It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Hello Stampers!  It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  At least it is at my house!  I spent the day today planning out all of my Christmas card classes through the end of this year!  I will get my class schedule updated on my website tomorrow, so be watching!  

I also held my Christmas in July class this evening.  Here are the cards that we made:

Christmas in July class, Inkin With DInk

Thanks for stopping by and be watching for my upcoming Christmas classes!

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Thailand 3D swap

Hello Stampers!  Today I wanted to share with you the 3D swap that I made for the Thailand trip.  When we signed up for the card swap, we could also sign up for a 3D swap.  I love 3D swaps!  It is so fun to see all of the fun little projects people come up with!

My upline Jeri, has been making items out of wine corks.  I decided that they would make a great Christmas ornament!  Here is what I came up with:

Christmas ornament, Inkin With Dink The corks are all cut in half first, then glued together.  The designer series paper circles are from the Be Merry designer series paper pack.  The snowflake is cut from the Silver Glimmer Paper using the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  I then wrapped the Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Double-stitched ribbon around the outside of each cork.

Now let's just hope they all stay together during the 2 travel days with three plane rides!  Wish me luck!  I will be showing you the swaps that I received when I'm back home!

While I'm away, check out the specials going on:

Mystery Hostess

If you place an order in my online store, July 7th through July 16th, using the hostess code HGKRUQMV, you will have your name put in for a drawing for the hostess benefits of the whole order!  You will have your name put in for every $25 that you order.  

For instance, if the total order hits $500, and you placed a $50 order, your name will go in twice to win the $70 in free product! Plus you will have earned one half priced item!

  • Don't forget to go to my online store at www.dinalstamps.stampinup.net and click on the SHOP NOW button across the top!
  • Don't forget to use the hostess code HGKRUQMV!
  • Be sure to check out the Bonus Days promotion going on now too for even more benefits!


Bonus Days



Bonus Days are back! For every $50 you spend July 1–31 (before shipping and tax), you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon that you can use August 1–31.  This can be as an on-line order, or in one of my classes!  

  • An email address is required to participate; Bonus Days coupon codes can only be delivered via email.


Christmas In July



Ho, ho, ho! Do you LOVE FREE products?  Would you enjoy an early Christmas present?  Our Christmas in July promotion makes it easier than ever to sign up to be a demonstrator! You will receive a FREE Essentials Gift Pack including Paper Snips, SNAIL Adhesive, Grid Paper, two D Blocks (one for you and one for a stamping friend!), and a Bone Folder. That’s an added value of $52! And to give you a taste of the perks of being a demonstrator, we will also include the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set from the holiday catalog for FREE ($20 value)! Now you will be able to spend your Starter Kit dollars on things like your favorite stamp sets and accessories!


Have you ever thought about joining my Cardinal Stampers team?  Would you like to receive a discount on your Stampin' Up! purchases?  There is NO obligation after your purchase your starter kit!  

Thanks for stopping by!

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Christmas time already?

Hello Stampers!  Can you believe it is almost Christmas time already?  OK Maybe not quite yet, but I have already started planning for my Christmas in July class!  It will be held on Monday, July 31st.  I'm already taking reservations if you are interested!  

I'm not the only one who is getting in the Christmas spirit!  Take a look at this great display from the latest OnStage event that I attended!

IMG_8754-001 I love the new Boxwood Wreaths Embellishments in the catalog!  They are so fun to play with!  And did you know that they are not a closed circle?  You can uncurl them and use them in a swag like to over the door in the At Home with You stamp set!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Christmas ornaments

Hello Stampers!  Today I wanted to share with you the ornaments that I received in my team ornament exchange!  We do this every year and we get the most fantistic ornaments!  Here is what we received this year:

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IMG_8316-001 Made by Tracy

IMG_8317-001 Made by Debbie H.

IMG_8318-001 Made by Pat B.

IMG_8319-001 Made by Sheila

IMG_8321-001 Made by Linda

IMG_8323-001 Made by Lynn

IMG_8324-001 Made by Alice

IMG_8322-001 I made this one.  The base is a tealight and when you turn it on the light shows through the little holes in the tree!

IMG_8315-001This one was made by my customer and good friend Sandy.  It wasn't part of the exchange but it is hanging on my tree and I loved it show thought I would share!

Thanks for stopping by again today!  Hope you loved these ornaments as much as I did!

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Christmas tag swap!

Hello Stampers!  At our last team meeting, we held a Christmas tag swap!  It was so much fun coming up with ideas and getting to make things besides cards!  Want to see what everybody came up with?  Here they are:

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IMG_8231-001 Made by Sheila

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IMG_8241-001 Made by Debbie N.

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IMG_8245-001 Made by Karen

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IMG_8247-001 Made by Pat B.

IMG_8248-001 a by Pat B

IMG_8249-001 Made by Jeri

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IMG_8239-001 Made by me!

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Weren't they fabulous!  Such great ideas!  Hope this inspires you to make your tags this year!  If you do, show us what you made!  Leave me a picture in a comment!

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Crafty weekend!

Hello Stampers!  What a crafty weekend I had!  On Friday I had my Silhouette class and we made two holiday cards!  So fun!

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I just love that I can attend this class every month and learn new things about my machine!

Then yesterday, I attended one of those painting places where you go an paint a canvas in a couple of hours time.  It was a great time!

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And it definitely helps that the painting was so cute!!! Now it's back to my Stampin' Up! crafting!  Today I am busy making ornaments for my team ornament exchange!  I'll share them all after the exchange next weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Penguin sliders!

Hello Stampers!  Did the title of this post draw your interest?  I considered changing it because my first thought was a slider like a little sandwich and I didn't want you to think I was cooking and eating penguins!!!  But I kept the title because then it made me laugh!  After that lead in, here is the card:

Snow Place slider penguin card, Inkin With DInk This super cute card was displayed at a stamping event I recently attended.  I thought it was just adorable using the Snow Place stamp set and the Sliding Star Framelits.  The Snow Place stamp set even has coordinating framelits called the Snow Friends Framelits.  

I'm off on a scrapbooking weekend this weekend so there won't be any card creating for a few days!  Just lots of pages!!!

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Christmas swaps

Hello Stampers!  Would you like to see the swaps that we received at our team meeting this last weekend?  Our theme this month was Christmas cards!  I will share mine first and give you directions and the recipe.

IMG_7862 The Ho, Ho, Ho comes from the Greetings from Santa stamp set in the Holiday catalog.  I stamped it first and then ran the Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot using the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I love this embossing folder!  The santa hat was punched out of the Real Red and Whisper White cardstock using the Jolly Hat Builder punch which is also from the Holiday catalog.

Here are the other swaps that I received:

IMG_7863 Jeri made this card.

IMG_7864 Debbie N. made this card.

IMG_7866-001 Karen made this card.

IMG_7867-001 Alice made this card.

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IMG_7869-001 Sheila made this card.

IMG_7870-001 Lisa made this card.

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 IMG_7872-001 Debbie H made this card.

IMG_7875-001 Tracy made this card.

IMG_7876-001 Pat B. made this card.

IMG_7877-001 Julie made this card.
IMG_7865-001 Laura made this card.

IMG_7873-001 Pat V. made this card.

IMG_7874-001 Linda made this card.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out our swaps!  If you would like to join our meeting and our swap sometime just let me know!  We'd love to have you!

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Team meeting show n' tell and challenges

Hello Stampers!  This past Sunday was our October team meeting.  Everybody is always so good about  bringing items for our show n' tell table!  I love it!  Here are pictures of the table for this month:

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Our team also holds challenges on our Facebook page.  Here are the entries for this month's challenges:

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I would love to have you join us at our next team meeting!  If you are interested just let me know!  Our meeting is scheduled for November 20th!  

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Upcoming Christmas card class

Hello Stampers!  I'm really getting in the mood for Christmas!  I have been working hard on getting things prepped for my upcoming Christmas card classes, and I have my first craft fair of the season this weekend!  If you happen to be in the South County area, we are at the Arrowhead subdivision clubhouse Friday from 3 - 8 and Saturday 8 - 3!  Come see some of the goodies I have made for this year!

If you can't make it, then maybe you can make it to my next Christmas card class!

IMG_7832 These are the cards we will be making!  Here are the deets:

Thursday, October 6th  10:00 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church - Arnold

$15 for four cards - please RSVP and bring your own adhesive!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

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Weekend swaps

Hello Stampers!  Remember how I told you I went to a stamping event last weekend?  Well today I wanted to show you the swaps that I received!  I just love to swap and I do it every chance that I get!!!

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IMG_7801 made by Kim Coulter

IMG_7802 made by Mary Ellen Cope

IMG_7803 made by Mary Ellen Cope

IMG_7804 made by Chery Renth

IMG_7805 this is a gift card holder by Deana Schultz

IMG_7807 made by Stephanie Kitchell

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IMG_7809 made by Jean Jecmen

IMG_7810 this is a cool card made with a transparency!  Made by Karen Tucker

IMG_7811 made by Drenda Nemeth

IMG_7812 made by Sally Nusbaum

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IMG_7815 made by Judy Sumner

IMG_7816 made by Ruthie Lancaster

IMG_7817 made by Karen Keske

IMG_7818 made by Karen West

IMG_7819 made by Nancy Gloriod

IMG_7820 made by Jayne Singleton

Although I didn't make these cards, I would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding how to make them!  Just contact me or leave a comment on this post.

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Make n' takes

Hello Stampers!  Alright!  It is time to get serious with this blog thing again!  I have been jumping around and only posting sporadically, so now things need to change!  However, I need your help!  I'm going to do my best to post on weekdays, but if I miss a day or two, you need to nudge me and remind me that I'm not being consistent!  Can you do that for me?  Great!  

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I hope that you all have seen by now that I did meet my goal for this Stampin' Up! year!  Thanks to all of my loyal customers and team members, I earned the Thailand trip!  I'm so excited and it is going to be a really long 10 months waiting for our adventure!  My husband does not want to go with me, you know 6' 5" and an airplane for 20 hours is not a great combination!!!  So I am taking my youngest daughter Amie with me!  She is super excited!  Thank you to everyone who helped me make my goal possible!

Over the weekend I attended a fun stamping event put on by another demonstrator in my area.  We had demonstrations, make n' takes, and of course swapping!  I will share it all with you over the next few days!  Today I will show you the make n' takes that we made!  Super cute projects!

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IMG_7823 This is a super cute candy holder.  So easy to make too!  I will be working on a video on making these!  Be watching!!!

IMG_7824  Isn't this a pretty card?  The Petals & Paisley suite in the Holiday is great!  Makes great fall or any occasion cards!  

IMG_7825 I just love this Detailed Santa thinlit!  So easy to use and a real WOW!  We will be making a card very simiar to this in my next Christmas card class on Thursday, October 6, at both 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.!

IMG_7826 This card uses the Frosted Medallions stamp set from the Holiday catalog.  We embossed the snowflake with white embossing powder.  Make it pop!

Thanks for stopping by!  I will be sending out my newsletter later this week with the information for my upcoming Christmas card classes.  Just e-mail me at dina@inkinwithdink.com if you would like to get on my subscriber list!

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Christmas Stamp-a-stack

Hello Stampers!  I hope that you had a great weekend!  I had a great day on Saturday with some of my team members!  We hosted a Christmas Stamp-a-stack.  We each created some cards and invited all of our customers.  There were 26 people who signed up!  Too fun!  Here are the cards that we made:

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I made these treat bags for everyone who signed up.

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These are all of the door prizes that they could win!

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We had yummy Christmas cookies and listened to Christmas music!

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This was Colleen's first time stamping!  Great card!

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This was Sherri's first time stamping too!

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Sharon was our third newbie stamper who made some fantastic cards!

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And here are some pictures of some of the other stampers having a great time!

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We will be having another one of these Stamp-a-stacks during Sale-a-bration!  Be watching for the info as it gets closer!  You won't want to miss it!

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Thoughtful Branches

Hello Stampers!  Have you been paying attention to all of the projects that are on social media lately featuring the new stamp set Thoughtful Branches?  It is a gorgeous stamp set with coordinating thinlits that creates beautiful projects!  

Here is the stamp set

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Here are the thinlits:

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Here is the bundle:

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These products are only available this month, or while supplies last, so don't wait to get these!  Plus, if you order these from me I will send you the instructions for making these 8 cards:

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Look at the cute little friend I made this morning:

IMG_7697 I made up a couple of treat bags to send my daughter Amie and her roommate at college to celebrate their first week of class!

The hedgehog body is from the Layering Oval Framelits.  The quills (if that is what you call them) is the bare tree from the Beautifl Branches Thinlits, the face is the Sweetheart punch, the feet are the 1/2" circle punch, the eyes are from the Owl Builder punch and so is the heart!  Hope you enjoy him!

Here is the ordering information:

144328  Thoughtful Branches Bundle  $52.00

143539  Thoughtful Branches Photopolymer Stamp Set  $27.00

143538  Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies  $31.00

Thanks for stopping by!

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