Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Special gift from a dear lady

Have you ever received a package that made you weep?
I did.  Over the gift and the note that she wrote me.
A fellow stamper sent me a gorgeous handmade gift.
I want you to study how detailed this gift is.
I can only imagine the hours that she spent making this just for me.

In her letter she said that being creative is good therapy for her.
She has a lot on her plate.
Which makes this gift even more special.
With all that she has going on she took the time to make this for me.

I will cherish this gift always as I cherish her.
Thank you Dola.
I love my gift.  And you.

Someone recently asked my why I have been a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for so long (17 years).  While I love the products and believe in them, it is the friendships I have made over the years.  Friendships that will last me a lifetime!

Happy Stamping and I encourage you to stamp with friends!

Sharon Armstrong

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Butterfly Basics by Stampin' Up!

Yesterday I shared with you my video and all of my samples of this card.
Here is the vidoeo

Well I decided to do a little stamping on the front!

Today I am sharing with you the measurements and the supplies I used!
Enjoy and I hope you make these!

Butterfly Basics with Thinlets
All images © 1990-2015 Stampin’ Up!®

NOTE: You will want to stamp before you run thru the embossing folder!


·         Stamp SetsButterfly Basics Bundle w-139322  c-139323  p-138386
·         Card Stock – Calypso Coral #122925, Shimmery White #100910, Basic Black #121045
·         Stamp Pads Pear Pizzazz #131180
·         Misc. –Rhinestones #119246, Spring Flowers Textured Embossing Folder 137365, Multipurpose glue #110755, Piercing Tool #126189, Silicon Mat #127853
·         Calypso Coral cardstock base 5 ½ x 8 ½ folded
·         Shimmery White cardstock 4 X 5 ½
·         Scrap of Basic Black for Butterfly
TIP: Use Wax paper between your thinlet and the cardstock to help release the cardstock from the thinlet.  Also if you will run it back and forth thru the Big Shot three times that helps too.
Cut one butterfly out using the butterfly thinlet using black scarp of cardstock
 Next lay butterfly thinlet on the Shimmery White cardstock where you want it, I like it at an angle like it is flying.
Use the Paper Piercing tool to poke out the cutouts on the butterfly
 Stamp fern images across the bottom
Run the Shimmery White cardstock thru the Spring Flowers Embossing folder
 Attach Shimmery White layer to the Calypso Coral base with Multipurpose glue
 Lay black butterfly on silicon mat and using Multipurpose glue place random glue dots all over the back of the butterfly
 Attach black butterfly in the cutout butterfly on the card
Use Multipurpose glue only on the body portion of the Shimmery White butterfly and lay that on top of the black butterfly, tap it down with the other end of your paper piercing tool.
Using one of the long strips of rhinestones lay that on the body portion, cut off access and put back on the rhinestone sheet.
Stamp any sentiment on the inside of the card

Sharon Armstrong

Monday, February 23, 2015

Creative Blog Hop Butterfly Thinlets by Stampin' Up!

Welcome to the Creative Blog Hop!
I want to thank Darla Roberts for believing in me!  She invited me to be a part of the Creative Blog Hop and I really am honored!

If you don't fall in love with these Butterfly thinlets today then you may never fall in love with them!

LOl!  I am just kidding!  I have seen many gorgeous cards done with these but I totally am having a blast with them! playing, this was my first card.

But I felt like the card needed something else so I added a Black Butterfly.

Then I wanted to use other card base colors!
Totally different look!

For your viewing pleasure I made a video!

I would love for you to subscribe to my Youtube channel!

My heart is happy when I can inspire you!

Now for the questions and answers for the last part of the blog hop.

What am I working on?
Butterfly cards!  LOL!  These are my Thank you cards to all of my customers this month!  Since I have an Online Presence I spend most of the time working on my online card kits.  I cut and prep card kits to go out and everyone gets enough supplies to stamp and assemble six cards each month.  It takes time to do that plus to do all of the shipping.  But I am so honored that they have faith in me to be a part of what I do!

How does my your work differ from others in your genre?
I moved from Texas to Arizona in May.  I used to hold in home classes and clubs.  Moving to a new city and state I am now doing Online Card classes where everyone gets a PDF instruction and Youtube videos for six cards each month.  So I am not viral!

Why do you create what you do?
I love to inspire people.  And I can do that by sharing what I love!  I love to teach new techniques and how to use our products so that they fall in love with Stampin' Up! too!

How does your creative process work?
I love to look at the samples in the catalogs.  Then I take what I have and start. My end project looks nothing like the inspiration.  But that way I can call it mine!

OK.... Drumroll please for my 2 picks for next Monday March 2, 2015 are: (just click on their names to visit them)

Stella MacKay and Karen Bouchikas

Thank you for stopping by!
Sharon Armstrong

Friday, February 20, 2015

Stampin' Up! Paper Pumpkin Kits and more!

So you want to craft.  You don't have much time.  Say 30 minutes.  What about if a little kit came to you in the mail each month and had everything you needed to be creative in 30 minutes?

This is what comes inside of the February Paper Pumpkin! Squeal!!!! 

Everything that you need to be creative! For only $19.95 a month you really can't beat the value! 

More Fun with Paper Pumpkin! When you purchases a pre-paid paper pumpkin 3-month subscription you save five dollars during Sale-a-Bration and get to choose a SAB product free...wanted to show you what you could do with the stamps left over from their kit and a SAB product (or two...go ahead and get a 6 month subscription and choose 2 rewards!) These used white card stock, the SAB best year ever designer series paper and the SAB best year ever accessory pack... Along with the stamps and ink from the February paper pumpkin kit.

Right now you can save money and get Free Saleabration Items by getting 3 months prepaid kits
I have even given these as a gift to someone recuperating from surgery. Because it is so easy! And better than watching TV all day long!

If you have any questions let me know!

Sharon Armstrong

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stampin Up Lovely Amazing You Photopolymer Stamp Set

Stampin' Up! is a major manufacturer of 
Photopolymer Stamps!
Did you know that?
Here is the latest one!
Item Code #140594  $14.95

What are Photopolymer stamps?
Photopolymer stamps are completely clear stamps created from photopolymer plastic.
Photopolymer stamps are ideal for 2 and 3-Step layered stamping and for greetings because you can see where you are stamping to get neat placement of stamped images.  
Photopolymer stamps, like clear-mount stamps, are used with acrylic blocks. Photopolymer is sticky and easily clings to the acrylic blocks.

When I went to Stampin' Up! Kanab manufacturing facility in September 2014 I was able to see the process of making Photopolymer stamps!
Very cool!


This Day Project Life Mini Card Collection 
(Item 138636)
Find new Project Life devotees or satisfy old ones! This Day Project Life Mini Card Collection is a Sale-A-Bration-sized Project Life card collection that will give new customers a big enough taste of Project Life that they won't want to stop. For customers who already love Project Life, it's another darling card set they can use in their memory keeping. This Day is perfect for capturing the airy essence of summer and includes fresh spring and summer designs, as well as great everyday artwork in Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, and Tangerine Tango. The collection includes 30 double-sided cards: 20 3" x 4" and 10 4" x 6".

Sharon Armstrong

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

So many resources so little time!

As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator there are so many resources for me!

As I was looking around the demonstrator portion of the Stampin' Up! website I came across this and thought it was so cool!

This is just one perk of being a demonstrator!  And right now there is a promotion for new demonstrators who join!  Shop for up to $125 on anything you want, only pay $99 plus sales tax (FREE Shipping!!!) and you can choose one of these two options!

  • Option 1)  Receive a FREE Simply Created Project Kit from the occasions catalog.
  • Option 2)  Receive two FREE Sale-a-Bration items of your choice.

Big Day Stamp Set (Item 139109) and 
Stampin' Blendabilities Markers

Make a big birthday splash with the Big Day Stamp Set. Create professional-looking cards for special birthday recipients through the magic of a stamp and our easy-to-use Stampin' Blendabilities Markers. For an especially trendy look, use the Big Day Stamp Set with some Chalkboard Paper and chalk ink. The possibilities are endless!

Stampin' Blendabilities Markers make coloring and blending easy-you won't spend hours, but it'll look like you did! Each alcohol ink assortment includes three markers: a light, medium, and dark shade for perfect blending and shading. With 12 assortments to choose from, the only hard part about Stampin' Blendabilities is choosing which ones to use!

These were created by 
Artwork by Lynsay Mahon and Janet Wakeland

Thanks for stopping by today!
Have a happy crafty day!

Sharon Armstrong

Sunday, February 8, 2015

What am I doing with Stampin' Up! Sheltering Tree

February Online Stamp Class

with Sharon Armstrong

If you have been on Pinterest you have seen this awesome stamp set Sheltering Tree used many times!

Each month everyone receives pre cut cardstock, envelopes, a PDF and YouTube videos to help you stamp and assemble the six (6) cards.

We are such visual learners so the videos really help!

Here is a link to one of my videos

Sheltering Tree is the stamp set we are using this month!

Stampin' Pads Used:  Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler 


Stampin' Pads Used:  Early Espresso, Soft Sky
Optional Products:  Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 2-way Glue Pen, Distress Tool  
Stampin' Pads Used:  Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Black  

Stampin' Pads Used:  Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Black  (also using Crazy About You stamps/Hello You thinlits from last month!)  

Stampin' Pads Used:  Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Pacific Point, Real Red, Black Memento Ink 

Stampin' Pads Used:  Chocolate Chip, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Melon Mambo 
Order directly from my website: click on SHOP NOW (if you struggle with ordering on-line, no problem--just email me your order and I will place for you!) 

  • When ordering, you will need to use this hostess code: TEU22J6V
  • Deadline to place order is Feb 10th
Don't forget about Saleabration!  If your order is close to $50 you may want to bump it over $50 so you get a FREE Saleabration item!  (have you seen that Lotus Blossom Stamp set?  Oh My!)

Here is the stamp set you need to complete these cards:
  • SHELTERING TREE:  Item #137163, $24.95
If you already have this stamp set (which is doubtful since it's brand new), OR, just just don't like it, you can order anything else instead. 

Your subtotal of your order must be at least $24.95

Note: this set requires clear blocks to use.

I used a variety of different colors this month.  Check your ink colors!  If you don't have exactly what I am using--no big deal.  You can substitute similar colors. 

Below each card, I have listed the colors used in the sample.  That way, if you want to purchase some of these colors, you can.  

Here are the cards that we will be making.  
Here are this months projects!
Don't forget adhesive!  I use glue dots, snail, tombow liquid glue!

How to enter the Hostess Code REMINDER 
When you go to the website to order, AFTER you put your first item in the SHOPPING CARD, click on button to GO TO SHOPPING CART.  Then, at the bottom, left corner, you will see this box--enter the code given above here.

IMPORTANT:  after entering the code, make sure to click on APPLY 

Sharon Armstrong


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Leadership Fun

As I said in my previous post I headed to Stampin' Up! Leadership last week.

If you could party with 1600 people how do you think it would happen?

Crazy?  Exciting?  Exhausted from lack of sleep?  Hoarse voice from talking so much?  Yep that is how it went!

Here are some fun pictures for you!

Managers Reception at Disney World!

And look at the awesome ideas that Stampin' Up! demonstrated on stage!

Sharon Armstrong

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Project Life by Stampin' Up! For You Blog Tour

Welcome back to our Monthly Advisory Board Sisters Blog Tour.
If you missed last months tour you can see it HERE

The thing about today's tour is that we are actually all together in Orlando, Florida for Stampin' Up!'s Leadership conference.

We live all over the country but we come together at every event to catch up and laugh!

Have you seen our bed photos?  Oh I will post those!
We are a mess!

I know I have said this before on one of our blog tours but these ladies are my sisters.
We served together on the Stampin' Up! Advisory Board 2010-2011.
That is where we learned a lot.
We learned to agree to disagree.
The bond I feel with these ladies is true friendship.

Love between friends seems to begin with commonalities:  We are attracted to people who are similar to us.  Because we share certain qualities, being with others like us validates us, gives us a sense of worth.  After all, they like us, and we like them, so we must be okay.  Of course, things are rarely simple with people:  Sometimes we are attracted to people precisely because of our differences.  In some cases, it's a matter of wishing you were more like the other person.  In other cases, you feel a strong sense of comradery, not because you are similar, but because both of you are so different from everyone else around you!
That totally is us!

I am using the Stampin' Up! FREE Saleabration Project Life pack!  

This Day Project Life Mini Card Collection #138636

There are so many fun cards in this collection that I trimmed down one and made this card.
Because these ladies are Amzaingly Amazing!

Now off to the next blog!

Sharon Armstrong