Not Just A Pig In A Poke

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Triple Flip Card

Dawn Griffith has a great video tutorial with a Triple Flip Birthday Card!! I think this is quite a fun card!! I'm thinking of using this technique for a Get Well Card!! Something interactive with numerous messages would be great fun to brighten one's day -- I would...

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Stampin’ Up!’s Lined Alphabet Bundle

When I first saw this Lined Alphabet Bundle I thought of how wonderful it would be to create cards with unique sayings. Then, as is usually the case I got all nervous about messing up! Stampin' Up!® always comes to the rescue with a delightful informative video: Are...

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The 2018-2019 Annual Catalog

You're Definitely Going To Want To Get Your Hands On The New Stampin' Up!® Merchandise!! Today the new Stampin' Up!® 2018-2019 Annual Catalog has gone live!! You can view the catalog or jump in and begin shopping!! I check out the suites and the bundles. This is where...

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Tomorrow Is The Big Day!!

Oh Yes!! Stampin' Up!®'s 2018-2019 Annual Catalog Goes Live!! You can view it online -- I'll have a link for you tomorrow! You can begin purchasing the new merchandise from the new annual catalog in the afternoon -- Stampin' Up!® needs some time to make this exciting...

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Easy Pop-Up Card Mechanism

Here's a basic pop-up mechanism you can make to pop-up stamped and die cut or fussy cut images for your greeting card. This mechanism can be made in different sizes to accommodate the type of card you wish to create. You can make several of them -- 1 inch x 1 inch...

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High Tide Stamp Set

This is a lovely stamp set for spring and summer . . . and any time you feel like bringing it out to make a card. High Tide and Colorful Seasons seem to be a lovely pair to use together to get that special feeling of summer . . . yes, it does feel like summer to me....

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Ink Your Embossing Folder

What??!!! This may not be new to you to ink your embossing folder to get an inked embossed image. I think it is rather cool . . . Take a look at this video tutorial: It is amazing how the versamark ink adds so much to this card!! And the new Share What You Love new...

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Make Someone Happy

Usually when I'm creating cards or other projects, I'm thinking of making someone happy . . . but initially I'm the happy one . . . Then I share this happiness to others!! Since I've started making cards, treat bags and boxes, etc. using Stampin' Up! products, I'm...

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You Still Have Time To Get Last Chance Products

Time is slipping by . . . You can still get in on some of the savings by purchasing Last Chance merchandise. May 31, 2018, will be here before you know it . . . but it is worthwhile to get what you want before the launch of the new 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. Right now...

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Secret Pocket Card Sketch

Dawn Griffith's husband created this card sketch which goes to show how this business involves the whole family!! I do enjoy making cards with layers and also something a bit fun and unusual -- a secret pocket definitely makes this card a cut above the rest. You can...

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Studying The 2018-2019 Annual Catalog

Wonderful new products coming in June, 2018!! I don't want to let the cat out of the bag just yet . . . Demonstrators were able to pre-order selected merchandise from the new catalog starting today. All I can say is I spent more than I planned!! I suppose that is...

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Share What You Love Early Release

I know many of you want to jump right in and place an order. That's fine . . . But for those of you who want a bit more information . . .  Stampin' Up!® did this great video explaining the various bundles available for you to purchase today through the end of May,...

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Some Of My Favorite Stamp Sets

I love putting some fun "characters" in my cards. Sometimes flowers, designer series paper and a heartfelt sentiment are enough to build a beautiful card to send to family, friends, neighbors, etc. And sometimes I like to add a bit of "fun" into my cards to give them...

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April Will Soon Be May

I'm always quite amazed by how quickly the months go by . . . We'll be in summer before we know it and will be seeing what the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog has to offer . . .  From my limited experience as an Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator, I am excited about the...

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U Fold Card Tutorial

MayMay from MayMay Made It does a wonderful job of explaining easy ways to create what at first glance appear to be complicated and involved cards. She does put the "fun" in card making!! Once you learn how to make these cards, you'll be making some quite impressive...

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Splash Of Spring

Dena Rekow of The Creativity Cave made some white on white cards with a splash of spring color. I thought it was a wonderful idea, especially since she used a couple of my favorite Stampin' Up!® Bundles that are still available until May 31, 2018 or while supplies...

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A Stamp Technique That Will Knock Your Socks Off!!

I've seen the block inking before . . . but never gave it much thought . . .  Then I watched Tina Zinck's video  . . . after she spritzed the inked block with water . . . and then the water . . . made lines . . . and other droplet "magic" to create something unique...

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I Seem To Be In A Rut

When you enjoy using a stamp set as much as I do, I could be getting into a rut . . . or I'm looking for reasons to use it . . . or I just like it . . . a lot. Goodness!! We had a bit of a cloud burst last night. I suppose it is true . . . "April showers bring May...

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A Little Bit About Sharon

I enjoy blogging, collecting antiques and paper crafting with Stampin’ Up! products. I lean toward the “vintage” style of paper crafts and I get a kick out of making 3-D projects and pop-up cards. I believe everything I make has a “story” behind it — either true or imagined . . . but mostly true. I think we do put a bit of ourselves in everything we create — this is what makes paper crafting and crafts so important and meaningful to us and to those who receive them.  I’d love for you to leave a comment on a post you liked or send me an email with questions about Stampin’ Up! products or joining Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator. You can contact me at:  sharon@notjustapiginapoke.com

If you like this blog, please tell a friend or two or more . . . 

Sharon

Want To Add More Fun Into Your Life?

As an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator my life is filled with happiness!!
You may think that is an exaggeration, but if you love paper crafts, then you’ll understand that this is what I do — Play with stamps, ink pads, designer series paper, cardstock, framelits and thinlits dies, punches . . . and the list goes on and on and on . . .
I buy, use and share Stampin’ Up!® products.
I enjoy making cards, boxes, bags and other projects for special occasions and no occasion at all. For me, it’s all about having fun. And the real fun is giving away cards to total strangers when I’m out running errands. I randomly pick people or I leave them where others will find them. It is priceless how wonderful this makes me feel to brighten someone’s day.
I’ll take some to the hospital or nursing homes. This is where many need to receive a card to let them know there is someone thinking of them.
Join in the fun! Read my blog and see if making cards would be something that would bring a bit more fun into your life.
Sharon

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