It’s My Party & I’ll Stamp If I Want To! Birthday Card Stamp-A-Stack

March 27, 2007 at 11:18 am | Posted in Events, Projects, Stamp Set- Basket Full of Fun, Stamp Set- Canvas, Stamp Set- Eat Cake, Stamp Set- Everyday Flexible Phrases, Stamp Set- It's Your Birthday, Stamp Set- Letterpress Alphabet, Stamp Set- Looks Like Spring, Stamp Set- Print Pattern, Stamp Set- Riveting, Stamp Set- Sincere Salutations, Stamp Set- Wild About You, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques | Comments Off on It’s My Party & I’ll Stamp If I Want To! Birthday Card Stamp-A-Stack

So, I’ve been wanting to do a Stamp-A-Stack for a few months now.  A Stamp-A-Stack is similar to a Stamp Camp, where you come to my house to make cool projects.  At a Stamp-A-Stack, though, you make multiples of the same items so you build up your stash of handmade cards to give away.  I always need extra birthday cards myself. 

This Sunday is my birthday.  And I decided, for my birthday, I’m finally going to host that Stamp-A-Stack I’ve been planning.

These are the cards we’ll be making.  I think you’ll like them!

We’ll be making 3 each of the 4 cards (that’s 12 cards total) with matching envelopes for $20.  Those in my Stamp Club have a special price of $16. 

The event will be on Saturday, April 21st @ 2PM

You must sign up & pre-pay by Tuesday, April 10th!  That’s only 2 weeks from today!  Click here for my contact info.

We’ll have chocolate cake (I have to with us making that yummy chocolate cake card!), punch, chips & dip…  Expect a party!

The cards we’re making are designed so there is something for everyone on your card list- a pretty, feminine one, one for the kids, a nice masculine one, and a general birthday card (I know very few people who don’t like chocolate!). 

At each of the card stations there will be instruction posters with step-by-step photos.

Here are close-ups of each of the cards, and also their insides.


Feminine Birthday Card

Inside of Card (this card can be used for any occassion if you don’t stamp the birthday saying)


Inspired by this card


Kids Birthday Card

Inside of Card (this card could also be used for any occassion, if you skip stamping “happy birthday”)

Inspired by this card.


Masculine Birthday Card

Inside of Card:

Inspired by this card.


Chocolate Cake Card

Inside of Card:

Inspired by this card & this card.

I hope you’ll join us!


birthday cards

March 22, 2007 at 2:25 pm | Posted in Projects, Simply Scrappin' Kits, Stamp Set- Dotted, Stamp Set- Eat Cake, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up! | Comments Off on birthday cards

My brother and his wife came for a weekend visit.  My brother’s birthday just passed, and my sister-in-law’s birthday is coming up.

For both of their birthday cards, I used layouts that I’ve recently had success with.

This card uses the same idea as a card that I made for my February workshop projects.

 Stamp Set: Eat Cake, Dotted background

Paper: Mellow Moss, Night of Navy, Bordering Blue, Whisper White

Ink: Mellow Moss, Night of Navy & Bordering Blue Markers

Accessories: 3/4″, 1 1/4″ & 1 3/8″ Circle Punches, Navy Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

I somehow lost my photo of my sister-in-law’s card closed!  Arg!  But this is what it looks like when it is open.  It uses the same fold as my st. patty’s card.

Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations

Ink: Sage Shadow

Paper: Simply Scrappin’ Kit- In Full Bloom, Lovely Lilac Cardstock

Accessories: White Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

top of the morning to you!

March 17, 2007 at 9:42 am | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Riveting, Stamp Set- Tag Time, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up! | Comments Off on top of the morning to you!

I made this card for my husband for St. Patrick’s Day.  You’ll find easy to follow instructions for the fold here, written by Beate Johns.

Stamps sets: Riveting (level 1 hostess set), Tag Time

Paper: Sarah Designer Series Paper, Brocade Blue, Certainly Celery, Whisper White (I love how Stampin’ Up!’s designer papers coordinate perfectly with the cardstock!)

Ink: Brocade Blue Classic Pad, Garden Green Marker

Accessories: 1/2″, 1 1/4″ & 1 3/8″ Circle Punches, Dimensionals, Celery Grosgrain Ribbon


March 16, 2007 at 11:16 am | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Heartfelt Thanks, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Pastels, Technique- Poppin' Pastels, Techniques | Comments Off on heartfelt

I made this card for my newest recruit!  Welcome to Stampin’ Up!, Georgia!

Stamp Set: Heartfelt Thanks, Watercolor Joy Wheel

Paper: Gable Green, Pixie Pink, Whisper White

Ink: Versamark, Pixie Pink

Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels, Sponge Daubers, the Tearing Edge, Pewter Hodgepodge Hardware, Celery, Rose & White Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals

a wedding card

March 14, 2007 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Projects, Stamp Set- Both Way Blossoms, Stamp Set- French Script, Stamp Set- Print Pattern, Stamp Set- Warm Words, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up!, Technique- Heat Embossing, Technique- Watercoloring, Techniques | Comments Off on a wedding card

A friend of mine got married last Friday.  She’s a really sweet girl and I wanted to make her a nice card.  But I didn’t have much time because my husband took Friday off so we could do something fun with the kids.  By the time we left Fairytale Town, I knew I had to hurry.  So I planned this card in my head on the ride home and it didn’t take very long at all to stamp.

First, I stamped the Print Pattern background on the Very Vanilla layer.  I heated it with my Heat Tool because I was really hoping that it wouldn’t pick up the embossing powder that I would use on the French Script background.  I even set it aside to dry while I worked on the focal point.  I stamped the roses from Both Way Blossoms (it’s a hostess only set that will disappear the end of June!) and “cherish” from Warm Words in Basic Black Craft ink, then poured Crystal Clear Emboss Powder over it and heated with the heat tool.  Then I colored the roses with an Aqua Painter and Elegant Egglant & Always Artichoke Classic ink.  (I could tell from the invitation that their wedding color was purple.) I punched the corners with the Ticket Corner Punch (I know, I keep using that one!).  My husband suggested I emboss the edges clear, I think it was a great idea! So next I went back to the layer with Print Pattern on it, and I stamped French Script with Black Craft and embossed with clear.  The embossing powder did still stick to some of the Print Pattern, even though I let it dry.  But I still really like the way it turned out. Last, I wrapped a Black Grosgrain Ribbon around the background layer and added a Cream Grosgrain knot.

For the inside, I used the Mini Envelope Template to quickly make an envelope out of Vellum Cardstock to hold the gift card we were giving them.

I think the card looks much better in person, with the embossing all over it, but you get the idea.

Spring Mini Swaps

March 11, 2007 at 12:13 pm | Posted in New Products, Projects, Stamp Set- Polka Dots & Paisley, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up! | Comments Off on Spring Mini Swaps

Last Monday, I attended a shoebox swap with the 24/7 Stampers group, a demonstrator group led by my friend Ann Clemmer. A shoebox swap is where each demonstrator brings a completed card as a sample for their swap and brings (in a shoebox) all the supplies needed for the attending demonstrators to make the swap.  Most of the swaps used the Polka Dots and Paisley stamp set from the Spring Mini Catalog.  The other swaps featured some of the other stamp sets from the spring mini.

Here are the Polka Dot & Paisley samples:

And other spring mini sets:

The sets featured are Glorious Gift, Crab & Company, Bunny Hugs & Doodle That.

March THO Projects

March 9, 2007 at 12:49 pm | Posted in Events, Projects, Stamp Set- Polka Dots & Paisley, Stamp Set- Roses in Winter, Stamp Set- Wishing You the Best, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up! | Comments Off on March THO Projects

At my Totally Hands On workshops this month, we’ll be making the card I created for a shoebox swap.  Because this card is pretty time-consuming, the other projects we’re doing are really simple.

It can’t get much better than that smile, can it?  This is my adorable son, Jared, last November.

Stamp sets: Wishing You the Best ($2 from the sale of each of these sets is donated to the Ronald McDonald House charity), Everyday Flexible Phrases, Simple Sayings II

Paper: Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White

Ink: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories: White Grosgrain, Rectangle Punch, 1 1/4″ & 1 3/8″ Circle Punches, Dimensionals

Easter is coming up, so I thought we’d make a pretty, spring basket.  This is very simple to do and uses only a 6×6 square of cardstock (plus a strip of cardstock or ribbon for a handle). 

Stamp Set: Roses In Winter (one of my all-time favorites! you just can’t mess this one up!)

Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink

Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Rose Red, Mellow Moss

Accessories: it really helps to have a nice Paper Cutter with a Scoring Blade

I got the template off the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator website, and found some awesome samples on Splitcoast.  Here’s one of my favorite pics (made by Cambria) because it shows some variations you can do with this basket.  (I’m not sure if this pic is located in one of the demonstrator-only sections, so if you can’t see it, someone let me know and I’ll put a copy here.)

Spring Fever Special

March 1, 2007 at 8:22 am | Posted in New Products, Specials, Stamp Set- Polka Dots & Paisley, Stamp Sets, Stampin' Up! | Comments Off on Spring Fever Special

Yesterday you got a glimpse of Polka Dots & Paisley, an adorable new stamp set in the Spring Mini.  Now you can get any item in the mini catalog at half off when you get the Polka Dots & Paisley bundle!  The bundle includes the stamp set and the coordinating jumbo wheel and double-sided designer series paper– for only $34.85!  This is an awesome deal because when you see the new spring mini, you’re going to want it all anyway!  I know I do.  And the 50% off can be used on the Simply Sent Kits you’ll find in the back of the mini catalog.  This special is only through the end of March!

So, go check out the Spring Mini Catalog and prepare to drool!  Be sure to check out the new doodling sets, the Au Chocolat double-sided designer paper, the cool office set with coordinating papers, accents & punches! and of course the polka dots- all my favorites!

Oh yeah, hostesses get to choose any Spring Mini item at half off during March just by hosting a $400 workshop or catalog party!  Call me to book yours!

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