Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Downline Swap Cards

I wanted to share the cute cards I got from a swap with my Downline.  They are so talented!

Jill Perkins

Kathy Johnson

Carol Johnson

Marge McGuire

Monday, January 28, 2013

The Cookie Monster

Check out the CUTE gift I got from my downline, Carol Johnson.  What a cute punch character and a cute way to use it!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

I received this simple but adorable card in a swap at Leadership.  The simplicity is perfect!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Stamp Set(s) - Hearts of Flutter, Wacky Wishes
Card Stock - Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Brights Designer Series Paper Pack
Ink - Real Red, Pretty in Pink
Accessories -Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Dimensionals, Heart Punch

Friday, January 18, 2013

Emboss Resist Technique

Time is flying isn't it!  I am already doing Valentine's Day cards!  This card is simply beautiful.  I cased my own card for this one (see here).  This card uses the Emboss Resist Technique that I am going to teach you today!

Here is whatcha do:

First Emboss
Rub embossing buddy over cardstock. 

Ink up your stamp with Versamark ink, then stamp onto cardstock. 

Sprinkle clear embossing powder over image, and tap off excess. 

If you look closely you can see the hearts.

Use a heat tool to set image. 

Then Resist
Choose one or more colors of classic ink.  Ink up a sponge dauber and use a light hand and a swirling motion to ink the embossed image.  Continue sponging till the desired area is filled with color. 

You can even stamp over it.

Using a paper towel or tissue, rub the embossed area till the ink is gone.  Stamps will appear to be behind the embossed image.

Stamp Set(s) - Hearts a Flutter, Elements of Style
Card Stock - Raspberry Ripple, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink - Raspberry Ripple, Versamark
Accessories - Embossing Buddy, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Sponge Dauber

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dude, Your Welcome!

You asked, and we listened! We're excited to introduce our new, very manly stamping kit: the Dude, You're Welcome! kit.

Guys don't always have the easiest time expressing themselves, but with the Dude, You're Welcome! kit, they'll have:
  • Four wood-mount stamps (double-mounted) with the perfect sentiment for every occasion
  • Twelve 4" x 6" postcards in four different (manly) colors
  • Twelve gray envelopes
  • A Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad
  • An instructional guide (for the most novice stamper!)
Basically, the kit includes everything a dude needs to create the perfect manly card that any woman would adore, all packaged in an appropriately masculine box. Check it out! 

Get yours today!
132807  Dude, You're Welcome! Kit $24.95

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Thank You Honey Bee

I cased this card as my second swap for Leadership.  I changed it to a bee because, well, I'm a bee! 

To do the circles I cut the Whisper White, So Saffron, and More Mustard at 2" x 2" and the Soft Suede at 2-1/4 x 2-1/4.  I stamped on the Whisper White.  I then punched the So Saffron with the 1" Circle Punch and the More Mustard with the 1-1/4 Circle Punch and layered them over the white.  I measured out the middle and punched the Soft Suede with the 1-3/8" Circle Punch right in the middle.  I layered it on top of the others with Dimensionals.  It can be a little tricky to get the circle in the middle but it only matters with the top one.

Stamp Set(s) - Collage Curios, Perfectly Penned
Card Stock - Whisper White, So Saffron, Soft Suede, More Mustard
Ink - So Saffron, Soft Suede
Accessories - Big Shot, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, 1" Circle Punch, 1-1/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Dimensionals

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin

Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!

I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!
Get Started

It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • A Paper Pumpkin membership is $19.95 per month (and shipping is included!) The commissionable amount is $14.95 for each Paper Pumpkin.  
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.
Here's How You Order

Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it.
Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store.
A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit

The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!
Questions? We've Got Answers.  Visit

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sale-A-Bration Celebration

I spent the last three days at Leadership and had a WONDERFUL time!  I learned so much, saw so much, and met so many wonderful people!  I will be posting some of these things over the next couple of days but right now I wanted to post about the event that followed Leadership: Sale-A-Bration Celebration.

This event was in the evening after Leadership closed.  It was open to all Demonstrators AND Customers for FREE.  It was targeted to Florida demos and customers because, well, they were the closest.  I attended the event with one of my downline that came up just for this event and my husband because he wanted to see what a Stampin' Up! event was like.  And may I just say, if you have never attended a Stampin' Up! event, do so as so as you can because they are AMAZING!

The evening was filled with stamping presentations, giveaways, and MANY great incentives for the customers in the audience.  All the great presenters that Demonstrators get to see at the events presented here too!  The energy and excitement was just fantastic!  I thought this was SO GREAT that Stampin’ Up! did this and I really hope they continue to offer this “taste” whenever they can!

There was some overlap of projects to what was shown at Leadership but there was new as well.  Check out some of the projects we got to see created or got tips on how easy they are to make ourselves.  (Pardon the pictures as they were taken off of a big screen or from the flyer.)  Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Leadership Swap #1

I am sorry it has been so long since I posted!  The holidays ended up being more hectic than usual for me and my organization that I usually have went out the window!  What I need is an assistant!  I know it is late for Christmas cards but I use my blog as a record of cards I make along with sharing with all of you so I am still going to post them, maybe they will give you inspiration for next year.

I am also at Leadership this week!  I plan on sharing this event with you as well.  I will have a couple of posts on it but will be giving the play by play on Twitter so if you want to hear all about it follow me there (nicolebstampin).

This card is one of my swaps for the conference.  It is using one of the Sale-A-Bration sets you can get for Free and the 2012-2014 In-Colors.

Stamp Set(s) - Bloomin' Wonderful
Card Stock - Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White
Ink - Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green
Accessories - Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon