Fabulous Florets!

For today's post, I wanted to share a card by Ellie Martin – a member of my Stampin' Up! group called "Expressions of the Heart".  Isn't this stunning?!  This was one of the demonstratrations at my Taste of Convention Expo in September.  Click HERE to view my calendar for upcoming events!

stampin' up! fabulous florets stamp set





  • Brayer            
  • So saffron stamp pad
  • Fabulous Florets stamp set  
  • Pumpkin pie stamp pad
  • Rhinestones basic jewels
  • Old olive stamp pad
  • Heat tool       
  • Black StazOn stamp pad
  • Clear embossing powder
  • VersaMark
  • Basic black ribbon     
  • Stampin’ dimensionals
  • Post-it note for sun mask




  • Basic black – Cut one 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, score and fold for card base.  Cut one 3-7/8 x 5-1/8.
  • Old olive – Cut one 4-1/16 x 5-1/4.
  • Whisper white – Cut one 3-5/8 x 4-15/16.  Cut one 4-3/4 x 3-1/2.  Cut one 5-1/4 x 4 for inside of card.
  • Basic black scraps for embossing florets.


Step by Step:

  1.  Brayer background on whisper white paper (4-3/4 x 3-1/2):   Start with So Saffron as your base layer:  You just want to cover the whole paper with the So Saffron – first roll off the paper, then roll over the paper to cover completely with the So Saffron.  Re-ink and go over it a second time.   Note, this bottom layer may not be completely smooth, but will not affect the end result in this project. 
  2. Cut a 1” circle mask from a post-it note to create a sun mask, making sure that you are on the sticky part of the note so that it will stick to your paper.  Apply to the top of your paper where you wish to have your sun.  Then brayer your second layer of color with pumpkin pie:  Start at the top of the paper with the sun mask, first roll off the paper (to not get a hard line on your paper) moving onto the paper and rolling down to get a nice feathering effect.  You will roll over the sun mask and roll about three-quarters of the way down the paper.  On your very last roll with the pumpkin pie, go all the way down the paper just to give a hint of color on the end. 
  3.  Turn paper to opposite end and ink just one-third to one-half of the brayer with old olive ink and apply the ink on the bottom one-third of the paper, blending into the other colors.
  4.  Stamp the floral image from the Fabulous Florets stamp set onto the finished background paper in black StazOn ink 3 times.
  5. Attach finished card to whisper white 3-5/8 x 4-15/16 mat.  Attach to black 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 mat.  Attach to old olive 4-1/6 x 5-1/4 mat.
  6. On basic black scraps, stamp just the floral image of the fabulous floret image in VersaMark ink and emboss using clear embossing powder and heating tool (3 times).  Cut out and attach on top of stamped image of card using stampin’ dimensional on card.
  7. Cut 2-1/2” piece of basic black ribbon, cut an arrow design on one end.  Attach to the back of the old olive and wrap around to the front and attach to the front using Tombo or your adhesive of choice. 
  8. Add rhinestones to each floret and one to the ribbon. 
  9. Attach old olive to the basic black card base.
  10. Attach 5-1/4 x 4 whisper white to inside of card.  Stamp desired greeting.
  11. Finished!!



Wouldn't it be nice to get your favorite Stampin' Up! merchandise at a discount?!  Last chance on the $25 Starter Kit!!!  Click HERE to get yours now!  Offer expires at 11:50 p.m. MT today – Monday, October 21st!!

Join Now for $25. Only 3 more days left!!

Offer: New demonstrators can join Stampin' Up! for just $25!

Dates: October 7-21, 2013  ONLY

The Fine Print:

  • This offer is only good for two weeks, so take advantage of it right away!
  • During this offer, only the special $25 starter kit will be available; the regular $99  starter kit will not be available. The $25 Starter Kit includes





    • $26.95 worth of Stampin' Up! product (it must be more than $25, but not more than $26.95 before tax)
    • Business pack which includes





      • A box of annual catalogs
      • A package of the current seasonal catalog
      • Getting Started DVD
      • Starter Kit Business Brick
      • Customer postcards

When you purchase the Starter Kit, you become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and member of my "Expressions of the Heart" group.

  • You are NOT required to purchase anything further, hold stamp shows or sell the product.
  • You receive Stampin' Up! demonstrator discounts and benefits thru the end of the next FULL quarter.
  • IF you want to remain active and continue demonstrator discounts and benefits beyond the end of the next FULL quarter, you would need $300 in product sales – i.e. your own purchases, customer purchases and stamp show orders.
  • There's never a penalty to drop and you keep all the items from your starter kit!
  • I welcome any type of Stampin' Up! demonstrator – i.e. hobby, part-time, or a full time career!
  • I provide training, mentoring and support for all demonstrators in my group – the training is specially designed for what goals you have, not what I want for you!



Pick a Free Project Kit!

A fun night last night at my downline meeting getting caught up from Convention, brainstorming for new business ideas, and of course, the make and takes!!!  Susann, Joan, Felicia, Deb, and Ellie are pictured having fun with the make and takes in my stamping studio!!!












Here is the picture of it of one of the cards we made – what do you think? I would love to have you post you comments below!   Adorable isn't it?!  I received this as a swap from someone at Convention last week.  Unfortunately, the demonstrator didn't put her name on it so I can't give credit to her!  Stay tuned tomorrow for the step by step directions and supply list to create this card – you won't want to miss it!





Doesn't this make you want to get in on the action?!!!  I am always looking for new demonstrators to join my team and would love to share the opportunity with you!  I have a sweet deal for you!!!!

Stampin' Up! Pick a Free Project Kit


Offer: New demonstrators get to pick one of four project kits for free in addition to their starter kit when they join Stampin' Up! The starter kit is totally customizable and is only $99!!!  You get to chose $125.00 in product for just the $99.00 – shipping and handling is FREE too!!!

Dates: July 15-August 31, 2013

Kit Options:

The first three project kits are from the holiday catalog and the last option is from the annual catalog.


Kit Description


Total Value


Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit




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Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit




Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit




Tag a Bag Bundle AND
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Dakota County Fair – Day 5!

Dakota County Fair

Happenings at the Fair today:



5:00pm – 6:00pm Chautauqua Performance Chautauqua Tent

6:00pm All American Lumberjack Show Block G

6:30pm – 8:00pm Stickman Bingo Band Free Entertainment Stage

7:30pm Grandstand Event: Demolition Derby Grandstand

8:00pm Tonight’s Free Entertainment: Hitchville Beer Garden

 Make sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall South – Booth #8 and see me!

Dakota County Fair – Day 4!

Dakota County Fair

Senior Day – Thursday, August 9th


The Taco Salad at the 4-H building is pretty good if you are looking for a healthier alternative!  See you at the Fair!

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