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Graduation Owl Card

It’s that time of year and I’ve been inspired to create graduation projects.  I used the Perfect Pennants die to create the focal point of my card.  I have tons of silver card stock from an invitation project.  I used it as my card base and die cut a pennant from Basic Black cardstock.  I embossed the pennant with the Stripes embossing folder and added a silver glitter top.  I cut both medallions from the Perfect Pennants die and used my Owl builder punch for my graduation owl.  Doesn’t he look smart?  He’s such a cutie too!

I printed the black and white Houndstooth check from the digital Night and Day Designer Series Papers for his little vest.  You get ten beautiful black and white background papers for $4.95.   I love creating hybrid projects with My Digital Studio.

I used the graduation cap from the digital stamp set Go Graduate Plus stamp brush set.  I printed it out and used it as a template.  The wings are 1/4 of the 1-3/4 Scallop Circle.

This card can be given to any graduate and they would love it.  Especially if there’s a gift card or check inside.  This card can be created with any high school colors.  I think I’ll send this card to my nephew.  His school colors are cardinal, black and white.

Stampin' Up! Graduation Owl card

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Graduation Owl Card

Size:  4.25″ W x 5.50″ H

Stamp sets:  Delightful Dozen, Go Graduate Plus stamp brush set

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver glitter paper, non Stampin’ Up! silver card stock, digitally printed First Edition and Night & Day DSP

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:  Antique brad, Perfect Pennants die, Big Shot, Owl builder punch, Modern Label punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, Embossing Folders; Stripes and Houndstooth, retired Basic Black satin ribbon, basic rhinestones

Summer Smooches, Clearance NEWS and RETIRING STAMPS LIST

Summer Smooches Product Offer!  No need to wait until the new Stampin’ Up! catalog begins June 1.  Customers can preorder summer smooch products from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Smooches suite (below), Now through April 30, 2012.  Click here to view the Summer Smooches Catalog.

Here’s are projects I created with the Summer Smooches designer series paper, stamps and Petite Purse die.  See the end of the post for project recipe.


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55 NEW PRODUCTS ON THE STAMPIN’ UP! CLEARANCE RACK.  Save up to 60%.  Check out the latest additions to the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack!  Punches, albums, Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper and so much more!  Clearance rack items can ONLY be placed through an on-line order and are available while supplies last!


Here’s the list we’ve all been waiting to see.  These are the Stampin’ Up! rubber stamp sets that will be retiring effective May 31, 2012!

  • Click here to see the  Stampin’ Up! Retired Stamp List (over 300 stamp sets will be retiring)
  • These stamp sets will be available for purchase THRU May 31, 2012!
  • If you plan to order your retiring favorites, be sure to check the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack for great deals on punches, albums, designer series paper and more.  Up to 60% off!   50+ new products added to clearance this past week!  Clearance rack items can ONLY be placed through an on-line order and are available while supplies last!
  • Don’t miss your chance to pre-order new products from the Stampin’ Up! Summer Smooches Collection.  Ends April 30.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  The Retired Accessories/Décor Elements Lists will be released on April 25, 2012.  Retiring accessories and Stampin’ Up! Décor Elements (this line is being discontinued) will only be available while supplies lastBE SURE TO ORDER EARLY!

PLEASE NOTE that the Stampin’ Up! 2012-2013 Annual Catalog will be released June 1, 2012, a month earlier than in the past.  The good news is that with so many stamp sets retiring, the new catalog will be loaded with new products!


Thanks so Much Gift Set

Card Size:  3.00 W x 3.00 H

Purse Size:  approx.  2.5 W x 2.00 H

Stamp sets:  Bright Blossoms

Paper: Card Stock:  Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Real Red; Summer Smooches DSP

Ink:  Stampin’ Up! markers – Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade 

Accessories:  Big Shote, Petitie Purse Die, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, 1/4” Daffodil Delight Grosgrain ribbon, Bitty Buttons, white twine

HSS Inspiration Challenge

This week on HSS we have an Inspiration Challenge.  Cupcakes!  I’ve been wanting to make this cupcake box and this was the perfect time to do it.  I have a couple of gifts to make so these were perfect.  I got the tutorial for the box from Becky Roberts.

The actual cupcake box is made with the retired Table Setting die.  The instructions for making the box can be found on Patty Bennett’s blog.  So much fun to make!

Hop on over to HSS and be inspired by our talented design team and join us!

All Stampin’ Up! supplies below may be ordered from my website or email me to place your order.

All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Cupcake box

Box Size:  3.00”  h x 3.25” w x 3.00″ d

Cupcake:  approx. 2.25″ h x 3.00″ diameter

Stamp sets: Curly Cute

Paper: Card Stock:  Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue

Ink: Real Red

Accessories:Big Shot, non- Stampin’ Up! Sizzix Texturz Starter kit Polka Daisies for lid of box, retired Perfect Setting die, retired Early Espresso Grosgrain striped ribbon, Very Vanilla Ribbon, Bashful Blue satin ribbon, Bright Button collection, 8 mm pearl, non- Stampin’ Up! cupcake insert.

Rocking Christmas Card

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a fun challenge – Fancy Fold Cards.   With only few more days left till Christmas I decided to make another Christmas card but with a rocking twist.  I had seen this type of card out in internet land and decided to make a rocking Christmas card.  You can view a tutorial for making this card here.  They’re so easy to create!  I cut an Early Espresso 5″ circle and a 4-1/2″ Soft Suede circle with my Circle Scissor Plus then folded them in half and glued them together.

Stampin Up Rocking Christmas Card front

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Stampin Up Rocking Christmas Card back

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The Scallop Circle Cherry Cobbler layer is embossed with the Snow Burst embossing folder and heat embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  I used the Scallop Circle and Scallop Circle #2 dies to cut the Cherry Cobbler Scallop Circle and the Lucky Limeade Scallop Circle.  The Gift image is stamped on watercolor paper with brown StayzOn and colored with ink pads and a blender pen.  I used the Circle Scissor Plus to cut out this layer at 2-3/4″ .  To add some more sparkle I framed it with Champagne Glass glitter.  I added an Old Olive button and stamped ‘Merry Christmas’ in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla.

For the back of the card I stamped the bird and ornament image on water color paper then punched with the ornament punch.  I also used ink pads and a blender pen to color.  I stamped snowflakes and heat embossed them in gold along with the sentiment.

Hop on over to HSS for more inspiration from out very talented Design Team.

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All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Rocking Christmas Card

Size:  5.00”  w x 5.00” H

Stamp sets: Forest Festivities, Short and Sweet

Paper: Card Stock:  Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Very Vanilla, Watercolor paper

Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade, Brown StayzOn

Accessories: Big Shot, Snow Burst Embossing Folder, Scallop Circle die, Scallop Circles die #2, Ornament punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Punch, Bright Designer Button Old Olive, Twine, Retired silver tinsel, Dazzling Details, Champagne Glass Glitter

Merry and Type Christmas Card

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have a color challenge.  Create any project with the colors of  Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Real Red.  Since I’ve been  in the groove making Christmas cards with the Merry and Type stamp set and coordinating DSP I created a Christmas card with these non-traditional colors.

Merry and Type Christmas Card

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Do you recognize the Whisper White square shape?  It’s the Top Note Die.  I die cut the shape as you would normally then I turned the cut Top Note 90 degrees and centered it then ran it through the Big Shot again.  Very easy!

The ornament image is  stamped with Versamark and Real Red then heat embossed with Iridescent Embossing powder.  To color the ornaments I used a blender pen and ink pads.

To add some additional sparkle I embellished with light pink rhinestones.  I used a light colored pink  Sharpie to color them.

The sentiment is stamped with Pool Party and Versamark.  I then heat embossed it with Iridescent Embossing Powder to add some sparkle.  I used the the Decorative Label to punch it out then layered it over Real Red satin ribbon.

I hope you’re inspired to create a project with these colors.  Hop on over to HSS to be inspired by our talented design team.

Hand Stamped Sentiments Color challenge 96 - Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Real REd

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All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Merry and Type Christmas Card

Size:  5.50”  H x 4.25” W

Stamp sets: Merry and Type

Paper: Card Base:  Whisper White; Card Stock:  Pool Party, Blushing Bride; DSP retired Pear Pizzazz from Sale-a-bration 2010

Ink: Versamark, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Real Red, Blushing Bride

Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note die, Decorative Label punch, Basic Rhinestones, Real Red Satin Ribbon, Iridescent Embossing Powder, Blender Pens

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I would LOVE for you to join MY Stampin’ Up! family.  I cherish being a Stampin’ Up! Demo.  I meet wonderful people, develop long lasting friendships, express my creative side, and I make money while doing it all!!!  Could you ask for more?!I have been a demo for a little over 2 years, and can’t imagine myself doing anything else!
Here are some other wonderful perks of being a Demonstrator: 
Product discount. Demonstrators get a 20% discount on all Stampin’ Up! products, including stamp sets, paper, and accessories. It’s a great way to support your love of stamping and paper crafting. 
Extra income. You’ll earn extra income based on your sales and recruiting–how much extra income is up to you. Maybe you just want enough income to pay the cable bill every month, or maybe your goal is bigger–the monthly payment for your new car–it’s your decision!
Flexible schedule. This is your business, so you can put in as much (or as little) time as you’d like.
Support from Stampin’ Up! We love our demonstrators and it shows through our demonstrator support materials, including a monthly magazine, workshop ideas, and audio and video trainings on all kinds of topics available on our Demonstrator Web Site.   I also offer training and monthly meetings for my downline to discuss business topics and of course stamp.
If you think becoming a Demo is for you, joining is EASY!  Simply CLICK HERE and fill out all your necessary paperwork ON-LINE, and get your kit even faster!  If you have any questions CLICK HERE to contact me.

Flourish Fever

This week at Hand Stamped Sentiments we have Flourish Fever!  What is a flourish you ask?  Well for our challenge it is a decorative image with sweeping or fanciful curves or lines.  I immediately thought of the flourish in the Strength and Hope stamp set and the digital background papers.  I went for the shabby chic style and this is what I created.

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I stamped the solid heart in Pretty in Pink from the I (heart) Hearts stamp set then for that sparkle I covered it in Dazzling Diamonds and added the pearls.  I distressed the edges by sponging them with Soft Suede and also using the Cutter Kit to tatter the edges.  The flower layers were scrunched and the edges sponged to distress it.

Inside of card - Stamped with the flourish from Strength and Hope

I invite you to catch Flourish Fever with us and participate in the Hand Stamped Sentiments Flourish Fever challenge.

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All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Flourish Fever Card

Size: 5.00″ H x 5.00″

Rubber Stamps:  Strength and Hope, I (Heart) Hearts

Digital Background Paper:  Strength and Hope digital DSP

Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede

Accessories: Basic Pearls, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Scribbles, Swirls Sizzlits Die, Perfect Pennants Bigz Die, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Big Shot, Large Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Antique Brad, 5/8 Inch Crochet Trim Victoria, Dazzling Diamonds, Sponge Daubers

Technique: Digital Crafting with My Digital Studio, Stamping, Die Cutting

Clean and Simple

Clean and simple is not easy.  It’s difficult to create a card where you have just enough and not too much.  My card is mostly white except for the butterfly and sentiment.  Dimension is created with layers and texture.  It came together very quickly once I decided to use the Floral Fest stamp set.  I stamped the flower image two times with Whisper White Craft ink and embossed with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  The outer layer is punched with the Large Scallop punch and the next flower layer is hand cut with paper snips.  LOVE the Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  It adds so much without being too glitzy.  Click the image to enlarge and see the Iridescent Ice sparkle.  Here’s a sneak peak of one of the new In Colors Island Indigo.  The butterfly and sentiment are stamped in this new In Color.  The punch used for the sentiment is the Decorative Label punch.  Click here to see how to punch.

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I created this card for The Paper Players’ challenge.

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All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Clean and Simple Card

Size: 5.50″ h x 3.50″ w

Stamps:  Floral Fest, Short & Sweet

Paper: Whisper White Card Stock, Vellum

Ink:  Whisper White Craft Ink, Versamark

Accessories:  Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing folder, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Iridescent Ice Stampin Embossing Powder, Basic Rhinestones, 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Butterfly Punch, Decorative Label Punch, dimensionals

Technique: Die cutting, stamping, heat and dry emboss

Sympathy card for a friend

Recently my friend’s mother passed away and I needed to make a sympathy card.  She’s a dear friend and I was saddened to hear of the news.  I wanted my card to be elegant and to also let her know I was thinking about her and wished her comfort.   I wanted my card to be mostly neutral with a hint of color.  So Saffron was perfect.  I used a butterfly image because I think when our time here on earth is over our soul or energy, like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, we transform into something else.  The butterfly image I used is retired Stipple Butterfly.

I stamped the butterfly image with Versamark and Basic Black ink then embossed it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  I then used a yellow watercolor pencil with a blender pen to color the wings.  The embossing powder adds just a bit of shimmer.  Click on the image below to see the shimmer.   I embossed the background and the envelope flap with the Vintage Wallpaper folder then sponged with So Saffron ink.    See card recipe below for more details.

Sympathy butterfly card

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Sympathy card inside

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Sympathy card

Size:  5.50″ h x 4.25″ w

Stamps:  retired Stipple Butterfly, Thanks for Caring Digital stamps

Paper:  CS:  Silver, So Saffron, Whisper White, Vellum

Ink:  So Saffron, Basic Black, Versamark, Yellow Watercolor pencil, Blender Pen

Accessories:  My Digital Studio, Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Scallop Oval punch, Corner Rounder punch, Basic Pearls, non-SU edge punch, non- SU ribbon

Technique: Embossing, Watercolor, Die cutting

For Dad

Later this month is father’s day and to celebrate dad or that special guy in your life Hand Stamped Sentiment’s challenge this week is father’s day/masculine cards.

Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge #70

The idea for my Dad card from a picture frame.  I wanted to put each letter in DAD in a frame.  The Curly Label punch fit the bill.  I punched three shapes from the Newsprint DSP and six black ones from Basic Black card stock.  These I used to frame the Newsprint ones.  The next step was to texture the metal sheet with the Perfect Detail Texturz Plate.  The letters are die cut using my Big Shot and the Naturally Serif Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die.  I die cut a Basic Black and Riding Hood Red set.  I used the Basic Black letters as a shadow.  I also used the Buttons #5 Sizzlits to die cut some buttons from the Newprint DSP, Basic Black CS and Riding Hood Red CS  I used Hemp Twine for the buttons.  This card came together very easily.  Hop on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and upload your manly card.  We’d love to see it!

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All products are Stampin’ Up! unless noted.

Dad card

Size:  6″ h x 3″ w

Stamps:  n/a

Paper:  Newsprint DSP; Card Stock:  Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla

Ink:  n/a

Accessories:  Curly Label Punch, Buttons #5 Sizzlit, Naturally Serif Decorative Strip Sizzlit, Big Shot, Hemp Twine, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, non-SU metal sheet

Technique: Embossing, Die cutting

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