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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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 Make a simple autumn card with the Stampin’ Up! For All Things Stamp Set.


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!

Merry wishes you a Stampin’ Up! White Christmas!

Stampin' Up! White Christmas cardBing Crosby dreamed of a white Christmas; Merry is wishing us all a Stampin’ Up! White Christmas.  Godby (God-be) With Us Stamper Merry Clough made this adorable White Christmas card.  Before going on, don’t you love the spelling of her name?  It suits her well with the sweet disposition she has.

Merry embossed the trees and hill with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. She then dotted snowflakes with her 2-Way Glue Pen and sprinkled on Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  The glitter is just what it looks like when the sun shines on snow.  Beautiful.  (A little trivia:  Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and the 2-Way Glue Pen were on my very first Stampin’ Up! order.)

My favorite part of Merry’s card are the birds in the trees.  They are the perfect touch.  It’s as if they are wishing the family driving off with their Christmas tree on top of the car a Merry Christmas.  So sweet.

Have you ordered the White Christmas Stamp Set yet?  If not, I hope you do.  It’s fascinating at how many different cards you make with this set.  And how well it will pair up with other sets.  It’s an inexpensive stamp set.  There are 13 stamps for only $15.95!  Order White Christmas in my online store

The rest of the stamping supplies for Merry’s card are pictured below.  Click on the products you’d like to order and be taken directly into my online store to place your order.

White Christmas card supplies list

Heat Tool



Have you made any Christmas cards?  I love seeing your handmade cards.  It’s fun and inspiring!  Email a picture of your Christmas card to [email protected].


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The trees and hill stamp from the White Christmas set reminds me of the timeless Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set.  Lovely as a tree is elegant.  Now we have a contemporary set to compliment other styles of stamp sets.  The Stampin’ Up! White Christmas Stamp Set will be one you use again and again.

Does the Stampin’ Up! Four Feathers Stamp Set tickle your fancy?

Stampin' Up! Four Feathers CardThe Stampin’ Up! Four Feathers Stamp Set did tickle the fancy of a few demonstrators swapping at our Founder’s Circle retreat.  The pretty Four Feathers card  to the left is one of them.  The stamper used the Emboss Resist Technique.  That technique is always a wow especially when you see it done.

She embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder on Whisper White Cardstock.  After melting the embossing powder with the Heat Tool, she sponged on Pear Pizzazz and Lost Lagoon Classic Stampin’ Pad inks over the feathers.  The white embossed feathers resisted the ink, meaning dye based inks will not dry on the glossy embossing.  That lets the white stamped images stand out against the sponged in colors.

The two hanging feathers were stamped and then die-cut with the coordinating Feathers Framelits Dies.  You could cut them out by hand, but how nice you can use the dies instead.

There are four different feathers in the Four Feathers Stamp Set but only two dies in the Feathers Framelits.  All four of the feathers will fit one of the two dies.  That made this an incredibly priced bundle at only $20.25 in clear mount or $22.75 in wood mount.

The “Thank You for Caring” stamp is just one of the many included in the Stampin’ Up! Lots of Thanks Stamp Set.  Do you have a good thank you set?  With the Lots of Thanks set, you have a nice variety of thank you greetings in various sizes and fonts.  Do you find that you like to use a font that reflects not just the desired sentiment but also the style of the card?  The elegance of the script of the “Thank You” and print “for caring” is quite a nice pairing.

Four Feathers Stamp Set is a limited-edition stamp set from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  You certainly could use it for autumn and/or Thanksgiving cards.  As you can see from this handmade card in the soft green and blue, it’s a stamp set you could use year round.  Swap the greeting for a birthday one and have a great masculine birthday card.  The guy cards tend to be a bit more difficult for us.  One reason is there are simply less masculine stamp sets available.  So, if you want a stamp set you could use with your fall cards and also for a year round masculine card, you have to love the low price for the bundle of stamp set and Framelits.

Order the Four Feathers Bundle in my online store

Four Feathers Card Supplies List

Four Feathers Wood-Mount Bundle


Save 15% when you bundle!

Four Feathers Clear-Mount Bundle


Save 15% when you bundle!

Heat Tool


 Does the Four Feathers Stamp Set tickle your fancy?  I’d love to read your thoughts on this stamp set in the comments below.


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If you’re liking the Four Feathers Stamp Set, remember it’s a limited-edition set from the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog and most likely to not been seen again after January 5, 2015.


How to make envelope liners inexpensively with Designer Paper!

Stampin' Up! Big News Card Simple and ElegantWould love to line your envelopes with coordinated Designer Series Paper if you could learn how to make envelope liners inexpensively?  Shown to the left is my Stampin’ Up! Big News card shared late last week with a beautifully coordinated lined envelope. It’s a thing of beauty.  But, probably like you, love the look but balked at using the Envelope Liners Framelits Dies too often with the need to use a 5-1/2″ x 6″ piece of Designer Paper for a medium envelope.  That would give us 4 medium envelope liners out of 12″ x 12″ pack of designer paper.

What if I could show you how to double that?   Eight beautifully coordinated, lined medium envelopes instead of four?  Like that?  Thought you would. :)

Here’s the idea that had been simmering.  After another conversation with one of my stampers (Hi Gail!), it was time to try it.  I trimmed my Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper into a 6″ x 3″ piece and a piece of 24 pound copy paper to 6″ x 5-1/2″.  Lined them up together and die-cut with the Stampin’ Up! Envelopes Liner Framelits die for medium envelopes in my Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine.

Die-Cutting Stampin' Up! Designer Paper and Copy Paper

With the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper adhered to the copy paper with SNAIL Adhesive, we have a full envelope liner to slide into our envelope.

Die-Cut Designer Paper and Copy Paper

Why I didn’t try this sooner is because I was concerned you’d see the pattern through the envelope.   Even though I chose virtually the darkest color possible, with the copy paper not a smidge of color showed through to the front.  A little bit of color did through the back of the envelope but no where close from showing beneath the closed flap.

Stampin' Up! Designer Paper on Copy Paper in Envelope

Now that you know a much more inexpensively way to have beautifully lined envelopes, order your Stampin’ Up! Envelopes Liner Framelits Dies now in my online store!  Oh, and don’t forget to get some Designer Series Paper too!

Envelope Liners Framelits Dies and 2014 Stampin’ Up! Catalog Designer Series Papers

If you have any questions about Envelope Liners Framelits, send them to [email protected].


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Gail told me she wished the 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ Designer Series Paper Stacks, such as All Abloom, were large enough pieces for the Envelope Liners Framelits.  Now you and she know how you can easily and inexpensively make your own envelope liners with Designer Series Paper!


I designed your Thanksgiving Day card. You cook the turkey.

Stamping Smiles October Virtual Club ProjectsI designed your Thanksgiving Day card if you’re a Stamping Smiles Virtual Stamping Club member or subscriber.  Designed this early because soon we’re going to be fully immersed in the holidays.  Halloween is still three weeks away, but you know how quickly the time will fly by.  Before we know it, it’ll be Thanksgiving.  And that’s exactly why I’ve designed the Thanksgiving card with the beautiful Stampin’ Up! For All Things Stamp Set for my Virtual Stamping Club members for their free October Club Class.  They can check that off their list and start planning the turkey dinner.

My Virtual Stamping Club members and subscribers can also check off their list a coordinating harvest goodie box also using the For All Things Stamp set to send home some of the leftover Thanksgiving treats!  Both projects are fabulous but easy to make. 

Will my club members make these two projects?  Maybe.  Why?  Because my club classes are to inspire, prepare for upcoming holidays and add to their stamping knowledge, not dictate the stamping products they purchase.  The monthly club class is sent after the club order has been placed.  Because the class is sent after the purchase of their choice, I’m always working ahead.  My club members want to make my Thanksgiving projects, they will have plenty of time to order the project materials in their November order and get the fabulously easy projects made before Thanksgiving. 

To ensure my Virtual Stamping Club projects are truly easy to make, they are demonstrated in videos!  My customers love learning from watching me doing it instead of reading a long pdf of instructions.

Free online stamping classes for small montly online Stampin' Up! orders!If you enjoy video instructions and style of cardmaking , why haven’t you joined the Stamping Smiles Virtual Stamping Club?  It’s a fabulous way to add each month to your stamping collection with a $30 or more (before shipping and tax) product purchase in my online store and add to your stamping knowledge with the Virtual Stamping Club Class ($17.95 value!).

Is there e a reason you can’t place your Stampin’ Up! orders with me?  Is your best friend a demonstrator?  Live outside the United States?  The good news is you can place your orders with demonstrator and still get my monthly Virtual Stamping Club Classes!  You do that by subscribing to my Virtual Stamping Club Classes for a low monthly cost of only $9.95/month for six months.  Or you have the option taking individual classes for only $17.95 and let me design for your upcoming holidays so you can concentrate on other holiday tasks.

To join my Virtual Stamping Club or subscribe to my monthly Virtual Stamping Club Classes, click on the subscribe now button.

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If you have any questions about my virtual club, please send an email to me at [email protected].


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Learn how to make your beautiful and easy For All Things Thanksgiving card when you join the Stamping Smiles Virtual Stamping Club in October!  I designed your Thanksgiving card.  You cook the turkey.

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