Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Oh, What Fun Stamp Set by StampinUP

This Christmas Card was a recent class project for my gals.
Here is a list of the StampinUP Products we used:
- Cardstock; Mint Macaron, Cherry Cobber, White 
- Presents & Pinecones Designer Series Paper
- Silver Glimmer Paper
- Rhinestone Basic Jewels
- Oh, What Fun Stamp Set
- Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine
- Markers; Mint Macaron and Cherry Cobbler
- Big Shot; Holly Embossing Folder, Lots of Labels Framelits

If you have any questions about this project, please ask.
I'm here to help you, and I still love my part time StampinUP job!! (you could too)
Thanks for stopping by.......Lori

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sheltering Tree for both Fall and Spring! (by StampinUP)

Very short post today folks.....its been a rough day!  I will be better about my posting tomorrow though so please check back.  Appreciate you stopping by & feel free to pass my blog info along to a friend.  Lori

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fancy Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper x 2 Cards

I made this Birthday Card for a recent class project.
It features the Fancy Frost Paper shown on pg. 37 in the Holiday Catalog.
(The bottom layer is just plain white & the one little section on the left is sponged w/ Daffodil Delight)

This was a swap from another demo (person unknown).
The small pc. on the left was sponged with Soft Sky Ink it looks like.
"It's a Celebration" Stamp Set was used on this card (pg. 38- Holiday Catalog)


Friday, November 25, 2016

Wrapped in Warmth Stamp Set with Warmth & Cheer Paper Stack

Here is a pretty simple Christmas Card I made.
I used the following StampinUP Products:
-  Thick White Card Stock
-  Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack (pg. 13- Holiday Catty)
-  Real Red Satin Ribbon
-  Bakers Twine Trio Pack (pg. 16- Holiday Catty)
-  Metallic Foil Doilies
-  Real Red Card Stock
-  Layering Circles Framelits
-  Wrapped in Warmth Stamp Set ( pg. 13- Holiday Catty)
-  Garden Green and Real Red Markers

Don't miss out on any of the StampinUP goodies from the 2016 Holiday Catalog!!
This catalog period ends on January 3rd.  Please shop my on-line store for your favorites.
You may contact me at:  stampinfool2006@yahoo.com   with any questions.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Punch Art Pilgrims (from the archives) & Birthday Pull Out 3-D Card


This was a "Wow" Swap that Laura participated in at the On Stage Event.
Nobody at our table did any swapping but her, & we were lucky enough to enjoy the fruits of HER labor (wink,wink)

This is our newest "Stray Duckling" that we adopted into our Central IL group.
Laura Roethle is from the Bloomington-Normal area & she hung out with us in Madison.
Thanks to this common passion, we are always meeting new people to share the fun with!!
I'm very grateful for all the friends I have met throughout my StampinUP career  :)

Have a great holiday......Lori

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


Here are the items that are 10%,20%, 30% and 40%  off

Butterfly Basics and Birthday Blossoms Stamp Sets

Butterfly Basics plus Butterflies Thinlits Dies

Butterfly Basics plus Bitty Butterfly Punch

Birthday Blossoms Stamp Set
Bold Butterfly Framelits
Brick Wall Embossing Folder
Lots of Labels Framelits

Have a blessed Thanksgiving tomorrow!!  I'm very grateful for my blog visitors!!  Lori

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Washi Tape, Seasonal Bells, and Pine Bough Embossing Folder

I'm continuing with some of our demo card swaps from our meeting awhile back.
If you recall, the theme was "Washi Tape" so please check out these 2 W.T. cards!!

The first one was made by Kim Baker of Hennepin, IL
The red strip at the top is the Washi Tape called "Warmth & Cheer" (Holiday Catty- pg. 13)
The sentiment comes from the "Seasonal Bells" Stamp Set

Kims card is an "easel"........pretty clever huh?
She even provided a tiny light to put behind the shimmery tree in the middle!

This card was made by Pat Hartmann of Peoria, IL
There is washi tape on the ornaments and then they are covered with Wink of Stella!
Pat used the "Pine Bough" Textured Embossing Folder from the Holiday Catalog

Questions??  Please ask and I will help you out.  If I don't know the answer, I can
find out from Kim or Pat and get back with you.  Thanks for stopping.......Lori

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set and Tree Builder Punch by StampinUP

I found some StampinUP event display pics that were never posted.
Along with the Sprinkles of Life Set, the artist used the Brick Wall Embossing Folder

This tag would be adorable on a birthday card or gift bag!
The Scalloped Tag Topper Punch is shown on pg 186 in the Annual Catalog

Very cute idea someone had to make a basket
Although the corrugated paper from StampinUP is retired, it could be substituted with something else

I'm not a lover of ice cream but I know a few people who love cones all year round!!
(and I've been told the more sprinkles, the better)  :)

I appreciate you stopping by and HAPPY STAMPING......Lori

Friday, November 18, 2016

Stylized Birthday Single Stamp & Pop of Pink Designer Washi Tape

More of our demonstrator washi tape swap cards......
This one was made by Debbie Widener from Iowa
I've already C.A.S.E.D this one for a class & you will see it posted in a few days.
I had fun switching up the color of the card stock & washi tape but the general idea came from Deb!
Thanks for your inspiration "Cuz" (as Nancy would say)  LOL

This was my swap card for the Stray Ducklings Meeting (Peoria, IL)
I used the same washi tape as above- "Pop of Pink"
Color Scheme:  Melon Mambo, Black, and White

Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great weekend!  Lori Helvick

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape by StampinUP

I'm continuing on with our Washi Tape Demo Swaps.......
Not sure who made this little notebook but I think maybe Kelly Irish of Peoria
(If one of you gals know differently, please let me know)

And here is the inside of the little notebook

Bonnie Alexander of Washington IL made this card
The Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape is very fun to play with!

Here are some demo friends of mine at our recent meeting in Peoria, IL

We have our Stray Ducklings Meetings every couple of months & would love to have you
join us if you are a StampinUP Demonstrator already- or are thinking about becoming one!!
Please make plans to attend in January & you may contact me for all the details  :)  Lori

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape for Demo Swaps!

As I mentioned in my post a couple days ago, we had a "Washi Tape Themed Swap"
I wanted to show you a couple of those cards today made by our Stray Ducklings Demo Group
This card was made by Sheryl Diemer of Morton IL

This card also used the Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape shown on pg. 5 in the Holiday Catty
Debbie Kramer of Sterling IL made this swap
Doesn't that glimmer paper (both dazzling diamonds & red) really make it sparkle?

Thanks very much for tuning in today for the BEGINNING of the washi tape swap ideas.
Please come back for more Stray Ducklings cards in the next few days.  Lori

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Fresh Fruit Stamp Set by StampinUP

I used the Cucumber Crush Bakers Twine along with the Fruit Stand Designer Paper
The featured stamp set "Fresh Fruit" has been one of my favorites ever since the Annual Catty came out!
The textured background was done with the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder
Color Scheme for my card:  Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Black & White

Please ask if you have any questions.  I appreciate you stopping by......Lori

Monday, November 14, 2016

Flourish Thinlits Dies by StampinUP used for 2 separate cards

I made this card with an old catalog layout I found.
I switched the ribbon and paper colors to be current instead of the retired items I saw in book
Of course the flower & leaf were cut out with the featured "Flourish Thinlits"
The sentiment comes from the set "Flourishing Phrases" which matches the dies.
Check out the StampinUP Bundle sold on page 49 in the Annual Catalog.

This was a card swap that a demo friend received.
The Flourishing Phrases Stamp Set & Flourish Thinlits Dies Bundle was used.
The sentiment comes from the "Better Together" Stamp Set shown on pg. 83 (AC)

Thanks very much for blogging with me.  Check back tomorrow when I begin to post some Washi Tape ideas!!  Our Stray Ducklings Demonstrator Group in Central IL
had a swap with a Washi Tape theme :)   Stay tuned.........Lori

Sunday, November 13, 2016

StampinUP Holiday Catalog Set- "Wonderful Year"

These cards were both swaps that my friend Laura received at On Stage.
The Stamp Set "Wonderful Year" can be found on page 28 in the Holiday Catty.
Though I do not own this stamp set, I think the sentiments are very nice for Christmas.

Thanks for visiting today and please come back often.  Lori Helvick

Saturday, November 12, 2016

"Blooms & Wishes" Stamp Set by StampinUP and "Pineapple" Single Stamp

A card swap from the recent OnStage event in Madison (Designer Unknown)
The Blooms & Wishes Stamp Set is featured, along with the Brick Wall emboss folder

Until Nov. 30th, you may purchase this stamp set at 25% off.  (Reg. price $21 & Sale price $15.75)


This very tropical looking card was on display at a demonstrator retreat
I'm not sure if it was made by Linda Bauwin or just a swap she received from someone else.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for blogging with me!  Lori

Friday, November 11, 2016

Star of Light Stamp Set by StampinUP! x 2

Made by Linda Bauwin
Thank you for sharing your card samples at your August Retreat!

Made by Sheryl Diemer
This was a Make N Take at our Peoria, IL Stamp Fair in October

I'm surrounded by many very talented stamping friends who are great about sharing!
And thank YOU very much for sharing a little of your time with me today  :)  Lori

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Guy Greetings Stamp Set and My StampinUP Family (Finale)

This was a swap at the Madison WI event.  (Designer unknown)
Cool concept where you cut part of the front pc. & extend it with a window sheet in the middle
This particular version does not have a window sheet though & the guy on the front holds the parts together

Maybe you can get a better look in this picture of whats going on.
The Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper was used for the bottom section.
Color Scheme:  Crumb Cake, White, and Night of Navy 

Table decor at the On Stage event in Wisconsin this past weekend.

Laura (Bloomington) - Kelly (Peoria) - Kim (Hennepin)

Terese and Lynn from Peoria, IL

Bonnie, Sheryl, Laura, Kim, Me, and Kelly

We sure did have a fun time!  Do you love to papercraft & enjoy spending time with friends?
Please contact me to learn about the StampinUP Opportunity so you can join us at the next event  :)
Our Stray Ducklings Group is a great bunch of gals and even if you don't live in Central IL like us,
you can still be a part of this group!!.....We have a "quackin' good time!!  LOL

Thanks for stopping- Lori Helvick, StampinUP Demo since 1999 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Swirly Scribbles Thinlits & My StampinUP Family (Part 3)

Card swap from OnStage Event

Chris from Peoria, IL

Melanie and Jodie

Linda and Melinda

Kim from Hennepin, IL

Thank you for stopping by.  I'm still enjoying posting pics of my demo friends!!
Had a fabulous time in Madison, WI
Lori Helvick