Nailed It

Today’s card is one I designed for my son’s 25th birthday this past Saturday.

He has always loved tools! And that is no exaggeration –  By 3 he could tell you the names of all the heavy equipment on the side of the roads and the tools at Sears – he loved looking around the tool department with his dad when they picked up things to work around the house.  “I’m going out to work in the yard with Norm” he’d say as he headed out to play or build that gazebo after watching Norm on New Yankee Workshop. (I could tell you how to build that gazebo after watching it till the VHS tape was worn out. LOL!) When he got a bit older he was thrilled when he actually got to meet Norm Abram and get a autograph at a Atlanta Woodworking Show! Sigh…. the years have passed quickly.

(You can see how he has used those skills in my posts over the years. Most recently with my Classroom remodel HERE.)

So you can see why when I saw this set in the Occasions Catalog I just knew I had to have it! And since it comes in a money saving bundle (144734/144735) I saved 10% too! And don’t you love the Urban Underground Embellishments (142786) that are perfect for this set?

I loved the way it turned out so much that this card was also part of my March Card Class. Good news I’ve created a different card using the Nailed It bundle that I will use for my April Card Class since this one was such a hit with everyone. So why not sign up for April’s Card Class HERE and join us?


Stamp Set: Nailed It (14074/143077) and Better Together (141733/141736)

Inks: Basic Black Archival Ink (140931), Basic Gray Archival Ink (140932). and Delightful Dijon Classic Ink (138327)

Paper: Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper (142783), Delightful Dijon (138338) and Very Vanilla Card Stock (101650)

Accessories: Build It Framelits Dies (143230), Urban Underground Embellishments (142786),  Blender Pens (102845), Watercolor Pencils (141709) and Delightful Dijon 5/8″ Mini Striped Ribbon (141430)


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Everyday Hero & tons more!

Recently I was able to get together with my Kathleen and her team for some stamping fun and so I thought I’d share some of the project that we made together along with some of the swaps we did.

The first card I’m sharing with you is a swap from Maria using the Everyday Hero stamp set (143080). Maria used our Watercolor Pencils to color this adorable super hero and the Gold Wink of Stella (141898) to color win the WOW so it sparkles.

More swapping fun included cards from Lorraine and Susan using the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle of products (144728).

If you haven’t already gotten this bundle it’s a great one! Lots of fantastic ideas are out there – the options are endless!

And of course who doesn’t love the Beautiful You stamp set 143004/143637) that Teresa used for her card.

And Linda who is new to the team used the Layering Love stamp set (141962/141965) along with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (141654) to create this soft lovely card.

She used the Decorative Label Punch (120907) for the end of the banner in a different way – She slipped the card stock into the punch and through the hole so that she only cut one end of the card stock – cool, right?

I just love the versatility of punches!

And finally some of our Make n Takes that I stamped. First this cute little 3d boat made using the Window Box Thinlits Die (142762). Wouldn’t these be great done in red, white and blue for Memorial Day?

And a card using using the Window Shopping Bundle (144742/144743) which includes the same Thinlits, but using it in a different way.

And I love this Suite of products – the Urban District found on page 47 of the Occasions Catalog contains some wonderful coordinating products that include two stamp sets, Designer Series Paper and embellishments! Wow – great for the guys in our lives and so many other uses too.

And finally a Sale-a-bration project using the So Very Much stamp set (143340/143343) that you can earn for free until March 31st.

I loved this emboss resist technique using the 2016 In Colors so much that I’m sending this card out this month to say thank you when you place an order!

Whew! what did I tell you lots of sharing and inspiring going on.  Stamping with my fellow demonstrators is one of the things I enjoy most – it’s a time to gather, learn and inspire each other. And I’ve made some wonderful friendships in my stamping journey because I’m part of the community of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

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Join the Blue Mountain Stampers

What are the Blue Mountain Stampers?

That’s the name of our stamping community. I enjoy welcoming new members to our group. We’re from all over. If you’re considering joining Stampin’ Up!, you may have questions about how I would support you as part of my team. I do offer a variety of ways to learn, grow and to have FUN as a Blue Mountain Stamper!

  • Exclusive Team Resource Page – videos, PDFs and more
  • Exclusive Face book Group – A great way to share and connect with other team members and share
  • Swapping Opportunities
  • Team Retreats
  • Meetings – both local and online/virtual
  • Recognition & Incentives
  • Training available for workshops, clubs, classes and more!
  • Additional support and business coaching available

We have a very activity group that share and answer each other’s questions on our Exclusive face book group.  If you’re looking for fun, a place to grow and share with others…You’ll fit right in!

Hobbyists are welcome!

  • Did you know?  90% of my Blue Mountain Stampers’ are Happy Shoppers – purchasing for themselves, (along with their family and friends.)  That’s right…you can just get a discount on products you love!
  • We welcome the hobbyist who’s looking to be a “happy shopper” (and save money), as well as those of you that want to build a business (and make money).
  • Everyone is welcome after all there’s room for both and everyone in between.

When you join during the Sale-a-Bration promotion, not only will you get the fabulous starter kit for only $99 (and free shipping), but you also get to choose TWO FREE STAMP SETS (that’s an additional value up to $104!)

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Lucky Elephant

When I first saw this stamp set in the Occasions Catalog I wasn’t sure about it – but when I saw this swap card yep, I knew I needed to add it to my wish list!

Anita used the color pallet found in the Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper. Rich and bold I think this makes a gorgeous card!

And with the Ringling Bros. Circus holding it’s final performances in May this year it is a timely stamp for me. I remember all those field trips as a child going to the circus in Milwaukee and being fascinated by all the colors and sounds. I guess, since Baraboo Wisconsin was home to The Ringling Bros. Circus from 1884 thru 1918 and the museum, Circus World was created from this original home for them in the 50’s there is a definite connection to the circus for my family and those in the area.

On a personal note I’m heading out to a retreat for the weekend in Jasper and I don’t know what the internet will be like there so I may not be posting tomorrow.


Stamp Set: Lucky Elephant (142936/142939)

Inks: Basic Black Archival Ink (140931)

Paper: Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper (142783), Delightful Dijon (138338), Basic Black (121045) and Very Vanilla Card stock (101650)

Accessories: Project Life Labels Framelits Dies (135707) and Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder (143231)

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Winter Weekend Retreat & More

This past weekend I held my Annual Winter Weekend retreat for my team – a fun weekend of fun, fellowship and stamping, of course. Today I thought I’d share some pictures we took during the 3 day event.

This first one is our team name tags for the tables and an extra special little goodie bag.

The bag contained these wonderful Team Aprons.

Here is our team photo from the retreat. I feel so blessed – they are the best team members!

We always have a Shoe box Swap on Saturday and so today I thought I’d share with you some of the wonderful cards everyone designed for the swap.

This first card is Cindy’s – I just love the way that she used the Urban Underground Designer Series Paper. A great  use of this paper since it is so masculine at first glance.

And how about this card Mary made using the Oh So Succulent stamp set (142992) and coordinating Framelits Dies (142757).

And this soft and lovely card that Deborah brought was made using the Avant Garden stamp set (143272) from the Sale-a-bration Catalog. This set is is just one of the FREE items you earn a Sale-a-bration item with a minimum $50 purchase.

Melanie designed this fun Valentine card using the Sealed with Love stamp set (142815) and coordinating Love Notes Framelits Dies (142752).

I love sparkle – So this fun card from Marni using the Balloon Adventures stamp set (14823) and Balloon Pop-up Thinlits Dies (142753) fills the bill and is so classic too with it’s color choice.

And this final card that Anna made is bright and cheerful – It used the really cool Celebrations Duo Embossing Folder (142760).

It’s so quick and easy to create this card with the debossed impression folders – just add some ink and voila!

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You’ll make 3 projects – learn a technique, fancy fold and more!

Everything is included except your favorite Adhesives

Class Bundle includes the Clear Mount Lift Me Up stamp set and Up & Away Thinlits Dies from the NEW Occasions Catalog! Along with the Carried Away Designer Series Paper.

Saturday, February 4th at 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Class Bundle Fee: $66

Class only: $33


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