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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stamping and Blogging Sketch And Stamp SB118

Good morning!

While I'm getting my stamping business back up and running, Sandi is letting me share her beautiful artwork with you!

It's Sketch And Stamp Time!

This week's sketch SB118:

 Sandi's beautiful card:

Want to see more beautiful designs, visit…and you can submit your artwork as well.

Card Class: Gift From The Garden

Looking for even more inspiration?  

I know many of you used to love my classes…well Sandi creates them inside Stamping And Blogging.  This last class called Gift From The Garden.

  • It has 3 cards, one being a Diorama card, 
  • custom envelope and 
  • a Baker's Gift Box.  
I love the colors Sandi used.  So with the class, there are video tutorials and PDF instructions!!!  Typically you'd pay $25 / $30 for a class like this…..but you can get it and an entire site of over 450 videos for just $14.95!  It's worth giving a try! Join Stamping & Blogging today!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I'm back!

Guess what! I'm now a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator again located in Rockland County, New York (10974).  I hope to hold classes again soon!!!

For now though come create with us! Join us this week for Sketch And Stamp #113!

More news to come as to what you'll get FREE if you join my team!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Lacey & Lovely SB5 Sketch Challenge

Happy Saturday!

Saturday's are my stamping days!  I had fun today creating this one!  It took a lot of time because of all the Rhinestones (LOL) but I really do like how it came out and the blue, orange and pink accents on the gray and blank.  Don't you?

  1. So, basically I took a piece of the piece of the Neutrals Designer Series Pack and then cut it.  It is double sided so I then flipped the one side over!  So one piece of paper = two designs. Very cool!  Then adhered it to the white card base using SNAIL adhesive.
  2. Then stamp the flourish swirl using the Flowering Flourishes stamp set.  Yes, some areas I filled in with Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker!
  3. Next, cut the piece of Basic Black card stock and used the Scallop Edge, and adhered it using SNAIL adhesive.
  4. Next, added the ribbon adhering using the SNAIL and Mini Glue Dots.
  5. Next, used the Floral Frame Framelists (3rd size) to die cut the Pacific Point flower (paper from the Brights Designers Series Pack).
  6. Next, stamped the Lacely & Lovely image in Basic Black Ink.  Then used the 2nd Floral Frame (from Floral Frames Framelits) to cut it to a flower shape. Then colored one of the edges with the Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Write Marker.  Next, added Rhinestones near the center, outside where you see the Button.
  7. Adhere the stamped image to the Pacific Point paper using SNAIL, then adhere the flower to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals.
  8. Last but not least I added the Pink buttons (adhering using Mini Glue Dots) and added the Rhinestones to the centers.

Here is the supply list:

  1. Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stacks (12x12): $21.95, Item #117157
  2. Brights Designer Series Paper Stacks (12x12): $21.95, Item #117155
  3. Neutrals Card Stock (so you have the Black and White paper): $6.95, Item #119707
  4. 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Pacific Point, $4.95, Item #126878
  5. 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon Basic Gray, $4.95, Item #126879
  6. Brights Designer Buttons, $8.95, Item #119747
  7. Rhinestone Basic Jewels, $4.95, Item #119246
  8. Floral Frames Framelits, $26.95, Item #127012 (requires the Big Shot)
  9. Scallop Edge Border Punch, $15.94, Item #119882
  10. Glue Dots, $4.95. 103683
  11. SNAIL Adhesive, $6.95, Item #104332 (or refill, $4.50, Item #104331)

I hope you enjoyed today's card and hope you over and stamp with us at and join our Saturday Sketch Challenge #5 (SB5). Thanks!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

ONE DAY Stampin' Up! Spooktacular Sale - OCTOBER 29 (Monday only)

Yes, for one day only Stampin' Up! is having a Spooktacular sale.
Almost all stamps are 15% off! 


  • Background Stamps
  • Personalized name stamps
  • Cookie Press Stamps
  • Single Stamps


  • Hostess Sets
  • Bundled Stamp Sets
  • Digital Stamp brush sets

Raffle Time!

To make it even more exciting....I am having a raffle. For every $25 you spend, you get a ticket into the raffle!  So if you spend $150 to get the Hostess Benefits (free stamp set and $15 in free merchandise), you would also get 6 raffle tickets into the pot!

One winner for every 10 people who order. So if I get 20 orders, then there would be 2 winners.
Winners get a free stamp set of their choice, any value!

Good luck and shop away! MONDAY - October 29th!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Toxic Treats Stepped Up (SB3 Sketch Challenge)

Hey Stampers, it's that time again.....whoo hoo, the weekend, and a Saturday Sketch Challenge for you.

Here is the Challenge for this week and it's SB3 and here is my samples.

There are two versions of the same card. One is simple and one is what is called a Stepped-Up version of the card - which means there is some added elements, techniques, accessories, layers or just added difficulty.

Which do you like best?

Original Toxic Treats SB3

This card simply uses the Basic Black card stock and Pumpkin Pie designer series paper (of the Brights collection).  Scallop Edge punch along the bottom and also scalloped dotted ribbon!

The Framelit piece is colored using the Markers technique but you could have made this card really simply and just stamped it in black only.  But I used Green Gumball, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit and Basic Black Stampin' Write Markers.

Stepped Up Toxic Treats SB3

My favorite technique to use during Halloween is one that I don't even know if they have an official name for.  See the marks and smudges on the Pumpkin Pie designer series paper?  Those marks were made by me by holding the Pumpkin Pie paper in my hands (you may also lay down on Grid Paper) and then pressing the Basic Black Classic Ink Pad down, forcing some smudging and so of the hard edges to appear.

You may also use some of Stampin' Up!'s background stamp such as Netting to add texture as well. But this look is as unique as you are and you can add as much or as little as you want!

I also added some texture using the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Folder. I LOVE these folders as they are so easy can really make a simply card "pop".  You could have also used the new Spider Web Folder (but I didn't have that one - LOL) as it would have kept with the Halloween theme maybe a little better.  But the Vintage Wallpaper works too :D

Last but neat least, notice the edges of the Framelit piece. I also took the ink pad and scraped it against the edges. So yes, that look is intentional! LOL.

Be sure to come on over to Stamping and Blogging (the Blog) and check out all the entries for this week's sketch challenge, and hope you'll submit your own samples as well!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

SB2 Vintage Snowflake Card

Hey stamping friends!
LOVE weekends...more time to stamp, and Sandi and I have a new Sketch Challenge for you today!.


Here is the sketch from Stamping and Blogging.
And here is my take on the card this week. 

I originally had the greeting along the bottom left (that version is loaded to the Gallery on the S&B website), but then moved it to the top right with a piece of hardware as that space then seemed too empty.  But the rest of the sketch is pretty much the same.

The ribbon, hardware and paper are from the Holiday Mini, and of course I had to throw in the Northern Flurry Textured Impressions Folder!  Then added the "red" as the accent color.

What you can't see from this picture is that the snowflake is covered in Dazzling Details to give it some sparkle! Oh and did you notice I stamped right ON the ribbon - How cool is that!

Want to make this a non-holiday card? 

  • replace the snowflake with a stamped image
  • heat emboss to outline the image
  • use some linen twine or chocolate ribbon
  • use more hardware/brads
  • use a different Textured Impressions folder like Square Lattice - that's one of my favorites as well!

Hope you enjoyed this week's card.

Come create with us!
We can't wait to see it! Thanks for playing along with us!   

Thursday, October 18, 2012

SB1 Sketch Challenge - Holiday/Masculine Card

Hi Stampers!

Here is my 2nd sample of this week's sketch challenge. I love the richness of the window sheet paper! Yes, it's a window sheet from the Holiday Mini, but I have dark textured card stock behind it. Additionally, I have a "striped" pattern added because I used SNAIL adhesive instead of glue dots to hold on the window sheet. But I love how it turned out!  It actually coordinates with the striped ribbon, so it all worked out!

Sandi created this first sketch for us.

It's a pretty simple one to start. but you can dress it up any way you like. Weekly Winners will receive our Challenge Reward Buttons to display on their blogs. You have until Midnight (EST), Friday each week to upload.

A new challenge starts each Saturday.  Here is the current sketch! Would love to see your designs! Go here to upload them. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Sketch Challenge!

Hi Stampers!

We have a new weekly event for you to participate in Stamping and Blogging, the Blog!....we sure hope you will give it a try.

SATURDAY SKETCH CHALLENGE Each Saturday we will bring you a sketch and a linky button so you can upload your creations too.

It's a pretty simple one to start. but you can dress it up any way you like. Weekly Winners will receive our Challenge Reward Buttons to display on their blogs. You have until Midnight (EST), Friday each week to upload.

A new challenge starts each Saturday. Sandi and I have shared a couple of samples with you to get you started!.

Here is one of Sandi's samples created with the Christmas Lodge Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! Sandi took creative license and changed the art piece to Circles for this card and she also created a beautiful project sheet for Stamping & Blogging (site) members.

And, here is one of my S&B Sketch Challenge samples! This one is using the Markers technique to give the flowers different colors,  and using the Big Shot and Textured Impressions folder to emboss the background. Use for any occasion, but mine is a simple and clean Sympathy Card using the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Those are our shares, so have fun creating and then CLICK HERE to add yours because we would love to see what you come up with!

CLICK HERE to go to our Stamping and Blogging blog and submit your artwork! Remember, weekly winners get badges for their blog!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Happy World Card Making Day!

Hi Stampers,  
Happy World Card Making Day today to everyone, and HAPPY THANKSGIVING Canada - enjoy your turkey!

For our Stamping and Blogging Website Members, we have a very Special Treat today, because we created a brand new two video series on Sandi's favorite technique, PAINTING WITH REINKERS - and we used the FABULOUS FLORETS stamp set for the images, to create these beauties!

Don't you just love the rich color?  The videos are very detailed with each step of how I paint these, and I also created a Project Sheet with written instructions and a supply list as well. And we didn't stop there.  Once you have all your flowers painted and cut out, well, then we shared two more videos, for card projects, want a sneak peek of one?  Of course you do!.... Check this out!

Be sure to check out our new blog as well which is free and full of free samples from and keeping up with what's new each week with our new membership site,

Of course I will keep bringing you new, fresh samples here as well! Hope you created, shared, or gave a card today -- handmade cards always are such wonderful gifts :D


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Introducing Stamping and Blogging!


It's Here - Stamping and Blogging!

Today is the BIG day!!!! Sandi MacIver and I have been working on bringing you this site for quite some time and are very excited to bring it to you LIVE today!

Stamping and Blogging is a premiere, exclusive, unique stamping and blogging website where you can join and meet up with fellow stamping, scrapping, paper crafting enthusiasts, in a upbeat, creative and fun environment.

Stamping and Blogging is brand NEW and
the ONLY one if it's kind!

Stamping and Blogging is your one stop, knowledge-based site to inspire, teach and motivate you in helping you build your business from both the stamping perspective as well as blogging, social media and the technology end. We want you to succeed and will show you how to do just that!

You get the best of both worlds
at Stamping and Blogging!

We love Stampin' Up!

Stamping and Blogging is a World Wide Community of crafters and bloggers who, like Sandi and I, are addicted to all things Stampin Up! Yes our projects are exclusively 100% Stampin' Up!

You do not have to be a Demonstrator to join!

Is For Everyone!

Stamping and Blogging consists of written tutorials, project sheets and videos so no matter which way you prefer to learn, we have you covered.
  • Although we use Stampin' Up! product exclusively in our stamping projects, this site is not just for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators.
  • We welcome anyone and everyone!
  • You do not even have to be in the crafting business, as there is a whole, entire side of this site dedicated to blogging, SEO, social media, newsletters, and other technology and tools.
  • Anyone wishing to learn more stamping techniques, looking for creative inspiration, wanting to learn how to blog, know what the e-World is all about, and wanting tips on how to build your business, this site is for you!

Current and New!

Stamping and Blogging is a NEW site and we are kicking it off with the 2012 – 2013 Stampin Up Catalog and the current Holiday Mini,  so our entire site is current, categorized by stamp set name, as well as grouped by different stamping techniques. All of our projects and videos are NEW using Current Products and Stamp Sets.

Everything You Need!

Stamping and Blogging will provide you with exclusive video tutorials, project sheets, written tutorials, card and project samples organized by stamp set name.  Check out our new blog to see a sample FREE!

Sandi created this beautiful card!
You can download the project sheet and the video
to create this project for FREE!

The Gallery is set up for us not only to share our projects with you, but you to upload and share your creativity too!
Forums are available to discuss anything from "how did you do that?" to a cozy, intimate and inviting environment to meet new stamping friends and share your ideas. They will be loaded with videos - not only those on stamping techniques, card making, MDS, The Big Shot, etc., but those on blogging, social media, email marketing, SEO tips (how to be found on the web) and more!

How to Join!

To learn about the registrations process, please CLICK HERE to read this quick tutorial on how to sign up for our new site! It is a two-step process - complete the registration form and a message will appear for you to continue and go to the Paid Subscriptions page (payment form).

What To Expect!

  • New videos and tutorials will be added weekly! Watch for special events like “World Card Making Day”, or our "Stamp Down to Christmas" event! We are very excited to share our love of stamping and equally passionate about helping your build your business and grow an online presence.
  • This content is exclusive to our members only. ***Please do not share our content with the public e-World (blogs, online groups, private online classes, Facebook, social media sites, etc.), submit to contests, or redistribute in any form as Stamping and Blogging is a private, membership-style, exclusive site. Thank you for you cooperation!
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