Daisy Lane on Birch

It's an exciting time of year for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and customers. We've had the new annual catalog for about a month now, and new images and tools and ideas are all over. My StamperMan and I were able to get our new catalogs back in April at the OnStage event, where we also received some free products. Two of those were the Birch background stamp (which I was thrilled to get, since birch trees are my favorite) and the Daisy Lane stamp set. I combined these - along with the Daisy punch & Medium Daisy punch - in this card.

Many of you know that I usually create by CASEing (Copy and Share Everything) samples from Pinterest or the catalog. I get pretty excited when I create something out of my head, and this card is one of those "Nanner originals." I started out by stamping the Birch background, then added some of the beautiful leaf images from the Daisy Lane stamp set right on top of that. I stamped several of each size daisy and punched them out. Then the smaller daisies were added right onto the birch piece, and the larger daisies were added with Stampin' Dimensionals. Finally the sentiment was die cut with a Stitched Nested Labels die and adhered directly to the birch layer.

Hope you enjoy the new products shown here. All products used are shown below. Click any of them to be taken to my shop to puchase. You can save 10% on the Daisy Lane stamp set and Medium Daisy punch now by purchasing them in a bundle (link below).

Thanks for stopping by,



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Daisy Punch


Thumping Technique Continued

Today I’m sharing a few more cards made with the Thumping Technique. First up is the Lovely As a Tree stamp set. This tree is one of my favorite stamps to use for this technique – making vibrant fall-colored trees and beautiful spring trees bright with pinks and greens and purples. This one was inked up with Pear Pizzazz ink, then I colored the trunk with a Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker.  The thumping was done with the brush tip of Real Red and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write markers.

Next up is Dragonfly Dreams. The detailed dragonfly image is stamped with Basic Gray, which is my go-to alternative when I want something softer than black. The solid fill in image for the wings was inked with Pool Party and then “thumped” with Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral.

And lastly, I’ve got a card using some of our newer products. The Butterfly Gala stamp set from the Occasions catalog is paired with the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper from our Sale-a-bration promotion. The stamp set is available as a bundle with the Butterfly Duet punch, and they’re so popular that they’re on backorder right now! But they’ll be available again soon. The paper is available for FREE with a $50 purchase (until March 31 or while supplies last).

Our Stampin’ Write markers are available in assortments of 10 markers per color family (or packs of 5 for our In Color groups). I’ve supplied links to the main products used on today’s projects, so pick some up and try the thumping technique soon!

Until next time...happy crafting,



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Foxy Friends Meets Thumping Technique

Thumping cat

So the "polar vortex" hit us this week in Northern Illinois. My work was closed on Wednesday because of the extreme cold, and I decided to pull out a list of techniques I'd taught years ago when I was holding monthly technique classes. The first one I pulled up was the Thumping technique. It's a fun and easy technique that goes like this: 1. Choose solid or semi-solid stamps (no outline-only images). 2. Gather an ink pad and some complimentary markers. 3. Ink up your stamp with the pad, then "thump" one or more different colors on the stamp with the brush tip of your Stampin' Write Markers. 4. Breathe on the stamp to moisten the ink (like when you "huh" on your hands when they're cold). 5. Stamp! On this card, I inked the cat with Sahara Sand ink. Then I thumped Crumb Cake and Pumpkin Pie markers on it. I finished it off with Early Espresso ink for the face and legs. I'll be sharing a few more cards using this technique over the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, give this technique a try and see what you can come up with.

It's time to Sale-a-brate!

Hey everyone - welcome to the new year...and new products! That's right, the 2019 Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-bration rewards brochure are LIVE! Sorry for all the exclamation points, but I'm pretty excited. Sale-a-bration is the biggest promotion of the Stampin' Up! year. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, here's the lowdown...

  • You can get FREE product just by shopping for things you want. Spend $50 (before tax and shipping), choose a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration brochure (check out the catalog links on the right side of my blog or check out the link in my shop here). Earn even bigger rewards when you spend $100 (before tax and shipping).
  • Get even more for free when you host a qualifying party during Sale-a-bration. You can earn $25 more in free products - above what you would already earn for hosting. And you can host a party in person or online. You can even put that money toward the cost of our Starter Kit and join the Stampin' Up! family...which leads me to,
  • When you join as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator during Sale-a-bration, you get to pick between two great Starter Kit options:
    • Option 1 - Get $175 worth of products for just $99. That's $50 worth MORE than usual!
    • Option 2 - Get $175 worth of products PLUS the Craft & Carry Tote for just $129. (Check out the tote here.)
    • And when you purchase your Starter Kit, you only add tax...no shipping. So you can see it's really our most valuable option all the time, but especially during Sale-a-bration. You can join right on my website here.

Here's a fun little preview of the Occasions catalog to whet your appetite

I'll be sharing more projects and ideas with you really soon. Look for me on Facebook, too, and see some of the things I'm working on.

Till next time,


Stamper Man Blog Post

Hi everyone! It’s Russ, StamperNan’s stamper-man. I’m taking over Nan’s blog today to tell you about my experience at the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event in Orlando. At first, I was a nervous mess. But I quickly got into a groove and joined the party. It’s an amazing event that focuses on new product demonstrations, business training, and idea sharing with other stampers. I know what you’re thinking; “you must have been the only man in the building!” There were a few others, and we were all welcomed with open arms and smiles.

I even made my own swaps,

and I was shocked at the response I received. It was an exciting event to attend! The energy in the room was undeniable. Even as an amateur stamper (I’ve really only made one card on my own),

I was charged up and wanted to get into the “club!”

So why am I writing on the StamperNan blog? Several reason’s really. This company, Stampin’ Up!, gets it! They know how to help you in whatever path you want to take. If you are a hobbyist and join for the discount, that’s great! If you want to make this a money-making opportunity, they are there to help you with whatever assistance you need. Secondly, I have to confess that I loved the three days I spent at this event. I’m exhausted from the amount of energy I expelled while participating. I made my own make-and-takes, I attended the general sessions, and danced with 6,000 people at the Friday evening Stamp Night!  I’m energized and now have a new understanding and thorough appreciation for Stampin’ Up! as a hobby and business. I’m all in!! I’m going to start working with Nan to grow her team and really take advantage of the potential this opportunity has to offer.

I’m at the airport right now getting ready to head home. And I have to tell you I can’t wait to get home and start creating with the stamp sets I won during the OnStage general sessions!! I have a great teacher in my house, so I’m counting on some solid coaching. Come to the Nan’s next stamp night (Monday, November 26), and I’ll show you my cards!

One last thing. If you’ve ever thought you weren’t creative enough or talented enough to be a stamper, just relax and give it a shot. It’s just stamps, ink, and paper. It doesn’t have to be anything more if you don’t want. And if you have ever considered selling Stampin’ Up! and making it a business, talk to Nan soon! There are some great incentives on the horizon, and she will make it easy for you to join.

Thanks for indulging my rant! And come over and stamp with us!!

Jar of Love fireflies

Jar of love close

I CASEd this card almost exactly from Pinterest, but I could not find the original creator. (If it's yours, or you know who created it, please let me know so I can give credit.) The one major change I made was the brick background. I really like how it turned out. I used Soft Suede to ink up the raised part of the embossing folder and ran the Crumb Cake card stock through, so it looks like a dark mortar in between the bricks.

Swirly Bird boat

Swirly bird close

I CASEd this card I found on Pinterest by Jackie Diediker. I loved adding the Clear Wink of Stella on the waves.