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Stampin' Up! Little Sunshine Sophie for Taylor!

Hey there! I was waiting until today to post this card I created last week to go with a baby gift I sent with my downline, Linda, to give to her new grandbaby, Taylor, who is scheduled to be born in Georgia TODAY!!!!

Taylor's mommy had chosen a Sophie squeeze toy on her gift registry, so I purchased that (and a Sophie teether and book!), then created this giraffe from punches and a framelit!

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The card base is a standard 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4".

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I used Natural White and Crisp Cantaloupe to match Sophie.

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I used stamps from the Little Sunshine set for the greetings.

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Sophie's neck is just a 3/4" wide straight piece of Naturals White, adhered to the card front with Fast Fuze adhesive, then scored by hand to match the folds of the card.

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 I've seen several versions of a punched giraffe before, but each one is just a little bit different depending on the supplies available!

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I used the hangar framelit from the Baby's First Framelit Dies to make Sophie's tail and her antlers:

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 Here's the supply list to  make your own Sophie. You can order everything from my Online Store here:


In addition, all orders placed in my Online Store will receive a Thank-You Project Packet in the mail from me!


Product List

Little Sunshine Clear Stamp Set
Little Sunshine Wood Stamp Set
Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Coastal Cabana 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Naturals White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Crisp Cantaloupe 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Basic Black 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
1-3/4" Circle Punch
Extra-Large Oval Punch
Large Oval Punch
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Boho Blossoms Punch
Builder Owl Punch
1/2" Circle Punch
3/4" Circle Punch
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad
Pink Pirouette 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
White Stampin Chalk Marker
Word Bubbles Framelits Die
Simply Scored Stylus
Fuse Fast Adhesive
SNAIL Permanent Adhesive
Glue Dots
Stampin' Dimensionals
Baby's First Framelits Die

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog and A Little Liam!

Hey there! I've not forgot about my blog, really I haven't! I've just had a take a little "break" since right before Thanksgiving. Things have been so much crazier busy than usual! I came down with a cold and a sinus infection right after Thanksgiving, which put me out of commission for a couple of days. This week has been non-stop, with something going on every evening and quite a bit of somethings thrown in during the day. It's all good, but whew!

Wednesday I was able to go with 7 of my downline, the Yes, Mam! Stampers, to Fenton, MO for the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration Kick-off. I can't show you much from the Sneak Peeks we got to see, but I can show you the covers of both Catalogs!

Spring 2015 Occasions (you can purchase the kit to make this bouquet starting January 6!)


And Sale-a-bration:


If you have purchased from me in the past year you should receive a copy of these in your mailbox in just a few weeks!

Both catalogs go live for customers on January 6th, so you only have a month to wait to start ordering! Let me assure you, you are going to LOVE the products to purchase from the Occasions and are going to want to get ALL of the free items from the Sale-a-bration catalog! I made my first pre-order from the Occasions Catalog this morning and earned  a few,  "wink, wink" Sale-a-bration items. I can't wait to start creating and sharing new ideas with you!

You probably should check out my website right away. Stampin' Up! has posted new items on our Clearance Rack for our Year-End Closeout!

Click HERE or on the image below:



That's all for now. I have a party tomorrow morning AND a craft/vendor fair tomorrow afternoon and evening. Sunday is our rescheduled November birthdays gathering and then Monday I have my last party of 2014. After that I can get serious about my present wrapping and finishing up my shopping!

Before I go, I just have to share with you a little bit of Liam from a few days ago. He loves to stack things. He stacks my clear blocks quite a bit, but the other day he stacked these:

Liam's stack November 2014

Not too shabby, considering the stack started at his shoulders and ended higher than his head! He's my little buddy!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


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Stampin' Up! Sunday Swap Day Festival of Trees, Part 1!

Hey there! It's Sunday! yay! My stack of Festival of Trees swaps from Founder's is BIG, so I'm going to start sharing a few of them with you today!

We'll start off with this lovely by Laurie Krauss. Laurie combined images from Festival of Trees, Wonderful Wreath, and Christmas Bliss with All is Calm Designer Specialty Paper and the On Point Textured Impressions folder. She added the perfect touch with tiny Silver Glimmer stars punched with the Confetti Stars Punch!


Next, Aly Schilling created this super-cute-but-super-easy Festival of Trees swap, adding Santa & Co. Designer Washi Tape, a greeting from Sassy Salutations, and a Gold Glimmer star!


Third in our line-up today, Laura Milligan created a vintage-inspired look with Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, and Crumb Cake. She embossed with the Lucky Stars folder, added a bit of Venetian Crochet Trim, and finished off with a Gold Glimmer star!


Finally for today, Winona Semler went very clean-and-simple, using just Festival of Trees, On Point folder, and a Silver Glimmer Star!

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That's all for now. Here's the basic supply list for today's cards. You can order everything you need from my Online Store: www.carolpayne.stampinup.net

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Stampin' Up! Banner Punch Sunflower!

Hey there! Punch & Technique Class was yesterday! I will be posting the projects we made on the 15th for Stampers Dozen Blog Hop. Today I'm sharing the binder cover club members made to reference their class instructions:

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We used the Banner, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle, and 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punches to create the sunflower.

Starting with a Baked Brown Sugar base, we layered 2 Lullaby Designer Series Paper designs. A Decorative Dots-embosed strip of Baked Brown Sugar covered the seam.

We matted the pre-printed title with Coastal Cabana.

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We sponged Baked Brown Sugar on the embossed scallop circles and Hello Honey on the Hello Honey banners, adhering them to the circles with SNAIL. We anchored them with Stampin' Dimensionals. Stampin_up_punch_binder_3 - Copy
Starting with 8" of Burlap Ribbon, we separated the threads. We looped three together, tied a knot at the end, then adhered to the flower  back with Glue Dots. We added three groups of Mossy Meadow  "leaves" before adhering with all those lovely dimensionals!

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Only club members made the binder. I AM still taking new club members, so if you would like to join, contact me for full details. You can join even if you live long distance. I will ship you the class packets, including the binder cover, which are free with the minimum $25 order each month.

Here's the supply list to find everything in my Online Store:

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Stampin' Up! Owl Graduate by Donna!

Hey there! I'm still up after midnight, so I'm going to do a quick post and then head off to bed!

One of my dear stamping friends, Donna, came to my Birthday Card Buffet this past Saturday. Donna has been stamping with me since probably 2005, over 9 years ago, and during that time has become a really good friend.

Donna stamps ALOT. She has a good portion of her basement outfitted for her stamping domain. We have a monthly stamp camp there and we love it!

Donna made this special graduation card for her niece who just graduated from college:

Isn't this just adorable????!!!!

Donna used the Owl Builder Punch, the Scalloped Oval Punch, and a few other elements to create her graduating birdie!


She hand-cut the pieces for the graduation cap, and custom-dyed the Baker's Twine to get the rich red color for the tassel.

Stamped-off Smoky Slate was used to stamp the "celebrate" background. I love this extra little touch that adds so much to the specialness of this card!

That's all for now! I've got to put myself to bed.

You can find many of the supplies to make this card in my Online Store.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

All images ©Stampin' Up!™1990-2014

Guess what's coming on Sunday?


Our theme this month is "Home of the Brave". Be sure to come by anytime Sunday and take the hop!

Stampin' Up! Sunday Swap Day!

Hey there! It's a beautiful Sunday morning! I get to go to church today! yay! I will be missing church for the next two Sundays because I will be on (and coming home from) the Stampin' Up! cruise, so I'm especially glad for today!

I hope to be able to schedule posts for while I'm gone, so keep checking back! We leave on Friday!

Today I have  three fun swaps to share! The first one is perfect for Mother's Day, which will be coming up in just TWO Sundays, can you belive it?

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Mary Waring created her card with Gingham Garden Designer Paper for the flower pot base, Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape to seal the sides of the pot, and Delicate Details Lace tape for the flower pot rim embellishment. (ALL three of these products are on the Retiring Accessories List but ARE still available) You can access the lists by clicking on the links:

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The pull-up portion has Flower Shop and Petite Petals flowers, both punched with the coordinating punches, and pearls for the centers. I love this type of card! I haven't made one in awhile!

Deb McCahan used a tutuorial she found on Splitcoaststampers to help her create this unusual pop-out card with Happy Watercolor, Secret Garden(retiring and now only available in Clear Mount), and Mixed Bunch:

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Opening . . . then open just a liiiiitle more . .

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Pop! Deb used the "pedestal pop up" tutorial in case you want to go look for it!

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Finally for today, an adorable punched puppy card by Nancy Hall!

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Nancy used the Heart Framelit Dies for the puppy's face and ears, then used the Full Heart Punch (retiring), Small Heart Punch (retiring), and circle punches for his face and tongue.

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Inside she stamped the numbers image from Bring on the Cake, (also retiring and already SOLD OUT), highlighting the age number with a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker!

That's all for now. I need to get my Sunday dinner in the oven before I'm off to church! Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Here are the products used today that are retiring but STILL AVAILABLE:

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Stampin' Up! Punch Kite Tutorial and Two More Kite Cards!

Hey there! Yesterday was a CRAZY day! My son just bought his first home; he closed on Thursday! We are so happy for him AND it is next door to Alisa & Cody, so they are over the moon excited too! Since Troy and Cody had yesterday off for Good Friday they decided to try to get AS MUCH DONE AS POSSIBLE this weekend so he can get moved in soon!

I'm helping with the cleaning, painting, and renovations (I'm a consultant for the renovations, but an ACTIVE participant in the cleaning and painting!), so my whole day yesterday was spent at Troy's. I tried to get on here to post my kite tutorial before I left yesterday morning, but something was wrong with Typepad and I couldn't even get in to my blog, so I had to give up and move on.

I'm headed to Troy's again today, but I have a few minutes here to show you how I made the kite from my Stampers Dozen Blog Hop post on Tuesday HERE, and I have two more kite cards to share!

I started by punching a triangle with the Triagle Punch from Whisper White. This triangle is just my base I am going to use to attach the visible kite pieces to:

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I adhered a Basic Black triangle over the base trangle, leaving just a bit of the widest part of the triangle visible:

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I adhered the straight-sided Petite Pennant punched piece to the remaining strip of the base Triangle. I snipped off the tips of the base triangle that stick out on the edges.

Kite 3I cut really thin strips of cardstock for the "struts" of the kite. I adhered them on the kite, then trimmed the ends with my Paper Snips. (sorry for changing kite colors, but apparently as I made three different kites I didn't remember to take pics of every step with the same one! lol! Sometimes I get so caught up in the creative process I forget!)

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Here's another card featuring the kite and the Word Bubble clouds I created an embossing plate for. I showed you how I made my plate HERE.

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Inside I simply stamped a phrase from Really Good Greetings:

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My final kite card I used the Fresh Prints Designer Paper Stack for the kite. I punched the frosting from the Cupcake Builder punch from Whisper White scraps, then sponged Whisper White Craft ink through the negative space for my clouds:

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Inside I stamped phrases from Remembering Your Birthday:

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That's all for now! Tomorrow is Sunday Swap Day, so I'll be back then with some fun swaps to share!

Oh, in case you haven't heard, Monday, April 21st Stampin' Up! will be releasing the Retiring Stamps and Accessories Lists! This year BOTH lists will be while-supplies-last, so get your order in quick!

AND >>>>>>>> April 21st through 25th ONLY!


You will probably want to order a lot of things next week, so until then, (and tomorrow!) have a Stampingrox! day!


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Stampin' Up! Sunday Swap Day for the Babies!

Hey there! It's Sunday again, which means it's the day I share more of my swaps! yay!

Today I have three adorable baby cards for you! Let's get started!


First up is a card that has no name on it, but it sure is cute! The creator cut her "bib" with the Ovals Collection Framelits from Whisper White cardstock and Blushing Bride Patterns Designer Paper.


A close up shows the detail of the punched greeting from Label Love using the Artisan Label Punch, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch, and the banner cut with one of the Butty Banner Framelits.

A side view shows this is a completely bib-shaped card:


Our next creation is by Kathy Johnson. Kathy used the Circle Framelits to create her "teddy bear"!


Up close you can see that she used the Fringe Scissors to cut this girly teddy's eyelashes:


Another fully-shaped card using lots of scallop circle and circle punches, small heart punch, Crumb Cake 1/2" Seam Binding, Word Window Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Silver Baker's Twine, and a Pearl Basic Jewel.


Finally, Tamie Ackerson created an adorable "onesie" card from a template you can find online. She embossed the Whisper White with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Folder, and edged it with Strawberry Slush 3/8" Ruffled Stretch Trim. She chose to stamp the lion from Zoo Babies with Strawberry Slush for her circle-punched medallion.


Inside she simply stamped a phrase from Cuddles & Kisses!


Babies DO make your heart happy, don't they?

That's all for now. Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Here's the supply list for today's projects. You can choose the products you wish to order from the list and then go HERE to make your purchase:


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Stampin' Up! Grunge Butterflies!

Hey there! Rain, rain, rain! All it has done at my house today is rain! It has alternately thundered and rained, lightened up, then thundered and rained again ALL DAY, and it is raining now as I write this! At least it's not snow!

While it's been raining, I've been stamping! Bet you could have guessed that anyway, huh? Today I have a fun little butterfly card made with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and both the Elegant and Bitty Butterfly punches:

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I CASED this card from Michelle Last of the U.K., and you can view her card HERE. Michelle is a very talented stamper, but even she CASES cards now and then! Michelle CASED her card from one her downline, Tracey May! You can view Tracey's card HERE.

As you can see, even a CASED card morphs into something a little bit different every time as the CASE-er changes the card just a little bit to suit their fancy!

In case you are wondering what CASE means, it stands for Copy And Share Everything, which is a friendly standard Stampin' Up! Demonstrators live by world-wide!

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I punched the butterflies with both the Elegant and Bitty Butterfly punches from Soft Sky cadstock, Fresh Prints Designer Paper, and Vellum cardstock. They are layered on each other with Glue Dots, as well as adhered over the Pool Party-stamped Gorgeous Grunge splatters with the same.

Inside I stamped a sentiment from Happy Watercolor. I really liked adding the "scratch" stamp to the sides of the layers. It gives a nice contrast of images with the splatters.



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That's all for now. I'm going to head to bed and hope the rain stops before morning, athough it IS soothing to sleep with a gentle rain falling!

Here's the supply list for everthing you need to CASE your own version of this card. You can purchase your supplies from my online store HERE.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!



Stampin' Up! Hippity Hoppity Hip Notes!

Hey there! Hope you've had a good day. I had a short visit from Jessica and her little boys (Cohen & Jaxon) for a few hours this evening, so add in some stamping earlier today and it's been practically perfect!

My card for you tonight is an original Carol Payne from start to finish! No CASEing, just a new punch treatment for an cute little bunny, and the greeting from Hip Notes makes it perfect for a spring birthday!

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I used lots of oval punches for this little fellow. I sponged the Baked Brown Sugar cardstock with Whisper White craft ink, and the lining of his ears and his nose are Blushing Bride Designer Paper and cardstock.

Inside the card I continued the oval theme to layer the greeting from Really Good Greetings.

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Here's the supply list for today's project. You can purchase all of them from My Online Store:

That's all for now. Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!