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Crosses of Hope card

Hello Stampers!  I hope you all are enjoying your Memorial Day!  Please remember those service men and women who are or have sacrificed it all to keep us free! 

Don't forget my retiring stamp set contest that I am holding until tomorrow at midnight!  Send me your guess of 10 stamp sets which you think will be on the retiring list on Wednesday morning!  Whoever has the most correct will win $10 off of your June order!  Don't wait!

Today I wanted to show you another card I made with the Crosses of Hope stamp set (117136).  It is such a pretty stamp set.

Hoof11 This stamp set is perfect for baptism, communion, and confirmation cards.

I stamped the cross in Melon Mambo ink.  I sponged this ink around the edges of the cardstock also.  See the buttoms in the lower right side?  These are some of the buttons dthat were free during Sale-A-Bration.

When you are ready to order your own Crosses of Hope stamp set, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink online store and order yours today!

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Beautiful Wings card

Hello Stampers!  A couple of weeks ago was my May Dink It Up! downline meeting.  We always have such a great time at our meetings!

Every month I make a card for each of my downline members to let them know how much I appreciate them.  This is the card that I made for this this month:

Blog 1536 I made it in Daffodil Delight,

Blog 1538 Regal Rose,

Blog 1537 and Rich Razzleberry.

The large piece of Whisper White cardstock was run through the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439) using the Perfect Polka-Dot embossing folder (117335).  The smaller piece of Whisper White was cut with the Big Shot and the Scallop Rectangle clearlit (118872).  Finally, the butterflies were cut out with the Big Shot and the Beautiful Wings embosslit die (118138).

If you still need to order any of the supplies needed to make these cards, hop on over to my Inkin With DInk online store and order them today! 

Contact me to find out how to join my Dink It Up! team!  We would love to have you!

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Retiring List contest!!!

Hello Stampers!  Anyone who is familiar with the Stampin' Up! year, knows that on June 1st, they will publish their list of all of the retiring stamp sets and accessories from the current catalog.  We will have until the end of June to purchase any of these stamp sets that we want before they are gone forever!  The retiring accessories list will be available only while supplies last!  So, you will want to be sure to check back here on June 1st to see if there are some things that we just can't live without!

To add a little excitement to this time of year, I have decided to have a little contest!  From now until midnight on May 31st, send me your list of 10 stamp sets that you think will be retiring in June.  The person with the most correct guesses will win a gift certificate for $10 off of your June order!

If there is a tie, I will draw names to find the winner.  Fellow demonstrators are not eligible for my contest!  Your list has to be e-mailed to me before midnight on Tuesday, May 31st.

Good luck, and I'm excited to see your guesses!

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Tassel Time graduation cards

Hello Stampers!  I needed some graduation cards the other day, so I whipped these up.   I know, this stamp set is long ago retired, but I love this set!  It is called Tassel Time.

Blog 1534 I made these cards in the school colors of the kids that were graduating.  The graduation hats were stamped, colored, and then adhered with dimensionals so they would pop up!

I will make these in customized colors, so let me know if you need any handmade graduation cards!  They are $2.50 each.

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My Digital Studio downloads

Hello Stampers!  Where does the time go?  Sorry my posting was slim last week.  I had 5 classes and meetings last week!  Plus preschool graduation yesturday and the preschool picnic today.  Now there is just our staff lunch tomorrow and then I am officially done for the year!

Since it's Tuesday, I wanted to show you this weeks new My Digital Studio downloads.

Lacy layers punch 

Lacy Layers Punch - Digital Download 126036
Price: $0.95

This download was added on 5/24/2011

These three coordinated punch images look beautiful layered together or separately, giving you more creative options! Download also includes a 9-1/4" x 4" double-sided postcard designer template. Like all My Digital Studio punches, these are vector files, which allows them to be scaled up or down without losing image resolution.

Sweet serendipity 

Sweet Serendipity Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 126045
Price: $5.95

This download was added on 5/24/2011

The sweet sentiments and images in this nine-piece set celebrate life’s simple and bright moments. Great as an accent or a focal point on projects from cards to photobooks.

On the grill 

On The Grill Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 126032
Price: $7.95

This download was added on 5/24/2011

Throw together a quick BBQ with all the fixins using our 14-piece On the Grill Stamp Brush Set. Anything your guests want—dogs, burgers, or their choice of cool drinks—your designed creations will be just what they ordered. These fun food images make for original accents on photobook pages, party invitations, and lots of other projects.

Happy camper stamp 

Happy Camper Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 126033
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 5/24/2011

Your friends and family will be sure to crack a smile when they see these smiling images on your projects! Have fun with your camping and summer projects and give them personality with this happy six-piece set. Exclusive to digital.

Tart & tangy stamp 

Tart & Tangy Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 126031
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 5/24/2011

Give your projects some flavor with the four-piece Tart & Tangy Stamp Brush Set. Add a tangy citrus splash, some tart apple attitude, or sweet cherries for a mouthwatering design. And don’t forget the cherry on top!

Trendy trees 

Trendy Trees Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 126057
Price: $5.95

This download was added on 5/24/2011

Use this simple yet fashionable set to add some trendy trees to your projects. For versatility, use the images alone or creatively combine for unique accents. You can piece together this eight-piece set in countless ways. Be the trend setter with Trendy Trees!

Bright delight emb 

Bright Delight Embellishments - Digital Download 126058
Price: $5.95

This download was added on 5/24/2011

These 55 embellishments will make your projects burst with bright delight! They’re perfect for fun, summer designs. Use with the Trendy Trees and Good Friend Stamp Brush Sets for ultimate coordination. Coordinating colors include Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, and Tangerine Tango.

Every week Stampin' Up! comes out with several new downloads.  When you are ready to order your downloads, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink online store and order them today!

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Crosses of Hope card

Hello Stampers!  I had a customer the other day ask for a card for a First Communion.  I made the card and loved it so much that I decided to use the same card for my daughter Amie's Confirmation party invitations.  I just changed a couple of things, and this is what I came up with:

Blog 1529 I used the Crosses of Hope stamp set (117136).  I colored in just a few spaces in the stamped image with my Stampin' Write markers and added a Basic Pearl (119247).  These come with adhesive on the back so they are super easy to use!  I used the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439) and the Perfect Polka-Dot embossing folder (117335) for the background.  The words are from the Inviting stamp set(119153).

Need to make some religious cards for yourself?  The Crosses of Hope stamp set is the perfect choice.  Hop on over to my Inkin With Dink online store to order yours today!

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Fifth Avenue Floral sympathy card

Hello Stampers!  I have an absolutely gorgeous card to show you today!

Blog 1509 My downline, Karen, made this card as part of our sympathy swap!  Isn't it fabulous?

She used the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set (113734).  The lily is stamped and then cut out.  It is then put on the card with dimensionals.  And of course the card base is one of my favorite colors, Perfect Plum.

To order your own set of Fifth Avenue Floral, hop on over to my Inkin With Dink online store and order it now!

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My Digital Studio downloads

Hello Stampers!  It's Tuesday, so time for more new My Digital Studio downloads!

Simple stitches 

Simple Stitches & Corners - Digital Download 126025
Price: $4.95

This download was added on 5/17/2011

Exclusive to digital, this 46-piece kit gives you tons of stitched looks to add a carefully sewn look to your projects. The stitched artwork comes in Chocolate Chip and Whisper White. The kit also includes a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" greeting card designer template.

Flower garden 

Flower Garden Stamp Brush - Digital Download 126026
Price: $1.95

This download was added on 5/17/2011

With the one-piece Flower Garden Stamp Brush, you'll enjoy the color and flowers of a garden (without all the weeding)! Also includes a 5" x 7" greeting card designer template.

Happy greetings 

Happy Greetings Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 126029
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 5/17/2011

This six-piece stamp brush set of sentiments will help you create stacks of ready-to-use cards, notes, and gift tags for spur-of-the-moment giving. A versatile addition to your designing stash!

Fashion district 

Fashion District Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 126041
Price: $7.95

This download was added on 5/17/2011

Couldn’t live without your girlfriends? Cheers to that! Celebrate your friends with the chic and sassy 20-piece Fashion District Set. Also includes a one-page 8" x 8" designer template.

Urban oasis 

Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper - Digital Download 126042
Price: $4.95

This download was added on 5/17/2011

The modern colors and designs in these paper patterns truly come together to create an Urban Oasis. Keep your projects looking stylish and on-trend with these 12 Designer Series paper patterns. Coordinating colors include Baja Breeze, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, and Kiwi Kiss.

Central park 

Central Park Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 126043
Price: $1.95

This download was added on 5/17/2011

Use the three-piece Central Park Stamp Brush Set to add a subtle stroke of urban landscape to your projects.

Fifth avenue floral 

Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 126044
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 5/17/2011

The beautiful, modern flowers in the five-piece Fifth Avenue Floral Stamp Brush Set share the sophistication and styling of their namesake. Add color to these line-art images, or leave them uncolored and layer them for a refined floral collection.

Sail away 

Sail Away Stamp Brush - Digital Download 126030
Price: $0.95

This download was added on 5/17/2011

Use the one-piece Sail Away Stamp Brush for rugged, masculine-themed projects with a bold, vintage look. Perfect for large gift tags, summer-themed photobook pages, and birthday cards!

I'm very excited about the Simple Stitches & Corners download and the Fifth Avenue Florals stamp download!  I can't wait to start creating with them!  Go to my Inkin With Dink online store and order yours today so you can start creating too!

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Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack swap

Hello Stampers!  This is another swap that I received in my sympathy swap.

Blog 1507 This card was made by Rickie.  She stamped stems of flowers and then punched out some shapes using the Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack (118309) and attached them for flowers!  Too cute!

Still more sympathy swaps to come!

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My Digital Studio downloads

Hello Stampers!  Sorry that it has taken me so long to show this weeks new downloads for My Digital Studio, but I just found the images.  Here they are:

Travel log kit 

Travel Log Kit - Digital Download 126022
Price: $9.95

This download was added on 5/10/2011

Whether you're traveling to a South Sea island or to that quaint bed & breakfast down the street, this fantastically packed Travel Log Kit has all of the elements you need to amp up your vacation and travel scrapbook pages!
Includes 12 Designer Series paper patterns, 12 embellishments, and a one-page 12" x 12" designer template--all exclusive to digital! Also includes a coordinating 13-piece stamp brush set. Coordinating colors include: Baja Breeze, Basic Gray, Crumb Cake, Kiwi Kiss, More Mustard, and Very Vanilla.

Deserving dad 

Deserving Dad Designer Card Template - Digital Download 126155
Price: $1.95

This download was added on 5/10/2011

Put your Father’s Day frets aside--pair this attractive Deserving Dad Designer Card with some breakfast in bed, and dad will have a smile on his face all day long. This exclusive-to-digital 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" greeting card designer template comes with ultimate versatility; the typography is placed in as individual stamp brush sets, so you can print as-is, or recolor to your liking. Coordinating colors include: Baja Breeze, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy, Pear Pizzazz, and Sahara Sand.

Dads day 

Dad's Day Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 126024
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 5/10/2011

This six-piece set is perfect for the fathers in your life, but it doesn’t stop there. Use the “You’re the man” or “Thanks for steering me in the right direction” sentiments for friends or mentors. The stars and stripes background stamp brush offers this set even more; it’s great for the 4th of July pages, or as an accent on any card or photobook page!

Great grads 

Great Grads Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 126046
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 5/10/2011

They did it! Congratulate the graduates with this inspiring set. And then keep going . . . several of the images and sentiments in this five-piece set can be used to offer accolades and motivation for any life achievements.

Playful polka dot 

Playful Polka Dots Digital Kit - Digital Download 126027
Price: $9.95

This download was added on 5/10/2011

Make your summer memories pop with our Playful Polka Dots Kit. These paper patterns and accents help you achieve flawless coordination with ease. The kit includes four Designer Series paper patterns, 55 embellishments, and a one-page 11" x 8-1/2" designer template. Coordinating colors include: Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, and Rose Red.

Postage punch 

Postage Stamp Punch - Digital Download 126028
Price: $0.95

This download was added on 5/10/2011

The one-piece Postage Stamp Punch coordinates with the adorable Pretty Postage Stamp Brush Set and is the perfect accent for creating unique tags, cards, and scrapbook pages for your summer projects! Like all My Digital Studio punches, this is a vector file, which allows it to be scaled up or down without losing image resolution.

Pretty postage 

Pretty Postage Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 124888
Price: $3.95

This download was added on 5/10/2011

Create a pretty postage stamp by using this versatile, four-piece set and the coordinating Postage Stamp Punch. Place your little custom-created postage stamp on your projects: what could be cuter than that?

Pink flamingo dsp 

Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper - Digital Download 126051
Price: $4.95

This download was added on 5/10/2011

Make your summer projects pop with these flirty flowers and fancy flamingos. Use the twelve Designer Series paper patterns with the Pink Flamingo Stamp Brush Set for a perfectly matched look. Coordinating colors include: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Summer Sun, and Tempting Turquoise.

Pink flamingo stamp 

Pink Flamingo Stamp Brush Set - Digital Download 126052
Price: $7.95

This download was added on 5/10/2011

Make your summer projects pop with these flirty flowers and the fancy flamingo. Use this 14-piece set with the coordinating Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper to create a sensational design!

Hop over to my Inkin With Dink online store to order your downloads today!

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D is for Dog sympathy card

Hello Stampers!  Do you ever need pet sympathy cards?  This is one I received in my swap, and I LOVE it!

Blog 1508 Jeri made this card, didn't she do a great job?  I know when my dog Maddie passed away, getting sympathy cards did make me feel better.  They are just hard to make.  But now I have been inspired by this card!

The stamp set that she used was D is for Dog (115784).  There is also a stamp set for cats called C is for Cat (115764).

Do you need to buy the D is for Dog or C is for Cat stamp set so you too can make pet sympathy cards?  Then hop on over to my Inkin With Dink online store.

On a personal note, last night was my daughter Amie's 8th grade social.  She went with a boy!  She was so excited!

Blog 1512 This is her at home before we went to meet her group of friends in the park for pictures.

This is a pretty amazing transformation for her considering she is definately not a girly girl.  She doesn't like pink, ruffles, or anything cute!  Now look at her!  She was even wearing make-up!

Blog 1514 This is her and her date Donald!  They look so cute together!  He not only brought her a corsage but he also brought her a bouquet of daisys!  How fun!

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Elegant Line embossing folder sympathy card

Hello Stampers!  Want to see another sympathy card from my latest swap?

Blog 1506 This card was made by Anne.  She used the Elegant Lines embossing folder (119277) on the front with the Word Play stamp set (120308).  She also used the Eyelet Border punch (119853) across the top and bottom of the card.  Love the look of that!

Check back again for more sympathy cards!

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Funky Four sympathy card

Hello Stampers!  Time for another sympathy card from my latest swap. 

Blog 1505 This swap was made by Alice Marie.  She used the Funky Four stamp set (113738) and the Perfect Details texturz plate (115962). 

I do like the different shades of blue together.  Thanks Alice Marie for the cute idea.

Check back again for more swmpathy swaps!

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How to re-ink your stamp pads

Hello Stampers!  OMG!  I recorded a video in April and totally forgot to let you know that it was on You Tube!  Thanks Theresa for letting me know!!!

After lots of use, your stamp pads will eventually need to be reinked.  This solution is cheaper than buying a new stamp pad. 

How do you know when it is time to reink?  You will no longer get complete coverage on your bold stamps, or in the case of your Basic Black stamp pads, they will start stamping a purplish color.

Watch this video which shows you step by step how easy the reinking process really is!

 

Want to see more of my videos?  Hop over to my You Tube channel to see the other videos I have recorded.

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