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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

SUO Challenge - A Creative Memory Keeper

Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the SUO Challenge. I am really excited about this one as it is all about making anything except a card. 

As you may or may not now I started out as a scrapbook or but never seem to find time to do a lot of that these days. Also sometimes I don't want to just hide away all of my memorabilia and pictures. My dear friend Tracy's wedding was one of those instances. I want to be reminded of all the fun that we had And hope fully inspire my own friends and customers to be creative with how they preserved their memories. I love the graphic design and printing that Maryanne, Jay and Sarah at high performance marketing created and printed for the multimedia invitations and save the dates. It let us incorporate so many fun ideas into the projects.

We all had a blast getting together and doing the stamping punch and die cutting as we assembled it all.  Our bestie, Megan even made wine just for the wedding and created fun labels for the bottles to match the Gerber Daisy theme and we all helped lend a hand with the decorating while Tina made the bouquets and centerpieces. 

These ladies are all a bunch of my stamping besties and I love the idea of having something out so that I can remember all the smiles we had planning and at Tracy's amazing wedding.
Thank you for letting me share my Memories of a wonderful time period I hope I have inspired you to think up a new way to preserve your own memories and make them a part of your everyday decor. 

Don't forget to take a minute to pop by the SUO Challenge page to see what the other design team members have created and then share your own Anything that a card project.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to order any of that wonderful supplies we used to add to your stamping stash. I would love to help you!

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

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

Welcome to the NC Demos Blog Hop!  If you have already stopped by Jo Ann Hewin’s fantastic blog you know that this month is all about what’s new.  So, what’s new in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog or something new that we demos have tried or learned this month.
I thought I would share two cards with you using the new Sea of Texture bundle.  The first one is a case of one of the cards shown on page 154 of the Annual Catty that my friend and fellow demo, Karel, created during the preorder period when she was nice enough to share her goodies with me before mine arrived.  I really love the DSP on this card and how all the colors blend and then there is just that pop of Berry Burst that is perfect.  I also love all the layers created with the Vellum, the net and ribbon.  It is just a great card and I was super happy with how mine turned out.  A couple of my customers mention how much they liked it, too and so when I started planning the Summer Edition of Cute Cards Quick this card im
mediately came to mind as one we should make.  There was only one problem.  I didn’t have enough of the one pattern of Tranquil Textures DSP for everyone to make three of this card.  So, I had to improvise and I think I love the case of my cased card even more!


While the new card has lots of layers just like the first one and we had to make our own DSP it still isn’t hard to make.  Here are the measurements just in case you are curious:

  • Tranquil Tide cardbase 5 ½ x 8 ½ and scored at 4 ¼
  • DSP or Glossy Cardsock 4 x 5 ½
  • Everything else was scraps
I originally thought I would use Whisper White cardstock with ink pads and markers to ink up my Clear Block F, spritz it with water and use it as a stamp to make my DSP.  However, I then took a look at my paper stash and realized just how much Glossy Cardstock I have been hording, so decided to try something new.  I still used my clear block and ink pads to stamp the background, but left off the water.  If you try this yourself remember to always work from your lightest to darkest color.  You defiantly don’t want dark blue ink on your light green stamp pad.  Trust me.  Anyway, I first inked my clear block all over with Soft Seafoam, then did lighter touches with Balmy Blue and finally Mint Macaron.  To get the pops of Berry Burst that were in the DSP I took my Berry Burst marker and made a few swishes on the clear block.  Next, I just laid the block down onto the Glossy Cardstock and then slide it around a bit to smear and blend the ink.  If you want or need more ink you can clean off the block, add more ink and do this process again. It will be fine as long as you clean the block, so you don’t muck up your ink pads.

After, stamping with my clear block I stamped using one of the stamps from Sea of Texture in Night of Navy and Tranquil Tide.  They did smear a bit, but I thought it just added to the effect, so I set it aside to dry.  I then worked on die cutting, stamping and punching the rest of my card elements while my DSP dried. 
Here is a little hint about how to hide the adhesive when you are working with Vellum.  Assemble all your pieces onto the Vellum first then hide your adhesive behind all your stamped, die cut or punched pieces  In the case of this card I used Mini Dimensionals behind the starfish, sand dollars and the punched greeting.
Once, my Glossy DSP had dried I could quickly assemble the rest of my card.   

Thank you for letting me share something new with you using the Sea of Textures stamp set and a new Glossy Cardstock technique.  I hope I have inspired you to take a look at the new catty and find a card or project to case and try something new.  Please let me know if you have questions or need to add any
thing new to your stamping stash.  I would love to help you!
I am off to play in the pool with the kids, but you aren’t done!  Take a minute to check out what’s new with Lauri
e Meier.  I know you will love it!
Happy Stamping!

June Blog Hoppers
Toni Campana -
Jo Anne Hewins -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Laurie Meier -
Sue Root -
Sue Stapp -
Frances Wagner -

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Get it ALL when You Join My Stampin' Write Marker Club!

Want all the new Stampin’ Write Markers and their cool carrying case, but can’t afford to spend the $123 all at once?  Then the I Want Them ALL Stampin' Wirte Marker Cub is for you!  How does this hostess club work, you ask?  Very simply!

  • There will be four club members.
  • The club will run four consecutive months.
  • Each month one member is the club’s hostess and earns hostess awards!
  • All orders will be delivered to me and I will package and distribute them to the members each month.
  • The Club begins as soon as we have four members.  
At the end of the four month commitment you will have ALL 40 markers from the four Color Collections, plus Basic Black:
  • Regals (10)
  • Subtles (10)
  • Brights (10)
  • Neutrals (10)
  • 1 pack Regals Assorted Card Stock
  • 1 pack Subtles Assorted Card Stock
  • 1 pack Brights Assorted Card Stock
  • 1 pack Neutrals Assorted Card Stock
  • Marker Carrying Case (1)  (will be shipped out to you  on your 4th month)
Each month one of the four club members will be Club Hostess. During your hostess month you may choose a minimum of $17.00 in hostess awards from the annual catalog!
As a special extra I will give each Hostess a share of the Neutrals 6”x6” Designer Series Paper for FREE: 10 sheets!
Note: during your hostess month you can add items to the club order to  get even more Hostess ONLY items and more FREE hostess dollars to spend. It’s up to you!
The Marker Club Commitment for each month is $47.00. This includes shipping* and tax.  If you live outside of the Raleigh area and need to have me ship your order to you additional shipping charges will apply.

Please make sure I have current credit card for you or you may make payment by PayPal or by personal check  on or before our first month’s order.  I will then place all future orders on the first day of the next three months.
Club Notes:
**Be faithful to this club and the club rules. It is ONLY fair to everyone that you hold up to the Marker club requirements **
 All markers and other items will be shipped to me and then I will ship the items to you ASAP.
 *The Marker case is available for pickup on the last month of the Marker club. Shipping costs extra for participants not in the Raleigh area.

Please email me at by JULY 1st to sign up for this fun club.  Please include the following information in your email: 
  • Your full name 
  • Email
  • Shipping address
  • Phone number
 Please contact me if you have any questions.  I am here to help!

I look forward to helping you get ALL the amazing new Stampin’ Write Markers to add to your stamping supplies! 

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, May 27, 2018

NC Demos May Blog Hop - How Do You Organize?

Good evening!  I hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Thank you for taking a little time to drop by this month's NC Demos Blog Hop.  If you have already popped by Jo Anne Hewin's blog you know that this month's theme is a little different.  Since we are all getting ready for the new Annual Catalog to go live June 1st and with all the changes to colors, ink pads and the additon of lots of new goodies we thought this was a great time to show you how we go about organizing and storing some of our products.

I decided to share two things with you that I think are super easy to do and will help you keep track of your things.  The first one is the tool kit where I keep all my adhesive all the time and if I am traveling I add my paper snips and bone folder to it.  I use our Stampin' Up! Full Wood Mount Stamp Cases for this.  I love that I can keep everything nice and neat and it can be out on my worktable, stored on the shelf with my stamps or I can easily throw it into my bag if I am traveling or off to a crop.  You can add your own covers to these so you can make them pretty and know exactly what's in them.  The cover of the one I am sharing was one of the table treats all my guests received at this year's Scrappy Stampers' Getaway this past March.

The second organzing idea I want to share is one that I got from my friend, Barbara.  I think it is brilliant!  I have a terrible time remembering all the names of stamp sets and their coordinating framelits, thinlits and punches.  Barbara found this great idea of writing the names of the coordinating products.  I keep all my stamp sets, framelits and thinlits alphabetical so this make finding the coordinating product a breeze!  If you didn't notice both of the bundles I am showing you will be available on June 1st in the new Annual Catalog!  You are going to want to add them to your wish list!  Or if you would like to be able to order them today contact me about making them a part of your very own Starter Kit!  

I hope this has helped you to get a bit more organized and ready for all the new goodies you are going to want to add to your crafting stash.   Plesae let me kow if you have questions or want to add anything to an order.  I would love to help you!

That is all I have to share this month.  I am off to see what Sharon Maranich has to share.  I know you will want to take a look, too!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!

Happy Stamping!

May Blog Hoppers
Toni Campana -
Jo Anne Hewins -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Sharon Maranich -
Frances Wagner -

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

SUO Challenge - A Pretty Kitty Card

Welcome to the latest SUO Challenge.  This time we are gong wild with projects featuring animals and critters.  As you know if you have followed my blog for long you know that I love my fur babies, Annabel, Parker and Emmie. I love all knds of furry critters, but I am most definitely a cat person and I seem to have LOTS of friendsds who are as well.  So, it was an easy choice to make a sweet kitty cat card to send just because.  

This card is very basic, but I think sometimes it is nice to make something simple and sweet especaially if you are coloring and using embellishemnts, texture and and DSP like I did with my sitting pretty kitty card.  The measurements for are super easy:

  • Smoky Slate cardbase 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4
  • Whisper White 2 x 3
  • Fresh Florals DSP 1 x 3
After precutting my cardstock and DSP I scored and then embossing my Smoky Slate cardbase with the Ruffled Dynaminc TIEF.  I set all of this aside while I stamped my kitty using Basic Black ink then colored it using the Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens.  Once I finished coloring in my scene I used a Sponge Dauber and a little Lemonlime Twist to the edge of the cardstock.

Now it was just tme to put everything together.  I attached the DSP with Fast Fuse, my kitty cat scene with Stampin' Dimensionals and topped it off with a Lemonlime Twist self adhesive Bitty Bow.   How cute are those!

Thank you for letting me share my simple kitty card.  Take a minute to go see the other animals and critters our design team and then share your own project with us.

As always please let me know if you have questoins or need to add any of supplies I used to your own crafting stash.  I would love to help you!

Happy Stamping!

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Card Making is Simple with the Gotta Have It All Share What You Love Bundle

Good morning!  I know we all have lots going on at this time of year with graduations, weddings, Mother's Day that just passed, the Memorial Day weekend fast approaching and getting ready for Summer,so what better time to have a suite of Stampin' Up! products that will let you make a lot of fabulous cards in a short amount of time!  What could be better than that?  Okay, maybe hahaving brunch and sipping Prosecco and cranberry juice while stamping outside and enjoying a beautiful day like we did a couple of weeks ago at our team meeting!  

Yes, the Gotta Have It All Bundle is that amazing and these cards are SO quick and easy you will have fun making them anywhere and still have time to enjoy a sunny day or accomplish all the things that  you have to do as well!

So, this first card was actually designed as one of the three Make & Takes my upline, Terri, had for us to make at the team meeting.  In addition to the Gotta Have It All Bundle this card does use the Stitched Shapes Framelits (a must have as they are SO versatile!) along with a little Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock and Rich Razzleberry ink.

I somehow ended up with an extra set of the Make & Take supplies after the meeting and decided to see if I could use them with just a little extra from the kit to step up this card.  I switched out the Rich Razzleberry for Old Olive ink and cardstock, flipped over the pieces of Share What You Love DSP, added a piece of one of the adorable doilies, switched up the Greeting from the Love What You Do stamp set which I cut out with a circle instead of an oval from the Stitched Framelits and then finished by using a little leftover Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine.  Just by doing these quick changes and small additions I think I have a card that is different, equally as pretty and just as easy to make!

Would  you love to get the measurements for these cards as well as getting to make THREE cards for FREE all of which feature products for the Gotta Have It All Bundle?  Well , you can!  Just email me your order for the Gotta Have it All Bundle or order it at my Online Store by Monday, May 28th.  If you order online please use Hostess Code: 
P9DMCNPT  If you live in the Raleigh area  you are then welcome to join me anytime between 12:00 to 7:00pm on Tuesday, May 29th to make the cards.  If you don't live in the Raleigh area I will send you a card kit with directions for all three cards!  How simple is that!  For more information about this FREE event visit my Events Page or feel contact me.  I always love to chat!

Thank you for letting me Share What I Love with you today!  I hope you have been inspired to share what you love by making and sending a card, too!

Happy Stamping!

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 2018 Stamp "N Hop -New Catty Preorder!

Good afternoon from Raleigh, North Carolona, USA and welcome to the May edition of the Stamp 'N Hop.  This month we are sharing  projects around the world using products we can preorder as demonstrators from the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog with goes live on June 1st.  If you have already visited Tracey Gouraud's blog you have already gotten an idea about how awesome the new catty is going to be and I hope you are as excited as all of us are!

I was waiting on my preorder to arrive, so my friend and fellow demo, Karel Standish, was kind enough to share her goodies with me while I waited on for mine.  We actully made three wonderful cards together, but I wanted to share the one we made using the Sitting Pretty Bundle. and Delightfully Detailed Note Cards & Envelopes.  I really loved the soft watercolor look of this project and think it will make the day of the friend who gets this pretty little note card.

There is NO prep cutting to this project!  Just use your bone folder on the note cards and they are ready to go.  Everything else is just scraps of cardstock.  The one thing that I reccomend for this project is that you apply your Embossing Paste using the decorative mask first, then stamp and die cut out the rest of your project while it dries.

I did use the Stampin' Blends to color the plant instead of using the stamps that are part of the set.  I was just in the mood to color.  The plant and bench are both attached using a combination of Stampin' Dimensionals and Mini Dimensionals.

I just love these note cards and can see lots of possibilites for them.  It is a bit of a challenge at first as you don't have as much room as you could on a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card, but I love the chance to be creative and they are perfect for a quick note or to use as a gift card.

Well, that is all I have to share right now, but there is still lots of posts to see starting with Idonna Miller..  I am off to see what wonderful things she has made with the preorder products.  
I hope you have been inspired and are as excited about the new catalog as I am.  If you have questions about my project or want to get any of the fabulous products I have used please contact me and we will get them ordered starting June 1st  I would love to help you!

Happy Stamping!

May Stamp 'N Hop Master List
Terry Montgomery
Tracey Gouraud
Tracie Evans Langley
Idonna Miller
Kimberly Smith
Danielle Kassing
Kayla Adams
Britney Vanderlaan
Bobbi Miller
Mikaela Titheridge
Rachel Traudt
Melissa Kerman
Tracy Marie Lewis
Mo Rootes
Linda Handford
Susan Simpson
Joanne Hodge
Sandra Roberts
Jennifer Charles
Sharon Dalton
Amy Grendel
Cheryl Taylor
Joyce Whitman
Laura Mackie

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Share What You Love & Join Me for a FREE Event in May!

Order one of the three early release bundles between now and May 28th to get invited to this exclusive event!  You will be invited to drop by anytime between 12:00 to 7:00pm for a FREE event at the Stamp Pad!  Here's how it works:

  • Order the Just Getting Started Bundle and make 1 card for FREE!
  • Order the A Little More, Please Bundle and make 2 cards for FREE!
  • Order the Gotta Have It All Bundle and make 3 cards for FREE!
Those area the only rules!  You can email  your order to me at or visit my Online Store 24/7 and have all your goodies shipped directly to you!  If you are ordering online please use Hostess Code: RPQDSDUT  or if you are a member of one of my Hostess Clubs please use the code for your group to get credit for  your May order.  Hen Party Hostess Code: VXVJXPCR
Terrific Techies Hostess Code: WVXGZBFW

What to see all the great stuff that comes in these bundles AND get a peek at the 2018-2020 In Colors?  Then check out this fabulous video from the Stampin' Up! Home Office.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

NC Demos April Blog Hop - Mom's the Word!

Good evening and welcome to the April edition of the NC Demos Blog Hop.  If you have visited  Jo Anne Hewins you have already been inspired.  I just LOVE her stuff!  It's always amazing! And if you are just joining us I hope you enjoy and get some motivited to create something great this week! 

Our Apri theme is all about Monther's Day, but to me Mother's Day isn't just about celebrating my amazing mom.  It is about all the women who make a differnce in our lives.  It is a great time to tell them how much you appreciate all they do for you and how important they are.  I think so many of us spend our time caring for others and it is really wonderful to hear that someone has noticed and been blessed by our efforts.  So, while my cards do not say "Happy Mother's Day" I thin they would be perfect to give to my mom (although I would have to remake the card in blue and yellow) or to my sisters, an aunt or one of my dear friends.

These cards go together rather quickly once you prep your supplies.  So, cut your cardstock, DSP and Vellum.  You can die cut the butterfly, dragonflies and flowwers all at once.  Don't forget to used the Presision Plate and Die Brush!  Then texture the Vellum piece with the Brick Wall TIEF.  Stamp and cut out your greetings. I used the Stamparatus to line up and stamp the leaves down the side of the DSP.  I love this technique! 

Just in case you need them, the basic measurements for all three cards are as follows:

  • Card Base:  4 1/4 x 11 and scored at 5 1/2
  • Color Theory DSP 4 x 5 1/4
  • Vellum 2 3/4 x 4
  • Berry Burst Ribbon 3 inches

Thank you for letting me share what I like to think of as an updated way to celebrate Mother's Day.  That is all I have for now, but like you I am going to hop on over and see what Laurie Meier has for us this month/  I know it is going to be awesome and I will likely be casing it tomorrow!

If you have any questions about the cards I have shared or need to order any of the suppies please let me know.  Remember that many of these products will retire as of May 31st, so don't delay if you really want to add them to you collection!

Happy Stamping!


April Blog Hoppers
Toni Campana -
Jo Anne Hewins -
Tracie Evans Langley -
Laurie Meier -
Frances Wagner -

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