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Louisville Regional Seminar

Over the weekend, I attended the Stampin' Up! regional seminar in Louisville, Kentucky.  A couple of my downline members went with me and I had the pleasure of meeting some of my online friends.  We learned so many new techniques and I really can't wait to try them all!

This is one of my favorite cards that was demonstrated on stage and I thought it would be fitting to share it with you today.

Now this card is way over the top and probably a lot more work than I would ever do, but it is SO COOL!  It was hard to get a clear picture because of all the glitter.

I've added many of my pics to my FACEBOOK page and have tried to share details about the different techniques.  Be sure to check them out and LIKE my page while you are there.

It's going to be a busy week on the blog....I'll be announcing a new online class on Wednesday, the SUDSOL blog tour is on Thursday, and the opening day for UStamp with Dawn & Friends Knock Out Punches is Friday.  And I'll have even more announcements next week, so stay tuned!

Happy Stampin'



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No Tricks, Just Sweet Treats


Now I know you've heard me say this before, but I have been super busy.  There has been a whole lotta stampin' going on.....I just can't show you yet.

So, it's times like these when I am so thankful for My Digital Studio.  I'm going out of town for the weekend and I've just ran out of time to create treats for my daughter's preschool class on Monday. 

MY DIGITAL STUDIO to the rescue!!!!

I found this adorable Spooky Treats Digital Download and I knew it could do the trick.....or should I say treats?  This download kit includes a 15-piece stamp brush set, seven Designer Series Paper patterns, four embellishments, one punch, and a three-page 8-1/2" x 11" treat template. Coordinating colors include Basic Black, Lucky Limeade, Pumpkin Pie, and Whisper White.




Spooky Treats Designer Template Digital Download

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I used 2 of the templates and printed them on my home ink-jet printer---one is a candy bar wrapper and the other template is a set of 12 Candy Collars (for suckers, straws, pixie sticks, etc.).  I printed the candy bar wrappers onto plain typing paper so that they would wrap around the bars nicely.  The candy collars were printed onto Whisper White card stock and cut out with scissors.  I wrapped them around pencils placed in the 1" cello bags, adhering the ends with mini glue dots.

The box was created using a template from the Savor the Season CD (available to hostesses through December 31, 2011).  I simply changed the paper to one from the Spooky Treats Digital Download.  I added just a few punched pieces, tied ribbon around 3 Reese's pumpkins, and voila!

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One of the things I love about using Digital products is the instant gratification.  You simply purchase the downloads in my online store, and then you can download them immediately!  You can create fun treats like these in a matter of minutes.

If you have any questions about My Digital Studio, feel free to contact me or check out  for online training and samples.

Happy Stampin'



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It's a GOOD Day.....


What a nice surprise to wake up to winning the sketch challenge on Mojo Monday!  I'm also very flattered to have had this card featured on Tiffany Bauer's My Crafty Picks and Nancy Riley's Ipicks.  If you check out any of these links, you'll see that I am in very good creative company!


Today is also the day that my project is featured on UStamp with Dawn and Friends Paper Parade.  For this session of UStamp, each designer had to create a project based on one style of Designer Series Paper.  I was a little scared to create projects with the Neutrals Designer Series Paper stack, but I added a small pop of color to keep the cards interesting.

The complete step-by-step instructions for this project are available by joining UStamp.  You'll also find more than 40 other tutorials that are simply amazing! 

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Fall has arrived

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love this time of year!  The leaves are turning, there is a slight chill in the air, and it is just beautiful outside. 

Driving around today, I was inspired to pull out the Gently Falling stamp set and Spice Cake Designer Series Paper.  I originally thought that these colors were an unusual color combination for Fall projects, but it is perfect---the blue actually matches the clear skies we've had this week.

I decided to use the Mojo 209 Sketch as my starting point.  It's been awhile since I've been able to participate in a challenge and I always love the Mojo Monday sketches.  They really stretch my creativity!

STAMP SETS:  Gently Falling, Thank You Kindly

INK:  Soft Suede

PAPER:  Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Pool Party, More Mustard, Spice Cake Designer Series paper

ACCESSORIES:  Soft Suede 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Antique Brads, Big Shot, Finial Press Embossing Folder, Designer Frame Embossing Folder, Eyelet Border punch, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, Sponges, Dimensionals



For the greeting, I stamped "thanks" in the center of the embossed Designer Frame.  The edges of the frame were sponged with Soft Suede ink and Champagne Mist shimmer paint.


Aren't the leaves gorgeous?  I stamped the images onto More Mustard, Pool Party, and Soft Suede cardstock with Soft Suede ink.  Each leaf was carefully cut out, then sprayed with a mixture of Champagne Mist shimmer paint and alcohol.  I keep the shimmer paint mixture in a small mister bottle--it is wonderful for adding a soft shimmer to your special projects.  I need to remember to keep some on hand for the holidays!

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Gearing up....

Well, the first craft show of the season is coming up this Saturday and I'm scrambling to make some more goodies.  One of the projects I'll be making is a cute anti-bacterial holder.  You can purchase the sanitizers at Bath & Body Works and the Halloween ones are on sale 8 for $5! 

My fellow demonstrator, Tiffany Cline, is going to be participating with me in this weekend's craft fair.  She's had a bit of a head start on her crafting, so I thought I would show you some of the holders that she has made.


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Now I know you are going to want to check out the tutorial for making these holders.  They are so easy to make!  My fellow demonstrator and UStamp designer, Erica Cerwin, created an amazing step-by-step tutorial on her blog.  Be sure to leave her some love and comments!

Have a great week!  Happy Stampin'


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