Monday, April 29, 2013

Bloomin' Bouquet Flower Bouquet Kit, Now Available!

Mother's Day. Teacher appreciation. Just because. Say thank you with this no-maintenance bouquet. There's no watering, no weeding-just enjoying. This easy-to-assemble kit comes complete with the petals, stems, and buttons to create the flowers, as well as four different tags to make this the perfect gift for any occasion. All you need is some paper, ribbon or a vase to add the finishing touches to the bouquet.

As if that weren't enough, the kit contains a "baker's dozen"! This means you can create and give (or keep) a dozen flowers, and have a bonus flower left over to pass along to someone new! Give it to someone you wouldn't normally think of: a teller at the bank, a grocery store clerk, or the librarian at your local library. Anyone you encounter on your way that you'd like to give a little "thank you" to-and introduce them to Stampin' Up!

Below is a video that shows the final project as well as assembly instructions:

Ordering information:

Item 134542 $12.95

Available starting April 29, while supplies last.

Kit contents:

•2 sheets of preprinted and precut flowers on 12" X 12" cardstock; makes 13 flowers using Pool Party, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, and Rich Razzleberry

•13 Vintage Faceted Buttons

•13 green floral wire stems

Adhesive not included. (Glue gun recommended.)

What a fun and easy project and these flowers will last forever! 

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Create with Connie and Mary Sketch Challenge: Snow Much Fun

Good morning!  I'm so excited to share my card for this weeks Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge and I decided to do something completely different and make it a Christmas card.  Everyone knows that I love Christmas and plan in advance but this is even early for my, but when Stampin' Up! released the retired stamp set list last week there were lots of Christmas stamp sets included which means we'll be saying goodbye to them forever in a month.  The Snow Much Fun stamp set was one I liked ever since it was first released but I didn't buy it until a few months ago when it was on sale so I feel like I really need to use it some more, actually I think this is one of the sets I'll be keeping in my personal collection since these guys are so cute.
This is a pretty easy card, it starts with a Cherry Cobbler cardbase and then I added a layer of Whisper White cardstock that was embossed iwth the Snowflake embossing folder (retiring) as well as different patterns from the Be of Good Cheer DSP pack.  Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon was added to add some dimension and detail.  I stamped the snowman in Early Espresso ink and then cut him out with the Big Shot and Ovals Collection framelits before coloring it in with Stampin' Write markers and sponged around the edge with Crumb Cake ink.  The greeting is from the same stamp set and was punched out with the Modern Label punch and sponged with Gumball Green ink.
This is a great card and you could definitely make this in multiples.  Just a reminder to make sure that if you like this stamp set, or any of the other retiring products that you make sure to get them before you run out of time.
Have a great day!

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge #158: Bombs Away Birthday

Good evening and we've arrived at the end of another weekend, where does the time go?  Tonight I'm sharing my card for this weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch challenge.  I just received my latest order that included the Bombs Away Birthday stamp set, the latest photopolymer stamp set.  This is a super fun set with lots of unique and fun greetings, I thought it would be perfect for this sketch.  The cardbase is Island Indigo and then I added a layer of Whisper White cardstock and designer series paper from the Summer Smootches DSP pack. 
I used Stampin' Write markers to ink the photopolymer stamp set and stamped on Whisper White cardstock. I have to admit, these stamps stamp beautifully, you can see exactly where the image will be stamped and it's nice, clean images. Next I cut the greeting out with the and Big Shot and the Ovals Collection Framelits.  For a nice accent I used some Tangerine Tango Scalloped Polka Dot Ribbon (retiring) as well as a Lucky Limeade printed designer brad
 I love this card!  It's so bright and fun and I can't wait to give it to a special friend, and I'll definitely be using this stamp set again, awesome!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fab Friday Sketch Challenge: Hey There Summer Flower

This has been a crazy week with me having to attend meetings off site this week which means I've had to spend more time in traffic than usual (I'm very blessed to work about 5 miles from home and enjoy staying in my local area during rush hour), add that along with baseball and we've definitely been on the go.  Today I'm sharing a fun card I made for the Fab Friday sketch challenge.  This week it's a color challenge and while I was very excited about this color combination but at first I got a little stuck when I decided to use the splash image from the My Paper Pumpkin welcome kit, thankfully I think it all worked out in the end.  I started with a Crumb Cake cardbase and then layered Whisper White cardstock and I stamped the splatter stamp in Crumb Cake ink in the top right corning (stamped off first to make the ink color less intense).  I used the Delicate Details Lace Tape along the bottom of the card but used it as a stencil and sponged Summer Starfruit ink before removing the tape (I saw this technique at Leadership in January and I'll admit this is what made me decide that I "had to have" this tape.  I also stamped the hey there friend greeting from the same My Paper Pumpkin stamp set in Pool Party ink.

I used Pool Party and Calypso Coral designer series paper from the 2011-2013 In Color DSP stack for the flag elements and matted them on Crumb Cake and Calypso Coral cardstock.  Calypso Coral Baker's Twine was wrapped around the layers several times before being tied in a bow.  The final touch was to add a flower from the Secret Garden stamp set (this particular image reminds me of daisies, don't know why) so it was stamped in Summer Starfruit ink and then cut out with the Big Shot and the coordinating Secret Garden framelits.  A Calypso Coral Printed In Color Brad was used as a perfect center for the flower.

This card has lots of fun playful elements that while they were not designed to together initially I think they really work well with each other and are nice a bright which is perfect to just let a friend know you're thinking of them.

I hope you enjoy and have a little stamping time today!


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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Retired Stamp Sets and Accessories Just Announced, Don't Miss Out!

Good morning friends!  I had to get up really early this morning, not only to I need to head downtown to meetings today but I also wanted to check out the retired stamp set and accessories lists which were released early this morning.  This is always an exciting time since not only are these items that we'll be saying goodbye to in our next catalog but it also means that our new catalog will be released soon which means there will be lots of new items.

So here is the retired stamp set list.

And the retired accessory list.

Not only are some great accessories retiring make sure to check out those that are retiring that are on sale, include MDS content Discs, ribbon, designer series paper, etc.  A great way to get the things you want on sale!

Now I need to remind you, stamp sets are made by Stampin' Up! so they will be available up through the end of the current catalog, which is May 31.  The retired accessories however are only available while supplies last.  Past experience has taught me that these items will sell out and sell out quickly so if there is anything that is on your must have list, please don't wait and go online and place your order HERE

I've set up an online party and if you use Hostess Code:  BFKAPJ3N and everyone who places at least a $25 order using the hostess code will be entered in a drawing for a FREE pack of Poetry Prints DSP stack.  Place a $50, you get 2 entries into the drawing, etc.  The great thing is that with the hostess code when you place your order online your order will ship immediately, it doesn't wait until the party closes so you won't miss out on items you want!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy shopping!!!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Create with Connie and Mary: Sketched Birthay

Welcome back and I'm back to share a fun card I made for this weeks Create with Connie and Mary color challenge and decided to also show you a sneak peak of a new stamp set that will be in the new catalog that's release on June 1, Sketched Birthday.  This is a fun set with lots of cute images for all your birthday needs.  The cardbase is Summer Starfruit and then I added a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was embossed with the Big Shot and the Hexagon embossing folder.  The designer series paper is from the Poetry Prints pack and these is a fun package since it's smaller and has 12 different patterns, something for everyone!  The DSP was matted on Midnight Muse cardstock and then I added some Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon.
The main stamped image was first stamped with Summer Starfuit ink on the same color paper and punched out with the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch.  Then I stamped with image again on Whisper White cardstock using Stampin' Write Markers to color in the stamp and punched out with the 1 1/4" circle punch.  I used dazzling details for the frosting on the cupcake and then used dimensionals to pop up both layers of the image. 
This is a fun card, I like how the strong colors play against the light handed sketched images, lots of fun! 
I hope you enjoy and check out this color challenge and see what you can come up.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Paper Craft Crew Challenge: Feel Goods

Good morning!  We had another fun filled weekend that included a clean up day at Aidan's school, an awesome baseball game (we've never seen the boys play that well so it was so fun to watch, they ended up losing but are really coming together as a team), and we tried out a new local frozen yogurt store, which was AWESOME, we'll definitely be going back.  Today I'm sharing my card for this weeks Paper Craft Crew Challenge.  This challenge through me off at first but then I really had fun with each of the elements and really enjoyed using all the different designer series papers (I love how are paper packs have coordinating patterns which makes mixing different patterns easy.
The cardbase is Baja Breeze (I'm sad that this color will be retiring in a little over a month so I've definitely been stocking up, have you?) and then all the designer series paper is from the Twitterpated DSP pack.  The butterfly was cut out with the Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die and Big Shot and I added a few pearls in the center for the body.  I used the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch to punch out the Riding Hood Red dsp.  The greeting is from the Feel Goods stamp set and was stamped in Riding Hood Red being being cut out with the Labels Collection Framelits and Big Shot and then sponging around the edge with Pink Pirouette ink before being matted with the same framelit with Pear Pizzaz cardstock (yes that's right, Pear Pizzaz is coming back into the lineup and I'm so excited!!!)  The final touch was to add three of the larger pearls along the bottom right side.
This card is so soft and fun with all the different patterns that I think really work well together.  Just a reminder Stampin' Up! will be releasing the annual catalog retirement list for stamp sets and accessories this Wednesday.  You'll definitely want to check this out (I'll be posting it to my blog) and make sure you order any items that are on your must have list.  The stamp sets will all be available through May 31 but the accessories will only be available while supplies last and I'm sure there will be some that sell out very quickly (some of the products with the retiring colors are already sold out so please don't wait, I would hate for you to miss out).  If you need any assistance, please let me know.
Have a great week!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Dapper Dad Meets Soda Pop Tops

Good morning friends and welcome to the end of another work week, yeah!!!!  Today I wanted to share a father's day card I made that uses the Dapper Dad stamp set from the Spring catalog.  This stamp set is so fun and is great for those masculine cards.  I stamped the watch image with Soft Suede ink and then colored in the watch band with a Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker.  Then I used my Big Shot and the Apothecary Framelits to cut out the stamped image and sponged around the edges with Cajun Craze ink. 
I love the Soda Pop Tops at are also in the Spring catalog and I used my Big Shot to flatten it (I like them better flat).  I stamped the watch image again with Note Quite Navy ink and punched it out with the 1" circle punch before adhering it to the pop top and covering it with crystal effects.  Now I have to admit the ink ran a little when the crystal effects was drying and while it looks great with the DSP I used I did learn a trick that if you emboss over the image you're going to cover with crystal effects with clear embossing folder it will seal the ink and it won't change colors when you add the crystal effects, so cool!
The designer series paper I used for this card is from the Parker's Prints DSP, I love these patterns, and I parred it with the Natural 7/16" Trim Ribbon.  The greeting is from the Delightful Dozen stamp set and I cut flag tails on the side to mimic the ribbon and DSP tails.  This card is so fun and full of texture, I love it!
It's never too early to begin working on gift for the special men in your lives and this card could easily be changed to a birthday card, retirement, etc.
I hope you have an enjoyable weekend!

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Don't Miss Out, Additional FREE Products Available Now!

Do you have more items on items on your Wish List than you have money in your wallet???  Stampin' Up! has so many fabulous products I always have lots on my wish list, like I'm sure you do as well.  Well, this is your lucky time, between April 15 and May 30 when you host a party with your friends of $350 or more you'll receive an additional $30 in FREE products of your choice, on top of the standard hostess benefits. 

This is a great time to stock up on those retiring colors and items that are going to be retiring when the retirement list is released next week.  Whether you host a party at your house, in my studio, or have a virtual party there's no limit to all the fun you can have and free products you can earn, AWESOME!

Contact me now to book your personalized party and let the fun begin!
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Retro Sketches Challenge: A Round Array Meets Tea for Two

Good morning friends!  I have to admit that I'm loving the arrival of spring, this is one of my favorite times of year as all the colors start to come out for the year, the temperatures warm up, and we're able to enjoy time outside.  I think the arrival of spring is why I've been focused so much on springy floral projects lately, and the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper.  For this weeks Retro Sketches Challenge, I decided to use lots of fun elements and textures to be the focus of this card.  The cardbase is Crumb Cake and I added a layer of Lucky Limeade and then Very Vanilla that was embossed with the Big Shot and the Lacy Brocade embossing folder before being sponged with Crumb Cake ink. 

Next I added a strip of Tea for Two DSP that was matted on Primrose Petals cardstock before cutting the flag tails. A piece of Primrose Petals Stitched Satin Ribbon and Natural 7/16" Ribbon Trim to mimic the flag tails.  Along the top a added a strip of flower trim that I colored first by dabbing the trim in my Pink Pirouette ink pad and then took my Primrose Petals marker and added some dimension to the flowers with the darker color.  For the greeting a used the new A Round Array stamp set (it's a sneak peak set currently available from the upcoming annual catalog) and is punched out with the 7/8" scallop circle punch and then matted with a piece punched with the 1 1/4" scallop circle punch.  The greeting was attached to the card with a dimensional to add some extra "pop."

This is a fun challenge and you can use so many elements, this soft, floral card is so lovely. 

Enjoy and happy stamping!

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Wonderful Mother: Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge

Good evening!  What a fabulous weekend.  I was able to attend Stampin' Up's regional seminar in Baltimore on Saturday and it was so fun to see my favorite stamping friends, swap, and be inspired by lots of creative techniques and ideas, awesome!  Then today I completed by first 10K race, and the best part was I finished!!!  So with everything going on, and spending some quality family time I actually only made it down to my studio for about 20 minutes the whole weekend, but it was long enough for me to make a card for this weeks Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge.  This sketch is so fun since you can make it as simple or as detailed as you want.  I choose to use the Tea for Two designer series paper as my focal panels and since there is so much detail in the paper itself I kept the stamping really simple. 
The cardbase is So Saffron and I added a Crumb Cake panel that was embossed with the Big Shot and the Hexagon embossing folder.  Next I sponged all over the cardstock with Crumb Cake ink so the detail really pops off the page.  I cut three panels from the DSP and then matted each of them on Bashful Blue cardstock before cutting the flag tails on the bottom. 

The greeting is from the Wonderful Mother stamp set and is such a perfect little stamp set for upcoming Mother's Day projects as well as birthdays!  The greeting is stamped in Early Espresso ink and punched out with the large oval punch before being sponged with Crumb Cake ink. This piece is then matted on a piece of Lucky Limeade cardstock punched with the decorative label punch and once again, sponged with Crumb Cake ink before being adhered to the card with dimensionals.  The final touch was to add some Pretty in Pink 1/4" stitched grosgrain ribbon to the card, including a simple bow that has a small button brad from the Vintage Trinkets.
While this card is nice and simple it's so soft and lovely, I love it!  I'm sure you can have a lot of fun with this sketch challenge, give it a try. 
Have a great week and happy stamping,

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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Baltimore Regional 2013 Swap #2

I promised you another card and I'm here to deliver.  This card is all about purple, specifically Pale Plum and Wisteria Wonder, I've never used these colors together but they work and I'm glad that both of these colors will be remaining as part of the color refresh.  I started by taking a piece of Wisteria Wonder cardstock and running it through the Big Shot with the Framed Tulip embossing folder.  Next I used the Lacy and Lovely stamp set and randomly stamped the different doily images with the two colors of ink.  I also added a strip of Wisteria Wonder DSP from the 2011-2013 In Color Designer Series Paper stack along with some Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon.
I love the text of the greeting, and guess what, it's in the same stamp set so you're all ready to create with just one stamp set.  I punched the greeting out with the Oval punch and then matted it with a Pale Plum piece that was punched out with the Scalloped oval punch.
I love how soft and feminine this monochromatic card is and you could definitely change it up by just changing the colors and using the same stamps and layout so it's definitely flexible.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your Saturday!

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Baltimore Regional 2013 Swap #1

 Happy Saturday!  I'm so excited today is Stampin' Up!'s regional conference in Baltimore and I'm currently on the road heading up to the event with some friends.  A big part of any Stampin' Up! event is card swapping where you make several of the same card and then swap them with other people so you get lots of new ideas and techniques, it's so fun to see how people can take the same items and create things so uniquely different.  I've scheduled a two posts today to share with you two of the cards I'll be sharing today.  This first card is for a flower themed swap and uses the Betsy's Blossoms and Wacky Wishes stamp set.  This card is pretty straight forward.  I used the Floral District designer series paper and actually stamped the small blossoms in Calypso Coral ink directly on the DSP to add some additional detail.
For the flower I used the circle stamp image and then used the flower petal punch and punched it out twice and offset to add dimension to the flower.  I also used a 7/8" scallop circle punch to punch the inner layer and then added an In Color designer printed brad for the center.  A piece of Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon adds some additional texture to the card.
Enjoy and don't forget to come back later this afternoon for the second card.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Bombs Away – New Photopolymer Stamp Set from Stampin’UP!

I'm so excited, Stampin' Up! as released a new photopolymer stamp set this week, Bombs Away.  This is a super fun set and I love the fun, fresh sayings, not too stuffy.  Plus since these stamps are completely clear you're guaranteed to stamp straight and they stick super well to our clear blocks.  You've got to give them a try!

So excited by this new photopolymer stamp set and great ideas found on the SU blog. Add yours to any order today by shopping online HERE

The Fine Print from SU:

•Photopolymer stamps will be offered on a trial basis. Based on popularity, we hope to release more photopolymer stamp sets over the coming months. At this time we don’t plan on offering a line of photopolymer sets as expansive as our wood-mount and clear-mount lines.

•Available on all order types beginning March 1, 2013.

•Not available in wood-mount or clear-mount.

•All photopolymer will be packaged in cello bag w/insert, but don’t forget you can store them in our clear cases.
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Pure Gumption: Retro Sketches Challenge

We're on the downward slope of the week and I can see the weekend quickly approaching.  I have a card for another new sketch challenge to share with you today.  Today's card uses the Retro Sketches sketch challenge and I decided to make a graduation card, school graduations will be here before you know it.  This card uses Pool Party for the cardbase and then I added a piece of Basic Black that I ran through the Big Shot with the Lacy Brocade embossing folder before wrapping a piece of Whisper White 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon around the layer.   

Next I added a piece of designer series paper from the 2011-2013 In Color DSP stack (I definitely don't use these DSP stacks enough).  Next I stamped the greeting from the Pure Gumption stamp set with Basic Black ink and then matted on Pool Party cardstock and attached with dimensionals.  The graduation cap is from the same stamp set and it's embossed with Pool Party embossing powder (this stuff is so fun and fresh) and punched it out with the 1 3/8" circle punch.  I stacked two dimensionals to pop up the circle over the greeting.  The final touch was to add a little bling with a strip of rhinestones along the bottom (I'm usually afraid to use these rhinestone strips but I think they add just the right amount of sparkle to this card).

I love the Basic Black, Whisper White, and Pool Party color combination but you could easily make this card with any colors, especially to highlight your special graduates school colors.

I hope you enjoy and take a little time to relax and exercise your creativity.  I'm attending Stampin' Up!'s regional conference in Baltimore this Saturday so you'll want to make sure to check back this weekend as I share some of the swap cards and projects I made for the event.

Take care,

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

By the Tide: Paper Craft Crew Challenge

Good evening friends!  I'm loving the weather here this week, I'm thinking that we've officially said goodbye to winter (yeah!) and we may be bypassing spring.  This week I decided to make a card for this weeks Paper Craft Crew challenge and wanted to embrace the nice, bright colors that go along with spring.  For this card I used the By the Tide stamp set and the Epic Day designer series paper that's part of the This and That product suite, which is super fun.  My cardbase is Crumb Cake and I added two pieces of the designer series paper matted with Pool Party cardstock and wrapped Calypso Coral Baker's Twine around both panels before making a bow.  I also added three small pearls in the bottom left corner.

For the main stamped image I started with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped with the text stamp and Crumb Cake ink (I stamped off first to make the text softer).  Next I stamped the grass image with Gumball Green ink and again stamped off first.  Next I stamped the fish on Pool Party cardstock with Sahara Sand ink before cutting it out with Paper Snips and using dimensionals to pop him up.  The final touch was to stamp the greeting from the Wishes Your Way stamp set and used the decorative label punch to cut it out.
This card is so soft and I love all the different elements.  This is another fun sketch that you'll definitely want to give a try.

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge: Animal Talk

Another week has arrived.  I spent the past weekend at a scrapbooking retreat and while I love these get aways for the girl time, relaxation, and uninterrupted creativity, I'm always exhausted when I get home and I'm still trying to catch up.  In addition to getting lots of scrapbook pages and other projects done during these retreats I always take this opportunity to use some of the stamp sets in the catalog that I don't own (it may be hard to believe but I don't own everything in the catalog!)  For this weeks Create with Connie and Mary color challenge I decided to use the Animal Talk stamp set.  This stamp set has such cute images.  The colors we were given to work with were Real Red, Calypso Coral, and Island Indigo, and while this is not a combination I would normally use it definitely works together.  The cardbase is Calypso Coral and I added a Whisper White layer that I stamped the greeting on with Real Red ink.  For the stamped image I used Island Indigo ink and then colored the dog in with my blender pen and Calypso Coral ink pad, along with Stampin' Write markers to highlight the dogs spot and mouth.  This image was cut out with the 2 1/2" circle punch and then I matted on a scalloped circle cut from Real Red cardstock and the Perfect Pennants Bigz L die and Big Shot.
For the flags I used designer series paper from the 2011-2013 In Color DSP stack as well as the Polka Dot Parade DSP package.  The final touch was to add some Calypso Coral Baker's Twine wrapped around the cardfront several times and then I tied a bow around all the layers of Baker's Twine. 
This card is so cute and I know one little boy (Aidan) who will love the image on this card.  This stamp set was so fun that while at the retreat I made two other cards with different images that I'll be sharing with you soon, you'll love this stamp set as well!

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Free Shipping for 3 Days

FOUR Great ways to enjoy FREE shipping on any and all purchases with no minimu size order

1. Order direct ONLINE

2. Join my VIRTUAL MYSTERY HOSTESS PARTY for your chance to share in hostess benefits - USE CODE JXGPKFGZ when ordering online

3. Join my Team and JUMP start the fun as a demonstrator by offering FREE shipping to your family and friends, and being on board to earn colors for FREE – any of the items you see below can be added to our demonstrator kit that comes with no strings attached (seriously). JOIN THE FUN

4. Host your own Virtual online party so you don’t have to share hostess benefits. CONTACT ME ASAP for a hostess code to give to family and friends. – or text me 703-403-8244

1. Anything in the Spring Catalog
2 Anything in the Big Idea Book & Catalog
3. Any of the new product seen here from my Blog
4.  Don't forget to stock up on those must have retiring color items, including reinkers, paper, embellishments, etc.!
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Color Refresh, Check out all that's in Store!

We’re having a Color Refresh! We love color and we know that you do too. Color is fundamental to who we are and what we offer. It's important for us to stay up-to-date with color trends so we are thrilled to share our updated line of colors, and hope you will be as excited as we are by the new possibilities!
We’re excited to announce that the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalog will include 10 new colors (most of which are returning In Colors from previous years)! We are welcoming back some of your favorites, moving some colors around, and introducing one brand-new color, so take a look! 
The retiring colors are:  Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, and River Rock.  Returning colors are:  Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Brushed Curry, and Island Indigo.  And a completely new color is Smoky Slate! 
Beginning on April 4, 2013, all retiring/discontinued color products (i.e. ink, paper, ribbon, accessories, etc.) will be available only while supplies last. This means that some products will not be available through the retired list period. We did anticipate increased demand and based our forecasts for these retiring colors on historical sales information from previous color transitions. However, even with the most careful planning, the response to a transition of this nature can surprise everyone.
If there are any of these colors that you love and can’t imagine using I highly encourage stocking up sooner rather than later to make sure you have what you need. You can also order these items as part of the free shipping offer discussed above (Free shipping is for North America only.)

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April Stylin' Stampin' Blog Hop: All About Weddings and Anniversaries

It's blog hop time, which is always so fun and this month we're focusing on weddings and anniversaries.  Spring is one of the busiest times for weddings so this will provide you lots of great ideas for your upcoming events.  If you've been following along the hop you've just come from Bree's blog, isn't her work awesome!!  Don't worry, if you're just starting here you'll be able to follow the hop all the way around to see all the wonderful creations.
This card has a Pool Party cardbase and then I added a layer of First Edition Speciality DSP.  On this piece is stamped with the splatter image from the My Paper Pumpkin Welcome kit with Primrose Petals ink.  I also added a piece of Delicate Details Lace Tape.  I used it as a stencil and sponged around it with Pool Party ink so it adds a nice subtle image.  The next layer is a piece of More Amore Speciality DSP and then Victoria Lace Trim Ribbon, and Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon that was scrunched up using sticky strip to adhere the ribbon to the card.

For the main focal image, I used one of the Real Red laser cut hearts from the More Amore Speciality DSP and then a large heart cut from the silver glimmer paper cut with the Big Shot and the Hearts Collection Framelits.  The greeting is from the Word Play stamp set and is stamped with Real Red ink before being punched out with the Large Oval Punch.  I also sponged around the edges with Pool Party ink.  This piece is matted with a piece of Crumb Cake that was punched out with the Decorative Label Punch.  To add a little "bling" I added a rhinestone to the sparkle part of the image.  Now I have to admit, I have a love affair with dimensionals and due to all the layers of ribbon and paper I used several dimensionals to attached the heart and greeting and actually stacked some of them up so that it really "pops" off the cardfront.
This card is so full of detail and texture it will sure to WOW anyone who receives it!
Make sure to check out all the projects on the hop, you can continue on and visit Shellie's blog next.  Thanks for stopping by!

Blog Hop Participants:
  1. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  2. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun!
  3. Nancy B. of Lady Stamps-A-Lot
  4. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  5. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  6. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  7. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  8. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  9. Justin K. of JK Cards
  10. Jennifer B. of NW Stamper
  11. Bree R. of Craft-somnia
  12. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Wonderful Mother: Paper Player's Challenge

Good evening!  We’ve made it half way through the week and I’m excited since this is a short week for me, I’m heading out to a scrapbooking retreat on Friday and looking forward to three blissful days of uninterrupted crafting and creativity (LOVE IT!!!)  Today I’m sharing the card I made for this weeks Paper Player’s challenge.  This is one crazy challenge, it’s tic-tac-toe so there are all these squares and you pick three in a row to serve as the basis of your creation, I chose 1) ribbon, 2) pink and green; and 3) Mother’s Day.  This is perfect since Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I’ll definitely be needing cards.  This card is lots of fun and easy due to the Big Shot, framelits and embossing folders.  The cardbase is Wild Wasabi and I added a strip of Pretty in Pink Designer Series paper and a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  Now the Whisper White piece is scalloped along the bottom with the Large Scallop Edgelits and then embossed with the Delicate Designs folder (very important to do it in that order, otherwise when you use the framelits it flattens your embossing, trust me!)  Then I added a piece of Wild Wasabi ¼” Stiched Grosgrain Ribbon and tied a knot with pieces of the Wild Wasabi and Pretty in Pink ¼” Stiched Grosgrain Ribbon.

For the accent piece I cut out another piece of Whisper White with the Big Shot and Labels Collection Framelits, sponged around the edge with Pretty in Pink ink and then stamped the greeting from the Wonderful Mother stamp set (this is an awesome set for Mother’s Day!!!!).  The finishing touch was to add a flower that I stamped with the Secret Garden stamp set and cut out with the matching Secret Garden Framelits.  I used a blender pen to color in the flower to it was softer than the stamped outline and then added lots of tiny pearls to the center.

I love how soft and lovely this card is.  The great thing is with this stamp set you could easily change it for birthdays by just changing the lower words which are separate stamps, so fun.  Hope you enjoyed this weeks card and it’s definitely time to start thinking about how to honor the special women in your lives!

Take care!


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Monday, April 1, 2013

Fab Friday Sketch Challenge: Pinwheel Fun

Good morning friends and welcome to April, can't believe we're already a quarter of the way through 2013!  This morning I wanted to share my card for this weeks Fab Friday sketch challenge.  I've been making several vintage type cards lately so I decided I wanted to do something different, this time bright, cheery, and clean.  The card has a Daffodil Delight cardbase which is layered with Whisper White and Marina Mist patterned paper from the Polka Dot Parade DSP pack.  The stamped layer uses the Sweets for the Sweet stamp set and the pinwheels are stamped in Daffodil Delight and Real Red before being layered on a piece of Daffodil Delight.  The little red strip along the bottom is actually a punched piece that uses the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch.   

The flag greeting is from the Delightful Dozen stamp set and I sponged along the edges with Daffodil Delight Ink.  The accent on this card is the small pinwheel that I made from a piece of Real Red Polka Dot DSP from the same Polka Dot Parade DSP pack.  I also used the Pinwheel Sizzlit S die and the Big Shot so it's all cut out with the little holes and slits at once.  I just used a Daffodil Delight brad from the Brights Brad pack for the center.  Glue dots made attaching the pinwheel to the card a breeze.
This card is so fun and you could definitely use this sketch for so many different things.  Make your own creation and share it on the Fab Friday sketch blog, it's lots of fun.
Have a great week!

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