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Onstage Swap Cards

Monday, November 19th, 2018

I loved all the beautiful swaps I received from demonstrators at OnStage!

How amazing are all these cards?  Last week I had the wonderful privilege of attending OnStage in Orlando, Florida to celebrate StampinUp’s 30th Anniversary!  I believe there were over 6,000 Demonstrators there, from around the world.  StampinUp spoiled us with so many wonderful gifts and free stamp sets – I’ll share those with you next time.

I will highlight some of my favorite swaps I received in the coming weeks.  But for now, let me share with you one the two designs I created to share with my fellow demonstrators.

Miss You – Swap #1:

Here is my first swap – I used the Hand Delivered Stamp Set which is a lot of fun because the girl can be holding a sign (as I did), or balloons, a tall cake, or a stack of books.  It’s a photopolymer set so you can easily line up the 2-Step Stampin images.  She’s in the very back of the annual catalog, on page 229 – a Host Set.  If you are not familiar with Host Sets, these are items you can purchase only with Host Rewards, meaning for orders over $150.  So if you have a large wish list, or a group of friends that order together, or if you would like me to come by and teach a stamp class at your house with your friends, you can earn Host Rewards.  You’ll see more information about Host Rewards here.

I only made about 35 of each design, but you can see the process here.  I always design one start to finish, then break it down into steps and complete the others in assembly line fashion.

You can see here that I first cut all my cardstock, then assembled the base.  Next I did all my stamping, and lastly I cut out the signs, assembled, added dimensionals on the accent pieces, and finished with embellishments.


Here are the rest of the supplies used on this card.

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Sending Well Wishes

Monday, September 24th, 2018

The lovely Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set made it’s debut in this year’s Annual Catalog (see page 118) and it quickly be came a favorite of mine.

Dandelion Wishes to send Well Wishes

The base of my card is the retired color Marina Mist card stock.  As StampinUp Demonstrators, we tend to shy away from posting projects with retired products, but if you are anything like me, these products don’t magically disappear from your stamp supplies when they retire.  We still love them and enjoy using them.  So, I trust you’ll forgive me if I occasionally use a retired product or two – as long as I identify it as such.

You will note that the Balmy Blue ink I used to stamp my sentiment is a very close match – enough so that if I had not mentioned it – I wonder if you would have noticed they are not the same color!  🙂

For the sentiment I used the very versatile and must have framelits called Stitched Shapes.  This set of 12 dies (4 each of circles, ovals and squares) each have a stitched outline detail that adds so much to your projects.

At the bottom of my card I used a strip of the Garden Impression Designer Series Paper (a very convenient 6×6 stack of 48 sheets).  The Night of Navy mat behind the dandelion ties in with this paper nicely.

A fairly simple card, here are the products used, with links to purchase from my online store:

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Especially For You

Monday, August 27th, 2018

The BOTANICAL BLISS Bundle was used on this card, full of lovely details.  The bundle (found on page 20 of the annual catalog) includes the Botanical Bliss Stamp Set and Botanical Tags Thinlints Dies.

Botanical Bliss Bundle

Set on a card base of Coastal Cabana, I used the Tag Thinlits to create my focal point, cut from a Copper Foil Sheet.  Other accent pieces were created with the same set of Botanical Thinlits Dies and the Pretty Label Punch.  A small strip of Burlap Ribbon adds a nice contrast in textures.

  The new Detailed Trio Punch (found on page 211 of the Annual Catalog) came in handy for easy rounding of the corners.  Below are all the products used on this project, and links to purchase from my online store.

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Life is Sweeter

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Life is sweeter with friends like you

On a background of yummy Mango Melody Cardstock, the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Papers are the the star of the show here.  These beautiful, delicate papers need to be seen and touched to be fully appreciated.  One side is Whisper White, the other side is Very Vanilla – so you will have unlimited options on your projects.  I recommend keeping them stored between the tissue papers they arrive in.

For my sentiment I used the Detailed with Love Stamp Set and backed the banner with a piece of matching pattern paper from the Garden Impressions pack.  A fun tip:  Use the Tailored Tag Punch to cut the flag ends of your banners.

I have not yet stamped the inside of card, as I’m waiting to decide who I will send it to 🙂  But, the corners were punched with the new Detailed Trio Punch.  As the name suggests, there are three options on one punch.  The Details you see below, a corner rounder, and the third option is a small oval punch perfect for tag toppers to run a ribbon through.


Detailed Trio Punch

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Here are all the supplies used on this project – linked to my online store for your convenience: 

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Have a Beautiful Birthday with Graceful Glass

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

Today I’d like to share with you the GRACEFUL GLASS Suite

Painted Glass Stamp Set Item #147461

On the left is a vellum piece painted with Classic Inks and a Blender Pen from the back side of the vellum.  The package of Graceful Glass 6×6 Designer Vellum has 12 beautiful designs, 2 sheets of each.  You will be able to make dozens of cards and have more to spare!

My ink color choices on this card are Granny Apple Green and Grapefruit Grove Classic Ink.

The coordinating set of  Stained Glass Thinlits Dies created the beautiful detailed window design, and also cropped the bird image.

Here are the rest of the details and products used on this project:

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Graceful Glass Suite Samples from StampinUp (see page 164 in Annual Catalog)


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Hello, Accented Blooms

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Accented Blooms and Blueberry Bushel – 2 new items from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog.

I took the new In-Color called Blueberry Bushel for a test drive last week – and I love it.  The bold “hello” image shows off this new blue wonderfully.

The main large floral image from the stamp set “Accented Blooms” is stamped in Tranquil Tide ink, and I chose not to color it in, so the greeting would pop off the page.

One of my favorite things about StampinUp products, is product coordination.  The “Tailored Tag” Punch easily crops the greeting to fit within the floral image.  Pop it up with Stampin Dimensionals for little extra impact.

Inside the card I used one of the sweet sentiments and accent images also from this set.


Here are the rest of the details and products used on this card:


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Follow Your Dreams

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

I am crazy about the Follow Your Dreams Bundle

Follow Your Dream – Graduation Card

The new Chase Your Dreams Framelits Dies that coordinate with this stamp set are so much fun to use.

They not only crop most of the images in the stamp set, but also create a beautiful dream catcher, the gorgeous scripted “Dream” and the cut out detailed window you see on the bottom of this card.

My color pallet includes Grey Granite, Soft Seafoam, Highland Heather (new colors!) and Mint Macaron (a returning favorite color).  Highland Heather is one of my new favorites.   A few Faceted Dots accents finish the card off nicely.

Follow Your Dream Card and Envelope



Inside Greeting

Here are the rest of the details and supplies used on this card:


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Follow Your Dreams Bundle, Item #148370


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Happy Father’s Day

Monday, June 18th, 2018

I hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day.  This card takes advantage of the May 2018 Paper Pumpkin Kit called Manly Moments.

The card base, from the kit, is a tri-fold format.  I used the Tailored Tag punched greeting to hold the card closed.

The apron and grilling utensils are from the Apron of Love Stamp Set and matching Apron Builder Framelit Dies.

Here are the rest of the details and supplies for this card:

Fun Tip:  The Tailored Tag was used to punch the greeting and the silver foil mat behind it.  Cut the silver foil punched tag in half and adhere behind the greeting tag – instant mat!  When mounting the tag with dimensionals, overlap the card opening just a tad to keep the bottom flap closed.

How cute are these grilling utensils!  I think they look great from Foil Sheets.

Fun Tip:  Another great benefit of starting with my Paper Pumpkin Kit is I get matching envelopes!

Convenient matching envelopes from the Paper Pumpkin Kit


Apron of Love Stamp Set #145835

Apron Builder Framelits #145661


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