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May 2014

Out of the Box Card - Stamp Club Project

DSCN4376Hi Everyone! What fun we had a Stamp Club last night making this card. It's the Out of the Box technique where an image seems to be jumping off the page! It will be my Technique Tuesday video Tutorial!


  1. Stamp image
  2. Take Framelit Die and position over image. Let a section hang “out of the box” or frame.
  3. With pencil, trace on the INSIDE of Framelit where image that will overhang and framelit meet. Apprx. ¼”. Repeat on other side.
  4. Remove Framelit.
  5. With paper snips, trim out overhang area. (DO NOT trim on pencil outline)
  6. With paper snips, cut SLIGHTLY into the image where the intersection of image and line meet.
  7. Die cut image making sure to tread on the outside of the framelit the overhang area.
  8. Layer and it appears to come Out of the Box!

DSCN4371Items used to make this card:

Stamps: Swallowtail
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: StazOn Black, Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write Marker
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Ovals Collection Framelits, Decorative Dots Embossing folder (available June 2)
Accessories: Dazzling Details glitter glue.


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Sea Street Sneak Peek


 DSCN4365Hi Everyone! In just a few days, (June 2nd at noon MT) the NEW 2014-2015 Stampin' UP! catalog and product lines will be available. Sea Street Stamp set is a super cute sea creature set that is youthful and full of summer fun. Marine Time Designer Paper coordinates with the set! (love that!)

Other items used:
Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Real Read, Night of Navy
Accessories: Crystal Effects

Note how Crystal Effects 'raises' the sea creatures for an interesting element! It also makes it look wet! They are sea creatures after all {wink}. Enjoy this peek into what's coming and


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Start Your Stampin' UP! Journey

JoinandsaveHi Everyone! For a limited time you can join Stampin’ Up! for just $50! This amazing opportunity will only last until June 30, 2014, so take what you already love doing—stamping and crafting—and make a little money while you're at it!

When you join Stampin’ Up! during this limited-time offer, you’ll receive: 

  • $55 US worth of products
  • A 30 percent discount on your first order*
  • A 20 percent discount on all your orders
  • Free Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • Free entrance to our annual Convention* (must be registered by the 20th of June)

Create friendships that will last forever and enjoy the benefits of fun, friends, and creativity—become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator today.

(PS - If your New Cattie Wish List is over $50...why not join and take advantage of the everyday discount! No futher obligations and you can enjoy all the perks for about 4 months.)

PLEASE email me anytime at if you have questions. Please ask me your burning questions {wink} and, if you wish to talk, please leave you phone number and the best time to return your call.

Take care and

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Technique Tuesday - Kissing Technique with Stamps

DSCN4354Hi Everyone! Let's "kiss" the 2012-2014 In Colors goodbye by using the Kissing Technique on this card! That group of In Colors will be retiring on June 2nd. I admit, I wasn't sure about Summer Starfruit when it was introduced. But it really grew on me and I found myself reaching for it ;)

Kissing Technique general instructions:

Ink a solid image stamp with the lightest color ink.
Ink a background stamp with the darkest color ink.
Press the solid stamp onto the background stamp.
Stamp image on cardstock.

DSCN4353Materials Used:
Stamps: Happy Watercolor, Hardwood
Ink: 2012-2014 Colors of Sumer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green
Paper: Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: 3/8" Stitched Ribbon in Sumer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green

Video Tutorial on the Kissing Techniqe and card

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May Team Swaps - Over-the-top Femine

DSCN4347Hi Everyone! Here are most of my team's (the Designer Paper Dolls) May swaps. They are such over-achievers :) Theme was over the top femine and they WOWed me!

Top Row: Lisa's screen card. Woozie! sums it up best. I don't know how I missed this card layout before and it's definitely on my radar now! Can't wait to try it myself.

2nd Row - left to right
Rita's lattice card. all the layers to make this WOW. Lattice Die is a retiring item. It does look like a garden lattice with flowers and a butterfly!

Summer's pop out box card.Spring into happiness I say! What a great gift card and the Fresh Print Designer Paper makes for the coordinated color pallet. Love how she built up the flowers! Super cute!!!

Linda's card. CLEVER! to use vellum paper to make a clear mason jar out of the die set from last holiday catalog. And I love how she used the Hardwood background stamp on pink to keep it country yet femine.

Here's the cards up close!

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TIP! But WAIT until May 28th to do so! Stampin' UP! is having a Sign and Save promotion. Join for only $50!

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Spiral Flower Die Card - Keep the Spiral!

DSCN4341Hi Everyone! Here's a card that uses Spiral Flower Originals Die 129379 2 ways - as an element and rolled up as a flower!

And you may have spied a new punched flower! It's from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack 133787 available June 2nd!

It's my May team swap card. Theme was over the top feminie. Wait til you see what the Designer Paper Dolls' creations look like tomorrow. WOW is an understatement!

Other Materials Used:

Paper: Cardstock: Baked Brown Suger, Coastal Cabana, Real Red. Fresh Prints Designer Series Paper Stack:
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories: Basic Pearl Jewels.

 Retired List Blowout!

Retired BlowoutThey are while supplies last! Check them out here!

And here are the listings on what's on sale in a convenient PDF:

Download Retiring Stamps Blowout Sale

Download Retiring Accessories Blowout Sale

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Project Life by Stampin' UP! My 10 Minute Double-Page Layouts

DSCN4330Hi Everyone! First..are these not the cutest of the cutie-pies!? My great-nephews :)

I'm Project Lifing (new verb LOL) once a week. And I Facebook stalk my family for photos. {smile} When I came upon my nephews' fun day, I just had to PL it!

MY GOAL - get the photos and journaling done - then go back to embellish if desired.

Here's my method - no right or wrong. And it takes me 10 minutes to do!

  • Upper Left Hand Corner - Title Page
  • Insert Photos - trim if needed.
  • Pick inserts - journal at least once on page.
  • Done! Click on thumbnails to see progress.


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 Here's what the double-page looks like:
And here's a layout I did for hubby's book:


I'm happy to have it recorded and again, I can always go back to add do-dads!

Project Life by Stampin' UP! items used:




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NEW! In This Together & Blendabilities


DSCN4316Hi Everyone! Playing with some of my new stampin' items from the 2014-2015 Annual catalog. In This Together (wood 133866, clear 133869) stamp set, Lullaby Designer Paper 133695, and...drum roll please....Blendabilities Makers! Available June 2!

Blendabilities are alcohol based markers that allow for, yes, superior blending and vibrant color.

As the saving goes, you have to master the basics to make a master piece. And that's what I'm doing as a first time alcohol marker user. This image is my first attempt.

DSCN4317As you can see :) it's not perfect but that's the point of me sharing it with you. Practice makes perfect and I'm sure we'll all learn and progress together. (PS - I still really like this card!)

Other items used:
Paper: Whisper White, NEW Hello Honey, Bermuta Bay
Blendabilites Sets: Skin Tones, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry, Color Lifter
Tools: Big Shot, Starburst Framelits Dies, stapler
Accessories: NEW 3/8" Stitched Ribbon Hello Honey

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