Hey, Want a Free Handmade Card?

I’m giving away free handmade cards, over at my Facebook page! I’ve got LOTS and LOTS of handmade cards from over the past 7-1/2 years as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator! I’d love to find a new home for some of them, so won’t you request one?!?

Click HERE to go there now!

Leave me a comment on my Facebook Page, telling me that you want a free handmade card sent to you, then email me your mailing address, if you aren’t on my mailing list.

Your address will ONLY be used to send you this card, unless you request to be added to my mailing list. I’m happy to add you to the mailing list, so you can receive catalogs when they come out!

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to join my Facebook page. I frequently post things over there that you won’t see just on my blog!

Request your FREE handmade card by March 31, if possible. I’ll do my best to get them all mailed by the end of next week.  I won’t be writing on the inside of the card, so that you can use it to send to someone else if you’d like… so if you want to request a certain type of card (birthday, thank you, etc.) then just tell me when you make your request!

Perfect Blend Coffee Treat Cup Cards

Coffee Bean Perfect Blend treat cup cards - Visit http://www.mirrorimagecrafts.com for details and more projects!I was recently going through my Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog just to find project ideas or remind me to use items I haven’t used much lately. Well, this strategy worked! I found my Sweet Treat Cups and got to work!

I’m pretty excited about this card. After all, it’s not that often that a card comes right out of my brain, without help from outside sources!

We love coffee in my house, and I have recently fallen in love with the Perfect Blend stamp set, so I knew what I had to do! I raided my kitchen for the coffee beans. I stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set on the Crumb Cake background before embossing with the Decorative Dots embossing folder (available during Sale-A-Bration, but carrying over to next year’s catalog!) I used my 1-3/4″ Circle Punch to punch through the Crumb Cake card stock and banner made using the Epic Day designer series paper. I even used the Crumb Cake circle scraps to stamp my sentiments on each card!

I love the look of the card, which is perfect for a man or woman who loves coffee. But even more, I love having these cards sitting on my desk – I can totally smell the coffee through the treat cups!


“Best of Sale-A-Bration” Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!

Welcome to the “Best of Stampin’ Up!” stamp set for December… The “Best of Sale-A-Bration!”

Be sure to visit my info page with all the details about every “Best Of” stamp set that is available!  I’ll keep the information posted here on my website about these sets until March 31, 2014!

The Details:

  • All “Best Of” stamp sets will include 3-5 images, including a never-before seen image, and will be priced at $14.95.
  • While just one “Best Of” stamp set will be released each month (with a new theme each month), all of the “Best Of” sets will be available until March 31, 2014.
  • All “Best Of” stamp sets are available in Clear-Mount only.
  • As a special incentive to collect the “Best Of” stamps, starting in February there will be a collector’s card and 25-year proof of purchase sticker included with every “Best Of” set. Collect six stickers, and send it in to redeem a FREE set of your choice valued up to $14.95! Free sets must be redeemed no later than April 30, 2014.


DOWNLOAD the Collector’s Card HERE!

Contact me for more information!

Happy Stamping with the NEW “Best of Sale-A-Bration” Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!

How to Participate in a Card Swap

As I was completing my most recent card swap, it occurred to me that some of my newer customers and readers may not know what a card swap is, or how to participate in one. This post is for you!

Perfect Blend card swap

I swapped these Perfect Blend cards with my recent Stamp-A-Stack attendees who participated!

A card swap is where you swap some of your cards with cards other people have made. You will make all of your card swap projects the same, and make the number of swaps you are told by the coordinator. Here are some important things to know when participating in a card swap:

Most of the swaps that I participate in are with Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. That is important to know only because sometimes that determines some of the swap guidelines (see below). Your card swap might include a variety of different stampers.

There is someone coordinating the card swap, so you’ll want to know who that person is and how to get a hold of them in case you have a question or encounter a problem.

I’m using the term “card swap” throughout this post, but you might be swapping something else. You may be participating in a swap of 3-D projects, scrapbook page ideas, artist trading cards, card fronts, or something else entirely. It’s very important to know what is expected of you so that you can follow the “rules” of the swap. As I mentioned before, most of my swaps are with other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, so a common parameter is to use only current Stampin’ Up! product.

The card swap coordinator will let you know how many swaps you are expected to make. Sometimes they might say you should make 14 +1, which just means you are making 15 swaps – 14 for participants PLUS one for the coordinator. As a general rule, I make 2-3 extra cards beyond what I’m swapping. I like to have my own copies of my swaps and I might as well make them while I am making all the rest!

There is always a swap deadline you should follow. Some swaps you will exchange in person and some card swaps you will mail to the coordinator who will collect all of them and send them back to you. Don’t miss the deadline, or you will make everyone wait for their cards (if they are being mailed) and you risk not being asked to participate again.

Finally, one last piece of advice for you in card swapping: Never speak poorly of another person’s swap contribution. Everyone has different styles and stamping abilities. If a swap you receive doesn’t follow the guidelines then you could mention it to the swap coordinator, but otherwise just let it go and enjoy the projects that others have worked so hard to create for you!