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Stampin' Up! Tutorial- Card Making 101, Essential Tools III-Stick to It!

Thanks for your response to my Card Making 101 video tips!   

When you spend precious time on your creations, it's good to know that it's going to stick where you put it.  In this video, I share some of my personal insights on different adhesives available from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! Tutorial- Card Making 101, Essential Tools III
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Stampin' Up! Demonstrators- ink and inspirations


Stampin' Up! ink and inspirations team- smiling and sharing

These ladies love to get together to share a smile, ideas, recipes...

... a special group that supports one another and offers ideas and advice when needed.

They can stand alone, but know at any time, they can get support from this group of women that are included in their circle.

The circle I describe here is a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators...independent business owners yet part of a dynamic team...the ink and inspirations Team!

You can be part of this team.  Consider this YOUR personal invitation from me to
join my team of demonstrators. 

JOIN NOW for $99...start your own stamping and paper crafting business for $99!

The Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Opportunity offers a wonderful,fun way to build your own business, with your own hours, with you as your own boss, AND be part of a great team!

To learn more about this opportunity, call or E-mail me!

I am happy to answer your questions and discuss the opportunity!

Stampin' Up! Card Idea- Glossy Color!


Here's a Stampin' Up! Card Idea that I featured on one of my previous newsletters which is available each month to those on my mailing list.
Would you love to use your Stampin' Write Markers to color your line art images and beautifully blend the colors? Read on to discover how to use the Stampin' Up! Glossy White Card Stock (102599) and Jet Black Stazon Ink (101406) to create beautiful, colored line art images.
Stamps: Elements of Style wood:118611, clear:120045
Paper: Glossy White Card Stock 102599 , Crumb Cake 120953, Old Olive 100702, Whisper White 100730
Ink: Jet Black Stazon 101406, VersaMark 102283, Stampin' Write Markers: So Saffron 105114, Daffodil Delight 119677, More Mustard 100076, Pear Pizzazz 119801(set of 5 In Color Markers), Old Olive 100079
Accessories: 2 1/2" Circle Punch 120906 , 1 3/4 x 7/8 Oval Punch 119855, Scalloped Oval Punch 119856, Paper Piercing Tool 116631, 5/8" Old Olive Satin Ribbon 117292, Stampin' Emboss Powder Clear 109130, Heat Tool 100005
1. Stamp your image onto Glossy White Card Stock using Jet Black Stazon Ink.
2. Choose 2-3 shades of each color to achieve highlights and shadowing.
3. Begin coloring with the darkest shade for shadows and depth, and work your way to the lightest color for highlights. (TIP: Color small areas at a time. The colors will blend more easily before drying completely.) Blend colors with the lightest shade.
4. Continue the process for all colored elements of the image.
You'll love using these colored images on your projects!
You can order any of these products used for this Stampin' Up! card idea HERE in the Online Store!

Stampin' Up! Tutorial- Quick and Easy Card Making Tip

Here's a quick tutorial with an easy tip!  The Stampin' Up! card idea posted yesterday was created in about 10 minutes and I wanted to share one of the short cuts. 
Try this next time you're wanting a multicolored stamp in jiffy!

Watch the video tip and post any questions in the comment section below...happy stampin'!

Stampin' Up! Tutorial- Quick and Easy Tip for Card Making

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Stampin' Up! Quick and Easy Card Idea- Beyond the Garden

Stampin-up-card- idea-beyond-the-garden Using Stampin' Up! Designer Paper Beyond the Garden as the focal point, I created this quick and easy card along with the help of a few punches and embellishments.  Stampin' Up! punches are wonderful tools for card making and scrapbooking. The make adding a touch of flair a breeze and I created this one in about 10 minutes.  Tune in tomorrow for a quick tip tutorial that will come in handy when stamping!

Need any of the products to make this card?
Check out the list below with direct links to the Online Store!


Oval All
Wild Wasabi
Whisper White
Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper
Pacific Point Classic Pad
Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Marker
Scallop Oval
Scallop Edge Border
Basic Rhinestones
Paper Piercing Tool
Whisper White Organza Ribbon

Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Message - 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!

Stampin' Up! Masculine Card Idea- The Open Sea and more...

Stampin-up-masculine-card-open-sea-word-play Love, love the images from Stampin' Up!, The Open Sea (wood, clear, digital) for masculine cards!  In this one...a surprise for my honey :)...I've combined that wonderful, says-it-all sentiment from Word Play.  A combination of traditional and digital stamps, this hybrid card is pulled together with the awesome prints and patterns from the Nautical Expedition Designer Series Paper( traditional, digital) collection.  Grab this combination before the end of the summer(August 31st) after which it will no longer be available!

Here's a little video with a tip on creating the sentiment on this card along with some details on a special offer...

Stampin' Up! Masculine Card Ideas...
Go HERE to read more --->MAINLY MANLY CARDS

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Stampin' Up! Tutorial- Card Making 101, Cutting Card Stock for Clear Mount Stamped Images

A Card Making 101 tip for you today in this Stampin' Up! tutorial.  Discover one way to determine the size of your card stock for stamped images using clear mount stamps.
Get the most out of your supplies by planning before cutting and stamping. I hope these tips help you when creating cards.  (See the video tip for cutting card stock for wood mount images HERE!
Let me know if you have questions or suggestions!

Stampin' Up! Tutorial -
Card Making 101, Cutting Card Stock for Clear Mount Images

Stampin' Up! + FREE = FUN!


FREE-digital-download-from-Stampin' Up! To celebrate the arrival of the new Idea Book and Catalog and beginning of a Stampin' Up! year, Stampin' Up! is offering a FREE digital download of a greeting card designer template!
This adorable Fruit & Flowers 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" template features some mixing and matching of the new catalog content and the new 2011-2013 In Colors!  You can download it HERE!

The free download will be available immediately if you already have an online ordering account. If you don't have an account, it may take up to 24 hours to appear after creating it.

With the new catalog debut were 26 NEW My Digital Studio downloads! The new downloads coordinate with your favorite traditional stamps, embellishments, and Designer Series Paper from the catalog. You can purchase all of this content as individual downloads or as four large DVD collections, priced at over a 10 percent discount from the individual download prices.  Click HERE to see those collections!

Don't have My Digital StudioRead more about it HERE.

And, if you already have a digital designing software, our downloads are compatible with  any program that supports .jpg and .png files & layers such as: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Jasc Paint Shop Pro (PSP), Microsoft Digital Image Pro (DIP), Ulead Photo Impact (PI), Corel Draw.

Go HERE and check out this FREE download now...enjoy, compliments of Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! Fabulous Florets- An Easy Bookmark Idea

Stampin- Up-Fabulous-Florets-Easy-Bookmark Here's a different type of Stampin' Up! tutorial illustrating how I used some left over Fabulous Florets printed on Vellum Card Stock and some other scraps to create this really easy bookmark. 

The bold look of color on the blooms was the result of coloring on the right (printed)  side of the vellum rather than the flip side.  Love the look of that deep dark Riding Hood Red on these flowers.

Have you combined digital with traditional crafting on any projects?  Leave a comment here and let us know what you've tried!

Stampin' Up! Fabulous Florets- Easy Bookmark

Stampin' Up! Masculine Card Ideas- Introducing Mainly Manly Cards!

If you're looking for

great card making ideas

that you can easily reproduce

for everyone on your card list,

read on...

As a creative paper crafter, you love sharing and sending your creations to your family and friends.  You have many supplies and ideas to create cards with a feminine flair. But, when it comes to making cards for those special guys in your life, you'll try to create something with a masculine feel and often times draw a blank.

How in the world do you create a card for a man
with ribbons, buttons, and floral stamp sets?

Mainly manly cards

You have a few masculine themed stamps and embellishments,
but you are tired of using the same ones
over and over and over again!


In a recent survey
regarding the most difficult type of card
to design and create;
the results yielded a 100% response for...


Masculine Themed Cards!

Your time is precious and when you have a few minutes to craft;
you don't want to spend that time
searching for ideas or deciding on a design

What if you could have access to
fresh ideas for masculine cards

to help save you time
alleviate your frustration?

 Welcome to
Mainly Manly Cards!

Mainly Manly Cards is a bi-weekly email containing inspiring ideas to help you create cards for the men in your life.  

We've done the time consuming work for you.

We've designed masculine themed cards so you can utilize your valuable time to do what you love...create!

Use these ideas to make cards for guys of all ages using supplies that you thought were only for the ladies, and...

Discover how to use masculine themed products in different ways!

Here's How It Works...

Twice a month, you'll receive an email with a link to a completed card project.    

  • You will receive a masculine themed card idea as well as a step by step video tutorial-- a virtual class-- demonstrating the how-to with tips and suggestions.


  • Then, about two weeks later, you'll receive another email with a completed card project with a different take on the previous card's design.  We'll change the color scheme, theme, orientation, etc.


What's the cost for this time-saving, convenient service?

Exclusive online video classes can cost up to $24.95 per class... 

But, Mainly Manly Cards is just $4.95 per month!


That's four dollars and ninety five cents.


For about $1.25 a week, you'll be receiving an online video class and an additional exclusive project idea for the type of card that is the most time-consuming and difficult to create!


As a Mainly Manly Cards member, you will also receive:

HandDrawnStar1My TOP 10 List of Tips on using your traditionally
        feminine - themed supplies on your masculine cards!

HandDrawnStar1ALSO, a video slide show of some of our favorite
        non- traditional masculine card ideas!

HandDrawnStar1PLUS, a list of Five Color Secrets  for masculine themed cards.




 Let's get started!



Priority Subscription Form

YES! I would like to subscribe to Mainly Manly Cards!  

  • I understand I will be billed $4.95 today, and will receive an email twice a month containing links to project ideas for masculine themed cards.
  • I also understand I will be billed $4.95 every 30 days for my continuing subscription.
  • I can cancel at any time with no questions asked.

Warmest regards ...and, I hope you decide to take advantage of this offer!

Wow! Stampin' Up! Starter Kit $99



What an awesome opportunity!  Join my ink and inspirations team as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for only $99 during the month of July!  That's over over $180 worth of supplies plus an amazing business opportunity plus a special Christmas Keepsake Kit Bonus with your first demonstrator order in August!

Here is what you get for this special price!

• Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
• Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set*
• Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Brights 8-1/2" x 11" Assorted Card Stock
• Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*
• Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon*
• Note Cards (20)
• Clear-Mount Block C
• Blender Pen-1
• SNAIL Adhesive

*Brand new to the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog!

And, these Business Supplies...
The business supplies in these promotional mini kits will be the same business supplies that are in existing starter kits; no alternative selections can be made for business items.

  • Getting Started DVD
  • Getting Started Guide
  • Guest Invitation Postcards (100)
  • 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog (8)
  • 2011 Summer Mini Catalog (8)
  • Stampin' Up! logo vinyl
  • Décor Elements applicator
  • To My Hostess Envelopes (10)
  • My Digital Studio Marketing DVD
  • Recruit Folders (5)
  • Recruit Brochures (20)
  • Customer Order Forms (50)

PLUS, as a member of my ink and inspirations team, you will have access to a special blog which is exclusively for my team, with tips, helps, and videos that may be of help to you with your new business!

And, that's not all!!! You will also receive this special Christmas Keepsake Box Project Kit with your first demonstrator order in August!


The Christmas Keepsake Box Project Kit--a $40 value--contains the following products (quantities are 1 unless otherwise noted):

  • Pines & Poinsettias Set* (wood-mount)
  • Keepsake box
  • Scallop borders (cut from Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die)
    • First Edition Designer Series Paper (3)
    • Holly Berry Designer Series Paper (6)
  • First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper strip (2)
  • Holly Berry Designer Series Paper piece*
  • Real Red Top Note (cut from Top Note Bigz Die)
  • Real Red Decorative Label (cut from Matchbook Bigz XL Die)
  • Wild Wasabi Card Stock strips (3)
  • Naturals Ivory Card Stock piece
  • Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Fabric*
  • Real Red 1-1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
  • Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim
  • Linen Thread
  • Champagne Fine Galaxy Stampin' Glitter
  • Vanilla Pearl 1/2" Simply Adorned Bauble
  • Pearl Basic Jewels (1 pkg.)
  • Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Buttons*
    • Large Wild Wasabi
    • Small Real Red
  • Mini Vintage Tags

I hope you will consider this great offer! Read more about it HERE!

Please E-mail me if you have questions, or call me at 409-719-2853.  I'd be happy to discuss this amazing Stampin' Up! business opportunity with you!

Stampin' Up! Project Idea- Happy Fourth of July!

Wishing you a Happy 4th and sharing this Stampin' Up! party favor idea that I'll have for our festivities!  Created with retired Stampin' Up! card stock, designer paper, and ribbon and the ever so awesome Petal Cone Bigz Die and the Big Shot!  Fun stars were added from the Extreme Elements stamp set and Whisper White Craft Ink. Filled with red and white peppermints; I am hoping these are a hit!

Fourth of July Petal Cones I have some great ideas for this Petal Cone Die for other holidays so be sure to get yours so you can create along with me!  Lots of fun Stampin' Up! projects in the weeks and months ahead!  (This die would be great for wedding favors, too...lots of possibilities!)  Stay Tuned!