Amazing Birthday Polka-Dots

I love it when a simple card packs a punch, and today I have a card to share that does just that.  It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for a new challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments and it’s all about the inspiration!  I wanted to showcase this fun new stamp set that I got for FREE at Convention, it’s the AMAZING BIRTHDAY and it’s a super fun set!

amazing birthday polka-dot card

A little glitter, and a little ribbon = perfection!

This time the Design Team is using this inspiration photo for the challenge:

amazing birthday polka-dot card

cute colors, great images, tons of inspiration.

Of course what card is complete without glitter? NONE! I had placed my Rich Razzleberry stripped flag to the back of my obmbre HAPPY BIRTHDAY flag and then secured that to my embossed background and then looked at it and said, “it’s missing something…” Then I realized it had no shimmer, that’s just a crime!  So I quickly remedied that!

amazing birthday polka-dot card

Ombre tags are simple to create.

One simple way to create an ombre effect is to stamp the image over and over without reinking it to get slightly lighter shades of your main color, OR you can gather the colors that are lighter or darker than your starting color.  In my card I used Soft Sky, Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, and Bermuda Bay.  Depending on the depth of the color you are using the constant stamping technique would work great, Blackberry Bliss would be a perfect color to use for that technique.

Take a moment and play along with us this week.  Create a project (any kind) that has aspects of the inspiration photo and share your creativity with us all at Hand Stamped Sentiments today!

Whistle While You Work…

That’s how I feel lately.  I have been SO busy getting class samples complete, photographing them, editing, creating tutorials, recording videos, editing class videos, and SO MUCH MORE!!! However prior to Convention I would have been murmuring the entire time (cause about that time I start to hit burn out…) as my creativity tends to burn out and preparing samples is very hard for me.  Then comes Convention, time with great friends, TONS of inspiration and ideas, and days to just blow off steam.  It’s the very break I need each year.

So needless to say I have had a BLAST making my class samples for August, and although I don’t want to lay it all out until I have the classes completed I will give you a little samples of the samples, LOL!!  One of the first things I am bringing to you in August is my TOTALLY TECHNIQUE class.  This class series will be replacing my former Sampler Stamping Class, and there are a ton of other NEW classes that I will unveil this week as well.

The first technique(s) we will be working with in August are a few FUN things you can do with BLENDABILITIES!!


These babies are awesome!!!

I can’t wait to share all the tips and tricks I have for you in this class, and the cute samples we will create… they are SO STINKIN’ CUTE!! The biggest thing we will be doing in class is learning how to color with them, but there are other cool things you can do with them too.  I have to admit when I first tried them I didn’t really see what the big deal was about… and that’s because I didn’t play with them long enough. Plus we learned a ton of great things about them at Convention, and those tips made all the difference.

Beginning in August almost ALL of my classes will have a NEW option… when you register for many of my classes you will see an I WANT IT ALL option.  You will notice that this option is higher in price than the class only option, why is that?  Simple, your class fee includes TONS of products needed to create the projects.

Totally Techniques Class

Registration will open on Aug. 1st

So for example, with the TOTALLY TECHNIQUE CLASS you get *ONE PACKAGE OF BLENDABILITIES, *COLOR LIFTER PEN, *MOMENTO PAD, and line image *STAMP valued at $11.95 or less, but the best part is that when you select this option you get a discounted price for the class!!  The easy part is that ALL these things are set up in ONE button, so there is no entering hostess codes, clicking to different sites, or any other steps.  You simply click the I WANT IT ALL option, check out and you are done!  You walk away with almost $60 worth of products and tutorials for less that!!

I take care of the rest… I get your products and ship them directly to you and the videos and tutorials come right to you once you complete check out.  If you are attending the local class and get the I WANT IT ALL option then your seat is reserved and you get access to the online version immediately once check out is complete.  Just once simple click and that’s it!

This is great because you will get to keep the products that were needed in class and you will be able to recreate more of the class projects at home.  This class will be available to take online for as long as I am alive, so if you miss the local class date you can still take advantage of this class and it’s I WANT IT ALL option forever (or as long as Stampin’ Up! offers the products).

Oh, and you want to know something else really COOL??  I am running a HOSTESS CLUB REFERRAL GIVEAWAY for August!

Hostess Club Rewards with Hand Stamped Style

A Hostess Club takes ALL the work out of earning FREE HOSTESS REWARDS!

For EACH PERSON YOU REFER to Hand Stamped Style that JOINS MY HOSTESS CLUB you get an entry into a drawing for a FREE TOTALLY TECHNIQUE I WANT IT ALL Class!  That means you get ALL the products included in the I WANT IT ALL option, as well as access to the online class (or local class) all for FREE!!

So call your friends, email your family, facebook your online friends and share the news… get your entries for a FREE TOTALLY TECHNIQUES I WANT IT ALL class for your referrals TODAY!

A Simple Thank You Just Isn’t Enough

I have some exciting news for you today, and I have to share a great BIG thank you as a result.  If you have been following me for a few weeks you may have seen my post about THIS little card I made at the Inspire. Create. Share 2014 Stampin’ Up! Convention, if you missed it let me show you…

Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit #inspirecreateshare2014 by


So why in the world am I bringing this up today? Well, I have to say THANK YOU to all of you who LIKED my project on Stampin’ Up!s Pinterest page, because of you I was one of a few Demonstrators who received the HIGHEST number of LIKES for this project and as a result I was selected as a WINNER!! I received a $50 shopping spree from Stampin’ Up!


While I was at Convention, I attended a class where we got the opportunity to create the projects in an upcoming card kit from the Holiday Catalog, we also received a challenge… create a ONE OF A KIND project with the supplies in the kit and get the MOST likes on Pinterest and WIN a shopping spree!!!  I was super thrilled to be selected as a winner and I can’t wait to select my prizes, but what would a proper thank you be without a PRIZE FOR YOU?!

Want to know how you can get in on the goodies??  Simply leave a comment to THIS post and let me know what types of projects or products you are MOST looking forward to seeing in the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  I will select a lucky winner on THURSDAY, JULY 31st!  That lucky winner will get a FREE GIFT from me!

Want to stay connected to see who gets the FREE GIFT?  Do it the easy way- DOWNLOAD THE HSS APP TODAY and never miss out on another FUN and important update again.  Getting my APP is easy, and it’s FREECLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD IT TODAY! Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter in for a FREE PRIZE today!

Four Things To know For August With HSS

Busy as a little Bee, that’s what I’ve been since returning from Stampin’ Up!s annual convention a week or so ago.  I am SUPER excited about the projects I have to share for August, and I admit that I am so full of ideas it’s a little overwhelming.  The ideas I have are pouring out my ears but I have to save it all for another day, soon- I promise!

I have SO much info for you that I am going to give you just a brief overview as to not overwhelm you too. :-) First let me mention a few housekeeping items for July before I jump right into August, oh and I am going to try and get this in some type of orderly fashion… don’t hold your breath, LOL!!  The BUY 3 GET 1 FREE special is almost over, have you taken advantage of the awesomeness of this deal?

Designer series paper promo from Stampin' Up!

Get in on this special offer while you can!

OH and there are only a couple days left to get in on the WEEKLY DEALS that are currently running, and these great prices expire on JULY 28th!  There are some super adorb kits in this week too- check them out HERE.

Stampin' up! Weekly Deal

Get in on these DISCOUNTED current products before prices go up!

Now onto August!  Maybe I am super excited because August is my BIRTHDAY MONTH (yeah I celebrate all month long cause it’s #kindofabigdeal ) maybe cause I’m turning 40 this year or maybe because I think that everyone’s B-day should be celebrated all month long??  Either way I am SUPER STOKED for what’s to come next month, wanna hear about it?  Let me show you…

First off, the HOLIDAY CATALOG will be arriving at your door mid-late August, and it’s packed with all kinds of awesomeness!  If you are a current customer (i.e..- placed an order with me within the last 6 months) then you will automatically get one, if you are not a current customer you can either place an order with me today or EMAIL ME your request for your HOLIDAY CATALOG, the catalog is free but I charge a fee for shipping usually it’s a couple of bucks.

Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

Order from the Holiday Catalog beginning Aug. 28th!!

Now, don’t freak when I show you this… and remember I still have more info to share with you so don’t get distracted by the shiny object I am about to share… but starting AUG. 1st Stampin’ Up! is announcing…

Big Shot Blowout Offer

Starting in Aug. BUY a BIG SHOT and get a framelit & stamp set bundle FREE!!!

You read that right!  In just a few short days, when you purchase a BIG SHOT through MY ONLINE STAMPIN’ UP! STORE you will get to select an ALL NEW BUNDLE of stamp sets & coordinating framelits absolutely FREE (that’s around a $60 value!!)  I will post even more details and specifics of the bundles in a few more days, but get your cash in hand and your typing fingers ready, cause you know I have something up my sleeve to make this offer even better!! Keep an eye out!

Last but not least…

DON’T FORGET that in a few more days another issue of STYLE SHEET comes straight to your inbox.

If you haven’t already signed up to receive this online publication it’s quick and easy to do so. Just CLICK HERE and fill out the information requested, THAT’S IT!  There is no charge, it’s completely FREE.  I have a wealth of info in each issue of my STYLE SHEET from cute creative projects & tips (of course) to yummy recipes and more!  You won’t want to miss out, and it doesn’t cost a thing- yeah I am legit crazy :-)

Take a moment, make some notes on your calendars and GET YOUR DESIGNER SERIES PAPER today and while you’re at it get in on the current WEEKLY DEALS then GRAB YOUR COPY OF THE HOLIDAY CATALOG NOW so you don’t waste a moment prepping your wish list and of course get ready for the BIG SHOT BLOWOUT SPECIAL starting Aug. 1st!!  Be sure to check back every day for a TON of new things coming down the pipeline from me!!

A Week In Review… 2014 Inspire. Create. Share.

I have been dieing to share my highlights from this year’s Inspire. Create. Share 2014 Convention with you, and while I still have over 400 pictures documenting this amazing week I thought I would put together a quick re-cap for you… as a video!  I am still working to get caught up, and prepped for the AWESOME things I have coming for August too.  So forgive me for the sparsity in my posting for the next several days, but believe me when I say it will totally be worth it!!

I have to say that the one thing that I can thank #StampinUp for is the awesome friendships that I have developed with my fellow Demo sisters.  These women are some of the most FUN, most amazing, and hilarious I have ever met and I am so thankful for them each every day!  Stampin’ Up! has provided me with so many things but the one thing that I could never put into works are the relationships that I have made, not only with my Demo sisters but with my amazing customers and friends- that is the biggest payoff from this awesome craft that I get to call my job.

I think this video pretty much sums up my personality while accurately depicting the weeks events and interaction with my AMAZING friends!  If you are viewing this on a tablet or mobile device CLICK HERE to view in Youtube.

I could never put into words the numerous blessings that Stampin’ Up! has given me over the years.  But one of those many things are absolutely the cherished relationships that I have gained over the years.  If you have ever wondered if this little passion of paper crafts could change your life let me be the first to say, YES IT CAN.  I am proof.  I hope you enjoyed the video and if you have ever thought about joining my team and becoming part of the Stampin’ Up! family I would love to help you along the way.  I am always here to answer questions and assist you in any way I can.  Feel free to EMAIL or call (210-376-7639) me anytime.

Getting Back To Business… I Need To Reboot!

What an AMAZING week, I have just returned from the annual Stampin’ Up! Convention INSPIRE CREATE SHARE 2014 and words can’t describe the awesomeness that describes the experience… all I can do is show you what the week has done with me-

Sleepy Erin #inspirecreateshare2014

I literally couldn’t go anymore… no. more. energy…

I have SO many emails to reply to, voice mails to return and loose ends to wrap up… so if you have tried to connect with me over the last 10 days and haven’t gotten a reply yet please be patient.  I will be working through them all over the next several days.  I can’t wait to share with you the highlights of the convention AND share my upcoming class schedule too!!  I have SO many new things starting in August and I am SOOOOOOOOO excited to tell you all about them.  But I need a little time to get things organized so please be patient.

While I run to get caught up and put together some FABULOUS-NESS for you please take a moment to check out all the craziness that has been taking place over the last week on my INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK page, there are all kinds of FUNNY and sneak peeks there!

Watercolor Winter Simply Created One Of A Kind…

I am so exited I don’t know where to start, I have enjoyed Convention SO MUCH so far (and yes although it’s only been one day :-) ) I was able to take part in a creative class last night that focused on our kits. We got to play with one of the SIMPLY CREATED KITS that will be offered in the upcoming HOLIDAY CATALOG called WATERCOLOR WINTER SIMPLY CREATED KIT, it’s ADORBS!!  One of my FAVE Stampin’ Up! presenters, SHANNON WEST, challenged us to create a card with the supplies from this kit, and we could submit ONE creation to be considered for a contest- of course we get FREE PRODUCTS if we win!!

Let me show you what I made, BUT before I do I need your help!  In order to WIN this creative contest I need to get the MOST likes for my project.  Here’s how you can help… simply CLICK HERE and click the LITTLE HEART (if on a mobile device) or the LIKE button (if on a PC)- that’s it!  Of course you can share it or PIN it, I would LOVE that too!!  But be SURE to LIKE it :-)  Here’s what I made-

Watercolor Winter Simply Created Kit #inspirecreateshare2014 by


I can’t wait to share the AWESOME things that will take place today… tonight is awards night!  If you follow me on FACEBOOK then you will see it happen live- and of course I will give a quick recap here as well.  But it might not include ALL the little FUNNY things that take place, :-P

I wanted to share with you the PILLOW GIFTS I got from a few of my roommates this year, and these were SO cute!!  I have had such a blast these last few days!!  Last night we were able to witness a police chase in downtown SLC, it was THRILLING and a perfect example as to why you shouldn’t do drugs!

Up first is Krista Jensen’s gift.  I have to say I love practical gifts and that’s exactly what my friends did this year. This is a super cute note pad all dolled up!!  I have to say although we had to put the chocolate in the fridge for a few hours it was YUMMO!!!  Thanks Krista!

Roomate gifts #inspirecreateshare2014

Project created by KRISTA JENSEN

Next I got this FAB gift from my friend Erica Cerwin, she has to be the smartest little cookie!  I have to admit that she gave us all these BEFORE we got to the hotel… as we were shopping earlier in the day we ALL were freaking out that our phones were dieing… and she was like a magical fairy- POOF! your phone is charged!  Thank you Erica!

Roomate gifts #inspirecreateshare2014

Project created by ERICA CERWIN

Well I am off to shower and jet to another day of AWESOMENESS, I can’t wait to share all that is to come today.  I hope you take a moment and LIKE MY WATERCOLOR WINTER one of a kind card so that maybe I will WIN, and be sure to FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST and FACEBOOK for all kinds of AWESOME-SAUCE!!

Ispire Create Share Begins Today!

Today is the day… I can’t tell you how excited I am to be taking part in this years INSPIRE CREATE SHARE 2014, Stampin’ Up!s annual Convention.  I have been in SLC for almost a week already, visiting local friends, but today is the day that the creativity ensues and I can’t wait!  This year I have teamed up with some FAB-FUN chicas for an extra special good time too!  I decided to create a few simple pillow gifts for them as a token of my gratitude, let me show you.

#inspirecreateshare2014 Pillow Gifts for roomates

Sweet simple pouches that contain a very practical present…

My apologies for the photo… I took this with my phone, in my room, with no lighting kit :-|

So what’s inside?  Nothing weirdly FAB but super practical and necessary.

#inspirecreateshare2014 Pillow Gifts for roomates

Sweet adorable notepad and matching pen!

I shared how to create this pouch in THIS POST, check it out… there is a diagram and all!  I love monochromatic projects and so I layered like colors for each project i made. This one’s Krista’s and I used Pumpkin Pie and Cantaloupe Crisp to create hers.  I cut and layered a few tags to decorate the front some more and added a few colored staples (I colored them with my BLENDABLIATIES!!)

#inspirecreateshare2014 Pillow Gifts for roomates

Create a decorative element by layering tags.

I will share the pillow gifts I received tomorrow, they were SUPER cute!!!  If you have been following my FACEBOOK PAGE then you already know the crazies I have been spending time with here at #inspirecreateshare, and if you don’t you SHOULD! :-)

Here are the ladies I am sharing the week with…

#inspirecreateshare2014 roomates

Top: Krista J., Stacie J.
Bottom: Erica C, ME, and Jane

These ladies are SO funny and luckily due to them my abs are still getting a FAB workout every 5 min!!

#inspirecreateshare2014 roomates

Every PIC has to have an opposite…

Be sure to check back with me the rest of the week to see all things that are #InspireCreateShare and what I am up to on my off time… SHENANIGANS!!! If you want to see live updates then follow me on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM and you will see all kinds of craziness, FUN TIMES!!!

Double Duty Tuesday!

Morning Stampers! I am going to share a few cute projects with you today, it’s TUESDAY the 15th and you know what that means… CHALLENGES GALORE!!!  Today I am sharing TWO projects for TWO separate challenges- HOW FUN!  I am already enjoying my time here in Salt Lake, as the annual Stampin’ Up! Convention gets underway… which means that it’s SUPER late while I am writing this and I am SUPER tired, so forgive me for not being as funny or descriptive with today’s post.

So first up on the docket today is the challenge for Hand Stamped Sentiments, check this out-

HSS Sketch challenge

A specialty card for a friend.

This card was FUN, it was a special request for a friend – her daughter is turning 45 in a few days and wanted a FUN and bright card and I love this set and the sketch for this challenge was just perfect for the theme and the set itself.

HSS Sketch challenge

HSS Sketch Challenge #190

Of course I had to flip mine on it’s side, LOL!!

HSS Sketch challenge

Fun embellishments and customized elements…

Don’t worry… I will be sharing details about these cards later this week, when I have a bit more time.

The next challenge on the schedule for today is brought to us by Stampin’ Celebration… and it too was a sketch challenge.

SCIC Sketch challenge

I loved these colors, fun and great for ALL!

The sketch we had to work with was super cute too-

SCIC Sketch challenge

SCIC Sketch Challenge

I loved layering the flower for this card… it makes it really come out at you!

SCIC Sketch challenge

Simple elements make an adorable card!

Take a moment and play along with me on BOTH challenges… you will have so much fun and will be amazed at what your creativity can make.  I can’t wait to see you play along with us.  Well, I am headed off to bed just to get up in a couple of hours to meet up with all my convention buddies, I am super excited but so exhausted. I will share more later about these cards and projects, but until them be sure to follow me on FACEBOOK to catch up on the latest convention buzz and all the shenanigans that is “Convention!!”

Don’t forget…

First K.I.S.S. Class Series NOW AVAILABLE!!!

Have you been feeling overwhelmed at the thought of creating your own cards or scrap layouts on your own?  Do you feel like you don’t have the knowledge or experience to jump into paper crafting? Do you feel overwhelmed when you sit down to try and be creative or make a card or scrapbook page?  Do you ever think there must be an easier way?

Well I am here to tell you that there is!  I remember feeling and going through ALL those emotions when I first started stamping and that’s  why I created this ALL NEW ONLINE CLASS SERIES I want you to be able to sit down and enjoy the time you have to be creative, and that’s exactly what this class series is designed to do.

K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple & Stamp Online Classes

This NEW Online Class Series is a MUST for all paper crafter from BEGINNERS to ADVANCED!!!

Let me tell you a little about this class series.  The entire series will consists of 6 installments or modules.  Each module builds on the skills you learned in the previous classes so by the time you complete all 6 classes you will have the confidence and skills to create, reconstruct, and design ANYTHING.  Plus I share industry secrets that will help you save money and get the most from your supplies!

What will I learn in INSTALLMENT ONE?

In the first installment (which is being released July 2014) I share with you ALL the MUST HAVE TOOLS that you need to get started in papercrafting.  Believe it or not the list isn’t very long! I also include a TON of my curated video tips and product reviews so you know what to look for and really develop a knowledgeable foundation for stamping.  There is SO MUCH information in each class module that you head might literally explode!! BUT I lay it all out for you in such an organized manner that it’s never intimidating or overwhelming.  Each part of the class is set up like building blocks, so once you get the first part second part makes total sense.

Who is this class series really for?

When I first created this class series I developed it for BEGINNERS however when I really looked at it I realized that it is perfect for NEW DEMONSTRATORS, EXPERIENCED DEMONSTRATORS WITH A DOWNLINE, and EXPERIENCED STAMPERS alike .

Think About It…

How many of us joined Stampin’ Up! just for the product, (I know I did) and then really wanted to venture into holding classes and workshops and such, but were (or are) WAY too intimidated to do so because we just didn’t or don’t feel like we know enough to offer that to anyone??  That is something that SO many demonstrators experience.  And experienced stampers are always looking for ways to maximize their crafting time and money and this class series will absolutely help everyone make the most out of their time and supplies.

How much does the class cost?

Believe it or not, it’s WAY less expensive than you might think, Each Online Class is ONLY $25.00, which when you see how much information and content are included in these classes you will walk away knowing you got a smokin’ deal and before you know it you will be happily  creating without the anxiety and stress you used to feel.

I AM OFFERING A DISCOUNT TO FELLOW STAMPIN’ UP! DEMOs! If you are a demonstrator (and you don’t have to be an HSS TEAM MEMBER) simply EMAIL ME A SCREEN SHOT of your Stampin’ Up! home page (the one that displays your name) and I will send you a discount code that will get you a $5 OFF THE CLASS.

IF YOU ARE AN HSS TEAM MEMBER then I offer this class series to you for JUST $5!!  It’s just another way that I support and give back to the team that gives so much.  When you feel empowered and confident, then you are able to grow your business as well.  I will be posting the discount code for this class on our HSS PRIVATE FACEBOOK PAGE, so look there for the details.  If you have been thinking about joining the Stampin’ Up! family, I would LOVE to welcome you to MY TEAM… if you want to chat about the possibilities or have any questions EMAIL ME or call me- I would be more than happy to chat with you.

Hurry, don’t spend any more time stressing out… use the button below to get your GETTING STARTED INSTALLMENT of the all NEW K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple & Stamp) Class Series TODAY!