Triple Dipping – in Cards & Cones!

Triple Thank You

When the Stamp Group met this weekend we made a card that we had seen on page 16 of the big Annual Catalog. The card in the catalog example was made with Mint Macaron ink and floral embellishment, but I had a container of Blossom Accents in all of the 2015-2017 In Colors so I let them choose which colors they wanted.

Only three of our six members were able to come and stamp this month, so in my mind I was imagining that everyone would choose the same color – silly me! Of course they all picked something different. It reminded me of a story from my childhood:


When my family and I moved from California to Vermont, for the first few days we were just tourists, driving around stopping here and there, seeing the sights. We stopped at a rural outside eatery and ordered ice cream cones. As we were used to doing in California, I ordered a double, one scoop of one flavor, and another scoop of something different. The girl behind the counter gave me the strangest look, and said slowly, “Well… I guess I can do that,” but I realized immediately that I had crossed over some invisible cultural barrier by asking for something out of the ordinary.

That was so many years ago, long before the excitement of Ben & Jerry’s, and no one would bat an eye at a request like that in Vermont these days!

Dijon Thank You

Anyway, choice and variation make things interesting, wouldn’t you agree? Here are the In Colors that our Stamp Group friends chose for their cards, and the supplies used. If you try this, remember to stamp the ink on the flower image onto scrap paper one time first before stamping on your card so it will be light enough to overstamp the sentiment.

Click on any color swatch to see our coordinating products in that color!


Price: $5.25


Color Equation: B & W + Red = Gr8!

Mindy Thank You

When our sister-in-law Mindy’s thank you card arrived a few days ago, I thought immediately of how much I adore black, white and red together on a card. This is a simple layout, but with the glittery embossing and tiny red heart there’s a lot to love here.

Red Heart XOXO

This inspired me to to use the same color combination on my first card using the new Stampin’ Up! Bloomin’ Love stamp set and coordinating Thinlits Dies (see them on page 16 of the Spring Occasions catalog here.)

XOXO Detail

I die cut the heart from a panel of Real Red card stock, then attached all to a white card, laying the heart back in place, but raised up slightly on foam Dimensionals. I edged the flower petals with Dazzling Details glitter glue.

Red Black White SetThanks to Mindy for sending her card and inspiring me to make a complimentary piece as a result!

Here are the supplies that I used on my XOXO Heart Card. Remember that every $50 order that you place by 3/31, you will earn a Sale-A-Bration item, absolutely free! (You will be prompted on the check-out screen to choose.)

 140818Bloomin’ Love Photopolymer Bundle – 140818 Price: $35.50

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“You’ve Got a Friend” – Sets Still on Sale For 15% Off!

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you’ve got to do is call,

And I’ll be there – you’ve got a friend.

                                                              James Taylor

Friends 1

When it comes to deciding which sets you need during the 15% off sale going on today and tomorrow, celebrating friendship is always a good choice. The Friendly Wishes set is 10 stamps for $16.15 (reg. $19.00) if you order by Friday 10/23. I love this one because it’s easy to stamp with, is an all-occasion set for year-round use, and would also work for thank-you or Valentine’s Day cards!

Friendly Wishes

Friends 2

The Lots of Labels Framelits and a bit of Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon make this card as special as your friend who will love receiving it.

Friends 3

I love embossing on our White Vellum card stock; use the Banner Triple punch to make an interesting accent for this chalkboard technique card.

Here are all of the supplies used to make the two “You’ve Got a Friend” cards. Click on any picture for more information or to order!

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Ribbon that Inspires! Weekly Deals – Tues. Oct. 13th thru Mon. Oct. 19th, 2015

Foxy Thanks

Isn’t it amazing how a small thing like a spool of ribbon can inspire you to make an entire card? One of the items on our Weekly Deals today is Wild Wasabi Seam Binding Ribbon for 25% off, and that’s where I started when designing this Foxy Thanks card. I’ve also been loving the Into the Woods Designer Series Paper, the Thankful Forest Friends stamp set, and the Into the Woods Elements, all of which go so well together. You can see them all on page 43 of the Holiday Catalog  – click the image on the side bar to the right to browse the entire catalog online!

Foxy Thanks Inside

And here are all of the Weekly Deals, while supplies last, through Oct. 19th; click any image for more information or to order:

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Hello Fall! More Swaps to Share

Hello Fall!

Here’s an interesting way to use the Vintage Leaves stamps and coordinating Leaflets Framelits by cutting the leaves out of colored card stock and inserting them into a frame panel on the front of the card. This demonstrator did a few different things with the leaves; she stamped the red oak leaf with the original image from the stamp set, but did a plaid pattern on the green maple leaf and stippling on the yellow aspen. She treated the background frame to some brayering and outlining in gold ink and the overall effect of it all is very pleasing.

Thankful Bear

Card designed by Kerry Hansing. Stamp Set: Thankful Forest Friends

This next card is similar to the birthday card that I made a few days ago (see  but one nice feature here is the Blackberry Bliss panel behind the sentiment that has been embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder. I like that pop of unexpected color there, and the woodsy feel really enhances the look. The nice thing about the sentiment is that it would be a perfect Thanksgiving card, but it could also be used as a very appropriate fall-themed thank-you card!

Here are some of the products used to make the Hello Fall! card; click on any picture for more information or to order:

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Have Some Fun at a Stampin’ Up! Workshop!

I have a group of friends that I stamp with where I live in California, but I also have a group of friends and family that I stamp with, long-distance, in Vermont. About once or twice a year I get to stamp with some of them in person, either here or there.

           Val & Sherry   Mindy & Kathy

The Degree stampers in Colchester, VT – Valory, Sherry, Mindy and Kathy

On Tuesday, Sept. 8th we met at Sherry’s house and we were joined by our friends Karenlee and Wanda for some stamping fun!

Val & Karenlee  Wanda & Mindy

Valory, Karenlee, Wanda and Mindy

Since Wanda is our newest stamper, we let her pick the projects that we worked on. First we stamped the dragonfly card that my Stamping Hostess group in California did in August:


and then we worked on a swap card that I had made at the demonstrator’s gathering last month:


  This was made with the new Woodland embossing folder and the Happy Scenes stamp set and Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies. We used clear Window Sheets and Dimensionals to give life-like features to the window. As you can see, they came out beautifully!

Five Window Cards

Sherry, Wanda, Mindy, Kathy and Karenlee

Thanks, ladies, for a fun evening; I can’t wait to come back and stamp with you all again!

For products used on the Dragonfly card, check here:   Here are the products used to make the Christmas Window card that we did at our Vermont workshop:

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Boxing it Up in Style!


Another couple of products that you can find now on the Clearance Rack are seen here decorating this kraft takeout box; the lovely Mossy Meadow 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon for $3.59 (reg. $8.95) and the Seasonally Scattered wood mount stamp set for $14.99 (reg. $24.95) which also includes the embellished sentiments “merry” and “love.”

It’s easy to make a two-toned color on the image by inking the stamp with sponge daubers, first in the middle of the image with Tangelo Twist, and then around the edges with Hello Honey. Do you see that glimmery gold feather decoration? Here’s how to make it:

circle punchfeather 1

First punch out a circle, or use a die cutter, then put it back in and cut just a narrow edge of the circle off. The larger the circle you cut, the longer your feather will be.

feather 2feather 3

Next, use a star punch or any other punch that has a narrow tip that you can use to put several random notches in around the edge of the feather. Finish it off with a small hole at one end to use for tying on as an embellishment.

Some of the products that I used to make the Thanks box are listed below. Click on the Clearance Rack banner on the right-hand sidebar to see all of the products that are on sale at clearance prices, while supplies last!

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Happy Birthday, USA!


Birthday card for Mike Degree by Valory Degree, Fairfield, CA

Betty Kincannon Flag

Convention Swap card by Betty Kincannon, Anchorage, AK

Scot Strehlow

Punch It Up Challenge card by Scot Strehlow as seen on Pinterest

Karen Thomas Cone

Memorial Day card by Karen Thomas, Cranberry Township, PA

Peace Flag

4th of July Swap card by Kristie Hitpas

Lady Liberty

4th of July Swap card by Valory Degree, Fairfield, CA

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Fleeting and Fragile – Butterflies

“A fallen blossom

returning to the bough, I thought –

But no, a butterfly.”

– Arakida Moritake, Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology

Sherry White Butterfly

Butterflies are popular for good reason, and there will be butterfly stamps, dies, and even a new embossing folder in the upcoming catalog! But there is one lovely item on the Retiring List that I want to let you know about; the Beautiful Wings embosslits die that my sister-in-law Sherry used on these two cards. This item cuts and embosses 5 butterflies at once, and while it is still available, it is being offered for 50% off ($5.98.)

Sherry Green Butterfly

Shown below is a card that I CASE’d from Mercedes Weber, SU! Artisan Design Team Member, and while the Papillion Potpourri and Gorgeous Grunge stamp sets will still be in the upcoming catalog, it is the Fancy Fan embossing folder and the Labels Collection Framelits dies that are on the Retiring List, both for 50% off ($3.98 and $13.48, respectively.)

White Butterfly

These are beautiful items that I have loved using, and the price is right! But only while supplies last, or through June 2nd, so click on the supply list photos below for more information or to order now:

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Flower Power With the Chalkboard Technique

Chalkboard Thanks

I’m lovin’ this one, because it’s fun and bright but also because it’s so easy to make! The Yippee Skippee set used for the greeting and the Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon are on the Retiring List, but most of the supplies used will be available in the new upcoming catalog for your creating pleasure.

I used the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder on black card stock, then lightly rubbed a White StazOn ink pad over the surface to give it that chalkboard look. I used the Flower Shop and Petite Petals sets for the flowers and I punched out the middles using a regular 1/4″ paper punch.

I finished it off by making a freehand border around the greeting with a Project Life Journaling Pen.

Here are the supplies needed to make this card; click on any picture for more information:

Price: $99.95

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