Where Have I Been?

Our Grandchildren have been visiting us here at the beach without their Mother.  I have missed making cards while they have been here.  They have to return to VA in order to start school on Monday, so I plan on doing lots of designing, creating, stamping, watercoloring, and attaching it all to card stock for some beautiful cards. Lots of ink, paper, Designer Series Paper, stamps, clear blocks, and just plain having fun! Check back next week to see what I will be posting to this site.

Dove of Peace

While I was looking through my purchases from the Stampin’ UP! Holiday Catalog, I saw this beautiful Stamp Set called “Dove of Peace”.   I was excited to see if I could accomplish the Clear Block stamping on it as I had previously done below.

I like the design of the card.   I am sorry I didn’t have enough time to add more embellishments or a ribbon, but my Grandchildren are visiting and I wanted to watch the movies, “Witches” with them.

A tutorial will be prepared after 8 September so you can create unique designs as well.

I love the streaks of colors
I love the streaks of colors

What is Paper Pumpkin?

Paper Pumpkin is having a fantastic offer for new Customers — they are giving you 50% off your first two months of a subscription through 10 September 2015. Are you asking “What is Paper Pumpkin?”

As stated on the Paper Pumpkin web site “Paper Pumpkin by Stampin’ Up! We’re your paper fairy godmother (without the white hair). We’re your creativity problem-solvers. We design, color, measure, cut it all for you”.

For the past three days, I have been addressing 100 postcards and over 100 cards advising people in my community of this great opportunity. If you think you are not a crafty person, you will love getting the bright orange box in the mail every month with a surprise inside. It is like having a birthday every month.

If you would like to sign up for this fantastic offer, please visit my blog at: www.topsecretstamper.com. From there, click on the “Shop in my online store” button located in the red navigation bar. That will take you to my Stampin’ UP! online store. Scroll down and on the left side, you will see a category, “Paper Pumpkin”. Click on it and enjoy seeing all the different products Paper Pumpkin subscribers have received and made.

If you have any questions, please leave me a note and I will reply as soon as I can.

A surprise delivered to you each month
A surprise delivered to you each month in a Bright Orange Box

Clear Block Stamping

I love to experiment with Stampin’ UP! Products.   A lot of people have tried applying the ink onto the paper with Masking Tape, Aqua Painters, Clear Blocks with Water, and blender pens, but I have found that I enjoy using the Clear Block Stamping with Blocks A & G.

First, you need to pick out a stamp set.  Using a stamp set that just has the outline of the image works best, but you can use the other ones too.   It is a trial and error method – practice makes perfect.  Tap lightly onto the ink pad of our choice and apply to the paper with a twist of your hand, using the edge of the block, a round motion, or any other hand twisting — you just have to experiment.  Sometimes with the darker ink pads, it is wise to stamp off onto a separate piece of paper.

After you have created your design, the next step is adding the Designer Series Paper and Embellishments.  It is simple and no two cards are alike.  Try it out and leave me a comment if you decide to try it out.


Lovely Flower
Lovely Flower
Clear Block Stamping - Lily
Using Clear Blocks A & G creating the background
Clear Block A & G Stamping
Unique Background for the Leaves
Stampin' UP! Clear Block Stamping
I love Clear Block Stamping

NC Library Fundraisers

My followup with the Rouke Library in Shallotte, NC did not go as well as I expected it to.   In the State of North Carolina, Libraries are not allowed to accept money from the patrons.    I was offering the NC Library a fundraiser for them to purchase new books by setting up weekly classes for the Patrons to make two cards a week charging them $5.00 each.   Out of that $5.00, the Library would receive $1.00.   Just think of the possibilities after 6-months or a year of classes.

So instead, I have submitted a request to get on their calendar to hold weekly classes at the Library for Free.    I am just waiting to hear back from the Office Manager.


My Thoughts – 2015 Stampin’ UP! Convention

Stampin’ UP! had it’s last Annual Convention on 23-25 July 2015.   I decided to go since it would be my first and last Convention of its type.   The day before Convention (22 July), I signed up for the Home Office tour.  The experience of seeing the Home Office, Demo Support, and the shipping facility was just overwhelming.   It was like being a child and going to Disney World for the first time.  The reality finally hit me!   I am a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator who loves working for such a wonderful company.   Inspiring, Creating and Sharing the products that make the most unique products that will make anyone happy to receive.

On 22 July, Patty Bennett, Janet Wakeland, and Janice Weightman hosted a Gala party for their teams and guests.   Unbeknownst, to Patty Bennett, her team was conspiring behind her back to present her with gift cards & handmade cards in Celebration of her being a Demonstrator with Stampin’ UP! for 20 years.   Patty was so surprised.  Here is the speech that I wrote:

    We are a group scattered across the United States.   Not all of us were able to travel the distance, but we came together to help you celebrate your 20-years as a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator. 
      From Maine to Washington to California to Florida and everywhere in between we all share two things in common – You and Stampin’ UP!  
      You have given us the opportunity to be a large family of wonderful friends who help each other out in more ways than we can count on our fingers.   The friendships we have made are ones that can not ever be replaced.
      You are always available to answer a phone call, reply to an email or take a quick message to help someone in need.  
      Tonight your team comes together as ONE to say Thank You for all you have done for each one of us. 

On 23 July, Convention began at the Salt Lake City Convention Center.   What a huge building.  The displays and classes that were provided for us were just perfect.   Everything you needed and wanted to build your business to a higher level – Yes, I do want to build my business to the next level.

I was thrilled to see Sara Douglass, Stampin’ UP!’s interim CEO on stage.   Seeing her in person was the thrill of it all.  The excitement, seeing all the other demonstrators, the rush, the lines we had to stand in, the walking, meeting new friends, networking, swapping cards with other demonstrators, and so much more.

The Classes and Presentations provided to us by Stampin’ UP! Staff was so enjoyable.   At times, a little hard to keep up, but Melanie Smith took the notes and I took step-by-step pictures.

It was a fantastic experience — I love being an Independent Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator.

If you would like to experience the same rush, I’d love for you to join my team.

Stampin' UP! 2015 Convention - SLC, UT July 23-25, 2015
Stampin’ UP! 2015 Convention – SLC, UT July 23-25, 2015




Fundraising Event at Library

This afternoon, I drove to the Rourke Library in Shallotte, NC, and proposed a weekly fundraising event that would allow the Library to receive $1.00 per participant in a card making class.   All the supplies needed to make the two cards would be provided by myself.

The participants would pay $5.00 each class and would make two cards complete with envelopes.

A non-profit group, “Friends of Libraries” would have to have a member present in order for this Fundraiser to take place.   Lois is checking with her Supervisor to see if I would be allowed to join the “Friends of Libraries” in order to allow the weekly classes to happen.

These are the cards that I took with me as a sampling:

Lovely Flower
Lovely Flower
A Red Fox sleeping
A Red Fox sleeping


Majestic Deer!
Majestic Deer!
UP! UP! and Away....
UP! UP! and Away….

Views From the Sky – Utah & Arizona

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 Stampin’ UP! “Inspire, Create, Share” Convention.   What a great experience for a new Stampin’ UP! Independent Demonstrator.

From the moment I walked into the Salt Lake City Convention Center, I was on cloud nine.   It was a fantastic experience to be able to share the excitement, classes, networking, meeting new friends, sharing ideas and other topics relating to our business, and hanging out with the best family of all, Patty Bennett’s Luv2Stamp Group!

I love looking at the ground from up above.   These views are Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park, Kanab, UT and Chino Valley, Cottonwood & Scottsdale, Arizona.

The designs and patterns on the ground look like an unusual painting or maybe a background for a Card.   I would like to try and recreate it when I finish my list of 20 things to do.

It looks like a train table
It looks like a train table
Mounds of Brown with the Red rock peaking through
Mounds of Brown with the Red rock peaking through
Looks like a White Wall of Stone
Looks like a White Wall of Stone
The Formations are stunning even from the sky
The Formations are stunning even from the sky
Multitude of Colors in Mountains
Multitude of Colors in Mountains

2015 Stampin’ UP! Convention Swaps

I never thought it would take me two weeks to put together 351 swaps for the 2015 Stampin’ UP! Convention in Salt Lake City, UT.   I will be better prepared for the next OnStage Local Baltimore, MD Event in November 2015.

I would like to thank Anya (http://anyalstudio.blogspot.fr) for designing the original Butterfly Card that was found on Pinterest.    I changed the design to make it my own and used Stampin’ UP! products from the 2015-2015 Annual Catalog.


The correct process for making 351 card fronts
The correct process for making 351 card fronts

The Step-by-Step process begins in the upper left corner and goes across and continues the same pattern till you get to box 9.

The Whisper White and Very Vanilla Card Fronts are cut at  (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″).   The Whisper White and Very Vanilla Panels  (3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) are die cut (371 times) using the Butterflies Thinlits small butterfly, punched with the Elegant Butterfly (415 times), and punched with the Bitty Butterly (896 times) in order to have the butterflies flying on the card.  The Sentiment is stamped onto each panel.

My process starts with the Large Butterfly.  The large Butterfly is die cut using Stampin’ UP! Designer Series Paper – Bohemian, English Garden, and Farmers Market.  Washi Tape is attached to the sides of the Card Fronts.   A variety of CardStock colors are cut to 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ as that panel is attached to the White Card Front using Adhesive.  The White Panel is attached to the CardStock using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The final processes are to attach the Die Cut Butterfly to the CardStock using a Dimensional and attach a Rhinestone Basic Jewel or a Pearl Basic Jewel to the front of the Butterfly.   The Antennas are then stamped randomly onto three of the butterflies on the White or Very Vanilla Panel.  The last two processes are using the Project Life Journaling Pen to make the flight of the butterfly seem more real and stamping my Personalized Stamp onto the back of the White Card Front.

A few of the finished Swaps
A few of the finished Swaps


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