Saturday, October 21, 2017

Pining For Plaid - Paper Pumpkin October 2017

Have you seen this month's Paper Pumpkin kit, Pining for Plaid? I love it! Supplies to create 10 beautiful shaker cards!! There are 5 each of 2 different shaker cards. And look at the cute plaid lining on the envelopes! 

This kit was so popular that Stampin' Up! is making full kits available on 10/23/17.  $17 (plus shipping and tax). I expect these kits will go fast. If you'd like one, let me know by 9:30pm Sunday. If you miss that deadline, you can try texting on Monday morning (be sure to text because I won't see email after the deadline).*

You can sign up for Paper Pumpkin here. As a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you can order this awesome kit without going through me after noon (2:00 pm MT) on 10/23/17.*

This kit coordinates with the upcoming November Paper Pumpkin. They each stand alone, so you don't need one to do the other but it could be fun to do both.

Here's how Stampin' Up! puts it: To give you more of what you love, during October and November we’re offering two straight months of perfectly coordinated Christmas cardmaking and gifting projects.  Two coordinating kits means that 1) you will have everything you need to complete unique holiday cards and gifts, 2) you will have more creative options, and 3) you can get that handmade holiday touch without the fuss.

Keep an eye out for a Paper Pumpkin party when we can get together to assemble our kits. More details later. Of course, you can do them as soon as you get your kits if you can't wait.

Let me know if you'd like the November kit and I'll help you get it. You must sign up for it by November 10th.

*The November kit and the Pining For Plaid kit are available to Paper Pumpkin subscribers. If you need help signing up or have questions, please contact me. I am offering to order Pining For Plaid kits for local customers to save on shipping since I'd rather pay 10% ($1.70) than the minimum shipping fee ($6.95). Haven't tried PP before? That's fine. I'll let you know what you need to do to qualify.

Reminder: I'm having a class Tuesday night, 10/24 at 6:30pm. We will be making 3 Christmas cards (one of them is also a gift card holder). I have room for one or two more if you'd like to join us. Let me know by Sunday night. 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

NC Stampin' Up! Demos September Blog Hop - Get Techie

Image may contain: textWelcome to this month's North Carolina Stampin' Up! Demonstrators Blog Hop. Our theme this month is Get Techie - no, not technology. It's all about techniques. I love a good technique and if you don't now, I'll bet you will by the time you're done with this month's blog hop.

I love the Rock 'n' Roll technique -- especially with leaf cards. It's pretty simple in theory, but sometimes takes a few tries to get a feel for it. Once you get it down, though, it adds a lot to a card with only a little extra effort on your part.

 See how pretty those leaves look in two tone. The third one up actually has three colors. To do this technique, first ink up your stamp in your lighter color. Always do the lighter color first. Otherwise your ink pad can end up a big mess. Next, roll the edges of your stamp on your darker color ink pad. When you look at your stamp, you'll be able to see the two colors of ink. Then, stamp it where you want it.

If you get ink on your block you may want to wipe it off before you stamp, just to make sure you don't mess up your project. Also, be sure to clean your stamp before re-inking. Otherwise you'll leave dark ink on your light pad.

One of the fun things about this technique is that each one can turn out different. To me, it makes the leaves look even more natural. After all, they don't all turn at the same time in nature.

Here's another card I made with the Rock 'n' Roll technique. I did the sentiment as well as the leaves on this one. The stamps on both cards are from Colorful Seasons.

On this card, the leaves have a similar amount of color on the outside edges. Since I wanted that look, I  used the same rolling motion each time. For the top card, I wanted more variation, so I alternated how much of the edge rolled into the ink pad. The more you practice, the more control you will have how much ink you pick up on the roll.

 We are making the top card in this month's class, along with two other cards. There is one session left, on Tuesday night. If you are local and would like to come, let me know. I can be reached at the email address in the header or message me on my facebook page.

Have you used this technique before? If so, leave a comment to let me know which set you did it with. Or maybe share your favorite technique. I always like hearing about a new one. And now on to the next blog in the hop, Sue Stapp, who will have another technique for you. Happy Stampin' and thanks for dropping by.

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Blog Hop participants:

NC Stampin' Up! Demos Quarterly Event

Wow! It's been a while since I posted. Sorry! I have been having lots of fun in the interim and not a lot of time for blogging. I'll try to be a little more regular now that I'll be staying put for a while.

Last weekend I went to NC Stampin’ Up! Demos Quarterly Event. I had a blast and made lots of fantastic projects. The hostesses spoiled us with gifts and I got to see a lot of new products. As you know, Stampin’ Up! items are always better in person so now my wish list has gotten longer. Here’s a picture of most of the goodies and projects I came home with.
 Here's a close-up of some of the gifts. Top left is a write-on/wipe-off board. The marker is covered with Designer Series Paper (DSP). The oval decoration is actually a magnet. Close-ups of the front and back of the magnet are in the middle. Also in the top left picture is a little treat box. The bottom two pictures are the box open and a close up of one of the chocolates. Top right is a "Stamper Survival Kit" filled with an assortment of fun items. That's just a Crystal Light container but look how cute it is with some Baker's Twine, some ribbon, and a hand crafted tag. 
 I got this vase because it was my first time attending as a participant. I had helped as a hostess once but never been an attendee, which is kind of funny because I became a demonstrator without ever having been to a party (called workshops back then).  I had been to Stampin' Bunco once, but never a party - but that's another story. Thanks to Cheryl Snow for making these gifts for the newbies.
 We also got lots of samples - DSP, some embellishments, ribbon, an acetate box project, one of the Christmas ornaments from the kit, and probably more. Here are the DSP samples. Now I want the ones I don't already have. That metallic paper is gorgeous in person!
 One last thing I'm going to share. This is a placemat. I think Cheryl made this, too. I thought this was such a cute idea and could be coordinated to any event you are doing. How about a bridal shower in the wedding colors or use baby stamps for a baby shower. You get the idea.
This post has gotten pretty long, so I'll share some of the projects I made in future blog posts. Also, I'm sorry I don't know who gets credit for all of the projects. If you're reading this post and something is yours, please leave a comment so I can give proper credit.

NC Stampin' Up! Demos is open to any Stampin’ Up! demonstrator who lives in NC. If you are a demo and don’t belong, you should join. If you aren’t a demo, join my team (or your demonstrator’s team if you already have a demonstrator) so you can be part of the NC Stampin’ Up! Demos. You'll be glad you did.

Some of you may have followed through the NC SU Demos blog hops I've been part of in the past. There’s another one coming up this Sunday, so be sure to check back. We’ll be focusing on techniques.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Nature Sings Stamp-a-Stack Card

Here's the third card we'll be making at the Stamp-a-Stack on Saturday. This one uses three different sets - Nature Sings, Sheet Music, and Lovely As A Tree. The bow was cut with my Big Shot and the Pretty Pines Thinlits.

Colors: Early Espresso, Garden Green, Real Red, and Very Vanilla plus Soft Suede to lightly sponge, giving it sort of an antiqued look.

I have room for 2 more people on Saturday, 8/12. Contact me to claim one of the spots. You can see the details here.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Carols of Christmas Early Release


The Holiday catalog begins next month, but you can get your hands on the Carols of Christmas bundle right now. The stamps are cute and the phrases are large enough to be a focal point. Pair that with the thinlits and you you can make some amazing projects.

Check out this video from Stampin' Up! to see some of the great possibilities.

Here are pictures of the cards featured in the video so you can appreciate all the details.


This is an amazingly simple yet stunning Christmas card. Your family photo will definitely stand out if delivered this way.



You can order the stamps or dies individually or buy them as a bundle and save 10%. Go to my online store to get them.

Use hostess code 3CTEX222 and get a free thank you gift from me.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Shimmery Star of Light

Here's another card we'll be making in the August 12th Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack. I used the Star of Light stamp set and Starlight Thinlits.

 Colors are Night of Navy and Whisper White. The top star is Silver Glimmer Paper.

Here's the inside of the card. Sorry about the shadow.

Hope you enjoyed today's card. If you want more details about the Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack, check out the Classes/Events page.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Christmas Pines Noel

Here's one of the cards we'll be making at my upcoming Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack. If you're local, you should come. Spaces are filling up, so contact me today to reserve your spot. You can see more details about the class here.

I used the Christmas Pines stamp set and Pretty Pines Thinlits on this card. Colors are Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla.

Here's the inside of the card:

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Check back on Thursday to see another of the cards we'll be making at the Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

NC SU Demos Blog Hop - Colorful Seasons

Welcome to this month's NC Stampin' Up! Demos blog hop. I'm happy to be participating again this month. The theme is: Let's celebrate America and what is great about being an American! I thought a little out of the box for this one.

This card makes me think about sitting on my deck with family and looking out over my back yard, which makes me think of living the American Dream. And, of course, that makes me smile.

I have a lot more pines and hardwoods than pretty flowering trees in my back yard, but I appreciate the ones I have. I used Colorful Seasons photopolymer stamp set on both cards as well as the Seasonal Layers Framelits and Big Shot on the second card. Indeed, life is a beautiful thing,

I hope you enjoyed today's projects. Head to the next blog in the blog hop and enjoy the other's interpretation of this month's theme while you see some great projects.

Tracie Evans Langley
Laurie Meier
Sue Root - you are here

Don't forget about this month's promos:

1) Buy $50 worth of Stampin' Up! products (before shipping and tax) and get a Bonus Days coupon for $5 off an order in August.

2) Join Stampin' Up! in July and receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks, and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US! And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, SU! will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US)!

Go here and click Shop Now to take advantage of the first special and click Join The Fun to take advantage of the second one. This month's current hostess code is 3CTEX222. Be sure to use that when you order online to get a special thank you from me.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

So Many Shells Triple Time Stamping

Today's card uses a technique that looks fancy but is really simple. It's called Triple Time Stamping and sometimes I've seen it as Triple Stamping. It features the Stampin' Up! stamp set, So Many Shells.

This is one of the cards from my July classes - one of which was Saturday and the other will be Tuesday night. If you're local and want to come, let me know by Monday night.

 Here's a close-up of the card so you can see the layers a little better. I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the top layer under the Pool Party cardstock.
These are all the cards from the July class. The just breathe card was posted previously. Check it out here for more information.

Friday, July 21, 2017

What a Deal!


Ho, ho, ho! Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! Receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks, and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52 US! And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US)! With so many basic items provided, you’ll be able to get your brand, new business off to a fast start—and spend your Starter Kit dollars on things like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!

Don't want a business, but want all the freebies? You can still sign up! There's no additional purchase required - or you can use it to save on your personal orders.

Contact me today (at the email at the top of the page) for details or check it out and sign up here

  • This offer is good for any recruit who joins during the month of July, including former demonstrators.
  • All Starter Kit orders must be submitted by 11:59 PM (MT) on July 31 to be eligible for this promotion.
  • Recruits may not exchange their Essential Gift Pack items for other products, including stamp sets.
  • Please note: The Essentials Gift Pack will automatically be added to the Starter Kit.

Sunday, July 2, 2017


Current Hostess Code is

I am currently experiencing a problem with Blogger and am unable to update the sidebar with the new Hostess Code.  JUM6Z3F6 is the current code.

Through 7/10, use this code for an online order or send me an order that qualifies for a Bonus Days coupon and I'll give you a SNAIL refill as a thank you.

BONUS DAYS are back! Woo hoo! For every $50 US you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 US Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

New Catalog Blog Hop - Colorful Seasons

My upline's team is called the Wagstampers and we are having a blog hop to highlight items from the new catalog. With the holiday weekend only a few people could do it, but I'm sure you'll enjoy the other posts -- and on the bright side, it won't take long to do the whole hop ;)

I have two cards for you using the Colorful Seasons bundle which is made up of the Colorful Seasons Photopolymer Stamp Set and Seasonal Layers Framelits. I love making backgrounds and have used a different one on each card.

The first card uses a technique that started when Stampin' Up! began offering clear mount stamps, which need acrylic blocks. I use it often on my personal cards, but am not sure I've posted many. The blue background is made by inking up an acrylic block and then laying it flat on the cardstock. The ink transfers to the cardstock and leaves this cool looking background. I recommend holding the block down for a few seconds to allow for maximum ink transfer.

The Adirondack chair was cut with my Big Shot from a piece of Designer Series Paper in the Wood Textures DSP pack and a die from the Seasonal Layers Framelits. The words are from Colorful Seasons. The grass, birds, and waves are all from High Tide. This card was CASEd (Copy And Share Everything) from a card I saw on Pinterest by Cindy Elam.

I sponged the background on the second card. Be sure to use a big, round, yellow sponge (Stamping Sponges) as it will make a lighter, airier background than a Dauber. Plus it goes a lot faster and is easier to blend.

The Adirondack chair is made the same way as the other card, just a darker wood grain. The words are from Colorful Seasons. I believe the cloud dies are from the Up and Away Thinlits.

As I said, this is a team blog hop. Interacting with, getting ideas from, and becoming friends with other team members is just one of the many benefits of being a demonstrator. Contact me to discuss more of the reasons it's great to be a demo. There are even more reasons to join with the Christmas in July promotion.


Purchase your Starter Kit by July 31 and you will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for you and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52! And since as a new demonstrator you can get your hands on new products before anyone else, we will include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 US)! With so many basic items included with your kit, you’ll be able to spend your Starter Kit dollars on the fun stuff—like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!

One more bit of savings news - BONUS DAYS are back! Woo hoo! For every $50 US you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 US Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31. There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month! Plus, as a thank you from me, if you earn a Bonus Days coupon ordering with hostess code JUM6Z3F6 or send me a $50 or more order by 7/10, I'll give you a free SNAIL refill.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Now it's time to head on to the next blog in the hop.
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Blog Hop Participants:

Elaine Pelletier
Frances Wagner
Sue Root (you are here)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Eastern Medallions Sunflower

I love this sunflower made with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits. I've seen the idea on Pinterest and in my online demo groups. You may have, too. This is my take on the idea.

The sentiment and corner images are from the Eastern Beauty.

The petals are Crushed Curry, 2 pieces offset from one another. I came up with the idea for the center myself (disclaimer: that's not to say someone else didn't, too, but I haven't seen it). I cut Soft Suede cardstock with a scalloped framelit from the Layering Circle Framelits. Then I used the stylus from my Simply Scored board to stipple it. Using a sponge dauber, I lightly applied Early Espresso ink. Hopefully it looks like the seeds that are on the center part of a sunflower. What do you think? Did I succeed? Leave a comment and let me know.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Happy Graduation

This is graduation weekend for our local schools, so I thought I'd share a graduation card.

Stamps: Guy Greetings, Timeless Textures, Number of Years (one of the background stamps) 
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento (stamped off to get lighter images)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White
Glimmer Paper: Gold and Silver
Big Shot: Stars framelits (retired, but perhaps you could use the star from the Wood Crate framelits or Mini Treat Bag thinlits), Large Numbers framelits

This card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest, but there was no watermark or link to a blog or other identifying information, so I don't know who to give credit to.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Starfish Birthday Card

Happy Memorial Day! Of course, we think of beach trips when we think of Memorial Day, so I am posting a beach card today.  But before we get to the card, I want to take a minute for the real reason we have this holiday. Thank you to the brave men and women who have given their lives in service to our country and to the families who lost loved ones way too soon. Your sacrifice is not forgotten and is appreciated.

This birthday card features the starfish from the retiring stamp set, Picture Perfect. Remember, you only have through May 31 (or until it sells out) to get it. The sentiment is from Guy Greetings. The background is sponged with some additional spots on the sand added with a stamp from Timeless Textures.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Camping Adventure

I have two similar cards for you today, both using Always An Adventure (retiring). They are both Clean and Simple (CAS) cards, but the first one is moreso. The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners. On the tent, I just colored the white parts with my Basic Black Stampin' Write marker.

This second card is stepped up a bit - not much, but a little. I added clouds and a few more trees. I made different color and different style trees. I also used the coordinating Outdoor Adventure framelits (retiring) to cut a tree and layer it over some others.

The Always an Adventure stamp set and  Outdoor Adventure framelits are also available as a bundle for 10% savings when you buy them both. These items are all retiring when the catalog retires.
Thoughtful Banners is not retiring, but through the end of the catalog period it is available as part a bundle with a coordinating punch. The stamps and the punch are both available in the new annual catalog. They just will no longer be available as a bundle.

Birthday Stars and More Stars

This is the original star card I made. Last month, several of the club members bought It's My Party Designer Series Paper (DSP) when it popped up on the clearance list at a huge discount. I wanted to show them an idea using the DSP and this is what I came up with.

The DSP is sold out now, but check out the new catalog for some DSP you could use to make your own version of this card. The top layer is Crushed Curry cardstock. The sentiment is from Guy Greetings.

Here's a variation of yesterday's card using Dapper Denim cardstock as the top layer and Flirty Flamingo envelope paper underneath and for the strip. I chose not to sponge this card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Don't forget to get retiring items before they are gone.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Americana Stars

This is another card from this month's club. It's CASEd from a different card I designed. Check back tomorrow to see that card and a couple variations of this card.

This card wasn't really intended to be a patriotic card, but once it was done, I realized it would be great for Memorial Day, which is right around the corner, or 4th of July. You could use it anytime of year, though, for a variety of occasions. I left this one blank, thinking it would make a nice note card.

Here's how I finished off the inside:
Ink (for sponging): Cherry Cobbler, Dapper Denim
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper (DSP): 2016-18 In Color Envelope Paper (retiring, discounted)
Big Shot: Stars Framelits (retiring, discounted), Lucky Stars embossing folder (retiring) 
Tools: Sponge Daubers

 As I was photographing the card, I set it down the opposite way and decided I like it just as much portrait as I do landscape. Since it doesn't have any words inside or out, it can be used either way.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sparkly Dragonfly Dreams

Here's one of the cards from this month's club. We had a great time making our cards yesterday and I look forward to doing them again Tuesday night.

The die cut dragonflies were made with my Big Shot and the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits. The sentiment is from Guy Greetings. See how nice and crisp the font is?

 I love the bling on this card. The sparkle on the dragonflies was applied with a sponge dauber and Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details (retiring, discounted). We added the gold sparkle by daubing Gold Glitz Dazzling Details (retiring, discounted) on the dots stamp from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and then stamping it on the background layer. I love Dazzling Details and am sad to see these items retire. I'm stocking up before they're gone. You might want to, too.

The rhinestones are from Basic Rhinestones. Although the current configuration retired and are sold out, there will be new packs of rhinestones available in the new annual catalog. The silver 1/8" ribbon will also be in the new catalog.

Dragonfly Dreams stamps and Detailed Dragonfly thinlits are available as a bundle (10% savings when you buy both) until May 31. After that, both items will still be available, but no longer as a bundle.

Check back tomorrow to see another of this month's club cards.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Today I have two similar Mother's Day cards. If you are really behind, you can use one of these ideas for your Mother's Day card. Or, you can change the sentiment in the oval and use them for just about any occasion. The sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners which has 53 stamps, over 40 of which are words or phrases that can be mixed and matched to make the sentiment you want.

The fancy die cut on the front of both cards is done with the Big Shot and Detailed Floral Thinlts. These dies are available as a bundle with a coordinating stamp set through May 31. The ovals are cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

 The background on the front oval and inside the card is done with a stamp from Flourishing Phrases. The sentiment is also from Flourishing Phrases. The stamps are kind of hard to see in the photo, but can easily be read in person. The top one says, "I think it more often than I say it, but I just want to make sure you know it" and underneath, "I love you."

Here's the second card. For this one, I cut the die cut at the edge of the card and as you can see in the next picture, put a a strip of Night of Navy on the inside of the card so it shows through the die cut. The Designer Series Paper (DSP) on the front panel is Floral Boutique. Sadly, it was on the retiring list and has sold out. That's why you don't want to delay getting your retiring items. You could use the Flourishing Phrases stamp from above to fill in the panel.

The inside of this card has the same sentiment as the other card, which I love for Mother's Day. Flourishing Phrases is full of great sentiments and phrases and I really like the font. Check the set out below.

See what I mean about it being a great set? It's also available with coordinating thinlits as a bundle through May 31.


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