Something Old, Something New – 2 more days!

Only 2 more days!!

Just 2 more days until the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog and 2017 Occasions Catalog officially retire!  Don’t miss some great products – Gorgeous Grunge is one of my most used stamp sets and the Star Framelits and star punch are retiring – that one still baffles me.  So if you want the stars get them now.

2 more days until the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog begins!  Ordering begins June 1st at 2:00 PM ET (12 noon MT).  If you don’t have your new catalog yet let me know.

Here is another Something Old project for you:



This uses the Cool Treats Suite from the Occasions catalog.  This sweet is perfect for summer!  And luckily the stamp set and the framelits are staying – but the two bundled together will retire – so save 10% by ordering them as a bundle now.  The fun Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Paper is also retiring. The Watermelon Wonder is one of our retiring In-Colors and it is in this paper – I used the card stock to make the little strawberries – aren’t they the cutest!  Some other items in the suite are the washi tape and Sprinkles Embellisments – those will be retiring too.  If you go to the Stampin’ Up! FB page the Artisan Design team had a bunch of projects with this suite.



And today’s something new project –



How about this fun, bright, birthday card!  It features one of our brand new In-Colors called Lemon Lime Twist!  I used the card stock and a piece of the new Fresh Florals Designer Paper Stack for this card.  This new color on the Basic Black just pops!  I also used a brand new bundle – Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle – it’s one that you might overlook in the catalog.  It includes this awesome Happy Birthday Thinlits die – I love the font and the size of it.  And there is a stamp set that you can use with it – that’s where the word BELATED comes from.  I think I need a whole big stack of these cards since I’ve missed lots of birthdays since the beginning of the year.

Remember to SHOP NOW for the retiring items and make your shopping list for new items to order in June.  If you live local be sure to come to my Catalog Kickoff Party & BOGO Sale on Saturday, June 17 – visit my calendar HERE.

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Every Heart Valentine

Every Heart Valentine

Now that the new year has come and gone it’s time to work on Valentine’s Day – it will be here before we know.  We are almost half way through January already!  Where in the world does the time go.  I had high hopes of getting so many things done over the holidays and it really just didn’t happen.  Sigh.

At the end of December I had my monthly Card Maker’s class and created this Valentine’s card as one of the selections.


I used a couple of new products from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.

The Sending Love Designer Paper Stack – which is a fun 6×6 sized stack of red and while designs.  There are 8 double-sided designs in the stack.

I also used a new stamp set called Falling for You.  It’s part of the Falling in Love Suite which has products that are romantic and shabby chic.  Think marriage, wedding, love.

The heart is from the Sweet & Sassy Framelits die set.  I wonder why they gave that one a different name instead of just calling it layering hearts like they did the circles, squares, and ovals.  Even the stars are just called stars.  I want to call it layering hearts.

The Baker’s Twine is actually from the Holiday Catalog – I wish they had kept that little pack as it was perfect for Valentine’s projects this time of year.

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It’s a video! A peek at Halloween

The Stampin’ Up! Holiday catalog will be starting soon.  On September 1st to be exact.  Yes it is time to prepare for the holidays but before we start looking at Christmas I wanted to take a quick peek at some of the Halloween products in the Holiday Catalog.

I am trying to start making some videos so that is what I have done for my peeks at this Holiday Catalog.  I think I made 4 videos and I’ll share them over the next few days.  The Holiday catalogs that were mailed out are starting to arrive in mailboxes now and I’ll be handing them out at my classes starting this week.  Ordering won’t begin until Sept. 1st – so for now you just have to make a wish list!

I’m not totally comfortable doing the video thing so hopefully I’m not too boring.  This one is just to give you a better look at some of the products – looking at the pages of the catalog doesn’t always give you the best impression.

I can’t show you the pages of the catalog yet – there are some more Halloween items – the ones in the video are the ones that I have purchased during the pre-order for demonstrators.

So here goes – watch the video on YouTube –

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Pyramid Pals Pooh Boxes

At the OnStage Live event in April I hosted a dinner and treat swap.  We met at the Red Rock Brewery which seems to have become a tradition now.  In the past we have done a card swap and then on top of that some people would bring little treats to give to friends too.  So I thought why don’t we just swap little treat ideas so that was what we did and I think everyone really enjoyed it.  Usually we go to Salt Lake City in July and the weather has always been really nice but this time we went in April – weather is not so nice.  It poured down rain and was really windy when we were trying to get to the restaurant that night.

There were 20 of us and a ton of cute little treat ideas.  I know I’ll be using them throughout the year for various things.  A couple I’ve already used since I’ve been home.  Today I wanted to share mine with you.  I made a little Pooh box using the Pyramid Pals Thinlits. They were so cute!  The thinlits are in the Occasions catalog and have a stamp set called Playful Pals.  If you order this month (May) you can get them as a bundle and save 15%.  They will be in the new catalog but not as a bundle anymore.  Here are a couple of the in progress photos:

I worked on the like an assembly line – cutting all the various pieces and then working on one part at a time.  All the small pieces I stored in empty embellishment containers until I was ready to add them to my box.   I used Hello Honey card stock – I thought that was pretty perfect for Pooh Bear but it’s retiring!  So if you don’t have Hello Honey you may want to grab some.  The little bow ties are Real Red.   Here is a look at the front.


On the back I made a little trap door – the handle is a tiny Pool Party Butterfly added with a brad.  And darn it if they aren’t retiring those little brads – I bought extras because I use them a lot.   Here is a look at the back.


Inside the treat is none other than a little mini bag of gummy bears!  Yummy!  I love the real gummy bears from Germany.  We always had those as kids and I’m glad they now sell them in the US.  My kids got to grow up with them too.

Wouldn’t it be cute to add a piglet and tigger box too.  Those will have to be future creations.


“Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.”  – Winnie the Pooh

Remember to give someone a small little treat once in a while!

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OnStage Displays featuring Delightful Dijon

Today’s projects feature the In-Color Delightful Dijon.  The first one is a 12″ x 12″ Scrapbook page.  I thought this color was perfect for Tyler’s Graduation this past December.


Tyler is my middle son and he graduated from college and started his first job.  He lives not too far from us in a house with a friend of his from school.  Here are some of the things I used on this page:

  • Number of Years stamp set and Large Numbers Framelits – these are bundled in the Occasions catalog – but in the new catalog they are no longer a bundle – so get them now
  • Timeless Textures stamp set – it’s also in the Occasions catalog and will  be in the new catalog too!
  • 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack – all the Delightful Dijon prints
  • Metallic Foil Doilies – those are staying in the new catalog
  • Delightful Dijon Mini Striped Ribbon – coming in the new catalog

This next card is one of my favorites that I created using the Swirly Bird stamp set.


The flowers are stamped with So Saffron for the solid part and Delightful Dijon for the swirly part and then I hand cut them out.  The small centers are done the same way.  I used the Stampin’ Write Marker to add the little doodle swirls coming out from underneath. Supplies include:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set – coming in the new catalog
  • Birthday Blooms stamp set
  • Basic Rhinestones

This next card is perfect for my dad or my brother who are both sailors.  I was pretty excited about the sailboat pieces in this Swirly Bird stamp set.


The parts of the boat – are made up of 4 different stamps in the set.  And the waves are the same image that I used for the kite string on an earlier card.  Supplies include:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set – coming in the new catalog
  • Sunburst Thinlits Dies
  • Linen Thread
  • Party with Cake stamp set

My next card also uses Swirly Bird – can you see all the different things you can do with this one stamp set?


This time I actually used the bird!  The Baker’s Twine is actually white and I used my sponge to hold it into my Delightful Dijon ink pad so I could dye the twine.  You just have to let it dry before you try to add it to a project.  Supplies that I used:

  • Swirly Bird stamp set
  • Sheltering Tree stamp set
  • Tree Builder punch
  • Botanical Builder Framelits
  • 2015-2017 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
  • 2-1/2″ Circle Punch – this one is retiring but you can use the new Layering Circles Framelits instead

I actually ended up with an extra Delightful Dijon project.  One of my calendar panels –


No new products on this one – it’s the Sheltering Tree stamp set like the other panels.  Just using different colors and changing the tree for the Autumn season.  I’ll do a post showing the calendar and how it stands and I’m planning to include the calendar so you can print your own.  So check back for that.

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Apple of My Eye

You are the apple of my eye!  The phrase apple of my eye refers to something or someone that one cherishes above all others.  And I cherish all of you.  Thank you for supporting me in my Stampin’ Up! business.  January through March are always busy because of our Sale-A-Bration promotion.  I was working to reach some goals during that time and then in the last few days realized I was not that far from achieving another goal – one I never really thought I could reach so I never paid much attention to it.  It’s a performance goal based on sales for the quarter.  With 2 days left in the quarter I was still $500 away.  I tried to casually post on FB, and then send out reminder emails and I was doing the countdown here on my blog.  I didn’t want anyone to miss out on getting their free sets during Sale-A-Bration.  Well as it turned out I had enough orders to reach that performance bonus for the quarter!! Thank you so much!  It also ended up being my highest sales month ever – that’s over the last 10years.  So I cherish all of you that ordered and cheered me on and supported me in any way.  2016 is off to a great start so far!!

So enough chit chat – here is my card for you today.


This is a fun set with all the fruit – you can make apples, peaches, pears, cherries, lemons, limes and I’m sure there are more.  I used the apple on this card and on the coordinating envelope.  I wanted the apple to have some variation in colors so I did a version of the old Rock-n-Roll technique.  It doesn’t seem to work quite the same with the Photopolymer stamps and the new ink pads so I had to play a little.  I inked the apple and stamped it off and then added more ink by rolling the edges and not letting all of it touch the pad again.  Each one was different but it was fun playing with the variations.

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Sale-A-Bration countdown – 3 more days

After today there are only 3 more days of Sale-A-Bration!  Thursday, March 31st will be the last day to get these items.  One of the most popular ones is the Botanical For You stamp set.  It has the big Just for You image along with some other phrases and flowers.  It coordinates with the Botanical Blooms bundle of products in the Occasions Catalog.

This project was a make&take and the Spring 2016 Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.


Everyone at the retreat received the Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit.  It is an awesome project designed to be a home decor project but it is so much more.  You can also use the pieces in scrapbook pages or make cards with them.  The box can be used to store the project or used to be given as a gift (with or without the actual project kit inside).  So we decide to decorate the box using the Botanicals for You stamp set, some left over pieces from inside the kit and then a few additional items.

The Just for you is stamped on Shimmery White card stock with Archival Black Ink.  Then we water-colored around it to add the Bermuda Bay color.  This technique was shared by Cindy Schuster who is my partner in crime at the retreats! For this technique go around your image with water filled aquapainter first.  Then come back and go around it with the aquapainter dipped in ink.

The doily, gold thread, and sequins came from the kit.  The flower is made with Cotton Paper just like the flowers in the kit and we also carried over the stamped butterfly idea from one of the kit pages.  The beautiful Watermelon Wonder ribbon is in the Occasions Catalog – don’t miss it – it is so soft and easy to work with.

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