Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Due to many requests, I have added several new options to my Product Shares.  I have added 9 individual ribbon style shares including the Holiday Mini Ribbons.  I have also added a brand new Holiday Mini DSP Share (details below).  You can find all the details on the available product shares, including a description of what a product share is and the details on how to order your shares on my new Product Shares page.  Here is an example of one of the new product shares:

Holiday Mini Paper Only Share

Do you LOVE all the new Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Mini?  Do you often end up with too much paper left in your package, but would still like to have a little of all the new ones for LESS than the cost of one pack of DSP?  This is the share for you!

Each participant will receive the following:
  • (6) 6x6 sheets of Pick Your Poison DSP
  • (6) 6x6 sheets of  Spice Cake DSP
  • (6) 6x6 sheets of Frostwood Lodge DSP
  • (6) 6x6 sheets of Holly Berry Bouquet Specialty DSP
  • (1) 6x6 sheet of Silver Glimmer Paper
  • (1) 6x6 sheet of Red Glimmer Paper

Cost for all 26 6" x 6" squares  is: $8.00 (+ $5 shipping).  If you are interested in receiving the Holiday Mini Paper Product Share or any of the other new Product Shares, just check out the Product Shares page and EMAIL ME at to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

TOOL TIP TUESDAY, Unmounting Your Stampin' Around Wheels Video...

For today's Tool Tip, I wanted to feature our Stampin' Up! Wheels and to show you an "out of the box" way to use them.

I love our wheels!  They are a fun and easy tool to use.  I use the "free-flowing", open styles to wheel on wrapping paper, labels, gift bags & boxes, scrapbook pages, etc.  The new Builder Wheels really take the fun up a few notches.  You can stack up to three different builder wheels on a spindle that snaps into a Jumbo Stampin' Around Handle.  Add a Triple-Cell Ink Cartridge and you can be rolling all three wheels in DIFFERENT COLORS to produce your own custom multicolored designs!  Woot!

However, if the wheel is a scene (like the retired Haunting) or words and phrases intermixed (like Bright Blessings or I {Love} Love), or just something I would like to hand-color with markers, then I unmount the rubber from the wheel and use it as a regular stamp.  You can unmount them to use as one stamp and marker the areas you'd like to stamp or cut the stamp up into individual stamps and have a whole set of stamps for only $8.50!  It makes them so much easier to work with and if you have been wheel-challenged up to now, you will find yourself loving your wheels!  See my video at the end of this post on how to unmount your wheels! 

Standard Wheels
Jumbo Wheels
Builder Wheels

Stampin' Around Wheels, Handles and Accessories

•  Available in Standard, Jumbo, and Builder sizes.
•  Same deeply etched images in high-quality rubber as our regular stamps.
•  Use with Stampin’ Around handles, Spindles/Spacers and ink cartridges (sold separately)
•  Excellent to stamp labels for nuggets, party bags, gift boxes & wrap, and scrapbook pages quickly.

•  Easy to switch cartridges and wheels, so you only need one of each sized handle - Standard and Jumbo.
•  Ergonomic design
•  Durable plastic construction
•  Available in Standard and Jumbo sizes

•  Use with Builder Wheels
•  Spindle holds up to 3 Builder Wheels and fits Stampin’ Around Jumbo Handle
•  Spindle comes with end cap piece to hold it securely in handle
•  Spindle comes with 2 spacers
•  Use spacers to substitute for a wheel when only using 1 or 2 Builder Wheels.   When using only 1 or 2 Builder wheels, make sure you apply pressure firmly and evenly so the wheel doesn't rock.

•  Works with Stampin’ Around wheels to create straight lines of wheeled art.  No more crooked Stampin’ Around Wheel images!
•  Two 12" rulers snap together to make a 22" straight edge or a right angle corner while the clear plastic allows you to see your artwork as you wheel.


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  • Craft & Rubber Scissors (#103179, $19.95)
  • Clear-Mount Cling Foam (#124236, $10.95/2)
  • Hobby Knife or Xacto knife

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Hope everyone else is enjoying a better weekend than we are!  It has rained all weekend.  Actually it's been raining for a couple of weeks here most days.  :( 

Just wanted to update everyone on some product shares, etc., that I have going on.  I will be starting an additional ribbon share with other styles of ribbons as well since some have expressed an interest in it.  I'll let you know as soon as the details are finalized.

Right now I have 3 Dauber Cases left.  I am not sure if I will be reordering more or not.  It depends on how much interest there is.  For more information on the Dauber Cases, please check out this post:  Dauber Storage Cases.

Of course, the Dauber Templates will continue to be available.  Please remember that after completing your template purchase PayPal should IMMEDIATELY take you to the downloads page.  If it does not, please contact me right away.  PayPal will NOT send the templates to you later via email, etc.

I have a new group of three ladies anxiously waiting for one more participant to join the Holiday Mini Catalog Accessories Share.   Would anyone like to help them out and sample some of our gorgeous new Holiday Mini products?  They are TOO good to miss!

Lots of retired products have sold in the last week and I have added more items to the list as well including lots of wheels.  Please check out my updated sale list here:  Retired 4 Sale List.  I will continue to add items as I find them.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

STORAGE SATURDAY, How to Mount Clear-Mount Stamps Video...

Today's storage tip is a little bit of a stretch!   However, I took advantage of my "sick" time by reading up on making and publishing videos and think I have finally figured it least enough to make one video for you.  Try not to notice all my newbie mistakes too much!  ;)   I promise to get better!

Since it is my first video, I decided to start out with something really basic - How to Mount Clear-Mount Stamps.  Although not everyone may choose to use the stamp index labels (the climate or altitude in some areas of the country cause people to have difficulty with stickers), this video shows you how to mount them if you decide to use them.  Be sure to watch the end of the video where I share my "secret" little storage tip for the Clear-Mount stamps!

Tuesday, I will be posting a second video - Unmounting Stampin' Up! Wheels.  So be sure to check back then!  If there are videos you would like to see, please comment on this post or email me at with your suggestions.

Friday, September 23, 2011


Jenni is attending a wedding tomorrow and made this card for the happy couple.  She was inspired by my Love Birds 60th Anniversary card, but reinvented it in a whole new way.  The couple's theme is Black, White & Silver, so these are the colors she wanted to use for the card.

Jenni sponged Frost Shimmer Paint on the raised portions of the embossed Top Note piece as well as on the Love Birds and the white butterflies.  It adds the perfect tone on tone sheen.

For the sentiment, she used the Petite Pairs stamp set.  That set has quickly become one of my favorites!  It is perfectly sized for punched pieces and the I love being able to pair the sentiments for the card front and the inside!  Check out the picture at the end of the post for all the adorable sayings!

  • Stamp Sets – Petite Pairs (W#122495 $28.95, C#122497 $20.95),  Baroque Motifs (#113490, $27.95)
  • Card Stock – Basic Black, Whisper White, Brushed Silver
  • Ink – Basic Black Classic, Frost White Shimmer Paint (#116854, $5.95)
  • Punches – Modern Label (#119849, $16.95), Full Heart (#119883, $16.95), Two-Step Bird (#117191, $16.95)
  • Accessories – Basic Pearl Jewels Accents (#119247, $4.95)
  • Tools – Big Shot, Top Note Die (#113463, $21.95), Punch Windows Movers & Shapers Dies (#115953, $29.95), Scalloped Heart Of Hearts Stampin' Up! Embosslits Die (#117332, $11.95), Beautiful Wings Embosslit (#118138, $11.95), Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (#119277, $7.95),  Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430, $3.95), Sponge Daubers

Thursday, September 15, 2011


I'm sorry that I have been AWOL lately.  I have been so sick for a month now and didn't know why.  I had a doctors appointment at the end of August, but the clinic canceled it because of Hurricane Irene and I couldn't get another one until next Monday (gotta love the military!).  Since a couple of my meds had been switched out or were new, I decided to take myself off all of them (even vitamins, etc.) and try to figure out if that was what was causing it.  Even after 10 days of no medications, I still have not been well.  

I felt a little better last Saturday and went to my downline meeting, only to rebound with feeling worse than ever for the next few days.  Tuesday evening, desperate to avoid the ER (you can wait as much as 12-20 hours at military ERs), I decided to check out the web about my medications, etc.  My diet has not changed at all and I have not been eating much anyway with being so sick.  However, I remembered that I did switch from regular yogurt for my breakfast to a probiotic yogurt a couple of months ago.  It is supposed to be better for your digestion though so it couldn't be causing all my stomach problems, right???  Wrong!  In my search, I found that many people have terrible reactions to this yogurt from mild to violent symptoms.  Of course, I immediately stopped eating it and seem to be feeling a little better now.  Although many people said it can take some time before it clears your system and that you might even need antibiotics to get rid of the symptoms, so time will tell.  Hopefully I have found the culprit though! 

I haven't been able to stamp much due to the severe stomach pain, but hope to be back to it in the next few days.  Fingers crossed!  I am still working though and answering emails and getting out orders, etc.  I'm just not making any projects except for those that have to be done for classes.  Thanks so much for all the emails checking to see if I am okay.  It is very much appreciated!  It is nice to be missed...

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Seven new digital downloads were released this week including two new stamp brush sets, the Pick Your Poison DSP, 2 kits, an ensemble and a designer template.  The Autumn Traditions Kit shown at left is a particularly good value with two stamp brush sets (a 6 and a 32-piece), 12 Designer Series Paper patterns, four punches (from the Leaves #2 Die), and a one-page 11" x 8-1/2" designer template - all for $9.95!  Check out the Aug. 30 PDF as well for six additional new stamp brush sets, and then head over to my Digital Designing Store to get your favorites today!  Please contact me if you have any questions about My Digital Studio.  I will be happy to help you!

PLEASE NOTE:  You don't have to have My Digital Studio to use our digital images.  You can download them as .jpgs or .pngs to use in any digital graphics/photo/scrapbooking software (ex. Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, Jasc Paint Shop Pro or Ulead Photo Impact, Microsoft Office programs like Word, Publisher, etc.).  Remember that if you are purchasing only digital images, there are NO shipping charges!

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Have you seen the gorgeous new accessories in the new Holiday Mini Catalog?  I am offering a product share of  many of the new accessories in the Holiday Mini Catalog, so that you can sample them.  Each person will receive 45 accessories for a fraction of the cost of buying the full products.


I gather people together who would like the new accessories in groups of four.  If you are interested in receiving the new accessories as described below, EMAIL ME at indicating your interest and I will send you a PayPal invoice as soon as I get a group of 4 people interested in the accessories share.  Please note:  Per Stampin' Up! policy, the accessories share is only available to US residents and military families with APO/FPO addresses.

Each participant will receive the following:
  • 2 yards Cherry Cobbler 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon 
  • 2 yards Early Espresso 3/8" Quilted Satin Ribbon
  • 2 yards Very Vanilla 3/8" Velvet Stitched Ribbon
  • (10) 1" x 8" Cellophane Bags
  • (4) Winter Wish Stitched Felt (1 each of design)
  • (12) Mini Jingle Bells
  • (1) Kraft Gift Box
  • (1) Shaker Frame Set (includes 6 nesting circles)
  • (4) Spice Cake 1-1/2" Designer Buttons (1 each of Pool Party, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz)
  • (8) Holly Berry Bouquet Designer Buttons (2 each of 2 designs in 2 colors Real Red, Wild Wasabi)
  • (1) Silver Glimmer Paper, 6" x 6"
  • (1) Red Glimmer Paper, 6" x 6"
    Cost for all 45 accessories is: $15.00 (+ $2.50 shipping).  Insurance against loss or damage is an additional $1.80, if desired.

    When emailing me, be sure to include YOUR PAYPAL EMAIL ADDRESS, your name, address and phone #.  I will confirm with you when I have a group of 4 people to share accessories and email you a PayPal invoice.  I will then order the products from Stampin' Up! and divide and package it up and mail the shares out to you.  Please note it could take two weeks for this process plus shipping time.  All orders will be shipped USPS 1st class mail in a bubble envelope.

    Please contact me at if you have any questions.  Thank you!

    Saturday, September 3, 2011


    Stampin’ Up!  invites YOU to participate in our digital design contest using Stampin’ Up!’s My Digital Studio digital artwork!  Let the Contest Begin!
    • It’s open to all customers and demonstrators who have access to My Digital Studio in the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada (excluding Quebec).  Demonstrators and customers will be judged separately; ten finalists—five customers and five demonstrators—will be chosen by Stampin’ Up! judges, and the public will choose six winners--three customers and three demonstrators--via online voting.
    • Submit your entry to  To enter the contest you will need to design one digital card and one single-page layout using ONLY My Digital Studio product.  Submit all samples along with your full name, address, daytime phone number, and demonstrator ID number (if applicable).  Include a photo release form (if applicable).
    • Finalists will receive $100 US/$125 CAN in FREE My Digital Studio digital downloads from Stampin’ Up! and winners will receive $400 US/$500 CAN in free downloads!  Winnings will not be combined.  For example, if you are a winner you will not get the finalists’ prize plus the winners’ prize. Winners and finalists will also receive a digital pin for their DBWS site (for demonstrators), personal blog, or Facebook page.

    Our panel of judges can’t wait to see your digital artistry on display, so submit your projects today!   Click the buttons below for more details.


    I am so excited to let you know that Stampin' Up! announced late yesterday that a stamp set from the 2011 Summer Mini Catalog will be available as a catalog write-in until July of 2012.
    • The Open Sea Wood-mount (#123030)
    • The Open Sea Clear-mount (#123032)
    I LOVE this fabulous masculine stamp set and am thrilled that I don't have to put it away!  I just wish Sail Away had been included.  That was my other favorite stamp from the Summer Mini Catalog.  But, at least I can keep on sailin' with The Open Sea

    Friday, September 2, 2011

    CAS FRIDAY, Holy Smokes, Batman! It's the Bat-Signal! Punch Art Card...

    What do you do when your daughter needs a card for a birthday party that is in 20 MINUTES?  Oh, yeah and it has to have a BATMAN theme???  And Stampin' Up! has no Batman stamps?  Once again, it is Punch Art to the rescue and this is what we came up with.

    This was the fastest card I ever made, start to finish, including design time.  I've made quicker CAS cards, but usually spent more time planning them that offset it.  The time-consuming part was the "windows".  I would have liked them to look much better, squares, etc., but no time.  I also would have loved to do a brayed card for the spotlight into the sky.  Again, no time, so vellum had to do.  I wanted to do a little something more in the sky, (stars probably), but DD said, "No, gotta go", grabbed the card and left.  I barely had time to snap a few shots of the card.  Hope you enjoy my little card!

    • Card Stock – Not Quite Navy, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Vellum
    • Ink – Basic Black, Daffodil Delight Classic, Whisper White Craft
    • Punches – Extra-Large Tag (#119866, $16.95), Large Oval (#119855, $15.95), Bitty Bat (retired)
    • Accessories – White uni-ball Signo Gel Pen (#105021, $3.95)
    • Tools – Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430, $3.95), Sponge Daubers

    Thursday, September 1, 2011


    Our Holiday Mini Catalog has officially begun!

    It's finally here!   The exciting Holiday Mini Catalog is online and is filled with beautiful new stamp sets, accessories, punches, dies, and more!   This "little" catalog is chock full of holiday fun and you won't want to miss out on any of it!

    Check out our fabulous new Holiday Mini Catalog by clicking these links to see the Catalog or the Stampin' Supplies used:

    Holiday Mini (Flash Version)

    Check my blog for the sneak peeks of Holiday Mini products that I have shown recently and for the projects still to come!

    Place your on-line customer order HERE, call or email me.   Remember to enter THROUGH my direct website rather than choosing me at the end.   That way, you are eligible for lower minimum shipping cost and FREE Stampin' Rewards ($25 free merchandise including Hostess items with orders of $150 or more) and Loyalty Rewards

    PREFER A PRINT COPY OF THE HOLIDAY MINI CATALOG?  Isn't it nice and cozy to have a real, live copy of the catalog to curl up with?   If you do not have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator that you have a customer relationship with and would like a print copy for FREE, please email me your name and address at and I will send you one.   US residents only per Stampin' Up! policy.

    Here are a few of my favorite must-have new products you won't want to miss out on (be sure to check them all out though as there are just too many awesome ones to mention):

    Simply Scored (#122334, $29.95) - My hands-down favorite!  Take the chore out of scoring! The Simply Scored Scoring Tool’s base fits paper or card stock up to 12" x 12" and features score tracks every 1/8". Features two easy-to-read rulers (with inch markings down to 1/8") along top and left side for perfect scoring. (One standard left-to-right ruler and one zero center ruler.)  Includes three markers and stylus. Bottom of base has nonmarking and nonskid feet to secure it on your work area. Base measures approximately 15-1/8" x 13-1/4" x 1".

    1" x 8" Cellophane Bags (#124134, $2.50) - Narrow cellophane bags perfect for filling with a row of treats, a pencil, or anything!  Great for gifts—add a tag or topper you’ve created using any punch or Big Shot die. Adhesive on top keeps everything inside.  Food Safe.   Each measures 1" x 8".  50 count per package.

    Out on a Limb (W#123822 $22.95, C#123824 $16.95) - This spooky twelve-piece stamp set lets you mix and match to create your own frightfully fun Halloween scene!  Great for both kids and adults, this whimsical set features hanging bats, mustachioed pumpkins, and more!  Too cute!

    Gift Givers (W#123772 $29.95, C#123774 $22.95) - From Halloween to Easter to Christmas, the Gift Givers Set has everything you need for all of your holiday stamping.  Better yet, every single stamp in this seven-piece set coordinates with a different punch to help you create a variety of fun and festive projects.

    Gently Falling (W#123802 $39.95, C#123804 $28.95) - Ideal for all of your autumn-themed projects, this twelve-piece set features an assortment of leaf and seed images evocative of a crisp autumn day. Perfect for two-step stamping.  I love it for the Rock & Roll technique, too!  Check out this card:  Falling Leaves Thankful Thoughts

    Silver Glimmer Paper (#124005, $4.95) - Our Glimmer Paper is a no-mess way to add glitter to any project—now in silver, too!  If you liked the Red Glimmer Paper, you will be in AWE of the Silver - it is GORGEOUS!  Cover-weight paper covered in Red or Silver glitter that will not brush off.  Create festive shapes with Bigz, Bigz L, or Bigz XL, and Originals Dies, or any cutting tool. 2 sheets total. 12" x 12".

    The Sounding Joy (W#121967 $24.95, C#121979 $18.95) - Traditional Christmas sentiments featuring a variety of font styles will help you ring in the Christmas season with classic flair.  This four-piece set is perfect for creating cards and projects that focus on the joy and wonder of the Christmas season!  I love the layered look you can achieve with this set.  Check out this card I made:  Crushing on Sounding Joy

    Dazzling Details (#124117, $2.50) - So easy and fun to use!  This iridescent glitter glue will add dazzling sparkle to any project with less mess!  The narrow tip allows for precise application. You can add drops of reinker to custom color it as well.  Nontoxic and acid free. 0.6 oz.

    Holiday Stocking Bigz XL Die (#124098, $32.95) - Make fun holiday stockings with paper, fabric, felt, and more!  Perfect to accent any holiday craft or gift, or to create a stocking garland!  Try accenting your stocking using the Stocking Accents Originals Die. Use with Standard Cutting Pads.  Stocking measures 5-1/2" x 4-3/4". Die measures 6" x 8-3/4".

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