A not so (Stampin’ Up!) White Christmas card

Today I’m demonstrating for you a handmade card that is a not so White Christmas card with the new Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set.   The White Christmas stamp set is from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog that just started today!  Did you see my post yesterday when I showed you four different ways to position the stand of trees in the White Christmas Stamp Set?  In that video I promised a fun card today.  This is it!  Watch to see how I made my fun fall card.

 If my video is not displaying properly, watch my not so White Christmas card video tutorial here. Stampin' Up! White Christmas Card www.stampingsmiles.comMy friend Pat Pawlowski introduced my to Flower Soft when she made a beautiful calendar with the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set.  I was excited to try it with the larger trees stamp in the new White Christmas Stamp Set.  Also appealing about this trees stamp is the hill is already there for me.  That made is so very easy to fill in with the Flower Soft. My not a white Christmas card was quick to make.  Adding the Color Me Autumn Designer Washi Tape was a breeze and added a nice decorative touch.  If you haven’t tried washi tape yet, I encourage you to purchase some and give it a try.  you can be neat or tear it off for ragged edges.  Both looks are great, it just depends on the desired overall look how you use it. Did you watch long enough to see my stepped up card?  I added a couple more embellishments. Stampin' Up! White Christmas card idea Am very pleased with the new 1/4 Cotton Ribbon.  It is soft and ties nicely into a bow.  My favorite feature of the ribbon is its lack of personality.  That doesn’t sound nice, but it truly is a compliment.  Because it isn’t cutesy or elegant, it will work with both project styles.  That’s probably the first time being described as no personality is a good thing. :) The other added embellishment is the new Autumn Wooden Elements.  The wood is very light.  It won’t add to the postage when you mail your handmade cards.  Simply attached it with a couple of Mini Glue Dots. I’ve pointed out a couple of the products used to make my fall White Christmas card.  All the supplies are pictured and listed below and ready to be ordered in my online store  Be sure to add the Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set to your order for fall and Christmas cards! Not so White Christmas Card Supplies

 If you have any questions about my no so White Christmas card, email them to [email protected]


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It’s a not so White Christmas card when you make fall cards with the new Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set!

The fabulous 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog starts today!

Ordering from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog starts today!  Fantastic Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving stamp sets and accessories that’ll have you scrambling to order so you can make great projects for the holiday season!  It’s the best Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog ever!

Have you seen it yet to verify it’s the best ever?  You can flip through from one wonderful page to the next. 

Want to know the products used for each project shown?  Downlonad the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Supplies List

The 2014 Stampin’ Up! Catalog is open for business in my online store!

Looking at the Holiday Catalog is fine, better than nothing.  But, it doesn’t compare to holding it in your hands.  If you would like a 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog, send an email to [email protected] with your phone number.


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The wait is over to order from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog!


Fun with the flexible rubber of Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set

You can have a lot of fun with flexible rubber of the Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set.  Watch my video demonstration to see four different ways.  It only take two minutes.  The last one is worth more than worth it!


If the video  is not displaying properly, watch my fun with the flexible photopolymer White Christmas Stamp Set.

Which of the four were your favorite?  I bet it’s the same as mine.  Tell me by leaving a comment below the post.


The Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set will be available to order tomorrow, August 28 in my online store!  I’ve made one card with it.  Can’t wait to make many more!


Are you coming back tomorrow to see the handmade card I’ve designed for the first day of the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog?  It turned out great!  You’ll want to be sure you see it.


Do you have any questions about the photopolymer Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set?  If you do, send it to [email protected].


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Photopolymer stamp sets rubber is quite flexible.  Did you watch my video demonstration to see how you can have fun with the flexible Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set?


An exclusive bonus is coming for Hassle-Free Card subscribers!

Card subscription program www.hasslefreecards.comHassle Free Card Subscribers will soon be getting an exclusive bonus!  Who are those lucky folks?  They are the cardmakers who put an end to wasting time searching for great card ideas by subscribing to the Stamping Smiles Hassle-Free Cards!  The card ideas are sent to them!  Now they spend their time doing what they love, making cards.

The exclusive bonus will be for Hassle-Free Subscribers email inboxes only.  No matter how much I will want to share it with the world, it will be for my subscribers only.  That means you won’t find it on Stamping Smiles Facebook Page, or my the Stamping Smiles YouTube Channel, or on Stamping Smiles Pinterest boards, or here on my stamping blog.

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My most often used Framelits Dies are on sale this week!

Stampin' Up! Zoo Babies Birthday Card If there is one set of Framelits Dies I pull out the most, it’s easily the Circles Collection Framelits.  I was excited to see them included in this week’s Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for anyone who does not have them yet!  Saving 25% is sweet!

Order the Circles Collection Framelits and any of the other Stampin’ Up! discounted products shown below through September 1, 2014 in my online store







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Sweet Clean & Simple Card with Stampin’ Up! Sumthin’ Sumthin’

My sweet clean & simple card came to be because I wanted to use the Stampin’ Up! Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Stamp Set and Word Bubbles Framelits.  Why those two?  Why together?  Because Stampin’ Up! has an incredible Big Shot promotion going on right now.  When you purchase a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine in my online store, you can get the Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Stamp Set and Word Bubbles Framelits for FREE!  Stampin’ Up! didn’t leave out all of us who already own a Big Shot.  You can also purchase the two together in the Sumthin’ with Bubbly Bundle for 15% off!  But only through August 31, 2014!

Watch my video tutorial on how to make my sweet clean and simple card with the Stampin’ Up! Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Stamp Set.  You’re going to see for yourself how well they go together and why you’ll want to get them before the sale is over.


 If the video is not displaying properly, watch my sweet clean and simple Sumthin’ Sumthin’ card here.

Sumthin’ with Bubbly Words Bundles:  Free with purchase of Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine or 15% through August 31, 2014 only!
  Price shown reflects the discount.


BStampin' Up! Sumthin Sumthin stampingsmilescomrown and blue are sure pretty together.  The contrast of the soft Pool Party to the deep Early Espresso is pleasing to the eye.  Don’t you appreciate how easy Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy to make beautifully coordinated cards with their exclusive colors used in all their color products?   All I had to do was grab my Pool Party and Early Espresso accessories with some Whisper White Cardstock. 


After the Big Shot promotion is over, you’ll still be able to purchase all the stamping supplies I used to make my Sumthin’ Sumthin’ card in my online store  The card supplies are listed below and linked into my online store. 


Sweet Clean & Simple Sumthin’ Sumthin’ Card Supplies


Have any questions about my sweet clean and simple Sumthin’ Sumthin’ card? Email them to [email protected].
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Look how easy it was to make my sweet Sumthin’ Sumthin’ card.  Having the proper tools makes any job easier.  The Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine is one tool you want to have.  If you don’t yet have one, order one now!  Your cardmaking will be more fun than you ever dreamed!


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Reflecting on how much I love working from home

When I started my own home-based business 13 years ago by becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I fully expected to earn an income.  A good income working from home.  My career with Stampin’ Up! has provided me the flexibility I need to earn and income and be able to move on a moments notice to yet another new city and state for my husband’s work.  On average, we’ve moved once a year.  I never looked at the moves that have taken me from coast to coast as a negative.  Instead I chose to look at it as an opportunity to meet a lot more people who would want to be introduced to learning how to make handmade cards.  Thankfully there are a lot of you who do – in the north, south, east and west.

Stampin' Up! Founder's Circle retreatWhat I never never imagined was that one day I’d receive one of the highest honors given by Stampin’ Up! by placing in the top 100 Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators (of approximately 40,000 in U.S. and Canada) and earning a spot in the Founder’s Circle.  That honor is giving me an all expense paid 5 day vacation to St. George, Utah! 

So, as I’m planning for my upcoming retreat in September, I can’t help but reflect upon how much I love working from home as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Stampin’ Up! is going to spoil us rotten to show us how much they appreciate the time and energy we spend on our businesses.  I’m more than happy to let them.  :) 

A big part of my business is helping others start their own stamping businesses too.  It happens to be a favorite part of my job.  It’s exciting to share the opportunities available to anyone who wants to work their business.   I’ll do that by sharing and guiding you with my 13 years of experience and my on-going training with professional business coaches that has resulted in a profitable business that also is also rewarded with all-expense paid vacations, cash and product bonuses.   Are you ready to start your stamping business?  Willing to consistently work your new business?  Ready to let me cheer you on to becoming a Rising Star as one of my downline did this part year (so incredibly proud of her!)?

If your answer is yes, fantastic!  You can start right now by joining Stampin’ Up! and my team of demonstrators!  Click on the link now.

After you fill out the online application, select your Starter Kit Contents and submit the payment, you’ll be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and a Scattered Stamper!   We are scattered and stamping from coast to coast. :)

Have some questions?  Would you like to learn more about becoming a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator?  Then you’ll want to attend my Stampin’ Up! Opportunity Night Call this next Thursday evening.  Click on the link to reserve your spot for this live call.  After a short presentation about the different avenues of income, the compensation plan and what to expect from me as your upline, there’ll be plenty of time to ask your questions.


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As I wrote about my home-based business, there were a lot of I’s.  The truth of my business is that is about you.  It’s all about serving my cherished customers and downline  (others who joined Stampin’ Up! with me).  Because I’m so grateful for my wonderful customers, during the five days I’m gone for the Founder’s Circle retreat, I’m going to have two special offerings.  One will be for my subscribers to The Stamper’s Insider.  The other will be a special promotion.  Watch for details in the upcoming weeks.




Big Shot is excellent for quick, clean and simple cards!

Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting MachineIf you have a Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, you have an excellent tool that will allow you to quick as a rabbit crank out a quick, clean and simple card that is, frankly, adorable!

Despite how incredibly simple my handmade card is, I believe you’re going to love it.  For two reasons, the first is because it is attractive, the second because you’ll see just how easy it was to make.

The Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes are perfect for a quick, clean and simple card.  They’re white, so you’ve got cleaned covered.  Add to it quick because they are already cut to size and scored for you.  Gotta love that.  To make it fancy dancy, get out your Big Shot and Honeycomb Embossing Folder, which just happens to be 25% off through August 25.  :)

Wanting the front of the card embossed only, I slid the note card over the narrower side of the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.

Stampin' Up! Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes

 The embossing folders are too long to go through the Big Shot along the longest side.  The note card had to fold underneath the Honeycomb Embossing Folder.  I hoped folding it over would not pull it too far from the fold for good coverage.

Stampin' Up! Honeycomb Folder on Big Shot

Look how well it did!

Full Honeycomb embossed card front!

 Finishing my quick, clean and simple card was, well, quick.  Stamped “FOR YOU’ in Tuxedo Black Memento ink in one of the honeycombs. Added some flowers made the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and attached with a Mini Glue Dot.  In the center of each punched flower is a small Basic Pearl Jewel colored with a black Sharpie Marker.  Done!

Stampin' Up! Honeycomb Embossing Folder

Seriously, it took no time at all to make.  And that includes decided on the final design.  With that already done for you, it will take you less than 2 minutes to make this handmade card.  But, only if you have a Big Shot Die-Cut Machine.

Now is the best time ever to order a Big Shot!  Did you know you’ll get your choice of one of five exclusive, very cool, bundles for FREE (value up to $59.90!) when you purchase a Big Shot by August 31 in my online store  It’s almost too good to be true, but it absolutely is!

Order the Honeycomb Embossing Folder while ordering your new Big Shot.  You’ll then be able to emboss and die-cut when your order is delivered.  But in order for that to happen, you need to get on over to my online store now to order your Big Shot.

Here are all the supplies I used to make my quick, clean and simple card in case you’d also like to add them to your order.  If you increase your order to $150, you’ll get $25 in free Stampin’ Up! stuff of your choice.   You can get more Big Shot dies and/or folders with your product bonus!

Honeycomb Hello Card Supplies List


If you have any questions about my quick, clean and simple card, send them to [email protected].


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If you want to make quick, clean and simple cards, you definitely want a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. Now is the time when you can walk away with more than 50% of the price in product bonuses! 


Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Designer Series Paper & Ribbon Share!

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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!
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

  •  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


To purchase each would cost over $119*!


 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
To purchase each would cost over $36*!
*cost varied by state and local sales tax.


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: 

To participate in the Stamping Smiles Holiday Designer Series Paper and Ribbon Share send an email to [email protected] to place your order now!


Please indicate if you would like to participate in the paper & ribbon, paper only or ribbon only shares.

On August 22 I will send you a pay link for your order.  Money for the order cannot be collected before then. 

I will be placing the order for the paper/ribbon share on August 28, 2014. 
To be included in the August 28 order, your payment must be received my August 27.


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!


Have any questions about my Holiday Catalog Paper or Ribbon Share? Email them to [email protected].


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My Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog Paper and Ribbon Share is an excellent way to get all of the new Designer Papers and ribbons at a fraction of the cost of purchasing all of them!


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