Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy You, Happy Friend Card

I finally had a chance to just "play" with my new stamps last weekend. It's kind of sad that it has taken my so long to do that, but that's how May was for me! Here's one of my first cards with the new "Happy You" hostess set. You can get this stamp set for free when you host a party or order $150 or more. This set of 8 includes cute line art images with sentiments underneath.

I pulled the color scheme from the new Floral District Designer Paper. The colors are So Saffron, Rich Razzleberry, and Lucky Limeade. I didn't use the new In Colors for this one, but check back tomorrow for another new sample featuring new colors!

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Happy You, Whisper White cardstock, So Saffron marker & cardstock, Rich Razzleberry marker & cardstock, Lucky Limeade marker & ribbon, Floral District Designer Paper.
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LAST CHANCE: Order Retiring Stamps & Accessories Today!

5/31/12 - Today is the LAST DAY to order from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog! Make sure to get the retiring stamps and accessories that you want before they are gone!

Hundreds of stamps and accessories from the 2011-2012 catalogs are retiring, and this is your chance to get them before they're gone!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

For All You Do Bookmark Card with Cutter Kit

This bookmark card was one of the make and takes we made at my Customer Appreciation Party earlier this month. We used the retiring Cutter Kit to perforate the cardstock between the flowers and the designer paper so that the bookmark can tear off and be used by the recipient.

I intended to film a video for this card, but ran out of time, so here's a quick photo that shows how I used the Cutter Kit. I adhered the stamped piece and designer paper to the card front, then laid it flat on the a cutting mat. I used the straight edge of one of my Big Shot cutting pads and lined it up where I wanted to perforate. Then I ran the perforating tool against the edge of the cutting pad. Slow and steady wins the race here. Make sure to keep it tight against the straight edge or it will get wavy and out of control.

The Cutter Kit also includes a cutting blade, scoring tool, and a 7-edge distressing tool (the part I use the most!). It's retiring and will not be available after May 31, so make sure to check it out in my Online Store today!

Stampin' Up! Supplies: For All You Do, Peach Parfait ink & cardstock, Poppy Parade ink, Pear Pizzazz ink, Whisper White cardstock, 2010-2012 In Color Patterns Designer Paper, Cutter Kit, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Peach Parfait Ribbon, White Baker's Twine

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lace Ribbon Border Punch Sending Many Thanks Card with Video

I was confusing my punches and didn't realize until last week that the Lace Ribbon Border Punch is the newer ribbon punch!! And it's retiring in just a couple days!! I love this beautiful punch and am so sad to see it leave so soon. Click here to see projects I have made using this punch. Here's one created by Stampin' Up!:
Shannon West, from the home office, demonstrates the Lace Ribbon Border Punch and shares this card and another project in the video below. Make sure to check it out and then purchase the Lace Ribbon Border Punch in my Online Store here before it's gone! Bonus: It's on sale! Reg:: $19.95: SALE: $14.96. This and other retiring accessories are only available while supplies last until May 31.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Summer Smooches Sneak Peek Class

Back by popular demand! I'm doing another Summer Smooches class in June for those who missed it the first time around! I love the bright and sassy suite that will be available in the new catalog starting June 1st! Join me for this class and create five different projects (three cards and two 3-D projects) that are sure to leave you feeling sun-kissed and ready for summer!

 Summer Smooches Class
Thursday, June 7th, 7:00 pm
2905 Maplewood, Champaign, IL

Cost is $28 and includes the Clear Mount Bright Blossoms stamp set. (Add $4 for Wood Mount. Or $18 without the stamp set for projects only.) Click RSVP above to register to attend this class in person (no later than June 1st!) or click "Buy Now" below to purchase the "Class To Go" kit to make the projects at home.

Note: The "Class To Go" option is by default the Projects Only Kit for $18 (+s/h). Please email me at if you would like to order the Bright Blossoms stamp set for an additional $10 and I will order it separately for you and send a custom Paypal invoice.

You will need the following supplies to complete the Summer Smooches Sneak Peek Class projects at home: Bright Blossoms stamp set, Petite Pairs stamp set, Basic Black ink pad, Daffodil Delight ink pad, Island Indigo ink pad, Brights Markers (Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight. Old Olive), Lace Ribbon Border Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, 1/16" Hole Punch, Paper Piercer, Simply Scored Tool (or Paper Cutter with Scoring Blade), SNAIL Adhesive, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Last Chance Favorites: For All You Do

The For All You Do stamp set has always been special to me because it was given to me on the Hawaii incentive trip back in 2009. Hawaii was my second incentive trip and I was asking for people to pinch me because it felt like I dream! The Hawaii trip was a land trip and more conducive to having my 6 month old daughter tag-a-long. My hubby and I took turned snorkeling  while the other stayed on the beach with the baby napping in the stroller. When it was time to do make and takes, I sent Jim off to golf and figured the baby would sleep while I stamped. Baby E didn't cooperate as I had hoped she would and Angela, Brent Steele's wife ended up walking with baby while I stamped.  She was such a sweetheart!

These are all the things I think of every time I pull out the "For All You Do" stamp set. Maybe I'll have to hang on to this one for sentimental value!

Here are some of my favorite projects using the For All You Do stamp set. Click on each photo of more details about each project. Come back tomorrow for a new project and video tutorial!

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Scallop Square Cards with Perfect Punches

It's catch up a time again! I just sent out a bunch of thank you cards and birthday cards to catch up on those I have missed over the last month. I still hope to get to a point where I can start sending all birthday cards on time. It's good to have goals, right?! ;)

This clean and simple design, inspired by a card I received from Meg Loven (thanks, Meg!), was the perfect for catch up mode! I had lots of Peach Parfait to use up and some Everyday Enchantment Designer Paper leftover from Sale-A-Bration.

The designer paper is 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" and it is adhered to the card (the part that opens), which is 3-3/4" x 7-1/2" folded in half to make a 3-3/4" x 3-3/4" Very Vanilla card.

The Scallop Square barely fit in a medium envelope. I kind of refolded the top to make it work. It would also fit in the medium square envelopes, but that requires extra postage.

Here's another version using the Paisley Petals paper.
Stampin' Up! Supplies: Perfect Punches, Thank You Kindly, Peach Parfait ink & cardstock, Bravo Burgundy ink & cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Crumb Cake cardstock, Everyday Enchantment Designer Paper, Paisley Petals Designer Paper, Scallop Circle Punch, Extra Large Oval Punch, Peach Parfait Ribbon, Petal Cone Die (Big Shot) -- banner, Scallop Square die (Big Shot), Stampin' Dimensionals

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Free Standing Pop Up Card Video Tutorial

I have been rediscovering old projects lately. This Free Standing Pop Up card is one I first made about five years ago. I can't take credit for the original design, but it still wows! Here's the card when it's "open". It stands on it's own and shows off the beautiful stamped flowers.

This is the third card in my Stamp of the Month Club trio featuring the Field Flowers stamp set. It's not too late to join the club! You'll get the clear mount stamp set and three hand-stamped cards, including this one. Click here for more details about this club.

 This is what the card looks like when it's closed. It's flat and will mail in an regular Medium size envelope. Just push down at the top of the Rich Razzleberry cardstock.
Here's the side view.

I know it looks complicated, but when you know how to cut and score it, it's really not that hard. Check out my video tutorial to learn how to make this card at home.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Field Flowers, Rich Razzleberry ink & cardstock, Pretty in Pink ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Certainly Celery ink, Summer Smooches Designer Paper, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Simply Scored Tool, Paper Cutter, 1/4" Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon, Sticky Strip

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Turtle & Co. Hoppy Hello Frog Card

This is one of the make and takes I provided at my Customer Appreciation Party. I tried to incorporate some of my favorite retiring products. This card features: Turtle & Co stamp set (Stampin' Up! will donate $3 to the Ronald McDonald House charities when you buy this stamp set.), Large Tag Punch (on sale for only $11.96), Stampin' Pastels, and the 2010-2012 In Colors Patterns Designer Paper.

I love the combination of Pear Pizazz and Old Olive. I'm really going to miss Pear Pizazz when it retires in another week! And that little frog?! He's just too cute! Click here to see some other projects made using the Turtle & Co. stamp set.

Here's how to make the really long tag. Start with a strip of cardstock that is 1-1/4" wide and stick the end into the Large Tag Punch like this:

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Turtle & Co, Jet Black Staz-On ink, Stampin' Pastels, Whisper White cardstock, Pear Pizazz Cardstock, 2010-2012 In Colors Patterns DSP, Old Olive Cardstock, 1-3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, Large Tag Punch, 1/16" Hole Punch, Silver Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Big Top Box #2 Treats

My annual Customer Appreciation Party was yesterday. It was kind of a crazy day, but everything went well and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I had make and takes, games, prizes, food, and a project raffle. I wanted everyone to win something and feel spoiled, so I had a couple gifts that were for everyone. One of those gifts were these Box #2 treats. We played the Left-Right Game and passed the boxes around throughout the story each time I said "left" or "right". In the end, everyone ended up with a different box, which contained some ribbon and an embellishment (brads, windowpanes, etc.)

The Box #2 die made a big impression on everyone! Eight people ordered it that night! It' such an easy box to put together and only requires one small piece of Sticky Strip. The size is nice too! Click here to see more projects made using this die. And make sure to order yours before it retires on May 31! Click here to find it in my Online Store.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Real Red Cardstock, Tempting Turquoise Cardstock, Big Top Birthday Designer Paper, Real Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Tempting Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon, Box #2 Die (Big Shot), Sticky Strip

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Field Flowers: With Love Card

Here's another card for my Stamp of the Month Club. This month's featured stamp set is Field Flowers. A great way to use a large image in a smaller way is to punch it out! Here, I used the 2-1/2" Circle Punch (one of my faves!)

Click here for more details about my Stamp of the Month Club and find out how you can get a clear mount stamp set and three completely finished cards fin your mailbox each month!

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Field Flowers, Pretty in Pink marker & cardstock, Rich Razzleberry ink & cardstock, Old Olive marker, Whisper White cardstock, Subtles Patterns Designer Paper, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Iridescent Top Coat,

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Simply Adorned Charmed Class

My upline, Kim Peck, gave me this gorgeous charm necklace as a gift for helping with the Spring Into Stamping meeting last month. The photos just don't do it justice! The charm inserts are made on Shimmer White cardstock and have just the right touch of glimmer and bling.

Join me on Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 pm to create your own set of three charm inserts for a Simply Adorned Necklace (included in class) using the Charmed stamp set. We'll also make a coordinating tag for the gift box, so you'll be all set to give this beautiful gift. Cost is $28. Click here to RSVP and register.

Live to far away or can't attend? Purchase a completed set for $28 + S/H.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Framelit Treat Holder

We made this project in Stamp Club this month. It's a treat holder; there's a bag of candy in the middle. It's hard to tell in the photo, but we used the ink pad lids and a Blender Pen to watercolor the flowers and leaves and then added some Smooch Iridescent Ink over it.


It's easy to make and I'll tell you how, but if you want a video tutorial, leave me a comment and I'll add it to my "to do" list!

Shelli Gardner demonstrated this project on stage at Leadership Conference. Start with two pieces of cardstock cut with the Labels Collections Framelits. (I used the second largest size.) Cut about 1" off the round end off of both pieces. (I cut it at one of the "bumps" in the framelit.) Then score 1" from the cut side. Add sticky strip to the flap of one of the pieces and adhere the two pieces together by matching up the 1" flaps. Bring the tops together and punch a hole for ribbon. Embellish as desired.

Stampin' Up! Supplies:  Four Frames, Petite Pairs, Blushing Bride ink & cardstock, Pear Pizzazz ink & cardstock, Jet Black Staz-On ink, Whisper White cardstock, 2010-2012 In Colors Patterns DSP, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Labels Collection Frameslits (Big Shot), Crop-a-Dile, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals

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How to Get the New Catalog for FREE

Just a quick note to update you on the new catalog. My boxes have arrived! Woot! It is by far the best catalog yet and I cannot wait to share it with you! I'm working on some goodies to send along with the catalog, so I haven't had a chance to mail them yet. Please be assured that if you ordered from me in April (or $50 or more in the past year), I am saving a catalog for you!

[Note: If you have selected another demonstrator in your online customer account, I will not be able to access your mailing address to send your catalog.]

This week I have been busy getting the catalogs ready to send, preparing the goodies to go with them, and  getting ready for my annual Customer Appreciation Party which is on Sunday. I plan to get all the catalogs mailed on Monday. They will be sent via Priority Mail, so this time next week, you'll be relaxing with the new catalog and making out your huge wish list!

It's not too late to get a free catalog from me! New customers can place any order on my website here and I'll send the new catalog automatically.

Thanks for your patience!!

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Free Stamp Set of the Month: Array of Sunshine

Thanks to everyone who placed a Stampin' Up! order with me in April! I drew one winner from all of the online and email orders and  Peggy B. from Spring Lake is the lucky stamper to win the Tagtastic stamp set! Congratulations, Peggy!

It's a new month, and time for a new free stamp set giveaway! Each month, I will give away a free stamp set. To be eligible for the drawing, all you have to do it place an online order (email orders count too!) that is not part of a club or workshop. You'll get one entry for each order that you place with me between May 1-31. I'll draw a winner on June 1st. This month's stamp set is Array of Sunshine. You can also earn this stamp set for free when you host a party or place an order over $150!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Stamp of the Month Club: Field Flowers Card

 I'm excited to announce that the Stamp of the Month Club featured stamp set for May is Field Flowers. Sign up for this club and you'll get this beautiful two step stamp set  and three completely finished card samples to go with it.

Already have the stamp set? No problem! You can substitute a different stamp set. Click here for all the details about this new online club.

Here is the first of three cards that Stamp of the Month Club members will get in May. 

I copied the layout from another card I saw online, but I lost track of where...

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Field Flowers, Pretty in Pink ink, Rich Razzleberry ink, Certainly Celery ink & cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Subtles Patterns DSP, Eyelet Border Punch, Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Flower Pot Card Video Tutorial

I had originally planned to share this card on Mother's Day, but things didn't go as I planned this weekend.

This card is so fun and springy, it's perfect for any occasion, not just Mother's Day.

 Check out my video tutorial to learn how to make this card, including all of the cardstock measurements.

I used lots of retiring product on this card, so make sure to snap up these products before they are discontinued on May 31! Click here to shop for Retired Products now.

Stampin' Up! Supplies: Flower Fest, Versamark ink, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Poppy Parade cardstock, Peach Parfait cardstock, Concord Crush cardstock, Crumb Cake cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Pear Pizzazz cardstock, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Fancy Flower Punch, Blossom Petals Builder Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Pear Pizzazz Ribbon, Simply Scored Tool, Stampin' Dimensionals

bold = retiring products

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Last Chance Favorites: Box #2 Die Projects

I was hoping to do a couple videos during nap time this afternoon, but it was cut short and I spent much of the afternoon snuggling on the couch with my baby girl. I rather enjoyed my time, but that means no video for you today.  Stay tuned, I'll make sure to get it done tomorrow!

In the meantime, I wanted to share some of my favorite projects using the Box #2 Big Shot die that is on the Retiring List.  I love this die -- especially because it requires just one small piece of Sticky Strip to hold the whole thing together!! Make sure to get it before it retires! Click here to find the Box #2 die in my Online Store.

Click on each photo for project details.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Last Chance Favorites: Flowers Never Fade Cards

When I think about the Flowers Never Fade stamp set, I don't think of it as a favorite, but when I look back at the cards I have made with it,  I love them all!

When I saw these again, I remembered also how much I love these clean and simple layouts. Perhaps you'll see them again as I start playing with my new stuff!

Click on the photo to see the original post and project details.