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Sent with Love

Mystery Hostess Online Workshop going on now!  Click here for details.

Stampin' Up! told us at Leadership conference that they would be introducing a lot of new products and promotions in the coming months.  Boy!  They weren't kidding!

Today, I wanted to share with you a fun card duo featuring the Sent with Love bundle.


These are 3" x 3" cards with matching envelopes.  Yes, we sell envelopes that size!  Aren't they fun?


Wouldn't this be cute for a new baby?

Now, you might be wondering where to find this stamp set and paper since they aren't in any of our catalogs.  Well, it is a special bundle that is available until April 30th only.  Here are the details:


You can order these items in my online store.

To see more samples made with the Sent with Love bundle, click here.

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From Clean & Simple to Vintage

I'm finally starting to get my voice back, so I have a new video tutorial for you today.  I absolutely love the new Stampin' Distress tool and many of my customers ordered it after we made these cards with the Feeling Sentimental stamp set.

I started with the Clean & Simple version of the card shown below:


Then, using the exact same stamps, ink, and paper, we distressed & sponged the card to give it a vintage look.


Check out the video below to see how easy it is to age & distress your paper.

MelissaRecipeGraphicSTAMP SET:  Feeling Sentimental

INK:  Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso

PAPER:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper, Parkers Patterns Designer Series Paper

ACCESSORIES:  Naturals 7/16" Trim Ribbon, Naturals Designer Buttons, Linen Thread, Stampin' Distress Tool, Stampin' Sponge, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip*

*I found that the Natural Ribbon adhered best with Sticky Strip.

The Feeling Sentimental stamp set is one of the items you can get for FREE during Sale-a-Bration with a $50 purchase.  It's hard to believe, but there is only one month left for this annual promotion.  This stamp set will not be available after March 22nd, so don't delay in getting your orders in.

If you would like to host an online workshop or catalog show to earn more FREE products, just email me for more information at [email protected]

All products shown may be ordered in my online store.

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Demonstrator Shoebox Swap

This year, I have made a commitment to my downline to have more meetings and more fun!  One of the things that demonstrators really enjoy is stamping and one of the best ways to stamp is a shoebox swap.  Each demonstrator that signs up for the swap prepares a project for everyone  to create.  What is nice is that you only have one project to prep, but you walk away with a bunch of great new ideas.

Our last swap was small (just 6 of us plus a guest), but we had a blast!  Here are a few of the cards that we made.





You'll notice that the 3 bottom cards use a similar color pattern.  All of the cards feature the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper which is one of the FREE items you can receive during Sale-a-Bration with a $50 purchase.

Sale-a-Bration is also a great time to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  For just $99, you'll receive your choice of $156.50 worth of product plus all of the great benefits of being a demonstrator.  Contact me today if you would like more information.  Of course if you are ready, you can JOIN TODAY!

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Oh, I am so excited to announce the 2 winners of my Valentine's Blog Candy! 

Congratulations to

Kristy Inmon Cook


Kivonne Tucker

Please email me at [email protected] with your address and I'll get your prizes to you right away.

And thank you to EVERYONE that took the time to leave a comment or pin my projects.  I wish I could give all of you a prize!

Here is one final Valentine's Day card.  I created this several weeks ago, but never got around to sharing it.  I love the More Amore Designer Series Paper!  The starburst pattern is a great way to showcase a variety of papers.  I may have to add that to my "video to do list."  Is this a technique you would like to see?


STAMP SET:  Delightful Dozen

INK:  Basic Gray

PAPER:  Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals, Pool Party, More Amore Designer Series Paper

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot, Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Extra-large Oval punch, Owl Builder punch (heart), Primrose Patterns 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

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Printable Valentine Coupons for you

Well, I had the best intentions of getting a new video shot and posted today.  However, I woke up with a bit of a scratchy throat and the threat of losing my voice.  My husband said I should do the video anyway....that my viewers might like my "Barry White" voice.  Um, no.

So I decided to whip up some Valentine coupons with My Digital Studio.  I plan to slip a coupon in my daughter's lunch box tomorrow, give one to my teenage son, and one to my hubby.  The kids will receive "A trip to the ice cream shop".  We don't have ice cream often, so they'll see that as a special treat.  I might also give them a "movie date with Mom" (or dad) coupon.

I thought my blog readers might like to have some of these coupons for Valentine's Day, too.  Click Here to download the pdf file.  Simply print them on Whisper White card stock, cut apart, and fill out.

If you use these coupons, I would love for you to leave me a comment about who will be receiving them.

Preview of Love Coupons

Tomorrow, I'll be announcing my Valentine's Day blog candy winners.  There is still time to enter.  Read all about it here.


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The Tardis Stamp & Mojo 280

As I was perusing some message boards today, I noticed that people have been asking about a TARDIS stamp.  (If you aren't familiar with what a TARDIS is, just click here to be in the know.)  I had to laugh because I have quite a few Facebook friends that are big fans of Dr. Who, so I immediately knew which stamp set that people were wanting to know about.

Feeling SentimentalIt is called Feeling Sentimental and it is one of the FREE Sale-a-Bration items you can get with a $50 order.  I immediately fell in love with this stamp set and I've used it on several cards that I'll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.  Today's card was created using the Mojo Monday 280 Sketch.

STAMP SET:  Feeling Sentimental

INK:  Cherry Cobbler

PAPER:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Parker's Patterns Designer Series Paper, First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper

ACCESSORIES:  Scallop Edge Border Punch, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Silver Basics Designer Buttons, Dimensionals

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New Video Tutorial: Chalkboard Technique

I've got a new video for you today on the Chalkboard technique.  This is such a popular trend right now and it is so easy to do!


As promised, here are the measurements for the card shown in the video:

  • Whisper White:  5" x 7", scored at 3-1/2"
  • Basic Black:  3-1/4" x 4-3/4" plus a scrap for stamped piece
  • Patio Party DSP:  1-1/4" x 4" (pink), 2-1/4" x 2-1/4" (yellow), and 3/4" x 2" (blue)


To make the card, you will need the following:

  • 107311    Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes (20)   $5.95
  • 121045    Basic Black Card Stock    $6.95
  • 126916    Patio Party Designer Series Paper    $10.95
  • 101731    Whisper White Craft Pad    $7.50
  • 101650    Stamping Sponges    $3.50
  • 132929    Best of Birthdays Stamp Set    $14.95
  • 119859    Extra-Large Oval Punch    $16.95
  • 119869    1/2" Circle Punch    $5.95
  • 126844    Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon    $8.95
  • 129388    Soda Pop Tops    $3.95
  • 105021    White Gel Pen    $3.95
  • 103083    Embossing Buddy    $5.95
  • 129053    Heat Tool    $29.95
  • 109132    White Embossing Powder    $4.75

All of these products can be ordered in my online store.  And don't forget, you'll get a FREE Sale-a-Bration with every $50 purchase and hostess benefits on orders of $150 or more!  It's a great time to shop!

You'll be able to create 20 cards with the supplies listed above.  To make more, just add another package of the Note Cards & Envelopes.  Here is one more design to inspire you.....





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Best of Birthdays Chalkboard Card

As part of Stampin' Up's 25-year anniversary celebration, they are bringing back some favorite stamp images from the last quarter century and combining them into 12 sets, which will release-one set per month-during 2013. Even better, along with some great classic images, each "Best of" set will also include a never-before-seen image!

Today, I'm using the new image from the Best of Birthdays stamp set using the Mojo Monday 279 Sketch.  You've probably seen this chalkboard technique on other cards's a really HOT trend!

I'll have a video tutorial on this card by the end of the week.  The pretty papers are from the Patio Party Designer Series Paper pack.  I used the 1/2" circle punch to punch out a cupcake from one of the patterned papers, then adhered it inside a small soda pop top (I love these things!). 


STAMP SET:  Best of Birthdays

INK:  Versamark, Whisper White Craft

PAPER:  Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes, Basic Black, Patio Party Designer Series paper

ACCESSORIES:  Primrose Petals Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/2" Circle Punch, Extra-Large Oval Punch, Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, White Gel Pen, Soda Pop Tops, Stampin' Sponge, Dimensionals


Did you know.....

As a special incentive to collect the Best of stamps, Stampin' Up is including a collector's card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker with every Best of set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.

January Best of Birthdays Flyer

February Best of Love Flyer

Download the Collector's Card


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Need a little SUNSHINE?

Well, it looks like we are going to have a week of snow in my neck of the woods.  I'm not much of a cold weather gal, so I decided to bring the sunshine into my stamp room.  For the layout, I used the Mojo Monday 278 Sketch.

This card could easily be a non-traditional Valentine's Day card.  I love the little pop of color from the red heart....which happened by accident.  I had originally stamped the sun image from the Spring Sampler stamp set, but it didn't really stand out.  So, I decided to add a punched heart over the image. 


And don't you just LOVE the Sunshine stamp?  It is part of the limited edition Single Stamps offered by Stampin' UP!  You can view the rest of the collection here.

STAMP SETS:  Sunshine, Spring Sampler

INK:  Basic Black, Daffodil Delight

PAPER:  Whisper White, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Parker's Patterns Designer Series Paper, Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper, Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper

ACCESSORIES:  Big Shot, Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Soda Pop Tops, 1" Circle punch, 1/2" Circle punch, Small Heart Punch, Scallop Edge Border punch, Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, White Gel pen, Dimensionals


If you are wondering how to flatten the Soda Pop Tops so that they will fit on a card, check out this post and video tutorial.

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