Friday, July 29, 2011

On the Grow Card

I colored this card with Stampin Up's Watercolor Wonder Crayons.  I stamped the images with Stazon Ink onto watercolor paper.  Then once I finished painting the image using my Aqua Painter, I applied Crystal Effects to the vase/jar and flower centers.  It's too bad that you can't see it in the photo, but the jar has a cool glass look to it!

I used the On the Grow stamp set in the Summer Mini Catalog with Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade, and Daffodil Delight cardstock.  I stamped the small flower from the Fabulous Florets stamp set onto the card base using Daffodil Delight classic ink to create a soft flower background.

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!  Be sure to check back next week, I'll have another video tutorial for a cute christmas box!  

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Shelli Gardner's July Recruiting Video!

Hi everyone!  I just wanted to post this video Shelli Gardner, cofounder of Stampin Up, filmed. She talks about the July Recruiting Special and the beautiful Christmas Keepsake Box (a $40 value) that you get free when you sign up this month!

If you'd like more information about Stampin Up, please click here. Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hello Blossoms Card

The summer has been engulfing me lately, so I had to make some flower cards.  On this card, I used the single stamp from the Summer Mini Catalog called Hello Blossoms.  I colored the image with my SU markers in Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, and Daffodil Delight and stamped it onto Whisper White cardstock.  I then took a strip of Old Olive cardstock and made small cuts across it and ruffled up the edges to get the "grass" look. 

I cut the card at 4 1/4" x 11", then scored it in half and cut off 2 1/2" before using the Scallop Edge punch.  I layered the flower image over Rich Razzleberry cardstock then over Old Olive cardstock that I ran through the Polka Dot Embossing Folder (Big Shot machine). I added some bling by using the 2-way glue pen and Dazzling Diamonds.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to leave the "hello" expression in the flower centers or cover them; the card looked nice both ways.  But on this card I covered the letters using 1/4" punched circles.  The smaller white centers were punched out using an 1/8" circle punch.

Finally, I layed down some Sticky Strip and scrunched some White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon on it for the pretty card edge.  So, thanks for visiting and you can order any of the products I used to make this card by going to my Demonstrator Website here and clicking on "Shop Now"!  And don't forget about my Frequent Buyer Rewards too!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Thanks for the feedback and July Special Reminder!

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who left me such kind comments about my video tutorial!  I know that most of us just blog surf and usually never leave comments, so I really appreciate you taking the time to!  So, more videos will be coming soon....

In the meantime, don't forget that July 31st (this Sunday) is the last day to take advantage of the $99 Demonstrator Sign Up Special. I personally send my out-of-state downline cards I use for my monthly Hostess Clubs, I give a sign up gift, I give great business advice, I send samples of camp projects and more!  And don't forget that you can sign up and quit whenever you need to, but I don't think you'll ever want to quit.  Now's a great time to sign up because you get to preorder from the NEW Holiday Mini Catalog starting next month!  So, please contact me if you're interested in becoming a demonstrator (505) 299-9677 or email me at: or go to my Demonstrator Website here to read more about the Starter Kit and Stampin Up Benefits.
Click on the image below to enlarge it:
Happy Monday and have a great week!

Friday, July 22, 2011

My First Video Tutorial - Yahoo!!

Window Sheet Stamping and Coloring Video:

This is a Convention swap card I made and a couple of the other swappers asked me what technique I used to color the pear, so I thought I'd share the technique with everyone.  It's an oldie, but goodie; I learned the technique from fellow demonstrator Margo Kelly, thanks Margo!  So, here's my first video, I hope you like it!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial!  I know I'm a little stiff, hopefully I'll do better next time.  Please leave me a comment if you liked it and want to see more!

Have a great weekend!

Convention Fabric Samples Too!

Beautiful Fabric Samples:

Well thanks for visiting this week and seeing some great ideas and Stampin Up products!  If you have any questions, please contact me and don't forget, you can order any of the products you've seen by going to my Demonstrator website: and clicking on "Shop Now".

Thursday, July 21, 2011

More Convention "Grow" Theme Displays

Letters to Santa Suite Display:

Beau Chateau Suite Display:

Just Add Cake Suite Display:

Ribbon Harvest:

Flirtatious Suite Display:

Come back tomorrow for some final Convention pictures!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Convention "Grow" Theme Displays

Domestic Goddess Suite Display:

Big Top Suite Display:

Berry Blossoms Suite Display:

Nursery Nest Suite Display:

Come back tomorrow for more product suite displays!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Convention's "Grow" Theme

This is one of the swap cards I made for convention.  I just revamped the Sail Away card I made earlier and used a wonderful expression from the Word Play Stamp Set.  The 2011 Convention theme was GROW.  Each day the Main Stage scenery would "grow"; more flowers would be lit and look like it was growing!  You can see the progression below.

Thanks for visiting and I'll be posting more pictures tomorrow!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Convention 2011 Highlights Video

Here's a Stampin' Up! video showing some Convention 2011 highlights; we had fun!!  We got to see some new GREAT stuff and got some fun ideas!!  I'll be posting pictures throughout the week. 

If you'd like to go to Convention 2012, contact me and I can tell you more about Stampin' Up! and what I offer my downline!  And don't forget about the July Starter Kit Special  for only $99; click here.  You can go to my Demonstrator Website here to learn more about Stampin Up and becoming an Independent Demonstrator. 

Take care and thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Off to Convention!

Just a reminder that I'll be gone this week; off to the SU Convention in Salt Lake City!  I'll be back with pictures and ideas!  Have a great week!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

FREE My Digital Studio Update & Download!

Free Color Palette Update with 2011-2013 In Colors
2011 In Color 8-1/2 X 11 Smooth Card Stock - by Stampin' Up!

You can update your My Digital Studio color palette by downloading the latest 1.0.7 update to your MDS software.  To upate, open your MDS software and click the Help Menu and go to "Check for Updates" or go to the Updates Section of  here and click on Download Version 1.0.7.  Once installed, the color palette in your software will be updated with this year's In Colors: Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Lucky Limeade!

Free Designer Template
Fruit And Flowers Designer Greeting Card Template -- Digital Download
As a "hurray" to the new catalog and beginning of a Stampin' Up! year, Stampin' Up! is offering you a FREE greeting card designer template!  Download this adorable Fruit & Flowers 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" template for a quick glance at some mixing and matching of the new catalog content and the new 2011-2013 In Colors!

You can order it for free if you have an ONLINE account set up with me through my Demonstrator Website here .  At my website, click on "Shop Now" to set up an ONLINE account. Once you have your Online Account setup (with login name, etc), click here to order the FREE download (item number 127547).  You can order just this download with no other items in your shopping cart, or you can add some really great priced retired stuff from the Clearance Rack or add some really great NEW stuff from the New 2011-2012 Catalog!

The free download will be available immediately if you already have an Online Ordering Account. If you're having to set up an account, it may take up to 24 hours to appear after creating your Online Account.

NOTE:  I'm working on getting swaps and other stuff done for the SU Convention next week, so I won't be posting much until I get back on July 17th.  Thanks for understanding and check back later!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New MDS Downloads & MDS Catalog Update

Good morning everyone; I hope you had a great holiday weekend!  I just wanted to remind you that every Tuesday, Stampin' Up! releases NEW My Digital Studio Downloads.  You can find the October 2009-June 2011 Catalog here or go to the My Digital Studio website: for more info and samples of My Digital Studio projects (the catalog & weekly updates can be found by clicking the Resources tab)!    

You can order any of the My Digital Studio products through my Demonstrator website here by clicking on "Shop Now" and looking through Digital Designing.  All MDS purchases count for the StampingMaria's Frequent Buyer Rewards Program too!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 1, 2011


Well today's the BIG day when we get to show the NEW 2011-2012 Stampin Up! Idea Book & Catalog!!  It is AWESOME!!
click here to view catalog

click on wishlist to enlarge and print

Also effective for the month of JULY is the NEW SIGN UP/ RECRUIT PROMOTION!  For just $99 you can sign up to be a demonstrator; you get a kit valued at $185 plus you get a FREE Christmas Project Kit valued at $40!!  Wow, now really is a great time to SIGN UP!!  I'm happy to talk to you about joining my team and becoming a Stampin Up Demonstrator, so please contact me at 505-299-9677 or email me at  I send monthly card samples and business ideas to my recruits as well as Stamp Camp ideas and other goodies!!

click here to download flyer

Picture of FREE Christmas Project Kit:

  Since the HOSTESS BENEFITS have changed in the new catalog, SU also provided a flyer for the hostess sets in the current Summer Mini Catalog:
click here to download flyer

I know that a lot of people want the LOVE & CARE and SWIRLS & CURLS VERSES hostess stamp sets in the Summer Mini Catalog, so hosting a workshop to get these stamp sets at a discounted price is a great idea!!

 Remember that you can start ordering from the NEW catalog today at 12:00 noon MST, so make sure you take a look at the new ribbons and other accessories and the new/fun stamp sets!!  You can order ONLINE at my demonstrator website: by clicking on "Shop Now" - thanks in advance for your orders!!