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Three Tier Cake pop up card

Hello Stampers!  Well, tonight is the last night of our cake decorating class!  Amie and I have had such a great time, and we have learned a ton!  As a thank you, I decided to make Marcia, our teacher, a card!  Of course I did!

Blog 1271 This is the front of the card, cute huh?  Wait until I open it up!

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Blog 1272 Here is is all of the way!  What do you think?  I have had the Three Tier Cake die (116760) for quite a while, but I have never used it!  I opened that puppy up and read through the directions, then I went online to the Stampin' Up! website and watched their video on how to assemble the card, and then I started!  I wish I could say that I made a perfect card on my very first try, but I can't!  In fact, the first one is in the recycle bin!  But my second one was great!  I will just call that my learning curve!

There are a few tricks to putting your card together, and as your demonstrator, I will gladly sit down with you and teach them to you on your first attempt!

I used the stamp set Birthday Bakery (117034) on the front.  It is the cutest Level 1 Hostess set I have seen!  I colored the images in with Stampin' Write markers and sponged around the edges of the white cardstock with a stampin' sponge and a Daffodil Delight stamp pad.

The inside of the card is the Three Tier Cake die (116760) with the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439).  The flowers on the cake were punched out with the Boho Blossome Extra-Large punch (119858) and the circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack (118309).

So, when you are ready to purchase your own Three Tier Cake die for your Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.

On a personal note, I wanted to show you some of the flowers that Amie and I learned how to make in current cake class which is Gum Paste and Fondant.

Blog 1264 This is the Rose and Mum.

Blog 1265 This is the Calla lily and Carnation.

Blog 1266 These are the Daisies.  You will have to check back tomorrow to see our final cake for graduation!

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Designer Button Bracelets

Hello Stampers!  I just have to show you the great bracelets that my mom and I made while I was at her house this past weekend!

Blog 1262 Aren't they great?  I just love them! 

Blog 1261 Here is a close up of one of the bracelets.  I saw these on Patty's blog and knew I had to try them!  Thanks for the super cute idea Patty!  So, since my mom is already a jewelry maker, I just took over my containers of Stampin' Up! designer buttons and we whipped these out!

I made a bracelet for each of the colorful color collections, Brights (119747), Subtles (119745), and Regals (119744).  That way I would have a bracelet to match any outfit that I wanted to wear them with!  I used the largest circle buttons in the container, and I used one of each of the six colors in each collection.  We used the stretchy cording and small beads in between the buttons!

Now, I know you all want some of these bracelets!  So, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.  After you receive your buttons, I will give you step-by-step directions on how to make your own Designer Button bracelets!

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Elegant Bouquet Thank you

Hello Stampers!  Today's card is one that I whipped up using the Elements of Style stamp set (118611).  I have never used the hummingbird in the set before, so I wanted to try it.

Blog 1260 For this card I first embossed the background with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder (115964).  I then stamped the swirlys from the stamp set on a small square and also stamped the thank you from Short & Sweet stamp set (115060). 

I stamped the hummingbird on a scrap of white cardstock, coloring it with markers so I could make my hummingbird two-toned.  You will love the design on his body!  I cut him out and adhered him to the card with a dimensional.  It's that easy!

If you have to have the Elements of Style stamp set now, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.

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Owl punch milk carton

Hello Stampers!  I have to show you the cutest paper clip holder that I made for myself!  I always need to take paperclips to my workshops, so I thought this would be a really cute way to carry them!  Plus I get to show off the Mini Milk carton die (117310) and the Two-step Owl punch (118074)!

Blog 1259 I used a transparency sheet and ran it through my Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439) with the Mini Milk Carton die (117310).  I wrapped a band of cardstock and then designer series paper around the carton.  Then I punched the owl out with the Two-step Owl punch (118074) and stuck him to my carton.  Isn't he cute?

For the top of the carton, I attached a clip with some pieces of coordinating ribbon tied on.

If you need to buy your own supplies to make a cute milk carton, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.

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Greenhouse Gala laptop bag

Hello Stampers!  I don't think I ever showed you the cool stuff that I bought for myself at Convention this year.

Blog 1257 This is my great new laptop bag!  Don't you love it?  The funny thing was, I was looking all over for a laptop bag to take to convention with me, but I never could find one that I liked!  So I ended up borrowing my daughter's.  I was so shocked to see them in Memento Mall!  It was my lucky day!

Blog 1258 This is some of the other fun stuff that I bought.  The tall black things are trash cans!  They fold up so they are transportable!  Love them!  I bought four of them!  I also bought pens and a cool ruler!  The stamp that you see says Love what you do, Share what you love.  Don't you love that saying?  Definately words to live by!

If you would love to live by those words, and become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator on my team, let me know!  I would love to have some more friends to go to Convention with and share the great times!

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Fancy Flower punch thank you's

Hello Stampers!  I wanted to show you my latest set of Thank you cards that I made for my customers.  I usually make several cards and then use them until they are gone, then I make up my next batch. 

Blog 1255 For September's cards, I used up some of my retired designer series paper scraps.  I also used the Fancy Flower Extra-Large punch (118073), Word Window Large punch (119857), and the Modern Label Extra-Large punch (119849),

Does the stamp in the middle of the flowers look familiar to you?  That is one of the tree tops in the Trendy Trees stamp set (113258)!  What a great idea!  Thanks Chiaki for the idea!

The words are from the Family Phrases stamp set (114960).

On a personal note,  last Saturday was my daughter Casie's first Band Competition for the season.  Blog 1256 She is in Color Guard and here she is with her flag!  They won first place in their division!  Go Oakville!

Let me know if you have any questions!

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Flower bow on present

Hello Stampers!  Where in the world have I been?  Sorry my posting has been so scarce lately.  I am frantically trying to get items made for my craft show coming up in a couple of weeks.  If you are in the South County area the first weekend in October, hop on over to the Home for the Holidays craft show in the Arrowhead Estates clubhouse.  We will be there Friday, October 1, from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 2, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  I am going to have all kinds of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas items for sale!  I'll be showing some of my items over the next couple of weeks.

Today I want to show you how I wrapped up a quick present for my good friend Sandy.  Last week was her birthday.

Blog 1252 Do you recognize the wrapping paper I used?  Stampin' Up! came out with this wrapping paper a couple of years ago.  I have always loved it and I only use it for special people!  I made a coordinating bow for the top out of Chocolate Chip cardstock using the Scallop Circle punch (119854).

Blog 1253 After wrapping a band around each box of candy, I cut two thin strips to wrap around the boxes both ways to hold them together.  Then I popped the bow on top.

Let me know if you have any questions!

If you want to get your own supplies to make your own bows for presents, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.

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Sweet Hello Simply Sent kit

Hello Stampers!  Did you know that today is Working Parents Day!  I would like to salute all of the working parents out there!  Being a parent is a full time job all itself! 

Do you find that it is hard to find the time to make cards in what little bit of free time you have in your life?  Have I got the solution for you!

Stampin' Up! has Simply Sent kits.  They include everything in the kit that you need to make 8 cards, including printed cards, envelopes, and embellishments.  Each kit is only $11.95!  There are currently three designs you can choose from which can be found on pages 182 & 183 of the current Idea Book & Catalog.  The only other thing you would need to purchase is a stamp set and stamp pad if you would like to add a sentiment.  Each kit even has a coordinating stamp set that you can use if you like it.

I recently purchased the Sweet Hello kit (118710) and here is a picture of two of the cards that I made using this kit.

Blog 1251 Can you believe that all I did to these gorgeous cards was stamp the sentiment and stick the ribbon flowers on?  It took me all of about 2 minutes per card!  I love the little ribbon flowers with a pearl in the center that are included in this kit!  They even have adhesive on the back so you can easily attach them to the card. 

When you are ready to purchase your own Simply Sent kit, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.

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New technique training videos

Hello Stampers!  I have to say that I am so excited about the three new videos that Stampin' Up! has put together!  They are three videos that showcase some of the techniques you can use when showcasing the contents of your starter kit.

Stampin' Up! is a great company to work for!  They are SO supportive of us demonstrators and they go out of their way to help us be as successful as we want to be!

These new videos can be found on my website.  One video showcases different ways to watercolor using stamp pads, markers, and blender pens.  The second video showcases the rock n roll technique and using our stampin' around wheels.  Finally, the third video shows sponging and faux tearing.

In addition to these wonderful training videos, I have monthly meetings with my downline and showcase new techniques and tools too! 

Hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and go to the Start Your Own Business tab across the top.  Everyone is free to view these great videos!

After you are done watching the videos, contact me to get your paperwork started to get your starter kit on the way to you!  I'd love to have you in my Inkin With Dink team!

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So Many Thanks cards and card holder

Hello Stampers!  I have the cutest 3 X 3 note cards and holder to show you that we made at Convention this year. 

Blog 1249 This is the front of the holder and one of the note cards.

Blog 1250 This is what it looks like inside.  Can you tell what the holder is made from?  It is one of our Small Open-Ended Envelopes (107286)!  We folded it in half and cut half-circle openings at the top with a circle punch.  It easily held our three note cards on one side and the three envelopes on the other.

We used ribbon to tie the envelope shut.  How fun is that?

Don't you love the stamp?  That is one of the individual, under $10 stamps, on page 18 of the catalog.  It is called So Many Thanks (120173).  We used markers to color the different words different colors.  This is one of the free stamps that we got just for attending Convention!  I would love to have you join me next year and see what we get for free then!  I have never been disappointed!

Let me know if you need more directions on making this project!  I would love to get together with you and help you make one too!

When you are ready to order this versatile stamp and your open-ended envelopes, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.

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Greenhouse Gala Tote Promotion

Hello Stampers!  Have you heard about the great special that Stampin' Up! is having right now for anyone signing up to be a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?  Now through October 18th, you will receive a free craft tote - a $39.95 value - when you sign up to be a demonstrator!

These were the totes that they had available for us to purchase at Convention this year!  They are so cool!  This tote is large enough to carry 12 X 12 cardstock in!  Here is a picture of what one would look like with all of your starter kit supplies in it! 

Greenhouse_Gala(1) It doesn't get much better than that!

Click on the picture in my left sidebar to view the current flyer!  Let me know if you have any questions!  I would love to have you on my Inkin With Dink team!  I hold monthly meetings full of stamping and socializing!  We cover business topics as they apply to your business, and any other relevant information!

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Elegant Bouquet and Manhattan Flower embossing folder cards

Hello Stampers!  WOW this title was a mouthful!  Let me explain!  I did a party a couple of weeks ago, and Linda, my hostess, wanted to use embossing folders with the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine.  I did a couple of designs and couldn't decide which I liked best, so I decided to let the customers choose what they wanted to make!  I simply gave them the basic supplies, and they took over from there!  Let me show you the five designs that I came up with!

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Blog 1248 Aren't these cards gorgeous?  I think one is just as pretty as the next!  These embossing folders make incredibly gorgeous cards!

We used both the Elegant Bouquet (115964) and Manhattan Flower (114517) embossing folders with the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439).  They were each given some Whisper White Organza Ribbon (114319) and an envelope.  The stamp sets they could use were the Watercolor Trio (retired from the Summer mini catalog) which has gorgeous sentiments, or the Matchbox Messages (113800).

I hope these have inspired you!  If you need to order your embossing folders, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.

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Lil' Paws teddy bear card

Hello Stampers!  Happy Teddy Bear Day!  Did you even know there was such a thing?? I sure didn't!  But, I decided to make a cute card to celebrate the day any way!

Blog 1242 How cute is that?  And it was fun and easy!  I used the Lil' PawsEmbosslit die (117983) with my Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439).  This cute die is actually in the Build-A-Bear line.  It not only cuts out around the teddy bear, but it embosses the details on it too!  And it cuts out a separate little heart shape so you can make it a different color!  They just think of everything!

What do you think of my color combo?  They are Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette. When they were in-colors a few years ago, this was my favorite color combo!  I put the Very Vanilla with it because it felt softer to me than the stark white.

I used the Eyelet Border punch (119853) along the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla piece.

If you need to purchase any of these supplies that I used, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right!  If you have any questions, let me know!

On to a personal note, if you have been following my blog, you know that my daughter Amie and I have been taking cake decorating classes.  We have finished the first two courses and we have started the third. To graduate from the second course, we had to decorate a cake.  We had to take it to class dirty iced, and take all of our flowers already made, to decorate the cake in class.  We also learned how to do the basket weave.  So...... here is our cake!

Blog 1243 What do you think?  Pretty cool huh?  It was really yummy too!  Leave us a comment and let me know what you think!  Amie would love to hear from you!

Pencil Toppers

Hello Stampers!  My favorite person came to visit a couple of days ago!  And look what he left me!!

Blog 1240 I still get so excited to see these boxes on my front porch!  Image being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and having these boxes delivered to your door a couple of times per month!  It doesn't get much better than that!

I wanted to show you the gifts that I made for my preschoolers for their first day of school last week.  Yep, it's back to school time again!  Where does that summer go?

Blog 1241 I found these cute school pencils and decided to center their gift around them.  I used the retired stamp set Kids At Play.  I made boy pencils and girl pencils and colored the hair the same as the student.  I even personalized them with their names on them!   How fun!  On the second day of school I even had one student ask me where their pencils were for that day!

I used the 1 1/4" Circle punch (119861), 1 3/8" Circle punch (119860) , and Scallop Circle punch (119854).  They are attached to the pencils with pop-up glue dots.  I love those glue dots!  I can't believe they retired them!  Hopefully you were lucky enough to have ordered a couple of boxes before they were gone.

If you need to order any of the other supplies needed to make these cute gifts, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.

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