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Super Saturday: Super Fabric Idea from Shelli Gardner

Shelli Gardner, CEO and co-founder of Stampin' Up!, shared this fabulous fabric project at the Fort Worth Regionals last month. She created this simple but fab card case using the Deck the Halls Designer Fabric collection.

Shown here:
Deck the Halls Fabric-121716
Big Designer Buttons-Deck the Halls-121002
Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding- 120992
3/8" Twill Tape-119970
Tasteful Trim XL Bigz Die-120893
Tiny Tags set-w:118091, c:118592
Jewelry Tag Punch-117190
Fabulous Phrases-w:117002, c:120501
Linen Thread-104199

Notice that the design is much like a book cover with straight seams. The inside holds cards and envelopes that you have created for safe keeping until given with love.

Have you tried creating anything with the new Stampin' Up! Designer Fabric?

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Fabulous Friday: I Love Lists


Lists are great. Lists keep me on track, indicate progress, and hold me accountable. My most important list has your name on it...and, if it doesn't, I'd like to invite you to join.

The members of my mailing list keep me on track: I know they are counting on me to provide great content and information regarding something they are passionate about.

My mailing list helps me see progress
: As my list grows, it is an indicator that I am reaching more and more about a craft that I love and want to share with everyone.

My mailing list holds me accountable: I know that I must keep up with the latest trends and creative ideas because you are counting on me to do so.

Join now and don't miss out on anymore exclusive content and ideas that, I hope, will inspire you in your rubber stamping and paper crafting. I am passionate about what I do and I look forward to sharing it with you.

Click HERE to join!

Have a fabulous day!



Trendy Thursday: Trending Halloween and Fall

Lots of busy-ness going on here for the next few days so I am going to take this opportunity to share some awesome-ness with you from the Stampin' Up! Fort Worth Regionals last month. I tried to get as many photos as possible of some great projects that I hope will provide you with inspiration for your crafting, card making, and scrapbooking projects.

How about a cute little pumpkin for your Halloween or fall table? This one made from coffee filters! Isn't it adorable?

Place some drops of reinkers on a dinner plate...Pumpkin Pie-105229, More Mustard-101962, and Old Olive-100531 here. Spritz with some water and let the filter absorb the color. Repeat as necessary...let dry. Stamp with a flourish stamp(Baroque Motifs-113490) in Early Espresso-119670. Run the Old Olive filter through the Big Shot with the Leaves #2 Die (113459). Take some poly-fil for the center of the pumpkin, gather the filter around it. Adhere a little twig in the center (I'd use Crystal Effects-101055) and adhere leaves. Finish with Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta ribbon-119256. Super cute!

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My Stampin' Up! Stamp Clubs

Had a wonderful time, the last two evenings, with my local stamp clubs. We have a lot of fun in my stamp room...creating and sharing. LOVE what I do!

If you live outside of my area of SE Texas or if you just find it difficult to attend classes, you can join my online virtual club and have access to exclusive project videos. I'll teach you step by step---just as I do for my stamp clubs in my home.

Click HERE to read more about ink and inspirations Virtual Club!

...and, check back later today for your Tuesday Tip!

Warmest regards,

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Tuesday Tip: Stampin' Up! Crystal Effects Magic

Just a little tip today to show you the versatility of our Stampin' Up! products!
Crystal Effects is a great for making your card making and paper crafting projects shine, but did you know that it's also great for apparel?
I always use Crystal Effects to secure the stones and jewels on my sandals, shoes, and handbags. It dries perfectly clear and secures the prongs to keep those gems in tact.

Crystal Effects 101055

Keep some on hand for your crafting AND for your apparel needs. Email me if you have questions or would like to order!

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Man(ic) Monday: Special Feature- Amour

Stampin' Up!'s Artistic Etchings stamp set is great when card making for the man in your life. How about a card for a love note for your significant other?
This one features Soft Suede with Early Espresso and Very Vanilla in a supporting role. EnFrancais adds a fabulous background scene and Vintage Trinkets, Waffle Paper, and Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon stand in as extras. All it needs on the inside is your personalized script!

You can purchase supplies needed for this project HERE!

Stamps: Artistic Etchings-w:118517, c:120573, EnFrancais-109521
Paper: Soft Suede-115318, Early Espresso-119686, Very Vanilla-101650 card stock
Ink: Soft Suede Classic-115657
Accessories: Early Espresso 3/8"Taffeta Ribbon-119964, Vintage Trinkets-118764, Waffle Paper, 1 3/4" Circle Punch-119850

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Super Saturday: Super Simple Treat Bags

Don't you just love that your rubber stamping and scrapbooking supplies are great for creating what you need for the young and young-at-heart?! The new Waffle Paper from Stampin' Up! helped me to do just that with these treat bags for my niece and nephew for Halloween.

These are SUPER simple!
  • I unrolled my black Waffle Paper and cut six inches off the roll.
  • I folded it in half and used my SNAIL adhesive to adhere the one side and the bottom. (The other side was the fold.)
  • I cut a decorative rick rack strip for the bottom using my Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die and adhered it to the bottom with SNAIL.
  • I stamped images from Batty for You and punched with a 1 3/8" circle punch and Old Olive Scallop Circles for the backing...attached with SNAIL.
  • Dropped some candy in the little bags and tied with ribbon and black string.
  • Finished!
Questions? Email me at

Stamps: Batty for You-116576
Paper: Waffle Paper Assortment 2- 120985, Whisper White-100730 and Old Olive-100072 card stock
Ink: Basic Black-100082, Old Olive-100079 and Pumpkin Pie -105115 Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Punches- 1 3/4 "Scallop Circle-119854, 1 3/8" Circle-119860, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die-120893, Big Shot-113439, Old Olive Satin Ribbon-117292, black string

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Fabulous Friday: Fabulous Ideas from Stampin' Up!

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I never have to worry about inspiration or project ideas for card making or scrapbooking. Luckily, there are plenty of 3D project ideas available as well. Samples on the website and in our monthly publication are awesome! This little project was in this publication and I was able to recreate it to share it with you today.
If you are interested in learning more about what I do and the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I'd love to speak with you about it. Read more about it here and call me!

Stamps: Autumn Days-115542, Tiny Tags-w:118091,c:118592
Paper: Very Vanilla and Always Artichoke card stock, Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper-120810
Ink: Soft Suede and Always Artichoke Stampin' Write Markers
Accessories: Big Shot-113439, Pillow Box Bigz Die-113466, Matchbox Bigz XL Die (for tag)-114890, Sticky Strip-104294, Linen Thread-104199, Jewelry Tag Punch-117190, Paper Piercing Tool-116631

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Trendy Thursday: Sweet, Sheet Music

Today's featured trend in paper crafting was inspired by a card in the current issue of Paper Crafts magazine using Sheet Music Prints. Stampin' Up!, in keeping up with the latest and greatest, has included such a print in the Newsprint Designer Series Paper collection perfect for card making and scrapbooking.
I recruited my Big Shot to help with this project. The Table Setting Bigz XL Die provided the spiral for the flower and the NEW Tasteful Trim Bigz XL in the Holiday Mini created the scallop borders. Gotta love that! I used the beautiful Top Note Bigz Die to show off this music print. Always Artichoke 1/2" Seam Binding and a Big Designer Button add a wow factor and a simple "merry" from Tiny Tags adds the finishing touch.

Purchase any of these products on my Stampin' Up! website in the online store.

Stamps: Tiny Tags-w:118091, c:118592
Paper: Basic Black-121045 and Crumb Cake-120953 card stock, Deck the Halls Designer Series Paper-120810, Newsprint Designer Series Paper-117166
Ink: Basic Black Classic-101179
Accessories: Always Artichoke 1/2" Seam Binding-121000, Big Designer Buttons:Deck the Halls-121002, Big Shot-113439, Table Setting Bigz XL Die-116819, NEW Tasteful Trim Bigz XL-120893, Top Note Bigz Die-113463, Jewelry Tag Punch-117190, crochet thread

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Something Old, Something New: Autumn Days

It still feels a bit like summer here in Southeast Texas, but I thought I'd add a touch of Autumn to my card making with my Stampin' Up! products.
For today's mix, I've combined an autumn-themed paper from last year's catalog with the current Autumn Days set from Stampin' Up! The sentiment (above) is gold embossed on the designer paper and sponged with Soft Suede Classic ink. I dipped the tip of my stylus into the bottle of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint and added some shine to the stamped pine cones. The Woodgrain Background stamp adds some interest to another layer of the designer paper. The card base is stamped with the dotted splash from the Extreme Elements set. A Big Designer Button and Twill Tape adds the finishing touch to the card.

If you have questions about this card or any of my projects, please feel free to email me or leave a comment here.
Thanks for visiting!

Order anytime on my Stampin' Up! website.

Stamps: Thoughts and Prayers-113252, Autumn Days-115452, Woodgrain-117100, Extreme Elements-115181
Paper: Soft Suede-115318, Very Vanilla-101650, Always Artichoke-105119
Ink: Soft Suede Classic-115657, Soft Suede-120973 and Always Artichoke-105113 Stampin' Write Markers, VersaMark-
Accessories: 3/8" Twill Tape-119970, Big Designer Buttons (Deck the Halls)-121002, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval Punch-119855, Heat Tool-100005, Gold Embossing Powder-109129, crochet thread

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Stampin' Up! Holiday Bundles-Save 20%

This news was just so fantastic that I had to share it as a bonus post today!

Beginning TODAY, October 19th, and continuing through December 16th, choose from several different Holiday Bundles containing gorgeous Stampin' Up! products, perfect for greeting cards, gift packaging, and gifts---all at 20% off!

Take a look at these great offers!

  • When ordering, you must use the bundle number as listed in the promotion to receive the 20% discount. The discount will not be applied if the item numbers of the products included in the bundle are listed separately.
  • Additional products from the current Idea Book and Catalog, Holiday Mini, and Definitely Decorative Catalog may be purchased on the same order.
  • There is no minimum purchase required to receive the discount.
  • Order online by December 16th!
Check back later today for your Tuesday Tip and a video tutorial!

"Attend" a stampin' class at your convenience! Join ink and inspirations Virtual Club!

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