Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals!

Some great deals this week!

1/2 Circle Punch
1/2″ Circle Punch

Price: $5.95 $4.46
Brights Designer Buttons
Brights Designer Buttons

Price: $7.95 $5.96
Clear Oval Accent Bigz Die
Clear Oval Accent Bigz Die

Price: $21.95 $16.46
Cupcake Builder Punch
Cupcake Builder Punch

Price: $16.95 $12.71
Delight In The Day Photobook Template -- Digital Download
Delight In The Day Photobook Template – Digital Download

Price: $19.95 $11.97
Gift Bow Bigz L Die
Gift Bow Bigz L Die

Price: $32.95 $24.71
Little Book of Coupons Designer Swatchbook Template -- Digital Download
Little Book Of Coupons Designer Swatchbook Template – Digital Download

Price: $12.95 $7.77
Pool Party Stampin' Emboss Powder
Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder

Price: $4.95 $3.71



Just a Minute Stamping Techniques: Dot It!

stampin up card Do you make cards with or for kids? This Little Buddy Birthday is a great stamp set for that!

For a fun variation on a background, take a piece of paper that already has circles on it, like this piece from the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper, and add more circles or dots!

I added smaller circles of Crushed Curry to this Rich Razzleberry paper … and even added dots on the dinosaur circles.

Then, with the Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Write Marker, I drew a line around this creature twice and added more dots.

There are two other creatures, a bird and an armadillo, in this Little Buddy Birthday stamp set, along with a cake, balloon and three birthday phrases. You get a lot to work with!

Here is the one-minute video on making this card!

So how easy was that? Do you make cards with your kids, grand kids, or other kids? (If your answer is “no”, I would encourage you to give it a try! Pass on your passion!)

They would love this set because its fun to color the cute little creatures. Let them make their own birthday cards for friends! Its never to early to get them involved in card making!

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Handmade Gift Bag Topper with Owl Punch Art!

handmade gift

Check out this lovely color coordinated gift package I received from Ginny Kaplan at the SU! Convention!

I loved getting it, that’s for sure!

Its actually easy to make and it looks so impressive!

The Kraft Grid Journal with attached pen takes center stage.

I love how she decorated the front with the Starburst Sayings and the Starburst Framelits.

Baker’s twine wrapped around the larger framelit creates the pretty pattern.

gift bag idea



Look at the package from the back and you see this cute Kind Koala card in the same colors!

Look how Ginny stamped and cut out an extra body so the koala could hold the sucker.

How fun would this card be to give to a kid?








So how did she make the package?

owl bag topper Paper from the Designer Series Paper Stack is put through the Big Shot with the largest Window Frames Collection Framelit, then folded in half.

Use circle punches for the eyes, adding a bit of the uni-ball Signo Gel Pen to add the highlights.

Add a 1″ Square Punch to make the beak and the owl is finished!

Then put your goodies in a Gusseted Cellophane Bag and attach the owl and there you have it! What a lovely gift to give!

Ginny included several more cards in this packet. What would you put in yours?

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Kind Koala is Thinking of You Today/3 Ways!

Kind Koala stamp setThis single stamp, Kind Koala, is so cute!

I fell in love with it at first glance!

Many others have felt the same way considering the number of Kind Koala cards I received at Convention!

Today I’m sharing three of them to show you the variety you can get with just one stamp!!!

1. This first card is by Carol Nordquist. Look how it opens:

inside of handmade card

I love the Tangerine Tango and the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper Carol used.

If you have never tried this interesting fold, you just start with your card folded the regular way and fold the front back over a second time.

thinking of you card 2. Lisa Ziebarth layered the Kind Koala on Whisper White which had been put through the Large Polka Dot embossing folder and then decorated with strips of the Confetti Celebration Designer Series Paper.

Notice the bit of stapled ribbon! (Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon)

Kind Koala handmade card


3. Adrienne Godfrey used the same Kind Koala stamp and layered it on Coastal Cabana cardstock which had been run through the Honeycomb embossing folder.

She added details of a button on the flower, a thin ribbon tie, and a punched out heart with a rhinestone!



All three of these cards are colorful and fun, and yet all three look very different from each other! Have you fallen in love with this stamp yet????

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals July 22 – 29

Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits
Bitty Banners Big Shot Die Framelits

Price: $14.95 $11.21
Calypso Coral Celebration Add-on Kit
Calypso Coral Celebration Add-On Kit

Price: $9.95 $7.46
Celebration Basics Kit
Celebration Basics Kit

Price: $14.95 $11.21
Crushed Curry 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Crushed Curry 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon

Price: $8.95 $6.71
Curly Label Punch
Curly Label Punch

Price: $16.95 $12.71
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch

Price: $15.95 $11.96
Pumpkin Pie 3/4 Chevron Ribbon
Pumpkin Pie 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon

Price: $8.95 $6.71
Summer Happiness Kit -- Digital Download
Summer Happiness Kit – Digital Download

Price: $9.95 $5.97



Stamping Friends: Getting to Know You……

Happy to be home after a fabulous few days at the Stampin’ Up! Convention! I went to convention knowing I had earned the Hawaii trip and feeling so grateful to all of you for that, particularly after this past “medical” year!

stampin up conventionHowever…..I had no idea that I would be named to the Founders’ Circle, the group of the top 100 demonstrators with SU! (along with my wonderful downline Linda Heller, also in this picture, and Georgia Giguere!)

Last year, I did not earn the cruise – only the second time in my 17 years with SU! that I didn’t. I was feeling a bit sad about that (Tim even more so!), but, as life turned out, I couldn’t have gone on it anyway!!! My 89 year mother had major surgery and I needed to stay with her for a few weeks. I was so thankful that I didn’t have to cancel that trip at the last minute!

This past year is one of those years that will stand out in my memory forever! Between my cancer, attending my MIL for the last month of her life, and staying with my mom after her surgeries I have learned a lot of good things….. how to slow down and appreciate every moment for what it is comes to mind right now…. and then to have this surprise at the end of the year…. I cannot begin to express my gratitude!


One of my goals for this year is to get to know you better.

I have a special members-only Facebook group (Back Porch Stampers) just for customers where I post a new card or project every day and we have games and prizes for things that customers post! I have lots of fun of special things planned for this group!

In addition to that, I have a Facebook page ( for everyone and I would love to have you follow me there! Go check out what I am offering my readers this week!!!

Come join the conversations and/or email me anytime with questions. I love to hear from you!

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SU! Convention Gifts with You Little Fur Ball!

handmade gifts

“Top Dog” and “Cool Cat” are on the little Kraft Grid Journals from Stampin’ Up!

This small size notebook is perfect for shopping list, doodling, taking notes…..

Think of all the occasions you could make a little gift like this for.

I used the Hot Diggity Dog stamp set and the You Little Furball stamp set for the animals. I liked the meaning of “top dog” and “cool cat” for my downline.

And are they quick and easy? I made 66 of them in two evenings.

The words are stamped with the Skinny Mini Alphabet, a photopolymer stamp set. Its so easy to use that kind of set. The video below will show you how I did it!

Quick & Easy Hand Stamped Notebook Covers

I am enjoying being at convention with all of these small gifts that don’t take up much room, but are a fun thing to give out! We’ll see how¬† many of my down line will actually seek me out to get theirs! With over 3000 people here, its not always easy to connect!!!

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Card Swaps, Make and Takes, Gifts and more…

card swaps It’s midnight … I have a 7 am flight to SLC to go to the SU! convention….and I’m still stamping!

Please let me know if you are a procrastinator too!

For the past five days, I have been a stamping machine!

I have stamped 200 cards for swapping in SLC!

stampin up notebooks






I have made 66 downline gifts for those in the Fine Line that are attending convention…

(come back tomorrow to see the other side!)

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I’ve packed the items I have finished stamping …

and now I just hope I can fit in some clothes!

I refuse to pay to check luggage so I am committed to only bringing a carry-on.

(Easier said than done when you are a stamper!)

stamping supplies








I’ve cut card stock for 400 cards for people to make at the Rubber Stamp Event in Bloomington, MN on Saturday and Sunday…

rubber stamp event in bloomington MN


I’ve finished the goodie bags for everyone on my mailing list that attends the Rubber Stamp Event (which Tim will be doing without me)!

In just a few hours I will be off to the 2014 Stampin’ Up! Convention! It’s always one of the highlights of my year!

I will be posing more about it on my Facebook page, so you will want to follow me there!

And thanks for being such an important part of my Stampin’ Up! world!

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Bundled Baby and Blendabilities….

Bundled Baby


Bundled Baby and Blendabilities go together like….

You don’t need flowers to use the Blendabilites!

Isn’t this baby sweet with the polka dot swaddling cloth? It matches the Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper.

I love how the Blendabilities give such a bright color as well as pretty shading.

The video below will show you how I colored this.

You have probably noticed how often I make cards with asymmetrical lines or something else different in the cutting. I enjoy experimenting with different looks like that. Do you?

Blendabilities Tutorial with Bundled Baby

Are there any baby cards needed in your near future? Bundled Baby is such a cute set. I love the words “bundle of boy” and “tickled pink” which are included in the set along with the “congratulations” that I used. There is also another stamp with the baby in a basket. That would be great fun to color too!

By the way… you like to color? I think its fun to see who likes it and who doesn’t. I always loved to color when I was a child – do you think that makes a difference?

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