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Savannah OnStage…

Now we are home and a good night’s sleep has occurred and my Monday Morning class is done, I thought it might be fun to share some memories from this weekend’s OnStage Event in Savannah, Georgia.

First let me say the city itself is a great place to visit.  What nice people, good food (can you say gopher?), perfect weather, lots of history learned using on/off trolley…I could go on and on.  So good choice for an event.

You work so hard before and event like this.  You really want to make the most of the trip and experience.  So swaps were mass produced (which I hate to mass produce) but meeting so many talented stampers is well-worth the effort.  I will share many of the swaps I received with you today and tomorrow.  My peeps loved looking through them today at class.

So what does it look like inside one of the events with 450 stampers busily making Make’n Takes?

This is the quietest you will see 450 stampers, and it sounds just like a beehive buzzing too!

And one of the great things about an event like this is being with friends you don’t see that often and meeting one for the first time…

This is Diane Eure…we live in the same town but she still works full time.  From what I hear she will soon be blessed with more time to stamp.

This is Jeanne Moss from Elizabethtown, Ky.  We’ve been to several events together but it’s the only time we get to see each other.

And this is Penny Knowles.  We have talked to each other on Stampin’ Connection for a long time and finally met each other in Savannah!

The swaps in Savannah were awesome and I’d like to share some of them with you today…

Terri Sanders, Tallahassee, FL

Robbie Chandler, Quincy, FL

Cindy Clements, Lake Winnebago, MO

Debbie Moczek, Sarasota, FL

Jeanne Moss, Elizabethtown, KY

Tomorrow I will show you more of the samples.  After seeing the new catalog and all the demonstrations and sample boards, I need to clean out some of my retired stamps to make room for the new ones I’ve already ordered…imagine that!

The next Stampin’ Up Event will be in Salt Lake City in November.  Want to go with me?  Let’s talk…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Ummmm…that about covers it…but I’m HaPpY!


You Are Awesome…

My stamping peeps who come to a class each month are “awesome”.  We have all become good friends and every one of them has made giant leaps in their stamping artwork.  Not so much because of me, but because we all fearlessly try new things.

Every month included with their orders there is a little surprise in their order bag…just to say “thanks” not only for ordering but for coming along on this stamping journey with me.   It’s much more fun when you can share it with your friends IMG_1830 and here is a close up of the one that hasn’t been posted yet.. IMG_1831

Because I had given the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card previously (see early post with different colors) I thought I’d give you photo directions for making the pretty shape on the front of this card with the Scallop Topper Punch and the Oval Framelits.

Cut a piece of cardstock 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ and pull through the punch like this…



Slide it right in until it stops and punch.


Here’s the result… Pay no attention to the fact I tore mine getting it out of the punch.



Now, here is how you place the Ovals Framelit…  Pull that framelit down snug with the scallop tag outside the cutting edge and run through the Big Shot.


Here is the result…

Yessss!  Now just cut a smaller oval for inside this piece and add your ribbon.  Fun, right?

Hope you enjoyed the post today and feel inspired to jump right in and try this technique.  You can do it!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…



Hahaha…in my case it’s either glitter or Dazzling Diamonds.  But, who cares?

Hope you are inky and HaPpY!


Many Merry Stars…

Here is another new stamp set I hadn’t had time to play with yet.  So today after a class this morning, I pulled this set out.  Along with the Stars Framelits and the All is Calm DSP this card came together in a snap.

Here’s the card…


You just can’t go wrong with this DSP!  Now that I’ve had a chance to use this set, I think it will become a favorite.  Are you interested in making this fun card?   Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Whisper White and Lost Lagoon cardstock plus All Is Calm Designer Series Paper
  • Ink:  VersaMark, Lost Lagoon and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Many Merry Stars
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Linen Thread (Ha!), Tag Punch (retired), Star Framelits, Silver Embossing Powder and Rhinestones


  • The Whisper White base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″.  Then 2″ cut from the front.
  • Cut the Lost Lagoon 1/8″ smaller than the front of the card, then the DSP 1/8″ smaller than the Lost Lagoon and adhere to the front.
  • On the inside cut the Lost Lagoon 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ and the DSP 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Then cut a 2″ x 5″ Whisper White to place inside for signing and message.
  • The stars were stamped with Pool Party, Lost Lagoon and VersMark with Silver EP and layered with dimensionals.
  • The words were stamped and punched with Lost Lagoon, tied with Linen Thread and placed behind the smallest star with glue dots.
  • Add the ‘Tis the Season banner at the top stamped in Lost Lagoon and you are done!

I really like this card…just need to get even more of this DSP so I can make more.  Kind of like the different opening, too.

Did you see something today that might inspire you?  I sure hope so.  Thanks for stopping by.

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


And we do a lot of that at Stampin’ Up! with all our Dazzling Diamonds, glitter and glittered papers!

You know after a class I’m inky…and oh so HaPpY!



People Like You…

The title is the name of the stamp set I’m demonstrating today…it’s a beautiful impression.  The notecards are so handy if you need to make several and the quality of the paper is so nice.  This stamp set is one of my personal favorites, one I seem to reach for often.

Here’s the notecard…


You can see why its a favorite, right?  And just a little extra effort to punch out the sentiment and set it up on dimensionals, some linen thread (another favorite) and a few little pearls.  After getting the card to this point and looking at it, I decided a thin black line around the image would add just the right touch.  So I cut a piece of cardstock 1/2″ smaller, centered it over my image and drew a thin black line around the image skipping where the image intersected the line.  Yep, I liked that better.  Then the envelope look a little plain so I added a partial image to that.  Now I feel this makes a beautiful coordinated impression.

Sometimes when you start working on an idea you’ve had, it turns into something quite different…but maybe nicer.  Does that happen with you sometimes?  Hope you have been inspired to use this stamp set if you have it, or go shopping!  Just click on the “Shop Now” star and you can have any of the product you see here delivered to your door.  Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits


  • Paper:  Note Card Set (#131527, $5.95, 20 cards and envelopes), Gumball Green cardstock (#126861, $6.95), Basic Black cardstock (#121045, $6.95) and Whisper White cardstock (#100730, $8.50)
  • Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green and Basic Black
  • Stamps:  People Like You (#133215, $12.95)
  • Tools and Embellishments:  Linen Thread (#104199, $4.50), Pearls (#119247, $4.95), Decorative Label Punch (#120907, $16.95)


  • The note card measures 3 1/2″ x 5″.  Black layer measures 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″.  Gumball Green layer measures 3″ x 4 1/2″.  Whisper White layer is 2 7/8″ x 4 3/8″
  • There is a video on my blog or YouTube showing how to make Beautiful Bows if you need help with the Linen Thread bow.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Life would be better if we wore more tutu’s!”

Let’s get inky and be happy…


Cheer Up Buttercup!

Oh my…this little stamp is the reason I bought this set…is that      ca-yoot or what?  This is one more of the note cards inside the card box I showed earlier this week (check out the gift box by clicking on the “Thank You” button to your left).

Can you think of so many occasions when this card would be “just the ticket” for someone?  I’m sure you know of many times life has given someone a “bump in the road” jolt and this little card would be the perfect answer for brighter days ahead.

Here’s the card…


You can tell in this photo how nice the quality of the paper is…fabulous!  The pattern here and on all the cards in this notecard set correspond with the Designer Series Paper Watercolor Wonder which makes it even easier to embellish.  Here is the “Stuff ‘N Digits” for this card…


  • Paper:  Watercolor Wonder Designer Notecard (#133362, $12.95, 20 cards & 5 designs)
  • Stamps:  Geometrical (#133161, $21.95, 12 stamps, Pg. 26 Celebrate the Everyday Catalog)
  • Ink:  Island Indigo and Tangerine Tango
  • Triangle Punch (#133375, $15.95, Pg 26)
  • Dimensionals


  • None!  It’s all be done for you.

You will not be disappointed in the notecard set if you have not already ordered it.  Maybe you’ve been inspired to give them a try.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today:  “The best things in life are unseen.  That’s why we close our eyes when we kiss, laugh and dream.”

We are experiencing the big winter storm here in the south.  I’ve been busy and inky all day…yep, I’m a happy camper.  What snow?  What ice?


Paper Pumpkin Post…

Do you Paper Pumpkin?  Right now Stampin’ Up! is running the BEST deal ever.  You sign up to receive a SU! monthly kit at $19.95 and a little box of happiness arrives at your door each month..  If you sign up before February 10th, you receive not only a free welcome kit but an InColor Markers SET for FREE!  You aren’t obligated to continue with the monthly kit unless you are completely satisfied.  I’ve seen what’s coming this month and March.  Ca-Yoot!  Just click on the Paper Pumpkin ad in the right column here on my blog and sign up.

I’ll show you over the next four days what I did with my January Paper Pumpkin.  I plan to use them for Valentines.  Here’s the first card…


Is that not adorable?  Everything you need along with directions come with the card.  Of course, you can color outside the lines like I have and add your on creative to the card.  What’s really nice is the inside of the card is printed, too.  You could totally turn this card inside out to make a different card all together.

Send me a message if you have questions and I’ll be happy to fill you in.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today:  “Life is short.  Smile while you still have your teeth.”

This is appropriate for me as I spent hours in a dentist chair this week.

I’m working on some videos for you and new projects with the SAB products.  I’m inky…and I’m happy…


Envelope Punch Board Christmas Card


This cute little manila file folder Christmas card was inspired by Patty Bennett.  She has done some amazing file folder cards.

We did this one in classes  last Saturday and Monday.  Didn’t get a shot of the inside, but it has similar trimmings to the front with some white space for writing.  Using the Washi Tape made this an easy card to put together.

Here are the supplies:

  • Stamps:  Merry Little Christmas #131829, $10.95
  • Paper:  Season of Style Stack #132181, $6.95, Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock
  • Ink:  Real Red and Old Olive Markers
  • Tools:  Envelope Punch Board,  Labels Collection Franelits
  • Embellishments:  Season of Style Designer Washi Tape, Linen Thread, Rhinestones

Think this would be a good card to include a photo in and since it makes up so quickly, an excellent choice if you’re running behind this season.  I’m not say YOU are behind, but I sure am!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…”Worry less…Giggle more.”

You can’t worry and get your fingers inky at the same time.  It’s like rubbing your belly and patting your head.