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Throwback Thursday to the Pretty Pansy Punch

Stampin' Up! Flower Shop Stamp SetSure hoping not, but I’m starting to suspect we just might see the Pansy Punch and Stampin’ Up! Flower Shop Stamp Set on the Retiring Accessories and Retiring Stamp Sets Lists next week. Why? Because the Pansy Punch is included in this week’s Weekly Deals. That’s the second time in two months (25% off through Monday, April 20).

Just in case my suspicions turn out to be right, I wanted to remind you, or introduce you to, the sweet and simple handmade card I designed with both the Flower Shop Stamp Set and Pansy Punch. If they end up on the retiring lists, accessories are always while supplies last. Last year stamp sets were too. Have not been find out if it will be again.

Of course, my hunch could be completely wrong. Either way, you’ll save 25% when you order the Pansy Punch by April 20 in my online store

You can see additional photos and learn more about my simple and sweet Flower Shop card here.


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Back to Black for A Happy Hooray

Stampin' Up! A Happy HoorayPulled out my package of Stampin’ Up! Back to Black Designer Series Paper, looked at all the fun  patterns and started thinking up different ways to use them for quick, clean and simple cards. I have more card ideas up my sleeve with the Back to Black paper, but thought how this would have been a good card to include in my Hassle-Free Cards subscription service.

My Hassle-Free Cards include more than clean and simple card ideas; there is a nice variety of styles. Because all the cards are personally designed by me, they all have that “Shelly touch”.

What’s the hardest part of copying a card idea? It’s always the measurements! How much time and paper have you wasted trying to get it right? Sure know how that feels the times I wanted to make a card from a Stampin’ Up! Catalog.

What’s the second most difficult part of copying a card idea? Flipping through page after page in the catalogs trying to find out what stamp set, background paper or colors were used. That hassle is all taken away when you subscribe to the Stamping Smiles Hassle-Free Cards!

If this were a Hassle-Free Card (it isn’t because they are exclusive), this is how the supplies and measurements would be listed.

Supplies used to make this card

Stamp Set: A Happy Hooray

Paper: Back to Basics Designer Series Paper and Whisper White Cardstock

Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive

Tools: 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Paper Snips


Card dimensions

4-1/4″ x 11″ Whisper White Cardstock

1″ x 5-1/2″ Back to Black Designer Series Paper

1″ x 3-1/2″ Whisper White Cardstock (to stamp and handcut)

2″ x 2-1/2″ Whisper White Cardstock (to stamp and punch)


You can see how easy it will be to make this card now that you have all the ingredients and measurements!

If you’d like to take the hassle out of finding great card ideas, you’ll want to subscribe now to my Hassle-Free Cards! Every 15 days a fresh, new card idea is delivered to your inbox for only $4.95 a month!

Here’s just two of the many comments I’ve received from Hassle-Free Cards subscribers:

Another stunning card  ~ thank you.  – Margaret from CO

Very, very pretty!  I like a lot!  – Michele from PA


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Card ideas are nice to have, but copying them can be time-consuming without the supplies and measurements. Just like with my A Happy Hooray card idea, you get a great card idea with the measurements and supplies with your subscription to the Stamping Smiles Hassle-Free Cards!


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My Digital Studio is going away

My Digital Studio Printed CardMy upline designed this congrats card for me with MDS (My Digital Studio) and used the Stampin’ Up! printing service to have it made. This was the first digitally designed card she sent me, and now, probably the last. Stampin’ Up! is going to stop selling the software with its over $500 worth of content and optional downloads we can purchase.

As much as I personally enjoy using the software to create banners and such for my business, Stampin’ Up! customers, for the most part, enjoy creating handmade cards and scrapbooks by hand with rubberstamps, die-cuts, buttons, ribbons and all that good stuff. We have to touch and feel the texture. So Stampin’ Up! is discontinuing the digital design software and concentrate on doing what they do best – provide us with high quality rubberstamps and accessories to create handmade cards, gift items and more.

MDS will be available through May 31, 2015. So, this is what you will want to do before then if you own it or wish to purchase it before it’s gone. If you purchased the software on a disk, great. You’ve got it. If not, be sure to back up your download and save it in case your computer crashes and you need to reload it.

For any additional downloads you purchased, save them to your computer for use with MDS and for Non-MDS uses. Stampin’ Up! has been storing them for us in our online accounts in the event we ever needed to download them again. They will be removed after May 31. Also, by storing the additional downloads you’ve purchase, if somehow your software becomes unusable, you’ll have the downloads you can use in another photo editing software.

This would also be a good time to open up your MDS program to find out if it’s working properly. Stampin’ Up! will provide support through May 31.

I hope my software lasts forever because I use it several times a week. Just today I used it to create a color challenge for the Stamping Playground. Easy to do when all the Stampin’ Up! colors are included. But when it comes to handmade cards, I want to feel the cardstock and hold the rubberstamps to create a hand-stamped smile. :)
Stamping Smiles,

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Remember, May 31, 2015 is the last day to purchase the Stampin’ Up! digital design software and to save any MDS downloads stored in your online Stampin’ Up! account. Please do this soon and not wait until the last day.



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Beautiful Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Bunch Card

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bunch Card www.stampingsmiles.comWhat’s better than a pretty flower stamp set? A pretty flower stamp set with a coordinating punch! That’s exactly what you get with the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set and Fun Flower Punch. Both were used to make my beautiful Beautiful Bunch card.

The Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set coordinates with a couple of other Stampin’ Up! punches too. You have the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch and 1/2″ Circle Punch. They were also used to give more dimension to the punched flower for my handmade card. 

Easy to do, really. The flower was first stamped with the retiring Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin’ Pad and punched with the Fun Flower Punch. Then stamped with Strawberry Slush ink again on Whisper White Cardstock. For the second stamping, the entire image was not needed, just the center. The petals lined up quite nicely with the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. Added it to the center of the flower with a Stampin’ Dimensional. Even if it had been flat against the flower, it would have given it some dimension. Amazing how much that embellishes a greeting card. Even though it was stamped in the same color.

The flower stamp was then cleaned with Stampin’ Mist on the Stampin’ Scrub and ready to be inked and stamped again. This time with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Stampin’ Pad ink. Again, just the center was all that was needed. The 1/2″ Circle Punch was the perfect size. A Stampin’ Dimensional gave the center a little lift. Very nice.

The background was very easy to do. Stamped the same Beautiful Bunch flower all over a piece of 4″ x 5-1/4″ Whisper White Cardstock in Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown Sugar. You can see the flowers are overlapping each other a bit. The idea was to have little white space.

The stripes are Baked Brown Sugar from the Lullably Designer Series Paper. From a name like that, you’d think it would be all cows jumping over the moon and teddy bears. The patterns are varied and not babyish. The soft colors of Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding are great for baby projects but certainly not exclusive to baby projects, as you can see with my Beautiful Bunch card.

The Fun Flower Punch is one of the Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals. Order it by Monday, April 13 and save 25%! Did you know the Fun Flower Punch also coordinates with the Bloom for You Stamp Set? What’s better than a pretty flower stamp set and coordinating punch? A flower punch that coordinates with another flower set! Order the Fun Flower Punch and Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set now in my online store!


Beautiful Bunch Card Supplies

Like my handmade card? Leave a comment!


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Coordinating flower stamp sets and punches like we have with the Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set and Fun Flower Punch is a beautiful thing.


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Throwback Thursday with Beautiful Bunch Card

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bunch Thank You CardThe Fun Flower Punch on sale for 25% off with the current Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals brought to mind my cheery thank you card I made with the coordinating Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Bunch Stamp Set. Perfect for a throwback Thursday post! Click here to see the post AND video of how I made this handmade thank you card.

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A 90 degree turn was all it needed

Stampin' Up! Balloon Bash Stamp SetMy girlfriend loves to copy the samples from the Stampin’ Up! Catalogs. Her latest with the Stampin’ Up! Balloon Bash Stamp Set just wasn’t working out as well as she hoped. She was adapting the treat bag sample using the Balloon Bash set in the Occasions Catalog.

Picture this, the card base was 4-1/4″ wide and 5-1/2″ tall.  It was a perfectly fine card with the 4″ Whisper White Cardstock centered on the 5-1/4″ Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper. But it was plain. Especially after looking at the sample with pompoms. I was trying to see how she could work in a balloon like I did for my Balloon Bash card I posted last week. There wasn’t room.

Seeing she wasn’t pleased, I asked to see the card. Turned it 90 degrees so that it was now 5-1/5″ wide and 4-1/4″ tall (pictured). The 4″ tall Whisper White with the greeting snuggled in on the left side of the card. Now it just need a little something more. Now there was room for not just one balloon but three!

My friend’s card went from a perfectly fine, but plain, card to a festive and fun card. A turn was all it needed.

Stamping Playground membership siteDo you wish like my friend you could show me a card and see what suggestions I have? The Stamping Playground is my new membership site that was created for us to have a place to learn, play and share!

  • Learn through the new weekly video added to the growing library of exclusive videos for my Playground Friends.
  • Your invited to play along with the new weekly Playground Activity (project challenge).
  • Share your papercraft projects for the fun of it, or to look for suggestions from me and others on the Playground.

I’d love if you’d come hang out with me, too, on the Stamping Playground! Skip on over to try it out now for only $9.95/month! The Stamping Playground is where papercrafters go to play!



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Soft and sweet Stampin’ Up! Butterly Basics card

Even when using the soft 2013-2015 In Colors, there are a couple of techniques you can use to make them even softer. Watch as I show you how I made my soft and sweet card with the Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Basics Stamp Set!

If the video is not displaying properly, watch my soft and sweet Butterfly Basics card tutorial here.Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics Card

My Butterfly Basics card is so elegant and so easy to make! Aren’t you always thrilled when you really like a card and discover it’s fast and fabulous?!

Do you use White Vellum Cardstock? I hadn’t pulled it out in awhile. Need to do that more often because that was the touch that made my fast & fabulous Butterfly Basics card extra special. Besides making the fern and flowers softer, it allowed my greeting to stand out and easier to read than if I had stamped it right over top.

My soft and sweet Butterfly Basics card is my April thank you card I’ll be mailing to everyone who places his or her April Stampin’ Up! order with me. I’ve had customers tell me they’ve ordered just to get a particular card. You know, I’m perfectly fine with that. :)

If you’d also like to make my card, you’ll find the stamping supplies for it pictured below and linked into my online store. And please be sure to add the 2013-2015 In Color Ink Refills to your order. I’d love it if all of my customers had their ink refills and stocked up on cardstock before they sell out. History shows us especially those products of the retiring In Colors are the first to go.

Soft and sweet Butterfly Basics card supplies

Butterfly Basics Clear Bundle

Available April 8
Butterfly Basics Photopolymer Bundle

Available April 8
Butterfly Basics Wood Bundle

Available April 8

The Butterfly Basics Bundles will be available to order again on April 8. Sure hope a truckload of them are coming in! From the emails and phone calls from my customers, they’ll need that many. Because I have no idea if the shipment coming in is sufficient for the demand, I recommend ordering the bundle of your choice on April 8.

Stamping Smiles,

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Making a soft and sweet handmade card, like my Butterfly Basics card, is easy when you use the two techniques I shared.


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Finally! An Easy Solution to Watercolor Warped Cardstock!

While making my colorful Stampin’ Up! Balloon Bash card, I discovered a super easy solution to take the warp out of watercolored cardstock!  So easy, you’ll be wondering why you didn’t think of it first! Watch to see my fix.

If the video is not display, watch my easy solution to watercolor warped cardstock video here.

Stampin-Up_Balloon-Bash-Card www.stampingsmiles.comI was so busy showing you my tip for smoothing out watercolor warped cardstock, I didn’t tell you about the rest of my handmade birthday card with the Stampin’ Up! Balloon Bash Stamp Set from the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.

The Bermuda Bay striped background paper is also from the 2015 Occasions Catalog. It’s the coordinating Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper.

The balloon was stamped with Strawberry Slush Classic Stampin’ Pad ink. The Paper Snips make it easy to leave a white border when doing detail cutting like this. It probably isn’t obvious in the picture, but there are a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals (self-adhesive foam dots).

Like the star sequins? They coordinate so well because they are from the 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment. Like how my balloon has stars on it too?

The finishing touch was made by wrapping Coastal Cabana Thick Baker’s Twine three times around the bottom of the card.

Now listen up if you have not yet purchased your 2013-2015 In Color Ink Pad Refills and stocked up on the cardstock and any of the In Color accessories, such as the Sequin Assortment and Thick Baker’s Twine (available in all five In Colors). The 2013-2015 In Colors are retiring with the 2014-2015 Stampin’ Up! Catalog. But, and this is a big but, the Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories List will be released on April 21. Ink refills of retiring colors and then cardstock are the first accessories to sell out. Last year retiring In Color refills started selling out BEFORE the Retiring Accessories List was released.

When you order your ink refills and cardstock now in my online store, you’ll be sitting pretty and patting yourself on the back for being so smart.

Balloon Bash Card Supplies


If you have any questions about how one of the products was used on my Balloon Bash card, send an email to [email protected].


Stamping Smiles,

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If you enjoyed learning my tip of how to get the warp out of your watercolored cardstock, leave a comment for me!


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If you tend to wait until the last minute, it’s almost here!

Click for a larger view.We don’t mean to wait until the last minute, it just happens. And the last minute is almost here for the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration promotion. We’re in the final 32 hours of receiving a FREE Sale-a-bration gift for every $50 Stampin’ Up! product order in my online store!


Tuesday, March 31 is the last day to get any of the 14 exclusive Sale-a-bration products, including the A Happy Thing Stamp Set, Simply Wonderful Stamp Set and Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper for my lemon card.


These are your exclusive Sale-a-bration gift choices with every $50 in order totals (before shipping and sales tax)! 

Click on any picture for a larger view.

All the Sale-a-bration products pictured above are exclusive to the Sale-a-bration promotion. You cannot purchase them. The only way is to choose one for free with every $50 purchase in my online store! But only through March 31, 2015.
Stamping Smiles,


The 2015 Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration isn’t over quite yet. You still have a little time left to place your Sale-a-bration order in my online store. But not much time!


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Tiger lily-like flower with Stampin’ Up! Sheer Perfection Vellum

Stampin' Up! Petal Potpourri with Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum www.stampingsmiles.comWhen I colored the Sale-a-bration Sheer Perfection Vellum for this Petal Potpourri card, I couldn’t get it out of my mind how much the vellum reminded me of a tiger lily flower. Thought how I’d like to try it.

The thought got moved to the back burner with other projects taking priority, such as making exclusive card ideas for my 12 Weeks of Sale-a-bration for my subscribers to The Stamper’s Insider (more about that tomorrow).

That was until my sweet friend, Michele Martin, sent me this beautiful flower bouquet!

Beautiful flower arrangement with tiger lilies.

 Can you believe tiger lilies are in the arrangement?!

Flowers from Michele Tiger Lilies

 The thought absolutely had to come off the back burner to make a handmade card for my sweet friend.

Stampin' Up! Sheer Perfection Tiger Lily

Tangelo Twist and Daffodil Delight are spot on for the tiger lilies. I sponged Tangelo Twist and Daffodil Delight onto the Sheer Perfection Vellum after die-cutting it with the Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die. To make the color even deeper, the sponged Sheer Perfection Vellum is layered onto another die-cut flower in Tangelo Twist Cardstock. Also, the sponged side is on top. Turning it over muted the color. That’s what you do for the stained glass effect. For this handmade card, vibrant color was the goal.

The shape on the petals is pretty good. They do have the little point on the end. My flower petals are curled up, where tiger lily petals fold down. Master Gardener Mom would have caught that immediately. She grows beautiful flowers, I stamp and die-cut them. :)

Even though I don’t have a green thumb, my tiger lily-like card got two thumbs up from my husband.

A couple more parts to point out. The tiny polka dot background is another one of the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum  patterns. It’s layered onto Daffodil Delight Cardstock. The die-cut Garden Green leaves are also from the Flower Frenzy Bigz Die. “You’re the best!” stamped on half of Decorative Label punched Tangelo Twist Cardstock is from the Sale-a-bration Simply Wonderful Stamp Set. All the supplies for my tiger lily-like card are pictured lower in my post.

Here’s the thing. You cannot purchase the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum. It is available only as a free Sale-a-bration choice with any $50 Stampin’ Up! product purchase in my online store, and the Sale-a-bration promotion is only for two more days! Get your choice of one the fourteen Sale-a-bration exclusive products through March 31 only! 

Tiger lily-like card supplies

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The Sheer Perfection Vellum has 12 patterns! Get your own 6″ x 6″ stack of designer vellum for free with a $50 Stampin’ Up! purchase through March 31, 2015 only!


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