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Stampin'Up! Serene Silhouettes Snowstorm!

Hey there! I had such a very positive response to yesterday's card using Serene Silhouettes I decided to create another card using this set using an idea that has been rolling around in my head for quite awhile:


I combined Serene Silhouettes with Lovely as a Tree and a phrase from More Merry Messages. I stamped the birds on the branch with Jet Black StazOn ink on a strip of Crumb Cake 2" x 4", then used my Paper Snips to hand-cut the tag corners. I layered this on a piece of 2 1/8" x 4 1/8" Always Artichoke that I also sponged with Always Artichoke ink. I used the Crumb Cake tag corners as my guide to cut the Always Artichoke tag corners.


To achieve the "snowstorm" look: after stamping the Lovely as a Tree images with Always Artichoke ink (the bare trees in the background were stamped-off once before stamping on the card base), I used the finest splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge to stamp both the card base and the birdie tag first with Smoky Slate ink, cleaned my stamp, then stamped the same image over all with Whisper White Craft ink. I think the two colors layered over each other does give depth to the "storm", yes?

All edges were sponged with first Always Artichoke ink and then Whisper White Craft.

The Always Artichoke bow is actually Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Taffeta ribbon that I custom-dyed by laying the ribbon directly on the Always Artichoke inkpad and sponging. I rubbed the ribbon with a paper towel to remove as much excess ink as I could before tying the bow. It is adhered to the top of the birdie tag with Glue Dots.

I stamped the "merry christmas" phrase from More Merry Messages with Jet Black Staz On on Crumb Cake, then punched with the Modern Label punch. I then sponged it with both Always Artichoke and Whisper White, then rubbed the edges of the piece directly on the Always Artichoke pad for more definition. It is adhered to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

For my finishing touch I added Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to the birdies, leaving the card flat to allow time for the "glitter glue" to dry.

Inside is stamped with the same Lovely as a Tree images and sponged with the same inks as the outside.

The inner phrase is from Christmas Messages, stamped with Jet Black StazOn ink.

All of these items can be ordered in my Online Store:

Here's your shopping list:

Serene Silhouettes: #132073 Wood-mount $24.95, #127324 Clear-mount $17.95

Lovely as a Tree: #128655 Wood-mount $27.95, #127793 Clear-mount $19.95

More Merry Messages: #126400 Wood-mount $32.95, #126402 Clear-mount $24.95

Christmas Messages: #131790 Wood-mount $28.95, #131793 Clear-mount $20.95

Crumb Cake 8 1/2" x 11 cardstock: #120953 $6.95 (I cut the card base 11" x 4 1/4", scored and folded at 5 1/2") (24 sheets)

Always Artichoke 8 1/2" x 11 cardstock: #105119 $6.95 (24 sheets)

Always Artichoke Classic Inkpad: #126972 $5.95

Smoky Slate Classic Inkpad: #131179 $5.95

Whisper White Craft Inkpad: #101731 $7.50

Jet Black StazOn inkpad: #101406 $7.95

Paper Snips: #103579 $9.95

Pear Pizzazz 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon: #131208 $6.95 (10 yds)

Stampin' Sponges: #101610 $3.50 (pkg of 3)

Stampin' Dimensionals: #104430 $3.95

SNAIL Adhesive: #104332 $6.95 (refill #104431 $4.50)

Glue Dots: #103683 $4.95

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

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Stampin' Up! 11% Off For My 11th Anniversary!

Hey there! Today is my 11th Anniversary as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator! yay!

I knew when I read the Stampin' Up! recruit brochure in the fall of 2002 that Stampin' Up! might be a good "fit" for me because I got a warm, fuzzy feeling in the bottom of my tummy. Ever get those? For me they usually signal I need to pay attention to whatever is causing this pleasant sensation: a good book, an inspiring movie, a fun day with my family. Stampin' Up! isn't my first priority, God and my family take the first two spots, but after that Stampin' Up! IS one of my favorite things!

Anyway, since today is my 11th Anniversary, and it is also the 11th of November, I decided to give all of my stamping friends an 11% discount on anything they order TODAY ONLY!

You will have to contact me direct at 618-237-6281 or [email protected] to place your order. This order can't be placed online to take advantage of the discount. You can also Facebook message me: Carol Payne Stamps

Just go to my website: to check out the catalogs (if you don't have them, LET ME KNOW and I can pop them in the mail to you!)

This offer expires at Midnight CDT tonight!

Now, for a little eye-candy, here's a gorgeous card created by my downline, Linda Reaney:

Linda found inspiration from a card on Pinterest, then pulled stamps from several Stampin' Up! stamps set to create her version!

So far I've identified Secret Garden, Oh Hello, World Treasures, Fabulous Florets, En Francais, Stippled Blossoms, and Field Flowers. There may be more, what do you see?

Linda finished off her card with some Crumb Cake ribbon and a Very Vanilla Vintage Designer Button. Lovely!

Today is also the last day for this Weekly Deal:

You CAN combine these 25% off sale items with my 11% Off Anniversary Sale, so contact me ASAP!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


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Stampin' Up! Hexagon Dahlia Fold for Christmas!

Hey there! I still have a couple of cards from my weekend class to share. Today's card features a new fancy-fold I just learned using the Hexagon Punch!


I decided to use Winter Frost Designer Paper with Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Whisper White cardstock. I embossed a Pool Party layer with the Perfect Polka Dot Textured Impressions Folder. I silver heat-embossed the "merry" from Snowflake Soiree, then cut it out with an Ovals Collection Framelit and matted it on another Ovals Collection Framelit-cut Island Indigo layer.

For the Hexagon Dahlia Fold I used the Simply Scored Scoring Boad and Tool. It was actually pretty easy to score the two lines needed to fold because the Hexagons have built-in corners to know where to line up to do my scoring!


After I scored my two lines, I folded my paper along them, then creased them sharply with my Bone Folder. After adhering all 6 of my folded hexagons to a 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" Island Indigo square, I pierced a hole in the center with my Paper-Piercing Tool and inserted a Silver Glimmer Brad from the Basics pack. I then adhered to a 3" x 3" square of Silver Glimmer paper. I added a wrap and bow of 1/8" Silver Ribbon for my finishing touch!


I silver heat-embossed a phrase from Christmas Messages for the inside, and added a 1/2" strip of coordinating Winter Frost paper to pull the inside & outside together.

That's all for now. Today's the last day of this Weekly Deal:

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You can still go to my Online Store today to get them!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!



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Stampin' Up! Calm Christmas Sprinkle Embossed!

Hey there! I tried a fun new technique for one of my SWOW class projects - Sprinkled Embossing! Lookie:

Calm 1

These pictures really don't do it justice, but it's still quite pretty!

Calm 2

I used the Holiday Catalog set, Calm Christmas, with the Circles Collection Framelits and Champagne Glimmer Paper.

Sprinkled Embossing is a variation of traditional heat embossing: stamp your image with Versamark, then instead of sprinkling the image with just one color, you use your fingers or a small spoon to sprinkle the image with several colors of powder, tap off the excess, then heat! I didn't hold the stamped image over the powder containers as I sprinkled like I usually do, I held it over a paper plate instead. The mixed colors of leftover powder can either be discarded or used together on another image to achieve a totally different look! I used Gold for the olive branch, then Pool Party and Tempting Turquoise for the bird. At first I thought I should sprinkle sparingly, but I wasn't very happy with the result. My next try I sprinkled heavily and was very pleased!

This card is really gorgeous in real life! I wish you could see it for yourself!

That's all for now. I'm hoping to be able to get in to see a dr at a walk-in clinic Saturday so I can start getting rid of this annoying sinus infection and cough I've been dealing with for several days.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Stampin' Up! Special Season Dazzling Dryer Sheet!

Hey there! I love the card I have for you today! I used the  Dazzling Dryer Sheet technique on it. It is especially gorgeous on Christmas cards with  trees and snowflakes.Lookie:

Special season 1

I started with a card base of Island Indigo, then layered on a piece of Winter Frost Specialty Desginer Paper, one of the single-sided sheets that has a foiled stripe in it.

I stamped the tree from Special Season with Island Indigo ink on Whisper White, then covered the entire layer with my Glue Stick. I then smoothed a used dryer sheet over the glue, really rubbing it into the glue. I trimmed the sheet even with the edges of the layer, then sprinkled the dryer sheet all over with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

Before I layered the tree onto a piece of Silver Glimmer paper I wrapped it with a piece of Whisper White Organza Ribbon and a piece of Coastal Cabana  3/8" Ruffled Stretch Ribbon. I used Tombow Glue to adhere the ruffled ribbon on the organza, then added the bannered greeting from Special Season over both ribbons with Stampin' Dimesionals. I added a Vintage Faceted Button and a Rhinestone Basic Jewel for the final touch.

Special season 2
 I simply stamped "Christmas Greetings" and the pinecone cluster, also from Special Season, on the inside.

And that's it! I'm really loving this card! The Dazzling Diamonds Glitter clings wonderfully to both the mesh of the used dryer sheet and the glue that squeezed up between the dryer sheet threads!

One tip: the dryer sheet MUST BE USED. An un-used dryer sheet will not allow the Dazzling Diamonds to stick!

Thanks so much for coming by to see me today. Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Here's the supply list for today's card:

Stamps: Special Season #132766 Wood-mount $19.95, #131769 $14.95 Clear-mount

Cardstock: Island Indigo #122923 $6.95, Whisper White #100730 $8.50, Silver Glimmer Paper #124005 $4.95, Winter Frost Specialty Designer Paper #132341 $12.95

Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter #101023 $4.50, Anywhere Glue Sticks #104045 $3.95, Whisper White 5/8" Organza Ribbon #114319 $5.95, Coastal Cabana 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim #130024 $8.95, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons #127555 $5.95, Rhinestone Basic Jewels #119246 $4.95, Glue Dots #103683 $4.95, Stampin' Dimensionals #104430 $3.95, Tombow Glue #110755 $3.95, SNAIL ahesive #104332 $6.95

Non-Stampin'Up!: used dryer sheet (actually the cheaper the better. The higher-end sheets actually do not have as pretty-looking mesh when they come out of the dryer)

You can order these supplies in my Online Store:



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Stampin' Up! Flower Shop Emboss Resist!

I'm still thinking about stamp sets that would be good ones to choose as a new demonstrator starter kit, so I created this card, again with Flower Shop:

Flower shop emboss resist 1

I used the emboss resist technique, stamping the flowers with Versamark on Very Vanilla, then heat-embossing with Clear powder. I then sponged with Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, and Cherry Cobbler, rubbing the excess from the embossing with a tissue between each color. I sponged the edges with Soft Suede, then layered onto a mat of Early Espresso. For the background layer I stamped the flowers with Soft Suede on Baked Brown Sugar cardstock, then dry-embossed with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Folder and the Big Shot. I sponged the raised ridges with Soft Suede ink. I adhered a piece of 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon with Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive. I stamped "wonderful you" from Loving Thoughts in Early Espresso ink and snipped the ends into banner points. The Very Vintage Designer Button was too crisp and clean to go with all the sponging on this card, so I sponged the button with Soft Suede ink before tying a thread of Burlap Ribbon into a bow through the holes and adhering to the card with a couple of Glue Dots.

Flower shop emboss resist 2
Inside I repeated the emboss resist technique in the corners and stamped phrases from Bring on the Cake.

That's all for now. Thanks so much for stopping in to see my creation today!

If you want to take advantage of the $25 Demonstrator Starter Kit which is only available until October 21st, just go to my website and click on the "Join the Fun" button. If you don't want to purchase the Starter Kit, you can shop in my Online Store while there.

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!


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Stampin' Up! Best of Autumn Emboss Resist!

We had a really nice day with all our family home for dinner and the afternoon to celebrate Jessica's birthday. Of course I'm not prejudice, but I know I have a great family!

Although it doesn't look very fall-ish at my house yet, I was inspired by my Sunday Swap Day cards to create this card with the Best of Autumn stamp set, the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Folder, and the Autumn Accents Die:

Best of Autumn 1

I used the emboss resist technique on the Very Vanilla strip. I stamped the leaf image with Versamark ink, sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder, then embossed with my Heat Tool. After cooling for a few seconds I sponged the embossed images with Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Soft Suede ink. The clear embossing "resists" the ink and allows the Very Vanilla color to show through. After I applied all of my inks I gently rubbed over the images with a kleenex to remove the excess ink.

Best of autumn 2
The "give thanks" greeting is from the Best of Autumn set, as well as the pumpkin image I stamped in the lower right corner before embossing the Baked Brown Sugar layer with the Woodgrain Folder.

I cut a Very Vanilla leaf with my Autumn Accents Die, stamped the "give thanks" on the leaf, then sponged with the same three colors I used with the emboss resist. I tore apart a strip of 1 1/4" Burlap Trim to get the burlap threads I looped together and secured with a Vintage Trinket brad. After inserting the brad in the base of the leaf I adhered it all to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Best of autumn 3
For the inside I stamped with a phrase from Trust God, then used the emboss resist technique along with LOTS of sponging of Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry.

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


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Stampin' Up! Secret Garden Window Card!

Good morning! I am so happy today is the third Thursday of the month! It means I get to stamp with my "Crafty Chix" group at Bondo's Pizza in Galatia!

A few months ago I received the card I am showing you today in my monthly swap. Unfortunately, since then I have lost the creators name, I am sorry!

The Chix like to choose their next months' projects from my display, and this is one of the cards they chose to make today using the Secret Garden stamp set and matching framelits:

Secret Garden window 1
We will be using the "Whitewash" Technique in addition to punches, as well as the new Circle Collection Framelits and the Hexagon Textured Impressions Folder!

Here are some quick instructions to do the Whitewash Technique

Whitewash Coloring

1. Stamp image with Versamark ink on solid-color cardstock. Heat Emboss with Embossing Powder.


Whitewash 3




2. Squeeze Whisper White Craft Pad to deposit ink in lid. Open pad. Pick up ink from lid with AquaPainter. “Wash” color over embossed image. Allow to air-dry or dry with Heat Tool.

Whitewash 4

3. Squeeze lid of a Classic inkpad color of choice. Open pad. Pick up ink from lid with Blender Pen. Apply ink to “white-washed” areas as desired. Add more intense ink color with matching Stampin’ Write Marker.

Whitewash 5


Here's the class handout. You can dowload and print it if you wish!

Download Secret Garden Window

That's all for now! If you have any questions, please let me know!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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Stampin' Up! Sunday Swap Day! Flower Shop!

Happy Sunday morning! Just a quick post with some really pretty Flower Shop convention swaps!

Hardly any details necessary, these swaps speak well for themselves!

First by Sharon Tong-Robinson:

Sharon tong-robinson flower shop

Paired with Yippee Skippee by Kelly Acheson:

Kelly acheson flower shop

Finally, embossed resist  with Banner Greetings Hostess by Diane Hughes:

Diane hughes flower shop

That's all for now! If you have any questions, just leave me a comment or shoot me an email!

Unti tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

Stampin' Up! Wetlands!

Good morning! Yesterday was a CRAZY day! A crazy but extremely fun day! During the course of the day I cared for all of my grandchildren except one, with 5 of the 6 at my house for the evening at the same time! Maddie Kate (who is 12), was the only one I didn't see today. Ava (who just turned 8 on Monday) was INVALUABLE help, let me tell ya! We had three babies needing diaper changes at just about the same time, so between Ava and my sweet hubby helping, we survived! Liam goes home with his mommy today around noon, and then we go to Ava's family birthday party tonight! After my classes on Saturday I think I need to have a collapse scheduled, but it may have to wait until Sunday afternoon. As long as it is accompanied by a nap, I think I can make it!

Understandably I did no new stamping yesterday, so I am relying on my collection of convention swaps to fill in the gap today, and I've a nice collection of Wetlands swaps for you today!

This first swap is by Deb McCahan. I believe Deb combined brayering and sponging to get this great sunset look! I have to confess when I first saw this set in the new catalog this set didn't particularly appeal to me because of the goose image, but it didn't take long for these little shorebirds to win me over, not to mention the great greetings this set has to offer.

Deb McCahan wetlands

Kathy Johnson went simple and masculine with the Canada goose image in this set. 

Kathy Johnson wetlands

This swap has no name, which is a shame, because it's a good one! The creator combined By the Tide images with Wetlands to make a really well-done thinking of you card.

Wetlands by the tide

Last but definitely not least, Teresa Howe created this beauty by markering on a clear stamp block, spritzing with water, then stamping on the background layer to create the soft, watery look! The greeting is from the Express Yourself Hostess set.

Teresa howe wetlands

Well, that's all for today! I have to finish up by classes for tomorrow, so I need to get going!

Until tomorrow, have a Stampingrox! day!

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