NEW Saleabration Products for March only!

Hi Stamping Friends!!  Big News Today!!!   With only about one month left in our annual customer appreciation event (aka Saleabration), Stampin’ Up! is doing something they have never tried before- releasing FOUR brand new, exclusive (and awesome if I might add) products for you to choose as your Saleabration reward (one free Saleabration item per $50 product order) good for the month of March 2015 only. This is incredible news and I can’t wait to get my hands on these new products- they are so fun and SPRINGY- don’t you think??? (can you tell I am tired of winter?)

Here is a flyer with the four new items: (just click the photo below)








Which one are you eager to get your hands on? I love them all but I think my first one will be Nature’s Perfection for two reasons- I love butterflies and it is so cheerful and reminds me of spring!

I have 6 evenings available (and possibly one Sunday afternoon) in March if you’d like to book a party (Stamp-and-Sip, Kit Party, or traditional workshop) let me know- and you can earn these too!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Have a nice evening,


Pretty Paper Beads by Stampin’ Up!

Hi there Stamping Friends! Did you like the blog hop we did yesterday? I hope you had a chance to check out the talent in the group… I know I have a few new must haves (stamp sets) after seeing their awesome work.

Once again I have been running short on time to blog about my own cards and work right now, hope to catch up this weekend- I have many new cards and projects to show you. For today, I wanted to show you the work of an amazing concept artist at Stampin’ Up! This content is from the Stampin’ Up! blog, and I wasn’t sure if you regularly checked it out or not, this is such a cute project- paper beads!! Read on and be amazed with Cindy’s gorgeous work:

Did you ever roll paper beads with toothpicks when you were a kid? I just rediscovered this fun, little craft—and making them is kind of addictive.

Just wrap a long, triangular piece of paper around a wooden skewer until you have a bead. Adhere the tail-end of the paper to the bead using a little Multipurpose Liquid Glue, then cover the bead using a thin coat of Mod Podge. Let your bead dry.

After making a few dozen of these little cuties I started to think of Easter eggs . . . and one of our new occasions catalog stamp sets—For Peep’s Sake, item # 138557—came to mind. 


I used the Ornate Tag Topper Punch (item # 137416) on the top and bottom of this Easter favor to create fancy edges.



To make the beads, I used Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (item # 137784),Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (item # 138633), and the Rich Razzleberry designs from the Brights Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stacks(item # 130134).

Beginning at the top of a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper, score every inch on one side; on the opposite side, begin 1/2″ from the top and score every inch. Draw diagonal lines between the staggered score lines to create triangles.



The beads don’t have to be rolled up perfectly; their irregular look is part of their charm!







When my friend, Bonnie, saw my paper beads drying, she said that they reminded her of an insect collection. My immediate thought was: butterflies!



There are many ways to make paper beads from Designer Series Paper. Just do an Internet search for “paper bead templates” and you’ll find plenty! P.S. If you use elastic cord to thread your beads, put a dot of Crystal Effects (item # 101055) on the knot and allow it to dry. That will help it stay secure.

Have fun!

Cindy B.  Sr. Staff Writer at Stampin’ Up!


Well what did you think?? Don’t you want to go try it now? I would love to see your work- if you want to share any of your creations with me, I’d love to see them! Have a wonderful Saturday! Thanks for stopping by today!


Creative Inking Blog Hop…

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Hello Stamping Friends!

Welcome to the first Creative Inking Blog Hop endeavor featuring 13 talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. We are excited to share our stamping and papercrafting ideas featuring the amazing products by Stampin’ Up!  A blog hop is a chance to go visit some other blogs that you may not have visited before. It is an excellent opportunity to see a lot of different styles of crafting. I have been following these other 12 demonstrators for several months and they do great work, I’m sure you’re going to enjoy our new monthly Blog Hop!

You should have just arrived here from Colleen Vassos and her blog.  I have never met the other 12 talented demonstrators, but our common denominator is the uber amazing and talented Patsy Waggoner! (I did get to meet her at Convention last year)!  She is a Stampin’ Up! Rock Star who helps create, support and update blogs for other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators. Here is her contact info: (in case you need some blogging help). I joined her Facebook group and I learn so much about blogging  just from being a member of that private group. Anyway, another demonstrator suggested we try a blog hop, and since it was one of my New Year’s Resolutions, I signed up right away. We’ve been planning this since just after Christmas. We have a theme for each month, and we’ll be linking up with these cute blog hop graphics made by Amber Swift. So be sure to mark your calendar- we will go live at 12:01 am Central Time on the 20th of each month. (Which is 1:01 am Eastern Time).

Without further ado, here is my post for today. The topic is: Color the World with Blendabilties  isn’t this an awesome theme? I’m ready for more bright colors (and so tired of the snow here in Upstate NY)!

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I came up with two slightly different cards to share with you today. They both use the new stamp set Indescribable Gift from our 2015 Occasions (“Spring”) mini catalog. This stamp set has three sentiments for Easter card making, but I decided to use just the flowers for this blendabilities post. I wanted to do this card in two color options, thinking this looked like a sprig of cherry blossoms, what do you think?


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First up is the card colored in Pink Pirouette blendabilities (aka “blendies” for short). In the catalog, there is a photo of this technique- using the soft sky blendies to outline the floral design, it gives it a little pop of color, don’t you think? I love the new Hello You thinlit dies, I just needed to trim off a small piece at the end of the letter “s” so it would fit in an envelope.

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Here is a close up so you can see how I layered the light and medium blendies for each of the three colors used on the floral image: Pink Pirouette, Old Olive, and Crumb Cake. Only the lightest soft sky was used for the outline.


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Next up is the same floral image, this time colored with Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Crumb Cake. I omitted the soft sky outline on this one, as I thought this was “just enough”- what do you think?


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I like to start with the lightest color in the set of blendabilities and then apply medium, and sometimes I go back with the darkest color- but I didn’t use that on this card.

*There is still time to “earn” some free items during Stampin’ Up!’s annual Sale-a-bration- a customer rewards event that only comes around once a year. This year Stampin’ Up! has added our original 12 Blendabilities colors to the mini catalog of free choices- you get 1 free item with every $50 products purchased. There are awesome stamp sets, designer series paper, Project Life cards (I blogged about those the other day see this post if you want to take a peek at those awesome SAB items). Let me know if you have any questions about Sale-a-bration, and if you’d like to try to earn some of these awesome products for free!


Well, that’s all I have for you today, I would love to hear from you, I read and reply to every comment. Do you love our new Blendabilities as much as I do?? Here’s an important reminder/tip for all of you who have purchased them (or earned some free from SAB)… remember to store them flat, and double (or triple check) that the cap is applied tightly, you should hear a click… if the cap is not put on tightly and completely, these markers will dry out. I’ve had more than one of these dry up after a stamp camp or class, so I’m now being extra vigilant after others use them. Also, have a scrap paper under the image you are coloring, they do bleed through. Also, you will definitely want to use our Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad (not Stazon) so that the ink doesn’t bleed. Hope those tips help!


Thanks so much for stopping by today, click the “next button” below and you will hop on over to the amazing Phyllis Shepherd’s blog.

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If you want to go back to Colleen’s blog, you can click the graphic “or this way to the prior blog”.


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Here are the supplies I used for the cards:



Have a terrific day, thanks again for stopping by my blog! Happy Friday!


Stamping Inspirations…

Hi Friends- I have been super busy this week and I feel badly about not posting… and I wanted to remind you about the blog hop I’m participating in.. it goes live at midnight 2/19 (I set it on auto publish as I know I’m not going to be awake at that hour). I hope you come back and play along with the hop! thanks!

Here’s some awesome samples from the talented team at Stampin’ Up! They publish these photos for demonstrators to use in helping to showcase the awesome new Sale-a-bration products. what do you think? Do you have a favorite from SAB? There’s still time to book a party with me and earn these babies for free!

These are items featuring the set Big Day!

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These next projects are made using the new “This Day” Project Life Mini Card Collection- see it can be used for cards or Project Life albums!


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Last but not least for today’s post, some amazing work using the “You Brighten My Day” stamp set- made to coordinate with our awesome punches!! Awesome-sauce!

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Kudos to all the talented folks who came up with these inspirational cards and projects- I know I appreciate seeing all different kinds of uses for these Sale-a-bration items, don’t you??

It’s not too late to get any of these SAB items- 1 free with each $50 order (it’s okay to combine orders to earn your free stamps!) Contact me for more info!

If you need to order anything this month, the hostess code is ETTRPGBN  this code will be good until February 28th. If you type this code in when you are shopping in my online store, all orders will be linked and one lucky person will win the right to earn the free host(ess) rewards. It might be you! (let me know if you need help applying the hostess code). Thanks!

Have a great night, and don’t forget to come back at 11:01 pm tomorrow night for the blog hop! thanks!



Bokeh Technique Explained….

Good Snowy Morning to you stamping friends! I hope you all had a nice Valentine’s Day. I had a super fun morning with my awesome club ladies, then picked up my niece and nephew for an afternoon matinee at our local Scotia Movie Theater and saw Night at the Museum 3- Secret of the Tomb. I am a huge Robin Williams fan, and had been wanting to see this since it came out. It was fantastic! Then we ordered out yummy Chinese food and came home for a night of fun and a sleepover. My sister had made us a batch of yummy chocolate covered strawberries & pretzels and fudge. We had a  blast playing games and spending time together. ❤

I wanted to share with you a special technique that is quite popular right now called Bokeh.

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Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Bokeh, originally a technique from photography:

In photography, bokeh (pronounced BOH-kay)   is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”.  Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—”good” and “bad” bokeh, respectively. Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions.

Bokeh is often most visible around small background highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is often associated with such areas. However, bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of the image.

In order to get started, I decided to watch a You Tube video first so as to not waste time figuring out how to do this technique.  The one I watched was by Diane here is the link if you want to check it out:

Here are some photos to show you the steps I took:


So this is how I prepped my watercolor paper- adhere to a waterproof mat with washi tape.


Saturate the watercolor paper with water using aqua painter.



Swirl some ink (use reinkers) and start with lightest color first.


Apply more colors and keep layering until you get a background that you like. I wasn’t happy with the lost lagoon and daffodil delight turning green when they bled together, so I went in again with just lost lagoon (blue) and blackberry bliss and covered all the green and yellow. Luckily with watercolor paper you can keep layering.

While that was drying I used our window sheets and circle framelits to make my own stencil:


I made this stencil while waiting for the last layer to dry. Definitely do NOT try to use your punches on acetate or window sheets… the punch will jam up and break- believe me, I speak from experience on this one. Use the circle framelits on the magnetic platform, and this stencil will be reusable. Since the paper wasn’t dry, I had to use my heat gun tool to dry the paper. It has to be bone dry when you go to use the stencil, or the colors will bleed.


bokeh7So you can see that this has some complicated steps, but really not tooooo hard, if you aren’t in a hurry or anything. Just take your time and be sure to let everything dry completely before moving on to another step.



So this is my finished card… I wasn’t 100% happy with this one and knew I was going to try bokeh again, decided to make a cute sign for my office using the frame I received from my Christmas exchange (I won Judy’s tag creations and she had mounted them to a photo holder). So back to the watercolors, this time I decided to use painter’s tape (using the washi tape is fine if you are going to wait for layers to dry, when I used the heat gun to speed things along, the washi tape pulled up around the edges).

Round 2, learned from my mistakes:




This piece just used Blue Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss ink.







I also omitted yellow on the second version.  And definitely used the heat gun to thoroughly dry the completed watercolor paper.




I could tell that I was in love with this version as soon as the craft white ink started to dry, stunning.



I did adhere this to a piece of basic black card stock for a firm flat finished piece, added our basic rhinestones in a couple stragetic spots, and added some ribbon trim at the top for a decorative finish.

The first card took me about 45 minutes as I was learning the technique as I went. The second piece in the frame took me about 32 minutes from start to finish. I tell you this in case you want to make a “WOW” card for someone. I think I will be doing this as a special Make & Take for my downline team at our retreat in April. It’s not something that I think I could do in club or a card class, due to all the steps and drying time.


I’d love to hear what you think of my version of the bokeh technique, please leave me a comment… what colors would you like to see in the bokeh technique- with all this snow today, maybe I’ll make another card. Let me know if you have any questions… I’m happy to help you learn this technique too. What other techniques would you like me to tackle on the blog? Yes, I’m taking special requests now too.


I wanted to let you know that I am so honored to be participating in a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Blog Hop on the 20th of every month! We start this month- so be sure to come back on Friday and check out 13 talented demonstrators and their blogs. Here’s our logo that was designed by the amazing Amber!


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Have a wonderful day, and thanks a million for coming to visit my blog today!


You’re Invited to Our Stamping Soiree!

Want a fun morning out with friends? This is a family friendly event, held in my church hall, all are welcome! Come make 4 cards and have some snacks. Cost is only $10 per person. BONUS- were trying something new- sign up one NEW friend who has never stamped with us before, and one person can come for FREE (or you can split the cost and pay $5 each when you register). If you want to bring 3 friends with you who have never stamped before it would be $20 for the group.

Registration is only open until February 18th, 2015. (or while space is available).

Contact me to register!

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This is a little sneak peek of one of the cards we are featuring at this event. Remember we always bring extra stamps and sentiments so you can customize your card to meet you own needs.

Saturday, February 28  from  10:00am – 12:00pm

Burnt Hills United Methodist Church

816 Rt. 50

Burnt Hills, New York 12027

(across from Gil’s Garage).


Here’s another little teaser- we will be making a card using the new thinlits die- you can pick which one of the word dies you want for your card… (it will be similar to one of the cards shown here).

We have a great response to this event so far, don’t snooze – we might fill up for this one!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Have a great day!!


Lovely Amazing You!

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Look what Stampin’ Up! released today!! Yippee, it’s a cute new photopolymer stamp set!! Here’s the details:

Lovely Amazing You Photopolymer Stamp Set  item# 140594
Price: $14.95
This great new set is just what you need to spread happiness to all. Its so versatile, you’ll find yourself using it over and over again. Recommended clear block sizes are A, B, C (not included in the set).Our photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. You’ll find that our photopolymer is top-quality and gives a perfectly stamped image every time. The stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks and are easy to place just where you want them. And best of all, you get to enjoy tons of images for a great price!Set Quantity: 8








And here are the new weekly deals to tempt you: (25% off list price offer good until Monday February 16th).


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Also- we are 1/2 way through Sale-a-bration… can you believe it? Did you get your free item yet? There is still time to book a party with me, the last hostess earned $65 in free Stampin’ Up! products just for having some friends and family over to make cards. We called it “Ladies Night Out”… wouldn’t you like to earn free stamps?? Contact me to book a date that will work for both of us!


So I have an order going in this weekend if you need anything let me know, or feel free to place an order from my online store anytime:


Have a great night, check back tomorrow I  have an invite for you!