Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Easy-to-Make Napkin Rings

I was having some friends over for dinner, so I wanted something new for the napkins.  I saw some napkin rings that Lisa Harlow, a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, made and decided to make my own version of them.  They turned out quite cute, if I do say so myself.

I had a fork and knife in each napkin and wrapped it in Designer Series Paper.  The clothespin held it all together. 

Supplies used:
Designer Series Paper:  Gingham Garden
Accessories:  The mini clothespins were part of the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit, but they are also are available in silver and gold in the spring catalog - Mini Metallic Clothespins
Stampset:  Oh, Goodie from the holiday catalog

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Card holder and Cards

I was a bit surprised to realize that the last time I posted to my blog was January 18.  I guess it was time to take pictures of my cards and projects.  I tend to forget that part of the process -- taking the pictures before giving the card away.

Last month at stamp camp, we made the card holder pictured below.  The roses were fun to make using the Spiral Flower Originals Die.  If you have a Big Shot and don't have the spiral flower die, you may want to think about getting it!  Anyway, the holder has a 1/4" spine, so it holds four cards and envelopes quite nicely.

At the upcoming March stamp camp, we will make the two cards pictured below.  Both cards coordinate with the card holder. For the first card, I used three punches to make the flowers:  Pansy, Petite Petals, and Boho Blossoms.

I used the Happy Watercolor stamp set for the card below.  It's one of my favorite stamp sets from the Spring catalog.

There are a couple other projects for the upcoming stamp camp, but I'll save those photos for another post.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

My Stamping Space and Framelit Storage Solution

We had an old white board laying around, so I decided to try an idea I've seen a couple other Stampin' Up! demonstrators do to organize their framelits (thank you for the idea Wendy Waldman and Yapha Mason).  In the past, all my framelits were stored in the plastic envelope they came in, so I'd have to search envelope by envelope to find the one I wanted.  Now, I  only need to glance up on the wall above my Big Shot.  I put one-inch magnetic strips across the white board and my framelits stick quite nicely to the magnet.

Below is a close-up of the board:

When we moved into our current home 2 1/2 years ago, this spare bedroom was our reading room.  In fact, my husband Tom had a comfortable recliner in the corner where he would read and listen to music.  But, as I got into stamping and needed more space, the room morphed into what it is today.  First, Tom installed Elfa shelves and drawer units in the closet for me.  It seemed like a lot of room -- for a while.  Below is a photo of the closet.

We got a sturdy work table also from the Elfa system at the Container Store.  The table is perfect when I stamp and plan, but it is too low (causing a backache) for all the cutting I was doing for my classes.  

And, that's why I moved into the other corner of the room with a higher work area (for my paper cutter and Big Shot), lots of storage, and great lighting.

Tom's reading chair was moved into a corner of our bedroom, and he is very happy reading there.  I think I have enough stamping space now, but my friend and upline, Pennie, laughed.  I think she knows something I don't know...

Friday, January 10, 2014

Card in a Box

I made a card-in-a-box for my brother. A huge thank you to Tanya Bell for the wonderful video tutorial she posted at

Since I made this card for my brother who had knee-replacement surgery, I wanted a masculine look to it. I had to use a couple retired stamp sets to get the coffee pot and s{ick} stamps.

I used the Modern Medley Designer Series Paper because he likes eagles and this series of paper had birds on one of the sheets.  Also, I felt it had a masculine look to it.

Above is a photo of how the card folds up and fits in an envelope. 

The back panel is perfect to write a message.  I sent the card in a get-well package I sent to him. 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:
Designer Series Paper:  Modern Medley

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Wedding Place Cards

For a wedding gift for a friend, I made the wedding reception place cards.  I made the tents from the Brushed Silver Cardstock.  You really have to see this cardstock to appreciate how pretty it is.  The names were printed on Whisper White Cardstock.  The bride and groom printed the tags on the cardstock, so I only had to cut them apart and add the table numbers.

The Pikorua design on each tag (also featured on their wedding invitation and the wedding program) is a Maori symbol that "encompasses the solidifying of two people's love for one another."

Below is a close-up of the "tent."

The wedding, of course, was lovely!  Since the groom is Scottish, he wore a kilt (as did the best man, his brother).  A bag piper walked down the aisle just before the bride and then stopped off to the side to play the music for the bride to come down the aisle.

My contribution to the wedding was done.  Everyone knew where to sit -- a minor yet important role, eh?

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Little Shop of Horrors

No, my blog post title isn't describing my stamping room.  I am referring to the play Little Shop of Horrors.  It's coming to Seattle in March and we bought tickets to it for my daughter for a birthday gift.  I made the card below for her, too.  Now, if you've never seen the play or movie, the card will not make much sense.  But she knew immediately that it was Audrey 2, the carnivorous plant in the play.

I must give credit to Amy Downing for the basic design.  I saw her card and used it to make my own version.  Amy's website is at, but she never did post a picture of her card on her blog.  Thank you, Amy, for the inspiration!

And, just in case you're worried ;-) that I spoiled the birthday surprise for my daughter (since her birthday is in January), I already gave her the card and had her choose the date she could make it to the play.  I even had a leaf poking out of the back of the envelope to give a hint of what was inside.

I also wrote a poem for the inside the card based on the play's theme song, Suddenly Seymour.  It was hokey but cute.

FYI, Little Shop of Horrors is a fun movie, too.  It stars Rick Moranis and also has Steve Martin, John Candy, James Belushi, Christopher Guest, Bill Murray, and Ellen Greene.

Happy New Year.