Greatest Journey

Have you ever fallen in love more with the dies than with the stamp set?

That is how I felt when I first saw this suite. It was the dies that drew me to them. Maybe because my family is very outdoors and we love to camp, hike and bike and I thought these would be perfect to make cards for them and scrapbook pages. When I started to play with this stamp set I really wanted to use the blending brushes in a unique and different way. I chose to use the dies to cut out a template that I held to create a layered effect on the card. Rather than having a blended look by using the template I was able to create depth to the background without adding more layers. I finished it off by layering cardstock that I embossed the saying on with white embossing powder and the used one of the die cut images as a focal point.

I originally created this card as a swap with my Stampin’ Up! team and I’m happy to report that I was one of the winners of the swap with this card. Here is a close up picture where you can see the detail better.

After creating the card for the swap I decided I wanted to see what I could come up with using some of the other images and sayings in the set. Here’s what I came up with. What do you think? I still like the first one the best, but I like these as well. I know I’ve said this before, but I’m sad this one didn’t carry over from the mini catalog as I think it’s a great set and I love the dies.

  • 160588 – Greatest Journey (R) (M)
  • 160593 – Greatest Journey Dies (R) (M)
  • 160594 – Greatest Journey Bundle (R) (M)
  • 160597 – Three Twine Combo Pack, Pumpkin Pie, (R) (M)
  • 160518 – Small Blending Brushes (C) (M)
  • 153611 – Blending Brushes (C)
  • 160519 – Blending Brush Storage (C) (M)
  • 155554 – Stampin’ Emboss Powders, White, (C)
  • 129053 – Heat Tool (C)
  • 147277 – Craft Stampin’ Ink, White (C)
  • Colors – Mango Melody (R), Cajun Craze (C), Orchid Oasis (C), Highland Heather (C), Starry Sky (C), Basic Gray (C), Basic Black (C), Basic White (C)

(R) Retiring, (C) Carrying Over, (M) Found in the Mini Catalog

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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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Thank You card

Over the weekend I went to a Stampin’ Up! Training meeting with my awesome up-line and group.  These events are always filled with friends, great training and fun projects that I will be sharing with you.  However we also usually have a card swap and contest.  I was so excited to find out that I won second place with my Thank You card.  So I just had to share it with all of you.  You may notice that some of it looks familiar.  I took the tag from my Zucchini from the other day and created a card.  Hope you enjoy it.

Thank You Card

Materials used:

Colors-  Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze


Off the Grid, Gorgeous Grunge, Lots of Thanks, Magnificent Maple*


Early Esspresso Core’dinations Cardstock w/ Sanding System, Woodgrain Embossing folder w/ Big Shot, Linen Thread, 1-1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, Stampin’ Sponges, Stampin’ Distress Tool

I love “My Digital Studio”!

I just love this program.  It’s so easy to use and I have so much fun creating with it.   Here’s a fun page I created using just the basic program.  I used the punches to create Goofy just like I did on my card in real life.

Just a quick reminder now you can try it out for FREE.  It’s simple; add the free My Digital Studio Express trial (item 129600) to your online shopping cart, and then download and install it from your Download Manager.   Click here to start shopping and download your free program.  Once you try it I’m sure you will want to keep using it.  You can purchase the DVD program from me or on-line or you can order the express version on-line.

With the FREE trial, you’ll get:

“MDS” Contest

Win the Sale-a-bration “My Digital Studio” DVD.  It’s easy here’s how to enter.

  1. Down-load “MDS” and have some fun creating a card or scrap-book page with it.
  2. Save your project as a JPEG (share option) and up-load it to my Facebook page or e-mail it to me and I will up-load it.
  3. Share the page with your friend and invite them to like my page and vote for you project.
  4. Invite your friends to down-load the program and join in the fun.
  5. Contest Entries must be up-loaded before March 31st.
  6. Winner will be picked based on:  # of votes, quality and creativity of the project.  Voting will begin April 1st and end April 10th.
  7. Winner will be announced on my blog and Facebook on April 15th.

Good Luck and have fun!

Last Day

Hey just a quick reminder that today is the last day you can contact me with your booked parties to have a chance at joining for free.  It may be as simple as booking your own party and you could be starting your own Stampin’ Up! business.  I would love to have you as part as my team.  If you have any questions give me a call or send me an e-mail.  I look forward to having you as part of my team.

Start your own Stampin’ Up! business for free

Just imagine

getting fun product like this for free.

I’ve just returned from a fabulous Leadership Convention in Nashville TN.  I’m so inspired and excited to work my Stampin’ Up! business and I’m looking forward to have new members to join my team.  As many of you may know Sale-a-brations is just around the corner and of course it’s the best time of the year to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  Just as a quick recap Sale-a-brations is when everyone earns free products that includes customers, hostesses and demonstrators.

So your probably wondering about the free kit.  Stampin’ Up! is working hard to build their team of Demonstrators and really wanted to help us bring more wonderful people like you into the Stampin’ Up! family.  So they are offering one free kit to every demonstrator who attended leadership.  As much as I would love to give one to each of you since I can’t I thought I would offer a little contest to those who are interested.

I’m looking for someone who loves Stampin’ Up! products and is looking for the opportunity to share what they love with others.  Of course with the Stampin’ Up! opportunity you will also be able to bring a nice income it to support your habit or help out with the family or anything else you need.

Here’s the details of the contest:

1- First e-mail me that you are interested in participating.  Please include your name and phone #.  Due to time constrains you must live with in 2 hours of me to participate.

2- Contact me to set up your own party during sale-a-brations.  This will be your starter party and I will help you with it so you’ll be sure to get your business off to a great start.

3- Get on the phone and start booking parties.  The parties need to be during Sale-a-brations which is January 25th – March 31st.  After you e-mail me that you are in I will e-mail you a sample script to help you in booking your parties.

4- E-mail me with your list of parties.  Please include the Hostesses Name, Address and Phone # as well as the date at time of the party.

5- Everyone who participates and books at least 3 parties (this includes your own) will receive a bonus gift.  (Your party must be completed to qualify.)

6- You need to e-mail me your parties by 5:00 PM mountain time on Thursday January 20th.  I will call the winner that night so that we can have the paperwork post marked by Friday.

7- The person who books the most parties will win.

You may be wondering what happens if you aren’t the winner.  That’s up to you however I hope that you will still consider joining my team.  During Sale-a-brations you can sign up for 15% off of the starter kit.  That puts your total at 148.75 plus tax with free shipping.  On top of that you will also receive a bonus kit worth $50.00.  If you have at least 3 parties booked you could have your kit paid for and then start earning your own money right away.  I will also have a bonus getting started class for all new team members.

The one thing I do ask when you agree to participate is that you follow through with your party.  Then we can go from there on the rest.

Thanks so much for participating and I look forward to working with all of you soon.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  435-245-5321 or 435-232-2655 or email me at