Saturday, December 29, 2012

Another Sneak Peek from the Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog -- All Dressed Up

One of the coolest things in the Stampin' Up! spring catalog is the All Dressed Up bundle.  The bundle includes the All Dressed Up stamp set along with the Dress Up framelits dies. There is also a coordinating Big Shot die that cuts and scores the card base along with the coordinating Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts die that makes a super-cute pop-up die.  Kinda reminds me of paper dolls!

Here's a photo that lists many of the possible uses for this bundle.
Click on this link to see a larger view of this photo.
If you're on my mailing list, you should be receiving your Spring Catalog this week.  If not, please contact me today and I'll get you your very own copy!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy Holidays from Stampin' Up!

Click on the link to go directly to my blog to view this video:

Happy Stamping!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Lookie What Came in the Mail Today!!!

 I got an envelope in the mail this morning from Stampin' Up!  And guess what was inside... invitation to the Managers' Reception at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando! 

Managers' Reception is held during Stampin' Up!'s Leadership Conference.  And while most people are finishing last minute Christmas gifts, I'm designing cards for swaps! 

Happy Stamping!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Clearance Rack Blitz

Click on the above image to take you to my online store of new clearance items.

Over 300 new Clearance Rack items are being added to the Online Store at discounts up to 80 percent off retail-only while supplies last!  Here is a link to all clearance items.

Wheels, punches, ribbon, embellishments, dies, stamp sets, Designer Series Paper — you’ll be amazed at the variety and the bargains!  Remember, quantities are limited.  Don’t delay!  Here’s the fine print:
  • Orders must be online only.
  • You may order Clearance Rack and non-clearance items on the same order.
  • Qualifying Clearance Rack orders are eligible for hostess benefits/Stampin’ Rewards.
Contact me if you have any questions.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Spring Catalog Sneak Peek!

I love paper crafting tools, and I know you'll love this one, too!

(Open my blog in your browser to view the video of the new Simply Scored Borders Scoring Plate.)

Bradley got his braces on today.  He's hurting!  I am having "flashbacks" of pain from my braces just looking at him.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

RemARKable Blog Tour -- Affection Collection

Welcome to the RemARKable Stamp of the Month Blog Tour.  This month we're featuring projects using the stamp set Affection Collection.  You may have arrived here from Jackie Bottomley's blog.  What creative projects she put together!!!

This stamp set is one that I received at the Stampin' Up! Convention last summer.  I've used it a few times since then.  But I have to admit that it's not one that I would have purchased because it's just not my style.  This blog hop was a good exercise in stretching my creativity.

Here's what I came up with:

I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp onto the Floral District designer series paper using Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake ink.  Then I stamped the Love image on Very Vanilla, cut it out, then sponged it with Crumb Cake.  I added Large Pearls and some ribbon.  I layered that piece onto Crumb Cake, then adhered it to a Riding Hood Red card base.

I made another one using the same color combination.  This time I followed a sketch challenge, Freshly Made Sketches.
For this card, I inked up my Fancy Fan embossing folder with Crumb Cake ink, the transferred the folder design onto Crumb Cake card stock with a brayer.  This is a technique I learned while I was at convention last summer. I punch the Friend image using the Modern Label punch and adhered it to the Riding Hood Red image with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Up next on the tour is Deb Currier. Click on the image below to go to her blog.

Stamps: Affection Collection
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Floral District designer series paper
Ink: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Fancy Fan embossing folder, Large Pearls, Corner Rounder punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Modern Label punch, Early Espresso 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Only Days Left Before This INKredible Offer Expires!

Time is running out for this INK-credible offer! There are two ways to earn a FREE collection of ink pads -- have a qualifying party (($450 in sales),  Or for only $99 you can become a Stampin' Up!  demonstrator  -- for your own crafting pleasure or to work this as a business and make extra money!

 Why become a member of Stampin’ Up? What do you get?

~ Stampin’ Up! is offering a FREE set of stamp pads (the wonderful new firm foam design) for anyone who joins between now and Dec. 16, 2012. (Bolds, Brights or Regals – $49.95 value)

~ Purchase the Starter Kit for $99 and you get to choose what products to include in your kit.  They can be from the Annual Stampin’ Up! catalog, the Holiday catalog or the Spring catalog. You choose up to $125 for the starter kit price of $99. You are getting an additional $26 in FREE product!!!

~ You can take part in the Sale-A-Bration pre-earn opportunity (translation get FREE stuff!!!)

~ You get 30% discount off your first workshop order and that includes preordering in December from the upcoming NEW Spring catalog. As a Stampin’ Up! member you receive an automatic 20% discount on all of your orders placed.

~ It's risk free. If you decide being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is not for you, you simply drop with no penalty.

~ Now is a great time to become a member.  Stampin’ Up! is celebrating its silver anniversary/25 years. There will be lots of opportunities to celebrate with us throughout the year.

~ You can earn extra money to help pay for your hobby, help pay bills, save for a vacation…whatever you want. It's a great business opportunity!

~ You'll have access to exclusive resources, training and support. Stampin’ Up! has training videos, full color bi-monthly magazine and website called Stampin' Connection filled with ideas.

~ You'll have me as your fearless leader of the growing Encouraging Embellishers team.  I'll guide you every step of the way!

Happy Stamping!


Contest Reminder

Here's another reminder...

Win a copy of My Digital Studio 2+ and EVERY SINGLE digital download MDS releases in 2013 - am incredible $1600 value!

Stampin' Up! will also give out 10 first-place prizes and a bonus prize for everybody who enters the contest if they get at least 10,000 people to enter.

Go to to enter from now until December 29, 2012.  You can enter once a day every day of the contest.

Please share this contest with your friends : )

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blog Hop Reminder

Just a friendly reminder that the RemARKables Blog Tour is coming up this Sunday.  Stay tuned!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Get the Ornamental Elegance Kit -- While Supplies Last!

I am offering the Ornament class this coming Wednesday and Thursday.  (Contact me to see if there's still space available at But just in case you cannot attend, Stampin' Up! just made a terrific kit available to you --just in time to deck the halls with terrific trimmings you've made yourself!  They've simplified this fun project so that you can quickly and easily achieve the same results. In addition to the kit, all you need is a glue gun, scissors, and adhesive.

Our Anywhere Glue Sticks (104045) are perfect for assembly. Want greeting or place cards to go with those ornaments? The Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (W 128048 C 128051) gives you perfect coordination. Fancy a little sparkle and shine? Sprinkle on our Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023)!

Contact me  today to take advantage of this amazing offer--just in time to create 10 heirloom ornaments--or stunning tags to attach to a special neighbor gift.

At only $14.95, the Ornamental Elegance Kit (132832) includes:
  • Die-Cut Cardstock Elements
  • Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon
  • Natural Linen Thread
  • Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons 
  • Large Pearl Basic Jewels
Order these now so you will have plenty of time to make them for Christmas gifting--or for your family tree!  Available while supplies last.

Here are instructions for putting the ornament together.

Feeling a time crunch?  I know that time is running out to get all of those gifts created!  Our Holiday Packaging Bundles are also still available.  You may want to add one of those bundles while you're shopping for quick and cute items to create for loved ones. 

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mega Massive My Digital Studio 2 Giveaway

Win a copy of My Digital Studio 2+ and EVERY SINGLE digital download MDS releases in 2013 - am incredible $1600 value!

Stampin' Up! will also give out 10 first-place prizes and a bonus prize for everybody who enters the contest if they get at least 10,000 people to enter.

Go to to enter from now until December 29, 2012.  You can enter once a day every day of the contest.

Please share this contest with your friends : )

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Cards for a Friend

I met my friend Lori while I was working for the City of Chesapeake, Virginia as a reference librarian.  Lori was a very responsible and dependable employee.  She and I ended up pregnant with our first babies at the same time.  How cool was that?!?  I won't get into all of those details.  Let's just say it was fun to experience pregnancy together.  (Lori might not tell you it was fun! LOL!)

In 2002, I had to leave my position at the library when my husband was assigned to work at the NATO Base in Brunssum, Netherlands.  Lori and I kept in touch for a while, then we kinda lost touch.  Alas, we were reunited through that wonderful social network called Facebook.

Lori is working in a non-library job, but has another really cool job on the side as an artist.  You can view her work here.  She recently sold some of her paintings and wanted to send thank-you cards to her customers.  So she commissioned me to make them.  All she asked was that the cards contain a peacock feather or an artist's brush/palette motif.  Here's what I came up with:

I like how the strip of designer paper mimics the "eye" of the feather.
I painted the peacock feather Garden Green, Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise ink mixed with Dazzling Details using a blender pen.  It adds a great sparkle.  The photos just don't do them justice.

Here's a view of the inside. I "stamped off" with Pacific Point ink.

Stamps: Fine Feathers, Sweet Essentials
Ink: Versamark, Garden Green, Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise
Paper: Garden Green, Pacific Point, Whisper White, International Bazaar designer series paper
Accessories: Dazzling Details, Early Espresso embossing powder, heat tool, Stampin' Dimensionals

Happy Stamping!