemala to India. Traditionally, Ikat pieces are symbols of status, wealth, power and prestige. Stampin’ Up!’s latest polymer set, Eye-Catching Ikat #134624 brings this time-honored fabric technique […]

When Is A Card Not A Card?

Peace Card

When it’s an ornament! Wait…it’s an ornament in a holder? No, it’s a card. Stamps World Map Background Stamp #130342 Wonderful Blessing single stamp #134779 Paper Naturals White card stock Midnight Muse card stock Vellum card stock Silver Glimmer Paper Ink Midnight Muse Classic Stamp Pad Versamark Accessories Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder Heat Tool Circles […]

Grammie Always Knows

Thank You Card

My husband’s mother is 92 years old, but don’t let that fool you into thinking you can get one by her — she is one sharp lady. So when she sent me a gift card on my birthday, I knew I had to come up with a handmade thank you card. Trust me, Grammie would […]

Hedgehog Snowmen

Best of Snow Stamp Set

How cute are these guys???? They just make me smile. Stamps Best of Snow Stamp Set #134387 Clear Petite Pairs Stamp Set #128706 Wood; #122497 Clear Paper Season of Style Designer Series Paper Stack #132181 Early Espresso card stock #119686 Whisper White card stock #100730 Ink Early Espresso Classic Stampin’ Pad #126974 Crumb Cake Stampin’ […]

New Stampin Up! Color Families

Stampin' Up! Colors 2013

Let's look at how the Stampin' UP! color families have been rearranged as of May 31st, 2013.   Here are four cards I did in My Digital Studio to give an overall feeling for the color families. The new Brights family: The new Subtles family: The new Regals family: The new Neutrals family:   You're […]

Swallowtail: Today’s Tuesday Downloads

Swallowtail Card

The Swallowtail stamp set (Wood #; Clear #129216) stamp set has been a big hit in my parties and classes this month…a breathtaking butterfly focal point for scrapbook pages and cards. It’s an over-sized stamp that is drop-dead gorgeous glittered, works well with texture treatments and lends itself to all kinds of coloring techniques. And […]

My Secret Garden Feels Good

We finally got some sunshine today here in Duluth, GA. This winter, it has felt more like living in Vancouver or London than living in Atlanta…lots — and I mean lots and lots — of cold, bone-chilling rain. So the bright sunlight lured me outside to shoot this card and enjoy a few moments of […]

Tanglewood Weekend: Scrappin’ In The Mountains 2013

Tanglewood Photos

Oh, what a wonderful weekend I had with some great crafting buddies! Twenty of us gathered for our annual "Scrappin' In The Mountains" near Helen, Georgia. Four days of crafting, sharing, giggling…you get the idea. Here are some of the cards I worked on while I was there. You'll see some of them closeup on […]

Pop-Up Tutorial: Meet Karen Buniston

The designer who created the Stampin' Up! pop up dies is Karen Buniston. Karen has graciously shared some templates and video tutuorials to take your use of the pop up dies up several notches. The Pop-Up dies were introduced in the Spring Catalog, just a few weeks ago. The Card Base Pop 'n Cuts die […]

Happy Valentine’s Day & Hostess Code

Oh, boy, do I have great news! But first, here's my favorite valentine. It sparkles! It's lacy! And it makes me smile. Now the news that will make YOU smile… Stampin’ Up! has officially introduced a Hostess Code, allowing customers to combine online orders with workshop orders. What does this mean for you? More FREE stuff! […]

Valentine’s Day: A Favorite Tool

I love my Big Shot™, Scallop Edge and 3/16" Corner punches, but my favorite tool used on this card is the uni-ball Signo® Gel Pen #105021. Now, now…I hear the rumbling out there. A pen? Yes. A pen. But not just any pen. This is a vibrant white gel pen that flows smoothly. It is […]

Sale-A-Bration: Feeling Sentimental

Sale-A-Bration is in full swing and I thought I'd show you some projects made using one of the 19 free products you can earn through March 22nd. Choose a Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 you order. Click here to shop now. Today I'm featuring my favorite Sale-A-Bration stamp set. Feeling Sentimental Stamp SetWood #129627Clear #129630Available […]

Love Notes…Stampin’ Up! Style

Impress that oh-so-significant-other with love notes strategically placed around the house…how fun for the love of your life to discover your personal declarations of love! The stamps used are oldies but goodies. As part of Stampin' Up!'s 25-year Silver Anniversary celebration, we are selling some of our “Best of” stamps from the past 25 years. […]

Valentine’s Day: Vertical Z-Fold Card

At my downline meeting last week, we reviewed classes we took at the recent Stampin' Up! Leaership Conference, shared plans and strategies for Sale-A-Bration, and had a great time creating the project below. We meet once a month and it's no secret that one of the best perks of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is […]

Memorable Moments with Flowering Flourishes

What constitutes a "memorable moment" for you? I've had several memorable moments lately. My baby girl's first haircut, reconnecting with a dear friend I've not spoken with for several years, my sister's birthday, losing my iPad at the airport — all are recent moments I will not forget. Some are moments we wish to cherish; […]

More Samples from Leadershp 2013

The next best thing to hanging out in Orlando with stampin' pals is to see all the swaps, presentations an samples. Have a look at some of the eye candy we were treated to last week at Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference.   See anything that catches your eye? You'll see more closeup samples in my […]

Dude, You’re Welcome

There are men who create wonderful, artistic cards. Some men. Make that a few men. Here's Stampin' Up!'s solution for the rest of the testosterone-heavy world.   * Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion* Twelve 4" x 6" postcards in four manly colors* Twelve gray envelopes* Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ […]

Stampin’ Up! Leadership 2013

Oh, the swapping! Oh, the giveaways! Oh, the fun! And Orlando was not too shabby, either. Fourteen-hundred and ninety-nine of my BFFs gathered in Florida last week for three days of demonstrations, classes and even a pajama party — complete with milk and cookies. Yep, p.j.'s right there in the fancy-dancy Orange County Convention Center. […]

Oh, Hello from Spring Catalog

Loving the Artisan Embellishments Kit, Flower Trim and Tea for Two DSP from the 2013 Spring Catalog! Stamps Oh, Hello stamp set (Wood #130730; Clear #130733) Paper Crumb Cake Cardstock Very Vanilla Cardstock Tea for Two Designer Series Paper #129311 Ink So Saffron Classic Stampin’ Pad Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad Accessories Artisan Embellishments Kit […]

Polka Dot Sparkle

This card reminds me that my seven Christmas trees are not up. Yep, seven. Not counting mantel and tabletop trees. Our tradition is to spend the day after Thanksgiving (now known everywhere except in our house as Black Friday) decorating our inside trees. This year, however, we were in Washington, D.C., for Thanksgiving at the […]

Happy Thanksgiving, Y’all!

Oh, how much I have to be grateful for! My family, my friends, my customers, my work, my colleagues, my home, my freedom, my country, my health…I could go on and on but there are just too many "my's". I wish each of you the strength of conviction, the blessing of giving back, and the […]

Name This Bird

Today's card features a much-loved, common bird. Do you know what it is? My best guess is a Black-Capped Chickadee. Here's a photo of the real thing. The stamp set is called Beautiful Season (Wood #122680; Clear #122682, Digital #127779) and coordinates with the Curly Label punch #119851. My favorite coloring tools are the Watercolor […]

Wedding: Love & Laughter in White

Elegance made easy! The stamp set is Love & Laughter (Wood #125475; Clear #125477). This is an 8-piece set that makes it easy to create elegant and fresh engagement and wedding cards, gift tags, scrapbook pages, and placecards…all you need for that special day for that special bride and groom. Love & Laughter is paired […]

How to Save Paper Die-Cutting Autumn Accents Leaves

Today's cards come in two variations — one is in portrait view and one is in landscape view. You might prefer to call it vertical or horizontal. Whatever you call it, I've used the amazing Autumn Accents Bigz Die to make leaves. I just love cutting the leaves with my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, dry […]