It’s time for Convention!!

The Stampin’ Up! Convention starts today!  Inspire, Create, Share 2015 is here.  We have check in and bag pick up this morning and then we start!  A fun time with friends from all over the US and Canada – I’m not sure if any of our European or South Pacific friends will be here this year.  It will be a busy day.  Check my Facebook business page for any updates, news and photos.

Part of the fun of convention is swapping – last night I had a dinner and card swap with some of my SU friends and this was the card I made to swap with all of them –


I’ve posted this card already on my blog.

I also have a group swap tomorrow and made this one –


It’s also one you’ve seen before.  After I made each of these I was really excited about how they turned out and decided back then that I wanted to use them as my convention swaps.

I have another one I’ll share in a different post and also roommate gifts and some little friend treats – I need to get photos of all of those before I post about them.

If you are a demo a convention come find me and say hi!

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Make a Difference

Make a Difference by purchasing the Sprinkles of Life photopolymer stamp set.  Stampin’ Up! will donate $3 for each set to Ronald McDonald House Charities. And you will be able to make this fun birthday card.


There are several fun things on this card.  The background – that is on of the Happy Patterns decorative masks – there are 4 in the new set.  And I used a Sponge Dauber to add the Mint Macaron to the background.

Then there is the little tag with the ice cream cone and the cherry.  So there is a trick with the cherry – I used two different punches.  It’s the Tree builder punch with coordinates with this set but I also used the Cupcake builder.  Why?  Well the tree builder punch has the big apple with a short stem and the cupcake punch has the cherry with the longer stem.  Well I wanted a big cherry for my ice cream cone.  To accomplish that I punched a little cherry – either use Chocolate Chip card stock or color the stem with the Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write Marker.  Then punch the apple from Real Red and cut off the little stem – glue it on top of the cherry giving it a long stem and making it a larger cherry.  I know it’s a silly little thing but that is what finished the card for me.

I’m at convention now so I don’t have my punches with me to take a few pictures and show you – so hopefully that explanation made sense.

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Happy Birthday Dots

Every month I have a Card Maker’s Class.  I usually have it near the end of the month so that everyone can come and make the cards they need for the following month.  There are a variety of cards to choose from usually 12 or more.  The class fee includes 6 cards and the envelopes.  And you get to choose – make 6 of the same card, pick 3 and make 2 of each, make 6 different ones, what ever combination you want.  If you still have time you can make extra’s for a flat per card charge.

I add several new cards each month and the designs usually stay around for 2 or 3 months at a time.  So if you don’t get to make one you want chances are it will be available for you to make the next month.  Here is one of the card choices that I had in June.


I used the Dots Decorative mask and a sponge dauber to create the background of polka dots.  Stamped and cut the balloon from Celebrate Today and layered with a variety of banners.  When you want to punch a banner that is thinner than the 1″ guide on the Triple Banner Punch – turn the punch over when you insert the strip and position it in the right spot by eye-balling it.  You can change up the colors or use one of the other words in the set to make this card work for other occasions.

Here is the supply list.

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Meet Mint Macaron

Meet Mint Macaron

I had plans to start something new on Fridays called Share The Fun.  That is what the front of the new Stampin’ Up! catalog says and my idea was to share a card from the catalog.  In really old catalogs they used to have a list of supplies for every project that was shown in the catalog.  In more recent catalogs it was no longer printed as part of the catalog but was available as a pdf for us to access.  And currently we just have the samples in the catalog without the supply list (unless you look at the You Can Make It ideas those show you the supplies).  I often have people ask what was used to make a particular sample.  So my idea is to try to recreate some of those samples so I can give you a list of the supplies and maybe some instructions too.  Originally I planned to copy them exactly but when I was working on this card I opted to make a few changes – one main reason is I didn’t have one of the stamp sets that they used.  So let’s just say sometimes I’ll make a variation of the sample in the catalog.

mint-birthday-2For my In-Color class the other week I wanted a card that showcased the Mint Macaron color.  When I looked through the catalog I would always return to the card on page 16 – it was simple, clean and very pretty and soft.  It had just a hint of the Mint Macaron.  I decided to use that idea for my class but wanted a bit more Mint Macaron by using that for my card base instead of Very Vanilla like the one in the catalog.  I also had to change the stamp set since I didn’t have One Big Meaning.

Mint-BirthdayHere you can see what I came up with.

  • I used Mint Macaron for the card base instead of Very Vanilla
  • I added the Typeset Specialty Designer Series paper – it’s torn along the top edge and stamped along the bottom edge with the Honeycomb image from Butterfly Basics – to keep the color light stamp off on scratch paper first.
  • My Very Vanilla layer is stamped with the flower from Butterfly Basics – the catalog card looks a bit lighter so I think they may have stamped off first
  • I used the Host stamp set called Happy Birthday, Everyone for my card and stamped Memento Black Ink
  • I tied the Linen Thread around my layer – I just put mine in a different place because of where I did my stamping
  • I finished with the Mint Macaron blossom just like they did
  • They also added some Pearls which I opted not to do
  • Put the layer on the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals

Now you can go make this card – switch out the stamp sets or even the colors for something else and make several variations.

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Hello Cucumber Crush

Hello Cucumber Crush

Last week I had a Hands On Stamping Class introducing the new In-Colors.  One of the new colors is Cucumber Crush – a bright green.

cucumber-2The Cherry On Top Paper Stack includes this color so I used strips of different prints from the pack all cut to 1″ wide and used the new Triple Banner Punch to make them all into banners.  Attach them all to a piece of Whisper White card stock.  On the bottom I stamped using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.  Add a card stock strip of Cucumber Crush and some of the Crushed Curry Baker’s twine across all the strips and add attach the whole layer to a Cucumber Crush card base.  A pretty quick and easy card with that new punch.

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It’s a cute little bag of Note Cards

One of my June Stamper’s Club projects was a cute little bag with coordinating note cards and envelopes.

Cherry-on-Top-bagThe little bag idea is one I found online – it seems to be called a bag in a box – but I changed my measurements a bit since I wanted to put the little note cards inside.  The note cards use the Cherry On Top Designer Paper Stack and the new Triple Banner Punch.  I can’t tell you how much I’ve been using this punch – I think it is a must have item from the new catalog.

Cherry-on-top-bdaycherry-on-top-birthday2After the banners are attached to the note card punch a hole on each side with the 1/16″ handheld circle punch and add some Baker’s Twine. I used Bermuda Bay on one card and Crushed Curry on the other.  For the envelopes I used the Cherry on Top Washi Tape and added a matching strip to the edge.  The stamps are from Endless Birthday Wishes – I think that was one of very first Photopolymer Stamp sets and a favorite of mine.

Here are a couple more bags – which are made from Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush card stock as the box base, strips and handles and the In-Color Envelope Paper for the bag.  The mini silver brads were used to attach the handles.  And the bags have a fun bow made from the Lace Trim tied on the handle.

cherry-on-top-more-bagsHere is what the set looks like all together.  Fun and cheery – give as a gift to someone, or use the cards and fill the bag with candies.

cherry-on-top-setEnjoy your day!

Visit my Facebook page – Stamping Together at Monika’s Place and play along with my 2015-2016 Catalog Scavenger hunt.  I’ll have a new question every day for the rest of June.  I’ll draw a random winner from the comments and mail them a hand stamped card.

Here are all the supplies I used –

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More with the Birthday Bundle

For everyone that was a Paper Pumpkin Kit Subscriber in May you received a fun Birthday Bundle Kit.

11259694_1590741907850352_4781574486012324908_nIt has the supplies to make 4 gift bags and 6 birthday cards.  When my Aunt and cousin were visiting from Germany this week they wanted to see how I made my cards – I didn’t have anything prepped!  But I had my Paper Pumpkin kit and pulled it out really quick.  I put together a birthday card and as it turned out it was my cousin’s birthday so I gave it to her.  I also spent a few quick minutes assembling one of the bags.  Here they are –

birthday-paper-pumpkinI grabbed some Daffodil Delight ink so I could add some balloons to the envelope and make it cute too.

Then this morning I wanted to create a different version of the card using the supplies in the kit.  And this is what I came up with.

birthday-card-ppInstead of putting the big die cut balloon on the bag I decided to use it on one of the cards.  I also turned my card and when I added the strip it was too long so it got trimmed off.  The Happy Birthday stamp fits perfectly on the balloon so I stamped it before adding it with the Dimensionals to the front of the card.  I did add some Whisper White baker’s Twine and tied that in a bow at the end of the balloon.  And also the Daffodil Delight ink for the balloons that I stamped on the envelope.  Just as quick and easy as the original card!

Don’t forget today is the last day for the 50% off special I mentioned yesterday – there is still time!  I can’t wait to see what the June Kit is going to be.

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