Build-a-Bear Workshops



These are just a few of the cards we'll be making at my upcoming Build-a-Bear Stamp-a-Stack class on Friday, February 19th at 7pm.  This will also be my first class at the new Stamp Shack location---118 S. Buckeye Street, Kokomo, IN.

At this class, participants will be making 10 cards, 2 each of 5 designs, all featuring stamps and die-cuts from the Stampin' UP! Build-a-Bear collection.  I'll provide everything for the class except adhesive.  Beginners are welcome.  The cost is $20 per person and the registration fee must be received by February 12th.

Then, on Sunday, February 21st, our monthly scrapbook club will be making this adorable Build-a-Bear layout.  You can read more about scrapbook club here.  Guests are welcome to attend this class for just $15, but you must reserve your spot by February 12th.

I know that many of you are unable to attend the actual class, but you can receive a class kit to go. 

Kits to go include pre-cut card stock, ribbon, die-cuts, envelopes, and electronic instructions.  To complete the projects as shown, you will need to have the following stamp sets or another suitable set:
Beary Best Friends
Beary Best Wishes
Seal of Pawthenticity

These items may be ordered anytime on my Stampin' Up! website.

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November Classes

The Handmade Holiday Gifts class is one of my most popular classes of the year.  Participants will make the 5 gifts you see below.  I'll be sharing more information about these projects in future blog posts in case you are unable to attend.  This class is filling fast, so register today to save your spot.Hhg

WHEN:  Saturday, November 14th

TIME:  9am--noon

WHERE:  The Stamp Shack, 120 S. Buckeye Street, Kokomo, IN

COST:  $30 per person

****Must register with payment by November 7th****



There are still 2 Stamp-a-Stack classes featuring Christmas cards and this one is sure to be a lot of fun.  Participants will make 2 each of the cards you see below. 


WHEN:  Friday, November 20th

TIME:  7pm--9pm

WHERE:  The Stamp Shack, 120 S. Buckeye Street, Kokomo, IN  46902

COST: $20 per person


Customers that are unable to attend may purchase a class kit which includes the five cards shown plus electronic instructions for making the cards.  Kits must be ordered by November 20th and will ship the Monday after the class.

And this year, I will be offering a Christmas Card Cutting service to my customers.  Purchase stamps, ink, and paper from me to make your Holiday cards and I will cut your card stock for limit on the number of cards.....and at no charge to you.  An additional shipping fee may apply, but you'll only pay actual shipping charges from me to you.

I'll be sharing some holiday card ideas with you in the coming weeks.  You can pick one of my designs or we can collaborate and create a unique, one-of-a-kind card for your friends & family.

Feel free to contact me for more information at [email protected]


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Fall Occasions Stamp-a-Stack


This is one of the cards that we'll be making at the Fall Occasions Stamp-a-Stack this weekend.  Class participants will be making 10 cards, 2 each of 5 different designs.

The card above features the Autumn Splendor stamp set from the Holiday Mini Catalog.  I already have several leaf and/or tree stamp sets, but this one is definitely becoming one of my favorites!

I randomly stamped the leaves in Chocolate Chip, Really Rust, and More Mustard on the top 2/3 of Very Vanilla card stock.  I punched the circle out with the 1-3/4" circle punch, stamped the greeting from Heard from the Heart at the bottom, and tied 5/8" Chocolate grosgrain ribbon around the card stock before adhering it to the Really Rust card.

But the really neat thing about this card is the SHIMMER!!!  I stamped the maple leaf in More Mustard ink onto Very Vanilla card stock, then cut it out.  I used a Stampin' Sponge with just a tiny, tiny bit of Champagne Mist Shimmer paint to make it sparkle and shine.  So pretty!!!


Again, I've had people ask if I would do this card class as a Stamps by Mail for those unable to attend.  Because I use many different stamp sets and accessories in my classes, it would be very difficult to offer this particular class that way.  So, I'll make you the same offer as last month.....

You can order the electronic instructions only for $5 and these will be emailed to you within 24 hours/

Instuctions Only

And just in case, you need to see one more card before you order......


This card uses the same stamp set and many of the same colors, plus it features the gorgeous Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper.

Have a fabulous week!  I'll be back soon with more fabulous ideas for Fall.


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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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Today, I'm featuring the last 2 cards from my retirement Stamp-a-Stack class.  I meant to do this sooner, but my parents came for a visit and I ran out of time.

The first card was made with the stamp set, The Free and The Brave.  I used a torn piece of scrap paper to mask off a section of glossy white cardstock, then brayered color onto the corners.  Riding Hood Red and Night of Navy classic ink was used.  I allowed the cardstock to dry for a few minutes, then stamped the image with Night of Navy ink onto the glossy white cardstock.



Here is the list of supplies:

*items available while supplies last or until June 30th

Stamp Set:  The Free and The Brave*

Ink:  Riding Hood Red*, Night of Navy

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Glossy White, Kraft, Riding Hood Red*, Night of Navy

Accessories:  Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon*, Brayer, Dimensionals



This next card was by far my favorite!  I'm not sure that I'm going to part with this stamp's just too cute!

The background was wheeled with the See You Around jumbo wheel.  The lion image was stamped 3 times---full strength in More Mustard, stamped off one time in More Mustard, and full strength in Pumpkin Pie.  I then pieced the lion together to add dimension.

A Chocolate Chip marker was used to add accents to the giraffe and lion.


Stamp Sets:  Wild About You*, See You Around Jumbo Wheel*

Ink:  More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie

Paper:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories:  Jumbo Handle, Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, Chocolate Chip marker, Dimensionals


On a final note, my catalogs will be arriving on Thursday, June 25th.  I will be mailing catalogs to out-of-town customers on Friday.  Local customers may pick up a copy at my office on Friday during business hours (9am--noon, 3pm--5pm).   There is also a Garage Sale scheduled for July 11th from 9am--noon at the stamp shack and you are welcome to pick up your catalog then.

You will be able to view all the catalogs online this year, but for those of you that prefer a hard copy, I am offering a subscription service.  By signing up for the catalog subscription, you will receive the following:

·         2009-2010 IDEA BOOK & CATALOG July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010

·         2009 DÉCOR ELEMENTS BROCHURE July 1, 2009 - ?

·         HOLIDAY MINI CATALOG September 1, 2009 - January 4, 2010

·         OCCASIONS MINI CATALOG Jan 5 - April 30, 2010

·         SUMMER MINI CATALOG May 1 - August 31, 2010

Your subscription fee of $12 will provide you with the catalogs & brochures listed above, as well as any other brochures that may become available.  Use the Paypal button below to start your subscription today.

FREE Catalog Subscriptions are available to club members and anyone that hosts a Stampin' Up! workshop with me.  Check out the Club Page for more details.

If you would like to host a Stampin' Up! Workshop in your home here in the Kokomo area with me as your demonstrator - sharing great stamping projects with your friends - I'll be sending you a catalog FREE!



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Two Friends are Better than One!

Today's card features not one, but TWO retiring stamp sets:  Doodle This and Hugs & Wishes!  I created the flower image by using the Embossed Reinker Spread technique (try saying that fast three times!).  Patty Bennett has a wonderful video tutorial on her blog, so check it out.  I was a bit heavy handed with my reinkers on this card, but the effect was still lovely.  I cut out two flowers, then layered them together with a gold brad.  They shimmer, too!



Here is the list of supplies:

*items available while supplies last or until June 30th

Stamp Sets:  Doodle This, Hugs & Wishes

Ink: Versamark, Basic Black

Paper:  Shimmery White Cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Tangerine Tango cardstock

Accessories:  Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Aqua Painters, Summer Sun & Tangerine Tango reinkers, Gold brad, Dimensionals

Doodlethis   Hugswishes

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Another Old Friend

Today I'm going to introduce you to Heartfelt Thanks.  Demonstrators received this stamp set at convention several years ago and new demonstrators have received this stamp set in their starter kits for at least the last two years.  It is a great set, very versatile and so simple to use.  You are sure to find tons of samples online made with this stamp set.



Here is the list of supplies:

*items available while supplies last or until June 30th

Stamp Set:  Heartfelt Thanks*

Ink:  Pacific Point*, Kiwi Kiss*

Paper:  Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss*, Pacific Point*

Accessories:  Kiwi Kiss striped grosgrain*, dimensionals


Heartfelt thanks 

I have also updated my blog with information on Stamp Club, Scrapbook Club, and subscribing to receive upcoming catalogs.  Just click on the links at the top of the page to learn more.


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Goodbye to Some Old Friends

This week, I am going to introduce you to a few of my "old friends" before they retire and go away forever.  I've been having a bit of a creative block lately, but I had to design 5 cards for my Stamp-a-Stack class last week.  I decided to use all retiring stamp sets and I forgot how much I once loved them.....a few of them had a very thick layer of dust on their cases.  The great thing is that I fell in love all over again and I think that my creative MOJO is returning.  Hopefully I can inspire some of you to dust off those old, forgotten stamp sets and fall in love all over again.  Or maybe, you'll find something that you can't live without and have to order it before June 30th.

Check out the Last Chance List to view a complete listing of the retiring stamp sets.



The first card I'm featuring was made with the Big Bold Birthday stamp set.  It has so many mix & match pieces and you can use it for just about anyone's birthday.

Here is the list of supplies:

*items available while supplies last or until June 30th

Stamp Set:  Big Bold Birthday*

Ink:  Close to Cocoa, Pink Pirouette*

Paper:  Very Vanilla cardstock, Close to Cocoa cardstock, Pink Pirouette cardstock*, Riding Hood Red Cardstock*, Candy Lane Designer Series Paper

Accessories:  1-1/4" Pink Pirouette Grosgrain Ribbon, Heart to Heart punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Big Bold Birthday


Big Bold Birthday   Item #114926  
Price: $28.95

A birthday party should never be a timid affair. Set the festive mood by sending invitations featuring the images and wishes of the Big Bold Birthday stamp set. This Two-Step Stampin' set will help you decorate your birthday in style.

Set Quantity: 13

I have four more cards to share with you this week, so stay tuned.  And remember, you can place an order anytime by visiting my Stampin' Up! website.

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Here For You

I hope you've enjoyed the sneak peek at this week's Stamp-a-Stack cards.  This one is definitely my favorite!!!


The background was wheeled with Night of Navy ink using the Friendly Words jumbo wheel.  The flourish and "here for you" are from the Friends 24-7 stamp set.  Both images were stamped with Night of Navy ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  The greeting was punched out with the designer label punch.  I cut one end off the Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware with my neglected Craft & Rubber scissors, then tied navy grosgrain ribbon onto the other end.  As a finishing touch, I used a stampin' sponge to add color to the edges of the cardstock.

Happy Stampin'



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Another Stamp-a-Stack Preview


Here is another card that we will be making at the Stamp-a-Stack class on Friday night.  I used the Friends 24-7 stamp set and Bella Bleu designer series paper again....just changed the colors up a little.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Fold 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" Very Vanilla cardstock in half to create card base.
  2. Adhere 4" x 5-1/4" Kraft cardstock to front of Very Vanilla card.
  3. Cut Bella Bleu designer series paper to 2" x 4" and adhere to bottom portion of Kraft cardstock.
  4. Die cut 2 Scallop Oval Frames--one in Chocolate Chip and one in Very Vanilla
  5. Ink floral stamp with Chocolate Chip ink, stamp off one time, and then stamp in center of Very Vanilla oval.
  6. Stamp "the happiest business...." in Chocolate Chip ink (full strength) on top of floral image.
  7. Adhere Chocolate Chip scallop oval to front of card first, then adhere Very Vanilla oval. 

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