Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, may you have a blessed day enjoying time with friends and family.
Our Christmas Card

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Gift Card Holder Make & Take Project

Who doesn't enjoy getting a gift card for Christmas?  Especially if it is handmade and as adorable as these.  I want to share with you the ones that I created for a Make & Take project for our Dazzling Divas Christmas Party.  They had a choice of Old Olive or Cherry Cobbler.

Here are the instructions if you want to make your own:

Cut base color card stock:  7 3/4" x 5"; Score on the long side at 2 1/2" & 6"
Cut DSP layers:  Top (I used Polka Dot) 2 1/4" x 4 3/4"
                          Bottom (I used Striped) 1 1/2" x 4 3/4"
White Card Stock on top inside:  2 1/4" x 4 3/4"
Cut DSP strip:  3/8" x 4 3/4"
Belly Band: 1" x 8 1/2"
Punches:  Decorative Label, Label Bracket and 2" Circle Framelit
Stamp Set:  Tags 4 You

Cut all pieces. Score and fold the largest piece.  Adhere DSP to outside of holder. Apply sticky strip to the inside edges of the smallest panel. (This is where the gift card will go). Adhere the white panel to the inside upper panel, then Stamp the "to" "from" and adhere the DSP strip to the bottom edge of the white panel.  Wrap the belly band around the holder and use sticky strip to close. Adhere stamped medallion to the belly band with Stampin' Dimensionals. Embellish with rhinestones and chalk marker.

Hope you enjoyed seeing our Make & Take project.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Merry Christmas from the Dazzling Divas

At the end of the night, everyone was almost out the door and we remembered to get a group picture by the Christmas tree in my living room. Everybody ready say STAMP!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  More team creativity coming in 2014!

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dazzling Divas Christmas Gift Exchange

Oh what fun it is to...
have a gift exchange.  Our annual Christmas party would not be complete without the gift exchange.  We all bring one gift and then using the left/right Christmas story the gifts are passed around until the story ends...the gift you have in your hand is yours to keep!
I received this beautiful Stationery Set made by Diane
Diane received a beautiful Stamped Art Shadow Box made by Linda
Jane received the JOY banner that I made
Pam received the gift from Kelsey, Snowman Candle and Peppermint Hand Soap
Kelsey received the gift from Pam, a huge basket with Wine, Cookies and Candy
Linda received this beautiful Wreath made by Jane
That's all for today, now to keep stamping Christmas cards.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dazzling Divas Christmas Card Exchange

I have some amazing cards to show you today that I received from the ladies last night.  We had our annual team Christmas Dinner Party, Card Exchange and Gift Exchange.
Card by Kelsey Welch
Card by Diane Dechaine
Card by Jane Rappleyea
Card by Linda Rodenberg
Card by Pam Hegarty
Inside of Pam's card

I hope you enjoyed seeing the cards and all the creativity from our group.  My card can be seen in this post HERE.

Check back tomorrow and I will show the gifts we exchanged at the party.

Live, Love, Laugh and STAMP!

Monday, December 9, 2013

My Christmas Card and Gift for the Gift Exchange

Today is our team Christmas dinner party, Christmas card exchange and gift exchange.  I love these ladies so much and we always have a great time we we gather.  I am sure tonight will be no exception.

Here is the card I created for this year's Christmas card:
Stamps:  Merry Little Christmas
Paper:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Access:  Big Shot, Chalk Talk Framelits, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon,Season of Style Washi Tape, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder (retired)

I made this "JOY" banner for the gift exchange:
I used the Retired Holiday Stocking Big Shot Die for the stocking shapes. 
Paper: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Silver Glitter Paper
Ink:  Smoky Slate (for sponging the edges)

Thanks for stopping by and tomorrow I will share the cards from the party.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

What are you thankful for?  Friends? Happiness? Family? the list goes on.  Today we had a relaxing day at home, football on the TV, and a delicious dinner.  It was a small gathering for us, Bryan and Allison are now living in Red Wing, Minnesota. 
Here is a card I created which says it all.  I love this stamp set, Gently Falling and the NEW Expressions Thinlits Dies.

My daughter, Kelsey and I.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Time now to start on the Christmas card making, house decorating and shopping.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Cardmaking for Fall

I wanted to share the cards from a fun evening of stamping.  I had a fall cardmaking class and  each attendee made 2 of each card with envelopes. 

If you missed this class and want to attend a future class, please send me an email or comment below and I will add you to the invite list. You can also see upcoming events on my facebook page.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Spooky Banner

Banners are a hot trend right now in the paper crafting world.  Today I want to share the banner I created for my Banner making class.  The ladies all had a great time creating their own designs.  Some used the word "WICKED" for their banners.

Build-A-Banner Simply Created Kit (from the Holiday Catalog)
plus the Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit (from the Holiday Catalog)
along with the following:
Stamps:  Halloween Bash, Halloween Hello, Best of Halloween
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Summer Starfruit, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black

Watch for more banners and banner making classes.  The information on upcoming events is on my facebook page.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

More Samples of Painter's Tape Technique

I created these samples using the Painter's Tape Technique.  I used them for the team meeting and they were a hit.  So I want to share them with you.

Stamps:  Sketched Birthday
Paper:  Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Early Espresso
Accessories:  Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder, 1-3/8" Circle, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punches, Victoria Crochet Trim, In Color Boutique Details, 7/8" Painter's Tape, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals

Stamps:  Pleasant Poppies, Happy Day
Paper:  Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight; Markers: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
Accessories: 7/8" Painter's Tape, Old Olive 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

Stamps:  Mixed Bunch, Dictionary, Lacy & Lovely, Express Yourself
Paper:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories:  Modern Label, Blossom, Circle Punches, Pearl Basic Jewels, 7/8" Painter's Tape, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by today I hope you were inspired by my creative cards using the Painter's Tape Technique.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

August Dazzling Divas Team Swap Cards

Swapping is one of the highlights of our monthly team meetings and this month our swap theme was to create a card using your favorite Technique.

I showed my card HERE using the Painter's Tape Technique.  Are you ready to see the rest of the Creative Cards.....

Made by Diane Dechaine:

Made by Jane Rappleyea:

Made by Kelsey Welch: Clear Block Stamping

Made by Linda Rodenberg:  Polished Flowers

 Made by Pam Hegarty:  Hidden Message Card

Made By Barbara Welch: Painter's Tape Technique

See all the details about my card in the post HERE.

Thanks for stopping by to check out these creative cards made by my team. 

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

August Dazzling Divas Team Meeting

It was so great to see everyone tonight for our meeting.  We took the month of July off due to Convention.  But we are back and I have lots to share with you today.

 I provided the snack for everyone...I couldn't decide which one thing to make so I made them all.  Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispy Treats, Peanut Butter Cookies using SU! Cookie Stamps, Peanut Butter Cookies with a Hershey Kiss in the center, and Snickerdoodle Cookies.  I love to bake!!

I also provided the Make & Take Project for everyone that attended.  I taught them the "Painter's Tape" Technique.  They all loved learning something new!  Here is the card I designed for them to make:

Stamps:  Timeless Talk
Paper:  Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Gray, Wisteria Wonder, Blushing Bride, Pool Party
Accessories:  Sponge Dauber, 1/4" Basic Gray Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, 1" Circle and 1-1/4" Scallop Circle Punches, Dimensionals, Blue 7/8" Painter's Tape

My Swap Card:

Stamps:  Dictionary, Flower Shop, Express Yourself
Paper:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories:  Blue 7/8" Painter's Tape, Modern Label, Itty Bitty Shapes, and 1/2" Circle Punches, Pearl Basic Jewels, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber

Check back tomorrow and I will share the other gals swap cards.  You are going to love them!

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Friday, August 2, 2013

NOW is the Perfect Time...

to join my Stampin' Up! team. When you join Stampin' Up! before August 31, you’ll get to pick a FREE project kit in addition to your starter kit. 

Pick one of these four project kits for FREE in addition to your starter kit when you join my Stampin' Up! team. 
Option Kit Description Item Total Value
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit AND
Christmas Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit
Thankful Tablescape Simply Created Kit 133463
Tag a Bag Bundle AND
Tag a Box Bundle

In case you need another reason to join, look at all the goodies I received from Stampin' Up!  when I attended Convention 2013.

Let me know when you want to sign up and you could attend next year's Convention with my team.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thinlits Card Dies are Here!!

During Convention they showed us a sneak peek of this new product and now it is available to purchase.

They've been called flip cards, flip flop cards, swing cards, and more-but they have always been a bit tricky to create. Not anymore! Our amazing new Thinlits Card Dies cut and score to create a card that flips in just one step.

133479Label Card Thinlits Die     $32.95
 133480 Circle Card Thinlits Die    $32.95

These new card dies come with extra die pieces that have versatile designs, so you can use them on other projects, not just flip cards. (The Circle Card Thinlits Die comes with 10 total pieces; the Label Card Thinlits Die comes with nine total pieces.)

You can order them from my online store HERE starting today!

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Officially Amazing

Stampin' Up! Convention Attendees set a new Guinness World Record for the most greeting cards sent from a single location at one time!  2,984 hand-stamped cards were mailed from the Salt Palace Convention Center.  We were asked to bring one card to be mailed.
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For the record

  • Who: Stampin' Up!
  • What: Most greeting cards sent from a single location at one time
  • Where: United States
  • When: July 18, 2013

The most greeting cards sent from a single location at one time is 2,984 and was achieved by Stampin' Up! (USA) at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, on 18 July 2013.
Every card was unique, being hand-made by a participant. Cards were collected for delivery by the United States Postal Service.

This was so much fun and I participated by sending a card to my parents in West Virginia along with a note explaining the significance of this card.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013

My Paper Pumpkin Promo Deal

Do you want a 30 minute creativity escape?  Paper Pumpkin comes with everything you need to create a sweet project.  It is delivered to your door monthly. Join Paper Pumpkin now for only $10.00 US for the first two months* (plus tax, where applicable).  Shipping is included.
*After your first two months, keep the creativity coming every month for only $19.95 US.

Here's what you need to do to get started:

*Sign up at
  Click on Join at the top right of the page 

*Valid until August 31, 2013
   But why wait, get started today.

*Don't forget to choose me as your demonstrator
  Barbara Welch - Demo #17732 - Zip Code 85050
  Free gifts for everyone that chooses me as your demonstrator!!

If you have questions, feel free to contact me at

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

All groups of 3 x 3 Love Notes

As promised, I am showing you all the cards from the 3 x 3 love Notes Swap that I hosted at Convention.  There are 5 groups with 15 cards each.  You can click on the picture to make it larger.
Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

I hope you were INSPIRED in some way to be CREATIVE.  I love to SHARE with you.  Thank you for stopping by today.

Live, Laugh, Love and STAMP!