Monday, August 18, 2014

Saying Goodbye to the Carryover List



Stampin' Up! has several stamp sets, framelits and punches that are on a carryover list and will retire on August 27th.  There are several popular items on this soon-to-be retired list that you'll want to get while they are still available.  You can see the entire carryover list here.  Probably the most popular item with my customers was the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (128051  $25.95) and coordinating framelits (127816  $24.95).  You can make different types of ornaments and flowers with this set.  One of the more elaborate versions is on this Christmas clothespin wreath.


This snowflake can be made using the Festive Flurry stamp set  (131791  $29.95) and coordinating framelits (132193  $24.95).  You can see the tutorial for making the bag here. The bag only uses one sheet of 8 1/2 x 11" cardstock.


This Christmas card uses Greetings of the Season (128033  $11.95) in such a cute way.


I love the big sentiments that come with Snowflake Soiree (127925  $21.95).  This card uses a
folded paper technique that is easy to do yet looks like you spent a lot more time putting it together.  

Remember that the last day to order the items from the carryover list is August 27th. Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Punch Art Santa Tag Tutorial



This Stampin' Up! Punch Art Santa Tag was inspired by the Star Santas that I used to paint when I did tole painting.  Thanks to the Star Framelits and punches, this is now a quick and easy project compared to painting a Star Santa.  LOL!


The video tutorial has more tips on how to make the tag and the custom ribbon.  Notice the small staples that attach the ribbon to the tag?  Stampin' Up! now has a handheld mini stapler.  WooHoo!

The words on the tag come from the soon-to-be-available Good Greetings Hostess Stamp Set.  More information will be coming on how to get that stamp set.  I love that font!  And as the stamp set says, it includes some really good greetings!


One thing I love about Punch Art is the seeing versatility of a punch.  Who would have thought that the Bird Builder Punch can make a wonderful Santa mustache!

Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
135017 Good Greetings Hostess Stamp Set hostess
136829 Endless Wishes Stamp Set $15.95
133723 Stars Framelits $26.95
122361 Petite Pennants Builder Punch $16.95
117191 Bird Builder Punch $16.95
119855 Large Oval Punch $15.95
134364 1/4" Circle Handheld Punch $8.95
135850 Handheld Stapler $8.95
135847 Silver Mini Staples $3.95
127844 7/8" Cotton Ribbon $7.95

Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Country Christmas Tree Card with Tutorial and Challenge



I made this Country Christmas Tree card for a demonstrator swap.  The challenge was that the project had to include some of Stampin' Up!'s designer series paper.  When I saw Andrea's project, I just had to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) it for this swap.  It was perfect for showcasing the Nordic Noel designer series paper in Stampin' Up!'s upcoming Holiday catalog.  Be sure to check out the challenge I'm offering to you at the bottom of this post.


The video tutorial includes the measurements and some tips for making this a quick and easy Christmas card.


Here is a close up of the Country Christmas Tree card.  Notice the Joy and Noel sentiments?  Those come from the Bright and Beautiful Stamp set.  You can get that through August 31 as a bundle with the coordinating framelits for the stars in the stamp set.  I used the smallest star framelit to die cut the star out of Red Glimmer Paper.

Your Challenge

Like any Christmas tree, this country version can be changed to use the paper and embellishments that you have on hand.  I would love to see your version, so here is the challenge.  Make your version of this Country Christmas tree and email it to me by August 31, 2014.  I'll post the entries on my DIY Christmas Pinterest board and the card with the most likes and pins by September 13th will win a prize!  I'm looking forward to seeing what you create.

p.s.  While I will post your card if you are from outside of the US, unfortunately, I can only offer prizes to people who live in the US due to international regs.  :(


Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
130517 Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set $17.95
135029 Bright & Beautiful Stamp Set $24.95
133723 Stars Framelits $26.95
101780 Foam Ink Pad $7.50
101780 Whisper White Craft Ink Refill $4.25
127821 Woodgrain Embossing Folder $7.95
132822 Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper $10.95
121790 Red Glimmer Paper $4.95
132975 Gold Metallic Baker's Twine $3.50
132983 Gold Sequin Trim $4.95
126881 Little Labels Punch Pack $16.95
126883 Ticket Duo Builder Punch $15.95

Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek: Wonderous Wreath



At Stampin' Up!'s Convention 2014, we were able to play with several new products.  One of the items we got to try out was the Wonderous Wreath stamp set and framelits.  I made this card using the sample wreath I made at Stampin' Up!'s convention.  I'm looking forward to getting my very own stamp set and framelits to make more!

The Wonderous Wreath stamps are clear photopolymer so you can see where to stamp each layer.  The wreath is 3 layers.  Here is a picture of the layers from the display board at Inspire Create Share 2014.  After stamping, the wreath is die cut with the coordinating framelits. 



Notice the curved sentiment, Season's Greetings?  This video tutorial shows you how to stamp the curved sentiment and make the punch art bow.

Here is the picture tutorial.  Notice how you can use the same photopolymer stamp for a curved or straight sentiment?

Stampin' Supplies

Item Description Price
136819 Watercolor Winter Too Stamp Set $11.95
137624 Wonderous Wreath Stamps & Framelits Bundle $43.25
130249 Mosaic Madness Stamp Set $18.95
133787 Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack $16.95
133519 Banner Punch $12.95
134364 1/4" Circle Handheld Punch $8.95

Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Friday, August 1, 2014

Swapping Stampin' Up! Style: Thank You Cards



Can you believe the wonderful variety of cards I received at Stampin' Up!'s Convention 2014?  The Work of Art stamp continues to be one of the most popular and versatile stamp sets in the new catalog.  Shirley Griffith made this card using three of the newest In Colors:  Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss.


Nichole Smith made this card using the same sentiment from the Another Thank You stamp set.


Cherie Hunt made this thank you card using the sentiment from Four You and the Moonlight Designer Series Paper Stack.


Rosemarrie Gonzalez made her card using the Hello There hostess stamp set and the All Abloom Designer Series Paper Stack.


This card by Katrin Lord uses the I Like You hostess stamp set. 


Here is the Work of Art stamp set again in a patriotic-themed thank you card by Suzy Hatfield.


This card by Vicki Bell using the Work of Art stamp is one of the fastest cards you will ever make.  You pick a dark color, ink up the stamp once, stamp and then continue stamping down the card front without re-inking.  You'll get a quick and easy ombre look using only one color!  Vicki is in my downline and this quick and easy card was inspired by one that we made at our demonstrator retreat.

Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Swapping Stampin' Up! Style: Birthday Cards



Today I’m sharing the birthday cards I received while swapping with other independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators at #InspireCreateShare2014. You can see other swaps and convention highlights in all of my posts this week.

Cathy Bartlett used the Big News stamp set and Sweet Taffy Designer Series Paper to make this bold and bright birthday card. I like the way she used four different papers as her background. You’ll see other versions of this technique with some of the other swaps I received.


Amanda Cardera used the same Big News stamp set for her birthday card.  It looks so different with the change in color and layout.  Notice how she used the silver glimmer paper to highlight the sentiment?  And the WooHoo! flag at the bottom is adorable.  She gets kudos for fussy cutting for a swap.  Here is my IAM (In A Minute) video on fussy cutting.


Sue Stromquist did a wonderful job combining the Star Framelits and star punch to make this striking card.


Unfortunately, this card that uses Amazing Birthday doesn't have a label on it.  If you happen to know who made this card, please contact me so I can give them credit.


Janace Charbonneau made this card using the Flower Patch stamp set and coordinating framelits.  I love her color choices and the use of Basic Gray as the background.  The Lovely Lace textured embossing folder gives a wonderful subtle touch to the card.


Kate Liechty used Smoky Slate and Basic Gray for her background with this card that features the Perfect Pennants stamp set.  The combination of grays really makes the other colors pop.


And last but not least is this birthday card by Karen Duke featuring the Life in the Forest stamp set.  So cute and cheery.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the wonderful swaps that I received at Stampin' Up!'s convention 2014. Stay tuned for still more swap cards in the next several days.

Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Swapping Stampin' Up! Style



One of my favorite things to do at a Stampin' Up! event is swap cards.  Here are a few pictures of what it looks like.  Stampin' Up! demonstrators carry cards to exchange with other demonstrators and at places like convention, you'll see these swap-portunities show up everywhere.  I've swapped at the airport, on the plane, on the bus, and naturally at the Salt Lake Palace convention center.  You make many samples of the same card and then trade them.  It's a wonderful way to greet friends, meet new friends and have a wide variety of cards to share when you get back home.



I came home with many wonderful swaps.  Here is the first of many posts with some of my swap cards.  Debbie Adelt made this stunning card using the Wetlands stamp set.  She used watercolor paper and spritzed the paper to give it that watercolor look.  This was the swap that almost didn't happen.  Janet Holmes came up to be and asked if I had any swap cards left.  I answered yes and gave her one.  Off she went and brought back this card.  She had passed by the woman swapping this card and knew that I would love the card, so thank you Janet and Debbie!


Carolyn Rice made this punch art camera which can be a card or an embellishment.  She used the File Tab edgelit to make the top of the camera and circle punches for the lens.  Notice how she used the argyle embossing folder to add texture to the black?  The smallest ticket from the Ticket Duo punch is the button on the camera.  What a great imagination Carolyn has to design this swap card!


Leslie Mahon made this card with the fabulous background using the Beautifully Baroque embossing folder and inks to show off the details.  The color coordination is gorgeous!

I'll continue to share my convention swaps and details when I have them in the upcoming days.  Starting with my Sunday 7/27/2014 post are more of the inspiring and creative ideas that I would like to share from #InspireCreateShare2014.

Visit my online store to get what you want for your next project.  Remember that when you purchase $25 or more in product, you are eligible for my Rewards Program.

Creatively yours,

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX
My Online Store