Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Clearance Rack Blitz!

From now through January 5, 2012, nearly 200 new Clearance Rack items have been added to the Online Store at discounts up to 80 percent off retail--while supplies last!

Since punch styles have been changed, Stampin' Up is selling many of the older style punches and wonderfully low prices.  Now is the time to stock up!!

If you would like to order from this clearance rack, click HERE.

Happy Stamping!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Baby Card

A dear friend of mine had a baby a couple of days ago and I wanted to send a nice card along with her baby gift.  I know that one of these stamp sets are retired, but you could find a newer set to replace it with and it will be just fine.

I did some marker coloring and paper piecing on this card.  I stamped the woman image onto the card front in Early Espresso ink.  I then stamped it again onto a scratch sheet of paper in Pretty in Pink.  I cut out the dress and layered it onto the woman image.  With the greeting, I colored it with markers.  I had to ink the phrase twice in Pretty in Pink to get it dark enough to show.  With the help of my Stamp-a-ma-jig, it was easy!!!  Thanks for looking!

Supplies: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Tagtastic, She's All That (retired)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso, Pretty in Pink, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: SNAIL adhesive, Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Elegant Birthday

My mother's birthday was this past weekend so of course I had to make a card for her.  I've been watching Krsitina Werner's 25 days of Christmas videos the last few weeks and she made a card that was this same size.  It looked so nice that I thought that I would give it a try.

The card measures 9" X 7" and is scored in half.  It will fit in a business size envelope.  For all the supplies, check the list below.  I embossed the pink pennants and the damask background with clear embossing powder and I love the way they turned out.  If you have any questions, please let me know!  Thanks for looking!

Supplies: (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Pennant Parade, Well Scripted (retired), Friends 24-7 (retired), Calendar Alphabet and Numbers
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Beau Chateau DSP
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede
Accessories: Pennant punch, clear embossing powder, large oval punch, scallop trim border punch, heat tool, sponge, cream embroidery floss, dimensionals, Tombo Mono multipurpose glue

Monday, October 17, 2011


Here is the card that I created as my swaps for my monthly stamp group.  I had a customer request to hold a workshop in October and she wanted all Halloween themed projects.  I ordered this paper and this stamp set for that.  I couldn't wait to play with it.  I love the clear mount stamps.  They make 2 step stamping/layer stamping so much easier. 

I first stamped the pumpkins in Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, and Lucky Limeade.  I then used a Versamark pad and black embossing powder for the faces.  I think the embossing buddy is one of the best inventions for paper crafting!!!  My pumpkins were practically flawless in regards to the heat embossing.  If you don't have one, I HIGHLY recommend purchasing one.

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thanks for looking!!

Stamps: Jack of all Trades, Got Treats
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Frightful Sight DSP
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Lucky Limeade, Basic Black (marker), Versamark
Accessories: Top Note Sizzix die, black embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool, sponge, dimensionals

Monday, October 10, 2011

Aviary Birthday

Yes, I'm still here and creating......I know it's been like forever since I've posted.  Life has gotten really busy and before I knew it weeks went by without me posting anything.  Anyway..............

Here is a the make-and-take that we created at a workshop I held last month.  It was the first time that I got to use my big shot at a workshop!  One woman said "I don't want to use it. I'm afraid that I'll break it!"  I assured her that she couldn't break it when using it properly.  I personally really think it's a wonderful tool and every paper crafter should own one!!!

Thanks for stopping by and come back next week for a pumpkin card.  If you have any questions, please let me know!!


Supplies:  (all Stampin' Up!)
Stamp Sets: Aviary, Petite Pairs
Paper: Nursery Nest DSP, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette
Accessories: Top Note Sizzix die, sponges, scallop oval punch, oval punch, rhinestones

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Free Big Shot

Have you ever thought about coming a demonstator, but you just weren't sure?  Would a free big shot be enough to change your mind?  During October when you sign up to become a demonstrator you can get a free big shot.  Already have one but still want to become a demonstrator?  You can get up to $100 in free Stampin' Up! merchandise.

If you would like to join my team and enjoy a 20% discount on all your purchases, just e-mail me at stampingwest@gmail.com. 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

En Francais

This is the card that my customers created as their make-n-take at my last workshop.  They were experienced crafters so I was able to do a couple of techniques with this card.  It turned out really pretty and I'm very pleased with it.

We used the Gold Glow smooch spritz on the Early Espresso card stock and it is really pretty in real life.  This picture picked up a couple of the flecks.  If you have any questions, please let me know!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: (All Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette
Stamps:  En Francais (background), Artistic Etchings, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Early Espresso
Accessories: Very Vanilla seam binding, gold glow smooch spritz, cutter kit, word window punch, modern label punch

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Stamp Group Cards

It's that time of the month again......stamp group!!  This one is special because tomorrow is my birthday and I get to stamp on my birthday!! YEAH!!  This is a card that I demonstrated at my last workshop.  I liked it so much I thought I would make it my swaps for my stamp group.

This card was created using the marker to stamp technique.  This is done when you apply the marker ink directly to your stamp.  Then you "huff" on it and then stamp it onto your card.  If you have any questions about this technique, just let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  (All Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Inspired by Nature  Happiest Birthday Wishes (hostess)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Old Olive satin ribbon

Monday, August 1, 2011

Paper Promotion

If you LOVE paper like I do, this promotion is for you!  You can buy three designer series paper packs and get one FREE ($10.95 value)!  This offer is only good through the month of August!

Click HERE for all the details!  You can start shopping HERE Let me know if you have any questions!!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Medallion Card

I really think this medallion background stamp is really pretty!  I like to use this stamp with Versamark ink and my Stampin' Pastels.  The color combinations are endless.  It's very simple yet very pretty.  If you have any questions, please let me know!  Thanks!

Supplies:  (Stampin' Up!)
Stamps:  Medallion, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Whisper White cs, Early Espresso cs
Ink: Versamark, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Stampin' Pastels (chalk), Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Baja Breeze seam binding.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Shower Favors

With the exception of my card for a challenge, I haven't used this stamp set in a VERY long time.  I am hosting a baby shower for a dear friend of mine and I wanted to do some favors using this set and the "stash" of these treat cups that I've had for some time.  They really were easy and didn't take very long to make at all!

Supplies: (All supplies are Stampin' Up! products)
Paper: Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue Classic, Stazon
Stamps: Something Sweet
Accessories: White Taffeta Ribbon, candy treats, glue dots, Large Scallop punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, sweet treat cups, Tombow multipurpose glue

Thursday, July 14, 2011


It's time for my monthly stamp group meeting!  I'm bringing a yummy Coco Lopez cake and I can't wait to eat it!!!  For my swaps this month, I chose to use the Lattice bigz die.  I just got this last month and this is my first time to us it.  I paired it with a retired sentiment set, but you could use any sentiment set for this card.  Thanks for looking!!

Supplies: (all products are Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, First Edition DSP, Red Glitter paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Stamps: FYI (retired)
Accessories: Boho Blossoms punch, Designer Label Punch, Lattice Bigz die, Real Red Satin ribbon, dimensionals, sponges

Friday, July 1, 2011

The New 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Catalog is HERE!!

Its here and it is ready for you to browse.  You can start ordering at 12:00 MST.  There are lots of great new products!  You can view my demonstrator site by clicking the black Stampin' Up! logo in the upper right corner of my blog.  Happy Crafting!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Something Sweet Card

I created this card for the How Sweet it Is challenge over at http://craftspotbykimberly.blogspot.com/.  The challenge was to use some sweet treat on your project.  I haven't used this stamp set in a very long time so I thought I would give it a try!

I wanted to use seam binding that matched my project, but since the seam binding does not come in the new Lucky Limeade color, I created my own.   I placed the binding directly onto my ink pad and then I used a sponge to hold it on the top. I pulled the seam binding between the pad and sponge to apply the color.  After it dried, I attached it to my card.

When I was finished stamping the project, I applied crystal effects to the entire globe portion of the card.  I did use black craft ink and black embossing powder for the globe, so it helped keep the crystal effects inside.

I really enjoyed making this project and I hope you have enjoyed viewing it!  Thanks for looking!

Supplies: (All products are Stampin' Up!)
Stamps: Something Sweet
Paper: Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Peach Parfait, Whisper White
Ink: Black Craft Ink, Peach Parfait, Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade
Accessories: Vanilla Seam Binding, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge, Oval punch and Scallop oval punch

Watercolor Crayons

I came across a video last week using Stampin' Up! Watercolor Crayons.  It reminded me that it has been a really long time since I have pulled mine out and used them.  So, I pulled out my watercolor crayons and watercolor paper and got busy!

This stamp set is a level 2 hostess set in the Summer Mini catalog.  I took my crayon and colored directly onto the stamp while it was dry.  After I colored it, I applied water using a spray bottle and then I applied it to my paper.  When using this technique, make sure that you apply firm, even pressure to the stamp and let it sit for just a few seconds longer on your paper to make sure that you have a nice, dark image.  The crayon needs to "soak" into the paper a bit.  This was really fun and I might even make up a couple more of these for my stash!

If you have any questions, please let me know.  To order the supplies listed below, click HERE.  Have a great day!!

Stamps: Love & Care (123020/wood, 123022/clear), Sincere Salutations (115068)
Paper: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzaz, Watercolor Paper
Accessories: Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon (117288), watercolor crayons (119802/subtles, 119803/regals, 119804/brights, 119805/neutrals)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons

I am putting together some door prize goodies for my monthly stamp group and I decided to make a few buttons.  Stampin' Up! carries this embosslit die
I used Stampin' Up! cardstock in  Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Melon Mambo to cut out the buttons.  After they were cut, I placed them on wax paper and applied a generous amount of Crystal Effects to the top of them to make them look more like real buttons.  I let them dry overnight.  I then peeled them off the wax paper and cut any excess Crystal Effects off of them. 

I then stamped this button card image from a retired Sew Suite stamp set and placed the buttons on the cards using re-positional adhesive.  I used this so that the recipient can take these off and use them on their own project.
 Finally, I packaged these up nice and cute with a small cellophane bag and a bit of Whisper White Baker's Twine. 

To order these products, click HERE.  If you have any questions, just let me know!  Thanks for looking!

Supplies: (All products are Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo
Accessories: small cellophane bag, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Sweet Buttons Embosslit Die, Crystal Effects
Stamps: Sew Suite*retired*

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Summer Card

I made these cards for my monthly stamp group swaps.  I just love this set from Stampin' Up!  It's only available through August 31.  If you would like to order the supplies used for this project, just click HERE.  If you have any questions, please let me know!  Thanks for looking!

Supplies: (All Stampin' Up!)
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Mambo Melon, Play Date DSP, Whisper White
Stamps: Sunny Fun 123042-clear, 123040-wood
Ink: Basic Black Classic Stampin Ink
Accessories: Scallop border punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, SU! Markers, Word Window punch, So Saffron GG Ribbon, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, White Baker's Twine, Snail adhesive

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Last Chance!

It's time to go out with the old so we can bring in the new.  Stampin' Up!'s last chance lists are here.  Get them before they are gone!!!  Offers good from June 1--June 30, 2011.  If you don't have a demonstrator, I would love to be yours.  You can visit my demonstrator site here and start shopping for all these wonderful items and more here!

Click below for:

Last Chance Stamps

Last Chance Accessories (only available while supplies last)

Last Chance Definitely Decorative (only available while supplies last)

If you have any questions, just let me know!!  Thanks for visiting!!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Best Wishes

I made this card for a coworker that is changing positions.  I went to my paper stash and pulled out some retired dsp and mixed it with some new products.  I love how it turned out.

* Paper: Parisian Breeze retired dsp, Whisper White, Early Espresso
* Ink: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze
* Stamps: Four Frames, Teeny Tiny Wishes
* Accessories: Antique Brads, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, ticket corner punch, paper piercer, Whisper White Satin Ribbon, dimensionals, decorative label punch

Monday, May 16, 2011

Wedding Card

I wanted to create a card that was a bit elegant but was also simple.  This is what I came up with.
I really like how it came out.  It was super simple to make and all the textures made the card very nice.
To order supplies, click HERE

Thanks for looking!!!

All products are Stampin' Up!
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum, Glossy Cardstock
Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral (flower), Teeny Tiny Wishes (sentiment)
Accessories:  Basic Black Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones, Black embossing powder, embossing buddy,Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder, modern label punch, word window punch

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

National Scrapbooking Month Promotion

Did you know that May is National Scrapbooking month?  For those of you who are mostly card makers, you can benefit from this too!  During the entire month of May, Stampin' Up! is offering select products for 30% off.  For a list of those products, click HERE.  To purchase and/or see any of these great products, click HERE.  If you have any questions, please let me know! 

Monday, May 2, 2011

New Summer Mini Catalog

I'm so excited that the Summer Mini catalog is finally here!  There are some great new products!  To view the catalog click HERE.  To start shopping, click HERE.  These products are only available through August 31, 2011!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Easter Card

Here is the Easter card that I created for this year.  I wanted something with a spiritual theme and this is what I came up with.  If you have any questions, please let me know!  Thanks for looking!

Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Paper: Concord Crush, Whisper White, Pear Pizzaz
Ink: Concord Crush, Pear Pizzaz, Early Espresso
Stamps: Well Scripted(retired), Crosses of Hope, Four Frames
Accessories: Bigz XL Tasteful Trim die, Decorative Label Punch, Pear Pizzaz ribbon, sponges, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, polka dots embossing folder, tulips embossing folder; Daffodil Delight marker, Cajun Craze marker

Monday, April 4, 2011

New Blog

I am starting this blog to have a place to share my creative projects.  Please check back often.  I plan to update at least once a week.  I enjoy surfing the web to find great inspiration and I hope to be a stop along the way for those of you who like to do the same.  I LOVE comments and feedback.  Feel free to ask questions about any of the products that I use!  Thanks for stopping by!