Apr 212014

This is an exciting time in the Stampin’ Up! Calendar! Retiring product, NEW product, Upcoming events!

Remember, once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!  Be sure to order your Stampin’ Up! products today and get FREE shipping on top of it.
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Retiring Accessories

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Apr 172014

Are you someone who takes out their craft supplies, then proceeds to sit and stare at your supplies while thinking of something to make?

A quick solution is to open any Stampin’ Up! catalog and use a layout to get your crafting started.

I, like many, am strapped for time, so I find this method quick, easy and saves time as well.

Pansy PunchYour Stamping Teacher Tips

  • Using the Fresh Prints Designer Series Pack?  Layout the papers side by side for the best coordination.
  • The Silver Glimmer paper adds a lot of bling to any project.  It pairs particularly well with the Coastal Cabana.
  • Try stamping your sentiment and turning it in the vertical position for something different.
  • Pennants are all the rage, so be sure to cut all the ends to keep the theme.
  • The Express Yourself sentiments are hostess stamps.  Need the perfect words to add to your card?  This fits the bill!  I can show you how to earn yours for FREE!

Do you have a favorite Designer Series Paper for this season?  I happen to love the Fresh Prints Designer Paper Pack.  Easy to use and easy to coordinate.

Stampin’ Supplies:

  • Stamps:  Express Yourself (Hostess)
  • Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar
  • Paper:  Whisper White,  Fresh Prints Designer Paper Pack, Silver Glimmer Paper, Coastal Cabana
  • Accessories:  Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Large Rhinestones

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Apr 142014

Burlap and Blooms Wreath Class

Stampin’ Up! has come out with the cutest kits for Spring!    The designing is done for you and all you have to do it put them together. 

The Burlap & Blooms Wreath kit features an amazing project with just about everything you need to complete it yourself.

Whether you are local or long distance, this project can be completed at your own leisure to give as a gift or to keep for yourself. 
Not to mention, that they are super easy to put together.

This awesome home decor piece is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day or even just for yourself.  Come and create this beautiful Spring Wreath, featured in the Spring Catalog on page 21 along with a matching card. 

Class kit includes:

  • Burlap & Blooms Simply Created Wreath Kit
  • glue dots
  • supplies to make your card with envelope. 
  • tips on assembling your wreath!

I’ll supply the glue gun!

To Register: Pre-paid registration by April 22nd.

My In-Studio Classes will be held Thursday, May 1 from 7-9 pm and Saturday, May 3 from 10 am – 12 noon.

To see all the details on this class and to register, CLICK HERE

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Burlap & Blooms Wreath Class

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Apr 102014

A quick and VERY easy fun fold card.   Do you look for ways to change things up a bit in your papercrafting?

Using a simple technique of drawing lines with coordinating markers is super simple.

Fun FoldDo you have a favorite Fun Fold that you like to use?!  Let me know, I’d love to hear!

Fun Fold Inside


  • Cardstock Base:  11″ x 4  1/4″  Score at 2 1/4″ and 5 1/4″
  • Crease your folds as shown in the photo.
  • Stamp the right side of your cardstock, (interior) with the Petite Petals.  I used the 2013-2015 In Colors.
  • The piece of cardstock with the drawn lines is measuring 2 1/4″ x 5″.  Attach as shown. Embellish with the Petite Petals Punched pieces.
  • The inside of the card is stamped with one of the images from Bring On The Cake.  The outside sentiment is from Four You!

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Apr 072014

With the slightly warmer weather slowly coming upon us, I have been in full spring mode now. While my creating mojo has been somewhat stifled lately, I can’t resist playing with the wonderful color combinations that Stampin’ Up! offers.

Do you ever get into a funk where you just can’t or aren’t able to create. That is the way it has been for a while now and I apologize. Let me know if that is what happens to you on occasion.


You know me by now, a card should take you less than 10 minutes from start to finish.

Your Stamping Teacher Tips:

  • I can’t stress this enough…Use the catalog for layout ideas.  After all, isn’t that one reason why we keep them around?
  • The Fresh Prints Designer Series Pack is perfect for making a few cards at a time.
  • For goodness sakes, take out that glimmer paper and add it to brighten someone’s day!
  • Layer your Pansy punch with that Petite Petals punch.  WHAT!  YOU HAVEN’T PURCHASED IT YET?!  What are you waiting for?!

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Apr 022014

Today is my sister’s birthday, Happy Birthday, Nini,  and last week I made this card using the Flower Shop Bundle.   She loves pink in all forms, so I set out to use Blushing Bride and it happens to be a perfect complement to  Smokey Slate.

Not sure how to do the Masking Tape Technique?  Watch the video here.

Flower Shop Bundle

Do you have a favorite stamping technique that you seem to go back to over and over again?    I have my favorites as well  Be sure to drop me a comment  and let me know your thoughts!

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Mar 312014

Have you ever wanted to do paper piecing but just didn’t want to cut out all the pieces?!

Easy peasy technique that you can get started right now!   Just stamp onto your Designer Series Paper and punch out.

Faux Paper Piecing

Your Stamping Teacher Tips:

    • Be sure to use a line image as your stamped piece.
    • The quickest way to do this would be to use a punch that coordinates with the stamped image, such as the Flower Shop Bundle.
    • You can even save 15% by purchasing these bundles.
    • Always group in odd numbers.
    • Don’t forget to add a little bling to the center of your flowers.
    • I chose “Happy Birthday” from the “Create A Cupcake”!  I love that font

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Mar 242014

Yes, folks!  The Best of 25 Years is winding down and we are into the last few days that these stamp sets will be available.

March 31st is the last day to order these sets…if there is something you want, don’t miss out–order before the end of the month!

By all accounts, once they are gone…they are GONE!

Best Of Birthdays

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:

  • I doubled stamped the Happy Birthday to you.  Once in Baked Brown Sugar and once in Coastal Cabana.  I cut out the Coastal Cabana, then I hand cut the Birthday and mounted it with Stampin’ Dimensionals to POP it up.
  • ALL the papers from the Fresh Prints Designer Series Pack coordinate with one another.  Perfect for when you are in a pinch.
  • Layout is from the Sale A Bration catalog!  You just gotta LOVE the ideas in the catalogs!  Wouldn’t you agree?!

Best Of 25 Years

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Mar 192014

The In Laid Embossing Technique has been on the scene since the  Square Lattice Embossing Folder made its appearance a few years ago.

Just about any punched piece can be used to make the perfect background or focal point.

How I did it! 

  1. Punch 8 -1″ squares in various coordinated cardstock.
  2. Adhere to Whisper White cardstock using SNAIL adhesive or Multi Purpose Adhesive.
  3. Run through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

Pansy Embellishment:

  1. Punch two pieces of cardstock using the Pansy Punch.
  2. Score down the middle of each petal.
  3. Cut along each petal to the middle.
  4. Crease each petal for dimension.
  5. Adhere together and add a Large Pearl in the center.

In Laid TechniqueYour Stamping Teacher Tip:

  • Be sure to stamp your envelopes.
  • Dimensions on this card are  5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
  • Use your Envelope Punch Board to make a custom envelope.
  • Sometimes you just don’t need a sentiment.  Change it up and let the front of the card speak for itself!

In Laid Technique with Env

Stampin’ Supplies:

Card Stock

Tools & Adhesive


Big Shot

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Mar 172014

Is it chalk?  Is it a pen?  Either way, this wonderful ink accessory will give you the chalkboard look which is currently one of  the hottest trends at the moment!

 Zebra StripesThis card couldn’t have been easier to put together.  Just take your Chalk Marker and swipe down creating stripes.  No need for perfection.  That is exacting the look you are going for.

Zebra Stripes 1Your Stamping Teacher Tip: 

  • When going for the Black and White look,  add one other color for POP!  I chose Coastal Cabana and the  Large Basic Jewel for drama.
  • Your sentiment needs to be on the large size for this card layout.  Having a smaller sentiment will be lost in the overall look and feel of the card.
  • You will notice on the Pansy Punch that I scored down the center.  I then cut into each petal and creased them.   This gives the petal added dimension. 

Chalk Marker copy

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Mar 052014

Since the month of March is National Crafting Month, let’s take a moment and look at something a little different here.  Looking for ways to use your Washi Tape has never been easier.

I thought about using wooden disks, however, that would have meant a trip to the big box store and frankly, I needed to use my time wisely’

I found that my circle punches needed a little workout and were perfect in that I could use different sizes to change things up a bit.

Picture 13Supplies you will need:

  • Washi Tape
  • Whiteboard from Designer Series Paper pack
  • Thumbtacks
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Paper Snips
  • Snail
  • Scrap cardstock in coordinating color of Washi Tape

Step 1-Grab a piece of whiteboard from your Designer Series Paper Pack.

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Step 2- Punch 4 circles with your Circle Punch.  Sizes can vary.  Here I used a  1″ Circle Punch

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Step 3 – Adhere the circles together making sure all edges are even.

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Step 4 – Attach Washi Tape to the center portion as shown, overlapping about 1/2″

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Step 5 – Trim into the edges on an angle.  This makes it easier to wrap around the back against the curved edges.

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Step 6 – Be sure to smooth the edges.

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Step 7 – Complete the other two sides as shown.  Complete the Washi’d circles until the edges are smooth.

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Step 8 -  Punch a smaller circle in a coordinating color.  For this, I used the 3/4″ circle punch.

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Step 9 – Adhere to back of circle with glue gun.

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Step 10 -  Using hot glue gun, attach thumbtack to the back.  Hold for about 10 seconds until set. Voila!

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Now that Spring is knocking on our doorsteps, jazz up your bulletin boards with some colorful Washi Tape.  Drop me a line to let me know how you liked this tutorial.

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Mar 012014

Which E-Cutter is right for YOU?


Over the past few weeks, I have been intrigued with E-Cutters!  I know that it is not a Stampin’ Up! product, and to be quite frank, I am not sure they will ever offer one for sale.  However, I LOVE My Digital Studio and I like the fact that I can create something and eventually cut it out with one of these E-Cutters.

So I went about looking for the best one that I could afford with the features that are important to me.  I am pretty sure you fall into that category as well.  Since you know that I am a technology and tool kind-of-girl, I had fun researching all the fun things that I could do with one.  I usually do not attend crops where the majority of these machines are, so I couldn’t actually try any of them.  So at this point, it is probably like shopping for clothing and not being able to try them on for size :)

But, how many of us DO  shop and buy without trying?!  The vast majority of us probably do.  In many cases,  everyday objects in our lives fit into this category!  For example, refrigerators, microwaves, ovens, dishwashers, mattresses (I could tell you lots about this last one), and the list goes on…!  Recommendations are terrific and helpful, but in the end, it is how YOU feel about a product, your comfort level with technology and what you will want to do with it.  Also, as with anything NEW, there is a learning curve attached to it!  Remember when your first smartphone arrived, how about your first computer,  did you go from a PC to a Mac or vice-versa?!   Same thing….all initial learning curves.

To help make your decision somewhat easier, I came across this website that helps explain the different features, price points and capabilities of each of the Top Ten E-Cutters on the market. My hope is that it is helpful to you.  Before you purchase, perhaps there is a You-Tube video out there that can help you use your NEW toy?!

Whether you do or do not have an E-Cutter, please let me know through your comments here or on my Facebook Page what your thoughts are.  To help you get started if you do have an E-Cutter, why not give My Digital Studio a test drive for FREE for 30 days.  My Digital Studio has LOTS of Digital Downloads that can help take your papercrafting to a whole new level!

Have fun researching and shopping if one of these machines is in your future!

Top Ten E-Die Cutting Machines for 2014

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Feb 242014

You remember the  2 4 6 8 Box, don’t you?!   The inspiration came from my upline over the weekend and it came at a time when I thought about making something with the Gold Vellum.   Pair it with the Gold Foil, and all I can say is,  “WOW!”

The 2 4 6 8 Box  was one of the first 3-d items I made years ago for hostesses who had in-home workshops.  Who would have thought that this little box would stand the test of time?

These cuties are perfect for wedding, birthday or shower favors, little thank yous to make someone’s day and last but not least, I like to use them as table favors for my holiday table.

Gold Vellum Boxes

Directions on making the 2 4 6 8  Box:

  1. Cut your cardstock or paper, 5 1/2″ 8 1/2″.
  2. Score along the  8 1/2″ side at 2″, 4″, 6″ and 8″
  3. Turn your cardstock or paper 1/4 turn and score along the 5 1/2″ side at 2″
  4. Cut the 2″ pieces up to the 2″ line.  Cut out the small 1/2″ piece.
  5. Fold and adhere the box together.

Template Box

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:

  • When using Vellum, the adhesive will show through.  Strategically place your adhesive behind the gold foil on the Vellum to hide it.
  • Be careful not to fold  or crease your Gold Foil sheet.  It will show every ding and dent.

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Feb 192014

Introducing … the Petite Petals Card Class

Local or long distance…

6 fun card ideas that feature the Petite Petals Bundle.

Petite Petals Card Class PC

Early Bird registration for In Studio Class includes a FREE gift valued at $4.95! 

Early Bird registration ends Saturday, Feb 22nd.  Gift is redeemable at time of class. 

Petite Petals Card Class-001Drop Down Menu on the Buy Now Button includes options for Supplies or No Supplies and choice of dates.

Petite Petals Class Options

Petite Petals Class Options

Feb 172014

Do you like  Designer Series Paper as much as I do?

Creating a background using just a simple technique with Eye-Catching Ikat can make for a dramatic effect. Here I used a subtle color combination of So Saffron and Smoky Slate to create a soft, almost faded background.

Be sure to experiment with using different color schemes and patterns to create a simple but effective background for your projects.

Eye-Catching Ikat

Your Stamping Teacher Tips:

  • If you want absolute perfection, use your Stamp A Ma Jig.  For this project, I just free stamped to create a background that looks handmade.
  • Keep your sentiment on the small side to make your beautiful handmade background POP!


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Feb 112014

Are you always searching for masculine card ideas for the men in your lives?  For many of us, it is a challenge with all the flowers and feminine stamped images out there.
One of my favorite kinds of cards to create is a very simple manly card and let’s face it, Eye Catching Ikat works perfectly for this kind of project.


Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Keep the elements on your card simple.  While guys always appreciate your thoughtfulness, they just don’t like a lot of “stuff” on their cards.

ikat close up

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Feb 062014

This card went together fairly easy! All I have to do is look outside and hope for an early spring.  My thoughts turned to sun and blue sky, not the dreaded snowstorms that we have been having lately.

So, how did I do it?!

With the Eye-Catching Ikat  and Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Sets!

Thank You

Your Stamping Teacher Tips: 

  • I chose to use muted colors along with a few bold colors for contrast.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with color combinations!
  • If you haven’t tried Stampin’ Up’s! NEW firm foam pads, you are in for a treat.  They work exceptionally well with the NEW Photopolymer Stamps to achieve a wonderful stamped image.
  • When using the NEW firm foam pads, use light and even pressure.  No smashing your stamps into the pads allowed!

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Feb 032014

It’s hard to ignore the popular ikat trend now!

What is ikat?!

DefinitionIkat definition, a method of printing woven fabric by tie-dyeing the warp yarns (warp ikat) the weft yarns (weft ikat) or both.

Eye-Catching Ikat and Another Thank You

This set is called Eye-Catching Ikat and is available only in Photopolymer!  Stampin’ Up’s! top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let’s just say they’re meant for each other!

Ikat Thank You

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  This color combination of Crushed Curry, Smokey Slate and Soft Sky is truly a spring-like powerhouse. ikat thank you close up Notice the Thank You from Another Thank You!  That also is a photopolymer set that has quickly become a go-to for when I need thank you notes.  My personal favorite font from that set.  I love fonts and when I see something different, I just gotta have it!

Eye-Catching Ikat Photopolymer Stamp Set


Ikat Flyer

Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set

Another Thank You

Another Photopolymer flyer

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Jan 272014

Over the last month, I have showed you a several ways of using the Geometrical Stamp Set and Bundle.    This layout is quite clean and simple and when you pair it with the sentiment of your choice, you have one knockout of a card.

Over on my Your Stamping Teacher Facebook Page, there were additional samples as well.

Best of all,  this card can either be  masculine or feminine.  The month of January  provided lots of inspiration with this wonderful and versatile set.  As an additional idea, keep the black cardstock layer and ink, change out the triangle colors!

 Clean and Simple Geometric

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  All Stampin’ Up! Bundles are listed on the right side of my website.  Be sure to check out the offerings both in the Annual Catalog and the 2014 Occasions Catalog.

Clean and Simple Close Up

Want my Geometrical Online Card Class for FREE?!

Are you part of my January Virtual Club?  Place an order in my ONLINE STORE of at least $50 and using hostess code AJV4NCSY during the month of January and I will send you  the Geometric Card Class for FREE!    Offer expires January 31st.

Geometric Card Class

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Jan 212014

Does it seem like January is flying by?!

In 1 week, Sale A Bration begins and the excitement continues with lots of NEW product!

For me, with the NEW 2014 Occasions Catalog live, I am totally lovin’ the color combinations and playing with my Stampin’ goodies.

When I get a set, I love to stamp the heck out of it and show you a multitude of ways to use it!

Be sure to check out my Facebook Page and give a “like”!  I share other ideas there as well.

BirthdayThe fun and fresh design along with the coordinating Triangle punch makes this one versatile stamp bundle.

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:

Birthday Close Up

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January features the Geometric Bundle (15% discount).  Did you miss my Studio Card Class?  If you did,  no worries!

I created a Geometric Online Card Class with 3 videos and a Bonus 3 additional card samples in .pdf format.

This class is perfect for both customers and Demonstrators alike!

Geometric Card Class


Geometric Online Card Class

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