Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator ~ Debbie Dutchess ~ ~

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

You've Got This

Have you ever had a stamp set "speak" to you? Well, during our pre-order, this one spoke to me! I knew instantly when I saw it, that I would own it. I didn't order it right away. Every year, I say I'm going to be good, and not order everything! I only ordered one set with my first order, good, right? Then, as I leisurely browsed through my new catalog, there was that set. My catalog would just open automatically, to page 113!  I couldn't take it, I HAD to place another order! I now own it, and I've used it, and I love it even more!

These are two of the new In-Colors, Mint Macaron, and Tip Top Taupe. I used the Masking Technique. I stamped the flower image on Whisper White with Memento Tuxedo Black, then stamped it again on regular copy paper and cut it out. Using repositionable adhesive, place the copy paper flower over the flower stamped on Whisper White. Ink up the background stamp with Tip Top Taupe, and stamp over the top of the flower. Remove the mask.

I used my Blender Pens and Ink Pads to color the flower, added some Basic Rhinestones for some bling, and the new 1" Dotted Lace Trim to finish off the bottom. You have to see and feel this ribbon! It is really yummy!

Today is the day, you can begin ordering from the New 2015-2016 Annual Catalog!

Don't forget, if you'd like to join my Team, during the month of June, you get 2 FREE Stamp Sets of your choice!

Visit my website: to order or join today!

Thanks for stopping by ~
Debbie D.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Amazingly Amazing Day!

Happy June! It's almost the day we've been so anxiously awaiting. Tomorrow, June 2, is an Amazingly Amazing Day! Never before have we been able to order from 3 ~ Yes 3 Catalogs at the same time! You have just one more chance to get all those items on your Wish List from the 2014-2015 Annual Catalog and the Occasions Catalog! PLUS we can begin ordering from the brand new releasing tomorrow 2015-2016 Annual Catalog!

You will notice a bit of a price difference between the two annual catalogs on some carryover items. Be assured that anything ordered from the 14-15 catalog and Occasions Catalog will keep the 14-15 price. Beginning June 3, the new pricing will take effect.

The current Host Program Benefits will remain in effect on June 2. Beginning June 3, the new Host Program (Stampin' Rewards) Program will go into effect.

The Online Store Categories will appear a bit different, and will have been replaced to support the new 2015-2016 Annual Catalog. New Categories will include New and Carryover items. All other items will be searchable and orderable just not categorized. The Retiring Products and any remaining available items will be active through June 2.

Beginning tomorrow, if you'd like to get even more stamps ~ some for FREE! ~ When you join my Team between June 2 & June 30, you get to choose 2 stamp sets FREE! That's ANY 2 stamp sets of your choice added to your already personally customized Starter Kit!

Contact me for more information, or sign up now at my website:

Thanks for stopping by ~
Debbie D.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sheer Perfection Correction

I just realized that there is a mistake in my post from yesterday. In my description of how I created my Butterfly card, I stated that I layered the Sheer Perfection Vellum over the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper. I should have said that I used the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper. First Edition was from a previous catalog. Sorry for the confusion.

Tip ~If you don't have the Typeset Paper, you could also use the Dictionary Background Stamp to create the word background.

Again, sorry for any confusion.
Happy Stamping ~
Debbie D.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sheer Perfection!

I know ~ it's been a while! I posted this card on a sharing site, and got such a great response, I thought I would share the details here. Thank you everyone for all your kind words, it really means a lot to me!

This card was created using the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack. This 6x6 Paper Stack is one of the new items added to the list of things you can choose for Free during Sale-a-Bration! With every $50 spent (before shipping & tax) you can choose one exclusive Sale-a-Bration item Free!

This is a great little stack. There are 2 sheets each of 12 different designs ~ 24 sheets ~ Free! Here are 4 of the designs. There are also tiny polka dots, 3 floral patterns and dashes & diagonals. So fun!

It's so easy to add color to this vellum. I used my Stampin' Write Markers, and colored on the back side with Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, and Crushed Curry. It worked great! I also used my Blender Pen to do some shading. I layered the vellum over the First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper and stapled the two together using the new Handheld Stapler found in the Occasions Catalog. Vellum can be a little tricky to adhere because you can see the adhesive. This little stapler came in quite handy! That is then layered on the Crumb Cake card base. I used my Fast Fuse adhesive to add a strip of 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon, and Mini Glue Dots to add a strip of Coastal Cabana Ribbon and coordinating Button. The Best Year Ever Accessory Pack includes 3 colors of ribbon and 24 buttons, and is another item you can choose for Free during Sale-a-Bration!

There are only 11 more days of Sale-a-Bration! Be sure to check your Wish Lists and place your orders to earn your Free products before it's over on March 31st!

Have you ever considered joining the Stampin' Up! family? Now is a great time! If you are local, and would like to learn more about the business side of Stampin' Up!, join me on Saturday, March 28 from 11-3 for my Opportunity Day. We'll talk about what it takes to be a Demonstrator and even do some stamping!

Happy Stamping & Happy Spring!
Thanks for stopping by ~
Debbie D.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mini Treat Bag Note Card Holder

This note card holder was created using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Dies found in the Occasions Catalog. This treat bag is designed to hold a small treat, gift card or note card, but when cut and assembled just a bit differently than suggested, you can create a little box that holds 4 Note Cards & Envelopes perfectly.

Here is a side view showing the depth of the box.

I covered the front with the floral pattern from the Something Borrowed Designer Series Paper, added a strip of White Jute Ribbon, and layered the new Sahara Lace Trim on top of that. The flower is from the Petal Potpourri Stamp Set, stamped in Sahara Sand Ink, and punched out with the coordinating Flower Medallion Punch. You can purchase this stamp set and punch as a bundle, and save 15%! They can both be found in the Occasions Catalog. For the finishing touch, I added an Antique Brad for the center of the flower.

The Note Cards & Envelopes are sold in packs of 20 in the Annual Catalog. I kept them simple and stamped the floral design from the For the New Two, and Thanks from Crazy About You Stamp Set.

These little boxes are easy to create, and would make great little gifts for many different occasions.

Thanks for stopping by ~
Debbie D.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Creative Blog Hop ~ Guy Greetings

I've been asked to participate in a fun blog hop by Catherine Harwood, a fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. This is a great way for Demonstrators to share ideas, and learn a little about each other along the way.

I decided to share a masculine card. Give me flowers and butterflies, and I can create all day long. But when it comes time for those "Guy" cards, I don't know about you, but I tend to struggle just a bit.

I used the new Guy Greetings set found in the Occasions Catalog. It's a fabulous set with 22 stamps! Also, one of the sets that you have the choice of wood mount, clear mount or photopolymer! I love having the choice of which style of stamps I want to purchase to add to my collection.

I also love texture, so I've used the Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with my Big Shot to create a fun background. The patterned paper is from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. Just for fun, and to add the finishing touch, I've added a couple of Candy Dots.

Here are a couple of questions I was asked to answer for the Blog Hop ~

1. What are you working on?
I just returned from Leadership, so I was working on making my swaps. I participated in 3 orgainized swaps; cards, which I used my Guy Greeting card, 3x3 note cards, which I shared earlier, and mini treat bags, which I will share later. I also have my Quick & Cute Card Class today. This class runs the first Monday of every month. You can check my calendar for all of my classes and events.

2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
Everyone has their own style. I feel that I have an eclectic style, there is not only one way I like to design. I love vintage; lacey, soft & buttons, and bold with texture and great lines. With 7 grand kids, I have to throw in a whimsical once in a while too!

3. Why do you create what you do?
Instant gratification! My mother is a quilter. Oh, how I wanted to be a quilter. I love the fabric, the colors, the patterns, and coordinating the colors and prints. I even worked in a fabric store for 10 years! I tried ~ a quilter I am not. But! I can take paper, cut it apart and put it back together to create beautiful projects within a couple of hours, rather than months, or years in my case. Yes, instant gratification!

4. How does your creativity process work?
Sometimes, I can look at a stamp set, and know exactly what I want to do. Other times, I look at it, and 20 minutes later, I'm still looking at it. No ink has touched it! So, I start browsing all of the amazing online resources that we have. In no time, I'm inspired! I keep a notebook of sketches, and scribble down ideas, and if I can decipher my notes, those ideas will be transformed into a project.

Thanks for stopping by. Next Monday, my friend and fellow Demonstrator, Bethann Buehler will share a project idea, and an inside look at her creative process.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Filled With Love

Are you Paper Pumpking yet? The January kit, Filled With Love, is awesome! 24 adorable little treat bags ready to be filled with yummy treats! In your box, you receive everything you need, except your treats, of course, to complete 24 bags. A Photopolymer stamp set, and Real Red Stampin' Spot, lots of die cut shapes, cellophane bags, and these fun clips and twine are all included!

I didn't need 24 treat bags, so I decided to make some Valentine Cards. I wanted to see what I could do without adding a lot of extras. Here are two cards that I made.

I couldn't help myself, and had to use the new Happy Heart Embossing Folder from the Occasions Catalog. Using embossing folders, is a quick and easy way to add texture to any project.

Here are close-ups of each card. I used Blushing Bride on this one.

And just a strip of Real Red on this one.

Remember, during Sale-a-Bration, you can save on your 3-month Prepaid subscription to My Paper Pumpkin, and also qualify for a Free SAB item!

To find out more about My Paper Pumpkin, click HERE, or contact me. I'd love to chat with you!

Thanks for stopping by ~
Debbie D.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

You Amaze Me

I will be attending Leadership in Orlando next week, and participating in 3 organized swaps. I really enjoy these swaps, because I get to meet up with Demonstrators I usually only get to see during Stampin' Up! events. One of my favorite swaps is the 3x3 Note Card Swap. These are great little cards to have on hand. Here is my card that I will be sharing.

This card features the new stamp set Crazy About You. This is an amazing set with 30 word stamps! So many possibilities. There are also 2 different flowers and the leaves. The word "you" is from the coordinating Hello You Thinlit Die set, which when purchased as a bundle can save you 15%! The Designer Series Paper is from Painted Blooms, which is also amazing!

You can find all of these products in the new Occasions Catalog. Don't forget that during Sale-a-Bration, you can earn Free exclusive SAB items with every $50 you spend (before shipping & tax). Click HERE to start shopping.

Thanks for stopping by ~
Debbie D.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Even More to Sale-a-Brate!

For the first time ever, Stampin' Up! has lowered the price of the 3-month Prepaid Subscription to Paper Pumpkin! During Sale-a-Bration, you can save money and instantly qualify for a Free Sale-a-Bration item!

  • Save $5.00 on your 3-month Prepaid Subscription!
  • Instantly qualify for a Free Sale-a-Bration item!
  • Already a subscriber? Purchase one as gift for a friend so you'll have a Paper Pumpkin buddy!
  • Find two friends who would love to save money and enjoy a monthly creative escape. When they purchase their 3-month Prepaid Subscription too, You have an instant Workshop!
  • Earn Hostess Dollars for even more Free products from any current catalog!

Contact me for more information, or visit HERE to order your 3-month Prepaid Subscription today!

Thanks for stopping by ~
Debbie D.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

An Occasion to Sale-a-Brate!

Nothing like Sale-a-Bration to motivate one to update their blog! It's a new year, the new Occasions Catalog is live, and, it's Sale-a-Bration time! The perfect opportunity to get back into the world of blogging, and share my passion of stamping with you!

If you haven't seen it yet, the Occasions Catalog is beautiful! Full of awesome new products ranging from Valentine's Day to Easter to Mother's Day and Father's Day. Something for almost every event that you may be planning. Along with the release of the Occasions Catalog this year, we also start Sale-a-Bration!

There are 3 different ways to earn Free products during SAB ~
  1. Shop ~ It's that simple! Earn a Free product for every $50 you spend (before shipping & tax). Get those items you've been wanting and earn Free product at the same time!
  2. Host ~ Earn $25 more to spend on Stampin' Up! products with a qualifying party.
  3. Join ~ It's a great time to join my Team! Choose one of two limited-time Sale-a-Bration options to add to your Starter Kit when you join between January 6, and March 31. 2015.
  • Option #1 ~ Choose a Free Simply Created Project Kit from the Occasions Catalog to add to your Starter Kit.
  • Option #2 ~ Choose 2 Free Sale-a-Bration items to add to your Starter Kit.
Would you like to see some of the Sale-a-Bration items at work?
Debbie D.