Handmade luggage tags

I wanted to show you some handmade luggage tags that I made today for Emily.  I know that there isn’t anything Stampin’ Up! on these other than the card stock.  Emily is leaving for Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT on Sat. 100_9766This morning, I realized  that Emily didn’t have any luggage tags for her new Vera Bradley luggage that she received as a graduation gift from her Aunt.  So I thought, I can make those… I went out to Google and found the logo for the Sacred Heart Pioneers and then added Emily’s dorm information.  I printed this on white card stock and layered this with gray and cherry cobbler which are Sacred Heart’s colors! I finished the luggage tags off with gray and red ribbons. This will be a busy weekend for us and a big change. signature line-003

Open Stamp is back tomorrow

I thought that this is appropriate for today.  I have spent the better part of my day cleaning out my craft room.  It just made sense since I had everything all packed up anyway for the cape… 1000930_10201457210619637_335754760_n   So I am back from the Cape and Open stamp is on for tomorrow!!  10am.  If you placed an order, then I have it here waiting for you!   Looking forward to seeing everyone again!   signature line-003

Another Field Flowers Card

100_9749eGood Morning! Here is another Field Flowers card that I pulled out of my stash for this set.   I actually made this card a couple of years ago, but wanted to show you another Field Flowers card.  This really is a beautiful set and can be used for a variety of things – weddings, thinking of you, sympathy, mother’s day, birthday, etc. The details on this cards: 1.  The card base is marina mist cut in half at 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ to make the card base. 2.  The background is night of navy cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″ and embossed with a victorian embossing folder which is no longer available.  If I were making this card today, I would use the beautifully baroque embossing folder. 3.  I added a little dimension to the background of this card by stamping with the En Francais background stamp with marina mist ink stamped off.  I then used the now retired set – Fresh Vintage (a SAB set from two years ago) and very lightly stamped a couple of flower images, stamping off on scrap paper first.  I then very lightly sponged the edges of the white cardstock. 4.  The flower stems are stamped with Always Artichoke ink.  The flowers are stamped with night of navy.  I stamped the background image first on a scrap paper to “stamp Off” and create a lighter image for the background of the stamp.  I then used the detail stamp with night of navy ink over the background image. 5.  This piece is layered onto marina mist card stock.  I scalloped the bottom edge of the card stock using the scallop trim border punch. 6.  Next I stamped the sentiment “with Love” with night of navy ink and punched it out with the oval punch.  This is layered onto a piece of night of navy card stock punched with the oval scallop punch. 7.  Last but not least are the Embellishments.  I used a layer of Victoria Crochet Trim and the pearl jewels to accent the center of the large flower and the scallop on the bottom of the floral layer. I hope you have enjoyed this card sample! signature line-003  

Field Flowers with Etcetera Designer paper

Over the next couple of days I am going to share a few cards that I made with Field Flowers stamp set.  Even though this is not a new set – I found myself playing with it yesterday!! cape patio Before we get started with the cards, I thought that I would share a pic of my summer office.  As many of you know, I spend a good bit of my summer in Dennis on Cape Cod.  I know it is a difficult life but someone has to manage the teenage children! Today and yesterday have been perfect days.  The humidity has finally broken and the temps are in the 70’s.  Not too hot, not too cold.  So I have moved my computer outside for today.  It is very pleasant.  I can hear the waves and the kids playing on the beach (also the parking lot, but I am choosing to block that out LOL). 100_9752e   Ok on to some card shares!!  Yesterday I decided to play around with one of my favorite sets Field Flowers.  I saw a card on Ann Schach’s site that I absolutely loved so changed it up a little for what I needed.  Also – I wanted to use one of the new designer papers that I hadn’t opened yet… So I used the Designer paper Etcetera which has the colors Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Pool Party and Very vanilla.  I am really liking the Vintage look to this paper.    One of my customer asked for a Vintage class – I think this might be the designer paper to use!   So the details of these cards: 1.  the Card base is very vanilla with a layer of calypso coral cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″. 2.  I liked the look of the old olive and pool party design as a background piece but then couldn’t decide which coordinating piece I liked better for the side. 3.  On the first card – I used a strip of the calypso coral pattern, making sure that I lined up the victorian pattern in the middle of my strip.  I love the look that these two papers together created and the way the seam of the two papers fell with the stripe in the coral paper.  It looks as if the paper is torn! 100_9750e But then I also like the Vintage look of the vintage newspaper piece.  So I tried a 1 1/4″ strip of this piece with the background.  I liked the two together but didn’t like the seam where the two pieces meet.  So I added a piece of trim that I made using the scallop trim border punch. 4.  The flowers and stems are stamped on a 2″ x 3 1/2″ piece of very vanilla card stock layered onto a piece of Old Olive cardstock.  The stems are stamped using old olive ink. 5.  The flowers are stamped on a scrap of very vanilla card stock with calypso coral ink.  This is a two part stamp – so I stamped the background piece first and stamped off on a scrap paper to make the coral a shade lighter.  Then for the detail of the flower, I used the second detail stamp and stamped with calypso coral at full strength. The flowers are stamped on scraps of very vanilla and cut out.  They are raised with dimensionals to pop off the card!  Of course I then had to enhance the flowers with a few pearls.  And my cards are complete! Perfect for a wedding card or Thinking of You card. So which card do you like best??  Leave me a message. Enjoy your day! signature line-003      

Whitewashed Watercolor Technique

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Don’t you just love the look of the whitewashed watercolor?  I think this is my new favorite technique.   The look of watercolored flowers with the contrast of a non-white card stock  is just stunning.   I will be teaching this technique at my August Technique Class on Thursday August 29th at 7pm.

In this class, you will learn how to do this technique and receive an instruction card with complete instructions to do this technique in the future.  You will be provided with all the supplies to make 3 cards with envelopes.

You just need to bring a “class kit” which includes your adhesive of choice and some scissors.

The cost of the class is $17.  You can pre-register here for the class.

Here are a couple of other cards that we will be making in the class.
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Flower Shop Stamp Set & Massachusetts TAX Holiday

It is the second weekend in August again and that means no Sales TAXES in Massachusetts!!  Yay!!
So – I have opened an order with a Hostess code of ES9TE9Q2 for the weekend.  So this is a great time to stock up on those items that you would like, TAX FREE! …. and one of you will be the lucky Mystery Hostess and receive the Hostess benefits for the weekend!  I have one order already!  It could be you!
So how do you use the hostess code?  Go to my online store and order your items.  At the bottom left of the order screen, you will see a place to enter the hostess code ES9TE9Q2.  The order will say Mystery Hostess as I will be drawing a name on Sunday for one of you to select the hostess benefits!!  So I may be calling you on Sunday evening!
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So this is a good time to let you know that the August Featured Stamp Set is Flower Shop.  If you order $35 in product then I will send you the directions for these 4 cards.  The items that you need for these cards are:
Flower Shop Bundle (stamps and punch)  132727  wood  $33.95
                                                                                     132726  clear    28.75
Gingham Garden Designer paper                 129310             10.95
Gingham Garden Washi Tape                        129314              4.95
 Argyle Embossing Folder                                127750             7.95
And no – I didn’t use any ribbon on these cards.  I have to admit that I am really liking the Washi tape now that I have used it a few times!  I can see why it is becoming a paper crafting staple!
I previewed these cards last night with a few friends on the Cape.  They were a big hit!!
Have a great weekend!!
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Paper Pumpkin Samples

Today I thought that I would share a few of the Paper Pumpkin projects from the past couple of months. Paper pumpkin is Stampin’ Up!’s new monthly card kits that come directly to your door!  Have you wanted to try stamping but just don’t have time to come to a class?  Then Paper Pumpkin is for you!  If you are one of my experienced stampin’ friends, then Paper Pumpkin probably is not for you but you may know someone who wants to try it out! Paper-pumpkin_demo_blogbutton_august All of the supplies are included.  It takes about 30 minutes to make the project each month.    And Paper Pumpkin is on sale until August 31st!  Sign up for Paper Pumpkin by Aug. 31st and receive the first two months for $10 each month. You can signup for Paper Pumpkin here.   100_9362 After 4 months of Paper Pumpkin, these are the supplies that I have left.  Each kit includes an ink spot and a couple of stamps, precut card stock and embellishments that you need for that month’s project.  A perfect way for a new stampers to build up some supplies without have to have everything to get started!   Here are a couple of the projects from the past few months! 100_9360   This is the Jots & Thoughts notebook which you receive as a thank you gift when you signup.  You also receive an acrylic block which you will use for future projects.       100_9361       This was the project for March.  4 cards with envelopes with all of the supplies.  As you can see, I changed the samples around a little and made them my own by moving elements around.   100_9358   This set of Seriously cards was the project for April.  I love these cards!  Again – I changed the placement of the embellishments around a bit to make each card a little different.   100_9357         The project for May was this very cute little journal.  There were more than enough supplies to put the journal together and add embellishments. These projects are more basic and probably not for the experienced stamper.  But you may know someone that might be interested?  Forward this onto them! Ready to sign up??  Just visit the site here and sign up today!!   signature line-003

New Big Shot ThinLit Dies

I am soooo excited!  At convention Stampin’ Up! announced some new ThinLit dies that are designed to make flip cards on  the Big Shot.  These are used to make Flip cards!  No more lining up traditional dies  cutting half a piece of cardstock to make a flip card!!

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Click here to watch a video

I have opened an order with the new Hostess Code feature.  I love this new feature! It is fantastic!  I open an order and you can all place your orders on my website by visiting here. When you are on the item screen, enter this hostess code ES9TE9Q2 on the bottom left of the order screen.   When you make your payment, your order is closed and will go into the queue for picking and shipping which means that you don’t need to wait for a whole order to close to receive your items.  So your items will ship and you will receive them in 7-9 days, many times before the order closes!  So this makes a Mystery Hostess easier also – I can open a hostess code for all the individual orders that I used to just put in and can offer the hostess benefits to a Mystery hostess each month.  So I can share more with you, my customers!

And here is the new HOliday catalog.  If you want a paper copy and have not received one, email me know and I will send one to you!

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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the Holiday Catalog is here….

Happy August!  Today is the first day of August and the new catalog is now LIVE!  and it is

filled with beautiful ideas for the Fall and Holidays!  I love the Halloween ideas and all

the new Christmas sets as well.

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New Catalog

Missing those Holiday Ornaments and matching Framelits from last year’s catalog?

Don’t Fret, they have  been carried over fromlast year’s Holiday catalog.

You can see the Carry Over Items here.

And….there is a new product available today….

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You can see the details here for two new sets of framelits that make flip cards very easy!

I can’t wait to show you!!

and….. last but not least – the Recruiting Special is still on until August 31st!  So if you have ever thought about becoming a demonstrator – now is the time!  I am in the planning stage for my annual Girls weekend on the Cape for my team.  Join now – and you can join us!

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Enjoy your day!

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more Chalk Talk Ideas

Morning, Well I have been going through all the swaps that I received from convention and wanted to share a couple of my favorites with you!  Chalk Talk has become one of my favorite sets.  It is funny because when I first looked through the new catalog, Chalk Talk was not high on my list of new sets that I just had to have… But then I played around with it and now really love it!  It is a very versatile set that plays well with any of the designer papers and color schemes!  Here are a couple of swaps that I received that I really like and show the versatility of the set! 100_9727e   This first card was designed by one of my long time Stampin’ Friends, Jeannette Swain.   She and I have been a member of the Sensational SU Swappers group for many years.  That is my favorite group of SU ladies.  They are each so talented! This card is made with the Mosaic Madness designer paper.  The card base is Island Indigo with a layer of Baked Brown Sugar (one of the new in-colors).  She also uses the new Deco Labels Framelits to make the Center piece. Each layer is attached with dimensionals to add depth to the card.  She finished the card off with some Island Indigo baker’s twine and 4 little pearl jewels in the corner of the frame lit.  Great Card Jeannette! 100_9728e This next card was designed by Kristie Bare whom I don’t personally know.  I do love this card and the details that she added to it!  This is truly a WOW card! The card base is basic black cardstock with a layer of Coastal Cabana and a 3rd layer of whisper white.  The white has been embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  The stamped image has been stamped with black Staz-on and cut out with the Chalk Talk framelits.  This was layered onto another piece of basic black card stock.  Kristie used the Coastal Cabana marker and outlined some of the elements of the stamped image so they Pop!.  She punched a flower with coastal cabana cardstock and also embossed this with the perfect polka dot embossing folder.  She used several punches to make a layered piece for the center of the flower.  The 7/8″ scallop circle punch, the 1/2″ circle punch, the flower from the itty bitty punch pack and a small circle.  She used black taffeta ribbon with a scrap of coastal cabana card stock under the stamped image.  And last but not least, she used dazzling details to highlight the center of the flower and the two small flowers on the Chalk Talk image as well as 3 small circles on the bottom right of the card.  Simply Stunning!!   100_9729e   The third Chalk Talk card that I received was from Connie Thompson, another demonstrator that I don’t know personally. I really like the contrast of this card. The card base is basic black with a layer of whisper white.  She added a piece of strawberry slush designer paper and a piece of strawberry slush ribbon.  I love the black and white combination cards with one color thrown in! The Chalk Talk image is stamped with black ink on white cardstock and layered onto a piece of black cardstock to make it Pop.  She added a couple of Pearl Jewels to the side of the stamped image for a little additional detail.  She stamped the “For You” in strawberry slush and layered this onto a circle of black cardstock.  She attached this to the card with dimensionals to add depth!  Great Job!!   Tomorrow with the new catalog, I will showcase in my newsletter a beautiful card that I received using the new Holiday designer paper and snowflake stamp set.   To see this card, you can signup for my newsletter here.   Also – you won’t want to miss my annual weekly Holiday newsletter – the 12 Weeks of Christmas.  This weekly Holiday newsletter showcases a different Holiday idea each week for the 12 weeks before Christmas!   I hope that everyone is enjoying this great weather that we are having!  Finally the humidity has broken here!  I think I will go to the beach this afternoon! signature line-003      

Try Paper Pumpkin today

Have you been waiting to try out Paper Pumpkin?  Well, don’t wait any longer!  Sign up for Paper Pumpkin between now and Paper-pumpkin_demo_blogbutton_august August 31st you can receive the first two months of Paper Pumpkin for $10 a month! Signup today here.   100_9358 This is an example of the April paper pumpkin project kit.  This kit  contained all the pre-cut supplies to make 4 cards.  It is a great 30 minute escape once a month and a great way to try out stamping! This next pictures was a cute scrapbook kit that was offered in May.  That kit included all the supplies to make this cute brag book including the embellishments.  Perfect to showcase pictures for a Grandmother.   100_9357       So signup today to give Paper Pumpkin a try!   signature line-003

Black and White Card Swaps

Good Morning, Over the next couple of days I am going to post some of my favorite swaps that I received. I participated in a black and white swap where all cards are made with black and white card stock only. Here is a picture of the card that I made for this swap.  As you know, I love the embossing folders and used   The card below is one that 100_9697my downline Lisa Fuller made for the Black and White swap.  I love the dramatic effect that she created by brayering a little black ink onto the Fancy Fan embossing folder to create the background. This next card was made by Donna Centemore at Butternut Sage Designs.  I love this stamp set as well and the antique look of the set.   100_9710     I also really like this next card.  It was designed by Joszette Elkridge with the Dahlia stamp.  It is hard to see but the Dahlia has a bit of glitter to it!   100_9711and   last but not least is my black and white card.   100_9709 copy               More to come!! signature line-003

Stampin’ Up! Convention Review – Wow Swaps

Ok – I had the best intentions to post as much as possible during convention and just ran out of time.  How do other demos do it?   Convention is such a great experience and such a whirlwind of ideas and time.  There is just not enough time to do everything!  I did upload as much as I could to my Facebook page since I had my IPhone. Anyway – So I would like to post a couple of my favorite swaps that I received. I participated in a 75 card WOW swap.  This was my card for that swap. 100_9469 copy I used the new Magnificent Maple stamp from the upcoming Holiday catalog.  I stamped the leaf with gold ink on cardstock vellum and then embossed it with gold embossing powder.   I then cut the leaf out and attached it to a 2 1/2″ square of birch bark paper that is part of the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit.    I love the new decorative burlap ribbon that is in the Holiday catalog.  All of these new items can be found on pg. 18 of the new Holiday catalog.  Have you received yours yet?  If not, let me know and I will send you one! The card base is a piece of crumb cake cardstock that I cut the long way 4 1/4 x 11.  I cut off 3/4 of an inch along the bottom and used the scallop border trim punch to make a decorative bottom.  Then I used a strip of the new Sweater Weather designer paper along the bottom.  The second layer is a piece of chocolate chip card stock that I embossed with the woodgrain folder. 100_9468closeupTo bring out the look of the woodgrain, I used  just a little white ink on a brayer and brayered very lightly over the embossed image.  Then I finished the card with some linen thread and a wooden button!  I do really love this card! I can’t wait to make the Thankful Tablescape simply created Kit for my thanksgiving table this year!   One of the advantages of going to convention is touring Stampin’ Up!’s headquarters and distribution center!  I have had that privelage before but was able to share it with a couple of first time downline members.  It is like seeing Disney through the eyes of a little kid on their first trip! 100_9546   This picture is the area where Stampin’ Up! sets up the displays that they use for the catalog photography.  This is the scene that was used to photo the table scene in the upcoming Holiday catalog for Thanksgiving dinner!  this uses the Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit.  You can see that in this display they used the birch bark to wrap a candle base on the table.   100_9509             These next two pictures show the distribution center for all of the orders that we all place!!  It was fun to watch orders being filled and meet some of the people that keep our businesses running!   100_9508               Stay tuned for more pictures over the next couple of days! signature line-003              

Stampin’ Up! Convention Day 1

Hello from Sunny Salt Lake City Utah! a Beautiful day here yesterday and today. Yesterday daytime was some free time before convention began so several of us spent some time assembling swaps. I don’t know why I just can’t get things done until the last minute! After we finished swaps yesterday a couple of us took a nice site seeing walk around Salt Lake. The architecture on some of the old buildings here is spectacular! And – the mountains are beautiful! Salt Lake city is on a flat area in between several sets of mountains. So matter which way you turn, you see mountains along the edge of the city. 100_9484Today started with a trip out to the office in Riverton. This is the place where all of your orders are processed. This building was built about 6 to 7 years ago and is beautiful inside.   100_9473       This is a picture of the entrance with all the banners displayed in the lobby. This lobby looks down onto a beautiful waterfall with an open area and tables for employees. what a fantastic lunch room!   100_9474 Here is a picture of me and my team in front of the building in front of the infamous SU rock! From left to right: Margaret Galvez, Nancy Flanagan, me – yours truly, Kate Morin, Lisa Fuller & Jeanne Neilsen.     100_9491         I will try to post more as convention goes on! It is very busy!  

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Earn FREE product?? See How….

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From today – July 15th to August 31st – new recruits can pick a FREE Project Kit with their Starter Kit!

What a great time to join Stampin’ Up! and my team!!

As I write this, I am leaving for the airport for a week in Salt Lake City at

Stampin’ Up’s 25th Brithday celebration!!  How fun will that be??  How would you like to join me next year?  or join my group for one of our weekend retreats on Cape Cod?

You can check out the details of this promotion here.

Give me a call with any questions!  I hope to see you at my next team meeting!

You can watch a short video about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator here.  Click on the video to watch a short video and click on the Join Now on the left tool bar to see the Demonstrator agreement!!

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