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Elephant punch art Valentine's Day card

Hello Stampers!  I have the CUTEST elephant punch art Valentine's Day card that I made for my youngest daughter to show you!  However, you must be on my mailing list to see it because it is my featured card in my February newsletter!

Every month I feature a card and a 3D item that I only show in my newsletter.  I will include a list of supplies and step by step directions for creating these items.

I also  include an explaination of all of the current specials and promotions, my calendar of classes for the next two months, and a description of my current clubs.

To sign up to be added to my mailing list, simply click in the top left side bar to join my mailing list!  I will get my newsletter sent out to you!

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Mini Milk Carton door prize

Hello Stampers!  This afternoon was Alice Marie's workshop.  Hi Alice Marie!  She is one of my new downline and I did her first workshop for her.  We had a great time!  I couldn't wait to get home and show you what I made for the door prize gifts!

Blog 1418 Isn't this fun?  I used the Mini Milk Carton die (117310) with the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439).  I just love making these!

The stamp set I used was Got Treats (119114).  I colored in the stamp with my markers so that I could make the words different colors.  I punched it out with the scallop square punch (119884).

The flower is from the Boho Blossoms punch (119858) with a small Basic Rhinestone (119246) in the middle!  Isn't it cute?  My carton is held closed with one of the Mini Library clips (109857), they are so cute! 

I also usd the Sweet & Sour specialty designer series paper (117390) on the top of the cartons, for the strip around the middle of the carton, and to punch out the flower.

Ready to order your own supplies to make some fun milk cartons?  Hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.

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My Digital Studio hybrid card

Hello Stampers!  It's time for another make n' take from Leadership!  One of the classes that we could sign up and take was a My Digital Studio class.  We brought out laptops along and made a card together as a class.  Then, in our make n' take package, they had one of the cards printed out for us!  How cool is that???

Blog 1417 So, this is the card that we made with our My Digital Studio software (118108) and we simply tied ribbon around the card!  It's that easy!  I do like these hybrid cards because of the ease, plus you could make a lot of cards fairly quickly.  But I do think you need to add something of your own once it has been printed out.  There is just something about being able to touch a piece of ribbon, a button, or a brad!

Now you need to hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and order your own copy of My Digital Studio so that you can make your own hybrid cards!  It is all the rage right now!!!

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Why Should I Become A Demonstrator?

Hello Stampers!  Have you ever asked yourself this question?  Why should I become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?

If you have ever asked me this question, I'm sure I went on and on about all of the great reasons to become a demonstrator!  I LOVE being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!  One of the reasons I love it so is all of the free items that we have the chance to receive!

Blog 1415 This was one of the surprises that I received last month.  Stampin' Up! just decided to give us all a free package of some of the Love Impressions rub-ons (121886) that are in the new Occasions mini catalog!  How great is that?

Now I have to admit that rub-ons are not usually on the top of my favorite embellishments list!  I hardly ever use them!  But when it came free, I thought "What the heck!  I'll give them a try!"  I have been having a blast with them!  And they couldn't be easier to use (unless of course the dog jumps into your lap and hits your arm as you are rubbing the rub-ons, as you can tell happened on my bottom cloud)!

Here is the first card that I made with them:

Blog 1416 I of course had to make the card Real Red and Pretty In Pink!  I also felt it needed some prettiness (is that even a word?), so I used my Eyelet Border punch (119853) and the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (117335) with my Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439).

Come back over the next few days and I wlll be showing you some more of the cards that I have been making with them!

Ready to order your own Love Impressions rub-ons or any of our other rub-ons?  Hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.

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Clearly For You card

Hello Stampers!  Want to see another one of our Make n' Takes from Leadership?  Here you go!

Blog 1413 This is a card that we made using the stamp set Clearly for You (121911) that is in the Occasions mini catalog.  I love the look of this card!

Don't you love the way we crimpped the bottom front of the card!  Every once in awhile I forget about that wonderful tool, The Crimper(101618), but then I pull it out again and have a blast with it!

We also used the new 2 1/2" circle punch (120906) and the Fancy Flower punch (118073).  Notice the cute little butterfly in the center of the flower?  It was stamped on white cardstock and cut out and adhered to the center of the flower.  Can you see how the butterfly wings are more reddish in color and the rest of the butterfly is yellowish?  This was an easy little trick we did where we inked the stamp up with More Mustard first and then colored the edges of the wings with the Cherry Cobbler marker!  Too cool!

Doesn't this make you want to order the tools to make this great card?  If you need it now then hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.

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Stamp Case Notebook holder

Hello Stampers!  I wanted to show you another one of the Make n' Takes that we made at Leadership this year.  Is it not the coolest thing?  What is it you ask?

Blog 1414 This is a notebook holder that has been made out of one of the Clear-Mount Stamp Cases (119105).  I'm really thinking about making these for roomie gifts for Convention this year!

Stampin' Up! sells these cases and they are four for $4.95.  What a deal!  You can put a small notebook in them after you have had some cut off of the bottom.  I also thought it would be neat to put a small pen in it.

To decorate these we used the Botanical Gazette designer series paper (121783) and the Clearly for You stamp set (121911).  You can easily slip the paper inside from the top. 

We tied the ribbon around from the inside and hung one of the fun, new, cute Trinket Keys (121892) from the Occasions mini catalog on the ribbon.  Too cute!

To order your own clear cases, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right.  I'd love to see what you come up with when you make them too!  Send me a pic and I'll show it on my blog!

On a personal note, I have a funny story to share with you that happened at preschool today!  These kids always make me laugh!  We were making octopus pictures for art and one little boy asked what the things were hanging down.  I told him that they were his tentacles or his arms.  He said "oh, alright" and he proceeded to start coloring the tips of them pink.  I asked him what he was doing and he said "this is his pail nolish!"  I asked " do you mean nail polish?" and he replied "yes, his pail nolish!" Now I just wonder how many octopi he has seen wearing nail polish?????

 

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Time to Sale-A-Brate!

Hello Stampers!  I am SOOOOO excited!  Today starts Sale-A-Bration which is the best time of the Stampin' Up! year!  Everyone has the chance to earn so many free things!  You can't lose!!!

You have got to check out the Sale-A-Bration catalog!  The free items are AMAZING!  There are four stamp sets, a quick accents pack which consists of designer series paper and self-adhesive die cut sheets, a ribbon and button pack, a chalkboard decor elements piece, a digital content CD, and if none of those tickle your nose, there is once again a list of stamp sets from the main catalog that are available for you!  Can you say WOW!

I do want to take a second and show you the items that are available on the digital content CD.

On the CD you'll get:

Description  Image  Contents  
Punch Bunch Stamp Brush Set   Five-piece stamp brush set.  
Notes Stamp Brush Set     Three-piece stamp brush set.  
Bliss Stamp Brush Set    Five-piece stamp brush set.   
So Happy For You Stamp Brush Set     Ten-piece stamp brush set.    
Sweet Summer Stamp Brush Set     Nine-piece stamp brush set.     
Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon & Button Kit     Three digital ribbons, three digital buttons.  
Ice Cream Parlor Designer Series Paper & Accents Kit     Six Designer Series Paper Patterns, nine borders, 20 elements, and 27 flowers. 

 

This is basically a way to get all of the Sale-A-Bration items all at once!!!  You can't beat it!!  And this CD can be used not only with My Digital Studio, but also with other digital software programs!

Here's the ways you can earn your free items:

1) spend $50 and earn one free SAB item of your choice

2) host a workshop of at least $300 and earn one free SAB item of your choice, plus you still receive all of the other generous hostess benefits

3) join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator and not only receive 15% off of your starter kit cost, but receive a bonus bundle filled with $50 in free products!

Ready to start getting your free things?  Either hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW, or e-mail me so that we can get your workshop date on my calendar!

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Simply Adorned inserts

Hello Stampers!  Have you had a chance to check out the fantastic jewelry that Stampin' Up! carries?  They call it Simply Adorned and it can be found on page 189 of the catalog.  It is so much fun!  They sell the chains for both necklaces and bracelets, as well as charms for you to make inserts for to put on these chains!  How fun is that?  I bought both a bracelet and necklace some time ago, and I have just been looking at them wondering how I wanted to make my inserts for them!  Well, I finally got help!

At Leadership last week, some of our make n' takes were inserts for the charms!

We got the 34" chain (116853) with the 1 1/2" X 2" charm (116799).  Shelli told us how she likes to hook the bracelet across her chain so that the charm doesn't hang down quite so low.  I thought this was a great idea, so I came home and hooked my bracelet on my new chain!  And I LOVE it!

Blog 1410 This is one of the inserts we made at our make n' takes.  We were also given some ribbon and baubles to attach to our chain.

Blog 1411 This is the back side of the insert.  We used the new stamp set we were given called Clearly for You (121911) that is in the Occasions mini catalog.  We also used the First Edition specialty designer series paper (121878) and the Red Glimmer Paper (121790).  I LOVE the new Glimmer paper!  You have got to check it out!

Blog 1412 We also made these two other sets of inserts.  The insert on the left side is the front and the insert on the right is for the back.

The top insert uses the same Clearly For You stamp set (121911) and the Chantilly crochet trim (118480).  The bottom insert uses the same stamp set along with the Broadsheet Alphabet (118724) stamp set and the Springtime Vintage designer series paper (121782).

Now, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right because I know you want to order your own!

Once you have your jewelry, let me know if you need some ideas for your inserts!  I've got lots of ideas to show you!

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Sweet & Sour dsp Quilt card

Hello Stampers!  I just love to make these quilt cards!  We made this one at my downline meeting today!  This technique gives such a wow!

Blog 1409 We used the Sweet & Sour Specialty designer series paper (117390) and the On Your Birthday stamp set (111664). 

Want to come and make some fun cards like this with me?  Join my Dink It Up! group!  Every month at our meetings we make fun cards like this!  E-mail me today to find out how you can join my team!  And if you join during Sale-A-Bration, you get 15% off of your starter kit plus a bundle of $50 in FREE products!

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My Digital Studio Downloads

Hello Stampers!  Time for more My Digital Studio downloads!  They just keep them coming!  And they are great prices!  Check them out!

 Tempt turq dsp

Tempting Turquoise Patterns Designer Series Paper - Digital Download 124030
Price: $1.95

Designer Series Paper Patterns make it easy to create stunning, color coordinated projects that take on a life of their own when professionally printed. Every Designer Series Paper download uses our palette of exclusive core colors and original images that coordinate with other Stampin' Up! card stock, accessories, and stamped images. Versatile patterns for use on any project. Four Designer Series Paper Patterns in Tempting Turquoise.

Old olive dsp 

Old Olive Patterns Designer Series Paper - Digital Download 124031
Price: $1.95

Designer Series Paper Patterns make it easy to create stunning, color coordinated projects that take on a life of their own when professionally printed. Every Designer Series Paper download uses our palette of exclusive core colors and original images that coordinate with other Stampin' Up! card stock, accessories, and stamped images. Versatile patterns for use on any project. Four Designer Series Paper Patterns in Old Olive.

Pretty i p dsp 

Pretty In Pink Patterns Designer Series Paper - Digital Download 124033
Price: $1.95

Designer Series Paper makes it easy to create stunning, color coordinated projects that take on a life of their own when professionally printed. Every Designer Series Paper download uses our palette of exclusive core colors and original images that coordinate with other Stampin' Up! card stock, accessories, and stamped images. Versatile patterns for use on any project. Four Designer Series Paper patterns in Pretty in Pink.

Sweet stitch buttons 

Sweet Stitches Designer Buttons - Digital Download 124022
Price: $2.95

Playful accents like these can transform a card or page from so-so to sensational in seconds. Kit includes three button styles for each of the following fashionable colors: Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip, and Daffodil Delight. Total of 12 designer buttons.

Pattern pieces stamp 

Pattern Pieces Stamp Brush - Digital Download 124028
Price: $1.95

No need for scissors, pins, or tailor's chalk to use these sewing patterns! Includes one stamp brush with oversized fabric pattern. Perfect for backgrounds or in coordination with the traditional (and very du jour!) Oh Sew Suite product line.

Blossons petal punch 

Blossom Petals Punch - Digital Download 124018
Price: $0.95

The Blossom Petals Punch will be a perennial favorite in your digital punch stash! Includes four images that coordinate with the Build a Blossom Stamp Brush Set for perfect layering. Like all My Digital Studio punches, this is a vector file, which allows it to be scaled up or down without losing image resolution. Download also includes one 5" x 7" greeting card designer template.

Build a blossom stamp 

Build A Blossom Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 124019
Price: $5.95

Our delightful Build a Blossom Stamp Brush Set lets you create a secret garden all your own. This 12-piece set includes all of the petal and leaf images needed to build the perfect digital flower. Coordinates with the digital Blossom Petals Punch for the ideal layered flower.

Eat choc set 

Eat Chocolate Stamp Brush - Digital Download 124027
Price: $3.95

Delectable four-piece stamp brush set coordinates with the Eat Chocolate Stamp Set from the 2011 Occasions Mini. A must-have for chocoholics. We think digital chocolate is almost as tempting and decadent as the real thing!

Top ten photo 

Top 10 Photobook Template - Digital Download 125161
Price: $14.95

Bold colors and contemporary design make this download a stand-out. Use to create your Stampin' Up! Top 10 as we have done -- or create ANY top 10 photo book. (Think: Top 10 Things I Love About You or Top 10 Crazy Things You Don't Know About Me!) Includes complete 24-page designer template (size 11" x 8-1/2"), 11 embellishments, and a 14-piece stamp brush set. File size is large, so please allow sufficient time for download installation.

2011 pennant 

2011 Pennant Desktop Calender Kit - Digital Download 125162
Price: $14.95

Bring a little sparkle to your desk at home or work with this trendy 2011 Pennant Desktop Calendar Kit. Download includes a complete 25-page calendar template (size 5-1/2" x 6-1/2" calendar with easel) and a 29-piece stamp brush set. Completely finished, but you can customize by adding birthdays, special events, or photos. 

Baha breeze birth 

Baja Breeze Flower Bouquet Birth Announcement - Digital Download 125623
Price: $1.95

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails! This double-sided baby boy announcement postcard designer template will make it easy for you to spread the news. Colors are Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, and Basic Gray.

Regal rose birth 

Regal Rose Flower Bouquet Birth Announcement - Digital Download 125163
Price: $1.95

Sugar and spice and everything nice! This double-sided baby girl announcement postcard designer template will make it easy for you to spread the news. Colors are Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, and So Saffron. 

Play date invite 

Play Date Invitation Designer Template - Digital Download 125164
Price: $1.95

So much cake, so little time! This birthday greeting card invitation template has a pre-designed front and inside of card. Just add your text. Template includes nine embellishment pieces so that you can add the birthday number of your choosing! This template was used for the My Digital Studio Professional Print Product Sampler, demonstrator supply item # 124261.

Snowflake fury 

Snowflake Flurry Trifold Card Designer Template - Digital Download 125165
Price: $1.95

Frosty the Snowman's favorite holiday 4" x 9-1/4" trifold card designer template comes completely designed -- just add your own photo and holiday greeting! 

Chat room rock 

Chat Room Rock Star Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 124542
Price: $5.95

This "chill" download may be just what you need to turn your teen on to digital design! Ten-piece stamp brush set contains sentiments that are perfect for teen and friend cards and "awesome" scrapbook pages. Stamp brush set uses a section of sentiments from the retired Chat Room Rub-Ons.

Chat room friend 

Chat Room Friend Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 124543
Price: $5.95

"Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold." Sharing your love with friends just got easier with this indispensible 10-piece stamp brush set. Contains sentiments that are perfect for friend cards, scrapbook pages, journals, etc. Set uses a section of sentiments from the retired Chat Room Rub-Ons.

Chat room baby 

Chat Room Baby Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 124486
Price: $5.95

Bye, baby bunting, daddy's gone a -hunting…and he brought home the perfect 10-piece stamp brush set with simply adorable sentiments for baby announcements, baby shower cards, baby scrapbook pages, etc. This set uses a section from the retired Chat Room Rub-Ons.

 

Hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website to get your copy of My Digital Studios and then these great downloads!

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Free Stuff Galore!

Hello Stampers!  Well I'm back from Leadership, and boy did I have a great time!  Just look at all of the free stuff I got!!!

Blog 1408 I got stamp sets, fabric, buttons, trinkets, glitter, digital downloads, brads, and glitter paper!  WOW!  I also got tons of ideas and business building tips!  It was wonderful!

I took over 250 pictures, some of which I will be sharing with you over the next few weeks.  The make n' takes that we had were awesome!  I can't wait to show you those too!

Have you ever thought about owning your own business?  All of the perks are so great like getting to get away and learn how to build my business.  Plus I get to set my own hours, and earn extra money, doing something I love!!!

If you are intersted in getting more information about having your own fantastic business, just get in touch with me!  I will be glad to answer any questions that you may have!  I could also send you information if you prefer!

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Create A Cupcake card

Hello Stampers!  This is another one of the cards that I took for swap to Leadership.  This was part of a full card swap that I got into at a special dinner I attended with my upline.  We were to make full cards and use new products from the Occasions mini catalog or the upcoming Sale-A-Bration catalog.

Blog 1407 This is the card that I made using the new Create a Cupcake stamp set (121915) and the Build a Cupcake punch (121807), both from the new Occasions mini catalog!  If you don't own these two things yet, you have got to get them!  They are so much fun!

For the background, I used my favorite technique of the faux designer series paper.  I punched out circles from Whisper White cardstock and Chocolate Chip cardstock and adhered them to my Pretty In Pink cardstock.  I then ran this piece through my Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439) and the Square Lattice embossing folder (119976). 

The sentiment is also from the new Create a Cupcake stamp set.  My cupcake was very easily put together since I just punched the pieces out of my cardstock and adhered them together!

Don't wait any longer, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and order your own matching stamp set and punch!  You will love them!

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Bubble technique

Hello Stampers!  I wanted to show you another one of my swaps for Leadership.

Blog 1405 Isn't this card fun?  It uses a fun technique that I had never tried before, the Bubble technique!  Here's how to do it.

You can use a bubble mixture, like kid's bubble solution, but since I didn't have any, I made my own.  I just took a little bit of water in a flat dish and added quite a bit of Dawn dishwashing liquid.  I mixed in several drops of Melon Mambo ink.  I got my youngest daughter, Amie, and gave her a straw and told her to start blowing!  As the bubbles would build up, I would place a piece of cardstock over them and let them pop on the cardstock, this is the design that they left! 

My cardstock would curl some from being wet, but it flattened out pretty easily after it had dried. 

The stamp set I used was A Good Egg (114974).  I love that stamp set!  I will be so sad to see it go when it retires.  I used the Dotted Scallop Border punch (119275) on the Daffodil Delight cardstock.

The designer series paper that I paper pieced on my chick eggs is from the Sweet & Sour Specialty designer series paper (117390).  I love the colors in this dsp, Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie.

Let me know if you would like for me to make a video on the Bubble Technique.  I'm hoping to start making some more videos soon!

Hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website to order your supplies to get started on your Easter cards!

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Totally Tool leadership swap

Hello Stampers!  Well, I'm today is my first day of Leadership!  This is like a mini convention for Stampin' Up! demonstrators who have a downline.  It is a wonderful time and they really focus the classes on building our business!  I LOVE attending!

We bring swaps to Leadership just like Convention, only maybe not quite as many.  Want to see one of mine?

Blog 1406 I like to do at least one of my swaps as a masculine card.  There never seems to be many of them and they go fast!  For this card I used the stamp set Totally Tool (113256).  Do you like the duct tape Top Note?  I simply took a piece of 5" X 4" white cardstock and covered it with duct tape.  I then ran this through the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113429) with my Top Note die (113463).  I love the way it turned out!

My sign is just a piece of Soft Suede cardstock that I stamped with the Woodgrain stamp (117100).  It is hung with Linen Thread (104199) and help up with a silver brad (104336).

Need to buy your own Totally Tool stamp set or Woodgrain stamp?  Hop on over to my Inkin With Dink website and click on the SHOP NOW in the top right to place your order.

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