Friday, December 26, 2008

Another Name Frame

Here is the name frame I made for my parents for Christmas. Click on the photo for a close up! More details later....

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!

A few photos of holiday projects are coming in a couple days!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Amazing Grace Christmas Lights

My friend Darrin posted this on his blog. It is awesome!

Amazing Grace Christmas Lights

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


Here they are! Click on the links to see!

Stampin' Up! Retired List 12/08

10% off list

Please see attached list showing the retired and dormant sets for the Fall/ Winter Idea book. For the first time ever - some of the sets are at 10% off - Stampin'Up! has never done this on their retired sets. Also - Free shipping on orders over $70- see announcement bleow

Our gift to you, FREE SHIPPING!

From December 9 through December 23, all workshop, customer, and demonstrator orders of $70 or more will receive free shipping. (Not available for supply orders.) You will not need to do anything special to receive free shipping; OEX will automatically calculate free shipping for qualifying orders.

If you order to me by the 15th and use a c/c - you will still receive your stamps by Christmas !!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

Sale-a-Bration 2009


Promotion Dates: February 1- March 31, 2009

Promotion Details:

Our Sale-A-Bration promotion gives reason for everyone to celebrate!

Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $50 purchase.

Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product with a $300 or more workshop, in addition to the normal hostess benefits.

Choose any retail stamp set (a value up to $47.95) from the current catalog when signing up during the promotion.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Clock

My husband came up with this idea while we were folding socks and watching Martha Stewart. I was complaining on how all she was doing today on her show was to promote her circle cutter. I guess if you have your own t.v. show you can do that. Anyway, Frank said, "HEY, do you know what would be cool?" Then he goes on about how I should take the plastic cover off of the clock and make an insert for each holiday. I thought it was a good idea, but wasn't ready to go to the basement to start. He then says, "You should go downstairs and do it. Right now." So, I did. But first I had to vacuum about 3 million dead ladybugs and clear off a bunch of junk off of my tables.
I used a Stampin' Up! jumbo wheel for the background, Stampin' Up! patterned paper for the presents, Riding Hood Red and Basic Black cardstock, my Cricut Beyond Birthdays and one other cartridge I can't remember..
This turned out pretty darn cute, I must say. Who would have thought that my husband would have sent me to the basement to craft today? :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Extravaganza Sale

Holiday Extravaganza Sale!!

Up to 50% off of these sets today through Sunday ONLY! Click here to see the sale!

Some items are limited quantity. I recommend ordering online at

Click on SHOP NOW and select your bundle!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

What happens at Stampin' Up! on Halloween?

The Stampin' Up! corporate offices go all the way on Halloween. Check out Kristina Werner's blog below for photos and a video. The video shows the marketing department re-enacting Michael Jackson's Thriller, which I love. I've always wanted to be in that dance.
Check out the "stick person" costume. Very creative!

What goes on at Stampin' Up!'s corporate office on Halloween?

Thursday, October 2, 2008

20th Birthday Promotion

To celebrate Stampin' Up!'s 20th birthday....
(Click on the link for the PDF)

Birthday Promotion

Dates: October 1-31, 2008

Promotion Details:

Spend $20 in regular catalog merchandise and qualify to purchase any preselected birthday/celebration stamp sets at 20 percent off.

Click HERE for images

Item # Page # Description Retail Price 20% Off Price
109439 62 Big Bold Birthday $27.95 $22.36
112895 62 Cumpleaños genial y divertido (Spanish Big Bold Birthday)* $27.95 $22.36
111532 63 Party Hearty* $26.95 $21.56
110994 64 Bitty Birthday $12.95 $10.36
111618 64 Crazy for Cupcakes* $23.95 $19.16
111546 65 Simple Birthday Thanks* $17.95 $14.36
111702 65 Time to Party* $16.95 $13.56
108559 68 Crab & Company $27.95 $22.36

*Stamp sets are die cut.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Online Ordering Sale

Have you taken advantage of online ordering yet? When you place an order of $50 in ANY merchandise and place an order online, (or email me), I will give you a $10 gift certificate on any future order good through December 17th.

You can order stamps, card stock, ink, Decor Elements, embellishments...anything! You get the picture!

Place your order today! Click on the link and go to SHOP NOW in the upper right hand corner.

You can always email me and order and I can submit the order as well!

*This offer not valid for buyer's club orders.

Stampin' Up! Winter Mini

Winter Mini is here! Click on the link here or in the toolbar on the right to see the mini!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Spooky Spider

Click on the image or click to the right under Spooky Spider!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Decor Elements...Phase 2

Beginning on October 1st, you will be able to order the newest additions to the Decor Elements line! Click on the right sidebar to download the new brochure. The front cover looks the same as the previous one, but it has new product inside!

You can also click here to the download the Decor Elements brochure.

Come back on October 1st to add items from the newest Decor Elements line and the new Holiday Mini Catalog~with online ordering it's as simple as can be. Don't forget you can always call or email me to place an order.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Online Ordering!

Yesterday was the unveiling of online ordering for Stampin' Up! You can now place orders through my website! Of course, you can always call or email. But if you're up at 3 a.m. and want to place an order, you can! The orders will go directly to you from Stampin' Up!

Click here to shop now!

Once you get to my website, click on the SHOP NOW button in the upper right hand corner right under my name.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Wedding Shower Card

I made this card for my nephew and future niece. Today is their wedding shower. It comes at a less-than-perfect time, since my father-in-law (their grandfather) had open heart surgery two days ago. Hopefully, today will give everyone much needed time away from the hospital and celebrate the reason why we are together.
All supplies are from Stampin' Up!

Carousel Notes
Chocolate Chip card stock and ink
Shimmery White cardstock
Garden Silhouettes stamp set
Warm Words stamp set

ETA: I forgot to add the VersaMark to the supply list. :) I used it on the Carousel Note with a Garden Silhouette flower.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Finally, my OWN name frame!

I have made so many teacher name frames and never made one for myself. Tonight, I decided I was going to do it! I used a potpourri of materials and will post them all later. All of the stamps, eyelets and cardstock are from Stampin' Up! The ribbon and red background paper wer from a stash of leftovers!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Window Dressing

Today was my new catalog Open House and here is the card we made!

Window Dressing Card
Open House Materials

Item # Description page price

112953 Window Dressing stamp set 22 Hostess Level 3
111097 Mark the Date stamp set 117 $24.95


101406 Jet Black StazOn ink pad 193 $7.95
100072 Close to Cocoa marker 164 $3.25
100078 Creamy Caramel marker 164 $3.25
100037 Blush Blossom marker 165 $3.25
111836 Riding Hood Red stampin’ pad 163 $5.25


111838 Pink Pirouette 8 ½ x 11 card stock 162 $5.50
111837 Pacific Point 8 ½ x 11 card stock 162 $5.50
111353 Kiwi Kiss 8 ½ x 11 card stock 162 $5.50
100730 Whisper White 8 ½ x 11 card stock 163 $7.50
112041 Bella Rose Designer Paper 168 $9.95


108362 Crop-a-Dile 184 $29.95
109111 Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads 185 $10.95
109065 Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon 187 $6.95
110711 Boho Blossoms Punch* 188 $15.95
103579 Paper Snips 192 $9.95
103954 Aqua Painter 193 $16.95
102642 Stampin’ Scrub 192 $14.95
102394 Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner 192 $3.95
102787 Grid Paper 192 $9.95

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

$99 Starter Kit Promotion

Dates: August 11-October 11, 2008

Promotion details:

(click here or in the download section on the right for a brochure)

From August 11-October 11, potential recruits will have the option of becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator by purchasing one of three special mini Starter Kits* priced at $99.

Stamp-Focused Starter Kit:

Item Code Description Price
109515 Fun & Fast Notes stamp set $30.95
105548 Bold Brights card stock assortment (8-1/2" x 11") $7.95
101179 Basic Black Classic Stampin' Pad $5.25
104332 SNAIL Adhesive $6.95
100730 Whisper White card stock (8-1/2" x 11") $7.50

Scrapbook-Focused Starter Kit:

Item Code Description Price
111570 Contempo Alphabet stamp set $40.95
113059 Simply Scrappin' Petal Party $19.95
105212 Pixie Pink Classic Stampin' Pad $5.25

Home Décor-Focused Starter Kit:

Item Code Description Price
111656 Inspired by Nature stamp set $23.95
114088 Décor Elements Chocolate Classic Ff $3.95
114126 Décor Elements Medium Chocolate Long Stem Silhouettes $17.95
114285 Décor Elements Applicator $1.95
111835 Kiwi Kiss Classic Stampin' Pad $5.25

*Each kit also includes the same business supplies that are found in the standard Starter Kit (the Home Décor-Focused Starter Kit also includes 25 Décor Elements brochures). While all items in the Starter Kits are recommended, a new demonstrator may substitute a like item of equal or lesser value.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Sampler Special Details

The following specials have been announced:

Never Before Seen Promotion- August 11-September 30
15% discount on selet brand-new die cut stamp sets. No additional purchase necessary! See details in the "download" link on the right.

New Recruit Incentive: August 11-October 11, 2008
Join as a demonstrator with the standard $199 Starter Kit and choose one stamp set out of the Fall-Winter Sampler or Idea Book & Catalog for free.

Hostess Incentive: October 1-November 30, 2008
Host a $350 workshop and choose one stamp set from the Fall-Winter Sampler for free.

Item # Description Retail Value
111564 Flight of the Butterfly $31.95
112911 Vuelo de la mariposa (Spanish Flight of the Butterfly) $31.95
111676 Puns from the Past $27.95
111660 Just Jawing $25.95
111624 Dreams du Jour $18.95
111700 Thank You Kindly $13.95
111714 Wow Flowers $12.95
112955 Flores llamativas (Spanish Wow Flowers) $12.95

Product Offer: December 1, 2008-January18, 2009
Spend $20 and get 20 percent off any stamp set from the Fall-Winter Sampler.

Item # Description Retail 20% Off
111564 Flight of the Butterfly $31.95 $25.56
112911 Vuelo de la mariposa (Spanish Flight of the Butterfly) $31.95 $25.56
111676 Puns from the Past $27.95 $22.36
111660 Just Jawing $25.95 $20.76
111624 Dreams du Juor $18.95 $15.16
111700 Thank You Kindly $13.95 $11.16
111714 Wow Flowers $12.95 $10.36
112955 Flores llamativas (Spanish Wow Flowers) $12.95 $10.36

Stampin' Up! Catalog Sampler and Big Shot brochure

Can't wait until next Monday for your copy of the Stampin' Up! Fall-Winter Idea Book and Catalog?

Here is a link to the Sampler Catalog.

And here is a link to the Big Shot customer brochure.
Did you know by purchasing the Big Shot starter kit or the Big Shot and a set of dies, you qualify as your own workshop, which means you automatically earn free product and a free hostess set?

Happy Shopping!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

News from Convention

Stampin' Up! is wrapping up their 2008 Convention today and there is lots of exciting news coming from attendees. Here are some highlights of what we have to look forward to:

  • Big Shot die cut machine
  • Exclusive Big Shot dies
  • Decor Elements in new colors
  • Ribbon in more colors
  • All new double-sided designer paper in cool colors like Blueberry!
  • All new scrapbooking kits
  • 12x12 available in all colors
  • Vanilla Hodgepodge kits
  • New punches
  • New Rub-ons
  • Signature line from Shelli, the founder of SU!
  • Shelli will have a blog called SoShelli that will open on Aug. 4th
  • Aug 11-Oct 11- Additional Free set with Starter Kit purchase
  • Oct 1-Nov 30- Host a $350 WS earn a free set from the sampler catalog
  • Dec 1-Jan 18- When you spend $20 you'll receive 20% off any stamp set in the catalog sampler.
  • More info later....
Here is the SCS gallery with photos coming from Convention.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Stampin' Up! Online Ordering


Stampin' Up! announced today that we will begin having ONLINE ORDERING! Customers can go straight to my website to place an order! We don't know when it will begin, but more details will be available tomorrow.

Here's what you should know as a customer:

1. Customers can order through a demonstrator's Stampin' Up! website OR through Stampin' Up.
2. Customers ordering through will pay the same catalog prices and shipping as if ordering in person with the demonstrator. They will also receive the regular hostess benefits.
3. Customers ordering through Stampin' Up! customer website will pay 10% higher than catalog prices and also higher shipping, and not be eligible for any benefits. They will be able to choose a demonstrator to get the lower prices throughout the order.

There are other details for demonstrators, but I won't outline them here!

More details tomorrow!!!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Retired Accessory List

Last updated August 1

Items on this discontinued accessories list will be available while supplies last or through August 10, whichever comes first.

Products are marked as available or unavailable. If an item is unavailable, our supply is exhausted and the item can no longer be ordered. This list will be updated every afternoon through August 10.

If you want to order an item, choose a backup item in case that item is no longer available once your order is placed.

Keep in mind that the status of any product may change quickly based on demand.

With most catalogs, some accessories are completely discontinued while others are redesigned or reconfigured for the new catalog. Sometimes popular items are "discontinued" in their current packaging or style to come back with improved packaging or added product features. This year, no accessories are being reconfigured.

We hope this explanation helps. If you want the products as shown in the Spring-Summer Collection 2008, now is the time to purchase them.

Item Number

Page #
Product Description

Accents & Elements Build A Flower

Not Available

Accents & Elements Lucky Star

110719 177 Accents & Elements Messenger

Acrylic Graph & Grid


Card Stock 12 X 12 In Color


Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Blue Bayou

108643 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Groovy Guava
108637 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 In Color
108640 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 River Rock
108639 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Soft Sky
108641 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Wild Wasabi Not Available
108644 163 Card Stock 8-1/2 X 11 Purely Pomegranate Not Available
103975 166 Card Stock Brushed Copper Not Available
108694 163 Card Stock Textured 12 X 12 In Color
107312 167 Cards & Envelopes Gift Whisper White
107292 167 Cards & Envelopes Greeting Whisper White
109116 167 Notes & Envelopes Long Notes
109118 167 Notes & Envelopes Love Notes
109117 167 Notes & Envelopes Pocket Notes* Not Available
110729 167 Notes & Envelopes Scallop Notes
109119 167 Notes & Envelopes Gift Notes
109018 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Blue Bayou Not Available
109019 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Groovy Guava
109017 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Purely Pomegranate Not Available
109016 163 Classic Stampin' Ink River Rock Not Available
109015 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Soft Sky
109020 163 Classic Stampin' Ink Wild Wasabi Not Available
109013 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Blue Bayou
109012 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Groovy Guava
109011 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Purely Pomegranate
109010 163 Classic Stampin' Pad River Rock
109009 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Soft Sky
109014 163 Classic Stampin' Pad Wild Wasabi
110751 171 Designer Series Paper Azure*
110696 169 Designer Series Paper Bali Breeze
110749 169 Designer Series Paper Berry Bliss
109154 169 Designer Series Paper Cutie Pie
110699 168 Designer Series Paper East Coast Prep* Not Available
109160 170 Designer Series Paper Fall Flowers Not Available
109159 169 Designer Series Paper Flowers For You*
110697 169 Designer Series Paper Ginger Blossom
110479 168 Designer Series Paper Jersey Shore*
109151 170 Designer Series Paper Le Jardin
110748 170 Designer Series Paper Notebook*
110750 171 Designer Series Paper Olive Press
109153 170 Designer Series Paper Porcelain Prints* Not Available
109175 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Almost Amethyst* Not Available
109177 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Always Artichoke
109173 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Blue Bayou Not Available
109174 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Brilliant Blue
109178 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Certainly Celery
109169 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Close to Cocoa* Not Available
109168 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Groovy Guava* Not Available
109171 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Lovely Lilac
109172 171 Designer Series Paper Prints More Mustard Not Available
109176 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Old Olive
109170 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Pumpkin Pie Not Available
109164 171 Designer Series Paper Prints River Rock*
109167 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Rose Red
109166 171 Designer Series Paper Prints So Saffron
109165 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Soft Sky Not Available
109163 171 Designer Series Paper Prints Tempting Turquoise Not Available
110698 168 Designer Series Paper Spring Break
110273 169 Designer Series Paper Spring Fling* Not Available
110271 170 Designer Series Paper Spring Silhouettes
110272 170 Designer Series Paper Western Sky
107299 167 Envelope Confetti Cream Medium
105320 189 Eyelets Basic
100375 189 Eyelets Bold Brights
100381 189 Eyelets Earth Elements
107233 189 Eyelets Fresh Favorites I
107234 189 Eyelets Fresh Favorites II
105316 189 Eyelets Rich Regals
100378 189 Eyelets Soft Subtles Not Available
105515 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Pewter Not Available
105531 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Antique Brass Not Available
105532 188 Hodgepodge Hardware Aged Copper Not Available
101120 183 Metallic Art Pencils
107307 179 On Board Accents
109181 178 On Board Blossoms & Basic
109179 178 On Board Ginormous Pieces
107306 179 On Board Simon Lower
102678 166 Mulberry Paper White Not Available
109227 181 Punch Box Three For You
102686 180 Punch Handheld Rectangle
100271 183 Pure Color Pencils
109060 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Blue Bayou Not Available
109063 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Groovy Guava Not Available
109061 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Purely Pomegranate Not Available
109062 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched River Rock*
109059 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Soft Sky Not Available
109058 191 Ribbon Double-Stitched Wild Wasabi Not Available
109189 190 Ribbon Originals Beachfront*
109187 190 Ribbon Originals District*
109188 190 Ribbon Originals Fairy Tale
109185 190 Ribbon Originals Jersey*
109184 190 Ribbon Originals Sherbert
109186 190 Ribbon Originals Theater
110716 191 Ribbon Striped Grosgrain Wild Wasabi*
110281 182 Rub-Ons Cherished Memories* Not Available
110284 182 Rub-Ons Eastern Elegance*
110285 182 Rub-Ons Urban West*
110557 174 Simply Scrappin' Boho Blend
109610 174 Simply Scrappin' Confetti Not Available
110572 172 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Boy
110567 173 Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl
109597 175 Simply Scrappin' Home Again
110562 174 Simply Scrappin' Rose Cottage
109648 173 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Boy
109627 173 Simply Scrappin' Special Delivery Girl Not Available
110587 175 Simply Scrappin' Summer Days
110577 175 Simply Scrappin' Tie The Knot
111184 15 Simply Sent Friendly Notes
109228 16 Simply Sent Simple Delights Not Available
109229 16 Simply Sent Three Thoughts Not Available
106662 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Daisy Field
107561 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Garden Annuals
109681 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Good Dog
109678 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Kisses
107482 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Lily Pad Not Available
109680 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Meow
109677 197 Stampin'Around Wheel Mistletoe Not Available
106610 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Basics Outline
107467 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Birthday
109571 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Baby
109570 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Friends
109569 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Dilly Dally Party
108423 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Leaves A La Carte Not Available
107468 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Nature Hike
108980 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Petals
107464 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Rough Texture Not Available
111261 196 Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel Spunky Spots
109554 193 Stampin' Color Index Labels
106694 194 Stampin' Kids Markers


183 Zig Painty

*Items are 25% off and part of our discounted retiring accessories promotion

Sunday, July 20, 2008

25% off Retiring Accessories

Stampin' Up! is offering 25% off of select retiring accessories! C lick the link below to see qualifying accessories.

25% off Stampin' Up! Retiring Accessories

This sale is good through August 10th, or until quantities run out.

The rest of the retiring accessories will be posted tomorrow.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Blog Candy

Anne-Marie is giving away some adorable cupcake stamps over here! Check it out. :)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

New In Colors

Pacific Point is the most gorgeous color! It is my favorite. If you want to see how the new In Colors are in comparison to other colors in the Stampin' Up! family, click here.

Here's what I think about a few of them:
Pink Pirouette is that perfect "little girl pink".
Kiwi Kiss is a brighter Old Olive
Pacific Point is that perfect yacht-club blue.
Riding Hood Red is kind of brick-like.
Tangerine Tango is kind of fiery, reminds me of a mexican sunset orange.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New Catalog Open House

Join me on August 11th for a quick


with a fast MAKE-AND-TAKE

using the new IN COLORS

Pacific Point
Pink Pirouette
Riding Hood Red
Tangerine Tango
Baja Breeze
Kiwi Kiss


When: Monday, August 11th
Time: 11:00 a.m.-12 p.m.
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Fee: FREE with $30 order ($5 otherwise)
Where: Michele’s Stampin’ Space
87 Red Fox Run

r.s.v.p. by Thursday, August, 7th or

Can't join us, but you'd still like a new catalog? Click on the link on the right and I'll be happy to ship one to you!

Monday, July 7, 2008

My Color Inspiration #4

I am a *huge* fan of the Tori and Dean reality show. I know it's just a big waste of an hour every week, but I can't pull myself away. What does that have to do with stamping, you say? I came across a picture of Tori and Dean on my daily news from US weekly and Tori was wearing this WAY CUTE dress. Not only do I love everything about the dress, but I want the dress too. I'm sure I'll find it and it will be by some designer and be $400. So, in the meantime, it is my color inspiration. I'll be posting my card later...

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors I'm gonna go with for this challenge:

Wild Wasabi (it's almost retired...just a few short weeks left)
Rose Red
Whisper White

Comment below and include a link to your photo, or send me the photo and I'll post it. Happy stamping!

Ribbon Birthday Cake Card

So, Mike...don't look because it's YOUR card!
I found a card similar to this on a blog with a cake made out of ribbon and loved it. (I can't find it now...of course.) I thought it was such a neat idea and needed to try it. I used my good old double sided adhesive to attach all of the ribbon.

Ribbon: from all over the place!
Images: Birthday Whimsy (Stampin' Up! and What's Up Cupcake (My Favorite Things)

This is what my stamp space looked like after making 30 baby shower invitations, 20 baseball birthday party invitations, this card and the paper piecing one below. And as Pioneer Woman would say, "just keepin' it real".

Sunday, July 6, 2008

My first try at paper piecing

I don't know if just cutting out one piece counts as paper piecing, but it's more than just stamping. I won the stamp set free from Gina K. It's called Retro Boutique. All of the paper is Stampin' Up! (Groovy Guava and Whisper White cardstock, Groovy Guava Designer Paper). I first stamped the dress on the Whisper White in Stampin' Up!'s Basic Black ink. Then I stamped the dress again on the Groovy Guava Designer Paper and cut it out. Cutting around that hangar was a bugger! I didn't cut all the lacy fringe on the bottom. I also used the Word Window punch from Stampin' Up! for the sentiment.

I really like how quickly this card came together with all of the Stampin' Up! designer paper. And I picked the pattern for the dress and background, then used the back side for the other layer. The SU! designer paper is double-sided, so there's a lot of designs.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! except for the dress and sentiment.

And to boot....Gina K. herself commented below!  My job here is done....hehe!

Friday, July 4, 2008

Stampin' Up!'s NEW Scallop Edge Punch

Want a sneak peek of the NEW scallop punch? Check out Linda's blog, Where the Rubber Hits the Road. She's got a short video tutorial of how to use the new punch. Do you own the Spiral punch? This punch lines up the same way with the little "tab" stop at the end. It looks super easy! I got to pre-order mine as a demonstrator on July 1, but as a customer, you can begin ordering on August 11.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

10% off Retiring Stamps

Would you like to get 10% off retiring stamps? Place an order by July 17th! All orders will be shipped or delivered to you. There is no limit, but paper and accessories are not included.

View the retired list in this thread.
or use the links on the right....

Don't forget, this year's In Colors will be retiring forever!

This is a promotion offered by me, Michele Zwart, not Stampin' Up! For this offer, I will only accept PayPal.
Order with me at

All new stamp sets are die cut!

From the demonstrator side of the Stampin' Up! website...

When it comes to quality stamp sets, Stampin' Up! has been an industry leader for several years. Our original, exclusive stamps have earned the prestigious Creating Keepsakes Readers' Choice Award for best rubber stamps eight years in a row, and every year we work to make them even better!

We're excited to announce that all new stamp sets in the Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog (including new hostess sets) will be die cut for your convenience! We know you enjoy the flexibility of custom mounting your stamps, and with these die-cut sets, all you'll need to do is pop, peel, and place before you begin stamping.

Only our new stamps will be die cut; sets carried over from the last catalog and those on the dormant list will still require trimming. But, each new set will feature a die cut icon so you and your customers will have no problems identifying die-cut sets.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Baby Shower Invitation

I made these invitations for my niece's baby shower. I love the way they turned out. Originally, I was going to do the onesie invitation, but I wanted something a little more formal. I love making those bows now! Here are the details:
Stampin' Up! Chocolate Chip
Stampin' Up! Pretty In Pink
Stampin' Up! Whisper White

from Michaels

Designer Paper:
Making Memories: Brooke

It's a Girl charm from Michael's

Monday, June 23, 2008

Baby Bunny Rescue

Our Weimaraner, Emmett, spied a baby bunny in the yard last night and my husband rescued it before Emmett did. Everyone had a chance holding it for a few seconds. I'm sure the rabbit nest is in our neighbor's yard, because they are the only one within four houses that don't own a dog. :)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Get Well Card

I'll add more details later....

Stamps are from My Favorite Things and everything else is Stampin' Up!

My Cricut can do THAT?

I was at SCS today and found a thread about using your Cricut for scallop punches. Now, when the Stampin' Up! Scallop punch came out (and So Many Scallops during Sale-a-Bration), I almost couldn't stand the excitement. I *love* my punch and all the other ones I have, so I'll still be grabbing those first. However, sometimes, you just don't have the size you need. I was going to splurge after getting a bonus for a task force I was on in my school district and buy a Wizard and Nestabilities. Then, I just couldn't do it. I couldn't justify spending $99 for the machine and then over $80 for the dies and that was just for the circles. My parents bought me the Cricut for Christmas and I got some cartridges with the rebate that Cricut offered.

So, like I said, I found the thread today about how some Cricut cartridges have scallop circles. I ran *like wildfire* down to my basement.....I *HAVE* those cartridges.

So, I spent the next 60 minutes cutting out circles, squares, rectangles, ovals and scallops. I plan on using these as size guidelines for all my Stampin' Up! stamps. I still cannot figure out why the same number with different shapes are different sizes. I don't even touch that "real dial size" button, because I still have NO idea what they are talking about. Tell me if you know!!!!! Also, none of the images are a "border" or "background", it's just the regular cut.

I will always pull down one of my Stampin' Up! punches when I can, but when I can't, I can use my Cricut. Also, how cute would a scrapbook page be with giant circle scallops? How easy would it be to mat some pictures?

Here are the details:
Mini Monograms cartridge
Scallop Circles (Real Red)
Circle (Kraft)
Scallop Square (Glorious Green)
Square..rounded corner (YoYo Yellow)

George and Basic Shapes cartridge corners (Only Orange) R + shift
Oval (Bordering Blue) W + shift
Rectangle (Perfect Plum) Y + shift

Thursday, June 19, 2008

My Color Inspiration #3 Card

I have been making stuff for the past few days and finally completed My Color Inspiration #3! All materials are Stampin' Up! I love the way this turned out! Never would have used the colors together, had it not been for the pretty inspiration picture!


Real Red
So Saffron

Real Red
So Saffron
Gable Green
Whisper White

Certainly Celery

Pay It Forward Blog Candy

I won some blog candy from Mary Dawn's blog My Pink Mexico. So, as a result, I will be giving away THREE envelopes with blog candy. Here's what I am including:
  • brown ribbon (1 spool)
  • tan ribbon (1 spool)
  • Vellum marker dual-tipped (1)
  • double sided adhesive (1)
  • Just Jinger scrapbooking element (1) (each envelope will be different)
The first three posters to this thread (U.S. addresses only) will win my blog candy. Here are the details:

  • To be eligible, you must be willing to Pay It Forward yourself.
  • You must be a blogger.
  • You will put together three PIF packages to give away on your blog as "Pay It Forward".
  • I will email you when you post to get your US address.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Decor line

Stampin' Up! introduced a new line of products yesterday called Decor Elements. Here are some photos....I'll post more info later! These products will be available to customers beginning on July 1st!
Here's what I can post quickly:
  • over 100 images in Phase 1
  • available in three colors

Wedding Card

My friend Krissie is getting married on Saturday. You may have read about her proposal on my blog a while ago. The bridesmaids are wearing different shades of pink, this is the card I made for them. I used my Koh-i-Noor pencils, mineral spirits and blending stumps to color the flowers. I used Stampin' Up!'s Sweet Treats and sentiments from My Favorite Things. I also used Stampin' Up designer paper. The Stampin' Up! ink and card stock colors I used are:
  • Blush Blossom
  • Regal Rose
  • Rose Red
  • Shimmery White
I got a Target gift card for them a couple months ago and just left it on the kitchen counter. So, after I made the card, I go and dig out the card and when I open it up, here's what it looks like:

Do you believe that? A cake with pink matched perfectly and I hadn't even seen the gift card. Funny how that worked out. Here's what they looked like side by side...I also stamped the inside of the card with a Versamark pad and Itty Bitty Backgrounds (SU).

I hope they like it!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

My Color Inspiration #3

As soon as I got this email, I knew it would be the next My Color Inspiration! There is nothing prettier than fruity drinks or strawberries in lemonade. Mmmm...

This week's colors will be:
  • So Saffron
  • Gable Green
  • Real Red
  • Whisper White
The only rule is that your creation has to use all the colors above! Make a card, scrapbook page or an alterable and send me a link or photo! I'll post mine tomorrow....

Monday, June 16, 2008

Who wants Free stuff?

The new Fall-Winter Idea Book and Catalog is almost here! See the countdown calendar over there on your right?

You know there is going to be *so* much in that catalog that you want, but your budget just cannot afford it all right now! I have an easy solution for you! My buyer's club!
5 stampers get together with me and we all spent $25 on anything in the catalog each month. They email or call me with their order and we never actually got together as a "party". By all 6 of us spending $25 each month, the order was at least $150 each month. With the "workshop" over $150, it qualified for hostess benefits. So, each one of us got a turn being the "hostess" on of the months. As a virtual hostess, you earn at least $15 in free merchandise, plus a free stamp set that only hostesses can earn.

Some of the "hostesses" wanted to earn more benefits, so I actually did a workshop at their house and they invited their friends. You could also have your stamper friends look at the catalog and we can collect outside orders. The orders from the workshop got added on to the buyer's club orders and she earned more. Also, because there were 6 of us, the club went for 6 months.

Here are the details:
  • Free Fall-Winter Idea Book and Catalog
  • Free hostess stamp set
  • Free merchandise (at least $15)
  • 6 month commitment (August-January)
  • Spend $25 per month
  • As a sign-up bonus, I am including 4 free double-sided adhesive runners
Sound interesting? Email me with questions. I have a few slots open for the upcoming club!

What if you're not in Illinois? Not a problem! I will ship directly to you!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Stampin' Up! Retired Stamp List

Hello readers! Today, Stampin' Up! announced their Retired Stamp List. You can order these stamps through August 10th and then they'll no longer be available.

Here is the Retired List by catalog page number.

Here is the Retired List alphabetical by stamp name.

Retired accessories (tools, paper, wheels, etc.) list will be available on July 21st.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

And the winner is...

Thanks to the big whopping 13 of you who entered my first blog candy. Hehe! So, since there were WAY too many entries to write numbers and cut them out, I decided to go with to pick a number for me. Geesh, I'd be writing and cutting forever otherwise. :)

True Random Number Service

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2008-06-12 22:54:35 UTC

So, here it goes...
Congratulations to Brandi Parshley! Send me your snail mail address and I'll send it right out!
Brandi Parshley said...

Great blog! Love to read the story behind your card creations!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

My First BLOG it is!

Here it is! My first blog candy! They are pre-made scrapbooking embellishments.  Here's what you might win:
  • Just Jinger Dream Tags
  • JingerBread Shoppe Beach
  • JingerBread Shoppe Baby Boy Block
All you have to do is post a comment below!  I will be drawing a winner on Thursday around 5 p.m.  

The fine print: I won't ship out of the U.S.  Sorry!

There's gonna be blog candy!

Check back later for my FIRST BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY!

Sale-a-Bration 2009

Stampin' Up! just announced today that Sale-a-Bration 2009 will be from February 1-March 31. That's two whole months to earn free stuff!

With Enough Caffeine, I Could Rule the World

I was trying out the watercoloring technique with this coffee mug and really had no intention of actually making a card. But after I colored it, it actually wasn't hideous, so I decided to try it out. Magically, the Stampin' Up! designer paper matched the colors of the cup perfectly. It was by total accident. I love when that happens. I was going to mat the sentiment, but thought, "Hey, what if I just stamp it right on the paper?" And voila....a card that took me about 5 minutes to make after the image was colored. I think that may never happen again. It's one of the beautiful things about designer look like they're so much more embellished than they really are.

I think I'm going to change this design up a little bit and make a name frame with it for my office....

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I won Gina K.'s Contest!!!!

Didn't I say on Friday that I was no Gina K. and needed a tutorial? Well, not only did she post a tutorial, but I won the contest! Check it out below...

Gina K.'s Koh-i-Noor Package Winner

I should have asked for a one-on-one tutoring session! Hehe! Thanks Gina K.!

My Color Inspiration #2 Cards

Did I say how much easier it is to start a card when the colors are already chosen? Holy guacamole. I love this. It is a total time-saver.I decided right away (I don't know how) that I would use Stampin' Up!'s All About U stamp set. I was going to make two identical cards, but ended up scrapping one of them because the eyelets were all crooked.

Then, I thought I would use Grandma's sewing machine to sew on some red ribbon (that I just paid $80 to have tuned, or whatever it is called). I wanted to sew it around as a border kind of haphazardly around the U like in the bag. You would think that you could just kind of wad up the ribbon and sew it on and it would look kind of quirky, like in the photo. Not so much. It looked like I wadded it up and sewed it on.

So....(no pun intended), I ended up without one of the card bases and had to start over. I decided to still include the ribbon on card #1, but I used my ever-so-sticky red line tape instead and was much happier. For card #2, I just stamped a few flowers instead of doing the whole ribbon thing again.

When it was all said and done, I'm pretty happy with how they turned out. Did you try it? Send me a photo or a link and I'll include it here.