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Hey There Buds, Petite Petals Punch is 25% off!

Stampin' Up! Hey There BudsThis Stampin’ Up! Hey There Buds card was given a little dimension with the Petite Petals Punch. Through Monday, March  30, you’ll save 25% on the Petite Petals Punch when you order it in my online store!

Before punching, the flower was stamped with the coordinating Petite Petals Stamp Set. The polka dot design of the flower offers a bit of contrast with the white border against the yellow flower peeking out underneath. It was attached with a Stampin’ Dimensional (self-adhesive foam dot) and then give a shiny center with a Basic Rhinestone Jewel.

Like the multicolor flower? Grab your Many Marvelous Markers. This handmade card is from the Founder’s Circle swap. The colors used to color the flower stamp look like Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow and Tangelo Twist.

The Crumb Cake Cardstock polka dots were made by dotting a Sponge Dauber inked with Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad. The yellow layer is So Saffron Cardstock.

If you’d like to get ahead of the Retiring Stamp Sets List to be released on April 21, order the 2013-2015 In Color Ink Refills and Cardstock and any of the single stamps you like in my online store. Why the single stamps? Because in the last few catalogs, annual and seasonal, single stamps haven’t carried over into the new catalog. This has happened enough years that this year single stamps will not be eligible for guesses of ten retiring stamp sets on my annual Retiring Stamp Sets List Contest I’ll be holding in mid April.

As far as the Retiring Stamp Sets List, last year stamp sets were while supplies last. Huge surprise! That was the first year Stampin’ Up! did that. Stamp sets started selling out the first day! I’m recommending you order any stamp sets you have been wanting but have put off before the Retiring Stamp Sets List is released. I have no idea what stamp sets will be on there, but if you’ve been wanting it, don’t take a chance that it will be on the list and sold out before you can react. And it doesn’t end up on the list, no harm because you wanted it anyway.

One more tip, if ordering to save 25% on the Petite Petals Punch by Monday, March 30, bump your order up to at least $50 in Stampin’ Up! products because you’ll earn one FREE Sale-a-bration choice for every $50 purchase in my online store!

Hey There Buds Card Supplies

The Petite Petals Punch with or without the Petite Petals Stamp Set is a quick and easy way to step up your handmade cards. Save 25% off the Petite Petals Punch with the Weekly Deals through Monday, March 30, 2015!


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Running low on a few items

Stampin' Up! Everything Eleanor and Work of Art www.stampingsmiles.comThe supplies of the Hello You Thinlits Dies, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Artisan Embellishments Kit, Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding, Clear Block Storage Caddy and Paper-Piercing Tool are low. When they run out of a product, it will be unavailable to order for awhile. This will be temporary, but how long it will be unavailable is not known.

When the Hello Thinlits Dies are moved to the Not Orderable List, that will also mean the Crazy About You Bundles will be unavailable too. If you wanted or needed any of these Stampin’ Up! products soon, order now.



Adding butterflies to our handmade cards is especially popular now that we’ve moved into spring. Seeing the Elegant Butterfly Punch added to the Low Inventory List was something I knew you’d all want to know. It makes it easier to plan your order.


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My Stampin’ Up! Blessed by God card with a twist

Same basic idea as my Stampin’ Up! Blessed by God Easter card I uploaded yesterday, but now with a twist. A twist that changed it into an entirely different card. Watch to see how it changed my card!

If the video is not displaying properly, watch my Blessed by God Easter card with a new twist video tutorial here.

Stampin' Up! Blessed by God Easter Card www.stampingsmiles.comPlaying around and coming up with a huge variety of handmade card designs that are fast to make, yet still fabulous, is my idea of fun! Fun because it makes it makes cardmaking easier for you.

In the Stamping Playground, I create a new video with a fast & fabulous paper craft project (mostly cards) exclusive for my Playground friends every week!

Stamping Playground membership site

Stamping Playground is a membership community for stampers who want to have fun while they learn, create and share! Learn more about what the Stamping Playground has to offer

We’ll try not to have any fun until you get there. :)

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Just can’t get enough of watching my video tutorials to learn my tips on how I made my cards? Then you’ll want to join the Stamping Playground!  It’s like being with old friends on my informal and friendly membership site.


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Label Love Stamp Set & Artisan Punch are 25% off!

Click to see a larger view.Stampin’ Up! did it again! They have included the Artisan Label Punch and Label Love Clear Mount Stamp Set in the new Weekly Deals. Save 25% with the new Weekly Deals! The savings are through Monday, March 30 only!

The Happy Easter Bunny card (Occasions Catalog) uses the Gold Fancy Designer Foil Vellum that is also 25% off!

On the same order with Weekly Deals, you can also order from the Occasions Catalog and get a FREE Sale-a-bration product for every $50 in orders!  But, Sale-a-bration is only through March 31!

Weekly Deals


If you’d like to save on any of the Weekly Deals, order them in my online store


As always, please be sure to contact me if I may be of any assistance to you.
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Stampin’ Up! products are fantastic. Stampin’ Up! products on sale is even better! Every Tuesday you’ll find new savings for one week only! Come back each week to see!

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On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross

Easter brings to mind the cherished gospel hymn The Old Rugged Cross. Watch to see how I made my Easter card with the Stampin’ Up! Blessed by God Stamp Set.

If the video is not displaying properly, watch my fast and fabulous Easter card video tutorial here.

Handmade Easter Card with Stampin' Up! Blessed by God www.stampingsmiles.comMy handmade Easter card is a great example of why we collect a variety of stamp sets. Using the sun from the Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set, the small hill from the Sheltering Tree Stamp Set and greeting and sentiments from the Indescribable Gift Stamp Set all worked together for card that reminds of why we’re celebrating Easter.

Wikipedia reads that George Bennard wrote the Old Rugged Cross in 1912. Over 100 years ago, and it’s still  one of most well known and beloved hymn of many.

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

  • Refrain:
    So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
    Till my trophies at last I lay down;
    I will cling to the old rugged cross,
    And exchange it someday for a crown.

You can read more about George Bennard and The Old Rugged Cross here.

Remember I said in the video Reed City, MI built a museum that still operates today dedicated to George Bennard’s life and ministry? I took a picture of it this afternoon.

Old Rugged Cross Museum

Admission is free. How fitting is that?

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing another version of my Blessed By God Easter card that I believe you’ll like as well, if not more! My videos are first uploaded to YouTube and then eventually get posted here. If you’d like to be notified as soon as I release a new video, subscribe to my channel!
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A handmade Easter card that shares His indescribable gift can be fast to make, yet still fabulous, with the Stampin’ Up! Blessed By God Stamp Set.


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Stampin' Up! St. Patrick's Day card with a rainbow and pot of goldDo you remember my rainbow with a punch art pot of gold card from last year?  For Toss Back Tuesday, I’ve posted the video again to wish that you find whatever is your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day!

If you are looking for your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, first you need a rainbow. I will show you how to make your own rainbow so you can find your pot of gold! Watch my video tutorial to see how easy you can make a rainbow with the Circles Collection Framelits #130911 for an adorable St. Patrick’s Day card.


If you have any difficulty watching my video tutorial on your device or in your browser, watch how to make your own rainbow video here.

Making rainbows is easy when you have the Circles Collection Framelits #130911 to use with your Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cut Machine #113439.

The clouds at the opposite end of the rainbow are the frosting from the Cupcake Builder Punch #121807. You can make a calorie free cupcake and clouds from one punch!

The Happy St. Patrick’s Day stamp is from what is probably the most popular Stampin’ Up! greeting set ever, the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set wood mount #128748 clear mount #127802. Impossible not to love a stamp set that has virtually every holiday and occasion you can think of needing for your handmade cards.

The sponged clouds were made using the 1-3/4″ Scallop Circle Punch #119854 for a template, a Stamping Sponge #, and the Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pad #126962. You can watch a video tutorial I made on how to make clouds with the listed supplies.

All of the stamping supplies to make my St. Patrick’s Day card are available to order from my online store Orders of $50 or more placed by March 31, 2015 will earn a FREE Sale-a-bration gift for every $50 purchase (before shipping and tax)!

The punch art pot of gold is one of the eight punch art projects in my Punch Art Class I. Was told selling classes with the punch pieces included is a big no-no. So, what I’ve done is make the pdf sheets of the punch art classes available for purchase for only $5 a class!


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Make your own rainbow with the Circles Collection Framelits Dies! Who knows. Maybe you will find your pot of gold at the end of it. Even if you have to make it yourself. :)


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Coloring Stampin’ Up! Sheer Perfection Vellum Card Tutorial

The Stampin’ Up! Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack papers are beautiful used as is, or you can color them for more variety! Watch as I demonstrate my pretty Sheer Perfection card to see how easy and fun it is to do!

If the video is not displaying properly, watch my Coloring Sheer Perfection Vellum card tutorial here.

Stampin' Up! Sheer Perfection Vellum Card Idea www.stampingsmiles.comThe patterns of the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack are pretty in the dark gray. We usually see white patterns. The dark gray then makes the vellum like a coloring book you can fill in with color, as I demonstrated for my pretty handmade card.  A product that allows such flexibility makes it even more valuable.

Valuable, but not something you can purchase. The only way to get the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack is for FREE with a $50 Stampin’ Up! product purchase in my online store! Hurry, you only have through March 31, 2015 if supplies last that long!

The shopping list for my Sheer Perfection Vellum card is pictured below. Clicking on the products you want to order will take you directly into my online store.

Sheer Perfection Vellum Card Supplies

Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack

FREE with $50 product purchase thru March 31!

In Color Accessory Pack

FREE with $50 product purchase thru March 31!

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Glue Dots




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Did you like my Sheer Perfection Vellum card? Don’t keep it to yourself! Leave a comment for me. :) I never get tired of reading sweet comments.

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Coloring Sheer Perfection Vellum for a pretty & quick card

Stampin' Up! Petal Potpourri with Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum www.stampingsmiles.comThe March only Sale-a-bration Sheer Perfection Sheer Designer Vellum is dark gray print. It looks nice as is or is very easy to color for another look. I used a brayer to coloring this pattern with Hello Honey Classic Stampin’ Pad ink. Adding three Petal Potpourri flowers made a for a pretty and quick handmade card.

Like the white border around my flowers? The coordinating Flower Medallion Punch made it for me. The white border made the flowers stand even though the vellum is the same color as the flowers.

Stampin' Up! Petal Potpourri  Stamp Set

Did you notice the center flower is sitting up a little higher than the other flowers? Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, self-adhesive foam dots, is an incredibly easy was to step up your cards.

Petal Potpourri Stamp Set and Flower Medallion Punch are from the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. They are available to purchase separately or bundled for 15% savings through June 2. What isn’t available for purchase is the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack. The only way to get it is for FREE with any $50 Stampin’ Up! product purchase through March 31 in my online store.

March 31 isn’t far off! Order the Petal Potpourri Bundle and be more than halfway to earning the Sheer Perfection Vellum for FREE! The stamping toys used to make my Petal Potpourri card are pictured below and linked into my online store.

Petal Potpourri with Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Card Supplies



Most prefer to place their Stampin’ Up! orders in my online store. If you’d rather have me place your orders for you, you’re most welcome to call me at 702-513-9997.
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The Sheer Perfection Designer Series Paper Stack is a fantastic way to add some pretty to your handmade cards!


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Blendabilities news I promised

The Blendabilities news is not what I hoped to be telling you. The problem has been identified. During the process of the welding the tip to the barrel occasionally it causes tiny, tiny holes in the tip of the marker. This causes the ink to evaporate too quickly. I have since learned that other alcohol marker companies also experienced this when they released their product.

Most of the defective markers are caught by the manufacturer before shipped to Stampin’ Up! That’s why the vast majority of the Blendabilities purchased worked as intended.

Because the manufacturer cannot consistently produce the high quality of product acceptable for Stampin’ Up! to deliver to their valued customers, the Blendabilities product line has been discontinued. Because we love them, Stampin’ Up! is looking for ways to provide us with alcohol markers and has promised to as soon an acceptable solution is found.

While I’m disappointed Blendabilities have been discontinued, I am proud to represent a company that makes providing only quality products their top priority.

Stampin’ Up! will be directly contacting those who purchased Blendabilities in the online store, so watch for an email from Stampin’ Up!. If you purchased Blendabilities in person or over the phone, contact the demonstrator you purchased them from if you have any on backorder or have received a dry marker. If you have any unopened packages, now would be a good time to check them to make sure they are inked.

The discontinuation of Blendabilities Click for a larger viewhas the potential to cause a run on the non-stamp set choices in the Sale-a-bration Catalog. That includes the cute and colorful cards in the This Day Project Life Mini Card Collection used for this adorable Celebrate Today card.

The exclusive stamp sets and accessory Sale-a-bration products are available as a free product choice for every $50 purchase through March 31, unless supplies of accessory (non-stamp) products run out first!

There are six accessory items: new Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack, In Color Accessory Pack, Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper, Best Year Ever Accessory Pack, This Day Project Life Mini Card Collection and Irresistibly Yours Designer Series Paper. You can see them all pictured here.

If you’re one to wait until the last minute and had your heart set on any of the six free Sale-a-bration choices listed above, get on over to my online store ASAP to place your Sale-a-bration order!


As always, please get in touch with me if I may be of any assistance to you.


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Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities Markers have been discontinued. We all will be keeping our fingers and toes crossed that Stampin’ Up! offers alcohol markers in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors soon!

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Love is Kindness for a classy handmade spring card

Stampin' Up! Love is Kindness Card www.stampingsmiles.comThe tulips wrapped in newspaper is the lovely Stampin’ Up! Love is Kindness Stamp from the 2015 Occasions Catalog was used to make this classy handmade spring card.

The card design started with watercolored Real Red tulips with Garden Green stems and leaves.  Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad ink was added to the newspaper wrapped around the tulips.

Now the challenge was how to finish the card. Layering in a bright red didn’t feel very springy.  Black and red is classy and with the black stamped outline, it coordinated while providing a nice contrast to the red. Still wanting to keep red to a minimum, adding a layer of newsprint from the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper was perfect! Could have gone with a Basic Black card base, but don’t you think the Real Red looks great?

A last minute added touch was to tear the newspaper print and add a small layer of Basic Black Cardstock. Looking good.

Stampin' Up! Love is Kindness Stamp

 What you could not see well in the first picture is the 3D effect of the handcut tulips popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Stampin' Up! Love is Kindness Stamp

Wow, does that ever step up my handmade spring card from nice to niiiiiice! You can see from this angle I also watercolored the tulips underneath. It adds to the depth and is much more attractive than if left blank.

There’s a trick to hand cutting stamped image that look seamless and not choppy. The trick is to not make short cuts but to turn your cardstock as your cutting. I just added a new exclusive video to the Stamping Playground this evening demonstrating how.

Come play on the Stamping Playground!

The Stamping Playground is a new community site I started that is designed for those who love this stuff and just can’t get enough of my style of cardmaking! I keep the inspiration coming with an exclusive new video tutorial every week and invite you to play too with a playground activity (challenge) and another exclusive project to inspire you! And best of all, it’s not a complicated new site to learn to navigate, it’s where you are already – on Facebook!

A new video added every week, a new project challenge, a fun and safe place to share your projects (if you like) and extra attention from me as I love hanging out on the Stamping Playground! All this for only $9.95/month! Joining us on the Stamping Playground is risk free. Your membership is month to month, meaning you can leave the Stamping Playground anytime you want. We’re waiting for you to join us on the Stamping Playground! Subscribe now!

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Like to see more cards I’ve made with stamp sets from 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog? Several are already on the Stamping Playground!


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