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! 


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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. :)

Founder’s Circle 2014: Day One

Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle Home for the Holidays is the theme for 2014 Stampin’ Up! Founder’s Circle.  I was over-the-top excited because Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year.

I’m having so much fun!   I’m going to walk you through the first day with pictures and not much chat.   The days are wonderful and long.  The nights very short.  :)

Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle

Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle


Each day we get to play a game for a prize.  Thankfully, you don’t have to be any good to win.  What is especially fun this year is with the theme being Christmas all the gifts are wrapped!

Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle

The room we picked up our name tags was decorated so pretty.  You just go crazy having all the cookies and candy there to enjoy.  I had to tell myself it did not all have to be sampled.  But, I should give this more thought.  Would it be rude to not partake?  Look at all the effort.  So, if I overindulge, it’s only to be polite.

Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle

Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle

Stampin’ Up! form teams so we get to meet other demos and always have a first-timer in each group to help them meet others.  Our evening started with the teams in a gingerbread house making contest.  Our group name is Snow Flakes.


Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle

 How cute are the wreath and trees?!

Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle

 Then the dinner.  Look how gorgeous the tables and settings are.

Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle

Remember I told you I’m over-the-top excited about the Home for the Holidays theme?  I must have oohed and awwed too much because someone asked me if it was my first Founder’s Circle.  You have to admit the tables were gorgeous and worthy of oohs.

Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle

 The dinner?  It was a Christmas dinner of ham ended with bread pudding!

After a 22 hour day, I was returned to my room to find my pillow gift.  Inside is a new stamp set and set of Framelits from the 2015 Occasions Catalog!  I’ll give you some sneak peeks tomorrow.

Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle

 2014 Founder’s Circle

My Three Founder’s Circle Specials for you!

Flying in an AirplaneI’m on the plane heading for St. George, UT to relax and be pampered by Stampin’ Up! at the Founder’s Circle Retreat. (Big smile!)  While I’m gone, I have three Founder’s Circle Specials to thank you for supporting me in earning this very special award!

My first special is an exclusive video tutorial only for my subscribers to The Stamper’s Insider!   If you are not yet a subscriber, you need to hurry and subscribe before 1PM ET today, Wednesday, September 17.  Click on subscribe to the Stamper’s Insider now!

My second special is for current subscribers to the Stamping Smiles Hassle-Free Cards.  They will receive a bonus Hassle-Free Card on Sunday, September 21!  Not a subscriber yet?  You have until midnight Saturday to subscribe to my Hassle-Free Cards subscription service to receive the beautiful bonus card.  Click here to learn more and subscribe now!

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My third special is for my just released Classic Hassle-Free Cards!  Through Sunday, September 17 (when my spoiling and pampering ends), you’ll save $10 off the regular price! 

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Learn more here and save when you order the  Stamping Smiles Classic Hassle-Free Cards First Edition!


If  you have any questions about my Founder’s Circle questions, send an email to [email protected].  I’ll check my email when I can tear myself away from being spoiled. :)


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Your support and well wishes for my earning Founder’s Circle have touched my heart.  Please enjoy my exclusive video tutorial and other Founder’s Circle Specials as my thank you.

Wow! Save 25% on the Label Card Thinlits Die!

Wow! If you ever thought you wanted to order the Stampin’ Up! Card Thinlits Die but put it on the back burner, now is time to order!  Through Monday, September 22, you’ll save 25%  with the new Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals! in my online store

It’s highly unusual to see stamp sets on the Weekly Deals.  If you’ve been eyeing either or both Happy Hour or Yippee Skippee! in wood mount, this is your chance to save!  Remember the savings on all the Stampin’ Up! products shown above and linked into my online store are only through Monday, September 22!


Free gift for The Stamper’s Insider subscribers this Wednesday!

Subscribers to The Stamper’s Insider will receive my exclusive thank you gift this Wednesday, September 17 as I leave for the Founder’s Circle Retreat!  Why?  Because I’ve been blessed with wonderful customers and downline that made earning this achievement possible.  And I want to thank them all with a free gift of an exclusive video tutorial.

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Stepping it up with Stampin’ Up! Halloween Street

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street simpleMy handmade Halloween card started with stamping the Stampin’ Up! Halloween Street Stamp on Whisper White Cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  Every handmade card has to start somewhere.  I never intended to stop here, but you must admit, you could.  The Halloween Street Stamp is large and full of personality.  It’s much more than a greeting stamp.  There’s an elegance in the card’s simplicity.  It takes a moment before you think, “Hey, it’s only stamped in black on white cardstock.”

Want a bit more?  Want to see how I stepped up my Halloween Street card?  Keep reading.

 A quick way to dress up a plain card is with one of the Stampin’ Up! background papers.  My card has all sorts of creatures trick-or-treating along Halloween Street from the Stampin’ Up! Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street and Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper

Cute!  If you have not followed my stamping blog for very long, you may not know I don’t like naked edges.  Abrupt might be politically correct, but sometimes you have to call it like you see it.  The edge of the Motley Monsters Paper sitting there naked doesn’t let the look of the card flow.  Honestly, I’d rather have just the Happy Halloween stamped in black on the white cardstock then to stop here.  So, on we go.

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street  Motley Monsters DSP

The simple touch of adding a 3/4″ x 4-1/4″ strip of complimentary candy corn paper from the same pack of the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper did two things.  The first is it covered the naked edge.  The second is it provided contrast in a coordinating design for a finished look.

You could stop right there and have an attractive handmade Halloween card.  I just can’t help but look for the little extras I can add to take my greeting cards from attractive to really attractive.  As I did in a Halloween Street card I posted recently, I stamped the “Happy” ribbon in a coordinating color and cut it out.

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street  Stepped Up Card

Now we’re talking!  The black ink underneath provides a nice shadow for the ribbon.  You could absolutely stop right here.  It just wasn’t quite done, for me, yet.  I wanted to add a little balance.  Here’s how I finished off my Halloween Street card.

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street Card

A small strip of Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape, Basic Black Cardstock punched with the Banner Punch and a pumpkin cut out from another of the patterns from the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper.  Now it’s done.

Every handmade card I create has a lot of thought put into it.  It’s been requested I show my cards before they are stepped up.  That isn’t so easy for me, and here’s why.  My card designs are not complete until the final added touch.  It just isn’t done until I’m pleased with it.

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Make Halloween cards on the cheap

Stampin' Up! Witches' Brew Designer Series PaperMake handmade Halloween cards with quality Stampin’ Up! products on the cheap when you shop in the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack!  Look at the Stampin’ Up! Halloween products I found for you discounted 60% off!  Both the Witches’ Brew Designer Series Paper and Witches’ Brew Designer Washi Tape have been retired.  So, the savings are only while supplies last!

Found more than the retired Witches’ Brew products in the Clearance Rack for you.  If you get to my online store before they sell out, you’ll also find the Nite Owl Designer Series Paper, Pumpkin Pie Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit and Raven 1/2″ Lace Trim!

Retired Stampin' Up! Halloween Products

You’ll find more, too, such as the Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit, Candy Wrapper Bigz Die, and Basic Gray/Basic Black 1-1/4″ Two-Tone Ribbon.


The retired Stampin’ Up! Halloween accessories and much more to make handmade cards on the cheap are only while supplies last.  Order now in my online store

(Stampin’ Up!) Halloween Street is open for trick-or-treaters

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street www.stampingsmiles.comTrick-or-treaters would clean up on candy from the houses on the Stampin’ Up! Halloween Street.  Can you image what hand decorated Halloween treats would be in their bags if is was a street lined with homes of Stampin’ Up! stampers?  You wouldn’t be able to resist donning a costume and joining in!

It’s the houses sitting on top of the “Happy” ribbon that grabs you with the Halloween Street Stamp.  My preference for Halloween stamps and cards are cute ones as opposed to the downright dark and scary ones.  The houses look like a street you’d happily let your children go trick-or-treating on.  

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street

Adding some dimension to your handmade cards is always an easy way to step them up.  Look at how the ribbon cut out and placed with Stampin’ Dimensionals did just that on my handmade Halloween card.  An easy task with the Stampin’ Up! Paper Snips.  If you do not yet own at least one pair of Paper Snips, give yourself a no-calorie Halloween treat and add them to your next Stampin’ Up! order.  Everyone who has listened to this advice has been very happy with their purchase.

Stampin' Up! Fall Fest

The pumpkin is from the Stampin’ Up! Fall Fest Stamp Set.  I could have used my Paper Snips to cut it out too, but I didn’t have to.   Fall Fest has coordinating Fun Fall Framelits.  Stamp then die-cut in your Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  Fast and easy, especially when you also have the Magnetic Platform for your Big Shot.  The metal dies stay in place for you to get that white border fully around the pumpkins.  You could do it by hand, but why would you when there are Framelits?  Want an even better reason?  When you purchase the Fall Fest Stamp Set and Fun Fall Framelits in the Fall Fest Bundle, you’ll save 15% on both!  Easier and save money.  Only a pumpkin head would pass that up.  :)

Stampin' Up! Halloween Street and Fall Fest

Tying the card together is the Stampin’ Up! Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper. The wonderful way Stampin’ Up! products coordinate truly make it quite easy to quickly make great looking cards.  Using the colors Crushed Curry, Tangering Tango and Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers for the Halloween Street Stamp make it coordinate as well as the pumpkin that is part of the background paper does.  Did you know Stampin’ Up! prints on the cardboard backing of each pack of Designer Paper the colors in the paper?  That sure makes life a lot easier.  Gone are days of going through your stash of Stampin’ Up! Catalogs to find out.

 Want to make my Halloween Street card?  You’ll find all the supplies pictured below and linked into my online store so can purchase any you’ll need.

Halloween Street Card Product List

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Make handmade Halloween cards with Stampin’ Up! Halloween Street!

Make an autumn windy day card with Stampin’ Up! White Christmas

Do you remember the video that I showed you how to have fun with the flexible rubber of the Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set?  The windy trees cracked me up.  A handmade card using the trees leaning to the right since then has been on my mind.  Today I’m demonstrating for you how to make my autumn windy day card with the Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set and Holiday Home Stamp Set

If the video is not displaying properly, watch my windy autumn day card video here.
Stampin' Up! Autumn Windy Day Card www.stampingsmiles.comHow great is it the Holiday Home Stamp Set works so well with the White Christmas set? I see many more pairings of the two for future cards.

I was thinking how this would be a great card for my older brother’s birthday.  But, I do prefer a snarky card for him.  My dad’s birthday is coming up too.  Nothing rude or snarky, just perfect for an October birthday.  Just a quick change of the greeting to a birthday wish from the Stampin’ Up! Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set.

There wasn’t time in the video demonstration of my White Christmas autumn card to share all the stamping supplies I used.  But, they all are pictured and listed below in case you’d like to make this card too.  Not just pictured, but pictured and linked into my online store for the easiest possible shopping.  Your shopping needs to be easy to give you as much as possible to stamp.

Autumn Windy Day Card Supplies List


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 Use the Stampin’ Up! White Christmas and Holiday Home Stamp Sets together to make an autumn windy day card too!


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