Thursday, January 31, 2013

Celebrating 25 Years!

That's right. Stampin' Up! has been around for 25 years now and this is a company that is completely in the black and is based on Christian values. I am happy to have been associated with this company for 10 years and look forward to many more, whether a demonstrator or crafter.

During 2013, Stampin' Up! will be celebrating an exciting milestone: 25 years of making a difference in the lives of its demonstrators, customers, and countless others through sharing creativity, encouraging and honoring our demonstrators' accomplishments, and our myriad philanthropic endeavors.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pinwheels and Dreams

This little cloud background is available in the new mini and I love it. I also got the sizzlet S die from there. It is so cute and a great value at only 4.95. I can just see it on so many little projects. Here is a quick and easy card that I did to show them both.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Moving Forward

I got this set a while back and I love that SU donates $2 of each set sold to the Ronald McDonald House charities. I am just now playing with it, not sure why I waited so long, it is very cute. I am always in need of gift enclosure cards and this one is perfect. It is a 4.5 x 4.5 card that will be perfect for any gift. The bright yellow hot air balloon reminds me of the old yellow submarine cartoon that the Beatles did in the late 60's? Fun!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Sale-a-Bration Simply Sent Kit

One of the FREE goodies that you can choose is this neat little card set that is so simple to make and complete. You can make it verbatim as the package shows or you could change it up a bit to make it yours as I did this one. I just layered my flower and added the red brad to make it pop. Then I used both the gray and red twine to tie a little bow. It literally took me 3 minutes to make this card and the envelope is included!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Creating Pretty Cards Sketch Challenge #19!

This is the sketch for this month for Creating Pretty Cards Challenge #19. Pretty easy, huh? Why not play along. Here is the link for their challenge. It seems I have made a card like this fairly recently but here is my card for today.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: My Little Valentine, Hearts a Flutter
Card Stock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo
Hearts a Flutter Framelits

Saturday, January 26, 2013

CCMC - Occasions Mini Edition CCMC-OCC1

How about a 4 color challenge to start off the members only challenge for the Create with Connie and Mary Occasions Mini 2013? Wow, what great colors and what a challenge for me. Well, that is until I looked at the banner for Create with Connie and Mary this time. I decided to do a clothesline like their banner and used the letters from Love You to make the Love. I had to color each one and stamp it then punch them out. The hardest part was keeping the other letters from bleeding through. All in all, I am pleased with it. Although I may be shooting for perfection, I will take "good enough." No mess, no stress! God bless you all!

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners, Seasonal Sayings
Card Stock: Primrose Pink, Very Vanilla, Real Red, Pool Party, More Amour DSP
Inks: Basic Black, Primrose Pink
Accessories: Hearts A Flutter & Itty Bitty Banners framelits, Circle punches,Pennants Punch 

It's Sale-a-Bration Time!
Click above to see More!

t's finally here!  The Annual Stampin'Up! Sale-A-Bration Party!  The Free Product you can choose from is unbelievable.  Here's a taste:
  • Card Stock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Embossing Folder
  • MDS2 Digital Discs
  • Paper Piercing
  • Punch & Coordinating Stamps (separate items)
  • Ribbon & Button Pack
  • Simply Sent Card Kit
  • Simply Scored Diagonal Plate
  • Vintage Faceted Buttons
  • And, of course STAMPS!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Nacho Average Challenge #30

I have been out of town most of the week so I am jumping in a little late but still in time. I made this card that I saw done by Connie Babbert making the necessary changes to make it mine and to fit the challenge. Thanks Connie for a great layout! So, here is my last minute card.

Supplies Used:
Real Red, Pool Party, Primrose Petals and Very Vanilla card stock
Red Red ink
Honeycomb embossing folder
Heart punch, postage stamp punch
Seasonal Sayings
More Amour DSP

One More Sentimental Card

I have to give credit to Mercedes Weber for this card. I saw hers on Splitcoast and wanted to copy it as was but I restrained myself and made several changes to it. My colors, the DSP and embossing are all different but the layout is the same. When you have a good thing going...go for it! Thanks Mercedes!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Real Big Wheel

Again, it is not so easy to see traditional Big Wheel toys anymore but my boys grew up on them and really learned to pedal on their Big Wheel. This bike was made like the Big Wheel toys we all knew and loved except maybe it was the Big Wheel that was modeled after this oldie but goody. The Celebrate is from the same stamp set only available until 3/22...Feeling Sentimental.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Superman's Booth?

This picture made me automatically think of Superman and how he used to change into his superhero outfit in a phone booth. Now if you were born in the last 25 years you might not even know what an old phone booth looks like. Well, it looks like this! In the's a bird, it's a's Superman!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It 's Sale-a-Bration Time!

It is finally here, the much awaited and often celebrated Sale-a-Bration time for Stampin' Up! This is where you can earn more FREE goodies because for every $50 you spend you will get something FREE. I will be showing today and the next couple of days some cards that I made using my favorite set for this go around with SAB (Sale-a-Bration). It is called Feeling Sentimental and besides the great images it also appeals to the folks who like the elemental style of stamps. This one uses a piece of the chevron paper from the SAB DSP called Sycamore Street. I then used Island Indigo to stamp the Ferris wheel and the sentiment. The Just because is from the SAB set called Vintage Verses. Simple and striking.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Acrylic Block Stamping

I wanted to highlight a part of my card and so instead of using the post-its to frame and sponge I simply used my acrylic block and inked it in Pool Party and stamped in the middle of my card. I then took the flower from Creative Elements and stamped it with Calypso Coral. The hummingbird was stamped with Lucky Limeade and cut out. It is an easy 1 layer card with lots of prettiness.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Valentine Yum-Yum!

A Valentine Yum-Yum. Now that is what I like to give to my co-workers. A little something from the heart (no pun intended) that shows I was thinking of them and not too much to make anyone feel as though they had to return the thought. These little m&m's are the peppermint ones from Christmas. How cool that they are red & white!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Vintage Verses - Chalkboard Style/CCMC235

The chalkboard look of stamping is really big now and so I created a quick card using the technique with my Basic Black card stock and Craft Whisper White ink. I used a piece of the DSP called Storytime for the notebook paper. It is a simple layout that I used recently and wanted to use again.
Now after I had made this card I found a new challenge that it would fit with only a minor change with the ribbon. The Connie and Mary challenge is a sketch as seen here.

And now for the card with a minor change: (these pics look better enlarged)

Friday, January 18, 2013

A Sale-a-Bration Preview

What is Sale-a-Bration? I am glad you asked. It is only the absolute best time to book a party and get lots of FREE stuff! For every $50 you spend (before S&H) you get to choose 1 of 19 limit. There are stamp sets, card stock, digital disc's, buttons and ribbons, designer paper etc... This is one you will not want to miss and it is only from January 22 to March 22. I am booking parties now and in fact, I am hosting one at my home on the 26th of January at 10 AM. We will see some of the new things from the current mini and play with some of the Sale-a-Bration items all for FREE! Then, you can either order OR book a party to get more FREE goodies! This is a sqaure masculine card I made using the SAB (Sale-a-Bration) set called Feeling Sentimental with the SAB designer paper called Sycamore Street. The sentiment is from another SAB set called Vintage Verses! I got all of these items for FREE and you can too! RSVP now to let me know you will be here on the 26th to make some fun cards and earn some FREE goodies.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

My Simply Sent Card to Share

I pulled out my kit and the My Little Valentine stamp set and quickly put together a little not that would be fun for lunch boxes or as little tuck-ins if your husband travels or for co-workers. So simple and you do not even have to stamp them. The little flowers is already on it so you could just write a quick note. Remember, this set and offer disappears on the 21st. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New, Never Seen Before Single Stamps

When you see these stamps you will have to hurry to order them because they will be gone on March 31st. They are so cute and functional. My 2 faves are the bunnies and the pregnant mom-to-be. Click here to see them and more! Then click here to order.

Simply Sent Bonus - Time is Running Out!

Time is running out for the My Little Valentine Bundle where you get the Simply Sent card set as shown here. The 21st is the last day to order this little set of 4 stamps and you will get the wonderful Simply Sent kit as seen in the Holiday mini for 7.95. But with this special it is FREE! Who does not love FREE? Click here to order now!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The New Paper Pumpkin

Sweep away the mundane-your creativity carriage awaits!
I'm Paper Pumpkin . . .
I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you to escape your life with some paper fun.
I come in a sweet box, but you'll really love what you find on the inside:
All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Create stuff like cards, journals, décor, and more!
Paper Pumpkin by Stampin' Up! is a new monthly kit program that anyone (even you) can enjoy!
Get Started-Be sure to choose me to be your demonstrator when prompted! 
It's so easy to get started. Simply sign up for the program starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it. Every month a new, surprise project kit arrives at your doorstep. Just think of the anticipation of creating a fun project to pin, showoff, and share with your friends and family-every month!
Of course, you'll want to know more. So here's the nitty gritty:
  • Each month we send you a unique, surprise kit with a project-cards, journals, décor, and more! (We've even color-coordinated, measured, and cut everything for you!)
  • Each kit includes stamps, ink, paper, and accessories-everything but adhesive.
  • Each kit gives you or your customer a 30-minute creativity escape.
  • We will ship your Paper Pumpkin on or around the 15th of the month.  
  • You need to sign up for a kit by the 10th of the month to get that month's kit. If you sign up on the 11th of the month, your first kit will come the next month. (Let's say you sign up on May 10th, we'll send your kit around May 15th. If you sign up on May 11th, we'll send your first kit around June 15th.)
  • There's no commitment, you can cancel your monthly Paper Pumpkin at anytime. You can also skip a month if you want.
  • Starting in early March, we'll offer a Try-It kit if you'd like to try Paper Pumpkin for one month.

Here's How You Order
Sign up for your monthly Paper Pumpkin starting Monday, January 14 by visiting and click Get it.
Starting in early March, you can try Paper Pumpkin for one month by visiting our online store.

A Free Gift in Your Very First Kit
The Welcome Kit is the very first Paper Pumpkin you will receive in your first month of membership. The Welcome Kit includes a free gift-a clear acrylic block!

Paper Pumpkin

Just think . . . I come to your door each month (a fully decked-out creativity carriage). I'll help you escape your life with some paper fun. (I'm kinda like your paper fairy godmother—without white hair!) You'll love what you find on the inside: All the stamps, ink, paper, and accessories to create pinable projects. Stuff like cards, 3-D items, and more! Only 19.95 per month and you can stop it any time.

Monday, January 14, 2013

The Paper Players Challenge #128

It's no secret that I love the bright colors so this challenge was very easy for me. Sometimes though I look at all the cards that the team put out and I am so overwhelmed by greatness that I am paralyzed. While I love all the cards the team has made, I knew I could make one with these colors and so I did. Mine was inspired by the new pinwheel die in the new mini catalog. I used some DSP and the cloud background and voila!
Easy and fun, right?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

CCMC234 - Color Challenge

Well, it is another color challenge with Create with Connie and Mary and so I have to really put on my thinking cap. I have been so busy since the new year started that I have not even had any time to really stamp and "play." I came down to my lair to clean my desk and open my emails and found this challenge so...I jumped right in. I had just gotten the little heart stamp and wanted to use it. I stamped the heart on the back of the red glitter paper and cut it from the back to get a good fit. I love to make shaped cards so this one was fun for me.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

4 1/4 Square Thank You

OK, I am using all new stuff for this little card. You knew I had to show you sooner or later. This card was made using Collage Curios from the latest mini catalog. I am also showcasing the new silver soda pop tops that are in this catty. The card is Summer Starfruit and I used my Big Shot to cut the little Crumb Cake anchor  piece.  

Friday, January 11, 2013

A Blooming Thank You

This card was made using Blooming with Kindness. That is a pretty set with the one focal image and 5 great sentiments. The colors shown here are Pool Party, Gumball Green, Melon Mambo and Whisper White. I Cased this card from Stampin' UP! I love the flag look under the focal point. So easy and so pretty.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Saying Thanks with My Digital Studio

The holidays have come and gone, but your thank you cards are just beginning! Tell people you appreciate their holiday generosity with something quick and simple using My Digital Studio. Design one. Print many. Couldn’t be easier. Get your FREE copy of My Digital Studio trial by clicking here.

Monday, January 7, 2013

French Foliage

This is still one of my favorite stamp sets. I love the leaves and the little French stamp plus the circle stamp. It has a lot of potential so I could not leave it out in this layout of thank you notes. I used the color River Rock since I had not used it in a long time! The other color is Early Expresso and I sponged the little rectangle to get the blocking for the leaf. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Delicate Doilies Thank You

This is a card that I got from Stampin' Up! in their files online that are available to demonstrators. I used an old piece of doily DSP that I had in my scraps and stamped this using the Delicate Doilies set with Marina Mist, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive. Never, never get rid of your old scraps when you can use them in a pretty card like this!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Wheeled Thank You

I have not used my wheels in a long time and decided to play with one for this card. I simply rolled the image using the Night of Navy ink and then rolled a 2nd piece so I could cut a butterfly to give it a little dimension. The Thank You is from the Curly Cute stamp set. Another easy yet pretty card.

Friday, January 4, 2013

A Snowy Thank You

These little snowmen would be welcome at any event (as long as they stay outside) but I brought them together to make this cute little thank you note. I used the Christmas colors and made it into a quick and easy thank you note. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

A "Treemendous" Thank You

Last month at my monthly meeting I revived this old technique of stamping off with the tree stamp seen here from the set called Evergreen. I stamped the center tree 1st fully inked and then stamped the ones to the right 2 times without re-inking. I did the same with the left 2 trees but first I inked my stamp and stamped off on scratch paper then stamped 2 more times to make a matched set. It was very easy yet striking and it makes a great no layer card. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

A New Challenge in Town!

There is a new challenge site out there and this is their #1 Challenge and their is a prize for it! So, get out your supplies and play along. Here is their link.  This first challenge is both a color and sketch challenge. I jumped right in on it and I used Postage Due and Loving Thoughts to make my card. 

Holiday Thank You Cards

I am dedicating this next week or so to holiday thank you cards. We all need them and so why put them off? Let's get to it and make some right now to remember the ones we love who gave us gifts for the season. I am keeping these simple so no matter what your skill level you can case away (copy and share everything).

This card was made with a left over tag that I had on my desk. I decided to use it on the snowflake embossed card and taped the ribbon to the inside so that it could be used as a tag for them for next year or could be hung on their Christmas tree. Very simple and fun!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Earth Without Art???

A Happy New Year to You

Well, I said to myself back in November that I would feature a lot of 'thank you' cards this month. After all, it wouldn't be right to take all those great gifts and not say Thank You! This card is generic but it could very well be a thank you card. It is just too pretty not to share. I actually cased it from Fran Sanbad from a card in 2011. I guess great cards and ideas never go out of style!