Make beautiful fall invitation postcards in merely seconds!

Making good-looking postcards takes a little finesse because you can’t have any layers to get caught in the mail sorting machine.  Today I’m going to show you how to make beautiful fall invitation postcards in merely seconds with the Stampin’ Up! Letterpress Winter and For All Things Stamp Sets!

 If the video is not displaying properly, watch my Letterpress Winter and For All Things card tutorial here.

Make a beautiful fall invitation postcard.Masking is such a cool technique.  It’s always exciting to pull off the mask to reveal what’s underneath.   Masking let the Letterpress Winter frame “sit” on top of the leaves giving us the look of a layer without adding a layer.  Sure makes for a pretty one-layer only card.

Letterpress Winter and For All Things Stamp Sets are both from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  If you want to order either or both of these stamp sets, remember that tomorrow, September 30, is the last day to redeem your discount on all your Holiday Catalog purchases in my online store for correctly answering my Holiday Catalog Contest question!

 The stamping supplies are shown below.


Fall Invitation Postcard Supplies


My Holiday Catalog Contest ends Tuesday, September 30! Redeem your discount on all your Holiday Catalog purchases by placing your order by September 30 in my online store!


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 You never know when you’ll need to make invitations.  You just saw easy it is to line up the You’re Invited in the swirly frame of the Letterpress Winter Stamp Set.

Stampin’ Up! is celebrating World Cardmaking Day with a Special!

Save 20% on select Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets!The special Stampin’ Up! is having for World Cardmaking Day is only for seven days!  It’s the Stamp, Stock and Save Special.  Still waiting on the full details, but I can tell you five stamp sets pictured below (your choice of wood mount or clear mount) will be 20% off  October 1 – 6 only in my online store  That’s the stamp and save part of the sale.  There will also be select ink, paper, envelopes and adhesive at 15% off!  That’ll be the stock up part.  Can hardly wait to see what will be on sale.  Stampin’ Up! chose the categories – ink, paper, envelopes & adhesive –  that we use the most.  We’ll be able to stock up on and save money on our cardmaking!

Stamp, Stock & Save October 1 – October 6

A note about the Playful Pennants Stamp Set.  There is Playful Pennants Bundle that includes the stamp set and Petite Pennants Builder Punch.  If you do not yet own the Petite Pennants Builder Punch, you will save more money purchasing the bundle than you will purchasing the stamp set at 20% off and the punch separately.   The bundle gives you 15% off of both.  The Playful Pennants Clear Mount Bundle is $28.75.  The purchase the stamp set and punch during the sale will cost $30.51.  It isn’t a huge difference, but every little bit of savings helps.

If you already have the Petite Pennants Builder Punch and have had your eye on the Playful Pennants Stamp Set, you’ll want to order it in my online store October 1 – October 6 to save 20%.

What stock up products are you hoping to see in the Stamp, Stock and Save sale?  Paper and envelopes are always good.  The three adhesives I use on virtually every project are SNAIL Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots and Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I’d love to see them included because you know I’ll be stocking up!


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My Holiday Catalog Contest discount is through September 30 only!  If you’ve answered my Holiday Catalog Contest question (What is the name of the stamp set pictured on page 9 of the 2014Holiday Catalog), you’ve won 5% off all your Holiday Catalog purchases through September 30.  That only gives you two more days to redeem!  Then October 1 – 6 you will be able to save on the stamp sets pictured above and select Stampin’ Up! paper, envelopes, adhesive and inks in my online store!


Own all the Designer Papers from the 2014 Holiday Catalog!

You can own all the designer papers from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog with the
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Holiday Catalog Designer Series Paper & Ribbon Share!
Your opportunity to have a generous portion of all the Holiday Designer Series Papers and/or Ribbons at a fraction of the price!
But, there’s only one share left!  It’s ready to ship now!  See all that’s included.  You can also add the ribbon share and pay no additional shipping!
You’ve probably been seeing all the beautiful papers and ribbons everywhere.  Get your share before it’s gone!
Holiday Designer Series Paper & Ribbon Share
Twelve 6″ x 6″ sheets (1 of each of the 12 patterns)

Specialty Designer Series Paper:

  • Under the Tree – Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Whisper White
  • All is Calm – Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper:
  • Nordic Noel - Baked Brown Sugar, Calypso Coral, Garden Green, Real Red, Soft Sky, Whisper White
  • Santa & Co. - Basic Black, Hello Honey, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Real Red, Soft Suede, Whisper White
  • Color Me Autumn - Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Whisper White
  • Motley Monsters – Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White

Designer Series Paper Stack – 1 each of 24 patterns in 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ sheets (half of the package!)

  • Trim the Tree - Cherry Cobbler, Crisp Cantaloupe, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Pistachio Pudding, Sahara Sand, Whisper White


Holiday Designer Series Paper Share (inc. Priority Mail Shipping): $34.95


Holiday Ribbon Share


Cherry Cobbler 1″ Sheer Linen Ribbon - 2 yards
Real Red 3/8″ Satin Woven Ribbon – 2 yards
Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Silky Taffeta Ribbon – 2 yards
Natural & Old Olive Two-Tone Trim – 2 yards

White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim – 2 yards

Holiday Ribbon Share (including First Class shipping): $13.95



Want it all? Yes! Order both and save!


Holiday Catalog Designer Series Paper & Ribbon Share (including Priority Mail shipping): $45.90

How to order your Holiday Designer Series Paper and/or Ribbon Share:

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Comment left by Linda from Nevada about a previous Stampin’ Up! Catalog Ribbon/Paper Share:

Just received my 2012 Paper/Ribbon Share from Shelly and have only one thing to say: F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S-! It’s even better than last year’s offering! LOVE LOVE LOVE how organized everything is. There’s no guesswork and no wondering what the ribbon colors are or what the name of a particular collection of designer paper is. Everything is clearly labeled and wonderfully packaged. THANKS AGAIN, Shelly, for offering another spectacular share!

Love the snowflakes in the Stampin’ Up! Endless Wishes Set!

Stampin' Up! Endless Wishes CardLast year I wasn’t the only one to fall in love the with cute snowflakes from the Stampin’ Up! Endless Wishes Stamp Set.  To be more precise, I was gaga over the clean and simple card made by the Stampin’ Up! artist that designed the stamp set.  So simple and so stinkin’ cute.

At that time, photopolymer stamp sets were only while supplies last because they were made by a vendor.  And the supplies of Endless Wishes sold out in merely days.  Many a stamper was disappointed.  I can’t imagine how many stampers were thrilled to see Endless Wishes in the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog now that Stampin’ Up! is manufacturing their own photopolymer sets now.

How do you like the green mixed in with the blues?  A little unexpected, a lot pretty.  All the colors are from the All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper.  The green is my favorite green, Pear Pizzazz.  The blues are Soft Sky and Lost Lagoon.  There’s even a little Smoky Slate added in.   All the ink pad colors will be pictured lower in the post along with all the other stamping supplies used to make my Endless Wishes card.

A note about the White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  If you purchased any after August 28 – September 25, 2014, please check your embossing powder by embossing a stamped image.  Apparently some Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powders were mistakenly labeled White because they look very much alike.  If you ordered white from me and have clear embossing powder instead, let me know right away so I can get it replaced.

You no longer have to worry that Endless Wishes will sell out in days, but it is a limited-edition stamp set and available only through January 5, 2015.  That sounds like a long time off, but as a friend says once Labor Day comes it’s a slippery slope to Christmas.  She’s right.  It’ll seem like before we blink it will be Christmas.  I recommend you order Endless Wishes now in my online store!

Endless Wishes Card Supplies List

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 There are many sayings in addition to the adorable snowflates with the Stampin’ Up! Endless Wishes Stamp Set.

Founder’s Circle 2014: Day 4

Snow Flakes Team with Nordic Noel Tree Day 4 at Founder’s Circle was a free day until 4PM.  Our big final event was a service project.  We made ornaments, wrapped packages and decorated three Christmas trees that will be donated to the Festival of Trees.  We were told trees have sold for as high as $24,000!  And we got to be a part of it. My team, the Snow Flakes, made star button ornaments and decorated white houses for the Nordic Noel tree.  I have a slew of pictures showing off the ornaments and the ornaments in the Christmas trees for you.  If you weren’t in the Christmas spirit yet, this will do it! From the ornaments being made and the trees decorated, we did the three beautiful trees in just two hours!  Still can’t believe it.  We were good little elves. :) Anything that could be Stampin’ Up! was Stampin’ Up!  See what products you recognize as you look at the pictures. White House for Nordic Noel tree

Our house in Nordic Noel Tree

Button Star Ornament

Ornaments in Nordic Noel Tree

Red House for Nordic Noel

Nordic Noel Tree

Star Ornament

Star Ornament Nordic Tree

Natural and Old Olive Two-Tone Trim

Nature Christmas Tree

e Tree with Star Ornament

Christmas Tree with Stars

Cone Ornament

Cone Ornament in Tree

Noel Clear Ornament

Stars and Paper Lollies Ornaments

Ornament in Winter Wonderland Tree

Winter Wonderland Tree Ornaments

Presents under Winter Wonderland Tree

Winter Wonderland Tree

After the trees were decorated we had Christmas dinner.  Look at how beautiful our tables were decorated!

Snow Flakes Table

Final Dinner place setting

After a tasty turkey dinner (you saw that coming, didn’t you?), we sat our tables and chatted.  I was having a lovely time and could have stayed for hours.  My group was filled with sweet ladies.

The bus brought us back.  It was time to say my goodbyes because the I had to be on the 5AM van for the airport.  I made some new friends and was sad it came to an end too quickly.  At the same time was ready to go home to what I call normal.  If I could have just taken my new friends with me.

Once back to my room, there laying on the bed was my final pillow gift.  Last year I learned it’s always a charm.

Day 4 Founder's Circle Pillow Gift

Day 4 Pillow Gift Charm

Then it was time to pack my suitcase with all the gifts.  The daily game prizes were all wrapped too.  As you can see, I couldn’t bring myself to unwrap them to see what was inside.  I knew they were Stampin’ Up! products, and I would love them.  I love beautifully wrapped gifts.  The wrapping was as big of a gift to me as the presents.

Founder's Circle Wrapped Gifts

Founder’s Circle 2014 was a blast!  I hope to get to earn this honor again.

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If you would like to be part of a company that recognizes and appreciates hard work, become a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  If you want someone to share her experience and ongoing training that led to earning Founder’s Circle, then you’ll want to join Stampin’ Up! with me!  Learn more about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and what you can expect from me on my next Thursday evening Stampin’ Up! Opportunity Night Call!  Reserve your seat here!

Only one week until the annual Stamping Smiles 12 Weeks of Christmas!

Stamping Smiles 12 Weeks of ChristmasOnly one week until the Stamping Smiles 12 Weeks of Christmas starts?  Are you kidding me?!  I’m truly not.  Wednesday, October 1 my first exclusive Christmas project will be emailed to my subscribers to The Stamper’s Insider!

The Stamping Smiles 12 Weeks of Christmas is my exclusive Christmas present to my mailing list subscribers!

In just one week and each of the remaining 11 weeks leading up to Christmas, when you are a The Stamper’s Insider subscriber, you will receive an exclusively made-by-me-for-you Christmas project email!   You will receive handmade Christmas card ideas, Christmas gift ideas and Christmas wrapping/tag ideas!

When I say exclusive, I mean exclusive.  My Christmas project ideas I will be giving my subscribers are not recycled projects taken from a pool of projects.  I will not be posting my exclusive projects anywhere else online. Not here on my Stamping Smiles blog, nor on my Stamping Smiles page on Facebook, not on my Stamping Smiles Pinterest boards or on Twitter.  I will only be sharing my 12 Weeks of Christmas projects with my subscribers!

Are you a subscriber to The Stamper’s Insider?  Yes?  Fantastic!  Sit back and get ready to get into the Christmas spirit.  No?  Join now so you do not miss any of my exclusive Christmas projects. Only those on my mailing list before 1PM ET, Wednesday, October 1 will receive all of my 12 Weeks of Christmas emails!


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One of my favorite Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

Why is this week one of my favorite Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals (September 23 – September 29 only)?   Three reasons.  The first is because the Hamburger Box Bigz Die and Party Pennants Bigz Die have both been on my wish list.  That’ll change soon. :)  The Hamburger Box die will be great for making cute treat boxes.  The Party Pennants die-cuts are going to provide a beautiful element to our handmade cards.   The second reason is the Ovals Collection Framelits.  If you don’t have this popular set yet, grab them up at 25% off!  The third is because the paper-piercing templates are such an easy way to step up your cards. 

On my order is also the Gold Glitz Dazzling Details.  I’m so glad it’s included to point out I’ve been meaning to order it.  That sure will add a some glitz to my Christmas projects.

If ordering the paper-piercing packs for the first time, you’ll also want to add the Paper-Piercing Tool and Stampin’ Pierce Mat.

Have any questions about the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals?  Email your questions to [email protected]


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Remember, the Hamburger Box Bigz Die and other Stampin’ Up! tools and accessories shown above are 25% off only through September 29! 


Founder’s Circle 2014: Day 3

Stampin' Up! Kanab facilityWe left bright and early on day 3 of the Stampin’ Up! 2014 Founder’s Circle retreat for a tour of the Kanab manufacturing facility for Stampin’ Up! Rubber stamps, both wood and rubber, are made here.  Now they are also making the photopolymer (clear) stamps too. 

Last year I showed you the about the making of the rubber stamps, how ink pads are made and assembled and how the cardstock is cut and packaged.  This year we were all very interested to see how the photopolymer stamp sets are made because it’s new since we were here last year.

We were first shown the photopolymer sheets used to make the stamps.  Look at that great smile.  Every employee is so sweet and willing to answer all our questions.  Hard to believe the flat sheets will be used to make raised stamps, but they do.

Stampin' Up! Photopolymer Sheets

Turns out photopolymer starts off as a liquid.  Who knew?  The reason for the rubber shoes became evident as we’d find sticky spots on the floor.  One joked that it was just like being home with a house full of children.

Photopolymer Liquid and rubber shoes

 The photopolymer liquid is dispensed over the stamp sheets.  There is a sheet of plastic over the liquid.  Light then forms the stamps.  It’s definitely more technical then my quick explanation.  This gives you an overview of the process that is so different from the wood mount and clear mount stamp sets being made.

Photopolymer over image sheets

This cutie looks for imperfections.  She spotted the tiniest ones.  Though tiny, certainly not good enough for Stampin’ Up! customers.

Looking for imperfections

After the stamp sets go through another process to harden them, two people then very carefully lay over top the plastic sheets with the images on them in our stamp cases.

Photopolymer stamps after hardened

It sure was interesting to see the process of making photopolymer stamp sets. 

After our tour we did some make ‘n takes with the Project Life Hello December Card Collection and Accessories Pack from the upcoming Holiday Supplement.  The Holiday Supplement will be released on October 20.

Stampin' Up! Hello December Project Life

Lunch was fabulous.  Grilled chicken with a homemade barbeque sauce I wanted to drink.  My new friend Cynthia Millan thought it was too funny our Coke cans read “Buddy” and “BFF”.

My friend Cynthia

The evening was an optional event.  We went to see Wizard of Oz at the Tuacahn Ampitheater.

Tuacahn Amphitheatre

The play was amazing.  It was word for word as the movie as much was possible.  I smiled the entire time and felt like a kid again. 

Wizard of Oz stage close up

So vivid is the memory of watching the Wizard of Oz for the first time as a child.  My mom pulled the coffee table out for us to sit behind and eat our Saturday night homemade pizza.  That sticks in my memory because it was the first time ever we were allowed to eat in the front room.  You know how the movie goes.  Can you ever forget how it goes from black and white into the splendor of color?  Equally as vivid is the nightmare about the Wicked Witch of the West.  Our Wicked Witch went off script a bit with some very funny references to modern culture that fit in well.  It was a fantastic night.

Upon our late return to our hotel rooms we found our pillow gift.  Our pillow gift was a pillow!

Day 3 Pillow Gift

Day 3 started early and ended almost into the Day 4.  We didn’t have any activities to be up early for the following day.  I’ll be posting pictures of the final event.  Come back to see.

You’re loving my Founder’s Circle specials!

Founder's Circle 2014I’m having a blast at Founder’s Circle.  And you’re loving my Founder’s Circle specials! It’s obvious because so many have taken advantage of them!

Founder’s Circle will soon be over.  The end of Founder’s Circle is also the end of my specials.  So, if you haven’t taken advantage of at least one, you will want to now! 


Card subscription program www.hasslefreecards.comMy Founder’s Circle Special for Hassle-Free Cards subscribers:  On Sunday, September 21, all current subscribers will receive a bonus Hassle-Free Card!  Not a subscriber of Hassle-Free Cards yet?  Subscribe by midnight on Saturday, September 20 (that’s today!) to receive my Founder’s Circle gift!


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Founder’s Circle 2014: Day Two

Founder's Circle 2014 As you know, our theme for Founder’s Circle 2014 is Home for the Holidays.  You can see how festival and fattening my second day started.  We were to select a cup and fill it with candy.  Just from this table would be generously fun.  But that was just the beginning!  The jars with tags to follow are just scattered all over.  They are eye candy as well as thigh candy. :)



Up to this point it has been all Christmas, Christmas all the time.  And loving in.  The holidays are on our mind.  We’re now getting our crafting started for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  In the midst of all the wonderful Christmas decorations and decor with Christmas softly playing (heaven!), we then have our make ‘n takes.  For just a moment, let’s glimpse beyond the holidays to when we can get the winter blues.  When you see my make ‘n takes using the Crazy About You Stamp Set from the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, you won’t bother pencil in even a thought of fighting the winter blues!

Stampin' Up! Crazy About You Card

Stampin' Up! Crazy About You Stamp Set

Stampin' Up! Crazy About You

Stampin' Up! Crazy About You

Stampin' Up! Crazy About You

Me and MelissaMy favorite activity was meeting Melissa Welch!  Melissa is one of my sweet customers that I’ve had the pleasure of telephone chats and emails.  She’s a delight, funny, beautiful and very talented.  Melissa lives reasonably close to St. George and asked if we could get together for dinner.  There is some free time built in to our retreat.  So, absolutely!  Melissa picked me up for an early dinner.  We visited, ate and laughed. 

Dinner with Melissa was better than getting spoiled rotten with free gifts and folks doing everything they can to make my stay enjoyable?  Without a doubt, yes.  Melissa makes me laugh and says the nicest stuff about me.  What’s not to love?  But, the real reason is she represented all of you that have entrusted me to be your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator or upline.  You who make my job something I look forward to every day.  I have the best, sweetest, kindest, caring customers and downline that are a pleasure to serve and have become friends that share the laughs and the occasional tears.

We stayed so long that Melissa said the waitress kept looking over at us.  The restaurant wasn’t busy, and I wasn’t ready for the dinner to end.  It’s a good thing it started to get busy encouraging us it was time to go because Melissa got me back to the hotel about two minutes before the big swap began.  Rut-ro.  Grabbed someone to take a picture of us and then ran up to change into my pajamas for the swap. 

Since I had not made back to my room since morning, my battery died before I could take any pictures at the swap.  That’s okay because over the next three months I’ll be showing them off here.

After the swap we had milk and cookies.  How stinkin’ cute was that?  Then off to my room.  Our final picture tonight is of the pillow gift I found when I returned.

The Christmas Train book


Under all the pretty wrapping is The Christmas Train book.  I don’t recall reading it and am looking forward to it.  My little brother loves trains.  Maybe I’ll be re-gifting it?  If you don’t tell, I won’t. :)

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