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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sale-a-bration Share (SAB) and Blog Candy

I made this card front for one of my ladies who placed a $50 order with me and received the Madison Ave Stamp set FREE from her choice in the SAB catalog.   While SAB is going on until it ends March 22nd, everyone of orders $50 and receives their choice of a SAB set, or accessory, I am making and giving a card front to them to use on a card or just keep. 

I ended up using 3 SAB sets, the Madison Ave and the Vintage Verses for the greeting, THANKS, and the Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper (DSP)

I stamped a background using the stem from the set, in Summer Starfruit ink on Summer Starfruit card stock.   I punched out a 1 3/8" square of Tangerine Tango, 3 times and then using the 1 1/4" square punch, punched out the Sycamore street DSP and used some snail to adhere them together.  I stamped the flower on whisper white card stock with Summer Starfruit ink  and the center flower with Tangerine Tango ink and stamped (sometimes crooked....) don't look too close.  The smallest flower from the Floral Frames Framelits fits perfectly to cut out this image.   I added these to the squares with dimensionals, then cut a dimensional in half and put one half on the back of the Tangerine Tango at the top and the other half at the bottom and put the squares on top of the ribbon with the dimensionals straddling the ribbon.   The ribbon is Island Indigo ruffled ribbon and the "THANKS" is stamped with Island Indigo ink. 

Blog Candy.....

I need to make some space in my Stamp room so I am giving away some Blog Candy.   To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favorite stamp set is in the Spring Catalog.   Mine.....Secret Garden.....finally a flower set with a matching more cutting out the flower shapes!!!!!  I will choose a random winner Sunday Evening after THE GAME....GO RAVENS!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Paper Pumpkin - Try It Kit

The other day I said I would have a non stamper sit down with the Paper Pumpkin kit and make the card.....Well, last night I sat down with my husband and asked him to make the card.   He did pretty good I think and only asked a few questions, like, how to use the snail I gave him.....

Here he is, stamping the card.

He didn't read any directions....and I let him use my larger ink pad   and 2 smaller acrylic blocks, and of course some snail and a glue dot for the button.   I mounted the stamps and put each on a separate block and got him the larger Basic Gray ink pad (and opened it for him) and then he just CASEd the sample.  It only took him 4 minutes,.   He said he could probably make the next one in 30 seconds, it was SO SIMPLY.

Here's his finished card.

Here's mine, just using what was in the kit, nothing more.

and here is a picture of everything in the box, and our cards we made.

I think if a non stamper got this kit, read the directions on how to mount the stamps and how to stamp, it might take them 15 minutes to make the first one, but then could make the others within minutes.  



Saturday, January 26, 2013

Paper Pumpkin and a Sale-a-bration share

At Leadership, 2 weeks ago, Stampin' Up! announced a new product, Paper Pumpkin.  It is a fantastic monthly kit subscription that you receive in your mailbox each month.  These kits are great for all stampers, but designed for the new stamper, non stamper, or someone who just doesn't "have the time" or "no space".  Each month you will get your kit delivered to your door in a small box.   

To sign up, go to and click GET IT!   It's a quick and easy registration and at the end, put my name, Carol Valentine as your demonstrator and my zip code 21157 (if needed).  After you have signed up, email me at or call me 410.382.4874 to let me know you have signed up so I can keep in touch.

When I attended Leadership, one of the FREEBIES we received was the first Paper Pumpkin kit.   I wasn't sure what I was going to do with mine, but I have decided to try it out with a non stamper to see how easy it is to do.   So, tonight I am going to sit down with my husband give him the kit and tell him to "make a card from the kit".  It has directions, suggestions and is really easy, so I am going to time him and see how long it takes.   I will make one too, but won't make it the same as the sample.   Tomorrow, I will post all three - one exactly as the sample, his and mine.  
Here is a card I made with one of the FREE Sale-a-bration stamp sets you can choose every time you order $50 from now until March 22nd!!!   This stamp reminds me of the 70s and bell-bottom jeans first came out!   I trimmed off the greeting that is at the bottom of the jeans, and stamped Happy Birthday from the teeny tiny wishes stamp set.   The ribbon and the button, well they are a bundle you could choose from Sale-a-bration too and the designer series paper, well that is another choice too.   SO MANY CHOICES!!!



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Stampers Club Cards

Here are the cards my ladies in my Stampers club made this past week.   We meet on the 3rd Friday and Sunday each month and do 2 cards and now and then I add a project. 

This first card uses stamps from the Sale-a-bration set, Feeling Sentimental.   Sale-a-bration (SAB) started on Tuesday and goes thru March 22nd, and every time you spend $50, you get to choose from one of the fabulous stamp sets, or accessories they have in the brochure for FREE.  AND as my gift to you....when you order $50 and choose an item, stamp set, paper, punch embossing folder, ribbon, buttons  or DSP, I will give you a card front made with that item as some inspiration.

Products used:   Feeling Sentimental Stamp set, Crumb cake card stock and ink, Early espresso card stock and ink, Midnight Muse card stock, Honeycomb embossing folder, sanding system, 1/16" punch, mini brads, sponges and dimensionals.

This next card I CASED off of somewhere, can't remember where, sorry to the designer, send me a comment so I can give you credit!   I used the Secret Garden set and framelits from the Spring catalog.   (THANK YOU STAMPIN' UP! for giving us a flower set and framelits to match!!!)

Products used:    Secret Garden stamp set and framelit, framed tulips embossing folder, Labels collection framelit, Island Indigo card stock and ink, summer starfruit card stock, lucky limeade card stock and ruffled ribbon, pool party card stock, and Sycamore Street DSP (from SAB, FREE), versamark ink and white embossing powder and of course some dimensionals.

 This Valentine treat was part of a Valentine special bundle, Stamp and baggies.   Getting the m&m's in the baggies is the hardest thing to do with this project. Quick and easy project, Great idea for kids Valentines treats, gift for teachers, friends and even your spouse.

Products used:  Valentine treat bundle, stamp and baggies, Pool Party card stock, whisper white card stock (all scraps), pretty primrose ink, Hearts framelits and full heart punch and dimensionals.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Shelli Gardner, CEO Stampin' IUp! - Article

Shelli Gardner  is CEO of Stampin' Up!   She and her sister started Stampin' Up! in her kitchen 25 years ago.   She is such a Sincere Woman, always Making a Difference.   Check out this article on to find out a little more about her.   I love being a part of the great company she started 25 years ago. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Andrea Withers Class at Stampin' Up!'s Leadership

Last week I attended Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference, and boy was it fun!   Had so much fun meeting up with demonstrators that I had met at other conferences and online.    There is a lotta Sharing going on there.   One of the classes I attended while there was one on Social Media, Andrea Withers from Demo training.   There is so much out there and a lot of information to gather, sort thru my pea brain and apply.   So today I cleaned up the sides of my blog, got rid of the expired Holiday catalog, and expired promotions and put the new Spring Catalog on there and in a few days, Sale-a-bration starts and I will have that on there too!

Just a few things I learned this this class that I am doing today.

Blog post more often - get a schedule and stick to it!!! (boy is that hard)

Always post a picture - See below

Post Videos - My video camera is charging now,  I am going to aim for 2x a month for videos.

fb business page - OK  - Let me get the first video done before I go there.

WELL!  blogger won't let me upload a picture....I have no idea why, and have spent the last 30 minutes trying to figure it out, so I will end this post now, so it will at least post today.  

Guess What!   I figured one way of uploading a picture.    Here is a Swap my roommate received.  I just love the soft colors and the fun sea horses from the stamp set in the Spring catalog, By the Tide


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pictures of Christmas cards using new camera!

OK, so here are a few cards using my new camera.   I still have a lot to learn with this new camera.   I downloaded the cd for the camera and was going to print out the user guide, however it says it is 246 pages!!!! SO, not happening.   I will probably end up printing some pages after I read them. 

This first card is from Karen, this card was CASEd from the Holiday Catalog by me.  Karen made it during one of my Christmas card stamp a stacks.  It uses the beloved Top Note Big Shot die and the cute Snowmen from the Holiday catalog as well as the snowflake border embossing folder.
 This is my Mom's card, She used the card parts from one of my Christmas card stamp a stacks and substituted the Mother/Child image (retired) So easy, no coloring!!!
This next card was done by Carrie.  She used the oval embossing folder from the Holiday mini and the ornament stamp set and matching framelit to cut it out so perfectly.  It is hard to see in this photo, but there is lots of dazzling diamonds all over the embossed area and the sparkle from the ribbon and the rhinestone right in the middle of the ornament.
 Here's Eileen's Tag According Greeting card!!!  WOW, so much stamping, punching, layering, bells, pearls, ribbon and more!  A true work of love. 

I hope you can use some of these ideas I have shown over the past several days to inspire you for on for your Christmas cards and projects for next year! 


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Last batch of cards using older camera

Here are the last batch of cards using my old camera.   My husband gave me a new camera for Christmas.   WOOHOO.

Here is Jean's card, a tree cut out (probably from a cricut) and some stamping done with snowflakes in the open tree space, cute!
 Diane's card uses this cute snowman.   She used the Snow flurry embossing folder and some crystal lacquer on the hat,
 Here's Bert's card, her cards are so elegant, I have several of hers that I put out each year with my Christmas decorations.    Here is a writ stamped in several greens and then red pearls attached throughout the wreath (like berries)