Category Archives: Classes

Side Step Technique Class

I haven’t done a Side Step Card in a very long time and thought it was time to teach this technique again. I had 9 wonderful ladies show up for my class this morning. They all made 3 cards each, Halloween, Fall & Christmas, I just wanted to show how versatile this card type can be. Basically you need to let your imagination run wild with this one and you can make some pretty awesome cards! Here are the cards they made.


Now up close and personal!




Get inventive and create your own side step card. If you want the details on how to make this just leave me a comment below. Don’t forget to send me your creations!

July Stamp-A-Stack

Once a month I hold a Stamp-A-Stack class/workshop in my stamping studio and I wanted to share the cards we made. The card designs were CASEd/inspired from the Stampin’Up! catalog samples. If you don’t know what CASE means it’s; Copy And Share Everything. In the stamping community we love to share what we do and it’s an honor when someone cases your card! That being said, these were my versions of the catalog samples.


You can find a similar version on page 15 of the catalog


A sample of this card is on page 129 of the annual catalog as a Quick & Easy card.


Cathy & Minako, top right corner

I had two new stampers in my stamping studio for this class, Minako Holdum and Cathy Giardina Hansbrough.

Here are the products used to create the cards
Thanks Card

Celebrate Card

Free Class Event March 26th

Have you ever wished you could stamp with a bunch of like-minded girlfriends from the comfort of your own home? Your wish is granted–and your opportunity is March 26!

This is a live, streaming event where we will show you some fun projects. Simply choose your preferred device–computer, tablet, smart phone, or even hook up your computer to your TV*–and tune in to learn some fun new things to do with the bundle!

WHEN: March 26, 2014, at 5:30 PM, 7:30 PM, and 11:00 PM (all times Mountain Time). We’ll demonstrate the same projects each time, so choose the one that’s best for you.

WHERE: You don’t even have to leave home. Come to at your chosen time, and be prepared to stamp! We’ll also award door prizes to random participants.

WHY: So many occasions are coming–Easter, Mother’s Day, graduations, and more–and we want to help you be ready.

Hope you can make it. We’d love to have you join us!

** All Wrapped Up Bundle **

We will be stamping with the All Wrapped Up Bundle on page 6 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure. Order the bundle in time to have it at the event. Our projects will also feature the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper, so you may want to order that as the free Sale-A-Bration product.

Click here   Clear #135340, Wood #135339

Here is some sample projects using the kit!


6×9, 5×5, 3×3… What’s Your Size?

Ever want to make a card with a unique size but didn’t have a matching envelope, so you wind up changing your card size to match your envelope? Well not anymore!

Stampin’Up now carries the Envelope Punch Board which gives you the option to create 66 different envelope sizes, that’s right 66! Now you don’t have to compromise your creativity due to envelope size.

Watch Brian Pilling from Stampin’Up score and punch envelopes.

If you’re local come to one of my classes and you get to make a unique envelope for one of your cards. Take a look at my class schedule and sign up.

What Do Ex Libris, Butterfiles and Dresses Have In Common?

Ex Libris: meaning literally from the books.
Butterfly: a mainly day flying insect.
Dress: a garment consisting of a skirt and an attached bodice.

So what do they gave in common? They are make awesome cards! During my class earlier this morning we made these great cards below. I also had the opportunity to welcome Barbara who hasn’t been to one of my classes in a while and I’m looking forward to seeing her come back soon!

I used the Butterfly collection wheel by snipping it off the wheel. This card was inspired by Stamping School.

I used the Butterfly collection wheel by snipping it off the wheel. This card was inspired by Stamping School.

The Ex Libris Digital Download was perfect for this Thank You card.

The Ex Libris Digital Download was perfect for this Thank You card.

I love the Dress Up Framelits, you can mix and match them so many ways!

I love the Dress Up Framelits, you can mix and match them so many ways!

If your local to the Orlando area, check my scheduled events on the upper right hand side of this site and join the fun at one of my classes. I promised you will not be disappointed!

A Little Water To Spread…

As a Stampin’Up Demonstrator we get a lot of ideas and inspiration from the home office and I wanted to share one of these great techniques with you!

Need a unique embellishment for that next project?  Watch as Carrie takes an embossed stamp image, adds a little water, then lets the ink spread with the aqua painter.  You have to give this technique a try!

Mosaic Madness? Or Course We Have It!

This past Saturday I had 4 awesome ladies at my card class! We met Robin who joined our class for the very first time and can’t wait to have her back again! We made 3 cards using the Mosaic Madness stamp set on page 123 from the Annual Catalog showing the versatility of the stamps and the coordinating punch and embossing folder. We even used Quatrefancy Specialty Designer Series Paper which also coordinated with the stamp set. So yes, it was Mosaic Madness I even wore a mosaic blouse!

Holley, Kelly, Robin & Joyce

Holley, Kelly, Robin & Joyce

This card was part of a collection designed by Julie Davison.

This card was part of a collection designed by Julie Davison.

Connie Hobbs designed this great Christmas Card using the specialty paper for the Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper set.

Connie Hobbs designed this great Christmas Card using the specialty paper from the Quatrefancy Designer Series Paper set.

I'm not sure who designed this card but I thought it was great enough to copy!

I’m not sure who designed this card but I thought it was great enough to copy!

Don’t miss out on all the fun and come to one of my upcoming classes! Remember you can purchase all the products I used to make these cards on my online store. Contact me for the list of products.




Bows, Bows and More Bows!

We want to show off this amazing Gift Bow Bigz L Die. This die is so easy to easy and the end result is beautiful! To use the die build your regular sandwich using the Standard Cutting Pads, and run it through the Big Shot.

This die is different from our other dies — it’s a steel roll die and that means it can cut three to four pieces of paper at a time. It can also cut fabric!

When you have cut your paper you will have five bow pieces. Now you can get to bow making. You will need a bone folder, and SNAIL Adhesive. Run your bone folder over the paper and break up the paper fibers and then assemble!

To make the large bow you will need the large piece, the two bow end pieces and the wrap piece. Put a little bit of SNAIL in the middle of the large piece, and fold the ends of the large piece in on its self. Then bend the wrap piece around the middle to create a finished look. Then adhere the end pieces onto the bow.

To make the smaller bow you will need to cut out two pieces of paper on the Gift Bow Bigz L Die. Take two of the bow pieces and fold them in half. Adhere them to each other in the middle and assemble the same way as large bow.

You can play with the pieces to create as simple or as elaborate bows as you want!

Don’t have a Big Shot? We’ve still got you covered, check out our new Pretty Presents Designer Bow Kit. It comes with enough to make ten paper bows, and it looks fabulous on our new Extra-Large Gift Box.

Bows are so much fun! If you want to take your holiday gift wrapping to the next level contact me, or visit my online store.

How Do You Build A Banner?

We are featuring our new Build a Banner Simply Created Kit and the Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit. Take a look at how Shannon West creates this cute “Noel” banner.

These are such fun and cute products. The Build a Banner Simply Created Kit includes eighteen 5″ x 7″ blank canvas paper pennants, six each of three different designs, 9′ of jute twine, alphabet and image stencils, and a Stampin’ Spritzer. The Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit includes four pre-scored, precut rosettes, three glittered die-cut accents, two 18″ pieces of Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, two 18″ pieces of exclusive Bermuda Bay/Pool Party 1-1/4″ Two-Toned Ribbon, 36″ of Whisper White 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon, five Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, and ten Large Rhinestones.

This kit is fully customizable! You can create any holiday greeting you want. Use the pattern stencils and your Stampin’ Spritzer to create the patterns on your pennants. Be sure to plan your design out before you begin spritzing. Fill your Stampin’ Spritzer with your desired color of reinker and rubbing alcohol or water (we recommend rubbing alcohol because it will dry faster). You can adjust the color saturation in your spritzer to create different looks. If you want a darker color use more reinker and less alcohol. If you want a lighter color use less reinker and more alcohol.

To spritz your pennants, lay your pattern down on your pennant. Spray with your Spritzer until you have the desired saturation. The spritzing will pool on the stencil a little so be sure to carefully lift your stencils off to prevent any accidents with the reinker.

To add letters to your pennants, lay down your shield stencil and your desired alphabet stencil and spritz a coordinating color.

If you want to create your own custom banners be sure to contact me or can order it directly on my online store.

Season of Style

How can you save your Holiday memories? With the Season of Style line in the 2013 Holiday Catalog. Take a look at this video and see how easy it can be!

Order your Season of Style 8×8 Designer Ring Album and coordinating Journaling Tags on my 24/7 online store.