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Elegant Wedding or Anniversary Card


I think this is one of my favorite cards that we'll be making at the Fancy Folds class next week.  It is so simple and elegant, perfect for those Fall weddings!

I fell in love with this Christmas card made by Kimberly Van Diepen.  So when I saw her at convention swapping, I just about fell over myself to get one of her cards!!!

I copied Kimberly's basic layout, but changed it to a gatefold card.  My background also has a lot of texture.  I used the Stampin' UP! Backgrounds I Texturz Plates.  Here's a tip---lightly spritz your cardstock with water or alcohol, then place the card stock on the Texturz Plate and run it through the Big Shot.  You'll get a much deeper dry embossed impression.

And remember, if you can't attend the class, you still have an opportunity to purchase the cards, electronic instructions, or both.  Click here for details.


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Falling Leaves Side Step Card

Sadly, this is not my own creation.  But it is one of my favorite swaps from convention!  The card was made by demonstrator Emily Turner and was based on a pattern by Patsy Waggoner.


The leaves were die cut with the Leaves #2 Originals Big Shot Die from the Autumn Traditions Designer Series Paper.  I just love all the rich colors and the dimension of this card, don't you?

We'll be making this card at my Fancy Folds class next week.  If you would like a set of the cards, electronic instructions, or both, check this post for ordering details.


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Fancy Folds Class


I'm truly thrilled with the enthusiastic response to this class.  At this point, I only have 2 more spots available in the Friday, August 28th class.  If you live in the Kokomo, IN area, be sure to reserve your spot before this Friday!

I've been contacted by several people that live too far away about whether I would offer this as a class by mail kit.  Stampin' Up! is very clear about the rules for selling kits and I don't think that this class would be suitable as a class kit by mail due to the fact that there are numerous stamp sets needed to complete the 5 card designs.

However, you can receive the set of electronic instructions only for $5.  These will arrive in your inbox on Monday, August 31st.

Electronic Instructions Only

Today, I am featuring a Tri-Shutter Fold card with the Razzle Dazzle stamp set and Razzleberry Lemonade Designer Series paper.  This card is a real stunner, and yet it is fairly simple to make.  I found another great  tutorial on SCS that helped tremendously in creating the card base.


Tomorrow, I'll feature another card from the Fancy Folds class.....stay tuned!


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One more cupcake....



Sticking with my cupcake theme, I thought I would share this fabulous card I received in a convention swap.  There was not any information on the back, so I am unsure of who to credit.  If it is yours, please let me know.

We'll be making a modified version of this card at my Fancy Folds class on Friday, August 28th.  The cost is $20 per person and includes all your supplies (except adhesive) to make 10 cards.  You must register with payment by this Friday, August 21st to reserve your spot.  I promise the other 4 card designs are  drool worthy and I'll be sharing those over the next few days. 

This type of card is called a Free-Standing Pop-Up card and there is a fabulous tutorial on SCS if you would like to learn how to make one.

This card uses the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set and features many of the new IN COLORS--Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuday Bay, Crushed Curry, and Soft Suede.

Did you know that you can substitute the stamp set(s) in either of the Stampin' Up! starter kits?

Did you know that you'll receive all of the new In Color ink pads and cardstock with either kit?

Did you know that demonstrators enjoy a 20% discount on all their own purchases?

Did you know that you can actually make money selling stamps?

I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and help you to select and customize the starter kit that is right for you.  You can email me at for more information.



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Cupcake Craziness

I promised to share this month's scrapbook club project with you after the class today.  This project is a little more involved than the layouts we typically do, but I think my ladies enjoyed doing something different.

Below is a picture of the album cover:


The base of the album was made from 3 brown paper lunch sacks.  If you have kids, you probably have some....somewhere.  I purchased the "giant size" bags from Target.  You get about 50 for less than $2.

The bags were folded in half, then layered with the open end going in different directions.  Using the crop-a-dile, we punched 3 holes along the spine of our album and tied light pink grosgrain through the holes.

The large cupcake was paper-pieced using Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo paper.  The image was stamped onto each cardstock and then the individual layers--cherry, icing, and liner--were put together.  The liner was crimped with the paper crimper to make it look a littler more realistic.  Crystal effects was used on the cherry and to adhere the pink beads or "sprinkles" onto the top of the cupcake.

Here is a peak at the inside pages:






And a peak at the pull-out pages:


I hope you've enjoyed this project.  The complete list of supplies is below if you would like to make one yourself.  And if you need to order any of the supplies, be sure to visit my Stampin' UP! website.  You can place an order anytime and have it shipped direct to you.


Stamp Sets:  Simple Birthday Thanks, Crazy for Cupcakes, Cupcakes Wheel, A Little Birthday Cheer, The More the Merrier (hostess set)

Ink Pads:  Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo

Markers:  Chocolate Chip, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron

Card Stock:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip

Paper:  Melon Mambo Patterns Designer Series Paper

Accessories:  Crystal Effects, Pink Bead Duo, 5/16" Neutral Brads, Crop-a-Dile, Scallop Edge Punch, 1" circle punch, 1-1/4" circle punch, Light Pink Grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals


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Sneak Preview


It's just not fair that I had to go back to work immediately after convention!  This past week has been so busy and I haven't had any time to post my new goodies. 

The picture above is a sneak peek of a project I'll be sharing with you tomorrow after my scrapbook club.  I'll also be offering a special promotion starting on Monday, so you'll definitely want to check back soon.

I have posted most of my pictures from convention to Facebook.  Become a Fan today!


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Pencil Case Tutorial

I made a bunch of these Halloween pencil cases for a WOW 3D swap.  I think what makes them a WOW is how little cardstock and adhesive it takes to make one.  These go together so easily and are perfect for many different occasions.

Little boo 

I have made up a tutorial that you can download here.  As I was designing the tutorial, I also made two other samples:

Apple Cupcake

If you use this tutorial, I would love to see your project as well.  Who knows?  I may even feature it in an upcoming post.

I hope you've enjoyed all of my convention swaps.  I'll be back in a few days with more creative inspiration for you.

Have a great weekend!


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So Chic

My favorite color combo from the new catalog has to be Melon Mambo, Whisper White, and Basic Black.  I guess that's not real surprising....look at my blog colors!

And my first stamp purchases from the new catalog were the French Filigree and Chic Boutique stamp sets.  So, I combined my favorite colors with my favorite stamps to create this WOW card.



 Stamp Sets:  Chic Boutique, French Filigree

Ink:  Basic Black classic ink

Paper:  Whisper White card stock, Basic Black card stock, Melon Mambo card stock

Accessories:  Melon Mambo polka dot ribbon, large oval punch, scallop oval punch, wide oval punch, crystal effects, micro beads, dimensionals

Now you can't really tell from the picture above, but what makes this a WOW card is the beaded Eiffel Tower.  I covered the tower first with a thin layer of Crystal Effects, then poured on micro beads.  This card has a lot of dimension and sparkle.


I only made 30 of these and I think I used half the container of micro beads.  A little goes a long way!

As a reminder, you have until Sunday, August 9th to  qualify for FREE shipping on orders of $35 or more.  Just email me at and I'll be placing the orders on Monday.


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Razzleberry Lemonade meets the Big Shot


Stamp Set:  Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink:  Old Olive

Paper:  Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Razzleberry Lemonade DSP

Accessories:  Simple Flower embosslit, Small Oval punch, Modern Label punch, Paper Crimper, Crushed Curry Polka-dot grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, Stampin UP backgrounds I texturz plates, Big Shot


This card is so bright and cheerful!  It has two Big Shot elements---a textured dot background on Whisper White cardstock and the Simple Flower in Pumpkin Pie.  The leaf adds some texture as well.  It was made with the small oval punch and the paper crimper.

I love the new Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and how well it fits in the Modern Label punch.  These are 2 must haves from the new catalog!

And I'm absolutely crazy about the polka-dot ribbon!!  One roll goes a long way.  I made over 30 of these cards and didn't run out!  WOW!

Tomorrow, I'll be sharing the first of my WOW swaps. You don't want to miss them!


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Christmas Already?

Okay, not yet.....but I'm getting ready.  Here is a super quick & easy card that I think you'll love!  It features the Dasher stamp, which is only $8.95!!!!  I added a greeting from Many Merry Messages, but you could easily substitute any holiday greeting.


Stamp Sets:  Dasher, Many Merry Messages

Paper:  Very Vanilla, Kraft, Real Red, and Chocolate Chip card stock

Ink:  Chocolate Chip classic ink

Accessories:  Real Red Polka-Dot grosgrain ribbon, Horizontal Slot punch, dimensionals

If you are local to the Kokomo area, you'll definitely want to mark your calendar for the Holiday Card Buffet on October 3rd.  We'll be making 40 beautiful cards that you'll be proud to send to friends & family.  Sign up today and enjoy a generous early bird discount.


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