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May Club Cards and Stamp A Stack Cards

Hello Stamping Friends,

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!   Hopefully your vacation day is a sunny one.

This post will include cards from our bimonthly club and the Elizabeth Stamp A Stack.  Check back in a couple weeks for recipes. Today I will just show you the cards so you can decide if you want to make that last purchase from the catalog before savings and product are gone forever!  Tuesday, May 31, is the last day to place an order from the Occasions catalog and the big catalog. Several items have already sold out so hurry!

My favorite project was the Birthday Blooms Surprise Pull Out card.  I saw this card on My Tanglewood Cottage and the directions are on Splitcoast Stampers.  Scroll through the Splitcoast Stampers pictured instructions to go down to the video (click here) to get the measurements I used.

BirthdayBloomsThe flower image is stamped with Stazon black on a piece of Shimmery White cardstock and colored with Blender Pens using Blushing Bride and Wild Wasabi Ink.  The bottom parts of the image’s leaves are fussy cut and then the oval framelit #4 is slipped under the cutout and run through the Big Shot.  When you run the stamped image through the Big Shot you will get a nice indentation to fussy cut the oval between the two large leaves.  The little flowers in the corner are the top flowers of the image stamped a second time, fussy cut, and mounted on greenery from The Bird Builder Punch.  The butterfly is from the hostess Best Thoughts set.  It is stamped on vellum and then placed upside down on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat and rubbed with the Stylus to give a nice white color.

When you pull on the ribbon – Voila!


The inside words come from the Best Thoughts hostess set which has the butterfly we used on the front:

BirthdayBloomsInsideRetiring Products:  The Bird Builder Punch (117191), The Best Thoughts hostess set (139234), The Curvy Corner Trio Punch (139683) that made both the corner and the ribbon slider hole, and It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack (140552) from which I pulled the green striped paper.  You will see more of this paper in another card.  The Paper Stack has 48 sheets with 4 each of 12 double-sided 12X12 designs.

The masculine version of the Surprise Pull Out card uses Butterfly Basics, In The Meadow and Guy Greetings stamp sets, all of which carryover to the new catalog- Yay!  Once again it uses the “Think outside the Framelit” technique to stamp an image, cut out a little of the image and then slip the framelit under the cutout part and run through the Big Shot.



InTheMeadowInsideI will miss the Blackberry Bliss cardstock which is part of the retiring In Colors (see page 137).

Our technique sheet for club was the Mirror Image technique:


We mirrored the little yorky from the Hey Girl stamp set (#138706) which is retiring.  I used the retiring Oval Scallop punch(#119856) to create the clouds.  Join my team, or the bimonthly club, and you will make the technique sheets at our meetings.  If you live far away or can’t make the meetings, I will mail you a completed technique sheet.

The Stamp A Stack held at the Elizabeth library was another fun time of stamping!  Here is the first card:



The Sunburst Sayings stamp set and Sunburst Thinlits Die used on this card are currently bundled for a 15% discount.  See page 25 of the Occasions catalog.  Though both products are in the new catalog, there is no longer a bundle.  Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey are used together on this card and both are retiring colors in only three days.  See page 137 for all the In Color retiring products.

The second card:  (Stampers make six cards- two each of three designs for $20)



What could be better than Bermuda Bay with a black accent?!  The flower is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set which is carried over to the new catalog, however the Honeycomb Embossing Folder (#129378) is retiring, as well as the Honeycomb Hello stamp set (#134075) which has the little “hello” and a cute little bumble bee that a couple of my stampers added to their card front.  The Curvy Corner Trio punch is retiring (#139683) and the Candy Brads (page 161) are being replaced with shaped enamel dots.

The third card demonstrates the Drapery Fold Technique, modified from that found on Laura’s Stamp Pad:



Once again I have used the retiring It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack (#140552).  Sadly, all the Scallop Circle Punches are retiring (see page 165).   I used the 1 3/4″ scallop circle punch and punched the white inside layer of the card so that the main card stock showed.  I then stamped “make a wish” in Basic Black with the Party Wishes retiring stamp set (#140651).  The ‘It’s My Party’ enamel dots  (#140554) are retiring as well.  The Happy Birthday is from the Rose Wonder stamp set (#140697) and thankfully it is NOT retiring.  If you wanted a stamp set with words that fit many different occasions, this set is a must have.  See page 18 of the Occasions catalog.  The more masculine version of this card:



The balloons are from the Balloon Bouquet punch (#140609) and will still be available in the next catalog but the mini balloon punch in the Party Punch Pack (#140608) on page 4 of the Occasions catalog is retiring.  The punch pack and the Party Wishes stamp set used for the “make a wish” shown above is available as a bundle at a 15% discount in a wood mount (#141073) or clear mount (#141071).

The drapery fold starts with a piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP)  that is 4″ X 11 1/2″ so you can get three cuts out of a 12X12. Be careful if your design is one that shouldn’t be upside down.  (Yes, I learned that the hard way!)

Score your DSP on the long 11 1/2″ side at:  3″,  4″ ,  6″ , 7″ ,  9″ , and 10″ .

Turn the paper to the short 4″ side closest to the 10″ score line and make a small score mark or pencil mark at 1″.

Use your cutter to cut diagonally from the 1″ mark to the bottom of the 3″ score line.  Make a z fold. I trimmed the right side of the top of the folded DSP to 5 3/8″  so I could have a border around each edge.

I love the way the drapery fold shows both sides of our pretty Designer Series Paper.  There are many different fold sizes you can make.  I would love to see one you have made!

My next event is the catalog launch on June 18 from 10:00 – 2:00, open house style.  I will have catalogs, and you can make new In Color sheets, a bookmark for the catalog and a quick make and take with a new product.   Retired product will be available for purchase.

Have a wonderful weekend and remember all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

SAL  (Salute A Life)


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The Wedding and SU Convention

Hello Stamping Friends,

Did you miss me?  It was a flurry of a month in more ways than one!  We spent 10 days of April at my daughter Stacia’s and Jonathan’s wedding in Puerto Rico, returned home for one evening and then I flew out to the Stampin’ Up! convention in Salt Lake City.  A major snowstorm hit Colorado and I was stranded for an extra day in Salt Lake—rough, one more day to be with friends, eat pizza and soak in the hot tub.

So we left this scene in Puerto Rico:


And returned to this scene in Castle Rock:


A little more than a flurry I would say!

Convention was so much fun.  Jean and Wendy attended with me and those two beloved friends knew I hadn’t had time to make swaps before I left for Puerto Rico so they got together and made a whole sack of swaps for me.  Thank you both so much!

Look at this fabulous swap card they made:

IMG_0781The inside says “and eat cookies”.  Both greetings are from the Balloon Celebration stamp set.

Here we are at the photo booth:

IMAG0270And here they are winning the prize patrol:

IMAG0273I walked the stage to celebrate making Silver Elite status:

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IMG_1372And was part of the many stampers honored at the Grand Hotel with a five course formal dinner:

IMAG0244followed by entertainment from the Dueling Pianos- a funny, witty and amazingly talented couple:


There were chandeliers and marble everywhere – even in the bathrooms!!  As the bus left to go back to the convention center they handed each of us a really awesome bag.  Thank you to everyone who has supported me and helped me to this level.

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And look at the stash I brought home:

IMG_0794Stampin’ Up! welcomed us with streamers that popped out and flew all over the auditorium so I saved a few.

Stamp sets and pens and markers and ribbon and buttons and bookmarks and a calendar notebook and two bags!

The Paper Pumpkin booth was a fun surprise with a business kit and a party kit to buy:

IMG_0801And a sneak peak at future products:

IMAG0266Grid paper?!  Woo hoo!!

There was even a Paper Pumpkin make and take – a sneak peak at the May kit!  Hurry- sign up by tomorrow.  If you buy a three month subscription (or maintain your subscription for three months) I will send you a snail adhesive, a pen, a bag and a case for your stamps.  To sign up for a one month subscription you can go to http://www.paperpumpkin.com and choose me as your demonstrator or for a three month subscription go to my online store and enter item #137859.  You will receive an email with a code and you will go to the paper pumpkin site and enter that code.  Deadline is tomorrow, May 10th for the May kit with this cool card:

IMG_0783You could make it a birthday card, too, but we didn’t see what the other stamps were so there is still a little surprise.

There were four other make and takes showing upcoming products:

A new all inclusive kit;  this card has a fun fold as the heart goes up and the next layer down to reveal the inside:

IMG_0785A cool new two pack of Embossing Folders and beautiful Designer Series Paper (DSP).

IMG_0784A confetti punch and foam adhesive strips to make shaker cards:

IMG_0786You will love the new catalog!  Come to my catalog launch on June 18th, 10 – 2,  and we will have fun as we ooh and ahh and play with the new products!  Last but not least  – a make and take with the new In Colors:

IMG_0782These events are the icing on the cake after becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  Join my team as we make plans for the November On Stage Local in Kansas City.  The more the merrier!


After returning home I received this stunning card from Jean thanking me for the roommate gifts!  I have looked at it daily and it is like having a bouquet of flowers (that never die)!  Love it!  Thank you, Jean!  This uses the Flower Patch Stamp set and the greeting is from Birthday Blooms:

IMG_0791 You can scroll through all this pretty fast so I am going to risk overload and show you a few wedding pictures.

My daughter, Stacia, was married to Jonathan Whitehead on April 8, 2016 at Tres Palmas in Rincon, Puerto Rico.







IMG_0771The End (for this post)!  A great beginning for the two of them.

SAL   (Such A Love)


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