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November 2010

Northern Flurries Merry Christmas

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Love the emboss resist on this card.  Ink up the inside of the Northern Flurries Embossing Folder using a brayer and then run through the Big Shot.  The ink resists where the snowflake designs are.  Very easy!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bells and Boughs

Ink: Marina Mist

Paper: Marina Mist, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Northern Flurries Embossing Folder, brayer, large oval and scallop oval punches, dimensionals


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Season of Friendship Tree

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Almost the last day of November. One more fall-themed project before the start of the Christmas rush and the use of Christmas colors. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Season of Friendship

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Cajun Craze, Whisper White, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Circle Scissors Plus, paper piercing tool and mat, rhinestone brad


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Happy Thanksgiving

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If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, "thank you," that would suffice.  ~Meister Eckhart

                                                 Happy Thanksgiving from me to you.


Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Medallion, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Pumpkin Pie

Paper: Poppy Parade, Whisper White

Accessories: Versamark, Stampin' Pastels, Word Window and Modern Label punches, Dimensionals, paper piercing tool and mat, rhinestone brad

Technique: Poppin' Pastels


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Autumn Spice Season of Friendship

This card was inspired by the color of the changing leaves this fall at my mountain home in Colorado.  We have had below freezing temps at night now for over 3 weeks, so most of the leaves have fallen.  But, it sure was pretty.  Fall, my favorite time of year!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Season of Friendship, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Very Vanilla

Accessories: 3/4", 1", 1 1/4" circle punches, paper piercing tool and mat, brads and button

Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper #120808, $11.95

Autumn Spice



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Autumn Spice Thank you

I love the Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper found in the Holiday Mini Catalog!  I love the colors of fall, and Autumn Spice is beautiful.  It also has a really nice texture to it.  Colors include Cajun Craze, Old Olive, More Mustard and Early Espresso.  I think Early Espresso is my new favorite color.  I didn't think I would be able to pass up Chocolate Chip, but I now seem to go for Early Espresso everytime. 

These cards were so easy to create.  I had several Autumn Spice scraps left over from another project, and I cut them into 1 1/2" strips.  Layer them onto coordinating paper, add a greeting, and done!

This is the card that is being sent to customers who placed November orders.

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This one is the birthday card being sent to friends and customers who have a November birthday.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Kind Thanks, Vintage Vogue

Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso

Paper: Early Espresso, More Mustard, So Saffron, Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Large Oval and Scallop Oval punches, sponge, Dimensionals

Autumn Spice



Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper, #120808, $11.95









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Class in an Instant-Holiday Punch Stamp a Stack

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Yes, there is still time to create hand-made Christmas cards!  Let me help you with my Holiday Punch Stamp-a-Stack. 

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Stamp-a-Stacks are a favorite of new and experienced stampers.  Stamp-a-Stacks are all about creating a balance between great designs, affordability, and the ability to create a number of cards in a short amount of time.  These festive designs feature details that will make them stand out from the avalanche of holiday cards your friends and family receive.  Because you can create at least 144 cards from a single pack of Designer Series Paper and coordinating supplies, the cards are super affordable.  Punches make quick work of adding stamped accents so these cards can be created in an instant.

With this Stamp-a-Stack, you will learn to create:

-6 cards (double-up to make 12, or triple-up to make 18 or use the whole pack of Designer-Series Paper to create 144 cards!)

These cards feature the Tags til Christmas stamp set and coordinating punches along with the Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper.  Fantastic accents like the self-adhesive Rhinestone Jewels, 1/2" Seam Binding and Waffle Paper make adding details a snap.  Optional texture using the Square Lattice Texture Impression Embossing Folder and Big Shot makes a great step-up option without adding cost or bulk.  Imagine the joy and feelings of caring your friends and family will feel when they open their holiday cards this year!

Start stamp-a-stacking; you will be glad you did.

Class in an Instant Details

Class fee is only $9.95.  You will receive full color instructions, templates and bonus ideas in a pdf format that will be delivered right to your e mail in box.

The Holiday Punch Stamp-a-Stack project of the month tutorial includes:

Full color photos, templates and cutting instructions on how to create:

- 6, 12, 18 or up to 144 cards out of 1 packet of Designer Series paper

-Waffle Paper 101 Tutorial

-Texture Impressions Embossing Folders 101 Tutorial

-bonus ideas and samples for creating alternate projects using different color combinations, themes and stamp sets for many personal styles

-a complete list of supplies, along with the opportunity to purchase featured products for this project at a 15% discount

You may purchase the following products at a 15% discount through December 10, 2010. Regular shipping (min $6.95) and taxes apply.  This discount cannot be combined with any other offers, stamp clubs or workshops.  Product will deliver direct to US customers only via UPS.  Please e mail or call me to place this special order.

All discounted items are found in the Holiday Mini Catalog and are available through January 3, 2011

120847 Tags til Christmas wood mount, regular price $30.95, discounted price, $26.30

121169 Tags til Christmas clear mount stamp set, regular price $22.95, discounted price $19.50

121735 Tags til Christmas clear mount stamp set in SPANISH, regular price $22.95, discounted price $19.50

121723 Tags til Christmas clear mount stamp set in FRENCH, regular price $22.95, discounted price $19.50

120984 Waffle paper-Assortment 1 (metallic silver, metallic gold), regular price $9.95, discounted price, $8.45

120908 3/4" x 15/16" Medium Oval punch, regular price $10.95, discounted price $9.30

120907 Decorative Label punch, regular price $16.95, discounted price $14.40, 719-784-2275

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I needed a quick birthday card recently.  I got out one of my favorite Decor Stencils and Color Coach.  I always seem to be drawn to the color combination of Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy and Crumb Cake!  This was one of those 5 minute cards, and most of that was deciding which stencil and what colors to use!  Lay the stencil down on your card front.  Hold it down with one hand and sponge on color with the other.  You can make it as light or as dark as you want.


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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sincere Wishes

Ink: Poppy Parade

Paper: Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Folk Flowers stencil, sponge, large and scallop oval punches, dimensionals

Folk Flowers Decor Stencil #118139, $12.95

  Folk Flowers stencil






Add a delicate floral accent anywhere using our Folk Flowers Décor Stencils. Our stencils can be used on most surfaces so you can add a flower or two--or more--anywhere you can imagine. Our high-quality plastic stencils can be used again and again.

■ Dimensions: 6-5/8" x 5-3/4" (largest image 5-3/4" x 5-1/2" (smallest image
■ Dimensions (HxW) are approximate
■ Set of two stencils



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Daffodil Delight Embossing Folder Resist- Sweet One

This was one of my attempts for the Stamp Club "baby" card swap. (see posting dated 11/05)

It has kind of grown on me, and I will probably change out the greeting to use for another occasion. I used the Embossing Folder Resist Technique.

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Supplies Used: Matchbox Messages

Stamp Set:

Ink: Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Big Shot, Matchbox bigz xl die, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, brayer, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals


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Vintage A Kind Thanks

This was my swap card for my October Sunday Stamp Club.  The theme was "vintage".

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I used the embossing folder resist technique, one of my all-time favorites.  Ink up the inside of an embossing folder using a brayer.  Add your cardstock and run through your Big Shot.  Depending on which side of the embossing folder you add the ink (raised or recessed) will determine how the ink will resist as it runs through the Big Shot.  I also used the Cherry Cobbler 1/2" seam binding found in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  It has a great feel to it and is so easy to work with.  Even I could tie a half decent bow with it!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: A Kind Thanks

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Love Letter Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, brayer, Big Shot, 1/2" Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, hemp twine, various buttons from my stash





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Happy New Baby!

This was my swap card for my Saturday October Stamp Club.  The theme was "baby", and I was really struggling with the design.  I don't have any baby stamps!  I wanted the card to be able to be used for either a girl or a boy, so knew I didn't want to use pink or blue.  I thought and thought and tried several ideas and nothing was coming together.  At the point I was about to let the Stamp Club know I was bowing out of the swap, I took a look through the Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  And there on page 48 was my inspiration!  A Good Egg!  A perfect stamp set to use for a baby card.  I basically used the same layout as the sample in the catalog but changed the colors.  I really like the way it came out.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: A Good Egg , Fun and Fast Notes

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red

Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Dafodil Delight, Brights Patterns DSP

Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect olka Dots Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, hemp twine, Mini Glue Dots

A Good Egg


A Good Egg (#114974, wood mount, $23.95)








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SUDSOL Blog Tour


 Welcome to the SUDSOL Blog Tour!


I am very excited to be participating in today's SUDSOL Blog Tour.

 SUDSOL (Simply Unique Demonstrators Sharing On Line) is an online community of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators dedicated to providing creative and professional information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all demonstrators regardless of location and regardless of the support they are getting elsewhere. Members have access to an extensive samples gallery, video tutorials, patterns, templates business articles and forms.  They also enjoy the camaraderie from the most talented and supportive group of paper-crafters anywhere!

I have been a member of SUDSOL for 4 years, and I am currently serving as the SUDSOL Outline Coordinator.  This means that members send me photos and instructions for classes or workshops they have created. I then upload it to the SUDSOL site to share with all members.   This is an invaluable resource for Stampin' Up! demonstrators to use when looking for ideas and inspiration as they plan for their upcoming classes or workshops. 

 If you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and not already of member of SUDSOL, please take a look here and take advantage of the FREE two-week trial.

 Now on with the Tour!

 Reflections of Fall Faux Postage

 This faux postage card was inspired by the fall colors in my new home located in the Wet Mountains of Southern Colorado.  Fall is my favorite time of year, and I've enjoyed watching the changing colors on the aspens, oaks and other foliage in my own back yard!

Click here for Faux Postage instructions

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Stamp Sets: Autumn Days, Days of Gratitude, Silhouette Sentiments

Ink: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Old Olive, Cajun Craze

Paper: Autumn Spice Designer Series Paper, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla

Accessories: faux postage template and mask, postage scissors (non SU!), metallic brads, paper piercing tool and mat



Iris Folded Christmas Ornament

Iris Folding is one of my all-time favorite techniques. It looks complicated, but is actually very simple.

For full Iris Folding instructions and a video tutorial, please click here


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Stamp Set: Cute by the Inch, Sweet Sayings, For the Holidays

Ink: Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder, Iris Folding pattern, Circle Scissors Plus, SNAIL Adhesive, Sticky Strip, bone folder, painter's tape,  1 1/4" square punch, Circle Ice Rhinestone, paper piercing tool and mat



 Greenhouse Gala Snowflakes

I used non-traditional Christmas colors for this card.  The greeting could easily be changed, making it a Thank You, Happy Birthday or even a Happy New Year's Day card!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: All  Holidays

Ink: Marina Mist

Paper: Greenhouse Gala and Newsprint Designer Series Paper, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red and Very Vanilla

Accessories: Big Shot, Distressed Texturz Plate, Impressions and Silicone Rubber pads, Snowflake, Eyelet Border and 3/16" Corner punches, Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, hemp twine and various buttons

Thank you for visiting the SUDSOL Royal Blog Tour.  I hope you have enjoyed the samples I have shared. 

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