Saturday, April 30, 2011

"Quadruple Dipping" on Stampin' Up!'s 30% off Scrapbooking Promotion and last day of the Occasions Mini Catalog

My Stamping Friends, I want to tell you that TODAY (April 30, 2011) is the ONLY day you can do this so don't delay.

1) Stampin' Up! announced that they are starting thier May National Scrapbooking Month promotion EARLY which means that you can take 30% off certain scrapbooking products. Check out this flyer for all the details (click on the flyer to enlarge it).

2) Today is also the final day of the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini Catalog (which can be found here and currently in this blog's side bar if you don't have your paper copy readily available).

3) AND, you can STILL take advantage of the Spring Is Blossoming promotion (check out the flyer below~click to enlarge it) for ONE MORE DAY.

If you make any purchases from the scrapbooking promotion, or any of our catalogs, and you're total comes to over $20 in merchandise, you can purchase the Four Frames stamp set and the Paisley Petals DSP. These won't be available again until July. What a deal!


4) I'm placing an order this evening so if you want to add on, you can probably save on your shipping costs as well.

The last note I want to let you know, in case you missed it, is that included in this May Scrapbooking Promotion, Stampin' Up! is offering a My Digital Studio starter kit AND a traditional Stampin' Memories Add On kit (including a stamp set, card stock, Designer Series Paper, and more, the Stampin' Memories Add-On is a great way to add scrapbooking products to their Starter Kit.) BOTH at 30% OFF. Joining my team also gives you a discount on all your future purchases and that includes any printing of your digital products. If you've never used My Digital Studio and want to find out more, give me a call and we can chat all about it.

I LOVE welcoming new people to my team and today I'm finishing up my offer of a $25 FREE shopping spree on anything in our catalog for anyone that joins my team TODAY!

There are so many ways to save today! I hope you have a minute or two to take advantage of them.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Happy Mothers Day 12x12 Scrapbook Page from Stampin' Up!

Hi there My Stamping Friends, I thought you might like this 12x12 Mother's Day scrapbook page created by Stampin' Up! Just click on the photo to enlarge the image.
Below is the list of supplies that they used.

Four Frames*
Notes & Details**
Teeny Tiny Wishes

• Marina Mist Card Stock
• Very Vanilla Card Stock
Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper*

• Marina Mist Classic Stampin’ Pad®
• Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Peach Parfait Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Soft Suede Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Soft Suede Stampin’ Write® Marker

• Marina Mist 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
• Very Vanilla 5/8" Satin Ribbon
• Linen Thread
• Neutrals Designer Buttons
• Stampin’ Dimensionals®
• Decorative Label Punch
• Big Shot™
• Top Note Bigz Die
• Sewing machine and thread

*A 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog Sneak Peek—get it FREE when you host a qualifying workshop!
**From the 2011 Occasions Mini Catalog

If you have any questions about the project, if you're considering hosting a party with your friends, attending a class at my place, just leave me a comment here, send me an e-mail or give me a call. I'd love to help you.

If you're considering joining my team, Let me know and sign up by the end of April and you'll get a $25 Stampin' Up! shopping spree from me. This is available through me, NOT Stampin' Up! and must be redeemed through me.

Have a great stampin' day!

P.S. Don't forget that the date for my regular card class for May has been changed to Tuesday, May 3rd. I still have a few seats left but its filling up fast so RSVP quickly if you'd like to attend. We'll be using lots of goodies from Stampin' Up!'s new Summer Mini Catalog.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Greetings using Bring on the Cake from the Stampin' Up! Occasions Mini

Hi there My Stamping Friends, Yesterday was my daughters 11th birthday and just look what coincidentally came in the mail for me a few days ago from my wonderful up-up-up-up-upline Carol. Carol creates and sends out sample cards to her downline group to celebrate certain milestones and this was the card she sent to me. Isn't it fantastic?

The base is daffodil delight with a layer of whisper white that was run through the Big Shot using the Square Lattice embossing folder. The next layer is cherry cobbler and a piece of whisper white stamped with the Level 2 Hostess set, Long Fellows, and the Bring On the Cake stamp set from the Occasions Mini (which is only available for a few more days - it ends on April 30, 2011). Carol colored the stamp set and sentiment with a daffodil delight marker and wrapped that layer with a daffodil delight 1-1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon. It is so bright and cheery and I just love it. Thanks Carol!!!

Now, I'm off to work on a class using the new simply scrappin kit called Playful Polka Dots, from the new Summer Mini Catalog. Keep you're eyes open for the upcoming dates on my calendar. Oh, and speaking of my calendar, the date for my regular first Thursday card class for May has been backed up a few days to Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:30. Please make sure to RSVP so I'll have enough supplies for you. I hope you can join us.

Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Happy Easter and Stampin' Up! Easter Blossoms

Happy Easter My Stamping Friends,  I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration. My family spent a spectacular morning at church, enjoyed a high-energy Easter egg hunt, had a wonderful brunch, some outdoor playtime enjoying the amazing weather and then celebrated dinner with our friends. All in all it was a fantastic day! Here are a few photos for you to enjoy.

Our Gaggle of Girls (wearing flip flops for the egg hunt in the wet grass)



Our energetic Easter Egg Hunt
Shannon and Jordan plotting the best way to get candy filled eggs
Hayley waiting for the 'go' signal.

Our whole family wishing you a Blessed Easter
(since I'm closest to the camera I look like a giant compared to everyone else...or maybe it could be my fabu shoes!)

And here is a Easter card from my family to yours! I hope you feel as blessed as we do.

For this Easter card I used the Stampin' Up! Easter Blossoms stamp set on very vanilla cardstock that I cut out with the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Top Note shape using my Big Shot. I stamped the images using Pear Pizzazz, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Bashful Blue classic ink. A daffodil delight grosgrain ribbon and a glue dot finished off this simple card. I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.

Have a great day,

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wedding Cards using the Sizzix Big Shot and Stampin' Up embossing folders

Hi there My Stamping Friends,  Today I'm going to share two Stampin' Up! wedding cards that I made for two friends who found out they were attending the same wedding last weekend.

The first idea came pretty easily as I have seen similiar cards swapped at lots of Stampin' Up! events that I've attended and I've seen similiar cards posted on Stampin' Connection (which is a Stampin' Up! demo-only  web forum ~ let me know if you want to join my Stampin' Up! team and we can chat about how you can get access to Stampin' Connection and so much more!). My card was inspired by a fellow Stampin' Up! demo, Stephanie Sullivan. I just changed it up a bit to fit my/the betrothed's needs.

For this card I used basic black and whisper white cardstock for the base and layer. I used the full heart punch for the tuxedos, the Big Shot with the perfect polka dots embossing folder for the background, the modern label punch and the word window punch and Teeny Tiny Wishes for the sentiment. I made the tuxedos stand out by using a layer of brushed silver cardstock that I ran through the Big Shot with the Scalloped Heart of Hearts embosslit die. Too cute! The left side is finished off with some 5/8th inch whisper white organza ribbon.

The second card was sooooo much fun to make. I had an idea that I was going to make a wedding cake card and when I ran that idea by my friend Michelle (who was attending the wedding) she mentioned that the friend getting married was actually a professional cake maker (I guess we both are now, tee hee hee). When the stars align like that you just can't go wrong. So here is the card that I made for her to give the newlyweds. 

For this card I used the Big Shot with the Petals-A-Plenty , Perfect Polka Dots, and Elegant Bouquet embossing folders to make the cake layers. I used the Scallop Trim Border punch for the red decorative icing, the small heart punch for the decorations on each layer and for the tuxedos. I used Teeny Tiny Wishes for the sentiment and the Sweetheart stamp set for the arch on the cake and as a design on the envelope.

To the Newlyweds: T & M, Congratulations on your wedding. I hope you have a long, wonderful, joyous life together and I hope all your dreams come true!

For all My Stamping Friends: I hope you all enjoyed the cards and find some of your own inspiration in them. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the cards.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Happy Birthday to ME from Stampin' Up! and to YOU from ME

I LOVE working with Stampin' Up! (notice I didn't say FOR them, but WITH them).

Today is MY BIRTHDAY and Stampin' Up! sent me a birthday gift!!! But not just ANY gift....its a gift that I really want.  Let me tell you what I mean. At the beginning of the month, I got a card from Stampin' Up! made with our My Digital Studio software (cool card, right?).

So inside the card was a note to me that I can pick any item from any current catalog and get 15% discount off that item. If I needed another Big Shot (I don't, but I seriously considered it!) I can get it for 15% off. If I wanted the whole bundle of clear blocks I could get that at 15% off. Or if I wanted the entire set of Many Marvelous Markers...yup, you guessed it....15% off. I thought that was such a fantastic gift. Letting me choose what I wanted and giving me a discount on that item. Awesome idea Stampin' Up!

Sooooooo, since I'm having such a great day and I want to share my birthday with all of My Stamping Friends I'm going to extend the same offer to you  - two ways.

1) If you call or e-mail me ( to place an order today I'll give you 15% off one item as a Happy Birthday to ME!!!! This discount is coming through me, not Stampin' Up!, so if you place the order on-line at my website the discount won't work. In order to get around that I'll reimburse you 15% of your most expensive item for any order placed online by midnight tonight (April 12th - cause its MY BIRTHDAY!!)

2) E-mail me and let me know YOUR birthday (no, I don't need the year, just the month and day) and when it gets to be YOUR birthday you can take 15% off something too! I'll send you a reminder as we get closer to your birthday, but if you don't get the reminder for some reason, you can just let me know and still get the discount.

3) If you REALLY want to make my birthday special by joining my team, I'd love to chat with you about it. I can answer any quesitons you have and can tell you all the perks (including a monthly magazine, access to a Stampin' Up! website with 125,000+ samples using Stampin' Up! products, my monthly team gatherings, lots of stamping fun, swaps and much more). Give me a call and we can chat.

I hope you have as wonderful a day as I'm having. It started with a text from one of my sisters (Thanks for being first Caitlin) , more texts and facebook messages, breakfast in bed from my eldest, handmade cards from my daughters with wonderful messages inside, a pretty decent rainstorm (LOVE IT!!) and now I'm off to the gym. My 'reward' for getting through the gym with a sore back today is that I get to dig in to the boxes that my UPS man left for me last night.

What a way to spend the day. I hope you enjoy yours,

P.S. If you felt like leaving me a comment wishing me a Happy Birthday I wouldn't mind it one little bit (tee hee hee).

Monday, April 11, 2011

Stampin' Up!'s sneak peek - Spring is Blossoming with Paisley Petals and Four Frames

Hi there My Stamping Friends, I have to tell you how excited I am. Stampin' Up! is giving us a sneak peek and a limited time opportunity to purchase the new Four Frames Stamp Set and Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper, a stamp set and paper that will be available for purchase in the next Idea Book and Catalog coming out July 1, 2011.

From now until the end of April, if you spend $20 on merchandise you earn the option to purchase the NEW stamp set and paper!! Or, better yet, host a workshop with merchandise sales of $350 or more and you get BOTH for FREE!!! It really can't get any better than this, can it?

Here are a few samples made with these great products and a flyer with all the details.

If you want to place an order you can visit my website at or you can e-mail me or call me. If you are interested in hosting an event at your place or mine just let me know and we can pick a date. One other option to consider is hosting a 'virtual' event by contacting all your friends by phone or e-mail and collect thier orders. As the hostess of this virtual event you'll get the regular hostess benefits PLUS an opportunity to earn the sneek peek items FREE.

Have a great stamping day!

P.S. Don't forget that the current mini will end at the end of April also so if you're considering hosting an event then make sure you let your guests and friends know that as well.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Grab Bags on the Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack-LIMITED TIME ONLY

Don't you just LOVE surprises? I do....especially when the come all wrapped up and most especially when they come from Stampin' Up! Beginning April 1, and continuing while supplies last, you will be able to purchase special "grab bags" in my Online Store by visiting  here . 
 These grab bags will come in three sizes: the $5, the $10, and the $15 grab bag. Each bag will contain a variety of discontinued products that could include a combination of any of the following: ribbons, Accents & Elements, chipboard, Designer Series Papers, and Simply Sent kit components. Grab bags will not contain stamp sets or tools.

Please keep the following in mind.
•There is no minimum purchase required to participate in the grab bag special offer.

•There is no limit to the number of grab bags you may purchase; however, grab bag items are only available while supplies last.

•All grab bag sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges.

•Not all grab bags will be unique.

•You should use the following item numbers when ordering grab bags:

Item            Description
125873      $5 Grab Bag (containing at least $20 worth of products!)

125874      $10 Grab Bag (containing at least $40 worth of products!)

125875      $15 Grab Bag (containing at least $60 worth of products!)

Here are some other goodies on the Clearance Rack.

Guest Book Simply Scrappin' Kit
originally $19.95 now only $7.99

Bold Brights 12x12 textured card stock
originally $11.95 now only $4.79

Bold Brights
Stampin' Write Markers
originally $31.95 now only $12.79

Tomorrow and over the next few days I'll be posting several cards that I made at a shoebox swap last week. I'll also be posting a surprise about birthday presents!! Make sure to come back for a visit and to find out the details.

If you're in the VA, MD or Washington DC area I'd love to visit you in person and show you and your friends how to make some wonderful projects. If you have an hour or two and want to get together with your friends and family to have some fun, let me know. We can pick a date that works for everyone and we can meet at your house or my studio.

Have a great stamping day,