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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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!)

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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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8 Handmade Cards and 8 Designer Series Papers!

Designer Series Papers make great focal points on cards! Its a fun twist from just using them as backgrounds. Check out these 8 cards using 8 different Designer Series Papers (buy 3, get 1 FREE this month from Stampin’ Up!).

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1. Sweet Taffy DSP with the bird stamp from the Hello Love stamp set.

This DSP is punched out with the What’s Up Punch and layered on Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry cardstock.

handmade card with circles




2. Lullaby DSP using the Circle Framelits and one stamp from the Tag Talk stamp set.

The cardstock used is Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, and Baked Brown Sugar.




flashback handmade card



3. The Flashback DSP is cut into two long strips of varying widths and layered on Whisper White.

The “happy birthday” is from the Amazing Birthday stamp set.

inside of handmade card

As a child of the 60′s, I love this Flashback DSP (aptly named) because I can remember radios like this one! (Did I ever tell you that Tim got a transister radio one year in high school for not getting any “Fs”?

High standards for that boy – he never learned to read until he was 40, a story he shared -read it by clicking here.


handmade strip card





4. The Park Lane DSP creates a vibrant look on this card. I like the dramatic color combination of Calypso Coral and Blackberry Bliss. The “hello” is from the #hello stamp set.

handmade card




5. The Maritime DSP with the crisp Real Red, Coastal Cabana, and Night of Navy uses the Banner Punch to make a sailing card. The birthday stamp is from the Amazing Birthday stamp set.

black and white card







6. The Back to Black DSP sets the stage for this quick and easy card using the 1″ Square Punch and words from the Bravo stamp set.

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7. The Flowerpot DSP makes a pretty quilt using the Postage Stamp Punch layered on Crushed Curry and Night of Navy and put through the Chevron embossing folder. No words needed!

handmade scrap card

8. The Confetti Celebration DSP makes a statement with 1/2″ strips all across the card. The “congratulations”, stamped in Strawberry Slush, is from the Bravo stamp set.

So, which 4 Designer Series Paper would you like to get?

Remember, the 4th is FREE! Shop here today through my link and I will send you some sample cards! Happy shopping.

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Make a Sweet Card with Designer Series Paper!

stampin up cardAre you a big paper collector like I am???

Since the SU! Designer Series Papers are on sale this month – buy 3 and get 1 FREE! – I wanted to show how I love making cards with the DSP as the focal point.

(Come back tomorrow and see 8 cards made highlighting the 8 papers on sale!)


handmade card ideas

On this card I used the Flowerpot Designer Series Paper.

I only used one stamp and that was for the word “sweet” from the .

As you can see, I made the same card twice … one on a Whisper White base and one on a Tangerine Tango base, each with a different cut out flower.

Which do you prefer?

How To Make This Sweet Card

stampin up card supplies

1. Cut the Flowerpot DSP 5 1/4″ x 1 3/4″. Attach to card base of Whisper White or Tangerine Tango.

2. Add the Tea Lace Paper Doily.

3. Use the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and the 2 1/2″ Circle Punch on a piece of Lost Lagoon.

4. Add the word “sweet!” from the High Five stamp set, layer the two circles, and add them to the card.

5. Cut out your choice of flowers from the Flowerpot DSP and add that with dimensionals.

6. Add a bow made with the Lost Lagoon 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon and attach with a glue dot.

Look again at what a difference it makes to just change the base color of the card! Since I have been experimenting with that idea, I would really like to know….

Which do you prefer? white or tangerine?

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MN Rubber Stamp Event and My Gift for You!

I am working on gifts for everyone who stops by my Stampin’ Up! booth at the MN Rubber Stamp Event that is on my mailing list! (Not on my list? Opt in today!)

french fry boxes stampin up

This is just the first few I’ve made. (Each will, of course, have goodies inside!)

I love to give little gifts and this Fry Box is a quick and easy gift box! Here is a closer look:

stampin up boxes

I used all of the new In Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist. They mix and match so well!

Run the Fry Box Bigz L through the Big Shot and assemble. Add a piece of the 3/8″ Satin Stitched Ribbon around the box. The words are from the Oh My Goodies and they are on one of the frames from the Four Frames stamp set.

What makes this stamping project so easy is that its all cut out with punches! What would we do without punches?

On this project, I used the Decorative Label Punch, the Scallop Oval Punch, and the Large Oval Punch.

The Rubber Stamp Event in Bloomington, MN

I mentioned I’m doing this event which takes place on July 19 and 20. Did you know that’s the same time as the Stampin’ Up! Convention?

How can I be at both?????? I can’t, so…….

I’m flying home early on the 20th (Sunday) and will go directly there so I will see you if you come that day.

On Saturday, you will be duly entertained by my husband Tim and his cohorts! There will be plenty of cards for you to make at our booth both days….and you will receive an invitation to come to our home for a Open House time of Cards with Karen, Food by Tim!

For more information about this Rubber Stamp Event in Bloomington, MN, just click here.

Not on my list yet? Just sign up today – and tell your friends to sign up too! Then there will be a free gift waiting for you at our booth!

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