Double Slider Card and Last Day for Reason to Smile!

Alright, this post is going to be a quicky because I have an unplanned dentist appointment I have to head out to (don’t you just love those!)  But, I wanted to share a card we made recently at my Fun Folds class and remind everyone that if you haven’t ordered your Reason to Smile stamp set yet, TODAY is the LAST DAY it is available!

But here is the card we made:


I know, it doesn’t look like much… simple and basic card layout.  But wait!  There is more!


What’s that?  Pull the ribbon and you start to see the cute image appear….

Ta Da!!  A cute message appears!  This card is actually really easy to make once you have the dimensions for scoring and folding your base card.  I used a slightly different dimension set than what is in this article but this shows you how to make your own!

And don’t forget!  Today is the last day to get your Reason to Smile stamp set… plus it is only $5!  Check out all the details and let me know if you want to get your set today. 🙂


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Summer Afternoon with Watercolor Pencils

Each month the gals in my team of Fun n Crafty demos participate in a card swap where we each create a card for one of the other folks on the team.  It’s a lot of fun to see the different styles from everyone and to take time out to create a card for a specific person each month.

This was the card I made for Bethani recently.  This hostess stamp set – Summer Afternoon, made me think of her, and the image just begged me to color it in!  So, I grabbed my trusty watercolor pencils and got to work.

Summer Afternoon colored swap card


I kept the colors more subtle and then added pops of color with my cardstock and ribbon.  I grabbed some Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight cardstock for my bright colors and then matched the strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock with a piece of Daffodil Delight stitched grosgain ribbon to add some texture to the card.

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I hope she enjoyed the card and I loved seeing her change it up and use this similar layout for a class she held recently.  (If you are in the Mountain View area of California and looking for card making classes, she has some great ones!)

And if you have been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!, we’d love to have you join our group and our monthly card swap!  You can learn more about all the benefits and stay tuned for more details on a cute project kit that you can get FREE when you sign up in August!


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Have You Tried the Stamp-a-ma-jig?

So, I’ve been missing making videos and so I wanted to get back into the groove and so I started thinking about what would be a fun topic…. and so I decided to show folks how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig!

This is one of those tools that most people don’t get past the name.  They either don’t have any idea what it is, or they think it sounds complicated and get intimidated.  Well, I’m here to tell you that it is actually really easy; and it is a lifesaver sometimes for cards where precision matters!

So, I decided to CASE myself and make a little card based on the card I posted a couple days ago.  Here is the finished product:

I LOVE the Natural Composition paper and the Whisper White looks really pretty against the Very Vanilla in person. And don’t forget, this flower stamp set (Reason to Smile) is only available for a few more days!  The last day to get it for only $5 is July 31st!

Anyway, the topic was all about using the stamp-a-ma-jig.  So, if you don’t have any idea how to use it or are curious about 2-step stamping, take a look at the following video.  And if you still have questions, drop me a line at and I’d be so happy to answer them for you!

Perfectly Aligning Images with the Stamp-a-ma-jig


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Sweet and Simple Reason to Smile Card

I know that a lot of the samples people post out there are the gorgeous, works of art cards – and they are beautiful and inspirational to look at.  But sometimes you just need something sweet and simple… so here is an idea for you using the $5 Reason to Smile stamp set:


Cute, right?!

All this is, is coloring in the outline stamp set with your markers and stamping on the right side of the card base.  Do some tone-on-tone stamping on a piece of cardstock, and then before you adhere it down to your card front, add a white piece of the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch for a little bit of fringe.  Make a bow out of bakers twine and add a sentiment and you are done!

And did I mention the stamp set these flowers are from is only $5?  If you haven’t gotten your set yet, remember you only have until July 31st to order it.  With any $50 purchase, you can get this stamp set for $5.

Reason to Smile stamp set



So, don’t forget to grab it if you want to take advantage of this great price for a cute set!


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Reason to Smile Dream Card
Reason to Smile, Loving Thoughts
Ink: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Bakers Twine (white), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch

Convention 2012 Display Boards!

One of the big reasons to go to convention is to see all the tons of amazing samples and displays.  They have huge boards that are organized by common colors (so you get a rainbow effect as you walk along the boards), by artisan award finalists, and boards full of samples using the stamp sets we are given at convention.  That is a lot of samples!!

So, to help you get started with some new ideas here are some of the display boards to give you lots and LOTS of ideas!

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Whew!  So are you feeling inspired yet?  I told you there are so many amazing ideas there.  I decided this year that I’m going to pick a few of my favorites and use them in my classes and for blog posts of the coming year.  So, thank you to everyone who contributed to these boards for sharing the amazing ideas!

So, I’d love to hear… leave a comment here or on my facebook page with with cards from the boards are your favorites!

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Everything Eleanor Christmas Swap Card

Alright, I’m finally getting caught up which is nice!  Up next, getting ready to have a bunch of great ladies over on Wednesday night to check out all of my samples, swaps, and goodies that I brought back from Convention and then make a few projects to take home!  It should be a fun night
(if you are interested in coming check out the details and rsvp here!)

Anyway, this year, I took with me a ton of swap cards… normally I end up with 30-50 cards but this year I took 100!

I didn’t mean to make so many but I discovered that I could almost exactly use the scrap from my Snow Much Fun swap to make this Everything Eleanor swap card, that I just kept making cards until I was out of scraps!  But that just means I have a whole bunch of great cards to use as inspiration now.

So, want to see what I was swapping?


I thought the flourish-y, journal stamp would make a fun wreath and my original idea had the bird stamped red for a cardinal… but I wanted the bird to stand out.  It took a little more work than I expected but I thought it was a fun use of the set.

And before I sign off for the night, I thought I’d share all the fun goodies I got while I was at convention.  This is just the stuff I got for free as part of my registration, giveaways, and prizes.  Not too bad, huh? 🙂

Stampin Up Convention Free Items

That is a bag, red glimmer paper, 2 packs of designer fabric, 8 stamp sets, a journal made in My Digital Studio, 2 spools of satin ribbon, 1 pack of rhinestones, a pack of In Color Dahlias, a Holiday Mini catalog, a main catalog, and a hand fan!

See, you know you totally want to come to convention next yere, huh??
Shoot me an email and I can help you figure out how you can come with me and my team next year!


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Make a Cake Pennant Card Recipe
Everything Eleanor, Curly Cute
Ink: Garden Green, Basic Grey
Paper: Real Red, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, large Scallop circle punch, 1 1/4” circle punch, 1/8” Real Red taffeta ribbon, glue dots, snail, stampin’ dimensionals

Stampin’ Up! Convention 2012–The Final Days

Jeepers!  Thanks to extremely flaky internet access at the hotel, I wasn’t able to get these blog posts written up and posted in the evenings of Convention.  But I wanted to post my summaries of the last two days at convention since I know a lot of you out there were interested in seeing what went on.  For those of you interested in the Display Boards – for the sake of space, I’ll be posting them tomorrow in a separate post.  But here is the final run down of a great convention:

Inspiring Stamping Presentations:

There were so many great ideas this year.  I’m definitely going to use some in my classes over the next few months (scented embossing powder anyone?!) but here are a few highlights.

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***Did you notice the Keep Calm hostess set???  It is coming back shortly!!  Shelli couldn’t promise that they wouldn’t have to pull it in the future, so if you love it, get it now! ***

New Momento Mall Items!!

I figure that you can never go to Momento Mall too often. Smile  There is always something cute to look at, a gift to buy, or your 2nd Day surprise!  (Stamping themed cookie press stamps, garden flags, and a My Digital Studio 2 sampler)IMAG0002 (4)


Hispanic Night and Prizes!

Friday night they hold Hispanic Night, which is a great event to learn about the differences and desires of the Hispanic market.  Its actually super interesting to learn the cultural differences that I didn’t know about (like when someone would send out a card).  And we were given the Quinciera stamp set to use for our make and take!!!!  I LOVE this stamp set even though I don’t know anyone who is having a Quinciera anytime soon.  But so pretty!


And I won a prize during Bingo! Christmas stamp set, Raspberry Ripple stitched satin ribbon, and Real Red glimmer paper!


Great Classes:

I went to lots of great classes.  This sample was from a class by Tami White and Ronda Wade.  They talked about what has helped them run successful businesses and it was great to hear different ideas and strategies from these great women.

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Socializing and Relaxing at Lunchtime:

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And did I mention Free Stamps!!!

During lunch on the last day, we received our convention incentive stamp set (provided you attended you classes and got the “secret word”.  Then during closing session, we were given TWO more stamp sets!!  Not to bad, huh? Smile


Other Announcements:

There were also a number of announcements made including the following:

–  The grand vacation is a Western Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean

–  The getaway vacation is to San Diego

–  Stampin’ Up! will be donating $3 (instead of $1) from each sale of the stamp set “Moving Forward” to the Ronald McDonald stamp set

–  and an August special when you sign up to join Stampin’ Up!  If you are not a demonstrator but are interested in learning more about this program, let me know and I’ll fill you in on all the details!

So there you have it!  Convention is over but it was such an awesome trip!  I hope you can join me next year for Stampin’ Up!’s 25th anniversary.  I’d love to have you join my team and come celebrate with us next year!  Curious?  You can learn more about what it is like to join Stampin’ Up! and my team.


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Stampin’ Up! Convention 2012–The First Day!

Does anyone here watch “So You Think You Can Dance”?  If so, do you know how Mary Murphy has the Hot Tamale train… well imagine her screaming “Woo Hoo!!!” and that is what we were saying this morning. Smile

It was a fun day filled with general session, make & takes, classes, and lots and lots of stamping buddies!  I think that was actually one of my favorite parts – reconnecting with friends I haven’t seen in a while, meeting new folks while waiting in line or in classes or swapping, and its been so fun to meet folks who visit my blog and stop me to say hi!

As with yesterday, I have more photos on my facebook page –, but here are some of my highlights from today.

The day started with general session and I had my littlest stamper with me to enjoy the show!  Ok, so she enjoyed the first half of session and then napped the second… but that is ok, she didn’t need to learn about how to connect with Gen Y!


The keynote speaker was the hilarious Jason Dorsey who works for a company that researches generations and their characteristics and trends. It was fascinating to hear what research shows is the difference between generations, for example – Baby Boomers prefer communication via phone whereas Gen Y strongly prefers text and email to phone calls when being reached out to. And the interesting thing was sitting next to my mom and watching us both nod our heads along to what he was saying!

But before he took the stage… and look at this cool stage… was a welcome by Shelli Gardner


She talked about the convention theme and Stampin’ Up!’s commitment to supporting demonstrators who want to build their demo-ship “my way” and growing our talent and businesses in ways that are right for us.

And of course, she had to show a super cute project!  (I’ll post a better picture tomorrow if I can!  And I’m totally going to CASE parts of it so I can show you some cool details in later posts!)

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I worked on Make & Takes – more on that tomorrow! And though I shopped at Momento Mall again over lunch, check out how fun the lunch area was set up.

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I had classes in the afternoon… and if you are curious about the types of things you can learn at convention, today I took the following classes:

  • “I am a Leader” with Brian Pilling – I always love classes with Brian because he has such an interesting take on the topics.  In this case it was more about what are the characteristics/extremes of a bad leader and where is a middle ground that you can be more effective and helpful.  I’m always trying to figure out how to be better for my team and so I loved the insight!
  • “I am Open for Business” with Carrie Cutney – Carrie is one of the frequent speakers at SU events and this was a good class for hearing some basic ideas for how to find new customers and stamping friends, tips for responding when people find you, and ways to expand your business. 

And tomorrow, its more sessions, more make & takes, more classes, and I’m going to get more pictures of the displays!

So, before I sign off for now so I can catch a few more Zzzs before the day really begins, I thought I would share two more things that always impress me about Stampin’ Up! and convention:

1.  Stampin’ Up’s support for demonstrators with families!  Even at a corporate event, they allow and even encourage demos with infants to come participate by providing “mother’s lounges” on either side of the general session floor.  These rooms are walled off sections of the main stage floor with carpeting (so you can put your baby down), gliders, changing station, and a TV so you can see what is happening up on the stage!


2. The friendship and sharing of other demonstrators!  Stampin’ Up! offers incentives and benefits for building an supporting a team, but certain incentives only take into account your first 5 levels of downline.  However, I am connected to a wonderful woman named Julie Gunhus who I am 8 or so levels below, but she has always been super inclusive of myself and my team at events and takes time to answer questions and even includes me in the cute gifts she gives her downline at convention.  Like this adorable bag tag!  I mean, seriously, isn’t it cute!?


Oh, and before I sign off, I should make sure to share the Stampin’ Up! news that was announced today at convention.

Day 1 Announcements:

  • Watch for fun Stampin’ Up! ads in magazines such as Parents, Better Homes & Gardens, and Family Fun coming next month.
  • My Digital Studio 2 has a release date!  August 1st with additional features coming out as free updates following that.  Awesome new features include designing 2 page spreads at one time, being able to use different color “ink” for different parts of a stamp image, being able to recolor DSP, embellishments, and stamps, and much more!
  • Great upcoming incentive trips and managers reception locations including a weekend getaway trip to San Diego and manager’s reception (if you have the title of Manager with SU) will be in January at Harry Potter’s Wizardly World in FL!  Extra incentive for me to promote to manager in the next few months!

Alright time for a little more rest!  I’ll share more with you soon!

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Snow Much Fun Convention Swaps & Checkin Day!

Woo hoo!  Convention is here and it was a busy day in Salt Lake City for me yesterday.  I spent the first night in town (Tuesday night) finishing up my swaps and getting settled in after arriving late in the evening.  I wanted to use Dazzling Details (Stampin’ Up!’s glitter glue) on my cards so I glittered them up and had them all out to dry around the room. Smile


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The end result, I think, turned out pretty nice.  Unfortunately I had a heck of a time taking a picture in the light of the hotel room that shows the glitter, but I think you can tell here:

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This was one of my two swaps and today I can’t wait to swap like crazy.  I’ve already seen some super cute cards and I know there will be tons more today!

But yesterday was filled with picking up our bags:


and visiting Momento Mall!  (If you want to see more Momento Mall photos, check out my facebook page where I posted a bunch of pictures from yesterday)IMAG0003

Then we got an early peak at display boards and product showcases including checking out the new trimmer!  Did you know that the new trimmer has a lock so that the plastic blade guide (where you slide the cutter up and down) so that it doesn’t flop open when you are putting it in your bag for crops?  And the numbers are under the laminate on the platform so they won’t rub off??  Oh, I hope they announce that it is releasing soon!


Well, General Session starts at 8:30 and then it is off to make & takes and classes!  I’ll be posting some to my facebook page throughout the day and then I’ll try to post more pictures tonight of more convention goodies.

And don’t forget my Convention Week specials!!

Don’t forget, get a FREE INK PAD and be entered in a CHANCE TO WIN a $25 GIFT CERTIFICATE when you place your order with me this week.

Any order of $50 or more can pick out your favorite color of the new style of firm foam ink pad, and every order is entered into a drawing to win the gift certificate.  Shop online or email me your order at and I’ll get you all taken care of!

Well I’m off!  I’ll share more later!

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Patio Party Birthday!

Today is the day that I fly to SLC, so be checking back here and on my facebook page for updates from Convention.  But before I go, I wanted to share one more birthday card using the Patio Party designer paper and Make a Cake stamp set.


This card is actually really quick and easy to make because you simply stamp the cake image with Midnight Muse and color in with your markers.  The banners in the top half of the card are all part of one pattern in the Patio Party designer paper.  Then you just need to stamp the Bitty Banner sentiment and cut it out with the matching Itty Bitty Banners framelits!  Seriously, super quick!

The other colors in today’s card are Summer Starfruit and Raspberry Ripple.

Well, I’m off to pack up my swaps and head to the airport!  I’ll be back and sharing soon!

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