Three for One Today – Happy Birthday, Congrats and Welcome


We’re now into Spring, but not so in Central New York!  It’s gloomy and 32 degrees out while I type this post.  But no matter what’s going on outside, I can find my “happy place” amidst Stampin’ Up!’s bright, fun colors.  And the beautiful It’s My Part Designer Series Paper has the perfect color scheme to brighten anyone’s day – Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Basic Black.


And I’m trying to use our beautiful Sale-A-Bration products every day, since there are only a few days left of the best Stampin’ Up! sale of the year!  My sentiment comes from Perfect Pairings, a wonderful sentiment stamp set that you’ll be able to use time and time again.  Here’s another card I made using this great stamp set – click HERE.


My Stampin’ Up! team, the From the Heart Stampers, does a sketch challenge twice a month.  It’s a really fun way to see what everyone’s working on and to get some inspiration for a new design.  I always start my card designs with a sketch layout, so this is especially fun for me.  This is just one of the many perks for being a part of my team.  Here’s the sketch I was working from for my card design:

CASE of the Mondays #89

See how easy it is to create a fabulous card with a great sketch and some beautiful Stampin’ Up! supplies!


  • I cut the It’s My Party designer paper into different widths from 1/4″ to 3/4″.  It killed me to not keep them straight – I’m such a perfectionist – but I thought it actually looked better to be a little “off”.
  • The large flower is created using the Floral Frames Framelits with the Big Shot.  Circles are cut using the Circle Framelits.  Leaves and tiny Crushed Curry flower are cut using Flower Fair Framelits.  Yes, I do use my Framelits a lot!
  • There’s a little nest of Silver Thread between the flower and the Crushed Curry circle.  Just add some SNAIL Adhesive to the center of the flower, wad up a nice long piece of thread and stick it down into the adhesive.  Use Dimensionals to hold the circles on top.  Yes, this thread looks better “messy” too!  At first I wound it around my hand making it into nice, even loops, but it looked too forced.

And why stop there with this great layout!  I went on to create some congratulations and welcome cards for my team members.  First up is a fabulous “way to go” card, complete with stars and glimmer paper.


  • The big star is cut with – you guessed it – the Stars Framelits.
  • The tiny silver star is a handheld punch in the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack and Silver Glimmer Paper.
  • “Way to Go” is one of the many celebratory stamps in the Bravo stamp set, found in the main Annual Catalog.  I stamped it once in Black Memento Ink then again on scrap paper in Melon Mambo ink and cut out the “to” banner, adhering it over the black stamping with Dimensionals.
  • Check out the sweet little Melon Mambo enamel dot from the It’s My Party collection!  Love that they have a self-adhesive backing.


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And my last version of this card went out to brand new team members who have joined my team this month.  In all, we’ve added quite a number of demonstrators, both hobbyists and business-builders, during Sale-A-Bration!  There are a few days left – won’t you consider joining our team?  During Sale-A-Bration, choose $155 of products and pay only $99 – an extra $30 in products during this sale only.  And your starter kit ships free, giving you an additional 10% savings!


Consider taking Stampin’ Up! for a test drive!  You have absolutely nothing to lose, and you may gain a great deal – demonstrator discounts, earning extra money and the community of stampers found with my team.  Click HERE to check out all the reasons to consider joining the From the Heart Stampers!






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2015-17 In Color Pairings

IC tip top taupe

Do you remember the previous post with the cool layout I posted HERE?  I decided to use that same layout and explore some interesting color combinations using the new 2015-17 In Colors along with existing colors.  I’ve really enjoyed seeing different results in using all of the In Colors together, and now it’s time to pair the new In Colors with some of our other favorites.  Here are a couple of cards using just the new 2015-17 In Colors –  click HERE, HERE and HERE for some samples of how well they work together.  For now, let’s look at some other combos!


This card begins with Tip Top Taupe, our brand new neutral in the 2015-17 In Color Collection.  I love this paired with Basic Black, but then it needed a pop of color – and Bermuda Bay was just the color to do that!

IC Cucumber Crush

Next up is Cucumber Crush.  It looks fantastic with Basic Black again, and an equally bright and cheerful color Melon Mambo.  It’s also going to be a great color for a traditional Christmas green color.

IC Delightful Dijon

Delightful Dijon is going to be my “go to” color of autumn!  I just love the rich gold color.  It pairs nicely with a lot of the Regals Collection colors, and here I chose Cherry Cobbler.

IC Mint Macaron

Mint Macaron looks wonderful with a lot of colors!  I chose Calypso Coral and Blackberry Bliss for this card for a bit of an unusual combination but one I think works well.

IC Watermelon Wonder

If I had to choose one favorite color among the new In Colors, it would be Watermelon Wonder.  I love that it’s an unusual pink with a touch of coral to it.  It also combines well with a variety of colors.  Here I chose Island Indigo and Smoky Slate.


With all the cards, I used the 2015-17 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack, a White Perfect Accent and a Rhinestone for accessories.  Some have ribbons; others have a strip of cardstock in the background.  I used three different Circle Punches and ran the two colored circles through the Big Shot with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.  And don’t forget to pop a couple of the circles up with Dimensionals – it makes such a difference!


You’ll notice that I stamped all of my cards with a welcome stamp – that’s because we added seven new members to the From the Heart Stampers Team last month!  Each brand new member received one of the color combos above.  I’d love for you to give the Stampin’ Up! experience a test drive – why not check it out further HERE and let me know if you’re interested!


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August Card Shop card samples aren’t ready until mid-month, but you can begin earning your free cards right now!  Get your card kits free from me each and every time you place an order in my online store!  They’re my gift to you.  Simply use Host Code MXJ2MAMV when checking out to receive your free card kits. Place your order in my online store HERE.  You can also just pay for your card kits if you don’t want to order.  You’ll find more info on my free card kit program HERE.
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Welcoming new team members

I was so thrilled to have 20 women join my From the Heart Stampers group in September!  It was truly cause for celebration!  And what better way to celebrate with everyone than to send hand-made cards.  Each member who signed up a new person to the team received the congratulations card below.


And each new team member received the card below welcoming them to the team.


  • I wanted to use up some scraps I had left over from my Brights Collection Designer Paper Stack.  Punching out the squares with the 1" Square Punch made it a breeze. 
  • I added some texture with the Polka Dot Embossing Folder, and the flower image came from Flower Shop stamp set, punched out with the Pansy Punch.
  • The Large Rhinestones are the perfect touch for centers of the flowers.
  • The Basic Black strips are die cut with my most favorite die – the Tasteful Trim Die.  While this die is a little "pricey" it's something I use all the time, both for cards and scrapbook pages.

Item No. 130134 Brights Designer Series Paper Stack $21.95
Item No. 124094 1" Square Punch $15.95
Item No. 117335 Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder $7.95
Item No. 120893 Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die $42.95
Item No. 130698 Pansy Punch $15.95
Item No. 130939 Flower Shop wood $23.95 OR
Item No. 130942 Flower Shop clear $17.95
Item No. 129324 Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels (40) $4.95

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Holiday Catalog 12 Card Class

This class is all about introducing you to the Holiday Catalog!  I've designed 12 cards all using new stamp sets, designer paper, accessories – even embossing folders – from this beautiful new catalog.  Try out all of the new products to see what you like best.
Here's what you'll be making!
Holiday Card Class
Cost is $38 and includes all of the supplies to make the above 12 cards, plus:

1 pkg. Regals Candy Dots
1 pkg. Candy Dot Bases
1/2 spool of Cherry Cobbler 1" Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon
1/2 spool Silver 1/8" Ribbon and
12 coordinating envelopes

Use some of these products to create your cards and take the rest home.  Now, that's a deal!

Attend class Saturday, August 24th, at my home stampin' studio.  Open hours are from 10am to 6pm.  You'll need around 4-6 hrs. to complete your cards.  Please bring SNAIL adhesive and Dimensionals or you may purchase some that day.  I'll have a few snacks, but if you'd like, you may certainly bring your lunch!

 Pressed for time?  Just come and stamp then assemble your cards at home.
Can't attend?  No problem!  Get your class "on the go" and simply assemble at home. 

Registration and pre-pay deadline – Monday, August 19th, so that I can order all of your goodies!

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Congratulations and Welcome to my Team Members – May 2012

A sincere "From the Heart Stampers" congratulations goes out to the top sales people on my team for the month of May – you ladies rock!  And welcome to new team members who joined in May; here's the special card that I made them:

I can't get enough of the International Bazaar product suite – here I've used World Treasures stamp set along with the International Bazaar Designer Series Paper.  Color combo is Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade and Baja Breeze.  Pearls and Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine give nice accents.  Remember to use Dimensionals on your cards – the main image is popped up, and it really makes a difference!

I made two additional versions of this card to welcome new team members.  Notice how different a card can look just by swapping out a different designer paper print!

Notice that cute little framed piece?  That's from the new Apothecary Accents Framelits used with the Big Shot.

Item No. 126765 World Treasures wood $23.95 OR
Item No. 126767 World Treasures clear $17.95
Item No. 126920 International Bazaar Designer Series Paper $10.95
Item No. 119247 Pearl Basic Jewels $4.95
Item No. 125572 Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine $2.95
Item No. 127003 Apothecary Accents Framelits $24.95

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In October, I was pleased to welcome 12 new lovely ladies to my Stampin' Up! team of From the Heart Stampers!  And so far in November, 4 more ladies have joined us!  Here's a special card I made to send to each of them.  It starts with Wisteria Wonder card stock and Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper.  Corner rounding with our 3/16" Corner Punch can really perk up a card!  The little flower is one of my most used punches – Boho Blossoms.  With three different sized flower choices, it always seems perfect for any card!  In the center is a Lucky Limeade Designer Printed Brad – oh, so pretty!  And another great punch – Decorative Label Punch – frames the sentiment from Workshop Words stamp set very nicely.  The final accent is Wisteria Wonder 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon – yum!

Item No. 122350 Berry Blossoms Designer Series Paper $10.95
Item No. 119871 3/16" Corner Punch $6.95
Item No. 119858 Boho Blossoms Punch $16.95
Item No. 122940 Designer Printed Brads $7.95
Item No. 120907 Decorative Label Punch $16.95
Item No. 122973 Wisteria Wonder 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon $9.95

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Welcome to Nicole and Carol!

I was fortunate to have 4 new ladies join my Stampin' Up! team of demonstrators during July!  Welcome to Nicole, Pat, Kim and Carol!  Pat and Kim received their cards the first week of July, and here's the card I made Nicole and Carol.  Notice a brand new stamp?  While at Convention I received a terrific exclusive set to use in my business.  It's called Workshop Words and I just love it!  I combined it with Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper and picked up the color combination of Pink Pirouette, Marina Mist, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.  Oh, so pretty!  My punches made this a quick and easy card; they're all listed in the supplies below.  Pearls were a must for this soft, classy look, and a bit of Marina Mist 1/4" Grosgrain RIbbon "ties" it all together!

Workshop Words stamp set – not available for purchase
Item No. 122357 Beau Chateau Designer Series Paper $10.95
Item No. 119882 Scallop Edge Border Punch $15.95
Item No. 119974 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch $16.95
Item No. 119860 1-3/8" Circle Punch $15.95
Item No. 118309 Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack $16.95
Item No. 120929 Marina Mist 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon $4.95
Item No. 119247 Basic Pearls (150) $4.95

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Welcome, Fran!

Fran Cohen of Rochester, NY, joined my From the Heart Stampers team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators in May, and I made her this special card to say welcome.  I love using the Stampin' Up! Statement of the Heart as a reminder of what our team stands for.  While it's a business for some, a hobby for many, we are still in the "business" of touching people's lives through a simple yet profound act of sharing something we've created.   This card measures 5-1/4" square and begins with Whisper White card stock, then Pear Pizzazz card stock, then Real Red card stock for the center area.  I kept all of the accents in Daffodil Delight – the card stock at the top punched with the Pinking Hearts Border Punch, the flowers at the side cut with the Big Shot and the Birds & Blooms Sizzlits Die, and the scrumptious 5/8" Satin Ribbon.  The final touch is few Rhinestones for the centers of the flowers.

Item No. 117649 Pinking Hearts Border Punch $15.95
Item No. 113485 Birds & Blooms Sizzlits 4-Pack $21.95
Item No. 119750 Daffodil Delight 5/8" Satin Ribbon $8.95
Item No. 119246 Jewels Basic Rhinestones (150) $4.95

So sad to say that Birds & Blooms is retiring at the end of June.  I use it all the time!  Be sure to get yours before it's gone forever!

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Welcome to my new Team Members

I had the privilege of welcoming 12 new members to my From the Heart Stampers Team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators during the month of November!  Here's a special "welcome to the team" card I made each of them. I was going for a dressy look with the Basic Black and Sahara Sand color scheme, using the Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack for the pretty background.  The stamp is the Statement of the Heart – wonderful words with which to begin your new business!  I added Raven 1/2" Lace Trim — it's definitely not just for Halloween — and three Jewels Basic Rhinestones to finish off the classic look.

Item No. 117157 Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack $19.95
Item No. 120988 Raven 1/2" Lace Trim $5.95
Item No. 119246 Jewels Basic Rhinestones (150) $4.95

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A From The Heart Welcome

Jodi Brown, Mitra Prat and Dolly VanSickle all recently joined my From The Heart Stampers Team, and I made this card especially to welcome these wonderful women.  The card began with Whisper White card stock, with a layer of Pretty In Pink card stock next.  Then I used Basic Black card stock embellished with the Scallop Trim Border Punch along the bottom edge.  I'm finding the Patterns Designer Series Paper Stacks to be so useful – here I've used a Basic Gray and Whisper White polka dot piece from the Neutrals pack.  A sliver of Pretty in Pink card stock run through the Big Shot using the Top Note Bigz Die decorates the edge.  This is our most popular selling die, and you'll get more mileage with it if you think about using bits and pieces of it as well as the whole image.  I've added a little sophistication with the Basic Rhinestone Jewels and Basic Black 5/8" Satin Ribbon.  The Stampin' Up! Statement of the Heart stamp is the sentiment.

Item No. 118402 Scallop Trim Border Punch $15.95
Item No. 117157 Neutrals Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack $19.95
Item No. 113439 Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine $99.95
Item No. 113463 Top Note Bigz Die $21.95
Item No. 119246 Basic Rhinestone Jewels (150) $4.95
Item No. 117285 Basic Black 5/8" Satin Ribbon $8.95

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