Old Meets New!

Lovely As A Tree!
Lovely As A Tree

Your Stamping Teacher Tips:

  • Using one of the images from Work of Art, I stamped in Soft Suede and re-stamped without re inking two more times to create an ombre look.
  • Embossing the tree with black embossing powder makes it POP!
  • Oops!  I noticed a little tear on the left side.  Sorry about that!
  • I suppose I could have kept it to a clean layer, but I added a little dimension by lifting the birthday sentiment up and making a banner.

Your Stampin’ Supplies:

Flower Shop Bundle

Perhaps by now, you have had a chance to digest all that is on the Retiring Lists!  I have!  While I am sad to see some of my favorites leaving us, it also means more new products for Spring and Summer.  I guess out with the old, in with the new!

Pansy 2

A quick share using the I Am Me Designer Series Paper , Flower Shop Bundle and the Four You Stamp Set!

Now that I am looking at this photo a little bit longer, it seems to me to be a little out of focus.  Sorry about that!  Do you see it also?!

Your Stamping Teacher Tips:

  • Layer your coordinating Designer Series Paper for something a little different.
  • The back of your Designer Series Paper Packs, list all the coordinating colors.  How’s that for detail!
  • Add embellishments in odd groups of three or five.  Visually it will help balance your product.

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PicMonkey Collage 1

Inky Hugs







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Vellum Shadow Technique and Color Challenge

Thank goodness it is Friday and the weekend is almost here!

Over the last week or so, I am sure you noticed that I have not posted many projects, Stampin’ sales, digital downloads…etc at my website.

I want to let you know that I am going to try things a little differently.  I know many of you come here daily and want to see the latest and greatest that Stampin’ Up! has to offer.  But, frankly, it is difficult to post everything.

So in keeping with a sense of organization and a less confusing manner, I am only going to post projects, techniques, and other assorted inspiration, here on my website.

However, I want to let you know that my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/yourstampingteacher will be a hub of activity with  ideas, information and questions that I think that you would want to read. They will be different!  You are welcome to hop on over to my facebook page and “like” it  for up-to-dates and happenings.  If you are a demonstrator, please “like” my page from your personal account and I will be sure to “like” you back from my personal account.


Now,  for those folks that are Twitter fans,  (my newest addiction) head on over to my Twitter feed and follow me.    I will be sure to follow you back!  It doesn’t matter if you are a demonstrator, customer, or a person that found me by searching in Google, I’d LOVE to connect with you.


Now, I am sure you came to see the newest technique in my bag of tricks?!

Vellum Shadow Technique

Vellum Shadow Technique
Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Use a darker cardstock behind the Vellum to showcase your Whisper White Pigment Ink.
Vellum Shadow Technique Close Up

How to do the Vellum Shadow Technique!

1.  Stamp your outlined image in Basic Gray or Basic Black on Vellum Cardstock.

2.  Turn it over and with your Sponge Dauber and Whisper White Pigment Ink, add to the back of your Vellum behind the flower image.

3.  Heat set.

4.  Adhere to your Pool Party Cardstock and then to your Smoky Slate cardstock base.

5.  Using a piece of Smoky Slate, stamp the sentiment of your choice in Whisper White.

6.  Stamp and punch a flower on Veluum cardstock from the Flower Shop, add dimensionals and a Crush Curry flower from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack.

7.  Cut into the punched flower, add a Stampin’ Glue Dot and adhere to the sentiment.

8.  Add a rhinestone to the center of the flower.

Color Challenge Aug 15-002

Now go and create something using this Color Challenge…


August Thank You Card

Happy Monday morning, everyone! 

Like you, the weekend is always half busy and half relaxing and this one was no exception.  I love to take the time during the summer to garden, check on the hives, and believe it or not, shop the farmer’s markets for organic produce and look for local  sources of grass fed beef, chicken, cheeses, breads….etc.  But, I also like to bake fresh biscotti and pick and cook the goodies from my garden.  I guess you could say that I am somewhat of a homebody.

Yesterday morning, the hubs and I took a bike ride through the Rail Trail here in Monroe.  The best part of this ride is that you can take it all the way down to Trumbull and back, roundtrip for 14.5 miles.  We have been doing this most Sunday mornings and to tell you the truth, the earlier we get out the better, since it makes for some very quiet time.  It is a nice break from my usual exercise routine.

Today’s card is totally Gorgeous Grunge with Four You.  It is my August Thank You card and it is yours if you place an order with me during this month.  The best part about this card is it is gender neutral.  Switch out the Thank You for Happy Birthday and you have a terrific masculine card.

Gorgeous Grunge Thank You
Up close you will notice the 7/16″ Trim, a burlap inspired ribbon made of flax and cotton.  I love the earthiness of this ribbon, don’t you?!  I just took a piece of it and folded it in half,  tied some linen thread around it and attached with glue dots.  (You don’t want your embellishments falling off your card, right?!)
Colors used were, Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla.

Look for the hostess code when placing your order for the month of August.  You can find it to the right under hostess code.  Be sure to use by the 28th of each month for the chance to earn hostess benefits!

August Thank You close up

7/16″ Trim

7/16" TrimGorgeous Grunge

Gorgeous GrungeFour You

Four You

Enjoy your day today and thanks for stopping by…..

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Melon Mambo and Smoky Slate!

Yeah!  It’s Friday!

Today’s card is a summerlike combination and will make you smile.

Melon Mambo and Smoky Slate!

I’ve paired it with the Washi Tape from Gingham Garden and the Basic Gray Chevron Stripe Designer Series Paper from I Am Me.

Six Sided with Washi Tape

I cannot seem to get enough of the Washi Tape!  I love using it!  It is easy to work with and looks almost like a piece of Designer Series Paper.

Six Sided Washi Close Up

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  A little known way to create those flagged ends for just about any embellishment you wish!  Use your hexagon punch from the Six Sided Sampler Bundle!

Hexagon Punch End

Stampin’ Supplies

Stamps:   Gorgeous Grunge, Six Sided Sampler Bundle, Four You
Ink:    Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate
Cardstock/Paper:    Melon Mambo, Whisper White, I Am Me DSP
Accessories:    Gingham Garden Washi Tape, Rhinestones, Hexagon Punch (from the Bundle)


The Six Sided Sampler Bundle

Six Sided Sampler BundleI’ve put together a comprehensive page of the current Stampin’ Up! Bundles listed in the Annual Catalog!

Now you can view them all in one place!  I will be updating it when the Holiday Catalog goes live.  See the right side of my website for a Bundle Listing!  Or Click Here to view it!

Bundle and Save

Monthly Hostess Code Available until July 28th

See the right side of my website each month for an updated Hostess Code.

July’s Hostess Code is:  YCGH6BGZ

Hostess Code 1-002

Don’t forget the Clearance Rack when placing your order!

Clearance Rack


Bouncing Circles!

I had a moment of inspiration when looking at the I Am Me Designer Series Paper and thought that punched circles would be the perfect embellishment!

I like to focus on card ideas that are quick and easy and not fussy.  So when I punched out a variety of circles using the colors from the Designer Series Paper as my color coach, it was easy peasy!

This card idea truly makes for a fun and delightful birthday wish for the young at heart, or the just plain young.

Circle PunchStack, off-set, and line them up!  Your choice!  Be creative!

Circles are the staple punches in Stampin’ Up’s  line of punches.  Be sure to order the  different sizes for layering!

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Use the colors from the Designer Series Paper to guide you in your choice for colors that coordinate.
Circle Punch Close Up

 The Birthday Wish sentiment is from Four You!Four You

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PAPER PUMPKIN ON SALE!  NOW through Aug. 31, you can sign up for Paper Pumpkin Monthly Kits for just $10 a month for 2 months.  After 2 months the price will return to $19.95 a month (with the option to cancel your subscription).

To start your Paper Pumpkin subscription,  Click here and find “Join Here” under “Get it!”   Be sure to pick me as your demonstrator

To get 2 months for $10 each, please be sure to use the Promo Code:  PUMPKINDEAL


Four You!

So sad that I will not be attending Convention this year!   I went to Leadership and had a blast at the beginning of the year!  Since Stampin’ Up! changed the dates a few years ago it hasn’t been on my radar during the month of  July!

I will miss all the friends that I made from past Conventions and so I made this card to let them know that I am thinking of them.

Thinking of You is from the NEW set, Four You!  Yesterday’s card featured the Thank You!  I am thinking this could’ve been my swap card

Shoot me a comment and let me know what you think?

Six Sided Sampler
This color combination is one of my favorites! Coastal Cabana with Basic Gray!  And to add a touch of POP! Daffodil Delight!

It seems the possibilities are endless with this set!
hexagon close up

Stampin’ Up! Supplies

Stamps:   Six Sided Sampler Bundle,   Four You
Ink:   Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana
Cardstock/Paper:   Whisper White,   Basic Gray,   Coastal Cabana
Accessories:   Honeycomb Embossing Folder,   Hexagon Punch,   Itty Bitty Shapes Punch,   Rhinestones

If you would like to order Stampin’ Up! supplies, you can order from my ONLINE STORE!  Let me know if you have any questions.

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I always like to hear from you and while you are at it, please take a moment and share this card with your friends, I am always grateful!

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for a chance to win the hostess benefits!


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July Thank You Card

This month’s Thank You card is simple and uses the Six Sided Sampler.

If you place an order with me during the month of July, you will receive one of these cuties, personally from me!

Don’t forget to use the monthly hostess code: YCGH6BGZ

for a chance to win the hostess benefits!

July Thank You

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Using just three colors keeps things simple.  I used Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz which all complement each other.

Jul;y Thank You

Six Sided Sampler has a bundled price!  15% discount when you order the Six Sided Sampler and punch bundle.

Thank You is from Four You, a terrific set that includes, four fabulous and always necessary stamps!

Four You

Six Sided Sampler Bundle

Six Sided Sampler Bundle


Are you Local Or Long Distance To Me?!

Are you local to 06468? 

If you are, I have space available in my upcoming Card Buffet classes on Thursday, July 25th from 6 pm-8pm and Saturday, July 27th, from 10 am-12 noon.

Do you want to  just make cards? I’ll bet your card stash getting low?  How about a night out with your friends? Then this is the class for you!

Just like a food buffet, you can pick and choose which cards you’d like to make, and how many of them.  $18 fee covers your minimum of 8 cards.

There is still time to RSVP for your seat on one of these two days.

Okay, so you’re not local to me!  What to do now?!

I have Your Stamping Teacher’s Card Buffet TO GO Kits!

  • Card Buffet TO GO Fee: $24 for 8 pre-cut card kits, includes postage/paypal fees
  • US mailing addresses only
  • Contact me today to order yours and get additional details.   Card varieties include: birthday, thank you, friend, Mother’s Day, wedding and thinking of you.  As you add your own stamps – you can make them for any occasion.
  • All sales are final.

Masculine Six Sided Sampler

Today’s card is earmarked for a very special member of my family.   Yikes!  I sent out the card and realized that when I took the pictures, I did not turn on my photo lights.  Wow!  I  apologize for the clarity on the photo.  What was I thinking?!

Using just three colors, Very Vanilla, Basic Black and Smokey Slate makes for a very manly card.  Yup!  You guessed it!  I broke into my Modern Medley Designer Series Paper.  I intend to play with that some more this week.  With the humidity outside, I have been holed up in my studio during the afternoon hours.

Six Sided Sampler
That close up shoes you the Gorgeous Grunge! That stamp set and I have become very good friends lately as you will see in more projects to come.

Birthday Wishes comes from the NEW Four You Stamp Set.
Six Sided Sampler Close Up
Your Stamping Teacher Tip: When you have a dark color cardstock, be sure to add a lighter color cardstock layer inside to write your sentiment. Of course, you can always use a white gel pen.
Six Sided Sampler Inside

Happy Stamping, Signature-002



Flower Shop Thank You!

Customers will many times ask me, “Which stamp sets are versatile?”  My thoughts are, if it has a punch or a framelit those would be my go-to!  Now,  I am not saying that all sets are like that, however,  in this case, Flower Shop is on my list.

I featured this stamp and punch during the month of June and it was widely applauded.  Not only by me but customers as well.

In this example, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana were used as the main colors.

Flower Shop

If you notice in the close up, Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe flowers were added along with some rhinestones.

And to round out the 2013-2015 In Colors for this card, I used Baked Brown Sugar for the sentiment.

Flower Shop

Thank you is from the Four You Stamp Set!  Another great set with four sentiments that are occasion friendly.

A new term that I coined to let you know that there is undoubtedly other choices in sentiments.

Four You

Four You

Save more with the Flower Shop Bundle!  Discounted 15 %!

Flower Shop Bundle


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