Tuesday Tips #5 – 8-1/2″ x 11″ Paper Storage

By | October 11, 2016

Hi Stampers!

Today, I thought I would share with you how I store my 8-1/2″ x 11 Cardstock.  You probably know by now that Stampin’ Up! cardstock is special.  The weight and quality is like no other cardstock I have found in a craft store.  That along with the fact that our colors coordinate and match so well with the inks, ribbons, other embellishments, etc. has helped me justify the reason why I have to have a stockpile of Stampin’ Up! cardstock! 😉

But, it took me some time before I was happy with my storage solution for my cardstock.  I have tried several different systems but in the end, this is the one that has stuck – for about 8 years now!  For me, I find this sytem keeps things orderly and organized and within arms reach at all times.  Plus, I have really cut down on waste.  I hope you find some helpful hints here today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday Tips #4 – Clear-Mount Stamp Assembly and Tips

By | October 4, 2016

Are you in love with Stampin’ Up!’s rubber stamps?  I know I am, and I have been for 14 years now!  One of my favorite changes that Stampin’ Up! has made over that time is the offering of their Clear-Mount stamps.  I LOVED that I could have the same quality stamped images and was able to save space and save my back from carrying all those wood blocks when I took my stamps on the road!

All that being said, there is a bit of a learning curve with these stamps.  I’ve learned over time a few tips and tricks to help with storage and assembly.  Watch the following video and maybe I’ll help you through that learning curve as well!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!!

World Card Making Day and Designer Series Paper Specials Start Today!!!

By | October 1, 2016


Happy World Card Making Day!!!  Maybe you didn’t know that October 1 was World Card Making Day but Stampin’ Up! does!!  To celebrate, they are offering 25% off on several of my favorite card-making supplies!!  My favorite is the Designer Tin of Cards Kit.  It normally retails for $27 but with this special, it will only be $20.25!  Now, you do need to supply your own ink and stamps to complete this kit but if you don’t have what you need, no worries!  Get the kit and come to my Project Class On Sunday, October 23 from 1-5.  I’ll have the inks and stamps there for you to complete all your cards.  (More info on the Project Class to come soon!)  Here is a video put together by Stampin’ Up! to show you a little more about this adorable kit!



Stampin’ Up! is really spoiling us this month!!  Wow!!  For the whole month of October, they are also offering Buy 3, Get 1 Free packs of select Designer Series Papers!  Click HERE to find out which DSP packs are included in the special.

Would you love to just have a little bit of all the Designer Series Papers?  Subscribe to my newsletter and I will send you information on how you can get a little bit of them all through my Product Share offer!!

Not sure how to incorporate DSP into your cards?  Check out these ideas!

Use this template . . .


. . . to make cards like this!


Use this template . . .


. . . to make cards like this!


Create a “window” on your Designer Series Paper using framelits or punches, then layer an image or greeting underneath. Try this template with several papers from the same collection and get a different look every time.

 Use this template . . .


. . . to make cards like this!


Why throw away scraps when they’re this pretty? Instead, use them up on this great card design. It’s like a sampler of Designer Series Paper! Use designs from one collection, or mix and match for more possibilities.

If you would like to place an order for any of these awesome offers, you can SHOP HERE.  Use the Hostess Code 9SJQVFCN when you place your order and I will send you a free gift!

Happy Stamping!!


Tuesday Tips #3 – Paper Pumpkin Storage

By | September 27, 2016

If you are a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber, you know the challenge of storing all those adorable photopolymer stamp sets without cases, the extra supplies, and the instruction sheets.  I needed an easy, quick solution that would keep all of my items organized and within arms reach.  I don’t remember where I found this idea (I’m sorry I can’t give credit where credit is due) but I thought it was brilliant!  I immediately ordered my supplies and as soon as they came in, I got to work.  I’m in love with this book and use it all the time now that it is so easily accessible.  I hope you find this idea equally amazing!!

Thanks for stopping by and watching!  If you need any of the supplies shown in the video, you can shop HERE!

Cards and Cocktails Class – October 7

By | September 25, 2016


Join us for my new event, Cards and Cocktails.  I’m bringing back my Card Buffet-style class and adding some cocktails for a fun, girls’ night out at my house!  I will have 12 designs that you can choose from and you can make as many cards as you would like from each design while supplies last.  Everything is cut and scored for you, you only have to do the fun part – stamp! I’ll have an array of cards to choose from, everyday cards to Holidays.  You can see some of the cards in the picture.
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Tuesday Tips #2 – Photopolymer Cleaning and Stamping Tips

By | September 20, 2016

I am absolutely in love with Stampin’ Up!’s Photopolymer stamps!  They are so great because you can see exactly where you are going to place that stamp – which was probably my biggest pet peave with the rubber stamps.  But, as much as I love the photopolymer stamps, there are a few tips that I have had to learn to make them the perfect stamp for me!  Today, I will share some of these tips with you and maybe, they will become your favorites too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!


Tuesday Tips #1 – Photopolymer Storage

By | September 13, 2016

Welcome to Tuesday Tips!  Every week I will give you a quick tip to help you with your stamping and scrapbooking  needs.

If you are familiar with Stampin’ Up!’s photopolymer stamps, you will understand the frustration I feel when I have to peel the stamps from between the flimsy plastic pieces and then put them back.  I was dealing with a minor case of stamper’s rage and I wasn’t going to have it anymore!  So, I figured out a way that made it much easier for me to handle those stamps.  I’m so happy with this idea that I wanted to share it will all of you!  Take a look at the video I shot showing you this quick and easy tip.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy stamping!

Perfectly Wrapped Shaker Card Tutorial

By | September 10, 2016

perfectly-wrapped-shaker-card-picThis shaker card is one that my customers got to make back in June when I held a Stampin’ Up! New Catalog Open House.  I wanted to highlight some of the new Designer Series Paper that Stampin’ Up! came out with (Playful Palette), the new In-colors (Emeral Envy and Sweet Sugarplum), a new stamp set (Perfectly Wrapped), and a new (to us) technique, shaker cards!  This card also showcased the new Foam Adhesive Strips and In-color Ruched Ribbon.

I created a video (CLICK HERE TO WATCH ON YOUTUBE) on how to make this card so please take a look and let me know what you think!  It is my first video tutorial and I know I need a little work but I’ll get better with practice!  You can easily take this technique and card layout and change the papers, colors and stamp set to create an entirely different card to fit your needs.  For instance, change the plain window sheets for the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate that is on special this week! Or use the Sprinkles Punch that is also on special this week to fill your shaker card windows!  There are so many options so try to think outside of the box and most importantly, HAVE FUN!!


Don’t miss out on these great products!  This week’s sale is over on September 14!

Stampin’ Up! Special Offers – Week 2 Begins Today!

By | September 8, 2016


Starting today, Stampin’ Up! has a whole new set of Special Offers available until next Wednesday, Septeber 14.  This week’s specials include one of my favorite products, the Gold Binder Clips!  If you look through the Annual Catalog and the new Holiday Catalog, you see them everywhere!  I bet you didn’t notice that before, did you?  They are so great to have for those quick little gifts and treats you put together in a hurry!

Shop for the products on this week’s Special Offers and when you place an order through my online store using the Hostess Code B2DKTFEF, I’ll send you a free gift.  Please don’t use the hostess code for orders over $150 so you can receive the Stampin’ Rewards.  I’ll still send you a gift!

Very Versatile Basket of Wishes Fits Any Occasion

By | September 7, 2016

I will admit that I am not a big fan of coloring when I stamp and make cards and so I don’t normally gravitate to line art stamp sets.  But, Basket of Wishes was calling my name from the moment I turned the page!  I know when that happens, I HAVE TO HAVE IT!!  I absolutely LOVE the different baskets and sayings and especially the versatility of using it for many seasons.  When it comes to stamp sets, I try to make sure that I can use a set for at least 5 different occasions or projects before I decide to invest in it and this stamp set fit the bill!

My mom’s birthday was at the end of August so thankfully as a demonstrator, I was able to preorder this set and have it delivered before her birthday.  You see, she LOVES succulents and has been planting and selling succulent arrangements in antique and vintage containers all summer.  So, I had to use this set to make her a birthday card!

Basket of Wishes SucculentsI used a Mint Macaron card base and the next layer is Crumb Cake embossed with the woodgrain embossing folder.  I used one of our new Delicate White Doilies to create the focal point of the card which was the basket of succulents.  I stamped the basket and the succulents with our Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad.  I let this dry for a bit before coloring.

I added the color to the basket of succulents using our ink pads and a blender pen.  I went outside to my own succulent arrangement for color inspiration!  I used Crumb Cake for the basket and Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry and Pear Pizzazz for the succulents.  I color so infrequently, I forgot how fun it is!  I think I need to increase my coloring stamp collection!

I finished the card with a banner greeting and a Mint Macaron ribbon.  I think it turned out cute and my mom loved it which is the most important thing!  I ended up making 12 more of these cards since I was recently in a swap and thought it would make a good swap card.

What do you think?  Do you enjoy coloring and the stamp sets that involve coloring?  Let me know!

Here is my succulent inspiration (and my dog Winnie got in a couple of the pics too!)

My succulent inspiration. Winnie with the photo bomb!

My succulent inspiration. Winnie with the photo bomb!


Rich Razzleberry Succulent

Rich Razzleberry Succulent

I didn't know succulents could flower!

I didn’t know succulents could flower!

Winnie was inspired by the succulents too!

Winnie was inspired by the succulents too!



Pear Pizzazz Succulent

Pear Pizzazz Succulent
















To order any of the projects shown in this post, go to my online store!  If you use the Hostess Code B2DKTFEF and I’ll send you a free gift!  Please don’t use the hostess code though if you order $150 or more.  Keep the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself and I’ll still send you a gift!  Today is the last day for this week’s Special Offers!  Don’t miss out on some great products at 25% off!




The Holiday Catalog and Special Offers Starts Today!

By | September 1, 2016

It’s finally here!  You can begin ordering from the 2016 Holiday Catalog today!  It is so full of awesome products that I had a hard time deciding what I wanted and went a little crazy!  From beautiful Designer Series Papers, to versatile stamp sets and thinlits, to fun and adorable embellishments, there is something for everyone in this new catalog!  If you have placed an order with me in the last year, then you should have received your catalog by now.  If you have not received it or if you haven’t placed an order but plan to do so, let me know and I can get you a copy!

Holiday Catalog 2016 Cover

Click here to view the Holiday Catalog

To place an order, click HERE to go to my online store.  When you use the hostess code B2DKTFEF, I will send you a free gift!!  NOTE:  If you place an order over $150, please do not use the hostess code because you will not be able to collect the Stampin’ Rewards that you deserve.  You will still receive my free gift!


Another exciting thing happening today is the launch of September’s Special Offers!  Between now and September 21, Stampin’ Up! will be offering discounted products every week.  Please note:  These specials are available for one week only so don’t miss out!  You can save 25% on these select products from now until September 7!

Only 2 days left to order the Thoughtful Branches Bundle and receive my free class!

By | August 29, 2016


You only have until August 31 to place your order for the Exclusive Thoughtful Branches Bundle from Stampin’ Up!  When you place your order through my Online Store, I’ll send you a free PDF class featuring 6 easy-to-make cards and a coordinating box to hold them in.  The PDF includes step-by-step instructions and color photos to help you make the projects.  This is a great gift to make for teachers, co-workers and friends as the holidays get closer every day!

Worried that you won’t have the supplies or materials to make the cards and gift box yourself?  No worries!!  I can help with that!  You can order kits from me that include all the cardstock, cut to size and scored, embossed or punched as needed.  You’ll also receive any embellishments or ribbon used on the projects.  Each kit is $7.  Contact me if you are interested in this offer!


Coming Soon!!  The Holiday Catalog will be available in just 3 days!!  I can’t wait to show you all the new items available for purchase!  Stay tuned for some upcoming classes as well!

Happy Stamping,


Welcome To Stamping With Nikki

By | August 25, 2016

Confession time:  I have had this blog for over 2 years and this is my first blog post.  This year, I promised myself that I would dive into this blog world and become more active with my Stampin’ Up! business!  I have been a demonstrator going on 14 years and I absolutely love it.  As my 3 kids are growing up, I am becoming the mom taxi and my nights are all but shot and I really haven’t had the time to teach stamping like I would like to.  That’s why I decided to jump into blogging.  I can show you what I’m up to and maybe teach you a few things and you can keep up with me when you have the time to read and watch!

Starting this blog reminds me of when I started stamping.  My blog and first several posts may not be pretty (like my first several cards!).  But, just like with stamping, I am diving in!  Please be patient with me as I learn how to use the software and how to make things look nice.  I am very excited to bring you some tutorial posts and videos.  I’ll also soon have the most up to date specials on this blog as well links to the catalogs and my online store.

I’m excited to see where this takes me!  I hope that you follow along and like what you see.  If you have any suggestions, feel free to let me know.  I’m always open to ideas!