The Third of Five Fast, Easy and GORGEOUS Cards using Watercolor Wonder Note Cards

This week I am sharing with you some ideas for using the Watercolor Wonder Note Cards in the Occasions catalog to make fast, easy and gorgeous hand stamped cards for any occasion.  This card could almost be a One Minute Wednesday card it comes together so quickly but the lucky recipient would NEVER know it!  Check it out –



Sequined Watercolor

This card is so easy it almost doesn’t qualify as a “real” project but it’s so pretty in person I just had to add it into the sampling I am showing. See all those dots on the background?  That’s how the card comes; I just used a couple of markers to color in a few of the dots to add a little more punch, stuck down a few gold sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim (LOVE that stuff!!) and stamped a greeting from Million & One in Basic Gray and it was ready to go.  And it’s just gorgeous in person!

You know you want these……

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for April 15th through April 21st

Here is the latest batch of discounted Stampin’ Up! goodies through the Weekly Deals – check ’em out!

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I love that Natural Chevron Ribbon because you can use your markers to add color to the white areas and have a custom trim for any project.  And those Needlepoint Borders were one of those things that I wasn’t all that excited about but now that I have them I find that they are the perfect thing to add just a little texture and detail to anything.  And that Venetian Romance paper is just GORGEOUS in person – perfect for cards or scrapbook pages.

You can order any of these great deals here. Now on to a project!


As promised, here is the second example of the super easy, super fast and just beautiful cards you can whip up using the Watercolor Wonder Note Cards from the Occasions Catalog.  Let’s take a look –

Sunshine Watercolor Card

My camera LOOOOVES rhinestones so this is a teeny but blurry but you can see how the preprinted coral floral (hey, that’s catchy!) image on the card gives you an ideal place to add a large greeting like this one from Feel Goods and be done.  How sweet is that?  I inked up the greeting with Basic Gray and Calypso Coral markers, stamped it on the Coaster Board again, cut it out with my Labels Framelits, edged with the Calypso Coral marker, added the Basic Rhinestones and stuck it on with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Easy, fast and beautiful, as promised.

Have you added these to your list yet?

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Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards Meets Backyard Basics!

Can I just take a moment and say how much I LOOOOOVE the Watercolor Wonder Designer Note Cards and Envelopes from the Occasions Catalog?  Like, LOVE!  These note cards make creating a gorgeous project so easy and fast that I am hoping and praying Stampin’ Up! offers something just like these in the new catalog coming out in just about ONE MONTH!

This week I am going to feature a project every day using these handy note cards so you can see just how many variations you can get with this package of 20 cards, four each of five designs.  These note cards are made from a stock very similar to the watercolor paper and the designs and colors offer the perfect base for any kind of card.  Let’s look at the first one I want to share with you –

Watercolor Wonder Note Card with Watercolored Irises

Isn’t that just so pretty?  And it’s SO much prettier in person.  To be honest, if it weren’t for the time I spent watercoloring the die cut image, this would qualify as a five minute project.

The irises are cut from Stampin’ Up!’s Coaster Board which I used because the texture of the Coaster Board and the Note Cards was very similar AND because watercoloring on the Coaster Board is heaven!  But because the Coaster Board is between white and vanilla and the note card oval here is a pale yellow, I simply washed some So Saffron and Daffodil Delight over the Coaster Board until I had a nice match, let it dry completely and stamped with Jet Black Staz On and colored away with my Aquapainters and ink pads.  A quick bow with what might be my favorite trim, Seam Binding in Daffodil Delight, and application with Stampin’ Dimensionals and I have a simply stunning note card that’s perfect for any occasion because I was able to skip a greeting due to the detail of the image.

When you are planning your last Occasions Catalog order, be sure to add a package of these to your list.  At just SIXTY-FIVE CENTS per note card, you almost can’t afford NOT to have these in your stash!

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Tax Day is Almost Here – Are YOU Ready?

I hate doing my taxes – I know, that makes me SO special, doesn’t it?  I don’t mind paying taxes when I know that the money I  is helping to build the infrastructure around me.  But I really hate DOING my taxes because I see what proportion of my hard earned money goes out and I know some of it paying for things like this and this and this.  Enough already!   Oh well……

If you just did your taxes and are looking at your bottom line thinking “There’s GOT to be a way to make a little extra” you’re right, there is.  And I can help you get it started.

Unlike lots of other direct sales companies, because Stampin’ Up! sells a product that then has another use – in this case creating crafts – it offers multiple income streams.  Let’s face it, you sell a spatula and…………you’ve sold a spatula.  Sell a stamp set and you’ve sold a tool that allows people to explore their creativity, make something that they can share with someone else or to enjoy in their own environments.  AND – here’s the kicker – through being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator you have access to products and inspiration that can help you create your own handmade products that you can sell to earn money.  That’s just one of the alternative income streams you can explore as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and when you join MY team, I send you my free white paper that outlines all the other opportunities.

Here are three questions to ask yourself:

1. How much extra money would I like to show in my bank account every month?

2. How much time am I able and willing to invest each week to earn that money?

3.  How much time would I be willing to give this opportunity to come to fruition?

If you think about this and your answers to the questions above resonate in you in a way that beckons you to find out more, contact me.  Here’s my promise – after I send you all the information and lay it all out for you over a latte or a chai and you are NOT interested, I will never bug you!  I don’t like it when people do that to me and I just won’t do it to anyone else.

However, if you DO decide that this is an opportunity you want to jump on, I will support you every single step of the way.  I am a Certified Professional Coach – I have a robust panel of other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators as clients – and all of the business support I give you is specifically designed to inspire, motivate and guide you to success as YOU define it.  I have quarterly in person and Google Hangout meetings (for long distance team members) and provide Show and Sell© project sheets, tips, event planning ideas, news updates and more to my team members regularly.

I love what I do and would love the chance to introduce you to the possibilities.  Think about it.  Contact me. And start contributing to that bottom line.


Friday Fab in Five

As you know, Friday Fab in Fives are paper crafting projects you can complete in five minutes and while most of them are fun and cheery, this sympathy card came together so quickly I thought it was worthy of being included.  After all, sympathy cards are often needed so having a few cards – or at least some quick ideas for them – on hand is helpful.

Let’s take a look –

So Sorry Emboss Resist Card

This card can be adapted to any color scheme and is also a project that lends itself to easy mass production – change the greeting and you can really use it for any occasion.  Just stamp your blossoms from Too Kind in Versamark and emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.  Then using a sponge, buff on a little color around the embossed blooms; add your stems and greeting, tie on some ribbon – I used the gorgeous Seam Binding – and it’s ready to go.

As much as we don’t like the occasion that requires us to send a sympathy card, having a few easy and beautiful ones on hand means that we can spend more time on the message inside. So make a few – you will be so glad you have them at the ready!

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Stampin’ Up! Weekly Deals for April 8th through April 14th

If it’s a Tuesday that means there is a new batch of discounted Stampin’ Up! products and this week’s selection is terrific!  Let’s check them out –

Stampin' Up! Weekly Deals April 7th through April 13th

First I have to mention how ADORABLE the Make A Cake stamp set projects are.  This set is so perfectly suited to the direct to stamp coloring technique; just use your markers to color the different components on the stamps and – VOILA – multicolored adorable images that you can customize to any theme, recipient or to complement a gift.  The Gingham Wheel might not look like anything special above, but if you roll this onto a strip of cardstock and attach that to a project it looks like gorgeously textured ribbon – such a quick and easy way to add a lot of wow to a project – and for under five bucks!  And most of you know that I am a Framelit addict and the Secret Garden Framelits – with or without the matching stamp set Secret Garden (131940 f0r wood mount) – quickly and easily creates gorgeous shapes that when used alone or layered adds instant VAVOOM to any project.

You can order any of these here and have them shipped right to your door – what a deal!

Stampin’ Up! Weeky Deals for April 1 through April 7

It’s Tuesday so it’s time for another batch of awesome deals from Stampin’ Up!  Let’s check them out –

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First, I want to point out the Delicate Details Lace Tape – on the roll it doesn’t look like all that big of a whoop-dee-doo but it is absolutely GORGEOUS on projects.  If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, you will see this used in the Subscriber Exclusive project; if you are NOT a subscriber, sign up NOW and you will get the newsletter tomorrow and get to see this product in use – go to the box on the left to get activated!

Another fave product of mine is the Fun Flowers Die – you can crumple, fold, curl, bend, stack, layer and make the most GORGEOUS flowers using these basic shapes or use them as is for cute tags, word bubbles or to create cute little windows on projects.  The Perfect Pennants die also gives you TONS of flexibility and creativity and those two circles are almost like a whole extra bonus!

And who has enough ribbon and trim?  NO ONE!  The Blue Jean trim is SUPER cute and is the perfect fiber to use on a masculine card and the Natural Trim can be colored with your markers, reinkers, spritzers and can be dip dyed for a super rich trendy look.

You can order any of these products here and have them delivered directly to your door!  Who doesn’t love a great deal on Stampin’ Up! stuff?

Now is HOT HOT Time to Sign Up as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator with Me!

So, you know how sometimes the planets align such that miraculous things happen?  Well, have I got some news!

On Monday, April 28 Stampin’ Up! will be simulcasting a New Catalog Unveil at theaters all around the country, one of which is in Marlboro, MA just a few minutes from my house!  Everyone will go home with a gift bag, a new catalog and get a sneak peek at tons of new goodies.  How FUN is THAT?

Now, this event is open only to demonstrators – no guests will be allowed. Registration starts this Monday, March 24th and is only $40! Boo-hoo, right?  NOT SO MUCH!  Why, you say?

Because Monday falls within the Sale-A-Bration promotion meaning that becoming a demonstrator is SUPERCHARGED!  Your starter kit – loaded with both product of YOUR choice AND business materials that can get you started immediately – is just $99 BUT during Sale-A-Bration you get to choose $150 of product instead of the standard awesome deal of $125!  And of course, all the other benefits and perks of being a demonstrator are the same – 20% off all your purchases, both for events and classes AND for yourself; 30% off your first workshop qualifying order; the every other month fabulous Stampin’ Successs, an insider magazine from Stampin’ Up! packed with projects, tips, ideas, sneak peeks; opportunities throughout the entire year to earn cash and product bonuses, trips, events fees and more; and MOST importantly, the opportunity to start a business that you can run your own way to both earn some extra money and have a TON of fun at the same time.

So if you have been on the fence about starting your own stamping business now is a time like no other since you can take advantage of the awesome extras through Sale-A-Bration and be one of the lucky people to register for the New Catalog Unveil Simulcast!

I have both local and long distance downline and I support everyone the same way; with my very own Show and Sell © project ideas, quarterly meetings both IRL (in real life) for local team members and Google Hangout for long distance folks, monthly one-on-one coaching calls, as many phone calls and emails as anyone wants or needs, access to my white papers and articles for business building and much much more. I LOVE supporting my team and watching them grow and have the times of their lives building their businesses and I would love to have you join the Up All Night Stampers!

You can learn more RIGHT HERE – be sure to check out all the buttons and tabs for a ton of helpful information. And feel free to email me at and we can arrange a phone call so you can ask me anything.

And maybe, just maybe, we can be on the red carpet together on April 28th!!!

Friday Fab in Five – Gorgeous Dahlia Medallion

I know you will not believe me when I say this GORGEOUS Dahlia Medallion card can be put together in five minutes but when you see how easy it is to make the petal sections and that when put together the medallion makes the whole card, you WILL be a believer!  Check it out:

Gorgeous paper medallion made using Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper and Dahlia Fold technique on


Here’s how you do it.  You will need your choice of double sided paper (I used the Marina Mist from Polka Dot Parade, the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch , the 1 1/4″ Square Punch (Retired, or cut a 1 1/4″ square with your trimmer), your bone folder, a scrap of cardstock for the backing of the medallion and your square and any embellishments you want to use (I used a Large Basic Pearl).

First, punch eight circles from your double sided paper and one from your backing scrap. Punch on square from your scrap.

1. Lay one of your circles on your work surface; whichever side is FACE DOWN will the the pattern that shows on the back curved areas and the narrow arc areas on the medallion (in my case, my circles were solid-white polka dot DOWN); center your square in the circle as shown below (don’t adhere – it’s just a guide) –

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2. Fold one of the narrow arc shapes up and over the edge of the square and burnish well with your bone folder.

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3. Fold an adjacent narrow arc up over an adjacent side of the square and burning well with your bone folder.

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4. Remove the square scrap and turn the circle over; fold in half as shown, only pinching between the two flat sides as shown.

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5. Place flat on your work surface “flaps” down and fold the flat sides in to the center pinch line as shown; burnish well with your bone folder.

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You are DONE with your first petal section!  Repeat with the other seven pieces – this goes very quickly!

Now cover your scrap circle with SNAIL and begin gently tacking your petal sections to the circle.  When they are all lined up and you are happy, press well and adhere.  Add your embellishment and now you can place it on a card and be done!  You can add a little greeting from Itty Bitty Banners on a Bitty Banners Framelit as I did or just cut a little strip of paper with a stamped greeting on it, curl it gently with your bone folder and make an instant little pennant-style greeting.

Honestly, this was one of the fastest cards I ever made that was not “just stamping” and I can see a TON of different ways to use these cute, easy and FAST Dahlia Medallions.

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Stampin’ Up! Framelits Fever!

I have over two dozen sets of Stampin’ Up!’s Framelits and I am NOT quitting collecting these fabulous lightweight, easy to store, easier to use die cutting tools.  They are AWESOME!

Part of the reason I love these so much is that they really are so easy to use, especially now that we have the magnetic platform.  You can stamp your image, lay the Framelit over the stamped image and cut EXACTLY where you want, creating a perfect image-and-shape combo every time.  LOOOOOOVE!

The other thing I love about these is that I store mine in a way that puts them ALL right out there so I can see them and still have them in a compact, tidy spot right at hand.  Here’s how they look:

Clever and efficient storage of Stampin' Up! Framelits


Clever and efficient storage of Stampin' Up! Framelits

Here’s how I did that.  I took an 8 X 8 album (from Stampin’ Up! of course!) and cut some of the white backing from the Designer Series Paper packs (I hoard that stuff like a squirrel hoards acorns!) to fit the pages.  Then I lay out my new Framelits on that square and decide where the magnetic strips (cut from a magnetic sheet) should go to best hold them in place, stick down the strips, pop the Framelits on there and slide the square into one of the page protectors.  Then I use my Curly Label Punch to make a little name tab at the top with the number of Framelits in the set underneath.  Cute, huh?

INSIDER TIP – The item number of the Framelit set IS engraved on each piece in the Framelit set so if you end up with an orphan get out a bright light and your magnifying glass and you will be able to return your little wanderer to its family.

Come back for some really cute projects using Framelits!  Honestly, it’s rare that I make a project and don’t use a Framelit somewhere – they are so versatile and with all the shapes that Stampin’ Up! has provided for us there’s one for almost every single project!

What’s your favorite Framelit set?