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November 2011

Flower swaps!

Bright & pretty cards today!

We will start off with this beauty by Jennifer Weide using the "Sunflower" background stamp. She finished it off with another phrase  from "Friendly Phrases", and the Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon that is part of the 30% off Ribbon Bundle that expires today!

Jennifer weide

Next, we have  a bright and pretty faux tile rendition by Ruth Anne Lilley. She used the "Just Believe" stamp set and the Lace Ribbon Borderpunch. She even weaved the Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon through the punched strip! That's something I think about doing but don't do very often! The Basic Jewel Pearl accents are the perfect finish!

Ruth anne lilley


While not exactly a flower, these cherries are so bright and happy, I just had to include them today! Ruth Bingle made criss-cross lines with the Simply Scoring Tool behind the Scallop Square from the Scallop Squares Duo die. She even adapted this card to be an easel card!

Ruth bingle

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" day!

Isn't this the cutest thing?!

This was definitely the crowning glory of the entire swap this month, Deb McCahan's get well soup mug! She combined the "get well" stamp from "Sincere Salutations" with the "get well" stamp from "Thoughts & Prayers" (both found on page 160 of the Idea Book & Catalog), and INCLUDED THE DIRECTIONS TO MAKE IT! JOY! JOY! You will be seeing this again as part of an upcoming class in the New Year for sure!

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a view of the inside of the mug:

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and the bottom:

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As much as I love Christmas projects, this one really gets me excited! Can't wait to make it!


Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" day!

Three More Beautiful Swaps!

Opening my package from my monthly swap is just like having Christmas once a month! This swap by Beth Weinstein featured the "faux tile" technique again, along with the "Medallion" background stamp and a gorgeous Antique Brad ! Just perfect!

Beth weinstein

Kathy Stephenson did a great job with the Simply Scoring Tool to make the diagonal lines behind the "Fun Flower" die cut. She also used the soon-to-be-retired-never-to-be-available-again Spice Cake Designer Series Paper behind the 3 1/2" Die Cut Circle! Lovely elegant card!

Cathy stephenson

Last but not least, Nancy Hall paired the "Medallion" background stamp with "Beyond the Garden" Designer Series Paper to create this "simply wonderful" card! "you are simply wonderful" is a phrase from the "Friendly Phrases" stamp set, and the DSP rosette was scored with the Simply Scoring Tool. I hope to have a tutorial for you soon on how to make these!

Nancy Hall
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Hope you are having a great Cyber Monday! Don't forget to check out the Online Extravaganza deals on my Stampin' Up! website. You don't have to order online to get the deals, but you do need to at least contact me to place your order! These deals only last through Wed. November 30th, so don't delay!


Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" day!

Valentine swap cards!

Since the theme of this month's swap could be anything as long as we used the Simply Scoring Tool, I received these three lovely Valentines. Even though it's not Christmas yet, before we know it the New Year will be here and it will be time to need a card to send to our loved ones!

This first one is by Kathy Morgan, and features the "Greeting Card Kids" set and Silver Glimmer Paper! I love how Kathy used the Simply Scored to accent the white space!

Kathy Morgan

Rene Watson used the "Stripes" Textured Impressions Folder to co-ordinate with the vertical scored lines on this simple punched Valentine with the "Full Heart" punch in Red Glimmer paper and phrase from the "With All My Heart" stamp set! Great job!

Rene watson

Rhonda Bassler used the soon-to-be-going-away-maybe-forever Holiday Mini set, "You Are Loved"! She used the Simply Scored to do the "faux tile" technique on the "happy valentines" section, and then scored vertical lines on the punched Extra Large Oval behind the "love" punched large oval!

Rhonda bassler

Three beautiful cards for the last Sunday of November! Don't forget, the Online Extravaganza Sale is still going on through this Wednesday, November 30th! If you place an online order through my Stampin' Up! website, don't forget to check out the Clearance Rack for some cool values there too!

Until Monday, have a "Stampingrox"! day!


Cards from my monthly swap!

I swap every  month with a great group of demonstrator stampers. Each month has a theme, and this month we were to make a card or project with the new Simply Scoring Tool. Here are a few:

"Zoo Review" by Diane O'Connor:

Diane o connor
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"Snow Much Fun" pop-up card by Jackie Ordway:

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"Serene Snowflakes" by Susie Wood:

Susie wood
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Busy day, today is the day we always celebrate Thanksgiving with our children and their families! Hope your day "Stampingrox!" like mine will!

Cards from the West Frankfort Class!

Last Tuesday I had a 10-card class in West Frankfort. We had fun making these cards for the $25 fee! Here's the cards we made:

This card was made with the Jolly Jingle Jumbo Wheel and the ornament from Jolly Bingo Bits:

Jolly bingo bits
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A close-up of the Jolly Bingo Bits ornament:

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Using the Chery Cobbler card from the Everyday Elegance Simply Sent Kit, the wreath from the Stitched Felt Winter Wishes, and "Season's Greetings" from Four the Holidays:

Simply sent 1

Once again we used a wreath from Jolly Bingo Bits, and the verse is from Grateful Greetings:

Simply sent 2
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Here's the Baja Breeze version with the Northern Frost Decorative Strip Die Snowflakes made with Silver Glimmer Paper, and "Peace on Earth" from Four the Holidays:

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This one is a CASE of one of my Founder's Circle swaps (sorry, I don't remember whose it was);

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This one uses the Pennant Parade stamp set and the "Petals-a-Plenty" Textured Impressions Folder. My good friend, Brenda Luter, swapped this card at convention:

Pennant parade
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This is another Founder's Circle swap with the Stocking Accents Die, Snow Burst Textured Impressions Folder, and "Petite Pairs" stamp set:

Stocking accents die
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Last but not least, we made this cute little Hershey's Nugget Holder with the Two Tags Die and the Stocking Builder Punch:

Stocking nugget holder
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"Comfort & Joy" was the stamp set used to make this CASE of another Founder's Circle swap:

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Our final two projects were the "Jolly Jingles" "Festive & Fun" card & bag I showed you in my November 21st post.


Hope you have a great "Stampingrox!" day, whether you spend it out shopping the Black Friday sales or enjoy a relaxing day at home!

How to make the Cardstock Gift Bag!

Happy Thanksgiving Stampers!

Thought I would share with you all today my brief tutorial to make the lunchsack giftbag I showed you a few days ago. This one is in Always Artichoke, but is the same size and uses the same Jolly Jingles Jumbo wheel!

Bright hopes bag 1

The card on the front of this bag was made with the "Bright Hopes" stamp set, also from the Holiday Mini Catalog. The technique used on the strip on the left-hand side of the card is the "rubber cement peel" technique.(Let me know if you want a tutorial about this technique!)

So! Here we go to make a cardstock giftbag:

Bright hopes bag 2
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Begin by cutting an 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of cardstock in half at 5 1/2".

Wheel both pieces of cardstock with the Jolly Jingles Jumbo Wheel.

Bright hopes bag 4

To create bag handle, insert the Extra Large Punch as far as it will go into the 5 1/2" side of the cardstock. Use your "eyeballs" to center the oval, then punch one layer only. WARNING: do not try to punch multiple layers of cardstock with your punches. Punching more than one layer at a time can result in the punch breaking or the cardstock becoming stuck in the punch.

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Lay the punched cardstock layer over the un-punched layer to use as a guide to punch the second handle.Insert the Extra Large Oval Punch around the first punched oval and gently squeeze the punch to just barely indent the paper. Remove the punched layer, then line up the punch with the indentations and punch the second handle.

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Cut a regular-sized lunchsack down to 5 1/2". Attach to un-wheeled side of both cardstock pieces with Sticky Strip along the sides as shown above.

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Cut the top flap of the Clear Translucent  envelope off even with the shorter side. Attach to front of sack with Sticky Strip placed in the "T" formation shown above. (Please excuse this picture as the clear envelope was laid on the cardstock in order to allow the reader to see the Sticky Strip placement, the envelope should actually be turned around the other way with the bottom of the envelope matching along the bottom of the bag front-this picture shows it upside down!) :(

That's it! Tie a piece of ribbon around the bag handles, insert your card and you are done!

 I'm truly thankful for so many things today, one of which is the freedom to share my love of stamping with all of you!

Hope you have a great "Stampingrox!" Thanksgiving!

Festive & Fun-a better view!

After looking over my blog post from a couple of days ago, I realized you really couldn't see the card in the envelope on the front of the cardstock giftbag, so here it is!

Festive and fun card 1

and the inside:

Festive and fun card 2


Supplies used: (all supplies used are from Stampin' Up!)

Stamps:Festive & Fun (#123742-wood, #123744-clear), Christmas Greetings (#115448 -wood only), Jolly Bingo Bits (#120857-wood, #121187-clear),

Cardstock:  Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink: Staz-on Black, Real Red & Garden Green Stampin' Write Markers

Accessories: Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, SNAIL adhesive, Clear Mount Stamping Blocks

A VERY "Clean and Simple" (otherwise known as "CAS") card!


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we will be celebrating with my husband's brother's family. I will try to post another project if I can!


Have a Happy "Stampingrox!" Thanksgiving!



Festive & Fun Valentine!

As I promised you yesterday, here's a valentine using another stamp from Festive & Fun!

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and the inside:

Festive and fun valentine 2

Supplies used

Stamps: Festive & Fun (#123742-wood, #123744-clear), Grateful Greetings (#116511 -wood only)

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Flirtatious Specialty Designer Series Paper (the Melon Mambo intricate doily behing the "be my Valentine" greeting is cut from one of the two doily sheets included in the Flirtatious Paper Pack), Silver Glimmer Paper 

Ink: Staz-on Black, Melon Mambo & Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write Markers

 Accessories: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 3/8"  Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, Heart to Heart Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive

As I did with the card yesterday, I stamped the "be my Valentine" image in Staz-on Black so I can use my markers in any color, regardless of how light the ink may be, without worrying that the outline of the image will smear or bleed.

That's all for today. Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with another project to show you!


Until tomorrow, have a "Stamingrox" day!


Festive & Fun from the Holiday Mini!

I know I've been absent from here for a LOOOONG time, but I'm back and I hope to share a few of the things I've been up to with you over the next few days!

I was able to attend a Stampin' Up! Regional event in Louisville, KY at the end of October. A BUNCH of my downline were able to attend as well: Jan, Rose, Joyce, Angela, Melinda, Linda, Babs, Cassey, Janice, and Sandy! These girls are so much fun, and I am blessed to call them my friends!

A dear friend of mine, Megan Wheeler, was a Demonstrator Presenter at this meeting. She gave an outstanding presentation, and I have CASED her demo'ed project here for you: a darling lunch sack giftbag and matching card!

We wheeled the Real Red cardstock with the Jolly Jingles Jumbo wheel and Basic Black ink cartridge, wheeling on the diagonal to give it that cool "retro" look! The handle is punched with the Extra Large Oval Punch, and the ribbon is Basic Black Dotted Scalloped Ribbon.


Festive and Fun bag 1

On the front we attached a cut-down Clear Translucent Envelope with Sticky Strip to slip the card down into.

The card itself is stamped with the "holly jolly" greeting from "Festive & Fun" from the Holiday Mini catalog in Staz-on Black, then colored with Real Red and Garden Green Stampin' Write Markers. I prefer to stamp any image that I am going to color with Markers, Blender Pen, or Aquapainter with the Staz-on ink because Staz-on will not smear or run when moisture come in contact with it.

This is a fun little set we will be making at the rest of my workshops through December. If you would like to have a quick little Christmas Card Party before Christmas gets here, I have these dates still open:

Thursday, December 1st

Thursday, December 15th


If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them for me!


Tomorrow, I will show you another card made with the same set, this time for Valentine's Day!

Until tomorrow, have a "Stampingrox!" Day!