Guest Artist goes Grunge!

Yep…Linda is back as my guest artist again and this time she does Grunge…Gorgeously!

Check it out.  This was Linda’s second project from our most recent Stamp Camp.  Don’t you wish you could have been there to make one for yourself?   We have a gift camp coming up this Saturday if you’d like to join us.  We’ll make several gift type projects so you can get a jump on your holiday gift planning.

For this project Linda took her inspiration from one of the make and takes from the 2013 Stampin Up Convention.  Linda was lucky enough to attend this year’s 25th Anniversary Convention and brought back lots and lots of ideas and has been busy sharing the inspiration and excitement of her experiences in Salt Lake City.  She also brought back some loot for Cheryl and I in the form of Memento Mall goodies.  Don’t you love friends who bring you gifts from a trip?  Very special.  Will have to dedicate a post just to that sometime soon!   something else she brought back was hundred’s of swaps!   Lucky Linda now has loads of inspiration for those days when the mojo runs dry.  As you can see from this card though…her mojo is just fine!


Gorgeous Grunge - Linda Miller


Here it is paired with a gorgeously grungy envelope too!

Gorgeous Grunge Combo - Linda Miller

Linda has been kind enough to hook us all up with her supply list and directions.


Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grunge, Hello, Lovely

Card Stock: Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Silver Glimmer

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive, Summer Starfruit, Calypso Coral Classic Pad and Marker

Accessories: Whisper White Baker’s Twine 9”, Very Vintage Designer Button, Epic Day This & That Designer Washi Tape, Glue Dots, SNAIL Adhesive, Bone Folder, ” 1 ¾” Circle Punch, Paper Snips, Stamping Sponges, Stamp-a-Ma jig, Simply Scored. Sticky Strip.


  1. Score standard Whisper White card base at 5 ½” with Simply Scored and crease fold with bone folder.
  2. Cut Coastal Cabana Cardstock into an arrow using Paper Snips. Stamp ½ of arrow lengthwise with the stripe stamp inked with Coastal Cabana onto arrow and then adhere Silver Glimmer paper to the back of the arrow to create the border. (may need to use a little Sticky Strip to get it to hold)
  3. Adhere to card front.
  4. Stamp off the spatter images from Gorgeous Grunge in Bermuda Bay and Summer Starfruit ink on scrap paper, then stamp on the card front and envelope without re-inking the stamp.
  5. Ink the “Hello, Lovely” sentiment from Hello Lovely using a Calypso Coral Stampin’ Write marker and stamp onto Crisp Cantaloupe CS.  Stamp & sign in Crisp Cantaloupe ink and then punch circle out with 1 ¾” Circle punch. Adhere onto card front. (Can use Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up).
  6. Stamp the small arrow in Old Olive ink on Whisper White CS, then cut out the image using Paper Snips. Adhere to Circle on Card front.
  7. Hold the Whisper White  Baker’s Twine on the Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad using a Stampin sponge, then pull the twine through the ink to add color.
  8. Pull twine through Button and tie a bow. Then adhere Very Vintage Button onto card front with Glue Dot.
  9. Tear off Epic Day This & That Designer Washi Tape and adhere it to the card and envelope.

10. Stamp sentiment inside.

11. Don’t forget to decorate your envelope.


Thanks Linda!  Grunge never looked so good!

Until next time….

Hugs and blessings – Jean

P.S. If you missed Linda’s last excellent project you can find it here.


More Cards in the Mail from Convention!

My mailbox runneth over….with more cards in the mail from Convention.  Yep…that’s two out of the 2,984 that created that amazing Guinness World Record for Stampin’ Up!  You can read more about that remarkable achievement here in my previous post.

The friends I’ve made since I took up stamping in 2006 have been amazing.   Close, creative and inspiring.

Karen Huber who sent me this very special & delightful card is one of them.   Karen and I met through Stampin’ Connection (a demonstrator online community site).   And the rest is history.   A fun one involving wacky watercoolers and more!

Blooming With Kindness - Karen Huber - watermarked

After a quick troll through the catalog here’s what I’ve found for Karen’s ingredients.

Stamps:  Blooming with Kindness, Papillon Potpourri

Paper: Afternoon Picnic Designer Series Paper, Very Vanilla, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Coastal Cabana & Wisteria Wonder Cardstocks

Ink: Basic Gray & Wisteria Wonder & Crushed Curry (inside)

Other: Big Shot, Floral Fusion Sizzlit die, Small Butterfly punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Circle Scallop punches, Basic Jewel Rhinestones,  Regals Candy Dots, Basic Gray 1/4″ Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, dimensionals and adhesive.

This is one happening card!   And a labor of love on Karen’s part.  I can see why this was a popular swap card that’s turning up on some pretty cool blogs all over the Stampin’ Up Ether.   Thanks Karen for making me part of a historic event!     Glad you survived Convention even though it involved hobbling on a broken foot!

Here’s another record setting event Karen and many of my Convention friends also took part in:

Convention 2013 Service Project

While it didn’t earn a plaque or other memento it was certainly memorable as 5800 demonstrators came together to build and fill over 2,000 kits for kids who spend their birthdays in a local Children’s Hospital.   That’s a personal record for Stampin’ Up and a wonderful way to fulfill the 25th Convention goal to Be the Difference!    Do you see that wall art from the Children’s ward?   That’s a Wish Tree Stampin’ Up provided with die cut pieces for kids and their families to add their wishes to the tree on the wall in the Children’s ward.   Here’s a few more pictures showing what it’s all about.

Stampin' Up Wishing Wall Tree at Children's Hospital in SLC

Wish medallions on the wishing tree

Wish medallions on the tree

Stampin Up's wish on the wishing tree

Don’t those wishes blow you away?  It certainly does me.  Also makes me proud to be a part of a company that cares and gives back for and from all of us.   Stampin’ Up works during the year to keep the kids craft cupbards filled as well as providing special things like the birthday kits.   Way to Be the Difference Stampin’ Up!

My wish for you and your families is a joy filled life.   And if you find yourself in hospital on a birthday…I hope you find a box with banners and other celebratory goodies waiting to help you make it a better day.   Of course NOT spending your birthday in a hospital would be even better right?

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Card in the mail heralds a world record!

If you hang out in the Stampin’ Up world you’ve probably heard.  Stampin’ Up is the proud owner of a Guinness World Record that was set at our recent annual Convention in Salt Lake City.  Nice achievement to celebrate a 25th Anniversary don’t you think?

So what was the record and what does it have to do with my card in the mail?  So glad you asked…..

Guiness World Record

Did you see…most greeting cards sent  from a single location!

Guiness World Record - Most greeting cards sent from one location - it's official

And of course a nice plaque to hang in the Home Office.

Guinness World Record Plaque

So what did I get?


World Record - Hey There Friend - Deb Naylor - watermarked

My very own card from the thousands (2,984 to be exact) that were sent to set the record.  How’s that for owning a piece of Stampin’ Up history?  I love it!    My heartfelt thanks to friend and fellow demonstrator Deb Naylor for including me in this record setting convention experience.   You can read Deb’s excellent blog here.   Lots of inspiring projects and of course the latest news on Stampin’ Up products.   Stay tuned on her blog for grandkid updates.  Deb’s been visiting in my own home state of Oregon with family.  Here’s hoping her kitties forgive her though I bet they’ve been loving on the housesitter in her absence.  Cats are like that right?

Here’s the Supplies  I’ve sussed out that Deb used in her card.   It was one of her popular swap cards for convention.

Card Details:

Card dimension (folded):  3″ x 6″

Brilliant sizing as it means she got 4 card bases per sheet of Whisper White 12″ x 12″ cardstock.  And it gave her lots of room to play.  Apart from the basic layers the rest uses up scraps.

Layer sizing:

DSP: 3″ x 2″     Cardstock Mat: 2-1/4″ x 3″

Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Paper Pumpkin Welcome Kit stamp (hey there, friend)

Ink: Strawberry Slush In Color Ink Pad

Paper: Whisper White & Strawberry Slush cardstock, Quatrefancy Specialty DSP

Punches: Mosiac, Decorative Label, Extra Large Oval, Large Oval, Scalloped Oval

Other: Big Shot, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Basic Jewel Rhinestones, Dimensionals and adhesive.


So there you have it.   Another installment of Cards in the Mail and a little slice of Stampin’ Up history.   That’s a lot to fit in my mailbox on the highway!

Hugs and blessings to you all – may your week be sunny and filled with joy! –  Jean

Fabulous Florets…far from home…

Hi All,

Summer is finally making an appearance this week in Southern Oregon.  After weeks of hail and rain the sun has finally peeked through and brought some warmer temps to the area.    Wicketcat still isn’t all that trusting when I put her out for her daily dose of Vitamin D.   A couple of weeks ago and again last week she got inadvertently left out during the hail storm to end all hail storms.  Luckily she had shelter under our front deck.  I did go out and try to rescue her but she couldn’t hear me over the sound of the hail and I couldn’t see her.  Granted I also couldn’t see my white truck sitting 20 feet away either!   Check what else got blown in on the spring winds….

Here’s a quick share of a card I received in the mail recently from a friend.

My friend and fellow demonstrator Buffy Cooper surprised me a short while back with a colorful creation using the Summer Mini’s featured set Fabulous Florets.  This stamp set coordinates not only with the new Beyond the Garden Designer Series Paper but also with the Scrappin’ Kit Playful Polka Dots also from the Summer Mini.  To see what else is available from the Summer Mini click on the picture of the mini in the sidebar to download your very own copy.

Oh…and if you are looking for a fab blog to follow click on over to Buffy’s new WordPress blog for fun, inspiration and some neighborly chat Southern style (Buffy’s from Virginia  :D).

Wondering where those tiny scallops came from?  Took me a little bit to figure it out myself.  Buffy used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch and hid all but the little scallop edges under the focal image base.  Neat trick huh?     Oh and do you see the new Flower Garden Embossing Folder peeking out as well?  What a lovely way to add some texture don’t you think?  You know you are loved when you receive a card with numerous hand cut images!   Thanks Miss Buffy.  

I’m guessing a bit as to the supplies but I think this is what Buffy used.

Stamps: Fabulous Florets

Ink: Melon Mambo, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi

Papers: Melon Mambo, Garden Green, Whisper White

Other: 5/8″ Organza Ribbon, Flower Garden Impressions Folder, Big Shot, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Dimensionals


The Summer Mini is in full swing until August 31st.   So many fabulous stamps and new accessories for every taste and style.   Check it out and you’ll be making cards as fun and fabulous as Buffy’s Fabulous Floret sample.  

May your summer ahead be sunny, storm free and full of delicious new stamping goodies…oh and may your mailbox be filled with the fruit of good friends labors too!  

Hugs and blessings to you all…and especially to my friend Buffy.   – Jean


Cards in the Mail…and very dear friends!

Much as I love the “you’ve got mail” ding on my computer I love the real life cards that show up in my mail box even more.  I’m lucky to have so many crafting friends and fellow demo’s that share their talents with me on a regular basis.  Thought I would share a bit of the love over the next couple of weeks….

First up is Florentina Rivas’s Iris Fold Technique card.  Ignore the yellow papers in the background as they aren’t part of Florentina’s wonderful creation but just happened to be sitting on the desk when the picture was taken.  I wish you could see this card in real life as the folds really pop out and the colors are more intense than shown here.  I love the contrast of the hemp twine with the elegance of the scallop corner punch and the folded papers.  The little mini jewelry tag punch is very cute and I love the tiny “friends” text from the “Tiny Tags” coordinating stamp set.  It’s on my wish list and now you can see why.

Florentina's Iris Fold technique

Thanks Florentina for brightening my day with this lovely creation!


Iris Folding Technique Tutorials and Templates: – free templates and instructions – SCS tutorial – Heart and Hot air balloon cards and a video using SU papers and stamps – pumpkin video – heart video – cat video – several samples  (train, witch, cauldron, squares)  and a video

Tip:  Now that Stampin’ Up has gorgeous new fabrics out in the Holiday Mini, as well as its award winning paper line, it might be time to try this technique with fabric as well as paper.  After all, if its all Stampin’ Up, you know its all going to coordinate with color and style as well as with the stamps and other embellishments you might need for the project… right?


Happy folding and don’t forget to check your mailbox.  You never know when someone might have gifted you a glorious card to make your day bright and your heart sing.   Better yet…send one to someone you know…or a complete stranger and spread the joy!

Hugs and blessings – Jean

Cards in the mail: Sympathy for Sandycat from dear friends

Hi All, 

Thought I would share a couple of handmade cards I received in the mail recently.  Good friends have been a wonderful comfort since my dear furface Sandycat was taken ill and died.  I’ve tried to guess on the supplies list or added a link when they were posted elsewhere. 

Click on the images for a closer look. 

This first card was sent to me by my friend and fellow demo Barb Story.  Barb is the same lady who shared this wonderful Stampin’ Addict Poem creation I highlighted here in an earlier post. I love our current set of In Colors and though I’m going to miss Dusty Durango I’m thrilled that Soft Suede has now been added to our new Color Renovation Neutrals Collection.   Barb’s card makes use of simple matted layering and the sponging and use of ribbon distributes the color in all the right places.  Simple but elegant describes not only the stamp set used but the card itself.   Thanks so much for sharing the love Barb! 

Barb Story's Kind and Caring Card

Probable Supplies: 

Stamps: Kind and Caring Thoughts, Teeny Tiny Wishes 

Paper: Dusty Durango, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla 

Inks: Dusty Durango 

Other: Dusty Durango In Color Ribbon, Modern Label Punch 

Barb’s tip for mailing:  “I fold my cards inside out to help cushion the embellishments when they go through the postage meter.” 

Great tip Barb! 


This second beautiful card was sent by Sharon Field, another friend and blogging SU Demo.  You can check out Sharon’s always inspiring blog here.  And her post about this and other cat cards here. I love the stark but elegant black,  white and gray  theme.  It also uses my favorite Night and Day DSP Paper that sadly retired with the Holiday mini from earlier this year.  On the up side though the paper is still available as a My Digital Studio Download and can be purchased in the Online Store for use with MDS or other graphics based software programs.  Though hard to see in this scan, in real life the layering and matting is amazing – some popped up with dimensionals for a wonderful textured card that isn’t too bulky to mail. 

Note: the kraft looking background is not part of the card.  To get my scanner to show the black and white reasonably well I had to use a darker backing piece. 

Sharon Field's C is for Cat Card

Probable Supplies:

Stamps: C is for Cat 

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Day and Night DSP (retired) 

Inks, Basic Black 

Other: Black Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver metallic cord (retired) 


Lastly here’s a thank you card I made for Wicket to send to a dear friend (so technically that makes this a Card in the mail too!).  Since tomorrows Tightwad Tuesday is featuring this stamp set I thought I would give you a preview in advance with mine and Sharon’s card. 


Stamps:  C is for Cat, Fifth Avenue Floral 

Paper:  Bermuda Bay, Naturals White, Ruby Red Cardstock 

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Ruby Red, Black Journaling Pen 

Other:  Black Gingham Ribbon, 5 Petal Punch, 3/4″ circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Big Shot, Finial Press Impressions folder 

Fairly self explanatory though perhaps I should add that the “starburst” under the C is for Cat image was created by layering two 5 Petal Punch pieces together just slightly offset from one another then popped up on a dimensional. The fish image from the stamp set was used on the interior of the card to outline a Whisper White layer for writing Wicket’s message (good thing I can transcribe cat!).


My thanks to Barb and Sharon for sharing their heartfelt sympathies and prayers.  Wicket and I really appreciated the time and care put into these lovely creations.  Hope you enjoyed them too.

Until tomorrow….

Hugs and Blessings – Jean

Sunday’s card share…Remembering Mom….

Hi All,

And a blessed Sunday to you all.  After my much loved Mother-in-laws recent death my dear friend Cheryl  gave me the following card and I thought today would be an appropriate day to share it with you all.

Isn’t it gorgeous?  Unfortunately it’s a little hard to see the gold sheen from the embossing of the text and the faux metal embossed medallion.  And the inside is just as lovely with the use of the new Scallop Trim corner punch and of course the heart felt sentiments both stamped and written.  Thanks Cheryl.  Your friendship has been a balm to my heart and soul during a difficult time.

Cheryl knows how much I love the swirly vintage type DSP so she dipped into her stash of retired pieces and found the perfect match.   The stamp sets Three Little Words, Medallion, Baroque Motifs provided a beautiful synthesis of form and function.   Beautiful textures throughout from the textured Cardstock to the faux metal element and embossed text to the lacey punch.   And did you notice the border element?  Cheryl used the new Scallop Trim Border punch on two seperate colors of cardstock and then overlapped them slightly for an interesting layered look made even prettier by the strip of DSP layered underneath so it peeks out through the scallops adding another element of color and texture.

And here’s Mom…the lovely lady this beautiful card was made to commemorate.   Thanks again Cheryl.

Hug the ones you love and greet all who cross your path with a smile you never know the effect such love will have or the lives it will change.

Hugs and blessings for you all my friends – Jean

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