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Stamping 101 – The Lingo

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I have taken a break for the past couple of weeks to work on a new series that I am starting… Stamping 101!  So, for the next few weeks, I will be sharing information that I find useful for new stampers and for anyone that is not very familiar with Stampin’ Up.  My series will consist of regular blog posts, some project ideas, and it be the beginning of some weekly videos that you can view LIVE, on my Facebook page, and here on my blog afterwards.

So, let’s start with the very first question… “what did she say?”.  In today’s world, we have terms and acronyms, and nicknames for every single thing… stamping is no exception, and us Stampin’ Up Demonstrators speak like we are in a cult sometimes.  It can be confusing and off-putting for someone who is watching our videos, looking at our blogs, and even attending our classes because we tend to forget that SOME OF YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT!  It is not your fault.  But as a result, we get the same facial expression from you that our dog gives us when we ask him/her “Where’s Timmy”  (some of you will get the joke… and then the other joke).

So, here it is… my first Stamping 101 – Lingo list.  I will add to this as we go, but this should help you translate what I’m saying!

Stamping:  Stamping is simply the art of transferring an image from one object to another.  For us, we transfer images from rubber stamps to paper with ink.

Demonstrator (Demo):  This is ME!  I am an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up.  It simply means that I have decided to “work” for Stampin’ Up and that I sell their products.  There are lots of benefits to being a Demonstrator, i.e. discount, attending events, and seeing products first.  Demonstrators are bound by some guidelines, but we have a lot of flexibility to choose the method we use to sell the products; some offer classes like I do, and some have a solely online business via social media and videos and others just buy from themselves.  Anyone can become a Demonstrator, just ask me how!

Project:  When we were in school, this word wasn’t good or at all exciting as it meant a long time to complete something we weren’t interested in and it would be graded… but in stamping world, it’s a totally different thing!  This is simply your creation or whatever you are currently working on, before, during and after it is completed!  It can be a card, a gift box or tag, or even a scrapbook page… the possibilities are endless.

Stamp Class: This is my monthly event.  I use this opportunity to teach people about stamping.  I teach various ways to use our products and achieve a ton of different effects.  In each class, we go over different things and you will get to practice these things by making your own projects that you get to keep.   If you live near me, come by one month! My classes are posted on my Facebook page and on Meetup!

Catalog (Catty):  Stampin’ Up does not have a store like Wal-Mart, or Target so all of their products are sold and marketed through their catalogs and the online store. Stampin’ Up has an Annual Catalog that they release in June and the products in it are available through June of the next year.  They also release smaller, short-term, seasonal catalogs as well.  We have the Holiday/Seasonal Catalog in September through December and it will contain items designed for the holiday season.  Then, in January, we have the Occassions catalog and our Sale-a-Bration Brochure.  The Occassions catalog runs through June and will have of our spring-theme items.  Sale-a-Bration  runs through March and is our annual promotional catalog that contains items you can earn for FREE.

Paper Snips These are our wonderful scissors.  They are quite sharp, and great for cutting paper and some other stuff too.  Tip:  Cutting a lot of ribbon with them will cause them to dull quicker, so invest in some good ribbon scissors too!

Fussy Cutting:  This is the act of cutting out images using scissors instead of punches or dies.  We love our punches and dies so much, that any time we have to cut something out with scissors, we get a little “fussy” about it.

Dimensionals:  These are also referred to pop-up-dots by some people.  They are adhesive backed foam pieces that raise some of your stamped pieces up off of your project for some more dimension.  Oh, and the little covers on them wind up EV-ER-Y-WHERE!

Pokey Tool:  This item is actually no longer available and has been replaced by our Take-Your-Pick Tool.  I refer to the new tool as the Pokey Tool sometimes in class though.  The Take-Your-Pick Tool has interchangeable pieces that help you pierce paper, pick up small items and score your paper.  Its an essential for everyone’s tool kit!

Color Family:  Stampin’ Up has one of the best varieties of colors on the market, and they are exclusive to Stampin’ Up.  Our colors are broken up into Color Families:  Brights, Subtles, Regals, Neutrals, and In-Colors.  They are grouped together because the colors in each family coordinate with each other nicely and are often seen together.  This is a great help when you are trying to choose the right shade of green to go with that shade of red you’re using.

Embellishments:  Embellishments are pretty much what they sound like… they embellish!  We have all sorts of embellishments ranging from sparkly jewels, to beautiful ribbon, and lots of other goodies in between.

Bundles:  Stampin’ Up is the master of coordination!  A lot of the stamp sets they create will also have punch or die set that will coordinate with it.  When the stamp set and coordinating item are released, they are paired into bundles.  They will have their own item number and when you use the bundle item number, you get 10% off!

Suites:   Suites are bundles on steroids!  Where our Bundles contain a stamp set and its’ coordinating die set or punch, our Suites add in everything else!  So not only do you get the bundle, you get matching embellishments, paper, and other items too!

Starter Kit:  This is the selection of items you get at a discount when you sign up to become a demonstrator!  Stampin’ Up allows us to customize what is in our kits so we get items we know we will love and use!


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Bonus Days have ARRIVED!

WOOHOO!  Bonus Days are here again!

Bonus Days 1

Do you have a long wish list with that new catalog that you are dying to fill?  Have you been on the fence about becoming a demonstrator, but just need that one final item of encouragement?  Are you looking for a way to maybe earn a little extra money by crafting with friends and family?

Then July is the time to sign up to be a demonstrator and get MORE FREE and DISCOUNTED products!  There is no obligation to sell products, you just enjoy the discount. Ask me how!

Bonus Days 2

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• Visit my online store here. (it’s always open!)

◦ Don’t Miss Out!  You Earn Stampin’ Rewards when your Merchandise Subtotal reaches $150.00!

• Join my Awesome Team of Stampers hereUse the Demonstrator Directory to select me as your team leader!

• Contact me about classes or other questions via email: virgo1978@aol.com

NC Demos Blog Hop Celebrate You Thinlit Dies

For this month’s NC Demos Blog Hop, we were asked to use our favorite retiring item(s).  Well, for me, its our awesome In-Color, Lemon Lime Twist and the Celebrate You Thinlit Dies.

I made this card for a very special Community College graduate!  We are so proud of him!  After I gave him his card, he asked if I had made it.  I told him yes, I make all the cards I give them.  He then told me, that is so neat and that he has kept all the cards I have made for him.  That was one of the sweetest things I have ever heard, and from a young man, too.  That just goes to show how much more a handmade card means to someone than something bought in a store so don’t discount giving one.

Isn’t he so handsome!

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This card uses several products, and all are using only THREE colors!!  Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, and Basic Black… WOW!  I’m so going to miss this color combination!

Celebrate You Graduation

To make this card, I used a Lemon Lime Twist card base, and put my washi down on the folding edge.  Then I pushed my Gingham Gala DSP all the way to the far right edge so it wouldn’t cover up my washi and glued it down.

For the background of the card, I cut the “Celebrate” sentiment out 5 times using my Celebrate You thinlits and die cutting machine.  I “painted” each piece with my Wink of Stella to really make them pop (yes, guys like glitter too!).  Then I took each piece and cut it at a different point in the word so it would split it in two.  After that, I took the ending part of the word and used my liquid glue to attach it down at the left edge.  Then I glued the first part of the word at the right edge.  TIP:  Start at the bottom of your card with laying down the words.  The other rows will line up much easier and more even that way.

After I got my main background done, I moved on to my sentiments.  I cut the “YOU” out in black cardstock with Celebrate You dies. And I cut a piece of Gingham DSP.  I used my banner punch to “flag” the end of it and popped it up on Dimensionals.

For the Happy Graduation, I took some narrow strips of Black cardstock scraps and heat embossed the words using my Well Said Stamp Set.  Then I used my snips to cut them down and popped them each up on dimensionals as well.

Don’t the main sentiments on this card just pop?!  I think they are just Stampin Awesome!  All of the Lemon Lime Twist products on this card, AND the Celebrate You thinlit dies will no longer be available as of June 3rd, so if you want these items, you better get them before they are gone forever!

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Scroll down below to see all the items I used in making this card.  You can click any of the items and they will link you to my online store where you can purchase them and make your very own awesome handmade cards!

Thanks for looking!


If you need any stamping supplies, or want to some stamping tips, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the SHOP button on the top of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email at virgo1978@aol.com if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

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  • Visit my online store here. (it’s always open!)
    • Don’t Miss Out!  You Earn Stampin’ Rewards when your Merchandise Subtotal reaches $150.00!
  • Shop the Clearance Rack here.
  • Join my Awesome Team of Stampers hereUse the Demonstrator Directory to select me as your team leader!
  • Contact me about classes or other questions via email: virgo1978@aol.com

Keep scrolling through to see some other wonderful creations by some other NC Demos using their favorite retiring products!

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May 2019 Blog Hoppers

You are Here: Trish Todd


Cardstock cuts for this project:

  • Lemon Lime Twist – 5-1/2″ x 11″ card base scored at 4-1/4″
    • 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ (for the die-cut word “Celebrate”)
  • Gingham Gala DSP — 5-1/4″ x 4″
    • 1-1/2″ x 2-3/4″, then use Triple Banner Punch on one end.
  • Basic Black (2 pieces) – 1/2″ x (needed length for each word)

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Amazing Life with Retiring In-Colors

Each year, Stampin’ Up brings out new In-Colors.  They are on-trend and exciting, and oooohhh, how we love them so.  We even get to keep them around for two years, but then they retire… so sad.  BUT, at the same time we get NEW colors in their place to love so our color line is unique and always on-trend!
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For this card, I wanted to highlight our retiring In-Colors, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, and Lemon Lime Twist.  I chose to showcase how these colors coordinate together, and how simple it is to put a wow into a card just by combining our exclusive colors!

I stamped the largest sentiment in the stamp set in Black Stazon and then just colored the letters and the banner in with my In-Color markers.  Such a simple process… add some ribbon and a few sequins for some sparkle, and VOILA’.  These colors are still available, but only until June 3rd, so get them now before they are gone for good!

Oh, and you see those black smudges, welllll… that’s not gunk on your screen, that is on my card.  That is what happens when its late at night and you’re so focused on your coloring that you neglect to check your fingers for ink…. sigh…. Some people may be embarrassed about that, and refuse to show it off or showcase it, BUT NOT ME!  As I always say: “If you want perfect, you go to Hallmark, if you want awesome, you go handmade”!  That is why I call my blog Stampin Awesome… because the cards and projects arent always perfect, but they are AWESOME because they are HANDMADE!  And guess what?  Nobody I’ve ever given a card to has EVER returned it or smirked that it had a smudge on it… they immediately recognize that it is handmade and because of that, they know it’s awesome and love it even more!

Scroll down below to see all the items I used in making this card.  You can click any of the items and they will link you to my online store where you can purchase them and make your very own awesome handmade cards!

Thanks for looking!


If you need any stamping supplies, or want to some stamping tips, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the SHOP button on the top of the screen to go directly to my online store or drop me an email at virgo1978@aol.com if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

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  • Visit my online store here. (it’s always open!)
    • Don’t Miss Out!  You Earn Stampin’ Rewards when your Merchandise Subtotal reaches $150.00!
  • Shop the Clearance Rack here.
  • Join my Awesome Team of Stampers here
    • Use the Demonstrator Directory to select me as your team leader!
  • Contact me about classes or other questions via email: virgo1978@aol.com

Cardstock cuts for this project:

  • Lemon Lime Twist – 5-1/2″ x 11″ card base scored at 4-1/4″
  • Basic Black (2 pieces) – 5-1/4″ x 4″ panel, & a 3″ x 4-1/4″
  • Whisper White – 4″ x 3-3/4″ panel
  • Powder Pink — 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″
  • Tranquil Tide — 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″
  • Berry Burst — 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″
  • Fresh Fig — 3-3/4″ x 1-1/4″

Stampin’ Up! items used to create this project:

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Saturday Organization Tips!

I didnt get to post last week, so Im giving you a bonus this week of THREE tips for organizing your craft space!

I like to have my tools and most commonly used items within my reach. I also find that having things like my Designer Paper and ribbons within my reach help to encourage me to use them more. To achieve this, I have a bookshelf on my desk that all of these items are kept on. I also spray painted it white so it would better match my room!

Tip 1:

Pre-cut your Designer Paper and store it in either clear stamp cases or these cello envelopes. I can show you how to do that if you need some guidance. I cut the information on the backing of the package out and keep it with my papers. This way all of the coordinating colors and the item number are available when I grab the paper. I got my clear envelopes from Amazon, and they are sized 6×6.

TIP 2:

Ribbons! I love using ribbon on projects. But I found if they are in a drawer or on a separate shelf from my workspace then I don’t use them. So I found this spice rack at Ikea. I painted it white, and voila! It has the little bar in front so the ribbon doesn’t roll off and the opening I can use to pull an end through. I considered getting a paper towel holder, but then removing the roll to replace or take to events would be more difficult… that would mean I wouldn’t use my ribbon, and we want to use our ribbon!! (I normally have more ribbon than this, but I cleared out my retiring ones into a box so I could focus on using them for classes)

TIP 3:

To keep my Designer Paper and other tools in reach and organized, I bought a wooden plate rack from Ikea! I also keep my Stamparatus plates on it. 3 plates will fit in each divided section. Depending on how many sheets of Designer Paper you have in a packet will determine how many packs can fit in each section. I fit at least 2.

This is the Ikea information for the plate rack and spice rack:

Hope you enjoyed these organization tips! I would live to hear some of yours, so please leave a comment below with what works for your space!

Everything is Rosy Product Medley ~ Available NOW!

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This exclusive kit is only available from May 1st – May 31st, or while supplies last!  You do NOT want to miss out on this!

Check out this video to learn more about this Product Medley:

These items are so lovely and feature a shiny rose-gold finishing.

This product suite is designed for all crafters in mind, but does include dies so you will need access to a die-cutting machine.  The cards not pre-designed, so you can freely design your OWN projects!  Here are some ideas to get your mojo going:

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Get this exclusive kit today!  They will only be available until May 31st or while supplies last so get them in my online store before they are gone!  My store is ALWAYS Open!

 

Clearance Items Added!

If you missed these items when they were originally available, here’s your second chance, but get them quick or they’ll be gone!

New items have been added to the Clearance Rack in the online store! Supplies are limited, and with discounts up to 60%, products will go quickly. Shop now and stock up.

You can access my Clearance Rack Here:, and my store is ALWAYS open!

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