Sunday, January 27, 2019

NC SU Demos January Blog Hop - A Perfect Pair

Welcome to the January NC Stampin' Up! Demos Blog Hop. This month we are pairing items from the new Occasions or Sale-a-Bration Catalog with items from the Annual Catalog. I have to make a confession. Since my last post in November, I did very little stamping (only what I had to in order to finish off Christmas cards or presents). With all the hectic-ness of the holidays, it felt kind of good to take a break. But that's the nice thing about stamping. For the most part, I can fit it into my schedule. Since I'm a demonstrator, I had to kick back in to develop cards for my January club. I also had to make some cards for my Card Ministry at church.

So, where do you start after a month and a half break? Well, I spent some time checking out blogs and Pinterest for inspiration. Then, I just had to put ink to paper. This is one of the first cards I made after my break. It's very simple, but I think it's cute. Sorry about the picture quality. The color is a little off. The base is Whisper White. Other colors are Call Me Clover and Rich Razleberry.

The frog is from the Sale-a-Bration (SAB) set So Hoppy Together. You can get it free during SAB with a $50 purchase. The cake is from the Annual Catalog set Tabs for Everything and Happy Birthday is from the Annual Catalog Hostess set Hand Delivered. I used my Big Shot to cut the circles with the Stitched Shapes Framelits from the In Color 2018-20 6x6 Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I didn't use this card for stamp club, but I may use it, or a variation, for my church's Birthday Card Ministry. It feels good to be stamping again. I enjoyed my little hiatus and now that I'm refreshed I'm excited about stamping up a storm.

Thanks for stopping by this month's blog hop. And remember, if you ever find yourself with a stamping block, just start putting ink to paper. Before you know it, you'll be back into it. You can also sign up for a class with your demonstrator or check out Pinterest and blogs (like you're doing now). Those are all good ways to get ideas and keep the mojo flowing.

Head on over to Robbie Rubala's blog for some more great inspiration.

This month's blog hop participants:

Sunday, November 25, 2018

NC Demos Blog Hop - Holiday Edition

Welcome to the November NC Demos Blog Hop. It doesn't matter which holiday you are celebrating, Hanukkah to Christmas to New Year's Eve and everything in between, December is ALL about celebrating with parties, card and gift giving, and holiday traditions old and new. So, the theme for our November Blog Hop, just days away from the start of Hanukkah and exactly one month before Christmas, is Holiday Happenings.

This is a gift card holder that we made in stamp club recently. It's decorated to look like a gift and can be given to the recipient as is, but I did size it so that it would fit in a standard size envelope. That way you can easily mail it if needed. You could easily modify the Designer Series Paper (DSP) and sentiment to match any gift giving occasion. Be sure to also change the cardstock colors to match your DSP.

Here's the inside card, which just slides out at the top.

You can see how the gift card slips in the pocket.

This is the back. We used the Gift Bag Punch Board, which left nice finished edges along the bottom. You can use the Subtle embossing folder to get the textured look.

Here's a picture of it scored and cut out but not folded, which might be helpful if you make one yourself.

Base piece: 7.5” x 6”  Score along the long side at 2.25” and 5.75”  At each score line, punch with the Gift Bag Punch Board. Use the horizontal score line on the punch board to score along the length of the bottom. Cut off the outside flaps, leaving only the center one as shown. Use the 1.25” circle punch to make the half circle at the top.


Stamps: Dashing Deer
Ink: Shaded Spruce
Cardstock:  Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper (DSP): Under The Mistletoe
Ribbon:  Real Red 1/8" Solid Ribbon

Online Extravaganza is going on now! Save 10% on select items. November 25–26 STAMPS & KITS and November 27–28 TOOLS & INK.  See the Online Extravaganza page for full details. See all sale items here. Use Hostess code: BN4N7BHZ and get a free thank you gift from me. Please contact me with any questions.

Thanks for visiting our blog hop. Next up is Anita Trippi with more holiday ideas.

November Blog Hoppers

Toni Campana

Jo Anne Hewins
Sue Root - You are here.
Anita Trippi 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Online Extravaganza Sale!


I have so many things to be grateful for and I'm sure you do, too. Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday to help us focus on those things. I'm looking forward to hosting a big meal for my family. We'll have 8 of us, which isn't as large as the 23 my co-worker is having, but it's plenty big for us. Enjoy your turkey and when you're ready to start thinking about shopping, check out the Online Extravaganza sale.

Online Extravaganza - November 23-28, 2018
Six days. Three sales. One spectacular promotion!

Three separate 48-hour sales featuring a selection of products from the 2018–2019 annual catalog—all at 10% off! Each 48-hour sale will feature two product categories (e.g., paper, stamps, ink, etc.). When one sale ends, the next sale begins; this cycle will continue until Online Extravaganza is over.

Follow my facebook page for updates and prize give-aways:

See my separate Online Extravaganza page for more details, including exclusions, limits, ordering, and more.

There are so many items to choose from you can really get some good savings!

Let me know if I can be of help, Sue

Sunday, October 28, 2018

NC Demos October Blog Hop

NC Demos October Blog Hop

Hi friends! Welcome to another month of the NC Stampin' Up! Demos Blog Hop. Sometimes it's hard to think what you might do with a stamp set and you want to have ideas before you get it. So this month we are showing you multiple ideas with the same set or bundle. I love background stamps but sometimes have trouble using them, so I chose the background stamp Postscript for my stamp set today. Hopefully my ideas will get you jumpstarted using your background stamps.

First, let me apologize for the photo quality. I was limited in my set up and with the blog hop deadline nearing, I made due with what I had. The shadows sometimes make things look crooked or background pieces seem unevenly sized, but I assure you they are not. Hopefully you can look past all that and still spark your creativity.

My first project is a birthday card. The background is the Postscript stamp in Gray Granite ink on Sahara Sand cardstock. It is mounted on a Basic Black base. Life's a Journey... is from One Wild Ride. It and the Happy Birthday, which is from Lemon Zest, are also stamped in Gray Granite. Both pieces are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. The tire tracks and dirt marks are stamped with Memento Black ink. Those stamps are from One Wild Ride.

 Here's the inside of the card. The sentiment is also from One Wild Ride.

My next project is a diaper fold treat holder. I am a big fan of these. They are unique but super simple to make. It is made from a 4.25" x 4.25" piece of Petal Pink cardstock. I stamped it with the Postscript stamp and Balmy Blue ink. The flower on the Whisper White tag is from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and the sentiment is from Botanical Bliss. I put a Basic Pearl in the center of the flower. The label is  popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

 It is a little pouch and you can fill it with anything. This one is a little smaller than I normally make, but it still holds a mini Twix nicely.

My last project is a bookmark. I used the Botanical Tags Thinlets to make the base of the bookmark. On the layer, I stamped Postscript with Blueberry Bushel ink. I also smudged a little of the ink on the background to grunge it up a bit. I stamped each word using the Labeler Alphabet set. I rubbed the edge of each piece on the ink pad to highlight the words. The word BOOKS I rubbed on my Crushed Curry pad and mounted it on a piece of Blueberry Bushel cardstock to make it stand out. Each word is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. I added some Whisper White Baker's Twine out the top for fun.

Thank you for joining us on the blog hop. Next up is Anita Trippi with 3 ideas for another product.


Here's the list of this month's participants:

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Don't be Afraid to Sparkle! NC SU Demos August Blog Hop

Welcome to the August North Carolina Stampin' Up! Demos Blog Hop. This month we are going sparkly. A little sparkle can really make a project pop, so don't be afraid to add a little Wink of Stella, use some Glimmer Paper, or add some rhinestones. I've used all three on this card. I'm sorry the photo doesn't show off the sparkle the way it looks in person because it really does add a lot.

Stamps: Fairy Celebration
Cardstock: Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White
Other Paper: Silver Glimmer Paper, Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Ink: Night of Navy
Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones, Wink of Stella

Here's a close-up of the wings so you can see the sparkle that the Wink of Stella adds.

 Just a reminder that there are still a few days left to take advantage of Bonus Days. For every $50 you spend in August, you'll get a $5 coupon to spend in September. You can shop through my online store here. Use the current hostess code (XAA22TYU) and get a thank you gift from me. I appreciate your support.

Thanks for joining us on our blog hop. Next up is Sue Stapp. Hop on over to her  blog to see her sparkly project.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Celebrating Summer! NC SU Demos July Blog Hop

Welcome to the July North Carolina Stampin' Up! Demos Blog Hop. This month we are celebrating all things summer -- and there sure is a lot to celebrate.

Going to the beach is a very summery thing to do and so my card today features an octopus. Unless you SCUBA, or sadly, see one washed up on the shore, you'll probably never see an octopus on your beach trip, but it's there hiding in the ocean depths.

I've used several products from the Tranquil Textures Suite - Sea of Textures stamp set, Under the Sea framelits, Tranquil Textures 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock Pack, and Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP). I also used Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig, and Whisper White Cardstock; Basic Rhinestones; and Night of Navy and Fresh Fig ink.

I like to put a little something on the inside of my cards, even when I don't have a sentiment. For this card, I put the octopus. It's stamped off, so basically, after I stamped the image for the front of the card, I just stamped it again on the inside without re-inking. This would also be great to do on the envelope.

Selected packs of Designer Series Paper (DSP) are on sale in July - Buy 3, Get 1 Free. The Tranquil Textures DSP used on today's card is one of the ones on sale. See details and get yours here.

Thanks for joining us on our blog hop. Next up is Sue Stapp. Hop on over to her  blog to see what creativity she has in store for you.

Full list of blog hop participants:

Toni Campana
Tamra Davis
Jo Anne Hewins
Tracie Evans Langley
Laurie Meier
Sue Root - you are hear
Sue Stapp
Frances Wagner

Sunday, June 24, 2018

NC SU Demos June Blog Hop - What's New With You?

Welcome to the June NC Stampin' Up! Demos Blog Hop. Our blog hop is featuring items from the awesome new annual catalog. It's been a couple months since I've been able to participate, so I'm glad to be back. For my project, I am featuring the Rooted In Nature bundle. I love this bundle and not just because of it's great name - ROOTed In Nature (says Sue Root). I know -- *groan*  (or ha ha depending on your sense of humor).

Anyhow, the framelits in this bundle have embossing dies and cutting dies. You can emboss directly on the cardstock, emboss and then cut out the embossed image, or stamp and then cut out the embossed image. I've done all three on this card.

The mat behind the wording was made by distressing the edges with my scissors and then wadding up the cardstock over and over until it got this great texture. I love this sentiment - Be strong, Be happy, Be you! There are lots of other great sentiments as well. Between the framelits and the stamps, this is a wonderful bundle you will definitely want to own.


 Hope you've enjoyed today's post. Next on the hop is  Sue Stapp. I'm sure she'll have something creative for you.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

This is the card I made for the 50th birthday of a very special person.

The 50 is from Number of Years (which retired and is no longer available). You could use the Large Numbers framelits (but they are retiring, so get them quick).  The other stamps are from Happy Birthday Gorgeous. I cannot remember the DSP name (if you do, please leave it in a comment so my readers and I will know). The washi tape is a Sale-a-Bration item from last year but you could use a strip of Silver Glimmer Paper. Also be aware that some of these colors are retiring and will not be available after tomorrow - Island Indigo and Tangerine Tango.

I think this style of card is cool.  Little extra things like this - fancy folds, fancy cuts, etc. - add a lot to a card. And some of them, like this one, are pretty simple to do. These pictures give you an idea of how the card goes together and let you see the inside.

This card was CASEd from a shoebox swap I did at an NC SU Demos event.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Don't forget, if you haven't gotten them yet, get last chance (retiring) items by tomorrow and the new catalog starts on June 1st!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

May Stamp Club Cards

Here are the cards we made at this month's stamp club. Some of the items are retiring, so will only be available through 5/31/18.


Stamps: Garden in Bloom (retiring)
Ink: Rose Red (retiring), Powder Pink, So Saffron
Cardstock:  Rose Red (retiring), Whisper White


Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Ink: Chocolate Chip (retiring), Garden Green
Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip (retiring), Garden Green,Whisper White
Designer Series Paper (DSP): Coffee Break (retiring)
Ribbon:  Gold 1/8" (retiring, discounted)
We used Stampin' Write markers directly on the stamp to get the two colors on one image.

Some people in class put a little knot in the center of the ribbon, which I really liked. Try it both ways and see what you think.


Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Lovely Inside & Out (inside of card, retiring)
Ink: Garden Green, Pool Party
Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Garden Green,Whisper White
Designer Series Paper (DSP): Coffee Break (retiring)
Big Shot: Coffee Cup Framelits (not retiring, but this will no longer be available as a bundle with Coffee Cafe stamps in the new catalog); Lovely Words (retiring)
Bakers' Twine: Old Olive (retiring)

Here's the inside of the card:

Two ways to get these great items before they are gone. 1) I am placing a group order on 5/30. Contact me to be a part of it. 2) order online using hostess code FXRC9Y7Z. Thank you!

FLASH SALE: from now until 5:00pm on 5/30/18, I will pay the shipping* and tax on select items (including colored, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, shimmery, vellum, and glossy cardstock; DSP; envelopes; ink pads; grid paper; and Many Marvelous Markers).

*I will pay the standard 10% shipping on the select items. You're responsible for any shipping above that, for example to meet the minimum shipping for an online order or if you expedite shipping.

If you are part of the group order, I will take the tax and shipping off what you owe. If you do an online order, I will reimburse you for the shipping* and tax for the items including in the sale. Contact me for full details or if you have any questions.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Retiring Items Discounted and Share What You Love

Hi Stampers! I know it's been a while since I posted. I'm sorry. I've just been very busy. This is just a quick post to let you know that some items on the Last Chance list have been discounted -- some up to 50%!

Here's where you can see the discounted items:

Have you seen the special pre-order bundle? Get items from the new catalog in May. There are free gifts included. Check them out here.

 I am putting in a group order tonight if you are a local customer and would like to take part. Or, you can order online. Please use hostess code: NJRTQHQR to get a free gift from me.

Thanks for being my customer! I'll be back soon with some more inspiration.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Coffee Café Card

This Coffee Café card was part of a shoebox swap I did with some other members of the NC Stampin' Up! Demos group. It's a fancy fold card.

 Here's what it looks like open:


Stamps: Coffee Café
Ink: Early Espresso
Cardstock: Garden Green, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper (DSP): Coffee Break (RETIRING)
Big Shot: Coffee Cup Framelits, Layering Oval Framelits

Saturday, April 14, 2018

2018 Color Revamp

In my last post I shared information about the Last Chance (AKA Retirement) list. Remember, most of the retiring items are already in the "while supplies last" mode and some are already gone. You can see that post here. Order soon so you don't miss the chance to get what you want.

As you may have noticed, there are several retiring colors on the Last Chance list. When colors go, new colors need to replace them. I am super excited about this Color Revamp! You will be, too, once you see all the beautiful new and returning colors

Before I show you the colors, I want to share some information from Stampin' Up! Those of you who are impatient can skip to the color charts 😉

The spice of life is variety, and that’s especially true in the world of color. Stampin’ Up! makes a point to keep an eye on color trends across different markets and industries. When we see changes happening, we review our color spectrum to ensure that we remain consistently on top of the trends.

This brings us to the 2018 Color Revamp! In order to keep bringing you the most current and on trend colors, we decided it was time to give our color collections a makeover.

There are still four color collections, each with ten colors. There is also a new color group called Basics. In order to keep our color collections to exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors, we moved Basic Black, Very Vanilla, and Whisper White out of the Neutrals collection. We’ve also moved a few colors into the Neutrals collection, making it more exciting and colorful!

Some additional colors have changed collections as well—you’ll notice this as you look through the new collections below. You can refer to the old and new color charts in the 2018-2019 catalog when it's released June 1st. These changes were based on needing to maintain color balance in our updated collections. For example, Poppy Parade is now the brightest red so it is part of the Brights collection

Here’s some key information to keep in mind about our color offering:

• Keeping 27 of the existing core colors
• 13 core colors are going away
• Adding 10 new core colors
• Adding 6 returning In Colors that will now be core colors (colors offered in the past that will now be available again)
  • Mossy Meadow
  • Poppy Parade
  • Flirty Flamingo
  • Coastal Cabana
  • Mint Macaron
  • Blackberry Bliss

There are no changes to the In Color program. Every two years we will continue to introduce five new In Colors that will be available for the ensuing two years. 

And now, the unveiling!




FREE COLOR TOOLS: Stampin' Up! has provided some resources which you may find helpful.

Online Color Coach: The online color coach shows great color combinations featuring all of our new and returning colors. There is also a blank color coach that serves as a template where you can create your own color combinations.

Blank Color Coach (so you can record favorite color combinations you discover)
Hex Codes Values(these will make sure that any digital materials you create will show the colors correctly)
In Color Paper, Pad & Marker chart

Stampin Up! is also changing the ink pad style, but that will be a post for another day.


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