Build A Banner

I have to say, that I had WAY too much fun today.  I created a banner with the new Build A Banner Simply Created Kit #133507 (will be available to you tomorrow!!) and the Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit #132697.  Now, the hardest part was taking pictures of this bad boy.  It’s so darn pretty but I can’t get one single picture of it.  So, I broke it up.





Well, there is NOT 3 L’s for real.. *grin*… It’s only CHILLY…

So, I learned some things making this banner.  I thought I would pass on these tips.  Make sure that if you spritz each banner with color, you should do three things:  1) Make sure that you iron the pennants first.  2) Put a LOT of reinker in the spritzer before you spritz.  I put about 30 drops and that wasn’t enough… 45 – 50 seemed to work.  You do NOT want to over spray the pennant.  The color will seep and bleed together if it’s too wet.  3) Spray close to the banner to get the most color with the least amount of liquid. Also, spray directly above the banner, not at an angle.  (You can see in the last picture with the L and the Y that the L is perfect and the Y stripes are bleeding into each other) – Practice makes perfect!  You should see my first pennant… It’s not pretty… thinking of dying it solid… LOL

Honestly, even though it’s not perfect, it still looks great!  If the sun moves, I will get a pic of the whole pennant!

New Stampin’ Up! Products!!!

After going to Convention, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some of the new products that are coming out!  If you think the Holiday Catalog is fantastic (well, truly it is), there are even more NEW products coming out!  Here’s a run down!

Settin’ Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set

Settin' Sail

Setting Sail Photopolymer Stamp Set is BRAND new and ready for all your summer projects!! Click on the image above for details.

Best of Shelli


What a beautiful stamp set!  If you buy 6 “Best of” stamp sets, you get one free!!

In With You Program


Spread The Joy Stamp Set (clear mount) – If you click on the image above, it will take you to the clear mount page.  Spread the Joy also comes in wood mount!  This “In With You” program is designed to get YOU to design a stamp set.  The stamp set above, Spread the Joy was designed by Emily M of the home office.

Stampin’ Up! will be running ongoing contests and would love your participation! Join the fun at

Undefine Stamp Carving Kit


Have you ever wished we had a specific stamp or set of stamps?  I know I have! Well, now you can have ANY stamp you want by MAKING your own set!!!  I am super excited by this concept and plan on showing it off next week; this week, if i get the chance!  We got to see this demonstrated at Convention.  It looks easy and fun!  Watch my blog for my own creation!

What To Washi Bundle – Digital Download


Washi Tape has to be one of the most trendy new items Stampin’ Up! has.  I absolutely love it! The bundle provides you with product as well as the classes!

Bundle Includes:
* 7 PDF Documents
* 2 Instructional Videos
* 4 pkgs of Washi Tape (3 rolls per pkg) – (That’s 12 rolls of Washi Tape!!!)
* 20 Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes

If you have supplies, then here is a digital downloadable class just for you!

There are also some products coming out VERY soon! I will have another page of new products on or after the 1st!


Place Card with a twist

My roommates decided that we should do a “swap” with each other while we were at Convention.  We each made a project for each other to make.  Since Cathy and I drove, we had the room to bring supplies with us.  Cathy loaded up her craft room in the back of the car and off we went.  *grins*

This is my project – each lady had enough supplies to make 8 place cards and a ribbon to tie them all together.  But there is a twist.  Behind the name place, there is a message to the “guest.”



What do you think?  Kind of cute, right? Note the Tangerine Tango Baker’s Twine.  Where did I get that from?  I made it!  I took Whisper White Baker’s Twine, water, a small container and Tangerine Tango re-inker.  I used about 15 drops of re-inker (my container was an empty Stampin’ Up! container from buttons) and filled the container about 3/4 of the way with water.  I soaked the right sized Baker’s Twine for a minute or two, until it absorbed the color.  Then I hung the Baker’s Twine up over my faucet to dry.  You can even do all of your twine at once (I had 36 pieces to color).

Supplies used (each link opens a new window – if it doesn’t have a link, that means it’s not available until August 1st when the Holiday Catalog goes live!!):

Playing with MDS… Again!

Earlier, I told you that MDS has become an obsession again!  It’s so easy to just open a program and have all of your stamping supplies right there!!  To clean up my mess, I only have to close the program! LOL!!  Today is a rainy day in Colorado Springs.  It’s actually hailing and thunder-storming pretty loudly.  I back-up my work quite often so I’m not to worried about losing my stuff! LOL


This layout uses the following downloads:

While I didn’t use a photobook template for this page, I did use a BUNCH of the products that comes with it, DSP, stamps, embellishments, etc.  This page is of me and my three roommates!  We had an awesome time at Convention.  I can’t imagine spending my time without these fabulous ladies!  (Though, I would probably skip the clothes shopping part, if I could!)

HURRY!!! Ending soon!

There are a few Promotions that Stampin’ Up! is running that is about to expire.  I think you should take advantage of them before they are gone!!

July 31st ends – Buy 3, Get 1 Free sale on DSP!  What a great way to stock up before the busiest crafting time of the year!! Click on the image below!HURRY!! Expires July 31st!

August 31st ends – Pick A Project Kit – Signing up to be a demonstrator has never been easier or as inexpensive!  I can tell you with my 5 happy years with Stampin’ Up!, I love being a demonstrator.  Now, not only can you customize (completely) your kit, you get a BONUS Project Kit FOR FREE!!! Seriously?? You would be crazy not to sign up now!  Click on the image below.


August 31st ends – Paper Pumpkin Sale – Join Paper Pumpkin and your first two months are only $10 each!! That’s nearly half-price!! I love getting My Paper Pumpkin every month and I guarantee, you will too!!  Sign up before August 10th to get September’s Paper Pumpkin! Sign up after August 10th and you will get October’s Paper Pumpkin!  Sign up today – Don’t forget the Promo Code – PUMPKINDEAL!! It’s so worth it!!


My Swap Card – Convention Team

As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, we have the opportunity to purchase product from the next new catalog earlier than customers.  This is one of the those times.  The new Holiday Catalog is going to be live August 1st.  So, here is a card that I did for an organized swap of the team that I belong to, Stampin By The Sea.  We exchanged cards at Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah.  #convention2013.  There are a lot of details in this card.


This “Thanksgiving” themed card uses a TON of new product.  New DSP (Sweater Weather #132184) – New Punch (Chevron Punch #132154) – New Ribbon (Burlap #132140) – Two new stamp sets (Harvest of Thanks – #131739 (clear) or #131736 (wood) and Truly Grateful – #131733 (clear) or #131730 (wood)) –


Do you see the splatter in this card?  Have you tried this technique?  All you do is put about 25 drops of re-inker into an aqua painter, fill it up with alcohol and squeeze to load the brush.  You can either tap the aqua painter on your finger over the desired area, you can flick it over the area or you can squeeze the liquid directly over the desired area.  It just depends on the effect you are going for – be sure to practice on scrap paper before you do it on the finished product.  The more re-inker you use, the darker the spots.

Ok… Here’s what I really wanted to show you though.  Have you ever thought of coloring your buttons?  This is another neat thing you can do to spice up your card!  Check this out:


These are the Very Vintage Designer Buttons.  Normally, they are Very Vanilla in color.  However, you can color them with ink (I patted mine in a Crushed Curry ink pad) and then emboss them!  Easy peasy!

For the things you can get now, the list is below. (the links open new windows and give you more info – plus you can put it in a shopping cart to purchase):

MDS Scrapbook Layout

When MDS (My Digital Studio) first came out, I was addicted.  Unfortunately, my addiction ended due to time constraints.  However, my addiction has returned!  I have been trying to play with it as often as I can.  I tend to focus my scrapbook layouts on things like my children and trips that I have taken.  Well, today, I decided to do a layout on me!  This is the silly side of me!


Yes, I can be a silly girl; much more often than not!  MDS is the best software on the market, in my humble opinion.  I have used others but this one is the best!!  This layout uses a variety of different downloads.  Some of which are very recent downloads!

Supplies (if you click on the link, you can get more information on the different downloads that I used – price and even put them in a cart to buy – each link opens a new tab):

Did you know that you can try MDS before you buy MDS??  Well you can!  You can download a FREE trial version of the software right now!  Click on this link:  MDS FREE TRIAL