Archive for September, 2012

I had the best time traveling to Chattanooga this past weekend for a Stampin’ Up! regional event!  Stamping, swapping, learning, hanging out with old friends and making new ones…and prizes, did I mention prizes?  Stampin’ Up! puts these events on at various places around the country each spring and fall, I’d highly recommend them to anyone who’s a stamping enthusiast.  Demonstrators are allowed to bring guests, so next time there’s one close by I’ll post the opportunity ahead of time and I hope YOU’LL come along!

Here is one of the projects we made during the day, it’s a fantastic little box made using the Two Tags tie that holds some small note cards.   I love how these events teach me something new every time – I have this die but I’ve never thought to make a box with it!  What a cute gift for someone who’s just made your day happy.


  • Stamp Sets:  Clockworks, One in a Million
  • Ink:  Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
  • Cardstock:  Calypso Coral, First Edition DSP, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Two Tags die, Fancy Flower punch, Gumball Green Dahlia

We used the Clockworks stamp set for each of the projects we did throughout the day.  Again, these Stampin’ Up! events make me grow a little bit.  This is a stamp set I didn’t particularly like when I saw it in the catalog, but we did three different projects with it and it grew on me a little with each new thing I made using it.  I’ll post the other two projects (AND a bunch of the fantastic swaps I received at this event!) over the next few days.

Here’s me with my fabulous downline Caren (the best Stampin’ Up! roadtrip roomie ever!) at the regional event.  We’re giddy after a whole day of stamping and getting prizes.


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Would you love to spend a Saturday with other papercrafters, playing with new products from Stampin’ Up!’s holiday catalog, receiving some of those products to take home and keep, learning new things, and making ten holiday projects (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas)?

If this sounds like a fun day, you need to sign up for our Holiday Blast!  It will be held October 13th in Huntsville, AL.

You need to hurry and register, though – all forms and payment must be received by this FRIDAY.  Don’t miss out!

Click here for more info and a registration form:  Southern Inkerbelles Holiday Blast

When you fill out your registration form, please put my name down as your demonstrator.  Invite a friend to register with you!  We are so excited about this event and hope you’ll join us!


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Have I mentioned before how I love owls?  When Stampin’ Up! came out with a hostess set in last year’s holiday mini catalog that had this little trick-or-treating owl stamp that coordinates with our Owl punch, I had to get it just for this one stamp.  The other stamps in the set are all great, but this one just grabbed me.  I am sorry to report that this set retired in January, so it is no longer available unless you can find someone selling a used set.  😦  You could use your Owl punch and create something similar out of cardstock – if any of you creative readers out there come up with anything cute, please send it in and I’ll post it!


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Snow Flurry

Here’s a great wintertime card using some great new items from the 2012 Holiday Catalog.   I make sure to do a snowflake card for my classes and workshops each holiday season.  For the past couple years I’ve been using the Northern Flurry embossing folder, but I love this year’s new Snow Flurry die and Snowflake Soiree stamp set!


  • Stamp Set:  Snowflake Soiree
  • Ink:  Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Whisper White craft ink
  • Cardstock:  Bashful Blue, Whisper White
  • Tools and Accessories:  Big Shot with Snow Flurry die, Pearls Basic Jewels, Sponge daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Tip:  To make the “snowbanks” in the foreground, I took two pieces of Whisper White cardstock and tore along one edge of each piece by hand. I sponged the torn edges using Marina Mist ink and a handy sponge dauber, and layered them as shown on the front of the card.  This is an easy technique and really gives a different look to your card.

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I am seeing cards like this all over Pinterest lately!  I love going to Pinterest for ideas when I am in a creative rut, I always find something new to try out.  Here is a very simple yet elegant Christmas card, but you could take this layout and use different paper and a different greeting and make a great card for any occasion.  I used Stampin’ Up!’s Be of Good Cheer designer series paper for a classic holiday color scheme – just cut into 1″ wide strips, cut those cute little flagged ends with scissors or  corner of a square punch, and arrange around your greeting as desired.


This card uses this fantastic 3/8″ stitched satin ribbon, which not only coordinates perfectly with the DSP, but it is part of our current “Back to Spool” promotion.  If you love this ribbon, get it free with any $40 purchase during the month of September!  It is available in each of our five newest In Colors.  I love this ribbon, I can’t wait to get myself a few more spools for free!

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A friend of mine hosted a really fun workshop this past weekend for her friends, and requested that we make a mix of holiday and birthday cards.  The first one I came up with uses one of the stamps from the Pennant Parade as an ice cream cone, topped off with scoops of ice cream (and even a glimmering cherry) made using the Cupcake punch:


Every time I use this stamp that says “Happy Birthday with a cherry on top”, I just HAVE to use that little cherry from the cupcake punch somewhere on the card.  If I have a cupcake or ice cream it goes right on top, if not then I adhere it right beside the greeting.

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We have some interesting characters in my family tree.  My great great great grandparents’s farm is on the National Register of Historic Places and there is a decent amount of written history about that branch of my family so I have always been interested in learning more about them, and my mom somehow obtained a very detailed family tree for another branch – apparently my cousin three times removed actually went to our ancestral village in Finland about twenty years ago and looked up all the records in the parish records, so there are literally people on there dating back to the 1600s with full names and dates of birth, marriage, and death.

I made an account on ancestry.com years ago and made a tree for myself with what information I had at the time, but then burned out.  I am too cheap to pay the monthly fee to actually view all the records they tease you with so I basically filled in what info I had gleaned from my parents and grandparents and the rest had big gaps in it.  However, this weekend I got an email from ancestry.com saying that it was free to view all the US census records for a period of time.  Normally I would have had other things to do and probably would not have taken the time to sit down and look at my family tree, but we had spent an entire day doing yardwork and I was ready to devote the rest of my evening to sitting on the couch.  🙂  My husband was working on research for his fantasy football draft (yes, that’s right, hours of research went into it so he could draft the best possible team…) so I thought I’d be companionable and sit down beside him with another computer and take a peek to see if any of my family members could be found in the census records.

OH MY, I found so much information.  It was fascinating!  One record led to another and another and another.  I found addresses for where my great grandparents lived a hundred years ago, I found the names of many of my grandparents’ cousins and even the names of more great great (great great) grandparents.  I now have my tree completely filled out for five generations back, and several branches up to ten generations.  So cool!

I am well aware that no one but me finds the details of all these discoveries even remotely interesting, but here is a neat way to display them in my home:

I am going to grab this cute Sweetly Nested template while the 31% off Digital sale is still going on and use My Digital Studio to fill in names and make some cute artwork for my house.  It is just $3.42 (no tax or shipping on digital downloads!) for this 8.5″x11″ printable.  (Don’t forget that you can still try My Digital Studio free for 30 days.)  You can move things around and add text to your heart’s content, or just take the easy way out and print it as is.  Many of the elements of this picture are included in the download as individual digital stamp brushes so you can use them again on other projects, change colors, etc. and really customize it to suit you.  And once you have the template, you can edit and print as many different versions as you want!

This would make such a nice wedding or anniversary gift, and would be a very special gift for a new baby.  Just print it out and pop it in a cute frame and you have a very special but very frugal gift.  I can already think of about ten people who I could make one for!

Check out the other items that are on sale for 31% off until the middle of this month HERE.

UPDATE:  I have gotten a lot of questions about this template in recent months. Unfortunately, Stampin’ Up! has discontinued all My Digital Studio products and printing services.  If you still have the My Digital Studio software you can still use it with whatever digital content you had already purchased, you will just have to save your projects as a .pdf or .jpg and have them printed elsewhere.  However, if you are looking to purchase digital content like the template pictured above, it is no longer available through my website.  I called to inquire, and since Stampin’ Up holds the copyright to these images I am not allowed to distribute them in any form.  I’m so sorry because I think this one little download is the item I have sold most in my entire career as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator.  If you need any rubber stamps, inks, or papers I’m still your girl, though.  🙂


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