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Michele
Central Maryland
I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and wife and mom to two older boys.
Interests: stamping, cooking, hiking, photography, reading (especially mysteries and science fiction), travel (anywhere and everywhere)
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Some cards I made using the Celebrate Sunflowers Set and retiring accessories from the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog. I'll be sending these out as birthday cards. The only difference in the cards is the piece of Harvest Meadow Designer Series Paper I used. Uses Celebrate Sunflowers Cling Stamp Set plus Cajun Craze Cardstock, Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad, Crushed Curry Cardstock, Harvest Meadow 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper, Cork 12" x 12" Specialty Paper, 3/8" Diamond Weave Ribbon, Gilded Gems, Clear Block C, Clear Block H, Take Your Pick, Take Your Pick Die Brush Tip, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Inspiration Ink
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One of my customers let me know the other day that her breast cancer is back. I made this pretty, pastel card using the retiring Strong Of Heart Set to let her know I'm thinking of her. It also uses lots of products retiring from the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog including a couple intended for Halloween that can be used throughout the year. Uses Strong Of Heart Cling Stamp Set plus Flirty Flamingo Cardstock, Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad, Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, Highland Heather Cardstock, Highland Heather Classic Stampin' Pad, Basic White Cardstock, Subtles Stampin' Write Marker... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Inspiration Ink
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Here's another birthday card I sent out recently using the Beauty Of Tomorrow Set and some soon-to-be-retired accessories from the Blackberry Beauty Suite Collection in the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog. Uses Beauty Of Tomorrow Cling Stamp Set plus Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Gold 12" x 12" Shimmer Vellum, 3/8" Diamond Weave Ribbon, Gilded Gems, Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Blackberry Beauty Ephemera Pack, Clear Block D, Clear Block H, Grid Paper, Lovely Labels Pick A Punch, Take Your Pick, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips Scissors, Stampin' Seal, and Mini Glue Dots. Here is a link... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Inspiration Ink
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Most products in the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog are retiring. This means they will only be available until January 3, 2022 or while supplies last, whichever comes first. A few of these retiring items are on sale at up to 50% starting December 1. These products are: Product List Wise Men Tidings Dies [156381] page 15 normal price $28.00 on sale at 50% off for $14.00 Christmas Cheer Dies [156388] page 20 normal price $35.00 on sale at 50% off for $17.50 Snow Time Dies [153564] page 21 normal price $33.00 on sale at 20% off for $26.40 Cloche Dies... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inspiration Ink
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I'm trying to use up some of the Blackberry Beauty Suite Collection products before they retire, so I used the Beauty Of Tomorrow Set and accessories to make this pretty birthday card for my niece. Uses Beauty Of Tomorrow Cling Stamp Set and All Squared Away Cling Stamp Set plus Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad, Cinnamon Cider Cardstock, Blackberry Beauty 12" x 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper, 3/8" Diamond Weave Ribbon, Gilded Gems, Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Blackberry Beauty Ephemera Pack, Clear Block B, Take Your Pick, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips Scissors,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Inspiration Ink
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One of my customers recently had cataracts removed from her eyes. She's looking forward to being able to see more clearly so she can enjoy her hobbies. I thought the "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed" sentiment from the Nuts About Squirrels Set was perfect to make her a get well card. Uses Nuts About Squirrels Photopolymer Stamp Set plus Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, Cajun Craze Cardstock, Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad, Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Ink Refill, Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad, Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad, Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Ink Refill, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Heat Tool... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Inspiration Ink
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I really liked the effect of the double embossing technique that I used on the Christmas To Remember Silver Bell Music card seen here and the Christmas To Remember Bell Music card seen here, so I created another card using the same technique. This time I used stars cut using the Christmas Trimmings Dies to make the focal point instead. Uses Christmas To Remember Cling Stamp Set plus Smoky Slate Cardstock, Night Of Navy Cardstock, Metallics Stampin' Emboss Powders, Heat Tool, VersaMark Ink Pad, Silver Foil 12" x 12" Specialty Pack, Smoky Slate 7/8" Textured Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Clear... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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My mother-in-law recently celebrated her 85th birthday. I made this elegant card for her. It uses some of the gorgeous Blackberry Beauty Suite Collection products and a sneak peek at the Blessings Of Home Set that will be available starting January 4 in the January - June 2022 Mini Catalog. Uses Blessings Of Home Cling Stamp Set plus Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad, Rich Razzleberry Cardstock, Blackberry Beauty 12" x 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper, Linen Thread, Gold 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon, Blackberry Beauty Ephemera Pack, Gilded Gems, Clear Block C, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips Scissors, Stampin' Seal, Mini Glue Dots,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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After cutting out the detailed silver bell on the Christmas To Remember Silver Bell Music card seen here, I didn't want to waste the outline silver bell cut out or some of the little details. So, I created this Christmas card using those leftover pieces and the same basic technique of double embossing for the background. Uses Christmas To Remember Cling Stamp Set plus Smoky Slate Cardstock, Night Of Navy Cardstock, Metallics Stampin' Emboss Powders, Heat Tool, VersaMark Ink Pad, Silver Foil 12" x 12" Specialty Pack, Smoky Slate 7/8" Textured Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Clear Block G, Grid Paper,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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Good news! Several popular products in the July-December 2021 Mini Catalog will be carrying over and will be available after January 3, 2022 or will be available next year in the July-December 2022 Mini Catalog. The following products will be carrying over and will be available after January 3, 2022 as write-in items even if they are not shown in a current catalog: Pretty Pillow Box Dies, page 9, item 156321, $34.00 Real Red 3/8" Mini Ruffled Ribbon, page 9, item 156323, $8.00 Kraft 6" x 6" Paper Pack, page 9, item 156325, $6.00 Kraft Gift Boxes, page 11, item... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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I couldn't stand to waste the leftover iridescent foil after popping out the snowflakes from the Wonderful Snowflakes. So, I used some of the small snowflake dies from the So Many Snowflakes Dies to cut out little snowflakes. I then added them to this thank you card made with the Snowflake Wishes that went out to some customers along with a small product gift. Uses Snowflake Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set and Beauty Of Friendship Photopolymer Stamp Set plus Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad, Night Of Navy Cardstock, Balmy Blue Cardstock, Balmy Blue Classic Stampin' Pad, Basic White Cardstock, White 3/8"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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I made a few last minute Thanksgiving cards the other day to send out to some family members we won't get to see this Thanksgiving. They all use the A Wish For Everything Set and coordinating Word Wishes Dies and the pretty Blackberry Beauty Specialty Designer Series Paper. Uses A Wish For Everything Cling Stamp Set and Beauty Of Tomorrow Cling Stamp Set plus Blackberry Bliss Cardstock, Blackberry Bliss Classic Stampin' Pad, Rich Razzleberry Cardstock, Rich Razzleberry Classic Stampin' Pad, Neutrals Stampin' Write Marker Assortment, Blackberry Beauty 12" x 12" Specialty Designer Series Paper, Linen Thread, 3/8" Diamond Weave Ribbon,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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We used the Christmas To Remember Set from the Mini Catalog to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment on this final card we made during my November Club Class featuring heat embossing. It also showcases a double embossing technique though. You add the sticky ink to the inside of the embossing folder before dry embossing the cardstock. Then, you sprinkle on a Stampin' Emboss Powder which sticks to some areas of the dry embossed image before heating it. This produces a really pretty effect with lots of texture. Uses Christmas To Remember Cling Stamp Set plus Smoky Slate Cardstock, Night... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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Here's the next card we made in my November Club Class featuring heat embossing. It uses the Frosted Gingerbread Bundle to create a playful Christmas card. We stamped directly onto a red foil sheet to create a couple of the candies and also used a Decorative Mask to apply Craft Ink to a piece of red foil sheet which we then heat embossed in white to create a peppermint stripe panel. Uses Frosted Gingerbread Photopolymer Stamp Set plus Real Red Cardstock, Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad, Basic White Cardstock, Regals Stampin' Write Marker Assortment, Basics Stampin' Emboss Powders, Heat Tool,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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We made this fun birthday card using the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle and the Joseph's Coat technique during my November Club Class focusing on heat embossing. Uses Butterfly Brilliance Cling Stamp Set and Peaceful Moments Cling Stamp Set plus Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad, Pumpkin Pie Cardstock, Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin' Pad, Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends Combo Pack, Crushed Curry Cardstock, Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Basics Stampin' Emboss Powders, Heat Tool, VersaMark Ink Pad, Blending Brushes, Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack, 2020-2022 In Color Square Gems, Clear Block B, Clear Block F, Grid Paper, Label... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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We used a few heat embossing techniques on this next card we made during my November Club Class. We used a gold embossing powder to emboss the sentiment, the top of a brad, and the edges of the cotton paper flower we made. We also used Heat And Stick Powder to apply Gilded Leafing. All to make a really pretty card using products from the Eden's Garden Early Release Collection. Uses Eden's Garden Cling Stamp Set plus Evening Evergreen Cardstock, Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad, Soft Succulent Cardstock, Metallics Stampin' Emboss Powders, Heat Tool, VersaMark Ink Pad, Ever Eden 12"... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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We concentrated on using heat embossing on the projects we made in my November Club Class. This first card uses heat embossing in the easiest way, just stamping an image with a sticky ink such as VersaMark or the White Craft Ink and sprinkling on embossing powder before melting it with the Heat Tool. The difference is that we are stamping onto Glitter Paper for an extra sparkly effect. I think the Perfectly Plaid Set used this way makes a very elegant card, especially when the background is dry embossed using the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder. Uses Perfectly Plaid... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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We are focusing on heat embossing techniques at my November Club Class tonight. One of the tips I teach my customers is to use a clothespin to hold project pieces while using the Heat Tool to avoid burning their fingers. So, I made everyone coming to Club Class a decorated clothespin of their own featuring a gilded flower. Since I participated in OnStage@Home (#onstageathome), I had the pretty pencils included in our Swag Bag. I made another gilded flower and a tag to attach to each pencil as an additional little gift from me for coming to Club Class. These... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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I just had fun stamping along with Shannon West during OnStage@Home (#onstageathome), Stampin' Up!'s™ annual convention, in the Stamp & Share Experience. As a Demonstrator I was able to pre-order some products from one of the new suites including the Blessings Of Home Stamp Set. We stamped along with Shannon to make these three pretty cards using a list of suggested products which included the ones we got in the pre-order and measurements supplied to us in advance. Uses Blessings Of Home Cling Stamp Set plus Garden Green Cardstock, Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad, Fresh Freesia Cardstock, Cinnamon Cider Cardstock,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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I am attending OnStage@Home (#onstageathome) classes today and tomorrow. This is Stampin' Up!'s™ annual convention. It's being held virtually again this year because of the pandemic. I'll be able to watch business and stamping presentations, stamp along with one of the presentations using a new set and accessories that will be available in the new Mini Catalog that I was able to pre-order, get a sneak peek at the new Mini Catalog, and win some prizes! I'll also get the chance to pre-order more products from the January-June 2022 Mini Catalog! I got this wonderful swag box full of goodies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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The online convention for Stampin' Up!™, called OnStage@Home (#onstageathome), starts tonight with an awards and recognition ceremony with entertainment. I didn't earn any huge awards, but I'm very proud of achieving Level 1 awards in both sales and team building! Thank you to all my customers and Team Members for helping me earn these awards and for making my job so rewarding and fun! Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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Another friend from my days of being a Longaberger Consultant recently moved to Florida. She and her husband were ready to escape the frozen north! I made this card using the Timeless Tropical card to wish them well in their new home. Uses Timeless Tropical Cling Stamp Set plus Crumb Cake Cardstock, Crumb Cake Classic Stampin' Pad, Cajun Craze Cardstock, Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad, Very Vanilla Cardstock, Evening Evergreen Cardstock, Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad, Soft Succulent Cardstock, Soft Succulent Classic Stampin' Pad, Blending Brushes, In Good Taste 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper, In The Wild 12" x... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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Our younger son recently got a permanent, full-time job with the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan. It's basically the same job he'd been doing, but now is full-time with a better salary and full benefits. He really likes Ann Arbor and Michigan and is very happy there, so we are thrilled for him. I made him this card to let him know we are proud of him! Uses Love Of Leaves Photopolymer Stamp Set and Art Gallery Photopolymer Stamp Set plus Merry Merlot Cardstock, Merry Merlot Classic Stampin' Pad, Cajun Craze Cardstock, Cajun Craze Classic Stampin' Pad, Cinnamon Cider Cardstock,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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Sadly, one of my customers recently lost two friends, one to an accident and the other to illness. I made this pretty card using the Strong Of Heart Set to send to her to let her know I'm thinking about her. Uses Strong Of Heart Cling Stamp Set and Peaceful Moments Cling Stamp Set plus Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad, Blushing Bride Cardstock, Basic White Cardstock, White 3/8" Glittered Organdy Ribbon, Elegant Faceted Gems, Clear Block C, Clear Block E, Take Your Pick, Take Your Pick Die Brush Tip, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips Scissors, Stampin' Cut &... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2021 at Inspiration Ink
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One of my friends that I met through my businesses of Longaberger and Stampin' Up!™ recently had surgery on her wrists/hands. I made this pretty card to tell her I'm thinking of her and wish her a speedy recovery. Uses Plentiful Plants Photopolymer Stamp Set plus Gray Granite Cardstock, Gray Granite Classic Stampin' Pad, Basic White Cardstock, Just Jade Cardstock, Just Jade Classic Stampin' Pad, Bloom Where You're Planted 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper, Gray Granite 1/4" Shimmer Ribbon, Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Clear Block B, Clear Block C, Clear Block G, Stampin' Pierce Mat, Banners Pick A Punch,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2021 at Inspiration Ink