Jun 072013

This is the traveling season.  Many people are on the road.  How do you take your crafting with you?  That was the dilemma I was facing when we left home a week ago to travel to California.   (Yea!  I am visiting my grandchildren again.)

This is my stamping bag.  It is about the size of a grocery bag.  I had to decide what I wanted to take with me.  Stampin' Up! bagThat can be a really hard decision because it had to fit into just that one bag.   What paper and what colors?  What stamp set and what ink?  What about glue and scissors?

I decided I wanted to use some of the new In Colors (131204) from Stampin’ Up! You always need to have some basic colors so I added Whisper White cardstock (100730) and Very Vanilla (101650) and just because I love Soft Suede (115318), I tossed that in, too.

The Stampin’ Trimmer (126889) is a must for cutting and scoring, but you also need Paper Snips (103579).

OK, the bag is beginning to fill up and I still need ink.  The Stampin’ Write Markers (131264) are great for travel because you can have every color with you in a small space.  Snail adhesive (104332) and Tombow Multipurpose glue (110755) also went into the bag.

Two new stamp sets were sitting on my crafting table waiting to be used:  Label Love (130622) and Wildflower Meadow (129168).  Label Love has a coordinating punch called Artisan Label (130920).  Those went into the bag along with a stamp set that is great for creating backgrounds:  Delicate Doilies (122592).

Bag of Stamping Supplies

What did I forget?  When I started my projects, I quickly realized I forgot to bring my clear blocks to mount my stamps.  It is definitely more challenging to stamp without your clear blocks.  I also forgot to bring along Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).  I use these on nearly every card to add dimension.

What did I take that I didn’t need or use?  My VersaMark pad (102283).  It could have used it to create a watermark, but I didn’t do that.  I didn’t have any embossing powder or the heat tool with me, so I couldn’t use it to emboss.  I’ll probably leave it home next time unless I have a specific use in mind.

What would you take along when you travel?  Add your comments below.  I’ll create a list of the answers and post the “must-have”  list here.  Also, return later to see the One Sheet Wonder projects I completed.

Apr 262013

Retired ListThe Stampin’ Up! Retiring List is here.  Make sure you take a look and get your favorite products before they are gone!  Many products are on sale from 25 – 60% off.  These are only available while supplies last or until June 3, 2013.

There is Something For Everyone; stamp sets, accessories like ribbon and buttons and dies.

Go to my Online Store to see all the great products that are on sale.

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Apr 052013

FREE Shipping on Everything for three days!!  Stampin’ Up! is offering FREE shipping on everything April 6- 8, 2013.  What a great opportunity to go shopping.  Only for three days this weekend.  Get out your catalog and check that wish list.  I know you won’t want to miss this first ever, FREE shipping opportunity!

Place your order online or email me or give me a call (253)843-2297.

You could make these SPECIALS even more special.  Take a look through the specials flyers by clicking on the links below.

Spring Surprise 

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Sent With Love Flyer

Sent With Love



This and That Flyer

Epic Day This and That Bundle



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Mar 292013

Happy-Birthday-Elephant_lg_This Happy Birthday Elephant Card is versatile and could be used for adult or child, male or female.  It is not as frilly as some of the greeting cards, but it does have it own frills.  Note the fringe across the bottom of the card.  Fun and easy and versatile.

Baja Breeze 111352
Not Quite Navy 101722
Cajun Craze 119684
Whisper White 100730

Not Quite Navy classic ink pad 126971 Color-Challenge-6
Basic Gray classic ink pad 126981
Stampin’ Write Markers
Not Quite Navy 119701
Cajun Craze 119701
Baja Breeze 119700

Stamp Set
You’re Amazing 126720(W) or 126722(C)

Big Shot Die Cut Machine 113439
Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 127749
Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430
Sponge Daubers 102892

Do you like this color combination?  Try it and share your project with me.  What is your favorite Stampin’ Up! color or color combination?  Comment below and post a comment on my Facebook page.

Mar 272013

Thank You CardA quick and easy Thank You card featuring Island Indigo color.  I love the Island Indigo color.  It is nice and bright without being overwhelming.  Island Indigo is in the 2011-2013 In-Color Collection from Stampin’ Up!  It is also used in several of the Designer Series Papers:  World Spectacular 126897, Birds of a Feather 126899, Fan Fair 126918, Summer Smooches 125409,  and Twitterpated 125406.

Crumb Cake 120953
More Mustard 100946
Island Indigo 122923
Designer Series Paper:  Fan Fair 126918
Ink:  Island Indigo classic ink pad 126986
Stamp Set:  Seasonal Sayings 128006 (W) or 128009 (C)
Big Shot Die Cut Machine 113439
Apothecary Accents Framelits 127003
3/16″ Regals Brads 119737
3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon – Island Indigo 122974

What is your favorite color or Designer Series Paper?  Leave a comment below.

Mar 062013

Do you need some ideas to earn those FREE Sale-A-Bration items?  Are you overwhelmed with all the products to choose from?  Here are a couple of “kits” that will help you decide what to buy.

Paper – Assorted pack of 20 sheets of card stock – your choice:  Getting Started Subtles, Neutrals, Regals or In Color ($6.95)
Ink – 3 full-size ink pads of your choice ($17.95) or In Color Spots ($21.95)
Envelopes – Your choice of Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Whisper White ($6.50) or Clear ($4.95
Adhesive – SNAIL ($6.95), Anywhere Glue Stick ($3.95), or Multipurpose Liquid Glue ($3.95)
Designer Series Paper – Whatever you choose ($10.95)
Embellishments – Rhinestone Jewels ($4.95) or Assorted Pearls ($4.95)

TOTAL:  $51.25 plus tax & shipping (based on $6.50 envelopes & $3.95 adhesive)

The fun part will be to pick the FREE stamp set to complete at least 40 cards & envelopes!

Love to EMBOSS:
Heat Tool ($29.95)
Any two regular embossing powders ($9.50)
Embossing Buddy ($5.95)
VersaMark ink pad ($7.50)

TOTAL:  $52.90 plus tax & shipping

And one FREE Sale-A-Bration product.

Stazon Jet Black Ink ($7.95)
One family Watercolor Wonder Crayons ($16.95)
Stazon Cleaner ($4.95)
Watercolor Paper ($4.95)
Aqua Painters ($16.95)

TOTAL:  $51.75 plus tax & shipping

And one FREE Sale-A-Bration product.

Of course, you can buy all three “kits” and earn Hostess Rewards for a workshop as well as three FREE Sale-A-Bration products.

Shop Online 24/7 or Contact Me to place your orders.  REMEMBER Sale-A-Bration ends March 22, 2013


Mar 012013

Secret Garden Flowers Color Challenge 4For today’s Color Challenge, I decided to try doing a video for the first time so I could show you how to make these cool 3-D flowers.  View the video below and let me know how I did!

As always, I started with a color combination from the Color Coach.






Cardstock:  Sahara Sand (#121043), Regal Rose (#105130), Tempting Turquoise (#102067) and Gumball Green (#126840) for the leaves.
Classic Ink:  Regal Rose (#126947)
Stamp Set:  Elements of Style (#120045) flourish
Secret Garden Framelits (#129372)
Apothecary Accents Framelits (#127003)
Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder (#115964)
Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439)
1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon Regal Rose (#122965)
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246)
Bone Folder (#102300)
Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)
Sponge daubers (#102892)

The base of the card was made with the Sahara Sand cardstock.  I trimmed the top of the Tempting Turquoise layer with the largest framelit from the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  Then I textured the layer by running it through the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder.  The flower petals and leaves were cut using the Secret Garden Framelits.  After all the layers were put together I added the Regal Rose ribbon along the edge.

The video will show you how I made the flowers.

The video is a little rough in places, but hopefully you weren’t too distracted.  It is not just the video, I stumble over finding the right words in real life too.  I look forward to seeing your comments below and I’d love to see your samples using the same technique.

For these supplies and all your stamping needs, visit my Online Store 24/7.





Feb 202013

Opps!  There was an error in the last Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter.  I have a challenge for those of you who are on the Paper Crafts Obsession mailing list.    Help me out – post a comment here or email me to let me know what the opps! is all about.

The Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter comes out at least twice a month.  The newsletter keeps you posted about my classes and events.  It includes Donna’s Stamping Corner where I discuss Stampin’ Up!© products and stamping tips and tricks.  The newsletter always includes projects exclusive to newsletter subscribers.  Sometimes there will be special offers exclusive to newsletter subscribers.  An sometimes, it will include my Opps!

I have been paper crafting for about 18 years.  I enjoy sharing what I love with others.  Styles and trends change.  The stamps and the colors change.  Technology changes.  When I started out we didn’t have blogs or Facebook or Pinterest.  WOW look at how many ways I can share now compared to the “old days”.    The good news is that the joy of sharing never changes.

I would enjoy sharing my Paper Crafts Obsession newsletter with you.  If you want to learn how to use the brayer, you don’t want to miss the next issue.  It will include tips and suggestions on how to use the brayer and a brayer project.  Sign Up Now!


Jul 032012

The NEW Annual Stampin’ Up! Catalog


Question: How can I get a catalog?Sending Cards

Answer: With the release of the new Annual Catalog, stampers everywhere want to know the same thing! The great news is that there are many ways for you to get a catalog, see the great new products, and get creative inspiration!

Host When you host a workshop, you receive a free Annual Catalog from me. Plus, you get to be among the first to see, use, and enjoy great new products from the Annual Catalog. Contact me today to set up your fun stamping party!

View Online If you can’t wait for your copy of the Annual Catalog to arrive, you can view it online – anywhere, anytime access! Just visit my Stampin’ Up! website.  Plus, you’ll find that the Digital Designing products are available in my store as well.

My Specials Contact me to find out even more ways that you can get your hands on the amazing new Annual Catalog. I just know you are going to love it! It is packed with great new products and just bursting with creative project samples to inspire you.

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