Thursday, August 31, 2017

Diamond Fold Card Features "Merry Little Labels"- New Set from StampinUP

 This project was from my recent "Fun Fold" Class!
It features the "Diamond Fold" (easier than it looks)

 Here is a picture of the card laying flat (sort of).
The sentiment "Eat Drink and be Merry" comes from a brand new set in the Holiday Catalog.
(Merry Little Labels shown on pg. 12)

The card will sit up on its own, and here is a view from the top.
Another new holiday item I used is the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper.
Card Color Scheme:  Black, White, Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green

Thanks very much for stopping by.
If you need a copy of the Holiday Catalog, please send an email to:
Lori Helvick- StampinUP Demonstrator since 1999 and still lovin' it!! 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Stray Ducklings Blog Waddle & Vintage Leaves Fun Fold Card

 This is a double fold and tuck card!
I used the Vintage Leaves Stamp Set & the Rock & Roll Technique.
(see the 2 big leaves highlighted in the brown ink?)  Please ask if you are not aware of this Technique.

 On this card I also used the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.
The Layering Circles Framelit Dies were used for the double circles.
I added a dimensional just at the bottom of the circle to allow for the "tucking" at the top.

Here is the card view when its completely opened up.
This sentiment is an old retired StampinUP stamp & I used Teeny Tiny Wishes for the 
happy birthday words on the front.
Color Scheme:  Vanilla, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie

Thanks very much for stopping by........Lori
Check out the rest of these blog posts please & thank you for "waddling" along with us!!

Monday, August 28, 2017

This Little Piggy by StampinUP w/ a Gate Fold Card

 "This Little Piggy" wants to wish you a Happy Birthday with a balloon delivery!!  :)
Color Scheme:  Black, White, Powder Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay & Real Red

 Here is the inside of the "Gate Fold" Card.
Besides the pig stamp set, I used the Vertical Greetings & Super Duper Stamp Sets.

 On the back side, I  also added a couple of  balloons for the heck of it!
The Balloon Bouquet Punch made this mass production of balloons a pc. of cake  :)

This photo shows a view from up above my fun fold card.
You can get 2 cards out of one sheet of card stock & then of course score in 2 places.

This is a fairly simple card to make, but if you have any questions just ask.
I appreciate you stopping by........Lori

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Diagonal Easel Card w/ Butterfly Dies Makes for a FABULOUS FUN FOLD!!

This is the inside view of my card.  I used the "Awesomely Artistic" Stamp Set
The pretty background is the "Delightful Daisy" Designer Series Paper

And of course the front of my card features the "Butterflies Thinlits Dies"
I used So Saffron Card Stock for the 2 big ones & Silver Glimmer Paper for the 2 small ones.

This is sort of a view from the side.  I scored the front of the card in 2 equal diagonal sections.
See how the fun fold is coming together here?

Who ever I send this card to, will be able to display the card open as above in this picture.
Hence the name "Diagonal Easel Card" !!



Beautiful Delightful Daisy Paper

Friday, August 25, 2017

"Spooky Cat" Stamp Set by StampinUP Coming Soon!!

Isn't this owl just the cutest?
He belongs with the brand new (Sept. 1st) set called "Spooky Cat"
I used 3 different patterns of the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper:
1)  The witches hat on the owl was cut from this paper
2)  The Pumpkin Pie square with the tree & vanilla circle
3)  The black layer with polka dots 

I hope you enjoy todays' sneak peek card idea!!
If you need a copy of the Holiday Catalog, please contact me.

Thanks for blogging by......Lori

Thursday, August 24, 2017

You Move Me Stamp Set & Move Me Thinlits Dies by StampinUP!

 Have you checked out the "You Move Me" Bundle in the StampinUP Catalog on pg. 170?
It's pretty cool, & the recipient of an interactive card like this will have fun playing!!
If you pull up on that tab slowly, the white pc. will give the illusion of a fluttering butterfly.....
How sweet is that? 

In this picture, you can see the "grate" that was cut with the Big Shot thinlit die.
I used So Saffron, White, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango & Garden Green.
I love the words......"you move me with your KINDNESS"

For more details on this card project please send an email to:

You may also shop my on-line StampinUP store 24/7 by clicking on the blue tab above that
says "Shop Now" (right hand side)

Thanks for stopping by.....Lori

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set & Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies

Color Scheme:  Peekaboo Peach, Night of Navy, Wild Wasibi & White
I used the 1/2" Navy Gingham Ribbon, White Twine & Classic Label Punch.
The Oh So Eclectic Bundle consists of the stamp set & matching dies shown on pg.133.
These are a couple of my new favorites!!

If you have any questions on this card project, please don't hesitate to let me know.
Thanks for looking today......Lori

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Vertical Greetings Stamp Set by StampinUP!

Color Scheme for this recent class project includes:
Vanilla, Berry Burst, Pear Pizzazz and Basic Gray

I used the Vertical Greetings Stamp Set and the cute little ribbon on
the pot comes from the Annual Catalog (pg. 197-- In Color Bitty Bows)
There are 3 teeny tiny pearls on here as well.

Thanks for blogging by!  Lori Helvick

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Banners for You Stamp Set & Petal Burst Emboss Folder

Color Scheme:  Peekaboo Peach, Wisteria Wonder

Main Ingredients in todays' "Recipe"......

-  Banners for You Stamp Set
-  Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
-  Lots of Labels Framelits
-  Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
-  Petal Burst Embossing Folder
-  Pearl Basic Jewels (older style)

I hope you enjoy my card project & have a great weekend!!  Lori

Friday, August 18, 2017

"Jar of Love" Stamp Set along with the "Pretty Label" Punch

This was a recent class project and the gals kept calling this insect a bee......LOL
I got tired of correcting them (after awhile) but I did point out these are lightning bugs!!
How fun and whimsical is this?

The Pretty Label Punch was used to punch out my sentiment.
I glued it (just a little) on another pc. of paper and put it back in the punch a couple more times.
I like to play with the StampinUP punches to see what other fun shapes I can come up with :)

Color Scheme:  White, Marina Mist, Sahara Sand & Peekaboo Peach

Questions??  Just let me know please.
I appreciate you stopping by.......Lori Helvick- StampinUP Demo

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Daisy Punch and Burlap Background Stamp by StampinUP

Color Scheme: Crumb Cake, White, Daffodil Delight and Night of Navy

Here is a list of some StampinUP Products used on my card:
-  Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon
-  5/8" Burlap Ribbon
-  Linen Thread
-  Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
-  Burlap Stamp
-  Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set
-  Daisy Punch
-  1/2" Circle Punch
-  Classic Label Punch
-  Softly Falling Embossing Folder

Oh, and by the way, I opted to place the ribbons and banners crooked,
instead of straight!!  (Just an FYI, I'm not really that bad of a stamper)  LOL

Thank you very much for blogging by........Lori Helvick

Monday, August 14, 2017

StampinUP Set-- "Pocketful of Sunshine" & Stamp Fair Invite!!

 This summertime card was a recent class project.
I found the idea on Pinterest and then just switched up the colors to make it my own.
(sorry I do not know who the original designer was)

I'm really lovin' the "Pocketful of Sunshine" Stamp Set
and I need to get my fill before, fall sets in (smile)

Also, check out this older picture I found from an event in Salt Lake City!!
Notice the words on stage are Inspire, Create, Share.....
This is very timely right now because I want to invite anyone who lives in Central IL to an event in Peoria
that we like to call the "Inspire, Create, Share" Stamp Fair!!  This is scheduled for 11-4-2017 and there will be a morning and afternoon session to choose from.  Our local  demonstrator group of "Stray Ducklings" are sure to show you a great time while providing make-N-takes that will consist of terrific techniques and fun fold cards!!  Please check out the info below and let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks!!  Lori



Date:  Saturday, November 4, 2017

    Times:   Session I:  9 a.m. to 11:30
                 Session II:  12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Choose a session that works best for you.  (same projects @ both sessions)

Northwest United Methodist Church 3800 W. War Memorial Dr. Peoria IL 61615


Bring your own scissors & adhesive (snail, dimensionals, glue dots, etc.
If unsure, please ask your demonstrator for suggestions upon registering.
Extra snail refills will be available for purchase from your demonstrator @ the event.

** Lots of samples to “INSPIRE” you!
(Bring your camera!)  :)

**  6 Make & Takes for you to “CREATE” (5 cards W/ envelopes & One 3-D item)

** We can’t wait to “SHARE”
what we love with all of you!!

** Retired Stamp Store

** Door Prizes

** Optional  card swap w/ other attendees & demos.  (ask your demonstrator for details if you wish to participate)

 COST: Early Registration $20.00 by Oct. 15th
Later Registration:  $25.00 on Oct. 16th or after (only if spots are available)
Register a friend too!!

For Additional Info: email:   or phone:  (309) 221-5241
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Special Celebrations and High Tide Stamp Sets by StampinUP

Card Swap by Melinda R.
The dark picture does not do this card justice (sorry about that)

Here are a few StampinUP items Melinda used:
-  Seaside Embossing Folder (pg. 210)
-  High Tide Stamp Set (pg. 140)
-  Special Occasions Stamp Set (pg. 23)
-  Layering Ovals Framelits (pg. 214)

Thanks very much Melinda for sharing this great version of a masculine Birthday Card!

Thank YOU very much for stopping by........Lori

Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Just Add Text" Stamp Set & Daisy Punch

Here are a few StampinUP Products I used on todays' card:
-  Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper
-  Daisy Punch
-  1/2 inch Circle Punch
-  Cookie Cutter Builder Punch
-  Clear Wink of Stella
-  Just Add Text Stamp Set

Color Combo:  Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, White

Thanks for blogging by, now go stamp something!!  (smile)
Lori Helvick

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

One Wild Ride Stamp Set by StampinUP!!

This card swap was made by Laura R. of Normal, IL
I love this masculine card!  Thanks Laura for sharing!

Thank YOU for stopping by today......
Lori Helvick, StampinUP Demo since 1999 and still counting  :)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sprinkles of Life Stamp Set & Tree Builder Punch by StampinUP

Card made by Sue B. of  Normal, IL
Color Scheme:  Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, White & Mint Macaron (Retired)

The ice cream cone and all 3 scoops were embossed with clear embossing powder.
The "Sprinkles of Life' Stamp Set has a matching "Tree Builder Punch".

It won't be long until ice cream season is over and we will be shifting to fall leaves,
pumpkins, ghosts and goblins!!  And then there is Christmas.......
Oh, and I hate to mention the "S" word, but you know that "white stuff" is bound 
to be making an appearance before we know it.
(At least in IL where I live)

So, I'm just getting you all pumped up here for some fabulous
seasonal StampinUP products coming soon in the Holiday Catalog!!
It goes live on Sept. 1st, 2017!!

Contact me for your very own catalog copy if you do not have
a StampinUP Demo that you currently use.

Thank you-  Lori Helvick

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Feather Together Stamp Set by StampinUP!

Card swap by Josie W.
She used the stamp set called "Feather Together"
This card was C.A.S.Ed from pg. 176 in the Annual Catalog

As you create your projects, don't forget about all the great ideas you
can copy or C.A.S.E. (as we like to say) from the StampinUP book!!
Feel free to copy the ideas exactly or change them up as you desire  :)

Thank you for stopping by.......Lori

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Cool Treats by StampinUP.... makes a great summer Birthday card!!

The inside of this card says Happiest Birthday.
Both sentiments come from the "Cool Treats" Stamp Set.
I used the "Frozen Treats" Framelits Dies to cut 3 treats out of the white paper.
Designer Paper was then put behind the 3 openings to make the patterns.
I did use retired paper on this card (all except the popsicle on the right).
That Soft Sky colored one comes from the "Naturally Eclectic" Paper which is current.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks very much for stopping by.......Lori Helvick

Friday, August 4, 2017

"Lovely Words" Thinlits and "Lovely Inside & Out" Stamp Set

This card was made by friend and demo Kelly I. of Peoria, IL
The Lovely Inside and Out Bundle was used (pg. 157- Annual Catalog)
Thanks very much Kelly for sharing your stamping talent with our Stray Ducklings Group!

If you would like to join our very fun group of demonstrators from Central IL,
please contact me for information.  Even if you live further away in another state,
you can always be a part of our group!!  We have card swaps and
"blog waddles" that you can participate in even long distance.

Thanks for stopping by......Lori

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Daisy Delight Set, Daisy Punch, & Delightful Daisy Paper-- all by StampinUP

My card here was "easy peasy" to make!
The 3 daisy items shown are very popular so if you
do not own the stamp set, matching punch, and beautiful paper,
you might want to consider adding them to your collection!!   :)
You won't regret it.....

Please contact me to order these products or you
can shop my on-line StampinUP store 24-7

Thanks very much, and HAPPY STAMPING!
Lori Helvick

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Best Birds and Remarkable You Stamp Sets by StampinUP

Color Combo:  Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip & Vanilla
StampinUP Items Used on my card:
-  Watercolor Pencils
-  Blender Pens
-  Linen Thread
-  Best Birds Stamp Set (for sentiment also)
-  Remarkable You Stamp Set (for leaves)
-  Layering Squares Framelits
-  Chocolate Chip Marker

Thanks for blogging by.......Lori Helvick- 
StampinUP Demonstrator for 18 years and counting!!