Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Chance for Sale-a-bration!

I was a little MIA at the end of last week... sorry! Our family traveled to Kansas to visit relatives, and we are only back home for a few days before we head to Arizona to see friends (and enjoy the nice weather!). So I've been busy packing and cleaning and haven't had time for much else. Why is it that you always feel the need to leave your house clean? Or is that just me? I guess it is nice to come back to a clean house.

Anyways... I am just writing a quick post to remind you that today is the last day to get the exclusive Sale-a-bration items with your $50 order. I am so tempted to place one last order... but I think I've already spent my fair share this time! There are so many great things in the Sale-a-bration catalog this year. The Sweet Sorbet DSP is probably my favorite, followed closely by the Petal Parade stamp set.
Click here to do some last-minute shopping and get your favorites! As a special bonus, if you place your last-minute Sale-a-bration order with me, I will send you the projects from my May Stamp Camp for free! Or, attend the Stamp Camp for free if you are local. What a great deal!
I'll be back tomorrow with the Weekly Deals, and I hope to squeeze in at least one card sample later this week.
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Weekly Deals ~ March 25-31

Here are this week's deals:

Silver Glimmer Paper Item # 124005
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.46 CAN

Champagne Glimmer Paper Item # 127885
Regular Price: $4.95 US/$5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.71 US/$4.46 CAN

This And That Epic Day Designer Series Paper Item # 130814
Regular Price: $10.95 US/$13.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.21 US/$10.13 CAN

Soho Subway Designer Series Paper Item # 130140
Regular Price: $10.95 US/$13.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.21 US/$10.13 CAN

Cajun Craze 8-1/2X11 Card Stock Item # 119684
Regular Price: $6.95 US/$8.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.21 US/$6.38 CAN

Brights Core'Dinations Cardstock Item # 129953
Regular Price: $23.95 US/$29.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $17.96 US/$22.46 CAN

Subtles Core'Dinations Item # 129954
Regular Price: $23.95 US/$29.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $17.96 US/$22.46 CAN

Wonderful You Board Book Template - Digital Download Item # 130103
Regular Price: $14.95 US/$16.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.97 US/$9.90 CAN

Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Banner Blast Love

I can't take the credit for this cute card, but I had to share it with you! I've done a few card swaps with my upline and the rest of my team through the mail, so I'm not sure who exactly gets the credit for this card, but if it's you, thank you! As soon as I saw it, I knew this would be the perfect card for a few bridal showers that I am invited to in the next month. Tis the season! (For bridal showers, that is.)

I also love this card because it uses Banner Blast, one of my favorite items in the Sale-a-bration catalog. I think I will get a lot of use out of that stamp set! If you love it too, remember that there's only one short week left to get your orders in. Click here to shop in my store and earn it for FREE with your $50 order!
Stamps: Banner Blast
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake
Paper: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP
Accessories & Tools: Naturals Chevron Ribbon, Banner Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits, Big Shot
Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Embossing Buddy Tip ~ Use It!

Do you like to emboss? I do, but before I tried this card, I guess I hadn't done a lot of it, or at least a larger image that needed to be super clear. I did not have the Embossing Buddy, and the top picture below is my attempt at embossing without it. The powder got smudged and stuck where I didn't want it. I tried other attempts using a dryer sheet to remove static, but it wasn't until I bought the Embossing Buddy that I got the clear image I wanted. 
Here is the finished product, which is a CASE from Jen Timko. Thanks Jen! I love just about everything she does, and this card is easy yet fancy-looking at the same time. I used it for my last Stamp Camp (and made a bunch of extras for my card stash!).

So if you've been wondering if the Embossing Buddy is worth it, it is! And it doesn't even cost that much. Click here to get one for yourself!

Stamps: Another Thank You
Ink: VersaMark
Paper: Whisper White
Accessories & Tools: Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy, Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

You + Stampin' Up! + March 26 = Awesome!

I have something fun to share with you today. On March 26, Stampin' Up! will be holding a live, streaming event where you will get to stamp with employees from the Stampin' Up! home office, and you can do it in your pajamas! You will be stamping with the All Wrapped Up Bundle, found on p. 6 of the Sale-a-bration catalog, as well as the Sweet Sorbet DSP. This event will take place at 5:30 PM, 7:30 PM, and 11:00 PM (all Mountain time). Just purchase the bundle now to get it in time for the event, then go to at the time that works best for you on the 26th. You'll get to make some great projects, and it will be just like attending a Stamp Camp, but from the comfort of your very own home! If this sounds like fun to you, just follow these easy steps:

All Wrapped Up Wood-mount Bundle1) Order the All Wrapped Up Bundle from my online store.
2) Choose Sweet Sorbet DSP as your free Sale-a-bration item.
3) Pick a time from those listed above and click on the You Tube link to join the fun!
4) Create some great projects from the comfort of your own home!

I can't wait to see what projects will be featured at this event! I hope you'll join me for some stamping fun! Don't forget ~ order your bundle now so that it will arrive in time for the big event.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Weekly Deals ~ March 18-24

Here are this week's deals:

Pewter Stampin' Emboss Powder Item # 124114
Regular Price: $4.75 US/$5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.56 US/$4.46 CAN

Silver Glass Glitter Item # 120995
Regular Price: $3.95 US/$4.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $2.96 US/$3.71 CAN

Tempting Turquoise Stampin' Emboss Powder Item # 122950
Regular Price: $4.75 US/$5.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $3.56 US/$4.46 CAN

In Color Boutique Details Item # 130938
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$11.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$8.63 CAN

Vintage Trinkets Accents & Elements Item # 118764
Regular Price: $5.95 US/$7.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $4.46 US/$5.63 CAN

Scallop Trim Border Punch Item # 118402
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$20.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$15.71 CAN

Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim Item # 130021
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$12.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$9.38 CAN

Grad Party Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 129877
Regular Price: $9.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.97 US/$6.57 CAN

Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Everyday Occasions Thank You

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: kits are awesome! They are affordable, easy, and you end up with some beautiful handmade cards. And now I have a new reason to love them!

I've been reading a lot of stamping blogs lately, and so many other stampers are taking items from the kits and creating their own projects with the exclusive products found in the kits. I was a little skeptical at first, but I wanted to try it using items from the Everyday Occasions kit. And guess what? It is SO easy to create using kits because everything coordinates and is precut! I think you will be seeing more projects from me using items from kits...

Here is the thank you card I created. Everything except for the Island Indigo Baker's Twine came from the Everyday Occasions kit. Enjoy!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Rich Razzleberry ~ One of My Favorites!

If you ask most people what their favorite color is, they will probably respond with blue, or red, or purple. But if you ask me, I might just tell you that Rich Razzleberry is one of my favorites! This card uses Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White, and that's it! If your favorite color happens to be Bermuda Bay or Strawberry Slush (more favorites!), just switch the colors and you'll still have a gorgeous card.

Stamps: Label Love
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Accessories & Tools: Sponge Daubers, Artisan Label Punch, Rich Razzleberry Grosgrain Ribbon, Rhinestones

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy Birthday Hero

Would you believe this is another nephew's birthday card? That's right, 4 out of 8 nephews have birthdays this month. Two of them will be getting this cute little card in the mail. What little boy doesn't love a fire truck? This card uses the stmap set You're My Hero. I looked around the web for some inspiration, but didn't find a lot, so I ended up making this up on my own.

This card is proof that anyone can stamp, even if you don't have a lot of time. I colored the fire truck with my blender pens while my one-year-old was literally climbing all over me. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to get a few minutes of crafting!

Stamps: You're My Hero
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Real Red, Blender Pens
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories & Tools: Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Brights Candy Dots

Happy Stamping!

Weekly Deals ~ March 11-17

I'm a little late in posting the deals this week, but better late than never! There are a lot of great Big Shot items this week!

Weekly Deals

Dress Form Pop' N Cuts Item # 130100
Regular Price: $21.95 US/$26.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $16.46 US/$20.21 CAN

Circles #2 Originals Die Item # 114526
Regular Price: $15.95 US/$19.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $11.96 US/$14.96 CAN

3 Inch Circle Originals Die Item # 122125
Regular Price: $17.95 US/$21.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $13.46 US/$16.46 CAN

Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 127749
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Set Designer Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die Item # 123130
Regular Price: $8.95 US/$10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $6.71 US/$8.21 CAN

Peekaboo Frames Bigz L Die Item # 124587
Regular Price: $32.95 US/$40.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $24.71 US/$30.71 CAN

Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Item # 127750
Regular Price: $7.95 US/$9.95 CAN
Discounted Price: $5.96 US/$7.46 CAN

Ahoy, Matey Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 130078
Regular Price: $14.95 US/$16.50 CAN
Discounted Price: $8.97 US/$9.90 CAN

 Click here to shop for these deals in my online store.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tag It Birthday

I'm back with another Stamp Camp card today. This one serves double duty because I am making a few extra for nephews' birthday cards. Would you believe we have 8 nephews in our family, and only 1 niece? I'm trying to stay on top of my game this year and doing my best to send birthday cards out on time. Getting the cards made ahead of time always helps...

I used the Tag It stamp set for this card, along with the Chalk Talk framelits and a colorful array of markers. I just splurged on the entire set of markers, and I love having so many colors available at my fingertips!

Tip: The markers work great for coloring stamps if you want to use multiple colors. After you finish coloring the stamp, just give it a quick breath of air (I call it huffing) to make sure the ink is all wet, and then stamp the image on your cardstock.

Stamps: Tag It
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight
Paper: Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Accessories & Tools: Chalk Talk Framelits, Big Shot, Brights Candy Dots

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Paper Pumpkin ~ and a Promo

I thought I would take some time today to talk about a different kind of product that is offered by Stampin' Up! The product I'm referring to is called Paper Pumpkin. What is it? Paper Pumpkin is a monthly kit that is sent straight to you. It includes everything needed to make cards or a project, and you can choose to either make the suggested project or create something of your own with the supplies in the kit.
2012-2014 In Color Stampin' Write Markers
Paper Pumpkin is $19.95 a month. You can cancel at anytime, or just skip a month if you want to. Now is a GREAT time to try it out! Why? Because if you subscribe by March 31, you will get a set of 2012-2014 In Color Markers for FREE!!!* The markers are a $14.95 value, so even if you decide that Paper Pumpkin is not for you, you've still gotten a great deal!

If you want to find out more, or sign up, visit If you decide to sign up by March 31, please let me know, and I will send you a special thank you gift as well. This deal is so great, I'm thinking about getting in on it myself!

*This promotion is for new subscribers only.*

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Peaceful Petals ~ Thinking of You

Happy Wednesday! Is anyone else glad when Wednesday comes and the weekend is just that much closer? I stay at home with my kids, but I still enjoy the weekend as much as when I was working, if not more. It means my husband is home (and usually not working) and we have time for family and projects around the house. (And I don't have to work at getting two kids to nap at roughly the same time all by myself!)

Today's card is another one from my Stamp Camp this past weekend. It uses the Peaceful Petals stamp set again, as well as paper frpm the Fresh Prints Paper Stack. I'd say it's one of my favorite patterns in the stack, but I've had a hard time picking favorites - they're all great!

A few tips:
  • I stamped the flower in Sahara Sand on a piece of scrap paper, then stamped it again on my cardstock without re-inking. That makes the image a little lighter, serving as the perfect backdrop for the greeting.
  • I attached my ribbon with sticky strip. I've tried using other adhesives, but in my opinion, the sticky strip is the best for ribbon.
  • The card is a normal size, 8 1/2" by 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4". To create the second fold, I turned the paper to the opposite side after making the first score, and scored again at 2 1/8".
  • The largest box, in Coastal Cabana, is 3 1/4". The next one is 3", and the smallest one is 2 1/2".
Stamps: Peaceful Petals
Ink: Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake
Paper: Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack
Accessories & Tools: Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Sticky Strip
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Weekly Deals ~ March 4-10

Here are this week's deals:

Weekly Deals

Coastal Cabana 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim Item # 130024
Regular Price: 8.95 US/12.5 CAN
Discounted Price: 6.7125 US/9.375 CAN

Strawberry Slush 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim Item # 130023
Regular Price: 8.95 US/12.5 CAN
Discounted Price: 6.7125 US/9.375 CAN

Adorning Accents Textured Impressions Embossing Folders Item # 125601
Regular Price: 8.95 US/10.95 CAN
Discounted Price: 6.7125 US/8.2125 CAN

Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels Item # 129324
Regular Price: 4.95 US/6.5 CAN
Discounted Price: 3.7125 US/4.875 CAN

Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon Item # 126847
Regular Price: 8.95 US/12.25 CAN
Discounted Price: 6.7125 US/9.1875 CAN

Betsy'S Blooms Stampin' Around Standard Wheel Item # 126943
Regular Price: 6.5 US/7.95 CAN
Discounted Price: 4.875 US/5.9625 CAN

2012-2014 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack Item # 130137
Regular Price: 21.95 US/26.95 CAN
Discounted Price: 16.4625 US/20.2125 CAN

Everything Easter Ensemble - Digital Download Item # 129363
Regular Price: 14.95 US/16.5 CAN
Discounted Price: 8.97 US/9.9 CAN

Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Peaceful Petals Catalog CASE

My stamp camp this weekend ended up being just me and a good friend. So we sat and made cards and chatted while my kids took naps, and it was a really enjoyable afternoon! This week I'll be sharing more of my stamp camp projects. The first is a CASE from the Occasions Catalog. What does CASE stand for, you ask? Copy and share everything! I didn't look up the exact colors used for the card in the catalog, but I did pretty much copy the card. The great thing about crafting these days is that ideas are only a click away! If you never wanted to come up with your own ideas, you probably wouldn't have to. While I think it's fun to create using my own ideas, I find a lot of inspiration in the Stampin' Up! catalogs, as well as online. This card was just too pretty to change, and really quick and easy too!

Stamps: Peaceful Petals
Ink: Calypso Coral, Wild Wasabi, JetBlack Stazon
Paper: Whisper White
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig

Happy Stamping!