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May 2010

My wonderful upline!!!

I have to tell you--one of my favorite things about my wonderful Stampin' Up! business is the people I have met.  Sherrie is my "upline"--the person I signed under when I joined Stampin' Up! almost 11 years ago!!  We didn't know each other very well--more of acquaintances than friends.  Well, over the past 10+ years, we've really become good friends.  I've also become very close to alot of my downline (those that sign up under me!).  It's such a special thing to share--this stamping thing!!!  I really feel blessed by all the friends I've made throughout the years!  And, this also includes my wonderful customers!!!  WOW--can't even count all the wonderful people I've met through this fun hobby of mine!! 

Anyway, I wanted to share a card that Sherrie sent me recently--it's so darn cute!!


Don't you think so?  Love pink and brown together!!  And that yellow really stands out!!  Thanks so much, Sherrie!!!



First Ever SUDSOL Blog Tour!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning, and welcome to the First Ever SUDSOL Blog Tour!!  I am so excited to be a part of this!  There are so many talented stampers on the SUDSOL website!!   The best part--we have Exclusive samples that are only posted on SUDSOL!  So, if you're a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you have access to loads of great ideas that aren't found anywhere else!!  (so your customers haven't already seen them!!)  There are hundreds and hundreds of business ideas, complete ready-to-go classes, forms, etc!!  I just can't tell you how much I get from this site on a daily basis!!  And, you can give it a try with a FREE 2-week trial!

For the Blog Tour, you're going to see some GREAT ideas using the products from the Summer Mini Catalog!  (if you don't have a copy, email me--I'll get one out to you!)

This first card is one I made for one of my best friend's daughter's wedding!  She was married this week in Las Vegas--sure wish I could've been there!!  I used the Elements of Style Stamp Set, along with the sentiment from Special Blessing.  The background is our wonderful new Presto Patterns Specialty Paper!!  This paper is gorgeous--it all has white embossed images on a white background.  I simply brayered Bashful Blue ink over the entire thing--and that's where the magic happens--the ink doesn't "stick" to the embossed images!!!  So very pretty!!  The sentiment was stamped with Versamark Ink and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder.  I also embossed the flowers on the envelope, then watercolored with Bashful Blue and Certainly Celery ink.  Sure hope she liked it!!

Next up, another Elements of Style sample:

This card is a Real Red base--I used a 4 1/4" x 11 piece of cardstock, so it opens from the bottom.  I then ran it through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  I really love this one--can't stop using it!!! :-)  I stamped the flowers with Black Stazon onto Watercolor Paper, then water colored using the Aquapainter and ink refills.  (Real Red, So Saffron and Old Olive)  Then, I tied some beautiful Black Satin Ribbon around it!  Love this ribbon!!!!

Okay, last card!!  And, yes, it's the Elements of Style again!!


This is a super simple card--I stamped the background with Taken with Teal ink.  The main image is a saying from the new Favorite Thoughts stamp set--also found in the Summer Mini Catalog.  It is stamped with Black Stazon, with a scroll stamped in the background.  (I stamped it once on scrap paper, then stamped over the sentiment.)

For more ideas, you can check out my SUDSOL Gallery HERE. Of course, this is just for demonstrators!  But, don't worry, if you're one of my wonderful customers, you'll see it all!! :-)  Or, maybe you'd like to join my team of stampers??  Click HERE--my password is "nachos"!!  If you join before May 22, 2010, I'll purchase a three-month subscription for you for SUDSOL!!

So, what do you think?  Are you ready to give SUDSOL a try?  I sure hope so!!

Have a GREAT day!!


More Card Club Cards

Good morning!!!  I am so excited--you just have to check back tomorrow!!!  We're doing the first ever SUDSOL Blog Tour!!!  If you're a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, please check out SUDSOL!!  It's a GREAT resource for business ideas, as well as project ideas!!!  I have been a member since I signed up in 1999!!!  Yes, it does have a small fee associated with it, but you'll get that back ten-fold in business ideas!!  And, if you still aren't sure, you can sign up for a FREE 2-week trial!!  (warning--if you do this, you WILL be hooked!! )

Okay, enough of that for now--just be sure and come back tomorrow!!  We've got some great ideas in store for you!!!

Now, on to the cards for today!!  We did these at my card club meeting on Monday!


This is a great card for anyone--male or female!!  It uses Extreme Elements--did you know that if you order this set, you can get FREE brads!!  Yep--it's true!!  Just check out my Stampin' Up! website for the full list of stamp sets and brads!!  Colors used for this card:  Real Red, Basic Black and Going Gray!

And, here's a fun and super easy card:


I used the new Builder Wheels, found in the Summer Mini Catalog!  I used Candle Crazy, Birthday and So Many Stars.  The colors I used are Real Red, Tempting Turquoise and Soft Suede.  I love the new Triple Cell Cartridges--but it was really hard to pick colors!!  Such a commitment!! haha!!  Guess I need to buy a few more cartridges so I can have more combos!!

Have a GREAT day, and be sure to come back tomorrow!!


Card Club--our last meeting!

Happy Thursday!!  Here are a couple of the cards we made Monday evening at our last meeting!  I will miss seeing these ladies each month!!  But, we start up again in September--so no worries!!  If you'd like to join us, click HERE to see all the details and register!!  We'd love to have you!!!


Elements of Style stamp set, Presto Patterns Specialty Paper, Gold embossing powder, Brocade Blue and Versamark inks, heat tool, 1" circle punch, Brayer

Watercolor Trio Stamp Set, Really Rust, Bordering Blue & Mellow Moss Ink and Cardstock, large & scallop oval punches, spring moss grosgrain ribbon

Have a GREAT day!!!


Divas Coffee Break Design Challenge #176

Good morning!!!  Hope this finds you all enjoying some warm weather!  It's really nice here in the sunny southwest, but it is windy!! 

Here's my version of the Divas' challenge this morning!  It's a color challenge:

Very pretty, don't you think?  Let's see what you can do with them--then, go post a link HERE!!

and, my card............

Toys played with to create this card:

Watercolor Trio Stamp Set, Big Shot, Mellow Moss Taffeta Ribbon!

I also used the sketch from the Mojo Monday blog--it was great!!  Julee always has the best sketches!!

Have a GREAT day!!


Stamping 411!!

Good afternoon!!!  I was able to complete a card for the Stamping 411 sketch challenge!  I love working from a sketch!!  I made this card for my card club--we had our last meeting last night!  It's always fun--these ladies are the best!!!

I used the Priceless stamp set, along with the "happy birthday" from All Holidays!

Other items used:

Cardstock & Ink:  Barely Banana, Pixie Pink and Sage Shadow

Misc:  Apricot grosgrain ribbon, Big Shot & Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder

Have a wonderful afternoon!!


May Online Project of the Month!

Stencil Trio Card & Frame Set


What’s old is new again! Stencils are back in style with Stampin’ Up!’s fashionable designs perfect for creating cards, scrapbook pages, fabric projects, 3-D projects and all kinds of home décor! In this class, you’ll learn how to use stencils with ink, pastels, heat embossing, and stencil paste. Plus, I have a special Stenciling 101 Tutorial that will help you explore even more creative options!

You may purchase the following products at a 15% discount through June 9th, 2010 if you purchase this months project tutorial, regular shipping and tax will apply.  This discount cannot be combined with any other offers:

  •  118262 Elegant Trio Decor Stencils $9.95  $8.46
  • 111700  Thank You Kindly Stamp Set $13.95  $11.86
  • 102892  Sponge Daubers (12)  $10.95  $9.31

To order this month's Online Project of the Month, click HERE!!

Some Manly-Man cards!

Happy Monday!!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!  Here are two cards that I've made for the manly-men in my life:


This uses the Wanted Stamp Set, and the colors are Close to Cocoa and Mellow Moss!! 

And this one is done with the Loads of Love stamp set and To the Nines specialty paper!!  I made a "z-fold" card for this one.  Very simple!!

Enjoy, and have a GREAT day!!  I'm off to get ready for my Card Club tonight!!!  It's our last meeting of this go-round, but we'll start up again in September!!  If you'd like to join us, click HERE to sign up today!  But, hurry--there are only 4 spots available!!



Happy Mother's Day!!

Good morning!!!  This is a card we made at my Stamp-a-stack in April.  I really love the Vintage Vogue Stamp Set, and really hope it makes the new catalog (coming in July!!)

Softsas 008
Colors used:  Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst and So Saffron!!

Hope all you moms out there have a beautiful day!!



Divas Sketch Challenge #82

Happy Weekend everyone!!!  Hope you're all having a great day!  Here is my card for the UDI Sketchy Saturday Challenge!  (click on the link to see the sketch!)


I used my current favorite set, Elements of Style!  It's such a versatile set!!  I also used the Presto Patterns Specialty Paper.  It's all white, with clear embossed images.  So, I brayered mine with Taken with Teal ink, and this is what I got!!  Isn't it gorgeous?!

Supplies used:

Elements of Style Stamp Set

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Apricot Appeal and Presto Patterns Specialty Paper

Ink:  Taken with Teal and Apricot Appeal

Misc:  Half Pearls from Pretties Kit, White Organza Ribbon, Trio Flower, Scallop Circle, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches; brayer

Have a great day!!  Be sure to check out the rest of the Design Team's work--starting with Tiffany!!