There’s always a learning curve in new ventures.  Recently, I’ve been learning more about the world of direct sales through ©Stampin’ Up!  It’s ©Stampin’ Up’s 30th Anniversary this year and I’m awe of the quality products.  In April I was fortunate to attend the “ON STAGE” event in Fort Worth, Texas.IMG_6866

Seeing ordinary people getting recognized for growing their direct-sales business was electrifying. Those who presented and walked the stage for an outstanding achievement makes me realize that it is all in reach.  I’m not talking about movie star people walking that stage!  These ladies have what I want and they figured it out.  My biggest take away is NOT that they have a special personality or gift, but that they have a “stick to it” attitude.  They have paid their dues per se.  And yes, some now have huge businesses with a glowing on-line presence; but, it’s not what got them to where they are today.  These ladies did the work.  They had the gatherings in their homes.  They hosted classes in their communities. They stuck with what they knew and that my friend is getting out there in front of people to show them how rewarding it is to watch others create beautiful handmade cards.  That’s it my friends.  That was my biggest take away from “ON STAGE.”  But you know what? I’m going to stick this one out and keep doing the little things to build this little business. After all, I LOVE creating cards and giving them away!


These ladies give me energy and a strong will to succeed in the direct-sales world.  You can visit their blogs —  Kristina Rees, Creating with Kristina and Francine Wilson, Stampscrapgo

Speaking of creating, here’s some of the cards I’ve created using the latest Paper Pumpkin subscription kit.


The subscription kit for May is called “Manly Moments” just in time to get those Father’s Day cards ready!  Everything you need comes in the kit and it’s such a great deal.  Only $19.95 a month and that includes shipping!!! This kit makes 20 cards! Yep, 20 cards and they come with coordinating envelopes.  Check out how to get your Paper Pumpkin kit by going Here-My Paper Pumpkin

Here’s a SNEAK preview of the coming JUNE kit.  Sign up before June 10th to get your JUNE kit!File May 25, 10 22 19 AM

If creating cards is even remotely an interest that intrigues you, please consider becoming a ©Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  I’m a new to this, but having a blast learning the ropes.  Let me be your encourager.  I would love for you to walk this journey with me.  And who knows!  You could be walking that stage with me next year.

Go HERE to be my first ©Stampin’ Up! Downline.  Ha! That’s direct-sales speak!  Yeah, that learning curve.  Ya’ gotta start somewhere!!!

Ahoy! April 2018 Paper Pumpkin

YOU ARE MY ANCHOR, April 2018’s Paper Pumpkin kit did not disappoint.  This is my second Paper Pumpkin kit since I became a ©Stampin’ Up! demonstrator this past January.  I had already seen postings of the kit and even a couple of YouTube videos showing the assembly of the kit project.  Even so, it was still so much fun putting together.  The kit, YOU ARE MY ANCHOR, makes four gift boxes that hold 5 cards each and their matching envelopes.

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I have found that many ©Stampin’ Up! demonstrators will make an alternative to the instructions for those who want to stretch their kit.  It is a fun challenge and of course it is perfect fit for me.  I love dreaming up new ways of working with a kit.  So, I am featuring 3 alternative A2 card designs for you today.

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The first card I created is made with a card craft background.  I was thinking sandy beaches when I put this one together!  I used ©Stampin’ Up’s cardstock color ‘Crumb Cake’ cut to 5.5” x 8.5” then scored to make a side folding vertical card.  I always make side-folding cards because I like the way the stand up when displayed.

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The technique to add the ‘starfish’ stamp to the background is an easy one.  I used a watermark stamp pad by ©VersaMark, which is a sticky clear ink pad, to simply stamp the starfish randomly on the front of the ‘Crumb Cake’ cardstock. You can always stamp with VersaMark ink whenever you want the background cardstock color to show through; just leaving the stamped image.  I used one of the small envelopes for the striped paper edge; yep, I cut apart the envelope to reveal that wonderful blue and white nautical stripe.  Then I attached the two punch-out die cuts and added the provided rope-looking twine behind the life-preserver and down the side of the striped paper edge.  The stamp set that is provided with the kit had several sayings, plus a few extra words like “Thanks” which I used to create banner.  This card came together very quickly and looks so fun!File Apr 26, 10 17 13 PM

The second card is made using ©Stampin’ Up’s ‘Calypso Coral’ cardstock cut to 5.5” x 8.5” then scored to make a side folding vertical card.  I added a white panel using ‘Whisper White’ cardstock by Stampin’ Up cut at 4”x 5.25”.  I cut one of the provided box tops in half then laid it across the bottom.  That stunning 3 x 3 gold foiled card did the rest of the work for me.  All I had to do is add the lighthouse die cut, 2 tiny gold foiled hearts and some rope again.  Even the gold foiled banner was part of the punch out dies!  All I had to do was stamp a sentiment using that lovely ©Stampin’ Up inkspot color, ‘Island Indigo.’  This card makes me so happy!

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And lastly, my third card was a small artsy adventure!  Again, I used the inside of one of the small envelopes to reveal that gorgeous blue wonky striped paper.  I decided to ink up a 4’ x5.25 white card panel by sponging on some light blue ink.  This is a dry sponging technique that I’ve seen many card-making experts do.  It doesn’t have to be perfect because all the layering of the paper and little elements steals the show!  The sponging gave me a soft sky background I was after.  Next, I went digging for those shaped scissors from the olden days.  I snipped the waves paper from the insides of another envelope.  I just had to play with it until I had it laid out to balance the bottom.  After that I stamped ‘Ahoy’ and the ‘wheel’ image onto a foiled accented round die cut.  I added the punched-out orange die cut anchor and tied the round tag and anchor together with the rope. Lastly, I stamped the ‘seagulls’ image using black and added the tiny clear sequins for extra interests. I glued this card panel to an A2 sized white card base.  I had so much fun putting this one together. File Apr 26, 10 28 13 PM

I’m hoping to create a couple more cards from this April 2018 Paper Pumpkin kit before the next one arrives.  Please leave me a note if you decide to CASE one of these alternative cards.  I would be so appreciative and flattered.

Remember, you still have until May 10th to order your first 2 Paper Pumpkin kits for 50% off!  What a great way to find out if you can meet the challenge of creating an alternative design with the kit.  Please go here to get your 50% off kit!