Palm Beach Glam

I live right down the road from Palm Beach. Seriously, it’s about a 20 minute drive down the highway and across a bridge. I’m there hobnobbing with the rich and famous all the time. NOT. But my daughter was part of a volleyball club that practiced at a gym there for awhile. Twice a week, I’d trek up to the island and drop her off.Then I’d drive around and try to peak at all the houses. Most were pretty well hidden behind tall walls, but it’s still a fun sight-seeing trip.


The new stamp set, Pop of Paradise, makes me think of Palm Beach Glam. Think black and white stripes with gold, deep green tropical leaves, and pops of bright pink. And of course, flamingos! It doesn’t get more Florida than that. I knew this would be the first stamp set I got from the new catalog!

And here’s the glamorous card I made with the set:


I used paper from the Pop of Pink designer series paper, as well as a gold foil sheet and some of the gold thread. Ink colors used are Melon Mambo, Emerald Envy, Garden Green, and Momento Black.

I’m partial to flamingos, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more cards made with this set. What do you think?

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Stamp Review Crew – SAB!

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Hello and welcome to a special edition of the Stamp Review Crew. Our regular hops feature a stamp set from the Annual catalog, but today we’re featuring Sale-A-Bration.  It’s a bit of a free for all – we get to pick the set(s) to feature. I have several I’m featuring today. First up is the Flowering Fields set.
For this set I CASE’d a set of note cards I saw on the Facebook blog. In addition to the Flowering Fields set, I used the Wildflower Fields designer series paper.
I love this set of outline flower stamps. For these cards, I colored the stamps with markers and then used a water brush to fill in the outlines. These little cards are quick and easy to make.
I used our envelope framelits to line the envelopes with more of the designer paper.
Next I combined the Hello stamp set with the What I Love set. Again, I used paper from the Wildflower Fields paper pack. The idea for the layout came from the Freshly Made Sketches website.
Finally, I have a card I made with the cute airplane set – The Sky’s The Limit. I think today is the last day this set is available, but it’s a favorite with all my customers. This card was inspired by Mary Brown’s square card. I love the graphic look of the plane with the red paper and black and white designer paper.
I hope you like my projects for today.  Now it’s time to continue on with the hop. Next up is Linda’s site – can’t wait to see the great projects she has for us.
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Stamp Review Crew – I Think You’re Great

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. If you’re not familiar with our group – we’re a team of Stampin’ Up demonstrators from around the globe who get together on the first and third Monday of each month for a blog hop. Each time we feature one of the stamp sets in the catalog to give you lots of ideas on ways to use the set. With so many creative demonstrators, you’ll always find great out-of-the-box ideas for these sets.
This time around we’re featuring the I Think You’re Great stamp set. If you’re hopping in order, you just came from Rochelle’s blog. She always has such fresh ideas to share. You can continue to hop in order or click on the banner above to see all the links. There are no rules 🙂
This set is tailor-made for the kissing technique, which I’m sure you’ll see on one of the hop stops this week. There are 2 background images you can ink up and then “kiss” against one of the other stamps in the set. But I also like the idea of using the background stamps to dress up a punched piece. So I stamped the swirled background in Blushing Bride onto white card stock and then punched out hearts using the Sweetheart punch.
I also stamped the swirls image onto white card stock to create a strip across the bottom. The hearts are popped up on Blushing Bride paper, which I sponged around the edges. I also used a strip of the new Blushing Bride glimmer paper – it’s so pretty IRL.
I hope you like my card. The next stop is Tanya’s blog. Hop on over and see what she has in store for you.
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Stamp Review Crew – You’ve Got This

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. If you’re not familiar with our hops, we’re a group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators from around the globe who team up twice a month to highlight different stamp sets from the annual and seasonal catalogs.
This week we’re featuring a set called You’ve Got This and I’m sure you’re going to see some amazing ideas for this set. If you’re hoping in order, you just came from Nikki’s blog where I know you weren’t disappointed.
I’ve made a few cards with this set, but I was stumped for a new idea for this hop. So I turned once again to a sketch challenge, this time from the Clean & Simple Stamping sketch challenge blog. This card shows a bit of a sneak peek from the new Occasions catalog that goes live on January 5 – a sheet of paper from the Birthday Bouquet dsp.
I picked out the Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder colors from the paper to color my flowers, which were fussy-cut and popped up above the background image from the set. I fudged on the sentiment a bit by using the word “you” from the Hello You thinlits and only inked up the last half of the sentiment stamp. This was in keeping with the sketch I used, but I kind of like it better that way – a little more slangy. The sequins were left over from another project – I think it was a previous Paper Pumpkin kit.
I hope you like my project. Deb is up next with projects I know you’ll love. Thanks for stopping by.
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Stamp Review Crew – Festival of Trees

Welcome once again to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. We are an international group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators who blog twice a month using a specific stamp set to give you lots of great ideas on ways to use it. This week we’re featuring the Festival of Trees set and matching punch. You can find this set in the annual catalog in the Holiday section.
My first card is one we made during my Christmas in July class. I don’t believe I’ve posted it before, so here it is:
It’s based off one of the sketch challenges, but it’s been so long since we made them, I don’t remember which one. I used the silver thread behind the tree. I’m still working on the “messy” thread look. Some people just ball it up and throw it on there and it looks like it was meant to be that way. Mine’s not quite there yet.
This second one was also based off a sketch – this one is #152 from Case this Sketch. Both of today’s cards use the tree sheet from the Merry Moments dsp. I think it goes so well with the stamp and punch.
For this second card, I only used the punch to punch out a tree from the corrugated paper. I just love this stuff! It adds kind of a rustic touch to your cards. In retrospect I should have punched the tree first and then cut out the circle. It’s a little difficult to line up correctly when you do it the other way around.
The sentiment is from the Oh What Fun set. “A Merry Christmas” is on the inside.
Next up is Rochelle’s blog. I can’t wait to see what awesome projects she has in store for us. Or you can go backwards through the hop to Dawn’s blog.
Hope you like my projects – thanks for visiting!
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Stamp Review Crew – Jingle All The Way

Hello and welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. We’re a group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators around the world who hop together the first and third Monday of each month to highlight a stamp set out of the catalog. For this special edition, we’re working with a holiday set – Jingle All The Way – and the coordinating framelits set.
It’s been awhile since I last posted. Been taking a bit of a break, although not by design. I’ve been doing lots of stamping though. I hope to post some of the cards soon.
A big thanks to my sweet friend Geraldine, who let me borrow the stamps and framelits. There are some really cute ornaments made with this set on Pinterest. Here’s what we came up with:

I used the two-way glue pen and Stampin’ Up glitter to line the edges of each die cut. I also used Whisper White for the snowflakes and sprinkled glitter on them while they were still damp. Finally, I added loose glitter and the mica that we used to sell.

When I first saw this set, I really loved the hills and houses and trees. It reminded me of Tuscany. Or at least what I think Tuscany must look like with the rolling hills and cypress trees and vineyards in the distance. I hope to go there some day – it’s on my bucket list.
I played with varying shades of green, yellow and purple to create my rolling hills.
I didn’t have a specific occasion in mind for this card, so by the time I had it put together, I really couldn’t find a sentiment I thought looked good with it.  That’s what happens when I wonder off the reservation.
I hope you liked my projects. Next up is Nikki. You’ll love her style – can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.
Here is the complete list:
  1.  Dawn Tidd
  2. Heidi Baks
  3. Sue Plote
  4. Jessica Williams
  5. Nancy Smith
  6. Nikki Spencer
  7. Tanya Boser
  8. Rochelle Blok
  9. Betty Traciak
  10. Mike Funke
  11. Linda Callahan
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Speaking About Stamping …

Recently as part of my goals and objectives at work, I joined the Toastmasters Club to become a better speaker. I suppose I was hoping I’d do more watching than speaking, but they get you up and talking right away. Today I did my second speech (and it’s only my third week as a member).

Each speech is based on an exercise to make you a better speaker. Today’s exercise was to learn how to organize a speech so the audience understands your message. Although you create an outline to keep your speech on track, the goal is to speak without any notes. Especially in your early speeches, it’s important to speak on something you’re very familiar with or knowledgeable about. Can you guess my topic? I spoke about the importance of making and sending handmade cards.

I started by reminding the audience how special you feel when you receive a handmade card. Then I discussed what supplies are needed to make a card. Finally, I demonstrated stamping by making a double-time card. The total speech was to be 5-7 minutes and in my practice runs, I left myself around 3 minutes to demonstrate a my simple card. However, it didn’t quite work out that way. I felt like I was just getting started when I saw the yellow warning light come on.


I ended up leaving off some of the stamping and only showed how I would adhere it all together. Fortunately I made a sample so I could show the completed card in case anything went wrong.

I’m happy to report that overall, the speech went well and I got a lot of good feedback. I even managed to finish the speech with 10 seconds to spare. 🙂

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