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Hi friends!  First of all, just want to say "thank you" to the awesome response to my new online class offering...unique. fresh. fun.
Wow and welcome!  Many stampers are already enjoying their first class!

This is a exclusive video tutorial program designed to help you make the MOST of your crafting time.

Now, to answer your questions:

I've paid for the class, but haven't received my video tutorial!

The program is set up so that your receive your Bonus immediately!
If you haven't received your Bonus Video and First Video Class,

you've skipped a step (don't worry, you're not alone!)
Just e-mail me and I'll send you the link to the form so that you can complete the process and get started!

If I live outside the U.S., can I sign up for this program?

Yes!  This class is available to wide!

Are you ready to make the most of your crafting time?
Read more about it by clicking the logo below!

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Tale of a Stampin' Up! Demo's Husband

Stampin' Up! has been part of my...or should I say "our" lives going on seven years now.

And, the truth be husband is my biggest fan.  :)

There are many stories I can tell of this journey but last night and last week tops it all.

For Valentine's Day, I made my husband a mini book much like the one seen HERE but in a beautiful collection of designer paper in neutrals and metallics. Discover how to create one in this class!

He told me it was my best creation...ever!  How special... I love that man!

Not only did he take it to work to show off to everyone, he also showed it to my club ladies last night.  Just look at him...!!! He even used correct paper crafting terms and techniques in his description!

Love of my life...sharing my Stampin' Up! creation

I love how you can see our daughter being so attentive to her daddy. :)

And, here I am, just pleased as punch!

Happy and Blessed Stampin' Up! Demo :)

(Thanks to my friend and club member, Laurie, for the photos.)

Tomorrow is my love's birthday and you can bet I'll be trying to impress him with another Stampin' Up! creation.

Being the spouse of a Stampin' Up! demo is something he takes to heart, and loves to be included.  Just ask my club ladies. :)

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Stampin' Up! Trust God Banner and Canvas Creations


The Lord Is My Banner, Trust God Inspirational Banner

The idea for this banner using the Stampin' Up! Trust God set stamp set has been in my head for a while and it suddenly hit me that using the Canvas Creations from the Spring Catalog would be the perfect partner with the burlap I had purchased from an awesome fabric store on a recent trip to Branson, MO.

There was quite a bit of experimentation that was conducted with the canvas ;) until I got the look I wanted.  I wanted to share a quick tip that I discovered so watch the video below for the scoop.

Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial- Creative Canvas Tip

Canvas Creations Tip


  • The Trust God set (wood-126700, clear- 126702) is wonderful!  I have used it over and over again.
  • Canvas Creations (129375)from the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog is a fabulous product to add texture to any of your stamping projects! 
  • Interested in discovering how to make decorative banners from Stampin' Up! designer paper and card stock?  Details HERE!
Stampin' Up! is a great resource when creating banners or whatever crafting project is in your head so browse the online store to find just what you need!
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Stampin' Up! Vintage Verses Masculine Card


Stampin' Up! Vintage Verses...for my man!


Can masculine cards contain Stampin' Up! embellishments typically thought as strictly feminine?  Well, of course! 

With the right combination of color and neutrals, you can definitely pull this off.  And, I'll tell you another long as the sentiment is one that will give a little tug to their heart strings, it will be perfect.  Sure, some guys won't admit it, but most of them appreciate a little touch of pretty-ness...especially from their honey.

I'd love to show you more ways to use products and stamp sets that you have on hand to design something unique and well,manly. ;)

In Mainly Manly Cards, you will:

  •  Discover how to use your supplies to create masculine themed cards.
  •  Learn techniques that you can use on any card you create.
  • Gain access to video tutorials that demonstrate techniques and how to create masculine themed cards.

You can discover new techniques
how to create masculine themed cards
in my monthly online video class,
Mainly Manly Cards!


Sent to you each month:

  • 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.

And, the cost is only $4.95 per month!

Ready to join us?

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.

PayPal manages payments through my account - [email protected]

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.

Stampin' Up! Vintage Verses Masculine Card


I hope you'll join me today in my masculine card online class,
Mainly Manly Cards!


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How Do You Keep Stampin' Up! Paper and Ink Organized?

I recently had a question from a customer regarding organization of Stampin' Up! paper and ink...

I am trying to order paper and ink and get all the colors organized. How do you keep it all in order?


Now for your question on organization....whew!
I have the ink caddy from the catalog for my ink pads.  It is really handy and there is a little tray on top for your reinkers.
I have the little caddy that the complete marker set came in so that keeps those organized.

Now for paper...

I wish I could say that I had one of those fancy-schmancy racks or cubbies for my paper, but I don't.
I have the plastic "rubber maid" drawers (12 x 12) that you can stack and come in sets of three.  Now, it's not real pretty, but it keeps it organized.
I have a drawer dedicated for:
  • each color collection
  •  one for specialty papers like glossy card stock and vellum
  •  two for the neutrals since I have more of that than anything. :)  
Then, I have a drawer for each color collection for my scraps.  I pull from those drawers all the time!  These pieces are great for punching or die cutting with my Big Shot.

Designer paper...

I have a small cart with wheels with large hanging files for my current designer paper. I love it.  I keep it right beneath my work table and can pull from it easily.

The retired or discontinued paper is in another set of those rubber maid drawers.  Since I have to work with and demonstrate the current stuff, I rarely have packs of anything left over but I do keep pieces that are big enough for banner pieces, etc. 
I used to hoard my I try to use it up!

I keep a smaller set of drawers on my work table.  One drawer has Whisper White and Very Vanilla scraps for stamping.  The other two drawers have my Stampin' Up! Envelopes.

I hope that gives you some idea of what works for me.
And, honestly, it's usually a mess in this work room!
But, I'll clean it up and start over when it gets too bad! 
I know where everything is...most of the time...and it works for me. 

If you have a stamping, paper crafting, or Stampin' Up! question that you'd like for me to answer, e-mail me!
I'll share it here!
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For Paper Crafters Anywhere and Everywhere


Have you ever needed a card at the last minute
then had to dash out to buy one
because you didn't have time to make one?

Do you search for fresh ideas
and get caught up in the moment
spending all your crafting time
on the computer
"pinning" and saving photos of projects?

Your time is precious; that is completely understood.
Many of us can relate.

You have the desire and the supplies;
but you need the time.

I've heard you
and I've been working on a solution.

I am thrilled to announce a new online class series...
ink and inspirations: unique. fresh. fun.

Unique: being without a like or equal
Fresh: experienced, made, or received newly or anew
Fun: what provides amusement or enjoyment

It's  a unique, fresh, and fun paper crafting experience!

Discover how to enjoy your hobby
with just a few minutes of crafting time.

The designing and measuring are done for you...
And, you can create these projects in minutes.

My goals:
- To offer you quick, fresh, and fun projects that you can create over and over again.
- To help you discover that you do have time to create beautiful projects.
- To inspire you to use your paper crafting supplies in unique ways.

You'll receive:
Two video tutorials for projects created exclusively for

  1. One video will be a step by step for a great card idea that YOU can create in 10 minutes or less!
  2. About two weeks later, you'll receive another video  that will include the how-to for a 3D project such as a party favor, treat box or wrap, box, or little gift!

Also included:

  • Video notes and annotations to make it easy for you to create each project.
  • Color photos of the finished projects.
  • Anytime access to watch the videos at your convenience.
  • Prompt replies to your questions sent via email.

This is a 12 month online class program with a project idea and video tutorial delivered twice a month.

Pay monthly at $9.97 per month for 12 months. 
(You can cancel at any time.)

BONUS: Sign up now to receive a BONUS video tutorial instantly!  (Limited time offer!)

This online class series is open to anyone in the U.S. and internationally!


Priority Subscription Form

YES! I would like to subscribe to unique. fresh. fun.!  

  • I understand I will be billed $9.97 today, and will receive an email twice a month containing links to a unique. fresh. fun. video tutorial.
  • I also understand I will be billed $9.97 every 30 days for 12 months for my  subscription.
  • I can cancel at any time with no questions asked.
"See" you in class!
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Latest and Greatest My Digital Studio Downloads

Stampin' Up! continues to blow me away with their weekly My Digital Studio download releases.  From organization labels to keeping memories, you'll find it all in the many many fabulous downloads available!  See them all HERE!

I'm starting off with my favorite for this week!  Trendy and fun, the Hello There Kit caught my eye first!

Stampin' Up! Hello There Kit


Wowsers!  Can you see the possibilities?  Cards, pages, tags??? It's on my list!

Here's a perfect set of photobook templates to capture the memories of the patriarchs and matriarchs of the family...


Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio Think Back

The Think Back Photobook Templates would help you create a fun and memorable keepsake!


And, even more downloads to expand your organizing to the garage and playroom!


Stampin' Up! Label This Garage

Stampin' Up! Label This Playroom


Last, but not least, one of Stampin' Up!'s beautiful silhouette stamps goes digital...
Serene Silhouettes.


Stampin' Up! Serene Silhouettes


You can see just by looking at these latest downloads that Stampin' Up! is committed to providing quality, versatile, and diverse downloads to meet your every digital need.

If you haven't tried digital crafting yet, give it a whirl! 
Stampin' Up! My Digital Studio FREE trial is available HERE!

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Stampin' Up! Posies Card Just for You

Stampin' Up! Pop Up Posies Just for You
For a quick Stampin' Up! card, try the Pop Up Posies Kit (131395) from the Spring Catalog. I love how the colors coordinate with the Sycamore Street Designer Paper, one of 19 choices for your crafting pleasure with each purchase of $50 product purchase from the Online Store.  Shop with me to get preferred pricing!

Here are some tips to help you plan to get the most out of the Sale-A-Bration promotion and earn some of these card elements as FREEBIES!


  • With every *$50 you spend (including online orders), you will earn one FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Here's a flyer with your 19 item choices!  Also, with each *$50 in product purchase, you'll earn one spot on the ink and inspirations 50/50 Board.  Learn more about this chance to win FREE product HERE! (50/50 Board Spots are only available through orders placed with me.)
  • Spend *$150 and earn THREE Sale-A-Bration products as well as $25 in Hostess Rewards and THREE spots on the 50/50 Board!   Plus, during Sale-A-Bration, get a FREE Pack of Silver Glimmer Paper with your *$150 order!

  • Get together with a few friends or stock up on your paper crafting supplies!  With a *$400 order, you will get EIGHT Sale-A-Bration Items, $65 in Hostess Rewards, 1 item of your choice from a current catalog at 50% off, EIGHT Spots on the ink and inspirations 50/50 Board, a FREE Pack of Silver Glimmer Paper, plus a special Hostess Bundle with some Sale-A-Bration Favorites: Madison Avenue Stamp Set, Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper, and the coordinating Ribbon and Button Pack!!
    If placing an order of *$400 or more through my Online Store, use these item numbers to redeem these gifts.
    Wood Mount Hostess Bundle 133316
    Clear Mount Hostess Bundle 133317
    Silver Glimmer Paper 133318

    *Qualifying order total before shipping and tax.

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    Stampin' Up! Posies Kit for Springtime cards!

    The Pop Up Posies Kit is perfect for quick, springtime cards and you can earn FREE crafting goodness with your qualifying order of your favorite Stampin' Up! products! 
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Happy President's Day?

Today is President's Day and a holiday for many but not for this Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!  After a two hour dental appointment and spending the day preparing to file taxes, there was little time for stamping. :(

But, I have a video for you from the Stampin' Up! home office which showcases the beautiful Vine Street embossing folder that you can earn for FREE with your $50 product purchase from my Online Store!

Celebrate President's Day with Sale-A-Bration and Stampin' Up! Find great products for all your crafting fun!

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Case of the Secret Chevron and a Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial

Stampin' Up! Chevron Secret and Oh, Hello

A chevron secret and a Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial??? You'll have to watch the video to solve this case!
I was so excited to discover this, I couldn't wait to share it with you.

And, now the details of the case...;).

Stampin' Up! Secret Chevron Video Tutorial

I hope you give this Stampin' Up! Chevron Secret a try!  It's a fun way to add a trendy element to your hand-made cards!
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Pack Your Crafting Bags!


Stampin' Up! Sent with Love Kit


Here's something new from Stampin' Up! for your crafting bags!

Stampin' Up! is offering this exclusive Sent with Love Stamp Set or Sent with Love Designer Series Paper-or bundle them for a special 20 percent discount!

Use the Sent with Love product suite to make an array of travel-themed and trendy projects. And, you save 20% when you purchase the bundle!


Stampin' Up! Sent with Love Details


The Sent with Love Stamp Set and Sent with Love Designer Series Paper are only available during this special offer. After April 30, they'll both fly away!

In addition, you may purchase the Sent with Love Digital Kit (item 132914; $9.95). Please note that the digital kit is not included in the bundle.

The Fine Print

  • You can place orders on any order type (customer, workshop,or online).
  • You can purchase as many stamp sets, Designer Series Papers, or bundles as you'd like! There are no limits. 
  • You don't have to do anything special to take advantage of this special offer-shop away! 
  • The Sent with Love Stamp Set, Sent with Love Designer Series Paper, and Calypso Coral Baker's Twine are all available to be purchased separately. But why would you do that when you can buy all three together and save 20 percent? 
  • The Sent with Love Digital Kit is not available as part of the bundle.
  • The Sent with Love Stamp Set and Sent with Love Designer Series Paper are exclusive to this special offer-you won't be able to get them after April 30!

Pack your crafting bags by shopping with me and get your preferred discount for these trendy, fun travel inspired products!  You can also earn FREE Sale-A-Bration rewards!

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Happy Valentine's Day!


Happy Valentine's Day!

I appreciate all of you and love ya more than you know!

Thank you for visiting here and joining in on this creative journey!

As a special thank you, place an online order today and receive a hand-stamped card from me that you can send  to someone...just because!

So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1Cor 13:13
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Stampin' Up! FREE Download for Craft Room Organization

Stampin' Up! has  new digital downloads (PDF)
to bring craft room organization to your creative chaos including
a FREE download with ALL the Stampin' Up! colors!

Yep, this one has been highly requested--
the Label This Craft Room download is here. 

The only question is: what will you label first? :)

Take a look at these new digital downloads designed by Stampin' Up! to help you with your craft room organization!

Label This Craft Room #133266

See those label shapes that will coordinate with your Decorative Label Punch and Modern Label Punch? Awesome!


FREE Label This Digital Download! #133267

And, to sort and organize all your Stampin' Up! card stock...just what you need and it's FREE---> FREE Digital Download!


To see all the latest downloads and to get your FREEBIE, just visit my Online Store!

And...Reminder: Last day to buy $1 digital content discs in the Online Store!

Craft Room Organization with help and a FREE download from Stampin' Up!...isn't that awesome!?

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