Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Time to Begin Creating your Valentine's Day cards

  • Heartfelt Stamp Set
  • Stampin' Up! Detailed Heart Dies
  • Does becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Beckon You?  Read to the End.

Stampin' Up! Heartfelt Stamp Set

This was such a fun card to create!  I love the release of a new catalog and the excitement of trying all of the new playthings Stampin' Up! creates for our joy.  Today's I broke out the new Detailed Hearts Die to create this Valentine or Anniversary Card.  I looked at the calendar and realized that we're only 5 weeks (just 38 days!) away from Valentine's Day, and I need to start making my cards. I could have created a watercolor background under the Detailed Hearts Die, but I realized that I had the Artisan Textures Stamp Set that I hadn't yet used, and this looks like the perfect opportunity.  Also, I was thinking ahead to holding a class including this card, and while you could easily create a watercolor background, I felt the Artisan Texture Stamp would create a more consistent background.    

The basecard is Thick Whisper White.  Then another layer of Whisper White.  I stamped off Flirty Flamingo ink and stamped the largest image in the Artisan Textures Stamp Set to create a textured background on the Whisper White layer.            

I cut another piece of Whisper White using the Detailed Hearts Die.  This single die creates both hearts.  I grabbed my silicon mat and a sponge and added glue to a sponge.  I turned my Detailed Hearts to the backside on top of my Silicon Mat, and used the Stampin' Sponge to dab glue onto the back of my Detailed Hearts.  I could have also used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen, but decided in the interest of time that sponging glue would be faster.   When I finished, I cleaned my Silicon Mat by running it under warm water and rolling off the glue with a paper towel.  

I then created a bow out of Whisper White 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon and added it to my card.  I selected the Stitched Be Mine Dies and used the die that cuts both these hearts at the same time.  I cut them out of Flirty Flamingo Cardstock.        

To complete my card, I selected a sentiment from the Heartfelt Stamp Set, inked it with Versamark, and covered it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.  After setting the Embossing Powder with my Heat Tool, I popped it up on Dimensionals and added it to the front of my card.    

I love the soft, airy look of this card.  You'll want to take a look at the entire From My Heart Suite on page 8-10 and the Heart To Heart Bundle on page 12 in the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.  I appreciate that Stampin' Up! gives us items that coordinate across different stamp sets and different suites.    You'll Love What YOU Make with this suite.  If you don't have a demonstrator and want a copy of the new, January - June 2020 Mini catalogcontact me.   I would love to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.   


  • Stamps: Heartfelt Stamp Set (Sentiment), Artisan Textures (Texture background)
  • Ink:   Flirty Flamingo, Versamark
  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo 
  • Accessories:  Stitched Be Mine Dies, Detailed Heart Die, 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, White Emboss Powder. Multipurpose Glue 

To learn more about any of these items, click the photo of the items and you'll see more information in my online store.

Join us for the Painted Poppies Card Class-January 12, 2020

For many of us, the new year is a time to try something new as one of our New Year's goals.  Or, you want to get better at a hobby you enjoy.  Maybe you've opened your 2020 yearly calendar and decided this is the year you're going to send birthday cards to every one of your family members, relatives, and close friends.  Start the year right by attending this fun card class.  Celebrations happen all year long and you know you'll need greeting cards for many different special occasions.   

January 12, 2020
1:30 - 5:30 pm
Painted Poppies Card Class #15
Your hand-made cards are very meaningful to your friends and family.  Start this year by creating these 6 cards, which you can use as samples or templates to make more cards on your own. The Peaceful Poppies Suite we're using for this class is one of newest, hot stamp and die sets from the Stampin' Up! January-June 2020 Mini Catalog, introduced January 3.  This suite includes two stamp sets and two sets of coordinating dies, plus designer series papers and accessories.  This class gives you the opportunity to use all of this suite.  You'll finish this class with a collection of beautiful cards.  And, you'll feel more comfortable with all of the many pieces in this suite.   

In this class, we'll make the cards in the photo below.  Six full-size cards where you'll use stamp sets, papers, and embellishments from the latest Stampin' Up! catalog, the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog.  These are great handmade cards to use when you want to send a special message to friends, or family, or need a thank-you for a special holiday hostess that you still need to send a Thank You card. 

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Join us for a relaxing Sunday afternoon to create these 6 beautiful cards. New stampers, experienced stampers, and other Stampin' Up! demonstrators are always welcome. It's a great way to create samples, share ideas and learn from each other. We have a great bunch of stampers who enjoy joking and laughing while stamping the afternoon away.     

We're using an assortment of Stampin' Up! stamps sets, die cuts and foils on these cards, and you'll want to take a closer look at each of the cards we're making in this class.  

Click here to register for the class

Class size is limited.  So register now.  Your class fee of $30 for these projects will include precut materials and embellishments.  

Can't make the class?  If you already have the stamps, punches and dies, just order the Class To Go:  You'll receive a precut kit you'll stamp on your own along with cutting instructions, card recipes and how to assemble your cards. Use your PayPal account to pay.  Or, if you prefer, message me through my Meetup site, and ask me to issue you a PayPal invoice for the class.    

Shop from the new catalog.  Earn Sale-A-Bration Rewards 

The January-June 2020 Mini Catalog is live, and customers can begin placing orders for all-new Spring-themed merchandise.  And from now until March 31, when you shop, you'll earn Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Rewards.

For each $50 or 100 purchase (less tax and shipping), you'll be able to select free selections from the Sale-A_Bration Brochure.  And if your order is $300+ (less tax and shipping) you'll also get the Free Sale-A-Bration Host set, called Little Ladybug.  Pinterest is full of samples using this ultra-cute set.

Sale-A-Bration...The Best time to Join Stampin' Up! 

Is your imagination dreaming of the wonderful cards you'll create with sets from the new catalog?  I know I can hardly sit still when I'm waiting for my first catalog order to arrive. I keep fidgeting, checking Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook to see who's already posting new card ideas.  I feel like a tiny, little, compact kernel of popcorn, with magic trapped inside that when agitated, bursts to create something marvelously desirable. "Just get me my new catalog order!", I whisper to no-one under my breath.  I straighten my craft room--a little...well, very little-- and, desperately check the progress of my Stampin' Up! shipment with UPS.  

When it arrives, I feel light and smiley and too full of excitement as I know I'm going to enjoy every minute unboxing and using my new items.  Every stamp set is the beginning of a new journey, and my heart races.  My craft room claims me as I immerse myself in a temporary feeling of bliss.

If you're excitement overwhelms you, like it does me, and you want it all with each new catalog launch, you're the partner I want on my team.  And you really need to shop with a discount.   If your order from the new catalog is over $99, you'll save by joining Stampin' Up! during Sale-A-Bration (January 3- March 31), you'll earn a 20-25% discount on future orders, plus you'll receive these extras, shown below, when you Join my Team.     

Start the new year off with a bang!  Don't play it safe!  Get excited about your hobby.  I intend to have excitement until the day I fall over! Become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator between January 3-March 31, 2020, and your Starter Kit will include:

  • a Starter Kit worth $125 for $99 - with items YOU select from the catalog
  • The 6" X 6" Designer Series Paper Sampler of papers from the January-June 2020 Mini Catalog (48 sheets, 12 double-sided designs)
  • Mini Paper Cutter.  Dimensions:  7-5/8" X 5-3/8"
  • a stamp set of your choice from current catalogs (except Sale-A-Bration sets or hostess sets)

Take a look at the Join My Team tab on my blog.  Its full of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers to help you decide if becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is right for you.

Want more motivation for creating cards?  Join my Meetup Site and you'll receive notification of my upcoming classes.

Quick Links:  


Donna Ross
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator
Private Classes for 1 or a small group of friends:  http://cardmaking.meetup.com/71/
To place an order: Place an on-line order through my Stampin' Up! store - 24/7 Shopping 

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