Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Rejoin Stampin' Up! for only $35

Rejoin Stampin' Up! for only $35!
Are you a former Stampin' Up! Demonstrator?
If you want to rejoin, you can during July for a low price of only $35!!
Note: you CANNOT rejoin with this special $35 kit online. You must use mail forms in. If you're interested, I will mail you a form with my signature for you to complete and mail to Stampin' Up! with your payment.
Special Rejoin Starter Kit Offer
Dates: July 1-31, 2010
Offer Overview
During the month of July, any former Stampin’ Up! demonstrator (who resigned on or prior to March 31, 2010) can rejoin Stampin’ Up! for only $35!
To rejoin Stampin’ Up!, former demonstrators only need to purchase the Rejoin Starter Kit and sign and complete a new Independent Demonstrator Application and Agreement.
The Rejoin Starter Kit Contains:

  • 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog (8)

  • 2010 Summer Mini Catalog (8)

  • Guest invitation postcards (100)

  • Customer order forms (50)

  • 2010-2011 Definitely Decorative catalog (1)

  • Celebrando Creatividad (1)

  • Two months free Demonstrator Business Web Services (DBWS) subscription
Former demonstrators will already have the stamping supplies they need, so, in order to keep the price so low, the Rejoin Starter Kit contains the bare essentials to help them get their businesses back up and running.
Details to Remember:

  • This offer is available to all former demonstrators, regardless of how long ago they stopped being demonstrators. Stampin’ Up! will be contacting dropped demonstrators from the last three years.

  • This kit does not include any Stampin’ Up! products.

  • Former demonstrators may add either or both of the optional add-ons to their starter kit. (See starter kit form for add-on contents.)

  • There is no Online option for this kit. Rejoin Starter Kit order forms must be submitted by mail.

  • Rejoin Starter Kit order and Independent Demonstrator Application and Agreements must be received by Stampin’ Up! by July 31, 2010.
You can REQUEST THE FORMS TODAY and by the time you get it, it'll be time to mail it to Stampin' Up! - why wait???

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bottle Cap Magnets

I have pulled out some really old Stampin' supplies for this project. I ordered these bottle caps to make some magnets I had seen at a store and I decided that left over pieces from the Simply Scrappin' kits would work well. I have a whole bag of left over stickers so, I used some of those. I can't wait to give these to some of my friends. I mean, who can't use more magnets for their fridge??! :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Catalogs are Here!

I have received my shipment of 32 catalogs and they are gorgeous. I am loving all the new products and putting together my first order. BTW, I don't think I am supposed to leak this little tidbit, but I noticed that card stock prices are going up!

Remember, Wednesday is the last day to order from the current catalog. No time like the present to stock up on card stock, retiring colors or those "gotta have it" stamp sets that will be disappearing. Click here to order online from my website. Don't forget to check the clearance bin while you are there. Hope to see you on Thursday!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

F is for Fox

This is a cute and easy project that could be used in a nursery or as a gift. I am all about making my own gifts and sharing with others! Check it out.

  • Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
  • Real Red F Is for Fox Décor Elements
  • Black Scallop Frame Décor Elements
  • Photo Frame

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Just My Type Card (3" x 3")

Somebody put a lot of work into making this cute little 3x3 card and it shows! Actually, this little card is on the front cover of the demonstrator magazine done for us monthly by Stampin' Up! It is packed full of useful information and ideas ready to be CASED (copy and steal everything) and used for classes or demonstrations or even for blogging like I did here.

If you want more information about becoming a demonstrator, click here to my website and then click on the right button that says "Start Your Own Business." My password is Sparkles. I would love to have you on my team of Pampered Stampers!

  • Puns from the Past set
  • Rough Type Alphabet set


  • Baja Breeze card stock
  • More Mustard card stock
  • Pink Pirouette card stock
  • Very Vanilla card stock
  • Baja Breeze textured card stock
  • Rich Razzleberry textured card stock


  • Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories & Tools

  • Old Olive 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon
  • Linen thread
  • Bitty buttons
  • Clips assortment
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Aqua Painter
  • Crop-A-Dile
  • Mat Pack
  • Paper-piercing tool
  • Scallop Square punch
  • 1/2" Circle punch
  • Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack
  • Big Shot
  • Two Tags Bigz die
  • Crochet thread
  • Stapler and staples
  1. Fold Old Olive 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon in half lengthwise, wrap around card front, and staple in place.
  2. Stamp "XOXOXO" in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock. Trim, and adhere to card.
  3. Cut tag from Baja Breeze card stock using Big Shot and Two Tags die. Tear tag at fold, and set aside smaller half. With torn edge at top, attach clip to top-left corner of larger half of tag. Punch circle from Very Vanilla card stock using 1/2" Circle punch. Punch 1/8" hole through center of circle using Crop-A-Dile, and adhere to tag, lining up hole in tag with hole in circle. Tie linen thread through hole.
  4. Stamp "Just my type" image in Early Espresso ink on Pink Pirouette card stock. Pierce row of holes below text using paper-piercing tool and Mat Pack. Punch scallop square from Rich Razzleberry textured card stock, and layer behind Pink Pirouette card stock so scallops show on right. Curl top corners of Pink Pirouette card stock. Adhere Pink Pirouette card stock to tag using Stampin' Dimensionals, tucking bottom edge into slit on Baja Breeze tag. Adhere tag to card.
  5. Punch flower from More Mustard card stock using punch from Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack. Tie crochet thread through Bitty button, and adhere to bitty flower. Adhere flower to card.
  6. Ink wet Aqua Painter using Early Espresso pad, and tap Aqua Painter on finger over card to spatter ink onto card.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Teddy and Train Bottle

I made this little cutie on my way out the door to Costa Rica. Actually, I made it on the night before we left because I needed another blog post. I had this idea for a while and just now did it. I used the set Teddy and Train for the image and sentiment. This is a cute little baby set. I like all the images because they look a little vintage to me. I free cut the bottle and drew the markings on the side. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Another Tri-Fold Shutter Card

When I was with my friend Millie, she wanted to learn to make this card. So, I took all the supplies and we stamped and played and made a fairly simple Tri-Fold Card. I would love to teach you to make this card also. Let's book a party and get started learning right away!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Coloring with Copic Markers

Millie has made a couple of beautiful cards that she colored with Copic markers. Stampin' Up! does not carry these markers, they are alcohol-based rather than our water-based markers. I have yet to ever try these but I am more tempted after seeing her cards. Let me know if you have used them and what you think of them. Thanks for looking. I'll be home from Costa Rica in a couple of days.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hello from Costa Rica

Well. we made it home from Costa Rica and even though it is not stamping related I thought I would post a few of our photos. We had a great trip and spent our time diving, eating and playing with 2 other couples from Atlanta...Hi to Gene and Anne and Dave and Denise!

I hope you will enjoy these photos. The diving was different from any we have done. The water was not as clear as the Caribbean but we still saw some cool stuff.

The first photo is a sea horse Denise took on her 1st dive with the camera. It turned out great especially for a newbie. The next is a couple of eels sharing a hidey hole.

The last photo is of a Pilot Whale. We came upon a whole pod of them while we were moving the boat to our 2nd dive site one day. they were jumping out of the water like dolphins and this was the only photo I got of them(gotta hate that digital pause). We also saw lots of dolphins our swimming and playing with our boat in the wakes.

Featured Stamper...Millie

I am featuring a fellow demonstrator and friend Millie Hardy-Dawson today and for a couple of days on my blog. We met this week and shared lots of ideas and stamping fun. We are currently planning a Christmas in July stamp-a-stack. Be watching for more on that soon.

Meanwhile...enjoy her artwork. Today I am featuring some wedding card ideas.

Monday, June 21, 2010

More Cards from Millie

Here are more Heart cards from Millie. She has been on a roll with these lately. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Father's Day Cards

Here are a couple of more Father's Day cards. I have posting them off and on for about a month now. These are the last ones for a few months at least. These were also made by Millie Dawson-Hardy. Click here to see her blog...Ink, Paper and Scissors.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

New Catalog Set Sneak Peek

Here is another project from Stampin' Up! This was on the Stampin' Success magazine (just for demonstrators) and it features a new stamp set called Friends Never Fade. It also features new In Colors. You can read all the details below.

Friends Seed Packet

  • Friends Never Fade set


  • Pear Pizzazz card stock
  • Whisper White card stock


  • Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Peach Parfait Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories & Tools

  • Daffodil Delight 1/8" taffeta ribbon
  • Subtles Designer buttons
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Crochet thread
  1. Cut seed packet from Pear Pizzazz card stock using card pattern 16 from the Pattern Library. You'll need to modify pattern slightly to create top flap for packet.
  2. Before assembling and adhering packet, stamp ornate blossom image repeatedly on packet in Pear Pizzazz ink. Assemble packet and adhere together, leaving top flap open.
  3. Tie ribbon around packet.
  4. Thread crochet thread through button and adhere to top flap of packet.
  5. Stamp "Friends" image in Peach Parfait ink on Whisper White card stock, and cut out. Stamp image again in Chocolate Chip ink on second piece of Whisper White card stock. Cut out "Friends" portion of image, and adhere over corresponding portion of Peach Parfait image. Adhere Peach Parfait image to packet using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Vintage Vogue in Pink

I got this card right off Stampin' Up! It was made by Heather so I am posting it as is. As you may know, I am in Costa Rica for the week so I am having to post ahead. If I get internet while I am there, I may be able to post some of my photos of Costa Rica. See you soon!

Heather Fosbery's Friends Card (5-1/2" x 4-1/4")

  • Vintage Vogue set
  • Very Vintage jumbo wheel


  • Pretty in Pink card stock
  • Rose Red card stock
  • Whisper White card stock


  • Pretty in Pink Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad

Accessories & Tools

  • Pretty in Pink 5/8" satin ribbon
  • Vintage brads
  • Pewter Build-A-Brad
  • Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
  • Stampin' Dimensionals
  • Scallop Trim border punch
  • 1/16" Circle punch
  • 1/2" Circle punch

Thursday, June 17, 2010

You might Need Sunglasses for this One!

I mean I really used bright colors for this one! Ok, so I can still do cute! This little card was made using Pixie Pink, Yo Yo Yellow, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White. I used the cute stamp set called Cheep Talk. I used my markers to color in the images. The DSP is from Razzleberry Lemonade. I also added a little bling with the turquoise brad. Now you see what I mean about the sunglasses!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Another Challenge Card

I again played with a challenge and this is what I came up with. I am still trying to use up retiring things so I used the Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace and Barely Banana along with Whisper White. The stamp set I used was Garden Whimsy (sniff, sniff). I love the little tulip! I also used a Sale-a-Bration stamp for the sentiment...Vintage Labels. The ribbon is from last years SAB so I really went all out using retired/retiring things on this one.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Blog Challenge Card

I saw this color combo on someone's blog and decided to play along (even if I only played with myself). It was to used 3 colors...Melon Mambo, Baja Blue and Pink Pirouette . The challenge also had a sketch to follow. So I am posting the challenges then my card. I think it turned out pretty well. Thanks for looking.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Here for You card

Of course, it is funny how my tastes have changed over the years. I used to love all the cutesy stamps, but now I prefer the more sophisticated look (although I do still use the cute ones). Today I am using Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry and a piece of the Cottage Wall DSP. I used the Friends 24/7 stamp set and kept it very simple. I love the way it looks and it is perfect for any occasion.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Elements of Style

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite stamp sets. It seems that you can use it for so many different looks and occasions. Today I CASED someone (don't remember who) and changed my colors and sentiment to make it mine. I am trying to use up some of the wonderful retiring colors (it seems I have a never-ending supply of some colors). So I am using the Cameo Coral, Basic Black and Whisper White for this one. I stamped with the Basic Black, although when I started coloring I noted that I should have used the stazon black (it doesn't smear) and I watercolored the flowers. The ribbons are the Basic Gray taffeta and the black gingham ribbons. I added the sentiment from the Tiny Tags set and tied it on with hemp. See you tomorrow.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Fish Card

If you know anything about me, you know that I love to scuba dive. So, I don't know why I haven't made one of these cards before now. I love the colors and designs in the fish in the sea. They can be beyond imagination! I feel closest to the Lord when I am witnesses His beauty below the sea. I can just see one of these pretty fishes swimming by me one day. (Only 1 week until I am diving in Costa Rica!)

I used the ornament punch to make the shape of the fish then I used the smallest heart from the Heart to Heart punch to make the "lips." The ribbons were just chosen based on the colors of the DSP from the recently retired Sweep Pea paper stack. I was trying to make a boy meets girl kind of card.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Baby Bib Card

I have just finished my card for the lucky couple expecting their first little baby girl. I really don't know who is more excited, the new grandparents or the babies parents. Kris comes from a family of all boys and his mom is ecstatic to finally have a girl!!! I know she will be smocking and sewing again really soon. I wish them all much happiness and the blessings of the Lord.

Here is my card. I followed the directions of Monica Weaver at for this card. Thanks Monica for your inspiration on this one.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Father's Day Book

Now, I don't remember where I saw this tutorial but I think it was on Splitcoast. This is a little book I made for my hubby for Father's Day. This year we will be spending father's day in Costa Rica on a little dive vacation! We leave on the 18th of June and I am so excited! This is a little 4 page booklet that spells out MIKE on one side and on the pullouts it spells LOVE. It just works out perfectly that his name and the word love are the same length. Again, I used some the Sweet Pea DSP that recently retired (I would love to see it come back). I have left it blank for a lot of photo's and personal notes.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

My First Meander Book

I saw this posted on Andrea's blog, and I think she credited Sophia with the idea and video link. I wanted to make this book so I followed her lead and made one. It was not hard, I maybe had to repeat a couple of sections to get it perfect but, I am sure if I can do it, so can you. Click on the links above to see Andrea's and the tutorial to go with it. I made mine using some of the Sweet Pea designer paper stack and the great 2-step bird punch. I have not decided what I am going to put in it yet, so it is still blank, but, as soon as I think of something I am ready to go! Have fun with this one.

Monday, June 7, 2010

My First Digital Scrapbook Pages

My wonderful, darling hubby got me the My Digital Scrapbook from Stampin' Up! for mother's day (after I told him that was what I wanted) and I have been trying to figure out all the ins and outs of it. So, I have made a couple of projects with it and then I wanted to try to make a scrapbook page of the book I showed yesterday. I used a pre-made format from Stampin' Up! and changed a few things so I could add my own embellishments. The ideas are theirs but you can do with it what ever you want. Here are the 2 pages I made. What is so cool, is that you can add or take away anything you want to make it personal. I used the 11 x 7 format so I could cut it down to the size I needed (7 x 5). The flower is hand punched and added on top of what I printed from my home printer. Here is my first try.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Baby Scrapbook

I have a lovely couple that I have known for several years and watched the young man grow up that is expecting their first baby. I knew I wanted to make something personal for them so I whipped up this little scrapbook. I found the Pooh scrapbook for $3 at a discount store and have been saving it for a special person. It is an odd size, 7 x 5 so I had to special cut all the papers. Iused a mixture of cardstock and stickers along with My Digital Studio to make this book. It has 17 double-sided pages! I will just show you a few of the ones today and maybe a couple of more tomorrow.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Hello Baby Card

Grab these colors and accessories before they disappear! This is a fast and easy card to make and who doesn't need baby cards? Substitute pinks for a girl card!

Hello Baby card
  • Teeny Tiny Wishes STAMP SET
  • Animal Stories STAMP SET
  • Card Stock Whisper White 8 1/2X11
  • Card Stock Bashful Blue 8 1/2X11
  • Stampin Write Marker Bashful Blue
  • Classic Stampin Pad Basic Gray
  • Metal Edge Tags Aluminum White Circle
  • Snail Adhesive Permanent
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Ribbon Taffeta Whisper White 3/8 Inch
  • Punch 1 3/4 Inch Circle


Hello Baby card
1. Fold Whisper White 3/8" taffeta ribbon in half and adhere behind Bermuda Bay card stock (4-1/4" x 1/2"). Adhere to Bashful Blue card.
2. Adhere Tall Tales Designer Series paper (4-1/4" x 1") to card.
3. Stamp “Hello baby” in Basic Gray ink on card.
4. Ink whale image using Bermuda Bay ink. Wipe ink from water spout, and re-ink water spout using Bashful Blue Stampin’ Write marker. Stamp whale and spout image on Whisper White card stock, and punch out using 1-3/4" Circle punch. Adhere circle to Metal Edge tag, and adhere to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Father's Day Vest card

Here is a cute little vest card for all the Dad's in your life. Click here for the pattern. Pick your favorite "manly man" stamps and just do it!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Scrapbook Beach Page

Everyone has their favorite beach and their favorite beach photos. You could duplicate this quick and easy page and insert your photo in place of this one!

Travel Scrapbook Page (8-1/2" x 11”)
  • Card Stock Old Olive 8 1/2X11
  • Card Stock Confetti White 8 1/2X11
  • Card Stock Kraft 8 1/2X11
  • Classic Stampin Pad Old Olive
  • Versamark Pad
  • Snail Adhesive Permanent
  • Stampin Dimensionals
  • Punch Spiral
  • Punch 1 Inch Circle
  • Ribbon Grosgrain Old Olive 5/8 Inch
  • Designer Brads Star


Travel Scrapbook Page (8-1/2" x 11”)
1. Stamp images in VersaMark ink on bottom half of Kraft card stock page.
2. Distress edges of Old Olive card stock strip (8-1/2" x 2-1/2"). Secure Star Designer brad to Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, and adhere to Old Olive card stock.
3. Use Spiral punch on long edge of Rich Razzleberry card stock strip (1"x 6-1/2").
4. Tear ends of Confetti White and Old Olive (3" x 9") card stock pieces.
5. Stamp travel images in Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry ink on Confetti White card stock.
6. Stamp compass image in Crushed Curry ink on scrap of Confetti White card stock. Use 1" Circle punch to cut out compass image and adhere to Confetti White card stock using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
7. Layer Confetti White, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry card stock strips and adhere to page.
8. Adhere cropped photo to Soft Suede card stock (6" x 4-1/2"), and adhere to page.
9. Stamp text using Rough Type set and Soft Suede ink.
10. Add journaling using a Soft Suede Stampin’ Write marker.