Christmas Hostess Gifts and Blog Hop


Welcome to the December 2016 Di’s Country INKers blog hop!  This month we are showcasing Christmas or New Year’s projects, and I just loved what Di had for us today – how about you? 

Once all my Stamp-a-Stack, and Gift Tags classes are finished, my final holiday class of the year is always devoted to host/hostess gifts.  One of the sets we made in this year’s class was a wine bottle tag and matching card.  Take a look:beelinestamping-com-12-1-16a

When I sat down to design the projects for this class, so many color and embellishment options came to mind that it was difficult to settle on just one!  Emerald Envy and Real Red won the battle, and I’m really pleased with the way it turned out!  A little tip on how to apply adhesive to the red swirly die-cut piece that’s behind the tag greeting:  Squirt a little Tombow Multi glue on your silicone mat, then using a piece of sponge, dab the glue onto the back of the die cut!  Easy peasy, lots of control, and no oozing out the other side!

beelinestamping-com-12-1-16bI used the Real Red Glitter embossing powder for the greeting on both items.  This stuff is so pretty, and it kind of twinkles as you are heating it.  Here’s a close-up shot.  You can’t see the sparkle very well, but trust me, it’s beautiful in person!  It’s a cute close-up of the bells, though!  Ha!  A complete list of products used on this set (with links for online shopping) can be found below.

Stampin’ Up’s Year-End Closeout Sale begins today!  A selection of holiday retiring products, Clearance Rack items, and high-inventory catalog items are discounted up to 60%. Be sure to check out all the sale items in my Online Store!

The next stop on the hop is Ellie – be sure to leave her a little comment love!  Oh, and if you get lost after all that online shopping, this month’s hoppers are listed below as well!







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October Challenge (a bit late!)

So, even though my (fabulous) upline, Di Gibbs, is thousands of miles away, we still have a very strong connection via phone, text, emails and Facebook.  Each month, we have an online Facebook meeting so that us out-of-towners can still interact with each other and be an active part of the team.  Works pretty well, actually!  Diana begins our meeting with a Facebook Live video presentation where she shows us how she made that month’s make-n-take project.  This is what she demonstrated in October…


Di then sends a packet of ‘card guts’ (all the pieces) for that month’s project.  We can then make the card exactly as she has done, or we can use them to create a different project.  While Di’s cards are always sweet just as they are, I like to put my own spin on them, so this is what I came up with this month.  What do you think?



I’ve been using the Cable Knit embossing folder on as many projects as I can – I just love it!  I was blown away when I first saw the deep 3D impression it leaves in the cardstock…  The Warmth & Cheer washi tape makes an equally strong statement on projects as well. 

All the ingredients I used to make my card are listed below.  If you’re so inclined to shop (wink, wink) just click on the photo and you’ll go right to my online store.

Thanks for stopping by today, and have a great Thursday!


Thanksgiving Blog Hop


Time for another Di’s Country INKers Blog Hop!  This month we showcasing our Thanksgiving and Fall projects.  I’m always a fan of Mary’s work, and this month’s project is no exception!

Here’s one of the cards I will be sending to family and friends this month.  It uses products from the Paisleys & Posies suite.  This one begins with a Night of Navy card base that is layered with a 5 3/8 x 4″ panel cut from the Navy/Copper-Foiled DSP sheet from the Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP beelinestamping-com-11-1-16pack.  The Layering Ovals Framelits were used to create the focal point.  The largest oval was cut from the Copper-Foiled Dots DSP sheet (also Petals & Paisleys), the scalloped oval was cut from Copper Foil Sheets, and the top layer was stamped with a greeting from the Paisleys & Posies set and embossed with Copper Embossing Powder.  The lower edge was finished with a strip of Copper Foil Sheet.  Simple, elegant and quick!

One more thing I wanted to fill you in on – there’s a new Promo for the month of November and it’s a good one!!  SU is giving us a sneak peek at something that will be coming out in next year’s catalog – Stitched Framelits!!  I can’t tell you how long I’ve wished for these, and I’m thrilled that we will be able to get our hands on them early!  If that wasn’t enough, there’s a whole list of stamp sets that will be on sale for the month of November too!  Details can be found here.  Once you’ve made your selections, place your order in my online store.  Kind of like an early Christmas present, eh?  Both offers will only be around this month – so don’t wait to get yours!!

Ok, now off you go to see what Kathya has in store for you!  As always, thanks so much for stopping by…



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Halloween Blog Hop



Boo!  It’s time for a blog hop and this month we are featuring all things Halloween!  Did Di’s project give you that haunted feeling?  Ha!

My project was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest by Linda Callahan.  It was the eyes peeking out from the left side of the card that got me and so I set out to CASE her spooky creation.  Don’t know about you, but spiders generally creep me out and so I thought this was a perfect card for Halloween!  I did change it up a bit to use spiders from the Jar of Haunts stamp set.beelinestamping-com-10-1-16

The brick wall background is from the Halloween Night Specialty DSP pack, and the jar is from Jar of Love.  I can’t tell you how much I’m loving all the stamp sets that coordinate with existing stamp and framelit sets.  Really helps stretch your stampin’ bucks!

Stampin’ Up! has two promos that begin today.  The first, in honor of World Card-Making Day, offers several items at a discounted price – one of them is Fast Fuse adhesive!  Time to stock up.  A list of the sale items can be found here.  This one only runs through October 5th, so get your orders in.

The second promo is Buy 3, Get One Free on DSP (Designer Series Paper) packs.  This one starts today and runs through the end of the month.  Two of the Christmas paper packs are included in the promo!  The DSP packs that are eligible for the promo can be found on this flyer.

Hop back on the broom and we’ll send you over to see what Kathya is going to haunt you with.  Thanks for stopping by – have a great weekend!



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2016 Holiday Catalog Blog Hop

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Ho, Ho, Ho! It’s blog hop time again and this month we are featuring projects made from the 2016 Holiday Catalog that went live this morning!  Di’s projects are always adorable and this one is no exception.  Hope you can hang with us for the whole hop – there’s some great stuff coming up!

Don’t know how they do it, but year after year, Stampin’ Up! manages to wow me with their Holiday Catalog products.  One of my absolute favorites for this year is Cookie Cutter Christmas with a matching Builder Punch.  I had my first Christmas Stamp-a-Stack class last week and one of the cards was done with this bundle.  What do you think? 9-1-16

We started with a Crumb Cake base layered with a Real Red embossed panel using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder.  It puts an extra deep impression in the cardstock and really makes it look 3D – very cool!!  Next we added a strip of Whisper White and another strip of DSP from the Candy Cane Lane pack.  Three Gingerbread men were stamped with Soft Suede on Whisper White, punched out and popped up with dimensionals.  Finally, we stamped and punched the bow ties with Real Red ink on Real Red cardstock.

We are on baby watch around our house – my second granddaughter will make her appearance any day now.  Part of the Cookie Cutter stamp set has a darling little teddy bear in it – it’ll make a perfect addition to the gift I’ve got prepared! And, if you think the Christmas version of the Cookie Cutter set is cute – wait till you see the Halloween set that also matches the same punch!  Even more bang for your buck..

Ok kids – off you go to see what Mary has to delight you with.  I want to thank you for hopping with us.  Make sure you get a copy of this latest Catalog – if you need one, please holler at me and I’ll get you taken care of, Ok?

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Di’s Country INKers Simply Summer Blog Hop

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Welcome to our August edition of Di’s Country INKers blog hop. Whether you’ve arrived from seeing Di’s project or you’re just now joining us, a big welcome to you!

When I think of summer, lots of things come to mind. Sunshine, flowers, birds, picnics, watermelon – these are some of the things I enjoy most at this 8-1-16time of year. My card today is loaded with the flowers from the Swirly Bird stamp set as well as in the Affectionately Yours Designer Series Paper. If I were a painter, I might be able to compose a picture of a picnic in the sunshine with some sweet watermelon to eat, but since I am a stamper, I have to find other ways to represent some of these things. Instead, I used inks to convey the feeling – Daffodil Delight brings in the sunshine, and Watermelon Wonder is – well, you get the ‘picture’. Oh, and I almost forgot – Cucumber Crush is kind of a picnic-y thing too – HA! My card was accented with some pearls, a little clear Wink of Stella, and a bit of Linen Thread. The sentiment from Watercolor Wings was stamped in Watermelon Wonder ink on a banner made with the Duet Banner punch. (I love how you can get the photopolymer stamps to hold a bend on the acrylic blocks that matches the curve of these banners!)

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  If you’re ready to see some more great stuff, I’ll send you off to Kathya to continue on the hop.  A full list of all the stops on today’s hop follows.  Have a great rest of your day, and take some time to create!

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My First SUDSOL Blog Tour!


I’m thrilled to be joining some very talented stampers in my very first SUDSOL blog tour! In case you’re wondering, SUDSOL is a membership site where Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from all over the globe get together online to chat, help, and support each other in our Stampin’ businesses.  From creative samples, tutorials, and class outlines to business tips, discussion forums, and blog tools, Sudsol is wealth of information exclusively for demonstrators.  One of my most-used tools that comes included with my membership is Instant Icons.  Each time I do a blog post, I use the Instant Icons feature to add images and direct links to my online store for the products I’ve used in making my projects.  All I need do is enter my demonstrator ID# and a list of the product numbers I’ve used and Instant Icons creates an html file that I copy and past into my blog post.  Couldn’t be easier!!  We even have our own Pin boards where we can save inspiration for classes that our customers won’t see.  Would you like to see how it all works and what SUDSOL is all about?  Sign up for the FREE 2-week trial and see for yourself!

I’ve had several occasions this month that I needed Wedding and Anniversary cards for, so the projects I’ll be showing you today are the cards I made with the Floral Phrases stamp set and coordinating Detailed Floral Thinlits dies.  The cards I made with them look like I spent hours on them, but in reality, each of them took just minutes to make – they were that easy!  Here are the first two: 7-12-16A

The full-sized card began with an 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 sheet of Whisper White scored at 4 1/4 for the base.  A second panel of Whisper White cut at 5 1/4 x 4 was die cut at the top and bottom with the Detailed Floral Thinlits Dies.  The greeting was stamped in Night of Navy and the panel was accented with a bit of the Night of Navy Baker’s Twine and some Rhinestones.  It was adhered to the base with the Fine Tip Glue Pen.  So elegant, yet so easy to do!  I used one of our Note Cards and Envelopes to create the Thank You card.  A little stamping in Night of Navy and some of the Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape made that card come together in under 5 minutes.

My next project was done for my dear Aunt and Uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary. 7-12-16B

I started with an 11 x 4 1/4 sheet of Night of Navy and scored it at 2 1/4″ and 7 3/4″ then used the Floral Thinlits dies to die cut each of the flaps. 7-12-16C

For the inside of the card, I used a 8 x 5 1/4 sheet of Shimmery White that was scored at 4″.  After stamping and gold embossing the “Happy Anniversary” from Number of Years, I stamped the inside in Night of Navy and added a bit of the Floral Boutique Washi Tape. 7-12-16D

The whole package is held together with a bit of the Night of Navy Baker’s Twine.  The embellishment on the front was done with the Lots of Labels thinlits and some Gold Glimmer Paper and Night of Navy Cardstock.  I had intended to use the Large Numbers Framelits for the “50” but they proved to be a bit too large for what I wanted to do, so I die-cut them on my Cameo.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  It’s now time to send you to the next stop on the tour.  I hope I’ve been able to inspire you today and that you’ll consider becoming a SUDSOL member.  And if you’re not yet a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, why not join both?!

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It’s almost time for another blog hop!  Be sure to stop back on July 12th to see all the talent that will be on display.

What is SUDSOL, you ask?  Is it an online chat forum?  Is it a place for tips for your stamping business?  Is it a collection of tutorials?  Is it a place for inspiration?  Yes to all of this and more!  SUDSOL is a fabulous resource specifically for and dedicated to stampin’ demonstrators.  Join us for the hop on the 12th, then take advantage of the 2 week free trial!



Red, White, and Blue Blog Hop

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It’s the first of the month and that means a Di’s Country INKers blog hop.  This month we are featuring the color combo of (naturally) Red, White, and Blue!  A big thank you to Di for sending you over for a visit.  I loved the project she had to show today – how about you?

When I first saw the Jar of Love stamp set and matching framelits, I knew it was going to jump into my shopping cart.  It has all sorts of things to fill the jars with; flowers, lightening bugs, hearts, greenery and even a goldfish!  So cute!  For my card, I went with the flowers in, of course, red, white, and 7-1-16a

I started with a Real Red card base and gave it a layer of DSP from the Floral Boutique pack.  A Whisper White tag made with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch was the foundation of the focal piece.  The jar was stamped in Night of Navy classic ink and cut out with a framelit.  I added several flowers that were stamped in Real Red, and Night of Navy and cut them out with the matching framelits.  The sentiment was stamped with Night of Navy and accented with a Real Red heart then clear embossed over it to give it a bit of shine and dimension.  The card was finished with one of the new Delicate White Doilies and a bit of Washi Tape from the Floral Boutique set. A few rhinestones and a Night of Navy bow were added as bling.

Off you go to see what Kathya has in store for you.  I hope you have a very happy and safe 4th of July holiday.  And if you catch some lightening bugs, better stamp some jars to put them in!

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New Catalog, New Products!

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It’s finally here!  It’s June 1st and the brand-new 2016-2017 Annual Catalog goes live today!    You may have arrived from Mary’s blog.  Her projects are always so inspiring!  If you’re just joining us, be sure to hit all the stops on the hop.  This month, we’ve chosen to show you projects made with new products that you can now order.

My niece has just graduated from college, and I needed a special card to mark the occasion.  I sifted through my box of pre-order products and realized that I hadn’t yet played with the Confetti Celebration stamp set nor had I used any of the DSP sheets from Pop of Pink.  Put them together and you come up with a rather nifty Graduation card!  Take a peek… 6-1-16b

I started with a base of Basic Black layered with Whisper White Thick cardstock and topped with the Melon Mambo polka dot pattern from Pop of Pink DSP.  I used the brand-new Sprinkles punch to make confetti to fill my shaker card with.  And speaking of shaker cards, we have another new product to make them with – Foam Adhesive Strips! A bit of Melon Mambo thick baker’s twine and Pop of Pink washi tape helped embellish my card. 6-1-16aI decorated the inside of the card too, only I forgot to take a photo before I’d written a note in it.  That part’s a bit personal, but I can show you the decorative part that was done with the Balloon Bouquet punch and more of the DSP and cardstock.  Cute, eh?

Ok then, time to send you off to see what Kathya has worked with.  Thanks so much for stopping by today.   If you get off track on today’s hop, the stops are listed below.



P.S. If you don’t already have your copy of the new catalog, please holler at me and I’ll get one out to you!

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