Layers of stamps can say I love you


There are lots of pretty layers of stamps used on this card. It is easy to put together but looks like it took lots of work. It uses a pretty color combination to create a non-traditional Valentines color palette that is perfect year round to tell someone you love them.

Behind the Scenes - From Old to New Pt 2


You got to see where this design started from and some preliminary ideas. Now you can see the finished card. There are some changes, such as I went back to a circle instead of a heart shape for the focal point. I did add embossing to the pink layer and I dressed up the existing heart on the bear with an enamel shape.

Behind the scenes - From Old to New Pt 1

I want you to get inside my head!

I thought you might like to see and read about some of the behind the blog scenes. As I am getting ready for my first cardmaking party of the year I want to use products from the new Occasions and Sale-A-bration catalogs, but I save myself some time by recycling an old layout.

Bear Hugs love you this much

I loved this cute card that I presented last February, but the Bear Hugs stamp set and framelits are retired, so I only use them for personal use, not for a paid event.

In this post, I am going to talk you through using one card's layout for another card's design.

Let's get started on how to break down a card design.

First, you need to determine what it is you want to duplicate and what is okay to change.

On my new card I want to change the card from a top opening to a left fold opening card. So, this means I will go from a horizontal layout to a vertical layout.

I know that I love this color combination of Pirouette Pink, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White. I will use the colors together again, but in a different arrangement.

Maybe something like this - 


I love the tone on tone stamping on the original card so I am going to do a little of it on this new card.


Then for my feature stamp I am going to use the Playful Pandas which are available as a Free set during Sale-A-bration as a Level One gift with a $50 order.


More specifically I am going to use the Panda holding a sign. Do you see where I am going with this already?


This is my design process on this card to this point. I may decide to do some dry embossing on the Pink Pirouette piece to give it some dimension, but I haven't decided that yet. Often times I do some practice background pieces to decide if I want a little something on there or not.

I hope you have enjoyed "getting inside my head" as I design a card. My goal is to inspire you to take what you have to pull together a card that is based on one of my cards.

Check back on Saturday when I will show you the finished card and supply list!


Technique Tuesday - Eclipse Technique

You have probably been seeing the cards ideas all over the place that have a word or a shape cutout of patterned paper or with stamping on a layer. I first showed you the technique when I Case-d a card I had seen on Pinterest. Mine used the cat punch had stamping on the cat but it let the Night of Navy cardstock show through. 

Cat eclipse technique

I wanted to share a great video that shows you exactly how to do this technique using any punch or framelits that you have on hand! Check out the video and have fun trying this technique for yourself.

You probably have seen this card technique done most often with the Large Letter Framelit Dies. I highly recommend that you invest in these versatile products starting January 2 so that you get the added bonus of earning a Sale-A-Bration reward or two! Watch for all the new products arriving with the start of the new Occassions catalog and Sale-A-Bration on January 2nd.

Stamparatus Part 2

Stamparatus five things to know

The results are in! The first Stamparatus reservation window reached its maximum number of reservations in just 15 minutes, which provided us with some very important information: You LOVE this new stamping tool! We couldn’t be more thrilled; in fact, your response was so amazing that we’ve decided to make some important adjustments to the reservation process.
As was previously announced, the second reservation window will remain open from December 5–30; however, during this reservation period we will take as many orders as we receive (yay!) and not close the window until December 30. So whether the total number of reservations is 100 or 100,000, the window will stay open! 
Please note the following changes:
Beginning March 19, we will ship Stamparatuses in the order the reservations were received (first in, first out) and continue through the next few months and beyond as product arrives in our warehouse. Because shipment dates are based on manufacturing lead times, not all of the reservations made during the December 5–30 window will ship on March 19.

In order to accommodate demand, limits have changed as follows: one reservation per customer or demonstrator.
Because we are not limiting the maximum number of reservations for the second window, we will not offer a third window. This is the last chance for you will have to reserve a Stamparatus before it becomes available in the 2018-2019 annual catalog.
Please note what has not changed:
The reservation window will open at 2:00 PM (MT) on December 5. 

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on your very own Stamparatus and look forward to seeing the projects you’ll make with this incredible stamping tool. Look for additional details on the Stamparatus product page as the second reservation window approaches.

Snowman Christmas Card


No Big Shot work, just a couple of pretty papers and add a dash of sparkly paper! The Seasonal Chums stamp set adds the cute snowman and the greeting.

Perfect Stamping Tool is coming soon

Exciting news out of Stampin' Up!'s recent OnStage convention!

There is going to be a new stamping tool called the Stamparatus. This is a MUST HAVE!!

Stamparatus - stamp placement tool

What's the Stamparatus? It's a stamp placement tool that will rock your stamping world, even if you already own a Misti or Stamp-a-ma-jig! 

You're gonna want to keep using your Stamp-a-ma-jig with your wood mount stamps, but the NEW Stamparatus will be a game changer for your clear mount stamps or photopolymer stamping!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • You can make multiples with ease
  • Consistently be able to stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, which will save you time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates.
  • Do the Hinge Step! It's just one of the many new stamping techniques you'll be able to do with the adjustable stamping plates and precision placement.

Watch this video to see how it works:

Do you wonder "How can I get my hands on one of these RIGHT NOW?"

Well, Stampin' Up! is trying a new pre-order system for these. They aren't available right now (please don't be mad at me - I'm only the messenger).

Starting this Thursday, November 16th at 2 pm MT you can reserve your Stamparatus. I will add a link to use on Thursday to get on the list! They are only taking a limited number of pre-orders with a limit of 1 per person so you'll want to act fast!

To reserve your Stamparatus you'll need to enter your credit card information but you will not be charged until it ships (late January or early February). The first shipments are expected to arrive in your home very early in February! The longer you wait to reserve, the longer you'll have to wait for your Stamparatus.

Why is Stampin' Up! doing it this way? Hmmm. That is a good question! They are trying to avoid backorders. With the reservations you'll know exactly when to expect your Stamparatus and you can count down the days until it's arrival!

Making a difference one card at a time

Why I do what I do!

Stamping together builds friendships and relationships. One of my stampers attends my events almost every month. She has been coming for about 7 years! I enjoy getting to visit with her and just last year we even discovered we had common people in our families (through marriage). Often she attends with at least one of her sister-in-laws but often enough with all three. It is a hoot when they all can attend and stamp together! I enjoy designing cards for them, knowing that they might use it for a certain birthday or occasion.

Fall card idea for thinking of you or sympathy

Let them know. After last month's event she sent me an email telling me she had wanted to mention this, but forgot.

The email said: "My boss got promoted and I was helping to pack up some of his things to move and I found all the cards that I have ever made and given to him.  He said they are too special to throw out."

She went on to say, "My dad also has kept all the cards I have made for him, said he can’t throw them out, they mean so much."

She was most touched by the thought, "Two men who have a really hard time expressing emotion and a little paper card touches them."

She ended by honoring me with the sweetest words: "Thank you for teaching me to make such pretty cards to share with the special people in my life!"

That brought tears to my eyes. It is truly why I do what I do!

A business that isn't really a business.

Having a Stampin' Up! business isn't about spreadsheets and net losses or gains. It is about the people we stamp with and the people that they are stamping for.

Sure it's just a little card, but it can offer such strong emotions when words aren't easy to come by or a little spot of kindness is needed to give a break for even a moment from all the negativity and stresses of life.

I encourage you to think of someone you want to bless with a note or message and make them a card. Get out a stamp set, some ink, and some paper. Don't over think it, don't worry that it isn't a masterpiece or museum quality.

To the person receiving it, they might only get bills otherwise or you might be the only person who has reached out in awhile. They will cherish it! To them it is a masterpiece but most of all it is a small piece of you. Isn't that what we all want? To be loved and thought of by others.

In this we make a difference.

Stampin' Up! has a Mission Statement that they call the Statement of the Heart. It reads: "To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments ... in this we make a difference." Isn't that beautiful?!

I am so proud and honored to be someone who is allowed to make a difference in other's lives. Even when it is only one card at a time!

I would treasure the opportunity to help you make differences in other's lives by having you join my team or by sharing weekly project ideas with you.

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