Dinosaur Punch Art

I’ve been seeing throw back Thursday on Facebook a lot and I thought it would be fun to do it on my blog.  I’m not sure that Thursday will always be a throw back, but I’ll try.  If you are like me you keep stamps, punches and even paper that you love even though you can’t by them anymore.  So I figure why not share some fun ideas to do with them.  Maybe I’ll even make some new projects using retired products.  Who knows.  So now lets get on with the project because hey that’s the fun part right?

Dino Chart

Every year Stampin’ Up! has a contest called the Artisan Design contest.  I’ve entered many years, while I’ve never won I’ve had my projects shown at Convention and I’ve enjoyed creating them.  It does however make me sad to give them away.  Some of them I’ve re-created and some I’m still planning on it.  This is one of the still planning on it projects.  Hopefully before my little boy grows out of dinosaurs.  I think this was the hardest one to give away and I wish I had it still.  It was also quite big so I actually took it to Stampin’ Up! (Good thing I live close.)

Dino Chart Top

This is the top of the chart.  I used MDS to create all the pictures for the chart.  I changed them all to Sepia so they would match and added a fun background.  I also added the age and height.  He was only 5 when I made the chart so I left spots to add more pictures over the years.  I attached twigs to the top to hang it with.  Of course the top picture is when he was born.  So cute.

Bird Dino

Here’s a better picture of the bird Dino.  All of the dino’s are made using punch art and shapes from the big shot.  Can anyone guess where I got my inspiration for my characters.  Yep “Land Before Time.”  You can also see the close up of the texture on the letters.  I cut them out of chip board and paper, then glued the textured paper to the clipboard.

Green Dino

Next is my green Dino working his way up the mountain.  The mountain is just created by tearing up paper and crumbling it up then smoothing it out.  I used the directly to paper technique to add texture.  (That’s where you just take the ink pad straight to the paper to highlight the texture and edges.)

Brown Dino

Here’s the brown Dino.  I think I actually used the leave die to make the splotches on his back.  You’ll noticed I also added some grass to the mountain by just tearing up paper and snipping the edges.

Orange Dino

This one wasn’t really in the movie, but I wanted one more to work with the spacing.  I think he turned out cute.  He also had to be orange because that’s my son’s favorite color.  The ruler was created by using the simply scored tool.  I placed a cardboard so I would know how far to score each section so they stayed even.  Then I flipped it over and used a sponge to highlight the marks and added the numbers with the calender set.


T-Rex Dino

Of course we had to have the T-Rex at the bottom chasing the little Dino’s up the chart.  I left space on the side so that I could mark the height and write the date.  My son was very disappointed that I gave away the T-Rex.  That’s his favorite Dino.  Just posting about this makes me want to re-create it.

I hope you have enjoyed my throw back Thursday.  As you can see I really do love punch art.  It’s so fun to see what you can create using our awesome punches.  Especially something they weren’t designed for.

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Pink Birthday Card

Today I want to share with you another cute card that we will be doing tomorrow at my Stamp-a-rama Stampin’ Buffet.  This is another cute card created my by amazingly talented friend Ashley.Calls for Pink B-day Card

I like this card because it uses the Envelope Punch Board to create the folder card look.  The cute cupcake punch is perfect with the saying.  This Birthday saying is one of the ones in the set Remembering your Birthday that I talked about yesterday included in the Birthday Bash Bundle for Sale-a-bration.  Be sure to join me tomorrow when you can make this cute card for just $1.00 and many more.

Earn free Sale-a-brations for every $50.00 you spend.   You can order Order online 24/7 use hostess code S4P3TRBA.

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Products used:

CoastalCabana, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Gray

Remembering Your Birthday
Wood- #131347 $23.95
Clear- #131350 $17.95

Cupcake Builder #121807 $16.95
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Boarder #119275 $15.95
2-3/8″ Scallop Circle #118874 $16.95

Silver Glimmer Paper #124005 $4.95
2013-2015 In-Color Designer Series Paper Stacks #130136 $21.95
Brights Designer Series Paper Stacks #130134 $21.95
Whisper White Baker’s Twine $2.95
Envelope Punch Board #133774 $19.95
Melon Mambo 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon $5.95
Bitty Buttons- Retired
Just a note I am tweaking this card just a bit to fit with the supplies I have on hand.  I’ll try to post a picture tomorrow when it’s completed along with an update on the supplies I changed.

Sale-a-bration 2014

Who’s ready to Sale-a-brate?  I know I am.  I love Sale-a-brations.  As a demonstrator we have the opportunity to start earning exclusive Sale-a-bration items a month early so I’ve had the chance to play with them already.  Right now I have three favorites.  The banner blast set with matching punch and the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder.

I’m excited to offer you 2 fun ideas where you can get these for free.  Well at least 2 of them.

Birthday Bash Bundle Cards

First is the Birthday Bash Bundle on page 5 of the Sale-a-bration Catalog.  It includes products to make at least 20 cards, possibly 40.  Here are some additional samples that I came up with.  So cute and simple.  Several are like the ones they show and a few of my own.  If you order this bundle I will send you complete instructions of how to complete the cards.

Wood Bundle 135316 $61.80
Clear Bundle 135317 $55.80 (Block sold Separately)
Banner Blast
Wood #133551
Clear #133554

Join Paper Pumpkin by February 10th and you’ll receive the 2012-2014 in-color markers for free.  Then you can create the same fun cards in even more great colors.  Click here to Join Now!   Plus you’ll get cute new projects straight to your door step each month. You can cancel at anytime so give it a try.

Banner Bash Card

You can spice it up a bit by ordering $50 more in products and get the punch to go with it.  This is one of my favorite cards from this months Stampin’ Buffet using the Banner Bash and matching punch.    Come this Thursday and make this cute card for just $1.00.  Plus there are lots of other great cards to choose from.

Banner Punch #133519

Follow My Heart Card

My other favorite is the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder which I’m totally in love with and have used on almost everything since I got it.  I showed this card the other day and I just love how the texture makes the heart pop.  Just in case you didn’t hear these products are still available until Valentines or while supplies last.  Click here for more info.

If you love the folders like me and you don’t have a big shot yet.  I’m excited to announce the return of a very popular product.  The Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.  When you buy it along with 3 folders you’ll qualify for a free sale-a-bration items so you can get the Decorative Dots for free.  How awesome is that.  Click here for more info.

So if you are ready to Sale-a-Brate check on the catalog then give me a call to place your order.  Or better yet book a party or join me team.  Check out below what you can earn.

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Thank You card from Shelli Gardner


I got the most amazing surprise in the mail this weekend.  A thank you note from Shelli Gardner.  It was hand addressed by her with a message written just from her.  I was so excited and touched.  This is just one of the many reasons I love this company.  For those of you who don’t know who Shelli Gardner is let me tell you.  She is the co-founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up!  But more than that she is one of the most amazing people I have ever met.  She truly cares about everyone she meets.  She is so genuine and honest.  You just feel better being around her.  She doesn’t think of herself as anything amazing even though we all think she is.  She’s very down to earth and treats you like you are someone special.  I love going to events and listen to her speak.  I’ve had the opportunity to meet her on several occasions and she loves hearing about you and what you like.


This is me and Shelli at the Hawaii incentive trip I earned a while back.  One of the first times I was able to spend some time with her.  One of my most memorable experiences from a Stampin’ Up! event was when my little girl got sick at Leadership and her Husband (Sterling) and Son-in-law (Sean) helped me.  They continued to check in with me the rest of the time to make sure she was doing well and they love hearing updates about her when I see them at events.  Shelli has an amazing husband and family.  I just can’t say enough good things about them.  Now I’m sure they have their faults like all of us, but I’ve enjoyed spending time with them whenever I’ve had the chance.


So you are probably wondering why I got this surprise thank you note in the mail.  Several months back I was given the opportunity to help Stampin’ Up! with a project they were doing with the Advisory Board.  The Advisory Board is a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who are asked to serve for a year as advisers in helping Stampin’ Up! to know the needs of the demonstrators.  I wanted to bring a little Thank You for the opportunity to work with these amazing women.  You may remember this picture from a post a while back.


I made zucchini bread and added this cute little tag.  I made one for each Advisory Board member as well as some extra for the staff who helped.  Shelli’s daughter (Sara) was also there and I was excited because I really wanted to give one to Shelli as well.  This was just a couple weeks after Shelli’s horse accident where she fell horseback riding in the Grand Canyon and was injured pretty bad.  I thought the bread would make her happy so I asked Sara to take one to her  I never expected to get anything back.  I just wanted her to know how much I appreciate everything thing she does for us and Stampin’ Up! and I wanted her to get well quickly.  It was so fun to get this thank you note and it meant so much to me.  I just goes to show that sending a hand written note especially in a hand stamped card or MDS card can mean so much.  I hope you will take the opportunity today to send a note to someone special and make their day.

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Whole Lot of love cards

Whole Lot of Love promotions ends tomorrow.  Here’s a couple of fun samples I’ve made.  I’d thought I’d share them with you so you can be inspired and grab some up before they are gone.

Monster Valentine Card

I’ve enjoyed playing with some of the fun products featured in the Whole Lot Of Love promotion.  First off is a card I made using the the Monster Valentines.  I bought them for my son to make for his class.  I couldn’t decide between the boy ones and the girls ones so I bought a package of each and figured he could make girls for the girls and boys for the boys.  I also know it means there will be extra’s so I could have a little fun with them.  I think it turned out supper cute.  I’m so in love with the Decorative Dots Embossing folder that you can earn for Free during Sale-a-Bration’s starting on Tuesday.

Follow My Heart Card

The second card features the Follow your Heart stamp set.  The clear is sold out already, but last I heard they still have it available in wood.  This set is so cute, you will want it for sure.  I added some of the fun gold product from the occasions catalog and of course the Decorative Dots Embossing folder.  It’s been fun working with the gold baker’s twine.  It’s a bit thicker than the normal baker’s twine and it’s cream colored instead of white, but love the accent.

So hopefully you’ve been inspired and want to order these before they are gone.  You can order Order online 24/7 use hostess code S4P3TRBA.

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Products used:

Monster Card

Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White

Perfect Pennants
Wood- #133227 $29.95
Clear- #133230 $21.95

Big Shot:
Magnetic Platform #130658 $39.95
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder #133520 $FREE – SAB
Banners Framelits Die #132173 $26.95

Island Indigo Baker’s Twine #125575 $2.95
Monster Hugs Girl #132163 $5.95

Follow Your Heart Card

Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Gold

Follow My Heart
Wood- #13461 $15.95
Clear- Sold Out

Big Shot:
Magnetic Platform #130658 $39.95
Decorative Dots Embossing Folder #133520 $FREE – SAB
Hearts Collection Framelits Die #125599 $26.95

Gold Baker’s Twine #132975 $3.50
Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape #133000 $4.95
Gold Metallic Encore Pad #132141 $9.95
Heat Tool #129053 $29.95

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Whole Lot of Love Products Still Available to Order

January 27, 2014

The Whole Lot of Love promotion has ended, but we still have some products in stock. Available until 11:59 PM (MT) on February 14, 2014 or while supplies last.

  • 131850: Love You More Stamp Set (wood-mount)
  • 131853: Love You More Stamp Set (clear-mount)
  • 134611: Follow My Heart Stamp Set (wood-mount)
  • 134617: Flowerfull Heart Stamp
  • 132862: Toujours + d’amour Stamp Set
  • 134610: Sweetheart Treat Bags
  • 132162: Monster Hugs Boy
  • 132163: Monster Hugs  Girl
  • 134609: Sweet Sayings Cards and Envelopes