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New Stampin' Up! Photopolymer Set-Endless Birthday Wishes

New Stampin' Up! Photopolymer Set

This is the adorable new birthday greetings photopolymer set from Stampin' Up! called Endless Birthday Wishes. (137553)  The easy placement of our clear photopolymer stamps provides ease in creating phrases.  Combine these words and phrases for birthday greetings and more! 

Here's what the stamp designer and Stampin' Up! concept artist, Jen C. has to say:

Working for Stampin’ Up! is an incredible experience. There are so many great opportunities—such as the chance to design stamp sets. Our employees and demonstrators have accepted me into the Stampin’ Up! family and have embraced my unique skills and abilities. I’m continually growing as a person and an artist. I feel blessed to be a part of something so amazing!

I’m excited to share our newest photopolymer set, Endless Birthday Wishes (Item# 137553), which includes some of my handwritten words and drawings. It’s similar to the set we offered for the holidays last year called Endless Wishes. The concept is that you can build lots of different birthday greetings (and more) by combining the handwritten words with typed words and phrases. And with photopolymer stamps, grouping words and phrases together is simple.


Stampin' Up! Endless Birthday Wishes

Lots of possibilities with this set! And, it's only available in the Online Store or through me or your Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  If you do not have a demonstrator, I'll be happy to help you.  Just e-mail me and we'll get the ball rollin'!  This online set is available While Supplies Last!

Would you rather shop online?   Follow this link or the one below:

Stampin' Up! Endless Birthday Wishes
If you haven't tried Stampin' Up! photopolymer stamps, treat yourself to this Endless Birthday Wishes set (137553) and discover the ease of use for your card making!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals...While Supplies Last!

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals


The New Weekly Deals announced this morning by Stampin' Up! include some great retiring products that are available only while supplies last!

Included in this collection are two of my favorite Bigz dies for the Big Shot.  I've used these many times for home decor projects ...banners!

Let's take a closer look...just follow the links below for more on each of these fabulous products:


Project Life by Stampin' Up! Card Idea and Video Tutorial

Project Life by Stampin' Up! Card idea 1Project Life by Stampin' Up! is a great solution for simple scrapbooking but can be used for card making as well!  Here are two fun and easy cards using the Everyday Adventures Project Life Cards.  Use these on of these Project Life elements as a starting point for your hand-made cards.

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Project Life by Stampin' Up! for Card Making

Take a look at the video tutorial below (or watch HERE on You Tube) for some tips on using the Project Life by Stampin' Up! cards for tips!

Here are some of Stampin' Up! supplies as seen in the video tutorial:

Mother's Day Gift to Myself-April Paper Pumpkin

April Paper Pumpkin for Mother's Day

When I saw the frame in the April Paper Pumpkin Kit, I knew exactly what I would do with it and created a Mother's Day gift for myself!

The photo is one of my most favorites of our two girls taken on the day our youngest was brought home from the hospital. These two have been best friends ever since.

 I have always wanted a special keepsake frame for this picture so I decided to take the Paper Pumpkin kit and change it up a bit.  I thought the sentiment "happy together" was a perfect caption.  It was die cut with the new Project Life framelits. The embellishments are not permanently attached to the frame to allow for change  to match decor or seasons. The newsprint banner piece from the kit is adhesive backed and the twill bow is attached with a Glue Dot.

There are several more fun items in the Paper Pumpkin Kit that I'll be sure to use on other projects.  Have you taken the Paper Pumpkin Plunge?  There are now several subscription options and beginning in June, your first kit will begin with the current month's kit.  That is super'll won't miss out on a seasonal or holiday kit on the month you join!

Paper Pumpkin makes a perfect gift...It's the gift that keeps on giving!

Item Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription Price (Shipping Included)
137858  1 month $19.95
137859  3 months $59.85
137860  6 months $113.70 -- save $1 per month
137861  12 months $215.40 -- save $2 per month

Let me know if you have questions!

Thanks for visiting and for reading about my special Mother's Day gift to me using the April Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Stampin' Up! Anniversary Card Idea with Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper


Stampin' Up! Retro Fresh Anniversary Card

Do you ever find yourself holding on to your Stampin' Up! designer paper instead of using it for all those card ideas that are floating around in your head?

That's the case for me with the Stampin' Up! Retro Fresh DSP with the trendy arrows that are so fun!  Making this anniversary card for our oldest daughter and her husband boosted me out of my "hoarding" mode since she loves this paper. 
Can you spot the trends in these hair ties that she makes?
Aren't these adorable?

While the inspiration for this card came from her love of this particular paper collection, the design was inspired by this week's Mojo Monday Sketch.  Loved having that for a staring point! 


Stampin' Up! Anniversary Card Idea

You can find the supplies to create this card in the Online Store or throught the links below.

Use the designer paper from your stash as inspiration for your cardmaking.  If you like this Stampin' Up! anniversary card, please using one of the social sharing buttons below and share with your friends!

Easy DIY Gift Box and Stampin' Up! Video Tutorial

Stampin' Up! DIY Gift Box and Video Tutorial

Here's an easy DIY Gift box created from 1/2 sheet of designer paper in this Stampin' Up! video tutorial.  Add some simple stamping that coordinates with a punch and you'll have a little box for any gift giving occasion. 

See the how-to in the Stampin' Up! video tutorial below or HERE on You Tube.

Most supplies seen in this video tutorial are available in the Stampin' Up! online store.  See the links below.

The Birthday Basics Designer Series Paper is only available while supplies last.
Stampin' Up! DIY Gift Box and Video Tutorial
Give this easy box created with Stampin' Up! a try following the how-to in the video tutorial.

Stampin' Up! Geometrical Ombre' Card Idea

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Stampin' Up! Geometrical Card Idea

A quick...(and, late) share with a Stampin' Up! Geometrical card idea that I made a few months ago! 

Our youngest daughter loves green so I made this card for her birthday and she loved it!  The Hooray for Today is white embossed on Pistachio Pudding and cut with Oval Framelits. 

The fringed layers, courtesy of Stampin' Up! Fringe Scissors, are cut formed by cutting 1" strips of shades of greenish tones.


New Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals May and New My Paper Pumpkin Changes

 It's Tuesday, so let's take a look at the Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals and other fun announcements!

Some of our retiring products are on sale so be sure to check these out below plus all of the other retiring Stampin' Up! products HERE.



I'm so excited to let you know about some wonderful changes for Paper Pumpkin. Starting in June, new subscribers will receive the current month's kit along with a clear block instead of the Welcome Kit we've been sending all new subscribers. This means they'll be getting the latest and greatest kit and projects relevant to the time of year. The block that will come with their kit is a new thinner version that works perfectly with our photopolymer stamps. So sign up HERE between May 11-June 10 to get June's kit and begin your subscription!

Another great change is the updated design of the instructions included with each kit with a photograph showing each step and more. This will make completing the projects simple and fun for everyone.  Don't miss out on the June kit...sign up between May 11- and June 10, 2014!

With  Mother's Day just around the corner, it's a great time to take advantage of these prepaid subscriptions that can be bought as gifts. It's the gift that keeps on giving!

Item Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscription Price (Shipping Included)
137858  1 month $19.95
137859  3 months $59.85
137860  6 months $113.70 -- save $1 per month
137861  12 months $215.40 -- save $2 per month


Project Life

Fabulous Project Life by Stampin' Up! has gone digital!  See all of our Project Life product offerings and digital content HERE in the Online Store.

I've heard many of you say, "I'm not a scrapbooker."  Well, here's great news for you!  The Everyday Adventure Project Life Cards are fantastic to use in your cardmaking, too!  Stay tuned for more details and be sure to sign up for my Mailing List to receive my monthly newsletter that will go out TOMORROW!

For all your paper crafting and rubber stamping needs (and, wants!) visit the Online Store and be sure to check out the Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals and our While-Supplies-Last retiring products!

Stampin' Up! Mixed Media Book Cover

Our daughter created a book of love for her husband's 30th birthday and when she asked me to create the cover, I knew that Mixed Media techniques with Stampin' Up! supplies was the way to go!

Since he has received his book of compliled letters of love from family and friends on Friday, I wanted to share the basic mixed media process in pictures.


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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media Process 1


First, I cut two pieces of chipboard from packages of Glimmer Paper to 9 x 12 and gave it two good coats of gesso.


Stampin' Up! Mixed Media 2
Stampin' Up! Mixed Media 2

Made my own texture paste with recipe found online. (Leave a comment if you want the recipe!)



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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media 3

Added texture with stencils made courtesy of my downline, Catherine, and Stampin' Up! MDS images, Window Sheets, and her Cameo ecutter!



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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media 4

Literal cutting and pasting of the words "you are loved" from the retired Expressions Thinlets ---may still be on the Clearance Rack for $14.99!



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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media 5

Glued punched shapes, dry embossing, and title for more texture.



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Applied another two coats of texture...let dry.



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Added more punched shapes and textures.



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Another coat of gesso!



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Lots of spray color with Stampin' Up! Stampin' Spritzers, ink refills, and rubbing alcohol mixture. Several coats were applied to get the desired intensity.  I had to be really patient to let it dry between coats!



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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media 10

Added sponging of Early Espresso ink to add a more masculine feel.



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Stampin' Up! Mixed Media 11

Using Stampin' Up! Encore Gold Ink to highlight the title and other textures. Just call me "Goldfinger".  :)



Stampin' Up! Mixed Media Cover
Stampin' Up! Mixed Media Cover

Here's the completed cover that I mailed to our daughter.  The back cover was the same without as much texturing details.  She made it into a 3 ring book with letters of love mounted on coordinating colors of card stock.  I also created several "pockets" with my Envelope Punch Board and Stampin' Up! Designer Paper.  These added interest to the book and held little noted and folded letters.


Mixed media is a lot of fun and very do-able with Stampin' Up! products and a few extras...give it a try.  


Stampin' Up! Stamp Club Fun

Sharing some fun photos of these fabulous ladies in my local Stampin' Up! Stamp Club. Love meeting with these gals each month!

Latricia admiring another club member's swap.

Mother-daughter team, Sue and Rachel, enjoy stamping and crafting together!

Debbie and Lisa having fun!

Pretty Penny coloring her creation with a Blender Pen and Stampin' Up! Markers.

Norresa and Lisa paused for a picture.

If you live in the Beaumont/MidCounty area of SE Texas and would like to join our group, please email me.  There are a few openings in our Stampin' Up! stamp club and we'd love to have you!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!  To celebrate, here are some Project Life ideas and thoughts from some of our Stampin' Up! concept artists.

Have you heard the exciting news about Stampin’ Up! partnering with Becky Higgins & Project Life? Here at Stampin’ Up!, we are very excited for this partnership and to start using our exclusive line of Project Life products.

Project Life has really revolutionized memory keeping. It’s quick, simple, manageable, and fun. All of the cards and accessories were created with coordination in mind. You can assemble pages quickly, or you can take a little more time and add stamping and accessories.

May 3 is National Scrapbooking Day. In honor of that, we’d love to share three Project Life layouts with you. All of these pages use the Everyday Adventure cards and the Everyday Adventure Accessory Pack. Enjoy!


“I'm not much of a scrapbooker, at least in my personal life. Traditional scrapbooking can be overwhelming and time consuming. I already feel like I don't have enough hours in the day to accomplish all of the crafty things I want to do. 

Project Life works for me because it's a quick way to put my photos together and capture my experiences and feelings. This spread was perfect for me as a Project Life newbie, because all I needed was the cards and the journaling pens. The hardest part of putting this together was deciding which of the adorable Project Life cards I wanted to use, and of course which pictures of Hammond and Penny to showcase.


“I haven’t done scrapbooking for myself in a really long time. I used to spend hours (sometimes days) working on just one page. It was messy, time-consuming and expensive. Using Project Life has made me reconsider how I feel about scrapbooking, and I now I can’t wait to start documenting life again.

On this layout, I’ve used the Everyday Adventure Card Collection and Accessory Pack. I used the Project Life Journaling Pens to document my memories. I love how these write.

Honestly, these pages came together fast. The toughest part was narrowing down which of the cute cards to use.


“I have been a fan of Project Life for a while now. I love the simplicity of printing photos, writing my journaling on predesigned pocket cards, and putting it all into a Photo Pocket Pages and being done. I also love that I have the option to add a little extra to my cards and pages when I need that creative outlet. The Everyday Adventure Accessory Pack is so perfect for this and makes it so easy and fun to step up my pages without too much thought and fussing around. It's a win-win in my book.  

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!”

Stampin' Up! Card Ideas from Guest Designers

After a day of relaxing and time with family and friends, I have some great Stampin' Up! card ideas for you from my Stamp Club members' swaps for April. The theme was Birds/Butterflies.

Stampin' Up! MDS Card Idea by Lisa S.

This is a great digital card by Lisa created in MDS and printed from her home computer on Naturals White card stock.

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Stampin' Up! Card created by Debbie

This vintage-look card by Debbie was created with retired sets,beautiful coloring, and ever so popular sponging technique!  Love her choice of color!

Stampin' Up! Card by Norresa

This was Norresa's first time to every participate in a swap and she was so excited! Didn't she do a fantastic job?

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Stampin' Up Card by Sue

Love these sweetheart birds on Sue's card and the sharp color combo if Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White.

Stampin' Up! Card by Rachel

Using the same Bird Builder Punch (117191) as her mom, Rachel chose a light blue color theme. Love the elegance and dimension of this card!

Do you have friends that stamp with you?
Why not organize a themed swap to inspire each other with your own card ideas using your Stampin' Up! supplies!

Project Life by Stampin' Up!

Now available...Project Life by Stampin' Up!  It's the beginning of a great partnership with Stampin' Up! and Becky Higgins!
Take a look at the video below (or HERE on You Tube) as I share some of my Project Life goodies!


Variety Pack 12" x 12" Project Life Photo
Pocket Pages
12 pages: 2 ea. of 6 designs.


Everyday Adventure Project Life Card Collection
100 double-sided, color -coordinated cards in 3 sizes:
4" x 6", 4" x 4", and 3" x 4"


Everyday Adventure Project Life Accessory Pack
4 3" x 4" specialty cards; 8 sticker sheets;
1 acetate accents sheet; 8 wood accents;
2 epoxy stickers; 4 arrow paperclips;
1 roll washi tape (5 yds.)


Project Life Journaling Pens
2 pens (01 and 05)


Project Life Corner Punch


Cards & Labels Project Life Framelits Dies
5 dies


Project Life Day to Day Photopolymer Stamp Set
42 stamps

136706 Project Life Au jour le jour (Day to Day Set in French) $25.95

Project Life Point & Click Photopolymer Stamp Set
26 stamps


Project Life by Stampin' Up!...memory keeping and scrapbooking made simple!