Stampers Club

Fun times were had at the first Stamper’s Club Retreat in May.  I rented us a cabin in the mountains and we went up for the weekend.  We stamped, we laughed, we ate, we played games and we enjoyed our time together.  I’m already making plans for another retreat for next year!  If you are local to me you may want to join.  Our June meeting is on the 3rd/4th.  And it’s also the start of the new catalog!!  Here is more information:

Would you like FREE stamps and accessories?  Would you like to get together for a girls night/morning of stamping fun? Do you need a time out of the house?  Would you like to try Stampin’ Up! Products before you buy them?  Is your wish list a mile long?  Would you like to learn new ideas, tips and tricks to make your projects “WOW”? 

 You should join my…

Stamper’s Club!

Here’s how it works:  You sign up to participate in a Stamper’s Club. The club participants get together once a month.  Each member joins for a minimum of 10 months.  Each participant agrees to spend at least $30 at each of the meetings (plus shipping and tax).  Remember, to qualify for Stampin’ Rewards a Stampin’ Up! workshop has to have $150 or more in sales.  The larger the group the more rewards the hostess will earn!  Club members will take turns acting as the hostess each month.  That way every club member receives FREE STAMPIN’ REWARDS SHOPPING DOLLARS and EXCLUSIVE “HOSTESS ONLY” STAMP SETS.   Hostess months will be assigned randomly.

At each meeting, you will make three or more stamping projects – usually 2 cards and a 3D project.  These get-togethers will provide you with new designs, ideas, and patterns for you to take home and try out yourself.   All meetings will be held at my home (so no need to clean yours).  The schedule is noted on our closed Facebook group – Monika’s Stampers Club.  Each month there will be a Friday night and a Saturday morning meeting time to choose from. Keep in mind that it is okay if you cannot attend every club meeting. (you will still receive your project supplies).  Simply contact me and place your $30 minimum order before the day of that meeting.  If you are unable to attend the meeting and do not provide your order by the meeting date, I will place a pre-determined default order on your behalf.  As a hostess you may also collect orders from friends and family to increase your sales and the free merchandise you earn or schedule an additional workshop in your home before our meeting.   All orders will be delivered to my home and I will post of the Facebook group when the orders arrive.

I will provide a snack and everyone needs to provide their own drink.   Each member should bring their own adhesive and scissors (basic tools).  In some instances, I may need to collect a small supply fee to cover the cost of additional supplies to make some WOW projects – I will try to let you know that in advance as well.   If you have a request for a special project, technique or to learn more about how to use a certain product I will do my best to include that in one of our meetings.  Friends who are interested in coming to check things out one month are welcome, however, they will have to book in advance due to space limits.  Please contact me at least 1 week in advance with the names of any guests who may be coming.  Guests may either place the minimum $30 order or pay a $15 class fee + any additional supply costs that the members have.

So in a nutshell – here’s what you get when you join the Stamper’s Club:


  • The Stampin’ Up! Catalog (200+ pages of stamping ideas) and all Seasonal Catalogs and supplements.
  • FREE STAMPIN’ REWARDS SHOPPING DOLLARS (minimum $25) to spend during your hostess month & your choice of EXCLUSIVE HOSTESS ONLY” STAMP SETS, based on the total sales of your workshop, the chance to earn ½ price items
  • Free Monthly Stamper’s Club class, including hands-on projects each month and a snack
  • Build your supplies over time and “try before you buy” at the meeting
  • Time off from your busy schedule: Friendships & idea-sharing with other stamper’s in a relaxed environment and lots of fun
  • I’ve also added a Weekend Retreat at a cabin in the mountains with surprises for all members – dates, cost and the details will be posted several months in advance.


Contact me if you are interested.


Swirly Bird has lots of possibilities

The new Swirly Bird stamp set in the upcoming Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog has lots of possibilities.  You’ll be able to use it for a variety of occasions all year long.  I had the privilege of making display samples using the stamp set for the OnStage Live event in Salt Lake City.  I shared all my ideas by color because that was our “assignment” and how the display boards were organized for the event.  Today I just wanted to share one post showing the variety of ways I used this one stamp set.






My samples used only the stamp set and I was very excited to see that there was a coordinating set of Thinlits – called Swirly Scribbles!  With the two together you can create such a wide variety of projects.

Thanks for visiting today.


Pyramid Pals Pooh Boxes

At the OnStage Live event in April I hosted a dinner and treat swap.  We met at the Red Rock Brewery which seems to have become a tradition now.  In the past we have done a card swap and then on top of that some people would bring little treats to give to friends too.  So I thought why don’t we just swap little treat ideas so that was what we did and I think everyone really enjoyed it.  Usually we go to Salt Lake City in July and the weather has always been really nice but this time we went in April – weather is not so nice.  It poured down rain and was really windy when we were trying to get to the restaurant that night.

There were 20 of us and a ton of cute little treat ideas.  I know I’ll be using them throughout the year for various things.  A couple I’ve already used since I’ve been home.  Today I wanted to share mine with you.  I made a little Pooh box using the Pyramid Pals Thinlits. They were so cute!  The thinlits are in the Occasions catalog and have a stamp set called Playful Pals.  If you order this month (May) you can get them as a bundle and save 15%.  They will be in the new catalog but not as a bundle anymore.  Here are a couple of the in progress photos:

I worked on the like an assembly line – cutting all the various pieces and then working on one part at a time.  All the small pieces I stored in empty embellishment containers until I was ready to add them to my box.   I used Hello Honey card stock – I thought that was pretty perfect for Pooh Bear but it’s retiring!  So if you don’t have Hello Honey you may want to grab some.  The little bow ties are Real Red.   Here is a look at the front.


On the back I made a little trap door – the handle is a tiny Pool Party Butterfly added with a brad.  And darn it if they aren’t retiring those little brads – I bought extras because I use them a lot.   Here is a look at the back.


Inside the treat is none other than a little mini bag of gummy bears!  Yummy!  I love the real gummy bears from Germany.  We always had those as kids and I’m glad they now sell them in the US.  My kids got to grow up with them too.

Wouldn’t it be cute to add a piglet and tigger box too.  Those will have to be future creations.


“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”  – Winnie the Pooh

Remember to give someone a small little treat once in a while!

Thanks for stopping by.


OnStage Displays featuring Mint Macaron

My last set of OnStage display samples feature the Mint Macaron In-color. I thought this color was perfect for this scrapbook page of a photo I took on our Whale watching trip in Alaska.



I used a few on the new products on this page:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set
  • Mint Macaron Small Striped Ribbon
  • Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape

It might be a little hard to see the washi tape – I added it on the Mint Macaron Designer Paper in between the stripes.


This next one is a sweet little card that would be a perfect for a baby – a little sailboat theme for a boy perhaps.  Use for thank you’s or create invitations.


New products include:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set
  • Mint Macaron Thin Striped Ribbon

The next card is an idea I saw online from another demo, an easy way to use little scraps of  designer paper or make little squares by stamping on them or adding washi tape.


New products on this one:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set
  • Affectionately Yours Washi Tape

I did use candy dots on some of these samples and they are retiring – darn it.  But we are getting some new epoxy shapes that I hope I will like just as well.  I can’t wait to get them once the catalog is live in June.

My last project is the final panel of the Seasonal Calendar.


I used the Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe on this panel with the Sheltering Tree stamp set. I’ll do a separate post with all of the calendar panels and show you how it stands up and I’m hoping to include the pdf of the actual calendar portion in case someone else wants to make one.

Thanks for stopping by I hope you liked all the display samples that I created.  I hope I get the opportunity to do it again in the future.



OnStage Displays featuring Delightful Dijon

Today’s projects feature the In-Color Delightful Dijon.  The first one is a 12″ x 12″ Scrapbook page.  I thought this color was perfect for Tyler’s Graduation this past December.


Tyler is my middle son and he graduated from college and started his first job.  He lives not too far from us in a house with a friend of his from school.  Here are some of the things I used on this page:

  • Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits – these are bundled in the Occasions catalog – but in the new catalog they are no longer a bundle – so get them now
  • Timeless Textures stamp set – it’s also in the Occasions catalog and will  be in the new catalog too!
  • 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack – all the Delightful Dijon prints
  • Metallic Foil Doilies – those are staying in the new catalog
  • Delightful Dijon Mini Striped Ribbon – coming in the new catalog

This next card is one of my favorites that I created using the Swirly Bird stamp set.


The flowers are stamped with So Saffron for the solid part and Delightful Dijon for the swirly part and then I hand cut them out.  The small centers are done the same way.  I used the Stampin’ Write Marker to add the little doodle swirls coming out from underneath. Supplies include:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set – coming in the new catalog
  • Birthday Blooms stamp set
  • Basic Rhinestones

This next card is perfect for my dad or my brother who are both sailors.  I was pretty excited about the sailboat pieces in this Swirly Bird stamp set.


The parts of the boat – are made up of 4 different stamps in the set.  And the waves are the same image that I used for the kite string on an earlier card.  Supplies include:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set – coming in the new catalog
  • Sunburst Thinlits Dies
  • Linen Thread
  • Party with Cake stamp set

My next card also uses Swirly Bird – can you see all the different things you can do with this one stamp set?


This time I actually used the bird!  The Baker’s Twine is actually white and I used my sponge to hold it into my Delightful Dijon ink pad so I could dye the twine.  You just have to let it dry before you try to add it to a project.  Supplies that I used:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set
  • Sheltering Tree stamp set
  • Tree Builder punch
  • Botanical Builder Framelits
  • 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
  • 2-1/2″ Circle Punch – this one is retiring but you can use the new Layering Circles Framelits instead

I actually ended up with an extra Delightful Dijon project.  One of my calendar panels –


No new products on this one – it’s the Sheltering Tree stamp set like the other panels.  Just using different colors and changing the tree for the Autumn season.  I’ll do a post showing the calendar and how it stands and I’m planning to include the calendar so you can print your own.  So check back for that.

Thanks for stopping by today.






OnStage Display Samples featuring Watermelon Wonder

I’m back with more of my Display Samples from the OnStage Live event in Salt Lake City last month.  Today I’m going to share my creations that feature the Watermelon Wonder In-Color along with some new products coming in the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.

For my customers – those that aren’t local the new catalog should be coming to you in the mail.  For those in my Stamper’s Club I’ll have them with your club orders.  And the rest of my local gals I’m planning a Catalog Kickoff/pickup party (and a BOGO sale) for the first weekend in June.  More to come on that later.

On to the samples:


This is a soft flowery card.  I clear embossed the little roses onto the white card stock. Then stamped the leaves in the Cucumber Crush ink and covered it quickly with clear embossing powder and heat set.  I used the Watermelon Wonder ink and an aqua painter to paint around all the little roses.  Then went around all the flowers and leaves with Soft Sky.  Here is a list of some of what I used:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set – coming in the new catalog
  • Birthday Blooms stamp set – in the Occasions catalog and it will be in the new catalog
  • Tree Builder punch – that is the vellum piece where the words are
  • Silver Thread and Silver embossing powder

In my samples today you will see the versatility of the Swirly Bird stamp set.  Here is another card using the same set, with a totally different look.


This idea just popped into my head one day – the image reminded me of those big swirly lollipops that you see at the candy store.  I stamped with Watermelon Wonder ink on a piece of Pink Pirouette card stock and covered it quickly with clear embossing powder and heat set it.  I wanted it to look a little shiny like a lollipop.  The bubbles underneath are also from the Swirly Bird stamp set.  The die cut pieces are from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.  Here is a short list of what I used:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set – coming in the new catalog
  • Affectionately Yours Designer Washi Tape – coming in the new catalog (that’s the red striped piece on the right side
  • Mini Treat Bag Thinlits
  • Banner Triple Punch

And here is one more card with the Swirly Bird set:


It’s another kite – remember the one I made in Cucumber Crush.  Here are some of the things I used:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set – coming in the new catalog
  • Hearth & Home Thinlits – for the window
  • Brick Wall embossing folder – for the wall background
  • Tree Builder punch  – for the clouds
  • Greetings Thinlits – these are retiring and unfortunately sold out

And my last Watermelon Wonder project is another panel for the 3D seasonal calendar.


This is the spring panel.

  • Sheltering Tree stamp set
  • Old Olive Baker’s Twine
  • use the new set Project Life Date It for “SPRING” if you don’t have the Project Life Day to Day set that I used here.

Those are my 4 projects featuring Watermelon Wonder.

Thanks for stopping by.




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