Retiring Soon

May 26th, 2016 by craftdoc

We finally have some nice weather for gardening, so I’m just adding a few quick posts featuring stamp sets that retire on May 30th.  And some are on sale too at my website shop.

These quick and easy cards feature the Dotty Angles and Big News stamp sets, and my favorite retiring color Lost Lagoon.



Party Planning Party

May 19th, 2016 by craftdoc

Stampin’ Up! asked me to post during our 24 hour Party Planning Party.  The new catalog starts June 1 and we are brainstorming cool projects and fun events for June.  And there are even more Stampin’ Rewards just for June, so contact me to get your home or virtual party on the calendar today!

I decided to feature the old, yet new again trend of metallic copper.  The new catalog has copper embossing powder and a beautiful Designer Series Paper and Washi Tape that have some copper accents (Affectionately Yours).  They coordinate in a suite of products with the “Love and Affection” stamp set that I used here.


For this card I used the new Layering Squares Framelits and the 1/2 inch punch to make the flower centers.  I embossed Pearl Basic Jewels by dipping in Versamark, then pouring on the Copper Embossing Powder.  It was rather a messy process, but turned out to be a fun accent.  I stamped off the flowers on the panel with the Crumb Cake ink to make them slightly lighter in shade.


For the next series of cards, I adapted a popular layout to make quick and easy multiples.  This card would be great for a class because you can get 12 cards out of one sheet of DSP (see photo).  First cut 4×6 pieces.  Then mark each piece at 2-1/2″ from each end (see photo) and cut with your Stampin’ Trimmer.  There is only 1 sheet of the copper accented paper in this pattern, but you are just using a small strip so it will go a long ways.  You will need to cut the strips at 1/2″ by 4-1/2 inch so you have room to trim at the edges.   Do this before mounting to the card base.  Or use the copper accented Washi Tape, as I did in the 2nd card.  Stamp with Night of Navy and Crumb Cake inks on a Crumb Cake card base.



You will be able to purchase all of these new products at my website shop starting June 1.  Or you can add some of them right now to your demonstrator starter kit (join now).

And finally, here is the list of events that I will be sharing (or have shared) at the Party Planning Party.

For our newbies and hobbyists:

Stamp with a Friend – set a date and invite one or 2 friends over.  Have an easy project ready or ask them to help you with some ideas using the supplies in your kit.  Be sure to have the new catalog handy so you can get them excited about new products and helping you stay active as a demonstrator.  Be sure to enter your date on the survey so you can earn the prize if we meet the goal.

Card Swap – Here’s another idea if you have friends that already stamp – pick a date to get together at a coffee house for a card swap.  Each participant brings enough cards of one design so everyone takes home one of each.  Again, have the new catalogs ready to give away and let them know that you can take orders at any time, including online if they choose you as their demonstrator.  Be sure that you have signed up for the demonstrator directory.  Go to the demonstrator website.  Click the arrow next to your name and select “Referral Policy Agreement”.  Uncheck the 2 boxes and click submit.

Facebook Party – Here’s another idea to involve friends and family from out of town – pick a date for an online Facebook event and send out invites.  Set aside part of the day for stamping and share your project(s) in process.  At the end, list the supplies that you used and include a link to the online store.  You could also share one or two of the new product videos by Stampin’ Up!  or some of the corporate photos.   Share your stamping goals too.  Share what you love about Stampin’ Up! and what you would like to experience/accomplish with your time as a demonstrator.

Project Kit Class

Stamp A Stack – 3 cards each of 3 designs

Intro to Project Life

Community stamping/Fundraiser

Techniques Class – stand alone or a series – make a booklet using ATCs

Product based class (price of product is included in class)– eg Washi Tape, Project Life, Ombre Stampin’ Pad plus 1 sponge brayer, a new stamp set, Fabulous Foil Acetate etc.

Paper Pumpkin Party – purchase some May refills and invite friends to make a Father’s Day card at your local coffee shop.  Promote subscriptions for summer fun/vacation crafting.

New Catalog Kickoff Party

Customer Appreciation Party

Stampin’ Garage Sale – sell retired items or BOGO for new catalog items

Sweet Suites classes – feature products from a Suite

Summer Theme Party – feature Pop of Paradise or Moroccan Night

School of Color Class – research some facts about color and color coordination to teach your students.  Make a swatch booklet of coordinating colors.  Use DSP and coordinating Cardstock Packs to choose easy color combos.  Feature one of your color combos on a project.

Hot Trends Class:  this can be a stand-alone class or run as a series.  For example:  Washi is Wild or Copper is Cool  (see sample cards above).




Box Card

May 10th, 2016 by craftdoc

First – today is the last day to sign up for the May Paper Pumpkin kit (here).  You won’t want to miss this one with the cute die cut panels:


This is the box card I made for my mom’s birthday last month using the Number of Years stamp set and framelits.  The confetti is from a new punch available now for demonstrators, and June 1 for customers.



1.  Use a 9×5-1/2 piece of CS.  Score lengthwise in half (2-3/4) .  Turn, Score at 2-1/8, 4-1/4, 6-3/8, 8-1/2.

2.  Cut off part of flap and cut down half way.  Assemble box with Tear & Tape.  This post shows some more detailed photos of the assembly.

3.  Make 2 – inserts are 3-1/8 by 1-1/2, scored 1/2″ from each edge.  Place at top edge of box, play with the positioning, so the box will fold properly.

4. Add 4 DSP panels at 2-1/2 x 1-7/8.

5.  Add your punched balloons with tiny strips of window sheet and glue dots to the inserts as well as the front and back of the box.   I attached a tiny piece of baker’s twine to the glue dot and let it dangle.  You can also use butterflies, flowers etc.

This card fits a standard A4 envelope when folded.  I have seen other instructions online for a larger box card.

You can find all the supplies for this project at my website shop.  This paper (Birthday Bouquet) is retiring, and only available while supplies last.  Check out all the retiring products at my shop – some are up to 50% off.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

May 7th, 2016 by craftdoc

I’m kicking off National Scrapbooking Day with a live event on my Facebook page.  I’ve never done this before, so we’ll see how it goes!  I’m featuring Project Life by Stampin’ Up! in the event.  If you are not familiar with this memory keeping system, here’s a video. I’ll post back later with my finished pages.  Happy Scrapbooking!

Happy NSD blog

Mother’s Day Cards

May 4th, 2016 by craftdoc

You still have a few days to make that Mother’s Day card!  Here’s an easy one using the “Remarkable You” stamp set.  These bold floral images are great for a quick card and the sentiment is perfect for many occasions.  Here, I paired it with Greatest Greetings on the inside.

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Today’s Tips:

The spotlighting technique will never be the same again with the new Layering Framelit dies.  Here I used the squares.  And here is also a sneak peek of 2 of the new In Colors – Flirty Flamingo and Emerald Envy.  Now is a great time to purchase the demonstrator starter kit – you can choose these pre-order items and more at a great discount.  Join the Fun at my website. Or wait until June 1 when the new annual catalog is live.

Pre-Order Day and Paper Pumpkin

May 3rd, 2016 by craftdoc

Today is pre-order day for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators – always an exciting time as we anticipate a new catalog. If you purchase the demonstrator starter kit, you can choose the same new products and be first to get the new In Colors! Check out “Join the Fun” at my website.


And here’s a sneak peek at the May Paper Pumpkin kit.  Make sure your subscription is up to date, or start yours today at

I got to make one of the cards at the OnStage meeting last month.


I’m getting ready to send out my monthly newsletter – be sure you are subscribed at my website.

I’ll be posting instructions for my birthday box card soon -so stay tuned and have a great week!


Card Swaps

May 1st, 2016 by craftdoc

I haven’t been able to do much stamping during our home remodeling, so this is the perfect time to share some of the swap cards I received at #onstage2016.  For the past week I have shared my favorite cards made with retiring stamp sets.



The first card, by Donna Johnson features the already sold out Washi Tape punch.  But you could also use strips of designer series paper or real washi tape to recreate this layout.  The second card by Mary Brown, features the retiring “Big News” stamp set.  I like the little banner using the toothpick.  Both cards use retiring Designer Series Paper – be sure to get your favorites before they are sold out.

You can purchase all the supplies used on these cards at my website shop while supplies last.


Card Swaps

April 30th, 2016 by craftdoc

I haven’t been able to do much stamping during our home remodeling, so this is the perfect time to share some of the swap cards I received at #onstage2016.  For the next week I will share my favorite cards made with retiring stamp sets.



The first card, by Rachel Durtschi uses the Garden in Bloom Stamp set which is not retiring.  However, the Hexagon Hive Thinlits die will be retiring.  She ran a piece of fun foam through the Big Shot with this die and used the foam die cut for a homemade stamp – genius!

The second card, by Tina Floe uses the retiring Zoo Babies stamp set and a fun paper piecing technique.  The Honeycomb embossing folder is also retiring.

You can purchase all supplies for these projects at my website shop while supplies last.



Card Swaps

April 29th, 2016 by craftdoc

I haven’t been able to do much stamping during our home remodeling, so this is the perfect time to share some of the swap cards I received at #onstage2016.  For the next week I will share my favorite cards made with retiring stamp sets.



The first card, by Jan Reid, features the retiring Party Wishes stamp set.  I love how she used the “It’s my Party” Washi Tape to make the diagonal stripes.  That and the enamel dots and the Combo Baker’s Twine are all retiring as well.

The second card, by Kristi Kildoo features the retiring Swallowtail and Blessed by God stamps, and again the Baker’s Twine.  The Note Tag Punch is also retiring.

You can purchase all the supplies for these projects at my website shop.


Card Swaps

April 28th, 2016 by craftdoc

I haven’t been able to do much stamping during our home remodeling, so this is the perfect time to share some of the swap cards I received at #onstage2016.  For the next week I will share my favorite cards made with retiring products




The first card by unknown demonstrator, features the First Sight stamp set.  This set is not retiring, but the Curvy Corner Trio punch is.  I love the sponged, reverse masked oval and the gold embossed sentiment on this card.

The other cards, by unknown demonstrator and Michelle Hornback feature the “Apple of my Eye” stamp set, with some fun bold sentiments.  You can purchase the supplies for all these projects at my website shop.

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