Darling Label Punch Box

Stampin’ Up! has this adorable tin box that has a stamp set, punch, two Ink Cubes (Grapefruit Grove & Night Of Navy) and a thin clear block inside.  The box is gorgeous and it all looks like this:

This card was super easy to make.  I first stamped the sentiment in Memento Ink and then cut it out using the Darling Label Punch.  Then I punched out a piece of Basic Black cardstock using the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch.  Then I punched out  piece of Golf Foil cardstock using the Starburst Punch.  The black and gold Designer Series Paper is from Broadway Bound.  I just layered a strip of 1/4″ Basic Black cardstock over the top. I thought this would make a great masculine card or you could give it to someone with a big birthday!

Speaking of big birthdays, I don’t think I ever told you about what my lovely friends did on my 40th birthday.  We had this habit of making “memories” on each other’s birthdays.  I’ll tell you about that more later.

Rob and I decided to go to a local restaurant that night.  It was just a sandwich/burger place.  All of a sudden there seemed to be a commotion going on.  The customers and staff were all laughing and carrying on.  I looked up and saw a group of people, all dressed in black robes coming towards us.  They looked like a bunch of hooded Grim Reapers with scythes and staffs.   There was this one poor elderly woman who became very afraid and one of my friends had to tell her it was just a joke.  It was quite a site!  It even startled me at first until I figured out what was going on.  It is something I will never forget!

This card would have been perfect for that birthday!

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Tropical Chic

Tropical Chic is a fun new stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.  It has a set of matching Thinlits called Tropical Thinlits Dies and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  Let me tell you.  You are going to want to dies that match this stamp set!  Not only do they cut the outside of the leaves, they also cut the inside!  Stampin’ Up! has really gotten innovated with their dies this year.  Plus, they have one die that cuts out a square of leaves.  It is a must have item!

I also used a new Embossing Folder on this card called Subtle.  It is a perfect name for it because it is subtle!  If you look carefully you can see it on the bottom half of my card but here is a close up picture.

It makes it look like the old Textured cardstock that Stampin’ Up! used to sell years ago.

To make this card I first stamped the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist and then cut them out using the matching Thinlits.  Then I stamped the flower and the sentiment in Coastal Cabana and cut each one out using the flower die and Layering Circles Framelits.  I punched out a piece of Coastal Cabana cardstock using the Starburst Punch.  I felt like it needed a little bit more so I cut out a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Layering Circle Framelits too.

The Designer Series Paper is called Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper and the ribbon is the 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon in Lemon Lime Twist.  I know it is hard to see because it is behind the leaves and circles.


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Introducing My Star Rewards Program

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My Star Rewards Program

I am now offering a rewards program to thank all my wonderful customers for purchasing Stampin’ Up! products from me over the last ten years.  I am calling it my Star Rewards Program.

Here is how it works:

For every $50 you order from me in Stampin’ Up! merchandise you will earn a star ⭐

Collect 10 stars and you can choose $40 worth of merchandise from any current Stampin’ Up! catalog for FREE!  I will even pay the shipping and tax!

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Here is the small print:

How to Earn Star Rewards:

For every increment of $50 of product purchased (before shipping and tax), you earn a Star.  When you reach ten stars you can choose any item(s) from any current catalog up to $40.  For example, a product order of $49 would not qualify for a star.  A product order of $51 would qualify for one star.  A product order of $109 would qualify for two stars, etc.

Individual orders may not be combined to earn a star.

Qualifying product totals do not include shipping & handling, sales tax and any amounts paid toward items in the stampin’ rewards program (including 50% off items).

You are responsible for tracking your orders and stars.

Earn 10 stars and submit your $40 shopping spree to me either in person or by mail or email.  You may choose up to $40 in current Stampin’ Up! products but you cannot exceed $40 and pay the difference.

I cover the cost of shipping and handling!

Discontinued, clearance, Hostess Sets, Stampin’ Rewards and promotional products are excluded from your free choices.

I’ll confirm your qualifying customer orders and place your shopping spree order. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery after the order is placed. I’ll let you know when the order is placed.

Stars expire after one year.

Terms and conditions are subject to change.  This offer is only good as long as I am a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

You can email, mail or hand me your completed form.

Start collecting your stars today!

Pop Of Petals & Calligraphy Essentials

This is another card we made at our monthly stamp club meeting in July.  Have I mentioned how awesome my club members are?  I am sure I have but just in case, they are a wonderful group of women and we have fun stamping together.

Anyway, to make this card we used a couple of different stamp sets.  The first one is called Pop Of Petals.  This set has a matching punch called Four Petal Flower Punch and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  It is a fun set that has  six different flowers you can punch out, plus some leaves and other flowers.  Oh wait.  I just noticed one of the flowers is a butterfly!  Fun!

The other stamp set is called Calligraphy Essentials.  This stamp set goes with a kit that is gorgeous!    It teaches you how to learn modern script calligraphy and make cards at the same time.  There are 13 practice sheets and you can make 16 cards!  Here is a video showing you this kit.

Doesn’t that look like fun?

The colors we used for this card are Highland Heather, Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist.

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Broadway Birthday


One of the great things about Stampin’ Up! is they have been putting products together into “Suites” where everything goes together.  Broadway Bound is the name of one of these Suites.  It includes a stamp set called  Broadway Birthday and matching Framelits Dies called Broadway Lights.  There is also Designer Series Paper (Broadway Bound Specialty), a cardstock pack (which includes Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist and Lovely Lipstick), Black 1/2″ Satin Ribbon, Candle Embellishments and Metallic Pearls.  You can save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and dies in a Bundle.  All of these products go together to make some awesome projects.

To make this card I used the stamp set, the Framelits and the Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The colors are Lovely Lipstick, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Whisper White.

When you look at this card do you notice on crisp the word “wish” is?  That is because I stamped it using the Stamparatus.  This is a must have tool!  It allows you to place a stamp perfectly aligned.  If you don’t quite ink the stamp up you can re-stamp it until it comes out completely solid.  Just in case you haven’t been paying attention for the last six months, here is a video showing how to use the Stamparatus.  Let me just say, you need to have this tool.  Today.

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Let’s Go To The Beach

Good morning everyone!  Today is another day for a Stamp Off Challenge.  This time we have a theme card.  We can make a card (or project) with a beach theme.  My favorite place in the world is a tropical beach so it was not hard for me to get into this theme.

Here is my card:

To make this card I used a couple of different stamp sets.  First I stamped the sand using the stamp set called High Tide in Crumb Cake.  The then tore (yes, Buffy I really did!) the piece of cardstock so it looked a little uneven as sand might.  Then I stamped the sea grass and the sentiment in Tranquil Tide ink.  I used Bermuda Bay ink for the water and Crumb Cake for the seagulls on Coastal Cabana cardstock.  The chair is from a set of Thinlits called Seasonal Layers.  I love that Stampin’ Up! throws in miscellaneous dies sometimes.  The sentiment and the drink (I used Calypso Coral) are from Colorful Seasons stamp set which match the Seasonal Layers dies.

Now let’s go see what Jackie and Buffy made.  We don’t show each other our creations before we post so it is always a surprise to see what amazing things they make.

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Animal Outing

This is one of the cards we made at our monthly stamp club meeting last night.  We used the stamp set called Animal Outing.  I got this set for free at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage in April.  OnStage is a convention that only Demonstrators can go to.  It is so much fun and you get a lot of free merchandise when you go.  Right now Stampin’ Up! is having a special when you join.  For $99 you get to choose $125 worth of any current products AND you also get ten free ink pads!  That is a $75 value alone!  Click on the Join Now button to the right of this post.

Animal Outing has matching Framelits called Animal Friends and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.

I know this card looks pretty plain and simple but it has a fun aspect to it that you can’t really see from the picture.  First, we stamps the Rhino in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Smoky Slate cardstock.  Then we stamped just the head of the Rhino onto another piece of Smoky Slate cardstock and cut it out using the Animal Friends Framelits.

Now the fun part!  We attached the head of the Rhino to the body using a Mini Spring I purchased online. It has adhesive on the top and the bottom and it makes the head wiggle when you touch it.  The Mini Spring looks like this:

The Designer Series Paper we used is called Nature’s Poem.  Remember during the month of July you can buy three Designer Series Paper packs and get one free.