Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Timeless Bouquet of Flowers

Mother’s Day. Teacher appreciation. Just because. Say thank you with this no-maintenance bouquet -- but it's only available while supplies last. 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!
Ordering information:
Item 134542 $12.95 US 
Available starting April 29, but only while supplies last so get it now through my online store.
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.)

Do you want more for your Money?

WOW look what’s going on this month!

Hostess:  If you host a $350 workshop, you can earn an additional $30 in FREE products!  You can even do an online party, just gather your friends local or long distance, and I will get you a hostess code to get your order started! Please contact me for details! This promotion runs through May 30th.

New Demonstrator/ Hobby Demonstrator Starter Kit: Join now through May 30th and you get an EXTRA $30 in your Starter Kit! You will receive $155 worth of products for only $99, plus FREE SHIPPING!

Here are some other notes:

  • If you wish to continue your demonstratorship, your minimums aren’t due until June 30th.

  • If you wish to drop your demonstratorship, you do nothing and just let it drop, but keep your Starter Kit!

  • If you order within 45 days of signing up, and place an order of $150 or more, you receive an additional 10% off, so 30% total!

  • I’d LOVE for you to join my team! Please contact me for details or sign up
    HERE to become a demonstrator

Monday, April 29, 2013

Don't let your Birthday be a Bomb! And Last Day of Sale

Sale Details

Order over $50 (before shipping and tax) and you will receive 10% off your order.

Order over $100 (before shipping and tax) and you will receive 15% off your order

Order $150 or more (before shipping and tax) and you will receive 20% off your order (and you will also receive hostess benefits. Plus this order will be shipped right to your door.

You can place your order online through my store (click my name box below) if it is over $150. If it is less you can place the order online using the hostess code to have it shipped right to your door.  If you place your order online yourself, I will be sending you a check for the discounted amount. If you place your order with me directly, I will take the discount off the amount you owe, but the order will be shipped to me unless it's $150 or more.   Here's the hostess code you will use:  CGFBFP64
And now onto the Birthday bomb!
This is the perfect set for someone who can clearly take a little ribbing from time to time, especially on an important milestone type birthday.
This is a 7 piece set that is $13.95. If you want to order this set use item number 133411 

 Photopolymer Stamps (Flyer HERE)

What makes them so great?

They’re entirely transparent for perfect placement every time!
They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last.
Can you say sticky? (Don’t worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
They’re age tested. They won’t yellow or cloud up over time.
We could go on, but we’ll let you try them for yourself.

They are clearly a great choice.

May Stamping Classes

Gather your friends for a night of fun while you earn free stamps and supplies. These would include ideas for cards, invites, favors, decorations, etc. We can customize it for you. Now booking May, June and & July parrties, private classes and girls night out.

May 2013 Classes 
Annual Retirement Open House: Sunday, May 5, 2013 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM • With only a few weeks left before we need to say goodbye to many favorite stamp sets and accessories it's time to get together and honor them in style. You will make 2 different projects using retiring stamps and accessories if you come.  
• There will be several different games that you can participate in (and yes, there are prizes at stake) 
• Fee for this event is FREE.
• There will be a nice chocolate bar with all the dipping pieces you would want.
• There will also be specials available for all attendees who place an order 
• Registration Deadline: Saturday, May 4, 2013 
Time for May Flowers Class: Thursday, May 9, 2013 6:30 PM 

• Make a fun, bright and cheerful Spring centerpiece/home décor piece using paper mache boot. The boot will be decoupaged and  then you will make some paper flowers using a variety of different techniques and a pinwheel to come out of the center of the boot.  
* Fee for this class will be $25.00. This fee includes all supplies to complete the boot and flowers.
• Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
* This would even make a beautiful Mother's Day gift.
Let’s Get Punchy Class: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 6:30 PM • Make 2 different 6x6 pages and 2 cards of characters/things using Stampin’ Up! Punches. The pages and cards will use the same characters/things. 
• This class will be offered on the second Tuesday of every month. 
• Fee for this class will be $10.00. This fee includes all supplies to complete the pages and the cards. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive. 
• Registration Deadline: Monday, May 13, 2013 
Big Shot Club, Sunday, May 19, 2013 2:00 
Do you love the big shot but can’t justify the expense all at once? Well, I have the perfect club for you. Read on for all the details.
• This club will run for 4 months and be $46 a month.
• At the end of the club you will have your own big shot machine, one die ($21.95), one textured impressions folder ($7.95), one Bigz L Die ($32.95), one embosslit die ( $11.95), and one sizzlit die ($5.50).
• This is plenty of supplies to have a lot of fun playing with your new big shot at the end of the club.
• Each month we will meet and I will share 3 projects with you (that you will make as well) using the big shot. By the end of the club you will know how to work all the great tools that are available for the Big Shot. We won’t be using just paper either. I will show you several different materials that work wonderfully with the Big Shot.
• If you are unable to attend the make n take session, you can still join this club. I will make the projects for you and get them to you. So this is a club for everyone.
• Plus as a club member you will also receive $25 in hostess credit that you can use towards exclusive hostess sets and other catalog merchandise. Isn’t this a sweet deal?
• If you already own the Big Shot you are welcome to attend the class for $10 per month.
• Registration Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2013
Scrapbook in an Evening Class: Thursday, May 23, 2013 6:30 PM 

• Complete an entire scrapbook in one evening.  20 pages ready to be complete by just adding a couple of pictures.  Great way to scrapbook without the pressure of designing on your own. We will be using the Flower Fair bundle from the Spring Catalog (Page 31). The kit comes complete with enough paper to complete 12 pages but we will be adding to it and making 20 pages to fill up the entire 8" x 8" album. 
• Fee for this class will be $35.00. This fee includes all supplies to complete the pages. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive. 
• Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 16, 2013 (I need to be firm on this date because I will need to order the kits)

Stamp-A-Stash: Thursday, May 30, 2013 – 6:30 PM 

• Make 12 cards: 3 designs, 4 of each design.  Great way to build your card collection so you won’t be caught without a card for the next special occasion. 
• Cost: $20.00 – Includes all supplies to complete the cards and envelopes. All you need to bring is your own snail adhesive. 
1/2 Price Class fee with a $25.00 order 
FREE class with a $50 order 
• Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 
• Make 12 cards: 3 designs, 4 of each design.  Great way to build your card collection so you won’t be caught without a card for the next special occasion. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Day for Flying Kits & 2 More Days

Hello Stamping Friends,

Happy Sunday to you!  Loving this Spring weather and I hope you are too. Today I'm sharing with you a card that I made for my April punch class.  I love how you can turn a butterfly punch into elephant ears.  Who would have thought?  Actually, I love being able to find inspiration from very talented people who certainly know how to think outside the box.  I would have seen the butterfly and only have seen it as a butterfly, but someone who doesn't only see things in black and white saw it as elephant ears and I was able to use their idea. For that, I'm very thankful.

Isn't he the sweetest little elephant?  Just sitting in the grass, flying his pinwheel kite.  A perfect day, I would think.  What other punches are used to make this little guy?  Respond here and all that are correct will get a little something from me. It's only 4 punches, come on take a guess.
I love the cloudy day embossing folder. It was a perfect touch for the bashful blue layer to make it look even more realistic. You will find that in the Spring Catalog (and that's ending soon, so you will want to get your cloudy day folder soon).
Don't forget there are 2 days left to my sale. Check out yesterday's post for complete details.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

LIMITED TIME SALE and a card or two?

Hello Stamping Friends,

It's time for one of my great sales.  Now with the retirement list out (CLICK HERE to see them) it will be a great time to get all those things on your wish list before they are gone or stock up on some of the great accessories that we will soon need to say good-bye to.

Sale Details

Order over $50 (before shipping and tax) and you will receive 10% off your order.

Order over $100 (before shipping and tax) and you will receive 15% off your order

Order $150 or more (before shipping and tax) and you will receive 20% off your order (and you will also receive hostess benefits. Plus this order will be shipped right to your door.

You can place your order online through my store (click my name box below) if it is over $150. If it is less you can place the order online using the hostess code to have it shipped right to your door.  If you place your order online yourself, I will be sending you a check for the discounted amount. If you place your order with me directly, I will take the discount off the amount you owe, but the order will be shipped to me unless it's $150 or more.   Here's the hostess code you will use:  CGFBFP64

This sale is from today, Saturday, April 27 through Monday, April 29, 2013 so don't delay, get your order together today.  As always, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

And now for the card or two? Yes, I'm really showing you two cards here today. But really they are the same colors, same layout, the only thing different is the stamps used. Just wanted to show you that you can use "copy" card layouts that you like using stamps you have.  I actually created the second one first during Sale-a-bration. I loved the Feeling Sentimental set (my favorites were the bike and the phone booth from that set) but I quickly came up with the "substation" for the the first card because I really liked the look of that first card so much and I needed to make some swaps for the regional seminar I went to in Baltimore a few weeks ago.

What do you think?  I love the simplicity of this layout. The extra layers really add so much to a card with minimal stamping.  Also, sponging the edges of the vanilla pieces totally brings it all together.

Isn't it fun using different stamps on the same layout and getting totally different looking cards?  Why would you want to re-create the wheel, especially if you are short on time or even short on creativity. 
Hope you liked the cards.  And don't forget the sale runs through Monday, so check out those retired lists, compare them to your wish lists and get your order in.
Have a fabulous Saturday!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Start Scrapping

Hello Stamping Friends,
So glad you came back today.  It is time for another Fabulous Friday posting with the Sisters in Stamping.  This week our challenge is scrapbook pages.  Time to preserve those memories for future generations, don't just keep your photos in a box or stored on a memory card. Create beautiful pages to put in books for everyone to enjoy your memories.
This is a two page 8x8 spread using the simply scrappin' kit from the Spring catalog. It coordinates beautifully with the 8x8 album that is also in the Spring catalog.  I offered this as a class in April and will be running another class for it in May (watch for the calendar in the next few days).

The beauty of the Simply Scrappin' kits is that almost everything you need to create beautiful pages is all together in one place. The only thing that you really need to add would be adhesive.  For this class I added some cardstock as well because we were making 20 pages to put in the scrapbook.
Look how "put together" these pages are.  And I only had to design them using the contents of the kit. So quick, so easy, and so beautiful when finished. 
Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping to see more great scrapbook pages.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

It's Official!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Yes, it's official, I have a 16 year old son who now has a driver's permit. Have no idea how it happened. Seems like just a few years ago, I brought home a beautiful bouncing baby boy and now they tell me he's growing into a fine young man.  I'm so proud of Noah and all that he is doing but honestly, just not ready for him to grow up.  I think at each age I say I wish he would just stay that age but he never listens. He just keeps growing up. I'm sure all of you with children could relate.

So now he is driving. Yikes, I'm so not ready for that. I let him drive in our development tonight and he really did a good job.  But as a nervous passenger (yes, me!) it's not easy to sit there with someone learning how to drive.  Way to get him started, a light rain (guess that helps with the bad weather driving he needs to do) and then 2 deer on each side of the road.  Really, he did great.  He then got home and convinced Dad to go out for a drive with him and Dad said he did great too.

This is Noah's invitation for his party this coming weekend.  He didn't want invitations, he told me he was fine with facebook invites (of course, this Mom was not hearing any of that) and made the simplest looking cards I could for a boy that didn't want anything fancy.  What do you think?  Did I pass the test?  I did sneak a car stamp on the inside over the words (which were printed in black) in river rock (so you can't really see it but it's definitely there).
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: None (on the outside that you see)
Ink: None (again, on the outside that you see)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White & River Rock, Neutrals Paper Stack (River rock)
Accessories: Big Shot, Houndstooth folder (hard to see in the picture but the white cardstock is embossed), big shot letters and numbers, 2 1/2" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch and 1" circle punch, multipurpose glue, dimensionals

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Retirement Lists are Here: Stamps and Accessories

- Retiring Accessories are Available until June 3rd or While Supplies Last!!!
- You'll want to ORDER ONLINE to ensure Accessories you want, are In Stock
- Select Retiring Accessories are up to 60% OFF (guarantee these will go fast so don't delay)
- Retiring Stamp Sets are Available through Monday, June 3rd

Don't miss your chance to get the retiring items you want...especially those unique stamp sets like Tea Shoppe or Dinoroar, or Jolly Bingo Bits and the coordinating Bingo Card background stamp! If you love coffee, you won't want to miss the Morning Cup stamp set--and be sure to grab the coordinating Take a Sip wheel before it's gone. Oh yes, and you MUST grab one, or two, or a few packages of the First Edition Designer Specialty Paper...or you'll be sorry later. [If you search for any of these in my Online Store and they cannot be found, they are already out of stock... so sorry!!!

IMPORTANT NOTE: some items listed as retiring, will be returning to the 2013-2014 Annual Catalog, but they will be reconfigured. For example, we will still have Grid Paper, the Color Coach, Note Cards & Envelopes, and some square cutting tools. They will just look a little different. In addition, you will still be able to purchase ink pads and refills, markers, Designer Paper Stacks, and buttons, in entire color collections--but they will contain the colors in the reorganized collections as per the Color Refresh. If you have any questions on retiring merchandise, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ribbon, Ribbon, Ribbon

Hello Stamping Friends,

Today is Friday!  And you know what that means, Fabulous Friday with Sisters in Stamping.  This week we were challenged to do some unique things with ribbon.  Not just put a bow, strip or knot of ribbon on a project.  Do something different with it.  So here is my project.  A ribbon rosette pin.  It's great to just pin on a jacket or to dress up a favorite bag.

It is actually very easy to make.  You begin with 3 strips of ribbon (8", 10" and 12") Straight stitch along one edge and pull the thread to gather ribbon. When you have pulled it as tight as you'd like you then stich the two edges together. I folded the top layer under to give it a cleaner look. You do that for all three pieces of ribbon.  Then you hot glue the round layers together beginning with your largest layer on the bottom and work up to the smallest layer. Then embellish the top with a button or some other fun embellishment.  Finally, you glue a pin on the back and wear or attach to a bag.

Here's two more views.  Don't know if you noticed but I jazzed up my ribbon a little bit.  Gotta love some extra bling.  I used the multi-purpose liquid glue to put a line along the edge of the ribbon and then topped the glue with some great glass glitter. 

It's so sparkly in real life and adds that perfect touch to the overall look of this rosette.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: None
Ink: None
Paper: None
Accessories: Multi-purpose Liquid Glue, Silver Glass glitter, Pink Pirouette 1 1/4" Two-Tone Ribbon
Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping for more great ideas using ribbon in a unique way.

Monday, April 15, 2013

More $$$$$$ for You!

Hello Stamping Friends,

Do you want more $$$$$$ or more for your $$$$$$$?  I think that is a big, universal yes I hear from everyone. Well, Stampin' Up! is here to help you out with that. Whether you want to join the family or host a workshop and earn some FREE product.  Read on to see what all these words mean.

It's a great time to be a recruit! Take advantage of our current recruiting offers to reduce your cost of doing business with the color refresh, not to mention all the other benefits that come with growing your group!

Dates: April 15-May 30 (yes, it ends the day before the last day of the month)

The Offers:
•New recruits: They'll get an extra $30 for their Starter Kit! That means your new recruit will get to choose $155 worth of ANY products they choose for only $99!  That's more money for you there. Then you will get a discount on all other Stampin' Up! products that you want (I mean, NEED to have).

Okay, if you just aren't ready to join the family, then this will certainly be of interest to you:


Do your ever wish you had more money to spend on Stampin' Up! products? Consider it done. Here's the deal.  Hostess offer: If you host a $350 party you will earn an additional $30 in FREE products! So instead of receiving $50 you will receive $80 in product for hosting. Not a bad deal is it?

Dates: April 15-May 30, 2013 (yes, it ends the day before the last day of the month)

Contact me today, or tomorrow, or by May 30 to join the family or host your own workshop. It will be a great decision (yes, either choice is a great decision). Look at me, I began with hosting my own workshops with another demonstrator and then decided it was time to join the Stampin' Up! family and earn some discounts (and many, many other great things) for myself. It's been a wonderful 12 years.

Come on, join the fun. You won't be sorry!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

New Photopolymer Set - Bombs Away

Hello Stamping Friends,

Stampin' Up! has released a new photopolymer set called Bombs Away Birthday. It is a fun set that is packed full of witty, wise-crack birthday comments. Who doesn't love a birthday card with some smart remarks?  Well, maybe the recipient might not find it as humorous as the giver but we all know that they truly are funny cards.  So now you can make your own witty cards.  Check it out.

Fun and fast. That's how I see this set.  I can't wait to start making some cards using this one. And I am especially anticipating the recipient's (whomever that may be) reaction to these fun cards. 

Below is a look at the complete set. Be sure to read each sentiment. I'm sure they will make you chuckle as you read them (well, I did anyway).

Remember, you can order these through my online store or by letting me know.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Pinterst Inspired...

Hello Stamping Friends,

Today at Sisters in Stamping we are focusing on pinterest inspired projects.  I'm sure you all know what Pinterest is and if you don't be sure to head over there after you check out this weeks Fabulous Friday projects.  Basically, I believe Pinterest is the ultimate in electronic hoarding.  You pin all these fabulous ideas (from home décor and cleaning tips to style to crafts to food and everything and anything in between) for you to refer back to later.  I have gotten (and actually used) many of the great ideas that I have "pinned." Today's idea is using fabric. I think I kind of hoard pretty fabric too. Once I get it, I don't want to cut it for fear it won't be "pretty" anymore. Crazy, I know, but it is what it is. (LOL)

So today's project also uses my big favorite thing from Stampin' Up!................ the Big Shot.  I use it whenever I can.  This adorable little scissor pouch was made using the petal cone die. (And here's the biggest bonus of all with this project...........................no (yes, I repeat, NO) sewing involved.  Isn't that just the best thing ever?  I used Stampin' Up!'s fabric adhesive to bond the two different fabrics together and then to also keep it sealed closed into the cone shape.  I even put a little of the fabric adhesive under the front flap to keep it in place.

I finished it off with some pretty ribbon and a AWESOME fork bow.  Isn't it the perfect touch?  Then I decided to make a cute little charm for my scissors using the fun bottle caps found in the Spring Catalog.  I know it's not easy to see but I stamped a ladybug on cardstock and punched it out. I then filled in the entire bottle cap with crystal effects to seal in the cardstock. I then punched a hole (using our retired crop-a-dile) in the side of the bottle cap and placed a ball and chain through to hang from my scissor handle.
Don't forget to head over to Sisters in Stamping to see what Pinterest inspired projects we have to share.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock: Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Petal Cone Die, White Satin Ribbon, Fabric Adhesive Sheet, Bottle Cap, Crystal Effects, 1/2" circle punch
Non- Stampin' Up! Items: Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks (for ribbon), retired crop-a-dile, ball and chain

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ready to Set Sail

Hello Stamping Friends,

How are you on this wonderful day? All is well here. Nothing worth complaining about because life is what we make it, so with that said I choose to focus on the positive things in life and not let the negative take all my energy. And let me just go on the record to say that all is not a happy, sappy movie either. It's just that I don't let that stuff get me. So instead I'm just going to keep sailing.

This card is a perfect masculine card. You would think with all the men in my life: Dad, Don, Noah & Jonah, I would be so much better at making masculine cards but alas I'm not. I'm definitely a girly girl and I love the frills that come along with all things girly so those are the cards that I have fun making. But, I must say I think this card came out pretty well considering my girly side. What do you think?
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes,  The Open Sea
Ink: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, & Very Vanilla & First Edition Designer Specialty Paper
Accessories: Stampin' Sponge, Snail Adhesive

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Time for a Spring Bike Ride

Hello Stamping Friends,

Back today with another Moving Forward card to share.  You may remember this layout from an Easter card I posted last month.  I actually made this card long before that one but I loved it so much that I wanted to make those cute bunny cards with it too. It's definitely a quick and easy card layout that you can substitute many, many different images on the punched circle cardstock.

Spring is definitely time for a nice bike ride and who doesn't love the new Spring flowers that pop up everywhere?  Well, we are not seeing too many flowers popping up way up here on the mountain just yet, but I'm hopeful tat they will be here soon, real soon. So instead, this card will be all that I need to "smell the flowers."
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Moving Forward, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: Pacific Point, Early Espresso & Daffodil Delight Classic Ink Pads
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Whisper White & International Bazaar Designer Series Paper
Accessories: Itty Bitty Banner Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, 2 1/2" circle punch, Corner rounder and Snail Adhesive

Monday, April 8, 2013

Moving Forward and Last Day of FREE Shipping

Hello Stamping Friends,

Hope you are enjoying this beautiful day. The sun is shining here in NEPA and we are loving it.  Spring is finally here and we are all ready to welcome it.  Just wanted to drop in today with a card and a reminder that today is the final day for FREE SHIPPING.   Use this hostess code: FGUTAUFQ when you go online to place your order. Also, you will be able to have the order shipped directly to you.

This is a card with a unique fold (opens in the center not the side like usual) that uses the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) set, Moving Forward.  When you purchase this set, Stampin' Up! donates $3.00 to RMHC. Isn't that awesome?  You get a great set that will make awesome cards and RMHC gets $3.00 to help support families to stay close by when the have sick children in the hospital.
I like the colors of this card. It's nice and bright and a fun birthday card to give or receive. And it really is an easy card to make. Stampin' Write markers give you the ability to make a bold image stamp like the blimp multi-colored with little effort.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Moving Forward
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, & Tangerine Tango 
Cardstock: Old Olive, Tangerine Tango,  Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, & Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Argyle Embossing Folder, Paper Snips, Snail Adhesive, & Dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by today. And don't forget today is the final day for FREE SHIPPING.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Savings, A "Closet" Refresh, and a Card

Hello Stamping Friend,!

Hope you're all doing well and enjoying the lovely Spring season! There's a lot going on, so let's just get busy, shall we?

Well, first thing's first! Stampin' Up! is offering, for the very first time, FREE SHIPPING on ALL ORDERS (no minimum required) through this weekend and Monday (April 6 - 8, 2012). Now's a great time to STOCK-UP, because MY SPECIAL OFFER to all of you, in ADDITION to Stampin' Up!'s offer, is I'm going to sweeten the deal a little more and do a mystery hostess event. It's a great time to stock up on cardstock, adhesive, ink refills and all other accessories you may want or need. (Meaning that I will draw a name from everyone who places an order and that person will receive the hostess benefits.)

Use this hostess code: FGUTAUFQ when you go online to place your order. If you don't want to place the order online you are welcome to call or email me and I will be able to do it for you.

 Again, hope you'll all take advantage of these two great offers!


What does this mean? Well, when the NEW 2013 - 2014 Stampin' Up! Catalog comes out on May 31st, our Brights, Sutles, Regals and Neutrals color families will have changes made to them. Afterall, we all need a little wardrobe refresh every so often, right?  Well, Color Collections closet needs a little refresh too. In a nutshell, below is a chart of what the changes will be.

As you can see, some of what might be favorites of yours may be leaving. So, my suggestion to you would be to STOCK-UP now and again, take advantage of the this weekend's specials! Get your cardstock and especially REINKERS NOW, of ALL THE COLORS that are going to be DISCONTINUED, because once Stampin' Up! runs out of those products we will no longer be able to get them again! That's right, once they're gone, they're GONE! So you are NOT going to want to delay on this one.

So, there you have it, your "ticket" to savings.  Thought this was a fun card to share with you. It was on the Stampin' Up! website and was designed by an Artisan Team member.  Fun, isn't it? I love the colors.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Re-Inkers????? Just what are they for?

Hello Stamping Friends,
Hope you are enjoying these warmer temps (I know, it's not that warm but it sure beats the 30's). I personally can't wait until next week when we hit 70 here.  It's taken way to long to get here but that's okay, I'm going to enjoy every bit of it.
I know you are anxious to know more about that title, huh?  Well, this week at Sisters in Stamping we needed to use re-inkers for a technique (and no, making your pad juicy wasn't a technique).  I decided to use the "Smoosh" technique for my card. Keep scrolling because I have more pictures for you so you will understand it a little better. I know I am a visual person and I always understand better by "looking at the pictures" rather than just "read the words."
So what do you think? This is the finished card. Pretty neat effect, isn't it?

So you begin by cutting open a page protector (or you can use window sheets). Keep one side together so both sides are attached. Makes it a little easier to work with.  Place dots of each color of re-inker on one side of the page protector.
Close the page protector and "smoosh" the colors together and around.  You then open it up (some of the ink will "recede" but that's okay) place the glossy cardstock down on the ink and press it down to make sure you spread the ink around.

The next few pictures show how different each one will turn out.  I didn't use any more ink with these. I did four different  1/4 sheets of glossy cardstock to see which one I liked best and to show you that you can do quite a few from just one set of re-inker drops.

My husband actually asked me why I was making ink spots? Funny guy, right?  I then asked him what he saw. Yes, I give it right back to him. Guess that's being together for 20 years.

Just another one. 

This was actually the first one, that's why it's so dark. So I guess the lesson here is that you might want to use a scrap piece of paper for the first "ink spot" paper and then move to use glossy cardstock.  It really is a fun technique because it's fun to see how different each one it going to turn out.

And finally, here's a close-up of the one I decided I liked best for this card. I stamped the trees using black Staz-on ink and then used the labels framelits to cut it out.  Also, on the wood grain embossed cardstock, I sponged sahara sand ink to give it a little more definition.
Stamping Supplies Used:
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree
Ink: Sahara Sand Classic Ink, Black Staz-on, Re-inkers: Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, & Island Indigo
Paper: Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Sahara Sand and Glossy Cardstock
Accessories: Big Shot, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Labels Framelits, Snail Adhesive, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Stampin' Sponge, 7/16" Natural Trim Ribbon, Basics Designer Buttons