A Paper Pumpkin Designed by Our CEO!

Get April’s Paper Pumpkin Designed by Our CEO!

Wow – now here’s a chance at an exclusive!  Get a Paper Pumpkin designed by our very own Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass!  Sara has designed the April edition of Paper Pumpkin!

A Paper Pumpkin Designed by Our CEO


Sara herself describes the kit as ‘bold, vibrant, artistic – and with a little bit of sass!’  (I think that’s kinda like Sara herself!)  I can’t wait to see what she’s designed – how about you?

As if a Paper Pumpkin kit designed by our CEO, Sara  is not reason enough to sign up, there’s more! She’s including a FREE gift inside every April box! We’re keeping it a surprise, but you won’t want to miss it – I know I don’t!

Why You Want to Join Paper Pumpkin

Well, of course the April kit itself is going to be very special, what with being designed by Sara Douglass, and including a FREE gift! But there’s a lot more reasons WHY you’ll  love your Paper Pumpkin subscription:

  • The convenience of an all-inclusive kit arriving at your door every month.
  • Exclusive photopolymer stamp sets and the opportunity to build a collection.
  • Crafting time you can count on without a lot of prep work.
  • Trying new techniques.
  • Creating alternate projects with all the goodies in the box.
  • Getting together with friends to craft every month.
  • Purchasing past kits and refills so the fun never ends.
  • The quality of the products and variety of projects each month.
  • Sharing ideas with a community of online crafters.
  • The surprise factor!

An Extra Perk for Pre-Paid Subscriptions

Sign up for a Pre-Paid Subscription before March 31st, and instantly qualify for a FREE SALE-A-BRATION item!

Pay only $74 (a $4 savings) for your 3 month Paper Pumpkin subscription before March 31st, and you’ll receive the April, May and June Paper Pumpkin kits, PLUS a Free Sale-A-Bration item, PLUS the FREE gift in April’s Paper Pumpkin kit!

How To Sign Up

For a Pre-Paid Subscription, you can either contact me to place your order, or ORDER ONLINE in my store, which is open 24/7.

For a 1 Month subscription, CLICK THIS LINK to place your order –  you’ll be signing up to receive the April kit, which will ship around April 15th.  You’ll receive an email when it ships 🙂

It’s a Win, no matter how you sign up!


More Card Sharing with Friends

More Card Sharing With Friends

Welcome back, stamping friend!  I’m back, as promised, to continue with more card sharing with friends.  A couple of weeks ago, Margaret, one of my team members, held a card swap for friends.  We each created 12 cards; 6 each of 2 different designs.  Then, we swapped our cards with each other, explaining what we used and how to create each card.

So far I’ve shared my cards in THIS POST, and THIS POST, and one other set of cards in THIS POST.

Today I’m going to speed things up a bit, and share 4 cards!

Detailed Die Cuts

more card sharing with friends

This card was made by Colleen, who happens to also be a lovely client of mine, as well as a good friend of Margaret’s.  Colleen loves detailed die cuts, as you can see by her use of the frame and shoe, both by Tattered Lace.  You may recognize the little butterflies, which are from the retired Stampin’ Up! Sizzlits .  (I still have these, too – I just love butterflies of all sizes!).  Also, you may be able to see the new Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper in Bermuda Bay behind the white oval – isn’t it gorgeous?  The rhinestones add some extra bling 🙂

Happy Birthday Fancy Die Cut

detailed die cuts - more card sharing with friends

How about this fancy dress die cut for a Happy Birthday!?  Like I said before, just because I’m a die-hard Stampin’ Up! gal, doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate the lovely dies and sets created by other companies 🙂  I love Colleen’s combination of purples with the silver foil and glimmer, and the pearls to add to the sleek shine.  This dress makes me think of the ’50’s ‘flapper’ dresses!

Rose Garden Thinlits

more card sharing with friends Rose Garden Thinlits

The beautiful Rose Garden Thinlits take centre stage on this beautiful monochromatic card in blue and white!  This card, and the next one, were created by Denise, who is a niece of Margaret.  I wonder if Denise has joined the Stampin’ Up! family yet – she is going to decide before the end of March, so she can take advantage of the awesome 2 FREE STAMP SETS during the Sale-A-Bration Sign Up promotion!  Smart lady, Denise is! 🙂  To read more about the promotion, READ THIS post – maybe you’d like to join my team!

Denise created the card base of Night of Navy cardstock, then created 2 layers with the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  The large rose die cut is attached in the middle; you can’t see it in the picture, but Denise added some Clear Wink of Stella to the middle of the rose for a beautiful shimmer.  By using the ‘for you’ sentiment means that this card can be used for a lot of different occasions.

Modern Mosaic

more card sharing with friends - modern mosaic

Do you remember when this beautiful modern mosaic designer series paper came out, along with coordinating stamp set, embossing folder and punch?  I still have the embossing folder and punch 🙂  You can see the Summer Starfruit Ribbon on this card; it is a retired In Colour from about 2 years ago, I think.  The sentiment is from a current stamp set, Balloon Adventures.

So you See…

…it doesn’t matter whether you’re all Stampin’ Up!, or you mix and match with other brands, or even mix current with retired.  You’ll still come out with beautiful projects that are perfect for sharing with friends!  I still have a few more sets to share with you, so make sure you come back again to see them.  Until next time, I hope you have a good time stamping!


Sharing Cards with Friends


I’m back today with some more Sharing Cards with Friends!  If you’ve been reading my blog lately, you may remember that last Friday, one of my team members held a fun card swap with friends.  I shared the 2 cards that I made; today I’m here to share a couple of cards made by one of the other ladies.  If you didn’t see my earlier posts, you can read them HERE and HERE.


Card Sharing with Friends

I was so happy to see that someone else loves this set as much as I do!  While she didn’t use the coordinating Special Reason stamp set wasn’t used for the card, good use was made of the Stylish Stems Framelits Dies.  And – she used the Sweet Sugarplum cardstock, just like I did.  Great minds think alike, right?  (and we had never met before that evening).  The great part is that this nice lady has just recently signed up as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and is loving it! How cool is that?!  If you look carefully behind the flower die cuts, you can see that she used the Falling in Love Designer Paper to give extra colour and dimension to the flowers.


Sharing Cards with Friends

This adorable card features one of my favourite sentiments from a retired stamp set, called “Tea Shoppe“.  In fact, I still have this set; it’s from 2012, and features images of tea cups and half a dozen lovely sentiments.  The paper and embossing folder used aren’t Stampin’ Up!, but can you spot the colours?  They’re Blushing Bride and Pool Party – a gorgeous combination!

Yes, I am pretty much a ‘Stampin’ Up! Only’ kinda gal when it comes to my own creations (it makes good business sense, I think), but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a pretty paper, etc. when I see it 🙂

I have a lot more cards to share with you, but I don’t want to overload you will them all at once!  Don’t worry, I’ll be back tomorrow to share some more.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in becoming a part of my Team, and enjoying fun times like this – you should do it!  Seriously – we get together at least quarterly, spend some quality stamping time together, swap stories, share business ideas and stamping tips – and have fun!  While you are welcome to join at any time, if you decide to join before March 31st, you will be able to choose 2 FREE STAMP SETS of your choice, and add them to your Starter Kit.  Plus, there’s no shipping!  To read more about why you should join my team, READ THIS PAGE, and then click the link to JOIN.

Until next time, happy stamping!




PCC234 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

PCC234 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge!

You’ve really been rocking our challenges lately. I always have fun seeing your projects, and reading how you created them.  I know you’ll like this week’s PCC234 Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge with the Design Team.

PCC234 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

The fun elements included in this sketch, along with the blank space, give you lots of room for creativity.  I pulled out one of my favourite stamp set, Beautiful You, for my card.


PCC234 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge


To incorporate the Designer Paper panel at the top into my design, I used the leafy branch design from the Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack.  I love the photo realism in these patterns.  Using this design makes  it appear as if my stamped lady is dancing under the leaves.

First I stamped the Beautiful You image onto the panel of Whisper White cardstock in Memento Black ink.  To tie in the colours of the DSP and cardstock, I decided to do a technique called ‘paper piecing’.  By stamping the image 2 more times onto another pattern from the Serene Scenery DSP, I was able to hand cut and layer the dress and hat.

With the first layer, the entire dress and hat were cut out, and attached over top of the stamped image with Mini Glue Dots.  For the next layer, I hand cut the skirt and hat just on the inside of the stamped lines, and layered them again with Mini Glue Dots.  Doing this gave extra layers of dimension, and makes the image ‘pop’ off of the page.

PCC234 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

PCC234 Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

After creating the image, I added the dots from the Timeless Textures stamp set in Delightful Dijon ink.


Next came the layering.   First, the leaf patterned DSP is  glued to the stamped panel.  Next, retired Gold Cording Trim is wound around the top, and tied off into a bow.  The banners in Delightful Dijon and Serene Scenery DSP are attached over top of that, with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The Delightful Dijon cardstock is embossed with the Elegant Dots embossing folder.  Each of the banner ends were created by using the Banner Triple Punch.  2 leaves are die cut in Old Olive cardstock using the Stylish Stems Framelits, and the sentiment is stamped in Delightful Dijon ink .  Finally, they are all layered over the banners.


Now it’s your turn to create a card and enter into the challenge!  First you’ll want to head over to the Paper Craft Crew blog page, and check out the amazing cards done by the rest of the Design Team.  Then, create your card and link it to the challenge.  I’ll be looking forward to seeing your card!

To order the products used for creating this card, click on the images below, and you’ll go directly to my online store for shopping (if you don’t already have your own demonstrator).



Stylish Stems Card Swap


Today I’m back to share with you my Stylish Stems card swap card.  Yesterday, I shared my 1st card swap, made with the High Tide stamp set.  If you missed that post, you can CLICK HERE TO READ IT.

It’s funny that one of the other swap members, who recently joined as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, used the same Stylish Stems Framelits and the Special Reason stamp set – yet our cards were different.  I’ll be sharing her card in my next post.


Stylish Stems Card Swap

When I first got the Special Reason stamp set last November, at the Regional On Stage Convention, I admit – it wasn’t my favourite, at the time.  I was too smitten after seeing the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set!  However, after I saw so many terrific samples using it with the coordinating Stylish Stems Framelits, I just had to get the Framelits, too.  You definitely want to take advantage of the fact that you can Bundle the 2 together, and save 10% off the combined purchase price!

Pairing this set with the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper is my favourite. Especially when I add in the exclusive Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper – it just makes it POP!


The large flower is die cut into a panel of Shimmery White cardstock, using the Big Shot.  I stamped the smaller flowers on Whisper White, in Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum and Tip Top Taupe ink.  The sentiment is in Sweet Sugarplum ink, and the frame in Tip Top Taupe.  Using the Big Shot and Stylish Stems Framelits, the flowers, sentiment and frame are all die cut.

A strip of Succulent Garden DSP is layered down the right side of the die cut panel.  Next a length of Sweet Sugarplum 3/8″ Ruched Ribbon is layered beside it.  The Glimmer Paper in Sweet Sugarplum is die cut using the flower outline from the Stylish Stems Framelits, and placed behind the die cut.

Stylish Stems card swap

In the picture above, you can see the continuation of the sentiment on the inside of the card.  Finally, a stamped flower in Sweet Sugarplum ink in the bottom corner is added.


Did you know that you can purchase my cards?  I do make a lot of cards, and if you see a card design you like, you can buy it!  All you have to do is send me an email at debsmart@shaw.ca, and we’ll work out the details.  If I only have a sample card and you need more than 1, I will make them up for you.  Of course, you can always purchase the products I used to make my cards by clicking on the images below.  You’ll go straight to my online store, where you can shop 24/7.



Card Swap with Friends


One of my team members, Margaret, hosted a Card Swap with friends on Friday evening.  There were 6 of us in total, and we each created 12 cards; 6 each of 2 designs.  I had such a fun time, I just have to share 🙂

Of course I know Margaret, and another of my other team members , Lynn was there too.  It’s always nice to make new friends!  It’s even more fun when they have the same interest as you do – in this case, stamping!

I loved seeing how everyone has their own ‘style’.   It’s interesting how we can use the same tools, but each create something different.  Each of us shared how we started stamping, and how we knew Margaret.  As we exchanged cards, we explained what we used to make them, and any special techniques used.


This card uses the High Tide stamp set.   The background is created by using Sponges and ink pads, and masking off areas while stamping and sponging.

Card Swap with Friends - High Tide

Creating a scene to set a mood with this stamp set is easy.  I chose to do the lighthouse on a stormy day. I had seen a similar card on Pinterest, and had to make my own!   The whitecaps on the waves are made with my white Gel pen, and the rain is made with the lines image in the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.  The colours are Pacific Point and Island Indigo for the water and sky.  The sand is Crumb Cake ink, and the lighthouse is Memento Black ink and Cherry Cobbler.

You definitely want to do the masking off of the lighthouse after you’ve stamped, so that you don’t see the water through it!  The fact that the lighthouse is a 2 step stamp also creates a more realistic looking lighthouse.

This is a picture of the cards:

Card Swap with Friends - High Tide


Did you know that you can purchase the cards I make?  That’s right – I do make a lot of cards, and if you see a design that you like, just send me an email at debsmart@shaw.ca, and we’ll deal with the details.


I’ll be back tomorrow to share my other design.  I still have to take pictures of all of the swap cards I received.  As soon as I get that done, I’ll share them, too.

If you want to be part of a fun group of stamping friends, get free stamps when you sign up, and a constant 20% discount on your purchases, you really should consider joining my team!  It’s an awesome deal right now.   For more info about the freebies and to join, READ THIS INFORMATION.  I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the team 🙂



Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge – Which Row Will You Choose?


I’ve always loved a good game of Tic-Tac-Toe, and today’s challenge with the Paper Craft Crew is no different!  To take part, all you have to do is choose one row; horizontal, vertical or diagonal, and include those items in your project.

Here is the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge board:


Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge for Paper Craft Crew

My Tic-Tac-Toe Choice:

I chose the diagonal line, from top left to bottom right – Lace, Shabby Chic and Insect.  Now, I’m the first to admit that Shabby Chic is NOT in my repertoire of go-to styles!  This was indeed a challenge for me!  Let’s see what you think of my card:

Shabby Chic Tic-Tac-Toe challenge


I was going to use the beautiful Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim on my card, but instead I chose to use the Delicate Details stamp set, which I got for FREE from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  I lined up 2 of the lace images on my large block, and stamped in Versamark ink.  Immediately I covered the Versamark images in Whisper White Embossing Powder, and heat set it with my Heat Tool.

Tic Tac Toe challenge


My card base is Sahara Sand cardstock, which I  thought suited the colour theme for ‘shabby chic’.  I randomly stamped the fleur-de-lis image from the Timeless Textures stamp set over the card base in Sahara Sand ink.  Rather than add more brown tones, I decided to use Elegant Eggplant.  Still a darker colour for shading, but a bit richer than brown, or Early Espresso.

I cut 2 panels of the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack, choosing 2 different patterns.  Each of those were sponged with Elegant Eggplant ink, using a Sponge Dauber.  I also added Elegant Eggplant to the card base, heavily concentrated around the edges, and rubbing across the lace image and the panels of designer paper.

The sentiment is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  It was inked first in Versamark ink, then in Elegant Eggplant ink.  After stamping, I covered it with Clear Embossing Powder, then used the Heat Tool to set it.

Paper Craft Crew Tic Tac Toe challenge


Is a butterfly an insect?  I think it is; okay – according to the online Encyclopedia Britannica, it is!  They’re so pretty, I don’t think of them as insects – which I call bugs! Anyway – my beautiful butterfly is created by using the Butterflies Thinlits.  I used the medium sized thinlit and die cut the butterfly twice; once from Elegant Eggplant cardstock, and a second time from Vellum cardstock.  Demonstrator Tip – you’ll thank yourself if you use the Precision Plate with your Big Shot when die cutting these; the little intricate pieces practically fall out on their own!

The Elegant Eggplant butterfly is attached to the card with Mini Glue Dots, then the Vellum butterfly is attached on top of it.  I only placed the Mini Glue Dots along the body, or thorax, of the Vellum butterfly.  The glue dots were then covered up, and the butterfly decorated, by adding some small Pearl Embellishments, with 1 medium pearl for the head.

Butterflies Thinlits on Tic Tac Toe challenge


Well -you tell me!  Was I successful with my ‘shabby chic’ interpretation?  Leave me a comment, and let me know! 🙂

Next, I want to see YOUR success – go to the Paper Craft Crew Challenge blog page, and see what the rest of the Design Team have created.  Then link up your own card for the challenge – you just may be our next Top Pick!

Best of luck with this Tic-Tac-Toe challenge, PCC233.  I’ll be watching for your card!


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SALE-A-BRATION Celebration with the Blogging Friends Blog Hop

It’s SALE-A-BRATION CELEBRATION, with the new Blogging Friends Blog Hop!

Welcome to our March blog hop, where we are having a SALE-A-BRATION CELEBRATION!  The first 3 months of each year are always fun, because it’s time to get FREE products!  This year is no different, with so many fun products to choose from.  Since there are so many to choose from, this hop we’ll each be sharing our favourites.


In case you haven’t taken a blog hop before, this is how it works.  Each blog is linked to the one next in line, so all you have to do is keep clicking on the ‘Continue’ button at the end of each post, and you’ll go all the way through all of the participating blogs.  Easy peasy!


This stamp set was one of the first sets I ordered!  Here in Vancouver, with our generally mild weather year-round, you can always find food trucks, with the most tasty dishes!

Sale-a-Bration Celebration stamp set Tasty Trucks

This is such a fun set!  You can change it up to be a hotdog or taco truck, as well as the cupcakes.


The truck, cupcakes and flags are stamped on a panel of Whisper White cardstock in Archival Black ink.  I stamped the awning a second time on a separate piece, and added it to the truck with Mini Glue Dots after colouring it with the Bermuda Bay Watercolour Pencil and Real Red Stampin’ Write Marker.  It gives the truck a fun 3D look 🙂  The rest of the colouring is done using the Watercolour Pencils and a Blender Pen.   I chose to use Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Real Red, Early Espresso, Basic Gray and Daffodil Delight.

A friend and fellow demo, Buffy Cooper, shared a trick to make the windows look like glass – use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to fill in the window area, and let it dry!  Have a look at this picture – you can see the ‘glass’:

Sale-A-Bration Celebration stamp set Tasty Trucks

Thanks for sharing that tip, Buffy!  I think it looks really cool – and in person you can feel the smooth texture, too.  I may go back and add some to the icing on the cupcakes!


Do you think you have enough floral stamp sets?  Well, think again! 🙂  The lovely Avant Garden stamp set, available only through Sale-A-Bration, should be on your list.

Sale-A-Bration Celebration Avant Garden Sale-a-Bration stamp set

To show you how gorgeous this set is, I decided to copy a sample that is in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.


Starting with a panel of Whisper White cardstock, I stamped the watercolour floral image 4 times; twice each in Peekaboo Peach ink and So Saffron ink.  Stamping half of them upside down makes it appear to be a bouquet of flowers.  The leaves are then added in Pear Pizzazz ink.

Sale-A-Bration Celebration Avant Garden Sale-a-Bration stamp set

The sentiment is stamped onto a length of Sahara Sand cardstock in Sahara Sand ink.  I decided to add some of the dots to the sentiment piece, as well as the floral panel.  Adding these dots, the Subtle Colour Candy Dots and the extra layer of Pear Pizzazz cardstock is my way of taking the sample card, and making it more my own.  Instead of the Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine that is in the sample, so I chose the Linen Thread for the bow.

Moving On:

I’d love to read your comment on what you like best about Sale-A-Bration, my cards, and what are your favourite free products!  Next, you’ll want to click on the Continue button below, to carry on with the rest of the Sale-A-Bration Celebration blog hop.  Have fun, and enjoy the creative projects!


Make a Medallion Stamp Set

Hello stamping friend!  I’m sure by now you’ve checked out the new Sale-A-Bration products that have been added; if not, READ THIS POST for the details.  One of the new favourites is the Make A Medallion stamp set.

This beautiful set has 2 large medallion pieces that you can use separately, or layer for a more intricate medallion.  You can also use the smaller detail images to add to your image, and the 3 sentiment stamps to personalize your project.

Make a Medallion stamp set


Stampin’ Up! has a new video showcasing how to use this set.  There are also some beautiful samples they made, to provide you with inspiration!


There are ONLY 31 DAYS LEFT OF SALE-A-BRATION  –  get your order in soon!  As the final date approaches, items may run out!  To qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product all you need is any order of $60.  You can choose from any of the existing or new Sale-A-Bration items, and any type of order qualifies.  That means you can order from the Annual or Occasion catalogues, as well as the Clearance Rack.

Place  your order by clicking on my signature below, or on the photo of the Make A Medallion set.



A Balloon Adventures Birthday Celebration

Balloon Adventures is, I think, the quintessential birthday stamp set!  It has everything you need for a great celebration – images of balloons, confetti, balloon strings that are curly & swirly; and some of the best birthday sentiments I’ve seen in a long time.  Yes, this set truly makes me happy 🙂  I’m sure that’s why I chose to use it to make my youngest son’s birthday card.

In case you don’t believe me (or think that I may be prone to exaggeration), here’s what the stamp set looks like:

Balloon Adventures stamp set

See – I wasn’t exaggerating!  And to really want to make a ‘wow’ card with this set, Bundle it up with the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits, and save yourself 10%!

balloon adventures & Balloon Pop up thinlits

As I had used the Balloon Pop Up Thinlits in January for our eldest son, I chose to not use them again on this card.  Instead, I used the Balloon Bouquet Punch for my balloons.

Balloon Adventures Birthday Card:

Balloon Adventures birthday celebration card

The Party Animal Suite of products really help to kick off the party!


I pulled my colour palette from the Party Animal Designer Series Paper Stack. 3 panels, each with different patterns,were cut &  layered onto a panel of Emerald Envy cardstock.  I wound a length of Emerald Envy 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon around the top of the panel, and tied it off into a bow.  A little party hat – a cute painted silver embellishment from the Party Animal Embellishments, was tied onto the ribbon.  The front panel is attached to the Pacific Point cardstock base  using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Balloon Adventures Birthday card

Each balloon is stamped onto Whisper White cardstock; one each in Pacific Point, Emerald Envy and Tangerine Tango.  The Balloon Bouquet Punch made quick work of punching them out!  I added a string of retired Silver Cording Trim added to the back, and each was attached to the panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals.    Using Emerald Envy ink,the banner outline is stamped onto Whisper White cardstock, the sentiment then added in Pacific Point ink.

Let's Celebrate - a birthday with Balloon Adventures

The balloon strings are held down behind the banner with a Stampin’ Dimensional.  The whole thing is finished off with a cute little die cut bow in Emerald Envy cardstock.  Even a small detail like this bow is easy to achieve with the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits!

He Liked It!

So, that’s the long story behind this card!  The short story is – he liked it! 🙂   I’m not sure whether he saw me making it or not; after all, my crafting area is my dining table.  But, he did say that he liked it, and enjoyed celebrating his birthday all weekend long.

Leave me a comment, and let me know if you liked it!  You can order the products used to make this card by clicking on the product images below.