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My favorite Stampin’ Up! Four Feathers swap card

Stampin' Up! Four Feathers CardThis Stampin’ Up! Four Feathers card is striking!   There absolutely were other nice Four Feathers cards in the Founder’s Circle swap, but you can’t help to have a favorite.  And this is mine.

After your done admiring it, you sit back and realize it is a simple design.  A simple design with a lot of nice touches.

The color combination is fabulous.  We have Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay and Basic Black.  The blue just pops off the page.

Three of the four banners only needed a fishtail cut on each end.  On the fourth “just because” needed to be stamped in the center and a fishtail cut on each end.    What a great way to use up all those small scrap pieces we just can’t throw out.

The little bit of a Tea Lace Doily peeking out adds an elegant touch.

The lines along the bottom are from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set.  The are understated and flow with the banners.  Great for a fill in.

Then you have the accessorizing the Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine and silver sequins from the Frosted Sequins.   Nice, nice, nice nice nice.

All of that to dress up the feathers from the Stampin’ Up! Four Feathers Stamp Set.  One feather was stamped right on the Smoky Slate Cardstock.  The other two were stamped on Whisper White Cardstock and die-cut in a Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine with the coordinating Feathers Framelits Dies.  No need to handcut the feathers when you have Framelits to do it for you.

Did you know you can save 15% on the Four Feathers Stamp Set and Feathers Framelits?  You can when you purchase them together in the Four Feathers Bundle.  Your choice of wood mount or clear mount in my online store  All the supplies to make this card are pictured below and linked right into my online store. 

Four Feathers Card Supply List


Four Feathers is from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  The Holiday Catalog is filled with limited-edition products available only until January 5, 2015.  Only a very small select items make it into the next annual catalog.  Off the top of my head, I can only think of one stamp set from last year’s Holiday Catalog that has also been included in the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  Not a chance you want to take if you want to add the Four Feathers Stamp Set and Framelits to your stamping selection.


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Would this Four Feathers card make it to the top of the list as your favorite too?


Quick and easy Stampin’ Up! Wondrous Wreath Christmas card

My quick and easy Stampin’ Up! Wondrous Wreath Christmas card will show you an old dog can learn new tricks (me).  Watch to see the slick trick die-cutting with the Wonderful Wreath Framelits.

If the video is not display properly, watch my quick & easy Wondrous Wreath Christmas card video here.

Stampin' Up! Wondrous Wreath CardThe first couple of cards I made with the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set, I die-cut the center after stamping.  That’s how we’ve always done it, right?  I was curious to try out the suggestion from Stampin’ Up! to die-cut the center first.  Didn’t think it would work that well.  Thought it would be hard to center the stamp around the hole.  Not so with the clear photopolymer stamps.  

The Wondrous Wreath Bundle has been very popular.  That we can see through the stamps to easily build the wreath is three colors is a big reason why.  And now that you see how to die-cut the center first for a better die-cut image, would you like to purchase it too?

If so, order the Wondrous Wreath Bundle (Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set and Wonderful Wreath Framelits bundled to save you 15%!) now in my online store!

All the stamping supplies for my card design are shown below.  Click on the picture of the product(s) you want to purchase and be taken directly into my online store.

The Wondrous Wreath Bundle is from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.   There hasn’t been any word from Stampin’ Up! that it will be available for purchase after the catalog ends of January 5, 2015.  If you like it, it’s better to order it now instead of waiting and hoping.

Quick and easy Wondrous Wreath card supplies

Do you have the Magnetic Platform for your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine?  It’s worth every penny of the price tag!  Christmas is less than two months away.  If you don’t treat yourself to it first, add it to your Christmas wish list. :)


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Will you try die-cutting the center first?  I believe you’ll find my Stampin’ Up! Wondrous Wreath card idea quick and easy to make if you do.


Shelli and Sara’s Stampin’ Up! Seasonally Scattered Swap

Stampin' Up! Seasonaly Scattered Stamp SetShelli Gardner and her daughter Sara used the Stampin’ Up! Seasonally Scattered Stamp Set for their Founder’s Circle swap this year.  Through the window made with the  Chalk Talk Framelits Dies ,you can see the stamped thanks.

With the Magnetic Platform for the thin metal dies – Thinlits and Edgelits, getting the Chalk Talk Framelits Die to stay centered is an easy task.  You just want to be sure to stamp thanks in the center of the Crumb Cake Note Card.

Sara and Shelli rounded the corners of the Basic Black Cardstock with the Project Life Corner Punch.  Before attaching with Stampin’ Dimensionals, an Autumn Wooden Element (Holiday Catalog) was attached with a piece of Linen Thread.  Even though dangling over the word, thanks is still easy enough to read.

For a splash of color, a small banner was added to the right and left side of the Basic Black window with the Banner Punch. 

Having your cardstock already cut to size and scored for you can save you time.  Besides the Whisper White Notecards & Envelopes and Crumb Cake Note Cards & Envelopes, did you know Stampin’ Up! carries 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ card bases?  In the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog you’ll find the

2013-2015 In Color Cut & Ready Card Bases Assortments

2014-2016 In Color Cut & Ready Card Bases Assortments

Bermuda Bay Cut & Ready Card Bases

Crumb Cake Cut & Ready Card Bases

Crushed Curry Cut & Ready Card Bases

Early Espresso Cut & Ready Card Bases

Real Red Cut & Ready Card Bases

Smoky Slate Cut & Ready Card Bases

Whisper White Cut & Ready Card Bases

Very Vanilla Cut & Ready Card Bases

Additional colors from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog:

Cherry Cobbler Cut & Ready Card Bases

Garden Green Cut & Ready Card Bases

Lost Lagoon Cut & Ready Card Bases

Old Olive Cut & Ready Card Bases


Cut & Ready Card Bases and all the supplies used to make Shelli and Sara’s card are available to order now in my online store


Seasonally Scattered Note Card Supply List

Banner Punch



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Stampin’ Up! Seasonally Scattered Stamp Set for quick note cards like Shelli and Sara made for the swap.


Fast and easy Stampin’ Up! Tee-Hee-Hee card idea

Stampin' Up! Tee-Hee-Hee Stamp SetIf you have the supplies, or live close to Utah and get your orders in a couple of days after ordering, this Stampin’ Up! Tee-Hee-Hee card idea is fast & easy to do.

The Halloween card was from the Founder’s Circle swap.  Embossing and die-cutting will make quick work of this.

In order to have the entire front of your Tee-Hee-Hee card embossed with stars from the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, you’ll need to cut your Basic Black Cardstock to 4-1/4″ x 11″.  That’s the only way you can fit an entire card with an embossing folder through your Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.  Here’s a time-saving tip:  emboss two cards at the same time.  Works like a charm with good embossed images.

While you’ve got your Big Shot out, die-cut three or four pieces of Crumb Cake Cardstock with the Top Note Bigz Die.  Half of the work is already done in just seconds!

Rub the Embossing Buddy over the bottom half of the die-cut Crumb Cake Cardstock.  Stamp the witches’ cauldron with VersaMark ink.  If making more than one of these cards, stamp several.  Now sprinkle on Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder and melt with the Heat Tool.  The VersaMark ink will stay wet for a good while allowing you to keep stamping instead of stopping and starting.  the pot is small, it will only take a few seconds to melt the powder.

Stamp the broom and bat also from the Stampin’ Up! Tee-Hee-Hee Stamp Set with Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad ink.  Add some dots in Crumb Cake from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set.

Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp “Brew up a little fun!” on top of the cauldron.  Add a few well placed Basic Rhinestone Jewels.  They’re self-adhesive.  Big time-saver.

Adhere the Natural Chevron Ribbon with Mini Glue Dots.  Add a Stampin’ Dimensional to each corner of the die-cut Crumb Cake and attach.  You’re done!

Like to make this Halloween card?  All the supplies are available to order in my online store  Heads up on a couple of the supplies, Tee-Hee-Hee Stamp Set and Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, they’re available only through January 5, 2015.


Tee-Hee-Hee Card Supplies List

Heat Tool



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 Use the Stampin’ Up! Tee-Hee-Hee Stamp Set for fun and easy handmade Halloween cards.

Learn how to make this punch art roasted turkey!

Punch Art Roasted Turkey Circle Thinlits CardOkay, just how cute is this punch art roasted turkey?  Love it!  It was one of the great swaps from Founder’s Circle.  

Would you believe the turkey is from the Stampin’ Up! Bird Builder Punch?  I’ve taken several pictures so you can see how to make the punch art roasted turkey.

This should make it a little easier to picture it.

Stampin' Up! Bird Builder Punch

 Starting to take form.  And it just keeps getting better from here.

Bird Builder Punch wing for a drumstick

The roasting pan is made with the Modern Label Punch . . .

Stampin' Up! Modern Label Punch

 . . . cut in half.

Stampin' Up! Modern Label Punch trimmed in half

Okay, let’s turn that wing into a drumstick.  You’ll do that with the foot from the Owl Builder Punch.

Stampin' Up! Owl Builder Punch

Add it to the wing.

Adhere Owl Foot

Now for a little trimming.

Trim off excess

Have a look!

Punch Art Drumstick

Now let’s put it all together.

Punch Art Roasted Turkeys

Pretty nifty!

You absolutely have to see the flip side.  “Hope your Thanksgiving is stuffed with Happiness” from the Stampin’ Up! Mingle All the Way Stamp Set.  This flip card made with the Circle Card Thinlits Die is perfection.

Stampin' Up! Mingle All the Way

Does taking different punch shapes and turning them into a project tickle you?  It can’t help but to tickle your funny bone!

Did you know I have several punch art project sheets available to order now?  From a punch art apple to a punch art watermelon slice!  Check out my Made with Punches Classes.  You’ll find eight punch art classes.

Last year I added a new punch art class with a fun addition.  Each of the punch art projects include a card idea using it!  Take the Get Punchy with Shelly VIDEO Class here!


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Make a punch art roasted turkey with the Stampin’ Up! Bird Builder Punch, Owl Builder Punch and Modern Label Punch!


Simple Stampin’ Up! For All Things Card Idea

Stampin' Up! For All Things and Autumn Wood ElementsThe Autumn Wooden Accents Embellishments from the Holiday Catalog dress up my simple Stampin’ Up! For All Things card.  You might think because they’re made of wood they’re heavy.  There are feather light.  It will not cost any additional postage due to weight or thickness adding these to my card.  Of the handmade autumn cards I’ve sent with them, haven’t had a single report of one that got broken going through the mail processing machines.  That’s great news if you’d like to dress up your fall cards with them too.



Stampin' Up! For All Things and Autumn Wood Elements Card

Speaking of dressing up a simple handmade card, how about the three different colors for the “Grateful for You” greeting? Easy to do with the Many Marvelous Markers.

I wanted fall colors without using the expected, while perfectly lovely, Cajun Craze.  For my autumn color combination, I went to my favorite color source – the Color Coach.  One of the Old Olive combinations provided the Old Olive, Soft Suede Crushed Curry combo.

Stampin' Up! Color Coach for autumn color combination

One other easy step to keep my simple card from being ordinary are the layers.  I didn’t use the usual 1/4″ for each layer.  The Crushed Curry layer is only 1/8″ larger than the Very Vanilla Cardstock.  That gives each side only 1/16″ matting.  With that small of a mat, your measurements need to be as exact as possible.  There isn’t any room to be slightly off.  For something so little, it will rat you out. :)   Always worth it for a slight touch-of-color accent.

Stampin' Up! For All Things CardWhile the Crushed Curry Cardstock layer is only 1/8″ larger than the Very Vanilla, it’s 1/2″ smaller than my Old Olive Cardstock card base.  You can see how these two not-the-usual size layers stepped up my For All Things card.

One more ever-so-easy step up was to use Stampin’ Dimensionals behind the Crushed Curry Cardstock.  You can see it pretty well in this sideview picture.

Want to make my simple For All Things card?   The supplies are listed below and available to order now in my online store


Simple For All Things Card Supply List

Color Coach



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Easy Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree Thanksgiving card!

Making beautiful handmade Thanksgiving cards is easy with the timeless Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set!  Watch my short video demonstration to see how!

If the video is not displaying properly, watch my Lovely as a Tree Thanksgiving card video here.

Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree Thanksgiving CardLovely as a Tree is a stamp set you never grow tired of using.  You can use it by itself to make beautiful handmade cards, as with my Thanksgiving card.  Or use it as a background with other stamp sets. 

Another plus about owning the Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set is that it’s great for masculine cards too.  Change the thankful greeting to a birthday greeting for a fantastic fall birthday card.  Lovely as a Tree is a must-have stamp set for every stamper!

You saw in my video how easy it was to make my Thanksgiving card.  With an easy card design like this, you could make 20 in no time for your Thanksgiving cards this year!

Do you need any of the stamping supplies used to make my Lovely as a Tree card?  If you need to order Lovely as a Tree or any of the other stamping products, they’re all available to order now in my online store  You’ll find all the supplies pictured below and linked to my store.


Lovely as a Tree Thanksgiving Card Supplies List

Aqua Painter



Wouldn’t it be fun to use this card template with the other tree stamps from the same set?  Sure would make for some easy but stunning cards.  If you get around to it before I do, email a picture of your card to [email protected].


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Use the Stampin’ Up! Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set for birthday, anniversary, Christmas, thank you, thinking of you and Thanksgiving cards.


Remember this Stampin’ Up! Truly Grateful card?

Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful CardThe Stampin’ Up! Truly Grateful Stamp Set was introduced last year in the Holiday Catalog.   Through tomorrow, Monday, October 20, you’ll save 25% on the wood-mount Truly Grateful Stamp Set in my online store!

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Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful Stamp Set

Stampin' Up! Truly Grateful Stamp Set

Stampin' Up!Truly Grateful Card
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Stampin’ Up! Bloom with Hope Sympathy Card for Dixie’s family

Woo-hoo to our top three demos for this past quarter .... they are Jessica Taylor(WI), Sharon Scalzi(DE), and Donna Schneidtmiller(KY) ... and a big hooray to all!  You all did great!The hostess Bloom with Hope Stamp Set was the perfect choice for my handmade sympathy card for Dixie’s family.  First, because Dixie loved flowers – stamped and in her garden.  The second reason the stamp set includes beautiful “With Sympathy” greeting and sentiment stamps.

Some of my Stamping Smiles fans on Facebook gave suggestions of what kind of flower this was.  Many thought it looked like a poppy.  A couple said wild rose.  One anemone or cosmos.  A search revealed every suggestion was a definite possibility.  I posted picture of each flower.  You can see each on the Facebook status post.

Looking at pictures of the flower suggestions, it looked like I could pick about any color and be close to a realistic color.  That doesn’t mean you can’t take artistic license and make a blue flower (I’ve done that too).  There are simply times you are going for a particular look.  For someone who enjoyed her flowerbeds, realistic was desired.

Watercoloring is my favorite technique.  Or, it may have been my favorite.  The ability to shade was always why.  Now we have the Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities alcohol markers.  Shading has never been easier!  Look at the depth of color.  My colors are Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight.  I start by coloring in with the lightest color and then shade with the medium color.  Then the darkest color.  You then can go back with the light of medium to add more shading. 

In the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog, instructions are provided.  They show you to start with the darkest color.  My thoughts are you can always add color.  It’s not easy, if even possible, to remove it.  Like cutting your hair.  You can always cut more off.  You can’t glue it back on. :)

A demonstrator friend prefers the method of starting with the darkest color.  Try both and find out which method most easily gives you the desired results.

Notice the black accents?  These were done in honor of Dixie.  If I hadn’t been mindful to do use Basic Black, my oval matting would have either been Old Olive or Calypso Coral.  The same with the scallop border.  Do you agree Basic Black was the right choice? 

If placing an $150 order to get the Bloom with Hope Stamp Set for free with your Stampin’/Host Rewards is out-of-the question, let’s talk about setting up a book party for you.  With the Hostess Code, you can apply stamping friends’ orders, near or far, to your book party with you earning the hostess benefits so you can get the Bloom with Hope Stamp Set!  Send an email today to [email protected] to set up your online book party.

Bloom with Hope Sympathy Card Supplies

Bloom With Hope Wood Stamp Set

Redeemable only with Stampin’ Rewards or Hostess Benefits

Bloom With Hope Clear Stamp Set

Redeemable only with Stampin’ Rewards or Hostess Benefits


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Make beautiful sympathy cards with the Stampin’ Up! Bloom with Hope Stamp Set!

Tee-Hee-Hee. It’s a Stampin’ Up! Halloween card

Stampin' Up! Tee-Hee-Hee CardThe greetings and sayings in the Stampin’ Up! Tee-Hee-Hee Stamp Set will make you giggle!  Here’s just one: 

Whether you’re a good witch

or a bad witch

It’s all about the shoes

With the Tee-Hee-Hee Stamp Set you can brew up all kinds of cute Stampin’ Up! Halloween cards.

This handmade Halloween card is from the 2014 Founder’s Circle swap.  The window in the card is what makes it especially fun.  We like the feeling a getting a little peek to what’s inside.  The Tee-Hee-Hee card is quick and easy task when you have a Big Shot and the Circles Collection Framlits Dies.   The cardmaker die-cut three layers.  The Basic Black Cardstock base, the Motley Monsters Designer Series Paper and the Whisper White Cardstock. 

To accommodate the White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim and Basic Black 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, there are Stampin’ Dimensionals behind the Whisper White Cardstock layer.

If you have ever said “My other card is a broom!”, this is the Halloween stamp set for you!  Order Tee-Hee-Hee now in my online store

Tee-Hee-Hee Card Supplies List


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This Tee-Hee-Hee Halloween card is so quick and easy to make, you still have plenty of time to order and make up a big batch!

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